One of the greatest heresies infiltrating the contemporary church is that of â€œdecisional regenerationâ€; that is, the false teaching that salvation is a mere human decision. The miracle of salvation has been reduced today to the mere nodding of oneâ€™s head to the propositional truths of a gospel presentation and the simple repeating of the â€œsinnerâ€™s prayerâ€ after some well-meaning evangelical. All who are willing to nod their head and repeat the prayer are assured by us, not by God, that they are a shoo-in for heaven and should never doubt their salvation.
According to the Apostle Paul, â€œthe gospel of Christâ€¦is the power of God unto salvationâ€ (Romans 1:16). Furthermore, â€œthe kingdom of God is not in word, but in powerâ€ (1 Corinthians 4:20). This explains why Paul refused to use â€œexcellency of speechâ€ or â€œenticing words of manâ€™s wisdomâ€ in his preaching of the gospel (1 Corinthians 2:1-5). Instead, he preached â€œin fearâ€ and â€œtremblingâ€ a simple message of â€œJesus Christ, and him crucified.â€ In the end, Paul wanted to be assured that all converts came to Christ under the power of God, not under the power of human persuasion. In other words, Paul wanted them to believe in Christ because they had been convicted by the Spirit, not convinced by his sermon.
Salvation is a miracle of God; indeed, it is the greatest of all Godâ€™s miracles. Until we fully realize this truth we will never fully appreciate our own salvation nor the urgent need of sinners for our prayers. Since only a miracle working God can perform the miracle of salvation on the sinnerâ€™s behalf, the sinner stands in desperate need of our prayers. While the sinner may pray the sinnerâ€™s prayer and we may share the gospel with sinners, only God can save a soul, for He alone is â€œthe Lord; and apart from Him there is no Saviorâ€ (Isaiah 43:11).
Thanks to the heresy of decisional regeneration, contemporary Christians appear more concerned with persuading the sinner to pray the â€œsinnerâ€™s prayerâ€ than with praying for the sinnerâ€™s salvation. We are more concerned with making better sales-pitches to the sinner than with making better supplication to God on the sinnerâ€™s behalf. Perhaps, this goes a long way in explaining the impotence of modern-day evangelism and the scarcity of our spiritual harvest.
IT TOOK A MIRACLE (John W. Peterson)
My Father is omnipotent
And that you canâ€™t deny;
A God of might and miracles;
‘Tis written in the sky.
It took a miracle to put the stars in place;
It took a miracle to hang the world in space.
But when He saved my soul,
Cleansed and made me whole,
It took a miracle of love and grace!