What’s Wrong With The Gospel? By Keith Green – 16 – Premature Birth 16 of 21*


Keith Green

Keith Green

As with the altar call, the practice of having someone repeat a prayer with the minister probably originated from the best of intentions.  And no doubt, there are those who have “followed through,” continuing to pray and walk with God, entering into the path of  righteousness through God’s infinite grace. But also, like the altar call, the so-called “sinner’s prayer” is one of those tools that make it  alarmingly easy for someone to consider himself a Christian, when he has absolutely no understanding of what “counting the cost” (Luke  14:28) really means.

The greatest reason I believe that God can be grieved with the current use of such tools as the “altar call” and “sinner’s prayer” is  because they can take away the conviction of the Holy Spirit prematurely, before the Spirit has time to work repentance leading to  salvation. With an emotional splash that usually doesn’t last more than a few weeks, we believe we’re leading people into the Kingdom,  when really we’re leading many to hell – by interfering with what the Spirit of God is trying to do in a person’s life. Do you hear? Do you  understand that this constitutes “spiritual abortion”? Can’t you see the eternal consequences of jumping the gun, trying to bring to birth a  baby that isn’t ready?

We are so afraid that we’ll see a “big one that got away,” that we’d rather rush someone into a shallow decision, and get the personal  gratification of seeing him “go down the aisle,” than take the time to fully explain things to him, even if it takes long hours and nights of  travailing prayer for his soul. We just don’t “have the time” to do things God’s way anymore.(In contrast to this, look at the amount of time and effort Jesus took to explain salvation to one mere Samaritan woman – Joh 4:3:42)

But God would rather see one true convert than an ocean full of “decisions.” Oh, can’t you see what a mess we’re in? What we’ve done to  the Gospel? And when those “converts” no longer want to fellowship with us, when they want to go back to their old friends and their old  way of life, we have the nerve to call it “backsliding,” when we stood in the very way of them ever “front-sliding” toward the cross! Oh, it  breaks my heart to think of that awsome day when God will judge those who have “stumbled one of these little ones.” (Mar 9:42)

 

(Tomorrow I’ll post the 17th section)

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About Dave Harman
I was found by Jesus April 9, 1975. I married the love of my life Helen, August 19, 1978. We have one daughter, Elizabeth, whose husband and two children live nearby. I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in January 1997. In January 2004, Jesus Christ healed me and I have been symptom free ever since.

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