Do I have to confess with my mouth to be saved?

By David J. Stewart

I recently received a letter from a gentleman, who said he would only promote my website if I changed my "How To Be Saved" page to include "confessing with the mouth" to be saved.

Here's my response letter to him:

Hi ***,

Thank you for your e-mail. I'm am glad to know that you have a desire to win souls to Christ. You are certainly welcome to link to my article which preaches salvation.

We read in Matthew 7:21, "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven." Jesus clearly said that it wasn't enough to confess with the mouth. Jesus said that the will of God must be done, which is found in John 6:40, "And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day." There is nothing in John 6:40 about confessing with the mouth. Salvation is of the heart. It would be bad theology to take one Scripture out of context from all the rest.

Salvation is a matter of belief. Confessing Christ with one's mouth is a matter of discipleship. There were Christians in the Bible who did not confess Christ for fear of being rejected... "Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue. For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God." (John 12:42,43).

Kindest regards,

David J. Stewart

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