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Romans 10:9-10

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 9 That if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you have been saved. [Of course you have to believe in the word in your heart and mouth, which is the word of faith the Apostles preached, (Verse 8 above). And according to verse 17 below, that is the beginning of true faith, to hear the word of God (Christ) in your heart. However, to say that Jesus is Lord, or call Him Lord, is of no value as many scriptures prove, (click to see). To confess Jesus to be Lord is to confess that you are controlled by Jesus' spoken words heard from within your heart, him being your ruling Lord and King, ordering your thoughts, words, and deeds.

With beginning belief, you are obviously not saved, (saved meaning to be delivered from all sins); but if you persist in obedient faith to the end, making every effort, you will be delivered from all sins, washed, cleansed, purified, perfected, sanctified, and made holy by the power of God working mightily in you.

The blind guides of Christendom have totally misinterpreted this verse, thinking that if you "say" Jesus is Lord and believe he rose from the dead in Jerusalem, then you are saved; from the Word of the Lord within: "They think to be saved by making a noise about being saved." The blind guides of Christendom, which as predicted has become Babylon, ask you to believe that a few magic words spoken by you totally cancel the Bible's many, many stated exclusions, requirements, and qualifying conditions of salvation; this is pure superstition, denies the necessity to turn from evil, licenses sin, makes Jesus blood promote evil conduct, and breaks the covenant of God.]

 10 For with the heart, man believes to righteousness; and with the mouth, man confesses to salvation.2 [Salvation is to be delivered from all sin, to have been purified by the grace of God that separates man from sin. To confess salvation is to confess you have been freed from all sin and have witnessed Jesus being raised in your heart, bringing your salvation, which is eternal life in God; like Paul confessed: It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. Gal 2:20. Your believing what you hear the son speak to you from your heart, and obeying what he commands, results in salvation with accompanying righteousness. Obedience leads to righteousness, Rom 6:16; we believe what the Spirit of Christ in our hearts speaks to us as we wait for the hope for righteousness, Gal 5:5; for the words that He speaks to us impart the life of God, John 6:63.

As John said: Little children, let no man deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, even as He is righteous. 1 John 3:7; John could see the apostasy of Christendom coming, trying to fool you with the twisting of this verse and a few others meaning to deceive you that you are righteous because you believe in Jesus. He tells us that our conduct must demonstrate righteousness even as Jesus is righteous, not a presumed righteousness by believing. Peter warned us about covetous ministers, who work for money and promise you liberty to live in your sins, while they are slaves to sin themselves. 2 Peter 2:14-21. Peter also warned us about how easily Paul's letters were twisted by the wicked (those still sinning): There are some things in his letters that are hard to understand, which those who are unlearned and unstable wrest [twist] to their own destruction, as they also do the other scriptures. Therefore, beloved, since you know these things beforehand, beware lest you also, being led away by the error of the wicked. 2 Pet 3:17-18. The wicked try to convince you that sin is overlooked and excused by your believing in Jesus. But the righteous plead with you that sin is not acceptable: Paul said, Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame. 1 Cor 15:34. To believe in Jesus, is to believe what he commands you to do; that belief results in obedience which leads to righteousness and salvation.]

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2 The true meaning of Rom 10:9-10 has been twisted to prove the pretended salvation of Christendom, that if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you have been saved. For with the heart, man believes to righteousness, and with the mouth, man confesses to salvation. The blind guides of Christendom have totally misinterpreted this verse, teaching that if you "say" Jesus is Lord and believe he rose from the dead in Jerusalem, then you are saved; from the Word of the Lord within: "They think to be saved by making a noise about being saved." That is like believing that a few magic words spoken by you totally cancel the Bible's many warnings of exclusion, the requirements, and the qualifying conditions of salvation.

Paul further shows that beginning belief and salvation do not occur simultaneously in his letters to believers in the churches.

And Peter echoes the same message that salvation is not just believing or faith, rather salvation is the end of faith's obedient journey and requires growth :

Unless the Lord truly controls your words and deeds, he is not your Lord. Unless you obey him, he is not your Lord.
If Jesus is your Lord, then you obey him; you seek his guidance, you seek his teachings, you seek his commands to you,
you come to him, you listen to him, and then you faithfully obey him.
Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be My people.
And walk in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well with you. Jer 3:23

Even Adolph Hitler said Jesus his Lord and Savior, but that certainly did nothing for him.

Saying the words, 'Jesus is Lord,' is no indication of you being controlled by the Holy Spirit, or of your salvation.
Jesus said, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written:
‘This people honors Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me. Mark 7:6
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Why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord,' and not do what I tell you? Luke 6:46-49.
Afterwards the other virgins also came, saying, 'Lord, Lord, open the door for us to enter.' But he answered and said, 'Truly I say to you, I do not know you.' Mat 25:11-12.
Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter into the kingdom of heaven; but [only] he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Mat 7:21-23
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From the Word of the Lord within: "Everyone is expecting Jesus to be their excuse. They are a stubborn people; their hearts have waxed cold. They think to be saved by making a noise about being saved. They are a clueless, fruitless people. Do you agree with any who in their arrogance have stated that God excuses evil in believers? It's not fair, but they don't care. By their evident display of sin, Christians cause my name to be blasphemed among the people. These people no longer represent me; they have caused great indignation."

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