2 Timothy 3:16-17:
 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
One of the favorite mantras of the Lordship “salvationist” is that Christian discipleship is inextricably linked with receiving eternal life. In other words, one cannot be saved by simple faith in Christ unless he agrees to become a “Christ follower” or disciple of Christ. Consider the following quotes:
Disciples of Jesus are the ones who are saved; not those who go through a ritual. (J.D. Greear, from an interview with Trevin Wax dated January 31, 2013).
Just to say “believe in Christ” can produce a false assurance of the hope of Heaven. Jesus spoke often about the gift of eternal life. To make it clear, He said, “Count the cost.” (Billy Graham, from his book “The Reason for My Hope”)
Contrary to the false statements above, the Bible clearly teaches that we are saved by grace through faith in Christ.
 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.
Furthermore, the Bible also teaches that God will not look to our works to prove that we have believed in Christ. He will not look to whether we have been faithful as Christians in deciding whether or not we ever believed in Christ.
Romans 4:5: But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.
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 (or to prove that one has received eternal life).
LSers come in two basic varieties:
- Those who have never trusted in Christ alone for salvation, who think works are necessary to prove one has received eternal life.
- Those who have trusted in Christ alone for salvation, who think works are necessary to prove one has received eternal life.
Neither of these groups meet the Biblical requirements for discipleship.
Why would I say that? Because LSers are either confused about – or have rejected- God’s grace.
LSers miss the point of why the Epistles were written. They use them as “field guides” to try to identify what BEHAVIORS reflect someone who is a Christian versus what behaviors are befitting of a Christian. LSers misuse scripture. They consider it not only profitable for reproof (correction) but for proof (position).
The Epistles were written to edify (teach) the saints (all people who have received eternal life by grace, through faith in Christ). LSers misuse much of what is written in the Epistles to assist them in their ongoing wrestling match with grace. They seize upon any verse that seems to bolster their confusion with – or outright rejection of – grace.
People who have never received grace CANNOT make any progress in their “Christian walk.” People who are saved, but are in a state of confusion about grace WILL NOT make any progress in their Christian walk.
God does want believers in Christ to be disciples. But, discipleship isn’t effective or possible for anyone who doesn’t have a clear understanding of grace. This is made abundantly clear in Galatians, which was written to eternally secure believers in Christ.
 O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?
 This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
 Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?
The next time someone tells you that all “true Christians” are faithful followers of Christ, or disciples, ask them why the Epistles were written. Ask them if they think changing the terms of salvation (even tacitly, by their insistence that good works are a necessary result of salvation) is consistent with being a disciple