New IFB Fake Soulwinning #1 – Richard Symes

Quick Prayerism is a doctrine that the New IFB holds to, which negates the importance of true belief. Instead of discipling people or making sure they understand the gospel, instead a quick presentation of the gospel is given, often to a distracted or uninterested listener, and then coercion or peer pressure is used to get them to repeat a prayer to be saved. The result is that the listener does not really believe, or often even understand. Most of those supposedly saved, if asked, would not be able to identify what they just did, or repeat back any meaningful portion of the salvation message they were given.

The New IFB “soulwinner” then can put another notch on their belt and count numbers so that they will seem super-spiritual to the others in the movement, despite the fact that they have not actually helped anyone to receive eternal life.

Richard Symes is an example of someone who claims to win thousands of people to the Lord, with no lasting fruit to show (because little to none of his “converts” are truly saved.)

For example, from June 8 through June 15, 2019, Symes claims to have witnessed to 174 people and had 64 people saved. That’s an amazing 36% conversion rate (if it were true) but really it’s just a 36% coercion rate – Symes got 36% of the people he spoke to to say a prayer and do nothing for their eternal destiny.

Of course, the names will not be given, nor the number baptized, and one will not notice a significant uptick in people attending Symes’ church, because the prayers solicited from these people were simply done to get Symes to go away. And it worked, because Symes won’t be following the Biblical mandate to baptize or teach these people the things the Lord commanded.

(Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.(Mat 28:19-20))

…because that would be too difficult, it would take away time from getting more false confessions in his numbers game, and because the people wouldn’t be interested, since they aren’t true believers.

Below you can watch some videos of the repeat-after-me Symes conversions. He basically tells kids “repeat after me” and then adds “if you believe this”, knowing that everyone is going to repeat anyway. If you watch the full video, you will see that very few if any of the kids in these videos have been paying attention. They don’t know what they are saying and they aren’t getting saved. If anything, they now have a false profession that will prevent them from truly being saved if a real soul winner comes along in the future.

Watch the whole video here on Symes’ channel:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Q1eDOg658E&t=1018s

Watch the whole video here on Symes’ channel:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXxTRXgVZz4

Post Author: Joshua Lindsey

My name is Joshua Lindsey. I live in Minnesota, and with my wife and baby daughter am a faithful member of my local independent Baptist Church. I have taught Sunday School classes and children’s classes, and also had the opportunity to preach at several churches. I teach Bible college classes on the Pentateuch, Atheism and Faith, Comparative Denominations, Bible Preservation (A defense of the underlying texts of the KJV), Bible Geography and Customs, Church Graphic Design, and some others. My father is an Independent Baptist Pastor in Wisconsin, and I grew up in a home full of love for the Lord. My parents raised me in the Bible, and are faithful to this day in witnessing and discipling. Although I was constantly immersed in biblical teaching and preaching, I did not personally believe in Jesus as described in John 3:16 until my freshman year in Bible college. In the many years since then, I have grown in grace and the Lord has given me opportunity to serve him in ministry. Among other ministries, I run my church’s print shop and participate in door-to-door evangelism. In doctrine, I affirm the truth that has been passed down from church to church since the time of Christ. I affirm the deity of Christ, his death, burial, and bodily resurrection, the personhood of the Holy Spirit, the Trinity, the virgin birth, the inerrancy and infallibility of the scriptures, the inspiration and preservation of the scriptures, the imminent return of Christ and his future literal millennial reign. I accept the canonicity of the 66 books of scripture, I believe that God commands all men to repent, that Christ draws all men to himself, that any person can believe and be saved. I believe salvation cannot be forfeited or taken away. I believe Christ’s command to go to all the world and preach the Gospel is still applicable to us today. I believe in a future literal judgment seat of Christ and a Great white throne judgment. I believe that no person will enter heaven except through Jesus Christ. I reject all false religions: Islam, Judaism, new Age, etc. I reject the teaching that God elects some men to damnation, giving them no chance to be saved. I reject the idea that God did not preserve his words and that recent manuscript discoveries provide us with a more accurate Bible that was not available to past generations of Christians. I reject the concept of a universal church. I reject the idea that Baptism plays a part in salvation. I believe many things additionally not listed here. My views align with the scripture and with the beliefs that faithful churches have held since the time of Christ, and have held under the title of “Baptist” for many centuries now.

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