I received an email the other day asking me to pray for an unbeliever who was in need of a job, and that he would accept Christ. Now at first I got to thinking about what we as believer’s ought to be praying for when it comes to unbelievers. But later my attention was turned toward the word ‘accept.’ A. W. Towzer has written about dead words and words that are alive. I do not know if this was a good word or a bad one, or but I think it may now be dead. If not, at least I think it no longer expresses or communicates the way it should.
We are told to ‘accept’ Christ left and right, and if you have ‘accepted’ Christ then you are good to go, that is all you need and your golden. Now people may start getting in an uproar about this, but I hope not. I strongly feel that we should replace the phrase ‘accept Christ’ with a more biblical one like ‘follow Christ.’ There is a connotation with merely ‘accepting’ that suggests that we only have to mentally do some work, and we’re good. But when you say follow, it is a much stronger word suggesting more then just mere mental work! I think part of the problem in the Church is that there is too much ‘accepting’ and not enough following.