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.