By Dr Ray Ashmore
God does not “rape” our consciences, our wills. He demands submission, but does not force it. We are called upon to “surrender” to spiritual consummation, to the intimate penetration of our total beings by the Holy Spirit. Covenant, (making a decision for Christ), must be accompanied, either immediately or subsequently, by the “filling of the Holy Spirit,” consummation. Fleshly resistance, even if cloaked in religious vision and ministry, the works of the flesh, will always be met by Christ’s declaration in that Great Day, “Depart from Me. I never ‘knew’ (ginosko) you, (Matthew 7:21-23).” In other words, “Our relationship was never consummated.”
The pattern for our salvation is pictured in betrothals and marriages during biblical times. The wedding ceremonies we’ve inherited from the 16th century give us an incomplete if not faulty view of the salvation covenant. That’s why our churches today are filled with many who think they are saved, but may not be. This includes religious leaders of every stripe and hue. Making a “decision” for Christ can be very misleading if not accompanied or followed up with complete surrender. The bed clothes of our surrender are evidences that we are truly married to Christ.