Modern "Christianity": Victim of Lordship Salvation
There sure is a lot of ignorance in the “Christian” world today. I don’t much care for the word "Christian" anymore. I prefer the word “believer.” There are many who profess to be Christians. There aren’t so many who truly believe in Jesus Christ. Why is it important to believe in Jesus Christ?
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.”
Many people believe Jesus Christ existed. Some believe he was merely a teacher. Some claim they have made Him the Lord of their life. But what is getting harder and harder to find are people who believe in Jesus. What does that mean? Believing in Him means believing in the work He came here to do. John 3:16 says that God sent Jesus on a mission. Jesus did not come here, as some people claim, to show us how to live. While He would be the best example of that, none of us would ever measure up. Jesus came here to die for the sins of the world.
1st John 2:2: “And he is the propitiation (sacrifice) for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.”
Luke 19:10: “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
1st Timothy 1:15: “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.”
Matthew 1:21: “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.”
Jesus accomplished His mission on the cross of Calvary. If only those people in charge would have known who Jesus was. If only they would have known His true purpose. They thought that killing Him would put an end to His mission. Instead, they walked right into His trap.
1st Corinthians 2:7-8: “But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.”
God had a plan to bring salvation to the world. He kept that plan a mystery, until the revealed time. By killing Jesus Christ, the Jews played an integral part in God’s plan. They slaughtered the Holy Lamb of God, who was meant to be a sacrifice for the sins of the world. They crucified Him, but they did not truly kill Him. He rose three days later, and the plan of God, kept a secret from the beginning of the world, went into action. After Jesus had risen from the dead, He left His disciples with the commandment to go and spread the Gospel, the good news of salvation by faith in Him. The following is what the apostle Peter was soon found to be preaching:
Acts 4:10-12: “Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
What Jesus accomplished on the cross is what a lost person is to put their faith in. Believing that Jesus existed is not enough. Trying to earn your ticket to Heaven by “turning” or “repenting” of sins, while claiming to believe in Jesus, won’t do. Jesus asks for one to put their faith, their belief, their trust, in Him. To truly believe in Him is to trust completely on Him.
Acts 16:30-31: “And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.”
In one passage of Scripture it was said to believe in Jesus. In another passage it was said to believe on Jesus. Both are accurate. Believe in what He did for you. Believe on Him, or put your trust on Him. And that’s all there is to being saved. That was the mystery that God hid for so long. The mystery of salvation by simple faith in Jesus Christ. Faith is all that is required to be saved. Faith in Jesus plus anything else equals a false gospel.
Now that I have laid the foundation, let me address the subject of this article. Ignorant “Christians” and Lordship Salvation. Let me tell you a true story. I know someone who claims that salvation is by simple faith in Christ, without works. This person lost a loved one, who claimed to be saved, but never showed any evidence of it. This person believes that their lost loved one was indeed saved, despite an admitted lack of any evidence. On the other hand, this same person says that another person is not saved because there has been no change in this person’s life. Do you see the obvious error here? Do you see the partiality? Here is what they are saying:
“Thisperson was saved, because I want to believe they were. They had no evidence, but they were saved. However, this other person is not saved because there is no evidence of it.”
Here are two people showing no evidence of being true believers. No good works. No changed life. And yet this person says that one was saved, while the other was not. Folks, God does not work that way. God does not choose who is saved based on partiality. God saves those who believe on Jesus Christ, whether they produce good works afterwards or not. People have such a desire to see works, or evidence, in order to believe someone is saved. Some people will go as far as to convince themselves that one person is saved or not saved based on personal preference. What is wrong with many modern, so-called “Christians?” They are ignorant of God’s simple plan of salvation. They forsake God's plan and choose to follow the lies of Lordship Salvation instead. Many people who demand to see a changed life from one claiming to be saved will point you to James chapter 2. Let’s look at James 2:14, a verse which many people twist into meaning that no works means no salvation. (Please read my article entitled "What About These Verses?" for much more on James 2.)
“What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?”
Pay close attention to that word profit. I will show you a trend here.
Titus 3:8: “This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.”
1st Corinthians 10:33: “Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.”
1st Corinthians 13:3: “And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.”
Romans 3:12: “They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.”
These verses all mention profit. Good works
result in profit. A believer who performs good works will receive a profit in
the form of rewards in Heaven (1st Corinthians 3:11-15). Good works
may also result in the profit of others, by bringing them to the point where
they believe on Jesus Christ (1st Corinthians 15:34). Good works, when kept in their rightful place,
serve a purpose. But they do not save one’s soul.
Romans 4:5: “But to him that worketh not,
but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for
James was not speaking of a lack of good
works causing the loss of salvation. He asked what profit there would be
without works. James goes on in chapter 2 and verse 20 to say the following:
“But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith
without works is dead?”
A person can possess a dead faith, as in
one not producing any good works. That is not a dead salvation. If one does not
earn their salvation to begin with, they cannot do anything to have it taken
away! When one first believes on Jesus Christ, they are sealed with the Holy
Ephesians 1:13-14: “In whom ye also
trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation:
in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of
promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the
redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.”
Once a person places their faith in Christ,
they are forever sealed with the Holy Spirit. Faith can become dead, as in not
producing works, but that original faith that saved one’s soul was enough for
God to stamp His seal of approval on that believer!
Now what is the deal with all these
ignorant “Christians” who want to condemn those not producing enough good
works? If you study what they say, you will find that they all repeat each
other’s false doctrine. They have all been misled by the same false teachers.
John MacArthur, Paul Washer, Ray Comfort, Kirk Cameron, Tim Conway, Don Piper,
and the like are corrupting the minds of “Christians.” Even Eric Hovind has
jumped on the bandwagon of the “repent of your sins” heresy. The following is a
quote from him, taken from his website, creationtoday.org.
“Second, repent of your sin.
This means that you must turn completely away from your sin. It is more
than just saying sorry; it is a complete change of direction as you endeavor,
by God’s power, to go His way, instead of the way of sin.”
That is false doctrine, and it is called Lordship Salvation. Is it a misunderstanding? Is it
heresy on purpose? What exactly is it? I believe Satan has infiltrated modern
“Christianity” in order to create an army of false converts who are trusting
more in their own goodness than the blood of Jesus Christ. They are being
brainwashed by the terrible teachings of the men previously named, and others
like them all across America, who have changed the Gospel of Jesus Christ into
one that they themselves have created and deemed more effective.
But speaking of this army of false converts, I cannot say who
is truly saved or not. Some are indeed saved. They were saved under good
teaching, and then later they got led down a road of lies by a false teacher,
and now they preach a false message. But surely, newer “converts” who have come
about under the “repent of your sins” for salvation heresy are not truly saved,
because they are not placing their trust on Jesus Christ alone.
Romans 10:3-4: “For they being ignorant
of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own
righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.
For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that
For some of these people demanding a
changed life in order for one to be saved, I believe there is an issue of pride. They are too prideful to admit the sorry state of their flesh.
Romans 3:10-18: “As it is written, There is
none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none
that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together
become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Their throat
is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of
asps is under their lips: Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: Their
feet are swift to shed blood: Destruction and misery are in their ways: And the
way of peace have they not known: There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
Let’s pause right there. The apostle Paul
says that no one is righteous, and then he elaborates on that. Now, picking
back up where we left off, Paul goes on to explain the plan of God through
Romans 3:19-27: “Now we know that what
things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every
mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore
by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight:
for by the law is the knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God
without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;
Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and
upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: For all have
sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace
through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a
propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for
the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To
declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just,
and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. Where is boasting then? It
is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.”
that last verse. Boasting is mentioned. Who boasts? Someone who is proud. Pride
will cause “Christians” to believe they play a part in their salvation, by
believing that “repenting of sin” has made them acceptable to God. They missed
the above portion of Scripture: “Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall
no flesh be justified in his sight.” These “Christians” love to look down on
and insult those claiming to be saved who are not producing enough works for
others to see. These “Christians” take it upon themselves to judge whether a
person is saved or not.
Romans 8:33: “Who shall lay any thing to
the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth.”
news for sinners! These self-righteous hypocrites, these prideful, religious
zealots, are not the ones who justify! God does the justifying! If you are a
sinner, and we all are, and you have believed on Jesus Christ, you are
in good hands! No one has the right to charge you with anything regarding
spiritual matters! God has justified you through faith in His Son
At this time, I would like to share some absurd comments from Lordship Salvation proponents. This is the crowd that insists one must “repent of their sins” and “make Jesus Lord of their life” to be saved. Folks, this is not God’s plan of salvation. God saves the sinner who believes on Jesus Christ. Will works follow? They should. They may or may not, but they should. As Paul said, good works will bring a profit, while no works results in loss of rewards. But works do not, do not, do not save! Repenting of sin does not save either! Next time someone tells you that you must repent of sin to be saved, ask them just how much. How much sin must be forsaken in order to be saved and/or remain saved? If they say all, then you have stumped them, because I guarantee you they have not turned from all their sins! They have no legitimate answer for this question, and it shows how foolish their beliefs are. If they claim they have turned from all sin, then the truth of God is not in them!
1st John 1:8: “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”
Now let’s take a look at what five random, modern “Christians” are spouting off on the Internet. This is extremely simple to find. Visit youtube, locate a video about Lordship Salvation, and take a look at the comments section. I found the following comments under a video exposing Lordship Salvation for what it is: A false religion that appeals to the proud and the self-righteous. Check this out, and pay close attention to the sections I have underlined.
ANSWER THE CALL OF THE HOLY GHOST, WHO CONVICTS
YOU OF YOUR
SINFULNESS. YOU REPENT AND RECEIVE CHRIST'S FORGIVENESS. YOU FORSAKE
ALL SIN AND LEARN TO FOLLOW THE LORD'S LEADING. . YOU GROW IN THE
UNDERSTANDING OF YOUR SINFUL NATURE, AND YOU LEARN HOW TO SAY NO TO IT AND
FOLLOW JESUS. WHICH MEANS YOUR REPENTANCE MAKES JESUS YOUR LORD, AND YOU
DO YOUR BEST WITH HIS HELP TO FOLLOW HIM AS LORD. IF HE IS NOT YOUR LORD IT
MEANS YOU HAVE NOT REPENTED. IF YOU SAY YOU BELIEVE, AND THAT BELIEF
DOES NOT INCLUDE REPENTANCE OF SIN AND MAKING HIM LORD, IT IS MENTAL BELIEF
ONLY AND THE DEVIL DOES THAT.BELIEF THAT SAVES THE SOUL INCLUDES
REPENTING FROM SIN. THAT MEANS MAKE HIM YOUR LORD. ANYTHING ELSE IS BLASPHEMY.
IF HE IS NOT YOUR LORD YOU HAVE NOT REPENTED OR BELIEVED THE WAY YOU ARE
SUPPOSED TO. YOU ARE A RELIGIOUS
WINDBAG BLOWING HOT AIR AND PRIDE. YOU SHALL KNOW THEM BY THEIR FRUITS. JESUS SAID, BEHOLD I MAKE ALL THINGS
NEW. THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL GROW FRUIT OF A NEW LIFE IN YOUR SOUL, OR THAT NEW
LIFE IS NOT REALLY THERE. JESUS SAID HE THAT BELIEVES AND IS BAPTIZED SHALL
BE SAVED. BAPTISM SIGNIFIES THAT YOU HAVE REPENTED OF YOUR SINS.BAPTISM
DOES NOT WASH AWAY SIN. THE BLOOD DOES. BUT IF YOU REFUSE TO BE BAPTIZED
BECAUSE "IT IS A "WORK OF REPENTANCE" THEN YOU ARE NOT A
CHRISTIAN NO MATTER WHAT YOU SAY YOU BELIEVE.”
2. “James 2:19 the devils believe, and tremble---Hebrews 10::39 we are of them
that believe to the saving of the soul. Shall we continue in sin that grace may
about? God forbid! If you want to believe in your head only, with no
repentance and no willingness to obey the LORD, then your believing is nothing
but a phariseeical pretense.”
3. “Yes, sin dwells in the body but it must and is mortified in all God's
children. Until you delight in the law of God after the inward man as
the apostle Paul did you know nothing of saving grace. Keep seeking God.
You're still confused. Stop trusting in your decision. Sin must be
mortified, and repented of and this goes hand in hand with saving faith in
Jesus Christ. Without holiness you will never see God. Blessed are the
pure in heart. Is your heart pure?”
4. “Lordship salvation does not teach that one must stop sinning or stop sinning
altogether as you put it. It teaches that Jesus is Lord and Saviour and there
is no other. That those who come to him must recognise him for who he is and
repent of their sins, this means to change ones mind, to forsake self
and turn to God. It does not mean cleaning up ones life, it merely means being
willing to give up all sin for him”
5. “If you are continuing to sin, then it shows you were not born again.If you are continuing to sin, then it means you weren't saved from your
sins but are still comitting sin.
Christians are saints not sinners. We are not saved IN our sin, but FROM
sin. All my sins are in the past and forgiven by Jesus. Thanks to Him, I can
live righteously. I no longer continue to sin. And
if I sin again some day, I will hopefully confess and seek forgiveness
and be restored to a right relationship with Christ. If I were continually
sinning, it would indicate I was not born again.
According to wikipedia: Lordship salvation ... maintains that good works
naturally and necessarily follow being declared righteous before God. Thus,
good works are a necessary consequence that confirms salvation.”
Those were quotes from the Lordship Salvation crowd. Not only are they
terrible spellers (couldn’t resist), they are a truly confused group of people.
They are the biggest bunch of double-talkers out there. They say that faith in
Christ saves, but that faith must be accompanied by a turning away from sin and
a changed life, or else salvation never occurred. Folks, that is a lie straight
from Satan. Satan does not want you to be saved. He hates God’s simple plan,
because God has made it so easy for people to be saved. Satan wants to take
everyone to Hell in order to spite God, and he hates the fact that salvation is
so easy a child can do it! Therefore, Satan creates false doctrines like
Lordship Salvation, which is taught by false teachers who do not understand the
Bible. These wolves in sheep’s clothing spread their heresies to their ignorant
followers, who in turn take them to the streets and the Internet, leaving their
poison everywhere in order to keep the lost lost!
Let’s break it down to a real simple level. Salvation is a gift of God. That
means it is God’s duty to save one who has believed on Jesus. Forsaking sin and
producing good works is the believer’s responsibility after they have already
been saved. It is not necessary for salvation. It is what one should do in
order to be a good witness for Christ, to receive rewards, and to please God. When
a Lordship Salvation heretic tells someone they are not saved because they
still sin or are not producing good works, they are saying that God did not do
His job, and that, folks, is calling God a liar! God promised to save
those who believe on His Son.
John 6:47: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that
believeth on me hath everlasting life.” – Jesus
John 6:40: “And this is the will of him that sent me,
that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have
everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.” – Jesus
And who sent Jesus?
John 3:17: “For God sent not his Son into the world
to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” – Jesus
God’s plan was to send His Son to die for the sins of the
world, and anyone who believes on Jesus will be saved! If someone believes on
Jesus, and then does not produce the changed life that Lordship Salvation
demands, was that person not saved? If so, then God did not do what He promised
He would! How dare the Lordship Salvation crowd call God a liar!
Titus 1:2: “In hope of eternal life, which God,
that cannot lie, promised before the world began.”
Ask yourself this: Who would be so bold as to call God a
liar? Who would be the author of a religion that calls God a liar? Satan! Satan
was filled with pride. That is why he wanted to be worshipped, and why he fell
from Heaven. What are those preaching Lordship Salvation full of? Pride! Notice
what Jesus said to the Pharisees, who were another group of religious, prideful
8:44: “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye
will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth,
because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his
own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.”
The Pharisees were of their father, Satan. I would submit
to you that Lordship Salvation, the religion of the modern day Pharisees, is
also of Satan. Satan is a liar, and so is anyone teaching Lordship Salvation.
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.”
Corinthians 15:1-4: “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which
I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto
you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all
that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according
to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third
day according to the scriptures.”
Where does the Gospel say one must “repent of sins?” Where
does the Gospel say one must “make Jesus Lord?” We are only to believe!
Believe on Jesus Christ, and you will receive His righteousness!
Galatians 2:21: “I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if
righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.”
Romans 5:19: “For as by one man's (Adam) disobedience many
were made sinners, so by the obedience of one (Jesus) shall many be
Romans 4:5: “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on
him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.”
Galatians 5:5: “For we through the Spirit wait for the hope
of righteousness by faith.”
Lordship Salvation is a false religion created by Satan and
centered around his main attribute: Pride. Lordship Salvationists preach that
you must live a righteous life in order to be saved, and therefore, they could
very easily be called ministers of righteousness.
2nd Corinthians 11:13-15: “For such are false
apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of
Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of
light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed
as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their
16:17-18: “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and
offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.
For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but
their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts
of the simple.”
A wolf disguised as a sheep is someone pretending to be something they are not.
Lordship Salvationists pretend to be righteous. The Bible says they are not.
Romans 3:10: “As it is written,
There is none righteous, no, not one.”