I’ve been going thru a study by Ray Comfort called “The way of the master”. It’s a great course on how to evangelize. In this study, he points out that modern evangelism produces on average 85% – 90% backsliders. One does have to ask…why are there such a large number of backsliders?
Modern Evangelism basically says “Accept Jesus and he will give you comfort…he will help you with your addiction…he will heal you of your sicknesses…your fears, your loneliness, he will heal your marriage, etc. In other words…”Jesus will improve your life”!
Many times, alter calls are given after message on the above topics are given on any Sunday sermon. People then come forward and give their lives to Jesus to get help with their issues.
Another message you hear a lot is “God loves you and he has a wonderful plan for your life”.
Let’s tackle some needed questions:
1. What’s wrong with the above evangelistic approach?
Even though it is true that Jesus is our comforter, our healer, our helper and much more, that is not why Jesus came and gave his life on the cross…and it is not the true gospel. Ray points out that hurting people respond to messages on specific subjects like addictions or sickness and in a sense give Jesus a try. They’ve tried drugs and alcohol which have not helped so why not give Jesus a try. Then, when they don’t see a change in their situation, they give up on Jesus. They were false converts from the start.
2. Does the reason one comes to know Jesus matter?
If I gave my life to Jesus to help me with my struggling business…or heal my sickness…or help me with my drug problem…my fears…my financial problems or any other issues people struggle with, would I be saved? Is that what Jesus came to save me from? The answer is ABSOLUTELY NOT. I tried to think back about 30 years and think about the reason I gave my life to Jesus for? I came to realize that I might have accepted Jesus for the wrong reasons as well. Bottom-line…the above reasons are NOT the reason one should accept Jesus as their Savior.
3. God has a wonderful plan for your life. Is this message true?
That message is NOT true as most of us would understand it that phrase. God does have a wonderful plan for those who accept Jesus as their Savior, however, that plan is more about the next life than this life. In this life, Christians have just as many trails…maybe even more than Non-Christians. Just think about the recent school shooting where the killer asked about their religion and people who said they were Christians were shot in the head, Non-Christians were shot in the leg. Or how about all the Christians who are being beheaded for their Christian beliefs in the Middle East or all the other millions of people who died for no other reason than they were Christians? How is that for a wonderful plan? In my mind, the wonderful plan concept is taken out of context. Even Jesus said “In this life you’ll have tribulations, but be of good cheer, I have overcome this world. John 16:33
4. What is the main message of the gospel? The main message of the gospel is that we are all sinners and deserve God’s just punishment and that is hell. However, (the good news) Jesus came and died for each one of our sins so we can be redeemed and spend eternity with him in heaven. Ray points out something very important. Unless, we’re confronted by the law (The 10 Commandments), we don’t really understand the magnitude what Jesus did. The law is like a mirror. It makes us aware of sin. (Rom 3:19). The bible says that the gospel is considered foolishness by the world, because they don’t believe they have sinned or done anything wrong. Only once confronted by the law are we made aware that we have broken his commandments and fallen short of his standard.
The 10 Commandments of God. (Exodus 20:1)
1. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
2. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image.
3. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.
4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
5. Honor thy father and thy mother.
6. Thou shalt not kill.
7. Thou shalt not commit adultery.
8. Thou shalt not steal.
9. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor. 1
0. Thou shalt not covet.
Many of us, even people who call themselves Christians try to justify themselves by saying that yes, they have sinned but it was no big deal because overall they are pretty good people.
Go ahead and take the test and see if you pass the good person test.
You and I have violated the 10 Commandments. We might think that lying and stealing or taking the name of the Lord in vain is no big deal but that flip attitude is a FATAL error. God says in Rev. 21:8 “all cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”
Bottom-line, we are NOT Good. If you’re still trying to justify yourself, most likely, you are NOT saved. Get right with God!
The Good News! There is hope for me, for you, for us. God made a way for us to be forgiven. The question is, how do you access this forgiveness? God loved us so much that he sent his own son to suffer and die in our place, taking on our punishment for you and I so we can live. It is very simple…you broke the law and Jesus paid the fine. Then Jesus rose from the dead and defeated death. The bible says…if you repent – turn away from your sins – and place your trust in Jesus Christ as your savior, God will forgive you and grant you everlasting life. He will change you from the inside out and will make you a new person in Christ. Salvation is a gift from God. You cannot earn it, because it is impossible to earn it.
Pray this prayer. “Dear God, I confess that I’m a sinner and that I need your forgiveness. I’m truly sorry for my sins and humbly ask you to forgive me and cleanse me. I believe that Jesus died on the cross in my place and that he rose again for my salvation. In faith I accept from you the gift of eternal life, and, with your help, I promise to serve you as long as I live. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen”
It is important to follow through if you were serious about your decision. Make sure you read your bible and find a good church. If you need help doing that, email us. We’ll be happy to help.
Also see Hell’s best kept secret.