How do I convince someone to follow Christ?
As a committed Christian, it’s natural to search for a bullet-proof method of convincing someone to follow Christ, but the truth is that we cannot convince anyone to follow Christ. Before you freak out, let me explain. It is actually God that grants people repentance (2 Timothy 2:25). Now don’t get the impression that God is an ogre, arbitrarily deciding who will be saved. No, God is very patient with people and wants everyone to repent (2 Peter 3:9). He wants everyone to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth (1 Timothy 2:3-4). But the reality is that God has given us all free will and some people have such a strong commitment to sin and unrighteousness that God will let them die in their sin, rather than lead them to repentance (Romans 1:20-24). As hard as it is to believe, even if you could prove that the God of the Bible exists, some people would still not worship Him, as can be seen from these interviews that Eric Hovind did at the atheists Reason Rally.
While some people have an unwavering commitment to unrighteousness, that does not mean that we have no part to play in leading people to Christ. On the contrary, when God starts drawing a person to Himself, He does it through us (Romans 10:14-15). This takes the pressure off. Our job is not to get heated and fight to convince the unbeliever, but simply to speak the truth in love, pray for them and let God lead them to repentance. But if God is the one who leads people to repentance, how are we supposed to know who to approach with the gospel?