John 5:24: Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
The Bible teaches that anyone who believes in Jesus as Savior receives, at the moment of belief, eternal life that can never be lost or forfeited.
The Bible teaches that we are saved by grace through faith in Christ (Ephesians 2:8-9).
The Bible does not teach that there is any evidence of salvation, other than whether one has trusted in Christ alone for eternal life.
Lordship “salvation”, on the other hand, involves the endless search for evidence of salvation – even while explaining away the proof of salvation.
Let’s first review what Lordship “salvation” (LS) is:
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 establish, or provide evidence, that such faith has resulted in eternal life.
Now, let’s evaluate three examples in which the Bible says someone believes, and yet LSers will deny that the people in question have eternal life.
Soil number 2 in the parable of the Sower
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 CLEARLY and unambiguously says these people believed. As such, they have passed from death unto life (John 5:24).
This is is not good enough for the unflinching LSer. No. The lack of perseverance of people represented by soil number 2 convinces the LSer that such people were never saved.
Consider the following quote from J.D. Greear, pastor of the multi-campus Summit Church in Raleigh, North Carolina:
They remain in the church for a period of time. But, they do not endure when the sun of persecution comes out and will not in the end be saved.
Believers who do not confess Christ
John 9:23: Nevertheless among the chief rulers many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue:
The Bible says these people believed. What other evidence should we need?
But, that’s not good enough for the intrepid LSers. For example, another huge North Carolina church – Calvary Church in Charlotte – has something contradictory to what the Bible says.
Calvary says that one must confess Christ in order to be saved. From their “Articles of Faith”:
We believe that all who receive by faith alone, Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and who confess Him before their fellow men, are born again of the Holy Spirit and thereby become children of God.
Philemon 1:24: Marcus, Aristarchus, Demas, Lucas, my fellowlabourers.
2 Timothy 4:10: For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia.
Paul describes Demas as a fellow laborer, but later says Demas has forsaken him for the world. Demas is a Christian who did not persevere. According to the Bible, anyone who believes in Christ has eternal life that can never be lost or forfeited – no matter what happens in their life down the road.
What would the Southern Baptist Convention – a group of 50,000 cooperating churches – have to say? Following is an excerpt from”The Baptist Faith and Message”:
All true believers endure to the end.
What does “endure to the end” even mean? Did Demas “endure to the end”? Was Demas a “true believer”?
Jack Weaver sums it up this way:
LSers insist on evidence by works to scare their followers – by promising them a false sense of security based on the evangelist’s idea of a sufficient (but indeterminate and never defined or enumerated) quality and quantity of works as proof to the evangelist or his cohorts.
In other words, LSers are so hung up on works providing evidence of salvation that they will deny irrefutable PROOF from scripture that someone is saved.
Does your church teach that you should look for evidence of salvation (other than whom one is trusting to get to heaven) and deny, or explain away, proof from the Bible that someone was saved?
If you don’t know, find out. And, if the answer is yes, get out.
For what God’s Word says about how to receive eternal life, click here: The Real Story