Decisionism: a Deceptive Door to
"assurance of salvation"
steps that spread deception:
Focus on the "decision," not conversion.
most people will focus on their own "wise" choice, not
Christ's work on the cross.
over the gospel and promote a "feel good" prayer.
often too offensive.
Satisfy your listeners with positive
assurances; don't confuse them with the whole truth.
Tell them what they want to hear,
not what they need to
Emphasize God's goodness, not His justice or holiness.
Talk about His love and forgiveness, not confession or genuine
repentance. Let them think they are headed for heaven no
5. Describe Jesus as Savior, not Lord of
Promise His blessing but, by all means, ignore His teaching about
"counting the cost!"
Don’t mention guilt, hell or wrath.
offend them with the whole dreadful reason why they need the Savior.
Whatever you do, never mention Judgment Day.
distasteful! You could lose both friends and supporters.
Add some humor or rousing music.
Lighten things up. Don't sound too sober or
9. Don’t mention repentance until
they’ve repeated a "sinner’s prayer."
your project won't be aborted by sudden doubts or reservations.
10. After they pray "the prayer,"
achievement, not God's grace. Be sure to praise the deceived
sinner, not the God they don't know that they don't yet
Around the world, compromising church leaders are linking hands with today's
fast-rising world system. Standing together, they claim to be "tolerant"
but show rising intolerance for the cross of Christ and His gospel.
It's not surprising! Grounded in uncompromising Biblical absolutes, His Word of
hope is incompatible with the world's quest for consensus and "common ground."
It doesn't fit the UN vision of
social solidarity or a
No wonder, since
"the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one."
Even Hitler tolerated what he called "positive Christianity" -- a
"church" movement that banned the cross and conformed to Nazi ideals. But genuine Christianity
was incompatible with Nazi loyalties. As in the Soviet Union, Christian
resisters risked torture and death at the hands of raging tormentors.
The post-Christian West is leading the march toward a
Order -- a global system that can only accommodate a counterfeit cross-less "Christianity." Christians who choose to follow the narrow
the cross (faith,
the Shepherd) face
mounting hostility. But those who delight in His presence and the hope of eternity,
can delight in His promise:
"I do not pray
for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they
are Yours.... I have given them Your word; and the world has
hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am
not of the world. I do not pray that You should take them
out of the world, but that You should keep them from the
evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the
world. Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.... "
“If you abide in
My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the
truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
What it means to be a Christian