The Tormenting Doctrines Of Lordship Salvation
By David J. Stewart | May 2020
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.”
I love our text Bible verse from Acts 13:39, which says that ALL THAT BELIEVE ARE JUSTIFIED FROM ALL THINGS!!! I have received countless e-mails from people who were saved at a young age, but then read articles teaching Lordship Salvation on the internet and became confused, tormented with thoughts that they might not really be saved because of sin in their life. Some people contemplated suicide. Others were never saved at all, and Lordship Salvation kept them from seeing the glorious Gospel, almost damning them to Hell, had God not led them to a website ministry like mine that preaches the beautiful free grace Gospel.
Like the apostle Paul, I marvel in astonishment how Christian leaders across America are so confused and downright wrong on the Gospel of free grace. Galatians 1:6-7, “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.” I never thought the day would come when I would hear Calvinism being taught at Bob Jones University (BJU), teaching students that to be saved they “MUST PERSEVERE” in holiness, ministry and service to live for others, if they want the “award” of Heaven. That's what Dr. Pettit calls Heaven, an “award” for faithfully running 'The Race.' I'll let you read the preceding articles at the links provided, so as to not repeat everything in this article. It is shocking! Dr. Steve Pettit (president of BJU since 2014) teaches the counterfeit gospel of Lordship Salvation!
I want to share one disturbing statement by Dr. Pettit, from a horrible sermon he preached in chapel at BJU on January 26, 2015 titled: 'What Does It Mean To Run The Race?' ('The Daily Platform,' #21). Dr. Pettit unfortunately obliterates the mindset of the eternal security of the believer, in the mind of the 2,700 impressionable students who were listening to him, trusting him (and their parents trusted him). Read in horror to what he foolishly says:
“You can't just speak about getting saved, and you accepted Christ, and then that's it! There is a justification; There is a sanctification; There's ultimately a glorification, and though there are three parts, they are all part of the whole, and you cannot separate them. In order for you to qualify for the award, you have to get into the race, you have to stay in the race, and you have to finish the race. If you want to win, you have to run to the end; and winning in the Christian life is everything, because if you lose—if you don't finish—you lose everything—you lose your SOUL. And so, the Christian race is the life of faith that begins, is run, and is finished when we cross over into Heaven!” —Dr. Steve Pettit (“What Does It Mean To Run 'The Race'?” - 11:34)
GET THEE BEHIND ME SATAN!!! Talk about a tormenting doctrine of devils! I sure can speak about getting saved, and accepting Christ, and then THAT'S IT!!! I was born-again at age 13, and it is a DONE DEAL!!! I am forever safe and secure in the Father's hands. John 10:28-29, “And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.” Once saved always saved! Steve Pettit doesn't believe that! Oh, he'll beat around the bush and say that he does, but like Calvinist evangelist Paul Washer (another devil in the pulpit), Mr. Pettit teaches that salvation and discipleship are a package deal, and you cannot separate them if you want go to Heaven! Mr. Pettit says “winning is everything” in the Christian life! I triple-dog dare you to show me that in the Word of God! Show me Scripturally where winning is everything, because I can't find it! Instead, I find Romans 8:37, “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” Our victory as believers is solely in Christ, and not our running 'The Race.' I understand that the apostle Paul likens the Christian life to running a race (Hebrews 12:1), but that has absolutely nothing to do with the free gift of eternal life through faith alone in Jesus Christ our Lord!!!
Pastor Jack Hyles (1926-2001) preached one of the most helpful sermons I've ever heard. He had originally preached the message at a Pastor's School at the First Baptist Church of Hammond, Indiana. Several pastors came up to Dr. Hyles after the sermon and said: “Brother Hyles, you need to preach that truth all across the country!” The MP3 sermon is a classic and is titled: 'Steps To Sanctification; Or, The Root Of All Heresy.' In this one sermon, Pastor Hyles forever puts to rest the debate over Lordship Salvation, Calvinism, turning from sins to be saved, and a bunch of other heresies which have crept into the churches nowadays. You will be blessed! I also wrote an article about the sermon, because I thought it is so important of a message to get out to everyone!
Lordship Salvation Is So Stupid!
You have to really wonder where these people got their theology education; likely from a box of 'Cracker Jacks'! Calvinism is so stupid. Can you imagine a baby being born in the hospital, and then the nurse tells the mother to make sure that the baby continues to breath for the rest of his life, or he'll die? You say, that would be absurd! Yes, and that is how absurd it is to tell a new convert to Christianity that they must persevere in faith. Are you kidding me? You don't have to tell a living creature to live! Likewise, a believer has faith, and you don't have to require them to continue having faith to get to Heaven; because saying stupid garbage like that only confuses people. If I keep telling you everywhere you go, that you must keep breathing and persevere in living, you'd think I was crazy! We'll, Calvinists are theologically insane!!!
Every believer has the indwelling Holy Spirit, and God promised in Hebrews 13:5, “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” You don't have to persevere, because the Holy Spirit perseveres for you!!! In other words, I am kept safe as a child of God because the Holy Spirit perseveres, and will NEVER leave me; but Calvinists foolishly claim that the believer must persevere, or else the Holy Spirit will leave them. What theological liars! The proponents of Lordship Salvation have the Gospel, repentance, faith and the Word of God all backwards—they really do!!! Lordship Salvation strips away a person's confidence of having eternal security, rendering that person emotionally unstable—uncertain about salvation, fearful, worried and paranoid—that you have to live above sin, or else go to Hell forever. That is not the Gospel mindset! God wants you to have the perfect peace that you are saved forever, because it was a gift, and there is NOTHING you could ever do to forfeit that gift. Anything else is another gospel of damnation!
Look at this Satanic garbage theology in Evangelist Ray Comfort's popular 'THE EVIDENCE BIBLE,' on page 1513 under the section “Questions & Objections.” Ray Comfort addresses the statement: “Because Jesus died on the cross we are forgiven of every sin.” Here’s Ray Comfort’s reply to this statement…
“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
GET THEE BEHIND ME SATAN!!! Halloween came early this year! I'm so scared!!! Ray is a scary religious teacher—a false prophet who damns men's souls to Hell with his false gospel of Lordship Salvation. What do you mean I'm not safe just because Jesus died on the cross? Is that a bad joke Ray? Sadly, it is no joke, it is his junk theology! According to Ray, if you don't turn away from your sins, and live a lifestyle of turning away from your sins for the rest of your life, you WON'T go to Heaven. Ray says Christ's sacrifice on the cross was insufficient to save you, because more is required—Ray Comfort says you absolutely MUST make a deliberate effort to stop living in willful sin, to be saved. Ladies and gentlemen, if you believe the garbage that Ray is teaching, you are NOT SAVED at all! NO ONE is born-again who thinks they must turn away from their sins to receive the FREE GIFT of God!!! I said, NO ONE!
A Gift Simply Needs To Be Accepted
Let me ask you some simple questions dear friend, to illustrate this important truth. What if I bought you a birthday present? Let's say you're a man and I bought you a brand new fiberglass-rod fishing pole for your birthday, because you love to go fishing. Since it is a gift, you'd simply accept it as such, done deal! But what if (like a Calvinist) I said something nutty, like: “You've got to prove to me that you sincerely want to go fishing, so I am going to be watching you, to see if you go fishing; and if you don't, then I will take the fishing pole back.” You'd think I'd lost my mind, just like a dirty Calvinist! What if I said something really stupid like Ray Comfort says in his retarded 'The Evidence Bible,' like: “Don't think you definitely own that fishing pole, just because I gave it to you!” That is essentially what Ray is saying! I marvel how anyone could be so gullible and theologically deficient to believe the junk theology of Calvinism and Lordship Salvation! Again, Mr. Comfort says:
“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
GET THEE BEHIND ME SATAN!!! The dictionary defines the word “assume” as: “Take to be the case or to be true; accept without verification or proof.” So Ray says you cannot confidently testify that you are saved, nor have any verification or proof that you have eternal life, if you are still living a lifestyle of willful sinning. Folks, that is very far away from the Gospel taught in the Holy Bible!!! So in Ray's little world of junk theology, you can assume you're saved if you've made an attempt to stop sinning like you used to, and then secondly, he says trust Jesus. That is the corrupt theology of the Galatians in the New Testament! We are not saved by partial faith in Christ plus works; we are saved solely by resting in Christ alone! You don't repent AND believe; you repent TO believe! Salvation is not two steps! Repentance and faith are two parts of one step; you simply BELIEVE the Gospel!
Everybody still lives a lifestyle of sin. There is not a Christian in human civilization, who was able to rise above sinning. A saint may live above reproach, but no one can live above sinning. The whole idea of “turning from sins” to be saved (which Ray Comfort wrongly thinks means repentance) is ridiculous and impossible! If you turn from one sin, another will be on your left, and if you veer to the right, more sins will pile on from the top, and we're all swimming in an ocean of sins from below! Sin is a part of our human existence (1st John 1:8-10)!!! Paul confirmed this in Romans 7:14-25, describing his constant struggle with the flesh, summing it all up by calling himself a “wretched man” (verse 24).
The defining attribute of a Christian is not that they have turned away from sins, but that they are convicted about the sins in their life, as we see with sinful Lord. 2nd Peter 2:6-8, “And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly; And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;).” Lot chose to live in the wicked city of Sodom. Lot fully knew that he was doing wrong, but he chose to live in SIN CITY anyway. That disproves Lordship Salvation! Lot didn't faithful run the race. He wasn't living a holy life! Yet, we see that Lot was very much a saved child of God. Lordship Salvation is a lie of the Devil. Don't believe anyone who tells you that you're not saved if you haven't turned from your sins! They are deceivers!!! The Bible is chocked full of sinful saints (Jacob, Abraham, Bath-Sheba, Sarah, Elijah, Aiken, Esau, Saul, David, Aaron, Samson, Jonah, Demas, Ananias and Sapphira, Peter, Paul, Moses, Isaiah, et cetera).
Millions of people are tormented today because of all the junk theology they've read on the internet. False teachers abound today; including: John MacArthur, Chip Ingram, Ray Comfort, Paul Washer, Steve Pettit, John Piper, John Hagee, Pat Robertson, Joyce Meyer, Billy Graham, Franklin Graham, Doug Batchelor, William Lane Craig, R.C. Sproul, Joel Osteen, Charles Stanley, Bob Jones University, Moody Bible Institute, Grace To You, Brian Derringer, Joshua Chavez, David Cloud, Dan Corner, Church of Christ, Catholics, Mormons, Jehovah's Witness, Lutherans, Unitarian Universalists, and thousands more false prophets and false religions!!! Are you tormented dear friend? Matthew 11:28-30, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Religion is the worst thing that ever happened to this world!!!
The blessed Savior offers you peace dear friend, peace like you've never known. I have that beautiful peace, and it rejoices my soul continually with unspeakable joy!!! 1st Peter 1:7-9, “That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.” Jesus is the only happiness in my miserable lonely life!!! Brother Lester Roloff (1914-1982) was so right:
“A test of a Christian's character is what he does after he comes to the blockade in the road and what his attitude is after everything has left him except Jesus. You will never know down here that Christ is all you need until Christ is all you have left.” —Brother Lester Roloff (1914-1982)
I love you dear reader with God's unconditional love! I have been preaching online since 2002, privileged and greatly blessed for God to work through a humble redeemed sinner like me, to help others for Christ. I've never taken a penny and never will, this is a labor of love! I just want to be a blessing!!! My heart's desire is for my web visitors to get saved, so you can have the perfect peace that you have eternal life.
You Can KNOW Beyond Any Shadow Of A Doubt That You Are Saved
Jesus invites you to take His yoke upon you, and learn of Him. John 5:39, “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.” Oh how we need a Bible revival in our churches today. I mean a real Bible revival!!! Brother Lester Roloff preaches about this in his awesome sermon called: 'THE BOOK THAT MAKES THE DIFFERENCE!' I made these images below if you would like to share the truth of Eternal Life in cyberspace. I am posting this image to my Pinterest account! We can all do something to make a difference for Christ!!! ...
If you've been confused, tormented and worried whether or not you're really saved, I can help you dear reader. Read the Gospel of John!!! 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.” The Gospel of John is God's Gospel tract. Literally, everything that you need to know to be saved is contained within the pages of John. I always recommend this book of the Bible to new converts, or to someone who asks which part of the Holy Bible to read first. Of course, the logical place to start with any book is at the very beginning, in Genesis 1:1. It's all good, amen!
If you are struggling to find the assurance of salvation, you've come to the right place! I sincerely care about you and want to help you find THE TRUTH. Romans 10:1, “Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.” I was gloriously saved at age 13. For seven miserable years I struggled with the assurance of my salvation. I was simply unlearned of the Scriptures. God eventually gave me the perfect peace that I am saved. In the year 2000 I wrote a book based upon all I learned, called, what else: “SALVATION.” I edited and updated the book in .PDF format in 2019. I am confident that the Lord will bless you if you'd like to read it. It was my privilege to write the book, and to freely share it by God's grace. I give Jesus all the credit, praise and thanks, because He said in John 15:5b, “for without me ye can do nothing.”
Also, I highly recommend the book by Pastor Max D. Younce titled: “SALVATION AND THE PUBLIC INVITATION,” which helped solidly my assurance of salvation, giving my 100% perfect peace. It is a simple, but to the point book, and very helpful. Have you been deceived and tormented by Lordship Salvation friend? You need not worry any longer. You can and should KNOW, beyond any shadow of a doubt, that you are 100% saved and on your way to Heaven! If you listen to misguided false prophets like Paul Washer, Ray Comfort, John MacArthur and Steve Pettit, then you'll NEVER KNOW that you have eternal life, because they all pervert the Gospel. All of those wicked deceivers teach that MORE IS REQUIRED than faith. Anytime someone comes teaching that more than faith is required to be saved, they are preaching another gospel. I love Pastor Harry A. Ironside (1876-1951) who wisely said:
“When anyone comes promising salvation to those ‘who make full surrender' of all that they have to God, and who 'pay the price of full salvation' he is preaching another gospel, for the price was paid on Calvary's cross and the work that saves is finished. It was Christ Jesus who made the full surrender when He yielded His life on
Calvarythat saves us, not our surrender in any way to Him.”
SOURCE: Harry A. Ironside, from the Gospel tract, Another Gospel
Remember, getting saved has absolutely nothing to do with WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR GOD; Getting saved is all about WHAT JESUS HAS ALREADY DONE FOR YOU!!! The only begotten Son of God has already paid for your sins, by giving Himself as a sacrifice on the cross to pay for your sins and mine. You don't even have to “ASK” Jesus to save you, He is already asking you. If you were to ask Jesus to save you, He would, because He wants to save you. Luke 19:10, “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” Albeit, the Lord could reasonably say to you, “Why are you asking me to save you, I have already promise in my inspired Word 'TO SAVE THEM THAT BELIEVE' in 1st Corinthians 1:21b.” Anyone who comes to God as a needy sinner, receiving Christ's sacrifice on the cross as payment for their sins, believing that Christ has bodily resurrected from the dead, is saved certain, and permanently.
We are Not Saved By Our Faithfulness, But By Jesus' Faithfulness
Beware of those false prophets who demand that you turn from sins, make full surrender to Christ, count the cost, pay the price, and run the race, to be saved, for they are preaching ANOTHER GOSPEL!!! These heretical ideas induce fear, worry and uncertainty in millions of people who wonder if they have really been saved at all. If your only hope for Heaven as a sinner—is the death of Jesus on the cross for your sins, His burial and bodily resurrection three days later—you are absolutely and forever saved!!! The new birth is a one time happening. You absolutely CAN right down your name, the date, time and place where you got saved. You can say with all Biblical confidence, “I GOT SAVED!” Dr. Steve Pettit says you cannot do that...
“Salvation is not just a past reality—“I GOT SAVED,” but is a future destiny! The race is not completed until you cross the finish line at death. What is this race—it is the race as we are running as we are headed toward Heaven.” —Dr. Steve Pettit (“What Does It Mean To Run 'The Race'?” - 10:27; 'The Daily Platform,' #21, January 26, 2015)
WRONG!!! That is not the Gospel folks! I got saved at age 13, which is why I am going to Heaven. I don't have to run a stupid race to finish what I started. Steve Pettit is woefully ignorant of the Bible! Mr. Pettit told 2,700 students at Bob Jones University that THEY have to persevere and run 'The Race' to get to Heaven, but he has it all backwards and wrong. What saith the Scripture? Hebrews 12:2, “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Steve Pettit says YOU (the believer) have to faithfully run and finish 'The Race' to be saved, but the Bible plainly says that JESUS IS THE AUTHOR AND FINISHER OF OUR FAITH!!! Jesus started our salvation, and Jesus will finish our salvation!!! You don't have to persevere, because Jesus is the One who perseveres for us! It is the Lord, and not us, who keeps us safe and saved!!! Dr. Pettit wrongly places the burden upon believers to be faithful; but the Bible teaches us that we are saved because JESUS IS FAITHFUL!!! 2nd Timothy 2:13, “If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.” Our part is only to BELIEVE, not to run any stupid race to be saved!!
Many people worry if they have repented enough to be saved. That type of thinking ought not even enter into your mind dear reader! Jesus paid the price for your redemption with His precious blood. Nothing is required of you except your faith! 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,” Could the Bible be any plainer that salvation is by faith alone, and they turning from sins (or being willing to turn from sins) is NOT necessary to be saved? Only by the mouths of theological liars like Dr. Steve Pettit and Bob Jones University, do people get the false idea that they must repent of their sins to be saved! SHAME ON THEM ALL!!!
The corrupted Harvest Baptist Church on Guam are upset with me for exposing their hero, Dr. Steve Pettit, for the FALSE PROPHET that he truly is; but they will answer to God for bidding Godspeed to such a wicked man, who preaches another gospel of works!!! 2nd John 1:11, “For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.” Woe unto Harvest Baptist Church on Guam for promoting corruptible seed, bidding Godspeed to false prophets, preaching the counterfeit gospel of Lordship Salvation, and ostracizing me for telling THE TRUTH as a true friend does (Romans 14:10; Galatians 4:16). Go read Bob Jones University's website, where they openly require people to turn from sins to be saved. That is another gospel (Galatians 1:6-9). I say that with God's love, because I do love you all so much. The truth offends them! If anyone needs to repent of their sins, it is the corrupted stiff-necked Bob Jones' crowd!
So many people are being tormented today, wondering if they have repented enough to be saved. I have exposed them for the devils they are, using the Holy King James Bible to do it!!! In closing, please read: 'The Horrible Misrepresentation Of Evangelist Alexander Marshall.' I love you dear reader, to God alone be the glory! Jesus is precious!!!
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