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Thursday, January 11, 2007

Almost Persuaded

If the responsibility to teach the Gospel, which is the power of God unto salvation, has been charged to us the Church, then what would make it impossible to persuade a man to decide to believe in Christ Jesus?

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Blogger Kc said...

Required reading at Adam’s site:

http://www.protestantpub.com/forum/topic.php?id=33&replies=10

http://www.protestantpub.com/forum/topic.php?id=260&replies=7

http://www.protestantpub.com/forum/topic.php?id=261&replies=8

1/11/2007 03:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At the metaphysical level, Paul suggests that persuasive words and eloquence are not enough, and Jesus said that no one can be brought to a point of decision apart from the Holy Spirit.

More down to earth, I think a disingenuous witness can be a great hindrance (but I can't say that it makes the task impossible). Also, some people see that belief will cost them a price that they're not willing to pay. Even Jesus didn't win them all.

1/11/2007 06:48:00 AM  
Blogger Kris said...

"If the responsibility to teach the Gospel, which is the power of God unto salvation, has been charged to us the Church, then ""what would make it impossible to persuade a man to decide to believe in Christ Jesus?""


A mans blindness because of his unbelief. 2 Cor. 4:3,4

1/11/2007 10:50:00 AM  
Blogger Blaurock said...

We persuade by solemnly testifying of Christ (Acts 28:23)with the result that some are persuaded (verse 24) and others disbelieve.

It would be impossible without the convicting and convincing of the Holy Spirit. The illumination of the Holy Spirit through the preaching of the Word is necessary, without this pre-salvific work it is impossible to come to Christ. And yet, the responsibility of the man to make a choice of receiving this unto conversion remains intact.

The most common reason we fail to persuade is simply that we fail to talk, send or go. The great omission.

1/11/2007 10:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blaurock nailed it pretty good if you ask me.

1/11/2007 03:21:00 PM  
Blogger Kc said...

Everyone thanks for helping me to reframe my approach to this topic with your comments. ;-)

Jazzy, Joe's pretty good with a hammer, huh? ;-)

Actually, all you guys are!

1/12/2007 03:12:00 AM  

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