Is it OK to say 'Christ died for YOUR sins?'

Posted: June 6, 2007 by Daniel in Christianity, evangelism, get equipped, religions and beliefs, theology, Way of the Master

I have heard so many evangelists say the following statements in their evangelism.
Please choose which is biblically faithful:

A: ‘God sent his Son to suffer and die on the cross for you.’
B: ‘God loves you so much that he sent his Son to die for you.’
C: ‘Jesus died on the Cross to pay for your sins.’
D: ‘If you die in your sin’s you will go to Hell, that is not God’s will.’
E: ‘Christ died on the cross for sinners.’
F: All of the above.
G: None of the above.

Multiple Choice
How did you go?

Recently I showed one of my million dollar tracts to a Christian friend and he pointed out an error in the gospel presentation. When I though about it, I realised how often this error is perpetuated in evangelism.

It is unbiblical to say ‘Christ died for your sins’ in our evangelism. Instead we should say, as the scriptures say, “Christ died for sinners’. This might seem like a pedantic point but it is the actual language of the bible. Saying ‘Christ died for your sins’ supports a completely Arminian view of salvation. It is possible that we are not telling the person the truth – Christ might not have died for their sins. The bible says that Christ’s death was an actual sacrifice for actual sin, not a potential sacrifice for sins if we would believe in it. 

The only correct statement is E:’Christ died on the cross for sinners.’

Hebrews 9:28 so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.

Hebrews 10:12 But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God,

1Peter 3:18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit,

Hebrews 10:12 But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God,

1Titus 1:15 The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.

Romans 5:6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.

So from these verses we can find biblically faithful ways of explaining the work of Christ to people we are witnessing to:

‘Christ died to bear the sins of many’
‘Christ offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins’
‘Christ suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring people to God’
‘Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners’
‘Christ died for sinners’
‘Christ died for the ungodly’

The difference is we are not personalising the work of Christ to that person – as it may be the case that Christ will never work in that person’s life.

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Comments
  1. Luka says:

    Great to read through the thought process you have had and see the scripture backing it up.
    Am praying for Barry – and that your evangelism will be faithful and blessed 🙂

  2. Thanks Luka

    I really appreciate your kind words. Actually, my friend that witnessed to Barry with me bumped into him in a shop the next day. Barry was blown away with the fact that my friend remembered his name. I think it is important that we keep a list of the people we witness to so we can pray that God might use the seed sown in their hearts to bring them to repentance and faith in Christ alone. Often praying for someone is the best way to remember their name, it also shows them that we care about them.

  3. ps.

    I have thought of some new ways to phrase the atonement in the last couple of days:

    “Christ died for his people”
    “Christ died for his sheep” (John 10)

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