This article addresses a number of acts that men may mistake for conversion. It shows that conversion is not taking upon us the profession of Christianity by mouth, putting on the badge of Christ in baptism, practicing moral righteousness, or external conformity to the rules of piety. Conversion is not the same as conviction.
This article discusses the biblical concept of conversion.
Conversion is the fruit of regeneration, and leads to obedience and trust in God, as well as forsaking ungodly actions.
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It may surprise some to find that the word "conversion" does not appear in the Westminster Confession or Catechisms. But the verb "convert" does appear in the chapter on free will: "When God converts a sinner...". The words "convert" and "conversion" are equally rare in the Bible. Even though the word itself may be rare in the scriptures, the reality of a new life in which people turn to God and away from a sinful life, is not foreign at all.
Until recently the phrase "conversion experience" could be heard everywhere in the Christian world. Though this term may have fallen into disuse of late, the concept of some type of emotional, psychological or religious "experience" marking the initiation of the believer into a relationship with Jesus Christ, remains an important part of modern Evangelical theology.