Evangelizing the Cults
Gaining a perspective

Romans 10:1-13


Sharing the Gospel can be hard.

I desire others to be saved (Romans 10:1)

"Brethren, my heart’s desire and my prayer to God for them is for their salvation." (Romans 10:1).

I really have something special I want others to know about.

              

I’m convinced they need to be saved. (Romans 10:2-4)

"For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not in accordance with knowledge. 3 For not knowing about God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own, they did not subject themselves to the righteousness of God. 4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. (Romans 10:2-4).

If they don't believe then they are lost!

Why don't I share the gospel of Jesus Christ?

I believe Christ can really help mankind. (Romans 10:5-11)

"That if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved;
10 for with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. For the Scripture says, “WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.” (Romans 10:9-11).

Not just your belief but something that can transform their lives.

I know that salvation is available to all mankind.
(Romans 10:12-13)

"For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call upon Him; for “WHOEVER WILL CALL UPON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.” (Romans 10:12,13).

No sin is so great or situation so hopeless that a person who trusts in Christ cannot find hope in salvation.

"But sharing the Gospel with the cults?!!!"

Four Reasons People Don't Share

 Fear

Some are afraid to share with cults or other religions because they fear that what they find in another religion or cult might be right. They don't want to find fault in their beliefs whether good and bad.

 Pride

Some are afraid to share with cults because they might be embarrassed for not knowing the Word of God enough.

 Useless

Some are afraid to share with cults because they feel it is a waste of time. One figures they will never come to know the Lord.

Forbidden

Some don't share with cults because they think they are to shun them because they are false prophets {2 Jo 10; Jude 23}

Proper attitude to share the Gospel with cults

• Don’t be threatened. You have the truth; they don't.

• God has let the cults get big because of our laxity so to test and rebuke us {Judges 3:4}.

• The cults have come out of Christianity because of the perversion of hearts, but we must recognize that many were led blindly into these organizations.

• Confident

We have the truth of God. We need not be alarmed that their discoveries or special insights are that special. We just do not know about them.

• Learning

A disciple of Christ should always be in a learning mode. We are learning things from God as we talk with them.

• Merciful

The focus is on cults rather than different religions. The advantage to evangelizing the cults is that they accept the Word of God to some degree. The disadvantage is that they have mastered misinterpretations of the Bible.


Our Goal

If there are any true seekers in our area,
they should know from our lives that they can find the truth from us.



Summary:

The cults challenge us to live authentic Christian lives both in our lifestyles and in our witness. As a church, we must stand up and faithfully live, proclaim and defend the faith! Next (Evangelize #2)

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Paul J. Bucknell

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