by John McKain

"Savior" or "Savior and Lord"
John McKain

One of the concerns of the 80's and the 90's has been the proper evangelism and discipleship of the 60's and 70's. Churches of various denominations are experiencing a high rate of "second baptisms." Southern Baptists have been seeing 30-60% "second baptisms" during the last 15 years. One of the reasons given, has been that these individuals did not fully understand the "doctrine of salvation." Many theologians believe that evangelistic efforts in past years taught grace, but not responsibility; grace, but not repentance; grace, but not lordship.

Efforts in more recent years have been to emphasize that when one is "saved," one acknowledges what Christ did on the cross for atonement of sin, but that individual must have some level of recognition of Christ as Lord.

When one is saved, or is "regenerated or justified" he or she is born again from above (Jn. 3:3, Tit. 3:5). "Being saved" is the result of conviction sin, repentance from sin, faith in Jesus Christ, and the confession of that faith. True salvation is followed by some measure of faith. Salvation and faith are inseparable experiences of grace. Herschel Hobbs, one of the framers of the "Baptist Faith and Message," writes:

If one truly repents he will turn to Jesus Christ in faith as his Savior. Faith means to believe. But in its truest sense it is more than intellectual. It involves an act of the will whereby one trusts in Christ and commits himself to him, to his will and way. It means to accept or receive Christ as both Savior and Lord. Thus one will be brought to confess him as such. (underline added, Baptist Fait ...

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