The Sinner’s Prayer

New In Robe AnticThere are times as a servant of the Lord; you must do what he tells you to do.  So I get no joy out of this blog, but I have been called according to His purpose and not mine.   One of the toughest part of being one who believes in the Apostles doctrine that often we are label legalistic, meaning that it got to be our way, no if’s and buts about it, it’s that way or you are lost, no wiggle room.   But with that being said, if one makes head covering, feet washing, even women pastors a salvation issue (which I am completely against), and then I would agree that one can be legalism.   But if one says that one has to be baptized in order to be saved, then how can that be regarded as legalism, when Jesus said, he that believes and is “baptized shall be saved”   So with that being said, let me get into the topic of this blog briefly and that is the Sinner Prayer… this a biblical doctrine or not?

Let us first look at who Paul was address….. (Roman 1:7) To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be his holy people:  These were church folks, likely a mix bag of church folks, such as Jews who accepted Jesus. Gentiles, who had fully converted to Judaism, then accepted Jesus, and Gentiles who had been in the process of converting, then accepted Jesus, and lastly Gentiles who essentially had been pagans until hearing about Jesus.  So let us get to the meat of the subject:  Romans 10:8-11….the so called Sinner’s Prayer and see if Paul was talking about salvation as in being born again.

  • But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach: because if thou shalt confess with thy mouth Jesus as Lord, and shalt believe in thy heart that God raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved: for with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be put to shame

So was Paul talking to sinners….the answer is NO. Paul is addressing Christians, not non-Christians, in this text. He makes it clear in verse 8 that the object of verse 9 (where he notates confession and salvation) is a group of people ALREADY in Christ. Verse 8 states that the word IS near them, that the word IS in their mouth and that the word IS in their heart ALREADY. Existing salvation in verse 8 is characterized THREE times in the PRESENT TENSE. Paul’s statements in verses 9 and 10 clearly reference a restoration confession for Christians ONLY, Those who daily confess Christ and the reality of His resurrection by both word and deed, thus confirming their belief and resulting ultimately, in salvation. Paul wrote Romans to the church (saved Christians ONLY).

Furthermore, in the context of chapter 10, Paul addresses his audience as “Brethren.” Now, some would say that “Brethren” might refer to Paul’s Jewish “brethren” in the flesh. However, this cannot be the case for in 9:31 he asserts that Israel had “not attained to the law of righteousness.” (KJV) and then finally in 10:1 says that his “…heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they [non-Christian Israel] might be SAVED.” Clearly, the text and the context of Romans 10:9 and 10 refer ONLY to Christians and is NOT a statement having ANYTHING to do with a non-Christian.  And not once in Paul dealing with those who was unsaved told them to repeat the Sinner’s Prayer. In Acts 16 when he encountered the Philippian Jailer, he told him to be baptized, in Acts 19 when he came upon the followers of John the Baptist, he told them to be baptized….never just say that sinner’s prayer.  Even Paul himself, after his conversion on the Road to Damascus the man of God told him to arise, wash his eyes, and go and be baptized.

And lastly, if you do confess Jesus and believe him, then you must believe what Jesus taught….he that believes and is baptized shall be saved.  Baptism is needed for salvation, no ifs and butts about it.   You want to be saved, check out the book of Acts, you want to set church doctrine, then read after Acts.  I closed by saying this is a tough one for me, as many of you who are reading this, I love each of you with the love of Jesus, but nevertheless, you have said the Sinner’s Prayer, and all I am saying that belief is not enough…Satan believes. 

So I am saying you are not saved….nope, a thousand time no, because I don’t have heaven or hell to put anyone in….but there is a reason that the Lord will tell church goers, some who have even done work in the Church, depart from, though you did things in the church, prophecy in my name, depart from me, but I don’t know you.  Who is saved and not saved, that is God’s business, but I know that I have given you what God has given me “this day”….and just like me; we will have to give an account.

Published on August 11, 2011 at 12:16 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. Thank you so much for this enlightment. We must pray for the body of Christ. Jesus prayed that we all be one. It is Satan’s desire to blind the minds of people. No offense, but some has these titles DD. The word is so plain. The name is JESUS…..and it’s so true, that in order for anyone to be saved is to go back to ACTS:38. I must confess that I was sitting in a church for 14 years, and GOD spoke to me and said I must return to my first love…….I had to leave because I couldn’t continue to set under that doctrine.

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