Lordship Salvation: Pink Makes God See Red

by Johninnc

Galatians 1:9:  As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

A friend of mine with whom I often speak regarding matters of the Gospel recently left me a false gospel tract entitled “Saving Faith,” written by the late A.W. Pink and distributed by an outfit called “Chapel Library.” He was aware that the tract did not comport with the gospel, and let me know that there was a group distributing it outside at a local event called “Speed Week.”

The tract was one of the most virulent repudiations of the gospel of Jesus Christ that I have ever read, with an attempt to substitute Pink’s false gospel.

Following are some of the quotes from that tract (in italics), as well as my comments (in bold parenthetical form):

Perhaps the reader is already a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ. Yet that, in and of itself is not proof he has been born again and is journeying to Heaven.

(My comment: STOP. RIGHT. THERE.  Anyone who has trusted in Christ alone as Savior has eternal life that can never be lost or forfeited. So, why would Pink reject what the Bible says about how to have eternal life? We will never know his motives, but following are some of his false, unbiblical arguments)

Among the chief rulers also many believed (not simply ‘about’, but) on Him.” Ah! but note what immediately follows: “but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God” (John 12:42-43) – what a proof that they were utter strangers to a saving work of God in their souls: yet they were “believers” in the Lord Jesus!

(My comment: there are varying degrees of boldness in public identification with Christ, at various times among believers.  This does not mean that the believers in Christ that Pink references do not have eternal life. In fact, the Bible says just the opposite: John 1:12: But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:)

There is a faith in Christ which is saving, and there is a faith in  Christ which is not saving. Possibly, the reader says, “But I know that mine is the former: I have seen myself as a lost sinner, realize I can do nothing to gain acceptance with God, and have put my trust in the finished work of His Son.”…

Dear friends, others who were equally sure as you are  now in Hell! Suffer us to enquire, Have you tested your faith by Scripture? Have you taken the trouble to ascertain whether your faith is accompanied by those evidences which are inseparable from a saving faith?

(My  comment: Here again, Pink rejects the only basis for assurance of eternal life – dependence on Christ’s righteousnes – and tries to replace it with good old fashioned fruit inspection)

Have you been saved from pride, from covetousness, from murmuring? Christ died not to procure the pardon of our sins and the taking of us to Heaven, while our hearts still remain clinging to the things of this earth.

(My comment: Pink suggests here that those believers who cling to the things of this earth lack eternal life. The Bible says otherwise. Romans 12:2: And be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. This was written to believers, and it means that it is God’s will that we not be worldly. But, it is not presented as a requirement for, or necessary consequence of eternal life.)

Saving faith necessarily involved the renouncing of our own sinful “lordship,” the throwing down of our weapons of warfare against Him, and the submitting to His yoke and rule. And before any sinful rebel is brought to that place, a miracle of grace has to be wrought within him. Saving faith consists of the complete surrender of my whole being and life to the lordship of Christ: “they first gave their own selves to the Lord” (2 Cor 8:5). Have you? Have you?

(My comment: the Bible repeatedly refers to eternal life as the gift of God. Saving faith does not require surrendering any, or all, of one’s being and life to the Lordship of Christ. Faith entails trusting in Christ alone as Savior. The verse that Pink cites, out of context here, has to do with liberality in financial sacrifice for the Apostle Paul’s ministry, not for the receipt of eternal life.)

I don’t know if A.W. Pink ever believed in Jesus as his Savior. His false gospel, presented in the referenced tract, would lead people away from Christ.

But, in this I am confident: whether or not Pink is with the Lord, he would now beg you to disregard the false gospel that is presented in his “Saving Faith” tract and believe in Jesus Christ as your Savior.

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68 responses to “Lordship Salvation: Pink Makes God See Red

  1. John and Holly…
    I don’t follow J.D. Farag, so I’m not familiar with him. The videos that I have been finding about the Jesuits are staunchly anti-Jesuit, which is fine. The Jesuits have evil roots and have done much evil. It’s just that some of the well-meaning people exposing the Jesuits seem to get into a mentality that leads them to attribute every evil move in world history since the 16th Century to Jesuit machinations. Then when these exposes touch on something the lecturer disagrees with, they seek a Jesuit link to it. The two longest videos I’ve found so far are by people who champion the Reformation. I suppose that’s to be expected, since they’re refuting RC-ism and its Counter-Reformation, but as a consequence they also hold to Augustinian eschatology. Because of that, they disagree with futurism (which is the foundation of premillennialism and Pretribulationism), and so relegate futurism to Jesuit influences. One of them even cited Dave MacPherson’s malicious nonsense about Darby in support of their anti-Pre-Trib diatribes. What’s worse, another result of their unquestioning devotion to the Reformation is a strong Calvinist streak with its inevitable LS view. Oh, and they also are rabidly KJV-only.

    Such mis-informed views about futurism, Darby, Calvin and LS etc. leads me to wonder about the veracity of their research on the Jesuits, although, to be fair, their documentation on the Jesuits is much more thorough than their “research” on the other subjects they touch on. It’s just beginning to look to me like they extrapolate way too much. I know the Jesuits are evil, but they’re not the devil. They just work for him.

  2. johninnc – Yes, both are LD teachers. Brannon teaches that true believers won’t “practice” the sins in 1 Corinthians 6:9-11. And Jimmy DeYoung teaches repent of sins for salvation.

  3. JohnWI, I am not comfortable with Brannon Howse, with or without his connection to John MacArthur. According to some of our more discerning commenters, both Brannon Howse and Jimmy DeYoung are LS.

  4. Another person who uses the ABC’s for salvation, is Jimmy DeYoung. I use to listen to him quite a bit in the past, notice I said in the past. He had the television show called Day of Discovery, with Mart De Haan and I respected DeHaan, but I am not sure were he is coming from now, since he is on Brannon Howse’s show, World View Weekend. Brannon Howse use to be a big follower of John MacArthur, but a friend of mine said Brannon is distancing himself from John MacArthur. Not sure on that. Maybe some one as more knowledge on that and Jimmy DeYoung. I know Jimmy DeYoung is good friends with the pastor of the Jerusalem Assembly, Meno Kalisher, who had Paul Washer come and speak in their church. I wrote an email to Meno asking him about allowing Paul Washer to speak in his church, and he said he was a great man of God.

  5. Holly, these prophecy sites that teach LS are like “hurry up and believe a false gospel before its too late.”

  6. Chas and John, there is a ‘respected’ pastor, J.D. Farag. Super likable and seemingly humble. He teaches prophecy and the people love him over on FB, you see his prophecy updates frequently.

    He also teaches the ‘ABC’ method of salvation, C being Confess/Call upon the name of the Lord. I emailed him once about this, but he doesn’t exactly want to hear. I was pleased when one of the women who has been troubled in the past in loadship brought up one of his sermons as being troubling. It was on Eph 5:5-7, and it was entitled ‘Doubting your salvation’ (and no it wasn’t about reassuring them they possessed eternal life if they believed God’s testimony of His Son).

    He uses the childhood song, ‘if you’re saved and you know it then your life should surely show it’. And he tells his flock that this is what Paul is saying too. (I was waiting for him to say SHOULD). But no, he means if your life doesn’t show it, you are NOT SAVED.

    I will not take teaching from one who teaches another gospel, but some want to hear what’s going to happen at any cost and how can someone who doesn’t have the truth of the gospel straight guide you in other doctrinal matters?

  7. Tom Mono, it’s interesting that Wayne Grudem was an elder and professor at a Seminary in town (I attended the church for years and took some classes from the Seminary both). Both became ecumenical but likely not from their viewpoint. The people they are willing to quote and hold up over the Word of God amaze me. They had the author of the book on Dietrich Bonhoeffer at the church years back (Eric Metaxas). They LOVE quoting Bonhoeffer, their ME-ism doctrine has them imagining themselves as not only pastors but spy’s, prophets and martyrs… According them it was just an ‘internet rumor’ that Bonhoeffer denied certain things that would make him an antichrist.

    People want to ‘systemize’ theology, yet they do it with outside sources that don’t believe in the Deity or physical/literal resurrection of Christ? The admire the adventures and teaching of the Jesuits as if something to emulate.

    So sad people don’t see if they did once believe, they are bewitched into thinking they can finish in the flesh. Or somehow grow by listening to these false gospels.

  8. chas, you are right. There are people who don’t even get the gospel straight who teach on all sorts of biblical matters.

  9. Speaking of Jesuits, it’s really gotten thick out there. Lately I’ve been encountering a lot of talk about the Jesuits and their agenda, how it continues to this day. As an EX-Catholic, Jesuit history interests me because I want to be able to get a grip on church history in order to recognize and counter distortions of it when I run into Catholics online spouting RCC propaganda. (Been doing a lot of that the last few days.)

    Anyway, though it’s possible to find lengthy videos containing a lot of good info exposing the Jesuits, there can be a lot of noise on the channel. For instance, some of the lecturers insist that the Pre-trib Rapture, Premillennialism and even Biblical Futurism itself are “Jesuit inspired”, which is total nonsense. It seems nobody gets everything they talk about right. Ya can’t be too careful.

  10. tommono, welcome and thanks for your comment.

    Your depiction of the pamphlet with the message from A.W. Pink is apt. It is a wicked perversion of the gospel.

    I have prayed for the assistant pastor.

  11. I just met with an assistant pastor of my old church that I quit going to because they never seemed to preach that salvation was by faith alone and the pastor started quoting Jesuits and Calvinists in the sermons. The assistant pastor handed me this book! He was very light on details but he basically affirmed that they line up with Francis Chan, Wayne Grudem, and this book. Wicked! It’s unbelievable that they pervert the gospel like this and can’t tell the difference between this and the real gospel.

    I hope that assistant pastor is saved – I liked the guy – but man I wouldn’t bet on it after reading what’s in this book.

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    johninnc – Yea, I don’t think Jesus meant work in any meritorious sense on our part.

    I could also see it as us receiving the full work of Christ when we believe. When we believe, we are credited with the righteousness of Christ or with His “Works” or “Work.”

    Or, because Jesus finished the work, He (God) can now begin “working” in believers. There seems to be many ways to look at John 6:29 from a non meritorious stand point and in harmony with Romans 4:5.

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    Could someone please explain the seeming contradiction between John 6:29 and Romans 4:5? Why does Jesus seem to imply that believing is a work, yet Paul says that believing is not a work?

  14. Brad, we are told to redeem the time, so I think the reminders of the imminence of the rapture and the fragility of our lives are to keep us motivated to use our time wisely.

  15. Yeh, Christians were always the persecuted ones going all the way back to the Apostles. For instance the Bible has been targetted by many for removal over the years and yet, all their efforts ultimately failed and it remains the best-selling book in history. God preserving His Word for us and our posterity.

    I actually wasn’t aware of the doctrine of imminence. But still that could mean 5 years from now or 300. I suppose God’s interest in telling us it could happen at any moment, without giving us a date, is to motivate us to win souls quicker?

  16. Brad, agree that the gospel message is Satan’s primary target. There is a lot of difference in doctrine between Calvinists/Wesleyans/Roman Catholics/Mormons/Jehova’s Witnesses and so on, but they all get the gospel wrong.

    Regarding timing of the rapture – when people set dates, they are inherently denying the doctrine of imminence. The Bible teaches that the rapture is imminent. If someone sets a date, they are saying it can’t happen before that date. Therefore, they are denying imminence.

    It is kind of like “rear view dominionism,” which is the teaching that the world used to be largely Christian. The Bible doesn’t teach that most people prior to 1950 would accept Christ.

  17. Hey everyone, I hope you’re all well. Haven’t posted here in a while but have just been thinking.

    As many of you know well – most, if not all, religous groups in this world who call themselves Christian get various doctrines in the Bible wrong (depending on the group) that are non-essential to entering Heaven.

    On that point of non-essential-to-salvation Biblical doctrines; a Calvinist may be correct in one doctrine, while a Mormon may be incorrect in the same doctrine. A Catholic may get a doctrine right while a Presbyterian may get that same doctrine wrong. Just using those as examples.

    The ONLY doctrine in the Bible that is ESSENTIAL to going to Heaven is, of course, the doctrine of salvation: God’s grace through our faith in Jesus Christ ALONE apart from ALL works (Ephesians 2:8-9).

    Now, with all of this in mind; I’m not going to name the false groups in the world who claim to be Christian, we know who they are, but what is one thing they ALL have in common? Getting the Biblical doctrine for salvation wrong! Whether by corrupting it, ignoring it, refuting it or being led away from it. That is the one guaranteed common strain amongst every single one of these false groups.

    But when it comes to non-essential-to-salvation Biblical doctrines, some groups get some right and others get some wrong, but there would be no 100% commonality amongst them ALL for this.

    Now as most of you know, Satan’s biggest interest regarding humanity is to make sure that people never trust the Biblical (God’s) plan for their salvation, so that is where he focuses the majority of his time and efforts – on leading/keeping as many people as possible away from true Biblical salvation, found only in Christ and instead into one of his many different false plans for a false salvation resulting in a false hope.

    In contrast to this; Satan doesn’t care nearly as much if one particular false group believes stealing isn’t a sin, while another false group does; because that doctrine (purely as an example) is non-essential to a person’s entrance into Heaven.

    To conclude my point: ALL groups falsely calling themselves Christian ALL commonly get the ONLY Biblical doctrine that is ESSENTIAL for entrance into Heaven wrong, but these SAME groups will vary greatly on their correct/incorrect stances on other non-essential-for-salvation Biblical doctrines.

    This begs the question: why the 100% consistency of incorrectness amongst all of these false groups with the ONLY essential Biblical doctrine for entrance into Heaven, but not with ANY other Biblical doctrine? One may see the clear answer to this question: Satan’s greatest interest in regards to humanity (keeping people unsaved) is heavily at play here across the board, so the Gospel of Jesus Christ (the Biblical plan for salvation) is under constant attack by Satan in all places and groups. Thus, the existence of the many false groups in the world who wrongfully call themselves Christian, knowingly or unknowingly.

    The Bible tells us that only few will enter Heaven and the rest will be going to Hell. We see this prophecy playing out in part with the thousands of false groups wrongfully calling themselves Christian, while getting the only doctrine necessary for salvation (and thus becoming an actual Christian in God’s sight) wrong in their own unique or shared ways.

    The Biblical definition for being a Christian (Biblically synonymous with being saved) is someone who has trusted Jesus Christ alone as their Savior, apart from ANYTHING or ANYONE else; therefore the Biblical definition for a false group who wrongfully call themselves Christian is a group who does not believe in God’s Biblical plan for salvation and instead believes in one of Satan’s many false plans for a false salvation instead.

    On a completely unrelated topic; the Bible tells us that only God knows the time when the rapture will happen and therefore it is impossible (according to God’s will) for anyone else to know it. Why are there so many people in the world trying to decode Biblical prophecies or using other various methods to find out information that the Bible itself says only God knows? Surely if God wanted humanity to know when the rapture would happen it would have been clearly written in the Bible, as the Bible is God’s book for humanity to learn everything we need to know about Him and His creation. Am I missing something?

  18. All the times I was insensitive to sin and the needs of others do not have any bearing on where I spend eternity and only caused needless worry. What a relief.

  19. John 6:47, LS is all about self-inspection/inspection of others of one sort or another.

  20. johninnc – Indeed. The ONLY difference between a saved person and a lost man, REGARDLESS of what sins they commit, is one person believed the Gospel and the other one didn’t. THAT’S IT. No amount of works prove anything. And Lot sure didn’t feel bad about his sin if he was feeling good in Sodom.

  21. John 6:47, agree.

    See article linked below, number 12:

    https://expreacherman.com/2012/08/14/you-might-be-a-lordship-salvationist-if/

    What they are saying is that if you do not feel more sensitivity to sin, you might not have eternal life. So, one’s assurance of eternal life has to come from feeling more sensitivity to sin, rather than from having believed the gospel. This is Lordship “salvation.”

  22. The people that misuse Hebrews 12:8 will doubletalk and say “Well it’s not a standard for everybody else to use, but it’s for you and you personally. Only you and God know if you’re being chastised.” And it easily leads to “The difference between a saved person doing x sin and the lost man who does that same sin is the saved person won’t feel good when they sin.” Which then leads to a full-blown “You can’t do XYZ and still be saved because true Christians will do (fill in the blank).” It’s a red flag that they are loading the Gospel with works through the back door.

  23. John 6;47, Great question, because I was thinking the same thing, when I heard Hank Lindstrom, who I trust because of his clear gospel, use that same verse. It kind of seemed like a way that people could start looking at them selves and questioning if they were in Christ by whether or not they were being disciplined. Johninnc, your answer helps a lot!

  24. Great question John 6:47, and great answer Johninnc.

    As a parent, there is correction for all my 8 children. Some would feel I didn’t really correct them, and so I can definitely see how this get’s misused and abused by some as a proof text for salvation. Completely agree John.

  25. johninnc – Thanks for the help!

  26. John 6:47, I think the point of Hebrews 12:8 is that God chastens His children out of love and wanting what is best for them. And, I think that God chastens (disciplines) all of His children. The extent to which people respond to chastening differs, and people who respond most appropriately will become the most disciplined, and perhaps most fruitful and most rewarded.

  27. johninnc – So if I’m understanding you correctly, you’re saying that the point of Hebrews 12:8 is not lack of chastisement = unsaved, but rather, all believers will get chastised? And yes, I agree that using chastisement as an indicator of salvation is backdoor fruit inspection.

  28. John 6:47, this is a great question.

    God chastens (trains, provides instruction to) all believers, not just disobedient or rebellious believers. All believers.

    People respond to this discipline in a number of ways, some of which are appropriate and some of which are not. The most disciplined Christians are the ones who respond the most appropriately to discipline.

    One of the primary means through which God disciplines people is through scripture.

    2 Timothy 3:16: All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

    John 8:31: Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;

    I think there is the danger that one could look for assurance of salvation from the extent to which he feels chastened. That is, if one reads Hebrews 12:8 and he doesn’t feel sufficiently chastened, he might question his salvation. This could lead to a self-absorbed search for signs of being chastened by God, or even people imagining or concocting evidence of chastisement to provide assurance. This is much like self-inspection of spiritual fruit as evidence of salvation. It leads nowhere.

    The only assurance of eternal life must come from having believed in Jesus as Savior.

  29. I have a quick question:

    Some people use Hebrews 12:8 to prove that chastisement is proof of salvation. I know that works cannot prove whether someone is saved or lost, but I’m really struggling to explain this verse. Thanks!

  30. The thing that’s sad, is Pink is Calvinist but basically fits just as well into the AOG/Arminian/Pentecostal branch of the false gospel in the loadship department. They literally think they can keep themselves. They claim they believe He keeps them, yet they declare you must do this or that to stay saved, or to not ‘walk out of His hand’ or to not ‘forfeit your salvation’.

    Very sadly for me a friend, a daughter of a friend of mine who passed away last year is now buying into this destructive gospel, calling me ‘hyper grace’ (knowing that is not true), and the saddest thing was I warned her mom about the pastor her daughter is now taking teaching from. Her mom agreed, yet kept him as a friend. Now her daughter is deceived… pray for her please.

  31. Jesus is King, no matter who is answering you, when they’re using analogies to explain Scripture, ask them to show you a few plain Scriptures that support what they say.

    We can be barren and unfruitful (2 Pet 1:5-9), but need to add to our faith. I think the important thing is we realize that we need to abide in the Vine and we need to continue in His Word if we want to grow in Him.

  32. Sam, I agree completely. There is nothing but bad news and despair in Pink’s false gospel.

  33. If pinks Gospel was correct nobody would be saved.If these guys believe their own teaching thry could never have any peace with God.

  34. Jesus is King, yeah, I don’t know what he means.

    I try to not get too literal with the imagery in the parables. I think the point was to say that something that has sprouted (become alive) can fail to grow and can even stop believing.

    I think that Jesus mentioned those represented by soil 2 as having sprung up as a metaphor for having received life. I don’t think that requires believing that once a person believes and receives eternal life that he will necesarilly begin to grow. It is God’s will that we grow, but it is not automatic.

    As to Jesus “growing” in believers, I wouldn’t put it that way.

    All believers are immediately indwelled by the Holy Spirit, but that is different than being filled with the Holy Spirit. Being filled with the Holy Spirit requires walking in the Spirit, which again, is not automatic.

    I hope that helps.

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    johninnc – Ok, thanks for your insight.

    I’m guessing my Pastor means limited growth like the “springing up” of the seed in Luke 8:6, but I will need to ask him. I don’t think he means a new Christian will automatically begin growing in God’s word daily or anything. I think he just meant any limited growth.

    It’s hard to imagine anything living but not growing at least to an elementary degree. If something living never grew at all, it would die. If Jesus is living in us, isn’t Jesus always growing? 2 Tim 2:13

  36. Jesus is King, thanks for your questions and comment.

    We know from scripture that the fruit of the Spirit comes from walking in the Spirit. This is shown in opposition to the lusts of the flesh that arise when a Christian is not walking in the Spirit. And, we know from scripture that walking in the Spirit is not automatic for Christians. It is shown as a choice.

    Galatians 5:25: If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

    Similarly, growth is shown as not being automatic for Christians, but is rather something that would occur from studying scripture and avoiding false doctrine.

    2 Peter 3:18: But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

    All Christians have spiritual life, but growth is not guaranteed. People represented by soil 2 in the parable of the sower are a good example:

    Luke 8:6: And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture.

    You asked: Is growing in Christ the same thing as fruit?

    I think that Christian growth and fruit of the Spirit are closely related, and overlap. But, I don’t think they are exactly the same. One can experience Christian growth by studying scripture with God’s approval in mind. And, one manifests fruit of the Spirit by walking in the Spirit.

    The key is that neither is automatic in the lives of believers, and neither should be looked to for evidence that we, or someone else, has eternal life.

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    My Pastor said a Christian won’t always bear fruit, but that we will grow, because living things always grow, and we have eternal life in Jesus. Any thoughts?

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    Is growing in Christ the same thing as fruit?

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    I understand the Lordship Salvation. I don’t agree with that. I asked my Pastor about it and if we will all have fruit as Christians. He said not necessarily but that “All living things grow.” He said if I have eternal life in Christ Jesus, then I am alive, and I will grow. I believe him.

  40. Chas… exactly! These people love to hear themselves speak, they don’t tremble at God’s Word evidently, and in fact in favor over their proof texts I think they cast His Word behind their backs (Psalm 50:16-17).

    One thing I notice a good majority of the time, is when you ask for the gospel, they refer you elsewhere instead of simply sharing. Or they’ll copy and paste from their favorite reformed preacher/teachers.

    I find it strange that people love to have it so, but there really is a carnal temptation to 1) call yourself after other men or 2) finish/prove yourself in the flesh, and this causes them to be puffed up against others because 3) they think of men above what is written. And that’s assuming they’re carnal believers, and worse, they may not know Him at all.

    One thing I find very bothersome is those who call them ‘brother’ when they know they have a false gospel. If you haven’t fellowshipped with them when they had believed the right gospel, how can you somehow know they are ‘brother’?

  41. Keith, Good observation, it seems to me that they do really expect that sort of mystical infusion of Grace, similarly to Augustine’s conversion story and also they expect a Pilgrim’s Progress type perseverance in order to ‘enter in’.

  42. Johninnc, it is absurd, I can’t always reflect on the childhood story of the Emperor’s New Clothes. They’re just blind.

    Notice how they definitely believe it is a ‘process’ which they contribute to. Election is cumulative?

  43. Arthur “Diotrephes” Pink did not show any grace. So much for all his talk of grace(s). I remember Holly posting that he died a bitter, isolated man.

  44. “Seventh, by giving all diligence to cultivate the Christian graces and using all diligence to this end.”

    Wait… WHAT?

    How does one “cultivate the Christian graces”, grace being simply the unearned–uncultivated, unmerited, undeserved–favor of God?

    Once again we see a vivid example of the flesh doing its best to become “spiritual”. I guess we can thank Pink for that much. It seems to be a mark of every form of legalism to regard God’s grace as something to be attained by some action on our part. “How do I get that goo ya call grace?”

  45. In other words, unless you have taken the way of the transgressor and learned your lesson the hard way, the Calvinist does not believe that you are saved. The way of the transgressor is hard but not necessary. Simply believing the testimony suffices.

  46. It seems like a common thread in the Calvinist “testimonies”, plans of salvation or assurance of the elect is that one must have some sort of extra-biblical experience or fanciful discovery that he is a sinner, that Christ died for him as one of the elect, etc. In other words, it is not enough to believe these things from the testimony of scripture itself. This would require the Calvinist to place himself on the same level as everyone else, and this is something his pride will not allow him to do. The Calvinist upholds scripture only insofar as it supports or substantiates his “conversion experience”. In the first century, John the apostle wrote his epistles to counter the same type of Gnostic heresy which continues today in a different form.

  47. Holly, what absurd arguments these guys make!

    And, I agree that to favorably quote people who teach false gospels is a really bad idea.

  48. John WI, I completely understand. They preach a spirit of fear, Praise God for His Word.

    Pink says that it takes time (and about seven of his major errant points) to know whether you are the elect:

    How may I know I have understood the gospel and that I am elect?

    First, by the Word of God having come in divine power to the soul so that my self-complacency is shattered and my self-righteousness is renounced.

    Second, by the Holy Spirit convicting me of my woeful, guilty, and lost condition.

    Third, by having had revealed to me the suitability and sufficiency of Christ to meet my desperate case and by a divinely given faith causing me to lay hold of and rest upon Him as my only hope.

    Fourth, by the marks of the new nature within me – a love for God; an appetite for spiritual things; a longing for holiness; a seeking after conformity to Christ.

    Fifth, by the resistance which the new nature makes to the old, causing me to hate sin and loathe myself for it.

    Sixth, by avoiding everything which is condemned by God’s Word and by sincerely repenting of and humbly confessing every transgression. Failure at this point will surely bring a dark cloud over our assurance causing the Spirit to withhold His witness.

    Seventh, by giving all diligence to cultivate the Christian graces and using all diligence to this end. Thus the knowledge of election is cumulative. ~A .W. Pink

  49. JohnWI, we are grateful that you finally heard the gospel in its purity and understood the difference between the gospel and the many false gospel substitutes to which you were previously exposed!

    And, we are grateful that you are part of this ministry.

  50. Great Article John and follow up comment especially poignant.

    A.W. Pink was one of those theologians I added to my heretical libraries because my pastor quoted him favorably. After all if he liked him and was my pastor, surely I should strive to follow him. It’s why it’s such a pet peeve of mine when people quote others favorably without at least a warning (if they known of their errors).

    Pink is so well loved by these types that they have a ‘Real men read (love) Pink’ facebook page.

    One of the ‘quotes’ says, ‘to argue against the partiality of grace is suicidal’. I shake my head in disgust. This is a veiled threat — ‘Don’t you dare argue against double predestination or you’ll end up in hell, and you caused it’.

    They spend all day and night arguing the tenets of a faulty foregone conclusion.

    One of their little ‘memes’ says, “To say that ‘Faith’ is the cause of the ‘New Birth’ is to put the ‘Cart before the Horse’. Faith is not the cause of the New Birth but the consequence of it.

  51. Johninnc, I remember many years ago, I had a nervous break down, from listening to so many LS, Reformed, Calvinist (did not know what that meant back then) preachers and reading there books. Reading AW Pinks booklet, which put me into the psych ward, cause I didn’t want to live.

    I am so thankful to God that I heard the true Gospel, through Yankee Arnold, and trusted Jesus Christ alone, as my Saviour. I am so thankful for this website also. There are very few people I listen to now, and only after I find out were they stand on the Gospel. So much of the Bible comes into focus when we understand the Gospel!

  52. Keith…
    Proverbs 14:12 is the first verse I ever came across that specifically steered me out of legalism years ago. Its application to LS is spot on.

  53. Keith, good, concise summary!

  54. The problem with Pink’s theology can be summed up by a single verse:

    “There is a way that seems right to a man, but it’s end is the way of death”

    -Proverbs 14:12

  55. chas, I had never delved much into Pink’s theology, but knew him to be awry on the gospel. The tract to which I referred in the article was fairly extensive. The sole purpose of the tract was to contradict the gospel.

  56. Phil, I’ve always thought the concept of reforming a false religion to turn it into Christianity was a bit suspect.

  57. AW Pink is typical of other reformed, whether Calvinist or Arminian; what they are saying is that a person can’t simply accept the gospel message; he must also make himself presentable to God with a changed life, one involving repentance (their wrong definition) and perseverance. In other words, the false gospel of working your way to heaven.
    Reformed theology seems just kind of a re do of Catholicism without all the smoke and ceremonies, but it still has the faith plus working your way to heaven that Catholicism had. I kind of wonder, what got reformed in the reformation other that getting rid of the papacy and the bishops?

  58. Hi Veronica and welcome. Many of us came out of lordship salvation, faith plus working for salvation doctrines,,like Billy Graham, John MacArthur… I live in the world HQ of Church of the Nazarene, KC, and have attended services a couple of times in the ’90s. The first time they had this pulpit pounding evangelist preaching to the congregation causing uncertainty about their salvation, quoting Luke 6 about Lazerus, and to come forward. He said at one point something like, “don’t trust in that old salvation; just slip up here and get saved again”. I heard a Nazarene say he had not been keeping up on his tithing, and he was trying to pay his “back tithes” like they were his back taxes. I had this one tract from Nazarene Publishing Co. it was very legalistic and Armenian in its salvation message. I don’t blame you for not wanting to keep attending their churches.
    Don’t feel alone, I, like you, cannot find a church..so far they all turn me off or are preaching error in one form or another. This Oasis of grace here, EXp, is my fellowship and church and where I feel at home..and there are others that feel the same way here.

  59. It is such a great relief to have the false doctrines of these prominent self-righteous “paragons” of evangelical thought exposed for the lies that they are. Many thanks, John.

    A.W. Pink is one of the people that Chuck Missler would quote from time-to-time during his prophecy studies back in the day at CCCM, although I don’t recall Missler ever using Pink as a reference when he talked about basic things like salvation. (Missler did appear to me to become more legalistic about “dedication” as his business enterprises fell apart and he entered so-called “full time ministry”.)

    Fortunately, I never found the time to delve into Pink’s work on my own. For some reason I was always a bit leery of his work. Now I know why.

  60. Veronica Perez

    Thank you for the welcome and prayer. This is a great website, it has been really helpful! 😃

  61. Veronica, welcome and thanks for your comment.

    I have prayed for you to not be troubled by false doctrine and to grow in grace and in the knowledge of Jesus.

    I don’t think it is wrong for you to not want to attend a church that teaches doctrine that contradicts the gospel.

  62. Veronica Perez

    Awesome article, so thankful to God that He took me out of the false doctrines, I was a victim of Lordship Salvation and Armenianism for about 10 years. I heard the true gospel at the end of last year through Pastor Ralph Arnold and I believed and now I have the full assurance of salvation based on God’s promises. Before I got saved, I have been attending the church of the nazarene with my mom but they teach all these false doctrines. For 10 years I thought I was saved but I wasn’t. I spoke with my mom about leaving and preached the true gospel to her but she won’t believe it. She believes she needs to live a good holy life to go to Heaven. I have been in search of a biblical church, I live in Riverside, CA. If anyone knows a good church around my area I would truly appreciate it. I hardly attend church anymore and when I do it’s because my mom wants me to take her and I don’t want to attend that church anymore. That denomination makes people self-righteous, I can help expose them. Please pray for me, I feel so trapped, my mom thinks I’m falling away cause I won’t attend the church as much anymore but everytime I do I end up confused so I read God’s word and listen to Ralph Arnold or Hank Lindstrom to listen to sound doctrine. But I have shared the true gospel with family and friends. 🙂
    Sonetimes I do feel sad when I tell my mom and she gets angry. Am I wrong for wanting to leave, I don’t consider myself a member of that church anymore.
    Sorry for the long response, it’s something that’s been in my mind for a while.
    -veronica perez

  63. Cheryl, thanks for your encouragement. I pray that the article will reach many through your Facebook page.

  64. Cheryl Burr

    Excellent article. I have posted it to my facebook page. God bless.

  65. Dori, it is good to hear from you.

    Thanks so much for your prayers!

  66. After reading this, I can only say how thankful I am that you, and the few others who do, are putting the Truth out there for all to see.
    Praying for you, and the many who will find the Gospel and believe after reading your posts and the Bible.

  67. I’ll be the first to reply to my own article.

    I could be mistaken, but I think the only use in the New Testament, of the word “ah” (which Pink seems to use repeatedly in his false gospel), is used by scoffers.

    Mark 15:29: And they that passed by railed on him, wagging their heads and saying, Ah, thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days,

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