The Sinners Prayer: the Great Deception
Nearly every Christian church in the world has ignorantly adopted one of the greatest deceptions known to church history, the sinner’s prayer. The sinner’s prayer is usually arranged something like this
“Father, I know that I have broken your laws and my sins have separated me from you. I am truly sorry, and now I want to turn away from my past sinful life toward you. Please forgive me, and help me avoid sinning again. I believe that your son, Jesus Christ died for my sins, was resurrected from the dead, is alive, and hears my prayer. I invite Jesus to become the Lord of my life, to rule and reign in my heart from this day forward. Please send your Holy Spirit to help me obey you, and to do your will for the rest of my life. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.” – Some track–
Afterwards the minister would pronounce the person or persons save by saying “If you repeated the Sinners Prayer and truly believe the words you said, then Praise the Lord as you have been saved and your name will appear in the Lambs Book of Life!”.
Is this really biblical salvation? The apostles on the day of Pentecost stood together while the Apostle Peter preached the words of truth to all the nations of sinners , declaring that the messiah had came in the body of Jesus and he had God’s approval through miracles and wonders that he performed by the power of God. But the Jews was determine to kill him and delivered over to the government to be killed. Peter went on to declare says, but the same Jesus you killed God raise him up from the grave and he is now in heaven with all power and glory. And we know this because we saw him before his ascension into heaven. The men that heard Peter preached this message felt convicted and asked, “Brothers, what should we do?
And the Apostle Peter standing with him was the rest of the apostles said to the crowd, Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins and you will receive the Holy Ghost. (Acts 2ch)
Philip went to the principal city in Samaria and preached the Messiah to the people there. The crowds paid close attention to what Philip said, as they listened to him and saw the miracles that he performed. Evil spirits came out from many people with a loud cry, and many paralyzed and lame people were healed. So there was great joy in that city. A man named Simon lived there, who for some time had astounded the Samaritans with his magic. He claimed that he was someone great, and everyone in the city, from all classes of society, paid close attention to him. “He is that power of God known as ‘The Great Power,’ ” they said. They paid this attention to him because for such a long time he had astonished them with his magic. But when they believed Philip’s message about the good news of the Kingdom of God and about Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. (Acts 8ch)
In the same chapter Phillip met an Ethiopia eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship, returning, and sitting in his chariot read Isaiah the prophet. The eunuch didn’t understand how to interpret the scriptures. So Phillip approached the man and asked him, “Do you understand what you’re reading? And the eunuch replied, “How can I, except some man should guide me?” And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him. The place of the Scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth: In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? For his life is taken from the earth. And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom is this prophet speaking of, himself, or of some other man? Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same Scripture, and preached unto him Jesus. And as they went on their way, they came unto certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, if you believe with all your heart, your may. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him. (Acts 8ch)
The apostle Peter was sent to a man in Caesarea named Cornelius, who was a captain in the Roman army regiment called “The Italian Regiment.” Cornelius was a religious man; he and his whole family worshiped God. He also did much to help the Jewish poor people and was constantly praying to God. It was about three o’clock one afternoon when he had a vision, in which he clearly saw an angel of God come in and say to him, “Cornelius!” He stared at the angel in fear and said, “What is it, sir?” The angel answered, “God is pleased with your prayers and works of charity, and is ready to answer you. And now send some men to Joppa for a certain man whose full name is Simon Peter. He is a guest in the home of a tanner of leather named Simon, who lives by the sea.” Then the angel went away, and Cornelius called two of his house servants and a soldier, a religious man who was one of his personal attendants, and he told them what had happened and sent them off to Joppa.
Peter invited the men in and had them to spend the night there. The next day he got ready and went with them; and some of the believers from Joppa went along with him. The following day he arrived in Caesarea, where Cornelius was waiting for him, together with relatives and close friends that he had invited. As Peter was about to go in, Cornelius met him, fell at his feet, and bowed down before him. But Peter made him rise. “Stand up,” he said, “I myself am only a man.” Peter kept on talking to Cornelius as he went into the house, where he found many people gathered. He said to them, “You yourselves know very well that a Jew is not allowed by his religion to visit or associate with Gentiles. But God has shown me that I must not consider any person ritually unclean or defiled. And so when you sent for me, I came without any objection. I ask you, then, why did you send for me?” Cornelius said, “It was about this time three days ago that I was praying in my house at three o’clock in the afternoon. Suddenly a man dressed in shining clothes stood in front of me and said: ‘Cornelius! God has heard your prayer and has taken notice of your works of charity. Send someone to Joppa for a man whose full name is Simon Peter. He is a guest in the home of Simon the tanner of leather, who lives by the sea.’ And so I sent for you at once, and you have been good enough to come. Now we are all here in the presence of God, waiting to hear anything that the Lord has instructed you to say.” Peter began to speak: “I now realize that it is true that God treats everyone on the same basis.
Those who fear him and do what is right are acceptable to him, no matter what race they belong to. You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, proclaiming the Good News of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. You know of the great event that took place throughout the land of Israel, beginning in Galilee after John preached his message of baptism. You know about Jesus of Nazareth and how God poured out on him the Holy Spirit and power. He went everywhere, doing good and healing all who were under the power of the Devil, for God was with him. We are witnesses of everything that he did in the land of Israel and in Jerusalem. Then they put him to death by nailing him to a cross. But God raised him from death three days later and caused him to appear, not to everyone, but only to the witnesses that God had already chosen, that is, to us who ate and drank with him after he rose from death. And he commanded us to preach the gospel to the people and to testify that he is the one whom God has appointed judge of the living and the dead. All the prophets spoke about him, saying that all who believe in him will have their sins forgiven through the power of his name.” While Peter was still speaking, the Holy Spirit came down on all those who were listening to his message. The Jewish believers who had come from Joppa with Peter were amazed that God had poured out his gift of the Holy Spirit on the Gentiles also. For they heard them speaking in strange tongues and praising God’s greatness. Peter spoke up: “These people have received the Holy Spirit, just as we also did. Can anyone, then, stop them from being baptized with water?” So he ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to stay with them for a few days. (ACTS 10ch)
A simple study of God’s written word and everyone most conclude that the bible doesn’t support a sinner’s prayer as taught in the majority of the so called churches. So why are so many preachers like T.D Jakes, Benny Hinn, Kenneth Copland, and Billy Gram promoting this unbiblical doctrine? Why is the unbiblical practice of a sinner found on just about every so called “gospel” tracts, pushing people to repeat the prayer from the bottom of your heart when prayer alone doesn’t save?
Cornelius was a religious man; he and his whole family worshiped God and he constantly praying to God, but is prayers didn’t save him alone. Saul prayed for three days, and yet his prayer wasn’t enough. They both were commanded to be baptized (Acts 9:11; 22:16, 10ch).
It’s easy to see that the so called sinner’s prayer is really a sinner’s trap. The sinner’s prayer is link to the altar call (see: Altar Call) its very origin is base on numbers. Some will challenge to point to the book of Romans to justify their position on the sinner’s prayer.
(Rom 10:9-11) If you confess that Jesus is Lord and believe that God raised him from death, you will be saved. For it is by our faith that we are put right with God; it is by our confession that we are saved. The scripture says, “Whoever believes in him will not be disappointed.”
The book to the Romans does not and never will agree with anyone repeating a so called sinner’s prayer to be saved. This is the super error and deception of the sinner’s prayer. The apostles can not fight against one another and anyone that interprets the bible with Moses contradicting any one the prophets or apostles is in a super error. All the prophets and the apostles most agree on every subject otherwise the interpretation is false, and by this we know The Sinners Prayer is in fact the Great Deception
Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshiper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth. John 9:31