“How many decisions for Christ?”

There is always a temptation to track numbers when it comes to evangelism. It is wise not to do so, because only God knows those who are truly repentant. It is amazing how many evangelists and preachers seem to have access to the Book of Life by citing salvation statistics, but such numbering reveals a lack of understanding of the nature of true and false conversion. Making a “decision,” walking an aisle, or raising a hand do not indicate whether someone truly repents and trusts in the Savior. The fact that we have planted the good seed of the Word of God is evangelistic “success.” The rest is up to God.

Regarding keeping tabs of “decisions for Christ,” D. L. Moody stated: “‘Is it well to number converts?’ [David] got into trouble by trying to number Israel. It is best to let the Lord keep the record. It makes me creep all over to hear a man tell how many he has converted.”

1 Chronicles 21:1 Now Satan stood up against Israel, and moved David to number Israel.

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3 Responses to “How many decisions for Christ?”

  1. steve says:

    We do indeed need to be careful about “statistical conversions” but I wouldn’t be down on those doing the job in reaching the lost. Praise God always for genuine evangelism. God knows the heart, Acts 15. That should not prevent you from rejoicing when the lost place their faith in the risen Lord. Recall the 70 that returned to the Lord with joy and excitement from the witnessing and miracles. Christ was just as joyful, I believe but told them to rejoice that their names are written in heaven. Also the angels rejoice over the sinner who repents. I don’t think we should hold back joy and place the one who says or expresses faith in Christ should be treated as, “contempt”. To many from your crowd seem to do this. I don’t recall you showing joy in the witnessing trenches…

  2. Mark says:

    Let’s stop with the talk that we ‘can’ make a decision. The Bible is clear that in our natural sinful state we are spiritually dead. When is the last time anything dead made a decision? See http://www.extremetheology.com/2007/07/decision-theolo.html

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