1 Corinthians 9:19-27
19 For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to
all, that I might win the more; 20 and to the Jews I became as a Jew,
that I might win Jews; to those who are under the law, as under the
law, that I might win those who are under the law; 21 to those who are
without law, as without law (not being without law toward God, but
under law toward Christ), that I might win those who are without law;
22 to the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak. I have
become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. 23
Now this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I may be partaker of it with
What Paul means is that he adapted his teaching to their thought in
their culture to reach them.
He applies the philosophy while preaching in Athens. He uses the
altar of the Unknown God to justify belief in the Christian god. See
All Christians who preach try to emulate Paul, and they have heard of
these ideas. But they go further. They take it as a license to lie for
Jesus. It does not matter whether the factual claims you make are
wrong as long as you get people to believe. So as a Christian
evangelist you can say cool sounding things like “I am not a religious
person”, or “I do not subscribe to a religion” while internally
justifying it by saying “I have a personal relationship with Jesus”.
So the evangelist gets to lure in doubters and non-religious people by
appearing to be liberal.
The call to be all things to all people is used to justify any
political maneuvering, lying, cajoling and coaxing that these
evangelists do. So beware of Christians who want to preach. They have
a license to lie without feeling guilty.