Witnessing to the Lost

One of the hardest things about evangelism is reaching out to religious people. Sometimes, I would willfully take on an atheist over a religious person.  When my friends and I were in Tanzania, we met a group of ladies who had been sitting in church their whole lives, but when my friend Daniel and I shared the Gospel with them,  they could not confess Jesus as Savior and Lord. They couldn’t confess that salvation was through Christ’s substitutionary atonement on the Cross. They refused to believe salvation came through anything other than attending their church.

In Kenya, it is much the same problem. Many people believe they are either saved through works, tithing, or through going to church. We visited one area of West Pokot last month and found everyone there attending church, but around a third were banking on church to save them, and a lot of those who knew the truth didn’t seem passionate about putting what they knew into action or simply bound by so many church policies and procedures that they couldn’t easily fulfill the great commission.

I am studying James this week and I must admit it is one of my favorite books. Reading it has brought a lot of things into my mind. It says in 1:22  “be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” Often times, we get so comfortable going to church once a week, and not growing, that we become stagnant. I wonder if some of these people are simply believers who have grown so stagnant that they have forget even the simple Gospel itself. It also says “Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.”witnessing-west-pokot-kenya-evangelism

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