I’m in the process of reading on of the books that I bought at the Gospel Coalition, and decided that one portion was too good to leave un-mentioned.
The book is, Who Saves, God or Me?: Calvinism for the Twenty-First Century by Erroll Hulse, and it has been such a blessing to read. On his chapter on Arminianisms (chapter 7) Hulse brings forward the issue of Altar calls and decision cards. He is neccessarily harsh with those who would trust in this conversion method:
The result of this practice (altar calls and decision cards) is that there are many churches with substantial memberships, consisting largely of people who do not attend services, still less the prayer meetings. A typical example would be 1,000 members with 700 to 800 rarely seen, and hundreds who haven’t been seen at church for years.
How true is that of American “Christianity”? How many churches can you think of whose members act in that manner?
Hulse goes on to say…
If moves are taken to purge the membership of those who are obviously only nominal, there is an outcry and the pastor is in danger of being fired. (p. 73; emphasis mine)
Why is this the case? Hulse places the blame on those who severly misunderstand salvation by grace alone through faith alone. He says that those who truly understand God’s sovereignty will be humble to the extent of serving the Church as they are meant to be.
What kind of a member are you?