Converted To What? Part 1
Neal Pollard

Jesus said, "Unless you are converted and become like children, you shall

not enter the kingdom of heaven" (Matt. 18:3).  Paul preached that there

is no spiritual healing unless one is converted (Acts 28:27).  To be

converted means literally to twist, turn around, and reverse.  In spiritual

application, the word means to leave one thing for another.  In evangelism,

the attempt is to turn one from the world to Christ.  However, people have

been known to turn from the world to something other than Jesus and His

doctrine.  This is unfortunate, but true.  Consider a few deadly alternative

to conversion to the Lord.

Some are converted to emotions.  Without question, emotion lies at the heart

of a person's makeup.  Emotion must play a prominent role in both becoming a

Christian and living as a Christian.  The people present on Pentecost were pierced

to the heart and thus cried out, "What shall we do?" (Acts 2:37).  Tears are

commonplace among godly Christians, contemplating the Lord's Supper, pleading

with the lost, and saying goodbye to another saint who is leaving the area or the

realm of time.  Christians are joyful people, quick to smile and laugh.  There should

be righteous anger at the display of unrighteousness.  Emotions are essential to

Christianity, but some are overly caught up in and enamored with emotion.  They are

big on "feeling" something.  They are whimsical, mystical "swooners."  The paramount

gauge of a sermon's success is if it made them laugh or cry, not if it was true or false. 

"Touchy-feely" is preeminent, whether or not it rings true doctrinally.  One converted

to emotion in such a way is converted to the wrong thing.



In Christ, Steve Preston


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