Galatians 2:21: I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.
One of our readers sent me the following e-mail today depicting her interaction with an ardent LS minister in Australia. It was in response to our recent article entitled “Lordship Salvation: The Devil’s Advocate.” See link below:
The gentleman’s e-mail comments, which are presented with only minor edits, are in italics. My views regarding his comments are imbedded in red bold.
Hi (name of recipient withheld),
This completely denies the fact that there is a counterfeit salvation. It allows for people to think they are saved and are not.
My comment: We teach that one is saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. There never has been ANYONE who believed in Jesus as his Savior who does not have eternal life.
Grace is grace alone but that grace comes with fruit and that fruit is works, repentance, etc.
My comment: I will go through each of the conditions that you have added to faith alone in Christ alone in order for one to be justified.
Works – we are saved by grace (unmerited favor), without works.
 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.
And, I have heard the tired rebuttal that I need to read Ephesians 2:10, I have. Here it is:
Ephesians 2:10: For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Notice that it says SHOULD. Should is the only word consistent with grace. To quote a preacher friend of mine:
It’s not that we must – that would be works for salvation. And, it’s not that we will – that would be Calvinism. It’s should. And we should.
Repentance – repentance in salvation means a change of mind from any idea of religion that man may have and to accept God’s way of salvation. Repentance does not in any sense include a demand for a change of conduct before or after salvation.
Etc. – as if insistence on works and repentance (undefined) were not enough for you to sufficiently frustrate grace, you have added “etc.” I have no idea what that even means.
There is NO justification without Sanctification. God does not start and then not finish.
My comment: one is positionally sanctified that moment he believes in Jesus as his Savior. But, the Bible does not promise “progressive sanctification” (transformation) in the life of a believer. Such transformation requires a believer’s cooperation (see Romans 12:2). We have addressed a verse (Philippians 1:6), often used by LSers to falsely prove the notion of the guarantee of progressive sanctification under our “Difficult Verses” section. See link below:
All believers are glorified, so yes, God finishes what He starts.
This site plays into the hands of decisional regeneration. As a pastor I know that many receive Christ ‘amiss’ or ‘in vain’ as the scriptures speak. This is why we have all the warnings including Matt.7:21-23. This article completely ignores these scriptures.
My comment: We have addressed the false argument that we teach “decisional regeneration” in a previous article. Please see link below:
When scripture speaks of someone receiving Christ in vain, it is not because they have trusted in Christ alone, apart from works. In fact, this is the ONLY way that man may be saved. Trying to be saved by Christ PLUS works would constitute believing in vain. We have an article on believing in vain, linked below.
Matthew 7:21-23 does not refer to people who have trusted in Christ alone as Savior. It refers to those who recognize Jesus as Lord, but not as Savior.
It also has many ‘strawmen’ of what people supposedly teach on ‘Lordship salvation’ and cleverly misrepresents their views.. You may also not be aware – I do not teach ‘Lordship salvation’ as it is commonly taught today. I may do an article on that also soon.
My comment: In your e-mail to our reader, you have clearly and unequivocally confirmed that you teach Lordship “salvation”. In fact, your views are quite ardently Lordship “salvation” in nature.
I may teach on all this in (ministry name removed) soon .
My comment: You should not be teaching God’s word. As long as you continue to teach the tenets of Lordship salvation, that you deny teaching, you are under a curse.
Galatians 1:9: As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
Thanks for alerting me to this article.
My comment: Why? So you can warn people against believing in Christ alone as their Savior?
Name of sender withheld
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