Can a person just say one day on their own, "I am not saved therefore I need Christ" and be saved??? That is, can they decide on their own to believe in Him and be saved??? I mean REALLY saved. In another thread, LadyEagle brings a narrative about another who did just that in the thread, "What would you say to this woman?": Recently I have been reading on the website of Pastor Michael D. O'Neal where he discusses and teaches about the sinner's prayer. On one of his pages he states exhaustively that all that is needed is to BELIEVE on Jesus to be saved. The Sinner's Prayer by Michael D. O'Neal, 1994 SOURCE If this is true then the woman that LadyEagle speaks about in her thread may indeed have decided on her own to become a Christian and been convinced that she had indeed encountered a saving grace experience. However, my father-in-law and I had a similar discussion several months ago, during which the point was made that the Holy Spirit has to move an individual to make that decision in order for it to be spiritually correct. It has to be a decision of the heart and not just one of the mind. Conviction of sins is a relevant part of the experience, therefore it had to have the substance of faith in order to be felt in the heart. Given my own deeply felt conversion, I'd have to conclude that the Holy Spirit DOES play a role in that experience. Or at least He did with me. (I say "with me" instead of "for me" as it took my willingness to accept His guidance.) As I ponder this question further, I appeal to members of this board: how important is the role of the Holy Spirit in that decision??? And what about the sinner's prayer that traditionally implores the unbeliever to ask Jesus into his heart without the urging to do so by the Holy Spirit of God??? What say you???