The Gift Of Righteousness

by David J. Stewart | June 2020

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.”

       I teach all my web visitors to continually remember that eternal life is a free gift. That is what the inspired Word of God says. Our text Bible verse says that eternal life is “THE GIFT OF GOD.” The Bible even calls it a “FREE GIFT.” Romans 5:18, “Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.” What part of “free” do the proponents of Lordship Salvation not understand? What part of “free” do the false teachers at Bob Jones University, who say: “you must repent and be willing to turn from your sins” not understand? A gift is not a gift anymore when works are added.

God knows that I am not trying to be unkind, I am simply contending for the faith, telling THE TRUTH (Jude 1:3). The ungodly Bob Jones camp are pulling on the same rope as the Devil. They have a right to their opinion, and so do I, but the Bible says: “let God be true, but every man a liar” (Romans 3:4). Who is right—Bob Jones University or what I say? You decide dear reader. Please read on. Bob Jones University is pulling on the same rope as the Devil! Here is a deceptive quote from their college's website:

With regard to the doctrine of Soteriology:

We believe Scripture teaches that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone (Eph. 2:4–10; Rom. 3:21–26; Titus 3:5) and apart from any human work of righteousness (Phil. 3:9). God offers this salvation freely to all men who are willing to repent and turn from their sins (Acts 3:19, 17:30) and place their full faith and trust in the atonement Christ made by His finished work on the Cross (Luke 24:46–48, Heb. 9:11–15, 10:10–14). [emphasis added]

SOURCE: BJU Statements of Faith

Shame on BJU! Do you see the horrible contradiction? BJU professes to believe that salvation is “by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone,” but then they negate those truths by requiring that a person be “willing to repent and turn from their sins.” BJU errantly understands repentance to mean: “TO TURN FROM YOUR SINS.” How is that salvation through faith alone? BJU lies! They have been deceived. BJU are caught between grace and works, as are so many today!!! If salvation is by faith alone, then why does a person have to be willing to turn from their sinful bad habits? It cannot be both ways! Either salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, as a free gift that you simply receive by faith to obtain; or else you must do something to get it. To be willing to turn from one's sins is a very big requirement! That is why NO ONE ever gets saved when Evangelist Ray Comfort publicly street preaches.

Ray Comfort's Counterfeit Gospel

Case in point, watch this very disturbing video clip (here's an audio backup in case the video is taken down). Here's an article I wrote refuting Ray Comfort's damnable heresy! In the video, Ray pressures the unsaved woman to “live a lifestyle that proves the reality of your repentance.” Folks, that is NOT the grace of God! That is NOT the free gift of eternal life. Ray should have told that unsaved woman, that if she sees herself as a needy sinner, all she has to do to be saved is BELIEVE! The woman openly admits in the video that she believes Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross, but she doesn't get saved because Mr. Comfort perverts the Gospel. Ray lied to her, convincing her that “more” (he even uses the word) is required than simply coming to God as a needy sinner; in addition, Ray says she must turn from her sins and live a lifestyle of turning from her sins. Since she knows she cannot forsake her sins (which NO ONE can), she is obviously confused and not ready to commit to what RAY (NOT GOD) is asking of her. At the end Ray asks her if she'd like to get saved (according to his perverse plan of salvation), to which she reasonably replies:

“Well I don't need to think about it, I just need to do it I guess, but I don't even know how to do it.” —Evangelist Ray Comfort, I've never killed anyone” (MP3 clip from video)

Of course she doesn't know how to do what Ray just said, because none of it makes any sense! The Gospel makes perfect sense. You are a sinner (Romans 3:23)! No amount of good you may do can erase the bad things you have done (Isaiah 64:6). Even one sin is enough to send you to Hell forever (James 2:10). Therefore, you need a Savior (John 1:29). Jesus Christ paid your sin debt on the cross (2nd Corinthians 5:21). The Gospel means 'Good News.' It is the 'Good News' that Jesus DIED, was BURIED and RESURRECTED three days later from the dead (1st Corinthians 15:1-4). Jesus paid our debt of sin with His precious blood. Christ died in our place on the cross, paying a debt He did not owe, because we owed a debt we could not pay. Christ died, that's history; Christ died and rose for me, that's salvation! Eternal life is a free gift from God (Romans 6:23). Jesus paid the high price of our redemption with His blood (1st Peter 1:18-19). You simply BELIEVE the Gospel to be saved!

Kindly said, if Ray Comfort had simply presented the Gospel properly to that lost woman on the airplane,—explaining that she is a guilty sinner in God's sight (Romans 3:19), and then shared the 'Good News' of Jesus' crucified, buried and risen for her, and then simply asked her if she believed it as her own—I guarantee you that she WOULD HAVE received Christ right there and then!!! Instead, Mr. Comfort perverted the Gospel of free grace by adding an extra requirement for her to clean up her life of sin, and to commit to living a reformatory type of lifestyle for the rest of her life. WHAT A DAMN FALSE PROPHET! WHAT A SATANIC PLAN OF DAMNATION!!! WHAT A SAD TRAGEDY!!! Ladies and gentlemen, I am so sick and tired of this demonic Lordship Salvation crap! Pastor Jack Hyles was sick of it too (MP3 clip). Dr. Hyles is right—DO GOODERS don't go to Heaven, DO TRUSTERS go to Heaven!!!

Watch the video again and you'll see that the woman declines to get saved, because Ray Comfort has convinced her that she must DO SOMETHING! Dear friend, let me repeat what Pastor Jack Hyles so beautiful said: “DO GOODERS don't go to Heaven, DO TRUSTERS go to Heaven!!!” Let me repeat her sad quote, because of what a false prophet misled her to think...

“Well I don't need to think about it, I just need to do it I guess, but I don't even know how to do it.” —Evangelist Ray Comfort, I've never killed anyone” (MP3 clip from video)

Isn't that tragic? She thinks that salvation is something she must DO! Dear friend, eternal life is the free gift of God. Righteousness is a gift. In theology we call it the Imputed Righteousness of God!!! Romans 4:5-6, “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,” Sadly, we've got a bunch of theological ignoramuses in church pulpits all across America. We've got a bunch of theological ignoramus professors in our Bible colleges! It is a very big problem, because the Bible colleges are training the next generation of pastors, and none of them are PREACHERS!!! Teachers cannot reproduce preachers! Someone asked me what Bible college I recommend. I don't know any offhand, but I will tell you this—You go find a PREACHER who has a Bible college, where they PREACH, and that is where I would attend college!!! When I attended Hyles-Anderson College (1985-1993), I had PREACHERS train me in the classrooms. Dr. Jack Hyles said that preaching is truth set on fire! Preachers have lost their fire nowadays, because they don't spend time walking with God. I am not perfect, but I am A BAPTIST PREACHER!!! To Hell with the Bob Jones crowd and their fake Bibles, fake gospels and fake alumni!

Dr. Bob Jones Sr. Said He Would Take Dynamite And Blow Bob Jones College To Smithereens!

Bob Jones University's Counterfeit Gospel

I have been sad for the past couple weeks after discovering that Bob Jones University (BJU) teaches Lordship Salvation. I knew BJU were already using corrupt Bible revisions (i.e., corruptible seed - Genesis 3:15). I knew they were lax on female dress standards, allowing immodest pants and shorts. I didn't realize that their new president (Dr. Steve Pettit) at BJU is a dirty Calvinist, who teaches the Devil's lie that you must persevere to get to Heaven. Dr. Pettit says you cannot just say: “I got saved.” Mr. Pettit heretically says BJU students who perpetually lie are going to Hell. NO, STEVE PETTIT IS GOING TO HELL!!! Mr. Pettit is preaching another gospel (Galatians 1:6-9; 3:1-3; 6:7). The Bob Jones' faculty, students and alumni have fallen hook, line and sinker, following BJU headquarters into John MacArthur's abyss of Hell!!!

I was saddened and shocked to discover that the Harvest Baptist Church on Guam promotes Dr. Steve Pettit on their KHMG 88.1 local radio station, broadcasting BJU's heretical 'The Daily Platform' (i.e., Bob Jones' chapel services). They promote devil in the pulpit, Pastor John MacArthur! Harvest is a spiritually rotten corpse on Guam, contaminating the island with their damnable heresy of Lordship Salvation. They are corrupting the island with their counterfeit Bible revisions. They are corrupting Guam with their ecumenical indifference, woeful lack of zeal for the truth, and their cold-hearted private social club “us four and no more” heathen attitude. Harvest is as seclusive as the Jehovah's Witness' cult on Guam. The church is geared toward wealthy people, only accepting people whom they feel they can brainwash and control. I wasn't a religious robot, I actually think for myself, so they rejected and ostracized me. What a hellish cult!

I didn't realize that the rabbit hole runs so deep! I've lifted the weak floorboards on the Bob Jones' camp and found piles of rotten wood infested with Lordship Salvation termites. The nest is the perverted English Standard Version (ESV) that Bob Jones sinfully uses, promotes and sells. I heard Dr. Sam Horn (former Vice President at BJU) quoting from the ESV in chapel at BJU. They claim to use only the King James Bible at BJU, but that simply is untrue! Dr. Horn is now president of John MacArthur's former Satanic religious college. These ungodly men are all buddies! Pastor John MacArthur is a powerful public speaker, likable and over 95% of what he teaches is solid Bible; but that is what makes him so spiritually dangerous, because he is wrong on the blood of Jesus, wrong to say children cannot be saved, wrong on repentance, and wrong on the Gospel. Mr. MacArthur is the godfather of the Devil's Lordship Salvation heresy!!!

I've been listening to 'The Daily Platform' from BJU. I've noticed that many of their chapel sermons (preached by the faculty at BJU) address salvation as a gift, being by grace, and by faith alone. What they are really doing is using religious asphalt to patch the spiritual potholes in Dr. Steve Pettit's corrupt theology! BJU has taken a lot of heat from fundamentalists, and justly so, because of Steve Pettit's perverse Calvinist theology. You cannot preach on salvation by running the race faithfully to the end one day (which is by works), and then salvation by grace the next, and expect the problem to go away! That reminds me of something stupid I did when I was a kid. I poured a bowl of Corn Flakes. I accidentally poured salt into my cereal instead of sugar. Yuk!!! So in my infinite wisdom I just figured I'd add a whole bunch more sugar, so the saltiness would go away. IT DIDN'T! I ended up throwing the whole big bowl of Corn Flakes, salt and sugar into the garbage. And then I was out of sugar, so I couldn't have any cereal with sugar! Arraagh! Well that is exactly what Bob Jones University is doing. Their president's theology is corrupt, adding salt to the cereal, and the faculty are dumping bags of sugar into the bowl in an attempt to make it taste right. It cannot be done! You have to dump the corrupted bowl of ingredients and start over! They need a drastic revival and change of leadership at BJU!

I didn't realize how corrupt the Bob Jones' crowd really are. I didn't know that Steve Pettit and John MacArthur are personal friends and praise each other's ministries. Now it all makes sense, why the devils at Harvest Baptist Church on Guam, want nothing to do with me (because I am a truth-teller and am correct about the Gospel). Harvest are in bed fornicating spiritually with Steve Pettit and John MacArthur (their ungodly heroes). It is tragic! I thank God that my heroes of the faith are not Gospel perverts! The Bob Jones' crowd have spiritual perves for heroes...

“The worst pervert in America is the Gospel pervert!”
SOURCE: Brother Lester Roloff, from the sermon, “The Gospel Perverts Or Jesus?

True salvation is a gift of righteousness. Romans 4:5 says that a man's faith is counted (or credited) for righteousness. That means nothing else is required. To demand that someone “be willing to repent and turn from sins” to be saved, requires payment from the recipient, which is totally unbiblical. The proper meaning of “repent” in the Holy Bible concerning salvation is simply “a change of mind.” Literally, to “repent” means to change one's mind from WRONG THINKING to believing the Gospel. It's that simple! Have you also been deceived?


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Mark 1:15, “...repent ye, and believe the gospel.”

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Mark 11:22, And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.

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