The Simplicity That Is In Jesus Christ
By David J. Stewart | August 2018
2nd Corinthians 11:3-4, “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. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.”
The letters “gs” in the name of this webpage's address is an abbreviation I made for “Great Soulwinners!” The men I am going to name in this article are GREAT SOULWINNERS!!! Being a great soul-winner is not a matter of being skilled at speech, eloquent in one's words. Nor is it a matter of being a well-studied theologian, understanding all the Holy Bible. Being a great soulwinner is a matter of obeying God to “GO YE” into all the world (Matthew 28:19-20), bearing the precious seed of the Gospel!
It is not our wisdom nor speech abilities that win souls to Jesus Christ; but rather, it is the saving-power of THE GOSPEL “to every one that believeth” (Romans 1:16b). Romans 1:14-16, “I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise. So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also. 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.”
One day while reading, “I Never Knew You,” I read that Michael Bowen said his book was inspired by a sermon he heard years ago by Pastor Hank Lindstrom (1940-2008) called, “How Permanent In Your Salvation?” (MP3). I had to go search to find the sermon, and after much searching found it, and have done my best to promote the sermon all over the internet, to help others see the clarity of the Gospel...
Pastor Hank Lindstrom was the former pastor of the Calvary Community Church in Tampa, Florida. They also operate the Florida Bible College, where Pastor Max Younce went to school and graduated. The church today is pastored by Dr. Ralph “Yankee” Arnold. I cherish, love and support all these faithful men of God, because they preach the simplicity that is in Christ, and uphold the clarity of the Gospel...
“There is power in this Gospel message. Most people just don't know how to present it... The clarity of the Gospel is what makes it easy for them to believe.” —Pastor Yankee Arnold, an excellent quote from the wonderful MP3 sermon titled, “WHY GRACE CAN SAVE THE WORST MAN!”
All of these wonderful Christian men were influenced by one man, Dr. A. Ray Stanford (1916-2012), the first pastor of Calvary Community Church, and founder of the Florida Bible College...
It is amazing what God can do through one yielded man!
God uses obedient women too! Dr. Jack Hyles wouldn't have been the mighty man of God he was, if it were not for the powerful godly influence of his mother, Coystal Hyles (1887-1984). One of my favorite MP3 sermons by Brother Hyles is called, “Why Mama Was So Smart”...
God uses our suffering to teach us His Word (Psalms 119:67, 71).
I praise God for Calvary Community Church and Florida Bible College. I spent 8 years at Hyles-Anderson College (1985-1993), and I thank God for that privilege, but I never saw the Gospel as clearly as when I read “Salvation And The Public Invitation” by Dr. Max D. Younce. I knew that we are saved by believing, but I thought the way to believe is to pray and ask God to save us. Effectively, a person CAN be saved by asking God to save them, if they are praying as a response to a believing heart. This is exactly what Romans 10:10 means, “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” We are saved solely by BELIEVING in our heart!!!
A man does not need to pray to be saved. You DON'T need to “ask” God to save you, because Jesus has already paid for our sins with His precious blood on the cross! In fact, Jesus doesn't even forgive sins. That is 100% correct! The Lord has already paid for your sins and mine, with His precious blood on Calvary's tree! Eternal life is a free gift (Romans 6:23), purchased free and clear by the blood of the Lamb of God. Since eternal life is a free gift, which has already been fully paid for, you simply need to receive it by faith. You don't have to “ask” God to save you! You don't have to pray. The word “call” in Romans 10:13 doesn't mean “to pray,” it means to invoke. It means to come to the Lord by faith, placing your trust in Him alone for your salvation. In the old days of England and America, merchants posted signs which read, “Please call again!” It was an invitation to come to them again for their services. Likewise, if you place your trust in the risen Savior, you are immediately and forever saved!!! John 11:25, “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.”
Calvary Community Church and their college alumni have something special in their ministry, that is, an uncommon emphasis on the “simplicity that is in Christ” (2nd Corinthians 11:3-4). Prior to reading Dr. Younce's book, I never heard anyone teach that a person could be saved merely by BELIEVING, without saying a prayer or walking a church isle. It was subtle ignorance on my part, but since I had never heard a clarified presentation of the Gospel, I hadn't even thought about it.
Unless you've been presented the clarity of the Gospel, you might easily be misled to think that you must “be willing to turn from sins” to be saved. That is a popular heresy in many churches today! That is what all 800,000,000 Chick Tracts teach! It is false doctrine!!! You DON'T have to turn from anything to be saved! We get saved by turning by faith TO THE GOSPEL (i.e., the Good News of Christ crucified, buried and risen). So if a person wants to believe the Gospel, but you tell them they're not ready to be saved unless first willing to forsake sinful bad habits, you have hindered them from entering into the Kingdom of God! This damnable heresy is exactly what missionary Richard Ciarrocca teaches in his book called, “Missionary To Missionary,” and it is of the Devil.
Evangelist David Cloud teaches this same heresy, who says that God will not save a person who is not willing to forsake sinful ways. The truth is that these Bible butchers are woefully ignorant of the Scriptures, so in their sincere ignorance they wrest and pervert the Gospel.
The Simplicity of ONE Inspired Holy Bible
We are living in a time of universal deceit today, when it has become a revolutionary act to tell THE TRUTH! Sadly and tragically, I personally have been banned from multiple churches for my faithful stand against corruptible seed, that is, for exposing the satanic Alexandrian Bible revisions (aka, Brooke Westcott and Fenton Hort). God made the Christian life very simple, but men complicate things. God authored ONE BOOK, but men have published literally HUNDREDS of English Bible versions, each claiming superiority over the others! Obviously they cannot all be superior over one another, otherwise they couldn't be superior!!! There is nothing “simple” about having to discern and choose between hundreds of English Bible revisions! I thank God for the simple inspired King James Bible!!!!!!! When you embrace the crazy idea that God's Word exists scattered among hundreds of “versions,” it becomes a nightmare!
Shockingly, Dr. Russell Anderson (one of my heroes of the faith) has been banned from the very Bible college that he co-founded in 1972, Hyles-Anderson College, by a group of ungodly reprobates who have betrayed the inspiration of the King James Bible!!! Woe unto the corrupt churches today!!! If you deny the inspiration of the King James Bible, you are in good company with Voltaire...
We do have God's inspired and preserved Word today—the King James Bible. The Bible was completed with the Book of Revelation in A.D. 96. The first bound Book of the Scriptures (called a codex) was produced on parchments (animal skins) in the 2nd century. The Bible was a BINDING COLLECTION OF COPIES OF PREVIOUSLY WRITTEN AUTOGRAPHS. Thus, it is clear that a copy can be inspired, for that was all the early church elders had to work with.
“The Bible is not the inspired, inerrant and 100% historically true words of God. ... If we would destroy the Christian religion, we must first of all destroy man’s belief in the Bible.” —Voltaire (French philosopher and former unbeliever 1694-1778 - He now knows better [in Hell])
As one liberal theologian pointed out in his review of Harold Lindsell’s, The Battle for the Bible, the only real difference between the conservative and liberal positions on the Bible is that the conservatives say the Bible USED TO BE inspired and inerrant, whereas the liberal says it NEVER WAS inspired or inerrant. BOTH positions agree that the Bible IS NOT NOW inspired or inerrant.
As brother Daryl Coats so aptly says in his article The Two Lies: “If the Bible was inspired only in the original manuscripts, no one in the entire history of the world has ever had an inspired Bible. The original autographs of Job and the books of Moses had disappeared more than a thousand years before the first book of the New Testament was written, so no one has ever owned a complete Bible made up of the 'divine originals.' Nor, has anyone ever owned a complete New Testament made up of 'inspired originals,' because the originals were distributed among more than a dozen individuals and local churches.”
Some “experts” today (who think they're smarter than God) claim that a copy [translation] of God's Word cannot be inspired, but that is untrue. Yes, a translation of the originals can be inspired. “Inspiration” means that God got a hold of the head of those men, the heart of those men, and the hand of those men, and guided them to say what He wanted them to say!
That solidified my assurance of salvation. ...
When I got saved at age 13, I worried needlessly for 7 long tearful years, because I kept reading that I needed to "pray" to be saved. I kept wondering if I prayed right. I believed the whole time, which proves I was saved. But because well-meaning but unbiblical men kept leading me to "pray," I was confused on exactly what God expected of me. Since I know the awful soul's pain of not being sure, I have the utmost love and respect for Ray Stanford, Max Younce, Hank Lindstrom and Yankee Arnold, who all simplify and clarify the Gospel truth by which we are saved. I love those men dearly and want the world to hear them!
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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.”
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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.”
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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