Witnessing Encounter: The Android in the Library
I had my very first impromptu witnessing encounter today in the library in Hillsboro (I must again give credit to James Boccardo’s fabulous book on helping me with how to approach this situation). I met a young man and his mother in the library. I was looking at books to check out when he and his mother came to the same section to look for King James bibles for a summer homework project that he was working on. I suggested to him the YouVersion Bible app since he had an Android phone (I am a HUGE fan of my EVO by the way) since it was free, portable and he could look at the KJV and another easier to read version at the same time. We parted ways, and at first and I was discouraged as it seemed to be like a great witnessing opportunity lost.
As I was walking toward the front entrance of the library, waiting for Jenn (my wife) to check out, I saw him sitting there alone playing on his phone. I sat down and struck up another conversation with him suggesting that he read the Matthew Henery Commentary to help him with the more difficult passages. I started to ask him his background and found out he was Catholic. We started to discuss the differences between Protestantism and Catholicism with regards to justification (how someone gets to heaven). I began to explain how if, as a Catholic, you believe in Jesus, but have mortal sins on your soul and you die without confession, you will not be allowed in heaven. I then showed him Titus 3:5 showing how we are saved by grace and not by works, showing that this position of the Catholic church does not fall inline with scripture.
He then asked “So wait a minute, so if you believe, you could just go out and kill someone and then go to heaven?” I answered him saying that technically, yes you could, but that there are many Christians who say they are Christians but really aren’t (Matthew 7:21-23). So just because a murderer says that they are a Christian does not make it true. I then explained to him that when we have real faith, it will show itself in our lives. I used a favorite analogy of mine: “Saving faith is like the Flu“: Someone doesn’t throw up and run a temperature to get the flu, they get the flu and THEN they throw up and have a temperature. I made a comparison that having the holy spirit in us is like that: someone will get saved (the holy spirit) and THEN show symptoms of it. He seemed to understand and take it to heart.
I left the him with a $1,000,000 tract and my e-mail address. I really enjoyed this conversation and hope that I get a chance to continue it sometime in the future. Please keep him in your prayers.