Wednesday, October 11, 2017

A Biblical Definition of Lordship Salvation

"Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved" (Acts 16:31).

A few years ago I was involved in a brief discussion on the topic of Lordship Salvation, and I will include my comments here in order to elaborate more on the subject of this post. 
In an Amazon discussion started April 4, 2012 by Steven R. Cook and titled "Lordship Salvation or Free Grace Salvation?", Mr. Cook posted a comment which he subsequently deleted. But before he deleted it, I responded to it and said:
You said: "Lordship Sanctification is biblical, Lordship Salvation is not."
Don't let the non Free Grace position define the terms. We DO believe that Lordship Salvation is biblical in the sense that one must "believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved" (Acts 16:31). The question in the debate is not whether or not the Savior is Lord (We all agree that He is!). The question in the debate is whether or not a person has to submit/commit/surrender/forsake/promise/etc. to "the Lord Jesus Christ" in order to be eternally saved? The Free Grace position says "no"; the non Free Grace position says "yes".
I don't know if I'll be able to get back to this discussion, but I think this point is important to make.

In a follow up comment I added this:
I might add that Dr. Charlie Bing has written an excellent explanation of Acts 16:30-31 from a Free Grace perspective - making the same basic point as I've made. See: Charlie Bing, Lordship Salvation (Xulon, 2010), pp. 108-110.

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