Shall Not Inherit The Kingdom of God? (Refuting The False Interpretation of Popular Verses Used by Lordship Salvationists)

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1 Corinthians 6:9-10- [9] Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, [10] Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

Galatians 5:19-21- [19] Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, [20] Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, [21] Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

Hebrews 12:14- Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:

Those first three verses, seem to be some of the favorite verses used by people who think that the word “repent” means to completely stop sinning in order to be saved (Lordship Salvation).  That teaching is wrong, it is an evil wicked heresy that leads people to think that they go to heaven because of their works.  They practice exactly what I like to call one versism where they will take a single verse out of the Bible and not relate it to any other scripture.

There are people who will try to say that “the kingdom of God” and the “kingdom of Heaven” aren’t the same thing.  That is false, they are indeed the same place.

Other than that starting with the first verses (1 Corinthians 6:9-10) and the third (Hebrews 12:14), where it says “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the Kingdom of God?” and “without which (peace and holiness) no man shall see the Lord,” that certainly is true.  Without righteousness, we can not see the Lord.  However, we read in Romans 3:10 “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:”  The Lordship salvationists who teach that you have to stop sinning to be saved have a major problem here.  The Bible is very clear that we are all rotten sinners with no righteousness of our own. Which is why we must have a righteousness applied unto us, and the second you believe on Christ trusting Him as your savior, His righteousness is applied to you.  Consider the following passage.

Romans 3:22-25- [22] Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all upon them that believe: for there is no difference: [23] For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; [24] Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: [25] Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;

That righteous blood of Jesus, which was shed for you, is applied to you when you trust Christ as your savior.  Moving on to the sins though mentioned in the first two passages, we read that “they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”  The Lordship salvationists will also use 2 Corinthians 5:17 which reads “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”  They will try to use that verse hand in hand with “shall not inherit the kingdom of God” to prove their false doctrine, but with a more in depth study, those verses can actually go hand in hand to refute their false doctrine, because you will find that the old creature is still there.  Old things are passed away in the new creature.  Consider the following passage.

Romans 7:15-18- [15] For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. [16] If then I that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. [17] Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. [18] For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.

Paul, whom also wrote those other verses that the Lordship salvationists like to use above, is speaking of the old creature that is still present, which is his flesh.  The “old things” mentioned in 2 Corinthians 5:17 are still present in your flesh, but not in your spirit which is the new creature when you become born again.  In the passage of Galatians 5 that I posted, you will find that there are 17 works of the flesh (the old creature).  It is the old creature that commits those things, and that old creature will not inherit the kingdom of God.  The new creature is in Christ, the old one is not.  If you go to the next few verses in Galatians 5, you will find what the new creature is filled with.  Consider the following passage.

Galatians 5:22-23- [22] But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, [23] Meekness, temperance: against such, there is no law.

If you are saved, then your flesh will not be going with you to heaven.  You will be in the spirit, which is what the closing words to one of my favorite hymns is based on.

“This robe of flesh I’ll drop and rise, to seize the everlasting prize, and shout while passing through the air, farewell farewell sweet hour of prayer”

People, do not let the prideful, arrogant narcissists which preach Lordship salvation deceive you.  If you had to completely stop sinning in order to be saved, then no one would be going to heaven.  When you trust Jesus as your savior with your heart, His righteous blood washes your sins away, and you are eternally secure and on your way to heaven.  You should however, not want to abuse that mercy though.  In the name of The Lord Jesus Christ I write unto you.  Amen.

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