the "sinners prayer" is a certain prayer that many believe if you recite, it will save you. The Bible does not support this. The biblical method of salvation is faith in Jesus Christ. John 3:16 tells us, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life.” Salvation is gained by faith (Ephesians 2:8), by receiving Jesus as Savior (John 1:12), and by fully trusting Jesus alone (John 14:6; Acts 4:12), not by reciting a prayer. Now, that does not mean prayer cannot be involved in receiving salvation. It should be. If you understand the gospel, believe it to be true, and have accepted Jesus as your salvation, it is good and appropriate to express that faith to God in prayer. But a scripted set of words is not what saves you, only your faith in Christ can!
at 5:50 AM on Sep. 7, 2010