I was surprised when the slightly light-hearted post I made last year about Sign Fireman and the Hot Girls in Lagos poster went viral and was published and syndicated by various media outlets. It remains one of the top posts on this blog with the #1 keyword for search, showing that it's an issue on the public mind. Today, this comment below was made on that post by Whitney Chad, who I can only assume is Sign Fireman's PR person. For those in Nigeria, read and see if Mr. Fireman has a point.
"The point is that God sent me to bring Twenty-First Century innovations that will change Christianity and make it have more results! Let me give you an example.
Recently, believers do soulwinning among believers! Churches “wins souls” from another church! That is not soul winning! That is souls transfer! They are fishing in the frying pan! Real soulwinning is reaching out to SINNERS and getting them saved! To do that, one has to go to where sinners are!
That is how Jesus did it! “And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples” (Matthew 9:10).
And it brings criticism! “And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and sinners, they said unto his disciples, How is it that he eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners?” (Mark 2:16).
Jesus reaching out to sinners was misunderstood, but He didn’t care. Here was Jesus’ response to the criticism: “…wisdom is justified of her children” (Matthew 11:19). He called strategy for reaching out to sinners “wisdom,” and said that, contrary to the claims of critics, the strategy is not justified by how it looks but by its results!
Our HOT GIRLS flyer was a Twenty-First Century evangelistic innovation! We wanted to reach out to harlots. We wanted to take call girls off the streets around the location of the church. One of the times Jesus appeared to me He taught me that, to catch a fish, you have to use bait! Hence, we designed the flyer with a caption that would attract them! Contrary to the criticisms of critics, the strategy worked! Hundreds of girls were saved, including so many call girls! We gave those call girls money to move from the hotels and brothels to their own houses, jobs, capital for business, machines for starting a business, and we sent some of them back to school! Today, many of them are still saved, working, schooling, and some are even married! As Jesus said, the results have resoundingly justified the strategy!
I believe in hardcore, revolutionary evangelism; not the frying pan fishing that many churches are doing today!
Like Jesus did it, real evangelism involves our risking being misunderstood, and reaching out to unbelievers wherever they may be found! Let’s stop playing nice and launch out and do real soulwinning!"