Here’s the link to my reply https://blogthechurch.wordpress.com/2009/10/03/whats-the-bible-say/.
The problem with the sinner’s prayer in my estimation is simply that it is not found in scripture. No where is there a sinner’s prayer recorded or do we read about any salvation experience where someone prayed a sinner’s prayer.
In fact, if we do a little research about the sinner’s prayer, it’s only about 500 years ago that it was first practiced and it didn’t get refined until Billy Graham.
Follow this link to this treatise/exposition about the history of the sinner’s prayer as well as a rebuttal to it’s validity.
Let me reiterate what the Bible does teach about a person coming to salvation.
- A person must first become a follower of Jesus Christ (a disciple) believing in Him, that he is the Son of God and believing that God raise him from the dead (John 3:16; Romans 10:9-10).
- A person must realize that they are a sinner who will suffer the consequences of sin (Romans 3:23 & 6:23) and that they must repent of that sin (Acts 2:38 & 3:19).
- A person must profess their belief in Jesus through confession (Romans 10:9-10).
- And a person must be baptized for the forgiveness of their sins (Acts 2:38; 1 Peter 3:21).
Of course a faithful life to God follows this as well, but the point is, what does the New Testament teach?