I was recently reading through Teen Mania’s “R.I.O.T. Manual,” an evangelism guide published in the mid-90s. Ron Luce states, “This tactics section of your R.I.O.T. Manual is NOT a suggestion list. These aren’t just good ideas to read and forget. These are the steps you take to start your Righteous Invasion of Truth…We’d like you to implement these tactics all the time, but put at least three or four into action each and every week.”
As always, I want to follow Ron Luce’s advice. Clearly, God has anointed him to minister to the youth of our nation and any evangelism techniques he gives are sure to be awesomely effective. I especially like method #18, but I’m not sure how best to implement it.
18. BEHIND ENEMY LINES
This tactic is sure to get your adventurous side charged up! It will take you right where the lost are. The Bible says our enemy is the devil; Behind Enemy Lines is a tactic to infiltrate people who follow him.
In most towns you’ll find Mormon or Jehovah’s Witnesses churches. There are other cults represented in almost every city in America. Find tracts that address the cult’s perspective of life from a Biblical viewpoint, then go Behind Enemy Lines – into their church buildings. When the building is open, go in and pray and bind the devil. Then, discreetly insert tracts into books in their pews. When they have their next service, those who see the tracts will get a surprise that could give them a new life!
What a great idea! I would love to implement this evangelism tactic. The only problem is that I’ve already been banned from campus and Heath Stoner threatened to call the cops if I ever step foot there again. But if I let that stop me, then I wouldn’t be a “radical young warrior ready to cause a R.I.O.T.”
After all, as Ron said:
When you bring a R.I.O.T. to town, the locals should know that you have been there. The city council and mayor should know that you are doing something to stir up righteousness in your town. The newspapers and T.V. stations should know that something is going on with your R.I.O.T. Squad. When you start a R.I.O.T., everyone will know.
Well, the locals, the tv stations and the newspapers definitely knew that I was “stirring up righteousness” last fall. (This seems like a pretty hard tactic to achieve, so do I get extra points?) The only thing I don’t understand is why did Teen Mania vandalize my house for giving that interview. I was just following Ron’s advice! After all – Ron clearly said that these tactics are NOT optional – I should be doing them three or four times a week. Guess I should be giving more interviews!
And when Ron explains why, I couldn’t agree more:
Since the Garden of Eden, the devil has had a free for all – abusing, taking advantage of and deceiving people – with almost no resistance. He has manipulated us and given us a raw deal for so long that we accept it as the way things are supposed to be. We think it is normal to be ripped off by Satan. It happens all the time, but we don’t get mad because we’re used to it.
Well, we think it’s time to get mad – mad enough to start a R.I.O.T.
Hearing people’s stories about how they were abused and deceived makes me pretty mad, so I guess I’m on the right track! Its time for us to to resist the devil’s attempts to manipulate, deceive, rip us off and give us a raw deal. And not just us, but every person that God loves. It’s time to get mad!
Ron Luce says so!