The practice of encouraging seekers to say the sinner’s prayer has become commonplace in Thailand. However, the practice is relatively recent and has developed out of Western individualistic assumptions. It is not an explicitly biblical practice and has serious practical problems, producing decisions for Christ that often do not result in a long-term commitment to Christianity. The practice also runs counter to many Thai cultural norms and can be harmful to evangelism and discipleship in Thailand. This article suggests a different approach, the prayer challenge.
Hilderbrand, K. M. (2022). The Sinner’s Prayer: An Inappropriate Ritual for Thai Christian Culture and a Suggested Replacement. Great Commission Research Journal, 14(1), 69-85. Retrieved from https://place.asburyseminary.edu/gcrj/vol14/iss1/5