I found this on the net somewhere but did not learn the author, but I quote it here in its entirety.
or more than 60 years the Christian church has gone around the world telling people to "pray this little prayer after me" in order to be 'saved' or converted. Some call it "Asking Jesus into your heart" or 'Giving your heart to the Lord,' or praying the "Sinner's prayer." But would it surprise you to learn that such a thing is found NOWHERE in the entire Bible? Is there ever a time when an apostle or evangelist in the New Testament leads someone in such a "salvation prayer" - or anything like it? No - never.
We have records of literally THOUSANDS of people becoming converted in the Bible, yet NOT ONCE does anyone employ such a method. The "little prayer" simply does not exist. So why are we going around the world getting people 'saved' in a way that is totally different from the Bible? And is such a "salvation" really any salvation at all? What is the actual pattern of conversion that the apostles DID use?
There is I believe real danger in getting people to "Just raise your hand & say this little prayer" . Firstly a sinner needs to be under conviction of sin & to be called to Repent. Repent in the NT was always the First word of the gospel! A sinner can not be saved if he never sees he is lost! I'll send you links on some of what others are writing on this.
Far too many people say such a prayer and it means nothing. They barely have any grasp on what they are saying. To give people this false assurance of heaven from praying a simple prayer, and leaving it at that- is very scary indeed. People who are headed to hell, could be thinking they are heaven-bound!
There is a disconnect or just something amiss with this teaching. There's just something missing in it. Believing is such a strong thing - different from understanding the facts, or intellectually assenting. Conversions, being born again - is just as dramatic as our first birth. There is change, most times radical. When one is truly born again, they can speak of the before and the after - a conversion!
I have heard it said that "you know that you know" that you are saved! If one doesn't have that testimony- whether that moment was drastic like Saul/Paul or whether it was more gradual - if one doesn't have that story of conversion, that is a problem that may very well have eternal consequence. I think that Christendom has lost it's way in this area - people are being given false assurance - and that should be truly sobering!"
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So . . . what is the Bible way of Salvation?
The Bible supported message of Salvation is found in the book of Acts, chapter 2, verse 38. Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
This formula is supported throughout the entire New Testament, and even Jesus said it in two locations: Mathew 28:19 and Luke 24:47. Baptize in the Name . . . In Acts 4:12 we read "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved."
Jesus gave dire warning when He spoke in Mat 22:10 So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests.
11 And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment:
12 And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.
13 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
And in John 10:1 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.
If you are truly interested in Salvation used in the early church, find an Apostolic Church and allow them to give you a Bible Study. Or, you can read it for yourself here as well as a couple of Bible Studies. Apostolic Rock Church