For example, many Evangelicals believe in the inspiration and authority of the Bible, but not in its inerrancy. Secondly, the citation of Acts 4:12, John 14:6 and other texts does not resolve the issue of the exclusivity of Christ and the eternal state of those who never made a conscious "decision" to follow Jesus, for the main reason that many Evangelicals assert the nature and existence of the Triune God and still hold for a wider mercy beyond those who have never heard a preacher of the gospel (which view, I think, lacks exegetical warrant, but there are some strong cases for the view). Third, while it is obvious that one's view on the nature and reality of Hell commands one's world and life view, grabbing texts out of context without dealing with the exegetical, theological and philosophical issues --at least at a surface level on a radio show with limited time--is a disservice to the listening audience. But the main point here is that the talk show hosts, for all their bolstering and boldness about the authority of the Bible "It means what it says, and it says what it means," and for all their guffaws against pandering pastors behind pansy pulpits (pansies are actually a resilient flower, but you get the idea), and for all their galloping charges declaring the glorious gospel, they fell short by succumbing to their own tradition.
Which tradition? The following: "You have to accept Him," and "You need to accept Jesus as your personal Lord n' Savior, and "You need to accept Christ" and "You need to accept what He did for you (dying on the cross for your sins)", etc. This is a mere tradition speaking, and not the Holy Scripture. One does not find this kind of language in the Bible when the gospel is preached by John the Baptist, Jesus, or the Apostles in the gospels, in Acts, or in the epistles. Such language of "accepting Jesus" is just not there. The men on this radio show want to hold forth the inerrancy of Scripture, but when it comes to preaching its most important message--the gospel--they don't do it. So, what should they be telling their listening audience then?
For some readers here, the answer will be obvious, but it's not beyond warrant to repeat what Scripture lays down with absolute clarity: repentance and faith. Here is just the book of Luke-Acts from Bible gateway.
2. Luke 3:8
Bear fruits in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.' For I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children for Abraham.
Luke 3:7-9 (in Context) Luke 3 (Whole Chapter)
4. Luke 10:13
[ Woe to Unrepentant Cities ] "Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes.
Luke 10:12-14 (in Context) Luke 10 (Whole Chapter)
5. Luke 11:32
The men of Nineveh will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, something greater than Jonah is here.
Luke 11:31-33 (in Context) Luke 11 (Whole Chapter)
6. Luke 13:1
[ Repent or Perish ] There were some present at that very time who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.
Luke 13:1-3 (in Context) Luke 13 (Whole Chapter)
9. Luke 15:7
Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.
Luke 15:6-8 (in Context) Luke 15 (Whole Chapter)
15. Acts 2:38
And Peter said to them, "Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 2:37-39 (in Context) Acts 2 (Whole Chapter)
19. Acts 11:18
When they heard these things they fell silent. And they glorified God, saying, "Then to the Gentiles also God has granted repentance that leads to life."
Acts 11:17-19 (in Context) Acts 11 (Whole Chapter)
22. Acts 19:4
And Paul said, "John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, Jesus."
Acts 19:3-5 (in Context) Acts 19 (Whole Chapter)
24. Acts 26:20
but declared first to those in Damascus, then in Jerusalem and throughout all the region of Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds in keeping with their repentance.
Acts 26:19-21 (in Context) Acts 26 (Whole Chapter)
So, that is twenty-four uses of the word "repentance" in Luke/Acts. The concept of repentance is laid bare to the Apostle Paul by the Lord Jesus Christ Himself in a personal revelation on the road to Damascus that Paul retells to King Agrippa. Paul explains that Jesus says to him regarding his ministry to the Gentiles,
"'I am sending you to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me,'" (Acts 26:16-18). Notice that Jesus tells Paul that the Gentiles must "turn" from darkness and the devil to light and to God? This is what "repent" means: it means to turn from sin and start living for God in newness of life in righteousness and holiness. Turn away from sin, turn to God, be forgiven, and live a new life. It all happens at once, by God's grace, through the ministry of the Holy Spirit; but it is we who are commanded to turn from sin and live a new life by faith in Jesus. Did you see anything about "receiving Jesus" or "accepting Him" here? "Receiving" and "accepting" are passive, whereas repentance is active. Human beings are commanded to act, and the act is repentance and faith. Anything less than that empties the commands of God of their power and authority!
Moreover, a close look at Acts 20:21 shows that faith and repentance are conjoined in one act. "Testifying to both Jews and Greeks of repentance toward God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ." Also, try to find where John the Baptist, Jesus or the Apostles speak of "accepting Jesus as your personal Savior" and such traditional phrases. Not found in Scripture! Rather, the message of the New Testament is that God commands all people everywhere to repent and turn from sin and place faith in Jesus Christ for the remission of sins and the right to eternal life.
Perhaps the reason why the radio talk show hosts don't preach repentance is because it doesn't fit with their theology of "faith alone" where "faith" is either 1) an intellectual assent, or 2) some passive "acceptance" of facts about what God has done in Christ, or 3) some kind of emotional state of being where we "let Jesus into our hearts." But such notions are completely foreign to the Bible, and they don't accomplish the command of God, which is that people turn from their wicked ways, stop living lives of sin, and start living lives of righteousness. It seems to me that the reason these men don't even mention repentance and a new life in godliness is that it doesn't fit their theology of faith and works. "We are saved by faith," they may say, and works come afterward. But the message of the New Testament is contrary to their teaching: we must turn to God in repentance, and place faith in Jesus Christ, and prove our repentance by our good deeds. This, dear reader, is the message. Place no trust in the message of "accepting Him," as such a message is not found anywhere in the text of the New Testament, and it sure isn't found in the Old Testament, either. "For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age," (Titus 2:12).
If you want to preach the gospel, tell people they must repent of their sins and place faith in Jesus Christ, proving it by their good deeds. But enough of this "accepting Jesus as your personal Lord n' Savior" stuff. Stick with the clear message of Scripture!