Overcoming Objections (Part 3)
“If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.”
When dealing with those that you have decided to witness to, about the Lord, handling objections will not only exude confidence but will give them answers to questions that may have held them back from salvation in Christ. The purpose of this devotional is not to make you an expert in dealing with questions, objections and special situations but to allow you to “and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:” I Peter 3:15b KJV.
There are five things to remember when dealing with objections. These five things will pretty much sum up most of the objections that you will encounter in witnessing.
People question what they don’t know
People fear what they don’t understand
People run from things that frighten them
People perceive things differently than others (No two people are alike)
When dealing with these objections don’t focus so much on the manner in which the person has presented the objection, look more into the question or the objection that they are inquiring.
III. PEOPLE RUN FROM THINGS THAT FRIGHTEN THEM
I remember a few years back, actually about 21 years ago, I was not comfortable with swimming nor entering bodies of water more than 3 feet deep. Why? I didn’t know how to swim so therefore I remained far from this things that I was afraid of to continue to be safe. You see this world is so afraid of God and the things that appertain to God because they don’t understand and these things frighten them as well. The bible teaches us in
I Corinthians 2:14
“But the 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.”
People that try to explain or expect the lost world to act like saved people, will be frustrated because they don’t have the ability in and of themselves.
Have you ever began to speak about spiritual things and people seem to flock to you until you quote scripture and mention Jesus Christ? Then suddenly you observe the group get smaller? I know that I have seen this happen! This has led me to come up with a group of five reasons why people run away from us when we present the gospel.
Five Reasons Why People Fear The Gospel
1. Extinction—the fear of annihilation, of ceasing to exist. This is a more fundamental way to express it than just calling it “fear of death.” The idea of no longer being arouses a primary existential anxiety in all normal humans. Consider that panicky feeling you get when you look over the edge of a high building.
The gospel has to mention death because God, in human form, died! The bible says that “without the shedding of blood, there is no remission of sins.” We all have to die someday unless the Lord comes back. When we present the gospel, allow people to have a conversation about death but don’t leave this topic open too long because that will be the one thing that they will focus on until they walk away.
2. Mutilation—the fear of losing any part of our precious bodily structure; the thought of having our body’s boundaries invaded, or of losing the integrity of any organ, body part, or natural function. Anxiety about animals, such as bugs, spiders, snakes, and other creepy things arises from fear of mutilation.
When the gospel message speaks about hell and the fires of hell along with the worms that could invade our bodies in that place, that scares people. Also, have the fires of hell lick our bodies for all eternity scares people. However, all we need to do is to let them know that they have a choice.
3. Loss of Autonomy—the fear of being immobilized, paralyzed, restricted, enveloped, overwhelmed, entrapped, imprisoned, smothered, or otherwise controlled by circumstances beyond our control. In physical form, it’s commonly known as claustrophobia, but it also extends to our social interactions and relationships.
When we talk about the eternal sentence of damnation and it lasting for all eternity, people have a few thought about this idea. The first is that they refuse to believe that God would send people to this place of torments, but God will allow them to send themselves there. Hell is a place where there is NO freedom, NO choice, NO redemption and finally NO HOPE!!!. This is finally a place of no autonomy.
4. Separation—the fear of abandonment, rejection, and loss of connectedness; of becoming a non-person—not wanted, respected, or valued by anyone else. The “silent treatment,” when imposed by a group, can have a devastating psychological effect on its target.
Hell is a place of eternal separation from a loving God. Also, death is a condition that separates loved ones from others. Sin is a condition that caused mankind to lose the connection to God. When we speak about being separated from God and loved ones this makes people a little anxious. When a person is presented with the idea of being denied a loving connection to those that both love them and want to be with them, this can bring up concern and fear.
5. Ego-death—the fear of humiliation, shame, or any other mechanism of profound self-disapproval that threatens the loss of integrity of the Self; the fear of the shattering or disintegration of one’s constructed sense of lovability, capability, and worthiness.
Death and The Cross are the great equalizers! Death will show how valuable money truly is when you’re taking your last breath. I have never seen a brinks money carrier truck make a delivery at a cemetery. Money, is something that is used upon earth to help others and improve the reach of God’s kingdom. When a person trusts Jesus Christ as their Savior, they will not care, as much as they did before about those things that occupied their time.
People have their own personal fears that paralyzes them with fear, but they don’t have to remain in fear. I have found that, in my experiences witnessing, people respond to the gospel better if I try NOT to scare them on purpose. It’s similar to going for a dentist visit. People have had bad experiences and when they hear or think about the dentist they become frightened. When you speak to people about God, do you try to scare them or do you try to tell them with a heart of meekness and compassion? In tomorrow’s devotional we will discuss why people with similar backgrounds can react differently to the gospel. Join us again as we address real life issues with biblical answers on Worship With Willie.