Easy Christianity

3. Cast Your Ballot!

"God has voted for you. Satan has voted against you. You must cast the deciding ballot." By teaching this, many Evangelicals encourage people to believe that "getting saved" is simply a matter of making their decision for Christ by their own free wills. Such teaching is imbalanced and harmful!

What is wrong about teaching that "getting saved" is all up to our free wills?

It is wrong because it encourages proud self-sufficiency in the sinner. Everything is made to depend on his crucial decision for Christ, made by his unassisted free will. How flattering and inflating to his opinion of himself! This is precisely the opposite of the attitudes required in response to the gospel! The Bible's evaluation of the sinner is not so flattering! Jesus asserted, "No one can come to me, unless the Father who sent me draws him" (John 6:44). Paul tells the Ephesians that before sovereign grace they "were dead in their trespasses and sins" (Ephesians 2:1). Dead men do not decide for Christ! Such Biblical teaching is important, because there is hope in Christ only for those who find no hope in themselves.

It is in error also because it lowers the demands of the gospel and obscures the difficulty of true conversion. By making conversion at the crucial point dependent on unaided free will, this teaching encourages men to think that it is something they are able to do. Biblical faith and repentance are lowered to a decision for Christ because the demands of faith and repentance are more than free will can meet. The truth is that only God by mighty grace can enable men to believe and repent (Acts 5:31; 2 Timothy 2:25).

Do not rest satisfied and deceived by a decision for Christ that falls short of the faith and repentance bestowed by the free grace of God!


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Bill Newcomer, Webservant. Send comments to: mrbill@vor.org. Original WWW publication December A.D. 1995. Moved to vor.org, November, A.D. 1996.