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Can You Have Jesus as Your Savior But Not Your Lord (Understanding No-Lordship Salvation)




The other day I heard someone quoting John 13:34, then he said, "Grace trumps obedience." He said "Grace trumps obedience, because Jesus gave us a new commandment and that commandment is to love one another." He said "the only thing Jesus told us to do is love one another and not that other stuff" (obedience). The text he referred to says, "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another."

He's not the only person who believes we are only required to love others. I've heard others say, "Paul gave us a new revelation on law and grace, we are not under law but under grace and if anyone preaches against sin they are in error."

I didn't know where this line of teaching came from until I read John MacArthur's book "Faith Works the Gospel According to the Apostles"…you should pick up a copy for yourself.In the book John points out something called "no-lordship salvation". No lordship salvation promotes the belief or theology that one can accept Jesus as Savior but not Lord. All you have to do is believe in Jesus to accept him as your Savior. One simply accepts the facts or principles of the gospel about Jesus Christ. You simply believe what is written about his life, death, and resurrection but you are not required to submit or surrender to his Lordship.

MacArthur quotes Charles Ryrie author of So Great Salvation by saying the following about 
No Lordship Salvation:

  • The news that Christ died for our sins and rose from the dead is the complete gospel. Nothing else must be believed for Salvation. 
  • Submission is not in any sense a condition for eternal life. "Calling on the Lord" means appealing to Him not submitting to Him.
  • Christians may fall into a state of lifelong carnality. A whole category of "carnal Christians" born again people who continuously live like the unsaved-exists in the church.(1 Corinthians 6:9-11)
It is possible to experience a moment of faith that guarantees heaven for eternity, then to turn away and live a life that is utterly barren of any spiritual fruit. (John 15:16)

Disobedience and prolonged sin are not reasons to doubt the reality of one's faith.

We know the above information is not true because James said even demons believe in the facts about Jesus (James 2:19). But they have no desire to submit to him. So to believe in no-lordship salvation is to believe as demons believe. If you believe as demons believe and do what demons do, you one must be prepared to receive the same punishment demons will receive. For sin originated with Satan and demons. Some will be given direct orders from Jesus to join Satan and his angels in hell because they failed to recognize truth (Matthew 25:41). God's word is truth.

Obedience is an Important Part of Salvation. A rich man once asked Jesus what he needed to do to to have eternal life and guess what Jesus said? He said, keep the Commandments! Matthew 19:17. Let's read the text: And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?"And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments." (Matthew 19:17).

Jesus said to have eternal life, He needed to keep the commandments. Paul told the Corinthians they would not enter into the kingdom of God if they did certain things. You need to grasp this truth for yourself. You need to know without a shadow of doubt what the bible says about obedience and the kingdom of heaven. 

The book of Revelation says, "Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie." (Revelation 22:14-15)

The New Commandment to Love:

Yes, Jesus said, "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another."

Yes, Paul said in Romans 13:8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.

I agree with Jesus and Paul and I believe we need to go deeper to let the Son of Man and Paul speak for themselves through the word of God.

Paul expounds upon the text and confirms Jesus' words in Romans chapter 13. In this chapter he tells us how to fulfill the new commandment.

In this chapter He, says "Love worketh no ill to his neighbor: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law."

Romans chapter 13:8-14 reads as follows:

Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.

Love worketh no ill to his neighbor: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.


The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.


But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof. (Romans 13:8-14)

Adam Clarke says, He that loves another will not deprive him of his wife, of his life, of his property, of his good name; and will not even permit a desire to enter into his heart which would lead him to wish to possess anything that is the property of another: for the law - the sacred Scripture, has said: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.

So you see the Son of God and Paul helped us see why we don't steal, kill, or lie, or take the Lord's name in vain, or cheat on our spouse. We don't do those things simply because we love God, our neighbors, brothers and sisters, husbands and wives. To break one of those commandments is to break the commandment to love.

Why You Must Love TruthThe command to love is real and Christians must take heed in these last days because scripture says at some point God is going to send a strong delusion upon those that believe lies. They do not love truth. They read the bible but explain away the text, saying, it says this but it means this. You must love truth, God's Word is truth.

Let's read the text:

1 Thessalonians 2:9-12 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

I pray you will be a partaker of "Lordship Salvation." Lordship salvation comes from believing truth resulting in the sanctification of your soul! Scripture says, "But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth."

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