Gospel Focus

Does someone ask Jesus into their heart to be saved?

This is our second post to help you to be as clear as possible in speaking with unbelievers, explaining why some common Christians phrases shouldn't be used in witnessing encounters as they are either unbiblical or are very easily misunderstood by the unbeliever.

The second phrase not to use is: "Ask Jesus into your heart".

Why not to use it:

Very confusing: "What does that phrase even mean? Why does Jesus need to go into my heart anyway?"

Implies a false gospel: A person's response to the gospel is not to pray a prayer -- that is not how someone gets saved, as that would be salvation by works. We are saved by faith alone (Romans 5:1, Ephesians 2:8-9).

-- Similar phrases to avoid for the same reasons are:
"Give your life to Jesus"
"Give your heart to Jesus"

Instead, it's better to say:

• "Trust in Jesus that He has died on the cross taking the punishment for all your sins".