2 Corinthians 4:3-4: But of our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
In reading countless comments from Lordship “salvationists” who condemn adherents of other false religions, as well as godless atheists, it has dawned on me that Lordship “salvationists” are actually MEtheists. That is, their god is not the God of the Bible. Rather it is a false god that they have constructed that is a hybrid of the true God and themselves.
For a background definition of Lordship “salvation,” please see link below:
While Lordship “salvationists” may give lip service to acknowledging that the Bible is God’s word, they imagine all sorts of contradictions, paradoxes, and “tensions” lie therein.
As Ron Shea notes:
Rather than coming to scripture to learn the mind of God, some unregenerate men approach scripture to justify the views they already hold…
Not surprisingly therefore, those who think that they, rather than Jesus Christ, are the Savior of their own souls have, for centuries, sought from scripture proof texts to justify this conclusion.
Like other religions, Lordship “salvation” is man’s attempt to establish his own righteousness.
Romans 10:2-3: For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves to the righteousness of God.
The Lordship “salvationist” seems indignant that other people do not follow God’s laws – laws that he also does not follow.
Often, he constructs his own moral “code of conduct” that, in his mind, replaces God’s perfect law. If he is successful in following this code, or is at least trying, he thinks this helps justify him to God.
But, this is pure foolishness. Anyone who tries to keep the law to be justified must keep it all to be justified.
Galatians 3:10: For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things that are written in the book of the law to do them.
And, if he thinks that others have no code, or a more relaxed code, that might indicate that they don’t have eternal life.
Romans 2:1: Therefore, thou art inexcusable O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.
Lordship “salvation” is highly focused on “life change,” or comparative conduct, for evidence of eternal life in others, or assurance of eternal life in oneself.
But, the Bible says that we are justified by faith, without the deeds of the law.
Romans 3:28: Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.
For anyone “on the fence,” who thinks that good works are an essential evidence of eternal life, the Bible says otherwise:
John 5:24: Verily, verily I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth in him that sent me, hath everlasting life and shall not come into condemnation, but is passed from death unto life.
Please note in the above verse that there is absolutely no reference to life change, sinning less, or comparing oneself to others – or even comparing oneself to oneself before becoming a believer.
If, while reading this article, you have realized that you might be trusting in your own works for eternal life – either in whole are in part – and are tired of being on that treadmill, please consider the following invitation:
Matthew 11:28: Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
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