What is the Romans Road to salvation?


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The Romans Road to salvation is a way of explaining the good news of salvation using verses from the Book of Romans. It is a simple yet powerful method of explaining why we need salvation, how God ...

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My picture Jack Gutknecht ABC/DTS graduate, guitar music ministry Baptist church
I think the Roman Road to Salvation is a good way to present the gospel or the Good News of God's Love. In fact, it is my preferred method, mixed with my testimony.


The Human Problem is spoken about in:

Romans 3:10 as it is written:

“None is righteous, no, not one; (ESV)

Romans 3:23 "for fall have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,"

Romans 6:23 "For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."

Humanity’s Hope is in Christ
Romans 5:8 "but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us."

The Sinner’s Response has to be this:

Romans 10:9-10 "because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved."

Romans 10:13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

The above is gleaned from Romans Road - Scripture Memory Fellowship. They have 10 verses in their collection for the memorizer to memorize, but I have chosen only these eight to commit to memory, myself. SMF bases its collection on the English Standard Version (ESV), but you can choose any Bible version you like, if you subscribe.

January 01 2022 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

Mini John Appelt
The Romans Road is an evangelism tool used to lead people to Christ by using a string of selected verses from the book of Romans. They are meant to explain certain points: Romans 3:23 – you are a sinner; Romans 6:23 – the punishment for sin is eternal death but the free gift is eternal life; Romans 5:8 – Christ died for us; Romans 10:9 – believe and confess Jesus is Lord; Romans 10:13 – call on the name of the Lord.

No doubt there are many who have been saved through it, but the formula does not follow the true road map of the book. In essence, it takes verses out of its context to present various points. The originators of the ‘Romans Road’ probably meant well, but this was not the intent of the apostle Paul.

Romans is written to believers already possessing eternal life, Romans 1:7-8, so its purpose is not to lead people to Christ but for them to experience a full, obedient life in Christ. It is a book to help believers, who were already on a good foundation, to be increasingly sanctified. 

In fact, Romans 3:20-4:25 is the only part dealing with justification, and the following section, Romans 5:1-8:39, elaborates on the victory to be experienced by the believers based on justification. Notice how a couple of the Roman Road references are in this section. The verses really say something else. 
Romans 5:8 presents a powerful truth, but Paul is not showing the way to salvation but giving the basis for strength to live godly lives. 

In Romans 6:23 there is no reference to hell or the second death. In context, Romans 6 speaks of a new lifestyle. Death is the compensation for a life of flesh and sin. Holiness leads to greater possession of life in Christ and through Christ. This is about Christian living. 

Romans 10:9, 13 come from Romans 9-11 which is a passage that discusses the position of Israel in God’s plan. But these verses do not indicate how a person can be saved. ‘Saved’ does not mean escape from hell, but it means ‘delivered’ from some dire situation. The term ‘saved’ used by evangelicals was what Paul called ‘justified’ and ‘righteous.’ Paul uses ‘saved’ for deliverance from problems.

‘Confession’ is something people do after salvation, having to do with depending on Christ. In John 12:42 many rulers had believed in the Lord, but because of fear, they had not confessed Him. One would think they were not completely saved, but the context is not salvation from sin, but the concept of boldness to say they believed.

‘Calling on the Lord’ is another post-salvation activity, Romans 10:14, the prayer or an appeal of a believer who calls for help and assistance, Acts 9:14, 21, I Corinthians 1:2, II Timothy 2:22, I Peter 1:17. It is related to confession because one must believe Jesus is his Lord to do that. 

Although well meaning, the ‘Romans Road’ is, unfortunately, a detour from proper understanding of Paul’s epistle.

February 18 2022 1 response Vote Up Share Report

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