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Public Invitation - Part Five
By Dr. Max D. Younce
Do I have to come to the
front of the church and confess Christ to be saved? (Part #5, Romans
Romans 10:13 states, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of
the LORD, shall be saved.” This is a direct quote from Joel 2:32
where “saved” is translated “delivered” from the Hebrew. This is
not speaking of salvation; but, being delivered, or saved, from the
persecution they were going to receive after they were identified as
being a Christian.
Before Paul was saved, he consented to Stephen’s death. (Acts 7). “And
Saul was consenting unto his (Stephen’s) death. And at that
time there was a great persecution against the church...” (Acts
8:1). After Paul was saved, he suffered great persecution for being a
Christian. He testified to the Thessalonians, “For ye
brethren...also have suffered like things of your own countrymen, even
as they have of the Jews: Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own
prophets, and have persecuted us;...Forbidding us to speak to the
Gentiles that they might be saved...” (I Thessalonians 2:14-16).
To the Corinthians he wrote, “We are troubled on every side, yet
not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but
not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed.” (II Corinthians
Now, let us look Romans 10:13,14 together. “For whosoever shall
call upon the name of the Lord, shall be saved (i.e., ‘delivered’).
How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed...”
Therefore, those who are believers in Christ now have the privilege to
call upon the Lord, to deliver them through whatever persecution they
may endure. These verses have nothing to do with coming to the front of
the church and confessing Christ.