The following scriptures used to support man's 'plan of salvation' whereby another is supposedly saved are falsely interpreted: God's plan of salvation is simple - "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ (Jn 3.36, 6.47 & Acts 16.31)." Please see PLAN OF SALVATION and SAVED on www.preach-the-gospel.org for their meanings.
"There is none righteous, no, not one (Rom 3.10)." "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Rom 3.23)." are linked with Romans 10.9 & 13 (Seen below) to make up "The Romans Road" used to lead another to Christ by a 'sinner's prayer'. A person, however, is not saved by a prayer, but by believing on Christ (Please see 47 PASSAGES ON BELIEF on www.preach-the-gospel.org) after we preach the gospel to them (See last paragraph.) in person with our mouth (Eph 6.19 & Col 4.3-4).
"If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in thine heart that God has raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved (Rom 10.9)." It's so important to confess Christ that the Apostle Paul links it to our salvation. The Greek word for confess, homologeo, means to profess Christ as in preaching the gospel. Christ uses the same word - "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven (Mt 10.32.)."
"Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (Rom 10.13)." The next sentence, which is omitted in support of the sinner's prayer, reads, "How then shall they call on him of whom they have not believed (10.14a)?" Calling on the Lord is a priviledge for believers. Sinner's must be saved by believing on Christ (See Jn 3.36 & 6.47 and Acts 16.31) before they can call upon him.
"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 Jn 1.9)." is written to John's little children (See 1 Jn 2.1) not unregenerate sinners. Confessing our sins and receiving forgiveness and cleansing from all unrighteousness is for believers, just as calling upon the name of the Lord is (See above.). Again, sinner's are saved by believing on Christ after we preach the gospel to them in person with our mouth.
"As many as received him, to them gave he power to become sons of God, even to them that believe on his name (Jn 1.12a)." along with Rev 3.20 (below) is used to get a person to ask Christ to come into their heart, but the second half of the verse (Jn 1.12b) showing that a person receives Christ by believing on his name is left off. Here is yet another scripture falsely interpreted to support the sinner's prayer.
"Behold I stand at the door and knock. If any man will open the door I will come in and sup with him (Rev 3.20).". This scripture, along with Jn 1.12a, is used to convince others that Christ is standing at the door of their heart wanting to be invited in by a prayer. It is written to the Laodicean Church, not unbelievers. Once again we see that scripture has been misinterpreted to support the sinner's prayer in man's 'plan of salvation'.
To preach the gospel simply ask another if they have heard the good news (Gospel means good news.) and tell them - "Christ died for our sins, he was buried, and he rose the third day (1 Cor 15.3-4)." This gospel that the Apostle Paul himself received and preached (1 Cor 15..3) allows the hearer to believe on Christ and be saved (Please see Jn 6.47, Acts 16.31, Rom 1.16 & 10.l4 and 1 Cor 1.21 & 4.15).
Please read a one-page paper each day on www.preach-the-gospel.org for encouragement to preach the gospel.
Copyright © 2012 Preach-the-Gospel.org and Good News Church