Romans 10:9 - 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.
This scripture was the cause of some confusion in a recent conversation I had with some friends. Looking at this verse can cause some doubt when trying to witness to those who claim Romans 10:19, yet belong to certain cults or do not understand Christ Himself. Defining who Christ is, has been battled over for years. And this is a very important issue. We are talking about the very nature of our Savior. So much rides on this very doctrine.
During the early Church, there was a divide over the deity of Christ between Athanasius and Arius. Arius was teaching that there was a time when Christ was not. A time before Christ existed. That Christ is not of the same “being” that God is. (sound like any followings of today?) Athanasius would fight this during his ministry including several exiles from Alexandria.
This was an important issue then and it is an important issue now. There is only one way to the Father and that is by believing in the TRUE Jesus Christ. Too often there are antichrist being followed in many belief systems. I pray that God would give us the strength, knowledge and faith to fight this battle for His glory.
1 John 2:18 - Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.
For a good book on some of those who fought for the cause of Christ, check out John Piper’s Contending for Our All: Defending Truth and Treasuring Christ in the Lives of Athanasius, John Owen, and J. Gresham Machen