Summary: How to Bring Idol Worshippers Christ and then on to Maturity (Eph. 4:14,15)
How To Evangelize Idol Worshippers
1. The students will explain three hindrances that inhibit idol worshippers from becoming Christians.
2. The students will explain the ways that scripture suggests we bring idol worshippers to faith in Christ.
3. The students will discuss in a short paper what motivations a missionary can appeal to with idol worshippers in seeking to start a new church in their area.
Introduction - In Nigeria, we are sadly witnessing the return of some people to their traditional religions. A Vice-Chancellor of a university consulted a witch doctor to see if he would cast a spell on the Chancellor enabling him to become the top man in the school. Even though this man claimed to be a Christian, had a Ph.D. from a distinguished school in the U.S., and knew this was against all the principles in the Bible, he went ahead. Numerous reports are being told about how many so-called Christians are returning to their juju or dodos for protection, prosperity, and power over their enemies.
In addition to the people who seem to be reverting back to their traditional religions, there are many yet to make a first time decision for Jesus Christ. Let us ask the Lord’s help in learning how to evangelize idol worshippers. However, let us also examine how to instruct the backsliders who falsely believe that they can serve two masters.
Jesus said, ``No man can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other or he will support the one and treat the other with contempt. You cannot serve God and money.’’ (Mt. 6:24)
I. What is a Biblical Theology of Animism (Idol Worship)
A. Animism - A deep-lying belief in spiritual beings which expresses itself in the worship of idols, spirits, or charms etc.
B. In the Old Testament there were many idol worshipping pagans (Baal worshippers, Dagon followers, Molech men, Chemosh etc.)
C. The idol worshippers traditionally have a history of beliefs that were formulated by the elders of a society. For this reason, elders are sometimes given the powers of the gods in decision-making.
D. Healers and traditional doctors play a key role in traditional religions as sometimes they will use special mixtures of herbs, spices, or spit to supposedly cure people. The problem is in their source of the powers to heal!
E. The Bible is clear in stating from the 10 commandments,
``You shall have no other gods before me.’’ (Ex. 20:2-6)
F. Idol worship can be seen on cultural, social, religious, medicinal, educational, mental, psychological, and monetary systems.
G. In the New Testament, Paul teaches the evils of idolatry and the solutions that come through faith in Jesus Christ (Rom. 1:18-25)
``On the other hand God’s wrath is revealed from heaven against all impiety and wickedness of men who through their wicked ways suppress the truth; because whatever can be known regarding God is evident to them, for God has shown it to them. From the creation of the world His invisible qualities, such as His eternal power and divine nature, have been made visible and have been understood through his handiwork. So they are without excuse.’’