Campus Crusade for Christ made a pamplet decades ago titled “The Four Spiritual Laws” to teach people their particular brand of Christianity. Here’s one version, in the form of a YouTube video:
And here is another version:
And we then turn to the original source for its version, which we may presume is the most faithful form:
What wrong with this approach? Well, let’s look at the quotations from the Bible given in the pamplet:
“God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever
believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16, NIV).
“I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly” (John 10:10).
“All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
“The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23).
“God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners,
Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
“Christ died for our sins… He was buried… He was raised on the third day,
according to the Scriptures… He appeared to Peter, then to the twelve.
After that He appeared to more than five hundred…” (1 Corinthians 15:3-6).
“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life, no one comes to
the Father but through Me'” (John 14:6).
“As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children
of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:12).
“By grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves,
it is the gift of God; not as result of works that no one should boast” (Ephesians 2:8,9).
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock;
if any one hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him” (Revelation 3:20).
All of these quotations come from the Gospel of John or the Book of Revelation (which even fundamentalists admit were written several decades after the time of Christ), or the writings attributed to the Apostle Paul, who wasn’t even an original disciple of Jesus. The quotations are all taken out of context and misapplied. There is no reason to assume that they are at all applicable to anyone living today.
For more information, see these previous blog entries:
Thus, it is a waste of time to put out such pamphlets and use them to attract people to Christianity. Those who are attracted would be ignorant about the details of the theological and historical backgrounds of the Christian faith and the Jewish faith it sprang from, and thus would be blind followers, ripe for exploitation by unscrupulous leaders.
Christians need to do better than that.