Firstly, I do not believe that someone’s “decision” saves them. I also don’t believe that anyone’s “confession” saves them. Wait! What about Romans 10:9,10 – “That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.”
If you think you’re actually saved by any action of yours, think again. It’s Christ’s atoning work on the cross that saves you. But, that’s not the thrust of this post. I recently read the following:
“If telling the whole biblical story is foundational to understanding the Jesus story and making an informed faith decision, no one should be invited to make such a decision until he or she has heard the whole story. In this sense, discipleship begins before the evangelistic act itself.” *
If that is true, and I think it is, then what constitutes an “informed” decision? Are we supposed to give them “just enough” information to “get them saved” and worry about the rest later, or are we suppose to do our best to give them the complete story first, as much as possible, and then grow with them in community? Does salvation “stick” better in either scenario?
To put it another way,
What does a person have to know about Jesus in order to make a decision for Jesus?
What do you think?
Fore related posts see: Shouldn’t We Be Terminating Life Support for the “Sinner’s Prayer?”
*Bryant L. Myers (2011-11-09). Walking With The Poor: Principles and Practices of Transformational Development (Revised and Expanded Edition) (Kindle Locations 7125-7127). Orbis Books. Kindle Edition.