Charles Stanley Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing This is from Mike Desario’s site on Wolves, Past and Present…the reason I’m posting this article is because I know Charles Stanley has a lot of devoted followers. This is unfortunate, because many are being deceived by his teachings…(he buys a lot of expensive TV time in order to propagate these false teachings). As a new spirit filled Christian, I once listened to Charles Stanley trying to explain the baptism of the Holy Spirit in this way; he said when someone accepts Christ, (believes in Him), and is baptized, “they get all the Holy Spirit their ever going to have”. He was so flustered when he was trying to explain this in the Southern Baptist way, it was as if even he didn’t believe what he was saying, but was going along with SBC doctrine and what he himself had been taught by their man made doctrines. I knew in my spirit it was wrong! http://standingthegap.org/False%20Teachers%20Page.html “Stanley Quote:
The debate is over whether or not a man can be on his way to heaven one minute and on his way to hell the next. To answer that question, we must understand exactly what sends a person to hell. As we have seen, sin alone is not enough. . . . It takes more than simply sinning to get to hell. . . . It is not lying, cheating, stealing, raping, murdering, or being unfaithful that sends people to hell. It is rejecting Christ, refusing to put their trust in Him for the forgiveness of sin”
This is in DIRECT Contradiction to Bible Truth. Paul himself said many times, “Let NO ONE DECEIVE YOU! The wicked will not inherit the Kingdom of God.” But that isn’t enough for most people. They would rather put their trust in a ‘Wolf’ and be lead by the hand down the road to perdition than search the Scriptures for themselves and find the truth. The Truth is NOT difficult to understand….here are just a few passages that refute the statement above and expose this Wolf for what he is….
“If you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live” (Rom. 8:13).
“Do you not know that the wicked will NOT inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Cor. 6:9,10).
“The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will NOT inherit the kingdom of God” (Gal. 5:19-21).
“For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person — such a man is an idolater — has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore, do not be partners with them” (Eph. 5:5-7).
“But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those that practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars – their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death” (Rev. 21:8).
“… there are Christians who show no evidence of their Christianity
Really! That’s NOT what the Bible says. In fact it says the every opposite. IF a person failed to bring forth the proper fruit of his repentance and subsequent redemption, his faith is labeled ‘counterfeit’ and without effect! Paul frequently pleaded with the believers to beware least they ‘receive the grace of God in vain!’ 2Cor6:1. As many are doing today thanks to Wolves like this one teaching a deceptive message to multitudes of ‘faithful’ listeners. Again, read the simple truths contained in the Word of God and see for yourself that true Christianity is NOT a spectator sport!
“You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness” (Rom. 6:18).
“They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him” (Tit. 1:16a).
“What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him?” (Jam. 2:14).
“We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. The man who says, ‘I know him,’ but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him” (1 Jn. 2:3,4).
“Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. He who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the very beginning” (1 Jn. 3:7,8).
“This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; neither is anyone who does not love his brother” (1 Jn. 3:10).
“When He died on the Cross, He took care of all of our sin. You say, ‘You mean to tell me that if a person takes their own life, after all these things that you just talked about, all these sins, that that person is forgiven?’ Yes! A believer who commits suicide is ‘already forgiven’. Now I didn’t say it was going to be good for him, but he is forgiven in advance. Pardoned of that sin. No matter what you do as a Child of God, you are forgiven. Murder, stealing, adultery, worshiping idols….all forgiven in advance!”
Makes you wonder how many people have actually ‘pulled the trigger’ on themselves, believing what these wolves have to say. What a travesty. A perfect example of the ‘way of truth being blasphemed’ 2Pet2:2, by covertness and deceptive words. This ‘already forgiven’ theme doesn’t follow Bible Truth, but most of the wolves preach it, mainly because it keeps the people happy and coming back for more. Financially it’s MUCH more beneficial to tell someone they can sin their way to heaven as long as it keeps them a ‘contributing’ member of the church. The fact that Jesus died for ‘all sin’ doesn’t translate into ‘License’ to sin for His followers. Continuing in sin is the chief factor in hardened hearts, seared conscience, defiled testimony and falling short of the Grace of God. The Bible warns repeatedly about it in some of the following passages…
“For if we sin willfully after we have received a knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sin, but a certain fearful expectation of judgment and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries.” Heb 10:26-27
“Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God, on those who fell, severity, but toward you, goodness, IF you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off.” Rom 11:22
“To be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” Rom 8:6
“For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord Jesus, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning!” 2Pet2:20
“let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, least anyone fall after the same example of disobedience.” Heb 4:11
“Whoever hates his brother is a murderer and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.” 1John3:15
NONE of these passages are difficult to understand. The meaning is not hidden in some ‘theological’ interruption. DON’T fall for the double-talk and deceptive speech of the wolves! The Bible is VERY Clear about the consequences of continuing in sin and the Spirit of God provides everything you need to live a godly and self-controlled life in Christ. 2Pet1:3-11.
“Even if a believer for all practical purposes becomes an unbeliever, his salvation is not in jeopardy. Believers who lose or abandon their faith will retain their salvation. A Christian who at no point in his entire life bore any eternal fruit would remain secure in Christ!”
Pretty outrageous, isn’t it? No wonder the churches are full up of people with no intention of Obeying God or KEEPING His Commandments. NOTHING in Scripture could be more clear than the Absolute necessity of CONTINUING in the Faith and ENDURING to the end! But these wolves would have you believe that a ‘moment’ of faith placed in the finished Work of Christ at any given juncture of your life is all you need to secure your eternal inheritance. Live like the devil, in abject unbelief, without worry, just put your trust in the ‘preacher/teacher’ and all will be well. Wake up before it’s too late!
“eternal life to those who by Steadfast Endurance in doing good seek for glory, honor and immortality, but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath.” Rom 2:7
“My mother and brothers are those who hear the Word of God and KEEP it!” Luke 8:21
“More blessed are those who hear the Word of God and KEEP it!” Luke11:28
“If you love Me, KEEP My Commandments!” John14:15
“You are My friends IF you DO whatever I command you.” John15:14
“Do you see that faith was working together with his works and by WORKS faith was made perfect!” James2:22
“But do you want to know, O foolish man that faith WITHOUT Works is dead!” James2:20
“And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we KEEP His Commandments and DO those things that are pleasing in His sight.” 1John3:22
“These things I have written to you who believe in the Name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life and that you may CONTINUE to believe in the Name of the Son of God.” 1John5:13
“But he who endures to the end will be saved.” Matt10:22
It may be convenient now to follow the likes of Charles Stanley and others like him, but at the Great Judgment you will have NO EXCUSE. A child could understand our Lord, “KEEP, holdfast, practice, obtain, be diligent, fight, endure be Steadfast!” He DID NOT make it Difficult! The problem lays within yourself. You have no love of the truth, but rather love unrighteousness, God then sends you a ‘Strong Delusion’ so that you will believe a lie and perish. This is why millions of professing Christians can not understand the Simplicity that is in Christ. That KEEP means to Holdfast and Continue means to endure. Anyone could easily find these truths and obey them, but their desire is to please self and follow the wolves. There’s no shortage of false teachers who will tickle your ears with what you want to hear, but it won’t be long before you must give an account of things done in the body to HIM who sits on the Great Throne.”