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A weekly letter of encouragement and challenge to business and professional men and women
Wednesday, September 14, 2005
Dear Colleagues,

ANSWERS TO THE USUAL EXCUSES ONE ENCOUNTERES WHEN WITNESSING FOR CHRIST

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I am trying very hard. I believe in myself.

"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God– not by works, so that no one can boast." (Eph. 2:8,9) (See Rom. 3:22-26; 4:5; Eph. 2:5; 1 John 5:10-12)

All religions lead to heaven. All religions are the same.

"Jesus answered, I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (Jn. 14:6) (See Act. 4:12; 1 Tim. 2:5; 1 Pet. 1:21)

I am not so bad.

"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." (Rom. 3:23) (See Rom. 3:9-19)

There is plenty of time. I will believe in Christ some day.

"You sweep men away in the sleep of death; they are like the new grass of the morning We are consumed by your anger and terrified by your indignation." (Psa. 90:5,7) (See Job 7:6,7; 9:25, 26; 14:1,2; 2 Cor. 6:2; Jms. 1:11; 4:14)

I am too bad to be saved.

"Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord. (Act. 3:19) (See Ex. 34:6,7; Psa. 65:3; 103:10-12; 130:3,4; Isa 1:18)

I have tried but failed

. "To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy" (Jude 24) (See 2 Tim 4:18; Gal. 2:20; Eph. 3:20; Phil. 4:13)

There are many things that I do not understand.

"The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law" (Deut. 29:29).

Since God is love, He surely will not punish us.

"Unless you repent, you too will all perish" (Lk. 13:3)

There are many hypocrites in the church.

"So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God." (Rom. 14:12) (See Isa. 58:1,2; Matt. 23; Gal. 2:12,13; 1 Pet. 2:1)

It will cost me too much.

"What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?" (Mk. 4:26,27) (See Matt. 4:8-10; Lk. 9:23,24; Phil. 3:7-10)

There is no God.

"For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse." (Rom. 1:20) (See Psa. 8:3,4 14:1; Rom. 1:18,18, 28)

Jesus is not God.

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was GodThe Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us…" (Jn. 1:1, 14a) (See John 1:18; Phil. 2:6; Tit. 2:13)

The Bible was written by men.

"All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness" (2 Tim 3:16) (See Act. 1:16; Heb. 4:12; 2 Pet.. 2:19-21)

1 Adapted from Basics of the Christian Life File One, Malaysia Discipleship Centre, p. 37,38

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