Archive for the ‘Lordship Salvation’ Category

Do you ever feel like a gerbil running on a wheel in a cage but getting nowhere? Maybe you’re in the older generation that likes to sit in a rocking chair and go back and forth without getting anywhere either. As Zig Ziglar used to say, “Some folks are like wandering generalities and others are meaningful specifics.” Which would describe you right now?

As you look at your current situation in life, are you finding significance to your life? Do you dread having to go to work on Monday mornings? Would you rather be in a bed in great pain like some folks are?

How would you answer these questions? Where did I come from? Why am I here on earth? Where will I go when I die? What is the meaning and purpose for man’s existence. Is it all vanity as King Solomon suggested as he pursued the pleasures of life? What can we know about life after death? Who has the answers? What can I do to be assured of a better future? Why are so many Christians not much different from unbelievers?

Do you claim to be a Christian? How did you become one? Are you sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die or do you have to go to Purgatory first? What is the formula for salvation? What if you sin after you’ve been saved? Is there anything you could do to lose your salvation? If so, what would it be? What is “Lordship for salvation” all about?

By what rules are Christians supposed to live – the Old Testament or New Testament rules? How many different sets of rules are found in the Scriptures? What are they and what is the purpose for God’s giving them to some or all of mankind? Are Christ’s words more inspired than the rest of the Scriptures?

If you’d like to learn how you can become a Christian and know for sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die, and if you’d like to learn what you, as a Christian, can do to be well pleasing to God rather than grieving or quenching Him, we invite you to join us for some Bible studies on the Internet on Facebook live. If you can’t join us live, you can watch them later when you have time. If they are too long to watch at one time, you can stop them and pick it up later.

We will be using our “Dispensations Chart” for these sessions. We’d like for you to make a copy for yourself on a colored sheet of paper, and then make four more copies to give out to other believers who are teachable and willing to change and who acknowledge the authority of the Scriptures over their lives (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). Do you know what part of it is for us and which parts are to us?

Please read “The Clear Gospel” by Dr. Ron Shea so you have a clear understanding of what it means to be a true Christian. There are many people who think they’re going to heaven who aren’t going there. Become familiar with this information so you can share it with other lost people and introduce them to the Lord Jesus Christ so they can be saved.

By your sharing this information with just one person who in turn shares it with others, you can find great satisfaction and joy as you see people coming to Christ and being saved and growing spiritually while glorifying God here on earth.

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Does it really matter where you squeeze the tooth paste to get it out to brush your teeth?  Does it really matter which way the toilet paper rolls out?  So many things over which people argue and fight are so insignificant.  The Lord’s half-brother James asks the question,Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members” (James 4:1)? Yes, Christians can and sometimes do act like unsaved people because we still have an old sin nature to which we yield from time to time (1 John 1:8; See Romans 7:15-25). The Christian man in Corinth certainly wasn’t acting like one while he was engaged in incest with his mother (1 Corinthians 5).  Neither do Christians who engage in the other “works of the flesh” (Galatians 5:19-21).

To Tell The Truth.  Does it really matter in which Jesus you place your faith?  Recently there has been a revival of the show “To Tell The Truth.”  Three people come out and claim to be a certain person.  Obviously, only one of them is telling the truth about himself/herself.  The panel is supposed to figure out which one is telling the truth.

Illustration.  Now suppose you wanted to fly from one city to another.  Three people came out on the stage and claim to be an experienced pilot.  You must decide which one is the experienced pilot and which two are just learning how to fly.  Suppose you picked the person who thought he could fly an airplane but really couldn’t.  How comfortable would you be flying with that pilot?

Which Jesus Saves?  Before leaving His disciples and returning back to heaven from where He had come (John 16:16), Jesus told them that many false Christs would come in His name and deceive many people on earth (Matthew 24:5).  While this will be especially true during the coming 7 years of the Tribulation, we also see many people today who are following the wrong Christ and who will end up with the devil in the lake of fire forever (Matthew 7:21-23; 25:41, 46).  Is it possible that you might be in that group?  (Please read “Which Jesus Saves?” at https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2015/01/07/which-jesus-saves/)

The Object.  For us to be saved from everlasting condemnation, our faith must rest in the Christ of the Scriptures alone.  He shares an absolute equality with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit (John 1:1-18; 10:30; Colossians 2:9).  He was born of the virgin, Mary (Matthew 1: 23).  He lived a sinless life (Hebrews 4:15).  He laid down His life voluntarily to pay the debt we owed to God the Father (John 10:14-18; Romans 6:23)

The Gospel.  The Good News that leads to our salvation is clear.  “Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures…He was buried [for three days and three nights],…He rose again [bodily] on the third day according to the Scriptures…” (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Luke 24:33-43; Matthew 12:40). Merely knowing and believing the facts of the Gospel doesn’t save anyone.  A person must transfer his/her faith over to the Lord Jesus Christ alone apart from his/her good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5).  Have you done this yet?  If not, why not now?  For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away” (James 4:14).

How God Saves.  Does God offer salvation to mankind on the basis of their promise to do 10 things before He will save them?  If you have a Study Bible, check the comments found in James 4:7-10?  Some men are teaching that a person must make Jesus the Lord and Master of his/her life before he/she can be saved?  This false teaching is known as “Lordship Salvation” or “Lordship in exchange for salvation.” How could anyone be sure of his/her salvation before death if it were dependent on our doing something rather than believing on Christ alone who offers the gift of eternal life to us that we receive by faith? (Please read Dr. M. Kober’s article in the link below.)

One Condition.  In the Gospel of John, the word “believe” is used about 100 times to inform us that this is the only condition God has placed on us if we are to be saved.  The Apostle Paul told the jailer to “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ [exclusively] and [he] would be saved…” (Acts 16:31).  The members of his house would be saved too if they believed on Christ for their salvation.  Parents can’t decide and believe for their children or anyone else.  As someone rightly said, “God has no grandchildren.”  Neither can a person be baptized for the dead so they can have a second chance to be saved. At the time of one’s death, his/her eternal destiny is forever settled (Hebrews 9:27).

Living Faith.  While we are saved by one act of faith, Christians are called upon to live in an attitude of faith (Romans 1:17).  To do this, we must know and claim the promises of God that have been given to New Testament grace believers.  Claiming promises that weren’t intended for us can bring great disappointment.  Ladies, would you really want to have a baby when you are 90 years old as Sarah was when she gave birth to Isaac? Don’t confuse the promises that were given to the Jews alone with those that are promised to the Church.  The Church has NOT replaced Israel!

Dispensations.  Think of them as “House Rules.”  The rules you have in your home may vary from your neighbor’s.  A house without any rules and many children will result in disharmony.  Since the beginning of man’s existence on earth, God has imposed on some or all of mankind certain rules by which they are to live.  They aren’t different ways of salvation as some men have suggested.  They were given by God to test man’s obedience to God.  Upon careful examination of each “Dispensation,” we learn that no matter what rules God imposes on mankind, men always fail to keep the rules when they act independently of God (See John 15:5).  It proves that “The heart [of man] is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked, who can know it (Jeremiah 17:9)?  For more information about “Dispensations” and what God expects of believers, down load a free copy of our chart at http://kelseypeach.com/Kelsey.8.pdf

Help.  Our desire is to glorify God by making Him known to others (1 Corinthians 10:31). We want you to know that you have eternal life (God’s quality of life) as a present possession (1 John 5:13). Then we want to help new believers grow spiritually (1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18) so they can serve God effectively (1 Peter 4:10) and earn the crowns, rewards, and praise that God desires to give to His children (1 Corinthians 3:11-15). We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this article has been helpful to you, please share it with others and let us know too. Together, we can reach more people for Christ. To receive future articles as they come out, click of “Follow.”

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Understanding The Times: www.kelseypeach.com/Kelsey.8.pdf

Lordship Salvation: Forgotten Truth or False Doctrine,” by Dr. Manfred Kober

Part 1 http://www.faith.edu/resources/publications/faith-pulpit/message/lordship-salvation-forgotten-truth-or-a-false-doctrine-part-1/read

Part 2 http://www.faith.edu/resources/publications/faith-pulpit/message/lordship-salvation-forgotten-truth-or-a-false-doctrine-part-2/read

Promises for Christians to claim. https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2014/01/31/promises-to-claim/

John 12:23-26

It’s not hard for us to imagine that a loving father would risk his own life to protect his little child. But how willing do you think he’d be to forgive someone who brutally raped and murdered his six year old daughter? What would you do if something like this happened to you? Maybe some of you have had some tragic things happen in your lives too. Does God care? Yes, He does (1 Peter 5:7; Hebrews 4:14-16)!

What did God the Father do and provide for those who brutally murdered His only begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ (John 3:16)? Why did Jesus willingly go to the cross (John 10:17, 28) and allow wicked men to mistreat Him as they did (Hebrews 10:7; 12:2, 3)? We’re told that Jesus endured the shame and agony of the cross for six hours so that He could carry out the Divine Plan for man’s salvation (deliverance from hell) for all those who would believe on Him (Romans 5:6-10; 6:23). He died once and for all in our place for our sins…and then rose again bodily on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). We don’t re-crucify Christ when we observe the Lord’s supper (Hebrews 10:10). It is a memorial in remembrance of Him until He comes back for us (1 Corinthians 11:24, 25). His return is imminent (John 14:1-3). Do you, as a Christian, love His appearing? If you do, you will receive the “Crown of Righteousness” (2 Timothy 4:8).

Analogy From Nature. To illustrate how His death would result in God’s being glorified, Jesus spoke about a grain of wheat (John 12:24). It could be eaten for one’s nourishment (Leviticus 26:5; Isaiah 62:9), or it could be planted in the ground so that more grain could be produced. But first the seed has to die before it can come back to life and grow to produce more grain. This is what farmers do when they plant their crops. They prepare the ground, plant the seed at the appropriate time, water it, and try to keep the weeds from choking out the crop. They depend on the right amount of sunshine too. But it is God who gives life to the seed that dies in the ground.

Application. In like manner, unless we are willing to lay down our lives for the benefit of others, and die to our selfish desires, not much good will result from our lives on earth. The Apostle Paul told us that he endured all things so that other people could be saved and go to heaven someday (2 Timothy 2:10; 2 Corinthians 11:23-33). Many other Christians have given up their lives so we could hear the Good News about Christ and be saved.

Suffering. If you’re a Christian, how much have you suffered for the cause of Christ? Do you consider your life as your own to regulate (James 4:13, 14; 1 Corinthians 6:19, 20), or have you dedicated your body to Him as a living sacrifice (Romans 12, 1, 2)? Is He free to use you for His glory and for the good of others, especially for Christians (1 Corinthians 10:31; John 13:34, 35; 1 John 3:16, 17)? Have you given thanks to Him for the life you have? What kind of seeds are you sowing? We will reap what we sow (Galatians 6:6-10; 1 Corinthians 15:58).

A Paradigm Shift. Our natural inclination is to please ourselves and use other people to get what we want out of life. This is especially true in our day and the “Me, Myself, and I” generation (2 Timothy 3:1-5). Washing other people’s feet and serving others doesn’t go well with us (John 13:1-17). But maturing, Spirit filled Christians through love should serve one another with the spiritual gift that we have been given (Galatians 5:13; 1 Peter 4:10; 1 Corinthians 13:1-8).

An Invitation. During His days on earth Jesus invited others to follow Him if they wanted to be His disciples – learners (Matthew 4:19;10:37-39). Many people followed Him for the physical blessings He had for them, but when it came time for them to trust in Him for spiritual deliverance, they stopped following Him (John 6:66). Judas was one of Jesus’ disciples but not a true believer (John 13:18, 21). Technically speaking, one cannot follow Jesus around today because He is in heaven at God the Father’s right hand (Ephesians 1:20). But, having trusted in Him as our personal Savior, we can/should go on to spiritual maturity when we learn and apply Bible doctrines for Christians to our lives (2 Peter 3:18; Titus 1:9; 2 Timothy 3:16, 17). All of the Scriptures are for us but not all of it is to us. Don’t be misled by those who teach “Lordship for Salvation.”  The only condition for our salvation is, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31). Don’t put the cart before the horse.

Choice. We have a choice to make as believers. We can live our lives to please ourselves or to please God (Romans 15:1; 2 Corinthians 5:9). The Apostle Paul wrote, “For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace” (Romans 8:6). Have you placed your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day? If not, why not do so now? If you’re a true Christian, have you presented your body to God as a living sacrifice? Is He free to live His life through your life (Galatians 2:20; 4:19)? Will you walk by means of the Holy Spirit so you don’t fulfill the “lusts of the flesh” (Galatians 5:15-25)? Are you loving the present world system or using it properly (1 John 2:15-17; 1 Corinthians 7:31). Are you resisting successfully the fiery darts of the devil (Ephesians 6:16)? Are you willing and ready to lay down your life for other believers (1 John 3:16, 17; John 13:34, 35), and so that the lost can be saved (2 Timothy 2:10)?  What is/should be the purpose of your life on earth (1 Corinthians 10:31)?

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“If you were Satan, which doctrine would you want to undermine? Which area of theology would you pervert, to prevent people from being saved? An individual may be wrong about the doctrine of the church or deny the millennial kingdom and yet doubtless be gloriously redeemed. However, if a person is wrong on the doctrine of salvation, specifically, the prerequisites for salvation, he misses the very heart of the gospel. One would expect Satan to attack in the area of soteriology. Indeed, he has! The informed and discerning believer soon realizes that there is a battle raging among evangelicals and fundamentalists over the matter of the conditions for salvation.”

“What is the necessary condition for salvation, faith in Christ as Savior or faith plus commitment of life? It is true that some believers dedicate their lives to the Lord at the moment of salvation. The Apostle Paul immediately asked the question: Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? (Acts 9:6). With most believers, dedication takes place after a fuller understanding of their spiritual responsibility. Key soteriological passages such as Acts 16:31 and Ephesians 2:8,9 teach that faith in Christ alone is the prerequisite for salvation.” Dr. Manfred Kober

Please take time / make time to read what he has written about this vital doctrine.  Your eternal destiny hinges on a proper understanding and belief in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Lordship Salvation: Forgotten Truth or False Doctrine,” Dr. Manfred Kober

Part 1 http://www.faith.edu/resources/publications/faith-pulpit/message/lordship-salvation-forgotten-truth-or-a-false-doctrine-part-1/read

Part 2 http://www.faith.edu/resources/publications/faith-pulpit/message/lordship-salvation-forgotten-truth-or-a-false-doctrine-part-2/read

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The Apostle Paul wrote, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek [those who aren’t Jews]” (Romans 1:16).

Quiz. “Each year, as I teach the doctrine of salvation, I give a quiz to test my students’ understanding of the Gospel. I ask them to imagine that they are in a hospital room, calling on an unbeliever who is at death’s door. The students have time for only twenty-five words to communicate the Gospel. After the 25th word the patient has passed away. What would the students say in this situation? Are they able to express the Gospel so concisely that if the mortally ill person responds properly, he is saved? Do the students comprehend the Gospel sufficiently to put the saving message in these few words?” – Dr. Manfred Kober. Do you know what you would say to such a person who was dying? If not, read his article below to find out how you too can share the gospel in 25 words. [1]

“Has anyone ever shown you from the Bible how you can know for certain that you will go to heaven when you die?” If not, read Dr. Ron Shea’s little booklet to help you. Or you can listen to an audio version of this too. [2]

Believing In Vain? Don’t be among those who “believe in vain” by adding to or subtracting from the Gospel (1 Corinthians 15:1-11) as the cults and false religions do. Please read about “Lordship Salvation” by Dr. Manfred Kober [3] and George Zeller. [4]

Limited? Did Christ only die for a select group of people rather than for all mankind? What serious problems stem from believing in “limited atonement”? [5]

Your Destiny. My friend, having a correct understanding of the Gospel and believing in the Christ of the Scriptures, not the cults or false religions, will determine your eternal destiny in heaven or the lake of fire (John 3:16, 18, 36; 14:1-3; Matthew 25:41, 46). You can know the facts of the Gospel, and believe the facts to be true without placing your faith in Christ alone to save you. Good works can’t save us (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5).  “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ [through the message of the Gospel] and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).

Answer. What are the 25 words you could use with a person who is about to die or with anyone else so he/she could be saved? “Friend: You have sinned. But Christ died for sinners and rose again [bodily]. Trust Him alone and He will save you eternally. Do it now!” [1]

Personal Testimony. I had a similar situation happen to me recently when I went to the hospital to visit a lady who was dying. I asked her if she knew for sure that she would go to heaven the moment she died. She said she didn’t know. I then asked her why she thought God might let her into heaven. She responded by saying that she thought she was a pretty good person. I shared with her the fact that we’re all sinners who have come short of God’s glory (Romans 3:10, 23). We’re not saved by our good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9) but by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ who died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day. I asked her if she’d like to trust in Christ alone to save her. She responded by saying “Yes.” She died a few days later. Death bed conversions? Yes, I believe in them. I also had the privilege of leading a 95 year old man to the Lord awhile ago.

You Too. My friend, you can lead people to Christ too. A “Crown of Rejoicing” awaits those who are involved in leading others to Christ (1 Thessalonians 2:19).

Help. If you are not absolutely sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die (2 Corinthians 5:6-8), or if you believe that you must go to a purging place first, we’re here to help you make the most important decision of your life. “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul” (Mark 8:36). Don’t put this off because our lives are like a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away (James 4:14; See Proverbs 27:1). Make sure today! (2 Peter 1:10; 1 John 5:13). We can be reached at 805-238-3549 or through our website: http://www.kelseypeach.com. If this article has helped you, we’d like to hear from you and ask that you share this information with others. To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.”

[1] “Do We Really Know The Gospel?” by Dr. Manfred Kolber, http://www.faith.edu/resources/publications/faith-pulpit/message/do-we-really-know-the-gospel/read

[2] “The Gospel” by Dr. Ron Shea http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf

Audio: http://www.duluthbible.org/the-gospel-audiobook/

[3] “Lordship Salvation: Forgotten Truth or False Doctrine,” Dr. Manfred Kober

Part 1 http://www.faith.edu/resources/publications/faith-pulpit/message/lordship-salvation-forgotten-truth-or-a-false-doctrine-part-1/read

Part 2 http://www.faith.edu/resources/publications/faith-pulpit/message/lordship-salvation-forgotten-truth-or-a-false-doctrine-part-2/read

[4] Lordship Salvation, by George Zeller, http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/salvatio/lordshrq.pdf

[5] Limited Atonement: by George Zeller http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/doctrine/danger02.htm

 

I know. I know. Some of you believe that Jonah and the big fish story and the universal flood of Noah’s day are myths. You are entitled to believe that if you want. But Jesus referred to them as being real incidents that took place. He said that the only additional sign miracle that would be given to the evil, adulterous, hard hearted Jews of His day would be the sign that as Jonah was three days and nights in the stomach of the big fish, so He would be dead for three days and nights in the heart of the earth and then rise from the dead (Matthew 12:40; 27:63; See John 10:17, 18). He also talked about the days of His second coming and likened them to the days of Noah. The people were “eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be” (Matthew 24:37-39). When God shut the door of the ark, all those on the outside perished in the flood (Genesis 7:16).

Judgment. “…it is appointed for man to die once, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). No one will be able to escape being judged by Jesus (John 5:22). Do you know in which judgment your works will be evaluated to determine your enjoyment in heaven or the degree of your suffering forever in the lake of fire (2 Corinthians 5:10; Revelation 20:11-15)? These judgments don’t determine our eternal destiny. Do you know what will determine it?

Time. It’s running out and everyday that passes we are closer to our last day on earth. Oh, I know that this isn’t a pleasant topic to discuss, but it’s important. I used to tell our 38 year old son to treat each day as though it might be his last day on earth. And that day came for him this past Easter Sunday. Thankfully, he had utilized his time telling others about Jesus as was evidenced by hundreds of people coming to his funeral service on a very short notice. One man came from Australia to Japan where our son was living and teaching English in Japanese public schools.

Prophecy. Those who ignore or dismiss Bible prophecy might as well cut out about 1/4 of their Bibles since that is how much was prophetic at the time of its writing. Much of Bible prophecy was fulfilled when Jesus came the first time about 2,000 years ago. But much more is yet to be fulfilled at His second coming. Knowing the order of future events correctly isn’t what will get you into heaven but knowing the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior will. The Good News that leads to our deliverance from the lake of fire to heaven is that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again [bodily] the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen by Cephas [Peter], then by the twelve” (1 Corinthians 15:3-5).

Choice. You can choose to believe this Gospel and the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved, or you can choose to reject Him as your personal Savior. “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God…He who believes in the Son has [eternal] life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on Him” (John 3:18, 36).

Plain/Simple. God’s wonderful plan of salvation is simple enough for children to understand. Don’t hinder them from coming to Christ by saying that salvation is only an adult matter or that one has to jump though the hoops of good works of “discipleship” to be saved (Ephesians 2:8, 9). “But whoever causes one of these little ones who believes in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depths of the sea” (Matthew 18:6). These are Jesus’ words.

Questions. Are you certain you will go to heaven when you die? Why should God let you into His heaven? If you believe you’ll go to heaven, is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? If so, what would it be? If you are a true Christian, what are you doing to earn the “Crown of Rejoicing” (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20)?

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“Another Gospel? / Another Way?”

1 Peter 3:15

The Apostle Paul was beaten and thrown into prison because he cast out a demon from a young girl who had brought a great deal of money to her masters by her fortune telling. She had been following Paul and Silas around as they preached the Gospel concerning Christ (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4) and said, “These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us [a way] of salvation” (Acts 16:17). This is how the original Greek (in which the New Testament was written) should read.

The Way. Jesus is not one of many ways to God. He is the only way to God (John 14:6). We know that this is not politically correct, but it is what Jesus said about Himself. If a person wants to spend eternity with God in heaven, he must come God’s way. Jesus spoke the truth about the only way to God.

Grace/Faith. The salvation that God offers to mankind has always been, and always will be by God’s grace (unmerited favor) through faith (believing) in God and the Good News. The Apostle Paul wrote to the believers in Ephesus, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works lest anyone should boast” (Ephesians 2:8, 9). Grace is not the help that God gives to someone when he is sprinkled as a baby (or as an adult) so he can keep the commandments of the church so he can be saved by good works.

Object. If the object of our faith is deficient in any manner, he can’t help us. If He isn’t the Christ of the Scriptures, he’s like a worthless idol. Sadly, there are many religious people and members of the cults whose faith is resting in/on another Christ (Matthew 24:5) who can’t help them. They are “believing in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:2). Are you one of them? You cannot afford to be wrong. Otherwise you will end up with the devil and his angels in the lake of fire forever (Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:8).  We don’t want that to happen to anyone.  Salvation is offered to all mankind (John 3:16; 1 John 2:2).

Method. Our deliverance from the lake of fire to heaven is based on faith, not faith plus works. “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31). This Person is the Lord (God manifested in human flesh – John 1:1-18; Colossians 2:9), Jesus (This name means Savior – Matthew 1:21), Christ (The promised Messiah and the resurrected, glorified One – John 20:31; Acts 2:36).

Believe. The word “Believe” is used about 100 times in John’s Gospel to let us know how a person is saved. If a person has to meet all kinds of other conditions (good works) before he can be saved, salvation is no longer by grace through faith in Christ (Romans 4:4, 5, 16). Nor could one who believes in “Lordship for salvation” ever be absolutely sure of his salvation because he wouldn’t know if he sufficiently had done all the things that supposedly were required of him by those who teach this heresy.

Lord. This Greek word “Lord” has different usages in the Scriptures. Sometimes is means “God” (Matthew 4:7; Romans 10:9). It can also mean “Master” (Acts 16:16; Matthew 6:24). It was used as a term of respect like our word “Sir” (John 12:21; Matthew 21:30). The context must determine how it is used. But to make this word always mean “Master” as it relates to salvation, is to suggest that an individual must do something (good works) on his part to be saved, other than to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. (See links below.)

Maturity. The multiple conditions for spiritual maturity are not the conditions for salvation. (Example: James 4:7-10 was written to Christians, not to the unsaved and how to be saved.)  Lordship for salvation causes many people to be confused and wonder if they were truly saved because they still sin periodically as Christians even though God has made it possible for us not to sin (1 John 2:1; 2 Peter 1:3; 1 Corinthians 10:13). Those who teach and believe that Christians get rid of their sin nature once they get saved, or that there is no such thing as a “carnal Christian,” are deceiving themselves and others (1 John 1:8; Romans 7:15-25; 1 Corinthians 3:1-4). The Apostle Paul told Christians (not the unsaved) to present their bodies to God as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1, 2; See 1 Peter 3:15). This wasn’t/isn’t a condition for salvation.

Quote. “I am convinced that this teaching [Lordship for salvation] produces more tares in professing Christianity [and in local churches] than any other teaching concerning salvation. – David K. Spurbeck

Important. The Apostle Peter wrote, “Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make you call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble” (2 Peter 1:10). Where you spend eternity is a very important matter. Please take time, as soon as possible, to read carefully the information that is found in the links below. Your eternal destiny or the destiny of someone you love and/or know is more important than other things that may be pressing on you right now.  Our lives are like a vapor that vanishes away (James 4:14).

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http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/salvatio/lordshrq.pdf

http://indefenseofthegospel.blogspot.com/2008/07/summary-of-lordship-salvation-on-single.html

http://indefenseofthegospel.blogspot.com/2016/06/archival-series-what-is-lordship.html

http://www.bibleprophecyblog.com/2011/03/what-is-wrong-with-lordship-salvation.html

http://bartimaeus.us/sermons/1peter52.html