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EVANGELICAL CRITERION FOR BECOMING SAVED 4/96 What are the phrases that evangelical Christians use to describe what one must do to be "saved"? Let us list them: - accept Christ as your personal Savior - accept Christ as your Savior - accept Christ as your Lord and Savior - profess your faith in Christ - make a profession of faith - surrender your heart to Christ - give your heart to Christ - give your heart to the Lord - serve the Lord - surrender your heart to the Lord - get saved - be born again Let us examine these phrases. What do they mean? Suppose a person completely unfamiliar with Christianity, a being from some other planet, say Mars, were to hear them. What would he think they meant? Would he find their meanings clear? Are the meanings all equivalent? Where did the above phrases come from? How many of these phrases can you find in the Bible? If they didn't come from the Bible where do you suppose they came from? Can we guess that they came out of attempts of the founders and forerunners of evangelicalism to summarize what they thought was required in order to be saved? What does it mean to "accept Christ as your personal Savior"? To just say to Christ, "I now accept you as my personal savior"? Will these words, sincerely said, do? Is that what is meant? What support can you find in the Bible for this phrase as the means for becoming saved? Is it simply a little different wording from the words of Jesus, "Believe in me and you will be saved"? How do the above phrases compare with my own formula for going to heaven: "Turn away from sin and evil, renounce it, and turn to God and be faithful to him by leading an upright, righteous life"? Are they the same? My formula focuses on God, not Christ. But yet, Christ said he was God, so is there a difference?