Why are people turned off about God's salvation?


From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I’ve noticed that people are not so turned off about God’s love, but they hightail it when someone starts talking about God’s salvation. Why is this? – S.S.

A: The majority of people love to hear a true story about being saved out of a fire or flood. Who wouldn’t want to be saved? Social media platforms light up when a search and rescue account is posted. People retweet videos and post pictures of heroes that rush into burning buildings and pull victims out of the fire, or save children out of rushing waters. Most people hope that if they find themselves in dangerous situations, someone will come to their rescue. But when it comes to declaring God’s salvation, many people are turned off, and it is to their great loss.

Some Christians may not always present the salvation message in the most tactful way but the Bible says, “He who wins souls is wise” (Proverbs 11:30). D.L. Moody walked the streets of Chicago talking to people about salvation.

From a spiritual view, many reject rescue because they don’t want to humble themselves. We seldom stop to realize that when we are rescued from something, we are also saved for something. When we are rescued by someone, we are indebted to the one who has saved us from disaster, impending doom, and perhaps death itself.


The One who came to save us is none other than Jesus Christ the Savior. No human being, no matter how selfless or brave, can rescue us from the certainty of eternal death. But that doesn’t mean we can’t be saved; that we have no hope of rescue. It just means we need to be clear about Who really saves us (see John 5:24). God bless those who care enough about the souls of others. Nothing bad comes from being saved, for God’s love declares His salvation.


(This column is based on the words and writings of the late Rev. Billy Graham.)

©2023 Billy Graham Literary Trust. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.





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