When we witness to someone about Yeshua (Jesus) we sometimes have this preconceived idea in our minds on what will happen. We believe they will automatically accept and understand what we say and see their need for salvation. But most of the time, we instead end up being dragged into an argument because they have so many questions about the Gospel we can’t answer. We dont know the answer to them because we have never taken the time to make sure the
When we witness to someone, we are asking them to make the most significant decision of their lives, so it is only natural they will have questions. We can’t expect them to make that decision without questioning what we say. If we are unable to answer their questions, what we tell them will seem to make no sense. It will also make them question if we truly believe the Gospel ourselves. Here we are saying them they need to be saved and forgiven by God, but if we can’t answer the questions they have, it will seem as if we dont believe the Gospel for ourselves. We can’t expect them to accept what we say if it does not make sense. And we can’t expect them to believe in what we say if we dont believe it for ourselves.
What would happen if you were suffering from cancer and your doctor told you he had the cure, but some of the things he said did not make sense ? You would of course ask him to explain it further, but what if he were unable to give you any answers to your questions? He seemed to be stuck on repeat telling you how important it was for you to take this medication but he was unable to answer any questions you might have. You would of course lose confidence in him and you would never accept what he said because you had so many unanswered questions and what he told you did not make any sense.
Why then do we expect any unsaved individual to believe what we say if the things we say does not make sense, and we are unable to explain it?
So what is a Biblical and logical Gospel?
If you commit a crime, but you are unable to judge the nature or quality of the crime or understand that is was wrong because of a mental disorder, you would be deemed not criminally responsible by section 16 of the Canadian criminal code. So if you murdered someone, but you had a mental disorder that made it impossible for you to understand it was wrong or judge the nature or quality of your crime, you would not be punished for it. Instead of punishment you would receive psychological
If a country were to judge a mentally ill individual to sentencing for a crime they did, but they were unable to understand it was wrong or judge the nature and quality of the crime, we would automatically judge that country as a dictatorship. Civilized democracies do not send mentally ill persons to sentencing for crimes they did, only despots and dictatorships do things like that.
If you were fired from your job because your boss expected you to do something humanly impossible, would you consider it to be wrongful termination? Most employees would sue their former employer for wrongful termination in such cases, and they would win. You can’t fire someone for something they want to do, but they can’t do it because it is humanly impossible.
None of us would want to work for someone who expects you to do the impossible, and then fires you when you can’t meet his or her expectations. We would not want to live in a country that sentences mentally ill individuals to jail or gives them the death penalty for something they did. So why then do we expect unsaved people to want to serve and spend eternity with a god who punishes them because of their inherited mental illness and sends them to hell for being unable to meet his expectations?
How do we usually present the Gospel to someone who is not yet saved? We would tell them they have sinned against God, they are guilty and on their way to hell, but Jesus paid the price for their sins. If they would accept Him as their Lord and Savior, invite Him into their hearts, they would be saved and forgiven.
So far it is almost all biblical, we have all sinned and we are all on our way to hell. If we will believe Yeshua (Jesus) died for our sins, and repent, we will be forgiven and reconciled to Yehovah. The Bible never says anything about “inviting Him into your heart”, the Bible expects repentance where you choose to believe in the cross and live out your faith in obedience to the law of Moses. (James 2:10-26). So according to the Bible, salvation is given to us when we repent of our sins and start obeying the law of Moses again AND we choose to believe Yeshua died on the cross for us. Our obedience to the law is the outward evidence of our faith in the cross.
Most of the time, the people we witness to, will tell us they are good people and not sinners. They know they are not perfect, but they hope the good will outweigh the bad. So they dont understand how God can judge them for their sins when they have done a lot of good deeds as well. Usually, in a Gospel presentation, a mainstream Christian would reply to this argument by telling them how God expects perfection and how He expects everyone to obey every commandment in the law of Moses. So their good deeds are like “filthy rags” in the sight of God, something that cant save them. Then they would go on to say that we have all failed at obeying the law of Moses, and Jesus is the only one who has lived the perfect life. If we choose to trust in His atoning death on the cross, and His sinless life that He obeyed the law for us, we will have His righteousness imputed to us and be forgiven for our sins. So in other words, we will be counted as having obeyed the law perfectly because we believe in the one who did. And we will be counted as being forgiven because we believe in the one who took our sins upon Himself on the cross.
This sounds biblical, and some of it is, but not all of it. Yeshua (Jesus) was born and lived among us as a Jewish man. The only commandments He obeyed was the commandments that applied to Him as a man living in Israel with access to a temple. He never obeyed the commandments applying to women or to the priests serving in the temple. So there is no way for a woman to be counted as perfect because she believes in the one who obeyed the law for her if the above mainstream Gospel presentation were true.
If she believes in His faithfulness to the law of Moses and shows her faith by choosing to obey the commandments applicable to her, she will be righteous because of her faith in Yeshua. Just as a man who has faith in Yeshuas faithfulness to the law of Moses, and shows his faith by obeying the commandments applicable to him. He will be righteous because of his faith in Yeshua. So you see how the Bible says the imputed righteousness that is given to us, when we believe in Yeshuas faithfulness, is not because He kept the law for us. It is because we believe He kept the law and we choose to model His righteousness by doing what He did. Paul understood this in 1.Cor 11:1 when he says he imitated Christ and encourages his readers to do the same.
It is true that our good deeds are filthy rags in the eyes of God, and they can’t save us. But this is not because we dont measure up. The Bible says in 1.John 5:3 it is easy for us to live righteously and obey Yehovahs law, the law of Moses. Gods own law also says in Numbers 5 says He can’t accept us on account of our obedience He can only accept us on account of our faith in the cross, but when we have faith in the cross, He expects us to choose to live righteously every day for the rest of our lives. How do you live righteously? By choosing every day to obey the law of Moses (1.John 3:7, 5:3, 2:6)
We are reconciled and forgiven to Yehovah when we believe Yeshua died for our sins and we choose to repent back to the law of Moses. Yeshuas death on the cross freed us and Yehovah from the law in Numbers 5 which made it impossible for us to come back. His death on the cross also atoned for our sins with His Blood.(Lev 17:11) So by accepting the free gift of the cross, and repenting from our sins back to the law of Moses, we are forgiven and we are reconciled to Yehovah.
At this point, in a mainstream Christian Gospel presentation, you would go on to tell them about the sin nature. You would describe how the sin nature (the doctrine of original sin) made them weak so they could not resist sinning. So they need Jesus because they have something called the sin nature that forced them to sin. Then you would go on to say that they would have to battle this sin nature for the rest of their lives and they must never ever try to obey the law of Moses because then they would fall from grace. If they choose to live with faith in the cross, Jesus would keep them safe and saved no matter what happened. You would also say they cant live anyway they want to now, because something is still sin. When questioned what is sin, you would say it is a sin not to believe in Jesus. But this leaves them confused, because believing in Jesus does not tell them what is right and what is wrong in their new life as a child of God. So how are they to know when they need to seek forgiveness if the law of Moses does not apply to them anymore? And what does it look like to believe in Jesus if the law of Moses does not apply to us anymore?
No wonder you are confused, and so are most of the people we witness to as well because what we believe in does not make sense. Why does it not make sense? Because the Gospel we present to them has nothing to do with the Gospel in the Bible, it has everything to do with the gospel of men, denominations and traditions. If it is not the Gospel of the Bible we should not have anything to do with it.
We would consider any government who sentences a mentally ill indiviual to jail to be a dictatorship. If an employer fired or punished some of their staff for not being able to do something that is humanly impossible, we would consider that employer to be evil and unrighteousess. No one would want to live in a government who punishes mentally ill individuals, and no one one would want to work for someone who fires and punishes their staff members for not being able to do the impossible. So why then do we believe anyone would want to serve a God who does these things?
Because this is what you are telling them, you are saying God sends them to hell for sinning. And that is true, Yehovah sends us to hell when we have sinned and sin is breaking His law, the law of Moses. (1
Yes, the modern mainstream Gospel presentation is confusing because it just does not make sense and it is not biblical.
The Bible says the Gospel is this: We have all broken the law of Moses (Rom 3:22) and lost our righteousness (1.John 3:7, 5:3). We decided to disobey the law of Moses because we wanted to, not because some internal force compelled us to. So
The modern Gospel presented in mainstream Christianity is this: You have all sinned and come short of the glory of God. You sinned because you inherited the sin nature that compelled you to sin. Jesus died for your sins, He kept the law for you. It is impossible to keep the law of Moses, but you will believe He died for you and kept the law for you, you will be saved. If you will believe in Jesus, He will make sure you will live righteously for the rest of your life. The law of Moses does not apply to you, so no one actually knows what it looks like to live righteously.
What Gospel do you believe in?
The Gospel of mainstream Christianity?
The Gospel of the Bible?
How you answer this question will in the end determine if you will inherit eternal life or eternal damnation when you die. It will also determine how you will live this life, either walking in the blessings of Yehovah or living under His wrath.
It will also determine how people respond when you witness to them. If you give them the Biblical Gospel you are giving them something that makes sense, something that is logical and Biblical. You are giving them something you believe in, and they will see your faith is genuine. They will still have questions you will not be able to answer, but you will know for sure you have given them the answer to what they need to know – the Gospel in a way that makes sense and is Biblical.
Today it is Friday, and the Biblical Gospel says that if you are saved you will have a passion, a desire and a need to celebrate Shabbat when the sun sets. There is only one rule for Shabbat, do not work for money and do not make others work for money. So make sure to do your groceries today. If you have a medical emergency or a medical condition that prevents you from doing certain things during the week and makes them only possible to do on the Shabbat, you are allowed to break Shabbat. But if it can wait it has to wait until tomorrow when the sun sets.
Next Shabbat, at 01:00 am CET (Central European Time) I will return with another sermon. Until then, keep sending your prayer, prophecy and counseling requests, it is and will always be free of charge.
Yehovah bless you