There are literally millions of people who believe that, simply just believing in Christ, is enough for salvation. They use the following verse as evidence to support this supposition:
Romans 10:9 – Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
But is that really all there is to it?
What about the countless verses like the following ones that say:
Matthew 7:21 – Not everyone who calls me their Lord will get into the kingdom of heaven. Only the ones who obey my Father in heaven WILL GET IN.
Romans 2:13 – For it is not the hearers of the Law who are just before God, but the doers of the Law will be justified.
Is there an example of some believers in the bible that fit Romans 10:9, and that we know for sure they won’t be saved? Yes there is! Let’s explore!
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What about Satan and his Demons?
The popular belief does not add up!
If all one had to do, to obtain salvation, was to confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, as is being taught today, then EVEN Satan and his demons would be saved because they too, believe and have confessed ALL OF THIS:
Mark 3:11 – And whenever any evil spirits saw Jesus, they would fall to the ground and shout, “YOU ARE the Son of God!
Luke 4:34 – “Hey, Jesus of Nazareth, what do you want with us? Are you here to get rid of us? I know who you are! YOU ARE God’s Holy One.
Luke 4:41 – And also demons were coming out of many, crying out and saying, “YOU ARE the Christ, the Son of God!” And rebuking them, He did not allow them to speak, because they knew THAT HE WAS the Messiah.
Matthew 8:29 – Suddenly they shouted, “Jesus, Son of God, what do you want with us? Have you come to PUNISH us BEFORE our time?”
James 2:19 – You believe that there is one God. That’s fine! Even the demons believe that and tremble with fear.
So then WHY won’t Satan and his demons be saved?
After all, they believe that Jesus is Lord- the Son of God! They believe that at the right time, the resurrected MESSIAH will return from heaven to punish them!
The reason is as follows:
They won’t be saved because they won’t conform to God’s Law! They won’t freely submit to His authority and obey Him! Repentance and obedience hinders them.
It is obvious that believing- or just having faith alone, is not enough for salvation as the bible makes so clear:
James 2:20 – But will you know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
So you see, you can have faith because obviously, you believe! But faith ALONE is worthless! It is only when your believing leads to a TRUE faith of OBEDIENCE and SERVITUDE which then leads to salvation. It has to be the right faith.
Romans 2:13 – For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight; but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous.
Apparently, salvation goes to those who obey God’s Law (Matthew 19:17). And though, no man is perfect, it is those who love God, in spite of their short comings, who will genuinely do their very best to keep His commandments (1 John 2:4-5).
And so, YOUR bible has spoken!