I think I’m on the “do not call” list for a few cults/religions (mainly the types that come to your door). It isn’t because I’m not friendly to them. On the contrary, I figure if someone with a false religion comes to my door and wants to talk about God, then how much easier does evangelism get? I invite them in or make an appointment to visit with them at a more convenient time. I just sit back and listen and ask questions to clarify my understanding. Then I have the opportunity to point out what I see as flaws in their reasoning and to share the real Gospel. No one has dropped to their knees and converted, but I do think they were given something to think about. I pray that seeds are planted and that the Holy Spirit will guide them to the Truth.
Perhaps I’m being paranoid, but it seems that we are skipped over when the groups make future treks through the neighborhood.
If you travel, always take your Bible. I was going through LAX after a Far East trip once and must have looked exhausted. A Hare Krishna made a bee line for me with some books to read. I pulled out my Bible and told her she should read my book first. She laughed and said, “But your book is much bigger.” I figured she would convert or leave. She left.
The Christian Research Institute has some good, brief outlines of major religions and cults that can be useful when talking to people of other faiths. It helps you understand where they are coming from and where they will try to mislead you. Their presentations often have the veneer of orthodox Christianity, but when you peel back the layers they are talking about a different God, a different Jesus and a different Bible.
I’ll be doing a lesson on sharing the Gospel with people of different faiths for an upcoming CareNet Pregnancy Center volunteer in-service and also for my church’s youth group. I may do a series on this blog as well.