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Why We Shouldn’t Be Trying To Draw People Closer to God

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How do we draw other people closer to God?  We don’t.  He does.  This is one of those simple truths that has a profound impact on how we will attempt to relate to both God and humans.

Now at first, it’s easy to shrug and say, “Well, of course God is the One actually drawing people closer to Him—that’s obvious.”  Christians are quick to agree with statements that sound God honoring, but they rarely stop to really absorb those statements into their theologies.  Take the idea of putting God first in life.  We all know that He’s supposed to be our First Love—the One who we’re living to please.  “Put God first” is a common Sunday School mantra, but saying the words and understanding what they mean are two very different things. Read more of this post

How to Avoid Witnessing Burnout: It’s Not Your Job to Save the World

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Why do people end up in Hell? According to God, Hell is a just punishment for humans who willfully refuse to submit to Him as the Supreme Authority that He is.  Given the fact that you can’t even exist without God constantly sustaining you, it’s hardly unreasonable for Him to demand that you embrace your place as the powerless fleck who depends on Him for all things.   When God demands that you acknowledge His supremacy over you, it’s rather like you being told to agree with the fact that you need oxygen to survive.  He’s really just demanding that you accept a reality that you can’t change.  God outranks you: this is a fact that you have no control over.  God controls your quality of life, therefore it’s more than a little stupid for you to scoff at His Authority.

Now when you’re born,  your body needs oxygen to survive, but you don’t understand this fact until someone teaches it to you, and that doesn’t happen until years into your life.  The fact that you don’t understand something doesn’t make that something cease to be true, but it does change how accountable you are.  Before God introduces Himself to you and explains about the vast difference in rank between the two of you, He doesn’t expect you to know who He is.  Before God teaches you that He wants you to submit to Him, He doesn’t blame you for not doing so.  The possibility of you being eternally damned only comes up after God has personally given you all of the information you need to meet His salvation requirements.  No one ends up in Hell by accident.  We only get there by willfully defying God and intentionally spurning His Authority.

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Witnessing Realities: Why Your Testimony Is Irrelevant

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Here’s a common stream of logic that is used by Christian leaders when they are discussing the subject of evangelism.

  • There are many people in the world who have never submitted to God, either out of ignorance or because they’re choosing to embrace an attitude of spiritual rebellion.
  • As an individual Christian, it’s your spiritual duty to try and persuade unbelievers to convert to your religion so that God’s Kingdom will grow. Witnessing—the verbal sharing of your faith with others—is a critical way that you do this.
  • There are many ways to approach witnessing. One of the most effective ways is to share your personal testimony.  In other words, you should tell others about why you became a Christian, and what God has done for you.  Since well-stated testimonies are the most convincing, take some time to work out what your testimony is.  Practice saying it until you’ve got a nice, polished story.  Then get out there and start pitching God to unbelievers and see how many new converts you can herd into His Kingdom.

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Understanding Salvation: How We Find the Real Gods & The Irrelevance of Titles

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Here’s a scenario which baffles many Christians.  Suppose there’s a tribe deep in the Amazon jungle.  This tribe is so remote that they have no contact with the outside world.  All they know is each other and a couple of the small tribes around them.  None of us “civilized” folk even know that this tribe exists, so the Church has never attempted to send missionaries in to reach them.  With no access to the Bible or jungle savvy evangelists, how can our remote tribe of pagans ever get saved? In their tribe, they worship gods of nature—tree gods, monkey gods, and a sun god.  But they’ve never been told about the real Gods.  So how should we view these people?  Are they beyond all hope of salvation because they don’t have any Bible quoting Christians to tell them the Gospel message?  According to the arrogant apostle Paul, yes, these souls are as good as damned.  Paul liked to tell himself that Yahweh is simply too limited to work without the help of us humans. This is why Paul says:

But before people can ask the Lord for help, they must believe in Him; and before they can believe in Him, they must hear about Him; and for them to hear about the Lord, someone must tell them; and before someone can go and tell them, that person must be sent. (Rom. 10:14-15)

Wow, talk about pompous.  But now let’s set aside the massive ego of Paul and get back to truth. What do our Gods say about Their ability to introduce Themselves to people without our help?  They say that They are more than up to the task.  So you see, jungle natives really don’t need to be preached at by some title touting human before they can understand who the real Gods are.  They just need those Gods to speak up. Read more of this post

Debunking the Great Guilt Trip: It’s Not Your Job to Save the World

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In the Church, leaders often try to place the burden of convicting the world of sin onto the shoulders of human beings. This is utterly ridiculous. We humans are incapable of illuminating souls with truth.  The Holy Spirit says that the task of educating others about who our glorious Makers are and what They want is His job, not ours.  Jesus spells this is out quite clearly in John 16:8:

“When the Helper comes, He will convict the world about sin, righteousness, and judgment.”

But of course we don’t believe Jesus. Instead we get stuck on passages like the Great Commission and some isolated comments made by the apostle Paul:

“But how can people call on Him if they have not believed in Him? How can they believe in Him if they have not heard His message? How can they hear if no one tells the Good News?” (Rom. 10:14)

We read passages like this and we say: “See? It’s on us to preach the Gospel and if we’re silent, souls will end up in Hell.” Baloney. As much as we’d love to think that God just can’t possibly work without us, He is quite capable of getting His own agenda done without and in spite of our glorious help. Read more of this post