The Term and Concept of “Personal Savior.”
I find it very disturbing when something unnecessary is added to the Gospel. The use of the term “Personal Savior” isn’t very harmful in itself, but it shows a kind of mindset that is willing to “invent” terms, and then allow these terms to be preached as it they were actually found in the Bible.
But why must we do this? Why must we add needless, almost meaningless things to the Gospel? It is because we’ve taken so much out that we have to replace it with “spiritual double talk.” That’s right, double talk! Would you ever introduce your sister like this: “This is Sheila, my personal sister“?! Or would you point to your navel and say, “This is my personal bellybutton“? Ridiculous! But nevertheless, people solemnly speak of Christ as the personal Savior, as if they’ve got Him right there in their shirt pocket – and as if when He returns, he will not have two, but three titles written across His thigh: King of Kings, Lord of Lords and Personal Savior! (See Rev. 19:16) This is only one example of how a non-biblical term can be elevated to reverence by the Church, as if to say, “Well even if it isn’t in the Bible – it should be!”