Lordship Salvation Click here for my YouTube videos on the Once Saved doctrine.
Lordship Salvation refutes the Eternal Security (Once Saved Always Saved) doctrine which has seduced many souls into a false hope of heaven by stating that salvation cannot be lost. Many souls are deep in sin and have no idea of how to be delivered from it. Amongst other things, there is much hatred and immorality in the churches. Lordship Salvation means that Jesus is both Saviour and Lord of a Christian's life, not just Saviour. Because of our sinful nature we have no hope of keeping the command which says, "Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn from wickedness" (2 Tim. 2:19). Sin has enormous power over us as shown in my article called The Power Of Sin. We all need Jesus as Lord of our life to lead and strengthen us against sin. Rom. 10:9 tells us that to be saved we must confess Jesus as Lord and Col. 2:6 tells us that "just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him". When Jesus is Lord, the boss, of a Christian's life, His Spirit strengthens and leads the believer in all respects. The Holy Spirit convicts the believer of sin which leads to repentance and cleansing from sin and, most importantly, the strength to walk in holiness. This is made evident where it says, "When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment ... If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness" (John 16:8 and 1 John 1:9). We must rely on Jesus daily otherwise we will drift back into the world of sin and be lost.
Rom. 8:14 tells us that "those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God." Lordship Salvation is simply being led by Jesus in all matters through daily hearing and following His voice, as He said His disciples would do (John 10:27).
Regarding listening and following: When we sin, we hear the Lord's voice through our conscience which convicts us and we follow when we respond to that conviction and repent. Please read The Way Of Peace for a deeper look at hearing and following the Lord. Lordship Salvation is nothing more than responding to the inner guidance of the Holy Spirit who leads us to walk in holiness. This is a vital issue as "without holiness no one will see the Lord" (Heb. 12:14).
Those who oppose Lordship Salvation say that you can accept Jesus as your Saviour and be saved eternally without making Him Lord of your life. They say that Jesus died for our sins (both past and future) so we can accept Him as our Saviour and then if we sin without repenting, even deliberately and habitually, we will not lose our salvation. It's an attractive lie that tells souls they can have their cake and eat it too. This teaching makes a mockery of Jesus' sacrifice. Matt. 1:21 tells us that Jesus died to save us from our sin, not in our sin or with our sin but from our sin.
People who hold to the Once Saved Always Saved doctrine say that when you are saved you won't continue to sin deliberately. However, when questioned enough, they admit that if they did fall into sin then they still would not lose their salvation. No one can live a sinless life; we all sin from time to time but we will be condemned if we continue in a sinful lifestyle. There is endless Scripture to confirm that a person can lose their salvation and this is outlined in the article at Perseverance Of The Saints.
For an in-depth study of this doctrine, by Bill Webster, click on Lordship Salvation. Click here for some short videos on the Once Saved, Always Saved doctrine.