Defending God's Truth

2. How Do I Know If They Are Saved or Not?

I originally learned this approach from Dr. C.S. Lovett’s (1917-2002) book: “Witnessing Made Easy.” I would recommend purchasing a copy of this if you can find one still available.

Dr. Lovett liked to use the X-Ray approach. I want to share with you just the first three questions. It is called the X-Ray Approach because it allows you to x-ray the person’s heart, if you will, and really see what their spiritual condition is.

First question:

“Are you interested in spiritual things?” You can ask this question of anyone, at any time, and it will not offend them. They may say “Yes,” or “No,” or “Not really;” but whatever their response, you have learned something about their spiritual condition. Proceed to question two.

Second question:

“Have you ever thought about becoming a Christian?” Now this is not the same as asking them if they are a Christian, which you should never do. They may say they believe they are a Christian, or “not really,” or give another reply; but the important thing is, you have learned something else about the spiritual condition of their heart. Proceed to question three. When asking question three, always include a third person.

Third question:

“If (third person) asked you: “What is a Christian?” How would you answer them? This third person could be anyone they know.

For example, a friend at work tells them a mutual acquaintance said they are a Christian now, and they might ask: “What is a Christian anyway?” Now you ask them: “What would you tell them?” Now it isn’t between you and them, but it is between them and a third person.

Usually they will say something like: “Well, I think a Christian is someone who goes to church, or reads their Bible, and believes in God, etc.” At this point you say something like: “Those are all good things, and I agree a Christian should do those things. But those are things that a Christian does, but what (is) a Christian?” Now they may give you a few more things, but they will almost always be things that a Christian does.

After bringing this to their attention you say: “The thing is, could someone who is not a Christian do the same things?” About this time, if they really aren’t a Christian, and you can tell by their answers if they are or not; they begin to realize, maybe they don’t really know what a Christian really is.

Now I recommend just saying something like: “You know, the bottom line is, where are we going when we die? Nothing else really matters.” From here you can say something like: “Did you know the Bible says that is something we can know for sure?” Now just open your New Testament to 1 John 5:13 and show them that is something they can “know.”

From there, just use whatever soul-winning plan you prefer. Just remember though, the plan is only to introduce them into a personal relationship with the Savior.