ONE of the problems today with Christian churches in general and even Apologetic ministries is the lack of teaching Christians ‘the need and the how to witness’ to those in non-Christian cults like the Jehovah’s Witnesses, the Latter Day Saints, or whoever else that believes in a false God and a false gospel. We have ministries to reach children, youth, young adults, adults with various programs on many things, but what do we have on how and why to reach those who are in non-Christian cults?
THE late Dr. Walter Martin used to say, “Are we willing to do for the truth what the cults do everyday for a lie?” That is deep statement that every Christian should ponder whether you are in ministry or not, we all are called to be Jesus witnesses to the world (Mark 16:15; Luke 24:47; Acts 1:8). Do Christians really know that those who are lost in a non-Christian cult will die in their sins and be eternally judged?
WHAT do we do? How do we make a difference? Where do we even start? These are not easy questions to answer, but they are not impossible to answer if one is willing to say yes to the Lord and ask the Lord to work in their lives to reach those in cults. It starts with our relationship with Jesus and the hope that we have in Him, and our lives should be living testimonies of what He has done for us and in us.
PETER wrote that we are to sanctify Christ as Lord in our hearts, to be ready always to give an answer to everyone who asks of the hope that is in us, and that we share in a kind and respectful manner (1 Peter 3:15). This is what true biblical apologetics is all about, but many do not realize that. Apologetics is about knowing Jesus personally, setting Him apart in our hearts and lives, being able to give a reason why we believe in Him to those who ask us, and share that in a way that points them to trust in Him for their salvation. Sadly apologetics is neglected in many churches, it is misunderstood, it is wrongly done, and yet this is something that all Christians in some way or another should be actively demonstrating to those around them.
WHAT about those who knock on your door? What about who you may see riding bikes or walking down the street with their nice ties and big smiles? The truth is that there is a high percentage of Christians that do not have a clue about how to witness to Jehovah’s Witnesses, Latter Days Saints or others in non-Christian cults, and this is not good. Even more disturbing is that there are those who claim to be Christians who shut the door in such and such face, and tell them that they are not interested in talking with them. We need to have our hearts broken for the lost, and realize we would be lost in our sins on our way to hell if someone did not share the gospel with us on how to be saved!
HELL is not God’s desire for the lost! The Bible teaches that sin is what separates us from God, but God has provided salvation through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ (Luke 24:44-47; Romans 3:23-26; 5:6-21). Years ago I remember listening and watching K. P. Yohannan preach in church that I was attending. K. P. went through a series of questions in the beginning of his sermon asking the audience what they believed. The first question was do you believe the Bible is the Word of God? All raised their hands in agreement. The second question was do you believe God exists and that He is the Creator of all things? Again all hands went up in agreement. The third question was do you believe Jesus died on the cross and rose again from the dead, and that He is the only way for salvation? Everyone’s hands went up in agreement. Here is where the rubber meets the road because what was to be asked next shocked everyone! K. P. asked, how many of you believe that if a person dies without trusting in Jesus as their Lord and Savior will be eternally judged and go to hell? All hands went up again. K. P. then asked, how many of you are witnessing and sharing the gospel with the lost? Sadly, hardly any hands went up that day.
CHURCH it is time to wake up and realize those that knock on your door and those you see on the streets riding their bikes are a mission field. If you are a pastor, leader or simply a Christian you need to ponder what it means to be lights in a dark world, to be witnesses for Jesus, to be a message of hope to those around you who are lost, and this includes those in non-Christian cults. We need leaders teaching and discipling believers in Christ Jesus on the Bible, the doctrine of God and the gospel, and how to share the good news with anyone that leads to eternal life and completeness in the Lord (Ephesians 4:11-16).