Bible FAQ Series-What is Soul-Winning?
Before we can engage in a discussion on how to soul-win, we must clear up some common misconceptions about the purpose of soul-winning and its importance in the Christian’s life. To start off, let’s outline the things that soul-winning is not:
1. It is NOT required for salvation (Eph. 2:9).
This belief is commonly held by Jehovah’s witnesses and Latter Day Saints (Mormons), who believe that witnessing (or soul-winning) is a requirement for salvation.
2. It is NOT a secondary requirement for salvation (Eph. 2:8)
Many people of the Catholic faith believe that soul-winning is a secondary requirement for salvation in addition to faith. If we look in the Bible, we know that this cannot be further from the Truth. Ephesians 2:8 proclaims, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:” If salvation is a gift, we obviously don’t have to work for it.
3. It is NOT a man-made affair (Acts 5:32)
Many people want to believe that soul-winning is something that man has created. No! Soul-winning cannot be done without the presence and power of the Holy Ghost. Furthermore, when a person gets saved, it is not because of you, but because of the power of the Holy Ghost working inside of that person. Our job is to proclaim the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is up to the Holy Ghost to do the convicting. As Jesus said, “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.” (John 6:44) Once again, soul-winning is a God-given commandment and therefore can only be performed in the presence and power of the God who brought forth that commandment
Alright, now that we have discussed what soul-winning is not, we can now discuss what soul-winning is.
1. It IS a means of producing fruit in a Christian’s Life (Prov. 11:30)
The Bible makes it clear that soul-winning is a means of bearing spiritual fruit. In fact, there are two specific references in the Word of God in which we see this application. “But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life” (Romans 6:22). “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.” These two verses prove that soul-winning produces fruit in a Christian’s life.
2. It IS a commandment given by the Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 14:23)
In Luke 14:23, Jesus makes it known that we should make it a point to consistently into the world and win souls to him, “And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.” Once we have presented the Gospel to that person, and the Holy Ghost has won him to the Lord Jesus Christ, it is also our job to “compel them to come in” to the house of God. However, many Christians forget the first step and jump right to the second step, which results in unsaved people residing in the House of God. We must present the Gospel to that person, and if the Holy Ghost convicts that person and gets his/her saved, then we ought to compel them to come into the Church. It is no use having a Christian sitting at home reading the Bible and not understanding what he/she is reading. As Romans 10:14 says, “How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?”
3. It IS a Holy Ghost filled affair (Acts 1:8;5:32)
“And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.” (Acts 5:32) As stated before, soul-winning can only be done within Holy Ghost power. Once again, soul-winning cannot be done without Holy Ghost power.
Jesus said in Acts 1:8 that “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost has come upon you, and ye shall be witnesses unto me: both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth”. The Holy Ghost Power has to come before the witnessing. The witnessing can’t come before the Holy Ghost Power.