D o c t r i n a l S t a t e m e n t
Statement of Christian Faith by David J. Stewart
THE HOLY SCRIPTURES
I'm as narrow-minded as the Bible. Everything I believe is based upon the TRUTH that the Holy Bible is God's inspired and preserved Words. The Bible can be summed up in one word—TRUTH (John 17:17).
I believe in the infallible, inspired, preserved, perfect, Word of God. When I use the term “Word of God,” I believe it refers to the King James Bible in English as being the infallible, preserved, inerrant, inspired, perfect, Words of God. I believe in the verbal, plenary, inspiration of the Bible. The Old and New Testament are definitely inspired word-for-word. I accept the Textus Receptus (i.e. Received Text or Majority Text) manuscripts from which the King James Bible was translated in 1611.
The Holy Scripture are the final and only Authority in all matters of faith, morals, life and practice. I recognize the 1611 King James Bible as the fulfillment of God's promise to preserve His Word unto all generations in Psalm 12:6-8. I believe that ALL modern translations are corrupt, which are based upon the 1881 heretical work of Brooke Westcott and Fenton Hort (which are based upon the corrupt texts from Alexandria, Egypt). I believe that the “original” autographs of the Word of God are in Heaven (Psalm 119:89). The King James Bible is definitely INSPIRED by God. Inspiration does not merely refer to the process of God giving His Words to man; but rather, it means that they are God's words. The words came from God, as the Holy Spirit breathed His Words upon holy men of old. There's not one word in the Holy Bible, not even a pronoun, which hasn't come forth from the mouth of God (Matthew4:4).
God didn't merely inspire His thoughts to man; but rather, God gave His inspired Words to man (word-for-word inspiration). The King James Bible is the result of God keeping His divine promise in Psalms 12:6-7 to preserve His “pure words” unto all generations. This passage of Scripture has been changed in ALL modern Alexandrian Bible revisions, saying that God preserve the saints, not His pure words. It is wicked blasphemy and treason against Heaven.
Job 32:8, “But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.” God's Words are God-breathed. They were inspired in Heaven before God ever gave the first word to Moses. God's Words will always be inspired. Languages are not inspired; God's WORDS are inspired. If correctly translated, then God's Words retain their inspiration. The modern corrupted Bible version are not inspired, nor are they “holy” as they falsely claim, because they have been intentionally corrupted to fit the wicked agendas of our adulterous and untoward generation. God's Word NEVER changes (Malachi 3:6; Matthew 5:18). Before God ever spoke the universe into existence, the last Word of Revelation was already recorded in Heaven. God promised to preserve His “Words,” not a language. God's Words are inspired, regardless of the language into which they are translated. God's Word will always be inspired and preserved.
God speaks to us today through His Son (Hebrews 1:1,2), i.e., through the written Word of God. Jesus is the Living Word (John 1:1-3,14; Revelation 19:13). Jesus commanded us... SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES! (John 5:39). God said it, that settles it! The Living Word is revealed by the Written Word. I do not believe in double inspiration. That is, I do not believe that the King James Bible was given by inspiration. I do not believe that only the original autograph's were inspired. Translations, if correctly translated, are also inspired. This truth is evidenced by hundreds of New Testament quotes from the Old Testament, which were not quoted from original manuscripts. A translation can also be inspired if done correctly, because God's WORDS are inspired.
The italics added by the translators are also inspired. Jesus quotes Deuteronomy 8:3b (“Man doth not live by bread alone, but by every word which proceedeth out of the mouth of God”) in Matthew 4:4. The word “word” is in italics in Deuteronomy 8:3, but is not in italics in Matthew 4:4. I believe that every jot and tittle (the smallest grammatical marks in a language) are inspired by God (Matthew 5:18). Every word of the Holy Bible is inspired by God. There are no periods, commas, semicolons or parenthesis in the origin Bible. These were added by men. I believe that the 1611 King James Bible (and subsequent text-corrected editions, not revisions) are the preserved INSPIRED Words of God!!!
Thus, it is perfectly proper and right to say, “Thank God for the preserved and inspired, inerrant, infallible perfect, King James Bible!!!” The 47 humble King James translators themselves said that they were not trying to make a perfect translation; but rather, wanted with God's help to make a good one better. Yet, God's sovereignty supercedes man's understanding and abilities. It is clear to see in hindsight from the 20th century, that God's Holy Spirit was involved in the work of producing the King James Bible. It is a miracle of modern times! Yes, we do have a divinely INSPIRED Bible today in the King James Bible!!! Love the KJB!!!
Again, I do not believe that the King James Bible was given by inspiration; but rather, 47 translators had the incorruptible Words of God to work with, and faithfully translated those incorruptible words into the English speaking language in the beautiful Elizabethan language of our precious King James Bible. There were 47 translators (there were originally 54 men, but 7 quit because they didn't feel “worthy” for such an on-taking to translate God's Word). I find no fault in the King James Bible. I'm tired of hearing preachers pick on the King James Bible, saying—this should have been translated better, or that is wrong, and this wasn't done right, et cetera. The Devil loves to shake the believer's confidence in God's Word. Many preachers started waking up in the mid 1980's when the second publishing of the New International Version (NIV) 1984 went public. The churches were shocked! The NIV took the Bible-changing-movement to a whole new level. And now with the NIV 2011, it is much easier to see what Satan is doing. The content between the NIV 1984 and the NIV 2011 has CHANGED by a shocking rate of 38.8%!!! Did God's Word change 27% in just 37 years??? Hey, my beloved King James Bible didn't change one bit... NOT ONE BIT!!! You can trust your KING JAMES BIBLE!!!
Catholicism's infamous “Mother Theresa” said before her death that she had never felt the presence of God in her life. Of course she didn't, she worshipped God in vain by following the traditions of men instead of obeying the Commandments of God (Mark 7:6-13). She rejected the saving power of the Gospel (Romans 1:16). Matthew 22:29, “Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the Scriptures, nor the power of God.” Genuine salvation means regeneration, being born anew of the Spirit of God by the Seed of God's Word (1st Peter 1:23). Salvation is NOT rehabilitation, nor education, nor reformation, nor legislation; but rather, regeneration (born again).
Catholics ignore the Bible, choosing rather to trust sinful priests who walk in darkness, the blind leading the blind. Catholics trust in sacramental salvation (that is, keeping the seven sacraments) to get to Heaven. This is a false plan of salvation based upon works. Hebrews 6:1 teaches for us to repent from DEAD WORKS (i.e., trying to get to Heaven our own way), and instead believe the Gospel. Religion is the worst thing that ever happened to this world. Salvation is not found in any religion; but rather, in a person; namely, the Lord Jesus Christ!
All Scripture quotes on this webpage are only from the precious King James Bible. Many heresies have crept into our churches because of corrupt versions of God's Word, especially the damnable New International Version (NIV). Why would anyone use the NIV? The updated 2011 NIV has changed 38.8% of its content since the 1984 NIV. Has the English language changed that much in 27-years? Instead of publishing a whole new Bible version, Biblica are continually updating the NIV, so that churches are UNAWARE that Satan is continually changing their Bible. Satan is laughing!!! The Bible is our spiritual food, our milk and meat. Satan has poisoned our spiritual food, and the churches are gobbling it down and asking for seconds. Does your church have spiritual food poisoning?
Our Final Authority on ALL matters of faith and living is the inspired and preserved Word of God, which in English is our beloved King James Bible. I only use the King James Bible, which is translated from the Textus Receptus originating in Antioch, Syria. I strongly reject all modern Bible versions, which are based upon the corrupt Alexandrian, Egypt, manuscripts compiled by Brooke Westcott and Fenton Hort Greek (19th century occultists). I also reject the Rudolph Kittle's Old Testament upon which the modern versions are based.
Whether you like it or not, it's God's way or the highway. Literally, the Bible teaches that most people are traveling on a highway to Hell and destruction (Matthew 7:13-14). God doesn't play games. You go through Jesus to Heaven or you burn in the Lake of Fire. It's that simple. A poll revealed that only 7% of Americans believe the Bible. It is any wonder why America has gone to Hell in a wheelbarrow?
A genuine man of God preaches with authority, because the Bible is an authoritative Book, authored by an authoritative God. God is the divine Lawgiver (James 4:12). God is the Final Authority and His Word, Sola Scriptura, stands as the Final and Only Word. This is why so many people hate the precious King James Bible—It is Authoritative. Feminists hate an authoritative husband, and an authoritative pastor, and an authoritative God. As born-again Christians, we embrace the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ!
I believe that there is a real, personal, God to Whom we are commanded to pray as Christians. Prayer is not optional for the genuine believer. Jesus warned about praying like the heathen do in Matthew 6:7-8, who think they'll be heard for their much speaking. The Bible rebukes all forms of formalized chants, recitals, vain repetition, yoga meditation and Rosaries. Some heathen psychologists have taught that prayer is a helpful therapy, used as a form of meditation. May I say, this is heathendom and not Biblical prayer. The Bible discourages the idea that longer periods of prayer result in greater blessings from God (Matthew 6:7-8). The believer's privileged right to approach God's throne of grace is solely based upon Christ's sprinkled blood on the heavenly Mercy Seat (Hebrews 4:14-16). I believe that even short times spent in prayer can result in big answers from God. True prayer is dependence upon a personal God. I totally reject the New Age concept of a divine nature, or force of the universe, instead of a personal God that desires personal fellowship with man. Daniel 11:38 prophecies that the Antichrist will honour “the god of forces” instead of the Lord Jesus Christ. I believe in the power of God, which is what makes prayer powerful.
Christians ought to be thankful to God and continually express their gratitude in prayer as Philippians 4:6-7 and 1st Thessalonians 5:18 teach. In Every Thing Give Thanks | The Atheism of Prayerlessness.
God is omnipotent (all-powerful), omnipresent (everywhere), and omniscient (knows all). I believe there is one God, eternally existent, Creator of Heaven and earth (Deuteronomy 6:4). He has manifest Himself in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (all co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and each having the same attributes and perfections).
Deuteronomy 6:4 | 2nd Corinthians 13:14 | Isaiah 7:14 | Isaiah 9:6 | Genesis 1:2
John 14:9 | 1st Timothy 3:16 | 1st John 5:7
God is a Person, eternally existing as a Trinity in unity—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—three Persons; and yet but one God (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; 1st Corinthians 8:6). Although the word “Trinity” is not found in the Bible, the word “Godhead” certainly is (Acts 17:29; Romans 1:20; Colossians 2:9 - King James Bible). Modern corrupt Bible versions completely remove the all-important word GODHEAD. The Godhead became incarnate in the Person of Jesus Christ (John 1:1-3,14; Colossians 2:9; 1st Timothy 3:16). Modern perversions of the Bible completely remove the word “Godhead.” Jesus is not only the Son of God, but also God the Son. Beware of the corrupt
Modern Bible Revisions That Attack Christ's Deity By Removing “Begotten” From 1st John 4:9.
The Doctrine Of God The Father (Pastor Jeff Owens)
Christians are not “polytheists” (as Muslims allege) because we do NOT believe in multiple Gods. We believe there is one God Who has manifested (i.e., revealed) Himself to mankind in the form of a Godhead. Jesus Christ is called the “Everlasting Father” in Isaiah 9:6. In Revelation 1:8 Jesus identifies Himself as “The Almighty.” Jesus plainly declared that He and the Father are ONE (John 10:30). Colossians 2:2 calls this the “mystery of God.” We don't have to understand Jesus to be saved, we just need to believe on Him (Acts 16:31). The Godhead is a mystery. To them who believe, no explanation is necessary; to them who believe not, no explanation is possible.
It is God Who will gather the end time nations against Israel (Zechariah 14:2), so that He may show forth His glory and omnipotent power and destroy His enemies! The forming New World Order is of the Devil—a Godless Global Totalitarian Communist Police State! Albeit, neither Lucifer nor man can do anything without God's permission. Hence, ultimately God is always in control and the nations are as the “drop of a bucket” to Him (Isaiah 40:15).
THE IMPORTANCE OF THE LITERAL, PHYSICAL, PRECIOUS BLOOD OF JESUS
The most important doctrine in the Bible is the blood of Jesus Christ. From Genesis to Revelation the Bible proclaims the precious blood of Jesus, which washes away our sins! God deliver us from the apostate theology of our day that ignores and denies the importance and necessity of the literal, physical, precious blood of Jesus Christ! Amen!
The final plague upon Egypt was to be the death of all the firstborn of humans and animals. But God made a way of escape! Anyone who killed a male lamb, without spot nor blemish, and APPLIED THE BLOOD of that lamb to the doorposts of the home, the firstborn would be saved. Exodus 12:13, “And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and WHEN I SEE THE BLOOD, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.” Again, we see that God required a blood sacrifice.
The killing of the animal WASN'T enough. The literal, physical, blood had to be applied! An understanding of the importance of the blood being applied is so critically important to one's understanding of the Bible, theology and salvation! Hebrews 9:12 and 24 teach that Jesus brought His own physical blood with Him into the heavenly Holy Place to appear in the presence of the Father, applying His blood to the Mercy Seat, to once and for all take away our sins. Amen!
When Adam and Eve sinned, Adam tried to cover their sins with clothing made of fig leaves. This represents man's self-righteousness, religious devotion and good works. God rejected their efforts to hide their sins. God went and killed an innocent animal, shedding it's literal blood, taking it's life, to provide skins of clothing for Adam and Eve. This represents God's righteousness, which is only in Christ Jesus. Matthew 6:33 teaches that we need HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS. This is what Romans 10:3-4 and 2nd Corinthians 5:21 teach. Repeatedly king David spoke of THY RIGHTEOUSNESS throughout the Psalms. Amen! We are saved by the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ.
THE PERSON AND WORK OF CHRIST
I believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men.
John 1: 1,3 | Luke 1:35
I believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is sinless and perfect in every way, and that He accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice, and that our justification is made sure by His LITERAL physical resurrection from the dead and LITERAL blood sacrifice in Heaven (Hebrews 9:12,24).
Romans 3:24,25 | 1st Peter 2:24 | Ephesians 1:7 | 1st Peter 1:3-5
Jesus' literal, physical blood paid for all sins (past, present, and future) of the whole world.
2nd Corinthians 5:21 | Hebrews 10:10-14 | Hebrews 9:12, 24-28 | Acts 13:38-41 | 1st Peter 2:24
I John 3:5 | 1st John 2:2
I believe that the Lord Jesus Christ bodily ascended into Heaven, and He is now exalted at he right hand of God the Father, where as our High Priest He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate.
Acts 1:9,10 | Hebrews 4:15,16; 7:25; 9:12,24 | Romans 8:34 | 1st John 2:1,2
Jesus Christ, eternally existing, is the only begotten Son of God (John 3:16), Who became a man totally apart from sin, being conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary (Isaiah 7:14), and is true God and true man (Luke 1:30-35; John 1:1-15; Philippians 2:5-8; Colossians 1:15). Jesus is Almighty God (John 10:33; Colossians 2:9; Revelation 1:8). Jesus is the Creator (John 1:2-3; Colossians 1:16). The Creator became flesh (John 1:10-14). The Godhead became incarnate in the human body of the Lord Jesus Christ (1st Timothy 3:16).
THE FALLEN HUMAN RACE — THE SIN NATURE
I believe each member of the human race is fallen, sinful and lost, and regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential for the salvation of man. The solution to sin is not education, legislation, rehabilitation, nor reformation; but regeneration.
Romans 3:23 | John 3:7 | Titus 3:5 | Luke 24:49
Man was created in the image of God; but man chose to sin, bringing not only physical death but also spiritual death into the world (Romans 5:12; 6:23). Physical death is separation of the soul and spirit from the body. Every human being is born spiritually dead, without God. Each person must be born again for God's Holy Spirit to give life to our spirit (John 3:3). The second death is separation from God for all eternity for those who fail to become born again in this life (2nd Thessalonians 1:8,9).
All people must die a physical death, but we can avoid the second death (Revelation 21:8) through being born-again (Hebrews 9:27; Romans 8:1). All mankind is totally depraved, having inherited a sinful nature from Adam (Romans 5:15); is inclined toward sinning (Isaiah 64:6); and is by nature sinful in thought, word, and deed (Jeremiah 17:9; Genesis 1:26, 27; 2:16, 17; 3:6-19; Romans 3:10-23; 6:23). The sin nature cannot be corrected through education, reformation, or indoctrination. The sin nature cannot be tamed (Jeremiah 17:9; James 3:8). The only hope is in Christ Jesus (Romans 5:1).
BLOOD SACRIFICE SPRINKLED ON THE HEAVENLY MERCY SEAT
The Lord Jesus Christ suffered and died as a vicarious (substitutionary) sacrifice for the sins of the whole world. He arose from the dead with a literal, physical, glorified body, displaying His scars; He visibly and bodily ascended into Heaven, where He is presently seated at the right hand of God the Father as Head of the Church, making intercession for the saints as our High Priest (Hebrews 4:15,16; Luke 24; Acts 1:9-11; Romans 5:8-10; Ephesians 1:20-23; 1st Peter 3:18). It is Jesus' LITERAL liquid blood that takes away our sins; not just the death of Christ as John MacArthur wrongfully teaches. If the blood hadn't been applied to the mercy seat in Heaven, we would all be going to Hell. From the blood sacrifice of Abel to the blood of the Lamb in Revelation, the major theme of the Word of God is Christ's blood. It's Not The Shedding Of Jesus' Blood That Saves, But The 'SPRINKLING' Of That Shed Blood.
It wasn't enough for the Passover lamb to be killed in Egypt, the literal blood of the lamb had to be applied to the lintel and doorposts of the home. Exodus 12:13 states, “...when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.” When the Lord passed through Egypt, He was looking for the literal blood. A dead lamb was insufficient to save. Dr. John MacArthur is an unsaved Modernist, who denies the efficacy of the literal, liquid blood of Jesus Christ. Hebrews 9:12 settles the matter. There is NO controversy if you believe the Bible.
“Atonement” is an Old Testament word, which means “to cover.” Jesus' blood did NOT atone for our sins; but rather, Jesus' blood took away our sins forever. The blood of bulls and goats could not save in the Old Testament (Hebrews 10:4), but could only provide a temporary “covering” for sins. The blood of Jesus satisfied the wrath of God (propitiation), and needed only be applied ONCE upon the Heavenly mercy seat (Hebrews 9:12,24). Please listen to “OUR PROPITIATION” (an awesome MP3 sermon by Dr. Jack Hyles). We are redeemed by Jesus' literal blood sacrifice (1st Peter 1:18,19), “THROUGH FAITH IN HIS BLOOD” (Romans 3:25; Colossians 1:14). Beware of any false teacher (like Dr. John MacArthur) who says that Jesus' blood soaked into the ground at Calvary and never made it to the mercy seat in Heaven.
—Pastor Jack Hyles, an excellent quote from the MP3 sermon, “Our Propitiation.”
I DO NOT believe in Lordship Salvation as do John MacArthur and Ray Comfort, nor do I believe in any backdoor approach to Lordship Salvation as do Jack Chick and David Cloud. We are saved solely by God's righteousness imputed through faith in Christ (Philippians 3:9). It is not what we can do that saves us; but rather, what Christ has done for us at Calvary and the Mercy Seat in Heaven (Hebrews 9:11-12,24). The blood had to be applied in Heaven, just as the lamb's blood had to be applied to the mercyseat in the holy of holies in the Old Testament. The Tabernacle in Heaven is a prototype of the one they had on earth.
Man is lost and must be born-again to enter the Kingdom of God. Salvation is by grace alone through personal faith in the finished redemptive work of Christ (John 1:12; 3:3-7; Ephesians 2:8,9). Neither giving up the world, nor making a commitment to God, nor forsaking one's sinful bad habits, nor amending one's ways, nor living a life of obedience are required for salvation. Salvation is not partial faith in Christ plus human effort. The Gospel is obeyed the moment a SINNER places their trust in the DEATH of Christ on the cross for their sins, His BURIAL and bodily RESURRECTION (1st Corinthians 15:1-4; Romans 10:9-10). Salvation is completely of the Lord. Our part is simply to BELIEVE, God does the rest. Man has no part in salvation except to get out of the way and let the Lord doing the saving, all of it! Hebrews 4:10-11 tells us to completely rest in Christ for salvation.
I believe that man is saved by undeserved mercy through faith in Christ's work of redemption, and nothing of man enters into his salvation. Salvation is 100% of God. It is a free gift. Salvation is receiving, not giving. Salvation is a “take” proposition, not a “give” proposition. Man's efforts, regardless of how good or well-intended, before or after salvation, have nothing to do with obtaining or keeping salvation. Salvation is by the finished work of Christ, and nothing can be added to it (Titus 3:5; Ephesians 2:8,9; Galatians 2:16; Romans 4:3-5; Romans 11:6; Colossians 2:13; Romans 3:22). It is our faith in THE GOSPEL that saves us. The Bible says that the Gospel is the POWER OF GOD unto salvation to them that believe (Romans 1:16; John 1:12-13).
Religion, Kaballah, humanism and evolution are satanic substitutes for the Gospel. The man who has no hope is far better off than the man with a false hope, because the man with no hope is still searching. Satan's goal is to give people a false hope, so they'll trust in a false plan of salvation and go to Hell to burn forever. Salvation is not doing your best, it is having Christ's best put to your account through receiving Him by faith. God will not save anyone who is trying to be saved, He will only save those who are trusting to be saved.
I believe repentance is necessary for salvation. Mark 1:15, “...repent ye, and believe the gospel.” The Greek word for “repent” here is the verb “metanoeo,” which translated into English means, “to think differently.” The noun form of the word is “metanoia,” meaning, “a change of mind.” Please read, “The Great Meaning Of METANOIA.” It does not mean to stop sinning, since that would mean self-righteous works for salvation. We are commanded to repent and believe the Gospel, not repent and turn from sin. We turn to Jesus to be forgiven of our sins, we don't turn from our sins in order to trust Jesus.
Many mighty preachers, such as Charles H. Spurgeon and John R. Rice (founder of the Sword of the Lord) correctly teach turning from sin to be saved, but they are referring to acknowledging one's sinnership, not ceasing from committing sin. Personally, I'd prefer that they not use such terminology, because it confuses people. Always remember that preachers at best are mere fallible men, capable of doctrinal error. The inspired Word of God is our final and only authority in all matters of doctrine, morality and faith. If a person has to stop committing sin to be saved, then how can anyone be saved? There is much confusion over the phrase “turn from sin,” but if the Biblical teaching that eternal life is a free gift is not forgotten, then the truth becomes very clear. A gift cannot be earned. Salvation is not a reward, it is the free gift of God (Romans 5:15; 6:23).
Furthermore, the phrases “turn from sin” or “repent from sin” are not found in the Bible. In the Gospel of John, the words “believe” and “believed” are mentioned 85 times, but the word “repent” is not mentioned even once. This evidences that we are saved by believing, which includes repentance. 1st John 5:13 tells us the Epistle of 1st John was written “that ye may know that ye have eternal life,” yet the apostle John doesn't mention the words “repent” or “repentance” even once. Clearly, the man who believes the Gospel has also repented.
Dr. Jack Hyles 100% correctly and Biblically states concerning repentance...
“Repentance is not some little silly, 'I'm sorry.' Repentance is not simply a fear of God. Repentance is not a monk fasting and afflicting his body in a monastery. Repentance is not remorse because of sin's consequences. Repentance is not penance performed before the pope as you kiss his toe... Repentance is not being sorry for what I've done wrong. It is not confessing one's sins to a priest. It is not just conviction of sin. It is not the signing of a pledge of abstinence. Repentance is that thing when you come before God and see yourself as you are, and see Him as he is, and say with Isaiah 'Woe is me, for I am unclean!'” —Pastor Jack Hyles (1926-2001), a quote from the timeless MP3 sermon, THE GOODNESS OF GOD LEADETH TO REPENTANCE!
Pastor Bob Gray Sr. at the Longview Baptist Temple church in Texas correctly preaches . . .
“Repentance means to change your mind—change your mind—change your mind about how you want to get to Heaven to what God says you've got to do to get to Heaven. If you've got to repent of all your sins, you're still headed for Hell tonight.” —Pastor Bob Gray Sr., a quote from the awesome MP3 sermon, Why You Should Be A Part Of A Growing Church
In his excellent book, I NEVER KNEW YOU, Michael Patrick Bowen states . . .
“You can live for Christ, you can love Christ, you can serve Him with all your might, time, talent and wealth. You can pray to Him, read your Bible, get water-baptized, join a church, witness to people, and do every wonderful work contained within the realm of Christianity, but if you fail to trust Jesus Christ alone for your salvation, He will “dump” you.”
SOURCE:I NEVER KNEW YOU (.pdf), by Michael P. Bowen; by Barbour Books, © 2009; page 77.
Beware of the false teaching in most churches today, even many Baptist churches, which says that you have to forsake sinful living to get saved, commit your life to Christ and surrender fully to Christ's Lordship. Satan loves to corrupt the gospel by either requiring good works to be saved, or by subtracting bad works to be saved. Whether good or bad, both are DEAD WORKS! (Hebrews 6:1).
Michael Patrick Bowen correctly explains Biblical repentance...
“Repent, as Christ meant it to be in terms of salvation, means to change your mind from trusting in what you can do for God to trusting only in what He can do for you.”
SOURCE: Michael Patrick Bowen, a quote from the awesome book, “I NEVER NEW YOU” (Page 114)
When Dr. Rice says that a sinner must “turn
from sin” to be saved, he simply means that a sinner must acknowledge
their sinnership, which is exactly what
Curtis Hutson taught.
When a man turns to Christ by faith, he has turned his back against sin. This is why we find the word “believe” mentioned 85-times in the Gospel of John, but the word “repent” is never mentioned even once. Thus, the man who believes on Jesus has repented, and the man who repents has believed on Christ. The solution to sin is not education, legislation, rehabilitation, nor reformation, but regeneration. Repentance and faith are inseparable. They occur simultaneously. Lordship Salvationists attempt to divide repentance and faith, but you cannot. The old-time preachers who required forsaking sinful behavior to be saved were not saved!!!
Many false prophets, such as Ray Comfort and John MacArthur, misinterpret the meaning of repentance as ceasing from a sinful lifestyle. The Bible does not teach that. This heresy is commonly referred to as “Lordship Salvation,” which I DO NOT believe at all. Other Bible teachers, such as David Cloud and Jack Chick teach a backdoor approach to Lordship Salvation, i.e., that a sinner must be “willing” to reform as a prerequisite to saving faith. Pastor Aiden Tozer also taught this heresy. The Bible does not teach that. Salvation is without works of self-righteousness. Romans 4:5, “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on Him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.” Amen! We are saved by the IMPUTED righteousness of Jesus Christ.
We are saved solely by Jesus' righteousness, and not by our own self-righteousness in any way. The desire to forsake one's sins is not a prerequisite to faith in Christ. The sincere admission of one's guilt of sin for breaking God's commandments is sufficient. The only requirement is for a person to realize that they have sinned against God and; therefore, need a Savior. It is not what we can do for God that saves us; but rather, what Jesus Christ did for us through His work of redemption. Jesus paid a debt that He did not owe, because we owed a debt that we could not pay.
It's not what you're doing that gets you to Heaven, it's where you're looking. LOOK TO JESUS!
Our part is simply to trust on Jesus Christ, God makes the necessary changes. Dr. John R. Rice said it well...
“The change in your heart, sinner, is God's part and you may be sure He will attend to that. Your part is to simply believe in Him. Whatever else is necessary in your eternal salvation, the Lord attends to when you trust in Him, or believe in Him.”
SOURCE: What Must I DO To Be Saved, by Dr. John R. Rice
Pastor Harry Ironside makes this excellent statement . . .
The Gospel is not a call to repentance from sins; but rather, repentance toward God (Acts 20:21). This is what Dr. Ironside means when he says that the Gospel is “not a call to repentance.” He is speaking about the type of phony repentance that Judas experienced. Charles Spurgeon taught the same thing about Repentance.
Please note that there are two different words used for “repentance” when comparing the repentance of the sinner unto salvation verses the repentance of Judas in Matthew 27:3, “Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders.” Judas was sorry for what he had done, but that is not Biblical repentance unto salvation. Judas went to Hell. Jesus called Judas “a devil” in John 6:70. Many people are sorry for their sins, but that is not Biblical repentance unto salvation. You can be sorry for your sins and still go to Hell. Biblical repentance is realizing that one has sinned against a holy God by violating God's commandments. The repentance that God requires is a change of mind toward one's sins and the Savior, that compels a person to obey the Gospel by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ. We are saved by BELIEVING, period. Acts 2:41 says 3,000 souls gladly received the Gospel message when they heard it preached, and they were saved.
I believe it is every Christian's privilege and duty to make clear God's plan of salvation wherever and in whatever vocation he or she may be (Proverb 11:30; Mark 16:15; 1st Thessalonians 2:4; Matthew 28:19, 20; 2nd Corinthians 5:11).
“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!"
Scriptures on salvation:
All men are sinners...
Romans 3:10 | Isaiah 64:6 | Romans 3:23 | James 2:10 | Jeremiah 17:9
The penalty of sin is death, which includes a second
death in the lake of Fire...
Romans 6:23 | Ezekiel 18:20 | Revelation 20:11-15, 21:8 | Revelation 20:11-15
God in His unconditional love has provided a Sin-bearer,
Jesus Christ, to pay for our sins...
1st John 3:16 | 2nd Corinthians 5:21 | Philippians 3:9 | Isaiah 53:6 | 1st Peter 3:18 | Romans 5:8
Man needs only believe on the Lord
Jesus Christ as his personal Savior for the forgiveness of sins and
John 3:16 | Romans 10:9 | John 1:12 | Acts 16:31 | John 6:40 | John 10:9 | Romans 10:13
Man can be certain of his
salvation immediately upon receiving Christ as Savior, and his
salvation cannot be lost because salvation is of the Lord. Eternal life is eternal...
John 1:12 | Titus 1:2 | John 6:37-39 | John 10:28 | 1st Peter 1:5 | Hebrews 10:10-14 | 1st John 5:13
Eternal life is a “free gift” (Romans 5:15), freely offered (Romans 10:13), and freely received (Revelation 22:17). Salvation is paid for by the literal, physical, precious, liquid, blood of Jesus Christ (1st Peter 1:18,19).
Lordship Salvationists combine the FRUIT with the ROOT, and in so doing corrupt the simplicity that is in Christ (2nd Corinthians 11:3-4). How can a tree produce FRUIT until there is first the ROOT, and the tree has had time to grow? How can a child run a marathon until he first learns to run? How can he run until he first learns to walk? How can he walk until he first learns to crawl? How can a baby run a marathon? When a person gets saved, they are as a spiritual baby slobbering on themselves in total ignorance, in need of mentorship and indoctrination with the Word of God. This is part of The Great Commission, to mentor converts (Matthew 28:19-20).
Here is one of the best quotes that I've found on repentance, by Dr. Harry A. Ironside (1876-1951):
“Which comes first, repentance or faith? In Scripture we read, 'Repent ye, and believe the gospel.' Yet we find true believers exhorted to 'repent, and do the first works.' So intimately are the two related that you cannot have one without the other. The man who believes God repents; the repentant soul puts his trust in the Lord when the Gospel is revealed to him. Theologians may wrangle over this, but the fact is, no man repents until the Holy Spirit produces repentance in his soul through the truth. No man believes the Gospel and rests in it for his own salvation until he has judged himself as a needy sinner before God. And this is repentance.” (Except Ye Repent, p. 16)
If you are a parent, your child didn't make a commitment to become your child; but rather, they were born beyond their power to become your child. Likewise, we are born-again by a supernatural miracle of God in response to our faith (John 1:12-14). Just as a child has absolutely NOTHING to do with his or her own birth, neither does the Christian have anything to do with their spiritual birth. It is completely of God. Our part is done the moment we believe, receiving Jesus as the Christ, the Son of God. John 1:12, “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.”
EVIDENCE OF SALVATION
The only evidence of salvation is revealed by the testimony of a person's own mouth concerning the Lord Jesus Christ. When the Apostle Paul first wrote to the Church at Corinth, all he wanted to know was their attitude toward Christ. 1st Corinthians 2:2, “For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” It is heresy to teach that a person can know he is saved or lost because of his behavior, or for others to believe a person is saved or lost because of their behavior (Galatians 2:16; Romans 4:5-6; 11:6).
Some false prophets attempt to use the Epistle of 1st John to bolster their heresy of Lordship Salvation. However, this is not possible. 1st John 5:13 tells us that the theme of the Epistle is that every believer may “KNOW that ye have eternal life.” It must be understood that the emphasis of 1st John is not upon behavior as an indicator of salvation; but rather, behavior as evidence of the presence of the Holy Spirit indwelling the true believer. 1st John 3:24b, “And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.” It is the presence of the indwelling Holy Spirit that bears witness with our spirit that we are God's child (Romans 8:8,16).
There are many unsaved Roman Catholics who live moral lives and love others. If the evidence of salvation were mere behavior, as some errantly allude from the Epistle of 1st John, then many members of false religions could claim to be saved. Biblically, it is the presence of the Holy Spirit that confirms our salvation, which unsaved religious people do not have. Remember, Satan's greatest weapon is to con people into living the Christian life without ever being born-again.
Evidence of salvation must never be based upon feelings, experiences, what other people think, or what religion says. Religion wants to fit us with glasses, but the Lord wants to open our eyes. We are saved by believing upon Christ's sacrifice upon the cross for our sins and His resurrection. 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.” We have the promises of God to confirm our salvation (John 3:16; Titus 1:2), and the Holy Spirit which He has given to us (1st Corinthians 3:16-17). I have the Holy Spirit living in me, do you my friend?
James 2:18-19, “Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.” The demons believed, but they believed TOO LATE! The rich man in Hell also believed, but it was TOO LATE (Luke 16:19-31). It's been said that Hell is truth believed too late! It is important to realize that James is speaking of being justified in the eyes of men, and not God. James says “shew me” and “shew you,” not shew God. The Apostle James speaks concerning the FRUIT of a believer's faith. Whereas the Apostle Paul in Romans 4:3-6 speaks concerning the ROOT of the believer's faith.
We read in Genesis 15:6 that Abraham was saved by believing upon the Lord, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. We later read in Genesis 22 that Abraham was justified in the eyes of man by offering up Isaac as God had commanded him to do (James 2:21). Genesis 22:12, “And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.” Carefully notice that in Genesis 22:1-12 God was testing Abraham's Christian character, not his salvation. The Bible doesn't say, now God knew that Abraham was saved; but rather, “now I know that thou fearest God.” The offering up of Isaac had absolutely nothing to do with salvation. With men we are justified by works alone, but with God we are justified by faith alone.
A changed life is the FRUIT of genuine repentance, and not a part of the ROOT of saving-faith. However, it is wrong and unbiblical to mandate a changed life as proof or authenticity of faith and salvation. Just because a tree bears no fruit doesn't mean that there is no root. Likewise, there will be many Christians at The Judgment Seat of Christ who will receive no rewards, “saved; yet so as by fire” (1st Corinthians 3:15). They are saved, but will receive no rewards! The Bible is filled with examples of sinful believers who backslid and you never would have known they were a believer (such as lot, Samson, Solomon, Peter, David, Demas, et cetera).
Galatians 2:16 | Romans 4:5 | Romans 11:6
CHRISTIAN SERVICE, CONTENDING FOR THE FAITH, AND SOUL-WINNING
Christian service is NOT required for salvation. We are saved by HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, i.e., the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ (Matthew 6:33; 2nd Corinthians 5:21).
Every believer is required to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service (Romans 12:1). God did not intend for believers to sit idle, filling 18-inches of pew every Sunday, doing nothing for God. Ephesians 5:11 commands believers to “refute” (Greek: elencho, which means, “to expose”) all works of darkness. As believers we are commanded to stand up against evil and the workers of iniquity (Psalm 94:16). Most believers today are sitting on their blessed assurance doing nothing for God. They cannot lose their eternal life, never, ever; but they will have few rewards in Heaven (1st Corinthians 3:15).
It is a tragedy that many Christians live shallow Christian lives. The Word of God emphasizes the importance of total dedication, not to be saved, but because we ARE saved. We don't live right to GET saved; we live right because we ARE saved. “Shallow Christianity” cannot be cured by adding works to salvation. A changed life is the FRUIT of genuine repentance, and not a part of the ROOT of saving faith.
The true child of God is not under the Law anymore, but is under grace. Amen! He is saved by grace and disciplined by grace (Romans 6:14,15; Romans 11:6; 2nd Corinthians 3:17). God forbid: yea, we establish the law." No believer has God's permission to sin. Romans 3:31, “Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: Yea, we establish the Law” (Romans 3:31). So we learn from Romans 3:31 that God expects us as Believers to fulfil the Law; but this has nothing to do with salvation. There's a heretical group of critics going around throwing stones at any preacher who dares to say that Christians ought to live obediently to God. They DO ERR, NOT KNOWING THE SCRIPTURES (Matthew 22:29).
To clarify, a sinner is NOT required to make a commitment to Christ to be saved, nor does a sinner have to promise to do better, nor amend their ways, nor surrender, nor give up the world. These things are good in their proper place; but they are not part of the ROOT of saving faith. The Bible is clear that a man's faith is COUNTED for righteousness. No self-righteousness is necessary for salvation, and a good thing, because we have none to offer God (Isaiah 64:6).
THE PERSON AND WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
I believe that the Holy Spirit is a Person Who Convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of coming judgment; and that He is the supernatural agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption. The moment a person receives Christ as Savior, the Holy Spirit immediately indwells that believer (Romans 8:9).
The Doctrine Of The Holy Spirit | Part Two (awesome Bible study by Pastor Jeff Owens)
John 16:8-11; 1st Corinthians 3:16; 1st Corinthians 12:12-14; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 1:13,14; Ephesians 4:30
I believe the Holy Spirit is the Divine Teacher Who guides believers into all truth, and that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled (controlled) by the Spirit (John 16:13; John 2:20,27; Ephesians 5:18).
PREDESTINATION AND FOREKNOWLEDGE
Romans 8:29, “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.” God never predestinates anyone to salvation. Romans 8:29 teaches that God predestinates those Whom He foreknows to be CONFORMED TO THE IMAGE OF HIS SON. God has a plan for each and every believer. In everything that happens, God's guiding hand is in control.
I believe God is absolutely sovereign; and in His sovereignty, He gave man a free will to accept or reject the salvation that He has provided. It is God's will that all would be saved and that none should perish. God permits man's destiny to depend upon man's choice. God never chooses anyone to be saved, nor does He deny anyone the right to be saved. God hardened Pharaoh's heart in Moses day because Pharaoh's heart was already harder than rock, so God used Pharaoh for His glory and purpose. The same will happen in the end time (2nd Thessalonians 2:10-12). Whosoever will may come (Romans 10:13).
1st Timothy 2:4 | 2nd Thessalonians 2:13 |
1st Peter 1:2 | 2nd Peter
3:9 | John 6:64,65
Acts 10:34 | 1st Corinthians 1:21 | Ephesians 1:5-14 | Romans 8:29,30 | Romans 9:30-32
I believe that once a person becomes a child of God by faith in Christ, he is always a child of God. If saved, always saved. A person is either saved forever, or else not saved at all. You cannot lose by bad works that which you could not obtain by good works. Eternal Security is not a separate doctrine from salvation. It is salvation. Once a person is saved, he can never lose his salvation in any way, nor for any reason. The spiritual (second) birth is as irreversible as the physical (first) birth. Salvation is not ascribing to the Christian philosophy, nor is it joining a Christian organization, nor is it adapting to a Christian culture, nor is it a business (as shamefully in America). Salvation is a new birth, a spiritual, second, supernatural, birth wrought by the Holy Spirit of God.
God promised eternal life before the world began. Titus 1:2, “In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began.” Salvation is not doing your best, it is having Christ's best put to your account through receiving Him by faith. Eternal life is based upon the integrity and character of God's promises, and not upon mankind's feeble, inadequate and self-righteous human efforts. The Bible is very clear that our salvation is secured only by the promises of God, Who in His love, mercy and grace made a way of escape from Hell. God the Father did this by providing a perfect Lamb, the spotless and sinless Son of God, Jesus Christ, as a sacrifice for our boatload of sins.
The notion that a believer could ever lose salvation is rooted in self-righteous hypocrisy; for if salvation could be lost, we all lost it a long, long, time ago because of our sins. Just as good works cannot bring salvation, neither can bad works result in losing it. Every SINNER who believes on the SAVIOR for the forgiveness of sins has the divine promise of Eternal Security (John 3:16, 36; 5:24; 6:47; 10:28). Christ died, that's history; Christ died for me, that's salvation!
THE LOCAL NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH
The local New Testament church is a group of believers, banded together for edification, exhortation, and evangelism as commanded by Christ in the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19,20). We DRAW people into the Church with the love of Christ, and then we ATTACH them to the truth. A church may be composed of two or more people (Matthew 18:20). Jesus commissioned His disciples to preach the Gospel to every creature (Mark 16:15; 1st Corinthians 12:12; Ephesians 1:22,23). Acts 7:38 speaks of "the church in the wilderness"; hence, we believe that the church did NOT begin on the Day of Pentecost in Acts 2.
The first family was the first church, with the eldest being the pastor. A church is NOT a building with plush carpeting, stained-glass windows, a steeple or air-conditioning; but rather, a group of born-again believers assembling together. The true church is within the heart of every believer... for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you (Luke 17:21). There is no "universal church" today, but only local New Testament churches composed of genuine Christians. The Church will be united at the Pretribulation Rapture.
I believe that the two ordinances of the local church instituted by Christ are water baptism and the Lord’s Supper. The terms
“holy baptism” and “holy communion” are NOT found in the Bible. These two ordinances are not sacraments, as taught by Protestant denominations such as Lutherans, Episcopalian and Presbyterians. These two Biblical ordinances are steps of obedience in a Christian’s life (service) and are not for salvation (Matthew 28:19; 1 Corinthians 11:23-28).
Transubstantiation (the Catholic heresy that the juice and bread literally turn into Christ's blood and body) is unbiblical. Likewise, the Lutheran doctrine of Consubstantiation (the heresy that there is some special power to communion) is unbiblical. Sacraments are believed to be a special grace bestowed upon the participant, but the Bible doesn't teach this. The Lord's Supper is simply taking a time-out as a Church to REMEMBER the Lord's bodily and blood sacrifice for our sins.
Water baptism is simply the public profession of our faith in the Gospel. Baptism in the Bible is ALWAYS after salvation and by total immersion under water. Sprinkling and infant baptism are heresies. Adding water baptism to the plan of salvation is a guaranteed road to Hell. Eternal life is a gift, completely free. Beware of the satanic, forked-tongue, double-talk, false plan of salvation which deceitfully claims that eternal life is a free gift, while at the same time teaching that we must forsake the world, cease from sinful bad habits, and surrender our life to Christ to be saved.
Most people today have churchianity without Christianity, religion without truth. A genuine church is composed of genuine born-again believers. Jesus said that God can only be worshipped in truth and spirit (John 4:24). Thus, false religions are not churches. Catholicism is a prisonhouse of religion, not a true New Testament Church.
Ephesians 1:22,23 | Ephesians 5:25-27 | 1st Corinthians 12:12-14 | 2nd Corinthians 11:2
I believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures.
Acts 14:27 | Acts 20:17 | Acts 20:28-32 | 1st Timothy 3:1-13 | Titus 1:5-11
I believe that the two ordinances of the local church instituted by Christ are water baptism and the Lord's Supper (communion). These are steps of obedience in a Christian's life (service); but are not for salvation (Matthew 28:19; 1st Corinthians 11:23-28).
THE CHRISTIAN WALK
I believe every true child of God possesses eternal life, is justified by faith, sanctified by God, sealed with the Holy Spirit, safe and secure for all eternity, and cannot lose his salvation. However, a Christian can, through sin, lose fellowship, joy, power, testimony, and reward, and incur the Father's chastisement. Our relationship with God is eternal, being established by the new birth. Our fellowship, however, is conditional upon our obedience. God guarantees salvation to those who receive Jesus Christ, it is His gift to us.
God guarantees reward and fruit to the obedient son. God guarantees chastening and loss of rewards to the disobedient son. God does not cast out disobedient children (Hebrews 13:5), but in some cases, does take them home (such as Ananias and Sapphira). He does not permit His children to live as they please without discipline and guidance.
1st Corinthians 3:11-17; 5:1-5; 11:30-32 | 2nd Corinthians 5:10 | Hebrews 12:5-11
1st John 1:9 is not a verse for salvation; but a precious promise to Christians for cleansing and forgiveness. 1st John 1:9 does not guarantee restitution from physical damage caused by sin. Confession of sin places the Christian in a position where he can have fellowship with God. 1st John 1:6,7 teach that fellowship is the result of the Christian's walk. James 4:8 promises that if we draw nigh to God that He will draw nigh to you. What a precious truth! We can be close to God in a personal relationship and fellowship.
Spirituality, of which fellowship is a part, comes from the Christian's obedience to God.
2nd Peter 1:5-8 | Colossians 1:10 | John 15:8 | 1st John 1:6,7 | Galatians 5:22
THE TWO NATURES OF THE BELIEVER
We believe a true child of God has two births: one of the flesh, and the other of the Spirit. The fleshly nature is neither good nor righteous. The Spiritual nature does not commit sin. The spiritual nature is the Spirit of Christ living within the believer (Romans 8:9). Every believer experiences a warfare between the Spirit and the carnal flesh, which continues until physical death, or the return of the Lord. The new birth cannot in any way reform sinful nature of man; but the flesh can be controlled and kept subdued by the new man. All claims to the eradication of the old nature in this life are unscriptural. Even the best of Christians still commit sin.
John 3:3-7 | Romans 8:8 | Romans 7:15-25 | Galatians 5:17 | 1st John 3:9; 5:18 | 1st Peter 1:23
The Christian life is like shoveling sand, i.e., it's not complicated but it's hard work. It's not easy to do the right thing sometimes, when everyone around us is living in the pleasures of sin. America has deteriorated into a cesspool of iniquity. Sexual immorality, Rock 'N' Roll, violence and every form of sin imaginable has saturated American society. Woe unto America!
The sin-nature cannot be corrected by education, reformation or rehabilitation. The only hope is in Jesus Christ (2nd Corinthians 5:17).
THE PRETRIBULATION RAPTURE AND THE SECOND COMING
I believe in a Pretribulation Rapture when Christ will return “FOR” His own. Seven years later, Christ will return “WITH” His own to begin His literal reign upon the earth for 1,000 years from Jerusalem. Jesus came to earth the first time 2,000 years ago “TO” His own, the Jews, and they rejected Him, as they still do today. Jesus plainly taught that NO MAN KNOWS the time when the Lord will return (Mark 13:32-37). ONLY a pretribulation rapture position supports this truth of a sudden, imminent, unpredictable, return of Jesus Christ for the saints (the Church). The increasingly popular pre-wrath and postribulation return of Christ simply do not agree with the Scriptures, as they would enable us to know exactly down to the day when Christ is returning. Jesus said no one knows!
ON A WHITE HORSE (MP3 sermon on Biblical prophecy by Pastor Curtis Hutson, 1934-1995)
The Lord Jesus Christ Himself is coming again in the air at any moment to “catch up” (Rapture) His Church and to reward their service (1st Thessalonians 4:17). Many believers will suffer loss and be ashamed. Tears will flow. The unbelievers left behind on earth will go through a period called the Tribulation, after which Christ shall return visibly to the earth to set up His Kingdom of one thousand years of righteous rule. The knowledge of God shall fill the earth. After the 1,000 years are completed, the unbelievers of all ages will stand at The Great White Throne to be judged and cast into the Lake of Fire, separated from God forever (Revelation 20:11-15).
The believers will spend eternity in the fullness of joy in Heaven with the Lord (Matthew 24:29-42; 1st Thessalonians 4:16-18; Revelation 19:11-20:15). All regrets and tears lingering from the Judgment Seat of Christ will be wiped away, the former things shall be forgotten (Revelation 21:4). All will be well. I believe that the Rapture consists of the coming of Christ from Heaven and His saints on earth meeting Him in the air. I believe in the personal, Premillennial and Pretribulation return of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ (1st Thessalonians 1:10; 4:13-18; 5:9-11; Titus 2:13; 1st Corinthians 15:51-57).
I believe that Christ's coming with His angels to earth will be in power and great glory. This coming is preceded by the 7-year Tribulation which begins immediately after the Rapture. Though the word "Rapture" is not found in the Scriptures, we read in Hebrews 11:5 that Enoch was translated that he should not see death. Thus, every believer will be TRANSLATED when the Lord returns. We read in 1st Thessalonians 4:17 that every believer will be "CAUGHT UP" into the clouds to meet with the Lord when He returns at the Rapture.
For an excellent Biblical study of the End Times, read the free online book titled, “I KNOW WHO HOLD TOMORROW” by Dr. Max D. Younce. Also, please visit the informative webpage, “END TIMES BIBLE PROPHECY!”
2nd Thessalonians 2:1-8 | Isaiah 26:17-21 | Isaiah 27:1 | Matthew 24 | Revelation 4:4
Jesus came 2,000 years ago TO His own, He will come at the Rapture FOR His own, and Jesus will return at The Second Coming WITH His own. Amen and amen!
THE CHARISMATIC MOVEMENT AND WOMEN PREACHERS
I am 100% totally against extra-Scriptural revelations, heathen Charismatic speaking tongues, bogus faith healing services, women pastors/preachers/elders, and the malicious heresy that salvation can be lost in any way. The Charismatic Movement is straight out of the pits of Hell, which includes Assemblies of God Churches, The 700 Club, Benny Hinn, Paul and Jan Crouch, TBN, Pentecostals and most con-artist televangelists.
God's power is not for display, entertainment, nor available at the whim of greedy men and women who masquerade as Christians to deceive the simple, distraught and hurting. God is not for sale. Like most lawyers, most televangelists are predators, preying upon people at dire moments in their life, sucking them dry financially, and taking advantage of their victims when they are most vulnerable. Hell will be hot!
THE PERSONALITY OF SATAN
I believe that Satan is a malicious person, the author of sin and the cause of the fall. I believe that he is the open and declared enemy of God and man, and that he and his angels will be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire.
Job 1:6,7 | Isaiah 14:12-17 | Matthew 4:2-11 | Matthew 25:41 | Revelation 20:10
Satan is a no good liar! John 8:44). Satan is often adored by witches and occultists as Lucifer, the angel of light (2nd Corinthians 11:13-15). Lucifer is the god of New Age occultism. Lucifer is Satan, the Devil. Satan's only purpose is to kill, steal and destroy (John 10:10). Satan desires to be EQUAL with God (Isaiah 14:14). This is the same sin of feminists today, i.e., demanding equality with masculine authority in the home and society. Feminism is a rot in any society, which ALWAYS leads to homosexuality, abortion and apostasy. DEMONOLOGY - PART 1 (by Pastor Curtis Hutson, 1934-1995). Satan is a spirit and influences the human spirit through spiritual mediums such as secular music, books, philosophy and religion.
All modern Bible versions have removed the name and doctrine of “Lucifer” from Isaiah 14:12. The Devil's greatest trick has always been to convince the world that he doesn't really exist. The occult (Illuminati, Theosophy, Freemasons, Rosicrucians, et cetera) reject the Biblical truth of Satan, and instead embrace the person of Lucifer, teaching that he is god. Freemasons are Luciferian-worshippers (although lower level initiates are intentionally kept in denial). Lucifer is inferior, unable to be in more than one place at a time, unable to read our mind, unable to see into our heart, unable to do anything as God can. The Bible teaches us to fear God, not demons or Satan. 1st John 4:4, “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” Please visit the webpage, “DEMONOLOGY.”
Few Christians are knowledgeable of Satan's methods and how he corrupts. Consequently, the churches are embracing the corrupted Bible versions, idolizing false prophets, joining Freemasonry and forsaking the proven old paths. Occultists Helena Blavatsky and Alice Bailey said that they'd infiltrate the churches with Luciferian principles to prepare the world to receive the Antichrist.
THE MINISTRY AND SPIRITUAL GIFTS
I believe that God is sovereign in the bestowment of all His gifts (Romans 12:6-8; Ephesians 4:11,12; 1st Corinthians 12:18).
I believe that the gift of tongues (languages) was a manifestation of the Holy Spirit's power solely for the demonstration of God's wisdom, purpose and power in the establishment of the early church. This gift was always a spoken, known language of that time. In sharp contrast, the Charismatic speaking-in-tongues done today in many professed churches today is demonic. No one in the Bible ever spoke in some unknown jibber-jabber, barking like dogs, rolling on the floor and acting crazy like Charismatics and Pentecostals do today (Acts 2:6; 1st Corinthians 14:22; Hebrews 2:4).
I believe that God does hear and answer, in accord with His own will, the prayer of faith for the sick and the afflicted (John 15:7; I John 5:14,15). God can heal, but physical healing is not included in Christ's work of redemption. God heals miraculously today when it is His perfect will to do so. Healing cannot be claimed through the guarantee of Jesus' work of redemption. At times it is God's will for sickness not to be removed... but Trophimus have I left at Miletum sick (2nd Timothy 4:20). Paul couldn't heal Trophimus (2nd Corinthians 12:8-10; James 5:14-16).
John 15:24 tells us that Jesus did the works which no other man could do, such as healing amputees. This power is reserved for Jesus Christ alone, for if men could do these miracles, they would deceive the masses. I believe that apostleship, speaking in tongues, and the working of sign miracles gradually ceased as the New Testament Scriptures were completed and their authority became established (1st Corinthians 12:4-11; 13:8-10; 2nd Corinthians 12:12; Ephesians 4:7-12).
CHRIST'S BODILY RESURRECTION
I believe that Jesus rose bodily from the dead and was seen by over 500 witnesses (1st Corinthians 15:6). Jesus ascended bodily into the clouds and was seen by many, and will return in like manner (Acts 1:11). I believe there will be a future resurrection of the saved and of the lost (Daniel 12:2,3). Of the saved unto eternal life, and of the lost unto eternal conscious punishment. These two resurrections are separated by at least 1,000 years (Revelation 20:5,6; 1st Thessalonians 4:13-18; Daniel 12:2; Revelation 20:11-15).
I am disturbed when I read Gospel tracts which fail to mention the cross upon which Christ died and the resurrection of our Lord. Many churches are been corrupted by radio preachers and shady religious programs that are intended to make money rather than reach the masses for Christ with the truth of God's Word. Everything is shallow these days. I hear religious shows on the radio saying things like, “Trust Jesus to be saved” or “Invite Jesus into your heart” or “Start a relationship with Jesus right now.” These are NOT the Gospel. The Gospel is that Christ died on the cross for our sins, He was buried, and then He rose up three days later (1st Corinthians 15:1-4). Beware of a crossless gospel. Beware of a plan of salvation that doesn't include Christ's bodily resurrection.
Satan is inoculating the churches, giving them a little of the truth to prevent them from receiving all of the truth. When inoculated, doctors give you a little of the dead disease, to allow your body to build up a natural resistance to the active disease. Likewise, Satan is giving us Christian books, Christian radio, Christian magazines and Christian everything to keep us from the inspired Words of God. Let's get back into the King James Bible and abide there! Hebrews 4:12 says the Word of God is quick (living) and powerful. This cannot be said of anything else in this world. Thank God for His Holy Word!!!!!!!
Every believer should try to live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon our Lord and Savior. Separation from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices, and associations is commanded by God. 2nd Corinthians 6:14-17 commands believers to separate from worldliness and unbelievers. James 4:4 warns that friendship with the world makes one an enemy of God. 1st John 2:15-17 commands us not to love this sinful world, which will soon pass away.
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I believe that children belong to their parents and not to the State; therefore, our children need an education that trains them not to walk in the counsel of the ungodly (Psalms 1:1). Colossians 2:8, “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.” The Public School System is the fulfillment of Karl Marx's 10th plank of his Communist Manifesto, whose aim is to destroy our children, leading them into apostasy and godlessness. Public schools don't educate, they INDOCTRINATE!
In this sicko age of GLSEN, where teenagers are being taught how to have homosexual fist-sex, the need for Christian education has never been greater. Homeschooling has been so effective that California and other States have now made it illegal to homeschool without a teaching license and a degree in education from a secular university. The purpose behind the public school system was to further the New World Order by allowing the government to brainwash children, rob children of faith in God with Evolution, turn them against their parents with environmentalism, promote fornication and abortion as acceptable, and teach children that voting is the most patriotic thing they can do. Tell that to our founding fathers!
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I recently heard a wayward preacher of a very large church foolishly state that it's wrong to criticize President Obama for any reason. The pastor used the Biblical text, “speak evil of no man” from Titus 3:2 and 2nd Peter 2:10. Unfortunately he took the verses out of context. The Bible does not prohibit Christians from speaking out against evil; but rather, not speaking evil. The True Meaning Of Romans 13 (501C3 taxbreak has indoctrinated churches with heresy)
Christians ought to owe allegiance to government, which is ordained of God. Being patriotic and pledging allegiance to one's nation and flag are Biblical. However, we also have a duty as God-fearing Christians to rise up against evildoers and to stand up against the workers of iniquity (Psalm 94:16). Ephesians 5:11 commands believers to “refute” (Greek: elencho, meaning, “to expose”) all works of darkness. Daniel deliberately broke the law when it became illegal to pray. Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego deliberately broke the law, refusing to bow to Nebuchadnezzar's golden image. The Apostle Paul kept on preaching in Jesus' name, even though ordered by a magistrate not to do so. Paul broke the law, intentionally.
The Bible never teaches for Christians to willingly board Hitler's train to Auschwitz, nor to remain silent while the trains roll by with prisoners to be executed. At present in 2011, TSA are sticking their hands down American's pants and skirts at all airports to break the will of the people. Will it require your wife or daughter being violated, ogled by thugs and perverts, before you get angry? The notion that Christians ought to lay down and support criminal government is total apostasy and a lie of Satan. I believe in God, guns and guts! In July of 2011, gunless citizens of England in the U.K. revolted against government tyranny and baseball bat sales soared 6,541% in 24-hours. People should not tolerate the New World Order. Wake up!
If that wayward preacher is correct that I mentioned earlier, then our founding fathers sinned against God by criticizing, mocking and rebelling against the harsh tyranny of the British authorities in the early colonies. Did our founding fathers do something wrong by speaking out against the evils being afflicted upon them by the British? I think not!
There would be no United States of America today if it were not for the fighting resistance of our founding fathers against the governing authorities over them. They not only spoke evil of their leaders, they defeated them in combat!
Is it wrong to speak evil of Adolf Hitler? Hitler's war machine murdered an estimated 4 to 6 million Jews (11,000,000 total in the camps). Good Germans remained quite, while the trains rolled by going to Auschwitz. Germans died as well in WWII. Over 8,000,000 Germans were killed by British bombings in WWII. Another 3,000,000 were left homeless. The beautiful architectural work of centuries were reduced to a pile of rubble in WWII. Why didn't the German people speak out? It's for the same reason that Americans are silent today, that is, because we have lost control of our government and not enough Americans are concerned to make a difference. Were they really good Germans in God's eyes? Psalm 94:16 commands us to stand up against tyranny and evil doers. Ephesians 5:11 commands us to refute all works of darkness. The Bible NEVER teaches for us to lay down as Christians and accept tyranny, blatant government crimes and massive theft, nor to support Communist leaders who break all their campaign promises and sell us into economic slavery. Check out NDAA treason.
During the Russian Revolution, millions of Russians went into the Gulag slaves camps, never to return home again. Millions froze to death in the Siberian Arctic. Stalin needed slave labor to build his Moscow subway train system and military tunnel complex. Stalin ran out of laborers and went after everyone who even spoke out against him. While children played in the streets and life went about as usual, 15% of the population (political subversives, petty criminals, undesirables) eventually made their way, quietly and secretly (often by kidnapping), into the gulag detention centers to be worked to death. Tens-of-millions starved and froze to death under dictator Joseph Stalin (1920-1950). The majority of Russian people loved and supported Stalin, just as stupid Americans today support evil leaders. We ought not let these atrocities be forgotten, because history always repeats itself. Silence isn't golden, it is cowardly. Sadly, America has become the land of the cowards and the home of the slaves. We're going to pay dearly!
The pastor that I mentioned earlier is teaching his congregation of 10,000 people every Sunday that they should blindly support Obama. Obama is for abortion and infanticide. Obama is for homosexuality and expanding adoption rights to gays. Obama appointed the founder of GLSEN to head the Safe Schools Program. Unreal! Come on! How can you support such a leader? To claim that it is wrong to speak out against such evils is crazy. At what point does a Christian have a Biblical duty (or right) to stand up against tyranny and speak out against evil? I say immediately!
Titus 3:1-2 simply teaches us not to be slanderers, critics nor gossipers. God does not want us to be railers as Christians. We are all sinners and ought not condemn others for the sins in their lives. That is Biblical. However, when a leader takes OUR money and sends OUR young people to die in a bogus war, using OUR name, it is OUR business. We are taxpayers! It is our legal Bill of Rights (the First Amendment) to freedom of religion, speech, press, to peaceably assemble and petition. We are exercising our lawful rights. Moreover, our Bill of Rights only outlines our God given rights as human beings. If we don't stand for what is right, then evil men will prevail.
Proverb 28:15, “As a roaring lion, and a ranging bear; so is a wicked ruler over the poor people.”
Proverb 29:12, “If a ruler hearken to lies, all his servants are wicked.”
Romans 13 plainly speaks about obeying good government . . .
Romans 13:3, “For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same.”
So what about rulers who are a terror? What about naked body scanners? What about taking American's guns away? What about forced vaccinations? What about the 23.7 trillion stolen dollars by the Federal Reserve? Our money is being confiscated and given to abortionists, Communists and homosexuals. Are you ok with that? Only a fool would teach that Christians ought to bow down and tolerate tyranny, abuse and corruption.
The Bible teaches in Ephesians 6:12, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Yet sometimes our battle is also physical. Our founding fathers came to the place where they had no other choice, become total slaves or revolt. It was U.S. President, John F. Kennedy, who truly said . . .
“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”
Having said that, let me say that our nation's wickedness has brought judgment upon us. By embracing sin, the American people have become indifferent, complacent and naively gullible to government tyranny, newsmedia lying deception and the evils which are upon us; namely, the New World Order. To the same degree that Americans are embracing sin, to that SAME degree wickedness is increasing in society and a Police State is rising up around us. Men who will not be ruled by God will be governed by tyrants. God honors repentance, whether it be an individual or a nation. America refuses to repent toward God. Abortion has just passed the 55,000,000 mark in 2013. Same-sex marriage is now legal in many states, and soon to become the law of this wicked land. Feminism has taken over our nation, placing lesbians into high positions as judges, politicians and leaders. Hillary Clinton will likely become U.S. President, taking our nation to new lows and unprecedented tyranny.
Morality cannot be legislated. Every time that there is a crime, people cry out for more laws, stiffer sentences and more police. The end result is a police state! America's love affair with sin is turning our nation into a fascist, Stalinist Soviet Union to deal with the increase in crime. More sin equals more crime, which means a police state. This is exactly what the global elite (the international banking cartel) want, to hurry along their New World Order. They're the ones who create social unrest and promote civil war, bringing a divided nation to its knees. They're pumping immorality into America through the entertainment industry to destroy the family. Here's just one example: Justin Bieber Is DESTROYING Young Girls!!! PARENTS PLEASE WAKE UP!!!! Our economy is going to IMPLODE. America is being bankrupted by design. Out of chaos will arise order (which is stated in Latin on the reverse of every U.S. one dollar bill). It will be a new order of tyrannical rule, the Beast system of the coming Antichrist.
No amount of patriotism, constitutional support or Tea Party activist effort is going to save our nation unless we REPENT! Without the gospel of Jesus Christ our nation is doomed. God will not bless a Catholic, Muslim, Mormon, Church of Christ or Buddhist nation of unbelievers who pervert the gospel message. Christianity is the only hope for America, which is systematically being banned instead. God will only bless a righteous nation. The goodness America once had is long gone! Even so, come, Lord Jesus! I apologize to you God!
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