I don’t know about other countries, but in the U.S. it is a common thing for people to approach our door looking to spread their religion. Usually these people are either Mormon or Jehovah Witness representatives.
Now Jesus instructed His disciples and all believers today and since to…Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned, (Mark 16:15-16). That edict has not changed and will not change as we stand at the brink of the End Times spoken of in the book of Revelation.
The key here is that we are to preach the gospel. This gospel, or good news, is the whole truth about who Jesus Christ is, where He came from, and what He accomplished in His earthly ministry. Belief systems like the two mentioned above deviate from this gospel of the Scriptures in several important ways.
First, they have all taken the Holy Scriptures and twisted them for their own use. They typically take words or sentences of Scripture out of context and either obliterate or exaggerate the true meaning to “force” the Word of God to say what they want, to meet their ends.
Second, they always deny the deity of Christ, which is so clearly taught in many Scriptures. With this they also deny the Trinity and the personhood and deity of the Holy Spirit.
Third, because of their reckless denial of the truth about Christ and Scripture, they have no clear understanding of Salvation. They have no clue how to be saved! For instance, a Jehovah Witness will say that no one can know who will be saved until the very end of time. This is false. There is “some” truth in what they say about some things, but this is what can confuse genuine believers. They will seek some commonality so they can draw the unwary in. They will tell you they believe in the same Christ as you do, but, trust me, they do not. Their Jesus either is not deity or He did not truly become human. Don’t be fooled!
At the very end of Scripture the Lord gives a fearsome warning to any who would malign or change His Holy Word: For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book [Scripture]: if anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book, (Revelation 22:18-19).
And John, writing his second epistle, says this, For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist…Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him; for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds, (2 John 1:7, 9-11).
So, you may ask, if one or more of these people comes to my door, what should I do. Well, first, always do as the Lord leads. We know He instructs us to neither greet them nor let them into your home. I take “greet” here to mean to greet as a brother in faith or as a trusted friend.
O.K., but can I preach the gospel to them? Can we meet lies with truth? Well, what does Jesus command—preach the gospel to every creature. I take that to mean every man, woman and child, including even lt members.
If you are a young Christian or a new believer you may not feel equipped to confront people who are so entrenched in untruth. Some of these people are very smart and dedicated to their false faith. But do not let them scare you. You have the truth, they do not. They are on extremely shaky ground; they just don’t know it. Many of them are quite comfortable in their ignorance and mishandling of God’s holy Word. They may believe they are doing a good thing. After all, it takes no small amount of courage to go door to door and entreat strangers to believe as they do. But false religion saves no one!
The fact is that they are in great error and are looking to spread that error. One of the biggest problems for the first century church was the rampant spread of false doctrine. Many portions of Paul’s epistles and others are written to correct various false teachings which had crept in to a given church when he had left to continue his ministry elsewhere. He warned the Ephesian church of things to come regarding false teaching:
Keep watch over yourselves and the entire flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which He purchased with His own blood. know that after my departure, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. Even from your own number, men will rise up and distort the truth to draw away disciples after them.…, (Acts 20:29).
Jude gives the following warning: …concerning our common salvation I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ, (Jude vs. 3-4).
Realize that even people who have been steeped in the false doctrines of a cult for years may yet be open to the truth. Perhaps God has been dealing with their heart for some time. We just don’t know. Prepare with prayer for the souls of these lost people. Be open to the possibility that the Lord wants you to speak truth to such a person. God promises this: So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it, (Isaiah 55:11).
That is a promise to take to the bank! No matter how fumbling or stumbling we thing we may be at handling His precious Word, if our hearts are right and lovingly concerned for the lost, He will use our efforts and magnify His name!
By God’s perfect grace, next time we will visit Scriptures appropriate to use against false teaching. My hope is that we will then be able to equip ourselves with the ammunition to confidently meet lies head-on, but in love, with God’s magnificent truth!
After that we will begin looking at Romans 13.
To God our Savior, Who alone is wise, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever. Amen. (Jude 25)…mike.