Romans 10 escaping religion errors and finding the truth

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The little boy in the article was just in front of us here as I was walking the cross.
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Preaching from the pavilion in the park
Preaching from the pavilion in the park | Source

Romans 10:1-4, Brethren My heart's desire and prayer for Israel is, that they might be saved.

For I bear record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.

For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.

For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every oner that believeth.

Wow Paul is laying out something here for the Jews at Rome they have not heard before. He is telling them it is no longer the law of Moses and trying to seek righteousness through the law, but it is only through Christ Jesus. Righteousness comes through repentance and faith, believing only in Jesus as our Lord. Ephesians 2:8-9 tells us,"for by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Not of works, lest any man should boast."

The Jews had always worked for their salvation, they had always worked the law for their righteousness. Now Paul is directing them in a different way. The way of grace offered through Jesus.

These Jews though had not heard the spoken Word of Jesus Christ. They, in their ignorance, were going about trying to workout their righteousness. I believe here it is appropriate to to say their righteousness is the same as their salvation.

Churches today are still "working out" their salvation. Walk into any church into most churches in America today and ask what they believe in their salvation and the reply is quite unnerving.

Most will tell you that as a baby you are "guaranteed" going to heaven by your baptism. Then they preach works to you. They first will tell you, you must go through church rituals like catechism to become a member. They will teach you that by taking communion your current sins are forgiven. If that is not enough they go on to say (ignoring what they previously said about baptism), that we must pray daily to have our sins forgiven to "help" insure our possibility that when we die God will see more good works then bad and accept us to heaven.

I praise God I was delivered from such a church and accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior. See Paul went on to say," there is none righteous no not one, for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. The wages of sin is death. But God Commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners Christ died for us." Jesus said," For the Son of man is not come into the world to condemn the world but that the world through him might be saved."

But how do people find this salvation? How do they come to know Jesus Christ as the true Savior of the world? We find in Romans 10:17," So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God." We must preach the truth, we must reach a world lost in religion and show them the true Christ.

My friends being lost in religion is one of the biggest dangers we face. Many churches have a resemblance of Christianity but they "lack the power thereof." Jesus says to turn away from such churches, to,"come out from among them." But, how do we know? How do we find the truth in a church? I come to say if they teach works as a way of salvation then run from it. If they teach you salvation is attained by any other way then repentance, turning from sin, accepting Jesus Christ through faith, plus nothing else, then once again run away.

Romans 10 verses 14-15 tells us," How then shall they call upon him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him in whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?

And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things?

There you go, it is up to us a preachers and evangelists to preach the truth to those who have never heard. It is up to the saved child of God to witness to the lost, preaching Jesus. Paul exhorted in Acts 18 that those he was preaching to would know Jesus is the Christ. It is our duty as Christians to spread the true Word of God. I preached on this a couple months ago at South Dayton Baptist CHurch in Moraine, Ohio.

Most Christians are too "shy" as they say to witness to others out on the streets. Verse 11 of Romans chapter 10," For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed." Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth."

Do you believe? Are you ashamed of Christ? Most will say,"of course I am not ashamed of Christ he saved me by dying on the cross." Then why do you not say anything to others about Christ Jesus? Once again in questioning Christians they say they would not know what to say. They tell me that they do not have scriptures memorized or know where to find them. So I offer this bit of evangelistic advice. Do you remember when you got saved? You remember that moment? What did you do? What did you pray?

In this message I went on to explain a bit on witnessing. First of all understand this, witnessing is one on one preaching. In Acts 1:7,8 Jesus gave the commandment that we take the Gospel into all the world. That we reach everyone everyday around the world. But, you still say," I just don't know what to say." After posing tis I took a deep breath and spewed out the Romans Road. I said," You may not be able to quote the Romans Road by saying, there is none righteous no not one, for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God, the wages of sin is death, but God commended his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners Christ died for us, that whosoever calleth upon the name of the Lord shall be saved, For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life, for he son of man did not come into the world to condemn the world but that the world through him might be saved." Whew one breath I made it all the way through.

Then I back tracked to the previous questions over each ones day of salvation. How powerful the preaching of that day can be! I remembered how some had said where and when they were saved. Was it in a tent revival, was it in the living room as a child with mom and dad? Was it when you were at a youth camp? Ws it in a church service? Where and when were you saved? What is your testimony on that time?

There you go! You now have the words to say to a lost person in witnessing. Give them that testimony, share your faith with what God has done for you. I know most people are also afraid of rejection. Hey that is human nature, we all fear being rejected. Let me say this, Jesus was rejected and despised. He did not give you a duty as his follower to fear rejection but to glorify in preaching his name to the lost. You have one duty, one calling, to give out the Gospel. Those you are speaking to also have a responsibility that you can do nothing if they neglect it. They have the duty to accept or reject the words you are speaking to them.

In that, they are not rejecting you or accepting you. They are rejecting Christ or accepting Christ. You have finished what you need to do, now it is up to them to decide what they are to do with Jesus. You amy have planted a seed, felt rejection form the listener, and they walked away. You have planted. Paul said," I planted, Apollos watered, and God gave the increase." It is up to you to plant another may water that seed and the final increase is of God. It may be a few hours or days, it may be years.

I look back at one such day. I was asked to preach in a revival service in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania a couple of years ago. I as a ministry do a cross carrying ministry. We carried the cross through Bellefonte to a park and had open air preaxcching. As we walked a little boy maybe 5 or 6 years old asked his mommy why there was a man carrying a big cross. The mother hushed the boy and hurried on. That made an impression on that little boy, a seed ws planted. Years from now that boy grows up. Maybe he hits rock bottom and has no idea where he needs to go. Maybe he is confused about life and its worth. Maybe he is confused about spiritual things. Then he remembers the day that he saw a man in his little hometown carrying a cross. Then he begins to pray, asking God for answers, and asks Jesus Christ into his heart. Though the seed was planted many years earlier and I never saw the watering of another or the increase given by God, this little boy found Jesus from that day years earlier in his life.

Why, oh why, will we sit back and let people die and go to Hell because we are too afraid (ashamed) to share Jesus?



Comments 14 comments

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Jisblessed 3 years ago

A very good message here. It's encouraging me to witness more. I use to witness a great deal earlier in my walk, moved away from my little hometown and things changed. I do witness a little but not the as much I use to. Actually looking for new ways, concepts and ideas about how to and remembering how God used me in that before. Tell them my story, though I know some scripture to use as well. I guess the rejection thing may be my hold back, since I'm in a totally new environment and since I've been here, I've been set free of religion and walking in the Grace of God. Wow! that has been such a journey to a new found freedom like I've never known. I believe He sent me here to get free and I'm loving it. Learning and receiving the finished work of Christ and how to appropriate the Blood of Jesus. I will continue to seek God for the Grace to do it here and now. Thank you for the message.

God Bless you.


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Michael Adams1959 3 years ago from Wherever God leads us. Author

JisBlessed,

Thank you for the great comment, it has been a good while since I have written a hub. I do appreciate your liking it and glad it can be of help. God bless you richly as you go.


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lifegate 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

Hi Michael,

It's good to see you back on HP, and what a message! It should challenge all of us to do all we can while we can with what we can to reach others for Christ. Thanks for posting. I'll have to check out your video.


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Michael Adams1959 3 years ago from Wherever God leads us. Author

Thanks Lifegate,

This is sort of the message I will be doing the week after Easter Sunday. I will be doing the first half then and on the Sunday of my ordination I will be doing the second half. That part will be Romans 10: 14-17.


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lifegate 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

Michael,

When is your ordination?


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celafoe 3 years ago from Planet earth. between the oceans

This is good. but there are a couple things that i would suggest could be changed for accuracy.

Some think I am a jerk,because of my stand on scripture accuracy. But if we are going to teach and preach The Gospel , we need to follow scripture and use scripturally correct terminology.

1. you said this " First of all understand this, witnessing is one on one preaching. In Acts 1:7,8 Jesus gave the commandment that we take the Gospel into all the world."

this is not the scripture that tells us to go into all the world and preach/teach . In fact this one is the first one that Christians need to practice before they do that. This scripture says " you shall be witnesses unto me". Most Christians need to learn to live their witness before they try to teach it. I literally have had people try to talk to about Christ to me while reeking of alcohol or blowing smoke in my face. That is not a witness to Christ. I am not saying you cant drink but it is against scripture to be drunk and especially to try to share Christ in that condition.

A witness is not allowed to speak unless asked, but when asked a question tha person asking obligates themself to listen. There is a time and place for preaching and teaching, but i have found that for personal evangelism being a peculiar people , and being so different from the world for people to see , without trying to drag them into a "religious conversation" is such a breath of fresh air to most people that it does not take long for them to start asking questions. THEN if you will just answer their questions without being pushy, and go at their pace, you can reach those that have been turned off by pushy churchy people. Most people see very few examples of genuine love and it affects them deeply when they see we really care for THEM.

2, Hell is a mistranslation for eternal punishment, Fear the Lake of Fire where hell, satan and all unbelievers will be cast .

Keep up the good work


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Michael Adams1959 3 years ago from Wherever God leads us. Author

Lifegate ,

We are not sure yet, Pastor Steve is going on vacation the week after Easter and we will do it a few weeks after that.


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Michael Adams1959 3 years ago from Wherever God leads us. Author

Celafo,

First of all thank you for the comment.

After telling the disciples it was not for them yet to know the time the Father would restore the kingdom Jesus saidActs 1:8,"But ye shall receive power , after that the Holy Ghost come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and all Judea, and Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth."

Sounds to me like Jesus said we are to go into all the world being witnesses of him.

I know my witness I have learned that and I go out to people preaching and teaching the word of Christ.

I do agree that with alcohol or smoke smell drenching ones being that it is a bad witness. Of course a person could walk into any bar and there will be more in there that will try to expound the scriptures more than a pastor.

Yes that is wrong of those claiming to know Christ as Savior to witness in a way that will keep the lost from God.

I stand strong and firm that witnessing IS one on one preaching, that doesn't mean we find someone and give them a fire and brimstone sermon on the streets. It rather is expounding the word of God one on one.

A witness is NOT allowed to speak unless spoken to? Are you kidding me? Guess I should stand on the corner and wait for someone to come up to me and ask me to give them the Gospel? That is why America is going to hell in a hand basket. Hell is a real place, created by God for satan and his followers, it is not just a translation for eternal punishment. Jesus preached more on a literal place named hell then anyone else in the Bible.

My street preaching and witnessing is exactly as you say it should be showing the love of Christ and what it means to repent and accept Jesus Christ as their Savior. I may never see that planted seed come to fruition but I know by the grace of God I have done as Christ has commanded.

Perhaps I could have used Mark 16:15,"Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature." Or Matthew28:19-20,"Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and , lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world."

I never remember reading where Paul or Peter ever waited for someone to ask of them to speak, they spoke as they were moved by the Holy Ghost of God to speak. When men told Peter and John not to speak of the name of Jesus anymore Peter replied saying they would follow the ways of God than the ways of man. Acts 5:29," Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than man."


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lifegate 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

Michael,,

This is your hub, so if I overstep the bounds, please let me know and I'll apologize for doing so.

@celafoe

You mention that the Great Commission was only given to the disciples. I'm assuming you don't consider yourself a disciple. The disciples were clearly told, as Michael mentioned, in Matthew 28:20,

"Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you:" You have not been taught all things because that would include sharing our faith. Call it witnessing, one on one preaching or anything else you like, but it's not a call. It's is a command. We must deal with Scriptural accuracy here .


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celafoe 3 years ago from Planet earth. between the oceans

forgive me , you are correct I used the wrong word, not disciples, it was given to the apostles

thanks for the correction


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Michael Adams1959 3 years ago from Wherever God leads us. Author

Disciple by definition is- follower or pupil Such as they were while Jesus was with them whether that be in the commissions of Matthew and Mark or in the first chapter of Acts. APOSTLES by definition -- leaders or teachers, such as the disciples became AFTER Jesus had ascended. We all are as the disciples we are always students or pupils of God's Word, We do have apostles they are our church leaders the pastors. Jesus did not just commission the disciples, he told us several times throughout the Gospels that we are all to bear our cross and follow him.


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Michael Adams1959 3 years ago from Wherever God leads us. Author

Lifegate,

The KING JAMES BIBLE is the God given word for English speaking people, we know and agree on that. When people start using other versions they get these type ideas that have been posted. One small seemingly word changed unfortunately changes the whole meaning of the entire Word of God. I can't help but think that is where our friend is coming from


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kashmir56 3 years ago from Massachusetts

A very awesome message to read on Good Friday . Well done !

Vote up and more !!!


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Michael Adams1959 3 years ago from Wherever God leads us. Author

Kashmir56,

Thanks I appreciate it, it has been awhile since I have posted a new hub glad to hear from you as always

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