Monday, 26 May 2014

The 'Sinner's Prayer': The Most Dangerous thing in the Church

Many Christians are deceived into thinking that saying the sinner's prayer makes one saved. They think that believing in Jesus is enough. Salvation only comes from repentance and putting one's faith in Him. Thus, one needs to keep a watch out for people who claim to be Christians because more often than not, it is probable that they are not. Yes, repenting does involve prayer and crying out to God, but simply because one said the 'sinner's prayer' does not mean that one is saved.

Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost (Acts 2:38-39). Jesus said that "Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God" (John 3:3).

A person who is truly saved no longer lives for one self. As the old self has died, it has been crucified (Luke 9:23-24). This is what Jesus meant when He said that if anyone wants to follow me, he must deny oneself. What profit is it if a man gains the whole world but forfeits his own soul (Mark 8:36). If you lose your life for me, you will find it. If you try to keep it, you will lose it (Luke 9:24; Matthew 16:25). The truly saved seeks righteousness, that is he seeks to follow God's law (Romans 8:4-6). This does not mean perfection, but he strives for it.  These are the hallmarks of a person who is free from the dominion of sin. 

First, he has knowledge of sin. Secondly, he thirsts for righteousness.

If you said the 'sinner's prayer' and now think you are saved, you must check yourself to see if you are truly saved. Your old life must be different from your current life. If it is not, it almost definitely indicates that you are not saved. You need to humble yourself, repent and put your faith in Jesus. If your old life is different from you new, this indicates that you are probably saved. You need to examine yourself to see if you  are in the faith. 

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