One of the biggest problem of evangelical Christianity today is that there is that the gospel presentation is being diluted. There’s little or no presentation of repentance of sin and surrendering your life to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. A lot of those who present the Gospel ask people to make Jesus their Savior, but do not emphasize that when becoming a Christian is a complete and total surrender of their lives to Jesus Christ. Hence we see a lot of alleged conversion when the truth of the matter is a lot of people never really understand that being a Christian is a life commitment for Jesus Christ.
Jesus himself said this that if anybody wants to become his disciple he is to deny himself, take up his cross and follow him. He asked the rich young ruler who was asking him how to obtain eternal life to acknowledge his sinfulness and follow him. Everywhere you read in the Gospels, Jesus preached a Gospel of commitment, a Gospel of complete surrender to his will. This is the Gospel Jesus preached, this is the Gospel the Apostles preached. Sadly this is not being emphasized at all as we only ask people for Jesus to be their Savior but never ask a commitment from them if they are willing to submit to his Lordship. Jesus himself said that there will be only few who will enter the narrow gate which leads to a narrow way and one of the reasons why is because the narrow way is a way of commitment a way of suffering for the cause of Christ and people do not want that. Hence it will be no surprise that in judgement day as Jesus said in the sermon on the mount that many will think that they are saved because they thought that one day they prayed a “sinner’s prayer” or they walked down the aisle, or they signed the card or raised their hands but there was never any fruits or that any change that can be seen in their life, to these people Jesus said that he will then say “I never knew you, depart from me ye that work iniquity.”
It is therefore incumbent upon us those preaching the Gospel to make sure that we are presenting the Gospel that Jesus, the Apostles and the early church fathers preached and not some form of diluted, easy-believism Gospel with no commitment for the cause of Jesus Christ.
And if it will help correct a misconception and an error we should not count into our information and statistics the thousands or millions that supposedly raised their hands or prayed the sinner’s prayer as “saved” or count the number of “souls saved” but rather label them as “professions of faith” as only God knows if they have been regenerated within their hearts and only time will tell after they have allegedly made their profession of faith if such profession is real when it can be seen in the change in their lives and if they produce fruits of true repentance. Only then can we truly say that at the time they made the sinner’s prayer that they had truly been saved.