is biblical terminology important?

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  1. massdak

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    is biblical terminology important
    i hear many use non biblical terms to ask a person to "make a decision for Christ" or to "ask Christ into their heart" an other terms for belief or faith. now i would not hesitate to give someone the gospel then ask them to trust in Christ or believe on Him, but is it ok to ask them to make a decision for Him? i think it is a safer bet to use biblical terms and stay away from terms like ask Jesus into your heart and make a decision use of terms.
     
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    You bring up a really good point. I think terms like "make a decision for Christ" or "ask Christ into your heart" are catch phrases that are rather labelling, more appropriate for social clubs than churches (yes, there really is a difference ;) ). Personally, I tend to avoid the terms (though I have used them). When someone who is a non-Christian asks me about my religious beliefs, I usually reply, "I follow the teachings of Jesus".
     
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    First, I agree that we should call Bible things by Bible names (as much as is possible). If nothing else, it would help promote unity rather than division in the church. Of course, there is a related problem - using Biblical terminology for unbiblical ideas.

    Second, I think the problem with "make a decision" is not just bad terminology, but sometimes bad theology as well.
     
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    I think more important than so-called biblical terminology is that we use language that is understood by the listener.

    There is certain architectural language that would not be understood by the common man, but clear to architects around the world. It would be foolish to address a group of non-architects using that terminology. So, for the uninitiated, and that includes many pew sitters, it would be foolish to adhere to a language they clearly would not understand. This is not compromising doctrine; it is using common sense.

    Cheers,

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    does a decision equal belief? or does asking into our heart equal belief? is there a difference in how a person will think in terms of trust or asking or making a decision. if a person is asked to respond to an altar call to make a decision for Christ vs. just told that he must believe on the Lord Jesus does that make a difference.
     
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    Believing in one's heart is biblical...believe in the heart that....... It is a natural step to ask someone to take Christ into one's heart...that is not my terminology, but those who use it would say it is biblical.

    I was brought up believing that one day "I realized Christ as my Saviour." (God forbid..Anglican) Now, theologically, I did not realize Christ, but He realized me. Nontheless, in human terms I realized the Christ as my Saviour. Both are absolutely scriptural.

    There is no need to explain all the nuances of theology when evangelizing the unsaved. It is enough that Jesus died and that He died for me,,and you,,and "whosoever will" (another biblical term).

    I have never given an invitation in all my ministry, but I have witnessed people come forward to learn more about salvation. We merely combine the two truths; On the one hand, Whosoever will may come, and on the other, Elect from before the foundation of the world. We understand the whole of theology in the study, but the world only knows "whosoever will". It does not matter. Theology can be taught over time after one has been found.

    We can swamp the already distorted mind with words and complications...Just preach the word; the gospel where the audience warrants it, and preach the whole truth where believers assemble.

    Cheers,

    Jim

    A sound 5-point Calvinist, if you will.
     
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    Wonder how many here (mature christians, I assume) would dare to define a couple of common biblical terms:

    Propitiation
    Regeneration
    Dispensation
    Sanctification

    Faith and Repentance are what is given by God to His sheep so they might believe the Gospel. THAT is hard enough to grasp and those terms (repent, believe) are fairly easy to define!
     
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    When I first read the heading on this thread, my first thought went to the terminalogy, "with child" instead of pregnant. Harder to terminate a woman "with child", don't you think? Also the word "proud", verses "well pleased".
    I hope I am staying in line with the thread.

    Thanks ----Bart
     

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