“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’ –Jesus in Matthew 7:21-23
As someone who has been a churchgoer and Bible-believer since childhood, salvation has always been a pretty central topic in my life. Like most people, I experienced periods of doubt and questioning, as well as times of great assurance. As a pastor, there are few issues that you deal with more often than the assurance of salvation. There are so many people who walk around very assured that they are saved, but you fear a Matthew 7 wake up call may be in their future. At the same time, there are countless others who wrestle with whether or not they are saved, when the fruit in their lives reveals that they are certainly following Jesus.
I recently finished a book that I’m looking forward to handing out to those struggling with assurance of salvation (or perhaps those not struggling like they should). It’s aptly titled Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart: How to know for sure you are saved by J.D. Greear.
This book was an easy read. Greear is a funny guy. He also possesses a unique ability to break down grand theological concepts in a readable and accessible way. This isn’t a book written exclusively for theological neat-nicks or scholars. It’s a book written for anyone wondering whether or not they are saved, and what salvation is according to the Bible.
The biblical nature of this book is probably its greatest asset. Greear handles a number of issues that are frankly misunderstood by many Christians, and presents the biblical evidence of his positions with grace and clarity. You may or may not agree with all of Greear’s positions on salvation, but if you disagree, I think you’ll be challenged to back up your opinions through Scripture. And if getting you into your Bible to research such a vital topic is the result of this quick read, I think that’s worth it.
For those who are truly saved, this book will be a great comfort. For those who are not (but think they are or are interested in finding out more), this book should serve as a great challenge to take the posture of belief and repentance that marks every person who is truly saved by Jesus.