Tuesday, June 22, 2010

God has a wonderf.....EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!

So I'm cruising the internet today waiting for my beautiful bride to bring home my copy of the new Transformers game when I stumble across a link that says "Who is Jesus?" Knowing who He is I clicked just to see. Lo and behold the first thing that it says was that God has a wonderful plan for your life. Ever since taking the Online School of Biblical Evangelism and the Ambassador's Academy these words are like nails going down a chalkboard to me. Jesus never said this to anyone, anywhere in the Bible. In fact He says just the opposite in John 16. "In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."What He did do while witnessing was to use the 10 commandments. Examples would be the woman at the well and the rich young ruler. He never promised any wonderful plan. He simply showed them their need for salvation by showing them that they'd fallen short of God's Laws. I think Ray Comfort's analogy for this is great so let's bring it more current for you with a horrific event most of us were around to see. If you were to get to go back in time to Sept, 10 2001 and share the Gospel with those who worked in the World Trade Center, would the "God has a wonderful plan" message be approppriate? That question leads to this one. If it's not the right Gospel message in all situations, can it be the biblical message? That is why biblical evangelism is so important. It appeals to the sinner's conscience, which everyone has. Now back to the woman at the well. She was enjoying the pleasures of sin for a season. Telling her God has a wonderful plan for your life may reenforce her current lifestyle. She might have even said something like, "ya He sure does!! Hehe wink wink." It may cause her to think "what could be better than what I'm doing now?" One of the functions of the Law is to stop the sinners mouth. No justifications. No excuses. Using the Law when witnessing is biblical guys. It works on the homeless, millionaires, and everyone in between because of their God given conscience. Please, don't just listen to what I'm saying here. Be like the Bereans who tested everything they heard against scripture. Also, listen to Hell's Best Kept Secret and read God has a Wonderful Plan. I'll leave you with a few compelling verses that show the importance of using the Law when witnessing.

Galatians 3:24 (New International Version)
24So the law was put in charge to lead us to Christ that we might be justified by faith.

Romans 7:7 (New International Version)
7What shall we say, then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! Indeed I would not have known what sin was except through the law. For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, "Do not covet."

Psalm 19:7 (King James Version)
7The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul:

Romans 3:19-20 (New International Version)
19Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. 20Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin.


  1. Know the feeling, I don't even look at crowds or people the same, I just want to talk to everyone.

  2. I know what you mean about the nail on the chalkboard analogy with the "God has a wonderful plan for your life" message. It never used to phase me until listening and reading much of the WOTM material. What an eye opener!

  3. Great article. But really, Jesus has a super wonderful plan for us.... not in this lifetime though :)surely in the next.

    I know exactly what you're getting at and totally agree. And like you said re the rich young ruler, Jesus directed him to the law, specifically the first commandment which says "Thou shalt have no other gods before me", thus commanding the young man to "sell all his possessions" because he made his possessions to be an idol.

    Soli Deo Gloria
    rsboost(peter martin)