My picture looks like I am happier than my words sound today!
I just ran on to a note I made sometime; don’t remember when nor where, but it still resonates with me. Obviously I was disturbed about our “new” Christians; particularly the ones whose salvation experience was only about as effective as making a resolution or turning over a new leaf (without making a resolution.) So, here is what I said:
I believe we yank them through the door, ease their consciences, give them an assurance in something they do not have, send them out without knowing diddly squat, carrying their strongholds with them. The devil is smart enough not to raise his ugly head until they get alone; then sure enough they find that there is really nothing to this victory in Jesus talk. And they are worse off than they were at first (Matt 12:44).
Jesus describes salvation, becoming a Christian, as being “born again.” One becomes a new creature; one who lives in Christ and in whom Christ dwells.
The New Birth does not look like a half hatched egg.
GO AND MAKE DISCIPLES. Teach, love, and listen until your new convert is strong enough to walk alone.