Deuteronomy 32:31, “For their rock is not as our Rock, even our enemies themselves being judges.”
The entire mindset of those who teach Lordship Salvation is flawed, bogus and rooted in self-righteousness. The purpose of the Old Testament law according to Romans 3:19 is to silence every mouth concerning men's own goodness, and to BECOME GUILTY in God's eyes. Romans 3:19, “Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.” The LAW and the GOSPEL are two keys—the law is the key that shuteth up all men under condemnation, and the Gospel is the key which opens the door and lets them out.
Once you recognize your self as a needy sinner, who cannot perfectly keep God's law to save yourself, then the law points you to Christ to be saved by grace (Galatians 3:24-26). That's the intent and purpose of the law, to show you that you cannot save yourself. We need a Savior! Romans 10:3-4 teaches that Christ is THE END of the ride (i.e., end of the law) for them that believe. Romans 10:3-4, “For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.” The Old Testament contains approximately 720 laws, all of which are fulfilled in God's sight the moment we place our trust in His only begotten Son.
It's very important for you to understand all this, so you'll clearly see what's so evil, wrong and unbiblical about Lordship Salvation. Lordship Salvation is a false doctrine of devils which requires a person to receive “Jesus as Lord” to be saved, which means making full surrender to Christ's will, forsaking the sinful world and all lifelong bad habits to be saved. You may do all these things and still never have been saved at all. Lordship Salvation is not the Gospel. Please read “WHAT IS THE GOSPEL?” by Pastor Harry Ironside for an excellent explanation of what the Gospel really means Biblically.
I love Pastor Harry A. Ironside's awesome book titled, “ANOTHER GOSPEL,” Biblically exposing false prophets like Paris Reidhead. If you search YouTube for sermons, you'll find that Paul Washer, Ray Comfort, John MacArthur, Kirk Cameron, Paris Reidhead and other Lordship Salvationists often appear together and are promoted as a group, trying to muster support anywhere they can find it to bolster up their straw-man false doctrines. They all teach the same false doctrine of Lordship Salvation. There is not a more damnable cult in the world today than Bob Jones University and Moody Bible Institute. What makes them so dangerous is that they used to be citadels of Christendom. Pastor Harry Ironside (1876-1951), former faithful pastor of Moody Church in Chicago from 1930 to 1948, vehemently hated Calvinism and exposed it:
“When anyone comes promising salvation to those ‘who make full surrender' of all that they have to God, and who 'pay the price of full salvation' he is preaching another gospel, for the price was paid on Calvary's cross and the work that saves is finished. It was Christ Jesus who made the full surrender when He yielded His life on Calvary that saves us, not our surrender in any way to Him.” —Pastor Harry A. Ironside, from the Gospel tract, “Another Gospel”Dr. Ironside further makes the Biblically correct and helpful statement...
“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.” —Pastor Harry A. Ironside, from the sermon: “What Is The Gospel?”Yes, Dr. Ironside is 100% correct!!! Salvation is a gift, paid for by Jesus' literal, physical, precious blood (1st Peter 1:18,19; 1st John 1:7; Hebrews 9:12; Revelation 1:5). We are saved by 'HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS' (Matthew 6:33; Romans 10:3,4; 1st Corinthians 5:21); and not our own willingness to do better (Isaiah 64:6; Ephesians 2:8,9; Titus 3:5; Romans 4:5,6,22). True salvation has always been “to him that worketh not” as taught in Romans 4:5-6. This Scripture is frequently AVOIDED by Lordshippers, such as in Ray Comfort's Bible commentary titled, 'THE EVIDENCE BIBLE.'
True Bible salvation has always been “to him that worketh not” as taught in Romans 4:5-6. This is God's IMPUTED righteousness which is by faith alone, completely unmerited, attributed to the ungodly by faith. That means there's no requirement to cease from a sinful lifestyle to get saved. Somehow, somewhere along the way, the message of the law got corrupted and it became widespread in our churches today like Bubonic Plague. Instead of showing us our need for God's grace through Christ, the proponents of Lordship Salvation add keeping the law to grace, perverting the Gospel. By telling someone that they must turn from sins to be saved, they have added keeping the law to faith in Christ, which is not the Gospel.
The Bible plainly teaches in Romans 4:5 that a man's FAITH is counted as being equivalent with a lifetime of perfect righteousness. Our faith is worth all the righteousness in the world to God, and He counts it for salvation. Our faith is rooted in the righteousness of God, which is by faith in Jesus Christ and not our own self-righteousness (Isaiah 64:6). We have no true righteousness to offer to God. Salvation is not doing your best, it is having Christ's best put to your account through receiving Him by faith.
Proponents of Lordship Salvation place the burden of sin upon the sinner's shoulder, demanding for them to make difficult and big personal life changes as a prerequisite to being saved. What a heavy burden, when you are told that God won't save a you as a drunkard, unless you intend to reform and clean up your life. It is a cruel hoax to ask that of an alcoholic, who is chemically addicted and needs medical help. The same can be said of nearly every addiction: drugs, money, power, sex, gambling, lying, stealing, prostitution, gangs, self abuse, et cetera. The Lord doesn't ask us to give up anything except our unbelief, which is the ONLY sin that can keep a person from going to Heaven. Think about that. If you think I am exaggerating, consider this horrifying quote from Evangelist Ray Comfort, in which he says you must stop fornicating to be saved:
“So man, think about that. this is your eternity, you don't know when you're going to die. You know, God offers you everlasting life as a free gift, if you'll let go of your sins. And we love to fornicate, we love pornography, we love our lust; but like a kid holding onto a stick of dynamite, not realizing that it will be the death of us! So think about that. Think how much you value your eyes, and think about how much you value your life. Jesus said, 'What shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his own soul.” [emphasis added] —Evangelist Ray Comfort, YouTube video titled: “Ray Comfort Doesn't Share the Gospel with Him...” (video posted on May 31, 2020)That is a counterfeit gospel, which cannot produce the new birth in Christ! Ray Comfort epitomizes the unbiblical mindset that I am warning you about. This is also the corrupt unbiblical mindset of Dr. Steve Pettit and Bob Jones University today, who preach Calvinism (aka, Lordship Salvation). It sounds so spiritual and religious, but Lordship Salvation is not Biblical. It is not the Gospel of free grace! Cults like the Harvest Baptist Church on Guam preach Lordship Salvation, and bid Godspeed to evildoers like John MacArthur and Steve Pettit. Anyone who perverts the Gospel is an evildoer and the enemy of the cross of Christ!!!