Evangelism that ignores the fact of sin in every individual life while decrying the corporate sins of society is an exercise in sociology and not the proclamation of the gospel. Humanitarian concerns are compatible with the thinking of an unregenerate world. The preaching of the cross, with all its implications, is utter foolishness to all but those who believe. Lose sight of man’s spiritual need and all is lost. The need of all humanity is acutely personal, and the gospel tells man where his need can be met. Omit this, and a man remains “dead in trespasses and sins” (Ephesians:2:1) and without hope in a godless world.
—Paul Richard Smith,
in New Evangelicalism