“A Little Bit More” Will Send You To Hell
By David J. Stewart | May 2014
"Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:" —1st Corinthians 15:1-4
You just read the Gospel as defined in the holy Scriptures. The word “Gospel” means “good news.” 1st Corinthians 1:18, “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” The good news is that Christ died upon THE CROSS FOR OUR SINS, and He was buried, and He was resurrected from the dead three days later.
The “gospel” does not include ceasing from a sinful lifestyle. The “Gospel” does not include making full surrender to Christ. The “Gospel” does not include forsaking the world. The “Gospel” does not include leaving the old life of sin. The “Gospel” does not include asking Jesus into your heart, or starting a relationship with Jesus, or having intent to reform. None of these things constitute the “Gospel” of the Lord Jesus Christ!!! The “Gospel” is that Christ died, was buried, and bodily resurrected from the dead according to the Holy Scriptures. To learn more about Biblical repentance, please read the excellent book 'EXCEPT YE REPENT' by Dr. Harry Ironside.
Adding to or subtracting from the “Gospel” is a false plan of salvation which CANNOT produce the new birth by the Spirit of God. Only by realization of our guilt of sin (sinnership) and childlike faith (completely resting) in Jesus as our Savior does the new birth take place. By “new birth” I mean being born-again. 1st Peter 1:23, “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.”
“Repentance means to change your mind—change your mind—change your mind about how you want to get to Heaven to what God says you've got to do to get to Heaven. If you've got to repent of all your sins, you're still headed for Hell tonight.” —Pastor Bob Gray Sr., a quote from the awesome MP3 sermon, Why You Should Be A Part Of A Growing Church
I recently had a friendly conversation with a young teacher in a Baptist Bible college. I shared the plan of salvation with him to see what he believed concerning salvation, because most people have been misled by the Devil. Sure enough, he was corrupted. I told him that the Bible simply teaches admission of one's guilt as a sinner (Romans 3:19), and believing that Christ died on the cross for our sins, was buried, and resurrected after three days (1st Corinthians 15:1-4). He sadly replied, “I think there needs to be 'A LITTLE BIT MORE' than that!” I am convinced that that young man is not truly saved, because he thinks that to be saved he had to make an earnest attempt to stop sinning.
Why Has So Much Heresy Crept Into The Churches?
It is equally important for a football team to have just as good an offensive as a defensive. The team needs BOTH. The same is true for Christians. Our time spent studying the Word of God is reflected in our ability to contend for the faith effectively. I know churches who lack a weekly, organized, soul-winning program. They are not an offensive church. To be a well-balanced Christian, you must have both a good defence and offense. Praying is both offensive and defensive. When we pray for God's guidance and protection, we are building up our defensive position. When we pray for the salvation of OTHERS, we are praying offensively, attacking the enemies of Satan and unbelief head-on through God's interceding Holy Spirit.
Having said that, we've got a really bad defensive position in most of our churches today, thus making them vulnerable to doctrinal corruption. The best defense against Satan is a strong defence. That means to indoctrinate your people with the fundamentals of the Word of God. Teach them all about the Holy Bible, Old Testament and New Testament. If you teach the Bible correctly, then every lesson will center around Jesus, “for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy” (Revelation 19:10). John 5:39, “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.” If you want to get to know God, then you must get to know Jesus, His only begotten Son. If you want to get to know Jesus, then you must come as a guilty sinner and receive Him as your personal Savior (believe the Gospel), and then SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES daily to grow in the grace of the Lord!!!
The whole problem is that America's preachers have been negatively influenced by the new counterfeit satanic Bible versions, which redefine the meaning of repentance. Beware of the hundreds of new English counterfeit Bible versions which are all rooted in the demonic works of Brooke Westcott and Fenton Hort (two unsaved reprobates who denied the literal existence of a burning Hell, and of a literal Heaven with gates of pearl and streets of gold). Satan's hands have been very busy changing the Holy Bible over the past century (Romans 1:25). Satan knows better than anyone that the easiest way to destroy the churches is to tamper with the Bible, and change it from a living inspired book into a dead religious book. Satan has succeeded in changing the Bible so many times that people no longer memorize Scriptures. The churches are confused, just as Satan intended.
The average preacher quotes from multiple Bible versions in a single sermon, lacking a fitting gun on the spiritual battlefield. You can keep your New International Version (NIV) pea-shooter. You can keep your butter-knife of the Easy-To-Read Version (ERV). Bless God, I want the .75 Caliber Gatling-gun of the KING JAMES BIBLE!!! My point is that we are at war the Bible says in 2nd Timothy 2:3-4, “Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.” A soldier's most important piece of equipment is his weapon, his gun. Likewise, the Christian's weapon is the Word of God.
The Devil has sold us some useless duds and deficient ammunition in the modern Bible PERversions. The Devil has given us defective weapons to cause confusion on the battlefield. The danger is that millions of churchgoers have been deceived into believing a false plan of salvation. The popular family religious movie titled, “Facing The Giants” (2006) is a great film, but it teaches the heresy of Lordship Salvation. In the film the viewer is encourage to “Follow Jesus” to find a better life. That's not the Gospel. The Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) Rock band “Third Stage” performs in the movie.
I've noticed that there's a run-of-the-mill, common denominator, ecumenical, everybody gets along, type of wishy-washy religious commitment that is being promoted across America today. And it's all rooted in acceptable of the hundreds of counterfeit Bible versions available today, and the satanic plan of Lordship Salvation. They all accept the heretical teachings of John MacArthur, Paul Washer, Rick Warren, Joel Osteen, Max Lucado, Ray Comfort, Billy and Franklin Graham, Joyce Meyer and other apostates. They all promote Christian rock music. They all promote Zionism and present apostate Israel. I wouldn't give you a dime for the whole lot of them!!! None of them stand for God. It's all about money, money, money!!!
All of the religious films produced in recent years are grounded in the theology of the aforementioned apostates. No wonder our churches are in such spiritual shambles, woefully ignorant of the New World Order, blatant crimes in government, and the truth of the 9/11 attacks. If our churches don't care and expose the truth, then no one else will either. The truth is all we have! Have you believed a lie? Are you really born again? Are you really serving God or yourself?
Also, Roman Catholicism's false concept of repentance has crept into evangelical circles. The Roman Catholic understanding of repentance is unbiblical. Roman Catholics corrupt the meaning of repent to mean a change of lifestyle...
“To repent is to die to Christ, discarding our former way of life in favor of the Way, Truth, and Life that is Christ himself. ”
SOURCE: A Lenten Reflection On Repentance — Catholic Online
Where in the Bible are we taught that repentance means to “DIE TO CHRIST?” We are saved by trusting Jesus. nothing else. Then as a Christian, God wants us to be crucified with Christ and die to the lusts and desires of the flesh. Please understand that the saved life and the crucified life are separate. If you combine the two, you have a corrupted Gospel, a false plan of salvation. Dr. Jack Hyles does a wonderful job explaining this truth in his awesome MP3 sermon titled, “STEPS TO SANCTIFICATION (OR THE ROOT OF ALL HERESY).” We are saved by trusting Jesus, period. Whether or not you turn away from the old lifestyle of sin DOESN'T keep you from being saved. Eternal life is a free gift (Romans 5:15; Ephesians 2:8-9). You can be saved by simply believing on Jesus Christ, that He died for your sins on the cross, was buried and raised-up from the dead three days later (1st Corinthians 15:1-4).
Listen to what Pastor Harry Ironside correctly states in chapter 16 of his book, EXCEPT YE REPENT . . .
“In all that I have written I have failed completely to express what was surging up in my soul if I have given anyone the impression that I think of repentance as something meritorious which must be produced in man by self-effort ere he is fit to come to God for salvation.”SOURCE: Dr. Harry Ironside, a quote from chapter 16, THE PREACHING THAT PRODUCES REPENTANCE, from his timeless classic book, EXCEPT YE REPENT.
In other words, you don't have to stop sinning to be saved! Nor do you have to make a full surrender to serve Christ to be saved. Nor do you have to recognize Jesus as absolute Lord of your life to be saved. These are NOT a part of God's plan of salvation. God's simple plan is that YOU ARE A SINNER! Christ paid your sin debt in full. Unless you accept the gospel as full payment for your sins, you will spend eternity in the fires of Hell after you hear the Lord's horrifying words... I NEVER KNEW YOU! (Matthew 7:21-23).
May I say, whether you believe in DOING GOOD DEEDS or STOPPING BAD DEEDS as a requirement to be saved, both are DEAD WORKS!!! Hebrews 6:1, “Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God.” Here we plainly learn in Hebrews 6:1 that repentance unto salvation means repentance from DEAD WORKS. There's no difference between trusting in your own “MANY WONDERFUL WORKS” as the unsaved religious people in Matthew 7:21-23, or the Lordship Salvationist who believes that he has to try to stop sinning, surrender to Christ, and forsake the world in order to be saved.
Michael Patrick Bowen makes the excellent quote from his book, I NEVER KNEW YOU . . .
You can live for Christ, you can love Christ, you can serve Him with all your might, time, talent and wealth. You can pray to Him, read your Bible, get water-baptized, join a church, witness to people, and do every wonderful work contained within the realm of Christianity, but if you fail to trust Jesus Christ alone for your salvation, He will “dump” you.
SOURCE:I NEVER KNEW YOU (.pdf), by Michael P. Bowen; by Barbour Books, © 2009; page 77.
Lordship Salvation attempts to force people to live a righteous life by ADDING repentance from sin as a prerequisite to being saved. In sharp contrast, Romans 4:5 simply states... "But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness."
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." —John 3:16
Please read the following excellent explanation concerning the gospel and repentance by Pastor Harry A. Ironside (1876-1951). Clearly, Ironside taught a Free Grace view of the gospel...
The Curse of Lordship Salvation
The Hypocrisy of Lordship Salvation
The Foolish Doctrine of Lordship Salvation
Lordship Salvation Ignores Babes in Christ and the Backslidden
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