God Only Saves BAD PEOPLE!
by David J. Stewart | October 2019
Romans 4:5-6, “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works.”
Perhaps you say, “I am too bad to be saved!” No dear reader, you may be TOO GOOD to be saved, but I assure you that you are not TOO BAD! The only type of person that God saves is BAD PEOPLE! Notice our text Bible passage from Romans 4:5-6. Please notice that God only saves “THE UNGODLY.” Some false teachers today (e.g., Ray Comfort, John MacArthur and Paul Washer) cherry-pick the sermons of famous preachers of centuries past, attempting to use them as a secondary authority, since they cannot support their Calvinist heresy with the inspired Word of God.
Despite Ray Comfort's and John MacArthur's extensive exploitation of Pastor Charles Haddon Spurgeon's sermons to support their doctrinal filth, read for yourself what Mr. Spurgeon said:
“salvation comes to him before he has any of the results of salvation. It comes to him, in fact, while he deserves only this bare, beggarly, base, abominable description, 'ungodly.' That is all he is when God's gospel comes to justify him. ...May I, therefore, urge upon any who have no good thing about them—who fear that they have not even a good feeling, or anything whatever that can recommend them to God—that they will firmly believe that our gracious God is able and willing to take them without anything to recommend them, and to forgive them spontaneously, not because they are good, but because He is good.”
SOURCE: Charles Spurgeon; All of Grace; Chapter 1 - God Justifieth The Ungodly!
Clearly, Charles Spurgeon DIDN'T believe nor teach that a person must forsake their sins TO BE SAVED. As you just read, Spurgeon believed that salvation comes to a person BEFORE the fruit of the indwelling Holy Spirit becomes evident. Spurgeon is 100% correct—a person is “UNGODLY,” and “that is all he is when the Gospel comes to justify him!” Amen!!! Nor does a person need to experience any sorrow (feelings) over sin to be saved. Why doesn't Ray Comfort, Paul Washer and John MacArthur quote these teachings from Mr. Spurgeon? Do you see how dishonest they are theologically? And if I haven't been plain enough regarding Charles Spurgeon, then here is the crowning statement of them all to silence the Lordship Salvation heretics...
“'Repentance' is a grace. Some people preach it as a condition of salvation. Condition of nonsense! There are no conditions of salvation.” —Pastor Charles H. Spurgeon
SOURCE: https://www.spurgeon.org/resource-library/sermons/the-repentance-unto-life (Charles Spurgeon, from a sermon titled, REPENTANCE UNTO LIFE, preached at the New Park Street Chapel, Southwark, on Sept. 23, 1855)
Gotta love it! Granted, Spurgeon did make some controversial statements at times in his ministry, as every preacher does who has been preaching for over fifty years. We must always remember that men are flawed, incapable of being right every time! Preachers learn and hone their doctrinal skills over the decades. Albeit, if we examine the entirety of Spurgeon's preaching, and don't just cherry-pick his sermons, it is clear that Spurgeon believed in salvation by grace through faith for THE UNGODLY!!!
But regardless of what Pastor Spurgeon taught, the inspired Word of God is our final and only authority. 2nd Timothy 3:16-17, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” A preacher doesn't need any textbook other than the Holy Bible! In fact, in every case that I am aware of, where a preacher denies the inspiration of the King James Bible, he has attended some apostate religious institution that killed his faith in an inspired Bible! I say that kindly but truthfully.
Jesus Came To Save Sinners
I declare unto you ladies and gentlemen—God saves bad people! Jesus is in the saving business. Luke 19:10, “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” I love that! Jesus came to save sinners, not to condemn people; What saith the Scripture. John 3:16-17, “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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” Likewise, it is not our responsibility as Christians to condemn sinners, but to preach the Gospel to get them saved. Albeit, God does command us to “have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them” (Ephesians 5:11). Christians must expose Satan's works of darkness (Ephesians 5:9-11), but not to condemn sinners. I preach against many evils through my website ministry, but I do not condemn anyone. I am a big sinner just like anyone else.
Beware of any talk about turning away from your sins to be saved. Does God want us to turn from our sins? Absolutely, of course He does, but that has NOTHING to do with receiving the free gift of eternal life. Jesus doesn't forgive sins! You read right! JESUS DOESN'T FORGIVE SINS! The Lord has already paid for everyone's sins with His precious blood on the cross! 2nd Peter 2:1, “But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.” Did you catch that beautiful statement? ...“EVEN DENYING THE LORD THAT BOUGHT THEM”! This Bible verse exposes the Calvinist lie of “Limited Atonement” (a false doctrine which says Jesus only died for believers, not the unsaved). As you just plainly read for yourself, Jesus paid for the sins of false prophets too! JESUS BOUGHT THEM!
Therefore, Jesus has already paid for everyone's sins with His blood! That is why forgiveness of sins is a “gift.” Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” You don't have to ask Jesus to be forgiven, because He has already purchased your redemption. Colossians 1:14, “In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins.” All you need to do is RECEIVE that gift by faith. 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 many.” I love that phrase in verse 15, “THE GIFT OF GRACE,” which is by one man, Jesus Christ! Isn't that beautiful and precious? I don't know about you, but I get happy and excited when I think about what God has done for me, giving to me eternal life and the forgiveness of all my sins. Thank you Jesus for dying on the cross in my place, and for shedding your precious blood for a woeful sinner like me, and for giving to me eternal life.
“A man doesn't get better to
get saved; he gets saved to get better.”
—Pastor Curtis Hutson (1934-1995), a quote from the excellent sermon, “Salvation Crystal Clear.”
“You don't go to Hell
because you won't quit your sinning!”
SOURCE: Pastor Curtis Hutson; Quote from the classic sermon, Why Do Men Go To Hell? (exposing 'Lordship Salvation')
If you have never been saved dear friend, all you need to do is RECEIVE God's gift of forgiveness of sins by simple childlike faith. Simply, right now, wherever you are, acknowledge to God that you are a guilty sinner in His sight for breaking His commandments in the Holy Bible. Simply take God at His Word as recorded in the Scriptures, placing your trust (reliance) upon God's only begotten Son, because of what He did on the cross to pay for your sins. This “GOOD NEWS” (or, “GOSPEL”) is how you get saved...
1st Corinthians 15:1-4, “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.”
We are saved by BELIEVING “the Gospel,” which is the power of God unto salvation. Romans 1:16, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” John 6:28-29, “Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.” It is that simple to be saved. If you admit that you are a guilty sinner in God's sight, and you receive Christ's sacrifice on the cross as full payment for your sins, believing that He was buried, and bodily resurrected three days later, and that is your only hope for eternal life, then YOU ARE IMMEDIATELY, SECURELY AND FOREVER SAVED!!! Are you bad enough dear reader to be saved? God doesn't save Pharisees who profess to have no sin.
Calvinism is a False Gospel of Damnation
People need the Lord. There is an irresponsible attitude today that says churches should become worldly to draw in the lost, so they can get saved. Unfortunately, by making the churches more worldly in an effort to make the world more churchy, the Gospel has been diminished, corrupted and lost in the confusion. Over 90% of churches today are teaching the Devil's lie of Lordship Salvation (which is the theology of Cain repackaged). Lordship Salvation is a satanic lie, rooted in the damnable heresies of John Calvin (a psychotic religious madman who killed people for disagreeing with him on infant baptism). John Calvin (1509-1564) literally murdered 58 people (including women and children) for merely disagreeing with his damnable heresy of Infant Baptism! What a monster! Great men of God?
“Is grace truly grace
if it cannot be rejected?”
—Dr. Ralph “Yankee” Arnold, “Calvinism And Grace Are Not Compatible” (MP3).
“Can a man who's predestined to salvation really be lost before he is saved? If a man is predestined to salvation, why does he need to hear the Gospel? What would be the point?” -Pastor Yankee Arnold, pastor of Calvary Community Church in Tampa, Florida; "Why Lordship Salvation Is Wrong?"
Calvinism lie = They believe,
because they were chosen.
The truth = We were chosen, because we believe!
Lordship Salvation is of the Devil! Martin Luther (1483-1546) taught the damnable heresy of Baptismal Regeneration up until his death.
A popular internet preacher is Justin Edwards, who says:
If you are a born again believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, even if you did not understand the full implications of His lordship or have never heard the term before, you submitted to His Lordship on the day of your salvation. It is impossible to be justified by God without submitting to His authority over your life. You cannot accept Him as Savior but reject Him as Lord. This idea is absurd really, and is the result of the modern message plaguing the church in the last century. [emphasis added]
WRONG! Justin Edwards says to be saved you must be “submitted to His lordship.” In sharp contrast, the inspired Word of God teaches that to be saved a person must be, SUBMITTED TO GOD'S RIGHTEOUSNESS! Romans 10:3-4, “For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.” Did you read that dear reader? ...
Romans 10:3-4, “...submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.”
We are saved by coming BY FAITH to Calvary's hill as UNGODLY SINNERS, and receiving Christ's sacrifice on the cross as full-payment for our sins, believing that He is risen from the dead!
Here is a helpful quote from Pastor J. Vernon McGee (1904-1988)...
“You know the greatest difficulty and hindrance today, is not that people are not good enough. The great hindrance is they're not bad enough, to be saved!” —Pastor J. Vernon McGee, a truthful quote the MP3 sermon, “Why The Gospel Is Not Preached Today”
And here is another helpful quote from Dr. McGee...
“The purpose of the law was never to save; the law has to make us speechless before God, before grace can even begin with us! ...My friend, God is only saving GUILTY SINNERS, those whose mouths are stopped, those who say 'I have nothing to offer God!' I come, just as I AM!” —Pastor J. Vernon McGee, a truthful quote the MP3 sermon, “Why The Gospel Is Not Preached Today”
What saith the Scripture? Romans 4:5-6, “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works.” How can we reconcile Paul Washer's teachings with the inspired Word of God? We cannot! Paul is wrong! Romans 4:3, “God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.” What saith the Scripture? Ephesians 2:8-10, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”
Any plan of salvation which places the burden of sin upon the sinner is of the Devil. Jesus bore the full weight of our sins upon the cross, so that we wouldn't have to pay for them in the eternal Lake of Fire. The Bible teaches that we are saved by completely RESTING in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Hebrews 4:10-11, “For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.”
Adding even the tiniest amount of human effort to the simplicity that is in Christ corrupts salvation into dead works which cannot save. Religion cannot produce the new birth by the Holy Spirit of God. Our churches are filled with religious people, going through the motions, who have never submitted themselves unto God's righteousness. Romans 10:3-4, “For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.” This my friend speaks of the imputed righteousness of God through faith in Christ.
“God can't save you as long as you try to save yourself!” —Pastor J. Vernon McGee, a beautiful quote the MP3 sermon, “Why The Gospel Is Not Preached Today”
Calvinism is self-righteousness by the law. The only way to be saved is to get out of the way, and to let God do the saving through faith in His only begotten Son. Either God does all of the saving or else you are not saved. God does not save those who are trying to be saved, He saves those who are trusting to be saved. Calvinism frontloads the Gospel, demanding that a sinner possess all the qualities of a mature Christian to be saved. That is a false gospel! In the true Gospel, NOTHING is required of an admitted sinner except to BELIEVE THE 'GOOD NEWS' of Christ crucified on the cross, buried and physically risen!
Many False Prophets Have Gone Out into the World
1st John 4:1, “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.”
The Bible sure is accurate! We are bombarded with FALSE PROPHETS everywhere we turn today. Sadly, these false prophets have crept into nearly all the churches. Most religious people do not know they are going to Heaven. Evangelist Paul Washer and Ray Comfort have been instilling fear and insecurity into the hearts of millions of people for decades, telling them that they are not safe in Christ because of sins in their life. On page 1513 of 'THE EVIDENCE BIBLE', under the section “Questions & Objections,” Ray Comfort addresses the statement: “Because Jesus died on the cross we are forgiven of every sin.” Here’s Ray Comfort’s reply to this statement:
"Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves." -Matthew 7:15, “The forgiveness that is in Jesus Christ is conditional upon ‘repentance towards God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ’ (Acts 20:21). It is a gift that God offers to everyone, but individuals must receive it by repenting and trusting in Christ, or they will remain dead in their sins. No one has Biblical grounds to continue in sin, assuming that they are safe just because Jesus died on the cross. See 1 John 3:4-6.” [Emphasis added]
SOURCE: 'THE EVIDENCE BIBLE,' by Ray Comfort, pg. 1513; 2003, Bridge-Logos Publishers, Orlando, Florida
Not safe just because Jesus died on the cross? Are you kidding me? Whoa! Ray Comfort teaches that if you are living in willful sin, it evidences that you have not repented (turned away from your sins, he says) and therefore have never been born-again. Ray Comfort pressures people at the time he witnesses his counterfeit plan of salvation to them, front-loading his false gospel with the unbiblical requirement to turn away from the sinful activities in your life, or else he says you cannot be saved. Folks, that is 100% works for salvation, which cannot produce the new birth in Jesus Christ!!!
According to Ray Comfort, you must forsake the deliberate sinning in your life or else God won't save you. How then is that a gift? Folks, I'm not kidding, this garbage theology has absolutely crept into and infected our churches today. I'm talking about independent fundamental Baptist churches. I'm talking about the West Coast Baptist College in Lancaster, California. I'm talking about about Bob Jones University. The gift of God is WITHOUT WORKS! Romans 4:5-6, “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works.” To no surprise, Ray Comfort entirely ignores the great Bible doctrine of IMPUTATION in his popular publication, 'THE EVIDENCE BIBLE.' The reason why is obvious, because he uses the corrupt 'AMPLIFIED BIBLE' (AMP) which completely removes the word “impute.” This proves what is so wrong with the modern versions. Ray Comfort didn't even notice the great doctrine of imputation because he used a Satanic counterfeit of the Word of God!!!
What about Paul Washer? Like Ray Comfort, Paul teaches that you cannot write your name, date, time and place when you accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior; but rather, you must continue repenting (turning away from sins, he says) for your entire life “to prove the reality of your repentance” (an MP3 recording of Ray Comfort witnessing his counterfeit plan of salvation to a woman on an airplane). Paul Washer confirms his support of this same satanic heresy when he heretically says to a man:
“Sir, the evidence that you truly repented unto salvation on that day is that you're still repenting today...”
SOURCE: How Do I Know If I'm Saved?
Where did this false notion come from, that you must turn from your sins to receive the free gift of God, and then continue turning away from your sins for the rest of your life, to prove that you really repented and are saved? My dear reader, can you plainly see that this is the Devil's lie? I feel sick when I look on YouTube, and everyone is commenting how wonderful and godly Paul Washer's counterfeit plan of salvation is. I challenge you to read or listen to the Gospel of John, and you will notice that the word “repent” is not mentioned even one time. Yet we find the words “believe,” “believest” and “believed” mentioned 87 times! The Gospel of John is God's Gospel tract to humanity. 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.” Clearly, we are saved simply by BELIEVING and not by turning away from sins.
There is no mention in the Gospel of John of turning away from sins to be saved. Nor does the Bible tell us to continue turning away from sins for the rest of our life to prove that we are really saved. These are all damnable lies of the Devil, intended to cause men and women to live in uncertainty and fear with insecurity, always wondering if you have turned from enough sins to prove that you are saved. Paul Washer causes people to live in uncertainty and fear caused by his lies and deception. Paul Washer confuses and mixes discipleship with sonship (salvation). We read in 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.” The apostle Paul is pleading with these believers to surrender their lives as a “living sacrifice” to live for God. This proves that you can be saved without following Christ as your Lord and Master. Eternal life is a free gift! To be saved you simply have to receive Jesus as YOUR SAVIOR!!! 1st Timothy 4:10, “For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.” What a great and precious Savior!
There is Great Joy in Preaching the Gospel
There is great joy my friend is sharing the Gospel with the lost. I have suffered so much loss in my life. My beloved wife divorced me against my will in 2006. Shortly thereafter I lost my home to pay for legal expenses and have rented since. I lost my perfect health, having suffered in agonizing chronic neck and bodily pain every day since 2004. I even bought a couple barbeques with charcoal to commit suicide in 2009, but the Holy Spirit compelled me not to do it. I have lived a lonely life for the past 13 years. I've tried unsuccessfully to find a wife. It seems like the harder I try to get back to where I once was in life, the farther away it all becomes, and any hope of finding a happy life ever again is a distant dream not meant to be mine.
By the way, I heard Dr. Jack Hyles mention John Wesley's (1703-1791) nightmare for a marriage and disloyal wife (like mine) in his MP3 sermon called, “What To Do When There's Only One Way To Go?” I thought it was great what Wesley said, which I echo—'I did not forsake her, I did not dismiss her, I will not recall her.' Yea buddy, I hear you!
Yet, I find great joy each day in soulwinning. Luke 8:15, “But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.” What saith the Scripture? 1st Corinthians 3:8, “Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.” What saith the Scripture? Matthew 6:19-20, “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal.” What saith the Scripture? ...
2nd Corinthians 4:19-21, “To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God. For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”
That “WORD OF RECONCILIATION” is THE GOSPEL by which lost sinners are reconciled to God through faith. Philippians 3:9, “And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith.” I have HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS by faith, do you? I have great peace in my soul knowing that my name is written in Heaven. Most people will never know the sweet peace of KNOWING that their name is written in Heaven. I am so glad to be a born-again Christian. Most people are hellbound in their sins and unbelief. If you have been saved dear reader, you are so very, very fortunate and blessed to have found THE TRUTH! Over 95% of the world's religious people are going to the Lake of Fire for eternity, because they are trusting in their own merit and labors, and have not done the will of the Father. Matthew 7:21, “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.” 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.” So as we see, God's will is that we see Christ in the Scriptures and BELIEVE ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST!!!
Salvation is not doing your best, it is having Christ's best put to your account through receiving Him by faith. God will not save anyone who is trying to be saved, He will only save those who are trusting to be saved. My friend, you May BE TOO GOOD to be saved, but you could NEVER BE TOO BAD. God is in the saving business, and He invites you to COME AS YOU ARE, JUST AS I AM!
“You must not expect that you will be perfect in 'repentance' before you are saved. No Christian can be perfect. 'Repentance' is a grace. Some people preach it as a condition of salvation. Condition of nonsense! There are no conditions of salvation. God gives the salvation himself...” —Pastor Charles Spurgeon
SOURCE: https://www.spurgeon.org/resource-library/sermons/the-repentance-unto-life (Charles Spurgeon, from a sermon titled, REPENTANCE UNTO LIFE, preached at the New Park Street Chapel, Southwark, on September 23, 1855)
Charles Spurgeon is absolutely right—THERE ARE NO CONDITIONS OF SALVATION! Simply BELIEVE the 'GOOD NEWS' and be saved!
All Of Grace (an awesome .PDF book by Pastor Charles H. Spurgeon)
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“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.”