What Do Christians Need to Know About Other Religions?
Sometimes Christians with friends of other faiths — like Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism or atheism — want to share the gospel with them, but feel like they don’t know enough about their friends’ beliefs to do so. Which means that many times they don’t share the gospel with their friends at all. Many of us believe that we aren’t qualified to share the good news with people unless we are experts in their religions. We might think we need to know every possible argument for how the gospel relates to every aspect of other religions before we can take the first step.
There are also those who feel like they don’t really need to know anything about other religions, and that other religions don’t really affect them. They think that missionaries who move to other countries need to know about other people and other religions, but that here in the US, it doesn’t really matter as much. But more and more of us, even in the Bible Belt, are meeting Muslim neighbors, have Hindu friends and certainly know atheist or agnostic friends. It is evident that God is bringing the nations to us. We are surrounded daily by people of many different faiths and religions from all over the world. We all, no matter where we live, need to know how to share the gospel with people who have different beliefs than we do.
One of the purposes of the next Secret Church Simulcast, “A Global Gospel in a World of Religions,” is to help people gain a better understanding of what people of different religions believe. But even more importantly, we want to gain a better grasp of the gospel itself. We need to understand the gospel in such a way that no one feels the need to be an expert in all of these religions; we should have such a strong hold on the truth that we feel more than equipped to share the gospel with followers of any belief system.
Join David Platt, along with hundreds of churches and thousands of small group participants around the world, as we study God’s Word and spend dedicated time in prayer for our persecuted brothers and sisters in India on Friday, April 29, 2016.
For more information or to register for the simulcast, visit Radical.net.