For a long time I’ve been confused by reports of abusive pastors and elders here who disavowed repentance and seemed to evidence no fear of God.
This led some to conclude that there were unsaved pastors shepherding unsaved flocks and that was part of the bigger problem of abuse.
Those discussions ended up being long, emotional, and tense discussions about post salvific sanctification.
I think we missed the point… and those folks who doubted the regeneration of some folks could have been right on.
The light began to come on when perusing George Brysons website where in addition to hating on Calvinism, he lists “lordship salvation” as a doctrine he despises.
The “non lordship” position asserts that all that is need for salvation is a one time mental assent to the Gospel…while sanctification and discipleship should follow that “decision” they don’t necessarily have to.
Once that mental assent has happened, the believer is eternally secure…even if said believer shows no fruit at all.
The “lordship salvation” doctrine states that when one comes to faith in Christ they not only make mental assent, but commit to Christ as Savior and Lord, trusting Him with the entirety of their person.
I’ll be blunt…the “non lordship” position may not be a false Gospel but you are getting too close for comfort.
The idea of regeneration without sanctification has been anathema to church for most of it’s history and is anathema to true biblical faith.
If we have a bunch of preachers and parishioners with no fear of God because they “made a decision for Christ” at some point and believe they received fire insurance and a license to live unchanged lives…then we have a problem.
I commend to your reading the parable of the sowers…and Jesus words about them in Luke.
“¶ Then his mother and his brothers came to him, but they could not reach him because of the crowd.
And he was told, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, desiring to see you.”
But he answered them, “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it.””
(Luke 8:19–21 ESV)
We never “do it “perfectly or even well…but we pursue holiness and live lives of repentance.
The truly regenerate person will sin, but the presence and power of the Holy Spirit within and the discipline of a loving Father will keep them on a path of being conformed to the image of Christ.
Those who live lives of rebellion and impunity without check or discipline…need to check and see if they’re in the faith.
If your pastors teachings empower him or others to abuse people…you need to flee from a false teacher.