David Diga Hernandez on How Evangelism Is Changing in a Secularized World

David Diga Hernandez

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Secularization, or the rejection of religion and spirituality as an essential part of life, has become increasingly popular over the past few decades. In many cases, Christians are persecuted for their faith or punished for standing up for their beliefs. That poses a huge challenge to evangelists seeking to discharge their mandate of making disciples of all nations. How do you reach an audience that is constantly bombarded with anti-religion rhetoric? How do you share the Gospel when keyboard warriors come at you constantly for what they term “hateful” and “abuse”?

“The church of Jesus Christ has been evangelizing for thousands of years, and it’s not going to stop now,” said David Diga Hernandez, an evangelist from South California. “We’re in a time where we have more opportunities than ever before to share the gospel.” Since 2007, Hernandez has preached the Gospel of Jesus Christ to millions of young people and has become one of the most well-known Christian leaders on YouTube. A key figure for the charismatic Christian movement among Gen Z and millennials, he doesn’t fit into any church denomination category, mainly because he chooses to stand out from the rest.

While Hernandez accepts evangelism must adapt to the cultural shift, he maintains that preachers must uphold the integrity of the word of God. “I truly believe that, because man is a spiritual being, every generation longs for a true encounter with the living God. It’s almost condescending to attempt to give the next generations some less potent version of the Gospel, especially since authenticity is so valued,” Hernandez says. “I believe it’s a mistake to alter the simple message of salvation through Jesus Christ in an attempt to bait any one generation.”

To the point that millennials and Gen Z youth are somehow more closed to the Gospel than other generations, Hernandez says that’s far from the case. While admitting some may not believe in or want the Gospel, Hernandez maintains that millions more want the unvarnished, unadulterated Gospel that was preached thousands of years ago. He believes delivering this message through the channels that Gen Z and millennials frequent is what will reach these generations and transform them, not a shell of the Gospel. “Amidst all the confusion and content, the gospel rises and pierces the heart,” Hernandez adds.

That said, Hernandez acknowledges that “e-vangelism” is not without its challenges. As the culture becomes increasingly anti-Christian, censorship from the government and big tech is also on the rise. Facebook will censor your post if they don’t like it. Many groups will go to any lengths to silence the truth because their conscience is pricked and irritated. Hernandez notes that because of religious fragmentation and cultural change, the simple message of the truth now gets labeled as “intolerant” or “hate speech”. Society, even some professing Christians, thinks the Scripture should be re-evaluated and made more palatable to suit the prevailing cultural climate.

Despite truth-telling being labeled as “abuse”, Hernandez remains a frontline warrior fighting against the enemy’s efforts to steal people’s souls through deception and manipulation. He steadfastly sticks with the message of the Gospel as it has been preached for thousands of years and hopes to do so for many years to come on a much larger scale. To help combat big tech censorship, Hernandez and his team are building their own platforms and as much infrastructure as possible, including a $2 million production facility they just invested in.

 

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