"But evangelism itself is the proclamation of the historical, biblical Christ as Saviour and Lord, with a view to persuading people to come to him personally and so be reconciled to God. In issuing the gospel invitation we have no liberty to conceal the cost of discipleship . Jesus still calls all who would follow him to deny themselves, take up their cross, and identify themselves with his new community. The results of evangelism include obedience to Christ, incorporation into his church, and service in the world."
-The Lausanne Covenant of 1974, Article 4
Last October, I was able to finally ask a question that has been bothering my mind for long:
B:"how can we evangelize and tell them that salvation is a free gift and yet
Lordship costs everything?"
MB: "You want to be saved from sin, but if you don’t give up your sin, what are
you being saved from?"
Imagine that you were hostaged. If Christ pays your ransom, you’re free. Yet if HOLD ON to the hostage-taker, nothing will happen.
Well, what’s the point of all these? Last week, I was finally able to apply what Dr. MB said. To cut a long story short, I had the opportunity to counsel and share the gospel to a friend, making sure that I hid nothing of its implications. The person did not yet want to receive Christ, since she is ‘counting the cost’, and trying to answer the question, ‘what’s keeping you?’
It’s hard to be biblical. It’s joyful yet sad at the same time. You want them to accept, but they also need to know what it is they’re getting into. The only afterthought we have is that Christ loves them still, and that ‘our part is done’ (thaks, kuya E!).
For those who have a personal relationship with Christ, how are we sharing the good news? are we concealing anything?
For those who haven’t decided yet if they want to follow Christ, what’s keeping you? Why?