Misguided Appeal?

I’ve done it; others have done it. It has been sincerely motivated. Doubtless, there are times when God has used it. He can and does work around our mistakes. I would even go so far as to say that it is better to do this, than to see someone end up lost forever. However, that doesn’t make it the way that we should do it. I’m talking about giving a gospel invitation that appeals to someone’s fear of Hell to motivate them to receive Christ. If a person responds to that kind of appeal, he or she needs instruction that following Jesus involves a lot more than escaping Hell. If that is the only reason that they responded, are they actually saved? Could some have a false security? Could this account for apparent converts not having any real spiritual depth or commitment? Would Satan like to see people think they are saved, even when they might not be? What I am saying is that honesty and Scriptural Truth should compel us to press home the complete picture. Look at the demands Christ gave to people about following Him. Consider these two examples: 1. Matthew 16:24: “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.” 2. Matthew 10:38: “And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after Me, is not worthy of Me.” Some would argue that this was before the cross. They would say that after the cross, it’s all grace. While that is true, the fact is that a genuine response to grace would motivate us to truly follow Him. Following Him wouldn’t save anyone. However, if we are truly born again, grace will move us to submit to His rule and reign in our lives. Alfred C. Snead’s hymn, “Fully Surrendered,” describes how receiving His grace works in the lives of true converts: “Fully surrendered, Lord, I would be, fully surrendered , dear Lord to Thee; all on the altar laid, surrender fully made, Thou hast my ransom paid, I yield to Thee. Fully surrendered — life, time and all, all Thou hast giv’n me held at Thy call. Speak but the word to me, gladly I’ll follow Thee, now and eternally obey my Lord.” Selah! This kind of living issues out of salvation, matures and strengthens in our lives, and finds its full expression in glorification!      Ron

Questions? E-Mail me at knowingtheway1@gmail.com 


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