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    No-Lordship Folk Still Misunderstand What "Grace Alone" Means

    QUESTION from person who embraces a no-Lordship/easy believism position: Do you believe you are saved by faith alone or must you also turn from sin and commit some or all of your life to serving, BEFORE Christ will save you. Can we stay on the subject of salvation and how to receive it,and not jump to how we are going to live if we are truly saved.

    RESPONSE: Neither ... Both faith AND a self-renouncing commitment to Christ are the result of the saving grace of Christ, not the cause of grace. So the answer to your second question is a resounding "No" you don't need to turn from sin and commit your life BEFORE Christ will save you. This is impossible supposition for an unregenerate man who will not believe or obey ... but we still command him to do so for in seeing his utter failure in the face of God's perfect law, he despairs of all hope in himself. God shows him his spiritual bankruptcy and then, by grace, saves him UNTO faith and obedience to the law. Therefore the Bible repudiates both easy belivism and any other semi-pelagian ideas such as these. The confusion comes, I believe, when one fails to differentiate regeneration and justification. Both are aspects of the work of Christ in salvation and he regenerates believers (i.e. saves them) i.e gives them a new new heart (regeneration) that believes (unto justification) and desires to obey Christ. Faith and obedience to the law are equally impossible to the unregenerate sinner apart from regenerating grace.

    The no lordship position is a perfect example of evangelicals who, while they fully embrace justification by faith alone yet have jettisoned the sola gratia (grace alone) that under girds it.

    Posted by John on June 5, 2013 02:29 PM


    So true. Grace teach us and enables us to renounce ungodliness (Titus 2:12).

    This has been troubling me for years about the church. Too many Christians define grace as a free pass to sin, even though Paul has warned us against it. Or, they define grace as a readily given gift from God when they do sin, but detached from the command to be sanctified. Sanctification is living proof that we have been regenerated. Grace is simply a God given ability to carry out the will of God unto obedience.
    Part of the problem is pastors pandering to flesh and feel good gospel, preaching God's love as the only attribute of His Glory, instead of righteousness holiness, wrath and judgment as well! And OH how the flesh loves a God without judgment!

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