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Salvation Without Confession

Please take time to critique this statement made by a friend of mine. No salvation can take place that is not accompanied by confession! In other words the person receiving salvation cannot receive it without confessing to someone that he is has accepted Jesus.

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(Discussions about recieving the Holy Spirit vs Baptism in the Holy Spirit aside, these people were undeniably saved with out public confession.)
---Bruce5656 on 2/24/08

When Christianity began, people did not embrace it so there was the need for verbal confession to show on whose side they were. It is still relevant today to prove to the world around you that you have declared your stand for Christ. Jesus says "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me ..., him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.
(Matthew 10:32-33). He commanded it in Rom 10:9
---theod3582 on 3/21/07

you must confess with your mouth to jesus that he is lord of lord and king of kings and that you believe that he died and rose again.because without faith it is impossible to please must belive that he is.
---jesuschild379 on 3/16/07

Why does it need critiqueing? Romans 10 says, "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believes unto righteousness and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." I don't necessarily see that as confessing it to someone else but simply speaking out of your mouth, "Jesus is Lord". Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.
---Linda6563 on 3/15/07

This question is OSAS put in a different way,raising useless debate& time.A&E knew the Lord, yet when they sinned, by disobedience he cast them out of Eden to their detriment.In order for humanity to gain Gods Favour,they must strive to keep in Gods grace,as God said by Confession& conrtition merely acknowledging God dosen't seem sufficient. The gates of Heaven were closed to humanity, His coming & death opened those gates, & the need of His mercy made available to all. Sorry this is my understanding.
---Emcee on 6/5/06

I believe that confession is not necessary to salvation since it is by grace alone, but confession is automatic once saved. I receieved Christ alone in my kitchen and could hardly wait to confess Jesus as Lord. Many others have accepted Jesus while alone. I wonder about the word salvation, biblically used in 3 ways I know of, the moment one is saved, the process of salvation/sanctification, and the salvation to come when one is finally united with Christ in eternity, face to face
---christina on 6/1/06

In this particular chapter, he is referring to more earthly needs like food, clothes, shelter, etc.... than he is forgiveness of sin. Although, yes, he definately knows we need that too before we even ask. But you're right Betty- he said "ASK, and it shall be given you..."
---T.S. on 6/1/06

"In other words the person receiving salvation cannot receive it without confessing to someone that he is has accepted Jesus." No where in the Fathers word is this a requirement for salvation. I stand 100% in agreement with Linda's post on 5/27. (1 Jn. 4:15) "Whosoever shall confess (acknowledge) that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwells in him, and he in God". One who knows the Father will confess (profess) Jesus as Lord and Savior out of a God given love for all who will hear.
---josef on 6/1/06

Yes,we are to confess our sin's to God if we don't he won't for give us he knows what we have done but we still have to ask him to fogive us The bible says he knows before we ask but we are still supose repent and ask and him to fogive us
---Betty on 5/31/06

tom2: "you don,t have to confess your sin to God he already knows" WHAT?!

"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 1 John 1:9
---T.S. on 5/30/06

Many may profess to love God with their lips but their heart is far from him. One must be convicted by God Almighty then they can ask for forgiveness, and confess. Without conviction, their is no Salvation. And when a person truely gets saved, they should tell everyone they know the good news.
---Rebecca_D on 5/30/06

You are speaking from a baptismal regeneration point of view which contradicts scripture.

The context is abundantly clear for anyone reading it as it is written rather than twisting it to fit their particular point of view.
---Bruce5656 on 5/29/06

The more weighty confession is that of the sinner to God. 1 John 1:9

But a healing occurs when we walk in His Spirit (1 John 1:7) and forsake the bondage of flesh having to do with it's fear of condemnation (Romans 8:1-6) and speak plainly as those who would be judged (1 Cor 2:15, 4:3-4) speaking as though we speak the very words of God. (1 Peter 3:10, 4:11)

Perfect love drives out fear (1John 4:18) and if we perfect our Love for the Father in all things, what then shall woe the Christian?
---Pharisee on 5/28/06

Without confession from the mouth, there is obviously no salvation, because what is in the heart will come out of the mouth. So, therefore, if you have received Jesus as Lord it will naturally come out of your mouth.
---Helen_5378 on 5/28/06

That's right! What is in the heart WILL come out of the mouth! Romans 10:9, 10 "that if you CONFESS WITH YOUR MOUTH the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved". "For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and WITH THE MOUTH CONFESSION IS MADE UNTO SALVATION".
---Helen_5378 on 5/28/06

'Confessing or professing Jesus as Lord before men is done in water baptism.' Rickey why do you say this? Surely confessing Jesus as Lord can be done on many occasions besides baptism. It could mean going home from a meeting at which you were saved and telling your mother (regardless of whether she is saved or not). It is simply telling others about your new found faith in Jesus. The sooner we do it for the first time the better, but it can be done throughout life whenever the opportunity arises.
---f.f on 5/28/06

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ps, you might say that confession starts within you.If you need to use the word confession,then begin within your own heart and mind and confess to yourself first that you are a sinner,Then you can repent to God.
---tom2 on 5/28/06

you don,t have to confess your sin to God he already christians the bible teaches us to confess our sins to one another the begining of salvation is repentence, a true sorrow for sining against God.
---tom2 on 5/28/06

In Romans 10 we read "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." I'm sure that this is the reason why many churches ask new converts to give their testimony in public quite soon after they are saved.
---emg on 5/28/06

We must confess Christ before others because a witness is required:
"If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true."(John 5:31 KJV)
Furthermore, if we're not willing to openly proclaim our faith, its a sign of shame, and the Word is clear that:
"Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels."(Mark 8:38 KJV)
---Jo on 5/27/06

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I think also that people get this from where Jesus says "If you are ashamed of me before men, I will be ashamed ofyou before my Father in Heaven"
---T.S. on 5/27/06

being saved is not a confession its the power of God.ROM 10:8 But what saith it? The (word )is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart that is, the word of faith,which we preach; the (word)means paul is talking to a born again believer that the word is nigh thats why we confess and believe unto salvation to give an alter call to a people to have them say a prayer and show them these scripture to them is unfair to them because its Gods power that saves not a repeated prayer or a cofession
---anthony on 5/27/06

But when the Holy Spirit fell on the listeners, that was not salvation, because the Holy Spirit is able to fall upon all flesh. They were not saved as yet, else Peter would not have continued in Acts 10:47,48 saying, "Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? And he commanded them to be baptized in the Name of the Lord."
---Eloy on 5/27/06

Linda hit it right on the money. Romans 10:9-10 isn't talking about confessing "Jesus is Lord" before a group in order to get saved. Confessing or professing Jesus as Lord before men is done in water baptism.
---Rickey on 5/27/06

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Acts 10:44-46, "While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. And they...were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,"

Now that is a clear example of people getting saved while the preacher was preaching as evidenced by the fact that they received the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
---Bruce5656 on 5/27/06

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