ROOT OR FRUIT?

rootsDo we sin because we are sinners or are we sinners because we sin? That is an important question to answer when it comes to evangelism.

It is quite easy to identify sin in other people. The temptation is to attack those specific sins as the problem but to do so is like picking fruit. You won’t kill the tree by harvesting produce. If you really want to destroy a tree you have to kill the roots. The root of our spiritual problem is that we were born as sinners (Psalm 51:5, Romans 5:12, Romans 3:23, Ephesians 2:3, Romans 7:21-23). We inherited the problem. therefore we sin because we are sinners. We started life that way and have proven it ever since. Therefore, our evangelism should be aimed at the main problem: the heart.

The problem is not behavior… it is belief. Unless a person comes to faith in the death of resurrection of Christ, they are still in their sin. Quitting a specific sin will not save a person. That is like picking fruit. You may eliminate that specific apple from the tree but the tree will keep producing apples. Ultimately, a person must bow before a holy God and receive a new heart.

So in your evangelism, go for the root.

 

 

 

 

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