"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:" 1 Peter 3:15 (KJV)
Do You Really Believe? Part 3
“What Separates a Christian from the Rest of the World?”
“that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Romans 10:9-10
After repentance takes place and after, by grace, we believe; the next step is a vital part of the fruit of our salvation. We must now deal with what “confession” really means. This is where the enemy is having a good time in introducing false gospels. This is where many feel that they are saved because one day they came forward and repeated a prayer. In Romans 10:9“Confess” means: (ὁμολογέω) to express openly one’s allegiance to a proposition or person—‘to profess, to confess, confession. (Louw Nida 33.274)
This definition is very significant because inMatthew 10:32-33, we find the use of the same word:
“Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.”
We can also addHebrews 10:23to make the point that confession is more than just a onetime thing, it is indeed a lifestyle.
“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.”
Romans 15:9also closes the argument about confessing Jesus among the Gentiles or non-believers.
“And that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy; as it is written, For this cause I will confess to thee among the Gentiles, and sing unto thy name.”
The idea that we can repeat a prayer and accept that as being saved is a Biblical error. This word “confession” challenges us to express openly one’s allegiance to a proposition or person. This means that as witnesses we are unashamedly declaring our alliance to Christ. Many are making it look as if they have an alliance to Christ; but at the end, when you study them a little deeper, you can clearly see that their alliance is not with our Lord.
In our own churches, I have heard people who claim to be Christians; however they also believe in other ways of salvation outside of Christ. Others claim to be saved, but don’t believe that the Bible is totally accurate. I actually had a young man that told me that he was a Christian, but that he had a problem with Jesus being the only way to heaven, as the other religions have been around longer than Christianity. They claimed to be saved because at one point they were, in many cases, manipulated into repeating a prayer. They stand today as enemies of the cross and it will not take long before there lie becomes visible.