The Bob Jones University Camp
Understand That Eternal Life Is God's Free Gift
by David J. Stewart | February 2022
Romans 5:15, "But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.”
God knows that I do not hate anyone, but I do hate what God commands every believer to hate in Psalms 97:10, “EVIL.” I hate “EVERY FALSE WAY” as Psalms 119:104 teaches for those who live by the inspired Holy Bible. I love the Bob Jones University (BJU) crowd, or camp, as we call each other in religious circles. I am in the Hyles-Anderson College (HAC) camp, when Pastor Jack Hyles (1926-2001) rightly taught that the King James Bible is the perfectly preserved and accurate inspired Words of God. Today, since 2008, the First Baptist Church of Hammond, Indiana (and consequently HAC), shamefully doesn't believe anymore that the King James Bible is inspired. They have done a great injustice to the Word of God. If you don't believe it, please read what the infamous atheist Voltaire had to say about the inspiration of the Holy Bible.
I woke up this morning and the thought came to my mind about the simplicity of God's plan of salvation for humanity. I then sadly thought about the corrupt Bob Jones University camp, who will readily admit that eternal life is a gift, but then at the same time insist that God will not save anybody who refuses to repent and turn away from a lifestyle of sinning. Lest you have any doubts, please read this horrifying perversion of God's grace falsely preached by Dr. Steve Pettit (president of BJU since 2014). Dear reader, such a demand from God could not be a “free gift.” I looked up the Greek meaning of “gift” in Romans 5:15, which is the same as defined by Merriam Webster's Dictionary:
The Greek word charisma means "favor" or "gift." It is derived from the verb charizesthai ("to favor"), which in turn comes from the noun charis, meaning "grace." In English, charisma has been used in Christian contexts since the mid-1500s to refer to a gift or power bestowed upon an individual by the Holy Spirit for the good of the Church, a sense that is now very rare. SOURCE
Eternal life is the gift, or favor, of God, in response to a person's childlike faith in the Good News of Jesus Christ. That “GOOD NEWS” is that Jesus is the only begotten (biological) Son of God, the Christ, Who died on the cross to pay for OUR sins, He was buried, and three days later He bodily resurrected from the dead (1st Corinthians 15:1-4).
Our churches are so filled with poison doctrine today. When I visited the First Baptist Church of Pensacola downtown today (February 13, 2022), the senior pastor, Dave Snyder, taught the church congregation that to be saved means you are a follower of Christ. He said that you must surrender your life to Jesus' lordship, giving Him complete control over your life. Pastor Snyder didn't mention being a sinner. He didn't mention the cross. He didn't mention Jesus' death, burial or bodily resurrection. It is obvious that he believes those theological facts, but he doesn't make the connection with God's plan of salvation. I cringed and lowered my head, disgusted and horrified, as I listened to him lie to hundreds of clueless people. Sadly, what Pastor Snyder is preaching is another accursed gospel (Galatians 1:6-9).
What saith the Scripture? ...
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 is the GOOD NEWS of Jesus Christ, how that He died on the cross for our sins, was buried, and three days later He raised up from the dead. Anything else is another Gospel (Galatians 3:2).
When asked by a Roman soldier what he needed to do to be saved, read what the Apostle Paul and Silas told him in 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.” Paul and Silas didn't tell the man to repent of his sin. They didn't tell the man to turn away from a lifestyle of sinning. They didn't tell the man to surrender all to Jesus. They didn't tell him to follow Christ as his “Lord.” They didn't tell the man to do anything except to BELIEVE!!! John 6:47, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.” Tragically, Pastor Snyder is a false prophet!
I like Dave Snyder. He is originally from Missouri. I enjoy listening to him speak. I sometimes attend the Contemporary church service on Sundays at 8:15 am, and less often the Traditional service later on at 10:45 am. Dave Snyder is a good man and I only attend the church once in awhile because I believe Pastor Snyder sincerely cares about people. Their church helps orphans, feeds the poor, helps the down and out, and cares about singles (which attracts me to their church since I am single and lonely). Unfortunately, he is WRONG on the Gospel, which means he is not a born-again believer. Judas followed Jesus, one of His very apostles, but Judas still went to Hell. Judas even repented for the sin he had committed (Matthew 27:3), but still went to Hell.
There are no great churches in Pensacola, certainly not Campus Church at Pensacola Christian College. Their pastors are wrong on repentance, falsely teaching that repentance results in a change of behavior. That is not what the Bible teaches. Getting saved does not change you one bit, it just means that you have been born-again and now God's Holy Spirit lives inside you. You have been recycled from the furnace (Hell), but now the renovation process begins (2nd Corinthians 5:17; 1st Peter 2:2), which takes a lifetime. Whether it be the Bob Jones Camp, the Pensacola Christian College camp, or the Southern Baptist camp, they are all WRONG on the Gospel. You don't have to repent of your sin to be saved. If that were necessary to be saved, then Paul and Silas would have said so in Acts 16:30-31, but they didn't.
In the Gospel of John we find the word “believe” mentioned 88 times, but the words “repent” or “pray” or “surrender” or “follow” aren't mentioned once. NOT ONCE! That speaks volumes! What saith the Scripture? John 20:31, “But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.” Here again we see that the Apostle John simply tells the reader (you and me) to BELIEVE THAT JESUS IS THE CHRIST, THE SON OF GOD to be saved. But please don't errantly think that this means Roman Catholics, Mormons, Seventh-Day Adventists or that Jehovah's Witnesses are saved, because although they all believe Jesus is the Christ, they are not saved. Unfortunately, they ADD more requirements to the Gospel (e.g., water baptism, good works, sacraments, obeying the Ten Commandments, et cetera) to get to Heaven. They are liars and false prophets every one!!!
We find Lordship Salvation in the Bible in 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.” The Bible tells us exactly what the will of the Father is in 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.” Again we see plainly taught in the Scriptures that the way to obtain eternal life is to simply BELIEVE. So why then do thousands of corrupt pastors today preach another gospel? Proverbs 16:25, “There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”
As I have plainly shown you from Acts 16:30-31 and John 20:31, all that the inspired King James Bible requires to be saved is to BELIEVE ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST. You must know that you are a guilty sinner (Romans 3:19-20), because you need to know what you are being saved from. You and I, and everyone, deserves to burn in Hell forever as punishment for our sins. But God in His great love made a free way of escape, by sending His only begotten Son into the world to pay for our sins. Jesus died on the cross, suffering the crucifixion of a criminal, even though He was totally innocent of any wrong.
2nd Corinthians 5:21, “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” He who knew no sin, became as sin; so that we who knew no righteousness, could by faith alone be made the righteousness of God in Him. Philippians 3:9, “And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:” Oh dear reader, please don't let anyone rob you of God's free gift of eternal life, by convincing you to trust in SOME OTHER WAY. John 10:1, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.”
Dear reader, the inspired Word of God plainly teaches that forgiveness of sins and eternal life are the free gift of God (Romans 6:23; Romans 5:15-18; Ephesians 1:8-9). There is no way then that a person must forsake their sinful bad habits, nor even be willing to forsake them, nor surrender all to Christ as Lord, nor follow Jesus, nor anything else except to simply BELIEVE ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST!!! Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
The Gift Of Eternal Life Is Wrapped In The Wonderful Package Of Jesus
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“Faith is the only righteous thing
that I can do!”
—Pastor Jack Hyles, a quote from the MP3 sermon titled: “God's Reversal Of Psalm 51”
1st Corinthians 16:24, “My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.”
Souls Are Dying!
How Permanent Is Your Salvation?
(an excellent MP3 sermon by Pastor Hank Lindstrom, 1940-2008)
Mark 1:15, “...repent ye, and believe the gospel.”
of the child of God is that he loves everybody!”
(a quote from Pastor Jack Hyles' classic MP3 sermon, “FORGIVENESS”)
Mark 11:22, “And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.”
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