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Ask Visitors If They Are Saved

When a visitor comes in your church for the first time, would it be proper to ask him about his position with the Lord?

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 ---mima on 2/20/06
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I agree with M.P. as I have been in that "hot seat" myself. People whom I have never seen before quiz me on baptism (3 or Jesus; dip or sprinkle), Godhead (3 or Jesus), What faith I am (Denom.v Christian), Ever drive a church bus (program). Saved (or what, heathen?), but rarely do they ask how I am? Do I have plans for lunch after church? Could they help me? Love one another.
---mikefl on 2/21/06

That's a good way to drive people away. Besides, it's none of your business. It is a personal matter between the believer and his God. Besides, how do you know for sure that you are saved? "Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall." (1Cor 10:12)
---jerry6593 on 2/21/06

No it isn't a good idea at all. You can offend this person bad, believe me I was offended. The bible tells us to test the spirit to see if it be of God. Let them in your church regardless if they are saved or not, and let them enjoy themselves. Too many people put labels on other people. If they are one of God't you will know it.
---Rebecca_D on 2/20/06

1. It depends on place and time, determining cultures of the congregation.

2. Also, it has to be done in the Spirit, not in the flesh.

3. We need to earn the right to tell this visitor, thus having good relation with him first is important.

4. It is the Holy Spirit who works in his life. We are just His channel. Thus we need to earnestly pray for him.

5. Generally, it is not wise and proper to do so. Usually it takes time.
---Khairon on 2/20/06

[Pt.2] I do obey God, often witness whenever the Spirit places opportunities in my life, but Scripture says God alone saves us (even when He 'uses us' to speak for Him). WE can't save anyone, so I don't feel 'guilty' by being a balanced Believer caring for other Christians, my health, learning and worshipping God too. Does anyone here really believe someone GOES TO HELL because of what THEY didn't do?! Woe to preachers who place that burden on us besides the clear commands of God in Scripture!
---Danie on 2/20/06

just welcome them with GODs love and invite them to sit down with you.
---willow on 2/20/06

[Pt.1] Bob, I don't want to belabor this, but I'd assume from what you said that you're an Arminian concerning salvation. Problem: Why should somoene else's salvation _depend_ upon us? If you really believe that, then it's horrible sin not to confront every single person you meet until you drop from exhaustion doing whatever you can to save them! You'll quickly go insane thinking you didn't do enough! Is any sane Believer that Arminian in their convictions? I think not. [cont.]
---Daniel on 2/20/06

Phil...are you saying you are more concerned about church membership than people's eternal destination? What if they only come one visit anyway, and they die on the way home and don't know Jesus......
---Bob on 2/20/06

If you need to ask them that, I'd have to wonder whether or not the pastor had any references to Scripture in his sermon! Visitors to my church see people all around them looking up, reading the Word as the pastor is used by God to help us understand, teach us and convict us. Sometimes I'm led by the Spirit to ask if people are saved, more often I'm not; God really is in control, so we need not 'gang up' on someone! It shouldn't be a 'rule' to do so or not.
---Daniel on 2/20/06

I think it would be better to ask visitors where they normally worship, are they visiting the area etc. The better the welcome the more likely they will come again. Learn a little more about them each time they come so that they will begin to feel part of the family. They will open up in time. If they are not saved they will probably not undertand your question about salvation anyway so don't scare them away.
---M.P. on 2/20/06

I guess it would depend if you are trying to encourage attendence by visitors and new prospective members or scare people away. With a greeting such as that you will not get many return visits.
---Phil_the_Elder on 2/20/06

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