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Another Gospel – The Truth about Lordship “salvation.”

Our friend Mark Andre has produced an amazing Biblical video, proclaiming the Truth of the Gospel of Grace and exposing all that is wrong with Lordship “salvation,” Calvinism and other false teachings.

Mark called several months ago asking permission to use some material and ideas from ExPreacherMan.com. We are happy we consented.

The progression of the video keeps your attention — Mark explains the simplicity of the Gospel of Grace and then, naming names, he exposes the preachers and proponents of “works salvation” (Probation). This mission is especially important to Mark because his is a former member of John MacArthur’s church. He realized the Truth, abandoned the lie perpetrated by JMac and is dedicated to exposing those who insist on adding works to the Gospel of God’s Grace.

This is a must watch video. Please recommend it to your friends, especially those who may be mixed up in false teaching. It is also a good doctrinal review for all believers.

Great job, Mark!!

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Rock-Paper-Scissors: Calvinism/Lordship Salvation’s Game of Deceit

From Wikipedia: Rock-paper-scissors is a hand game usually played by two people, where players simultaneously form one of three shapes with an outstretched hand. The “rock” beats scissors, the “scissors” beat paper and the “paper” beats rock.

In trying to defend the gospel against Calvinism and Lordship “salvation” (LS), many are playing a theological game of rock-paper-scissors, in which their tepid defenses of the gospel are vulnerable to defeat.

LS is the unsupportable belief that the PERFORMANCE of good works, the PROMISE of good works, or the EVIDENCE of good works MUST accompany faith in Christ in order to make that faith result in eternal life.

Performance-promise-evidence are the rock-paper-scissors of Calvinism/LS. A defense of the gospel that allows room for any of these, either directly or indirectly, is no defense at all. It is an attack.

So, how is this game played? Unfortunately, Satan plays hard. There is no end to the number of ways he tries to deceive people into attacking the gospel. I will cover three of them.

Allies who attack the gospel.

This so-called “defense of the gospel” brings in “allies” who want to maintain only part of the integrity of the gospel.   For example, a teacher can rail against the evils of promising good works in exchange for salvation, but then endorse the evidence of good works as being a necessary result of salvation.

Some other examples are:

Using LSers to defend against Calvinism;

Using Calvinists to defend against evolution;

Using LSers to defend against the dangers of reformed theology.

Calvinism and LS share the same theological roots. The point at which they intersect is the Calvinist tenet of “perseverance of the saints.” Anyone who embraces any of the tenets of Calvinism or any of the tenets of LS is not a dependable ally in trying to advance or defend the gospel. Using any such people in defending the gospel will only lead to further blurring of the gospel message.

 Pretending that LS is new.

Another half-hearted “defense of the gospel” includes the notion that somehow Calvinism/LS is relatively new – that it came into vogue, and was popularized by John MacArthur. Imbedded in this argument is that Biblical Christianity has only recently become subsumed by LS. This might also include the notion that some of the “big names” in the past were teaching Biblical Christianity, but that their modern adherents have deviated from their teachings. For example, some defenders of the gospel believe that John Calvin wasn’t really a Calvinist!

But, the attempts to insert works into the gospel have been around since they early church. It is discussed at length in the book of Galatians. Most of what passes for “church history” is really false works for salvation.

Depicting Calvinism/LS as something new gives the impression that older teachers (such as John Calvin and Charles Spurgeon) are dependable, when in fact they were false teachers.

Giving some people a pass.

I am really mystified by this. Someone can give a full-throated denunciation of John MacArthur’s false teaching, but treat others who have written and said the same things as sacred cows.

It should be obvious that giving anyone a pass for distorting the gospel, while calling others to task, is no defense of the gospel at all.

Romans 1:16:  For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

As we each strive to advance and defend the gospel message, let us be particularly vigilant against the tactics outlined above, and the dangers they present to lost people, babes in Christ, and even to mature believers.

Lordship Salvation: Honoring God by Calling Him a Liar

Romans 3:27:28:  Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.  Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.

Lordship Salvation (LS) is the unsupportable belief that the PERFORMANCE of good works, the PROMISE of good works, or the EVIDENCE of good works MUST accompany faith in Christ in order to make that faith result in eternal life.

Lordship “salvationists” (“LSers”) pay lip service to believing in salvation by grace through faith in Christ, but add statements that betray their real belief in salvation by works. By insisting on adding works to the salvation equation, LSers are calling God a liar.

LSers will try to disguise their disbelief in the gospel with self-righteous statements such as:

No man can have Jesus as Savior without having Him as Lord!

This is to insert the work of obedience to Christ as a phony condition to receiving eternal life.  The implication is that the LSer has himself done this, so that he can boast that he has done something other than trusting in Christ to earn his place in heaven.

Should we encourage a person to have assurance of salvation who persists in this, that, or the other sin?

This is to insert the work of turning from specific sins as another bogus add-on condition to receiving eternal life.  The obvious implication is that the LSer doesn’t commit these specific sins, so he has earned his way into heaven by trusting in Christ and not engaging in these sins.

A true Christian will have a change in behavior, attitude, etc.

 This is to insert works into the back end of the salvation equation. The implication is that the LSer thinks his behavior has improved, that he is becoming more holy, and so on.

The intrepid LSer will almost always say that works don’t save anyone, but that works will always accompany salvation.  Consider this recent excerpt from an LS commenter at ExPreacherman (purportedly through his brother), who definitively states that he would not go to heaven if he did not have any good works to show for himself:

I asked him, “If you live the rest of your life without changing one iota, without doing one good work, will you go to heaven?” He said “No”, but he still affirms that he is trusting in Jesus alone to save him from his sins. He denies that he is trusting in his changed life. He said that we are not saved by having a changed life. A changed life is not what saves you. He said that Jesus alone saves people. He said that a changed life is evidence of being converted, not the cause of our salvation.

This patently absurd line of reasoning works like this:  One doesn’t have to do works to get into heaven.  But, a real Christian will always do good works.  Therefore, if one doesn’t have good works, he won’t get into heaven.

In their minds, LSers are honoring God by making obedience, discipleship, and good works contingencies to receiving eternal life.

In reality, LSers are dishonoring God by distorting the gospel, frustrating grace, calling God a liar, and trying to bring glory to themselves.

Here is the real story on how to have eternal life: http://expreacherman.com/eternal-life-for-you/

John 3:18 Denudes and Proves False the Main Tenet of Calvinism, Predestination

Calvinists believe that God chose certain individuals to be saved, consigning all others to a hopeless eternity in hell, before they were ever born.

The prospect of a god that would create precious human beings expressly for the purpose of eternal destruction is abhorrent.  The God of the Bible provided a means of salvation to any and everyone who will trust in Jesus Christ as Savior.

One of the often-overlooked verses in refuting the unbiblical notion that people are predestined to either heaven or hell is John 3:18:

“He that believeth on him is not condemned: but, he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed on the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

How could someone who has not believed be condemned already if God has pre-ordained that he will go to heaven? We know that Jesus cannot lie, so we must accept what He says here at face value.

Believers were condemned before they believed in Jesus as Savior.  Non-believers are still condemned.

Non-believers are condemned BECAUSE they are non-believers.

How much more clear can it be?

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Lordship Salvation: The Enemy of Grace

By Co-Administrator, John

The Bible says that salvation is the gift of God, available to anyone and everyone who believes in Jesus Christ as Savior.  The Bible is explicitly clear that salvation is a free gift, without cost or obligation to the believer.

Not only is the Bible explicitly clear that salvation is a free gift to the believer, but it says it in a number of different ways so that the hearer or reader of the Word can understand.  For a reasonably comprehensive list of verses that state that justification is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone, please see the article linked below:

http://expreacherman.com/believers-justification/

In contrast to the Biblical gospel of grace is the false gospel of Lordship “salvation” (LS).  LS is the unsupportable belief that the PERFORMANCE of good works, the PROMISE of good works, or the EVIDENCE of good works MUST accompany faith in Christ in order to make that faith result in eternal life.

Those who believe in LS (LSers) have a range of conditions they have added to the gospel.  Some own their LS outright, and others try to hide it.  But, LSers have one thing in common:  they do not believe the gospel.

Some LSers are eternally secure believers who have been bewitched by LS, while many others are false professors who may have never even heard the Biblical gospel taught clearly.  In any event, LSers do not believe the gospel now.

In trying to reach LSers with the gospel, we face an exceedingly difficult task.  Because they are deceived, most will respond to the gospel with incredulity, suspicion, and even outright hostility.  If we are clear in our message, we should expect to elicit such responses.  We should respond to honest questions with Biblical responses, but we must also use prayerful judgment in when to move on.

Some of the tactics that indicate hostility toward the gospel message are:

Asking convoluted questions – just as the Pharisees tried to trap Jesus with shrewdly-worded questions, the implacable LSer will use craftily-worded questions to try to trick us into agreeing with some subtle LS precept.

Putting words in our mouths – misrepresenting what we say, sometimes repeatedly.  This most often takes the form of accusing us of teaching grace as a license to sin.

Creating divisions – going from one of us to the next with the same questions in order to try to find inconsistencies between our answers.

Feigning ignorance – this is often used to disarm us.

Appealing to our emotions – using an emotional appeal, such as personal hardship, affinity, or gratuitous compliments to nudge us toward their theology.

Making personal attacks – criticizing us for being “puffed up” or “heretical” and acting offended to try to soften us up and elicit apologies.

Repetition – to quote the late Vince Lombardi:  “Fatigue makes cowards of us all.”  This tactic is designed to wear us out.

Swarming – getting other people to weigh in with the same or similar points.

Name dropping – quoting some famous theologian to add credibility to their arguments.

Following is a quote from Clear Gospel Campaign on a tactic employed by those hostile to grace:

It is usually easy to separate those hostile to the doctrine of grace from those who are genuinely seeking the truth in a few minutes of conversation.  Those hostile to grace and unwilling to hear the truth will typically ask dishonest questions with terms that have multiple meanings.  By this tack, no matter how you answer the question, the theology of grace can be shown false.

 A typical question might be:

 “Oh, so you’re telling me that once someone is saved, they can do whatever they want, and they are still saved?”

 Of course, the truth of the matter is that, apart from epileptic seizures, snoring, and other involuntary actions, each of us does exactly what we want twenty four hours a day!  The reason I pull my hand out of a hot stove is because I want to.  The reason I eat is because I want to.  The reason I sin is because I want to.  And the reason I flee from sin is because I want to.  In truth, the question is so trivial as to be meaningless.  A “yes” answer does not even hint at a person’s theology!  It only shows their sense of personal responsibility over their own actions.

 As tempting as it is to think that we can come up with the perfect way to explain grace to an implacable LSer, we must prayerfully determine when to move beyond repetitious discussions with LSers who are not interested in the truth.

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Lordship Salvation: Salvation by Works

(Following is an e-mail we received from a reader, along with our response.  We chose to publish this, since this question gets to the heart of the purpose of the ExPreacherman ministry.  The gentleman who wrote this is more honest than most Lordship “salvationists” in that he admits that he believes that our works are inextricably linked to the gospel message.  Please note that we have removed the individual’s name, as well as the NKJV biblical text of James 2:14-26.  The e-mail is in italics, and our response is in plain text.  We have added bold to parts of each for emphasis)

Comment: So, I don’t really get the point of an entire blog built around the idea of fighting something called “Lordship salvation.  I mean, don’t like seriously ALL your arguments about taking things out of context fall apart when you read stuff like this (James 2:14-26) in the Bible?

 I mean… it’s like reiterated over and over in that passage. It takes two to tango, so why are you so concerned about it that when I Google Francis Chan, I find all these articles talking about how awful he is here on your blog? I mean, dude… how is that even remotely helpful to folks? You blog about how he’s scaring people because he’s focusing too much on the works part of the gospel. Aren’t you doing the same thing by scaring people by focusing on another aspect of the gospel?

 Why don’t you just write him a letter or something if you think he’s taking things too far? Like this… because frankly brother, I think you’re missing the forest for the trees, or some other relevant metaphor.

 Anyway. Maranatha! God bless

Thank you for your comment to Expreacherman.com.

We are very familiar with the passage from James 2 that you cited.  In fact, I have been listening to a sermon series on James for the past few weeks.  Following is a link to a booklet on this topic that I think you might enjoy reading.

http://expreacherman.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/cucuzza-faith-without-works-is-dead.pdf

You said something in your comment that underscores why we think it is essential that we proclaim the gospel, and clear up some of the false conceptions people have about how to receive eternal life.

You said:  “You blog about how he’s scaring people because he’s focusing too much on the works part of the gospel. Aren’t you doing the same thing by scaring people by focusing on another aspect of the gospel.”

My comment:  There is no “works part” of the gospel.  People who never realize this are going to miss out on eternal life.

The gospel is that Jesus Christ – God in the flesh – died for our sins, was buried, and was raised from the dead.

Whoever believes in Christ alone as Savior has eternal life, which can never be lost, forfeited, or taken away.

However, trusting in Christ plus one’s works for salvation means that one is not trusting in Christ.  The Bible makes this very clear:

Ephesians 2:8-9:

[8] For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

[9] Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Romans 11:6:  And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.

 We are not trying to scare anyone by our focus on the gospel.  We are trying to help people who may have never heard the gospel, or have not heard the gospel explained clearly know how they can have eternal life through Christ Jesus.

I am going to provide a link to a booklet called “The Gospel” that I think will help explain things further.

http://www.cleargospel.org/booklet.php?b_id=3

Thanks.  John

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Lordship “Salvation” — Willful Naiveté ?

By Jack Weaver and our fellow Administrator, John

We will borrow some ideas from a Conservative friend’s web site. He applied the thought to politics, but we see some parallels between the politically naïve and the theologically naïve.  In both cases, otherwise intelligent people seem to park their brains at the door and believe astonishingly stupid propositions.  For lack of a better term, we will call it “willful naiveté.”

In politics, willful naiveté can be seen in people who hold advanced degrees in economics that have convinced themselves that 1+1 = 3, because it fits their political narrative. In the theological realm, there are scores of prominent “educated” theologians who are teaching their theological narrative, the lie of Lordship “salvation”, to vulnerable non-believers and believers alike.

Lordship “salvation” (LS) is the unsupportable belief that the PERFORMANCE of good works, the PROMISE of good works, or the EVIDENCE of good works MUST accompany faith in Christ in order to make that faith result in eternal life.

LS arrived on the scene just after the start of the church.  It was first manifested in false teachers who claimed one must be circumcised – in addition to trusting in Christ as Savior – in order to have eternal life.

Acts 15:1:  “And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren, and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved”

LS has shown up in various forms ever since, and has dominated popular Christendom through the centuries.  And, the raging wave of LS continues to invade and overtake our Grace Faith communities.

We see stunning examples of “willful naiveté” in those who advocate LS.  The Bible has more than 150 verses that state that salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.  See article linked for more information: Believers Justification << Link

However, this overwhelming biblical evidence does not daunt LS advocates.  Instead, they lean on their own understanding of certain biblical “proof texts”, always taken out of context to support their false teaching.  Or worse, their misinterpretation of scripture leads them to believe there are biblical “paradoxes”.  For example, many LS advocates say things like “salvation is free, but it will cost you everything.”  This is non-biblical nonsense.  The fact of the matter is that there are no paradoxes in God’s Word.

LS destroys everything it touches.  It impedes the advance of the gospel, thereby keeping lost people lost; for believers who are bewitched by LS, it undermines their faith and assurance, it robs them of the power to live the Christian life, and it keeps them from a sound spiritual understanding of scripture.

LS has only two potentially “attractive” features that both appeal to the flesh.  First, it appeals to man’s pride.   One may internalize feelings of having contributed to (or merited) his salvation in some way.  He may feel like he has somehow “purified” himself.  There are side benefits, including a sense of comfort in “group think” and a sense of belonging in the ecumenical mainstream. Second, it appeals to the tribal need for an external, common enemy.  So, LS advocates make bogeymen out of proponents of salvation by Grace through faith in Christ alone.  Accordingly, they malign believers, using all sorts of pejorative language. Lordship “salvation” is very much a separate “religion,” a cult in the worst sense of those words.

LS advocates will continue to be deceived and to deceive others until the Millennium. They have successfully “converted” many into a works-based religion, false salvation and probation — which result in no salvation at all. By selling books, designing seductive web sites, producing slick YouTube videos, by infiltrating and taking over churches, religious schools, Bible colleges and seminaries, LSers have raised yet another generation of “Christians” who will continue to refuse, or fall from, God’s true Grace. They abhor the freedom and individual liberty we are to have in Christ Jesus as is so clearly delineated in God’s Word, the Bible. (John 3:16-17, Ephesians 2:8-10, Titus 3:5)

Is their deception a willful naiveté or deliberate?

Our suggestion: We waste our time using secular logic on these folks, so let us use God’s Powerful Word!!! (Hebrews 4:12)  Scripture says, “Let us reason together.” However, we often find LS advocates very unreceptive to either reason or scriptural proof.  They find it virtually impossible to accept Biblical, contextual “reason.” We must continue to “earnestly contend for the Faith once delivered to the saints” (Jude 1:3) and do it Biblically. That is the goal of our ministry here at ExPreacherMan.com which, by God’s Grace, we will continue! We thank the Lord for our many friends who support this ministry by commenting here in support of God’s Biblical Grace.

Please click here >> Wiki-Index of False Teachers for our compilation of a partial index of false teachers.

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ExPreacheMan.com’s Most Popular Articles Posted Within The Amazing Past Year

Listed below are our most popular articles posted within the last year. The number of views are recorded in the right hand column of each listing. You will notice on our page- right column – that ExPreacherMan.com has accumulated over half a million (506,544) views since its inception,.

Feel free to scan the list below for a topic that interests you — click on the link , read it and we welcome your comment.

We thank the Lord for His Grace, your support and help in making ExPreacherMan an Oasis of Grace in a mixed up world of false prophets and religions.

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Questions from the Mailbag on Grace vs. Lordship Salvation (part III)

(Following are some questions we have received from a reader via e-mail to ExPreacherman, along with our responses.  We chose to publish some of these questions in a series of articles, since they are both good questions and similar to questions we have gotten from other visitors to ExPreacherman.  In some cases, we have changed comments into question form and have expanded our original answers.)

Are faith and belief the same thing? If I believe and have no action to back up that belief, aren’t I in a delusion?

Faith and belief are the same thing.  What you are asking is whether faith and faithfulness are the same thing.  They are not.  If we had to be faithful to have eternal life, then our salvation would be dependent on our works, not on Christ’s faithfulness to us.

Works are not the automatic result of faith.  They take WORK.  That’s why they are called works.  That’s why believers  receive rewards for works done with the right motivation.

1 Corinthians 3:14:   If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.

We are set aside for good works that we SHOULD walk in them.  Tom Cucuzza put it nicely in the following sermon excerpts:

Now, shouldn’t Christians live right?  Yes!  Yes, Christians should live right.  That’s what James is all about.  But, not to get to heaven.  It’s because we have the gift of salvation, and we’re going to heaven.  That’s grace.

And

Grace.  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.   Not “must” – that would be works.  Not  “will” – that would be Calvinism.  No, it’s should.  We should. 

If I believe that gravity will kill me at free-fall off a skyscraper, and I still jump, I’m either insane or I never really believed. Similarly, if I believe that eating healthy is good for me, and only eat cheeseburgers all of my short life, am I insane or do I not really believe?

These analogies don’t really hold up.  You may jump off the skyscraper, knowing it will kill you, but still desiring the exhilaration of the fall.  You may eat unhealthily, not because you think it will result in good health, but because it feels good.  The presence of sin in the lives of believers does not invalidate their belief.

Analogies like the ones above are often the tools of false teachers who want to twist scripture to fit their false religion of salvation by faith PLUS works.  They sound reasonable, and even compelling sometimes, but they are not Biblical.  Beware of preachers and teachers who rely heavily on yarns and analogies and are light on scripture.  Salvation is found in Christ alone.  Remember, our ways are not God’s ways.  When we try to fit God into our perceptions of the world, we get off track.

Am I granted grace simply because I think I believe? Or does belief go deeper than words and thoughts?

What you think is what you believe.  If you understand and believe that you are a sinner in need of a Savior, that Jesus is God in the flesh, that Jesus took away the sins of mankind on the cross, that He was buried and raised from the dead, and that salvation is a free gift, offered to anyone who will honor Jesus by trusting in Him alone for eternal life, then you are saved.

Questions from the Mailbag on Grace vs. Lordship Salvation (Part II)

(Following are some questions we have received from a reader via e-mail to ExPreacherman, along with our responses.  We chose to publish some of these questions in a series of articles, since they are both good questions and similar to questions we have gotten from other visitors to ExPreacherman.  In some cases, we have changed comments into question form and have expanded our original answers.)

I immediately feel awful when I go back to a sin or I do something wrong.  Is this a sign that someone is saved?

Regret for having done wrong is not a dependable sign that someone is saved, nor is any other emotion or feeling.  Unsaved people have consciences, that tell them when they have done something wrong and even make them feel bad about it.

We see this in the Bible in Matthew 27:3-5:

 [3] Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,

[4] Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that.

[5] And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.

If the Holy Spirit convicts a believer of sin, the proper response is to confess that sin and try to turn from it.  Sometimes believers “grieve” or “quench” the Holy Spirit, and do not respond in the way they should to His ministry in their lives.  Some believers grieve the Holy Spirit and live in a way indistinguishable from non-believers.  That is why the Bible admonishes us to not be conformed to the world.

 If I don’t feel bad at my wrongdoing, am I really in a relationship with Christ?

If your assurance of salvation comes from whether or not you feel bad about wrongdoing, you are focused on the wrong thing.  The ONLY assurance of salvation comes from KNOWING that you have trusted Christ as your Savior.

Isn’t it my grieving that leads me to WANT to obey, and don’t I only obey through God’s grace in saving me BY giving me a changed heart?

As believers, our hearts only change when we read God’s word and apply it to our lives.  Grieving may be one possible motivation for obeying God, but the Bible says that those who love God will keep His commandments.  Please note that loving God is not a requirement to go to heaven and that loving Jesus will not save you.  You must believe in Jesus as your Savior.

If we are the light of the world, and God has promised that He has given us a new heart, then shouldn’t there be evidence of that?

Our behaviors are not reliable evidence that we have believed.  Even if they were, our behaviors can change.  For example, if someone has faithfully served Christ with good works and obedience for twenty years, what guarantee does he have that he will continue to do that?  If he stops doing those things later, does that prove he was never saved?

In addition, non-believers can do all of the nice things that believers do.  And, believers are capable of all of the bad things that non-believers are.  Please read the following article and watch the attached video:

http://expreacherman.com/2013/12/28/the-great-white-throne-judgment-wheres-the-cross-reference/

http://expreacherman.com/2013/12/14/title-true-or-false-a-person-who-believes-in-jesus-for-salvation-will-have-a-change-of-behavior/#comment-22638

Questions from the Mailbag on Grace vs. Lordship Salvation (Part I)

(Following are some questions we have received from a reader via e-mail to ExPreacherman, along with our responses.  We chose to publish some of these questions in a series of articles, since they are both good questions and similar to questions we have gotten from other visitors to ExPreacherman.  In some cases, we have changed comments into question form and have expanded our original answers.)

Can I continue to practice sin and still go to heaven?

Yes.  Contrary to popular opinion, turning from sin (or even the willingness to turn from sin) is not a condition for receiving, or keeping, eternal life.  One receives eternal life by believing in Jesus as his personal Savior.  And, no matter what the nature or extent of a believer’s sins, he will never lose his salvation.  But the real question is, SHOULD believers continue to practice sin?  The Bible tells us as Christians that we should not.  For example, we find in Romans 6:12-15:

[12] Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
[13] Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
[14] For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
[15] What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.

If belief AUTOMATICALLY resulted in good works/cessation of sin, then those instructions, written to Christians, would be unnecessary.  See the attached article for further discussion.

http://expreacherman.com/2013/12/14/title-true-or-false-a-person-who-believes-in-jesus-for-salvation-will-have-a-change-of-behavior/

The following doctrinal statement from Northland Bible Baptist Church may also help to explain further why Christians should not continue in sin:

Every child of God possesses eternal life, being justified by faith, sanctified by God, sealed with the Holy Spirit, is safe and secure for all eternity, and he cannot lose his salvation. However, a Christian can, through sin, lose his fellowship, joy, power, testimony, and reward and incur the Father’s chastisement.  Relationship is eternal, being established by the new birth.  Fellowship, however, is dependent upon obedience. John 6:36-39, John 10:28, John 5:24, Psa 37:28, 1 Pet 1:4-5, 1 Corinthians 3:11-17, 1 Corinthians 5:1-5, 1 Corinthians 11:30-32, Hebrews 12:5-11, Psalm 16:11.

If His grace is so mighty, and I am so weak, then by grace salvation, there is nothing I can do about my sinful nature, right?

Not quite.  The moment one believes, he has a new nature that can help him overcome the power of sin in his life.  But, one can choose whether to “walk in the Spirit” or not.  Some believers choose to fulfill their fleshly desires more often than not.

The following doctrinal statement from Northland Bible Baptist Church may also help to explain the two natures of the believer:

A true child of God has two births; one of the flesh, the other of the Spirit, giving man a flesh nature and a Spirit nature.  The flesh nature is neither good nor righteous.  The Spiritual man does not commit any sin.  This results in a warfare between the Spirit and the flesh, which continues until physical death, or the return of the Lord.  The flesh nature of man does not change in any way with the new birth, but can be controlled and kept subdued by the new man. John 3:3-7, Rom 8:8, Isa 64:6, Eph 2:3, 1 Pet 1:23, 1 John 1:8, 1 John 3:9, Rom 7:15-25, Col 2:6-7, Gal 5:16-23.

I have been taught (and perhaps this is Lordship, though I don’t think it was mentioned in the list) that a Christian is a “new creature” in Christ and because of this, God has given new desires for righteousness.  Is this correct?

See above discussion of the two natures.  The proper response to grace in the life of a believer is to let the Holy Spirit work in his life to transform his way of thinking to bring it in line with God’s way of thinking.  This happens through reading God’s Word and applying it to one’s life.  It is not automatic.  That’s why the Apostle Paul wrote the following in Romans 12:

[1] I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

[2] And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Eternal life is not dependent on our faithfulness as Christians.  If it were, it would not be eternal life.  One receives eternal life by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.  See attached to learn more.Eternal Life For You

The Great White Throne Judgment: Where’s the Cross-Reference?

Revelation 20:11-15:

[11] And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.

[12] And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

[13] And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

[14] And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

[15] And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

The above passage depicts the final judgment of people who have died without trusting in Christ.   This passage underscores very clearly that salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.

What we see in this passage:

  1. There are multiple books (“the books”) that catalog the works done by the people attending this judgment.
  2. Each person’s works are documented in these books.
  3. Each person is judged according to his works (and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works)
  4. No person’s works will be considered in whether or not he is allowed into heaven.
  5. There is only one Book of Life (and another book was opened, which is the book of life)
  6. Whoever is not in the Book of Life is cast into hell (And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.)

What we don’t see in this passage:

  1. We don’t see any mention of works being contained in the Book of Life.  It is names only.  One cannot get his name written into the Book of Life by his works.
  2. We don’t see any mention of someone’s works being used to corroborate, or authenticate, whether or not his name was found in the Book of Life.  That is because works are not the basis by which one is saved.  Rather, the only way to heaven is by trusting in Christ.
  3. We don’t see any cross-reference between “the books” (of works) and “the book” (of life).   This concept is underscored in Matthew 7:21-23:  [21] Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.  [22] Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?  [23] And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. (The people that Jesus is condemning in this passage have works, but they do not have eternal life.  Their names are not in the Book of Life).
  4. We don’t see anyone’s name at the Great White Throne Judgment being found in the Book of Life.   That is because this judgment is for people who have not believed.  Judgment for church-age believers takes place at the judgment seat of Christ, depicted in 1 Corinthians 3:12-15:  [12] Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;[13] Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.  [14] If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.  [15] If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

The ONLY way to receive eternal life is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.

Ephesians 2:8-9:

[8] For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

[9] Not of works, lest any man should boast.

 The way to receive eternal life:  Eternal Life For You

Why We Can’t Judge Whether or not Someone Possesses Eternal Life

By Jack Weaver and our fellow Administrator, John.

We at ExP are sometimes accused of condemning to hell people that don’t agree with our Biblical view of the gospel.  We would like to state, unequivocally, that we cannot, and therefore do not, judge whether someone is or is not a believer.

We cannot condemn anyone, nor do we wish to see anyone condemned.  The Bible is very clear on why anyone would be condemned, or not condemned:

John 3:18:  He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

When we hear someone introduce works into the salvation equation, it would be negligent for us to ASSUME they were saved.  If someone is not currently clear on God’s plan of salvation, it is at least possible that they were never clear on God’s plan of salvation.

What if someone currently claims to be an atheist?  Can we know that such a person has never believed in Jesus as his Savior?  No.  According to scripture, someone who is believer can fall away:

Luke 8:13:  They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.

The Bible teaches that anyone who has ever believed in Jesus as Savior is eternally secure.  So, even a professing atheist COULD be a heaven-bound believer, if he ever trusted in Jesus as his Savior.   Having said that, would it be wise to assume that a professing atheist is a believer?  We don’t think so.  We think it would be best to tell such a person the gospel message.

What if someone is a professing Christian, is an active churchgoer, prays regularly, reads his Bible, tries to live a clean lifestyle, and does good works, but contradicts his profession of faith in Christ with statements that indicate that he thinks works are necessary in order for someone to get to heaven? His contradictory statements could include that one must “repent of sins” or “commit one’s life to Christ” in order to be saved, or that one must have a change in behavior and/or good works if he really is saved.  He might even think that he could lose or forfeit his salvation.  In such cases, would it be wise to assume he has ever trusted in Christ alone as Savior?  Just like with the atheist, we think it would be be best to tell such a person the gospel message.

In the case of the professing atheist, his confession is “I don’t believe in God.”  In the case of the professing Lordship “salvationist”, his confession will most likely be “I believe salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone”, but then he will contradict that statement by adding works to the equation.  So, in reality, neither the atheist nor the Lordship “salvationist” is testifying to believing the gospel NOW.

We should approach each person with the assumption that he may not have heard or believed the gospel, unless he can clearly articulate why he is going to heaven, and it is based solely on the finished work of Jesus Christ.  This is not because we want to be judgmental or condemning, but because God wants all men to be saved, and so should we.

The Gospel According to Spurgeon

expreacherman:

This is an excellent and important article on the terrible errors of Charles Spurgeon, well worth the read from our friend Jim Floyd.

Originally posted on Stand For the Faith:

Before I continue with my review of the book by MacArthur, The Gospel According to Jesus, I want to take time to look at another person from the past that advocated a similar position. Some believe that MacArthur’s Lordship Salvation is a relatively new thing. This is intended to show that this message is not new and can come as a logical progression from any Calvinist.

The following quotes are from Spurgeon’s book The Soul Winner.
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Consider the errors that Spurgeon taught. He rejected the free grace view that repentance means change of mind. Now he said repentance means “change of mind” but described it this way on page 30 of his book “The Soul Winner”.

“”You will not find a better definition of it than the one given in the children’s hymn.

“Repentance is to leave
The sins we loved before
And show that we in earnest grieve,

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Lordship Salvation’s Strange Bedfellows: Apostate Evangelicals and Mormons Meet at BYU to Build on Common Ground

2 Corinthians 11:3-4:

But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.  For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.

A recent article in “Religion News Services” (RNS) highlighted “evangelical” visits to Brigham Young University.  The article was entitled “Evangelical visits to BYU signal a new evangelical-Mormon détente”.

According to the RNS article, recent visitors to BYU have included Southern Baptist leader Richard Land and Albert Mohler, Jr., president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

What common ground do these “evangelical leaders” and their Mormon brethren think they have?

Mohler:  “That is why I and my evangelical brothers and sisters are so glad to have Mormon neighbors,” Mohler said in his talk on Oct 21. “We stand together for the natural family, for natural marriage, for the integrity of sexuality within marriage alone.”

Land:  “Those who oppose us are not going to make any distinctions,” said Land, the new president of Southern Evangelical Seminary  in North Carolina. “They’re hostile to people of faith, period.”

John Taylor (director of interfaith relations for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints):  “There’s a realization among faith groups generally that despite doctrinal differences — and we have doctrinal differences, there’s no question about that — we do have areas of commonality,” 

What else do these groups have in common?  None of them believe that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.  They don’t believe what the Bible teaches about how one receives eternal life (see John 3:16; Ephesians 2:8-9).

The recent interaction between evangelicals and Mormons seems to be part of a growing trend, as this excerpt from the RNS article points out:

Gregory Johnson, co-founder of Standing Together, a Utah group of evangelical pastors, has given dozens of presentations with BYU’s Millet called “A Mormon and an Evangelical in Conversation.” He dubbed the recent get-togethers “the year of the evangelical at BYU.”

Mohler plans to return to BYU early next year, as does Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias.

In addition to increasing dialog between evangelicals and Mormons, there has been cooperation between Mormons and Catholics in humanitarian missions, as highlighted in the RNS article:

John Taylor, director of interfaith relations for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said there is a growing sense that Mormons and non-Mormons can agree in some areas — from humanitarian aid, where Mormons have also joined with Catholics — to the desire to retain their younger members.

I believe we will see groups that teach false gospels continue to coalesce with false religions.  I believe we will see them begin to “iron out” doctrinal issues.  I believe the more they meet and have dialog, the more they will find they have in common.

In fact, my wife has recently been visited a couple of times by two Jehovah’s witnesses.  She has patiently explained God’s plan of salvation to them, and has even referred them to Expreacherman.com.

During one of the discussions, my wife asked the Jehovah’s witnesses whether they thought the people represented by the second soil in the parable of the Sower were saved or not (Luke 8:13).  They said they were not.  My wife told them that people who believe salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone think that soil two represents saved believers, because that’s what the Bible says.

What an insightful comment!  I wonder what the Lordship “salvationists” would say about soil two in the parable of the Sower?  The Mormons?  The Roman Catholics?

Encouraging News about the Good News (The Gospel). ExPreacherMan Reaching Around the World.

By Jack Weaver

Jesus Christ speaks:

“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” Mark 16:15

All of us here at our Oasis of Grace often express feeling of isolation because of a dearth of sound, Biblical church fellowship with other Believers. ExPreacherMan attempts to offer a small island of fellowship through abiding by an unwavering and uncompromising stand for the Gospel of our salvation  — by God’s Grace through Faith in Jesus Christ alone — and NOT by our works of our righteousness in order to gain or keep Eternal Life. (Ephesians 2:8-9) (Titus 3:5)

The Administrators at ExPreacherMan.com strive to speak the Truth of the Gospel and expose the lies of Lordship “salvation,” Calvinism, “turn from sin probation-ism” and all other subtle (and some not so subtle) teachings which contradict the simplicity that is in Christ and His Word.

This morning I was looking over ExPreacherMan web statistics for the past 365 days.

I was thrilled to see how the Lord has used ExPreacherMan to share Jesus Christ worldwide. Our visitors include many from Islamic countries, China, India, Russia and others in the spiritually darkest areas of the world. Of course we realize some few of these Views represent nefarious spammers who attempt to trade on our worldwide outreach. But, even so, we pray that when these folks do visit, they will read and believe the Gospel, the Truth of God’s Salvation. (John 3:16) Pray for them – God loves them too..

Look over these statistics. Realize that your comments and explanations of God’s Word circle the globe and land in isolated and dark countries (even the spiritually dark USA). We humbly realize one thing before the Lord — we have an awesome responsibility to share that Truth clearly, accurately and without error.

We thank each of you for your part in this outreach. We are approaching half a million total views of ExPreacherMan since our modest beginning six years ago. We are all volunteers who love and are thankful for our Savior and His Precious Gospel Message — His Free Gift of Eternal Life. The Glory and Praise are to the Lord God Almighty.

Good News – Eternal Life FREE

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What are The Motives Behind Lordship “Salvation” and Other False Teachings?

By Jack Weaver and our friend, John

Are we able to assess the motive of those false teachers/prophets who preach “another gospel”? Galatians 1:6-8

We can certainly assess and discern a false “gospel” message. That would be adding anything to the Gospel of salvation by Grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone. If we see or hear ANY teacher, Pastor, CD — or read any books, web sites or articles that tell you any of the following are requirements for eternal life, “the performance of any works, the promise of any future works, or the evidence of any works,” (to quote our friend John), such are teaching a false “gospel,” which is no Gospel at all. (Examples: Repent, turn from sins to be saved, Turn or burn, make Jesus the “Lord of your life” or commit your life to Christ to be saved, persevere to the end, etc.) These are all Satan’s add-on to the precious Gospel of God’s Grace and totally pervert the Gospel (Good News).

We came up with at least four general categories of people teaching false gospels:

  1. Believers who still believe the gospel, but teach error out of a personal motive.
  2. Believers who no longer believe that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone (Luke 8:13, Galatians 5:4).
  3. Non-believers, who are counting on their own righteousness to get into heaven (Matthew 7:15 and Matthew 23:15).
  4. Satan’s ministers, disguised as ministers of righteousness (2 Corinthians 11:15).

While the first and second groups are saved, and therefore eternally secure, all who preach false gospels are under a curse (Galatians 1:8-9).

To even attempt to discern the motives behind the person doing the false preaching, we must carefully analyze them, their behavior and their statements.

Following are some of the reasons that believers may teach false gospels:

  1. Ignorance or misuse of scripture – includes use of “proof texts”, always out of context, as well as use of poor or plainly false Bible translations.
  2. Sense of belonging – desires to be part of something big and exciting, with lots of structured programs for kids, etc. Willfully blind to obvious error.
  3. Respect for authority – putting the doctrine of men on par with, or above, the word of God.
  4. Social pressure – a desire to hold a position of honor, even it requires compromise.
  5. Financial allure – big churchs, big money, lucrative demand for books, etc.
  6. Family legacy - “my Daddy’s Daddy’s Daddy believes that, and so do I.”
  7. Eat the meat and spit out the bones “theology” – disregarding the Biblical warnings to separate from false teachers/teaching.
  8. Ecumenism – going along to get along.
  9. Fear of “failure” – desiring the praise of men above the praise of God.
  10. Hero-worship – reverence for icons of evangelicalism, such as Calvin, Spurgeon, Billy Graham, etc.
  11. Gatekeeping – They don’t want “nominal Christians” in their midst, so they change the Gospel from Grace to fit their own rules of behavior.
  12. A Feeling of Spiritual Invincibility – Failure to separate from false doctrine – as if they are not susceptible to being misled by false teaching – thus they let down their guard and find no need to put on the full armor of God (Ephesians 6:11).

It should come as no big surprise that non-believers also teach false gospels for many of the same reasons as those who purport to be believers in Christ — even so, each of them manage to slip in a teaching of Lordship “salvation” (probation).

If anyone claims to believe in a false gospel of works, we should take him at his word. He needs to be treated as an unbeliever, since simultaneous belief in a false gospel and the real Gospel of Christ is impossible! We should lovingly confront such a religious “professor” of faith in Christ with his disbelief. We must proclaim the Gospel, and if possible, show him from the Bible why his false gospel is false. The Lord does not require ANY works to acquire His gift of salvation – it is FREE. Grace and Works are polar opposites and CANNOT coexist as a means of salvation! (Romans 11:6)

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Mariella, Sadly “Repenting” Herself to Death – Literally.

By Jack Weaver

Just recently I experienced an example of a pitiful case of non-Calvinist “perseverance” while witnessing to my Audiologist. It is an awful object lesson showing an ignorance of scripture and “following the leader” to hell:

Mariella, my Audiologist, is a sweet, early 30s, young Latino lady. I pray she reads this and “changes her mind.” On my first visit several months ago I shared the Gospel and a tract.. She said, “Oh, you are a Christian, here read mine.” Her tract was titled, “The Grace That Saves.” Great Title!! Since I could not read the fine print, I took it optimistically believing the title may be a hint of Biblical contents.

When we returned home I magnified the tract. It was distributed by Fellowship Tract League. They advertise hundreds of different tracts in hundreds of languages. It sounded good until the “salvation” prayer. Very dangerous false doctrine.

The obvious errors are highlighted in bold.

Please pray this prayer or one similar to it: Dear Heavenly Father, I know I am a sinner and need your forgiveness. I believe that Jesus died for my sin. [1] I am willing to turn from sin. I now [2] ask Jesus Christ to come into my heart and life as my personal Saviour. I am willing, by God’s grace, to follow and obey Christ as the Lord of my heart and life. Amen.

[3] Jesus is knocking at the door of your heart. (Revelation 3:20) [3] Will you let Him in?”

[1] The Bible NEVER tells us we must be willing to turn from sin to have eternal life. That is a lie!!

[2] The Bible NEVER says to ask Jesus Christ to come into your heart and life as your personal Saviour to have eternal life. That is a lie!!

[3]  The Bible NEVER asks anyone to “let Jesus into our heart and life in order to have eternal life. That is a lie!! The heart does not have a “door.” That whole statement is a gross misrepresentation of the verse  Revelation 3:20 – which is plea by Jesus, asking for renewed FELLOWSHIP and to dine with the seven last days churches listed in Revelation Chapter Three.

Two weeks later on my next visit I handed her a great booklet illustrating that Salvation is a free gift, (“The Gift,” by Dr. Richard Seymour). She promised me she would read it and make notes which we could discuss. I asked her why she felt that God’s gift of salvation by Grace required her to turn from sin in order to have eternal life. Her answer, “I must repent continually to be ready.” Sadly, we had to depart to make room for another patient.

On our next visit I questioned Mariella further. Amazingly she said that she repents continuously all day long and before she goes to sleep at night. Then she asked me in somewhat broken English, “My father wanted me to ask you if you believe in ‘once saved, always saved?’”

I answered, “Of course, Jesus is The Savior. He alone saves eternally with no works on our part!! We cannot add anything to His work on the cross.” She answered, “My father says I cannot accept your booklet because it has false doctrine and is against the Bible.”

I was flabbergasted. As we left, she said, “I must repent, repent and repent all the time.” I asked “What does repent mean to you?” She said, “Turn from my sin, be sorry for any sins and bad thoughts, etc, etc.” As we departed, I left her with this thought, “I am so sorry you are not sure of eternal life, that you must torture yourself with continually  ‘repenting.’ Just remember, Jesus is The Savior. He alone SAVES!! Biblical repenting is simply changing your mind about Jesus being your Savior — and not your works.” She answered, “Yes but I must always be ‘ready’ by repenting.

This is a pitiful example of a person believing the false doctrine of repentance and turning it into her own personal “perseverance until the end,” and a father who is teaching his daughter the direct “works” path to hell.

I found her church in the Internet. It is a Latino, Charismatic, holy-roller, “healer,” works preaching mega church in Hialeah, FL. Terrible.

Please pray for Mariella that she may read this and believe the Gospel in order to have the peace that passes all understanding by trusting that her salvation is by Grace through Faith in Jesus Christ alone.

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Notes on Calvinism: Calvinism, a Rigged Carnival Game

Carnival Games
Remember going to a carnival as a child? Pretty fun; pretty exciting, right? I used to love the carnival games. So magical! So enticing! For a small price of a couple of quarters, along with a bit of skill and luck, I just knew that I could win one of those giant stuffed pandas, or a camera, or maybe even that alluring stereo set on the top shelf. Sadly, all that I ever won was a goldfish, a five-cent goldfish for a fifty-cent game fee. Rigged carnival games have been around for generations. Here are few of the most common:

1. Shooting Gallery: Air guns are armed with tiny BBs, air pressure is lowered and the sights are bent to skew the shots.

2. Land the Dime on the Plate: Plates are sprayed with silicone to make the coin slide right off.

3. Milk Bottle Pyramid: Lower bottles are filled with lead weights. Softballs are very soft indeed, being filled with straw or sawdust.

4. Basketball Shoot: Balls are overinflated; rims are undersized, sometimes slightly oval shaped and set higher than regulation height.

5. Balloon Dart Throw: Darts are lighter that store brands; tips are filed and dulled; balloons are underinflated and thick.

6. Ring Toss: Rings are made of hard bouncy plastic; their openings are only a fraction of an inch larger than the bottle tops on which they are supposed to land.

7. Sledge Hammer Ring the Bell: Hammers large but underweighted; carnival operator can apply “brake” as desired.

In many ways, Calvinism is very much like a rigged carnival game. For the Calvinist, some are prechosen to win and others are prechosen to lose. The individual has no say in his own destiny, no opportunity to trust in Christ alone by grace alone through faith alone for salvation, as the Bible says in Ephesians 2:8-9; John 3:16-18, 36; John 5:24; John 6:29, 40; John 11:25-26; Acts 16:30-31; Romans 4:5. But in the case of Calvinism, “losing” involves much more than spending a few dollars at a carnival; it means spending eternity in hell, sent there by a whimsical Calvinist “god.” Yes, Calvinism is a rigged “game” and a very deadly one as well.

Listen to the words of Kent Kelly as he describes in detail the false “god” of Calvinism: a true ogre! (Source, Kent Kelly, “Inside the Tulip,” Southern Pines, NC: Calvary Press, 1986, page 59):

“The sovereign god of the Calvinist planned in a past eternity that billions of men, women, and children would be tormented in the Lake of Fire forever. he had no desire that any of them would be saved. This god was well aware that because of the sin nature received at conception, they could do nothing but become Hell-deserving sinners by the very fact of their existence. This same god said that the basis for their condemnation would be a failure to believe in the Saviour for them, and no atonement was made available in which they could believe. he sent forth people into all the world to command these billions of men, women, and children to believe in a Saviour who was not their Saviour. he commanded them to repent knowing that he had personally selected them to burn in Hell before they ever received their sin nature. This god of the Calvinist created billions of vessels of wrath fitted for destruction—commanded them to do what he had willed them unable to do—then sent them to Hell for not doing it. If this is your god, you have my sympathy.”

Lordship Salvation’s Demon Belief That Does Not Save

By Our Dear Friend, John

James 2:19: Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.

James 2:19 is one of the favorite verses that Lordship “Salvationists” quote to try to convince themselves and others that one has to do more than trust in Christ to receive eternal life. Incidentally, you will usually hear them say “demons” instead of “devils”, because that is how the NIV and other LS Bibles have translated this verse.

When you hear someone raise James 2:19 as an objection to God’s free gift of eternal life through faith in Christ, you are hearing the voice of confusion and disbelief. You are a witness to the bad fruit of the LS tree. While it is true that demons believe and tremble, it is not true that this means that simple belief in Christ is not sufficient to save a human believer. Demons are beyond redemption, so the content of their faith is irrelevant. For a more compete discussion of this topic, click the attached link:

A Lordship “Salvationist’s” Prayer To His Prodigal Son

But, besides a demon’s belief, is there a belief that doesn’t save? Is it possible for a human being to believe that Jesus died, was buried, and rose from the dead and still not have eternal life? The answer to the above questions is a resounding YES. There is a belief that doesn’t save. In fact, there are all kinds of beliefs that don’t save, but not for the reasons that Lordship “salvationists” espouse.

Lordship “salvationists” believe that the performance of works, the promise of works, or the evidence of works MUST accompany faith in Christ in order to make that faith result in eternal life. Some of the more common adages that indicate that someone might have been “bitten by the LS bug” include:

  • “There’s head faith and heart faith, and only heart faith saves.”
  • “There’s no ‘fire insurance’. You have to want to follow Christ to be saved.”
  • “A believer won’t be sinless. But, he will sin less.”
  • “We are saved by faith alone, but the faith that saves is not alone.”
  • “We’re not saved by faith plus works, but we are saved by a faith that works.”
  • “A true Christian may backslide, but he will always return to the faith.”
  • “A Christian’s behavior will change once he is saved.”
  • “It is disciples who are saved.”
  • “Believing in Christ isn’t a ‘Get out of Jail Free’ card.”
  • “He can’t be your Savior if He’s not your Lord.”

Each of the above, and other similar expressions, indicate that someone is not quite comfortable with Grace. These types of statements expose an underlying misunderstanding of, or disbelief in, the part of the Gospel that says “Christ died FOR OUR SINS.”

The Lordship “Salvationist” does not believe that Christ paid the FULL PRICE for our sins, leaving us nothing to pay. He believes that Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection were necessary, but not sufficient. He believes that he must add to Christ’s finished work with his repentance from sin, commitment, or perseverance. In other words, the Lordship “Salvationist” has accepted Jesus as Lord and Helper, not Lord and Savior.

So, there is belief that does not save. It is belief in a false gospel of Christ plus works for salvation, more commonly known as Lordship “salvation.”

Can a person believe in Christ alone and not be saved? The answer to this one needs less explanation. The answer is NO.

John 3:16: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

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Lordship Salvationists and Calvinists: Why We Expose Them

By Jack Weaver and our friend, John
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We are occasionally asked why we bother to expose Lordship Salvationists and Calvinists. In a few words, we expose them because we love our Savior Jesus Christ and His Gift of Eternal Life by Grace through Faith in Him alone. We simply try to do our best to promote and defend the Biblical Gospel of God’s Grace (Ephesians 2:8-9), to unmask and open to your understanding, those who suppress the truth in unrighteousness. (Romans 1:18)

The “Christian” world is running amok with false doctrines proclaimed by Lordship “salvation” (LS) and Calvinist deceivers. We find that most LSers are Calvinists and vice versa. LSers usually include the many faces of Calvinism, i.e. Traditional, New, Hyper, “Moderate,”some Baptists, etc. Thus, since it fits, we use the acronym, “LS” to include all “works salvation” promoters.

We at ExPreacherMan have written many articles about those whose desire it is to advance, promote and subsidize the false message of LS. You may search our numerous, informative articles here.

The objective of this brief article is to clearly define LS, in as few words as possible, so believers in Jesus Christ may be equipped to discern between the truth of God’s Word and the lies being advanced in His name.

At its core, LS is a disbelief in God’s Word which clearly states that salvation is by Grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. (again: (Ephesians 2:8-9)

LS is the unsupportable belief that the performance of works, the promise of works, or the evidence of works MUST accompany faith in Christ in order to make that faith result in eternal life.

LS can be overt (one must forsake all of his sins and follow Christ in obedience and discipleship in order to be saved) or VERY SUBTLE (one’s behavior will change once he is saved).  But, do not be deceived. Trying to add ANY human merit to Grace makes it no longer Grace. (Romans 11:6)

We expose people who promote LS, because they:

• Keep people lost (Luke 8-12 2 Corinthians 4:4);
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• Are accursed (Galatians 1:9)
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• Frustrate grace (Galatians 2:21);
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• Bewitch believers, rendering the believers ineffective in their Christian lives (Galatians 5:4)
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• Are to be marked and avoided (Romans 16:17 and 16:18)

In addition to the above, people who believe and teach LS don’t currently believe the Gospel and need to be confronted with that reality.  They need our prayers.

One wonders why so many thousands of seeking souls flock to the false message of LS. Could it be a cultic draw by charismatic personalities who manipulate scripture, relish the attention, fame and (incidentally) the dollars cleverly conned from their followers?

These pitiful followers are striving for an LS salvation” that is hopeless and unattainable. Pray for them to see and believe The Truth of the Gospel << Click

*Note: Our special thanks to our friend John for contributing his Biblical knowledge, wisdom and thoughts to this article. JW

Kyle Idleman, Lordship “Salvationist” Exposed – Review by Jim F.

Dear Friends of ExP,

We have written about Kyle Idleman and posted information about him at our Wiki-Heresies Page.

We are grateful that our friend, Jim F has written an excellent review of Idleman’s book, “Not A Fan” at his web site. Please visit and read Jim’s review:

Jim F’s – Review of Idleman, Not a Fan << Click

In Jesus Christ eternally, Jack

A Lordship Salvationist’s Prayer for His Prodigal Son

By our friend, John

(Note: the following article is a PARODY of Lordship “salvation” through the lens of a hypothetical father, who believes in LS, as he prays for his son, who has received eternal life by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. It is meant to demonstrate that Lordship “salvation” is not just another slant on the Gospel. Rather it is disbelief in the Gospel. Each of the false Lordship “salvation” beliefs indicated in the prayer is referenced, with explanatory footnotes provided).

Heavenly Father, I come to you today heavy-hearted. I asked my son today why he wasn’t going to church anymore. He told me it was because he hadn’t found a church in his community that he was comfortable with.

I asked what he meant, since there are plenty of Southern Baptist churches (SBC) in his area. He responded that my church (and the SBC) teaches a false gospel of works that can’t save anyone. He was raised in SBC churches, and I can’t fathom who ever put that idea into his head.

So, I asked what he meant by “false gospel of works.” He said that salvation is “by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone” (he quoted Ephesians 2:8-9). He seemed to think that most churches add something to that – such as “turn from sins for salvation”, or “surrender your life to Christ for salvation.” He said some churches seem to be free grace, but then look to changed behavior as evidence of salvation – which is, by implication, teaching salvation by works.

My son said that those add-ons had been a barrier to him understanding the gospel and accepting Christ. He said that now that he has become a believer in Christ alone for eternal life, he doesn’t want to have anything to do with churches that “frustrate grace” (he referred to Galatians 2:21: “I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain”).

Father, I know that Christ died for my sins, was buried and was raised from the dead. That’s the gospel! A lot of unsaved people believe that too, but they’ve never repented of their sins, nor surrendered to the Lordship of Christ. They’ve never trusted in Christ to change their lives.1 Like James 2:19 says – “even the demons believe, and they tremble”!2

I repented of my sins, surrendered my life to Christ, and accepted Christ as my Savior when I was in high school. I have tried to live a life consistent with my faith. I know I haven’t been perfect, but I’ve tried to be a faithful steward of everything with which you have entrusted me – including raising my children in a Christian home, making sure they attended church regularly, and teaching them the plan of salvation that I was taught.

Father, my son made his profession of faith in Christ when he was a child. He was always a difficult child. He told me when he was in his twenties that he “gave his life to Jesus.”3 I was overjoyed, but his commitment to Christ didn’t last very long. I know he has drifted, and has not ever really been a consistent churchgoer. Father, only You know whether my son ever truly surrendered his life to You, sincerely repented of his sins, and trusted in Christ.

Father, my prayer to you today is this: I pray that you would deliver my son from his deception. I pray that you will convict him of his error. I pray that you will reveal to him that there is more to receiving eternal life than simply believing the gospel and accepting Christ as Savior.4 That you would let him know that there is no eternal life without discipleship.5 I pray that you will convince him that repentance in salvation includes at least a willingness to turn from his sins.6

Father, I pray that my precious son will turn from his mistaken belief that salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.7

Amen

Explanatory footnotes:

1 Repenting of one’s sins”, “surrendering one’s life to Christ”, and “trusting in Christ to change one’s life” are not conditions for receiving eternal life. (Romans 5:8 Romans 6:23)

2 James 2:19 is often used by Lordship “salvationists” as a proof-text that believing in Jesus is not enough for receiving eternal life. This is not true. Demons are not eligible for receiving salvation, nor does this passage say that demons have faith in Christ.

3 One who is clear on the Gospel would know that expressions such as “giving one’s life to Christ” are not a proper response to the Gospel. The only proper response to the Gospel is belief. (John 3:16)

4 The son is not in error or deceived. The father is. There is absolutely nothing more to receiving eternal life than believing the Gospel and accepting Christ as Savior.

5 Following Jesus in discipleship will not result in eternal life, nor is a discipleship a condition for receiving eternal life.

6 “Willingness to turn from one’s sins” is not a requirement for receiving eternal life.

7 The son is not mistaken in his belief. The father is. Salvation is by Grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. If one is not saved that way, he is not saved at all. By trying to add to the finished work of Christ, one is not trusting in Christ as his Savior, but only as his helper. (Ephesians 2:8-9, Titus 3:5)

Wiki-Heresies Debut – Exposing Lordship “salvation” In All of Its Vagaries

We at ExPreacherMan take great care in proclaiming the Truth of the Gospel of Salvation by Grace Alone through Faith Alone in Jesus Christ Alone. We know the doctrine of Salvation by God’s Grace alone is Biblically verifiable and true. (Ephesians 2:8-9).

Such Great Salvation is absolutely independent of any Biblical mandate for a performance of “good works,” before, during or after a person makes that one-time decision to trust Jesus Christ as Savior. That is Grace.

Of course, every believer in Jesus Christ SHOULD walk in good works, as taught in many, many places in God’s Word  (Ephesians 2:10), but there is no redemptive power or benefit by doing in good works. God’s Salvation is a FREE Gift, by Grace alone in Jesus Christ alone, without work, effort or merit on man’s part. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shall be saved..”

Therefore, we at ExP have created a Page whereby our readers may visit and browse a list, of teachers, preachers, writers and organizations who pervert the Biblical doctrine of God’s Free Grace. We include  descriptions, evidence and (in most cases) links to those whom we discuss.

The link has a permanent place as the last line of several links on our Header at ExPreacherMan. It is easy to find. We invite you to visit:

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Always remember, Eternal Life is a FREE Gift

Lordship “Salvation” Icon Kirk Cameron, Promotes Calvin’s Geneva Bible and Teams Up With Liberty University.

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By Jack Weaver

If we thought things could not get any “weirder,” we see that Lordship “Salvationist” (LS) and teeny-bopper Idol, Kirk Cameron is:

  1. Promoting the sale of John Calvin’s terrible Geneva Bible on TV and news web site like World Net Daily.
  2. Convocation speaker and now teaming up with Jerry Falwell’s Liberty (“Christian”) University (LU) in starting a “Christian Film Production” course of study. But this should come as no surprise since LU’s Statement of Faith basically agrees with Cameron and reads: “We affirm that each person can be saved only through the work of Jesus Christ, through repentance of sin and by faith alone in Him as Savior. The believer is declared righteous, born again by the Holy Spirit, turned from sin, and assured of heaven.”
  3. Teaming with Calvinist LSer, John MacArthur on YouTube about their unbiblical idea of the way of Salvation. I’ll not provide the link — but they both agreed that total submission, heart, mind, soul and body to the Lordship of Christ “is the only way of salvation.” Total apostasy!!!
  4. Cameron has been a long-time friend and compatriot of apostate “evangelist” Ray Comfort. We have commented many times about the terrible doctrine of Comfort. Here is one comment by our friend Holly Garcia: Link:>> Comfort- 2013/07/23 at 6:11 pm If there was ever any doubt about Comfort and Cameron preaching an accursed message — this will dispel it. You may follow the link for further excellent comments from our readers.

Friends, we as Free Grace Believers, must remain constantly vigilant in the face of “sweet, charismatic double-talkers” who pervert the simplicity that is in Christ Jesus:

“But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” 2 Corinthians 11:3

That time has come. We who know the Truth must preach the Word, in context, the Gospel of the Good news of the Death, Burial and Resurrection of our Savior (1 Corinthians 15:1-8) as His all sufficient provision for anyone’s salvation by Grace through Faith in Jesus Christ alone!!! (Ephesians 2:8-9) No more, no less!!

The TRUTH of Salvation