Lordship Salvation’s Shell Game

By johninnc

From Wikipedia: The shell game (also known as thimblerig, three shells and a pea, the old army game) is portrayed as a gambling game, but in reality, when a wager for money is made, it is almost always a confidence trick used to perpetrate fraud. In confidence trick slang, this swindle is referred to as a short-con because it is quick and easy to pull off.

We refer to the Expreacherman ministry as an “oasis of grace,” because we want our readers to be able to learn about God’s amazing grace in an environment that steadfastly rejects any attacks on the integrity of the gospel of Christ.

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.

We are very happy when someone who is searching for truth comes to Expreacherman, because we exist to proclaim and defend the gospel, and we believe that God has used this ministry to plant the gospel and water the ground on which it has been planted. We also know that it is God who gives the increase.

1 Corinthians 3:7-9: [7] So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. [8] Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour. [9] For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.

Because this is one of a very few ministries that preaches the gospel in its purity, we often find ourselves under attack from those who seek to soil, or corrupt the gospel message. People who are uncomfortable with grace, are the enemies of grace, or who consort with the enemies of grace either trot out – or are trotted out – to corrupt our readers from the simplicity of the gospel. They are both deceived and deceivers, whom we would like to be delivered from their deception.

Following are descriptions of three prototypical antagonists who venture onto Expreacherman in an attempt to lure us away from the truth:

1. The person who has never understood or believed the gospel message.

Matthew 13:19: When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.

2. The person who has believed in Jesus as Savior, but who has been subsumed by the teaching of Lordship “salvation.”

Luke 8:13: They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.

3. The person who believes in Jesus as Savior, but is willing to “go along to get along” with people who corrupt the gospel for some pecuniary benefit (such as selling books, leading a large congregation, having a prominent position in a “convention,” or having a comfortable social outlet for oneself or one’s children).

Mark 4:19: And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.

Like the shell game, Satan uses each one of these groups of antagonists to commit and perpetuate fraud.

All three groups are used to keep lost people from understanding and believing the gospel.

Luke 8:5: A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it.

All three groups are used to bewitch believers.

Galatians 3:1: 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?

And, finally, all three groups play a part in hindering the fruitfulness of believers, thereby producing more worthless things in God’s eyes than those things worthwhile in God’s eyes.

1 Corinthians 3:15: If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

Antagonists, both at Expreacherman, and in other places to which the antagonists run to commiserate with fellow antagonists, have criticized us for not allowing them to have free reign at Expreacherman to teach their false doctrine.

We welcome questions, and will attempt to answer them. But, once we determine that someone is here to promote false gospels or to corrupt the gospel we will not allow them to continue to comment.

Galatians 2:5: To whom we gave place by subjection, no, not for an hour; that the truth of the gospel might continue with you.

We believe that this is both biblical, and vitally important to ensuring that Expreacherman remains an oasis of grace.

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12 responses to “Lordship Salvation’s Shell Game

  1. Brad, you are right that the new birth does not mean that we are guaranteed to live in a certain way. That is why we are told to walk in the Spirit (something not possible for someone who has not experienced spiritual birth).

    In addition to being baptized by the Holy Spirit into the universal church at the moment of belief, we are also regenerated by the Holy Spirit, and given a new nature.

    From our statement of faith:

    A child of God has two births; one of the flesh, the other of the Spirit, giving man a flesh nature and a Spirit nature. The flesh nature is neither good nor righteous. The Spiritual Man does not commit any sin. This results in a warfare between the Spirit and the flesh, which continues until physical death, or the return of the Lord. The flesh nature of the man does not change in any way with the new birth, but can be controlled and kept subdued by the new man as the believer is obedient to the Lord through His Word. John 3:3-7; Romans 7:15-25; Romans 8:8; Galatians 5:17; I John 3~9; I Peter 1:23; I John 5:18.

    You might be interested in the section on regeneration from Clear Gospel. It is linked below. You may have to copy and paste it into a Word document, due to formatting problems:


  2. We are new creations in the sense that we are now members of Christ’s body, which is the one true Church.

    We are not new creations in the sense that we are going to live a certain way after being saved.

  3. The few things that are automatic (eternal life and the new creature) are things that cannot be inspected. Yet inspectors will try.

  4. Jason, it never ceases to amaze me how religious people who are professing Christians will come to this site to try to convince us that we have it all wrong.

    Most of them will say something trite (while thinking it is new to us) like “true faith always results in …”

    The one thing that faith in Christ ALWAYS results in is eternal life that can never be lost or forfeited.

    It is hard to imagine how someone gets up every day thinking it is his job to “straighten out” the few people who teach the truth about how to have eternal life. The religious people just can’t stand it!

    I wonder if they troll other religious sites (RC, JW, LDS, etc.) with the same fervor?

  5. James 2:14-26 has certainly become a red flag in my mind. It’s a great passage to test whether a person is a false teacher or not.

    As Dr. Cucuzza said, faith without works is dead just like a car battery without any juice is dead – it still exists, but is not able to do anything.

    James 2:17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.

    This verse affirms that the faith is still present, but is simply alone, not being used. Rather than being wholly non-existent as so many errantly teach.

  6. Brad, so many in professing Christendom are out there doing the work of the accuser.

    You have probably already read it, but a friend of mine reminded me today about the Devil’s advocates. See link below:


  7. Has any one heard of that new movie, Genesis: Paradise Lost? (https://genesismovie.com). I was going to take my granddaughter and go see it, until I saw who is in it or part of it.
    Ken Ham, Ray Comfort, Voddie Baucham and others I am not familiar with. I don’t want to have anything to do with going to a movie that has the likes of these wolves in it.

  8. Chas, it’s interesting that the self-proclaimed discernment ministries often are not very discerning when it comes to the gospel message.

  9. Great article! Boy-howdy, was this ever a good place to stop by today; a breath of fresh air.

    This afternoon I had been reading some material about the Emerging “church”, particularly about Rick Warren’s involvement in its roots. In the process I came across a link to an article about RW’s teaching of contemplative meditation practices. The article itself–which was okay as far as it went–was from a discernment site that I’d never seen before, so I went to their home page to check out their “beliefs”. What do I find, but this statement:

    “God regenerates by the Holy Spirit those who confess Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Repentant, regenerated sinners are forgiven by Grace Alone not by works but through Faith”

    So there it is, “Grace alone by faith alone” supposedly, yet one must be not only “repentant” but be “regenerated” before being forgiven “through Faith”. Sounds like a convoluted version of Calvinism to me. And this is on a self-described discernment site.

    I can’t help but wonder how many “discernment” authors will be horribly disappointed when they find out that in their extreme devotion they had given themselves over to preaching a false gospel.

  10. Good to see a sharp-minded post on the topic after a two months break. Nice tie-in with the four soils. I have been in both spots, having my joy stolen and being tempted by the in crowd.

  11. Great post John. False doctrines instill fear in people weak in the faith and keep people from the faith entirely.

    To tell a child of God who may be struggling with sin that they could lose their salvation is just going to send them into a spiralling state of worry and hopelessness. Whereas the Gospel of grace empowers the unfruitful child of God to stand up and walk in the Spirit with confidence, KNOWING their eternal destiny is secured in Christ.

    Thanks for all the work you do here and may God continue to bless this ministry.

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