Who Are The Toughest People to Evangelize?
by Matt Rawlings
This past Sunday, I started teaching “I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist” at my church. One of the great questions I received was, “Who are the toughest people to evangelize?”
Skeptics typically hold to three types of objections to the Christian faith: (1) Emotional; (2) Intellectual; or (3) Volitional. How do these breakdown?
Those who hold emotional objections to belief have usually been burned by Christians. These skeptics may have had run ins with legalists, who often confuse “keeping the rules” with real faith. These people are actually the easiest to deal with because if you can show them love, teach them the Gospel (2 Cor. 5:21) and introduce them to loving disciples, they can see that their past encounters were not truly indicative of real Christianity.
Those who hold intellectual objections to Christianity believe one or more of the following: (1) There is no such thing as objective moral or religious truth and even if there is, there is no way to know it; (2) There is no evidence for the existence of God; (3) Miracles don’t occur; (4) Evolution disproves the Bible; etc.
These folks are actually not hard to have evangelistic conversations with once you have built a good relationship with them. Christian philosophers and apologists have provided reasonable responses to every intellectual objection to the faith. All Christians have to do is read a little (or a lot) and they will be ready to tackle these barriers with ease and, hopefully, with grace…
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