Tom Brown's Heresies EXPOSED!
By David J. Stewart
Pentecostal Heretic Tom Brown - El Paso, Texas
The Pentecostal teaching that a believer can LOSE salvation has been a cause for great concern by believers for a long time. From my own experience, I have found that the average Christian isn't sure what to think about the Pentecostals (i.e., the Charismatic Movement). Are they saved or not? If you speak to most Charismatics, they'll give every impression that they're true Christians. Many are even aggressive witnesses for their religion. Yet something is VERY wrong with their doctrine ... VERY WRONG!
Tom Brown is an unsaved Charismatic pastor in El Paso, Texas and makes the following statements ...
Although God definitely promises to do his part to keep us saved to the end, this does not mean that we do not have a part to play. God promises eternal security, but not unconditional eternal security. Nearly all God's promises are conditional; that is, they are dependent in part on us for their fulfillment.
WHAT DOES THE BIBLE TEACH?
It is important that we go to the Bibleóand the Bible aloneóto see what God says about this important subject. This article is going to prove that salvation is a free gift of God, and must be maintained by holiness and bearing good fruit.
There are two important aspects of being saved. First, salvation as it relates to the sinner. A sinner experiences the new birth by accepting Christ. There is nothing a sinner could do to earn the new birth. The new birth, which the Bible calls salvation, is a free gift. The second aspect of salvation relates to the born again Christian maintaining his salvation. He maintains it through holiness and bearing good fruit.
Someone might argue and say, "You are teaching that salvation must be earned through good works." No, I'm not. Salvation is free, but keeping it is costly.
The above teachings by Tom Brown are heresy! He speaks out of both sides of his mouth when he says ... "God promises eternal security, but not unconditional eternal security" and "Salvation is free, but keeping it is costly." Brown's statements are TOTALLY contradictory. How can anything be "free" and "costly" to us at the same time? No friend, Tom Brown is a heretic--salvation was only costly to God, who gave His only begotten Son Jesus Christ to pay for our sins with His blood (John 3:16; 1st peter 1:18,19). For any minister to claim that eternal security is dependant upon our own human works is blasphemy. Thus, the Charismatic Movement is of the Devil.
Tom Brown likens salvation to being given a car ...
Suppose a friend gave me a brand new car which he paid out of his own money, and simply gave me the title and keys and said, "It's yours, Tom. Enjoy it." All I can do is reach for the keys and title and say, "Thank you!"
Let me ask you a question. Is the car a free gift to me or did I have to earn it? It's free, right! But let me ask another question. Is it going to cost me money to keep and maintain the car? Sure it is. I'm going to have to put gas, change the oil, give it tune-ups, wax the car, and so on. The car is costly to keep, but it was free when I received it.
Salvation works the same way. I can't earn it. God freely gave me my salvation since Jesus paid for it through His sacrifice on the cross. But once I receive it, I must take care of it. This is what Paul means when he says, "Work out your salvation with fear and trembling" (Philippians 2:12).
He does not say, "Work for your salvation." He says, "Work out your salvation." You can not work out something that you do not have. You have to possess salvation before you can work it out. Salvation comes first, maintaining it comes next. It is maintaining your salvation which we are talking about in this article.
SOURCE (My Encounter with a Heresy Hunter, by Tom Brown)
Tom Brown is misguided and wrong. If I buy a car and give it to you as a gift, there is a TRANSFER of ownership involved. In sharp contrast, salvation is of the Lord and he never transfers it into our hands for "maintenance." When Paul said "work out your own salvation with fear and trembling" in Philippians 2:12, he specifically mentions "your" salvation; not God's salvation. In Dr. Jack Hyle's book, Salvation Is More Than Being Saved, he accurately states in Chapter 5 (Work Out Your Own Salvation) ...
"Notice the words, "work out your own salvation." Notice, I am not commanded to work out God's salvation, for I cannot do that. I am, however, commanded to work out my own. I have no part in the salvation of my soul; I do have a part in the salvation of my life."
Tom Brown is misguided in this matter, as are most Charismatics. 2nd Peter 2:7 tells us that backslidden Lot (Abraham's Nephew) in the Old Testament was a "just man" ... "And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked." Lot was such a sinful man that his own sons-in-laws laughed in his face when he warned them of coming judgment. Though Lot's life was more reminiscent of a train-wreck than that of a God-fearing believer, he was nevertheless a righteous man because of his faith in the coming Messiah.
God was the first to ask whether or not people could lose their salvation. We find God asking this question in Ezekiel 18:24: "'But if a righteous man turns from his righteousness and commits sins and does the same detestable things the wicked man does, will he live?'" God is asking, "Will he live, if he departs from his righteous ways?" And what was the answer? "'None of the righteous things he has done will be remembered. Because of the unfaithfulness he is guilty of and because of the sins he has committed, he will DIE.'"
He will die spiritually, not physically, because we all die physically. Death is in reference to spiritual and eternal death. The Bible calls the lake of fire the second death. Eternal damnation is called death in the Bible.
Many would like to argue with God, but what God says stands. God says that he will die. We have to accept his Word.
SOURCE (Can Christians Lose Their Salvation?)
Mr. Brown makes the following statement on his website...
The Lord is responsible for the Church. True, we pastors must protect the flock to which the Lord has made us shepherds. But we are not to judge God's true ministers because we disagree over minor points of doctrine which the devil has magnified.
Yes, let us pastors protect our churches from religions that deny the fundamental doctrines of Christóthe virgin birth, the inspiration of scriptures, the new birth, etc... But let us also put away strife and dissensionóand strive the keep the unity of the Spirit.
SOURCE (My Encounter with a Heresy Hunter, by Tom Brown)
Tom Brown is a confused
individual. In one breath he speaks about defending the fundamentals
of the faith; but in the next breath he openly denies salvation by faith
alone in Christ (as you'll will see in a moment).
Tom Brown's Corrupt Theology from a Corrupted Bible Version
Evidently Ton Brown's bible has words missing! Read what he says in his heretical article on Speaking In Tongues" ...
WHAT GOOD IS IT?
The Apostle Paul writes, "He who speaks in tongues edifies himself...I would like every one of you to speak in tongues" (1 Corinthians 14:4,5). With these positive statement about tongues, why do so few Christians speak in tongues? I believe the answer is because there is very little sound, logical and scriptural teaching as to the scope and value of speaking in tongues.
Whoa! Wait one moment pal ... what Bible are you reading from? ... "He who speaks in tongues edifies himself"? Oh I see, you're using the damnable HIV bible (the New International Version ... the NIV). Would you please read carefully what the preserved King James Bible says in 1st Corinthians 14:4 ... "He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church." The NIV bible deceitfully removes the word "unknown." That's 180 degrees the opposite of what the Word of God is teaching! Zondervan Publisher's knew that they'd make hundreds-of-millions of dollars if they published a bible to the Charismatic's liking.
Apostle Paul is simply saying that someone who speaks in an unknown foreign
language to the rest of the group isn't helping anyone except himself.
1st Corinthians 14:28 states, "But if there be no interpreter, let him
keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God."
This Scripture is clear evidence that Paul is speaking about an earthly
language, and not some mysterious jibber-jabber. A man couldn't SPEAK
to himself or to God if he didn't know what he was trying to say. The
reason why "there is very little sound, logical and scriptural teaching
as to the scope and value of speaking in tongues" Mr. Brown is because
the Bible doesn't teach it. The Bible does teach that there's a gift
of languages (tongues); but there is absolutely NOTHING in the Word of God
supporting the crazy mumbo-jumbo of the Charismatic Movement. Please
read, Hearing In
Tom Brown's False Gospel
Tom Brown is clearly an unsaved heretic, teaching works salvation ...
You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone. (James 2:24)
So you can see clearly that a person is not justified by faith alone.
I think because most Protestants want to affirm salvation by "faith alone" that Protestantism has suffered morally. (By the way, I donít consider myself a Protestant or a Roman Catholic, but simply a Christian.)
Through this dogma of salvation by faith alone many professing Christians believe they are saved even though their conduct says something else. As a result, I believe we will see many professing believers cast into hell. As Jesus said,
Not everyone who says to me, ĎLord, Lord,í will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. (Matt. 7:21)
Profession is not enough, action is also required to enter the kingdom of heaven.
Someone might argue, "Are you teaching salvation through works?"
It depends what kind of works you are talking about. If you are referring to the "works of the Law" then definitely not, but if you are referring to the "works of faith" then definitely so.
Paul writes in Ephesians 2:8-9:
For it is by grace you have been saved through faithóand this not from yourselves, it is the gift of Godónot by works so that no one can boast.
Most people stop reading right there, so they assume the "works" Paul was referring to was "good works" which accompany your faith, but that is not the kind of works Paul had in mind; we know this because he continues in the next verse,
For we are Godís workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (v 10)
Notice the difference between the works that canít save you in verse nine, and the good works that we in Christ do in verse ten. When Paul mentioned the works that canít save you he was referring to the works of the Law.
For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from observing the law. (Rom 3:28)
Observing the law was the "works" that canít save you. Observing the law is not the same as good works. This is where many make the mistake. They put "good works" under the category of the "works of the Law." But good works must accompany your faith or you really do not have faith.
You see, the nature of true faith is action. For someone to claim faith, yet act the opposite proves the personís claim to faith is not real. This is what James understood.
For example, if you were married to Clinton Jr., and said to him, "I trust you", then you go out and hire a private investigator to follow him, then do you really trust him? No. Your action proved that your claim to faith is a fallacy. You really donít have faith.
There is no such thing as faith without corresponding action. Faith must act, or it isnít faith. So we are not saved by faith alone, because faith is never alone.
I think a better way to state how we are saved is this: We are saved by grace alone, through faith that works. Notice where I placed the word "alone." I placed it along with grace. Grace is free, so no one can earn it. As Paul writes:
And if by grace, then it is no longer by works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace. (Rom 11:6)
It is grace alone that saves, and the means to this grace is faith that works.
So if we claim to have faith in Christ, then we must act like it.
SOURCE (Are We Saved By Faith Alone?)
Out of Tom Brown's own mouth he condemns himself by stating ... "So you can see clearly that a person is not justified by faith alone." Mr. Brown tries to distinguish between the works of the law verses a Christians good works. This is ridiculous. Brown is clearly ADDING works to faith, which is what every Roman Catholic does. Brown states ... "It is grace alone that saves, and the means to this grace is faith that works." Lies! Galatians 3:26 plainly states ... "For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus." I don't see any mention of "works." Romans 4:5 declares, "But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness." The Bible is so clear. It is a damnable heresy to teach that we are saved by "faith that works."
No, we are saved by faith ALONE ... "To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me (Jesus)" Again, there is NO mention of "works." Just as the heretic Martin Luther, Tom Brown speaks double-talk. Luther taught that men were saved by "faith alone" in Christ; yet his faith included being baptized. Clearly, Luther's concept of faith was far different from the Bible's teaching of faith. Likewise, Tom Brown teaches that salvation is by "grace alone"; yet he hypocritically says that works are also necessary. He even quotes Romans 11:6 while teaching the exact opposite. Remember, pastor Brown stated ... "a person is not justified by faith alone."
If Tom Brown is correct, then sinful Lot would be in Hell today; but the Bible states ... "And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly; And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked." Lot was so sinful that he offered up his own daughters in Genesis 19:8 to be gang raped by an angry mob of homosexuals. It is inconceivable. Yet, the Word of God refers to Lot as a just man because he believed God. Clearly, salvation is not dependent upon one's works. One-third of the Bible was written by murderers (Moses, David, and Paul).
All men are rotten and sinful by nature (Romans 3:10,23). At best Christians are still people, and people at best are all sinners. To teach that salvation can be lost raises the perplexing question ... at what point would a person lose salvation? Since all believers are not capable of living above sin, then all believers must risk losing their salvation, right? Romans 3:10 plainly states, "There is NONE righteous..." Common sense tells us that the Charismatic's teaching that one can lose salvation is not true--it just doesn't make sense in lieu of the abundance of Scriptural support for "once saved, always saved."
Tom Brown is confused concerning the difference between the teachings of Paul and those of James. We see in the New Testament that Paul spoke of the ROOT of Abraham's faith; BUT, James spoke of the FRUIT of Abraham's faith. We read in Romans 4:3, "For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness." This occurred in Genesis 15:6, which is when Abraham was born again. Paul said in Romans 5:1, "Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." Paul doesn't mention works. Romans 4:5 declares, "But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness."
Yet, James declares in James 2:21, "Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?" This event took place years later in Genesis 22:7, when Isaac had grown at least old enough to speak clearly to his father. James is simply saying that if a person is genuinely saved by faith, then there should be some FRUIT (good works) in that person's life to show it. BUT, James was NOT teaching that works are necessary to be saved--they aren't! Abraham was saved by faith ALONE! Titus 3:5 clearly states, "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us..."
What the Bible Says is So (by Pastor Roy Thompson)