Is the Romans Road Complete?
I was once asked to print a tract for Campus Crusade.
It is perhaps the most widely distributed tract in the world today. The main
line is, "God has a wonderful plan for your life." I read it through and said
that I felt something was missing, so they found someone else to print the tract.
Many use the popular "Romans Road" tract in sharing the gospel with others,
but I thing something important is missing.
Readers get the message, that if they repeat a prayer, check a little box on a
decision card, or raise their hand in a meeting, that's all they need do to
gain salvation and heaven. All that is left is to get baptized and join a
Because Jesus died for me, I can receive forgiveness for past and future
sins, peace, joy, assurance, and go to heaven when I die! It is true that we
can do nothing to earn salvation, but checking a little box
and repeating the "sinner's prayer" could also be defined as miniature
"works." You can even do these works on the Sabbath!
Is the "Romans Road" complete?
I use the "Romans Road," but include Romans 12:1-2. "I beseech you therefore,
brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice,
holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed
to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove
what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." Without these two
verses, the "Romans Road" is incomplete.
Ralph V Harvey