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: https://expreacherman.com/eternal-life-for-you/