Is Your Church A Religious Cult?
by David J. Stewart | June 2020
Galatians 1:6-8, “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.”
People who are in a cult don't realize they are in a cult. They have been deceived by the Devil. In the New Testament, God dedicated an entire book of the Holy Bible to teach us the danger and threat of false religion infiltrating the churches. The epistle of Galatians warns us about another Gospel, a false plan of salvation which ADDS something to God's grace. In the case of the Galatians, they had allowed a cult to creep into their church, who taught that men had to be circumcised to go to Heaven. It is the same error of the advocates of Lordship Salvation, who ADD turning from your sins to be saved. Either way you are ADDING to God's grace. Jesus paid our debt of sin in full on the cross, so there is nothing for us to pay!
It is important for us to see in Galatians, how easy it was for a deadly religious cult to creep into a New Testament Bible-believing church. Galatians 3:1-3, “O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?” I love that wonderful phrase, “BY THE HEARING OF FAITH.” In that simple phrase, we see the simplicity that is in Christ. You simply BELIEVE 'The Gospel (Good News) when you hear it, and are saved. It's that simple to receive God's free gift of eternal life!
Religion is the sworn enemy of the Gospel. Religion is the worst thing that ever happened to this world. I get disgusted when I hear a preacher, like Dr. Marty Herron, telling a man with cancer that he must “Repent of your sin” to be saved. That is NOT how you get to Heaven. You cannot show me anything in the King James Bible about giving up your sins to receive God's free gift of eternal life. Sadly, Pastor Herron corrupted the Harvest Baptist Church on Guam for 19 years, taking it from a once Bible-believing church, to the messed-up church of Galatia, another religious cult. Consequently, Harvest in 2020 is a cesspool of iniquity, preaching the counterfeit gospel of Lordship Salvation to the island of Guam. On their local KHMG 88.1 radio station, the church promotes the corrupt sermons of Dr. Steve Pettit, Dr. Sam Horn and Pastor John MacArthur. Like the deceived church at Galatia, Harvest and the Bob Jones University camp, do not see that they have been bewitched (Galatians 3:1-3).
When the apostle Paul wrote to the Galatian church to refute them for allowing a heresy to creep into their church, they actually counted him their “ENEMY.” Galatians 4:16, “Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?” In 2014 I attended the Harvest Baptist Church on Guam, not knowing what I was getting involved with. I just saw a big Baptist church, that my heart wanted to join, and I was very happy for the first few months. I was so happy to be in church, after suffering a horrible series of tragedies in my life, that I didn't pay attention to the details. After a few months, my spiritual hair began to grow, like Samson's hair grew back, and my spiritual strength returned. I saw dozens of different Bible revisions in the church. I heard Lordship Salvation preached from the pulpit. I went home and cried, asking the Lord what to do. I loved my new church family so much that I did what any true friend would do, I decided to help them. So with my own money I went and bought a bunch of fundamental Baptist books. I burned sermons on salvation and the King James Bible to CD to share with friends. I especially gave these edifying truths to the church pastors, which is when the trouble started.
I gave a copy of “Somebody's Got To Milk The Cows” by Pastor Jack Hyles to the senior pastor, which offended him. The book is about door-to-door soulwinning, which Harvest doesn't do. Respectfully, I've heard pastor Herron refer to him and his wife as “soulwinners.” Well, then why did a book about door-to-door soulwinning offend him? Listen friend, you are not winning any souls to the Lord by telling people to “turn from your sin” to be saved. That is effectively trying to keep “the deeds of the law” to be saved (Romans 3:19-20). I am not trying to pick on Marty Herron. I am contending for the faith once delivered unto the saints (Jude 1:3). I am speaking in defense of the Gospel. I love and miss Pastor Herron and his family, but if a man is wrong doctrinally he is wrong! Right doctrine matters! There are not two plans of salvation, somebody is not telling THE TRUTH. ...
“In great contests [battles], each party claims to act in accordance with the will of God—both may be, but one must be, wrong—God cannot be for and against the same thing at the same time!” —16th U.S. President Abraham Lincoln
I also gave the pastors the books: “I Never Knew You” (by Michael P. Bowen), “NIV: The Antichrist's Bible” (by Pastor Al Lacy) and “Martin Luther; Master Of Deceit” (by Pastor Max Younce). All of these books highly offended the pastors of Harvest Baptist Church on Guam, for which I was called into the church office, scolded and driven out of their church. I came to realize that I had been involved with a religious cult. Harvest does NOT preach the Gospel, they preach another gospel of Lordship Salvation. That means they are not a legitimate “church.” There is a fine line between faith and foolishness, and it's the difference between Heaven or Hell. I am deeply disturbed by the trend in churches today, to accept differing views of the Gospel as merely being a matter of semantics. No, they are preaching “another gospel” of damnation, which cannot produce the new birth (regeneration) in Christ Jesus. If you do not have the Gospel mindset, you are not saved.
Living The Christian Life Without The New Birth
In Matthew 7:21-23 we find a religious group. They preached in Jesus' name. They did many wonderful works in Jesus' name. They cast out devils in Jesus' name. They dedicated their entire lives to following Jesus, even calling Him “LORD, LORD.” (Just like Marty Herron and the Bob Jones' gang) Yet, the Lord said the horrifying words to them: “I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”
Think about Matthew 7:21-23 dear reader. These were committed religious people! They did all their good works in Jesus' name. By every indication they were good Christians who loved the Lord Jesus Christ, but the Lord Himself said He didn't know them (meaning they were not His sheep, they were not saved). Also, please consider the Lord's warning in Luke 13:23-24, “Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them, Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.” As we see in Matthew 7:21-23, these religious people absolutely thought they were good to go! They never doubted that they we're going to Heaven. They weren't cocky and arrogant, they had been sincerely deceived by Satan. They had lived the Christian life, but had never been born-again by FAITH ALONE in the Son of God. Galatians 3:26, “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.” In hundreds of Scripture passages we read that a person is saved BY FAITH ALONE, yet the proponents of Lordship Salvation preach the Devil's lie that MORE is required.
Whereas the Bible warns in Romans 3:20 that a man cannot be saved by “the deeds of the law,” the advocates of Lordship Salvation preach that your faith in Jesus is not valid without “the deeds of the law.” I hope you can see how wrong they are, and just how ungodly their Lordship Salvation doctrine is! Your soul's eternal fate hangs in the balance. What's the difference between attempting to keep “the deeds of the law,” versus adding “the deeds of the law” to your faith? John Calvin (1509-1564) was a mass-murdering devil in the pulpit. He was a big shot in Geneva, Switzerland, and not a good man at all. So if a changed life (i.e., turning from your sins) is required to be saved, then Mr. Calvin is burning in Hell, because he brutally murdered 58 people (which you can read about online) for disagreeing with his religious beliefs on Infant Baptism. I marvel that tens of thousands of foolish preachers today follow this ungodly reprobate who lived nearly 500 years ago! I follow the inspired Word of God in the King James Bible, and no man!
God knows that I do not write these articles to bash Bob Jones University and their alumni, but to contend for the Christian faith. Lordship Salvation is another gospel! No one has ever gone to Heaven who followed a Lordship gospel. John MacArthur mixes discipleship with salvation, corrupting the free grace of God. I honestly feel sorry for myself, that I found a happy church family at Harvest Baptist Church on Guam, but it turned out to be a Satanic cult of DO GOODERS instead of DO TRUSTERS! They are “following Jesus” right into the fires of Hell, because you don't get to Heaven by following Jesus! You get to Heaven by trusting Jesus! Judas followed Jesus, and he is burning in Hell forever. John 6:70 said the man who followed Jesus had “a devil” in him! Matthew 27:3 even says Judas “repented,” but he still went to Hell. You don't get saved by turning from your sins. Judas even returned the 30 pieces of silver. The Lordship Salvation crowd of Judas' day would have praised him. Oh look, he is a changed man! Judas returned the 30 pieces of silver. Judas has turned from his sins, proving his faith. WRONG! A changed life only proves that you've cleaned up your life. You can clean up a pig, but it is still a filthy pig! You can clean up a sinner, but he is still a dirty sinner!
Harvest Baptist Church On Guam Is A Religious Cult
Is your church a religious cult? Bob Jones University today is a religious cult. Harvest Baptist Church on Guam is a religious cult. If criticizing a so-called “church” that is preaching another gospel somehow makes me a bad guy, then praise God for the bad guy! John the Baptist wasn't a very nice guy either, to tell Herod that he was living in adultery! That act of saintly heroism got John beheaded. I'm not trying to be the good guy, or the bad guy, I'm trying to defend the accuracy of the Gospel. These neo-evangelicals who preach Lordship Salvation are pulling on the same rope as the Devil. They are God's enemies. In nearly every case that I am aware of, they are getting paid, making a living off of this deadly damnable heresy!
Dr. John MacArthur has a net worth of $14,000,000. That is disgusting! A “servant” (minister) of God ought not have that kind of wealth. Marty Herron, Steve Pettit and Sam Horn are all getting paid 6-digit salaries as executives of damnable so-called “Bible colleges,” who all preach the damnable heresy of Lordship Salvation! Spiritual crime pays well! Somebody needs to cry “WOLF!” John 8:45, “And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.” I love you all unconditionally with God's love, which is why I make such a big fuss. 1st Thessalonians 4:14, “For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.” Just come to God as a needy sinner, and BELIEVE the 'Good News' dear friend, and you are saved!
John MacArthur's Discipleship Gospel
Why BJU Collapsed And What It Means For Bob Jones College
BJU Then And Now Series (Bob Jones University has changed for the worst)
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“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.”
BELIEVE “THE GOSPEL” 2B SAVED!
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
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)
Psalm 34:8, “O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.”
“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.”