Lordship salvation teaches that if you got saved by faith in the beginning, you will have works at the end. But let’s look at what Paul says.
Galatians 3:1-3 KJV
O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?
If you have begun in faith, you end in faith. You do not end in works.
The proponents of Lordship salvation may use James 2: 17 to say that you need works in order to perfect your faith. If we continue to look at this entire passage, we have to admit that James is talking about a salvation that is wrought by works and faith. James 2 is also a direct contradiction to Galatians 3.
James 2: 17-26 — Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way? For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
Now, what do we do? We just take the word of God as it is. Let’s take a look at James 1. Who is the book of James written to?
James 1:1 — James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.
James 5:3 — Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.
We will see it quite clearly that James was referring both to the 12 tribes of Israel (historical context) as well as the tribulation Jews (last days in the future). This matches with what the tribulation saints have to do in the book of Revelation – they have to both keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.
Revelation 14:12 — Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.
Paul also says
Galatians 3:4 — Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in vain.
If we believe that works were necessary, then why would the early Christians have to be martyred if they could work for salvation? What was the point of the burning martyrs, if they did not believe in faith? They were tortured because they disagreed that salvation was based on works. Today, the Laodicean Christians are the greatest disgrace – Episcopalians, Methodists, even Baptists are reuniting with the Catholic church.
Let’s also look at
Galatians 3:5 — He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
If a pastor who helped you understand salvation is saved by the hearing of faith, why should it be any different? And see the “worketh of miracles” refers to the apostolic age because the apostles were the ones that were able to perform miracles. If the apostles were saved by faith alone, how can we have need for works in our salvation?