September 15, 2007
Are you Deceived by Prayer?
Jesus spoke about being deceived by prayer:
5 And when ye pray, ye shall not be as the hypocrites: for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have received their reward. 6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thine inner chamber, and having shut thy door, pray to thy Father who is in secret, and thy Father who seeth in secret shall recompense thee. 7 And in praying use not vain repetitions, as the Gentiles do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. 8 Be not therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
Today we have Moslems who pray repetitiously seven days a week, Catholics who pray repetitiously the rosary.
Then we have protestants work the greatest deception of them all, formulated a prayer that they claim saves, forgives sins, called the sinners prayer. They deny the actual meaning of grace, which is the works of God, authorized, as UNMERITORIOUS (credited to God, not man) steps, one walks in through faith (persuasion of God), working in men to be save. Which are plain to see written in scripture, to believe, confess, repent and baptism (water immersion). Baptism is written in the bible the moment is forgiven of sins, saves, is justified from sin. To speak to people who believe ’sinner’s prayer” is the moment one is saved, is like speaking to a sound bite, slogan simplistic frame of mind. When you say to them you need to be baptized (water immersed) in Christ, to be saved, forgiven of sins, to be justified from sins. They reply, “nothing but Jesus”, or say “if you add anything to Jesus, your lost, evil”. In their sound bites, slogans, they stop thinking, denying Jesus’ and his Apostles many other words.
WHY? Two great masses of people, first on the far right, the Catholics are warped by man made works of all sorts, to many to list, and then on the far left, protestants put their trust in a man made work, called the sinners prayer. The protestants to differentiate themselves from Catholics, rebuke the Catholics for having many man made works, but protestants in denial, hold on to one man made work, sinners prayer. Both groups believe the persuasion of man over God’s persuasion in the bible, they put their trust in the numbers of people.
1 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the fold of the sheep, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.
If you need assistance in obeying the Lord in this vital matter, please feel free to contact the Church of Christ nearest you. Also please when you contact them send along this web page, so they will know what frame of mind you coming from. They will encourage you too bible study, and to assemble in fellowship and worship with them. God Bless
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By John J Nowak
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