Those who preach against what they call “Lordship salvation” are 100% from the eternal security, once saved always saved, grace only, type evangelical camp.
Does Obeying God mean one is walking in what some call “Lordship Salvation”?
Personally, I do not use the term “Lordship salvation” because what matters is biblical salvation or the Bible version of salvation – taken from the WHOLE counsel of Holy Scripture.
We are are saved by God through Christ’s perfect sacrifice, by grace through faith, and yet true saving faith ALWAYS produces the fruit of an obedient, holy life. The fruit, the obedience saves no one and yet it is the proof one truly knows and is known of God. Anyone teaching otherwise is fulfilling the grace-perverting prophesy of Jude 4. Read James 2; 1 John 2:3-6, chapter 3, etc.
“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.” Titus 3:8
Isn’t our obedience to God a mere expression of our love for Him.
“If ye love me, keep my commandments.” John 14:15
If you don’t choose to love Jesus enough to obey His stated terms, you have rejected the Son of God for the love of sinful self and will perish in your own corruption (Matthew 22:37-40; Luke 9:23-24; 14:33; 17:33; John 14:15; 1 John 2:3-6, etc.).
“We cannot pray in love and live in hate and still think we are worshipping God.” AW Tozer
Did Jesus or His holy apostles ever once teach that those saved by Christ, who engage in a real relationship with Him which include obeying the Savior, are trying to earn, attempting to merit their own salvation? I’m still looking for any such verse in God’s Word.
When we worshipfully obey Jesus, we’re not earning our salvation, we’re simply walking with, engaging in a relationship with the Savior who saved us by His grace.
Perhaps many of those who negatively used the term “Lordship salvation” simply do not wish to truly repent and allow Christ to be the Master, the LORD of their lives. They want Him to save them from hell but not from sin. What they seem to be truly protesting, resisting, refusing, is letting go and letting God – as would happen if they truly submitted themselves to God, crying out to Him as did Jesus “Father, into thy hands I commend (submit, release) my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.” (Luke 23:46)
Seems apparent that so many who claim to be Christians today want the crown but not the cross.
Those saved by grace truly, without exception, bring forth the fruit of good works. Got fruit? The fruit of good works saves no one – yet it’s always the evidence of true saving grace in a person’s life.
Why were the 5 foolish virgins shut out of the bridal chamber of eternal glory with the Bridegroom? (Matthew 25:1-13)
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:8-10
In the above passage we see that God saved us by His grace to be His workmanship, to walk in “good works.” Grace is not give us to squander but rather to walk in “good works” that glorify God. Grace is not the license to live in sin but rather the divine ability working in the abiding saint to overcome sin and live a fruitful life for Christ. See John 15.
“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;” Titus 2:11-12
The grace-perverting “ungodly men” the Holy Spirit warned us about through Jude, are allergic to repentance and an authentic abiding relationship with Christ (Jude 3-4). Beware.
Moral cowards migrate to the “eternal security” heresy because they simply do not want to genuinely repent, to change. They want the crown but not the cross. They vainly believe they are going to use the Savior to get them out of hell yet want nothing to do with a worship-filled, engaged, abiding, fruit-bearing, obedient relationship with the Son of God while on earth. These are the rebel will hear the LORD declare to them “Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:” (Matthew 25:4. Read John 15.
What the moral coward eternal security reject is the notion of them giving their lives over to Jesus Christ as a living salvation, crucified with Christ daily. They will do anything except truly repent and lay down their lives in this sinful world because they are consumed in the love of self. See the resume the Holy Spirit gave us of these final days frauds in 2 Timothy 3:1-7).
“They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.” Titus 1:16
“For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.” Matthew 16:27
Of these words of Jesus, one brother notes:
“‘Works’ here in this verse ‘praxis’ means acts; the key point is that good or bad, Our acts will be addressed as we ALL shall stand before GOD. Faith without works is dead, meaning that one’s faith is hollow, TRUE FAITH produces GOOD WORKS which come from the cleansed heart.”
Does God have a plan for His people to be holy as He is holy? Yes, He always has, going back to His peculiar people Israel.
To His own, Christ says:
“If a man abide (remain) not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.” John 15:6
“So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.” Luke 14:33
“Remember Lot’s wife. 33 Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.” Luke 17:32-33
“But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me.” Luke 19:27