by C Michael PattonJune 16th, 2007 6 Comments
I was watching a gospel presentation on the web today. You know, one of those dynamic slide presentations that have a nice piano playing in the background, warm colors, and leaves you wishy washy at the end. Well, this site walked people through the Gospel telling what Christ did and how it is we can have eternal life. At the end of the presentation people were called upon to say this prayer:
“Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner and don’t deserve eternal life. But I believe you died and rose from the grave to purchase a place for me in heaven. Lord Jesus, come into my life; take control; forgive my sins and save me. I repent of my sins and now trust in you to save me. I accept the free gift of eternal life.”
So far so good, right? Well, yes . . . and I don’t know. I am not going to pick the prayer apart with a theological fine tooth comb, but I do want to show you what the next slide in the presentation said. Here it is:
- If you have truly repented (turned away; forsaken) from your sins
- Placed your trust in Jesus Christ’s sacrificial death
- And received the gift of eternal life
- You are now a child of God forever.
Now, I don’t know about you, but that first bullet point has me slightly concerned. Now I am not sure I am a child of God. Have any of you forsaken your sins?
- Lordship Salvation, Free Grace, and Easy-Believism
- Does One Have to Forsake all Known Sins Before they Are Saved?
- Sinners in the Hands of a Wishy-Washy God?
- Paul and Justification by Faith