I heard Calvinist pastors and others who hold to that doctrine like David Platt, Paul Washer, Todd Friel, and Ray Comfort who believes the same, but is not a Calvinist, believe that asking Jesus into your heart and praying the sinner’s prayer is unbiblical, dangerous, and should be avoided because it is not the gospel.
Is that true ladies and gentlemen? Let’s go to the source.
How a person gets saved?
Romans 10:9-10, 13
- 9 If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
- 10 One believes with the heart, resulting in righteousness, and one confesses with the mouth, resulting in salvation.
- 13 For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
The sinner’s prayer
According to Romans 10, a person who has been convicted by the Holy Spirit and is ready for salvation, must with his mouth declare the need for salvation, asking Jesus to save him, either in private or with someone who is leading him. The sinner’s prayer is declaratory, explaining and confessing through prayer what Jesus has done for him. The only way a person will say the sinner’s prayer is by first having faith in Jesus Christ and declaring that faith through prayer.
Remember, the sinner’s prayer is not what saves a person, but it is an expression through confession of their faith in Jesus Christ which saves.
The Calvinists like to say that the sinner’s prayer makes false converts. That is a ridiculous statement because regardless if you say the sinner’s prayer or declare that you believe without the prayer, the outcome of having genuine faith rests solely on the person’s decision to believe in Jesus Christ or not. So, it doesn’t matter if an individual says the prayer or not. That doesn’t make a false convert. This is what you call judging a person’s heart. A faith that has not taken root deep down in the soil, in reference to the Holy Spirit, makes a false convert which in due time will fall away showing that they never had genuine faith.
1 John 2:19
19 They went out from us, but they did not belong to us; for if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us. However, they went out so that it might be made clear that none of them belongs to us.
Genuine faith is always and only seen through action.
18 But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without works, and I will show you faith from my works.
True faith will produce God-honoring works. A person who has just received saving faith is expressed through his mouth because of the joy that he is feeling for the first time.
The sinner’s prayer is declaring and showing what he already has, saving faith, and asking Jesus to save him and use him for His glory, only true faith will produce that speech.
Mr. David Platt [a Calvinist] said that to ask Jesus into your heart was not found anywhere in the Bible.
Are we to ask Jesus into our hearts and is it Biblical?
When a person believes in Jesus and asks Him to save him, the Holy Spirit goes inside of that person and makes His home with him.
Jesus answered, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word. My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.
“make Our home with him” is a reference to the Godhead which shows that God in the person of the Holy Spirit lives inside every person who puts his or her trust in Jesus Christ.
How about the phrase “receive Jesus into your heart”, is that found in Scripture?
Yes, it is found in Ephesians 3:16-17 which says, “16 I pray that He may grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power in the inner man through His Spirit, 17 and that the Messiah may dwell in your hearts through faith. I pray that you, being rooted and firmly established in love”
This attack by Calvinists on the sinner’s prayer and teaching Christians not to tell people to ask Him into their hearts is demonic and not from God. That’s what happens when you believe someone’s interpretation instead of the Holy Spirit’s. All the “isms” within the Christian circle must be avoided and only stick to reading the Bible with prayer, so that we may go to God’s Word with our eyes and ears wide open to hear from God or else we will miss what He has to say to us. Having someone else’s lens will make us blind to the Holy Spirit’s interpretation of the Word of God.
Many of Calvin’s and Arminius’ theology is unbiblical and if followed, a person will deviate from the path of Christ as written in Holy Scripture and push themselves and others away from the Word of God.