I’m trying to witness to a couple friends and they say, “What makes Christianity, what makes your religion the right religion? You got all these religions. You’re pretty arrogant to say that yours is the right one and everybody else is wrong.” What would you say to that person?
Well, the first thing I would say is “it wasn’t my idea.” Christianity is not my idea, so it’s not arrogant. I’m simply responding to the free gift of God. The other thing that I would say is all other religions are man’s way to reach God. But Christianity is God’s way to reach man. All religions are reaching up to God. But Christianity is God reaching down to us and that’s the biggest difference. Religion looks up, trying to get, trying to obtain, trying to climb to reach God’s level. Christianity comes down through the cross of Jesus Christ. By the way, it’s the only religion that demonstrates love by God sacrificing His own Son for us. There’s no other religion that has made any sacrifice like that for us. And that is God offering to us and coming down to us. And that’s what I would tell people. Tell them that in kindness.
I have a brother who is not saved. We have long conversations about faith. But I’m wondering whether Matthew 10:14 applies to unsaved relatives or whether I should keep trying.
Matthew 10:14 says, “And whoever will not receive you nor hear your words,
when you depart from that house or city, shake off the dust from your feet.”
First of all, you should never give up on people because God never gives up on
people. Does there come a time where you should shake the dust off your feet?
Yes, you shake the dust off your feet from trying to talk to them, but you never
shake the dust off your feet with somebody like your brother where prayer is
I want to offer this piece of advice from the Scripture. Second Corinthians 4:4
says, “In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which
believe not, lest the light of the glorious Gospel of Christ, who is the image
of God, should shine unto them.” Your brother is being blinded by the god of
this world. Satan loves to blind people to the light of the Gospel, but it’s our
job to preach the Gospel to them and pray for them. Maybe there will be a season
of time where you need to stop preaching to your brother and just devote time to
praying. So, yes, there does come a point when you need to shake the dust off
your feet and instead of preaching or explaining things to him, you should just
pray for him and love him and show him the love of Christ.
Someone at work suggested that the faith of any person is really largely based on your culture, what country you’re born in to and what race you were born. They believe there is a God and this God is true for all religions. I know there’s only one God and that’s the Lord Jesus Christ, but I didn’t know how to come back and answer that question effectively. One who was raised in a country that serves Buddah, that’s all they know, that’s all they’re going to serve; how would I have been able to answer that question?
That is a great question. And don’t feel bad. That’s a difficult thing to
give somebody an answer to in one statement. I think that takes time for you to
be able to witness to that person and for them to see the light of God and the
love of God in your life.
I was speaking to a Buddhist about a week or two ago. We were talking and I said
to him, “you know, I would just ask that you do this: pray to God and ask Him
and say, ‘If Jesus Christ is really real, reveal Him to me and show me that He
is the Way, the Truth and the Life.’” And this man said, “You know what? I’m
willing to do that.”
And I didn’t have to preach to him; I didn’t have to convince him; I didn’t have
to beat him over the head. I just told him, “You know what? If you’re genuinely
seeking for the truth, there’s no harm in asking God, ‘If Jesus really is risen
from the dead, that God would reveal that to him.’” I think that’s a good way to
say to people, “You know what? I don’t want to argue about religions and all
that, but I believe that Jesus died for our sins and rose from the dead and if
you’ll ask God, He’ll show you and He’ll make Jesus Christ real to you and your
life will be changed.” No pressure.
Just give people and opportunity and an invitation to ask God themselves because
somebody who is genuinely seeking the truth, God will reveal Himself to the one
who is genuinely seeking the truth. But if they just want to argue, there’s
nothing you can say that will convince them even if you had the greatest
argument of all time.
And another thing I would encourage you to do is to give people booklets.
There’s a great book called Evidence That Demands a Verdict by Josh McDowell and
it’s a great book to give to somebody and say, “Here’s some information that if
you’re really seeking, go ahead and read this. It’ll really help explain some
things about my faith.
So you try those two things, and you’ll really have success with people like
How can I minister to people without feeling that they are going to judge me?
First of all, you need to pray for boldness. You’ve also got to make up your mind not to worry about what they think of you and go into it knowing that some people will judge you . . . some people will be mad at you . . . some people won’t like it. But you are just the messenger. If they are mad and judging, it’s God that they are mad at; do not take it personally. And, finally, always minister with an attitude of love and compassion. If you do that, the rest is on their head. At least you have warned them, blown the trumpet, shared your faith. Now it’s their responsibility. If you minister with an attitude of love and compassion, you will see great things happen.
I am looking for some advice. I was out to lunch with some friends and the conversation turned spiritual and we started talking about how great God was and then one of the people sitting across from us said, Yeah, and I can’t wait for the Messiah to come.” Then it dawned on me that this person was Jewish and I’m not sure what the best way is to communicate that the Messiah has already come, that Jesus is here, to them.
Well, the best way is to identify that the Messiah comes twice. He comes the
first time to save His people from their sins, which is what He’s done and then
He will come a second time to rule and reign and that’s what they’re waiting
You’ve got to find a common denominator. So what is the common denominator? The
common denominator is Abraham. You say, “You know, let’s talk about this. That’s
exciting that you believe for the Messiah to come. And you’re expecting the
Messiah to come. Let’s talk about Abraham and Isaac and Jacob.” And you go
through that process about how Jesus is the seed of Abraham. He’s not the
“Christian Savior.” He’s the seed of Abraham to save all men from their sins. He
is the Messiah. He is the one.
But you’ve got to start with something that there’s common ground. And that’s
where I would start. But I would also do some research and go to some websites.
“Jews For Jesus” would be a good one. Find out how they respond to the questions
that Jewish people have and to the questions of the Messiah coming and how to
explain that He has already come once and that He is coming again. But they have
answers for Jewish people; that’s what they do.