Jim Wilson is the retired director of Community Christian Ministries in Moscow, Idaho. He will be posting regularly, so check back in soon!

Friday, February 23, 2018

A Simple "No"

Here are a few observations from my time witnessing on university campuses and elsewhere. These observations are not new to me.

Mormons are not Mormons; they are just natural men.
Muslims are not Muslims; they are just natural men.
Atheists are not atheists; they are just natural men.
And many “Christians” are not Christians; they are natural men.

There are only two types of people in the world:

Forgiven people
Unforgiven people

People who are going to heaven
People who are going to hell

People who are saints
People who are sinners

People who are spiritual
People who are natural

People who are dead to sin
People who are dead in sin

People who are slaves of God
People who are slaves of sin

Here are a few characteristics of the natural man:
The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. (1 Cor. 2:14)

Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I have come here from God. I have not come on my own; God sent me. Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say. You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” (John 8:42-44)
The Mormon wants to ask you, “Is Joseph Smith a true prophet?”
The Muslim wants to ask you about Muhammad.
The Atheist wants to ask about “no God.”

These are non-questions, but if they are asked, the answer is a simple “No” without ever looking at their “evidence.”

At Lystra, Paul did not study Lyconian or Zeus theology.
At Ephesus, Paul did not study Diana.
At Philippi, he did not debate the Romans.
At Athens, he did preach on the “unknown God,” but did not debate the others.
At Corinth, he preached “Jesus Christ and Him crucified.”

We have a specific, positive, loving, gospel message for natural men, men who are slaves of sin and afraid to die.

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