>Can 3 uh-uhs make you a Christian?

>Struck by this comment on a friend’s facebook:

“Evangelism has been reduced, in many churches, to the “abc’s” admit, believe, confess or as one preacher put it, “if you can say three uh huh’s you can be a Christian” Paul Fries
Is it not odd that the “formulas” for evangelism are not found in Scripture? 
Reading the Word can spoil you for a lot of contemporary (within, say, the last 150 years) ideas and concepts of ministry.
It appears that the Lord Jesus always made it easier to say “no” to His “invitation” than “yes.” It is hard to imagine Jesus, or any apostle, saying “Every head bowed, every eye closed.” The call was adamant, demanding, and public.
Can “invitations” be good? Yeah, as long as it is made crystal-clear that “coming forward,” “going to the prayer room,” or even raising hand for prayer has no merit in and of itself. If the purpose of the invitation is solely to get the person to a place where they can ask questions, be pointed to the gospel, etc; that is okay (IF adequate time is given to each individual respondent, rather than a rush to “pray the prayer” ((which is not found anywhere in scripture)))
It seems vital, to me, that anyone who “gives” invitations need not necessarily learn “how” to give an invitation, but should first do a study of the “invitation system.” It isn’t that old, and perhaps that, in itself, should be a warning?

Author: Jack Hager

Jesus invaded my life shortly after my arrest at age 26. I spent the first few years of my new life incarcerated. Went to Bible school after parole; have served with Kansas City Youth For Christ, Headwaters Christian Youth (Rhinelander, Wi), Family Life Ministries (Bath, NY), and now with Midland Ministries (Saint Joseph, Mo). Married with four children, work with youth, adults, inmates. Heavily involved in Bible quizzing for four decades. Narrow minded about Jesus and the gospel; fairly open minded about most other things. Speak in churches, camps (both teen and family), civic groups, public schools, Christian schools and colleges...amazed I get to do what I get to do....favorite verse Romans 15.13 "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing so that you, by the power of the Holy Spirit, may overflow with hope."

3 thoughts on “>Can 3 uh-uhs make you a Christian?”

  1. >Briefly, "invitation system" is the typical evangelical church/ministry, "Every head bowed, every eye closed; how many want jesus in their lives today" or sometimes degenerates further into "how many want a closer walk with Jesus."Music softly plays, sometimes the speaker tells a blood and guts story; when it is a "system" (kind of like "in Jesus' name")I think danger of even unintentional manipulation is present.I do NOT want to throw baby out with bathwater; but it seems to me the "system" makes "easy" and "secret" what needs to be "hard" and "public."

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