Sin of Silence Video

According to William Fay and  The Sin of Silence is a sin of omission that most Christians are not aware of,

The Sin of Silence Debate has flourished about which of the wounds inflicted on Jesus actually caused his death. Among the many wounds he received were lacerations, punctures, abrasions, and contusions. In a sense we can say that none of these killed Jesus. The wound that killed him was silence. No one spoke up for him. When Jesus was arrested by the Roman soldiers, his loyal disciple, Peter, did not run away but followed at a safe, silent distance as Jesus was marched to the high priest’s house. The soldiers took Jesus inside, and Peter joined a group of people warming themselves by a fire. Several people in the crowd recognized Peter as one of Jesus’ followers. They questioned him. “Weren’t you with Jesus?” But Peter denied it. “Sorry, I don’t know him.” Before morning, before the first crow of the rooster, Peter had denied Christ three times. As we read this account, we shake our heads saying, “I’m glad I never did that.” And though most of us have never said, “I don’t know him,” we’ve still found a way to deny him. We deny Jesus by never opening our mouths. We deny him with our silence. We should be excited about sharing our faith. We are living in a time when biblical prophesies are being fulfilled right and left. Yet most of us remain silent. In the meantime, one hundred thousand churches will close their doors this decade. Why? Because those church members chose the sin of silence. Watch out for the signs of a dying Christian life. Ask yourself, Am I sharing my faith? Do I have only Christian friends? Do I hang around the dead, the diseased, and the lost? If you and the members of your church have forsaken your duty to reach back into the world, I can promise you your church will start to divide, to backbite, and to fight over nonessential Christian issues like hymnal selection and carpet colors. You will become keepers of a Christian aquarium instead of fishers of men. Your church will be on the way to spiritual death. In fact, I can prophesy to any church or to any believer without fear of being in error that if you choose not to evangelize, individually or collectively, your church will fossilize. Perhaps we have forgotten what happens to those who have not been born again. Before I made my commitment to follow Christ, I lived what I now call the “lie of the middle.” Somehow I believed I wasn’t that bad, that I was in the “middle” and therefore deserved to go to heaven. That was a lie. The Bible states that either God is your father or Satan is your father. Either you are in a relationship with Christ, or you’re not; either you are born again, or you’re not. You are either God’s child, or you are God’s enemy; you are either storing up wrath, or you are storing up mercy; you are either heaven-bound, or you are hell-bound. No one is in the middle. No one is “almost there.” Those who have chosen to reject Christ are condemned. It is wrong to believe a loving God will not send unbelievers to hell. Think of the cross, where Christ laid himself down and bore our sins. This act demonstrates the unbelievable love of God. But what about the justice of God? When Christ, the spotless Lamb of God, became the bearer of the sins of the world on the cross, he cried out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matt. 27:46). He said, “I am counted among those who go down to the pit…. I am set apart with the dead, … whom you remember no more” (Ps. 88:4–5). Scripture makes it clear that God turned his back on Jesus Christ. He heaped all of his waves of wrath on his own spotless Son. Why? Because a holy God cannot look at sin, whether it is committed by you or placed on his only Son. We must quit believing the lie that you or anyone you know who is not born again is not damned. We must refuse to believe God will allow our unbelieving friends to bypass hell and join us in heaven. There are only two kinds of people reading this book: Those who talk about the lost. Those who talk to the lost. My concern is not who you are now. My concern is who you will become after reading this simple approach to evangelism. Perhaps you have been a member of the first group. My hope is that by the time you have finished this book, you will have joined the second group. But, still, some of those in the second group are only willing to throw hints, instead of life preservers, to those drowning in the sea. Many Christians tell people they love the Lord. They offer hugs and tell people they’ll pray for them, yet they only share hints of gospel truth. Sometimes they put those silver fish and “Honk If You Love Jesus” bumper stickers on the back of their cars. And if they are made of braver stuff, they go to football games and hold up posters with the words “John 3:16” painted in large red letters. [1]

I do not want to continue to commit the sin of silence do you?  I am such an introvert that I don’t want to talk to people whom I do not know.  I would rather walk the blank than do that.  However, after reading this book, The Lord convicted me of my sin of omission.  The Great Commission is a lifestyle that we are all called to: Read this devotional: https://urnottheonlyone.com/2015/03/08/jesus-is-calling-are-you-listening/

GREAT COMMAND AND COMMISSION

Will you join The Lord my friends and make disciples of all nations, starting with the people whom you know, the people who are in your concentric circles (You can purchase the book here).

Concentric Circles of Concern

Concentric Circles

1: Self Circle

2:Family Circle

3: Relatives Circle

4: Friends Circle

5: Neighbors and Associates Circle

6: Acquaintances Circle

7: Person X

“Now,” I said, “I believe that God holds you responsible for everyone he brings into your sphere of influence. Many of us come to study evangelism to go from Circle 1 out to Circle 7 to salve our consciences because there are ruptured relationships in Circles 2 through 6 that we prefer to skip over. “When we have ruptured relationships horizontally with people, we also have a ruptured relationship vertically with God. It is not that we do not know the Lord. It is just that he is not really Lord of our lives. We are not willing to let him be Lord of everything and accept, love, and forgive people on his conditions. “With Person X, our lifestyles do not have to be consistent. We can talk to Person X and then be on our way. There is nothing wrong with telling Person X about Jesus. We are supposed to do that. God will bring many strangers into our lives. However, if we cannot tell people in Circles 2 through 6 about the Lord, we are hypocritical. We are play acting. We are unreal people. If our relationship with the Lord is genuine, we will want to share the good news of Christ with those closest to us.” [2]

NOTE

[1] William Fay and Linda E. Shepherd, Share Jesus without Fear(Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1999), 6-8.

[2] W. Oscar Thompson, Carilyn Thompson. Ritzmann, and Claude V. King, Concentric Circles of Concern: Seven Stages for Making Disciples (Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman, 1999), location 325-343, Kindle.

 

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Bueller
    Mar 18, 2015 @ 10:13:46

    being an introvert is a powerful thing. It takes away all speech when it come to talking about God to others…especially those you don’t know. However once born again it makes it easier to talk about salvation and how God has changed you….at least to a certain degree. Not everyone understand how born again really works as there are so many “born again” out there that do not act as if they really are born again. However I have found my tongue and I have been speaking not only here but also on FB and even better to those I meet. Still not a natural thing for me to do unless someone says something so dumb there is nothing else you can do but comment on their idiocy!! Of course calling them names does not help your cause so I never tell them what I think of their discourse. Just show them how wrong they are.

    Reply

    • Joyce
      Mar 18, 2015 @ 13:04:52

      You are so right Bueller. I am talking to total strangers now whom I would not speak to in this lifetime or the next. The mission is more important than my ego. God has blessed me with understanding and the ability to communicate his word I must share it.

      Reply

    • Joyce/EM
      Dec 14, 2016 @ 07:12:31

      God’s spirit gives us what it takes to get the job done.

      Reply

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