I preached this sermon during the Biblical Church Evangelism Conference, in Beaverton, OR. The American Evangelical tradition commonly referred to as the "Sinner's Prayer" has created more false converts than any other unbiblical tradition inside the Church. An untold number of people have been pronounced "saved" after "praying the prayer" by well-intentioned, sincere, caring Christians and by charlatans, hucksters, and personal kingdom and legacy builders.
The result: many, many people one-day standing before the Lord to hear Him say, "Depart from me, you worker of lawlessness; I never knew you."
It's time for this sacred cow of the Church to be slaughtered for the idol it is. If you believe you are saved because you "prayed the prayer," then you must examine yourself to see if you are truly in the faith. Salvation is by the grace of God alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone. No one is saved because they prayed a prayer. Salvation is the result of the sovereign, monergistic work of God. Salvation is not the result of the synergistic, cooperative effort between God and man.
Listen to the sermon here: Slaying the Sinner’s Prayer