Q. I have a friend who has been deaf since birth and cannot speak. I have taken her and her children to my church a couple of times and a lady there signs the service to her. She appears to understand the messages but I don’t believe she is saved. When reading Romans 10:10 it says we believe with our heart but with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Since she cannot speak how can she be truly saved or am I way off base here? Thanks!
A. The Lord being absolutely just and fair will never require something that we can’t perform. That’s the whole point of Grace. Besides, just because you can’t hear your friend speak, how do you know the Lord can’t? He can read the intent of her heart.
But to be sure, see if you can arrange for the person who signs to serve as an interpreter for you and take your friend through the Bible verses on salvation. Then ask her if she’s saved. If not ask her if she’s ready to become so and if she is pray with her.
In the Kingdom when her ability to speak and hear are restored, you’ll be the second person she thanks.
Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped. Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy. (Isaiah 35:5-6)