Heaven's Door Is Wide Open—Put Down The Pick Axes, The Grappling Hooks, The Shovels & The Jack Hammers!
By David J. Stewart | April 2014
John 10:1, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.”
While I was listening to Alexander Scourby reading the King James Bible from 2nd Samuel, and laying down resting in my chronic neck pain today, the Lord impressed a truth upon my heart from my website. One of my young children drew a picture many years ago that is worth a thousand words. I'm glad that I scanned and saved the picture. Truly, “Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?” (Matthew 21:16b).
The classic picture (shown below) shows the Jehovah's Witnesses trying to break into Heaven using jack hammers. Then it shows the Seventh Day Adventists trying to scale Heaven's walls to break into the celestial city with grappling hooks. And then the picture shows Roman Catholics trying to break through the roof with pick axes. And still others are attempting to use water (Baptismal Regeneration), thinking it will help them to break into the heavenly city. Ah, but what they all fail to realize is that THE DOOR IS WIDE OPEN!!!
The Door Is Wide Open! Everyone Is Welcome! Eternal Life Is Free!
Romans 10:3-4, “For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.”
The above awesome picture warms my heart just looking at it, first to know that my daughter understands this depth of the simplicity of salvation, but also because it silently refutes every Lordship Salvationist, every Mormon, every Catholic, every Muslim, every false religion in the world. They could enter through the pearly gates for free, but they are trying to climb up and break into Heaven “SOME OTHER WAY” as “a thief and a robber” the Bible calls them (John 10:1, our text verse). Jesus said in Luke 24:25, “O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken.” Jesus is THE DOOR (John 10:9). Amen!
Folks, THE DOOR TO HEAVEN IS WIDE OPEN!!! The Bible proclaims that eternal life is a free gift (Romans 5:15; Ephesians 2:8-9), paid for by the literal, liquid, precious, blood of Jesus (1st Peter 1:18-19; Romans 5:9) that He sprinkled upon the Mercy Seat (Hebrews 12:24) in the heavenly Holy Place (Hebrews 9:12) in the presence of God the Father on our behalf (Hebrews 9:24). Jesus' blood was THE PRICE and the heavenly Mercy Seat was THE PLACE.
All you Lordship Salvation heretics telling people to intent to reform, cease from sinful bad habits, and turn away from a life of sin to receive the free gift of God, PUT DOWN YOUR JACK HAMMERS! PUT DOWN YOUR SHOVELS! THE DOOR IS WIDE OPEN!!! Jesus paid it all! Eternal life is a GIFT from God! A gift is free, with no obligations.
Do you know what the great Baptist preacher Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-1892) said concerning those who require giving up sinful living to be saved? Here's what Spurgeon said . . .
“'Repentance' is a grace. Some people preach it as a condition of salvation. Condition of nonsense! There are no conditions of salvation.” —Charles Spurgeon
SOURCE: http://www.spurgeon.org/sermons/0044.htm (Charles Spurgeon, from a sermon titled, REPENTANCE UNTO LIFE, preached at the New Park Street Chapel, Southwark, on Sept. 23, 1855)
Spurgeon didn't mean that repentance (metanoia) wasn't necessary for salvation; but rather, that repentance (metamelomai) is not required. What's the difference? Metanoia is “a change of mind”; whereas metamelomai means “regret, to feel remorse afterwards.” In Matthew 27:3 we read that Judas “repented” (metamelomai), but Judas still died in his sin of unbelief and went to Hell. Those false ministers (like Paul Washer, Ray Comfort, Paris Reidhead, John MacArthur, Aiden Tozer and William Lane Craig) who teach that a person cannot be saved until they literally turn away from the act of sin, have intent to reform, and make a full surrender to do Christ's will from that day forward, are preaching “ANOTHER GOSPEL” of damnation (2nd Corinthians 11:4-5)!!!
Repent! Repent! Repent!
Clearly, Charles Haddon Spurgeon DIDN'T believe that making full surrender to serve Christ as Lord, or grieving, or feeling sorrow, or being willing to stop committing sins, is necessary to be saved. Rather, Spurgeon believed that these were evidences of genuine repentance. Spurgeon did in fact teach, as have other great men of God, that a sinner ought to turn from his or her sins as evidence of genuine repentance; but this is after-the-fact, and not a requirement for salvation itself. Spurgeon plainly taught “there are no conditions of salvation,” which is what the Bible teaches. We are SINNERS and Jesus is the SAVIOR, Who died upon the cross for our sins, was buried, and then resurrected from the dead after three days (1st Corinthians 15:1-4). Jesus is precious!
Anytime that someone misled in your church, or a wayward friend, or a confused total stranger, starts talking about needing something more than childlike faith in the gospel to be saved, you just start talking about the Biblical doctrines of THE GIFT OF ETERNAL LIFE and THE IMPUTED RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD and remind them that the satanic, Masonic, religious cults agree with Lordship Salvationists 100% concerning their unbiblical views on repentance . . .
- Ray Comfort and Jehovah's Witnesses agree!
- Mormons and John MacArthur agree!
- Seventh Day Adventist and John MacArthur agree!
Only the simple, unhampered, unmolested, uncorrupted, preserved, inerrant, inspired, pure Words of God in the King James Bible uphold the SIMPLICITY OF SALVATION by faith alone in the cross of Christ Jesus upon which He died for our sins, was buried, and then resurrected from the dead three days later. Salvation is as simple as walking through a door (John 10:1,9). Salvation is as simple as drinking a cup of water (John 4:14). Salvation is as simple as eating a piece of bread (John 6:51). Anyone who receives the gospel as full payment for their sins has eternal life.
I was thinking today about two men in the Old Testament whom God killed. One man was killed for picking up sticks on the Sabbath Day. The other man was killed for touching the Ark Of The Covenant, which contained the Word of God. Do you know why God justly killed both of those men? . . .
- The Sabbath Day was a type of Jesus Christ, in whom we REST COMPLETELY for redemption. Today, Jesus is our Sabbath, in Whom we rest for salvation (Hebrews 4:1-11). By collecting sticks on the Sabbath, it symbolized adding human effort (works) to Christ's finished work of redemption at the Mercy Seat in Heaven. Salvation is of the Lord, totally and completely, and man has no part in God's work of salvation. You can learn MUCH more about this important subject in Dr. Jack Hyles' awesome free online book titled, SALVATION IS MORE THAN BEING SAVED.
- The Ark Of The Covenant contained the stone tablets of the law of God (the Word of God), the golden pot of manna and Aaron's budded rod. God killed that man for touching the Ark, even though he sincerely was only trying to steady the ark from tipping over (because he saw it swaying back and forth) to let His people know (and let the entire world know) that no one must ever tamper with the Word of God. The Hebrews were forbidden on pain of death from touching the Ark Of The Covenant. God's Words are INCORRUPTIBLE the Bible says in 1st Peter 1:23. When men change the Word of God into a lie (Romans 1:25),. they bring swift destruction and damnation upon themselves.
So we learn that God particularly killed these two men in the Bible, one for adding works to salvation and the other for corrupting the Word of God.
It's Not The Shedding Of Jesus' Blood That Saves, But The 'SPRINKLING' Of That Shed Blood
I am reminded of the true story of a minister who visited an elderly lady. Her son had been away in the military on foreign soil for many years. When asked if she ever heard from her son, she said, “No, but he's been sending me these stamps every month, and I papered them on my wall to remind me of him.” They weren't stamps, but foreign money. That little ole lady was wealthy and didn't even realize it, sitting on tens-of-thousands of dollars, which back then in World War II was worth $100,000 in today's money.
In that same way, every human being has the wealth of Heaven, the universe, and eternal life available to them, simply for the taking by faith in Christ, but they don't realize what they're missing (and are going to miss), because Satan hath blinded them (2nd Corinthians 4:4). Romans 8:32 says that if God was willing to give up His only begotten Son for us, how much more shall he FREELY give us all things! God is good! I wouldn't want to miss out on Heaven for anything, and being with Jesus forever in sweet fellowship; but I certainly DO want to miss Hellfire, and have God's promise that I will never go there, because Jesus paid for my sins with His precious blood. I love you Jesus, my God and my Redeemer! Job 19:25, “For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth.” God is so awesome, freely giving us eternal life just for the taking!
Oh, how I desire to proclaim the Biblical truth of the simplicity of salvation by faith alone in Jesus Christ, Who died on the cross for our sins, was buried, and then was miraculously resurrected from the dead after three days. Heaven's Door Is Wide Open—Put Down The Pick Axes, The Grappling Hooks, The Shovels and The Jack Hammers! You don't have to CLIMB UP SOME OTHER WAY (John 10:1) to get into Heaven my friend, for the pearly gates are wide open and Christ Himself is waiting there to lovingly receive you if you'll come to Him now by faith. As ironic as it may seem, the surest way to miss out on Heaven is TO TRY TO GO THERE!
There are only two basic types of religion in the world: DO and DONE! Either you have been taught a lie and believe that you must DO something to get to Heaven; or else you simply rest in Jesus Christ who paid your ticket (Hebrews 4:1-11), accepting the Biblical truth that your payment to get to Heaven is DONE. Please read, Repentance And Faith.
THE DOOR TO HEAVEN IS WIDE OPEN, COME ON IN BY FAITH IN THE GOSPEL!!! JESUS IS THE DOOR!
Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
They Knew Not Until The Flood Came
Luke 17:26-27, “And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.”
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