Will everyone who calls on the name of the Lord be saved?

I want to take a look at another argument used by an atheist who claims that the Bible is full of contradictions and therefore should not be considered a trustworthy Book. The claim falls along the same lines as the previous claims, being that the atheist superficially reads bits and pieces of the Bible and believes that he has discovered a contradiction. He usually does not bother to examine the texts in detail to see of he has reached the correct conclusion or not. (usually because his “contradiction” is something that he has heard someone else say instead of actually studying from the Bible). Anyway, here is the evidence the atheist uses.

Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved?

Matthew 7:21 – “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven …”

Acts 2:21 – And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

First of all, saying “Lord, Lord” and calling on the name of the Lord are two totally different things. To call on the name of the Lord is literally to take on the Lord’s name (His character). This expression has the idea of a wife taking on her husband’s name. It means much more than just calling out her husband’s name. In Biblical times, the name was associated with the person’s character. When we talk about the name of the Lord what we really mean is His character. Therefore, those who “call upon the name of the Lord” as the text in Acts says, literally they take on the character of the Lord. They become like Him. They call His name upon themselves.

The passage in Matthew 7 comes from Jesus Christ’s famous “Sermon on the Mount” and in this section He is speaking of those who call Jesus “Lord” (they say that He is their Lord) yet they do not do what He says. They do not obey Him. These people have never “called on the name of the Lord” (taken on His character) because they do not live like He did. Therefore, when they give Him lip service as Lord and do not obey Him, He will cast them out because they never knew Him and He never knew them.

There is no contradiction here, just a terrible lack of intellectual integrity on the part of the atheist. He is reaching for straws because he has no legitimate argument against God.

My question to you is, “have you ever called on the name (character) of the Lord so that you may be saved? Do you call Jesus Lord yet choose to disobey Him? Are you ready to set your pride aside and truly accept Him as Lord so that He can also be your Savior? What stops you from following and obeying God?

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11 comments on “Will everyone who calls on the name of the Lord be saved?

  1. We are those who are adopted into the family of God’s holy people. Those outside the family will curse us because they do not know our Father. To them, religion is a matter of do’s and don’ts, words, and laws. They do not understand the Life offered by Jesus. And they will rail with all their might against the Love we have come to know.

    I too have often spoken to the, so called, athiests in this world. The give themselves a name to excuse their rebellion. But God will judge and do what is right in their case. Their necks are stiff, and their hearts are as cold as a stone in the ice of winter. God is able to raise up a family for Himself from such stock. After all, He has raised up this fool from the slime of rebellion.

    It is a hard thing for us, who know Him through Jesus, to speak to such people. And I have learned to carefully guard my pearls of joy which I have gathered on The Way. Yet we are given to speak the word of warning to them as is fitting for their plugged ears. It is not for us to see the growth of the seeds we plant. It is, however, given to us to speak that Word. And in this “giving” I find a great peaceful satisfaction, regardless the apparent response.

    May God grant understanding to those He has determined to rescue from certain death. And may He bless our minds as we hold out the words of life to this stubborn generation. I thank God for the faith within you. May He grant you a healthy bounty which you will be able to bring to His Holy Throne on that Day. Hold strong, my brother. We are not far from receiving the reward destined for those The Lord of Life has redeemed. Not one word of His will fall to the ground, but will accomplish that for which He has desired. Speak with the force of a gale wind. For the Spirit of God is compelled to move through this world seeking to draw all men to the Father through Jesus. We work a work of Love this world does not recognize.

    By His Grace.

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  5. What a convoluted load. The bible is full of inconsistencies. Of course, since it was written by a lot of people over a long time. Anyone who takes it as literal or as a true historical document is deluding him or herself. Every study has shown that free-thinkers, atheists and agnostics have a higher IQ level, because they are willing to question dogma.

  6. This is BANG ON correct!!! The phrase is first found in Gen 4:26 when the ‘Seed of the Woman’ began (Heb:bored through, wound) to call upon (Qara) the name (Shem:Character) of the LORD. I interpret this as: the seed of the woman, via Seth, recognizing their weakness of mortal flesh, naming their son thus Enosh: weak,sick,
    whilst being persecuted by the seed of the serpent(i.e lamech’s(cain’s) line) whilst they were proclaiming (through their conduct and outward speech) the character of the LORD. We must strive to follow likewise!

  7. @ Kat…..You fight soooo hard to try and convince the rest of us that we all simply exist…that we just randomly came about. Let’s say for a millisecond that you are right! Where do we go from here? What is the answer for the person who finds out that one of their loved ones has cancer? Who do they pray to or get comfort from? How about the person hooked on drugs, alcohol or in a failing marriage? Which secular psychiatrist are you going to refer them to? They have no answers. If there is no loving creator, what is the purpose of life to you….have a great time, make the most of it and then die?? Oh boy, that sounds so convincing and alluring. We have a world dying of aids because they deny God and His moral laws and do what they want. We have the number one death of teenagers as suicide, as we took God out of their lives and pumped moral relevatism into their heads in the school system. So as you continue to spew your rebellion against the living God of the Universe, remember that YOU are part of the reason that this country is spiraling downward, as it gets more and more depraved, and why not??? Take the bible out of this civilization and you got a bunch of people running around in every direction with their head (that “head” would be God) cut off with no direction. If you think a “Godless” nation would be a good thing, consider Stalin or Hitler, how “good” was that for Russia and Germany? Without God, you are no different than an animal…you are born, you eat, play, reproduce and then die. If that is all you can offer society, maybe you should keep your pathetic opinions to yourselves. When you finally find God through his Son Jesus Christ, you can perhaps come back and try to reach out to some of your “have no direction or purpose” atheist friends. In no way is evolution an “empirical” science, so you too have to have faith in your failing religion of evolution…and it is crumbling and yes, more and more secular scientists are turning to a living relationship with God the Father through His Son, Jesus Christ. I pray that He will draw your hearts to Him who loves you, gives you purpose, and created all things around you.

  8. Brian,

    If you need to believe in a magical God in order for your life to have purpose and meaning, then you must lead a pretty lonely life.

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