Being a witness of Christ Jesus is simply telling others about the great hope that we have in the forgiveness of our sins through Jesus. All of us are witnesses, because what we say or fail to say always says something about Jesus. The question then is whether we are going to be a good or a bad witness.
There are some common things that get in the way of being good witnesses. Of course, because of our sin, we are not perfect witnesses. But there are some misconceptions we’ve all had that make being a good witness harder. Here are three misunderstandings that get in the way of us being good witnesses, and how the truth of God’s Word addresses each of them.
“It’s my fault if someone goes to hell.” Much of American Christianity is influenced by a false teaching called Arminianism that teaches that every person needs to make a decision to believe in Jesus to be saved. If that is true, everyone who is not given the opportunity to make that decision is lost, not by their own fault, but because some other Christian didn’t present them with the decision to follow Jesus. But this isn’t what the Scriptures teach. The Bible teaches that God has chosen from eternity every single person who will be saved (Ephesians 1:4-10). We cannot increase or decrease the population of heaven by a single person. God will save all of his elect, with or without our witnessing. The pressure is off! God is in the business of giving faith and salvation when and where He wills. We can’t thwart his plans by our mistakes and failures. Knowing that helps us to witness with joy, because it isn’t our job to bring people to faith but simply to plant the seed of God’s Word.
“I might say the wrong thing.” This fear is tied to the idea above. We worry that if we don’t speak the Gospel perfectly, [Read more…]