Friday, February 16, 2024

Beware Of Ruckmanite False Teacher Robert Breaker

2nd Corinthians 11:3-4, “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.”

Someone asked me today what I think about Pastor Peter S. Ruckman (1924-2016). Dr. Ruckman actually foolishly teaches that after the Rapture, lost sinners will have to keep the Ten Commandments to get to Heaven. That is damnable heresy!

Dr. Ruckman also errantly teaches that this is how folks were saved in the Old Testament, by works, which is nonsense. Acts 10:32 says "all" the prophets gave witness that remission of sins comes only though faith in Christ (the Messiah). Another false prophet is Evangelist William P. Grady (another loyal disciple of Ruckman). These are Hell's Henchman, damning souls to Hell with their counterfeit plan of salvation, which is really a plan of slavation!

Dr. Ruckman had so many weird and unbiblical ideas and teachings. They idolize Ruckman at Bible Baptist Church in Pensacola, a militant cult of several hundred Ruckmanites who deceive people with a false gospel of partial faith in Christ plus turning from your sins to be saved. They're shameful Bible Baptist Bookstore (a ministry of their corrupt church) that sells deadly "Chick Tracts." Evangelist Robert Breaker in Milton, Florida, graduated in 1998 from Peter Ruckman's Bible college (aka, Pensacola Bible Institute).

Kindly said, you need to beware of Robert Breaker's Ruckmanology! (in this heretical video he falsely teaches that people were saved by WORKS in the Old Testament). The prophet Habakkuk lived under the Mosaic law, yet he exclaimed in Habakkuk 2:4, “Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.” People were saved by FAITH alone throughout the Old Testament. Romans 4:4, “Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.” If salvation had been by WORKS in the Old testament, then God would have OWED them eternal life. Dear reader, God has never owed any sinner anything except to burn in Hell forever!!!

Old Testament Salvation: By Works?

Furthermore, Robert Breaker teaches in his foolish video (at about 24 minutes) that salvation required WORKS under the law in the Old Testament. He foolishly says that the priest had to do the WORK of cutting the lamb's throat, and the WORK of bringing the blood into the Holy Place, et cetera. This is some of the worst Bible teaching I've ever heard. What a butcher! Common sense tells us that 99.9% of the Israelites weren't involved with the priestly work of the tribe of Levi (aka, the book of “Leviticus” which describes the ceremonial work of the tribe of Levi). So how did all those 99.9% of the Jews get saved?

Also, if Robert Breaker is correct, how did the Israelites get saved when they were taken captive 400 miles east into Babylon for 70 years? If Breaker is right, then they all went to Hell, because the Levite Jews could not perform the WORK of the priests. I am stunned at the woeful theological ignorance of Ruckmanites!

The psalmist understood that we are saved by God's righteousness, and not our own works. Psalms 119:142, “Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth. We find the phrase Thy righteousness mentioned 24 times in the book of Psalms. Clearly, God's imputed righteousness, which is by faith alone without works. The New Testament confirms this truth in Romans 4:5-7, “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.” Hello Mr. Breaker, did you read that: WITHOUT WORKS!!!

Where did David describe the blessedness of the man unto whom God imputes righteousness WITHOUT WORKS? Psalms 32:1-2, “Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.” David fully understood that salvation is solely of the Lord, and not by WORKS! All Scripture is given by inspiration of God (2nd Timothy 3:16). The Apostle Paul clarifies the truth that David understood that God's imputed (credited) righteousness to the sinner by faith is WITHOUT WORKS. David calls Robert Breaker a LIAR!

Millions of Baptists Are Sadly Going To Hell

I hate to say it, but MILLIONS of Baptists are going to split Hell wide open when they die, because they have bought into the lie that faith is not enough to be saved. They think you must be willing to turn away from your sinful bad habits to receive God's free gift of eternal life, but that is an entirely different mindset than grace alone. To "be willing" to give up your sinning effectively implies that you MUST try to stop sinning to be saved.

As an illustration: Let's say that a teenage son asks his father if he can borrow the family car to drive somewhere. The father says, "Okay son, but only if you'd 'be willing' to gas the tank when you're done!" The son agrees and brings the car back with an empty tank of gas. The angry father asks his son why he didn't put gas into the tank. The Smart Alec son says, "Well Dad, you only said that I needed to 'be willing' to gas the tank, you didn't say that I had to." Obviously that son would be in big trouble and likely never be allowed to drive the car again."

Likewise, when cartoon evangelist Jack Chick (1924-2016) wickedly tells lost sinners that God demands they first "be willing to turn from sin" to get saved, it clearly instills a horrible mindset into that person's mind that God expects them to forsake their sinful bad habits, and to radically change their behavior, in exchange for a so-called "gift" that is supposed to be completely free. Jack Chick's corrupt plan of salvation is totally confusing BULL CRAP!!!

Having to forsake one's sinful ways is something that is not only very hard to do, it is absolutely IMPOSSIBLE! No one has ever turned from their sinning. At best all we can do is clean up our life of sins. Kindly said, Jack Chick (1924-2016) was an idiot in his theology. He was a California hippie cartoon artist, not a Bible preacher! God only knows the incalculable spiritual damage that Jack Chick has done, by influencing tens of thousands of preachers and churches to preach another gospel. It is not merely a matter of semantics, it is damnable heresy!!! To be willing to try to give up one's sinning has absolutely NOTHING to do with the sacrifice which Jesus made for all humanity on Calvary's cross.

Woe unto any preacher or layman who wickedly passes out Chick Tracts. The beautiful artwork is enticing eye candy, which masks the deadly doctrinal poison contained in Jack Chick's partial faith in Christ plus works counterfeit plan of salvation. The requirement to have such a radical change of heart toward sin, that a lost person must experienced a drastic change in their behavior, is SELF REFORMATION; but this is not how God's plan of redemption works, in which the indwelling Holy Spirit lives the Christian life through a saved person, and not we of our own self-righteous accord (Galatians 2:20).

Effectively, every false prophet who errantly teaches that a person must "be willing to turn from sin" to get to Heaven, is telling them that they must be willing to change themselves to be saved. That is NOT Bible repentance, it is human reformation. Matthew 27:3b says that wicked Judas
repented himself,” but this is a completely different Greek word than is used for repentance unto salvation used elsewhere throughout the New Testament.

Judas was merely sorry that he got caught betraying an innocent man (he even returned the 30 pieces of silver because he felt regret), but he didn't change his mind to admit that he was a dirty sinner in God's sight, nor did Judas change his mind to admit that Jesus is the Christ. Judas died in his sins and went to Hell forever to suffer, not because he was a sinner, but because he turned from his sins instead of repenting toward God in true repentance, which includes faith in Jesus Christ 
(Acts 20:21).

The Gospel is critically important. I am sad and disgusted that roughly 85% of Baptists today are hellbound churchgoers. They have churchianity without Christianity. No one is saved who has the wrong mindset that the life we live affects our eternal destiny. No one is saved who attempts to live a changed life in order to know that they are saved.

My Own Salvation Testimony At Age 13

I humbly got saved at age 13 because I trusted Jesus as my personal Savior, believing that He did it all for me through Calvary's cross.

Thankfully the issue of my sinful bad habits didn't come up, or else I wouldn't have trusted Christ. I mean, I would have known that I cannot give up my sinning, no one can. The very idea would have turned me off completely to trusting Christ. I never would have come to Christ if someone would have said to me in 1980 at age 13:
"David, you can be saved right now by trusting Christ, believing that He died on the cross for your sins, was buried and resurrected three days later; but first you must be willing to turn away from your sinning from now on. You cannot continue openly committing sin. From now on you must do your best to live a clean life and not sin anymore. You won't be perfect, but you must try your very best not to sin anymore. If you're not willing to do that, then you cannot be saved. Would you still like to be saved?"
To brush the person off, I would have politely said that I need to think about it first, but in my heart I would have already decided that I am not interested, knowing that I could never make such a COMMITMENT. And that's what it really is, a commitment do earnestly make an effort not to sin anymore. This is NOT the simple plan of salvation which Jesus teaches in the Holy Bible. This is NOT the simple plan of Salvation which the Apostle Paul teaches in the Holy Bible. Robert breaker, William P. Grady and other Ruckmanites are guilty of preaching another gospel. Peter S. Ruckman (1924-2016) pulled on the same rope as the Devil.

False Prophets Place The Burden Of Change Upon Lost Sinners

Do you see what they are wickedly doing dear reader? They are placing the burden of behavioral change upon the sinner's shoulder to be saved. What a heavy burden it is!!! No wonder Jesus said in Matthew 11:28, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. If you have been lied to dear friend by a Ruckmanite, told that you must turn from your sins to get to Heaven, then Jesus also says to you, Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

That sweet “rest” Christ gives is in knowing that your name is written in the Lamb's Book of Life in Heaven. That sweet “rest” Christ gives is in knowing that when you got saved, nothing more was required to have eternal security. By the way, Eternal Security is not a separate doctrine from Eternal Life. They are one and the same teaching.

The man who has Eternal Life also has Eternal Security, that is, a total Assurance of Salvation. 1st John 5:20, “And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.” Jesus is Eternal Life. So, if you have trusted Jesus as your personal Savior, you already have Eternal Life!!! When the tabernacle of your earthly body is no longer suitable to sustain physical life (2nd Corinthians 5:1), your spirit and soul return to God who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:7).

False prophets are effectively putting a knife to your throat, threatening you that God won't save you unless you first COMMIT to attempt to stop sinning. Ungodly Calvinist pastor, John MacArthur, even calls Lordship Salvation an exchange, a trade of sorts. The biggest problem today is that the churches have become truth resistant, just like a diabetic who has become insulin resistant. Even when faithful preachers (humbly like me by God's grace) place the truth directly into their hands, they reject it to side with their corrupt peers in the ministry (Hosea 4:6). They are afraid to suffer reproach for Christ. They don't want to be put outside the gate with Jesus (2nd Timothy 3:12).

The Holy Spirit Lives The Christian Life Through Us

Dear reader, I know that I preach on this topic often, coming at false repentance and Lordship Salvation from different angles, but I don't want to take the least risk that someone may miss the truth of the Gospel and go to Hell, all because they were lied to by Satan's ministers of unrighteousness (Matthew 7:13-15; 2nd Corinthians 11:13-15). To clarify, you DON'T have to be willing to forsake your sinning to get to Heaven. You simply need to trust the written Word of God which says that Jesus is the Christ, the only begotten (biological) Son of God, who died in your place on the cross to pay down your massive dent of sin.

He did that for you, me, and every human being who has ever been born (1st John 2:2). Jesus was buried, but He didn't stay dead. Three days later Jesus miraculously resurrected from the dead. This is the GOOD NEWS (which means, 'GOSPEL'), by which all who BELIEVE IT are instantly, irrevocably and forever saved. Romans 1:16, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. According to 1st Corinthians 15:1-4, the 'Gospel' is the Good News that Jesus died on a cross for our sins, He was buried, and three days later He raised up bodily from the dead. If you BELIEVE (trust, rely upon) that 'GOOD NEWS,' then you are saved dear sinner.

Please don't miss what I am about to show you. All of the wicked preachers today (e.g., Jack Chick, William P. Grady, Marty Herron, Steve Pettit, Chuck Phelps, Ray Comfort, John MacArthur, Todd Friel, Paul Washer, Bob Jones University cult, Pensacola Christian College cult, et cetera), who say that you must “turn from your sins” to be saved, are placing the burden to change one's behavior upon THE SINNER. This is a false plan of salvation!

In true Bible salvation, you simply come to God as you are, as a hopeless ungodly sinner. You don't have to stop or start anything, nor even be willing to change. You simply receive God's free gift of eternal life by trusting what God has written in His inspired Word concerning Jesus Christ. The dear Savior died in your place on the cross, paying a debt that He did not owe (2nd Corinthians 5:21). The moment you trust Christ, God indwells and seals you with His the blessed gift of His Holy Spirit (Romans 8:9; Ephesians 1:13-14; 1st John 3:24).

Unlike the first counterfeit plan of salvation which errantly requires YOU to change your own behavior, in God's true plan of salvation it is Christ's Holy Spirit who lives the Christian life through you. Galatians 2:20-21, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.” God intentionally put these two Bible verses together! Verse 21 says that keeping the WORKS of the law cannot save anyone. Yet, WORKS are exactly what corrupt preachers are demanding from you when they teach that you must be willing to “turn from your sins” to be saved, or “live a changed life to prove that you're saved. They are demanding WORKS from you to get to Heaven.

The Deadly Sin Of Tampering With God's Word

In the Old Testament we read the tragic true story of Uzzah...
2nd Samuel 6:5-7 “And David and all the house of Israel played before the LORD on all manner of instruments made of fir wood, even on harps, and on psalteries, and on timbrels, and on cornets, and on cymbals. And when they came to Nachon's threshingfloor, Uzzah put forth his hand to the ark of God, and took hold of it; for the oxen shook it. And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzzah; and God smote him there for his error; and there he died by the ark of God.”
I like Uzzah. He was a good guy! I see careless people leave their shopping carts in a store's parking lot. I always grab a cart when I'm going into a store, since I'm going that way anyway. I always return my cart when done, and I usually grab two carts, to return them into the store. I do that for Jesus, to let my light so shine before men (Matthew 5:16). I care! I think Uzzah was that kind of guy, desiring to be helpful. He saw the Arc of the Covenant wobbling like it was ready to topple over, so he reached out his hand to steady it. God didn't just rebuke him, God killed Uzzah on the spot! Some liberals no doubt think that God should have overlooked Uzzah's offence, seeing that Uzzah had the best of intentions. Numbers 4:15 plainly warns that anyone who touched the Arc of the Covenant would die. The lesson is clear—God doesn't need our help to secure His Word, don't mess with God's Word!

Likewise, tens of thousands of corrupt preachers today mean well. They are good men (as far as sinful humans go). They don't want to hurt God, corrupt the Bible, or help damn souls to Hell. That is not their intent, I have no doubt. However, we read in Proverbs 14:12, “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. I have no doubt that Robert Breaker is a good man. I am confident that he pays his bills on time and loves his neighbor as himself; yet, he is guilty of corrupting God's Word.

All of the well-meaning preachers today who falsely teach that you must “turn from your sins” to be saved are guilty of mixing works with grace. Like Uzzah they have the best of intentions, but they know not what they are doing. You cannot show me one verse in the inspired King James Bible which says to “turn from your sins” to get to Heaven. Wicked but well-meaning religious men added those extra words to God's Words. 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

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Denzel Washington's Fake Christian Testimony

John 3:1-3, “There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

There is much rave on social media and in the news about the Christian faith if Hollywood actor Denzel Washington. Unfortunately, I don't see it! In the following recent YouTube video you will hear Denzel speak about his so-called salvation testimony, in which he says that as a boy he, “Gave it up” and was filled with the Holy Spirit. Dear reader, that is not God's simple plan of salvation, not even close! ...

WHY I LOVE JESUS! ~ Denzel Washington
(Epic & Powerful Christian Testimony)

In a 2020 article titled, “Denzel Washington on Coming to Christ: ‘I Was Filled With the Holy Ghost and it Scared Me,” Denzel merely says that he Gave his life to Christ three times while growing up, but that is not the true biblical Gospel. What saith the Scripture?
1st Corinthians 15:1-4, Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
As we just read, the “Gospel” (Good News) is comprised of three things:
  1. Jesus DIED on a cross to pay our debt of sin.
  2. He was BURIED.
  3. Three days later Jesus RESURRECTED physically from the dead.
To settle the matter, so that you will know from this moment forward that your name is written in the Lamb's Book of Life, and that you have a home in Heaven—simply come to God as an admitted guilty sinner and receive Christ's sacrifice on the cross as full payment for your sins, believing that He died, was buried, but then bodily raised up the third day from the dead. If this is your only hope for forgiveness of sins and eternal life, you are born again! It's that simple.

In sharp contrast, no one has ever been saved by giving their life to Christ. Salvation is not a reward for the righteous, it is a gift for the guilty! The true Gospel always points you to CHRIST; a false gospel always points to YOU. Salvation is not doing your best, it is having Christ's best put to your account through receiving Him by faith. There is something very wrong with Denzel's alleged Christian testimony! You don't get to Heaven by “giving it up” as Denzel says he did multiple times. Jesus gave His life as a sacrifice on the cross, paying a debt He did not owe because we owed a debt we could not pay.

In the introduction to Michael P. Bowen's helpful book, "I NEVER KNEW YOU," he writes these truthful words on page xii:
Here is the gospel: God says that we are sinners and that no amount of good works or behavioral changes on our part could ever make us holy enough to enter heaven. God sent His Son to pay for all of our sins. Jesus paid for our crimes by dying on the cross for us all. His dead body was buried in a grave. On the third day, Jesus arose from the dead. The instant you believe this, He knows it and He saves you. “Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that believeth on Me hath everlasting life”(John 6:47). The free gift is based solely upon your trust in what Jesus did for you and has nothing at all to do with what you do for Him. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).
Amen and amen! I thank God for Brother Bowen, that he so beautifully clarifies the Gospel. God only knows the eternal impact that his book is making for the cause of Jesus Christ.

Denzel Washington says some excellent things in interviews. He is right that the biggest problem in America today is a lack of fathers in the home. Denzel wisely said that where there is no father in the home, boys find a father in the streets instead. The judge becomes their mother and the prison system their home.

Denzel also rightly said that love cannot be legislated. The government cannot force different ethnicities (e.g., blacks and whites) to get along with each other. Love is a personal thing, not something that can be forced through legislation. It all begins with us as individual people. It all boils down to one's home environment, how we were raised up. This is why sexual immorality (casual sex) in today's wicked American “hookup culture is so evil and dangerous, because it conceives fatherless bastards. Every child deserves to have both a mother and a father in a happy and safe home. Yet, all we see from Hollywood, television, the entertainment industry and every other media venue today is sexual immorality being promoted as a cool lifestyle.

By the way, singer Taylor Swift is not what she appears to be! I cannot warn parents enough to protect your child from Miss Swift, who is a child of the Devil. Take a look at what she did in her despicable music video titled, 'Wildest Dreams'! Why aren't parents everywhere angry and rising up in protest against this evil woman? Why hasn't the news media investigated and exposed Taylor Swift as a sex pervert and dangerous bad role model for teenagers? I'll tell you why! It is because Satan is the god of this evil world (2nd Corinthians 4:4). It is because the ungodly world love and excuse their own (John 15:19). If a pastor and church would have made a video like that, the FBI would have been knocking at their doors!

A demonic spirit pervades American culture today! Having said that, I don't believe Denzel Washington is a genuine born again believer, because his testimony is not that of a saved man. I am not talking about his acting in Hollywood movies, which has nothing to do with his direct testimony from his mouth concerning Christ. One's choice of behavior is not an indicator of being saved or lost. Most unsaved religious people are good people (as far as sinners go). The unsaved false prophets in Matthew 7:21-23 boasted to Jesus of having done "many wonderful works," but Christ denied knowing them as His sheep.

Those lost sinners in Matthew 7:21-23 were Christ followers! They called Jesus "Lord, Lord." But Jesus denied knowing them! Giving one's life to Jesus is not God's simple plan of salvation. Unless Denzel is born again, he cannot enter into Heaven (Luke 13:23-24). The new birth is by faith alone in Jesus Christ apart from all human effort, sacrifice and works. Anyone who testifies that they gave it up to be saved, didn't get saved. Jesus gave it up” so that we wouldn't have to be punished in Hell without hope, mercilessly tormented in fire and brimstone day and night forever (Revelation 20:11-15, 21:8).

Thank you for reading my blog.

Sunday, February 11, 2024

Beware Of A False Gospel That Pressures YOU To Change Yourself

In a booklet delivered to my home's mailbox in November of 2023 by Campus Church at Pensacola Christian College, it contains the following damnable heresy...
“REPENTANCE — Now is the time to turn from your sin and embrace God. The act of turning away from sin is called 'repentance.' This word implies an inward decision to follow and obey God's will instead of your self-serving sins. It means changing your mind about sin and seeing it as something that grieves God. The Bible says that God patiently waits for all people to make this decision.”

SOURCE: “John & Romans,” Campus Church at Pensacola Christian College, p. 60
Also this damnable heresy,
“I repent of my sins. I realize that sin is something that God hates and I no longer want to hold onto sinful bad habits in my life.”

SOURCE: “John & Romans,” Campus Church at Pensacola Christian College, p. 62​
That is damnable heresy!!! You cannot show me any of those false teachings in the inspired King James Bible. Pensacola Christian College (PCC) and their incompetent Campus Church pastors are theological liars!!! Satan is using them to lead lost sinners into Hell (2nd Corinthians 11:13-15). They are giving lost people a false hope.

The "Gospel" is that Jesus died on a cross for our sins. He was buried. He resurrected physically three days later. According to 1st Corinthians 15:1-4, whosoever BELIEVES (trusts, relies upon) this Good News is saved. Anyone who admits to being a guilty sinner in God's sight (Romans 3:19-20), and they receive Christ's sacrifice on the cross as full payment for their sins, believing that Christ is risen from the dead, is saved (1st Thessalonians 4:14).

To get to Heaven, there is no additional biblical requirement to hate sin so much that it compels us to forsake a lifestyle of sinning. That is manmade reformation, not biblical repentance. In true salvation, God saves an ungodly sinner (just as I am), and then the indwelling Holy Spirit indwells that child of God. If we choose to Walk in the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-25), then the Holy Spirit (not us) lives the Christian life through us (Galatians 2:20).

A changed life is the "fruit" of the indwelling Holy Spirit (God living in us as believers). What Lordship Salvation does, is it forces an unsaved person to change their own life, in their own human power, to be saved. This is not the "fruit" of the indwelling Holy Spirit. It is human reformation and a counterfeit plan of salvation.

Pastor Harry Ironside (187501951) said it best, I humbly think:
“The Gospel is not a call to repentance, or to amendment of our ways, to make restitution for past sins, or to promise to do better in the future. These things are proper in their place, but they do not constitute the Gospel; for the Gospel is not good advice to be obeyed, it is good news to be believed. Do not make the mistake then of thinking that the Gospel is a call to duty or a call to reformation, a call to better your condition, to behave yourself in a more perfect way than you have been doing in the past …

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

SOURCE: Harry A. Ironside, from the sermon: 'What Is The Gospel?'
Bravo! Clearly, Dr. Harry Ironside taught a free grace view of the Gospel. I love free grace preachers who get the gospel right!
“When it comes to salvation, if you're saved by grace, there's nothing to stop or start.” —Pastor Ralph Yankee Arnold, “Legalistic Judaism is Today's Calvinism
Amen and amen! John 6:47, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.”

Saturday, February 3, 2024

The “Turn From Your Sins” To Get To Heaven Heresy

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

I heard a wonderful sermon today from which I gleaned this edifying quote:
“When it comes to salvation, if you're saved by grace, there's nothing to stop or start.” —Pastor Ralph Yankee Arnold, Legalistic Judaism is Today's Calvinism
This MP3 excerpt was taken from Pastor Ralph Yankee Arnold's helpful sermon titled: “Legalistic Judaism is Today's Calvinism.” Here is the sermon if you'd like to watch it...


Legalistic Judaism is Today's Calvinism

I love this guy! It is becoming extremely rare to find a free grace preacher in these perilous times. Tragically, I'd guess that about 85% of Baptist churches today have succumbed to the Devil's falsehood that more than faith is required to get to Heaven. In addition, they falsely teach that you must be willing to “turn from your sins” to be saved, which the inspired Holy Bible doesn't teach. What saith the Scripture? 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.”

The shameful pastor of Campus Church at Pensacola Christian College (Jeff Redlin) is a liar! His clown sidekick Timothy Zacharias is a liar! God says so, not me. Bob Jones University today and their longtime president Steve Pettit are liars! They have ADDED man's words to God's Words, perverting the grace of God. Jesus paid for everybody's sins, He doesn't demand that you forsake your sinning to receive His payment for your sins.


God is so very good dear friend. Christ died on that cross to pay for your sins. He was buried but then came back from the dead. All that God requires for you to get to Heaven is that you BELIEVE Jesus Christ did it all for you. I love this quote from Pastor Yankee Arnold...
“Christ paid for my sins. If He paid for my sins, why would I have to go to Hell to pay for my sins? All He wanted me to do was believe that He did it all for me. That is the greatest news in all the world! And no man, no preacher, has the authority to change the Gospel message. Just because you don't see how it works, or understand how it works, you don't have to know—it ain't none of our business; but God says there is a Heaven and a Hell, and if you want to go to Heaven this is what you do, and your opinion don't count.” —Pastor Ralph Yankee Arnold, Legalistic Judaism is Today's Calvinism
That's truthful preaching! We need more free grace preachers today. The Devil is very subtle, a master deceiver and imitator (2nd Corinthians 11:13-15). Satan is a beautiful liar!

Jeremiah 10:21, “For the pastors are become brutish, and have not sought the LORD: therefore they shall not prosper, and all their flocks shall be scattered.”

Wednesday, January 31, 2024

My Response To A Critic Of Eternal Security

Galatians 2:4-5, “And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage: To whom we gave place by subjection, no, not for an hour; that the truth of the gospel might continue with you.”

The Apostle Paul said that he refused to put up with false prophets, not even for one hour. Paul shut their microphone down (so to speak), and ran them out of the churches!

I received numerous emails yesterday and today from a religious man who wanted to debate eternal security. I kindly told him that I don't debate, but he persisted to pressure me, thinking that he was going to convince me over to his damnable heresy. Here first is his last email to me, and then following I will post my response. This is an important matter, which I want to lay to rest once and for all. The Bible teaches: ONCE SAVED, ALWAYS SAVED!!! If you don't agree with that, then you are not born again and if you don't repent, you will spend eternity burning in Hell, fire and brimstone. It's as simple and frightening as that!

Here is a portion of his foolish email (his grammar is so bad that most of his sentences make no sense at all). I haven't edited anything. Literally, this is exactly what he wrote to me...
I won't quote scripture for I know you know them, but so do I. 
And I have never once read the words "once I am saved I always will be saved" no mater what I do and say to others because if I do anything it is just works trying to save myself.

If we all did not need to do anything then who is not saved by not earning Lord Jesus own death and resurrection Blood Salvation? That he has already gave everyone today even before they were born as sinners and they never could earn it, can they?

Please take no offence, I am not trying to argue, I honestly ask, is "always saved" even Biblical, and if so then why would Jesus own appointed Apostle be lost when he already profess faith in Jesus Christ and who also cast out demons and healed the sick?

Also the 2 born again believers in Acts 5 who Peter drove out their spirit and they fell dead on the ground for their lies they gave against the Holy Spirit.

Also the Holy Spirit has never told me, that I am always saved no matter what I or how I treat others, nor did Apostle Paul never said he was always saved, not that I could read anywhere in scripture. For he said I have finished the race and he looked forward to be saved.

Can we discuss those scripture please, "as it is written" already in the Holy Spirit's Interpretations in Holy scripture with the words God spoke that need no other private reinterpretation from anyone?
Here is my full reply to him...
*****,

Kindly, we don't agree on eternal security. I absolutely believe in, "once saved always saved." No matter what I say, you are set in your beliefs, and so am I.

You are caught between grace and works, because you think YOU have something to do with your eternal salvation. Jesus paid it all and I'm only trusting in CHRIST. The very idea that someone would have to live a certain way to know that they have eternal life, is a fallacy that causes millions of confused people fear and worry every day. No thanks!

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

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

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

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

I won't debate this with you. You're not going to convince me to adopt a faith in Christ plus my own efforts type of false salvation. You say salvation is by Christ alone, but then you deny your words by suggesting that the life we live somehow can cost us God's free gift of salvation. A "free gift" (Romans 5:18) means there can be no stipulations or obligations.

You are woefully deceived. Nothing I say is going to convince you, and I refuse to listen to your unbiblical heresy.

In Jesus' precious name,
David
Please keep in mind that this was our fifth exchange of emails. I was being patient with him. I sent him a dozen Gospel sermons and books. I wrote at length explaining the difference between service and sanctification. In fact, here is the previous email that I sent to him, so you can see how sincerely I tried to help the guy see the light of the truth. He had asked me, "Do you think you're always saved no matter what you do or how you treat others as the example of Jesus Christ?" Here is my full reply...
*****,

Yes, once saved always saved, because God's gift of salvation is based upon what Christ alone did to pay for our sins through Calvary's cross.

Having said that, no believer has God's permission to life in sin. Romans 6:1-2, "What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?" God commands all saints to depart from iniquity and walk in holiness, but when we do sin (and we all choose to), God's grace much more abounds so that we can never lose salvation. It is God's salvation, not ours to give. We cannot lose by bad works what we could not earn by good works. Faith is the only righteous thing that I can do.

My favorite preacher quote is from Pilgrim's Progress book author, John Bunyan, who said:
“If you do not put a difference between justification wrought by the man Christ without and sanctification wrought by the Spirit of Christ within, you are not able to divide the Word aright; but contrariwise, you corrupt the Word of God, and cast stumbling blocks before the people.” —John Bunyan (1628-1688)
We must keep sanctification (service - Romans 12:1) completely separate from justification (salvation - Galatians 3:26), or else we will corrupt the Gospel and cast stumbling blocks before the people. Many preachers make the mistake of citing the book of Matthew, about picking up one's cross to follow Christ, and they foolishly apply it to salvation. But that is discipleship Jesus is talking about in Matthew. God authored the specific Gospel of John to show humanity how to be saved (John 20:31). We find the word "believe" mentioned 85 times in the book of John, but there is no requirement to follow, confess, repent, turn, forsake, live or anything else; but just to believe. John 6:47, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life."

The Bible warns in Hebrews 12:6-8 that if a man is without chastisement from God for his sins, then he is a bastard and not a genuine adopted son of God. God is not an absent parent! There are two wrong extremes to which a preacher can go. The first is to corrupt the Gospel by adding living a holy life (service) to God's free grace. The second extreme is to just preach that people can be saved without turning from sins, but then that preacher never warns believers of God's judgment upon disobedient children (2nd Corinthians 5:9-11).

Dr. John R. Rice (1895-1980) addressed this issue of Lordship Salvation. A lady in the church suggested that some of the young people weren't saved because of their misbehaving and bad attitude. Dr. Rice corrects her by teaching her that the problem is not that the teens aren't saved; but rather, they haven't been properly mentored by the spiritual adults in the church. And of course, it might be that indeed they are not saved. But whether someone is saved or not can only be known by a direct testimony from their mouth concerning Jesus Christ. ...

One of my favorite preachers and sermons is by Pastor Ralph Yankee Arnold. The sermon is titled, "Why Lordship Salvation Is Wrong."

The Bible is full of horrible saints who hurt others at times. King David stole Uriah's wife, impregnated her, then murdered Uriah to hide the unintended pregnancy. David didn't lose God's gift of salvation, he lost the "joy" of salvation (Psalms 51:12). I believe Joseph's 10 half brothers were saved, even though they conspired to sell him into Egyptian slavery. The Bible is full of the sins of the saints. Thankfully, our God is merciful and is always willing to forgive us and give us unlimited chances, as we see with the woman taken in the act of adultery in John chapter 8.

There is none righteous the Bible says, no not one (Romans 3:10). That includes saved believers. The only thing that makes the holiest saint, any more righteous than the vilest dirty unsaved sinner like John Wayne Gacy, is the precious blood of Jesus (1st Peter 1:18-19). James 2:10 says that if a man commits even one sin, he is guilty of all in the sight of God. In other words, all it takes is just one sin to keep a sinner out of Heaven. The only other place to go is the Lake of Fire forever.

I hope that answers your question. I welcome Bible questions. I just don't like to debate with people.

Have a good evening,
David
Like so many fools before him, he doesn't believe in eternal security. He rejects the idea that a person can be saved and then just live any way they want. Well, he is WRONG! Salvation is of the Lord (Jonah 2:9). Either God does the saving, all of it, or else you don't get grace!!!

Tuesday, January 30, 2024

If You Have To Look At Your Life To Know You're Saved, It Proves You're Not

1st John 3:24, "And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us."

Every born again believer has a relationship with Christ. Demons acknowledge there is a God, but they are not saved (James 2:19). The Apostle James in James chapter two is warning about not becoming a respecter of persons (James 2:1). If a man professes to be a Christian but does not help a brother in need who asks for some food during time of need, James says that that man's faith is dead (James 2:15-20).

It is important to understand that James is not writing about salvation here. He is writing about our manner of life validating our faith in the eyes of other men, not God. In the Epistle of Romans, Paul writes about being justified by faith in the sight of God (Romans 4:1-7). James is speaking about being justified by works in the sight of man, not God. Many preachers foolishly apply James chapter two to salvation, corrupting the Holy Bible and casting stumbling blocks before the people.

The demons acknowledge that there is a God, but they are still damned. James is simply teaching that our talk talks and our walk talks, but out walk talks louder than our talk talks. Again, James is not speaking about the new birth (justification), he is talking about discipleship (sanctification). Faith without works is dead in the eyes of our fellow mankind, but dead faith is still faith. One's faith may be dead, but it still exists.

Eternal life is a free gift (Romans 5:18). To truly be a gift, nothing can be required in exchange. The new birth is not a trade, it is a gift. We simply take a gift by faith, not by anything we need to do, which would be works. Every lost sinner who puts his or her trust in Jesus as their personal Savior is immediately sealed and indwelt with God's Holy Spirit (Romans 8:9; 1st John 3:24; Ephesians 1:13-14). That new believer has a relationship with God as His redeemed child. That is one's POSITION in Christ.

How a believer chooses to live after saving faith is one's CONDITION in Christ. A man's condition may be atrocious in Christ (e.g., Lot, Samson and Solomon), yet he is saved and his position in Christ is safe and secure by faith alone (1st Corinthians 5:5).

Pastor M.R. DeHaan (1891-1965) said it very well:
"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)
The Epistle of 1st John teaches that the acid test to know (1st John 5:13) whether we are saved or not is the presence of the indwelling Holy Spirit. If a man can sin without any conviction whatsoever from the Holy Spirit, then something is wrong. The Bible warns that if God never chastises you when you sin, you're not saved (Hebrews 12:6-8). The Holy Spirit convicts me all the time about my sinning (Proverbs 3:12).

Many hellbound false prophets do "many wonderful works," and they prophesy (preach) in Jesus' name (Matthew 7:21-23). Cornelius fasted, prayed, gave alms to the poor and feared God (Acts 10:1-3), but was still hellbound in his sins. Cornelius didn't get saved until Acts 10:44. So we cannot determine if someone, or even our self, is saved by examining our life. The $64,000 question is: Do you have the indwelling Holy Spirit?

Friday, January 26, 2024

Eternally Secure Forever In Jesus Christ

John 10:27-29, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.”

In the following awesome sermon, Pastor Tom Cucuzza preaches the truth about salvation and the Christian life which we all horribly fail at...

Secure Forever - Part One:
True Salvation And Its Relationship To The Christian Life
PART TWO ~
(Pastor Thomas M. Cucuzza)

➙You don't have to repent of your sin to go to Heaven.
➙You can go to Heaven while hanging onto the world.
➙If Christ is not Lord of "all," you can still go to Heaven.
➙If you come to church with a sour and negative position, you can still go to Heaven.
➙If you're practicing certain sins in your life, you can still go to Heaven.
➙If you've grown cold toward the Lord, you can still go to Heaven.
➙If you're not tithing, you can still go to Heaven.
➙If you don't endure until the end, you can still go to Heaven.
➙You can practice sin every day and still go to Heaven.

The biblical teachings of eternal life and eternal security are not two separate doctrines, but are one and the same thing. That is, the man who has eternal life already has eternal security. Religious messes us up, but Christianity frees us. If you have trusted in God's only begotten Son as your personal Savior, then you KNOW that you have eternal life.

Sunday, January 21, 2024

Understanding Bible Repentance

Here are some excellent sermons by Pastor Thomas M. Cucuzza at the Northland Bible Baptist Church located in Saint Cloud, Minnesota, explaining Bible repentance. When you trust Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, you have repented. It is as simple as that, as you will learn in these helpful sermons by Dr. Cucuzza. I thank God for doctrinally sound preachers! There is not a more important topic than repentance to be saved. Pastor Curtis Hutson is right, who compared repentance to buttoning a dress shirt. That is, if you get the first button wrong, then all the other buttons will be wrong too!

Understanding Biblical Repentance - Part One

Understanding Biblical Repentance - Part Two

Amen and amen! Now with these precious truths in mind, now take a look at the false meaning of repentance that is being wickedly taught at religious cults like Pensacola Christian College today. Wow be unto the false pastors! ...

The Lordship Salvation Cult At Pensacola Christian College

I stopped supporting Jack Chick's ministry about 20 years ago, when I realized that he is preaching a counterfeit plan of salvation. On the back page of all his 1.2 billion "Chick Tracts" he says that it is not enough to admit you are a sinner to get to Heaven; but also, he requires you to turn away from your sinning to be saved. That is works (Jonah 3:10).

False Repentance And A Counterfeit Gospel In 'Chick Tracts'

Kindly said, Jack Chick misunderstood the biblical meaning of repentance. In so doing he perverted the Gospel. The following heretical page is from the tract titled: "This Was Your Life" by Jack Chick (1924-2016)...

Damnable False Teaching In 'Chick Tracts'

Surrender your life to Christ? That's not what the Bible says! Acts 16:30-31, And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. So where did Jack Chick get the garbage that to be saved you must, “Surrender your life to Christ?” Jack Chick is a false prophet and an infidel now tragically burning in the fires of Hell forever. You cannot be born again by partial faith in Christ plus something else. Faith is the only righteous thing that I can do. Run from the toxic poison of Chick Tracts!

To "repent" simply means to change one's mind. From reading the context and by comparing Scripture with Scripture, we learn that we must change our mind about two things to be saved:
  1. WHO WE ARE - We must change our mind to admit that we are a guilty SINNER in the sight of a holy God (Romans 3:19-20).
  2. WHO JESUS IS - We must change our mind to admit that Jesus is the Christ, the only begotten Son of God (John 20:31).
Nowhere does the inspired Holy Bible teach that repentance means to turn away from one's sinning to get to Heaven. Ungodly men added those words (Proverbs 30:5-6). It is a dangerous and serious thing to mess with God's Word.

I think what happens is that a lot of preachers get corrupted without even realizing it. They make friends and hobnob with corrupt preachers and then adopt their false doctrine. The old adage is very true: Birds of a feather flock together. John Wesley wisely said what one generation tolerates the next generation will embrace. That is exactly right! It is in our human nature to try to cooperate and get along with others. But if we love and desire to put obeying God first in our life, then we must choose to serve God above all. That is what Jesus meant in the Bible when He said:
Matthew 10:34-39, “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man's foes shall be they of his own household. He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.”
We sometimes have to go against our own parents, siblings, friends and family tradition to side with God (Joshua 24:15). Sadly, most Christians don't want to suffer reproach for the name of Christ. They don't want to be put outside the gate with Jesus. This includes preachers and the entire clergy. It is in our sinful human nature to want to go along with the crowd. This is sometimes referred to as having a “herd mentality.”

Please Don't Follow Corrupt Infidel Pastors Into Hell

The Apostle Paul praised the Bereans for double checking what he had taught them from the Bible. They searched the Scriptures daily to verify Paul's preaching (Acts 17:10-11). Sadly, that is not what 99% of churchgoers do, they merely believe whatever their pastor tells them, which is why there are so many cults today (2nd Peter 3:16-17). Think for yourself and search the Scriptures.

Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Hebrews 6:1 Says “Dead Works” Cannot Save Us

Hebrews 6:1-3, “Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. And this will we do, if God permit.”

I read the following tremendous words today from 'The Strand Study Bible,' which I bought recently and cherish it. In fact, I bought two of them from Amazon I am so pleased with it. Proverbs 23:23, “Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.” You can purchase a much cheaper used one at Abe'sBooks (from time to time). Here is the last portion of Brother Strands exegesis for Hebrews 6:1...
6:1c The work done to secure salvation was not done through dead works (i.e., human effort - Jn 1:13). It's not our works that save us or are saving us (Gal 3:1-3), but Christ's WORK” of redemption on the cross (Exo 14:13, 30-31, Hab 1:5, Rom 13:11, Titus 3:5a and John 6:28-29). Salvation is of the Lord (Jonah 2:9). We are not headed to Heaven because we're good, but because Christ is good (II Cor 5:21 Mt 19:16-17). 
NOTE - Whereas religion says, “Look what I've done for Jesus. I've been good, baptized, faithful to church, etc.” (i.e., religious works), Christianity says, “Look what Jesus did for me. I was headed to Hell and He offered me salvation and I accepted it.” (i.e., grace). 
SOURCE: Pastor Brad Strand, 'The Strand Study Bible,' p. 2070; © 2009
Bravo! I am so thankful for Pastor Strand's time and intense labor in putting together his life's work in this helpful Bible commentary. It took him 33 years and over 30,000 hours of labor! It is worth every penny!

In the Bible we find that truth is synonymous with righteousness. The word “truth” is mentioned 41 times in the Old Testament book of Psalms. Psalms 119:30, “I have chosen the way of truth: thy judgments have I laid before me.” It is tragic that most believers can sit in front of the television for hundreds of hours each month without getting bored, but find it a chore to read and study the Holy Bible for 5 minutes each day. That ought not be! Of course, the words of no man should ever be placed on equal footing with the inspired Words of God. A Bible commentary helps guide us, but the Word of God is our final and only authority in all matters of life and faith.

You won't find any theological garbage in this study Bible that teaches the Devil's lies of Lordship Salvation, or that you must turn from your sinful habits, to be saved; nor any other rubbish that is commonly taught in corrupt churches nowadays. Brother Strand is 100% free grace Gospel and I love him for it. Like never before there is a need for Christian saints to earnestly contend for the faith” (Jude 1:3b) in these perilous times of doctrinal deception in the Bible colleges and churches. I encourage you to get yourself a copy of 'The Strand Study Bible' while they're still available. I am confident that you won't be disappointed my friend.

Thursday, January 4, 2024

The Repent Of Your Sins Heresy Exposed

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

Someone sent me this excellent 3:50 hour video documentary today, which exposes the Devil's lie that you cannot go to Heaven unless you turn away from your sinful behavior (which is works and not God's grace).

REPENT OF YOUR SINS 2, The Hypocrites
(Documentary, false prophet exposure)

I encourage you to watch the documentary dear reader. Pastor Ralph Yankee Arnold said it best, I humbly think:
“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!
Pastor M.R. DeHaan (1891-1965) said it very well:
"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)
Faith is the only righteous thing that I can do. I have received countless emails from web visitors who thank me, letting me know that they had previously been confused about how to be saved, but then God led them to my website ministry and they were saved when they saw a clear presentation of the Gospel.

Saturday, December 30, 2023

Not By Works Of Righteousness Which We Have Done

Titus 3:5-7, “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”

I recently purchased The Strand Study Bible. You can purchase a cheaper used one at Abe's Books. I love it so much that I bought another one. Pastor Brad Strand was one of my favorite Bible teachers at Hyles-Anderson College in the late 1980's. I am so glad that he made a study Bible, and I cherish it. It took Brother Strand 30,000 hours over 33 years to complete his amazing study Bible. THANK YOU Pastor Strand for sharing what the Holy Spirit taught you with everyone else! I cannot recommend his study Bible enough.

I was reading Brother Strand's commentary today for Titus 3:5 and he mentions that Bono of U2 is a Christian, which compelled me to do some research online about Bono. Here is what Pastor Strand writes on page 2057:
Bono (of the band U2), one of the world's most famous rock stars, and a Christian (yes, you can be a rock star and a Christian), in an interview with Michka Assayas, a French music journalist, in March of 2004 was correct when he described the difference between Karma (works of righteousness) and grace. He said: 
You see, at the center of all religions is the idea of Karma. You know, what you put out comes back to you: an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, or in physics—in physical laws—every action is met by an equal or an opposite one. It's clear to me that Karma is at the very heart of the universe. I'm absolutely sure of it. And yet, along comes this idea called Grace to upend all that “as you reap, so you will sow” stuff. Grace defies reason and logic. Love interrupts, if you like, the consequences of your actions, which in my case is very good news indeed, because I've done a lot of stupid stuff. (So have we all, Bono.).
Bono went on to say: 
I'd be in big trouble if Karma was going to finally be my judge. I'd be in deep .... It doesn't excuse my mistakes, but I'm holding out for Grace. I'm holding out that Jesus took my sins onto the Cross, because I know who I am, and I hope I don't have to depend on my own religiosity.
Bono continued: 
But I love the idea of the Sacrificial Lamb. I love the idea that God says: Look, you cretins, there are certain results to the way we are, to selfishness, and there's a mortality as part of your very sinful nature, and, let's face it, you're not living a very good life, are you? There are consequences to actions. The point of the death of Christ is that Christ took on the sins of the world, so that what we put out did not come back to us, and that our sinful nature does not reap the obvious death. That's the point. It should keep us humbled… . It's not our own good works (Karma) that get us through the gates of heaven.
SOURCE: Pastor Brad Strand, “The Strand Study Bible,” p. 2057
That is very interesting and encouraging, to know that Bono is saved. You can read the preceding entire interview of Bono HERE.

Worldliness Cannot Prevent You From Going To Heaven

There are some wicked religious neo-evangelical websites which wrongly accuse Bono's faith of not being sincere, since he is worldly, but that is not the true Gospel. Case in point is the website at BereanResearch.org, who foolishly state concerning Bono's worldliness:
The bottom line is this: A person cannot profess a belief in Jesus Christ and live like the devil.  Like so many so-called Christians, Bono takes Christianity cafeteria style – he picks and chooses what pleases him and avoids what doesn’t. 
SOURCE: 'Does U2’s Bono, a professing Christian, believe the Bible?'
Liar, liar, pants on fire!!! I am so glad that Bono is a Christian. The worldly life that Bono chooses to live is a strict matter of sanctification and service (Romans 12:1), not of justification and the new birth (Galatians 3:26). If we cannot be saved by good works, then we cannot be lost by bad works. As our text passage from Titus 3:5a says, “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us...” Faith is the only righteous thing that I can do.

The thing that I love most about The Strand Study Bible is that Pastor Strand upholds a 100% free grace Gospel. A free grace Gospel is the simplicity that is in Christ (2nd Corinthians 11:3-4). It is very easy, free and simple to get to Heaven; you just need to BELIEVE that Jesus did it all for you through the cross of Calvary, that He was buried, and bodily resurrected from the dead three days later. Believe the GOOD NEWS, Oh guilty sinner, and you are forever saved!

Bono has made it clear to the world that He believes Jesus is the Son of God, the Messiah:
"[Jesus] went around saying he was the Messiah. That's why he was crucified. He was crucified because he said he was the Son of God. So, he either, in my view, was the Son of God or he was nuts. Forget rock-and-roll messianic complexes, I mean Charlie Manson-type delirium. And I find it hard to accept that whole millions and millions of lives, half the Earth, for 2,000 years have been touched, have felt their lives touched and inspired by some nutter. I just... I don't believe it."

(From an interview with Gay Byrne, RTE One, June 2013) 
SOURCE: Christianity Today, '7 Surprising Things Bono Has Said About Jesus'
Good for Bono! I rejoice with him is his sole trust in Jesus Christ and God's grace for eternal life. The way to Heaven is to wholly lean on Jesus' name, and dare not trust the sweetest frame other than Christ. 1st Corinthians 3:11 says that Jesus is the only foundation. Bono says this concerning God's saving grace:
"...I love the idea of the Sacrificial Lamb. I love the idea that God says: Look, you cretins, there are certain results to the way we are, to selfishness, and there's a mortality as part of your very sinful nature, and, let's face it, you're not living a very good life, are you? There are consequences to actions. The point of the death of Christ is that Christ took on the sins of the world, so that what we put out did not come back to us, and that our sinful nature does not reap the obvious death. That's the point. It should keep us humbled. It's not our own good works that get us through the gates of heaven."

SOURCE: Christianity Today, '7 Surprising Things Bono Has Said About Jesus'
Bono's best friend recounts how the U2 rockstar first came to faith in Jesus Christ. Amen. The only reason why any sinner has ever gone to Heaven, or ever will go to Heaven, is because that person rested completely in the finished work of Jesus Christ through Calvary's cross.

Famous Singer Bob Dylan Is Also A Born-Again Christian

Pastor Strand further comments concerning Titus 3:5 on page 2058:
Phillip Yancey in What's So Amazing About Grace? notes: 
The notion of God's love coming to us free of charge, no strings attached, seems to go against every instinct of humanity. The Buddhist eight-fold path, the Hindu doctrine of Karma, the Jewish covenant, the Muslim code of law—each of these offers a way to earn approval. Only Christianity dares to make God's love unconditional.
Only Christianity offers salvation via grace. Bob Dylan, another famous rock star, in an interview with Bruce Heiman, KMEX Radio in December of 1979, said: 
A religion which says you have to do certain things to get to God..., which is a religion which is by works: you can enter into the Kingdom by what you do, what you wear, what you say, how many times a day you pray, how many good deeds you may do...That type of religion will not get you into the Kingdom, that's true. ...
Again, it's not what we do (works) that gets us to Heaven, but what Christ did (grace) for us. Trust what He did, not what you do, and Heaven will be yours.
SOURCE: Pastor Brad Strand, “The Strand Study Bible,” p. 2058
Amen and amen. Boy that's great stuff! I love free grace Gospel preachers!!!

We Are Saved By God's Imputed Righteousness, Not Ours

When I bought and first opened The Strand Study Bible, I was a bit nervous, afraid that I'd find he teaches that you cannot be saved unless you turn away from your sinful bad habits, become a Christ follower, invite Jesus into your life, or some other poisonous neo-evangelical garbage from the Devil. I have been pleasantly delighted to learn that Pastor Brad Strand is 100% free grace on the Gospel, and I love the man for it!

For example: Read this wonderful exegesis he writes:
True repentance has nothing to do with “turning from sin” and everything to do with “acknowledging one's sinfulness” (Jonah 3:5). Like the thief on the cross who simply acknowledged his sinfulness (Lk 23:39-43), the only part a person has in salvation is the beggar's part.

SOURCE: Pastor Brad Strand, “The Strand Study Bible,” p. 1939
Titus 3:5 and 7, “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us... being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” Romans 4:4 teaches that if salvation has ever been by works, then it was by debt and not grace.