Today's Many False Gospels Are Rooted In Leaning Upon Flawed Human Understanding

Proverbs 3:5-7, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.” Proverbs 14:12, “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. Isaiah 58:13, “If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words:”

I was listening the other day to the Old Testament book of Proverbs. A popular passage of Scripture from Proverbs 3:5-7 caught my attention. Specifically, the phrase, 
lean not unto thine own understanding.” Then it dawned on me that all of the junk theology being preached in hundreds of thousands of churches today is the consequence of violating this Biblical truth. Those false prophets are LEANING UPON THEIR OWN UNDERSTANDING!!!

One popular false teaching is that you must “repent of your sins” or 
“turn from your sins” to be saved. Two major counterattacks made by these false teachers against the proponents of a free grace Gospel are:
  1. “You have left off repentance!” - No, we in the free grace camp still believe that a sinner must repent to be saved (Mark 1:15). Repentance is not optional. However, the Bible meaning of “repent” regarding salvation is always either the Greek noun, metanoia, which means: “a change of mind”; or it is the Greek verb, metanoeo, which means: “to think differently.” Repentance is simply a change of mind concerning whatever has been hindering you from BELIVING ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST to be saved (Acts 16:30-31). You don't get saved by repenting, you get saved by believing, but you would never believe without repenting (i.e., without thinking differently). The object of repentance is not turning away from your sins, it is believing the Gospel. The man who believes has repented, and the man who repents has believed! They are one and the same event.
  2. “You believe people can live like Devil, wilfully committing the very sins for which Christ died.” - Yes and No. Yes, a saved person can live like the Devil and still be 100% assured of eternal life. We know this because getting saved is a free gift from God. Jesus paid for that gift with His precious blood. A gift is something given freely without obligation or compensation. So, yes, you can live like the Devil as a child of God, and still be assured of eternal life, because our eternal security is based upon God's faithfulness to keep His promises, and not our faithfulness to live a holy life.

    But, No, you don't have God's permission to continue in gross immorality as a believer. The truth is that EVERYONE continues in sin. Even the best Christians still sin every day! So to tell someone to “turn from their sinful ways” to be saved is a fallacy, an impossibility. Christ came to die for our sins, because we cannot completely escape our sinful nature, not as long as we are in the flesh. God is not an absent parent, He will chastise His children (Hebrews 12:6-8). God commands every believer to depart from iniquity (2nd Timothy 2:19, and to present our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto God (Romans 12:1-2).
These false counterattacks are based in flawed human understanding, not the inspired Word of God. The dear Savior came into the world to die on a cross to pay our debt of sin. Jesus paid a debt He did not owe, because we owed a debt we could not pay. JESUS PAID IT ALL!!! We don't owe Him anything! I'm tired of hearing that stupid church hymn: “Jesus Paid It All,” which says in the lyrics: “Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe.” No dear friend, you don't owe God anything!

Now, the Bible does say in Romans 12:1, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” It is not the believer's “mandatory service,” but our “reasonable service.” 1st Corinthians 6:20, “For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's. Since Christ gave His life for us on the cross, to purchase our redemption with His blood, it is only reasonable that we should live for Him; however, this is not required by God.

Lordship Salvation is a false doctrine! Lordship Salvation is the unbiblical teaching that you cannot merely “accept” Jesus by faith as your Savior to get to Heaven, but also, you must follow Him as controlling “Lord of your life, so that you turn away from your deliberate sinful behavior and give Him complete rule over your life. Lordship Salvation is a works-based plan of damnation! The true Gospel always points you to CHRIST; a false gospel always points to YOU. Lordship Salvation points to YOU, making demands of YOU which God does not require to be saved. God only requires that you BELIEVE the Gospel (i.e., the Good News that Jesus died on the cross for our sins, He was buried, and He resurrected from the dead three days later - 1st Corinthians 15:1-4). Lordship Salvation is a perversion of God's grace!
  • Salvation is not a reward for the righteous, it is a gift for the guilty!
  • Salvation is not doing your best, it is having Christ's best put to your account through receiving Him by faith.
  • Turning away from sinful ways would be a work. Faith puts all of the merit where it belongs, on the object of our faith, Jesus and His work.
  • If to “repent” means to forsake our sinful ways TO BE SAVED, but Jesus already paid for our sins by dying on the cross, then what are we repenting from?
  • Faith is the only righteous thing that I can do.
If you listen to the unbiblical arguments made by the perverse Lordship Salvation crowd, you'll quickly discern that they base all their reasoning on flawed human assumptions; such as:
  1. Jesus didn't die for your sins, just so you could keep living in sin; therefore, you must turn away from a sinful lifestyle to be saved.
  2. Jesus paid for your sins, and all He asks in return is that you forsake your sinful ways.
  3. No judge would pardon your sins if you intend to keep committing them (Ray Comfort's favorite falsehood).
  4. Nothing unrighteous can enter into Heaven; therefore, you must forsake your sinning.
  5. The Bibles says in 2nd Corinthians 5:17 that if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; therefore, you cannot continue living in sin if you want to go to Heaven (Pacific Garden Mission's 'UNSHACKLED' radio program uses this Devil's lie all the time).
  6. There were no saints in the Bible who didn't follow Jesus as their “Lord” (Evangelist Tom Williams uses this demonic heresy). The Bible is full of saints who selfishly chose to go their own way, lived in horrible sin and didn't follow Christ as their Lord (Samson, Esau, Joseph's wicked brothers, Solomon, Demas, Ananias and Sapphira, et cetera).
These are but a few of umpteen falsehoods based in flawed human understanding, which are being used today everywhere to justify the Devil's lies of Lordship Salvation, Calvinism, Wrong Repentance and other works-based false gospels. Proverbs 14:12, “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” False knowledge is more dangerous than ignorance! Beware of Satan's leaven. That is, the Devil's bread. Don't eat at the Devil's table, not unless you want food poisoning. Satan is a beautiful liar!

Please don't make the foolish mistake, as so many fools are doing nowadays, of leaning upon your own human understanding. Proverbs 3:7 warns not to be wise in thine own eyes! I am not going to question God, I am going to obey Him! The Bible teaches that we all deserve to burn in Hell forever, as punishment for our sins. All humans are sinners, with the only exception of Jesus (Hebrews 4:15). But God the Father in His unconditional love, sent His only begotten Son into the world, to die as a condemned criminal in our place on the cross of Calvary. Any admitted guilty sinner, who by faith receives Christ's sacrifice on the cross as full payment for their sins, believing that Jesus Christ is risen from the dead, is saved. Nothing more is required nor permitted, oh sinner!

Throughout history, even going back into the Old Testament, wicked men have changed God's simple plan of salvation, SPEAKING THEIR OWN WORDS. Isaiah 58:13, “If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words:” It is a dangerous and foolish thing, to say something different than what God has already said in His inspired Word. Lordship Salvation is a perversion of God's grace!

God's simple plan of salvation rubs the carnal flesh the wrong way. There is just something inside our old sinful nature that feels compelled to clean up our life of sin, turn over a new leaf, forsake the world, and pay the price of lifetime service to Christ to get saved; but that is NOT God's plan of salvation, it is the way to Hell. In God's simple way of salvation, His only begotten Son paid for your ticket to Heaven with His precious shed blood (1st Peter 1:18-19). In God's simple plan of salvation, you must CEASE from all your own works and REST only in the Good News of Christ crucified, buried and risen the third day (1st Corinthians 15:1-4). The true Gospel always points you to CHRIST; a false gospel always points to YOU.


The Eternal Lake Of Fire For The Unbelieving

Revelation 20:11-15, “And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”

The following information describes a popular play, shown as a video presentation to follow:
“Heaven’s Gates & Hell’s Flames” is a live high impact dramatic performance involving special sound and visual effects, elaborate stage sets, costumes, and a cast and crew of 50 people. The play begins with the crucifixion of Jesus and depicts His resurrection victory over Satan. The focus then turns to the Gates of Heaven and the coming Judgment where everyone will one day stand before God. A series of vignettes follow depicting people from various walks of life who suddenly and unexpectedly die. Some of them are prepared, others are not. The play graphically depicts the blessedness of meeting Jesus at the Gates of Heaven and the horror of facing eternity in Hell. ~Heaven's Gates And Hell's Flames

The problem with the preceding video is that it teaches Lordship Salvation. They present a false gospel, telling people to “invite Jesus into your life” and “Give your life to Jesus!” Judas gave his life to Jesus and went to Hell! The preceding video is HORRIBLE! The video shows preachers requiring the audience to “turn from their sins,” which is nowhere taught in the inspired Holy Bible.

This video is full of damnable heresy! Nowhere does the inspired Word of God say to turn from your sins, surrender to Christ as "Lord," repeat a prayer, invite Jesus into your life or give your life to Christ to get to Heaven. You may do all those things are never be born-again at all. The Apostle Paul defines "the gospel" in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 as three things: Jesus' DEATH on the cross for our sins, His BURIAL and bodily RESURRECTION from the dead after three days. This is the "GOOD NEWS" (Gospel) by which whosoever BELIEVES is saved (Romans 1:16). Faith is the only righteous thing that I can do. Salvation is not a reward for the righteous, it is a gift for the guilty! The true Gospel always points you to CHRIST; a false gospel always points to YOU. Right doctrine matters!

As I mentioned, Paul defines the Gospel in 1st Corinthians 15:1-4, in which no mention is made of giving your life to Christ, or of inviting Jesus into your life, or of surrender to Christ as 'Lord' of your life” to be saved! Beware of false prophets!!! The video itself is great, depicting the dangers and torments of Hell. But what good is a play and video about the dangers and reality of Hell, if you then preach a counterfeit plan of salvation? I am Philippians 1:17, “But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defence of the gospel.

We will all face God someday in eternity. It matters not if you die as a poor beggar under a bridge, or die as the president of a great country, all men must face God someday. Hebrews 10:31, “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” As we read in our prophetic passage of Scripture from Revelation 20:11-15, the time will come when every individual will FACE GOD.

The Bible says that the face of the heavens and earth shall flee away. The stars, planets and all that we see around us in the universe will vanish before our every eyes. Nothing will remain, the inspired Holy Bible teaches, except the blackness of the universe and a Great White throne upon which God the Father sits (Colossians 3:1).

We often hear wicked sinners blaspheme God, boasting that one day when they meet God, they will make demands of Him. No my friend, you will do the same thing that everyone will do, bow the knee to Jesus Christ and confess Him as “Lord”:
Philippians 2:9-11, “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
Here is some disturbing blasphemy by famous entertainers:
“If there is a God he has a lot to answer for.” ~Robert De Niro
I assure you that when Hollywood actor Robert Ne Niro faces God, he won't be so cocky and irreverent toward his Creator. Ans here are some horrible blasphemous song lyrics by Shakira:
How do you do?
How does it feel to be so high
And are you happy?
Do you ever cry?

... I sometimes cry ...

You've made mistakes
And that's OK 'cause we all have
But if I forgive yours
Will you forgive mine...?
I wouldn't want to be in Shakira's place when she faces God on Judgment Day!

Dear reader, there are no atheists in Hell! I promise you that famous atheist's Madalyn Murray O'Hair, Ernest Hemingway, Stanley Kubrick, Gene Roddenberry, Rod Sterling and Margaret Sanger all BELIEVED in God their first 10 seconds in eternity!!!

Dear reader, you were created by God for eternity. God did not create humanity for this temporary lifetime; but rather, for eternity. What will this temporal 70 years or so of life, matter in comparison to trillions of years in eternity? Revelation 14:10 foretells that “time shall be no more,” in the future! So one Google (a big number; a 1 with 100 zeros behind it!) won't even be the beginning of eternity, because there is no time in eternity. I learned from Pastor Max Younce, that God created time as a means of sharing with His friends what He plans to do in the future. God is letting us know as His children, His friends, what He intends to do next! I like that. What a wonderful God.

God's plan of salvation is very simple. Anyone who acknowledges that they are a guilty sinner in the holy sight of God, and receives Christ's sacrifice on the cross as payment for their sins, believing that Jesus Christ is bodily risen from the dead, is immediately, irrevocably and eternally 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.

Dear friend, have you been born again? Hell is real. If God allows suffering, torment and death in this temporal world, then you can be assured that He will allows suffering, torment and death in the next. You have been warned. YE MUST BE BORN AGAIN!!!

There Is No Escape From Hell

The Counterfeit Gospel Of False Prophet Isaiah Saldivar

Galatians 1:6-9, “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. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.”

I learned this week about a dangerous false teacher named Isaiah Saldivar, who preachers ANOTHER GOSPEL. Sadly, at present, his YouTube channel has 357,000 subscribers. In the following heretical video, Evangelist Isaiah Saldivar preaches a false plan of salvation, promoting the Devil's deadly lie of Lordship Salvation...

Dangerous False Prophet Isaiah Saldivar!

According to Saldivar in the video, to get to Heaven you must:
  1. Repent of your sins. Stop getting drunk. Stop chasing women. Turn away from everything sinful and wrong. You must forsake the old sinful lifestyle to be saved!
  2. Let God's power rest on you. You must have a new attitude from now on, that it is all about Jesus and not about you.
  3. Put your faith in Christ.
Kindly said, what Isaiah is preaching is NOT the Gospel. Paul explains the Gospel in I Corinthians 15:1-4, which is Christ's death, burial and resurrection. The Gospel of John is God's Gospel tract according to John 20:31. John chapter's 19 and 20 teach of Jesus' death on the cross, burial and bodily resurrection. This is the GOOD NEWS (Gospel), by which all who BELIEVE are saved. Turning away from sinful ways is a false gospel. That is keeping the Old Testament law to be saved, which is heresy (Romans 3:19-20).

We simply cease from our own works, and REST completely in the finished work of the Lamb of God (Hebrews 4:10-11). Lordship Salvation is of the Devil. You get saved by trusting in the name of Jesus as your SAVIOR, with childlike faith, receiving His sacrifice on the cross as full-payment for your sins, believing that He is risen from the dead (I Thessalonians 4:14). Then AFTER you get saved, as His redeemed child God wants you to make a second decision to surrender your life to Jesus as your "Lord." We see this truth evidenced in Romans 12:1-2 and Matthew 19:29.

If Lordship Salvation is the truth, then the carnal men in I Corinthians 3:15 and 5:1-5 could never have been saved at all. In the Gospel of John, we find the word "believe" mentioned 88 times in the King James Bible (the only Bible which you can trust today in the English language). But the words and phrases: "repent" and "confess" and "turn from your sins" and "surrender to Christ as Lord" and "Follow Jesus" aren't mentioned even once! That speaks volumes. To be saved, the Bible simply teaches for guilty sinners to: "BELIEVE ON HIM" (John 6:28-29; 40).

Salvation is not a reward for the righteous, it is a gift for the guilty!

Salvation is not doing your best, it is having Christ's best put to your account through receiving Him by faith.

Turning away from sinful ways would be a work. Faith puts all of the merit where it belongs, on the object of our faith, Jesus and His work.

If to “repent” means to forsake our sinful ways TO BE SAVED, but Jesus already paid for our sins by dying on the cross, then what are we repenting from?

The true Gospel always points you to CHRIST; a false gospel always points to YOU.

FAITH is the only righteous thing that I can do.
I think Pastor M.R. DeHaan (1891-1965), said it best: "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." ~M.R. DeHaan, "Hebrews"; Zondervan Publishing House, 1959 (p. 117)
Isaiah is making the fatal error of mixing sanctification with justification. I love what Pilgrim's Progress author, John Bunyan, 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.” —John Bunyan (1628-1688)
Isaiah is casting stumbling blocks before the people, corrupting the Word of God. Since he is young and energetic, and produce YouTube videos with captivating topics, tens of thousands of young people are following him. His average viewers per YouTube video is 25,000 to 35,000 visitors. Isaiah is quickly increasing in popularity. What saith the Scripture? ...
2nd Timothy 4:2-4, “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
Again, what Evangelist Isaiah Saldivar is preaching is typical hardcore Lordship Salvation, and not even close to the free grace Gospel taught in the inspired King James Bible. Lordship Salvation DOESN'T fall within the realm of orthodox theology, it is damnable heresy, accursed by God. The true Gospel always points you to CHRIST; a false gospel always points to YOU.

I sincerely hope that Isaiah Saldivar's eyes are opened to the light of the truth of the Gospel of free grace before it is too late. Thank you all for reading.

Often Distorted Scriptures Against OSAS

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.

Some of the deadliest religious groups in the world today are Charismatics, Assemblies of God, Pentecostals and other Non-denominational Charismatics. These groups all hold the following doctrinal heresies in common:
  1. They believe salvation can be lost (no Once Saved Always Saved)
  2. They all speak in demonic tongues (jibber-jabber)
  3. They all believe in modern-day prophets who speak for God
  4. They all believe in miracle healing meetings (laying on of hands to heal)
In this blog I am going to refute some commonly misinterpreted Scripture passages which are used by Charismatics to deny the great Bible truth of “ONCE SAVED ALWAYS SAVED” (OSAS).

1. Matthew 27-30...
Matthew 5:27-30, “Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.
Jesus was not speaking here about losing salvation; but rather, the love of sin that hinders people from coming to Christ to be saved. John 3:20-21, “For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. This is why so many preachers errantly conclude that a person must repent and turn away from their sins to be saved. However, that is not true at all. Please notice in John 3:21 that the Bible doesn't say “But he that turneth from his sins cometh to the light”; but rather, “But he that doeth truth cometh to the light.” That “truth” is the light of the Gospel by which we are saved, IF we 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.”

So in Matthew 5:27-30 Jesus is warning not to let the love of this world keep you from coming to the light of the truth of the Gospel to be saved, but faith alone in Jesus Christ. This doesn't mean that you have to forsake a lifestyle of sin to be saved, but there needs to be REPENTANCE. Yes, you DO need to repent to be saved. Here are some helpful quotes about what repentance is:
“Repentance is the very opposite of meritorious experience. It is the confession that one is utterly without merit, and if he is ever saved at all it can only be through the merits of our Lord Jesus Christ, 'who gave himself a ransom for all.' Here is firm footing for the soul who realizes that all self-effort is but sinking sand. Christ alone is the Rock of our salvation.” ~Pastor Harry A. Ironside; “Except Ye Repent, p. 36
Clearly, Ironside taught a Free Grace view of the Gospel. Consider further the following quote by Dr. Ironside:
“The Gospel is not a call to repentance, or to amendment of our ways, to make restitution for past sins, or to promise to do better in the future. These things are proper in their place, but they do not constitute the Gospel; for the Gospel is not good advice to be obeyed, it is good news to be believed. Do not make the mistake then of thinking that the Gospel is a call to duty or a call to reformation, a call to better your condition, to behave yourself in a more perfect way than you have been doing in the past …Nor is the Gospel a demand that you give up the world, that you give up your sins, that you break off bad habits, and try to cultivate good ones. You may do all these things, and yet never believe the Gospel and consequently never be saved at all.” ~Pasto Harry Ironside, “What Is The Gospel?
Read what Dr. Ironside said in his Gospel tract, “ANOTHER GOSPEL?”:
When anyone comes promising salvation to those ‘who make full surrender' of all that they have to God, and who 'pay the price of full salvation' he is preaching another gospel, for the price was paid on Calvary's cross and the work that saves is finished. It was Christ Jesus who made the full surrender when He yielded His life on Calvary that saves us, not our surrender in any way to Him.” ~Pastor Harry Ironside, Another Gospel
Please Read: Dr. John R. Rice Refutes Lordship Salvation

Now let me quote to you again the great man of God, Dr. Ironside:
“Nor is the Gospel a demand that you give up the world, that you give up your sins, that you break off bad habits, and try to cultivate good ones. You may do all these things, and yet never believe the Gospel and consequently never be saved at all.” ~Pastor Harry Ironside, What Is The Gospel?
Salvation is a gift, paid for by Jesus' literal, physical, precious blood (1st Peter 1:18,19; 1st John 1:7; Hebrews 9:12; Revelation 1:5). We are saved by HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS (Matthew 6:33; Romans 10:3,4; 1st Corinthians 5:21); and not our own willingness to do better (Isaiah 64:6; Ephesians 2:8,9; Titus 3:5; Romans 4:5,6,22). The true Gospel always points you to CHRIST; a false gospel always points to YOU.

There is nothing in Matthew 7:27-30 that even remotely suggests that God's gift of salvation can be lost. To assume that it does grossly violates the principles of Bible interpretation. Our text verse from John 20:31 plainly teaches that the Gospel of John is God's Gospel tract.

2. Matthew 6:15...
Matthew 6:15, “But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”
Again, this passage is from Matthew, not the Gospel of John. God did not give us the Gospel of Matthew to show us how to get to Heaven, He gave us the GSOEPL OF JOHN to do that!

All of these false teachers today who are preaching ANOTHER GOSPEL of Lordship Salvation, saying that you must repent and turn away from your sinning, and that you can lose God's salvation, are citing non-related passages to salvation, wrestling the Scriptures. By doing so, a person can literally teach anything. I've heard men attempt to justify the sin of adultery by twisting Bible verses out of context. Men are sinful by nature and some will do anything to justify their sins!

In Matthew 6:15 Jesus is speaking to believers. What saith the Scripture? 1st Corinthians 11:31, “For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.” So we see that even for a redeemed child of God, we will still have to give account, and be judged, by God in eternity. 1st Thessalonians 4:6, “That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified.” I have been financially cheated by fellow Christians.

One pastor in Chicago defrauded me of $10,000. He has never apologized nor tried to make his sins right with me. The Bible clearly teaches that you cannot just go to God and make things right with Him, while being wrong with a brother or sister whom you have hurt. Matthew 5:23-24, “Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.” That wicked pastor has never made things right with my family, whom he defrauded and hurt deeply. We do have ought against him, but he is proud and stiffnecked and doesn't care. He is a bully! God will judge him in eternity at the Judgment Seat Of Christ, because that pastor has not yet judged himself. So he has not been forgiven yet by God. Yes, he is saved and his sins have been forgiven as far as his POSITION in Christ is concerned, but he has not been forgiven in his CONDITION with his heavenly Father. There will be many tears shed at the Judgment Seat Of Christ by saints. I believe this is what Jesus means in Matthew 6:15. I have forgiven that pastor, knowing that God will judge him, and I have left it into God's hands, so I can move on and live in peace without harboring hate or bitterness. I don't think about the matter very often, because God has promised to avenge my family of that ungodly pastor (Romans 12:19-21).

3. Matthew 15:6-9...
Matthew 15:6-9, “And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition. Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
Again, we see that this passage is from Matthew, not the Gospel of John, which is God's Gospel tract. Charismatics are infamous for perverting the Word of God, wrestling Scriptures out of context to fit their own heretical beliefs. They in fact are the ones who have rejected the commandments of God, so they can keep their own TRADITIONS instead. It is ironic that the very passage of Scripture that they attempt to use to deny OSAS condemns them! Nothing in Matthew 15:6-9 even hints that salvation can be lost. The truth is that the Charismatic crowd are as wicked as the Devil.

Matthew 15:6-9 is speaking about unsaved people, who elevate their religious traditions above God's inspired Word. Hellbound Roman Catholics are some of the worst offenders!

4. Hebrews 6:4-8...
Hebrews 6:4-8, “For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame. For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God: But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.
This is a very popular passage of Scripture which skeptics attempt to use to prove OSAS. However, the context is abundantly clear that the Bible is speaking here about Christ-rejecters, not saved people losing God's free gift of eternal life. Hebrews 6:6 says that THEY CRUCIFY TO THEMSELVES THE SON OF GOD AFRESH. That simply means they might as well be nailing Him to the cross themselves, because they are still rejecting Him as their personal Savior. The falling away mentioned in verse 6 means that they missed the Gospel.

I am convinced that the unknown writer of the Epistle of Hebrews is none other than the Apostle Paul. I believe this for numerous reason, but one is the familiar words and phrases that Paul uses; such as in Galatians 5:4, “Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace. Only a fool would conclude from this verse that God's gift of salvation can be forfeited once you've received it. The context of the Epistle of Galatians is clearly that of missing the boat to Heaven, not of losing salvation. The Bible teaches ONCE SAVED, ALWAYS SAVED. The more that we sin, the more will God's saving grace abound (Romans 5:20). God's free gift of salvation through faith alone in Jesus Christ can NEVER be lost for any reason!!!

So in Hebrews 6:4-8, the same truth is being taught as in Galatians 5:4. The only way that anyone can “fall from grace” is if you wilfully reject it! Paul says in Galatians 5:4 that whosoever is justified by forsaking their sins (i.e., keeping God's Old Testament Mosaic law)is FALLEN FROM GOD'S GRACE. That simply means you cannot get to Heaven by doing works, which is what turning away from your sinning is, works! Romans 3:19-20, “Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.” The law shows mankind our sinnership and need for redemption. Then the law brings us to Christ to be saved by grace through faith alone (Galatians 3:24-26).

Dear reader, beware of Bible corrupters! The Word of God plainly tells us how to go to Heaven in the Gospel of John. 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.” 
“Religion is of the Devil; Salvation is of the Lord.” —Pastor Al Lacy (a quote from the sermon titled: “No Unbelievers In Hell.”
“God is looking for people who want to know the truth.” —Pastor Ralph Yankee Arnold

“Certainly discipleship is a most important aspect of our relation to Christ, but it belongs to the sphere of Christian life rather than entrance upon that life... One does not become a disciple in order to become a Christian, but because he has become a Christian by faith in the Savior, it is fitting that he embark upon a life of discipleship.” —Everett F. Harrison, “Must Christ be Lord to Be Savior? No!”; Eternity, September 1959 (p. 14) 

A good rule to follow when interpreting the Bible is to never use an obscure passage to contradict a clear one. Charismatics, Calvinists, repentance heretics and proponents of the Devil's Lordship Salvation heresy will cite obscure passages of Scripture, lifting them out of context, in a lame attempt to justify their false teachings! The Gospel of John very plainly tells humanity how to get to Heaven, which is by faith alone in the Good News Jesus Christ crucified, buried and bodily risen the third day.

Here is a wonderful excerpt from Michael P. Bowen's helpful book titled: “I NEVER KNEW YOU: The Horror Of The Great White Throne Judgement And How You Can Avoid It”:
Here is the gospel: God says that we are sinners and that no amount of good works or behavioral changes on our part could ever make us holy enough to enter heaven. God sent His Son to pay for all of our sins. Jesus paid for our crimes by dying on the cross for us all. His dead body was buried in a grave. On the third day, Jesus arose from the dead. The instant you believe this, He knows it and He saves you. “Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that believeth on Me hath everlasting life”(John 6:47). The free gift is based solely upon your trust in what Jesus did for you and has nothing at all to do with what you do for Him. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9). ~Michael P. Bowen, “I Never Knew You,” p. xii
There you have it friend, how to know that you're going to Heaven in just 30 seconds! God's gift of eternal life, once received, can NEVER be lost, forfeited or given back for any reason. God is not a liar! The new birth is as irreversible as the first birth. Once conception has occurred, it cannot be undone! Those who foolishly believe that salvation can be lost, fail to understand the new birth. A birth cannot be undone! Either you are a child of God and always will be; or else you are not saved at all now, and never were. Not one verse in the inspired King James Bible teaches that God's free gift of eternal life could ever be lost.

You don't get saved by doing good works, and you don't become lost again by doing bad works! Salvation is of the Lord. Our part is simply to BELIEVE ON HIM. 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.

Don't Muddy The Gospel. Explain It Simply.

John 3:16-17, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”

I found this excellent blog today by Army Chaplain David Rutkin, which I wanted to share with my blog readers. ...
Don't muddy the Gospel. Explain it simply so it can be understood by the hearer.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the most significant element of the Christian faith.

Needless to say, the Gospel should be preached at church and I firmly believe at every occasion.

The Apostle Paul separated himself from others according to the clear Gospel message of Christ (Rom. 1:1). The Gospel is where he divided himself from another.

The clear Gospel message should be the foundation of where a church stands. If one does not get the Gospel saving message correct (Rom. 1:16), then they are likely to err in other understandings of Scripture.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is His sinless shed blood, death, burial, and resurrection as the full substitute payment which saves a sinner from eternal damnation when believed by faith.

If the Gospel is tampered with at all and not explained vividly, it can lose its saving effect. Notice the verses below.

“For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.” - 1 Corinthians 1:17

“But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” - 2 Corinthians 11:3

“Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.” - Galatians 5:4

This is a harsh reality, and a real tragedy which is going on in many Christian churches today. Every Bible-believing church should give a clear presentation of the Gospel and invitation to accept Jesus Christ alone as Savior by personal faith.

I’m a stickler for a clear presentation of the Gospel.

Salvation is not a sinner promising to turn from sin, sorrow for sin, or giving their life/heart to Jesus so that He will save them. Salvation has nothing to do with our promises or gifts to Christ. Salvation is simply us accepting Jesus’ satisfactory payment on the cross of Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins. We simply trust in Jesus alone to save us (Acts 16:31, Rom. 4:5, 1 Cor. 15:1-4, Eph. 2:8-9).

Jesus gave His life for us (Gal. 1:4, 1 Tim. 2:6, Tit. 2:14); we don’t give anything to Christ for salvation.

“I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain” (Gal. 2:21).

If we make salvation about us or something we promise to do for God, then salvation is no longer a gift, but we earned it (Rom. 4:16, 11:6). A sinner must understand they have nothing to offer Christ, but simply trust in Him alone to save them by accepting His substitutionary payment for their sins.

I do not believe I am splitting hairs because as seen from numerous Scripture above, the Apostle Paul was just as dogmatic.

SOURCE: The Crystal Clear Gospel Of Jesus Christ

Like David Rutkin, I don't know the exact year that I was saved. I believe it was in 1980, when I was age 13. I remember the event and the place. I was saved on a Sunday morning in an old-fashioned church on Chicago's northside. It was the Northland Baptist Church. The pastor preached, saying that if you can sin without any conviction from the Holy Spirit you aren't saved. When I heard that, I knew I wasn't a redeemed child of God. For the first time in my life I felt real conviction that day!

From the pew in back of the church, the best I knew how I accepted Jesus as the Christ, the only begotten Son of God. I believed that Jesus died on the cross to pay for my sins. I believed that He had been buried but three days later resurrected from the dead miraculously. That Sunday mothing I placed my faith in Jesus as my personal Savior, and He gloriously and permanently saved me by faith alone in the Good News (i.e., the Gospel). From that day until present I have felt the very real presence of God's Holy Spirit in my life.

I love something that Pastor Ralph Yankee Arnold said:
“There is power in this Gospel message. Most people just don't know how to present it... The clarity of the Gospel is what makes it easy for them to believe.” —Pastor Yankee Arnold, a quote from the excellent MP3 sermon titled, “WHY GRACE CAN SAVE THE WORST MAN!
False religions teach that if you're good, if you're sorry, if you turn away from your sinning, if you repent of your sin, if you surrender to Jesus as “Lord (Master) of your life, count the cost and pay the price, live a lifestyle of repentance, and faithfully run the Christian race until the end—only then can you go to Heaven. But those are LIES of the Devil! You can do all of these things and yet never have been saved at all. Jesus emphatically declared in John 3:7, “YE MUST BE BORN AGAIN.

I am proud of David Rutkin as my dear brother in Christ, because he preaches a free grace Gospel. In these perilous times of anarchy and apostasy in the United States and abroad, the inspired Word of God (the King James Bible) is being replaced with counterfeit Bibles that are doctrinally corrupted. For example: Look how the Easy-To-Read Version (ERV) changes and corrupts God's simple plan of salvation. Consequently, the Devil is succeeding at redefining the Gospel into a perverse religious package that cannot produce the new birth. Satan's greatest weapon is to con people into living the Christian life without ever being born-again!

I was delighted to find David Rutkin's website today, finding another brother in Christ who gets the Gospel correct! ...
“Salvation is not a sinner promising to turn from sin, sorrow for sin, or giving their life/heart to Jesus so that He will save them. Salvation has nothing to do with our promises or gifts to Christ. Salvation is simply us accepting Jesus’ satisfactory payment on the cross of Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins. We simply trust in Jesus alone to save us (Acts 16:31, Rom. 4:5, 1 Cor. 15:1-4, Eph. 2:8-9).”

SOURCE: The Crystal Clear Gospel Of Jesus Christ

Bravo! That reminds me of some wonderful quotes from one of my favorite preachers, Pastor Harry A. Ironside (1876-1951), which I will share with you in a moment. Pastor Ironside DIDN'T teach Lordship Salvation, he simply taught that Biblical repentance was necessary for salvation, which is evidenced in the following quote by Pastor Ironside:
"Repentance is the very opposite of meritorious experience. It is the confession that one is utterly without merit, and if he is ever saved at all it can only be through the merits of our Lord Jesus Christ, 'who gave himself a ransom for all.' Here is firm footing for the soul who realizes that all self-effort is but sinking sand. Christ alone is the Rock of our salvation."

SOURCE: Harry A. Ironside; Except Ye Repent, pg. 36
Clearly, Harry Ironside taught a free grace Gospel:
“The Gospel is not a call to repentance, or to amendment of our ways, to make restitution for past sins, or to promise to do better in the future. These things are proper in their place, but they do not constitute the Gospel; for the Gospel is not good advice to be obeyed, it is good news to be believed. Do not make the mistake then of thinking that the Gospel is a call to duty or a call to reformation, a call to better your condition, to behave yourself in a more perfect way than you have been doing in the past …

Nor is the Gospel a demand that you give up the world, that you give up your sins, that you break off bad habits, and try to cultivate good ones. You may do all these things, and yet never believe the Gospel and consequently never be saved at all.”

SOURCE: Harry A. Ironside, from the sermon: “What Is The Gospel?
Read these helpful words from Dr. Ironside's Gospel tract: “
ANOTHER GOSPEL? ...
"When anyone comes promising salvation to those ‘who make full surrender' of all that they have to God, and who 'pay the price of full salvation' he is preaching another gospel, for the price was paid on Calvary's cross and the work that saves is finished. It was Christ Jesus who made the full surrender when He yielded His life on Calvary that saves us, not our surrender in any way to Him."

SOURCE: Harry A. Ironside, from the Gospel tract, “Another Gospel
Harry Ironside just contradicted everything Pastor John MacArthur (pastor of Grace Community Church in California) teaches concerning salvation. In sharp contrast to Harry Ironside, here are some of MacArthur's foolish unbiblical teachings from his book: “The Gospel According to Jesus (Zondervan 1988):
Saving faith is "unconditional surrender, a complete resignation of self and absolute submission" (page 153).

"Salvation is for those who are willing to forsake everything" (page 78).

"Saving faith is a commitment to leave sin and follow Jesus Christ at all costs. Jesus takes no one unwilling to come on those terms" (page 87).

"Eternal life brings immediate death to self" (page 140).
Is this true? Absolutely not. John MacArthur is of the Devil and his doctrines are demonic!!! There is no way possible to reconcile the beliefs of John MacArthur with the inspired Word of God. Only a wicked person would even try to do so. Dr. MacArthur clearly teaches that no one can be saved unless they are willing to UNCONDITIONALLY SURRENDER and FORSAKE EVERYTHING. This is not what the Word of God teaches. Dear reader, Christ died on the cross to pay for our sins, not demand that we stop committing them to be rescued from Hell.

Certainly God wants every child of His to forsake evil and live a holy life, but that is an entirely different matter of sanctification and service, which has NOTHING to do with being justified. I love what Pilgrim's Progress author, John Bunyan (1628-1688), wisely 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.” —John Bunyan (1628-1688)
Amen and amen! The fatal error that so many clergy are making today is that they don't put a difference between the legal matter of justification, wrought without by the man Christ Jesus without; verses the paternal matter of sanctification, wrought by the indwelling Holy Spirit in every child of God (Romans 8:9; 1st John 3:24; Hebrews 12:6-8). That is sound doctrine!


Now let me quote to you again the great man of God, Harry A. Ironside:
"Nor is the Gospel a demand that you give up the world, that you give up your sins, that you break off bad habits, and try to cultivate good ones. You may do all these things, and yet never believe the Gospel and consequently never be saved at all."

SOURCE: Harry A. Ironside, from the sermon: “What Is The Gospel?
Salvation is a gift, paid for by Jesus' literal, physical, precious blood (1st Peter 1:18,19; 1st John 1:7; Hebrews 9:12; Revelation 1:5). We are saved by HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS (Matthew 6:33; Romans 10:3,4; 1st Corinthians 5:21), and not our own willingness to do better (Isaiah 64:6; Ephesians 2:8,9; Titus 3:5; Romans 4:5,6,22).

We don't give up our sins to get saved, we SHOULD give up our sins because we are saved; and that requires time to grow in God's grace (1st Peter 2:2). The Bible repeatedly uses that very word, “SHOULD,” plainly evidencing that we don't have to make an effort to stop sinning to get to Heaven. For example: Titus 2:11-12, “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;” The Bible is doctrinally accurate! You can trust your inspired King James Bible!!!
The Bible doesn't say:
  • We MUST live the Christian life to be saved (that would be WORKS).
  • We WILL live the Christian life if we are saved (that would be CALVINISM).
  • The Bible does say:

  • We SHOULD live the Christian life (to prove that we love Jesus - John 15:14).
I have been persecuted for my faith (2nd Timothy 3:12). Praise the Lord! I have been reprimanded, shunned and mistreated by umpteen church pastors, because I preach a free grace Gospel and sharply rebuke those who preach another gospel (Titus 1:9-14). I have been forced out of Baptist churches, scolded by pastors for contending for God's simple plan of salvation. One Baptist pastor called me “obsessed over the Bible.” What a tragic thing for any church leader to say! Buster, you better believe I'm obsessed about the things of God!

So was king David “obsessed” over God's Word in Psalms 119:139-140, “My zeal hath consumed me, because mine enemies have forgotten thy words. Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it. In Psalms chapter one, David said that he meditates upon God's Word day and night. That sounds obsessive a bit, don't you think? I say amen! Would to God that more Christians would obsess over the inspired Word of God. Dear friend, there is a direct link between the Bible version that you hold in your hand and the doctrines that you believe, your global view, and the lifestyle you ascribe to.

Here is a wonderful excerpt from Michael P. Bowen's helpful book titled: “I NEVER KNEW YOU: The Horror Of The Great White Throne Judgement And How You Can Avoid It”:
Here is the gospel: God says that we are sinners and that no amount of good works or behavioral changes on our part could ever make us holy enough to enter heaven. God sent His Son to pay for all of our sins. Jesus paid for our crimes by dying on the cross for us all. His dead body was buried in a grave. On the third day, Jesus arose from the dead. The instant you believe this, He knows it and He saves you. “Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that believeth on Me hath everlasting life”(John 6:47). The free gift is based solely upon your trust in what Jesus did for you and has nothing at all to do with what you do for Him. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9). ~Michael P. Bowen, “I Never Knew You,” p. xii
There you have it friend, how to know that you're going to Heaven in just 30 seconds!

“But we've so muddied the Gospel, that when men want to make a decision to trust Christ, we've made it so complicated that they can't make a simple decision to 'Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.' We'll say, 'If you don't do this' or 'You don't do that' or 'You haven't done that,' you're not saved'; but the truth of the matter is that when asked in the Bible, 'Sirs, what must I do to be saved?,' one clear simple answer was given to him — 'Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.'” —Pastor Curtis Hutson, “Things That Are Different Are Not The Same” (preached at Southwide Baptist Fellowship on October 3, 1994)


God bless you dear reader and thank you for taking the time to read my blog. To God alone be ALL the praise, credit, thanks and glory, because without Jesus we can do nothing (John 15:5). Jesus is precious!!!

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