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.”
May I say from the start that I do not hate Steve Pettit. I first heard Dr. Pettit preach on the topic of "Wisdom" at the Harvest Baptist Church on Guam in 2014. It was shortly thereafter that Dr. Pettit was inaugurated as the new executive president of Bob Jones University (BJU) in Greenville, South Carolina. Unfortunately, Steve Pettit is wrong on the Gospel and is not saved. It horrifies me to know that this man was a traveling evangelist for 30 years, living out of the back of an Recreational Vehicle (RV). I don't know what the leaders at BJU were thinking when they hired this dangerous man, but hiring Pettit put the nails in their coffin.
One of the most deadly false religions today is Seventh-Day Adventism (SDA). SDA's are so used to criticism that they are just quietly descending into the fires of Hell, without giving the matter a second thought. Furthermore, SDA's don't even believe that Hell exists! That is unfortunate for their sakes. The Bible teaches that Hell exists (Revelation 20:11-15). The most prominent figure in SDA is Miss Ellen G. White (1827-1915). Tragically, the false gospel which Steve Pettit preaches is identical to the counterfeit gospel of Ellen G. White. According to SDA doctrine, you must keep the Ten Commandments to prove the reality of the genuineness of your faith. If you fail to live according to God's Ten Commandments, then in SDA you are deemed unsaved because you don't love God, proving that your faith is false. Ellen White errantly teaches:
“That so-called faith in Christ which professes to release men from the obligation of obedience to God, is not faith, but presumption. 'By grace are ye saved through faith.' But 'faith, if it hath not works, is dead.'” —Miss Ellen G. White, 'Steps To Christ,' page 61As you just read, Miss White says you cannot merely get saved by faith, you have to live a lifetime of faithfulness! In the preceding quote from Miss Ellen G. White's book, “Steps To Christ,” she teaches Lordship Salvation (which is a works-based false plan of salvation). She is essentially teaching the EXACT SAME heresy as Steve Pettit. Steve Pettit agrees with her! Pettit heretically states:
“You can't just speak about getting saved, and you accepted Christ, and then that's it! There is a justification; There is a sanctification; There's ultimately a glorification, and though there are three parts, they are all part of the whole, and you cannot separate them. In order for you to qualify for the award, you have to get into the race, you have to stay in the race, and you have to finish the race. If you want to win, you have to run to the end; and winning in the Christian life is everything, because if you lose—if you don't finish—you lose everything—you lose your SOUL. And so, the Christian race is the life of faith that begins, is run, and is finished when we cross over into Heaven!” [emphasis added] —Dr. Steve Pettit (“What Does It Mean To Run 'The Race'?” - 11:34)
Dr. Pettit is a corrupt false prophet, who requires works for salvation. Heaven is not an "award," as he calls it. Steve Pettit errantly teaches:
“'The race' is a description of the whole of the Christian life of faith.” —Dr. Steve Pettit (“What Does It Mean To Run 'The Race'?” - 4:26)That is some dangerous talk when you include the next quote from Dr. Pettit, in which he teaches over 2,600 BJU students that the “AWARD” for running 'The Race' is “Heaven itself”!!!
“We run the race, we cross the finish line, and so what’s the prize? What is the award? Well, there are different viewpoints. Some would have the viewpoint that the awards are crowns in Heaven. But as I read the book of Hebrews and see the whole gist of the book and the flow of the book, I don’t believe its referring to crowns in Heaven. I think it is referring to Heaven itself.” [emphasis added] —Dr. Steve Pettit (“What Does It Mean To Run 'The Race'?” - 22:57)Heaven itself? Oh my! What saith the Scripture? 1st Corinthians 9:24-25, “Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.” As you just read, the “award” will be an “INCORRUPTIBLE CROWN”; but Steve Pettit says it will be HEAVEN ITSELF!!!
Sadly, Pensacola Christian College (PCC) bids Godspeed to this Calvinist false doctrine, refusing to contend for the faith as the Bible commands. Titus 1:10-14 commands men of God to REBUKE THEM SHARPLY that they might be sound in the faith. I am just a humble guy with a website ministry, but if PCC took a firm stand against the perverse Bob Jones crowd, that would have much more impact for God. Sadly, the PCC camp are only interested in making money today to pay their bills. They don't care about joining the battle over the Bible, and the Bible over the Gospel. The Pensacola Christian College (PCC) crowd couldn't care less!!! I say that to their utter contempt and shame before God.
Dr. Steve Pettit is a false prophet! He does not understand the true Gospel, nor does what he preaches align with the inspired King James Bible. Sadly, BJU uses, sell and promote the Devil's English Standard Version (ESV). No wonder they have been corrupted doctrinally. Jesus warned that a corrupt tree can only bring firth corrupt fruit. Matthew 7:18, “A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.” Pastor J. Vernon McGee (1904-1988) rightly said these great words of truth:
Christianity is NOT a ceremony;
Christianity is NOT even the Church;
Christianity is NOT a system;
Christianity is a person,
and that Person is the Lord Jesus Christ,
and it's Who He is, and what He has done.
THAT'S CHRISTIANITY, and nothing else is Christianity.
Oh, how we need to get back to HIM—the Lord Jesus Christ!!!
If we don't expose false teachers, who will? If not now, when? If not here, where? It has got to be done. The world will go to Hell if somebody doesn't speak with authority! I speak only on the authority of the Scriptures. I can back up everything I preach and teach with the inspired King James Bible, but Steve Pettit cannot. I triple-dog dare you to show me from the Bible where it says the "award" for faithfully running the Christian race is "Heaven itself." You cannot show me that! Steve Pettit is a dirty liar!!! Like the Apostle Paul, I am set for the defence of the Gospel. Every Christian believer ought to appoint himself as a guardian of one, to defend this sacred Holy Book, and the simplicity that is in Christ by faith alone, which it teaches.
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