In an article posted at SBC Today, Evangelist Junior Hill explains why he has spent over 50 years extending a public invitation at the close of most of the sermons he has preached. He says, “I do that because I have an intense and burning conviction that it is spiritually correct and biblically commanded.”
Hill says, “While there are some who may honestly and sincerely ask, ‘Where is a public invitation to the preaching of the gospel ever seen in the Bible?’ a far more appropriate and accurate question might legitimately be, ‘Where in the Bible is a public invitation to the preaching of the gospel not seen?’
Hill asks, “Whether it be Jesus’ conversation with the rich young ruler, Peter’s stirring message on the day of Pentecost, Paul and Silas’ encounter with the Philippian jailor, Phillip’s meeting with the Ethiopian Eunuch, or Paul’s appearances before the Jewish synagogues, all of those encounters end with a report of some kind of response. And I find it intriguing and fascinating to see that the Bible specifically tells us what every one of those responses were. If none of them were even asked to respond, then why do you think the Bible would be so consistent and specific in telling us how they did respond?”
Excellent observation. Hill’s article can be read in its entirety by clicking here.
Some may argue that the response is not the issue; it is who is responsible for the response that is the real question here.The gospel message is clear; anyone who believes and repents and by faith trusts Christ will be saved. I have a serious problem with the notion that God requires belief and repentance on the part of the lost person to be saved when it is His effectual calling that is necessary before one can do either. There is no need for a call to repentance in a theological system that presents conversion and new birth as Jesus calling Lazarus out of the tomb. If and when God calls, the lost person WILL respond and until God calls that lost person’s name, he cannot respond. The choice is not man’s to make; that choice belongs to God.
“Peter was there by Jesus’ side when the Lord spoke the parable of the Great Supper, and he surely remembered that the man who had prepared that supper sternly commanded his servant to “… Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled” (Luke 14:23).
Brother, I am with you. I will continue to present the gospel message that Jesus was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life so that He could be the sacrificial lamb to pay the penalty for the sins of the world for ANYONE who would by faith, believe that God is everything that He says He is and that God will do everything that He says He will do and that by confessing our sin and our need for a Savior, and repenting of our sin and turning from self to Jesus as our Savior, believing that He rose from the dead so that we could live with for Him today and with Him forever, we can be saved! I will continue to ask people to place their hand in the nail scared hand of Jesus and pray a simple prayer asking God to forgive them of their sin and inviting Jesus to come into their hearts and to save them because God’s word says, “whosoever calls on the Name of the Lord SHALL be saved.” It does not say, “whosoever I call shall be saved.”
AMEN and AMEN. Thank you Junior Hill for your faithfulness to preach the gospel and draw the net asking men, women, boys and girls to respond to God’s glorious message that Jesus saves!
Junior Hill began ministry at 19 as a pastor for 11 years before entering vocational evangelism in 1967, and has maintained a full schedule since then. He is a graduate of Samford University and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, where in 1995 he was named Distinguished Alumnus of the Year. The author of 17 books, Hill has served as first vice-president of the Southern Baptist Convention, has conducted more than 1,700 revivals and numerous foreign crusades, and is a frequent speaker at pastors’ meetings, evangelism conferences, seminaries and state conventions across the United States.
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