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luke June 17, 2012 at 11:44 am

my parents say that they have lots of respect for christianity but they were raised hindu.

they say that they accept GOD into their heart not JESUS does this mean they are saved?

Jack Wellman June 17, 2012 at 1:12 pm

Luke, thank you for visiting us and for this great question. Let me say that I can respect the speed limit but if I don’t obey it I will still get a ticket. The same is true of Christ. You can not have God in your heart without Christ. The person who says they know God but doesn’t accept Jesus as their Savior and Lord, is not saved. It is impossible to be saved without Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12). There is no other way to go to heaven and escape hell except thru Jesus Christ (Acts 16:30-31).

Even Jesus said in John 12:48 “There is a judge for the one who rejects me [Christ] and does not accept my words; that very word which I spoke will condemn him at the last day.” Further, in John 14:6, “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” You can not access God except thru Jesus Christ alone. They are not saved by respecting Christianity or accepting God but by accepting Jesus (John 3:17) but if not, they will be rejected by God on the Day of Judgment and will be condemned (John 3:18). This is not my opinion but God’s words. Please make them understand. God will NOT accept them except through Jesus Christ…period. You must warn them to repent today. No practicing Hindu’s are going to heaven but to hell.

luke June 18, 2012 at 11:38 am

any tips on how to convert them?

Jack Wellman June 18, 2012 at 3:09 pm

Hello Luke. Thank you sir for your question. Let me say that God is the One Who does the converting. The Father draws them (John 6:44), Jesus saves them (John 3:16) and the Holy Spirit convicts them and does the actual converting (John 16:8-11). It is not our responsibility to save anyone…it is THEIR response to HIS ability but it IS our responsibility to tell them (Matt 28:18=20, Acts 1:8).

luke June 19, 2012 at 10:45 am

they may not listen.a few years ago a couple came to our house to try and convert us.unfortunatley when they were done talking they demanded a large amount of money.since that day they are universalists and may reject the gospel. any idea how i can help them understand?

Jack Wellman June 19, 2012 at 2:27 pm

You can by all means pray for only the Holy Spirit can reveal to them Who Jesus is and why they need Him to save them from hell fire. I am touched and so pleased that you care enough to share the gospel with them. You could ask them where do you think you will go after you die? What happens to you after you die? How can you be sure (after they answer you). Keep praying and I will to so that God may open up their eyes to see and ears to hear and a heart to understand Luke. Don’t give up friend.

luke June 19, 2012 at 10:46 am

they may not listen.a few years ago a couple came to our house to try and convert us.unfortunatley when they were done talking they demanded a large amount of money.since that day they are universalists and may reject the gospel. how can they learn to accept the gospel?

luke June 19, 2012 at 11:41 am

what does this mean?-Consecrate to me every firstborn male. The first offspring of every womb among the Israelites belongs to me, whether man or animal.

Jack Wellman June 19, 2012 at 2:29 pm

This is from the Old Testament and it really applies to the Jews at that time. The first portion was always holy to God, just like the first portion of their produce, their income and their livestock (animals) were the same as money and to set apart a man was to dedicate him to the temple for service to God…but again, this was for the Old Testament period only Luke. Thank you friend.

luke June 19, 2012 at 11:43 am

sorry for asking the same question twice. the comment had’nt loaded on the page yet so i thought i hadn’t posted it.

luke June 25, 2012 at 8:14 am

Thank you for your help.
I have managed to convert my mother but my father still doesn’t believe.
I am beginning to wonder whether God has hardened his heart-I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” It does not, therefore, depend on man’s desire or effort, but on God’s mercy. For the Scripture says to Pharaoh: “I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.”Therefore God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens whom he wants to harden.” (Romans 9:15-18)
“For many are called, but few are chosen.” (Matthew 22:14),
For by grace you have been saved through faith and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them (Ephesians 2:8-10),
And when the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord, and as many as were appointed to eternal life believed.” (Acts 13:48)
Does this mean we have no choice?Does God want only a few to be saved?
On the other hand we have verses like this-Ezekiel 18:32 “For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the LORD. Repent and live!
Deuteronomy 30:19 “I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants
I Timothy 2: 3-4 “For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth
Joshua 24:15 “But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD

Jack Wellman June 25, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Luke, I am so proud of you that you are sharing the gospel with your family. You can also do this with co-workers, students, people you meet in the stores, etc. Yes, God has mercy upon whom He will have mercy but God also desires that none should perish (2 Peter 3:9, 1 Tim 2:4) and He takes no pleasure in their destruction (Ezek 18:32). Let me say that God doesn’t send anyone to hell. They choose to go their by their rejection of Jesus Christ so God is not the One Who is condemning the lost but they are condemning themselves (read Rom chapters 1 & 2).

We all have a choice…we are free, moral agents. God does not condemn but we condemn ourselves by rejecting Him. As you quoted in Deuteronomy, we can choose life or death. Praying for your father is the best thing you can do and love Him as Christ loves us and don’t preach to him…just live it out and pray. Don’t give up. Thank you for being a faithful witness for Christ.

France July 6, 2012 at 2:24 am

Hi Jack,

Thank you for sharing this wonderful message. I am equally bothered of my parents and siblings who does not want to be converted to Christianity. You inspired me thru this article.
God bless you always.

Jack Wellman July 6, 2012 at 12:38 pm

France, thank you so much for your very kind words. I believe that there is nothing more important than sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with loved ones, for God has truly placed each of us in a unique place to do so. Remember that it is not your responsibility to save them…it is their response to His ability but it is our responsibility to tell them…and others too, outside of family like co-workers. Thank you and please come back again soon.

Bryan July 28, 2013 at 2:07 am

Mr Wellman, Thank you so much for your encouragement on sharing the gospel with family, friends and others. I personally start out with my own testimony about what Jesus has done in my life. No one can deny my life’s story and it’s a joy to glorify the Savior with another person. I do pray to the Holy Spirit for His guidance and then leave all the results up to Him. Once again, I am grateful for you sharing your insight on this important topic .

Jack Wellman July 28, 2013 at 2:23 pm

Thank you Bryan for your comment. You wanting to share the gospel is wonderful because only 1 in 20 believers have ever led more than one person to faith in Christ. That is not good but I see you have a passion for the Great Commission. Your own personal testimony is a great way to do so. No one, as you say, can dispute this because it is objective testimony to the work of God in your life.

Here are a couple of links that may help you, particularly if you do street evangelism or door to door:

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/how-to-evangelize-door-to-door-seven-helpful-tips/

but this link below may be the most important and effective of all and is called “Who Goes to Heaven? Do Good People Go?” at:

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/who-goes-to-heaven-do-good-people-go-to-heaven/

Eric September 5, 2013 at 8:10 am

Paul said woe to me if I not preach the Gospel!
sometimes I think we are responsible!

Henry July 29, 2015 at 9:19 am

I’d just like to pass on another way to help spread the gospel and it’s simply this:-

Include a link to an online gospel tract (e.g. http://www.freecartoontract.com/animation) as part of your email signature.

An email signature is a piece of customizable HTML or text that most email programs will allow you to add to all your outgoing emails. For example, it commonly contains name and contact details – but it could also (of course) contain a link to a gospel tract.

For example, it might say something like, “p.s. you might like this gospel cartoon …” or “p.s. have you seen this?”.

Arnold January 2, 2016 at 8:21 pm

Nothing makes me more afraid right now than the thought of my own mother, father, and the rest of my family (all mostly Catholics) going to hell. I get moved to tears at the thought of that and I would constantly beg God to speak to them. I never thought that the burden for the lost would be this.. painful. Later this year I get to visit my whole family again.. please pray that I have the boldness to preach the Gospel to my lost family when that time comes, because they ALL need Him.. and I also know that when the time comes for that to happen, I will be tempted to compromise. If I am honest with you I am also afraid. Afraid what their response to the Gospel will be. I get endless sleepless nights thinking what I would do if any of my family were to die tomorrow without Christ, and what they will be facing, and that thought crushes my heart. Please pray for me to cope with this burden that I can’t carry alone.

Dave September 16, 2016 at 6:51 pm

Interesting article. I’d really like to find out where those statistics come from though (1/20 Christians have led somebody to Christ, only 1/10 Christians witness regularly to others). I hope they are not true, but if they are, I’d like to see the substantiation

Jack Wellman September 16, 2016 at 8:57 pm

Thank you sir. MY source is only a pastor/author named Chip Ingram, in 2004 (Living on the Edge Ministries), said in one of his sermons. Don’t remember the date. One pastor was recently saying that a 2012 survey from Lifeway that said only 94% of Christians ever lead anyone to Christ, so these numbers seem compatible. Either way, it’s too low and shows were not sharing our faith. Do you think it’s too high or too low? How many Christians do you know that have led someone to Christ, or you? I can only say a few. But it’s never enough, right sir? Thank you.

Paul November 15, 2017 at 2:46 am

Good morning, Jack,
I have read the comments here and share many of the fears and feelings of hopelessness that my family will remain outside Christ’s family when the time comes. I pray for them every day, but I also know that I have a responsibility to try directly. It’s hard, and I want to find the right time, although that always seems to be tomorrow. It’s delicate, and easy to understand why evangelists find it easier with strangers than family: no emotional baggage to contend with.
That said, I am writing to you because I have a son (18) who is into drugs (addict?). Underneath he’s a good guy, and he’s fighting it, so there’s hope for him. I’ve tried broaching the subject, but get a stiff arm response. So, any thoughts, suggestions, ideas, how I might get passed this?
Thanks in advance.
Sola fide,
Paul

Jack Wellman November 15, 2017 at 8:30 am

Hello Paul. I am sorry for your heartache sir. I think since he’s 18, it may do more harm than good to broach the subject. This may mean he knows its wrong but I would be careful and just love this son, and pray for him, which both of these you already do, because it must be God that changes the heart (Prov 21:1). When a child turns 18, legally an adult in most states, you cannot do much more than pray. Just keep in touch…say nothing about the drugs…and give him time. To do more than this might backfire. Praying for him…and you.

Trudy Williams December 22, 2018 at 12:37 pm

I’m an author and relationship coach. However, first and foremost I’m a christian with a desire to help others with the fear of speaking the truth of God’s word. Love your page. Just wanted to share a video with you that you may find helpful. Blessings.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYJkygWZmyc&t=3s

Jack Wellman December 22, 2018 at 12:55 pm

Thank you Trudy. Great video about witnessing for Christ.





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