In this article we will look at barriers people put up to your approach with the Gospel. The most common barrier encountered is atheism. Covering atheism is not my purpose in this article but it is good for everyone seeking the lost to take a look at how you would respond.
It is a good exercise is to ask some of the believers, “How would you respond to those who say, ‘I don’t believe in God.’?” You will get a variety of comments which will help in your response to answer the question.
“The Bible isn’t true”
One man I offered the gospel of John to replied, “The Bible is not factual and is all lies.” I smiled and said, “Well, Mr.Google believes in the Bible!” With a puzzled look he asked, “Who is Mr.Google?”
I asked him if he had a computer and did any Google research on it. I then told him my name was James and I had looked it up on Google to find the origin of it. The origin stated that the first reference to the name James was found in the Bible when Abraham called his son Jacob. I told him that this is one fact in the Bible which is true so it couldn’t be all lies.
I continued, “If one fact is true then you better start reading the Bible for it is all true and you are going to meet God one day. You need to get right with Him before that day comes.” He walked away and left but another man had been listening to our conversation.
I asked him if he would take the gospel of John and replying said, “I live on the other side of the street and you gave one to my wife and when I left she was reading it in her chair.”
“I have never sinned”
Sowing the seed of the Word of God brings light to the darkened minds. Psalm 119:130 says, “The entrance of Your words gives light.”
The hardest people to reach are those who feel they live a good and quiet life, do no harm to anyone, give to help the poor, are full of good works and are generally very nice persons.
One day I met a man who asked what I was giving out and when I told him he said, “It’s not for me for I have never sinned.” That’s a bold statement. I responded by saying, “Well you may have never sinned but right now you have told your first lie.” He smiled and said, “I have told some white lies before.”
I asked him “what is a white lie?” and he was speechless. He then said, “I better take that booklet and read it.” So he went away with the Word of God in his pocket. Maybe we will see him in heaven. 🙂
“I’m too bad to be forgiven”
Another group that is hard to reach are those who think because of what they have done God could never forgive them. In my days involved in prison ministry there were many like that.
One young man called John signed up for a personal visit after a gospel film was presented to the group. On my first time with him I told that since his name was John we would study the gospel of John. This upset him. He said, “Anywhere in the Bible but John.”
I kept asking him what it was he did not like and he said “so much in it.” However I persuaded him to study John so he could show me what he did not like. It was a joy to see him a few weeks later trust the Savior and what a change came into his life! He was soon released and went on well in spiritual things. He went home to be with the Lord at an early age through cancer in his body.
One another young man had a great difficulty comprehending that God could forgive him for what he had done but took a great interest in the study. He then asked for a Bible. I told him to ask the chaplain and he would get one. (We were not allowed to take anything in.)
I will never forget him coming to meet me waving a Bible and saying “I am born again!” He had read through the gospel of John and continued in the book of Acts. It was in Acts 9 that he read about Saul of Tarsus and realized that he was not as bad as him, yet God had saved Saul.
I did not hear of this inmate for a number of years but recently learned he was helping out at a local mission and sharing the gospel to those living on the street. There is no one too bad to be saved!
To be continued