The Scandal Of Modern Evangelism

1 The most common scripture used in modern evangelism is "Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." If you read Romans 10:13 in context, you'll find Paul cites Joel 2:32 to emphasize that ALL may approach God equally. Jew, Gentile, male, female, free men and slaves, all can, irrespective of their social or economic status, be saved. As he says in another place, "Here there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all". Col 3:11 "Calling on the the name of the Lord" in context, refers to the illuminated sinner responding to the word of faith Paul preached."...if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture says, "Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame." Rom 10:9-11 "Believing on Jesus," doesn't just mean believing He was an historical person. It means partaking of His sacrifice. Please go to What is Baptism? for more on this subject.
2 Pg 104 Billy Graham, John Pollock 1966 Paperback
3 Pg 251 Ibid
4 Pg 134 Ibid
5 Pg 104 Ibid
6 Pg 165 Ibid
7 Pg 117 Daws, Betty Lee Skinner Navpress Paperback
8 Pg 39 The Divine Dramatist, Harry S. Stout 1991 paperback
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ermon, "Other Sheep and One Flock"
10"As there is no need to tell lovers what to do and say, so is there no need for any rules to those who are in love with Christ. The only word that covers all this is faith. It removes all the inhibitions arising from worry and sets man in such relationship to God and Christ that all else will come of itself." Pg 178 Here I Stand, Roland H. Bainton 1950 Paperback
11 Pg 39 The Divine Dramatist, Harry S. Stout 1991 paperback
12 Pg XVIII Jonathan Edward Basic Writings 1966 Hardback
13 "Definite and complete" includes not only a definite and complete atonement, but also the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and the supernatural impartation of a new nature which overcomes the old nature. "Lack of sanctification" was never used as an excuse for backsliding. Sanctification was always taught as a going forward from "glory to glory." No pre-20th century evangelist would ever say a person was backslidden if they never showed any sign of having forslidden. They would be told they were never saved.
14 Pg XVIII Jonathan Edward Basic Writings 1966 Hardback
15 Pg 39 The Divine Dramatist, Harry S. Stout 1991 paperback
16 Pg 70 Conversions, Hugh T. Kerr and John M. Mulder 1983 Hardback
17 "It is marvellous credulity, to take every excitement in the name of religion, for the work of God's Spirit. It is an enourmous demand on our charity, when we are asked in mass, as true and solid, the wholesale conversions that are made in this way." Pg 12 The Anxious Bench, Rev. J. W. Nevin, D.D. 1843
18 Pg 13 Ibid
19 Pg 104 Jonathan Edward Basic Writings 1966
20 Pg 264 Holy Spirit Revivals, Charles Finney, Whitaker house

21 Pg 3 The Anxious Bench, Rev. J. W. Nevin, D.D. 1843
22 Pg 21 Ibid
23 Pg 14 The Mourner's Bench, Henry B. McLendon, 1902
24 Pg 45 Ibid
25 The Sunday organization reported that 667 decision cards were sent to Moody's church. 373 were listed as conversions, and 294 were listed as "reconsecrations". (what modern evangelists call "rededications") Only 508 cards were received by Moody's church. After a four month follow-up, here's how the supposed conversions and "reconsecrations" turned out: 7 said they only went forward to shake hands with Billy Sunday. 33 said they were saved before the campaign. 14 said they accepted Christ at the campaign. 6 were led to Christ at the follow-up. 3 refused to accept Christ at follow-up. 40 were unable to find at home. 143 were not at the address given. 76 were only prayed for at follow-up. 15 had moved and left no address. 6 went to war. 126 were already members of Moody's church. 39 were not yet reached.
26 Preface to Luther's Works Volume 34, 1960
27 Pg 336, Ibid
28 Pg 95, John Wesley, Sam Wellman 1997
29 Pg 104 Ibid
30 Pg 81, The Spiritual Awakeners, Keith J. Hardman 1983 XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
"Moreover, in the next place we are dead as to the pursuits and aims of the sinning and ungodly life. Brethren, are any of you that profess to be God's servants living for yourselves? Then you are not God's servants; for he that is really born again lives unto God: the object of his life is the glory of God and the good of his fellow-men." Charles Spurgeon sermon 1627

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