Question: Can someone receive Jesus as Savior, but not as Lord?
Answer: When God opens someone’s eyes to recognize and trust Jesus as Savior, they already affirm Him as Lord. The concepts are so interrelated that cannot really be separated. Here’s why:
If, by grace, you want Jesus to save you from the guilt and power of sin, then it shows that you no longer want to be under sin’s tyranny, but want Him to rescue you from it. And if you want to be out from under sin’s tyranny then it reveals you want to be under the yoke of Christ. For to be under anything apart from Christ is sin.
On the other hand, those who want Jesus to rescue them from sin’s guilt, but leave them under its power, have not understood the gospel. A truly regenerate person wants Jesus to save from both sin’s guilt AND power.
Jesus did not come to approve or validate us in our sins, but to rescue us from our sins. That is why He is called the Savior.
That is why the no-Lordship position makes absolutely no sense. If you are not coming to Jesus to save you from sin then what are you coming to Him for?