Evangelism Help Number 1
Romans 1:18-19 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them.
Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork.
Psalm 14:1a The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.”
God has given us a help in our prayers and actions toward the salvation of others. It’s the simple fact that in spite of the Fall, people have an innate sense of the reality of God. According to Psalm 19, man can look at nature, specifically the heavens above, and hear the message that God is Creator. If the heavens are declaring it, then everyone hears it.
Romans 1 shows us why not everyone claims to hear this message. It’s not that the message isn’t received; it’s that it is suppressed. “What may be known of God” has been clearly shown to all, “for God has shown it to them.” But people, because of their sin, “suppress the truth in unrighteousness.” So it’s in there; it’s just pushed down and blocked by the vain and double-minded thinking of sinful people.
When the scriptures say that the fool says in his heart that there is no God, we need to be reminded that we are not speaking of intellectual or behavioral foolishness. Foolishness in the Bible is a moral issue, a failing in the realm of ethics, faith and thought. When the “fool” says there is no God, it is not assertion, and certainly not observation, even a clouded one. It’s denial and self-deception. It’s a purposeful rejection of what God has made patently obvious.
There is no way to take this truth and make an evangelistic formula out of it. But it is good for us as we share His gospel that somewhere inside of every unregenerated person is an inborn understanding that there is a God. There may need to be a drawing out of this truth for some folks, and some spiritual warfare to break through the barriers for other folks.
Jesus said that no man could come to the Father but by Him, and this knowledge of what is deep inside an unsaved person only reminds us of that truth. Only God knows what it will take for that suppression of truth to be stopped, and only He can bring the life and power necessary to stop the suppression. But it will do us well to realize that we don’t really need to convince anyone of the reality of God. In spite of intellectual constructs, fears, judgments and general sinfulness, somewhere “in there” is an awareness of God. May this knowledge sink in deeply. May it relieve us of an unnatural pressure to bring about an awareness that is already there, and may it cause us to more quickly find the Lord’s individual approach for each person He is working to save.
Prayer: Father, I receive that there is a deep understanding somewhere inside of everyone that there is a God. Help me to share Your word to others with that in mind and in heart. Lead me to work with Your Holy Spirit as we together bring new people into the Kingdom.