Lordship salvation is a first cousin to Calvinism. Essentially says that if you don’t perservere in faithfulness and good works to the end, you’ll go to hell. The rub is that it is a huuge gamble from a lost man’s viewpoint.
Logically if he’s prone to relapse into alcoholism or drugs, why bother? The very thing he cannot defeat on his own keeps him from heaven. Really now? His salvation rests in defeating drug addiction. His own works.
But what church wants drunks and drug addicts and other undesirables “polluting the church, and smelling up the congregation and those expensive padded pews anyway right”?
Today’s churches are in such a sad state. It breaks my heart.
For the Calvinist, it’s a similar principle. The works mainly amount to staying a Calvinist. But even then, he cannot be sure according to Calvin. He may be under temporal or evanescent grace. His only hope is to stay in the cult. Leave, and he’s going to hell. Can a Calvinist be saved? If he is a believer in Christ, sure he is. Can a Lordship salvationist be saved? If he’s a believer in Christ, sure he is. But both teachings are exclusive and non inclusive of others outside their doctrines. That’s religion, not Christianity.
And just think, one could spend an entire life in doing good works and faithfulness, blow it at the end, and none of it counts for a thing. Both dichotomys paralell Calvins institutes 3:2:11. That’s not the gospel. Salvation rests in Christ Jesus, , and in him alone. Salvation is the free gift of God to all that believe in the name of his only begotten Son.
In closing, yes I freely accepted Christ of my own free will, but just like the bride in the OT, after that point, I no longer have a choice, I am bought with a price, the shed blood of Jesus. I belong to Jesus, I cannot change that, and Christ abideth faithful. That is the gospel. That is assurance. There is no greater feeling. No greater joy. No greater love.(J.Dixon)