Biblical Conversion.

A pragmatic spirit has taken over many Southern Baptist Churches.Instead of looking for biblical evidences of conversion,too many churches have adopted an “easy believism” or “decisionism.”Far too many sinners are coming to Christ because they are “lonely”and not to flee the wraft of God!

When you take time to look at our early confessions of faith you will be amazed to learn how far we have drifted from our roots and the Word of God in this matter of Biblical conversion.

The New Hampshire Confession of Faith of 1833 is the foundational confession for Southern Baptists.It is the confession from which our 1925,1963,and 2000 Baptist Faith and Message is taken.

The New Hampshire Confession of Faith’s,biblical statement on repentance and faith needs to be read,heard,and heeded today.It states,”We believe that Repentance and Faith are sacred duties,and also inseperable graces,wrought in our souls by the regenerating Spirit of God;whereby being deeply convinced of our guilt,danger,and helplessness,and of the way of salvation by Christ,we turn to God with unfeigned contrition,confession,and supplication for mercy;at the same time heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as our Prophet,Priest,and King,and relying on him alone as the only and all-sufficient Saviour.”

Our Baptist fathers had a different definition of conversion than that one of today’s shallow and popular one.

Dr.J.L.Dagg  in his Manual of Church Order states,”that we must look for more than a ‘mere profession of words,’but make every effort to ascertain that the Baptisimal candidate both ‘understands and feels what he professes,”

Futhermore,Dr.Pendleton,in his book Christian Doctrines,states that repentance involves five things;(1)a consciousness of personal sin,(2)an understanding that sin is agreat evil committed against God,for which there is no excuse,(3)a hatred of sin,(4)a sorrow of sin,(5)a purpose to forsake sin.

Matt.28:18-20.A true convert(a disciple)will show good evidence of repentance and faith(Acts.20:21-22).(Matt.13:23).

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3 Comments on “Biblical Conversion.”

  1. Greg Bailey Says:

    Gee Bill:
    7 months before a comment comes up. This issue, accepting members without a sound testimony of God’s grace in their lives and no understanding of sin, Cross and forgiveness (oh, repentance also) combined with little preventative and no corrective discipline is one of the main reasons why the churches have little power and we appear a moral scandal to the non-churched.

  2. A Confused Young Pastor Says:

    And to think I caught all kinds of flak when I asked church members to talk about their conversion.

    I have concluded that we are more concerned with schmoozing people into the kingdom of God than we are with calling for people to repent and follow Jesus in faith. “There, there. You’re OK. We Like you and want you to feel at home. Don’t worry. Everbody sins. No biggie!’

  3. Young Pastor,
    Church members hasten to talk about sports,children,grand kids,the weather,…vactions…..but their “conversion”is a private matter.
    If the Fruit of the Spirit abides in a believer’s life…he will….show…and ..tell.

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