I hate to tell these individuals they should stop. Their proclamation of Jesus’ love is more witnessing than what 90 percent of Christians will ever do.
However, there is no shortage of people who want to tell me that I’m witnessing all wrong when I give people the law before the gospel; I should just tell people that Jesus loves them. Over the years, I’ve tried a few different approaches to try to explain to them that that’s not what the Bible teaches.
- There are zero examples of that being anyone’s gospel message in the Bible.
- There are examples of gospel presentations to the contrary.
- Even John 3:16 says that those who don’t believe in Jesus will perish.
- Biblically, does Jesus really love everyone? Does He have the same type of love for everyone?
I’ve recently thought of a new approach—one that is actually ancient, because it is in 1 Peter 5:5: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” That verse is repeated in James 4:6 and Proverbs 3:34.
So, I’ve asked those who question me: If God opposes a proud person, do you think I shouldn’t tell them that He opposes them, but that He loves them?
No one has really had a response to that yet. It’s so quick and easy that it even works on the street.