Why The Sinner's Prayer Is Unbiblical
by Tony Miano
Many Christians, myself included, have a prayer of repentance and faith as part of their conversion testimony. The night I came to repentance and faith in Christ, I cried out to God, alone in my bedroom, with words I cannot exactly remember. I prayed asking God to come into my life, forgive me, and save me.
I know there are genuine, Christ-loving, born-again followers of Jesus Christ who will forever testify that someone shared the gospel with them and asked them to repeat a prayer, which they did. This article should in no way be interpreted or construed as an effort to bring into immediate question one’s salvation because they “prayed a prayer.” Again, I “prayed a prayer.” My wife “prayed a prayer.” And I know many beloved Christian brethren who have done the same.
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That being said, no one is saved because they “prayed a prayer.” Those whom God sovereignly chooses to save (1 Peter 1:3) and draw to Himself (John 6:44) may pray a prayer—on their own or at someone else’s urging—as part of the first fruits of their salvation.
While there are many Christians who will testify, to the glory of God, that they prayed a “Sinner’s Prayer” the day God saved them, there are far more people in the world today who, as a result of being led in a “Sinner’s Prayer,” are now apostate (Hebrews 6:4-6; 10:26-31). They have turned their back on Christ and have left the faith they thought they had, because they had never really come to genuine repentance and faith in Christ…
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