Saturday, 28 February 2015
Why it is unwise to tell a sinner that you have sinned too
A modern evangelical once patronisingly and rudely, said to me, "I know you tell the unsaved that you also deserve Hell, but [this is not enough]". The phrase "we all deserve Hell" is not very accurate. It should be " according to the Law of God, we all deserve Hell". The unsaved who do end up in Hell do deserve it. God is fair and impartial to all. He is fair in saving people by grace through faith. Romans 9:4-16 says:
Ray Comfort explains at https://www.facebook.com/official.Ray.Comfort in the following post:
I was riding my bike this morning when I noticed a man in his sixties with a small dog, walking on the sidewalk. I stopped and asked, "Did you get one of these?" and at the same time handed him a Ten Commandments coin.
He predictably asked what it was, so I told him and asked, "Are you a Christian?" He said that he was, so I asked if he had been born again. He said, "No. What is a born again Christian?"
At that point, I said, "Nice dog. What's his name?" He said, "Such-as." I introduced myself, and asked for his name.
"Ben, the best way to explain what it means to be born again, is to ask if you believe Heaven exists. Do you?" He said he did.
"Are you going to make it there? Are you a good person?" He said that he used to be.
As we went through the Commandments and I asked if he had ever stolen anything, he said, "Have you?" I quickly said I had and moved on to the next Commandment. This brings up an important point. We can be tempted (when somebody says they have lied) to say, "I have too." When they say that that have stolen, "So have I." This is done to console the person. The motivation may be one of kindness, but I believe this is a mistake.
When Paul asked his hearers (in Romans 2:20), "Have you committed adultery?" he didn't say, "I have too." When he asked if they had stolen, he didn't say, "So have I." When Nathan accused David of breaking the Commandments, he didn't console the king and his sins by saying that he had sinned also. If he had done so, David may not have seen the serious nature of his sin against God. It would have been as though Nathan was saying, "Don't be too concerned David, everybody has sinned against God. It's okay. Don't get too upset about this."
If we console sinners in their sins we may steal contrition from them. What lawyer cross-examines a guilty criminal and when an admission of guilt is elicited, consoles the criminal by saying that he has broken the law also?
So I quickly moved on with Ben and spoke of Judgment Day, the reality of Hell and the necessity of repentance and faith in Jesus.
Ben looked like a pick-pocket who found himself sitting next to a uniformed police officer. He was extremely fidgety; looking to the left and then to the right and then back at me.
When he said that he didn't have a Bible at home, I strongly encouraged him to get right with God today, because he may not have tomorrow.
Then I raced to the ministry, grabbed a New Testament and went back to look for him. I rode around an entire block looking for him, but he had completely disappeared. I'm sure there's a reasonable explanation, such as...
Please pray for Ben.