John MacArthur's Hopeless Repentance

By David J. Stewart | October 2018

Matthew 27:3, “Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned,
repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders.”

       Satan is a beautiful liar! The Scriptures warned us that Satan would send his own counterfeit preachers, masquerading as Christ's ministers, bringing damnable heresies. 2nd Corinthians 11:13-15, “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.”

Remember, these false prophets are deceitful and claim to be God's men! To the unlearned and simple, these men can easily deceive them! I am talking about ungodly ministers who corrupt the Gospel; namely, Jack Chick, David Cloud, John MacArthur, Ray Comfort, Kirk Cameron, David Platt, Joel Osteen, Charles Lawson, Paul Washer, Martin Luther, Chip Ingram, William Lane Craig, Don Blackwell, Doug Batchelor, Ellen White, Rick Warren, Jimmy Swaggart, John Hagee, Keith Gomez, William Grady, Beth Moore, Charles Stanley, Pat Robertson, Billy Graham, David White, Franklin Graham, Don Piper, and countless more heretics who require “turning from sinful behavior” to be saved.
 

Judas Iscariot Epitomizes Hopeless Repentance

One of my favorite books is called, “EXCEPT YE REPENT,” by one of my favorite doctrinally sound preachers, Pastor Harry A. Ironside (1876-1951). If you are struggling with the doctrine of repentance, this book is definitely for you my dear reader. In chapter 14 of the book titled, HOPELESS REPENTANCE, Brother Ironside says:

“Remorse is not repentance toward God. It brings no pardon, no remission of sins. It is but the terrible aftermath of a course of persistent rejection of the Word of the Lord, which, while it leaves the soul in an agony of bitter sorrow over opportunities forever lost and grace despised, works no change in the conscience but leaves it unpurged forever. It is in this connection that the history of Judas becomes so important for us. It is God's own warning signal to all who tamper with His truth and grace. To play fast and loose with divine revelation is fatal. Its dire effects abide forever.”

SOURCE: Pastor Harry Ironside, “EXCEPT YE REPENT,” chapter 14 - Hopeless Repentance.

Thank you Pastor Ironside! I love this dear man of God. Pastor Ironside was one of Dwight Moody's successors as pastor of the great Moody Memorial Church in Chicago. Sadly, Moody church today is a disgrace, which has become completely ecumenical, publishing all of Dr. John MacArthur's poison literature teaching Lordship Salvation (i.e., Calvinism repackaged). It is tragic that thousands of independent Baptist churches have embraced the hopeless repentance of John MacArthur. God have pity of the ungodly Bob Jones University crowd, of which Mr. MacArthur is an alumni. Calvinism is not the Gospel, it is hopeless repentance!!!

I titled this article, “John MacArthur's Hopeless Repentance,” but I could have just as easily picked any of the preceding names. I chose Mr. MacArthur because he is the godfather of hopeless repentance today! I almost used Ray Comfort's name, simply because he is a very popular and likeable evangelist, beloved by churches worldwide. Ray takes in about $2,000,000 a year from his religious work!

Pastor John MacArthur is so corrupt in his theology that major cults promote him! Dr. MacArthur's Books Are Required Reading At Demonic Mormon Brigham Young University (BYU)!!! My God, what is wrong with Baptist churches all across America, like the despicable Harvest Baptist Church on Guam, who honor and promote John MacArthur as a Christian hero. The man is a devil! The pastors at Harvest Baptist Church need to get right with God. And their ungodly staff of Bob Jones alumni ought to be ashamed of themselves, a bunch of cult members! Harvest Baptist Church and Bob Jones University (BJU) are all members of both the Alexandrian cult and the Hopeless Repentance cult (aka, Lordship Salvation)!!! And please don't be fooled, there are actually pastors who refute the heresy of Lordship Salvation, while simultaneously promoting and defending the heresy of wrong repentance (i.e., turning from sin to be saved). They are two separate, but often related, heresies!!!

BJU and BYU have John MacArthur as a common denominator! Think about that! Why would a satanic Mormon university promote the likes of John MacArthur to their students? I'll tell you why, it is because they both agree in their perverted works-based theology concerning salvation! Read what the Jehovah's Witnesses teach concerning faith and works, and see for yourself how John MacArthur, Paul Washer and Ray Comfort are in total agreement...

Jehovah's Witnesses Comfort, Washer & MacArthur

Jehovah's Witnesses:

So, what does "accepting" Jesus really mean? Is it a one-time act of faith, or is it a continuing way of life? Must our belief be strong enough to motivate us to action? Can we really accept the benefits of Jesus' sacrifice without the responsibility of following him?

SOURCE: Have You Been Saved? - Jehovah's Witnesses Official Web Site

John MacArthur:

"Salvation isn't the result of an intellectual exercise. It comes from a life lived in obedience and service to Christ as revealed in the Scripture; it's the fruit of actions, not intentions. There's no room for passive spectators:  words without actions are empty and futile...The life we live, not the words we speak, determines our eternal destiny" (Hard to Believe, p. 93). [emphasis added]

Note: MacArthur has updated the preceding quote, alleging an error. Yet, the updated quote is even worse, stating:

“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...”

MacArthur then attempts to explain his false plan of salvation. My friend, it is very easy to be saved, so easy in fact that 3,000 people got saved in one day in Acts 2:41. You don't have to give your life as Christ gave His life to be saved! If it were true, then salvation would be the result of partial faith in Christ plus human effort.

Jehovah's Witnesses:

Salvation is a free gift from God. It cannot be earned. Yet it does require effort on our part.

SOURCE: What Must We Do to Be Saved? - Jehovah's Witnesses Official Web Site

Ray Comfort:

"If belief is all that is necessary for salvation, then the logical conclusion is that one need never repent.

SOURCE: http://www.livingwaters.com/witnessingtool/browse.shtml

Jehovah's Witnesses:

Thus, "accepting Christ" involves far more than just accepting the blessings that Jesus' superlative sacrifice offers. Obedience is required. ... So we must do more than simply hear and believe.

SOURCE: What Must We Do to Be Saved? - Jehovah's Witnesses Official Web Site

Paul Washer:

“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)

SOURCE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uuabITeO4l8

Jehovah's Witnesses:

Well, how valuable is the lifeblood of Jesus Christ? It is a free gift, but we must demonstrate deep appreciation for it.

SOURCE: What Must We Do to Be Saved? - Jehovah's Witnesses Official Web Site

Ray Comfort:

“Merely being sorry for your sins, or confessing them to God won't help you. You must turn from sin (repent).”

SOURCE: LIVING WATERS ministry, SAVE YOURSELF SOME PAIN

Jehovah's Witnesses:

We do not earn salvation by doing these things, for no human could ever do enough to merit such an astounding blessing. We are not worthy of this magnificent gift, though, if we fail to demonstrate our love and obedience by doing the things that the Bible says God and Christ want us to do. Without works to demonstrate our faith, our claim to follow Jesus would fall far short, for the Bible clearly states: "Faith, if it does not have works, is dead in itself."—James 2:17.

SOURCE: What Must We Do to Be Saved? - Jehovah's Witnesses Official Web Site

Ray Comfort:

“The forgiveness that is in Jesus Christ is conditional upon ‘repentance towards God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ’ (Acts 20:21). It is a gift that God offers to everyone, but individuals must receive it by repenting and trusting in Christ, or they will remain dead in their sins. No one has Biblical grounds to continue in sin, assuming that they are safe just because Jesus died on the cross. See 1 John 3:4-6.” [Emphasis added]

SOURCE: THE EVIDENCE BIBLE, by Ray Comfort, pg. 1513; 2003, Bridge-Logos Publishers, Orlando, Florida

Jehovah's Witnesses:

Surely we would not want to agree with one of America's best-known evangelists, who said that you do not have to "clean up, give up, or turn around."—Contrast Acts 17:30; Romans 3:25; James 5:19, 20.

SOURCE: What Must We Do to Be Saved? - Jehovah's Witnesses Official Web Site

John MacArthur:

"The false brethren's departure left John's congregations shaken (2:19). He assured those who remained that since they adhered to the fundamentals of the faith (a proper view of Christ, obedience, love), their salvation was sure. 

SOURCE: The Revised and Updated edition of The MacArthur Study Bible, Thomas Nelson publishers, page 1973

Jehovah's Witnesses:

Without works to demonstrate our faith, our claim to follow Jesus would fall far short, for the Bible clearly states: "Faith, if it does not have works, is dead in itself."—James 2:17.

SOURCE: What Must We Do to Be Saved? - Jehovah's Witnesses Official Web Site

Ray Comfort:

"You must turn away from sin and turn to God. Desire to have NOTHING to do with sin, and surrender your life to the One who can save you... If you will confess and forsake your sins..."

SOURCE: http://www.livingwaters.com/good/022.shtml

Jehovah's Witnesses:

True Christians are in a saved condition in that they are in an approved position before God. As a group, their salvation is sure. Individually, they must meet God's requirements. However, we can fail, for Jesus said: "If anyone does not remain in union with me, he is cast out as a branch and is dried up."—John 15:6.

SOURCE: What Must We Do to Be Saved? - Jehovah's Witnesses Official Web Site

Ray Comfort:

"These are perhaps the most frightening verses in the Bible. Vast multitudes of professing Christians fit into the category spoken of here. They call Jesus 'Lord,' but they practice lawlessness. They profess faith in Jesus, but have no regard for the divine law. They tell 'fibs' or 'white' lies, take things that belong to others, have a roaming eye for the opposite sex, etc. They are liars, thieves, and adulterers at heart, who will be cast from the gates of heaven into the jaws of hell."

SOURCE: THE EVIDENCE BIBLE, by Ray Comfort, pg. 1197; 2003, Bridge-Logos Publishers, Orlando, Florida

SOURCE: Lordship Salvationists Teach Same Doctrine As Jehovah's Witnesses

UNBELIEVABLE!!!       UNBELIEVABLE!!!       UNBELIEVABLE!!!

As with all false prophets, Lordship Salvationists, Jehovah's Witnesses and those who require “turning from sins” to be saved, place the BURDEN of sin upon the sinner's shoulder, requiring CHANGE as a prerequisite to being saved. The OBJECT of the true Gospel of free grace is God's imputed righteousness (i.e., salvation is totally of the Lord); but in the false teaching of hopeless repentance (i.e., turning from sins and Lordship Salvation), man's reformation becomes the object of salvation instead. In other words, the object of true Bible repentance (a change of thinking) is believing the Gospel; whereas in false repentance, the object becomes a man reforming his ways.
 

Ray Comfort's Hopeless Repentance

If you ever listen to Evangelist Ray Comfort as he is street preaching, his goal is always to get the listener to commit to turning away from their sinful ways to be saved. That is manmade reformation, not Bible repentance. This is a perverse Gospel that cannot produce the new birth in Christ Jesus! In the true Gospel, the goal is to lead a person to place their trust in Christ's sacrifice on the cross, and His subsequent burial and miraculous physical resurrection after three days. The true Gospel focuses solely on the redeeming work of Christ at Calvary; whereas hopeless repentance focuses in part on getting the person to change their lifestyle. The latter is partial faith in Christ plus works! This is damnable heresy and an accursed Gospel (Galatians 1:6-9).

One of the most deadly false prophets today is Evangelist Ray Comfort, who actually uses the phrase “LIVING A LIFESTYLE” while witnessing to a woman on an airplane (video clip). Ray tells her that she must be “SORRY” for her sins, which is remorse, not repentance! In the following YouTube video clip, look at the BIG LIE Evangelist Ray Comfort tells this poor deceived woman passenger on an airplane. Kindly, Ray says that “repentance” means “LIVING A LIFESTYLE THAT PROVES THE REALITY OF YOUR REPENTANCE!” And then he adds, “IT'S A CONTINUAL THING!” Read for yourself what Mr. Comfort horribly teaches this woman, in this transcript from the Living Waters video...

“So if the plane goes down, you'd end up in Hell! There are two things you have to do to be saved. Do you remember what they are? I told you what they are—You've got to repent and trust the Savior! ... God's offering you everlasting life upon your repentance and faith in Christ. Who in his right mind wouldn't say, 'Whoa! That's a good offer!' (The curious woman asks what it means to “repent”?)... Have you ever said you're sorry to someone you did something wrong to? That's all repentance is—You've sinned against God; it's a matter of saying, 'God, I'm sorry,' and then LIVING A LIFESTYLE that proves the reality of your repentance. That's what repentance is, it's a continual thing! God, 'I'm sorry, but I'm not going going to lie or steal or blaspheme Your name ever again. It has that attitude! And the second thing—trust in Jesus!” [emphasis added]

SOURCE: Evangelist Ray Comfort, I've never killed anyone” (MP3 clip from video).

Dear reader, I triple-dog dare you to show me even one verse from the Holy Bible that teaches that “LIVING A LIFESTYLE” is required as part of being saved. You cannot! Now my friend, “a double-dog dare” is serious business, but a triple-dog dare is something you don't want to mess around with! I triple-dog dare you to show me even one Bible verse that agrees with these false statements by Ray Comfort.

Again, one of my favorite books is called, “EXCEPT YE REPENT,” in which Pastor Harry Ironside rightly says:

Remorse is not repentance toward God. It brings no pardon, no remission of sins. It is but the terrible aftermath of a course of persistent rejection of the Word of the Lord, which, while it leaves the soul in an agony of bitter sorrow over opportunities forever lost and grace despised, works no change in the conscience but leaves it unpurged forever. It is in this connection that the history of Judas becomes so important for us. It is God's own warning signal to all who tamper with His truth and grace. To play fast and loose with divine revelation is fatal. Its dire effects abide forever.” [emphasis added]

SOURCE: Pastor Harry Ironside, “EXCEPT YE REPENT,” chapter 14 - Hopeless Repentance.

Judas was sorry for what he did. Judas did exactly what Ray Comfort tells people to be saved, he became remorseful with a sorrowful heart. In fact, Judas returned the thirty pieces of silver to the Pharisees, but they refused because it was blood money. So Judas tossed the coins on the floor and fled! My friend, you can try any act of desperation you can think of, but it will not help save you! Before his death, agnostic singer Frank Sinatra arranged his will to give $100,000,000 to abused children when he died. I cannot help but believe that Mr. Sinatra was seeking to atone for his own life of recklessness and sin (wine, women and song). I do not believe Frank was saved. From the interviews I have read of Mr. Sinatra, has was openly critical of religion, but did not seek God in his life.

When Adam and Eve sinned, Adam sewed fig leaves together in an attempt to cover their nakedness, to deal with their sins; but God rejected Adam's fig-leaf religion! God rejected the best grain offering that Cain was able to produce as a farmer. From the beginning of time, humanity has sought to please God through the works of the flesh, but no one has ever inherited eternal life through human will or power. Sin must be paid for! The very idea that a person must turn away from their sinful ways, as a prerequisite to saving-faith in Jesus Christ is offensive to God. The purpose of God's LAW is to teach us that we are guilty sinners (Romans 3:19-20), and then bring us to Jesus Christ (Galatians 3:24-26), to be saved by God's GRACE (Ephesians 2:8-10)!

Please don't be a fool by following the hopeless repentance of Judas Iscariot, John MacArthur, Ray Comfort, Paul Washer and other GOSPEL PERVERTS! Judas found out the hard way, as will Ray Comfort, John MacArthur and all their deceived followers, that hopeless repentance does not produce the new birth...

“It is in this connection that the history of Judas becomes so important for us. It is God's own warning signal to all who tamper with His truth and grace. To play fast and loose with divine revelation is fatal. Its dire effects abide forever.”

SOURCE: Pastor Harry Ironside, “EXCEPT YE REPENT,” chapter 14 - Hopeless Repentance.

My friend Pastor Max D. Younce rightly says:

“Anything that is mixed with grace crosses grace out!”

SOURCE: Saved By Grace, Plus Nothing! (Dr. Max D. Younce, faithful pastor of the Heritage Baptist Bible Church)

Pastor Hank Lindstrom (1940-2008) rightly says:

“Nothing in my future can ever affect the salvation that I have... Once you trust the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, you are eternally secure!” —Pastor Hank Lindstrom (1940-2008), a quote from the classic MP3 sermon titled, “How Permanent Is Your Salvation?

“The Christian life doesn't save you! You're saved by Jesus Christ' death on the cross, and that alone, and it's important to understand the difference. And, it's true that we should not live a life that's opposed to the will of God after we're saved (We'll talk about what God will do, if we do live that kind of way). But, salvation is based upon purely what Jesus Christ has done. And if you've trusted Jesus Christ here, you're saved forever! Nothing in your life, nothing in your death, angels, principalities, nothing—nothing in your future—could ever undo that relationship that has been made when you trusted Jesus Christ as Savior. And there are many people who are confused over this whole thing.” —Pastor Hank Lindstrom (1940-2008), a quote from the classic MP3 sermon titled, “How Permanent Is Your Salvation?

“There are many people who name the name of Jesus Christ, who are not saved, because they're trusting in living the Christian life, or in their works, or in some efforts that they're doing, in order to obtain their salvation.” —Pastor Hank Lindstrom (1940-2008), a quote from the classic MP3 sermon titled, “How Permanent Is Your Salvation?

We have a solemn responsibility as born-again Christians to present the Gospel clearly, accurately and simply to the world...

“That payment that Christ made, He put it to your account... Do you realize the opportunity that God has given to us, to be able to 'GO INTO ALL THE WORLD.' And the thing that bothers people, is this thing about sin, because of the guilt that it brings, and all the wickedness that it brings; and you and I are the ONLY hope the people in this world—God has left us here and we are their only hope, if we don't explain the Gospel and make it clear!” —Pastor Ralph “Yankee” Arnold; a quote from his sermon, “A Study of Romans Chapter 10.”

I love everybody. I do not hate those with whom I theologically disagree! God knows my heart. Albeit, somebody needs to tell the truth. Amazingly, the Bible actually says we need false prophets, so that those who are skilled in the Word of God can be manifest. 1st Corinthians 11:19, “For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you.” False teachers make my job easy! When Ray Comfort puts his foot in his mouth theologically, it is easy for me to prove him a liar by showing you what the Word of God says, or doesn't say! You cannot show me one verse in the Bible about “forsaking sins” or “turning from sins” to be saved. There is no mention in the Bible of “repenting of sins” to be saved.

False religion always says to DO THIS or DO THAT to be saved, but the Gospel says IT IS DONE! Jesus paid our debt of sin on the cross at Calvary! There are two types of religions: DO and DONE! Dr. Bob Jones Sr. used to rightly say that religion says to do and live, but Christianity says to live and do! God saves us and then the Holy Spirit changes us! That is how it is supposed to work. False religion, such as what Ray Comfort and John MacArthur teach, tells us to reform, and continue to reform, that we may know we are saved. That is manmade transformation, not the transforming power of the Holy Spirit in the new birth by faith alone in the Gospel.

The Bible says there is only ONE THING required to be saved, and that is to BELIEVE the Good News of the Lord Jesus Christ! 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.” In Ray Comfort's and Paul Washer's and John MacArthur's counterfeit plan of salvation, there are TWO THINGS required to be saved: REPENTANCE and FAITH. No to be clear, repentance is necessary to be saved, but repentance is a part of believing, not a separate act. We repent TO believe, not repent AND believe! We change our mind and believe the Gospel. That is salvation. In hopeless repentance, we change our behavior (like Judas did) and then follow Christ, which is no faith at all. Judas knew he had betrayed Christ. Judas had been a follower of Jesus until the very end. Judas was sorry for betraying innocent blood, yet he found out in Hell that you don't get saved by living the Christian life.

How Bob Jones University Betrays The Holy Bible!

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“God have mercy on a preacher that the world don't hate!”
(a quote from the precious sermon by Pastor Danny Castle, “Fight It Or Feed It!” | MP3)


The holy King James Bible is inspired!!!

The Superiority Of The King James Translators | 2 | 3 | 4 (excellent, Pastor Max D. Younce)

“Every word in this Bible is inspired by God almighty!”
—Dr. Jack Hyles (a great quote from the classic sermon, “A Friend At Midnight.”)

 

Dr. James Sightler: Defender Of The Inspiration Of The King James Bible!

Psalms 116:15, “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.”

“The only inspired Words of God are in the King James Bible!”
—Dr. Jack Hyles (an awesome quote —Dr. Jack Hyles (THE REAL BATTLE!”)

“And brother, any time anybody ever casts any reflection upon the accuracy and the inspiration—verbal inspiration—of this Bible, I'll guarantee you he was inspired by the demons. I'll guarantee you! I don't care if he's got a 'reverend' in front of his name. I don't care if he has a clerical collar on. I don't care what school he's been to. He's of the Devil if he says that the Bible is not verbally inspired by God! —Dr. Jack Hyles, a great quote from the awesome MP3 sermon titled, “Satan's masterpiece.”

BATTLE OF THE AGES (MP3 by Dr. Hyles, “The King James Bible crowd is going to come out on top!”)

“The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference.” ―Elie Wiesel

I am appalled at the indifference amongst professed Christians today concerning the corrupting of God's Word. They just don't care which Bible is God's Word. I'm talking about thousands of shameful apostate religious colleges today, that are INDIFFERENT toward the hundreds of perverted English Bibles, all of which are the Devil's way of depriving people of the true and pure Word of God. Consequently, there are many false plans of salvations being taught in the churches today, mainly the heresy of manmade repentance, aka, Lordship Salvation. Here is a truthful quote from Pastor Jack Hyles...

“God has a special rebuke, again and again and again in the Bible,
toward those people who keep their neutrality in the work of God!”
—SOURCE: Dr. Jack Hyles, a quote from the great MP3 sermon, “Where Were You In The Battle?


“The Lord gave the word: great was the company
of those that published it.”
—Psalms 68:11

“How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea,
sweeter than honey to my mouth!”
—Psalms 119:103

3rd John 1:8, “We therefore ought to receive such, that we might be fellowhelpers to the truth.”

“Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places
you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.”
―John Wesley


Why There's A Hell (MP3 sermon by Pastor Danny Castle)

“In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God,
and that obey not THE GOSPEL of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
—2nd Thessalonians 1:8

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