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EVANGELISM & APOLOGETICS (PART 2): FALSE PROPHETS & FALSE GOSPELS OF THOMAS & BARNABUS

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Published on May 8, 2012

Have you ever asked yourself, "Why should I witness for Jesus Christ to others?"

First, because Jesus commands you to: "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit," (Matt. 28:19). Also, Ezek. 3:11 says, "and go to the exiles, to the sons of your people, and speak to them and tell them, whether they listen or not..."

Second, you must witness because you love the unsaved (if you don't, you should). The most loving thing you can do is present the gospel in hopes of bringing others to salvation. Galatians 5:22 lists love as one of the fruits of the Spirit. It is love's nature to give. Take for example John 3:16, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son..." Love gives, and if you have only a small portion of His love, you will want to give to others.

Third, witness because it is a wise thing to do. Prov. 11:30 says, "...he who is wise wins souls." Now, I know I am not a very wise person. But, since God says I'll be wise to win souls, or try to, then great, let me at it. I want to be wise in God's sight.

Fourth, witness to keep people out of hell. Hell is a terrifying place of utter anguish and eternal separation from God. Those who are not saved go there. Witnessing is an attempt to keep them out of hell.

Fifth, witness because it pleases God and brings glory to His name.

Sixth, witness so people may find the love and fellowship of God (1John 1:3), the greatest of all treasures. I can think of no greater gift than salvation. It frees the sinner from sin, it delivers the lost from damnation, and it reveals the true and living God to those who don't know Him.

The angels of heaven rejoice greatly when anyone passes from judgment into salvation (Luke 15:10). Shouldn't we as Christians rejoice too? Shouldn't we weep over the lost? Shouldn't we ask the Lord of the field to send laborers into His harvest (Luke 10:2)? Certainly! The salvation of others is the goal of your efforts. The love of God is your motive. Is there anything greater? So, give.

Larry Wessels, director of Christian Answers of Austin, Texas/ Christian Debater (YouTube channel: CANSWERSTV; see our playlist "Our Radio Shows with National Christian Authors & Speakers" at http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=... websites: http://www.BIBLEQUERY.ORG, http://www.HISTORYCART.COM & http://www.MUSLIMHOPE.COM) is interviewed by radio host Rich Shoemake concerning Larry's life in ministry.

The word "apologetics" comes from the greek word found in Jude 3, "...that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints." The word "contend" here translates from the greek into our modern day word usage of "apologetics." In other words, "apologetics" is not apologizing for something but rather it means to defend something, protect, wrestle, etc.; in this case to defend or fight for the truth of the Gospel message of Jesus Christ against false prophets as Jude 4 brings up immediately. A clear case of this takes place as the false and gnostic writing "The Gospel of Thomas" is brought up by a caller which is used by critics of the Bible to attack the Bible, just as "The Gospel of Barnabas" is used by Muslims to attack the Bible. Ignorance is the best weapon of false prophets who depend on their listeners to have plenty of it. Larry also stresses that natural, unregenerate men (without the Holy Spirit) do not really what the real truth of what the Bible speaks of but rather a false sense of security gospel which will not encroach on their wicked lifestyles. A Mormon calls in and Larry mentions how Brigham Young, a Mormon prophet, claimed that Adam was the god of this world and because Mormonism is false even Mormons no longer believe their own prophet's teachings in this case. Larry stresses to the radio listeners the big factor that deception plays in the world of the cults and false religions.

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