Do You Know What’s Inside Your Gospel Tracts?

A conversation with someone from Redeemed Scoundrels, illustrating the dangerous message hidden behind a mask of righteousness within many Gospel tracts

By Daniel Malik

The following was sent to Redeemed Scoundrels on August 7, 2011:

I read a tract from your website and was very disappointed to see that after getting 95% of your information correct, there was 5% that was completely wrong. Why are you preaching that repentance is turning from sin? Where is that found in the Bible? You are presenting a false gospel. On one hand, you tell people salvation is a gift of God, not earned by us. Then you contradict it by saying that we must turn from sin. So you are presenting a works salvation then, which is not Biblical. The word repentance was translated from the Greek word "metanoia," which meant to have a changed mind. God repented in Genesis 6:6. So did God turn from His sins, as you would seem to believe? I don't think so. One must repent to be saved, but that simply means they must have a new mind about God. Repentance is when a person realizes they are a sinner and that they need a saviour. Where does the Bible say that one must stop sinning to be saved? If that were possible, we would not need a saviour. Galatians 3:24: "Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith." The law was not meant to be obeyed in order for salvation. Its purpose was to show us that we can never measure up. 1 Timothy 1:15: "This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners of whom I am chief." Notice Paul didn't say he WAS a sinner. He said it in the present tense. You cannot have this both ways. Either you believe and teach salvation is by faith, or you corrupt it by adding works to it. 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.” You are scaring people by telling them they must stop sinning. They will never be able to stop, and thus they will never be good enough. You are making them think they play a part in their salvation, and thus it is no longer a gift of God. You have taken God's grace out of your perverted false gospel, and you will answer one day for turning people away from the truth.

The following was received from Redeemed Scoundrels on September 16, 2011:

Dan, Let's suppose for a moment that everything you've written is dead on target. Let's say I am a false teacher with a false gospel. So how should you approach me as a true follower of Christ? 2 Tim 2:23-26 addresses this. "Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. And the Lord's servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will." You've made judgments based on not liking the phrase "turn from sin". So what am I meaning when I say "turn from sin"? Obviously what I'm meaning and how you received it are 2 different things. I don't mean it as a work, but a decision of the will- God grants the sinner the power- but they must come to a decision to let go of their life and follow Christ- like you said, they must change their mind- that is turning. As far as walking the victorious life of putting off sin and putting on Christ- that happens after we believe. You interpret what I wrote as a work and run with straw man arguments (arguments I would agree with as well, as I don't believe in salvation by works). What is repentance, according to what I believe the Bible teaches? We've had plenty of hearty and heated discussions in our evangelism team on that one. Sometimes people can fall into 2 extremes, and evangelists are eager to make sure that those extremes aren't fallen into: 1) works salvation 2) easy believeism Most Catholics, Liberal Protestants and Greek Orthodox and the cults and world religions fall into the first category. We've got gospel tracts that address these. We've found a lot of evangelicals and others who aren't saved who fall into the second category. I've attached a tract we give to false converts (that I wrote), or those who may be false converts, who are trusting in "praying a sinner's prayer", who say they "believe" in Christ, but it seems evident by the lack of good fruit in their lives (Matt 7) that they are not saved. After reading this, if you would like a civil conversation that is not sinful or argumentative, such as Paul speaks about in 2 Tim 2:23-26, then we can talk. One good book on this topic is John MacArthur's "The Gospel According to Jesus"- it's a masterpiece. Another good speaker on these things is Paul Washer (hear his messages see his U-Tube videos). As to the use of the law in evangelism- check out the second attached writing I wrote- it seems very evident that you've misinterpreted on the tract why we use the law. We have seen so much fruit in evangelism for using the law to reveal a person's need of the Savior. Again, we both agree that the law is

a schoolmaster leading us to Christ. It doesn't save us, it is a schoolmaster- it shows us our need of the Savior. Rom 3:19-20. Ray Comfort has a wonderful message on this called "Hell's Best kept secret" which you can hear at www.LivingWaters.com If you listen to this message and the other one with it: "True and False Conversion" then you'll have a great idea of where we are coming from, and I think that you'll better appreciate where we're coming from. One of the defining marks of believers is our love for one another and a care not to rush to judgment against other believers-we have enough enemies out on the world, we don't need to be fighting each other. In Christ, Mike Porter

The following was sent on September 19,2011: First of all, thank you for taking the time to write me back. I don’t want to make this response long, since I said before what my issue was with Ray Comfort’s gospel message. What it boils down to is this: Ray Comfort is one of those people who says that salvation is by the grace of God alone, and then he later slips in a clean lifestyle as a requirement for salvation. I wrestled with this topic for a long time, because I was fearful that I wasn’t saved. I believed in Jesus, and I had went to Him for salvation, but I still had sin in my life. Could I still be saved? The words of someone like Ray Comfort frightened me. How would I ever know I was good enough? How would I ever be sure I had earned my way to salvation? The answer is never. That way is not Biblical, and I still have to disagree with your definition of what repentance actually means. You insist it means Godly sorrow. I insist it means a change of mind. Faith, belief, and repentance are interchangeable words, and that is evidenced if you note that in the book of John the words repent or repentance are never used. People can never fully turn from their sins, because they are living in cursed bodies of the flesh. So either Jesus died for our sins, or we have to become righteous on our own, and the Bible makes it clear that this latter choice is impossible. I suppose that you would say I fall into the category of “easy believism.” I feared this once too, but I don’t anymore. Is there such a thing as easy believism? One day I will die, and I will either go to heaven or hell. This is the most serious issue I will ever face in my entire life. Of course I want to go to heaven. Who would want to go to hell? So how have I chosen to get to heaven? I have simply put my faith in Jesus Christ, because that’s what He said to do. I am not trying to earn my way. I don’t consider myself a good person at all. I’m trusting in someone I’ve never seen, and never will see in this lifetime, to take care of the most important issue I will ever face. Is that really easy believism? I once thought there must be more to it, because this sounds like the lazy way out. However, the Bible says this is the correct way. I’m no Bible expert, but this is a topic I studied because of its vast importance. I may not live the cleanest life, but I can tell you why I’m saved, and it’s solely because of Jesus Christ. I was scared for a long time that I was not saved, and I prayed about it and studied, and God finally took away those fears and showed me the truth. That is why this is a hot button topic for me. I don’t want others presented with a perverted gospel message. If you are going to say that salvation is by grace alone, but then also say a person must “turn from sin” or experience “Godly sorrow,” then you are adding to God’s simple plan. I never turned from sin to be saved. And I did not experience “Godly sorrow.” I also did not say a sinner’s prayer. I talked to Jesus Christ and told Him I’m a sinner, I deserve to go to hell, and that I believe in Him. I asked Him to take me to heaven when I die, and because I came to Him in faith, with no righteousness of my own, He’s going to come through on His promise. Notice those people in Matthew 7:22. They tell Jesus of the many works they did in His name, and they are cast into hell. Jesus isn’t looking for works or selfrighteousness. He is looking for faith. According to your definition, I never repented. According to the Biblical definition, I did repent, because I experienced a change of mind where I realized that I needed to rely solely on Jesus Christ to be saved. Mark 1:15 features the first words spoken by Jesus in that book. “And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.” Many people don’t want to accept the simple message of the gospel. Jesus told them to repent, or change their mind, and believe the gospel. That is what I did to be saved.

The following was received from Redeemed Scoundrels on October 9, 2011: Dan: It’s been a while- sorry this note is late in coming. I think this conversation would be a lot clearer if we shifted from talking about what to share with a nonbeliever, to discussing what happens to a person on the back side of getting saved, after he/she is saved. Here’s my question for you: ONCE a person is saved, can they live in a willful pattern of practicing sin? Or, to put another angle on it, since I don’t want to argue over definitions of words, and want to be crystal clear what I’m saying, when a person is saved, are they no longer under the bondage and slavery of sin, even while they still do commit sins, but the chains of patterns of willful, knowing, continuous sins are broken? Are they now slaves of righteousness, with a new owner, Jesus Christ, who has saved them from the power of sin? To make sure I’m perfectly clear, I’m going to give some examples. A fornicator or homosexual or drunkard or thief gets saved (1 Cor 6:9-10). After getting saved, can he continue the practice of continuing to shack up with his girlfriend every week, all the while knowing it is wrong, and be saved? Can he continue getting drunk every week? Can he continue week after week telling lies to all his customers at the used car lot as a used car salesman, so that he can get the sales? Do the scriptures talk about these issues? You quote Matt 7:22 and have an interesting interpretation. Is it consistent with Matt 7:21 and Matt 7:23? What do these verses say about those who profess to be saved and continue to practice sin? Didn’t Jesus warn that those who practice lawlessness will burn in hell in these verses? Didn’t he warn of those who would say ‘Lord, Lord’ (profession of faith, easy believism) but won’t enter the kingdom? Why won’t they enter the kingdom according to this passage? Dan: you profess now to be saved- have you turned from sin? If not, I’ll say it plainly- this is what the scriptures warn those who profess faith in Christ who won’t turn from willful patterns of sin: “They profess to know God, but in works they deny Him, being abominable, disobedient, and disqualified for every good work” (Titus 1:16) “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for …the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, THAT He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people.” (Titus 2:11ff) “Whoever has been born of God does not practice sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot practice sin, because he has been born of God. In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God” (1 John 3:9-10). Is the gospel a mere intellectual belief, or is it also obedience? Many passages speak of the saving gospel as obedience, “Through Him we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith” (Rom 1:5) “”In flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Thess 1:8) Sincerely and prayerfully, Mike

The following was sent on October 12, 2011: Mike, Thank you for taking the time to write me back again. I have a number of unanswered emails to various sites, so I am always appreciative of receiving responses. I’m not understanding what it is in Matthew 7:21-23 that you’re interpreting to be a referral to one who continues to practice sin. “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 says that some who claim to know Him are not saved. Their claim to salvation is the works they have done. They leave out simple belief. They are trusting in their works instead of Christ. You say that these verses are referring to people who continue to sin after they are saved, but I don’t see any mention of those people. Now even if that was indeed the group of people being referred to, notice that Jesus says “I never knew you.” If these were people who had gotten saved, and then continued to sin and lost salvation, then Jesus would say something like, “I knew you once, but then you were lost again.” To say He never knew them indicates they were never saved to begin with, because they never trusted in Him alone. Jesus said that only “he that doeth the will of my Father” will enter into Heaven. John 6:40 finds Jesus explaining what that will is. “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 is no mention of turning from sin. I’m not saying Christians are permitted to sin. They will be punished here on earth, and they give up blessings in Heaven. But salvation is not lost. To be saved is called being born again. Once something is born, how can it be unborn? Ephesians 2:8-9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Now look at Jonah 3:10: “And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.” These people turned from their evil way. In other words, they stopped living sinful lives. Turning from sins is referred to as works here. If the wording of Ephesians 2:9 is changed to reflect this, you would get “Not of turning from your evil way, lest any man should boast.” You list verses that call for Christians to live clean lives, and there’s no doubt they should. But that is something we attend to after salvation, and the two are separate issues. Romans 6:1-2: “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” Paul admonishes us to live clean lives, but note that even if we don’t, grace will abound.

Jesus is upset with people who try to play a part in their own salvation, because they are not trusting in Him solely. A person cannot muster up their own righteousness. Romans 3:10-12: “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.” Surely there were people in this time who were living clean lives, and yet the Bible says not one person was righteous. It says none sought after God. So instead, God sent His Son to seek out man. Also note Romans 10:3-4: “For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.” You listed Titus 2:11: “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for …the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people.” This verse says the grace of God brings salvation. So it is grace, and not something we earn. The verse then says we should live clean lives, but it doesn’t say this is part of salvation. The verse goes on to say Christ gave Himself for us, “that He might redeem us from every lawless deed.” These weren’t just sinful deeds we performed before being saved, but EVERY lawless deed, which means those committed AFTER salvation as well. Romans 4:5-8 has some interesting things to say. “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.” Those who believe on Jesus receive righteousness because of their faith. Also, God does not impute sin to those who believe on His Son. If someone gets saved, and they continue to sin, they will be doing a disservice to themselves and God, but God is faithful and won’t count those sins against that person. If a saved person is not seen as a sinner in God’s eyes, then verses dealing with God’s wrath on sinners are not meant for believers. You listed 2nd Thessalonians 2:8: “In flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Those who do not know God are those who have not obeyed the gospel of Christ. Romans 10:16: “But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?” They did not obey because they did not believe. This doesn’t concern obeying Jesus when He says we should not sin. That is something we should strive for, but it is unnecessary for salvation. The gospel is synonymous with the words faith, believe, and repentance, which all mean the same thing. If the gospel is indeed a “free gift,” then it is something that must merely be accepted, and that is done by faith. The thief on the cross never turned from sin or even said he was sorry. He simply acknowledged Jesus as Lord. Luke 18:9-14 tells a great story. “And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast,

saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.” The Pharisee is the kind of person mentioned in Matthew 7:22. He brags about his “righteousness” to Jesus as though this should impress Jesus and get him into Heaven. This parable never says that the publican turned from his sins, or even experienced sorrow for them. He simply acknowledged the fact that he was a sinner to God, and he asked God for mercy. Acts 8:35-38: “Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus. And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.” This man simply believed that Jesus Christ was the Son of God. This mirrors what Jesus said in John 6:47: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.” He did not list any condition other than belief. If salvation was contingent upon living a holy life, this verse would have to be changed to say something like this: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that believeth on me and does not sin hath everlasting life.” If salvation included more than simple faith, then Jesus lied here, which is impossible according to Titus 1:2. To answer your question, no, I have not turned from sin, and I doubt anyone can. I don’t consider myself a terrible person when compared with others. That is, of course, my opinion of myself, the human perspective. On the spiritual side, I know I’m a sinner, and that I deserve to go to hell. I have acknowledged this to God. I don’t believe getting saved requires turning FROM SOMETHING, but instead, turning TO SOMEONE. I turned to Jesus, because He is the only way, and His way requires childlike belief. Mark 10:15: “Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.” 2nd Corinthians 11:3: “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” A child will believe in a character like Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny because he is told so by adults. A Christian believes in Christ because he is told so by the Holy Spirit. A child will never see Santa Clause or the Easter Bunny, but he still believes they exist. In this lifetime, a Christian will never see Jesus in the flesh, but if that Christian truly believes that Jesus is real, and that He is the Son of God, then that person has received Jesus with childlike faith. John 20:29: “Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.” The second portion of Luke 18:8 reads: “Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” When Jesus returns, there will be many who claim to know Him. But what is Jesus looking for? A sinless people? Those who do works in His name? He is looking for faith.

Conclusion
A further response was never received from Mike Porter or anyone else from Redeemed Scoundrels. This is because they have accepted and blindly follow false doctrine which is repeated over and over again by false teachers such as Ray Comfort, Paul Washer, John MacArthur, Tim Conway, and Jack Chick. These men deny the grace of Jesus Christ and teach that righteous living is proof of and necessary for salvation. They claim salvation is by faith alone in Christ, and then they contradict themselves and say you must “repent of sin” to be saved. Why does this blaring contradiction go unnoticed by so many “Christians?” These men are double-talking, double-minded deceivers. James 1:8: “A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.” These men are described in 2nd Corinthians 11:13-15. “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.” Look at Romans 10:3: “For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.” Because these false teachers are trying to get to Heaven based on their own righteousness, they are lost. When they face God, they will be judged by their works, since they have not received the righteousness of God which comes by faith in Christ. Romans 3:10-12: “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.” These men are getting their doctrine straight from Satan, who desires nothing more than to keep people from getting saved. He uses men like these to add works to the gospel message, thus rendering it completely worthless. These men refer to themselves as brothers in Christ, when it is clear that they do not truly know Him. Anyone who spreads the message of these double-talking men and their ministries is simply aiding them in their wicked mission to keep sinners from coming to Jesus Christ. It’s time for “Christians” to wake up and stop being deceived. Either faith in Christ is enough for salvation, or it is not. If a so-called Christian says faith is sufficient, but then tells you to “repent of sin” in order to be saved, he or she is preaching a false gospel, rendering the grace of God useless. A changed life comes AFTER salvation, NOT before. A changed life also does NOT necessarily follow salvation, as is evidenced by Paul’s mention of carnal Christians in 1st Corinthians 3. To tell one they must “repent of sin” to be saved is to place an unbearable burden on that person, filling his or her head with the question of how much sin they must turn from to be saved and remain saved. The answer is none. Jesus Christ died on the cross to pay for the sins of the world, and His blood covers sins past, present, and future. Satan loves to tell people they must turn from sin because he knows they cannot do this. We play no part in our salvation other than by believing in the finished work of Christ. Does that sound too simple? It is, and that is the way God made it. 2nd Corinthians 11:3: “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” Hebrews 12:2: “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Jesus is the author of our faith, AND He is the finisher. He does it all Himself, because He is big enough to do it! Anyone who says Jesus cannot do it by Himself and that He requires us to turn from sin to be saved is calling Jesus a liar and His blood insufficient! It is time for true Christians to take a serious look at their tracts to make sure they are giving the one and only TRUE Gospel. If tracts are sharing another, false gospel, stop giving them out, burn them, and quit supporting those phony ministries. Be responsible and start sharing the REAL Gospel. Romans 10:9: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” Matthew 1:21: “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.”

To further illustrate the double talk that true Gospel haters spread, here are some quotes written by Mike Porter from the Redeemed Scoundrels website: “WE BELIEVE... that man is saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. Salvation is completely the free gift of God that cannot be earned or merited by any human effort whatsoever. Moreover, no person can earn his salvation by taking part in any church sacrament, ceremony, custom, or activity. Let us be clear here. While church sacraments such as water baptism and communion are important to Christ and His Church, they do not in anyway have the capacity to save anyone by mechanically performing them. However, works and deeds performed under the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit are the supernatural outworking of faith in Christ that has been freely given to the Christian by God. Thus, we are saved unto good works; we do not work for our salvation but from it.” Now look at THESE quotes from the same website: “Repentance is Necessary for Salvation.” “Repentance is Godly Sorrow.” “Repentance is a Turning from Sin to Follow Jesus Christ.” Do you see the obvious contradiction here? Mike Porter claims salvation is a free gift of God, and then he throws in an extra requirement that Jesus never called for, based on a faulty definition of a word Mike Porter clearly does not understand. What would lead this man to such ridiculous beliefs? Perhaps it is the fact that Mike Porter is using the corrupt NIV for his Bible references. No wonder he is preaching nonsense. The NIV removes every single time God repented! Why does it do this? It does this in order to confuse the meaning of repentance! This is so that people like Mike Porter can incorrectly interpret its meaning and teach his heretical works salvation! If “repentance is necessary for salvation,” as Mike Porter claims, and “repentance is Godly Sorrow,” as he also claims, then one cannot be saved unless he has turned from and felt sorrow for his sins. Therefore, any example in the Bible where one does not forsake sin and is still saved immediately causes a problem for this terrible teaching. My favorite example is the thief on the cross who placed his faith in Christ and was saved. Did this man forsake his sin? Did he experience “Godly sorrow?” Did he even so much as confess his sins? Let’s look at what he said to Jesus. Luke 23:42: “And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.” According to Jesus, this man was saved. Did you get that? Where was “Godly sorrow?” Where was that extra step that Mike Porter is forcing on those who desire to be saved? Jesus did not require it! Romans 4:5: “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.” Jesus only asks for you to place your faith in Him. Who is influencing these men like Mike Porter that think they know how to get saved better than Jesus Christ? Who would have the foolish audacity to rewrite the Gospel message of Christ? I wager that it is none other than the serpent that challenged God’s words all the way back in the Garden of Eden.

The grace haters are quick to point out Bible verses such as 1st John 5:18: “We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.” What they do NOT acknowledge, however, is a verse such as 1st John 5:1: “Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.” Grace haters will say that anyone who is truly saved has turned from sin, but the Bible definition of a saved person is one who has placed their faith in Christ. What about 1st John 1:8? “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” This was written to believers. In other words, believers are sinners too! How can the grace haters reconcile this verse? If these grace haters would simply READ the Bible, and I do mean the Bible, NOT the wicked NIV, they may actually learn the truth about their perversion of the Gospel. But they won’t, because they enjoy being high up on their self-righteous pedestals, where they feel they have earned the right to look down on all the “sinners” that are beneath them. Here are two Bible passages that call out the false teachers for what they are: Philippians 3:18: “For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:” Galatians 1:8-9: “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.” Ray Comfort, Paul Washer, John MacArthur, Tim Conway, Jack Chick, and other heretics like them are teaching a false gospel and keeping people from coming to Jesus with their damnable, corrupt teachings that contradict the Bible. They are not the modern heroes of Christianity, boldly defending the faith. They are enemies of the work of Jesus, and they are accursed. They want to make salvation so difficult that no one can be saved or remain saved. If sinning is proof that one was never truly saved, as these men claim, then a believer can NEVER have any sense of security. This is NOT what the Bible teaches. 1st John 5:13: “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” Those who have placed their faith in Christ are SUPPOSED to have eternal security! They are NOT meant to be left wondering if they are saved! Grace haters want you to place your faith in your lifestyle, NOT in the blood of Jesus Christ! 1st Timothy 1:15: “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.” Jesus came to save sinners! He didn’t come to save the self righteous! They seem to be content believing they can save themselves, but one day they will be in for a rude awakening when they learn that Jesus never asked for their help. He only asked for their faith. Galatians 5:4: “Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.”

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