Before you write me off as a fear-monger, consider these words of Brian McLaren from an interview with Christianity Today:
“I don’t think we’ve got the gospel right yet. What does it mean to be ‘saved’? When I read the Bible, I don’t see it meaning, ‘I’m going to heaven after I die.’ Before modern evangelicalism nobody accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Savior, or walked down an aisle, or said the sinner’s prayer.”
Now, hold your chariots for just one minute. Does McLaren really want to commit to the statement that before evangelicalism, nobody accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Savior? Granted, they probably used different phraseology, and even entirely different languages, but if the pre-evangelical Christians were not receiving Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior, what, pray tell, were they receiving?