A testimony of deliverance from Lordship salvation doctrine
By my friend and sister in Christ, Nancy Preston.
I read a post that referred to Lordship Salvation as LS. When I first read the post I thought, “what illness could this sister be suffering from”? Then I realized she was talking about Lordship Salvation and thought “wow“, we who have been trapped in LS for so many years are fighting our way back from a illness that leaves many lasting side effects.
For those of you who have never been under this kind of bondage, its not something you just walk away from. A lot of those teachings cling to you and make you feel insecure and fragile. (But don’t worry you will get stronger as you recover.) Like recovering alcoholics we need a program of steps to help us. So I decided to sit down and try to write what has helped me to be on my way to recovery from LS. Not sure if my way is the best way, but it is working for me.
(Insert from Holly: Lordship doctrine is a false teaching that is a sin, which will sicken those who are saved, and it will cause death for those who are lost. As Paul went to the church at Galatia and told them that those who added works to the gospel will accursed, so will I say, these teachers are preaching an accursed gospel. They are and will be accursed unless they come out from it. Those who are saved and follow it, have been bewitched into thinking what was begun in the Spirit can be finished in the flesh. (Gal 1:6-9; 3:1-5)
1. Get out of the church that practices this…….sometimes this means cutting ties with brothers and sisters you love….At this point in the illness your are weak and need to listen to the Holy Spirit not be under the influence of others still unaware of the trap they are in. I am not saying to turn your back on them I am saying you need to be stronger to help them, now is not the time.
Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. Rom. 16:17
2. Get into the Word, start grounding all thoughts on the Scriptures. Keeping your thoughts and eyes on Christ. Nothing is to be trusted if its not Scripture based. It may sound good but if its not backed up by the Word don’t trust it. A big step for me was when I truly grasped what Repent meant. Your Christian walk is not what LS teaches, its not bondage, its Grace. Seek knowledge its how we grow and get stronger just be careful and make sure its based on the Word.
Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. 1 Thess. 5:21
3. This one has really helped me and it will you too. Find Mentors, strong in the faith, contenders, guardians of the flock and learn from them. I am not talking about well known Preachers that write books and make tapes for monetary gain….NO its best to stay away from them….I can give you names of those who can help you. Find one you trust and grow your circle of sound Mentors. Don’t be afraid to ask questions they are there to help you.
In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you. Titus 2:7-8
4. PRAY…..if your prayer life is weak, you will be a weak Christian and open to attack from the devil. Believe me he does not want you to recover from LS…He wants you in bondage, useless, a defeated Christian.
Pray without ceasing. 1 Thess 5:17
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Prov. 3:5-6
I know that there are probably others that could be added, but this is where I am at in my recovery from LS. You may notice I did not say find yourself a sound church to go to. You see I am not to that point where I trust a Pastor to lead me. I may never be. I would rather put my trust and faith in God’s Word. If you are reading this and you have maybe reached that point all I can say is, be sure who you put your trust in.
If you are reading this and have never been in a LS church, don’t judge those who have. We carry a lot of scars and tend to be a little protective of our new found freedom in Christ and of each other.
I fight each day against doubts and fears that still haunt me from LS. I pray something I do or say each day will help others. I glory in the freedom that is Grace and strive to stay close to my Lord Jesus Christ.
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time. Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. 1 Pet 5:6-11