Confessing Jesus is Lord with Your Mouth...

Speaking words aren't needed to get saved.

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)

The word "and" doesn't always create an additional requirement.
If this verse is creating an additional step to be saved, it's not to become saved for Heaven. It's to get saved from something else.
This statement: "When you smile and forget something, you won't remember" would be true if you just forget something without smiling.
If this verse is creating an additional requirement, English tranlsations confuse some because they think this verse is saying "and you must also say 'Jesus is Lord' to be saved eternally."
Perhaps we're saved from God's temporary discipline/wrath when we confess with our mouths "Jesus is Lord."

Saying a combination of words isn't required to become saved.
This verse isn't saying both must be done for becoming saved for Heaven.
Only belief/trust/faith in the gospel alone (the good news) will save you.


Does the next verse confuse you?
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)


To be justified, made right with God, or "believe unto righteousness" as the KJV says, is to have our criminal charges from our sins cleared.
This isn't self-righteousness, it's God's free gift (God's righteousness).
If we're saved by professing/declaring/confessing our faith with our mouths, it's not to get saved for Heaven. It's to get saved from something else.
Having our sins cleared by our heart's belief/trust/faith in the good news is enough for Heaven.


Doing or saying good things won't save anyone.
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)

  • God saved you by grace when you believed. You can't take credit for this; it's the gift of God. (Epheisans 2:8)