Pacific Garden Mission's “Unshackled” Counterfeit Gospel

By David J. Stewart | October 2018

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.”

       The Gospel is being perverted everywhere today. I enjoy listening to Pacific Garden Mission's UNSHACKLED series, but many episodes are infected with false repentance and Lordship Salvation. In any sinner's prayer, where the listener is led to pray with intent of a changed life, it embellishes THE GOSPEL. I am all for changed lives, which is the secondary purpose of the mission, or at least ought to be. Their first priority should be to lead sinners to Jesus Christ through the saving-power of the Gospel to be saved (Romans 1:16). Unfortunately, the positive attention drawn to the rescue mission over the past century, through the many true stories of changed lives, has consequently resulted in an almost idolatrous worship of “a transformed life” instead of emphasis on the saving-power of the Gospel.

Here is a typical corrupt Gospel presentation from “UNSHACKLED” by Pacific Garden Mission...

“But you can have the promise of Heaven, the forgiveness of sin, and peace with God, by praying with us now: 'Dear God, I know that I have sinned against you. I repent of my sins. I believe you sent Jesus to die for my sins. Thank you for His sacrifice. Thank you for the gift of eternal life through Him. Save me Lord! Come into my life and make me like you! In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.”

SOURCE: Ray PG, aired in 2014, Program #3337; Time in audio - 26:09.

There are many things wrong with the preceding counterfeit Gospel:

  1. You don't get saved by “praying,” you get saved by “BELIEVING.” Not one time in the Gospel of John, which is God's Gospel tract, are we taught to “pray” to receive the gift of eternal life. 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.”
  2. No where in the Scriptures are we taught to “repent of our sins” to be saved. This phrase is none existent in the Holy Bible!
  3. There is no mention of the CROSS upon which Christ died.
  4. There is no mention of Jesus being BURIED.
  5. There is no mention of Jesus' bodily RESURRECTION the third day.
  6. No where in the Scriptures are we taught to ask Jesus to “come into our life” to be saved.
  7. No where in the Scriptures are we taught to ask Jesus to “make us like Him” to be saved.
  8. No where in the Scriptures are we taught to “thank God” for saving us.

Can a person be saved from the preceding presentation? It depends on their previous knowledge of the Holy Bible. Most people know that Jesus resurrected from the dead. Most people know that Jesus died on a wooden cross. Most people can “fill in the blanks” so to speak. However, there is an inherent risk of spiritual miscarriages when the Gospel is embellished. I have literally heard adult people testify, who said they were saved as a child, when they “prayed the Jesus' prayer.” No one is saved with that ridiculous testimony!

You would be shocked to know that there are churches popping up all around the world, that DENY Christ's physical resurrection from the dead. I kid you not! In fact, a BBC survey suggested that ONE-FOURTH of all professed Christians in Great Britain DENY Jesus' bodily resurrection! Do you see why it is so very important to emphasis Christ' bodily resurrection when sharing THE GOSPEL with people? I listened to several “UNSHACKLED” episodes today and not one of them mentioned Christ's resurrection! Satan's greatest weapon is to con people into living the Christian life without ever being born-again! It is because of Satan's shrewd tactic of hiding the truth of the Gospel, by embellishing (adding to) it to confuse the lost, that we as believers MUST make sure to accurately present the Gospel. The Word of God calls the truth of the Gospel, “THE SIMPLICITY THAT IS IN CHRIST”! PGM embellishes the Gospel. Look at all the garbage they add to it! Any Gospel that requires asking Jesus to come into your life is a counterfeit plan of salvation!

Jesus doesn't forgive sin. That is correct! Jesus has already paid for everyone's sins with His precious blood. That is why forgiveness of sins is a free gift, that we simply receive by faith to have. You don't have to “ask” God to save you either, for He has already promised to “SAVE THEM THAT BELIEVE” (1st Corinthians 1:21). Anyone who, with childlike trust, places their faith in Jesus who became the sacrifice for our sins on the cross of Calvary, believing that He was buried and bodily raised up three days later, is immediately and eternally saved! It is that easy, free and simple to be born-again!!! There is nothing that you need to give up or stop doing to be saved!

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“'You can't tell me you can trust Christ as Savior, and then go out here and live like the Devil, and still go to Heaven!' Yes, I can tell you that! That's what the Bible says. If you don't come to the conclusion, that—Yes, you can trust Christ as your Savior and live like the Devil, and still go to Heaven when you die—you don't get grace, because that is the exact truth! That is the truth! I do not have to change my life! I don't have to stop one sin! You say, 'I've never heard a preacher say that.' You just heard one! And you listen to me—I want to live as holy and as godly as I possibly can. I am now 70 years old. I've been saved for 52 years. ... the only reason I'm going to Heaven is because, 52 years ago in a little living room, I accepted Christ as my Savior.” —Pastor Ralph Yankee Arnold, a great quote from the awesome sermon, Calvinism And Grace Are NOT Compatible | MP3

Christ died for me, the JUST for the UNJUST!!!
(2nd Corinthians 5:21, “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”)

The Gospel is simply that Christ DIED on the cross for our sins. He was BURIED. And then Christ physically RESURRECTED from the dead after three days for our justification (1st Corinthians 15:1-6). Anyone who BELIEVES these three facts is instantly born anew by a miracle of God's Holy Spirit. The requirement to “pray a prayer” has damned millions of people to the Lake of Fire, detracting from the truth of the Gospel. Prayer is a religious activity that even unsaved heathens do! Matthew 6:7, “But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.” I stopped leading people in a sinner's prayer many years ago. I am not totally against leading a person is prayer, to accompany one's faith; however, it is very important that you explain to a person that praying is not necessary to be saved. We are saved by BELIEVING!

You Don't Repent of Your Sins to Get Saved

In another corrupt episode of “UNSHACKLED” by Pacific Garden Mission, the narrator tells the listener to:

“Repent of your sins and call on Him, and ask Him to save you!”

SOURCE: Cheryl Boggs Part 2, aired in 2014, Program #3334; Time in audio - 26:51.

I triple-dog dare you to show me anywhere in a King James Bible, where it says to “turn from sins” or “repent of sins” to be saved. YOU CANNOT!!! The truth is that God saves us, and then the Holy Spirit changes us! PGM perverts the Gospel, by continually pushing the idea that salvation is synonymous with a changed life. It is not! When a person gets saved, they become a new creature only in the sense that Jesus Christ now lives inside of them, and a new spiritual world is opened unto them. Albeit, this new life is merely the beginning of a life-long growth process, which won't progress very quickly unless there is proper Christian mentoring in a local Bible-teaching Church. In other words, salvation and discipleship are two entirely different things!

A typical prayer suggested by PGM on UNSHACKLED mentions elements of the Gospel, but then tell you to ask Christ to come into your life and change you. By relentlessly including mention of a changed life in every Gospel presentation, they mislead the listener to associate reformation with salvation. At a minimum, Pacific Garden Mission is playing both sides of the table, trying to appease both sides of the ongoing debate over repentance. Sadly, they are hindering people from seeing the true Gospel of free grace. It is satanic heresy to tell someone that they must “repent of their sins” or “turn from sinful ways” to be saved. Those words are not found in the King James Bible!!!!!!! Salvation is not doing your best, it is having Christ's best put to your account through receiving Him by faith.

Satan has crept into most churches today, peddling the false idea that you must turn away from sins to be saved. There is nothing in the Scriptures about repenting of sins to be saved. Bible repentance is a change of mind. Here is the best quote that I've ever heard on repentance by Pastor Harry A. Ironside (1876-1951):

“Which comes first, repentance or faith? In Scripture we read, 'Repent ye, and believe the gospel.' Yet we find true believers exhorted to 'repent, and do the first works.' So intimately are the two related that you cannot have one without the other. The man who believes God repents; the repentant soul puts his trust in the Lord when the Gospel is revealed to him. Theologians may wrangle over this, but the fact is, no man repents until the Holy Spirit produces repentance in his soul through the truth. No man believes the Gospel and rests in it for his own salvation until he has judged himself as a needy sinner before God. And this is repentance.” (Except Ye Repent, p. 16)

The Gospel of John mentions the word “believe” or “believed” 85-times, without ever mentioning the word “repent” even once. This is clear evidence that faith and repentance are inseparable; and that by believing on Jesus as the Christ, the Son of God, one has also repented. Repentance is acknowledging one's sinnership—admitting that I am as dirty and guilty a sinner as God hath declared me to be in His Word. The Law of God was given “that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God” (Romans 3:19).

“All things truly wicked start from innocence.” ―Ernest Hemingway, Author

Please do not misunderstand, I believe that GOD MAKES THE CHANGE in a person when they are saved. But it is God, and not the power of self transformation through manmade reformation, that changes a man! Our duty as Christians is to preach the Gospel, and lead the lost to Christ, and then it is the Holy Spirit's job to change them. Every time that Pacific Garden Mission tells someone to “repent of their sins,” they are pulling on the same rope as the Devil.

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“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.”

“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!!!

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


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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.”

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“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

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“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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