Witnessing to a 'Good Person'
June 1, 2004 - Many believe they will go to heaven because they are "good people." How can Christians help them realize that without Christ, even "good people" are condemned in God's eyes?
by Kirk Cameron
Good doctors don't treat terminal patients without first convincing them that they are ill. As Christians, we must follow in the footsteps of the Great Physician and use God's Law to bring people to a knowledge of their sin before we offer them the life-saving cure of the Gospel. Our failure to do so could cost them their lives.
Romans 3:20 says, "Through the law we become conscious of sin" (NIV). Galatians 3:24 states, "The law was put in charge to lead us to Christ that we might be justified by faith" (NIV). In other words, the Ten Commandments—God's moral law—show us the exceedingly wicked nature of sin, reveal our desperate need of God's forgiveness and lead us to Jesus Christ for salvation.
Jesus used the Ten Commandments like a mirror to show people the filth of their sin (Mark 10:17). When we are convicted by the Holy Spirit, God's moral law sends us to find cleansing through faith in the Savior.
During a conversation, you can simply ask someone, "Would you consider yourself to be a good person?" Then follow with, "Do you think you've kept the Ten Commandments?" Then go through each one:
"Have you ever lied? Stolen anything? Taken God's name in vain? Looked with lust? If so, then by your own admission, you are a lying thief and a blasphemous adulterer at heart. So on the Day of Judgment, if God gives you justice, you won't go to heaven but to hell."
Although this might seem harsh, in my experience, most people respond very soberly when they realize that they aren't as "good" as they thought. No matter how good people think they are, when compared with God's standard of goodness, they can recognize quickly that they have fallen short, and they often admit their guilt. You can show them that God's Law was given for our benefit, so we could see ourselves in truth and feel genuine sorrow for our sin. "Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation" (2 Corinthians 7:10, NIV).
Only when people have a deep conviction of sin can they begin to appreciate the depth of God's love for them. We know God loves us not because of a warm, fuzzy feeling He gives, but because of His grace—"while we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8, NIV). It's simple: We broke the Law, and Jesus paid our fine. If we will repent and trust in the Savior, God will forgive us and grant us the gift of everlasting life. Then we will not just be a "good person" but a new creation—a sinner saved by grace.
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