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Should Christians Witness Loudly

Culties, new agers, universalists are voicing their beliefs loudly, how should the Christian witness? How should a Christian say NO to error and false doctrines?

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 ---Lee on 10/17/06
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We should witness boldly. Jesus sure was not quiet; He really gave it to them. When saying "no" to error and false doctrines, be prepared for people to get their backs right up and lash out at you.
---Helen_5378 on 11/18/06


It does not matter how loud you do it, as long as you get the message through
---Andrew on 11/16/06


Okebaram, I can see there's a communication breakdown between us and I apologize for that. Please show me where I said that people only get saved when they are ministered to people they know? I said "I've brought many to Christ by befriending them first versus walking up to a stranger. I am NOT refusing to understand your statement. I AGREE WHOLEHEARTEDLY with you. Why so defensive? I love you dearly in Christ. I am agreeing with you. I repent in sackcloth and ashes. Please forgive me.
---Donna9759 on 10/26/06


Donna, I said you should do both, but from your previous response, it seems you are advocating elimination of speaking to strangers. Don't you say that people only get saved when they are ministered to by people they know. Don't you even say that. You are the one who refuses to understand my simple statement which is that you should not ONLY evangelize to a person after you have known them because you can ALSO help people who you cannot befriend.
---Okebaram on 10/25/06


Okebaram - you're statement is very confusing and I'm sorry but I'm not arguing over numbers of people I've meet. I'm simply stating that I've brought many to Christ by befriending them first versus walking up to a stranger and talking to them. The "cold turkey" ones I've witnessed to were not drawn to Jesus because they did not know me and I was a stranger to them. The ones I befriended knew me and WANTED to know Jesus. What's so hard to understand about that? Everyone else seems to.
---Donna9759 on 10/24/06




Donna, God is a God of the imposssible: so? Is everyone saved? God needs you to wisely 'sell' this commodity (salvation) on earth. So are you trying to say that the sum of the number of people you befriended AND those who you met but couldn't befriend is less that the number of people you befriended alone, a thing that is mathematically impossible. Your response just makes your statement more questionable.
---Okebaram on 10/22/06


mmadm -- My Bible reads the same as yours, "teach" all nations. If you teach a large group, a microphone works best.
---Donna2277 on 10/22/06


What did Jesus say to His disciples b4 He was translated? "Go ye ther4 n teach all nations V20 teaching them 2 observe all things WHATSOEVER I HAVE COMMANDED YOU." It never said dont voice it loudly. Whats do u find wrong in that? Are you ashamed of the Gospel of JC that you say such?
---mmadm on 10/22/06


Spot on, Donnas. "For you will be His witness to all men of what you have seen and heard." Acts 22:15
---Raine on 10/21/06


Your post to Okebarem hadn't appeared when I asked for clarification. You explained yourself just fine. I can't think of anybody I know who became a Christian as an ADULT, who didn't tell me either:
1. I found the Lord at a Billy Graham Crusade
or
2. I met this person (man/woman) and we bacame friends. He/she witnessed to me or led me to the Lord.
---Donna2277 on 10/20/06




Okebaram - how many people can one befriend in a lifetime? As many as God draws unto you, and for me it's lots because I work in large Corporate America where there are thousands of people all around me. I make friends everywhere I go. I just met a woman in Home Depot, got her phone number, and we're going to do lunch. God is a God of the impossible, what seems impossible to man, is possible to God. I remember people I've met from 1983, even back to 1974. It's all God!
---Donna9759 on 10/20/06


Donna, how many people can one befriend in a lifetime? If Paul and Jesus' disciples had insisted on first befriending every person they met before they evangelised I don't think we would have heard the gospel today. But then you say different approaches apply to different people and that is correct.
---Okebaram on 10/19/06


I was thinking of the way Jesus witnessed to the Woman at the Well versus the way he witnessed to Nicodemus. To Nicodemus, he was very direct, "You must be born again." Why didn't Jesus say to the woman at the well, "You must be born again?" I believe it was because the Holy Spirit knows the person we're witnessing to and He leads us what to say, how to say it, when to say it, etc., Did I clarify that okay for you folks?
---Donna9759 on 10/19/06


Okebaram - may I clarify what meant? I have stood on street corners and told people about Jesus. I went to malls and approached lots of teenagers, asked them if they wanted to accept Jesus, etc., It was when I befriended people, developed a relationship with them, that's when people were coming to Christ, asking me "how do I become like you?" "I want to know the Jesus you know." That's what I mean by being a witness. I got results the second way, not the first way.
---Donna9759 on 10/19/06


Donna2277-of course I didn't mean that. I just explained to Okebaram that I have had better results when I befriended people like Jesus befriended the woman at the well. Different approaches with different people. The question was how should the Christian witness? Should it be loudly? When you walk up to a stranger and give them the gospel, isn't it hard for them to receive from a stranger versus if you befriended that person first and developed a dialog with them first?
---Donna9759 on 10/19/06


Jesus stated in no uncertain terms that the disciples should preach his word from town to town. You are correct in saying we should be witnesses in the way we lead our lives, but somebody has to speak, thats how God created the universe. I think speaking the word to an unbeliever is like planting the seed.
---Zim on 10/19/06


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You know what, Oke, all of your fruits are really showing tonight.
---R.A. on 10/18/06


Donna9759 --- I'm sure you didn't mean Christians SHOULDN'T share the GOSPEL with others, did you? True, our lives should back up what we preach or we will not be believed. But just as important is to tell people of JESUS ...lest they think our "good" lives are a sign that we are "good" people (which, of course, we are not).

IMO, however, we do not need to make every interaction an occasion to "preach". We need to LISTEN to others as well (and to the Holy Spirit)
---Donna2277 on 10/19/06


Dona, I've heard you make this comment many times and now its starting to bug me seriously. you always say that we should evangelise by our lifestyle. We should evangelise directly AS WELL AS through our lives...Direct evangelism is extremely vital and I greatly disapprove of anything that states otherwise!

Lee, yelling makes you look like a freak, and no one listens. It should be modest, personal and specific.
---Okebaram on 10/18/06


They do shout loudly here. I do see them and their beliefs that are in opposition to the bible. I do say No to false doctrines.
---R.A. on 10/18/06


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I don't know quite what you mean by this.

I've not seen any cultists stand on the streets and shout, though I've seen self-labelled Christians do so.
---Jack on 10/17/06


Lee, Christians should BE a witness, not witness. If Christ is IN you, His love will flow through you and out to others. Let your light shine amoung men, etc., Wouldn't you be turned off if someone was voicing their beliefs loudly to you? Also, how did Jesus say NO to error and false doctrines? He ignored them and followed the will of His Father in Heaven. He gave no creedence to false accusations, false doctrines, etc., We should do the same.
---Donna9759 on 10/17/06


What I whisper to you in secret proclaim from the rooftops.

Yes Christians are supposed to be "pushing" their beliefs on everyone. Some will get offended, but it's Christ they are truly offended by if we merely speak his message.

Truth never takes the day off.
---Pharisee on 10/17/06


Is black/white thinking really a mental disorder. Is not the gospel of Jesus Christ black and white? Let your yes be yes, and your no be no. Heaven or Hell. Life and death. Light or darkness, good or evil, love or hate, foolish or wise. Angel or demon. Friend or enemy. Jesus Christ or satan. Jesus Christ is the Way. Narrow is the gate. Does Jesus stand by and the let the "sheep" be fleeced and eaten?
---Shiela on 10/17/06


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