Good-person test

I love stories about evangelism and people’s conversions. Here’s one by Tim G., used by his permission, in his words. …

I asked a person yesterday if she was going to make it to heaven. She said yes! I asked her how she knew that she would make it to heaven. She said that she was a good person, she loved people, and was a good mother and wife.

I said can I give you a test that I failed? She said, yes. I said it is called a good-person test.

So I said: Have you ever stolen anything in your life? She said yes.

I said what do call a person who steals? She said a fibber? I said no a thief, and she said, well, yes.

I asked her if she ever told a lie? And she said yes she had. I said what do call a person who has told a lie? She said a liar.

I asked have you ever looked at another man and lusted, and she said yes she had. I said, Jesus said in Matthew 5 that if a man looks at woman to lust after her, he commits adultery with her already in his heart.

I asked her if she ever used God’s name in a common and not honoring way, and she said she had. I said, God has said that he will not hold a person guiltless who uses his name in vain.

So I said, I have talked to you, and you have been honest with me and have admitted to me that you are a lying, thieving, blasphemous adulterer, and you said you were a good person. Do you feel that way now? She said no.

I told her I failed that test also, and I had good news that I learned from the word of God that made me not guilty of those same sins. Would you like to know what I learned?

She said yes, and I have a Bible study with her next Tuesday.

Paul said in Gal 3:24, “Therefore the law was our tutor [to bring us] to Christ, that we might be justified by faith.” And again, Rom 3:20, “Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in his sight, for by the Law is the knowledge of sin.”

I use the Ten Commandments to show that we are sinful and in need of a Savior.

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