Original Article: Ten Reasons To Not Ask Jesus Into Your Heart
by Todd Friel
The music weeps, the preacher pleads, “Give your heart to Jesus. You have a God shaped hole in your heart and only Jesus can fill it.” Dozens, hundreds or thousands of people who want to get their spiritual life on track make their way to the altar. They ask Jesus into their heart.
Cut to three months later. Nobody has seen our new convert in church. The follow up committee calls him and encourages him to attend a Bible study, but to no avail. We label him a backslider and get ready for the next outreach event.
Our beloved child lies in her snuggly warm bed and says, “Yes, Daddy. I want to ask Jesus into my heart.” You lead her in “the prayer” and hope that it sticks. You spend the next ten years questioning if she really, really meant it. Puberty hits and the answer reveals itself. She backslides. We spend the next ten years praying that she will come to her senses.
Telling someone to ask Jesus into their hearts has a very typical result, backsliding. the Bible says that a person who is soundly saved puts his hand to the plow and does not look back because he is fit for service. In other words, a true convert cannot backslide. If a person backslides, he never slid forward in the first place. “If any man is in Christ, he is a new creation.” (II Cor.5) No backsliding there.
Brace yourself for this one: with very few if any exceptions, anyone who asked Jesus into their hearts to be saved…is not. If you asked Jesus into your heart because you were told that is what you have to do to become a Christian, you were mis-informed.
If you have ever told someone to ask Jesus into their heart (like I have), you produced a false convert. Here is why.
The Hope Movement does not just want to meet the physical needs of children and families but also plant seeds of the Gospel in their hearts and make disciples of Christ. Often programs for children whether it be a feeding center, school, orphanage, children's church or Sunday school we water down the Gospel to be at their "level" in fact we do this for adults as well. Most professing Christians don't even know the basics of theology such as Who God really is, the depravity of man, repentance, justification, adoption, election, sanctification and much more. These are essential in order to be a Christian.
Morning Devotion by Jonathan Roiz speaking from the heart about the Truth about God's Grace.
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This past September we traveled to Bungoma, Kenya and shared the Gospel. Many said they never heard this Gospel straight from the Bible because most missionaries come only to recruit people to their denomination, or put on a show but never truly teach what the Bible says. So we taught Theology 101, everything you didn't learn in Sunday School. Teaching about who is God, our purpose to glorify Him, sin and depravity, justification, adoption, sanctification and revival. We left with them a manual we created so that they can continue this study and grow. The Bible studies are continuing and the people are growing spiritually as they study the word of God.
Sorry but what does posting what you post online help, certainly not unifying, certainly not advancing the Gospel. God’s will that takes precedence over everything and everyone (Matthew 6:33). God’s plans and purposes are fixed, and His will is inviolable. What He has purposed, He will bring to pass, and no government can thwart His will (Daniel 4:34-35). because “the Most High is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and gives them to anyone he wishes” (Daniel 4:17). Even though evil men abuse their political power, meaning it for evil, God means it for good, working “all things together for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).
We as Christians are consumed with self, our family, our nation. but the word of God says. Philippians 3:20-21, But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior. 21 He will take our weak mortal bodies and change them into glorious bodies like his own, using the same power with which he will bring everything under his control. Time to be eternally minded.
Pray for those in leadership, edify your brothers and sisters, be a light in a dark world!
So no doubt we need immigration reform, protect borders from criminals, but know the facts, majority of crimes....by citizens, and if you had empathy you would place yourself in other shoes. Imagine your family is starving, suffering, and just a few hundred miles away there is hope for them, but the process is abusive, oppressive, expensive and while trying to do everything legally your family is starving....now what you do? Its time for us to see others as souls and not their status and react Biblically. Here are 12 passages that discuss how Christians should treat immigrants, refugees and those in need of help.
We live in a society that desperately is in need of Biblically prepared leaders to respond to the questions and challenges that we are facing during these final days. This is not an easy task in a world that is in constant change and transformation. SEEDS OF HOPE Bible Institute, with the help of God and under the guidance of Holy Spirit addresses these needs by offering leaders in Latin America and around the world quality instruction and essential training for effective ministry. SEEDS OF HOPE also provides a safe environment where leaders can share their experiences, concerns and desires with other fellow servants. The Hope Movement Seeds of Hope Program for Leadership Studies offers pastors and leaders the opportunity to study the Bible in a systematic, contextualized, practical and creative way while at the same time teaching them how to share the Word of God in a comfortable yet powerful atmosphere. Objectives: To develop each student into an effective minister of the gospel, leading to a ministry that is fully guided by the Holy Spirit. Purpose: To establish an interdenominational Christian institute to train men and women called to ministry and develop ministries that go with the flow of God reaching outside of the four walls of the comfort zone to impact nations. Witness a churches going back to their Biblical roots and preaching a non-watered down message from God based on Biblical principles.