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Lord and Christ: The Implications of Lordship for Faith and Life Paperback – October, 1994
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Reisinger traces the root of the non-Lordship view to an 18th century Scot Robert Sandeman,who was insisting that intellectual assent to the historic facts of the Gospel(the atoning death burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ)was faith that was sufficient to justify an individual.Welsh preacher Christmas Evans stated the effect that Sandeman's views temporarily had on him "the Sandemanian heresy affected me so far as to quench the spirit of prayer for the conversion of sinners" -it dampened life changing evangelism.When evangelism is successful (leading to the conversion of the sinner)it will be life changing.I can hardly believe that anyone would refute this(or attempt to on Biblical grounds).Many verses could be cited to support this Biblical assertion such as 2Cor.5:17 'Therefore if any man be in Christ,he is a new creature:old things are passed away;behold all things are become new'. It would also be totally opposed to the overall witness of the Scriptures on the nature of saving conversion.
In chapter five brother Reisinger gives us four differences between true and false faith.He notes that the Bible clearly warns against false faith.It seems that many who hold to the non-Lordship view of salvation either reject or ignore the reality that there is such a thing as spurious faith.Many verses could be offered to support the contention that there is in fact such a thing as spurious faith like:James 2:19 'Thou believest that there is one God;thou doest well:the devils also believe and tremble'.
One of many serious deficiencies in the non-Lordship teaching is that they don't see the necessity of repentance.Wherever true faith is found,repentance will also be present.It is a saving grace(just as faith is).The Lord Jesus himself said in Luke13:3 '...except ye repent ye shall all likewise perish.' The author contrasting faith and repentance succinctly writes p.66 "Repentance strips a person of self-righteousness,and faith clothes him with Christ.Repentance purges the soul of dead works,and faith fills the soul with living works.Repentance pulls down and faith builds up." The apostle Peter preaching in the book of Acts with the Church in its infancy:Acts 3:19 'Repent ye therefore,and be converted,that your sins may be blotted out'. Where there is no repentance there is no remission of sin,this should underscore both the necessity and importance of repentance.
Mr.Reisinger considers the understanding of the relationship between the law and the Gospel,to be the greatest theological difference,between the Lordship and non-Lordship views.He asserts that most(perhaps all)of the non-Lordship teachers do not see the proper Biblical connection between the law and the Gospel.A part of this quote that Pastor Reisinger gives us from Charles Spurgeon sheds some clear light on the relationship of the law and the Gospel p.161"a troubled conscience cannot be properly quieted unless the Gospel be rightly distinguished from the law;on the other hand ,there will be no troubled conscience to be quieted without the law."
I love the title of this book because it is a two word summary of the Lordship teaching.In the hearts and lives of His people, He is both Lord and Christ.As Christ He is their Saviour and as Lord He is their King whose authority they acknowledge and place themselves under.
Lord and Christ is one of the best defenses of the Lordship salvation teaching that has been published thus far.
We should avoid forming an opinion of the "Lordship controversy" until we have studied it avidly and meticulously. It is of paramount importance that professing Christians know the doctrines of justification and sanctification precisely. This book by Reisinger is a good starting point.