Website owner: James Miller
THE EVANGELICAL MESSAGE --- DECEPTION 3/96 The evangelical will tell you, "just accept Christ as your personal Savior and you will be saved", "just believe on Christ and you will be saved", etc. He will say, "Just accept God's salvation, it is a free gift, all you have to do is just accept it. It is unbelievably simple. You just say a simple prayer. Here, I can help you, just repeat after me .... There, your salvation is assured. You have God's promise on it -- and God cannot lie. You just have to have faith in his promise." And they back up their assertions with lots of scripture. All this is a dangerous, fraudulent deception --- self-deception. The true child of God, the person who will go to heaven, is the person who loves God and is faithful to him by living an upright, Godly life; it is not that person who is distinguished by the fact that at one time or another in his life he has publicly declared a faith in God or an intention to serve God. At least such a person is not necessarily a child of God. In this age of convenience, easy fixes for everything, magic pills to solve every problem, evangelicalism could be called the "magic pill" religion. Just swallow this magic pill and you will be saved. It is the "easy recipe" religion, the "sure and easy way" religion. It is interesting that the style of preaching of the evangelicals often closely resembles the high- pressure, "hard sell" styles of certain types of salesmen. Note that many statements that Jesus made, especially in the gospel of John, do appear to support evangelical beliefs, teachings and doctrine. If you ask me to explain these statements I cannot.