When you ask most people at most churches what they did to get saved, they’ll give you a completely unbiblical answer. You’ll often hear:
- I asked Jesus into my heart.
- I accepted Jesus.
- I prayed the sinner’s prayer.
None of those are in the Bible.
We all know what those things mean, but they aren’t proper explanations of how to get saved. We have a huge problem with people who think they’re Christians but are going to end up in hell. We have atheists who sweetly asked Jesus into their hearts when they were six years old. We have men who went down to the altar to pray the sinner’s prayer, but love pornography.
Being born-again is as radical as being born the first time. Kids who are born-again don’t grow up to be atheists. Born-again people don’t love lust.
The Bible says that in order to be saved, we must repent (turn away from sin), and put our faith in Jesus. So, I say that we start using the proper biblical terms: repentance and faith.
- “But unless you repent, you too will all perish, (Luke 13:5).”
- “The time has come, he said. The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!” (Mark 1:15).
Peter said, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38).
Paul said, “I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus.” (Acts 20:21).