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Coexisting with the "Tolerant"

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One objection to Christianity I sometimes hear from non-believers is that religious differences have supposedly caused more wars than anything else. As a result, we are now seeing similarly designed bumper stickers urging people to “coexist” and have “tolerance” of one other.
The New Oxford American Dictionary defines coexist as “exist in mutual tolerance despite different ideologies or interests.” Ironically, many people who advocate tolerance are in reality intolerant of Christianity because of Scripture that won’t condone their lifestyle choices. Ronald Reagan once said, “The frustrating thing is that those who are attacking religion claim they are doing it in the name of tolerance. Question: Isn’t the real truth that they are intolerant of religion?”
Jesus did pray for unity in John chapter 17 but only amongst believers. The Lord doesn’t like strife and division within His body. Psalm 101:5 (NLT) says, “I will not tolerate people who slander their neighbors. I will not endure co…

A Matter of the Heart

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A question I’m occasionally asked regarding my evangelism techniques is whether someone who prays with me to get saved really means it.  This issue was brought up again a few days ago after attending a prayer meeting at the YMCA.  There I saw a woman smoking outside and felt led to witness to her.  I approached Chelonda by handing her a tract and eventually asked where she would spend eternity when her life ended.  Chelonda wasn’t sure and so I quoted Romans 10:9 to her.  Then I asked Chelonda if she believed Jesus Christ is the Son of God and if He died on the cross and rose again from the dead.  Chelonda answered “yes” to these questions.  I invited her to pray with me to receive salvation and she did. 

Minutes later, a pastor who went to the prayer meeting with me commented that sinners must feel convicted of their need for salvation.  He had seen me lead other people to the Lord and questioned if there was genuine repentance.  I replied by pointing out that whenever people I witnes…

For the Asking

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Some Christians don’t like seeing me asking non-believers to pray with me to get saved.  They seem to think if a sinner is ready for that, he or she will initiate their own salvation.  But not every sinner who feels convicted of the need to get right with God will immediately know what to say.  One example in Scripture is the Philippian jailer who asked Paul and Silas, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” (Acts 16:30)  On the night of my conversion, I didn’t become born again until I responded to my brother-in-law’s offer to pray with me.

There have been occasions when strangers approached me asking for prayer but that doesn’t happen very often.  Jesus said in John 6:44, “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him.” God is the One who saves people but He still needs a willing vessel to be His mouthpiece.
I’ve seen some Christians take a lot of time telling sinners how to be saved without inviting them to receive salvation.  This would be like a salesman talking about a…

Believe and Receive

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Let’s suppose you were a parent with five children.One of your sons came up and asked if you would take the family to the mall.You reply, “Sure.We’ll go there this afternoon.”
A minute later, your other son who overheard his brother asks if you would take the family to the mall.You reply, “Yes.I already told your brother I’d do that.”
Seconds later, one of your daughters who was within earshot of her brothers approached you and asked about going to the mall.What would your answer be?By this time you might be a little annoyed.But if you were a good parent, you would still say “yes.”
Within the next couple minutes, your two other daughters ask the very same thing.You reply in frustration, “Didn’t you kids believe me when I said ‘yes’ the first time?”
This scenario may sound ridiculous but this is how many people approach God in prayer.There was one prayer group I briefly attended where this sort of thing happened all the time.After discussing our prayer requests, we each took turns uttering…

You Are Worth It

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One day I visited a grocery store that had some very unique items. They included truffles priced at $999.99 per pound and bottles of wine for over $2,000 each! It amazed me how people could spend large amounts of money for stuff like that.
A few days later I got into a discussion with a couple friends about God not being limited by finances. I pointed out when I’ve traveled on the mission field by bus or train; the Lord often provided money at the last minute when I had to buy the most expensive ticket. For a long time, it puzzled me why the money usually didn’t manifest earlier so I could buy a cheaper ticket.
Then I realized how much God will spend to help us get to wherever He wants us to be. That includes eternal life in heaven. In the Parable of the Pearl of Great Price, Jesus said, “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.” (Matthew 13:45-46)
So the next t…