Are you a Christian yet? If not, why not? Here are
the top 10 reasons why some people delay in becoming a
Christian, along with a brief response:
10. "A lot of Christians are hypocrites."
This is a true statement. Many Christians are
hypocrites. This should not be too surprising,
because there are bad apples in every basket. The
standard to which God calls us should not be judged by a
few bad apples. Besides, would you rather spend a few
years, putting up with a few hypocrites in church, or spend
eternity with all of them in hell? (Matthew
9. "I am not good enough."
When one becomes a Christian, it is not because he, or she
is good. In fact, we become Christians because we
recognize that we are not good. We are sinners.
The redemption of the Christian is based on grace and
faith, not one's own righteousness (Romans
3:21-28). If it was based on
righteousness, nobody would be a Christian, much less be
8. "I do not know enough." -
Do you believe there is a God? Do you believe that
Jesus is His Son, who died on the cross to save us from our
sins, and was resurrected to give us hope? Are you
willing to accept Him as your Lord and Savior, to follow
Him wherever He leads you? His commands are simple:
After hearing the gospel, you must believe, repent from
your sins, confess Him, and be immersed in water into His
The rest will come with time and diligence (I
7. "It is too hard."
Being a Christian is hard work. Before one becomes a
Christian they should count the cost, and commit themselves
to Christ, whatever the cost (Luke
you should know that choosing not to be a Christian will
produce a life that is even harder (Matthew
11:28-30). To help us, God has provided
spiritual tools that enable us to grow as a Christian and
overcome this life (II
These tools are only available to Christians
(Ephesians 1:3). If we run away from the difficulties
of being a Christian, we will run straight into a trapped
life of ruin and misery, which will bring insurmountable
and eternal difficulties.
6. "I am too wicked. God could not forgive me."
What have you done? Have you persecuted Christians?
Forcing them to blaspheme their own Savior through slow and
painful torture? Have you persecuted them to the
point of death? If God can accept Saul, the
persecutor of Jesus and Christians (I
9:1-22), and if He can
forgive those who crucified His own Son (Luke
Acts 2:36-47), then
will He not readily accept you (Luke
15:1-32)? Jesus died for the sins of the
whole world, including yours (I
I Timothy 2:5-6).
5. "But, that means my family is going to hell!"
Once someone realizes the truth of his condemned state, it
does not take long before he considers the fate of his
loved ones. This realization often produces much
worry and heartache. Such a person may allow this
concern to overpower his desire to save himself.
However, denying the truth will not change their true state
before God (I
Corinthians 4:1-5). The only real hope of
saving your loved ones is to first become a Christian, and
then you can reach out to them with the gospel.
Ignoring the judgment to come does not make it go away.
Turning a blind eye only makes condemnation inevitable
4. "God is merciful. He would not condemn me."
God truly is merciful. He does not want any to be
Peter 3:9). That is why He gave His Son to
be sacrificed upon the cross, thereby giving us an
opportunity to be saved (John
3:16). However, the Lord is also just, and
He will one day return unexpectedly, as a "thief in the
Thessalonians 5:1-3). Then the door of
opportunity will be closed, and only those who are prepared
will be saved (Matthew
25:1-13). At that time, He will be
"revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming
fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on
those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ."
Thessalonians 2:7-8). This is God's
promise and warning. Will you ignore the warning?
3. "I am a good, moral person. God would not condemn
On that last great day, there will be many surprised
people, whom we might would consider good, moral people.
Many might have even acknowledged Him as Lord (Matthew
7:21). Some might have gone so far as to
have performed many great works in His name (Matthew
7:22). However, if they have not obeyed
and performed according to the Lord's command, then Jesus
will not recognize them, and they will be eternally
Are you obeying the Lord's command (Mark
2. "I'm not ready yet. Maybe tomorrow?"
Some people want to finish sowing their wild oats.
Once they have had their full of sin and its pleasures,
then they plan to offer their ragged life to God, just
before they expire. Such people underestimate God.
He will not be tricked, or mocked (Galatians
6:7-8). You will reap what you sow.
In reality, the race is not to become a Christian before
you die, but to repent before your heart becomes hardened
through the deceitfulness of sin, unable to hear the word
and repent (Hebrews
1. Me, myself, and I
Few, if any, would readily admit this is the reason for
delaying their conversion. However, at some point,
all of the nine above reasons cease to be barriers, and
they become excuses, masking their own selfish, stubborn
rebellion as the true reason (Romans
1:18-32). However, such people will one
day find themselves surrounded by all the selfish beings
that ever lived, angels and people (Matthew
25:41-46). How effectively will you be
able to serve yourself and find happiness in that realm of
eternal evil, darkness, and suffering, where nothing good
If you are delaying becoming a Christian, then please
answer the question, "Why?" What stands in your
way between you and the Lord? Why will you not do
what you know to be right? How do you know this is
not your last chance before you either die or your
conscience becomes so hardened that it can no longer be
pricked by the truth? If something still stands in
your way, please talk to me, or any Christian, about it.
There is nothing worth losing your one and only eternal
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