Modern Evangelism: Mistake #4

Modern evangelism has failed to show man his duty of repentance.

Modern Evangelism - Mistake 4 - E. A. Johnston

One of the greatest heresies to plague the church in the last 50-60 years has been the “Only Believe Gospel” invitation which omits the necessity of repentance to come savingly to Christ.

Jesus declared, “…except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” (Luke 13:3)

Thousands have entered hell from the neglect of this command.

The failure of modern day evangelism has been the neglect of the need of repentance in coming to Christ. How can one ignore God’s Word which clearly states that “God…commandeth all men every where to repent.”? (Acts 17:30)

If a man does not preach faith and repentance, he’s just not preached the Gospel, friends.

We have failed as preachers to show man his duty of repentance and in the process we have cheapened the Gospel and diluted it to be more pleasing to man and we have offended God. Sin is rebellion against God’s authority and God will have no rebels in heaven. Unless one repents, they will indeed perish into a burning everlasting hell.

Brother preacher, we must open up the great Gospel duty of repentance and show man his duty to repent toward God and be like the Apostle Paul who declared that a Christian is one who comes to God exercising repentance toward God and faith in Jesus Christ.

I fear that the “Only Believe Gospel” has filled our churches with unconverted sinners who are on the church roll but not on the Lamb’s roll, the Book of Life.

We must tell lost sinners it is their duty to repent now — right now — for you must repent in this world while the Spirit is striving with you or you will repent in the netherworld of hell but it will be too late then. The main reason you don’t hear many sermons today on the need for repentance is this,

Our theology today in evangelism is: “God loves everybody, therefore, there is no need to repent; all you have to do is just come to Jesus and walk an aisle.”

Listen friends, man is an enemy of God because of his sin nature and he lives in rebellion to all that God stands for. A lost sinner must throw down his shotgun of rebellion and surrender to the King of kings and repent.

Jesus said, “…for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance." (Matthew 9:13)

True Gospel repentance involves turning from your sins and turning to God. Jesus never preached a sinning religion but a self-crucifying one.