Announcing the New Direction For the Not Ashamed of the Gospel Blog

Peter Guirguis Video 46 Comments

In last week’s blog post, I admitted to the Not Ashamed of the Gospel community how I was wrong.

You see, I started out this blog with the specific purpose of convincing atheists that God is real.

But after failing for several years to accomplish what I set out to do, it turns out that my purpose needs to be realigned.

Needless to say, I’ve learned some EXTREMELY valuable lessons along my journey.

Gods ways are so much better than our ways

And now, it’s time for me to share with you the new direction that I’m taking the Not Ashamed of the Gospel blog.

When you watch theΒ video below, you’ll discover:

  • The 3 groups of people who I’ll be writing for
  • The 1 group of people who I’ll no longer be writing for
  • The new type of content that I’ll be writing about, doing videos on, and how that affects YOU

So click the play button, watch the video, and give me your opinion in the comments when you are done.

 

 

 

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Comments 46

  1. Hey Peter, it’s been a while. Keep up the great work, you are touching more lives than you realize. Some people will never want God, but for those who do want to know, you have been a huge help. Thanks Brother.

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  2. I fully understand Peter. You’ve left your testimony including facts and evidence. You can never convince people against their will. Time to move on to those whom God is calling. Atheists are willingly ignorant of reality and choose to not believe in God’s existence, not because they can prove it, but because they refuse to believe in the only other option. This is usually due to anger and bitterness over experiences in their own life that they can not reconcile or the evil and suffering in the world. The other primary reason is they love their sin, refuse to turn from it, and thus refuse to believe that they will be held accountable to any moral standard or being. That’s the bottom line and only a divine work of God will change it…..as it happened in your own life. Continue on, brother. Scott

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      I knew, Scott, that if anybody was going to understand my position, it would be you 😊. As I read through your comment, I found that all of your reasons were right on target and you did such a thorough job of explaining the subject. Thanks for your steadfast support, it’s an honor to call you my friend 😊.

  3. Hello, Peter!
    Wonderful what you’re doing!
    I don’t think taking 6 years to realize something makes you “slow.” How about 48 years? LOL! Having left the Catholic Church at age 15, thus began a L O N G journey seeking God’s Truth. 48 years, in fact. LOL! In late 2011 I was born again in God’s Spirit, and with the family of siblings in Christ I’ve been blessed with, (such as yourself, Peter,) I now daily read/study God’s Word & enjoy being part of God’s family!
    PRAISES, GLORY AND HONOR BE ONTO OUR FATHER GOD, HIS SON JESUS (YESHUA), HIS HOLY SPIRIT!!! BLESSED TRINITY-ONE GOD, THANK YOU!!!
    Forever your Sis in Christ Jesus ~ Patty

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      Thanks so much Patty! You always know the right things to say at the right time 😊.

      I would never have guessed that you got saved in 2011. From all that I know about you, you are a sister who is filled with the Spirit and with so much of the love of Christ. I would’ve thought that you had been walking with the Lord for more than 20 years!

      But now I understand why you are bearing so much fruit for the Lord. It’s because like you mentioned, you are reading daily and studying God’s Word. Keep up the great work that you’re doing for the Lord, Patty!

  4. Hi Peter — So wonderful to read this and re-connect with you! I totally agree as I’ve been working on a Christian book that also addresses the searchers and the doubters plus Christians wavering in their faith because of the relentless attacks of the leftists/secularists. Atheists just pretty much unreachable, no matter that one can now use opinions of many scientists (including Stephen Hawkings) that the Big Bang Theory looks an awful lot like creation story in Genesis! I’m still writing regularly at Townhall and some of my columns (such as the latest one: “Why Christians Can’t Believe in Man-Caused Global Warming”) are from my Christian point of view. The majority of the 650 or so comments on that column are secularists/atheists going totally bonkeroonie. Kinda fun really. Anyhow thanks for being an inspiration for so many of us — many blessings! Joy

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      Thanks so much, Joy, and it’s great hearing from you again! I totally agree with your assessment. What really impressed me about your comment is how you said that having those 650 secularists/atheists comment on your article was “kinda fun”. You have such an awesome attitude, Joy!

      If that happened to me, I would probably be bummed and get a little bit depressed. I pray that God would make me more unmovable and unshakable, just like Jesus 😊.

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  5. Hi Peter.
    You say 6 years is slow to realise that “you were throwing pearl before Swine”. It took me 10 years. I was so into apologetics and how I would convince unbelievers until in the last year I realised apologetics was more for me and to confirm my decision of faith in Christ. It is not a waste though, but armour and weapons to be prepared to answer those questioning. I will continue to read your blog with interest.
    This is a good direction
    Michelle

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      Thanks so much, Michelle. And I agree with what you said, apologetics is not a waste of time. I think the mistake that I was making was thinking that apologetics was going to convert the atheistic heart. But it turns out that some atheists have hardened their hearts so much that they are unable to see God’s truth. It’s just like the Scripture that says that nobody can come to Christ unless the Father draws him or her.

      Thanks for your encouragement, Michelle 😊.

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  6. Peter,
    I am happy to see God’s revelations to you. I have also been on a journey to experience God. What I have found is this:
    1. There was nothing you could do to assure your salvation! It was a free gift from God (Faith alone, in Christ alone, by Grace alone).
    2. We can do nothing to bring anyone to Jesus We speak the word of God to others and the HOLY SPIRIT uses those words to touch the soul of them and GOD is the one that makes it happen!
    3. God is spirit (so is the devil). The battle before us is spiritual and we must be operating on a spiritual level to. be effective for GOD!
    4.Very few clergy will speak to us on a spiritual level (do they fell inferior if we are more spiritual than they are?)
    5. The church used to effect society and how people live their lives. Now, society dictates how the church operates. If a preacher speaks the truth of God, and the people do not like what they hear,they go to a different church (there is always another one that would be happy to take them). The church is more worried about the offering plate and pleasing the parishioners so they remain generous with their offerings.
    6. We have been indoctrinated to believe that church is that building with the cross on top we go to on Sunday morning. (We spend an hour a week there. Is that really enough spiritual food to sustain us for an entire week?) It Is Not!! Actually, Church is inside of us and we carry it with us all the time. We were commanded to gather with like-minded believers to strengthen the faith of all!
    7. We are all searching (a spiritual craving for our soul similar to the hunger pangs or thirst your body experiences when it needs nourishment) for the truth of the gospel and desire to commune with our Savior.
    8. It is extremely difficult to find people that actually understand all this.

    God’s blessings to you Peter, It is a difficult road you are travelling on, but it is so worth it!
    PRAISE GOD!

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  7. I’m glad you are a former athiest Peter! Now go fulfill your purpose. Christ in you and all around you friend.

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  8. Peter~I have followed your posts silently for awhile (really enjoyed the Jerry Seinfeld/calendar article and have employed it every day since). But I thought that today I might comment. I think your change in focus is spot on and spirit-led. I loved the video of the Muslim woman…how articulate she was. I look forward to seeing your future posts.

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  9. Dear Bro. Peter,

    I am so happy about the new direction that you have taken. Though I have not been in touch with you, I’ve been following your blogs and your posts that I receive in my email. Thank you so much brother. They are very encouraging and I have forwarded them to many of my ” atheists” friends in the middle east. When I saw the new direction, I, kind of hoped (secretly) that you would start focusing on Muslims as well (it’s my forte, so I hoped about it, but I am glad that you are doing what God has called you for). God bless you brother ! We are all praying for you and Keep up the good work bro !

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      Thank you, Syed! I’m not really an expert when it comes to sharing with Muslims, but I know that God has thoroughly equipped you, Syed, so I just leave that part up to you and other brothers and sisters.

      I’m praying that God will continue to protect you and help you share the gospel with as many people as possible. May God bless your ministry always!

  10. Brother Peter….first of all, thanks for ALL you do to spread God’s word…I truly enjoy your blogs so know that God is using you for his kingdom. I think the key to “conversion” for an atheist rests in their ability to honestly explore All THE EVIDENCE for God that our loving Father/Creator shows us each day. How anyone can see the beauty and complexity in nature, the universe and human beings and then say they are certain there is no God just shows how prideful and arrogant folks can be. I don’t mean to bash atheists but seriously, the evidence for GOD is everywhere if you are willing to see it so I think your decision to stop targeting atheists makes sense. They know where to go when they are ready to be open to God and the journey starts within…after that when they are ready to dig deeper, the Holy Spirit will guide them to the people they need

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      Yes, I totally agree and understand where you’re coming from, Martin. Also, if an atheist becomes an atheist searcher, then he or she will be able to find content on my blog as well as on other people’s blogs.

      Martin, I’m wondering, are you involved in any kind of ministry?

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      Thanks for the kind words. If you ever get stuck and you need an answer to a doubt that you’re having, then you can always shoot me a private email by clicking on the Contact link in the menu of the blog.

  11. Hi, dear Peter, Love the new direction you are taking in your blog! I’m in group 3. I know you are going to attract even more folks to your wonderful blog! Enjoyed seeing the pictures of your delightful family on the wall behind you in your video. So exciting to see how much you are growing in Christ ! You truly are a Saint used by God.

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      Aww, thanks so much, Thea, for your very kind words. Your comment made my day 😊.

      You have such a wonderful gift of encouragement. I pray that you continue to use it to build up the body of Christ. May God bless you always πŸ™‚

  12. Hey Peter!

    I have been subscribed to your blog for a while now, and love what you are doing here. In light of that, I hope you don’t take my opinion here as bashing your decision in anyway at all…we each have our callings and if you feel yours doesn’t involve reaching atheists then I’m 100% with you on that!

    However, I don’t understand how a former atheist gets to the point where he feels atheist’s are unreachable? You yourself were reached and have been transformed into an AWESOME man of God. Was it hard? Did it take a long time? Probably, but it was still possible (as is anything through the power of God). So, I’m not here to bash your decision, as it’s of course yours to make…I was just curious how the fact that you used to be an atheist influenced this decision…was it a difficult one to make?

    My brother is an atheist…and I won’t give up on him until the day he dies. I don’t feel like you are giving up on atheists, just changing your methods to not focus on them because you feel like it’s not part of your calling, but someone elses to carry that part of the call to reach “all” people.

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      Hi Daniel, you bring up such a great point! And please forgive me for not addressing this in my blog post. It was a complete oversight on my part.

      So yes, while I am a former atheist, but God didn’t bring me to Christ until I turned from having a hardened heart to becoming a searcher. It was only when I began to be open to the things of God and I began to search for Him that God began to work in my life.

      So yes, I absolutely agree, please do not give up on your brother. Any kind of trials or circumstances in life can soften his heart and have him be open to the things of God.

      As for me, if an atheist turns from having a hardened heart to becoming a searcher or open to the things of God, then yes, I would love to share Christ with him. Although, even with my interpretation of the Scriptures, I find that God still wants me to share the gospel with ALL people that are in my path, even though He knows that they will say, “No,” to Christ.

  13. Thank you clearly communicating these goals! Be a great idea to post them in the about as well, so people understand the three groups and how you will be responding. God is using your heart, and the compassion you have for those who once were like you in their anger toward God. Isn’t he merciful!? That he can take us back from the farthest darkness.

    I have added you to my prayer journal brother. This is a great blog, and you are challenging many minds. As iron sharpens iron. Continue in the work the Lord calls you to, here and elsewhere. You are bringing his Kingdom and the feet are beautiful.

    I THANK GOD FOR YOU!

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  14. Hey Peter –

    I guess it’s about time for an atheist to weigh in on the new direction!

    Ok, so you know I consider you a friend and enjoy the blog and your readers immensely. So with that in mind, here’s a couple of thoughts I have about your announcement and some of the reader posts above:

    First, let me explain that atheist are NOT “willingly ignorant of reality and choose to not believe in God’s existence, not because they can prove it, but because they refuse to believe in the only other option. This is usually due to anger and bitterness over experiences in their own life that they can not reconcile or the evil and suffering in the world. The other primary reason is they love their sin, refuse to turn from it, and thus refuse to believe that they will be held accountable to any moral standard or being……….”
    This is actually a very uninformed and somewhat mean/offensive comment. Atheism IS simply disbelief or lack of belief in the existence of God or gods. I would guess that many of your readers are atheist towards EVERY other god except the God of the Bible. As I’ve stated before, I’m perfectly willing to accept information that meets its burden of proof. So far, I’m not convinced that anything supernatural meets that burden. I’m definitely open minded enough to consider new information though!

    Second, I’m not sure what the point of producing a blog only intended for people who think exactly like you do accomplishes. Getting confirmation bias from your own peer group doesn’t seem particularly worthwhile or productive to me. I’d much rather engage in thoughts and ideas that stretch my mind and understanding. I never thought of your blog as a tool to “de-convert atheists”. If anything it’s just a window for me into the mind of theists and I enjoy seeing how you guys think the same way I used to!

    I hope you don’t mind if I continue to read and comment on your posts and readers comments!

    And I’d like to remind your believing readers that just like you, they are ALL former atheists! πŸ˜‰

    Peace and love,

    R

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      Hey R, the quote that you commented that starts with β€œwillingly ignorant of reality and choose to not believe in God’s existence…” Who is it that you are quoting, if I may ask? I didn’t understand that part of your comment so that’s why I’m asking. I didn’t write or say those words so I know it’s not me.

      As for your second point about producing a blog on the Internet for people who think exactly like I do, well respectfully, I’m not really out to accomplish that either. I want to attract searchers and doubters who are people who think differently than I do. Those are the going to be the ones that I’m going to be primarily writing for.

      Peace and love to you too, my brother 😊.

      1. Hey Peter –

        I pulled that quote from an earlier reply on this post from – Scott AllswangJULY 19, 2017 AT 11:15 AM

        And for the intent of your blog……. I enjoy reading it either way. I was just curious why the shift in focus because most of the readers who comment here agree (basically) with your view of things. Where’s the fun in that?!?! – hahahahaha.

        Either way, keep writing my brother!

        R

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          Lol, alright, thanks R 😊

          By the way, you should see a bunch of the comments on the older articles that Google sends traffic to every day. You’ll definitely find that those people don’t agree with me and they are from all sorts of different religions. Some of these religions I didn’t even know about, I had to look them up bro πŸ™‚

  15. Hi Peter,

    I’m sorry I have not been around lately. miss you and your blog!

    I LOVE the new direction for this blog. Congratulations Peter, I think this is a great idea. Your former mission here – the atheists – will be of great assistance in what you are pursuing here. You have a good following and seem to have many people willing to interact with you. I believe you will do well with this new set of goals brother. You are a fantastic author with great insights, and as well are always willing to listen to others and discuss their viewpoints. Not everyone will do that.
    Thank you Peter for the blessing you are to me as well as many others, you touch many lives…

    Love in Christ
    Greg

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