Someone very close to me stood before the church recently and confessed Christ as his Lord. He did so because of doubts that he had truly been saved as a child. In conversations later he said that he has, since a child, trusted Christ for his salvation. "But," he said, "I kept looking for a feeling. I don't feel any different." So, the question: Should our salvation experience be accompanied by intense emotion? Another question: Have we, by the very language we use in calling people to Christ, made emotion the sine qua non of salvation? We use terms like "invite Jesus into your heart;" "He changed my heart." "Give your heart to Jesus." We understand that in our culture, the heart is the seat of the emotions, and we have made salvation a "heart" decision. We also tend to put down "head knowledge" as inferior to "heart knowledge." I've even said "I know in my heart that I'm saved." But in thinking about the experience of the one close to me, isn't what we call a "heart" decision actually a "mind" decision? If I say, like the eunuch, "I believe that Jesus Christ the the Son of God," isn't that a function of my mind? I do understand that one can acknowledge intellectually that Jesus died his sins, yet refuse to repent and trust Christ for salvation. So, the questions for discussion is: Can you offer the one close to me some help? And, is there a balance between emotional assent and intellectual assent in the salvation process?