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Christianity can be condensed into four words: Admit, Submit, Commit and Transmit.

-Samuel Wilberforce

I read an interesting quote yesterday on Facebook which said,

“Christianity can be reduced to four simple words:  Admit, Submit, Commit, and Transmit.” 

It was attributed to Samuel Wilberforce (1759-1833), who, after becoming a member of the British Parliament at the age of twenty-one, did little at first to merit mention.  However, his conversion to evangelical Christianity in 1785 changed him.  Within a year, Wilberforce submitted the first of many rejected bills to Parliament for the abolition of slavery.  Two years after his conversion, he founded the Proclamation Society, and finally, on February 23, 1807, Wilberforce’s goal to end slavery in Great Britain became law.  Here is what the Bible has to say about his “four simple words.” ADMIT – The Bible declares that all men are sinners (Rom. 3:9, 23; 11:32; Gal. 3:22; etc.)!  There are two kinds of sin:  1) we sin when break God’s Law (1 Jn. 3:4), and, 2) we sin when we fail to do what we know to be God’s will (Jam. 4:17).  In order for a man to accept a Savior, he must first be aware that he needs one.  SUBMIT – The vast majority of mankind realizes that they are displeasing to God in the way they live their lives, and as a result, man has created thousands of religions, all aimed at establishing one’s own righteousness (Rom. 10:3).  However, the Bible says that to God, man’s righteousness is utterly disgusting (Isa. 64:6).  The lost sinner must acknowledge that his efforts are futile, and he must accept the fact he cannot save himself; he needs The Savior. COMMIT – The Bible says that a man cannot believe in The Savior if he has never heard of Him.  The Apostle Paul wrote, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.  How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed?  And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard?  And how shall they hear without a preacher?  And how shall they preach, except they be sent?  As it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the Gospel of Peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!” (Rom. 10:13-15).  When a lost person accepts the truth of the Gospel (1 Cor. 15:1-4), and he commits to his Savior by acknowledging Him as his Lord (Rom. 10:8-11), he becomes a new creature (2 Cor. 5:17); he is born again (Jn. 3:3-8)!

TRANSMIT – A born again believer not only confesses his faith in The Savior (Rom. 10:8-11), he begins obeying His Lord’s command to “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” (Mt. 28:19)!A genuine born again believer will tell others about his Savior!


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