Romans 10:9 is one example of a number of passages that present an abbreviated summary of what is necessary for salvation. For example,Jesus preached that one must "repent and believe" (Mk 1:15). However, when the rich young man came to Jesus and asked him what he must do to be saved, Jesus answered: "keep the commandments" (Mt 19:17). Jesus said nothing about faith. Peter also omits faith when he responds to the question "Bretheren what shall we do" (Acts 2:39)? However, in answering the Philippian jailer, Paul says: "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household" (Acts 16:31), St. Paul doesn't mention repentance or baptism.
If one assumes the position that Romans 10:9 provides the complete blueprint of what is required for salvation, then very important truths are rejected as unnecessary. This reduces Christianity to 1) confessing "confession that Jesus Christ is Lord" and "believe in my heart that God raised him from the dead." However what about repentance? is baptism superfluous? Are the commandments irrelevant? May one reject the Trinity, the Virgin Birth, the creation, the Fall and the consequences of original sin, the inerrancy of the Bible, inspiration, Jesus' atoning sacrifice on the cross, the existence of heaven and hell, and the Second Coming?
The passage specifically stipulates the obligation to confess with his lips. Does this mean the mute cannot be saved?
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