The Heresy Of Lordship Salvation

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Lordship Salvation is a heretical teaching. It claims that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ; BUT, at the same time claims that more is required to be saved. A person can believe in Jesus for everlasting life and not be saved because that faith must be joined by a commitment to serve Him one’s entire life. Commitment must result in obedience that in turn perseveres to the end of life. The emphasis is on continual obedience.

In a nutshell, Lordship Salvation is best explained this way: a person who commits his life to Christ, and obeys Him for many years, but then stops serving and obeying Him at the end of their life and dies as an immoral person; who becomes an alcoholic or an adulterer or any other type of sin, will not make it to heaven. No matter how long one has been committed to and have obeyed Christ, they can fall away and lose their salvation because of sins.

Lordship Salvation teaches that works are necessary for a person to escape hell and enter into eternity with God. This is the false gospel that the apostle Paul warns about and condemns in Galatians.

“I marvel that ye are so soon removed from Him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel; which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.” (Galatians 1:6-9) 

Paul also said in Galatians 3:10-13 that for as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse. But Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us. Any Christian who puts himself under the law, is under a curse because the law nullifies the grace of God. If you are relying on your own good works for salvation, you will never make it. Jesus mentions this very thing in Matthew 7:21-23 where He says:


“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.”

Although Jesus was speaking to Jews, this also applies to all religious legalists, including those in a cult, who are relying on their works to earn heaven.


The Lordship Salvation gospel is not the true gospel because it doesn’t teach that all who simply believe in Jesus have everlasting life that can never be lost.

The bottom line is that we are not saved by trying to get saved! We simply rest in the finished redemptive work of Christ.

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14 thoughts on “The Heresy Of Lordship Salvation

  1. Amen brother, as you know, I spoke with a man who preaches this type heresy for 7 years. One day I got seriously sick and reached out to him for comfort: I got comfort all right, Job’s comforters! He said I must have sinned against God, and was being chastened!
    I never had been targeted before this, and was even considered as an elder in the group. I had never even imagined just how hard and lacking in compassion people like this could be!
    It has taken me 6 months to recuperate from such a cold calculating man, who I once looked upon as my best friend! The guy even justifies tossing his own family aside, (for Christ’s sake) and I have to ask myself why it took me so long to see this hypocrisy!

    I love the ability you have to target the heart of an issue, and put it in to simple words, which all can understand! So I’m reposting this to My Site, where it can get noticed by “those who need it the most”. May the Lord continue to bless and keep you!

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    Amen brother, as you know, I spoke with a man who preaches this type heresy for 7 years. One day I got seriously sick and reached out to him for comfort: I got comfort all right, Job’s comforters! He said I must have sinned against God, and was being chastened!
    I never had been targeted before this, and was even considered as an elder in the group. I had never even imagined just how hard and lacking in compassion people like this could be!
    It has taken me 6 months to recuperate from such a cold calculating man, who I once looked upon as my best friend! The guy even justifies tossing his own family aside, (for Christ’s sake) and I have to ask myself why it took me so long to see this hypocrisy!

    I love the ability you have to target the heart of an issue, and put it in to simple words, which all can understand! So I’m reposting this to My Site, where it can get noticed by “those who need it the most”. May the Lord continue to bless and keep you!

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  3. Thank you, brother. It is always so sad when a Christian lacks compassion and views sickness and other hardships in our lives as being the result of sin. I used to attend a Reformed Church years ago and these folks were all about works and achieving. They claimed the reason they were excelling in life was because they were obedient.

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    1. Indeed, yet this group was “Calminian” in nature; and I had been in the reformed Church’s leadership prior to my NDE (heart attack), where the Lord simply showed me to “Follow Him”…
      So now at least I am a few steps wiser to what our Lord actually meant!

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  4. Amen! While I would hope that faith in Christ would result in a desire to obey and follow Him, Scripture is clear that it is by grace, through faith that we are saved. Anything we try to add to that nullifies it and we find ourselves trying to earn our way to heaven. Some people are going to be better Christians than others but it is ultimately not based on our performance. It is the finished work of Jesus on the cross that matters.

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  5. I enjoy your articles. You have a good heart. This article seems a bit contradictory, to me. For my clarity I need you to define what you mean by “works”. If faith leads to obedience and obedience leads to working for the Lord, doesn’t that service constitute “works”? Your article ends with the phrase: “We simply rest in the finished redemptive work of Christ.” To simply rest doesn’t sound obedient at all to me; it sounds like someone being nothing but a jellyfish, but maybe I’m reading it wrong. Similarly, in your reply to Lightship Chaplain you mention that some people lack compassion, yet if we don’t need to “work” then I would think that includes working at being compassionate. Do you see where I’m sensing the contrast? Certainly we shouldn’t rely on our work to selfishly achieve the reward of heaven. Can we really say our faith is complete without serving our fellow men and women (and thereby serving the Lord)? John 9:4 “I must work the works of him that sent me.” Jesus said. I can’t imagine anyone truly following Jesus unless they say and do the same as He did.

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    1. “Works” is anything we do to add to our salvation.The only thing required for salvation is faith, not faith plus works. Many Christians believe one must do certain things in order to be saved. Some believe you must join a certain religion, get baptized and obey the rules and ordinances of that religion your whole life. This is not scriptural. Paul said in Romans 10:9, if we confess with our mouth and believe in our heart that God has raised Jesus from the dead, we shalt be saved.Not might be saved.

      Jesus, as a Jew, observed the law and taught it. He advocated commandment keeping and the Mosaic law. Gentiles were never under the law. We are under grace now.

      Being Christ-like is important. God gives the believer a new heart. Treating others well, helping those in need, etc are important, but they add nothing to our salvation.

      In John 6:29, Jesus said: “This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.”

      We rest in Christ’s finished work on the cross because we have peace with God; we have the assurance of our salvation. Those who believe in a “works” theology never have that assurance. They can never know if they have done enough good works to be approved by God.

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      1. I think I understand now. You’re saying we ourselves can’t give ourselves additional salvation. There’s only one salvation and that’s through Christ. If there’s only one salvation, there could only be one church. So I think you and I are saying the same thing only in different ways. There’s selfish work which adds nothing to our salvation, and there’s unselfish work which we must do or else our inner beliefs are insincere and become selfish work. Matthew 7:24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man… In other words, it’s wise to act upon what the Savior says.

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  6. You say it is false doctrine to say that “a person who commits his life to Christ, and obeys Him for many years, but then stops serving and obeying Him at the end of their life and dies as an immoral person; who becomes an alcoholic or an adulterer or any other type of sin, will not make it to heaven. No matter how long one has been committed to and have obeyed Christ, they can fall away and lose their salvation because of sins.”
    The debate over the OSAS doctrine will never be truly resolved. Can one leave their faith? Many have. Would I trust in the teaching that I can willfully be disobedient over the span of years, live in fornication or adultery, harden my heart to the Holy Spirit and still be born again? No. If one were bound by works and falls away, I would be more inclined to think perhaps they were not born again in the first place. There are many scriptures that indicate one can choose to go back to a life of sin and walk away from salvation. It is equally erroneous to teach that one can say a prayer of salvation and then live like the devil since they now have fire insurance.

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  7. Christ paid our sin debt in full. He took the punishment we deserve.

    There are many so called “Christians” who have wandered away from God, even rejected His Son, but they were never truly believers (born again). A true child of God is sealed to the Holy Spirit the moment they believe in the Gospel. This seal is like being branded. It means that person belongs to God. God does not turn around and then unsave a believer because of sin. The blood of Jesus took care of that. Nor does the Holy Spirit jump out of the believer every time they sin and then jump back in when they repent.

    I agree that one should not think they can say a prayer of salvation and then live like the devil. It is not a license to sin and no true believer wants or likes to sin.

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  8. Allow me to post again…
    Lordship Salvation is like asking the Lord where his grace and mercy ends? It does not take into account that we have no power over sin, and never will! It is like half stepping the eternal work of the cross on our behalf, making at least part of Christ’s work on cross ineffective, without the believers consent and cooperation. What I know from experience, is that the Lord goes before his people so that they may attain to eternal security. I hadn’t realized this until I was discarded by these type brethren for simply not seeing eye to eye!

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