Lordship Salvation False Gospel Diagnostic Question

Here is a question you can ask of any preacher, church, or ministry and very quickly determine whether they teach the true biblical way to be saved. The Bible says about 150 times that the way to be permanently and irrevocably saved is to believe in Jesus, the God-man, who shed His blood and died for our sins on the cross, who was buried, and who was raised again from the dead on the third day for our justification, according to the Scriptures (John 6:47; 1st Corinthians 15:1-4).

If someone says that the way to be saved is to repent of your sins, to make a commitment to Jesus, to follow Jesus, or to commit to a lifetime of discipleship, or anything that says or implies that you have to do something other than believe in Jesus to be saved, then you know you have found someone who teaches a False Gospel.

The one and only most dangerous thing in every religion or even “Christian” denominations is the idea that your good works can save you from Hell and deliver you to Heaven.

Discipleship, repenting of sins, spiritual growth, relationship with God, etc, can and should come after a person believes and is assured of his or her salvation–but these are -not- conditions of salvation. Here is the phrase that I just used in an enquiring email to a church:


Do you believe that salvation (the guarantee that you will go to Heaven when you die) is a free and permanent and irrevocable gift received in a one-time moment of faith in Christ; or–do you believe that salvation is received through a lifetime of discipleship and good works?


Curtis Smale