Romans 10:13-17, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Proverbs 14:25, “A true witness delivereth souls: but a deceitful witness speaketh lies.”
I found this video online. This is a very common practice in Baptist churches, leading people to pray a “123, follow me” type of prayer to be saved. At 17:30 minutes into the video, the teacher leads the children to pray a sinner's prayer to be saved...
I do believe some of these people get saved, but this is not the Bible way to lead people to the Lord. The Gospel of John is God's Gospel tract. John 20:31, “But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.” In the Gospel of John we find the word “believe” mentioned 85 times, without any mention of the word “repent” or “prayer” to be saved. Jesus said in John 6:47, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.” Jesus never told anyone to pray to be saved.
Perhaps you think I am splitting hairs, being picky. You need to know that I was saved at age 13, but for the next 7 years I lived in worry, fear and misery wondering if I was really saved, because of the faulty type of quick prayerism. Now, I do believe in quick believism to be saved. I am not a Calvinist at all. In fact, I vehemently hate all 5 points of Calvinism. There is no such thing as a Christian 5 point Calvinist. Charles Spurgeon was a mild Calvinist. Spurgeon believed in the heresy of Limited Atonement (i.e., the false teaching that Jesus only died for the saints). Bless God, Jesus died for the aint's too! I love Pastor Spurgeon, but he was not as great a theologian as he was an intelligent man and orator. Still, I love the man as a Baptist preacher, including his flaws, as we all have.
I am not saying that none of those children got saved in the preceding video, but prayer is not necessary to be saved. Believing in all that is required. A believing heart may desire to walk a church isle, pray a prayer, or invite Jesus into one's life, but these are NOT necessary to be saved. In my humble opinion, and from my own painful experience for 7 years, adding a prayer to the Gospel is a risky thing to do. I do believe that many people misunderstand the Gospel because of this unbiblical practice, causing them to miss salvation.
Again, to clarify, I do believe in instantaneous salvation, simply by faith alone in the GOOD NEWS of Jesus crucified, buried and risen from the dead (1st Corinthians 15:1-4). I disagree with those who say that you cannot merely claim to be saved and that's it. Dr. Steve Pettit (president of Bob Jones University since 2014) teaches this junk theology. You can be saved immediately, and that's it! Eternal life is a free gift from God, paid for in full by Jesus' precious blood (1st Peter 1:18-19). Since Jesus paid it all, there is NO COST to anyone for salvation. I am sick and tired of hearing Steve Pettit and Dr. John MacArthur say that salvation costs us. There is no cost, because Jesus paid it all.
I do not like the term “quick prayerism,” because it implies that you cannot be saved quickly. Some people use disparaging terms; such as, “cheap grace” and “greasy grace” and “easy believism.” Grace is not “cheap” dear reader, it is completely FREE! It cost God His only begotten Son, and it cost Jesus' His earthly life; but it is FREE to you and me. Simply receive Christ's sacrifice on the cross as payment for your sins, believing that He is bodily risen from the dead, and you are saved. It is a gift. Salvation is free, easy and simple.
Albeit, I have to agree to an extent with the criticism against leading someone to pray a “123, follow me” type of prayer to be saved. That is not what the Bible teaches. Only by taking obscure passages of Scripture out of context can you come up with such a teaching. The Apostle Paul didn't ask the Corinthians if they had prayed. 1st Corinthians 2:2, “For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.”