"Make a Decision" Addendum
While thinking things over, I realize there is another side of this story. Just as it is true that many use the "proper" words and mean something completely un-Biblical, I realize that there are those who use poor manners of speech, yet do mean what the Bible teaches. I realize there are some who do call people to "make a decision for Christ", yet mean it in a Biblical way. They mean it in the sense that they are calling people to repent and believe that Jesus is the Savior, and that mercy freely belongs to all who come to Him. I have to realize this because it is wrong and irresponsible to make sweeping condemnations such as this.
We are, then, back to the original issue: it is not what we say, it is what we mean! Of course, there is a way to avoid all of this confusion -preach the Word! Use the figures that God's Word uses, and by all means let God do the converting!