“If there were a Guinness Book of World Records
entry for ‘amount of times having prayed the sinner’s prayer,’ I’m
pretty sure I’d be a top contender,” says pastor and author J. D.
Greear. He struggled for many years to gain an assurance of
salvation and eventually learned he was not alone. “Lack of
assurance” is epidemic among evangelical Christians.
In Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart, J. D. shows that
faulty ways of present- ing the gospel are a leading source of the
confusion. Our presentations may not be heretical, but they are
sometimes misleading. The idea of “asking Jesus into your heart” or
“giving your life to Jesus” often gives false assurance to those
who are not saved—and keeps those who genuinely are saved from
fully embracing that reality.
Greear unpacks the doctrine of assurance, showing that
salvation is a posture we take to the promise of God in Christ, a
posture that begins at a certain point and is maintained for the
rest of our lives. He also answers the tough questions about
assurance: What exactly is faith? What is repentance? Why are there
so many warnings that seem to imply we can lose our
Such issues are handled with respect to the theological rigors
they require, but Greear never loses his pastoral sensitivity or a
communication technique that makes this message teachable to a wide
audience from teens to adults.