By johninnc and janeinnc
Ephesians 2:8-9:  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.
There have been many articles written on the subject of Lordship “salvation” and what it is, and isn’t.
What LS is: LS is salvation by faith in Christ + works. LS is a formula for rejecting Christ.
LS is the unsupportable belief that the PERFORMANCE of works, the PROMISE of works, or the EVIDIENCE of works must accompany faith in Christ in order to establish, or provide evidence, that such faith has resulted in eternal life.
The Bible teaches that faith and works do not mix for salvation:
Romans 3:28: Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.
Since faith and works cannot be mixed for salvation, LS is simply salvation by works.
What LS isn’t: LS isn’t faith in Christ. LS isn’t the gospel. LS isn’t Christianity.
Are Lordship “salvationists” (LSers) saved? It depends on whether they have ever had a moment in which they trusted in Christ ALONE as Savior.
Either way, LSers do not believe the gospel now.
The false LS formula is: “Salvation” = Faith in Christ + U (½) 2*
* “You have to”
Common forms of “you have to”:
- You have to desire a relationship with Christ
- You have to want your life to change for the better
- You have to want to stop sinning
- You have to love God
- You have to have your heart set on obeying Christ
- You have to be passionate
- You have to believe in your heart, not just your head
- You have to confess your sins
- You have to be willing to turn from your sins
- You have to surrender your life to Christ
- You have to commit your life to Christ
- You have to show evidence of good works
- You have to be moving in the right direction
- You have to love your fellow man
- You have to follow Jesus in discipleship
- You have to persevere in your faith
- You have to, you have to, you have to…!
Following are excerpts of a Facebook interchange between Jane and a U (½) 2 proponent (LSer), in which the LSer reads, and summarily rejects, the truth of the gospel:
LSer: Salvation by grace is one of the bedrock teachings of Baptists. For most of us it is in our blood. I speak as a Baptist preacher’s kid, a deacon, and a frequent short term foreign missionary. Nobody does salvation by grace like us.
Jane: Look at the Southern Baptist Convention website “How to be Saved.”You will see 3 works you must do to be saved – none are biblical: 1. It plainly states that receiving salvation is a commitment before it even tells you the plan of salvation. (The receiving of salvation does NOT involve a commitment! If you must make a commitment, you are doing a work.); 2. Repent of your sins. (The Bible tells us to repent (change the mind), but never to repent of our sins – unless you are reading another version where that was added, so that is a work); 3. You are told to “confess Jesus as your Lord and your God – this is to surrender control of your life to Jesus” (If you must surrender control, then that is also a work).
LSer: …so a dispassionate statement of belief, with nothing behind it, and no intention to serve God in any way is all it takes…interesting belief. Never heard that before.
Jane: That does not surprise me. Most people have never heard the Gospel clearly explained. The Gospel is not about what we do for Christ, it’s about what He has done for us. If one thinks he must serve God in order to be saved, he is not trusting in Christ alone, he is trusting in Christ plus his commitment. Salvation is not a trade of our commitment in exchange for eternal life. It is the receipt of the free gift of eternal life through faith in Christ. If we could be saved by our commitment to Christ, He died in vain.
LSer: The difference of opinion is about what constitutes works. Accepting Christ as our Savior certainly sounds like a relationship to me.
Jane: Nope. Not a relationship, a gift. If you were to pull my drowning carcass from a lake, I may just walk off without a 2nd thought, I may spend the rest of my life thanking you, or I may drift in and out of your life to express appreciation from time to time. Regardless, in all circumstances, I have still been saved from death.
LSer: I guess the bottom line is that if you are going to define belief as any of us would, but commitment as works, we’ll never get together on this. Take care of yourself.
Jane: I’m sorry that you can’t let go of the commitment part. If you are even remotely curious, please check out the following: expreacherman.com, a blog where many articles have been written and biblicly supported regarding this topic, and northlandchurch.com, the website for Northland Bible Baptist Church (unaffiliated, of course). Dr. Cucuzza has an excellent video presentation of the grace plan of salvation.