Was listening to a sermon by Mr. Washer the other day and was not very impressed. I had not heard this sermon before, but the way he insults people that disagree with him was not appropriate. He said of those pastors that use the sinners prayer that they all lack a biblical bone in their heads, he said those that are not convicted with his messages are most likely lost, and he added another sarcastic remark of a favorite teacher of mine, yet never once bothered to present an argument and looking on his website I could not find one. My conclusion is that he lacks grace. While I respect Mr. Washer, and appreciate his zeal for the Lord I realize that other men can preach hard on sin, but also preach hard on grace. Fo example Jerry Bridges is one example whom preaches well on sin, but also on grace. But overall I think people overreact to the sinners prayer and Mr. Washer is a big example. There are misuses of the prayer but one can't just assume that 8/10 people whom pray the prayer are false converts. Is God not sovereign in salvation? If someone is really convicted and really repentant he should pray the prayer, and as I have said in my street evangelism I have told people that God knows the heart and that the prayer saves no one, as only God does the work, but the prayer can confirm a repentant heart for people. The Bible says the following. Rom 10:13 (KJV) For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Therefore I am not anti-prayer. Below is what someone from the Moody Church in Chicago said of the prayer. So does Dr. Erwin Lutzer lack a Biblical bone in his head? I think not Mr. Washer if you would listen to his messages and read his books. --- As with many other things in the Christian life, the sinner's prayer may be used rightly or wrongly. We often see it misused in our modern context, and because of this, some ministers have sought to avoid it altogether. However, when used rightly, the sinner's prayer is a wonderful way for a new believer to express their faith in Christ, and confess their total dependence on him alone for their salvation. The sinner's prayer is wrongly used if it is regarded as a key that unlocks the door to heaven. This twists the prayer itself into a work that earns the favor of God. However, Scripture clarifies that it is faith alone in Christ alone that saves the sinner. Because of this, the sinner's prayer can be used rightly when it is a response to God's grace that flows from faith. It is then an expression of the faith that the sinner is already placing in Christ alone for salvation. It is important to explain this distinction to a person who desires to trust in Christ. As long as they recognize that it is faith in Christ and not the prayer that saves them, then it is perfectly acceptable to lead them in a sinner's prayer.