Evangelicals emphasize the need for a personal conversion to Jesus Christ. A personal conversion to Jesus Christ involves accepting and believing several points about Jesus Christ and His uniqueness in human history. The idea of a personal conversion to Christ is rooted in the spiritual doctrine of the "Atonement", the idea that where there is sin or imperfection in our individual life, that this must be addressed and taken care of.
[Sin is any
imperfect which a Holy God would not be able to accept into His presence].
Where sin exists, it must be "atoned" for, paid for. Sin causes an obligation on the part of the person who commits the sin...to be able to remedy their sin or imperfection. All major religions accept the idea of personal sin or imperfection, and most have some concept for atonement - how to pay for that sin. The main idea in Christianity is that while it accepts that humans will commit sin and/or will not be perfect, the one who came to pay the penalty for all sins is Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ - by dying on the cross - paid the penalty for the sins of all those who ask for His forgiveness. By His Resurrection, Christ proved that He was God Incarnate and that He triumphed over death.
Evangelicals accept the teachings in the Bible that Eternal life is obtained by Asking Jesus Christ to "forgive you of your sins and to come into your life". Some have called this a ''crisis experience
.'' while others have simply understood as a spiritual reconciliation with God. It is also commonly referred to as being ''born again.'' Evangelicals differ in their understanding of the role and authority of Official State Churches, believing that the Bible predates the formation of the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Church, and understanding that the thousands of copies of the New Testament (both by themselves and lectionaries) demonstrates the widespread recognition and use of the New Testament in Early Christianity.
Unlike the Orthodox, [[Roman Catholic Church|Catholic]] and [[Anglican Communion today|Anglican]] churches, evangelicals do not consider baptism to be sacramental (valid) in its own right; Evangelicals often understand Baptism - as an additional imported artificial teaching. Most evangelicals believe that Baptism in Official Churches seems
designed to confuse many concerning the nature of what is the basis for Eternal Life: personal belief and individual acceptance in the Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ as the payment (atonement) for one's sins, Without any Additions to that understanding. Evangelicals see baptism as a symbolic action to take place After one has already converted.