Lordship Salvation: True Believers in False Gospels

by Johninnc

Galatians 1:8: But though we, or angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 

It is extremely common in the world of professing Christendom (also known as “churchianity”) to qualify the words “Christian” and “believer” with words like “true” and “real.”

When the Apostle Paul wrote “we, or an angel from heaven,” he meant anyone, including himself. He affirms this in the very next sentence:

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. 

The “any man” could include: your mother, your father, your best friend, your pastor, the televangelist, the 19th century “prince of preachers,” the Pope, Billy Graham, the author of “Christian” books, your church, your denomination, your elder – anyone! It could even be someone who has previously presented the gospel to you faithfully.

Now, back to “true believers.”  Following are some things that “true believers” may believe:

  • I believe that you have to turn from your sins to receive eternal life
  • I believe that you have to be water baptized to receive eternal life
  • I believe there are mortal sins that, if unconfessed, would result in a Christian losing eternal life
  • I believe you have to manifest speaking in tongues to prove you have eternal life
  • I believe I must surrender my life to Jesus to receive eternal life
  • I believe I must publicly confess Christ to receive eternal life
  • I believe that faith is the gift of God
  • I believe Christians must persevere in good works and obedience to the Ten Commandments to prove they have eternal life
  • I believe God chooses who will believe in Jesus
  • I believe you have to have “heart faith,” not just “intellectual assent” to receive eternal life
  • I believe that you have to want to grow in Christ in order to have eternal life
  • I believe you have to be sorry for your sins to receive eternal life

While we can’t know whether someone holding these beliefs has eternal life, we do know that these beliefs are not compatible with the truth of the gospel.

When we encounter someone who has an honest question about the seemingly endless assaults on the gospel, we will try to teach them from God’s word why these assaults are not true.

But, we will not allow the “true believers” – those who desperately cling to these types of false beliefs despite having been shown the truth from God’s word – to use this site as a forum to promote their false doctrine

Pator Tom Cucuzza put it this way:

We cannot give false teachers a place – and you’ll notice what he said – not even for an hour. Now, that’s not being mean-spirited, that’s just standing our ground.

The question, then, is not whether or not someone is a “true believer.”  The question is, does the person believe the truth.

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31 responses to “Lordship Salvation: True Believers in False Gospels

  1. Jason, if the pastor insists that someone must call on the Lord to receive the free gift of eternal life, he is adding to the gospel.

  2. Hi Jason,
    Yes agree with Holly its works, they are adding to Grace and its law they are trying to put you under law. Lordship Salvationist are modern day pharisees.
    If u add one work you nullify grace and you have a gospel that doesn’t save.

    Satan has so masterfully crafted this false gospel to blind and damm the masses which he has so successfully done. Most people think we are being too picky with the gospel, one is Grace and the other is works we can’t have both.

    Just remember the gospel is so simple, its easy-believism and mental assent which the Calvanists attack. If the gospel is hard (hard-believism) then its from the devil he adds lots of conditions onto justification and sanctification.

    God wants people to be saved theres nothing wrong with easy believism its mocked all day long, run from them as they are under works salvation and don’t really believe what the bible says, they want are hard believism, like Macarthur endorses. Those false gospels will send them to hell, Jesus said in Matthew 7.21 Not everyone who says lord lord will be saved, they all want to add their bit to the gospel, jesus did all the work, all we have to do is believe its that simple..The true gospel of Grace eliminates all human boasting……

  3. Jason, that helps clarify, thanks. In that case, yes, I would get out of there if the ‘gospel’ is lordship, it is another.

  4. My mom was bothered by their invitations. To her, it had the tone of, “you need to get saved”. She was like, “am I not saved already?”. It has the same effect on her as hearing John Piper say you need to beg God. John 3:30 is their favorite verse. Repentance must decrease, rest must increase. They are clueless.

  5. Jason, I would be cautious. Sometimes, people will say you don’t have to turn from sin to receive eternal life, but you have to be sorry for your sin, or be willing to turn from your sin, or be willing to be turned from your sin, and so on.

    One suggestion is to talk to some of the people that have been going there for ra while. If they are clear on the gospel, that may mean that they have heard the gospel presented clearly on a consistent basis. If not, then perhaps not.

  6. Holly, I am double-minded about this church. The pastor explained to me that repent of sin does not mean to stop sinning. He uses that phraseology sometimes. I thought I had an imperfect but acceptable church. But after eight weeks of attending, I realized that I rarely hear the gospel. I do not recall that I hear it. The service always ends with an alter call. He uses the Romans Road. Hearing a call on the lord gospel every day wears me out.

  7. Jason65
    I am confused by a few things you said, can you clarify?

    You said, ‘made my mom uncomfortable to hear a steady barrage of exortations to get saved.’

    Was this a good gospel she was hearing? Paul said he was determined to know nothing among the Corinthians except Christ and Him crucified. The gospel is repeated in many ways and many times throughout the epistles.

    The second thing you said that confused me, was if your friends weren’t going, you don’t have a reason to go. Why is that? If it has sound teaching, and we can gather with sound believers, whether friends we know or not, go for it!

    Did I misunderstand?

  8. Johninnc, I agree, and tell my friends and family as often as I can, because we figure once we know the gospel we’re good. NO! We need to shod our feet with it daily. I finally really figured it out practically speaking.

  9. At my own church, it made my mom uncomfortable to hear a steady barrage of exortations to get saved. She has attended with me twice. I have two friends that were considering the church, and they agree with me. If they aren’t going, I don’t have a reason to go. I am hearing the call on him gospel every Sunday. I need to hear the believe in him gospel.

  10. Jason, good point. We receive eternal life by grace through faith in Christ, not by saying a prayer, no matter what words we may use.

  11. To truly believe means to call on the Lord, according to some. What words to use? They don’t say. Easy-prayerism is hard-believism. Reject.

  12. Jason, I probably won’t link to ExPreacherman, but may be able to send it to you via email.

  13. I would be interested in the tract, too.

  14. Mary, please feel free to send me the draft tract using the ExPreacherman email, linked below:


    I may take a look, provided it’s not too long.

  15. Hi John have misplaced your email and Alice is away, can you re-send it to me, have a tract on lordship salvation and the false gospels of the day, this guy Phillip who is very gifted would like to share it before he prints it.

  16. Holly, it is vital for a believer to be grounded in God’s Word, particularly the gospel message, to be able to fend off attacks. It is part of putting on the whole armor of God.

  17. One thing a believer can be sure of is if they are not in the Word, Satan will gain ground in their lives, and deception somehow can become the truth as they believe men, and refuse to be Bereans. His Word is our necessary food. They can be accused by these mini-accusers of the brethren. They can be put under fear and doubt, but worst of all, their gospel is worthless and without power. I hate it.

    Best we can do is keep contending earnestly for the faith once delivered, and keep feeding/tending His sheep. We can mark and avoid the false, and try to recover those whose faith has been made shipwreck and pull some from the fire. Praying always… Rejoicing always 🙂 God bless you guys.

  18. Mary, you are right that desire to read the Bible is not evidence of eternal life, nor is lack of desire to read the Bible evidence that someone lacks eternal life.

    It is frustrating when anyone, particularly someone who identifies as a Christian, is disinterested in the clarity of the gospel message.

  19. Hi,
    Yes I like Alice, struggle with god saying I never knew you, I have been trying to reach the Arminians who believe they can lose their salvation, that god is going to reject the.. They tell us that we have it wrong, but I believe in unconditional salvation and that everyone else has got it wrong.

    There is a guy who has a discernment ministry called Joshua, on You Tube called Servus Christi, who used to attend a Baptist church where I think he has picked up his Calvanism and then attended Calvary Chapel where he probably picked up his Arminianism. He thinks neither are false.?????

    He does a wonderful job at exposing MacArthur, as MacArthur has had a shepherds conference with Piper and Matt Chandler, he is hanging out with all the Calvanists as you would expect. But this guy Joshua is exposing MacArthur for all his ecumenical associations but he himself does not see how the Paul Washers and all these guys preach a false gospel, so he is only addressing the fact that they r all mingling in together, even with Loui Giglio and Rick Warren who are all kissing the pope.

    Sad that the discernment ministries of the day haven’t even got the gospel right, he is directing Jacob Prasch from Moriel Ministries who has a false gospel, honestly if you didn’t have some discernment, its all so crazy and confusing.

    I have met a lady not so long ago and there are others out there they tell me that say they have Jesus and the bible and there is no need to study the bible, I tried to send her some simple booklets on the grace gospel and she said please don’t send them to me, i have a lot of stress in my life and i don’t want to go into all that heavy stuff. I have been so gobsmacked, how can u b a christian and not study the bible, not that its faith plus the bible, I just don’t get it.

    She has no idea that the JW’s and the Seventh Day Adventist are cults, she is aware of Roman Catholicism being incorrect, but she just wants to go into any church and doesn’t want to get too heavy. ????????

  20. Alice, you are right that many people think He is necessary, but not sufficient. When someone futilly attempts to mix grace with works, they are not really believing who Jesus is. The Bible calls Him our Savior, not our helper.

  21. Thank you Johninnc for the latest edifying post. Most people in today’s (at least some evangelical) churches believe the fundamental essential doctrines that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, second Person of the Triune God, the Creator and Sustainer of the universe, born of a virgin, fully God/fully man, lived a sinless, perfect life, went to the cross bearing our sin, and paid the sin debt we owed in full through His shed blood, death, burial and resurrection. They even believe salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone in Christ alone. While they believe all that they miss the most important doctrine: They affirm the necessity of the Cross of Christ, but deny the SUFFICIENCY of the Cross. Simply believing in Jesus is not enough.
    So in the end, it is not just about Who Jesus is and What He did, but also what we must do other than simple faith in the finished work of Christ, adding all those other conditions for salvation that Johninnc listed above.
    Salvation= Christ + nothing!
    It is so hard for me to believe that they will be denied entrance into His presence at the gates of heaven for not getting the Gospel of grace right, but God can’t lie and He must stick to His promises He made in the Bible.

  22. Luke NC – They have the wrong object of faith if they’re talking about saying a prayer, rasing your hand, walking down an isle, altar call, or anything else other than believing on the Lord Jesus Christ. But it’s very typical of the works salvationists. They’ll build a strawman that’s so easily destroyed it makes them feel better and superior than everybody else. We don’t tell people to say a prayer to be saved. We don’t tell people to raise their hand at the end of a sermon to be saved. We don’t tell people to come forward at the end of a sermon to be saved. We tell people to BELIEVE on the Lord Jesus Christ in order to be saved. Jesus Christ is the object of our faith. Not anything we do or don’t do.

  23. One I’ve heard frequently is when a pastor/speaker starts with “The church is FILLED with people –maybe sitting here on these pews!! who THINK they are saved but they really are not. They said a little prayer when they were a kid and think that saved them” So they then may start with a somewhat pure grace message (you must believe in Jesus), then dive right into a works salvation message (you need to also show evidence of that belief, you have to turn from sin, blah blah blah)…by the end people must be soo confused. It’s so sad and infuriating for those of us who know the truth to hear something like that.

  24. This article hits home, particularly with items 5 and 6. I just read an article on a well-meaning discernment site about a Muslim who converted to Christianity. Naturally, the emphasis of his story was on the backlash and loss he has had to endure as the “cost” of becoming a Christian. Then there was the usual indictment of American Christians, how we have it so much easier, and that leads to so much fake Christianity. The interviewer brought in “easy believism” in a negative context, and how “some people think they’re Christians but they’re really not”. Much of the dialog was dripping with irony. Eventually they got around to salvation by faith alone, how many think that’s too easy, etc. But by then they’d already undermined grace with their opening remarks. Really sad.

  25. Another good article! This “Are you REALLY saved” nonsense is another way of adding works to salvation. There is no “really saved” in the Bible, only saved and unsaved. For them, a saved person is someone who just believes, but a “REALLY saved” person is one who trusts in himself, that he is righteous (in his own eyes of course). It’s about as dumb as saying that someone in their grave isn’t really dead because maggots aren’t decomposing their body. When both of them are in the same condition, they’re just dead.

  26. JustinNC, we are thankful that you are here and that you find our articles to be a blessing.

  27. These articles always seem to roll out when I need hearing them the most. Thank you

  28. Galatians 2:4-5. They sneak in, and we can’t put up with it for even an hour. In 2 Cor 11:3-4, he was afraid they would ‘bear with them’ (those who brought another Jesus or another gospel). We see it all the time, people put up with them and other people are misled because of it.

    Thanks for the article, I think I heard almost every one of those ‘qualifiers’ (aka works) just this last month alone. We need to keep earnestly contending for the faith once delivered.

  29. Fryingpan, it’s always good to hear from you!

  30. Another great and important article. Thank you for keeping this blog going and actively defending the gospel.

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