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  • Because if you do not agree with their opinions, you are wrong. When you give someone advice, and they do the opposite, do you want them to succeed or fail? They want you to pay dearly for disagreeing with their advice.
  • I agree with Jack but I suppose you could say that what gives them the right to say it is freedom of speech. You can choose to ignore what they say, it's just their opinion and you don't need to agree with it. I think what's irritating about this is their narrowmindedness, they're so sure they're right and they believe there's no other opinion that counts.
  • They live in fear, and want you to also, I think it is funny that they think that will somehow convert you to their way of thinking. Your going to burn in hell FOREVER.
  • They not only believe they have the right, but the sacred duty to. But not all Christians, not even all evangelists, agree with their methods - or their style.
  • I agree with Hunter
  • really what happens people just want to take there faith to a level where they think they may shock or frighten people into thinking this may happen,i say you can have your beliefs ,but sometimes it may be best to keep them to your self.and let people make there own decisions on what they want to believe, and no one needs to be told they are going to hell as who makes that decision,not us .
  • Change the channel if you don't want to hear what's being said
  • God and the Bible gives him the authority. Scripture backs it up.
  • I use a little trick sometimes.. tell the person that suppose Jesus approached you and said that Satan is willing to free 3 sinners from hell in exchange for you alone if you are willing to go in their place.. would you go? The Christian will almost always answer NO.. so you say where is your faith in your savoir Jesus? Don't you have any faith that he'd have a plan to rescue you before he ever even approached you? Your faith appears to be very shallow..
  • same thing as give you the right to tell them to kiss off. but a better aproach would be to ask them if their tactics are a good representation of how christ would want his message spread. christ did not get in peoples face... he said "come follow me" and those who followed recieved teh message. wait, I thought you were talking about people who get agressive in public... TV and radio evangelists... um hello... the fact that you have control over your TV and radio says they are supposed to say what ever they believe because you are by tuning to their shows ASKING THEM for guidance. even if they are wrong (and I believe in most cases they are) it is their duty to preech as they understand. if you do not like their understanding don't tune to their show!!!!
  • They can preach all they want you do not have to listen. When they come to my door I say I am not interested and close it in their face. They are the rude ones. I am not invading their privacy. We all have the right to our own beliefs.
  • What gives a vegetarian the right to tell me I shouldn't eat meat? If you're so sure the evangelist is wrong, then why are you asking a whole bunch of strangers to side with you? Something else to think about: That evangelist doesn't know whether you'll be receptive to the message or not. Should he forego giving the message to one who actually wants it, just to avoid offending some thin-skinned know-it-all?
  • Religion does not have a lock on this mindset my friend. Politics is rife with it. "Believe as I believe or you will go to he**, you are unpatriotic, you are/are not, are/are not"...if you look around you will find it everywhere in everything. People who are so arrogant/supercilious/pompous/condescending who actually believe they know better, they got it right, they are the smartest. Yeah...right! :(
  • I have more than a right - I have marching orders from Gen Jesus to do just that. That mean I have an OBLIGATION to witness to you. God ha not permitted me to have the right to remain silent. So i cannot and will not because God love for is do great that He does not want you to perish.
  • I don't mind so much about that. It is their demand that I give them a 10th of my earnings (tithe) that I object to.
  • No, they do not have the right to do this! No one can condem another person to hell, ONLY God can do this! Some of these evangelists use scare tacticts to make people believe this. This is what I hate about so called Christian Evangelists. This gets money in their pockets so they can live their lavish lifestyles. They use God to make money for themselves. Basically they are correct because belief in Jesus Christ is the accepted way and it says so in the Bible it is the "way to God" I know of noplace it says if you refuse to believe you are going to hell but that you will not be with God. I believe there is a hell but it is reserved for Satan and his demonic followers.
  • The 1st amendment gives them this right but, you also have the right to tell them to go pound sand.
  • They have the same right to speak without censorship or limitation as the rest of us do. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment. The good news is they can tell you you're going to go to hell and you can tell them, "I'll be in line behind you, you judgmental turd."
  • freedom of speech. did they ask for money, also?
  • Just be careful that they aren't packing. Anyone named Tiller is at risk.
  • That burns me up too. They're perfectly free to believe as they wish. Just don't try to shove it down other people's throats. +5
  • There's a difference between rights and propriety. Do you believe free speech is a right or should be a right? If you do, then of course you have to cede that Christian Evangelists have the right to proselytize (which is what you've described). Does that mean it's kind or polite of them to do so? No, not at all. Just because we have "rights" doesn't mean it's always "right" to exercise them. Have you ever heard the phrase "I don't agree with what you're doing but I'll defend to the death your right to do it"?
  • What gives them the right? Read the constitution, you'll find the answer. You can also use that right to tell them to get lost ;)
  • Nope. Outside of a smug attitude and a grandiose self satisfide egotistical attiude. Pity for these sad creatures on your part will serve you well. Why let them get to you? They are truely sad.
  • It's called freedom of speech.
  • Right to free speech. Of course, you have that right also. Politicians do it all the time also.
  • They believe they have the right to do so. And way too many of them think they've got the ability to send you there.
  • They don't believe it's a right. They believe it's an obligation and that they are doing it for you not against you.
  • Freedom of speech protects even the lowest of men.
  • I believe as a Christian that I have the right to tell people that call themselves brothers and sisters in Christ that they are doing things that are against the Lord (and that, yes, will mean they're going to hell.) I believe that this was sanctioned by Paul. I don't preach to non-believers though, that is stupid.
  • It's a passive remnant of the Spanish Inquisition.
  • I'm an atheist, but they certainly have the right to proclaim their beliefs. Yeah it's irritating sometimes, but we should look to all opinions so that we might better understand our own.
  • Excalibur, let me direct you to this link. http://getsaved.com/
  • I just kick 'em in the nuts. I'm going to hell anyway right?
  • they are ignorant. dont listen to them. No person can tell you what to believe.
  • The answer could very well be might! Think about it, if Christendom hadn't killed out most of its opposition do you think its member would be as brazen as they are today? I mean imagine if they had lost all the crusades and say the Buddhist church was the richest in the world. Think about it. +2
  • A Christian should not condemn anyone to hell because in the Bible it says... Matthew 7:21 Not everyone who says to Me, "Lord, Lord," will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. In the book of Luke it proclaims... Luke 6:37 Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. This command was given by Jesus as He was preaching to the crowds on the Mount of Olives. This and similar verses are often cited as proof that Christians should not go around condemning others about their behavior. A good example was when Jesus said... John 8:7 "He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her." The way I do it when I am telling a person about the word of God, I like to make it understandable to that person that is listening to me, but if that person is not interested in what I'm saying, then I will move on and respect his/her decision, and I will go talk to someone else instead.
  • freedom of speech.
  • Some people believe it's their God-commanded duty to do this. I don't agree with those tactics. I think loving people and caring for them shows more than telling someone they will burn in eternal hellfire if they don't change.
  • They do have the RIGHT to do so. We have freedom of speech, conscience and expression. I may not agree with what they say, but as long as others' rights are not violated in doing so, then it's OK. What bothers me is that these same people would likely not defend freedom of religion for ME, a pagan.
  • Well, I was raised in a Christian Evangelical tradition (the Methodist Church, specifically). I am a Christian, but the evangelical label has been hijacked by people whose primary agenda seems to be going around and telling other people how they're just not quite as good as anybody else. . They've actually taken this to the extreme that, whenever you hear the name "Jesus" spoken in public conversation, you immediately start worrying about who's about to have a cross burned on their front lawn. . At least in the United States, they have the Constitutional right to come up to you and tell you that you're going to Hell. (They say this to me all the time because I'm gay.) . I think they're being more than a little bit presumptuous to reach that conclusion - if they really paid attention to their own faith, they'd know that God always knows more than they do, and they shouldn't jump to conclusions based on what is always incomplete evidence. (I'm also a lawyer.) . But I'll share with you what I tell them when they hit me with something like what you describe: "I know that you think I'm going to Hell, and I know that you think you need to tell me that. But, since you are an evangelical who believes I'm going to Hell, have you ever considered that I might be more willing to listen to you if the belief that I'm going to Hell didn't make you quite so happy?" . If these idiots are true evangelicals, Jesus needs to seriously re-think his advertising budget.
  • I'll admit, some people, upon discovering something "new", and/or "exciting", want to share it with others. (Ever come across a BIG sale somewhere, and rushed back to tell someone?) Well, there is NOTHING on earth like "discovering" the eye-opening, life-changing moment when one becomes a Christian!!! The excitement is unbelievable. Well, SOME people may become a little TOO overzealous about presenting this to others. (Sometimes, we tend to FORGET that at one time, we TOO--were skeptics!!!) Let us not forget that Christ, himself, only PRESENTED his gospel. He didn't have people in HEADLOCKS--forcing his gospel on people!!! Let's pray for those whose methods are a little on the FORCEFUL side. ;)
  • In most countries we have the right to free speech. As such, they have the right. Nevertheless, it is rude, narrow minded and probably turns a possible convert of and away rather than achieving that which was intended.
  • Imagine that you have been invited to a wonderful party, along with several hundred other people. There is music and laughter and plenty of good time to be had by all. Suddenly you discover that the building is on fire. Some enemy has blocked all the exits from the building. Everyone is trapped and will burn to death soon, but not everyone is aware of the fire at this moment. You discover that one exit is still open, and a fireman on the outside tells you to go tell everyone that they need to use this exit or they will be burned to death. All other exits are death traps. As you rush from person to person to tell them of the fire and the means to escape, you get a number of different reactions. Some say, I don’t believe in fire. Others will tell you that there are plenty of other exits from the building and they don’t want to use the one you found. Some object to your interrupting them in their party. You have no right to do so, they will say. Others will agree that the building is on fire, and that the exit you point out is the only one, but that they don’t want to leave the party just yet, and they have plenty of time before the roof crashes down on them. This is very analogous to the situation that faces the evangelists. They are trying to warn you of the danger you face. They are trying to tell you of the way out of the danger and how to save your life. They could say, I know the way out and to hell with the rest of you. Instead they are trying to save as many people as they can from a death that they may not even be aware of. And there you sit, complaining about these people making all sorts of noise, upsetting folks with their ridiculous fairy tale of the building burning. Enjoy the party while it lasts. As for me, I’m headed for the exit.
  • They have freedom of speech, so they have the right to do so. However, freedom of speech works both ways. You then have the right to tell them that they are idiots, tell them that you sacrificed a goat on the weekend, or even to tell them that you had a chat with Jesus just now, and he's coming down from heaven to kick their butts. Whatever you like!
  • Mark 16:15-16 "And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. 16 “He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned." Christians, including evangelists, are commissioned by Jesus to bring the Gospel message to the world but it's up to the individual to either accept or reject that message. I do believe that Christians have an obligation to "warn" someone of hell, which evangelists usually do at their crusades, but it should be done with agape love and with tact.
  • They have the legal right to say just about anything, but you do too. Next time exercise it.
  • If a truck is barreling toward you and is going to run over you and kill you, Do I have a right to yell at you and tell you a truck is going to run over you and kill you. Yes I do, but you can choose to stand there and get killed or you can jump out of the way of the truck.

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