Ever hear a preacher or TV evangelist tell people to just ‘Ask Jesus Into Your Heart’ to be saved? Those teaching the False Word of Faith movement do this as well.
If a person asks Jesus Into their hearts.. are they then saved?
With truly Biblically saved people, The Holy Spirit indwells within us. Yes. If you take ‘heart’ to mean ‘spirit’, as in the real us inside, I can see this thought to an extent. However…Jesus did not ‘come into our heart’ at the moment of Salvation. No…He gave us a NEWLY CREATED SPIRIT!
“In whom ye also TRUSTED, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that YE BELIEVED, ye were SEALED with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the EARNEST of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.” (Ephesians 1:13-16 KJV)
“17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a NEW CREATURE: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV)
I am just making the point that asking Jesus into our heart alone is a false Salvation INVITATION that many false gospel preachers teach. It is a subtle deception. Show a Scripture that says that is how we are saved… there is none.
Here is what JESUS HIMSELF says. Again… it is Scripture..not my personal thoughts.
“And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever BELIEVETH in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever BELIEVETH in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that BELIEVETH on him is not condemned: but he that BELIEVETH not is condemned already, because he hath not BELIEVED in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” (John 3:14-18 KJV)
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and BELIEVETH on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is PASSED FROM DEATH UNTO LIFE.” (John 5:24 KJV)
“… this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and BELIEVETH ON HIM, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.” (John 6:40 KJV)
Those who , BELIEVE and accept Jesus Christ as the only atonement for our sin. Those that BELIEVE Jesus as the Only begotten Son of God, was born of the virgin Mary, born without the sin curse passed down since the fall in the Garden of Eden. Those that BELIEVE that Jesus died on the cross and at that time accepted the punishment for the sins of the whole world and took upon Himself our sins. Instead of God punishing us for our sins, He became a human (Jesus the Christ) and bore our deserved punishment so that His perfect justice would be served. Those that ACCEPT this eternal pardon of sin IN BELIEF are now called now ‘the saved’, ‘the redeemed of God’ and the ‘righteous’.
Notice a prayer alter call to ‘Ask Jesus into your heart’ is not mentioned nor even required for Salvation. The Holy Spirit comes and indwells within our NEWLY CREATED Spirit from the very moment of BELIEF and from that moment the goal is the ‘renewing of our mind’..our sanctification.
Some hear ‘Ask Jesus into your heart’… yet do not understand who Jesus is or why doing so saves. TV evangelists in false word of faith movement and many many pulpits ask this as an invitation to Salvation…but it does not save people!!
Our heart…well what does Scripture say about our heart?
“19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: 20 These are the things which defile a man: ” (Matthew 15:19-20 KJV)
I agree that Jesus is within me and all believers; the Holy Spirit and comforter as Jesus promised. YES!
My only point is asking Jesus into our hearts as a means of Salvation…without knowing about the atonement for sins through Christ will not save a person and many many are preaching a false Gospel such as word of faith teachers and are deceving people for money…
Readers do not be deceived.. Salvation is only by belief in THE FREE GIFT of Salvation through Christ Jesus who atoned and paid for our sins and MADE us the very righteousness of God..in Christ.
“For by GRACE are ye saved THROUGH FAITH; and that NOT of yourselves: it is the GIFT of God: NOT OF WORKS, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9 KJV)
“For he hath MADE HIM him to be sin FOR US, who knew no sin; that we might BE MADE the RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD IN HIM.” (2 Corinthians 5:21 KJV)
See how subtle the devil works to deceive people?