If You Don't Think You Can LIVE LIKE THE DEVIL
And Still Go To Heaven, You Don't Get God's Grace!

By David J. Stewart | December 2021

Romans 5:20-21, “Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.” Acts 13:39, “And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.”

       The deadly “Repent Of Your Sin” heresy has spread into most churches today, corrupting God's simple plan of salvation. Please beware of this lie of Satan! The Bible is VERY clear that salvation is of the Lord (Jonah 2:9). Man's only part is getting saved is to get out of the way, by ceasing from our own works, and RESTING completely in the finished redemptive work of Jesus Christ through faith in Calvary's cross. CHRIST PAID IT ALL!!!

Our brilliant God made TWO great divisions to His Word—OLD and NEW TESTAMENTS, or respectively, LAW and CHRIST. The LAW shows mankind our sinfulness, our hopelessness of obtaining righteousness by human works, and our desperate need for salvation; and then the LAW brings us to CHRIST to be saved by God's mercy and grace:

Galatians 3:22-26,“But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.”

I absolutely LOVE the book of Galatians. It is my favorite book of the Bible, so full of doctrinal clarity and meat for the soul. The Apostle Paul wrote his Epistle to the churches of Galatia, because he was upset with them for allowing a religious cult to infiltrate and corrupt them, moving them away from the hope of the Gospel. Paul plainly reminds them in Galatians 3:22 that God PROMISE of eternal life by faith in Jesus Christ is given “TO THEM THAT BELIEVE.” Nothing more is required or allowed by God. Yet, today we hear all kinds of junk theology from America's pulpits, telling people that they must “turn away from your sins” and “faithfully run the race to the end” and “live a lifestyle of repentance” and “exchange all that you are for all that Christ is” and “count the cost and pay the price” TO BE SAVED. Dear reader, none of that garbage is taught in the Bible. ...

If it isn't taught in the Bible, you didn't get it from God!

If you don't think that you CAN live like the Devil and still go to Heaven, you DON'T get God's grace! The reason why is because if you don't have that mindset, it shows that you are not completely RESTING in what Christ has already DONE for you though Calvary's cross. Jesus has already paid your sin debt in full dear friend. Jesus paid a debt that He did not owe, because we owed a debt that we could not pay. JESUS PAID IT ALL!!!

The Bible is divided into OLD and NEW TESTAMENTS, teaching us the plan of salvation. The Old Testament LAW shows us our need for CHRIST. Romans 3:19-20, “Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.” God never intended for humanity to obtain righteousness through the LAW (i.e., the Ten Commandments and all the law given by God to Moses). The Jews were required to keep three types of laws:

  1. Moral Laws
  2. Ceremonial Law
  3. Civil Laws

Moral Laws still apply today and always will.

The Ceremonial Laws were designed to teach spiritual truths. They were only temporary during the Old Testament, and only intended for the Jews who lived in the area of Palestine. ALL of the ceremonial laws were done away with on the cross (Colossians 2:14-16). For example: The Sabbath Day was a picture of Christ, in Whom we REST for salvation (Hebrews 4:10-11). There is no Sabbath Day today! There are no ceremonial laws still in effect today. They were a SHADOW of good things to come, which have all been fulfilled by the reality of what they symbolized. Christ is our High Priest today (Hebrews 4:14-16), so that there is no longer any need for the Old testament tabernacle, holy place or high priests. Hebrews 9:23, “It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.”

Civil Laws are still the basis of nearly every court system in the world. These practical laws guide humanity on how to get along with each other (our neighbours), providing principles of fairness, equity and justice for society.

To get to Heaven by keeping God's laws (about 720 of them in total), the Jew had to keep them perfectly. You could miss a single one! This is what Paul meant in Romans 2:6-7, “For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law; (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.” Paul is reminding the Jews, since they are trying to earn their way into Heaven by keeping the law, that they actually must KEEP THE LAW PERFECTLY. Obviously they failed utterly, which is why in Romans chapter three Paul teaches how sinful and hopeless the human race really is. Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”

I would like to permanently engrain into your mind dear reader the truths of OLD and NEW TESTAMENTS, or LAW and CHRIST. This is God's plan of salvation. The LAW shows mankind that we have terminal cancer because of sin, and we are dying, For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 3:23). The LAW brings us as guilty sinners to CHRIST, to be freely saved by God's grace through faith in Jesus. Galatians 3:26, “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.Over and over in the Holy Bible we read that salvation comes simply BY FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST. Yet, wicked men by the thousands keep insisting that we must do this, and do that, and give up this, and start doing that, and keep doing this, if we want to enter into God's Kingdom. They are all dirty liars! The Devil is a beautiful liar!!!

Dear reader, please keep this truth in mind—LAW and CHRIST. Salvation is as simple as that. The LAW shows us our need as guilty sinners, and then brings us to CHRIST to fulfill that need. We are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in the GOOD NEWS of Jesus Christ alone. Jesus died on the cross for your sins and mine. He paid our tremendous debt of sin, which was far more than we could ever pay. If we were to pay the penalty (the wages) for our own sin, we would have to spend eternity burning in the fires of Hell. Since we are not as holy as God, we cannot quite comprehend spending eternity in Hell. Granted, it doesn't seem fair or just to sinful men; but to our righteous and hole God, it is fair and just, or else God wouldn't punish men as such. God knows what He is doing friend. Thankfully we don't have to grasp or understand God to be saved, we simply need to trust and obey the Gospel.

According to 1st Corinthians 15:1-4, “THE GOSPEL” (Good News) is that Jesus DIED on the cross for our sins, He was BURIED, and three days later He physically RESURRECTED from the dead for our justification (i.e., He validated our faith in Him, so that it was not in vain). Those three things comprise the Gospel: Jesus' death, burial and resurrection. BELIEVE IT oh sinner and you are immediately, irrevocably and forever saved.

To the natural (carnally minded) person, it doesn't make good sense that someone can merely put their faith in Christ, and then go out and live like the Devil, and still go to Heaven. I mean, the whole reason that Jesus came into the world to die on the cross, was to pay the cost of our sins. So are we then okay to go out into the world and continue sinning? This thought is so offensive to many religious people that they change and corrupt God's plan of salvation, to include turning away from one's sins, or else they say you cannot be saved. But dear friend, that is KEEPING THE LAW!

What is “the law”? It is primary the Ten Commandments. The law forbids committing adultery. The law forbids committing murder. The law forbids stealing, bearing false witness and coveting what is not yours. So when a preacher tells you that you must TURN AWAY FROM DOING THESE SINS to be saved, how is that not works? How is that not keeping the law for eternal life? It ceases to amaze me how ignorant, foolish and blind the Bob Jones University crowd and Pastor John MacArthur are, teaching that to be saved you must “turn away from your sin.” The inspired King James Bible does not teach this junk (only the Devil's corrupt modern Bibles teach such garbage).

LAW and CHRIST. The LAW shows us that we are terminally dying because of sin, but then brings us to CHRIST to be healed by God's grace, through faith in His only begotten Son Jesus. When ignorant pastors, evangelists and Bible professors foolishly require you to “repent of your sins,” they are effectively telling you to KEEP THE LAW to be saved. Yet those ungodly false teachers will argue with the free grace crowd, insisting that they are not corrupting grace by adding works to it! They are blinded and deceived by the Devil. Satan's greatest weapon is to con people into living the Christian life without ever being born-again. That is what Evangelist Ray Comfort sinfully teaches, that you must LIVE A LIFESTYLE to get to Heaven (read it for yourself).

Dear reader, there is nothing you can do to WORK your way to Heaven, except to BELIEVE ON JESUS. The blessed Savior said that Himself in 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.” Christ Himself once and for all time settled this matter of doing “works” to get into Heaven. Jesus said that the only “work of God” that anyone can do, to be saved, is to BELIEVE ON HIM!!!

Religion is the worst thing that ever happened to this world. Religion has claimed the lives of billions of lost souls, giving men a false hope that blinded them from their desperate need for redemption. Satan blinds the minds of the lost, to hinder them from ever seeing the light of THE TRUTH of the Gospel (2nd Corinthians 4:3-4). Our job as believers is to keep the Gospel simple, the way God intended for it to be. Men love to complicate everything, taking that which is simple and making it so confusing that no one can understand it anymore. John 6:47, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.”

Dear reader, please understand that I am NOT advocating for any child of God to live like the Devil. What saith the Scripture? Romans 3:28-31, “Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also: Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith. Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.” Romans 6:15, “What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.” Please don't miss that truth. As God's redeemed saints, we are NO LONGER under the LAW! The curse of the Old Testament law has no power over the child of God. That means you CAN go out and live like the Devil and still go to Heaven.

The inspired King James Bible teaches that God is not an absent parent, and He WILL scourge and chastise His child when we sin (Hebrews 12:6-8). I marvel at the ignorance of so many churchgoers and professed Christians, who cannot handle the idea that a child of God CAN live like the Devil and still be saved. Well of course we can, because we are not saved by what we do, but by what Christ has already done on the cross. Forgiveness of sin and eternal life are a free gift from God (Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9). We must separate in our mind the gift of God (which is eternal life), versus the rewards which God will give to all them who serve Him faithfully (1st Corinthians 3:8). There are a lot of people on the internet who don't know hardly anything about the Word of God, wannabe theologians, who teach perversions galore! I challenge you to SEARCH THE SCRIPTURE for yourself, as Jesus commanded (John 5:39).

As believer we SHOULD live righteously and godly in Christ Jesus. I am all for holy living. God knows that I am not perfect, but by His grace I am trying to live an upright life. I do fear God. Proverbs 28:14, “Happy is the man that feareth alway: but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief.” The reason why a man who fears God always is happy is simply because when you live right, you know that God is pleased with you for trying. This has NOTHING to do with salvation or eternal life. I am saved because of what Jesus did through Calvary's cross, and not for any other reason. But the life I CHOOSE to live as His redeemed child, shows how much I love Christ (John 14:15). If I choose to live in sin, then God's hand of blessing will depart from my life and home, and He will chastise me.

I don't know about you friend, but I dread being spanked by God. I dread the consequences which sin brings. I cherish knowing that I am doing my best, in Christ's strength (Galatians 2:20), to live for God and preach the Gospel to the lost (Luke 8:15). I want to make me heavenly Daddy proud of me, and see His pleased face toward me as His redeemed adopted child (Romans 8:15). But there were times in my life when I went astray, as did David. Psalms 119:67 and 71, “Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word. ...It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.” During those times of backsliding I was 100% safe and secure in God's promise of eternal life. My sins were all forgiven (past, present and future) the day I got saved at age 13 in 1980. The day I got saved my POSITION as God's child was forever settled. ...

Well, there was a time on Earth when in the books of Heaven
That an Old Account was standin' for sins yet unforgiven
My name was at the top there were many things below
But I went unto the keeper and I settled it long ago

Long ago, yes long ago (I settled it all)
I said the Old Account was settled long ago
And my record's clear today, he washed my sins away
And the Old Account was settled long ago (tell em about it)

THE TRUTH is that, yes, you CAN live like the Devil and still go to Heaven. You CAN live in gross immorality, even become a pedophile, and still know 100% that you are a redeemed child of God. The reason why is simply because the salvation which God freely offers to humanity is not based upon human performance or one's commitment to do better. Our redemption is not based upon following Christ, running the Christian race, counting the cost and paying the price, turning away from our sins, living a lifestyle of repentance, nor anything else that the flesh can do. Our redemption is solely based upon WHAT CHRIST DID through Calvary's cross, through the precious blood that He shed for us:

1st Peter 1:18-21, “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.”

A believer CAN live like the Devil and still have 100% confidence and assuredly that they are saved. I know that doesn't set right with a lot of self-righteous religious people, but it is sound Bible doctrine. Salvation is of God, not man (John 1:12-13). Salvation is not doing your best, it is having Christ's best put to your account through receiving Him by faith. The true Gospel always points you to CHRIST; a false gospel always points to YOU. Public confession, water baptism or turning away from sinful ways would be a work. Faith puts all of the merit where it belongs, on the object of our faith, Jesus and His work.

Oh dear friend, I sure hope you are getting all this! This is GOOD STUFF!!! I am giving you THE TRUTH. Jesus told us in Luke 10:20 to REJOICE that our names are written in Heaven. This clearly implies that we CAN KNOW 100%, right now, this moment, and always, that we are saved and secure in God's PROMISE of eternal life by faith in Jesus Christ. How else could we know and rejoice that our name is recorded in the Lamb's Book of Life in Heaven? God's gift of eternal life has NOTHING to do with the life that we choose to live here on earth, which is a matter of sanctification (growing in grace) and not justification (which is by faith alone). I am not accepted by God for what I do. I am accepted by faith for what Jesus has already done through the cross of Calvary.

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