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Argue Our Faith With The Lost

Is it proper for Christians to argue about our faith with the lost? Should we make a valid attempt to explain God's plan of salvation to the unbelieving, doubters, and mockers? Have you ever attempted openly, publicly speaking about the plan of salvation as explained by Almighty God in the Bible?

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There are two types of Lost people, those whose hearts are in darkness and those whose hearts are hardened. For those whose hearts are in darkness it is good for a christian to witness to them, but for those whose hearts are hardened it is better to pray for them. In order to know the difference ask God for discernment.
---Marcia on 7/8/07

Mima; it is good that you share the gospel with others. It is also good that you are trying to win the lost to Christ. But if God isn't dealing with that person's heart, or convicting them of their sins, by them just repeating a prayer, does not make them saved. Because no man can come to Jesus except the Father draw them (conviction). John 6:44. But if that person is listening, you've planted a seed.
---Rebecca_D on 7/7/07

It is always proper and right to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with others. No, we should not argue or force anything on anyone at anytime. Sinners, doubters,mockers are the one who need to hear the Good News and to be saved. We are not trying to make anyone do anything. Our duty is to share the gospel again, not force it on anyone. That is strictly their decision to receive it. My job is done when I genuinely share Christ with others. We are to gently lead and speak the truth in defense of our Lord.
---Robyn on 7/7/07

Recently after witnessing to a person on a crowded street, I asked them if they wanted to pray for their salvation at which time they ask, you mean right here in public right now. To which I replied here is the answer to that question. Jesus said if you deny me before men I will deny you before my father. And immediately upon hearing this the person said to me (let's pray) and we did.
---mima on 7/7/07

I've been successful by meeting a person for the first time at the park or standing in line at the grocery store, or a new student, of someone I meet at work. I find a common ground to initiate a friendship. I then share with them the Kingdom of God and how to get there in a nonchalant manner. Before we part, I ask them if they have any questions concerning the Gospel just give me a call.

As for arguing, a definate NO! I simply say, "Let's reason this out."
---Steveng on 7/7/07

It is okay to let others know how and what you believe in God's word. But leave it at that. If they believe the same as you, then praise God, if not drop it. My husband is a preacher, he doesn't know everything there is about the bible, he's learning. But we don't see every single thing eye to eye. There are some things I see differently, and so doesn't he. I don't tell him he is wrong, or vice versa. We both could be right but get a different meaning.
---Rebecca_D on 7/7/07

Hi; as long as I live, I will never forget the day in Bible college when pairs of us were sent out to strangers' homes to ask the person at the door the "What if you die today?" question. One woman burst into tears and said her son had just died. It broke my heart. I hope God eventually ministered to her, because we were no blessing to her that day.
---Mary on 7/7/07

2 Tim 2:24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient

Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me...and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

We are not to argue & should not teach Scripture unless called to do so.

We are to make disciples by witnessing what Jesus has done for us, and if they surrender to Christ, He will save them too.
---a_servant on 7/7/07

We should show others Gods word, yes for we would be following Jesus command to go make disciples of others, however if an argument is brought up leave it alone for read Proverbs 17:14 " The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water;therefore leave off contention,before it be meddled with." Otherwise speak the truth,but do not quarell.
---Candice on 7/7/07

Arguing will not win anyone. Satan knows the bible from end to end. Your "witness" is your example of how you live your Christian life. Simply say "I don't know all the answers, but I do know Jesus as my Lord and Savior. He is real and he is just waiting for you to ask him to be real to you. If I'm wrong, I've lost nothing; If I'm right, you've lost everything. "
---Terry on 8/8/06

We are to present the gospel through our personal testimony,and the message of christ and allow the holy spirit to do his work.
---tom2 on 6/5/06

No I do not believe it is proper to argue about Jesus. I mean it is ok to make a valid attempt to tell them, but if they really do not want to know then we must kick the dust off our shoes against them. I have tried witnessing to a friend for years and she has gotten more and more against me, so now I leave her in the Lord's hands.
---Helen_5378 on 6/4/06

no arguing,Gods word is enough, It is the holy spirits job to convict the lost.just as he still convicts christians of their daily transgressions.
---tom2 on 6/3/06

It's pointless to "argue" about any spiritual issue.

Explaining what you believe and why is one thing, but no purpose is served by arguing with an unbeliever.

Especially when they do not make the same assumptions that you do, such as the validity and centrality of Scripture, the fallen condition of humanity, and such.
---Jack on 5/10/06

......which in a nutshell is:Man was created, was decieved, fell from fellowship with God. God sent his only son, he bled and died a horrible death on a cross, that blood bridged the gap between us and our God, now we can be restored and we dont have to spend eternity in a place of torment not made for us. That blood also has power to not only save, but to deliver, heal, and set free! God is not interested in ANYTHING else coming out of our mouths aimed at people who are lost and hurting!
---T.S. on 5/10/06

"arguing about our faith" and "explaining the plan of salvation" are contradictory terms. We were not commisioned to go into all the world and tell them what what parts of the bible we believe are applicable to our lives today, and what parts we feel are outdated and should be ignored. We were commanded to preach the gospel.....
---T.S. on 5/10/06

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Josef--make that 100%. I tell them exactly the same thing. Didn't say so in my post because I was conserving words.
---Donna2277 on 5/9/06

Amen Donna. I agee with you 99.99%. We differ only in this. If I don't know, I say I will search it out.
---josef on 5/8/06

The Word tells us." ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason for the hope that is in you with meekness and fear." I Pet 3:15. However, I don't discuss Salvation with someone who shows no interest. I pray for them and ask for insight. If an unbeliever expresses an interest in spiritual things I explain the Gospel simply. I try to be prepared ahead for any genuine questions (if I don't have an answer I say so) but if their only desire is to argue, I will not.
---Donna2277 on 5/7/06

I agree with Candice. Some people won't listen because they are mad at God & by arguing with them makes it worst. So sometimes you have to just let it go & pray that God heal their heart & soften it so that they can get saved. Spending time in the word & w/ Holy Spirit will help you to descern what to or not to say.(2Corinthians 13:14)
---Rickey on 5/7/06

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