A Biblical Alternative To The Sinner's Prayer by Paul Washer

A Biblical Alternative To The Sinner's Prayer by Paul Washer



the evidence that a person has truly opened their life to Christ is continued fellowship with Christ but is it not true and don't tell me it's not countless millions of people because of our preaching walk around they have no fellowship with Christ no desire for godliness no seeking of God but they believe themselves converted because one time in one of our churches they prayed and asked Jesus to come in that's true now let me share with you I have 45 seconds left when the greatest moments of my life was a few clicks south of Alaska some of you may have heard this story but a man as soon as I had got up in the pulpit about 25 people a man walked in giant of a man saddest human being I've ever seen in my life and he came and sat down in the front row I immediately just stopped and started preaching the gospel after I finished I went down I said sir what's wrong with you what is wrong he pulled out a manila envelope he just showed it to him he said I just came from the doctor I'm gonna die in three weeks he said I've lived out in the bush working on a working cattle ranch all my life you can only get there by riding over the mountains or taking a float plane or something like that he said I've never been to a church in my life I've never read a Bible but one time I heard someone talking about a guy named Jesus and I do believe there's a god I've never been afraid of anything in my life and I'm afraid cuz I'm gonna die and I don't know what to do now I said sir for the last 45 minutes I have preached the gospel to you the good news of what God has done for sinners in Jesus Christ did you understand it he said yes now what would have most evangelists done at that moment would you like to pray and ask Jesus come into heart but this is what he said for the Paul I understood it I mean anybody could have understood it but is that it is that it I understand it now and I pray a prayer and that's it and I went and started explaining repentance and faith and after several minutes he looked at me and says I just don't get it I said look you have three weeks to live I have to leave tomorrow morning I'll cancel my plane ticket and I'll stay with it with you for three weeks until you die either you're saved or you die and go to hell so let's begin listen to me if you're thinking about being an evangelist don't think you're going to preach to a whole bunch of people when they come forward you pawn them off on everyone else to do the counseling and you go to Denny's to eat in glory and all the decisions most of which were just decisions and no one got converted because most of those people won't come back to church next Sunday now you understand like Leonard Ravenhill used to say now you understand why preaching a lot of churches once but I looked at that man I said sir faith cometh by hearing let's go through scripture we went through Scripture for over an hour every promise Old Testament New Testament on and on just laboring until Christ be formed we prayed some more we read some more another hour goes on it's getting late I said we're staying here this man's dying and then after I don't know how long we got back to moaning my favorite verses in the Bible John 3:16 and I said sir I'll never forget cuz he had that Bible on his on his legs my Bible and those big ol hands of his and I said sir let's just read through this again he said we've read through it so much I said sir your life depends on it and so he looked down that big old man and he goes okay for God so loved the world that He gave Oh oh I'm saved I'm saying oh my sons are gone I have my hands are clean I have eternal life oh I have it I'm going to heaven I said sir how do you know he said haven't you ever read this verse before do you see the difference hi people say are you against evangelism I say yes and no I'm against your kind of evangelism I hate it then run men through grab a little ticket just like you were waiting at some government office for them to renew your license grab a ticket and go to heaven we will be responsible we are called upon when I want to preach in meetings and people this is what I do I don't give big altar calls and stuff I say look that's it's over if God's dealing with your heart you come to me we will sit here all night and if someone professes faith in Christ then what do I do I don't go oh you're saved you're saved I tell them this I said listen if tonight you have truly repented and believed in Jesus Christ you have become a child of God but this is going to be the evidence if you have truly repented unto salvation you will continue repenting under salvation and growing in repentance and if you have truly believed you will continue believing none of this flu shot stuff I don't want someone walking up to that person ten years later they're living an ungodly life and someone witnessed to them and they say oh don't worry about me I done did that cuz that's what most people do in the south isn't it don't worry about me preacher I done did that you done did what I got my flu shot yeah but she didn't get Jesus you labor with them but everyone else go out to eat you labor you pray you counsel them with many gospel promises and many gospel warnings I've declared war it's like a little mite beating his head against the world of granite but I don't care I'm sick and tired of people being led into a decision with very little knowledge of the gospel trusting in a decision rather than looking unto Christ living and ungodliness and believing they're saved because some religious authority in the evangelical community told him they were and their comb was completely insulated now from hearing a true gospel stop it stop it [Applause]

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