I took some time off from writing these articles because I was a few months ahead, perhaps a little gun shy as well. And as many people, I also do not want to be disliked and there is part of me that would rather get along with others. But there are some things in which, as a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, we must do as a free will choice. They will illustrate just where our priorities really are or aren't.
Being a witness to Jesus and His Word was a commandment that Jesus gave to His disciples nearly 2000 years ago in Matthew 28:20. Witnessing is not always a fun project, but as a disciple, a believer, we are still compelled to do exactly that today. Being a Christian, we are told to let our light shine so others may see it, for no one puts a light under a basket. (Matthew 5:15-17) And there are a few other Biblical verses that back this point up as well, such as the one found in Luke 12:8+9 that says, "Also I say to you, whoever confesses Me before men, him the Son of Man also will confess before the angels of God. But he who denies Me before men will be denied before the angels of God."
Is fear a legitimate reason to hide from preaching and witnessing? No, it is not. His Word tells us that not only the unbelievers, adbominal, murderers, sexually immoral, idolaters and liars shall have their part in the lake of fire which burns with fire and brimstone (Revelation 21:8), but also the cowardly as well. Think about that for a while, as I have, for it scares me. Why? Because I know that He tells us, "The fields are white for harvest!" (John 4:35) And He said that nearly 2000 years ago. Is it still the case today? Well, you be the judge for yourself by these results.
I asked a gentleman yesterday where he went to church and when he told me, I said that I never knew anyone from that denomination before. So just how does he believe that he'd get to Heaven? He was busy and as he walked away, he said, "Unless someone is a really bad person, they're in." It surprised me, because that isn't what God's Word says. And again, I recently went to a chat room on the internet in which the question, "What is a Christian?" was asked. Here are four of the types of answers that were posted.
1- Bottom line is: No one can tell me that I am, or am not, a Christian. Similarly, I can tell no one that they are, or aren't a Christian. If ten people read, study, and become "expert" in the Bible, they could well arrive at ten differing views of what it means to be a Christian. Thus, the different denominations, etc. In the final analysis, God, in God's infinite wisdom, will determine who will, and won't make it, and nothing I can do will change that fact one iota. Thus, my job is to be the best, most faithful, most obedient (to the Word and to man's laws, since governments are God-installed) person I can be, and trust God's grace. And, that being said, if I live my life thusly, I believe I will have a more peaceful, serene, and fulfilled life here, as well as for eternity. It is just not my job to dictate to others how they should live. My job is to love them, and demonstrate God's love in action.
2 - With all due respect, you believe what you choose to but can you let this subject go? I couldn't disagree more and I think you should read the newspapers and also study history, including what many so-called good Christians as well as other religious groups have done or allowed to be done (free will). You can rationalize all you want. I don't want or need your sympathy for what my family has suffered. A lot of good Christians (as well as others) have allowed terrible things to go on and many have participated. I don't aspire to be a good Christian, a good Jew, a good any religion!!!!!!!!! So, please drop this subject. I hope I can be a decent human being. Period. End of discussion.
3 - I don't know who you are and it doesn't matter for purposes of this brief exchange but "God" doesn't care and doesn't help those who believe in him. Where is your knowledge of history or of the suffering, torture, death happening in much of the world?? Do you really think it's happening to people because they don't believe in God?? Or being done to others by people who don't believe in God? Many, including people in positions of great power, PROFESS to believe in God, including our president and many terrible, terrible things have been done in the name of God.
T H I N K!!!! My own mother was a very devout, religious believer and good person. She ended up in Auschwitz, my father in a preliminary camp. That's just one example out of millions of people in the world - of all religions - who have suffered terribly and are suffering terribly and you are telling them and everybody that God will take care of everything?? Who is deluded???????
4 - Please either drop this monologue or go away! You are not god, or even a prophet. You have no right to judge anybody or thing. I for one am very tired of this "holier than thou" act, and I suspect others are as well. I kept quiet about this hoping you would cease and desist, but you insist on foisting your beliefs on others. Everyone on this forum is spiritual in their own way. Some of us are Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, Jews, Muslims, etc. The most loving thing you can do is to shut up and allow each of us our own way to God.Furthermore, this forum's charter is to discuss (subject) or distract us from it with humor. Religion and politics just raise the anxiety level which none of us can afford. So can it already.
These are the types of responses that you will hear today. So now I again ask you, "Is it a necessity for a believer to witness publicly?" The answer is a resounding, Yes! Remember this as well, that Jesus once cried for the Jews, "Because they did not know the time of His coming." ( Luke 19:44) Is it any different for us today as so many of His prophecies of His second coming that are falling into place and are about to happen? No, forcing my beliefs onto someone won't win anyone to Christ, but if we are gentle about it, talking politely, one can many times ease the topic into the conversation. Often times you will find that these people are open to the message, even eager to talk and learn about Jesus. And there is nothing more satisfying than to reflect later upon how God might have used you to testify about Him. Either way, His word will not fail to accomplish its purpose and you might feel blessed as well.
The question concerning witnessing is; Are you one to be counted upon as one with courage, or are you a coward? The need is greater now then ever before to stand up and strive to reach the lost. Don't forget what Ester was told in Ester 4:14, "For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Who is there that God might have you to witness to? Well?