Asking Jesus into Your Heart: What Does It Really Mean?
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Historian Thomas Kidd gives a short history and warning about a very popular proselytizing formula, "Ask Jesus into your heart."


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The difference too often is between a language that was rich in content and meaning in the past and the hollowed-out phrases and cliches that they have become today. It brings to mind the contrast between cheap grace and costly grace that Bonhoeffer delineated so well.
While "damnation sounds somewhat unpleasant" doesn't sound like the ideal reason for repentance and indeed is not, it smacks of trying to be more high-minded then God to imply that people are not taken on such terms.
I agree
I have long thought that being involved in leading someone to faith and then letting them figure it out on their own is almost criminal, like letting a baby be born and then telling it, "Well, good luck to you, then!"

Paul was quite clear that he nurtured new believers-- like both a father and a mother in 1 Thess. 2-- and even then he warned them about opposition that would come against them.

Compare the default message of the American church, "Come to Jesus and be ridiculously happy!" The twisting of the Gospel message is that it is ALL about us, and our happiness, fulfillment, satisfaction, etc. It's no surprise there is a consumerist mentality among American Christians
Is "Ask Jesus into your Heart" adequate here?
This seems to be the question...but whatever the exact phrasing, people need to know they need to follow HIM also and repent of their bad ways.

Here, good followup with persons who "pray the prayer" is critical. The good discipleship followup means that the discipler will likely correct the new believer's misunderstandings as they start studying about the FAITH together...

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