Learning to Lead, Converting the Heart by Dr. Lance Ketchum

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ONE OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT BOOKS WRITTEN IN THE LAST DECADE OR MORE:“The pursuit of relevancy by New Evangelicals has caused their continuing and gradual compromise of truth. Because of this dialog, most of the participants began to try to find the most reducible form of the Gospel to which they could agree to have a degree of unity. This Soteriological Reductionism came forth in three main streams within Evangelicalism and Fundamentalism by the 1950’s:

1. Easy Believism (New Evangelicalism)

2. Only Believism (Evangelicalism)

3. Easy Prayerism (much of Fundamentalism; One, Two, Three, say it after me!) Paul’s message in Galatians 1:6-9 is clear: If the Gospel can be perverted in any way, evangelism is perverted as well as the necessary faith that brings genuine salvation and conversion. These three forms of Soteriological Reductionism have filled evangelical local churches with people masquerading as “born again” Christians when in reality, most of them are nothing more than “whited sepulchers.” This reality exists because all three forms of Reductionism are perversions in varying degrees of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Easy Believism (New Evangelicalism) Easy Believism was the most extreme form of Reductionism within Evangelicalism emerging out this era. The common denominator within Easy Believism was that Jesus was the Son of God incarnate and that He died for the sins of mankind. If a person believed these basic truths about Jesus, regardless of any false beliefs to which he might hold, he could still claim to be “born again.” It most cases, few, if any, of the objective and definitive facts of the Gospel were required to be taught or understood before a salvation decision could be made. Iain Murray, in Revivals and Revivalism[1], says that the Presbyterian Evangelist Charles Finney (1792-1875) “believed that all that was needed for conversion was a resolution signified by standing, kneeling, or coming forward, and because the Holy Spirit always acts when a sinner acts, the public resolution could be treated as ‘identical with the miraculous inward change of sudden conversion’.” Easy Believism has four basic tenets: 1. A conversion experience is the only thing necessary for genuine salvation (whatever defines that experience). If a person can testify to a time he accepted/received Christ into his heart, that person has eternal security and should be given assurance of salvation. Therefore, a testimony of such an experience was sought to give assurance that salvation had taken place. Many types of experiences are accepted for this assurance. 2. There are no rules or standards expected within the Christian life after one was saved. Anyone saying that such things existed under grace was a legalist. 3. Once saved and having received the Holy Spirit, the Christian is at liberty to make decisions according to the Holy Spirit’s leading of his conscience. The Word of God is not the only way God directs believers to His will. Dogmatic applications of doctrine should be avoided and personal liberty should be allowed free expression. 4. Not every Christian will live a godly life, therefore the genuineness of his conversion should not be judged by outward circumstances or by external evidences of habitual carnality. Only Believism (Evangelicalism) Although Only Believism is less Reductionism than Easy Believism, it is equally perverting. Only Believism reduces the the believer’s response to Gospel to only believing. In other words, all responses to obey the Gospel (Romans 10:16) such as repentance, receiving, confessing, and calling upon the name of Jesus are all the same as, and are encapsulated in only believing. These various responses are not individual acts and are all merely aspects of believing that need not be expressed individually. All the other verbs describe aspects of a salvation decision, but these aspects cannot be reduced to only believing. In other words, repenting of sin (Luke 24:7) and “dead works” (Hebrews 6:1), understanding (Matthew 13:23), believing the objective facts of the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Acts 8:37; 16:31-32), publicly confessing one’s belief that Jesus is Jehovah (Romans 10:9; “LORD,” see Joel 2:32), calling on the name of Jesus to save (Romans 10:13), and receiving the indwelling of the Holy Spirit (John 1:12) are all aspects of a proper response to the Gospel in a genuine salvation decision and should be explained in the presentation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. True Evangelism involves both the explanation of the objective facts of the Gospel and the objective required responses to the Gospel in order for true, supernatural “conversion” to be created.”ABOUT THE AUTHOR AND THE BOOK: Dr. Lance Ketchum, Pastor of Shepherd’s Fold Baptist Church, founder of Disciple Maker Ministries, Executive Committee Chairman of the Midwestern Independent Baptist Pastor’s Fellowship, a preacher and teacher at universities, graduate schools, and conferences, an internationally known author, a father, a husband, and a grandfather has written one of the most important and insightful works for the last of the “latter times.” He addresses the proper Biblical understanding of repentance and faith, which has been corrupted by over-zealous, number-oriented door knockers. The tragedy and plague of false professions over the last half a century will be addressed by his exposition of critical terms. He explains that beginning in the middle of the 20th century, but particularly after 1970, the understanding of repentance was sullied by neo-evangelicals and the emerging church “leaders” and has led to great confusion. Dr. Ketchum calls for all evangelists, pastors, missionaries and teachers to drop the “soteriological reductionism” characterized by “Easy Believism,” “Only Believism,” and “Easy Prayerism” and return to Scriptural guidelines. His masterful presentation of 5 critical verbs for preparing the heart to receive the Gospel and to be “born again” will encourage soul-winners to avoid the pitfalls of false conversions so alarmingly present in the last days and avoid so many unredeemed sitting in church pews who are showing no fruit or evidence of a changed heart. Our churches are filled with individuals who think they are saved, but rather, they on their way to hell, because so-called soul-winners have falsely encouraged lost people to believe by simply repeating the “sinner’s prayer,” that “if he or she died today, they would be going to heaven” Why not learn where you, reader, may have gone astray in soul-winning. May God bless any diligent disciple of God’s Words to read, understand, and teach this work. “Study to show thyself approve unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15). The judgment seat of Christ is coming!H. D. Williams, M.D., Ph.D., President, The Old Paths Publications, Inc, 2018OTHER BOOKS BY THE AUTHOR AMONG MANY, AND MORE TO COME:

  1. Jesus Is Lord, Studies in the Epistle to the Colossians: http://theoldpathspublications.com/Pages/Authors/Ketchum.htm#Lord
  2. Are Your Baptismal Waters Doctrinally Shallow” http://theoldpathspublications.com/Pages/Authors/Ketchum.htm#Shallow
  3. The Baptism and Filling of the Holy Spirit http://theoldpathspublications.com/Pages/Authors/Ketchum.htm#Filling
  4. Handfuls On Purpose http://theoldpathspublications.com/Pages/Authors/Ketchum.htm#Handfuls

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