David Platt – On The Sinners Prayer

Should it concern us that the bible never calls us to ask Jesus into our hearts? Should it concern us that the bible never mentions such a superstitious sinners prayer and yet that is exactly what we have sold to so many as salvation?

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2 thoughts on “David Platt – On The Sinners Prayer”

  1. I am not so sure I agree that there are no scriptural grounds for praying sincere prayers of faith- Romans 10:9-12? So Platt should be more careful before he says it is “superstition” and reduces it to the product of a fertile imagination.

    Moreover, he has left me somewhat confused- the bible speaks of actual knowledge or revelation of Christ- 1 John 5:13 says “that you may know you have eternal life”. So while mentally and verbally agreeing to theological information does not save me, my faith in the finished work of Christ does. And if my faith is genuine, my life will change (repentance). While the bible doesn’t say “ask Jesus into your heart” it clearly does say that I can’t be saved without Him in my life (John 3:36).

    While Platt is right on about the need to make disciples and return to scripture, he should have been much more selective in the words he used, and in my opinion his rhetoric has generated more heat than light.

    1. Thanks for your response Douglas. I believe the ideal in reference is not so much as a praying genuing prayers of faith. The issue of address is the rote, repetition of a liturgical supplantation of a genuine prayer of faith. Repeating “sinners prayers” are manufactured and in my personal opinion, just a way for the one leading to confirm a conversion for his own personal boasting purposes.

      A debatable issue for sure, but the sentiment you express is what I think Platt is motivated by.

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