The Sinner’s Prayer isn’t Working Anymore

In fact, it’s working against God

I was having an interesting conversation with a coworker the other day. Discussing our plans for the weekend, I asked her if she goes to church anywhere. New Beginnings, she said. A Christian church.

I was excited to run into a fellow believer. But at the same time, I knew I couldn’t be sure she was really saved.

The next Monday, we were talking again. I asked her, “so how do you know you’re saved?”

“I was saved at a Joyce Meyer conference a few years ago.”

“But how? What saves someone?” I asked.

“That’s a good question. I guess I don’t honestly know.”

You can’t be saved without knowing how to be saved. I explained the gospel to her, but she said she already believed that. But again, I knew she couldn’t be saved, because she didn’t know what saves someone.

Being raised to think that because you did or said something one time makes you saved forever is dangerous. If I hadn’t asked her what saves someone and just left it at her telling me she was saved, she would still be on the wide road to eternal separation from God.

I suggest we stop assuming that if they say the Sinner’s Prayer, were saved young, or go to church every Sunday they are saved. The Sinner’s Prayer isn’t what saves. We don’t know hearts, so we can’t tell anyone they’re certainly saved.

I suggest we share the gospel and ask the hard questions every time, so that we will know we did all we could to keep people from falsely believing they’re saved.

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