I’m going to pray the sinner’s prayer again. I prayed it two years ago, but I didn’t really understand it, the importance of Christ’s death and it’s relationship to my sin…. Of course, that was why I prayed it two years ago. A year and a half earlier I prayed it. But i wasn’t even done with kindergarten back then so there’s no way I could have meant it. That’s why I got baptized that second time. Which reminds me: I’m going to need to talk to my pastor about scheduling a new one.
I hope it takes this time. It gets awfully scary wondering when the prayer will really be acceptable.
Extreme, I suppose, but I’ve run into it more than once.
Preaching an accurate Gospel is a great thing and I’m all for it. But, since Rick has no comments, I will ask it here: how do we avoid and paedobaptist version of this spiritual cul-de-sac? Paul exhorts us to treat the weak, the weak in faith even, as those for whom Christ died. He is, in context, talking about how we should treat professing Christians. If we go around worrying about them as those for whom Christ did not die, how can we possibly follow the Pauline exhortations?