Monday, February 22, 2016

Questions for "sinner's prayer" Baptists

1.) Is salvation by faith alone, prayer alone, or faith plus prayer?

2.) Does someone who trusts Christ get saved instantaneously and eternally (Eph. 1:13-14) or does this occur when someone repeats the sinner's prayer?

3.) Does the Bible ever record anyone saying the "sinner's prayer"?

4.) Why are there different versions of the "sinner's prayer" out there? Shouldn't receiving Christ be a standard thing laid out in the Bible? Is there more than one way to get saved in the present dispensation?

5.) Since there is no record of the "sinner's prayer" in the Bible, why should we give people a prayer to say in order to get saved?

6.) Do you receive Christ by faith or by prayer? (John 1:12-13)

7.) At what point does God save the sinner? When he starts saying the prayer, half way through the prayer, or when the person says "Amen"?

8.) Some "gospel" tracts say at the end to "bow your head and say this prayer". Does someone have to bow their head to be saved? Isn't that a work? 

9.) Is prayer a work that someone strives and perseveres in? (Col. 4:12, Rom. 15:30, Eph. 6:18)

10.) Does someone have to confess before men to be saved?

11.) Does someone have to walk down the church, kneel at the platform, and then pray in order to be saved?

12.) Why do you have "altar calls"? Are those in the Bible? Can't someone get saved anywhere if they trust Christ?

13.) Is prayer something that people "offer" God? (Heb. 5:7)

14.) What does "praying through" mean? 

15.) Is the record of the Pharisee and the publican a gospel passage or is it a parable illustrating that you should not trust in yourself? (Luke 18:9-14)

16.) Do lost people have access to God by the Spirit just like saved people do? (Eph. 2:18, 6:18, Rom. 8:15-16, Gal. 4:6)

17.) Does God hear the prayers of the lost? (Isa. 59:1-2, Ps. 34:15-16, Matt. 7:21, John 9:31, 1 Pet. 3:12, Prov. 15:29, 28:9)

18.) Does God want lost people talking or stopping their mouths? (Rom. 3:19) 

19.) Does God know the heart of man, or does He need us to testify of ourselves? (John 2:24-25)

20.) Should the "sinner's prayer" be addressed to the Father or the Son? I have seen tracts that differ on this. 

21.) Why do you tell people to "repeat this prayer after me"? I thought that Christ was the only Mediator between God and men. (1 Tim. 2:5)

22.) Does someone receive salvation and righteousness when they believe the gospel of Christ? (Rom. 1:16-17)

23.) Do you have to ask for a gift, or is it given to those who receive it? (Rom. 5:15-18, 6:23, 2 Cor. 9:15, John 1:12-13)

24.) Prayer is a help to other believers and yourself (2 Cor. 1:11), does God need you to help Him save you?  


Your questions or comments welcome.