“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son,
that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” – John 3:16

5.10 Saying the “Sinner’s Prayer” Saves You

Contrary to popular belief (and even the teachings of many Christian pastors), you are not “saved” by simply saying a magical set of words (usually called the “sinners’ prayer”), that you speak once and then somehow you are magically saved forever without anything more involved and regardless of how you live the rest of your life.

This teaching is not in Scripture anywhere! At best the “sinner’s prayer” that you may be led to speak by your church or pastor is only a way to help you confess and verbalize your belief in Christ, although nowhere does the Bible prescribe a certain set of words that must be used.

And most importantly, you must also realize that this false teaching almost always comes along with the “once saved always saved”, and the “you are saved by faith only”, false teachings. They travel as a pack and go hand-in-hand. In fact, when someone says they are “saved”, that is actually not the best way of saying it. It would be better to say they “accepted Christ”, “became a believer”, or “were born-again”. You are not born again until you have done what this book has presented to you as what Scripture commands.

As you have read, the Biblically specified conditions for eternal salvation are: being born-again (through belief, repentance, confession, and baptism), obedience to the commands of Christ, proving your faith through action (good works) and persevering in faith unto death.

Next Page>

“You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” – John 8:32

Get a copy of this site in book form for yourself, a friend or a loved one…