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The practice of leading someone in a sinner’s prayer for their salvation has produced many tares or false converts in churches over the last 100 years (Matt. 13:25-40). This “evangelical tradition” cannot be found anywhere in the New Testament. Those who desire to evangelize God’s way will follow the instructions given by the Lord of the Harvest. He commissioned us to go and make disciples, not decisions (Matt. 28:18).

- Mike Gendron

9 thoughts on “Quotes (569)

  1. Such false pastors are filling “life boats” with goats that heading to hell. I thank God for faithful men who shrink back NOT from proclaiming His Truth.

  2. No doubt there is some wisdom in these words. Truly, the practice of leading someone in a formulaic sinner’s prayer is not to be found in the Bible. However, neither can I find specific formulaic sermons against “decisionism,” Gospel “reductionism,” or the supposed evils of encouraging lost people to call upon the Lord in prayer for regeneration.

    At some point we have to wonder if the “evangelical tradition” of the sinner’s prayer is being replaced by the “new reformed tradition” of declaring as fact what we really can’t know without a sneak peak into God’s eternal roll books.

  3. There simply is no act or work of man that saves; no prayer, no decision, no choosing.
    We are called to preach the Gospel, the good news that Christ died and rose from the dead, that He reconciles lost sinners back to a Holy God. But, before good news, there must come the bad news. The hopeless condition of the sinner must be explained using the God’s law. This is all we are called to do, to go beyond that is not biblical. God is the One who gives the increase…’So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. ‘ 1 Corinthians 3:7 God alone is the one who saves the lost sinner, His Spirit brings the lost sinner under conviction upon hearing His truth; His Spirit is who brings that lost sinner to godly sorrow, which leads to repentance.
    When we step outside of those boundaries, we make null and void the power of the Gospel, because we are not speaking absolute truth. We aren’t to say, ‘Jesus will save you if you repeat this prayer’, or ‘invite Jesus into your heart’, or ‘make your decision for Christ now’. These are all added works that save no one. Let us always remember the publican’s plea…’O God, be merciful to me, a sinner’. This cry came from a broken and contrite heart, all wrought by God.
    When we understand clearly Ephesians 2:8.9, then we will understand who actually gets all credit for salvation. We will see the power of the Gospel does not lie within man and his attempts to coax a lost sinner into the kingdom with silly little phrases…salvation is by grace alone.

  4. As a great and prominant preacher of our day says; “If there is one thing Ihave declared war on , it is the sinners pray”.

    I concur.

    Shame that in the west the sinners prayer very much abounds!

    I did a post at my blog titled ‘Do you and Can you effectively share your Faith’ on this very thing,

  5. Jesus said, “I chose you, you did not choose me.”

    I always ask folks, “what was Paul (Saul) doing when he made his decision for Christ?”

    Oops…Paul didn’t make his decision for Christ…Christ made a decision for Paul.

    …then…after that…there are plenty of decisions to be made in the life of the Christian. But choosing God was not one of them.

  6. Amen, theoldadam.

    From John 1:12-13 “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”

    Who chooses? Not the will of man; God. Praise Him for excellent mercy!

  7. Those verses from John are very telling, indeed.

    Why then are so many Evangelicals so hopped up over “free will” ?

    I think it is a sign of our lostness that we actually believe that we play a role in our own salvation.

    “Choosing God” may be only one little work…but it is one little work too many.

    Thanks, Manfred!

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