Biblical Conversion and the Modern Church

Wednesday, 01 Jan 1992

Yes, there should be a noticeable change in affections, and in performance. But using this as an empirical "proof" of conversion is a dangerous practice.
There was a time, not too long ago, when the phrase “conversion experience” was part and parcel of popular Christian vocabulary. Though this term may have fallen into disuse of late, the concept of some type of emotional, psychological or religious “experience” marking the initiation of the believer into a relationship with Jesus Christ, remains an important part of modern Evangelical theology. Terms such as “accepting Jesus Christ as my personal savior,” “asking Christ into one’s heart,” other well-defined acts marking conversion, such as “going forward,” by walking a church aisle, or “experiencing” the presence or the peace ...

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