Did I Strike A Chord Or Nerve?

Written by Neil Silverberg

July 24, 2017

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  1. Robert Becker

    I want to clarify my comments:

    I agree with you, Neil. My concern with your use of the word “holy,” which creates problems for me. I would change “holy” to “fruitful.” I think that’s more clear.

    I appreciate your ideas. I agree with you and I know you mean to be helpful, not confusing. That was my only issue.

    Keep on talkin,

    your friend,

    Bob Becker

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  2. David Neal Hoglin

    You have to have guts to tackle the subject. This is the dilemma of modern Christianity! Some will be convicted and some condemned.

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  3. Scott Wiens

    Thanks for this blog Neil. I was curious if it would strike a nerve. This topic is very important in the Church today because of the harm that decisional evangelism or decisional regeneration is doing to people who are given a version of the gospel that is not biblically based.
    As I read this I thought of a funeral I performed years ago for the husband of a woman that occasionally attended our church. I did not know the man personally as he never attended our church with her and during our discussion about the funeral I asked her about his relationship with the Lord. She had to think about it for a few minutes and then said she seemed to remember him saying something about walking down front at a church service when he was about 12 and ‘getting saved’. His life, however, showed no fruit of a true regenerated believer. As I spoke with this woman she told a story of a man full of pride, controlled by the lusts of the flesh and addictions. Yet, at the end she expressed how she was so glad he was ‘saved’. Now, I am most definitely nobody’s judge and it was my prayer that this man may have come to a saving relationship with Christ towards the end of his life however there was absolutely no evidence of it and his ‘decision’ had given him a false belief that he was saved. It is stories like this one and countless other similar stories that show the danger of decisional evangelism gone wrong.
    I heard Voddie Baucham say one time, ‘If you can’t say AMEN you ought to say OUCH!’ We must not fall into the trap of simply having someone admit they are a sinner and recite a prayer and think they have eternal life. It is contrary to the biblical model and I appreciate you addressing it, regardless of the heat you received.
    Scott

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