I grew up in the neighborhood of about 30 different churches. As a pastor's kid, it was normal and fun for me and my siblings to run around the area and pinpoint which church was right and which was not. We usually made a statement like this... "this church is not God's church because the people here don't believe in literal heaven and hell." or "this church doesn't believe that Jesus Christ is God." or "this church is not quite right because even though they believe in Jesus Christ, they also believe in other ways to get to heaven." Thanks to my parents who didn't fail to plant the seed of passion to evangelize the lost and to train us to discern which are goats and which are sheep.
Don't get me wrong, we don't go around judging people to hell as a lifestyle. God forbid. But we simply and sincerely desire to know who has the Gospel and who has a different gospel as referred to by the Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 11:1-4. Since I got here in America, I've been constantly bombarded by the test as to who we evangelize. In a nation where the majority of the population claimed to be Christians, the challenge is to identify who they are that are indeed followers of Jesus and who are not. And the only reason to do this is for us know who needs the Gospel so we could start our job.
Along with the challenge to spot the lost is a need to show them how lost they are. Now this is simply tricky. Boy, you should see how offended they are once they sense that you are trying to evangelize them. It is not enough to tell these professing Christians how Jesus loves them and that there is coming a day when we all stand before the White Throne of the Great Judge. They know these things. There is a need to present the Gospel in such a way that they realize that they are not quite there. We need to show them the defining line that separates the saved and the yet to be saved. It is not as easy as it seems. Arguments are sometimes unavoidable. But we need to be ready in season and out of season, and so “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15) is very necessary.
Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron talk a lot about False and True Conversion. Check this out...
To answer the question, who do we need to evangelize? I would say, those who have no knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ and those who believe Him but do not believe IN Him!
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