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Disarming Arguments Against Evangelism (Part 2)

This is part of a short series of posts on disarming augments that I have heard on evangelism.  I have found that people, because of the flesh, will come up with various arguments against sharing the gospel with the lost.  This series is designed to answer those arguments and to provide disciples of Christ with biblical answer for sharing our faith.  These posts are not in any given order.

In the previous post, I examined how fear is often used to cripple us from preaching the gospel to the lost.  The Scriptures promise us that we have the power of the Spirit for evangelism (Acts 1:8) and Acts 4:31 demonstrates how we can pray for the boldness of the Spirit to share our faith.  We must, however, step out and begin to share our faith for this supernatural boldness to come.  God is not going to zap us and we receive some sort of subjective experience that now prepares us to share our faith.  We must, in faith, trust God and step out and begin to share our faith (Hebrews 11:30).

Another objection that I have heard (and have used myself) would be the lack of knowledge.  It is amazing to watch men of God such as Ray Comfort share the gospel with the lost.  They seem to always have an answer for the hope that is in them (1 Peter 3:15).  Yet I often have stumbled in my own witnessing.  I have been sharing the gospel with a lost person and they have asked me questions that I just didn’t seem to have an  answer for.  Other times, I would try to give an answer only to later realize that I could have said this or that but it was too late.  This lack of knowledge can cause a disciple to shut up and not share their faith.

My solution to this is two-fold.  First, the disciple should spend time in the Word of God daily to learn more about their faith.  As we abide in the truth, the truth will naturally get into our minds and hearts (John 8:31-32).  In Matthew 28:20 Jesus taught His disciples to not just baptize disciples but to also observe all that He had commanded.  The Word of God will bring conformity in both word and deed (Romans 15:18).

Secondly, the disciple should memorize the Word of God.  The principle of hiding God’s Word in our hearts finds its root in the Old Testament.  God commanded His people to hide His Word in their hearts (see Deuteronomy 6:6; 11:18; Joshua 1:8; Psalm 119:11).  The Lord Jesus spoke of the good heart in Luke 8:15.  That is what the disciples heart is to be.  A good heart that stores up the Word of God.  The prophet Jeremiah said in Jeremiah 15:16 that he ate the Word and it became “to me a joy and the delight of my heart for I am called by your name, O LORD, God of hosts.”  

While a disciple will no doubt benefit from reading apologetical books or from reading theology, it is the Word of God that is our sword (Ephesians 6:17).  How did Jesus answer both the enemy and His critics in the Gospels?  With Scripture (Matthew 4:4-10; 15:1-9; 19:1-9; 21:14-16; 21:42-44; 22:41-46; etc.).  If Jesus our Lord answered the devil and His critics with the Word of God, so should we.  The Word of God cuts deep not just in us but also in our hearers (Acts 2:37; Hebrews 4:12-13).

Each of us have different understanding and are different in our knowledge of God’s Word.  This should not keep us from witnessing.  A witness in a court of law simply tells what they have seen.  They are not there to convince the jury but to simply testify to what they have seen or heard.  This is true of biblical witnessing.  God alone saves sinners by His grace.  The Spirit of God convicts sinners as we witness (John 16:8-11) and His job is to draw sinners to salvation (John 6:44; Acts 16:14-15).  Our job is simply to testify to what we have seen and heard (Acts 4:20).  We are to speak all the words of this life (Acts 5:20).  The Holy Spirit takes our witnessing and He opens sinners hearts to the gospel truth.

In my own witnessing, I have witnessed to people for hours and then to someone just for a few minutes.  Time is not the issue.  The gospel should be the issue.  We should fill our witnessing with as much of the Word as possible.  Human reasoning only goes so far.  We need the supernatural power of the Word of God to see sinners saved.  In fact, salvation is the work of God and not of men (John 1:12-13; 3:3-5).  When the Lord saves a sinner, He does so by His grace alone (Ephesians 2:8-9) and not by meeting a person half way or by the Lord doing His part while the sinner does his part.  Our job is to preach the gospel to the lost sinner and the Lord will take our seed and He brings forth fruit in His timing (1 Corinthians 3:6).

Yet how can we witness what we have not been seeing or hearing?  We must abide in the Word of God so that our witnessing is in truth and not merely based on our own experience of coming to Christ for salvation.  The Word of God is our solid foundation to build on and not our own subjectiveness (2 Peter 1:16-21).

Written by The Seeking Disciple

08/06/2014 at 3:36 PM

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