A (Frankly) Honest Invitation
Believe me when I tell you that we both have heard it all before.
Undoubtedly, you have been approached by others in the past who came with all sorts of opening lines and question-generating statements, all well-practiced and tuned to elicit a response from you, one way or another. You’ve been approached by individuals saying things like “If you died today, are you 100% sure you are going to Heaven?” (which is a valid question, mind you) We also know that you have been handed literature before pertaining to a religious organization or denomination, and (much like we do) gave it a cursory glance, perhaps even offered a half-hearted “Thanks, I’ll take a look at it”, and then set it aside, usually in the trash. Trust me, we are familiar with all the ploys, the practiced conversations, the literature, all of it. But that’s not all we are familiar with.
We are also all-too familiar with what you have said to us in the past. We hear all the time “I’m not interested” just to get us to go away and leave you alone. Messengers of the gospel message have been told to do all sorts of things, even from the very beginnings of the spreading of the gospel. Paul was told to go away when speaking to Felix in Acts 24.25, as he became alarmed when Paul “reasoned about righteousness and self-control and the coming judgment”. We understand all too well that some of you don’t want to hear what we have to say. We have heard all the misguided things said about the Church and those who are members of it. We hear constantly that we believe we are the only ones going to Heaven. We hear constantly that we believe we save ourselves through our works when the scriptures say that we are saved by faith. (Example: Eph. 2.8) And the list goes on and on.
That is why we want to clear the air, and start over fresh.
We wish to pose three simple questions, and make one promise to you, the reader.
1. Do you believe the Bible to be the Word of God?
-I believe the Bible to be the Word of God, which makes it true, and infallible, and complete. Do you believe this too?
2. Would you like to study the Bible with me?
-If we want to be pleasing to God, we must study the Bible! “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” (2 Tim. 3.16-17)
3. If there is a question or concern, can we answer it using the Bible?
-Clearly there are differences in belief and action, some of which have been believed/practiced for a very long time. If the Bible is God’s word (true, infallible and complete) then it is capable of answering any question we might have, if we allow God to speak for Himself, through the Bible.
And finally the promise we will make to you, the reader.
Whatever the Bible says we should do, we will do. Both of us. You have my word.
Seems too simple? -Let’s give it a try.
Think you already know what it says? -Then help me understand it better.