Romans 10:13-14, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?”
Again and again in the inspired Word of God we are taught that the simple way to be saved is by faith alone. Anyone who by faith comes to God as a needy sinner, receiving Christ's sacrifice on the cross as payment for their sins, believing that He was buried, and bodily resurrected three days later is saved (1st Corinthians 15:1-4). It is that simple.
There is a woeful darkness upon the land in America, called Lordship Salvation. It is totally unbiblical, but appeals to the carnal nature. Lordship Salvation is otherwise known theologically as Calvinism (i.e., the heretical doctrines of a man named John Calvin, 1509-1564). One of the most popular Calvinists of the past generation was Pastor Adrian Rogers (1931-2005), whose influence is still very strong today on the internet, Southern Baptist Convention, and in many churches worldwide. Dr. Rogers was elected to serve three terms as chairman of the apostate Southern Baptist Convention. You can still hear Adrian Rogers aired on many radio stations across the United States, which makes him still very dangerous, even after his death, and no doubt descent into the fires of Hell.
At his website, Life Worth Finding, Adrian Rogers presents this counterfeit plan of salvation:
How are we saved?
By believing in the Lord Jesus Christ.Acts 16:30-31The word “believe” in this verse of Scripture literally means “trust.”Jesus cannot be our Savior if we are not willing to make Him Lord.Once we are saved, God begins to work in us, making us into the persons He wants us to be.Surrendering to Jesus’ Lordship means that He takes control of our lives.
Philippians 1:6Once we are saved, we are justified immediately in the spirit, sanctified progressively in the soul, and glorified ultimately in the body.
To be saved, we must invite Jesus into our lives; we must ask Him to come into our lives and take control of our lives.
Revelation 3:20 – God desires that we all invite Him in.
HOW DO WE KNOW THAT WE ARE SAVED?John 5:24When we trust Jesus, as the Bible states, then we are saved.We do not trust our feelings to know whether or not we’re saved; we trust what God’s Word tells us.We place our faith in God’s facts.
CONCLUSIONLadies and gentlemen, what you just read is totally of the Devil. Pastor Adrian Rodgers did not go to Heaven when he died. If that seems shocking to you, please read Matthew 7:21-23. You don't get to Heaven by calling Jesus, “LORD, LORD” (verse 21). Surrendering to Christ's Lordship is not the way of salvation. The Bible couldn't be any clearer! You must do the will of the Father. That is exactly what Jesus said in Matthew 7:21, “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.” The will of the Father is found in John 6:40, “And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.” In the Gospel of John we find the word “believe” mentioned 85 times, without any mention of praying, repenting or surrendering to Christ as “Lord” to be saved. Sadly, Adrian Rodgers was a wolf in sheep's clothing, now being tormented in Hell forever (Matthew 7:15).Do you know Jesus personally? If not, you can pray to Him today by asking Him to come into your life.Call upon Jesus today. Repent (turn) from your sins, and turn to Jesus. Ask Him to forgive you of your sins, and acknowledge Him as Lord of your life.Romans 10:9-10Romans 10:13 [emphasis added]
According to Adrian Rogers' false gospel, you must forsake your sins, invite Jesus into your life, surrender control of your life over to Him, and acknowledge Him as Lord, so that He has full control over your life from now on. Folks, none of that is THE GOSPEL! How is any of that the simple childlike faith of 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”? I triple dog dare you to show me anywhere in the Bible where it says to surrender control of your life over to Jesus as Lord to be saved.
Dear friend, you don't make Jesus Savior or Lord, HE IS SAVIOR AND LORD! But you must receive Him as your Savior to be saved, and then afterwards as your Lord if you want to please the Lord as His child. These are two separate decisions, which is why the Apostle Paul said in Romans 12:1, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” Romans 1:6-7 tell us that Paul wrote the book of Romans to the ”saints” of Rome. Paul is urging them to present their bodies as a living sacrifice to serve God, which he calls their “reasonable service.” Notice that Paul doesn't call it “mandatory service,” nor their “required service,” but their “reasonable service.” If Lordship were necessary to be saved, then Paul would not have made this appeal to them, but he did.
I hope dear reader that you recognize the seriousness of this matter. Sadly, many churchgoers today are complacent, comfortable and indifferent toward these shocking embellishments of the Gospel, which have perverted grace. When a preacher adds surrendering one's life to Christ, being required to invite Christ as Lord to take control over your life, and to turn away from your sinful ways, he has perverted (altered and changed) the Gospel of free grace. Eternal life then is no longer a free gift, but an exchange of sorts. This heresy has absolutely destroyed soulwinning churches today. Bob Jones University has been infected. Pastor John MacArthur is a primary carrier of this spiritual disease, and it is highly contagious. Have you been infected dear friend? If you have, then repent of your Lordship heresy, and instead believe on the 'GOOD NEWS' of Jesus Christ alone to save you!