Confessing Jesus is Lord with Your Mouth...

Speaking words aren't needed to get saved.

True Bible verses promote no false gospel.
False gospels add or remove things from the good news all the time.
Saying a combination of words isn't required to become saved for Heaven.
Only belief/trust/faith in the gospel alone (the good news) will save you.

The gospel: Jesus died (a sacrifice paying sin penalty), got buried, and was risen.

Does this verse confuse you?
Here's the verse in NIV, NLT, and KJV translations:

  • NIV: 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. (Romans 10:9)

  • NLT: If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9)

  • KJV: 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. (Romans 10:9)

Does the next verse confuse you?
It explains something important.
Here's the verse in NIV, NLT, and KJV translations:

  • NIV: For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. (Romans 10:10)

  • NLT: For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. (Romans 10:10)

  • KJV: For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (Romans 10:10)


These verses aren't creating an additional step to get saved for Heaven.

To be justified, made right with God, or "believe unto righteousness" as the KJV says, is having our criminal charges from our sins cleared.

This isn't self-righteousness, it's God's free gift (God's righteousness).

Having our sin penalty cleared by our heart's belief/trust/faith in only the good news alone... is enough for Heaven.


The Bible repeats how to be saved for Heaven:

  • God saved you by grace when you believed. You can't take credit for this; it's the gift of God. Not by doing good actions, so nobody can boast about it. (Epheisans 2:8-9)

  • This is how much God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son spawned from human birth, that whoever believes in him won't perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

  • For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. (Romans 10:13)

  • Really true, I tell you, whoever believes on me has life forever. (John 6:47)


What could confessing "Jesus is Lord" save us from?
Maybe we're saved from God's temporary discipline/wrath when we confess with our mouths "Jesus is Lord", or saved from other things.
Only belief/trust/faith in the gospel alone (the good news) will save you.


Doing good actions, or saying good things for Heaven is a false gospel.
To be saved, only trust the good news alone.
False gospels require something else, or something more.

  • So we're made right with God by faith, not by obeying the law. (Romans 3:28)

  • Salvation's in nobody else: God hasn't given another name under Heaven by which we must be saved. (Acts 4:12)