1 Peter 1:
1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,
2 Elect [chosen] according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.
2 Thessalonians 2:13:
13 But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:
So, who does God choose and why does he choose them? His choosing is based on His foreknowledge. Example:
Mr. X is a wealthy businessman and he is about to die. He has three sons: A, B and C. He wants to leave all his assets to the son who comes to Christ at his funeral.
X dies. The funeral is held. Sons A and B leave. Son C comes to Christ. Later they read the will and X left everything to Son C. Did X cause A, B, and C to do what they did. NO!!! X KNEW HIS SONS.
The early Christians did not believe in the doctrine known as eternal security, or “once saved, always saved.”
C.S. Lewis used the term “a great cataract of nonsense” to describe how people use a modern idea to construe Bible theology. One such example, perhaps the best example, is a conversion method called the Sinner’s Prayer. It is more popularly known as the Four Spiritual Laws.
Lewis used this term to describe what happens when someone looks backward at the Bible based only on what he or she has known. Instead, an evangelical should first discern conversion practices from Scriptures and then consider the topic in light of two thousand years of other thinkers. As it is, a novel technique popularized through recent revivals has replaced the Biblically sound practice.
Today, hundreds of millions hold to a belief system and salvation practice that no one had ever held until relatively recently. The notion that one can pray Jesus into his or her heart and that baptism is merely an outward sign are actually late developments.
The prayer itself dates to the Billy Sunday era; however, the basis for talking in prayer for salvation goes back a few hundred years.
Consider the following appeal:
“Just accept Christ into your heart through prayer and he’ll receive you. It doesn’t matter what church you belong to or if you ever do good works. You’ll be born again at the moment you receive Christ.
He’s at the door knocking. You don’t even have to change bad habits, just trust Christ as Savior. God loves you and forgives you unconditionally. Anyone out there can be saved if they … Accept Christ, now! Let us pray for Christ to now come into your heart.”
Left to Right [pictures not shown]: Billy Graham, Billy Sunday and Bill Bright. They put forward a Plan of Salvation foreign to the Word of God. Judge for yourself whether it is better to obey God rather than man.
Sound familiar? This method of conversion has had far-reaching effects worldwide as many have claimed this as the basis for their salvation. Yet, what is the historical significance of this conversion? How did the process of rebirth, which Jesus spoke of in John 3, evolve into praying him into one’s heart?
I believe it was an error germinating shortly after the Reformation, which eventually caused great ruin and dismay in Christendom. By supplying a brief documentation of its short, historical development, I hope to show how this error has served as “a great cataract of nonsense”
Teachers interpret. Teachers are appointed by Father God. 1 Cor.12:28- (note that evangelists and pastors are not appointed by Father God because they are not in the list of greater gifts). Teachers interpret the meaning of the Scriptures. Jesus did appoint apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers TO EQUIP THE PEOPLE. Ephesians 4:11-). But churches have not appointed teachers to interpret for men of the cloth.