Mario Brisson Butchers Matthew 7:21-23
(aka, “The Vigilant Christian”)
By David J. Stewart | November 2014 | Updated December 2015
“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.” —Matthew 7:21-23
In his November 6th YouTube video, Mr. Brisson shares a sermon clip from Grace Community Church in San Antonio, Texas (and it is a horrible sermon) and others sermon clips, teaching Lordship Salvation. The video misinterprets Hebrews 12:14, “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.” This Scripture is not saying that you cannot be saved without holiness; but rather, it means that without living a holy life, others will go to Hell because of one's poor Christian testimony, such as Lot's son-in-laws who laughed at him as one who mocked when he warned of coming judgment.
In the same November 6th video, Brisson wrests (corrupts) the true meaning of Matthew 7:21-23 (just as Ray Comfort errantly does). He gets the word “few” from Matthew 7:13-14, “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” Brisson states...
“Are you one of the few, that will be given eternal life, because you had a regenerated heart, and because of the regenerated heart you began to obey the will of God in your life?”SOURCE: Mario Brisson, aka, “The Vigilant Christian,” YouTube video from November 6, 2014 titled, “Do You Know Your Going to Heaven? Many Will Say 'Lord Lord' & He Will Say 'I Never Knew U'”
That's a false plan of salvation. Do you see how subtle and confused Brisson is? In the preceding quote Brisson makes these theological blunders...
- First of all, God won't one day give you eternal life. If you are a born-again Christian, you already have eternal life, presently.
- Secondly, God doesn't give anyone eternal life because they have a regenerated heart. We are born-again the very moment we realize that we are a woeful sinner in God's eyes, and believe that Christ died on the cross for our sins and rose. Being born again is not a matter of having our heart regenerated; but rather, having God's Holy Spirit come to indwell our body in response to our faith (1st Corinthians 3:16-17). The new man is the Holy Spirit of Christ in us (Romans 8:9). Being regenerated means having He Who is the Beginning born in you (Revelation 1:8).
- Thirdly, obeying the will of God in our life to be saved would be works salvation. I mean, if receiving eternal life only comes after a life of obeying God's will because I've had a regenerated heart, then salvation is by partial faith in Christ, plus human effort.
- Fourth, the will of God concerning eternal life is plainly stated in John 6:40, “And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.”
Salvation is a new birth, a second, spiritual, birth. It is immediate, not a process. You can be saved immediately and write that time and date in your Bible. Just as you have a physical birthday, you also have a spiritual birthday if you are saved. Paul Washer criticizes this notion, because he believes that if your life doesn't validate your faith, then you were never saved. Although the root of genuine repentance ought to produce the fruit of a changed life, you CANNOT mandate a changed life for salvation, because only God can see the human heart. By all indication Lot was an unsaved man, but God saw his righteous heart vexed over the unlawful deeds of the wicked (2nd Peter 2:7-8). As Dr. Curtis Hutson (1934-1995) used to say, “You cannot tell how much fuel is in a car's tank by the sound of the horn.” And you cannot tell if someone is saved by the way they live.
I want to be fair to Mario Brisson. I like the guy, he's a fighter, like me, a soldier for the Lord Jesus Christ. On November 2nd Mario published a YouTube video boldly promoting Evangelist Paul Washer's false plan of Lordship Salvation. Apparently some subscribers complained, and rightfully so. Then on November 6th Mario uploaded a nightmare compilation of Calvinistic preachers all teaching Lordship Salvation. Then on November 7th Mario published another video, for which I commend him. In his November 7th follow-up video, Brisson honestly admits that he was saved out of the New Age Movement and is still learning and searching for the truth. That is the proper attitude for us to have.
Something that I don't like is that “The Vigilant Christian” has a PayPal account linked to his YouTube ministry so people can send him money. What a joke! That is a major warning flag. Mario claims the money is for materials... for a YouTube channel? It is sad that money seems to be the common denominator in today's apostate so-called “ministries.” It will be a cold day in Hell before I ever ask, receive or let anyone give me money for serving God. My reward is in Heaven. I want people to know where my heart is at. I do what I do for the Lord, to help others in Christ. I don't criticize pastors and legitimate Christian organizations for selling materials, but I have a problem with a YouTube Channel asking for money.
It's All About Money, Money, Money!
I originally admired Mario Brisson (aka, “The Vigilant Christian”) for his zeal to preach the truth, so I thought. But then I found out that he was promoting the false teachings of Evangelist Paul Washer, who propagates the Lordship Salvation heresy. Mario also teaches the Lordship Salvation heresy. One moment he openly admits that he doesn't have any theological training and is ignorant of the Scriptures, but yet Mario keeps making bold false theological statements. It's a deception to the ears. When he tells you that he is unlearned in the Holy Scriptures, he's excusing himself for teaching heresy; but then he continue teaching heresy and many naive YouTube viewers are deceived. This guy is really bad news.
But wait, it gets worse! Did you know that Mario has a problem with the Biblical teaching of an eternal burning fiery Hell for all Christ-rejecters? Sadly, many woefully ignorant religious people are donating money to Brisson's via his PayPal account appearing on his YouTube channels (he has umpteen YouTube channels). I've seen Mario crying in his videos, holding a cat, claiming to have health problems—ALL USED TO APPEAL TO THE EMOTIONS OF THE VIEWER, SO YOU'LL FEEL SORRY FOR HIM. This guy is a manipulator!!! Mario's videos are Paid-Per-View. In my humble opinion, Mario is exploiting the name of Jesus to make money!
Mario exploits spectacular titles and topics, like the Illuminati, Hollywood sleaze and Satanism, for financial gain. There's nothing wrong with making money through honest labor, but Biblically there is something wrong with ill-gotten gain. It is very wrong to piggyback on the name of Jesus to make money. Christianity is not a business! False prophets abound in these last Days, and they're all in it for THE MONEY!!!
Mario Brisson is doing nothing but regurgitating shocking, offensive and despicable mainstream news stories to get your attention, and every time you click to view his videos, he makes more money! That's why he produces 4-5 videos a day and has monetized his videos. Again, I have never, and will NEVER monetize any of my YouTube videos. I've never received a penny for serving God, and never plan to. My full reward is in Heaven!!! People can call me names and attack me (like they attacked Jesus), but no one can question my sincerity. I've never received a single penny since I began my website ministry back in 2002 (and that includes all my websites). You'll NEVER find a “donate” button anywhere on my websites.
Also, I'm not alleging that everyone who sells something of a religious nature is greedy or insincere, but you don't know for sure, do you? That's one of many reasons I would never take a penny. The very thought of getting paid to serve God is repulsive to me. That's me. Please understand that I'm not talking about honest pastors here, who are worthy of their reward. I'm talking about shysters like Ken Ham and the Henry Morris family, who rake in millions of dollars and pay themselves 6-digit salaries by exploiting Christianity and selling the Young Earth Creation heresy to ignorant and foolish religious people worldwide.
TRUTH About The Vigilant Christian & His Lies: Full 100% Disclosure!
Here's a needful video exposing Mario Brisson for exploiting Christianity to make money. Please watch the video! Please watch another video, which exposes: The Satanic Vigilant Christian. In the preceding videos, Mario is exposed as a money-grabbing fake, who is theologically ignorant, and appears to be using YouTube to support himself. WATCH THE VIDEOS!!! I was sickened. I've never monetized a single YouTube video and NEVER will!!! I do what I do for the precious Lord Jesus Christ. Mario has monetized his videos, which means he's making money every time someone clicks on his videos. TRUTH About The Vigilant Christian & His Lies: Full 100% Disclosure
Mario's out in left field concerning the plan of salvation, which is what happens when you listen to yardbirds like Evangelist Paul Washer. Brisson is a concern, because his YouTube videos receive millions of hits accumulatively. I don't like exposing anyone, but I have to go by what Brisson uploads to the internet.
Mario Brisson's Quest for the Truth or Money?
Mario has previously stated that he's going to seek theological training, but it is clear that he is still as woefully corrupt theologically as can be—A TOTAL FALSE PROPHET!!! Mario is one of the biggest promoters of Lordship Salvation preachers (like Paul Washer), even though he says personally he doesn't agree wholeheartedly with Lordship Salvation. It's not what a man believes that defines him, but what he promotes. There's lots of money in fearmongering and warmongering. A lot of people have become millionaires by preying upon other's fears—authoring books how to survive the coming economic collapse, World War III, survival guides, New World Order, et cetera. Although there's nothing wrong with authoring books on spectacular subjects, it does become evil when a man sells his soul to do so. You can tell when someone has become money-hungry, consumed with financial gain, turning money into IDOLATRY!!!
Mario has been straddling-the-fence on the issues, trying to appease both sides (no doubt to make more money). Admittedly, Brisson doesn't understand the subject of salvation enough to decipher truth from error. I've found at least a dozen of Mario's video promoting Paul Washer. That's a big problem! It's obvious that he's really been taken-in by Paul Washer. There's no argument that Paul Washer is full of passion and conviction about what he believes, and it all sounds really great; however, if a man is wrong on repentance and salvation, then he is going to be wrong on everything else too! I'm tired of false prophets who claim that eternal life is a free gift (which is true), but then say you can't have it without living a holy life (which is a lie). Living a clean holy life is human effort, double-speak and a false plan of salvation. Beware of Lordship Salvation!!!
We find the simple plan of salvation in 1st Thessalonians 4:14, “For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.” The confusion comes from mixing discipleship with sonship. No one has God's blessing and permission to sin, but this is all separate from the free gift of eternal life in Christ Jesus. For disobedient believers, God chastises and scourges them as Hebrews 12:6-8 teaches. Please watch, God's Discipline—Eternal Security (by Pastor Max D. Younce). It is wrong to corrupt the plan of salvation in an attempt to force believers to live holy.
I am fully convinced that Mario is a big fake from the videos I've watched, both Mario's videos and the videos of other YouTubers who've exposed him as a religious fraud. Please don't be swayed by his tears in his videos. Keep in mind that Mario makes money each time you click on his videos. Mario has interviewed lesbians and atheists in his videos, anything for money! Please understand that I don't hate Mario Brisson, God knows my heart; I just hate what he's doing, that is, exploiting Christianity to make money.
Birds-of-a-Feather Flock Together
Again, in Mario's November 7th follow-up video, he says that he's “not a fan of Lordship Salvation,” and that he is still researching his beliefs on the matter. Mario is so messed up doctrinally that now he's questioning if Hell has fire and lasts forever. Brisson is listening to all the wrong preachers. False prophets Paul Washer, Rick Warren, Gary Chapman, Mike Huckabee and Charles Stanley are all alumni of Southwest Baptist Theological Seminar (cemetery), and they're all wrong on the plan of salvation. See the excellent book, “I NEVER KNEW YOU” by Michael P. Bowen. I recommend that folks listen to some Independent Fundamental Baptist preachers like Dr. Curtis Hutson, Dr. Jack Hyles and Dr. Harry Ironside.
The problem is that Paul Washer is suave, dynamic and likable to today's youth, and he is passionate in his beliefs and preaching. Unfortunately, Washer is a Calvinist, as is John MacArthur. They believe in a heresy called, “The Perseverance of the Saints,” which says if you're really saved, you will perverse in holy living. Although such thinking sounds noble and honoring to the Lord, it is a blatant attack against the free gift of eternal life, which is solely obtained by the imputed righteousness of God by faith in Jesus Christ (Philippians 3:9; Romans 4:5-6). Mario Brisson's theology is being shaped by Paul Washer, and he's being corrupted. Sad to say, the loudest mouth on the internet gets the most followers. It shouldn't be that way. Just because Paul Washer is super popular on the internet doesn't mean that he is doctrinally sound or correct. Here's one of the best sermons you'll ever hear, by Pastor Harry A. Ironside (1876-1951), titled, “WHAT IS THE GOSPEL?” Also, please read Dr. Ironside's excellent book, “EXCEPT YE REPENT.”
The bottom line is that we've got a bunch of preachers running around in our churches, Bible colleges and on the internet trying to reconcile the Lordship Salvation heresy with the free gift of eternal life and the two are incompatible!!! Dr. Jack Hyles wonderfully straightens the matter out, putting it all into proper perspective, in his classic MP3 sermon titled, “Steps In Sanctification (Or The Root Of All Heresy).” I hope that you'll take the time to listen to Brother Hyles.
I've Had to Adjust Some of My Beliefs Over the Years
It's ok to admit being imperfect. No man is 100% doctrinally correct. This is why Nothing Can Replace The Holy Bible.
Radio host Alex Jones was teaching blatant Religious Humanism (bettering mankind without the need for the Gospel) for about a year while Mike Adams was working with him. Well, Mikes gone and Alex hasn't been teaching that garbage lately (at least not that I've heard). I don't like exposing people. In fact, I hate it, especially if it's people that I admire, like Alex Jones and Mario Brisson. I was glad to see that Mario Brisson has an open mind and heart on the matter, which shows that he is honestly searching for answers. Most people will vehemently defend their position, no matter how wrong they may be, because they simply don't want to be wrong. The Lord knows that I've been wrong on doctrines before, and I've changed my position. I used to believe in a Young Earth, and I promoted Kent Hovind and Henry Morris; but then I woke up, slowly, and I was awakened to the reality of an Old Earth. I no longer promote the Young Earth crowd. Here's a great book on the subject.
I used to be a big Jack Chick fan. I'd grown up admiring his cartoon artwork in his Chick Tracts. I'd never really paid attention to the plan of salvation on the back page of each tract. I used to buy boxes of several thousand of Jack Chick's tracts. I loved them. But then a friend, one of my web visitors, wrote me and said that Jack Chick was teaching a false plan of salvation. At first I refused to turn against Jack Chick, because he was someone that I greatly admired. The seed of truth had been planted in my heart. After 8 months I finally came to the realization, in a moment of prayer, that either Jack Chick was right or he was wrong. The Bible was the only authority on the matter. I wrote to Chick Tracts, but they wouldn't respond. So I made the painful and emotional decision to start exposing Jack Chick's false plan of salvation. It still hurts, but I am loyal to truth and principles, not to men or institutions. I know I am doing the right thing in God's eyes, because I am contending for the Christian faith.
Since Mr. Chick teaches that admitting one's sinnership is not enough to be saved, but also, he says that a person must “be willing to turn from sin (repent),” he is adding human effort to partial faith in Christ. There is nothing in the Bible that says a man must be willing to forsake his sins to be saved. The implication is clear that to be saved you must be willing to stop committing deliberate sins, which is Lordship Salvation. Jack Chick has distorted the issue in defense of himself, alleging that his critics don't believe repentance is necessary for salvation. That's not the issue. The issue is that Jack Chick has followed the errant definition of repentance as “turning from sin” instead of the Biblical meaning which is, “to think differently.”
If I'm right I'm right, but if I'm wrong I'm wrong. Lord willing, I'm going to follow The Vigilant Christian channel and see where Brisson goes in his beliefs. Albeit, as long as he promotes Paul Washer, I must expose his ministry as corrupted, because Paul Washer does indeed teach a false plan of salvation. Washer calls the “Romans Road” a “manipulative practice.” He criticizes the practice of writing down the date you get saved. Clearly, Washer believes that one's life has an impact on their eternal destiny. My friend, salvation is a new birth (born again). You simply take the gift of eternal life by faith in the Gospel to have it. You can write down the time that you get saved, just as your birth certificate records the time you were born into this earthly world. Mr. Washer even goes as far as to call soul-winning Baptists “stupid.” Clearly, Mr. Washer has a theological problem.
If You Don't Believe in Lordship Salvation, Then Don't Promote It
Kindly, Mario Brisson professes to be “the vigilant Christian,” but he certainly is not the doctrinally sound Christian. In Mario Brisson's latest video titled, “Shocking Youth Message - Paul Washer - The Gate is Narrow & Few Find it!,” he promotes the Lordship Salvation heresy of Evangelist Paul Washer. On his Facebook (Nosebook) page, Brisson promotes Paul Washer and wrestles the meaning of “the narrow gate” as referring to one's manner of life. According to Brisson, you're not really saved unless you walk the narrow way of holiness and godliness...
“We need to recognize that the way to God is very narrow. The Bible actually says that there are few that find it. And many will say on that day, 'Lord, Lord,' but He's going to look at them and say, 'I Never Knew You!' We need to make sure that we are striving for holiness and godliness. This is a fruit of being justified by faith alone in Jesus Christ.”
SOURCE: Mario Brisson, 'The Vigilant Christian,' Shocking Youth Message - Paul Washer - The Gate is Narrow & Few Find it!
Do you see how subtle and satanic the preceding quote is? I've heard umpteen preachers pervert the true meaning of Matthew 7:21-23, saying that Jesus doesn't know those professed believers who still live in willful sin. That's not what the Lord taught. The Bible simply means that you cannot get to Heaven by works. These religious false prophets boldly said in Matthew 7:22... We have, “IN THY NAME DONE MANY WONDERFUL WORKS.” This is why they were not saved. They failed to do the Father's will which is plainly stated in John 6:40, “And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.” If you believe on the name of Jesus, Who died on the cross for your sins and rose, you are saved. It's that simple to be saved, so simple in fact, that most men pass right over it in favor of a false plan of salvation that requires some degree of human effort.
The battle over repentance is a raging battle in the churches, and a very important one indeed. Any plan of salvation that places the burden upon a sinner to change is a false Gospel. The best thing anyone can do to settle your beliefs is to look plainly at the Word of God and nothing else. The two Biblical doctrines that I encourage others to get firmly established in their mind is:
1) that salvation is A FREE GIFT (Romans 5:15; 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-19);
2) and we are saved by HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS (that is, God's IMPUTED RIGHTEOUSNESS, which is solely by faith in Christ).
I have no righteousness to offer God, and neither do you. Genesis 15:6 and Romans 4:5-6 plainly teach that A MAN'S FAITH IS COUNTED FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS! That is the nature of a free gift; it is a TAKE proposition, not a GIVE proposition. Praise God!
"To him give all the
prophets witness, that through his name whosoever
believeth in him shall receive remission of sins." —Acts 10:43
Paul Washer’s Washed-up Gospel
Dr. John R. Rice speaks on worldly Christians — Are they not saved?
Dr. Curtis Hutson speaks on Biblical repentance — Must a person stop sinning to be saved?
Don't Donate To Mario Brisson: The UNvigilant Christian (he denies Hellfire; false prophet alert!)
The Satanic Vigilant Christian (it's all about money, money, money; a wolf in sheep's clothing!)
Paul Washer Calls Soulwinning
(Lordship Salvationists... making salvation hard)
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