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Invitation System Paperback – April 1, 1967
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Iain Hamish Murray, born in Lancashire, England, in 1931, was educated at Wallasey Grammar School and King William s College in the Isle of Man (1945-49). He has written many titles published by the Trust, in whose work he remains active. He is still writing.
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Now, lest one think that I am hyper-calvinistic in my theology, let me assure you that I am not. I, like Dr. Murray and many others, feel that the Gospel should be proclaimed in a very indiscriminate manner. But, the work that the Gospel does in the lives of those who hear it are up to God. To create a situation where people are psychologically or emotionally manipulated into "making a decision for Christ" and then to proclaim that because they walked the aisle or raised their hand, they are now saved can be disingenuous on the part of the preacher. This book does an outstanding job of talking about how the Gospel should be proclaimed and how the Holy Spirit works in the lives of people to bring them to true repentance, while showing the danger and pitfalls of the current fascination with the "Invitation System." For this reason, I would highly recommend this book for the truly inquisitive individual who is willing to explore this controversial subject.
Mr.Murray was prescient in noting the flaws of this approach. Unfortunately, the author leaves out the call to be baptized upon belief, just as many churches and preachers also do today.
My recommendation: read the Bible, especially Acts of the Apostles, in order to observe the pattern of conversion practiced by and taught by the Apostles. And forsake all traditions of men that they teach as doctrine (Matthew 15:3, Mark 7:13) and understand the teaching of Jesus with childlike simplicity. Only men confuse and explain away what is plainly written.