A Christian friend of mine once told me that we, as Christians, should NOT go around telling everyone “Jesus loves you” in our evangelism because then they will think “If God loves me so much, how (or why) would He send me to Hell?” Then they won’t come to faith in Christ, because they think they don’t need to be Saved from anything.
How would you respond to this?
- God created man (Gen 1).
- Adam sinned and sin entered God’s creation (Rom 5.12).
- All men are sinful as a result (Rom 3.23). Sin is any act, thought, motive or choice that is not perfectly Godly.
- We can know what sin is because God’s Word, Law, Commandments, Statutes and Principles tell us what is holy (Psalms 19).
- We can know what is sinful, because the Holy Spirit of God convicts all men of sin (John 16.8).
- There are none righteous, none worthy of salvation by their own merit (Rom 3.10).
- The just penalty for sin is eternal death (Rom 6.23), which God warned us about before we sinned (Gen 3.3)
- God knew that He alone could pay the penalty for us (Acts 4.12) and His only Son was punished in our place (John 3.16).
- God’s perfect justice has been satisfied through the innocent, voluntary, substitionary death of His own perfect Son (John 19.30).
- With our penalty paid by Jesus Christ, God now offers the free gift of pardon, salvation and eternal life (Rev 22.17).
- But the gift is offered on His terms: we must repent of our sin, and turn in obedient faith to God, trusting and believing in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ (Matt 3.2; Luke 13.3; Acts 3.19; Acts 2.38; John 20.31; Acts 16.31; Rom 1.16; Eph 1.13; 1John 3.24; just a small sample of relevant verses)
- Anyone who accepts God’s offer of salvation on His terms will spend eternity with God in Heaven (John 3.16; 1Tim 6.12; Rom 6.22; Gal 6.8)
- Anyone who rejects God’s offer of salvation on His terms will spend an eternity in hell (2Thess 1.8-9; Matt 25.46)