Thursday, July 12, 2012

The Gospel is NOT a salespitch!

The Gospel is NOT a salespitch! There is not a single verse or passage of Scripture, whether as expressed in a command from Christ or one of the New Testament writers, or as expressed by example in one of the many New Testament narrative passages, that gives any credence to the belief that the "sinner's prayer" is biblical. It is simply not in the Bible. Period.

Source: On The Box: Closing the Deal: An Unbiblical Component of Moder...: By Tony Miano Last week I asked on Twitter for suggestions, for blog articles. Mike King , from Mount Vernon, WA, gave the following sugge...

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This is Completely unrelated, some just shared it, but it fits right in here with Scripture to back it up........First John 5:13 tells why the book of 1 John was written: "These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life" (emphasis mine).
Here are 1 John's ten signs of a true convert (you might want to compare yourself to make sure you're where you think you are):

1.  A true convert admits he or she is a sinner. He does not believe he can go to heaven by being a "good" person. She understands her own totally depravity. (1 John 1:8)

2.  A true convert lives a life of obedience by keeping God's commandments more often than breaking them. A true convert is not a habitual sinner. There's a difference between stumbling into sin and jumping in with both feet. While true converts may continue to sin as part of the struggle with our sin nature, the life of a true convert is marked by a desire to pursue holiness and walk in obedience to God's Word. (1 John 2:3-6, 3:6, 5:2)

3.  A true convert does not harbor hate for his brother but displays forgiveness, love, and compassion. (1 John 2:9, 2:11, 3:15, 4:16, 4:20)

4.  A true convert does not love the world or the things of the world, nor the world's system of evil, ruled by Satan. (1 John 2:15)

5.  A true convert proclaims Jesus Christ as the Son of God and defends the exclusivity of Christ in a world of multiple religious systems. (1 John 4:15)

6.  A true convert hopes and longs for the return of the Lord. (1 John 3:2-3)

7.  A true convert desires to serve and help other Christians. (1 John 3:17, 3:14) 

8.  A true convert loves being with other believers and hearing the Word taught. (1 John 5:1)

9.  A true convert rejects false teaching. (1 John 2:22-23)

10. A true convert remains in the truth and perseveres in the faith. (1 John 2:24)

Source: The Most Important True/False Test You Will Ever Take

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