Responses to Opposition when Sharing the Gospel –

Adapted from “Share Jesus Without Fear”

     So often when we step out in faith to share the Gospel with others; at some point during our time of sharing the good news with them, they will find an objection they believe keeps them from being able to give their life over to Jesus. Though one never wants to ever argue with anyone when personally evangelizing others; we also don't want to completely ignore the objections they raise that to them are legitimate and do cause a stumbling block to accepting the gospel. Below are some common objections people will present to make Jesus their all in all, along with our suggestions at appropriate responses.

1 - I'm not ready.

  • ASK – Why? Allow your friend to answer.
  • ASK – Are you really going to let not being ready stand between you and God? If the answer is no, then ask your friend to pray with you to invite Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
  • IF STILL NOT READY – Your friend may still respond, “I’m not ready.” This may be a whole new way of thinking for them, they may still believe there is more to lose than gain if they become a Christian. Be prepared to stop the sharing and release your friend to God until the time is appropriate to share with them again.
  • SAY – I enjoyed our talk, and I am praying for you. I hope we can talk again in a few days or weeks about this.

2 – My friends won’t understand; they’ll think I’ve lost it.

  • SAY – If they are really your friends, won’t they be happy and thrilled that the God of the universe lives inside you and all your sins are forgiven? When they see the change that Jesus has made in you, they will want what you have found.
  • SAY – Luke 15:10 says “…there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.”
  • ASK – Are you ready?

3 – What about my family?

  • ASK – What about your family? Have them ready aloud Matthew 10:37-38 and Luke 12:51-53. What do these verses say to you? Are you ready to pray?
  • Matthew 10:37-38 - He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.
  • Luke 12:51-53 - 51 Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division: 52 For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three. 53 The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.

4 – I’ve done too many bad things

  • See Objection 23, “I’m not good enough”, or Objection 22, “God cannot forgive me.”

5 – I’m having too much fun.

  • Repeat what your friend answers to you.
  • SAY – In other words, you are into the things that feel good, and it’s all about you right now?
  • ASK – According to this, when you die, where are you going? If they answer hell; ask them if they want to pray with you right now. If the answer is no, tell them you love them and are praying for them.
  • It is important for us to realize that God has given our friends free will just like ours. And even if they are under conviction, they must be willing to repent and make the move toward God. You may have to release them from this conversation, but let them know you are not releasing them from your prayers. And then prayerfully wait for God to open the door again to share with them.

6 – Why does God allow bad things to happen if He loves me?

  • LISTEN – Your friend may be dealing with a tragedy. Allow them to vent if they need someone to talk to. We are to be the Saviors arms, heart, ears etc. extended to a hurting world. Respond when they have finished sharing their burden.
  • SAY – You may wonder why God has allowed these things to happen, but you have choices. You may walk through the rest of your life along in your pain, or you can choose to cast your burdens, your heart, and your pain all on Jesus and let Him carry your pain just as He took all your sin. Would you like to pray?
  • Matthew 11:28 - Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

7 – There are many paths to God aren’t there?

  • READ – Have them read John 14:6 aloud and then ask them: What does it say to you?
  • READ – Have the person read Philippians 2:9-11 and then ask them: What does it say to you?
  • SAY – What will your response be when you stand before God? Will He be your Savior or your Judge?
  • ASK – Are you ready to invite Jesus to be your Savior and your Lord?
  • John 14:6 - Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
  • Philippians 2:9-11 - 9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of [things] in heaven, and [things] in earth, and [things] under the earth; 11 And [that] every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ [is] Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

8 – There are many religions in the world

  • SAY – I’ve discovered that all of the religions of the world can be divided into two groups. Imagine every religion other than Christianity is in my left hand – Mormonism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, and Islam – and Christianity is in my right hand. Everyone in my left hand makes two distinctive claims: (1) Jesus is not God, or He is not the only God. He may be a great prophet, a wise teacher, or a good man; but he is not the Messiah. (2) If you do enough good works through your own efforts, such as religious acts, good deeds, you can receive salvation.
  • SAY – Two opposite claims cannot be possibly true. I would be willing to admit that if the pile of religions in my left hand is true, my faith is in vain. Would you be willing to admit if Christianity, in my right hand is true, that your faith is in vain? Let’s examine the evidence so that we can find out which one of us is possibly in error.
  • SAY – Christianity claims that Jesus is God and that God has come to us in Jesus, who lived, died on the cross, and rose from the grave so that we could have eternal life. Christianity claims that you are saved by grace through faith and not by woks.
  • READ – Have the person read aloud Ephesians 2:8-9 and ask them what this scripture is saying to them.
  • READ – Have the person read aloud John 14:6 and ask them what this is saying to them. Many religions and ways to God? Or Jesus is the only way to God? Can both teachings be true?
  • Ephesians 2:8-9 – 8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
  • John 14:6 - Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

9 – I’ve always believed in God

  • READ – Have the person read aloud James 2:19 and then ask them what is this saying to you?
  • SAY – I’m really glad you believe in God. That’s wonderful. But so does Satan. In fact he believe so much it makes him tremble. How are you any different? I’m not asking if you believe, I want to know do you want Jesus as the Lord of your life?
  • James 2:19 - Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.

10 – There are too many hypocrites in the church

  • SAY – You are absolutely correct. There are hypocrites in every church. I’m so glad you are concerned about that, because when you join the perfect church, it won’t be perfect any longer. Jesus said not the follow hypocrites but to follow Him. I’m glad you know the difference between a hypocrite and a genuine Christian.
  • SMILE – If you accept Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord, and I see you begin to act like a hypocrite, I will remind you of this conversation. Are you ready to pray?
  • Some people will want to discuss dishonest TV evangelists or other that misrepresent Christ. In this event SAY – If I falsely represent myself to you as a realtor in order to scam your money, does that mean all realtors are dishonest? Of course not. Just because a person says he or she represents Christ doesn’t mean he is a representative of Christ. Would you let a dishonest person stand in the way of you knowing personally God’s love for you? Are you ready to pray?

11 – I don’t believe in God

  • ASK – If this objection is stated at the end of the presentation, ask: Why? If you become convinced that God exists, would you be willing to give your life to Him? Would you be willing to ask a nonexistent God to help you in your unbelief?
  • PRAY – God, if you are real, help me believe.
  • SAY – Let’s talk again in a few days or so, and trust that God will honor this prayer.

12 – I’m a member of another world religion

  • ASK – Has anyone ever told you about Christianity? Let me show you some Scriptures that help explain this idea.
  • SHARE – Begin to share the “Personal One on One Bible Study” Scriptures. (Bobbie – I’m writing this article up and then you can link it.

13 – I’m Jewish

  • ASK – When someone says he doesn’t believe in Jesus, ask: Why not? If they say they are Jewish, then ask: Do you go to synagogue anywhere? Did you know that your Jewish faith is the root of my faith Christianity?
  • SAY – I believe Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah. Did you know He claimed to be God? Have the person read aloud John 10:30. Ask then, what does that scripture say to you?
  • John 10:30 - I and my Father are one.
  • ASK – Ask them to read Isaiah 53 aloud and then ask what does this say to you?
  1. Whom do you think this scripture describes?
  2. Why do you think many synagogues refuse to read this chapter in Isaiah?
  3. Do you know why the sacrifices have stopped in the temple? After they answer, continue: Could it be because Jesus is God’s sacrificial lamb?
  • Isaiah 53:1-12 - [1] Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed? [2] For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, [there is] no beauty that we should desire him. [3] He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were [our] faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. [4] Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. [5] But he [was] wounded for our transgressions, [he was] bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace [was] upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. [6] All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. [7] He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. [8] He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. [9] And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither [was any] deceit in his mouth. [10] Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put [him] to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see [his] seed, he shall prolong [his] days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. [11] He shall see of the travail of his soul, [and] shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. [12] Therefore will I divide him [a portion] with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

14 – How can a loving God send someone to hell?

  • ASK – Why would God allow His Son, Jesus to die on the cross for us if His death has no meaning? Have them read Romans 8:32 and then ask them what it is saying to them.
  • SAY – Jesus died for us so that we would not have to go to hell. Have them read Romans 5:8-9, and then ask them what they believe it is saying to them. If we reject Christ and His gift, what does Scripture say will happen to us? Jesus died in our place. If this were not the case, don’t you think God would have spared His own Son? He died in your place. God has no desire for anyone to go to hell, if we do… it will only be by rejecting the sacrifice of Jesus as payment for our sins, and Jesus as Lord of our life. Would you like to be forgiven and receive the gift of Christ?
  • Romans 8:32 - He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
  • Romans 6:23 - For the wages of sin [is] death; but the gift of God [is] eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
  • Romans 5:8-9 - [8] But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. [9] Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.

15 – How can I know the Bible is true?

  • ASK – How many people would it take to flip a quarter before one person hits heads 30 times in a row? The answer is one billion. One reason I believe the Bible is true is the 30 recorded prophecies of Jesus Birth, death, and resurrection that have come true.
  • ASK – How many people would it take to flip a quarter before one person hits heads 245 times in a row? This is a conservative estimate of the number of Biblical prophecies that have come true. Have your friend read II Peter 1:21 and then ask then what this scripture is saying to them
  • II Peter 1:21 - For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake [as they were] moved by the Holy Ghost.

16 – You can’t possibly know what truth is

  • ASK – What if I asked to borrow your phone, put it in my pocket and refused to give it back? What would your reaction be? Most would say they would ask for it back and if I continued to hold on to it; to demand it back.
  • ASK – What if I refused, arguing that my truth is taking watches from people who don’t believe in truth? Ask them why it is wrong to steal? They will more than likely say, it just is. Ask though, how do you know? If there are no absolutes, no rights and wrongs, how can it be wrong to steal your phone?
  • SAY – I’ll tell you how I know it’s wrong, because the Word of God says so. You cannot hide behind the statement there is no truth.

17 – There are too many errors in the Bible

  • ASK – Ask your friend to show you one. When they say they can’t? Tell them you don’t know of any errors in the Bible either, and then ask them to read out loud Romans 3:23.
  • Romans 3:23 - For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

18 – What about those that never hear the gospel?

  • ASK – But that’s not you is it? What does the Bible say will happen to those that have heard the gospel of Jesus Christ and not accepted? Have the person read Romans 1:20 out loud and then ask them what it is saying to them?
  • SAY – Now you have heard the gospel. Will you respond?
  • Romans 1:20 - For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, [even] his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

19 – You think you are better than me

  • SAY – I am no better than anyone, but I am better off when it comes to my soul. Like you, I have violated and broken God’s will for my life. I’ve broken every one of God’s laws and my sin condemned me to hell. But by His grace and unfailing love, God sent someone in my life to tell me about Jesus. That made me realize just how dirty and sinful I was before a Holy God. I asked God to forgive me, and He did. I asked Jesus to take control of my life and be my Lord, and He did. None of this makes me better than anyone… it just makes me forgiven. I just want you to have the same opportunity I received.

20 – I’m a good person

  • ASK – Can we check that out by God’s standards? Have you ever been angry or hated? Ever called someone a fool? Ever lost your cool on the highway? Because if you have, by God’s standard you are a murderer.
  • ASK – Have you ever looked at the opposite sex and lusted? If you say no, you are a liar. And if you have lusted, then by God’s standard you are guilty of fornication and adultery.
  • ASK – Have you ever put a relationship, a job, or an activity before God? If so, you are guilty of idolatry.
  • SAY – Because of God’s Holiness, it is impossible to measure up to a standard of His perfection. We will always come up short. Because God is the judge and jury, it is His approval that we must meet.
  • READ – Read out load James 2:10 and then ask them what it is saying?
  • SAY – I want you to know that I, just like you, have been guilty as well. The difference is that I have found forgiveness through Jesus. Don’t you want that as well?
  • James 2:10 - For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one [point], he is guilty of all.

21 – A Christian hurt me

  • SAY – I’m very, very sorry that happened to you. Would you accept my apology for those who did that to you? Have you ever tried to love somebody and made a mess out of it? You had good intentions, but everything went wrong? Do you think there is a possibility that person just went about it the wrong way? Jesus would never approve of rude or hurtful behavior either. Won’t you give Jesus your hurt and let Him show you what love and relationship really is?

22 – God can’t forgive me

  • ASK – Ask them to read aloud Romans 10:13 and then ask them what it is saying to them.
  • ASK – Can God forgive a repentant murderer? Can he forgive a bank robber? Can God forgive you? If they say yes, ask them to pray with you.
  • Romans 10:13 - For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

23 – I’m not Good enough

  • SAY – That’s one thing we all have in common; we are not good enough. This is a problem. There are only two ways to get to heaven. Either we have to be completely perfect; never having committed a sin ever in word, deed, or thought… or we have to be made perfect by putting on Jesus perfection. We can walk in Jesus righteousness and perfection by accepting in our hearts the finished work and person of Jesus Christ. He paid the full penalty for my sins and my sinful nature. He has the power to forgive me because of His birth, death and resurrection. When I completely trust in Him and accept His forgiveness; making Him the Lord of my life, then he can erase my past. I’ve chosen to accept His forgiveness because I know I can never be perfect on my own.
  • READ – Have them read out loud Ephesians 2:8-9 and then ask them what it means to them.
  • Romans 2:8-9 – 8 But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, 9 Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;

24 – I want to think about it

  • ASK – Ask the friend to read Romans 6:23 out loud, and then ask them what it is saying to them?
  • ASK – According to this, when you die, where are you going for eternity? If they answer hell; ask them are they ready to pray and ask Jesus enter their heart and life? If the answer is no, then leave them in the hands of the Lord and tell them you will continue to pray for them and love them.
  • IF – If they say they are not ready, you will need to release them from the conversation but let them know you are praying and make sure they know how they can reach you.
  • Romans 6:23 - For the wages of sin [is] death; but the gift of God [is] eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

25 – The argument never stops

  • ASK – Why are you angry? Why does me offering you the gift of Jesus make you angry? If for some reason you found out that everything I’ve said about the gospel and about Jesus were true; what would you do about it?
  • TRY – Try to get the friend to open up with one or more of the following questions:
  1. I’ve been open with you about my life; what is the most traumatic thing that has ever happened to you?
  2. Do you have a fear? Are you afraid of death?
  3. Did someone hurt you?
  4. Would accepting a relationship with the God of the universe and accepting His love in your life scare you to death?
  5. Has anyone unconditionally loved you?
  6. Do you feel alone? Would you allow Jesus to walk through life with you?