I recently stumbled upon a website chastising Don Piper, Author of 90 Minutes in Heaven
(and yes, I understand that it is not a legitimate book) for posting this prayer on his website:"Dear God,
I know that I have broken your laws and my sins have separated me from you. I am truly sorry, and now I want to turn away from my past sinful life toward you. Please forgive me, and help me avoid sinning again. I believe that your son, Jesus Christ, died for my sins, was resurrected from the dead, and is alive today. I invite Jesus to become the Lord of my life, to rule and reign in my heart from this day forward. Help me to live a meaningful and purposeful life until You call me home to be with You in Heaven someday. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen."
The author of the website explains:"Lordship Salvation is a false gospel which requires lost sinners to surrender to Christ's will, be willing to turn from personal sins, and make Jesus Lord of their life as prerequisites to receiving God's free gift of eternal life. The very definition of the word "gift" exposes the proponents of Lordship Salvation as liars and antichrists."
I am not in anyway trusting this site, or others like it, for issues of faith or dogma.
My question is this: what is the church's view on the author of this website's reasoning about why that prayer is wrong? Is there something wrong in praying and saying that I want to surrender to His will? Is this jeopardizing my own free will?