As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. Colossians 2:6,7
No where in scripture does it say to ask Jesus to come into your heart, it says to receive Him as your Lord. Neither did anyone in the Bible ever lead anyone in a prayer of salvation. Remember the "Rich Ruler" who asked Jesus what he must do to inherit eternal life? Jesus told Him to get rid of that which had his heart, give it to the poor, and to come and follow Him!
I don't know of a preacher today who wouldn't have led that boy in the "Sinner's Prayer" (also not in scripture) and in a couple of years made him a deacon and put him in charge of the money! The churches today are filled with lost folks who prayed the "Prayer," walked an isle, got dunked and told to show up and tithe! Millions deceived by greedy shepherds wanting to create a livelihood for themselves in a so-called Christian industry! The old shepherd\sheep thing has been employed making you think you have to submit under Pastor's supreme authority! Nonsense! Jesus Christ is your Shepherd!
Get a hold of this: church is not a place to go, and no where in scripture does anyone tell us to go there! Also, pastor is mentioned once or twice in scripture and never put in charge of an ekklesia. Ekklesia is a Greek word meaning assembly or congregation and the word church is English, a deceptive term which implies a building or place of worship as if God dwells in a man-made temple! As we proceed you will see this demonically inspired plan of the devil to resurrect the old priesthood with all of its religious dead works.
Beware lest anyone cheat (plunder you or take you captive) through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principals of the world, and not according to Christ. For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead (Trinity) bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the Head of all principality and power. Colossians 2:8-10
Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin