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