Originally posted by rigel4
9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
Is it really this simple?
Yes it is. But there's a catch (isn't there always?): look:
2Co 11:4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus
, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not
received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.
Ah, so there's more than one Jesus
. The question for anyone "confessing" and "believing in Jesus" is: are you confessing and beleiving in the
? Most professing Christians are in for the horrifying truth here shortly that they believe and confess the "another Jesus" of whom
Paul was speaking. The heart of the matter comes down to understanding
Mr 7:7 Howbeit in vain do they worship me
, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
Matt 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done
many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you
: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Now, see, if you finish up that passage you're citing it says this:
Rom 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. 14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and
how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
See how he's bridging the act of "calling upon the name" with the act of "preaching"? And in the verse I cited how he is talking about the "preaching
of another Jesus, whom we have not preached"? It's the "Christian preachers" who are guilty of destroying the earth:
Jer 12:10 Many pastors have destroyed my vineyard, they have trodden my portion under foot, they have made my pleasant portion a desolate
and when that "dreaded day" does come, it won't be the unbelievers* who "wail and gnash" their teeth: it will be the great multitude of professing
Christians who never knew the truth, yet went about "pretending" to be teaching others about "Jesus" who were really preaching "another Jesus" and by
doing so, destroying the minds of men:
Jer 23:2 Therefore thus saith the LORD God of Israel against the pastors that feed my people; Ye have scattered my flock, and driven them away, and
have not visited them: behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings, saith the LORD.
The scripture calls Jesus the "Word of God"; to confess the Word of God and believe the Word of God, you first have to know the Word of God and
understand the Word of God. So just running around saying, "I love Jesus I love Jesus I believe in Jesus!" is meaningless if you don't know what the
words coming out of your mouth actually mean.
To further clarify what I mean, the Muslims believe in Jesus. Now ask a Christian if the Muslims believe in the same Jesus that they do, and they will
say, "Certainly not", or, ask a Muslim if the Christians believe in the same Jesus they do and they will reply, "Certainly not." And how can this be?
Both are confessing the same name "Jesus"- ah, but it is the IDEA that is at the heart of the matter- the name itself is just a grouping of sounds
used to convey that IDEA. So, without comprehension of the IDEA, the name used to describe it is irrelevant.
*you have to understand that the Lord only deals with people that are in covenant with Him. As far as He is concerned, "unbelievers" don't even exist.
When you see the words "unbelievers/believers" in the bible it is strictly speaking of people within the group in covenant with
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