What is Decision Theology?

Many church denominations today push the idea of “Decision Theology”. Maybe some who are reading this blog post do not know what Decision Theology means. It is possible also that many who are reading this do know what it means and feel or have been taught that it is the only way to heaven.

The purpose of this post is to define “Decision Theology”, state the truth, and most importantly, to offer comfort in the knowledge that the way to heaven does not depend on anything we do, say, or feel of our own decision. Salvation is a free gift of God’s love and mercy for lost sinners.


Decision Theology


(Luther’s Catechism, Anniversary Edition pg.186)

Can people decide, by the power of their own wills, to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior?

Unfortunately, many today speak about faith in Christ as a personal decision. They believe that people must ultimately decide whether or not to accept what God has to say and whether or not to invite Jesus into their hearts.

The Bible doesn’t teach this. Rather, it teaches that we are all by nature spiritually dead. Our human wills, in any spiritual sense, are also dead. What is dead cannot contribute toward becoming spiritually alive. Those who view faith as something brought about by a human decision are placing confidence for salvation in something other than God. Such misplaced confidence opens the door to uncertainty and doubt, leaving them to wonder if they truly believe or if they are sincere. We place our trust in God, who alone has the power to work the miracle of faith through the gospel.

There is no need for anyone to make a profession of faith to any church body or pastor, or make a personal decision to accept or receive Jesus into his heart or follow Him. No; it is by grace you have been saved, through faith and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-not by works, so that no one can boast. (Ephesians 2:8,9)

So take comfort dear friends and be confident in the knowledge that Jesus did it all for you. There is nothing you can do on your own to come to Him. It is the work of the Holy Spirit through the Word. No one can say, Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit. (1 Corinthians 12:3)

I urge you to pick up your Bible and begin reading. Let the Holy Spirit take it from there. You will be blessed!

Gloria Dei!


  1. This is certainly a new concept! It seems most churches I’m familiar with do encourage people to make a decision to follow Christ. After all, Jesus himself said “I am the way the truth and the life, no one comes to the father but by me.” Does that not indicate in someway that people need to make a decision to follow Jesus? I’m afraid I don’t understand.

    1. Thank you for your comment Kathleen. The point is that faith comes only by the Holy Spirit through the Word and through Baptism. We cannot come to faith on our own. We are conceived and born in sin and are spiritually dead (see Psalm 51, especially verse 5). Faith is a gift from the Holy Spirit. Our concious decision to follow Jesus is a human decision. Our human decisions fail us sometimes. We may be deeply sincere one day and the next day that feeling may be gone or set on the back burner and then we become fearful and unsure of our salvation and our faith.

      It is not wrong to profess our faith or to say we are a follower of Jesus, but our faith does not depend on it. We should be proud to profess Jesus, but that is more a fruit of the faith in our heart. It is somthing we do because we love the Lord and want to share it.

      Jesus died for all people, not just believers. He loves us all and does not want anyone to perish. We could say that He is in our heart without our asking. He did give us the ability to make choices however, and those who choose to reject Him will go to hell.

      I hope this helps you understand. It is a difficult subject. If you have more questions you are welcome to email me at grandmapoz@yahoo.com.

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