Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart

Stop Asking Jesus Pinterest Graphic 3You saved? Am I saved? If I got saved and then did what I know I did, am I still saved? What if I didn’t say it right, was I ever really saved in the first place? So many questions. If I’m honest, I’m pretty sure I don’t know those answers either. Let me introduce you to the new book by J.D. Greear called “Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart.”

Like the author, I too was saved when I was young. And then again, and again, and again. I’ve said the “sinners prayer” so many times I’ve lost count. If I’m really honest, I’m not sure I can actually tell you the day I was officially saved. If I continue to honesty, I still whisper that prayer often on Sunday mornings….just incase. Am I alone in this? I see that hand. I see that hand….

Well if you too feel that way, this is the book for you. First of all, it’s a quick read (approximately 130 pages). Don’t let the size of the book fool you though. This is full of useful and practical information to help accomplish two things:

1. Help Christians find assurance that they are, indeed, saved.

2. Help the unbeliever resting on a false assurance see the danger and turn to Christ

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The author tells a great story and if you’re like me, you’ll find yours in it too. It’s both interesting and educational. I walked away with an assurance that I am, indeed, saved. I can’t promise I won’t keep whispering that prayer every now and again but that’s just the way I’m wired. The book will allow you to find where you are on that spectrum and move forward knowing what you need to do.

J.D. Greear’s Official Website – http://www.jdgreear.com/
Official Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/pastorgreear
J.D. Greear’s Official Twitter Account – twitter.com/jdgreear
Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart Promo Video – http://vimeo.com/45938893

I give “Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart” a 4 out of 5

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4 thoughts on “Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart

  1. What about the fact that the “Sinner’s Prayer” didn’t exist before the late 1700’s and wasn’t really put into practice until Billy Graham and his crusades? Jesus never taught it to his disciples and they never saved anyone that way. The prayer doesn’t save anyone. No where in the N.T. is it taught or accepted as a means to salvation.

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  3. Isn’t it odd that if the Baptists and evangelicals are correct that their “born again experience” is the true and ONLY means of salvation, the term “born again” is only mentioned three times in the King James Bible? If “making a decision for Christ” is the only means of salvation, why doesn’t God mention it more often in his Word? Why only THREE times? Isn’t that REALLY, REALLY odd?

    Why is it that the Apostle Paul, the author of much of the New Testament, NEVER uses this term? Why is this term never used in the Book of Acts to describe the many mentioned Christian conversions? Why is this term only used by Jesus in a late night conversation with Nicodemus, and by Peter once in just one letter to Christians in Asia Minor?

    If you attend a Baptist/evangelical worship service what will you hear? You will hear this: “You must be born again: you must make a decision for Christ. You must ask Jesus into your heart. You must pray to God and ask him to forgive you of your sins, come into your heart, and be your Lord and Savior (the Sinner’s Prayer). You must be an older child or adult who has the mental capacity to make a decision to believe, to make a decision to repent, and to make a decision to ask Jesus into your heart.”

    It is very strange, however, that other than “you must be born again” none of this terminology is anywhere to be found in the Bible! Why do Baptists and evangelicals use this non-biblical terminology when discussing salvation?

    Maybe it’s because…making a “decision” for Christ is NOT the manner in which sinners are saved!

    Gary

    Luther, Baptists, and Evangelicals

  4. I am a former Christian (as you can see from my last comment). I loved being a Christian. I loved Jesus and I loved the Bible. I used to love witnessing to non-believers and loved defending my belief in (the Christian) God and orthodox/conservative Christianity. Then one day someone challenged me to take a good, hard look at the foundation of my beliefs: the Bible. I was stunned by what I discovered.

    1. The Bible is not inerrant. It contains many, many errors, contradictions, and deliberate alterations and additions by the scribes who copied it. The originals are lost, therefore we have no idea what “God” originally” said. Yes, its true—Christians can give “harmonizations” for every alleged error and contradiction, but so can the Muslims for errors in the Koran, and Mormons for errors in the Book of Mormon. One can harmonize anything if you allow for the supernatural.

    2. How do we know that the New Testament is the Word of God? Did Jesus leave us a list of inspired books? Did the Apostles? Paul? The answer is, no. The books of the New Testament were added to the canon over several hundred years. Second Peter was not officially accepted into the canon until almost the FIFTH century! So why do all Christians accept every book of the New Testament as the word of God and reject every non-canonical “gospel”? Answer: the ancient (catholic) Church voted these books into your Bible. Period.

    There is nowhere in the OT or the NT where God gives men the authority to determine what is and what is not his Word. If Second Peter was really God’s Word, the entire Church should have known so in the first century.

    3. Who wrote the Gospels? We have NO idea! The belief that they were written by Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John is based on hearsay and assumptions—catholic tradition. Protestants denounce most of the traditions of the Catholic Church but have retained two of the most blatant, evidence-lacking traditions which have no basis in historical fact or in the Bible: the canon of the NT and the authorship of the Gospels.

    The only shred of evidence that Christians use to support the traditional authorship of the Gospels is one brief statement by a guy named Papias in 130 AD that someone told him that John Mark had written a gospel. That’s it! Papias did not even identify this “gospel”. Yet in 180 AD, Irenaeus, a bishop in FRANCE, declares to the world that the apostles Matthew and John and the associates of Peter and Paul—Mark and Luke—wrote the Gospels. But Irenaeus gives ZERO evidence for his assignment of authorship to these four books. It is well known to historians that it was a common practice at that time for anonymously written books to be ascribed to famous people to give them more authority. For all we know, this is what Irenaeus did in the case of the Gospels.

    The foundation of the Christian Faith is the bodily resurrection of Jesus. If the story of the Resurrection comes from four anonymous books, three of which borrow heavily from the first, often word for word, how do we know that the unheard of, fantastically supernatural story of the re-animation of a first century dead man, actually happened??

    Maybe the first book written, “Mark”, was written for the same purpose that most books were written in that time period—for the benefit of one wealthy benefactor, and maybe it was written simply as an historical novel, like Homer’s Iliad; not meant to be 100% factual in every detail, but a mix of true historical events as a background, with a real messiah pretender in Palestine, Jesus, but with myth and fiction added to embellish the story and help sell the book! We just do not know for what purpose these books were written!

    I slowly came to realize that there is zero verifiable evidence for the Resurrection, and, the Bible is not a reliable document. After four months of desperate attempts to save my faith, I came to the sad conclusion that my faith was based on an ancient superstition; a superstition not based on lies, but based on the sincere but false beliefs of uneducated, superstitious, first century peasants.

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