Believers are not qualified to debate those who oppose the Word of God. Believers have a flesh nature and respond in that manner when least expected. One of the greatest tricks of Satan is for believers to waste their time in arguing and debating with unbelievers. Satan loves believers to stand up in their well-intended enthusiasm and debate the issues. The debate will start well, but before it is over, the flesh will appear, Satan will make sure of that. This approach does only harm.
Human nature will instinctively defend its stand even when it’s wrong and knows it. Human nature doesn’t like to admit to being wrong. Debate and argument has been going on since before Christ and has never accomplished anything of “heavenly value.” Jesus instructs believers to be ready to tell about the hope that is in them. Believers are not told to debate, but rather share the good news and pray.
When believers figure out that the battle is the Lord’s, that the Holy Spirit is the One who saves, then more can be accomplished as God intended. Believers do more harm than good trying to do the work of the Holy Spirit. Believers will never convince anyone of anything eternal…that is the work of the Holy Spirit.
You will never argue anyone into heaven, but you can surely pray them there by the power of the Holy Spirit according to the will of God. Prayer is “under used and under rated.” Yet, prayer is the believer’s powerful intercession for the lost. Isn’t it time for believers to begin praying souls into heaven rather than debating them out of it. Isn’t it time for believers to stop letting Satan have his way. Isn’t it time for believers to let the Holy Spirit have His way. The Holy Spirit is qualified.
Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. (Philippians 4:6)
The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. (James 5:16)