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Read Romans 10.

Why would anyone reject Christ’s loving invitation for eternal salvation? Romans 10 gives us four reasons.

First, people reject Jesus out of misguided religious zeal (cf. 1-4). Some people’s own zeal—whether for legalism or false religion—is what blinds them to their need for Christ. Like Paul in the days when he persecuted Christians, many people have good intentions, but good intentions without Truth prove deadly.

Second, people reject Jesus due to their misdirected efforts (cf. 5-13). In many ways, it is the simplicity of the Gospel that causes people to stumble. If you give them a complicated formula, they will follow it, eager to justify themselves by their great works. But the Gospel is simple: Repent, confess Christ, and believe that He rose from the dead, for no one can earn salvation. The Gospel both seems too easy and grates against man’s pride. 

Third, people reject Jesus because of a deliberate mishearing of the message (cf. 14-17). Some do not receive the Truth simply because they do not want to hear it. Their hearts are so hardened that even the Gospel of life reeks of death to them.

Finally, people reject Jesus out of sheer stubbornness (cf. 18-21). With open arms, God pleads with all humanity to repent. But instead of responding to His invitation of mercy, many choose to remain disobedient, preferring to go their own way rather than to submit to God.

Beloved, on the day of judgment, no one will be able to say, “I didn’t know! I wasn’t predestined!” All will be without excuse—their sinful reasons for rejecting Christ laid bare.

Prayer: Lord, I know You are a just God. I marvel at the forgiveness You offer. May I share such a precious gift and promise with those You put in my path, that they might repent and choose life in You. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“But I ask: Did they not hear? Of course they did: ‘Their voice has gone out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world’” (Romans 10:18).

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About The Author

Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

Even before he was born, it is clear that God had a vision for Michael Youssef. His mother was in poor health when she became pregnant with Michael, and because his life was in danger at the time of birth, the doctor recommended terminating the pregnancy. An abortion was scheduled. But God intervened and sent the family pastor to reassure them that God was involved in this pregnancy. He told them not to be afraid and that the child would be "born to serve the Lord." Michael's parents accepted the pastor's message as a message from God and obeyed. His mother gave birth, and lived to see him give his life to the Lord at the age of sixteen.

Believing that God had called him out of Egypt, Michael sought an exit visa in a time in which no university student was allowed to have a passport or leave the country. God intervened again, and miraculously he managed to acquire a visa. He immigrated to Australia, where he studied at Moore Theological College in Sydney, was ordained as a pastor, and met Elizabeth who became his wife.

The Youssefs came to America in 1977, and in 1978 Michael received a master's degree in theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in California. Then he earned a doctorate in social anthropology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Michael served nearly ten years in the Haggai Institute, traveling around the world more than 32 times, teaching courses in evangelism and leadership. He rose to the position of Managing Director at the age of 31 years. The family settled in Atlanta, and in 1984, Michael became a citizen of the United States, making his dream of many years come true.

He founded The Church of The Apostles in 1987 with fewer than 40 adults with the mission of "Equipping the Saints and Searching for the Lost". The church has since grown to be a congregation of over 3,000 people today. This church has driven the international ministry of Leading the Way. While it is heard by millions at home and abroad, behind every message preached through radio waves, is the heart of a pastor, willing to nurture and care for these people. Clearly God has uniquely equipped Dr. Youssef to speak to a global audience. The path he has taken has given him an understanding and firm grasp of the Scriptures that transcend cultures. He preaches, teaches and calls with a sincere, based on the authority of the inerrant, inspired Word of God. With his personal knowledge of the Holy Land, its history and culture, Dr. Michael Youssef transmits life to listeners all over the world.

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