The Sinners Prayer Part 4: Is It Dangerous?

2 05 2014

In this final lesson on the sinners prayer I want to ask one last question. I have asked if it’s Biblical and the answer is a strong no. I have asked if it’s necessary and the answer again is no. What’s the harm in leading people through prayers or telling them they must pray to be saved? If there is no harm then I suppose nothing is wrong with it but we need to stop and ask ourselves is this practice dangerous? Let me present to you several dangers I see in this practice.

Making salvation man made:

Salvation is the work of the Spirit. He must draw, He must convict, He must save. I fear that we will lead people into praying a prayer when He has done none of those things in them. Some people have no conviction over their sin and yet they want to go to heaven so we lead them in a prayer and assure them they will. Without repentance they will not and that comes from the Lord. To pray is not to repent. It’s not bad to ask someone about salvation by saying “have you believed?” Believing is something we do in relation to what God is doing in us.

It is bad to ask someone about salvation by saying “have you prayed to receive Christ?” There is no mention of that term in the Bible and salvation has become granted by the prayer itself. People can pray prayers and not truly be regenerated but no one can believe on Christ and not be regenerated.

Making a magic potion:

We tend to see prayer as the means of being born again and it’s not. It is the Spirit of God that does that work in us. Just like the story in the first post on this subject. The two boys had no interest in what was being said but jumped in on the prayer and were told they were saved because they said some magic words and BOOM!!!! A child of God. This is false conversion my brothers and sisters. We take small children and walk them through prayers because we told them they will burn in fire if they don’t. Often these kids have no sense of their sin and guilt before God or of what Jesus did on the cross. Then they fall away in later years and we say, “well at least they prayed and asked Christ into their heart.”

How many parents are not praying for their children’s salvation because they believe they are saved because of some magic words? I see churches talk of 30 or 40 “saved” every week but their church never grows. Where are these people at? The answer is that they got many people to say the magic words but very few were sincerely converted. I know a woman who said that if she were in a car going off a cliff she would ask Jesus in her heart one more time “just in case.” She honestly sees this as magic words salvation. Just in case of what? If your not sincere in your salvation then hastily repeating a few words right before death won’t do it.

Making false converts:

Jesus made an amazing and scary prediction.

“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” (Matthew 7:21-23)

We say that anyone who prays a prayer is saved but Jesus said not everyone who says to Him “Lord, Lord” will enter the kingdom of Heaven. He then goes on to tell us the horrifying truth that Many…get this MANY, perhaps MILLIONS will stand before Him completely convinced they are saved. These are not false teachers who know that they are false these are people completely convinced they are saved and even have good works or church works to claim but they are told to depart from Him that is into everlasting fire, that is eternal damnation. Many of them prayed and played church and thought they were saved because of a few magic words yet they stand eternally condemned because He never knew them.

To know Christ is far more then saying a few words. It’s far more then telling someone pray this prayer and you’ll go to Heaven. To know Christ we must have true repentance for our sin. To repent means to change your mind. To see your sin as something that condemns you before God. It’s more then feeling sorry for what you have done it’s an inward change. You no longer want to do those things. In the Bible it’s progressive. You don’t repent and that’s it but you repent and keep on repenting.

It means to trust in the sacrifice of Christ. Faith in Christ for salvation. Many are trusting their prayer but that is not trusting Christ. When you ask why they are saved the answer comes back “well I prayed and trusted Christ.” It’s their experience they are trusting not the Lord. They should answer that they are saved because they believe on Jesus, trust in His work on the cross, because they see God at work in their life, their desires have changed and they now love the God they once hated.

I believe that if we continue on this path of human tradition we will arrive at the judgment thinking we have thousands of conversions on our account only to see thousands we walked through prayers cast into the lake of fire because they never again listened to the Gospel since we assured them they were saved. I urge everyone reading this to check yourself, are you saved? How do you know that? Oh friends this is a serious subject and if we get it wrong eternal souls will perish.


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