Followers of Jesus. We are to love our unredeemed community the way Jesus loved unredeemed people. There is no question about that.
But we’ve really got to stop trying to talk people into “accepting Jesus” like he’s some wealthy, eccentric uncle with bizarre behavior and a rash. You’ll not find “accepting Jesus” anywhere in the Bible. He’s not some stray mongrel that needs to be taken in. He is the Lord our God, King of the universe, Creator and Savior of our souls.
The Bible tells us that the HOLY Spirit draws unbelieving people to Jesus through followers who are ONE with one another. Jesus himself prayed this over us: “that they may all be one; just as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.” He also told the disciples, “This is My commandment, that you love one another; just as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all people will know that you are My disciples: if you have love for one another.”
It is through our ONENESS with the Lord our God and with one another, The Church, that unredeemed people REPENT and BELIEVE. That’s what the BIBLE says.
We’ve got to stop writing our own bible and start living by the TRUTH of the One we already have.