Thursday, June 16, 2022

The Heresy That You Must Confess “Jesus Is Lord” To Be Saved

Romans 10:9-10, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
 
I am so sick and tired of false teachers! 1st Timothy 1:5-7, “Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned: From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling; Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm.” It seems these days that everybody and their dog wants to be a Bible teacher! The problem is that they aren't qualified, because they have not studied to rightly divide the Word of Truth, that is, the Holy Bible. 2nd Timothy 2:15, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

I just read the following heresy online today, from a neo-evangelical religious website:
Moses wrote that those who practice law-based righteousness will live by that righteousness. However, no one can practice that righteousness. Therefore, attempting to earn righteousness is a futile act. However, Paul explains from the Old Testament that righteousness based on faith, or imputed righteousness, recognizes that Christ ascended into heaven, and that He died. Furthermore, these facts are in the believer’s mouth, or confession, and heart, or worldview. In addition, these facts are components of the “word,” or message, of faith that Paul was preaching: if one confesses with one’s mouth that Jesus is the Supreme Authority, or Lord, and believes that He rose from the dead, one will be saved. [emphasis added]

Dear reader, that is a FALSE GOSPEL!!! Nowhere in the Bible are we required to confess (agree with God's Word) that Jesus is the “Supreme Authority, or Lord” to get to Heaven. Pastor Curtis Hutson wisely said: “A good rule to follow when interpreting the Bible is to never use an obscure passage to contradict a clear one.” Romans 10:9-10 is definitely an obscure passage of Scripture, because taken by itself (out of context), one could conclude that to get to Heaven a person must make public confession of their faith in Christ to be saved, which is not true Biblically. Taken by itself, this passage could also be construed to teach that (as you just read from the Bearing Christ blog), that you must confess Jesus as Supreme Lord to be saved, which again is not Biblical. So how do we know for sure?

I am glad you asked my fine non-feathered friend! The proper way to study the Bible is to compare Scripture with Scripture. Isaiah 28:13, “But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.” Amen. And also, we read in 1st Corinthians 2:13, “Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. That is how we properly study to discern God's Word, comparing Scripture with Scripture.

When I was a child, my grandmother from Sweden bought me a game that originated in Sweden called: “ Husker Du.” In hindsight, I cannot help but wonder if God had a part in introducing me to that fun board game, because the whole idea of the Swedish game is to compare pieces with each other, and try to remember where you found them to win the game. What a great way to prepare a child to study the Word of God! Every false doctrine that exists was fabricated by basing a belief on a single (or limited handful of) Scripture, while ignoring the whole of Scripture! Anytime that we present a suggested interpretation of a Scripture, we must first verify that our suggested meaning agrees with the rest of the Word of God. If it does, then we know we've found the correct meaning. Unfortunately, many Bible students refuse to accept defeat, wresting the Scripture in order to teach their strange doctrine.

One such strange doctrine is that a lost person cannot be saved until they declare: “Jesus is Lord.” Does that agree with the rest of the Holy Bible? No, it does not. The entire Gospel of John is God's Gospel tract. John 20:31, “But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.” So God authored this specific book of the Bible to show humanity how to have eternal life. Yet, every time I hear Lordship Salvation heretics spewed their junk theology, they are citing passages from the Gospel of Matthew in a lame attempt to justify their damnable false doctrine. Folks, God didn't author the book of Matthew to show us how to get to Heaven, He gave us the book of John for that!!! Matthew presents Jesus as a King. John presents Jesus as the Christ, the only begotten (biological) Son of God (John 20:31).

In the Gospel of John we find the word “believe” mentioned 88 times, but there is no mention of confessing anything. There is no requirement to repent of your sins and to turn from your sinful ways to be saved. In fact, the word “repent” is not mentioned even once in John. That is because the person who believes on Christ has repented in doing so. Repentance and faith are not two steps to be saved; but rather, one action. What must we do to be saved? Acts 16:31b, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.”

There is no requirement in the Gospel of John to invite Jesus into your life. There is no requirement to be water baptized to get to Heaven (as Martin Luther heretically taught). There is no requirement to faithfully run the race until the end of life to get to Heaven (as Steve Pettit heretically preaches). There is no mention of counting the cost and paying the price to be saved (as Billy Graham false preaches). There is no mention of asking Jesus into your heart to be saved (as many ignorant preachers teach). No, no, no! There is only the requirement that we come to God as a needy sinner and BELIEVE ON HIM.” John 6:28-29, “Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.” Whereas God only requires childlike faith in the GOOD NEWS (Gospel) of Jesus Christ crucified, buried and risen the third day to be saved, wicked false teachers require MORE! The true Gospel always points you to CHRIST; a false gospel always points to YOU.

Salvation is not doing your best, it is having Christ's best put to your account through receiving Him by faith. ...
My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus' blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand,
All other ground is sinking sand.
Must we confess Jesus as “Lord to be saved? No, ten thousands times no! Although that may harelip every dog in the country, it is nonetheless true according to the Bible. It is a folly and a big mistake to base a doctrine upon one single passage of Scripture in Romans 10:9-10. Nowhere in the Gospel of John (which is God's Gospel tract according to John 20:31) are we instructed to confess anything! You don't get saved by confessing anything (except to admit in your soul that you are a guilty sinner) and BELIEVE on Christ! You get saved by BELIEVING on Jesus Christ as your personal Savior!!!

It saddens me to see fools preaching another gospel based upon one passage of Scripture from Romans 10:9-10, while ignoring the rest of the Bible. Good night folks! The Church of Christ is an example of a group who does this. They cite Romans 10:9-10 to support their unbiblical requirement that to get to Heaven, a person must audibly and publicly confess Jesus as the Christ. The infidel Church of Christ also requires that a person forsake their sinful behavior (which they misunderstand to mean repentance, the same as the cult at Bob Jones University errantly thinks). You DON'T have to stop your sinning, nor even be willing to stop your sinning to be saved, which would be works instead of grace.

When I got saved at age 13, I knew that I was a sinner and believed the Good News of Christ, but that was it. No one required me to make a commitment to clean up (reform) my behavior or bad habits. Then, once saved, God sealed and indwelt me with His blessed Holy Spirit (Romans 8:9; 1st John 3:24) and God's Spirit began to convict me about the sins in my life. That is how salvation works. God trying to rid my life of sinful ways is strictly a separate matter of growing in grace (sanctification), which has absolutely nothing to do with the legal matter of justification (which is by faith alone). We must always keep sanctification completely separate from justification, lest we corrupt the Word of God and cast stumbling blocks before the people. Churchgoers today are confused everywhere because of incompetent pastors, clergy, religious professors and missionaries who combine sanctification with justification, and in so doing merge works with faith, which is another gospel that cannot produce the new birth.

Romans 10:9-10, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” I recently kindly rebuked a man on Facebook in his group that he asked me to join, who quoted Romans 10:9 as “Jesus is Lord.” I told him that he is using a corrupt version of the Bible, because the inspired King James Bible says: “Lord Jesus.”

The man replied that he was just paraphrasing the Bible, and insisted that he only uses the King James Bible. What? Folks, he is condemning himself! Whether you read a perverted version of the Bible that errantly paraphrases God's Word, or you foolishly paraphrase it yourself, either way the Word of God is being corrupted!!! Romans 10:9 does not say nor mean “Jesus is Lord.”

Please read Acts 16:31b, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.” Does “the Lord Jesus Christ” here means that you must receive Jesus as Supreme Lord of your life to get to Heaven? No, of course it doesn't! You'd have to really read into the text, and wrest the Scripture, in order to come up with such a strange doctrine. The Bible simply means to BELIEVE (put your confidence in) Jesus! He is the Lord Jesus Christ, but that doesn't mean you must follow Him as the absolute Lord (Master) of your life in loyal obedience, service and tuning away from your sinful ways to get to Heaven. That would be works!!!

Calvinism is of the Devil. Calvinism refers to the life's heretical teachings of an unsaved infidel named John Calvin (1509-1564). John Calvin sinfully combined sanctification with justification, confusing his followers into thinking they needed works to prove that their faith was real. The reality of the genuineness of my faith in God's sight is MY FAITH!!!
 
So dear reader, beware of corrupt Bible teachers who base their teachings on obscure passages of Scripture, because you might end up being destroyed with them:
2nd Peter 3:14-17, Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction. Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.
The Apostle Peter admitted that he couldn't understand some of the Bible. We've all been there! I sure have. But like Peter, we must be wise and honest enough to admit that we simply don't know what a passage means, rather than wrest it to fit what WE THINK it means, which could result in damnation.

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