Finishing his stirring salvation message, the evangelist pauses a moment. He looks at the crowd which is jam-packed into the large football stadium, and then says, “Let’s bow our heads and close our eyes.”
The crowd responds as a group.
“This is serious stuff folks because Jesus is knocking on the doors of our hearts,” whispers the evangelist into the microphone, “so I want everyone to keep their heads bowed and eyes closed and repeat this prayer after me.”
Again, he pauses a moment. The audience is quiet, only the cry of a small baby can be heard for a second or two in the top tier of seats. Then, the mother quiets the child.
“Repeat after me,” says the evangelist, “Lord Jesus, I need You. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of my life and make me whatever You want me to be from this point forward in my life. Amen.”
After a few moments, the evangelist says, “All those who have prayed this prayer for the first time – and have truly meant it – please come forward to this platform. We want to give you something and talk with you.”
Hundreds stand up and begin walking to the front of the stadium.
So, is there anything wrong with this type of evangelism? What about the sinner’s prayer, is there anything wrong with it? What do you think?
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