News and Notes Update: December 23, 2020

December 23, 2020 at 3:14 PM 4 comments

Before taking a few days off to celebrate our Savior’s birth with family and friends, I wanted to provide an update on things. Some of these are not necessarily “news” but they do fall under “notes” so I’ve included them.

Quick Prayerism
This is a subject that should be discussed more throughout Christendom. Sadly, it’s not. It’s simply accepted by too many as THE way to bring people to the Lord. The problem is that it is not Scriptural. It is not in Scripture in any way, shape or form, yet too many pastors and evangelists continue to use this contrived, manipulative, unscriptural method to pronounce people “saved.”

Having just finished reading David Cloud’s book on Quick Prayerism (click link at end of article to download a free PDF or purchase your own copy), I can tell you that this book is a breath of fresh air for me personally.

Note what David Cloud says about quick prayerism:

Quick Prayerism is an evangelistic methodology that is quick to get people to pray a sinner’s prayer after a very shallow gospel presentation and usually without any hint of the necessity of repentance. It is quick to pronounce those people saved and give them “assurance” and to try to baptize them even if they barely show any interest in the presentation and even if they give no biblical evidence of having been born again. Frequently, Quick Prayerism incorporates psychological salesmanship manipulation. In Quick Prayerism, an empty “sinner’s prayer” has too often replaced Holy Spirit conviction and miraculous regeneration. Quick Prayerism is characterized by soul winning reports that are grossly exaggerated, since the number of real conversions (as evidenced by changed lives) are minute compared to the overall statistics. [1]

We don’t see quick prayerism used at the end of Peter’s sermon the day the Church was born in Acts 2. We don’t see it evidenced in the way Jesus interacted with people. We do not see it in any of the epistles of Paul or any other book in the Bible for that matter, yet the “repeat after me” prayer has become a staple within too many churches and parachurch organizations.

Cloud traces the roots of quick prayerism back to Jack Hyles and comes forward from there. It’s worth a look, a serious look. In fact, I find it fascinating that quick prayerism is often utilized without even a cursory mention of the need for repentance or the fact that we are naturally not only estranged from God but because of our inherent sinful condition, we are actually enemies of God. Yet, quick prayerism offers a humanistic, pragmatic solution to how one becomes saved. Does your church do this? Mine tends to and I abhor it.

The biggest problem with quick prayerism is the fact that many believe using it produces great results. Yes, you hear the “I want to go to heaven” responses constantly because who does not want to go to heaven? The problem is we are asking questions that no one in the Bible asked. People need to be faced with their lost condition and know why they are lost. They also need to know what the only solution is for their lostness. They must be given opportunity to understand what the Bible teaches about our condition and the “Roman’s Road” is often painfully truncated, at least considering how it is often used by “evangelists.”

Cloud believes that due to quick prayerism, we have churches filled with people who although professing to be Christians may well not be at all. I’ll take it one step further and suggest that this situation may deteriorate and become a huge part of what Paul calls the “falling away” in his letter to Timothy.

Evangelism shouldn’t be about entertainment and certainly not about manipulating people into a rushed decision that moves them to the end of the line so that the evangelist can “chalk up another one.” True salvation comes when we take the time to present the reality of the Gospel message – all of it – and the Holy Spirit works to open the eyes of the person. As their eyes open, they begin to see the truth. Once seen, they have opportunity to embrace that truth if they understand their absolute need for it. Apart from this, there is no salvation.

Election & Relief Package
Are you puzzled about the election? Don’t be. Trust the Lord. What I mean by that is trust the Lord. Whoever becomes the duly elected president of the United States will be so because the Lord allows or directs it. Frankly, I’m not putting much faith in anyone.

If you judge by conservative sites, Donald Trump is going to pull a huge surprise on January 6th to remain president for a second term. Meanwhile, Joe Biden is getting ready to move into the Oval Office. I have no clue what will happen, but I am trying my best to focus on what God is accomplishing. He has not told me what His plans are and I don’t need to know ahead of time.

Congress just voted on a “relief” package for the American people that includes about $600 per person (though not everyone is slated to receive that). However, it is fascinating that millions are apparently going to be sent overseas to numerous foreign countries. Beyond that, those illegally here in the USA are slated to receive $1800 so that tells us what Congress thinks of actual American citizens and others here legally.

Chances are good though that all the money being sent overseas will come back to Democrats as “laundered” money, which will be untraceable. Who knows? It simply confirms in my mind that there is a tremendous amount of corruption in Congress and with too many politicians in general.

President Trump wants Congress to go back and give Americans $2,000, not $600. He also wants Congress to remove the “pork” from the bill or he’ll veto. Interestingly enough, Mitch McConnell is working with Chuck Schumer to come up with ways to overcome should Trump follow through on his threat to veto.

Folks, these people are paid by Americans, but they really work for globalists and global interests. That should be obvious to everyone by now. What will happen? Not sure and frankly, I don’t think I’ll waste more time thinking about it.

Moving On
It’s December 23, 2020. This year is almost over. It feels weird. It’s like we’ve been under house arrest for most of 2020 (because we have). Thousands of businesses have gone out of business with millions claiming unemployment benefits.

The world is just a different place today and even though we’d like to look ahead and believe that 2021 will be better, there’s no guarantee. None at all. The only guarantee we have is that God is still on the throne. He controls all things either directly or indirectly because His will is going to be accomplished as it has since the beginning.

I hope you and yours enjoy the time together in the last week or so of December. It’s certainly more somber than other years isn’t it?

My prayer for you is that you will get to know Him better in 2021. This of course is accomplished through the reading and study of His Word. If you’re not doing that, you cannot expect to get to know the Author of that Book.

Take time to read His Word daily. Take time to pray. Determine that you will follow Him wherever He leads you for His glory. Take time to share the message of salvation to those who are lost and dying.

I may be starting a study in Hebrews as a “zoom” weekly meeting and in person. I’ll keep you posted if that happens. I’d like to have it once per week, the same day and time and the videos will likely be posted at our Sermon Audio page.

More to come and God bless you all!

 

 

[1] https://www.wayoflife.org/free_ebooks/fbs_and_quick_prayerism.php

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4 Comments

  • 1. Lynn Holzinger  |  December 24, 2020 at 10:04 PM

    Quick Prayerism–I’ve never heard it called that but I think I agree. When I hear “1000 people said yes to Jesus through this year’s Christmas program and that’s a record” (said early Jan 2020) or “if you calculate how many people have said yes to Jesus over the years, we are on track with the Acts church who were seeing people saved daily” (Acts 2:47), it makes me wonder how many people are actually getting saved or if it’s more about the numbers (pride). The gospel is presented, sometimes more thoroughly than others, but if someone takes a “yes” packet, they are counted as getting saved that day. They usually put out “Yes” packets on days they present the gospel. I remember someone telling me that they took a “yes” packet just so they could see what was in it (they were already saved).

    Our church has a goal to start 3000 churches overseas by 2030 through the Surge project. I love the church’s heart for missions, but I often wonder if the gospel will be preached or if that’s even the point. We don’t find the ministers, that’s the job of Surge. But hey, I don’t want to hinder what God is doing. I remind myself of what Paul said in Phil 1:18, concerning the motives of those who proclaim Christ, “What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in this I rejoice, yes, and I will rejoice.” And I pray that Christ will be proclaimed in each and every church that is started because of our church. I rejoice that Christ is being preached at my church.

    I’ve also given thought to how people came to Christ in the NT. I haven’t done a study on it yet, but offhand, it doesn’t seem to require anything other than a belief or acknowledgment that Jesus is the only way. I got saved as a young child through quick prayerism. Of course, I didn’t become serious about my faith until much later, but I have continued to believe that I was saved when I prayed and asked Jesus to come into my heart after hearing the presentation of the wordless book.

    I am totally with you on your thoughts about the election and relief package. I am a fiscal conservative so the relief package seems ridiculous to me. As much as I want to keep up with what is going on, I feel fatigued with it all, and knowing God is on His throne is what I hang on to.

    I might be interested in doing a Bible Study on Zoom (though Zoom is not my friend lol) if you decide to do that. I will keep my eyes open.

    I have been enjoying reading the things you write, and I say, “keep it up!” And Merry Christmas to you and your family! Enjoy your time with them!

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    • 2. modres  |  December 25, 2020 at 7:20 AM

      Thanks for your comments, Lynn. I think too often, it’s all about numbers and man’s pride. That’s not to say some aren’t truly saved. His works in spite if man’s pride and stupidity. God saves but the idea that too many churches are promoting quantity and not quality is wrong. Have a wonderful Christmas.

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  • 3. Maranatha Today  |  December 23, 2020 at 3:31 PM

    “Chances are good though that all the money being sent overseas will come back to Democrats as “laundered” money, which will be untraceable. Who knows? It simply confirms in my mind that there is a tremendous amount of corruption in Congress and with too many politicians in general.”

    The corruption is so much they’d have to “drain” the whole of Washington DC at this stage!

    “My prayer for you is that you will get to know Him better in 2021. This of course is accomplished through the reading and study of His Word. If you’re not doing that, you cannot expect to get to know the Author of that Book.”

    Amen in Jesus’s matchless name!

    “I may be starting a study in Hebrews as a “zoom” weekly meeting and in person. I’ll keep you posted if that happens. I’d like to have it once per week, the same day and time and the videos will likely be posted at our Sermon Audio page.”

    I will try and join this if you do. Blessings to you and your wife this Christmas and I hope you have a wonderful time. Thanks for all your encouraging articles and God bless and Maranatha!

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    • 4. modres  |  December 23, 2020 at 7:09 PM

      Thx Maranatha. All the best to you and yours.

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