Four Spiritual Laws

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Four Spiritual Laws

Four Spiritual Laws

Four Spiritual LawsThe Four Spiritual Laws was originally a 1952 tract titled, "Have you heard of the Four Spiritual Laws," authored by Bill Bright, the founder of the Campus Crusade for Christ (see Cru).

Over the years, The Four Spiritual Laws became a popular tool of proselytizing, including at Cru's Global Media Outreach. Unfortunately, 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 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. We receive Christ by Personal Invitation - [Christ speaking] "Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him." (Revelation 3:20)

What is unbiblical about these Four Spiritual Laws?

1.  When unsaved sinners hear "wonderful plan for your life," they understand "life" as the remainder of their earthly life and "wonderful plan" as something related to wealth, health and prosperity during their earthly life. This contradicts Jesus' words, "In the world you will have tribulation" (John 16:33), and His command for us to focus on eternity, not the remainder of our earthly life. The Bible calls our earthly life a momentary "vapor" - "... For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away" (James 4:14) - and warns, "If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable." (1 Corinthians 15:19)

2.  Whenever Jesus and His disciples addressed sin, they said we must "repent" (Matthew 4:17) from sin, and Jesus spoke more about hell, where unrepentant sinners go, than about heaven. The Four Spiritual Laws mention sin twice but omit both the need to repent from sin and the existence of hell, which should drive sinners to the cross of Christ far more than the lure of a "wonderful" earthly life. Omitting the reality of eternal agony in hell also robs the cross of its full value, and the Lord of the full gratitude that He is due.

3.  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. When Peter personally invited Jesus to depart from him - When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, "Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!" (Luke 5:8) - Jesus stayed and turned him into a Christian. And Jesus turned Paul into a Christian not in response to Paul's "Personal Invitation" to become one but while he was on his way to imprison and kill Christians.

4.  Revelation 3:20 was written not to unsaved people but to a "church" (Revelation 3:14), which is an assembly of people who already are saved and with whom Jesus desired fellowship. This is evident in the final eight words - "and dine with him, and he with me" - of Revelation 3:20. The tracts and websites of Cru and Global Media Outreach omit these eight words from Revelation 3:20 to enable a better fit 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 human trickery merely slaps a false label on unrepentant, unsaved sinners who later feel cheated when the promised "wonderful life" of earthly wealth and health does not materialize. They then deem Christianity, even Jesus, to be a fraud.

In the short run, The Four Spiritual Laws and other tactics that pressure people to quickly say a prayer may boost the claimed number of converts "won" by evangelistic groups. In the long run, however, they end up tarnishing the Lord's honor and making those people disappointed, bitter and resistant to hearing and heeding the True Gospel.