Here is a LIST of Lordship Salvation False Gospel Preachers


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2 Peter 2:1 (nkjv) But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you…

Ephesians 5:11-12 (nkjv) And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.

“”😠 Lordship False Gospel Preachers:

The Roman Catholic Church – Teaches straight-out salvation by human good works.

Augustine – Roman Catholic

Thomas Aquinas – Roman Catholic

Almost All Reformed, Calvinist, Arminian, Presbyterian, Methodist, Baptist, Lutheran  (which I grew up in and was a part of for 30 years), and Church of Christ Churches – Lordship Salvation False Gospel (LSFG)

Martin Luther – Said he believed in Grace Alone, Faith Alone, Christ Alone for salvation, and then denied this same thing constantly. False prophet deceiver.

John Calvin – Lordship Salvation False Gospel to the core. One of the Fathers of LSFG because of his Perseverance of the Saints False Doctrine, which teaches salvation by lifetime commitment to discipleship and faithfulness and good works.

Charles Spurgeon – Don’t let anyone tell you he did not teach a Lordship Salvation False Gospel of discipleship.

Billy Graham – Preached unbiblical “repenting of sins” and “making a commitment to Christ” for salvation: Lordship “Salvation” False Gospel Preacher.

Franklin Graham – Same as his father, Billy. LSFG.

John MacArthur – The undisputed King of modern Lordship Salvation False Gospel teachers.

Charles Stanley – Teaches salvation by repentance of sin and a changed life. LSFG.

R.C. Sproul – Educated LSFG teacher.

John Piper – LSFG to the core.

Paul Washer – LSFG to the core.

Ray Comfort – LSFG to the core.

Kirk Cameron – LSFG, partner of Ray Comfort

Ken Ham – Salvation by discipleship. LSFG.

Francis Chan – LSFG to the core.

James MacDonald – LSFG

Jack Chick Tracts – LSFG, their evangelistic tracts teach that repentance from sins and following Jesus are conditions for salvation

Moody – repentance of sins for salvation, discipleship for salvation, Lordship Salvation False Gospel

Calvary Chapel – LSFG. I talked in person to pastor Eric Cartier of Rocky Mountain Calvary for two hours about his Youth Pastor who preached explicit works salvation to his congregation. He backed the youth pastor and refused to be clear on the Gospel.

Bob Coy – LSFG

A.W. Tozer – LSFG

Dr. Sinclair Ferguson – Superior, intellectual LSFG

Chuck Missler – LSFG

Albert Mohler – LSFG

Todd Friel, WretchedTV – LSFG to the core.

Alistair Begg – Head of the Lordship Salvation Alliance. LSFG.

Steven Lawson – Lordship Salvation, often on the R.C. Sproul LSFG show.

Greg Laurie – teaches repentance from sin (works) for salvation. LSFG.

John Ankerberg – teaches “following Jesus” as a condition of salvation. LSFG.

Ravi Zacharias – Teaches you don’t have faith or salvation without good works. Here’s proof of that: https://youtu.be/9iusJQvwIDA

Frank Turek – Good apologist for God, creation, etc., but teaches LSFG for salvation.

*Norman Geisler ? Intelligent and unbelievably theologically knowledgeable, but he wrote a book with LSFG Turek. Wikipedia says he is on the side of Biblical Free Grace (the truth), and his Systematic Theology heavily criticizes Lordship Salvation.

Matt Slick – Calvinist Lordship Perseverence False Gospel. LSFG.

*William Lane Craig – Teaches Repentance of sins for salvation False Gospel. He is a great Kalam Argument apologist and debater extraordinaire for God’s existence, The Moral Law, and The Resurrection of Jesus. Very disappointing that he teaches a False Gospel. LSFG.

J.C. Ryle – Search his name on this site for proof in his own words that he is a Lordship Salvation False Gospel preacher. LSFG.

A.W. Pink – LSFG. Quote: “Something more than believing is necessary to salvation.” No, Mr. Pink. Jesus disagrees with you: John 6:47: “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who BELIEVES ~HAS~ EVERLASTING LIFE.”

Hank Hanegraaff, The Bible Answer Man — Good answers on a thousand Bible questions, but he gets the most important question wrong: “What must I do to be saved”? His answer is, if you listen to him long enough: Practical Christlikeness. He is a False Teacher. LSFG.

Hal Lindsey – LSFG.

Rick Warren – LSFG.

Leonard Ravenhill – Strongly, repulsively LSFG, per his You Tube videos

Jonathan Edwards – LSFG.

James Dobson – LSFG.

Peter J. Kreeft  C.S. Lewis scholar, wonderful writings, inexplicably now a Roman Catholic, maybe once was a true believer and is therefore saved, even though he now is LSFG.

Bob Wilkin and Grace Evangelical Society – The Crossless Gospel, Death-less, Resurrection-less False Gospel.

Wilkin’s Gospel is the Most Deceptive False Gospel I have ever found. He teaches that Jesus said in John 6:47 that if you believe in Jesus, you have everlasting life: “Most assuredly, I said to you, he who believes (in Me) has everlasting life.” This is true. Jesus is saying that we are saved (have eternal life) if we believe in Him, and of course, we are. The question is, who is Jesus? He is the God-man. What did He do for our salvation? He died on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins, was buried, and rose again on the third day according to the Scriptures. (1st Corinthians 15:1-4)

Bob Wilkin and Grace Evangelical Society have a False Gospel emptied of the truth and Gospel power of what Jesus did for us in His death and resurrection. If a person believed that they were saved only because someone named Jesus said they were saved if they believed in Him, then they may not be saved. Why? Why is this so important?

If a person believes that a guy named “Jesus” promises him eternal life, then he is saved, according to Wilkin and the GES. This is what they call the “message of life.” Well, if it is true that you can be saved by believing this promise, without content, then it is also true that a person who believed the “message of life” could reject Jesus’ claim to be God and man. A person believing the “message of life” could also reject Jesus’ death for his sins and His resurrection—and still be saved.

No. People who believe, or who have believed the Gospel are saved. People who reject the Gospel, and never believe it, are damned.

*Also, Bob Wilkin specifically teaches that a person CANNOT get eternal life from believing the Gospel,* (!) but will be saved only if he believes in the “promise of life,” or the “message of life” given in verses such as John 6:47. This teaching of Wilkin and Grace Evangelical Society is in direct contradiction to the teaching of the Bible. This is why Bob Wilkin is a heretic and a False Gospel teacher.

People who believe what he believes could believe in  false Christ, or believe a false Gospel (both are possibilities the New Testament warns us about.)

Also, eternal life is a RESULT of believing the Gospel, of believing in the Person and Work of Christ. Eternal life is NOT PART of the Gospel.

I was originally attracted to Bob’s work because of his refutations of Lordship  Salvation False Gospel.

Here are a few Bible verses that shut down Wilkin and the GES’ “Christ’s Death for sins-less and Resurrection-less False Gospel.” (We ARE eternally saved by belief in the Gospel of Christ, justified by Jesus’ Blood, saved by Jesus’ Cross, saved by Jesus’ Death, and Jesus’ Resurrection):

GOSPEL: Romans1:16  — For I am not ashamed of the GOSPEL OF CHRIST: for it is the THE POWER OF GOD UNTO SALVATION to every one that  BELIEVETH; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

BLOOD: Romans 5:9 — Much more then, being now JUSTIFIED BY HIS BLOOD, we shall be SAVED from wrath through him.

CROSS: 1st Corinthians 1:18 — For the preaching of the CROSS is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which ARE SAVED it is the power of God.

DEATH: 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 — Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you THE GOSPEL which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are SAVED, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have BELIEVED in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ DIED for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he ROSE AGAIN the third day according to the scriptures.

RESURRECTION: Romans 10:9 — That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus and shalt BELIEVE in thine heart that God hath RAISED him from the dead, thou shalt be SAVED.

Some of these guys might have believed in Jesus for salvation in the past (and so they would be saved and indwelled by the Holy Spirit), they may have taught the Biblical Gospel of Grace in the past, but currently they teach a False Gospel, or the Biblical Gospel of Grace and then also a False Gospel, alternating back and forth. Some are very suspect because of the writing partners or the people they theologically associate with or endorse.

The NIV Bible is a beautiful English translation, but many crucial verses, which were mistranslated, preach Lordship Salvation False Gospel.

Most megachurches and Christian radio stations and Christian bookstores preach and teach LSFG.

Of course, all of the following religions teach their own version of a False Gospel of Salvation by Good Works: Latter Day Saints/Mormon, Jehovah’s Witness, Seventh Day Adventist, Church of Christ, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Occult, Atheist, Agnostic, Humanism, Scientism, Spiritualism, and all non-Free Grace churches teach their own version of a False Gospel of Salvation by Good Works: “I’m a good person, worthy of Heaven, because I do these good things, because I do these rituals or obey these laws, or because I meditate long enough, or because I am kind and loving.”

This list is not comprehensive. Obviously, there are thousands more prosperity preachers and false prophets. That list would be so long that many less obvious names would be lost in the deluge, so I have not included them here.

There are only two faiths: “Jesus is my Savior,” or: “I am a good person.”

Our sins prove we are not, by nature, good people in the sight of God.

😊 Biblical Gospel of Jesus’ Grace Preachers:

God the Father

***Jesus the Christ, The Son of God, True God and True Man, The Messiah,

The Holy Spirit

Paul

John

Peter

James

Matthew

Mark

Luke

*Watchman Nee – Extremely Valuable Valuable Insights and Unique. Biblical Free Grace to the core.

Charles Swindoll – Radio Biblical Free Grace preacher

*Robert Rhyne – Salvation through faith alone. Amazingly Valuable Insight on Sanctification and Grace.

*David J. Stewart (Jesus Is Savior, online) Get-to-the-point Valuable. Loudly Anti LS, clearly Pro-Grace.

*Renee Roland – A woman, but not a pastor. Extremely Valuable for explaining the Gospel on YouTube, exposing False Gospel Preachers, and dealing with doubts over assurance of salvation, unbelievably good insights, deals with emotional concerns with grace and humility, extremely good on questions about Bible verses. The best I have ever seen on these things. Filled with the Holy Spirit and outspoken on critical issues. She has her own Videos section on the blog you are reading now.

*Kent Hovind – Valuable teacher on Creation. Biblical Free Grace all the way. God bless all these people.

Ken Boa – Gracious, very intelligent, knowledgeable, very educated grace teacher.

Curtis Hutson – Anti-Lordship Salvation False Gospel preacher from yesteryear.

Curtis Smale – I believe in the Biblical Free Grace of God unto Salvation by a Moment of Faith in Jesus, according to the Bible (John 6:47). I believe in Jesus Christ, true God and true man, the holy and sinless Savior, who was crucified, shed His blood, died on the cross for all of the sins of everyone, including all of mine, was buried, and rose again from the dead on the third day, according to the Scriptures. (1st Corinthians 15:1-4, all four Gospels, and the entire New Testament.)

God gives eternal life, and gives the assurance of it, to everyone who believes in Him, through a moment of faith in Jesus (John 6:47).

I am loudly and strongly anti-Lordship Salvation False Gospel, anti-Salvation by Repentance of Sins, anti-Salvation by Discipleship, anti-Human Good Works for Salvation, and anti-Calvinism.

Hopefully and prayerfuly, I am becoming more and more a gracious believer and liver and teacher and preacher of the Biblical Gospel of Free Grace. I believe in Jesus Christ as my Savior from all of my sins, Justification by faith in Jesus, Jesus is my Savior from sin, my Savior from eternal death (and my Savior from my bodily human death through the resurrection of my body to a glorious body) and my Savior from Hell.

My favorite Bible verses and Bible doctrines are: John 6:47, 1st Corinthians 15:1-4, Ephesians 1:13,14, Galatians 1:6-9, God’s Grace, Eternal Security, spiritual baptism into the Death and Resurrection of Christ at the moment of saving faith, God is Love, Jesus is my Salvation, and Jesus is my Sanctification, God is my Father, the Holy Spirit indwells me, and His Word is a light to my mind.

I love God, and I love people, because God loved me first. God has enabled me to forgive. I believe that I will live in Heaven with Jesus and live on the New Earth united with Heaven, with a glorified immortal body, because of the promises in the Bible. This is my destiny.

I have communion with God’s Spirit in my spirit. This communion with God is the most satisfying, peaceful, loving, warm, and joyful thing I have ever experienced.

Jesus is my Savior, forgiver, healer, provider, and the divine lover of my soul. Thank you forever, Lord Jesus! Amen.

*Jack Weaver, expreacherman.com, Notes from a Retired Preacher website. Now in the presence of the Lord. Wonderful, Valuable Free Grace, anti-Lordship Salvation website.

Bob George – Classic Christianity book.

Steven Anderson – Faithful Word Baptist Church, Tempe, AZ: loud, sometimes angry and crazy, wrong on hating homosexuals, sometimes sinfully angry from the pulpit, but has the correct and clear and biblical Gospel message.

Joseph Prince -Extremely wealthy grace and positivity preacher with a prosperity angle.

*C.S. Lewis – Not strong on justification, and had some heretical beliefs, like infant water baptism regeneration, purgatory, and possibly some of his writings could be construed to teach the loss of salvation. His understanding evolved over time. Made many explicit Biblical Gospel of Grace statements— C.S. Lewis was strong on the Grace of God. Wonderful, warm, knowledgeable, intelligent, gracious, at times quite fierce, and insightful writer. Absolutely brilliant and learned beyond any non-Bible author on this page. My favorite prose writer of all time. “Mere Christianity” is my favorite non-Bible book. Good on basic truths and deep insights, but definitely not the best Biblical Free Grace theologian. Unbelievably Valuable for so many reasons, even if he were LSFG, which I pray with all my soul and hope he was not, and do not think he was.

Lewis Sperry Chafer – Free Grace

Dave Breese – Search his name on this site to read his wonderful “Danger” paper destroying Lordship Salvation False Gospel.

Dave Hunt – What a wonderful, godly man who taught the true biblical Gospel of God’s Grace in Christ: https://graceinsightandart.wordpress.com/2017/09/05/i-am-in-1000-agreement-with-this-wonderful-warm-simple-biblical-explanation-of-how-to-be-saved-by-dave-hunt-blessed-man-of-god-now-in-the-presence-of-the-lord-jesus-video/

Dr. J. Vernon McGee – Blessed Teacher of God’s Free Gift of Grace

Unknown, but probably Lordship Salvation False Gospel:

Gary Habermas

*John Lennox ? Great apologist for basic Christian beliefs, LS or not.

It is likely I have made some mistakes here, on one side or the other. Please let me know if you disagree with my placement of any of these preachers or organizations into any of these classifications, and I may consider changing them. Thanks.

Curtis Smale

The biggest false teachers/preachers/churches are: the Roman Catholic Church (some within this church are saved, if they believe in Jesus’ Gospel alone without relying on any of their own good works), The Lutheran Church (which I grew up in), (and almost all Reformed and Calvinist Churches), Billy Graham, John MacArthur, and John Piper.

There are many, MANY other False Gospel Teachers who teach that SALVATION comes by ~repenting from sins~ and a ~commitment~ to ~lifelong discipleship~. These all teach WORKS RIGHTEOUSNESS salvation. But the Bible says that salvation is a FREE GIFT received through faith in Jesus.

People think these churches and preachers are conservative and respectable, but they are deadly. Jesus said: “*MANY* false prophets will appear and DECEIVE *MANY* PEOPLE.” (Jesus, in Matthew 24:11), and Paul the apostle, in Galatians chapter one, puts -two- curses on anyone who preaches a False Gospel.

Lordship Salvation is a False Gospel because it teaches repentance from your sins, discipleship, and persevering in good works as necessary for your salvation.

The Gospel is found in 1st Corinthians 15:1-4: “Now, brothers, I want to remind you of THE GOSPEL I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this Gospel you are SAVED, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. For what I received I passed on to you as of FIRST IMPORTANCE: that

Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures…”

Notice that there is no mention of repentance of sins or discipleship included as the way to be saved. These are NOT part of the saving Gospel.

The Bible clearly says that salvation is “not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:9)

Everyone who believes in Jesus alone, without simultaneously relying on his or her good works to be saved, has everlasting life. (John 6:47: Most assuredly, I say to you, he [or she] who believes HAS everlasting life.”)

–Curtis Smale

310 comments

  1. Hello Curtis,

    I’m response to “where does it say that believers must show signs of life,” in those exact words, nowhere, but the essence is in several places, most notably:

    James 2:14-26
    Faith Without Works Is Dead
    14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? 17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

    18 But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without [a]your works, and I will show you my faith by [b]my works. 19 You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! 20 But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is [c]dead? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? 22 Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made [d]perfect? 23 And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was [e]accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God. 24 You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only.

    25 Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way?

    26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

    Focus on vs 17 and 26. These are not my words, this is the Apostle.

    Please understand the difference between necessary works and meritorious works. Meritorious works are what people do to be saved ( that’s a heresy). NEVERTHELESS, there are works that need to be present as evidence of the Spirit of God working on a person. If that evidence is not there, then the Spirit of God is not there, because the Spirit of God will always make itself seen.

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  2. I was a minister in the churches of Christ for 25 years and grew up in that faith system. It literally took years and years to weed out various false theologies out of my system. I am now totally convinced that the answer given by Paul and Silas in answer to the question, “What must I do to be saved?” is spot on (Acts 16:30-31). It’s believing in Jesus, i.e. trusting in the Son of God to save us, and nothing else. All glory goes to Him for our salvation. There is no work we can do better. There is no way we can be more sinless, There is no way we can make a better sacrifice for sin. It’s just an all-out trust in the Son of God and NOTHING else.

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  3. I enjoyed reading the article on true salvation. When I got saved 26 yrs ago and filled with the Holy Spirit I never had any doubts of my salvation. Not until 2007 or so did I question my salvation. When I began to watch these “visitations” of hell videos on you tube I began to be very fearful and had much condemnation. I have never completely stopped sinning, I confess my sins of the flesh everyday. In Jeremiah 33:3 it says ” Call on Me and I will answer and show you great and mighty things which you do not know” So I did that in desperation , and like I had prayed that prayer before, God was faithful in answering me. Not long after stumbled upon Renee Roland and “Yankee” Arnold on you tube and I was set free from my fear of loss of salvation and have complete peace and rest in Yeshua my Lord and my God. Thank you for preaching the truth about salvation. Now someone needs to teach discipleship after receiving salvation ….

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      • oh sorry I was trying to reply to someone’s comment. Oops. Well I like what your doing, and I believe it is helping. A year ago I left a comment on one of Renee Roland’s videos because I thought she was wrong about Ray Comfort. But I struggled with my own salvation for years, thinking I could lose it. Long story short, the Lord has opened my eyes to the truth and given me such peace, joy and comfort that I never had the 26 years I walked with the Lord. Keep up the good work my friend..How do I reply to someones comment here?

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    • This is by far my most popular article. I agree about needing to find good teachers to teach discipleship, but we do have Jesus, we have His word, the Spirit in our spirit. It comes down to obeying and praying and following his guidance on things whether it be giving, helping, praying. I am going to focus on spiritual life more often on this website. Check out Andrew Murray and Watchman Nee. I would say those are probably the best authors I have ever come across for discipleship.

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    • steven a marandola Holiness does NOT come from YOUR obedience . Holiness comes from the holiness of Jesus IN the born again adopted son/daughter of God. You need some revelation of the finished work of the cross to FULLY understand salvation, holiness, righteousness. As I once did, you are listening to lordship salvation preachers. Our entrance into heaven is not dependent upon anything WE do. If you believe that, you need to unlearn it cause its NOT the gospel but a curse.

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      • Curtis no problem. I used to think and believe in a lordship/works salvation without realizing it. I dont have a channel on youtbe to defend the true gospel because there are enough doing that. But I will do so whenever the Father gives me the chance to do so. I lived in so much fear, depression, and uncertainty for years “trying” to be sinless and holy. IN Jeremiah 33:3 it says call out to Me and I will answer and show you great things which you do not know. And I did, and He made me free from the bondage I was in. I have never had so much joy, peace, and love ever in my life. Keep contending for the faith my brother

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      • holiness is a life set Apart from the world…and from sin and being devoted to Jesus STOP MISLEADING THE PEOPLE IN THE NAME OF JESUS

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      • Of course holiness is being set apart. Living a moral ethical kind good loving forgiving life. Yes, of course this is the will of God. of course this is what Christians can live out through faith in Christ, but it has absolutely nothing to do with being saved. if you actually believe that you are being saved by your holy life, ~you are your own Savior~ and you will go to Hell the minute you die. You picking up the transmission I am sending here, Steven?

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  4. I would like to add to my comment. I see a lot of people disagreeing with what salvation is or isn’t. Salvation is a one time event. So if we are truly born again, wouldn’t it be fair to say that since we have a new heart that it is the Holy Spirit that convicts us of sin? Don’t we have a change of heart to WANT to please God, to love Him, love others ? The “evidence” so many seem to be concerned about in “proving our salvation comes as a byproduct of God’s love and Spirit inside us. One born again son/daughter will be led BY the Spirit of God AFTER the salvation event. The steps of a righteous man will be led by the Lord.. But we do not fulfill requirements to be born again. We cannot earn salvation, God’s love, nor be removed from the book of life. Why do people NOT get this?

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    • I don’t know why people don’t get this, either. I think that the flesh offers a lot of pleasure and sin offers pleasure and people just simply go for that instead of following God. Salvation is free, discipleship is not. People don’t want to put the effort in to follow God, they don’t seek God, they don’t follow the Spirit in their spirit. I was just asking this very question today on FB messenger. Friend me there, and I will add you to the list if you want. You seem to be seeking in the same way that I am seeking.

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    • Here’s what I wrote: Why are more believers not Christlike: spiritual, loving, forgiving, supportive, helpful, responsive, compassionate? Why are they not people who seem like they know God? Why does it seem that “child of God” is a small part of their identity? Why does it seem they do not live in the love of God and are not sure of their salvation? Why does it seem most of the Christians I know just want to argue doctrine with me, as if that were the totality of their spirituality? Why?

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  5. JESUS SAYS YOU ARE WRONG….No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. 44Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thornbushes, or grapes from briers. 45A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.

    The Wise and Foolish Builders

    46“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? 47As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. 48They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. 49But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.”

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    • Jesus is right, of course. The fruit He is speaking of in that passage is the words of false teachers and true. He is not talking about things people do. You can know this from, “the mouth speaks…”

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    • In 46 and after, He ~is~ speaking about doing things. But this entire section is talking about discipleship, not salvation. Not whether you have eternal life, are born again, or whether you are irrevocably destined for Heaven.

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    • Hi, Rick. “DiLoretto,” now that is one cool
      Italian name! Thanks for your question. From everything I have heard, David Jeremiah is one of the good guys—he has a biblical saving Gospel. I thank God for him, and also I thank God for Chuck Swindoll. But these guys are getting very old. And there are VERY few preachers with the true Gospel, preaching 1st Corinthians 15:1-4, without the believer’s good works, for eternal, irrevocable salvation. We need pray for young guys to get on the radio and preach the Simple Gospel of God’s Grace! Here is what I found about the salvation teaching of David Jeremiah: Eternal salvation from sin, death and hell is the free gift of God’s grace, and is based solely upon man’s personal faith and belief in Jesus Christ. He voluntarily died as a substitutionary sacrifice for our sins and arose bodily from the dead, thus guaranteeing our own resurrection to eternal life. This salvation is not received by, nor based on, any sacrament, merit, or good work on our part. This one who receives Christ’s salvation is eternally secure. (John 1:11-13, 3:16, 5:24, 10:28-30, 14:6; Acts 16:31; Romans 3:23-26, 5:8, 6:23, 10:9-10; Ephesians 2:8-10; Titus 3:5; Hebrews 7:24-25; I Peter 1:18-19, I John 5:11-13)

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      • I already unsubscribed from your heresy a while ago. Please make sure you don’t send me any more of it. May the Lord rebuke you!

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      • I didn’t sign you up for anything, “John.” What specifically am I teaching that is heresy? If I am teaching anything that is unBiblical I will change it.

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  6. johnny d You actually believe that someone needs to turn from their sin before God even hears them, forgives them? Tell me where does Jesus or Paul say that to be saved? It is NOT in my bible

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  7. Hello Brother: Charles Spurgeon was not a lordship Salvationist. It is very clear that he said this “You must not expect that you will be perfect in “repentance” before you are saved. No Christian can be perfect. “Repentance” is a grace. Some people preach it is a condition of salvation. Condition of nonsense! There are no conditions of salvation. God gives the salvation himself;” You’ll have to read the entire sermon as proof. https:///www.spurgeon.org/resource-library/sermons/the-repentance-unto-life#flipbook/. God Bless

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    • Hi, Rick. Here is a quote from Spurgeon: Another proof of the conquest of a soul for Christ will be found in a real change of life. If the man does not live differently from what he did before, both at home and abroad, his repentance needs to be repented of, and his conversion is a fiction. – 19th Century Preacher Charles Spurgeon

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  8. Spurgeon here is clearly saying that if you do not live differently (works!!) after you believe, then you are not saved. This is salvation by works, discipleship salvation, Lordship salvation, False Gospel, whatever you wanna call it, it is not salvation by faith. Salvation by faith is realizing that you are irrevocably and eternally saved because of what Christ did, not having anything whatsoever to do with what you do or don’t do, or did, or will do. It ain’t about YOU. Spurgeon’s quote is a lie from the pit of Hell. He was certainly a Lordship Salvationist.

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    • wrong ..you are preaching a demonic faith…God will not let rebels into heaven…change your false teaching or you may end up like those mentioned in JUDE and 2Peter 3

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      • Abraham was a drunk while a believer. Moses was a murderer while a believer. “Forgive us our sins” is in the Lord’s Prayer. Paul said, “confess your sins to one another.” Will Moses and Abraham be in Heaven? The unsaved people in Jude and 2 Peter were UNBELIEVERS. Living by faith and grace in the love of God and your identity in Christ and doing good works is a great thing. Living in sin and living like the devil is a horrible evil sinful thing. But salvation is NOT by repentance of sins, by discipleship, by water baptism, by doing good things, by obeying all the rules, or by being loving. Salvation is by faith in Jesus dying on the cross for all your sins, being buried, and rising again from death on the third day, according to the Scriptures. 1 Corinthians 15:1-4.

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      • even though they did those sins they repented and did not continue in them…big difference…obedience is not works of the Mosaic law

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      • Repenting of sins does not save you. Judas Iscariot repented of his sins and he is in Hell. unbelievers repent of their drinking and alcoholism and they go to Hell. Nowhere in the Bible is salvation conditioned upon repenting of sins. but we need to repent of our unbelief. that’s the repentance that saves us.

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      • you dont understand what works the bible is warning about…remember faith without works is not saving faith

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      • The Bible never says that faith without works is not saving faith. You made that up, or someone, probably a Reformed denomination, taught that to you (I know, I was in Lutheranism for 30 years.) The Bible actually says that salvation is ~not of works~, lest any man (you) should boast. James says faith without works is dead or useless ~to others~ who need the help of your practical faith. Helping a starving guy has nothing to do with your eternal destiny. And any faith that is dead was once alive. And while it was alive, even for a moment, the believer was eternally saved, born again, forgiven of all sins past, present and future, irrevocably destined for Heaven, made a holy child of God, crucified and risen with Christ, and indwelled by the Holy Spirit. Do you think your good works can add to Jesus’ finished work on the cross and to His resurrection?

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      • your mistake is cherry picking verses with toal disregard for others…or explaining them away…do a search of the word if to start…then read rev 2 and 3

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      • Steven, I have spent one year studying this issue and over 13 years thinking about it, having conversations about it, and defending it. I have studied every relevant Scripture verse. I took 14 years of formal language studies in Latin, German, biblical Greek and biblical Hebrew. I have prayed about it. I have asked for the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit. I have read all sides of the argument.

        The spiritually fatal mistake most “Christians” make is wrongly seeing discipleship verses as salvation verses. They do not rightly divide the Word. I think they do this out of a desire to justify themselves. This results in believing in salvation by works—and eternal damnation for those who never believe in Christ alone.

        Of course, unrepentant sinning is never God’s will. But unrepentant sinning is not a salvation issue. Salvation is an eternal and irrevocable gift.

        Salvation is not of works, either before or after the moment of saving faith.

        Believe in Jesus alone for salvation.

        If you live by grace, faith, your identity in Christ, as a loved child of God, you will produce good works. More than that, you will live as a holy person in Christ. If you live from that justification and sanctification, and by that holy identity on Christ and by that Spirit, you will radiate God’s love and grace.

        But no good works of man add to Christ’s finished work.

        And all sins, even future unrepented willful sins, are washed away forever, in the moment of belief. There may be be chastisement, lack of peace, and a loss of heavenly rewards for not doing good. But the unrepentant sinner WILL be saved.

        The unrepentant one who is NOT saved is the person who does not repent of his unbelief in Jesus.

        Those in Jesus’ story who came to Jesus with their “wonderful works” were told by Jesus, “Depart from me,” and thrown into eternal torment. They thought salvation was to be gotten by believing in Jesus, plus their good works. They will burn in Hell forever, as you will, if you do not repent of your self-righteous unbelief and instead believe in Jesus. Jesus-plus-Steven’s-good-works is not the way of salvation. Salvation is not received by your good works.

        Salvation is not of works, either before or after the moment of belief.

        Jesus’ sacrifice and righteousness do not need your help. The Bible says salvation is NOT by your good works. The Bible says those who come to Him with their good works for entrance into Heaven will be told to depart from Jesus. Galatians 1 says that those who preach faith in Jesus plus works are doubly anathema cursed.

        Salvation is not by Jesus’ Gospel plus your good works.

        Salvation, eternal life, and Heaven as a destiny is eternally and irrevocably received in a moment of faith in Jesus, the holy and sinless God-man, who died for all your sins past, present, and future, who was buried, and who rose again on the third day according to the Scriptures.

        No matter what they do or do not do after the moment of faith,

        those who believe this Gospel are eternally and irrevocably saved.

        Curtis Smale

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  9. amen Curtis preach it. He needs to hear the truth about the good news that is being withheld in many many churches. May God use you to help open the eyes of the deceived as I was for many years. I had no peace, or rest because of my fear of being cut off from the Lord in judgement. There is no rest, true peace or joy thinking you may lose salvation. I am much closer to the Father since being made free. Renee Roland and “Yankee” Arnold helped me!! Praise God. Happy Thanksgiving my brother

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      • Yes they are. We all need encouragement man. It inspires us and stokes the fires!!! I have music videos (4) on youtube and also music at Spotify, Amazon, itunes. Check me out sometime!!! Blessings

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      • Oh hey you made it to my channel!! Thanks Curtis, I had fun playing and producing it!!! I have some much newer songs released on Amazon, Spotify. Listened in on live feed on Renee Roland’s channel, good stuff.

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      • Since I was a kid all I wanted to do was play guitar and sing. Most people told me I couldnt sing, when I was young. That made me try even harder. Long story short, I didnt actually begin a FT career in music till I was 29. I worked very hard in the business, mostly acoustic solo performances. After I turned 50 I slowed way down. I had always wanted to record my own music but could never afford the equipment. But when the digital stuff came out, I jumped in in 2013. Didnt know a DAW from a june bug. But I rolled up my sleeves , bought what I needed, and finally after many hours I started to get pretty good at the mixing and mastering part. I love writing songs, and all the rest that goes into a finished song. I marvel at how amazing the Father is when I listen back to my work. It is incredibly satisfying when people are touched by it. TY Curtis!!! It is nice corresponding with you. You and your family have a great Thanksgiving. I live in the Philippines now and we dont have it here. Man do I miss Thanksgiving, especially with my family who many have passed on. Losing people is the hardest part of life. I hate death. Do you have an email to stay in touch with you? I promise to keep it confidential. I tried getting Renee’s without success.

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      • 15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. 16 For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. 17 The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.

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  10. steven a marandola Revelation 2 and 3 are events in the past. Not all of Revelation is about future events. Much of it has already taken place. The true church of Jesus Christ has trusted Him for their salvation, and are justified. Not being justified, not being saved. But ARE justified, saved. Past tense.

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      • it is written to the churches…and who is the church? sadly you couldn’t be more wrong

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      • . Even the demons believe—and tremble! 20 But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is [c]dead? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar?

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      • Hi, Steven. Salvation was never offered to demons, of course. // Yes, it is God’s will that believers do good works and that they repent of their sins. But those have nothing whatsoever to do with salvation, which is by faith, not of works, lest any man should boast, as you are doing. Jesus died for all of our sins, past, present, and future. Abraham was justified by works before MAN, not God. Look at the context of that verse carefully. In another place, it clearly says that Abraham had no works to boast about before God.

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      • why do you think he used demons as a comparison then? only to show you faith that doesnt act is not saving faith

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      • I am not sure why he used demons in that example. // We are saved by faith, not works. If we have no faith we can have works and go to Hell. If we have no works, but have faith in Jesus, we will go to Heaven.

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    • Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister is still in the darkness. 10 Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble. 11 But anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness. They do not know where they are going, because the darkness has blinded them.

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      • Steven a Marandola I tell you whats sad. People who cant have a discussion like adults about scripture but have to resort to throwing out scriptures making those who dont agree with them as haters. Thats the kind of junk thats going on in the US today. If we dont believe its ok to be gay, or support gay marriages we are branded as ” haters” ..17 The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever. What IS the will of God? To “keep” commandments to be saved? To be sinless? The will of God is for no man to perish, to be saved. We are given and sealed with the Holy Spirit as a GUARANTEE of our inheritance. If you are born again, you are blameless, because Jesus was blameless. If you are a child of God , you belong to Him. Paul tells us NOTHING can separate us from His love, not take us OUT of His hands. The letters to the churches in Rev 2/3 are NOT to the churches today. Your teacher is wrong and doesnt know the timeline of revelation..You can glean from those letters, BUT thats a past event. Believe what you want. But before you make untrue statements against people on this blog I strongly urge you to hold your tongue. Either behave as an adult, or go back to recess. THis is for adult mature folks. I wait for your reply

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      • Neil Anderson and Dave Park tell us that God “has cancelled the debt of your sins past, present and future.”12

        The Bible, however, makes it clear that only sins that have been repented of and confessed will be forgiven (cf. Luke 13:3, 5; 17:3-4; Acts 2:38; 3:19; 1 John 1:9). In other words, only our former sins are forgiven (Rom. 3:21-25; 2 Pet. 1:9).

        Consider also 1 John 2:1-2:

        “My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.”

        Methinks that if the sins which we haven’t even committed yet are already forgiven, then our advocate, Jesus Christ the righteous, is in the ranks of the unemployed. Tozer even dared to call the teaching that future, unconfessed sins are already forgiven “heresy”.

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      • A.W. Tozer was a false prophet. He is probably in Hell at this moment, screaming. I took his hardcover deceptive books that I owned, ripped then in half, and threw the in the Dumpster. “There will be MANY false prophets among you.”

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      • you are in real trouble calling Gods beloved ones false and in hell….you should be careful lest you get the same judgement

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      • Are they His beloved ones? Paul had no problem anathema cursing them twice in Galatians chapter one. Neither do I. Jesus asked Pharisees like John MacArthur, “How will you escape the fires of Hell?”

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      • he died for the sins of the whole world yet the whole world is not saved….conditional!!

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      • saving faith includes works…just not the ritual works of the OT law or man made rules

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      • no thats why james says I show my faith BY MY WORKS…OR ELSE ALL YOU HAVE IS DEMONS FAITH

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      • Well, of course those with saving faith in Jesus can, and it is God’s will, that they do good works. But people without faith can do good works, too. Do the unbeliever’s works prove that he has faith? You can certainly show your faith by your works, but that does not mean, as you stated, that works are part of faith. They are not. And if you include works as part of your definition of faith, and if you never believe in Jesus, you are unsaved, because you are not believing in Jesus but in Jesus plus your good works, which is not the same as believing in Jesus.

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      • The WILL of God is found, explicitly, in John 6:40. And, the people who came to Jesus with their wonderful WORKS, were told by Jesus to, “Depart from Me!”

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      • This kind of thing, where a man can live in complete contradiction to the character of the gospel and yet still believe himself to be a Christian, is only possible because of a doctrine that is downright false. There is absolutely no point in all of Scripture where mere confession of belief warrants a free ticket to heaven no matter what one does in this life. You can ask Jesus into your heart 8 million times, but if you live the kind of life described above, you need to know that you are not a Christian.

        This is what I find so problematic about the doctrine of Once Saved Always Saved. It throws the entire gospel under the bus of the human need for security, however false that security may be. It offers certitude where none should be offered. It allows us to live how we want to live without demanding any conformity to the image of Christ, any growth in holiness, any perseverance.

        And if you want me to be more exegetical about it, more biblical in my reference, then let me point out that this article about Robert Dear describes a man who lives entirely contrary to Jesus’ teachings in the Sermon on the Mount. A man who “constantly criticizes everyone around him and is very hard to please” falls outside the bounds of Jesus’ call to “judge not” in Matthew 7. A man who “spends a lot of time planning revenge” hardly seems like the kind of person who could “turn the other cheek” or fulfill Jesus call to “love your enemies” in reflection of God’s love for his enemies in Matthew 6. A man who “erupts into fury in seconds” could hardly claim to follow the Jesus who warns us sternly in Matthew 6 about the relationship between anger and murder. A man who is divorced multiple times (because of his abuse of women) would also stand in violation of Matthew 6’s injunctions against divorce that is driven by a dehumanization of women. A man who cheats on multiple wives, even likely rapes a woman, can hardly be within the bounds of Jesus’ ethic of refusing lust so as to avoid adultery.

        And to tie it all together, let me finally say that it was Jesus, himself, who said that there will be many who say to Him, “Lord, Lord” and he will say, “Depart from me, I never knew you.” And the difference between those who knew him and those who did not was simply a matter, not of faith or confession or creed, but of fruit and character.

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      • You quoted: “There is absolutely no point in all of Scripture where mere confession of belief warrants a free ticket to heaven no matter what one does in this life.” Really? John 6:47 and “confess your sins to one another” and “forgive us our trespasses” ought to crush that nonsense.

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  11. Mark 1:15

    15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. REPENT, and believe in the gospel.” ~Jesus

    “Lord just means Jesus is God and Man”? Definition of Lord: someone or something having power, authority, or influence; a master or ruler.

    He is our Lord and Savior…Lord is someone who rules over us. Jesus rules over me and He is my savior.

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    • Hi, Jesus. The biblical Greek word rendered “repent” is metanoeo. It means to change your mind. There is no verse in the Bible regarding salvation that tells us to repent of our sins in order to be saved. Repenting of sins is good works. Salvation is not of works. Please search the word repentance on this blog to read more. Thanks.

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    • Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

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  12. Genuine repentance will lead to a different relationship and attitude towards sin. False repentance never leads to a turning away from sin.

    An unregenerate person says that Jesus died for my sins who cares I’ll rebel now and repent later.

    Repentance does not mean that a Christian can’t genuinely struggle with sin. But there’s a difference between struggling and diving head first into sin, which shows that someone is a false convert.

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    • The repentance that has anything to do with salvation has nothing whatsoever to do with repenting of sin (which would be attempted salvation by good works). certainly, we must acknowledge that we are sinners, otherwise what are we being saved from? what we are repenting from for salvation is unbelief in Jesus.

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      • NO, IT IS NOT. We must obey God and believe the Gospel, that is true, but do not try to change the meaning of “believe” into, “Do works of obedience.” If a person is saved by obedience, he is saved by good works—but there is no such salvation in the Bible. people who believe this will go to Hell. Here you can clearly see that no matter who is right or wrong, you or me, one or the other of us if we were to die right now and this is what we believe, will be going to Hell. let’s at least agree that we have different faiths entirely.

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      • yes this is your religion….n Christianity, an antinomian is one who takes the principle of salvation by faith and divine grace to the point of asserting that the saved are not bound to follow the moral law contained in the Ten Commandments.[2][3] The distinction between antinomian and other Christian views on moral law is that antinomians believe that obedience to the law is motivated by an internal principle flowing from belief rather than from any external compulsion.[4]

        Examples of antinomians being confronted by the religious establishment include Martin Luther’s critique of antinomianism and the Antinomian Controversy of the seventeenth-century Massachusetts Bay Colony. In the Lutheran Churches and Methodist Churches, antinomianism is considered a heresy.[5We are justified by faith alone but not by a faith that is alone,” in contrast to rejecting moral constraint.[10]

        The term antinomianism was coined by Martin Luther during the Reformation to criticize extreme interpretations of the new Lutheran soteriology.[11] In the 18th century, John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist tradition, severely attacked antinomianism.[12]

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      • 37 Scriptures That Prove Christians Are Not Under The Law
        Many Christians give lip service to the fact they live in the New Covenant.

        The truth however is that because they fail to realise they are no longer under the law they are really still living in an Old Covenant reality.

        Here are 37 scriptures that prove that Christians are not under the law!

        Acts

        The law is an unbearable yoke. (Acts 15:10)

        Romans

        The law reveals sin but cannot fix it. (Romans 3:20)

        If the law worked then faith would be irrelevant. (Romans 4:14)

        The law brings wrath upon those who follow it. (Romans 4:15)

        The purpose of the law was to increase sin. (Romans 5:20)

        Christians are not under the law. (Romans 6:14)

        Christians have been delivered from the law. (Romans 7:1-6)

        The law is good, perfect and holy but cannot help you be good, perfect or holy. (Romans 7:7-12)

        The law which promises life only brings death through sin. (Romans 7:10)

        The law makes you sinful beyond measure. (Romans 7:13)

        The law is weak. (Romans 8:2-3)

        1 Corinthians

        The strength of sin is the law (1 Corinthians 15:56)

        2 Corinthians

        The law is a ministry of death. (2 Corinthians 3:7)

        The law is a ministry of condemnation. (2 Corinthians 3:9)

        The law has no glory at all in comparison with the New Covenant. (2 Corinthians 3:10)

        The law is fading away. (2 Corinthians 3:11)

        Anywhere the law is preached it produces a mind-hardening and a heart-hardening veil. (2 Corinthians 3:14-15)

        Galatians

        The law justifies nobody. (Galatians 2:16)

        Christians are dead to the law. (Galatians 2:19)

        The law frustrates grace. (Galatians 2:21)

        To go back to the law after embracing faith is “stupid”. (Galatians 3:1)

        The law curses all who practice it and fail to do it perfectly. (Galatians 3:10)

        The law has nothing to do with faith. (Galatians 3:11-12)

        The law was a curse that Christ redeemed us from. (Galatians 3:13)

        The law functioned in God’s purpose as a temporary covenant from Moses till John the Baptist announced Christ. (Galatians 3:16 & 19, also see… Matthew 11:12-13, Luke 16:16)

        If the law worked God would have used it to save us. (Galatians 3:21)

        The law was our prison. (Galatians 3:23)

        The law makes you a slave like Hagar. (Galatians 4:24)

        Ephesians

        Christ has abolished the law which was a wall of hostility (Ephesians 2:15)

        Philippians

        Paul considered everything the law gained him as “skybalon” which is Greek for “poop”. (Philippians 3:4-8)

        1 Timothy

        The law is only good if used in the right context. (1 Timothy 1:8) (see next verse for the context)

        It was made for the unrighteous but not for the righteous. (1 Timothy 1:9-10)

        Hebrews

        The law is weak, useless and makes nothing perfect. (Hebrews 7:18-19)

        God has found fault with it and created a better covenant, enacted on better promises. (Hebrews 8:7-8)

        It is obsolete, growing old and ready to vanish. (Hebrews 8:13)

        It is only a shadow of good things to come and will never make someone perfect. (Hebrews 10:1)

        Well there you have it… 37 scriptures that make a very convincing arguement.

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      • your messed up…and you have the devils faith that James mentions …sad to say

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      • I believe in the finished work of Christ for salvation. I believe that I am not under law, as Scripture says, but I live by grace, faith, my identity in Christ, and by the Holy Spirit in my spirit. It is God’s will that I repent of my sins (though not for salvation) and that I do good works (but not for salvation). is it not plainly clear that these are all true correct right and biblical things and that yet you are advocating repentance of sins and good works for the procurement of salvation, therefore teaching salvation by works, which is what gets people damned. is this not patently clear to you?

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      • this what God has to say to you……..19The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

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      • Okay, now I finally see what you are saying! You are right. Salvation comes by repenting of sins and living in holiness. I don’t know how I could have missed it. I used to think it was a free gift that God gives us by His Grace, but I guess you’re right. we have to pay dearly for God’s free gift with a massive life change and continual slavish good works. thank you so much for explaining this to me.

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      • The translation you are using there, maybe it is the NIV, completely mistranslates the words transliterated as: “ha prolego humin” They are correctly translated: “of which I have told you before.” It is NOT a “warning” for believers to clean up their act or they won’t go to Heaven. it is simply saying don’t live like unbelievers who are going to Hell— don’t do the same things that they are doing . Come at me, bro. what else you got?

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      • A general consensus has been historically reached as to which laws of the Old Testament Christians are still enjoined to keep. These moral laws, as opposed to civil or ceremonial laws, are derivative of what St. Paul indirectly refers to as natural law (Rom. 2.14–15). Mosaic law has authority only insofar as it reflects the commands of Christ and the natural law. Christian sects and theologians who believe that they are freed from more moral constraint than is customary are often called “antinomian” by their critics. Thus, classic Methodist commentator Adam Clarke held, “The Gospel proclaims liberty from the ceremonial law, but binds you still faster under the moral law. To be freed from the ceremonial law is the Gospel liberty; to pretend freedom from the moral law is Antinomianism.”[13]REPENT!!!

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  13. 2. Luke 5:32 “I have not come to call righteous people, but sinners, to repentance.”

    True repentance leads to regret, godly sorrow, and turning from sin. Counterfeit leads to self-pity and worldly sorrow.

    3. 2 Corinthians 7:8-10 “For even if I grieved you with my letter, I do not regret it—even though I did regret it since I saw that the letter grieved you, yet only for a little while. Now I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because your grief led to repentance. For you were grieved as God willed, so that you didn’t experience any loss from us. For godly grief produces a repentance not to be regretted and leading to salvation, but worldly grief produces death.”PAUL WAS WRITING TO CHRISTIANS HERE THAT BELIEVED IN JESUS BUT NEEDED TO REPENT OF THEIR SIN

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