The Lordship of Christ
Are you able to explain why these statements from a prominent church do not support Lordship-Discipleship Salvation?
These statements are wrong.
1. The Scriptures indicate that Christ is Lord and true believers will acknowledge Him as such.
- John 20:28 Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!”
- Acts 2:36 God has made Him both Lord and Christ.
- Romans 10:9-10 That if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.
- Philippians 2:9-11 that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord…
- Revelation 19:16 “King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
2. The term “Lord” (Kurios) was a normal term in the Greek language used for “master” or someone that was to be obeyed and to whom one must submit.
- Matthew 6:24 No one can serve two masters (lord-kurios) for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will hold to one and despise the other.
- Matthew 24:45 Blessed is that slave whom his master (lord-kurios) finds so doing when he comes.
- Colossians 3:22 Slaves, in all things obey those who are your master (lord-kurios) on earth…
3. The Scriptures consistently link saving faith with a life of obedience and submission to Christ.
- John 3:36 He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son shall not see life…
- Acts 5:32 And we are witnesses of these things; and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him.
- Romans 6:17 But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed.
4. The Scriptures indicate that there is a kind of faith that does not save.
- James 2:14 What use is it, my brethren, if a man says he has faith, but he has no works? Can that faith save him?…You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons believe, and shudder.
5. It is unscriptural for persons to say that they want to receive Christ’s free offer of salvation yet at the same time deny that He has any ownership over their lives. It is impossible to separate the person and work of Christ.
6. Acknowledging Christ as Lord is not a work. Rather it is a desire of the heart that the Holy Spirit enables through His regenerating ministry.
7. Submitting to the Lordship of Christ is not something added to belief, but is part of true saving faith.
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