Sinner’s Prayer Doesn’t Identify with Christ’s Death and Resurrection

“1What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? 2May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it? 3Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? 4Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ wasraised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. 5For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection, 6knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; 7for he who has died is freed from sin. 8Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, 9knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him. 10For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. 11Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.” Romans 6:1-10, NASB

The controversy of the sinner’s prayer versus baptism is first and mostly about what does God say? What is the doctrine of salvation? That is, what does the Bible say?

Since Jesus came to save (Luke 19:10) and God wants to save (1 Timothy 2:3-6) what does God require to be saved? What did Jesus’ apostles whom he gave the authority to teach and preach and initiate the church tell us? Be baptized!

We discussed that in the previous post, but why is baptism the manner in which God brings salvation. Romans 6 pretty well explains that. We have this need to die to sin. We’re dead in our sin. Our life sucks with sin.

When a person dies, we bury them and they have nothing to do with this life anymore. When we dead to sin, like Jesus died on the cross, we are to buried in water like Jesus was buried in the tomb. Now this is where the analogy ends because Jesus rose from the dead three days after he died. When we are immersed, we are buried in the water a dead sinner but we come back out of the water alive in Christ.

Baptism is our death, burial and resurrection, our identification with Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection which is where God dealt with our sin. If we don’t identify physically and spiritually with Jesus death, burial and resurrection, not having contact with it, how are we saved?

Saying a prayer won’t do it. There is no identification with Jesus death, burial and resurrection. It’s simple. The Bible teaches us that when a person believes, repents and is baptized, that person is saved.


1 thought on “Sinner’s Prayer Doesn’t Identify with Christ’s Death and Resurrection

  1. Thanks for your article. I was looking for someone to affirm what I was thinking about the other night. I was questioning God about the Jesus statement of being “born again” because none in my home Bible studies seemed to be born again and I wanted to find more in the Bible about it. I felt the Holy Spirit direct me to Romans 6. I have been teaching refugees the sermon on the mount in home Bible studies for a number of months now. I treated them as if they were Christian but in my heart I realized that they were not yet born again. I felt that my teachings were only leading them to trying to live out the Christian life in their own strength which is impossible. Looking into Romans 6 and thinking about the Apostles response to those who came to faith in the books of Acts, I discovered the reason for baptism and the wisdom of the Apostles who never considered union with Christ outside of baptism. Thus I now tell the refugees that when they are ready to be united with Christ to be born again that I will take them to the water and baptize them. I teach them hat they can be united with Christ through baptism, uniting in His death by bringing their sins with them to the water and leaving them under the water and uniting with His resurrection coming out of the water in newness of life (born again) and then receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. This is the first step to conversion. It is the first mortification of their sinful nature. In the new life they must mortify their sinful nature through the Spirit daily. Last week, four of them chose to began this new life through baptism. By the way, acts 2:38 Peter responded when those under conviction asked him “what must we do?” He responded with “repent, be baptized for the forgiveness of your sins, and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” After coming out of the water, my wife and I laid hands on the baptized persons asking God to fill them with the Holy Spirit. One of them even spoke in tongues.

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