"What should I say to someone
who acknowledges his sins, but says, ‘I just hope
God is forgiving’?"
These people could
be referred to as "awakened, but not alarmed."
explain that God is forgiving—but only to those
who repent of their sins. Ask him, "If you died
right now, where would you go?" If he says, "Hell,"
ask if that concerns him. If it does concern him, ask,
"What are you going to do?" Then tell him
that God commands him to repent and trust the Savior.
If it doesn’t concern him, speak of the value
of his life, the threat of eternal damnation, and the
biblical description of hell. Caution him that he doesn’t
have the promise of tomorrow, and plead with him to
come to his senses.