When I first received salvation I loved talking about the Gospel to anyone who would listen. I quickly learned how divine His truth is and I immediately recognized that a conversation about the Lord surpasses any other conversation piece that I could ever try to muster up. As time went on I became nervous to talk to people about the Lord if I even suspected that they weren’t believers. I became concerned about if they would think that I was crazy or in simple terms, that I was stepping on their toes. As mentioned in the article, “How Can You Speak In Tongues And Not Speak To Your Neighbor,” the Lord brought to my attention that I can have many conversations but what do my conversations say about me? What do my conversations say about Him? The one who I claim to be an avid follower of. God never insists that we force the Gospel down someone’s throat but it is no secret that, “For of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh (Luke 6:45).” Constantly just “shooting the breeze” out of fear of rejection can be the very thing that prevents a person from hearing a word from the Lord.
2 Timothy 3:16 (KJV): “ All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.”
A few months ago I found myself with people who were sharing how they felt about homosexuality. The conversation quickly turned into a, “Wait, is it normal? It is abnormal? Where does it stem from? Are people truly born homosexual?” I stood there, nervous to share the truth that God had shared with me. I didn’t want anyone to think I was crazy or going too deep when I shared that homosexuality is spiritual, it is abnormal, but that still doesn’t mean that someone cannot be set free. I decided that I wasn’t going to say anything and keep quiet during the conversation…until. The Holy Spirit began to convict me. The only thing I could hear was, “So you are just going to rest there and not share the Truth that I have shared with you? You know the Truth. Are you going to keep quiet?” I mentioned that I knew homosexuality was spiritual and an abomination to God. The group of people gave me a head nod and got quiet as they thought on the power of His truth. It was then that I realized that I couldn’t keep quiet anymore, I had to speak Truth even during moments of discomfort. Hosea 4:6 (KJV): “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children. ” It is one thing to reject the Truth and it is something completely different to be without knowledge of the Truth.
As the Body of Christ we have a specific job to do. 1 Corinthians 1:17 (KJV): “For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.” I don’t find it a mistake that since the story shared above, I have been faced with conversations concerning the Truth with atheists, Catholics, Jehovah’s Witnesses etc. The most difficult was the conversations about the false doctrine of Jehovah’s Witnesses because the individual is a very dear and cherished person in my life. Before I continue, my conversations about the Gospel are never focused on which denomination is better than another. We are supposed to be One in Christ. If we believe and read the same Bible and the same Truth, where is the discrepancy? It isn’t a matter of interpretation because the Holy Spirit bears witness of Himself. Even if the Spirit told three people three separate truths, He will bear witness and the understanding will be accepted and appreciated by each of them.
It is important to take note of how much emphasis the Father puts on His people not serving other gods and giving attention to strange nations.Deuteronomy 18:9-12 (KJV): “9 When thou art come into the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations.10 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch.11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.12 For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord: and because of these abominations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee.” We also know that nothing new is under the sun (Ecclesiastes 1:9). These same strange gods mentioned in the old testament are the same strange religions we witness today. Galations 1:6-9 (KJV): “6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.9 As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.” We cannot go forth preaching the Gospel without knowing, believing, and standing firm in the fact that there is only one true Gospel. The Bible tells us that there is another gospel, a false one.
1 Thessalonians 2:3-12 (KJV): “3 For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile:4 But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts.5 For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloke of covetousness; God is witness:6 Nor of men sought we glory, neither of you, nor yet of others, when we might have been burdensome, as the apostles of Christ.7 But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children:8 So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were dear unto us.”9 For ye remember, brethren, our labour and travail: for labouring night and day, because we would not be chargeable unto any of you, we preached unto you the gospel of God.10 Ye are witnesses, and God also, how holily and justly and unblameably we behaved ourselves among you that believe:11 As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father doth his children,12 That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.”
Before we even think to begin to do the works of God we must be sure that we are walking and working in His Spirit and that we are seeking to please Him. A sinner cannot save a sinner so the light of Christ that dwells within us must be proclaimed. In everything we do, we must do it in love remaining humble as we never lose sight of the fact that none of us are without sin and thus are unqualified to cast the first stone (John 8:7).With Christ being the example, we must adopt the dichotomy of expressing His unyielding love while still addressing sin for what it is. We ought to only speak when He tells us to speak but when we do, we cannot speak in fear. As we go out to be vessels of the Lord we must be able to tell anyone that you can only get to the Father through the Son (John 14:6). Again, we must keep in mind that Christ came not for the whole but for the sick and that the ONLY reason we can witness is because we were once sick too (Luke 5:31). Preaching the Gospel doesn’t mean that you won’t be ridiculed or persecuted; expect that you will. However, the Bible tells us that His people are dying because of the lack of knowledge. It is wonderful to think that one day we can come before the Lord with knowing that we did what He told us to do, without having any blood on our hands. Just think, what if no one preached the Gospel to you? God is the only one who can draw someone nigh but never forget that He has His people planting seeds, watering, and nourishing them along the way.
Father, we come to You right now as we humbly ask that You use us. We do not know the plans that You have for us but please help us submit and be courageous in You. Your people are dying because of the lack of knowledge. Your people are hurting and rejecting You. Your people are in bondage and held captive by Satan. While some people deliberately try to find ways to pervert the Gospel, others fall victim simply because they seek to find You but fall short because they believe the lies of the world. You know Your people and how to reach them and we ask right now that we are available for Your use. Please help us to not melt at the anger and violence that we may experience for proclaiming Your truth. If it doesn’t align with the Word please help us to say it and not become crippled because we don’t want to offend. Lord we know that the Truth only offends the unrighteous. We are only Your messengers Lord since we did not create the Gospel nor did we give it life or power. Regardless of the religion, regardless of the situation, please help us to speak when You tell us to speak and be quiet when You tell us to be quiet. We must not back down because You are with us and You will help us in our time of trouble. Please help us to not be offended because You are truth. Satan and his demons should be offended. Remind us that people shouldn’t be offended by You but by Satan and the killing, stealing, and destroying he is doing in lives. Lord, we ask that You give us the courage and love to go out and preach the Gospel so that Your people no longer die because of the lack of knowledge. Amen.
2 Corinthians 2:14-16 (KJV): “14 Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.15 For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish:16 To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things?”