(Following are excerpts of an e-mail we received at ExPreacherman (in bold), along with a summary of our response. We thought this discussion might be helpful to others who are facing this situation.)
Comment: I was hoping you might be able to offer me some advice and direct me to scripture for prayerful study.
I was saved a little over a year ago and have been attending one of two churches in my area. I helped lead my husband to the Lord in the summer.
Over time, it has become clear to me that the elders and Pastor of our church are “Lordship Salvationists”. I can give many instances of where this has come up, including a conversation with the Pastor-who doesn’t believe one is saved if they aren’t a committed disciple or fall away or backslide.
An elder wanted to be sure if I was telling people that they had to changed their life in order to be saved. The same elder wanted to take my husband under his wing so that he could do good works to “grow unto salvation”
When I told the good news to another senior member of the church that my husband was saved, she replied with a smile “he made a commitment!?!”. I said with a smile “He believes!”
When I shared the good news with a neighbor who attends the church that another neighbor that I gave the gospel to the night before was now saved, he said “He gave his life to the Lord!?” I replied with a big smile, “He believes!”
I believe the scriptures tell me to separate from them. There may be saved people in this church, but the leadership is certainly teaching a false gospel that does not save (IMHO). I don’t want to forsake fellowship, but I’m not sure if this truly is fellowship with other true believers.
If you are able to offer me some guidance and show me in God’s word on what I should do, I would be ever so grateful.
It is awesome that you have a heart for the purity of the Gospel. Because of its unique power, the Gospel is Satan’s prime target. Based on what you have written in your e-mail, you are wise to be concerned about this church’s lack of commitment to the clarity of the Gospel. The pastor, elder, and confused church members each lend credence to your concern that this church is not clear on God’s plan of salvation, which is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.
Following are some excerpts on Biblical separation from Clear Gospel Campaign that I think are instructive:
Scripture teaches the unity of the church as one of the highest goals toward which the church should aspire (Ephesians 4:3). We believe, therefore, that not every theological dispute merits separation…
We believe, however, that any area of doctrine even remotely affecting the integrity of the gospel is inherently serious (Galatians 2:11-14), that Scripture calls us to draw the line at the earliest point, and to yield not one inch on matters that jeopardize the integrity of the gospel, a compromise that jeopardizes the eternal life of every man, woman and child on this planet who has not yet heard the gospel message (Galatians 1:6-9, 2:5).
For those individuals and groups that are receptive to learning the truth, we should seek to minister to them.
With any individual or group, I would go by whether they are receptive to what you are showing them from scripture, whether it is falling on deaf ears (going in one ear and out the other) or whether they are “dug in” and trying to get you to accept their compromise.
 For a concise definition of Lordship Salvation, please see the following link: