Thanks to Hisown for providing this. It is so sad how watered down the Gospel has become. This is one of the greatest signs around.
“Can’t you see what fools we are? We preach a man-made, plastic gospel. We get people to come forward to `the altar’ by bringing psychological pressures that have nothing to do with God. We `lead them’ in a prayer that they are not yet convinced they need to say. And then to top it all off, we give them `counseling,’ telling them it is a sin to doubt that they’re really saved!”
– Keith Green
“‘Easy-prayerism’ … is a methodology which focuses on getting people to say a prayer…. What I am against is making this the focus of our evangelistic activity. Repeating a prayer is not necessarily salvation, and we must not confuse it with such. Just because 50 people pray a prayer, or raise their hands in a gospel meeting, or some other thing like this, is no evidence whatsoever that those people have been saved. It is one thing to show some interest in salvation; it is quite another thing to be saved.”
– David Cloud
“No doubt the NUMBER ONE lie among Bible-believing people today is, ‘You must ask Jesus into your heart to be saved and trust him to do that (come into your heart),’ etc. But look at what this is saying! ‘You are saved because you asked Jesus into your heart.’ There is no Scriptural support for this false plan of salvation which is devastating to the cause of Christ; it places the emphasis upon a prayer that is said and what the sinner can do rather than upon what Christ has done.”
– Ovid Need, in The Other Jesus – The Gospel Perverted
My deepest concern is those that do adhere to this are so entrenched into this lie , that they guard their false conversion with their lives. How self deceived can one get?
Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? 2 Cor 13:5.
“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyon is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does” (James 1:22 – 25).