John 20:31, “But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.”
It has been wisely said that the Gospel of John is God's Gospel tract. I fully agree. That is what our text verse says. The Apostle John said he penned these inspired words to convince you, dear reader, that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. John says he wrote these words so that by making the choice to BELIEVE, you will be saved. This is the ONLY way to be saved, through faith alone in Christ's sacrificial death on the cross, subsequent burial and bodily resurrection three days later. This is THE GOSPEL (1st Corinthians 15:1-6).
There are many damnable false teachings (which the Bible calls “doctrines of Devils” in 1st Timothy 4:1-4), which are being preached in today's fake churches. We here much about “fake news” in recent years regarding social media. Ain't it the truth! It is hard to truly know what is true or false anymore, because there are so mnay liars, con artists, evildoers and false prophets in the world. Sadly, two of the biggest sources of misinformation is the U.S. government and the mainstream news media. After the blatant lies, inside job and cover-up of the 911 attacks, I will never trust the U.S. government or newsmedia again!!!
Everybody has interests, priorities, hobbies and someplace where they spend most of their time. Whereas some men choose to spend most of their spare time fishing, playing golf (I hate golf) or doing work around the house, I spend most of my time contending for the Christian faith. It is my passion!!! The Apostle Paul said that he was SET FOR THE DEFENCE OF THE GOSPEL. Philippians 1:17, “But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defence of the gospel.”
The word “set” in Philippians 1:17 is the Greek word keimai, which means: “to lie outstretched.” It means to be laid up, to be totally overcome to a cause, which in this case was to defend the light of the truth of the Gospel. Paul was wholly committed to making sure that the Devil and his false teachers didn't creep into the churches he had started, and allow false prophets to corrupt his work. Likewise, I am committing as Paul to exposing everyplace in Bible colleges and churches today where the Devil rears his ugly poisonous head! It like a game of Whack-A-Mole! When I see Lordship Salvation sticking its ugly head up...WHACK! When I see Bob Jones University falsely teaching that you must repent and turn away from your sinning to be saved... WHACK!
“No, no, wait a minute Buster! You can't just come to God with the attitude that you intend to continue living in sin, and then seriously expect Him to forgive you. You must repent of your sins and turn away from them with all your heart, grieving over them, and be resolved in your heart to stop living a lifestyle of sin, or else you cannot be saved until you do. You must surrender your whole personality to Christ, choosing to follow Him from now on as your “Lord,” or else God will not save you until you do. You must count the cost and pay the price, emptying yourself of all selfish ambitions and love for the world. You must run the race of the Christian life faithfully until the end, if you want God to save you.”
The preceding plan of salvation is a demonic fraud; not the simplify that is in Christ, THE GOSPEL, which is plainly taught in the Holy Scriptures (1st Corinthians 15:1-6). I am amazed and saddened by the many unbiblical teachings which I constantly hear coming from pulpits all across America. We need a revival of preaching only what the Bible says, not what we think it says! You cannot show me any of the preceding concepts in the Bible. No where are we taught to run the race faithfully for a lifetime, as Dr. Steve Pettit false says we must to get to Heaven. It is frightening because Dr. Pettit is the president of Bob Jones University, brainwashing 3,000 students and faculty each year with his Calvinist lies, damning their souls to the Lake of Fire. You cannot be born-again when you ADD something else to faith alone!
Here are some helpful preacher quotes refuting the Devil's falsehood of Lordship Salvation:
“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.” —Evangelist John Bunyan“Dear sinner, do not make this a difficult matter. There is one simple step between you and Jesus. When you trust Him, everything else is settled, and you have repented, you have come to Christ, you have received Him, you have done everything necessary to be saved.” —Dr. John R. Rice, a quote from his tract titled: “What Must I Do To Be Saved?”
Lordship salvation would make salvation a trade or a deal or maybe even a bribe. It would take away the simple reception of Christ for eternal life and would become God giving us something if we give Him something. God would say to us, “You give Me something; I'll give you something. We will trade, and you will be saved.” Salvation is not my giving God something and God giving me something; salvation is God giving me something and my receiving it. Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” —Pastor Jack Hyles, “Lordship Salvation” (chapter 11 from his book: “Salvation Is More Than Being Saved”)
“Yes, Jesus is Lord. He is Lord of the universe, and, of course, we believe that He is Lord. However, to believe that in order to be saved one must make Him the Lord of his life is just another form of salvation by works.” —Pastor Jack Hyles, “Lordship Salvation - An Enemy of Soulwinning”
Why do men always have to complicate things? John 6:47, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.” Repeatedly throughout the precious Gospel of John, as well as the entire Bible, we are simply taught to BELIEVE ON CHRIST to be saved. Acts 10:43, “To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.” Could the Bible be any plainer? I think not. So where did the perverse Bob Jones University (BJU) camp get their Satanic teaching that you must repent and turn away from sinful bad habits to be saved?
Where did the Bob Jones crowd get the insane idea that you cannot be saved by faith alone, but also you must faithfully run the Christian race until the end? Where did they get the Devil's lie that you faith is not valid unless you spend your life doing good works to prove it? (Pastor Chuck Phelps is on the BJU board of directors). These are wicked unsaved men who have total disregard for THE TRUTH of God's Word, taking it upon themselves to sit in judgment as critics upon the time-tested inspired Word of God? What gives them the right to promote the Devil's corruptible seed? God will punish them for pulling on the same rope as the Devil, and for persecuting me for telling them THE TRUTH, befriending and warning them as a true friend does. Instead, they cast me out and ostracized me for 7 long years on Guam (2014-2021), for which God will hold them accountable as evildoers. Like the Apostle Paul, I became the enemy of the shameful Harvest Baptist Church on Guam because I told them THE TRUTH. Am I therefore become your enemy because I tell you THE TRUTH? (Galatians 4:16).
What gives the Bob Jones camp the right to embellish the Gospel, changing it to include more than just childlike faith in the Good News of Jesus crucified, buried and risen? Shame on them all! God will punish them in eternity (Proverbs 30:5-6). Galatians 6:7 warns that God will not be mocked, whatsoever a man soweth that shall he also reap. What the wicked Harvest Baptist Church on Guam has done, and their incompetent's pastors (i.e., Marty Herron, Joe Hansen, Jared Baldwin, Gary Walton, et cetera), by spreading fake Bibles, misunderstood repentance and a false gospel of Lordship Salvation, will not escape God's judgment. RIGHT DOCTRINE MATTERS!!!