Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart; a book review

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What, there’s no such thing as fire insurance!?! I said the prayer, won’t I go to heaven?

So if the sinner’s prayer isn’t a guarantee, how do I know I’m saved? Can I lose my salvation? Was it ever real to begin with?

This is the story of a man, a man who desperately wanted to be sure he was saved. With humor and honesty he invites us along on his personal and successful journey to find peace in his search for assurance. We will learn that we can be sure of our salvation. As a father wants his children to know he will be there for them, or a man wants his fiancée to be sure he loves her, so God wants us to be confident of our salvation and secure in his love for us. Only with this assurance will we be radically courageous and joyfully obedient to him.

This is also a revelation for another man or woman. It’s for the person who thinks they are saved, but may not be. It’s a story for the person who got saved to avoid eternal punishment, but continues to live their lives for themselves, still rebelling against God and ignoring his wishes. It’s a warning to those who think “once saved, always saved” means that they can do what they want and still get to heaven. It’s for the soul who jumped in with enthusiasm, looking good on the outside, saying and doing all the right things, and then gave it all up when the going got tough. It’s a red flag to those who didn’t hang in there when the life they thought they chose didn’t go the way they expected, when it wasn’t as easy as they thought it would be. They never really desired to give up everything to follow Jesus. This book is an admonition to these people when they look back and say to themselves “it doesn’t matter, I gave my heart to Jesus so I’ll be ok”.

So do either of these sound like you? Are you like Pastor Greear, always wondering if you are really saved? Or are you someone who said a prayer to make sure you get to heaven, but didn’t let it affect your life? Are you sure you are saved?

Either way, I entreat you to pick up this book and start the journey with J.D. Greear as he shares with us the discoveries he made in his own search to find out just what salvation means. Learn why the gospel clichés we love so much are incomplete and can be misleading. The Bible doesn’t tell us to ask Jesus into our heart. Rather it teaches repentance and belief for salvation. Find out the connection between belief, repentance and faith and what they all mean. Learn the significance of declaring Jesus is Lord of your life. Explore what Jesus really did on the cross for you and see why he is the only way to salvation.

Regardless of remembering if you said a sinner’s prayer or not, Greear will show you how to look at your current life to determine your relationship status with Jesus. He will explain that belief is more than a mental acknowledgement of what Jesus did for you, it requires obedience to be faith. Repentance is the flip side of the coin. He will define belief and go over what repentance is and what it is not. Then he will show you how it is all wrapped up in faith, putting action to belief. For those who doubt, Greear will assure you the truth in “once saved, always saved” and explain why it doesn’t always apply to everyone who has prayed the sinner’s prayer or walked an aisle.

With a healthy balance of assurance and warning, this book helps clarify all the ins and outs of salvation as it is described in the Bible. Pick up your copy today.

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newneglandsun 4 years ago

This view of salvation is similar to the Eastern Orthodox view of salvation. I was always told my entire life that "I just had to accept Jesus into my heart" and it was all good. I was always worried that I wasn't really a Christian. Consequently, I never really behaved in "submission to God" and only chose to do this because I was taught that doing it would get me out of Hell. I really didn't want eternal torment in Hell back then. Maybe this is why the Eastern Orthodox Church is opposed to penal substitutionary atonement. Because it can be twisted into a license to sin all you want?

Anyway, there's really no point in going to church listening to a bunch of people telling you to do the right things and then saying that you really cannot do all the right things. It's so annoying whenever I hear a preacher moping about how we inherited a sin from two people who probably never existed and then tells us to do the right things even though we can't do the right things. I end up plugging my ears at this point.

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April Reynolds 4 years ago from Arizona Author

Yes, I wondered what you would think if you read it when he mentioned being and evangelical. (which i think you said you were raised as) I was interested in how it compared to what you were taught.

newenglandsun 4 years ago

I haven't read it. Only your review. Maybe I should read it.

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tsadjatko 4 years ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

@newenglandsun Evidently, for some reason, you have been taught wrong or more likely you have misunderstood what you have been taught. Your comments never mention studying the Bible but only emphasize what you were told or what you worried about, how you behaved, doing the "right" thing, plugging your ears.

It is obvious to me that you did not study the Bible. Paul said 2 Timothy 2:15 - Study to show yourself approved to God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

These problems you speak of having seem to be with your Church experiences but I'd venture to guess you never sought spiritual guidance on your misgivings by seeking out these scriptures in the Bible or counseling with pastors or elders about it or you would also mention that and probably would have had these issues resolved when they cropped up. God commands His servants, “Study to show yourself approved before God.”

The Bible is the inspired Word of God. It is His written Instruction Book to mankind. It answers every important question in life. It explains how to live—and reveals the road to salvation. Why do so few know HOW to study the Bible?

The apostle Paul tells us that proper Bible study leads to approval from God. The same verse also speaks of other benefits. First, as workmen, we need not be ashamed—if we study God’s Word. Instead, studying becomes fulfilling and satisfying. You have done what God expects you to do—an acceptable type of self-approval. Christ said, “…It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God” (Matt. 4:4, quoted from Deut. 8:3). Psalms 119:105 affirms: “Your word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” The Bible is a living Book. Bible study is a vital process that does more than teach us. Do not rely solely upon the church nor blame the church for what is possibly your misunderstanding of what is being taught. Church is not only for spiritual instruction but for sincere worship of your savior, fellowship of the saints, joint prayer and community. If you did not study the Bible, if you did not partake of all the church offers, did not seek out answers to your questions but just sat in the pew every Sunday to find things to criticize you have been lazy with your eternal soul and have done no one any favors. Maybe it is not too late and time you re-evaluated your life and relationship with God by studying the Bible and seeking counsel on what you do not understand or agree with.

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Funom Makama 3 4 years ago from Europe

Thanks a lot tsadjadko for this wonderful comment and reply... In addition to what you've written, referring to newenglandsun, I will quote Acts 17:10-12

"That same night the Lord's followers sent Paul and Silas on to Berea, and after they arrived, they went to the Jewish meeting place. The people in Berea were much nicer than those in Thessalonica and they gladly accepted the message. Day after day, they studied the Scriptures to see if these things were true. Many of them put their faith in the Lord, including some important Greek women and several men."

So, newenglandsun, you can see that the people of Berea did not just rely on the messages of the great Apostles, but they had to read the word THEMSELVES to confirm it before they believed, and we believers should do the same. From your comment, it is obvious your understanding of the word seems to be very shallow and to adequately answer your question about doing the right things but not able to do the right things, I think the best I can do is to recommend my Love series hub which consists of 10 parts (one of the parts explains your answer but you need the other parts prior to it, to be able to assimilate). For better assimilation, I recommend you take your time and read all the parts and if you have questions, either send me a direct mail so that we share the word together or you simply just leave your questions in the comment section, so that others too can read and learn... Here is the link to the first part and I do hope this will not only revive your faith, but stimulate a spiritual growth in you.

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tsadjatko 4 years ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

Funom Makama 3, pray what has been offered is not taken as criticism but observations provided as food for thought and consideration. "For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved." —John 3:17

No condemnation intended.

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April Reynolds 4 years ago from Arizona Author

Thank you for your comments. I am glad they are offered with sincerity and love. Is anyone interested in the book drawing?

newenglandsun 4 years ago

When I started studying it, the god in their was drastically different from that which the church taught. He was also a cruel and wicked god as well.

newenglandsun 3 years ago

I'm sorry I blew up at Funom Makama 3 and tsadjatko the other day. I just was feeling a little bit bullied and misrepresented by them. I hate being lied to. I hate people who tell lies.

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April Reynolds 3 years ago from Arizona Author

Thank you NewEngland, I really don’t think there was any malice intended. Not knowing you personally, we can only respond to your words.

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