John 10:1 and 9, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. ... I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
I absolutely love the Gospel of John. In this wonderful book of the Holy Bible we see the simplicity of God's plan of salvation. In chapter's 19 and 20 we read about Jesus' DEATH on the cross, His BURIAL and His bodily RESURRECTION. This is “The Gospel” (meaning GOOD NEWS). The Gospel assuredly is Good News! It means that we don't have to die in our sins to be punished in Hell forever. Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
In the precious Gospel of John we are taught the simple, free and easy plan of salvation. Jesus proclaimed the truth that HE IS THE DOOR!!! John 10:1 and 9, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. ... I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.” My youngest daughter drew this amazing picture when she was about 12 years old, showing that she had a comprehensive understanding of salvation only through Jesus Christ...
What a great illustration of John 10:1 in the Bible!!! The Catholics are trying to tear off the roof to enter into Heaven. The Jehovah's Witnesses are trying to break in by using jackhammers. The Seventh-Day Adventists are trying to break into Heaven by using grappling hooks! Someone else is trying to use water baptism to enter into Heaven. These are all THIEVES AND ROBBERS the Word of God says. They are stealing the right to save which belongs only to Jesus Christ. What saith the Scripture? John 14:6, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” Jesus is the ONLY DOOR into Heaven, and that DOOR is wide open dear friend.
In John 10:1-9 we are plainly taught that all God requires to get into Heaven is to ENTER BY FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST!!! Galatians 3:26, “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.” In none of these Scripture passages do we see anything about repenting from sins. We see nothing about getting water baptized. We see nothing about being required to surrender all to Christ as “Lord.” We see nothing about inviting Christ into our life to be saved. Nor do we see anything about making a commitment to live for Christ to enter into Heaven!!!
Dear friend, the Devil's greatest weapon is to con people into living the Christian life without ever being born-again. The Bible identifies Satan as the god of this world, teaching us that Satan deliberately obscures the light of the truth of the Gospel to hinder people from being saved. The Devil's primary goal is to BLIND THE MINDS OF THEM WHICH BELIEVE NOT (2nd Corinthians 4:3-4).
Dear reader, God's plan of salvation is easy, free and simple. God intentionally made the plan of salvation simple, so that even educable slow, children and unlearned people can be saved. If you want to have eternal life and go to Heaven, it is as simple as this—you are a guilty sinner in the sight of a holy God (Romans 3:19-20). There is a penalty for your sins, which is death (Romans 6:23). This includes a second death, being tormented in Hell (the lake of fire and brimstone) forever and ever without rest day and night (Revelation 14:11; 20:11-15; 21:8).
But there is GOOD NEWS friend! God in His love sent His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, into the world to die on a cross for your sins and mine (John 3:16-18). Jesus paid a debt He did not owe, because we owed a debt we could not pay (2nd Corinthians 5:21). JESUS PAID IT ALL!!! If you will simply BY FAITH take God at His Word as recorded in the Scriptures—to receive Christ's sacrifice on the cross as payment for your sins, believing that He was buried and raised up from the dead three days later—you will be instantly, irrevocably and permanently saved. If the Gospel (the Good News of the Lord Jesus Christ) is your only hope for forgiveness of sins and eternal life, you are saved!!! It is that simple friend.
Let's look at some examples in the inspired King James Bible of how easy it is to be saved:
- THE DAY OF PENTECOST - The Apostle Peter got up and preached the Gospel (the Good News) to several thousand people present from many nations. The Bible simply says that when they heard the Gospel preached, they believed and were saved. Acts 2:41, “Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.” The Bible method is to water baptize new converts as a public profession of their new found faith in the Gospel. But water baptism is NOT required to be saved. The Bible says that 3,000 souls were saved in one day by gladly receiving by faith the truth of the Gospel they heard preached.
- CORNELIUS - Cornelius was a leader over 100 Italian solders. Cornelius was a God-fearing man who prayed, fasted and gave alms (money) to the poor. But Cornelius was not saved! Here is a classic example of a good man who was lost! Contrary to popular opinion, good people don't go to Heaven and bad people don't go to Hell. Redeemed sinners go to Heaven, and lost sinners who die in their sins go to Hell. We are ALL sinners (Romans 3:10-23). The $64,000 question is have you been born-again? The Bible says that God divinely arranged for Cornelius and the Apostle Peter to meet. As Peter was preaching the truth of the Gospel to Cornelius and his friends, they were saved by simply BELIVING the Good News they heard preached unto them. Acts 10:43-44, “To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins. While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.” They believed and instantly became indwelt by the Holy Spirit of God. This is exactly what the Apostle Paul meant in Galatians 3:2, “This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?” How did you get indwelt with the Holy Spirit? That is, how did you get saved? Was it by keeping the works of the law (i.e., turning away from a lifestyle of sinning); or was it BY THE HEARING OF FAITH? Friend, you get saved BY THE HEARING OF FAITH. That is, you are saved when you put your faith in the preaching of the GOOD NEWS of Jesus Christ crucified, buried and risen. 1st Corinthians 1:18, “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” I love that! Do you see it? THE PREACHING OF THE CROSS? What is that? Why friend, it is THE GOSPEL!!! The Gospel is the POWER OF GOD unto salvation to them that BELIEVE. Romans 1:16, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” Those beautiful and profound passages of Scripture.
I have shared with you two beautiful accounts from the Word of God of people who were saved by simply BELIEVING the Good News of Christ crucified, buried and resurrected. They simply by faith TRUSTED JESUS, WHO IS THE DOOR into Heaven!!! Dear friend, do you see how easy, free and uncomplicated it is to go to Heaven? Why then do multitudes of religious men today complicate God's plan of salvation, making it so absurdly difficult that Pastor John MacArthur says children cannot be saved? Dr. MacArthur was inspired by demons when he said those words that children cannot be saved. Jesus said that children CAN be saved, for such is the Kingdom of God (Mark 10:14).
“More people will die and burn in Hell because they're trusting too much!” —Dr. Jack Hyles, MP3 sermon, “Yea, Yea, And Nay, Nay!”
“Everything that's hard and complicated about salvation is God's side of it!” —Dr. Jack Hyles, MP3 sermon, “Yea, Yea, And Nay, Nay!”
Oh how simple is God's plan of salvation! JESUS IS THE DOOR!!! All you have to do friend is DON'T ADD anything else to faith. When Dr. Steve Pettit (president of Bob Jones University since 2014) teaches that faith is not enough to be saved, he is damning himself and others to Hell. According to Steve Pettit, you must live the Christian life faithfully to get to Heaven. That is NOT the simplicity that is in Christ, it is the Devil's fraud of Calvinism.
Jesus proclaimed I AM THE DOOR in John 10:9. Getting saved is that simple dear reader! If all your hope is in Christ, you are safe and secure in God's promise of salvation. 1st Corinthians 1:21, “For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.” Again and again the Bible promises that God will SAVE THEM THAT BELIEVE!!!
But if you embellish the Gospel—by adding works, adding turning away from sinful ways, adding surrendering your will to God, adding running the Christian race faithfully, adding water baptism, adding keeping sacraments, adding counting the cost and paying the price, adding ANYTHING to faith alone—then you have not been born-again and will split Hell wide open when you die someday!!!
You must trust Jesus and only Jesus. Salvation comes to those who rest completely in Christ alone, having ceased from all their own human efforts. This is what the Sabbath Day pictures in the Bible—Jesus Christ in Whom we 100% rest for forgiveness of sins and eternal life. 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.” Salvation is found ONLY in Jesus Christ!!! Trust Him now dear friend, if you never have made that decision.
Over and over in the Word of God we see God's simple plan of salvation. Take a look at this precious passage from Ephesians:
Ephesians 1:12-14, “That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.”
Boy I love that! They were saved BY TRUSTING JESUS!!! Please notice in verse 13 that they “HEARD THE WORD OF TRUTH, THE GOSPEL OF YOUR SALVATION,” and then they “BELIEVED”!!! That is so simple. That is so easy. This is what the Apostle Paul says in Galatians 3:2, when he mentions “BY THE HEARING OF FAITH.” In John 10:9 we are simply taught that Jesus is THE DOOR into Heaven. In Ephesians 1:12-13 we are taught again that we are saved by simply TRUSTING JESUS!!!
So where in the world does Pastor Marty Herron heretically get the extra Biblical requirement to TURN AWAY FROM A LIFESTYLE OF SINNING to be saved? Where does Evangelist Ray Comfort get the heretical idea that to be saved a person must LIVE A LIFESTYLE OF REPENTANCE? Where did Pastor John MacArthur get the Satanic idea that children cannot come to Christ for salvation? These wicked religious men have all been inspired by demons!!!
Satan knows if he offers you a completely different plan of salvation that you'll probably reject it. So instead the Devil embellishes the Gospel, mixing lies with truth to deceive people. Satan comes along teaching a corrupt Gospel of partial faith in Christ plus something else. Adding anything to faith cancels faith! Adding anything to faith negates faith! Adding anything to faith is not genuine faith. True faith means 100% relying upon Jesus Christ because of what He did to pay for your sins through the cross of Calvary.
A popular lie which Satan has crept into Bible colleges and churches nowadays is that you must “repent and turn away from your sinning” to receive God's free gift of eternal life. So if a man professes faith in Christ, but he chooses to continue living in willful sinning, then he is deemed not to be saved because his faith is not genuine. That is the garbage which Pastor Chuck Phelps and Evangelist Steve Pettit are heretically preaching today, which is another gospel.
In God's free offer of the gift of eternal life, the supernatural miraculous new birth is instant and 100% based upon God's faithfulness, not ours. John 1:12-13, “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” But in Bob Jones University's perverse plan of salvation, there is no new birth produced, because they have turned the gift of God into a lifelong process which requires living a sanctified life. This is a 100% works based plan of damnation!!!
Evangelist John Bunyan, the author of the classic Christian book Pilgrim's Progress, made this excellent statement:
“If you do not put a difference between justification wrought by the man Christ without and sanctification wrought by the Spirit of Christ within, you are not able to divide the Word aright; but contrariwise, you corrupt the Word of God, and cast stumbling blocks before the people.” —John Bunyan (1628-1688)
I couldn't have said it any better. Bob Jones University today and their alumni are preaching another gospel of Calvinism. They must be exposed, marked and avoided (Romans 16:17-18; Ephesians 5:11). Titus 1:10-13 teaches us as believers to “REBUKE THEM SHARPLY” that they might be sound in the faith. Jesus exclaimed I AM THE DOOR. John 10:1 and 9, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. ... I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
If you go through THE DOOR OF JESUS dear reader, then you have been born-again and have eternal life; but if you add anything to faith alone, then you have not been born-again and will spend eternity being tormented in the fires of Hell. The choice is your alone to make friend. You must decide whether to believe Christ's words in John 10:9 that He is THE DOOR; or else you must choose to believe the Bob Jones camp today, who say that more than faith is necessary to get to Heaven.
The BJU crowd will lie and play with words, claiming that they believe faith alone is enough. But if you take a closer look at their definition of faith, you'll discover as I did that BJU shares the same heretical concept of faith as do Seventh-Day Adventists. In their sordid view, faith means obeying all the commandments of God. So if you don't live the Christian life faithfully, they claim that your faith for salvation is invalid and you're not really saved. It is a backdoor approach to works salvation, which is really SLAVATION!!!
In God's true plan of salvation, you CAN write your name, time and place you were born-again in your Bible, and you CAN 100% know for certain for the rest of your life that you are a bonafide child of God, regardless of the sinful lifestyle that you choose to live. If the truth be known, every believer lives a sinful lifestyle. We all sin every day, every hour and every minute of every day. If you break even one commandment of God, you are guilty of breaking all of God's commandments (James 2:10). The Bob Jones University camp are self-righteous!!! They are just as big sinners today as everybody else. Yet, they hypocritically go around teaching that you're not saved unless you persevere to live the Christian life and serve God faithfully until the end. That is a counterfeit plan of salvation!!!
I thank God! I thank God! I thank God that as His child I see the simplicity that is in Christ. The very moment that I trusted Christ as a 13 year old boy, I was eternally born-again. Jesus tells us as believers to REJOICE that our names are written in Heaven in the Lamb's Book of Life (Luke 10:20). There is no way we could REJOICE that our name is written in Heaven if Calvinism were true, because in Calvinism you cannot know you're safe and secure in salvation until life is over and you've proven that your faith is genuine by the lifestyle you have lived. Friend, do you see how corrupt Calvinism is? The very idea that we must live a holy sanctified lifestyle to prove that our faith is genuine is a works-based plan of salvation!!! How tragic! How sad! How unscriptural!
I sincerely hope and pray that God's Holy Spirit has used this humble blog to open your eyes. Jesus simply said that He is THE DOOR. Jesus is the way into Heaven. JESUS IS THE DOOR! The lifestyle that you choose to live has absolutely NOTHING to do with God's free gift of eternal life. Nowhere in the Gospel of John are we taught to forsake our sinful bad habits to be saved. NOWHERE!!! Wicked unsaved false teachers have perverted the Gospel, teaching for God's commandments the traditions of men (Mark 7:7-9). I have taught you the Scriptures dear reader. Please verify everything I have shared with you, as did the Bereans in Acts 17:10-11. Calvinism is very complicated!!! Forsaking the world and giving up one's sins is a hard, complicated and extremely challenging thing to do.
I get sick and tired of hearing Pacific Garden Mission (PGM) in Chicago pervert the Gospel. They broadcast 'UNSHACKLED' worldwide, stories of sinners enslaved to Satan who get saved and then turn their lives around. But unfortunately, in an attempt to sensationalize their show, PGM takes it to extremes, corrupting the Gospel in an attempt to force people to change to be saved. That is a false Gospel. PGM's one Go-to verse is 2nd Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” According to PGM, this verse means everyone who gets saved changes, turns from drugs and sin, and walks the narrow way of holiness!!! Sadly, many 'UNSHACKLED' episodes resemble bizarre episodes of The Outer Limits!!!
Your Salvation Didn't Change You One Bit (an excellent sermon by Pastor Jack Hyles). Converting new believers to become useful to serve God is the work of local New Testament churches. Pastor Jack Hyles makes this helpful statement:
“Conversion then is the work of the church and its members as they are led by the Holy Spirit to change the life and work of one who has been regenerated.Redemption is a work of God the Son. Regeneration is the work of God the Holy Spirit. Justification is the work of God the Father as He declares the sinner righteous in the Son. Conversion then becomes the work of the church as we change the use and purpose of a life.”
Oh how beautiful and simple is THE TRUTH.