I have been thinking a lot about 20th century evangelism... Starting with Billy Sunday, to Billy Graham, to Evangelism Explosion, to Hyles style, now to Way of the Master... All of these have one thing in common.... selfishness. Is it truly salvation if the only reason someone gets saved is to miss Hell, ? I know we miss Hell after we are saved, but if that is the only reason someone prayed the right prayer, are they saved? After all, they were only thinking about themselves? They were being selfish and not wanting to go to Hell. IOWS, if a preacher stands up front and says, "If you don't want to go to Hell, come forward, and I will lead you in a sinner's prayer, and you will be saved." If a person comes forward, are they saved? I don't see anywhere in the scriptures where Jesus used this tactic to get people to follow him... He simply said come, follow me, and then told them they would be persecuted. Don't get me wrong, I know we avoid Hell when we are saved, but if we have to be scared to follow Christ, are we really following him? Or are we thinking about ourselves, and trying to get out of punishment. If the only reason a person tells God he is sorry is to avoid punishment is he really saved? Doesn't the person need a desire to have a relationship with Jesus, instead of just getting something out of the deal? Or am I way off base? Before modern evangelism came on the scene, how did they evangelize, say, in the 1700's? 1400's?