More Junk Theology From PGM Shackling Men's Souls
by David J. Stewart | September 2020
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.”
I woke up at 2:30 am and couldn't sleep, so I listened to Unshackled—the radio drama program that is supposed to make me face myself and think. Their corrupt theology makes my brain hurt! I heard some more junk theology this morning from Pacific Garden Mission's popular radio program, Unshackled. This is so sad and tragic. The Devil's lie of Lordship Salvation has crept into thousands of churches, Bible colleges and religious institutions today, including rescue missions like the Pacific Garden Mission in Chicago. That is not the same Gospel which Director Harry Saulnier (1902-1990) preached decades ago. My father often preached at PGM in the 1970's and 1980's, with me tagging along as a boy. I know what they taught back then, and it wasn't the garbage they're preaching today! They use to preach free grace theology—that faith alone in Jesus Christ was enough to be saved.
In the following heretical episode of Unshackled, you'll hear a horrible false gospel. Program #3632 - The Story Of George Gray - Aired in 2020 (here is the transcript beginning at 19:06 time in the program):
Pastor Anderson: “But I do think there's a difference between knowing about God, and knowing God.”
George Gray: “Sure, Sure, what would you say is the difference?”
Pastor Anderson: “We begin a relationship with God, when we receive the great gift of His love, and we commit to following Him.”
George Gray: “And so, how do you, how would one, do that?”
Pastor Anderson: “Well, it begins by just admitting that one is a sinner, like we all are, but you believe that Jesus died to save us from those sins, and you choose to follow Him and live for Him for the rest of your life.”
George Gray: “Huh, well, that's good to know, for people who are ready to take that step.”
George Gray: “People like me. Later that night in my living room, I repented of my sinful life, and trusted Jesus to save me.” [emphasis added]
SOURCE: Unshackled Program #3632 - George Gray
Dear reader, what you've just read is not the Gospel, it is a gross perversion of grace. You cannot show me anywhere in the Bible that says we get saved by “beginning a relationship with God,” nor by “receiving the great gift of His love.” What does that even mean? This is liberal theology, rightly termed: “JUNK THEOLOGY”!!! Even the demons have a relationship with God as their Creator (James 2:19). All men have a relationship with God as their Creator (Romans 1:20b, “when they knew God”). Judas had a very close relationship with Jesus, one of His very apostles. Judas went to Hell forever!
You cannot show me anywhere in the Bible that says a person must commit their life to follow Christ to be saved. Judas followed Christ, but still died in his sins and went to Hell. Matthew 8:1, “When he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him.” As we can see, following Jesus Christ is NOT the way of salvation. Judas followed Him. Multitudes followed Him. Yet none of them were saved because they followed Christ. Let's see how Unshackled's plan of salvation matches up to the Bible's plan of salvation...
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:”
Pacific Garden Mission says in this Unshackled radio program, that you must “choose to follow Him and live for Him for the rest of your life.” I triple dog dare you to show me that garbage in the King James Bible! You cannot my friend. Eternal life is a free gift, that you instantaneously accept, and nothing further is required of you (Romans 6:23). What Pacific Garden Mission is horribly doing is turning the new birth into a process, so that a person can never truly KNOW they are saved, unless they commit to continue living a lifestyle of repenting from sin. This is the same Satanic garbage that Evangelist Ray Comfort teaches! This is the same garbage preached at the ungodly Harvest Baptist Church cult on Guam, who have wickedly persecuted me since 2014 for my fundamentalist faith.
You don't have to live a certain way, turning away from a lifestyle of sin, to be saved. Pastor Marty Herron tragically preaches this damnable heresy! When I confronted him in 2014 about his teaching this doctrine of devils, he wickedly drove me out of Harvest Baptist Church on Guam. When I needed a church to attend and begged for Harvest's love and help in 2017, they cruelly told me to go away. This is a fake church, a religious cult, and not a Biblical New Testament church. In my humble opinion, because of the conflict in the church caused by the pastors' departure from the Christian faith, they resigned and fled the chicken coupe. I know that I did the right thing to contend for the faith (Jude 1:3), but those men (Marty Herron, Joe Hansen, Jared Baldwin and others, are cursed by God for preaching another gospel). God will be their Judge for the blood on their hands (Romans 3:4). This is a serious matter. Men's souls are at stake.
Ironically, at the beginning of the excerpt I've provided, they condemn themselves (beginning at 18:18 in the audio program):
George Gray: “I love how you said, what was it—you held up the Bible and said: If I tell you something that differs from this book, then believe the Book!”
Pastor Anderson: “Very good, you were listening!”
Yeah, I was listening too, and I believe the Book, not the junk being preached by Pacific Garden Mission!!! Sadly, they've been infiltrated by yuppie neo-evangelicals. I was disgusted a few weeks ago to hear Pastor Phil Kidd deny the believer's Eternal Security. It doesn't surprise me, because Dr. Phil Kidd is featured on 'Unshackled', program #2119, so he has a vested interest in defending their ungodly heresy on salvation by partial faith in Christ plus works. This was the entire purpose for the Apostle Paul writing to the churches at Galatia—someone was messing with grace!!! Unshackled says to be saved you MUST, “choose to follow Him and live for Him for the rest of your life.” That is works!
If I have to live for Christ for the rest of my life, then that is not a free gift (Ephesians 2:8-9), it then becomes an award, and is no more grace (Romans 11:6). As shocking as what I just said is, you won't believe that Dr. Steve Pettit (president of Bob Jones University since 2014) preaches. Dr. Pettit says you must faithfully “run the race” to earn the “award” of Heaven (and he literally calls it that)...
“You can't just speak about getting saved, and you accepted Christ, and then that's it! There is a justification; There is a sanctification; There's ultimately a glorification, and though there are three parts, they are all part of the whole, and you cannot separate them. In order for you to qualify for the award, you have to get into the race, you have to stay in the race, and you have to finish the race. If you want to win, you have to run to the end; and winning in the Christian life is everything, because if you lose—if you don't finish—you lose everything—you lose your SOUL. And so, the Christian race is the life of faith that begins, is run, and is finished when we cross over into Heaven!” [emphasis added] —Dr. Steve Pettit (“What Does it mean To Run 'The Race'? - 11:34)
BLASPHEMY! What you just read is the Devil talking! Dear reader, you don't have to qualify for the award. Eternal life is not an award, it is a free gift, paid for by Jesus' precious blood through the cross of Calvary. Getting saved is not a race you must win. There is no competition! JESUS PAID IT ALL!!! Dr. Pettit heretically teaches:
“We run the race, we cross the finish line, and so what’s the prize? What is the award? Well, there are different viewpoints. Some would have the viewpoint that the awards are crowns in Heaven. But as I read the book of Hebrews and see the whole gist of the book and the flow of the book, I don’t believe its referring to crowns in Heaven. I think it is referring to Heaven itself.” [emphasis added] —Dr. Steve Pettit (“What Does It Mean To Run 'The Race'?” - 22:57)
Dr. Pettit is woefully ignorant of the Scriptures, failing to make a distinction between justification and sanctification. Pilgrim's Progress author John Bunyan (1628-1688) made this beautiful helpful quote:
“If you do not put a difference between justification wrought by the man Christ without and sanctification wrought by the Spirit of Christ within, you are not able to divide the Word aright; but contrariwise, you corrupt the Word of God, and cast stumbling blocks before the people.” [emphasis added] —Evangelist John Bunyan
That is Dr. Steve Pettit's problem theologically! He has been duped by Pastor John MacArthur's Calvinist teachings. They are buddies, bidding Godspeed to each other's corrupt ministries of darkness. Salvation begins with a new birth. That is justification, when God judicially declares a man completely justified from all things (Acts 13:39). Once justified, a person is forever cleansed in God's sight of their sins (past, present and future). That believe now has eternal life (which is 100% eternal security). Once saved, always saved. No saint of God, not for any reason whatsoever, can lose God's imputed righteousness, which is solely by faith (Philippians 3:9; Romans 10:3-4).
In this particular corrupt episode of Unshackled, program #3632, George Gray says: “I repented of my sinful life,” and trusted Jesus to save me.” That is a lie! Nowhere in the Bible are we commanded to repent of our sinful life to be saved. Anyone who teaches that you must “repent of your sins” to be saved is a FALSE PROPHET!!! Acts 20:21b teaches “repentance toward God,” not from sins. 2nd Timothy 2:25b teaches “repentance to the acknowledgement of THE TRUTH,” not from sins. Bible “repentance” regarding salvation is changing one's mind (Greek noun: metanoia; Greek verb: metanoeo) concerning THE TRUTH that you are a guilty sinner in need of redemption (Romans 3:19). And then we are saved by believing THE TRUTH of the Gospel (1st Corinthians 15:1-4). Getting saved never goes beyond the realm of THE TRUTH. You acknowledge THE TRUTH that you are a needy sinner, and you get saved by believing THE TRUTH that Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and bodily resurrected three days later.
Repentance and faith are inseparable, and they happen simultaneously. That is how you get saved, by faith alone! Galatians 3:26, “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.” When you tell people that they have to repent AND believe, you confuse them. A person doesn't need to repent AND believe, they just need to believe, which is automatically facilitated by repentance. If you know that you are a guilty sinner, and believe the Gospel, you are saved. You simply need to know what you are being saved from, the penalty of your sins, which is death in Hell forever (Revelation 20:11-15; 21:8; Psalm 9:17). Repentance is simply the acknowledgment of THE TRUTH that you are as guilty a sinner as God hath declared you to be in His Word, which compels you to believe THE TRUTH of the Gospel, and that produces the supernatural miracle of the new birth (John 1:12-13). This is regeneration by the Holy Spirit of God, giving birth to the seed of God's incorruptible Word in you, in response to your faith (1st Peter 1:23).
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