D.Martyn Lloyd-Jones lectured to Westminster theological students after he retired from the pulpit . The lectures were gathered in his classic " Preaching & Preachers . One of the chapters is : " Calling For Decisions " . That term 'decide ' has always seemed to me to be quite wrong . I have often heard people use expressions which have disturbed me , and made me feel very unhappy . They have generally done so in ignorance and with the best intentions . I can think of an old man who often used the following expression : ' You know , friends , I decided for Christ forty years ago , and I have never regretted it . ' What a terrible thing to say ! ' Never regretted it ! ' But that is the kind of thing people say who have been brought up under this teaching and approach . A sinner does not ' decide ' for Christ ; the sinner ' flies ' to Christ in utter helplessness and despair saying -- Foul , I to the fountain fly , Wash me , Saviour , or I die . [ A. Toplady ] No man truly comes to Christ unless he flies to Him as his only refuge and hope , his only way of escape from the accusations of conscience and the condemnation of God's holy law .