Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Swim At Your Own Risk

Proverbs 14:12, “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”

Guam is surrounded by beaches, nearly all of which have no lifeguard on duty. So instead you'll see signs posted that read, “SWIM AT YOUR OWN RISK!” Every year at least a dozen people drown in the ocean waters around Guam. Surprisingly, a few fishermen die each year, who grew up on Guam. The ocean can be unpredictable! 

I was thinking today about all the false prophets on the internet, particularly YouTube. Anybody and their dog can start a YouTube channel, and I welcome it if you are learned in the Scripture. Unfortunately, we've got heretics like Robert Breaker who teach that people were saved by works in the Old Testament under Mosaic law. You've got heretics like Renee Roland who deny the existence of an eternal burning Lake of Fire. Literally, these two individuals have thousands of fans on YouTube, both corrupt in their theology. I say that kindly, but truthfully. Right doctrine matters!

People literally get angry in defense of Renee, claiming that “she is preaching the Gospel.” Hey, she's a false teacher who denies the reality of eternal damnation in a burning Hell. She is corrupt! Anyone who denies the existence and justly deserved penalty of everlasting damnation is messed up in their mind! I've read numerous comments where her fans say “Hell is not a fundamental doctrine” of the Christian faith. You've got a hole in your head fella! Of course Hell is a fundamental doctrine of the faith. What do you think God saves us from?

I was eternally saved at age 13. I have never once in my lifetime questioned whether or not I deserve to burn in Hell forever, because that is what the inspired Word of God teaches (Romans 6:23; Revelation 21:8; 20:11-15). Something is very wrong with a professed Christian who doesn't think anyone deserves to burn in Hell forever! Swim at your own risk on YouTube folks! Just because someone has a YouTube channel doesn't mean you should follow them! Perhaps someone defends Renee, making the excuse that, “If men would preach nowadays, then women wouldn't have to! Well, that is a lame excuse, because MEN ARE PREACHING THE TRUTH! You've got Pastor Ralph "Yankee" Arnold preaching on YouTube! You've got Pastor Danny Castle preaching on YouTube! You've got sermons by Pastor Jack Hyles, Dr. Bob Gray Sr., Brother Lester Roloff and countless other excellent fundamental Bible preachers online! 

So why do people end up at Joe Peabody's YouTube channel? It is because people don't want to hear the truth from a pastor, they want to hear a rebellious woman preacher instead. They want to hear some guy who has a chalkboard and some markers, who wrestles the Bible and falsely predicted the Rapture three years in a row. I'm talking about Robert Breaker! It doesn't matter what I say, because you're going to do what you want anyway, but you are SWIMMING AT YOUR OWN RISK! I wouldn't listen to anything Renee Roland has to say, because she denies the reality of Hell. She is very clever and deceitful. She openly defends herself by claiming that she doesn't deny the existence of Hell, but then claims that based on her understanding of the Bible that Hell doesn't exist. Say what? 

I have read hundreds of comments from Miss Roland's YouTube followers, and many of them saying things like: “I also have thought about these things, and I don't believe God would punish somebody in Hell forever either!” Despite what Renee claims, she has an army of Hell-deniers following her on YouTube. Folks, why would you need a Savior if there is no eternal punishment in Hell? If we all die and cease to exist someday, that is not anything to be feared. I am not trying to be unkind, I am simply warning everybody not to follow these heretics on YouTube. I highly encourage you to listen to a real man of God, like Pastor Ralph "Yankee" Arnold, who has been saved since 1960. 

Here are Dr. Arnold's daily radio programs, which I cherish! If you are going to spend precious time listening to someone preach the Word of God, why not listen to THE BEST? Do you like eating out of the spiritual dumpster on YouTube? Do you like Robert Breaker's moldy theology? Do you enjoy eating Renee Roland's maggot-infested meals? I am tired of hearing people defend people like Renee, saying that she preaches the Gospel. Well, so does Pastor Danny Castle, but he believes in a literal place called Hell, so why don't you listen to him instead. That is all I am saying. My heart desire's for my web visitors, is for you to stop listening to well-meaning wannabe theologians who butcher the Bible. I'll be honest, much of the stuff I preach I get from Pastor Danny Castle, Dr. Jack Hyles, Pastor Yankee Arnold, Pastor Jeff Owens, Dr. Bob Gray Sr., Evangelist Lester Roloff and other dear saints of God. Right doctrine matters! I mean, why eat toxic artificial sweetener when you can eat real sugar cane?

Now having said all that, I am a hypocrite of the worst sort, because I promote Pastor Steven Anderson, who teaches that Jesus burned in Hell for three days, which is blatant heresy. The Savior plainly told the repentant thief on the cross, “To day shalt thou be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:43). Unless you think paradise is a place of fire and damnation, we have a big conflict here. I love Brother Anderson, and I have learned much Bible from him, but I strongly disagree with him on a few minor issues. I am a firm believer in a pretribulation Rapture, but Pastor Anderson teaches that Jesus' Second Coming is the Rapture. I find it difficult to accept that ANY preacher could follow that line of thinking. 

I also disagree with Pastor Anderson that praying a prayer is the Biblical “method” to be saved. That is simply untrue. Brother Anderson is correct on the Gospel, he just thinks that prayer is the Bible way to come to Christ. I did hear him say that a person CAN be saved without praying a prayer. So that is important to point out. I totally disagree with the assertion that prayer was the Bible method of getting saved. It was that unbiblical requirement to pray that confused me for seven miserable years, after I got saved at age 13. Had I know that believing in my soul was all that was required, it would have spared me much pain and grief of spirit, wondering if I didn't pray right. I believed that Christ died for my sins, was buried, and resurrected three days later. I fully believed all that. I just thought the way you came to Christ was by praying. So to hear Pastor Anderson teach that heresy breaks my heart. I love something that I read by Dr. Bob Jones Sr. (1883-1968)...
“'Pray to be saved. Ask the Lord to save you.' This is what I heard a minister say to a convicted sinner who came forward for prayer at the close of an evangelistic service. Nowhere in the Bible are men told to pray to be saved. There are examples where men did pray and were saved. Men are told to repent, to believe, to obey the Gospel, but the Bible never says to pray for salvation. It does say that whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved, but nowhere does the Bible command men to pray to be saved. I think I know why, God, who made the human heart, knew that it was not necessary to tell convicted sinners to pray. If a sinner can see Jesus Christ on the cross, it is as natural for him to pray as it is for birds to sing or flowers to bloom. 'Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.'” —Dr. Bob Jones Sr., “Comments On Here And Hereafter,” chapter: Prayer And Praise, page 163; Bob Jones University Press, Inc., © 1942
Amen, that is great stuff! Dr. Jones is absolutely right!!! Believing the Gospel from the heart is the “method” taught in the Gospel of John and Romans 10:9-10.

I also respectfully disagree with Brother Anderson concerning a young earth. I believe the earth is billions of years old, even though human civilization has only been here for 6,000 years, since God remodeled the world in the 6 days of creation. No two preachers agree on everything, so I speak with caution and love. I simply wrote this article to warn my web visitors against following somebody just because they seem to be correct on the Gospel. If someone like Renee Roland denies the existence of Hell, I would avoid them. Ultimately you have to SWIM AT YOUR OWN RISK!!! Be careful where you enter into the water, because you may not come out!!! Matthew 4:11, “And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.

A Believer Won't Always Show Fruit of Salvation

Galatians 3:2-3, “This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?

The apostle Paul wrote to the church at Galatia, frustrated and astonished (Galatians 1:6-9) that they had been deceived by another gospel of partial faith in Christ plus works. Paul only wanted to know one thing in Galatians 3:2—How did you get saved? Paul wanted to know how they were indwelt by the Holy Spirit (which every believer has - Romans 8:9). Paul asked them—Did you get saved by doing works?, or did you get saved by believing the Gospel when you heard it preached? Works or grace? It's as simple as that. What most false teachers will tell you is that salvation is by grace, but you still have to have works to prove you're really saved! That is of the Devil folks. You are saved on the basis of God's grace alone, and nothing else is required to obtain, maintain or prove you're saved!!!

The following is a very helpful article defending salvation by grace, authored by Pastor Matt Costella. The article is titled: “THE REALITY OF A BELIEVER'S WAYWARD WALK.” This quote is from from 'Foundation' magazine, Issue 3, 2019:
The teaching that a true believer will always show visible fruit in his or her life or that no such thing as a carnal Christian (or lukewarm Christian) exists is completely contrary to Scripture, and yet this teaching seems to be increasingly prominent among evangelical and fundamentalist Christians. Many believers today have a desire to judge the reality of their own salvation or that of others on the basis of their outward walk and witness—or lack thereof. Yet the idea that a believer needs to examine his actions (or others’) to determine whether or not one is truly saved is unscriptural. The implication of this kind of theology is that salvation is only genuine through saving faith plus certain subsequent works or behavior—visible actions that can be quantified and observed by others. Those who embrace this teaching either ignore or reject the reality of positional/progressive/perfective sanctification. 
The Word of God is unequivocal with regard to justification: A sinner is justified solely through the grace (unmerited favor) of God as one recognizes his sinfulness and inability to save himself and trusts in the person and work of Jesus Christ alone for his eternal salvation. This is not “easy believism”—this is saving faith. In other words, an individual repents (i.e. changes his mind concerning his lost state and ability to save himself) and places his faith (trust) in the person and cross-work of Jesus Christ alone to save him. While justification is a one-time event,  Christian growth (progressive sanctification) is a life-long process that is unique to every individual. We see this reality throughout the Scriptures. ... 
In the New Testament, one can find the same sad reality in the church—those who are truly part of the body of Christ through faith alone in the person and work of Jesus Christ but who often go their own way and live for “self” rather than for their Savior. First Corinthians 2:14-3:3 describes three categories of people: 
While the natural man is totally incapable of walking with God, the justified believer who has trusted Jesus Christ as his Savior can choose to walk according to the Spirit (the spiritual believer) or according to the flesh (the carnal believer). Should a Christian choose to walk according to the desires of the flesh, then he will fail to bear the fruit of the Spirit and will, instead, bear the fruit of the flesh. This individual is described as one who is “grieving” (Eph. 4:30) or “quenching” (1 Thess. 5:19) the indwelling Holy Spirit—something only a true Christian could do. Yes, it is wholly possible for a believer to grieve and quench the Holy Spirit through his errant beliefs or behavior.
The Natural Man—an individual who does not have the Spirit of God within. In other words, this person is “unsaved” or “unregenerate.” He cannot understand the Word of God due to his lack of the indwelling Holy Spirit, and no “good works” are truly “good” as they are motivated by altruism rather than God’s glory and, in reality, are nothing more than “filthy rags” that he tries to pass off as “righteousness” (Isa. 64:6). 
The Spiritual Man—a believer who possesses the Holy Spirit and is yielding to the Spirit rather than to the flesh. This individual is “abiding in Christ” and is truly walking as a disciple (follower) of Christ. As he is enjoying fellowship with the Lord, the Holy Spirit produces the fruit of the Spirit in his life for God’s glory.
The Carnal Man—a believer who possesses the indwelling Holy Spirit but is choosing to live according to the desires and dictates of the flesh rather than the Spirit. Failing to abide in Christ, this individual is more concerned with “self” (in an ungodly, worldly sense or even in a pious, self-righteous sense—either way, his focus is inward rather than God-ward).
Just because the Bible teaches that it is possible for a believer to live in carnality does not mean this behavior is acceptable to God. What is Paul’s answer to this? “Should we continue in sin that grace may abound. God forbid!” The answer to the quandary of the wayward believer is not to deny the reality of a carnal Christian or deny the reality of eternal security. The answer is to “know … reckon … yield” (Rom. 6)—to know who we now are in Christ, to reckon ourselves dead to sin and alive to God, and to yield ourselves to the control of the Holy Spirit. In other words, we are to seek to grow and mature in the Christian life and move forward rather than continually questioning the assurance of our salvation due to a focus that is stuck on self rather than on Jesus Christ and His perfect work. 
God’s Word is unequivocal concerning the serious consequences of a wayward walk (a carnal lifestyle). The carnal Christian will experience a lack of fellowship with the Savior, the chastening hand of God, and an incalculable loss of reward at the Judgment Seat of Christ. The apostle Paul says that at the Judgment Seat a believer can even claim to have done a variety of good works, but if they were accomplished apart from the Spirit’s enabling (through self-effort) or for the wrong reasons, then such works will be burned up. “If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss” (1 Cor. 3:15a). Nevertheless, the carnal-but-justified saint is still saved: “But he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire” (1 Cor. 3:15b). He adds in 2 Corinthians 5:10: “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.” Interestingly, the primary Scripture texts detailing the Judgment Seat of Christ were written to the carnal Corinthian saints. 
It is vitally important for all believers to continually examine themselves to see whether they are abiding in Christ or, conversely, walking according to the flesh. Again, the apostle Paul instructs the Corinthian saints, “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” (2 Cor. 13:5). He adds, “And this also we wish, even your perfection” (2 Cor. 13:9). Paul did not question the salvation of these carnal Christians; rather, he encouraged them to personally and honestly determine whether or not their walk was consistent with their profession of faith. Had these Corinthians tried to verify their salvation according to their works or behavior, likely not one of them could have claimed to be saved. Rather, those who had trusted in Jesus Christ alone for salvation were to move on to “perfection,” or spiritual maturity. Because “Jesus Christ is in [them]” (2 Cor. 13:5), they needed to abide in Him and allow the Holy Spirit to produce His fruit in their lives. 
It is unbiblical to assert that a believer should look at his or her life in order to determine whether or not one is truly saved. The one and only “test” that determines whether one has been justified before God is this: Have I trusted in Jesus Christ alone, who died for my sin and rose again, to be my Savior? The focus is not upon what we do for God but on what He did for us.  
The bottom line is this: The child of God may or may not be walking in proper fellowship with God. Keep in mind—the whole purpose of the New Testament epistles is to lay down correct doctrine that is intended to lead to correct behavior. The problem is that all believers continue to struggle with the flesh, and we will have this battle until we receive our glorified bodies. Even the apostle Paul wrestled with the flesh and concluded that victory comes only through the indwelling Holy Spirit as the believer yields himself to the Spirit’s control (Rom. 7:15-8:1). 
So often, believers want to judge their salvation (or another’s) based upon what they can—or cannot—visibly see. Let us focus on declaring the one, pure gospel and refrain from being the “judge and jury” as to another individual’s relationship with the Lord. Let us be careful not to devise a “works” theology of salvation—a false gospel that makes behavior, works, or “lordship” the litmus test for salvation—in an effort to address the problem of carnal Christians. Rather, let us boldly continue to proclaim the glorious gospel of grace. Likewise, let us stress the importance of spiritual growth and the biblical consequences of carnal living as we, with all longsuffering, endeavor to help and disciple wayward believers who are struggling with the desires of the flesh. And finally, “let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for He is faithful that promised;)” (Heb. 10:23)—praise God, He is faithful, even when we are not! 
SOURCE: Pastor Matt Costella, “THE REALITY OF A BELIEVER'S WAYWARD WALK”;  'Foundation' magazine, Issue 3, 2019.
I encourage you to read the full article. The only type of life which God offers is 'Eternal Life,' and it is completely FREE! Romans 4:6 says salvation is “without works.” Lordship Salvation requires works. Dr. Steve Pettit, president of Bob Jones University, requires works to be saved. Read for yourself! Bob Jones University requires you to turn away from your sins to be saved! Pastor Costella is so right—“It is unbiblical to assert that a believer should look at his or her life in order to determine whether or not one is truly saved. The one and only “test” that determines whether one has been justified before God is this: Have I trusted in Jesus Christ alone, who died for my sin and rose again, to be my Savior? The focus is not upon what we do for God but on what He did for us.”
“A man doesn't get better to get saved; he gets saved to get better.” —Pastor Curtis Hutson (1934-1995), “Salvation Crystal Clear.”

Monday, June 29, 2020

The Folly Of Turning From Sins To Be Saved

Mark 10:17-21, “And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life? And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God. Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother. And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth. Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.”

Our text passage is about “The Rich Young Ruler And Jesus.” This young man came to Jesus, literally running after Him. The young man kneeled before the Lord, recognizing Him as Good Master, but not God and Savior. That is why in this particular passage the Bible doesn't say he worshipped Jesus, as in most other passages (cf. Matthew 8:2). The young man was wealthy. Since his youth he had tried to keep the deeds of the law of God. Now he comes to Jesus, asking: “What shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?” 

Many preachers interpret this passage wrongly, saying that Jesus was telling the young man to forsake his sins to be saved. Literally, that is what Billy Graham, Ray Comfort and John MacArthur all errantly teach concerning this passage. Jesus wasn't giving this young man a plan of salvation; but rather, He was using the law as it was intended to be used, as a measuring stick to compare one's self to (Romans 3:19-20). The law shows humanity that we are guilty sinners, incapable of saving ourselves, in need of the sinless Savior (Galatians 3:24-26). The young man was stuck on the law, bragging that he had kept all God's commandments since his youth. Jesus reminds him that he is still covetous, and in fact HASN'T perfectly kept the law. In great sorrow the young man left, because he owned many riches, and Jesus told him to sell all that he possessed, and give it to the poor. 

Let's imagine for a moment shall we? What would Ray Comfort have advised that young man? How would Ray have answered the same question: “What shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?” We don't have to guess, here are Mr. Comfort's own words:
“So man, think about that. this is your eternity, you don't know when you're going to die. You know, God offers you everlasting life as a free gift, if you'll let go of your sins. And we love to fornicate, we love pornography, we love our lust; but like a kid holding onto a stick of dynamite, not realizing that it will be the death of us! So think about that. Think how much you value your eyes, and think about how much you value your life. Jesus said, 'What shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his own soul.” —Evangelist Ray Comfort, YouTube video titled: “Ray Comfort Doesn't Share the Gospel with Him...” (video posted on May 31, 2020)
This exposes Evangelist Ray Comfort's counterfeit gospel. According to the Bible, you must be absolutely 100% perfect to enter into Heaven. Ray Comfort teaches that to be saved you must forsake (let go) of a lifestyle of sin. We can only logically conclude that Ray would have told the rich young ruler to forsake all his wealth. But wait a big minute! Ray Comfort's Living Waters ministry took in $3,314,483 in 2018, with Ray Comfort as the CEO paying himself a staggering $131,106. At what point does one's personal wealth become the sin of covetousness? Ken Ham is another religious Snake-oil salesman, who took in $34,739,452 in 2018, paying himself a sickening $234,754. These are ungodly religious conmen who exploit Christianity to make a buck! They both teach the damnable heresy of Lordship Salvation, just like John MacArthur, who has a net worth of $14,000,000. These hypocrites tell everybody to “FORSAKE YOUR SINS to be saved, while they define the sin of covetousness!!! The Bible warns saints in 1st Timothy 6:10 against THE LOVE OF MONEY!

There is no commandment from God in the Bible to “turn from your sins” or “repent of your sins” or “let go of your sins” regarding salvation. Folks, it is simply not possible! God’s requirement to get to Heaven is total perfection! Adding human effort perverts the Gospel into another gospel (Galatians 1:6-9). Even the best Christian is still a horrible sinner! You may live above reproach, but NO ONE can live above sin! No one!!! 1st Timothy 5:24, “Some men's sins are open beforehand, going before to judgment; and some men they follow after.” Please don't miss that important Bible verse! Everyone is a woeful sinner, the only difference is some men's sins are OPEN BEFOREHAND, and other men's sins FOLLOW AFTER them to eternity to the Judgment Seat Of Christ (2nd Corinthians 5:9-11; 1st Corinthians 3:11-15; 1st Thessalonians 4:6; Romans 14:10-12). 

In 1st John 1:8, the Apostle John said, If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.If a Christian must make an effort to forsake their sinning, then how can we ever really know that we are saved? How can we know if we've done enough to please God? At one level of sinning are we in danger of not being saved anymore, or proving that we never were saved? According to heretic Dr. Steve Pettit (president of Bob Jones University since 2014), you cannot KNOW you are truly saved until you finally cross the finish-line in Heaven. That is a counterfeit gospel of works! Pettit states:
“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!” —Dr. Steve Pettit (“What Does It Mean To Run 'The Race'?” - 11:34)
I have received countless emails from people who were emotionally devastated, incessantly worried and confused, afraid of going to Hell because they could not forsake their sinning. They even mention that Ray Comfort, Paul Washer and John MacArthur did this to them! God's curse is upon the Steve Pettits of this world, who ROB people of their faith as Dr. Bob Jones Sr. (1883-1968) warned:
“He [Jude] said, well it was 'needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith, which once for all [was] delivered unto the saints.'
Now wait a minute, you've got something worth contending for! Isn't it strange that something so valuable and so wonderful as saving faith is something we that have to be exhorted to contend for? Why, if you had a diamond worth $5,000 you wouldn't leave it just lying around anywhere. If you had $1,000,000 in gold, you'd go put it in a vault. [If] Anybody tried to get it, you'd fight to keep them from gettin' it. And we just sit down and just let people steal the faith that Christians have, and never bother about it. Some of us pay 'em to do that! Some of us pay preachers to stand in the pulpit and steal the faith of the saints of God, and send our children to Hell. The most crooked crook on God Almighty's earth is a preacher who stands in a Trinitarian pulpit, and steals the faith of people!
You know I've said it many a time; if I was up in Heaven, fifty years from now (and the Lord tarried), and any religious liberal ever sat in a classroom in this institution, and tried to disseminate his infidelity, I'd ask God Almighty to excuse me for a little while, and I'd come back down to this school and get a stick of dynamite, and I'd blow it into smithereens! I'd rather see this school a heap of rubbish, just a little rubbish here and a little rubbish yonder, than see the time ever come we could be such softies, we'll sit down and let the Devil put his modernists and religious liberals in here to rob them of the faith. And yet that things going on in America, from one end of this country to the other!” —Dr. Bob Jones Sr.; YouTube | MP4 | MP3
As you just read, Dr. Bob Jones Sr. said he would rather see Bob Jones University (BJU) destroyed, than to let modernists and religious liberals (like Steve Pettit) corrupt one student with infidelity that robs them of their faith! Professed Christians nowadays are so deceived by the Devil, that they even pay infidels to destroy the faith of young people in the Word of God and the Gospel of free grace! Bob Jones University sells, sanctions and uses multiple Bible revisions! They sanction the Devil's corrupt Alexandrian manuscripts! BJU horribly betrays the inspired Word of God. Sadly, Bob Jones University has been going downhill in spiritual deterioration for decades, hobnobbing with ungodly neo-evangelicals. They've been infected with ecumenism, Lordship Salvation, Calvinism, John MacArthur and corruptible seed at Bob Jones University!

It is impossible to fully turn from your sins, or to turn from sinning. The Gospel has nothing to do with “turning from your sins” to be saved. Eternal life is the free gift of God, paid for by Jesus' precious blood. The Gospel is placing your faith in Jesus Christ alone, for what He did for you on the cross—He died for your sins and mine, and did what you cannot do for yourself. Jesus paid a debt He did not owe, because we owed a debt we could not pay. If we died for our sins, we would end up in Hell forever. Jesus was buried, and three days later He physically resurrected from the dead for our justification (i.e., for the justification of our faith in Him as our Savior).

The Rich Young Ruler's problem was that he was self-righteous. The solution wasn't (as Ray Comfort teaches) for him to “forsake his sins”; but rather, to forsake his “DEAD WORKS” (Hebrews 6:1) and rest completely in the finished work of Jesus Christ! Hebrews 4:9-11, “There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. 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.You get saved simply by ceasing from your own efforts, and trusting what Christ did to pay for your sins through the cross of Calvary. Simply rest wholly in Jesus' name!


Acts 13:39, “And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.”

Beware Of The False Gospel Of Matthew Henry

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.”

I am saddened as I read online about preachers, both past and present, who are wrong on the Gospel. It is tragic that so many professed Christians today, particularly my own independent fundamental Baptist denomination, are indifferent toward heresy. I have met countless Baptist pastors who have a lackadaisical attitude toward heretics. Matthew Henry (1662-1714) is one of them! He was a non-conformist minister, who died at age 51. Matthew Henry is famous for writing the “Matthew Henry's Commentary On The Whole Bible” (completed in 1706).

In his commentary, Matthew Henry heretically teaches that water baptism is necessary for salvation (aka, Baptismal Regeneration), and he also endorses the sinful practice of baptizing babies (aka, Infant Baptism)...
The baptismal covenant, made and kept, will certainly save us. Washing is the visible sign; this is the thing signified.II. The apostle shows that the efficacy of baptism to salvation depends not upon the work done, but upon the resurrection of Christ, which supposes his death, and is the foundation of our faith and hope, to which we are rendered conformable by dying to sin, and rising again to holiness and newness of life. Learn, 1. the sacrament of baptism, rightly received, is a means and a pledge of salvation. Baptism now saveth us. God is pleased to convey his blessings to us in and by his ordinances, Acts. 2:38 Acts. 22:16 . 2. The external participation of baptism will save no man without an answerable good conscience and conversation. There must be the answer of a good conscience towards God.—Obj. Infants cannot make such an answer, and therefore ought not to be baptized.—Answer, the true circumcision was that of the heart and of the spirit (Rom. 2:29 ), which children were no more capable of then than our infants are capable of making this answer now; yet they were allowed circumcision at eight days old. The infants of the Christian church therefore may be admitted to the ordinance with as much reason as the infants of the Jewish, unless they are barred from it by some express prohibition of Christ. [emphasis added]
https://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/matthew-henry-complete/1-peter/3.html
Pastor Henry also gets John chapter three wrong, teaching that water baptism is alluded to by Jesus for salvation. Matthew Henry was an unsaved reprobate, a religious man that was never born-again. No one who thinks water baptism is necessary to get to Heaven is saved, because they clearly don't understand THE GOSPEL...
The regenerating work of the Spirit is compared to water, v. 5. To be born again is to be born of water and of the Spirit, that is, of the Spirit working like water, as (Mt. 3:11 ) with the Holy Ghost and with fire means with the Holy Ghost as with fire. 1. That which is primarily intended here is to show that the Spirit, in sanctifying a soul, (1.) Cleanses and purifies it as water, takes away its filth, by which it was unfit for the kingdom of God. It is the washing of regeneration, Tit. 3:5 . You are washed, 1 Co. 6:11 . See Eze. 36:25 . (2.) Cools and refreshes it, as water does the hunted hart and the weary traveller. The Spirit is compared to water, ch. 7:38, ch. 7:39 ; Isa. 44:3 . In the first creation, the fruits of heaven were born of water (Gen. 1:20 ), in allusion to which, perhaps, they that are born from above are said to be born of water. It is probable that Christ had an eye to the ordinance of baptism, which John had used and he himself had begun to use, "You must be born again of the Spirit,’’ which regeneration by the Spirit should be signified by washing with water, as the visible sign of that spiritual grace: not that all they, and they only, that are baptized, are saved; but without that new birth which is wrought by the Spirit, and signified by baptism, none shall be looked upon as the protected privileged subjects of the kingdom of heaven. [emphasis added]
https://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/matthew-henry-complete/john/3.html
That is junk theology! Water baptism is one's public profession of faith, not the signifying validation of one's saving-faith in Christ! Jesus was NOT alluding to the ordinance of baptism, which is made very clear in the next couple verses:
John 3:5-6, “Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
Jesus is comparing the physical birth by water, with the spiritual birth in the Holy Spirit. A child develops and is carried for 9 months in its mother's Water Bag. Until a child is born, it lives in water. Jesus plainly refers to this physical birth in water as “THE FLESH.” That which is born of THE FLESH is FLESH! This is what the Lord meant by “WATER” in this Scripture passage, and not water baptism. There is not even the slightest indication that “Christ had an eye to the ordinance of baptism, as Matthew Henry falsely claims! The Lord is simply contrasting the first birth by the FLESH, to the second birth by the SPIRIT. I don's see how anyone could conclude any other interpretation, unless they held ideas that were influenced by religious predispositions. 

Dear reader, I challenge you to be objective when reading the opinions of any human being. Only the inspired incorruptible Word of God is without error! You can completely trust your inspired King James Bible!!! I am not saying that Matthew Henry wasn't a brilliant man. Clearly, he was a highly educated man, and a highly respected theologian among his ecclesiastical peers of the day. Unfortunately, Henry wasn't very learned in THE TRUTH! Bible commentaries often do a more harm than good, corrupting men's minds from the simplicity that is in Christ!

A demon's favorite activity is making unsaved religious people feel comfortable. Satan's greatest weapon is to con people into living the Christian life without ever getting born again. Religion cannot save you. You cannot save yourself. Baptism cannot save you. Good deeds cannot save you. Church membership cannot save you. Only faith in the finished redemptive work of Jesus Christ, apart from all human effort, can save someone! Christ died on the cross for our sins. He was buried. Three days later He resurrected physically from the dead, and was seen by over 500 believers at one time (1st Corinthians 15:1-6). 

Nowhere are we commanded in the Scripture to get water baptized to complete, validate, facilitate, nor accommodate our faith unto salvation. Adding anything to faith alone is another gospel. Our text passage from Galatians 1:7-8 warns that God's curse is upon anyone who preaches “ANOTHER GOSPEL.” Getting baptized feels religious! Turning from one's sinful ways feels religious! Following Jesus as your Lord feels religious! Yet, none of these things is what God requires of a person to be saved. Eternal life is the free gift of almighty God (Romans 5:15-18; 6:23), freely given in response to one's childlike faith in the blessed Savior. Believe dear friend, and you will immediately become a a child of God. Galatians 3:26, “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

Why The Rapture Is Not Christ's Second Coming

Titus 2:13, “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;”

If you believe in a PREWRATH Rapture, you are LOOKING FOR THE ANTICHRIST!

There is a popular heresy today known as a “PreWrath Rapture.” Effectively, this doctrine DENIES THE RAPTURE altogether! Respectfully, Pastor Steven Anderson of the Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe, Arizona, sarcastically refutes the idea of “a secret Rapture.” Sadly, Pastor Anderson DENIES THE RAPTURE DOCTRINE entirely, he states:
“The Bible's real clear on what the coming of the Lord Jesus is—It is the Rapture! It is the trumpet sounding; It is us being caught up together with Him in the clouds. There are people out there who will tell you, that the Rapture and the Second Coming are two different things. We'll, either those people can't count; or they're basically just repeating what man has taught them instead of reading the Bible and seeing what God has taught them.” —Pastor Steven Anderson; a quote from the YouTube video: “The Rapture = The Second Coming” (an excerpt from 1 Corinthians 1)
I humbly disagree! I love Brother Anderson and support his ministry, family and him personally. I love the guy, but I think he is very wrong on this vital doctrine! I love a guy who has fire in his soul while preaching! Brother Hyles used to say: I'd rather see a guy with wild fire than no fire! Amen! Our text Bible verse from Titus 2:13 commands every saint to LOOK FOR OUR SAVIOR'S APPEARING! Well if the antichrist must appear first, then why would we look for our Savior? There's nothing to look for! Why would I hope, wait and look for Jesus, when I know He cannot come? Kindly, pastor Anderson errantly believes that Christ's Second Coming IS THE RAPTURE, so he says:
The Rapture simply cannot happen at any moment!” —Pastor Steven L. Anderson; 'After the Tribulation: The PreTribulation Rapture Fraud Exposed' (01:27:04 video)
If that be true, then what would be the purpose of LOOKING FOR THE GREAT GOD AND OUR SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST? If Jesus cannot return until the Man of Sin (The Antichrist) first comes, then perhaps we should be looking for the Man of Sin instead! Does that make any sense? For Titus 2:13 to make sense, Christ must return FIRST, which is the PreTribulation Rapture.

May I say, kindly, it makes absolutely no sense for the Rapture and the Second Coming to be the SAME event. Why would the saints be “CAUGHT UP” (1st Thessalonians 4:17b) into the air by the Lord, at the same time “the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, To execute judgment upon all” upon the earth (Jude 1:14-15a). Those two events conflict with one another. If these events are one and the same, then where does the Judgment Seat Of Christ fit in? When does the Marriage Supper Of The Lamb happen? If the inspired Holy Bible is taken at face value, you can only conclude a Pretribulation Rapture.


1st Corinthians 15:52, “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Death Is A Joyous Occasion For The Saint Of God

1st Thessalonians 4:13-17, “But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

What a beautiful passage of Scripture! The inspired Word of God is teaching us as believers that death is not really death, and is an occasion to rejoice over for the Christian. When a loved one who has eternal life dies, they have simply changed their residency from earth to Heaven. 2nd Corinthians 5:8, “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.There is no such thing as Soul Sleep. The Bible says to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.There will be no break in consciousness when we die, because we have the eternal life. We don't HOPE one day to have eternal life; but rather, we have THE HOPE of eternal life! 

Life is predictably unpredictable! We've all known someone close to us, who died at an early age. My little brother, Paul Solomon Stewart (1971-1974) died of heart failure. He was only two weeks shy of his third birthday. I was only 7 years old. I remember my father on his knees praying in a room in our home, crying and saying, “Why God?” Life is not fair, but God is always fair. Luke 4:25-27, “But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land; But unto none of them was Elias sent, save unto Sarepta, a city of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow. And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian.” Only one widow received food. The others all went hungry, starving to death. Only one leper was healed. The others all suffered and died of their dreadful disease of leprosy. 

Why does our omnibenevolent (all loving), omniscient (all knowing), omnipotent (all powerful), omnisapient (all wise), and omnipresent (all present) God, let elderly people starve to death? Why does God allow lepers to suffer, not healing them when He could merely speak the word to heal them? The short and common theological answer is sin. Romans 5:12 teaches that when Adam sinned, he opened the floodgate of sin and DEATH upon the world. We all have to DIE a physical death at some point, because we are all SINNERS. No one can escape the physical DEATH. But thanks be to God, as the following Bible passage says, for the VICTORY THROUGH OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST!!! ...

1st Corinthians 15:55-57, “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” The sting of death is sin the Bible says, because if you DIE IN YOUR SINS without the Lord (John 8:24), you will spend eternity suffering in the fires of Hell (Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:12-15). Ah, but if you are a redeemed child of God, then you DIE IN THE LORD.” Revelation 14:13, “And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.” 

The Apostle Paul welcomed death, and so do I. Philippians 1:21, For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.I thank God for every bite I eat. I thank God that I can care for myself. I thank God for my soulwinning website ministry. I thank God for His blessings in my life; despite all the loss, pain, afflictions, frustrations, loneliness and miseries I have endured. Albeit, I would love to leave this world and go home to be with my God and Savior. Until that time I am going to preach the Gospel, to win as many souls to Jesus Christ as possible! Here is a video of Pastor Curtis Hutson singing, I'm On The Winning Side” at the 1994 Southwest Baptist Fellowship, while dying from prostate cancer (he died just months later). As born-again believers, we have the glorious hope of Heaven and a much better life!

The unsaved world has nothing to rejoice over when a loved one dies. My mother went to Heaven in 2001 and my father in 2010. I praise God they were saved! It is never easy to say goodbye to departed loves ones, especially if we don't get a chance to say goodbye. In 1st Thessalonians 4:14 we see the wonderful GospelFor if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.That is so beautiful! That is the simplicity of salvation. Anyone who believes that Jesus died on the cross, was buried and raised up the third day from the dead is saved (1st Corinthians 15:1-4). 

There is absolutely no reason for any child of God to fear dying. I do not fear death, but I would prefer not to die in a traumatic manner. I was horrified when I learned the tragic story of John Jones, a 26 year old married man with a daughter, who got stuck hundreds of feet underground in a cave. John was upside down, trapped by his rib cage that locked against the rocks. Rescuers tried to pull him backwards, from a narrow passage of rock called “The Birth Canal” at the Nutty Putty Cave in Utah. I cried as I watched various documentaries about the tragedy. Despite their valiant efforts, over a hundred rescuers could not get to him under hundreds of feet of solid rock. What a frightening way to day, trapped in claustrophobia. While trapped, John said: “I really, really, want to get out of here!”

John Jones died in the worst way imaginable, leaving behind a beautiful pregnant wife and daughter. Life is not fair! John was going to be a doctor. Sadly, John was a Mormon, which means he didn't go to Heaven according to the Bible. Kindly said, Mormons have another Jesus, another gospel, and another spirit (2nd Corinthians 11:3-4). That made the story sad indeed to learn about. If you have a loved one who has died, and they were saved, REJOICE with all your heart, because billions of people will spend eternity suffering in the torments of Hell. Mormonism requires turning from sins to get to Heaven, must like the proponents of Lordship Salvation errantly do, which is not the Gospel of free grace!

Psalms 116:15, “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.” I often think of this Bible verse. It matters not if someone is old or young, rich or poor, famous or infamous, free or bond, faithful or unfaithful—the death of every saint is precious to God, because another one of His children is coming home!!! The Bible speaks of “THE FAMILY IN HEAVEN.” Ephesians 3:14-15, “For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,For the born-again Christian, death simply means a homecoming! Jesus is precious!!!

Luciferians Are Behind The New World Order

Matthew 4:8-9, “Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.”

The following quote by retired Canadian Navy Commander William Guy Carr (1895-1959) is very eye-opening. Most students who are truth seekers in these Last Days, have been misled to go down a wrong trail, as Commander Carr explains below. (Note that W.R.M. refers to the 'World Revolutionary Movement,' i.e., the Illuminati and everyone working along with their agenda to create World Government, aka, a New World Order). They are commonly called Globalists today...
Those who direct the Luciferian conspiracy AT THE TOP have also encouraged and even financed anti-Semitism, and used it to serve their secret plans and diabolical ambitions. But they have also deceived Gentiles into serving their diabolical purposes in exactly the same way. It is utterly ludicrous to say the W.R.M. is a Jewish plot designed to give the Jews ultimate control of the world, because study of the Luciferian plot proves clearly that ALL forms of government and religion are to be destroyed in the final stage of the Luciferian conspiracy, so that when “No power or cunning can prevent us, we (the high priests of the Luciferian religion) shall crown our leader King-Despot of the entire world.”
According to the writings of those who have directed the Luciferian conspiracy, their purpose is to enslave ALL Lesser human beings absolutely, physically, mentally, and spiritually, and force them to accept the Luciferian ideology by application of Satanic despotism. This being a fact, those who claim that the W.R.M. is a Jewish, Roman Catholic, Communist, Nazi, Masonic, or any other kind of conspiracy, talk utter nonsense, because evidence in this book will PROVE HOW the conspirators intend to destroy all forms of government and religion. 
As far as our investigations have gone, the evidence indicates that those who have directed the Luciferian conspiracy secretly, have always masqueraded as champions of another established religion. We have the Luciferian who headed the Jewish Sanhedrin during Christ’s mission on earth; we have Weishaupt, who taught Canon Law by which the Christian missionary efforts were governed in his day; we have Albert Pike-who was head of the Masonic religion (for Masonry is a religion), in his day, etc., etc. GOD. 
SOURCE: Commander William Guy Carr; 'Satan: Prince Of This World,' p.16.

ABOVE: An actual photo of a United Nations meeting. Notice the 666!

Hence, the Jews are NOT the culprits behind the plot for a New World Order, they are 'Pawns In The Game' like everyone else playing along. If nothing else, please read the eye-opening INTRODUCTION to pawns In The Game. You won't regret it! Nor is it the Freemasons who are solely responsible for the New World Order. Nor is it the Roman Catholic Jesuits who are solely behind it all. The Luciferian elite of this world remain anonymous in hiding, avoiding spotlight attention from the mainstream newsmedia which would plunder their greatest advantage over humanity, which is their anonymity. The Devil's greatest advantage over mankind has always been convincing the world that he doesn't really exist!!!
Revelation 2:9, “I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.”
Revelation 17:18 identifies Israel as the WHORE in Revelation 17:3-5 as Israel, who shall be burned in Revelation 17:16, “And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.” This means the Gentile nations will trod down Jerusalem during the Tribulation. The average Christian today is woefully ignorant of the truth of how this world works. Many believers foolishly think that sticking within the realm of Bible knowledge is sufficient enough; however, it is such woefully naive believers who rush hook, line and sinker into the Devil's New World Order system.

I know many Baptist pastors who wholeheartedly support apostate Israel today, completely failing to realize (which they would know if they studied history) that the Illuminati created modern Israel for the sole purpose of bringing about World War III (as foretold by Illuminist Albert Pike before his death in 1891). The plot for World Government was planned centuries ago, evidenced by Adam Weishaupt's Illuminati scheme as outlined to his group in 1775. It is not a mere coincidence that the American Revolutionary War followed.

Pastors ought to be exposing present-day Israel for the cruel hoax upon the world that it is! Hosea 3:4-5 plainly evidences that God has not regathered Israel yet. Just as Abraham and Sarah sinfully took matters into their own hands, trying to force God to bless Ishmael instead of the son (Isaac) that God promised them; so also have Zionists today attempted to force Israel back into existence, but it is not God's timing. We know this because we are still living in the Times Of The Gentiles, in which Jerusalem shall be TRODDEN DOWN by the Gentiles until Christ returns after the 7-year Tribulation period. To elevate present-day unholy Jews and Marxist Israel as “The Master Race” is idolatry. So, please don't be dumb by naively supporting the Devil's New World Order!

By the way, now you understand why Satan has corrupted all of the modern Bible versions, so that he can destroy all existing religions. For the Antichrist to rise to ultimate power over the New World Order, all competition must be done away with. This is why all existing governments and religions must be destroyed. The average pastor today is woefully ignorant, irritatingly indifferent, and sinfully resentful of anyone who dares to enlighten him with THE TRUTH! I mainly wrote this article to focus upon the truth that the New World Order is not primarily Jewish, Catholic nor Masonic; but rather, all these complicity groups work together for the Luciferian elite who rule Satan's kingdom of darkness. As the Bible teaches, our struggle is against THE RULERS OF THE DARKNESS OF THIS WORLD!!! Ephesians 6:12, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” See: Taylor Swift And Satanism!


Our SEVEN spiritual weapons of war as listed in Ephesians 6:13-18 are: the Word of God, prayer, faith, salvation, righteousness, preaching the Gospel and truth!!! I am telling you THE TRUTH, and I have prayed for God to speak to your heart as you read this, and you can learn how to be saved at the bottom of this webpage, and I'm doing this because of my faith in God, et cetera. In other words, I am using the weapons as listed in Ephesians 6:13-18. Won't you join me in fighting the good fight of faith against Satan's forces of darkness? END

“The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?” —Psalms 118:6

Psalms 56:9, “...this I know; for God is for me.”
“The direction that our country seems to be going is the opposite of God's direction!” Pastor John K. Jenkins Sr., a quote from the sermon titled,  “You Must Be Born Again | MP3

Did Pastor Harry Ironside Teach Lordship Salvation?

Romans 4:4-6, “Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. 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,”

Someone recently wrote to me, suggesting that Pastor Harry Ironside (1876-1951) taught Lordship Salvation. Dr. Ironside never turned toward a moderate Calvinist theology (as Moody Bible Institute false claims). I have to concede that Pastor Ironside made some disturbing statements, as do nearly all preachers. We must remember that Harry Ironside was only a mortal man, and his writings are not the authority. Only the inspired Word of God is our authority in all matters of life, faith and doctrine.

Here is Dr. Ironside's commentary on Luke 18:18-30 about the Rich Young Ruler, which one of my web visitors thought might indicate he taught Lordship Salvation. If you notice carefully in the following quote from Pastor Ironside, he plainly says that the young man didn't have to turn from his sins to be saved. Yet, Ironside says that Jesus was testing this young unsaved man, to see if he would let Jesus be the Lord of his life. By refusing to let Christ be his Lord, Dr. Ironside says it hindered him from getting saved...
...the Lord now put this young man to the test by saying, “Yet lackest thou one thing.” Your life may be outwardly pure; it may be comparatively clean; in the eyes of your fellow-men you may be a very noble personage, but if you are living for self rather than for God, you are under the condemnation of the law. The Lord Jesus tested this young man in this way, “Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow Me.” Did He mean that the way to obtain eternal life is by giving everything one possesses to the poor? Not at all; but He was testing this young man, who was egotistic and self-satisfied. Certainly there was nothing to be said against his moral character, but his life had been a selfish life; he had vast possessions; he had great riches, and men and women were living in poverty all about him; yet he continued to go on as he was and did not realize that God had entrusted him with this wealth that he might use it for Him. If God entrusts wealth to you, He makes you a steward, and you are to use your riches to the glory of God and to the blessing of mankind. If we fully surrender our lives and our possessions to the Lord Jesus we shall not be concerned about ourselves; we shall be concerned about the needs of others, and our one object will be to glorify the One who has redeemed us. So the test here is, will you let Christ be Lord of your life? We read that when the ruler heard these words he was very sorrowful, for he had great possessions, and he turned away. He did not meet the test which the Lord put to him. He refused the path of subjection to Christ. Many have taken the same course. It is not wrong to be rich, but it is a terrible thing if riches keep you out of heaven. God giveth us richly all things to enjoy, but it is a catastrophe if one becomes so occupied with earthly treasure that he misses the path of eternal life as this man did.
SOURCE: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/isn/luke-18.html
I don't like the phraseology that Dr. Ironside used, but if you read all of his writings, and understand that he was 100% free grace Gospel, then it becomes obvious that he's simply saying Jesus wanted this young man to SUBMIT to him so he would get saved. I think Romans 10:3-4 sums up exactly what Pastor Ironside was trying to say. 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 young rich man was attempting to merit his way to Heaven through keeping the law of God. Jesus used the law the way it was intended to be used, as a measuring-stick, by which when compared men fall woefully short and see their need for the Savior. 
Did H.A. Ironside Teach Commitment Salvation? 
by Pastor Bob Wilkin 
One writer has recently suggested that H. A. Ironside's view of repentance is the same as that of modern Commitment Salvation (i.e., Lordship Salvation) advocates (John F. MacArthur, Jr., The Gospel According to Jesus, p.160). The impression was given that Ironside taught Commitment Salvation. 
This surprised me. I read Ironside's work Except Ye Repent as part of my work on my doctoral dissertation. I concluded that he held to the change-of-mind view of repentance, not the turn-from-sins position. 
Did Ironside indeed teach Commitment Salvation? 
I went back and re-read Ironside. 
Here is what I found. 
Ironside did, on rare occasions, make statements which, if taken by themselves, could be taken to imply a mild form of Commitment Salvation. He said, for example: 
Shallow preaching that does not grapple with the terrible fact of man's sinfulness and guilt, calling on "all men everywhere to repent," results in shallow conversions; and so we have myriads of glib-tongued professors today who give no evidence of regeneration whatever. Prating of salvation by grace, they manifest no grace in their lives. Loudly declaring they are justified by faith alone, they fail to remember that "faith without works is dead"; and that justification by works before men is not to be ignored as though it were in contradiction to justification by faith before God. (Except Ye Repent, [New York: Loizeaus Bros., 1937],p. 11) 
I consulted the immediate and greater context and found that this quote does not prove that Ironside shared the Commitment Salvation view of repentance. The sentences cited are ambiguous as to exactly what Ironside meant. He could have meant that these conversions, though shallow, were real. However, even if he meant that they were false conversions as evidenced by a lack of works, that does not at all prove that he held to Commitment Salvation. We must look elsewhere to see what Ironside had to say on that subject. 
In his book Full Assurance Ironside answers the question of whether we should look within ourselves for our assurance of salvation: 
Looking into your own heart for a ground of confidence is like casting the anchor in the hold of a ship. Cast it outside and let it go down into the great, tossing ocean of strife and trouble, until it grips the rock itself. Christ alone is the rock, and He is the manifestation of the infinite love of God for sinners. (Full Assurance, [Chicago: Moody Press, 1968, revised edition of the 1937 original, pp.120-21). 
Are those the words of one promoting Commitment Salvation? Surely they are not. 
When Ironside spoke of the need to "grapple with the terrible fact of man's sinfulness and guilt," there is no reason to assume that he meant that unbelievers need to commit themselves to the Lordship of Christ and turn from their sins to be saved. Elsewhere he taught that one had to recognize his own sinfulness and need of grace (Except Ye Repent, pp. 11-12, 34), turn from all other confidences and place his faith solely in Jesus Christ (p. 175), and go from rejecting to accepting Jesus and His Gospel (pp.53, 174). 
That is not the Commitment Salvation view of repentance. 
Ironside actually taught a Free Grace view of the Gospel. He said: 
Repentance is the very opposite of meritorious experience. It is the confession that one is utterly without merit, and if he is ever saved at all it can only be through the merits of our Lord Jesus Christ, "who gave himself a ransom for all." Here is firm footing for the soul who realizes that all self-effort is but sinking sand. Christ alone is the Rock of our salvation." (Except Ye Repent, p.36) 
And again:  
If these pages fall into the hands of any anxious, troubled soul, desirous of finding the way of peace and earnestly seeking to be right with God, let me urge such a one to give up all struggling. Just believe God. Tell Him you are the sinner for whom the Saviour died, and trust in Christ alone for salvation. His own word is clear and simple: "Verily, verily I say unto you, he that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death into life" (John 5:24). (Except Ye Repent, p.189) 
If one is not careful he can misrepresent an author by selectively quoting him. [One could even selectively quote a Commitment Salvation writer and make it appear that he held to Free Grace Salvation.] Such is the case here. It is misrepresenting him to suggest that Dr. Ironside taught Commitment/Lordship Salvation. He would be deeply grieved by such a suggestion. Let the record show that Dr. Ironside was a proponent of Free Grace Salvation and assurance based on our infallible Savior, not our fallible works. 
Bob Wilkin is the Founder and Executive Director of Grace Evangelical Society. 
SOURCE: https://faithalone.org/magazine/y1989/89june2.html
The following beautiful quote from Dr. Ironside clearly evidences that he believed in a free grace view of the Gospel, and not the Devil's lie of Lordship Salvation...
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.” [emphasis added] —Pastor Harry A. Ironside, from the sermon: 'What Is The Gospel?'
Read what Dr. Ironside said in his Gospel tract, ANOTHER GOSPEL? ...
When anyone comes promising salvation to those ‘who make full surrender' of all that they have to God, and who 'pay the price of full salvation' he is preaching another gospel, for the price was paid on Calvary's cross and the work that saves is finished. It was Christ Jesus who made the full surrender when He yielded His life on Calvary that saves us, not our surrender in any way to Him.” [emphasis added] —Pastor Harry A. Ironside, from the Gospel tract, 'Another Gospel'
With all these truths in mind, it is obvious to me that regarding his commentary for Luke 18:18-30, Dr. Ironside was simply saying that money often hinders rich people from submitting to Christ's righteousness by faith. Salvation requires an act of submission to God's righteousness through faith. We read that in Romans 10:3. I think that is all Pastor Ironside meant. To claim more is to go against his many writings showing that he didn't believe in Calvinist, turning from sins, nor Lordship Salvation. 

Moreover, Harry Ironside would be the first to admit that he is not the authority, the inspired Word of God is. Psalms 118:8, “It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.” Jeremiah 17:5, “Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.” 
“Salvation can only be evidenced by works, if works are required to be saved.” —Pastor Ralph Yankee Arnold, “Why Lordship Salvation Is Wrong!

Skull & Bones, John Kerry, Global Warming Hoax

Revelation 13:15-18, “And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause th...