It has been said that the ‘Sinner’s Prayer’ leads more people to hell than to eternity with God; It is meant to bring us to our knees and repent of our sin full ways and to change us
1John 1:9 But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.
The problem with the ‘Sinners Prayer’ isn’t with the prayer itself, it is the lack of follow up.
When we say the ‘Sinner’s Prayer’, it isn’t the end; There, that’s done! Now life will be a breeze, easy, no problems, I can do as I like because I’m saved, the end!
Oh no. there is no stop sign at the end of the prayer. No, it is the beginning of a new life in Christ.
2 Tim.2:19 But God’s truth stands firm like a foundation stone with this inscription:”The Lord knows those who are his”, and “All who belong to the Lord must turn away from evil.”
Yes, we are forgiven. IF we repent of our sins and don’t repeat them; or at least try not to.
Our trials are just beginning, no soft easy life for the follower of Christ. At every turn we will meet with obstacles that will try to trip us up and make us back slide. There will always be some one ready to say, “And you call yourself a Christian?” people ready to judge your every word, move and action.
When we say the ‘Sinner’s Prayer’ we are allowing the Holy Spirit to enter us and take control over what we can’t control,
John 15:26 “But I will send you the Advocate- the Spirit of truth. He will come to you from the Father and will testify all about me.”
We allow Jesus to help us in our weakness. Matt. 11:28-30
28) Then Jesus said,”Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.
29) Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
30) For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give is light.”
When we say the ‘Sinner’s Prayer’ we need to move ahead and keep moving.
What happens when a river stops flowing? It begins to dry up and becomes stagnant.
This happens to us too, when we say, “Lord help me, a sinner.” and leave it at that. We have to move on , study His word, talk to Him,(pray), learn His ways and follow them, meditate on His word day and night.
1) Oh the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers.
2) But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night.
3) They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.
4) But not the wicked! They are like worthless chaff, scattered by the wind.
5) They will be condemmed at the time of judgment. Sinners will have no place among the godly.
6) For the lord watches over the path of the godly, but the path of the wicked leads to destruction.
Jesus didn’t have an easy life; He was rejected, spit on, beaten and crucified. So, if we are His followers, why should we expect to have an easy life?
We are told in scripture that the life of a Christian will be tough;
John 15: 18-19
18) “If the world hates you, remember that it hated me first
19) The world would love you as one of its own if you belonged to it, but you are no longer part of the world. I choose you to come out of the world, so it hates you.
Not an easy road to follow. We will be out of our ‘comfort zones’ more often than not.
Jesus was persecuted, we will be also. John 15:20-21
20) “Do you remember what I told you? “A slave is not greater than the master.’ Since they persecuted me, naturally they will persecute you. And if they had listened to me, they would listen to you.
21)They will do all this to you because of me, for they have rejected the One who sent me.
by Mae Nowlin
all bible text is from the NLT
upon talking to a friend, she said she had heard a pastor say he hated the Sinner’s prayer and that it led more to hell than to God.. I thought that a strange thing for a pastor to say, and it got me thinking. and reading. this is what I came up with.