Thursday, 25 July 2013

Ask Jesus Into Your Heart ?

While witnessing in Keswick during the Keswick Convention (a Christian gathering) I inevitably ended up in conversations with young Christians. One or two gave me great encouragement that they possessed  true saving faith, as I handed them tracts and spoke to them regarding the state of their soul they in turn commended me for not just simply accepting their profession of faith as genuine, but I was encouraged by them when they showed their approval of my asking further probing questions to see if they were truly regenerate.

However, these encounters were few and far between and in one discussion recently with 6 young people attending the conference it was a very different story. All of them showed disapproval of my probing questions getting angry and claiming to be offended by not believing them when they said they were Christians, two of them at least said they were Christians because they had "asked Jesus into their heart"

With that in mind here is an excellent article from The Evangelical Times and Paul Washer :

Believing and confessing: the true meaning of Romans 10:6-10.
 This passage is one of the most important texts in the Bible regarding what a man must do to be saved.
 Paul puts it like this: ‘But the righteousness of faith speaks in this way, Do not say in your heart, Who will ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above) or, Who will descend into the abyss? (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).
 ‘But what does it say? The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation’.
Throughout the history of Christianity, this text has served as a source of comfort for all who have believed and a wall of defence against every false teaching that has mingled works with faith as a means of salvation.
 It proves that salvation is not won by any valiant deed on the part of man, but by calling upon the name of the Lord in faith. This passage has also become a favourite among evangelists to call men to Christ.
It is for this reason that we must ask what the text truly means and what its proper application is in evangelism. Have the biblical requirements of believing and confessing been fulfilled because someone has simply made a ‘decision’ for Christ, or prayed ‘the sinner’s prayer’, or confessed Christ before a congregation of affirming believers?
  To answer these questions, we must consider Paul’s words in their context and determine the precise meaning of his language. We must be wary of assuming that a text means a certain thing or that it should be used in a certain way merely because of its prevalent interpretation and application among our contemporaries.
 We would do well to ask ourselves this: ‘Did the apostle Paul write this text with the purpose of giving us a model for the “sinner’s prayer”, or did he have a different purpose in mind?’
 In contemporary evangelicalism, the sinner’s prayer has become a prominent means of inviting men to Christ and assuring them of salvation.
    It is found on the back of evangelistic tracts and often heard at the end of evangelistic sermons. It usually includes the following emphases. The seeker is led to confess that he is a sinner and unable to save himself; he is then directed to confess that Jesus died for his sins and rose again from the dead.
   Subsequently, he is encouraged to ask Jesus to come into his heart and be his Saviour. Afterward, he is promised that if he prayed this prayer sincerely, he is now saved. Finally, he is told that, if he ever doubts his salvation, he should stand upon this one moment in time when he prayed the sinner’s prayer and confessed Christ....
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1 comment:

George Davidson said...

Facinating article but my problem with explanations like this is that there are some what I call big words, "creedal statement." I believe that all articles like this should be more simple. What is the point of talking down to people like this as if he (Paul Washer) is intellectually superior to everybody else. Write it in simple language that simple folk like me will understand. We should not have to look up dictionaries or strain our brains. Does that not make sense? Demons believing in Salvation from James 2 v 19 is new to me. I would love a follow up giving a summary of what Paul writes. I may agree but at present I just cant understand it and I am pretty positive I am not the only one.

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