Christians Who Are Anti-Christian

Let’s say you’ve worked up the nerve to go out witnessing. You’ve chosen to overcome your fear of men in favor of being obedient to God and the Great Commission. You walk up to a stranger and start a friendly conversation. After a few minutes you turn the conversation toward spiritual topics, the gospel and the Bible. You’re soon relieved to find out that the person with whom you’re talking is already a Christian, and you’re happy that you have the privilege of meeting a brother or sister in Christ.

But things are about to turn ugly. This person doesn’t care for your methods at all and is more than happy to tell you how you’re all wrong.

Most Christians I’ve started to witness to say they think that I shouldn’t be hitting people over the head with the Bible. (Christians have even said this in the comments of this blog, and I’ve always wondered which Bible verse is too offensive to be quoted.) They go on to say that my method (explaining the gospel to people) is judgmental, and that they would much prefer to witness through their actions, or pray for people to get saved, or invite people to church.

If you’re not in the habit of sharing the gospel for one reason or another, and a Christian has the unmitigated gall to witness to you, please keep in mind that no one can tell that you’re a Christian just by looking at you.  Also keep in mind that they would appreciate encouragement and prayer rather than discouragement. Maybe you should thank God that a Christian is out witnessing rather than a Jehovah’s Witness or a dedicated member of another cult. 

Thank God the apostles didn’t just witness through their actions, merely pray for people, or simply invite a friend or two to church. They went out on the streets and preached, and they turned the world upside down.

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6 Responses to Christians Who Are Anti-Christian

  1. Moe says:

    I would be thrilled to have a street evangelist try to dialog with me who actually knew what they were talking about. I’ve only ever had two people try to “witness” to me. The first one didn’t believe that I actually was saved, even though I passed their “What is Salvation?” test with flying color, because I was in a hurry and had tried to avoid their booth at the fair.

    The last time I had a street evangelist talk with me they didn’t even come close to telling me the gospel. It was more like the anti-Santa version of the Gospel message, which was not only strange, but it wasn’t even seasonally appropriate!

    http://setapart.wordpress.com/2007/03/28/santa-in-march/

    Keep on keepin’ on. There are far too few people searing the Gospel, and far too many sharing something else.

    ~Kelsey

  2. mrskturner says:

    It’s bad enough that as a Christian we tend to get that “holier than” you attitude towards the unbelievers, but we even display that same behavior towards fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. Sometimes we forget that we are called to be humble, called to be non-judgemental, and called to love our neighbor as ourself.

    I pray that you will continue to step out in faith and share the message of Jesus Christ!

  3. bellerenator says:

    Woohoo! We need more people out there. I remember I used to think that those poor evangelists would never get any luck. Now I am one of them. It takes guts though so it is up to us to take other Christians out there and show them that we don’t have two heads and we don’t get beaten up with sticks by people that don’t like us.

  4. sprocket23 says:

    Honestly, I think that when you are witnessing to people who are Christians that you are exposing something that they should be doing and they feel guilty. They know that they should be doing the same thing and so rather than admit that they are falling short, they want to poke holes in the way you are doing it. As the old saying goes, “I like the way I evangelize better than the way you don’t”. Just keep it up, you’re not there to please Christians, but your Lord who commissioned you. I find it sad that some of the worst hecklers that you hear during open air preaching are “Christians”. Yup, inoculated Christians are worst than the completely pagan. You’re an inspiration, don’t let them discourage you.

  5. billphillips says:

    Thanks for your encouragement, everyone.

  6. “Most Christians I’ve started to witness to say they think that I shouldn’t be hitting people over the head with the Bible.”

    Many dislike such an activity because it convicts them that they should be acting in a similar manner- telling others about Christ. And somewhere in the back of their mind they think that if they can get you to stop they won’t feel so guilty.

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