I have no doubt that everyone has their own definition of “Lordship Salvation”. Personally, that term is not in the Bible, so I choose to address this topic with what is in the Bible. Let’s speak of “Cost-counting Salvation” or “Cross-bearing Salvation” or “Ownership Salvation” or “Forsaking-all Salvation”.
Rather than writing a book on the subject like most men today and making enormous sums of money from a controversy, I will instead answer this subject by pointing you to Scripture in a few lines in this blog to save you time and allow you one more opportunity to read Scripture. I believe the Bible has the answers to all such questions. The reason for controversy is usually either 1) one hasn’t read the Bible enough to know answers for questions, 2) one doesn’t have the Holy Spirit to help them understand what the Bible is saying, or 3) the terms in a controversy haven’t been sufficiently defined.
Let’s define the questions that are usually asked when people discuss this non-Biblical term (viz. ‘Lordship Salvation’) rather than talking about the concept itself. Here are the questions that most people ask regarding this topic.
1. Does GOD expect you to forsake all your sin to be His disciple?
2. Does GOD expect to be your LORD, Master, and owner when you do so?
3. Does GOD expect you to count the cost before becoming His disciple? Does He expect you to bear your cross?
Now, let’s see what the Bible says.
1. “So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsakes not all that he has, he cannot be my disciple.” – [Luke 14:33]
2. “For you are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” – [1 Corinthians 6:20]
3. “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? – [Luke 14:26-28]