Have you read the tract "The
Four Spiritual Laws"? It was written by Dr. Bill Bright, the president of
Campus Crusade for Christ. Approximately 1.5 billion copies of this tract
have been printed and distributed all over the world. It was written to
quickly and efficiently teach people how to be saved.
Unfortunately, "The Four
Spiritual Laws" tract is badly flawed. A simple comparison between its
teaching and the teaching of scripture reveals that "The Four Spiritual
Laws" simply does not teach God's plan of salvation.
Here are the Four Spiritual
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
plan for his life.
3: Jesus Christ is
God's only provision for man's sin. Through Him you can know and experience
God's love and plan for your life.
4: We must
individually receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord; then we can know and
experience God's love and plan for our lives.
What exactly does the tract
mean "receive Jesus Christ?" How do you do that? We are not left to wonder:
Must Receive Christ -
Receive Christ Through Faith
We Receive Christ, We Experience a New Birth
Receive Christ by Personal Invitation
The tract goes on to say "You
Can Receive Christ Right Now By Faith Through Prayer" and even includes a
suggested prayer to ask Jesus to be the Lord of your life and receive Him by
What could be wrong with
this? A study of the Bible shows these laws are terribly flawed.
Flaw 1: "The Four Laws" forgets that faith
6:13-14. Did Noah have
faith? Yes! But did his faith alone save him? Could he have been saved by
merely believing God without building the ark? Of course not. Noah's faith
led him to obey God
6:22; 7:5, 16).
speaks of our
"obedience to the faith." Obedience and true faith in God always go
together. You can't have one without the other (read
Where is this concept in the
"Four Laws" pamphlet? The "Four Laws" says nothing about obedience, only
Flaw 2: The pamphlet forgets baptism.
The New Testament teaches
that water baptism is very important. It...
you into Jesus Christ -
your sins -
Baptism is so crucial because
it is linked to Jesus' death, burial and resurrection
(see Romans 6:3-6).
The "Four Laws" teaches you
can be saved without baptism, advocating a prayer and faith alone approach.
This simply is not the teaching of the scriptures.
No passage of scripture
promises the non-Christian that he can pray and receive forgiveness of sin.
No passage of scripture says that you can pray "into Jesus Christ." No
passage says prayer can save you. All of these vital functions are ascribed
to baptism, not prayer!
Flaw 3: The tract forgets that the N.T.
specifically teaches that faith alone cannot save.
The "Four Laws" says that to
be saved you need only believe in Jesus Christ. What does the Bible say?
"You see then that a man is
justified by works, and not by faith only"
Once again we see how
scripture puts faith and obedience together, while "The Four Laws"
artificially and arbitrarily divorces them.
Who should we believe -- a
booklet written by a mere man, or the inspired word of God?
Flaw 4: The tract forgets that God's grace
doesn't exclude man's obedience
Many seem to think that there
are only two choices: be saved by your actions and doing, or be saved
completely by God's grace.
This is why so many oppose
baptism. They believe that baptism is an attempt to earn or merit salvation.
This is false. The Bible never sees obedience and grace opposing each other.
and notice how these
men and women of faith responded to God's grace by obeying the Lord. Their
obedience didn't earn salvation but was absolutely necessary to being saved.
Likewise, you cannot earn
salvation today by doing good works. But you must do what God has said if
you want to be saved. These works of obedience demonstrate our faith and
love for God. Won't you do what God says so you can be saved today?
What must I do to
in Jesus Christ -
of past sins -
Jesus as the Son of God -
Acts 8:37; Rom. 10:10
baptized in water for the forgiveness of your sins -
22:16; Mark 16:16
Don't be fooled by the ideas
of men. Read your Bible. Study these things carefully. Then obey God's
simple plan for salvation today and become a New Testament Christian!