Last night, late last night, my mom and I couldn’t find a good movie to get into. You see, we’re kind of prone to watching movies really late at night together. The kids are in bed, it’s much quieter, easier to focus on things…so, that’s our thing. We decided to turn on SermonAudio instead and as she was scrolling through sermons, we saw one by Ray Comfort. And if you know me at all, you may know how much I love Ray Comfort and his messages. I first heard his sermon on abortion after someone posted it on Facebook, and I was absolutely hooked by his way of telling the gospel like it is. There is no sugar coating in his preaching, he is straight to the point. By listening to him share the gospel with dying people, leading many to salvation and planting that seed, I became more and more interested in going into the ministry. I think every Christian has a few pastors/evangelists/sunday school teachers/etc that have really spoken to them and inspired them to go out and be a better Christian, and Ray Comfort is definitely high on my list. The sermon we listened to last night was titled 3 Minutes to Live, which I linked to above.
Imagine this – you’re out and about in your daily life, and suddenly, you find someone who is dying. They have 3 minutes to live. Imagine that they’re begging you to help them, knowing that their physical life is already over. What do you say?
I’ll be sharing my notes and adding to them, as I usually do, so y’all will have to forgive me if they’re a bit long-winded or jumbled at times. (:
If someone has only minutes to live, how do we witness? We can’t risk false conversion, we must tell them the gospel in it’s entirety. This person obviously won’t be able to go out and sin after salvation – they’re dying already. But you still can not have true salvation without repentance and the fear of God. This is something I touched on a bit in my last post, as well as in the comments – should we witness to people,
strangers, and mention sin? Hell? Repentance? Consequences? In my opinion, we can’t risk false conversion, ever, no matter if that person is dying on the floor as we share the gospel to them, or if they have 50+ years left ahead of them. We can not be false prophets, making God an idol by completely changing His words. Let us never be ashamed or afraid of the very thing that we should be proudest of. Once, we were sinners, and then, we knew the wrath, the grace, the love of God, and became born again. We can’t have salvation without all of God. Whether us Christian’s like it or not, the wrath of God will pass over all of us. Are we warning them? We can’t just preach love and grace all the time, we have to prepare the newly saved for what’s ahead. We have to give them the gospel in it’s entirety. My own mother was saved after hearing a sermon preached on Hell. She became terrified, knowing she didn’t want to go there, she wanted to be with Jesus in eternity. Preaching about Hell and Sin shouldn’t be taboo while we witness. Just think of how terrified the lost will be on judgement day…will any of them cry out and ask us Christian’s why we didn’t warn them of this?
If God is all love, and we don’t mention the wrath of Him, what is the need of repentance?
You see a dying man, lost and on His way to Hell. Perhaps he’s lived a rough life, maybe he’s been a drunkard, a drug addict, a thief. You know that he’s never turned to Jesus. Do you look at him and say, “God has a wonderful plan for your life.” He’s dying. Do we look at him and lie, saying that his sins are all okay? I feel like this is the message that us Christian’s are often sending. We say that we all sin (and we do.) like it’s some sort of permission slip for others to go out and sin against God. I fear what we’re teaching the lost sinners in this world. They treat us like we’re weaklings because that’s exactly how we act. We’ve lost our love for the dying and lost people in this world, we’ve lost our fearless ability to witness, we’ve lost the fire. Are we forgetting that our dear Jesus spoke on Hell as well?
Matthew 13:41-42, 49-50 “The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all law-breakers, and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
When a person is truly ready for salvation, they will feel the fear of God. Then, they are ready for His grace.
Bottom line, I think Christian’s biggest weak point in witnessing is that we’re afraid, we don’t want to hurt people, we don’t want to scare them, we don’t want to seem so different and weird and even mean at times. But there are thousands of people lost out there, many of which we’ll come in contact with. 99% of these people will be strangers. God’s not asking you to walk up to all of them and yell, “YOU’RE GOING TO HELL!” or act holier than thou. He is, however, asking us to share His word without fear, without being ashamed.
If you come to that point, when a stranger desperately needs the 3 minute gospel, are you willing to tell them about reality without Jesus?