The "Invitation System" is
attended by various dangers and errors. The emphasis of this statement is on the
word "System". I did not say an invitation. If preachers do not invite sinners
to Christ they should leave the ministry. There is a world of difference between
biblical invitations and the Invitation System.
implication is that a proper invitation to Christ cannot be practiced in
conjunction with the public invitation.
Secondly, we must boldly speak out against its
errors and warn believers of the inherent dangers in using it.
Nothing positive is presented in this long article about the
errors of the public invitation.
I do find that the attitude of these
writers seems to me to be completely out of accord with the attitude of C. H.
Spurgeon with regard to urging upon sinners to make an IMMEDIATE DECISION in
response to the Gospel.
I will continue my study of this matter,
and as long as writers attempt to get "aid and comfort" from Spurgeon for
their TOTAL NEGATIVISM toward public invitations, then I will probably
express my objections to the association of his name with such an extreme
attitude. They are of course free to believe and practice as they please, but I
find it somewhat repulsive when they try to align Spurgeon with their cause. It
reminds of the Campbellites who try to use Spurgeon when it comes to the matter
of not using instrumental music.
The Christian, Bible-believing
people of the Southern Baptist Convention who have returned conservatism to the
forefront of the Convention and the Seminaries all probably responded during
public invitations to express faith in Christ. It would be a shame if those
in leadership positions now denounced one of the great centerpieces of the
evangelism which was a part of their experience of coming to Christ.
myself was converted in an Association-wide Baptist revival meeting in Jackson,
Tennessee during an invitation, when Pastor
Bobby Moore, now of Southaven, Mississippi, a preacher whom you know, and a
fellow high school student of mine in 1953, came down out of the choir, took my
hand, and urged me to trust Christ. That was an "evil"?
How can I
possibly join in the chorus with those who now can find nothing but negative
elements involved in the public invitation when I myself was converted during a
Looking back at that experience, "human speaking" if
in the Providence of God it had not been for that experience I perhaps would
have never discovered the name of "Spurgeon" -- which I first saw just a few
nights later in a book in a local residence -- and perhaps would not have
ultimately found and reprinted his sermon set.
What a great
blessing it would have deprived me of, if the public invitation had not been
practiced during that 1953 revival meeting in which I was
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