According to Amy Spreeman of Berean Research “Telling someone that he or she is saved by reciting a prayer is a lie from the pit of Hell.” Amy backs up this claim with Scripture. She writes:
Several readers have asked us, “What should I do if I am attending a church that practices the Sinner’s Prayer?”
If you’ve ever been to an evangelical church service or ministry outreach, you know the drill: Head down, no looking around, just you and God, sappy background music, and just slip your hand up if you want to invite Jesus into your heart. I see that hand in the second row. Thank you. Anyone else?
I can certainly understand why many people feel uncomfortable. There are some elements of it that are good, like confessing our belief in Jesus, admitting we are sinners and saying “I’m sorry,” but the most dangerous part of the practice comes at the end, when the minister declares, “If you prayed that prayer with me, congratulations and welcome into the kingdom of God!” Telling someone that he or she is saved by reciting a prayer is a lie from the pit of Hell.