Billy Graham, King of Lordship Salvation’s False Gospel!

From our friend, John

A friend of mine recently recommended an article from “Decision Magazine”, a periodical published by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Organization.  I went to the website for that magazine and perused the titles from several back issues, before coming across an article dated September 12, 2012, entitled “How to Be Sure You’re Saved.”

There were five steps offered by Graham, at least two of which constituted a false gospel of works.

They were as follows:

1.   You must recognize your need

2.   You must understand the cross

3.   You must count the cost

4.   You must take a definite step

5.   Allow God to change your life

Under number 3 (you must count the cost) is the following quote: 

“Many people come to Christ without first counting the cost. The cost includes repentance, the forsaking of sin, and a continual, daily, open acknowledgment of Christ in your life.”

My Comment: Graham is not clear whether he believes that “counting the cost” is a requirement for salvation or for discipleship.

Under number 4 (you must take a definite step), Graham is explicit in his view that something besides simple faith in Christ is required for salvation: 

“We ask people to make a public confession of Christ in our meetings because Christ demanded a definite commitment. Christ had reasons for demanding that people openly follow Him. He knew that an unwitnessed vow is no vow at all. Until you have surrendered to Christ by a definite act of your will, you are not a Christian.”

My comment:  there is no vow, commitment, or confession required to be a Christian.  Salvation is by Grace through faith in Christ alone.

Graham finishes with this invitation: 

“Would you not like to know that every sin is forgiven? Wouldn’t you like to know that you are ready to meet God? It could happen today, if you will only let Christ come into your heart. Invite Him in right now. The Bible says, “Whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13).”

My comment:  this invitation is not Biblical.  One is saved by Grace through faith.  Once that happens, Jesus comes into his heart.  It is not the means by which one is saved.  It is the result.

I saw Billy Graham live once when I was in junior high.  We watched his crusades on television when I was growing up.  Now, I pass by the Billy Graham Library each time I drive to the airport.  I am reminded every time I see a billboard advertising Graham’s self-promoting “library” of the extent to which he is considered the authority on matters of faith by the religious establishment, government and the mainstream news media.  But, now that I believe the Gospel, I don’t believe Billy Graham.

Billy Graham was the leading icon of evangelicalism in the twentieth century.   His theme song was “Just As I Am.”  The words to the first verse read as follows: 

“Just as I am, without one plea

But that Thy blood was shed for me,

and that Thou bidst me come to thee,

O Lamb of God, I come, I come.”

If Billy Graham ever believed those words, he denies them by his current teaching.

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251 responses to “Billy Graham, King of Lordship Salvation’s False Gospel!

  1. Lacy, thanks for swinging by.

    Only those who have believed in the Lord Jesus as Savior have eternal life. Those who have only believed in Him as helper do not have eternal life.

    John 5:24: Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

    How would it be possible for someone to have passed from death unto life simply by believing in Jesus as Savior if any, or all of the conditions that you have added were necessary?

    You are confused and appear to have been indoctrinated into a false gospel of works.

    Believer’s baptism is never a condition of receiving the free gift of eternal life, which is always received by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.

    Adding water baptism as a necessary condition for receiving the FREE GIFT OF ETERNAL LIFE makes it no longer a gift, and thus creates a false gospel of works.

    Commenter Keith explained it nicely this way:

    Spiritual baptism is a work of the Holy Spirit as He baptizes the believer into the Body of Christ at the moment a person believes the gospel. Water baptism is earthly visual representation of the unseen reality of spiritual baptism and is thus a sign for others, not for the person being baptized (Mark 16:16-18). Spiritual baptism is instantly done by God in everyone who believes the gospel, but water baptism is something the believer should have done in obedience to God’s commands after believing the gospel as a testimony and public identification with Christ and His Church. Thus, having water baptism as the basis, either in part or in whole, for whether one possesses eternal life is an error on the same order as circumcision for the same purpose (Gal. 5: 2, 3).

    Regarding Acts 2:38, following is an excerpt of an explanation from a comment from former administrator Bruce:

    What about Acts 2:38? It reads, “Then Peter said unto them, Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” The key term here is “for,” “eis” in Greek which can be translated, “on the basis of,” “with a view to,” or “as a result of.” Think of a modern example: When you take an aspirin “for” a headache is it because you desire to GET a headache? Obviously not! You take an aspirin “for” a headache because you already have a headache, or in other words, you take it as a RESULT of already having a headache. Similarly, when one is baptized “for the remission of sins,” it is a demonstration that the remission of sins (salvation through faith in Christ alone) has already occurred!

    Your reference to Matthew 16:16 should have been to Mark 16:16. You have errantly concluded that the use of the word “saved” in that verse means the receipt of eternal life, when it cannot possibly mean that, because that would make the Bible self-contradictory and therefore not credible as the word of God. “Saved,” in the context of Mark 16:16 may have to do with delivery from certain things such as a lack of future rewards, or some other meaning, but it has absolutely nothing to do with the receipt of eternal life.

    Let’s take a look at the context:

    [15] And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
    [16] He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

    Notice, in the second half of verse 16 it says “…but he that believeth not shall be damned.” Now, it does NOT say “…but he that believeth not and is not baptized shall be damned.”

    (As an aside, I find it fascinating that you stopped at verse 16, and did not also insist on the necessity of the manifestation of spiritual gifts that have ceased – such as speaking in tongues, healing, handling serpents, and drinking poison without harm – that are discussed in verses 17 and 18).

    Was the thief on the cross water baptized? No. If water baptism were a requirement for the receipt of eternal life, the thief on the cross would have had to be baptized to have eternal life. He wasn’t water baptized, and he has eternal life.

    The admonitions to believers in James are to believers. They are not litmus tests to determine who the “true believers” are.

    We do not advocate Billy Graham, as we stated in the article to which you responded, because he also tried to imbed works into the gospel. Billy Graham’s errors were more subtle than yours, but they undermine the gospel in the same way.

    You said: But when we choose Jesus and choose to be a Christian, we must do the good works BECAUSE of our salvation, not in order to get salvation.
    Does that make sense?

    My comment: Your comment would only make sense if eternal life was a trade, rather than a gift. The Bible calls eternal life a gift, and if we are required to do works to obtain, keep, or prove we have received eternal life, then it could not be a gift.

    Romans 6:23: For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

    Lacy, I have prayed for you. I fear that you have not understood the gospel message. Jesus really did pay the full price for our sins. Eternal life is a free gift to us, with no cost or obligation on our parts. I would highly recommend that you read “The Gospel” booklet, linked below:

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  2. The Bible tells us that it IS faith in Christ, by grace. However, it also says to believe and be baptized. Matthew 16:16, “He who believes AND is baptized will be saved.”

    Also, while preaching the gospel Peter says to “Be baptized for the remission of sins.” Acts 2:38

    Our faith leads us to be obedient to do those “good works”. “Faith without works is dead.”

    We must “take up our cross and follow Him,” or we are not true ‘believers’. A “Christian” is someone who FOLLOWS Jesus and does the same ‘works’ that He does.

    I’ve been to Billy Graham’s crusades when I was younger and there were no baptisms. Just kind of a ‘say a prayer and you’re saved’. Without doing the rest of what Jesus and the apostles say, I fear he may have left a lot of people with a false sense of salvation.

    “By grace you have been saved, not by works lest anyone should boast.” Yes, we can’t get ‘saved’ in our own works. It’s only because of and through Jesus we can be saved. (The problem then is they were still trying to gain salvation through the old Mosaic law and Paul was telling them that ain’t gonna cut it anymore. And that they don’t have to do that now, because it is through faith. But when we choose Jesus and choose to be a Christian, we must do the good works BECAUSE of our salvation, not in order to get salvation.
    Does that make sense?
    And James makes it clear what some of those good works are. Taking care or orphans and widows, and being non-partakes in worldly activities. James 1:27

  3. Shane, all very good points – particularly the last one.

  4. Just to hit the same main points that always seem to be used when people want to stop you from exposing false teachers:

    1. “Judge not lest you be judged” isn’t saying to avoid exposing false teachers. The New Testament says over and over to expose false teachers. Paul the apostle named names.
    2. Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. We know what a person teaches by what they say. Billy Graham taught works for salvation, which cannot save. He told us what his false gospel was. Nobody had to wonder.
    3. Personally every person I’ve ever met that exposes false teachers, is also using their time to preach the true Gospel to people. The two are not mutually exclusive, as if we must choose one or the other. You can do both. The Bible teaches believers to do both. Preaching the truth sometimes means exposing false doctrines. For some people, they need to hear that they were deceived by a false teacher, to get those people to believe the true Gospel.

  5. Cordia – I do understand how some can get very upset when we say the gospel Billy Graham preached was not the same gospel preached by the apostles. Please consider whether you saw the apostles preaching that people should:

    Give their life to Christ
    Surrender all
    Turn from their sin
    Make Jesus the Lord of their Life

    These all might be good things for a believer to attempt to do with the Lord’s help once we are saved, but it is not by works of righteousness that we have done that we receive eternal life.

    Do you think it was a good thing for Mr. Graham to turn over people who had supposedly believed a new gospel and then give them back to the Jewish temple or Roman Catholic church?

    I know there is plenty to read here and contrast to the Scripture if you want to know. The thing to ask yourself, is what must you do to be saved? What have you believed? Life is short and we’re not promised tomorrow, so please prayerfully consider that. Wearing a suit and looking respectable doesn’t mean someone is a believer or teaches a true gospel.

  6. Punctuation is our friend.

  7. Cordia Gabert, I invite you to read more of the content from this site. I think you will find that I NEVER have proclaimed that ANYONE lacked eternal life, nor do I allow such proclamations to go unchallenged on this site. Please read the article linked below as a prime example:

    You said: BILLY. GRAHAM SHOWED by his fruits that he was saved

    My comment: You simply cannot tell from someone’s works that he has eternal life.

    Matthew 7:20-23: Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. 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.

    “Fruits” in the above passage refers to the words that false teachers teach and cause to proliferate.

    We did an article on this a while back, entitled “Lordship Salvation: False Prophets or Fruit?” I think it might benefit you to read it. Please find link below:

    2 Corinthians 11:13-15: For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

    The point here is that Satan doesn’t always run around with his pointy tail and horns making himself look like a bad guy.

    Does everyone who teaches false gospels lack eternal life? I doubt it. But, everyone who teaches false gospels is under God’s curse, and should be marked and avoided. Please note that being under God’s curse does not mean that someone lacks eternal life. A believer who preaches false gospels will have wasted his life thinking he is doing a service to God. There is no reward for that. Still saved, but no reward.

    1 Corinthians 3:12-15: Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

    Billy Graham taught a false gospel. Does he have eternal life? According to the Bible, we can’t know. Therefore, I don’t judge.

  8. Cordia Gabert

    BILLY. GRAHAM SHOWED by his fruits that he was saved what makes you think John that you have to run around and judge all of these preachers haven’t you heard the scripture judge not lest ye be judged you somehow think you’re God and know who’s saved and who’s not saved you should be very afraid of what you’re doing in this manner you should spend more of your time preaching and getting people saved then judging all the other preachers who do not preach like you and brought many people into the kingdom I’m a normal odor Conservative Christian but I do see other preachers bring others into the kingdom because they would not come to church like I would go to or even the one that you preach at in a suit like my husband used to wear not everyone responds to the same people or comes to church to hear the gospel Jesus went to the masses just like some of us do and taught them in a manner in which it spoke to them you’ve been called to preach and that’s what you should be doing instead of judging everybody in the world that doesn’t think like you do I’m a born-again Believer and I will be praying for you

  9. Holly, the fanfare regarding Billy Graham’s death has largely subsided, though both the “Time” and “Newsweek” special editions celebrating his life still adorn the check-out lines at our local grocery stores.

    Like you, I hope that his passing has given some people pause to re-examine and reject the false, but popular message of works for salvation that Billy Graham taught.

  10. The other day I was watching Mark Andre’s Video giving the true gospel message of salvation and exposing the false LS gospels. For anyone who has never seen Mark’s video, please watch it and look up the Scripture passages his uses.

  11. Thanks Phil, wasn’t sure if you were just generalizing, just thought I should clarify. Praise God people are coming to read here and may hear the truth. So many years FREE didn’t really ring true as there were all these ‘things’ you needed to do.

  12. John, that’s my main concern too, that people get confused in thinking Billy Graham somehow preached the gospel instead of another one. They judge according to his appearance instead of with a righteous judgment. And often a lot of emotion is involved in that the picture in their mind is this American icon of Christianity. Painted by professionals in the field, they have visions of Graham with a large Bible predominantly on a vintage table, sitting on a rocking chair by a fire. Kindly face framed by thick wavy white hair — how could this man possibly be a wolf?

    I pray people will read here and ask questions of the many things that Graham taught over the years. The ecumenism in which he literally claimed that Catholic and Roman doctrine was somehow Biblical. Declaring Muslims would see the ‘light’ and never even hear the name of Jesus and be saved. Making deals with the Catholic churches and Jewish synagogues to send new ‘converts’ back to their home base. How can this be? How can people be willing to turn a blind eye and yet those same people will be signing up for Ann Graham Lotz’s new ‘Daniel Prayer’ on Biblegateway. They won’t hear of her ‘circling prayers’ (occultic) and her ecumenism, contemplative or mystical things because she too is an icon. I realize how likable these people are, and that’s their appeal as well as their popularity.

    One thing I pray is that this article will help some see the truth so that others aren’t misled by the ongoing Graham dynasty.

  13. Jason, you are right that ecumenism naturally follows LS. They all have works in common.

  14. John, I agree that is my biggest concern.
    And, I wasn’t accusing anyone here of name calling.

  15. I used to be one of the Billy Graham defenders. When I admitted that Graham was wrong on the gospel, it was easier for me admit that he had other problems. If loadship is correct, ecumenicalism is logical. It makes perfect sense for a loadship preacher to go along with an ancient loadship church. But loadship is woefully wrong, and all who teach it are to be marked and avoided.

  16. Holly, my biggest concern is that people know the truth from the Bible about how to have eternal life, rather than going with the hearsay that is so often promulgated by popular preachers such as Billy Graham.

    In the last 30 days, we were privileged to have an increase of more than 32 hundred percent, compared to the average of the prior 11 months, in views of the article associated with this thread. I think it is likely that some of those recent views were from people searching the name “Billy Graham” and “gospel” in the same search and finding here the truth of the gospel vs. the error taught by Billy Graham.

    Contrasting the truth about how to have eternal life with the other ways that are taught by false teachers needn’t involve name calling, and as you said, I don’t think we have done that.

  17. Phil, you said, “So, instead of name calling and accusing in the face of all the accolades for Graham, I think it’s better to present the grace alone Scriptures and clearly show and reinforce that Christ accomplished everything needed for our salvation for us.”

    I didn’t catch anyone name calling or accusing, we should never do that of course. We do need to warn people and earnestly contend for the faith once delivered. It’s difficult because as we speak up oftentimes we face the name calling and accusations, but even in light of that we should not respond in kind but defend the gospel of grace.

  18. Jason, churchianity has been trying to pose as Christianity for the longest time.

    Churchianity is not centered on the sufficiency of Christ.


  20. I remember thatI once watched a documentary on Billy Graham where I learned about the alter calls. I was shocked. The pressure to come forward was strong. I struggled with it like a Lutheran with baptism, and with similar reluctance to admit that something is wrong with the picture.

  21. Jason,

    Graham was like many preachers with a long list of extras attached to faith in a catch all “prayer” for salvation. People hear it so much they think it is normal because they don’t go to God’s Word thoroughly enough to see otherwise.

    That and people are easily impressed by externals.

  22. Jason, because most of the religious world of churchianity believes in LS.

  23. Why are people confused by Billy Graham? The icon is grace but the man is loadship. Several years ago, I was confused.

  24. I think you are right Phil. I was thinking of doing a new blog post on Graham but will wait. His death is too recent.

  25. People will be very defensive for Graham in light of his death. I think we need to point people to the scriptures that show we are completely saved by God’s grace alone thru faith alone in Christ alone and not by works or forsaking our sins; that is, we are saved by believing the gospel, the good news that Christ died for our sins, was buried, and rose from the dead for us, all to save us.
    The problem is that many people just don’t study for themselves- what the Bible really says that ALL of our salvation comes by Christ finished work, dying for ALL our sins and rising from the dead for us. They don’t study the what’s and why’s of the logic of the Scriptural doctrines of salvation. People would rather just listen to some charismatic preacher tell them what to believe and do to become a Christian.
    So, instead of name calling and accusing in the face of all the accolades for Graham, I think it’s better to present the grace alone Scriptures and clearly show and reinforce that Christ accomplished everything needed for our salvation for us.

  26. John – exactly… (regarding being told they love God). They may ‘think’ they love God, they can be deceived as well as a deceiver, but how is it love to preach a gospel that cannot save if people believe that particular gospel? So many are driven by feelings and emotions of fondness for this old southern gentleman with his cable-stitched sweaters sitting on a rocking chair by a fire with a needlepoint on the wall, it’s total Americana at it’s finest, and how can we not see that he loves God? I don’t know what the man felt or thought. Man looks on the appearance but God looks on the heart. I can judge his doctrine by his fruits of them, and telling people they have to repent from their sins or they won’t see the kingdom? Jesus bore our sins, we don’t bear them. We have to pick up our cross daily to inherit the free gift of eternal life? We have to count the cost before we take the free gift of eternal life? There is certainly a huge cost in following Christ (not speaking of the following in John 10) but believers following Him have tremendous rewards in the long run. But only a believer could have an inkling what it is to count the cost, and doesn’t even become a disciple until they continue in His Word so that His truth can set them free. So much bondage we have to be delivered from in religion. And so many believers bewitched and biting and devouring others who dare to speak the truth. It’s interesting how they can discern your motives supposedly while nipping at you for discerning Graham’s false doctrine.

  27. Holly, I always think it is interesting when someone who preaches a false gospel is a said to “love God.”

  28. We received a mass email yesterday from one of our US Senators in North Carolina, with flattering words about Billy Graham. I have to wonder if the intent was to garner political support from the large religious community.

  29. In the conversations that I saw on facebook, one friend rightly commented regarding Billy Graham:

    What most people miss is the CONTEXT in which Jesus spoke about counting the cost… He is referring to the cost of DISCIPLESHIP; it has absolutely NOTHING to do with SALVATION. Too many people blur the lines between the two. Why? Simply because they blindly follow whatever their church or favorite pastor/teacher/preacher tells them without ever being of noble character and checking for themselves what the Scriptures say.

    “Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my DISCIPLE. For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and COUNT THE COST, …”

    For if SALVATION is based upon counting your cost or of how one bears his cross as a part of salvation, then the Thief on the Cross would have never measured up neither would anyone on their deathbeds who receive Christ as their Savior.

    Another friend of ours had commented on her page:

    His ministry’s website has listed “turn from sin” in their gospel presentation, making it a false gospel message. Turning from sin, while a good thing to do, is a work. We can know this by reading Jonah 3:10. By reading Titus 3:5, we know that we are not saved by any work of righteousness on our part. Ephesians 2:8-9 tells us that salvation is a gift, and not of works, so that no one can boast. The righteousness we need is Christ’s righteousness and that is given to any who place their trust in Him as Savior ~ Romans 5:17; Isaiah 61:10. He died for our sins and was raised for our justification ~ Romans 4:25.

    Sadly, one of my long time friends from childhood who was defending him had this as a response to the above.

    Where is your honor and grace toward a man who spent his life loving the Lord and His Word?????

    I think you will be very surprised when we all are in heaven.

  30. Keith, I think of Luke 6:26 often when people use the disclaimer that everyone loves a certain false teacher, or how many books they’ve sold, or how large their church is, etc., and although those things in of themselves don’t make them false, the fact that so many speak well of them speaks volumes.

  31. This has been a week of unbelievable responses as I watch people bring up Billy Graham’s false gospel over decades. I guess because most don’t consider these things we should do as ‘additions’ to or corruption of the gospel.

    One said “I will not sit in a cave and throw stones”. I kind of sadly smiled at the way the enemy works in some flesh and they’re oblivious that they’re accusing you of the very thing they just did.

    Another (then she blocked me) said, “He can be wrong but that does not make him a false teacher. No minister is 100% correct. I believe Billy Graham is in heaven and he now knows the truth. I believe that God can use people like Billy Graham, imperfect yet faithful, to come to know Him. He was not a theologian. Most Christian believers believe you have to repent of your sins in order to be saved. I was brought up believing that I needed to accept Christ as my savior by repenting of my sins, but that does not mean that I was not really saved.

    Another friend said I love that ya’ll seek the truth, but always desiring/proclaiming to be “right”. . . basing your stance on the Word seems to cause more argument and division. I dare to say that Rev. Billy Graham has led more people to the Lord, to SALVATION, than all of us put together. Why can’t you humble yourselves and give honor to this man?

    So they judge us to be in a cave throwing stones, and excuse Billy Graham because he’s not a theologian and no one is 100% correct, but judge him to still be saved (usually after they say you are judging him to not be saved). The one above was just perplexing, how would she know that we ‘desire’ to be right, or even ‘proclaim it’, and what on earth is wrong with basing our stance on the Word? Yet my dear friend who operates more on feelings than on the truth of His Word turned around and used to words to declare that Billy Graham has led more men to the Lord than anyone (with a false gospel), then commended herself for knowing the Word since childhood. So sad, I just thought ‘why not use it before your own words then and why would I give honor to a man over God’?…

    I saw a conversation on another friend’s page, just more of the same everywhere I looked. I had a conversation with a family member yesterday who was in complete disbelief that Billy Graham has said there are many paths to God or declared that the way is ‘broad’ etc. She talked about watching his funeral and that wasn’t what she heard. It is so hard for people to let go of their religious icons.

  32. Katmazdobelieve

    It is for sure in the rise.

  33. What’s next? A national holiday? BG Day? Dominionism is on the rise.

  34. Keith, I was just showing that verse to one of my colleagues at work.

  35. On Fox News, there was a popular Roman Catholic priest giving his accolades to BG’s ministry. He spoke about BG’s meeting with John Paul II in which BG acquiesced to the Pope’s declaration, “We are brothers”.

    Luke 6:26:

    “Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! For so did their fathers to the false prophets”.

  36. They are laying Billy Graham to rest today in Charlotte. Major roads are closed, and flags are flying at half staff, by Presidential proclamation.

    The world loves Billy Graham’s false gospel message.

  37. Brian, I agree completely.

  38. The CBS evening news the night before last played clips from Billy Grahm. The first was something like “unless you repent of your sins you will not see the kingdom”.

    Grahm was a big promoter of this false gospel.

    Later on it was “commit your life”
    Another false gospel

  39. Phil, I live in Charlotte, so the coverage is non-stop.

    I had been hopeful that, before He died, Billy Graham would publicly recant the false gospel that he publicly taught. He missed the opportunity to do that.

    I am hopeful that he believed the gospel at some point.

    His death has resulted in a heavy volume of searches today at this site for articles referencing Billy Graham, for which we should be thankful and prayerful.

  40. As most of you I’m sure know by now, Billy Graham has passed away.
    I’m not going to use this to condemn him for teaching an LS faith plus works false doctrine. It is not for me to judge someone’s eternal destiny. I can only echo what Paul’s anathema says in Galatians 1 about any perversion of the true gospel thru faith alone, and stand for the true gospel that alone saves (Eph 1:13,14)…For all I know, Graham could have repented/come to faith in the true gospel of 1 Cor 15 of grace alone thru faith alone in the last few years..but sadly, I have my doubts because Graham failed to rightly divide the word and mixed to old covenant with the new covenant and mixed faith and “counting the cost” to equal salvation.
    I am sure Christian TV and some of the media will be eulogizing Graham non stop. But this can also be an opportunity for pure grace believers like us to expose the faith plus “repentance from sin” false gospel the likes of Graham and John MacArthur have been misleading so many people with..
    All I know is that when I heard Graham’s TV crusades in the 1960’s as a teen, I would have been saved if he had only preached the true grace gospel of salvation we teach here on EXp, which is one can only be saved by the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
    I heard a story that Billy Graham visited Steve McQueen on his death bed some years ago. Graham asked Steve to believe in the death burial and resurrection so he would go to heaven, and Steve did believe. If this is true then and McQueen did believe then he is with the Lord.
    Who can say? We may be surprised who all we will see in Heaven, maybe Billy will be there

  41. Although it is a downer running across one of Graham’s faith + self- reformation = salvation false gospel crusade messages; it is really a joy to listen to James Scudder’s Victory in Grace program. He truly teaches salvation by grace alone though faith alone. He calls out Lordship Salvation for the false teaching it is. He also has a book out on correctly understanding the book of James. I do hope Pastor Scudder will never compromise his pure grace teachings to gain a broader appeal. It’s not easy to stand by the authentic gospel message when you are accused of “easy believism.”

    Happy Resurrection Day to you John and to all.

  42. Well Said Phil
    about the only good i myself can see with TBN is TBN shows how far doctrinal error and hands down false teaching has fallen and is falling in the light of The TRUTH of Gods word and the glorious Gospel of Grace .
    I am thankful Phil you and others here on expreacheman see the clarity of the Gospel of Grace in the light of scripture and stand firm on the finished work of Christ Jesus

    Eph 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,
    Eph 2:9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.

  43. Phil, well said.

    Happy Resurrection Day!

  44. Here it is, the night before we celebrate Easter: Christ’s resurrection and that means our resurrection unto eternal life!
    Yet, I happened to flip over to TBN and see if they were having any Passion presentations. But who is on? Billy Graham preaching salvation by “repenting” and cleaning up your life. To Graham, repenting involves a whole group of things all rolled up in his twisted version of the word “repent.” But Billy missed a passage that gives us the clearest understand of “repent”. Matthew 21: 28- 32. I’ll let you read it for yourself. Jesus makes it abundantly clear that repenting is only about changing ones mind. Repenting is simply changing ones mind and believing God. Various things in ones life may contribute to this change of mind, such as realizing we are lost sinners, but the only thing that we do that links us to our salvation from our sins and eternal life is our changing our mind and accepting God’s free gift of salvation through the finished work of his Son at Calvary.

  45. We have to keep speaking, with as much wisdom as possible, in prayer, and daily and earnestly contending for the faith once delivered. Someone else did it so that we might know Him, praise God, and as long as I can speak, I’ll speak. And if I can’t speak, I’ll type, and if I can’t type I’ll pray, till I’m absent from the body and present with the Lord.

  46. john, Billy Graham has never just preached the gospel as the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ secures salvation for those who believe on it. He instead has preached the whole of Christ’s life and ministry along with his death and resurrection as the gospel of salvation that we are to believe and act upon. In other words, Graham is saying that a person must act upon what is written in the 4 gospels to receive forgiveness and eternal life. Example: coming forward publicly to receive Christ as in Matt. 10. So faith in Christ’s finished saving work on the cross is obviously not enough for BG.

  47. Phil, I’ve never been able to figure out why Billy Graham, or anyone else, contradicts the gospel of Christ. But, he is just another in a long line of people who do. He isn’t the first, and he isn’t the last.

    Perhaps he doesn’t believe the gospel. Perhaps he is ashamed of it. I just don’t know.

    Romans 1:16: 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.

  48. I have heard Graham’s crusades since the ’60’s and even some from the ’50’s. It’s always been the same message. The best I can figure is that he just can’t see someone just coming to faith in Christ without good intentions. It seems it’s never just about what Christ has done: it’s also about what you also do and intend to do. I am sure Graham reads in the Bible that says we are under grace alone and no longer under the law, but in practice Graham preaches that we saved by grace and keeping the law. I am afraid this is very common in evangelical churches.

  49. beholdason, I’m not really sure Billy Graham ever got it right. But, since Ive marked and avoided him, I’m not really looking into it.

  50. I’m curious as I was not born at the time when BG was doing his ‘crusades’.

    Has he ever preached a clear gospel message at all?

  51. Notice that 4 out of 5 of Billy’s ‘rules’ for salvation that they all start with the word ‘you’. The god of lordship salvation is you. You save yourself, you do good works or else, you ‘repent’ (false definition).

    Jesus talked about these people in Matthew. Remember what they said to him, Lord, haven’t we do many wonderful works in your name? Jesus said he never knew them. Some of my family members are part of a lordship cult that holds up signs and judges everyone they see. They are quick to point out how many good works they do as something that makes them so special.

    The pharisee and the publican in Luke 16 is a good illustration of the lordship pharasaical gospel. Instead of pointing to himself and confessing his sin to God, the pharisee was there to brag to God about how many good things he did. He even thanked God that he wasn’t a sinner.

    The Bible says ALL have sinned!

    The only way you can be covered is through the blood of Christ. I’m so happy that I believed the gospel that Christ died, was buried and rose again because now I know that he already paid for my sins on the cross. God, when accepting good works is so righteous and so absolutely holy that he will only accept perfect righteousness under the law…

    If you believe the lordship gospel ask yourself this…how good have I been? Have you ever had a perfect day? How about a perfect 5 minutes?…

    But what is so amazing about it is that the judge left the throne and came down to earth to die for you and I so that you can have all your sins paid for.

    The book of John is so basic that children understand it and get saved. But the gospel is foolishness to most of the world and even most of the people who go to church…

    Jesus said to beware if all men speak well of you. The world loves Billy Graham. He’s on Fox news and his books sell millions of copies…

    I have heard of some people getting saved at Graham’s crusades but it was in spite of him as the Holy Ghost can still use the Word to convince people to get saved. I don’t know Billy’s heart but he may be saved, I don’t know.

    (Administrator’s note: original comment edited for length)

  52. Jan Kotlarski

    @ Holly: Greg Miller attacked you for speaking out against Gail Riplinger?
    Really, it seems questioning their “golden calves” is a red flag for them.
    Greg Miller is a ruckmanite, never expected him to be this nasty.
    But like Bryan Denlinger and other ruckmanites, he seems to have Peter Ruckman too much as an ensample.

    I think it is time to make an entry in the wiki-index not just for Peter Ruckman, Gail Riplinger, Sam Gipp, Jack Chick and other prominent ruckmanites, but also for other notorious en well known KJVO-proponents, like Kent Hovind, Eric Hovind, Steven Anderson, Mike Hoggard and others that lead brothers and sisters astray.

    Yes, I agree with reading/studying God’s word, fellowshipping with each other and listening to sermons online, that that is an excellent idea, next to being good witnesses to the lost.

  53. Johninnc, your prayers were answered. I listened through the sermon again, and a friend who has come out of lordship (hating me all way) she says so honestly, it just blesses me, and now she rejoices, she understands and believes she is saved, and believes that He loved her. Great time of fellowship and encouragement with her too. So thank you. Some days are worse than others.

    A KJVO – cultist, a pastor named Greg Miller with a KJB page, told me God hated me, and called me a Jezebel for daring to speak a word about Gail Riplinger. He called me a number of other things too, but what was really shocking, is when I just said, God bless you (and I meant it), he went really crazy, said all sorts of things including I wasn’t saved. This is a pastor…

    I think the times are just increasing where people are growing harder and harder, and we can pray, have compassion on some, and just keep praying for the harvest, for more laborers, for many to come to Christ of our loved ones, friends, whoever God leads us across their paths. In the meantime, hearing God’s Word from someone like Tom, or reading and fellowshipping awhile hear, getting some feet time in His Word, that is the needed thing…

  54. Holly, I have prayed that you will be encouraged. That the Lord will give you wisdom, courage, and strength in your ministry.

    These men must not like what God says through His Word, so they are attacking you. It is fortunate that their feeble attacks are no match for God’s Word!

  55. Thanks John, it’s not too long ago I know I heard that, but I will listen to it, I am a little discouraged today. Someone I’ve known for a long time on FB, a man, suddenly said 1 John 1:9 did not speak to believers, but pre-conversion believers. When I mentioned confessing sins was a work of the law (Numbers 5:7) so could not be part of the gospel, we got in a discussion, and another gentleman came in to throw in some sarcastic comments. They are convinced that this is wrong, and are using the same type of leading arguments, so we are not forgiven all our sins? If we forget one, we are unforgiven, etc.?

    This same man, who has learned from me that we were not given the law, nor under the law, including the 10 commandments, who has learned of John MacArthur and lordship teachings via conversations with me, suddenly has decided that women are to be silent and not usurping authority over men and not to teach them. I didn’t know discussing Scripture in public would suddenly violate Scripture when I disagreed, or he was just complicit in my sinning by speaking all these years. So I think I will go listen, thank you for that.

  56. Holly, just yesterday, I listened again to Tom Cucuzza’s sermon entitled “Things That Are Different Are Not The Same.” I have linked it below. It is really worth listening to.

  57. Holly, they are both featured on our Wiki index.

  58. Billy Graham’s grandson Tullian Tchividjian teaches at Coral Ridge Presbyterian, so I guess the apple might not fall far from the tree.

  59. Thanks for this, many don’t seem to understand my issues with Billy Graham’s teachings, and some I know say they were saved at a BG crusade, I know I went once, and I felt exactly the opposite, that something was wrong with me that I didn’t want to go down with the rest of our church, and didn’t feel something was quite right, but too young to understand what the additions were.

  60. Good point john.

  61. Phil, I am pretty sure they allow counselors of almost any cloth at the BG events.

    I could not in good conscience cooperate with the Billy Graham ministries, as I would feel that I was lending legitimacy to them. I won’t attend LS churches for the same reason. I guess one could view these venues as a “marketplace of ideas” and contend for the faith within them. But, I think this is very confusing to the people that attend.

    In addition, I think there is a danger for believers in partnering with groups that twist the gospel. They may find themselves beginning to tolerate the false doctrines, developing an affinity for the people promoting the false doctrines, and beginning to equivocate on issues that were once black and white to them.

  62. Phil, I am pretty sure they allow counselors of almost any cloth at the BB events.

  63. Thanks john, I read that there are free grace people like us who will volunteer to be councilors at BG crusades. I am sure councilors or audience plants receive some pre-training and maybe coaching from the BG staff. But what some of them will actually do is lead someone to the correct scriptural gospel of salvation, that all they have to do is trust in Christ’s finished saving work for them to be saved, plus nothing else. I suppose they would have to unconfuse them and explain that the add-on requirements that BG insists on and any BG literature they received that was faith plus this or that are NOT necessary to be saved; that they are saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.
    I wonder if the BG people would allow me to be a councilor if I told them my free grace beliefs and that I would actually council people that they were saved by grace alone and to disregard the faith plus things that BG adds on.

  64. Phil, I think there have been people who got saved at BG crusades, despite his penchant for LS. Perhaps this gentleman heard the gospel that night without any LS add-ons. And, perhaps he was greeted by a counselor who was clear on the gospel.

    If some people have been saved through the fog of Billy Graham’s false doctrine, just think how powerful it might have been had Billy Graham been consistently clear on the gospel.

    And, think how powerful it would be if Billy Graham would publicly repudiate the false gospel he has been promoting.

  65. As you may know there is a new movie out “Unbroken”, the story of Louis Zamperini ( who died recently) who was a POW of the Japanese in WW 2. I have been reluctant to see the movie because I had a uncle who was a Bataan POW of the Japanese, and when I was a kid I heard some of the horror stories of his imprisonment.from my grandmother.
    I recently saw on a TV interview where Louis gave his testimony of receiving Christ at a Billy Graham crusade in the late 1950’s. I listened to Louis testimony on TV and also listened to him give it on U-Tube at a BG crusade in 1958 in LA. I was surprised that his testimony DID NOT seem to follow the BG formula and LS marching orders that BG’s “gospel” says are necessary to be saved like, believe the gospel PLUS “come forward publicly” “repent of your sins”, “commit your life to Christ”, change to a Christ like life, clean up your life and so on…Unless I missed something or misunderstood him, according to.Louis’s testimony he just said he believed the gospel of how Christ had saved him. It sounded like Louis was free grace. There are several sources of Louis Zamperini’s testimony on line so you can judge for yourself. I guess maybe there are people who get saved at BG crusades who don’t follow Billy Graham’s doctrine of LS salvation.

  66. I was a teen in the 1960’s and I grew up in these liberal churches like the Disciples of Christ and Unity, very liberal. I don’t think I ever heard the word salvation in either. So it was quite a change and shock when a Billy Graham Crusade would come on every so often on our black and white TV..
    Although I once heard BG say something like, “I am not going to Heaven because of what I have done: I am going to Heaven because of what Christ has done for me.” Sounds like grace alone, but as you know that’s NOT what he teaches.

    My perceptions, back then, were that BG was a screaming sin, hell fire, Baptist that we used to make jokes about when I was young. And what I was hearing from Graham’s message was you could enter into this life with a “commitment to Christ”, but now things were going to have to change, the way you act, who your friends are, you had to let people know that you were on Christ’s side now. So to me, BG was saying that you couldn’t just simply believe in Christ, you had to start changing your life. Well….this never worked for me. If BG had just preached we are all sinners, but the good news is Christ died and rose to save us, then I would have been saved back then. Years later I did believe the gospel and knew I was saved by it alone, and NOT by the gospel according to Billy Graham! Graham muddies up the waters as always with the message of a person making a commitment to Christ and a person following through; this is what he teaches about being born again. And although I did not know anything about Ls back then, I personally was exposed to it for the first time by Graham whom I consider an LS Hall of Fame member. I do remember BG mentioning that he was raised in the Presbyterian Church and I now think that this had a huge influence on his LS legalism.

  67. It’s difficult and of course we must verify and be sure. Get it from the horse’s mouth. I’ve gone directly and copied it and people will say that is not what he used to teach. I’ve gone and copied old stuff, and they say it wasn’t what he taught when they heard it.

    Some just get angry and instead of getting angry on God’s behalf that man is twisting His Word and changing the gospel of grace, somehow, they defend man vs. God and His unchanging and everlasting Word. I understand the immediate reaction, I don’t understand the refusal to “prove all things and hold fast to that which is good”.

  68. Thanks, Jack. I was merely speaking of the person who was spending more time defending Billy Graham with completely ignoring what God’s Word tells us on not having anything to do with those preaching an accursed gospel. Oh mylanta that was a HUGE run on sentence hahaha

    I am so very thankful for this site and all the kind people here sharing His Word together. One confuses the fact that the Truth is to be exposed whether you like the person preaching a false message or not. Simply because one exposes a false teacher doesn’t mean one hates that person. One must always, ALWAYS, defend the gospel truth. To not do so is disrespectful to our Lord. Wishing you all a wonderful day.

  69. Jan K

    Thanks for that devastating expose’ of Billy Graham’s terrible doctrinal errors from his own web site.

    Unfortunately many who are blinded will remain blind. We too will pray for Karal that he will see he is following and believing a man who preaches a false message.

    In Jesus Christ eternally, Jack

  70. Jan Kotlarski

    Karal, all it took was a few minutes and some clicking in the Billy Graham website to end up in a different website that supposedly explains the gospel and is endorsed by the Billy Graham foundation.
    Just go to their website, under the “Grow your faith” header, click on the “How to know Jesus” section, be auto-directed to the peacewithgod website and follow the steps.

    This is from step 5 [with the name “But have eternal life”], the not numbered step after step 4, read and weep as salvation alone in Jesus Christ alone through faith in Him alone is trampled and trodded on with a “turn from sin” and “pray this prayer after me” addition:

    [God knows who you are, He loves you, and He wants you to know and love Him.

    How do you do that?

    You must first admit that, like everyone else, you are a sinner. Being sinners means that we are imperfect and do wrong; we fall short of God’s perfect standard. It also means we are separated from Him and deserve His judgment.

    But He loves us! God sent His own Son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins. He died for your sins. He was punished so you don’t have to be. Not only that; death did not defeat Him. After three days, Jesus rose from the dead, alive again!

    The only way to find forgiveness from God and to begin a relationship with Him is to trust in Jesus’ sacrifice for you and repent—turn from your sins. We urge you to take this step of faith today. To do that, simply talk to God—this is called praying—and tell Him you believe in His Son. We suggest a prayer like this:

    “Dear Lord Jesus,

    I know I am a sinner, and I ask for your forgiveness. I believe you died for my sins and rose from the dead. I trust and follow you as my Lord and Savior. Guide my life and help me to do your will.

    In your name, amen.”

    If you prayed this prayer or have questions, please let us know using the buttons below.]

    How ever could they butcher the simple message of John 3:16 <strongFor God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life., especially with the surrounding verses and other verses that uphold simple, child-like belief on the Lord Jesus Christ, His death, burial, resurrection and Him being witnessed by the disciples afterwards?

    And why didn’t you check the Billy Graham foundation website for yourself?
    Why do you follow such a popular man in the first place, without regular check-ups, whether he keeps in line with the gospel or not?
    Any of us is able to drift away from proclaiming the true gospel towards a false gospel, especially those who are famous.
    Though we keep eternal life, because it’s our Father’s promise.

    I hope and pray for you, Karal, that you will do more research and come to biblically and better researched conclusions.

  71. John innc, I think it’s pretty common to see sadly when some do not want to hear, they go on the offensive. Reminds me of what someone said regarding my article on JMac’s gospel. They try to discredit, yet if they have truly believed, they should be realizing they are bearing false witness, not even doing their due diligence. Anyways, the quote was sure apropos….

  72. I am glad Karal somehow came to a knowledge of the truth. In the Graham crusades, the Word was used, and some didn’t maybe hear men’s words that were added, but heard John 3:16 and believed that God did so love the world that He sent His only begotten son, that whosoever believeth on Him should not perish but have everlasting life. Maybe they had heard of His death for their sins, His burial and resurrection. Maybe they believed the Word of God vs. the words of man. How many were sent back to the Roman Catholic church? How many were sent back to Jewish synagogues?

    How many were lost because they believed they must ‘repent from sins’ or ‘turn from sins’ in order to be saved?

    That is an accursed gospel whether Karel yet recognizes it or ever does.

    Using the Word improperly to build your case, is still simply using God’s Word wrongly. So glad you ended the conversation John. May the Lord show Karel at some point, where the problem is, and may she be open to listening.

  73. Karal, if you were to copy and paste the last Billy Graham quote that I posted into your search bar and press “enter”, you would quickly see that this quote is neither “bogus” nor “unverified.”

    But, you won’t do that – after all, “ignorance is bliss!”

    Did you even read the other articles that I pointed out to you?

    You are being willfully blind to Billy Graham’s errors, even after they have been adequately documented and pointed out to you.

    I don’t usually do this, but I’m going to quote part of a lyric from a song that really fits this situation. It is from “The Boxer” by Simon and Garfunkle:

    “All lies and jest,
    still a man hears what he wants to hear
    and disregards the rest”

    I won’t be answering you further, nor will we post any more of your repetitive comments.

    We’re done here.

  74. 2believe1is2trust

    Thanks for your not rude but heartfelt comment.

    We agree that God’s Word is precious and all sufficient. However, many folks need to hear a clear understanding of certain verses – which need explanation (exegesis). That’s what Bible preachers and teachers do.

    I notice in a previous comments you were thankful for friends who explained scripture to you — which led you out of Lordship “salvation.” That is wonderful to have discerning friends who are willing to help. That’s what we do.

    We, the Administrators at ExP, pray daily for wisdom and honesty in understanding and interpreting scripture as we write articles and answer comments for those who may be confused or need encouragement.

    We realize we have an awesome responsibility before our Savior and we will appreciate your prayers for us.

    In Jesus Christ eternally, Jack

  75. About you sin question — No, you’re wrong. BG believes in Romans 6:1,2 “What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? 2May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it?” You continue to “accuse” discipleship issues with salvation.

    Yes, John, there will be people those who are told, “depart from Me, I never knew you,” because there ARE legitimate heritics out there. But in the case of the Luke 9 verses, Jesus’ response indicates THIS person was NOT a heretic. This has been my point to you all along about BG. In my opinion, which I am entilted to, you are guilty of doing to BG what Jesus said not to do to a true disciple of Christ. What evidence do I have John? My life, which involves not one shred of Lordship Salvation & never has from day one.

    Sorry John, maybe you’ve caught me at a bad moment, maybe I’ve been involved with one too many of these never ending dialogues, or perhaps I’m just so weary from the strife many Christians seem to think it necessary to inflict on each other. When such a large portion of the world is literally going to hell I find the premise of your entire post ludicrous. No wonder so many people don’t want to have anything to do with Christianity. Instead of building each other up, there are blogs like this one.

    John 17:21 “that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me”

    2 Tim 2:23 “Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels.”

    It’s very easy to “cherry pick” someone like you are doing with bogus information & unverified statements. As I’ve said your time would be better spent going after the real wolves. No doubt you will have another counter point…………. on & on it goes.
    God bless.

  76. There seems to be too much defending of men and not enough defending God. I don’t mean to be rude but sometimes we really need to read His word without an infallible beings commentary? I’m simply stating all men are prone to errors but the Word is always right..I pray you seek Him first before reading to ask for His enlightenment in matters of scripture instead of a mere man’s. I pray I came acrossed respectfully.

    Romans 3:4 “God forbid: let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightiest be justified in thy sayings, and mightiest overcome when thou art judged.”

  77. From “The Reason for My Hope” by Billy Graham:

    I am afraid that many Christians, in their zeal to share their faith in Christ, have made the Gospel message of making disciples for Him too simple. Just to say “believe in Christ” can produce a false assurance of the hope of heaven. Jesus spoke often about the gift if eternal life. To make it clear, He said, “Count the cost.”

    My comment: The reason some people insist that Billy Graham teaches “count the cost” as a condition of discipleship, while others insist that Graham teaches “count the cost” as a condition of receiving eternal life, is because Billy Graham fails to distinguish between the FREE GIFT Of eternal life and the cost of discipleship.

  78. Karal, we have several articles on this site that document the gospel errors of Billy Graham.

    Among them:

    1. Who Makes These Errors?
    2. Lordship Salvation’s Billy Graham Sets Trap
    3. Running the Gospel off of the Tracks

    We invite you to read these. Once you have done so, if you still don’t think that Billy Graham distorts the gospel, then we will have to agree to disagree.

    You said: “Surely an individual who is casting out demons in the Lord’s name is an individual who believes in the gospel Jesus brought.”

    My comment. Not true!

    Matthew 7:22: “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?”

    We all know what comes next, right? Jesus doesn’t say “no, you didn’t do those things.” He says “I never knew you.”

  79. Karal,

    a quick question for you. This is directly from the Billy Graham EA.

    •We believe that all men everywhere are lost and face the judgment of God, that Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation, and that for the salvation of lost and sinful man, repentance of sin and faith in Jesus Christ results in regeneration by the Holy Spirit

    what does Billy Graham mean when he states “repentance of sin”.

    I have heard a sermon or two where he stated “we must turn from our sins for salvation”.


    John, you said… “But, that does not change the fact that Billy Graham teaches a false gospel message.”

    And my point to you was if his message was false I wouldn’t be writing to you right now.

    You said, “The passage you cited does not say anything about a false gospel. For instruction on the Lord’s view of false gospels, see Galatians 1:8-9.”
    Gal 1:8-9 does tell what the Lord’s view of a false gospel is, but it does not define what a “false gospel” IS, so since that seems to be where we differ, let’s take a look…

    Under “my comment” for #3 (of the 2 things considered to be a “false gospel of works”) I quote… “Graham is not clear whether he believes that “counting the cost” is a requirement for salvation or for discipleship.”
    So instead of contacting the Billy Graham Association & asking for clarification you go ahead & assume Mr. Graham requires this for salvation? This is what’s known (in most circles) as “confirmation bias.” I am living proof that this is not a part of the salvation message preached by the BG Assoc. & I submit to you that “counting the cost” is mentioned by Mr. Graham as a requirement for discipleship, not salvation.

    Also stated… “Under number 4 (you must take a definite step), Graham is explicit in his view that something besides simple faith in Christ is required for salvation” Graham says… “We ask people to make a public confession of Christ in our meetings because Christ demanded a definite commitment.”
    And so because BiG asks people to come forward as an act of public demonstration of their belief in Christ you say this is a “false gospel” of works?
    Luke 12:8-9 “And I tell you, everyone who acknowledges me before men, the Son of Man also will acknowledge before the angels of God, but the one who denies me before men will be denied before the angels of God.”
    Getting up from a seat & walking forward to “acknowledge (Christ) before men” is an act of the will, it is NOT a “work.” I suggest to you that BG gives people an opportunity to move their body physically as an act of commitment to their belief in Christ that they are making inwardly. It is an act of acknowledgment & NOT a condition of salvation. The Bible is full of examples of Jesus/God asking people to demonstrate by acknowledgment, not to BE saved, but as an act of ACKNOWLEDGMENT. That’s all BG is doing as well.

    You said, “If you are clear on the gospel, you should now be aware that Billy Graham corrupts it.” Says who, you? Seriously John? I repeat, the world is full of heretical teaching & your time is well spent when you expose them. But in Billy Graham’s case you take two points out of five & twist them to MAKE them mean something they do not mean.

    You said my reference to Luke ch. 9 was not about a “false gospel.” This is a hair splitting statement on your part. Surely an individual who is casting out demons in the Lord’s name is an individual who believes in the Gospel Jesus brought. The words Jesus spoke to his disciples in this situation are most certainly relevant & do apply to what you are doing to BG.

    My message to you is that your time would be better spent exposing TRUE heretics. This is best said by Matthew Henry in his commentary on Luke 9:50…
    “The rebuke Christ gave to his disciples for discouraging one that honoured him and served him… who… BELIEVED IN HIM.. and made use of his name with faith and prayer in a serious manner… This man they rebuked and restrained they would not let him pray and preach, though it was to the honour of Christ, though it did good to men and weakened Satan’s kingdom… Now, if ever any society of Christians in this world had reason to silence those that were not of their communion, the twelve disciples at this time had and yet, Jesus Christ chid them for what they did, and warned them not to do the like again, NOR ANY THAT PROFESS TO BE SUCCESSORS of the apostles: “Forbid him not but rather encourage him, for he is CARRYING ON THE SAME DESIGN that you are… and he will meet you in the same end, though he does not accompany you in the same way…. and that you do not do well TO PUT HIM UNDER AN INTERDICT, for he that is not against us is for us, and therefore ought to be countenanced by us.” We need not lose any of our friends, while we have so few, and so many enemies. O WHAT A GREAT DEAL OF MISCHIEF to the church, even from those that BOAST OF RELATION TO CHRIST, and pretend to envy for his sake, would be prevented, if this passage of story were but duly considered!”

  81. Karal, welcome and thanks for your comment.

    I am overjoyed that you know the Lord and love Him with all of your heart. But, that does not change the fact that Billy Graham teaches a false gospel message.

    The passage you cited does not say anything about a false gospel. For instruction on the Lord’s view of false gospels, see Galatians 1:8-9.

    Karal, we have shown how Billy Graham departs from the gospel. If you are clear on the gospel, you should now be aware that Billy Graham corrupts it.

    Since you love the Lord, you should want to take a stand for Him and His Word – even if it means making painful choices to mark and avoid those who corrupt the gospel.

  82. Luke ch. 9 — “49John answered and said, ‘Master, we saw someone casting out demons in Your name; and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow along with us.’ 50But Jesus said to him, “Do not hinder him; for he who is not against you is for you.”
    As we get closer to the Lord’s return, with so many false religions in the world & so many true apostate teachers/preachers, do you really feel you do the world a service with an article like this? You overlook a very large problem– what do you do with the individual brought up in a “dead” denominational protestant church, but who came to understand the Gospel message in college. Since then has grown to know & love the Lord with all her heart over the course of her (now 35 year) walk with the Lord? All of this being a result of the Holy Spirit’s use of a man named Billy Graham. Now multiply my story x millions. What do you do with the “evidence” of the BG crusades? We’re everywhere– & I can assure you Lordship Salvation is not in my vocabulary. We will all give an account for our efforts to hinder the Gospel, even if it is done in ignorance.

    “Do not hinder him; for he who is not against you is for you.” Jesus

  83. Jack, unfortunately it seems that many misunderstand a kindly looking older man, and clean cut popular “Christian” ministries to be right, due to their sheer size and presence. Luke 6:26 always comes to mind.

  84. Holly,

    Yes, the entire Graham conglomerate empire is a “salvation” (probation) by works propaganda machine.

    And unfortunately due to their “success”, too many emulate them.

    In Jesus Christ eternally. Jack

  85. Proving they trust in their works to be saved….

  86. Thanks John, you know Mary, have you ever heard Billy Graham on t.v. talking about if the Pope is in heaven and mother Teresa, he wonders if he’ll be allowed in…. that is tragic.

  87. williams, welcome and thanks for your comment!

    Yes, the Deity of Jesus is part of the content of saving faith.

    John 8:24: I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.

  88. williams ilesanmi

    It’s assurance of heaven in those that believe in son, JESUSCHRIST our LORD

  89. I appreciate your contribution to this discussion, Mary. Very thoughtful insights, many of which I’d never heard before re Billy Graham.

  90. Holly, I agree – it is God’s gospel that we are defending. And if the Gospel is not worth defending, what is?

  91. Mary, very good discernment on your part.

  92. also with billy graham before 1964 do we know if he ever preached the correct gospel then fell into error, some say in australia that followed him and worked in his crusades that he was paid to be the pied piper and mix evangelicals and catholics together. they have also told me some horrible things he was mixed up in. we know that satan has jesuits and infiltrators in the church how can they b so sure he is not just a change agent. how do they really know he is a great man of God they may be shocked one day. i hope for his sake he is saved or will b saved before he dies i don’t wish hell for my worst enemy.

  93. yes holly i can relate to it all sometimes i get so discouraged in putting it out there i have people i know that are caught up in prosperity gospels and positive faith confession and when u try and point out things that r in error such as billy graham or joyce meyer or anything false they say oh why do u have to be so negative. positive christianity is an enemy of true christianity. DISCERNMENT TODAY IS SEEN AS NITPICKING OH YR SO JUDGMENTAL. also when exposing false gospels they think God will just overlook it because of yr sincerity it sounds like roman catholicism. i don’t think God saves people on sincerity otherwise why would we b wasting our time with doctrine and Christ then would have died in vain. even evangelicals can’t c thru c.s. lewis. we have a huge mega church in australia who is having a huge production on the lion the witch by lewis and celebrataing his life. they don’t care for doctrine.

    they just swallow it all up and just accepting everything they spoon out lewis believed in purgatory and on and on. david cloud has put out an excellent book on it. it certainly is the death of discernment satan is certainly having a field day out there.

  94. John, It’s odd, I remembered the perspective she was coming from, and she is a very nice person. I really remember thinking somewhat like that, although not if I knew there was directly false gospel, but just thinking it had to do with maybe being too nitpicky if people didn’t get everything perfect.

    And how I didn’t understand and ‘see’ the vast importance of defending the gospel, the only way by which people by believing it, can be reconciled to God and not suffer eternal torment. Change the clear simple instructions by one addition or subtraction, and you didn’t get it right… People, many people will die because of this.

    I explain to people all the time when they tell me “stop nitpicking”, or why are you so judgmental or critical, or “you are such a know-it-all, or why do I ‘always go after’ people like this, or, “you are always digging up dirt on people”, etc.

    It’s all about love for the lost. When someone states they are proclaiming the gospel, and it’s another gospel…well, I have to follow God’s Word, and the patterns and examples in His Word. I name names, I mark and avoid, I don’t share in their evil deeds, I expose their deeds to the light of His Word. We need to guard the truth.

    Woe to the one who compromises the truth, for it’s God’s Word, and it’s not theirs to pick and choose what to compromise on for the sake of getting along (false unity).

  95. Holly, very well put.

    And, since we are to love our neighbor as ourselves (Mark 12:31), we shouldn’t want Billy Graham’s gospel to be preached to anyone.

  96. Many older people do not know much of Billy’s error, they have seen him around forever and feel that it’s a ‘hands off’ subject. They just don’t want to hear. The ones that do are very disheartened. One said something to the effect about how it would affect the world to know that if Billy Graham can’t be trusted, what Christian can?…

    I wouldn’t want his gospel preached to anyone I loved, so why would I stay silent so the world might think well of us? At the expense of people’s souls?

  97. Mary,

    It is sad but you are right about David Cloud — mixed up doctrine. Just today I was looking at his explanation of repentance — terribly confusing and wrong.

    With Billy, folks who worship their “hero” find it virtually impossible to break away. They are blinded by Satan. Pray for them that they will see and believe the Truth.

    Sorry but “The woods are full of ’em.” Use care and discernment.

    In Jesus Christ eternally, Jack

  98. thanks for clarifying that as it always gets me into hot water when u even bring up billy graham as especially the baptists u can’t even go there with most of them they seem to discount all the things he has done like hook up with robert schuller from the crystal cathedral and larry king live they are willing to overlook that and say yes but he is still a great man of god. we have all heard it before it gets so frustrating they are not even willing to look at footage or facts they always say to me but u don’t know who could be messing around with the technology. yes and look how many people got saved thru his ministry. i don’t think the ecumenical jesus is the same as the god of the bible. all roads lead to rome is certainly happening with great acceleration. david cloud wrote a booklet about billy and mother teresa which was good but i have since found out that he is a lordship salvationist its really disappointing.

  99. Mary, please see comment from Jack, linked below. This takes it back to 1964 – so, for almost 50 years at least he has been off-track.

    Let’s hope Billy Graham understood and believed the gospel at some point in his life. Let’s pray that if he hasn’t, he will. And, if he has, that he will turn back to the true faith.

  100. i guess guys what i do want to check some say billy graham preached the gospel in the early days and he has now fallen into lordship salvation and because he is getting old his memory is going. i’m not so sure because he did turn converts to rome. do we know he always preached a false gospel more so in the early days. as some say lots of people got saved by his early preaching.

  101. I wonder if any of them will examine his agreement with the Pope to turn all Roman Catholics back over to the Catholic church? Obviously he is not a servant of the Lord if he is willing to turn over supposedly new converts to a false doctrine.

  102. Billy Graham once had his organization admit that, for all those “coming forward”, practically all of them already considered themselves Christians at some point in their lives, and less than 2% of them can be found in any church attendance, just one year later. That’s on top of the accursed false gospel that he is preaching. So it’s a false gospel, and a huge exercise in futility.

    Will any of those 21,000 churches show how Graham called a former pope, “one of the world’s great evangelists”? Will any of those 21,000 churches examine Graham’s universalist statement that there are ways to be saved without the name of Jesus? I would say the answer is of course, no.

  103. John,

    Yep, and when folks talk about America being a “Christian” nation, the current millions of “converted Graham-ites” are counted.

    Within your last few comments, I see the makings and content of a new article entitled something like:

    The Gospel of God’s Grace is The Polar Opposite and FAR REMOVED From Billy Graham’s Quid Pro Quo Message of Lordship “Salvation”

    In Jesus Christ eternally, Jack

  104. Jack, that mathematical progression is horrific!

    And just think, 21,000 churches are joining Graham for his November National Outreach Campaign – a national false gospel blitz.

  105. John,

    One wonders how many of the notorious, well known “turn from sin/commitment for salvation” preachers and teachers today are the direct or even indirect result of Billy’s long-time false message?

    Let’s do some math– conservatively assuming 1,000 members per church (in the SBC alone) multiplied times 21,000 churches for over 50 plus years of Billy’s deceptive teaching — results in more than 1,000,000,000 (one billion) folks and their families, friends, future preachers and their flocks he has deceived. Of course this is not counting the millions who buy his books, worship him on TV and participate in his “crusades.”

    Simply Horrifying!!!

    Our tiny snippet of a list of false teachers who may have been influenced to preach falsely is at our Wiki-Index above:

    Folks MUST realize that the Lord says in His Word that Billy Graham is accursed — to be shunned, not followed:

    Galatians 1:8
    “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.”

    Sadly, Satan has done and is doing his job terribly well and so many millions of “christians” are helping him along.

    In Jesus Christ eternally, Jack

  106. Billy Graham has a nationwide outreach, with 21,000 participating churches, to reach the nation for Christ. I downloaded one of the resource documents being made available for this outreach program. It is a tract called “My Decision”. Following are some of the highlights:

    1. Admit your need (I am a sinner).
    2. Be willing to turn from your sins, and ask God to forgive you (repent).
    3. Believe that Jesus Christ died for you on the cross and rose from the grave.
    4.Through prayer, invite Jesus Christ to come in and control your life through the Holy Spirit (receive Him as Lord and Savior)

    Dear Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness.
    I believe You died for my sins and rose from the dead. I turn from
    running my own life, and now I ask You to run it. I invite You to come
    into my heart and life. I trust and follow You as my Lord and Savior. In
    Jesus’ Name, amen.”

    My comment: Billy Graham missed the whole theme of Grace. He has turned receiving Christ into a trade. If one has to be willing to turn from his sins to be saved, he is “bringing something to the table”. That is, trying to buy salvation. It won’t work.

  107. You know, their circular reasoning always goes to if we believe that you can only believe and be saved, then ‘what if’ a person doesn’t show signs of being saved, or ‘what if’ they ‘stop believing’ etc., then it’s a whole heyday of the ‘what if’ questions rather than going back, Do YOU believe that you received ETERNAL LIFE as a FREE GIFT the MOMENT you believed

    I had one tell me today that 1 John 1 gives one the ‘parameters’ for salvation and if they did not fit those parameters we must question their salvation on that basis.

  108. Jack, notice how Graham changes the Biblical concept of salvation as “a gift” to salvation as a “greater gift”?

    This is very subtle. What that does is suggest that what man “brings to the table” in exchange for salvation is but a pittance, compared to the greater gift that he gets from God in exchange. Talk about cheapening grace to a barter system.

    This reminds me of the serpent in the Garden of Eden: “Hath God not said that salvation is a GREATER gift?”

    No. God says that salvation is a FREE gift!

  109. Jack, if Billy Graham believes that, he is not trusting in Christ. And, if he doesn’t believe it, shame on him!

    Either way, the message is accursed.

  110. John,

    Thanks for that terrible quote from Billy Graham. If he means that (and is not just going along propping up his crowd), he has NO Biblical hope. If he believes what he wrote, he must say to himself, “I hope. I hope, I hope that by the time I die, I have given up enough to qualify for salvation.”

    That is A TOTAL LIE!

    But we see that philosophy ever growing in the “Christian evangelical” movements today. Too sad!!

    In Jesus Christ eternally, Jack

  111. Just in case there was ever ANY DOUBT that Billy Graham teaches a false gospel of works, please consider the following quotes from his latest book entitled “The Reason for My Hope”:

    “I am afraid that many Christians, in their zeal to share their faith in Christ, have made the Gospel message of making disciples for Him too simple. Just to say ‘believe in Christ’ can produce a false assurance of the hope of Heaven. Jesus spoke often about the gift of eternal life. To make it clear, He said, ‘Count the cost.’”

    “Giving up something to follow Christ is not earning salvation; it is giving up what keeps you from salvation. When we hold on to something that is dearer to us than receiving the greater gift of salvation in Christ, we lose.”

    Just as I am, without one plea…If only Billy Graham believed that!

  112. That is where they find their common ecumenical ground then, isn’t it?

    Very interesting Johninnc….thank you for letting me know…

    And the plot to corrupt minds from the simplicity that is in Christ grows thicker…

  113. Holly, interesting that you should mention St. Thomas Aquinas and Billy Graham in the same comment. According to Clear Gospel Ministries, St. Thomas Aquinas is one of the torchbearers for Lordship “salvation” and Calvinism. See quote, below:

    “Bilateral contract salvation” and the “Perseverance of the Saints” are two separate but interrelated doctrines within a complex theological system of salvation by works, which relies, at its core, on redefining the word “grace” as some sort of mystical empowering substance. This theological system is set forth in Thomas Aquinas’ Summa Theologica, Part 1 of the Second Part, Questions 109-114, “Treatise of Grace,” a 12th century manifesto of Roman Catholic Theology. In Protestantism, it is known as “Reformed Theology” or “Calvinism”.

  114. Another upcoming huge error by the ecumenical, mystical, Loadship, Billy Graham Ministry.

    Renovare, which is Richard Foster (wrote Celebrations of Discipline), big time promoter of Roman Catholic Mysticism, is hosting a retreat at the Billy Graham Training Center at the Cove in Asheville, North Carolina. It will be led by Richard Foster’s son Nathan…

    Renovare (Richard Foster) is known for their quotes and love and promotion of mystics and Roman Catholics (calls them ‘devoted masters of the Christian faith’) such as:

    ► Mother Teresa
    ► Thomas Merton (all paths are to God-you could be a good Buddhist Christian, or a good Catholic Christian)…
    ► Brennan Manning
    ► Ignatius of Loyola
    ► St. Francis of Assisi
    ► Teresa of Avila
    ► Brother Lawrence – “practicing the Presence”
    ► Catherine of Siena
    ► The Cloud of Unknowing
    ► Madame Guyon
    ► St. Thomas Aquinas

    Sadly, plus a multitude of others…

    Just more evidence of bad fruits….

  115. I wonder if those who teach the “accept Jesus into your heart”, are so used to blending discipleship/walk teachings with the gospel, they have also blended believing, with the reality of what happens when we believe.

    For example, when we believe/receive Him, we become sons of God. (John 1:12) That I remember being equated with “accepting Him”. Or the Word effectually working in us, (I Thess 2:13) or the “implanted Word” (James 1:21).

    Then when we do believe, we know He comes to dwell in our hearts by faith. (Eph 3:17). So often I remember Revelation 3:20’s “open the door” being used for the example of inviting Jesus into your heart, or opening the door of your heart.

    We get so used to hearing men’s paraphrase of what the gospel says, that we do not relate the Word unfettered to others. I have been guilty of that, I hope I do not put any spin on Scripture that is not there….

    Some of these teachers have no excuse. They need to back up what they say with the Word vs. adding their own interpretation to words like “repent” or even the altar calls they added for effect to show the apparent success of their “revivals”. Still going on today…

  116. D Taylor,

    Welcome, we appreciate your discernment and understanding of the lie of Lordship “salvation.”

    You will find that many of our readers and commenters agree — so we welcome your comments.

    In Jesus Christ eternally, Jack

  117. Fine write up. lordship salvation is spreading its false teaching, seems like every where. and i am amazed at how many people have no clue of its false teaching, just goes to show what can happen when people do not study scripture in its context and take verses and use them out of context to fit their ideas of what he Bible should say.

  118. Terry, what a blessing to hear your story. So glad that you were able to share the good news with your son. I wish others would consider His Word before men’s teachings, but the enemy twists God’s Word every chance he gets. I pray that Dominic and all the others will “get it” and want to spend time in His Word and prayer with Him each day. Knowing His Word gives us assurance of the truth. I am so thrilled to hear your story. And it’s such a blessing I know to me and others here….

  119. Terry, I have prayed for both of your sons. You were very bold in witnessing to your older son and I pray that you will have boldness in talking to your younger son as well.

    Back when I was still mired in LS unbelief, my seven year old daughter asked me if a homosexual could go to heaven. My response was “yes, if they are willing to give up their sin.” My daughter responded with “If they believe in Jesus, why wouldn’t they go to heaven anyway”?

    Four years later, when I finally understood the Gospel, one of the first things I did was relive that conversation with my daughter. I told her that I had given her the wrong answer.

    Since then, she has become a believer.

  120. Terry,

    Thanks for that wonderful testimony — of a mother’s love for her son and for her love of the simple Gospel of God’s Grace.

    We will be praying for your older son as he thinks about what you told him.. and for your younger son as you get a chance to witness the Gospel to him.

    In Jesus Christ eternally, Jack

  121. Thank you everyone for your comments, reference to Scripture & so forth. Well let me say first of all thank You Jesus for leading me to this site & to Holly! Next after reading and meditating on everything that was posted through questions, comments, links, & answers, I thought the Holy Spirit delivered me from the lordship teaching as well as some other false teachings that were mentioned, but what about my Sons? At my church years ago when they were little boys my oldest son said what some call the sinner’s prayer and got saved. That’s the way it was done back then, you repeat after the Pastor and is told by doing this your were saved. Quote “ask Jesus to come into your heart & save you. I found out later that this was not Salvation by Grace but works. So since I happen to have my oldest son with me while I was reading this, I started to ask him questions like: “do u remember when you got saved?” He said why Mom I have to go. I told him to sit down & listen. I then asked him what was the Gospel. He could not tell me! I was shocked! Then I said your 4 yr old cousin went to church for the second time & came home excited about the Gospel! He said what? Tell me what is it I forgot! Then I asked him about John 3:16. He immediately quoted it. 🙂 Next I said what is Grace? He said come on Mom why are we talking about this now? I said because you are here with me at this moment & it’s what the Holy Spirit is telling me to ask you! Then I said have a seat & let me give you an example of Grace as pertaining to the finished work of Christ on the Cross. I gave the example he said oh now I remember! I went on to quote Ephesians 2:8-9. I explained it & allowed him to ask questions. He kept on saying ok ok I understand. At one point I was about to say just accept Jesus, but the Holy Spirit kept on reminding me of His Grace & Grace alone was the reason I was Saved. By giving him examples that he could identify with it made it so clear to him. He now is 34 yrs old & he said that sinner’s prayer when he was round 8 yrs old. He left saying thank you Mom I have a lot to think about. I said today is the day to make that change to accept Salvation through the Jesus alone & not by works. Back then you said a prayer where u asked Jesus to come into your heart & be your Lord & Savior. I’m saying now accept the finished work of Christ on the Cross, His death, Burial, & Resurrection & by His Grace you will be saved. Jesus being your Lord & Savior is who he is not what happens once you accept him like you where told to. Friends I hope & Pray he got it because I sure had a hard time at first not saying accept Christ into your heart it was what I was taught! I’ve been passing out tracts but failing to witness to others the truth about Grace. Now to give example as will as my testimony I will do, but straight out challenging someone, well…. So please keep my son in Prayer. His name is Dominic. Next pray for me to be used by God for boldness to tell others the truth as the Holy Spirit lends me!
    Oh & my youngest said is got saved when he was 3. All I know is when he was in head start( school for 3&4 year olds ) one of his teachers told me he told them he had some good news for them & told them how Jesus died on the Cross for their Sins & rose the third day according to scripture! Wow I was soo proud of him! His 32 years old & I’m still as the Holy Spirit lends ask him the same questions I asked his brother.

    Thank you love you. ❤

  122. Expected Imminently

    Dear Pearl
    It’s so good to hear your own experience on this; you know what I am trying to say. ‘Hath God said’ indeed! That’s exactly what the issue is all about, the serpent is still calling God’s straight forward declarations into question – for the same reason as you say , fake ‘love’ by not obeying ‘IF you love me, you will obey me’. Now THAT is Conditionalism for sure.

    I am grieved that they suppose God’s character would do anything that wasn’t absolutely Just and ‘fair’ with none of the ambiguity they claim by wrenching more out of Matt.10:28 than Christ ever intended.

    You are so right to mention that word ‘emergent’; I could see it emerging from the words Reagan writes. He says the Lake of Fire is Eternal, but not the length of time people have to stay in it! Well where do they go then, there is no indication of an alternative place for them in eternity? Certainly not with the Saints in Eternal Jerusalem, nor with the righteous nations outside the city gates.

    They are there, eternally separated from God, because of their failure to put their trust in Christ to save, what he is suggests is they will be paying for their own sins! Not likely, it was Jesus who did that for ALL mankind. I don’t care if L&L want to confuse themselves and call doubt to God’s Word, what bothers me is them selling their ideas to the young in the Faith. Teaching them this, is causing them to doubt what is written plainly.

    “If the plain sense makes sense, seek no other sense”! Believe it or not, L&L actually claim to go by that, AND follow a literal interpretation. Its one thing to say it, but quite another to actually practise it. It’s the iniquitous trait of ‘speaking from both corners of their mouths’. It’s downright two-faced and deceitful, and I don’t like it one bit. B-a-d…David Reagan!


  123. Hi, Sue~

    Not too long ago, I encountered the same claim from a former commenter here , an anti-LS champion who, from my limited observation, seems to have come full circle in that he has since allied himself with a few fringe emergent personalities who are all about love and total acceptance (yet really aren’t because they all point back to Rome by way of the authors which make them feel so good). Anyway, at his blog, he wrote a series of articles touting this strange view of hell and redefining eternity, going so far to say that a “god” who would condemn anyone according to the traditional view is a tyrant. Wow.

    I think it’s safe to say that every fable and philosophy designed to mislead the saints and conceal the true gospel begins with the ancient question “Yea, hath God said…?“.

  124. Daniel, you said: “I know you said John that the Bible never mentions false believers but in Galatians 2:4 it talks about “false brethren” (as it also does in 2 Corinthians 11:26) but this is talking about those who came to the Galatians preaching their false works gospel message of saying that they needed to be circumcised to be saved. Note, nowhere does it say in the book of Galatians that those people in the Church of Galatia were false brethren, they are actually called “brethren” in chapter 1 vs 11 even though some of them had turned aside by coming under a works gospel message. This is actually more proof that even if a believer turns aside to a false gospel message (which really is no gospel at all!) after having believed the gospel, they are still brethren since they at one time believed and were saved. More proof for OSAS!”

    You are right on all counts! Here is what Clear Gospel Campaign has to say about this:

    “We acknowledge that believers may fall into error or confusion regarding salvation and works after their conversion, as happened to the church of Galatia (Galatians 1:6-7. 3:1). We further acknowledge that the believers of Galatia were regarded as “brethren,” (Galatians 1:3), having fallen into this grievous error subsequent to their coming to an authentic faith in Christ (Galatians 3:1-3). We note, however, that the authors of this grievous error, who had never believed on Christ alone, having simply added Jesus Christ to a pre-existing confession of salvation by works (Acts 15:1) were regarded as “false brethren.” (Galatians 2:4). To this end, we affirm that a lost sinner must, at some time in his life, believe on Christ alone, apart from the works of the law, for his salvation, and that apart from such an authentic moment of saving faith, there is no hope of salvation.”

  125. Expected Imminently

    Hello Jack and all

    I have flouted Pearl’s wisdom and taken a recent look at Lamb and Lion. Sorry Pearl, you are right, I should stay away, but I fret for a dear lady that often blogs there. I am hoping that Susie and Billy will realise how bent Reagan is and get away from his strange aberrations.

    I don’t believe I am changing the subject, because it concerns ‘how long is eternity’ meaning the Lake of Fire’s human residents get out sooner or later according to the length of their punishment for sin; meaning eternal – isn’t.

    Reagan calls it Conditionalism; a new one on me that may as well be Annihilationism. Still, he is being given some stick by ‘charis’ which is obviously not appreciated 😉

    My goodness, I am shocked that I was ever involved in what I thought was genuine Christian fellowship. The list of his errors is growing by the mile. The man is a menace.

    I really meant to ask about the Ephesians who didn’t ‘make Jesus Lord’ as they were still into their idols as believers. Unless someone ‘gets this’ I shall have to ask again as I feel quite troubled by the antics of David Reagan and those who take notice of him.

    I’m sorry about the ‘rhubarb’, I think I needed to get it off my chest so I can settle for the night. God bless and thank you for putting up with me crashing about.

  126. Daniel,

    Thanks — Glad to see you return. We are praying for you and your wife as you grow in Grace.

    In Jesus Christ eternally, Jack

  127. Thankyou hollysgarcia, Abe, John, Sue and Jack for your excellent responses. Thankyou especially Jack for your follow up response. I did not think you answered in haste but your follow up response was very helpful. Yes, I John 2:19, as you so clearly pointed out, does not prove the calvinist false doctrine of ‘perseverence’ that you need to persevere to the end to be saved. No, I John 2:19 shows that those who left were never saved to begin with, they were ‘antichrists’ as seen in vs 18 and further explained in vs 22. Great observation. Often false doctrine is built out of not only wrong interpretation but taking lone verses out of their context. This happens alot with people propping up the ‘repent of your sins to be saved’ doctrine when they take a lone verse using the word ‘repent’ out of its context of the rest of the passage.

    Some would still argue however, that I John 2:19 is teaching that true believers cannot depart from the faith but as you pointed out John, there are other verses in the Bible to show otherwise. (such as Luke 8:13 and 1 Timothy 1:19. Besides, in the OT isn’t there ppl who were definitely saved but turned to pagan Gods? Did Solomon do this?

    Note, also:
    2 Tim 2:13
    If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.

    Minor point, not tying to be devils advocate or anything but just wanted to make clear one thing you said John. I know you said John that the Bible never mentions false believers but in Galatians 2:4 it talks about “false brethren” (as it also does in 2 Corinthians 11:26) but this is talking about those who came to the Galatians preaching their false works gospel message of saying that they needed to be circumcised to be saved. Note, nowhere does it say in the book of Galatians that those people in the Church of Galatia were false brethren, they are actually called “brethren” in chapter 1 vs 11 even though some of them had turned aside by coming under a works gospel message. This is actually more proof that even if a believer turns aside to a false gospel message (which really is no gospel at all!) after having believed the gospel, they are still brethren since they at one time believed and were saved. More proof for OSAS!

    Having said that, your initial response Jack also bears alot of truth. The simple promises of God in scripture should be enough for us! However, people can get confused and hung up on particular verses even after showing them the great eternal security promises. Sometimes if people have hung out in Church for years and been brainwashed by being told from the pulpit that if you don’t live a holy life you can lose your salvation, if you dont continue in the faith you can lose it (or you never had it), if you do this you go to hell, if you do that you will go to hell, if they’ve been brainwashed like that and had alot of ‘proof’ scriptures to support this doctrinal error of ‘conditional security’, then having some good rebuttals to their false interpretations can be very useful to help them see the light. I myself have needed this at times (as you all know by now) and it has been very helpful to see how a ‘proof’ scripture can be deconstructed to show the error of these interpretations.

    My wife is beginning to come around but she is not quite there yet but since my last talk with her she is starting to begin think that even if someone departs from the faith then they are still saved but she is still unsure…

  128. John,

    Welcome back..

    You said:

    ” Any so-called church that denies the doctrine of eternal security is leading people away from Christ.”

    Excellent and true observation. It is incomprehensible that “so called churches” and preachers don’t understand the meaning of the word “ETERNAL.” However, seminaries, schools and too many idolized “old time” preacher’s (such as Spurgeon, et al) have for years (intentionally I believe) distorted the precious Gospel of our Savior Jesus Christ and the meaning of “ETERNAL,” just to keep the “folks” in line.

    You further said in discussing 1 Timothy 1:19:

    ” Note that the Bible never says that one’s eternal salvation may become shipwreck.”

    Excellent point. One’s faith may wane, fade and even become “shipwreck” for many reasons; neglect and lack of studying God’s Word, embracing the world and its foibles, fellowship with unbelievers, studying false teacher’s books and their preaching, etc. But a Believer’s salvation remains 100% intact and just as eternal as the moment he or she made the decision to trust their salvation solely and simply by grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone.

    In other words, God’s SALVATION IS Eternal, meaning — “without end, forever, endless, ageless, always, ceaseless, constant, continuous, dateless, deathless, enduring, everlasting, illimitable, imperishable, incessant, indestructible, infinite, interminable, lasting, never-ending, permanent, perpetual, timeless, unbroken, unceasing, undying, unending, unfading, uninterrupted, without end” !!

    Assuming that for some the Biblical definition of ETERNAL is not enough, please forgive the dictionarial redundancy above — but it certainly makes the point.

    Thanks, John, for that great analysis.

    In Jesus Christ eternally, Jack

  129. Expected Imminently

    Hello Daniel R

    A big ‘amen’ to Jack’s comment; he is absolutely spot on to insist that to read in context is vital. Historically ‘they’ are the Gnostics (anti-christs and liars) who do not accept that Christ is the God-man come in human flesh. It is these who left the personal fellowship of the APOSTOLIC BODY; not meaning the Church in general.

    To ‘continue in the faith’ means to stay in obedient fellowship with God The Father via His Word (if you love me, you will obey me) i.e. putting THE Faith into practise by application of The written Word.
    I agree with John that we believers are more than capable of making our Faith a ‘ship-wreck’ by failure to walk in the Holy Spirit remaining ‘stunted’ and immature.

    Any sin can wreck our FELLOWSHIP with God, but all sin has been paid for and cannot end our RELATIONSHIP with God. 1John1:9 remedy.
    All will be taken into careful consideration at the Judgment Seat of Christ for rewards or loss.


  130. I’ve thought about the subject of eternal security quite a bit over the last couple of days, in particular some peoples’ resistance to it.

    Following are some of my rambling thoughts.

    I listened to Tom Cucuzza’s sermon of March 10, 2013 entitled “The Amazing Word of God.” A couple of quotes stood out:

    “I did not understand the Gospel, or trust Christ as my Savior, ‘til I was nineteen years old. But, the religion I was raised in to that point did teach me that the Bible was the word of God.”


    “If you can lose it, you lose it by misbehaving. So then what you’re telling me is you are keeping it by behaving. You’re trusting in, then, your merit – your good works, then, are your savior – not Jesus.”

    My comment: There are many institutions that claim the name of Christ, but are really leading people away from the truth. Any so-called church that denies the doctrine of eternal security is leading people away from Christ. These institutions are serving the role of the “fowls of the air (aka the devil)” referred to in Luke 8:5: “A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it.”

    The word of God is clear on eternal security. If you do not believe this, you have never understood the Gospel.

    Some people believe that one cannot lose salvation by sinning, but that one can lose salvation by discontinuing belief. While it is true that one cannot lose salvation by sinning, it is not true that one can lose salvation by discontinuing to believe. Others will say that if someone discontinues believing, he was never saved. This is also not Biblical.

    Luke 8:13: “They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.”

    My comment: This verse seems to teach that a believer may stop believing. The Bible never mentions false believers. Therefore, when we modify “believers” with the word “true”, we are helping to feed the misconception that there are other kinds of believers. The reality is, that most “false believers” have believed a false gospel. Believers have believed the singular, true gospel. Whether or not that faith endures, anyone who has ever trusted in Christ alone for eternal salvation is eternally secure.

    1 Timothy 1:19: “Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck.”

    My comment: How could someone’s faith become shipwreck if he never had it? This verse clearly teaches that a believer can lose his faith. Note that the Bible never says that one’s eternal salvation may become shipwreck.

  131. Daniel, the section on eternal security in “The Gospel” booklet by Ron Shea may be helpful to you in your discussion with your wife. Following is the link:

  132. Abe,

    Thanks — I recall during Bible college (as an old man) the idea drummed into my head that context is crucial to KJV Biblical interpretation.

    LSers and Calvinists favorite trick is to yank verses out of context (or make their own context), build a false doctrine and then run with it.

    In Jesus Christ eternally, Jack

  133. Jack, what you did with verse 18 in relation to 1 John 2:19, was beautiful, and yet so simple. I forget so easily, that context means so very much. That is, “they” (the antichrists from verse 18), went out. I’ve read those verses hundreds of times, but the connection never went through until just now. 🙂

  134. Daniel,

    I apologize if it seems I may have answered you in haste. Another thought about your question on 1 John 2:19. It is not referring to true believers in Jesus their Messiah.

    We should always remember to study verses in context. 1 John 2:18 explains the context of John’s statement in verse 19. Like any assembly of believers, there is always a likelihood it can be infiltrated by unbelievers who oppose the Gospel and the Savior. Those folks who “went out” [departed] the group of believers were “antichrists,” [Greek: antichristos; opponents of the Messiah] in other words, those who opposed Jesus the Messiah were obviously, by John’s statement, antichrists and unbelievers to begin with.

    1 John 2:18-19

    Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.
    (v 19) They [the antichrists] went out [departed] from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest [made known] that they were not all of us.

    Verse 19 is often used (out of context) by Calvinists who insist that one must “persevere to the end” or they will be lost. (The “P” in the Calvinist TULIP)

    I pray this helps.

    In Jesus Christ eternally, Jack

  135. Daniel,

    The explanation I gave on John 10:28 earlier with the detailed explanation of the word “NEVER perish” should sufficiently answer any questionable verse – especially one like the Calvinist’s favorite, 1 John 2:19.

    Study John 10:28, those who believe in Jesus are sealed eternally and will NEVER perish!

    In Jesus Christ eternally, Jack

  136. Daniel, I think re-reading John and Romans 1-8 really made quite a difference for me, and remembering if the gift of God is eternal life, then how is it a gift, and how is it eternal, if I can taken it back or lose it, etc.?

    I just had to keep going back to the free gift being eternal, meaning forever, it’s just hard for us to comprehend. And that great of a love is so hard to understand. From the beginning He didn’t expect much of us and we couldn’t even do that…

    And remembering we are but dust, He gives us this wonderful gift if we will but believe on Him.

    I hope it’s o.k. to mention here, but I was greatly helped by “Full Assurance” and “The Eternal Security of the Believer” by H.A. Ironside, both really deal with plenty of Scriptures and go right to the heart (especially the latter) of what makes it so hard for us to believe that we have eternal life. And he deals with the problematic passages in context. The pdf books are online for free downloads. Unless Jack or Bruce would have any objection.

  137. Oh, any chance you can give a scriptural based rebutal to the idea that I John 2:19 means that a true believer will continue in the faith and not appostasize?

  138. Daniel,

    Glad to hear there is some progress..

    To paraphrase an old colloquial saying:
    “You can convince a wife more with honey than with vinegar.”

    We will be praying for y’all.

    In Jesus Christ eternally, Jack

  139. Thanks Bruce and Jack on those verses on eternal security and also that one in Ephesians 1:13 is great to show that the gift of salvation/justification/new birth/adoption or whatever you want to call it occurs immediately after believing. I have also tried to show my wife John 5:24 as well as I John 5:13 to show her that eternal life is a present tense possession. She is slowly coming round. A big part of my job is actually just lovingly and gently showing her as when I have been pushing her to listen she resists which i guess is just human nature.

    I shall also endeavor to show her that NO WHERE in the bible does it say that if we CONTINUE to believe that we shall have eternal life but on the contrary, many many promises for salvation are given by a simple one time act of faith on Christ. I read about this tonight and this is just another illustration I can use as with the examples of what a gift really is and the meaning of the word ‘eternal’ and ‘everlasting life’. It’s interesting because we are told to “Pray without ceasing” in I Thessalonians 5:17 but nowhere in the Bible are we told on this up-most important matter of salvation that we need to continually believe to be saved.

  140. Daniel,

    A thought.. as you probably have tried to get her to understand — if ETERNAL life could be forfeited or EVER end — it was never eternal.. But the very definition of eternal is, without end, everlasting etc.

    You might have her read Ephesians 1:13
    “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest (down payment) of our inheritance (Eternal Life) until the redemption of the purchased possession (each believer), unto the praise of his glory.

    When a believer is sealed by God’s infallible Holy Seal, the indwelling of His Holy Spirit… God’s Seal can NEVER be broken. If one who has believed in Jesus Christ alone for his Salvation were to go to hell, God’s Holy Spirit must also go to Hell — and that is impossible.

    One of the beautiful promises from Jesus Himself in in John 10:28, read and study it carefully:

    “And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall NEVER perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.” (not even the person herself/himself!!!)

    That word NEVER is a composite Greek word, comprised of 4 other Greek word phrases, Ou me, Eis Ho and Aeon:

    (1. Ou me = a double negative strengthening the denial; not at all, any more, at all, by any (no) means, neither, never, no (at all), in no case (wise), nor ever, not (at all, in any wise).

    (2.Eis – no place, time, or purpose (result, etc.); continual, + far more exceeding, for any [intent, purpose], of one mind, + never perish, throughout, till the end, (here-) until (-to), …ward, [where-] fore, with.

    (3. Ho = and the neuter, male, female in all their inflections; the, this, that, one, he, she, it, etc.

    (4. Aion = extension in perpetuity (also past); by implication the world; specially (Jewish) a Messianic period (present or future) :- age, course, eternal, (for) ever (-more), [n-]ever, (beginning of the world (began, without end).

    Daniel, that, in context, is very impressive and definitive in one word. I pray your wife will read and believe that emphatic and precious promise from Jesus Himself made to to her..

    You shall NEVER perish!!!!

    In Jesus Christ ETERNALLY, Jack — That IS God’s Grace

  141. Hi Daniel,

    John 10:27-30 is a rock solid text on eternal security. So is Romans 8:38-39.

  142. sorry little typo… was saying that I John 2:19 to seems pretty convincing when it stands alone but not when weighed up against the many promises of God regarding ETERNAL life…

  143. I have been trying to show my wife that believing eternal security is part of the package of believing the Gospel itself. To deny eternal security and to say one can lose salvation because of sin or not continuing in faith is to not put all one’s trust in Christ but is equivalent to putting one’s trust in Christ plus works/self which cannot save. This is so clear in scriptures such as 1 John 5:9-11.

    My wife currently believes that a believer in Christ cannot lose their salvation due to any sin or sinfulness as she understands Jesus paid for all sin over 2000 years ago and all sin is taken away through believing on the Lord Jesus Christ. However, she still believes that a believer can lose their salvation if they make a decision to reject Christ after they are born again and stop believing the Gospel. I have tried to show her how this view is mistaken and even used scriptures such as 2 Tim 2:11-13 especially vs. 13 which make it clear that even if we stop believing, God is faithful to us despite our unfaithfulness because He has made a covenant with us and He won’t break His promise. I have used explanations and analogies such as ‘what’s the word eternal mean?’ and ‘how many times does an everlasting gift need to be received?’ and etc. etc. but she does not get it. One area where she is getting confused is understanding WHEN eternal life starts. She is confused if it starts when believing or when one actually arrives in Heaven. Have used some scriptures to show her it begins as soon as you believe on Christ but again she is resistant. One of the things she has told me is that if someone later rejects the Gospel then it proves that they were never saved. She then used the scripture in I John 2:19 to confirm this which I have to say is pretty convincing when it stands alone but in the context of God’s promises about eternal life.

    Any advice about anything I could say to my wife or a scriptural response to her interpretation of I John 2:19 ?

  144. Thanks Jim, John, Abe and especially Jack for your clear responses to my question. I hear what you are saying. I agree. Going into trying to explain the Trinity in a Gospel presentation is making things unnecessarily complicated and like ‘going into the weeds’ as you put it Jack. As long as they believe in the Biblical Jesus (this includes understanding that He is God) and have all their trust in Him alone, that’s what’s important for salvation. Thanks guys for helping to declutter my at times over complicated mind.

  145. John,

    Thankfully no believers will be judged at the Great White throne judgment.


    As far as distractions concerning the gospel, there are many people that will throw up obstacles. Atheists have theirs, Muslims have theirs, Mormon’s etc. You have to, no matter what bring them back to Christ. Share with them the clear simple gospel that Jack mentions above. Most believers can barely begin to grasp the reality of the Trinity let alone unbelievers.

    In witnessing to a Muslim one time he kept bringing up the obstacle that we supposedly worship three God’s. He viewed Jesus as a good prophet and not the Son of God. I think a person does not have to understand the aspects of the Trinity but the better understand that Jesus is God, that He was the perfect sacrifice, and that our only hope of salvation lies in Him.

    The man I witnessed to would not believe that Jesus was God or that Jesus was His payment for his sin. His understanding of the Trinity was irrelevant at that point because He was clearly rejecting Christ.

  146. Daniel, I agree with Jack.

    However, belief in a false doctrine can be an impediment to a religious non-believer coming to faith in Christ alone.

    For example, the belief that the Great White Throne judgment pertains to Church-age believers may confuse rewards passages with eternal life passages and lend to someone trusting in Christ plus works for eternal life.

  147. Daniel,

    Let me jump in here. I don’t pretend to speak for John but let me try to shed some light.

    You say, “Would such a heretical view mean that the person is not saved?”

    It is wise to discern a person’s faith on whether they believe that their eternal salvation is based solely on; by Grace alone through Faith alone in Jesus Christ alone. Jesus Christ = Yeshua (God, Savior), Messiah.

    Modalism is just another “ism.” To argue the Trinity here or with your friends (or through blogs) is going into the weeds — and is something one can understand by studying Scripture. We need not go into the weeds here today.

    Remember, Belief in Jesus of the Biblical Gospel record is what saves.. with the faith of a child.
    1 Corinthians 15:1-5

    “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 [forasmuch as] 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 [Messiah, Savior] 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: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:” [and factually witnessed by many]

    Don’t be side-tracked by issues like the Trinity. Share with them the Gospel of God’s Grace through Jesus Christ.

    In Jesus Christ eternally, Jack

  148. “I have heard from some that it would mean that they are not saved because in accepting a HERETICAL view of the Godhead or simply denying the Trinity”

    This might not be fully relevant to the discussion, but I did want to mention that I have never found a person that denies the Trinity, that also believed in free grace. Just for an example, oneness pentecostal denies the Trinity, and they teach works and water baptism for salvation. Never is there a person (in my experiences) that denied the Trinity and yet believed in the free grace Gospel. I would say that a wrong understanding of the Godhead, automatically will lead to a false gospel as well. And of course, even a right understanding of the Godhead doesn’t mean that the person has the right Gospel (as we see in the examples of Chan/Platt/MacArthur etc., who have the Trinity right, but the Gospel wrong).

  149. Hi John,
    I think you missed the point of my question. Maybe i did not explain my question clearly. I never said that when giving a Gospel presentation that a person needs a PERFECT understanding of the Trinity. I don’t think anyone has a perfect understanding of it, its probably the hardest thing to understand in Christianity. My question related to the need to explain the Trinity in a Gospel presentation with people who have a HERETICAL view of the Trinity and if such a heresy is a damnable heresy, of which I currently think it is not but I am not entirely sure which is why I ask for clarification from you who may be more sound in the faith than I.

    Please also realize that while I state in my questions that I am fairly sure of certain things, I still dont have complete understanding on alot of things which is why I ask for clarification from others that have a sound faith, of which I personally know of less then a few people that would agree that eternal security is part of the Gospel and essential to believe for salvation, out of those people I have really only one person I can easily speak with and he is like myself having come out of LS for short while but longer than me. Having been involved and affected by Lordship salvation and other heresy for 10 years and only coming out of it about a year ago and extremely limited access to people to clarify things with other people that have a clear understanding of salvation, asking questions here on this blog and over the net with sound believers is really helpful to me. In the last year I have cleared out alot of junk and am getting clearer all the time, some things I am FAIRLY SURE of but still need clarification. Hope you have the patience for my questions here on this blog.

    Rephrasing my question, basically my question is, if a person has a HERETICAL understanding of the Trinity such as modalism or if a person has any other form of heresy around understanding or denying the Trinity, should the Trinity be explained in the Gospel presentation? Would such a heretical view mean that the person is not saved? I have heard from some that it would mean that they are not saved because in accepting a HERETICAL view of the Godhead or simply denying the Trinity, such a person is believing in ANOTHER JESUS which is also talked about in the Bible. Your clarifications would be helpful.

  150. Hi Holly,

    Sorry but I have no book on the market at present. I have written some articles and book reviews for Free Grace Alliance that are published on its web site:
    I also have a couple more projects in the hopper which will probably have to wait until I have time off from my job to complete them.

    Thanks for asking.

  151. Daniel, I think you answered your own question. You said:

    “Also, what do you say about people that do believe in the Father, Son and Holy Spirit but deny the doctrine of the Trinity? (meaning they say that the Son and Spirit are modes of God, also known as modalism) Saved or not? My understanding is that its heresy but would not say they are not saved. I don’t think I have ever heard anyone aim to explain the teaching of the Trinity in a Gospel presentation as we want to make things clear and simple and not unnecessarily complicated. Your opinion based on scripture?”

    My comment: if trying to explain the Trinity would make a Gospel presentation unnecessarily complicated, how would someone need a perfect understanding of the Trinity in order to be saved?

  152. Holly,

    No problem bringing this up within the false teaching of Billy Graham thread. OK.

    Not sure all of your questions are answered in the context of scripture.

    In Acts 2:36

    “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.”

    These men had just realized they had crucified the Lord Jesus Christ, their Messiah. They must have been horrified (I would be).

    Then in Acts 2:37-38

    “Now when they heard this, they were pricked [worn down] in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent,[change your mind about Jesus] and be baptized [cleansed] every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”

    The only eternal cleansing and remission of sins available is believing in the Name of Jesus Christ: Jesus = “Jehovah [God] Savior” and Christ = “Messiah.”

    These men were told to change their mind and believe in Jesus. Just that simple.

    Your antagonists and those who wish to add man’s works will rarely understand or believe that simple answer.

    In Jesus Christ eternally, Jack

  153. Thanks Bruce, glad you confirmed what I already thought. I have often heard Gospel presentations that were good meaning there was nothing wrong with them but they left out what I thought be essentials including Jesus’ deity and eternal security.

    Also, what do you say about people that do believe in the Father, Son and Holy Spirit but deny the doctrine of the Trinity? (meaning they say that the Son and Spirit are modes of God, also known as modalism) Saved or not? My understanding is that it’s heresy but would not say they are not saved. I don’t think I have ever heard anyone aim to explain the teaching of the Trinity in a Gospel presentation as we want to make things clear and simple and not unnecessarily complicated. Your opinion based on scripture?

  154. Hey, by the way Jack and/or Bruce, I didn’t see a link (to your link) regarding the review on Bruce’s book. Bruce, do you have it on kindle?

  155. I agree completely with you Jack on the change of mind, in those who use Acts 2:36-38, as remorse about sin being a necessary ingredient (how much?) many are insistent that the sorrow and change of mind prove they go together, hence repentance = being sorry for your sin and being sorry for your sin = turning from it.

    I understand that is not what it says, or at least that is how I see what metanoeo means in that passage, as well as others. Peter just lays out for Israel, (as you know), that they not only had seen the miraculous wonderful works of God spoken in their language, but that it was prophecy fulfilled regarding the last days.

    How that Jesus showed wonders and signs among them all, they knew it, and yet they took him by “wicked hands” and crucified Him.

    He preached the gospel, how God raised Him up since Jesus could not be bound by death. And how the prophecy of David spoke about Jesus the Messiah who was to be raised up to sit on David’s throne (Ps 132:11), and how it also spoke of His resurrection from the dead.

    That it was Jesus who sits by the Father’s right hand, not David. He preached that God MADE Jesus (who they crucified) both LORD and CHRIST (God the Messiah, the anointed, the Son of God).

    THEN it says when they heard these things, then they were pricked in their hearts.

    I surely don’t know what they were thinking, were they sorry for the past sins? I see no evidence by what was preached that this was what it was about. Were they convicted of being guilty of putting Him to death? Did they get convicted of their unbelief? Did they change their minds about who Jesus was? Did they realize that this was indeed the Messiah that was prophesied about in their Scriptures? The one that was promised unilaterally in the beginning when Abraham offered up Isaac? (Gen 22:18)

    I have to assume from the Scriptures these are the things preached on, that pricked their hearts and they believed. Faith comes by hearing the Word, and hearing by the Word of God.

    I hope this is o.k. to lay this is out here, not really sure it applies to the particular post, but it is a passage I see frequently for those who are either somehow confused by not carefully examining context, or by Lordship teachings.

  156. Matt for Grace and Truth

    Hello Daniel,

    In response to your latest inquiry, I recommend that you listen to Dr. Cucuzza’s clear, simple and accurate “free grace” gospel presentation:

  157. Holly, Good questions.

    We have published an article/book review by Bruce about JMac and his fallacious insistence that one must be a “slave” to be saved. Typical LS falsehood:

    And about your question on Godly sorrow; Godly sorrow does not work “repentance” in unbelievers. The verse in 2 Corinthians is speaking to believers about their behavior. Important: We must always insist that the detractors of God’s Grace understand that “repentance” is a change of mind, NOT that which they so often demand, a change of behavior or direction of life to secure salvation before or after belief in Christ.

    Happiness at hearing the Gospel of God’s Grace can bring about a change of mind unto salvation, as well as joy, disappointment, grief, understanding God’s love, Godly friends, etc.

    Don’t let the Graceless detractors get to you. Maybe some others here can add to this or answer your other questions further.

    In Jesus Christ eternally, Jack

  158. And another brief question regarding Romans 10 that the Lordship proponents use to make their point of us making Him the Ruler of our lives, or putting Him on the throne, or submitting to His Lordship etc.

    John Macarthur one time I heard/read, (it’s been awhile), but something to this effect regarding kyrios. That He is master, and we must submit as slave. And of course he goes into more Scriptures to try to build his case for salvation being based on submitting fully (never mind that believers are exhorted more than once to do this).

    Re: vs. 9 about confessing with your mouth (and believing in your heart) the Lord Jesus…. Isn’t this believing that we understand who He is? Lord meaning God, the Messiah and Jesus, Jehovah is salvation. This establishes who Jesus is doesn’t it?

    Funny, they usually use their key argument, “you can’t accept Him as Savior while denying Him as Lord”…. so deceitful, or foolish, not sure which, but I deny neither.

    Just curious if my understanding here is correct, it only came from just looking into the root word etymology for that Scripture awhile back, and this has always been my understanding before I ever knew even what the root words were. It seemed simple to me.

    So many voices out there now…

  159. Lots of catching up to do here, thoroughly enjoyed it.

    I have a question also regarding “godly sorrow”.

    Many also use Acts 2:38, “pricked in their heart” (or some versions “cut to the heart”, to state godly sorrow preceded repentance. Isn’t this just the emotion of sorrow that comes from knowledge of their actions and unbelief as the Holy Spirit convicts them by the Word?

    It is similarly used in Acts 5 and 7, different root words/phrases (katanyssomai and diapriō kardia) are used, but in Acts 7, it is rendered “cut to the heart”. As it sometimes is in all three chapters; 2, 5, 7. The group in Acts 2 was sorry/pricked in their conscience and wanted to know what to do, the other group was vexed, cut to the heart, yet knew what they wanted to do… (kill Stephen).

    Here’s my question, all three times, even in Acts 5, they heard the Word via the apostles. Didn’t the Word pierce/penetrate/cut their heart as in Heb 4:12, yet their responses to it were different? In Acts 2 they wanted to know what to do, in Acts 7 they stopped their ears.

    Or am I completely off here? I have one who insists this is godly sorrow preceding repentance. (Again I thought they were ungodly until justified 🙂 )

  160. Hi Daniel,

    When Jesus used the words “I am,” he was claiming deity and equality with the Father. This goes back all the way to Exodus 3 (Moses and the burning bush incident) in which He, I believe He was the preincarnate Christ, spoke from the burning bush declaring himself to the the Great I Am, fully God, completely self-existent. John 8:18 and 58 also declare this. Jesus’ call in John 8, that you cite, was definitely to believe in him in the sense of his complete deity as God the Son, Second Person of the Trinity.

    Hope this is helpful. If I may add one thing, when LSers speak of making Jesus the “Lord of your life,” they are not referring to his deity; they are just speaking of rulership over one’s life.

    We cannot make Jesus Lord; HE IS LORD! He’s Lord of Creation, Lord of the Universe, Lord of Redemption, Lord of All, in spite of any puny declaration that an invidual might chose to make.

  161. Sorry, here are the verses from John 8 (with verse 23) which give a little more context:

    John 8:23-25
    23 And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.
    24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.
    25 Then said they unto him, Who art thou? And Jesus saith unto them, Even the same that I said unto you from the beginning.

  162. Hi guys
    Quick question. As I am preparing to get out there and share the Gospel with people I am wanting to be simple yet thorough when sharing the Gospel. Based on what Jesus said in John 8:24-25 it is clear that someone MUST believe Jesus is God to be saved.

    John 8:24-25
    I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins. Then said they unto him, Who art thou? And Jesus saith unto them, Even the same that I said unto you from the beginning.

    Most times, even those sound in the faith leave this out of their Gospel presentation. I want to keep things simple but I also know from previous experience in talking with the general public out there, most people think that Christians believe that Jesus is the Son of God but are confused when you tell them that Jesus is God; God the Son. This causes me to think that a few verses to show them that Jesus is God is necessary when presenting the Gospel. What’s your opinion on that?

  163. Hi again Daniel. You inquired:

    “Regarding this teaching my friend affirms, that Jesus went to the burning side of Hell for 3 days before He resurrected, would you call that ‘another Gospel’? It’s definitely a wrong teaching but you would not say my friend is believing a false Gospel would you?”

    First off, I don’t know your friend, so I won’t attempt to assess whether he is a believer or not. I think that many people (Christians included) have bought into the teaching of which you speak because it has been promoted on TBN and in the Christian bookstores. I submit that if they really knew the origin of that teaching, they would likely flee from it.

    Origin of teaching:

    The teaching of which you speak about Jesus in the burning side of hades likely originated with E. W. Kenyon, founder of the “Word of Faith” movement. Kenyon combined metaphysical teachings with Pentecostalism. Kenneth Hagin popularized Kenyon’s teachings which have been picked up and promoted by high-profile pastors like Benny Hinn, Paul and Jan Crouch, Frederick K.C. Price and Kenneth Copeland. At the heart of Word of Faith or Word-Faith teaching is the belief in “faith force,” in which a person’s words can be used to summon whatever one wants, like health and wealth (faith becomes one’s “god”). One of Kenyon’s many heretical teachings was that Jesus had to give up his divinity, go to hell/hades to personally atone for his own sins and that he himself had to be born again. Much more could be said but I will leave it to the folks to research the movement on their own.

  164. Daniel, I have a couple of thoughts on your above comment.

    First, if someone does not believe in eternal security, I believe it is extremely unlikely that he understands what salvation is. If someone believes he can lose his salvation, then what gift of God does he believe has he received through Jesus Christ?

    Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

    Second, the teaching that Jesus went to “the burning side of Hell” for three days before He resurrected is false. However, I personally don’t believe it constitutes a false gospel.

  165. Thanks Bruce for explaining what you think about what I was told about the other teaching being ‘blasphemy’. I won’t worry about it even though the person I heard it from was really giving a brow beating.

    I can clearly see what you are saying Jim and Bruce and see that Jesus became a ‘sin offering’ and not actual sin. Makes perfect sense and very interesting that the words ‘to be’ were not in the original language.

    Regarding, whether Jesus absorbed sin in His body or simply took the punishment in His body while on the cross, I am not entirely sure but I’m going with what Jim said, that Jesus bore the “penalty for all sin in his body”. Having said that, as you said Jack, I guess it does not matter if we don’t understand everything about how everything worked and the mechanics of everything while Jesus was on the cross, as long as we accept the basic truth of the Gospel.

    Saying all that, my free grace friend (who is the only person I know that will actually say people who don’t believe in eternal security are not saved; the pastor of the new church I am going to understands LS and believes in ES but not sure if he would take the stand my friend and I do, that said maybe I in contact with 2 free gracers, depends on how you define a free gracer?) anyway, back to my point my free grace friend actually also believes that when the Bible says that Jesus went to Hell, that it was on the burning side, not paradise. I have told him several times now that I disagree and that it’s dangerous doctrine because what Jesus did on the cross was sufficient, He did not need to suffer in Hell. Some would say that what my friend is affirming is ‘another Gospel’. I have not said that to my friend and prefer to think that he has gotten a little off track; I believe he is a genuinely saved believer. Regarding this teaching my friend affirms, that Jesus went to the burning side of Hell for 3 days before He resurrected, would you call that ‘another Gospel’? It’s definitely a wrong teaching but you would not say my friend is believing a false Gospel would you?

  166. Daniel,

    Bruce and JimF gave great answers.

    Let us remember:
    2 Cor. 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.”

    Lest we wander too deeply into the weeds let us remember, 1 Cor. 15:3-4

    “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:.”

    That is what we believe to have eternal life.

    We can leave the mechanics and logistics of how God did it all and“He [God] hath made Him [Jesus] to be sin for us” up to the Lord and then, as we grow in Grace, we understand more of God’s Word.

    We must maintain that “simplicity that is in Christ”

    In Jesus Christ eternally, Jack

  167. Hi again Daniel,

    To reiterate, I think that what Jim Floyd stated, emphasizing that Christ was an offering or sacrifice for sin, expresses things very properly, clearly and well. What he says agrees with the OT sacrificial system pointing to the one great sacrifice of Christ for all time on the cross for the sins of the world: Rev. 5:12 “Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.”

    Now, getting to your second point, I must tell you that I am always careful about using the word “blasphemy.” I rarely if ever have used it (maybe never), unless possibly refering to a teaching of a cult. In my teaching of the Bible, sometimes people make some pretty off-the-wall comments, but it’s usually due to a lack of knowledge or understanding. That being said, let’s look at the verse a bit more closely. The verse says literally, “he has made him sin, or a sin-offering.” The words, “to be,” are not in the original. The King James notates this by placing the words in itallics [1972 Thos. Nelson Ed]. Christ was not literally made sin in the abstract, nor was he himself a sinner, for, as the text declares, he “knew no sin.”

    Jim’s interpretation of God making Christ a sin-offering is held by probably the majority of commentators. A few commentators say that God treated Christ as if he were a sinner. This idea may be implied, but I think that the first approach is the more powerful interpretation and fits better with the totality of Scripture.

  168. Thanks Bruce on behalf of the expreacherman ministry that you agree with what jimfloyd12 has stated. From what I understand you and Jack are the moderators of this site and I know there are many individuals that would say different thing so i do want to know if what someone says is supported or not, especially if i am only hearing from just one voice.

    Regarding the second half of my question, I felt it was unanswered. I understand what you believe, well stated, but what is your stance regarding what I was told:

    “To say that the holy Son of God actually BECAME sin is blasphemy and that to say that the Father and Holy Spirit removed themselves from Jesus and thus disolving the infinite oneness in the Trinity is paramount to blasphemy”.

    Do you agree that it is blasphemy? That really threw me and unsettled me when I heard it stated like that. Would you say it is that serious? I have a friend that is a free gracer (the only free gracer i actually know) and he says that Jesus did not become actual sin but absorbed them in His body. Would you call that blasphemy?

  169. Hi Daniel,

    Jim’s response was thorough and well stated. Thanks Jim.

    As kind of a related issue, once in my teaching of the Bible a man from the audience spoke out and said, “But didn’t Jesus die merely as a man on the cross?” I responded, “No, he died as the God-man for our sins on the cross; otherwise, his death would not have been efficacious for the removing of our sins.”

  170. Thanks jimfloyd12, so you are basically agreeing with the second paragraph I wrote and that the idea that the Father literally turned away from Christ and that Jesus absorbed sin in His body is a wrong teaching, correct? Be good to hear from Bruce, Jack others etc.

  171. Daniel,

    I do not believe that Christ actually physically took on all sins in his body. What he did was bear the penalty for all sin in his body. He was totally without sin himself – who knew no sin – but the was made to be sin – that is a sin offering- so that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. Similarly I do not believe that Christ died spiritually as some may try to advocate. God basically placed the guilt of all sin upon Christ. The key is that Christ shed His blood in death as remission of our sin. That was the price that had to be paid.

  172. Question regarding the atonement of Christ.
    I was taught and have always believed that when Christ said on the cross in Matthew 27:46 and Mark 15:34 “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”. It was because that the Father could not look upon Jesus (have fellowship with Him) because ‘He became sin’ as it says in the following verse: II 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.
    I have been taught that Jesus actually became sin for us and while He was on the cross, that He actually absorbed the sins of the world in His body as it says in I Peter 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree…

    Recently I came across some teaching that said that to say that the holy Son of God actually BECAME sin is blasphemy and that to say that the Father and Holy Spirit removed themselves from Jesus and thus disolving the infinite oneness in the Trinity is paramount to blasphemy. They said that when it says in II Corinthians 5:21 that “he hath made him to be sin for us” that it means only that Jesus was made a SIN OFFERING for us and not actual sin as it says in Isaiah 53:10 Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul AN OFFERING FOR SIN…

    Little confused, feedback please….

  173. Thanks John : )

  174. Expected Imminently

    Thank you lads for unravelling that error for me. I tend to go a bit too deep, but your replies reveal there’s no need. Hoping and praying this will be used by those concerned to un-muddy what should be crystal clear, not ‘deep’ at all. Praise The Lord!


  175. Daniel, regarding John 15:

    On John 15, see,

    I also recommend Dr. Bing’s GraceNotes # 28:
    Can Good Works Prove Salvation? no. 28 – Dr. Charlie Bing
    Dr. Charlie Bing:
    There is every reason to think that those who have believed in Jesus Christ as Savior and are consequently born into God’s family will experience a changed life to some degree. Some would say that this changed life is evidenced by good works which proves they are saved. If that is true, then the converse is true: if there are no good works, then there is no salvation. In this view, good works (sometimes called “fruit” or evidence of a changed life) prove or disprove one’s eternal salvation.

    Some passages are used to contend that works can prove or disprove one’s eternal salvation. Probably the most common are James 2:14-26, John 15:6, and Matthew 7:15-20. But James is writing to Christians about the usefulness of their faith, not its genuineness. Likewise, in John 15:6 Jesus is talking about fruitless believers and compares them to branches that are burned, in other words, not of much use. Matthew 7:15-20 warns against false prophets (not believers in general) who can be evaluated on the basis of their evil deeds or heretical teaching (not an absence of works in general).

    There is no passage of Scripture that claims works can prove salvation. In fact, there are many problems with trying to use works to prove salvation, or the lack of works to disprove salvation.

    Good works can characterize non-Christians. Works in and of themselves can not prove that anyone is eternally saved because those who have not believed in Christ will often do good things. In fact, good deeds are essential to many non-Christian religions. Sometimes the outward morality of non-Christians exceeds that of established Christians. In Matthew 7:21-23 we see the possibility of those who do not know Christ doing great works, but their works are useless in demonstrating their salvation; they are not saved.
    [to read the full article, go to GraceNotes 28 at the GraceLife web site]

  176. Hi Friends,
    A quick question I have regarding John 15. This chapter, many Arminians, Calvinists and LS will use to promote a false Gospel. In many of these questions I ask on your blog here, I ask for the clarification of how to respond to others. Now, regarding John 15, two things are clear to me:
    1. The purpose of the parable is about PRODUCING FRUIT not salvation from hell.
    2. I have been taught that the purpose of parables are not to be used as doctrine.

    But LS people will say ‘But why does Jesus use such strong language when He says in vs. 6 – “If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.” – Surely He is referring to Hell when he refers to being cast into the fire?’

    I can easily give them points 1 and 2 but still wonder, why have trouble giving them a strong Biblical response regarding why Jesus uses such strong language and refer to those not abiding will be cast into the fire?

    Also, knowing that the purpose of parables are not to be used as doctrine could someone simply and clearly explain to me just what the purpose of parables were? (apart from hiding the truth from those that were self righteous).

  177. Thank you John for your excellent thorough response to Sue’s question and quotation.


    If I may add briefly to John’s fine response, the verse that the objector cites, Acts 16:31, is a great verse declaring that salvation comes through believing in Christ alone by grace alone through faith alone for salvation; however, it is by no means the ONLY verse that declares the Free Grace Gospel message. Here are some more good verses that declare the gospel of grace: Ephesians 2:8-9; John 3:16-18; John 6:29, 40; John 10:27-30; John 11:25-26; John 12:46; John 14:6; John 17:3; Acts 4:12; Titus 3:5; Romans 4:5; 1 Cor. 15:1-8; 1 John 5:10-12.

    For a look at how Lordship “Salvation” advocates distort the gospel of grace, see, for example the article “Grace Baiting”:

    Click to access baiting.pdf

  178. John,

    Excellent points — right on target which shows the fallacy of LS.

    In Jesus Christ eternally, Jack

  179. Sue, I think it is remarkable that this LS quote looks for Godly sorrow from people who are not yet saved.

    The Bible says that God justifies the UNGodly.

    Romans 4:5 “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.”

    Romans 5:6 “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.”

    Let’s look at a could of the accounts of people who believed on Jesus in the Gospels:

    1. John 4:25-29:

    “The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he. And upon this came his disciples, and marvelled that he talked with the woman: yet no man said, What seekest thou? or, Why talkest thou with her? The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men, Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?

    2. John 11:25-27:

    “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.”

    I don’t see any mention of “Godly Sorrow in action by people CONVICTED OF SIN, BEFORE they received Jesus and believed on Him” in these passages.

    LS is a man-made religion. It is not that the people who push LS confuse justification with sanctification. It is that they don’t believe the Gospel.

  180. Expected Imminently

    Hello Bruce
    I know you appreciate Acts 16:31! There is a comment on another site railing against God’s Free Grace, that I would like your reaction to if that is ok? I need to add that the author denies being LS, so it’s the comment itself that seems to be LS teaching?

    Quote “Please do not ignore the MANY VERSES throughout the GOSPELS and ACTS which show Godly Sorrow in action by those CONVICTED OF SIN, BEFORE they received Jesus and believed on Him. Don’t just focus on one FAVOURITE verse Acts 16:31 (not surprised that it is your favourite because you ignore all the others which contradict your position).”endquote

    1)Many verses? The only verses I can think of are linked with the gospel of the kingdom and the Jewish House of Israel.

    2)Received and believed? Received, or accepted that Jesus was the Jewish Messiah after which they believed in Him for Eternal Life.

    3)This concerns the gospel of the kingdom, and it is not THE Gospel of Jesus Christ! 1Cor15:3,4. Nothing at all to do with Salvation and the Church which was not instituted until Acts 2.

    4)Acts16:31 Instead of a having the ‘conviction of sin’ LS demands; in vs 29 he was trembling from FEAR from the quake and expecting to die. Instead, vs34 said he REJOICED “…having believed in God with all his household.”

    5)The Four Gospel’s concern the gospel of the kingdom. The 1k Messianic rule on earth. Does not involve Salvation through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Church was not instituted until Acts 2

    It seems that not only does LS confuse Justification (no repentance from sin) with Sanctification (repentance for growth); they also confuse the earthly Jewish Messianic Gospel of the Kingdom, God’s wife; with the Heavenly Gospel of Jesus Christ (1Cor.15:3,4. which is Jew/Gentile and the Bride/Body.???????

    My brain aches!
    Maranatha! 🙂


  181. Abe, yes, don’t all Arminians say you can lose salvation? I agree sadly on Jackie lacking discernment, and a lot of the “discernment” people are Calvinist and/or Arminians. Interestingly, they seem to be bridging the gap with each other. They compromise their beliefs in order to band together against “other” false teachings, even doing conferences and commending each other. Where are their convictions?
    John and Jim… speaking about those who veer from the church beginning with Pentecost. Interesting that my Tues. night study had just put in place last Tues, a new teacher, an older gentleman, who when he mentioned Les Feldick, I cringed, thinking, “here we go”… He handed out charts on the dispensations of time, of course Feldick is hyper dispensational and believes the church began with Paul. This man began to teach that the church was Jewish and under the law, and I really honestly couldn’t understand, even jumped over to the gap theory in Creation and likened Jer 4:23 to creation. He says Gen 1:2 shows the earth was not perfect because there was darkness, therefore this couldn’t have been creation. I said Is 45:7 shows that God created darkness, how could this be so? I left the class thinking of how convoluted the teaching had been in order to prove certain points from his hyper-dispensational view. Sad…
    Sue, I had similar encounter as you with your little man, yet not in person, but I asked this man three times as he viciously attacked me when I spoke against Calvin. When I asked him if he too would kill someone who stood against the “Institutes of Christianity”, he ignored the question. I asked him three times, the last time, I basically said something to the effect, that his lack of denial spoke volumes. It was actually not the first time, as one man when I said, Calvinism was NOT the gospel, inboxed me and insisted I remove my comments NOW, or else… By the way, it was not his page. This has been a couple of MANY of these accounts sadly.

    Another friend had an encounter with a man in Costco a couple of days ago, and since he was handing out tracts, she too thought she was meeting another believer. But when she dared bring up Calvin, he turned on her, she was quite amazed, and sad as she said the man was 93, but turned quite angry when she dared say anything about Calvin.

    So, not saying all are this way, some may know Him and have been misled, but I am afraid that we are going to see more and more of this type of behavior if we dare question their idols.

  182. Sue,

    Interesting story about your little Calvinist Welch-man “friend.”

    Calm, sweet Calvinists can be the most viscous, illogical folks when challenged on Bible doctrine. We see that regularly here at ExP. Thankfully, not all viciousness gets through to our general readership.

    In Jesus Christ eternally, Jack

  183. Expected Imminently

    Crumbs Jack, I was trying not to throw the baby out with the bath water, I hadn’t realised they were so far into the puddle. You will be glad to hear that I visited infrequently and I didn’t hear or read anything overtly Calvinist at that time. My interest lay with their objections to all things Emergent.

    Regularly visiting Wales, there was a dour, little old man standing solemnly outside the market offering Bible tracts to passers by. We didn’t take one to read as it would be wasted on believers. It was good to see such loyalty come fair winds or foul, each time we saw him we smiled and said ‘keep up the good work’ before walking on by.

    One day I was waiting for my husband by this mans street ‘pulpit’; I thought to give him a word of encouragement – for some unknown reason, I can’t think why, I said ‘how cruel Calvin was for murdering Jacob Arminius’.

    Oh my word, this frail old soul turned into a screeching maniac before my eyes as he began defending Calvin at the top of his voice. He railed on and on – It was a busy street and everyone stopped and stared. I was as red as a beetroot and I could only grin and giggle looking around at everyone’s horrified amazement.

    There was literal hatred in that mans eyes and he looked as if he wanted to kill me there and then – thankfully I was rescued by my husband who was holding me up as he pulled me away. I was shaking in my shoes and the embarrassment was excruciating. If that’s what loving Calvin does to a person, they all need locking up imo. We avoided that ‘sacred’ spot from then on. 😐

    Generally the Welsh are very friendly peeps! 🙂


  184. Hello Sue,

    I am happy you understand our concern about mentioning teachers who may be OK in some respects– but teach just a tad of leaven. We all know that leaven spoils the whole lump, and is dangerous for undiscerning baby Christians (as well as mature ones). There are many teachers around who may sound great but as we have seen, they preach a “little” LS here and a “little” Calvinism there.

    My own terrible mistake of linking to a video by Regan could very well lead others astray.

    Incidentally, both Bob Dewaay and Eric Douma are Calvinists. In their newly organized church statement “What We Believe” we see nothing but the “Five Solas,” the use of the elitist Latin language which indicates the rallying call for true blue Calvinists.

    We note their “sola” proclaiming faith:

    “Sola Fide (Faith Alone) – Pronounced “Fee-Day”, that salvation comes through faith alone, and not by works. Faith itself is not a work, but is itself a gift from God (Ephesians 2:8-9).”

    Calling faith a “gift of God” is a Calvinist trick and is contrary to proper exegesis of Ephesians 2:8-9 in particular and God’s Word in general. Most Bible scholars (except Calvinists) know and understand that.

    Despite some who deny it, John Calvin, from the beginning, taught error and everyone who follows his teaching simply perpetuates that error.

    We like to urge each other here at ExP to support and favorably mention only those teachers who subscribe to a true free Grace position. We may occasionally make errors but we should be quick to correct them.

    In Jesus Christ eternally, Jack

  185. Jim, you said: “If a preacher says that the church started any time other than in Acts 2 or if he hints at replacement theology then look for the error coming around the corner (many times Lordship style.)”

    Do you think the reason behind this error is that people that teach replacement theology believe that God does not keep unilateral promises? If so, this would explain why people that teach replacement theology drift into teaching LS – which is a bi-lateral contract arrangement.

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    Hello Jack
    I was so shocked and disappointed when I realised Dr. Reagan was ‘Latter Rain’. I then remembered he had posted at least two charismatic ‘prophecies’ so that cap fitted. Nathan, the web minister of L&L, had been extremely supportive and so kind to me through a nasty split in my beloved family; I felt like a traitor when I had to ‘have it out with him’ over this ‘Latter Rain’ business. Plus he told three of us who have been long term ‘churchless’, to get to any church, that was better than none! He called watchmen warnings, spiritual cannibalism; it was then I recognised what used to be called ‘Shepherding’, now it is Dominionism I believe? My chin sank lower onto my chest. I told him that it was RW who had moved the goalposts, not us, so why were we in the wrong for remaining in the Word!

    L&L then announced they had no problem with Rick Warren’s teaching other than his refusal to teach prophecy. L&L didn’t feel the same about RW as other ministries did (such as Berean Call) Several blogged to say how ‘biblical’ was RW’s book ‘The Purpose Driven Church’ and L&L agreed with them.

    I had first gone to L&L because they were Pre-Trib; I reluctantly ‘winked’ at their Arminianism as I was hungry for fellowship and it wasn’t pushed at that time. DaveR. is a member of the ‘Pretrib Research Centre’. I had thought him relatively safe because of who he worked with, such as Thomas Ice. While insisting the Rapture was ‘imminent’ and ‘signless’; he also wrote that the Parable of the Fig Tree was evidence we were in the season of the Rapture.

    The left side of his mouth said ‘imminincy’ and the right side of his mouth claimed the Fig Tree as the sign we have been waiting for. Ah, but it was still imminent because of the Holocaust and the return of Jews to Israel. Obviously it wasn’t imminent for the Church living up to the 2nd World War.

    To second that thought, DR also claimed that the Rapture came after the ‘latter rain’ for the church which he places BEFORE the 7 years whereas THE latter and former rain is for Israel to begin the Millennium horticulture. Yet another denial of what he said about signless imminency. It was all nuts. It was said that DR likes to run with the hair and with the hounds because he most certainly is NOT Pretrib, his version is a twisted deception imo If you have managed to follow that twisty tale, you deserve a medal. :-\

    Re A.F. I had forgotten, but yes I did know about your report. I have been at peace over it because it isn’t something that affects what AF is teaching. Personally I am fully aware that it was The Holy Spirit that chose to teach me about Israel through AF. It was AF that first alerted me about LS teaching and the false gospel of putting repentance before faith. He tackled the problem by explaining the truth of the Gospel called ‘Condition for Salvation’. I found him to be a quiet, gentle man and non confrontational (met him twice in England). He does the same job of alerting to false teachers by their actions not their names.

    I am not competent to explain about AF’s view, but very roughly, it concerns the TEACHING of Calvin himself which is so different to what it became through Beza’s influence into what we know as Calvinism and LS. I THINK it is similar to what Eric Douma of Twin City Fellowship believes. Also pastor Bob DeWaay of Critical Issues Commentary?

    However, dear Jack, this is YOUR blog, so if I have caused trouble by naming my ‘sources’, I regret that and will try to be more sensitive in future. I completely forgot about your sight limitation. When I get chance I will attempt a copy and paste of ‘Condition for Salvation’ and send it to your personal email.

    Many blessings in Jesus for your sterling work here. Praise The Lord and pass the ammunition. 😀


  187. Pearl,

    Thanks for the kind words and support. My home study may be in the wishful thinking stage yet, but the blog is now up and running. All prayers are always appreciated.


    Looks like others have answered your question. Sue brought out a couple key points:

    “Dispensation teaching stands in opposition to Covenant Theology and their use of allegory to interpret God’s Word that replaces Israel with the Church in God’s plans. Dispensations teach a literal or normal interpretation of Scripture and defends the Jews’ rights to the land of Israel.”

    If a preacher says that the church started any time other than in Acts 2 or if he hints at replacement theology then look for the error coming around the corner (many times Lordship style.) The covenant theologian’s tendency to allegorize is also problematic. The reason that dispensationalism is even taught is because it is a logical conclusion of proper Bible study using a plain, consistent, and literal principle of interpretation that compares scripture with scripture.

    Dispensationalism is a large overarching topic and cannot be covered in a few comments. Perhaps there will be more on it in a different post.

  188. hollysgarcia, Prasch also says that you can lose salvation, so that makes him wrong about the Gospel, as well. Alnor is attempting to do some good things but she lacks any real discernment as it seems she got her ideas mainly from Prasch, ideas like being a fan of MacArthur and Wesley at the same time (the contradictions don’t seem to be an issue for them).

  189. Abe, I am so glad you said that about Jacob Prasch. Yes, he has introduced “tons of his own error” including insisting midrash is necessary in order to understand the “deeper things of Scripture”, and we can only understand issues relating to salvation otherwise.

    I have seen him viciously attack people who disagree with his teaching..I have lost quite a number of friends for standing against his insistence of Midrash, and have quite a load of material collected on him including screen shots. On a Berean group on FB that I admin, I was called a liar by Jacob, through Jackie Alnor relaying his message. He called for Christ’s swift judgment to fall on whoever was the liar, (he just said I was a liar my words proved me to be, so I am assuming he meant me). His fruit is one of a railer (a word he used to describe himself), and whether a brother or not, I prefer not to keep company with him, and for certain his teaching on midrash being “taught in the Bible” not just mentioned, is untrue.

    As for David Reagan, I used to admin for Christ in Prophecy, but he is definitely taking some wrong paths, Arminian, hanging out on TBN, and some other things, I could not recommend him.

    Fructenbaum…sad to hear… thanks for letting us know Jack.

  190. Sue and Pearl,

    Thanks to both of you for reminding me about the dangerous David Regan.

    Yes, Pearl, I did report on David Regan in November 2011 (misspelled his name) — He is Charismatic, a Lordship “salvationist” and among many other bad doctrinal errors, “Latter Rain Movement,” etc. I do not understand why Charles Ryrie would appear on a program with Regan. Why I did not remember Regan from my previous expose?? I do not know. Thanks for checking that out and letting me know, Pearl!!

    David Regan’s quotes from my earlier expose’:

    But I do believe in Holy Spirit baptism, just as I also believe in the gift of tongues. And I think the time is long overdue for us to do some serious teaching and preaching about both of these topics within Evangelical Christianity.
    Many Christians have quenched and grieved the Spirit within them because they have treated Him as an unwanted guest. This is due to the fact that many Christians have accepted Jesus as Savior but not as Lord.
    The Church began with a great outpouring of God’s Spirit (Acts 2). The Bible says that the Church Age will conclude with another great outpouring of the Spirit (Joel 2:28-29). I believe we are in the midst of that “latter rain” right now.


    I have removed the link to the Regan/Ryrie video..

    In Jesus Christ eternally, Jack

  191. Sue,

    Thanks for the “head’s up” on Regan. Sad.

    But about Arnold Fructenbaun, I was unable to read his PDF on Dispensations due to my vision problem. However and sadly, he is an admitted 4+ point Calvinist as reflected on this question and answer session about Calvinism on his web site, Ariel:
    ( ).

    So, you can see from the above that Ariel and Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum are, at minimum, 4 point Calvinists with perhaps a quarter to a half point extra regarding atonement. There is no question in my mind that these points best reflect the biblical data as revealed in the New Testament.

    And then part of Fructenbaum’s Statement of Faith at Areil:

    “..that those who are saved have been unconditionally elected to salvation in eternity past and have been effectively and irresistibly called by the Holy Spirit.”

    So few teachers are dependable.

    In Jesus Christ eternally, Jack

  192. Jon and all,

    I made a mess of the link to the video. It is an interview with Charles Ryrie, not Bing — through David Regan’s video.

    Thanks Sue for pointing out that Regan is not clear on the Gospel of Grace. You said, “Dr. Reagan (nice man) is Arminian and believes salvation can be lost and never regained. 😦 Truthfully I was not aware of Regan’s theology (However, Pearl says I warned her about him some time back). I don’t remember and must go back and check my notes.

    BEWARE OF REGAN.. Please listen to Ryrie with caution and discernment!!

    I apologize for the confusion and appreciate those who called me out on it. Thanks.

    In Jesus Christ eternally, Jack

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    Hello Jon
    With Jack’s approval, this is my brief understanding of a Dispensation from following the teaching of Dr Arnold Fruchtenbaum. (Free Grace)

    {Link removed by Administrator}

    Dispensation ‘ oikonomia’ means to manage the ages, or the economy of the ages and is also fondly known as ‘God’s Housekeeping’ for His family on earth and concerns the way God keeps his house in order.

    E.g. Before marriage, the way a man would manage his home (oikonomia) would be to meet the needs of a single man.
    When he marries, his ‘housekeeping’ (oikonomia) will alter to fit around the life of two people.

    When children come along, his oikonomia (economy) changes to meet the needs of a growing family; and so on through his life span. God never changes, but his plans for mankind alter to fit the circumstances.

    Dispensation teaching stands in opposition to Covenant Theology and their use of allegory to interpret God’s Word that replace Israel with the Church in God’s plans. Dispensations teach a literal or normal interpretation of Scripture and defends the Jews rights to the land of Israel. 🙂

    PS. Dr. Reagan (nice man) is Arminian and believes salvation can be lost and never regained. 😦


  194. Thanks for your description Jack, it is helpful. I will watch the video as well when I get the chance.

  195. Jon,

    One further note about Dispensations, the link below is an interview given by Dr. Charles Ryrie, who for the most part is accurate on Bible Doctrine. Listen with discernment. I was unable to listen all the way through (28 Min) but it should be somewhat helpful.

    {Sorry, Link removed by Admin due to false doctrine of David Regan}

    I don’t want us to have a deep discussion on Dispensations here at ExP. Maybe later on another article. Thanks.

    In Jesus Christ eternally, Jack

  196. Jon,

    Just a note on your question about Dispensational teaching.

    There are many opinions but generally “Dispensations” means seven separate time periods since creation through Eternity with the Lord in Heaven.

    The understanding of “Dispensations” mean that, within each time period in History, God has dealt with man differently according to His determination. It is important to remember that God’s salvation has never changed but has always been by Grace through Faith in God’s revealed Truth at the time.

    The Seven Dispensations:

    1) Innocence, Adam and Eve in paradise.
    2) Conscience, after the Fall.
    3) The law in the Old Testament.
    4) Grace in the church age.
    5) The Antichrist, the time between the Rapture and the Return of Christ.
    6) The millennial kingdom.
    7) Perfection in eternity.

    You may find some variation in name descriptions of the seven different time periods (Dispensations). We should interpret Scripture with Scripture and in the context of the time period (Dispensation) in which and for whom it was written as well as within the time it references.

    Of course this is a very short description. People have written volumes about Dispensational Truth (Charles Ryrie for example).

    In Jesus Christ eternally, Jack

  197. Jim, you mentioned the importance of making sure someone is dispensational. I have to admit I don’t fully understand the term, care to define it?

  198. JimF,

    Many times over your comments have taught me much about LS, and I have often thought a lot of those comments could stand alone as an article. Should you accept that incredible responsibility of owning a blog, I will certainly be a regular reader.

    The same goes for your idea of starting a home fellowship, only, regretfully, I wouldn’t be able to enjoy that (unless, of course, you take advantage of technology and incorporate podcasts!).

    I am also praying for you.

  199. I greatly appreciate the prayers. Thanks. One thing I have noticed is that the Word does not return void. May we be faithful to teach it accurately and the Lord will indeed bless us for it.

  200. Jim, I have prayed for you as well.

    Thanks. John

  201. Jim F,

    We will pray for you in your future plans that the Lord will bless your efforts for Him–

    In Jesus Christ eternally, Jack

  202. John,

    These two points stood out to me.

    “2. Back door Lordship salvation. These guys will tell you that salvation is by Grace alone through faith alone, but then they will say if your life isn’t changing sufficiently, you were probably never saved.”

    “4. Use of the phrase “accept Jesus as Lord and Savior.” Another manifestation of this one is “the Holy Spirit indwells anyone who has accepted Jesus as both Lord and Savior.””

    Many at my previous church including the Pastor used the phrase “accept Jesus as Lord and Savior” almost every week. Also, the backdoor Lordship view is prominent in many fundamental baptist churches. In my experience as other have mentioned, these folks will usually deny that they are Lordship but will still insist on repentance meaning a turning from, deep sorrow, and trusting “Christ as Lord and Savior.” They are usually also big Spurgeon fans so you are right to warn about anyone who promotes him. I’ve heard of some trying to say that Spurgeon had changed some of his views later in life, but even if he did, which I doubt, I wouldn’t ever look to him for learning. Nor would I ever recommend him.

    One thing I have seen is that there are sites and ministries out there that might have a grace sounding doctrinal statement on salvation but later on define faith as repenting of sins. You pretty much have to take a long hard discerning look at things. There are also other things to avoid. For me, I look to make sure that the person is dispensational. If they are not then there could be big problems in their theology. Covenant, new covenant, progressive dispensational, hyper-dispensational (Mid-Acts), new perspectives on Paul etc are all to be avoided no matter if the person or group has a grace statement of salvation. I am also wary of extreme King James Onlyism. There is a King James Only church nearby that I looked at but they ended up being Mid-Acts (Right Dividers) and I believe they even defined repentance as turn from sin. I would say that they are an example of a very deceptive church. One could be there for a while not understanding that Mid-Acts is a bad thing. I would run from that type of place as fast as from a Lordship oriented church.

    The thing is that we are not safe from Satan’s deception once we become believers. Yes he may have lost the battle in that we are saved but He still looks to sow deception and see us be less effective in our Christian lives.

    Jack, all

    I’ve have also been thinking about starting my own simple blog in order to be another voice proclaiming a true gospel. The other thing on my heart is whether or not to seek a church to attend that is a long drive away or to start a home Bible study that might be able to lead into something. So far I prefer the Bible Study idea. I can’t get away from the idea of how great it would be to have a truly free grace church one day in this area. Any prayers would be appreciated.

  203. Expected Imminently

    Hello Abe
    I don’t disagree too much over JP; my objection is the unfortunate attitude of the DTW kettle calling the pot ‘black’. I don’t need to agree with JP to pray for him. DTW have him marked as having lost his salvation, either that or LS style he was never saved in the first place. ~~Shudder~~ and that’s the end of him. ‘Orf wiv is ‘ead!

    Harsh, so harsh, but that’s to be expected of those who are unable to grasp God’s amazing Free Grace and demand to be ‘fruit inspectors’ of another works to prove they are even saved. I do think this is judging before the time and I think it is enough to expose an error publically without feeling the need to gore and trample their victim who is no doubt clothed in the Righteousness of Christ. I agree JP gave as good as he got, that doesn’t mean, do the same.. Anyway, Jesus wears JP’s unrighteousness upon His own body, so every blow against JP is landing on Jesus, who loves JP enough to die for him.

    Grace is love in action, is it not? It’s so easy to say ‘I love the brethren’ but then use vindictive, graceless comments to condemn an erring brother and imo, they deny genuinely loving God as they claim. I speak to myself as well.

    Quoting John’s comment concerning DTW “I should feel sorrow for such folks, rather than anger. They are either lost or have fallen from Grace” This is also true of JP. We who are totally assured of Eternal Security, regardless of bad works in others, live with the hope that their sins were paid for at Calvary. JP no longer lives, but Jesus lives in Him.

    Please don’t think I am ‘okaying’ JP’s behavior, I do not advocate Grace as a license to sin as there are always consequences to our actions, but God is a good and righteous judge, there will be no miscarriages of justice for JP or any of us. I suppose I am saying ‘put away the pointing of the finger’ – ‘ what is that to you/me/us, follow God’ and leave JP to his Master.

    Night night God bless and Maranatha!
    Szzzue 😉

  204. Sue, thanks for sharing some of your “war stories” with us. It is sad about your mistreatment at the hands of the DTW crowd. I have to always remind myself that I should feel sorrow for such folks, rather than anger. They are either lost or have fallen from Grace. Either way, they do not currently believe the Gospel.

    I liked your statement: “It’s a question of ‘been there, done that, but didn’t wear the ‘T’ shirt’.”!

  205. Sue wrote: “I was interested in their judgment of a man I have met personally, Jacob Prasch. He isn’t an easy soul to love, and I don’t agree with certain of his views, but he has done a great deal to challenge error here in the UK, and abroad.”

    Hi Sue! If I may say this in the kindest of words, I want to say that Jacob Prasch might have exposed errors found in word/faith and that sort of thing, but he also introduced tons of his own error, from the error of teaching you can lose salvation, to the errors of “midrash” that really twist things around. He also refuses to admit that Calvinist teachings are error. He is quite ecumenical and he is a supporter of Billy Graham as well (speaking of this thread).

    And you are right, the DTW site is very LS, they pretend not to be, but when you give them the Biblical grace message, they will reject it.

  206. Expected Imminently

    Hello John, your comment to me is received with gratitude. There was nothing I disagreed with and can confirm I have been aware of all the deceptions in these men for quite a few years. Truthfully, I was against LS before I even realized what it was called. Even got myself banned from Rapture Ready by warning they were hosting another gospel. I had been harassed, bullied and slandered by a mod who was obviously (to me) LS. About two years later, I noticed they had altered their Statement of Faith about repentance, and were finally standing against LS, praise The Lord. At that time Afruchts teaching on ‘Condition For Salvation’ was my solitary prop.

    I first discovered DTW about a week ago at the start of 2013; I was interested in their judgment of a man I have met personally, Jacob Prasch. He isn’t an easy soul to love, and I don’t agree with certain of his views, but he has done a great deal to challenge error here in the UK, and abroad. But oh my, how they were savaging each other was cannibalistic, with the attitude of an eye for an eye and not an ounce of grace between them, genuinely disturbing.

    On their thread of OSAS, I saw they were LS in spite of their objections to it. Thinking I may be of help, I posted about the stance of Calvinism and Arminianism vs Chafer Free Grace on Jesus’ lesson in John 15. They actually agreed but once they ‘twigged’ I was saying ‘no repentance for Justification’, I was immediately told I was a false teacher as their ‘door’ was slammed in my face. That was the best decision I had made for me; in their company for all of 48 hours (thereabouts) that was me done and dusted with no desire to ever go back again. So fret not on that account. 🙂

    In fact, I suspect that another group had wrongly deduced that I was associated with DTW because we have obviously used the same sources for info, but aren’t linked with them in any way. These souls said one of my comments, which consisted of purely the Scripture of John 15 – was ‘straight from the pit of hell’ and cursed me and did their ‘binding and loosing’ of my evil spirits – such larks! So my brief encounter with DTW has solved an annoying little mystery that I have been praying about. It’s a question of ‘been there, done that, but didn’t wear the ‘T’ shirt’.

    I concur with you that searching for sites teaching Grace alone, by faith alone, as well as UK churches has indeed been the proverbial needle in a haystack. Although it’s been a difficult time, I have been pleased to know some lovely peeps in spite of our different theology. Some were unpleasant, but likewise some were very kind and supportive in spite of our differences.

    I’m taking up too much time, but want to add that I have also learned the hard way about Covenant Theology (Chafer warned against) and its insidious inroads into all persuasions especially the ‘church growth movement’ with Rick Warren’s Purple Drivel ‘church’ that has messed up my family who are blind to it.

    What a tremendous blessing ‘Israelology’ and ‘Footsteps of the Messiah’ by A.Frucht have been to me over these awkward and sad years (long story) and what a fantastic feast I was led to at the ‘table’ of Robert Dean – oh yum! Thank you Lord, such scrumptious treats this side of glory!

    Every blessing

  207. John,

    I agree with Pearl — that is a wonderfully comprehensive list of how one may recognize apostate teachers. That would make a great “stand-alone” article.

    In Jesus Christ eternally, Jack

  208. Excellent, clear and succinct comments, John. I appreciate the mind which is able to break down, isolate, and numerate the many fallacies which I detect in my spirit, yet lack the skill to adequately verbalize.

  209. Sue, I agree with Pearl. I have looked at the DTW site and would run – not walk – away from it and never look back.

    Soon after I trusted in Christ alone (a couple of years ago), I started looking for churches, websites and ministries that teach salvation by Grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. It is like finding a needle in a haystack.

    You will find a host of sites that claim they believe that salvation is by Grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone, but betray that belief by some of their other content. Here are red flags that I look for to avoid such sites or ministries:

    1. Dishonest treatment of iconic figures in church history who perverted the Gospel in major ways. For example, some sites will say “Spurgeon did not teach Lordship Salvation.” Anyone who would make such a statement is either ignorant of Spurgeon’s teaching, ignorant of the Gospel, or is lying.

    2. Back door Lordship salvation. These guys will tell you that salvation is by Grace alone through faith alone, but then they will say if your life isn’t changing sufficiently, you were probably never saved.

    3. Vague or undefined use of words such as “repentance.”

    4. Use of the phrase “accept Jesus as Lord and Savior.” Another manifestation of this one is “the Holy Spirit indwells anyone who has accepted Jesus as both Lord and Savior.”

    5. Associations with groups that pervert the Gospel. This would include organizations such as the Southern Baptist Convention, the Billy Graham Evangelical Association, etc.

    6. Comfort with ecumenism. This might include cooperation with charities sponsored by organizations that promote false doctrine (Operation Christmas Child, the Salvation Army), inter-faith prayer breakfasts, large conventions with questionable speakers, etc.

    7. Links to resources that pervert the Gospel. One so-called Free Grace church in my city promoted “The Spurgeon Archives.”

    8. Cross-less gospel advocates. This is primarily the later teachings of Zane Hodges and Robert Wilkins of the “Grace Evangelical Society.” More subtle forms include teaching that Christ’s bloodshed and physical death were not necessary components of the atonement for our sins.

    9. Brotherly love or social gospel focus. These tend to promote love and works to the exclusion or near-exclusion of sound doctrine. These sites often do not have a statement of faith, of if they do, it is so vague you can’t tell what they believe.

    10. Sites that use Romans 10:9-10 as their primary scriptures in explaining how to become saved. This passage tends to confuse people into thinking that salvation is conditioned on asking or praying for it, or even on publicly confessing Christ. This one tends to be a favorite of LS groups.

    If you have concluded that I am narrow minded, you have concluded correctly. After having been deceived by false teaching for almost fifty years, I am very wary of it.

    In Matthew 7:14, Jesus said: “Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”

    Most people who claim to believe the Bible do not appear to believe the above verse and accept at face value anything that calls itself “Christian” or “church.” Not me.

    I am completely comfortable here at Expreacherman, Clear Gospel Campaign and Northland Bible Baptist Church, but do not always agree with everything I hear or read from any source.

    You will find links to both Clear Gospel Campaign and Northland Bible Baptist Church under the “Blogroll” section to the bottom right of this website.

  210. Expected Imminently

    Hello John
    Asolutely one does not need to ‘ask’ to be saved. That was really sloppy of me. I hope I meant to say, ‘no-one can be expected to be saved if one has no knowledge of the Gospel’ (or the reason for it). As the heart/mind/soul is exceedingly wicked, relying on our own feelings to judge ourselves, we wouldn’t recognise, or accept, the judgment that we are all hopeless sinners and in need of a saviour.

    In the short span I have been coming here, I have realized how much the idioms of the false gospel stick. I have had a few ‘double-takes’ to alert me. They are mindless repetition, just like an advertising ditty to buy what we don’t need i.e. to ‘ask Jesus into your heart’. Children see through this as their simplicity of thought thinks of a 6’ man, opening up their little chest with a knife, to live inside all the flesh and blood of a pulsating organ – its complicated, utter nonsense.

    KAAT is only a tool for my personal studies helping me to remember what the traditional definition of faith really consists of, and how wide a meaning it has. It isn’t needed for the easy, uncomplicated clear cut, non-intellectual message of by Faith alone. Thank you for checking my understanding; I have some more queries for a separate post, so I do hope you will bear with me.

    Yes Pearl; I agree with you. Thank you for responding and keeping an eye on me. 🙂

    God bless all

  211. Sue, I want to encourage you to make a clean break from any websites, books, sermons, fellowships, etc which fail to make the clear distinction between salvation and discipleship. Don’t look back! It really doesn’t matter what others are saying about this website and its contributors. What does matter is how many people God continues to bring here who’ve come to discern the subtleties of LS,and rejected it once and for all.

    There is no shortage of naysayers. They are, in fact, the majority.

  212. Sue, you said: “We cannot ask to be saved if we don’t KNOW the facts for the kardia, the mind/soul, to respond to through faith alone by God’s grace. I use K.A.A.T. as a pneumonic for pistis as the definition for faith which refers to faith/believe as a need for Knowledge Assent Assurance Trust.”

    One does not need to ask to be saved. I think one needs knowledge of the Gospel and then either believes it or not. I think acronyms like K.A.A.T. overly complicate the message.

    According to Clear Gospel Campaign, the object of saving faith is Jesus Christ. The content of saving faith includes:

    1. An understanding and belief that one has sinned and fallen short of the standard required by God, and therefore, in need of a Savior (Matthew 9:12; 1st Corinthians 15:1-4).

    2. An understanding and belief that Jesus Christ is the Eternal God who became a man; (Matthew 16:16-18; John 8:23-24 & 58; 11:25-27; 20:31; Acts 9:20; 16:30-31; 1st John 5:13).

    3. An understanding and belief that the violent and bloody death suffered by Jesus Christ was sufficient to cover, pay for, or take away the sins of the one who believes in Him (1st Corinthians 15:1-4, John 19:39).

    4. An understanding and belief in the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ; (1st Corinthians 15:1-4); and

    5. An understanding and belief that Salvation is the gift of God, bestowed only on those who honor the Son by believing in Him alone for their salvation, and renouncing all confidence in the works of the law to contribute to their salvation (John 4:10; Romans 4:4; 11:6; Galatians 2:21; 3:10-14; 5:1-4; Ephesians 2:8-9).

  213. Expected Imminently

    Hello Jack
    I am thoroughly nonplussed, generally flummoxed, bothered and bewildered, by that faux pas. That’s what comes of relying on my memory. Hopefully I have ammended correctly. As my three score year and ten are nearly up, I can say that old age doesn’t come alone. Thank you for warning me and my apologies for the inconvenience.

    I have joy unspeakable and full of glory since landing on your blessed plot by stalking Jarrod from DTW. I need not have bothered as a certain gent is so incensed by three of us becoming your ‘disciples’, he has conveniently linked you for all the web to see. Sadly, like others, he says he is against LS, and yet his teachings reek of it, but he fails to see. I pray that The Lord will open up the eyes of his understanding and all those who genuinely desire to follow Jesus’ doctrine for Eternal Security.
    The Lords ways are past finding out; He is incredible by the way He finds a way where there is no way for those who desire Biblical fact i.e. Eternal Security by God’s FREE grace with no adds or minus’. I have only one complaint – why didn’t I find you earlier, it would have saved me, and others, no end of heart ache.

    Surely there are some Free Grace churches in the U.K., as well as those who oppose LS, but I am yet to find them. Pearl is quite right to say that all the Discernment sites are LS either overtly or covertly! Still, The Lord leads and I do learn best from my mistakes.

    Praise The Lord and pass the ammunition. Publish and be blessed!
    God bless you.

  214. Sue,

    My last three direct emails to you have bounced as undeliverable.. If you have changed your email address — change it in the proper box when you comment — otherwise you will not get notices of comments from others. Be sure and do not publish it publicly. It is safe within our web site system but not so if you advertise it.

    In Jesus eternally, Jack

  215. Expected Imminently

    Hello {addressed to Jack — Edited by Jack – to enable and welcome any of our commenters to answer Sue.}

    I am really appreciative of all the comments. It is particularly helpful when an error is dissected in context. Naming L.S. as a ‘works system’ is really helpful
    Would you please check my understanding and put me straight where I fail. I have limited Greek but understand that the English translation of kardia is heart or mind. Kardia being the seat of our will/soul not referring to the organ that pumps blood, or emotions/feelings. Other languages would need to find their own idiom to describe the will/soul such as stomach or kidneys. We course Brits even call it our ‘guts’. 
    Also that there is no distinction in the Greek between heart and mind. LS forces a difference by falsely claiming it a ‘heart faith’ and ‘mind faith’. I think it was John MacArthur that changed the definition in his commentary. Before it is possible to be saved, we need the knowledge of the Gospel to give us eternal life. Knowledge alone does not save, but the acceptance or assent is essential, acknowledging our trust in Christ to save from sin and give us eternal life. We cannot ask to be saved if we don’t KNOW the facts for the kardia, the mind/soul, to respond to through faith alone by God’s grace. I use K.A.A.T. as a pneumonic for pistis as the definition for faith which refers to faith/believe as a need for Knowledge Assent Assurance Trust. I understand JM is also responsible for changing the traditional definition of faith. Dr. Dean says that a man of JM’s calibre and standing should not make so many linguistic errors.
    If the above is correct, and more besides, then LS is a false gospel for much more than ‘making Jesus Lord’ and claiming metaneo (repentance) for Justification. It makes a mockery of God’s free grace. I do realise repentance is necessary for the believer via 1John1:9 in order to renew fellowship with the Lord; but it doesn’t mean a loss of relationship as some claim.

    Free grace is not licentiousness, God is not mocked. Without the cleansing of 1John1:9 as well as a failure to remain abiding as John 15, there are consequences to pay in this life as well as a loss of rewards at the Bema fire due to lack of spiritual growth through faith works. Some will lose all rewards for failure to repent of post-salvation sin 1Cor3:15. To do with our inheritance, I believe.

    What an eye-opener I found in this verse. 1John2:28 And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and NOT BE ASHAMED before him at his coming.

    I could go on about the failure of LS theology, but I will stop here for now. Many thanks for any guidance and instruction.

  216. I appreciate all your comments, I know I fully believed when I was a child, but I understand now more than ever, how these things can be much more of a problem, then I ever understood years ago, and who knows what we pick up in baggage along the way, and we need to lovingly hold each other accountable, for it certainly a matter of life and death.

    The man was making a joke, and is free grace, and yet even in trying to clarify the mistake of not making that part of the gospel, I think he also added something that might confuse people about what happens later. Just was curious your thoughts, and appreciate them all. God bless you all, and I am blessed the Lord has given me children that love Him, and have believed on Him, and now He has guided them to Fred Chay as a teacher also. Really thankful for all His goodness.

    I will go check our your article too, thank you Jim!

  217. Holly,

    Here are a few passages that you can check out regarding God in us. John 14:11-21, Eph. 4:6, Rom 8:9. I think it is safe to say that God (Father, Son, and Spirit) is in us as believers. Many verses give this idea. I have mentioned just a few. There is also the idea that we are in Him. You could spend the rest of your life gaining a better understanding of all the ways in which this works. Thankfully as believers we get to do just that.

    You said,
    “…he also added something to the effect of “why would he want to live in that cesspool” and referenced Jer 17 about wicked our hearts are.”

    I have personally heard this kind of talk before from a man teaching a lordship style message at my old church. The desire for these type of teachers is to get the person to want to clean up their lives first before then going and making a public profession of faith. They come across as that both things are necessary for salvation. However it is a works message and a gospel counterfeit. For more on it you can check out the article I wrote about it for Lou Martuneac’s blog a while back.

    I am also glad to hear about the faith of your children. They are indeed blessed to have been given a clear gospel.

    In Christ,

    Jim F

  218. Hello Holly
    Here is my understanding of the question you ask about the heart. The heart describes three different areas of a human being.
    Physical: Life
    Mental: Love, joy, and sorrow
    Spiritual: Morals….God’s laws are written on man’s heart.
    When I read Romans 10:10a: For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness;… this show me where a man beliefs come from. But it is the object of our belief. Where do we place our trust?

    I agree with you and Jack (Sir). We must use a clear and simple message of the gospel…more so when we witness to children.

    Trust in Jesus

  219. Holly, I think the speaker who said “why would He want to live in that cesspool” was being a little harsh. After all, the Holy Spirit does indwell every believer!

    I don’t think that God is looking to disqualify anyone on a technicality. So, like you said, “.. .if you believed by hearing the complete, simple gospel, you are saved no matter how you voiced it.”

    That said, I agree with Jack that “heart” aphorisms are confusing, and they are non-Bilblical. If being non-Biblical were not reason enough to not use gospel substitutes, there are serious dangers to using them.

    Below is a discussion from Clear Gospel Campaign on this matter:


    There exists today a collection of pithy little aphorisms, which, though not always espousing salvation by works, are empty, meaningless, and incapable of imparting a saving knowledge of the person and work of Christ. By substituting these pithy little aphorisms for the authentic gospel, grave damage has been done to the cause of Christ.

    Because it is impossible to anticipate every corruption of the gospel that fallen man may concoct, we offer, not as exhaustive, but by way of example, the following as false gospel substitutes:

    ‘Invite Jesus into your heart,’
    ‘Make a personal commitment to Christ,’
    ‘Put Christ on the throne of your life,’
    ‘Give your life to Christ,’
    ‘Commit your life to Christ,’
    ‘Give your heart to God,’
    ‘Turn your life over to Jesus,’

    We believe that there are at least six grave dangers set before the church in the use of these, and similar contemporary gospel substitutes and popular aphorisms:

    1. Even when presented fully and accurately, the gospel is camouflaged by such nonsense, thereby hindering the effectiveness of the gospel message from illuminating the way of salvation to those who know not Christ.

    2. Oftentimes, essential elements of the gospel message are excised entirely from the message of the evangelist in order to make room for the addition of more nonsensical aphorisms, thereby robbing such messages of any capacity for imparting a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

    3. The gospel is often contradicted by works-oriented invitations such as requiring an unbeliever to “make a personal commitment to Jesus Christ,” which is, in its essence, a requirement of a promise of future works in exchange for salvation. The gospel is not how we must “commit our life to Christ.” The gospel is that Christ committed His life to us at Calvary. The requirement that the unbeliever “commit his life to Jesus” is NOT “basically the same thing in different words.” It is 180 degrees opposite of the message of salvation. It is heresy, it is a false gospel, and it is high time that the true church of Jesus Christ stopped tolerating such false gospels as “just a different expression of the gospel.”

    4. By such silly aphorisms, the unregenerate are given a false assurance of salvation through a meaningless profession of faith, thereby discouraging further inquiry into the most important question in the universe: “What must I do to be saved?”

    5. Those unregenerate who subsequently lapse from their confused “profession of faith” are more likely to become hardened to the gospel, having seen the emptiness and worthlessness of what they understood to be biblical true Christianity.

    6. The true believer who is not firmly grounded in the clarity of the gospel is likely to redefine his understanding of the gospel message according to how he hears it repeatedly presented. Though this will not impact the salvation of a true believer, it will cripple him in his ability to meaningfully share the gospel. Multiplication cannot take place when a believer is crippled in his understanding of the gospel, or his ability to communicate it to others.

    Because these pithy little aphorisms destroy the capacity for believers to meaningfully multiply themselves through evangelism, they are not just a minor difference between Christians. They are a hindrance to the great commission, and a cancer to the church. They are not ‘advancing the gospel in their own way.’ They are destroying the advance of the gospel.”

  220. Holly,

    Great question. I have a real thing about using any “heart” language or terminology when witnessing to anyone, including kids.

    Here are a few that are Wrong:
    Jesus is knocking — Open the door of your heart and let Jesus come in.
    Let Jesus come live in your heart.
    You may miss salvation by 12 inches, the distance between your head and your heart.

    And there are many more.

    And my “favorite” bad one is Give your heart to Jesus.
    In the late 60s Peter Dyneka, Founder of Slavic Gospel Mission, speaking at Florida Bible College Chapel, told the story on himself to illustrate a point. He was witnessing to his grandson (probably 6-7 years old). Peter kept insisting but the kid refused. Peter would say, “Give your heart to Jesus.” Finally the kid broke down sobbing and said, “But Grandpa, PLEASE, if I do I will die — I need my heart to live.” Peter realized he had been using terrible, un-Biblical terminology. He broke into tears himself, hugged his Grandson, apologized and shared with him the True Gospel of Salvation in Jesus. The Grandson trusted Jesus that day. And then Peter crusaded to make sure no one heard that phrase from his lips again. Peter’s Gospel message was very clear that day in Bible School Chapel.

    We can witness to anyone without using language that confuses.

    In Jesus Christ eternally, Jack

  221. Good insight John 🙂

    Hey, I have a question for any who would give input. We are all familiar with the term to ask Jesus into your heart, although when I was told that as a little girl, the gospel was explained and then I was told when I received Jesus (John 1:12), He would come to live in my heart (Eph 3:17)

    Recently, although I understood the premise for the speaker saying, “shame on those who tell little kids that all they have to do is ask Jesus into their heart”, he also added something to the effect of “why would he want to live in that cesspool” and referenced Jer 17 about wicked our hearts are.

    When I told my children about the Lord, they understood they were placing their faith in Him alone, and not in any special formula of prayer, but I did explain that He came to dwell in our hearts (after we believe/receive). Thoughts?

  222. Holly, you said: “.. .if you believed by hearing the complete, simple gospel, you are saved no matter how you voiced it.”

    I agree completely. And, I would add, whether or not you voiced it.

  223. Thank you Matt, always, always open to Biblical correction, do not want to get something wrong 🙂

    Chris – I understand what you mean, because as they tell you their “testimony” of turning from all their sins, and repenting of their sins and they despise someone who has received Jesus, or they classify childlike faith as “easy believism”, or they flood facebook with their videos on the “idolatry of decisionism”, or they mock altar calls and sinner’s prayers as “never saving anyone”, rather than pointing out that if you believed by hearing the complete, simple gospel, you are saved no matter how you voiced it. I think it’s fairly obvious that a prayer, or a walk to the front of the church doesn’t save. But to me it seems the agenda is to undermine assurance.

    It seems like if they had a theme song, it’d have multiple stanzas of,
    “You’re not really saved if….”
    “You were never saved if…”
    “If you don’t do ___________, you were never saved”…


    Seems to me, I hear the same voice of the accuser of the brethren in the Lordship/Calvinist preachers…and the majority of their “sermons” have that underlying theme, you are probably not saved.

  224. Matt for Grace and Truth

    Having re-read your effective, artistic evangelical message:
    I believe that it accurately relates to surrender in the context of salvation only. Keep up the good work!

  225. Well said Abe, I agree.

  226. I’ve been quite sad lately as I have a friend who’s clearly caught up in lordship salvation. She talks about how we must repent of our sins to be saved and it’s just the most confusing thing in the world to me. How much sin do we have to repent of? What about the people who attend church with her? You see I don’t believe anyone has given up all their sins. So I’m sitting here thinking, are the only reasons they fellowship with one another because their sins are not brought to light? If all their sins came out would they turn on each other? Or perhaps hopefully it would cause them to reexamine their beliefs. It’s just so confusing to me. How can I fellowship with them knowing how much of a sinner I am? I would have to keep quiet about my sins or else be judged. I’m just choosing Christ alone, but lately I’ve been questioning if lordship salvationists are even in the faith at all. I know that sounds harsh.

  227. “Count the cost”
    This is obviously the result of conflating salvation to discipleship, which is a common error due the teaching of replacement theology. Taking the legit instructions of Christ to count the cost, take up one’s cross, etc. and wrongly applying those to becoming saved to begin with. Years ago, I would have been shocked and would have never considered any criticism of Graham as legit. However, the LS doctrine is repeated so often, one begins to believe it. That is why it is so dangerious, IMO.

  228. Jon — Franklin Graham is the perfect example of “unity at any cost”. Mormonism is LS with the even more damaging denial of the deity of Jesus Christ. At least he doesn’t deny the deity of Jesus. But, he does support sending people to catholicism, as his father did, and his message is a duplicate of his father’s, for the most part. But this refusal to call mormonism what it is, that’s a new step, in the wrong direction of course.

    It would be as if, instead of Matthew 23, we would have Jesus promoting the positive aspects of the Pharisee religion, discussing how we don’t want to speak against their beliefs too much.

  229. Has it been discussed here yet that Mormons were removed from a list of cults on Graham’s website after BG met with Romney? And here is part of a quote from Franklin Graham: “But I was shocked that we even had that on there,” Graham said, as he described the “cult” reference as name-calling.
    “If I want to win a person to Christ, how can I call that person a name? That’s what shocked me, that we were calling people names.” Source: christian post.

  230. Matt – I completely understood it was speaking only to the gift of salvation, eternal life. I am frustrated as I watch Macarthur preach and write in his “gospel according to Jesus” that the Gospel Message is James 4:6-10, completely ignoring this is spoken to those indwelt with the Spirit.

    We obviously know surrender is what we should do, but to add total surrender, turning from all sin, being sorry enough, submitting fully to His Lordship etc., is something that I felt your comment addressed, and so that’s why I put the verses about the free gift of salvation with it 🙂 I really believe for me in surrendering once I was saved, it was obeying to spend time in His Word and prayer. Prov 3:5-6 and Luke 10:38-42 kind of spoke to me. I knew very well what I needed to do, but I wasn’t. Once I obeyed, how gracious He is…His Word came alive and I am so thankful!

  231. Matt for Grace and Truth

    Hello Holly,

    I am humbled that you desire to use my comment. And I have no objection to you using the language from my comment. However, the comment was related to “eternal salvation” only.

    For the saved believer, I believe it is Biblical to surrender ourselves wholly to the will of God which, although not salvific, is our reasonable response (Romans 12:1-2). Then, along with such surrender, we are to TRUST in God’s sufficient grace moment by moment to GIVE us the victory through Christ over the power of sin to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 15:57; 2 Corinthians 12:9).

    Thus, regarding sanctified victory, for example, regarding anger, instead of our trying by our own efforts to keep the lid on the boiling pot, as we trust Christ, He, by His grace, keeps the pot from boiling in the first place.

  232. Hi, Pearl! 🙂

    Thank you so much for sharing the history of your blog and the progression you experienced to where you are today! It is wonderful indeed to be able to look back and see how God was at work in bringing us through the various teachers and their teachings of varying degrees of truth and error, all to get us to correct understanding of His pure and simple truth, unadulterated by the often ego-driven extra-biblical systems of men (and women!). One thing about having been in or under an errant system of thought and teaching, the appreciation of the Truth is so very great for it, and the relief from being out from under it’s effects oh so sweet!

    Thanks, Pearl!


  233. Holly, Better thank you — except I could see no Bible references. Leave it up to Matt.

    Thanks for your graphics.

    In Jesus Christ eternally, Jack

  234. Maybe you can see on FB Jack, I sure hope so. Here is that link, but here is about how I laid it out.

    Is giving up the idea that you can contribute your own efforts, works or ritual for salvation.



    Romans 3:23; 6:23 ~ Rev 21:27 ~ Eph 2:8-9 ~ Titus 3:5 ~ 2 Cor 5:21
    Acts 16:31 ~ John 3:16-18 ~ John 5:24 ~ John 6:28-29, 47 ~ I John 5:9-13

    In His love to you and your family Jack, thank you for all you do.

  235. Holly,

    Not a problem for me about Matt’s words. He will read this and comment I’m sure.

    As usual my eye did not allow me to read the colors on the graphic.

    In Jesus eternally, Jack

  236. Sorry Matt and Jack, please try this link, and if it is o.k., I will finish it, or if you’d like to add or take away anything (I almost made a joke there) then just let me know.

  237. Matt for grace and truth… and Jack 🙂 I took your comment on Biblical surrender and laid it to a picture along with some of the verses Jack supplies here for the gospel. See if you both think it’s o.k. You’ll have to enlarge, it’s a link to the picture. If you don’t want me using your quote Matt (changed a little), let me know.

    I thought it was exactly right.

  238. Hi Jarrod,

    Yours is an interesting comment. John has some wise words. It is essential to realize each Believer must assume their own responsibility before the Lord, whether to go into a meeting as a counselor knowing a false message will be preached — and try to “take advantage” of it.

    But we as believers must remember that the Lord’s control does not dictate our decisions nor overrule our disobedience or stupidity. We still have a free will.

    Yes, God is in control and His Holy Spirit convicts the lost — but He does not make the lost believe in Christ. Unbelievers must eventually make a decision to trust Christ and have eternal life or reject Jesus Christ and remain condemned. They have the choice by virtue of a God given free will and we as Grace Believers have the responsibility of steering the unbeliever to the Gospel.

    Yes God is in control but our obedience to God is not automatic. Believers must make the decision to study His Word and to serve Him, etc. The New Testament is chock full of pleadings that we, as believers in Christ, be obedient to the many instructions in His Word. We have that choice — God does not robotically control our behavior, therefore He does not make us automatically obey Him or His Word. As we believers are obedient to His leading by the Holy Spirit we shall receive His blessings.

    But thankfully, as believers, we are secure in Christ Jesus whether we are obedient to the Lord’s leading or not. We are assured His blessings if we are obedient, His discipline if we are not, but guaranteed always safe and secure in Jesus.

    In Christ eternally, Jack

  239. Jarrod, you said: “The Lord has all this under control though. Even at events like these , if there is a genuine soul there that wants the truth The Holy spirit will get the truth to them somehow.”

    I agree that the Holy Spirit can steer people around false doctrine. But, there are strong admonitions against preaching false gospels (Galatians 1:9), as well as exhortations to mark and avoid false teachers and to not yoke ourselves with unbelievers.

    Given all of that, I have to think that false teaching does inhibit fulfillment of the Great Commission and that we should vigorously expose false teaching as well as proclaiming the true Gospel.

    Tom Cucuzza gave a great sermon entitled “The Obvious That Isn’t so Obvious”. It focused on 2 Corinthians 4:3-4, which says: “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” Tom said that the way that the god of this world blinds people is largely through religion. Below is an excerpt:

    “…people automatically want to believe the authority and so what that does is it leads people astray, into something that’s false and they believe that.

    And then, when someone comes along with the true Gospel of Grace, that says your sins have been bought and paid for by the blood of Jesus Christ, once and for all, and that all you can do to be saved is to put your faith in Him, trust in Him as your Savior, they say this: ‘I can’t believe that. That’s too easy. That’s easy believism. That’s cheap grace.'”

    Clear Gospel Campaign says it like this:

    “We believe that the more ardently and regularly a pastor or teacher holds forth any of the above perversions of the gospel of grace as a necessity for salvation, the more firmly a pre-existing grid of salvation-by-works is fabricated in the hearts and minds of the congregants, progressively shackling the lost sinner more hopelessly behind a veil of deception, making it less and less likely that any forthcoming profession of faith has meaningfully grasped the message of salvation.”

  240. Hey there, Kim!

    I’m glad you brought up the blog because I’ve been meaning to remind Jack to remove the link: (Jack, please remove the link! 😉 )

    (Bear with me as I lay down here an abbreviated version of my journey; I promise it’ll fall short of “War and Peace”): When I began blogging back in the spring of 2010, I was entirely ignorant of the term Lordship Salvation and didn’t know all that much about Calvinism or Arminianism. I thought the two merely debated how a person gets to be saved. I was already long of the opinion that for God to choose who would go to hell and who wouldn’t portrayed a cruel God, so I concluded that I must be Arminian, but I didn’t delve any deeper than that. Rather, my focus was the sanctified life as taught by the likes of Major Thomas, Alan Redpath, Frances Havergal, Andrew Murray, D.L. Moody, Amy Carmichael, A.W. Tozer, Vance Havner etc, etc, I found that Arminians and Calvinists could indeed live peacably together as they gathered together under the umbrella of Keswick (mind you, I kept to the deceased “classic” teachers, knowing the tendency for things to go down hill the longer they’re in business).

    Long story short, I don’t remember exactly what it was that started to make me question the deeper life movement, but I do remember noticing a trend in people who began with these teachers to end up in contemplative circles, and therefore tolerate all kinds of junk. I remember receiving a book by Stephen Olfort called “Not I but Christ” and being disappointed that the forward was written by Billy Graham (of whom I had already discovered was ecumenical) and grew increasingly uneasy as I perused the bibliography to find several obviously dangerous names (i.e. Richard Foster and Eugene Peterson), mixed in with those I had long followed and trusted. What hindered my arriving at a solid conclusion over the specific teachers I followed was that they seemed “old school”, and trustworthy, teaching before the advent of contemplative mysticism (or so I thought). I reasoned that the tares and wheat grew together, side-by-side. Then, through a common blog where Jack would frequently comment, I followed his gravatar link and started reading about John MacArthur and this thing called “lordship salvation”. I wasn’t ever crazy about MacArthur, and I detested Washer, so I wasn’t personally affected, though I couldn’t help but wonder if any of my heros were guilty. The answer didn’t come overnight. But I will say that as I continued blogging, I found myself scouring my previous blog posts and deleting specific, obvious offenders. First to go was A.W. Tozer. Slowly but surely, more and more of them began to drop like flies from my blog and my personal bookshelf. Since my blog was first and foremost a collection of quotes and essays to encourage one in the Christian walk, I finally surrenderd to the hard truth that there is none who is completely trustworthy, except the bible itself, and a King James version at that. Not much reason to continue with the blog after that realization. I also no longer frequent discernment sites and other blogs, because I’ve been extremely hardpressed to find a single one which isn’t tainted with LS, not one!! (For me, that’s saying a lot.)

    Looking back on those two years of blogging, I see God’s guiding hand in each revelation leading me to where I am today, walking with a much lighter “burden” and seeing things much more clearly!

    And now you know!

  241. Pearl,

    I really like your observation of how inclusive of other works systems LS has become. I guess it makes sense, though, since LS is really just a works system itself. They’re being consistent with their works based message, and confirming for all to see that that’s what they’re about, right? Seems that way to me.

    I see the link to your blog here, also, Pearl. I’d love to partake! What is required to qualify, please?


  242. Bruce’s article entitled “Grace Baiting: Twenty Ways Lordship Faith Advocates Mischaracterize Free Grace Theology” mentions the fact that Jon MacArthur’s 2008 updated version of “The Gospel According to Jesus” was released by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, and that “Franklin Graham wrote the introductory tribute to the book and its author.”

    See Bruce’s article linked below:

    Click to access baiting.pdf

  243. Exactly, Matt. Yet that’s not how they mean it.

  244. Matt for Grace and Truth

    The only form of “surrender” related eternal salvation that is Biblical is “giving up” that you can save yourself by contributing your own efforts, works, or rituals.

    Grace means God does it all. Our part is to receive the free gift of eternal life by believing only.

  245. Hi all!

    Jack you said,” Yet at the same time I know several Grace Bible believers who would participate for the same reason — they would be able to witness the Truth to those vulnerable unsaved folks who have come forward. Incidentally, I refused the BG crusade’s offer for our church to join them in crusades when they visited South Florida.”

    I know that would be a tough decision for me personally! all these people that go to these crusades and are searching for “something” and the main show plays on these peoples emotions rather than the purity of the Gospel message.

    If it was just me,myself and I ,i would go to a crusade as a counselor.

    If I had a church I think I would have passed also.

    Its tough when you know that these things draw huge numbers of lost souls and you know that what they are hearing is false.

    The Lord has all this under control though. Even at events like these , if there is a genuine soul there that wants the truth The Holy spirit will get the truth to them somehow.

  246. John,

    Excellent article. It will be controversial in that there are many who adore the man but perhaps overlook the errors he has preached for years. I have been aware of Billy Graham’s (BG) errors since I graduated Bible College in 1971.

    I have relatives who say they trusted Christ at a BG Crusade — but after talking to them further it seems that the Grace Gospel counselor who spoke to them after the meeting was the one who actually led them to the Truth and salvation in Jesus alone — perhaps in spite of BG’s message.

    The BG crusades are well known to be dramatically ecumenical — they send invitations to every church in town (of every description) inviting them to come and participate as Counselors. Hundreds from many assorted churches send counselors — hence the hoards of folks “coming forward” at the invitation with their white “Billy Graham Crusade” badges plainly visible as they amble forward. Apostate churches love that because they are reaching vulnerable folks they would otherwise never meet. Yet at the same time I know several Grace Bible believers who would participate for the same reason — they would be able to witness the Truth to those vulnerable unsaved folks who have come forward. Incidentally, I refused the BG crusade’s offer for our church to join them in crusades when they visited South Florida.

    One thing that particularly disturbs me is that both nominees for the Presidency this year (one a Mormon, the other a former Muslim who is a self described “Christian” but denies the Savior) felt some obligation to have a public “audience” and pay obeisance to Billy Graham, in an almost popeish fashion. That is the ultimate insult to our Savior from all three men.

    In Jesus Christ, Jack

  247. Thanks John, for the article. It is indeed roman catholicism. Jesus’ death and resurrection is never enough according to them; one’s commitment and surrender is what seals the deal. I just can’t believe how common this mentality is.

    But what really boggles my mind is how a great many of these people can be so tolerant of other religions. There’s a youtube video out there with an aged Billy Graham being interviewed by Robert Schuller, where both are rejoicing at how “broad” God’s love is, meaning that the devoted buddhist is in the fold without ever having to make that “commitment” to Jesus.

    I guess that’s what makes it all good; as long as they smell sweat, then it doesn’t matter where the person came from.

  248. Hello Everyone

    This is one of the sacred cow for those who believe in Lordship salvation… Mr Billy Graham. So many will defend Mr. Graham as “a man of god” without understanding what is the clear message of the gospel. Just ask them for chapter and verses for the gospel and watch for the deer in the headlights look. This is follow by 101 excuses for why Mr. Graham is “Christian”

    Yes Mr. Graham is the king of LS and his message lives on in the like of Paul Washer and others. Sad but true the world will know it’s own.

    Trust in Jesus

  249. Thank you for this article. Very necessary. I once read a Calvary Chapel book that had one of the guys in the book talk about how a person in the church warned the church about Billy Graham’s false gospel and ecumenicalism, and this Calvary Chapel person ridiculed the person warning about Billy Graham, saying to the effect, “I’d never heard someone speak again such a powerful man of God as Billy Graham, and I wouldn’t let him get away with it”.

    That’s the kind of man-worship that causes people to turn off Biblical discernment. Just look at all the steps in this presentation:

    “Count the cost”… How does Billy Graham or anyone that believes as he does, know if they themselves “counted the cost” and paid it or not? What cost did they pay for eternal life? Particularly when eternal life is a free gift.

    “You must take a definitive step”… That’s about as clear as mud. What is the step? Is it the same for everyone? Or different for different people? Why doesn’t the Bible tell me the nature of this step? How does Graham and those that believe like him, know if they took any such step?

    “Allow God to change your life”… If salvation happens in a split second, then how can the person know in one split second if their life was changed or not? Then salvation as they describe it, is a progression, a process. That’s roman catholicism. And then that doesn’t make any sense as to why Billy Graham would call anybody forward to come to Christ.

    Thank you for this article!

  250. Thanks John,

    “We ask people to make a public confession of Christ in our meetings because Christ demanded a definite commitment. Christ had reasons for demanding that people openly follow Him. He knew that an unwitnessed vow is no vow at all. Until you have surrendered to Christ by a definite act of your will, you are not a Christian.”

    Graham’s article is full of errors – some more obvious than others. The quote above though should raise red flags for everyone. You are right that we don’t vow our way to salvation.

    I really don’t know how anyone could dance all the way around the true gospel and yet still miss like Graham does. The sad fact though is that learned and unlearned men alike are susceptible to Satan’s deception. Graham’s is just one of the more recognizable voices in the chorus of voices singing a false gospel message. If only they understood the line “and that Thou bidst me come to thee,” means that we are to come to Christ through simple faith alone. No confessions, prayers, public vows, cost counting or anything else is needed.