April 29, 2010

Very Soon Now: What to Expect, 2

Lou Martuneac clearly shows that the debate over “Lordship Salvation” is not whether or not Jesus is Lord, but what is the real condition for salvation. He exposes a theology that actually infringes on the finished work of Christ by subtly making man a part of the object of dependence in the name of making Jesus Lord. In a day of so much confusion surrounding the simplicity of the gospel, this is a much needed clarification. This work aids in understanding, recognizing, and confronting the errors of the Lordship Salvation position—a truly needed emphasis at the present time.

Evangelist John R. Van Gelderen

Revival Focus Ministries

In the new edition of IDOTG I added several paragraphs to succinctly define and narrow the crux of where the Lordship Salvation controversy truly lies. Following are samples.
As we begin to look at Lordship Salvation it is imperative that a clear distinction be drawn in regard to where the core area of debate is, and where it is not. The major issue and crux of the doctrinal controversy is over Lordship’s definition of how the lost are born again. Concerns in regard to the discipleship of genuine believers are an important discussion, but for me that is not where the main controversy lies. The crux of the Lordship debate is over the requirements for salvation, not the results of salvation.

One of the central questions that fuels and defines the Lordship debate is: What is required of a sinner that would constitute “saving faith,” i.e., the faith that results in his being born again? For a lost man to be born again must his faith in Christ include a “willingness to forsake everything, wholehearted commitment, unconditional surrender and a full exchange of self for the Savior?” Numerous statements to that effect from the advocates of Lordship Salvation are the focal point of the doctrinal controversy. These alleged “overstatements” have never been edited, explained, or eliminated by the men who make them. In fact, over the years, these statements have been reiterated and reinforced.

Is God satisfied with the finished work of Jesus Christ? Is God satisfied with His Son’s propitiation for the sins of the whole world? Is God satisfied with Christ’s atoning work? Since we are assured from the Scriptures that God is fully satisfied, why is John MacArthur’s Lordship “salvation (only) for those who are willing to forsake everything?” Why must the lost come to Christ for salvation with a “wholehearted commitment” to bear the cross, “full-scale self-denial,” and “even (the) willingness to die for His sake if necessary?” Since Jesus paid it all why does Lordship Salvation condition eternal life on faith plus commitment of life and the lifelong performance of that commitment? (IDOTG: Revised & Expanded Edition, pp. 47, 259)


Available for ordering now from Amazon.

For additional endorsements and excerpts see the following links:

Very Soon Now, Dr. Robert Lightner

Very Soon Now: What to Expect, 1, Dr. Ron Comfort & Dr. Charlie Bing


  1. Lou,

    The more I read the more I like.

    Do you have an exact date of release or are you keeping that extra top secret?


  2. Hi Jan:

    It is literally any day now. They'll let me know when it is available for order/purchase.

    Keep an eye on Amnazon for when the new cover design appears. It will probably be available before that change, but once you see that its fully avaiable.

    BTW, two more announcements with additional endorsements. The first 4 (Bing, Lightner, Comfort and Van Gelderen) will appear on the back cover. The next two are forewords in the book.

    Thanks for asking,


  3. I'm really looking forward to this. I've got to outfit some of my key partners with copies. I'm truly hoping to have 3 copies in my hands by the first week of June.


  4. Hi Kev:

    I'm hopeful and trusting it will be a valuable resource for you and others will have an opportunity to review its contents.

    There is a great deal of new material. Much of it provided in recent publications of the LS advocates that clearly highlights the errors of this works based, man centered theology.