Wednesday, November 29, 2023

The Phony Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) Industry

Romans 16:17-18, “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.”

Have you ever felt like something is wrong with today's Contemporary Christian Music (CCM), but couldn't figure out what it was? Well, you have plenty to be concerned about friend! 

The top 7 of Billboard's top Christian artists for 2023 are as follows (note: you won't find the Gospel on any of their websites, which proves how money-loving and Christless they all are):
  1. (Lauren Daigle)
  3. (Brandon Lake)
  5. (Phil Wickham)
  6. (Kanye West)
  7. (Katy Nicole)
You won't find the Gospel or any plan of salvation presented on any of the preceding so-called “Christian artists websites. That is the first major thing wrong with CCM today, it is devoid of the Gospel. Sadly, all of the preceding performers are a bunch of apostate, sodomite-looking clowns, dishonoring to Jesus Christ whom they claim to worship. Dear reader, it is no coincidence that nearly all of the males in today's CCM scene are effeminate looking. These CCM performers are mere corporate pimps for the music industry to make billions of dollars in filthy lucre. They are as worldly as can be.

K-love began in 1982 and is heard today by 20,000,000 listeners on 520 FM radio stations across America. They only play CCM. K-love take in billions of dollars. To my amazement, they actually get the Gospel correct! Now, I do have a problem with K-love calling Mary "the blessed virgin," because any Catholic would immediately identify with that term. You won't find those words in the Holy Bible. Yes, Mary was a virgin when she gave birth to Jesus, but we ought not use the phrase "the blessed virgin" because it is Catholic in origin and will confuse some people. Mary was a dirty sinner, just like you and me. We are all sinners! Mary was not born without original sin (aka., Immaculate Conception). Mary had the same inherited sinful nature from Adam that we all do (Romans 5:12). Mary sinned and needed to trust Jesus just like anyone else who wants to go to Heaven. Mary did not remain a perpetual virgin, she had at least 6 more children (Matthew 13:55-57), Mary was not assumed into Heaven (aka., the Assumption of Mary). These are demonic false doctrines taught by the cult of Roman Catholicism.

Klove are extremely ecumenical and wishy-washy, far more interested in making money than winning souls to Christ. I had to dig deep into their website to find what they believe about the Gospel, which is tragic. That should be the very first thing that appears at the top of their main webpage, not buried layers deep in the background. It just shows where their hearts are at—in making money.

Not one of the seven CCM artists, that Billboard lists as the top Christian singers of 2023, bother to share the Gospel on their personal websites. It is abundantly clear where their allegiance rests—in making money, not winning souls to Jesus Christ. The lost world is going to Hell, while the CCM industry is preoccupied singing and making billions of dollars. I would rather listen to secular music than to listen to phony professed "Christians" who let the world go to Hell unwarned. CCM is phony! The singers are frauds! Many of them are hellbound unsaved Catholics. Some of them exploit religion to make money, having no genuine faith in Jesus Christ at all. Some of them are homosexuals and proud of it. God vomits out CCM!

Above Photo: CCM Magazine cover from July 2007 featuring the worldly Christian Rock group, 'Barlow Girl.' They should be renamed the 'Bratty girls.' God deliver our nation from the feminist rebellion sweeping our churches and infecting our homes. No wonder the divorce rate is so high! The members of the group 'Barlow Girl' appear worldly, arrogant and sassy (which the Bible condemns as sin in 1st Timothy 2:9).
CCM is straight from Hell—a complacent form of apostate Christianity that takes no stand against crimes in government, doesn't expose public wickedness, doesn't call sin by name, doesn't call false religions by name, doesn't preach the gospel, doesn't step on anyone's toes... I'M VOMITING!!! CCM appeals to the flesh and is often derived from worldly secular songs. Many CCM artists mention The Beatles and other ungodly music groups as being their musical influences. If you like The Beatles, fine, I do to, but I won't sing worldly music and claim that it is pleasing to the Lord. The music of the world is the music of the world.
Psalms 96:1, “O sing unto the LORD a new song: sing unto the LORD, all the earth.” 

Ecclesiastes 7:5, “It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools.”
DANGER Will Robinson... DANGER!!! Apostate so-called “ministries” (what a joke) such as CCM magazine (which stands for Christ, Community, Church—differs from the most common meaning of the CCM acronym: Contemporary Christian Music). NOTE: When I refer to “CCM,” I always mean Contemporary Christian Music. From henceforth I'll refer to “CCM magazine” as “CCM magazine.”

The Truth Is Not Very Popular Nowadays

The Lord has successfully exposed the evils of CCM music through my ministry and others, but most people simply don't care about the things of Jesus Christ as Philippian 2:21 states. Woe unto this wicked and adulterous generation! CCM is of the Devil. What a bunch of religious fakes and phonies! All they sing about is “worship, worship, worship” while the world goes to Hell without hearing the biblical Gospel of salvation by faith alone in Christ WITHOUT WORKS (Romans 4:5-7, 10:3-4).

I actually heard an audio advertisement on CCM magazine's website, to buy TobyMac's “MAKE A DIFFERENCE TOUR” album to make a difference. What a sad testimony! Really? I have to buy their album to make a difference? The only difference is in their bank account. God hates the apostate CCM industry and so do I. Christianity does not elevate love over convictions. Christianity does not permit wicked compromise in the name of going along to get along under the pretense of love, love, love. Psalm 97:10 commands for God-fearing Christians to HATE EVIL. Instead of hating evil, Christian phony Kirk Cameron appeared on Pat Robertson's demonic 700 CLUB. Sadly, Pat Robertson split Hell wide open when he recently died in 2023 in his sins and falsehood of Lordship Salvation.

In CCM magazine they feature such musical apostates as TobyMac, Third Day and Michael W. Smith (who is a hellbound Roman Catholic). I clicked on: “A Righteous Revolution” featuring mega-apostate CCM singer, Natalie Grant. The site features music by apostate Rita Springer, singing the repeated lyrics: “All I need to do is worship.” You had better get born-again Rita!!! She repeats the same words over and over and over, like a broken record, which is a characteristic of modern pseudo (false) worship music used in many bad churches. It is referred to as "7/11 music" (7 words repeated 11 times).
“But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.” —Matthew 6:7
It's no coincidence that the VAIN REPETITIONS that Jesus warned about in Matthew 6:7 have subtly crept into our churches in the form of worship music. Whether it be prayer chants or repetitious singing, vain repetitions are vain repetitions. God rejects meaningless chants, repetitious words and the bogus worship & praise meetings.

It makes sense to the carnal nature to go along to get along, thinking that cooperation is the way to lead people to Jesus Christ. However, that is NOT God's way. The Bible teaches that the truth offends people, as it should. This is why Jesus said that He came to turn family members against each other (Matthew 10:35). That is, because it's better to be divided over truth than to be sinfully united by error. Matthew 10:34, “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.” I have led people to Christ, whose families shunned them afterwards. This is especially true in Catholic families.

They killed Jesus for telling the truth. In John 18:37 Jesus told Pilate that He came into the world to bare witness to the truth. Jesus told the Samaritan woman in John 4:24 that God can only be worshipped in spirit and truth. The truth is important! Today's CCM scene is devoid of soulwinning and biblical separation from the heathen world. I thank God for the old hymns of the Christian faith. I'm not interested in today's shallow neo-evangelical Contemporary Christian Music (CCM). Any music that doesn't inspire our heart to share the Gospel with the lost is worthless.

Today's CCM catapults the listener's emotions into the stratosphere, but then like a firework's rocket that soars high and never explodes, there is a feeling afterwards of total emptiness and even sometimes depression.

CCM Is A Trojan Horse

On The Scribe's Portion website, they share this helpful information about the dangers of CCM...
CCM Has Bad Theology

This is what I have the most problem with; Christian songs that have bad theology, who paint an easy and wide path to Christ. And then there are the more problematic songs who mention New Age philosophy. These you have to be very careful with. Sometimes these songs have it very well hidden, it takes great discernment and knowledge of Scripture to detect. Music is an effective way to infiltrate the church with a false Gospel and doctrines of demons.

One huge problem I have is the fact that most CCM songs today don’t even mention God by name. “He” and “you” can be anyone. They could be singing to Satan for all we know. Many songs go through a long chorus and verses and bridge without a single mention of God. Makes you wonder to whom they are singing.

Also, be careful that you don’t end up singing along with songs with ecumenical theology. Ecumenism has infiltrated every facet of Christianity I’m afraid, and music didn’t escape. There are many Christian artists (search Phil Wickham, Matt Maher, One Thing conference, Jesus Adrian Romero, Alex Campos, Marcos Witt, to name a few) who have now sided with the Catholic Church and produce music to “bridge the gap” between Protestants and Catholics. [emphasis added]

Please don't miss what Isaac just said:
Music is an effective way to infiltrate the church with a false Gospel and doctrines of demons.
CCM is Pro-Catholic And Evil To The Core

The entire CCM industry is pro-Catholic. Many of the artists are devout Catholics. Yet, apostate churches invite these evildoers into their presence to encourage spiritual whoredom with the sinful world. They are religious drug dealers. The world is the whore and today's abundance of CCM masqueraders bring the Godless world into the churches, turning them into a den of thieves. God calls them adulterers and adulteresses. James 4:4, “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.” If you assist the sinful world then you are God's enemy. CCM singers are God's enemy. The entire CCM industry is worldly. They dress worldly, sing worldly, act worldly and are greedy for money like the world. All their music is for sale (just look at their websites).

CCM singer Michael W. Smith is as pro-Catholic as you can get. Smith has numerous songs listed in the TOP CATHOLIC SONGS website; including his hits, "I Give You My Heart," "Healing Rain" and "Let It Rain." This is solid evidence of the apostasy and ecumenicalism of today's so-called Christian singers. They're all a bunch of phonies!

Rock 'n' Roll music is a powerful influence upon the flesh, which is demonic in nature. Before there was ever so-called “Christian Rock,” there was Godless Rock. Those religious phonies today who attempt to justify devilish Rock music with Christian words are pulling on the same rope as the Devil. There is NO such thing as Christian Rock. There ain't no such animal. All Rock music is of the Devil. All Hip Hop is of the Devil. All Funk, Rap and House music is of the Devil. Those who disagree are worldly, rub shoulders with the heathen world, never go soul-winning and make lots of money selling their noise (and that's what a lot of it is... annoying noise!). TobyMac comes to mind, who praises the Pope by the way.
“It was quite an honor. The Pope doesn't come around that often. And for him to call a Hip Hop Funk band. I thought that was pretty cool... It was cool to see these priests rockin' out.” —Toby McKeehan (TobyMac)
Anything that portrays the Catholic Church, priests and the Pope as of God is Satanic to the core! Those who despise me, attack me and try to destroy my ministry, are those who reject the Bible and fight against the Lord Jesus. Life is short and God will be vindicated on Judgment Day. Woe unto every Catholic! I know people who attend the Catholic Church, even though I have warned them repeatedly that the Devil controls the organization, but they still go there. I have even heard people tell me that they know the Catholic Church is evil, but they still go there. They are in trouble with God. In their heart, they don't believe anything I have told them from the Bible, because they love their tradition more than God's Word (Mark 7:9-13). They want religion, but they don't want God and truth (John 4:24; 2nd Timothy 3:5-7).

Concluding Remarks

I am not against contemporary music, as some misunderstand. I am against the organized CCM industry and all the artists who hide the Gospel. The main reason is because nearly all of them are unsaved themselves. Truly, the love of money is the root of all evil (1st Timothy 6:10). The CCM industry rakes in billions upon billions of dollars a year from America's apostate churches. The music is worldly. Granted, some of the music is uplifting and excellent as far as music itself is concerned. Of course, the Rap and Heavy Metal is terrible and hardly resemblant of any meaningful music. I am against sensual Rock music, heavy metal, and musical rhythms that promote rebellion and sexual immorality.

CCM embraces a broad spectrum of different types of music. Certainly, there is some acceptable music; however, the CCM artists who do sing the acceptable music are as fruitless as the others concerning soulwinning. The so-called CCM band 'Jars of Clay' actually open concerts for Ozzy Osbourne (the self proclaimed 'Prince of Darkness'). Sensual music is sinful which is commonplace in CCM 
(Jude 1:19). The singers look like punks on their album covers, others appear as homosexuals, and some are. Is this pleasing to the Lord? No, of course not.

As churches become more worldly, so also is the world becoming more churchy. Heathen singer, Katy Perry, had the name above every other name, “Jesus,” tattooed on her wrist and back in the year 2000. Katy entered the music industry singing Gospel music, but today she is infamous for singing the lesbian-loving songs, 'I Kissed a Girl' and 'Ur So Gay.' Madonna and Katy Perry are personal friends. Perry also sings the blasphemous song, 'ROCK GOD.' Katy Perry is a whore who sings the song 'TEENAGE DREAM' from the album of the same title, which invites a male to stick his hands down into her skin-tight pants. Is this wholesome music for children and teenagers to listen to? This is America today. Woe unto our nation!

This is what kids are listening to in the privacy of their room, with a headset on their ears for hours each day. These are America's children's idols, whom they want to emulate. Katy Perry is immoral. She uploaded YouTube music videos of herself jumping around in her panties, acting goofy, which is as wicked as the Devil. Katy Perry (real name: Katheryn Hudson, born 1984) is a she-devil and no friend of God. The Word of God warns that all humanity has an appointment with death... "BUT AFTER THIS THE JUDGMENT" (Hebrews 9:27, King James Bible).

CCM as a whole is apostate. It's all about making money. The biblical Gospel is not preached. Instead, a wishy-washy message of ecumenical compromise and religious devotion are taught. Much of what is taught today is a Social Gospel of unity, brotherly love and tolerance toward all groups, even embracing homosexuals and abortionists. There is no call for repentance or preaching against sin. CCM tolerates all forms of wickedness under the guise of Christian unity. It is in actuality, sinful compromise. God commands believers to separate (2nd Corinthians 6:14-17), and to expose all forms of wickedness (Ephesians 5:11). Instead, CCM embraces such wickedness and dares not step on anyone's toes for God.

In sharp contrast, the Bible is the most offensive Book in the world. If God doesn't apologize for His Word, then why should we? They are traitors against God, who are greedy for money, and so they corrupt the Bible to make it less offensive to today's thin-skinned Americans. Most Americans are big cry-babies, none worse than America's religious leaders. They are anything but Christian. Shame on any pastor who invites a CCM band into the church. You are encouraging their evil works. God said He would vomit up lukewarm believers (Revelation 3:15-16). 100% of them fail to win souls because they refuse to preach the biblical Gospel. The only message they promote is so vague that it is also embraced by Catholics, with few exceptions.

This is not to say that all contemporary sounding music is wrong, not at all, but the INDUSTRY is evil. Anything that involves the sale of albums, concerts and all the money-grabbing avenues of the greedy CCM industry is CORRUPT!!! Not one mainstream artist preachers the Gospel, and many of them (such as Katy Perry) move forward from singing Gospel music, to whoredom in the secular music world—stripping naked, embracing homosexuality, using foul language and blaspheming God. They have sold their soul to the Devil for fame and fortune (1st Kings 21:20). I say that all kindly. I love people, all people. My purpose in writing blogs like this is not to anger anyone, be mean or tear people down, God forbid; but rather, I write to expose the shallow, phony and unchristian CCM industry as a whole.

Since making money is their goal, CCM artists do not want to drive away Catholics. So everything they produce is intentionally obscure, general and applicable to Catholics and all faiths. Instead of warning Roman Catholics of the judgment to come in Hell, CCM artists would rather let everyone go to Hell forever in exchange for money. As much as they may try to deny this claim, the facts are self evident. I challenge you to find any mainstream CCM artist's website that offends Catholics. I challenge you to find any mainstream CCM artist's website that preaches salvation without works of self-righteousness. I challenge you to find any mainstream CCM artist's website that teaches their fans how to be saved. Good luck!

In view of the reality of Hell, where Christ-rejecting sinners will be tormented for all eternity, you'd think every CCM singer in the world would be warning people. But they don't care about anyone except themselves, making money and becoming famous. Oh sure, they'll give money to charity, because that makes them look good in the public's eye. Woe unto the apostate CCM crowd and their carnal followers.

The Gospel needs to be preached. Jesus never commissioned anyone to start a singing ministry. No one! The Bible speaks of singing melody in one's heart, not selling records and pimping across a stage in tight leather, with screeching guitars and flashing Satanic hand signs, receiving idolatrous praise from the audience. The fans never yell, “Yea Jesus!” No, instead they worship their favorite singer. Jesus hates all rock music, because it is all rooted in idolatrous praise of the performers and always has been.

Here is a photo of the worldly CCM band, Avalon...

That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. —2nd Thessalonians 2:12

Ye that love the LORD, hate evil... —Psalm 97:10

Today's Apostate Church Worship

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Most “Gospel Tracts” Don't Even Contain The Gospel

Galatians 1:6-8, “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.”

Something that has really bothered me for decades now, are the thousands of poorly written religious tracts that believers rely upon to share the Gospel with people. Sadly, 99% of those tracts DO NOT contain the actual Gospel.

I was reading The Strand Study Bible which I bought recently. I love it! However, I am disappointed with some of the things that Pastor Strand says and promotes. For example: On page 1967 (the year I was, Strand shares some contents of a religious tract published by the EvanTell tract company titled, "What Are You Depending On?" Here it is, which you can read...

As you can see for yourself, there is NO GOSPEL. Trusting in Jesus alone is not enough to be saved, unless you understand the facts that Christ died on a cross for YOUR sins, was buried and three days later He miraculously resurrected from the dead. This is "the gospel" as defined by 1st Corinthians 15:1-4. You must first have the FACTS, before you can put your FAITH in those facts to be saved. Dr. Hyles explains this important Bible truth.

Pastor Max Younce wrote a helpful article to refute Dr. Bob Wilkin's heresy that you can be saved by trusting Jesus without the Gospel.

"EvanTell empowers Christians worldwide to share their faith through training, outreaches, tools, and ʀᴇꜱᴏᴜʀᴄᴇꜱ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ᴘʀᴇꜱᴇɴᴛ ᴛʜᴇ ɢᴏꜱᴘᴇʟ ɪɴ ᴀ ᴄʟᴇᴀʀ, ʙɪʙʟɪᴄᴀʟʟʏ ᴀᴄᴄᴜʀᴀᴛᴇ, and encouraging way." 
Really? How accurate is the tract in question? It does not contain Jesus' death, burial or resurrection!!! So, in fact, it is not clear or biblically accurate. Our churches are in trouble folks! We've got a bunch of unlearned and ignorant pastors, missionaries, evangelists and Bible professors today, who are arrogant dummies!
“There is power in this Gospel message. Most people just don't know how to present it... The clarity of the Gospel is what makes it easy for them to believe.” —Pastor Yankee Arnold, “WHY GRACE CAN SAVE THE WORST MAN!
Jesus' Work Of Redemption Was Not Finished On The Cross

On page 1967 Pastor Strand says: "On the cross He said, 'It is finished' (John 19:30). He did not make a downpayment for your sins; He made full payment." This is not true! Sadly, 90% of preachers misinterpret the Bible when Jesus said, 'It is finished.' To accurately interpret the Scripture, we should always make a habit of including the verses before and after any particular text, lest we lift that 𝓉𝑒𝓍𝓉 out of 𝒸𝑜𝓃𝓉𝑒𝓍𝓉 and create a new 𝓅𝓇𝑒𝓉𝑒𝓍𝓉.
John 19:28-30, “After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst. Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth. When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.”
The Bible says when Jesus saw that all the Messianic prophesies concerning Him had been fulfilled, He said “I thirst” which was the last prophesy to be fulfilled (this one from Psalms 69:21). Upon making that last statement, only then did Jesus say, “It is finished.” So you see, redemption couldn't have been finished, for Jesus hadn't even died yet, let alone being buried and resurrected three days later. This is “the gospel” after all according to 1st Corinthians 15:1-4.

Jesus Made Full Payment At The Mercy Seat In Heaven, Not On The Cross

Also, full payment wasn't made upon the cross for our sins, it was made at the Mercy Seat in Heaven, when Jesus sprinkled His literal liquid blood upon the Mercy Seat in the Holy Place in the presence of God the Father (Hebrews 9:12, 22-24; 12:24). Christ did this once to pay for the sins of all mankind (Hebrews 9:28). Christ made full-payment at the Mercy Seat in Heaven. That was the place (Hebrews 9:12). The price was Jesus' precious blood (1st Peter 1:18-19).

I love and appreciate Brother Strand and his work. I must admit that I am surprised he missed this truth in his study Bible. Redemption was not finished on the cross, which is what infidel Dr. John MacArthur teaches—that we are saved by the pouring out of Jesus' blood on the cross, by His death, and not by Jesus sprinkling His actual liquid blood upon the heavenly Mercy Seat. Pastor MacArthur is very WRONG!!! Just as the Old Testament high priest was required by God to sprinkle the blood of the slain lamb upon the mercy seat (Exodus 29:16), so also did Jesus need to sprinkled His shed blood upon the heavenly Mercy Seat.

The Passover in Egypt was when the death angel passed upon the land of Egypt, killing all the firstborn (which was God's tenth and final plague upon the land through the rod of Moses). There was only one way of deliverance for the Hebrews, which was to take the blood of a slain lamb and paint it upon the door posts and lintel (the board above the door that kept bricks from falling on your head). Exodus 12:13, “And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.” The death angel was not looking for the dead lamb in the backyard. The death angel was looking for the blood applied! If Jesus' blood had soaked into the ground at Calvary as John MacArthur foolishly claims, then no one could ever be saved. Jesus' blood had to be applied to the Mercy Seat in Heaven, in the Holy of Holies in the Holy Place in the Tabernacle.

We know everything that happened during the Old Testament tabernacle, holy of holies and work of the high priest was a SHADOW of good things to come in Heaven. That is, they were a prototype of the real ones in Heaven (Hebrews 10:1). Jesus is our eternal High Priest (Hebrews 4:14-16; Romans 8:34). Jesus died as our sacrificial lamb, but He raised up as our heavenly High Priest. If Christ Be Not Risen, Then We Have A Sacrifice But No High Priest Or Salvation (by Pastor Jack Hyles).

Dear reader, I challenge you to start paying closer attention to the religious tracts that you find, receive, distribute and read, to make sure that they are doctrinally sound. Tragically, nearly all Gospel tracts are completely missing of the Gospel. I read many tracts that don't mention Jesus resurrection from the dead. Other tracts don't mention that you must admit being a guilty sinner before you can be saved and go to Heaven. You need to know what you are being saved from, the wages of sin, which is death. That includes the second death in hell, fire and brimstone for all eternity, without hope or rest, tormented day and night (Revelation 21:8).

Romans 1:16 is very clear that the gospel, nothing else, is the POWER of God unto salvation, to them who BELIEVE IT. 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.” The unfortunate popular embellishment of the Gospel nowadays to “turn from your sinful ways is not only NOT a part of the Gospel, it is a perversion of God's grace. Nowhere in the inspired Holy Scriptures are we taught to give up our desire to sin, forsake the world, leave the old sinful life, or to commit to reform our behavior to be saved.

Inspiring Quotes To Think About

Proverbs 25:11, “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.”

It's been suggested that, if you are not big enough to stand criticism, you are too small to be praised.

“People cannot be judged by what others say about them, but they can be judged by what they say about others.”

“The strength of a country is the strength of its religious convictions.” —Calvin Coolidge

“Any government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take away everything you have." —Gerald Ford

We first make our habits, and then our habits make us.

“Behind every successful man there is a wife with a hard-working husband.” —Curtis Hutson

To realize the worth of the anchor we need to feel the storm.

The rainbow of promise appears when the sunshine of God's love meets the showers of our sorrows.

“Eternity never grows older.” —Viola Walden

The cause, not the pain, makes the martyr.

Truth does not need defense—it only needs witnesses!

The difference between yesterday and tomorrow is today!

“Never fear to suffer; but, oh, fear to sin! If you must choose between them, prefer the greatest suffering to the smallest sin.” —Guthrie

“By yielding to temptation one may lose in a moment what took him a lifetime to gain.” —Viola Walden

“A day of worry is more exhaustive than a week of work.” —Viola Walden

Nehemiah 9:31, “Nevertheless for thy great mercies' sake thou didst not utterly consume them, nor forsake them; for thou art a gracious and merciful God.”

No affliction would trouble the child of God if he knew God's reason for sending it.

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.” —George Bernard Shaw

“Some folks occasionally say, 'I'd die for Jesus!' He doesn't ask you to die for Him—He asks you to live for Him, and that's more difficult to do.” —Viola Walden

“The evil that is in the world almost always comes of ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding.” —Albert Camus

Monday, November 27, 2023

New IFB Church Bullies

Philippians 1:15-18, “Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will: The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds: But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defence of the gospel. What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.”

The New IFB preach Christ of contention. I am continually attacked by followers of the New IFB cult, attacking me because I disagree with Pastor Steven Anderson's views. I do not know of even one New IFB follower who doesn't idolize Pastor Anderson, unquestioningly adopting all of his doctrinal teachings. Moreover, followers of the New IFB don't hesitate to express their contempt and disdain for the Old IFB and anyone who dares to disagree with Pastor Anderson on anything. I am sick and tired of these New IFB bullies and I am going to expose them! They have picked up on Steven Anderson's aggressiveness and they don't have enough sense to know the difference between convictions and belligerency. 

Kindly said, I am tired of the New IFB cult biting people's heads off who disagree with them. I had to unfriend one man not too long ago, because he went off on a rant telling me how ignorant I am because I disagree with Pastor Steven Anderson's false teaching that Jesus burned in Hell for 3 days. Only a Bible ignoramus teaches that Jesus burned in Hell after dying on the cross, when Jesus plainly told the repentant thief next to Him that they would be in "paradise" together that very same day (Luke 23:43. This matter ought not even be debated, because the Bible is 100% plain.

I had to unfriend another guy today on Facebook, a New IFB follower, who wanted to argue and debate the Rapture with me, insisting that Pastor Anderson is correct and I am wrong. I kindly told him that I refuse to debate with the New IFB camp, to which he replied harshly by accusing me of not being a truth-seeker. Nothe truth is that after having debated with these people umpteen times, and having watched pastor Anderson's “After The Tribulation” movie several times, and having watching his 22-part Revelation series several times—I am more convinced than ever that a Pretribulation Rapture is correct.

Kindly said, I am done arguing with indoctrinated fools. The New IFB cannot be reasoned with, they have decided that Steven Anderson is right, period. That is a cult! I have better things to do with my time than debate with idiots who don't search the Scriptures. The guy that I unfriended today couldn't explain anything to me about why he believes in a Prewrath Rapture, he just kept referring me to Pastor Anderson's sermons. This is the main thing wrong with Christianity in America today, stupid people sit in their church pews and unquestioningly believe whatever their pastor teaches them.

Likewise, I hear everybody saying that the timing of the Rapture is a "minor issue." Tell that to the New IFB cult! Of the hundreds of doctrines the New IFB preaches, only the timing of the Rapture compelled Pastor Anderson to mail out hard copies of his "After The Tribulation" DVD to 6,500 Independent Baptist Churches across America! The timing of the Rapture is anything but a "minor doctrine" to the New IFB—they are consumed with it! I won't tolerate New IFB thugs coming into my ministry and trying to shove Pastor Anderson's heresies down my throat!

Pastor Anderson errantly teaches in this chart from chapter 2 (of Pastor Anderson's YouTube movie titled: 'THE BOOK OF REVELATION') that the Rapture will happen 75 DAYS after the Abomination of Desolation (see Comments 35 and 36 in this chart at the bottom right).

See for yourself in Part 10 of his Revelation series, at 31:00 minutes into the video, where he unbiblical states:
“𝗪𝗵𝗲𝗻 𝗱𝗼𝗲𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗥𝗮𝗽𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲 𝘁𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝗽𝗹𝗮𝗰𝗲? 𝟭,𝟯𝟯𝟱 𝗱𝗮𝘆𝘀 𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗼 𝗗𝗮𝗻𝗶𝗲𝗹'𝘀 𝟳𝟬𝘁𝗵 𝘄𝗲𝗲𝗸.” —𝗣𝗮𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿 𝗦𝘁𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗻 𝗔𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗼𝗻, 'Revelation - Part 10' (Time: 31:00 minutes into video)
That is DATE SETTING! Pastor Anderson vehemently denies setting a date for the Rapture, on the basis that he claims no one know when Daniel's 70th week of prophecy begins.
But then he says this blatant heresy...
“𝗦𝗼, 𝗜'𝗺 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝘀𝗲𝘁𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮𝗻𝘆 𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗱 𝗼𝗳 𝗱𝗮𝘁𝗲, 𝗜 𝗻𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗜 𝗻𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹—𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗹 𝗜 𝘀𝗲𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗔𝗯𝗼𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗼𝗳 𝗗𝗲𝘀𝗼𝗹𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗻 𝗜'𝗺 𝗴𝗼𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗼 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝘀𝗲𝘁𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮 𝗱𝗮𝘁𝗲. 𝗔𝗻𝗱 𝗵𝗼𝗽𝗲𝗳𝘂𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝗜'𝗺 𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗮𝗹𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗮𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗲.” —𝗣𝗮𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿 𝗦𝘁𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗻 𝗔𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗼𝗻, 'Revelation - Part 10' (Time: 35:25 minutes into video)
That is 100% heresy on the Scripture! When Jesus said that no one knows the timing of His return, He meant NO ONE! Pastor Anderson foolishly teaches that those alive at the time of the Abomination of Desolation (the prophetic event when the Man of Sin claims to be God, the Messiah) will know WHEN the Rapture is coming, in 75 DAYS! That is DATE SETTING, no matter how he may attempt to dismiss it, and it is a violation of the Scripture. The sad truth is that the New IFB are effectively parrots of Steven Anderson's beliefs, and he is preaching some STRANGE DOCTRINES!

I say that kindly and respectfully, because I love Pastor Anderson and support his soulwinning ministry work. But I am loyal to God, truth and principles. and not to men or institutions. If New IFB thugs want to shove their cult beliefs down other people's throats, except a fight!

Kindly, I didn't start my Facebook page as a place for debate. It is my Facebook page and I am going to promote what I believe to be the truth, to help people. I have unfriended numerous New IFB followers, bullies, who choose to call me "ignorant" for disagreeing with Pastor Anderson's heresies—that Jesus burned in Hell for 3 days, that you must pray to be saved, the lie that homosexuals are beyond the hope of the saving Gospel, the heresy that the earth is only 6,000 years old, and the nonsense of a prewrath Rapture. If you disagree with me, that is fine, but I won't debate with you. I have better things to do than to debate with indoctrinated religious people. My ministry is to help people who are willing to learn the inspired Holy Bible, not entertain followers of Steven Anderson who want to convert me to their heresies.

Kindly, I won't allow New IFB followers to indoctrinate my friends with things that I disagree with, which I believe are harmful and unbiblical. I started my website ministry back in 2002 to teach people, to win the lost, to feed Jesus' sheep, but not to allow critics to debate, argue and confuse people with their slanted views.

I don't have a problem with my ministry friends disagreeing with me, but I don't allow people to share the other side, so to speak. Not on my watch! If that means I will only have two ministry friends left, then so be it, praise God. It is not personal, I do this with everyone. I consider all of my social media venues as my pulpit. Everybody has a right to run their own social media pages the way they want, and this is how I humbly choose to run mine, kindly said. I don't go into other people's social media pages and post why I disagree with them, because in a sense I am in their house.

I respect the New IFB's right to disagree with me, but like Pastor Anderson they don't respect others who disagree with them, and feel compelled to bully them. If you doubt what I say, look what the New IFB have done to my ministry friend, Onorato Diamante on YouTube! The New IFB will attack anybody whom Pastor Anderson attacks. They are all his followers. That is a cult! I cannot think of even one New IFB pastor who disagrees with Pastor Anderson on anything. They all clone him. I didn't pick this fight, it came to me. One New IFB stooge after another keeps berating me, calling me ignorant and foolish for not following what Steven Anderson teaches. They all want to argue by posting Pastor Anderson's sermons for me to watch. Doesn't anybody think for themselves anymore?

Sunday, November 26, 2023

Notable Inspiring Quotes From Famous People

Many of the following quotes are from unsaved people, but they are inspiring none the less. Pastor Jack Hyles (1926-2001) used to wisely say, “Every man is my teacher.” There is something that we can learn from every human being. ...
Muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone. —Alan Watts

The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any. —Alice Walker

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage. —
Anaïs Nin

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before beginning to improve the world. —
Anne Frank

Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. —
Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Every birthday is a gift. Every day is a gift. —
Aretha Franklin

You cannot define a person on just one thing. You can’t just forget all these wonderful and good things that a person has done because one thing didn’t come off the way you thought it should come off. —
Aretha Franklin

Happiness does not consist in pastimes and amusements but in virtuous activities. —

Nothing is impossible; the word itself says ‘I’m possible’! —
Audrey Hepburn

Someday is not a day of the week. —
Author Unknown

Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today. —
Benjamin Franklin

Well done is better than well said. —
Benjamin Franklin

All that we are is the result of what we have thought. —Buddha

So often people are working hard at the wrong thing. Working on the right thing is probably more important than working hard. —Caterina Fake

We need to start work with the idea that we’re going to learn every day. I learn, even at my position, every single day. —Chanda Kochhar

The most powerful control we can ever attain, is to be in control of ourselves. —Chris Page

There is only one success--to be able to spend your life in your own way. —Christopher Morley

Procrastination is like a credit card: it's a lot of fun until you get the bill. —
Christopher Parker

The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions. —

Whatever you think the world is withholding from you, you are withholding from the world. —Eckhart Tolle

Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself. —
Eleanor Roosevelt

If you don’t risk anything, you risk even more. —
Erica Jong

Success is the good fortune that comes from aspiration, desperation, perspiration and inspiration. —
Evan Esar

Good manners will often take people where neither money nor education will take them. —Fanny Jackson Coppin

Inaction will cause a man to sink into the slough of despond and vanish without a trace. —Farley Mowat

By constant self-discipline and self-control, you can develop greatness of character. —Grenville Kleiser

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence. —Helen Keller

Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold. —Helen Keller

Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake. —
Henry David Thoreau

In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity. Henry —
Wadsworth Longfellow

Rule your mind or it will rule you. —

Our humanity is worth a little discomfort, it's actually worth a lot of discomfort. —Ijeoma Oluo

There are two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there. —Indira Gandhi

Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. —James Baldwin

What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make. —Jane Goodall

Life without endeavor is like entering a jewel mine and coming out with empty hands. —Japanese Proverb

Do today what others won't and achieve tomorrow what others can't. —Jerry Rice

If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun. —Katharine Hepburn

I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures. —Lao Tzu

Great acts are made up of small deeds. —Lao Tzu

The flame that burns Twice as bright burns half as long. —Lao Tzu

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. —Lao Tzu

Never limit yourself because of others’ limited imagination; never limit others because of your own limited imagination. —Mae C. Jemison

You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough. —Mae West

When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful. —Malala Yousafzai

No matter how big a nation is, it is no stronger than its weakest people, and as long as you keep a person down, some part of you has to be down there to hold him down, so it means you cannot soar as you might otherwise. —
Marian Anderson

The minute a person whose word means a great deal to others dare to take the open-hearted and courageous way, many others follow. —
Marian Anderson

We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained. —
Marie Curie

Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree. —
Martin Luther

We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right. —Martin Luther King Jr.

The quality, not the longevity, of one’s life is what is important. 
Martin Luther King Jr.

Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness. —
Martin Luther King Jr.

An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity. —
Martin Luther King Jr.

Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others. —
Martin Luther King Jr.

You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it. —
Maya Angelou

If you’re always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be. —
Maya Angelou

If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded. —
Maya Angelou

I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. —Maya Angelou

I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying. —Michael Jordan

There are still many causes worth sacrificing for, so much history yet to be made. —Michelle Obama

True freedom is impossible without a mind made free by discipline. —Mortimer J. Adler

You create opportunities by performing, not complaining. —Muriel Siebert

Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness. —Napoleon Hill

If you can't do great things, do small things in a great way. —Napoleon Hill

There’s a myth that time is money. In fact, time is more precious than money. It’s a nonrenewable resource. Once you’ve spent it, and if you’ve spent it badly, it’s gone forever. —Neil A. Fiore

Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim. Nora Ephron

If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough. Oprah Winfrey

My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life, but doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment. Oprah Winfrey

The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up. Paul Valery

Idleness is only the refuge of weak minds, and the holiday of fools. Philip Dormer Stanhope

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. 
Ralph Waldo Emerson

One of the secrets to staying young is to always do things you don’t know how to do, to keep learning. 
Ruth Reichl

If you do not have courage, you may not have the opportunity to use any of your other virtues. 
Samuel L. Jackson

Don’t be intimidated by what you don’t know. That can be your greatest strength and ensure that you do things differently from everyone else. 
Sara Blakely

Tomorrow is often the busiest day of the week. 
Spanish Proverb

At the end of the day, let there be no excuses, no explanations, no regrets. 
Steve Maraboli

If I had to live my life again, I’d make the same mistakes, only sooner. 
Tallulah Bankhead

You can’t be that kid standing at the top of the waterslide, overthinking it. You have to go down the chute. 
Tina Fey

This is your life and it's ending one minute at a time. 
Tyler Durden, Fight Club

The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack in will. 
Vince Lombardi Jr.

If we don't discipline ourselves, the world will do it for us. William Feather

We are still masters of our fate. We are still captains of our souls. 
Winston Churchill

Do, or do not. There is no try. 

Friday, November 24, 2023

'The Strand Study Bible' Gets Repentance Correct

Matthew 3:1-2, “In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

One of my favorite Bible teachers at Hyles-Anderson College (HAC) was Brad Strand. I got saved at age 13, but didn't learn that Jesus is God until age 18, when Brother Strand taught me with the Bible at HAC. By God's grace, Brad Strand is a brilliant gifted teacher, and has been a faithful pastor in Cash, Texas for many years now.

Having said that, I love The Strand Study Bible. I highly recommend buying one if you want to learn the Bible. I purchased mine from Amazon, and love it so much that I bought two of them while they are still available. Anyway, I was reading Matthew 3:2 this week and was delighted to find that Pastor Strand gets repentance correct. I'm telling you, tragically, that over 90% of preachers today are WRONG on repentance. I'm talking about Adrian Rogers, Ken Ham, Stephen Davey and Ray Comfort, to name but a few infidel heretics! I admit that I was a bit worried when I ordered The Strand Study Bible, concerned that he might have been deceived also by the Devil. Sadly, I'd say about 90% of Baptist pastors today are WRONG on what it means to repent to be saved,

Having said that, and without further ado, I am now going to share with you Pastor Strand's teaching on repentance, which is 100% correct. This is his commentary for Matthew 3:1-2, “In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” ...
This word (Repent) is the Greek word metanoeo. Metanoeo is taken from two Greek words: (meta - meaning, “after”) and (noeo - meaning, “mind”). The word literally means, “after thought” (II Cor. 7:8-10). True repentance means, “to change your mind about what you believe and agree with what God says, and then confess it” (I Jn. 1:9a). God tells us that there are two areas in which we must repent, if we are to be saved. We must change our minds as to:

  1. Who we are (Lk. 5:31-32 & 13:1-5 and Mt. 27:3) — God tells us that we are sinfully sick and in need of the Savior and that we cannot save ourselves (Rom. 3:10, 23).
  2. Who CHRIST is (Mt. 4:13-14 & 11:20-24, Mk. 1:15, Acts 3:12-19 and Acts 2:38a) —Christ is God (Jn. 8:24, 58-59, not a god. Christ is the only Savior (Acts 4:10-12).

Bravo Pastor Strand! I would like to clarify that to “confess it” does not mean with your mouth; but rather, to simply admit to God you are a guilty sinner (Romans 3:19-20). I am against the strange New IFB (New Independent Fundamental Baptist) doctrine today which mandates praying to be saved. The Bible plainly teaches that trusting Jesus Christ as your Savior—believing that He is the only begotten Son of God who died on a cross to pay for your sins and raised from the dead—is enough to be saved (without calling, asking or praying for it). John 6:47, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.”

I humbly applaud Pastor Strand for getting repentance correct, because most pastors today have dropped the ball for God, preaching another gospel. For example, look at these lies:
Ray Comfort:
"If belief is all that is necessary for salvation, then the logical conclusion is that one need never repent.

Huh? Clearly, Ray Comfort thinks you must forsake sinful bad habits to be saved. Ray foolishly teaches that more than faith is required to get to Heaven. He thinks you must perpetually do your best to turn away from sinning to know you are going to Heaven. I have read his deadly, 'The Evidence Bible,' and know well what he teaches. Notice that Ray teaches the same false doctrine as the cult of JW's...
Jehovah's Witnesses:
Salvation is a free gift from God. It cannot be earned. Yet it does require effort on our part.

SOURCE: What Must We Do to Be Saved? - Jehovah's Witnesses Official Website
Say what? That is DAMNABLE HERESY!!! How can salvation be a free gift from God if effort is required on our part? That is a major contradiction. If I give you a “free” birthday gift, but then tell you that you must wash my car to get it, is it really a free gift? No, it would be an exchange, a trade, or a reward, but it couldn't be a gift (because a gift must be completely free). Jehovah's Witnesses are theological liars!!! So also is Ray Comfort, Ken Ham, Pensacola Christian College, Bob Jones University, Marty Herron, Harvest Baptist Church on Guam, John MacArthur and Paul Washer—all theological liars!!!

The Damnable Counterfeit Plan Of Salvation Of Pastor Adrian Rogers

It made my day yesterday when I learned that Pastor Brad Strand is correct on repentance. A genuine born-again believer understands the truth of God's Word (1st Corinthians 2:14-16). But an unsaved religious person cannot understand God's Word. Ray Comfort is NOT saved. Stephen Davey is not saved. I was shocked what Adrian Rogers, former chairman of the Southern Baptist Convention taught about repentance....

At his website, 'Life Worth Finding,' Adrian Rogers presents this counterfeit plan of salvation:
How are we saved? 
By believing in the Lord Jesus Christ. 
Acts 16:30-31
The word “believe” in this verse of Scripture literally means “trust.”
Jesus cannot be our Savior if we are not willing to make Him Lord.
Surrendering to Jesus’ Lordship means that He takes control of our lives.
Once we are saved, God begins to work in us, making us into the persons He wants us to be.

Philippians 1:6
Once we are saved, we are justified immediately in the spirit, sanctified progressively in the soul, and glorified ultimately in the body.

To be saved, we must invite Jesus into our lives; we must ask Him to come into our lives and take control of our lives.

Revelation 3:20 – God desires that we all invite Him in.


John 5:24
When we trust Jesus, as the Bible states, then we are saved.

We do not trust our feelings to know whether or not we’re saved; we trust what God’s Word tells us.

We place our faith in God’s facts.
Do you know Jesus personally? If not, you can pray to Him today by asking Him to come into your life.

Call upon Jesus today. Repent (turn) from your sins, and turn to Jesus. Ask Him to forgive you of your sins, and acknowledge Him as Lord of your life.

Romans 10:9-10

Romans 10:13 [emphasis added]
Pastor Rogers also made these heretical damnable quotes (this page still works)...
"If Jesus is not the Lord of your life, then He is not your Savior. Salvation is not a cafeteria line where we say, 'Well, I believe I'll have a little Savior today, but no Lordship. Thank you.' No! Jesus is Lord." [emphasis added]
I'm sure that some readers are doubting that Rogers went to Hell. I mean, how could a Baptist preacher, who was chairman of the SBC for decades, end up in the fires of Hell? Right? I'm sure some of my blog readers rationalize that every preacher thinks a little but differently, and that God understands allows people to slide (so to speak). But if this were true, then the religious people in Matthew 7:21-23 should have made it into Heaven, but they didn't. You need to understand friend that it doesn't matter how sincere or close to being right you may be, the ONLY thing that matters is whether or not you are one of Jesus' sheep. Does Jesus recognize you as one of His redeemed sheep? That is, have you been born-again?
Matthew 7:21-23, “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”
Jesus called them workers of iniquity!!! They had devoutly followed Jesus as the “Lord” of their lives. They served Him with commitment. They preached (prophesied) in Jesus' name, and were His biggest fans. Yet, they had failed to do the will of the Father, which according to John 6:40 is to wholly trust in Jesus' name. If you missed it the first time, here is more damnable false teaching from Adrian Rogers...
a) We cannot receive what Jesus gives and refuse who Jesus is.
i) Luke 2:10-11
ii) The great need in the world today is salvation, so God sent a Savior.
(1) God sent this message to humble shepherds.
(a) Luke 10:21
(2) If we want to understand who Jesus Christ is, then we must lay our intellectual pride in the dust and ask Him to reveal this truth to us.
iii) The only way to be saved is to confess His Lordship.
(1) Romans 10:9-10 (a) The confession is “Jesus is Lord.”
(2) If Jesus Christ is not our Lord, then we are not saved.
(a) The Bible never says to accept Jesus as Savior.
(i) We cannot receive Christ as Savior and reject Him as Lord and be saved.
iv) We cannot receive God’s gift of salvation if we do not receive Jesus as Lord.
v) Romans 14:9
vi) In order to be saved, we must bow the knee to Jesus, not just “tip the hat” to Him [emphasis added to expose heresies]
SOURCE: Life Worth Fining, 'His Unquestioning Lordship'
Ladies and gentlemen, what you just read is totally of the Devil. Pastor Adrian Rodgers did not go to Heaven when he died. If he did, the Bible is false. If that seems shocking to you, please read Matthew 7:21-23. You don't get to Heaven by calling Jesus, “LORD, LORD” (verse 21). Surrendering to Christ's Lordship is not the way of salvation. The Bible couldn't be any clearer! You must do the will of the Father. That is exactly what Jesus said in 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.” The will of the Father is found in 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.” In the Gospel of John we find the word “believe” mentioned 85 times, without any mention of praying, repenting, calling or surrendering to Christ as “Lord” to be saved. Sadly, Adrian Rodgers was a wolf in sheep's clothing, now being tormented in Hell forever (Matthew 7:15).

Also, Pastor Rogers is quoting from one of the Devil's corrupt modern perversions of the Holy Bible. In fact, Romans 10:9 doesn't teach to confess “Jesus is Lord to be saved, the inspired King James Bible says to confess the Lord Jesus.” Wrong doctrine comes from wrong bibles!

Also, Pastor Rogers flat out lied when he said that “The Bible never says to accept Jesus as Savior.1st John 4:14, “And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.” The Scripture doesn't say that the Father sent Jesus to be the Lord of the world, but the Saviour of the world. John 1:12-13, But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”

Please read 1st Timothy 4:10-11, “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. These things command and teach.” I love that! Jesus is the Savior of all men, especially of those that BELIEVE! What does that mean? It simply means that Jesus paid for everyone's sins with His precious blood on the cross (1st Peter 1:18-19). You don't have to ask God to save you, because He is already freely offering you the gift of eternal life. All you need to do is take it by childlike faith. Simply receive Christ's sacrifice on the cross as payment for your sins, believing that He was buried, but then physically resurrected from the dead on the third day, and you are saved (1st Corinthians 15:1-4).

Brother Strand is 100% right, repentance means to change your mind about two things:
  1. Who we are (Lk. 5:31-32 & 13:1-5 and Mt. 27:3) — God tells us that we are sinfully sick and in need of the Savior and that we cannot save ourselves (Rom. 3:10, 23).
  2. Who CHRIST is (Mt. 4:13-14 & 11:20-24, Mk. 1:15, Acts 3:12-19 and Acts 2:38a) —Christ is God (Jn. 8:24, 58-59, not a god. Christ is the only Savior (Acts 4:10-12).
We are the guilty SINNERS, and Jesus is the blessed SAVIOR!

It is abundantly plain to see from the Scripture that people received Jesus as their personal Savior. John 4:40-42, “So when the Samaritans were come unto him, they besought him that he would tarry with them: and he abode there two days. And many more believed because of his own wordAnd said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world. They didn't acknowledge Jesus as the Lord of the world; but rather, as the SAVIOUR OF THE WORLD!!! Dear reader, Adrian Rogers is a Gospel pervert!
“The worst pervert in America is the Gospel pervert!” —Brother Lester Roloff, from the sermon, “The Gospel Perverts Or Jesus?
I fully agree with what Pastor Curtis Hutson (1934-1995) said...
“But we've so muddied the Gospel, that when men want to make a decision to trust Christ, we've made it so complicated that they can't make a simple decision to 'Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.' We'll say, 'If you don't do this' or 'You don't do that' or 'You haven't done that,' you're not saved'; but the truth of the matter is that when asked in the Bible, 'Sirs, what must I do to be saved?,' one clear simple answer was given to him — 'Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.'” ~Pastor Curtis Hutson, “Things That Are Different Are Not The Same” (preached at Southwide Baptist Fellowship on October 3, 1994)
Also, Dr. Hutson said this truth...
“Faith and repentance are the same; they are not two separate decisions. One cannot trust Christ as Savior without repenting or changing his mind. The very fact that he trusts Christ for salvation shows that he has changed his mind regarding sin, salvation, and God.” —Pastor Curtis Hutson
According to Adrian Rogers' false gospel, you must forsake your sins, invite Jesus into your life, surrender control of your life over to Him, and acknowledge Him as Lord so that He has full control over your life from now on. Folks, none of that is THE GOSPEL! How is any of that the simple childlike faith of John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life”? I triple dog dare you to show me anywhere in the Bible where it says to surrender control of your life over to Jesus as Lord to be saved.

Faith Is The Only Righteous Thing That I Can Do To Be Saved

So when bad preachers tell you that you must repent “OF YOUR SINS” to be saved, they are lying to you and using the law differently than it was intended by God, to give the KNOWLEDGE OF SIN. They are requiring you to OBEY THE LAW to be saved, or to BE WILLING TO KEEP THE LAW to be saved. They say you must be willing to forsake a lifestyle of sinning. But that is not the Gospel of free grace as taught in the inspired King James Bible. Dear friend, Jesus paid your debt of sin, because you couldn't do it, and neither could I. Eternal life is a free gift from God. You don't have to give up anything, nor be willing to give up anything. Consider again this beautiful quote from Pastor Harry Ironside...
“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.”

SOURCE: Pastor Harry A. Ironside, the tract: 'What Is The Gospel?'
Repentance is simply a matter of acknowledging THE TRUTH of your sinnership. 2nd Timothy 2:25, “In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.” Repentance is entirely a matter of the heart, where a person acknowledges THE TRUTH that you are a guilty sinner in the sight of a holy God; thus believing the Gospel you are saved by faith alone.

Salvation is not a reward for the righteous, it is a gift for the guilty!

Salvation is not doing your best, it is having Christ's best put to your account through receiving Him by faith.

Turning away from sinful ways would be a work. Faith puts all of the merit where it belongs, on the object of our faith, Jesus and His work.

If to “repent” means to forsake our sinful ways TO BE SAVED, but Jesus already paid for our sins by dying on the cross, then what are we repenting from?

The true Gospel always points you to CHRIST; a false gospel always points to YOU.

Dear friend, you don't make Jesus Savior or Lord, HE IS SAVIOR AND LORD! But you must receive Him as your Savior to be saved, and then afterwards as your Lord if you want to please the Lord as His child. These are two separate decisions, which is why the Apostle Paul said 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.” SERVICE and SALVATION are two different things. Romans 1:6-7 tell us that Paul wrote the book of Romans to the ”saints” of Rome. Paul is urging them to present their bodies as a living sacrifice to serve God, which he calls their “reasonable service.” Notice that Paul doesn't call it “mandatory service,” nor their “required service,” but their “reasonable service.” If Lordship were necessary to be saved, then Paul would not have made this appeal to them, but he did.

I realize that this blog is about Pastor Brad Strand's helpful 'The Strand Study Bible,' but in order to show you why I so much appreciate that he is doctrinally sound on repentance, I needed to show you what damnable heretics are preaching today.

I hope dear reader that you recognize the seriousness of this matter. Sadly, many churchgoers today are complacent, comfortable and indifferent toward these shocking embellishments of the Gospel, which have perverted God's grace. When a bad preacher adds surrendering one's life to Christ—requiring lost sinners to receive Christ as “
Lord” to take control over one's life, and to turn away from your sinful ways—he has perverted (altered and changed) the Gospel of free grace. Eternal life then is no longer a free gift, but an exchange of sorts.

This dangerous heresy has absolutely destroyed soulwinning churches today. Bob Jones University has been infected. Pastor John MacArthur is a primary carrier of this spiritual disease, and it is highly contagious. Have you been infected dear friend? If you have, then repent of your Lordship heresy and instead believe the 'GOOD NEWS' of Jesus Christ crucified, buried and risen to be saved. That is the only way!

I know that this has been a rather lengthy blog, and I have so much more that I could say, but you get the point I humbly think. I rejoice and praise God for doctrinally sound Bible teachers like Pastor Brad Strand. Repentance to be saved has NOTHING to do with you giving up your sins, nor even being willing to give up your sins; but rather, changing your mind from whatever it is that has been hindering you from doing the one thing that can save a sinner—BELIEVING THE GOSPEL (GOOD NEWS) that Jesus is the Christ, the only begotten Son of God—who died in our place on the cross, was buried and bodily resurrected from the dead three days later (1st Corinthians 15:1-4; Romans 1:16).

God Knows Everything We Think, Say And Do

Psalms 139:1-6, “O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me.  Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought ...