Tag: Lordship Salvation

We Get Around It

A.W. Tozerby A.W. Tozer

If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. John 13:14

The Lordship of Jesus is not quite forgotten among Christians, but it has been relegated to our hymnbooks, where all responsibility toward it may be comfortably discharged in a glow of pleasant religious emotion. The idea that the Man, Christ Jesus, has absolute and final authority over all its members in every detail of their lives is simply not accepted as true by the rank and file of evangelical Christians. To avoid the necessity of either obeying or rejecting the plain instruction of our Lord in the New Testament, we take refuge in a liberal interpretation of them. We find ways to avoid the sharp point of obedience, comfort carnality, and make the words of Christ of none effect. And the essence of it all is that “Christ simply could not have meant what He said.” Dare we admit that His teachings are accepted even theoretically only after they have been weakened by “interpretation” ? Dare we confess that even in our public worship, the influence of the Lord is very small?

We sing of Him and preach about Him, but He must not interfere!

by A.W. Tozer

Submitting to Christ’s Lordship

A.W. Tozerby A.W. Tozer

Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? Luke 6:46

No one has any right to believe that he is indeed a Christian unless he is humbly seeking to obey the teachings of the One whom he calls Lord. Christ once asked a question (Luke 6:46) that can have no satisfying answer, “Why do you call me, `Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?”

Right here we do well to anticipate and reply to an objection that will likely arise in the minds of some readers. It goes like this: “We are saved by accepting Christ, not by keeping His commandments. Christ kept the law for us, died for us and rose again for our justification, and so delivered us from all necessity to keep commandments. Is it not possible, then, to become a Christian by simple faith altogether apart from obedience?”

Many honest persons argue in this way, but their honesty cannot save their argument from being erroneous. Theirs is the teaching that has in the last fifty years emasculated the evangelical message and lowered the moral standards of the Church until they are almost indistinguishable from those of the world. It results from a misunderstanding of grace and a narrow and one-sided view of the gospel, and its power to mislead lies in the element of truth it contains. It is arrived at by laying correct premises and then drawing false conclusions from them.

by A.W. Tozer