Depraved indifference is a legal term used in United States law.
Suppose a man had a child who was playing near a pool filled with water as he polished his newly purchased leather shoes.
All of a sudden, without notice, the child falls into the pool.
If the man continued to polish his shoes without regard for the life of the child, this man would be charged and found guilty of a crime known as depraved indifference.
Depraved means ‘as low as you can get’
Indifference means ‘you couldn’t care less’
“have you no wish for others to be saved? Then you’re not saved yourself, be sure of that!”
– Charles Spurgeon
When Jesus commission his disciples to go and preach the Gospel, this was not a command that was limited to only those “gifted in speech” or “blessed with a spirit of boldness” as some might erroneously think.
His command was to everyone who identified them self as his follower.
For to identify yourself as a disciple of Christ – a ‘Christ-ian’ – and neglect the duty to which you were called, would be essentially on the same level as taking the name of the Lord in vain.
As with all things in life, we aren’t expected to just ‘know’ how to share our faith perfectly as soon as we confess Christ as Lord
It takes practice, even error at first, but it also gets better with time.
Soon you find yourself able to do so as tactfully, boldly, confidently and above all, according to the Scriptures, as the Apostle Paul and the early church did in the book of Acts
Connecting with others who share a love for Scriptural evangelism is also a good way to develop in this area
I mention “scriptural evangelism” because a lot of what purports itself as preaching the Gospel today is so far from the message of the early church that it’s comical
Telling people that “God has a plan for you”, though it contains some truth, is not preaching the Gospel
Telling people “God loves you”, though this is also true, is not preaching the Gospel
Be sure that the methods being employed to share your faith accord with the example found in the Scriptures. I encourage you to read the book of Acts for yourselves.
It’s also a good idea to always go out in groups of two or three. Evangelism is a skill that is not meant to be developed on your own.
It’s good the have someone who can lend constructive criticism who will also encourage you.
It would be an awful thing for you to labor long and hard for years, only to find that you labored in vain on the day that you stand before the Lord Jesus, because you were unwilling to labor according to the model He set forth for us to follow.
This video is a good start in the right direction if you’d like to learn how to share your faith with others
How to Share the Gospel in 3 1/2 minutes
Pray without ceasing and as with all things, commit every aspect of your evangelism to the Lord and allow His Spirit to direct you through it as you minister to others.
Above all things,
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