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Russell Moore writes the following about J. D. Greear’s new book, Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart: How to Know for Sure You Are Saved (B&H, 2013):

I have to admit the title of this book made me uncomfortable. It sounded to me like a tract against the so-called “sinner’s prayer,” and I find it biblical to cry out “Lord have mercy on me, a sinner!” But as I read this book I found that is not what it is about at all. In this volume, J. D. Greear, one of the most dynamic and brilliant pastors in evangelical life today, addresses a common problem among Christians: the sense that we can never get assured enough that Jesus hears our sinners prayer and receives us, just as we are. This book throws the spotlight on Jesus as a welcoming, merciful Savior who joyously receives all who come to Him. This book could help free you, or someone you love, from the nagging fear that Jesus is trying to keep you out of His kingdom.”

A couple more commendations here:

“Salvation is a serious issue. Scripture commands us, on the one hand, to ‘work out our salvation with fear and trembling’ and, on the other, paints beautiful pictures of believers walking in great assurance. J.D. helps us see what conversion really is and what it is not. This book will be a help for those who wrestle with their position before God and a wake-up call for those with false confidence. I recommend it highly.”

—Matt Chandler, lead pastor, The Village Church, and president, Acts 29 Church Planting Network

“Warmly personal. Immensely helpful. Wonderfully practical. Thoroughly biblical. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to every Christian who longs to know, experience, and spread assurance of salvation in Christ.”

—David Platt, pastor, The Church at Brook Hills, Birmingham, AL, and author of New York Times bestselling Radical

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6 thoughts on “Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart!”

  1. Please, can anyone who’s read it comment upon what is the minimum age it might be suitable either for reading to self, or reading aloud?

    Thank you,

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  2. Doug says:

    This book looks like an interesting read. I have really been struggling with this issue the past few years, especially in light of certain “besetting sins” in my life. I recently posted a video on my blog,, from “wretchedradio” featuring a sermon from David Platt entitled prety much the same as the book. I really love to hear Davis preach, and he has such a heart, but I must admit his teaching did cause me a conundrum, even though I think I understand what his point is. – Are you familiar with what I am talking about? If so, I would love to read your take. – Thanks, God bless.

  3. Joseph Randall says:

    I agree with Dr. Moore about the title. I don’t like book titles that try to be provocative, but in doing so tell you not to do something that is commanded in Scripture:

    The Holy Spirit, through Paul, teaches us to pray (ask) Jesus into our hearts:

    Ephesians 3:16-17: that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith –

    And, it is totally Biblical to use the language “receive Christ” – John 1:12: But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.

    How does God call us to receive Him? Repent and believe the Gospel! I vote for a new title.

  4. Nathan says:

    What the Reformation was pretty much about. Just did a post about this on my blog. What Luther said about the issue:

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