I am not ashamed of the scandal [Romans 1:16]

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
[Romans 1:16 NASB]

After straying from God for about 15 years, He lovingly made it so I had nowhere to go but back to Him [Hebrews 12:6]. Thank you Jesus! I began truly walking with Christ in late 2007 and the first thing He did was to make sure I was on the right path by showing me what real Christianity was and the difference between real Christianity and so-called American Christianity. He used this sermon by Paul Washer to shatter everything I thought I ever knew about what it was to be a Christian.

Be encouraged! I am proof that God always finishes what He starts and that once you are His, you are always His!

“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. “My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. “I and the Father are one.”
[John 10:27-30 NASB]

For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.
[Philippians 1:6 NASB]


Salvation… who needs it?

2 responses to “I am not ashamed of the scandal [Romans 1:16]”

  1. Jon,

    I love the scenario Washer gives on the 5 steps of “The Gospel of How Do You Get to Heaven,” which most Christians who are witnessing to lost souls are still using today. His scenarios is as follows: 1. “Do you know you’re a sinner?” ‘And then if the person says yes, then the next step,’ 2.“Would you like to go to Heaven?” ‘If they say yes, the next step’: 3.“Well then repeat this prayer.” ‘And if they repeat that prayer, then the next step’: 4. “Well did God save you?” And usually the answer is something like this: “I don’t know.” ‘And then the witness for Christ says’: 5. “Well of course He saved you. If He didn’t save you, He was a liar, because He said if you open the door and invited Him in He would come in, and He doesn’t lie.”

    I agree with Washer that the above scenario is the wrong way to lead people to Christ Jesus. I also agree with him that this wrong way of witnessing to lost souls is the reason why so many American churches are filled up with people who think they are saved, when the real truth is that they are still LOST!

    God bless!

    • yes indeed!

      i just had an experience in a church this past weekend (i’m church shopping since i’ve moved) where the pastor led the congregation through the sinner’s prayer and then told everyone that if they prayed it, they were saved. how does he know? how eternally damaging that can be to the person who actually isn’t!

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