What should I have said?

Discussion in 'Missions / Witnessing / eVangelism' started by Bible Believing Bill, Jan 14, 2003.

  1. Bible Believing Bill

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    Yesterday as I was leaving work, my boss (she is transfering next week)asked me where I was reading in my bible. After I told her she said something to the effect that she talked to the angels that she learned about from wicca. I was so suprised and taken aback that I didn't know what to say. She could tell from my reaction that I didn't approve and tried to give me the line about it being all earth based and supported from the bible.

    This should have been the perfect opportunity to tell her about Jesus, but I was so suprised I didn't even think of that. I knew she wasn't a Christian, but had no idea she believed in wicca. At the very least I shold have told her that anything that didn't have Jesus as its center was wrong.

    Can anyone proved me with some ideas as to how to be prepared for suprises like this in the future.

    Bill
     
  2. The_Narrow_Road

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    Smother your life in prayer to Almighty God. He will give you the words to say. Most wiccans accept evolution as true. Start with Genesis, show her the folly of "worshipping the creation" instead of the Creator. Since she is leaving, you don't have a whole lot of time. I suggest that you visit www.AnswersinGenesis.org and take a look at their articles and also their tracts available.

    First is to pray for her, that the Holy Spirit would already be working in her heart and she would be receptive when you talk to her.

    I will also be praying for you and her. God bless, Kenneth
     
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  4. Hailey Marie

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    I probably wouldnt have been able to move more less talk. I am praying for you also, that the Lord give you the wisdom and the words.

    In Christ,
    Hailey
     
  5. stubbornkelly

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    You could still go to her and tell her you were taken aback the other day and if she has some time before she transfers, you'd like to chat with her about her religion and yours. Hers because it's unlikely that she'd agree to come chat with you solely about yours because she'll know what's coming (although, many witches know quite a bit about Christianity and Jesus and aren't averse to talking about it and Him). Yours because you do plan to share the gospel with her, and it'd be dishonest to make it seem like you just wanted to learn a little about her religion from her.

    One thing I've always found good to keep in mind is that most people believe their religion to be just as true as we believe ours to be.

    And that there are quite a few non-Christian Bible scholars out there - it seems that many witches (at least those I've met) have read (at least some) of the Bible and heard the gospel and choose not to believe it. So, know you're probably not going to be talking to a blank slate.

    I've never heard the talking to angels thing before from an actual person -- I'd try to get an idea of what she actually believes. She may have mentioned Wicca, but that's a fairly popular form of witchcraft, and very trendy right now. A lot of the trendy witches don't really know much about witchcraft other than what they've learned from Scott Cunningham and Silver RavenWolf, who teach "pop" witchcraft.

    In a way, it may be a good thing you didn't tell her much of anything at the time. If all you were prepared with was a quick "anything that doesn't have Jesus at it's center is wrong," well, she may have been much less likely to talk with you about the gospel later. I find that - even if we have no respect for the particular religion a person practices - showing respect for that person is essential to sharing the gospel with them in any meaningful way. And, to me at least, a quick reproof like that - however true it is - is interpreted as dismissive and not at all caring. And how we're perceived is important, IMNSHO, or our message may not be willingly heard. I also find that it's good to know what a person believes, which is why I favor the "let's talk about your religion and mine" approach. But that's me.

    If this particular woman is not a trendy witch, and actually knows her stuff (and has read beyond the basic "10 steps to spellmaking!" books), she'll likely be pretty well versed in general Christian doctrine. And likely have very solid (in that I mean unwavering) reasons for rejecting the Bible as truth.

    But like I said, many witches are very well read in various religions, and even interested in in-depth study, including study of Christianity. I haven't met too many non-trendy witches who won't listen to a Christian tell them about Christ, or who won't gladly sit and have a discussion - not a debate, a discussion - about Christianity and the Bible, even as detailed as we sometimes get here on the BB.

    I'm kinda curious about why you were so surprised. Does Wicca seem that fringe? Or were you just surprised that she had any religious beliefs at all? Honest question - would you have been just as surprised if she'd said she was Jewish or Hindu or something?

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    When she told you it was biblically supported you should have asked where. [​IMG]
    Gina
     
  7. stubbornkelly

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    Um, yeh, or what Gina said. [​IMG]

    Kelly, ya gotta learn not to ramble!
     
  8. Bible Believing Bill

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    Kelly,

    I really liked what you had to say, go ahead and ramble. As usual Gina was short and to the point. I just wish I had done something.

    To answer your question about my suprise I would have to say it was a combination of the fact that I really didn't think she had much in the way of religious belief and that even though I have read about wicca becomming more popular (?) I have not met anyone who believed in it before.

    Bill
     
  9. Johnv

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    Kelly took the words right out of my mouth. Considereing that right now, my mouth is filled with a Krispy Kreme doughnut, that's probably a good thing.
     
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    Kelly took the words right out of my mouth. Considereing that right now, my mouth is filled with a Krispy Kreme doughnut, that's probably a good thing.
     
  11. dianetavegia

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    Bill, I'm not sure how surprised we should be anymore. We live in a tiny town in Georgia. More churches than grocery stores! However, the local Pizza Hut had an ad on their bulletin board looking for local teens interested in Wicca and becoming 'good witches'. We tore it down and put out prayer chains asking people to watch for these 'ads' and pray for those involved.

    Diane
     

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