For over 20 years Jon Quinn and I published a monthly electronic magazine called Expository Files. In many of those issues we included this brief summary statement of God’s plan of salvation. Jon did this. It is simple and brief. Most important, we believe this should cause you to open your mind and open your Bible.
Plan #1 – God’s Plan
Announced by the apostles, inspired by the Holy Spirit, to new believers in Christ who asked what they must do:
“Therefore let all the house of Israel know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and Christ — this Jesus whom you crucified.” Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brethren, what shall we do?” Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
Plan #2 – Man’s Doctrine
On the back page of a tract, sinners were urged to pray this prayer to be saved. This prayer is not found in the Bible; nor were alien sinners commanded to pray for their forgiveness.
The Sinner’s Prayer:
“O’ Lord, I accept that I am a sinner and that Jesus died for my sins. I now accept Him into my heart as Lord and Savior asking for your mercy and forgiveness in His name. Amen.”
The editors of Expository Files are happy with plan #1 and thankful to the God of all grace for it. We cannot recommend plan #2 at all, but will change our minds when this prayer can be shown to us in the Bible.