In this day and age it is hard to know what to say to people about Christianity. The Gospel message is simple enough but there is so much Bible hate and Christian brand hijacking going on that people are truly confused about God’s redemptive plan. In the easy affluence of western society people don’t think they need to be saved because everybody is doing all right! There is no shortage of false preaching pandering to the self-satisfied. Between the indifference and confusion lost people are not finding the way to Jesus and peace with God. How do you talk to people about Jesus today?
You have to know your audience. Many people don’t know anything about Christianity because they haven’t been raised in the church and neither have their parents. Among the unbelievers you have those that just don’t know or care and those that are hostile to any kind of religious talk especially ‘Bible’ talk. The former group can’t see the need for salvation because they don’t believe they need it. The latter group’s hostility blocks any dialogue because of their hate and prejudice towards anything having to do with Jesus and the Bible. Treat them with kindness and patience. They will be open to the Gospel if and when they get desperate. Actions speak louder than words. Don’t talk at them!
Both groups aren’t open to any talk about the Gospel. All you can do is be the best example of your faith as possible. Keep the peace among yourselves (fellow Christians) and do as Scripture tells us: “I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” (Ephesians 4:1,2) Those outside the church judge us by how we behave! Don’t judge them. Paul tells us: “What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? . . . . God will judge those outside.” (1 Corinthians 5: 12, 13)
Because of the falling away of many and the tendency of the lukewarm to love the world more than the Word of God we have little unity in the church. There are those who preach and promote false gospels of cheap grace. There are those who preach and promote false gospels of works righteousness and many paths to God. And these imposters look just like real Christians. If they aren’t clergy share Scripture with them. They may just be ignorant dupes of false preachers. If so they will listen to His Words, not yours – stick with Scripture! But what if they are preachers?
Here is how you can tell a false preacher from the real deal. Ask them if they agree with Jesus when He says; “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6) Ask them if they agree with Peter when he says: “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12)
If they balk at agreeing on these points there is nothing you can say to them that will help them especially if they give you theological arguments. This only proves that they should know better. They aren’t interested in the truth anymore; “It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age and who have fallen away, to be brought back to repentance. To their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace.” (Hebrews 6:4,5,6) May God have mercy upon their souls.
These imposters do real damage to the church and to those outside the church who are looking for help. Their foolish lies steal away the true Gospel from those who need it. Their worldly religious placebos sicken those in need of real healing. They are allied with the anti-Christ and collaborate with him; “The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie, and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.” (2 Thessalonians 2:9-12) Don’t listen to them. Don’t argue with them. Speak God’s Word from the Holy Bible against their lies.
The final group of people that I want to mention is the most important group because they will listen to His Word and grasp His lifeline. These people are desperate. You will find them in tough spots; in gutters, in hospitals, in jail, in all kinds of trouble. These are the people that Jesus came for. “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free . . . “ (Luke 4:18). Go find them. Share the Gospel with them with words and actions. They are the mission of His church!
Praise the Lord!