False Teachings Of Joni Eareckson Tada And Pastor R.C. Sproul
by David J. Stewart | November 2019
2nd Peter 1:8-11, “For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.”
Robert Charles Sproul (1939-2017) was a false prophet, whose damnable doctrine still infects many churches today. He taught a counterfeit plan of salvation that requires that a person live a devout religious lifestyle of obedience to Christ to be saved. The following are the errant introductory comments to his 6-part audio sermon series titled: 'The Assurance of Salvation'...
In 2 Peter, Peter exhorts all who read his letter to make their calling and election sure by diligently pursuing the fruit of the Spirit. “For in this way,” he writes, “there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 1:11, ESV).
In this series, Dr. R.C. Sproul addresses the importance of living in pursuit of holiness over against “easy believism.” He explores the doctrine of assurance as he helps to explain the relationship between the Christian life and the work of Christ Jesus on our behalf.
SOURCE: R.C. Sproul, 'The Assurance of Salvation'
Notice that Dr. Sproul is against “EASY BELIEVISM.” There is not a bigger lie of Satan than that it is not “easy” to be saved. Dear reader, salvation is so simple, free and easy that even a small child can be saved. One of my favorite preachers, Pastor Steven Anderson, was saved at the early age of just 6 years old. Amen! Pastor Jack Hyles was saved at age 11. I was saved at age 13. 2nd Timothy 3:15, “And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.”
I absolutely HATE the Devil's modern Bible versions. They redefine theology! Consider the following comparison:
KING JAMES BIBLE (KJB) - 2nd Peter 1:9-11, “But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.”
ENGLISH STANDARD VERSION (ESV) - 2nd Peter 1:9-11, “For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins. Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
Do you see the exact oppossite being taught? The King James Bible says that if we live for God we will enter abundantly into Heaven, but the English Standard Version says if we live for God He will provide for you an entrance. The ESV teaches works for salvation. The issue in the King James Bible is not entering into Heaven; but rather, it is entering ABUNDANTLY into Heaven. There's a big difference in the two meanings! Can I prove what I say? You bet! What saith the Scripture? Please look at 2nd Peter 1:9, “But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.” Do you see that the issue is NOT about salvation, because the person is already “PURGED FROM HIS OLD SINS.” Dr. Sproul heretically makes this passage about salvation, but it is about laying hold on the eternal life that we already possess. This is what the apostle Paul meant in 1st Timothy 6:12, “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.” In the preceding Scripture, Paul is not talking about salvation, but of making the best of the salvation that we already have by faith in Jesus Christ! You see, the issue is not salvation. These new Bible versions are of the Devil, causing people to go astray doctrinally. The modern Bible versions are saturated with Calvinism!!!
Kindly, Joni Eareckson Tada Teaches Heresy On Salvation
Joni Eareckson Tada (born 1949) is an international celebrity and religious voice. Sadly, she broke her neck at age 17 in a diving accident which made her quadriplegic. My heart goes out to her. I suffer continually from stenosis and radiculopathy in my neck, from being rear-ended by a church bus in 1992, and a workplace accident in 2004. I have suffered continual burning toothache-like pain since, in the bony area of the back of my neck. Miss Tada's situation encourages me, because she has it much worse than I do. I am thankful for the remaining health that I have. I would never want to say anything to be unkind or mean to anyone, let alone someone who has survived over 50 years of her life in a wheelchair. So I speak with humility. I think Joni is a classy lady, and I admire her positive attitude of faith in her suffering; however, when I heard her praise R.C. Sproul's theology I knew she was messed up doctrinally on salvation.
Although I am thankful for Joni's testimony in her suffering, and I do not question her sincerity, I have to examine her teachings and expose anyone as a false prophet who ADDS holy living to the Gospel. Both Pastor R.C. Sproul and Miss Joni Eareckson Tada teach the demonic Calvinist heresy of Predestination. God does not choose anyone to salvation. We don't believe because God chose us, God chose us because we believe!
I hate to criticize this dear lady, because of her many afflictions, but she is influencing millions of people around the world with her theological message. Part of her Joni And Friends Ministry is to encourage people to study Bible doctrines. Although that is a good thing to stress, it is not good when she promotes the junk theology of Pastor R.C. Sproul (a diehard Calvinist heretic). R.C. Sproul propagates the damnable lie of Lordship Salvation, which is a false gospel. Joni also says she attended Dr. John MacArthur's church for many years. Tragically, Miss Tada echoes Dr. Sproul's damnable heresies, even from his accursed grave. Lordship Salvation is not an alternative view of the Gospel, it is Satanic heresy that cannot produce the new birth in Jesus Christ. No amount of spiritual devotion to the name of Jesus, and exuberant joy of soul, can substitute for not doing the will of the Father. ...
Matthew 7:21-23, “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.”
Like Dr. Sproul and Miss Tada, these religious devotees were fanatical about the name of Jesus. They called Him their “Lord.” Please don't miss that! THEY CALLED HIM “LORD”!!! Yet, Jesus said “I NEVER KNEW YOU”! The Savior called them WORKERS OF INIQUITY!!! Why? How could this happen? I mean, they did “many wonderful works” in Jesus' name. They were foreign missionaries to dangerous places, and even cast of devils, but they WENT TO HELL FOREVER!!! Consider yourself warned dear reader. No amount of religious devotion, living the Christian life, or touting the name of Jesus, can substitute for the NEW BIRTH! Jesus exclaimed in John 3:7b, “YE MUST BE BORN AGAIN”!!! So what is the will of the Father? What hadn't these religious devotees done in Matthew 7:21-23? John 6:40-41, “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. The Jews then murmured at him, because he said, I am the bread which came down from heaven.” Oh, salvation is so simple! Jesus said that the Father's will is to BELIEVE ON HIM!!!!!!! And carefully notice in John 6:41 that the dear Savior mentions being “THE BREAD.” Jesus is the true bread that came down from Heaven, in Whom whosoever BELIEVES hath everlasting life. Whew, that's great truth!!!
Now with the preceding truths in mind, please let me show you how Miss Tada corrupts the Scriptures. In her YouTube video titled: Joni Eareckson Tada - Refined By Fire - Awakening And Suffering, she cites the following Holy Scripture passage as her favorite words of Jesus Christ...
John 6:53-58, “Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.”
Kindly, Miss Tada misinterprets that Scripture passage, applying it to discipleship instead of salvation as the Lord intended. She errantly states:
“Oh my goodness, we could not find more graphic description of what it means to abide in Christ. That's how much I need Jesus!”
SOURCE: Joni Eareckson Tada - Refined By Fire - Awakening And Suffering
No doubt she learned this heresy from Dr. R. C. Sproul, who confuses, mixes and combines DISCIPLESHIP with SALVATION (SONSHIP), which is an accursed “ANOTHER GOSPEL.” Galatians 1:6-7, “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.”
The accurate interpretation of John 6:53-58 is simply that we are saved by faith in the Son of God. The Jews in the Old Testament Wilderness heard Moses preach the Gospel, but it did not profit them, because they lacked faith. Hebrews 4:2, “For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.” They ate the manna (bread) which God provided each day to feed them, but many of them perished into Hell because of their lack of faith in the coming Messiah. In John 6:53-58 Jesus is simply telling the people that salvation comes only through faith in Him. John 14:6, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” That is the correct interpretation of John 6:53-58, which has nothing to do with “abiding in Christ” (as Miss Tada falsely teaches). I am not being unkind, but Miss Tada is a woman preacher! There is a reason why God didn't want women to preach, because they always get the Gospel wrong. Miss Tada completely misses the point that Jesus is teaching in John 6:53-58. The dear Savior won't save anybody who abides in Him, you had better TRUST Him alone by way of His sacrifice on the cross of Calvary for your salvation!
God knows that my intent is not to be unkind, but to “earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints” (Jude 1:3b). You know, it is so tragic; Miss Joni Tada has suffered crippled in a wheelchair for over 50 years, and I fear she is headed for Hell herself. Calvinism is NOT the free grace Gospel. I heard Miss Tada express compassion for people around the world who are suffering, knowing that she will likely go to Hell when they die; yet, she is blinded by the Satanic lies of R.C. Sproul, an arrogant follower of the heretic John Calvin (who murdered 58 people for disagreeing with him on infant baptism). Here is a typical damnable teaching by Robert Sproul...
“We notice that there's a link between the degree of assurance that we have, of our relationship with God, and our progress in spiritual growth.” —R.C. Sproul, Keeping In Step With The Spirit; Lecture 10 - True Or False Assurance
That is 100% works salvation! According to Mr. Sproul, you are not saved if you haven't progressed in sanctification. Dear reader, our assurance of salvation is not measured in DEGREES!
A Few Good Lessons On Suffering
Despite her false Gospel message, I gleaned a few great statements from Joni Eareckson Tada while listening to her public speeches...
“Living with chronic pain, it can be easy to feel defeated and lifeless," she said. "Having a 'hymn of the day' and memorizing it has helped shore up my faith and aid me when trials hit me broadside.”
Suffering is a sheep dog that drives us to the cross.
Suffering is God's ice cold splash on the soul, waking us up from our spiritual slumber.
Suffering is God's textbook that keeps teaching who we really are, and how much we desperately need Jesus as our Savior.
And my favorite quote from Joni is:
“God permits what he hates, to accomplish that which He loves!”
I have heard fiery old-fashioned preaching from Seventh-Day Adventist preachers, who were on the highway to the Lake of Fire (which they ironically deny). Many Church of Christ ministers can really preach, but they teach the Satanic lie of Baptismal Regeneration. My point is that just because someone is a gifted orator, or has a compassionate heart, or can sing like the angels in Heaven, or has a smile and gleam in their eye like Benny Hinn that can grip your soul, doesn't mean they are of God! In this popular sermon by Joni Eareckson Tada titled: Joni Eareckson-Tada: Proclaiming the Gospel to All Nations, she doesn't even tell anyone what “THE GOSPEL” is. I seriously doubt if she even knows what The Good News is. If you take the time to listen to her lame sermon (she reminds me of Ravi Zacharias, who couldn't hit the side of a barn in an hour with his message), she doesn't even mention Jesus' death on the cross for our sins, nor His burial, nor His bodily resurrection the third day. Those three things compromise THE GOSPEL!
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“Faith is the only
righteous thing that I can do!”
—Pastor Jack Hyles, a quote from the MP3 sermon titled: “God's Reversal Of Psalms 51”
1st Corinthians 16:24, “My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.”
BELIEVE “THE GOSPEL” 2B SAVED!
Confession Is Never A Requirement For Salvation
'The Gospel' In Just One Minute(by Pastor Max D. Younce)
John 3:16, “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.”
“As a blind man has no idea of colors, so we have no idea of the manner
which the all-wise God perceives and understands all things.” —Isaac Newton (1642-1727)
Another Gospel Which Is Not Another (a red-hot MP3 by Dr. Curtis Hutson exposing Lordship Salvation)
“If you have to look at
your life to prove that you are saved, it proves that you're not!”
—Pastor Ralph Yankee Arnold; an excellent quote from the awesome YouTube sermon titled, “Why Lordship Salvation is WRONG! | MP3.”