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HOWEVER, this past month I have been asked to pray for the salvation of people who were in their last hours. These individuals had been presented the gospel but ignored it. Family members were asking everyone to pray that their loved one would be saved before taking their last breath.
If you believe in your heart and confess with your mouth you shall be saved. A bedside mouth confession is not salvation. Hoping in your heart that God will spare your life is not salvation.
ROMANS 10:10 "For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."
I remember ministering to a gentleman about our Lord and Savior, our conversations began long before he was bedridden. His confession of faith was the result of hours of ministering which resulted in a change in his heart.
The man on the cross next to Jesus had a change of heart. “And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.” (Luke 23:41-42 KJV) He was truly repentant of his behavior, willing to accept the consequences and asked the Lord only for mercy. The thief understood that there was nothing he could do or say that would allow him to spend eternity with God except through Jesus.
Yes, I believe in death bed confessions but only if there was a heart conversion first.
xxx written by Marsha L F Randolph
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