Whether on the Internet, in printed literature, or in many local churches we hear the call to
accept Jesus into your heart and you will be saved. Where does this come from? Well we can say that it certainly does not come from the King James Bible and not any version of the Bible that we know of.
A holy God cannot and will not dwell in a wicked heart. People talk about the feelings from their heart and of following their heart. What they don’t know is that it is that very heart that has most likely deceived them and is leading them astray.
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? ~ Jeremiah 17:9
Many say they are a Christian but their life proves otherwise even though they recited a prayer or accepted Jesus.
This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. ~ Matthew 15:8
No, in order to be saved we do not ask God or Jesus Christ into our heart. To be saved we come to the realization that we are sinful beings, our heart is wicked and we stand in need of a Savior. We come to know and to believe that Jesus Christ is that Savior, the only Savior, and we repent before Him confessing our sins to Him.
Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; ~ Acts 3:19
True repentance can be a gut wrenching experience as we wrestle with the truth about ourselves and the truth of a Holy God. Being saved is much more than reciting a prayer or agreeing to accept Jesus. It requires faith in Who God is, who Jesus is, and even who we are. Mix all that with sincere repentance and asking for His forgiveness brings salvation. Only then are our sins of the past blotted out, the slate wiped clean and our heart made fit as a dwelling place for a Holy God.