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From: "REVIVAL List" <prophetic@...>
Date: Thu, 06 Sep 2007 15:52:14 -0700
Our churches are filled with false converts...

-by Pastor Ray Baumann.

Attention all churches! This is an information recall on the sinner’s
prayer that has been repeated over and over again for the last 100
years. This recall is an effort to repent before God for negligence in
evangelism and to prevent more damage by producing more false
converts. For years churches thought that all a person had to do
was repeat a prayer to be saved. The “sinner’s prayer” is not found
anywhere in the New Testament, nor is there a single instance of
any sinner directed to pray for their salvation. In churches of all
denominations, it is rare for people to mourn their sin. Instead,
churchgoers are encouraged to just believe and repeat a prayer,
which is meant to signify that they’ve accepted Christ as their
personal savior.

The sinner’s prayer goes a little like this:
“Repeat after me, Jesus I now confess to you all of the wrong and
sinful things that I have ever done in my life. I ask that you please
forgive me and wash away all of my sins by the blood that you
have personally shed for me on the cross. I am now ready to
accept you as my personal Lord and Savior. I now ask that you
come into my life and live with me for all of eternity. I now believe
that I am truly saved and born again.” Just believing in Jesus
doesn’t make you a Christian, just like believing in Osama Bin
Ladin doesn’t make you a terrorist. It is not a belief that
recognizes someone’s existence in history either, because even
the devil believes in Christ. “You believe that God is one, you do
well; the demons also believe, and shudder,” James 2:19. It’s a
belief that changes who you are from the inside out.

This recall is exposing churches that make light of repentance
and claim it is the same as faith, or redefine it so that it has
nothing to do with sin. The sinner’s prayer is not the Biblical
pattern for evangelism. Churches that use this technique are
following a manmade formula. Throughout history, Bible preachers
and prophets have always proclaimed repentance.

After extensive study and research it has been discovered that
repeating a prayer does nothing. As a result, this recall will affect
millions of churchgoers that have a false sense of eternal security
because they have been affirmed by the local church for taking
this action. We have found that repeating a sinner’s prayer has no
link to salvation in Jesus Christ. People affected by this recall
include anyone who has ever attended church, a camp meeting
and crusades and/or repeated the sinner’s prayer.

As of Aug 31, 2007 there is an unofficial moratorium of the sinner’s prayer.

Studies are showing that repeating the sinner’s prayer has no
saving power, no matter if it was repeated in front of one person
or 10,000. No matter who led you in the prayer, whether it was
Billy Graham or Bill Clinton, a signed pledge card will not save you.
Salvation cannot be found through repeating a prayer. Action must
be taken for those who trust their eternity to a repeated prayer to
save them from the judgment to come.

Effective immediately, every person must examine themselves as
instructed in 2 Corinthians 13:5. “Test yourselves to see if you are
in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this
about yourselves; that Jesus Christ is in you unless indeed you
fail the test?”

Has there been a change in your life?

This recall will be very costly for the church and they may or may
not embrace this message. It will be too embarrassing for many
churches to find out that the majority of their attendees are
unsaved. There will be a clear, defining line between believers and
make-believers. Many will continue in cheapening the gospel
message that makes a mockery out of Christianity.

There is a big difference between thinking you are saved and being
born again. Someone who is truly born again identifies with the
sacrifice Christ made on the cross for their sin. The debt that they
could not pay and an eternal gratitude exists that reprioritizes one’s life.

True saving faith (belief) is followed by obedience to the Word of
God. It’s a dying to self and to sin to protect the new relationship
with an Almighty God. A believer’s testimony is more than
recalling a prayer that was recited. It must recall the events that
brought them to the realization of the sin in their life and that their
greatest need is to be forgiven by repenting and turning from their
old life and walking with Christ.

For further self examinations please see 1 John 5.

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