Having A Form Of Godliness, But Denying The Gospel's Power

by David J. Stewart | December 2019

2nd Timothy 3:5, “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”

       The best way to interpret the Holy Bible is with the Holy Bible! What saith the Scripture? 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.” The “POWER” mentioned in 2nd Timothy 3:5 (that is being DENIED by the unsaved superficial religious crowd) is “THE GOSPEL,” because it is through faith in “THE GOSPEL” (or “THE GOOD NEWS” of Christ's DEATH, BURIAL and RESURRECTION) that saves a person!

You don't get saved by “trusting Jesus” (a popular cliche nowadays). Kanye West is an example of someone HAVING A FORM OF GODLINESS, BUT DENYING THE POWER THEREOF!!! Kanye has become a literal overnight sensation worldwide, merely because he now claims to be a Christian. But is he really “a Christian”? Has Kanye actually been born-again? I've diligently searched the internet for a solid testimony from Kanye West, but have found none. All I find is Kanye's recent album “Jesus is King,” and Kanye spewing a bunch of religious rhetoric to impress apostate churchgoers and music fans everywhere. That is not THE GOSPEL!!!

The never-ending rash of “new” modern Bible revisions (literally hundreds of them in the English language) are being used by Satan to weaken the churches! That is why I make such a big fuss! Having multiple Bible versions establishes a dangerous mindset, which sets the precedent that it is okay to CHANGE God's Word to fit one's style, agenda and preferences. Romans 1:25, “Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.” Case in point is the “new” ungodly Christian Standard Bible (CSB) published by the Southern Baptist Convention in 2017. The CSB is a gender-bending perverted translation, which castrates men to appease the LGBT agenda of our generation! For example: The trustworthy King James Bible mentions the word “man” 26 times in the Epistle of Galatians; whereas the perverse CSB has reduced it down to only 6 mentions. That is as wicked as Hell!!! This is queer liberation theology! The SBC just published a “new” Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) in 2004. What next? How many more English Bible translations do we need until the “scholars” finally get it right? Truly, the LOVE OF MONEY is the root of all evil (1st Timothy 6:10).

Everywhere we turn these days—whether it be religious tracts, Bible colleges, preaching from church pulpits, televangelists on Tv, religious books, religious films, magazines, et cetera—THE GOSPEL IS BEING PERVERTED! As an example, please read Dr. Ravi Zacharias' TWELVE SUGGESTED things to pray to be saved, none of which include THE GOSPEL. I'm not kidding, read it for yourself! And then there is Pastor John MacArthur, who gives SEVEN REQUIREMENTS to be saved, none of which include THE GOSPEL! Folks, these men are accursed FALSE PROPHETS!!! I marvel that so many Bible colleges and churches today welcome Dr. MacArthur, as does Moody Ministries in Chicago, who publish his books! Apostate Baptist churches across the country have embraced John MacArthur as a great man of God, promoting him a reliable Bible-teacher. Truthfully, Dr. MacArthur is a devil-dog preacher! Mr. MacArthur teaches (and I quote verbatim): There is no such thing as a childhood conversion! What saith the Scripture? Mark 10:14, “Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.

Oh please listen Dear reader, you DON'T get saved by doing any of the following things:

  • Ask Jesus into your heart
  • Invite Jesus into your life
  • Make a commitment to follow Christ
  • Turn away from your sinful ways
  • Pray a prayer
  • Become Jesus' disciple
  • Make Jesus your Lord
  • Surrender your life to Christ
  • Decide to follow Jesus
  • Trust Jesus
  • Mend your ways
  • Join a church
  • Confess Christ publicly
  • Live a lifestyle to prove reality of your repentance
  • Forsake all to follow Christ
  • Forsake the world
  • Improve your attitude
  • Make full surrender of your will
  • Carry your cross
  • Persevere in holy living
  • Lose your life to live for Christ
  • Follow Jesus
  • Get water baptized
  • Keep sacraments
  • Stop sinful bad habits
  • Be willing to turn from sin
  • Change your heart and life
  • Count the cost
  • Feel sorry for your sins
  • Live a good life

Dear reader, you may do ALL of those things, and yet still die in your sins and go straight to Hell to burn forever!!! The ONLY way to be saved is to BELIEVE the Gospel, apart from all human effort and religious devotion (works). In the Gospel of John (God's Gospel tract according to 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.”) we find the word “BELIEVE” mentioned 87 times, but there is no mention of anything else that is required. 1st Corinthians 1:21, “For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.”

What Exactly is 'The Gospel'?

The word “Gospel” means “Good News” or “Glad Tidings.” There is no need to guess what the “Gospel” is because the Bible plainly tells us. The “Gospel” is the Good News of Christ's DEATH on the cross for our sins, His BURIAL and bodily RESURRECTION three days later:

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.”

We are saved by BELIEVING “the Gospel,” which is the power of God unto salvation. 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.” 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.” It is that simple to be saved. If you admit that you are a guilty sinner in God's sight, and you receive Christ's sacrifice on the cross as full payment for your sins, believing that He was buried, and bodily resurrected three days later, and that is your only hope for eternal life, then YOU ARE IMMEDIATELY, SECURELY AND FOREVER SAVED!!! “What Is The Gospel?” (an awesome tract by Pastor Harry A. Ironside)

Satan is a Beautiful Liar!

The Seventh-Day Adventist religion epitomizes HAVING A FORM OF GODLINESS, while DENYING THE POWER THEREOF OF THE GOSPEL. I've read much of their religious literature, and it is totally devoid of THE GOSPEL. SDA literature talks about giving your life to Jesus, trusting Jesus, forsaking the old sinful ways, keeping God's commandments, and living a life of loving God and thy neighbour; but there is NO GOSPEL! Without THE GOSPEL there can be NO SALVATION!!! A person could spend a lifetime reading SDA literature and never see the truth of THE GOSPEL. 2nd Corinthians 4:3-4, “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” The Devil doesn't want THE TRUTH of THE GOSPEL to SHINE unto the lost world!!!

Satan knows this fact better than anyone, so he painstakingly manufacturers false religions to come as close to Christianity as he can, HAVING A FORM OF GODLINESS, BUT DENYING THE POWER OF THE GOSPEL!!! The most effective LIE is the HALF-TRUTH, because in part it can be defended with incontestable logic. The Devil knows that if he can corrupt the Gospel even in the slightest way, then he has succeeded in preventing the LIGHT OF THE GLORIOUS GOSPEL from shining unto the lost. Case in point, again, is the Church of Christ, who ADD water baptism, forsaking sinful behavior, and publicly confession of Christ, as requirements to be saved. These three additions are NOT the Gospel. Therefore, Church of Christ is of the Devil, accursed by God for preaching “ANOTHER GOSPEL” (2nd Corinthians 11:3-4; Galatians 1:6-9).

Another Satanic deception is the popular Baha'i Faith religion, of which singer Dan England was a devout adherent. I like Dan England's secular love song: "What's Forever For?” Sadly, England Dan died in his sins and went to Hell forever, unless by some miracle of God he repented on his deathbed, which is highly unlikely. The Baha'i Faith rejects Jesus Christ as “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6b). Kindly, the Baha'i Faith is a path to Hell, fire and damnation!!!

Anytime you hear someone talking about God or spiritual matters, and they aren't quoting from the Word of God, FROM SUCH TURN AWAY! “Beware of false prophets...” (Matthew 7:15a). Today's apostate churches are quickly filling up with all sorts of false teachings concerning how to get to Heaven, but the POWER OF THE GOSPEL is not there! Instead, today's apostate religious institutions and neo-evangelical churches have “A FORM OF GODLINESS” (2nd Timothy 3:5b), but they do not PREACH THE GOSPEL, which is “THE POWER OF GOD UNTO SALVATION, TO EVERY ONE THAT BELIEVETH” (Romans 1:16b). I have taught you “THE GOSPEL” in my article from the inspired Word of God, so now you have no excuse if you are misled by a counterfeit gospel, which cannot produce the new birth by the Holy Spirit of God. Please beware of all the religious GARBAGE being taught and preached in the churches today, which is NOT THE GOSPEL, lest Satan con you into living the Christian life without ever being born-again.

THE GOSPEL is rarely preached in churches today! All across America a false plan of salvation called LORDSHIP SALVATION has infiltrated, infected and infested apostate churches. Lordship Salvation is merely repackaged Calvinism! All across America a damnable heresy is being taught, that says a person must TURN AWAY FROM SINFUL WAYS to be saved, which is a false Gospel. Listen, you don't get saved by doing GOOD WORKS, nor do you get saved by quitting BAD WORKS! These are all DEAD WORKS!!! NO ONE will ever enter into the Kingdom of God who does not become born-again. John 1:12-13, “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” 1st Peter 1:23, “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.” To God be the glory, great things He is doing!!! HAVE YOU BEEN BORN ANEW FRIEND BY THE INCORRUPTIBLE WORD OF GOD??? You can improve a human being, but you cannot make him a Christian!!! John 3:7b, “YE MUST BE BORN AGAIN”!!!

Why Be Born Again? (a helpful MP3 sermon by Pastor Jack Hyles, 1926-2001)


“Faith is the only righteous thing that I can do!”
—Pastor Jack Hyles, a quote from the MP3 sermon titled: God's Reversal Of Psalm 51

1st Corinthians 16:24, “My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.”

Eternal Security


Confession Is Never A Requirement For Salvation

'The Gospel' In Just One Minute (by Pastor Max D. Younce)

John 3:16, “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.”

“As a blind man has no idea of colors, so we have no idea of the manner by
which the all-wise God perceives and understands all things.”
—Isaac Newton (1642-1727)

Another Gospel Which Is Not Another (a red-hot MP3 by Dr. Curtis Hutson exposing Lordship Salvation)

“If you have to look at your life to prove that you are saved, it proves that you're not!”
Pastor Ralph Yankee Arnold; an excellent quote from the awesome YouTube sermon titled, “Why Lordship Salvation is WRONG! | MP3.”

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