Biblical Salvation Verses Lordship Salvation

By David J. Stewart | July 2012

  • Burden rests upon Jesus Christ
  • Burden rests upon the sinner
  • changed life is FRUIT of faith
  • changed life is part of ROOT of faith
  • Faith in Christ is sufficient to save
  • Faith in Christ is insufficient to save
  • Regeneration before reformation
  • Reformation before regeneration
  • Salvation is receiving
  • Salvation is giving
  • Believer is safe because Jesus died on cross
  • Believer is NOT safe because Jesus died on cross
  • Good works because WE ARE saved
  • Good works TO GET saved
  • Horse before cart
  • Cart before horse
  • Object of Repentance is to believe the Gospel
  • Object of Repentance is to depart from sin
  • Salvation is EASY
  • Salvation is HARD
  • There are worldly believers
  • There are NO worldly believers
  • Discipleship NOT required for salvation
  • Discipleship required for salvation
  • No obligation to make commitment to Christ
  • Obligation to make commitment to Christ
  • Repentance means “change of mind”
  • Repentance means “change of lifestyle”
  • Must receive Jesus as Savior to be saved
  • Must receive Jesus as Lord to be saved
  • Peace resting in the promise of God
  • Insecurity wavering in the sinfulness of man
  • Romans 10:9 KJV says, “the Lord Jesus”
  • Romans 10:9 NIV says, “Jesus is Lord!”
  • Admitting guilt of sin is enough to be saved
  • Admitting guilt of sin is NOT enough to be saved
  • God changes a man
  • Man changes a man (himself)
  • Holy Spirit conviction
  • Man's conscience
  • Saved by Christ's righteousness
  • Saved by Man's righteousness
  • Receiving gift of eternal life is unconditional
  • Receiving gift of eternal life is conditional
  • Believe on the Lord Jesus to be saved
  • Make Jesus Lord to be saved
  • Man's part is simply to believe the Gospel
  • Man's part is to change, then believe
  • God loves the sinner
  • God doesn't love the sinner

The Heresy of "Lordship Salvation" is Rooted in the NIV

The NIV teaches the damnable heresy of Lordship Salvation. The NIV has produced a generation of Lordship Salvationists who errantly believe that a person cannot be saved without making Jesus Lord. Here's Romans 10:9 from the King James Bible . . . 

"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

Now here's Romans 10:9 from the perverted NIV . . .

"That if you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." 

The Bible never requires us to make Jesus our "Lord" to be saved, only trust Him as our Savior (John 14:6). Peter shows clear evidence of this when he professed, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God" in Matthew 16:16. Peter never confessed "Jesus is Lord." Rather, Peter received Jesus as the Messiah. Genesis 15:6 simply states that Abraham, "...believed in the LORD; and he (God) counted it to him for righteousness." Romans 4:5 plainly states, "But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness." It is our faith upon Jesus as our Savior, because of the blood that He shed for our sins, that saves us (1st Peter 1:18,19). Surrendering to Christ as the Lord of one's life is a matter of Christian obedience; NOT Salvation. If one had to surrender to Jesus as the Lord of their life to be saved, then Lot, Samson, Jonah, and Solomon would all be in Hell today. 

What about Ananias and Sapphira? What about the carnal Believers at Corinth? What about 1st Corinthians 3:15 . . . "If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire." This man lost everything at the Judgment Seat of Christ accept his salvation. Obviously he had never committed his life to serve God. He wasted his life in sin and messed up so bad that he received NO REWARDS at all on Judgment Day (2nd Corinthians 5:10). This just proves the foolishness of Lordship Salvation.

I plead with you, whoever you may be, place your NIV into the nearest garbage pail and go get yourself a King James Bible. Everyone I meet nowadays who is doctrinally messed up is using an NIV bible. If someone tells you that they don't believe in a Pretribulation Rapture, guaranteed, they are using an NIV bible (or some other corrupted modern version like the English Standard Version).

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