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Bible Thumper Name Calling

How do you handle people who criticize your witnessing by using phrases such as 'bible basher', bible thumper', 'holy Joe', 'ramming your religion down my throat' etc?

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 ---RitaH on 10/6/07
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Every case is different, sometimes I tell them to look in a mirror before speaking to me, other times I rebuke them sharply with the double-edged sword, other times I tell them they need to get saved and that they can be saved right now if they really want too, other times I turn up the volume until they cannot escape the Word Jesus. It all depends upon whom is blaspheming and the particular situation at hand.
---Eloy on 10/14/08

Personally, I back off. God does not force His Word on anyone, neither should we. If they don't want to know Him, they just don't. Pressing the issue is counter productive, and a waste of time. Love them, pray for them, be kind & they may start asking questions. Actions speak louder than words.
---tracy3346 on 10/14/08

MEW: I guess it depends on how I told my co-workers I do not participate in Halloween. I decorate my classroom with pumpkins and scarecrows and other Harvest type things, but not witches, or ghosts or the scary stuff. You could decorate with the harvest stuff and still be a faithful witness.
---Trish9863 on 10/8/07

I guess we need to respond with kindness but still stand up for what we believe. I recently was "attacked" at work for not believing in Halloween and for refusing to participate in office "tricks or treats" and decorating. I won't compromise my beliefs.
---MEW on 10/7/07

DHD, I like that, that is so true.
---Eloy on 10/8/07

Yes Trey, I recognise that salesman technique very much. Sadly some salesmen really overdo the friendly bit I'm afraid and I think that many of the public recognise it too. This rechnique is very prevalent amongst moonies and other cults and, although I believe we do need to befriend people, I think we must be very wary as to 'how' we do it because it can actually be very off-putting. The last thing we wish people to think about us is that we are false.
---RitaH on 10/8/07

I remember way back in the mid 70's hearing the great Andre Crouch say:

Oh, they call us holy rollers and what they say is true,
But, if they knew what we were rolling about, they'd be rolling too.

Amen and amen!!
---DHD on 10/7/07

Hi RitaH,

I am a salesman by trade. Over the years I have found the best way to sell someone is to not try and sell them at first. Experience has taught me to make friends first.

Christ gives us this advice:
Mr 5:19 Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee.

Our friends are far less likely to be offended.

Hope that helps.
---trey on 10/7/07

Ignore them the best that you can. God may enlighten you on different situations. I have found out, if you do not know to ask God, He will enlighten you anyways. Always take God up on His suggestions you shall never regret it. Never.
---catherine on 10/7/07

Alexia: No, I still think it is jealousy. I have experienced this before. I feel that I am on a deep level with God. I chose to be, and I have a great desire to get closer to God. I have the gift of discernment, and the feelings one has when I sing, witness for the Lord, it is Satan working through them trying to knock me down. Alot of people have an envious spirit. Envy is the work of the flesh.
---Rebecca_D on 10/7/07

i use to "Bible thump" but i found this scripture and it helped me. James 3:18 "Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace." when you fight you cant win, if they don't feel you love them they don't care what your saying. here we fight about doctrine, that's important but a soul in trouble doesn't care about doctrine or dogma they need to lean on someone anchored to the Rock. i suggest leave the scripture quoting alone for a bit and just be a friend.
---Kraus on 10/7/07

Rebecca, trust me its not jeolousy, though I know you would like it to be...its plain old irritation that you have the presumption to think I need your assault upon my peace lest I go to hell. Fundies always treat people as if they were children..."have you ever read the bible?" they say that often. More than you have I bet is what I answer.
---alexia on 10/7/07

You can be smart and hold evangelism events that attract people or you can be foolish and antagonize people. If you do the latter you likely deserve all the names that go with it.

The old adage says that you can't catch flies with vinegar applies to evangelism, street corner evangelism is noneffective it does more damage then good you sower milk of human kindness and antagonize prospects that trained people who know what they are doing can reach. All you succeed is giving Christianity a bad name.
---Phil_the_Elder on 10/7/07

RitaH, I would say do not argue with the person, and move on.We are to use our time wisely and there are many who are looking for that missing link in their lives, which of course is our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
---Cynthia on 10/6/07

Each case is different, but sometimes I tell them: The truth is, Bible haters, Christians haters, and liars will go to hell.
---Eloy on 10/7/07

Sadly there are people who use these expression, not because they have been witnessed to personally but, simply because they know that a certain neighbour or co-worker attends a certain church. These labels stick even with people who know very little about the person they challenge. With these people I think we need to tread warily because, I believe, they wish to goad us into arguments which will then spoil our witness.
---RitaH on 10/7/07

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2. In the cases where we DO witness and then are ridiculed with this name-calling, I feel that it is best to depart from them with as few words as possible, but hopefully a few that will stick in their minds. Perhaps "You don't want anything of God at the moment but He wants YOU" and, depending on whatever else you have already managed to say, "If you continue to deny Him in this life He will deny you in the next."
---RitaH on 10/7/07

I smile & make sure i donot "
bible thump" if they are already irritated & donot want to know the message I simply move on.
---Candice on 10/6/07

I would self-examine to see if I am loving the person, and not shoving scripture down their throat. I believe that the love of the Lord would not cause such a reaction in someone.
---Trish9863 on 10/6/07

I would just smile at them. Because chances are they are jealous that you have enough God in you to witness. There are alot of people in this world who claim to be Christians but do not act like it, they never witness and when they see someone else witness, they get all bent out of shape because they know they should do that as well.
---Rebecca_D on 10/6/07

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I would walk away.
---robin8683 on 10/6/07

I apprecitate your efforts to witness. I had a recent conversation. It concluded this: there was people who do not get the point. When one says no and does not to hear you, that's it, no. I say this, have God examine you 1st. If you keep witnessing to people who do not want to hear you and they are trying to point this out, "dust off your feet and move on".
---Paul on 10/6/07

Shake the dust off of your feet and move on.

If you need an action, literally take your shoes off, shake the dust off of your feet and move on to the next person that needs to hear the Good News.

---Michelle on 10/6/07

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