Dear friend, I see churches across the United States swelling with rot. They are not growing! They are like dead corpses swelling with rot. As an example: The shameful hip-hop First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, Florida is one of the largest and most influential churches in the country, yet they are Gospel perverts! If you go look at their Statement of Faith, they require FIVE THINGS to be saved! One of these things is to “Stop practicing the sin that is separating you from God.” What blasphemy! Dear friend, nowhere does the Bible require sinners to “Stop practicing the sin” to be saved.
While it is true that our sins have separated us from God (Isaiah 59:1-2), it is the blood of Jesus Christ alone that brings us nigh to God. Ephesians 2:13, “But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.” The First Baptist Church Jacksonville is of the Devil, preaching another gospel of partial faith in Christ plus works, playing church without truth. Galatians 1:6-9 teaches that GOD'S CURSE is upon them. They sing their 7-11 (7 words repeated 11 times) sycophantic worship that nauseates God. I don't care how popular a church may be, or how loving the people may be, they are FAR AWAY FROM GOD when they talk about stopping your sins to be saved.
Here is their corrupt Statement of Faith on how to go to Heaven...
HOW CAN YOU BELIEVE?
CONFESSAcknowledge your sin. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. 1 JOHN 1:9, NLT
BELIEVEGod is able to make you holy through Jesus. And this is his commandment: We must believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as he commanded us. 1 JOHN 3:23, NLT
TURNStop practicing the sin that is separating you from God. Therefore, I will judge each of you, O people of Israel, according to your actions, says the Sovereign Lord. Repent, and turn from your sins. Don’t let them destroy you! EZEKIEL 18:30, NLT
ASKExpress to God your desire to be forgiven and made sinless by Him. For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." ROMANS 10:13, NLT
TRUSTGod has given you eternal life. And this is what God has testified: He has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have God’s Son does not have life. 1 JOHN 5:11–12, NLT [emphasis added]
KING JAMES BIBLE (KJB) - Mark 1:15, “And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.”NEW LIVING TRANSLATION (NLT) - Mark 1:15, “The time promised by God has come at last!” he announced. “The Kingdom of God is near! Repent of your sins and believe the Good News!”