I’ve been listening this week to a series by John MacArthur on the Lordship of Christ. This series has inspired me to write this week’s posting and ask some pretty hard questions.
Is Christ Lord of your life?
Have you or do you know someone that has “Made Christ Savior” and nothing has changed in their life?
Has someone made a decision for Christ but nothing has changed? Do you know someone or have heard that you can make Christ savior but making Christ Lord can be a secondary thing that can come later in life. Someone is told that they are a Christian because they made a decision and they have Jesus as savior but they never acknowledged Jesus as Lord. This idea is behind much of today’s evangelism. Get people to make a decision, in a moment of emotional time, to make an eternal decision, tell them that they are saved and hope that later in life they will make a change in their life and make Christ Lord.
Speak of the Gospel, use a lot of emotion, use subtle pressure, manipulation, use a lot of music and even in some meetings and churches, there are people selected to “prime the pump” to start the flow going down the aisle to get people to answer an alter call or accept an invitation to the Gospel.
There are parents and loved ones that cling to the fact that their loved ones made a momentary decision years ago because today they are living in gross sin.
How often in contemporary evangelism do you hear: Are you willing to commit your life to following Jesus, Are you willing to bow your knee to Him, and repent and turn from all your sins, Are you willing to turn from all Earthly things and die to your self and make Him Lord of everything over your life? This is a major issue because it creates a mass of people that think they are saved but they are not. No where in Scripture does it say that a Christian “makes” Christ Lord, it goes hand and hand you can’t be a Christian unless Christ is Lord. The Bible does say that unless Christ is Lord you can never be saved in the first place. With holding the Lordship of Christ from someone is to damn someone to the delusion of salvation.
Jesus says in Mathew 10 “If you deny me before men, I’ll deny you before my father” He didn’t say if you said a prayer one day 10 years ago you can deny me before men, he was talking about EVERYBODY.
Salvation is forever and you can’t loose your salvation but only if its real. How do you know if it’s real, it will persevere.
According to John MacArthur “today more people reject the doctrine of hell to get the one’s they love out of hell then any theological constraint”. The people that deny hell are the people that don’t want to admit their loved one’s and relatives died without the Lord.
A typical call to salvation: “Accept Jesus into your heart; Ask Him into your life; Believe in Him, Ask for His forgiveness.” And it stop’s there. Its not that, this is not Biblical it’s that it is incomplete. You hear that you can pray to Receive Christ, what happed to the part about “Laying down your life”, “Turning from your sin”, “Repent”, “Follow Me”, “Forsake All”?
Underlying all the calls to salvation in scripture is the Sovereign Lordship of Christ. In the book of Acts the term Lord for Christ is used 92 times the term Savior is used 2 times. Dominantly through the scriptures Jesus is known as Lord and the New Testament is always affirming His Lordship.
John 3:36 “He who believes in the Son has eternal life but he who does not obey the son shall not see life”--- believing is tied to obedience.
Romans 10:9 “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead you shall be saved”
Never mistake God’s grace, love and mercy for complacency and weakness. When Jesus comes again it will not be as a servant, a carpenter wearing sandals and washing our feet. Revelation 1 He will be coming from the Clouds with hair like white wool, as white as snow and eyes like blazing fire, feet bronze like a glowing furnace and a voice like the sound of rushing waters with a face shining like the sun in all its brilliance.