The situation where innocent civilians are being killed including women and children in the Middle East seems to have no end. Countless bodies put on display to show the world the facts can after a period of time leave one desensitised and left with a feeling of helplessness, the United Nations is a joke and virtually useless. Add to this the amount of Christians worldwide that want unrest in this part of the world with a view to bringing this system to a speedy conclusion which in my opinion is absurd, Jesus said blessed are the peacemakers but they are thin on the ground within Christianity.
What It Means to Accept Christ
A FEW THINGS, FORTUNATELY only a few, are matters of life and death, such as a compass for a sea voyage or a guide for a
journey across the desert. To ignore these vital things is not to gamble or take a chance; it is to commit suicide. Here it is either
be right or be dead.
Our relation to Christ is such a matter of life or death, and on a much higher plane. The Bible instructed man knows
that Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners and that men are saved by Christ alone altogether apart from any works of
That much is true and is known, but obviously the death and resurrection of Christ do not automatically save everyone.
How does the individual man come into saving relation to Christ? That some do we know, but that others do not is evident.
How is the gulf bridged between redemption ob
Christ did for me become operative within me? To the question “What must I do to be saved?” we must learn the correct
answer. To fail here is not to gamble with our souls: it is to guarantee eternal banishment from the face of God. Here we must
be right or be finally lost.
To this anxious question evangelical Christians provide three answers, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ,” “Receive
Christ as your personal Saviour,” and “Accept Christ.” Two of the answers are drawn almost verbatim from the sc
16:31, John 1:12), while the third is a kind of paraphrase meant to sum up the other two. They are therefore not three but one.
Being spiritually lazy we naturally tend to gravitate toward the easiest way of settling our religious questions for
ourselves and others; hence the formula “Accept Christ” has become a panacea of universal application, and I believe it has
been fatal to many. Though undoubtedly an occasional serious-minded penitent may find in it all the instruction he needs to
bring him into living contact with Christ, I fear that too many seekers use it as a short cut to the Promised Land, only to find that
it has led them instead to “a land of darkness, as darkness itself; and of the shadow of death, without any order, and where the
light is as darkness.”
The trouble is that the whole “Accept Christ” attitude is likely to be wrong. It shows Christ applying to us rather than
us to Him. It makes Him stand hat-in-hand awaiting our verdict on Him, instead of our kneeling with troubled hearts awaiting
His verdict on us. It may even permit us to accept Christ by an impulse of mind or emotions, painlessly, at no loss to our ego
and no inconvenience to our usual way of life.
For this ineffectual manner of dealing with a vital matter we might imagine some parallels; as if, for instance, Israel in
Egypt had “accepted” the blood of the Passover but continued to live in bondage, or the prodigal son had “accepted” his father’s
forgiveness and stayed on among the swine in the far country. Is it not plain that if accepting Christ is to mean anything there
must be moral action that accords with it?
Allowing the ex
other way, let us see what we mean or should mean when we use it.
To accept Christ is to form an attachment to the Person of our Lord Jesus altogether unique in human experience. The
attachment is intellectual, volitional and emotional. The believer is intellectually convinced that Jesus is both Lord and Christ;
he has set his will to follow Him at any cost and soon his heart is enjoying the exquisite sweetness of His fellowship
This attachment is all-inclusive in that it joyfully accepts Christ for all that He is. There is no craven division of offices
whereby we may acknowledge His Saviourhood today and withhold decision on His Lordship till tomorrow. The true believer
owns Christ as his All in All without reservation. He also includes all of himself, leaving no part of his being unaffected by the
Further, his attachment to Christ is all-exclusive. The Lord becomes to him not one of several rival interests, but the
one exclusive attraction forever. He orbits around Christ as the earth around the sun, held in thrall by the magnetism of His love,
drawing all his life and light and warmth from Him. In this happy state he is given other interests, it is true, but these are all
determined by his relation to his Lord.
That we accept Christ in this all-inclusive, all-exclusive way is a divine imperative. Here faith makes its leap into God
through the Person and work of Christ, but it never divides the work from the Person. It never tries to believe on the blood apart
from Christ Himself, or the cross or the “finished work.” It believes on the Lord Jesus Christ, the whole Christ without
modification or reservation, and thus it receives and enjoys all that He did in His work of redemption, all that He is now doing
in heaven for His own and all that He does in and through them.
To accept Christ is to know the meaning of the words “as he is, so are we in this world” (1 John 4:17) . We accept His
friends as our friends, His enemies as our enemies, His ways as our ways, His rejection as our rejection, His cross as our cross,
His life as our life and His future as our future.
If this is what we mean when we advise the seeker to accept Christ we had better explain it to him. He may get into
deep spiritual trouble unless we do. A W Tozer
Previous PostsEx Mormon Testimony., posted July 27th, 2014
Jewish Rabbi Condemning Israeli Attack on Gaza, posted July 26th, 2014
An Israeli Soldiers Story., posted July 22nd, 2014
Rabbi Dovid Weiss on Judaism, Israel and Zionism., posted July 21st, 2014
Trampling the Blood., posted July 20th, 2014
Sick Evil Jewish Talmud., posted July 19th, 2014
Stop the war in Palestine rally Montreal, posted July 18th, 2014
Rabbi: Zionists have highjacked the Jewish Religion., posted July 17th, 2014
Can the Middle East problem leave us all in a state of helplessness?, posted July 14th, 2014
The Synagogue of Satan revealed!, posted July 11th, 2014
Obama scam on immigration., posted July 10th, 2014
The eyes of the Lord., posted July 10th, 2014
Protesting salute to Israel Parade NYC., posted July 9th, 2014
Rabbi Weiss lecture in University of Colorado., posted July 8th, 2014
Ex Mormon Testimony., posted July 4th, 2014
Go and Sin no more., posted July 2nd, 2014
Instant Christianity., posted June 30th, 2014
What if Jews ran America?, posted June 29th, 2014
Moral imperative of faith, posted June 27th, 2014
What is Biblical Grace?, posted June 25th, 2014
Low Light and little salt., posted June 17th, 2014
The Whole Armor of God., posted June 13th, 2014
Obamas billion dollar Cold War begins., posted June 9th, 2014
How does Judaism differ from Christianity?, posted June 4th, 2014
Eurosceptics Revolt., posted June 3rd, 2014
It will be a wonderful world one day., posted June 2nd, 2014
Saved to Sin., posted May 30th, 2014
Stop the Jews from rebuilding the Temple., posted May 25th, 2014
To those that have had enough, be strong., posted May 24th, 2014
Ex Mormon Testimony., posted May 18th, 2014
No Gender barrier to false teachers in the Church., posted May 15th, 2014
Making Christ a Minister of Sin., posted May 10th, 2014
It would be impossible for Jesus to be a Catholic, a Mormon, a Jehovahs Witness or a Calvinist, posted May 9th, 2014
Bible taught or Spirit taught?, posted May 8th, 2014
Ex Mormon Testimony., posted May 6th, 2014
Mormons leaving LDS Church in record numbers., posted May 5th, 2014
Amazing Grace., posted May 4th, 2014
Rabbi Feldman in front of Iranian Mission., posted May 1st, 2014
Existence of Israel Contrary to Torah Teachings: Rabbi Weiss., posted April 27th, 2014
Ex Mormon Testimony., posted April 26th, 2014
Sucking up to Sheldon Adelson., posted April 26th, 2014
Freewil vs Sin Nature., posted April 24th, 2014
Ex Mormon Confession., posted April 22nd, 2014
Sin Nature Heresy 2., posted April 20th, 2014
Darkness and Light., posted April 15th, 2014
The Old Is Better., posted April 13th, 2014
Faith, or Faith Alone., posted April 8th, 2014
The Spirit vs the Flesh., posted April 6th, 2014
I dropped out and have no regrets., posted April 5th, 2014
The Master knows how to teach., posted April 5th, 2014
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