In America we teach a lot of wrong doctrine and false teaching. I’m not here to call anyone out or even bring up the specifics, but I will quote a short verse to let you know Jesus’ thoughts on the subject. When speaking of the final days on earth, which few would argue are close, Jesus told His disciples the following:
Matthew 24:4 Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you.
Preachers around this great nation are telling a huge lie that is leading thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, to their eternal doom. The lie is this: That Salvation is easy and simple.
Imagine for a moment, you are a free man living in a free country doing whatever you wanted to do – that’s most of us, so it won’t be too hard to pretend. Now, Someone comes along and says, “I want you to be My slave, and I your master.” Now, this Man is a very just, righteous Man; but nevertheless He wants you to give up everything you are and all that you have to serve Him for the rest of your life. Could you? Would you?
The Hebrew “Adhohn” and “Adhonai.” The Hebrew word ´a·dhohn´ occurs 334 times in the Hebrew Scriptures. It is loosely translated LORD or Master. It means to have total control as the owner of slaves.
In Romans we read the “way to salvation” and we quote it all the time. People have asked me, “what if a person doing “such and such” does something simple like making Jesus the Lord and Savior of their life, does that mean they’ll go to heaven?” Here is what Romans 10:9 says – this is what we constantly quote and think to be simple:
Romans 10:9 If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
It says to make Jesus “Lord” of your life. We have added the “Lord and Savior” portion. It is silly to think that anyone of right mind would deny Him as Savior. Everyone who understands the boat they are in spiritually would beg for a savior. To be rescued out of the very pits of hell? Absolutely, I’ll take it. But, after that I need to serve You for the rest of my days? My life is not my own? I’ve been bought with a price? (1 Cor. 6:20) Many are not sure they are able or willing to complete this portion of the transaction.
To me, understanding what Paul is teaching tells me that this is no easy solution. I have no desire to scare anyone, or condemn anyone – quite the opposite… I am overly cautious to not deceive anyone.
Be careful to not associate what I am say with performing. No one here is talking about works. There’s no amount of good deeds you can do that will reserve you a spot in heaven. But James tells us that faith without works is dead (James 2:17). We don’t believe that we are saved by the things we do (works). For if works could save us, why would Christ have needed to die? We are saved by grace through faith (Eph 2:8) It is not our own doing, it is a gift from God. But if we have true faith it will be evident in the way that we behave. No one who has tasted and seen the goodness of God can hold it in. It will be like a burning fire shut up in your bones.
The Bible also tells us that we can not serve two masters (Matthew 6:24) – We will either hate one and love the other or we will be devoted to one and despise the other. See, it’s clear that we can only have one LORD. If you have truly made Jesus your Lord, it means that He has complete control over your life. Every aspect. There’s nothing held back. A slave is not allowed to withhold a portion of his life from his master. He can not say, “You can control this part, but not that.” If Jesus has indeed been made LORD of your life, then these 80 some-odd years you have on this earth are His. There is freedom in knowing that your Master is a just, loving, righteous LORD who wants nothing but good things for you (Jeremiah 29:11). There’s comfort knowing that after this time on this earth, paradise will be yours (Luke 23:43). However, giving up everything to follow him is anything but simple.
Is Jesus your LORD? Or just your Savior?