Lordship Salvation, a false gospel that will send you to hell.
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: – Ephesians 2:8
The phrase Lordship Salvation sounds scriptural and appears biblical. Is it grace or is it works? To simplify, it is both, and it is un-scriptural and un-biblical. It means the difference between living a defeated life or a victorious one. It means the difference between being on PROBATION in this life, and being free indeed eternally, in Christ Jesus through faith.
Lordship Salvation is the teaching that you must surrender your life to Jesus to be saved or that if you are saved you will have works to prove it. The Bible is clear to say that all we have to do is believe the gospel and the gospel is the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ as payment for all our sins. People do not go to hell because of their sins, Jesus paid for all of them. They go to hell because they reject that payment and so they end up trying to pay off an infinite debt. Only one is infinite and it is God. Not man, not angels, not demons, just God alone. So only God alone could pay for our debt. If you’re thinking of using James 2 to explain why faith alone is dead and thus if we do not have works we are not saved, you’re not reading the Bible correctly. James 2 is explained in this video.
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. Justified by Faith 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. – Romans 3
Man is not justified by the law before God. Notice it says in His sight. This is because God does not want your works, He wants your faith. Your works make you justified in the eyes of mankind, not God.
For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God. – Romans 4:2
Salvation is eternal, not temporary. This is simply what we believe to be true. Here is why it is incumbent upon believers to reject the doctrine called Lordship Salvation: If one must reform himself prior to being saved, then there will be nobody saved. If one must remain without sin after he is saved in order to remain saved, again, nobody will be saved. It is the experience of every Christian and of those written about in the scriptures that, no matter the degree of his disdain for his sin, it remains a part of his human character. So, if any are to be saved, salvation must be contingent only upon the work that Christ did at Calvary and not upon anything else. Today’s teachers will tell you differently. They speak out of both sides of their mouth telling us “It’s grace BUT…”
The Lordship legalist may attempt to argue away the inherent contradictions in their doctrine, but the contradictions cannot be explained away.
Lordship salvation is a dichotomy. It is legalism. It is Roman-ism. It is impossible. It is another Gospel.