The Invasion Of The Lordship Salvation Heresy
By David J. Stewart | October 2015
Acts 15:1 , “And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren,
and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved.”
Like an infectious disease, the heresy of Lordship Salvation is everywhere today. “Lordship Salvation” is the false teaching that acknowledging one's guilt of sin in the eyes of a holy God, and believing the Gospel are insufficient to save a person. In addition, proponents of Lordship Salvation teach that in order to be saved, a person must surrender their life in obedience to Christ's lordship, forsake the world, cease from sinful bad habits, confess Christ openly before men, and make a commitment to follow Jesus (or a variation thereof). Lordship Salvation is 100% based in human effort, which is a works-based false plan of salvation.
The tragic thing is that many pastors (including Independent Baptists) don't care enough about the truth to fight against the heresy of Lordship Salvation. Case in point is Moody Church in Chicago, along with Moody Bible Institute and all their apostate ministries. Moody fully supports heretic Dr. John MacArthur of Grace To You, who denies that Jesus' blood is on the Mercy Seat in Heaven, says children cannot be saved, and teaches Lordship Salvation. Mr. MacArthur is an unsaved modernist, a devout Calvinist who teaches that saints must persevere in holy living to be saved. Moody Publishers print all of John MacArthur books, who is an honored guest at their annual Founder's Week. It is wickedness!!!
No man ought to be honored who says that eternal life is a gift, but you must count the cost and give everything to receive it. Evangelist Billy Graham also teaches this. No man ought to be honored who says that Jesus' blood is precious, but it soaked into the ground at Calvary and is not in Heaven on the Mercy Seat in the Holy Place. No man ought to be honored who teaches that salvation is an adult decision and children cannot be saved. Kindly, Pastor John MacArthur teaches all of these heresies and more. It does matter what we believe, and it's high time for professed Christians to start examining what doctrines we tolerate in our churches. If I had my way, I'd fire 95% of the pastors in America!!!!!!! In addition, Dr. MacArthur supports the plethora of satanic modern counterfeit Bible versions. Thank God for the King James Bible, the only Bible which we can truly call “holy.”
I was listening to a local religious radio station today and heard Pacific Garden Mission's (PGM) popular “Unshackled” series. The narrator foolishly said that it wasn't enough to believe on Jesus Christ and write your name in the back of your Bible, and that's it. He errantly said that you must continue in obedient faith throughout the rest of your life. This is not the new birth by faith in Christ; but rather, manmade religion, and it's deadly. I heard something very similar a few weeks ago on Unshackled. Sadly, and tragically, Pacific Garden Mission (PGM) has been duped into following the Devil's plan of salvation, which substitutes reformation for regeneration. According to PGM's false Gospel, you cannot simply be regenerated (born-again) and expect to go to Heaven, unless there is also lifelong reformation included. This is “ANOTHER GOSPEL” (2nd Corinthians 11:3-4).
Biblically, you acknowledge your sinnership and believe the Gospel to be regenerated (born-again); and then, if a new believer is properly mentored (as taught in The Great Commission), they will hopefully decide (as a believer) to follow Jesus as His disciple. Eternal life is a free gift, with no strings nor obligations attached. A man may freely receive the gift of eternal life without having any intentions to live a holy life, forsake the world, cease from sinful ways or confess Christ publicly. These are all WORKS! Salvation does not require works, none. It is a gift. Salvation is receiving, not achieving. Salvation is not doing your best, it is having Christ's best put to your account through receiving Him by faith. God will not save anyone who is trying to be saved, He will only save those who are trusting to be saved.
Apart from some superficial distinctives, the lines of doctrine between evangelical churches and the religious cults are being blurred. Case in point, Seventh-day Adventist prophetess, Ellen G. White, teaches the same philosophy on repentance as those who teach the heresy of Lordship Salvation. I've done some of your homework for you. Examine here the unbiblical garbage that Dr. John MacArthur teaches, which is virtually identical with what unsaved Seventh-day Adventists teach. Also, here's a comparison between Mormons and MacArthur, which are almost identical. Evangelist Ray Comfort and Jehovah's Witnesses agree on repentance and works. UNBELIEVABLE!!! Tens-of-thousands of deceived pastors and Christian leaders are following John MacArthur like the Pied Piper to their own spiritual destruction. Wake Up! Wake up Christians! Take a stand! If your pastor promotes and admires John MacArthur, get out of that hellhole falsely called a “church” while you still can, before you become a spiritual victim of MacArthur's deceptions.
Please understand that I have nothing personal against Mr. MacArthur. In fact, I have learned many great theological things from Dr. MacArthur. His work on exposing the Charismatic Movement is exceptional. MacArthur's work exposing the evils of alcohol are exceptional. His work exposing Speaking-In-Tongues is excellent. Granted, Pastor MacArthur does make some brilliant theological statements. The problem is that if a man is wrong on repentance, salvation and the blood of Jesus, then he's wrong on everything. It's like the buttons on a dress-shirt, if you get the first button wrong then all the buttons will be wrong.
A Church That Is Wrong On Salvation Is Wrong On Everything
Nothing else matters if a man who teaches the Bible is unsaved, deceived, and on his way to the Lake of Fire in his own self-righteousness. I have learned many interesting spiritual truths from Seventh-day Adventists, Jehovah's Witnesses and Lordship Salvationists, but they are all on their way to a burning Hell in their works-based plan of salvation. Biblically, salvation is not reformation, nor education, nor rehabilitation; but rather, REGENERATION! Ye must be born again (John 3:1-7). The churches have been deceived. Pacific Garden Mission has been deceived. Moody Bible Institute has been deceived.
There are not two plans of salvation. Either a person must purpose in their heart not to live in intentional sin anymore to be saved, or they do not; it cannot be both. The Bible teaches that a person does not have to give up anything to be saved; but rather, simply receive the gift of eternal life through faith in the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. The new birth is an instantaneous event, and not a lifelong quest to seek the Lord in holiness and good works. You've got the simplicity that is in Christ (which is Biblical salvation), and then you've got blatant false religion which requires self-righteous works to get to Heaven, and then you've got everything in between (hybrid plans of salvation) that confuse the masses (which are also false plans of salvation). Lordship Salvation appears in many different forms, claiming to be a gift that cannot be earned, but it also requires turning away from sinful behavior to obtain. This is like sign posts on a door that read “push” and “pull” at the same time, which doesn't work. Satan loves to confuse people.
I looked at Bob Jones University's statement of faith and they correctly teach “the new birth through the regeneration by the Holy Spirit”; yet, I know a local independent Baptist church whose pastor teaches Lordship Salvation and promotes, even distributes, the perverse theological garbage of John MacArthur. Woe unto that pastor and church! One of the church's associate pastors is a BJU graduate. How can a BJU graduate tolerate and serve under a MacArthurite!!! I spoke with that associate pastor and he also defended John MacArthur. It makes me wonder about BJU. That same church supports heretic Evangelist Paul Washer, who opens teaches that without works no man will ever go to Heaven. In defense of Bob Jones University, it does appear that they DO NOT teach Lordship Salvation. My opinion is not the authority; but rather, the inspired Words of God are the only authority. I love 2nd Corinthians 11:3-4, which proclaim “the simplicity that is in Christ” for salvation.
The bottom line is that most pastors and religious leaders today are “LUKEWARM”!!! Revelation 3:15-16, “I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.” Today's religious leaders (I hesitate to call them “Christian”) simply do not care about splitting hairs over doctrine, even to the ludicrous point of tolerating multiple plans of salvation. WHAT IS GOING ON IN OUR CHURCHES??? Have we lost our minds? Most churches have certainly lost their souls, so that nothing really matters anymore and anything goes. Women are dressing immodestly, wearing sexy attire to church. Walt Disney is being promoted to church youth, despite the fact that the new Disney CEO is a flaming homosexual.
I have been rejected by ministries and Baptist churches because of my stand for the King James Bible and the simplicity that is in Christ. Due to the love of money, many pastors tolerate apostasy which they ought not, prioritizing ecumenical unity over doctrinal purity, moral standards and preaching against sin. Yet, I know that God is on my side for standing for truth and righteousness. I will be vindicated at the Judgment Seat Of Christ, when it is proven that all of the modern Bible versions are corrupt, and I was right to defend and uphold the precious King James Bible. Those shameful pastors, who continually search and quote from umpteen Bible versions, will be put to shame and stripped of rewards for their arrogance and unwillingness to follow the truth.
Lordship Salvationists Will One Day Hear The Horrifying Words... “I Never Knew You!”
Even worse, to their horror, the pastors who teach Lordship Salvation will be turned away from the pearly gates, hearing the horrifying words from Christ... I NEVER KNEW YOU!!! Matthew 7:21-23, “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” 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.” Please see the awesome book, I NEVER KNEW YOU!!! (.pdf book).
Oh my dear friend, SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES (John 5:39) for yourself. The apostle Paul poured his heart out, pleading with the reader in 2nd Corinthians 11:3-4 not to succumb to ANOTHER GOSPEL, ANOTHER JESUS or ANOTHER SPIRIT. An excellent work on the topic is “Another Gospel” by Pastor Harry Ironside (1876-1951), one of my favorite preachers. Lordship Salvation is ANOTHER GOSPEL. Moody ministries have been corrupted. Pacific Garden Mission and Unshackled have been corrupted. Paul Washer, Rick Warren, Beth Moore, Charles Stanley, Ray Comfort, Pat Robertson, Benny Hinn, Joel Osteen, John Hagee, Max Lucado, John Piper, Chip Ingram, Billy and Franklin Graham (all the greats) and have all been corrupted with Lordship Salvation. All the greats have it wrong!!!
Origin Of The Lordship Salvation Heresy Is The New Satanic Bible Versions
By the grace of God I have been blessed to have some excellent Bible teachers over the years, who've taught me “the simplicity that is in Christ,” as was taught to them by faithful men of God. It is my hope and prayer friend, whoever you may be, that by God's grace I may also influence you. My mentors are doctrinally sound preaching preachers! A preacher MUST be correct on the plan of salvation and the Word of God to be one of my mentors. I won't follow a man who teaches people how to burn in Hell. That's where Lordship Salvation leads, straight to Hell!!! I won't follow a man who promotes the counterfeit Bible versions, defending them in ignorance, when he ought to be exposing them for perverting what it means to “repent.”
For example: Mark 1:15 in the Easy-To-Read Version (ERV) redefines repentance for salvation to mean that you must change your heart and life to be saved. That is not what the Word of God teaches. The Greek word for “repent” in Mark 1:15 in the King James Bible is metanoeo, which means, “to think differently.” It is a change of mind. It DOESN'T mean to “change your hearts and lives,” which is what the corrupt ERV says!!! . . .
KING JAMES BIBLE (KJB) — Mark 1:15, “And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.” [emphasis added]
EASY-TO-READ VERSION (ERV) — Mark 1:15, “He said, “The right time is now here. God’s kingdom is very near. Change your hearts and lives, and believe the Good News!” [emphasis added]
That is wrong, wrong, wrong! You don't have to change your own life as a requirement to be saved. Rather, it is the indwelling Holy Spirit that comes into a person at the time of salvation that changes one's heart and life, over time as they grow in grace by nurturing on the milk of the Word (1st Peter 2:2). A changed life is a matter of Discipleship, not Salvation. Anyone who tells you that you must change your ways, habits or sinful deathstyle to be saved is a BIG LIAR! Eternal life is a gift (Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9). A gift can simply be received, not achieved. Ephesians 2:10 says that God saves us UNTO GOOD WORKS, not BY GOOD WORKS. No believer has God's permission to sin (Romans 3:31). Hebrews 12:6-8 teaches that God chastises and scourges disobedient children. So, obviously, God has disobedient children. We all disobey at times, and then are chastened and scourged, and we learn from it.
If you hear anyone adding to the Gospel, run away! 1st Corinthians 15:1-4 simply teaches that the Gospel is Christ's death on the cross for our sins, His burial, and His bodily resurrection three days later. If you admit that you are a guilty sinner in God's holy eyes (Romans 3:19; Romans 3:23; Galatians 3:24-26), and you believe the Gospel, you are immediately and forever securely saved by the promise of God. Philippians 3:9, “And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith.” Salvation is wholly of God, and not in the least degree by man or human effort. Our part is simply to BELIEVE. 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.”
I love you in the Lord, whoever you may be, and I plead with you to receive Christ now if you've never done so. Contrary to the heresy taught on Unshackled, you can believe on the name of Jesus Christ, be instantly born-again, write your name in the back of your King James Bible, and rest safe and secure for the rest of your earthly life that you are God's child, REGARDLESS OF HOW YOU CHOOSE TO LIVE YOUR LIFE!!! Anyone who teaches differently, requiring that you reform your behavior as part of being saved, is a total satanic heretic teaching a false plan of salvation (which is ANOTHER GOSPEL).
Salvation is a miraculous NEW BIRTH wrought solely by God through faith (John 1:12-13), not reformation or changing of one's heart and life. Lordship Salvation is of the Devil, and those who trust in it WILL BURN IN HELL FOREVER AND EVER. Please don't go to Hell. The gate which leadeth unto life is very narrow (Matthew 7:13-14), because it is so simple that most people pass right by it, and instead adopt some manmade plan of salvation based upon human effort (works). It is simple to be saved, so simple in fact that most people miss it completely. I am being your friend, telling you the 100% truth of God's inspired Words. Thank you for reading this. END
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