The "Sinner's Prayer" is nowhere to be found in the Bible

God's Plan of Salvation

Step 1: Hear the Gospel and Recognize Your Condition
You must hear the gospel and then understand and recognize that you are lost without Jesus Christ no
matter who you are and no matter what your background is. The Bible tells us that “all have sinned,
and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) Before you can be saved, you must understand that
you are lost and that the only way to be saved is by obedience to the gospel of Jesus Christ.
(2 Thessalonians 1:8) Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father,
but by me.” (John 14:6) “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under
heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)

Step 2: Have Faith in God
You must have faith in God because “without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to
God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
But neither belief alone nor faith alone is sufficient to save. James 2:19; Thou believest that there
is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. James 2:24; Ye see then how that by
works a man is justified, and not by faith only.

Step 3: Repent of Your Sins
You must repent of your sins. (Acts 3:19) But repentance alone is not enough. The so-called “Sinner’s Prayer”
that you hear so much about today from denominational preachers does not appear anywhere in the Bible.
Indeed, nowhere in the Bible was anyone ever told to pray the “Sinner’s Prayer” to be saved. By contrast,
there are numerous examples showing that prayer alone does not save. Saul, for example, prayed following
his meeting with Jesus on the road to Damascus (Acts 9:11), but Saul was still in his sins when Ananias
met him three days later (Acts 22:16). Cornelius prayed to God always, and yet there was something else
he needed to do to be saved (Acts 10:2, 6, 33, 48). If prayer alone did not save Saul or Cornelius,
it will not save you either. You must obey the gospel.

Step 4: Confess That Jesus Christ is the Son of God
You must confess that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. (Romans 10:9-10) Note that you do NOT need to make
Jesus “Lord of your life.” Why? Because Jesus is already Lord of your life whether or not you have obeyed
His gospel. Indeed, we obey him, not to make him Lord, but because he already is Lord. (Acts 2:36) Also,
no one in the Bible was ever told to just “accept Jesus as your personal savior.” We must confess that
Jesus is the Son of God, but, as with faith and repentance, confession alone does not save. (Matthew 7:21)

Step 5: Be Baptized for the Remission of Your Sins
Having believed, repented, and confessed that Jesus is the Son of God, you must be baptized for the remission
of your sins. (Acts 2:38) It is at this point (and not before) that your sins are forgiven. (Acts 22:16)
It is impossible to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ without teaching the absolute necessity of baptism
for salvation. (Acts 8:35-36; Romans 6:3-4; 1 Peter 3:21) Anyone who responds to the question in Acts 2:37
with an answer that contradicts Acts 2:38 is NOT proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ!
Note: Being "Born Again" is the same thing as "Putting on Christ". Then ... Galatians 3:27 makes the
necessity of baptism very clear ... "For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ."

Step 6: Be Faithful Unto Death
Once you are saved, God adds you to his church and writes your name in the Book of Life. (Acts 2:47; Philippians 4:3).
To continue in God’s grace, you must continue to serve God faithfully until death. Unless they remain faithful,
those who are in God’s grace will fall from grace, and those whose names are in the Book of Life will have
their names blotted out of that book. (Revelation 2:10; Revelation 3:5; Galatians 5:4)

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