Posts Tagged ‘Calvinism vs. Arminianism (synergistic salvation)

06
Sep
13

PHRASES AND QUESTIONS ONE NEVER FINDS IN APOSTOLIC PREACHING

Evangelicals have used certain phrases in their “evangelistic” efforts to such an extent they believe one cannot proclaim the gospel without them. I grew up in a tradition that regularly employed such phrases and questions. I even used them myself until I discovered neither Jesus nor any apostolic preacher ever used them. My question is whether evangelicals should continue to use such verbiage if we can find no biblical precedent for it. The following are ten such common phrases and questions:

1. Do you know that God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life?

2. Do you want to go to heaven when you die?

3. Jesus died for you.

4. Open your heart and let Jesus come in.

5. Every head bowed and every eye closed.

6. Yes, I see that hand.

7. Come forward and accept Jesus.

8. Repeat this prayer after me.

9. God can’t do anything unless you let him.

10. Just one more verse and, if no one comes, we are going to close the invitation.