If we don’t lead people in the “sinner’s prayer” in evangelism, then how can we lead them to Christ?
Pastor David Platt is answering that question after having expressed reservation over the widely employed “sinner’s prayer.” Earlier this year, he called the specific prayer “superstitious,” sparking debate among Christians.
“Remember, our goal is not to count decisions; our goal is to make disciples,” he emphasized.
In the end, Platt remains cautious of the “sinner’s prayer” as it can be recited without a full understanding of the Gospel and of the life they’re committing themselves to.
He highlighted, “Assurance of salvation is not found in a prayer we prayed or a decision we made however many years ago as much as it is found in trusting in the sacrifice of Christ for us, experiencing the Spirit of Christ in us, obeying the commands of Christ to us, and expressing the love of Christ to others.
“Ultimately, however, I don’t want people to look to me or even to a ‘prayer they prayed’ for assurance of salvation. I want them to look to Christ for this. Assurance of salvation is always based on His work, not ours.”
Platt: How to Lead Someone to Christ Without the ‘Sinner’s Prayer’
3 July 2012 By Leave a Comment