Many Christian teachers preach that one can be saved from the fires of hell, by simply believing in Jesus Christ as Savior. The heresy they create with this is that they willfully set aside the truth, of Jesus Christ as Lord. No one can believe in Christ, simply as Savior, but they also must believe in Him as Lord. I don’t recall a portion of the Gospels that Jesus Christ excluded one title from the other. Neither is Jesus Christ schizophrenic–split personality, to preach exclusively as Savior one day and the next simply as Lord.
Such teaching has gained so much mileage because they say that people don’t have to follow Christ and obey Him. They can continue in their hell destined ways, for as long as they already have fire insurance in the Savior. People can choose to follow Him at a later date. Sounds like Jesus Christ postponed HIs authority.
Such preachers don’t like to tell the people that Christ Himself preached to the people to count the cost in following Him.
Once you believe in Jesus Christ as Savior you also say that he is Lord. And that calls for a full surrender of your life to Him. IT CALLS FOR A TRUE, ABIDING AND DEEPENING COMMITMENT TO THE NAME ABOVE ALL NAMES!
CHRISTIANITY TODAY IS SUCH AN ENIGMA AND MANY TIMES A JOKE, BECAUSE MANY OF A CONVINCING NUMBER REMAINS SHALLOW AND STAGNANT IN THEIR COMMITMENT TO JESUS CHRIST.
SUCH A COMMITMENT IS BROUGHT ABOUT BY A FAILURE TO COUNT THE COST.
John Stott (Basic Christianity):
“The Christian landscape is strewn with the wreckage of derelict half-built towers. The ruins of those who began to build and were unable to finish. . . thousands of people still ignore Christ’s warning and undertake to follow Him without first pausing to reflect on the cost . . .
The result is the great scandal of Christendom today, so called nominal Christianity.