And the Lord’s servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth II Timothy 2:24-25

Sometimes, apologists for the faith lose sight of the fact that soul winning is not about argumentation, debate or even evidence. The reason that you cannot win someone to Christ through presenting evidence is because everyone interprets evidence subject to what they already believe.

I must admit that I too have been guilty of this as I have prayed and hoped that some of the evidences I have furnished would persuade people that God is real, the Bible is His revelation to mankind and that Jesus of Nazareth is the Savior of the world.

Though, am I ever going to be able to furnish more convincing evidence then Jesus himself? Our Lord’s own contemporaries largely rejected the very Messianic Miracles that they heard from childhood only Messiah would be able to perform–ones beheld with their own eyes.

And yet they still refused to believe.

That is because evidence is not the issue.

We read this same truth in II Timothy 2:25:

And the Lord’s servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth

We are therefore reminded that a knowledge of the truth will not lead to repentance.

But rather, the unbeliever cannot come to a knowledge of the truth until they repent.

It is my prayer that all visitors to Across the Fruited Plain will seek repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth.

“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

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