Food Ministries: An Observation

If using food ministry as outreach evangelism is effective, why did no one Jesus fed ever decide they’d be a disciple?

In all truth I tell you, you are looking for me not because you have seen the signs but because you had all the bread you wanted to eat.   Do not work for food that goes bad, but work for food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of man will give you, for on him the Father, God himself, has set his seal. (Jn. 6:26-27) …   After this, many of his disciples went away and accompanied him no more. (Jn. 6:66).

Feed hungry folk all you want.  Just don’t imagine it will result in any spiritual growth.

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I am a Pastor, and Lecturer in Church History and Biblical Studies at Ming Hua Theological College.
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3 Responses to Food Ministries: An Observation

  1. Excellent point! My involvement with charitable ministries, orphanages, etc in Brazil have taught me the truth you express in this post. There is no “missionary” meal, “saving” meal, or anything that we can do to change the heart of a person into serving Christ. Full belly or not! Only God can do it and He can do it with a starving person, or a full bellied one.
    Now.. indulge me to irritate our brethren in the “real presence” camp… just for Friday fun:
    Would Jesus compare and place His presence o a “food that goes bad?”
    Would He say “I am the living bread” and that living bread not to be “it” but “food that goes bad?”
    Yeah, tell me it is absurdity…

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  2. Timothy Joseph says:

    What you write is true, yet a food ministry can be evangelistic by making sure that Jesus and the Gospel are the motivation and the emphasis of the ministry. Preaching the Word is always powerful and effective.
    Tim

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  3. John Roth says:

    Also note the Temptations in the Wilderness; Jesus explicitly rejected that option.

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