Salvation Illustrated by Lazarus’ Raising!

Jesus raising of Lazarus from the dead in John 11:17-44 illustrates how God accomplishessalvation. Humankind is dead in their sin and unable to save themselves from God’s righteous judgment and condemnation. God saves men by first making them alive to hear by the work of the Holy Spirit. Then they respond to the gospel communicated to them by another person.

Lazarus is dead four days. His body has begun to decay. It stinks!  His body physically can’t come back to life by any natural process.All people are dead in their sin and unable to hear! Dead men cannot hear or be awakened.  They are DEAD!!

Jesus comes to the grave and calls Lazarus by name. But his body can’t live! How can he respond? His body is rotting and stinking. He’s been dead four days! So, the power of God comes on his body and restores it to a condition of life.  He can now hear Christ’s call. All the death and decay is removed by God’s power. His bodyis in a state of life with awareness. The Holy Spirit has brought life, consciousness and open ears.  Jesus spoke about open ears to hear three times in the parable of the sower. “He who has ears to hear, let him hear …”  God made Lazarus’ body alive.  He is aware of his surroundings, and his ears are open to hearing the call of Jesus.

Thus the first action in salvation is God preparing a person, who is dead and making them alive so they can hear the gospel. God alone can do this. Dead men, in their sin, cannot respond to a gospel call without God acting first.  That is why we must always pray for God to move before we witness to Christ’s transforming power. Dead men cannot, will not and do not hear us!  God works first!

Lazarus is now alive and aware, lying on the cold gravestone, and hears Christ’s call.  He knows he is lying in the grave, so the first thing he does in response is get up and walk out. It’s man’s responsibility to respond to the gospel, but God uses human agencyto complete this process.  Men bring the gospel to other men!

Now he walks outof the grave still encumbered by grave wrappings, which represent his sin and past life. Although his sin debt, the penalty of death has been fully paidby Jesus, his lifestyle, habits, etc. are all still with him. Others must help him shed those things.  Unwrapping him is a picture of discipleship.  One of the best ways to disciple new believers is the “Operation Timothy” program available from members of CBMC (Christian Business Men’s Connection). Interested? charlie@sixdaycreation.com.

If you are a Christian then at a moment in time, after you were physically born, you were born again when God made you spiritually alive and gave you ears to hear.  Then, you listened to the Gospel call and responded sealing your salvation in Christ.

This blog was adapted from pages 7-9 of Always Be Ready to Give an Answer!   Go to http://www.sixdaycreation.comfor more info.

Three Books: 1) “Always Be Ready to Give an Answer!  A Former Atheist’s Personal Christian Evangelism Plan.”  2) ANSWERS For “The Hope That Is in You.  Direct, Simple Answers to the World’s “Hard” Questions”Both at http://yourchristiananswers.com 3) “Without 3 Miracles Darwin’s Dead!  Science Proves Atheistic Evolution is IMPOSSIBLE.”  Available at http://www.w3mdarwinsdead.com

Amazon/Kindle short stories written by Charlie Liebert: 1)The Memory Tree. A Gospel Christmas Story.  2) Helene at Mama Henney’s Boarding School for Girls.  My Grandmother’s adventures in 1900 Northern Italy.  3) Lost in Yellowstone: Sarah Johanson disappears without a trace.  4) Yellowstone’s Child: “Who am I? Sarah Johanson, Sally Graham, Sally Johnson or Detective Elaine Scott.”   NO! She’s Yellowstone’s Child.  5) One Android, 399 lives: 59th Street Terrorist Attack Kills 399. 6) Rosemarie, Kristallnacht Transformation. How my twice Jewish Aunt survived the Holocaust 7) The Curse of the Witch of Zahlendorf. Der Fluch der Hexe von Zahlendorf. A 17th-century German folk tale dramatically illustrated by events in 1921.

Twitter name: @CreationCharlie              Charlie’s weekly blog, search charlieliebert.blog

Video answers http://www.sixdaycreation.com

Contact charlie@sixdaycreation.comor 336-337-4975 (call or text).

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Charlie Liebert’s Testimony Shared Today in Carlisle, Pennsylvania at CBMC Outreach.

At thirty-five, in Greensboro, NC, I became a Christian. My transformation from Atheism was so sudden, surprising, and dramatic I had to unlearn and relearn almost everything I believed. All my presuppositions changed in a moment. Everything I thought I knew about humankind and God was wrong! The most challenging intellectual struggle I faced was giving up the theory of Evolution. I had been taught Evolution as fact and accepted it because I thought, “My teachers wouldn’t lie to me.” Besides, it made a lot of sense the way it was presented. I knew now that Genesis and the Bible did not fit with what I’d learned in my science classes. As a new believer, I was confronted with the biblical truth of the Genesis account of Creation in direct opposition to the Evolution I loved. It became clear there was no evolution in the first chapters of Genesis.

An intense intellectual conflict developed in my mind. If God created in six literal days, then Evolution could not be true! For the first time, I looked on the other side of the question. “Where did I come from? Why am I here? Where am I going?” I read all the books I could find about Biblical Creation: Genesis Flood, The Lie, Scientific Creationism, and many more. It took three years for me to evolve from an Atheistic Evolutionist into a Young Earth Creationist (YEC), passing through day-age, gap theory, and Old Earth. God’s Word and science fit together! God created in six literal days!

This newfound confidence in Scripture spurred me on to study more and more Christian Apologetics. I wanted to be able to explain to unbelievers why Christianity was true. By my fifth year as a Christian, I developed a keen understanding of Biblical Creation, but I grew less inclined to witness as again and again; I confronted questions from unbelievers I couldn’t answer. All those other questions from non-Christians I encountered made me stumble more and more until I began avoiding witnessing for Christ.  I tackle this fear of responding to these questions with the personal evangelism strategy in my first book “Always Be Ready to Give an Answer,” Jesus often did not answer questions but responded with questions to uncover their presuppositions.  This questioning strategy allows you to determine a person’s willingness to hear the Gospel by measuring their spiritual temperature as cold, lukewarm or hot. Then, you can share the Gospel with your testimony, and you still haven’t answered the original question. You intentionally get to the Gospel first after you’ve assessed their receptiveness to the Gospel.

My ministry grew as I taught Biblical Creation to home-school support groups, churches, and Christian schools. I even worked for Answers in Genesis for a short time. My ministry Web page (http://www.sixdaycreation.com) included the ability of visitors to ask questions for which I wrote answers and published them in my second book, “ANSWERS For: “The Hope That Is In You.”

Three Books: 1) “Always Be Ready to Give an Answer!  A Former Atheist’s Personal Christian Evangelism Plan.”  2) ANSWERS For “The Hope That Is in You.  Direct, Simple Answers to the World’s “Hard” Questions” 3) “Without 3 Miracles Darwin’s Dead!  Science Proves Atheistic Evolution is IMPOSSIBLE.”  Available at http://www.sixdaycreation.com

Amazon/Kindle short stories written by Charlie Liebert: 1) The Memory Tree. A Gospel Christmas Story.  2) Helene at Mama Henney’s Boarding School for Girls.  My Grandmother’s adventures in 1900 Northern Italy.  3) Lost in Yellowstone: Sarah Johanson disappears without a trace.  4) Yellowstone’s Child: “Who am I? Sarah Johanson, Sally Graham, Sally Johnson or Detective Elaine Scott.”   NO! She’s Yellowstone’s Child.  5) One Android, 399 lives: 59th Street Terrorist Attack Kills 399. 6) Rosemarie, Kristallnacht Transformation. How my twice Jewish Aunt survived the Holocaust 7) The Curse of the Witch of Zahlendorf.  Der Fluch der Hexe von Zahlendorf. A 17th-century German folk tale dramatically illustrated by events in 1921.

Twitter name: @CreationCharlie              Charlie’s weekly blog, search charlieliebert.blog

Share the Gospel of Jesus. You have a bad heart, record, and life. You need a new heart, record, and life.

Last week I shared my testimony of Christ’s life-changing power. After sharing your testimony the next step in the personal evangelism strategy from my book “Always Be Ready to Give an Answer! ” is called “Closure.” This week I learned another way to achieve closure at a CBMC program. Pastor Decherd Stevens from Carlisle Reformed Presbyterian Church shared “A bare bones way to present the Gospel, simple, but full-orbed and Biblical.”

1) You want to show a person’s sinful condition, and need of Christ – You have a bad heart, a bad record & a bad life.

  • You have a bad HEART – Called in Scripture: deceitful, wicked, dead and unable to do anything good. Jeremiah 17:9, Ephesians 2:1-3, John 6:44
  • You have a bad RECORD – You have sinned and are guilty: and therefore stand condemned (to death) before God. Romans 3:10-11, 6:23, John 3:36
  • You have a bad LIFE – You continue to do those things that are displeasing to God and cannot do those things, which please him. Isaiah 64:6, Romans 8:7-8

2) You want to show the only way to hope, and salvation is by faith in Christ – You need a new heart, a new record & a new life.

  • You need a new HEART – You must be born again (John 3:3), made alive (Ephesians 2:1), need to be made a new creature (Corinthians 5:17). But there is a problem; you can’t do that (Jeremiah 13:23). What do you do? Well, only God can change the heart (Ezekiel 36:26). You cry out to Jesus in faith and repentance (Ephesians 2:8). You’re in prison, and ONLY God has the key.
  • You need a new RECORD – You need to be cleansed of past sins, & you can’t do that either, but God can & will if you ask Him: Isaiah 53:6, 1 John 1:9, Hebrews 10:16f, Romans 5:1
  • You need a new LIFE – You need more than forgiveness, you need holiness (Hebrews 12:14). Your whole life needs to change; you need to start hating evil and loving what is good. You need to put off the old man and put on the new. All of these can only be done by the power of God. How does it happen? Ezekiel 36:27, Romans 8:13, 2Corinthians 5:21, 1 John 2:4

The Gospel in 1 Corinthians 15:3 “For I delivered to you…: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures…”

Learn how to start a conversation, by asking good questions. Study Biblical examples: Jesus, give me a drink…: Philip, Do you understand…: Peter, this is what Joel said.

In many US places, everybody thinks they are Christian, so I ask questions like: Are you a Christian? Do you have a church home? Has anyone shared the gospel with you? Do you sense that the Lord is working in your heart? Do you have any desire for God to take away your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh? Would you like to ask him to change you right now?

Assistant Pastor Decherd C. Stevens can be reached at pcapastor@bellsouth.net or www.carlislepca.org

ANSWERS For “The Hope That Is In You.” contains answers to more than 100 questions skeptics use to try to stump Christians. Charlie’s third book, “Without 3 Miracles Darwin’s DEAD!” will be published in June. Books are available http://yourchristiananswers.com and http://w3mdarwinsdead.com

To get Charlie’s weekly blog go to https://charlieliebert.blog

To get video, answers to your questions go to http://www.sixdaycreation.com

Contact Charlie at charlie@sixdaycreation.com or 336-337-4975 (call or text).

Give Your Christian Testimony! Charlie Liebert’s Example!

I have been teaching personal evangelism to Christians for years. One of the most important parts of being able to witness to unbelievers is to “be able to give an answer for the hope that is in you.” To be effective prepare a short, five-minute, testimony to carry out your obligation to witness to the life-changing power of Jesus. My blog today is my five-minute testimony.

I grew up in a small town Amityville on Long Island, New York, with my two sisters. My parents took us to church almost every Sunday. In Sunday school, we learned many Bible stories, but I never remember hearing the Gospel. At sixteen years old, in church one Sunday, morning the pastor was droning on about the evil of drinking. I knew that most of the adults sitting around me had been at the Amityville Yacht Club season-opening the night before and had consumed a lot of beer, wine, and liquor. How foolish, I thought. These people don’t believe a word of what’s said! Hypocrites! I was very aware of the hypocrisy of church members, and from that moment I shut off anything the church had to say. Thus, I began my descent into Atheism. By the time I received by BS degree in 1966, I was a hardcore Atheist.

In 1967 I married, Theresa Lee Perrone. We had two children, Keith and Melanie, and in 1973 our family came to Greensboro, North Carolina. Since we left our families in New York and New Jersey, Sundays became a long day. Terry met some neighbors decided to attend an Episcopal church, leaving me home with the children. After several weeks, I also decided to go to that church because; managing two young children at home was difficult for me.

My new life in Greensboro was falling apart quickly. My marriage was faltering, I had a drinking problem, a pornography addiction, and worked for a man I hated. The church we attended held a weekend retreat in Asheville, North Carolina, in 1977, and both Terry and I felt it would be good for me to get away for that short time. As the weekend progressed, I was confronted with the Gospel. Was I a lost sinner? That was very clear to me by the way my life was going, but what could I do about it? Nothing myself, but it became apparent that my sin debt was paid by Jesus’ death on the cross. He could give me new life! Wow! Everything changed. I came back to Greensboro a new person. Terry was converted three months later, and Christ would begin to heal our marriage, change my behavior, and give me a new worldview. Atheism was trashed for a relationship with the living God. The changes in my life were so dramatic my fellow workers joked about the old Charlie vs. the new Charlie. I would describe myself today as “a lost sinner saved by grace.” From a hard-core Atheist, I “evolved” into a Bible believing Christian.

Now, prepare yours and practice it with your believing friends.

Charlie is the author of “Always Be Ready to Give an Answer! A Former Atheist’s Personal Christian Evangelism Plan.” which develops an evangelism strategy that gets to the Gospel every time you witness. His second book ANSWERS For “The Hope That Is In You.” contains answers to more than 100 questions skeptics use to try to stump Christians. Both are at http://yourchristiananswers.com His third book, “Without 3 Miracles Darwin’s DEAD!” is currently in the final editing process and will be published later this year. See http://w3mdarwinsdead.com for a preview.

To get Charlie’s weekly blog go to http://charlieliebert.blog

To get video, answers to questions go to http://www.sixdaycreation.com

Contact Charlie at charlie@sixdaycreation.com or 336-337-4975 (call or text).

MY Christian Dialogue with a Humanist, & an Atheist

“Humanist Manifesto III” statements necessary for Christians to know.

Atheistic: “No deity will save us; we must save ourselves.”

Evolution only: “Rather, science affirms that the human species is an emergence from natural evolutionary forces.”

These doctrines made for an interesting dialogue I recently had with a Humanist:

Christian (me): “We are on opposite sides of the question of whether there is a God. I believe there is, and you don’t. On the question of origins, you affirm the only possibility is Atheistic Evolution.”

Humanist: “That is correct.”

C: “As a Christian, I believe in a six-day literal creation. There are, however, other Christians who believe in an old Earth and some who even believe in theistic evolution. I would say they are wrong in their theology, but I won’t declare they’re not Christians. The only model of the past that Christians exclude from the possibilities is Atheistic Evolution because we believe there is a God.

H: “So what’s your point?”

C: “Christians have at least three different ways to explain the origin of life on earth: Young Earth Creation, Old Earth Creation, and God Assisted Theistic Evolution. You are limited to only one: Atheistic Evolution. That makes Christians much more varied and open-minded than Atheists. We have three; you have only one! Are we three times more open-minded than you are?

H: At this point, many Humanists explode in anger because they reckon us narrow-minded and themselves broad, free, and open-minded. You have just shown them how narrow they are, and they won’t like it.

Atheist

Here’s a recent conversation I had with an Atheist.

Charlie: “Are there moral absolutes in the universe like the Ten Commandments?”

Atheist: “Of course not. All moral judgments are dependent on society’s conditions.”

Charlie: “Is there a God?”

Atheist: “No! I say that with certainty, absolutely not!”

Charlie: “So when it comes to morality, there are no absolutes, but you make the absolute statement ‘There is no God.’ You can’t have it both ways: absolute and relative. Atheism is a contradiction in the highest order. If you are going to be consistent with your logic, the best an Atheist can be is Agnostic! Atheism itself is a logical contradiction! Decide, relative or absolute!”

Wow. That often gets a strong reaction, usually with some anger. The logical flaw in the Atheist worldview has been found out, and they don’t like it. There is no way to explain or justify this flaw, so their only recourse is anger to create a smoke screen.

Here are some questions I ask Atheists to provoke them to think about their worldview.

  • If there is no God, then why does it matter to you if anyone believes in Jesus?
  • Why does my belief in Jesus distress you so much?
  • Don’t I have freedom to believe what I want to?
  • Why does it make you angry I believe in God?
  • If he doesn’t exist, why does it matter to you?
  • If there is no God what’s your point contending with me?

Charlie is the author of “Always Be Ready to Give an Answer! A Former Atheist’s Christian Evangelism Plan.” which develops an evangelism strategy that gets to the Gospel every time you witness. His second book ANSWERS For “The Hope That Is In You.” contains answers to more than 100 questions skeptics use to try to stump Christians. The third book, “Without 3 Miracles Darwin’s DEAD!” is currently in the final editing process and will be published later this year. http://yourchristiananswers.com

To get Charlie’s weekly blog “like” the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Charlie-Liebert-1603534356575541/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

To get video, answers to questions go to http://www.sixdaycreation.com

Contact Charlie at Charlie@sixdaycreation.com or 336-337-4975 (call or text).

My Christian witness was thwarted by a question I couldn’t answer.

While teaching a Bible study about evangelism in 2012, I noticed many of my Christian friends were unable to bring the gospel to the unbelievers they encounter every day. This problem resulted in publishing my first book with a simple strategy to witness “Always Be Ready to Give an Answer!” Revised and updated it’s available at http://yourchristiananswers.com

Why were they so hesitant to witness? When I asked them, the most common response was:

Because I can’t answer all the hard questions, they ask me like “Where did Cain get his wife? What happens to the native in the jungle that never heard the gospel, does he go to hell? Why do bad things happen to good people?” The Bible says, “Be ready to give an answer to the hope that is in you.” But I’m not ready! I can’t answer those questions! I just don’t know enough about the Bible or science or anything else! Help! I can’t witness!

If that’s you, I’m offering a plan to bring the gospel to your unbelieving friends and family without immediately answering those hard questions. None of us have all the answers. You have your faith and the Holy Spirit to guide you. You can become a confident, fearless witness for Christ if you use the personal evangelism plan put forth in my book Always Be Ready to Give an Answer!

This personal evangelism strategy tackles the fear of responding to these questions with the approach Jesus used by discerning the questioner’s motive for their original question. He didn’t answer their questions but responded with questions to them! You do the same by determining a person’s willingness to hear the gospel by measuring their spiritual temperature. Are they cold, lukewarm or hot to hear the gospel? After you know their temperature, next share your personal testimony. You’ve gotten to the gospel and still haven’t answered the original question. The key is getting there before the question trips you up. You intentionally get to the gospel first; answers come second, if at all. After you have offered Christ, you may then answer their original question. If you put into practice this personal Christian evangelism strategy, you can expect three things to happen.

1) You will develop confidence in sharing the gospel like never before.

2) God will bring salvation to some of those you witness to, and you’ll see both his saving power and your weakness made strong in Christ.

3) Your faith will be made stronger by God’s working in you, “both to will and to do his good pleasure.”

Remember that although it is God who saves, he uses weak human vessels to take the precious gospel to the world.

Charlie’s second book ANSWERS For “The Hope That Is In You.” contains answers to more than 100 questions skeptics use to try to stump Christians. His third book, “Without 3 Miracles Darwin’s DEAD!” is currently in the final editing process and will be published later this year. http://yourchristiananswers.com

To get my weekly blog “like” my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Charlie-Liebert-1603534356575541/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

To get video, answers to questions go to http://www.sixdaycreation.com

Contact Charlie at Charlie@sixdaycreation.com or 336-337-4975 (call or text).

Blog 2016 046. 11/11/16 Evangelize like Jesus did! Ask questions to get to their motives.

The most familiar imperative in the Bible is the Great Commission. Jesus tells his disciples, as he leaves,

“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” — Matthew 28:18b–20

That’s pretty clear. He has all the authority on earth and remains with us by the presence of the Holy Spirit. Our call to action is to make disciples of all nations. Most Christians don’t do it. They are timid or afraid to bring the Gospel to the world around them. Why? What paralyzes them? Fear of not being able to answer those “hard” questions unbelievers ask! Our Enemy, Satan, uses this disabling fear to weaken believers, create doubt, and prevent the spread of the Gospel. Paralyzed by this fear, they withdraw from spiritual warfare and become bystanders. Most of the Christian soldiers I know want to take supporting roles. Few intend to go into the front battle lines to confront the Enemy. Our spiritual war is ineffectively fought because of this fear of being unable to answer questions. This implied assumption that we must respond to these issues immediately is a significant barrier to personal evangelism. So what can we do?

Let’s see how Jesus confronted this. The religious leaders ask Jesus a “trap” question that he is not going to answer, but He responds with a question. He is forcing them to think through their presuppositions when confronted.

And when he entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came up to him as he was teaching, and said, “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?” Jesus answered them, “I also will ask you one question, and if you tell me the answer, then I also will tell you by what authority I do these things. The baptism of John, from where, did it come? From heaven or from man?” And they discussed it among themselves, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say to us, ‘Why, then did you not believe him?’ But if we say, ‘From man,’ we are afraid of the crowd, for they all hold that John was a prophet.” So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.” And he said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.” — Matthew 21:23–27

Jesus didn’t answer their question. He asked that question to expose their motives for asking the original question. He wanted to hear their reason for asking before he’d answer. He was asking the Scribes and Pharisees, “Why did you ask me this question?” After listening to their response, he never answered their question. Jesus forced them to expose the foundations of their beliefs, their presuppositions, and to consider the consequences of their answers. They wouldn’t answer his question. Our goal dealing with questioners is to do the same: expose their foundations. When we know what they believe and their motive for asking the question, we have an opening to bring our witness of Christ to them. This personal evangelism strategy is described in my book “Always Be Ready to Give an Answer!”

My second book: ANSWERS For “The Hope That Is In You.” contains answers to 106 questions unbelievers use to try to stump Christians.

My third book, “Without 3 Miracles Darwin’s DEAD!” is currently in the final editing process and will be published later this year. http://yourchristiananswers.com

To get my weekly blog “like” my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Charlie-Liebert-1603534356575541/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

To get video, answers to questions go to http://www.sixdaycreation.com

Always Be Ready to Give an ANSWER!
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