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Lordship Salvation - EXPOSED

Lordship Salvation is the incorrect doctrine that a person is saved not by grace alone, but by grace, and works.

The part faith, part works, Lordship Salvation, is taught by many false teachers, such as John MacArthur, Paul Washer, Ray Comfort, Billy Graham.

Here is a quote from John MacArthur's church website, on becoming saved:
'True faith is always accompanied by repentance from sin. Repentance is agreeing with God that you are sinful, confessing your sins to Him, and making a conscious choice to turn from sin (Luke 13:3, 5; 1 Thessalonians 1:9), pursue Christ (Matthew 11: 28-30; John 17:3), and obey Him (1 John 2:3). It isn't enough to believe certain facts about Christ. Even Satan and his demons believe in the true God (James 2:19), but they don't love and obey Him. True saving faith always responds in obedience (Ephesians 2:10).' (Source.)
There is a dazzling array of scriptures referred to, in order to 'support' that a person is saved not by faith alone, by believing the Gospel only, but, according to John MacArthur's false plan of Salvation, that it's not enough to believe the Gospel, but faith is accompanied by obedience - ie, faith plus works.

In contrast, the Bible tells us the purpose of the law, is to show that everyone is a sinner, and they are in NEED of a Savior,
Romans 3:19-20, “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.”
If we could save ourselves, by working the law, we would have no need of a Savior, but we can't because all of us are guilty sinners, where just one sin is enough to condemn us of all sin,
For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.”  James 2:10
And what does the Bible tell us about keeping the law after we trust in Christ as our only way to Heaven, believing in His sacrifice, that, without sin, He died on the cross for us, was buried, and bodily rose on the third day, and by believing, we receive his IMPUTED righteousness?
Ephesians 2:8-9, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
The Bible tells us that we are saved by faith and faith alone, not of works.

Purpose of the Law

The purpose of the Law is to show that none of us are capable of having the righteousness of going to Heaven on our own merit.  No one keeps all the commandments of God.  We are told that if we offend in one point, we are guilty of all (James 2:10), and that we are saved by grace through faith, not of works, the Gift of God.  (Ephesians 2:8-9). 

We are saved by grace through faith, not of works, it is the gift of God, because we ARE sinners in NEED of a Savior.
Romans 10:4, "For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.”

Galatianism

In the Bible, the Galatians had turned from faith in the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ, as their only way of Salvation, to faith and works as Salvation.  They had added parts of the law, such as circumcision, so, as with Lordship Salvation, it's not enough to believe, but one has to believe AND have works to be saved.  Those who believed this in the Bilbe, in Galatia, weren't really saved at all, because they weren't fully recognizing the folly of their position - that one sin is enough to make us guilty of all sin, that we are incapable of saving ourselves, that we have to trust entirely in the Lord's sacrifice on the cross for Salvation, having no righteousness of our own, but relying on His IMPUTED righteousness.

As Paul said to the Galatians,

Galatians 3:1-3, “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? This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?

Paul is asking them, did they receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?  That is, have they received the Spirit by their works (as Lordship Salvationists say), or by faith and faith alone.

Galatians, 2:21, "I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain."

Paul is saying, that no works can save us, and we are never saved by relying on our works, past, present, or future. If righeousness comes by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.  Paul does NOT frustrate the grace of God (Galatians 2:21).

Romans 10:13 "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."

Did Paul advocate that we should live how we wanted after we are saved?

No!

Romans 12:1, I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”
Paul advocated Grace by faith, as did the Lord Jesus Christ Himself,
John 3:1, "That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life."
Paul is saying, we are saved by faith alone, but as saved, born again believers, we SHOULD look to follow God, not that our Salvation depends on it, but that is is our reasonable service as the saved, with the Holy Spirit living inside us.

Nowhere in the Bible are we told we are saved by grace PLUS works, but we are told that we are saved by faith.  Yes, as born again Christians, we SHOULD try to live with righteousness and Christlike, but, we have a new Spirit, but we still have the old flesh, which is corrupt.

Even Paul, perhaps the greatest Christian who ever lived, sinned,
Romans 10:14-15, "For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. 15For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I."
As Christians, we desire fellowship with God, and, the less we sin and the more we try to walk with Christ, the closer He draws to us,
James 4:8, "Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded."
We are saved by Faith, and Faith alone.  When we walk with God, we have fellowship, discipleship.  Salvation is by faith, fellowship, which is not Salvation, is by walking with God.

Just as a child will be closer to their parent by listening to them and following them, so it is, that as born again believers, we become children of God, who is our Father.  When we walk with God, we draw closer to God, our Father.  A person may be very far away from God, by not trying to walk with Him, but, He is still their Father, and we are still His son.

When we add works as a REQUIREMENT to be saved, as Lordship Salvationists do, such as John MacArthur, Paul Washer, Ray Comfort, Kirk Cameron, Billy Graham, we were never really saved at all, because we are still relying on our own righteousness, of which we have none.  We are saved by recognizing ourselves as sinners (we have no righteousness of our own), and believing on the Lord, who sacrificed Himself on the cross, was buried, and rose three days later, as our ONLY way to Heaven.
John 11:25, “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live."
The Lord does not say, he that believeth in Me and works shall live, but he that believeth in Me.  Faith and faith alone.  We are the sheep, and the Lord Jesus Christ is our shepherd, in whom we trust,
Matthew 7:24 “Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:”
We are built on the rock of Christ.

Scriptures from Lordship Salvationists - John MacArthur

I wanted to take a look the scrptures used by Lordship Salvationists, to show that they are wrong.  To do this, i'll look at the scriptures quoted by John MacArthur, one of the strongest advocates, who wrongly promotes Salvation by grace AND works (Galatianism), which I quoted towards the start of the article.

1) John MacArthur: 'Repentance is agreeing with God that you are sinful, confessing your sins to Him, and making a conscious choice to turn from sin (Luke 13:3, 5; 1 Thessalonians 1:9)' - Incorrect, Repentance in the Biblical term is the word metanoia, which means, to have a change of mind,

metanoeō
to change one's mind, i.e. to repent

Repent means to change ones mind, it means, to change ones mind, from thinking one can save themself, to realizing we can't save ourself.  To change ones mind, from not believing, to believing, as the Lord said in Mark 1:15, '“And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye (have a change of mind), and believe the gospel.”

The Lord is not saying start working to be saved, continue working to be saved, He is saying have a change of mind, and BELIEVE the Gospel.  We are saved by FAITH. 

2) John MacArthur: 'pursue Christ (Matthew 11: 28-30; John 17:3'  Incorrect.  In contrast, Matthew 11:28-30 says, 'Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.'

The Lord is saying, through me you are saved by faith, you can rest from the Law, for His yoke is easy, and His burden is light.  There is nowhere here where the Lord says, come to me and continue working the Law to be saved, contrary to what MacArthur, and Lordship Salvationists claim.

3) John MacArthur:  'and obey Him (1 John 2:3)'.  Wrong. Salvation doesn't rest on obedience, salvation rests on faith (Ephesians 2:8-9).

"And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments." -1st John 2:3

When we keep His commandments, we draw closer to God, and we know Him, which is different from Salvation.  A person may be carnal (far from God), but, when you are saved, you are saved by faith alone, and we become sons of God.  When we draw closer to God, we build on our relationship with our Father.

"If ye love me, keep my commandments." -John 14:15

"For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments..." -1st John 5:3

We have a relationship by walking with God, but even the greatest of us falls short at times, not being in obedience,

Galatians 5:17 - “For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.”

We are talking of fellowship, "But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin." (John 1:8), fellowship, not Salvation.  Further more, the very next verse clarifies that we are sinners, that none us always obey, 'If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.' - John 1:9

4) John MacArthur:  'It isn't enough to believe certain facts about Christ. Even Satan and his demons believe in the true God (James 2:19).'  Again, incorrect.  Jesus didn't come to save the fallen angels, they had their chance, it is too late for them.  Just as the rich man believed when he was in Hell,

Luke 16:23-24, 'and in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.'

The rich man ended in Hell in his unbelief, he believes now, in Hell, but it is too late for him, just as it is too late for the fallen angels (devils). 

Luke 16:27-31, 'Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house:  for I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.  Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.  And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.  And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.'

The Lord came to save us, now, while we are in this life.  It is too late for the fallen angels, just as it is too late for those who die without believing in the Lord for their Salvation, through faith and faith alone.  Contrary to what MacArthur and Lordship Salvationists say, it is enough that we believe, John 11:25, “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live."

5) John MacArthur:  'True saving faith always responds in obedience (Ephesians 2:10).' Again, incorrect.

The previous 2 verses, Ephesians 2:8-9, show that salvation is all His work, 'For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.', now that we are saved, we are created unto good works, 'For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.'  Ephesians 2:10.  We are saved by God, through faith.  Salvation has already occured.  When saved, we should look to do good works, which God hath ordained us to do when we were created, 'which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.' Our purpose is to do good works, to please God.  Notice that we are already saved in Ephesians 2:8-9.  The Salvation of our lifes, the call to walk with God, is different from our Salvation, which has already happened.

Our Salvation does not depend on our works, but on our faith 100% in the Lord's sacrifice on the cross, for our sins.

Conclusion

I can understand the frustration that there are Christians who are saved, but, not walking in fellowship with God, but, like Paul, I do not frustrate the grace of God (Galatians 2:21).  As saved, we must all face the Judgement seat of Christ, and give account for our works, and some of us will be saved, as though by fire (1 Corinthians 3:15), but, saved nonetheless.

Even perhaps the greatest Christian who ever lived, the Apostle Paul, sinned.

However, there is a difference between wanting to please God, as born again believers, by walking in His path, having fellowship, and RELYING on our works as part of our Salvation, like a 'Salvation package.'

The difference is so big, that, to rely on our works as part of Salvation, such as Lordship Salvationists do, to ADD works to God's plan of Salvation, is not to be saved at all, because we have no righteousness of our own, but, only the imputed righteousness of Christ.  It's never really a trust, a faith in Christ, but is still a trust, a faith in ones own flawed, sinful human pride and effort to reach Heaven.

The reality is, in Heaven, there will be people who have lived sinful lives; murderers, prostitutes, even those with little or no rewards, but, they will be saved, as though by fire, '“If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.” 1 Corinthians 3:15.  In contrast, there will be those who have lived good lives, but, having not relied on the Lords sacrifice as their only way to Heaven, but relied on their own imagined self-righteousness, when they have none, find themselves in Hell.

It is a fearful thought, but it is what the Bible teaches, that we are saved only by 100% faith in Christ, recognizing ourselves as guilty sinners.  Salvation is by faith, and fellowship is by walking with the Lord, not Salvation by some faith, and some works, which is not really faith, because we are still relying on own devices (the sin of pride, self-righteousness.)

 

 






















 




20th March 2018

 

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