"Preach the Gospel at all times and if necessary use words." Ever heard that? Did it strike you as true or did you get that sinking feeling that it wasn't right and people are being misled by others who toss it out at convenient moments? I never did like it. Yes, to be sure Scripture makes it clear we are to display good works (Eph. 2:10; James 2:17) but to emphasize actions over speech is to create a false dichotomy as Glenn T. Stanton helpfully points out here in his informative post. The phrase, falsely attributed to St. Francis of Assisi, is simply incorrect and unbiblical. Let's not forget Paul's words, How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? (Romans 10:14 ESV) Thus, it is most certainly a misconception to think we can preach without employing words.
So as Believers, let's consider what we say more carefully. As Stanton correctly points out, "We can do better."