"As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also" (James 2:26)
I believe in the deeper Christian life and experience - oh yes! But I believe we are mistaken when we try to add the deeper life to an imperfect salvation, obtained imperfectly by an imperfect concept of the whole thing.
Under the working of the Spirit of God through such men as Finney and Wesley, no one would ever dare to rise in a meeting and say, "I am a Christian" if he had not surrendered his whole being to God and had taken Jesus Christ as his Lord.
Today, we let them say they are saved no matter how imperfect and incomplete the transaction, with the proviso that the deeper Christian life can be tacked on at some time in the future.
Can it be that we really think that we do not owe Jesus Christ our obedience?
We have owed Him obedience ever since the second we cried out to Him for salvation, and if we do not give Him obedience I have reason to wonder if we are really converted!
I am satisfied that when a man believes on Jesus Christ he must believe on the whole Lord Jesus Christ - not making any reservation!
~A. W. Tozer~