Anyone who shares their faith regularly knows that people will frequently offer objections to our presentation of the gospel message. Many times these objections are disguised as honest questions. They may sound like, “What about so and so” and “doesn’t the Bible say…” They are thrown out against your message as if they are being asked from a genuine concern. The truth is this can be a tactic we call a Rabbit Trail which is designed to make you stumble and keep you from presenting a clear gospel message. Because of a fear of getting challenged with these objections you may think you do not have enough biblical knowledge to go witnessing. This is exactly what Satan wants you to think. Here are some basic principles to keep in mind and to use when facing this obstacle which can help you overcome this fear.
- God does not need your defense. The truth remains the truth despite the unbelief of the hearer.
- You are not obligated to answer any of their objections or questions.
- If you don’t know the answer just say, “That’s a great question I’ll have to get back to you on that.”
- You can redirect the conversation back to the main point just by saying, “I’ll answer that in a minute but first, do you consider yourself a good person? [Or other relevant questions that get back to your point]” Chances are they will forget their question by time you’re done.
- The best help is knowing where you are going. Practice presenting the gospel to someone by preaching it to yourself, your spouse, or even your dog. After all, the scripture says to preach the gospel to every creature.