This is often accepted as a Baptist doctrine, though others claim it to, that's why its here. I'm hesitant to address this issue. Ever since I stopped believing it was the only way into heaven, I still believed the prayer of salvation held importance, in that it symbolized a commitment to our Savior and Lord. Surely believers are closer to God than those whom simply, with no true knowledge, try to do what is right. It is true that those of us who believe are closer to God than those who don't... but doesn't that include the Catholics (basically the mother church, the protestant church would not have the dominance it has without the Catholic church establishing our religion and preserving it from fading, or being trampled by the Muslims)? But they believe in no such prayer. They believe, from my interpretation, a one time commitment means nothing, only a life of repentance and service has value... I might be disposed to agree with that. No I'm not a Catholic, but doesn't stop me from recognizing a good point when I see it. So, exactly what is the prayer of salvation, or perhaps, more accurately called, the prayer of commitment? First off, what is it? What are the essential parts? When I was a child, I was taught it went like this: Believe in Christ's birth, death and resurrection Repent of your sins Invite Jesus into your heart commit your life to God If that is how it must go, must include all those parts... have I included or excluded anything unnecessarily? I'm being very serious. Have I missed or added anything? Where is this prayer mentioned or prayed in the Bible? I ask this because years ago, a Catholic asked me the same question and I was unable to answer. Indeed the prayer is inferred from all over the new testament, but I can't remember one instance where it is mentioned in whole as the one prayer of salvation... or mentioned at all in whole. Am I mistaken? Oh yes, I prayed it as a child. And yes, I meant it when I said it... and yes, the commitment is still in my heart, I'm not questioning its meaning in that manner, but rather the manner in which it is prayed and the emphasis that is placed on it. I'll try to be candid because I know this is a touchy issue. Many people on this board, I'm sure, believe this prayer is the one and only way to escape damnation. But to them, might I put forward that this is not an excersize in futility. The prayer needs to be defined, does it not? Also, is it not important to have it's location in the Bible on hand? I'm looking for specifics, not inferences, guesses or, "that's about right". So I'm saying ahead of time, I will seem very critical. I would think to either side in this discussion, this is something that has to be addressed. Please, please, please, use proper context. Yes that means you have to paste the section/verse, then the entire section its from (well at least tell us the reference if you don't want to take up space), this will require some research. This will require some work, but if you don't do it, I will call you on taking something out of context. That's abusing the Bible. Context is NOT- thankyou whoever created Bible Gateway for making it seem that way anyway :BangHead:- for a verse, the next sentence down or up. Context is not the chapter the verse is in (it can actually be the last paragraph of one chapter and the first four of the next). Context is the section the verse is taken from that reveals it's purpose. Actually most bibles separate sections so this shouldn't be hard.