Some of the misunderstanding about Lordship Salvation comes from a failure to understand what grace really means. Grace is undeserved mercy. Grace is when God gives us favor when we don’t deserve it.
I believe that when grace is taught in the church, the people respond by living better lives. Why? Because it is a lot easier to know you are already secure in Christ and live for Him than to always be wondering if you did enough works to stay saved. Romans 4:5 states, “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.” Remember believing in Lordship Salvation isn’t a way to fix carnality in our churches. In fact, this terrible doctrine does just the opposite. It robs believers of their joy and security in the Lord.
Those who believe in Lordship Salvation accuse us of “easy believism”. But Jesus’ death on the cross was not easy. Shedding His precious blood was not easy. Nothing about the sacrifice He made was easy. And yet, Jesus did not make the gospel hard to believe. As an evangelist once said, “Jesus Christ died on the cross, shed His blood, and arose from the dead. I believe He did that for me.” That’s salvation!
Understanding salvation will help you live a life of service to the Lord. You will live your life out of gratitude for what He has done rather than fear of not doing enough to stay saved.
Thank God for the gift of eternal life today.
The gift of God is eternal life. . . — Romans 6:23b
Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder