We have looked at how to better deliver the gospel and have examined a sample rendering of the gospel message itself that we might express to our potential brothers and sisters in Christ. Now, let’s scrutinize some of the objections that we might come up against from those who cannot yet see their way to salvation and / or the need for it.
1. ‘I have lived a much too sinful life to expect exoneration.’
This saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” – and I am the worst of them. 1 Tim. 1:15 CSB
The apostle Paul (the Holy Spirit – inspired author of the majority of the New Testament), who was at one time a murderer of Christians, and as you can see, the self-declared most dastardly of sinners, was saved by Christ. So, you can be as well.
In fact, you are exactly who Jesus is looking for:
“…I did not come to call [to repentance] the [self-proclaimed] righteous [who see no need to change], but sinners [those who recognize their sin and actively seek forgiveness].” Mt. 9:13 AMP
And once you have accepted Christ and His salvation, He will never let you go and will keep you wrapped up in His righteousness:
“My Father who has given them to me, is greater than all. No one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.” Jn. 10:29 CSB
…to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord… Jude 24, 25. NASB
2. ‘I cannot discipline myself to live that kind of life.’
First, let’s review the consequences of not living that kind of life:
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Rm. 6:23 CSB
The good news is that it is not your strength that you have to depend upon:
I can do all things [which He has called me to do] through Him who strengthens and empowers me [to fulfill His purpose – I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency; I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with inner strength and confident peace.] Phil. 4:13 AMP
3. ‘I don’t want to lose my friends.’
You can share your salvation experience with them; but your eternal future is at stake, and it must be your primary consideration, before you can be of any help to others. If your friends don’t want to get on board, they can become a liability to your salvation:
The one who walks with the wise will become wise, but a companion of fools will suffer harm. Pr. 13:20 CSB
Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. Ps. 1:1 NLT
4. ‘I’m not feeling it.’
It’s not about your feelings, but about your faith:
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: Jn. 1:12 NKJV
However, when you accept Christ, changes will come:
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness… Gal. 5:22 CSB
5. ‘I’m a good person. I don’t do bad things.’
For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them.” Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for the “The righteous shall live by faith.” Gal. 3:10, 11. ESV
The Book of the Law is essentially the ‘Ten Commandments.’ And if we want to be saved by our own efforts, we must obey them all flawlessly for our entire lives. That is not possible for any human being.
“for there is no one who does not sin…” 1 Kin. 8:46 NKJV
In fact, the one who does not believe in God is already in violation of the First Commandment. (Ex. 20:3 – 5).
The whole reason that Christ came was so that you could accept Him as your savior and be cleansed from sin and wrapped up in His righteousness.
6. ‘God is love. He will not judge anyone.’
Well, you are half right:
“The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but will by no means clear the guilty…” Ex. 34:6, 7. ESV
God does forgive sins, but only for those who accept Christ as their savior:
“…you will die in our sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.” Jn. 8:24 NKJV
Regardless of how one wants to believe in their own philosophy, God spells out a real judgment for all peoples:
“When the Son of Man comes in His glory…all the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world’…Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels.’” Mt. 25:31 – 34 & 41. NKJV
7. For those who have walked away from the faith (usually due bad behavior / judgment from other ‘Christians’ or because they have fallen back into sin).
You can’t judge God by the way people behave. Unfortunately, they have the free will to mess up; not God’s fault.
As far as having fallen back into a sinful lifestyle:
Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?”
Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.” Mt. 18:21, 22. NKJV
Jesus is being metaphorical here. We are to forgive countless times; and Jesus would not ask us to do something that He Himself does not. You can approach Him no matter what you’ve done and receive forgiveness for your sins and to be reinstated in His kingdom, with earnest confession and repentance.
(Consider too, an examination of the parable of the prodigal son: Lk. 15:11 – 32.)
8. ‘The Bible doesn’t make any sense.’
For the message of the cross is foolishness [absurd and illogical] to those who are perishing and spiritually dead [because they reject it], but to us who are being saved [by God’s grace] it is [the manifestation of] the power of God. 1 Cor. 1:18 AMP
But the natural [unbelieving] man does not accept the things [the teachings and revelations] of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness [absurd and illogical] to him; and he is incapable of understanding them, because they are spiritually discerned and appreciated, [and he is unqualified to judge spiritual matters]. 1 Cor. 2:14 AMP
The Bible only makes since when the Holy Spirit enters you as you accept Christ as your savior, which gives you that spiritual discernment. You know, there are also those who just don’t want to understand it, because they prefer the ways of the world:
“This is the judgment [that is, the cause for indictment, the test by which people are judged, the basis for the sentence]; the Light has come into the world, and people love the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. For every wrongdoer hates the light, and does not come to the Light [ but shrinks from it] for fear that his sinful, worthless] activities will be exposed and condemned.” Jn. 3:19, 20. AMP
So, we’ covered some of the most common objections of the flesh. Next time we’ll tackle the big theological objections…
Goodnight and God bless.