Atheist Penn Jillette makes a case for sharing your faith

Penn Jillette (of the famous Penn & Teller team) is a smart guy and a devout atheist.  But this quote shows a level of insight that many of us have lost in the church:  “How much do you have to hate somebody to believe everlasting life is possible and not tell them that?”

Watch the video:



HT:  Justin Taylor for the video


  • steve miller July 22, 2013 Reply

    Penn is pretty smart. I use to “talk” to him a bit through his assistant on the online Penn and Teller forum. Penn shares how a Christian shared a Bible with him and it really changed his view of Christians. Keep him in your prayers.

  • Interesting and useful material! I appreciate the post and the challenge. Hard to believe that society, through its expectations and pressures, has, many times, silenced the Christian witness.

  • want to preach July 22, 2013 Reply

    I was run off from two churches for teaching that this is the obligation of every Christian.

  • Dave July 22, 2013 Reply

    I have found that people are more open than we think. If I am ready to give an answer for “why I am different” when they ask, they keep asking questions. I ask the Holy Spirit to give them questions that take us in the direction that he wants us to go. It is pretty amazing what happens. Sometimes I think God is just having fun with me along the lines of, “So you think I can’t make this conversation happen? Watch this!” And off we go!

  • Fred July 22, 2013 Reply

    I thought about sharing this on my Facebook page, but then I remembered all the Christian friends I have that post 20 scriptures a day, pray to God in their post as if God is a Facebook friend, post 20 more links to Christian sites and photos, have multiple Christian bumper stickers, and wear matching Christian Tshirts everywhere they go. All we need is for them to step up their “witness.”
    In this country there isn’t much hope for someone who hasn’t heard the message. I think more people are turned away by people whose witnessing just makes them seem like weirdos that don’t have a life and that no one would ever want to be like. I think the better way is to build relationships and let your life preach the Gospel. And throw away those cheesy and corny bumper stickers and t-shirts.

    • IMHO July 23, 2013 Reply

      You just beat me to it Fred 🙂 I was raised agnostic and came to Christianity later in life. I remember how much I hated people shoving their thoughts down my throat and telling me I was going to hell, and I’ll never do that to anyone else – ever. However, I’m very open about my faith, and talk about it as it relates to me. If I’m at lunch with an athiest, I have no problem bowing my head and silently saying a quick prayer. Sometimes people open up and ask about it, other times they ignore it or don’t even notice. But I’m just “being me”.

      I don’t think I need to go out and tell the world, if God wants to use me to speak to someone, he’ll bring them my way and open their heart. I just have to make sure I’m doing the right things, and not hiding them because it might offend someone. How messed up is it that we’ll be so quick to tell all our friends about the new movie we went to go see over the weekend, and totally forget to mention the awesome worship service we went to? There’s a difference between “prosthelatizing” and just being open, honest, and unafraid of someone else’s close-mindedness.

      Easier said than done though sometimes 🙂

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