Are Christians Saved by Making Decisions for Christ?


by Mike Ratliff

13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” 14 But how are they to call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” 16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?” 17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. (Romans 10:13-17 ESV)

I have been in an email conversation with a believer over the last few days. The conversation has to do with “conversion” with emphasis on two views. The first view is that people are saved when they decide for Christ or make some sort of decision. The other view is that people are saved when the receive saving faith. I contend that the majority of the preaching nowadays is of the former variety while the latter is very misunderstood and not preached much at all.

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