I preached this sermon during the Biblical Church Evangelism
Conference, in Beaverton, OR. The American Evangelical tradition
commonly referred to as the “Sinner’s Prayer” has created more false
converts than any other unbiblical tradition inside the Church. An untold number of people have been pronounced
“saved” after “praying the prayer” by well-intentioned,
sincere, caring Christians and by charlatans, hucksters, and personal kingdom
and legacy builders.
Lord to hear Him say, “Depart from me, you worker of lawlessness; I never
slaughtered for the idol it is. If you believe you are saved because you
“prayed the prayer,” then you must examine yourself to see if you are
truly in the faith. Salvation is by the grace of God alone, through faith
alone, in Jesus Christ alone. No one is saved because they prayed a prayer.
Salvation is the result of the sovereign, monergistic work of God. Salvation is
not the result of the synergistic, cooperative effort between God and man.