Monday, February 28, 2022

What Does The Bible Say About Tithing?

Malachi 3:8-11, “Will a man rob God?  Yet ye have robbed me.  But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee?  In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.  And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts.” 2nd Corinthians 9:7, "Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver."

Boy, that passage from Malachi 3:8-11 is the GO TO passage for every covetous pastor in the world. Well over 95% of Baptist preachers abuse this Scripture passage! Folks, RIGHT DOCTRINE MATTERS! There's not a better example of bad Bible interpretation than what nearly all Baptist preachers do to butcher this passage from Malachi 3:8-11. Will a man rob God? Boy, that sure will preach, won't it? The big problem is that tithing is not for today!

The word "tithe" means "one tenth." It was a Jewish custom in the Old Testament, instituted by God to support the priestly tribe of the Levites. Hence, tithing is NOT a New Testament command for Christians. Certainly, God loveth a cheerful giver. 2nd Corinthians 9:7, "Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver." There's the key... as every man has PURPOSED IN HIS HEART. Giving is a personal matter, of which we all must choose as individuals. It is very wrong for pastors to browbeat their people, threatening them with God's wrath if they don't give tithes & offerings.

In Malachi 3:8 God was upset with the Jews for not tithing. Their own homes were well taken care of, while the Temple of God had become dilapidated and broken down over the past 19 years. Strangers passing through Israel saw the neglected Temple, which brought shame on God's people. But things are different in modern times. We are not obligated to give a certain amount to God. Nor are we obligated to give to a certain church, ministry, nor to a certain pastor. I have heard countless pastors preach that people are "robbing God" based upon Malachi 3:8, by not giving both "tithes and offerings."

Kindly said, when I was still a teenager, my pastor used to teach that by tithing 10% we hadn't given God anything yet, we simply handed over what we owed Him. The pastor insisted that we must give MORE (5% being the usual suggested amount). We had it engrained into our minds that you were commanded by God to donate both tithes AND offerings!!! And if you didn't, you were a dirty thief who is robbing God almighty!

None of this tommyrot is Biblical. Yet, millions of believers out of a misguided sense of guilty donate tithes & offerings. And also, most preachers teach that we must give tithes & offerings of our Gross Income (what we earn before taxes are removed). Again, that is balderdash! That is false teaching. If a man or woman is wealthy, they should give God more. Dr. Russell Anderson grew up in eastern Kentucky, working in the coal mines. In time he got involved in the construction business, worked hard, and started investing in rental properties and real estate. Dr. Anderson (now 92 years old) amassed a fortune of $100,000,000.

He has given at least $50,000,000 to the work of Jesus Christ. Dr. Anderson gave $35,000,000 to Hyles-Anderson College, where I attended and graduated (1985-1993). Dr. Anderson also gave another $8,000,000 to the First Baptist Church Of Hammond, Indiana to build their new church building. Sadly, the church and college CHANGED their position on the Holy Bible in 2008, publicly denying the inspiration of the King James Bible. Dr. Anderson rightly withdrew his support of FBCH and HAC, humbling requesting in 2015 that Pastor John Wilkerson please remove his name from the college after whom he is co-named. They refused to do so, dishonoring Dr. Anderson.

Of course, Brother Anderson gave all that money to Jesus Christ, and he hasn't lost any rewards for cheerfully giving to God's work. The blood is upon the incompetent hands of their new leaders at FBCH (which controls HAC). It is all so tragic and sad. Dr. Russell Anderson deserves so much better than to be mistreated, ignored and humiliated by a small group of arrogant wicked men who have hi-jacked FBCH and HAC. It blows my mind that they no longer believe we have God's inspired Words today! Anyway, I mentioned Dr. Anderson as one example of someone who became rich and gave MUCH MORE than 10% to God.

So in summary, God clearly wants every believer in the churches to financially support the work of God. 1st Corinthians 16:2, "Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come." The Bible says to give according to how much God has PROSPERED us, not according to how much the pastor threatens us to give, or else our house will burn down and our kids will get sick and die. I have actually heard pastors teach that horrible kind of stuff! 

Granted, there wouldn't be any missionaries without donations to churches. Someone's got to pay the bills. I think it is fine for pastors to ask their church members if they will please consider giving 10%, or whatever, BUT it is SINFUL to require a 10% tithe which God does NOT require. It is wicked to tell people that they are robbing God by not giving 10%, and that they must give offerings above and beyond their 10% tithe. None of that is Biblical. So I am not against giving to the work of God, we all should give to God's work as God has prospered us, using sound wisdom; but how much we give and whether we personally choose to give SACRIFICIALLY is completely up to us, not by commandment of God.

I could write a book on tithing. I am so disgusted with lying pastors. Dr. Jack Hyles didn't believe in giving money to parachurch ministries. He believed that it funneled much needed resources away from New Testament churches. But Dr. John R. Rice (who was Dr. Hyles' mentor and 31 years older than him) taught that believers can give money wherever they want, not just to a church, which doesn't surprise me because Brother Rice ran a parachurch ministry (i.e., The Sword Of The Lord, founded in 1934). So we see how each man's ministry situation influenced their doctrinal

I tend to agree with Pastor Hyles. Way too much money is being foolishly given to idiots like Pat Robertson (The 700 Club). Pat Robertson and company take in about $650,000,000 each year! They lie to people, promising divine healing through their TV set in exchange for donations. That is so wrong on multiple levels. Ray Comfort is a religious clown, who never gets anybody saved with his Lordship Salvation heresy. Mr. Comfort takes in about $3,500,000 per year!

And Ken Ham makes me vomit, taking in about $37,000,000 a year. Mr. Ham falsely requires people to repent "of your sin" to be saved, which is KEEPING THE LAW. That is another gospel. Sadly, Pastor Clarence Sexton 100% supports Ken Ham. So also does Pensacola Christian College, helping to make Mr. Ham even more filthy rich. The churches are deprived of all that money! Ken Ham takes in 222 times each year what the average church receives in annual donations (about $90,000). That bothers me immensely! Why does Ken Ham need all that cheddar? I mean, filthy lucre?

I believe that Christians need to re-think where we give our money. Our money is actually God's money, all of it. We have been bought with a price (1st Corinthians 6:20). That price is the precious blood of Jesus (1st Peter 1:18-19). The moment we got saved, everything we own became God's. Having said all that. I think we should help to support our local church, according to their needs, not wants. I have a hard time donating God's money, which He has entrusted to me, to a church whose pastors take bi-annual trips to the Holy Land.

The now spiritually defunct Harvest Baptist Church on Guam, used to do that for many years, taking dozens of church members on bi-annual trips to Israel. Their incompetent senior pastor Marty Herron was living large, flying all around the world, having a good time. Meanwhile from the pulpit they pressured their congregation to "give sacrificially until it hurts." What hypocrisy! I know because I was there for the years of 2013-2014.

It immensely bothers me that of all the resources people have to offer God (time, talent, skills, et cetera), the one thing that pastors want the most is MONEY! Comedian George Carlin used to say that God is omnibenevolent, omniscient, omnipresent and omnipotent; but He seems to have a problem with His finances because He is always broke and needs money! I thought that was funny. Sad but true, Christianity has been turned into a BUSINESS in America!

So I think we should give to our local church, but cautiously, not blindly. We ought not help bad churches spread a false gospel of Lordship Salvation, misunderstood repentance or Calvinism. We ought not give money to bad pastors who merely collect a salary and the church is nothing more than a glorified social club with four walls and a roof. I think we should give to a soulwinning work.

The Baptist church I am now attending is struggling. They don't have any organized time to go soulwinning. I handed the senior pastor a hardcopy of the helpful book: "I Never Knew You," last month by Michael P. Bowen. He thanked me and that was the end of the matter. I didn't ask him what he thought of the book, nor did he tell me. It was simply F.Y.I. to help him, so now he has no excuse on Judgment Day if he embellishes the Gospel and misleads people. I believe the pastor is saved, but he irritates me by continually teaching people to "have a relationship with Jesus" to get to Heaven.

Although every child of God has a RELATIONSHIP as God's adopted child (Romans 8:15), there is no mention of starting a RELATIONSHIP with Jesus to get saved. When asked how to be saved, Paul and Silas told the Roman jailor in Acts 16:31, "BELIEVE ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST." I don't like when preachers use unbiblical terms, like having a "relationship" with Jesus to get to Heaven. Judas had a relationship with Jesus, but he had a devil in him (John 6:70). The pastor of the church I am attending makes it clear that we cannot save ourselves, Jesus paid it all on the cross.

So I do believe that he is saved, but he has been trained poorly in my humble opinion. I just keep my mouth shut, take the good and leave the bad. That is all I can do, without losing another church family. I have already handed the pastor THE TRUTH. I have done my part. Now I will continue to pray for him. I love the church, I just get frustrated hearing a shallow Gospel presentation. The Gospel (or Good News) is three things: Jesus DIED on the cross for our sins; He was BURIED; and He RESURRECTED three days later physically (1st Corinthians 15:1-4). That is "THE GOSPEL," not pursuing a "relationship" with Jesus. Arrggh! Preachers... gotta love 'em!

I do believe in giving to God's work, cheerfully so, to a worthy ministry that is fulfilling The Great Commission (Matthew 18:19-20). But donating money to a parachurch charity, like the Salvation Army, is not the same as giving to a soulwinning local church. The Salvation Army preaches Calvinism (point 9 in their statement of faith). They teach that salvation is a "state" which can be forfeited by unfaithfulness. That is NOT a free grace Gospel. As Dr. Hyles says: "The 'Salvation Army' today is more ARMY than SALVATION!" They pay their CEO a compensation package of about $300,000 a year! Not bad for "serving" God as a so-called non-profit charity.

I won't give money to ANY group that pays a 6-digit salary to anyone! That is disgusting. Just because that is the way things are in the United States doesn't mean it is ethical or that I have to accept it. The average American's annual salary today is about $50,000 a year. I have a problem with the leaders of a "charity" getting paid $450,000 a year! The Bible teaches us to "give alms" to the poor. I would rather just give it directly to the poor, and eliminate the middle guy who is making $175,000 a year salary.

Tithing is NOT for today! It was a Jewish practice under Old Testament ceremonial law, which were all nailed to the cross (Colossians 2:14-16). We ought to give cheerfully. I honestly think that the Lord doesn't want our money if we have reservations about giving it to Him. One of the big problems is that too many pastors have a bunch of projects that they are working on, like king Solomon, expecting their people to pay for it all. So many churches create a bunch of unnecessary expenditures.

When I attended Campus Church at Pensacola Christian College last summer, they spent $10,000 to replace the carpeting in one of their buildings which they use for banquets and a dining hall. The former red carpeting looked very nice in my humble opinion. They replaced it with puke green, which looks awful. It used to look bright and cheerful, but now it looks so dreary and depressing! What a big waste of the Lord's money!

Also, I don't think anybody should ever give money to a church on credit. God doesn't want us to go into debt for our church, while our pastor doesn't. I hate when pastors do that. When normal people need more money, we have to sign up to work overtime; but when pastors need more money, they just browbeat and pressure people from the pulpit. Since people love their pastors and God, they almost always succumb to such pressure. That has always bothered me, that some pastors take advantage of their people financially. The Bible says that if a man doesn't take care of his own family, he is worse than an infidel (a Christ rejecter).

I heard Pastor Hyles say in a sermon last night called: "The Most Important Preparation For A Happy Old Age," that the saying "Charity starts at home," is false. Dr. Hyles says we ought to give charity to everybody. I humbly disagree with him, and so does the Bible. 1st Timothy 5:8, "But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel." So charity does indeed start at home, where it should! 

When I attended Bible college, we had some male students who would buy shoes for their bus kids, while their own biological children needed new shoes! That is wrong! Some of those men would spend all day Saturday on their bus route ministry labouring to fill a bus on Sunday, but didn't spend time with their own family. So I am a firm believer that charity starts at home!

The bottom line is that everyone has a right to their own OPINION, but no one has a right to their own FACTS! The fact of the matter is that tithing was a Jewish custom for Old Testament saints only, not for New Testament Christians today. Whether we should give donations to local churches is irrelevant to the question of whether tithing is valid today or not. No, it is not! I believe we definitely should give financially to support God's work, diligently so; but we must give responsibly, not out of fear, obligation or high-pressure tactics from the pulpit.

Sunday, February 27, 2022

The Deadly Corrupt Preaching Of Pastor Roland Rasmussen

Galatians 1:6-9, “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.”

Pastor Roland M. Rasmussen (1916-2020), was a great man, but not a godly man. Job 32:9-10, “Great men are not always wise: neither do the aged understand judgment. Therefore I said, Hearken to me; I also will shew mine opinion.” Proverbs 16:31, “The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness.” Kindly said, pastor Rasmussen was not a born-again Christian! No way, as I will show you.

The following is a critical review of Pastor Roland Rasmussen's heretical open letter (dated December 12, 1996) to Dr. Shelton Smith (editor of the Sword of the Lord). The open letter was titled: “Repentance Versus the Heresies of Curtis Hutson & Jack Hyles.” Sadly, Pastor Rasmussen publicly attacked Pastor's Curtis Hutson and Jack Hyles for preaching salvation by faith alone! Dr. Rasmussen taught that to be saved a person must also turn away from a lifestyle of sinning. This is the SAME demonic garbage preached by the Bob Jones University crowd today!!!

*Robert N. Wilkin (Th.M., PhD, Dallas Theological Seminary) is the Founder and Executive Director of Grace Evangelical Society and co-host of Grace in Focus Radio. He lives in Highland Village, TX with his wife, Sharon.

'Repentance Versus the Heresies of Curtis Hutson & Jack Hyles': An Open Letter (dated Dec. 12, 1996) to Dr. Shelton Smith, Editor of Sword of the Lord. By Roland Rasmussen. Published in pamphlet form by Faith Baptist Church of Canoga Park, CA. 21 pp.

Here is Pastor Wilkin's excellent critique of Dr. Roland Rasmussen's deadly false doctrine, and a valiant defense of the free grace Gospel...
Having written my doctoral dissertation on repentance and salvation, I read this booklet with keen interest. As the title suggests, this booklet could hardly be described as irenic; it is a strong attack on the Free Grace view of the gospel.

Its thesis is that faith alone is not sufficient to save anyone. According to Rasmussen, sorrow for sin and turning from sins are also required for salvation.

This raises a problem for anyone who believes in justification by faith alone. How can justification be by faith alone if remorse and “abandonment of sin” (p. 13) are also required? However, seemingly unaware that what he is saying contradicts justification by faith alone, Rasmussen rebukes the late Dr. Hutson for teaching that faith and repentance are synonyms. Hutson advocated the change-of-mind view also held by such men as Drs. Lewis Sperry Chafer and Charles C. Ryrie. Rasmussen directly states that “faith and repentance are not the same” (p. 19, though no page numbers appear in the booklet). Clearly there can be no other conclusion than that for Rasmussen there are at least two (or even three) conditions of salvation: 1) faith, and 2) remorse over—and turning from—one’s sins. Faith isn’t enough. Nor are faith and remorse enough (see p. 13). All three are required.

Rasmussen doesn’t say, but one wonders which sins must be abandoned? How would a person seeking salvation know what he or she had to give up in order to be saved? Should we carry around a list of the sins which must be forsaken? If so, where do we get this list? Does the Bible contain a list of sins that must be forsaken to gain the free gift of eternal life? Logically, if sins must be abandoned, then all sins must be abandoned. That would include both sins of commission—things we do which we are commanded not to do (such as lying, cheating, stealing, coveting, being jealous, having outbursts of anger, etc.) and sins of omission—things we fail to do but are commanded to do (such as praying without ceasing, giving, loving our neighbor as ourselves, owing no man anything, loving your wife as Christ loves the church, submitting to your husband, etc.).

There are many biblical difficulties inherent in the view that one must abandon his sins in order to gain eternal salvation—none of which is answered in the booklet. According to the Gospel of John, the only book in the Bible whose express purpose is evangelistic (John 20:31), the only condition of eternal life is believing in Jesus. Repentance isn’t mentioned even once.

Jesus didn’t tell the woman at the well in John 4:17-18ff that she needed to be sorry for her sins, or that she needed to resolve to give them up. Nor did John indicate that she was sorry, or that she determined to turn from her sins.

Likewise in Acts 15:7-11; 16:30-31 and Ephesians 2:8-9 there is no mention of remorse or turning from sins. Salvation is not of works, lest anyone should boast.

If even one passage in Scripture clearly shows that a person is saved by faith alone, apart from remorse or turning from sins (and many do), then we can be sure that faith is the only requirement, since Scripture is without error and doesn’t contradict itself.

This booklet contains three citations from seventeenth century Baptist creeds which adopt the view that to be saved one must have remorse for his sins and must either resolve to amend his life or else actually endeavor to do so. While this is interesting, I wonder what it proves. The issue, which surely Rasmussen would agree with, is what the Scriptures teach, not the Council of Trent, Vatican II, the Westminster Confession of Faith, or the Second London Confession of 1688 (one of the Baptist Creeds Rasmussen cites). Even if every Baptist who ever lived held Rasmussen’s view—and thank God they have not—if the Scriptures don’t teach that view, then it must be rejected.

Herein lies the major weakness of Rasmussen’s presentation: The author devotes only about one page (part of pp. 15 and 16) in an effort to show that his position is biblical. Interestingly, in none of the limited passages he cites is salvation even mentioned! The closest is Luke 13:3, which says, “Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” That text in no way proves Rasmussen’s view. In the first place, some commentators feel that Jesus was speaking of perishing physically. Jesus may well have been promising that, apart from national repentance, Israel would fall and be removed from the promised land and many Jews would die. (This is what happened in the Jewish Wars of A.D. 66-70.) In the second place, even if this is referring to individuals and eternal condemnation, one must still determine what Jesus meant here by “repent” (metanoeō). Rasmussen fails to show contextual evidence that it doesn’t mean “change of mind regarding Christ,” as Hutson and Hyles would presumably argue. In fact, he merely cites the verse and moves on, with not a word of comment about it.

Rasmussen would like for Sword of the Lord to adopt his view of the gospel. Fortunately, that isn’t likely to happen, since Sword of the Lord has long stood for the clear gospel, the free gift of eternal life received by faith alone in Christ alone.

Robert N. Wilkin
Associate Editor
Journal of the Grace Evangelical Society
Irving, TX


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.

We must stay true to the simplicity of the gospel!! Repentance regarding salvation is a change of mind from unbelief to belief!!! We must earnestly contend for the faith (Jude 1:3).

Interestingly, according to Pastor Steven L. Anderson of the Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe, Arizona, it was Pastor Roland Rasmussen who led both of Brother Anderson's parents to the Lord. That is disturbing! How can an infidel win others to Christ? Pastor Anderson rightly preaches that no one can be saved who adds keeping the deeds of the law (i.e., turning away from sin) to be saved. Read what the Apostle Paul said to rebuke the Bob Jones University, John MacArthur and Roland Rasmussen crowd of their time in the first century:

Galatians 3:1-3, “O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? 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 Greek word baskaino for “bewitched” in Colossians 3:1 is very interesting. It means to malign, that is, (by extension), to fascinate (by false representations).” The word malign here is defined as malignant, i.e., a cancerous tumor! A cancerous tumor is malignant, meaning it can grow and spread to other parts of the body. The foolish Galatian churches had been deceived. They saw the bright neon lights of a false gospel, and were fascinated by it because it appealed to their sinful human nature, not understanding the truth (2nd Peter 3:16-17). 

They of the circumcision (who required keeping the Old Testament ceremonial laws to get to Heaven) spoke eloquently, deceiving the naïve Galatian churches. The false teachers were very likable and winsome in their personalities (as are nearly all false prophets). In their carnal fascination, the Galatian churches had embraced a cancerous malignant cult! I cannot speak to what Pastor Anderson's parents believe, but I know from his sermons that Brother Anderson is saved. Unfortunately, there is no way that Pastor Roland Rasmussen was saved, because he believed that faith was not enough to be saved. What saith the Scripture? Galatians 3:26, “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.” If turning away from sinful bad habits were also required to get to Heaven, then Galatians 3:26 would have said so, but it doesn't. We are simply taught to have FAITH in Jesus Christ!!!

It ought not come as a surprise that someone can be impressibly religious, zealous about serving Christ, full of Bible lingo and knowledge; and yet never have been born-again at all. What saith the Scripture? ...

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.

Will Jesus Christ one day deny knowing you dear reader? Will He recognize you as one of His lambs? Have you done the Father's will? We find the Father's will in John 6:40, which is to simply BELIEVE ON JESUS! 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. Sadly, Roland Rasmussen didn't do the Father's will, like Bob Jones College today, he perverted God's grace by embellishing the Gospel.

Monday, February 21, 2022

This Is Why Women Ought Not Be Preachers

1st Timothy 2:11-15, “Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.”

The inspired Word of God in no uncertain terms forbids women from usurping authority over men or from teaching of speaking in official church matters. Men are to keep silent and be in all subjection to male authority. If that offends you, get right with God hussy!

I was disgusted today when I read the following despicable news:
Leader of the second largest congregation in the Presbyterian Church (USA), Rev. Shannon Johnson Kershner has declared that Christianity is not the only way to heaven.

Kershner, 45, who leads the 5,500-member Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, Illinois, expressed her belief in a podcast with the Chicago Sun-Times after she was asked the question “Is Christianity the only way to heaven?” SOURCE
First of all, only God is to be reverenced, not any human being. The word “reverend” only appears once in the Old Testament concerning God. Psalms 111:9, “He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name.

Second, the Holy Bible in no uncertain terms forbids women pastors. Women are to keep quiet in official church matters. All across America high society type women are destroying churches. Pastor Jack Hyles (1926-2001) said that truth. Ungodly women don't listen, just as Eve didn't listen, disregarding God's Word and doing as they please instead. Consequently, Hell hath enlarged itself. Where are the men? Only in a society of wimpy and impotent males can women usurp authority, whether in secular culture or the church itself. Where are the men today? Psalms 12:1, “Help, LORD; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men.

Isaiah 3:12, “As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them.  O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths. Unlike the fantasy world on television, historically whenever women have ruled over men it was a disaster! Like it or not, God created women as the weaker vessel. 1st Peter 3:7, “Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.” Women who refuse to acknowledge their God-given role as the weaker vessel, set themselves up for a difficult life.

All across the United States there are millions of divorced women today. Many of them have quit their marriages wearing rose-colored glasses, desiring a seemingly better life of bar-hopping with friends, traveling the world and living large. It is pathetic! and other popular dating websites are comprised 90% of divorced women with children, hoping to find Mr. Right to fix their broken life. Good luck! Such women will never be content or happy. No woman will ever truly be happy until she fulfills God's purpose for her life, which is to become a HELP MEET to a husband. Genesis 2:18, “And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.”

If you read the average dating profile today posted by women, they are all selfishly looking for a man to spoil them. Is it surprising that they are divorced? I think not. Many women want a tall guy, financially stable, preferably with hair, someone who will make them laugh and discover the best in themselves. Literally, American women today have adopted the role of men, looking for a man to complete them, instead of them completing a man as God intended. Consequently, millions of people cannot find companionship. It is especially difficult for men to find a wife, because on average males outnumber females 7-to-1 on dating websites. Women today have unrealistic expectations, searching for Tom Cruise among the Barnet Rubble dating profile crowd.

Third, Pastor Shannon Kershner is a false prophet! She is wrong on the Gospel. Let me share the earlier quote with you again. This is really tragic:
Leader of the second largest congregation in the Presbyterian Church (USA), Rev. Shannon Johnson Kershner has declared that Christianity is not the only way to heaven. 
Kershner, 45, who leads the 5,500-member Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, Illinois, expressed her belief in a podcast with the Chicago Sun-Times after she was asked the question “Is Christianity the only way to heaven?” SOURCE

 But what did Jesus say? John 14:6, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” Kindly said, Shannon Kershner is a fool. She is not a born-again believer. NO WAY! No one is saved who denies salvation only through the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth (Acts 4:10-12). ...

According to the Presbyterian Panel Survey, 2012-2014, 45 percent of PCUSA pastors strongly disagree or disagree that "only followers of Jesus Christ can be saved." SOURCE
Well, there are two things wrong with the preceding statements. First, you don't get saved by “following Jesus Christ, you get saved by receiving His sacrifice on the cross as payment for your sins (1st Corinthians 15:1-6). JESUS PAID IT ALL!!! Judas followed Christ, being one of His very chosen apostles; yet, Judas died in his sins and went to Hell in unbelief. John 6:70 says that Judas had a devil in him. Matthew 27:3 says that Judas even “repented himself” (i.e., he was sorry for what he had done to betray Jesus), but that is not how you get saved. Reformation (turning away from sin) is not repentance (changing one's mind) unto life. If Judas had truly repented (changed his thinking), then he would have BELIEVED on the name of Jesus, but he didn't.
“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 (1934-1995)
Judas never trusted Jesus Christ as His personal Savior, which is the only way to be saved. John 3:3, “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

I am 100% unalterably against women pastors, lesbians, feminists and career women. Women ought not preach with authority, neither to men or women! Kindly said, Renee Roland on YouTube is shameful, running her mouth like the Grand Canyon, as she denies the fundamental Bible truth of eternal punishment for the wicked. Women are to be servants in the home and church, not leaders. But don't expect this baby-murdering, pro-sodomite, King James Bible hating, immodesty-clothed, nothing is sacred anymore, perverse generation to agree with God's inspired Word. Why do you think everyone hates the King James Bible? Why do you think the Devil's crowd are relentlessly trying to change God's Word into a lie? (Romans 1:25). The TRUTH is only hate to those who HATE the truth!

I always have to leave a disclaimer, lest feminists falsely accuse me of hating women. I believe that women and men are EQUAL. The dearest creation God ever made in my humble opinion is the woman. This matter is not about the worth of a female; but rather, of authority. God is an authoritative God. The King James Bible speaks with God's authority, which is why liberals, kooks and wicked people hate it so much. God has ordained masculine authority in the marriage, home and church. God doesn't tell heathen society how to operate, because God doesn't expect the wicked to take heed to His commandments. But if you are saved and love Jesus, then you will keep His commandments (John 14:15; 15:14).

American society is filled with rebels, both men and women alike. Men rebel against God, women rebel against their husbands, children rebel against their parents, and people rebel against their government. The way to peace is always OBEDIENCE!!!

Hence, divorce is the ultimate act of rebellion, by which a woman is declaring herself free and no longer under her husband's authority. Likewise, when a woman enters into the church pulpit as a pastor, she is declaring mutiny, exercising an act of rebellion against a holy God. ALL women preachers are false prophets! Joyce Meyer is a false prophet!!! It doesn't matter if her teachings help some people, God forbids any woman from usurping authority over men! Miss Meyer is guilty of preaching many false doctrines, confusing people, drawing money and people away from the New Testament church, and rebelling against a holy God.

Beware of False Prophet Joyce Meyer

Here's another example of why women ought not be preachers. Miss Joyce Meyer is a damnable false prophet, who adds works to partial faith in Christ. She is WRONG on God's simple plan of salvation, teaching garbage theology:
“When you're born-again, you admit that you're a sinner. You ask God to forgive your sins. And you invite Him to come and live in your heart. You must be willing to turn away from sin. You don't just receive and kind of tack Him on to your mess like a magic charm. You'd have to be willing to turn away from sin. You can't do it on your own. But if you're willing to do it, God will help you and He will teach you how to live the way that He wants you to live.” [emphasis added] —Joyce Meyer, “How Do I Get To Heaven” (13:36 time in video)
I am sickened by Miss Meyer's corrupt plan of salvation. She just wants your money friend. Beware of this ungodly woman! Miss Meyer further heretically teaches:
“If you've never received Christ as your Savior. You've never invited Him to come into your life. You've never come to that point of saying, 'I am a miserable sinner, and God I do need you, I cannot help myself.' Then you need to surrender tonight—and that's really what it's all about—it's about surrender! It's about letting God get into the driver's seat of your life. It's about you discontinuing trying to run the show, and telling God what all your plans are. It's you giving Him the reigns, and saying: 'You lead and I'll follow.'” [emphasis added] —Joyce Meyer, “How Do I Get To Heaven” (22:00 time in video)
My God in Heaven, none of that is THE GOSPEL!!! Nowhere does the Bible teach us to be willing to turn away from our sins, follow Christ, surrender our will, give God control, give Him the reigns, or discontinuing running our own life to get to Heaven. Joyce Meyer is a fool in God's sight. She preaches another gospel accursed by God (Galatians 1:6-9). 1st Corinthians 15:1-5 plainly defines the gospel for us:
1st Corinthians 15:1-4, “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:”
Satan's greatest weapon is to con people into living the Christian life without ever being born-again. You cannot be born-again by surrendering your life to Jesus Christ. That was the fatal mistake of the false prophets in the book of Matthew:
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.
They called Jesus their “Lord.” They surrendered all to Him. They followed Him. They preached in Jesus' name. They did many wonderful works in Jesus' name. They cast our devils in Jesus' name. But they weren't saved. Jesus denied even knowing them as His sheep. The dear Savior plainly tells us what their deadly error was, 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” (Matthew 7:21).

What exactly is the will of the heavenly Father? I'm glad that you asked. 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. There it is, plain and simple. That so profoundly easy, free and simple—just BELIEVE ON JESUS!!! Acts 16:30b-31, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.”

So where in the inspired Holy Bible did Joyce Meyer find surrender your life to Christ, be willing to turn away from your sinning, discontinue trying to run the show, invite Christ into your heart and life, give up the reigns of control to God, follow Christ, live for God, et cetera? The answer is SHE DIDN'T, she made it all up, perverting the free grace of God. If you follow what Joyce Meyer is errantly preaching, you won't be saved and you WILL spend eternity burning in the fires of Hell (Revelation 20:11-15).

You've got to get born-again, but as I just showed you from John 6:40 and Acts 16:30-31, that can only happen if you BELIEVE ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, apart from all else. No, you don't have to turn away from sinning to go to Heaven, nor even be willing to try to stop sinning. In fact, if you add that requirement just to be safe, you will spend eternity in the Lake of Fire. You either put ALL your childlike trust (confidence, reliance) in Christ alone, because of what HE DID to pay your debt of sin on the cross, or else you don't get God's free grace.

God doesn't want to control your life so you can go to Heaven!!! God wants you to REST completely in His only begotten Son. Hebrews 4:10-11, “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.” Giving God control over your life is a matter of sanctification as a believer, which comes later and has NOTHING to do with justification by faith alone. We must always keep sanctification totally separate from justification. I love what Pilgrim's Progress author John Bunyan (1628-1688) said:
“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
Joyce Meyer is a confused woman, who is woefully unlearned in the Scriptures and theologically ignorant (2nd Peter 3:16-17). RUN dear reader from Miss Meyer and her deadly books!!! 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.”

All of today's popular household names—FALSE PROPHETS EVERY ONE (Joel Osteen, Rick Warren, Robert Jeffress, John Hagee, Pat Robertson, Ray Comfort, Adrian Rodgers, Jimmy Swaggart, Beth Moore, Peter Popoff, TBN, Franklin Graham, John MacArthur, et cetera)—preach the same damnable garbage as Joyce Meyer (i.e., turn away from your sin, make Jesus “Lord, surrender your life to Him, give up control, invite Jesus into your life, become a Christ follower, et cetera). it's all the same mumbo-jumbo trash that leads to Hell, because none of it produces the new birth by the Holy Spirit of God in response to faith alone in the Gospel (GOOD NEWS) of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Somewhere along the way the Devil deceived nearly everybody, corrupting the free gift of God into an exchange of sorts (demanding the payment of forsaking your sinful ways and surrendering control of your life over to God). Instead of being clothed with God's imputed righteousness by faith alone in Jesus, wearing pure white garments washed in the blood of the Lamb (Revelation 7:14); we are instead taught nowadays to be willing to change our own filthy garments before attending the Master's wedding, which the Bible calls “filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6). 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 Deadly False Gospel Of 'Focus On The Family'

1st Corinthians 15:1-4, “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:” Luke 13:23-24, Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them, Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.

The inherent human nature is wicked, prone to arrogance and pride, with a tendency to add human effort to the Gospel. It is frightening! As is often the case, I couldn't sleep early in the morning so I got up to do some ministry work. It is now 5 am. I was sickened just now as I read the corrupt plan of salvation of Focus On The Family (FOTF):
The Greek word translated “believe” in the passage is pisteuo, meaning “to believe, put one’s faith in, trust, with an implication that actions based on that trust may follow.” Belief, then, encompasses more than just knowing about Jesus. One must also act on this knowledge, combining faith and trust and acting on it. Salvation also entails repentance – a sincere willingness to radically change our behavior (see, for instance Matthew 3:2; 4:17; Mark 6:12; Luke 13:3-5; Acts 2:38). [emphasis added] SOURCE: 'What Must I Do To Be Saved?'
Unreal! Where did FOTF get all that extra garbage from? Do you see how they sinfully ADD the bizarre claim that believing “implies” further actions are required to get to Heaven? FOTF is of the Devil. GET THEE BEHIND ME, SATAN! FOTF falsely claims that to be saved you must first agree to RADICALLY CHANGE YOUR BEHAVIOR. They are theological liars!

Dear reader, anything can be justified. Anything can be justified if you are desperate enough to wrestle the Scriptures to your own destruction (2nd Peter 3:16-17). The inspired Holy Bible plainly lays out the Gospel for us to understand:
1st Corinthians 15:1-4, “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
The Gospel (or GOOD NEWS) is three things:
  1. Jesus died on the cross to pay our debt of sin.
  2. He was buried.
  3. Three days later Jesus physically resurrected from the dead.
This is the Gospel, by which all who BELIEVE are saved. 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.” Nothing is taught in the Word of God about submitting to a radical change of behavior. I am so sick and tired of hearing corrupt preachers pervert God's simple plan of salvation, turning something profoundly simple into something utterly complicated. ...

I attended Campus Church at Pensacola Christian College (PCC) for the summer of 2021. I was horrified as I sat in church and heard Assistant Pastor Timothy Zacharias preach damnable heresy, teaching that “Repentance is a change of mind resulting in a change of behavior.” Pastor Zacharias spoke with authority like he knows what he is talking about, but he hasn't a clue, woefully ignorant of Bible repentance. Here is a heretical screenshot from Campus Church (I added the cancellation symbol to warn others)...

Damnable Heresy Preached on July 14th, 2021
At Pensacola Christian College (PCC)

Dear reader, anytime someone attaches behavior modification to the free gift of God, they have perverted the grace of God, and in so doing have attacked the God of grace. Sadly, when I kindly confronted Senior Pastor Jeff Redlin on July 15, 2021 about this blatant heresy being taught at Campus Church, he shamefully confirmed that this is their official dogma. The above screenshot is an actual picture of their Foundation's Class at PCC's Campus Church. I added the cancellation symbol to warn others. Folks, RIGHT DOCTRINE MATTERS!!!

I am tired of being labeled as THE BAD GUY for telling the simple truth. Then again, the Apostle Paul was also turned into THE BAD GUY for doing the same righteous thing, TELLING THE TRUTH. Galatians 4:16, “Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth? They zealously affect you, but not well; yea, they would exclude you, that ye might affect them.” It gets much worse! The Bob Jones University (BJU) crowd preach hardcore Calvinism (aka, Lordship Salvation), and PCC sinfully bids them Godspeed (2nd John 1:11). Please say it ain't so! Sadly, I speak THE TRUTH to their utter shame.

Kindly said, Pastor Jeff Redlin has a problem with pride and succumbing to false doctrine. If he had any class whatsoever and honesty as a clergy member, Redlin would apologize to me as a preacher and let me know that Campus Church has corrected their false teaching. Unfortunately, these wicked men are arrogant, stiffnecked, haughty and arrogant. They get paid ridiculously high undeserved 6-digit salaries for being so-called “ministers” (servants). Do you know how much money I've made for my 40,000 hours of website ministry labors since 2002? That's right, NOTHING! I do what I do freely because I love God, people, righteousness and truth! I ain't for sale!!!

Just like Focus On The Family (FOTF), Pensacola Christian College (PCC) sinfully preaches that your behavior must change if you want to get to Heaven. This Satanic salvation by behavior modification heresy has subtly crept into multitudes of Bible colleges and churches today, and it is spiritually lethal. I visited two local Baptist churches in Pensacola, Florida over the past two weeks, and both senior pastors got up behind the pulpit and said that to be saved you've got to BECOME A CHRIST FOLLOWER! Folks, Judas followed Christ, being one of Jesus' very apostles, but he still died in his sins and went straight to Hell forever. You don't get saved by following the Lord, you must BELIEVE ON HIM as your Savior (Matthew 7:21-23). John 6:28-29, “Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.”

BEWARE of anyone who speaks of “following Christ” to be saved. You don't have to follow Jesus anywhere dear friend to be born-again, you simply just need to BELIEVE that He did it for you. That is, because Jesus paid for your ticket to Heaven, Jesus willingly sacrificed His broken body and shed blood on the cross to pay your debt of sin, and mine. The blessed Savior was taken down from the cross, prepared according to Jewish customs, and buried by Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea. Three days later Jesus bodily resurrected from the dead for our justification (i.e., Jesus justified our faith in Him, not letting us down in any way).

Focus On The Family has no right Biblically to require people to radically change our behavior in order to receive God's free gift of eternal life (Ephesians 2:8-9). It is shameful what is being errantly taught everywhere today. I can only concur with one of Jesus' inquisitive disciples, who wanted to know if hardly anyone is saved. Luke 13:23-24, Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them, Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. The dear Savior confirmed the disciple's suspicions, yes, there are few that be saved.

Sunday, February 20, 2022

For Godly Sorrow Worketh Repentance To Salvation

2nd Corinthians 7:8-10, “For though I made you sorry with a letter, I do not repent, though I did repent: for I perceive that the same epistle hath made you sorry, though it were but for a season. Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing. For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.

The word “salvation” here in 2nd Corinthians 7:10 is not referring to the moment when you received Jesus Christ as your personal Savior. Within the context of this passage the word “salvation” here refers to your daily life.

In Paul's first letter to the carnal church at Corinth (1st Corinthians 3:1), the apostle rebukes them for allowing open sin to exist in the church. In this case, a man and woman were shacking up together. The woman had previously been married to the younger man's biological father. This caused much gossip and disgust in the community, even reaching Paul's ear hundreds of miles away in another city.

So here in the epistle of 2nd Corinthians, Paul's second letter to the church at Corinth, we see that the church elders did in fact deal with the matter. But Paul was concerned about the man, which I love about Paul. Dear friend, you are no better of a Christian than how you treat the INDIVIDUAL PERSON. You can tell a man's true character by how he treats those who can do nothing for him. God is no respecter of persons (Romans 2:11). 1st Peter 1:17, “And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:

When I first moved to Pensacola, Florida in July of 2021, I chose to attend Campus Church at Pensacola Christian College (PCC). I was saddened when their senior pastor, Jeff Redlin, took offense after seeing my website ministry. He criticized my work, falsely accusing me of finding “weaknesses in preachers. The truth is that I am faithfully obeying God's command in the Bible to “REBUKE THEM SHARPLY” that they might be sound in the faith (Titus 1:10-14). It disturbs me greatly as a Bible preacher that another pastor would be so theologically incompetent and perverse in his walk with God, that he would be so spiritually blind as to see my contending for the faith as a bad thing. Go figure!

Dear reader, the smallest Bible in the world is the one that we live! Jude 1:3, “Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.” I am wearied with professed Christians, church pastors, selectively cherry-picking the Scriptures, only focusing on what matters to them. It is sinful. I love what Dr. Curtis Hutson (1934-1995) said:

"When the honest, sincere Christian is faced with the decision regarding whether a thing is right or wrong, he should ask, does it agree with all that the Scripture has to say on the subject?" —Pastor Curtis Hutson

Pastor Reuben A. Torrey (1856-1928) said this:

“It is important to know the mind of man. It is absolutely essential to know the mind of God. The place to discover the mind of God is the Bible. This is the Book in which God reveals His mind.” —Pastor R.A. Torrey

Sadly, Jeff Redlin thinks he is wise, but he is actually foolish. I say that kindly. God said the same thing about the apostate Laodicean church in Revelation 3:15-17, “I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: The Pensacola Christian College (PCC) camp are blind to their own apostate direction. PCC sinfully bids Godspeed to Bob Jones University (BJU), which over the past 50 years has deteriorated into a Satanic cesspool of Calvinism (aka, Lordship Salvation). SHAME on PCC leaders for supporting this evil, which the Bible says makes them partakers of their evil deeds. 1st John 1:11, “For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.

Sorrow is Not Repentance

I have a little Gospel tract titled: “God's Way Of Salvation,” which I cherish. It was authored in the 1920's by Evangelist Alexander Marshall (1846-1928). The original Gospel tract that I have set before me is nearly a century old. It is a little 31-page booklet, which could easily fit into a man's shirt pocket, and it's as thin as a dime. This excellent Gospel tract was originally published by Moody Press in Chicago, back when Moody Bible Institute and Moody Church could be trusted doctrinally. Alexander Marshall rightly teaches:

What do you mean? “I am not sorry enough for my sins.”

And if you were very sorry, would God be more willing to save you than He is now? “I think so.”

Then you are completely mistaken.

“But does it not say, unless we repent we shall perish?”

Yes; but what do you think is the Scriptural significance of “repentance”? If you say “sorrow for sin” you are wrong. It does not mean sorrow for sin: it means a CHANGE OF MIND (Matt. 21:29). This change will doubtless produce sorrow; but sorrow and repentance are two very different things (Heb. 12:17. margin, and II Cor. 7:9). When God calls on you to “repent, and believe the Gospel,” He wishes you to lay aside your wrong thoughts, and believe the glad tidings that He proclaims to you. Formerly you may have imagined that you were required to feel very sorry before being saved. Change your mind. You may have supposed you must first “feel” some great change in order to know you were saved. Change your mind. First believe in God's great love to you, as revealed in His gospel, and you will KNOW that you have eternal life (John 5:24). SOURCE
Yes, that is excellent. Mr. Marshall is 100% correct! Brother Marshall plainly says that sinners are saved by BELIEVING THE GOSPEL, that is, he says, “to lay aside your wrong thoughts [Repent], and BELIEVE the glad tidings [Gospel] that He proclaims to you.” Amen and amen!

2nd Corinthians 7:8-10, “For though I made you sorry with a letter, I do not repent, though I did repent: for I perceive that the same epistle hath made you sorry, though it were but for a season. Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing. For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.

In our text passage from 2nd Corinthians 7:10, the Word of God contrasts the sorrow of the Christian versus the sorrow of the world. The heathen world:

  1. The world will tell you philosophically that people are good at their core. We know this is untrue. Simply take a look at the daily news and you'll be horrified. Humanity is vile to the core (Romans 3:10-23). If there be any good thing in me, it is God's presence (1st John 3:24). The daily news is SHOCKING!!! The only thing that you or I have ever done with any merit, makes us completely deserving of being punished in the fires of Hell forever!
  2. The world will tell you that your own happiness is important. The world says your happiness is all you really need. Consequently, people eventually end up becoming miserable and defeated because they cannot keep them self happy. You'll sorry when you realize that happiness doesn't last forever! Without Christ a person will never have joy! No one can keep them self happy. Happiness doesn't last forever!
  3. The world will tell you that to be happy you must live your best life now, follow your dreams and live life to the fullest. But someday you will sorrow in the fact that your BEST LIFE has come and gone, you cannot fulfill your dreams and experiencing the fulness of life comes with grave consequences.
  4. The world will tell you (example article) that in order to be happy, you must surround yourself only by people who make you happy. Jesus' disciples caused Him much grief. They fought frequently. Judas betrayed the Lord whom he followed. Peter three times publicly denied knowing Jesus, cursing His very holy name. All of the disciples abandoned Jesus during His darkest hour of need before being crucified. By surrounding yourself with only friends who make you happy and bring you joy, they will one day leave you as they seek their own self-gratification as you have done.
  5. The world will tell you that you must do whatever you can to make as much money, and bring stability and pleasure to your life. Money causes division! Nothing divides families like money! if you don't believe me, go attend the funeral of a rich person and talk to their adult kids. Money is a great divider!!! The heathen world seeks HAPPINESS in entertainment, sports, booze, 401k plans, marriage and adultery, prescription medicine and/or illegal drugs, no cellphones and clothes, gambling, blowing all the money you possibly can, going into debt, attaining status among friends and peers at work and church and society, having kids or not having kids, making money, studying philosophy, going to work or retiring, events or staying home, recreation and relaxation, having friends or no friends, hobbies, parties, gossip, explicit TV shows, tattoos, gym, traveling the world or going nowhere, video games, affairs, et cetera. WHETHER GOOD OR BAD, NONE OF THESE THINGS WILL BRING LASTING HAPPINESS TO YOUR LIFE. The Devil is a beautiful liar (John 8:44; 2nd Corinthians 11:13-15). The reason why is because you are looking at this list through the lens of your own selfish eyes. But if we will take off the lens of self and look at everything through GOD'S EYES in the Holy Bible, then we can find true meaning and peace along the journey.

The “salvation” spoken of by the Apostle Paul in 2nd Corinthians 7:10 deals with our daily life, not getting born-again. As Evangelist Alexander Marshall rightly teaches, sorrow leads to repentance but is not repentance. The great need of the hour is for God's children everywhere to get right with God. Sadly, the sheep are scattered. Jeremiah 23:2, “Therefore thus saith the LORD God of Israel against the pastors that feed my people; Ye have scattered my flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them: behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings, saith the LORD. God was upset with the incompetent pastors because they just didn't care, like Jeff Redlin at PCC's Campus Church didn't care about me as a hurting divorced man. He might as well have drove over me with his car! Redlin is full of lame excuses why he is too busy to care about others, which is really pathetic for a pastor.

The Bible says that godly sorrow worketh repentance. That is, when a person experiences sincere sorrow in the Lord, they will change their thinking (repent) about how they behave and treat other people. Pastor Jeff Redlin is a cold-hearted selfish person, and he isn't going to change his mind because he has no godly sorrow. Pastor Jack Hyles wisely said this:

“The pastors have destroyed the churches, and they've been trained by people that have never built churches, and they have no compassion.” —Pastor Jack Hyles, “Many Pastors Have Destroyed My Vineyard

This old dying world is getting more sinful and sick by the hour. 1st John 5:19 teaches that the world has always been a messed up and wicked place. However, modern technological advancements, and the population explosion from hundreds of millions of people in the 1800's to billions of people in the new millennium, has allowed mankind to plummet steeply down the deadly road to destruction that he was already traveling. The world is set on a crash course with disaster!

Shame On The Sword Of The Lord For Promoting Pensacola Christian College's Damnable Heresy

2nd John 1:10-11, “ If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:   F...