“In no way are we giving any cause for stumbling, so that no fault may be found with our ministry.” This is taken from 2 Corinthians 6:3.
In today’s crime filled world, many householders are suspicious of strangers. Second Timothy 3:1–5 tells us: “But know this, that in the last days critical times hard to deal with will be here. For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, haughty, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, disloyal, having no natural affection, not open to any agreement, slanderers, without self-control, fierce, without love of goodness, betrayers, headstrong, puff up with pride, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having an appearance of godliness but proving false to its power; and from these turn away.”
We should avoid adding to set suspicion. For example, suppose we approach a house and knock on the front door. If no one answers, we could be tended to look through the window or walk around the property, searching for the household. In your area, would that most likely disturb the householder? What might his neighbors think? True, we should be thorough in our preaching work. Acts 10:42 tells us: “Also, he ordered us to preach to the people and to give a thorough witness that this is the decreed by God to be judge of the living and the dead.”
We are eager to spread a positive message, and our motives are good. Romans 1:14, 15 tells us: “Both to Greeks and to foreigners, both to wise into senseless ones, I am a debtor; so I am eager to declare the good news also to you there in Rome.”
Nevertheless, we widely avoid doing anything that could unduly disturb people in our witnessing territory. When we show respect for the home and property of those in our territory, our conduct may attract some individuals to the truth. 1 Peter 2:12 tells us: “maintain your conduct fine among the nations, so that when they accuse you of being wrongdoers, they may be eyewitnesses your fine works and, as a result, glorify god and the day of his inspection.”