(by Pastor Jack Hyles)
(by Pastor Max D. Younce)
Salvation by grace
The most important doctrine that Seventh-day Adventists share with other denominations is salvation by grace alone through faith in Jesus Christ. This means that our obedience to God's laws contributes nothing to our salvation; we do not merit salvation because of anything we do. We are saved exclusively on the basis of our faith in Christ's death on the cross for our sins. This doctrine of the Christian church is clearly taught in the New Testament. For example, Paul said, "We maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from observing the law" (Romans 8:28). And in another place, he said, "It is by grace you have been saved, through faith, . . . not by works" (Ephesians 2:8, 9)
SOURCE: 'Who are the Adventists?,' “Truth Matters: Signs Of The Times” magazine, page 6The preceding quote sounds good, but it's not in agreement with the writings of Ellen G. White, whom SDA's all but worship as their major prophetess. I can assure you that SDA's DON'T teach salvation by grace!!! In sharp contrast to the preceding quote, in the following quote from Miss White's book: “Steps To Christ,” she teaches Lordship Salvation (which is a works-based false plan of salvation). Read carefully what she 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.'”So “faith” according to Ellen White is not simply trusting the Gospel to be saved. In addition, Miss White teaches that faith encompasses all of the obligations of living the Christian life. Starting to get the picture? Satan's greatest weapon is to con people into living the Christian life without ever being born-again!!!
SOURCE: Ellen G. White, Steps To Christ, p. 61
“The half-truth is the most dangerous form of lie, because it can be defended in part by incontestable logic.”Don't miss that! This concept is so important to understand when exposing the religious cults! This is exactly what Ellen White and SDA's are guilty of, that is, fabricating and propagating half-truths! By sheltering lies behind truth, it makes it very difficult to spiritually discern their doctrinal errors. When a naïve person reads the first quote I gave you earlier, they are duped into concluding that SDA's must be Christians. I'm frustrated that some born-again Christians have been deceived to believe that Seventh-day Adventists are saved, because THEY ARE NOT!!! When you delve deeper into the SDA religion, understanding the dangers of the half-truth, it becomes obvious that something is very wrong with their dogmas (teachings)!!!
SOURCE: “The Secret Destiny Of America,” page 195, by Manly P. Hall, a 33rd degree Freemason; 1944; ISBN: 0-89314-388-X; publisher: The Philosophical Research Society, Inc, Los Angeles, California
Baptism is a symbol of our union with Christ, the forgiveness of our sins, and our reception of the Holy Spirit.
It is by immersion in water and is contingent on an affirmation of faith in Jesus and evidence of repentance of sin. It follows instruction in the Holy Scriptures and acceptance of their teachings.
The investigative judgment reveals to heavenly intelligences who among the dead are asleep in Christ and therefore, in Him, are deemed worthy to have part in the first resurrection.
It also makes manifest who among the living are abiding in Christ, keeping the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus, and in Him, therefore, are ready for translation into His everlasting kingdom.
This judgment vindicates the justice of God in saving those who believe in Jesus. It declares that those who have remained loyal to God shall receive the kingdom. The completion of this ministry of Christ will mark the close of human probation before the Second Advent.
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.”
“Christianity is not the sacrifice we make, but the sacrifice we trust. LIVING YOUR life for Jesus won't save you, but BELIEVING Jesus gave HIS LIFE for you will.” —Pastor Thomas Cucuzza, “Important Truths Satan Does Not Want You To Know”
Ark Encounter is operated by Answers in Genesis (AiG), a YEC organization that also operates the Creation Museum 45 miles (70 km) away in Petersburg, Kentucky. Australian Ken Ham, creationist and CEO of AiG, founded the park. The theme park promotes pseudoscientific young Earth creationist beliefs about the age of the universe, age of the Earth, and co-existence of humans and non-avian dinosaurs. —SOURCE: Wikipedia: Arc Encounter
"Let's quit fiddling with religion and do something to bring the world to Christ." —Billy SundayEvangelist Ken Ham is not only wrong on the age of the earth, and wrong on when the dinosaurs lived, but he is also wrong on God's simple plan of salvation. I cannot warn you enough to steer clear of this theological madman in the pulpit today. If you like being lied to and deceived by the Devil, then go ahead and continue listening to Ken Ham's ramblings, but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord (Joshua 24:15).
"When you get saved, you get saved not because you deserve it, but because you simply let God save you and because you confess your own poor sinful state and your inability to save yourself." —John R. Rice
"I believe that if there is one thing which pierces the Master's heart with unutterable grief, it is not the world's iniquity, but the Church's indifferences." —F.B. Meyer
"I believe that if there is one thing which pierces the Master's heart with unutterable grief, it is not the world's iniquity, but the Church's indifferences." —F.B. Meyer
“The Devil is doing his greatest work behind pulpits. [I] hate to say it, but that's the truth; because people have the presupposition that when you come to church, and somebody gets up to speak, that person is speaking truth. That's the way we've been raised.” —Pastor Thomas M. Cucuzza, “Important Truths Satan Does Not Want You To Know”
"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." —Pastor M.R. DeHaan, “Hebrews”; Zondervan Publishing House; 1959 (p. 117)
"Repentance is a change of mind resulting in a change of behavior."
1st Timothy 4:10, “For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.”
Romans 14:9, “For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living.”
“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)
Dear reader, we have multiple plans of salvation circulating in our churches today. Sadly, that definitely includes so-called independent fundamental Baptist churches. To make matters worse, 95% of pastors and preachers today couldn't care less about what I just said. Due to the ungodly love of money and settling in to one's backslidden “comfort zone,” today's clergy have become complacent and indifferent. They are dropping the ball for God.
Even worse, when faithful laymen and preachers like me faithfully contend for the faith, exposing doctrinal error in the churches and social media, wicked pastors become angry, resentful, defensive and ban me from attending their churches. Here are some of the rotten names of those corrupt pastors: Marty Herron, Jared Baldwin, Joe Hensen, Gary Walton, Sean Quinlan, Jeff Redlin and Timothy Zacharias. I am not the only one who has suffered this terrible cruel fate at the hands of ungodly pastors. I know of numerous individual believers who have been banned from returning to church, simply because they TOLD THE TRUTH and it offended the pastor. Then when those hurting human beings begged to come back to church, those cruel, arrogant, proudful, bad pastors refused, making matters worse. It is shameful.
“𝗟𝗲𝘁 𝗲𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗶𝗻. 𝗟𝗲𝘁 𝘁𝗲𝗮𝗿𝘀 𝗶𝗻. 𝗬𝗼𝘂'𝗿𝗲 𝗺𝗶𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗹𝗶𝗳𝗲. 𝗟𝗲𝘁 𝗹𝗼𝘃𝗲 𝗶𝗻! ...𝗔𝗺𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗰𝗮'𝘀 𝗱𝘆𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗮 𝗹𝗮𝗰𝗸 𝗼𝗳 𝗹𝗼𝘃𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗽𝗮𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻! 𝗔𝗻𝗱 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗰𝗵𝘂𝗿𝗰𝗵𝗲𝘀 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗱𝘆𝗶𝗻𝗴...” —𝗗𝗿. 𝗝𝗮𝗰𝗸 𝗛𝘆𝗹𝗲𝘀, "𝗧𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗦𝗵𝗶𝗲𝗹𝗱 𝗗𝗼𝘄𝗻"
Yes, our churches are dying, and many are already spiritually dead!
In Ocala, Florida, Pastor Sam Adams at the Independent Baptist Church preaches hardcore Lordship Salvation. It sickened me when I listen to one of his sermons, and I heard numerous church members shouting “Amen!” in agreement with his damnable heresy that you must turn away from your sinning to be saved. Those church members are hellbound in their self-righteousness, all because of their ungodly pastor. But if their pastor preached a free grace Gospel, they would shout “Amen!” in agreement just the same. Why? It is simply because of what Dr. Lee Roberson rightly said: “Everything rises and falls on leadership.” Wherever the pastor leads the people, they WILL follow him. Heavy, heavy, hangs the fiery judgment of God upon any pastor who misleads his church congregation regarding how to be saved. If you are wrong on the Gospel friend, you will go to Hell to burn forever in fire and brimstone. It is that simple. As good as it may sound that you must forsake your lifestyle of sin to get to Heaven, that is another gospel, not the Gospel taught in 1st Corinthians 15:1-4, which is Jesus' death on the cross, burial and bodily resurrection three days later. That is the 'GOOD NEWS' by which all who BELIEVE IT are saved immediately, irrevocably and permanently (Romans 1:16; 1st Corinthians 1:21).
Then there is Bob Jones University (BJU), a Lordship Salvation Calvinist cult. BJU invited and honored hellbound Calvinist, Paul Washer, in December of 2022 at BJU chapel. Kindly said, if you think Calvinists are going to Heaven, you are also going to Hell with them. PCC is a disgrace to the cause of Jesus Christ. They have dipped their sails in sinful compromise, refusing to break sinful ties with the Alexandrian cult at Bob Jones University (Note: I don't agree with several teachings by Dr. Peter S. Ruckman, 1921-2016, but this series that he wrote exposing BJU is awesome). Please beware of PCC, BJU and any other false teachers who promote infidel Ken Ham, John MacArthur, Ray Comfort, Paul Washer, et cetera. RIGHT DOCTRINE MATTERS!!!
God does expect us to obey Him after we become His children, and the very first command that He gives is found in Acts 2:38. “…Repent, and be baptized every one of you…” Repentance takes place within, when I turn away from sin and self and turn to Christ as my Saviour. [emphasis added] —SOURCE: Revival Fires, 'Eternity'Where does the Bible teach that repentance takes place “when I turn away from sin and self”? Proverbs 30:5-6, “Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.” Well meaning and sincere clergy have ADDED words to the inspired King James Bible which God never put in there. RIGHT DOCTRINE MATTERS!!!
“More people will die and burn in Hell, because they're trusting too much!”—Pastor Jack Hyles, “Yea, Yea, And Nay, Nay!”
“Everything that's hard and complicated about salvation is God's side of it!”—Pastor Jack Hyles, “Yea, Yea, And Nay, Nay!”
Dr. Harry Ironside On Repentance
"Repentance is the sinner’s recognition of and acknowledgment of his lost estate." ('Except Ye Repent,' p. 11)
"No one was ever saved in any dispensation excepting by grace. Neither sacrificial observances, nor ritual service, nor works of law ever had any part in justifying the ungodly. Nor were any sinners ever saved by grace until they repented. Repentance is not opposed to grace; it is the recognition of the need of grace. ‘They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.’" ('Except Ye Repent,' p. 10)
"There is no saving merit in owning my true condition. There is no healing in acknowledging the nature of my illness. And repentance, as we have seen, is just this very thing." ('Except Ye Repent,' p. 12)
"Need I add that repentance then is not to be considered synonymous with joining a church or taking up one's religious duties, as people say. It is not doing anything." ('Except Ye Repent,' p. 14)
“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)
* * * * * * *QUESTION 67: I understand that you teach that repentance is a prerequisite to salvation, that is, that a man has to show a certain amount of sorrow for sin before God will cooperate with him and save him. Is this your position?
ANSWER: It certainly is not. In the first place, repentance is not mere penitence or sorrow for sin. Repentance is simply a man's recognition of his own true condition before God. No man would desire to come to the Saviour unless he realized his need of a Saviour. The realization of this need and the acknowledgment of it is, in the truest sense, the work of repentance. Thus men repent and through believing the Gospel are eternally saved. We who are saved, however, have done more repenting since we were converted than we did before.
* * * * * * *QUESTION 166: Is repentance the first or the second step in salvation?
ANSWER: Repentance is not a "step" at all, yet there is no salvation without repentance. But repentance is a changed attitude on the part of man. This is what takes place when he believes the Word of Truth as to his lost condition and need of a Saviour. Thus faith and repentance are indissolubly linked together. [Harry A. Ironside, 'What's the Answer? 362 Bible Questions Answered,' pp. 36, 76]
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You confess you are a sinner, unable to save yourself, and you are willing to be saved in God’s way. This is repentance. And remember, it is not the amount of repentance that counts: it is the fact that you turn from unbelief to God that puts you in the place where His grace avails through believing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The following statement is from Dr. Ironside's commentary on Luke: "Repentance is just the sick man’s acknowledgment of his illness. It is simply the sinner recognizing his guilt and confessing his need of deliverance” (Luke, p. 253).
“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 …Sadly, Moody Church and their Moody Bible Institute today are doctrinally corrupt, teaching the fallacies of Calvinism instead of the Gospel of free grace. That is why Moody Ministries today support, honor and publish the heretical books of infidel John MacArthur.
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?
There are those hyper-dispensationalists who think that John the Baptist preached a different Gospel from Christ when he commanded repentance (Matt. 3:2). But it is the same repentance Jesus commanded in Matthew 4:17, in Luke 13:3 and 5, and the same repentance that Paul preached in Athens that God “now commandeth all men every where to repent” (Acts 17:30 31). Repentance is not a different plan of salvation from having faith: it is part of the same plan of salvation. Or rather repentance is simply another way of describing or looking at the plan of salvation. One who turns from sin to God has done so by trusting in Jesus Christ. A change of mind toward sin is necessarily involved in saving faith.
Everyone who genuinely repented under the preaching of John the Baptist put his trust in the Saviour John the Baptist preached, and was regenerated. There is no such thing as being “a disciple of John the Baptist” in any honest sense without being a disciple of Jesus, that is, without trusting Christ for salvation. [emphasis added]Oh dear friend, that is so beautiful. Please don't miss it! The only change of mind concerning sin that you need to have to be saved, is to ADMIT that you are one. 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.” To be saved, you just need to realize that you are a GUILTY SINNER, so that you will know what you are being saved from. As guilty sinners we all deserve to be punished by God's wrath in a burning Hell forever and ever (Revelation 20:12-15).
SOURCE: Evangelist John R. Rice, “Acts: Filled With The Spirit,” pp. 251-252; Sword Of The Lord, Murfreesboro, Tennessee; ©1963
KING JAMES BIBLE (KJB) — Mark 1:15, “And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.” [emphasis added]
EASY-TO-READ VERSION (ERV) — Mark 1:15, “He said, “The right time is now here. God’s kingdom is very near. Change your hearts and lives, and believe the Good News!” [emphasis added]
NEW LIFE VERSION (NLV) - Mark 1:15, “He said, 'The time has come. The holy nation of God is near. Be sorry for your sins, turn from them, and believe the Good News.'” [emphasis added]
GOOD NEWS TRANSLATION (GNT) - Mark 1:15, “The right time has come,” he said, “and the Kingdom of God is near! Turn away from your sins and believe the Good News!” [emphasis added]
COMMON ENGLISH BIBLE (CEB) - Mark 1:15, “saying, 'Now is the time! Here comes God’s kingdom! Change your hearts and lives, and trust this good news!'” [emphasis added]
LIVING BIBLE (TLB) - Mark 1:15, “At last the time has come!” he announced. “God’s Kingdom is near! Turn from your sins and act on this glorious news!” [emphasis added]
|Biblical Gospel Truth||Lordship Salvation Heresy|
|Burden of bearing our sins|
rests solely upon Jesus Christ
|Burden to forsake sin is placed|
upon the sinner to bear
|Instant salvation||Salvation is a process|
|Repentance means a change of mind||Repentance means a change of lifestyle|
|Based upon God's promises||Based upon man's self-righteousness|
|Rooted in God's love||Rooted in man's obligation|
|No strings attached||Strings attached|
|A free gift||An earned reward|
|Grace of God||Works of man|
|Christ saves ungodly by faith||Christ saves self-righteous by works|
|Beginning of growth in grace process||Demands instant consecrated (changed life)|
|Indwelling Holy Spirit produces fruit||Faith + Fruit = False Gospel|
|Saved by God's righteousness||Saved by self-righteousness|
|Salvation cannot be lost||Salvation can be lost|
|Word of God||Based in Calvinism (John Calvin)|
Church at Corinth saved, but “carnal” and “babes in Christ” (1st Corinthians 3:1)
|Church at Corinth unsaved due to ongoing sin|
|Safe and secure by faith in Jesus||Not safe and secure by faith in Jesus|
|Jesus is Savior!||Jesus is Lord!|
|Easy to believe||Hard to believe|
|Children easy to be saved||Children difficult to be saved|
|Salvation received||Salvation achieved|
|Saints preserved||Saints must persevere|
|Exposes the religious cults||Agrees with the religious cults|
|sonship only||sonship + discipleship|
“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)Wow! Now dear reader do you understand why I preach so often against the Devil's modern Bible PERversions? Nobody goes to Heaven because he repented of his sins. The only people who goes to Heaven are those who trust in Jesus Christ alone, and they put all their faith in what He did. Jesus died on the cross for our sins. He was buried. Three days later He miraculously resurrected from the dead. They need to repent of their false repentance to be saved.
“Religious people go to Hell; Saved people go to Heaven. Don't ever blame religion on God. He didn't come up with it, Satan did. Religion is of the Devil; Salvation is of the Lord.” —Pastor Al Lacy (a quote from the sermon titled: “No Unbelievers In Hell”