|Every day countless individuals
who seek salvation are instructed by well-meaning individuals to say a
"sinner's prayer" in order to receive salvation. That would be wonderful
except for one detail–the sinner's prayer won't save anyone from anything!
Rather than calling it the sinner's prayer, it could be more accurately
labeled the "sinner's snare."
While God's Word outlines His (and the
one and only) plan of salvation, the sinner's prayer or any reference to
it whatsoever cannot be found in the Bible. Don't believe me? Then look
for yourself. Ask anyone who promotes the sinner's prayer to name a single
scripture which says that praying a prayer can save anyone. See if you
or anyone else can find a single scripture reference to praying Jesus into
your heart. It can't be done, because no such scripture exists.
The sinner's prayer is not mentioned
in any of the nine Christian conversions in the book of Acts nor anywhere
in either the Old or New Testaments. So if it can't be found in God's Word,
then where on earth did the sinner's prayer originate? Where on
earth, indeed! For it was the deceptive god of this age, Satan,
who has come up with the brilliant scheme to entice those seeking God and
His salvation away from the truth and ensnare them with a lie–the sinner's
While it is possible for one utilizing
the erroneous sinner's prayer to complete the first four steps of the biblical
plan of salvation (hear, believe, repent, and confess), those who promote
the sinner's prayer almost always stop short of the next step, the key
ingredient which grants the forgiveness needed in order to be saved–baptism
(immersion in water). Or such an individual will claim that one praying
the sinner's prayer should (rather than must, as the Bible
says) be baptized, but only as a symbol that they have already been saved.
The problem with that is simple–it's a lie. One cannot receive forgiveness
of his sins, and therefore salvation, without being baptized. Read it in
God's Word and weep. (See Acts
2:38 and Acts
22:12-16.) Weep for all the souls being deceived and lost
for all eternity while they are deluded into thinking they are actually
saved. Is there anything sadder than that!?
Sinner's prayer or sinner's snare? I
guess you could still choose either label, for the sad fact is that anyone
who relies upon the sinner's prayer for salvation will be just as unforgiven
and just as much as a sinner when they say "amen" as when they began. And,
on the other hand, anyone who relies upon that unbiblical and false plan
of salvation has most assuredly fallen into Satan's snare. Sinner's prayer
or sinner's snare? Choose neither. Choose eternal life through the biblical
plan of salvation. Hear, believe, repent, confess, be immersed in water
for the forgiveness of sins and the gift of the Holy Spirit, and live a
faithful Christian life to the end.
The Biblical Plan
for more scriptures
The Nine Christian Conversions