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Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Asking Jesus into Your Heart

I had shared previously Al Mohler's concern with the phrase Ask Jesus into Your Heart. His comment was:
But what unfortunately that gets reduced to is an emotional experience of mere affection. And the problem is, there is no suggestion in Scripture that we are justified by our affection for Christ. That is not saving faith, nor is it a substitute...and we need to be pastorally sensitive and that's why it is easy to get in trouble speaking of this. But I listen to a lot of well-intentioned pastors, who as RC said, really want to be evangelistic, they really want to see persons come to faith in Christ, but they have no understanding that in their presentation of the gospel, in so far as that is what they are talking about, they often reduce the gospel to its most emotional and affective dimensions, leaving aside the objective reality of what justifying faith really is.
On Way of the Master Radio, Kirk and Ray recently shared their thoughts:
(Ray) "If you are in the habit of challenging sinners to "Ask Jesus into their life," you might like to rethink what you are saying. You might like to, instead, tell them they need to surrender to Jesus as Lord and Savior. When someone asks Jesus into their life it's still "their life." But when he or she surrenders to Him, they give up their life."
(Kirk) "The essence of conversion is to surrender to God. It's to lay down our weapons of hostility and to lift up our hands in surrender. It's to give up your life. Paul said, "I am crucified with Christ, never the less, I live. Yet, not I, but Christ lives in me, and the life that I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me."
If you've never listened to their show before, I believe this podcast was one of their finest ever. It really reminds us that theology should precede methodology.

5 Comments:

  • At 3:52 PM, Blogger Chloe Lou said…

    um....Someone told me once that I was trying too hard with asking Jesus into my life and surrendering to him. They told me I wanted it too bad. I needed to wait for him to take place in my life. Well, nothing has happened and I've been waiting for a long time. This shows how ignorant I am on the subject and I'm obviously doing something wrong, otherwise I wouldn't be in the predicament I'm in now.

     
  • At 4:01 PM, Blogger danny2 said…

    hopefully, no one told you that...i hope you just misunderstood what they were saying.

    James 4:6-10 says that He will never turn away those who truly long for Him.

    Chloe, i don't think it's possible to desire to surrender to God enough. I don't think i can want to give Him too much. (on the contrary, i find i typically want to be in control and want to give very little of myself).

    if you are willing to give up all that you are and place your life completely in His hands, He will not turn you away.

    Hebrews 11:6 says: And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him."

    that means you have to believe God exists

    and that His character is such that if a person genuinely desires to draw close to Him, He will not turn them away.

     
  • At 9:22 PM, Anonymous brian said…

    Good thoughts Danny, thanks for sharing it. Jenna nd I have talked about this off-and-on...it's so prevalent in kids ministries today that there needs to be a rewiring of some sort on the theology behind it.

    Chloe, I don't know you, but I would echo what Danny shared.

    Peace

     
  • At 9:42 PM, Blogger Chloe Lou said…

    No, that's seriously what someone told me. No misunderstanding. I just know that my life doesn't belong to me, and that he needs to have control. I just don't know anymore though. I know in my heart what is right, but it's so much easier to go the other way.
    I'm going to get the nerve to come Wednesday....I've been away too long.

     
  • At 10:15 PM, Blogger danny2 said…

    i look forward to seeing you.

    it's a "question and answer night" so it's probably a pretty laid back night to "get back in the groove."

     

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