QUESTION #3: Is it harder to witness because people seem to be so offended by the gospel in this culture, or do you think it’s easier because a true witness shines brighter because of the darkness surrounding us?


Dave Kistler:

“…I think the answer to the questions you’ve asked are yes, I think it’s both. I think we are living in a time where it is a little bit more difficult to evangelize because of the culture and the climate and the political correctness with which we have to deal, far more so now than we’ve ever had to deal with before.

If you speak exclusively or you talk in exclusive terms, and what I mean by that is this, if you say there is only one way to Heaven, which we believe the Bible says, there is only one way. In fact, Jesus said it in John 14:6, “I am not a way I am the way. I am the truth, I am the life. No man comes unto the Father but by me.” You don’t get a more exclusive declaration than that. We live in an inclusive culture so when you start talking in terms of exclusivity in an inclusive world, then you’re going to cause some people to get upset.

From that standpoint, it is a little more difficult, but we cannot back away from the message of the gospel, which is a very exclusive message. The flip side of it, and I think you worded your question incredibly well, because of the darkness of the world in which we’re living, it takes very little light to shine brightly. If we let our light shine as the Scripture implores us to do, if we let our light shine in such a way that God is glorified, men are in turn going to see that in our lives and they’re going to glorify, the Bible says, our Father who’s in Heaven. The word glorify means they’re going to form the correct opinion of who our Father in Heaven is. In one sense, Isaac, it’s a little more difficult, in another sense it’s the easiest time, I believe, in the history of the Christian church, to be a witness for Christ.”

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