Saturday, October 10, 2020

I Showed Them Truth; They Showed Me The Door!

Proverbs 12:17, “He that speaketh truth sheweth forth righteousness: but a false witness deceit.” Ephesians 4:25, “Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.” Galatians 4:16, “Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?” John 8:45, “And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.” Revelation 3:2, “Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God.

What a great collection of Scriptures! For that matter the entire King James Bible is a great collection of inspired Scriptures. 2nd Timothy 3:16a declares that “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God... Some fool decided somewhere along the way that this only refers to the original autographs. You've got a hole in your head if that's what you believe, let me tell you. There's absolutely nothing in those five words “given by inspiration of God” (which come from just one Greek word, theopneustos, meaning God and air, i.e., breathed) that limits inspiration only to the original autographs of the Word of God. 

In 2013 I began attending the Harvest Baptist Church on Guam. The next year would end up being one of the happiest years of my life. I finally had a church family! I loved them dearly, and I believed that they loved me. Toward the end of 2014 I made a mistake though, I TOLD THE TRUTH! Proverbs 12:17, “He that speaketh truth sheweth forth righteousness: but a false witness deceit.” I did the right thing! I had listened to Lordship Salvation for the previous year being preached from the church pulpit. I heard visiting missionary Phil Hunt from Africa preach Lordship Salvation. I heard the senior pastor, Marty Herron, preach Lordship Salvation from the pulpit on Sunday morning. I heard Jason on school staff teach Lordship Salvation, saying that faith alone is not enough to be saved. I heard Lordship Salvation being taught all around me in the church. My heart broke and I wanted to help the people of Harvest Baptist Church, which I so dearly loved. I wasn't Jonah running from Nineveh, I was Onesimus trying to be helpful. I took my own money and bought dozens of copies of various books, which I freely gave away. I burned sermons to CD and passed them out to those I met at church. For this good thing I was driven out of the church and ostracized by their neo-evangelical pastors!

I also had seen for the year of 2014 that the church is a circus of umpteen Bible versions. This Bible, that Bible, doesn't matter! Step right up ladies and gentleman, pick the Bible that fits you best right here! All together now! There is one verse in the Holy Bible that, to me, epitomizes Christian fundamentalism today. Revelation 3:2, “Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God.The free grace Gospel is in big trouble today! Everybody and their dog are mishandling the Gospel these days. Only a free grace Gospel is sound Bible doctrine. The popular trend in churches and Bible colleges today is to require people to repent of your sins” to receive God's gift of eternal life. Pastors like Dr. Marty Herron are afraid to go against their ecclesiastical peers, so they make sure to never forget to tell someone to “repent of your sins” to be saved. That is not the Gospel! 

You cannot show me even one Bible verse that teaches to “repent of your sins” or to “turn from your sins” to be saved. So why do foolish preachers say this? I'll tell you why, because they heard another bad preacher say it, and it caught on! It sounds so good and religious, appealing to the natural man. Think about it. Doesn't it make sense that you should have to commit not to live in willful sins anymore, if you expect God to pardon your sins and save you? It does sound very reasonable. It really does, if salvation is a deal. It makes sense if salvation is a trade of some sort. Pastor Jack Hyles has these helpful words to offer:

Lordship salvation would make salvation a trade or a deal or maybe even a bribe. It would take away the simple reception of Christ for eternal life and would become God giving us something if we give Him something. God would say to us, “You give Me something; I'll give you something. We will trade, and you will be saved.” Salvation is not my giving God something and God giving me something; salvation is God giving me something and my receiving it. Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” —Pastor Jack Hyles, “Lordship Salvation” (chapter 11 from his book: “Salvation Is More Than Being Saved”)

The Bible teaches that we are saved by GOD'S RIGHTEOUSNESS, not our own. Matthew 6:33, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” 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:This is the important truth that neo-evangelicals fail to grasp. Bob Jones University, Unshackled radio, Maranatha Baptist University, Sam Horn, John MacArthur, Marty Herron, Faith Baptist Bible College And Theological Seminary, Ray Comfort, Steve Pettit and thousands more heretics, all errantly teach that you MUST turn away from your sins to receive God's gift of eternal life. The Bible 100% disagrees! When I faithfully showed them the truth at Harvest Baptist Church, they sinfully showed me the door. Let God be true, but every man a liar!

3 comments:

  1. Amen. Everything you said is true. People will hate you, avoid you (as if you have some kind of skin disease) and will think ill of you once you shared Jesus and His Gospel to them. I remember, it was 4 or 5 years ago when I went walking in the morning and came across with my lady neighbor (a few blocks away from our house) cleaning her front yard which she does every morning, same hour and same spot, but when I witnessed to her and shared the Gospel and what Jesus did on the cross, the next morning and for the next next mornings to follow, I never saw her or even her shadow again . Probably she changed the hour of her cleaning time...lol.

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    1. Melanie, i don't think merely mentioning Jesus to the congregation is what caused the church to drive David away.
      Rather than join a church that he agrees with, David found a church that he tried to remake. Criticized their choice of bible, their philosophies, the fact they let women wear PANTS!! And resisted their requests that he shut up about their mistakes.
      It would be more like if your neighbor lady invited you inside and shared her gospel, then you told her all the shit she got wrong, and taught her how the gospel is supposed to be shared.

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  2. " I loved them dearly, and I believed that they loved me."

    I bet they did. Until you started telling them to change everything in their faith to your faith, and that they were liars and satanic and misled and hell-bent.

    Might have something to do with the change, you think? When you TOOK OFF YOU FALSE FACE and they saw the real you, and had to deal with you time after time after time?

    THEY weren't the ones leading YOU on, David.

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