Lordship Salvation: Herd Mentality

By johninnc

Please note: This article is intended to contrast the false gospels being propagated during the coronavirus crisis with the true gospel. It is not intended to generate any discussions of political or epidemiological responses to the coronavirus, nor any conspiracy theories.  We also cannot purport to know God’s role in or intent with respect to the coronavirus. 

We will not allow any comments related to the above as those things detract from the mission of this ministry which is to promote and defend the gospel.

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Matthew 7:13-14: Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

From “American Greatness”:

“Herd immunity” is a settled concept in epidemiology. It occurs when “a large percentage of a population has become immune to an infection, whether through previous infections or vaccination, thereby providing a measure of protection for individuals who are not immune.”

 “Herd mentality,” on the contrary, provides immunity from independent thought. It protects a population from thinking clearly by spreading a spirit of conformity. It increases a people’s docility, thus rendering them more susceptible to the blandishments of usurping authority.

Herd immunity I regard as a good thing. Herd mentality, not so much.

The coronavirus outbreak and the resultant stay at home order has given me a lot of time to read and watch various leaders try to use it to their perceived advantage. Among these are religious leaders, who like their purely political counterparts, never let a crisis go to waste. Also, like their purely political counterparts, these religious leaders have their blandishments amplified by a fawning, compliant press.

Many religious leaders who preach false gospels have been featured prominently in opinion pieces, or human-interest pieces, that are haphazardly interspersed with news stories, thus undermining both the news and the gospel. Some prominent religious leaders have even had their Easter services streamed live by one or more national news networks.

Prominently featured false teachers have included:

  • Franklin Graham
  • Robert Jeffress
  • Kirk Cameron
  • Joel Osteen
  • Greg Laurie
  • Pope Francis

While each of the above teachers undermines the gospel in his own unique way, they are part of the herd mentality that man’s works are somehow involved in receiving, keeping, or proving that one has received eternal life. In this case, the herd mentality is the wide gate and the broad way that leads to destruction.

Following is just a small sample of their errors:

Franklin Graham: We have to repent of our sins in turn. A person cannot stay in adultery and be accepted by God. You’ll have to repent…

I’m a sinner. But I’ve been forgiven, and I’ve turned from my sins. For any person that’s willing to repent in turn, God will forgive him.

 (Note: Franklin Graham is son of the late Billy Graham, who also taught a false gospel of salvation by man’s works)

 Greg Laurie: Jesus essentially said the only way your sins are forgiven and to know you will spend eternity in Heaven is by putting your complete trust in Him. And there will be tangible results to show you have done that…

You see, the outward change is often without the inward. However, the inward change is never without the outward…

Here are the elements of the Good News that we must believe and receive to become a born-again child of God…

Repent of Your Sins

To repent means to “change” or to “turn.”  It’s like driving down the highway, pulling a U-turn and heading the other direction. More than simply being sorry, it is a word of action. Many people feel remorse for their sin but never truly repent. Remorse is being sorry, repentance is being sorry enough to stop.

Robert Jeffress: Jeffress is pastor of First Baptist Church, Dallas, TX. The statement of faith of his church is based on “The Baptist Faith and Message” and includes the following:

Repentance and faith are inseparable experiences of grace. Repentance is a genuine turning from sin toward God. Faith is the acceptance of Jesus Christ and commitment of the entire personality to Him as Lord and Savior.

By contrast to the above false gospel messages, the Bible is crystal clear that Jesus is both the straight gate and the narrow way by which one may have eternal life. Consider the following verses:

John 10:9: I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

 John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

 There is only one way to have eternal life. That is to believe in Jesus as Savior.

John 3:16: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

 And, man’s works have no bearing on receiving, keeping, nor showing evidence that one has received eternal life.

John 5:24: Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

The above verse literally means that the believer in Christ presently possesses eternal life that can never be lost or forfeited.

If you would like to know more about how to escape the herd mentality of salvation by works click here: THE GOSPEL

39 responses to “Lordship Salvation: Herd Mentality

  1. Mary, people receive eternal life the moment they believe in Jesus as Savior. Calling on the name of the Lord, or public confession of Christ should never be held out as requirements to receive eternal life.

    If someone believes in Jesus as Savior, calling on His name or confessing Him publicly are not necessary for eternal life, because they possess eternal life the moment they believe. And, if they don’t believe, then calling on His name or confessing Him publicly will not result in eternal life.

    I think that passage is confusing when presenting the gospel and it is often part of a works for eternal life message that imbeds commitment into believing.

    We have some old comments on this, one of which are linked below:

    https://expreacherman.com/2014/09/03/lordship-salvation-looking-for-evidence-while-denying-proof/#comment-58239

  2. Hi Guys, you have covered Romans 10.9 s error in bible tracts, what about Romans 10.13 . For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. People say that we have to call upon the lord in order to save us, if people put this in their bible tracts is it corrupting the simplicity of the gospel or nullifying grace.

  3. Jen, glad you came here. People complicate the gospel, it’s why believers had to be reminded of the gospel over and over. In 1 Corinthians 15, believers needed to hear the gospel again, because they were being led astray by those saying the resurrection didn’t happen. We need reminded in His Word, because there are many false teachers who would steal our assurance or joy. That’s what the Word is for, we need to be Bereans always with anyone we listen to.

    Christ died for our sins on His cross (Col 2:13-15), all of them forgiven. We were justified by believing He did this for us. By knowing and believing who He is. That He is the only way. We are not declared righteous by turning from sin, by living Holy, by surrendering, by confessing with our mouth, etc., although these things will save us from consequences in this life and from loss of potential rewards in the next.

    Stay in His Word and stick with others you know have a sound gospel.

  4. Jennifer, I was very glad to.

  5. Jennifer Wick

    Thank you for taking the time on your time off to help me!

  6. Jennifer, I am taking a break from administering the expreacherman website until May 24, but I just happened to see your message.

    I have prayed for you, that you would not be confused.

    Anyone who has ever believed the gospel has eternal life that can never be lost or forfeited.

    This is true whether you read or heard the gospel message. If you have any confusion about the message, I recommend that you read the booklet linked below:

    http://www.cleargospel.org/the-gospel-english-cover/

    Click to access English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf

  7. Jennifer Wick

    Can someone help me? I believed I was saved about 8 years ago when God put on my heart to read the Bible. I believed in Jesus but started looking for a church and in those 8 years I have become confused and more distant from God than ever.
    I have this lordship theology, I am not exactly sure where I picked it up.
    I have never heard the Gospel from a person. (so it does make me question getting saved without hearing)
    Can someone just pray I can get out of this confusion and accept the true gospel. My life is hanging by a thread I can’t do this anymore. There is no peace.
    Thank you for your time
    Jen

  8. Isaac, welcome. It’s good for the brethren to warn others in the body regarding false doctrine (Rom 16:17-18). Keep fellowshipping here.

  9. Isaac, we are glad that you continue to find this site to be a blessing!

  10. Isaac Momanyi Omayio

    Wonderful message from God, I have understand something here about the false teacher’s around the world, hope that I will receive other teaching like this, God bless you

  11. Helen, no need to apologize.

  12. I apologise.

  13. Helen, I agree that our hope is in Christ, not political leaders.

    It is vitally important that we keep expreacherman free from political discussions and conspiracy theories. There are plenty of other forums where those are discussed and very few where the gospel is the consistent focus.

  14. I completely understand. My partner has been carried up with the Qanon conspiracy for two years and it’s not letting up. He thinks because the media hate Trump so much that it must mean something, but he’s also believing that Trump is going to arrest the ‘bad guys’ behind the scenes. It is so easy for people to put their faith in Trump, but there is no peace in our leaders, only Christ. Conspiracies, whether they be true or false, subtly take our eyes off Christ and onto idolising human beings for change. I warn him, but I can’t change him. My partner thinks that Trump is doing something similar to King Cyrus in the bible.

  15. Helen, the reason that false works-based gospels are so alluring is that they fit peoples’ pre-existing beliefs or mans’ ways.

    We can keep promoting and defending the true gospel of Jesus Christ, which is the power of God unto salvation for all who believe.

  16. I hope everyone is well. I’ve been meditating on Isaiah 41:10 and avoiding the mainstream media.

    I’ve spent much of today writing responses to the videos that I watched of my ex-church. I included a clear gospel presentation by Hank Lindstrom in one of them. I hope that they heed to it and change their gospel message, because from one of the member’s testimonies, this church’s pastor is clearly teaching that you need to commit to Christ for salvation.

    Grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone for salvation is rarely taught. The broad way of salvation is the majority teaching and easier for people to accept. I don’t understand why most people would believe this way.

    Thank you for this faithful site and the work that you all do in defending the gospel.

  17. Isaac Omayio, it was a blessing to meet you from Kenya on social media. May God bless the clarity of the Gospel.

  18. Jason, yep. Conspiracy theories abound and there is lots of conflicting information. Keeping grounded in the gospel is always key.

  19. Pst isaac omayio

    Hello my brothersweet this is really I like the messages, surely the fake preacher’s are on the world , us you are giving away this teaching, I will like to ask you remember me to send it to me too thank you and God bless you,

  20. It just occurred to me that some of the wild conspiracy theories are coming from the Lordshippers. Adeola had a video exposing Pastor Chris’s nonsense about 5G. Fear is their game, but Jesus is sufficient. Adeola actually had something positive to say about Trump: he wants to keep America technologically competitive. Most importantly of all, I want to keep myself grounded in the Gospel. I don’t trust China or the Fake Pastors. Make Grace Amazing Again. Free Grace Now.

  21. Understand The Times

    Ok sorry for the trouble ! If I can figure out how to I will. I’ll refrain from commenting further until I figure it out 🙏🏻

  22. OK. I will continue to manually remove it. This may add to delays in moderating your comments.

  23. Understand The Times

    I would remove it but I don’t know how to.

  24. It’s still there. Please remove it if you wish to comment further.

  25. Understand The Times

    No problem I didn’t realize there was a video attached to my link sorry.

  26. UTT, please note that we will be editing out the URL and the link to your video.

  27. UTT, it is sad when people or ministries promote false teaching, either directly or through association. We have highlighted some of which we have become aware. Beyond that, we are trying to help equip our readers to be able to identify false doctrine.

  28. Understand The Times

    I’m just going through your blog and sad to see the berean call compromise; I’ve followed them and supported them. I emailed them with some links and asked for them to clarify the claims. 😞 sad.

  29. Glad you found us!

  30. Understand The Times

    A friend just directed me to your blog! Glad he did! 🙏🏻

  31. The Blood, you are right that false gospel messages can be found in all sorts of places.

    It is good to to know the true gospel which we can both advance and defend and to avoid any unnecessary exposure to false gospels.

  32. I started doubting the correct gospel, because I am constantly bombarded with this LS “repent of sin” gospel being jammed down my throat repetitively .. So glad I came here to find a fresh new article.. It was pure delight to my soul.. Thank you

  33. Helen, much of that false gospel message sounds like what Franklin Graham has in his coronavirus-inspired ads. The part about inviting Jesus to come in and control your life through the Holy Spirit implies that one must commit to follow the Holy Spirit’s guidance in order to receive the free gift of eternal life. This is just more false commitment salvation.

    You are right that to obey the gospel simply means to believe it. The member who expressed the sentiment that eternal life could be found by committing his life to Christ is chasing his tail.

  34. Thank you for writing this insightful article and defending the glorious gospel of Christ.

    This morning, I watched a Sunday school teaching by the pastor’s wife from the last church I attended, called “The Meaning of Easter”. It sounded all well until she provided the ‘steps’ to receive Christ. It made me feel ill.

    Admit your need (I am a sinner)
    Be willing to turn from your sins (repent)
    Believe that Jesus Christ died for you on the cross and rose from the grave
    Through prayer, invite Jesus Christ to come in and control your life through the Holy Spirit (Receive him as Lord and Saviour of your life).

    Several of their sermons have raised warning bells, but my partner and I no longer attend and have not done so for over 12 months. I remember in one of the sermons, the pastor said on a sermon called “Salvation through the gospel alone Rom 10:11-21” the pastor says, “you cannot just think to yourself that I’ll accept some concept that Jesus came, died, buried, rose again and that’s it. No no, the gospel must be obeyed.”

    Do these people not understand the two natures? Do they think that they no longer sin? I remember they fruit inspected me during the first few occasions, because at the time my mum was in hospital and I was upset a lot and worried about my partner.

    To obey the gospel is to believe it. That’s all that we can do.

    Another member of that church said that he had heard the gospel many times, but wasn’t saved, but he needed to commit his life to Christ.

    The teachings are so very subtle, but they are front loading the gospel with works. Sad because this was an independent KJV church. I wish my partner and I could find a grace teaching church in the UK.

    I am grateful for this site and its wonderful believers who build up the body of Christ. I am grateful for leading me to grace filled pastors like Tom Cucuzza and Ralph Arnold.

  35. Chas, one of the biggest problems with Franklin Graham’s Samaritan’s Curse is that every time he is interviewed about it, he has a platform to proclaim his false gospel.

    And, you are right- the usual suspects from the LS community are in high gear. Trying to go viral, as it were.

  36. Wow. Just when I begin to feel a bit overwhelmed by the LS “gospel” preaching going on during this Wuhan virus lock-down, another timely post appears on expreacherman.com. So refreshing. Many thanks, johninnc.

    Yeah, many of the usual suspects are in high gear alright. A relative was reading about Franklin Graham’s Samaritan’s Purse; all their work providing temporary hospital rooms (tents) to relieve patient loads on NY hospitals. A “good work” on its face, but it’s all to promote a false gospel. The relative asked me, “Now, what’s wrong with Franklin Graham, again?” I had to remind her of FG’s “repent-of-sin-to-be-saved” LS heresy. “Oh yeah, that…”

    FG’s “good works” impress some professing Christians so much, they really can’t imagine that he could be so wrong on such a fundamental issue. A Matt. 7:22 example if there ever was one.

  37. Fryingpan, I hope you and your family are doing well.

    And I hope some of the herd will find their way to ExPreacherman.

  38. Thank you for your continued diligence and great posts, johninnc.

    A lot of good thought and research went into this.

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