Moishe Rosen continues to do a great deal of musing and we will continue to share with you some of his current thoughts. However, some of his best musings appear in a book titled Witnessing to Jews that he co-authored with his wife, Ceil. Since David Brickner has just finished a series about the Great Commission, we thought it would be good to recognize some of the common misconceptions that discourage many Christians from witnessing to Jewish people.
The Rosens describe 11 myths that have become obstacles for Christians who want to tell their Jewish friends and neighbors about Jesus. Following are the first three:
Myth Number One:
If a person doesn’t respond to my witness, it must be because I haven’t presented the gospel properly.
People do not naturally give their lives to Christ. They hold on to the reins as long as possible. Therefore, we should expect resistance.
Sometimes we can present the gospel in exactly the right way but still have it rejected. Other times we can fumble through our words and forget a Scripture verse or two, yet find that in spite of our mistakes, the person wants to accept Christ as Savior.
There really is no “right” or “wrong” way to present the gospel. Some methods may work better than others, and certainly, doctrinal knowledge helps. Yet God approaches each person as an individual. We must also do this when we witness. What might have been right in witnessing to one person may not be right in witnessing to the next.
Myth Number Two:
It takes a long time for someone to discover the truth of the gospel.
Sometimes it takes a person a long time to come to faith, but usually it doesn’t. An individual often realizes his or her need for a savior after taking a personal inventory. This happens because the Holy Spirit has touched that person’s heart. Someone else may have planted the gospel seed long before you came along—maybe someone who thought that he or she had failed.
Myth Number Three:
All Jews have a deep, scholarly knowledge of the Old Testament. I feel inadequate in handling the Scriptures. If I am to be effective in evangelism, especially Jewish evangelism, I must know the Bible very well.
Certainly, Bible knowledge helps in witnessing, but God doesn’t require that you have a certain number of verses memorized before you can witness. If you are faithful in trying, He will direct what you say. In fact, often you will find that you know more than the person to whom you are speaking. Few Jewish people today are well versed in even the Old Testament portion of the Scriptures, and just the basic knowledge that led you to become a Christian probably surpasses what most Jews know about the Bible. In witnessing, you will find that you know more than you thought you did. Furthermore, you will usually end up learning much about Christ as you tell others about Him. The section in this book on how to use the Gospel of John provides enough direction for you to get started.
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