There Is Only One Gospel

1st Corinthians 15:1-6, “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.

There is a massive dangerous religious cult all across America and the world today, who errantly preach that the Biblical Gospel includes repenting of your sins. By repenting “of your sins they mean that you must turn away from sin with all your heart, hating and regretting your sin, feeling sorry for committing them, and be firmly committed to stop living a lifestyle of sin from now on. If you don't have this attitude toward sin, so that you will no longer wilfully commit lifelong sinful bad habits, they teach that God will not save you no matter how much faith you have in Jesus Christ. This is another gospel, accursed by God (Galatians 1:6-9).

Pastor Lester Roloff (1914-1982) rightly said:

“The worst pervert in America is the Gospel pervert!”  
—Lester Roloff, “The Gospel Perverts Or Jesus?

Not one mention is made in 1st Corinthians 15:1-6 about repenting of your sin, turning away from sinful bad habits, forsaking the world, turning over a new leaf, surrendering all to Christ as “Lord, running the race, exchanging all that you are for all that Jesus is, making public confession, water baptism, keeping the Sabbath, repenting of sin for the rest of your life, persevering in holiness, doing good works, or anything else. THE GOSPEL as Paul defines it in our text passage, which he received directly from Jesus Himself (Galatians 1:12), plainly teaches:

  1. Christ died on the cross for our sins.
  2. He was buried.
  3. Jesus resurrected three days later.

This is the Gospel, meaning “Good News,” by which all men are saved who BELIEVE it. The Gospel is so simple that most men cannot help in their sinful pride but embellish it to include more. Pastor Jack Hyles (1926-2001) made these profound helpful statements:

“More people will die and burn in Hell, because they're trusting too much!”
—Pastor Jack Hyles, “Yea, Yea, And Nay, Nay!

“Everything that's hard and complicated about salvation is God's side of it!”
—Pastor Jack Hyles, “Yea, Yea, And Nay, Nay!

I encourage you dear friend to take the time to listen to the preceding sermon. It is wonderful.

Again, when a Roman Solder asked the Apostle Paul in Acts 16:30 what he must do to be saved, Paul's reply was profoundly simple, just BELIEVE on the Lord Jesus Christ! ...

Acts 16:29-31, “Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

Paul didn't tell the man to repent of his sinning, did he? No, Paul simply told him to BELIEVE. Paul didn't tell the Roman soldier to surrender all to Christ as “Lord.” Nor did Paul tell him to go get water baptized, join a church, run the Christian race faithfully to the end, forsake a lifestyle of sin, pray a sinner's prayer, live a lifestyle of repentance, count the cost and pay the price, or anything else!!! Paul simply said: BELIEVE ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST AND THOU SHALT BE SAVED!!! The reason why is so obvious if we simply take the Bible at face value—because JESUS PAID IT ALL!!!

Why oh why do foolish preachers pervert the Gospel, corrupting the grace of God, complicating the simplicity that is in Christ? Dear friend, we are saved by GOD'S RIGHTEOUSNESS, which is by faith in Jesus Christ. Philippians 3:9, “And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: You see, neither you nor I have any righteousness to offer God. Our best efforts to please God are filth in His sight (Isaiah 64:6). That is why Jesus Christ, the sinless and perfect Lamb of God (John 1:29), went to the cross and took our burden of sin upon Himself, paying a debt that He did not owe because we owed a debt of sin we could not pay (2nd Corinthians 5:21). What a Savior!!!

You Could Be The Next Dwight L. Moody

Daniel 12:3, “And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.”

I had the blessed privilege of attended Hyles-Anderson College (1985-1993). It has been without comparison the greatest blessing and joy of my life. I decided as a teenager to enroll in Hyles-Anderson College for one reason alone—Pastor Jack Hyles!!! I loved and admired the man, because Dr. Hyles was a modern-day Dwight L. Moody, reaching the Chicagoland area with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. ...

Chicagoland Youth Reached by Pastor Dwight Moody for Jesus

I had the wonderful privilege of voluntarily serving in the Bus Ministry for all 8 years at Hyles-Anderson College. I dearly cherish my memories of those times, and all the thousands of broken families, hurting lives and needy people who were impacted for Christ by our ministry labors in Chicago. I could tell you hundreds of great true stories of my years working in the Bus Ministry. May I say, every church should have a Bus Ministry! It is bar none the most effective method of reaching families and building men for Christ!

If we are to better the future, we must disturb the present.

I remember a particular day in class at Bible college. The teacher was teaching, smiled and looked at me, saying: “You David, could be the next John R. Rice!” I was humbled in my soul. I blushed a bit in front of my classmates, captivated by what my Bible teacher had said. I would never dare to compare myself to such a great man of God as Dr. John R. Rice (1895-1980). The Bible teaches that it is not wise to compare our self to others (2nd Corinthians 10:12).

Yet, I know that God's indwelling Holy Spirit can do the same great work through me that He did through John R. Rice, making an eternal impact for God. It is not about you, or me, dear friend, but about God. Zechariah 4:6, “Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts. I love a precious sermon by Pastor Jack Hyles called: THE SPIRIT'S ABIDING, in which Brother Hyles makes this excellent statement: All is vain unless the Spirit comes down!” Yes, amen! I cannot do anything on my own to make an impact for eternity. I need God's Holy Spirit power.

What saith the Scripture? John 15:5, “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” We don't hear enough preaching from today's lifeless pulpits about praying down the power of God. Before I sit down to write and work for hours each day on the ministry God has entrusted to me, I pray for two things: God's wisdom, and God's Holy Spirit power. The Bible says that God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace (help) to the humble. James 4:6, “But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.” We are only humble when we are on our knees before God. Dear reader—GOD ANSWERS KNEE-MAIL!!!

After our class ended, we all exited the room and entered into the college hallway. One of my class peers approached me and sarcastically said: “The next John R. Rice, yeah, right!” He wasn't kidding, made evident by his unpleasant demeanor. That struck my heart with sadness, not because another student doubted my potential, but because he doubted God's potential. Dear reader, is there anything too hard for God? No, there's not!

What a great quote!

Pastor and Mrs. Moody and their children

Dwight Moody as an elder preacher.

Dwight Moody as a younger preacher

Here is some helpful biographical information about Pastor Dwight L. Moody (1837-1899):
Dwight L. Moody didn't attend school beyond the fifth grade; he couldn't spell, and his grammar was awful. His manners were often brash and crude, and he never became an ordained minister. Once, before his conversion, he so outraged an Italian shoe salesmen with a prank, that the man chased him with a sharp knife, clearly intending to kill him. Yet, Dwight L. Moody was used by God to lead thousands of people to Christ. Moody's life of Christian service began with his conversion on this day, April 21, 1855.

Dwight came to Boston as a teenager from Northfield, Massachusetts, and he felt all alone in the big city. The boy was desperate for work. An uncle took him on as a shoe salesman--on condition that he be obedient and that he attend Mt. Vernon Congregational Church. The young man had been raised in a Unitarian church which denied the full divinity of Christ and did not emphasize human need for salvation from sins. Now Dwight heard about those things. But he decided that he wanted to enjoy the pleasures of the world and wait to get saved until just before he died.

However, the kindness of his Sunday School teacher, Edward Kimball, turned young Moody into his life-long friend, and encouraged him to persist in his church attendance and regular Bible reading. Though Moody did try to read the Bible, he couldn't understand it. Kimball later said he had never seen anyone whose mind was as spiritually dark as Dwight's.

That changed on this day, April 21, 1855. Kimball came to the shoe store to ask Dwight to commit his life to Christ. Dwight listened closely and became a Christian that day. Immediately he began sharing his faith with others, including his own family. They wanted nothing to do with his faith. "I will always be a Unitarian," his mother said. (However, she converted shortly before her death.)

And at first Dwight Moody wasn't allowed to become a church member. Asked what Christ had done for him, the nervous boy replied that he wasn't aware of anything particular. Leaders felt that was an unacceptable answer.

When Moody later moved to Chicago he wandered the streets to find young boys to bring to his Sunday School class. He had a passion for saving souls and determined never to let a day pass without telling someone the gospel of Jesus Christ. Often he irritated strangers on the street by asking them if they were Christians -- but his pointed questioning stirred the consciences of many. God used the converted shoe salesman to become the leading evangelist of his day.

Estimates vary, but Dwight Moody is thought to have led as many as a million people to confess faith in Christ. Among his many achievements on either side of the Atlantic was the founding of Moody Bible Institute.

Amen and amen! You my dear friend could be the next D.L. Moody! Now, let me say that God DOESN'T want you or me to become the next Dwight Moody. Yes, you read that correctly! God wants me to be the best D.J. Stewart that I can be by His grace and power. God doesn't expect me to try to be anybody else.

I love musical instruments! Specifically, I love all kinds of stringed instruments. I love harps! I bought one and started to learn to play it, but ultimately gave it away because it just wasn't for me. I started playing acoustic guitar at age 15. I also tremendously love playing the 5-string banjo. By God's grace, I'm pretty good at it. At age 25 I took up pedal steel guitar, which has been (and continues to be) the musical passion of my life. I can jump in with a band and play along, with no practice whatsoever. God has given me a good understanding of the steel guitar, and an equal burning passion to play it! I absolutely LOVE the steel guitar!!! When I someday get to Heaven, God knows that my great heart's desire is to make music with other musicians and singers, playing pedal steel guitar, banjo, lap steel and guitar on a regular basis (Romans 8:32).

My favorite lap steel guitar artist is Jerry Byrd (1920-2005). My favorite pedal steel guitar artist is Lloyd Green (born 1937). Having said that, I learned a long time ago that I shouldn't try to become these men in my playing. It is as frustrating as it is impossible!!! But what I do is learn from them, by studying their techniques, licks and song arrangements. By doing so I can incorporate their ideas into my own steel playing, to enhance my knowledge and skills.

Humbly said, I think this is a good illustration of the Christian life. I cannot be Dr. Jack Hyles, who is my hero of the Christian faith. But I can learn principles, wisdom and character lessons from him, to apply to my own life. That is why I love listening to Bible preaching so much, because I am learning valuable truths that I can apply to my own life, and also to share with others. Believe me, it is well worth the time spent listening to preaching during fair weather, so when tragedy strikes and the storms of life suddenly come, you will have a reserve of Biblical truth to guide you through the storm.

Dear friend, God can use you in a great way, just as He did Pastor Dwight L. Moody. That is my message to you in this blog. I am just a humble guy with a website. I make no claims of being an apostle, or even of being a good Christian. I am just a struggling redeemed sinner, who desires in my soul to help others, and be a blessing for God. I like what the Gospel preacher John Wesley said: 
“Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.” ―John Wesley (1703-1791)
I feel exactly the same! I just want to be a blessing for Christ to everyone I can. God can, and desires to, use anyone who is yielded to Him. James 4:7-8, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.”

'The Great Commission' Is More Than Soulwinning

Matthew 28:19-20, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”

God's ultimate desire is for EVERY believer to mature to win souls. God didn't save us just to give us fire insurance to escape Hell. God didn't merely save us so that we could remain idle, Sitting On The Premises at church instead of Standing On The Promises in our daily life. God desires for all saints to obey The Great Commission. 

Sadly, for most Christians it is The Great Omission!!! The Great Commission is fourfold:

  1. Go ye into all the world.
  2. Teach all nations the Gospel to get them saved.
  3. Water baptize converts as a public profession of their faith.
  4. Teach them all things concerning Christ, so they can go win souls.

The idea behind The Great Commission is to perpetuate the Gospel from one generation to the next. If you were to take a single penny and double it every day for 30 days, you'd have over $1,000,000. It is true, if you do the math for yourself you will see. Likewise, there is exponential power in obeying The Great Commission.

I hear so many Baptist preachers boast of the number of souls they got saved, but how many of those converts have matured in the Lord to go soulwinning? I am not being unkind or criticizing soulwinners, I am simply saying that The Great Commission is more than getting people saved; we are also supposed to mentor our converts, to teach them how to go soulwinning as well. I praise God for every soulwinner. But greater is the soulwinner who trains his converts to win souls too.

Certainly, we cannot save anybody. God alone saves the lost. God gives the increase (1st Corinthians 3:7-9). Our job is to preach the Gospel, and pray for God's Holy Spirit to convict the minds and hearts of unbelievers, so hopefully they will be turned from darkness unto light.

I am leery every time I hear a preacher bragging about the number of people he led to Christ. I won't mention the guy's name, but if I mentioned the name of a Baptist missionary, nearly everyone would recognize his name. I read online where he was bragging that throughout his ministry he has led 200,000 people to Christ. I wonder how many of those alleged 200,000 people saved are attending a church somewhere? I wonder how many of those alleged converts are serving God today, following Jesus as His disciple? I wonder how many of them have matured to preach the Gospel with the lost? I am not being critical of soulwinning preachers, but I have a problem with showboat preachers who go around bragging to everyone about their own success, with no evidence whatsoever to back up their claims!!!

I praise God for soulwinners! But whether we plant a seed of the Gospel, or water that seed which someone else planted earlier, or have the blessed privilege to reap a soul saved to Christ, God alone must get ALL the credit, glory and praise, for without Jesus we can do nothing (John 15:5). I highly recommend a soulwinning seminar by Pastor Roger Jimenez. Winning souls is not an option for the Christian believer, it is a royal command from our blessed Savior (Matthew 18:19-20; Proverbs 11:30; 1st Corinthians 9:16). Mark 16:15, “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”

If You're Not Upset And Angry, Then You Are Not Paying Attention

 Matthew 12:34, O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.” Matthew 23:33, Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell? Galatians 1:6-8, “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.

I sometimes apologize to God for my anger. I really get upset over false doctrine, ignoramus Bible professors, and foolish pastors who stand behind the pulpit each Sunday to lie to people with their tommyrot foolishness. Dear friend, I love people. I LOVE EVERYBODY! I do not hate anyone, not even my worst enemy. Quite the contrary, I love them. The Bible commands us as God's children to love our enemies. Luke 6:35, “But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.

But having said that, the Bible also commands us as believers to HATE EVIL. Psalms 97:10, “Ye that love the LORD, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked. If we spend time reading and studying the inspired King James Bible, we WILL HATE EVERY FALSE WAY. Psalms 119:104, “Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way. I make no apologies for hating the Devil's false Bibles. I make no apologies for hating the Devil's Calvinism (aka, Lordship Salvation). I make no apologies for hating the Devil's Misunderstood Repentance, which says God won't save someone unless they first desire to forsake a lifestyle of sin.

I am so sick and tired of ignoramus preachers, who won't let people get saved without sacrificing something in return to get that gift. Folks, salvation is the free gift of God (Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9). Salvation is not a trade or an exchange!!! Salvation is not a reward for the righteous, it is a gift for the guilty. I make no apologies for hating the things which God hates! Proverbs 6:17 says that God hates a LYING TONGUE! Proverbs 6:19 teaches that God hates a false witness that speaketh lies.

Pastor Marty Herron is a false witness. Herron destroyed the Harvest Baptist Church on Guam as their senior pastor between 1999 and 2018. The Bible says that one sinner destroyeth much good. Ecclesiastes 9:18, “Wisdom is better than weapons of war: but one sinner destroyeth much good.” Today Mr. Herron is the spoiled executive vice president of the Faith Baptist Bible College And Theological Seminary. I hate Marty's lies! I do not hate Marty! I love him with Christ's love, and he knows it; but I love Jesus more, therefore, I am compelled Biblically to REBUKE HIM SHARPLY (Titus 1:10-14) because Pastor Herron is subverting whole households with his damnable heresy. Marty Herron preaches a false gospel, requiring people to repent of their sin to be saved. With my own two ears, I heard Pastor Herron tell hundreds of people at the Harvest Baptist Church on Guam in 2014, that they must forsake a lifestyle of sin before God will save them. Dear reader, forsaking your sin equates to KEEPING THE LAW, which is a counterfeit plan of salvation (Romans 3:19-20).

I was sickened on July 14, 2021 at Pensacola Christian College's Campus Church, as Pastor Tim Zacharias lied to thousands of people, requiring them to change their behavior to prove that their repentance and faith were real. That is another Gospel. The Bible says God's curse is upon anyone that preaches another gospel (Galatians 1:6-9). Friend, there are not variations of the Gospel. The Devil is so subtle. Somehow or another Satan tries to ADD works to the Gospel. If he cannot add works before salvation, he will add works at the time of salvation. If Satan cannot add works either before or at the time of salvation, he'll add works after salvation. But this is not salvation at all dear reader, it is a counterfeit plan of salvation. WORKS have no place in God's plan of salvation. Pastor Jack Hyles gets it 100% right, in this beautiful excerpt from his classic sermon titled: “A Burden Versus A Call.

Folks, right doctrine matters! That is the jest of what I am saying. We've got a bunch of shallow pastors who are dropping the ball for God. I'm talking about Jeff Redlin. I'm talking about Timothy Zacharias. I'm talking about Marty Herron, Steve Pettit, John MacArthur, Gary Walton and Charles Phelps!!! These wicked men all preach a skewed gospel message that confuses people. Jeff Redlin and Tim Zacharias sinfully bid Godspeed to the accursed Bob Jones University camp with their Calvinist counterfeit gospel.

While I'm faithfully REBUKING THEM SHARPLY (Titus 1:10-13) for preaching damnable heresy, the PCC camp are sinfully going alone with BJU like everything is okay, but it's not. Nothing is okay at Bob Jones University when they are damning student's souls to Hell with a false gospel of Lordship Salvation!!! Why am I being belittled by Pastor Jeff Redlin for doing what he doesn't have the backbone to do, TO STAND against evildoers (Psalms 94:16)? Galatians 4:16-17, “Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth? They zealously affect you, but not well; yea, they would exclude you, that ye might affect them.”

Pastor Jeff Redlin will one day have to give account to God for critiquing my website ministry (Galatians 6:7; Matthew 12:36; Romans 14:10-12), for falsely accusing me of finding “weaknesses in preachers,” while Redlin sat idle and did absolutely NOTHING to “earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints” (Jude 1:3b). Dear reader, that is what happens when you pay a shallow man like Jeff Redlin over $100,000 per year as the senior pastor of a giant lifeless barren church!!! Luke 16:13, “No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”

Pensacola Christian College (PCC) is lifeless today, far more focused on making money than soulwinning. They cannot even get repentance correct, errantly teaching, and I quote verbatim: “Repentance is a change of mind which results in a change of behavior.” No Sir, you are mightily mistaken! Repentance unto life compels a man to BELIEVE the Gospel, and nothing else! The changes in a new believer's life are produced by the indwelling Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22-25). The woeful great danger in what Campus Church is falsely teaching, is that na├»ve people in their religious cult will associate a change of behavior with salvation.

So when they sin (and we ALL continue in sin as believers), they will doubt their salvation, thinking that they didn't repent enough of their sins at the time of salvation. I know what I am talking about folks, because I get thousands of emails every year, many from people who were confused after being corrupted by ignoramus pastors like Jeff Redlin and Timothy Zacharias at Pensacola Christian College's Campus Church. SHAME on them for perverting the grace of God. Repentance does not result in a change of behavior. And for that matter, neither does salvation always result in a change of behavior. The Holy Bible is full of carnal Christians who continued in A LIFESTYLE OF SIN (e.g., Cain, Lot, Samson, Rahab, Solomon, Demas). Samson chased immoral women his entire life and ministry, shaming the name of Christ (Judges 16:1). But he was still God's man! We must NEVER tell anyone that the way they choose to live, has anything to do with the free gift of God, which is eternal life. One thing has nothing to do with the other. We are saved by grace through faith alone. Likewise, Jesus lives the Christian life through us by faith alone (Galatians 2:20).

Dear friend, if you are not upset and angry, you're not paying attention. My regular blog readers know that I am always harping in my preaching against the perverse Bob Jones crowd, and the complicit Pensacola Christian College crowd. I didn't go looking for these fights, they came to me. When I first started attending Campus Church in July of 2021, I never said a single word about my website ministry to Pastor Jeff Redlin, yet he learned about my ministry from someone else who criticized my work to him, and Redlin took the liberty to speak evil of my labors for Christ. So that left me no choice, if I am to be true to my preaching, but to expose Campus Church along with the Bob Jones crowd because they are wickedly fornicating in bed with them!

The man who operates their radio show at PCC, has a son who operates the radio station at the corrupt Harvest Baptist Church on Guam. Harvest is a cesspool of Bob Jones nitwits, who preach the Devil's Lordship Salvation, and promote the Devil's corruptible seed (there's your fake news). In fact, Harvest Baptist Church on Guam has over TWO DOZEN different Bible versions circulating in their pews on any given Sunday, a house of confused people. Those poor people don't know which way is up spiritually, being foolishly led by corrupt men of Belial. 

But they all label me as the troublemaker, the bad guy, because I was the ONLY ONE who cared enough to warn them, to TELL THE TRUTH!!! I know that my blessed Savior is very proud of me, and is very angry at Pastors' Marty Herron, Joe Hansen, Jared Baldwin, Gary Walton, Jeff Redlin, Sean Quinlan and all of the incompetent pastors who side with heresy. Folks, the PCC camp is deep in bed with these infidels at BJU, looking the other way as Calvinism is being preached and taught to tens of thousands of unfortunate people. RIGHT DOCTRINE MATTERS!!!

I care because God cares. Satan wants us to SHUT UP, but God wants us to SPEAK UP!!! Calvinism is not the Gospel of free grace. Lordship Salvation is not the Gospel of free grace. Misunderstood Repentance is not the Gospel of free grace! It is high time that we as believers stop hobnobbing with the Devil's religious crowd, and start becoming defenders of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. What they are preaching at the Harvest Baptist Church on Guam is tommyrot! What they are preaching at Bob Jones University today is balderdash, claptrap, flapdoodle and poppycock!!! See, I know my

Dear reader, I love people, which is why I am compelled by the indwelling Holy Spirit of God to PREACH THE WORD. 2nd Timothy 4:2, “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.” I am being instant in season and out of season, saying it like it needs to be said. Yes, I may mash on someone's toes quite often, but I only do it because as the humble shepherd boy David said in 1st Samuel 17:29b, Is there not a cause? Yes dear friend, there is a cause! The souls of men, women and children are at stake. If this is all just a big money-making game, we might as well all become atheists. Christianity was never intended by God to be deteriorated into a stinking business. Campus Church alone at PCC last year took in $3,500,000. Yet they cannot even get the doctrine of repentance right. That is disgusting!!!

Listen, repentance is simply a change of mind. It is a change of mind about whatever it is that has been hindering you from being saved. Repentance is NOT something that you need to stop doing, or give up, or forsake, to be saved. As long as you BELIEVE, you have repented. It is that simple dear friend. That is why we read the word "believe" 88 times in the precious Gospel of John, but not once do we find the word "repent." That is because repentance and faith go together, like love and marriage, like a horse and carriage, as singer Frank Sinatra would You can't have one without the other!

Yes, you do need to repent to be saved, but the person who BELIEVES has repented. If you hadn't repented (i.e., changed your mind), then you wouldn't have believed. The insane idea in thousands of churches today, which says that your faith is not genuine unless you have repented (turned away) from your lifestyle of sin, is of the Devil. That is NOT the Gospel of free grace! It is no less than requiring people to KEEP GOD'S LAW to be saved, which is another gospel accursed by God almighty (Galatians 3:1-3). You get saved by coming to God as a guilty needy sinner, receiving the virgin born Son of God's sacrifice on the cross as payment for your sins, believing that He raised up 72 hours later (1st Corinthians 15:1-6). John 20:31, “But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.

Right Doctrine Matters!

John MacArthur's Damnable Lordship Salvation

Matthew 7:18-23, A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 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. In each of the three editions of Dr. John MacArthur’s 'The Gospel According to Jesus,' there is a single page that summarizes the 'Lordship Salvation' interpretation of the Gospel.”

In Pastor John MacArthur's heretical book titled: 'The Gospel According To Jesus," he blasphemes the Word of God. In the 20th Anniversary edition, Dr. MacArthur states on page 250:
“One of the most comprehensive invitations to salvation in all the epistles comes in James 4:7-10... The invitation in 4:7-10 is directed at those who are not saved...”

The following is the passage which Dr. MacArthur is referring to, as an “invitation to salvation”...

“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up,” (James 4:7-10).
Huh? Are you kidding me? Remember, MacArthur said this passage is aimed at “those who are not saved.” Is the epistle of James, “directed at those who are not saved?” No, absolutely not! The epistle begins with these words: “James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting. My brethren, count it all joy…” (James 1:1-2). “Brethren” appears approximately 190 times in the New Testament, and when it does appear it is used almost exclusively in reference to born again Christians,

Dear reader, Pastor MacArthur views the carnality that James addresses, as though it proves these “brethren” were never saved at all. That is theological incompetence. Mr. MacArthur views them as, and I quote from his book: “sinners… unregenerate… in desperate need of God’s (saving) grace.” MacArthur’s wrong answer to the problem is that they need to be born again. He goes on to explain what he believes are the ten “imperatives” for the reception of eternal life. You couldn't make this stuff up friends. Truth is stranger than fiction!

In the Epistle of Romans the Apostle Paul is teaching about justification (salvation from without by Christ the man) by faith alone (Romans 4:4-7). In the Epistle of James the Apostles James is teaching about sanctification (salvation from within by the Spirit of Christ).
“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)
The saving message to “sinners,” the “unregenerate,” according to MacArthur is:
“...submit yourself to God (salvation); resist the devil (transferring allegiance); draw near to God (intimacy of relationship); cleanse your hands (repentance); purify your hearts (confession); be miserable, mourn, weep and let your laughter and joy be turned to gloom (sorrow). The final imperative summarizes the mentality of those who are converted: ‘Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord’.”
Kindly said, Dr. John MacArthur is woefully ignorant of the Scriptures. He is foolishly using the Epistle of James as a plan of salvation, which is heresy. MacArthur says that these are necessary conditions in James of saving faith, that results in a lost man becoming a Christian. Oh how wrong he is! The preceding heretical quote from Dr. MacArthur, from his horrible book: 'The Gospel According to Jesus,' is the Lordship Salvationist's classic error of failing to distinguish between the doctrines of salvation and discipleship. I love the following precious quote from Free Grace preacher, and Pilgrim's Progress author, John Bunyan (1628-1688):
“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.” [emphasis added] —Evangelist John Bunyan
Lordship Salvation frontloads faith with a commitment to do the “good works” that should only be expected of a mature born again Christian. Ephesians 2:8-9 teaches that we are saved by grace through faith alone; and then Verse 10 says we were saved UNTO good works. The good works must not be required to be saved, nor even as evidence of being saved. Unsaved people can also perform good works, as we see is the case in Matthew 7:21-23. Jesus denied knowing them, even though they did "many wonderful works" in Jesus' name, preached in Jesus' name, and followed Him as their "Lord." You don't get saved by serving or following Jesus, you get saved by trusting Him. You don't have to be good to get into Heaven dear friend, you've got to be 100% perfect in every way. Obviously no one is perfect. That is why we need a Savior. Thank God that He loved us enough to send His only begotten Son, Jesus, into the world to die on a lonely sinner's cross to pay our debt of sin (2nd Corinthians 5:21).

Do we find salvation by the grace of God through faith in Christ anywhere in James 4:7-10? No, we do not, because James is addressing saved “brethren,” some of whom behaved as “carnal” Christians. Their faith was dead, but it was faith nonetheless.
Galatians 2:21, “I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain,”

Always Keep Sanctification Separate From Justification

Luke 19:1-10, “And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich. And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature. And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house. And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully. And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner. And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold. And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

In order to rightly divide the Word of God, we must never take a single passage of Scripture by itself. Pastor Curtis Hutson (1934-1995) taught me that you never use an obscure passage of Scripture to contradict a clear one. He was so right! Many false doctrines are fabricated by lifting a text out of context, which creates a new pretext. To rightly divide the Word of Truth (2nd Timothy 2:15), we must always cross-reference Scripture with Scripture.

In this beautiful true story about a named Zacchaeus, we learn that he got saved. The Bible doesn't give us the details, but we know that he got saved because Jesus said so in Luke 19:9, “And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham.” Now we know from comparing Scripture with Scripture that the ONLY way a person can be saved is by faith in Jesus Christ:

Galatians 3:6-9, “Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.”

I love that passage of Scripture! The Bible says that Zacchaeus JOYFULLY received Jesus Christ, which is how anyone gets saved. 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.” Zacchaeus was a known thief. The Bible says he was a very rich man. We know that Zacchaeus got rich by cheating people, because he told Christ that he would return four times the amount he stole. The dear Savior said in Luke 19:9b, This day salvation is salvation come to this house. Zacchaeus wasn't saved by works, nor were works evidence that he was saved, but he was doing good works because he got saved. We must be very careful not to use this passage as a salvation passage, since it does not provide clear details of how he got saved. We know that Zacchaeus joyfully received Christ. But we know that Zacchaeus had faith, for that is the ONLY way anyone has ever been saved (Acts 10:43).

We must keep the doctrines of sanctification separate from justification. I love what Pilgrim's Profess author John Bunyan (1628-1688 said:

“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.” —Evangelist John Bunyan

Wow, I couldn't have said it any better! Bravo John Bunyan for being doctrinally sound!!! 

Another one of my all-time favorite preachers is Pastor M.R. DeHaan (1891-1965), who made these helpful brilliant theological observations:

"There is a vast difference between coming to Jesus for salvation and coming after Jesus for service. Coming to Christ makes one a believer, while coming after Christ makes one a disciple. All believers are not disciples. To become a believer one accepts the invitation of the Gospel, to be a disciple one obeys the challenge to a life of dedicated service and separation. Salvation comes through the sacrifice of Christ; discipleship comes only by sacrifice of self and surrender to His call for devoted service. Salvation is free, but discipleship involves paying the price of a separated walk. Salvation can't be lost because it depends upon God's faithfulness, but discipleship can be lost because it depends upon our faithfulness." [emphasis added] —Pastor M.R. DeHaan, "Hebrews"; Zondervan Publishing House, 1959 (p. 117)

Another Free Grace Theology preacher, Pastor Zane C. Hodges (1932-2008) made this excellent helpful truthful observation:

"Eternal life is free. Discipleship is immeasurably hard. The former is attained by faith alone, the latter by a faith that works... the former brings with it the righteousness of God so that a man is 'justified freely by his grace' (Romans 3:24). The latter develops a personal righteousness, based on good deeds, so that a man was also 'justified by works' (James 2:24). The former constituted the believer God's workmanship, the latter fulfilled the wonderful purpose for which he had been created. The former cost man nothing, the latter could cost him everything, including life itself." [emphasis added] —Pastor Zane C. Hodges, "The Hungry Inherit"; Moody Press, Inc., 1972 (p. 114-115)

If these dear men of God can see THE TRUTH for what it is, then so can every other man. So why don't they? In a word, pride. Man's sinful pride compels him to think that somehow, someway, humans must play a significant role in their own salvation. Yet, the Holy Bible teaches the exact opposite, that salvation is solely of the Lord (Jonah 2:9). Man's only part in salvation is to CEASE from his own labours (efforts) and REST completely in the finished work of the Savior, Jesus Christ (Hebrews 4:10-11). Jesus said this too 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 “WORK” that anyone can do to get to Heaven is to “BELIEVE” on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ (cf. Acts 16:30-31).

It is therefore imperative that every preacher keep sanctification (discipleship) completely separate from justification (salvation). We are JUSTIFIED (just-if-I'd never sinned) by faith alone in Christ; but we are sanctified day-by-day by the inspired Word of God (John 17:17), as the Holy Spirit conforms us into the image of His only begotten Son Jesus (Romans 8:29). In other words, God saves us and then the Holy Spirit changes us. I love these helpful words from Pastor Jack Hyles (1926-2001):

The word "conversion" means "to turn around," "to change direction," "a change of purpose." In summary, it means "turning around the use of something. Conversion then would be "the outward manifestation of regeneration." Regeneration means "re-gening" or "being born of new genes." Conversion then would become the outward change brought about by regeneration. It is God Who places in us the new nature and re-genes or regenerates us. Just as the good Samaritan took the wounded man to the inn and commissioned the host to care for him, even so upon regeneration the newborn Christian is to place himself in a New Testament church so that church and the Christians therein can be used by the Holy Spirit for the converting of a life that was used for self to be used for others, that was lived in sin to be lived in righteousness, and that was producing works of the flesh to produce the fruit of the Spirit.
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. —Dr. Jack Hyles, 'Conversion And Salvation'; chapter 3 from his excellent book, 'Salvation Is More Than Being Saved'

Amen, that's great stuff!!!

Some Bible students errantly interpret this passage in Luke 19:1-10 to mean that people were saved by works (i.e., keeping God's law) in the Old Testament, since it says in Verse 8, “And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. The word “heathen” in this passage refers to the Gentiles. To the unlearned Bible student, it might appear that Jews were saved by works in the Old Testament, but this is not the case. Jews were saved by works, just like the Gentiles. We know this for a few reasons:

  1. People were always saved by faith alone - Acts 10:43, “To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.” All the prophets (Moses until today) have preached free grace theology!
  2. If salvation were ever by works, then God would owe someone eternal life - Romans 4:4-5, “Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.”
  3. God is not a respecter of persons - Romans 10:12, “For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.”

Galatians 3:9, “So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.God's blessings have always followed a line of faith in the Bible. Jesus plainly warned Nicodemus (a religious ruler of the Jews) that Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God (John 3:3b). There will be no exceptions!!! God cannot lie (Titus 1:2). Do not think of our great holy God, to be a lying deceiver like unto mankind. God does not let His friends "slide." God does not play favorites (Romans 2:11). The only grounds upon which any human being has ever been, or ever will be, made righteous with God is by the precious blood of His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ (1st John 1:7; Revelation 1:5). The ONLY difference between the most respectable redeemed child of God, and the vilest low-life criminal sinner upon the face of the earth, is the precious blood of Jesus Christ the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin” (1st John 1:7b). It is the blood of the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world. John 1:29, The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. Thank you Lord Jesus for dying for my sins!!! WHAT A LOVELY SAVIOR!!!

We must be careful not to read into the Scripture what is not there. NEVER make assumptions dear friend when reading and studying the Holy Bible. Proverbs 30:5-6 warns, “Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.” Please don't read between the lines. The best way to interpret the Bible is to let it speak for itself. Evangelist John R. Rice (1895-1980) used to say that where the Bible is silent we should be silent. Dr. Rice was absolutely right!

One of the biggest Satanic lies which wicked men have added to God's Word, is the fabrication which requires people to turn away from sinful behavior to be saved. The inspired King James Bible repeatedly tells us that eternal life is the free gift of God (Romans 5:18). It is free because Jesus paid for our sins with His own precious blood. 1st Peter 1:18-19, “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:” Galatians 3:26, “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.”

Someone this week asked me a sincere question. She is a Christian lady. She told me that she heard a pastor say that if you don't know you're saved, it is because there is sin in your life. I get so mad at lying preachers for scaring people with such nonsense. I kindly explained the following truths to the lady, my Christian friend, to comfort her worried heart:

  1. The unwise preacher who told her, that sin causes Christians to think that they're not saved, is wrong. That pastor ought not be allowed behind any pulpit.
  2. Every Christian, even the best among us, still sins every day. Arguably, one of the greatest Christians who ever lived was the great Apostle Pau. Yet in Romans 7:14-25 Paul openly shares with us his struggle with sin. Paul said the sins he wouldn't do, he does; and the good things that he would do, he doesn't. Paul says that when he would do good, evil is always still present with him, so that he is in a constant battle of soul. Paul concludes in Romans 7:24-25, “O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin. One of my favorite sermons by Pastor Jack Hyles is called: 'The Good Man Versus The Spiritual Man,' which explains Romans 7:14-25.
  3. No matter how much a child of God sins, we still KNOW 100% that we are saved, because we are saved solely by GOD'S RIGHTEOSUNESS, not ours! Philippians 3:9, “And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:” Romans 5:20-21, “Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.” Acts 13:39, “And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.”

By the way, notice the last part of Acts 13:39b, “from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.” Here is 100% Biblical proof that people were NOT saved by works in the Old Testament. As we just read, no one could be justified under the law of Moses. It baffles me how preachers like Peter S. Ruckman (1921-2016), William P. Grady, Robert Breaker and others, can be so woefully ignorant of God's plan of salvation. God has never owed anybody anything. Romans 4:4 plainly teaches that if Abraham had been saved by works, then salvation would have been a debt that God owed. God does not owe anybody anything! We are the degenerate sinners, God is holy and fair. Things were the same under the law of Moses. The ceremonial laws instituted by God through Moses for the Jews, did not supersede God's simple plan of salvation by faith alone in the Messiah (Acts 10:43). Hebrews 4:2 plainly says that the Jews in the Wilderness perished because of their lack of FAITH, not because they failed to keep the law. SHAME on any wicked preacher who foolishly thinks people were saved under Moses' law by works. Salvation has always been by faith alone!

If you will remember dear reader to always keep the Bible doctrines of sanctification (our growth in grace as God's children), versus justification (which is by faith alone in the Good News of Christ crucified on the cross, buried and bodily risen three days later), you will never go astray doctrinally. All these junk theology being taught today at Bob Jones University, Pensacola Christian College, and in thousands of churches they infect with damnable heresy, about turning away from your sins to prove that you faith is genuine, is another gospel. Not one verse in the inspired King James Bible teaches to repent "OF YOUR SIN" to receive God's free gift of eternal life. A "gift" must be without compensation of any kind, otherwise is it a reward and not a gift.

When you hear some foolish preacher like Pastor Chuck Phelps (senior pastor of the Colonial Hills Baptist Church in Indianapolis, Indiana) preaching that if you don't have works, you're not saved, then you know that PASTOR CHARLES PHELPS IS NOT SAVED!!! How can he be when he attaches works to grace! Phelps errantly teaches that you are saved by faith alone, but if you don't do good works as a Christian it proves that your faith is not real. Folks, that is just the Devil's clever way of requiring works to get to Heaven. Works has NO PLACE in God's plan of salvation—neither before, during or after salvation. Good works simply shows how much you love Jesus (John 14:15), not if you are relying upon Him to get you to Heaven.

So if and when you have doubts and concerns about your salvation dear reader, it is only because you don't yet fully understand God's simple plan of salvation. I wrote a very helpful free book titled: 'SALVATION' (in .pdf format) to share my own painful emotional experiences with fear and worry about salvation. If you worry sometimes that you may not be saved, or do not have the 100% sweet peace and confidence that you are absolutely going to Heaven when you die, then I wrote this book for YOU dear friend.

God deliberately made His plan of salvation so simple, that even a small child can be saved, by simply BELIEVING (placing your trust, confidence in) the Gospel (Good News) that Jesus died on the cross for your sins, He was buried, and three days later Jesus bodily resurrected from the dead (1st Corinthians 15:1-4). BELIEVE IT oh guilty sinner, and you will be immediately, irrevocably and forever born-again by God's Holy Spirit!!! You have God's promise of it!!! John 6:47, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.

The Gift Of Eternal Life Is Wrapped In The Wonderful Package Of Jesus

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