Making The Gospel Attractive To
(something Christians should not do)
I have met very few true Christians in my life who really had a
love and zeal for sharing their faith. And when I do meet those precious
few who really love to share the Good News, I often discover that these saints
are embellishing the Message in a way that the Lord and the early church never
did. But it seems that nowadays, when a Christian shares the Gospel with
people they often add things that are not necessary and not even biblically
correct. And by their additions, they change the gospel and teach
falsehood. Here are some of those things:
They tell people "Jesus loves you" How can
we make this statement if we are not God? Do we dare decide whom God loves?
(see Romans 9:15-18, Psalm 5:5, Psalm 11:5-6). We, who are on the same
playing field as the lost, are commanded to love all sinners but God is not
obligated to. He is far above us and He cannot love those who are not
covered in the blood of Christ, those whose filthy sins and ungodly thoughts
and ways have not been atoned for at Calvary by the Lamb of God.
They desperately try to persuade people to
"accept" the Lord, as if the "decision" is in the
hands of the clay rather than in the hands of the Potter. Now I do
realize that scripture admonishes sinners to seek the Lord while he may be
found (Isa 55:6), but sharing that scripture with a sinner is far different
than hounding someone to come to Christ as if our hounding or our emotional
tactics will regenerate them. When God is ready
HE will save those whom HE plans to save. This will not happen any
sooner than God has ordained - from before the foundation of the world (Eph
1:4, Rev 17:8). People need to be convicted of sin (John 16:8) by the
power of the Holy Spirit and by the Word of God, not
coached to accept a Jesus they don't even know.
They try to get a sinner to recite a particular prayer
as if this act of the sinner will cause salvation to occur. Salvation
does not occur after a sinner says something or says anything.
Salvation is of the Lord (Jonah 2:9) so it happens when God gives the sinner
a new spirit and a new heart (Ezek 36:25-27). Saying a prayer does not
perform the heart surgery that the sinner needs nor does the prayer make God
obligated to forgive the sinner of his lifetime of sin. However, the
desire to say such a prayer *may* be evidence of a changed heart - but not
necessarily. The sinner must know his lostness and only God can show
that to him and only by FIRST converting the sinner, opening his blind eyes
and making him spiritually alive, in Christ.
All the above are an attempt by some in the Church to put icing on a cake
(i.e. make it more attractive to rebellious sinners) that
is wonderfully complete and gloriously sufficient all by itself thanks to the
total sufficiency of Christ and His sacrifice on the cross (Heb 7:25). That cake is the Gospel,
declared plainly and directly from SCRIPTURE:
2Tim 3:16 - "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is
profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in
Rom 10:17 - "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the
word of God."
Ideas that are NOT found in scripture, like the 3 points listed
above, are NOT the Gospel. They are ideas of men that:
cater to man's desire to feel that he is not all that bad
and therefore capable of turning to God, even though God declares the
unregenerated sinner to be dead spiritually and unable to reach out to God
(Gen. 6:5, Jer 17:9, Rom 3:11, Rom 8:7-8, Isa 59:1-15).
make sinners feel comfortable in their lostness (1Thes 5:3,
Luke 12:19-20, Luke 17:27-35) thinking they can live as they wish and
then turn to God anytime they want, at the last minute preferably.
make God a liar, saying He has no right to do with His
creatures as He pleases. Rather, His creatures wish to believe that God has
no right (nor the desire) to choose whom He wants to grant salvation to,
which is of course untrue (see Eph 1:4-11, Romans 9:15-18). They want
God to be "fair" in their sin-blinded view of things and give
every rebellious sinner an "equal" chance at salvation. But
being lost, they fail to realize that no unsaved sinner ever WANTS salvation
on God's terms, so no one has a chance at salvation unless God intervenes
and pulls the spiritually dead sinner out of the bottomless pit he is in
from birth (Psalm 58:5).
The scriptures that are most important to proclaim to the lost
are those that teach sinners about their need for salvation (their sinfulness)
and that teach sinners about God - his holiness and his hatred for sin and His
love of righteousness. (See John 6:25 re: taught of God).
MAN: lost, sinful ungodly, unrighteous, spiritually blind,
deaf, dumb and dead, rebellious, wicked, abominable, hater of God, utterly
unfit for heaven and inability to turn to God in and of himself:
Rom 3:10 - "As it is written, There is none righteous, no,
Rom 3:23 - "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God"
See also Isa 59:1-15, Gen. 6:5, Jer 17:9.
GOD: holy, pure, undefiled, perfectly righteous, SOVEREIGN,
the only One capable of rescuing lost sinners from there dire situation, the
imminent destruction and eternal separation from the Holy One:
Lev 20:7 - "Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I
am the LORD your God."
1Pet 1:16 - "Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy."
Isa 59:16 - "And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was
no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his
righteousness, it sustained him. 17 For he put on righteousness as a
breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the
garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloke."
A very practical way of sharing the above Bible truths is simply
to open a bible and ask a person to tell you what they think the above Bible
You can also go through the 10 commandments and ask them if they
ever broke any of them, for example:
Did you ever tell a lie? Assuming they answer
"yes", you then can ask them: "then what does that make
you?" the answer being "A liar".
Did you ever steal any thing, even something very small or
insignificant or short change someone, etc.? Assuming they answer
"Yes", you then ask them: "then what does that make
you?", the answer being "A thief".
You can go on and point out that Jesus said that if you ever
looked a someone with lust in your heart, you are an adulterer at heart.
Did you ever do that? They will most likely admit "Yes". You
then ask them, what does that make you? The answer being "An
You can also point out that Jesus said that if you ever had
hatred in your heart towards anyone, you are a murderer at heart. Did
you ever do that? They will most likely admit "Yes". You
then ask them, what does that make you? The answer being "An
The biblical principal that this kind of evangelism is based on
Rom 3:20 - "Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no
flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin."
Once people have a knowledge of what sin is and that they are
sinners in the eyes of God, then you can go on to tell them about who God is and
what He requires of us to be able to be with Him for eternity:
James 2:10 - "For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet
offend in one point, he is guilty of all."
Mt 5:48 - "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is
in heaven is perfect."
Once people are shown the absolute holiness and purity of God -
IN CONTRAST TO their ungodliness, sinfulness, and unholiness - then and only
then will they see their need for a Saviour and even that revelation will take
an act of God, to open the blind eyes of a lost sinner.