The Religious Man Who is
Blinded by Satan
(Or, The Man Who Thinks He's Saved, But is Not Saved)
By David J. Stewart | August 2017
Matthew 7:22-23, “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”
I had the opportunity to witness to a man this week. I was walking through a local shopping mall and noticed him right away. The fella's been riding around on a bicycle for 32 years, holding a big sign that reads, “GOD BLESS YOU!” He is kind of rough looking, untidy, but Jesus died for him! I've seen him dozens of times over the past couple years, holding that sign while riding around on his bicycle. His name is Roe. The man is 66 years old. He used to live in northern California. I wanted to find out what compelled him to ride around with that peculiar sign. He said he does it to express his gratitude toward God. I commended him for that.
I had actually met the guy last month for the first time, which is when I learned who he was. I witnessed to him them, giving him a simple Gospel presentation. He agreed with everything I said and said that he was already a Christian, but then he said he was late for Catholic mass. So Roe left and I went away wondering whether he was really saved or not. So when I saw him again the other day, I was determined to find out for sure. I witnessed to him again, and he agreed with me again, claiming that he was already saved. So I quoted John 14:6, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” I asked him if he believed that everyone else is going to Heaven too. He kept repeating to me, “I am liberal in my views.” So I asked him what he meant by “liberal”? He specifically mentioned Hindus, and said he thinks they can get to Heaven through their own beliefs. That told me right there that he is not saved.
So I quoted to him Jesus' words from John 10:1, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.” I told him that Hindus are thieves and robbers. I then asked him if he was aware that Hindus worship millions of gods? Literally, Hindus can choose amongst millions of gods to worship. All except one, the Lord Jesus Christ. So I quoted John 14:6 again to the man and asked him if he believed the Bible. He said that he does, “Yes.” So I asked him if Jesus is a liar. I told him that the Lord plainly said, “NO MAN COMETH UNTO THE FATHER, BUT BY ME”! Was Jesus lying? I could see that he looked perplexed, his thoughts contradicting himself. How can a man claim to believe the Bible, while denying the Lord's words? Jesus warned, “NO MAN COMETH UNTO THE FATHER, BUT BY ME”! I boldly said to the man, “That means, according to Jesus' own words, that Hindus are not going to Heaven.”
So he again repeated to me, “I am liberal in my views.” I kindly but directly said to Roe, “I do not think you are a Christian.” I explained to him gently that in order to be saved, you MUST understand that JESUS IS THE ONLY WAY OF SALVATION!!! I mentioned Acts 4:10-12, “Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” There is NO OTHER NAME given amongst men, than the precious NAME OF JESUS, by which we must be saved!!! Since Hindus reject Jesus as THE ONLY WAY to the Father, Hindus are not saved.
I wrote this article to teach others that just because someone claims to believe the Gospel doesn't mean they are saved. The man said to me, “Well, I'm a Christian myself, but I'm liberal in my views, and I believe other religions can get to Heaven through their different faiths too.” Ladies and gentleman, that is, A 100% CONTRADICTORY STATEMENT!!! Either Jesus is the only way or He's not!!! Do you know in essence what the man was really telling me? He was saying loud and clear to me... CHRISTIANITY IS NOTHING MORE THAN A PHILOSOPHY THAT I'VE ADOPTED!!! That is NOT the new birth by faith ALONE in the Lord Jesus Christ. Folks, I've heard false prophet Benny Hinn preach the simple Gospel, but he's as lost as a moose in a caboose!!! Have you ever tried to find a moose in a caboose? Well let me tell you, it's not easy to do! It's not...lol. Seriously, Benny Hinn will say different things to different crowds, anything to sucker them out of their money!!! I've also heard Hinn preach total heresy concerning salvation. I'm convinced that he doesn't believe a word of what he says. Truly, the love of money is the root of all evil (1st Timothy 6:10).
It is possible to believe the facts about the Gospel in your head, superficially, but not truly trust in them in your heart. The way you can discern the difference is with what I just taught you. If you think that you are a Christian, but that Roman Catholics can also get to Heaven by keeping their Seven Sacraments, then you are not saved!!! How can you be saved if you think there are multiple plans of salvation? That's why we've all heard famous rock n' roll singers, like Alice Cooper, falsely claim to be Christians. I don't believe them for a second. Likewise, I believe at least HALF of all Baptist church pastors today are unsaved, because they are trusting in Wrong Repentance or Lordship Salvation to be saved. The two links that I just provided are excellent articles by Dr. Hank Lindstrom (1940-2008). Just because you mentally acknowledge some Biblical information doesn't make you saved. You must personally place your trust in the Gospel to be born-again (regenerated) by the Holy Spirit of God (John 1:12-14).
And that faith MUST EXCLUDE all else!!! Partial faith in Christ, plus sacraments, equals damnation. Partial faith in Christ, plus turning away from sinful behavior, equals damnation. Partial faith in Christ, plus circumcision, equals damnation (Acts 15:1; Galatians 1:6-9). Partial faith in Christ, plus sacraments, equals damnation. Partial faith in Christ, plus making Jesus the Lord of your life, equals damnation. Partial faith in Christ, plus confessing Christ publicly, equals damnation. All of these fake plans of salvation insert a wrong way of thinking into your mind, that cons you into errantly thinking you are saved, but you still haven't been born-again!!! YE MUST BE BORN AGAIN!!! 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.”
I couldn't get Roe to get saved, because he has a liberal view that embraces all faiths. As long as Roe believes that Hindus can get to Heaven through their millions of gods, he still hasn't repented from wrong thinking. Repentance is not from sins, it is from wrong thinking. A man who says that he is saved, but thinks Hindus can also be saved without Jesus Christ, has never repented of wrong thinking. The fact that Roe thinks Hindus can be saved without Jesus Christ, clearly tells me that Roe doesn't understand the Gospel. He doesn't grasp the need for God's righteousness. 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 have no righteousness to offer God, and neither do you (Isaiah 64:6). You don't become a Christian by merely claiming to be one, which is what Roe is doing. You must place your complete trust in what Christ did to pay for your sins on the cross, believing that after being dead and buried for three days, Jesus triumphantly raised up in a resurrected body!!! That is the Good News (Gospel)!!!
To get to Heaven by human merit, you and I MUST be 100% perfect! No unrighteousness is allowed into Heaven (1st Corinthians 6:9-10). Since we have ALL fallen short of God's glory and broken His commandments (Romans 3:19-20), none of us can earn, merit or deserve eternal life. We all deserve to burn in the Lake of Fire for our own sins. Ah, but our loving God has made a way of escape through the precious blood of Jesus. Romans 5:9, “Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.” Since you and I have no righteousness of our own to offer God, we need the dear Savior. We need HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS!!! Romans 10:3-4, “For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.” Only a saved person can understand this truth, because that is how he was saved himself.
If you tell me that Buddhists and Hindus can go to Heaven without the precious blood of Jesus Christ, that tells me you are WOEFULLY IGNORANT OF GOD'S RIGHTEOUSNESS!!! I didn't write this article to be unkind to anyone; but rather, to ensure that you are really saved. YE MUST BE BORN AGAIN!!! Please don't allow religion to take you to Hell. Please don't allow the modern, corrupt, Alexandrian, counterfeit, Bible versions to take you to Hell. YE MUST BE BORN AGAIN!!! It is not enough to ascribe to the philosophy of Christianity to be saved. YE MUST BE BORN AGAIN!!! It is not enough to join a Christian organization. YE MUST BE BORN AGAIN!!! It is not enough to partake of a Christian culture. YE MUST BE BORN AGAIN!!! It is not enough to run a Christian business. YE MUST BE BORN AGAIN!!! YE MUST BE BORN AGAIN!!! YE MUST BE BORN AGAIN!!!
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
Ye Must Be Born Again! | How to Be Saved
You Need HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS!!!