Matthew 7:19-23, “Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”
The Holy Bible says that we will know someone by their “fruits.” A fatal mistake that so many people make is to ass-u-me that “fruits” means “works.” It absolutely does not. The context of this passages is very clear. Jesus is speaking about one's doctrine, not their works. Proof of this is the fact that these religious people boasted of their “many wonderful works,” yet they were corrupt in their plan of salvation. The Savior denied knowing them! Jesus called them workers of iniquity! Their woeful error was that they failed to obey the will of God, which according to John 6:40 is to “BELIEVE ON HIM.” We are saved by placing our childlike faith in Jesus Christ, period. Salvation is not faith in Christ, plus something else.
I'd like to point out that these were GOOD PEOPLE! They did many wonderful works. They did these works in Jesus' name. They prophesied (preached) in Jesus' name. They cast out devils in Jesus' name. They even called Jesus “LORD, LORD.” There's your Lordship Salvation heresy right there! Many churches (especially Baptists) today have succumbed to the Devil's lie that to be saved, faith MUST include a life of devotion to serving Christ, turning away from a sinful lifestyle, surrendering all to Jesus as absolute “Lord,” faithfully running the race (living the Christian life) until the end, counting the cost and paying the price, exchanging all that you are for all that Christ is, and following Jesus no matter what the cost. This fallacy is the same Lordship type of false gospel that Seventh-Day Adventists (SDA) teach.
In sharp contrast to all that extra garbage, which the proponents of Lordship Salvation and the SDA cult ADD to God's simple plan of salvation, the Bible defines faith as simply RESTING in God's righteousness through faith alone in Jesus Christ....
Hebrews 4:10-11, “For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.”
Jesus proclaimed this great truth in John 6:28-29, “Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.” The only labour (work) which God allows to be saved is to BELIEVE ON JESUS!!! This is true Bible faith, not the ridiculous demonic faith of wicked men that require doing a bunch of things to get to Heaven. We are saved by FAITH IN CHRIST, PERIOD; not by FAITH IN CHRIST, PLUS something else.
Please RUN away from any bad preacher or corrupt pastor who tells you to “repent of your sin” to be saved. That wicked man has added a step to salvation beyond what God requires. Nowhere in the King James Bible are we taught to repent or turn away from sinning to be saved. These are manmade commandments. The Bible simply teaches to BELIEVE ON HIM. John 9:36, “He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him?”
A common attack made by the Lordship Salvation crowd is that free grace advocates (such as myself) are guilty of leaving off repentance. No, we haven't left off repentance. No one has ever been saved who didn't repent. But Bible “repentance” (metanoeo, a verb) simply means “to think differently.” Acts 20:21 speaks of repentance “TOWARD GOD.” 2nd Timothy 2:25 speaks of repentance “TO THE ACKNOWLEDGING OF THE TRUTH.” The Bible never speaks of repentance from sin. A man is saved by BELIVING ON JESUS!!! Repentance is automatic, which is why we find the word “believe” mentioned 85 times in the Gospel of John, but the word “repent” is not mentioned even once. This is simply because the man who BELIEVES ON CHRIST has repented, and the man who repents has BELIEVED ON CHRIST.
Repentance is simply acknowledging THE TRUTH that you are a needy sinner (Romans 3:19-20), so that you will BELIEVE ON JESUS to be saved (Galatians 3:24-26). When wicked religious men ADD turning away from sin with all your heart to the Gospel, they have perverted God's free gift of grace. They are preaching “another gospel” (2nd Corinthians 11:3-4; Galatians 1:6-9, 6:7). These are good men as far as good men go in the world, but they are wicked men in the sight of almighty God, because they corrupt THE TRUTH.
The false teachers in Matthew 7:21-23 were GOOD PEOPLE. No wonder Jesus said in Luke 13:23-24, “Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them, Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.” Millions of infidels will someday in eternity try to enter into Heaven, boasting of all the good works they did throughout their earthly life, but they will be denied admission into the pearly gated heavenly city. Matthew 7:21, “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.” John 6:40 says that the Father's will is to “BELIEVE ON HIM.”
For preaching this simple Bible truth, I have been persecuted by the Bob Jones University crowd. I have wickedly forced out of my church family at the Harvest Baptist Church on Guam in 2014. I was banned and ostracized by the church congregation, staff members and ungodly pastors. As of 2021, I haven't had a church family for the past 7 years because of the wickedness of Pastor Marty Herron (senior pastor from 1999 to 2018), Associate Pastors' Joe Hansen and Jared Baldwin, Gary Walton (senior pastor since 2018) and the other associate pastors at Harvest. They cruelly axed me like a turkey on Thanksgiving day! My only crime was TELLING THE TRUTH that Lordship Salvation is a perversion of God's grace.
The church's school nurse, Kristen Hurlburt, was my love. I wanted to marry her and told her so in 2017 in writing and in person. She kicked me in the teeth and threw me to the curb, putting it in writing that she didn't ever want to hear from me again. I was devastated in my soul. I will always love her and wish she had agreed to marry me. That was her decision alone. I am saddened that Kristen bid Godspeed to her wicked pastors, following the same damnable doctrines of devils that they spread to send people to Hell. Repeatedly in the Bible we are told to simply BELIEVE ON CHRIST to be saved. Acts 10:43, “To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins. ”
It breaks my heart that Kristen Hurlburt is as shallow as her ungodly pastors, passing up a really great guy who loves her with all his soul, because she lacked the spiritual insight to see the beauty of my caring heart and soulwinning ministry. Instead, she'll end up marrying some average guy, a bum who has never done anything for Christ except occupy a chair at church. I pray for God to give me a loving wife who values my tender caring heart and soulwinning labors. Perhaps God didn't want Kristen to marry me, because of her corrupted faith. Anybody who is okay with the perverse plan of salvation being preached by the Bob Jones University crowd today is not a born-again believer. There is NOT another gospel (Galatians 1:6-7).
Yes, most good people are going to spend eternity burning in torments in the Lake of Fire. I am not happy about that. God is not willing that ANY should perish, but that ALL men should come to salvation (2nd Peter 3:9). God deliver us from the ungodly, shallow, neo-evangelical, indifferent, doctrinally corrupted, sinfully arrogant Bob Jones camp today!!!
Dear friend, you don't go to Heaven because you are GOOD, nor to Hell because you are BAD. The only reason why any of us can go to Heaven is simply because GOD IS GOOD! What saith the Scripture? Titus 3:5-7, “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” The “washing of regeneration” speaks of having our sins washed away when we are born-again (regenerated) by the Holy Spirit. We are legally declared JUSTIFIED (just if I'd never sinned at all) by God's grace.
I want to puke when I hear the hypocritical Bob Jones University crowd insist that salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone, while at the same time insisting that you must “repent and turn away from sin” to be saved. Folks, that is a forked-tongue plan of damnation! I know that it seems so subtle and hardly anything to make a fuss over, but the tiniest addition to BELIEVING ON CHRIST is a counterfeit gospel, which cannot produce regeneration (the new birth). Salvation is not turning away from your sinful lifestyle PLUS partial faith in Christ. This is the satanic junk that the BJU crowd are propagating everywhere today. The Bible teaches over and over that to have eternal life, it is a free gift (Romans 5:15) that we simply receive by faith (Galatians 3:26). Anyone who comes to God as a needy sinner, receiving by faith Christ's sacrifice on the cross as payment for their sins, believing that He is bodily risen is saved. 1st Thessalonians 4:14, “For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.”
It is so sad and tragic, and a tremendous source of discouragement and frustration in my life personally, that the Bob Jones crowd are corrupted in their understanding of the Gospel. I have been a victim, emotionally abused and cruelly abandoned by the shameful Harvest Baptist Church on Guam from 2014 to 2021. I am finally moving, from Guam to Florida in 2021. I am glad to end this dark chapter of my life, which was caused simply because I TOLD THE TRUTH at Harvest, and their pastors persecuted me for it. When I pleaded for their compassion in 2017, begging to allow me to attend church services so that I could court Kristen Hurlburt for marriage, they all told me to “go elsewhere.” Kristen was cruel too!
I have been outside the gate with Jesus all these past 7 painful and miserable lonely years. I have stood alone (a beautiful MP3 sermon by Pastor Jack Hyles). I lost Kristen as my beloved wife because I took a faithful stand for God against false doctrine at Harvest Baptist Church on Guam and in the Bob Jones University camp. I do not agree with Pastor Peter S. Ruckman on everything he taught, but he was 100% correct to expose BJU as the Alexandrian Cult. The perverse Devil's Bible revisions which BJU uses, sells and sanctions have corrupted them!!!
I have lost everything near and dear to me since 2014 because of the wicked pastors of Harvest Baptist Church on Guam. My blood is upon their incompetent hands as leaders. They betrayed their duties as church leaders, failing to protect the flock of God, leading people astray into heresy and deception (Jeremiah 5:31; Titus 1:10-13; Mark 7:7-13; Matthew 15:8; Matthew 12:36). Judgment day is coming for all men (Hebrews 9:27). I pray for God to speedily avenge me of losing Kristen as my wife. I pray for God to vindicate my doctrinally sound preaching against Harvest. Romans 3:4, “God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.” The truths which I shared with Harvest's pastors were in total agreement with the inspired Word of God. Yet, Harvest's ungodly pastors chose the commandments of men instead of the truth of God's Word.
There is only ONE GOSPEL, but the Bob Jones crowd are all over the road doctrinally. Either Pastor Curtis Hutson (1934-1995) is right that you don't have to stop committing one sin to be saved (with which I fully agree - Romans 5:20; or else you cannot be saved unless you turn away from a lifestyle of sin (as Marty Herron, Steve Pettit, John MacArthur, Chuck Phelps, Gary Walton and the whole rotten Bob Jones crowd foolishly preach today). But salvation cannot be by BOTH WAYS! Someone is wrong! Both sides of the debate may be wrong, or one side wrong, but both sides cannot be right!!! That means one side is going to Hell.
For befriending Harvest Baptist Church on Guam with THE TRUTH, which I did in the kindest and most gentlemanly way, they killed the prophet. They cost me Kristen as my wife. They cost me my church family for 7 lonely and inexplicably painful years. The new pastor since 2018, Gary Walton, is just as wicked as the rest of them, only selfishly thinking about himself. The Bible exposes these infidels of the faith in Romans 16:17-18, “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.” There's your hellbound crowd in Matthew 7:21-23, whom the Lord called workers of iniquity and denied ever knowing them. Marty Herron is a stranger to Jesus Christ! Steve Pettit is a stranger to the blessed Savior! John MacArthur is a stranger to the Redeemer!
Pastor Marty Herron ruined my life, cost me my wife, destroyed my happiness, left me for dead, and then weaseled away like the deadly serpent in Genesis. Herron is as the adulterous woman in Proverbs 30:20, “Such is the way of an adulterous woman; she eateth, and wipeth her mouth, and saith, I have done no wickedness.” But Pastor Herron has done MUCH wickedness. The stench of his apostasy reaches up unto Heaven's gates, where he won't be allowed admission someday (John 10:1, 9). Isaiah 14:9, “Hell from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming: it stirreth up the dead for thee, even all the chief ones of the earth; it hath raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations.”
Sadly, Dr. Marty Herron is a spoiled rich man, who has preyed upon naïve churches his entire life, following the money-making opportunities as they were presented to him, selling out in sinful compromise, dipping his sails, going along to get along with spiritual apostasy. These shallow neo-evangelicals stand for virtually nothing, operate their organizations with cultish club membership only policies, mistreat hurting people with dictatorship thuggish authoritarianism. I do not hate anybody. God knows that I am a loving man. I love all sinners, everyone! I view every human being, even the most contemptible among us like Marty Herron, as a sinner for whom Jesus Christ was willing to die on the cross of Calvary (Romans 5:6-9). But Marty Herron is no mere sinner, he is an arrogant hardened Pharisee, self-righteous as can be, thinking that to get to Heaven a person must turn away from living a sinful lifestyle.
The Bob Jones crowd are wicked abusive authoritarians! Don't take my word for it, search the internet for authoritarian abuse at Bob Jones University. BJU has made countless enemies over the years, by being abusive, just as I was horribly ABUSED repeatedly at the Harvest Baptist Church on Guam between 2014 and 2021. These wicked leaders literally play God with people's lives, hurting anybody who opposes them. There is no accountability. Marty Herron belongs behind bars in prison, which is where I wish I could put him for the rest of his life, but I am powerless to hold him accountable for costing me Kristen and ruining my life. God promises to punish him (Romans 12:19-21; Ecclesiastes 12:13-14; Galatians 1:6-9, 3:1-3, 5:4, 6:7).
Dear friend, I didn't author the inspired Holy Bible, God did. I am simply upholding, defending and proclaiming what the inspired Word of God says—that we are saved by BELIEVING ON JESUS!!! For proclaiming these blessed TRUTHS, I lost Kristen Hurlburt as my wife, and lost the only church family I knew for an entire year in 2014. I have been so lonely since 2014 because of Mr. Herron's prejudice, hatred and rejection of THE TRUTH. While Marty Herron romances his wife, enjoys homecooked dinners and is living large, he ruined my life. That is what I got for TELLING THE TRUTH to be faithful to God.
I know God is good, and somehow my dear Savior will punish Marty Herron and make it up to me in the long run. No man can reject THE TRUTH and get way with it! No pastor can deprive another hurting human of the right to attend church, and get away with it. Blessed be the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, my God and Savior. Cursed by the name of Marty Herron, the Devil's servant. Yes, good people go to Hell all the time. Marty Herron is not a good man in my humble view, but an opportunist like Bill and Hillary Clinton. Most good people go to Hell forever, and that sadly includes most religious people (Matthew 6:7-8, 7:13-15, 15:8).
There is nothing good about me except Jesus (Galatians 2:20). I am just a needy sinner saved by God's grace. I have never tired to forsake my sinful life to get saved, God forbid. The truth is that neither Marty Herron nor any other human being has ever turned away from a sinful lifestyle. Ecclesiastes 7:20, “For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.” All you can do is try, which is WORKS for salvation if you include it in the Gospel. The Bob Jones crowd are corrupt and on their way to the Lake of Fire. I tried to help them see as a true friend does, for which I was thrown under the bus and crucified (2nd Timothy 3:12). It is tragic that the worst persecution, rejection and pain in my life has come from churches, simply because I TOLD THE TRUTH (Galatians 4:16).