“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If any one hear my voice and open the door, I will come in and will sup with him and him with me” (Revelation 3:20).
That verse, with its promise and visual image, has been a mainstay in my evangelistic presentations for as long as I can remember. But lately, it’s been under attack.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard self-appointed critics insist, “That statement was made to a church! It’s not to be used for evangelism.” “Jesus is not talking about coming into the sinner’s heart; He’s talking about coming into a cold, complacent church!” “You’re taking it out of context to use in soulwinning.” “Careful scholarship would prevent you from misusing this verse.”
A professor of Greek in a well known, conservative seminary calls it scripture twisting to use Revelation 3:20 in evangelism.
And so forth.