“Leave people alone! Let others believe what they want. They are not going to change their mind.”
I am told that quite regularly from people who do not support evangelizing. Surprisingly, many of them are Christians. I think Penn Jillette, a non-Christian, of the famous magician duo Penn and Teller said it perfectly:
I’ve always said that I don’t respect people who don’t proselytize. I don’t respect that at all. If you believe that there’s a heaven and a hell, and people could be going to hell or not getting eternal life, and you think that it’s not really worth telling them this because it would make it socially awkward—and atheists who think people shouldn’t proselytize and who say just leave me alone and keep your religion to yourself—how much do you have to hate somebody to not proselytize? How much do you have to hate somebody to believe everlasting life is possible and not tell them that? I mean, if I believed, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that a truck was coming at you, and you didn’t believe that truck was bearing down on you, there is a certain point where I tackle you. And this is more important than that." (Penn Jilette, YouTube video, Nov 13, 2009) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPe3NGgzYQ0
Wow! I hope everyone will keep this in mind when witnessing to people that are lost. It is not always easy or comfortable to proselytize. How are people going to know the good news of the gospel if they never hear the name of Jesus?
I love this verse when I think of people that have not heard of Jesus yet:
“And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12 ESV).
What is holding you back from evangelizing?
April 19, 2019 was a very sad night for me. I went to the local Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses. The memorial of the last supper occurred that night. I went and attended that event. The bread and wine is passed out for the people of the new covenant. Only the 144,000 members of the heavenly class get to take it, but nobody took it because the Jehovah’s Witnesses have no hope for eternal life in their religion.
I was able to get in two questions. One was a man named Ben. I asked him, “The Watchtower Society teaches that you are supposed to keep commemorating the last supper until Jesus comes, but why are you doing it when your religion teaches that Jesus returned invisibly in 1914?”
He saw my concern. He told me that it is true that they are supposed to do it until Jesus comes again. He had to give an ad hoc answer to try to make sense of my question. He gave a lengthy explanation on why it is, but the point he got at was that they need to do it until Armageddon as well.
Another good conversation was with Mark. I asked him why the Watchtower Society teaches that Judas was not a part of the new covenant when he was there when the bread and wine were passed out. Mark said that Judas wasn’t there. So, I brought up from the New World Translation passage in context which says:
Also, he took a loaf, gave thanks, broke it, and gave it to them, saying: “19 This means my body, which is to be given in your behalf. Keep doing this in remembrance of me.” 20 Also, he did the same with the cup after they had the evening meal, saying: “This cup means the new covenant by virtue of my blood, which is to be poured out in your behalf. 21 “But look! the hand of my betrayer is with me at the table. 22 For, indeed, the Son of man is going his way according to what has been determined; all the same, woe to that man through whom he is betrayed.
Mark changed his answer, “Yes, he was there, but Judas did not partake of it.” I said that is possible that he did not partake of it, but I find it interesting that Mark was so wishy washy on his beliefs
Witnessing to the members of the Baha’i faith this past month has been great. I have three live sessions each week with Baha’i members. One of the books that we are going through is called Some Answered Questions. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/some-answered-questions/
It deals with many topics which are often questioned about the Baha’i faith. If any of you are interested; you can go through the book and find what topics you’re interested in and I can help you to understand what is being said.
Trevor is traveling!!
I am off to Independence, Missouri on May 24-27 to witness to the many Mormon denominations in the area. I have been in contact with James, who is part of the Community of Christ, which is the second biggest Mormon denomination. We plan to meet with each other while we are out there. I am also traveling to Manti, Utah from June 17-23 for the last year of the Mormon Miracle Paegant.
Note: Names have been changed throughout to maintain confidentiality.