Beware of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

By David J. Stewart | January 2015 | Updated October 2017

Galatians 1:6-9, “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. 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.”

       Evangelist Paul Washer preaches ANOTHER GOSPEL. While doing research on Mr. Washer I noticed that he attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS), so I went to see what they believe concerning salvation, and sadly to say, they are also preaching ANOTHER GOSPEL. Here is the SBTS website . . .

What must I do?

Personal faith in Christ is the answer. Jesus says to you, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life: no one comes to the Father, but through Me." (John 14:6)

What does personal faith mean? Repentance and faith are inseparable experiences of grace. Repentance is a genuine turning from sin toward God. Faith is the acceptance of Jesus Christ and commitment of the entire personality to Him as Lord and Savior. God in turn responds to this commitment by absolving you of all sin by the work of Jesus Christ on the Cross. This justification is God's gracious and full acquittal upon principles of His righteousness of all sinners who repent and believe in Christ. Justification brings the believer into a relationship of peace and favor with God.

SOURCE: Man's Need for Salvation - Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

There are some major theological blunders in SBTS's plan of salvation:

  1. No where in the Holy Bible are we told that repentance is “turning from sin toward God.” That is Roman Catholic theology, not Biblical. Romans 3:19 teaches that the purpose of God's law is to show men their sinnership, so that “every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.” No one has a right to boast of their own self-righteousness, as did the rich young ruler in Luke 18:18-23. That is why he didn't get saved, that is, because he was self-righteous. Billy Graham falsely claims that the rich young man didn't get saved because he wasn't willing to forsake the sin of covetousness. That is satanic doctrine, because you don't get to Heaven by human effort (which is what forsaking sinful bad habits would be, works).

  2. No where in the Holy Bible are we required to make a “commitment of the entire personality to Him as Lord and Savor” to be saved. Throughout the Bible we are taught that salvation is a free gift, obtained by simply BELIEVING on the Gospel (good news) that Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins, was buried and risen. Making a commitment is a false requirement to be saved. It is a false plan of salvation. You do NOT have to commit your entire personality to Christ. That is human effort and works salvation. SBTS are trying to force people to live a holy life as part of being saved. In effect, they are teaching partial faith in Christ plus human effort to be saved. This is ANOTHER GOSPEL which is accursed by God!

  3. No where in the Holy Bible are we taught that faith is a commitment. In SBTS's errant plan of salvation, they state: “God in turn responds to this commitment by absolving you of all sin by the work of Jesus Christ on the Cross.” SBTS is errantly basing one's salvation upon a commitment to Christ, rather than simply upon believing the Gospel. This is a misguided plan of salvation that cannot lead to the new birth in Christ, because you're putting your faith in the wrong place. Instead of believing upon the Gospel, you're believing in a commitment. It is religion at best, and a damnable lie at worst.

    Notice again that in order to have your sins “absolved” (to be set free from the consequences of sin) by Christ's work on the cross, SBTS says you must MAKE A COMMITMENT OF YOUR ENTIRE PERSONALITY TO CHRIST AS LORD AND SAVIOR. In sharp contrast, the Holy Bible simply requires a person to BELIEVE that Christ died on the cross for their sins, was buried and bodily raised up three days later. This is exactly what 1st Corinthians 15:1-4 teaches. Do you see the big difference? In the Bible plan of salvation, you are saved by BELIEVING the Gospel message; but in SBTS's wrong plan of salvation, you are saved by committing your entire being to Jesus as Lord and Savior. My friend, believing is free, but committing requires human effort! Eternal life is a TAKE proposition, not a GIVE proposition. Eternal life is a free gift that you simply take. Committing one's life to live for Christ is a high price to pay.

Evangelist Paul Washer's Calvinistic False Plan of Salvation

Now let me give you some of Evangelist Paul Washer's false teachings on salvation. And may I say, I like Paul Washer because he is a caring person. I don't know him personally, but I've seen him wallow in tears of compassion during his preaching to teens, trying to reach them for God in the sincere way that he believes is right. Unfortunately, Paul Washer has been caught up into the heresies of John Calvin (Calvinism), which teaches the “perseverance of the saints” (this heresy says that if you are really saved, you will persevere in holy living. Clearly, this is human effort). The false doctrine of the Perseverance of the Saints turns salvation from an instantaneous new birth into a lifelong ongoing process. I will prove to you with the following heretical statements from Paul Washer that this is exactly what he believes and teaches . . .

“My friend, if you repented and believed only in past tense, you’re lost and going to Hell. There is an initial work of repentance and an initial work of faith that continues on for the rest of your life, and that repentance grows deeper every day and that faith grows stronger. He said repent. Now what did He mean? He meant change. Change from what? From a life without God.”

SOURCE: Repent and Believe, Part 4

As you've just plainly witnessed, Mr. Washer doesn't recognize being born again as an instantaneous event; but rather, he sees it as an ongoing process, by which if you do not live a holy life, you are not saved. This is a backdoor approach to works salvation. Whereas Catholics require good works to be saved, Paul Washer requires good works to stay saved. Here's another quote from Paul Washer to prove what I am telling you. The following is an excerpt from a popular demonic message Paul Washer gave about the “alter call.” At 09:26 in the video Paul Washer foolishly states...

Heretic, Paul Washer, who teaches that salvation is dependent upon one's continued belief and repentance.But let's say that a person comes forward or a person is out there with us in a park somewhere and they say, "Yes, I believe, I believe he saved me today." You should say, "Praise God!" But then, then, you should say, "Now listen to me very clearly. If you have indeed repented of your sins and believed, God has saved you; but the evidence that you have truly repented and believed unto salvation is that you will continue repenting and believing, and God and His Christ will become dear to you, and you will begin to walk and to grow. Yes it will be a struggle and sometimes you will fail, but over the course of your life you will begin to grow in holiness, and holiness, you will grow in holiness without which no man will see the Lord. The evidence that you are truly converted today is that you will continue on. If only most of the Americans had been told that, they would not be resting in false security today.

SOURCE: Sermon by Paul Washer, A Challenging Message From Paul Washer, found at the HeartCry website:

Again you've just witnessed that Paul Washer wrongly understands repentance to be a process. He says, “the evidence that you have truly repented and believed unto salvation is that you will continue repenting” [emphasis added]. Continue repenting? Obviously, Washer understands repentance to mean pursuing holiness, amending one's ways and doing better. This is NOT Biblical repentance! A changed life is the RESULT of the indwelling Holy Spirit, but you cannot mandate it for salvation, because eternal life is a free gift (Romans 5:15,6:23). A changed life is the FRUIT of the indwelling Holy Spirit, and not repentance itself. Paul Washer is effectively teaching works salvation.

Paul Washer is a false prophet, a total heretic!!! In this fool-headed video washer condemns the Romans Road (that is, showing a person how to be saved from Scriptures in the book of Romans). Washer calls it a manipulative practice, just like Ray comfort does. Washer denounces conservative soul-winning Baptist evangelists as being “stupid” (and that's the exact word he uses in the following quote)...

“We talk about the Germans of the 20th century that brought on their higher criticism. It is not near as dangerous as conservative Baptists with their gospel reductionism. How dare we, all these stupid evangelists walking around telling men after they've made some little prayer that they need to write their name in the back of their Bible, and put the date and if the Devil ever comes to them, they need to show him that. That is Roman superstition, it is not the gospel of Jesus Christ. You see we've turned the gospel into a flu-shot.” [emphasis added]

SOURCE: Paul Washer Sermonette

Soulwinning Baptist evangelists, stupid? The simplicity that is in Christ, a flu-shot? It appears that Paul Washer doesn't really believe in being born-again in a Biblical sense from the way he talks. Being born-again is an event in one's life, happening in a specific time and a place. What in the world is so wrong about writing that time and place down in your Bible? Paul Washer is bad news.

Paul Washer is a dangerous religious teacher, who has corrupted the simplicity of the Gospel of Jesus Christ (2nd Corinthians 11:3-4). The truth is that Ray Comfort, Paul Washer, Billy Graham, John MacArthur, Pat Robertson, Paris Reidhead, Aiden Tozer, Kirk Cameron and countless other false prophets like them (who teach the damnable heresy of Lordship Salvation) are getting angry that independent fundamentalist Baptists are exposing them!!! Paul Washer is of the Devil. Lordship Salvation is ANOTHER gospel. Galatians 1:6, “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel.” And of course, as Galatians 1:7 says, it is NOT really another gospel, for there is only one true Gospel.

Here’s another quote from Paul Washer, showing that he has a corrupt understanding of repentance for salvation…

“3,000 kids came forward… It was just a bunch of kids doing what they’d been trained to do ever since they were in Sunday School.  No tears, no repentance, no broken-hearts, no weeping over sin, no self-hatred, no realization of offenses against God given, nothing. A move of God? … I think not. Because when God moves, and particularly when God moves to save, there is repentance. Now what is repentance? The word means to change. Let me ask you a question … Have you changed?”
SOURCE: Repent and Believe, Part 4

I've given you numerous examples showing that Paul Washer is a reprobate concerning the faith. It's far beyond a matter of mere semantics, I wish it weren't so. Biblical repentance is a simple change of mind that enables a person to believe the Gospel and be saved. Whereas John 3:20 teaches that the love of sin hinders lost people from coming to Christ to be saved, the person who has changed their mind is now receiving the sacrifice of Christ on the cross as payment for their sins.

In sharp contrast, Paul Washer views repentance as a deep, sorrowful, convicting, guilt-inducing, self-hating and loathsome regret over one's sins, which compels a person to forsake their sinful living, and to fully commit their life to live anew for Christ and follow the Lord to the ends of the earth if He wills it so. This is discipleship, not sonship. This is living a consecrated life for the Lord, not receiving the free gift of eternal life. Paul Washer is very wrong theologically. The only thing that you need to repent of to be saved is whatever has been hindering you from coming to the Lord to be saved. Amen!

The perverted idea of penance (sorrow and regret over sins) can be traced back to heretics like Hermas, Justin Martyr and Augustine. Some of the apostate post-apostolic church elders fell into false doctrine, looking for some sort of contrition for sin at the time of water baptism. Repentance became almost synonymous with contrition, confession and penance. This is all unbiblical. You cannot show me one verse in the Bible that teaches repentance means to “turn away from sin” to be saved.

The Truth About Repentance Unto Salvation

Pastor Harry A. Ironside Has it Correct

Please read the best explanation I've ever read concerning the Gospel and repentance, by Pastor Harry A. Ironside (1876-1951). Clearly, Ironside taught a Free Grace view of the Gospel...

“The Gospel is not a call to repentance, or to amendment of our ways, to make restitution for past sins, or to promise to do better in the future. These things are proper in their place, but they do not constitute the Gospel; for the Gospel is not good advice to be obeyed, it is good news to be believed. Do not make the mistake then of thinking that the Gospel is a call to duty or a call to reformation, a call to better your condition, to behave yourself in a more perfect way than you have been doing in the past …

Nor is the Gospel a demand that you give up the world, that you give up your sins, that you break off bad habits, and try to cultivate good ones. You may do all these things, and yet never believe the Gospel and consequently never be saved at all.”

SOURCE: Harry A. Ironside, from the sermon: What Is The Gospel?

Harry A. Ironside correctly recognized repentance as the confession that "one is utterly without merit" and that if one is "ever saved at all it can only be through the merits of our Lord Jesus Christ." Salvation is without works of self-righteousness. Romans 4:5 plainly teaches that a man's faith is COUNTED for righteousness, i.e., the righteousness of Jesus Christ is imputed to one's heavenly record by faith. Don't mess with the Gospel. Just believe it!

Pastor Bob Gray Sr. Has it Correct

Pastor Bob Gray Sr. at the Longview Baptist Temple church in Texas correctly preaches concerning repentance. . .

“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

Dr. Ray Stanford Has it Correct

The following excellent information refuting Lordship Salvation is by Dr. Ray Stanford (1916-2012), from his classic book, “Handbook of Personal Evangelism”...

Just as you receive the Saviour by faith and He becomes YOUR Saviour, when you allow Christ to control your life, He becomes YOUR LORD. There is an increasing number of "evangelicals" today who are preaching that in order for a man to be saved he must not only receive Christ as his Saviour, but also must make Him absolute Lord and Master of his life.

This doctrine has been termed "Lordship salvation" and has absolutely no support from the Word of God. It is, in fact, another subtle way Satan has invented to get Bible-believing men to add works to salvation without, perhaps, their realizing it, and to do it in such a way that it sounds spiritual and good.

What could SOUND more spiritual or honoring to the Lord than statements like: "Either Christ is Lord of all, or He is not Lord at all. And if He is not Lord then He is not your Saviour. You are lost. You must turn over all the strings of your life to Him-then He will save you. Give your life to Him if you want to be truly saved." This is what is taught.

The truth of the matter is that salvation is not a "give" proposition at all; it is a "take" proposition. We don't give our hearts, lives, wills, or anything else to God in order to get Him to save us. This would be a form of bribery, a way of meriting or deserving to be saved-but God says salvation is "NOT OF OURSELVES"-and especially, it is not offering anything to God.

Salvation is receiving! We simply receive His Son. John 1:12 says, "But as many as RECEIVED Him, to them gave He power (the right) to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His Name." God does the giving. We do the receiving.

SOURCE: “Handbook of Personal Evangelism,” by Dr. Ray Stanford, page 45.

Amen and amen! Dr. Stanford is absolutely correct!

Dr. Mark G. Cambron Has it Correct

Here is what the Bible teaches, as explained by Dr. Cambron...

Repentance is necessary for salvation.

The Greek word for repent is metanoeo, which, translated into English is: to change ones mind. It does not mean to turn from sin. That would add works to salvation.

Repentance for salvation means a change of mind from men's ideas of salvation and religion, to an acceptance of Gods only way of salvation.

This results in a completely new creation, not a reformation of the old. The old nature remains as evil as ever after salvation and has not been reformed . . . The old nature can now be controlled by the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit.

God guarantees salvation. This is His gift to us.
God guarantees reward and fruit to the obedient son.
God guarantees chastening and loss of rewards to the disobedient son.

God does not cast out disobedient children, but in some cases, does take them home. He does not permit His children to live as they please without His discipline and guidance.

Many teach repentance for salvation incorrectly, by including some form of human effort or righteousness, such as willingness to turn from sin, or turning from sin. This is heresy and has confused many people. It adds works to salvation and causes many to not understand Gods great gift. It is probation, not salvation. It is completely unscriptural. It is Galatianism and a counterfeit of the gospel.

It is a tragedy that many Christians live shallow Christian lives. The Cambron Institute is dedicated to the task of training Christian men and women in the importance of total dedication and making Jesus the Lord of their lives not to be saved but because they are saved.

Shallow Christianity cannot be cured by adding works to salvation.

Salvation is not the result of what we do, but is by receiving what God has done for us. Acts 13:38, 39; Acts 20:20: Gal. 1:8,9; Gal. 2:4; Gal. 2:21; Gal. 3:1.3; Gal. 5:1-4; Eph. 2:8-10; II Cor. 5:21;John 3:16-18; Phil. 3:9; Titus 3:5-8:11 Cor. 11:13-1 5.

SOURCE: The Cambron Institute

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“Nobody can love God who doesn't love sinners!”
(a quote by Dr. Jack Hyles classic MP3 sermon, “The Happiest Man” (happiest is the man who will not impute sin to others!)

John 3:20 Explains The Meaning Of Repentance

Your Gossip Makes Me Destroy Those I Love The Most (MP3) *Printed (why I don't read gossip)

Life-Changing MP3 Bible Studies by Dr. Jack Hyles (1926-2001)

Fathers Harden Not Your Heart
(MP3 sermon by Pastor Jeff Owens. People in a rough line of work often become hard!)

“God never taught anybody how to quit!”
Brother Lester Roloff

Oh how America needs preaching and praying preachers! Preaching without prayer is dead, and prayer without preaching is shallow Christianity!!!
Acts 5:42, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.”

If you believe what the Bible teaches, attend a church that teaches the Bible!

Another Gospel Which Is Not Another (a red-hot MP3 by Dr. Curtis Hutson exposing Lordship Salvation)

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(a quote from Pastor Jack Hyles' classic MP3 sermon, “FORGIVENESS”)

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