Devils in the Pulpit Today
by David J. Stewart | January 2017
Acts 15:1, “And
certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren,
and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved.”
In our text passage from Acts 15:1, we learn that false prophets existed in New Testament times, just as today. A group of corrupted men came to Jerusalem, teaching that a person couldn't be saved unless they were circumcised and kept the law. Acts 15:24, “Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying, Ye must be circumcised, and keep the law: to whom we gave no such commandment.”
Today 2,000 years later, false prophets abound much more, because of the world's population growth, and also because the Devil is working relentlessly to corrupt the churches. Hence, the flood of literally hundreds of corrupted English Bible revisions into the churches today. 2nd Timothy 4:3, “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears.” I've warned numerous Baptist preachers about the corrupted Alexandrian Bible PERversions, but they couldn't have cared less. They are pulling on the same rope as the Devil. Who would have thought that Alice Bailey's prediction that the New World Order would be implemented THROUGH THE CHURCHES, would become a frightening reality so soon.
Dr. Steve Lawson's False Gospel
One of the biggest heretics in the pulpit today is Dr. Steven J. Lawson, a graduate of Texas Tech University (BBA), Dallas Theological Seminary (ThM), and Reformed Theological Seminary (DMin). Dr. Lawson is listed as an “instructor” at the Grace Community Church where Dr. John F. MacArthur pastors. These wicked men are the mentors of heretics like Evangelist Paul Washer.
In Dr. Steve Lawson's YouTube sermon titled, “It Will Cost You Everything,” he teaches a satanic plan of salvation—in which he merges works (discipleship) with grace (salvation), requiring surrendering everything you think, posses or do, to be saved. That is not “the Gospel” (1st Corinthians 15:1-6). That is not “the simplicity that is in Christ” (2nd Corinthians 11:3). Dr. Lawson repeatedly talks about “What it means to be a disciple of Christ,” but discipleship has nothing to do with the gift of God, which is eternal life.
According to Dr. Steve Lawson, becoming a disciple of Christ (which he errantly understands to mean salvation) requires a radical allegiance to Christ. ...
“Am I following Jesus Christ? And that's how we come into the kingdom, is by becoming a follower of Christ. ... What He is calling for here is absolute, radical, allegiance to Christ; and it involves my own self denial, and that's why the whole crowd never buys in, because it calls for my own death!” [emphasis added]
SOURCE: Dr. Steve Lawson; sermon: It Will Cost You Everything; https://youtu.be/VxnCD-yffWo?t=40m36s
I triple-dog dare you to show me even one Scripture from the inspired King James Bible that says to become a follower of Jesus to enter into God's kingdom. What did Jesus say? John 3:3, “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.” We are born-again by the “INCORRUPTIBLE SEED” of God's Word (1st Peter 1:23). It is from the seed of the Gospel, from God's Word, that people are born anew by the Spirit of God.
Judas became a follower of Jesus Christ, being one of His very apostles. The Bible even tells us in Matthew 27:3 that Judas “repented.” Yet, John 6:70 says that Judas had “a devil” in him. Judas was unsaved and went to Hell in his sins without Christ. The false prophets in Matthew 7:21-23 followed Jesus, but still went to Hell. Kindly, Dr. Steve Lawson is an educated fool. Satan's greatest weapon is to con people into living the Christian life without ever being born-again! Salvation is not doing your best, it is having Christ's best put to your account through receiving Him by faith. God saves those who trust to be saved, not those who try to be saved.
In the preceding video sermon, Dr. Lawson errantly teaches that you must hate your job, parents, spouse, kids, possessions and everything in this world to be saved. Although it is true that discipleship will cost you everything, it is a BIG LIE that discipleship is synonymous with salvation. It is not! Salvation costs us nothing; Discipleship costs us everything. Salvation is dependent upon God's faithfulness, to keep His promise “TO SAVE THEM THAT BELIEVE” (1st Corinthians 1:21); Discipleship is dependent upon our faithfulness, to glorify God with our spirit, soul and body. Discipleship is NOT required for salvation, because salvation is a free gift. Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Here below, Dr. M. R. Dehaan (1891-1965) does an excellent job explaining the difference between salvation verses discipleship...
“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.” DeHaan, M. R. Hebrews. Zondervan Publishing House, 1959 (p. 117).
MORE QUOTES SHOWING THE INCOMPATIBILITY OF THE LORDSHIP GOSPEL WITH THE GOSPEL OF GRACE
What a great, doctrinally correct, quote from Dr. DeHaan!
Dr. John MacArthur is a devil in the pulpit today. So also is Evangelist Paul Washer. These men are caught between grace and works. These wayward men confuse and mix discipleship with sonship. For eternal life to truly be a free gift, it must be freely available without obligation or attached strings. God promises in His Word “TO SAVE THEM THAT BELIEVE” (1st Corinthians 1:21).
The Biblical Gospel is that Christ DIED on the cross for our sins, and that He was BURIED, and three days later Jesus bodily RESURRECTED from the dead (1st Corinthians 15:1-6). This is “the Gospel” (or Good News). If you admit being a guilty sinner in the sight of a holy God (you must see your need for Christ; Romans 3:19) and BELIEVE the Good News of Christ crucified, buried and risen, you are saved. It is that SIMPLE.
Pastor Tim Conway's False Gospel
The following garbage theology is some really dangerous teaching. Evangelist Paul Washer's sidekick, Pastor Tim Conway, of the Grace Community Church in San Antonio, Texas, heretically teaches...
When you look at all the different pictures of Judgment Day, what differentiates those who are saved from those who are lost—on Judgment Day—is the life they lived, and how it was so drastically different from the life of those who didn't have it. That's always what it is! It's never just a—It's never just a—“Did you claim to believe in Jesus?” “Well, 'Yes I did.'” “Ok, you're in!” It's never that. It's, “What did, what did all your confessions of Christ actually yield in your life? Do they show that Christ was with you?”
SOURCE: Pastor Tim Conway, sermon quote; https://youtu.be/_rFvNIiPKiI?t=7m2s
Whoa! WHAT HERESY!!! Mr. Conway teaches that the determining factor on Judgment Day of who is saved or not, will be THE LIFE THEY LIVED!!! That is Seventh-day Adventist false doctrine. That is exactly what Miss Ellen G. White foolishly taught.
Are Paul Washer and Tim Conway Seventh Day Adventists? They're in agreement doctrinally with Seventh-day Adventism. As with Lordship Salvationists, Seventh Day Adventists (SDA) deceitfully profess to believe in salvation by grace through faith; but then horribly contradict themselves in their writings, by adding discipleship (serving Christ) to salvation (sonship). Here are some great quotes differentiating between salvation and discipleship.
Here is what Jan Paulsen (President of the General Conference of SDA's) errantly teaches...http://www.adventistbiblicalresearch.org/documents/Salvation%20by%20Faith.htm
Faith is not simply looking at a distant, historical Jesus. Rather, it is responding to His invitation to “follow me.” That is how I become a disciple. It is by accepting the obligation to live a life of discipleship that faith becomes obedience. Surely this is what Mrs. White meant when she wrote that the faith that leads to salvation “is not a mere intellectual assent to the truth. . . . The only faith that will benefit us is that which embraces Him as a personal Saviour” (ibid., p. 347). “To have faith means to find and accept the gospel treasure, with all the obligations which it imposes” (Christ's Object Lessons, p. 112).
SOURCE: SALVATION BY FAITH, Jan Paulsen;
In the same sermon, Paul Washer said he told a young woman that to be saved, she must, “Continue crying out to God until He saves you!!!” My friend, that is a lie of the Devil. Mr. Washer is teaching works for salvation. No one has to beg for a gift!!! On the Day of Pentecost, there were 3,000 souls saved!!! How did those 3,000 people get saved? They “gladly received his word” (Acts 2:41). That is, they BELIEVED the Gospel message that Peter preached. Galatians 3:2, “This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?” When you hear the Gospel [Good News] preached, all you have to do is BELIEVE that Good News and you are saved immediately and forever!!!
In 1959 a Christian gentleman named Everett F. Harrison wrote:
“Certainly discipleship is a most important aspect of our relation to Christ, but it belongs to the sphere of Christian life rather than entrance upon that life... One does not become a disciple in order to become a Christian, but because he has become a Christian by faith in the Savior, it is fitting that he embark upon a life of discipleship.” Harrison, Everett F. “Must Christ be Lord to be Savior? NO!” Eternity magazine, September 1959 (p. 14).
Yes, that is correct! It frustrates me how ministers like John MacArthur, Paul Washer, John Piper, R.C. Sproul, Steven Lawson, Tim Conway and umpteen more, frustrate the grace of God by mixing discipleship with salvation. Galatians 2:21, “I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.” In other words, if we could merit Heaven by our own human effort (works), then Jesus wasted His life by dying on the cross. Ladies and gentleman, Christ paid a debt that He did not owe, because we owed a debt of sin that we could not pay! JESUS IS PRECIOUS!!!
Multitudes of Baptist preachers have been caught up into the
satanic deception, that says a person cannot be saved unless
they change their own life (which they errantly understand to
mean repentance). That's not how salvation and the Christian
life works. It is the indwelling Holy Spirit that changes a
believer's life, and not manmade repentance.
Paul Washer is a Wolf in Sheep's Clothing!
Paul Washer does say some true things. The following quote is good...
Repentance is simply giving up, to stop fighting against God, and to stop attempting to gain your own salvation through your own works, to literally give up and fall upon Christ. That is salvation! So that you say, “Nothing in my hands I bring, simply to the cross I cling!”
SOURCE: Paul Washer, sermon quote, Are You Really A Christian?; https://youtu.be/oo9uN76LoL0?t=9m22s
I like that. The preceding quote is from the YouTube channel, “I'll Be Honest,” from a video titled, “What is Salvation? (2 Minutes)” by Paul Washer. Albeit, it is deceitful that the author of this YouTube video cherry picks a 2 minute quote out of hundreds of hours of Paul Washer's heresies on YouTube. This quote is NOT what it seems! This video clip is very deceptive of Paul Washer's teachings as a whole. Paul Washer believes something VERY different about repentance. Read next what Paul washer says elsewhere about repentance (and this is total heresy)...
“What is repentance? Days and days of lectures could not tell you all that is in this word. But it is an important word and you are called to do it, and if you have not done it and do not continue doing it is the evidence that you have never known the Lord.”
SOURCE: Repent and Believe, Part 4; http://www.heartcrymissionary.com/download.php?file=04-True-Gospel-Pt-4-Repent-and-Believe.mp3
In the latter quote, Paul Washer has effectively defined repentance as a lifestyle. Clearly, Paul Washer views repentance as an ongoing activity that is necessary for salvation. This constitutes works, human effort, for salvation. That is what the Calvinistic heresy of the Perseverance Of The Saints teaches. Bless God, I believe in the PRESERVATION OF THE SAINTS!!! Once saved, always saved!!!!!!! Mr. Washer criticizes Christians who write their name down in their Bible to remember the day they were saved. He goes as far as to call Baptists “STUPID” who teach this perfectly acceptable practice! The reason why Paul Washer criticizes this practice is exactly why I am exposing him as a false prophet!!! For Paul Washer to teach that a person has no right to record the date which they were saved is utter heresy!
The reason why Paul Washer scorns the practice of writing down the date that a person is saved, is because he rejects the Biblical truth that a sinner can assuredly be born-again in a moment of time, having not yet lived the Christian life to validate that profession of faith. This is qualification by works! In Mr. Washer's eyes, a person who professes faith in the Gospel, but chooses to continue living in the sinful world, didn't really get saved. He propagates a forked-tongue Gospel, errantly teaching that repentance effectively is a lifestyle of turning away from worldliness and deliberate sinful behavior. Washer resents and scorns the idea that a professed Christian can live a worldly life, while claiming to have been saved on any particular date somewhere in the past. So he perverts the Gospel to remedy his frustration with worldly believers, teaching that they were never really saved, because they are not still repenting of their sins. Kindly, this is gross theological incompetence by Paul Washer!!!
Repentance does not mean turning away from sins. Repentance is not something that we must continue doing the rest of our life to be saved. If it were so, the new birth would be a conditional promise, dependant upon our faithfulness to obey God, instead of God's faithfulness “TO SAVE THEM THAT BELIEVE” (1st Corinthians 1:21). Amen! What Paul Washer is teaching is VERY different from “THE SIMPLICITY THAT IS IN CHRIST,” which is the Gospel. 2nd Corinthians 11:3, “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.” Getting saved is SIMPLE! Getting saved is EASY! getting saved is FREE!
May I say, Biblically we repent TO believe, we don't repent AND believe. We are saved by BELIEVING on the Good News (i.e. Gospel) of the Lord Jesus Christ, not by repenting. However, no man has ever believed without also repenting. These two things are inseparable. Repentance and faith are not the same thing, but they work together. The man who believes has repented, and the man who repents has believed. This is why we find the words “believe” and “believed” mentioned 85 times in the Gospel of John, but the word “repent” is not mentioned even once. If repentance were a separate act of turning away from sinful behavior, then John would have certainly mentioned it, but HE DIDN'T. 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.” Could the Holy Bible speak any plainer that we are saved simply by BELIEVING (TRUSTING) ON THE SON OF GOD, JESUS, THE CHRIST? I think not! Beware of false prophets who make salvation hard!!!
Also, please notice that the stated purpose for
the writing of the Epistle of 1st John (the same apostle John who penned the
Gospel of John) is so that professed believers “MAY KNOW THAT YE HAVE
ETERNAL LIFE” (1st John 5:13). Yet, John never mentions the word
“repent” even once in his Epistle. That speaks volumes!!! Obviously, you
don't have to keep repenting your whole life, as Paul Washer foolishly
teaches, to inherit the gift of eternal life.
Every Christian Has a Spiritual Birthday—You Can Write it Down if You Know it!
Jesus taught Nicodemus in John 3:1-7 that a man MUST BE BORN AGAIN to enter into the Kingdom of God. You get born physically into the world ONCE. If you were born in the United States, your name was typed on a birth certificate, and the time and date were recorded. That is when and where you were born. The same is true spiritually. If you are truly a born-again believer, you have a spiritual birthday. There is a place, time and date that you were saved. You may not remember that information, but God knows it. I remember the place that I was saved, and that it was a Sunday morning in a church pew, but I don't remember the year. I didn't write it down. I wish I had. But I KNOW that I am saved, because my hope in solely in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit has lived in my body and soul ever since that precious moment I was saved. Soul-winners ought to encourage new converts to record their name, time, place and date somewhere (in their Bible is a great place to do so).
Paul Washer is a heretic, making God's free, easy and simple plan of salvation DIFFICULT, placing a heavy burden upon sinner's shoulders, requiring them to depart from iniquity or burn in Hell forever. Anything that complicates the SIMPLICITY OF BEING SAVED is of the Devil!!! WE ARE SAVED BY THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB!!! The manner in which you choose to live has absolutely NOTHING to do with whether or not you have received the free, easy and simple gift of God, which is by faith in the Gospel. Philippians 3:9, “And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith.” I love that precious Scripture!!! The most important thing in this world next to our salvation is our testimony. We may ruin our testimony because of sin, but thankfully, our salvation is completely dependant upon the blood of Jesus, and has nothing to do with how we decide to live.
However, in the same brief
2 minute video clip, Mr. Washer
fails to mention the cross. He doesn't mention Christ's death, burial or
resurrection. Paul merely says to “come to Christ” to be saved. That is not
the Gospel. I do like his explanation of repentance... “stop
attempting to gain your own salvation through your own works, to literally
give up and fall upon Christ.” This is exactly what the Bible teaches in
Hebrews 4:10-11, “For he that is entered into his rest,
he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. Let
us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the
same example of unbelief.” Again, it is deceitful that the author of
this YouTube video cherry picks a 2 minute quote out of hundreds of hours of
Paul Washer's heresies on YouTube. What makes Paul Washer so dangerous is
that he is a passionate man, who is a very effective speaker, yet he is
doctrinally corrupt concerning God's plan of salvation. The half-truth is
the most dangerous deception, because in part it can be defended with
Satan is a Beautiful Liar!
Paul Washer speaks of salvation by the blood of Jesus, and forgiveness by grace; yet he perverts the grace of God by turning the new birth into a prolonged lifetime process. By critiquing the practice of a new convert writing down their name, date and place that they were born-again, Paul Washer effectively turns the new birth into a process. This does does not surprise me when I consider that Southern Baptists (of which Mr. Washer is a leader) use the corrupted Alexandrian Bible revisions. Consider the following passage of Scripture, which changes the Word of God into a lie. The modern Bible versions are straight out of the pits of Hell...
KING JAMES BIBLE — 1st Corinthians 1:18, “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” [emphasis added]
NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION — 1st Corinthians 1:18, “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” [emphasis added]
NEW INTERNATIONAL READER'S VERSION — 1st Corinthians 1:18, “The message of the cross seems foolish to those who are lost and dying. But it is God’s power to us who are being saved.” [emphasis added]
HOLMAN CHRISTIAN STANDARD — 1st Corinthians 1:18, “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but it is God’s power to us who are being saved.” [emphasis added]
Now you plainly see why I defend the inspired King James Bible as the excusive Word of God today!!! All of the modern corrupt Bible revisions AGREE, having ALL been translated from the exact SAME corrupt Alexandrian Greek texts. This is the SAME corrupt manuscripts which were used by the demonic Jehovah's Witness cult. This is the SAME corrupt Greek text, which heretics Brooke Westcott and Fenton Hort used to produce their corrupt Greek version in 1881. ONLY the authorized King James Bible, which was translated in 1611 from the trustworthy Textus Receptus (or Received Text) STANDS ALONE from all the rest, faithfully proclaiming the preserved and inspired words of God. If you don't have a King James Bible, you don't have a Holy Bible!!!!!!!
Notice that the King James Bible teaches we “ARE SAVED,” not we “ARE BEING SAVED.” Dr. Jack Hyles (1926-2001) has authored a helpful book titled, “Salvation Is More Than Being Saved.” This is VERY different than what Paul Washer is foolishly teaching. Brother Hyles is teaching what the Bible says, that is, by faith we are born-again in a moment of time, a new birth; but becoming Christlike requires a lifetime of growth in grace as a believer, being conformed into the glorious image of Jesus Christ. In sharp contrast, Paul washer teaches that no one can assume that they were saved in a moment of time, unless they are Christlike throughout their lifetime. These are two drastically different Gospels.
At salvation God salvages us out of the furnace, but then as we grow in grace as a believer God recycles us. God doesn't just save us to give us fire insurance! God saves us to DO good, not BE good. The worst thing about committing sin is not the sin itself; but rather, what the sin hindered us from doing for God. I recommend that you read this wonderful book by Pastor Hyles. So, I do agree with Paul Washer that God doesn't just save a man, and then that's it! Philippians 1:6, “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” 1st Thessalonians 5:24, “Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.” Amen!
When God saves a person, He has an entire life's plan for that individual. God knew before we were born what mistakes, sins and blunders we would make. In the Old Testament, God knew David would commit adultery and murder before he was even conceived in his mother's womb. No man can fathom the workings of God. Proverbs 20:24, “Man's goings are of the LORD; how can a man then understand his own way?” That's why we are taught in the Scriptures to simply Proverb:3:5-7, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.”
The Epistle of 1st John and Assurance of Salvation
In another video, Paul Washer expresses his disdain for the doctrine of Eternal Security. According to Mr. Washer, anyone who professes faith in Jesus Christ, but continues living in deliberate gross immorality (aka, sowing their wild oats), is not saved. Washer is a dangerous false teacher. In this video titled, “Paul Washer: Assurance Of Salvation,” he shoots down the idea of getting saved at one time in the past, and instead teaches that a true Christian is always believing, always trusting and always repenting. This heresy in Calvinism is called the Perseverance of the Saints. In other words, if you are saved, you WILL persevere to the end. If you think a little bit about the Biblical truth that eternal life is a “gift,” then the heresy of the PERSEVERANCE OF THE SAINTS falls apart.
Paul Washer teaches that a believer only has assurance of eternal security if they are Christlike; but the Bible teaches that every believer has eternal security, regardless of whether they are Christlike or not. Romans 4:5-6, “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.” If you're trusting anything other than the precious blood of Jesus Christ in Heaven (MP3), you're going to fry like a sausage in Hell when you die! God doesn't save those who are trying to be saved, He only saves those who are trusting to be saved. Salvation is not doing your best, it is having Christ's best put to your account through receiving Him by faith.
Jesus doesn't forgive sins. That is correct! Jesus has already paid for our sins with His blood. Thus, forgiveness of sins and eternal life are free gifts from God, paid for by Jesus' precious blood. When the Epistle of 1st John talks about KNOWING (1st John 5:13) that you are “saved,” it speaks about the indwelling Holy Spirit. You must keep in mind that some of the sweetest, moral, decent and loving people in the world are unsaved members of false religions. So if doing good works and loving other people is evidence of salvation, then many Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses and Roman Catholics would be saved (but they're not). All of the aforementioned false religions require water baptism for salvation, which is a false doctrine. The evidence of being saved is the presence of the indwelling Holy Spirit. 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.” You know if you are saved, but I cannot tell, apart from the direct testimony from your mouth that you believe the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Therefore, according to Paul Washer's bad theology, any professed “Christian” who indulges in greed, envy, pride, gossip, sexual immorality, drunkenness, lying, stealing, or other sins never had eternal life to begin with. This is a flawed and dangerous unbiblical mindset that Paul Washer is teaching. The Holy Bible teaches that forgiveness of sins is a gift. Jesus doesn't forgive sins. That is correct! Jesus has already paid for everyone's sins. Eternal life is without works (Romans 4:5-6). Paul Washer says that when he meets professed Christians living in habitual sin, he never addresses them as being “backslidden”; but rather, as potentially lost. The truth is that it could be either way, likely that they are backslidden. Proverbs 14:14, “The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways: and a good man shall be satisfied from himself.” It is my sincere opinion that only 10% of professed Christians are truly born-again. And of those 10%, I sincerely believe that 90% of them are immature or backslidden. Doing the math, this means that only 1-in-10 people are saved, and only 1-in-every-100 people are saved and truly abiding in the Word of God.
“Discipleship is frequently equated with salvation and often erroneously made a condition for becoming a Christian.” Pentecost, J. Dwight. Design for Discipleship. Zondervan Publishing House, 1971 (p. 11).
Here is a great quote from Dr. Zane Hodges differentiating between salvation and discipleship...
“Eternal life is free. Discipleship is immeasurably hard. The former is attained by faith alone, the latter by a faith that works... the former brings with it the righteousness of God so that a man is 'justified freely by his grace' (Romans 3:24). The latter develops a personal righteousness, based on good deeds, so that a man was also 'justified by works' (James 2:24). The former constituted the believer God's workmanship, the latter fulfilled the wonderful purpose for which he had been created. The former cost man nothing, the latter could cost him everything, including life itself.” Hodges, Zane C. The Hungry Inherit. Moody Press, Inc., 1972 (p. 114, 115).
The devils in the pulpit being
exposed on this webpage all confuse salvation with discipleship.
They confuse sonship with fellowship. They confuse the gift of
God (which is eternal life), with a believer's rewards from God
for service (Romans 12:1-2).
Doctrines of Devils
1st Timothy 4:1, “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.”
1st Timothy 4:1-3 warns of doctrines of devils, and lists a couple sins as an example; namely, forbidding to marry and abstaining from eating meats. Certainly, our text verse from Acts 15:1 and 24 would also be included as a doctrine of devils, which adds circumcision and keeping the law as requirements to be saved. Any doctrine (i.e., teaching) that is contrary to the Scriptures is a doctrine of devils (demons). When Dr. Steve Lawson says you enter into God's kingdom by becoming a follower of Christ, he is teaching a doctrine of devils. When Pastor Tim Conway claims that you must live the Christian life, in order to legitimize your faith in the Gospel, he is espousing a doctrine of devils. When Evangelist Paul Washer says you cannot write the date that you were saved in your Bible, he is teaching a doctrine of devils. Living the Christian life is not a requirement to obtaining eternal life. Satan's greatest weapon is to con people into living the Christian life without ever being born-again. Please don't go to Hell.