Do Pentecostals and Evangelicals Preach the Real Gospel?
It seems like a lot of ‘evangelism’ these days is full of phrases and practices that we don’t see in the New Testament.
For example, modern Evangelical, including Pentecostal Evangelism, may involve these sayings that aren’t even found in the Bible:
– Ask Jesus into your heart. – It’s a religion, not a relationship. – It’s about a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. – Accept Jesus as your personal Savior.
Jesus being the Savior is in the Bible, but ‘personal Savior’ isn’t, and without explanation, ‘personal’ can just obscure what we are trying to say with excess verbage.
In the Bible I see that the apostles and other early believers in scripture preached that:
– Jesus died for our sins. – God raised Jesus from the dead. – Jesus is the Son of God. – Jesus is Lord and Christ.
And preaching to Gentiles, Paul would explain:
– Who God is.
The would also call people who had heard the Gospel to baptism.
Does the ‘evangelical gospel’ save people if we leave out the Biblical gospel? Suppose a quasi-Hindu New Ager comes to your church, very willing to accept that Jesus is one of many ‘ascended masters’ who can be spirit guides for New Agers as they meditate. He is willing to ‘pray to accept Jesus’ as His Savior and to have a personal relationship with Him. He doesn’t know or believe that Jesus died on the cross for his sins or that God raised him from the dead. He is a pantheist and doesn’t have a Biblical view of God anyway.
Will repeating a prayer asking Jesus into His heart save this man if he doesn’t believe the Biblical Gospel?
Peyton Gurley [09/21/2015 10:47 AM]
What a wonderful post!
John Kissinger [09/21/2015 11:29 AM]
you should start with defining your meaning of MOST
Jon Ruthven [09/21/2015 6:19 PM]
If it looks like Paul’s gospel in Rom 15:18-19, (or the way Rolland and Heidi Baker do it), then, yes!
Tim Anderson [09/21/2015 11:33 PM]
I think actually “making disciples” would be more worthwhile than to spend time knocking others methods (fault-finding). I can’t give you the verse but I believe the principle is abundant. my two cents..