Dear Guests of IDOTG:
In my previous article(s) on the personal testimony of Charles Haddon Spurgeon it is clear he did not endorse Lordship’s salvation by faith, plus commitment of life evangelism. See-
Lordship Salvation: Charles Spurgeon’s Personal Testimony Speaks Against It
Lordship Salvation: Charles Spurgeon Speaks (more than once) Against It
In the most recent of the two articles I opened with an extended commentary on the “mantra like cries of misrepresentation” that attach themselves to any discussion of Lordship Salvation (LS) that is not in agreement with the primary advocates of LS. Following that abbreviated commentary I am going to give you, the advocates of LS, the opportunity to name any writer, commentator, preacher who openly rejects Lordship Salvation, but you believe accurately represents LS in his refutation of it.
Whenever you engage the theology of Lordship Salvation (LS) you can count on mantra like cries of “misrepresentation” from its advocates. You can quote verbatim and in context the advocates of LS, allowing them speak for themselves without commentary, letting the stark truth of their message unfold in their own terms and still you are going to hear cries of misrepresenting what they teach and/or believe.Now, it is your turn. The thread is open for you, anyone who agrees with LS’s message. You are welcome to name any person who is on public record rejecting Lordship Salvation (LS) that you believe is fair and accurate as he defines LS in his refutation of it. No commentary is needed unless you would like to briefly mention why you believe the source is a fair and accurate representation of LS.
From the writing of its chief advocates you can demonstrate Lordship’s message of eternal salvation through an upfront commitment to discipleship and surrender of life expected of a born again Christian to BECOME a Christian.
In Spurgeon’s personal salvation testimony there is no hint whatsoever of the Lordship Salvation interpretation of the Gospel. In the comment thread I followed Spurgeon’s personal salvation testimony with quotes from John Macarthur, Lordship’s most recognizable apologist. Predictably, an advocate of LS (in public and in private) complained that LS and Spurgeon were being misrepresented and that the use of selective quotes from Spurgeon misleads readers about Spurgeon’s thinking.
Brother George Zeller shared some thoughts with me on the complaint raised by that LS advocate in regard the Spurgeon’s testimony article. The complaint was that posting Spurgeon’s salvation testimony does not accurately reflect Spurgeon’s “entire train of thought.” With Brother Zeller’s permission I am sharing his response to that concern. He wrote,
“It was a lengthy quotation from Spurgeon himself. It was not taken out of context. It is his conversion account in his own words. His main point is that he was saved by simply looking to Christ (not to himself), and by simply trusting Christ.
In his account, there is not a hint of Lordship Salvation (though Spurgeon certainly taught Lordship sanctification, as we all should). This is in complete agreement with his teaching elsewhere, as the following quotation shows.”
I have three names and sources that come immediately to mind, but for the moment we’ll not consider my inclusions. Please take a moment to post a name and citation, with link if available, of the source(s) that contain what you believe accurately represents LS while it is being refuted by the author.