CONVERSION, CONFESSION, CONVICTION ABOUT SALVATION
Can I say about this matter of someone getting saved: Some one who raises their had for salvation is likely not going to be saved. I have read that over 50% of those who raise their hand and come to a altar at church during an invitation does not show any sign of being saved in three months.b
In our church Rivers of Joy Baptist Church, pre Pastor/Teacher Charles Whisnant, from 1984-2008 more than 70% of those who made profession of faith showed any sign of been saved after the first six months. This I have been told by those who come now.
Salvation of a person does not occur when most people think it does.
First allow me to say, I am a Calvinist, and believe God is sovereign and those who are truly born again are so only by the grace and electing power of God. Therefore those God brings to salvation will be saved.
The point I am making is there are so many who have never been saved but who believe they are. Christians parents and grandparents fall victim of believing many are saved in their family when mostly likely they are not born again of the spirit of Christ.
Pastors, preachers and evangelist and people make a major mistake in present the Gospel to those who are lost in the wrong way.
Can I say again it is not enough to say to someone “YOU NEED TO ACCEPT JESUS AS YOUR PERSONAL SAVIOR” That does not fully lead a person to salvation. That is just inadequate to instruct a person who is lost in sin to the way of salvation.
Then you often have heard, “You need to make a decision for Christ.” As if you make the decision to be saved. What a sinner needs to do is not to accept Jesus Christ or make a decision for Christ, but to repent and speak out and ask Jesus Christ to accept him in spite of his sin. What a sinner needs to do is to ask Jesus Christ if He would make a decision to forgive him.
Salvation does not occur by raising your hand, by saying a prayer, by asking Jesus to come in to your heart.
So what does a person need to do in order to be saved?