(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.
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:
 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
 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.
If you would like to know how you can receive God’s free gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ please see the following: Eternal Life For You