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“[T]he natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” (1 Corinthians 2:14)

UNLESS you’re talking to an unsaved soul about salvation (i.e., sin, its consequences, and deliverance brought about by faith in Christ), in most cases it is a frustrating waste of time discussing other unrelated Biblical doctrine. How so? Because the Bible explicitly says that it’s only natural for people ‘void of the Holy Spirit’ to perceive these things as foolishness.

HSHOWEVER, as it pertains to salvation, the Holy Spirit will come along side a person to give them understanding as per their sinful condition and NEED for a Savior.

I SUSPECT that there is somebody, somewhere who came to Christ Jesus after being won over in a debate about Creation or Jonah or Noah, but they’re a unique exception to the rule and I could probably argue that someone else planted and nurtured ‘salvation’ seeds before you came on the scene.

FOR THIS REASON, focus on the Gospel and the message of Salvation through Christ alone. And if your listener wants to debate these other issues, tell them the truth – hand them your Bible and let them read aloud 1 Corinthians 2:14. Then explain to them that no mathematician ever started with trigonometry or calculus, but with basic arithmetic.

The ROMANS ROAD is an excellent Biblical method to explain salvation to a person. As your listener reads each short Bible passage, the Holy Spirit is there to bear light and give understanding. Oh that’s not to say that they might reject or deny the truth, but they will (at least briefly) understand these words as the truth before dismissing them. From this point forward, this seed you plant will either blossom in redemptive glory or grow to haunt them the rest of their lives.

HERE is the Romans Road. Simply highlight the passages in your Bible and get in the habit of having easy access to it all of the time. There’s really not much to memorize – God has done all the work for you! Number the passages and move from one to the next, letting them read the verses. Go through the text asking pointed questions. For example when they read Romans 3:23

For all have sinned , and come short of the glory of God,”

Ask them, “What does the word all mean,” or “What does it mean to fall short?” Don’t forget to mention the Law and how God uses it to show us our sin and need for salvation. With the Holy Spirit present, there’s a great possibility (especially if you got them reading from the Bible), that the conversation will miraculously flow in the direction the Lord desires.

REMEMBER, stay on point. Salvation is the critical issue we want to discuss, everything else will likely just be a distraction. Get in the habit of reeling your audience in, preventing them from taking the discussion down a rabbit trail. In most cases, these are nothing more than premeditated diversions that the listener employees to control the conversation and avoid looking at their own sin. Be a polite listener yourself, but remind them these are weighty issues (recall the math illustration) and one does not commence to undertake them on a collegiate level.

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“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1)

Do I take the Bible literally?

Of course.

doorGod has given all men the faculty of mind to situationally distinguish between allegory and reality, unless we consciously or unconsciously block the process (see Romans 1:20-23). For the believer without ambiguity, the Bible’s literal six-day creation is contextually clear, as is Jesus’ metaphorical proclamation,I am the door.”  It is in this light we take the Bible literally.

Does belief mean we fully understand?

Of course not.

 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways…For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9)

A wise man will not let his lack of understanding undermine his sensibilities, but will connect by faith these pieces until sight intervenes to confirm, knowing that there remains the likelihood that this will not occur until we arrive home. At this juncture, the Holy Spirit is necessary, for without Him our faith is in faith, but with Him, our faith is in the Lord.

“But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” (1 Corinthians 2:14)

But I believe in God ~and~ Darwinism!

Then you have a problem. If that’s your position, then you essentially maintain that God is a liar in spite of the fact that the Bible clearly specifies that God cannot lie (see Hebrews 6:18). Simultaneously you are also professing that man (in this case Darwin) is smarter than God. You must know that you cannot believe in man and God without consequence.

“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other.” Matthew 6:24

Are there other parts of the Bible you reject?

If so, with every occurrence you deny your God-given faith and subvert your confidence in the Father, while planting doubt in the minds of those over which you have influence. Your salvation may be intact, but what of the damage you may be causing along the way? Have you considered the wreckage found in the wake of your unbiblical convictions? Has Darwinism (or other false doctrines) helped, sustained, or profited you? I submit that unless you’re a teacher hired to promote God as a Divine deceiver, there is no sustained profit or gain in this ideology. A person of this ilk may in fact be nothing more than a tool in the hands of satan.

“A wise man will hear and increase learning, And a man of understanding will attain wise counsel” (Proverbs 1:5)

No Joke

A Darwinist and a Creationist die and find themselves standing before the throne of God. Consider the worst case scenario for each:

If the Creationist is wrong (that is to say, his literal interpretation of a six-day creation is errant), what might God say? I venture it would be something like, “Welcome my good and faithful servant, I can’t believe you took Me seriously! Come on in you silly goose!” 

But what if the Darwinist is wrong? Might the conversation go, “Why didn’t you believe Me? What part of, ‘I cannot lie,’ did you not understand?”

If you do not wholeheartedly believe God, do you know God? I for one will not gamble with that equation. By faith I’ll choose to err on the side of Biblical truth rather than on the side of religious skepticism, as there is nothing to be eternally gained by putting faith in man and everything to be gained by wholly trusting in the Creator of all things.

“What things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.” Philippians 3:7-11

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