As we seek to proclaim the gospel and uphold, defend and establish the truth of God’s word, it is helpful to remember that God has implanted a witness to the truth within each person’s heart. While those who don’t want to hear our message may protest, the reality is that God has inscribed the fundamentals of his message so clearly on each human soul that dissent can only be manufactured as one fights, ignores or suppresses the biblical moral compass the Bible calls “conscience” (Rom.1:18; 2:15).
That is not to say that with repeated practice people can’t so “sear” or damage their conscience that the programmed resonance with God’s truth is hardly felt. No, that can and does happen (1Tim.4:2; Heb.10:22; etc.). But even then, there must be a memory of this internal struggle, when their “hearts raged against the Lord” and his truth (Pr.19:3; Jn.8:9). It may seem we are bringing a completely foreign message to those with whom we speak, but it is not so.
The truth is something that has been evident to everyone on a very personal and profound level. Our job is to lovingly turn up the volume on God’s instructions, articulating the written blueprint of God’s revelation which is (or at least was) speaking from within their own hearts precisely the same things.