Ephesians 5:10-12, “Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.”
After living on the island of Guam for 17 years, I decided to move 9,000 miles across the world to the city of Pensacola, Florida in July of 2021. I wasn't sure which church to attend at first, so I randomly chose to go visit Campus Church (which is literally located on the campus of Pensacola Christian College). Many people saw my black shirt with a “Guam” logo, or heard from others that I had come all the way from Guam.
To my horror and disgust, the name of Harvest Baptist Church on Guam kept coming up. I found out quickly that the Pensacola Christian College (PCC) camp are in bed fornicating spiritually with the reprobate Bob Jones University (BJU) crowd. I learned that the radio announcer here at Campus Church has a son, who operates the radio station for the Harvest Baptist Church on Guam. I realized quickly, to their utter contempt and shame at PCC, that they sinfully bid Godspeed to evildoers. BJU preaches hardcore Calvinism (aka, Lordship Salvation).
Read for yourself what BJU president Dr. Steve Pettit told 2,700 students and faculty on January 26, 2015 in chapel:
“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)
“God's people HAVE TO continue in the faith! They MUST PERSEVERE, because perseverance is the testimony of the reality of your faith!” [emphasis added] —Dr. Steve Pettit (“What Does It Mean To Run 'The Race'?” - 25:13)
No, the reality of the genuineness of my faith is MY FAITH ITSELF! You DON'T have to persevere to get to Heaven. The indwelling Holy Spirit automatically perseveres in us, so that we are eternally secure in the Father's hands. 1st John 5:20, “And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.” Jesus IS eternal life and God. If you have accepted Jesus as your personal Savior, then you have eternal life. John 6:47, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.”
Dr. Pettit is hypocritical to say you are not saved by works, but if you don't have works you're not saved! That is a manipulative backdoor approach to Lordship Salvation!!! Front-loading the Gospel is when you require meritorious works of a person to be saved. Rear-loading the Gospel is when you require meritorious works of a person after they are saved. Either way, preachers are perverting the Gospel when they ADD to it! 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.” Kindly, Dr. Steve Pettit is perverting the Gospel of free grace!!!
Since the day I trusted Christ as my personal Savior in 1980 at age 13, there's never been another sin that could put me back into debt. God's righteousness was put (imputed) to my account by faith. Christ paid for my sins so that I wouldn't have to. Since we are all unjust by nature and by choice, we cannot save ourselves (Isaiah 64:6). CHRIST PAID THE PRICE IN FULL WITH HIS PRECIOUS BLOOD FOR MY SINS AND YOURS (1st Peter 1:18-19). That is the best news in all the world. I am going to Heaven on the merit of God's righteousness, not mine. 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:”
Evangelist Steve Pettit is a theologically incompetent man, as is Marty Herron, Chuck Phelps, Gary Walton, Sam Horn and John MacArthur. These religious men are all to some degree Calvinists!!! “Calvinism” is damnable doctrine (as taught and popularized) by John Calvin (1509-1564). Calvinists complicate the Gospel by adding sanctification (living a changed life) to justification by faith alone. Pilgrim's Progress author John Bunyan (1628-1688) said it best:
“If you do not put a difference between justification wrought by the man Christ without and sanctification wrought by the Spirit of Christ within, you are not able to divide the Word aright; but contrariwise, you corrupt the Word of God, and cast stumbling blocks before the people.” [emphasis added] —Evangelist John Bunyan
- Christ died on the cross for our sins.
- He was buried to certify that He was actually dead.
- After three days Jesus bodily resurrected from the dead for our justification.
The cross upon which Jesus diedIs a shelter in which we can hideAnd its grace so free is sufficient for meAnd deep is its fountain as wide as the seaThere's room at the cross for youThere's room at the cross for youThough millions have come there's still room for one . . .
So “faith” for salvation according to BOTH Ellen White and Steve Pettit is not simply trusting upon the Gospel to be saved; but also, salvation is a package deal that requires sanctification and glorification, and you cannot merely get saved and that's it! Folks, that is a works-based plan of salvation!!! Ellen G. White teaches that the Christian faith encompasses all of the obligations of living the Christian life. That is exactly what Steve Pettit teaches!
Dear reader, we have a responsibility as God's children to earnestly contend for the Christian faith (Jude 1:3). The only ones who aren't doing this are career pastors whose bread and butter (i.e., their paycheck) depends on sucking up to their corrupt peers. That is why Jesus warned everyone in Luke 16:13, “No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” It's all about making money today!
PCC and BJU have shamefully fined tuned their methods, so as to avoid discouraging and to maximize enrollment. So they lower their moral standards of dress, offer more secular career degrees instead of preparation for the ministry, and refrain from contending for the faith or exposing anyone (which could cause a loss of revenue). What manipulative predators!!! It is nauseating to see what is coming out of today's Bible colleges!!! Right doctrine doesn't matter anymore to today's corrupt Bible colleges. None of them contend for the faith anymore. They're all sleeping in a spiritual bed of fornication today, living large by parasiting off of the churches! Satan is very pleased with Pensacola Christian College PCC), as they bid Godspeed to the ungodly Bob Jones crowd and their wicked Calvinist false plan of salvation.