Monday, October 5, 2015
Sinners Prayer Shallow Insincere Commitment
Many people believe that they are Christians, they believe that they are saved after reciting a "sinners prayer" after somebody and making a shallow, insincere commitment to follow Jesus Christ.
There are many versions of the "sinners prayer." One of the famous ones is the Billy Graham sinners prayer. It goes like this:
"Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe You died for my sins and rose from the dead. I turn from my sins and invite You to come into my heart and life. I want to trust and follow You as my Lord and Savior. In Your Name.
Another version is this one:
"Lord Jesus, I need You. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of the throne of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be"
After repeating these lines, after somebody else people are told that they are saved and now they are going to heaven, they have security of salvation. They walk away and they believe they are saved as long as they attend church and they believe, they think that they will have eternal life but they forget that in reading these lines they made promises to God which they never keep. They go on living like the rest of the world, they do not REPENT, they do not turn away from sin. They do not obey Jesus Christ, be baptized in water, they do not serve Him as Lord and Master. They just believe that they are saved because they repeated these lines after somebody. They never meant it in their hearts and they never kept their side of the bargain, of that which they promised God to do. Can that save us? Certainly not. It is just a meaningless repetition of words. We will not have salvation if we do not obey Jesus Christ and if we have made promises to God we have to keep them because God does not tolerate fools! It is foolish to make promises to God and not keep them. He will hold it against you because you have LIED IN ADVANCE and you have added to your sin. Only those who REPENT, turn away from their previous lifestyle of sin and of serving themselves, who GO AFTER Jesus Christ and obey Him, be baptized in water, OBEY His words, live in holiness and righteousness, it is only they that will have salvation.
It is only those who get into a real relationship with Jesus Christ, who SEEK the baptism in the Holy Spirit and are filled with the Holy Spirit and follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit, who TRULY get to KNOW Jesus Christ, only they will be saved.
There is no quick easy contractual formula that you can apply to have salvation. You have to KNOW, FOLLOW and OBEY Jesus Christ until the very end or else you will perish.
Keep your promises to Jesus Christ, place Him on the throne of your life. Serve and obey Him as LORD until the end or else you will not be part of His kingdom and you will perish.
May Jesus bless you.