Romans 1:16: For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
It’s time to stop pretending that Lordship Salvation (LS) is part of the Christian faith.
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.
LS is, at its core, salvation by works – salvation by faith in Christ plus adherence to some arbitrary set of rules.
LS is a false gospel. No one has EVER received eternal life by believing a false gospel. Therefore, no one has ever received eternal life by believing in LS.
Following are some of the more common false LS beliefs that are masquerading as tenets of the Christian faith:
Lottery System – the Calvinist belief that whether one spends eternity in Heaven or in Hell is just based on the luck of the draw.
Let’s See, or Later Salvation – another part of the Calvinist family of heresies, also known as “perseverance of the Saints.” Under this errant belief, a “true believer” is someone who endures in faith and good works until the end of his life. If one fails to do this, it proves he was never saved to begin with.
Less Sin – this one centers on the direction of the believer’s life. If he sins less than he used to, then he is headed in the right direction and must be saved. If not, the converse is true.
Lesser Sins – the belief that some sins are worse than others – usually in the form of “somebody else’s sins are worse than mine.”
Lower Standards – at the heart of this error is belief that behavior, feelings, or good intentions have anything whatsoever to do with getting into Heaven. This replaces God’s perfect Law with an inferior man-made law that the adherent to this heresy believes is good enough.
Lampoon Saints – the practice of pointing people away from the salvation available EXCLUSIVELY by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone by ridiculing the concept. This includes use of pejorative terms like “easy believism”, “greasy grace”, and “sloppy agape.”
Does LS stand for anything that I would advocate? Yes! Let’s Stop!
Let’s stop pretending that we are “on the same page” with Lordship “salvationists”!
In his sermon entitled “Understanding the Two Natures, Pt 1, pastor Tom Cucuzza of Northland Bible Baptist Church made the following appeal:
Let’s stop making excuses for people who use these phrases. It is wrong and they need to stop it. Don’t say: “well they said that, but, you know, they say a lot of good things.” No, let me tell you something. If they say these things, they are giving a false plan of salvation. Here’s some of the things you’ll hear:
(Note: the following are selected excerpts)
“If you’re really saved, you will hate the things you once loved, and love the things that you once hated.”
“If you haven’t forsaken all of your sin, you were never really saved to begin with. You had a head belief, not a heart belief.”
“If you haven’t repented of all of your sin, you are not saved yet. You have to really quote/unquote mean business with God and repent of all your sins.”
“If you’re still desiring the things of the world, you are probably not saved.”
“You can’t go to heaven if you’re hanging onto the world.”
“If Christ is not Lord of all, He’s not Lord at all.
“If you are practicing sin, you are not saved.”
“If you’ve grown cold towards the Lord, you were probably never truly saved to begin with.”
“If you do not endure and persevere as a Christian to the end of your life, you were never a real Christian to begin with, because all true Christians endure to the end.”
The stark reality is that there is NO SUCH THING as Lordship Salvation. There are lots of Lordship “salvationists”. But, there is no such thing as having been saved by believing Lordship “salvation”.
If you are not sure of heaven, and would like to be, please click on the following link: Let’s Start