When we evangelise, God gets all the glory regardless of the outcome. If 5,000 people are cut to the heart when we share the Gospel, then praise God! If everyone ignores you, then praise God! If everyone threatens you, then praise God!
As per usual, he thought changing his ways and asking for forgiveness would suffice to entering heaven. I pointed out how this wouldn’t work. When I told him the only way was if someone took his hell punishment for him, he looked relieved. So did the other three, who were pretending not to listen.
The Mother Theresa’s of this world can’t make it because they aren’t totally perfect. The Adolf Hitler’s of this world can’t make it, in fact they don’t even try to be perfect. And we can’t make it either, because as hard as we try, we fail to be perfect as well.
A soldier doesn’t just put on battle gear to play dress-up. Sooner or later, he will be required to wield his weapon – the one he has been trained to use - to combat the enemy. Blood must be spilled. Souls must be rescued from the grip of the tyrannical enemy, into the rest of the Captain’s stronghold.
If the only reason we are accumulating information is to puff ourselves up, or to laud it over or impress another with our vast knowledge, then we have fallen into the sin of pride. The adage goes, “nobody likes a smart-alec”! Generally, the only person we are impressing, is ourselves.