I admit that at first glance the difference may be hard to perceive. It may seem slight and relatively unimportant. But I assure you it is not. So-called Lordship salvation takes the fruit of the tree of salvation and makes it part of the root. It says until your life is fully surrendered to Christ as Lord you are not saved. In fact it says unless your life is fully surrendered to Christ as Lord you cannot be saved. And that belief removes the all-sufficiency of the Cross: by which I mean it in effect says Christ's sacrifice for our sins is insufficient to remove our sins, inadequate to fully redeem us, incomplete as regarding our salvation. It says that we have a role to play in our salvation, that the blood of the Lamb on it's own cannot cause the death angel to pass over us. It says that Christ's finished work by itself cannot transfer us from the domain of darkness to the Kingdom of God's dear Son, cannot redeem us, cannot provide forgiveness of our sins, cannot do that which Colossians 1:13-14 says it does. And not just that passage in Colossians, but so many passages throughout the New Testament.I read the link. It sounds really close to what we believe. I guess I dont understand the difference. They seem a bit more hardcore, but say many of the same things I hear in normal churches or conversations. The only difference seems to be they think far fewer people will be allowed into Heaven and someone cant just say they believe and go to Heaven. Is LS drastically different than we believe? I don't know enough about it to say one way or the other. I know that if you truly believe, you are saved. That's all my feeble mind understands.
Lordship salvation makes obedience to God's commands a foundation for our salvation. But there is just one foundation: Christ's all-sufficient work on the Cross. That alone is the foundation. Everything flows from that. And the fruit of that sacrifice is bestowed upon all who accept that sacrifice by faith in its sufficiency.
Satan is very subtil (to use a great King James word): he is a master at taking the truth of Scripture and making it a lie. With some of us he uses the idea of reverence for God and His holiness to persuade us of our inability to approach Him without perfect respect for His sovereignty and the obedience it necessitates. With others he uses our human feeling that we need to do something as part of salvation, that somehow we need to show God we are sincere, that we have to do something to earn His approval. But there is absolutely nothing God requires of us other than a change of our innermost way of thinking-- turning from our ideas and our ways toward Him and His truth. That is repentance. And when we do that, we see that we are helpless on our own, that we need a savior, that we are hopeless without one --undone and doomed for eternity-- that God has provided one for us although we in no way deserve one, and all we have to do is believe in that Savior, that He came in the flesh, lived a perfect life and thus paid the price we could never pay to remove the sin debt we owed which kept us separated from God and that, because the grave could not hold Him, He set us free not just from sin but from its penalty-- death.
Dan, it is either all of Him, or it is none of Him. As Paul said in Galatians 2:21-- "I do not set aside --I do not frustrate, I do not set at naught-- the grace of God. For if righteousness is through the Law, then Christ died for nothing." And make no mistake, Lordship salvation is a form of law. It is making our salvation contingent on our obedience to the commandments of God. And that, my friend, is another gospel. So, while on the surface Lordship Salvation may appear to be what the New Testament teaches, it is not. It is another gospel, a gospel that makes us a key part of our salvation. And we are not.
The Bible tells us that even our most righteous deeds are filthy rags in God's sight. (And if you understood what the term translated "filthy rags" actually meant, you would truly understand how repugnant even our very best efforts are to God.) No, brother, salvation is of God. It comes from Him alone, as the psalmist tells us in Psalm 3:8, 37:39, and 62:1. Let us not try to make ourselves anything more than helpless and grateful recipients of His gift to us. And then let us continually pray to Him to make us obedient to His will, fulfilling the desire that salvation gives us, namely to please Him in all our ways. That is where His Lordship comes in. It is worked out in us step by step, converting our desire into reality, as we progressively surrender to His will.
I pray this helps.