Musings and ponderings about current events, the economy, politics, and more, from a backslidden Christian that still believes the gospel and that the bible is the word of God. Expect some of my posts to seem hypocritical if you know me and my situation. My beliefs have not changed, and I still have the same concerns and convictions. Please be civil if you comment.
I don't believe in or use altar calls, but this is still good imo :-)
Present an unbalanced message. Only let them see the heart-warming part of God’s character. Preach God’s love but leave out His holiness and justice. That way they’ll think He’ll let them into heaven no matter what.
Don’t mention repentance until they’re repeating a “sinner’s prayer.” Just get them to say, “I repent of all my sins” while they’re echoing you. They won’t know what they’re saying and they won’t count the cost.
Above all else, be dignified. Don’t get heart to heart with the people. They would get something out of what you said.
Skim over the gospel and push the prayer. Pretend the lost naturally understand what Christ has done for them.
Preach Jesus as a life enhancer not a life rescuer. Tell them how Jesus can improve their life but don’t show them Jesus as the only One who can save them from Hell. People will think if they reject Him they’re only losing out on a spiritual high.
By the way, in a poll also on AOL, the question was asked what people thought of the 3 year sentence Mary Winkler received. Out of over 85,000 people on June 8th 2007, 58% said seems too light; 38% said seems fair; 4% said seems to harsh. I voted for the "seems too light." While the alleged physical, emotion and sexual abuse is wrong if it did occur, that does not justify shooting him. Mary Winkler was also allegedly kiting checks, and another article says that her husband confronted her about the check kiting before she shot him. This same article also says that she told authorities after her arrest that her husband Matthew was a find man and denied that there was any abuse. Here is the link for that article:
Not Our Fathers' America By Chuck Baldwin June 8, 2007
This column is archived at http://www.chuckbaldwinlive.com/c2007/cbarchive_20070608.html
Every country goes through changes. However, stable countries are able to maintain their basic culture, identity, language, and heritage throughout the various gradations of societal evolution. Hence, through major wars, minor conflicts, turmoil, depression, and dissension, America, for the most part, has been able to maintain the fundamental underpinnings that made our country unique. But, Ladies and Gentlemen, those underpinnings are very quickly disappearing.
In a very real sense, this is not our fathers' America. And by that, I am not referring to our modern conveniences, our advanced technologies, or our avant-garde styles of dress and forms of entertainment. I am talking about the principles and values that cut to the very core of who and what we are as a nation. We are fast losing the substance of what it means to be American.
This "Solemn Covenant" originated with Benjamin Keach in 1689 and was also used by Charles H. Spurgeon
All Accepted Applicants for Membership shall join in and sign this Covenant
We who desire to walk together in obedience to our Lord Jesus Christ and His Word, do, through the assistance of the Holy Spirit, profess our deep and serious humiliation for all our transgressions. We also solemnly in the presence of God and of each other, in the sense of our own unworthiness, surrender ourselves to the Lord in a local church body according to the New Testament pattern, that He may be our God, and we may be His people, through the New and Everlasting Covenant of His free grace, in which alone we do hope to be accepted by Him, through His blessed Son Jesus Christ, Whom we take to be our High Priest to justify and sanctify us, our Prophet to teach us, and our King to rule over us in order that we may conform to all His Holy Laws and Ordinances for our growth, establis…