Long have American evangelists presented the gospel only to culminate with the invitation for sinners to “ask Jesus into their hearts.” I’ve seen this type of presentation in virtually every denomination or tradition I’ve had the pleasure of hanging out in, and in several countries in different regions of the world. It’s the popular method that is used by many “professionals” and reciprocated amongst the populace. But is this method biblical? I think not.
Dan Wallace, a professor at Dallas Theological Seminary, has recently written an excellent (and brief) summary of why this type of thinking is a misreading and misrepresentation of the text in John’s Revelation. You can read the full article here. Wallace’s thoughts are important for Christians to understand because he eloquently points out the negative consequences of such a gospel presentation. He says,