|The Hour Of Decision
Beth volunteered when her pastor asked for workers to serve as counselors
at the Franklin Graham crusade. She was already an experienced worker,
having helped lead many to the Lord. She didnt think this would
be any different than witnessing to family, friends and neighbors. She
was shown a video on how to deal with people who made a decision for Christ
at the altar.
She was given a counseling booklet that explained How to be sure
that Christ has forgiven my sin, and, for the person who didnt
understand why they had said the salvation prayer, How to know what
Ive done. Beth was bothered that the crusade staff assumed
everyone who came forward was ready to pray a salvation prayer.
With all her witnessing in the past, it took many long hours of counseling
before people were willing to truly commit their lives to God. And the
people she spent the most time with, many who claimed to have made a decision
for Christ, exhibited no evidence of a new life. Because of this, she
was careful never to lead someone to the conclusion they were saved unless
they bore obvious fruit (Galatians 5:22-25).
To be honest, the ones who constantly wanted to be assured of their salvation
were the very ones she considered to be deceived.