Evangelistic Drivel

The following are statements often used in modern evangelism that are nowhere found in the preaching of Jesus and the apostles. Most of them have entered the evangelical vocabulary through a theologically and biblically vacuous hymnology and not from a careful study of the New Testament record.

Let Jesus come into your heart.

Give Jesus your heart.

Open your heart, and let Jesus come in.

Pray to receive Jesus.

Decide for Jesus.

Jesus died for you.

God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life.

Smile, God loves you.

God hates the sin, but loves the sinner.

God can’t save you unless you let him.

Why do people continue to employ such banal jargon in their “evangelism?” I suspect it is because they are too lazy to study the Scriptures in an effort to discover the apostolic pattern. After all, it is far too easy to get decisions when sinners don’t understand the real issues.

I challenge you to examine the history of early evangelism in the Gospels and Acts and emulate the pattern of apostolic preaching. If nothing more, begin by reading just one chapter a day. It might just change your life.


11 Responses to “Evangelistic Drivel”

  1. February 18, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    It’s a whole lot easier to get people to like a God they don’t find in the Bible – one that doesn’t care about sin or righteousness. One author rightly put it this way: “There is a God Who is and there is a god you want, and they are not the same God.” As on the road to Emmaus, nobody who even knows facts about Jesus will be able to believe in Him unless He opens their understanding.

    • February 19, 2014 at 11:39 am

      I think that denying the true nature of fallen men and denying the sovereignty of God in salvation are the chief culprits here.

      • February 19, 2014 at 12:28 pm

        I could not agree more with both comments. I think a large part of the problem is also a felt need for instant harvest. If we can get people people to agree to a few simple propositions, then we can count them. One of my favorite quotes from Matthew Henry is “We count our converts; God weighs them.”

  2. February 23, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    “God can’t save you unless you let him.”

    “And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.” (Acts 2:40)

    Sorry, Peter, but some Calvinist jackass says your preaching ain’t scriptural.

    • February 23, 2014 at 11:24 pm

      David, You might want to examine Acts 2:40 concerning the meaning of the ‘untoward generation’ , and try again.

    • February 23, 2014 at 11:37 pm


      Don’t worry about what that unbelieving Pelagian infidel, DB 2 says. He clearly doesn’t understand the force of the aorist passive imperative. Anyone who understands grammar, Greek or otherwise, understands the passive voice is used to indicate an action in which the one acted on is passive. Now David, go slither back under your rock and don’t ever return. Enemies of the cross are not welcome here.

    • February 24, 2014 at 12:21 am


      So that you will not have to look up the rules for commenting, here they are.
      If you wish to engage in a meaningful discussion of issues related to the doctrines of grace or New Covenant Theology, I would like to state the following rules:

      1. Be respectful. If you don’t tell me I have an unregenerate heart and that I am a wicked false teacher, I won’t tell you you’re ugly and your mother wears combat boots.

      2. You can’t tell me what I believe. I will tell you what I believe and then you may react to that, not to what you think I might believe.

      3. Each person must define the other person’s position to that person’s satisfaction before he may object to it or comment on it.

      4. If you want to allege that a person believes a certain doctrine, you must produce complete and somewhat extensive citations from that person’s writings to demonstrate your claims.

      5. Deal with one issue at a time. Don’t raise another issue until you have adequately responded to the answer you have received to the last question. Once a question has been discussed to both parties’ satisfaction, then and then only should we move on to a different question. Remember, a fool can raise more questions in five minutes than a wise man can answer in a lifetime.

      6. If you don’t accept the Scriptures [the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments] as inspired by God, inerrant, and fully authoritative in all matters of faith and practice, don’t bother commenting. We have no mutual basis of authority and such a discussion would be meaningless.

      If you don’t follow the rules, you will be asked not to come back.

      “To those who lack the will to know the truth, nothing is so mysterious as the obvious.”

  3. February 24, 2014 at 12:36 am

    1. I’m not interested in Calvin bashing sites that have little or no scholastic merit and/or major in misrepresentation.

    2. Do you have an actual response to my comment concerning Acts 2:40? You kind of missed the point.

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