Q. I am a new believer and I have nagging question to ask you. This might sound strange, but when I decided to get saved, in my heart I believed Christ died on the cross for my sin, I am a sinner and needed Christ to be my personal savior. But the problem was that my speech has been one of my main weaknesses since I was a child; therefore when I tried to confess to Christ, I couldn’t say it correctly. Because of this, sometimes I have doubts with my salvation. Any help?
A. The Lord can’t misunderstand us because He isn’t limited by our language skills. He can look into our heart where our true motives are revealed to Him.
Paul wrote that if we confess with our mouth, “Jesus is Lord” and believe in our heart that God raised Him from the dead, we’ll be saved. (Romans 10:9) To confess with our mouth simply means to agree out loud that Jesus is who He claimed to be. There’s no special wording required.
Believing in our heart is the most important, because when we believe that Jesus rose from the dead, it means we believe that all of our sins were paid for on the cross.
John 3:16 says that whosoever believes in Him will not perish but will have everlasting life. In John 6:28-29 Jesus said the only thing God requires of us is to believe in the one He has sent. And from John 6:40 we learn it’s God’s will that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in Him shall have eternal life.
In summary, salvation is not a matter of being able to clearly speak certain words with your mouth, it’s a matter of truly believing certain things in your heart. If you sincerely wanted Him to be your Savior when you asked Him, and truly believe that He died for your sins and rose again, then you are saved and need never doubt that again.