I’m convinced that when we give people the straight goods about Christianity, God is willing and able to speak to their hearts Himself. We are far too timid about preaching the plain gospel of Jesus Christ. We attempt to make it easier to come to God when Jesus was always trying to make it more difficult. Why is it that we bend over backwards to make Christianity more palatable. Last I checked, we were supposed to die to our fleshly desires, not compromise for them.
It seems that the way a person first comes to Jesus largely determines how difficult a time they will have later when the Lord requires change of them. Those who gave their all to the Lord in the beginning are already “dead men.” Those who have serious ongoing struggles with their sin haven’t really died to them yet. “Dead men” have no rights. To be alive to Christ means we first have to die to our sin.