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Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart: How to Know for Sure You Are Saved (udgave 2013)

af J.D. Greear

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"If there were a Guinness Book of World Records entry for 'amount of times having prayed the sinner's prayer,' I'm pretty sure I'd be a top contender," says pastor and author J. D. Greear. He struggled for many years to gain an assurance of salvation and eventually learned he was not alone. "Lack of assurance" is epidemic among evangelical Christians. In Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart, J. D. shows that faulty ways of presenting the gospel are a leading source of the confusion. Our presentations may not be heretical, but they are sometimes misleading. The idea of "asking Jesus into your heart" or "giving your life to Jesus" often gives false assurance to those who are not saved - and keeps those who genuinely are saved from fully embracing that reality. Greear unpacks the doctrine of assurance, showing that salvation is a posture we take to the promise of God in Christ, a posture that begins at a certain point and is maintained for the rest of our lives. He also answers the tough questions about assurance: What exactly is faith? What is repentance? Why are there so many warnings that seem to imply we can lose our salvation? Such issues are handled with respect to the theological rigors they require, but Greear never loses his pastoral sensitivity or a communication technique that makes this message teachable to a wide audience from teens to adults.… (mere)
Medlem:jimmoretz
Titel:Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart: How to Know for Sure You Are Saved
Forfattere:J.D. Greear
Info:B&H Books (2013), Hardcover, 128 pages
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I've given this book to at least two people. In the American South, everyone has a story like this author's, and many have the same doubts. J.D. speaks to the questions so many have, and does so in a simple yet compelling manner. I highly recommend for family members and friends who are unsure about their salvation. ( )
  benjamincurfman | Dec 7, 2020 |
When you wake up in the morning, do you feel like you’re saved? Do you ever question if God has saved you? When you struggle with your sin, do you ever think no true believer in Christ would deal with this?

If you answered in the affirmative, congratulations! You’re a normal Christian.

Now think back to your teen years. You had more energy than you knew what to do with. Your body pumped with blood and chemicals prone to alter moods and even physiology: hormones. You fought to keep your head above the swirling waters of geometry, US history, British literature, and trying not to embarrass yourself in gym class. And despite what you heard from that one nexus-of-overachievement senior, you regularly broke the laws of physics by being completely invisible to your crush. Or you fancied a close friend of the opposite sex who never would think of you that way in a million years.

And did you feel saved?

Many of life’s most confusing experiences happen to us between the ages of 12-18. Through them all, we feel alone, certain of one thing: no one ever felt this way before we did at this exact moment. If we speak with honesty, these feelings never truly go away, especially in the realm of doubting our own salvation in Christ.

Enter J. D. Greear’s book Stop Asking Jesus into Your Heart: Teen Edition.

Greear approaches his task in several ways.

First, the book has a personal touch to it. He shares his own experience, in what I imagine took a great amount of humility to write. He shares about undergoing baptism four times. The book came into being, in part, because of his own personal struggle with assurance of salvation. Given his position as lead pastor over Summit church and now at the helm of the Southern Baptist Convention, his words provide encouragement indeed. The struggle with doubt unto multiple baptisms need not make one feel alone.

Second, the reader receives a thorough theology of salvation. Does “thorough” mean he says everything one could ever say? Of course not. However, Greear’s presentation explains concepts such as justification by faith, propitiation, and penal substitution (if not always using those words). He speaks with abundant clarity when he explains 1 John 1:9, saying, “…the basis of God’s forgiveness of us is not mercy, it is justice.” (30). Greear does not assure one of salvation through a sort of existential feeling of love for God that God finds irresistible. Nor does he empty God of every attribute but kindness. One has salvation in Christ through his cross, and salvation in the given life of Jesus proves just! One has assurance in Christ because of his “gift righteousness,” not his own earned righteousness (37).

Third, Greear deals honestly with Scripture. I myself received God’s saving grace at the age of 16. I took years to become a serious Bible student. When I began to gain traction and confidence in my ability to study the Bible, I started a study of Hebrews. I realized I did not know nearly as much as I thought! I had no equipment emotionally or intellectually to help me understand the warning passages in the book; Hebrews 6 threw me for a loop! Greear addresses portions of Scripture such as these with honesty, integrity, and ability. He never shrugs as if to say, “Well, I don’t know what to do with this.” Rather, he admits their challenge, but does not treat them as impossible to understand. At one point, he remarks, “Does all of this make your mind feel like it is going to explode? Then you’re probably getting it.” (84). His humble and somewhat humorous candor keeps the reader moving through thick theological ideas without eyes glazing and brains entering into shutdown mode.

Finally, though the book handles an intellectually and emotionally difficult topic by bringing in some serious doctrinal and Scriptural content, it never becomes a burden to read. The whole book, including the three appendices, reaches only 120 pages. Chapter length exceeds 20 pages only once; most of them have a much shorter length, usually around 12 pages which one can read in one sitting. The reader does not have to set aside an entire season of the year to take in all of the book’s content. The student attempting to analyze a Shakespearean sonnet in English class would find Greear’s book much easier to understand.

Greear produced an easy-to-read and encouraging book which will bring security to the sensitive conscience and perhaps conviction to the counterfeit Christian. With the gospel clearly presented, I would imagine some readers find themselves expressing belief for the first time somewhere between the two covers of the book. If you know a student struggling with doubt despite a commitment to Christ, I recommend Stop Asking Jesus into Your Heart: Teen Edition as a starting place to care for the weary young soul burdened with a lack of certainty before his Creator. ( )
  SailfishJones | Jul 11, 2018 |
A helpful, biblical guide for anyone struggling with assurance of their salvation. ( )
  jchadgray | Jul 8, 2017 |
In some sections he was exactly right. Anytime your salvation depends on something you have to do, you never have assurance of your salvation. You always question - have I don't enough, was I sincere, etc. The author has a different view of baptism than mine and I felt his view undermined everything he had written in the book. How do you know for sure you are saved? Look at what Jesus has done for you on the cross. Period. ( )
  Luke_Brown | Sep 10, 2016 |
Has the "sinner's prayer" created more confusion among modern evangelicals than it's worth? I would agree with J.D. Greear - Yes, it has! Greear writes, "I want to be clear that what saves the sinner is a posture of repentance and faith toward Christ, that and that alone. Any 'sinner's prayer' is only good insofar as it expresses that posture."

Misunderstanding the sinner's prayer as some magical formula of words that appeases the wrath of God has led tons of people down a confusing spiritual path. In Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart, J. D. Greear offers up a short book packed with Scripture and theological insight that can help people who have fallen into the pit of confusion over the state of their salvation. While this book is short, weighing in at only 121 pages of content, it is weighty.

While there are many strengths to this book, let me briefly highlight three that were particularly meaningful to me.

First, Greear does an amazing job of articulating the importance of a posture of repentance verses the sinner's prayer. People can recite a prayer that does not reflect a heart of repentance. In so far as a sinner's prayer does not reflect a posture of repentance, it is worthless. Greear helps the reader understand the importance of examining one's present posture of repentance over searching their memories for some historical event tied to a prayer that may have been hollow.

Second, Greear ties assurance of salvation to the theological idea of salvation by faith alone. He does so in the meat of the book and in a short appendix. As long as we see our righteous standing before God rooted in the finished work of Christ, we will be able to understand that our own merit neither commended us towards God or now condemns us before God. Instead, we stand in the finished work of Christ, clothed in his righteousness!

Third, Greear refuses to dodge the difficult verses. While a book of this length cannot deal exhaustively with the verses frequently used to argue against eternal security, he does at least engage the major verses that are cited. In chapter six, "If 'once saved always saved,' why does the Bible seem to war us to often about losing our salvation?" he tackles the topic. Greear argues that saving faith always endures to the end. I find his argument to be extremely helpful.

If you or a loved one has ever wrestled over the issue of assurance of salvation, Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart is a must read!

Ten Key Quotations

"You can 'ask Jesus into your heart' without repenting and believing and you can repent and believe without articulating a request for Jesus to come into your heart" (8).

"Ultimately, my concern is not on what words or actions we might use to express our faith in Christ but that we don't substitute those words or actions for repentance and faith. 'Praying the sinner's prayer' has become something like a Protestant ritual we have people go through to gain entry into heaven" (9).

"Salvation comes not because you prayed a prayer correctly, but because you have leaned the hope of your soul on the finished work of Christ. Shorthand phrases for the gospel can serve a good purpose, insofar as everyone knows exactly what they mean. But in light of the fact that so many in country seem assured of a salvation they give no evidence of having because of a prayer they prayed, and so many others are unable to find assurance no matter how often they prayer that prayer, I believe it is time to put the shorthand aside and preach simply salvation by repentance toward God and faith in the finished work of Christ" (11-12).

"When you're not assured of God's love for you, your motivations for obedience will become corrupted. You'll do good works in the hopes that God will approve of you because of them. This is not really love for God; it's self-preservation" (17).

"Better, though, would be to look at where you are currently resting. If you are right now resting in His arms, knowing when you began to rest is less important than that you are doing it now. your present posture is more important than a past memory. Conversion is not completing a ritual, it is commencing a relationship. The assurance of ritual is based on accurate words and memory. The assurance of relationship is based on a present posture of repentance and belief" (42-43).

"'But wait,' you say, 'don't I have to ask Jesus for salvation? What if I assume the posture but don't say the prayer?' Again, the posture of repentance and faith are in themselves a cry for salvation. He hears the cry of your posture even if you don't voice the prayer. nowhere does the Bible say we have to voice a prayer to be saved. The posture of repentance and belief saves" (45).

"Praying a prayer to ask Jesus into you heart, even if it's followed by a flurry of emotion and religious fervor, is no proof that you are saved. Enduring in that faith to the end is" (82).

"The full doctrine of "eternal security" is that once we are saved, we will always be save, and that those who are saved will persevere in their faith to the end" (86-87).

"Saving faith proves itself no only by persevering to the end, but by certain inexorable changes it makes in the heart. The presence of these new affections helps assure us that God's grace has gone to work within us" (96).

"And here is the good news: in the unlikely chance that your lack of spiritual progress really was the result of not being born again, the moment you rest in the gospel you will be. in other words, if what you think is 'renewed' faith in the gospel turns out to be 'first' faith, you will still be saved in the end" (107). ( )
  RobSumrall | May 14, 2016 |
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"If there were a Guinness Book of World Records entry for 'amount of times having prayed the sinner's prayer,' I'm pretty sure I'd be a top contender," says pastor and author J. D. Greear. He struggled for many years to gain an assurance of salvation and eventually learned he was not alone. "Lack of assurance" is epidemic among evangelical Christians. In Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart, J. D. shows that faulty ways of presenting the gospel are a leading source of the confusion. Our presentations may not be heretical, but they are sometimes misleading. The idea of "asking Jesus into your heart" or "giving your life to Jesus" often gives false assurance to those who are not saved - and keeps those who genuinely are saved from fully embracing that reality. Greear unpacks the doctrine of assurance, showing that salvation is a posture we take to the promise of God in Christ, a posture that begins at a certain point and is maintained for the rest of our lives. He also answers the tough questions about assurance: What exactly is faith? What is repentance? Why are there so many warnings that seem to imply we can lose our salvation? Such issues are handled with respect to the theological rigors they require, but Greear never loses his pastoral sensitivity or a communication technique that makes this message teachable to a wide audience from teens to adults.

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