"It wasn't a potential atonement actuated by the sinner, it was an actual atonement initiated by the savior."

John MacArthur

The White Horse

Jesus Christ is Lord!

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I recently read (on the Internet) that the teaching of salvation by confessing Jesus as Lord is a “hellish heresy.”

The NASB shows Romans 10:9 as follows:

that if you confess with your mouth Jesus [as] Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;

This person’s point was that the KJV, according to him, the only true bible, had it correct when it states:

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.

Accordingly, his version, the true version, does not require that one “confess Jesus as Lord” (although it would appear that “the Lord Jesus” is pretty close…)

What is missing in this assertion of heresy is what the KJV states in Philippians 2:11:

“And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

Too many teacher?

Perhaps everyone should heed the advice of James 3:1:

“Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we will incur a stricter judgment.”

It is important to be “grounded and settled in our faith” by careful prayer and study and avoid the rantings of those who cause division and discord on the low barriers to entry of the Internet. If something sounds like a vast theological conspiracy theory, it probably isn’t!