Lordship Salvation is a doctrine taught today by many who call themselves evangelicals. Its basic tenet is, “If Jesus Christ is not Lord of all, then He’s not Lord at all.”
In other words, if Jesus is not Lord of your life after you’re saved, then you aren’t saved.
Now understand one thing. We do not make Jesus Lord. Jesus is already Lord. He is the Creator, the Controller, and the Lord of everything.
Before I continue to delve into this issue, let me first say this. I believe there are many sincere people in our churches today who have accepted this doctrine because of their genuine desire to keep hypocrisy out of the body of Christ. They see this doctrine as a way to “weed out” those who profess Christ with their lips but don’t live according to the Word of God.
But the carnality of believers doesn’t need to be addressed by questioning their salvation. Instead, they need to be taught the Word of God and how to abide in the power of the Holy Spirit. John 15:4-5 gives us some instruction on how to grow in Christ.
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
Have you been tempted to doubt your salvation? Remember that it is God Who does the saving; we do the receiving. Now live your life to honor the One Who bought you with a price.
Jesus is Lord whether a person “decides” He is Lord or not. – Dr. James A. Scudder
Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder