The Final Round of Answers to Questions Christians Have for Other Christians
Welcome back to the third and final installment of Answers To “Questions Christians Have For Other Christians”. If you have come across this article for the first time and are wondering “What were the first two about?” or are asking “What questions?”, stop reading. Go to the blog page and read the first two articles on this subject before continuing. They will explain the Buzzfeed video, the tactics used by the people in the video (as well as the tactics we are using to debunk it), and will explain my dry, cut-the-crap-and-call-it-what-it-is-for-goodness-sake style of writing. Otherwise you may not fully understand or appreciate anything else I will write from here on.
With that said, gird your loins (seriously, how often do you get to say that!) and put on the full armor of God, because we are engaged in a battle for truth now, and I, for one, am not going to take any prisoners. It’s time to learn to use God’s Word, the Sword of The Spirit, to penetrate to our hearts (the battle field), divide the truth from the lies, and put to death the deception that is warring against us, not only in this video but also in the world we live.
So...with open hearts and open Bibles... let's do this.
Why do you feel like I have to constantly be preaching in order to be a good Christian? Is showing my friends love and grace not allowed to just speak for itself sometimes?
I feel that this question was the big turning point in the video, and what a surprise that it attacks evangelism. This has to be one of the most disagreeable subjects in the church today, and yet the Bible makes it very clear that we are commanded to do it. Matt. 28:19-20, Mark 16:15, and 2 Tim. 4:2,5 are not polite suggestions. They are directives that are given to us, not just to the disciples or just to Timothy.
Here is a question for you. Do you love your friends and family? Because if God exists and if He is not a liar (Rom. 3:4), then the whole Bible is true. If the Bible is true, then Heaven and Hell exist and Hebrews 9:27 is accurate about how everyone will be judged after they die. And if everyone is judged according to their deeds (Rom. 14:12), words (Matt. 12:36), and even their thoughts (Luke 12:2-5), and they are compared against God’s perfect Law, the 10 Commandments, they will be found guilty before the almighty, perfect, holy and righteous God. Ezekiel 18:4 tells us plainly that “the soul that sins shall die.” Have you sinned? Have your friends sinned? How about your family, or your kids? Where will they go when they die? Our only hope is to repent of our sin (i.e. turn away from sin, hating it, and obey Jesus instead), and trust in God to forgive us because Jesus paid our punishment on the cross.
Now, how are your friends going to get all that from being around you while you’re being nice to them? Sure, maybe someday somebody might ask you “What is it about you that is so different?” Even if they notice you are different and you are nice, it’s still not enough information for them to be saved! They need to hear the whole Gospel!
“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17
So many Christians live their lives in silence, hoping that their good deeds will prompt people to come to them saying “Are you a Christian? I want to follow Jesus too. I want to live a holy life. Can you help me get saved?” But the reality is that will probably never happen. Why?
“There is none righteous, no, not one; There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God. They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one.” Romans 3:10-12