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Christians are like
telemarketers, always trying to "sell" you something you
are not interested in.
God has commanded
all Christians to spread the good news about Jesus and salvation.
therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the
name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them
to observe all that I commanded you..." -
(NASB) Matthew 28:19-20
not to keep the good news a secret. If we participate in a softball
game and hit a home run, chances are that the next day at work we'd
tell our co-workes about that home run. Isn't eternal life more
important than a home run? God wants everyone to hear the good news
about Jesus Christ. God wants everyone to havew eternal life in
Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but
is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all
to come to repentance."
- (NASB) 2 Peter 3:9
this mean Christians should push Christianity onto others? No!
God has also
taught us how we are to spread His word -- not in a way, like telemarketers,
that irritates and upsets people, but in a way that glorifies God.
The Bible tells how we are to behave:
your behavior excellent among the Gentiles, so that in the thing
in which they slander you as evildoers, they may because of your
good deeds, as they observe them, glorify God in the day of visitation."
- 1 Peter 2:12
Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense
to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is
in you, yet with gentleness and reverence."
(NASB) - 1 Peter 3:15
no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct,
love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe."
(NASB) - 1 Timothy 4:12
wishes to become great among you shall be your servant; and whoever
wishes to be first among you shall be slave of all."
(NASB) - Mark 10:43-44
of telling someone about Christ is that they will recognize they
are sinners (we all are sinners), that Jesus is God; that He died
so our sins could be forgiven; and that on the third day He rose
from the dead--showing us the way to eternal life.
Can we force
someone to believe this? No
If we repeat
it a lot, can we get people to believe this? No
Can we talk
someone into becoming a Christian? No
Can we make
someone a Christian by baptising them? No!
be "sold" on becoming a Christian against their will?
Christianity is different from all other religions. There is NOTHING
we or you can do or say that will make you a Christian. In Islam
all you need to do is say, "There is no god but Allah, and
Muhammad is the messanger of God." in front of Muslim witnesses.
That makes you a Muslim. However, what makes someone a Christian
is what is in their heart--to be a Christian you must believe in
Jesus Christ. People can be forced to say words, but they can not
be forced to have a belief.
called to spread the Gospel. How are we supposed to do that? Not
by harassing our friends and neighbors and pushing the Bible at
them. We are called to witness to them through our Christian lifestyle;
and to be prepared to teach, witness to and defend the Bible.
careful how you live among your unbelieving neighbors. Even if they
accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior,
and they will believe and give honor to God, when he comes to judge
- (NLT) 1 Peter 2:12
not called to push Christianity onto other people. That does not
work--but instead drives people away. We are called to be gentle,
loving and to live the Christian lifestyle. We are to look for open
doors and to take advantage of the openings God gives us.