The Sinner’s Prayer has become part and parcel of Western evangelistic methodology. Its historical derivation can be traced to American revivalist techniques. The prayer’s application in twenty-first century popular culture has added further obstacles to the process of making genuine disciples as Jesus is presented as a commodity to be consumed in order to achieve self-actualization. In this setting, the calls to count the cost of discipleship have been neglected, which has adversely affected the church. To reverse course, baptism should replace the prayer’s usage as an indication of one’s commitment to Christ, and disciple formation should incorporate the biblical concept of an obedient faith.
Little, C. R. (2011). Saving the Church from the Sinner’s Prayer. Great Commission Research Journal, 3(1), 114-135. Retrieved from https://place.asburyseminary.edu/gcrj/vol3/iss1/9