I was talking to a friend last night and we were discussing problems we have with certain phraseology among Christians today. Has anyone ever asked you, "Are you saved?" I have heard many preachers conclude a sermon with this very question. One obvious question is what in the world does this mean? What message is given to an unbeliever when they are hit with the jab, "Are you saved?" R.C. Sproul has asked "saved from what?" I find it fascinating that so many want to talk about the need to "get saved" or my favorite, "decide to be born again" yet these same people many times seem unwilling to discuss the total depravity of man, the spiritual deadness that we are all born into. Without this, there certainly is no need to talk about being saved.
When we abandon the great truths of the gospel, what we are left with is catchy sayings to invoke a "decision" for salvation. We need to recover the fullness of the Good News of Jesus Christ as proclaimed in the New Testament. We need to proclaim His sinless life, His substitutionary death, our need to be born again by the Spirit of God (not by our will, see John 1:13), self-denial, cross-bearing, losing our life to save it, etc. There is so much more to receiving Jesus Christ than deciding to verbalize something with our lips or in a prayer.