"How do I witness to someone I
know, like a family member?"
For most of us, it is far
easier to witness to a stranger than to someone we know
and respect. An effective way to soften the message
without compromise is to speak in the "first person"
or in testimonial form. Say something like, "I
didn’t realize that the Bible warns that for every
idle word I have spoken, I will have to give an account
on Judgment Day. I thought that as long as I believed
in God and tried to live a good life, I would go to
heaven when I died. I was so wrong. Jesus said that
if I as much as looked with lust, I had committed adultery
in my heart, and that there was nothing I could do to
wash away my sins. I knew that if God judged me by the
Ten Commandments on Judgment Day, I would end up guilty,
and go to hell."
"It was when I acknowledged
my sins that I began to understand why Jesus died. It
was to take the punishment for my sins, and the sins
of the world." Then, depending on the person’s
openness, you may ask, "How do you think you will
do on Judgment Day, if God judges you by the Ten Commandments?"