If the sinner’s prayer is good enough to be saved by, why isn’t it good enough to live by? Here’s an example of the sinner’s prayer:
Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and that I have fallen short of your glory. I know that you have seen every wrong thing I have ever done. I also know that you died on the cross so that I could be forgiven of my sins and be able to live for you. I submit my life to you from this day forward. I believe in You. I call upon you as my Lord and Savior. Please receive me, Lord. I trust Your promise that you will not cast me out. Help me to live only for you all the days of my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
What if you were to tell a person that prayed that prayer to live the rest of their life in that same spiritual posture – would that produce a good life? Of course, it would. Instead, we tell them that they need to go to church, get involved in fellowship. That’s where all the mischief ensues. We go over land and sea to make one proselyte, and when we succeed, the convert becomes as bad as us – sometimes worse.
As you have received the Lord, so walk in Him. If we have been birthed by the Spirit, should we not live by the Spirit? Since we’ve begun by faith, will we not continue by faith?
The sinner’s prayer was not such a bad idea, except that we aborted it with our man-made docrine about joining a man-made church. Let us turn to God and live the sinner’s prayer just like we would want the converts to live it.