God's Sword of Truth - The Word
By The Holy Spirit's Disciple, Raymond Laginess
These three great religious topics are nothing but money makers and ministry builders. Isn't it odd just how many of these T.V. ministries seem to have a special contact with God (their god)? You can always pick them out. They follow the ways of their fathers, their Bible schools, or teachings of man. They claim to be the only ones that have the truth and the right answer. Why? Because they say that God speaks to them and they are His special people. They always have a special prayer to say...but if you'll follow that prayer closely, you will see that it is nothing other than vain repetition, just as the heathen had in his prayer. The majority of ministers will nearly always ask for an altar call - why? - because they need a "head count".
GOD TOLD ME
Let's look at each of these closely. First, "God told me". It is amazing how many ministers are called of God and do not know His Word. Many sound so well informed and appear to have a great zeal for the Lord. They have expensive clothes, dress in style, travel 1st class and are great respectors of persons. They praise each other and have great titles. When they have a need, wish that their congregation or following would grow larger, or feel that they must add to or build bigger and better buildings, they usually always say "God Has Spoken To Me". These ministers say that they must do such and such, pray and wait and see what God will do or have them do. Somehow, money always seems to be involved in what they are saying. Why is it that they do not know the Word and Who it is that God speaks through. The Word of God says that in the last days (which we are in now), God will speak through His Son, Jesus Christ. Certainly God will not speak to anyone else, especially not directly to man.
All that must be done has already been done in Christ. The Book of Revelations is the last book and everything has been explained to us. There is no more prophesy or revelation. The Book is complete, in Christ, without man or his religious teachings. A man is not needed by God to do His Son's work in this world in the last days. The Book of Life is next. The Lord did not leave us in ignorance. If this were not true, we would only need a man or holy men or lead us, as in the days of the Old Testament.
A Christian must carry the Word of God in his heart to all who might listen - - he has no part in salvation, but is only a witness to it. The Holy Spirit guides, teaches, and brings souls to Christ. Man needs salvation - man needs the Word - not the other way around.
God is not involved in organizing new religions, and He is not in the building business, nor is He in a denominational religion of man. He has one body - and the cornerstone is Christ. When Christ left this earth, He sent the Holy Spirit to guide, to teach, and lead the Christians. No one man or men have special contact with God. Every Christians has a special contact with God which is through the Holy Spirit to Christ, Who is at the right hand of God in heaven. The Lord does not need man or his money, nor enormous structures built by men. The Holy Spirit will finish the Lord's work on earth and then Christ will return just as it is written in His Word....and no one change change it or delay it. There is only one body, one faith, one baptism, one belief, one God and there is only one Word. There is neither woman or man who can change it or have any special path to God. God is not a respector of persons as man is.
PRAY THIS PRAYER
The second thing that we will cover is "Pray This Prayer". There are so many ministries that believe that they have the right prayer for salvation - and if people would pray their prayer they would be saved. How foolish! Salvation is not by prayer...for we are saved entirely by Grace - nothing added, nothing taken away. "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God". Eph. 2:8. Faith is believing God...having faith in a truth that you cannot see...believing in the Word of God...and having a change of heart as a new born creature in God's plan of salvation. Another person cannot lead you in prayer and say that you are saved after praying their prayer. The Word is faith, it comes by hearing - it produces - it gives us hope. The Holy Spirit feeds our faith, not man. A man can only carry the Word to lost souls...and if anyone hears the Word and opens his heart to it, the Holy Spirit will enter in and fill the soul. As long as the heart, mind and soul is open, the Holy Spirit will feed and operate in that person. When we diminish, the Lord will increase.
Salvation involves the free will. "As many as received Him...." John 1:12. It is entirely up the individual - each one must make up his or her own mind and know in their heart that they want to receive Jesus. No one can change, force, or make you pray a prayer of salvation. Any sane person knows whether or not he wants to receive Jesus, and he knows whether or not he really means it when he asks God to save him. It is the Word of God that will set you free - not man. If anything, pray your own prayer, open your own heart to the Lord, talk to Him in your own way...and He shall answer all who come to Him in faith, believing. God wants you to believe Him...for we are saved by Grace through Faith. Faith is believing. "And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in His Son; he that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that ye believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God." 1 John 5:11-13.
Our 3rd subject is "Altar Call". The Altar Call is used by nearly all of the religious systems of man. It is not scriptural, Christian, nor is it part of salvation.
Altar Call is a tradition which was started by man in his religious system. This is how a church system can account for its pastor's worth. It is a way to have a number count of heads - a way to build membership in a church, a way to know how many people have been reached by their pastor. A good preacher is gauged by the size of his church and the number of people that he saves. What they do not know, and should, is that no man can save anyone. The Holy Spirit brings all to Christ when they have opened their hearts to His Word.
As witnesses of Christ, we can plant the seed, but it is the Lord Who waters and gets the increase. It would be impossible for a man to convict a sinner....only the truth and the Holy Spirit Who can convict a person of their sinfulness.
I know many people who walk to the Altar every time that they get convicted, either by a minister or by the guild of sin. Does this mean that the first Altar Call didn't take? There are many who walk the aisle at every church they attend. I wouldn't doubt that they were counted many times over by all of those pastors who saw them come forth for the Altar Call, thinking that they were newly saved Christians. According to all the denominations, the head count of the people who have gone forth for an Altar Call and were saved, is as high as the population of the world. It the whole world saved? Is everyone in the world a Christian? All denominations compete for new members, and the bigger the membership, the bigger the salary and the benefits of the pastor of that particular church will be.
All Christians are "Born Again" into the Body of Christ. Christians do not have to join anything, and certainly not a church....let no man fool you. The Lord has a count in heaven, and the Holy Spirit knows those who are the Lord's. Watch out for the Altar Calls of men, they are phony.
The harvest is great and the workers are few. Be a witness, sow seeds, but do not keep a count, for the Holy Spirit knows the hearts of all men, especially those who have truly accepted Him, Christ the Saviour...for they are His.
Jesus said, "He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him; the Word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day." John 12:48.
All scripture based on the King James Authorized Version or 1611 Bible, New Testament only, otherwise known as THE WORD. All Old Testament scriptural references used in this article is Jewish History, not canonical, and is used as additional references.