are the victims of the easy-believism half-truth message of Evangelicals andFundamentalists today are made twofold more a child of hell by this lie.
Telling a sinner that he is saved by praying that he wants his sins forgiven andwill trust Jesus to get him to heaven (the Roman Catholics have done that)without telling him of the absolute necessity of repenting of his sins, lets him thinkhe has been saved when there has been no true conversion. Therefore, later, hethinks he doesn't need to be saved.
Jesus said, "Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesiedin thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done manywonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: departfrom me, ye that work iniquity" (Mt. 7:22-23).
Part of the commission to the Apostles was that "
and remission of sins should be preached" (Lk. 24:47). The first message that Jesus preachedafter He was baptized and spent forty days in the wilderness was "
ye, andbelieve the gospel" (Mk. 1:15).
When Jesus first sent out the Twelve, "they went out, and preached that menshould
" (Mk. 6:12). Jesus said, "The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they
atthe preaching of Jonas" (Mt. 12:41).
Jesus told the crowd in Luke 13:3-5, "Except ye
, ye shall all likewiseperish....except ye
, ye shall all likewise perish."
In Peter's sermon recorded in Acts 3:19 he said, "
ye therefore, and beconverted, that your sins may be blotted out."
Paul said in Athens, "And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but nowcommandeth all men every where to
" (Acts 17:30).Paul told the Ephesian elders that he "kept back nothing that was profitable" tothem, "testifying both to the Jew, and also to the Greeks
towardGod, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ" (Acts 20:20-21).
When Paul spoke before Agrippa he said, "Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was notdisobedient unto the heavenly vision: but showed first unto them of Damascus,and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to theGentiles, that they should
and turn to God, and do works meet for
" (Acts 26:19-20).
Paul told the Corinthians, "For godly sorrow worketh
to salvation" (2Cor. 7:10). And Peter wrote that the Lord is "not willing that any should perish,but that all should come to
" (2 Pet. 3:9).