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Unbiblical Notions that Keep Us From Evangelizing

I want to highlight notions that are unbiblical and keep us from sharing our faith with the lost.  There are so many people right around us who are lost and on their way to an eternal hell all while we avoid talking to them about what matters most, the gospel of Jesus Christ.  It is time for us to break out of our fear of men (I know that is the number one thing that keeps us all from sharing our faith) and open up and preach the gospel (Romans 10:14-17).  God has promised us the power of the Holy Spirit to preach Christ to the lost (Acts 1:8).  Let us use that God-given power to evangelize as many as possible for the glory of God.

1.  We Have To Build A Relationship First.

I have heard this one over and over again.  People will tell you that you have to build a relationship with a person to be effective in evangelism.  Some are honest about this but most seem to want to avoid preaching the gospel to the lost.  They say that they are building relationships with the lost but never go further than that.  They don’t preach the true gospel to their lost friends.

We must preach the gospel to all (Mark 16:15).  It is wonderful to build relationships with people but without the gospel, what is the point?  The gospel, and not your friendship, is what saves sinners (Luke 19:10).  The gospel was preached powerfully in Acts 2 to strangers but we see the results when the Spirit works (Acts 2:41, 47).  Our duty is to preach the gospel to the lost and we can do this through preaching alone (Romans 10:14-17) whether that be one on one or in an open air format.

2.  We Have To Be Mature First.

In other words, you have to know a lot of theology before you share your faith.  This is a lie from Satan.  I believe we can memorize John 3:16 and preach the gospel.  I do think that we must grow in our understanding of God and His Word (2 Peter 3:18) to make strong disciples but this doesn’t mean we must be seminary grads before we can share the gospel.  The woman in John 4 whom Jesus evangelized instantly begin to proclaim Christ to her people as we read in John 4:29, 39.  Growth takes time (1 Peter 2:1-3) but as we abide in the Word of God, God’s Word will fill our hearts more and more and the Spirit will help us preach the gospel and He will often bring to our minds texts that powerfully convict of sin (Hebrews 4:12-13).  The most important part of preaching the gospel is simply that you know the gospel and you know the Savior of the gospel message.  If you know these, you will not fail in preaching for God can use that (1 Corinthians 3:7).

3.  We Must Earn The Right To Be Heard.

This view says that we must do works of service for unbelievers to hear our message.  In other words, cut their grass or take out their trash or change their oil before trying to preach Christ to them.  I do believe there is some truth in this but often the message is neglected in favor of the works.  Again, unless we preach the gospel to the lost, they will not be saved.  They must hear the gospel to be saved!  Further, we find none of these “works” to earn the right to preach in the book of Acts.  The Apostles simply preached wherever they went (Acts 8:4).

4.  We Must Be Sinless To Preach Christ.

This lie from Satan has left many Christians sitting idly by while sinners pass them by.  They will not preach because they believe their sins have left them without the ability to preach the gospel to sinner.  I do think that we need to be a people of holiness (1 Peter 1:15-16).  I do think that holiness honors God before the world (Hebrews 12:14) but holiness doesn’t mean sinless perfection.  Our passion should be to be holy as Jesus is holy and not to sin (1 John 2:1) but since we live in a fallen world, we are all capable of sinning (James 3:2).  Our flesh is strong and wages war against the Spirit (Galatians 5:16-17) but our duty is to be obedient to Christ (Romans 6:11-14).  When we sin, confess your sins (1 John 1:9) but don’t allow your past to dictate your future.  Look to Christ to help you overcome sin (1 Corinthians 10:13) and He will help you (Galatians 5:1).  We are not slaves of sin or this proves that we are not His (John 8:31-38; 1 John 3:6-9) yet our passion should be to focus on Jesus and proclaim Him and not ourselves.

5.  Just Invite Them To Church.

This is the seeker model and many churches in my own area have this view.  We are told to invite people to church and our church will be fun, cool, hip, and relevant.  In other words, they won’t hear the gospel.  They will become church members but not disciples of Jesus.  The seeker model is almost cultish.  Get them in the door but don’t tell them about Christ until they are already coming for a while.  The problems with this model is that it has a very low view of God and a high view of Man.  It assumes that humans can just be conned into become disciples.  People do not love God.  They hate Him.  People do not want God.  They despise Him.  Romans 3:10-18 and Romans 8:7-8 paint a rather ugly picture of humanity.  They are not God-seekers.  They don’t want your Christ.  They may like your church, your “teaching” or whatever but your Christ they do not want.  This is why we must preach the gospel of repentance to the lost.  They must hear the truth and the Spirit will take the truth and convict hearts (Acts 16:14-15; Titus 3:5-7).  Salvation is of the Lord (Jonah 2:9) and God alone saves sinners.  Not churches or concerts or speakers or tracts.

6.  Laziness and Fear.

I put both of these together for a reason.  They feed off each other.  We are spiritually lazy when it comes to prayer, to reading and studying the Word, and we only are focused on God it seems when we are around certain folks or the church.  This should not be!  Our passion for Jesus should not be only seen when we are certain situations.  We should be passionate for Christ at all times (Romans 12:11-12; Revelation 2:4).  Further, we should long to pray and spend time in the Word in light of the cross.  It’s not that I have to pray or read my Bible but it’s that I get to do these things.  I want to glorify God in all that I say or do (Colossians 3:17) so I strive to please Him in all things (Colossians 1:10).  My passion is the glory of God in all things (Philippians 1:20-21).  Laziness and fear keep us from opening up our mouths and preaching the gospel.  We know that we should preach the gospel and we often feel guilty for not sharing our faith but this is a wrong view.  We should see evangelism in light of the cross.  Jesus is our salvation.  Not our works (John 6:29).  But we long to glorify Him for His saving of us so we want to preach Christ to the lost because of the finished work of Christ.  Our salvation is firmly based on Jesus and not our works (Ephesians 2:8-9) but we know that God works through us to touch the world for His glory (Ephesians 2:10).

Written by The Seeking Disciple

01/30/2013 at 10:00 AM

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