The “Sinner’s Prayer”

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The “Sinner’s Prayer” is not Biblical. Because no such prayer or conversion is found in the Bible, some Biblical scholars have even labeled the sinner’s prayer a “cataract of nonsense” and an “apostasy.”

The Sinner’s Prayer, as popularly known today, has roots in Protestant Christianity. Some affirm that it evolved, in some form or another, in the early days of the Protestant Reformation movement, as a reaction against the Roman Catholic dogma of justification by means of meritorious works. Others believe it originated as early as the eighteenth century revival movement. However, Paul Harrison Chitwood, in his doctoral dissertation on the history of the Sinner’s Prayer, provides strong evidence that the Sinner’s Prayer originated in the early twentieth century.

An early proponent of the sinner’s prayer was the well-known American evangelist D.L. Moody.

Evangelists such as Billy Graham and evangelistic organizations such as Campus Crusade for Christ brought the concept to prominence in the 20th century.

When Christians “accept Christ as their personal savior,” it’s because they don’t accept the fact that Christ is the Savior of ALL mankind. I believe that Christ is the Savior of all mankind – myself included.

J.D. Fine

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