The message we offer is simple, Jesus Christ loves you.
There is a Sovereign Creator over all that is, who is Holy, righteous and true. He desires that all would come to His eternal Kingdom, but sin, our own personal sin, bars the way for us. He sent His Son Jesus Christ to pay the penalty for that sin for all. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16) All anyone has to do is acknowledge the truths of the Scriptures concerning Jesus Christ, and they will be allowed entrance into an eternity of His love forever. “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13)
But that is only half the message.
This same Jesus who shed His blood on the cross that day will not look upon any who denied Him in this life with love and compassion, they will be judged, found guilty and cast into the Lake of Fire for all eternity, with no hope of release. Two messages my friends, and if you do not make both of them clear to those that cross your path, you have not fulfilled your duty.
Very few have difficulty offering the first part, that of love, of eternal security, of hope. They will speak of their own testimony, many times which includes a shattered life before the Savior called them, reaching down into that pit of despair, and in great love and endless mercy, calling them His own. But as for looking that person in the eye and explaining to them what awaits them if they will not repent, here most fall short. For some reason, especially for the last few decades, most will not tell those they meet that reject the gospel about eternal damnation, about endless pain and torment, of the place where hope will never be seen, heard or felt.
I have never met anyone who does not make sure to adhere to all the rules of the road when there is a law enforcement officer in the area, but has little fear of breaking, or bending those rules when the coast is clear. A poor analogy, but it fits, because Romans 1:20 is true. “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:” Those that you are speaking with know for a fact there is a God in heaven, they know there is a set standard, if you will of character expected, but they have replaced it with a code of morality they have envisioned that is correct, and that code changes in the presence of others. In other words, a works-based system is employed by them in this regard, good people go to heaven, bad people go to hell.
Even they at their very core understand this foundational ideology, flawed as it is. “And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.” (Matt. 19:17) If at their core this is what they know, and all do, incorrectly, then why would you have any qualms about speaking the truth to them about the fires of hell?
That all are bad, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” (Romans 3:23)
That one must be righteous to enter into heaven, “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:” (Romans 3:10)
That there is not one work they can do that will make God see them as they need to be to enter into His presence, “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.” (Isaiah 64:6)
That the only way is Jesus Christ, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6)
That if they do not repent and call upon the Lord Jesus Christ for the salvation of their soul, that this is their end. “Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:” (Matt. 25:41)
You tell them of His love, praise God you do, but you will not speak to them about eternal damnation. Half the message is not the whole message, and you will be held accountable in this area.
“When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.” (Eze. 3:18)