Consider the well-meant evangelical exhortation to “invite Jesus into your heart.” I assume this imagery comes from Revelation 3:20 (“I am standing at the door, knocking; if you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to you and eat with you, and you with me”). But why, on the basis of one verse, has an entire theology and language of “personal acceptance’’ of Jesus swamped the far more pervasive apostolic call to confess “Jesus is Lord”? The reason, I submit, is that it fits more comfortably with our American sensibilities. So long as I invite Jesus into my heart, I’m still in control of things and my personal freedom is in no way threatened.
…Donald W. McCullough in The Trivialization of God