Monday, February 4, 2013

Quotes from Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart

On my plane ride back home yesterday I finished reading my copy of Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart: How to Know for Sure You Are Saved by JD Greear. As promised a full review of the book will be posted both on Amazon and here on Wednesday but until then I wanted to post some noteworthy quotes from the book to wet your appetite.

Noteworthy quotes:

Salvation does indeed happen in a moment, and once you are saved you are always saved. The mark, however, of someone who is saved is that they maintain their confession of faith until the end of their lives. (5)

Repentance and faith are heart postures you take toward the finished work of Christ. (8)

Praying the sinner's prayer has become something like a Protestant ritual we have to go through to gain entry into heaven. (9)

If we do not urge the hearer (of the gospel) to respond personally to God's offer in Christ, I do not believe we have fully preached the gospel. (10).

Salvation comes not because you prayed a prayer correctly, but because you have leaned on the hopes of your soul on the finished work of Christ. (11)

You will never have the strength to say "no" to sin until you realize the unconditional "yes" that God has given you in Christ. (16)

There are only two postures we can take toward Jesus Christ. We either "believe" or we do not. (27)

You did not start to sin because you hung around the wrong crowd; you were the wrong crowd. You hung around those you were comfortable with. You chose to sin because you liked it better than God. (29)

Conversion is not completing a ritual, it is commencing a relationship. (42)

Salvation was obtained by simply resting on the two "facts" God has promised about Jesus: He was crucified as the payment for our sins; He was resurrected as proof that God accepted His sacrifice as payment. (46)

Repentance is not subsequent to belief; it is part of belief. It is belief in action - choices that flow out of conviction. (55)

A true believer can never be lost, but a true believer also will never stop following Jesus. (79)

Praying a prayer to ask Jesus into your heart, even if it's followed by a flurry of emotion and religious ferver, is no proof that you are saved. (82)

Often the strongest evidence of my growth in grace is my growth in the knowledge of my need for grace. (103)

Don't feel your way into your beliefs; believe your way into your feelings. (108)

Knowing that you know Jesus, and that Jesus knows you, will lead to more peace and joy than you dreamed possible. (112)

3 comments:

  1. I was once a born again Christian. Then I found out the following:

    1. The Bible is not inerrant. It contains many, many errors, contradictions, and deliberate alterations and additions by the scribes who copied it. The originals are lost, therefore we have no idea what "God" originally" said. Yes, its true---Christians can give "harmonizations" for every alleged error and contradiction, but so can the Muslims for errors in the Koran, and Mormons for errors in the Book of Mormon. One can harmonize anything if you allow for the supernatural.

    2. How do we know that the New Testament is the Word of God? Did Jesus leave us a list of inspired books? Did the Apostles? Paul? The answer is, no. The books of the New Testament were added to the canon over several hundred years. Second Peter was not officially accepted into the canon until almost the FIFTH century! So why do all Christians accept every book of the New Testament as the word of God and reject every non-canonical "gospel"? Answer: the ancient (catholic) Church voted these books into your Bible. Period.

    There is nowhere in the OT or the NT where God gives men the authority to determine what is and what is not his Word. If Second Peter was really God's Word, the entire Church should have known so in the first century.

    3. Who wrote the Gospels? We have NO idea! The belief that they were written by Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John is based on hearsay and assumptions---catholic tradition. Protestants denounce most of the traditions of the Catholic Church but have retained two of the most blatant, evidence-lacking traditions which have no basis in historical fact or in the Bible: the canon of the NT and the authorship of the Gospels.

    The only shred of evidence that Christians use to support the traditional authorship of the Gospels is one brief statement by a guy named Papias in 130 AD that someone told him that John Mark had written a gospel. That's it! Papias did not even identify this "gospel". Yet in 180 AD, Irenaeus, a bishop in FRANCE, declares to the world that the apostles Matthew and John and the associates of Peter and Paul---Mark and Luke---wrote the Gospels. But Irenaeus gives ZERO evidence for his assignment of authorship to these four books. It is well known to historians that it was a common practice at that time for anonymously written books to be ascribed to famous people to give them more authority. For all we know, this is what Irenaeus did in the case of the Gospels.

    The foundation of the Christian Faith is the bodily resurrection of Jesus. If the story of the Resurrection comes from four anonymous books, three of which borrow heavily from the first, often word for word, how do we know that the unheard of, fantastically supernatural story of the re-animation of a first century dead man, actually happened??

    Maybe the first book written, "Mark", was written for the same purpose that most books were written in that time period---for the benefit of one wealthy benefactor, and maybe it was written simply as an historical novel, like Homer's Iliad; not meant to be 100% factual in every detail, but a mix of true historical events as a background, with a real messiah pretender in Palestine, Jesus, but with myth and fiction added to embellish the story and help sell the book! We just do not know for what purpose these books were written!

    I slowly came to realize that there is zero verifiable evidence for the Resurrection, and, the Bible is not a reliable document. After four months of desperate attempts to save my faith, I came to the sad conclusion that my faith was based on an ancient superstition; a superstition not based on lies, but based on the sincere but false beliefs of uneducated, superstitious, first century peasants.

    You can pray to ask Jesus into your heart 10,000 times, but if there is no evidence for his Resurrection, then odds are that he is dead. And if he is dead, he can't hear your prayers. Sad, but the truth.

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  2. Hey Gary! Great points, unfortunately your lack of evidence and references to sources, people and things the like are only hearsay and since I have not witnessed you actually writing these things I have a hard time believing any of the fantastical superstition that you have so creatively written - if you actually wrote the things I am accrediting to you. I am glad you took the time to lay out such a detailed rebuttal to such an incredible argument as Jesus' resurrection; well actually, I guess with all the thought and work you put into it the argument must not be so insignificant because you are trying to discredit an alleged dead guy from 2000 years ago. Anyway, props to you, whoever you are, for whatever you did or didn't right, true or not... it definitely took time.

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  3. I am involved in one of the greatest movements of all time: the debunking of religious superstitions!

    Free yourself from the fear of invisible ghosts and spirits, my friend! They don't exist.

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