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Surrealist

I have recently been struggling a lot with the point of witnessing. I know these questions are definitely from the devil because I have truly felt an incredibly calling to witness and help lost people, and this discourages me in doing so. But even though I know these doubts are not from a place I should be in, I can’t shake them and am looking for some help..
If someone I did not witness to (but could have) does not come to Christ before they die, am I held accountable for their eternity? I feel like that would be unfair to this person, because if it is my fault they never heard and thus never came to the word of God, why are they being condemned?
Then again, Romans 1 says that God reveals Himself to all. So if they are held accountable because God has been revealed to them, what is the point of me witnessing?
I want to spread God’s kingdom. I want others to know the love that I know. I am joyful to tell others about Jesus. But lately I am wondering what the point is. There are some people in my life that are very important to me who don’t know Jesus and I have felt incredibly guilty because I feel like I have failed on my part. Other times I’m angry with God for not revealing Himself to them in a way they recognize.
I’m just extremely confused and disheartened (and long-winded… Sorry!)

October 2, 2015 at 01:26
Celby

Celby

Surrealist, as long as you or other Christians are there in people’s lives God is most likely going to use you rather than a supernatural experience to reveal himself to them. It’s not that God doesn’t do anything–He already works in everyone’s hearts to prepare them for the time He fully reveals Himself to them, which is many times when you witness to that person Christ’s love and the cross.
It is our commission to tell people the gospel. It’s not necessarily that YOU alone will be held accountable for them not being saved because maybe there was another person who witnessed to them. Ask God to lead you first if you are concerned about people’s salvation and pray you find the right moment to speak to them about the gospel. Do not be discouraged, all things work for the good of those who love Him.

October 2, 2015 at 07:58
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ILOVEGOD23

It is very hard but we are the light ask god for strength Love Haley

October 2, 2015 at 13:31
AdventureGirl

AdventureGirl

“Am I responsible for someone’s eternal destiny?”

In a question as serious as this one, it’s important to look solely to scripture. No where does it say we are responsible for someone’s choices or where they spend eternity.

The whole world is not resting on your shoulders. And–I say this gently–God does not need you in order to bring someone to him; there are infinite ways a person can come to Christ.

God definitely commands us to “Go and make disciples” but take a step back and question why you wish to witness. Is it because God has genuinely made a difference in your life and you want to share him with people, or is it based on fear? Remember, fear is not from God. (2 Timothy 1:7; 1 John 4:18).

I suppose if you’re sharing Christ it is good regardless of your feelings, (Philippians 1:18) but I think you’ll have more peace if you go about it with the right mindset. 🙂

Also, check out Robert Bell’s book Love Wins. It had some really different, interesting perspectives on things I never would have thought of.

October 3, 2015 at 12:23
Marcy

Marcy

No, you aren’t. We are commanded to witness to people, and therefore must do it, but we cannot save anyone or convince them of their need for salvation. We are just responsible for getting the word out. It is God who calls people and puts it on their heart to choose him. We need to tell people about God, because scripture commands us to, but God is the one who calls and saves people. We are not responsible for saving people.

October 3, 2015 at 22:17
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