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Missionary Dating vs. Encouraging a Brother in Christ

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What’s the difference between “Missionary Dating” and encouraging a brother in Christ to do better? There is a guy who flirts with me at work. If I were to be honest, I would secretly love to date him someday. He’s very friendly towards kids, he acts like a gentleman too and I love it! However, he has made some poor decisions and isn’t really into God right now.

Would it be bad to try to become better friends (but not date yet) and try helping him come back to God? Or is that too dangerous, I might get pulled into a “Missionary Dating” situation.

November 5, 2015 at 20:14


In my own opinion, I wouldn’t want to get too close to a guy who’s not saved; I would much rather directly refer him to God, approaching him with the intention of telling him the gospel right there rather than ever having to get close to them. This way you would have done your part in planting a seed in his mind but you wouldn’t have had to put yourself as bait into the mix. God can take things from there, I’d say. It’s not like the burden of his salvation is all on you; someone else can take that seed and water it, and God is definitely working through and through to mold that person’s destiny.

That’s what I have to say, God bless 🙂

November 10, 2015 at 09:51
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OK, so your first question was “What’s the difference between missionary dating and encouraging a brother in Christ?” The answer to that is that when you are missionary dating, the guy is not a Christ-follower. In order to “encourage a brother in Christ” he has to actually be a brother in Christ– a Christian. Also, you don’t have to date a brother in Christ in order to encourage him. 🙂 Personally, I would avoid missionary dating. I’ve seen it destroy relationships, friendships, and lives. However, showing Christ’s love to another person is a different matter entirely, and as Christians should always be our priority.

So, basically, I totally agree with Celby 🙂

December 31, 2015 at 10:48
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