The majority of people have little or no concern about their salvation. We try our best witnessing to them about what the Lord Jesus Christ has done for them, and telling them about the free gift of salvation offered to all, but they still reject. Even though we might show them a verse related to everyone coming short of the glory of God, it still has no impact on their hardened hearts.
They don’t understand that if a person keeps rejecting God’s message of salvation, He might finally ‘let them go’. The Bible warns,
He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy. – Proverbs 29:1.
- Judas was reproved for three and a half years; he was destroyed without remedy.
- Pharaoh was reproved for seven years; he was destroyed without remedy.
- Zedekiah was reproved for eleven years; he was destroyed without remedy.
- The list in the word and throughout history goes on and on.
A homeless man at a mobile rescue mission said to the superintendent, “None of that stuff for me!” (This was said in response to a gospel invitation). The homeless man walked one block eastward from the mission, crossed the railroad tracks, and was cut in two by a train.
A man mowing his lawn cursed a preacher after he witnessed to him. The man turned one corner of his yard with the mower and dropped dead of a heart attack.
A young preacher boy witnessed to a family. The man and wife laughed at him, cursed him, and threw a chair at him as he went out the door. The boy went down the path to the street, and the man came to the door shaking his fist and cursing him, and then he dropped dead of a heart attack in his own doorway and his wife fainted on top of him.
A young man left a ‘Youth for Christ’ meeting laughing, and said, “You’d see me in Hell before you’d see me down at that altar”. An hour later they brought out hoses to wash the blood off the motorway where he’d hit a culvert (a structure that allows water to flow under a road) at 75 miles an hour.
Millions (if not billions) of people have been reproved by the word of God for years, but they are still unsaved. Many of them laugh outright at the Bible, some have devoted their lives to attacking and trying to destroy it, and many have merely laid it aside and fled from it. Their destination is described Proverbs 29:1 and in Proverbs 1:24-33.
Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you. Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD: They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof. Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices. For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them. But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil. – Proverbs 1:24-33.
God may no longer try and reach a person any more. Perhaps He won’t send Christians to the person, or they will no longer have any conviction at all over their sin, or perhaps their life will indeed end unexpectedly; without remedy.
There are many ways to try and get someone to see their need for a Saviour, but here are a few which should do it, ONLY IF the person doesn’t already have a seared conscience:
Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; – 1 Timothy 4:2.
NOTE: If the conscience is “seared” – literally “cauterized” – then it has been rendered insensitive. It does not work properly; it’s as if “spiritual scar tissue” has dulled the sense of right and wrong.
Show them that they are a great sinner before God
READ: Matthew 22:34-40 and Mark 12:28-34.
One of the best verses for this purpose is:
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. – Matthew 22:37-38.
Before the person reads these verses, say to them, “Do you know that you are a great sinner before God?”. They will probably say “No”, or “I’m not a great sinner”, or something similar. Tell them that they HAVE actually committed the greatest sin that a man can possibly commit, and then ask them what they think that is. They will probably say, “But I haven’t murdered anyone!” (thinking that murder is the greatest sin), but then show them what God says about it. That NO ONE has kept the first and great commandment – to love God with all of your very being. And by NOT keeping this commandment, this then is the first and great SIN.
And they will have to give an account to God
So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God. – Romans 14:12.
Another excellent verse to use to produce conviction of sin. It brings the careless person face-to-face with God, and makes them realise that they must give account to God for the way they lived their lives.
- Who has to give account? – YOU.
- To whom are you to give account? – to God.
- Of what are you to give account? – of your life.
Get the person to say, “I shall give account of myself to God”, and get them to repeat it again and again until it has sunk into their heart.
READ: Amos 4:12 – this can be used in much the same way.
And that ALL their deepest, darkest secrets will be judged
In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel. – Romans 2:16.
Ask the person if they are ready to have their secret hidden things of their life judged by a holy God?
At the Great White Throne Judgment (of the unsaved), a lot of things are going to come out that you never dreamed would come out. In that day, God will reveal the secrets about which only He and the person being judged knew. He will judge them properly, and He will judge with a perfect Judge (Jesus Christ) and by a perfect standard (the Gospel – 1 Corinthians 15:1-4).
And then they will be cast into the lake of fire forever
He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. – Revelation 21:7-8.
A Christian has overcome everything through the Blood of Christ (1 John 4:4, 5:4), and is a son of God, and will go to the place where there is no sorrow, no death, no pain, no tears. BUT (v8) the unsaved, lost, Christ-rejecting soul will go to the place where there is nothing but tears, sorrow, pain, weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth forever (Revelation 20:14-15).
Notice the classes of people: not only the “whoremongers” and the “liars” and the “murderers”, but the “unbelieving”. God classes unbelieving people with whoremongers, murderers, and idolaters.
- “unbelieving” – are certainly not born again, Bible believing Christians. God condemns a person for not believing what He said.
- “fearful” – God classifies men who are afraid to trust Christ with “murderers” and “whoremongers”. Isn’t that a thought?
- “liars” – EVERYONE has lied at some point in their lives. If they say they haven’t, then they’ve just lied to you. Lying is one of the things that God hates (Proverbs 6:16-19).
An unsaved person is connected to the sins they commit and partakes of them, and they are part of them, which means that if they die without their sins forgiven, then they will go straight to Hell.
Leave them with that thought, and let the Holy Spirit do His work:
Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: – John 16:7-8.
It is time for thee, LORD, to work: for they have made void thy law. – Psalms 119:126.
A NOTE FOR CHRISTIANS:
It is true that a Christian can commit sin, and they’ll not “inherit the kingdom of God” if they practice these things (Galatians 5:21), but a Christian is still a Christian.
An unsaved person is not just guilty of the sin, but because they are unsaved, they are connected with the sin (1 Corinthians 6:9-10).
- An unsaved person doesn’t tell lies, they are a liar.
- An unsaved person doesn’t drink, they are a drunkard.
- An unsaved person doesn’t commit adultery, they are an adulterer.
A Christian can do these things, and they lose rewards and are punished for doing them (Galatians 5:19-21). The Christian loses their inheritance for doing them, but the Christian is still a Christian.
It is not a bit unfair! The Christian’s sins have been paid for, atoned for, and they have been separated from them by the BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST. This is the doctrine of “eternal security” that some people have so much trouble with).
If a Christian sins they lose:
- The joy of God’s salvation (Psalms 51:12).
- Their testimony (1 Corinthians 15:33-34).
- Their health (1 Corinthians 11:30).
- Their rewards (1 Corinthians 3:13-15).
- A Millennial inheritance (Luke 19:15-26).
- Their life (1 Corinthians 11:30).
A Christian can lose a lot without losing their soul, but they are still a Christian.