A Damned and Perverted View of the 'Romans Road'
by David J. Stewart | July 2017
Galatians 1:6-8, “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 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.”
Please read our text verse again. I couldn't agree more with the apostle Paul, still today 2,000 years later. As Paul, I am amazed and astonished that so many independent Baptist churches today, which just 50 years ago were considered the strongest in the Christian faith, are now hellholes of apostasy and cesspools of false doctrine. But it's not just Baptist churches, Satan has crept heresy into nearly ALL the churches! Dr. Jack Hyles (1926-2001) defends the simplicity of the Gospel in his timeless MP3 sermon titled, “FUNDAMENTAL HERESY!” The great need of the hour is preaching preachers! I love what Brother Lester Roloff (1914-1982) said, “We need porcupine preachers, so that the people will get the point!” Amen Brother Roloff, amen!!! That's one of the reasons why I love Pastor Hyles' preaching so much, because he says it like it is, and THE PEOPLE GET THE POINT!!!
The “Romans Road” has been a popular method of winning souls to Christ for several decades now. It is simply a way of teaching people the plan of salvation by using Scriptures found in the book of Romans. Although I am not against using the Romans Road, I have written some articles warning people about mishandling the Scriptures if the Romans Road is not presented properly. I won't get into that topic now, because you can read the articles (if you'd like) by clicking on the hyperlinks I just provided.
“The Romans Road” Has Been Perverted to Lead People into Hell
In this article I want to expose a whole new problem, a MAJOR HERESY, that is being taught using the so-called “Romans Road.” This heresy appears to have originated with a corrupt website ministry at AllABoutGod.com. The ministry boasts of endorsements from a handful of crummy ecumenical groups that would make a Billy goat puke, and it certainly makes God puke (Revelation 3:15-16). I wouldn't give you a dime for the whole lot of them! The following is a PERVERSION of The Romans Road, and could not lead a sinner to Christ...
The Roman Road: Are You Ready?
The Roman Road shows you the path – are you ready to accept God’s gift of Salvation now? If so, believe in what Jesus Christ did for you on the cross, repent of your sins, and commit the rest of your life to Him. This is not a ritual, just a prayerful guideline for your sincere step of faith:
“Father, I know that I have broken your laws and my sins have separated me from you. I am truly sorry, and now I want to turn away from my past sinful life toward you. Please forgive me, and help me avoid sinning again. I believe that your son, Jesus Christ died for my sins, was resurrected from the dead, is alive, and hears my prayer. I invite Jesus to become the Lord of my life, to rule and reign in my heart from this day forward. Please send your Holy Spirit to help me obey You, and to do Your will for the rest of my life. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.” [emphasis added]
I did a quick search on Google, looking for the preceding quote. I placed the prayer in “quotation marks” (which returns exact results in a search). I was saddened to find 6,530 results!!! Folks, the preceding demonic prayer has been REPEATED 6,530 TIMES elsewhere on the internet!!! That is cause for spiritual alarm!!! That's how powerful heresy is!!! According to our text passage of Scripture, this is an accursed Gospel from AllAboutGod.com. It is cursed by God because it sends lost souls to Hell. What “AllAboutGod.com” teaches IS NOT WHAT THE APOSTLES ONCE DELIVERED UNTO THEN SAINTS (1st Corinthians 15:1-6). Therefore, it is a cursed gospel that must be exposed. We must “rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith” (Titus 1:10-13).
Here's a very short list of seven churches and one mission that I found online, who have apparently copied the exact quote from the AllAboutGod.com website. All these religious institutions are helping Satan to hinder folks from being saved. How can people be saved, if they cannot see the Gospel, because it has been OBSCURED by Alexandrian theology.
ALL of these churches and groups teach A FALSE GOSPEL (perverted Romans Road)...
Bible Way Baptist Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Herrick Baptist Church in Herrick, Illinois
St. Stephen's Anglican Church in Lowell, Massachusetts
San Bernardino City Mission in San Bernardino, California
Real Life Church in Salem, Ohio
Bethel Pentecostal Assembly in Goderich, Ontario
Second Macedonia Baptist Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Let's examine this horrible perversion of the Romans Road. And may I say, it is also a horrible perversion of God's plan of salvation for man. The Gospel is “the simplicity that is in Christ” (2nd Corinthians 11:3-4).
Here are some gross theological errors taught in the FALSE Romans Road presentation in ALL of the churches I listed...
- I AM TRULY SORRY.
- I WANT TO TURN AWAY FROM MY PAST SINFUL LIFE TOWARD YOU.
- HELP ME AVOID SINNING AGAIN.
- I INVITE JESUS TO BECOME THE LORD OF MY LIFE, TO RULE AND REIGN IN MY HEART. FROM THIS DAY FORWARD.
- PLEASE SEND YOUR HOLY SPIRIT TO HELP ME OBEY YOU, AND TO DO YOUR WILL FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE.
Ladies and gentleman, NONE of these things have anything to do with getting saved. None of these things comprise the Gospel. You could do all these things and still go to Hell. Jesus said... “YE MUST BE BORN-AGAIN”!!! (John 3:3-7). God hates all the politically correct garbage in our churches these days, which pushes manmade agendas like turning from sins, committing one's life to obey God for the rest of your life, inviting Jesus to become the Lord of your life and reign in your heart... ALL OF THIS HAS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH BEING SAVED!!!!!!!
Living a consecrated Christian life requires growth in grace (1st Peter 2:2), and is not mandated for salvation. What we have here is very simple... The Devil has intentionally combined and confused DISCIPLESHIP with SALVATION, to con men into living the Christian life, but without ever being born-again. Our Baptist churches are filled with dedicated lost religious people. Anything that obscures the light of the Gospel is a threat, an enemy and a grave danger to the cause of Jesus Christ!!! Let him who hath ears to hear, hear what I say!
And may I say, you DON'T have to ask the Holy Spirit to come to indwell you, that happens automatically the moment you trust the Savior (Romans 8:9; 1st John 3:24). And also, the fake Roman Road that I quoted to you, says to ask the Holy Spirit to help you OBEY His will for the rest of your life. Folks, this is NOT a part of the Gospel. You don't have to be willing to obey God for the rest of your life to be saved. Satan has crept into the churches! More than HALF of the 6,000 independent Baptist churches in America are now teaching the damned heresy which says to “turn away from sins” to be saved.
Repentance is always “toward God,” never from sin, to be saved. That is exactly what Acts 20:21 teaches. Acts 20:21, “Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.” Anyone who teaches that you must repent by turning away from your sins to be saved is a false prophet. You get saved by turning toward Jesus Christ in faith to be saved. Obviously you need to turn “FROM” something in order to turn “TO” the Gospel. But that something you turn FROM is not what saves you, nor is it a requirement to be saved, as many false prophets claim these days. If you place your faith in Christ's sacrifice on the cross, as payment for your sins, believing that Jesus was buried and bodily raised up three days later, you are immediately, permanently and forever saved!!! The man who believes has also repented! This is why we find the words “believe” and “believed” mentioned 85 times in the Gospel of John (which was written to convince men to be saved - Acts 20:31), but the word “repent” is never mentioned even once! John 20:31, “But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.” That's really good stuff, I hope you got all that.
In the bogus, shallow, and satanic ROMANS ROAD plan of salvation (as horribly presented by AllAboutGod.com), you are falsely required to commit your life to serve Christ from now on. You are also required to turn away from past sinful activities, which is a play on words. Why don't they stop trying to trick people and just be honest for once, telling the truth. The truth is that they want you to turn away from PRESENT SINS. How can anyone turn away from “past” sins, since they are already buried in the past? Why don't they just be honest and tell you upfront, that to be saved you must stop doing the sinful things that you're presently committing. Of course, this is the Devil's way of damnation, certainly not God's Gospel plan of salvation in Christ Jesus. God's gift of eternal life and forgiveness of sins are free gifts. They are a “FREE GIFTS” Romans 5:15, “But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto man.” What a blessed Savior!!!
The following picture is worth 1,000 words. Eternal life is a GIFT from God. Romans 5:15 and 18 even call it a “FREE GIFT.” If a person has to turn away from intentional sinful behavior as a requirement to be saved, then it CANNOT be a gift, and it ceases to be GRACE. The doctrine of forgiveness of sins and eternal life being A FREE GIFT is a forgotten TRUTH in today's churches...
Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
The Holy Bible says that God JUSTIFIES THE HEATHEN THROUGH FAITH!!! Did you hear that all you corrupt teachers of Lordship Salvation? Did you hear that Pastor Charles Lawson? Did you hear that Evangelist Ray Comfort? Did you hear that Dr. John MacArthur? There is no turning away from sins required of the heathen to be saved, but ONLY FAITH...
Galatians 3:8, “And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.”
Dr. Harry Ironside and Dr. Hal Lindsey Have Repentance Absolutely Correct
Here is one of the best quotes that I've found on repentance, by Dr. Harry A. Ironside (1876-1951):
“Which comes first, repentance or faith? In Scripture we read, 'Repent ye, and believe the gospel.' Yet we find true believers exhorted to 'repent, and do the first works.' So intimately are the two related that you cannot have one without the other. The man who believes God repents; the repentant soul puts his trust in the Lord when the Gospel is revealed to him. Theologians may wrangle over this, but the fact is, no man repents until the Holy Spirit produces repentance in his soul through the truth. No man believes the Gospel and rests in it for his own salvation until he has judged himself as a needy sinner before God. And this is repentance.” (Except Ye Repent, p. 16)
Also, Dr. Hal Lindsey has repentance Biblically correct, who states:
“Repentance, as it relates to Christ, means to change our minds about Him, who He is and what He's done to provide forgiveness, and deliverance from our sins. When we place faith in Jesus as having taken our place personally on the cross and borne the penalty due our sins, then we're automatically repenting, because we couldn't accept Him in this way without having to change or minds in some way concerning Him.” (From the Liberation of the Planet Earth, by Hal Lindsey. (p. 133).
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Satan Secretly Brings False Doctrine into the Churches
Dr. Jack Hyles (1926-2001) explains from the Holy Bible how the Devil sneaks into churches with false doctrines...
We need to be right on the man of God, the word of God, and the plan of salvation. The false teachers mentioned in II Peter are unsaved people who were trying to bring something other than the true Gospel from the true Word of God.
The word privily means, to sneak in somebody or something. It means that something is hiding behind something else in order for it to also get in. In this passage we see that damnable heresy had snuck in by hiding behind something that was not a damnable heresy. These false prophets have a false doctrine they want to spread. They know we will not accept it, so they hide that false doctrine behind one with which we do agree.
For there are certain men who crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ. Jude 4
The phrase crept in unawares is used for two things in the Bible.
1. It is used for masquerading. It is false teaching being masqueraded.
2. It is used as entering in the side door.
SOURCE: Dr. Jack Hyles, quote from the excellent book titled, THE CHURCH, chapter 24, How the Wall of Separation Is Broken Down.
Dr. Hyles is exactly right! Heresy is creeping into our Independent Fundamental Baptist Church by the hour. The false doctrine of Lordship Salvation is rooted in the satanic Alexandrian Bible versions!!!
Romans 11:6, “And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.”
Consider the preceding passage of Scripture from Romans 11:6. The very moment that anyone adds “turning away from sins” or “making Jesus Lord of one's life,” as a requirement to receive the free gift of eternal life... GRACE IS NO MORE GRACE!!! And that's exactly what is happening in hundreds-of-thousands of churches today, including once (no longer) fundamental Baptist churches (which are now fun centers). That's what it's all about today folks. GRACE IS NO LONGER GRACE!!! For GRACE to remain GRACE, salvation cannot be of WORKS. Turning away from sinful behavior is a WORK, but Pastor Charles Lawson doesn't think so, teaching an ungodly perverted view of repentance. Dr. Charles Lawson wrongly accuses Pastor Jack Hyles of leaving off repentance, which is a lie of the Devil. Brother Hyles taught repentance, but he taught it's correct meaning, and not the Roman Catholic meaning which everyone uses today. If a man must cease from intentional sinful behavior to be saved, that is works and cannot be GRACE for salvation. And may I say, kindly, YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE SORRY FOR YOUR SINS TO BE SAVED!!! Read the Holy Bible again...
Romans 11:6, “And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.”
Lordship Salvation Heresy Rooted in Self-righteous Hypocrisy
I believe that the Lordship Salvation crowd are sincere, but sincerely wrong. I understand where they are coming from. I mean, I'm sick and tired of meeting professed "Christians" too who are as phony as can be; but, Christians at best are people, and people at best are sinners. No one is above sin. Truthfully, whether you want to admit it or not (in your sanctimonious high tower of self-righteousness)--we are all phonies to some degree.
Can anyone live perfect? No! I'll tell you what bothers me as much as worldly believers, it's the staunch sanctimonious believers who are filled with contempt and hate towards worldly believers. We are supposed to RESTORE a brother who is weak in the spirit of MEEKNESS. The hidden agenda behind the Lordship Salvation crowd is one of hostility towards worldly believers. They refuse to recognize carnal believers as BABES IN CHRIST, as the Apostle Paul saw them in 1st Corinthians 3:1.
If you'll check the Bible, some of the Jews who wandered in the Wilderness DID go to Heaven, even though they never made it to the promised land. Just because a believer isn't carrying their cross for the Lord doesn't mean they're not saved. There are some believers today, who are rotting behind prison bars for crimes committed. Though some hypocritical believers would like to conveniently claim that all criminals aren't saved, it's simply not true.
Born again believers are sinners just like anyone else. I agree that we are living in a generation of milquetoast, weak-kneed, believers; but that doesn't mean they're not saved. God uses sinners, and it's a good thing or He wouldn't have anyone to use. Remember, one third of the Bible was written by murderers.
Biblical Repentance is Simply a Change of Mind, Nothing More
So does a person need to REPENT to be saved? Of course, but not the type of repentance that the Lordship Salvation crowd is propagating. There is a common misunderstanding about Biblical repentance. Many sincere people believe that repentance means to "cease from committing sin," but it does not. Ceasing from sin is a by product of repentance. Doing righteousness is also a by-product of repentance. Repentance is "a change of mind" that should eventually lead to a changed life. For some people, it is right away; yet other may take much longer.
Repentance is a process that begins at salvation, although being born-again itself is not a process. The new birth is immediate, but the process of sanctification takes a lifetime. This is what ministers like Ray Comfort and Paul Washer intend to teach, but they have fallen prey to the cultic teachings of John MacArthur. Instead, these false prophets teach that a person must commit to forsake personal sins as a prerequisite to placing their faith in Christ. This is totally unscriptural. The very fact that a sinner is coming to Jesus Christ to be forgiven of their sins is solid evidence that some degree of genuine repentance has taken place already in that sinner's heart. If there were no true repentance, then according to John 3:20 that sinner NEVER would come to the light to be saved.
Some people are very slow to change, but ultimately they become the best Christians, because they are... slow to change. Everybody responds differently. It is one's attitude toward sin and the Savior that changes at the time of salvation, not necessarily departing from the act of sin itself. Repentance begins in the heart, not in our lifestyle.
Pastor Aiden Tozer (1897-1963) is revered by ecumenical ministers for his lifelong Chicago ministry and plethora of religious books which he authored. Unfortunately, in one of his sermons Mr. Tozer errantly states:
"In the Bible the offer of pardon on the part of God is conditioned upon intention to reform on the part of man. There can be no spiritual regeneration till there has been a moral reformation." (The Best of A.W. Tozer, Book 2, pg. 115-117; Compiled by Warren W. Wiersbe)
Wrong! Salvation is receiving, NOT giving. Mr. Tozer requires sinners to "reform" themselves before they can be saved. This goes totally contrary to the plainest teaching in the Bible. Romans 4:5 states: "But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness." Mr. Tozer is teaching works salvation!!! Salvation is a free gift, freely given and freely received. In fact, the truth is the opposite of what Pastor Tozer teaches. That is, there can be no spiritual; reformation in a person's life until there has first been REGENERATION (i.e., the new birth).
Biblical repentance is a "turn around" (U-TURN). Salvation does NOT hinge on departing from our sins, but rather upon getting our sins forgiven. 1st Peter 2:2 speaks of growing in the Lord... as new born babes. Surely, you wouldn't expect a little baby to walk around the house, let alone run without first learning to crawl. When a lost sinner comes to Christ for salvation, the salvaging process only begins. Salvation is more than being saved, and it happens over a lifetime.
When we receive Jesus Christ as our personal Savior, we instantly become a child of God and our name is written in Heaven. But now the lifelong process of growing in the Lord begins. Just as a baby is physically born into the world and grows for the rest of his or her life, so does a spiritually born (i.e., born again) person grow throughout the remainder of their life. Sadly, many believers are midgets, suffering from stunted growth. Every Christian needs the milk of God's Word to grow into a healthy mature believer.
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Jesus Promised Never To Turn Anyone Away
Jesus clearly said that he WILL forgive all who come to Him...
“All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.” —John 6:37
Jesus will save the vilest sinner, the most wicked murderer, the sleaziest adulterer... If they will simply come to Jesus for forgiveness (Isaiah 1:18). Jesus only asks that we believe on Him (John 3:16; 6:40; 10:1).
When does repentance take place? Repentance occurs that very moment when we turn to God for salvation. When you BELIEVE upon the Lord Jesus Christ and turn to Him for salvation, then you have already turned your back on sin. You have repented in your heart and mind. You can't be saved without admitting to God (i.e., realizing one's guilt) that you are a sinner justly deserving of Hellfire. It was your repentance that caused you to realize your sinful condition and then turn to God. If someone has the flagrant attitude that they can ask Jesus to forgive them, and then continue living in sin... GUARANTEED... that person is NOT saved. Why? Because salvation is of the heart and your heart is not there. If you have repented OF your sins, not FROM them, then your mind should be changed about sin. You cannot fool God.
Some people just can't stand the thought that a person can be saved and still have sin in their life. Folks, that is true of every single person who has ever been saved! Is anybody without sin apart from our Lord? No! I am not condoning sin, not at all. I am simply saying that following Jesus is NOT a Biblical requirement to be saved. Making a commitment to Jesus is NOT a Biblical requirement to be saved. Making Jesus the Lord of your life is NOT a Biblical requirement to be saved. All that God requires is for us to realize our GUILTY, and just condemnation under God's Law, and then place our complete trust on the precious Savior—Jesus Christ.
Repentance Towards God
It is dangerous to separate repentance from faith in Christ. The Lordship Salvation crowd has attacked simple faith in Jesus Christ, demanding that REPENTANCE from sins be added to salvation. If you realize that you're a hell-deserving sinner, and believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God Who shed His blood upon the cross for your sins, and you are willing to rely upon Him alone for salvation... then all you need to do is to call upon the Lord to forgive you. If you were sincere, then you are not going to have the attitude that you have a license to sin.
You are going to be thankful and want to change some things in your life. But this is all after-the-fact. I've never led anyone to the Lord who didn't have a desire to please God to some extent AFTERWARDS. I realize that the Bible speaks MUCH about REPENTANCE, but repentance concerning salvation is the repentance of faith towards God, not from sins...
"Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ." -Acts 20:21
Our repentance is TOWARDS GOD. Isaiah proclaimed that anyone who would look to the Saviour would live. Jesus spoke of the Water of Life, the Bread of life, the Door, the Resurrection, the Way, the Truth, and the Life. It is ONLY through Jesus Christ that anyone can be saved. To teach that lost sinners must "follow" Jesus to be saved is heresy. No, lost sinners must only TRUST Jesus to be saved.
New converts need to be taught. We must teach them the Bible, prayer, faithfulness to church, soul winning, baptism, holy living, separation, etc. We must allow the Holy Spirit to work in their heart and not try to do the Holy Spirit's job. If they are truly saved, we should see some signs of God working in their life, some desire for the things of God. I have known professed believers who never showed any signs of being a Christian.
If you asked them about their salvation, they knew all the correct lingo. Are they saved? I sincerely doubt it, but only God knows for certain. I doubt very much that George W. Bush is a believer, he shows more signs of being an occult member than anything. Is Billy graham a Christian? I doubt it. Yet, we must keep in mind that some of the most sinful men in the Bible (like Lot and Solomon) were believers.
The purpose of this article is not to try to decipher who is saved and who is not, the purpose of my article is to expose the heresy about unbiblical repentance. Unbiblical repentance is when someone teaches that a person must depart from sins or follow Christ to be saved.
I NEVER ask anyone to receive Jesus Christ as their "Lord and Savior"... only as "Savior." The Greek Word for "Lord" is simply "KURIOS" ("Supreme in authority," i.e., God Almighty). Jesus is God, Almighty God! A true believer recognizes Jesus Christ for who He really is... Almighty God! Many false religions portray a distorted image of Christ, "another Jesus," as the Apostle Paul warned us about (2nd Corinthians 11:4).
If you believe that Jesus Christ is Almighty God (John 10:33; Colossians 2:9), who came in the flesh in the form of a man (John 1:1,14; 1st Timothy 3:16), born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14), to atone for our sins with His precious blood (1st Peter 1:18,19), then you have seen the true Savior. John 6:40 says that God's will is for us to believe upon the Son...
“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.” —John 6:40
I don't see anything in the above Scripture about making a commitment, turning over a new leaf, following Jesus, making Jesus Lord, or anything even similar. I only see what the Bible says, "...that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life..."
It is not that these people haven't repented, it is because they are immature in the Lord... BABES IN CHRIST (1st Corinthians 3:1). Very few believers are fortunate enough to have a caring pastor with a hungry heart for souls. Most pastors are just making a living, and the people in his congregation are idly following him. Judgment MUST begin at the house of God (1st Peter 4:17).
When Charles Spurgeon was asked what to do about people who fall asleep in church, he wisely responded "Wake the preacher!" America's pulpits are DEAD, and so our pews are dead as well. Instead of standing-on-the-promises, most believers are sitting-on-the-premises. Again, it is heresy to try to force a person to forsake their sins to be saved. Jesus never asked us to give up anything to be saved.
Discipleship Comes After Salvation
The Apostle Paul said...
Romans 12:1, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”
Paul is asking these BELIEVERS (brethren) to make a commitment to God. They are ALREADY saved, but they have NOT yielded themselves to God yet. According to the Lordship Salvation crowd these people were never saved. How ridiculous! When a baby is born into this world physically, everything is new to him/her.
The same is true about being born-again, everything becomes new, a whole new world of understanding is opened (2nd Corinthians 5:17). Now the growing process has begun and God's Holy Spirit will nurture that child of God, through the Word of God and preaching (1st Peter 2:2; Titus 1:3).
Sadly, many believers have lost their fire for God. It is tragic that the world is going to Hell while believers across America are merely playing church. Thank God for the zealous few Christians who are trying to make a difference for God in this world; HOWEVER, we are talking about Christian maturity here, not salvation. America is filled with immature believers. My guesstimate is that 95% of all true believers are as carnal as can be, caught up in the cares and riches of this life (Luke 8:14).
Many of them look like good Christians, but as I have often found... they are only "Christian" to a degree. Still, this doesn't mean that they are not saved. It does mean that they're backslidden or have never matured in the Lord to begin with. We can only teach them, pray for them, and CHALLENGE them to live for God by exemplifying Christ in our own life.
Beware of Heresy Creeping into the Churches
So please BEWARE of the new perverted ROMANS ROAD that is being taught in many churches today. Originally, the Romans Road simply presented a handful of Scriptures from the book of Romans, as a convenient way of leading a person to Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, well-meaning people have embellished (added to) the Romans Road, totally perverting it!!! THE GOSPEL must not be altered in any way, if a lost person is to see THE TRUTH and be saved.
of the child of God is that he loves everybody!”
(a quote from Pastor Jack Hyles' classic MP3 sermon, “FORGIVENESS”)
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