by Mike Ratliff
 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.  But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe.  All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out.  For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me.  And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day.  For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.” (John 6:35-40 ESV)
I received a heads-up email from my friend Ken Silva today about this post. I read and reread the points on that page several times and, to be honest, I am convinced that the author has some basic theological problems. He does not understand God’s Sovereignty and because of this makes many category errors in his theological understanding, as you will see. The first and foremost one is that he takes verses like John 6:40 out of context to support his thesis, while ignoring the immediate context (which I gave you at the top of this post). As you can see, put back into context, John 6:40 is actually a subordinate clause of what Jesus was saying in that statement. The point of what Jesus was saying to those people who wanted to follow him, but he ran them off with hard preaching, was that those who are truly his disciples are those given to him by the Father and each and every one of them serve him as Lord in faith and each of them will be raised up on the last day.
However as we go back to the thesis of the attack on Lordship salvation here, please notice some of the bullet points, which I pulled from it.
- They have a correct theology in that they confess that Jesus is Lord. The title “Lord” is a title of respect, but also of deity when used of Jesus Christ. Its repetition here indicates an emphasis on who Christ is.
- They are submitted to Jesus Christ as Lord of their lives. By their emphatic address (“Lord, Lord”) and boast of miracles done in His name (v. 22), we could even say that these professors are ultra-lordship. There is no indication they err in their concept of who Christ is, nor is there any indication that they are not totally submitted to him in their ethical conduct. Indeed, they are very enthusiastic about following and serving Jesus Christ.
- They have many good works—actually, great works. They have preached and spoken as prophets, performed exorcisms, and done many supernatural signs.
To say that these people were recognizing the Jesus was deity by calling him Lord, Lord or κύριε, κύριε, is not correct. This is no more than an oral confession, which can never be considered 100% proof of a repentant heart. Of course, to most people who teach against Lordship Salvation also play down the biblical teaching of the necessity of repentance in salvation, which I covered here.
In point two he states that these people are submitted to Jesus Christ as Lord of their lives. He bases this on their cry of κύριε, κύριε, which, again, is bogus. Anyone can call Jesus Lord and not be repentant. These are false professors who NEVER submitted to Jesus Christ as Lord. If they had, then they would have been walking and living in repentance within that Lordship and would not be under Jesus’ rebuke and judgment here.
In point three he talks about their good works. We point out on my blog, as do many of my friends, that the genuine Gospel has been coopted by false christian leaders in our time who have changed the emphasis to social justice, societal renewal, et cetera. Also, in the very city in which I live are two organizations that are famous world-wide for doing what he talks about here while claiming to be Christian, but I have shown in various posts that they are anything but. That would be the International House of Prayer and the World Revival Church. They practice divination, sorcery, and are heavily into the Word/Faith deception. What Jesus talks about in Matthew 7:21-23 fits groups like that very well.
I didn’t cover all the points in that post, but you get the idea.
Other posts on this subject from my blog are below.
Soli Deo Gloria!