The third challenge we face in evangelism is the "I can't believe it" response after people have heard the gospel.
Let's not be discouraged by such response; because the person may be just a step away from believing! When he said "I can't believe it," he is sending us two signals:
First, he finds it rationally unacceptable.
Second, he feels emotional.
In sharing the gospel, if have done our best with a carefully designed non-threatening meeting circumstance, prepared examples, testimonies, and sound logic to justify the credibility of the gospel, those who have heard our presentation may be moved by our enthusiasm and sincerity. However, when it came to the point of decision, everything fell apart! We are left wondering ‘why’?
The reason has to do with the gospel ordained by God.
18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
19 For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”
20 Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. (1 Corinthians 1:18-21)
The message of the cross is simple and easy to understand. It only requires people to believe that Jesus is God, that he was born of a virgin, that he was crucified to atone for the sins of the world, and that he was raised from the dead. Rational explanations are there to bridge and pave the way for faith, but they cannot replace faith itself. Ultimately, the gospel must be received by exercising faith.
When a person is considering whether to believe, he is faced with the prospect of being "watched" and "supervised" by an omniscient and omnipresent God; a terrifying prospect unless he has tasted God's love. Besides, he has no idea what it means to follow Jesus and walk with God. It is normal for him to feel uneasy. How, then, can we help people take a "leap of faith"?
We must believe in the word of God: “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:13) How do we practice such belief? We should pray for him who ‘can't believe’; teach and show him to pray; design an opportunity for him to pray; encourage him to pray, accompany him to pray, and even invite him to pray for us. Of course, we should do so respectfully according to his pace. If we tenderly guide him through the experience of God, nothing can stop him from making a leap of faith, once he has tasted the truth of God’s gospel.