Four Spiritual Laws
Four Spiritual Laws - CCCI
Four Spiritual Laws
The Four Spiritual Laws was originally a 1952 tract titled, "Have you heard of the Four Spiritual Laws?" The author of The Four Spiritual Laws was Bill Bright, the founder of the Campus Crusade for Christ International (CCCI).
Since then, The Four Spiritual Laws has become a popular tool of evangelism around the world, including at CCCI's Global Media Outreach.
Unfortunately, The Four Spiritual Laws are wrong. The Four Spiritual Laws are unbiblical and contradict the true gospel of the Bible.
Here are The Four Spiritual Laws:
1. God loves you and offers a wonderful plan for your life.
2. Man is sinful and separated from God. Therefore, he cannot know and experience God's love and
3. Jesus Christ is God's only provision for man's sin. Through Him you can know and experience
4. We must individually receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord; then we can know and experience
What is wrong and unbiblical about these Four Spiritual Laws?
• When an unsaved sinner hears "wonderful plan for your life", he or she understands "wonderful" as health, wealth and prosperity, and "life" as the remainder of their natural life. This contradicts Jesus' words, "In the world you will have tribulation" (John 33:16) and command for us to focus on eternity, not the remainder of our earthly lives, which the Bible calls, "vapor" (James 4:14).
• Whenever Jesus and His disciples addressed sin, they said we must "repent" (Matthew 4:17) of them, and Jesus spoke more about hell, where unrepentant sinners go, than about heaven. The Four Spiritual Laws mention sin twice but mention neither our need to repent of them nor hell, whose existence should drive sinners to the cross of Christ far more than the lure of "wonderful" earthly life.
• Romans 6:23 states that "eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord" is "the gift of God", not some response to a "Personal Invitation" from us.
• Revelation 3:20 was written not to unsaved people but to a "church" (Revelation 3:14), which is an assembly of people who are already saved and with whom Jesus desired fellowship. This is clear in the final eight words - "and dine with him, and he with me" of Revelation 3:20. But these eight words are removed from the Revelation 3:20 quoted in the tracts and websites of CCCI and Global Media Outreach, twisting the verse to fit better with their unbiblical, man-made "Laws".
Proponents of The Four Spiritual Laws claim that despite being unbiblical, The Four Spiritual Laws do get people to become baby Christians and pave the way for them to learn the full Biblical truth later. But this is untrue.
Such unbiblical human trickery merely slaps false labels on unrepentant, unsaved sinners who feel cheated later when the promised "wonderful life" of plenty does not materialize and then consider Christianity to be a fraud.
While The Four Spiritual Laws and other tricks that pressure people to quickly say the sinner's prayer may boost the claimed number of converts "won" by evangelistic endeavors, they only end up tarnishing the Lord's honor and making those people resistant to hearing the true gospel later.
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