Frequently Asked Questions by Christians
Here are answers by Ray Comfort
1. I have just read The Way of the Master and I am scared that I'm not saved.
It is healthy to examine yourself and see if you are in the faith. Once you have repented of all sin (see Psalm 51, 1 John 1:9), don't doubt God's promises. Doubt produces fear. It is also a great insult to God--if I don't trust you, it means I think you are a liar.
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2. Why not tell a sinner of God's love rather than of His Judgment?
Here's a question: How do we know of God's love for the sinner? Only through the Cross. If you study the NT you will see that God's love is almost always in direct co-relation to the Cross. Herein is love, For God so loved, God commended His love, etc. Prosperity, blessings, etc., are not a sign of His love. If that is so, He loves the rich far more than He loves the poor. So, the Cross is what we should point to express God's love to a sinner. How can we point to the Cross without making reference to sin? How can we refer to sin, without the Law? The correct/biblical way to express God's love to a sinner, is to show him how much he has sinned, how wretched he is . . . (the Law/wrath/judgment) . . . then give the grace of God. That will reveal the depth of His love.
Second. When a criminal stands guilty--on trial--it would be a mistake to speak to him of how the judge loves him and how kindly his attitude is. Better for a criminal to see the frown of the judge, so that he will see the seriousness of his crime and find a place of sorrow. It is then that the mercy of the judge should be revealed, no sooner. I hope this makes sense.
3. I am struggling with feelings of being unsaved
There is a wonderful little verse in First John. It says "Hereby we know that we know Him . . . if we keep His commandments." I don't "feel" God's presence. If I lived by feelings, I would conclude that God wasn't with me. This, then is how I know that I know Him--because there is something in me that wants to keep His Commandments. I have a new heart with new desires. Before I was saved, I couldn't care less about the things of God.
Do you believe that whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved? Do you believe that if you confess your sins, He is faithful and just to forgive you and cleanse you from ALL unrighteousness? Do you believe that you are a saint (by the grace of God)?
If you don't believe His promises, then you are calling God a liar . . . and there is no greater insult to God than not to believe His promises. See First John.
4. I have a lust problem
The Bible says to "guard your heart with all diligence . . . " That means the area of your thought life. If we have a problem with lust, we should be quick to remember that we share that thought with God. That's scary. He is perfect, pure, holy . . . and just. If He considers lust to be adultery of the heart, we are in BIG trouble. That knowledge should send us back to the Cross, where we should confess and forsake our sins.
We all have similar battles with unclean thoughts. Be careful what you look at, and what you think about. If you begin to lose the battle in your mind, go somewhere and pray. Confess your sins the moment you become aware of them, and don't let the enemy get a double victory by not sharing your faith or by allowing sin to keep you out of fellowship. Make sure you read the Word every day without fail. That old saying is true: "This Book will keep me from sin (and Hell), and sin will keep me from this Book." Also, be very careful of idolatry. It is easy to change our concept of God so that He conforms to our sins (a god who doesn't mind lust).
5. What is the place of good works?
Remember that Jesus said that there was no one born of women greater than John the Baptist . . . "But he that is least in the Kingdom of Heaven is greater than he." In Christ, your works are pleasing to God. They can't and don't justify you, but you can now make God smile when you do good works, evangelise, love your husband/wife, etc . . . because you are in Christ. The motive for what you do as a Christian isn't tainted by guilt. Love and gratitude motivate your life of godliness. It's like a criminal trying to do something good for the judge before sentence is given. That's an attempt to pervert justice. But if the judge pays the criminal's fine himself out of his own hard-earned money and the criminal is released on the basis of his fine being paid, he is free to show the judge how much he appreciates kindness. One is an attempt to pervert justice, the other is gratitude in action. One makes the judge frown with displeasure, the other makes him smile.
6. What do you think of Christian rock music?
The Christian rock thing is difficult. Some of it is loud secular music with "Jesus" mumbled in the middle of it, and to me that is just another sign of how much the world has crept into the Church. But the rest of it is difficult for me to make any judgment on, because music is so subjective.
7. How can I witness to the unsaved when I am depressed?
I would witness anyway. Think of it this way. I have a cure to cancer. How can I give the cure to dying people, when I am feeling down myself? The answer is -- my feelings are secondary. If you have that attitude, I am sure your joy (the "joy of the Lord") will flood back. That joy will then be your strength and sustain you in your trials.
8. Do you sin as a Christian?
I have sinned since I became a Christian -- but it is against my will. I may take the large piece of chocolate cake, or let a lustful thought enter my mind. However, if I sin willfully, then I am a hypocrite and not a Christian at all. The first Epistle of John makes that very clear. When I am aware that I have done something wrong, I ask for God's forgiveness.
9. What about those who haven't heard the gospel?
Those who have never heard the gospel will be given justice. If they have lied, murdered, committed adultery, etc., God will punish them -- not because of their ignorance, but because they have sinned despite the light God gave them via their conscience. If you really care about them, take the Gospel to them and tell them how they may be forgiven and be saved from Hell
10. I have my own thoughts on what God is like.
This is transgression of the First and Second of the Ten Commandments: "I am the Lord your God, you shall have no other gods before Me . . . You shall not make to yourself a graven image of any likeness."
Man has always made gods to suit himself. My opinion doesn't matter when it comes to God's character. What matters is the truth--and He has revealed what He is like through the Bible.
11. I have difficulty believing in the Holy Trinity
There are many Old Testament and New Testament references to the fact that God is three-in-one--Genesis 1: In the beginning GOD . . . and the SPIRIT moved . . . and God SAID (the Word), etc. The Scriptures tell us that when Ananias lied to the Holy Spirit, he lied to God, 1 John 5:7, etc.
12. I am afraid of witnessing because I have a fear of not being able to answer questions
If you learn to use the Law in evangelism, you will find that there won't be too many questions because you will be dealing with the conscience, rather than the intellect. By that I mean, if you get a man to admit that he is a liar, a thief, a blasphemer and an adulterer at heart, "hypocrites in the church," Darwin's theory-tale, etc., become non-issues. Study how Jesus dealt with questions in Luke 13. He didn't spend much time at all on them, but took the sinner back to the fact that he has to face God on Judgment Day.
To learn how to use the Law in Evangelism, go to our free audio page, where you can listen online to several of the messages out of the Classic Comfort (MP3 on CD).
We have created The Evidence Bible specifically to answer this fear. The Evidence Bible has answers to over 100 of the most common questions and objections about Christianity. You can see these answers in our free online resource called "Answers from the Evidence Bible." To bolster your courage, you may also want to consider reading God Doesn't Believe in Atheists.
13. Do you believe in "Once saved always saved?"
When people call and ask where I stand on the charismatic issue, prophecy, predestination, etc., I tell them that I don't have an opinion because I don't want to divide the Body of Christ. However, let me share where I stand on one issue that I think Christians may be able to come closer together on--the issue of "Once saved always saved."
Someone asked my opinion on a book on the subject, written by a very respected man of God. After reading the book, one thing I noticed, was there was a very evident silence on the subject of true and false conversion. This was despite the fact that it is incredibly relevant to the topic dealt with in the book. The New Testament deals with this in great depth. It tells of Judas' profession of faith (he was in truth a thief, and was referred to by Jesus as a "devil"), to the parables of Jesus about the true and false "believers" sitting alongside one another. It speaks of Demas, who forsook Paul because he "loved this present world." As such, he revealed himself to be an enemy of God--"Whoever is a friend of the world is an enemy of God.".
In one case, the author referred to a pastor/friend who was found to be "romantically" involved with another woman. The pastor had made his mind up to divorce his wife and marry the woman. I presume he means that he had been committing adultery. Instead of challenging the man as to the validity of his faith, and therefore warning him that "adulterers will not inherit the kingdom of God," he spoke of the man's "loss of rewards."
I do believe in eternal security for a true convert. He puts his hand to the plow and doesn't look back, because he is "fit" for the kingdom (Luke 9:62).
Those who are fit for the Kingdom are not hypocrites as was Judas. The true convert is eternally secure in his faith, because his faith in Jesus is genuine rather than false.
However, if a man steals, lies, kills, rapes, hates, lusts, covets, commits adultery, etc., and calls himself a Christian, he would be very wise to examine himself and see if he is "in the faith." The Bible makes it very clear that hypocrites will not inherit the Kingdom of Heaven.
If a man has no understanding of true and false conversion (in his ignorance), he may make a calculated decision to forsake a few future eternal rewards and trade them for the immediate and temporary pleasures of sin. His confidence is in an interpretation of scripture that may have eternally tragic repercussions.
I think that teaching on true and false conversion would clear the air when it comes to the contentions between two opinions that so often divide the Church. It would bring closer together those who say you can lose your salvation at the drop of a sinful hat, and others who think that Christians can get away with murder and still be assured that they are saved, because they once professed faith in the Savior.
For more information, freely listen online to "True and False Conversion".
14. I was just wondering what the best way to witness to someone is who doesn't believe that the Bible is the Word of God
It really doesn't matter if someone says that he doesn't believe that the Bible is the Word of God (or that they don't believe in Hell or Judgment Day). If I have rightly used the Law (the Ten Commandments -- to bring "the knowledge of sin"), I merely say, "It doesn't matter that you don't believe the Bible. You still have to face God on Judgment Day, and you've admitted that you are a liar, a thief and that you have committed adultery in your heart." His conscience will afirm the truth of the Commandments, and the Holy Spirit is faithful to bring conviction.
I then, gently (in love), explain to him that if he walked on a freeway, saying that he didn't believe in trucks, his unbelief wouldn't change reality.