The dangers of using the ‘Romans Road to Salvation’ in evangelism

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I just received another email from a person encouraging me to use the ‘Romans Road to Salvation’ (RRTS) in my evangelism efforts. I’ve only been doing ‘open-air’ preaching officially for two years. But I’ve been doing evangelism since 1991. I don’t claim to know it all, and frankly I’m just a knucklehead that strives to know more. I fall miserably short of being where I should be.

Having said that, I admit that for the majority of my Christian life, I used the ‘RRTS’ in my evangelism. But I was later convicted, and I repented. Why? Because it does not teach the ‘whole council of the Word of God’ (Acts 20:25-31).

The RRTS is very misleading. It actually takes the Lord out of context. Not only does it take God’s Word out of context, often times the verses are cut in half. For one of many examples they will usually quote Romans 8:1 as, “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.”

The problem is, they only input the first portion of this verse (1a). Look at this verse in its entirely.

Romans 8:1 says, “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” The second half is very conditional.

Even if they quoted all verses in their entirety, it still takes God’s Word out of context. Furthermore, in the RRTS there is nothing about repentance (Luke 13:3, Mark 1:15 & Acts 3:19-21). There is nothing about obeying the Gospel (2nd Thess 1:7-9). There is nothing about being different than the rest of the world (James 4:4 & 1 John 2:15-17). There is nothing about the need to be born-again (John 3:3). There’s nothing about a Christian no longer ‘continuing’ in sin (1 John 3:9). There is nothing about the Law, as well as many other problems i.e. the true meaning of the Greek transliterations.

The following is an excerpt from my article on the ‘Sinners Prayer.’

“We must repent from taking the popular ‘whosoever’ verses out of their context. I don’t want to have this blood on my hands. Just before the Apostle Paul was martyred, in Acts 20:25-31, he gave the following dying death declaration.

‘And indeed, now I know that you all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, will see my face no more. Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all men. For I have not shunned to declare to you the ‘whole counsel’ of God. Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves. Therefore watch, and remember that for three years I did not cease to warn everyone night and day with tears.’”

PowerPoint on Evangelism
http://www.theexpositor.tv/blog/a-powerpoint-on-biblical-evangelism-by-bill-rhetts-the-online-outline-version/

Article on the Sinner’s Prayer
http://www.theexpositor.tv/blog/the-sinners-prayer-biblical-or-unbiblical-by-bill-rhetts/

 

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