Answering Miscellaneous Objections During a Home Bible Study
J. C. Macaulay & Robert H. Belton
A. “I Cannot Give Up My Sin.”
1. Ask Him Whether He Wants to Be Free from Sin.
Ask the person who has given this as a reason why he cannot come to Christ, if he really wants to be free from his sinful habits. Jesus said: “Men loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil” (1). He also said: “And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life” (2). Determine if the individual is desirous of living in his sin, or if he is in earnest about desiring to come to Christ but is under the impression he must free himself of sinful habits, which thing he knows he cannot do.
2. Show Him Christ Is Only Answer.
Agree with the fact that he cannot give up his sin, for the Lord Jesus Christ said: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant [slave] of sin (3). A slave in Jesus’ day was never capable of setting himself free, he had to be freed by someone else. So Jesus continued: “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed (4).” He is very able to set the prisoner free, and He loves to do it.
3. Point Him to Christ.
If the person is sincerely seeking, point him to Christ who said He is able to set a person free. Remind him that Christ is now seated at the right hand of the Father, and that He is able to save to the uttermost all that draw nigh unto God by Him, because He ever liveth to make intercession for them (5).
4. Assure Him of New Life.
Another fact to give this one is that when one believes on the Lord Jesus Christ he becomes a new person, for the Bible says: “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (6). He receives a new life, he has a new destiny, a new spirit, even the Holy Spirit, comes in to dwell in his heart. In Christ he has died to sin, and he is to reckon himself dead to sin but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord (7). He now has a new indwelling power to enable him to give up his sin.
B. “There Is Someone I Cannot Forgive.”
Tell this one it is not a question of not being able to forgive, but of not being willing to forgive. Read to him the parable Jesus gave on the law of forgiveness as found in Matthew 18:21-35. The servant was forgiven a debt approximating $1,500,000, yet he would not forgive a fellow servant a debt equivalent to $15.00. God is willing to forgive a debt which is so great; surely an individual can forgive a fellow man a debt which in comparison is so small.
C. “I Believe but I Don’t Feel Saved.”
This is a most miserable predicament to be in, for the individual is never quite sure of salvation. One day there is glad assurance, but the next day it has disappeared. One day the sun is shining, the sea of life is calm, and everything is lovely; but on the next the clouds are rolling in, the waves are angry and turbulent and there is no peace.
1. Reason for Lack of Assurance.
The reason often is that the person looks within rather than to Jesus, and gauges assurance of salvation upon feeling rather than upon faith. Nowhere does the Bible assure the believer that he will always feel on “top of the world,” for our feelings are very often conditioned by what we eat, the amount of rest we have had, or the circumstances of the day. So one must never look for assurance of salvation to his feelings.
Someone has truly said: “If you look without, you are distressed; if you look within you are depressed; if you look to Him you are at rest.” The believer must learn to look to Jesus at all times, under all circumstances, and in every situation.
2. Some Questions Asked by the Seeker.
a) Is God willing to keep the believer? Are there any promises in the Bible which definitely state that God is willing? There are many such promises.
Have our friend read John 17:11, where Jesus prayed: “And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.” In this verse the Lord Jesus asks a very definite thing of the Father-that the Father will keep those whom He has given to the Lord Jesus. We may rest assured that every prayer of Christ has been heard and answered, for He always prayed in the will of God, and His prayers were always indicted of the Holy Spirit.
Then note another promise in this same chapter: “I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil [one]” (8). Here is another request of Christ for His Father to keep the disciples.
b) However, some troubled soul may say, “I know that Jesus prayed as you have read in these passages, but was not this prayer only for His immediate disciples?”
Tell this one that the question is a good one, and that it would seem the words of Christ only applied to the immediate disciples, but remind him of John 17:20: “Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word.” These words of Christ ought to be sufficient to demonstrate to the one who lacks assurance that he is included also in the words of Christ.
Paul reminded the Roman Christians of their state before they came to Christ. They were “without, strength”; they were “ungodly”; they were “sinners”; they were “enemies of God.” When they were in this condition Christ died for them (9). Then Paul reminded them that they were being kept saved by the life the Lord Jesus was now living.
But the things that were true of the Roman Christians were also true of each Christian today. Each one of us before we turned to Christ was “without strength,” “ungodly,” a sinner, and an enemy of God. But Christ has died for us and we are now kept saved by His life. We believe this because it is in God’s Word and that gives assurance to the heart.
There is another wonderful promise in John’s Gospel: “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: and I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand” (10).
c) The disturbed inquirer may bring up another question: “If I am not to rely on my feelings for the assurance of salvation, how may I know that I am a believer?”
(1) Make it clear that God’s Word is very definite and positive on the subject of salvation. This is the result of faith in the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is not primarily faith in the work that Christ did on the cross, but faith in the Person who did the work. Salvation is the meeting of the sinner and the Saviour. The Bible uses the words believe and confess many times (11), but never once is the individual told he must experience a certain kind of emotion or feeling in order to be saved.
(2) A second evidence of salvation is love for God and His Word. A genuine believer will realize that the Bible is God’s Book, and that it contains food for his soul. It is God’s love letter to him and he will desire to read it. Jesus said: “If a man love me, he will keep my words” (12).
John wrote in his First Epistle: “But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him” (13).
(3) Another evidence of salvation is love for the brethren. John wrote: “We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren” (14). “Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and everyone that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him” (15).
Some years ago a friend from a southern city came to visit me. He had with him a letter which he had recently received from his sister, who had been saved only a short time before. She had been a church member for some years, but because she had not known the Lord, she criticized her brother and his zeal for the Lord’s work. She could not understand why he and the people in the little church could be so friendly with each other and love to be in each other’s presence.
One day the Lord saved her, and this letter which my friend had received told him about the experience. She said she could now understand why real Christians loved to be together-it was because they all had the same kind of life. That is exactly what John was talking about.
(4) Then too, when one believes on Christ the blessed Holy Spirit comes into his heart to dwell. Because He takes up His abode we shall be conscious of His presence. One of the marks of the Holy Spirit’s indwelling is that we desire to call God our Father. He establishes a new relationship. Paul wrote of this: “And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father” (16). “For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God” (17).
John also described this blessed truth: “And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment. And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us” (18).
(5) Assurance of heart is the result of resting upon the truths in God’s Word. When one is thus resting it will make no difference how he may be feeling at the moment. John wrote: “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God” (19). It is believe and know, not feel and know.
D. “Christians Are So Inconsistent.”
Do not try to argue against this charge, but admit it. There are hypocrites in the church, but there are many more on the outside than in. Every good thing is counterfeited. Dime-store jewelry is not counterfeited, but the genuine stones in the expensive store next door may be. There are many who claim to be Christians, and like the tares in the parable (20) are almost like the wheat, but there is a difference which eternity will reveal.
1. Lack of Understanding.
On the other hand, the person who will have nothing to do with the church because he claims there are hypocrites in it, does not understand that many at whom he is looking are babes in Christ. He hears of one who is a Christian and he begins to watch that life. When it does not measure up to his estimation of the Christian life, he immediately criticizes it because he does not understand a fundamental truth in the Christian life: that a person is born into God’s family as a spiritual baby, not as a perfect adult Christian. Many infantile characteristics may remain if the individual does not grow in grace and in the knowledge of Christ. It must be admitted that because many Christians do not study the Bible and grow in knowledge they do not grow into mature Christians. These are the ones at which the critic looks when he passes judgment upon all Christians.
2. May Be Only Excuse.
After talking with this person the personal worker may feel that the existence of hypocrites in the church is not the real reason for his failure to come to Christ. It may lie deeper than that. That which he gives as a reason may be just an excuse. Try to get him to see this fact.
3. Method of Handling.
a) Endeavor to turn his attention to himself and his own condition. Show him that his own heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked, and that the Lord is the One who searches the heart (21).
b) Show him too that every man must stand alone before God. He must answer for himself. There are many things we must do independently of others. We are born separately into this world, we die alone, and we stand before God alone. The flimsy excuse of another person’s inconsistencies will not constitute a ground for righteousness before God. Paul wrote: “For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God (22). “For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth” (23).
c) Judging others is not a way to escape judgment, but is the surest way to incur it. The Bible is very clear on this point. “Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things. But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things. And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God? Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leaded thee to repentance? But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; who will render to every man according to his deeds: to them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life: but unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first and also of the Gentile: but glory, honor, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: for there is no respect of persons with God” (24).
d) (d) Show the critic that when the Lord calls His true Church to Himself to meet Him in the air, the hypocrites will all he left behind (25). Only those whose names are in the Lamb’s book of life will he in that group (26), while the rest will have their place in the lake of fire which is the second death (27). It is possible for one to have his name on the church roll without having it in the Lamb’s book of life. Ask him if his name is in that book. If it is not, he will spend eternity with the hypocrites, for he will be one of them. Urge him to accept Christ, for it is better to spend a few years down here with some hypocrites and to be separated from them for all eternity, than to try to shun them down here for a few years, only to spend eternity in their company.
E. “We Are All Headed For Heaven Although Along Different Roads.”
This is a popular hope believed by many people. It is based on the thought that Heaven is the goal of all who are religious, and who are trying to do the best they can. God is thought to be the Father of all, and that there are many roads which lead into His presence.
1. Sincerity Does Not Mean Salvation.
If one is sincere in what he believes it does not make any difference what he believes, for all roads lead to God. This idea is expressed in a little poem, the author of which is unknown to the writer:
All roads that lead to God are good;
What matters it, your faith or mine?
All center at the goal divine
Of love’s eternal brotherhood.
Before the oldest book was writ,
Full many a prehistoric soul
Arrived at that unchanging goal
Through changeless love which led to it.
Though branch by branch proves withered wood,
The root is warm with precious wine.
Then keep your faith, and leave me mine;
All roads that lead to God are good.
2. Christ’s Teaching.
The Lord Jesus Christ did not teach this popular philosophy. Note some of His words which teach so plainly that He alone is the only way to Heaven.
“I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (28).
“I am the door of the sheep. All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture” (29).
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: and I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I and my Father are one” (30).
“I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins” (31).
3. New Testament Writers.
Writers of the New Testament have given the same truth. Following are a few of the many Scriptures, which state in various ways the fact that there is only one way into Heaven, and that is through the Lord Jesus Christ: “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (32).
“Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: and by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses” (33).
“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (34).
“For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ” (35).
“For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that be might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit” (36).
These Scriptures are sufficient to prove that there is only one way to Heaven. It is the straight and narrow way which leads unto life.37 Any other way makes one a trespasser. Paul reminded the Ephesian Christians that before they came to Christ they were dead in trespasses and sins.38 They had been very religious as worshipers of the goddess Diana, but this very fact had made them trespassers, for they had been trying to get into heaven some other way than that which God had ordained through Christ.
Dr. Harry Rimmer frequently gave an illustration of this truth which always delighted his audiences. It was an experience he had as a boy when he lived in a valley in California. This particular summer he and his friends had been swimming each afternoon in the river which flowed to the west of the town. One afternoon they decided to swim in the river on the east of town, and the road to this river went by the orchard of a man named Paginni.
Paginni raised the finest apricots in the valley, and protected them vigorously. He had posted his orchard with “No Trespassing” signs. Every few feet along the road were one of these warnings. In addition he patrolled his ground carrying a double-barreled shotgun loaded with rock salt. At his heels trotted a vicious bulldog.
As this group of boys walked down the road, they were “much surprised” to note that Paginni’s apricots were ripe. Their mouths watered for this luscious fruit. But every few feet they noticed one of the “No Trespassing” signs. Paginni had had trouble before with these boys, and he had determined not to let them sample his fruit this season.
One boy looked at the other and after laboriously spelling out “No Trespassing,” said, “I wonder what that means?” No one seemed to know, but they came to the conclusion that it probably meant, “Keep Out.” That disconcerting fact, however, did not lessen their desire for some of Paginni’s choice apricots.
As they slowly walked along, they came to a small space where there was no sign. This was their opportunity for appropriating some of the fruit. So charging Harry’s young brother to stay outside and warn them if Paginni should come, assuring him that they would magnanimously reward him with apricots, they climbed the fence and were soon enjoying the fruit. The smaller boys stayed on the ground, but the bigger boys climbed into the trees. Harry, being the leader of the gang, chose the best tree, and climbed to the top where the best apricots were hanging. He ate his fill, and then decided to take some with him for eating after his swim. So tying his shirt tails around him, he very carefully stuffed his shirt with the tree-ripened fruit.
But a disastrous thing had happened in the meantime. The “watchman” who had been stationed on the road, and whose sole responsibility was to warn his friends if Mr. Paginni entered the orchard, knowing the integrity of his companions was not to be trusted, concluded that if he were to enjoy his fill of apricots he must get them for himself. So he left his post of duty and climbed the fence.
He was enjoying the fruit, and he did not see Paginni enter the orchard. When Paginni was noticed, the boys let out a yell, climbed over the fence, and headed for the river. Harry started down as carefully as possible, for he did not wish to damage the fruit in his shirt. But noticing that Paginni was rapidly getting closer, he threw caution to the winds, and slid down as fast as he could. The fruit was mashed against his chest and squeezed out around his collar. Mr. Paginni, realizing he would not capture his prey, stopped, took aim and fired. His aim was excellent. Harry let out a yell, dropped to the ground, leaped the fence, and ran to the river. He dove in and swam to the other side. Then he warmed the cool sand for at least one quarter of a mile as he moved from spot to spot to relieve the stinging of the rock salt.
Darkness had fallen when he arrived home. His little brother had preceded him by about an hour and had informed his mother of the happenings of the afternoon. Supper was over and his mother was doing the dishes. After he had eaten his supper, Harry said to his mother, “Maw, what does ‘No Trespassing’ mean?”
His mother, being a very wise woman, did not stop her work but merely replied, “Son, I think you know.” “No Trespassing” means “Keep Out.” The owner of a piece of property has a perfect right to insist that no one come onto his land without his permission, and if a person does not secure that permission he is a trespasser.
God has the same right. He has said that no one can get into His Heaven except over the way He has provided. That way is through the Lord Jesus Christ. Every other way makes the seeker a trespasser.
F. “The Christian Life Is Too Hard.”
This is an objection sometimes given when the claims of Christ are pressed upon an individual.
He may say, “I’ve tried the Christian life but have always failed.” “There are too many things to give up.” “It is O.K. for old people and children but not for young people.” “It takes all the joy out of life.”
2. How to Deal.
a) Tell this individual that the Christian life, the genuine Christian life, is not behaviorism but a new life with new desires, new attitudes, new purposes, and new destiny. It is Christ in the individual who is living out His life in the believer.
b) The Bible gives the true picture of life. According to it every person is either saved or lost, either a child of God or a child of the Devil, either on his way to Heaven or on his way to Hell. Ask him to which group he belongs.
c) Show this person the folly of rejecting Christ, for it means that he will die in his sins (39); that he is now living under the wrath of God (40); and day by day he is storing up wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God (41); for he is despising the riches of the goodness and long-suffering of God (42). Impress upon this one that he is only one heartbeat from eternity and that if he were to die in his sins he would experience immediate suffering (43). Tell him the Bible says that there is a way which seemeth right unto a man but the end thereof are the ways of death (44) that sin always pays wages which is death (45).
d) Show him, on the other hand, that there is forgiveness of sin through Christ,46 that Christ died for him to bring him to God.47
G. “What About the Backslider; Does He Not Lose His Salvation?”
1. Meaning of Term.
The backslider is a child of God who has fallen into sin. The Scripture has several illustrations of this condition, among than David (48), and Peter (49). Both of these men knew God, but both of them went off into sin. David committed adultery, and then instigated murder. Peter denied his Lord with cursing and swearing, claiming that he never knew Christ. Paul had to deal with some cases of backsliding in the Corinthian church (50).
2. Restoration or Salvation?
Does the backslider need to be saved again? Does he lose his salvation when he sins? Some think so, and stress a new act of salvation. The writer is of the conviction, however, that the child of God does not lose his salvation, but his fellowship.
The prophet Nathan did not approach David on the basis of his need of salvation, but of confession and forgiveness. David’s prayer of confession and his resultant forgiveness are recorded in Psalms 51 and 32.
Peter was not told that he would need to be saved over again, but that when he was “turned again” (Greek), he was to strengthen the brethren (51).
Paul did not intimate that the one who was guilty of incest had lost his salvation, but that he needed the discipline of the church. This led to his restoration (52).
3. The Lord Is Seeking Him.
These cases bring home the truth that the Lord is seeking the backslider. He sometimes seeks him with the chastening rod (53); He sometimes seeks him through the rebuke of fellow saints (54); and He sometimes seeks him through direct appeal (55).
4. The Lord Desires To Keep Him.
The Lord’s desire to deliver and to keep for Himself those who drift from Him is illustrated in the deliverance of Lot from the city of Sodom,56 and in the story of the prodigal son.57
5. The Lord Is Praying for the Backslider.
He said He would pray for Peter (58); and John said: “If any man sin we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” (59).
6. The Christian Accepts Backslider into Fellowship.
The spiritual Christian is urged by Paul to restore the one who has been overtaken in a fault.60
7. The Responsibility of the Backslider.
The backslider’s responsibility is to repent and confess (61). Forgiveness and restoration to fellowship are promised by God.
H. “Religion Is All Foolishness.”
Agree with the speaker of this objection. It is true to the Scripture. This will startle the objector.
Paul wrote: “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: but we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling block, and unto the Greeks foolishness. But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God” (62).
“The world by its wisdom knew not God.” How true that statement is! Religion is the way in which men seek for God. Christianity is the truth of God seeking men’ (63), and that is very different.
Paul wrote again: “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 (64).
If the things of the Spirit of God are foolishness to a person, it is proof that that one is lost.
I. “God Is Too Good to Send a Poor Sinner to Hell.”
The truth is that God has done everything necessary to keep the sinner out of Hell. If he goes there, it will be because he has chosen to go there.
Dr. R. A. Torrey preached a sermon in his evangelistic campaigns years ago entitled, “God’s Blockade of the Road to Hell.” In it he pointed out the many blockades God has put in a man’s way to Hell. Some of them are: “The Bible and Its Teaching”; “A Mother’s Prayers”; “A Mother’s Holy Influence and a Mother’s Teaching”; “The Sermons That We Hear”; “A Sunday School Teacher’s Influence”; “A Kind Word”; “The Holy Spirit and His Work”; “The Cross.” If a man goes to Hell, it will be because he has paid no attention to the many blockades God has put in his way.
The lake of fire, the place of everlasting punishment, was prepared by God for the Devil and his angels.65 There is no intimation that it was prepared for any other group of people than those mentioned by Jesus. However, Jesus said that those on His left hand in the judgment of the nations would be sent to the place of eternal punishment.
The apostle Paul wrote: “And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; when he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day” (66). The basis of judgment in this passage of Scripture is that the recipients of judgment are those who have not known God, and who have not obeyed the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Book of the Revelation gives a vivid picture of the Great White Throne judgment, when the dead stand before God and the books are opened. Each person in this scene will be judged according to his works. Salvation is not the question but the degrees of punishment to be meted out. The last verse of this section is: “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire” (67).
Those who go to the lake of fire are sent there because their names are not written in the Lamb’s book of life. Only the names of those who have acknowledged Jesus Christ as God’s Son and their Saviour are in this book.
The objector who maintains that God is too good to send a sinner to Hell has not reckoned with the fact that Jesus Christ is the Lamb of God who came to take away the sin of the world (68). The sin question was taken care of at Calvary, now it is the Son question. Those who reject the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God must abide on them (69).
No one can reject God’s Son with impunity. God will be severe on the enemies of His Son. John wrote: “Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father” (70). “He that honoreth not the Son honoreth not the Father which lath sent him” (71).
Questions and Exercises
1. What should the personal worker determine regarding the person who claims he cannot give up his sins?
2. Give some reasons why people do not want to give up their sins.
3. List the Scripture verses which prove God is able to cleanse from all sin.
4. Why should one not look to his feelings for the assurance of salvation?
5. Give some scriptural evidences of salvation.
6. How can one account for the inconsistencies of Christians?
7. Why cannot the objector who says there are too many hypocrites in the church hide behind them?
8. Prove it is not true that all faiths lead to God.
9. Give the Scripture which teaches Christ is the only way to God the Father.
10. Why do some claim the Christian life is too hard? How would you deal with them?
11. Give several reasons why it is folly to reject Christ.
12. Who is a backslider?
13. Give some Biblical illustrations of backsliders.
14. What is the backslider’s responsibility?
15. What is the difference between religion and Christianity?
16. Can the world by its wisdom know God? Prove from Scripture.
17. Is the lake of fire burning now? What Scripture teaches this?
18. Who will be put into it?
19. Name some of the blockades God has placed in a person’s way.
20. Why will God be severe on the enemies of His Son?
This article “Answering Miscellaneous Objections during a Home Bible Study” was excerpted from: Personal Evangelism written by J. C. Macaulay & Robert H. Belton. 1956. It may be used for study & research purposes only.
This article may not be written by an Apostolic author, but it contains many excellent principles and concepts that can be adapted to most churches. As the old saying goes “Eat the meat. Throw away the bones.”
1 John 3:19
2 John 5:40
3 John 8:34
4 John 8:36
5 Heb. 7:25
6 II Cor. 5:17
7 Rom. 6:11
8 John 17:15
9 Rom. 5:6-10
10 John 10:27-29
11 John 3:16; Rom. 10:9, 10
12 John 14:23
13 I John 2:5
14 I John 3:14
15 I John 5:1
16 Gal. 4:6
17 Rom. 8:15, 16
18 I John 3:23, 24
19 I John 5:13
20 Matt. 13:24-30
21 Jer. 17:9, 10
22 Rom. 10:3
23 II Cor. 10:18
24 Rom. 2:1-11
25 I Thess. 4:13-18
26 Rev. 21:27
27 Rev. 21:8; 22:15
28 John 14:6
29 John 10:7-10
30 John 10:27-30
31 John 8:24
32 Acts 4:12
33 Acts 13:38, 39
34 I Tim. 2:5
35 I Cor. 3:11
36 I Peter 3:18
37 Matt. 7:14
38 Eph. 2:1
39 John 8:24
40 John 3:36
41 Rom. 2:5
42 Rom. 2:4
43 Luke 16:23
44 Prov. 14:12
45 Rom. 6:23
46 Acts 13:38
47 I Peter 3:18
48 II Sam. 11-12
49 Luke 22:31-34; Mark 14:66-72
50 I Cor. 3:1-4; 5:1
51 Luke 22:32
52 II Cor. 2:1-8
53 Luke 15:11-16; I Cor. 5:5; Heb. 12:5-14
54 II Sam. 12:1-7; Gal. 6:1
55 Isa. 1:18; Hosea 14:4, 5
56 Gen. 19:1-16
57 Luke 15:11-24
58 Luke 22:31-34
59 I John 2:1
60 Gal. 6:1
61 I John 1:9
62 I Cor. 1:18-24
63 Luke 19:10
64 I Cor. 2:14
65 Matt. 25:41, 46
66 II Thess. 1:7-9
67 Rev. 20:11-15
68 John 1:29
69 John 3:36
70 I John 2:23
71 John 5:23