Is salvation lost by the sinner’s prayer?

Larry Sitz - Kedron Church of Christ

A bright cloud overshadowed them and a voice out of the cloud saying, “This is my Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased, hear ye him” (Matt. 17:5, Luke 9:34-35). There is but one way to heaven, and that is through following the commandments of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. (John 14:6). Why not cut to the crux of the matter straight forward? Believing a lie will never lead to the truth.

From the secular history that I can read, the attempted reformation of Catholicism of the 16th and 17th centuries led to the development of denominations. Man made plans of salvation were developed to replace God’s original plan. As the protestant movement later developed under such men as Martin Luther, it was taught that salvation was a gift from God, no strings attached. They rejected God’s word, which required men to be baptized. Praying to be saved became their substitute for God’s commandments. Now that the matter has come full circle, baptism has simply been relegated to a symbolic act, having nothing to do with salvation.

Next came the mourners bench salvation, which required sinners to pray hard and long to gain salvation. I am told that since this sometimes became a long and arduous process, it is not as common in practice today as it once was. Now that we have telecommunication evangelism and time is of the utmost importance, sinners are instructed to touch the radio, television, computer, while sitting at home, or just pray the sinner’s prayer from their audience seat to be saved forthwith. But lately these so called preachers, have even decided to let people receive Jesus into their hearts and be saved, anyway they may choose. Also another man made phrase has come into vogue, “baptism is only an outward sign of an inward grace”. Unfortunately those who believe they have been saved by praying a sinner’s prayer, have believed a false doctrine that is completely foreign to the word of God, and originated strictly from the minds of men (Eph. 4:14). A very sad situation when man has turned from God’s truths to accepting his own self proclaimed truths.

Why may I inquire, would anyone want to believe and trust the fate of their eternal soul to a man made lie, when God’s simple truth is staring them straight in the face? (II John 1:9) When Peter informed those gathered on the day of Pentecost that they had killed the Son of God, they inquired, “what shall we do?” Peter then told them exactly what he would tell us today. Repent and be baptize every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of your sins (Acts 2:37-38). Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever, He has not changed his mind about what he requires of us to be saved (Heb. 13:8).

Nowhere in the bible can we find a commandment to pray a prayer to be saved. Let us now look at the truth of what God does say that we must do to be saved. We must be baptized to be saved (Mark 16:16). Baptism is for the remission of our sins (Acts 2:38). Our sins are washed away when we are baptized (Acts 22:16). We are saved when we are baptized (I Peter 3:21) The Lord adds us to his church when we are baptized (Act 2:41-47). We must know and believe in God, repent of our sins, confess Jesus Christ before men to be the living Son of God, be baptized to wash away our sins, be added to the church of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, live a Godly life until death to be saved (Luke 13:3, Rom. 10:10, Mark 16:16, Acts 2:47, Rev. 2:10, 22:14). These simple truths God himself has declared to all mankind, and this humble student can only relate these truths, with no attempt to add or subtract from His Holy Word.

We invite all who would, to come together with us each Sunday morning at Kedron on the Coopertown Road, Russellville, Kentucky, to worship God in spirit and in truth. We neither add to God’s word or take from it. Bible study at 10:00 and Worship at 11:00. Brother Richard Sitz speaks on the first Sunday of each month and Crittenden Drive Church of Christ has graciously supplied us with a host of excellent guest speakers for the remaining weeks of the month. We invite one and all to come visit with us and be uplifted by these fine presentations of the “Good News” of God’s Holy Word.

Larry Sitz

Kedron Church of Christ

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