Pressing For Decisions
...twelve ways revivalism's theories of conversion have shaped and permeated evangelicalism:
- Conversion is equated with salvation
- There is an emphasis on human choice and decision. It's all about the will.
- Conversion is seen as punctiliar, something that happens all at once, can be dated and marked and known.
- Revivalism is ambivalent about the intellect and is often anti-intellectual.
- Conversion becomes an individual transaction with God, apart from the faith community/church.
- Revivalism is ambivalent about or even anti-sacramental. (Including baptism.)
- For revivalism, conversion is easy and painless and certainly not costly. "Just accept Christ today."
- Among revivalists, evangelism is reduced to techniques.
- Revivalism pushes that God has no grandchildren, but is ambivalent about second-generation Christian nurturance into conversion and faith.
- Revivalism has at times struggled with connections between conversion, baptism and the Holy Spirit.
- The church's mission is to obtain conversions.
- Revivalism focuses on the after-life with minimal reference and orientation to this world.