The Gospel For
As a new Christian and actually for the
first 10 years as a Born-Again believer, I "learned" theology from reading lots
and lots of biblically inaccurate Gospel tracts and from bits and pieces of
sermons and Sunday School lessons. Yet in those first 10 years I never realized
I was reading and hearing was not really the true Gospel of Jesus Christ but
rather what is called the "Free-Will" gospel or more
specifically, the doctrine of
Arminianism, named after
This "other gospel" has so permeated Christianity that it is preached and
accepted as the "one true gospel delivered to the saints" in practically every
church and seminary that calls itself "bible believing" nowadays, except those
that adhere to the doctrine known as "Calvinism".
Sadly, most Christians in these "free-will" environments don't learn the truth
because the institutions they are in actually have an entire system of bad
theology built around their Arminian free-will "gospel" that undermines each
point of the corresponding correct theology in Calvinism. For more information
about this subject click
In the meantime, let me just point out my above claims by example:
But, but, I have a
You say we all have a free will? Do you even know what that
means? Click HERE to learn why your will is not free.
You say some choose Christ and some don't?
The Bible says you've got it backwards... Scripture says God does the choosing.
You say the sin of unbelief condemns people to hell (while the
their SIN condemns them to hell - all their sin - not just the sin of unbelief).
The Bible says that none of the unsaved seek after God. (Romans 3:11)
Are you the one and only exception that sought after God even while you were yet
The Bible says the unsaved are spiritually dead. (Ephesians 2:1) Are
you the one and only exception that was a spiritually alive unsaved person?
The Bible says that the unsaved are slaves to sin. (Galatians 4:3) Are
you the one and only exception that was not a slave to sin before you were
The Bible says the unsaved are spiritually blind, and lame and naked.
(Revelation 3:17) Are you the one and only exception that was not blind, not
lame and fully clothed prior to salvation?
The Bible says the unsaved are spiritually lost. (Luke 19:10) Are you
the one and only exception that was not lost? You knew where you were going?
You knew you were headed for heaven?
The Bible says that the unsaved are enemies of God. (Romans 8:7-8) Are
you the one and only exception that was not an enemy? You were just an "average"
guy waiting for an opportune time to accept Christ?
The Bible says that the unsaved are at the mercy of God. (Luke 18:13)
Are you the one and only exception to that rule too? God was at your mercy,
waiting and hoping for you to accept His Son?
Sorry Charlie. God is God. His is in charge. His is sovereign. He is King
of Kings and Lord of Lords. You are most definitely at His mercy, like it or
But you say God is a gentleman... He won't force anybody to accept him
against their will.
The Bible does not call God a gentleman. In fact it says:
Daniel 4:35 - "All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and
he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the
inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What
Notice that in the above verse from Daniel, it
does not say "He doeth according to his will unless an unsaved sinner does
something to change His plans". And here is a free will preacher's least
favorite Bible passage:
Romans 9:18 - "Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom
he will he hardeneth. 19 Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find
fault? For who hath resisted his will? 20 Nay but, O man, who art thou that
repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why
hast thou made me thus? 21 Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the
same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?"
They may argue that it does not mean what it
says, because in their minds it sounds like a God who is "not fair".
This viewpoint turns salvation upside down and backwards. What is not fair
is for God to have had to sacrifice His only begotten Son to save anyone.
But we are talking grace and mercy here for people totally unfit for the
holiness of heaven. We are not talking fairness from the perspective of
those whose opinions are seriously prejudiced by sin.
If God is going to have a people for Himself, He has no choice but to make
sinners willing precisely because they are lost, blind, lame, naked, dead,
helpless and without hope, unless He intervenes and takes out their heart of
stone and gives them a heart of flesh (Ezekiel 36:25-27).
Oh, but wouldn't that make us just a bunch of "puppets" if God accepted us
rather than us accept him? What it makes you is alive when you were dead. And
if indeed, God is the potter and we are the clay, then He can do what He wishes
with the clay (read Ephesians chapter 1 if you need more clarification on what
God does). If the lost sinner is the one who ensures his or her own salvation,
then it makes the sinner something better than lost.
Psalms 110:3 - "Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy
Philippians 2:13 - "For it is God which worketh in you both to will
and to do of his good pleasure."
Ezekiel 36:27 - "And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to
walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them."
The bottom line is this:
People who think they get saved by accepting Christ and not solely by a
supernatural act of the Almighty (and through the preaching of the gospel) have
seriously misunderstood what it means to be LOST. If you are one of those folks
you have a BIG problem. What is that you ask? You attribute to yourself
qualities and abilities that God himself declares are NOT IN YOU, like the
ability to turn to God while yet unsaved.
If you are truly saved, then and only then read
the following, meditate upon it and accept it as Biblical truth:
Christ died for the ungodly.
I am ungodly apart from the
Spirit of God dwelling within me. (2 Corinthians 13:5)
I was lost but now am found.
I did not find myself. God sought me out and
found ME. (Romans 10:20)
I did not choose God. God chose me. (John
God chose me from before the foundation of the
world. (Ephesians 1:4)
I was spiritually dead and did not even know it
so how in the world could I have sought God. (Ephesians 2:1)
God had to open my spiritual eyes and save me
before I was capable of knowing him, seeking him, following him, or serving
him. (Ezekiel 36:25-27)
What the free-will churches have done is rewrite the gospel to:
Make man better than God says he is, and
therefore capable of choosing the God that he is in rebellion against.
Make God less than the Bible
says He is, and therefore not electing people but rather relinquishing that
task to those (the spiritually dead) who are actually incapable of
You say that's not exactly true,
do you? You say you agree that God elected people but only those whom He saw
would choose Him when He looked down the corridors of time. What nonsense,
that's not choosing. That's letting someone else do the choosing and then
saying you did the choosing. That's called "lying". God's not a liar. Either
HE did the choosing or the spiritually dead sinner does the choosing. And in my
Bible, God says He does the choosing:
- "And base
things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen"
- "If ye were of the
world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world,
but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth
predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to
himself, according to the good pleasure of his will"
In order to "have an answer for
everything" (meaning every objection to their free-will theology), these
free-will churches have also distorted the truth about:
Does it matter if I believe in Free Will?
After all, shouldn't Christians just agree to
disagree at times? The real question is, does it matter to God if a Christian
believes the truth about God, the truth about the extent of the lostness of
mankind and the truth about the Gospel of salvation. Read these Bible
verses and then decide for yourself if it matters what you believe about these
3John 1:4 - "I have no greater joy than to
hear that my children walk in truth."
Galatians 1:6 - "I marvel that ye are so soon
removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another
gospel: 7 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. 9 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
2Thessalonians 2:10 "... they received not
the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this cause God
shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12 That
they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in
"Jesus answered, My
kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then
would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but
now is my kingdom not from hence. Pilate therefore said unto him, Art
thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this
end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I
should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the
truth heareth my voice. Pilate saith unto him, What is truth?" [John
I strongly urge you to think "outside the box"... Do your own bible studies
independent of your own church or denomination. If you have never spent lots
of quality time looking at Calvinism and why it is an absolutely true biblical doctrine and it is
actually just a very accurate and concise summary of the Gospel, then how can you be sure that you have not been misled about
the most important and essential of all doctrines in Christianity?
I also recommend that you do some research into
Church history also. Find out who the Reformers were of the Protestant
Reformation. Find out what they believed. Find out how modern day
churches have drifted away from sound Biblical teaching regarding the
sovereignty of God and the depravity of man. Read books that were written
by great Bible teachers of the past like John Gill, Martin Luther, John Owen,
John Calvin, Matthew Henry, Charles Spurgeon, Robert Young, Arthur Pink and
others. And read biographies ABOUT these people so that you will know why
they are worth learning from. Ask yourself why so many churches and so
many Christian book stores are full of books that were published recently by
people who are popular for reasons that have nothing to do with the deep things
of scripture, but simply because they are good story tellers who don't know any
more about the sovereignty of God and depravity of man than most other
And lastly, I have to admit that I personally believe that Matthew 24:24*
(and Galatians chapter 1) is referring to the false "free
will" gospel that has replaced the unpopular truth of salvation by grace alone
with the much more popular gospel of accepting Christ, as if the Alpha and Omega
was just one more religion at a religious salad bar for self-righteous sinners
of the world to choose from. As for me, I don't tell people to "accept
Christ" to get saved. I tell them what sin is to a thrice holy God.
I tell them that all human righteousness is as filthy rags to God. I tell
them to seek the Lord while He may be found. I tell them what God tells me to
tell them... from scripture. God will use my preaching as He sees fit, to
convert or condemn the hearers who are lost and to
comfort, encourage, sharpen and perhaps chastise the hearers who are
Don't like this message? Well then you are
not alone... "For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness;
but unto us which are saved it is the power of God." [1 Corinthians 1:18]
* "For there shall arise false Christs, and false
prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were
possible, they shall deceive the very elect." [Matthew 24:24]