Lordship Salvation Beliefs
The Lordship Salvation people believe that receiving eternal life is more than trusting in Christ. They add to FAITH alone:
#1 Knowledge of the Facts . . . Faith must be based on the content of the Word of God.
#2 Assent to this Knowledge . . . A person must agree that the facts of Scripture are true.
#3 Repentance . . . There must be a turning from sin and turning towards God.
#4 Submission to Christ . . . There must be a subjection to the Person and will of Christ with a desire and willingness to obey.
Lordship people are concerned about the word "believe." What does it mean to believe? That Christ is God? That He died, He was buried, and He rose again? That He is Lord of all? A belief in just these facts CANNOT save your soul! James 2:19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. (KJV) . . . To believe facts is NOT enough to save your soul~!
You MUST believe in your heart that Christ died on the cross for you! That He took your place! 1 Thes. 4:14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. (KJV) . . . Your heart believes!
What do Lordship Salvation people say is required for a sinner to be saved? They seem (to me) to disagree with the Word of God. Simple faith in Christ is not enough according to these people. The biggest argument from the Lordship Salvation people is that a person must put their faith in Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord, AND (they add to faith) then they must convey their salvation by adhering to the Lordship of Christ in all matters. IF a person does not "show" a real change of character, and does not put Christ first in their life, then they probably are not saved nor can they really know if they are saved. . . . I cannot go along with that. The Bible tells us we can KNOW that we are saved! John 20:31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name. (KJV) 1 John 5:13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. (KJV) . . . Believe the Bible, NOT man made commandments (Mat.15:9).
To believe that one can falsely think oneself saved damages the witness of the Holy Spirit, which indwells believers. The HOLY SPIRIT does NOT lie! Romans 8:14-16
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of doption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: (KJV) . . . The Holy Spirit is a Witness to us that we ARE saved!
The Bible clearly teaches that the HOLY SPIRIT literally lives within the physical bodies of ALL believers, for ever. John 14:16-17 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. (KJV) 2 John 1:2 For the truth's sake, which dwelleth in us, and shall be with us for ever. (KJV) . . . Our bodies are called temples of the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. (KJV)
The Lordship Salvation people believe that one must constantly test oneself to see if they are truly in the faith. It seems that advocates for Lordship Salvation make at least two big errors: #1 they believe that Free Grace proponents argue that all one needs to do is make "mental assent" to the Gospel message or simply pay a "lip service" statement of faith and one can be saved. #2 They seem misunderstand of the meaning of faith, as well as confusing the terms salvation and sanctification.
Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. (KJV)
Romans 3:24-25 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; (KJV)
Titus 3:5-7 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;
7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. (KJV)
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (KJV)
1 John 5:11-13 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. (KJV)
1 John 5:20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life. (KJV)
John 3:15-17 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
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.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (KJV)
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (KJV)
Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. (KJV)
Romans 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: (KJV)
See: The Truth About Salvation
Is simple faith "dead faith"? Not according to the Wycliffe Bible Dictionary, which says, A proper definition of faith must take into consideration its complexity, for while the exercise of it may be said to be simplicity itself, it involves the whole personality. Saving faith, therefore, involves active personal trust, a commitment of oneself to the Lord Jesus Christ. But it is not the amount of faith that saves, it is the object of faith that saves. Great faith in the wrong object does not alter man's lost estate one iota. Little faith (so long as it is faith) in the right object [Christ] must result in salvation.
Lordship Salvation people seem to interpret only certain Scripture Passages related to Lordship and disregard other ones referring to faith as small "as a mustard seed." The Wycliffe Bible Dictionary seems to understand what Lordship Salvation advocates do not; "While transformation of life is not the ground for salvation, it is the evidence of salvation. And without some such evidence, (in greater or lesser degree) a question must be raised as to the genuineness of the faith of the individual."
Submitting to the Lordship of Christ is a part of sanctification, of growing discipleship, and CANNOT be a prerequisite for salvation.
According to the Bible, salvation is an instantaneous act of God, a "GIFT" given to all those who believe in faith (Eph.2:8-9; Rom.6:23). Salvation (eternal life) is given to any sinner who accepts it. One needs only to realize he is lost and cannot save self, then reach out for the Saviour's Hand. A person drowning in a storm at sea needs only to reach out in faith for that life saver.
Faith Alone is the true Biblical teaching of the Lord Jesus Christ and the Apostles. Salvation is based on faith alone. Faith plus anything else is incorrect and and a very dangerous teaching. Paul corrected the believers in Galatia about the error of adding circumcision to faith. "Faith plus sonething, anything" is NOT the condition for eternal life.
See: The Truth About Salvation
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (KJV) . . . ETERNAL LIFE is a GIFT from God!
Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. (KJV) . . . ETERNAL LIFE is a GIFT from God!
To say we must DO something for salvation is in complete opposition to God's Word. It contradicts the Bible!
Romans 4:1-5 What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found? 2 For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God. 3 For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. 4 Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. 5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. (KJV)
Romans 11:6 And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work. (KJV)
A gift need only be accepted. A gift is NOT earned and does NOT need any payment whatsoever, or it would NOT be a gift! To believe in salvation by faith alone, is what the Bible teaches. When we are saved by the Blood of Christ, we should be overwhelmed with gratitude to the Saviour for His free gift to us. I believe that FAITH alone saves, BUT . . . faith that saves is not alone. When we become God's children, it is THEN that we must do good works, because of gratitude . . . NOT before we are saved.
The one and only condition for salvation in the Bible is simple faith. Faith and faith alone in Christ Jesus is the channel to Heaven. Salvation is based solely on faith in Jesus Christ. That faith must be placed in Christ as our Substitute for death (Rom.6:23), and our Saviour from sin (John 3:17). According to the Bible this and only this is the way to be saved. We receive and experience salvation through faith alone.
Errors in the Lordship Salvation Position
A great error in Lordship Salvation is the apparent call to discipleship for those who are yet unsaved. #1 Many unsaved do NOT know what the Gospel states. IF a person must believe the Gospel, have faith, and make Christ Lord in order to be saved, this is a big demand on someone who does not yet know what the Lordship of Christ means.
You must FIRST be saved in order to make Christ Lord! As the unregenerate, natural man, a sinner, cannot "receive the things of the Spirit of God" (1 Cor. 2:14) for they are foolishness to him, HOW can he possibly acknowledge the Lordship of Christ?
At the moment of salvation, a person receives a new nature as a regenerating work of the Holy Spirit. The person is saved first, by simple faith, and THEN the Spirit will lead him to respond to the Lordship call of Christ. We must preach the Lordship of Christ to born again Christians . . . BUT . . . the Redeeming power of Christ to those who are unsaved.
#2 Another error is in the misapplying of the meaning of the New Testament word Lord. Lordship Salvation people almost always use the word as is used for a sovereign master . . . one to whom submission is required. This is an absolutely correct application for those already saved. But, in the New Testament Lord is most often used as "deity." And as Lord, Jesus has authority and power to grant salvation to all those who believe that He is God (John 1:12-13).
Another problem with Lordship Salvation is the need for Biblical knowledge in order to submit to the Lordship of Christ. In order to follow a lord or leader, one must have some knowledge of what is required of him. How is a new believer to know what is required at the moment of salvation? Just HOW much must a person KNOW in order to be saved? I have always believed that we are to come as we are. (Isa.1:18; 6:7; Eze.16:9; Zec.3:4; John 15:3; 1 Cor.6:11; Tit.3:5; 1 Jn.1:7; Rev.1:5). There is absolutely NO filth that the Blood of Christ cannot cleanse!
Another question??? How much Lordship is enough? What does it mean to submit to His Lordship? Is 80% submission enough to get a person saved? Is 90% required? 100%? What is the answer? My friend, IF 100 % submission is required for salvation, then NO one who ever believed in God is saved, not even Abraham or Noah or David. Our feelings change from day to day.
Lordship people insist: "One must be willing to submit to the Lordship of Christ." But again, I ask: how willing? 80%, 90% or 100%? We still have the dumb question of "how much" now we have "how willing"? Can anyone ever know for sure when answering these questions? Doesn't this cast away all the security of a believer???
It seems to me that Lordship Salvation leaves all Christians in the dangerous position of judging others. Surely there are passages which call us to examine ourselves (1 Cor.11:31), discipline others in the church (1 Cor.5), beware of false believers among us (1 John 4:1). Couldn't we enter dangerous grounds! We should have standards of Christian living especially for leaders and teachers . . . but, the Lordship view leaves NO room for spiritual failure, spiritual slow down, sins of defiance or worldliness. This is a direct denial of: 1 Cor. 3:3 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men? (KJV)
It is wrong that every rebuke in the New Testament is to non-believers within the church. Romans chapter 6 clearly admonishes believers not to remain in sin! It is NOT a warning to the unsaved.
Romans 6:1-2 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? (KJV) . . . We, that are dead to sin means the regenerated believer.
Romans 6:6-7 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. 7 For he that is dead is freed from sin. (KJV) . . . He that is dead is freed from sin means we are no longer slaves to sin. We are free of it.
The truth is: NOT all regenerated believers automatically submit to the Lordship of Christ. IF they did, rebukes to steer clear of worldliness and carnality would not be necessary.
The Curse of Lordship Salvation!
Mark 14:68 But he denied, saying, I know not, neither understand I what thou sayest. And he went out into the porch; and the cock crew. (KJV)
Mark 14:70-72 And he denied it again. And a little after, they that stood by said again to Peter, Surely thou art one of them: for thou art a Galilaean, and thy speech agreeth thereto. 71 But he began to curse and to swear, saying, I know not this man of whom ye speak. 72 And the second time the cock crew. And Peter called to mind the word that Jesus said unto him, Before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice. And when he thought thereon, he wept. (KJV)
This Passage speaks about of the Apostle Peter. Peter sinned by denying Jesus. Yet, Peter was a born-again believer. King David was a believer; yet he conspired to kill a man, to cover up an unwanted pregnancy, from an adulterous affair with that man's wife. Abraham and Sara doubted God. Moses was a murderer. Samson went with a harlot. Jacob was a thief. Jonah ran from God. Noah got drunk. Isaiah was a man of unclean lips. These were God's best and brightest.
The Lordship Salvation people would consider all of the above men unsaved. BUT, according to God, they all were beloved by God.
The damnable heresy of Lordship Salvation has permeated our churches, and is leading multitudes into Hell.
What is “Lordship Salvation?” It is the unbiblical teaching that a person MUST cease from a sinful lifestyle to be saved. They pervert the true meaning of the word “REPENT” in the Word of God. Biblical repentance means that a person admits their guilt of sin (Romans 3:19). Lordship Salvationists corrupt the meaning of the word, teaching that a person must stop living a sinful lifestyle to be saved.
God does NOT ask us to give up anything to be saved. Eternal life is the gift of God (Romans 6:23). Salvation is receiving a Gift from God, NOT our giving anything to God. God gave us His only begotten Son, Jesus, to pay our debt of sin. All we have to do to be saved is to acknowledge our sin, admitting God is right and we are wrong. Being saved is coming to God on that basis; believing on Jesus, the Christ, the Son of God, to forgive our sins (Acts 10:43).
2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. (KJV) . . . The Greek word for “repentance” here literally means “a change of mind,” NOT a change of lifestyle; BUT, a change of mind. The changed life should follow afterwards; but the Bible is filled with examples of saints who continued to live in rebellion and sin, such as Solomon and Samson.
Biblical repentance is a change of one's mind concerning sin and unbelief, which causes that soul to turn in faith to the Lord Jesus Christ for forgiveness and salvation. Jesus NEVER said: “Give up your sin and I'll save you.” What He did say was: “Go, and sin no more” (John 8:11). All God asks of a sinner is that we come for salvation through His dear Son (John 3:16).
Lordship Salvation is rooted in self-righteousness, for all Christians are sinners. If sin can cause a born-again believer to lose salvation, then we ALL lost it a long time ago, for every last one of us have sinned!
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (KJV)
Romans 7:17-25 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. 19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. 20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. 22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: 23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? 25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin. (KJV)
Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: (KJV)
1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. (KJV)
2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. (KJV)
Change comes AFTER a person is saved, NOT before!
The internet is rampant with heretics who are teaching that a person must forsake their sinful life to be saved. A person does NOT become a “new creature” until AFTER he is in Christ. The change comes after a person is saved, NOT before.
Please read the following, doctrinally correct, words by former Moody Memorial Church Pastor Harry A. Ironside (1876-1951)...“The Gospel is not a call to repentance, or to amendment of our ways, to make restitution for past sins, or to promise to do better in the future. These things are proper in their place, but they do not constitute the Gospel; for the Gospel is not good advice to be obeyed, it is good news to be believed. Do not make the mistake then of thinking that the Gospel is a call to duty or a call to reformation, a call to better your condition, to behave yourself in a more perfect way than you have been doing in the past …
Nor is the Gospel a demand that you give up the world, that you give up your sins, that you break off bad habits, and try to cultivate good ones. You may do all these things, and yet never believe the Gospel and consequently never be saved at all.”
SOURCE: Dr. Harry A. Ironside, from the sermon: What Is The Gospel?
Clearly, Ironside taught a Free Grace view of the Gospel, which is Biblical.
A changed life is the FRUIT of genuine repentance; and not a part of the ROOT of saving-faith.
Are there really 2 Gospels?
#1. The Gospel of John MacArthur, Ray Comfort, Paul Washer, Jack Chick, Aiden Tozer, David Cloud, and others, requires that a person forsake (or be willing to forsake) their lifestyle of sin, make amends, and change their ways, as a prerequisite to saving faith.
#2. The Biblical Gospel teaches that we are saved solely by Christ's righteousness (Romans 10:3-4), and that no self-righteousness of any kind is required (Titus 3:5), because we have none to offer (Isaiah 64:6); neither does a person have to quit any sin to be saved (Romans 4:5-6).
1 John 5:11-12 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. (KJV)
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. (KJV)
The Bible teaches that a person must trust Jesus as Lord (Almighty God) in order to be saved. If you deny that Jesus is the Creator, Almighty God, the Everlasting Father—then you are believing on the wrong Jesus (another Jesus 2 Cor.11:4). You must believe upon the true Christ, not a counterfeit. Each cult has its own Jesus!
Jesus Christ is the King of kings and Lord of Lords, the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the Lamb of God, the Prince of peace, the Everlasting Father, the Rose of Sharon, the Bright and Morning Star, the Lily of the Valley, the Son of God, the Way, the Truth and the Life, the Resurrection, the Door, the Great Shepherd, the One and Only, the Redeemer, the Great Physician and Almighty God of the entire universe!!! Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. The Bible will is true! Jesus Christ is the Supreme Creator and God of the entire universe. You must accept Him on these terms. Many people have a distorted view of Who Jesus really is.
It is my humble opinion that Jesus must be your Saviour BEFORE He can be your Lord. Many tracts say that one must accept Jesus as “Lord and Saviour” to be saved. I think their reasons may be right but this is wrong. Many preachers use this term in their preaching. Again, Jesus must be Saviour of your soul before He can be Lord of your Life. Am I nit-picking? No! I don't think so!
As our Saviour, Jesus gives us eternal life . . . salvation of our soul. He saves us from the horrors of Hell. YES! I absolutely do believe there is a Hell! If there were no Hell, there would be no Heaven. If there were no Heaven, there would be no God! How anyone can say they believe in a Heaven, yet deny Hell, is beyond me. Apart from Jesus, our Saviour, we are nothing but wicked, hell-deserving sinners. It ridiculous for anyone to teach that a person must make Jesus the Lord of their life, first, to be saved. We can do NOTHING on our own to merit God’s free gift of eternal life! It was paid for by Jesus alone.
As our Lord, Jesus is our Master, our Owner! He bought us on Calvary's Cross! AFTER we are saved, we must THEN submit (cooperate voluntarily, willingly) to Jesus as our Lord! We must THEN place Jesus first in our heart and life, not BEFORE we are saved!
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. (KJV) . . . The doctrine of Lordship Salvation is dangerous because it ADDS something to what Jesus said about salvation. Jesus simply said: “whosoever believeth in Him should not perish.”
For Christ to be the Lord of your life means that you give Him complete control of your life. This is a wonderful change in the life of any believer . . . BUT . . . it is NOT a requirement for salvation. The Bible tells us to “grow in grace.” 2 Peter 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen. (KJV) . . . Every new convert needs to grow in grace. It is impossible for a new believer (babe in Christ) to have the understanding and discernment that a mature Christian would have. 1 Peter 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: (KJV) . . . When we are born physically, we must grow into maturity. We are NOT mature when we come from our mother's womb. It is the same when we are spiritually born again into God's family! We must "grow in grace." This cannot and will not happen IF if we are stubborn and unwilling to change. We all mess up at times. No one is perfect. It takes time to grow in the Lord. Biblical salvation is simple . . . what men add makes it complicated. I believe that only those who come to Jesus empty-handed will ever be saved. You need not bring anything as you go to the foot of His cross!
I really do think these Lordship Salvation people are sincere. But, I think the doctrine of Lordship Salvation is of the devil. Salvation is a FREE GIFT of God and we must NOT add or subtract anything from it. Jesus paid a debt He did not owe because we owed a debt we could not pay. Jesus paid the price in full. All we need to do is accept the free gift of eternal life. Eternal life is a free gift to each and every one of us, paid for by the precious Blood of Jesus Christ (1 Pet.1:18-19).
Do you believe that Jesus is God’s Son Who came to this Earth as Almighty God in the flesh? Do you believe that Jesus is Almighty God today? Do you believe He died in your place to pay for your sins and redeem you from Hell? Do you believe Jesus was crucified, buried and raised up after three days? If so, please trust Christ now as your personal Saviour if you’ve not done so? Simply confess to God that you are a sinner who deserves Hell. Simply trust Jesus in faith, asking Him to forgive and save you.
You do NOT need to make Him the Lord of your life to be saved, just realize that Jesus Christ is Almighty God and trust Him to forgive your sins and save you. You don’t need to give up your sins to be saved, just be sorry for the sins you’ve committed and confess them to God. Jesus never told anyone to give up their sins to be saved, He simply asked us to believe on Him (John 3;16). All Jesus wants from us is simple childlike faith. Jesus did NOT require or demand that people give up their sins to be saved, He saved them and then told them: "go and sin no more" (John 8:11). To be saved, a person needs only to confess their own sins and seek Christ's forgiveness; thus, they have repented. 1 Thes. 4:14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. (KJV)
There is no way that you can be a child of God and Jesus not be your Lord. The whole teaching of Lordship salvation is distorted. The second I trust Jesus Christ as my personal Saviour and asked Him to forgive my sins, He became my Lord and Master. Never let anyone lead you away from the simplicity of God’s Word. The “growing in grace” process is a lifetime process; NO believer is without fault or sin. If we had to meet a certain standard for Jesus to be our Lord, NONE of us would qualify.
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So do you really believe that we can be saved and deny the deity of Christ? In other words we can be saved and Jesus Christ is not your God? . . . If you have read my stuff, you would have no need to ask such a question. NO one can be saved and NOT believe that JESUS is God.
Christ taught the greatest command to be obeyed is to love the Lord your God with all your soul, mind, heart, and strength. . . . Matthew 22:37-40 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. (KJV) YES!!! I believe this!
WHY would you say: Christians are not to follow this commandment? . . . This in my opinion, is the Commandments of Christ to the church, directly from Christ!
I know that I anger people with much of what I write. And I know many do not agree with me. I simply must do as God has directed me .
Faith is the only condition of salvation: "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ And thou shalt be saved." To be saved, one Must only believe the Gospel. That is the Promise of God’s Word.
Jesus said, "Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise Perish" (Luke 13:3). But to overemphasize repentance could lead an unsaved person to think that he must reform his life before he is acceptable to God and can be saved. Jesus did NOT ask the woman at the well to repent, nor did He ask repentance from the woman taken in adultery, or from Nicodemus, or any of the disciples.
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