Saturday, February 1, 2014

Is the Sinner's Prayer Biblical? / False Converts

Is the sinner's prayer biblical? Some wise words here

Personally I think it's best to allow a person to repent when they are good and ready, rather than rush them into making a decision on the spur of the moment and then having them either backslide and turn away from God, or worse still have them remain in a situation where they think they are a Christian but they have never really repented. God can still use the sinner's prayer, but it needs to come from the heart of the person in a natural way as a result of the working of the holy spirit in that persons life.

Also related to this topic is that of follow up. While some follow up of Christians and discipleship is biblical, if we have to be exerting a huge amount of effort to get the new Christian to read their Bible and come regularly to church then it could be that they aren't really saved and as Ray Comfort said they could just be "a still-born baby" - i.e. a false convert.

In my many discussions with Atheists I've found that many of them say that they were once Christians who said the sinner's prayer and went to church for a while, but eventually they turned away from God. In those situations it's possible that they were saved, but it's also possible (and quite likely?) that they were never really a Christian at all.

1 John 2:19 says, “They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us.”
In relation to those who say that they were once Christian but now they're unbelievers Sye Ten Bruggencate says "Your reasoning was never submitted to Christ – if it was you wouldn’t have been able to reason your way out of Christianity.What was the foundation of your reasoning then? What is it now?" 

If the foundation of your reasoning in the past was not the Word of God then it is likely that you never were a true Christian.

1 comment:


    There are those who profess that God saves by faith alone. They contend that anyone who believes that water baptism is essential to forgiveness of sins is being saved by works. The problem is that the faith alone crowd believe it is essential say a form of the "sinner's prayer" in order to be saved. In other words, faith + the sinner's prayer saves. Using their reasoning, saying the sinner's prayer would be a work.

    Example of a sinner's prayer: Lord Jesus, I come before you and confess that I am a sinner. Jesus, I believe that you died on the cross, and that Almighty God raised you from the dead. I pray that you forgive me my sin, and be my Lord and Savior. In the name of Christ Jesus I pray this request. Amen.

    The problem is under the new covenant the Bible never instructs a non-Christian to pray for forgiveness. A proof text used is 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (NKJV) John was addressing Christians. John was not telling unbelievers to say the sinner's prayer and be forgiven. John was not telling unbelievers to say a sinner's prayer so that they might be saved.

    Proof text number two: The tax collector (publican) prayed and was forgiven. Luke 18:9-14.....13"And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying. 'God be merciful to me a sinner!" 14 "I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be abased,
    and he who humbles himself will be exalted."(NKJV)

    The tax collector (publican) was not a pagan. The tax collector was a member of the Jewish religion. He collected taxes for the Romans. The tax collector was already part of a synagogue. The tax collector did not become a Jew by saying a sinner's prayer.

    There is no Scripture that states that saying the "sinner's prayer" grants forgiveness to non-Christians. Saying a sinner's prayer does not add anyone to the body of Christ. Saying a sinner's prayer cannot save anyone.

    What do men have to do to be saved?

    Believe: John 3:16
    Confess: Romans 10:9-19
    Repent: Acts 2:38
    Be Immersed in water: Acts 2:38, Acts 22:16, 1 Peter 3:21, Mark 16:16



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