Witnessing Without Being Persecuted

I heard a preacher say that many Christians yell, “Persecution!” when they have merely thrown rocks into the air and stood under them as they fell.  What he was getting at was the anger and hostility many of us receive when we try to share our faith with people we know nothing about, or who have made it clear that they are not interested in what we have to say.  There are such  things as spiritual abuse and religious assault of which many believers are guilty.

A quick review of the four New Testament gospels will reveal a Jesus who never accosted anyone who wasn’t interested in His teachings–with one exception.  The hypocritical religious leaders of His day.  With them, He never missed an opportunity to expose their self-righteousness and arrogance.

But the ordinary, garden variety people of His time came to Him because of His reputation as an honest, decent, God-fearing person who respected downtrodden and sin-sick folks.

Mike Warnke was an ex-drug dealer and ex-satanist priest turned preacher when I heard him in the 1980s.  He said, “God doesn’t want us to scare the hell out of people.  He wants us to love the hell out of them.”

Peter offered the best advice for those who want to give a testimony of what Jesus means to us and how God has changed our lives because of His mercy and grace.  It is found in 1 Peter 3:13-15.

“Who is there to harm you if you prove zealous for what is good?  But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed.  Do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence.”  (NASB)

The key to effective sharing of faith is to get to know people well, and allow them to get to know us well.  Then be ready to answer questions when they are asked, and do so with an attitude of respect, and of reverence to God rather than fear of people.  It is getting to know each other which is so very important before meddling with someone else’s soul.

About kainosktisis

I am a sinner saved by the grace of Jesus Christ, and my life's greatest ambition is to follow Him for the rest of my life.
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1 Response to Witnessing Without Being Persecuted

  1. ptl2010 says:

    To obey the commission of the Lord – to preach the gospel to all the world, we need the love of God, inspiration and motivation of the Holy Spirit, His discernment when to preach or not and the courage and empowerment to stand and preach if necessary at the cost of persecution.

    Those who have heard the gospel before and are familiar and disappointed with Christians who do not live their faith, will not be convinced by any more talk but by living examples. Their dulled ears may no longer hear but seeing is believing. These only the Spirit can have mercy and woo over time as they see us faithfully live our testimonies for Christ over a period of time of their getting to know us. We live. He saves them.

    However, for those who have never heard the gospel and it will be the revelation of God to them immediately they hear, these we may require Holy Spirit boldness for us to enter the enemy territory and snatch some souls for the Lord. In order to do this we should be prepared to go preach at the cost of persecution yes, even to lay down our lives for no enemy will lie still in the face of an invasion and surely not the enemy of our souls. If we have a faith worth dying for, we must go in obedience to the command of our Lord even if it means persecution. We go, He saves.

    The above two categories of people may live among us or be in far off lands. Only our obedience to the Holy Spirit will effectively bring them in to the family of God. We must go in obedience as His channels to speak or live for Him and let Him have the responsiblity to save them. in His way and time.

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