Open Letter to Elizabeth ~ Soul Winning

Dear Elizabeth,

Thanks for your kind comments. Your blog post covers a subject that is timeless—soul winning.

In your blog post you said, “You have such a good attitude about soul-winning. I wish I always had a good attitude about it.” Then you describe some discouraging moments you had going door to door soul-winning. I won’t retype your whole blog because: a) I type slow; b) Anyone can read them on line; c) Others are waiting on the typewriter as we have only two working typewriters here for 550 men; and, d) My back hurts when I sit for long periods of time since I broke it once, had whiplash twice, and slide on it way too much. Baptists not only believe in backsliding, we practice it! :)

Here are some of my random thoughts about soul-winning prompted by your post:

1. The Bible says in Proverbs 11:30, “He that winneth souls is wise.” Daniel 12:3 also says, “They that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.” From these passages, I get the idea that a wise man wins souls (or tries to) and a fool does not. We need to ask God for wisdom and win souls (James 1:5)!

2. Spreading the gospel and winning souls is a command of the Lord (Mt. 28:19-20; Mk. 16:15-20; Acts 1:8). Just do it.

3. You don’t have to feel any love for the world or the lost. That may or may not come. Jonah hated the people God sent him to. (Jonah 4). The Bible says, “God so loved the world…” (Jn. 3:16). I don’t have to love them. God does. I love God, so witnessing is done because of love for and obedience to God; not always from a love for the lost.

4. You mention “always” having a good attitude about it. Forget it. I often do NOT have a good attitude about it but do it anyway. God is the Boss. I am His servant. (I am NOT His “slave” as most new perversions say. A slave has no choice. I am a voluntary servant. See Ex. 21:1-6.) I don’t always have a good attitude about being God’s servant either. I read His Word and try to follow it but there is no compulsion. Follow God if you want. The same mentality applies to scores of other relationships. God gave commands for the husband, the wife, the children, the servants, and the masters (Eph. 5:21-6:9; Col. 3:18-4:1; 1 Pt. 2:17-3:8).

It is a truly wonderful thing when a man voluntarily surrenders his will to the will of God. I find the more I simply obey the easier life gets. God is admonished us not to “harden our hearts” (Deut. l5:7; 1 Sam. 6:6; Ps. 95:8; Heb. 3:8, 15; 4:7). He warned us in Proverbs 29:1, “He that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.

It is a sad thing when a child hardens his heart against the will of the parents who love him (Eph. 6:2). The first commandment with a promise was to honor the father and mother (Ex. 20:12). That promise was a long life. It is just as sad when a wife does not understand her commands and a husband does not understand his commands. Disobedience always brings problems in the family, in the church, and in society. God told us what He wants and blesses us when we do it but He does not force His will on us. Even after being a Christian for nearly 43 years, I still go through cycles of serving willingly and cheerfully and then serving begrudgingly or even not serving or obeying at all. You would think I would learn. Some of us are hard-headed!

Anyway, DON’T wait till you have a good attitude about sharing the Gospel. Just go.

5. Don’t get caught in the trap of thinking there is only one way to fulfill the great commission to go and spread the Gospel. It does not have to be door to door. Jesus “went about doing good” (Acts 10:38). You could develop an entire ministry around something you love to do. For example, suppose you like to bake cakes. Bake ten cakes and go find some person or family to give one to. As you give them the cake say, “God laid it on my heart to give you this. He wants you to know that He loves you and wants you in His family. Can I leave this tract with you or can I share with you how to join God’s family?

I don’t know if Dr. Carl Hatch is still alive or if his material on soul- winning is still available but he was one of the most innovative and effective soul-winners I ever met! If you find his teaching tapes you will get hundreds of new ideas on how to win souls. The same is true of Ray Comfort’s materials available on www.livingwaters.com.

If you don’t like going door to door, then don’t do it that way. I like using creation science information to start conversations and lead people to Christ. I spent MANY years going door to door and had some great success. I drove a church bus for 17 years and brought thousands to church and to the Lord. I’m for that method but fear that some get stuck thinking that is the only way. Not true. In the parable of the sower in Matthew 4 and Luke 8, some of the seed was accidently sown by the way side “as he went out to sow.” Before the sower even got where he was going, he planted some seeds unknowingly.

Let God guide you into how He wants you to do tell others about Him. You could be a video missionary. Just give out DVDs to people you meet. Creation Today offers a “tract pack” where you can order 100 DVD’s for $99. These make great “tracts” that bring people to Christ. You could be a full-time tire changer. Look for people along the highway with a flat tire and say, “Excuse me ma’am. I’ll change your tire for you if you will read this booklet while I do it.”

Just remember the scene from the movie The Matrix”—there is no spoon. There is more than one way to share God’s Word. Just do it!

6. Give something away. “A man’s gift maketh room for him.” (Proverbs 18:16). When you give someone a gift, they will often have “room” to give you some of their time to hear the Gospel. As I mentioned above, giving a free DVD is a great way. Here are a few more:
A. Go visit hospitals or nursing homes and give booklets like “Big Daddy” or “In the Beginning” or “It’s Coming” all available at www.chick.com and available from www.creationtoday.org. Give them your time by reading to them and listening to their stories. You can give the gift of laughter. Just read them the blog I wrote called “The Dog Died.” That ought to open a door to minister to someone!
B. Give out book markers. I make book markers here for the men and their families. If you have never seen one of these I make, please send me your address and the names of your family members and I’ll be glad to make them each one. They are way cool! I am currently rather limited in my opportunities for evangelism, which I am sure the Devil intended, but I can still witness by making these little gifts.
D. Give an hour of free yard work or house cleaning in exchange for them reading a tract or watching a DVD. The list of ideas along this line would be endless! Just find some way to get someone to listen to the Gospel.

7. Don’t get discouraged! The results are up to God. Noah preached for many years and nobody listened (2 Pt. 2:5). Paul preached and some believed, some mocked and some said, “Hmmmm…let me think about that.” (Acts 17:4-5; 28:24). Be not weary in well doing (2 Thes. 3:13). God is keeping score and He will try every man’s work to see of what SORT it is, NOT what SIZE it is (1 Cor. 3:13). Think on THAT verse for five minutes!

Elizabeth, thanks again for your kind words. It is such a blessing to get words of encouragement in prison (Pro. 25:25; Mt. 25:34-46). Many serve God faithfully for years and never see the fruit of their labor (Heb. 11:39). If you have never heard the story of “The George Street Preacher,” be sure to listen to that one! It is only about ten minutes long and it will bless your gizzard!

Keep running the race! I’ll see you here, there, or in the air!

Kent Hovind

28 Comments

  1. Roy Weller August 24, 2012 4:06 pm Reply

    Great post, very helpful! Our church is beginning some local outreach and its such a blessing to participate.

    http://Dr.KentHovind'sBlog

  2. Matt August 24, 2012 4:08 pm Reply

    Lovely piece brother! I’ve just linked to it as my site has a piece on soul winning, plus I linked it to my “external articles” page too. You’re right, it’s hard and one can easily get upset, down in the dumps, demoralised… but what you wrote, it is encouraging and I hope others are encouraged too – there’s a war on! God speed and we love you lots!

    http://deanministries.page.tl

  3. Chris G August 24, 2012 7:46 pm Reply

    Great post! I love the idea of the DVD tract packs! Is there anywhere on the web where you can watch those before committing to 100?

  4. Rob Helfer August 25, 2012 11:53 am Reply

    Dr Hovind
    Great piece, also Bill Fay has some great material called “Sharing Jesus without Fear”
    Thanks for your strength and courage
    Pastor Rob Helfer
    Panama City Florida

  5. Eric Servis August 25, 2012 9:27 pm Reply

    Thank you Kent Hovind! your videos have reached thousands over youtube and I actually am going to start a DVD ministry. I will be using all kinds of material from your videos to Paul Washer sermans. I just completed the way of the master and I thank you for the kind blog of encouragement! I am sorry you have been put in prison for so long for doing nothing but info people… I will keep you in my prays Kent and stay strong for the Lord is with you.

    https://sites.google.com/site/servischillzone/

  6. Julie K. August 26, 2012 9:25 pm Reply

    Dear Dr. Hovind,

    I’ve been listening to your material for many years now. I grew up in a Christian family, and even though I strayed from God for several years, by God’s grace, I am now at peace with God. I’ve been wanting to do something for God for a while now, but was always “too busy” or didn’t know where to start. With news of the new Obamacare microchip, I realize that there isn’t much time left and I definitely don’t want to come before God empty handed. This blog really inspired me, showing that it really doesn’t matter what we do for God, what matters is that we start doing something, and God will show us more and more work that needs to be done, as long as we are willing.

    I am so grateful to God for sending an inspiring person like you into my life and the life of many. May God bless you and give you strength in these hard times. You are in my prayers!

  7. Angelo Gomez August 27, 2012 8:33 am Reply

    This is great stuff! Thank you!

  8. Amanda August 27, 2012 4:46 pm Reply

    Hey Doctor Hovind, I’d like to say thank you for enduring a difficult lifestyle through Christ which strengtheneth you. It is a blessing and encouragement to see in this day and age.
    My family and I have seen some of your creation “media” and are amazed by the way God gave you such a great mind!! It’s neat how He enables you to use such simple but effective means of speech that leaves the evolutionist’s ideas looking foolish like they are!! As it says in the Book of Nehemiah,”Then held they their peace and found nothing to answer.”
    I occasionally check up on your blog and keep my family updated. We pray for you, and realize that life in prison must be extremely challenging to endure. “My grace is sufficient for thee, for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” May Christ’s grace and strength sustain you through this period of your life, as always.
    Remember also Philippians 3:14.
    I will leave you with Numbers 6:24-26- hope I quote it correctly(:
    “The LORD bless thee, and keep thee:
    The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:
    The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.”

  9. Brian Chevalier August 27, 2012 5:19 pm Reply

    Always nice to hear from you Dr. Kent Hovind. When I was 15 years old I’ve accepted the Lord in my heart, prayed hard for couple years, after this I’ve hardly prayed for over 14 years (always kept faith in the Lord though) until over a year and half ago someone or something opened my eyes to start praying again, I’ve searched the internet in between that time for answers and was going in circles to no where. Well I’ve finally found some positive and Ron Wyatt video brought me to your videos Kent. Long story short, after I’ve learned that the earth is not that old, it made me feel that we’re more special than I thought to begin with, and that’s make me happy everyday I think about it. Watched them all and now getting my girfriend hooked, next will be my family, friends and whoever I come to. I would love to get the book marker you talked about, where could I send you my address?
    Thanks again for the great tools you left us to work with, we pray you get out soon dear friend.

    http://N/A

    • CSE (for Dr. Hovind) September 10, 2012 12:04 pm Reply

      Dr. Hovind’s current address is under the “Legal Updates” page.

  10. J. Ted Rosien August 28, 2012 5:36 pm Reply

    For the past couple of years I’ve been having a discussion Re: the sillyness of evoulition with a few people in this provintial town. It has been to no avail. The Evoulitionist would rather beleive they came from a ROCK than by the spoken word of a Creator. When I pointed out the lies of the Speckled moths in England; they shruged. I also told them about the lies in the books and junk science about a person using a pigs’ tooth to create a fictional man; they ignored it. Then I told one of them, “Think about this! You are a Mug-womp. The climate is changing and you know that your ofspring will need fur to keep warm in the cold months. So through some myrical you are able to tell your DNA that it has to do this change. And some how you manage to pull it of. But the down-side is, you are so ugly that a member of your Mug-womp society does not want anything to do with you, and now you have no offsprings. Or if you do and the offspring are eaten. So how does change happen?” I was greeted by, “Don’t confuse me with any facts as my mind is made up!” Maybe there is something to be said about tossing pearls before swein.

  11. Shana Boren August 30, 2012 3:14 pm Reply

    You are always so amazingly inspirational. Talk about letting your light so shine…I just want to tell you my family and I are and have been praying for you, you never fail to make us smile and encourage us. May God strengthen and continue to bless you my brother in Christ. Can’t wait to meet you one day, if not here, in Paradise. I will have to remember that “here, there, or in the air”.

  12. danny August 31, 2012 12:06 am Reply

    We need to be on fire brothers for the things He has prepared. Lets give Him and everyone around us the best of what He has given us.

    Saw a group of people this summer on a festival trying to get creationism into our schools here in the Netherlands Kent. Some of the people that are involved were influenced in a big way by you.

    Shabbat Shalom brother Holland loves you.

    http://testeverything.org

  13. Brian Randlerthe web September 1, 2012 1:49 am Reply

    I know this is off topic. I have been watching you on web for the past few months (just found you) and I am very sad but not suprised to find you in jail. Not because of the charges but because of you words. Words of truth are 1st attacked by words but if that fails then the attack comes on the person speaking.
    Remember GOD, Family, People then self.
    May GOD bless you and yours.

  14. Cornelius September 4, 2012 1:08 pm Reply

    Welcome dr. Hovind!

    I am interested, because author of http://watch.pair.com/ Barbara Aho called you provocateur. I would like to know what do you think about her.

    God Bless

    Cornelius.

  15. Donald Aye September 6, 2012 12:00 pm Reply

    If I work at the local mission or participate in outreach to the homeless, It is easy to where your faith on your shirt sleeve, so to speak. It’s most difficult at the workplace in that you must find that balance. The workplace may be fruitful even though those who would benefit may not outwardly express an acceptance. This is not the place people want to be ‘sold’ on God, but simply waiting for each opportunity to acknowledge God as a source of wisdom to live by, or as the source and provider of all things, and then, when in times of stress or in those weaker moments, the single set of foot prints in the sand.

    Prosperity Gospel today is doing harm to the very nature and character of God’s purpose because it emphasizes that blessings are tied to favor as if that is God’s soul purpose, that we be perpetually blessed in this walk on earth. It is when we find ourselves in dark times that real faith shines very brightly, this is made possible by the fact that in spite the ill brought to a person life by Satan, the faithful carry on , sometimes grudgingly, but knowing in their heart, all they do for the Lord is not in vain, to the exact contrary, that it is most worthwhile cause a human can have. Christians will ban together an give moral support to members of the body that are grieving, suffering, etc.

    Brother Hovind, I await your return to your family. I would ‘soooo’ like to see that day. You are a bright star that energizes me, from the confidence you bring to the faithful in your work, to the faithful you bring before God’s alter. I hope to meet you someday in this life. It is not fully understood the connection I feel towards your cause if it is only dealt with through the prism of worldly precepts, there has to be a supernatural magnet that leads me to this blog.

    BTW, Here is your 2004 video on the Georgia Guide stones. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgia_Guidestones

    http://www.myspace.com/video/e-dubs/dr-hovind-talks-about-the-georgia-guidestones/56977795

  16. Zhiwu September 8, 2012 10:33 pm Reply

    Dear Hovind,

    I have watched your video of Creation Seminar: the Age of Earth. I have one question to ask you. It is about the Moon moving away from the Earth. I find that The Moon’s orbit is getting larger, at a rate of about 3.8 centimeters per year(http://curious.astro.cornell.edu/question.php?number=124). So, I calculate the Moon’s orbit of 2 billions years ago, that is (384,000 km – 2 billions * 0.038 m)=(384,000-76,000)km=308,000km, which is not what you told that the Moon would be connected to the Earth.

    I cannot find your email, so I choose to leave a replay here.

    A christ learner from China

  17. Ken September 9, 2012 8:31 am Reply

    I met a man at work, he is upper-middle management, Who when I first met him I did not like him at all. I decided that I should change my judgmental attitude and pray for him. Not only pray for him but tell him openly that I am praying specifically for him.

    I did that and within a couple of days I began to care for him and even like him. I began to see his heart and realize specific need I should pray about for him. Now as he comes around I actually enjoy seeing him and he talks to others about how this guy keeps praying, and they begin talking about the Lord and the Bible.

    Evangelism happens when we open our mouth in love and sincerity. Especially if we are full of the Word and the Holy Spirit. He changes our attitudes and those who we talk with.

    (Pro 4:18-19)But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.

    BroKen1

    http://www.becks.witnesstoday.org

  18. Donna September 9, 2012 6:34 pm Reply

    Hello Kent,
    I just recently found out that you were in prison! I pulled out all my Creation Science DVD’s to re-watch them & then I decided to look you up online & also read from some of the Impact articles. That’s how I found out about your imprisonment. I’m so sorry to hear about you & your wife, yet I know that our Lord is working & I trust you & your wife will be released, hopefully, soon. Yes, I did sign the petition w/ a note about your release.

    You might wonder where was I all these years, b/c I do a lot of reading & online studies, but I didn’t know about your imprisonment…I think I vaguely remember hearing something about the taxes issue years ago but I don’t remember anything else. As Fritz Springmeier was released, I believe you will be also. He is certainly different since his release. I noticed it right away on his recent interviews w/ Alex Jones. I’ve had my share, not saying there won’t be anymore, of these isolation times & for sure the Lord uses them to transform us as you so well know. May every verse you read quicken you to new places in the Lord & feed your very soul & lift you higher, closer, richer & deeper in Him, our Sovereign, Perfect, Amazing, Wondrous, Living God!!!
    In Christ, Donna

    http://www.loveofthebridegroom.com

  19. monica soman September 12, 2012 2:41 am Reply

    God has led me to your teachings on you tube – am just blown away by the gift God gave you – its a blessing :)

  20. John September 14, 2012 1:16 pm Reply

    Sometimes a testimony on Youtube is helpful! Here is mine…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7k5yO-wGxM&feature=plcp

    Some 6000 viewers have seen it. I wonder if any were saved by it? In heaven God will tell me! Of course nothing can substitute praying for the lost. Power and glory to God!

  21. Reuel September 18, 2012 1:22 am Reply

    Dr. Hovind, my beloved brother in Christ.
    Just to let you know that your videos on CD’s has helped many of my friends and relatives here in Australia.
    I know you tried to live by faith according to the biblical way (financially) but has been persecuted and unrighteously accused and convicted.
    Our Lord who is the supreme judge knows. “But if any man love God, the same is known of him.” 1 Cor 8:3.

  22. Jason Neil September 23, 2012 8:59 am Reply

    I used to watch the Dr Dino videos in Bible class at my school. I was saddened to hear about you going to Prison and always wondered what you were up to. When do you get out? I am so glad to see you still serving God no matter where you are. You are an inspiration.

  23. joanne October 10, 2012 12:21 am Reply

    Hello Kent,

    My sons and I have enjoyed your teachings. One of my sons bought your creation science DVDs years ago and has shared them with family and his friends who have not grown up hearing the Word. He fights a life-threatening illness, studies the Bible and is a soul winner. You had a great impact on his life. Thank you for your stand for Christ and God’s Word. Praying for you.

  24. J. Ted Rosien October 13, 2012 9:52 am Reply

    We are all sorry to see that Kent was handed the stinky, short end of the stick, and is being transfered again. Yet maybe that is where the Lord needs him. Where ever he is, I will keep in contact. I also will be sending this letter to the head of the BOP.
    I encourage you to write, in your words to Director Samuels,
    asking him to move Kent closer to his home.
    JTR
    Dear Director Samuels

    I would like to advise you that the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) is not following its’ own regulations in keeping prisoners within a 500 mile radius of their homes.
    I understand because of the number of people being locked up that can not always take place. However, in the case of Kent E. Hovind #06452-017, I am under the impression because Dr. Hovind is a Christian, there could be people in the BOP that hate Christians and are doing anything they can to punish him.
    In my point of view, this gives the impression of religious harassment.
    Dr. Hovind was first incarcerated at a facility in S. Carolina and from there he was sent to Jesup, Georgia.
    That transfer was great as it placed him close to his home in Florida. However from there Kent was transferred again to the Florence, Colorado facility. That placed him 1,800 miles from his Florida home.
    Now I have been informed that he is about to be transferred again. He has advised me that move could be to New Hampshire.
    Mr. Director, I request that if Hovind, #06452-017 needs to be moved again, please transfer him to 1)-Pensacola, 2) Maxwell or 3)Talladega so he will be closer to his family.

  25. amber October 17, 2012 10:10 pm Reply

    Thank you so much for your comments about “soul-winning” – I have been praying for God to give me a heart for the lost, in order to really do the job “right”, but I don’t feel any differently, and therefore have hung back. However – you have helped tremendously with your honesty and great ideas that allow me to see that I actually have been reaching out to people by sharing Gospels of John, etc. – but because it isn’t walking up to a stranger to witness – I thought it didn’t count. Thank you so much. I am sorry you are in these times of trial – but know that God is using you mightily where you are – thank you!!!

  26. Dorothy Molina October 21, 2012 8:31 pm Reply

    I was just down in the dumps thinking I haven’t been serving him and God led me to your blog.Your honesty about the ups and downs of serving were just what i needed to hear.I have given out many chick tracts that I ordered from you and made several copies of your seminars for families in my neighborhood but my church doesn’t have organized outreach despite it being an independent fundamental baptist church and anyway i was discouraged and your faith and words gave me peace and a smile.Praying for you and thank you for giving your life for Jesus-How great your reward is already waiting for you!
    Born Again,
    Dorothy

  27. dutchmcgee November 14, 2012 2:41 pm Reply

    What about meeting physical needs first?

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