Don’t Oversell Your Christian Witness

Having taught the principles of sales there were two things I continually stressed. You must never over sell or promise more than you can deliver. First, qualify your customer. If they are looking for a lawn mower, ask: “How big is your lawn”? If they have a strip 15 x 25 they do not need a riding lawn mower. If you sell them a freezer don’t promise it will last a life-time and we can deliver the next day. The same is true of our Christian witness; don’t present ourselves more pious and holy than we are.

My concern is that we have a number of professing Christians who live worse examples than some very worldly folks. Being in a men’s Bible study group with men from other churches, we hear stories that makes one shake their head.

Matthew 7:15 – “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.” Is this too strong to describe some who become a part of the Christian family and then do many of the things Christians know they should not be doing? They set a very pious example while they are with us but when church is over you see them living a very sinful lifestyle.

Galatians 5:17 – 21 – “For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law.   The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.”

When we say: “I know they are saved and a Christian”. Do we really know? Yet, we must be careful not to be judgmental. There is a tremendous difference between slipping and doing something that a person immediately regrets, repents and moves on and a person who is living the above lifestyle.

We all know members of our churches who, if they need too, will lie or deceive, get drunk, have fits of rage, cause dissensions, hate, cheat, are jealous and envy, commit adultery, have selfish ambition and want to sue anyone they can. It is not just once but it’s their lifestyle. You try to hold them accountable and it’s like talking to a wall. They may tell you how much they read their Bibles and they continually are telling people they will pray for them.

How does the world see their witness and especially new Christians? When Paul writes: “Those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.” Believing this is what Christ taught. Doesn’t God have to keep His promise and not allow those who live like this to enter heaven? Seeing professing Christians living like this over a period of time how many may they have discouraged from accepting Christ as their Savior? Many watch how we live. We can either encourage or discourage others. We can live a positive life or project being negative and pessimistic about most things in general. How can a mature Christian be anything but positive? Otherwise, they may not trust God or have the faith necessary to accept what the Bible teaches applies to them.

I believe if you state you are a Christian don’t oversell your witness. I believe God will hold any person accountable for being holy on Sunday and living for the devil the other six days. We must be consistent every minute. That includes with our families as well as everywhere else. I have heard of Christian men treating their families like slaves. They then wonder why a child ended up in jail. Or, they refuse to ever attend church again once they become adults. I read in a recent Christian article that “only 10% of children raised in Christian homes now ever go to church”. Mom and Dad, what does that tell us about our Christian example?

I asked one of my Bible group men who has lived his entire life in Las Vegas: “How many kids that you grew up with and regularly attended church are now going to church?” His answer was: “None”! I asked our group why they believed this was happening. They suggested it may be we are living such a fast-pace-lifestyle that there are just too many things taking up our time. Both parents are working and their children’s time in School, study time, sports, dance lessons and other activities take up all of their time. There doesn’t seem to be any time left for God.

If we are going to call ourselves Christians then we must develop our minds to become like the mind of Christ. The benefits of living a holy life far outweigh the consequences of living a sinful life in wolf’s clothings. …..PS……

The above was Monday’s blog. However, Friday night I turned on TV’s Forensic Files. It showed a lady walking out of church and she was shot five times and died. She was married and had two older sons. She had been singing in the church choir for years and had just finished evening practice. As the details were revealed, she had been having an affair with three men over the past few years. As her story unfolded it showed her as a horrible witness for Christ. Will professing Christians like this not inherit the kingdom of God as stated in Galatians 5:21 above? What on this earth could be more important or more exciting than the promise of eternity with Christ?

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  1. DonBoyd

     /  September 4, 2010

    The light turned yellow, just in front of him. He did the right thing, stopping at the crosswalk, even though he could have beaten the red light by accelerating through the intersection. The tailgating woman in the vehicle behind him was furious and honked her horn, screaming in frustration, as she missed her chance to get through the intersection, dropping her cell phone and makeup. As she was still in mid-rant, she heard a tap on her window and looked up into the face of a very serious police officer. The officer ordered her to exit her car with her hands up. He took her to the police station where she was searched, fingerprinted, photographed, and placed in a holding cell. After a couple of hours, a policeman approached the cell and opened the door. She was escorted back to the booking desk where the arresting officer was waiting with her personal effects. He said, ”I’m very sorry for this mistake. You see, I pulled up behind your car while you were blowing your horn, flipping off the guy in front of you and cussing a blue streak at him. I noticed the ‘What Would Jesus Do’ bumper sticker, the ‘Choose Life’ license plate holder, the ‘Follow Me to Sunday-School’ bumper sticker, and the chrome-plated Christian fish emblem on the trunk, so naturally… .I assumed you had stolen the car.” Anonymous

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  2. Darlene

     /  October 4, 2010

    Wow! After reading your blog, it brought me back to 7 years ago when I was a part of a non-denominational christian group, who apparently has this idea that they are the ONLY real group offering the truth to Gods word. Talk about overselling and delivering promises. The one thing that they would drive into your brain is that if you just BELIEVE, or take BELIEVING ACTION that God will give you anything that your heart desires.
    There were so many things about this group that I began to question. I went to this group as a favor to one of my family members who has been a part of this organization for over 30 years. One thing I know to be true… Is that God wants us to use “Common Sense.” For example: If I left my car doors unlocked, my windows down in my car while I stopped off at the grocery store, I am just inviting someone into my car to steal and do whatever they want, right? Well, my family member would do this constantly and her justification was this, “God has my back and has his hedge of protection around me.” This is just one example of the many, many ways this group would over promise and tell you to tap into the spiritual gifts from God. Speaking in Tongues was yet another thing they believed in. They would tell you to speak in Tongues and God could work in any situation for you that it was indeed perfect prayer. They would come at you like wolves when they would see you at their meetings with sweet talk, hug you and always say sweet things like, “Bless your heart for coming.” but in the event that you couldn’t make a meeting because your child was sick you were told that it was your fault because you weren’t believing properly for your child. The one thing that they did teach me that I believe whole heartedly is this- We are saved by grace. With that being said, I do believe that because of that it can be mistaken as a meal ticket for people to do and get away with any thing they want. Yes, God loves us all but if we do not follow his word and sin or get out of fellowship with him there are consequences as a result of that.

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  3. Darlene

     /  October 4, 2010

    Also, what are your thoughts on, “Christians should be prosperous?” I ask this because this particular ministry also had a book called- Christians should be prosperous. It revolved around the tythe but that also Christians should be able to make more money, etc. In the Bible God talks about how he wants us christians to prosper and be in good health. I believe that God wants us to prosper spiritually, physically, mentally and I also believe that Gods desire for us to prosper financially only if we can handle it. I am a Certified Credit Counselor. I have counseled hundreds of consumers who were in financial ruin and couldn’t pay their bills and also fearing that they would be losing their home. So, with that being said, God will never give us more than we can handle, so to prosper financially, we would first have to prosper in the aspect of understanding when we make more money, we get into more debt. We would need to be good stewards of what we already have in order for God to allow us to prosper financially. That is just my take but would love your thoughts!!! Thank you 🙂

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    • DonBoyd

       /  October 4, 2010

      Can Christians be properous: Go to facebook (a god thing by don boyd) go to “Will God give us anything we ask?” 7/13/09 or “Christians can have a prosperous life.” 11/5/2009

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