There is much discussion regarding the use of the phrase “ask Jesus into your heart” during sermons or evangelism events. David Platt recently spoke about the phrase being “superstitious and unbiblical” because it does not communicate the gospel imperative that one must repent and put their trust or faith in Christ alone.
Recently, in an article at SBCToday.com, Pastor Ron Hale fails to understand Platt’s message, asserting that Platt does not believe in prayer accompanying salvation. Hale later erects a strawman in the comments section, “I’ve determined that I’m not going to walk around …fearful that somebody might get saved.”
Thankfully, I don’t believe David Platt walks around in fear either, but employing a prayer that is promised to bring about salvation is something that should trouble all Christians as the eternal consequences of such deception is real. “Say this prayer and be saved” is not biblical but damning. I am thankful that men like David Platt, Dan Wallace, and Owen Strachan are bold enough to say so.
- Dan Wallace- Inviting Jesus Into Your Heart
- Owen Strachan - After Finney: Inviting Jesus Into Your Heart (page 15)
- David Platt - Why “Accepting Jesus In Your Heart” Is Superstitious & Unbiblical