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Featured Why Don't Christian's Witness About Jesus?

Discussion in 'Christian Philosophy & Ethics' started by Thess, Mar 11, 2019.

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  1. Thess

    Thess Well-Known Member

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    You're absolutely right! That stuff is all over America. But you've missed point. And my point is, what if what we've been taught is a faulty system? All of us? Across the board? Be slow to judgment, and just be patient and hang in there with me. I'm not your enemy at all....I'm am on ALL of our sides, even those that I say are guilty. I'm about the Mysterious Plan. Doesn't anyone know? Doesn't anyone understand?
     
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    Outstanding work. All of those points and questions have obviously had seasoned thought embedded all throughout them. I hope that people will take your post seriously. Considering the amount of arguing and defending....well, let's hope that God's Gracious Power would reveal Himself upon stubborn, fearful hearts and change them into hearts that test all things without fear.
     
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    Wow, I love EVERYTHING about your post. I love a humble heart that is eager to not only learn, but you're comfortable enough in your own skin and able to teach everyone in your group.

    Here's what I would do, while you continue to gently lead others by your life and how you live....your total sense of obedience. Your actions must coincide with the Incredible book that you must know. Obedience generates confidence, and when you're confident, then you can share. But before you can share, we must ALL know what it is that we are to believe. Only until our beliefs are in proper order will we even have a change to properly submit to God, and no longer to people (fear).

    So....I'd start reading all of Pauls writings, staring with Acts 7:56, I believe, where we first read of him as Saul. After reading Acts, then move on to his letters and move through them in chronological order. It's an unbelievable thing to do....and quite frankly, it changed my entire life. BTW....I'm asking you to do this because I know that you're already well familiar with basic scriptures at least. Then, I'd get another print out list of the entire bible that is also in chronological, written order and then proceeding right through the New Testabment, Pauls letters again and then on to conclusion.

    If you do this, and if you make sure that you do not daydream, but diligently pay attention as if your very life depended on it, by the time you finish, you'll know exactly what you are to do in terms of witnessing. And this is the whole point....we MUST depend on the Holy Spirit....this is the key that I just wasn't taught about. No one modeled it for me....not one....and my old Brothers and Sisters are WONDERFUL, AMAZING people, but they didn't know the truth any more than I did....and our pastor certainly never expected us to learn, to really learn which is made evident in our changed lives. No, no one was ever punished....we just kept putting money in the plate while we continued to suffer, not understanding that we were suffering because we had placed a faulty faith into a faulty system.

    But to witness in a specific way? I'd never lay that burden upon anyone, for that is the job of our Great and Almighty Holy Spirit. He decides what a person does and what a person does not do. Me? Regardless of the wild minds, here, that think they know me, I am utterly nothing and God has made it abundantly clear that He does not "require" me. No one here has to bash me....I'm already nothing, totally owned by God, so brash words and phrases are useless. So my clear point is, is that for each person that God enables to Witness about His Holy Son Jesus, those skills will be given. But in order to confidently give the Gospel, we've got to understand it....and as much as many refuse to accept, we cannot understand Righteousness and Holiness if we refuse to obey. For those who disobey are deceived and do not know God. And anyone that does not know God cannot enter His Kingdom. But for those who do obey, all that they will need will be provided. There is no need for fear. There is no need for concern on "men". The Power of the Spirit indwells us and His Spirit is Greater than mine....believe me, ask that God would grant you this Holy Power and He will give it to you. Take control of your life, give yourself to Him fully, wholly and completely, and when this is done, and when you ask for His Holy Spirit to cause you to do things and think things you've understood before....man, your Romans 12:2 Holy Transformation has begun!!!! And when this happens, you will realize that it is critical that we have our understandings of all thins in order....if not, to give a false or lacking Gospel, even in good intention, is eternally dangerous. Oh, but I assure you that when you really have the "love" (the Spirit) of God within you, you will instantly begin to know things without anyone on earth ever having told you. Test what I"m saying....you'll see. :)

    I believe in you.
     
  4. Thess

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    That's amazing. I've spent most of my life in the greater Seattle area. I've always loved people, love to talk, been in "service" my entire life, known hundreds of thousands though out my work and life, part of the church my entire life, etc.

    But here's what's terrible....not one person in my own churches have ever made sure that I was actually saved. We are supposed to test the spirit within each person....to do otherwise is to disobey direct and clear teaching. Today's church's are pretty much all apostate....I can't see any way around it but I sure do hope that I'm desperately wrong, and if I am, a good wakeup and reminder is never a bad thing. Rest assured, something is about to happen and we need to be ready. Don't listen to me, do listen to me....I get it, but please, get ready.
     
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    Baptized at 12 but it was a total joke and I finally had to admit it. My life was so filled with sin. From age 12, my life began to spiral. That's when I was first molested by my boyscout master; he enjoyed himself twice. The biological got divorced that year. At 16 I discovered cannabis and little did I know, it saved my life by showing me the truth of myself, which was that I was indeed a good person, that everyone around me wrong. I struggled with suicide from 12 to 27 and a little afterwards, about 16 years in all. I finally became a real Christian, I'd say, when I gave myself to God and He then, miraculously, has had me on a remarkable journey that no man could possibly script. God's Spirit came to me in as much Raw Power as my physical body could endure and it was something that words could never properly convey. That process started nearly three years ago.

    Now that I know that I am loved by God in the most unbelievable of ways, my entire sense of thinking has changed. My entire self is no longer that which is once was. In fact, I don't remember what it was like to be so confused and scared, without even understanding it. I knew that I was off, in all things, I just didn't realize that what I was feeling was the actual embodiment of the Sin Nature itself. Living in Sin is a Spiritual Confusion that is undeniable....gosh, this place is filled with it, in fact, this forum is no different from the world. In fact, in fact, if I want to be abused, all I have to do is come here and I can be heaped upon for a simple opinion....and this is supposed to be "home" for me, a haven of sorts, but it's really a den of wolves. So you see? Everything is backwards...what is bad is good and what is good is bad.

    No....no one talks about Jesus. Not REAL witnessing. No one even knows what the Gospel is. I've never had a discussion about it....ever. Oh sure, I've had the same discussions you've all had. Pft....I used to think that I knew the bible better than just about anything else in my life. That and music. I mean, I really thought I understood.....but I have been in this same terribly false system that we are in....and we are going to break out of it. It is wrong....It is desperately lacking.

    I'm doing all kinds of things about this problem that I'm addressing. Because Christians do not witness on the whole, people are suffering. I've sold my house and am getting close to having nothing. When all is done, I will likely only own my set of drums, stored at anothers house, but other than that, I am almost ready to go where God sends me. I have taken a full year off and have been working diligently to make sure that what I say is accurate, firstly. I am currently in a time where I can come here, and contribute, but I do prefer to work with others who are suffering. I know what it is to hurt, to be weak, insecure and without confidence....just basic, regular confidence. I know what it's like to not have anyone in your church ask if you're alright. No one ever did that for me, and my parents paid the gay piano player to take me home and live with him....from 14.5 on. They never paid him for me....I was worthless....and this was done in front of an entire church. No one said a word....ever. So I understand what is happening in our churches, and I know that those who do not possess love are the ones whom do not reach out. I recently completed a lot of work with a Sister in Kenya, leading her to Jesus without agenda, and hopefully creating a way to get to that chruch and bring them as many blessings as I am able. I am also attempting to work on a few projects, one of which deals with Confidence, another regarding Black Sheep, another for BSOCS and I'm shooting for a movie script.

    When I talk about witnessing, knocking on doors, while fantastic, is not what I'm thinking of. We need to reach as many as possible....the more the merrier! People are suffering and waiting for us. My life is not my own, thus I fully obey.
     
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    Nice, and thank you
     
  7. Strong in Him

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    Thank you for sharing your story; that took courage.

    Yes, and how do you know we're not?
    You said earlier, "no one is REALLY witnessing" - how do you know? Or are you talking about witnessing according to your definition?
     
  8. OzSpen

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    Thess,

    I agree that it is a major problem. My general experience is that the church is not equipping God's people for caring, communicative witnessing.

    I seem to be older than you, but I ask you and me: How many times have we witnessed to other people and explained the Gospel in 51.5 years?

    Oz
     
  9. JacksBratt

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    As an answer to "why don't Christians witness about Jesus"?... Many don't know how. Many don't know the bible as well as any atheist.

    On the other hand.. we should witness about Jesus all the time.. when necessary... use words.

    It is our character, actions, life's walk, attitude, forgiving, show of love.... all these things are our witness about Jesus.
     
  10. A_Thinker

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    You have to realize ... that your christian experience ... is not, necessarily, the same as everyone else's christian experience.
    For instance, ... this was not my experience. So you can't project your experience onto all other American christians.

    And, even, in your experience, God has reached you with His message. Your initial church experience might have been lacking, ... but God has a lifetime to reach you with His message ... and He has. Mission accomplished.

    Now you need to let God complete His work with all of His other children ...
     
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    It occurred to me I should ask theses questions of you -

    • how many doors have you knocked on in 51 years?
    • do you have a tract ministry where you distribute tracts in some way
    • what exactly are you doing to reach others for Jesus besides funding your church
     
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  12. FireDragon76

    FireDragon76 "Excuse me... what does God need with a starship?" Supporter

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    Penn Gilette is not exactly the best authority on spiritual things. The Gospel should be more than a sales pitch, like a vacuum salesman. Of course, Penn doesn't really care about that, because his respect is only feigned for a rhetorical point.



    Most people assume, and I believe rightly, that religious instruction best happens inside a church.

    Those religious groups that go around "witnessing" often do so in an intrusive fashion. I had a Baptist come to my door a year ago and it was easy to read through how he was subtlely questioning the adequacy of my religious beliefs, which as far as I am concerned is intrusive, rude, and sleazy. People should stop peddling the Gospel like they are door to door salesmen or cultists. God never commanded we do such a thing.

    Just be an authentic loving person, let your light shine, as Jesus said. It is the Holy Spirit's job to draw people to God, it is not the result of rhetorical tricks or manipulative sleaze.
     
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    I think you are probably right.
     
  14. Gregory95

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    Your experience shows the times we live in and thus shows how close we are to the day of Christ return

    Also shows that what many call church is really a child of the whore of Babylon (false church) more evidence of the age we live in.

    And that Christ is not preached by those who profess the faith again shows the age we live in

    Is this what you were saying?
     
  15. SPF

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    Certainly, but his point is still well made and relevant. In my experience, I would say I unfortunately see little sense of urgency from the majority of Christians I interact with in relation to sharing the Gospel. There are certainly pockets of exceptions, but I think one area that Christianity here in America could do a lot better in, is evangelism.

    I think as Church history plays out in front of us and we see the transition occurring from the majority of churches being mainline, large denominational churches, to smaller, local non-denominational, Bible based "community churches", or "Christian centers", that we might actually see more local impact and church growth.
     
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    I doubt it. It represents the weakness, fragmentation and privatization of religion as people respond to fear and mistrust of institutional belonging.
     
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    In 1979 a non-denominational church was planted in Roswell, GA. At the time, there were no other non-denominational churches within 75 miles. The first Sunday, they had 25 people. The second Sunday, they had 100 people. These people were honestly taken aback at the Biblically based teaching they were hearing. It was encouraging, challenging, edifying. Third Sunday they had 300 as the people went back and shared with their friends. Aside from Andy Stanley's North Point Church, it's one of the largest non-denominational Churches around.

    But I would even say that the non-denominational mega church is probably going to be on the decline going forward.

    Denominations were inevitable once people were able to read Scripture on their own. Now, as American culture becomes more morally corrupt, and as large denominations follow suit with secular culture, I think the next step is the smaller, biblically based local non-denominational churches. Just look at the denominations.. You're Lutheran for example, but there are lots of Lutherans that would call other Lutherans apostate, based upon what Lutheran group they associate with.

    I think the Methodist are clearly in line for a church split now that the UMC council actually did the right thing and upheld moral values and clear Biblical teaching. The majority of American churches were the liberal, morally compromised group that opposed it - thus I think this will lead to a denominational split.

    Putting my prophetic hat on, I think smaller, local churches are going to be the future of the American Church as culture because more and more morally bankrupt. And I don't necessarily see that as a bad thing. I know for a fact that there are 6 small local church bodies with about 200-400 members each within 5 miles of my house - and they all have incredibly faithful and strong local outreach programs that have been great for my community. The members of those churches have had a greater impact on my local city than the Lutheran, Methodist, or Baptist churches ever have.
     
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    In reality alot of LCMS and ELCA do not speak of each other in such harsh terms, especially our laity. There is actually a woman who belongs to our congregation that used to be in WELS, one of the most conservative synods in the US.

    The denominationalism in Lutheranism in the US has more to do with the history of ethnic churches and is more complicated than simply people picking and choosing churches to suit their fancy based on self-selectetd criteria.

    I see it more like being broad-minded and socially responsible. Cults are infamous for believing they alone are right, but they are also notorious for engaging in social irresponsible behavior.

    Producing more religious drones is not the same as producing faithful disciples of Jesus Christ who live out vocations responsibly in the real world.

    And don't get puffed up about the Methodist's resolution. If not for Africans, Methodists would have decided a long time ago they were OK with changing the book of discipline.
     
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  19. A Realist

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    Wow....

    So exactly what are you doing to witness to others? You have yet to explain how we should be doing it. Please tell us, so we can better emulate you.
     
  20. SPF

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    The reality that I see is Lutheran's calling other Lutheran's apostate on this very forum.

    Being broad-minded and socially responsible is good... until it goes to the point of compromising the moral commands and teachings of Scripture. There is nothing good about a Church that endorses and accepts and encourages actions that Scripture consider sinful.

    And from what I see in the culture around me is that the religious drones tend to come from the local denominational churches as opposed to the growing, witnessing, and Bible preaching "community" churches. Which again is why I think we're seeing this trend become dominant in America.
     
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