Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse. Photo by archer10@Flickr
When witnessing to unbelievers by our lives and our words, we must be careful not only to avoid offense, but also to not compromise the gospel message. The focus of this article will be on how to witness without compromise so that we can stand unashamed before the Lord on the Judgment Day.
This is a companion article to “How to Respond to Haters as a Christian.” That article was primarily about creating a favorable context for sharing the gospel. I wrote it after having seen too many Christians causing offense for the wrong reasons. I explained that we should befriend, not offend non-Christians so that the Lord may grant us an open door for the gospel message. Paul wrote, “I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some” (1 Cor. 9:22).
Let’s keep the essentials in mind and communicate the true gospel, which points people to Jesus and His cross. I alluded to this in “How to Respond to Haters” when I wrote, “We can’t lead people to Christ by offending them in matters that aren’t directly related to the cross of Christ.”
The Bible says the message of the cross will cause offense (Rom. 9:33, 1 Cor. 1:21, Gal. 5:11). If our message, when communicated, doesn’t challenge, and often offend every non-Christian in some way, we’re doing something wrong.
I’ve written this “how to” guide in order to clarify what matters are “directly related to the cross of Christ.” The purpose is to explain how to witness without compromise so that you can stand unashamed before the Lord on the Judgment Day.
With regard to this important topic, I’ve discerned that each of us must fulfill seven primary responsibilities in order to be an effective witness for Christ. The “essentials” include your speech and behavior, and I’m assuming you know the gospel—see John 3:16 for the ultra-short version.
First, we must…
If you’re a born again Christian, it’s only because Jesus prayed for you. Even while hanging on the cross, He prayed, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do” (Lk. 23:34). Even now, Jesus is at the right hand of the Father interceding for us (Rom. 8:34).
We see a pattern in the Bible, in which God spared people’s lives and even granted salvation in response to the prayers of faithful servants such as Abraham (He almost spared Sodom), Moses, Samuel, David, Hezekiah, Nehemiah, Daniel, Stephen, and Paul. As we see in 1 Timothy 2:1-4, Paul urged Timothy to pray for, and thank God for “all people”:
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
I often see Christians speak evil of other people, especially politicians, as if they’re beyond any hope of redemption (cf. 2 Pet. 2:10-11). This impairs their Christian testimony, especially among people with different political beliefs. In fact, God can save anyone, especially if Christians release any grudges and pray for them.
As God’s ambassadors, we should pray for the people we encounter in our daily lives. If you have to forgive, it may appear to go unnoticed by the person who offended you, but it won’t go unnoticed by the Lord. When you love other people for Jesus’ sake, it makes your witness that much more effective.
2. Don’t Deny Your Faith in Christ
This one is obvious, and you probably can’t imagine doing it. Barring unforeseen circumstances, the people most subject to this temptation would likely be young Christians, and any Christian who is weak in the faith and easily subject to temptations and peer pressure. That said, none of us should take anything for granted. Peter was equally certain that he would never deny Jesus. The Bible warns us, “Let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall” (1 Cor. 10:12).
This is not only about verbally denying knowledge of Jesus as Peter did, but about denying the faith. Christians sometimes do this by intentionally walking away from the faith, or by having such weak faith that it makes no difference. The Bible describes this as fellowship with the world, or as being “yoked” with unbelievers (2 Cor. 6:14, Jas. 4:4). I believe this refers to close friendship with one or more unbelievers, with the offense of the cross removed. That is, the Christian doesn’t call sin “sin,” nor talk about Jesus’ call to repentance. Often, there’s a flagrant, mutual sin such as a sexual relationship, drinking, or drugs.
The main verse that inspired me to come up with this definition was Paul’s teaching that Christian fellowship is centered on the Lord’s table, but the fellowship of unbelievers is centered on the “table of demons” (1 Cor. 10:21). God calls believers to His table so that we may partake of the Lord’s body and blood with repentant hearts. We bring Jesus’ life into this world (for we know He is already resurrected and alive in heaven) by symbolically ingesting His body and blood and inviting Him to live through us. On the other hand, unbelievers don’t fellowship with Jesus, but with demons. They are unrepentant, and celebrate the phony life of sin, not the Lord’s life. For these reasons, I think fellowship with unbelievers involves leaving the cross, including the gospel and its offensive message, and participating in sinful behavior with unbelievers.
Example & Consequences:
Again, we have Peter as an example. You probably know the story of how he denied that he knew Jesus (Lk. 22:54-62). Peter later repented, and the Lord was more than willing to forgive. Still, none of us wants to hurt Jesus, bring shame on His name, and feel as horrible as Peter must have felt.
Peter’s denial was momentary, and was based on genuine fear. Afterwards, he wept with shame and remorse.
The Sorrow of Saint Peter by James Tissot
Throughout this section, I’ve talked about “Christians” who temporarily deny the faith. For anyone who might permanently turn away, however, Jesus warned that He will deny those who deny Him (Matt. 10:33).
3. Don’t Be Ashamed of Jesus
Nearly all of us are subject to this temptation, including mature Christians who may feel pressured by a group of non-Christians.
If someone asks whether or not you’re a Christian, it calls for a “yes” or “no” answer. Either you are or are not a Christian, right? This isn’t a “maybe” kind of thing. God isn’t amused if we waffle on this issue, or launch into a story such as:
“My parents always took me to church…” [Are you blaming them?]
“I went up for an altar call one time…” [How many times does it take?]
“I used to go to church…” [Up until last Sunday, right?]
You shouldn’t act “holier than thou,” but neither is it a time for excuses such as:
“Hey, we’re all sinners!” [And God’s okay with that?]
“I’m not judgmental or anything.” [So you don’t like most Christians either?]
Any of these responses would involve a compromise of your witness. Obviously, you would be trying to fit in with non-Christians instead of taking advantage of this perfect opportunity to take a bold stand for Jesus.
One way to respond directly to them (and indirectly to Satan) would be to reply, “Yes. I’m a Christian, and I’m not ashamed of Jesus.” Such bold and powerful words could really silence a room.
I once heard a great evangelist named David Allbritton (1953-2011). He led millions of people to Christ during his lifetime. I believe the key to his power and effectiveness rested in the fact that he was utterly unashamed of the gospel (cf. Rom. 1:16). In fact, he was very proud of Jesus.
Example & Consequences:
King Saul compromised by doing what he wanted to do instead of obeying God’s command (1 Sam. 15). He told Samuel he had obeyed the Lord, only to make excuses when he was caught red-handed. As a result, Saul had to forfeit his privilege of being able to reign as Israel’s king.
Saul Rejected as King (Wikimedia Commons)
Christians who are ashamed of Jesus will find that He is ashamed of them on the Judgment Day (Lk. 9:26). Also, if you water down the gospel lest you offend someone, Jesus may dilute His rewards, lest He be seen as honoring someone—you. Even though that isn’t written in the Bible, it makes sense to me. If we refuse to “rock any boats” for Jesus, why should He do so for us?
4. Abstain From Sin and Worldliness
The gospel message, in order to be complete, must include a call to repentance. God calls sinners to forsake their old way of living so that they may partake of the resurrected life of Christ. However, if you live as if you’re not a Christian, non-Christians will see no need to repent of anything.
Our life message is invariably mixed with the gospel message. How can we call sinners to repentance if we ourselves haven’t repented, even of conspicuous sins? We will only repel nonbelievers if we live like them while adding a veneer of religiosity. In fact, there’s nothing worse than the uncrucified sin nature combined with legalism, which is hypocrisy.
Christians no longer agree broadly on what is sin, and yet the Bible leaves little room for doubt. At a minimum, we should refrain from either endorsing or practicing these sins:
- Sensuality, pornography, sexual immorality
- Gluttony, alcoholism, drug abuse, smoking
- Materialism, gambling, covetousness, theft
- Lying, slander, gossip, profanity
- Pride, envy, judgmentalism, divisiveness
- Hatred, anger, violence, warmongering
I’m not suggesting that Christians should expect perfection. For example, most of us have some excess weight, and it isn’t always due to gluttony. Our goal should be to please the Lord so that we may better know Him, and so that our lives may exude the aroma of the risen Christ. Paul described the process of spiritual renewal in this way:
Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. – Rom. 12:2
Sinners loathe the sin nature in others, but are attracted to the life of Christ. They can easily recognize the sin nature because it’s the governing principle in their own lives. They’re inwardly frustrated with it, and want to be free. They need to know that Jesus is for real; that He’s alive; and that He cares for them. Your life and words may be the most crucial testimony that some people will ever receive.
Example & Consequences:
King David is a prominent example of a fallen leader in the Bible. His sins of adultery and murder gave God’s enemies the occasion to blaspheme His name. Even though David repented, he had to reap many negative consequences. All of Israel suffered along with him. God told David, “The sword will never depart from your house, because you have despised Me” (2 Sam. 12:10).
When Christians live like the world, we become guilty of despising the Lord, and of bringing reproach on His name. Salvation isn’t only about the altar call, but about our daily walk with the Lord. The Bible says, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap” (Gal. 6:7).
5. Don’t Accept Another Gospel
If you don’t understand, or have rejected some of the Bible’s core teachings, you have a compromised or false gospel. Even though I’ve used some theological terms below, you will already be familiar with these popular teachings, and might have accepted some of them yourself.
Christian legalists think every Christian should agree with them on both essential and non-essential doctrines. If you disagree, they may call you a “false teacher” who teaches “doctrines of demons.” This implies that you’re going to Hell, together with anyone who accepts your teachings.
I wrote that from experience. I was recently judged in that way for the sole reason(since the self-appointed judges knew nothing else about me) that I think the earth has been around for longer than six to ten thousand years. I told my would-be judges that Jesus is my Savior, not the earth. They had no response.
Unless you’re able to turn to the Bible and clearly articulate your reasons, do not judge another Christian.
Many Christian Fundamentalists (found among conservative evangelicals) have succumbed to the false gospel of legalism, even while claiming to believe in salvation by grace alone. They believe in Jesus and in themselves because of pride. Inwardly, they think they’re better than most people. This, in turn, makes them feel that they have a right to judge other people. They may even see themselves as vessels of God’s righteous anger against godless sinners.
The first attempt to keep the Law ended with
broken Law tablets (Wikimedia Commons)
Sadly, many people who wanted to follow Jesus have felt rejected by Him, and turned away from the faith. Why? Because legalists told them they couldn’t be a Christian. Legalists think we need Jesus and their teachings, and their “seal of approval” to be saved.
Paul made it clear that nobody can be saved by what they either do or refuse to do. On the contrary, such misplaced confidence can result in their condemnation. He explained this in his letter to the Galatians:
…if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing! (2:21)
You who are trying to be justified by the law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace. (5:4)
You may think we should accept that everyone who professes to believe in salvation by grace alone actually believes that. I disagree, especially when evaluating pastors, teachers, and churches. We must look at people’s speech and actions instead of relying entirely on their profession of faith or their appearance of sincerity.
Here are four reasons why a doctrinal affirmation of salvation by grace is insufficient when grace is lacking in a believer’s life and ministry:
- Psychologists have learned that it is possible for people to simultaneously hold two conflicting beliefs, such as salvation by grace alone and salvation by works. The psychological term for this is cognitive dissonance. That’s a fancy way of saying these people are a little crazy.
- More importantly, the Bible affirms that people can subject to powerful deception (2 Th. 2:11). It could involve some combination of self-deception, mass deception, and demonic influence. Jesus referred to Satan as the “father of lies” (Jn. 8:44).
- Grace is much more than a doctrine that we profess with our tongues. It’s a miraculous gift that nobody can receive, unless it be through the express will of God. The natural state of every human being is one of pride, self-trust, and self-sufficiency.
- All who have repented of sin and received God’s forgiveness and grace will supernaturally want to be gracious to others. Anyone who consistently refuses to be gracious and loving either doesn’t know the grace of God, or is in need of repentance (Mt. 18:21-35). Either way, such people aren’t qualified to be treated as role models or teachers.
B. New Age Beliefs
New Age imagery (Wikimedia Commons)
The New Age movement is similar to an ancient heresy known as Gnosticism. This isn’t just a different gospel, but a different religion. The movement borrows the following, non-Christian ideas from eastern religions:
- There is no personal Creator God (or the issue is irrelevant).
- God is an impersonal Spirit or Force that is intertwined with the Universe.
- Jesus was a messiah figure and teacher, much like Buddha, Krishna, Zoroaster, and others. This means Jesus didn’t have a unique and exclusive claim to being the Son of God.
- The Bible is a source of truth, but isn’t “the” truth. It’s only one perspective, which we must read in the context of sacred writings from other religions. Anyway, we must find our own truths, and traditional Christians don’t have a “lock” on what the Bible says.
- The material world is evil and/or inferior. Mankind must evolve from our physical awareness to attain, and ultimately merge with a spiritual, “cosmic,” or “higher” consciousness.
Even though the above teachings are neither biblical nor Christian, both “New Age Christians” and “evangelicals” influenced by this movement try to mix them with traditional Christian doctrines. The packaging may look Christian, but there’s no way to “Christianize” paganism.
C. Prosperity Gospel
Jesus Casting Out the Money Changers (Wikimedia Commons)
This is also known as the “health and wealth” gospel or the “name it and claim it” gospel. Wikipedia defines prosperity theology as follows:
the Christian religious doctrine that financial blessing is the will of God for Christians, and that faith, positive speech, and donations to Christian ministries will always increase one’s material wealth.
God has proven on countless occasions that He is able and willing to bless His people financially. Also, the Bible does give us promises of financial blessing. However, nowhere does the Bible teach that God wants all Christians without exception to be wealthy.
Many Bible passages actually throw ice water on our natural desire to accumulate wealth and material goods. God is far more interested in seeing us prosper spiritually than in helping us win the lottery or getting us our next promotion. The following Bible verses address this topic:
Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. – Matt. 6:19-21
No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money. – Matt. 6:24
…people of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain. – 1 Tim. 6:5
Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you. – Heb. 13:5
D. Therapeutic Gospel
Photo by bdunnette@Flickr
We are seeing various mixtures of psychology and Christianity in our time. For instance, you may have heard some of the following teachings:
- Derogatory terms such as “sinner” are old fashioned. This demeaning language damages people’s sense of self-esteem.
- It’s not our job to judge other people. That would also hurt their self-esteem.
- God wants us to feel good about ourselves, not to feel bad.
- Your words have power, so proclaim what you want and have faith in what you say.
- You can also get what you want by visualizing and imagining it.
- We must help ourselves and everyone around us reach our full human potential.
Some of the above statements contain half-truths, but these teachings come mainly from psychology and the occult. As with the New Age movement, we can’t take something that’s not Christian, add Christian terminology, and claim that it’s Christian.
You may know that I’m a kingdom-oriented Christian, in the sense that I believe God’s Word provides essential guidance in all areas of human life, including cultural, economic, and political issues. As an example, for anyone who’s interested in this topic, I presented a proposal for a more honest and stable monetary system here on this blog (in part 1 and part 2). Even if you don’t entirely agree with me on this, I hope you’ll at least agree that the opposite extreme, known as pietism, is much worse.
Christian pietists perceive an enormous distinction between the sacred and secular realms. They teach that Satan reigns on the earth, in and among non-Christians. Meanwhile, Jesus reigns only in Heaven and in the hearts of believers, to the extent that we allow it.
Christian pietists teach that Jesus is Lord over all the Universe, but this is a deistic kind of confession. In practical terms, they believe God is remote, and mostly powerless in this world. In theory, Jesus would have more influence in this world if more people would follow Him. However, for reasons that aren’t entirely clear (since they can’t deny that Christ’s redemption is greater than Adam’s fall), pietists are convinced that the “world” (i.e., the majority of the world’s population) will always reject Christ.
Pietists try to withdraw from the sinful world, and yet they have little idea of what to withdraw to. In Return to Genesis (ch. 22), I explain that Christians should seek to transform our culture and make it more like heaven (Matt. 6:10), not to seek to withdraw from it, even through a “rapture.”
By the way, a 3-page table, “Worldviews Compared,” is included as bonus material with the two free chapters that you can receive by signing up to the newsletter on this website. This table explains the kind of moral and cultural influence that Christians should be bringing to this world. I refer to this biblical worldview as “biblical premodernism.”
As I was saying, Christian pietists have little idea of what to withdraw to. Consequently, they tend to idealize a past era, such as America in the 1950s or earlier. In our global and multicultural world, pietists often stand out as provincial, anti-intellectual reactionaries.
I know this section (#5) is titled, “Don’t Accept Another Gospel,” but I don’t mean to sound like I’m condemning all pietists. In fact, most Christian pietists seem to be genuine Christians unless they’ve become legalists (5A above).
The main problem with pietism is that, out of a false sense of spirituality and holiness, pietists often choose to be impotent and irrelevant in this world. We see this played out whenever a pietist Christian speaks against Christians who seek to glorify God in the “worldly” realms of culture and politics. They prefer to see Satan rule since that confirms their opinion that Christ’s Lordship does not extend to this world. As much as they don’t want to see evil prevail in the world, they’re confident that it’s all according to prophecy, and that God will save us in the end.
I have three closing comments about pietists who are content to see themselves as God’s remnant of saints in an unredeemably evil world:
- Since pietists take pride in their sanctification, perhaps they imagine themselves as being like diamonds shining radiantly on a dark background. However, God put us here to shine His light, not to glorify ourselves at the expense of others. Our desire should be to turn all the dark “rocks” into shiny diamonds.
- Even Satan, who has no love for his minions, is intelligent enough to not oppose them (Lk. 11:18). Therefore, Christians who oppose and defame the legitimate ministry efforts of other Christians are without excuse.
- If we love the Church, including the least of God’s children, we should be concerned about the environment that surrounds them. Unless we completely withdraw from the world, that environment is the world. Even though we aren’t of this world, we need to be actively engaged in it (Jn. 17:15, 1 Jn. 5:4-5). In addition, if we love sinners, we should try to reduce the injustice and poverty in the world. For these reasons, anyone who says, “The ‘world’ will always be evil, so let’s let evil run its course” faces huge questions, beginning with, “Are you really willing to sit on your ‘fat’ bottom in this life and later try that excuse with God?”
If you would like to learn more about pietism and its origins, see my article, “Do You Serve Two Masters?” (Part 3 of Dominion in Genesis).
Review of #5
This was only a partial list, summarizing some of today’s most popular false gospels. Think of how we could not only lose our effectiveness as Christ’s witnesses, but possibly miss out on God’s gift of salvation if we:
A. Become judgmental, intolerant, self-righteous, and perhaps politically obsessed.
B. Are “Christian” in name, yet open to other “Christ” figures, gods, and religions.
C. Are motivated primarily by the Bible’s promises of financial abundance.
D. Try to fit Jesus and the Bible into a “feel good” psychological system.
E. Worship an other-worldly Jesus and withdraw into a kitschy, “Christian” subculture.
6. Be Careful What You Say
This one is not about sinful things we might say, such as profanity or angry words. That was all covered under #4. This is about being careful not to compromise our testimony by agreeing with non-Christians, mostly in religious matters where they seek our understanding.
For instance, someone may say to you, “I think there are many ways to God.” Even if you say nothing in response (perhaps not having heard them), they may assume that you agreed with them.
Even seemingly casual questions can be more important that you think. For example, a co-worker may ask what you think of Joel Osteen. Even if you disagree with much of Joel’s theology (as you should, based on 5C and D above), you could be busy or have something else on your mind. So you may simply reply, “He’s okay,” while thinking to yourself, “Whatever – I have stuff to do.” The person may then conclude that you’re a fan of Osteen’s “I’m OK – You’re OK,” prosperity gospel. Though it may seem unfair, nonbelievers will be inclined to think what they want to think about you as a Christian.
By the way, you can try to turn the tables on non-Christians by getting them to confess biblical truths. For instance, suppose a co-worker does something that could be considered sinful. If you have a good sense of humor and a rapport with the person, you could say, “You know, Jesus can forgive you of that.” Even if they say “Yeah right” with sarcastic intent, they will have made a good confession.
If you’re a more serious type, you can ask unbelievers questions about what they believe, then listen, and try to persuade them concerning biblical truths. Or you can use both approaches.
Once, a co-worker asked me what I thought of Ned Flanders on The Simpsons. I wasn’t enamored of Ned, and fortunately neither was the questioner. I suspect that like me, he didn’t like Ned’s pietism (5E above), shallowness, and fundamentalist beliefs.
Many Christians think that Ned Flanders presents a positive portrayal of Christians, and in some ways he does. Still, if for some reason I had given Ned two enthusiastic thumbs up, it would have hurt my Christian witness with that person. I would have had to overcome the stigma of having acted like a Christian nerd.
As these examples show, we should seek to be attentive, effective communicators who pay particular attention to what the people around us think about God and Christianity. So be careful how you respond to unbelievers because they will test your character and beliefs. If you walk in the Spirit, you’ll bear the fruits of the Spirit, and the Lord will help you know what to say (Matt. 12:35-37).
7. Be a Vocal Witness
I just wrote about the way non-Christians may try to reach some kind of agreement with you so that they can reduce the offense of the gospel. One suggestion they may want to make, either subtly or overtly, is that you not talk to them about “religion.”
Mega-megaphone. Photo by gruenemann@Flickr
For the most part, we should respect people’s wishes. Anyway, it seldom does any good to tell people things they don’t want to hear. If you know someone isn’t open to the gospel, let your life be a testimony by letting the light of Christ shine through you.
Having said that, should we ever make up our minds to never talk to a particular person or group of people about the gospel? No! Sooner or later, spoken words become essential for anyone whom God is calling to Himself, to deliver them from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light.
Peter described how non-Christians often react to the resurrected life in believers when he wrote, “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have (1 Pet. 3:15). As we live by faith in the Son of God, we should expect unbelievers to approach us with some curiosity. As Peter said, we should always be prepared to tell them about our Savior.
The biggest problem is not that we fail to share the gospel because of resistance from nonbelievers. Rather, it’s that we choose to remain silent out of fear, or because of excuses that we make for ourselves.
Our most popular excuse would likely be the idea I just mentioned, of letting our lives be a witness. As we learned in #4 above, our behavior is important. Moreover, as I explained in my post about bearing the cross, even suffering can help make us better witnesses by building our character. The problem is that people can’t be saved if we as Christians never talk to them about Jesus. Paul made it clear that God intentionally leads people to faith through our spoken words:
How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? – Rom. 10:14
For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. – 1 Cor. 1:21
Paul referred to this as “preaching.” However, in those days, each congregation didn’t have only one person whom they called a “preacher.” In this context, God has called each of us to preach.
I’m repeating the outline below for your convenience. I suggest that you review it to consider what areas you’re strong in and what areas you need to work on. What can you do to strengthen your Christian walk and testimony in the weak areas?
- Don’t Deny Your Faith in Christ
- Don’t Be Ashamed of Jesus
- Abstain From Sin and Worldliness
- Don’t Accept Another Gospel
B. New Age Beliefs
C. Prosperity Gospel
D. Therapeutic Gospel
E. Pietistic Dualism
- Be Careful What You Say
- Be a Vocal Witness
By the way, I understand that the failure to be a faithful witness may be a source of immense guilt for some of you. That’s not the intention behind this article. I’ve tried to help you pinpoint any problems you may be experiencing so that you can begin to deal with them. Reject any sense of guilt or condemnation because God has already forgiven you. Replace it with faith, joy, and enthusiasm. Know that you can please God in these areas (1 Jn. 5:3-4).
Also, please bear in mind that the responsibility doesn’t rest entirely on your shoulders. Only God can save a person’s soul. The Lord desires to save many, many people. If you have a burden for lost souls, you can be privileged to participate in His glorious plans.
One last thing to keep in mind is that even if you’re a faithful witness, you can’t always expect to see the results. God may have another Christian “reap the harvest”by leading a person to whom you’ve witnessed in the “sinner’s prayer.” By the same token, you may reap where other Christians have sowed. So don’t assume that you’re starting from “scratch” every time you meet an unbeliever.