We unashamedly "Challenge Christians" to "earnestly contend for the faith" (Jude 3) and give a reason and strong defense for the glorious hope that we have in Christ Jesus.
In the Apostle Paul's letter to Timothy, he exhorts him not to be ashamed of the gospel or even to be afraid to suffer because of it. He likewise tells him to proclaim the truth of God's word whether it's convenient or not because there will come a time when in man's rebellion he would rather hear fables:
"Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables." (II Timothy 4:2-4)
Christians are also commanded:
"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." (2 Timothy 2:15)
If we truly care where people spend eternity we WILL tell them the truth in love.
The Apostle Paul was moved when he observed the lost and diligently proclaimed Jesus and the resurrection in Acts 17:16-18:
"Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred in him, when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry. Therefore disputed he in the synagogue with the Jews, and with the devout persons, and in the market daily with them that met with him."
The society in which we live now, as perhaps never before, insists that we should have tolerance for "any" religious thinking or lifestyle. Negative or critical thought about someone's beliefs should be abandoned. Suggestion of an "absolute" is to be a bigot and narrow minded.
By the worlds standards, Jesus was very "narrow minded" when rather than agreeing that all ways to God were equally valid, He claimed there was but one "way":
"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." (John 14:6)
Just stop to think of the tremendous gifts that have been given believers. We have been "bought with a price" (I Cor. 6:20), declared righteous (Romans 4:5,6), and promised eternal life (John 3:16). Certainly we wholeheartedly agree with Romans 10:11:
" For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed."
The Apostle Paul boldly proclaimed:
"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek." (Romans 1:16)
Even though we have an incredible message of hope and forgiveness, we should not be surprised when our concern is not always well accepted. Jesus reminds us that when we identify with Christ and His Word, the "world will hate us" just as it did Him (see John 15).
Fortunately, the salvation of lost souls is "not" dependent on our eloquence in the presentation of the Gospel, but rather on the personal work and sovereignty of Almighty God:
"So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase." (1 Cor. 3:7)
The Lord will save, seal, and protect his own just as Jesus promised in John 6:39:
"And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day."
The Apostle Paul's declaration to believers and his question to the church in Rome in his day is just as valid to us today:
"For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?" (Romans 10:13-14)