If you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved. The scripture says, “No one who believes in him will be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all who call on him. For, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Romans 10.9-13, NRSV
However, one could say Locke is interpreting the “plain meaning” of the above passage from Romans 10: One simply needs to “call on the name of the Lord” to be saved. I argue that this passage calls for more than mere intellectual assent in its historical context. “Jesus is Lord” is a speech-act. But what is a speech-act, exactly? And how does that help us navigate through this passage?