Doctor “will be” is in surgery

Dr. Wilby, not doctor "will be"

Many of us have been led to a faith in Christ, or have led others to the same faith in Christ because we have called on the name of the Lord.

And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’[1]

Many of us have made the good confession of faith and believe in our hearts that God raised Jesus from the dead.

That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.[2]

The church says that we are saved the moment we call upon the Lord.  We believers agree we are saved, because we confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord. 

One of the things that aspiring pastors are taught is to study the Bible.  They are also taught not to read into the text.  But it appears the church has been doing a little doctoring of the text by reading into it. 

We doctor “will be” and make it mean “is”.  We doctor “will be” and make it mean “are”.  By doing this we change The Gospel According to the Gospel and declare ourselves saved, instead of what it means, “will be saved”.  If it is appropriate to alter the text, is it appropriate to doctor “will be” in the following verse? 

Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in one spirit, contending as one man for the faith of the gospel without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved–and that by God.[3]

Paul writing to the church of Philippi, of whom I assume they too have confessed with their mouth that Jesus is Lord when they called upon Him, hasn’t changed the tense of the meaning saved.  Paul is still saying those believers in Christ at Philippi “will be” saved, just as he wrote in the book of Romans to those who would believe his message.  Just as those who would call upon the name of the Lord.

If Paul meant they in the church of Philippi were saved, why didn’t he write “you are saved”.  I have to assume that Paul talking to the church in Philippi and addressing them to contend as one man for the faith was talking to the believers in Philippi not the future, currently unrepentant believers.

So what have we in the church done?  We have chased after another gospel other than what was left to us from the Apostles.  We have doctored “will be” to say something Paul never meant it to say, something the Holy Spirit never meant it to say.  So let us, when we speak of our hope of salvation, no longer doctor “will be”, let us instead believe and put our hope in The Gospel According to the Gospel.  Let us believe in our hearts and confess with our mouths what is written, “we will be saved.”

[1] Acts 2:21

[2] Romans 10:9

[3] Philippians 1:27-28

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