Why do people fall away from charismatic movements likeHillsong and C3 Church Global? Why are many of us seeing family members and friends leave these movements after many years, no longer attending church at all, no longer ‘bearing fruit in keeping with repentance’? Why are we seeing high-profile singers, worship leaders and pastors in these movements, walking away from Christ? Were they ever truly regenerated? Why do some, after many years as professing Christians, now say:
‘I have tasted and seen – and my conclusion is that Christianity (its flawed book, bloodthirsty god and mythical saviour) I have found unsatisfactory and unworthy of my allegiance or worship unless by threatening to kill me if I don’t – as Christianity does.’ (Source)
‘I have undergone a massive shift in regard to my faith in Jesus. The popular phrase for this is “deconstruction,” the biblical phrase is “falling away.” By all the measurements that I have for defining a Christian, I am not a Christian.’ (Source)
‘Lots of things help people change their lives, not just one version of God. Got so much more to say, but for me, I keeping it real. Unfollow if you want, I’ve never been about living my life for others.’ (Source)
‘I don’t know if Jesus rose from the dead, but I can still love. I don’t have all the answers, but I can be kind to myself. I love myself.’ (Source)
Has ‘I love myself’ become the new creed for this lost generation?
Where is the true gospel message being preached in these movements – where is the true call to ‘repent and believe’ being proclaimed faithfully? And why do the leaders of these movements constantly promote ‘walk the aisle and choose Jesus’ decisional regeneration, a practice that was non-existent before the 1820’s.
So now we ask an important question.
Are these charismatic movements in reality part of the problem, creating future generations of potential ‘apostates’, because their senior pastors encourage the lost, as natural enemies of God, to make a humanistic ’emotional decision’ for assurance of salvation – a decision soon swept away ‘by every wind of doctrine’?
‘There is no biblical basis for that kind of decisional regeneration. Moreover, Jesus isn’t knocking on the door of the sinner’s heart, hoping he will let Him in. He doesn’t need sinful man’s acceptance—we actually need His!’ (Source)
In the following article, Ps. Bryan Wolfmueller looks at this very issue, bringing words of comfort as he points our readers to a biblical understanding of our ‘natural condition’ and that ‘regeneration’ is God’s work alone.
“Have you made a decision for Christ?” One often hears this question from radio and television preachers, or even from our friends and family. “Have you invited Jesus into your heart? Have you received Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior? Have you dedicated your life to Christ?” Many churches have a “Time of Decision” at the end of their services, with altar calls and emotional appeals for the person to respond. All of these questions rotate around this same premise: the unbeliever has the ability and responsibility to choose Jesus. But is this what the Bible teaches? Can the unbeliever make a decision for Christ?”
Read more: Can you make a decision for Christ? —