Repentance-The old formula still works
Why do Pastors, Preachers, Evangelists etc. continue to regurgitate a repetitive ‘sinner’s prayer’ when that is not in the Word of God? In fact, Luke 3:3,4 John the Baptist, “came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins; As it is written in the book of the words of Esaias the prophet, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.” This being what God the Father had intended, instructed and commanded him to do.
Repenting-the first step in the process of being born again, followed soon thereafter by being baptised in the Name of Jesus! The problem with repeating a so-called ‘sinner’s prayer’, the individual is focusing on hearing what to repeat, in lieu of himself falling to his knees as a broken soul reaching way down inside and crying out to the Lord God in a contrite manner asking for forgiveness as you also confess of all your sins.
The whole main point is, each individual must, on their own accord come to God, (broken) and repent from their old way of life, asking forgiveness of their sins, and then directed to be baptised soon thereafter. Each person must come to God in a broken, contrite and sorrowful state. Otherwise, by repeating some ‘sinner’s prayer’ that isn’t of God, that person shows no remorse or sorrow. The most important step is being removed by inserting a ‘sinner’s prayer’. We must all come to God in a sorrowful, tearful, groveling state, which comes from a sincere heart. Most everyone I have ever seen repeating a ‘sinner’s prayer’, while standing with many other people at the front of the stage/altar do not show any “remorse worthy of repentance”? One must “bear fruits worthy of repentance”. Then, once the repeated recital is performed, the Evangelist then states that the person has been born again, NOT SO! Being water baptised is the first step in being born again, once that person has repented! God is not going to change the way He has commanded it to be performed.
The problem today is, Repentance is not being Preached like it should! People are not getting pierced in the heart upon hearing the Word of God, which they need to hear, thus stimulating a remorseful and contrite spirit needed for repentance! Preachers, Pastors, Evangelists etc. need to repent themselves from adding and annulling the Word of God! We must get back to the Way it was prepared in the first place! The old formula still works to get the job done! Personally, I see the ‘sinner’s prayer’ as blasphemous. It is diverting away from the Real Way God had planned it. We are not to add or subtract from the Word of God! In essence, we are saying that the Way God had commanded it to be done, is no longer valid or the way it should be?! Man has simply changed the Word of God to man’s version of how repentance and being born again should be done?! This ought not to be!
Matthew 3:8 “Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance, New King James
Luke 3:8 “Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance, … New King James
Matthew 3:8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance: King James
Luke 3:3 And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins;
Luke 3:8 Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.
Luke 5:32 I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
Luke 15:7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.
Luke 24:47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
Matthew 21:44 And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.
Luke 20:18 Whosoever shall fall upon that stone shall be broken; but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.
Psalm 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
Psalm 34:18 The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.
Isaiah 57:15 For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
Isaiah 66:2 For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.
Matthew 3:1 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,
Matthew 3:2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Matthew 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Mark 1:14 Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,
Mark 1:15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.
Mark 6:12 And they went out, and preached that men should repent.
Luke 13:3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
Luke 13:5 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptised every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Acts 3:19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;
Acts 11:18 When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life.
Acts 13:24 When John had first preached before his coming the baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel.
Acts 17:30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:
Acts 19:24 Then said Paul, John verily baptised with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.
Acts 20:21 Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.
Acts 26:20 But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.
2Corinthians 7:9 Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing.
2Corinthians 7:10 For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.
2Timothy 2:25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;
2Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
this comes from my sincere heart to you so that you will correct the injustice that had been done to you and commit yourself to the way God wants you to come to Him. All praise and glory to God our Father and our Saviour Jesus Christ our LORD!