Let Me Shove This Truth Down Your Throat


I’m sure you really want to read this after reading the title. None of us likes having things shoved down our throat. In my years as a Christian, I have seen and heard many approaches to delivering the truth. Some of them are way less palatable. You have zealots who will tell you that you can just go to hell if you won’t hear them out. There are those who arrogantly parade what they perceive to be truth and condemn all those who do not believe exactly as they do. I may be wrong on this one (and the Lord will correct me one day if I am), but I am to speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15) and understand that the Holy Spirit does the work. As the old saying goes, I lead the horse to water but I can’t make him drink.

I probably wrote this recently, but someone may need this again. I was asked recently about how I convert my hospice patients. I said, “I don’t. I build a relationship, share the message, and leave the rest to God. God does a better job of changing hearts than I ever could.” 

I understand that you may want to let everyone know what you know, but your approach may make or break them. Arrogance and the high-pressure salesman approach have always sent me running. I do not argue my faith. I do my best to lovingly state the facts and my stance. I don’t convert.

I believe it was D. L. Moody who was approached by a man who pointed to a man in a drunken stupor and said, “Mr. Moody, isn’t this one of your converts?” Moody replied, “I must be one of mine because it certainly isn’t one of the Lord’s.” The best you can do, my friend, is lead someone to conform to a certain way of life or thought pattern. Eventually, they will go back to their ways. That’s what a legalist does – he conforms. The true child of God is transformed. The legalist condemns others. The true child of God is filled with the fruit of the Spirit and understands the balance between grace and truth. Be repulsive or be salt and light…it’s your choice!

Author: Matthew Winters (The Comeback Pastor)

Born and raised in Portsmouth, VA, I eventually landed in upstate SC because when God calls I move. I gave my life to Christ in 1987 and surrendered to the call to ministry in 1997. I am a three-time graduate from Liberty University and Theological Seminary: BS in Religion (2003), the MA in Religion (Leadership concentration - 2006), and the Master of Divinity (Pastoral Ministries - 2013). I have served as a worship leader and senior pastor in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia since 1996. After experiencing a divorce, God graciously gave me my wife, Jennifer, whom I married in September 2015. Between the two of us, we have 6 children. I am the Lead/Founding Pastor of Overcomers Church in Walhalla, SC, a church plant that is helping those who have been overcome by life to become Overcomers in Christ. Jennifer and I both love people and long to see them enter into a relationship with Christ and walk in the power of His Spirit. I pray that these thoughts I share will challenge and inspire you to greater heights and deeper depths for the glory of Christ.

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