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7 Reasons People Don't Share Their Faith  

 

 

Reason #1 - There are false converts in the church.
 
Jesus said, "You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." Some professing Christians aren't sharing their faith because they aren't possessing Christians. They haven't received the Holy Spirit that dwells inside every true believer. This is foundational. The question I would ask is this, if you aren't witnessing, is it perhaps that's because you have nothing to witness about?  
 
Here's a few quotes, brace yourself, these might sting a bit: 
 
Charles Spurgeon said: "Have you no desire to see others saved, then you're not saved yourself. Be sure of that." 
 
Mark Cahill said: "If you don't talk about Jesus, then maybe you don't love Him half as much as you think you do (if at all)."  
 
Ray Comfort: "If you are not concerned about your neighbor's salvation, then I am concerned for yours." 
 
Reason #2 - Unbelief
  
Do you believe Jesus when he says - "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."
 
Is that true for the Muslim?
 
Is that true for the Buddhist?
 
Is that true for the Jesus of Jehovah’s witnesses or the Mormons?
 
Does theology even matter?
 
What about that unbelieving friend that you have who lives a really moral life?
 
Worldly speaking, they are a good person. They try to do the right thing. They're not perfect, but they don't cheat on their spouse, they're nice to other people, and they will even say nice things about Jesus, they're just not born again. What's going to happen to that person?
  
Do we believe Jesus when he spoke of the reality of Hell? Many people don't believe in eternal punishment. If you don't people that people actually go to hell - naturally it follows that you wouldn't tell them how to avoid going there.
  
Are the only verses that you have underlined in your Bible the ones that comfort you and make you feel good? Do you neglect those passages that might grieve you, and would therefore motivate you to go and talk to someone.
Simply ask yourself - "If I'm not sharing my faith, is it true that when it comes right down to it, I really don't believe what God has said?"
 
Reason #3 People already know the gospel
 
They've heard it. The ball is in their court. I don’t need to bring it up again. People do need to hear the gospel over and over again. That may have been the case in your life. You heard the message - nothing. You hear it again - nothin'. You hear it a third time - it's as if a light bulb goes off. Ah, I get it. It all makes sense after hearing it over and over again. Here's a lame sermon illustration. How many times does your alarm clock beep? Only once, or over and over again? 5am - beep. That's not doing anything for me. I'm sleeping right through that. No, it's beep, beep, beep, beep over and over until what? Until you do something. What's that? Reach over and smash the snooze button. Evangelism is the same way. Keep going - keep speaking. Speak and pray, speak and pray, rinse and repeat. Until they say - "Alright, that's enough." Then go into snooze mode and tell 'em you'll be back in 9 minutes.
 
Reason #4 We lack compassion
 
We're like Jonah. Jonah did not want to warn the wicked! He didn't care for the people of Nineveh. He wanted to see them perish! We need to repent of our calloused - uncaring heart. We're not willing to put ourselves out there and possibly suffer rejection for the sake of those who hang by a thread over the fires of hell.
 
Reason #5 Sin
 
Did you ever hear that expression about the Bible? This book will keep you from sin - and sin will keep you from this book. I think the same applies to evangelism. Sin will keep you from sharing your faith, and sharing your faith will keep you from sin. You'll feel like a total hypocrite to tell people about Jesus and then engage in sin. And when we go through bouts of sin in our life - the last thing we will do during that time is witness and share our faith. We need to repent today.
 
Reason #6 We're just too busy
  
Oswald J. Smith: "Oh my friends, we are loaded with countless church activities, while the real work of the church, that of evangelizing and winning the lost, is almost entirely neglected." 
 
Reason #7 Fear
  
This fear takes many forms. What will people think of me? What if someone asks a question that I don't have the answer to? I'm afraid that I'm not equipped. What if I fail?
  
There is no simple answer here. You might be saying - yep, fear is my issue. Give me the elixir. What's the remedy for the fear of man? There is no quick fix. There's no simple answer here. The fear is real. Will people think we're strange? Yes. Will conversations get awkward? Yes. (I've been in those before - not fun.) Could people get angry with us? Perhaps. If you open your mouth about Jesus in certain parts of the world - could you be physically harmed? Yes. You could lose your head. The danger is real - the fear of man is real. So, what's the answer? The best answer I can give you is LOVE. 
 
The 2 greatest commandments that Jesus gives to us, which all of the law and the prophets hang on is what? Love for God and love for neighbor. That's the motivation. And when we say - I just can-t do it. I can't open my mouth about Jesus to unbelievers. I know this person is lost and they are without Jesus and they are going to perish - but I can't do it. Ultimately, what you are really saying in that moment is that I won't do it because right now I am more important than this person. My reputation is more important than their destination. In that moment you are more concerned for your well-being and your comfort than you are for theirs.
  
I know that's a heavy hammer of truth right there. But isn't that true? Love is the answer.
 
"We overcome our fears through love. The Bible says that perfect love casts out all fear. Think of a firefighter. He's up a sixty-foot ladder. In front of him are a mother and two children, clinging to each other in a window on the fourth floor of a burning building. Flames are licking at the terrified family. If he doesn't rescue them, they will certainly die. Would he rather be home spending time with his wife and kids? Of course he would. But he ignores his fears and he denies himself his own legitimate pleasures because he is thinking of that family's terrible fate. Love consumes his fears." - Ray Comfort
 

 

       


Questions

The Big Question

Does God Exist?

What Is The Bible?

Is The Bible True?

Who Is Jesus?

Is Jesus In Every Book Of The Bible?

Is Jesus God?

Did Jesus Fulfill Any Prophecies?

Did God Create You?

What About Reincarnation?

Are You Going To Heaven?

What Is The Truth About Hell?

Who Will You Believe?

Want To Find A Good Church?

Looking For A Church In Harrisburg, Pennsylvania?

Which Bible Translation Is Right For Me?

 

Objections

"All Religions Lead To God"

"Never Talk About Religion Or Politics"

"Judge Not..."

"The Bible Is Full Of Contradictions"

"A Powerful God Wouldn't Allow So Much Evil..."

"The Church Is Full Of Hypocrites"

"What About Those Who Never Hear About Jesus?"

"A God of Love vs. A God of Wrath"

"A Loving God Wouldn't Send People To Hell"

"You're Only A Christian Because You..."

"As Long As You're Sincere In What You Believe"

"How Do You Know Which Religion Is Right?"

"God Would Never Forgive Someone Like Me"

"I Can't Believe In Miracles"

"Unanswered Prayer Shows God Doesn't Exist"

"What's With All The Different Denominations?"

"Jesus Was Just a Copycat of Pagan Myths"

"What About The Crusades?"

"What About Slavery In The Bible?"

"What About Evolution?"

"What About Homosexuality?"

"Jesus Didn't Say Anything About Homosexuality"

"What About Abortion?"

 

Other Stuff

   Other Beliefs

     Judaism

     Roman Catholicism

     Islam

     Jehovah's Witnesses

     Mormonism

     Seventh-Day Adventism

     Buddhism

     Hinduism

     Baha'i

     New Age

     Christian Science

     Scientology

     Freemasonry

     Oneness Pentecostals

     Unitarian Universalism

     Rastafarianism

     Wicca

     Satanism

What I Believe

Theological Terms and Definitions

Belief Comparison Chart

An Eschatological Overview (End Times)

Good Quotes

Paul Washer Quotes

20 Logical Fallacies

17 Questions Every Christian Should Think About

My Prayer - I Have A Problem...

More Than A Holiday

Honest Questions for Jehovah's Witnesses

Honest Questions For Mormons

Questions For Skeptics

10 Reasons To Tell Your Kids The Truth About Santa

A View From The Life Boat

A Collection of Helpful Bible Passages

A Story About A Boy Named Mikey

Thoughts On The Doctrine Of Definite Atonement

Questions To Ask A Child Before Their Baptism

A Critique Of An Origin-Of-Life Article

No Hope In The Pope

Terrorism - What You Can Do About It

The Impact Of A Blind Elderly Woman

Evidence For The Resurrection - W.O.M.E.N.

 

Apologetics / Evangelism

What Is Apologetics?

Why Should We Do Apologetics?

What Is Presuppositional Apologetics? 

What Do You KNOW? 

What Is Evangelism? 

Why Should We Evangelize? 

Are Christian Doing A Good Job Of Evangelizing? 

7 Reasons People Don't Share Their Faith

The Question Of Evangelism - Words Or Works? 

Is The World In Which We Live In Today Tolerant? 

Preaching What We Practice and Talking The Walk

Man vs. God Centered Evangelism

 

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Audio / Video

    Original Sermon Jams

     Born Again - Paul Washer

     Does Jesus Know You? - Paul Washer

     We Got An A! - Paul Washer

     A Boy On The Street - R.C. Sproul

     Fearless - R.C. Sproul

     Hypocrites - R.C. Sproul

     Smiling Faces - R.C. Sproul

     Authorized Personnel Only - Tony Evans

     Drive-thru - Tony Evans

     One Flesh - Tony Evans

     Sex - Tony Evans

     The Satisfier - Tony Evans

     Who to Serve? - Pastor Mike Leonzo

     The Voice of Truth - Pastor Ben Maxie

     Transformed - Pastor Mike Leonzo

     Where is the Love? - Pastor Ben Maxie

     He Claimed to be God - Pastor Mike Leonzo

     Love is a Behavior - Pastor Ben Maxie

     Examine It for Yourself - Pastor Mike Leonzo

     Perfect Love - Pastor Ben Maxie

     We Need Preachers - Mike Bongo

     The Sovereignty of God in Evangelism - Mike Bongo 

     I'm Ready - Mike Bongo

     Our Day in Court - Mike Bongo

     Examine Yourself - Mike Bongo

     Exclusivity - Mike Bongo

     Our World - Mike Bongo

     The Great Exchange - Mike Bongo 

     True God - Mike Bongo

    The One Minute Apologist

     Intolerance - Greg Koukl

     Legislating Morality - Frank Turek

     Intelligent Design and Creation - Bill Dembski

     Tolerance is Unbiblical - Josh McDowell

     Homosexual Forgiveness - Michael Brown

     What Must I Do To Be Saved? - Hank Hannegraaff

     Is Jesus A Copycat Savior? - J. Warner Wallace

     The Resurrection - Gary Habernas

     Contradictions In The Bible - Mike Licona

     Is It About Winning Arguments? - Mary Jo Sharp

     Does Christianity Oppress Women? - Dianna Newman

     Is Evil An Argument For God? - Brett Kunkle

   WWUTT (When We Understand The Text)

     Hate The Sin, Love The Sinner?

     Thou Shalt Not Judge?

     God Will Never Give You More Than You Can Handle?

     Do We Have To Prove That God Exists?

     Preach The Gospel, If Necessary Use Words?

     You Don't Have To Go To Church To Be A Christian?

     I Stand At The Door And Knock?

     God Has Already Chosen Who Will Be Saved?

     Spare The Rod, Spoil the Child?

     The Bible Says Slavery is Okay?

     Are Catholics Saved?

     God Foreknew Who Would Be Saved?

     Does The Bible Say Homosexuality is A Sin?

     Alter Calls And The Sinner's Prayer?

     Worse Than An Unbeliever?

    Kids Section

     The Gospel

     David Platt On Sharing the Gospel With Children

     For The Children: Are You Saved? - Paul Washer

     2 Amazing 11 Year Old Boys

   Other Audio / Video

     Rescue The Perishing

     Emeal Zwayne's Dialogue With A Homosexual

     The Big Questions of Life - Voddie Baucham

   Explore God

     Is There A God?

     Can We Know God Personally?

     Why Does God Allow Pain And Suffering?

     Is Jesus Really God?

     Are Christians Judgmental?

   The Bible Project

     The Book of Genesis Overview - Part 1 of 2 

     The Book of Genesis Overview - Part 2 of 2 

     The Book of Exodus Overview - Part 1 of 2

     The Book of Exodus Overview - Part 2 of 2

     The Book of Leviticus Overview

     The Book of Numbers Overview

     The Book of Deuteronomy Overview

     The Book of Joshua Overview

     The Book of Judges Overview

     The Book of Ruth Overview

     The Book of 1 Samuel Overview

     The Book of 2 Samuel Overview

     The Books of 1 and 2 Kings Overview

     The Book of Job Overview

     The Book of Psalms Overview

     The Book of Proverbs Overview

     The Book of Song of Songs Overview

     The Book of Isaiah Overview - Part 1 of 2

     The Book of Isaiah Overview - Part 2 of 2

     The Book of Hosea Overview

     The Book of Joel Overview

     The Book of Amos Overview

     The Book of Obadiah Overview

     The Book of Jonah Overview

     The Book of Micah Overview

     The Book of Nahum Overview

     The Book of Habakkuk Overview

     The Book of Zephaniah Overview 

Street Conversations

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Street Conversations - George & Paul

Street Conversations - Don

Street Conversations - VeeJay

Street Conversations - Joe

Street Conversations - Ralph 

Street Conversations - Charles

Street Conversations - Ed

Street Conversations - Ken

Street Conversations - Jessica

Street Conversations - Ida

Street Conversations - Earl & Evadel 

Street Conversations - Jim  

Street Conversations - Raheem

Street Conversations - Raheem part 2

Street Conversations - My Mom

Street Conversations - Eddie

Street Conversations - Renee

Street Conversations - Ron

Street Conversations - Rash

Street Conversations - Preacher

Street Conversations - Luis

Street Conversations - Keith

Street Conversations - Hippy

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Street Conversations - Hippy part 2

Street Conversations - Butch

Street Conversations - Scott

Street Conversations - Marcos

Street Conversations - Will & James

Street Conversations - Alexander and Valerie

Street Conversations - Jerry and Steve

Street Conversations - Blake

 

Me      

My Baptism

Parable Of The Talents  

Survey Says  

A Hard Lesson  

Talking About Jesus  

The Perfect Gift  

A Faith Worth Thinking About  

Stand Strong  

Peace At Christmas  

Resolutions From Revelation  

Takin' The Gospel To The Streets  

Responding Rightly To The Gospel Of Grace  

A Defense That Honors God And His Word  

Encouragement In Corinth  

The Dash

Surrendering To Win

The Gospel

The Laborers Are Few; Therefore...

Love Has No Labels - A Response

Faith That Works

Atheists: They Don't Exist

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