Dr. Steve Pettit's Damnable Heresy On Salvation

By David J. Stewart | May 2020

Romans 4:4-6, “Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. 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,”

Telling Even One Lie Will Send You To Hell

Here is some more of Dr. Steve Pettit's ungodly and dangerous junk theology. Honestly, this man is so woefully ignorant of the Word of God. In this quote he scares 2,700 BJU students that if they “perpetually lie” they won't go to Heaven. In a chapel sermon from March 30, 2020 titled: 'TELL THE TRUTH' at Bob Jones University, Dr. Steve Pettit horribly says:

“And sadly, for some of you, it's [lying] going to find you out in eternity. If somebody perpetually lies, what does that say about him? Could it be simply exposing the reality that you've never put off the old man, and put on the new? Where do perpetual liars go? Revelation 21:9, 'all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.'” Dr. Steve Pettit (March 30, 2020; 'The Daily Platform,' #696 - 'Tell The Truth,' 17:48 time)

That is a lie of the Devil! The Bible doesn't say that “PERPETUAL LIARS” go to Hell, it says “ALL LIARS” go to Hell. How many lies does a person have to tell to be a liar? That's right, JUST ONE!!! Here is Scriptural proof of what I am teaching from James 2:10, “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” If you commit just ONE SIN, you are a guilty sinner and cannot go to Heaven! As far as God is concerned, if you have broken one of His Commandments, you've broken ALL OF THEM! That is because God is absolutely perfect, holy and righteousness; therefore, committing even one sin makes us filthy in His sight. In fact, God sees even our self-righteousness as “filthy rags.” Isaiah 64:6, “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.” If you have ever lied even one time, you are going to Hell forever unless you get saved!

1st Corinthians 6:9-11, “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.”

If you don't receive Jesus' sacrifice on the cross as payment for your sins, you will burn in Hell forever and ever! Kindly said, Steve Pettit is an unsaved man (in my humble opinion)! He is religious, but not saved, clearly evidenced by the abundance of ignorant and theologically dangerous statements that he keeps making in his preaching. In Dr. Pettit's errant theological thinking, only “perpetual liars” go to Hell, but not occasional liars. Mr. Pettit says if you are trusting Jesus and doing your best not to lie anymore (which he falsely thinks means repentance), then he says you are going to Heaven. That is a works-based plan of salvation!!! Go read Bob Jones University's Statement of Faith for yourself, where they teach you must be, “willing to repent and turn from your sins” to be saved. BJU is preaching another gospel!

Pastor Harry A. Ironside (1875-1951) gets the Gospel 100% correct:

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 Calvary that saves us, not our surrender in any way to Him.”

SOURCE: Harry A. Ironside, from the Gospel tract, Another Gospel

Clearly, Ironside taught a Free Grace view of the Gospel. Consider further the following quote by Dr. Ironside...

“The Gospel is not a call to repentance, or to amendment of our ways, to make restitution for past sins, or to promise to do better in the future. These things are proper in their place, but they do not constitute the Gospel; for the Gospel is not good advice to be obeyed, it is good news to be believed. Do not make the mistake then of thinking that the Gospel is a call to duty or a call to reformation, a call to better your condition, to behave yourself in a more perfect way than you have been doing in the past …

Nor is the Gospel a demand that you give up the world, that you give up your sins, that you break off bad habits, and try to cultivate good ones. You may do all these things, and yet never believe the Gospel and consequently never be saved at all.”

SOURCE: Harry A. Ironside, from the sermon: What Is The Gospel?

Hooray for Harry Ironside, that is 100% sound Bible doctrine!!!

Sadly, Evangelist Steve Pettit is another story, teaching the same damnable doctrine of Evangelist Ray Comfort. Let me show you. First let me quote to you Matthew 7:21-23, and then I'll show you Mr. Comfort's corrupt thinking:

Matthew 7:21-23, “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 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.”

On page 1197 of 'THE EVIDENCE BIBLE' by Ray Comfort, he comments and horribly corrupts Matthew 7:22-23...

“These are perhaps the most frightening verses in the Bible. Vast multitudes of professing Christians fit into the category spoken of here. They call Jesus 'Lord,' but they practice lawlessness. They profess faith in Jesus, but have no regard for the divine law. They tell 'fibs' or 'white' lies, take things that belong to others, have a roaming eye for the opposite sex, etc. They are liars, thieves, and adulterers at heart, who will be cast from the gates of heaven into the jaws of hell.” [emphasis added]

SOURCE: 'THE EVIDENCE BIBLE,' by Ray Comfort, pg. 1197; 2003, Bridge-Logos Publishers, Orlando, Florida

Ladies and gentleman, Ray Comfort is teaching works salvation! According to what we just read by Ray Comfort, every believer who is still living in deliberate sin won't be allowed into Heaven. That is what Steve Pettit is teaching! Pettit warns the students that “perpetual liars” won't go to Heaven! Ray Comfort says men with “a roaming eye for the oppossite sex” aren't really saved, because he says they've never repented of their sins! This is the heresy of Lordship Salvation, which Bob Jones University teaches!!! Satan's greatest weapon is to con people into living the Christian life without ever being born again! Look at the junk theology that Steve Pettit teaches at BJU! The dilemma is caused by a gross misunderstanding of what it means to “repent.” Repentance in the English dictionary means “to turn from sins”; but in the Bible, repentance simply means “a change of mind.”

Dear reader, I hope you see the grave danger of what Dr. Pettit is teaching to the students at BJU. The very fact that he scares students who perpetually lie that they won't be going to Heaven is another gospel. What saith the Scripture? Romans 5:20, “Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:” 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.” Contrary to the garbage theology of Steve Pettit, the inspired Word of God teaches that the born-again believer is JUSTIFIED FROM ALL THINGS, and that when a believer sins, GRACE DOTH MUCH MORE ABOUND!!! Dear friend, perpetual liars do go to Heaven if they are among the redeemed! The stealing Christian boss, or the pervert Christian man, or the rebellious Christian wife, or the adulterous Christian woman; are still 100% safe and eternally secure in God's gift of eternal life, which is obtained by faith without works. Romans 4:4-6, “Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. 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,”

Bob Jones University Is Really Bad News!

By the way, you've probably heard the bullcrap that Bob Jones University only uses the King James Bible in chapel services. That is a dirty lie! Here is a crappy sermonette by Dr. Gregory Stiekes (he sounds like he's a 12 year old pipsqueak who can barely look over the pulpit) quoting from the English Standard Version (ESV). The lousy chapel message is titled: 'Grace Alone' ('The Daily Platform, #711). I've been listening to what these religious clowns are teaching at BJU to their poor students. I wish BJU would close their doors, because they are doing far more damage than good today for the cause of Christ. What kind of “Bible college” promotes another gospel? What kind of “Bible college” promotes dozens of Bible revisions? A corrupt religious college!!! Get mad at me if you want to, I am set for the defence of the Gospel, as was the apostle Paul. Philippians 1:17, “But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defence of the gospel.” Somebody's got to care. I CARE!!!

The students and graduates of Bob Jones University are no better than Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses, Seventh-Day Adventists, Church of Christ, Roman Catholics and other religious cults that pervert the Gospel of free grace! Go search the internet and you'll find all sorts of websites claiming that Mormons believe in salvation by grace plus works. You'll find Roman Catholic websites that claim salvation is by grace. But they are all Satanic liars!!! Steve Pettit also teaches salvation by grace plus works...

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!” [emphasis added] —Dr. Steve Pettit (“What Does It Mean To Run 'The Race'?” - 11:34)

When anybody comes along preaching salvation by grace, BUT YOU HAVE TO DO MORE, is preaching ANOTHER GOSPEL!!! You read Steve Pettit's own words. He says “You can't just speak about getting saved, and you accepted Christ, and then that's it!” Uh, yes I can Steve!!! I was saved at age 13, and it's a DONE DEAL!!! Eternal life is a free gift! My grandson Luigi can say, “Thanks grandpa for that dinosaur you have me for my birthday!” That dinosaur is his (it's a really cool one too). Luigi doesn't have to persevere in good behavior to keep his dinosaur! Luigi doesn't have to avoid lying, or faithfully “run the race,” or do his homework, or clean his room, to keep his dinosaur!!! It was a free gift. I paid for it and gave it to him. Luigi simply accepted it! What the hell is wrong was Bob Jones University today?

I love the Harvest Baptist Church on Guam, who won my heart in 2014. Even when I first moved to Guam in 2004, I always wanted to attend Harvest Baptist Church, and my heart was already there. I am a born-again Independent Fundamental Baptist, so my heart is with the biggest Independent Fundamental Baptist church on Guam!!! I was heart broken when I attended Harvest for a blessed year in 2014, and God burdened my heart for the people of the church, and I lovingly reached out to their pastors with books and sermons to help them see THE TRUTH. Instead of heeding godly wisdom, they arrogantly chose to keep doing things the wrong way, refusing to course correct. Harvest has veered off the path of truth, instead following a corrupted path of ecumenical change and apostasy (which has absolutely ruined the churches today)! They axed me like a truth-gobbling turkey on Thanksgiving Day, and my blood is all over their hands at Harvest Baptist Church on Guam. I love them dearly, but I mean nothing to them just as the accuracy of the Gospel means nothing to them, and the purity of God's inspired Word means nothing to them. I mean nothing to them as a hurting man who needs their love, care and friendship. Where dwelleth the love of God???

If Dr. Steve Pettit is correct that “perpetual liars” will go to the Lake of fire and brimstone, then many in the Bob Jones camp are going to Hell!!! I did not misrepresent or take Steve Pettit's words out of context. You've read his own statements. The most effective form of deception is the HALF-TRUTH, because in part it can be defended with incontestable logic. For example: Read what the religious cult of Jehovah's Witnesses say:

“Salvation is a free gift from God. It cannot be earned. Yet it does require effort on our part.”

SOURCE: Jehovah's Witness - Watchtower; 'What Must We Do To Be Saved?'

This is the type of theological forked-tongue, double-talk, that false prophets are known for! This is why I contend for the Christian faith so diligently, by God's grace (Jude 1:3). There is no plan of salvation so false, deadly and damnable as that false gospel which claims to be by God's grace, while requiring MORE of a needy sinner, than simple childlike faith.

Dr. Steve Pettit heretically teaches 2,700 Bob Jones' students this garbage theology:

“God's people HAVE TO continue in the faith! They MUST PERSEVERE, because perseverance is the testimony of the reality of your faith!” [emphasis added] —Dr. Steve Pettit (“What Does It Mean To Run 'The Race'?” - 25:13)

“For the real reality of the genuineness of your faith is that you are faithful to run the race!” —Dr. Steve Pettit (“What Does It Mean To Run 'The Race'?” - 22:44)

That would be like me telling my grandson, Luigi, that the reality of his acceptance of the dinosaur gift (that I gave him for his birthday), is that he must faithfully play with the dinosaur for the rest of his life. You say, “That would be absurd!” Exactly! Steve Pettit is teaching absurd theology! What in the world does the life that a believer chooses to live, have to do with the gift of God, which is eternal life? Dr. Pettit is comparing apples with cheeseburgers! The reality of the genuineness of my faith is MY FAITH!!! It doesn't take a theologian to figure this simple truth out; but it does require theologians to muck up the Word of God enough, so that no one can understand it anymore! Yes, perpetual liars do go to Heaven Mr. Pettit, if they have been born-again!

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