Baptist Churches That Are No Better Than Seventh-day Adventists
By David J. Stewart | September 2015
2nd Timothy 4:4 and Titus 1:14, “And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. ... Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.”
I was listening to a local Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) radio station the other day. The radio host said something that disturbed me. He said that most people errantly think they've been born-again, when in reality they are not saved, because there has been no transforming character in their life. He said that professed Christians who are still living in sin are not saved. I immediately thought about a local independent Baptist church, who also has a radio station, and TEACHES THE SAME EXACT FALSE DOCTRINE!
Literally, the Devil has crept false doctrine into the churches. I don't have any statistics in front of me, but from all the preaching that I hear and churches that I research, I'd guesstimate that at least 50% of America's Baptist churches have fallen prey to the heresy of Lordship Salvation. There are two very distinctly different, drastically contradictory, plans of salvation circulating in Baptist churches today. ...
The first group believes in a free-grace view of the Gospel, which is the simplicity that is in Christ. Biblically, you simply acknowledge that you are a guilty sinner in God's holy eyes (which is repentance), and you believe the Gospel to be saved. If you didn't repent, you would never come to Christ at all. Repentance is simply “a change of mind,” nothing more. The object of repentance is believing the Gospel (Mark 1:15). This is the simplicity that is in Christ (2nd Corinthians 11:3). Eternal life is a free gift (Romans 5:15; 6:23).
In the second group, repentance is errantly redefined to mean “a change of mind that produces a change of life,” so that if there is no change of life, it is alleged that there was never any repentance. The object of repentance becomes a changed life, instead of believing the Gospel. Hence, childlike faith in Christ is no longer enough to be saved, they say. In addition, they say you must turn away from your sins, commit to living a holy life, completely surrender your will to Christ's Lordship, follow Jesus, and confess Christ before men, to be saved. This is a satanic heresy, which is often appropriately called, “Lordship Salvation!”
Although they don't refer to their beliefs as Lordship Salvation, Seventh-day Adventists clearly teach a works-based plan of salvation, as do Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses. Only Biblical Christianity, which the trustworthy King James Bible upholds, teaches that salvation is entirely without human cost or effort.
I'd dare say at least half of the Baptist churches across America have been deceived by Satan, by idolizing and promoting heretics: Dr. John MacArthur and Evangelists Ray Comfort, Paul Washer and Billy Graham. These men are false prophets concerning the plan of salvation, turning the free grace of God into meritous religion. Let me show you...
Dr. John MacArthur errantly teaches:
“Don’t believe anyone who says it’s easy to become a Christian. Salvation for sinners cost God His own Son; it cost God’s Son His life, and it’ll cost you the same thing.” —Dr. John MacArthur
SOURCE: Dr. John MacArthur, Grace To You, an updated quote from his book 'Hard To Believe', page 93.
In sharp contrast, the Bible teaches that eternal life is a free gift (Ephesians 2:8-10; Romans 5:15, 6:23). A “gift” is a take proposition, not a give proposition. Salvation is receiving, not achieving. God only saves those who are trusting to be saved, not those who are trying to be saved. MacArthur is very wrong to teach that the gift of God will cost a person everything. How is that a gift then?
Evangelist Paul Washer errantly teaches:
“But if you profess to have gone through the narrow gate, and yet you live in the broad way ... just like all the other people who are carnal and wicked ... the Bible wants you to know that you should be terribly, terribly afraid — you know not God.” (time: 24:37 in video)
Clearly, Paul Washer teaches that human effort is necessary to be saved. As a Calvinist, Washer believes that perseverance in holy living is required to be saved. Well, John Calvin (1509-1564) is burning in Hell this moment, who died in his heretical works-based salvation. I have nothing personal against any of these men; but rather, I am contending for the faith as Jude 1:3 commands me to do as a born-again Christian who cares.
Folks, you need to stop listening to Paul Washer! In this excellent video exposing Paul Washer, he plainly states that without works a person cannot be saved...
“No, if you don't have works, you're going to Hell.” —Evangelist Paul Washer
Blasphemy!!! In sharp contrast, the Word of God teaches that if your name's not written in the Lamb's Book Of Life you're going to Hell. Revelation 20:15, “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” Ephesians 2:10 teaches that God creates the believer in Christ Jesus “unto good works,” not by good works. The truth is that most religious leaders confuse Discipleship (following Christ for rewards), with Sonship (trusting Christ for salvation). Let's continue...
Evangelist Billy Graham errantly teaches:
“Like the rich young ruler of old, the student went away sad. He had counted the cost and was not able to pay the price of open acknowledgment of Jesus Christ as his Savior. We ask people to make a public confession of Christ in our meetings because Christ demanded a definite commitment. Christ had reasons for demanding that people openly follow Him. He knew that an unwitnessed vow is no vow at all. Until you have surrendered to Christ by a definite act of your will, you are not a Christian.”
SOURCE: Dr. Billy Graham, How to Be Sure You’re Saved | Decision Magazine | BGEA
Wrong! The rich young ruler in Luke 18:18-24 didn't get saved because he refused to acknowledge his sinnership. Instead, he boasted of having kept the whole law since his youth. Jesus pointed out that he was covetous, having amassed wealth without being rich toward God. Jesus used the Law of God (Ten Commandments) the way it was intended to be used, that is, as a measuring stick by which when men compare themselves, they fall short of the glory of God; thus realizing their desperate need for the Savior (Galatians 3:24-25). The rich young ruler needed to realize that HE WAS A SINNER, totally incapable of meriting or earning salvation. I've often said that the hardest part about getting people saved is getting them lost. Well, Jesus was trying to show this young man that he was lost.
In sharp contrast, Ray Comfort, John MacArthur and Paul Washer all foolishly teach that the reason why the rich young ruler didn't get saved is because he counted the cost and wasn't willing to pay the price of forsaking his sins. That's so very wrong! You don't get saved by forsaking sinful behavior and trusting Christ, because that is human effort plus partial faith in Christ. You get saved by realizing that you are a guilty sinner in the eyes of a holy God, incapable of doing anything to save yourself, and you completely trust Christ. Mark 1:15, “And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.”
These dangerous teachings are not the Gospel as taught in the Holy Bible. There's not one Scripture in the Bible which teaches that a person must surrender or make a commitment to follow Jesus Christ to be saved. Rather, the Bible simply tells us to “BELIEVE.” John 6:28-29, “Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.” [emphasis added]
The Bible takes the guesswork entirely out of the matter, by plainly defining what the Gospel is:
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.” [emphasis added]
Salvation is not doing your best, it is having Christ's best put to your account through receiving Him by faith. God will not save anyone who is trying to be saved, He will only save those who are trusting to be saved. END
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(a quote by Dr. Jack Hyles classic MP3 sermon, “The Happiest Man” (happiest is the man who will not impute sin to others!)
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