Steve Pettit's And Harvest
Baptist Church Of
Guam's Theology Aligns With 7th Day Adventism!
by David J. Stewart | March 2021
I go to a Seventh-Day Adventist medical clinic. I love them and they are sweet people (much nicer than Harvest Baptist Church is to me, that's for sure). I often read their SDA literature. I picked up a little booklet yesterday while I was waiting for my doctor's appointment. This is what I read on page 10:
“At this point we must be very careful to designate also what the law cannot so. Even though it points out sin, it has no power to save from sin. There is no justifying, cleansing grace in it. All the works of the laws would not be sufficient to save a single soul. Why? For the simple reason that we are saved by grace through faith, as a free gift.”
SOURCE: Does God's Grace Blot Out The Law?, by Lu Ann Crews, p. 10; Library of Sermons #3
Wowza Woo Woo! You would have thought I wrote that myself! That is 100% accurate. Bravo SDA!!! Wow, I am impressed. But wait a minute, now read what the booklet's author says on pages 27-28. This is damnable heresy and proves that SDA perverts God's grace, doesn't preach the Gospel and is a false religion:
“Those who stand in the judgment will have to meet the acid test of the Ten Commandments. If a practicing thief should seek entrance into the kingdom he would be rejected. This is why Paul says thieves will not inherit the heavenly city. Furthermore, the Bible specifically declares that liars, adulterers, idolaters, and covetous men will not be in the kingdom. Why? Because the Ten Commandments forbid those things, and men will be judged finally by the law. Not one person will be admitted into heaven that is wilfully violating any one of the Ten Commandments, because breaking one is breaking all.
Someone might object that this is making works the basis of entering the kingdom. No. It is really making love the qualifying factor, Jesus said that the greatest commandment of all is to love God supremely. He also said, 'If ye love me, keep my commandments' (John 14:15). Those who practice any known sin are really confessing that they do not love God with all their heart, soul, and mind. So it is the lack of love that shuts them out—not the lack of obedience that exposes that lack. Only when love is motivating the obedience does it become acceptable to God. Any other work is man's vain attempt to earn salvation and to deny the efficacy of Christ's atoning sacrifice.” [emphasis added]
SOURCE: Does God's Grace Blot Out The Law?, by Lu Ann Crews, pp. 27-28; Library of Sermons #3
DAMNABLE HERESY!!! Ladies and gentlemen, this female writer is NOT saved, not even close. There is a very good reason why the Bible forbids women from preaching theology (1st Corinthians 14:34). Where does the Bible teach that a lack of love keeps us out of God's kingdom? Hebrews 4:2 says the Jews couldn't enter into God's rest BECAUSE OF UNBELIEF!!! Only unbelief can keep a person out of God's kingdom. Where does the Bible teach that if you intentionally live in sin you won't be allowed into Heaven? What garbage! Kindly said, whoever wrote this religious booklet is a theological ignoramus!
Furthermore, where does the Bible teach that “men will be judged finally by the law”? That is what Lu Ann Crews said. This is what I hate about false prophets, they lie and distort the Scriptures. Lu Ann errantly says that the law (the Ten Commandments) will be every man's final judge. But what saith the Scripture? Romans 6:15, “What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.” You see, the truth is that every born-again believer is no longer UNDER THE LAW, but is now UNDER GRACE! So, in fact, believers will NOT finally be judged by the law, but on the basis of grace alone. In other words, there is no condemnation for sins to the believer, no matter how much you choose to commit sin. Rub that in your scalp! John 3:18, “He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” Grace is not CHEAP, it is FREE! If you can lose your salvation you'd have to do something to keep it. If you have to do something to keep it, that would be works.
Romans 5:20-21, “Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.” Dear friend, if you are a redeemed child of God, then you are bought and paid for with the precious blood of Jesus (1st Peter 1:18-19). 1st Corinthians 6:20, “For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.” Every believer is 100% under God's saving grace. You don't have to maintain a certain holy lifestyle to stay saved, nor to prove that you are really saved. You could go rob a bank, murder someone, and get drunk every weekend until you someday stand before God, but if you have been born-again you cannot under ANY circumstances ever lose God's salvation. Now there will be consequences if you commit such wickedness (Hebrews 12:6-8), and God does not want you to do evil (2nd Timothy 2:19), but salvation is an entirely different matter. I like what Pastor Charles Spurgeon said:
“Christians can never sin cheaply; they pay a heavy price for iniquity. Transgression destroys peace of mind, obscures fellowship with Jesus, hinders prayer, brings darkness over the soul; therefore be not the serf and bondman of sin.” ―Pastor Charles H. Spurgeon, Morning And Evening: Daily Readings
So please do not think that I am going light on sin. God hates sin more than anyone! But we must never confuse justification with sanctification, as the Bob Jones crowd and Seventh-Day Adventists are doing. John Bunyan (1628-1688) rightly 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.” —Evangelist John Bunyan
That is so true! Very well said John Bunyan. I hope you now see how Harvest Baptist Church of Guam and Bob Jones University are in the same sinking boat as Seventh-Day Adventists. They deceitfully speak of salvation by grace through faith, which dupes 99% of the people. But when you look closer, as I have done for you, then you see that MORE is required, which is no faith at all. According to SDA you are not saved by keeping the law, but if you don't keep the law out of a heart of love for God, it means that you were never really saved. That is typical false religion doublespeak. Obviously they DO expect you to keep the law in SDA to get to Heaven, they've just added it after salvation instead of before. It doesn't matter at which point you add works to your faith, because doing so negates faith entirely.
Likewise, Dr. Steve Pettit says you cannot just get saved by faith, but also, he requires that you 'RUN THE RACE' faithfully all the way to the end to get to Heaven. Dear reader, look for yourself at the nightmare theology of Evangelist Steve Pettit (president of Bob Jones University since 2014):
“You can't just speak about getting saved, and you accepted Christ, and then that's it! There is a justification; There is a sanctification; There's ultimately a glorification, and though there are three parts, they are all part of the whole, and you cannot separate them. In order for you to qualify for the award, you have to get into the race, you have to stay in the race, and you have to finish the race. If you want to win, you have to run to the end; and winning in the Christian life is everything, because if you lose—if you don't finish—you lose everything—you lose your SOUL. And so, the Christian race is the life of faith that begins, is run, and is finished when we cross over into Heaven!” —Dr. Steve Pettit (“What Does It Mean To Run 'The Race'?” - 11:34)
So in Dr. Pettit's mind, saving faith is defined as running the Christian race until the finish line. Was that what the repentant thief did on the cross to be saved? No, it absolutely is not! Is that what the 3,000 souls saved on the Day of Pentecost did to be saved? No, it absolutely is not! Is that what the Samaritan woman at the well did to be saved? No, it absolutely is not! Is that how the Roman guard was saved in Romans 16:30-31? No, it absolutely is not! Is that “the gospel” which Paul clearly defines for us in 1st Corinthians 15:1-4? No, it absolutely is not! I am not the one changing God's plan of salvation, Bob Jones University did! I am not the one adding to God's grace, Harvest Baptist Church on Guam did! Yet they are all upset with me, because I love them enough to tell them THE TRUTH. Galatians 4:16, “Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?”
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