Gospel Focus

Am I taking this phrase out of context when sharing the gospel?

This is our third post to help you to be as clear as possible in speaking with unbelievers, explaining why some common Christians phrases shouldn't be used in witnessing encounters as they are either unbiblical or are very easily misunderstood by the unbeliever.

The third phrase not to use is: "Jesus is standing at the door of your heart and knocking".

Why not to use it:

• Not biblical: There is no passage in the Bible that supports this phrase. The passage Revelation 3:20 that people sometimes use to support this phrase is not talking about a person's heart, it's talking about a church that has abandoned Christ. 

• Implies a weak God: God is not standing out in the cold wishing that people would open up to Him. That is a weak picture of God. Instead, God is the one who draws a person to Christ and "all that the Father gives to me will come to Me" (John 6:37).

• Very confusing: To be saved, we don't answer a door or invite Jesus in. Instead we trust in Christ alone.

Instead, it's better phrased:

• "You don't know how long you have left, you could die today. What is stopping you from trusting in Jesus that He has taken the punishment for your sins?"