The Danger Of Decisionism  

Many of you are probably wondering what Decisionism is and why I consider it to be dangerous? Let me begin by defining the term. We’ve all probably heard the terms Atheism, Humanism, Hedonism, and even Materialism over the years. Decisionism is best described as an instance when an unsaved person makes a public profession of faith (in Jesus Christ) by repeating a prayer and is then immediately identified as a new creature in Christ.

Most proponents of Decisionism use Romans 10, verses nine and ten to support the doctrine. 

“…because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believers and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved…” 

The reason Decisionism is so dangerous is that millions of individuals have repeated the “sinners prayer” verbally, but have not been regenerated or born-again. Jesus says, “The people draweth nigh unto Me with their mouth, and honereth Me with their lips; but their heart is far from Me.” (Matthew 15:8) This means that the inner work of the Holy Spirit on the human heart is responsible for re-creating the fallen human nature. A simple sentence or repeated phrase is not the determinate (for salvation) but a radical and complete transformation wrought in the soul by God.

The verse previously referenced, contains two important words that, if properly understood, would nullify Decisionism. The first being “confess” and the second “believe.” The word confess means to say the same thing, or to agree with someone. This agreement implies that the person making the profession has submitted their lives to His Lordship, and it also indicates that Christ now Master of ones being. Through repentance (of sin) and faith in Jesus Christ the result is a complete trust in Him for salvation.

This requires “belief” or “believe” in His claims as taught in Scripture regarding His identity

(Deity, Sinlessness, Virgin birth, etc.) as well as His work on Calvary (Crucifixion, Death, Resurrection, etc.).  According to Elmer Towns in his book titled, The Gospel of John: Believe and Live, he states, “In the Gospel of John, believing is the total response of the whole person to God as He has revealed Himself through His Son, Jesus Christ.” (Towns, pg.17) Regeneration occurs immediately and a new man is developed through the sanctification process.

In Chapter three of the gospel according to John, Jesus instructs Nicodemus on the regeneration process. The Lord indicates that new birth is not visible by the human eye, but is a supernatural work of the Holy Spirit. A person born of a women had no input regarding his/her conception. Similarly, an individual has no say in his/hers spiritual new-birth as well because it is a work of God.

“According as He hah chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world…Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself…” (Eph 1:4,5) 

“Which were born, not of blood, nor the will of the flesh, nor the will of man but of God…” (John 1:13) 

  

According to the MacArthur Study Bible, “Jesus point was that just as the wind cannot be controlled or understood by human beings, but its effects can be witnessed, so also is with the Holy Spirit. He cannot be controlled or understood, but the proof of His work is apparent. Where the Spirit works, there is undeniable and unmistakable evidence.” (MacArthur, pg. 1540)  

Good fruit is confirmation that new birth has occurred. Pronouncing a person as saved at the altar moments after praying the “sinner’s prayer” gives many professing faith in Christ a false hope of security. What should transpire at the altar is a commitment to place that person under watch care. In other words, that person will be instructed in the ordinance of baptism and encouraged to join a discipleship group or class. Steadfast obedience to both and confirmation by the Holy Spirit (Roman 8:16) is initial evidence that a person is “born-again.”

“Then they that gladly received His word were baptized and the same day there added unto them about three thousand souls. And they continued steadfast in the apostle’s doctrine and fellowship and in breaking of bread, and in prayers…” (Acts 2:41-42) 

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Test the Spirit

sentThe Holy Spirit inspired the Apostle John to warn believers about false doctrine and false teachers in chapter four of his first epistle. In these last days, scripture teaches that both will escalate to the point where counterfeit religions and doctrines of demons will become widely accepted by the masses. For this reason, believers are told to “test the spirits, whether they are of God.” The word “test” is a metallurgist terminology used to assess metals in order to determine their authenticity. The Berean’s mentioned in the book of Acts (17:11-12) are an example of individuals who examined the teachings or theology of others in order to approve or disprove whether it was from God.

My recent (predetermined) encounters, with a Jehovah Witness and two Islamic Saudi Arabian students, supports John’s admonition. Both religions deny that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh (not God), and insist that He was but a mere man or prophet of Allah. The Bible describes Satan as the father of lies and is responsible for promoting error regarding the true identity of Jesus Christ our Lord. According to scripture Lucifer uses false prophets, religions, doctrines, and more to propagate satanic lies in order to blind the eyes of unbelievers from the truth of God’s Word. In this same chapter, John describes the work of the Holy Spirit as “spirit of truth” and the activities of Satan as “spirit of error.”

The elderly Jehovah Witness man demonstrated, during our two hour conversation, that he was influenced or controlled by “deceiving spirits.” This was clearly evident by his attempt to use chapter eight in the book of Proverbs to support the concept that Jesus Christ is a created being. “The Lord possessed me at the beginning of His way…From everlasting I was established…” According to the Watch Tower organization, verse twenty-three confirms that Jesus was created by Jehovah.

This is clearly not the case! A basic “testing” or exegesis of the chapter and verse will lead any unbiased reader to conclude that throughout the chapter Solomon is referring to wisdom.

“Does not wisdom call, And understanding lift up her voice?…At the entrance of the doors, she cries out…To you O men, I call And my voice is to the sons of men, O naïve ones, discern prudence; And, O fools, discern wisdom…I wisdom dwell with prudence…”

Chapter eight of the book of Proverbs credits wisdom for everything that God created in order to illustrate that wisdom was first, as God was eternally first. Sadly, Jehovah Witnesses begin with a premise that Jesus is not God; therefore, they attempt to find verses in the Bible that confirm or support their erroneous view of Christ. In this case, the “spirit of error” is easily refuted or exposed by simply testing, plus properly exegesis the text in order to extract the intended meaning of the passage.

The Saudi men have also fallen prey to doctrines of demons promoted by false teachers and prophets. Mainly, due to the fact that they have never heard the truth about Christ, because Bibles are forbidden in Saudi Arabia and the truth about Jesus Christ is distorted by clerics. These men were told that the Bible is corrupted and cannot be trusted. However, when asked who corrupted it, and when it was tainted, neither man was able to respond. According to the Koran, Muslims are instructed (by Allah) to believe the Bible.

 “O you who have believed, believe in Allah and his messenger and the book, which he has sent down on his messenger, and the book which he has sent down before.”(The Woman, 136)

Muslims are instructed or commanded by Allah to believe in the Bible and its prophets. It is evident (from the above mentioned passage) that at the time of the writing of the Quran, the Bible was referenced, plus believed by Mohammad. Therefore, I was able to apologetically present Biblical truths about: Deity of Christ; Incarnation; Atonement, Propitiation; Crucifixion; Conception; Sinlessness; Death; Burial; Resurrection; Attributes; Creator; Inerrancy of Scripture; and more during our three hour conversation. I was also able to use polemics to refute the teachings of Islam.

Christians must understand that Islam allows no other religions or faiths to exist peacefully beside them. Stay tuned: we are scheduled to meet again next week. The Apostle Paul writing to the church in Romans admonishes believers in the city to witness or share the gospel with those who had never heard it.

“How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent…” (Roman 10:14-15)

The point of Paul’s rhetorical question is to emphasize the fact that a clear gospel presentation must proceed saving faith. Those who have fallen prey to “deceitful spirits” and “doctrines of demons” can still be saved from hell as well as error by hearing, plus believing the truths of scripture. Ron Carlson and Ed Decker write in their book titled Fast Facts On False Teaching, “In the light of Allah’s actual origin and his radical difference from the God of the Bible, we must conclude that Allah is not God. Nor is the name “Allah” a generic Mideast name for God, as many Christians think. Allah is the name of a false god who cannot save anyone from anything.

Repost from Dr. John Piper of Desiring God

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Egypt! Egypt!
A Meditation for Today
on Isaiah 19:24–25

O Egypt, Egypt, do you not
Recall, dear friend — have you forgot —
That twice you were the savior of
My only Son — though not from love?

You fed him in the famine. Then
You took him for a slave. And when
I rescued him, I made you know
My name, my power, and how much woe
Will fall on those who mock my Son.

   And when he came again, the One
That Herod would destroy, he fled
Once more to his dear friend who fed
Him once before. And there you hid
And suckled him like Moses, ’mid
The rushes and the riches of
The regal court — though not from love.
Two years you gave him shield and bread
Until his enemies were dead
And it was safe for him to make
His way back home, and for your sake
To die.
O Egypt, Egypt, will
You now destroy his house, and kill
His people, cut his seamless word
To pieces, lest the truth be heard —
The sweetest news that he, or I,
Could ever speak?
And so I cry
Aloud again: O Egypt, Hear
This tender word. It is as near
To you as hope. Did not your own
Isaiah tenderly make known
My heart? O Listen, Egypt! “In
That day, in spite of all your sin,
Together, you and Israel,
And vast Assyria, will dwell
As one — the kingdom of my Son —
And in that day, with joy, I’ll stun
The world, and call you mine. And you
Will be my people. Yes, the true
And happy bride of Christ, with all
Your meek and broken foes who call
On his great name. And in the end,
You’ll know why I have called you friend.”


Poem also available at worldmag.com. Background music in the audio is from Page CXVI.


Recent poems written and read by John Piper:

Topic: Middle East

John Piper (@JohnPiper) is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. For 33 years, he served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is author of more than 50 books.

Usama Dakdok visits Ohio

Usama Dakdok, The Straigthway Ministries Steven Glover, Evangelize4Life Missions

 Usama Dakdok, The Straigthway Ministries
Steven Glover, Evangelize4Life Missions

On Sunday, July 28, 2013 brother Usama Dakdok and his lovely wife Vicki were in Genoa, Ohio at LeMoyne Baptist church presenting on the importance of educating yourself about Islam.

We were there for the evening presentation entitled The Infiltration of Islam in America. Mr. Dakdok’s  presentations are available here on DVD.  The description of Mr. Dakdok’s teaching about this subject is below:

You will be alarmed to discover that Muslim extremists have gained prominent positions within the federal government, and have even trained our law enforcement personnel on methods of dealing with Muslims.

This was a great day of teaching and fellowshipping of like-minded brothers and sisters in Christ.

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Usama Dakdok : The Dangers of Islam, Part 2

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Air Date: April 12, 2013Host: Vic Eliason

Guest: Usama Dakdok

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Usama Dakdok is the founder of The Straightway of Grace Ministry. He travels throughout the United States equipping Christians to be effective witnesses of Jesus Christ to their Muslim neighbors as well as ministering to Muslims directly. Usama was born in Egypt, the son of a Baptist pastor. He became a Christian at the age of eleven yet learned about Islam in school. He eventually studied Islamic law in college.

Usama Dakdok,Founder

Usama Dakdok,Founder

My name is Usama Dakdok. I was born in Egypt and I grew up in a Christian home. But as I grew up in school in Egypt, a government school, and through all these years that I was in school, I learned about Islam, like every other student in a Muslim country. I came to America in 1992, and I found out that there were many Muslims in America. I said, “What a great ministry for me to do right here.”     With all the knowledge that I have about Islam, I can reach out to the Muslim people with the word of Jesus Christ. That is why we began The Straight Way of Grace Ministry.

Vic began this edition of Crosstalk noting two important news stories that highlight the problem of Islam:

–Christian pastor Saeed Abedini has been given an ultimatum by Iranian authorities to deny Jesus Christ or face a longer term in prison.
–A mosque in Cairo has installed a torture chamber to terrorize Christians.

Usama then revealed an important truth about Islam. It’s the claim we hear in America about “moderate” Muslims, a claim that is false because “moderate” Islam is not contained within the text of the Quran or the Hadith.

Other aspects of Islam touched upon by Usama included:

–The various pillars of Islam.
–The merging of Christianity and Islam known as
“Chrislam.”
–Women in Islam.
–The tradition of honor killing.
–The infiltration of Islam in America through acceptance
and ignorance.

You can obtain even more information by attending Usama Dakdok’s presentation called, “Islam: What You Need to Know” tomorrow evening at 7pm during the VCY America rally at the Waukesha Expo Center.

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Usama Dakdok : The Dangers of Islam, Part 1

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Air Date: April 11, 2013

Host: Vic Eliason

Guest: Usama Dakdok

Listen: MP3 Order

Usama Dakdok is the founder of The Straightway of Grace Ministry. He travels throughout the United States equipping Christians to be effective witnesses of Jesus Christ to their Muslim neighbors as well as ministering to Muslims directly. Usama was born in Egypt, the son of a Baptist pastor. He became a Christian at the age of eleven yet learned about Islam in school. He eventually studied Islamic law in college.

 

Usama Dakdok,Founder

Usama Dakdok,Founder

 

 

 

 

 

My name is Usama Dakdok. I was born in Egypt and I grew up in a Christian home. But as I grew up in school in Egypt, a government school, and through all these years that I was in school, I learned about Islam, like every other student in a Muslim country. I came to America in 1992, and I found out that there were many Muslims in America. I said, “What a great ministry for me to do right here.”

     With all the knowledge that I have about Islam, I can reach out to the Muslim people with the word of Jesus Christ. That is why we began The Straight Way of Grace Ministry.

 

During the above referenced program,  Usama noted that people are victims of the teachings of Allah in the Quran and the teachings of Muhammad in the Hadith. This is playing out in various headlines such as the following: 

–Canada asks how middle class boys became jihadists.
–A Muslim mob, angered by Christian youth, attack
residents of a city in Pakistan.
Egyptian Christian funeral ends in violent clashes while
police stand by.
–A teddy bear named Muhammad causes controversy.

We should not be surprised by this as Usama told listeners that Allah commands Muslims to lie, attack and to kill Christians, Jews and non-Muslims.

So where is this “Allah” talked about? Allah is talked about in the Muslim holy book known as the Quran. 87% of Muslims worldwide don’t speak the Arabic language so many of them, despite their anti-American and anti-Israeli sentiments, haven’t even read the Quran. In order to expose more people to the full impact of the errors and contradictions of Islam, Usama has produced an accurate English language translation of the Quran with study notes.

We are losing our freedom, lives and existence because of political correctness relating to Islam. Find out why and what’s next when you listen to this along with tomorrow’s edition of Crosstalk.

 

A Challenge for Those Who Don’t Think Evolution is Faith-Based

English: Ray Comfort

English: Ray Comfort (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“The burden of proof lies with the believer in evolution. You are the one who believes. I don’t believe. Convert me. Give me observable evidence for Darwinian evolution that doesn’t necessitate “faith” (belief). Just one piece of observable evidence (the scientific process) – proof that isn’t faith-based.

Please don’t give me links to two dozen websites, or videos to watch. I just want one piece of empirical evidence for evolution that isn’t founded on belief.

By “Darwinian evolution,” I don’t mean moths that change into different colored moths. That’s not a change of “kind.” They are still moths. I don’t mean dogs that change into dogs – they are still the canine “kind;” neither do I mean bacteria that changes into bacteria. That’s not Darwinian evolution. There has been no change of “kind.” (Ray Comfort)

 

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