Joseph Prince, false-grace and the risk of millions falling away

Millions of current Christians are at risk of spending an eternity in Hell—and few are saying anything about it.

imageThe leading teacher of what I believe to be the most dangerous, widespread heresy in the church today is the extremely popular pastor and teacher Joseph Prince.

Understand, I am extremely careful when it comes to dropping names—the fear of the Lord is all over me even as I write this. In fact, I can’t remember another person I’ve mentioned by name in this fashion in the last several years.

As I said, the fear of the Lord is on me, and when that happens, it sometimes propels me into caution, and at other times into risk. I understand this message put me in the category of risk. However, it’s a risk that’s easily worth it since literally millions of people’s eternities are at risk. I absolutely believe the core message that Joseph Prince teaches will result in shocked, church going, professing Christians entering Hell one day. It’s that serious.

I believe the hyper-grace message could be the end-time deception that will cause millions of people to fall away from God. ~Sid Roth

Jude 1:3 Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. 4 For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.

While we should desire to talk about unity, our common salvation, I don’t believe we can do so on this matter. False-grace is an eternity and salvation issue. It’s not minor, it’s major.

Regarding naming the name of Joseph Prince, Chace Gordon said:

When I first stumbled into the false grace teachings of Joseph Prince, I was deeply grieved over it and sensed a tidal wave of heresy coming to American shores. I felt America was blessed that he was from Singapore, or the pervasive deception would have been even deadlier in America than it currently is, because it gave us time to counteract the error by teaching the Word before he became an American superstar and the false doctrine would expedite the demise of church influence in preserving the culture. I knew of NO ONE (initially)who was speaking out against this false doctrine on a large stage, only quiet murmurings of resistance, or the typical grumblings of denominational critics who despise prosperity, big churches and the Word of Faith movement.

I do not know Joseph Prince personally (although I know many close to him and some of his elders before him, both living and dead), but I became intimately acquainted with his message, and within a few week period, I wrote a detailed refutation of his book “Destined to Reign” and submitted it to fellow ministers whom I have relationship with, and to friends who accepted his teaching and propagated it themselves. My notes eventually became widespread, not because I led a public campaign attacking Joseph Prince, but because it was being privately distributed by other ministers who were also greatly disturbed.

During that time, before publicly denouncing him, I even contacted Joseph Prince Ministries and submitted a copy of my notes to them for them to respond to or correct any false conclusions I may have come to regarding his doctrine. After the typical form letter response, I finally received an email from one of the associate pastors who responded to none of the content itself, only stating that they did not wish to debate for the sake of Christian unity…but none of the grave concerns that I had communicated were addressed or any of the blatant errors apologized for.

Finally, I started to get contacted by pastors who had received copies of my notes given them by friends of friends. I started hearing testimonies of church splits and the like; but I still knew of few who were publicly taking a stand against this message. I did, however, hear of numerous private confrontations by respected ministers, who challenged him on his doctrine but he refused correction. If anything, Joseph Prince dug in his heels and even increased his outlandish unbiblical comments.

It became clear to me that there was grounds here for marking him publicly, as the heresy was widely publicized, damage to the body of Christ was ongoing, even impacting people within my own church congregation, and repentance was refused.

On a positive note, I believe the tide is being turned. When I first became involved with the hyper-grace message controversy, I heard more horror stories than anything else. Now at least, I’m hearing some positive testimonies in the mix of solid grace teaching to counteract the false hope and empty promises of cheap grace.

This is what burns in my spirit day after day. I know I’ve been given a serious mandate to sound the alarms necessary to awaken people out of a slumber that will result in an eternity in Hell.

imageI ask God often to keep reawakening me to the mandate that originated in an encounter I had with Hell 23 years ago. I will never be the same after that fateful night as the forces of Hell overtook me.

God said very clearly, “John, many in the church will be shocked to find themselves in Hell one day.”

Now, 23 years later, I believe we have stumbled upon a great end time deception that can in fact result in what God warned me about. Church going, hand raising, tithe paying professing Christians who are convinced through false-theologies that they don’t have to deal with their sin…wonderful people who will die in those sins if we don’t warn them.

The fundamental deception in hyper-grace is that all of your future sins are forgiven in advance. ~Dr. Michael Brown

I strongly encourage you to watch the interview of Dr. Michael Brown by Sid Roth here: http://sidroth.org/television/tv-archives/dr-michael-brown 

Reggie D. Byrum said:

“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” – Hebrews 4:16
In the view of the hyper-grace camp, why would we even need to do this? Why should we approach the throne of grace to obtain mercy, if past, present and future sins have already been forgiven, if God does not see the sins of a Christian and if Christians do not need to confess or repent of sin?

What is so sad is that people believe that dealing with sin is a negative issue. It is not! It’s glorious! What a privilege to serve a God who will get into our personal space and set us free time and again!

It’s not complex. If we sin and do not repent, we can’t presume to be in Christ Jesus. But, if we do repent, we are in Christ Jesus!

There are so many scriptures that make it clear that sin is a serious issue both before and after making the decision to follow Jesus. How much more clear could the following verse be? This is a salvation/eternity verse, and it’s applicable to Christians:

Matt 6:14 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, 15 but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

It’s clear. If we sin (refuse to forgive) we cannot just ignore it. We ourselves won’t be forgiven. Sin will remain in us, and our eternities are threatened.

DESTINED TO REIGN BY JOSEPH PRINCE

Honestly, it’s extremely easy to see the clear heresy that’s in his book—if only we have eyes to see.

I’m going to include a lengthy study by Pastor Chace Gordon below. Before I do, read what he wrote to me earlier today:

When I first wrote the notes refuting Destined to Reign, they were circulated widely and did not have my name attached to them. I was contacted by an elder minister who received an anonymous copy after going through a church split over Joseph Prince. He tracked me down through the person who gave it to him, and told me the story of how he was on a pastors cruise with a handful of copies of my notes on Destined to Reign. He asked another respected minister who was on the cruise what he thought of Joseph Prince. The respected minister defended him adamantly, saying “I’ve know Joe and ministered in his church every year for 18 years! There’s nothing wrong with him!” After taking a look at my notes including quotes from the book, the respected minister exclaimed, “That’s heresy! I never read the book but I will now!” The rest of the story is that minister on the cruise ship went on to become one of the ministers who confronted Joseph Prince in person over these matters. Joseph Prince refused to listen; but this man of God is now an outspoken voice against the false grace message.

This was very interesting to me as a highly respected national leader and a good friend mentioned that senior Christian leaders had attempted to bring Joseph Prince under church discipline for his teachings, but he refused to comply.

A THOROUGH REFUTATION OF THE FALSE-GRACE HERESY OF JOSEPH PRINCE

by Pastor Chace Gordon www.cornerstoneworld.org 

Quotes from “Destined to Reign”

Quote #1:

“I distinctly heard the voice of the Lord on the inside.  It wasn’t a witness of the Spirit.  It was a voice, and I heard God say this clearly to me:  ‘Son, you are not preaching grace.’  I said, ‘What do you mean, Lord?…’Every time you preach grace, you preach it with a mixture of law.  You attempt to balance grace with the law like many other preachers, and the moment you balance grace, you neutralize it.  You cannot put new wine into old wineskins.  You cannot put grace and law together.  He went on to say, ‘Son, a lot of preachers are not preaching grace the way Apostle Paul preached grace.”

Excerpt from the Foreword, page vii

NOTE:  Paul taught grace and law side-by-side throughout Romans chapters 5-6 for the express purpose of preventing doctrinal confusion.  In fact, the book of Romans uses the word “law” 78 times while only using the word “grace” 24 times.  Hence, teaching the law is often necessary as a basis before one can even begin to teach grace!  The heart must be convicted and humbled with the law before grace can be received.

The word “law” is referred to in Paul’s epistles 148 times in 108 verses; the word “grace” was used in Paul’s epistles 99 times in 92 verses.  Thus demonstrating that his “grace preaching” was a doctrinal balance of both law & grace.

It is true that the apostle Paul had more to say on the subject of grace than any other New Testament writer.  It even states in Acts 20:24 that testifying to the gospel of grace was the purpose of his life and ministry; however, he, and other New Testament writers, went to great length to keep the grace doctrine from being twisted and perverted as we must do as well.

(See Jude 4, Romans 5:20-6:2; Romans 6:14-16; II Corinthians 6:1; Galatians 1:6-10; Hebrews 10:29-31; II Peter 3:15-18)

Here is a side-by-side comparison of “grace teaching” versus “law teaching” throughout the Bible:

Usage of words in whole Bible (KJV):

The Bible addresses the law approximately three times as much as it addresses grace!

The word “law”:  used 523 times in 459 verses

The word “grace”: used 170 times in 159 verses

Conclusion:  The Bible as a whole has FAR MORE to say concerning the law than concerning grace.

Usage of words in the New Testament alone (KJV):

The New Testament addresses the law nearly twice as often as it addresses grace!

The word “law”:  used 223 times in 172 verses

The word “grace:” used 131 times in 122 verses

Conclusion:  While the New Testament has more to say on the subject of grace than the Old Testament, the New Testament STILL has FAR MORE to say concerning the law than concerning grace.

Usage of words in the gospels (KJV):

The gospels address the law eight times as much as they address grace!

The word “law”:  used 41 times in 35 verses

The word “grace”:  used 5 times in 4 verses

Conclusion:  Even though Jesus Himself ushered in the dispensation of grace to the church, the gospels have FAR MORE to say concerning the law than concerning grace!

Usage of words in the Book of Acts (KJV):

The Book of Acts addresses the law twice as much as it addresses grace!

The word “law”:  used 22 times in 21 verses

The word “grace”:  used 10 times in 10 verses

Conclusion:  The record of the early church has FAR MORE to say concerning the law than concerning grace!

Conclusion to it all:  There is no Biblical precedent to suggest teaching the law undermines the teaching of grace.  They are complementary doctrines.  In fact, the doctrinal teaching of the law is foundational to receiving the doctrine of grace!

Quote #2:

“It is entirely His [Jesus] effort and His [Jesus] doing.  Our part is to believe on Him and receive all that He has accomplished on our behalf.  Sounds ridiculously simple, one-sided and unfair?  Well, my friend, that is exactly what makes grace, grace!  Grace is only grace when it is undeserved, unearned and unmerited.”

Excerpt from foreword, page x

NOTE: This statement is confusing on several points:

(1)  It confuses God’s grace with a distorted view of God’s mercy.  It also assumes that God’s mercy cancels out God’s justice.  There is nothing “unfair” about God giving us His grace; but there is something infinitely merciful.  How can an infinitely merciful God extend grace to the sinner and not violate His infinite justice?  Through repentance.

Repentance is the place where justice and mercy kiss.  Without justice, mercy becomes cruel.  If the president of the United States, as an act of mercy, decided to pardon our prison population and loose them on society, the innocent would suffer as a result.  However, if a wicked man is truly penitent and puts his faith in God, he can qualify for pardon because he ceases to be a threat to society.  Though the penitent, formerly-wicked man does not deserve pardon, he can receive mercy without compromising justice.  Hence, the criminal does nothing to earn his salvation; yet qualifies for mercy through genuine repentance.

While grace is not something we earn through good works, it is something we must qualify for through repentance. 

(2) It assumes grace is exclusively for the undeserving.  It is not.  According to Luke 2:40, Jesus grew in grace.  Under the above definition, we would have to assume that Jesus “growing in grace” as a child means He was sinful during His youth.  This is total heresy and an increasingly common heresy in today’s culture.  While this may seem to be splitting hairs, this small error could lead someone down the path to destruction.

(3) It assumes the operation of grace is the same as its initial impartation.  It concludes that since receiving grace was effortless on our part, walking in grace after it’s received must be effortless as well.  But receiving a free gift by doing nothing to EARN it does not automatically mean you do nothing to USE it!

Ephesians 2:8-9 tell us we are saved by grace and not by works; however verse 10 tells us that we are saved UNTO good works!  Which means, we don’t do works to earn salvation, but once we are saved, by grace—we do good works!  It’s not effortless!

The key difference is this:  doing good works on your own apart from God will not save you; however, after you are saved, you do good works because now you are participating with God!  Grace is what enables that participation.  You still have responsibility.  You still have effort.  The difference is, you are united with Christ and He gives you the strength, a.k.a. grace, to do alongside of Him, what you could never do on your own.

Quote #3:

“Do you realize that most people believe that one needs to work hard to achieve success in life?  The world’s system of success is built on the twin pillars of self-effort and diligence.  There are always some “laws” that you have to abide by, and some “methods and techniques” that you have to keep on practicing before there can be any results.  Most of the time, any result that you may get will start to fade once you cease to follow through with the prescribed methods and steps.  We have been taught to focus on achieving, on doing and on relying on our self-efforts.  We are driven to ‘do, do, do’, forgetting that Christianity is actually ‘done, done, done’.”

Chapter 1, Page 4

NOTE:  Grace doesn’t do away with the Biblical virtue of hard work (See Proverbs 18:9; 20:4, 13; 21:25-26; 24:30-34; 26:13-16; Matthew 5:16; 25:14-30; II Thessalonians 3:10; I Corinthians 9:19; 15:10; II Corinthians 6:1; II Timothy 2:15).  Diligence is still a necessary part of the Christian experience (See John 8:31; Hebrews 11:6; II Peter 1:4-10) and your results WILL fail when you stop being diligent!  (See Galatians 1:6-10; I Timothy 1:5-6, 19; Hebrews 3:6).  “Achieving” is not an evil concept especially when God has provided incentive and guidelines to obey (Deuteronomy 28; Matthew 25:14-30; Philippians 3:14-16; II Timothy 2:3-7; I Corinthians 9:24-27).  

The Bible tells us to “do, do, do” because though Christ’s redemptive work on the cross IS “done, done, done” Christians still have a lot left to do (see the Sermon on the Mount, the Great Commission, the Book of ACTS, the book of Titus (whose theme is GOOD WORKS) and the Book of James (whose theme is being DOERS of the Word)!

Grace is incompatible with works of self-righteousness (See Ephesians 2:8-9; Galatians 2:21; 5:4); but grace is also God’s power working THROUGH you and me because we are cooperating with Him!  (See Ephesians 3:7; Philippians 4:13; Romans 6:1-11; Colossians 2:6).

Quote #4:

“Under the new covenant, we don’t have to keep on asking the Lord…for forgiveness because He has already forgiven us.”

Chapter 1, page 7

NOTE:  While it is true that if you repent of something once, it is not necessary to repent of the same sin twice; however, if you sin again, you must repent—again. “The modern fallacy that judicial forgiveness covers ALL sins, past, present, and future; that God does not impute sins of believers to them; and that God never condemns a saved man for any sins committed, but charges them to the Lord Jesus Christ, is one of the most unscriptural and demon-inspired theories in any church…He will forgive all sins that are confessed to Him, but this does not give the saved man a blank check to continue in sin and live as he pleases without any fear of being held accountable for his sins after he has one time been saved.  Salvation does not include freedom to live in sins of all kinds.  It does not guarantee immunity from hell if one goes back into sins and dies in them.”

–Finis Dake

If Christians had a “blank check” to sin and never had to ask forgiveness after they are saved—why did God tell so many believers to repent in hundreds of scriptures, in both old and new testaments?  Why did Paul go to many of the churches that he planted, that he witnessed their conversions, and that he laid hands on to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit—why did he go to these churches and admonish them to repent—if their sins were forgiven past, present AND future?  Why did John write to believers in I John 1:9 and encourage them to confess their sins if they stopped walking in the light (I John 1:7)?  Why does the book of Revelation warn that your name can be blotted out of the Book of Life if one-time repentance is a blank check for everlasting forgiveness?  Why did Peter say that if a Christian backslides into sin after being delivered—his outcome becomes WORSE?

The truth is grace does MORE than cover our sins or empower us to ignore our pesky consciences.  Grace empowers us to stop sinning and walk in the light (I John 1:7).  I suggest that we don’t sin when walking in the light—we sin when we walk away from it!

Here are several sample scriptures that are examples of how eternal life can be lost and that the saved die again when they commit sin

Genesis 2:17; Exodus 32:32-33; Leviticus 18:24-30; 26:13-39; Numbers 25:1-8; Deuteronomy 4:23-31; Joshua 7:, 10-12; Judges 2:1-23; I Kings 14:22; II Kings 17:1-17; II Chronicles 36; Isaiah 5:24-25; Jeremiah 2:5-37;  Lamentations 1:8-9; Ezekiel 13:1-23; Hebrews 12:28-29; Psalm 69:28; Revelation 3:5; Matthew 7:21; I John 4:8, 12, 16, 21; Galatians 1:6-8; Mark 11:25-26; I Corinthians 3:16-17; Luke 8:13; John 6:66; II Corinthians 5:17; Romans 11:16; Acts 1:20, 25; Colossians 2:8-19; Jude 12-13; II Timothy 3:8; Titus 1:16; Philippians 3:7-14; I Thessalonians 3:8; James 5:19-20; & II Peter 1:4-10.

Here are several other sample scriptures that reveal eternal life is not an eternal possession now and will not be until the end of a life of holiness:

Hebrews 6:4-6; 10:26-29; Mark 16:15; Matthew 12:31-32; Acts 5:3, 32; 7:51; I Corinthians 3:16-17; Mark 10:29-30; Luke 18:29-30; Matthew 19:28-29; Romans 2:7; Romans 6:21-23; Romans 5:21; Galatians 6:7-8; I Timothy 1:16; I Timothy 4:8; I Timothy 6:12, 19; Titus 1:2; 3:7; I Peter 1:5, 9, 13; 3:7; I John 2:25; Jude 20-24; Daniel 12:2; John 5:28; Matthew 25:46; Matthew 7:13-14; etc.

Here are several more plain scriptures that demonstrate men have to continue to the end to be saved:

Matthew 10:22; Romans 6:21-23; Hebrews 3:6, 12-14; 6:11-12; I Peter 1:5, 9, 13; Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, 26; 3:5, 12, 21; Hebrews 10:23, 35-39; Mark 10:29-30; Luke 18:29-30; Matthew 19:28-29; Romans 2:7; Romans 6:21-23; Romans 5:21; Galatians 6:7-8; I Timothy 1:16; I Timothy 4:8; I Timothy 6:12, 19; Titus 1:2; 3:7; I Peter 1:5, 9, 13; 3:7; I John 2:25; Jude 20-24; Daniel 12:2; John 5:28; Matthew 25:46; & Matthew 7:13-14.

Here are a few more scriptures that demonstrate the promises and covenants of God are conditional

John 5:14; John 8:31, 34; Revelation 2:4-5, 10, 13-16, 20-25; 3:1-4, 11, 15-19.

Here are several scriptures concerning faith and faithfulness to the end to be saved:

Acts 14:22; Romans 1:5; 16:26; Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 10:38-39; Romans 3:3; Romans 11:20-24; I Corinthians 16:13; II Corinthians 1:24; Ephesians 3:17; Colossians 1:23: I Timothy 1:19; 4:1; II Timothy 3:8; Hebrews 3:6, 12-14; 4:11; 6:11-12; 10:23-39; I Peter 1:5, 9, 13.

Here are several scriptures about saved men falling into sin and becoming lost:

Luke 8:13; Romans 11:11-24; I Corinthians 10:13; I Timothy 3:6; 6:9-10; Hebrews 6:4-6, 11; II Peter 3:17; Galatians 5:4; Romans 14:4; Jude 20-24; Romans 11:22; Acts 1:25; II Thessalonians 2:3; & Revelation 2:5-6.

Quote #5:

“John 1:17, KJV—‘For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.”  Have you noticed that truth is on the side of grace, not the law?’”

Chapter 2, page 12

NOTE:  The point of truth being on the side of grace goes to show that grace must still be tempered with truth.  Are God’s laws “lies” because they were in the Old Testament?  Is “truth” sided AGAINST the law because of its connected usage with grace?  NO!!!  It only shows that LIKE THE LAW, GRACE must still be partnered with TRUTH!

Quote #6:

“Grace is personal and came as a person—the person of Jesus Christ.  The law is hard, cold and impersonal.  You cannot have a relationship with two pieces of stone.  But grace is gentle and warm.  Grace is not a teaching or doctrine.  Grace is a person and you can have a relationship with a person.”

Chapter 2, page 12

NOTE:  Grace—Jesus.  Law—stone.  Grace—warm and fuzzy.  Law—hard and cold.   Grace—person.  Law—doctrine.  Grace—good.  Law—bad.  Interesting use of metaphors; but however you try to distinguish the law from grace you must still recognize that Jesus THROUGH GRACE FULFILLED LAW, as opposed to through grace God looked past His state of lawlessness (how many modern preachers would foolishly characterize grace today).

Quote #7:

“Therefore, when you know and believe that Jesus has fulfilled completely the righteous requirements of the law, the devil cannot use the law to condemn you every time you fail.”

Chapter 2, page 15

NOTE:  The idea suggested here seems to be that a revelation of Christ’s fulfillment of the law removes condemnation; however, it also infers that this revelation will do nothing to prevent ongoing failure.  The main problem with this statement is it leaves the believer condemned to failure while promising a removal of condemnation for his failure.   Must we settle for such cheap grace?  Can we not believe for grace to do more than help us feel better while we fail?  Let’s instead believe God to not only remove the sense of condemnation, but to remove the failure that brings the condemnation!

Quote #8:

“I told my minister friend that I actually do not agree that grace should be a topic in a Bible school’s curriculum.  Grace is not a topic—grace is the gospel…Grace is not a theology.  It is not a subject matter.  It is not a doctrine.  It is a person, and His name is Jesus.”

–Chapter 3, page 24

NOTE:  (Sigh.)  Is this not a self-refuting paragraph?  Is this not a topical & theological book on the doctrine/subject matter of grace?  While there is nothing terrible or wrong with making an association of grace with the person of Christ Jesus, let’s go ahead and make the association of Christ Jesus and the Word made Flesh as well.  You see, studying the Word (even the Old Testament—GASP) actually brings us closer to the person of Jesus.  I suggest that a chief bi-product of this intimacy with the Word made flesh is sound doctrine concerning grace.  I would also suggest that a person who teaches doctrine without acknowledging it as such smells “fishy.”  Sort of like saying, “I am the great and powerful Oz so…ignore the man behind the curtain!” or “Since my doctrine on grace IS Jesus Himself—don’t doubt Jesus by questioning me!”  Nice catch-22.

Quote #9:

“So when they [preachers] see sin, they preach more of the law!  That, my friend, is like adding wood to fire because the strength of sin is the law.  Sin is strengthened when more law is preached!  But the power to have dominion over sin is imparted when more grace is preached!”

Chapter 3, page 26

NOTE:  First, let’s properly understand the context of “the strength of sin is the law” taken from I Corinthians 15:56: “The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.”

Is this verse in any way implying that the law makes people sin MORE, as the author suggests?   What is this verse saying?

First, let’s look at the first part of the verse: “the sting of death is sin”.  What is this saying?  Simply put, sin makes death painful.  No problem there.  The sting of death is sin.  Sin is the sting of death.  In short, sin stings.

Now the second part:  “…and the strength of sin is the law” or, in other words, “and the strength of [the sting of death] is the law.”  So…the law makes the sting of death, a.k.a. sin, hurt more.

Now, is this in any way saying the law makes people sin more?  No, it is saying the law makes people hurt more because the effect of sin is made apparent in their lives.  No different than spanking a child.  Does spanking a child make the child sin more, even though the scriptures recommend it?  You might make the case that giving a spanking provokes a child to sin (if not properly applied), but the purpose of the spanking is for the child to associate their sin with pain.  No more, no less.  The purpose of the law is the same:  to associate sin with pain.

So, preaching the law may be adding wood to the fire, in the sense that the person living in sin who hears it feels its pain to a greater degree, but the sting of sin must be felt before the salve of grace is applied to any purpose.  The law can be prescribed like pouring alcohol on an open cut:  its purpose is not to stop the pain, it’s to treat the wound.  The law and grace work together and this is a necessary partnership—because the greater problem of sin is not that we FEEL it; it’s that we keep doing it!  Grace is then applied and preached to restore the sinner AFTER the sinner not only escapes the pain of sin (felt more intensely through the law) but flees sin itself!  The law brings necessary pain to the unrepentant; then after repentance, grace converts the sinner and the pain of sin, condemnation, and the sin itself, is fully dealt with and removed from a person’s life!

Quote #10:

“They say that God gives you the gift of righteousness, on the condition that you keep the Ten Commandments for the rest of your life to remain righteous.  Now, is this a real gift?  Come on,  when God gave you the gift of righteousness, it was a real gift.  Stop trying to earn it with your own works.  God’s gifts to us are unconditional!”

                                                                                                                             Chapter 3, page 28

NOTE:  The gift God gave us was “righteousness” itself.  If you sin, you reject the gift.  It is a ridiculous and dishonest proposition to suggest that since we were given the gift of righteousness, we are righteous whether we are righteous or not (See the entire book of I John).  Obviously, God’s gifts ARE conditional in the sense that if He gives us the gift of righteousness, we should BE righteous, and not just assert that the gift means we have an unconditional claim on righteousness.

Quote #11:

“My friend, righteousness is a gift because of what Jesus has accomplished on the cross for you.  All your sins—past, present and future—have been washed clean by His precious blood.  You are completely forgiven and from the moment you received Jesus into your life, you will never be held liable for your sins ever again.”

Chapter 3, pages 28-29

NOTE:  Unconditional forgiveness.  Herein lies the root of error that leads to so many heresies.  All of this quote is true save one important point that makes the difference between a truth and a lie:  righteousness is a gift because of what Jesus accomplished on the cross for you.  All your sins—past and present—have been washed clean by His precious blood, and because of grace you don’t have to have a “FUTURE SINS TO BE FORGIVEN” category!  But if future sins happen, your prescription is not denial, it’s found in I John 1:9.

Quote #12:

“…when believers don’t understand that righteousness is a gift, and that it is about ‘right standing’ and not ‘right doing’, they will depend on their own efforts to earn this gift.”

Chapter 3, page 34

NOTE:  Right standing implies right doing.  The debate, I guess would be, is right standing compatible with wrong doing?  I don’t think that’s the kind of right standing God had in mind.

Quote #13:

“My friend, those who believe that God is sometimes angry with them are still living under the old covenant of the law and not under the new covenant of grace.”

Chapter 4, page 38

NOTE:  So the cross was to convert God the Father from his temper problem against sin?  There are numerous New Testament examples that God still gets mad at both sin and sinners, through Jesus example, through the epistles’ doctrine, and through prophetic warnings of the coming wrath of God.  One only needs to read the book of Revelation to know beyond a shadow of a doubt that God still gets angry; and if one reads Revelation 2-3 in particular, they will see that He still gets angry at church people from time to time, even among those He loves who live prior to the tribulation!

Quote #14:

“Schizophrenic teaching that tells you that God is sometimes angry and sometimes happy with you based on your performance is unscriptural and will make you a schizophrenic believer.  It’s time to get out of confusion and to start seeing your God for who He really is.”

Chapter 4, page 48

NOTE:  There is nothing schizophrenic about experiencing a range of emotions for people you love when they perform well or perform badly.  Evidently, the cross not only converted God from His temper problem it saved Him from being schizophrenic and acted as an anti-depressant for mood swings and anxiety.  Now He has only one emotion all the time (at least while the church is here, then after the rapture He will explode in uncontrollable rage after 2000 + years of happy, happy, happy.)

I realize no one would actually ascribe to believe the above paragraph; however, I’m trying to make the point that we sometimes go too far in our analogies about how happy God is with us that we begin to paint an illusion of the nature of God that is very different from His true Person.

Quote #15:

“Soon after the tragedy of September 11 had taken place, some believers publicly declared that God was judging America because of its sins…Come on, when Christians attribute such events to God’s judgment, terrorists would be the first to say, ‘Amen!  Preach it!’  Can you see that something is amiss when both believers and terrorists agree on the same thing?

Chapter 5, page 49

NOTE:  The devil believes in God and divine judgment, why shouldn’t some of his followers?  Can you also see that something is amiss when believers and secular humanists agree to scoff/belittle/patronize the notion of divine judgment?

Quote #16:

“Thousands of people died [referring to 9/11], and many families, friends and loved ones were thrown into grief.  How can that be the work of our loving Father?  Read the Bible for yourself.  It says that God is ‘not willing that any should perish.’”

Chapter 5, page 49

NOTE:  Reading the Bible is always sound advice…in fact, let’s start by reading the rest of the verse cited above:  “[God is] not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”  This verse is in II Peter 3:9, which ironically, is a New Testament verse in the middle of a large passage of scripture dedicated to warning believers about divine judgment.  The theme being that in the last days many would scoff at the coming judgment of God, and that if men don’t repent, even though God wills to save, even though God wills that none should perish, men will still perish as part of divine judgment.

The classic argument being that these verses refer to a future judgment exclusively, and that we are in an interim period where God has (please pardon my crude theological paraphrase):  “lovingly decided to stop being judgmental because of the cross (but will have a relapse after the church is gone and judge again in the future).”

Nevertheless, one would be right in saying these verses refer to a future judgment, they do—but not exclusively.  So one must ask the question:  In this “Age of Grace” (or “justice-free Shangri-La” as the Age of Grace is often described), do men still perish?  They do.  Is the command to repent still applicable to us?  It is.  Did God decide to wink at us and ruthlessly judge everyone else by a different standard?  He did not.  In fact, I Peter 4:17-19 tells us that divine judgment not only still applies to us, it begins with us!

Jesus did not die on the cross so the Father would stop being judgmental.  He did not die on the cross to deliver us from consequences to bad behavior.  He died on the cross to provide a way of escape to those who would repent.  Though we repent, if we sin again (as II Peter 2:19-22 tells us) consequences are reinstated.

We cannot have a loving Father and an unjust one at the same time.  A loving Father punishes evil (or refuses to sanction it), to preserve righteousness in His children.  The Bible instructs natural parents to discipline (and punish, if necessary) their children.  Good parents do that.  Hebrews 12:5-29 tells us that God the Father chastens those He loves.  Revelation 3:19 tells us that Jesus rebukes and chastens those He loves.  I Corinthians 5:1-5 tells us that a church was to surrender one of their members to Satan for the destruction of the flesh that his spirit might be saved.  There comes a point when wickedness MUST be judged to preserve righteousness.

One might ask, “how can God be just and merciful at the same time?”  It is simple.  God is just in that He punishes wickedness.  He is merciful in that He forgives and pardons the penitent who turn from their crimes.  If they turn back to their sin, they must renew themselves through true repentance once again.  They are not given a lifetime pass.

Quote #17:

“I have also heard some believers pronouncing, ‘If God does not judge America for all its sins, God has to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah.’ Well, let me say this with honor and respect: If God judges America today, He has to apologize to Jesus and what He has accomplished on the cross! My friend, God is not judging America (or any country in the world today).”

Chapter 5, page 49

NOTE:  Proverbs 19:28-29 says the following:

“An ungodly witness scorneth judgment:  and the mouth of the wicked devoureth iniquity.  Judgments are prepared for scorners, and stripes for the back of fools.”

Divine judgment is throughout the Old Testament and was a common theme in nearly every book.  That theme was continued through our Lord Jesus in the Gospels when He declared judgment upon men, cities, nations and churches who failed to receive Him.  In fact, Jesus rebuked the religious leaders in Matthew 23:23 for NEGLECTING to teach judgment.  Many of the judgments Christ pronounced took place long after the cross.  The epistles teach and warn concerning divine judgment as well.  Hebrews 6:2 lists “judgment” as a foundational doctrine of Christ, the MILK of the Word for babes!  Yet we arrogantly or presumptuously mock the importance of it and say, “Nah, it doesn’t apply to us!”  FOOLISH!

Quote #18:

“You will never find an example of God punishing a believer for his sins in the new covenant.”

Chapter 5, page 57

NOTE:  Please see the following examples of God punishing believers for their sins in the new covenant:

(1)  Ananias & Saphira—Acts 5:1-14(2)  The Galatian church—Galatians 6:7-8

(3)  The promiscuous church member at Corinth—I Corinthians 5:4-5; II Corinthians 2:6

(4)  Christian brothers who maintain certain sins—I Corinthians 5:9-13

(5)  Hymenaeus & Alexander—I Timothy 1:19-20; II Timothy 4:14

(6)  The younger widows—I Timothy 5:11-15

(7)  Sinning brothers—I Timothy 5:20

(8)  Believers who become lovers of money—I Timothy 6:9-10

(9)  Demas—II Timothy 4:10 (see also Colossians 4:14  & Philemon 24 for confirmation he was not only a believer, but a one-time preacher)

(10)  Huge segments of the seven churches in Asia (Revelation 2-3)

Also note God’s divine judgment illustrated in the death of Herod (Acts 12:23), Elymas the sorcerer being struck with blindness (Acts 13:8-12) and God’s use of civil government to punish evil (Romans 13:1-6).

Quote #19:

“Did Jesus die on the cross to free us from committing sinful actions or harboring sinful thoughts?  If He did, then allow me to conclude with reverence that He failed.  You and I know fully well that we can still be tempted with sinful thoughts and tempted to commit sinful actions, and there will still be times when we fail.”

–Chapter 5, pages 58-59

NOTE:  To be blunt, this is a most inflammatory, heretical & unbelieving statement which is contrary to all the Word of God.  Yet, it is what so many preachers believe without saying it so recklessly.

The simple answer is “YES”; Jesus DID die to not only free us from our sins, but from our iniquities (bent towards sin) as well (Isaiah 53:5).  He didn’t just forgive us for the sins we commit.  His grace delivers us not only from the sins we commit; but from the sin nature that accompanies sin.  II Peter 1:4-10 tells us how we can stay free from sin.  I John 1:8-9 says that if we have fellowship with God but continue to walk in darkness (continue sinning) we lie.  Then it also reveals that we are cleansed and maintain freedom from sin by walking in the light.  We don’t sin as believers when we walk in the light; we sin when we walk away from it.  In which case, we do as I John 1:9 instructs, we repent and get back in the light!

Let me also say that temptation itself is not sin.  Jesus was tempted and remained sinless.  Wrong thoughts or suggestions of the devil don’t become transgressions unless acted upon (James 1:14-15).  Wrong thoughts or suggestions of the devil don’t become iniquities unless brooded about and not cast down (II Corinthians 10:5).

Grace that merely “helps sinners not transgress as much as before” is just cheap.  You don’t need salvation for that, a monastery will suffice.  Grace that not only removes sin, condemnation, & the slavery to keep committing it is the only grace worth having!  Everything else is a cheap counterfeit!  God help our unbelief!!!

Quote #20:

“…I was told that the more I knew, the more God would hold me accountable, and my punishment for falling short of His expectations would be more severe than someone who knew less…I was also taught that the closer I drew to God, the more trials and tribulations I would experience…As I grew in the Lord, He opened my eyes and I realized that the teachings that I had received were not true.”

Chapter 6, pages 61-62

NOTE:  These teachings are not lies—they are common sense.  When a believer matures, more is expected of him (James 3:1); You expect more from adults than babies because part of maturity is taking responsibility (Hebrews 5:11-14)—and yes, the more you mature, the greater trials you will face!  Adults tend to have bigger trials than babies.  This is not a fearful thing though, because adults are equipped to handle it.  The premise here is that teaching these things causes believers to shun intimacy with God for fear of greater expectations upon themselves.  Don’t worry!  If a person chooses to stay a spiritual baby to avoid growth pains they can and will.  Personally, I prefer to grow up and tap into the destiny that God has for me.  I want God to trust me to rise to His expectations because of His grace and my partnership with Jesus Christ.

Quote #21:

“You see, faith does not come by simply hearing the word of God because the word of God would encompass everything in the Bible, including the law of Moses.  There is no impartation of faith when you hear the Ten Commandments preached.  Faith only comes by hearing the word of Christ…Only when Christ is preached will faith be imparted.”

Chapter 7, page 75

NOTE:  The complexities of doctrinal confusion in this statement are so vast it is difficult to give a simple refutation.  Nevertheless, it raises some important questions for Pastor Prince:

(1)  How is “the Word of God” out of harmony with “the Word of Christ” in your estimation that makes it necessary to make this distinction?

(2)  Since the Word of God encompasses everything in the Bible, but the Word of Christ does not, which words belong to Christ, and which do not?

(3)  If the law of Moses is God-inspired, why is it not Christ-inspired as well?  Is there strife in the Godhead, or did Jesus convert the Father/Holy Spirit at the cross?

(4)  Why do only the words of Christ produce faith, but not the words of the Father or the Holy Spirit?

(5)  If the law of Moses came from God, but didn’t produce faith in them that heard it, why did so many people try to obey something they had no capacity to believe?

(6)  If the law of Moses doesn’t produce faith, why did Israel experience so many revivals when it was taught to the people (II Kings 22-23; Nehemiah 8-10)?

(7) If the Ten Commandments don’t produce faith, why has our nation sunk further into spiritual darkness since we’ve removed it from our schools, courthouses and public places?

In summary, splitting hairs between “Word of God” verses “Word of Christ” is absurd since Jesus was called “the Word made Flesh (John 1:14)”  and was in the beginning WITH God AS God called “The Word of God (John 1:1).”  Nothing that Christ ever said is out of harmony with the Father or the Holy Spirit, because they are one (I John 5:7).   All of the Word of God contains and produces faith, not just words pertaining directly to Christ Himself (see Hebrews 11:3 & Romans 4:17 for examples).  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, is considered the inerrant Word of God and is necessary for edification of the believer (II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:19-21).  No scripture is subject to private interpretation, nor is it wise to sift through scripture saying, “this is the word of Christ—this is not.”  Hebrews chapter 11 lists many who are referred to as “heroes of faith” who knew no distinction between “word of God” verses “word of Christ”, yet received faith from God’s Word anyway. 

Just for clarification, it is right and proper to teach and preach based on a revelation of Christ (like Paul did, Galatians 1:11-12) and hearing the Word of God/Word of Christ IS the method that faith comes.  However, a revelation of Christ—or an understanding of the words of Christ—are not limited to a hand-picked selection of New Testament verses.  The Word of Christ encompasses all of the Bible and INCLUDES THE LAW OF MOSES!

Quote #22:

“I now know beyond a shadow of a doubt that a Christian cannot commit the unpardonable sin.”

Chapter 8, page 90

NOTE:  Here are several sample scriptures that are examples of how eternal life can be lost and that the saved die again when they commit sin

Genesis 2:17; Exodus 32:32-33; Leviticus 18:24-30; 26:13-39; Numbers 25:1-8; Deuteronomy 4:23-31; Joshua 7:, 10-12; Judges 2:1-23; I Kings 14:22; II Kings 17:1-17; II Chronicles 36; Isaiah 5:24-25; Jeremiah 2:5-37;  Lamentations 1:8-9; Ezekiel 13:1-23; Hebrews 12:28-29; Psalm 69:28; Revelation 3:5; Matthew 7:21; I John 4:8, 12, 16, 21; Galatians 1:6-8; Mark 11:25-26; I Corinthians 3:16-17; Luke 8:13; John 6:66; II Corinthians 5:17; Romans 11:16; Acts 1:20, 25; Colossians 2:8-19; Jude 12-13; II Timothy 3:8; Titus 1:16; Philippians 3:7-14; I Thessalonians 3:8; James 5:19-20; & II Peter 1:4-10.

Here are several other sample scriptures that reveal eternal life is not an eternal possession now and will not be until the end of a life of holiness:

Hebrews 6:4-6; 10:26-29; Mark 16:15; Matthew 12:31-32; Acts 5:3, 32; 7:51; I Corinthians 3:16-17; Mark 10:29-30; Luke 18:29-30; Matthew 19:28-29; Romans 2:7; Romans 6:21-23; Romans 5:21; Galatians 6:7-8; I Timothy 1:16; I Timothy 4:8; I Timothy 6:12, 19; Titus 1:2; 3:7; I Peter 1:5, 9, 13; 3:7; I John 2:25; Jude 20-24; Daniel 12:2; John 5:28; Matthew 25:46; Matthew 7:13-14; etc.

Here are several more plain scriptures that demonstrate men have to continue to the end to be saved:

Matthew 10:22; Romans 6:21-23; Hebrews 3:6, 12-14; 6:11-12; I Peter 1:5, 9, 13; Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, 26; 3:5, 12, 21; Hebrews 10:23, 35-39; Mark 10:29-30; Luke 18:29-30; Matthew 19:28-29; Romans 2:7; Romans 6:21-23; Romans 5:21; Galatians 6:7-8; I Timothy 1:16; I Timothy 4:8; I Timothy 6:12, 19; Titus 1:2; 3:7; I Peter 1:5, 9, 13; 3:7; I John 2:25; Jude 20-24; Daniel 12:2; John 5:28; Matthew 25:46; & Matthew 7:13-14.

Here are several scriptures concerning faith and faithfulness to the end to be saved:

Acts 14:22; Romans 1:5; 16:26; Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 10:38-39; Romans 3:3; Romans 11:20-24; I Corinthians 16:13; II Corinthians 1:24; Ephesians 3:17; Colossians 1:23: I Timothy 1:19; 4:1; II Timothy 3:8; Hebrews 3:6, 12-14; 4:11; 6:11-12; 10:23-39; I Peter 1:5, 9, 13.

Here are several scriptures about saved men falling into sin and becoming lost:

Luke 8:13; Romans 11:11-24; I Corinthians 10:13; I Timothy 3:6; 6:9-10; Hebrews 6:4-6, 11; II Peter 3:17; Galatians 5:4; Romans 14:4; Jude 20-24; Romans 11:22; Acts 1:25; II Thessalonians 2:3; & Revelation 2:5-6.

Quote #23:

“A believer has already received the gift of eternal life and will never be “subject to eternal condemnation.”

Chapter 8, page 92

NOTE:  See scriptures from previous quote.  Particularly the scriptures that reveal eternal life is not an eternal possession now.

Quote #24:

“…some of the words which Jesus spoke in the four gospels…are part of the old covenant.  They were spoken before the cross as He had not yet died.  The new covenant only beginsafter the cross, when the Holy Spirit was given on the day of Pentecost.”

Chapter 8, page 92

NOTE:  (Sigh).  The gospels are the foundation for the new covenant; not merely the capstone for the old.  Jesus didn’t come to earth to teach us about the old covenant.  He certainly didn’t prep His disciples, “Guys, I want you to record the things I say and do and then ignore it because after I’m gone—none of it applies to you anyway.  A man named Paul will come who will teach you what to believe about me.  For now, I want it to be a surprise, so just keep bumbling around like idiots until I’m long gone.”

None of the gospels were written so Jesus could propagate the old covenant!  The gospel of Matthew could probably be considered the most “Old Testament” of the four gospels because it was written to Jews; and yet, the subject of Matthew from the first chapter until the last is the kingdom of heaven (of which the church is a part).  Everything about this gospel is revolutionary, and was written to convert Jews to Christianity.  Why would this gospel be used to evangelize if it was merely an extension of the Old Testament?  It wouldn’t.

The gospel of Mark and Luke were written to evangelize Romans and Greeks.  Why would they need Old Testament teachings of Jesus?  I thought evangelizing Gentile nations was a mark of the new covenant, not the old!

For Pete’s sake, the gospel of John was written to the church!

Now Jesus DID say that there were things He could not teach them yet because they were not ready to bear it; however, John 14:26 said that one of the jobs of the Holy Spirit when He comes is: “TO REMIND THE DISCIPLES WHAT JESUS TAUGHT! “  We all need that reminder.

Quote #25:

“Not everything that Jesus said was spoken to the church.  Paul’s letters were written to the church and are thus for our benefit today.  God raised him up to write the words of the ascended Jesus…That is why, when it comes to reading the Bible, I always encourage new believers in our church to begin with the letters of Paul.  (Many new believers like to start with the book of Revelation or Genesis, without first getting a foundation in the gospel of grace through reading the letters of Paul.)”

Chapter 8, page 94

NOTE:  If Paul had all the post-cross doctrine and revelation we need, why would the church need Jesus’ pre-cross teaching?  Why did Paul say we have the “mind of Christ” if all we need is the “mind of Paul?”

The answer is:  our salvation starts with Jesus, not Paul (See I Corinthians 1:13).  Our doctrine starts with Jesus, not Paul.  Our chief example of compassion, ministry, authority and power is Jesus Himself—not Paul.  Paul’s ministry began with a revelation of Jesus, not Paul coming to self-actualization.  Christ showed us how we can live through His own example.  He taught us what to believe through His own words.  When Pentecost came, a foundation of the Word in new covenant terms through the Word made Flesh was already laid.  The disciples didn’t have to make up their own doctrines after Jesus left!  They taught the good NEWS—that is, what Christ Himself had ALREADY revealed to them!

Jesus didn’t die to save His own doctrine (or the plethora of other things in this book that are wrongfully attributed to the cross)!  He’s the same yesterday, today, & forever!

Quote #26:

“Listen carefully:  We don’t have to confess our sins in order to be forgiven.  We confess our sins because we are already forgiven…I’m talking about being open with God…So confession in the new covenant is just being honest about your failures and your humanity.  It is the result of being forgiven and not something you do in order to be forgiven.”

Chapter 9, page 104

NOTE:  There is no scriptural basis for this statement anywhere and there are literally hundreds of verses to the contrary.  The term “confession” is linked to the idea of repentance, and there is no example in scripture where we are told repentance is “about being open with God” and is not necessary for forgiveness.  This statement is just another way to substantiate an already bogus doctrine that misunderstands the work of the cross.

Quote #27:

“I took I John 1:9 to the limit and it nearly drove me insane.  But what does I John 1:9 really say and to whom was it actually written?…People have actually taken this verse and built a whole doctrine around it when in actually, chapter 1 of I John was written to the Gnostics, who were unbelievers.”

Chapter 9, page 106

NOTE:  The book of I John was written as one single, cohesive letter given to one primary audience.  It is cohesive and thematic throughout and to separate the first chapter from the rest of the book as having a different audience is either dishonest, willfully ignorant or naïve at best.

So the question arises, to whom was the letter written?  If the first chapter was written to the Gnostics, then the whole book was written to Gnostics.  If the first chapter was written to the Gnostics, and then beginning in chapter two it was written to the church (as Pastor Prince later suggests), then why is chapter one included in the same letter, particularly if his letter contained no original chapter divisions, and again if it was not intended for the audience of chapter two and forward?

(I think the reason Pastor Prince insists that the first chapter only is written to Gnostics, is because the rest of the letter is indisputably written to a local assembly of Christian believers that were intimately connected with the apostle John because of the frequent usage of the phrase “my little children” that begins in the opening of chapter two.)

It makes no sense for John to write a letter to Gnostics in the opening and then the church later on.  That would be like my father, Pastor Larry, writing a letter to a church that belongs to one of his spiritual sons in the ministry, and including in the opening paragraph an address exclusively for Mormons.

If Christians are to ignore the first chapter because it doesn’t apply to them, why did John open with it?  If it was necessary to address the local Gnostics, why didn’t John put it on the end of the book, and give a disclaimer:  “Oh yeah, will you send this SEPARATE note to the Gnostics, and remember, YOU don’t need to confess your sins, if you do, you aren’t believing in the finished work of the cross!”

Perhaps Pastor Prince meant that the Gnostics addressed in the first chapter were part of the same congregation/audience—odd, but perhaps.  But if that was the case, why didn’t John single them out, like Paul did in many of his letters, when he was addressing specific people or referring to a particular group of people within a church body?

Regardless, the evidence is overwhelming that the book of I John fits together beautifully and flows perfectly without having to switch audiences after the introductory comments of the first chapter.

Quote #28:

“If you really believe that you need to confess all your sins to be forgiven, do you know what you would be doing?  You would be confessing your sins ALL THE TIME!

Chapter 9, page 107

NOTE:  This statement just comes down to a misunderstanding of confession of sins.  I will explain in a couple points:

(1)  As previously mentioned, confession of sins is inextricably linked to the act of repentance (which is an inward and outward turn from sin).  Now, if your definition of grace is, “the power to continue to sin (less often) but free of the associative feelings of condemnation”, then yes, you would be confessing all the time because your faith is set on needing perpetual bailout from God.  BUT, if your definition of grace, at least in part, is “the power to stop sinning,” then no, you would not be confessing all the time because the power of grace keeps you from perpetual sin, setting you free from not only your transgressions, but your iniquities (habitual sins, and inclinations toward sin)!

(2)  Secondly, confession is more than parroting words.  It is also more than a ritualistic recitation of sin.  Confession, in the Greek is the word “homologeo” and it means more than a recitation of words.  It could be described as entering a covenant or binding agreement with God to renounce sin—aligning your thinking, believing, convictions and viewpoints with God Himself—talking the same language!  When you see confession as strictly lip service to repentance, you miss the point and power of confession.  When you see confession as a covenant with God to cease from sin and be aligned together with Him against sin, then you understand confession not only deals with the act of sin, it deals with the propensity to sin as well.

(I recommend you see the Strong’s Concordance and the Greek word studies of Rick Renner for a better understanding of confession).

Quote #29:

“Let’s not build a whole doctrine on one verse.  If confession of sins is vital for your forgiveness, then Apostle Paul, who wrote two-thirds of the New Testament, has done us a great injustice because he did not mention it even once—not once—in any of his letters to the church.”

Chapter 9, page 107

NOTE: First, we dismissed the Old Testament as relevant for doctrine; then we dismissed Jesus and the gospels as relevant for doctrine; now we dismiss the relevancy of John on the simple grounds that John is NOT Paul, the apostle of grace.  At this rate, we can eventually dismiss the whole Bible because we spend so much time disqualifying its relevancy of application from one portion to another, we might as well join the Mormon church!

Do we believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God or don’t we?  Do we believe the books of the Bible are flawless and in perfect harmony together or don’t we?  Then let us STOP suggesting that the vast majority of the Bible, including the gospels and other New Testament writers, are out of step with the Pauline revelation!

But for the sake of clarity, Paul taught the same doctrine as Jesus and John.  When we talk about confession of sins, we are talking about repentance.  This is not a separate and unusual doctrine that Paul omitted because it wasn’t relevant.  Paul taught and demonstrated the doctrine of repentance throughout his letters and the Book of Acts.  He referred to the doctrine of repentance as foundational doctrine for believers.  He categorized it as “milk”, as “elementary”, as “first principle” (see Hebrews 5:11-6:1).  There are plenty of both Old and New Testament verses that confirm the clear link between confession of sin and repentance.

On the same token, if confession of sins is NOT vital for forgiveness, then Apostle Paul, who wrote two-thirds of the New Testament, has done us a great injustice because he did not mention it even once—not once—in any of his letters to the church!  Of course, for him to do so, would have been contrary to all other scripture, and therefore, uninspired by God.

Quote #30:

“When there were people in the Corinthian church living in sin, he [Paul] did not say, ‘Go and confess your sins.’  Instead, he reminded them of their righteousness, saying, ‘Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you?’  Notice that in spite of their sins, Paul still considered them temples of the Holy Spirit and he reminded them of this truth.”

Chapter 9, page 107

NOTE: Paul was not reminding them of their righteousness—they weren’t (Is this hard?).  He was reminding them of their purpose.  He was reminding them they were made to actually be righteous.

Quote #31:

“When we understand this verse [I John 1:7], we realize that even when we sin, we sin in the realm of light!  So, if we sin in the light, we are cleansed in the light, and we are kept in the light.  This idea of us going into darkness when we sin is not from the Bible.”

Chapter 9, page 108

NOTE:  The idea of us going into darkness when we sin CAME FROM THE BIBLE!

Let’s read the aforementioned passages together (including the skipped over verse 8):

“But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.  If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”—I John 1:7-9

It says, “if we walk in the light as He is in the light…”  This means walking in the light AS CHRIST WALKS in the light.  Does Christ walk in sin in the light?  I don’t think so!  What are these verses saying?  When you walk in the light, you are cleansed by the blood of Jesus!  If you have not dealt with sin because you deny its presence (or a false grace teacher tells you to ignore it), you are self-deceived.  However, if and when you do sin, you are cleansed through confessing it (a.k.a.—repentance).

Quote #32:

“Did you know that even the word “cleanses” in I John 1:7 is really beautiful?  In the Greek, the tense for the word “cleanse” denotes a present and continuous action, which means that from the moment you receive Christ, the blood of Jesus keeps on cleansing you.  It is as if you are under a waterfall of His forgiveness.  Even when you fail, this waterfall never stops.  It keeps on keeping on, cleansing you from ALL your sins and unrighteousness.”

Chapter 9, pages 108-109

NOTE: Admittedly, I am no expert on Greek—especially Greek verb tenses.  However, I have no problem with the idea of the blood of Jesus providing perpetual cleansing.  I would even tend to agree with Joseph Prince that the cleansing in verse 7 is different from the cleansing in verse 9.  The problem lies in the notion that being perpetually cleansed means perpetually sinning.  I’m not sure “waterfall of perpetual forgiveness” is how I would describe this verse’s meaning either.

The best way I could describe the different types of cleansing here is: one type of cleansing is for falling into sin; the other type of cleansing is for staying free from sin.  Even though I believe through the power of grace I can stop sinning, I still live in a world corrupted through sin—and I need the blood of Jesus to keep me from falling.  I need to keep my mind renewed by the washing of the Word; I need to fellowship with God through prayer; I need to fellowship with people of like-faith; etc. etc.  We are cleansed people who for the time being, live in a very dirty environment that permeates all of the five senses.  We need the blood of Jesus to keep the filth out of our hearts and minds.  This doesn’t make us sinners; it just means we need spiritual maintenance.

Quote #33:

“In I John 2:1, John addressed the believers as ‘My little children’…and went on to say, ‘These things I write to you, so that you may not sin.  And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ.’  Notice that John did not tell the believers, ‘If anyone sins, make sure that he confesses his sins.’  No, his solution for a believer who sins is to point him to the finished work of Jesus.”

NOTE:  This is misleading.  Notice our Advocate is a Person, not an event.  Also note that Jesus did not die on a cross to save us from the act of repentance.

Quote #34:

“Did the cross make a difference or not?  Jesus Christ has already delivered all believers from the covenant of law which condemns.”

Chapter 10, page 117

NOTE: Jesus Christ did not die on the cross to save us from the Old Testament that God Himself authored.

Quote #35:

“For generations, the church has believed that by preaching the Ten Commandments, we will produce holiness.  When we see sin on the increase, we start to preach more of the law.  But the Word of God actually says that “the strength of sin is the law.”  It also says that “sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace”.  So the power for the church to overcome sin is actually found in being under grace and not in reinforcing the law.  Preaching more of the law to counteract sin is like adding wood to the fire!”

Chapter 10, page 121

NOTE: Chapter ten is actually the best chapter so far at describing the differences between “law” and “grace”; however, many of the inferences concerning the law are not accurate.

Sample false inference:   “Since the law of Moses was referred to in II Corinthians 3:7-9 as the ministry of death and condemnation, THEN teaching the law will bring people into bondage, make them sin more, etc.”

A few additional points about the law (see my comments under quote #1 & quote #9):

(1)  While the law of Moses is no longer in force, the laws of the kingdom ARE IN FORCE! In addition, virtually ALL of the moral law of the Old Testament is included in the new covenant (with the exception of keeping the Sabbath which was ceremonial law—but even in the case of the Sabbath, the spiritual and moral principles behind keeping the Sabbath are still passed on in the new covenant).  Actually, in the New Testament we are given 1050 commands for New Testament Christians to obey!  (See Dake study Bible, under heading “New Testament Commands for complete list).  Therefore, it is a misunderstanding of the covenant of grace to believe the teaching of “law” brings bondage and causes us to sin more.

(2)  There is a vast difference between not being “under the law” and being “without the law”.  Being under grace does not mean we are exempt from obeying laws.  It means we are not under penalty of the law because grace enables us to KEEP the law!

It is not presumption to believe we can keep the laws God gave us.  It is presumption to believe God gave us laws we could not fulfill since He gave us His grace to fulfill them!

(3)  Even though the law of Moses is obsolete because a new contract has been written, the law is still used to convert the sinner before grace is extended!

  • Consider the words of Jesus to the Pharisees in John 9:39:  “…I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.”  Why did Jesus add that last part about making those who see blind first?—Because if a man will not recognize his own blindness; he cannot be made to see.  The law is that which God uses to kill before new life can come!  (Also see Galatians 2:19)
  • Consider I Peter 5:5b:  “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”  So if God Himself REFUSES to give the gospel/good news of grace to everyone; but ONLY gives grace to the humble, what does that mean?  It means that if pride is in your heart, God will not reveal His grace to you until you are made humble first!  What tool then does God use to humble the proud to find grace and repentance?  THE LAW!
  • Consider these quotes:
    • “The true function of the law is to accuse and kill; but the function of the gospel is to make alive.”—Martin Luther
    • “Although the law serves as a guide to genuine believers, its primary function is to kill and destroy self-righteousness.  All hope in our good works must be put to death if we are ever to depend on Jesus, who alone can bring life.  The law brings that necessary death.”—Kirk Cameron (even the guy from “Growing Pains” gets this!)  J
    • “The unsaved are in no condition today for the Gospel till the Law be applied to their hearts, for ‘by the Law is the knowledge of sin.’  It is a waste of time to sow seed on ground that has never been ploughed or spaded!  To present the vicarious sacrifice of Christ to those whose dominant passion is to take fill of sin is to give that which is holy to the dogs.”—A.W. Pink
    • “He that sows without a plow will reap without a sickle.  He who preaches the gospel without preaching the Law may hold all the results of it in his hand, and there will be little for him to hold.”—Charles Spurgeon
    • “You must preach the Law, for the gospel is a silken thread, and you cannot get it into the hearts of men unless you have made a way for it with a sharp needle; the sharp needle of the Law will pull the silken thread of the gospel after it.”—Robbie Flockhart

(4)  Knowing the law of the Lord (a.k.a. the Bible) helps us grow in our relationship with God and have better discernment for the spiritual battles we face.  As Paul told us in II Timothy 4:3 concerning the last days, “the time would come when men would not endure sound doctrine.”  Since one of the greatest tools of Satan in the last days will be deceiving people away from sound doctrine, can we not see the dangers of ignoring HUGE portions of the scripture because they talk about laws?  This is NOT studying to show ourselves approved (II Timothy 2:15)!  Must we continue to insist that people who stick with the scriptures for doctrine are “legalists”?  To quote a frequently used phrase from Pastor Prince, “Come on!”  Can we really better keep the spirit of the law by ignoring the letter altogether?

If David could wax eloquent in the Psalms about loving the law of the Lord, keeping His commandments, meditating on them day and night, etc.  Why can’t we love God’s laws too—ESPECIALLY in the age of grace!

(5)  II Timothy 3:15-17

  • The source of equipment for all end-time believers is the entire Bible
  • All scripture is given
    • Either the whole Bible is the Word of God, or the whole Bible is wrongWe cannot pick and choose and say that the writers of certain passages missed God, while the writers of other passages were right on!  That’s arrogance, deception, and frustrates the spirit of Grace!
    • The whole Bible is flawless in context and in perfect harmony, there are no contradictions, only misconceptions; it takes a man who doesn’t know the Holy Spirit to confuse something so simple and so direct!
  • By inspiration of Godevery book in the Bible was planned and directed of God
  • Profitable for doctrine—all Scripture interprets and supports all other scripture; there are no scriptures that are contradictory, only misinterpreted; all scripture forms the basis of our belief system; all scripture may be used to convince men of truth
  • Profitable for reproof—all scripture provides evidence of truth
  • Profitable for correction—all scripture exposes deception and wickedness, as well as lays out consequences and guides to righteousness
  • Profitable for instruction in righteousnessall scripture provides a guide for daily Christian living
  • Completion of the man of God—all scripture in proper application brings us to perfection
  • Full equipment for every good work—all scripture and its understanding will produce demonstrations of the spirit and of power

Enough said.

Quote #36:

“When dealing with any problem in life, we want to get to its root…The world has found that many sicknesses and diseases are linked to a root called stress…The world has also identified fear as the root cause of stress…The Lord showed me a root that was deeper than stress and fear…The Lord showed me that the deepest root is condemnation.”

Chapter 11, pages 129-131

The Bible teaches that there is an even DEEPER root than that!  For after all, what causes condemnation?  SIN!!!

            To quote something I heard my dad once say, “Condemnation is the ‘stink’ of sin.”

Ignoring the sin-problem to focus on the condemnation-problem is like spraying Febreeze instead of taking out the trash!

I don’t mean to belittle the problem of condemnation; but let’s examine the source of it as well.

Is condemnation a real problem in the church?  You bet it is!  I’ll tell you why in a nutshell:  cheap grace & ineffective altar calls.

Consider this quote taken from a theology textbook I researched at a local university:

“One of the most important changes in Evangelical life in the 20th century has been the consistent loss of the centrality of the experience of repentance.  Perhaps this is a point at which evangelicals have been influenced by the liberal tendency to downplay sinfulness and to emphasize the positive aspects of human ability, but 20th century evangelicals have tended to press unconverted persons to an immediate experience of conversion, in which there is little or no room for the extended period of repentance that characterized earlier evangelicalism.  Some evangelicals, concerned with the contemporary renewal of interest in Christian spirituality, have lamented the loss of the place of repentance in the way of salvation and have worked to restore a balanced understanding of repentance as significant to evangelical life.”

Christian Confessions by Ted Campbell, p. 230

In short, we’ve minimized the importance of repentance in our evangelistic efforts and are reaping the consequences from that negligence.  Our churches are full of people who struggle with condemnation primarily because our churches are full of people who struggle with sin.  Faith without repentance is nothing more than mental ascent—and mental ascent will leave you in a condemned state.

So how does one deal with the problem of condemnation?  It’s found in II Corinthians 7:9-11:

“Now I rejoice, not that you were made sorry, but that your sorrow led to repentance. For you were made sorry in a godly manner, that you might suffer loss from us in nothing.  For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death. For observe this very thing, that you sorrowed in a godly manner: What diligence it produced in you, what clearing of yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what vehement desire, what zeal, what vindication! In all things you proved yourselves to be clear in this matter.”

           These verses are powerful!  They tell us two very important things:

(1) Godly sorrow leading to repentance is the antidote to condemnation!

(2) Conversely, rejection of godly sorrow is a major factor in why people lose their passion for God!  Which incidentally, rejection of godly sorrow is also a major factor in why people turn away from sound doctrine and run to “itching ear” preachers!

Quote #37:

“An evil conscience is one that is perpetually conscious of sin and failure, and typically expects punishment.  It is a conscience that is under condemnation.”

Chapter 11, page 132

NOTE:  An evil conscience is one that ceases to work, failing to recognize sin as evil, having been seared!  See the following scriptures that bring clarity to a good conscience versus an evil conscience: 

A good conscience:  Acts 24:16; II Corinthians 1:12; Romans 9:1; I Timothy 1:5; Hebrews 13:18; I Peter 3:16

A bad conscience:  I Timothy 1:19; I Timothy 4:2; Titus 1:15

Quote #38:

“ ‘But Pastor Prince, how can I differentiate between the Holy Spirit convicting me of sin and the accuser hurling condemnation at me?’…The bottom line is that the Holy Spirit never convicts you [a believer] of your sins…I challenge you to find a scripture in the Bible that tells you that the Holy Spirit has come to convict you of your sins.  You won’t find any!  The body of Christ is living in defeat because many believers don’t understand that the Holy Spirit is actually in them to convict them of their righteousness in Christ.  Even when you fail…”

Chapter 11, pages 134-135

NOTE:   Numerous scriptures bring clarity to the fact that the Holy Spirit, DOES IN FACT convict us of our sins and this is not the same thing as receiving accusations from the “Accuser of the Brethren.”  Consider the following:

(1)  The simple difference between the Holy Spirit convicting us of sin and the Accuser of the Brethren accusing us of sin is this:  The Holy Spirit is telling the truth and the devil is lying!  When conviction of the Holy Spirit comes, it is for the purpose of being liberated from sin and condemnation through repentance; when the Accuser comes, it is for the purpose of slandering the innocent.  So, simple rule of thumb:  if you have sin in your life, the devil has no need to slander you.  If you don’t, the devil has EVERY reason to slander and accuse you!

(2)  The Holy Spirit CLEARLY convicts us of sin for the following reasons:

  • Both the Father (Hebrews 12:5-9) and Jesus (Revelation 3:19) convict us of sin and the Holy Spirit is a witness for both of them (John 15:26).
  • The scriptures themselves convict us of sin (Hebrews 4:12-13) and the Holy Spirit teaches us the Word of God (John 14:26).
  • Believers are instructed by Jesus to carry out church discipline and a sinning member is “convicted” by two or three witnesses (Matthew 18:15-17).  If it’s appropriate for church people to do these things, then how much MORE appropriate is it when God Himself does it through the Holy Spirit?
  • Apostle Paul, by inspiration of the Holy Ghost (II Peter 1:21), instructed both Timothy (II Timothy 4:2) and Titus (Titus 1:13 & 2:15) to confront, rebuke, correct, and convince rebel church members of sin and false doctrine; therefore, if it is appropriate for conviction of sin to come through man by inspiration of the Holy Spirit, then conviction of sin is a work of the Holy Spirit
  • The human conscience is where conviction of sin takes place (John 8:9; Romans 2:15; etc.) and the Holy Spirit speaks to man through his conscience (Romans 9:1; I John 2:20); therefore, when man needs to repent, conviction of the Holy Spirit takes place
  • The Bible plainly states that the Holy Spirit convicts us of sin (John 16:8-11—Please see my notes under the next point for further clarity on these verses)

(3)  It is true—a work of the Holy Spirit is to convict us of our righteousness in Christ; it is not true however, that the Holy Spirit convicts us of how righteous we are WHEN WE SIN!   He may convict us of our PURPOSE for righteousness and our POTENTIAL for righteousness; but He is the Spirit of Truth and will not flatter us into a false sense of righteousness.

Quote #39:

“When He [Jesus] said that the Holy Spirit would come to ‘convict the world of sin’ [John 16:8]because they do not believe in Him, it is clear that He was referring to unbelievers because they are of ‘the world.’  And notice that the Holy Spirit does not convict the world of ‘sins’ (plural).  It is only one ‘sin’ (singular) that the Holy Spirit convicts the world of, and that is the sin of unbelief, the sin of rejecting Jesus and not believing in His finished work…So the Holy Spirit is present to convict unbelievers of that one sin of unbelief…”

Chapter 11, pages 136-137

NOTE:  Let’s look at John 16:8-11:

“And when He [the Holy Spirit] has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:  of sin, because they do not believe in Me; of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.”

Note the following points:

(1)The “world” does not and CANNOT refer exclusively to unbelievers in this statement and CAN ONLY refer to all men/all mankind for the following reasons:

  • Though the term “the world” can be used to refer to the world system characterized in unbelievers (I John 2:15), the term “the world” is used in other scriptures to signify all mankind (see John 3:16).
  • “Conviction of sin”, “conviction of righteousness” and “conviction of judgment” are three separate categories of conviction directed at ONE audience:  “the world.”  Why would the Holy Spirit EXCLUSIVELY convict unbelievers of sin, righteousness and judgment—and leave the believers “un-convicted” in these areas?  On the same token, why would the Holy Spirit EXCLUSIVELY convict believers of sin, righteousness and judgment—and leave UNbelievers UNconvicted and UNevangelized.  The only logical and biblically-consistent conclusion is that the world refers to all mankind.
  • Both believers and unbelievers experience conviction by the Holy Spirit in all three areas.
  • The term “the world” is used to give distinction to the idea that conviction of the Holy Spirit is for ALL men (Gentiles included), and not just an exclusively Jewish audience.

(2)  This verse is not implying the Holy Spirit convicts the world of one sin ONLY—as Pastor Prince puts it, “the sin of rejecting Jesus and not believing in His finished work.”  A believer/unbeliever can experience conviction from ANY and ALL sin—so what does this mean? 

The term “sin” is singular because it is ONE category that includes a MILLION-BILLION things!  This verse is not saying the only sin (or the only sin that matters) that the Holy Spirit convicts us of is the sin of not believing in Jesus!  It is saying all sin is ROOTED in unbelief.  The Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin “BECAUSE they do not believe in Me”.  In other words, it is not saying the Holy Spirit convicts us of the sin of unbelief and rejecting Jesus (though technically true); it is saying the Holy Spirit convicts us of sin BECAUSE of unbelief and rejecting Jesus!

Quote #40:

“If the Holy Spirit never convicts you the believer of your sins, then what does He convict you of?  Jesus says that the Holy Spirit convicts you “of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more”.  Now who is Jesus talking about here?  Believers or unbelievers?  Clearly, with the use of the second person pronoun “you”, Jesus was referring to believers.  The Holy Spirit was sent to convict believers of righteousness.”

Chapter 11, page 137

NOTE:  Jesus is talking about believers AND unbelievers, as explained in the previous point.  The use of the second person pronoun “you” simply means “you the audience” are included in “the world” to whom the Holy Spirit convicts.

The Holy Spirit convicts both believers and unbelievers alike of sin (wrong-doing based in unbelief) and righteousness (right doing, right living, the vanity of man’s righteousness apart from God, Christ our Righteousness, etc.)  Jesus did not change audiences mid-sentence.

Quote #41:

“Today, there are some believers who believe that the Holy Spirit is in them to convict them not just of their sins, but also of God’s anger and judgment toward them.  This is just not true either…When Jesus said [John 16:11], ‘of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged,’ who was He referring to?  Believers or unbelievers?  The answer is neither.  He was referring to ‘the ruler of this world’, as plainly stated in the verse.”

Chapter 11, page 143

NOTE:  The conviction of judgment is still addressed to “the world” (verse 8), not Satan.  (See notes on Quotes #39-40).  The context of the verse is not “the world is convicted that Satan is judged” either (though that may be part of it).  Again, the verse is saying the Holy Spirit convicts the world of judgment BECAUSE Satan is judged!  In other words, since Satan is judged, we must be convicted of judgment to not share his fate!

Quote #42:

“The accuser is an astute legal prosecutor who will not hesitate to use the Ten Commandments to condemn you.  That’s why the Word of God declares that the Ten Commandments are not just ‘the ministry of death,’ they are also ‘the ministry of condemnation [II Corinthians 3:7, 9]’…That’s why Apostle Paul said that the ‘commandment, which was to bring life, I found to bring death.  For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it killed me[Romans 7:10-11].’  Notice that sin ‘by the commandment’ deceived him and killed him.  What that means is that when Paul came under the old covenant of law, he too came under the ministry of death and condemnation.  The law always ministers condemnation.”

Chapter 12, page 145

NOTE:  With regards to the “accuser” condemning us with the Ten Commandments:

Let’s remember that the very nature of “the Accuser of the Brethren” is as a liar, one who slanders the innocent, not rightly condemns the guilty…and yes, Satan is an expert at twisting the Word of God into a weapon of deception (see Garden of Eden & Jesus in the Wilderness).

With regards to the Ten Commandments as a “ministry of death and condemnation”:

Let’s look at II Corinthians 3:7-9 for context:

“But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the face of Moses because the glory of his countenance, which glory was passing away, how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious?  For if the ministry of condemnation had glory, the ministry of righteousness exceeds much more in glory.”

Notice these verses are contrasting covenants in the Old and New Testaments.  This is not a text that is critiquing the law as a tool of Satan for making us feel bad for sin.  In fact, BOTH covenants are referred to as “glorious”, and when the old covenant is referred to as “the ministry of death” and “the ministry of condemnation”, it is comparatively speaking.

However, the law certainly IS a ministry of death and condemnation to those who rebel against God (see Hebrews 3:7-19)—and this is JUST and RIGHT!  For if man will not receive the Word of God by faith and trust in Him, he will be condemned by the lawregardless of which covenant you live under!

Notice the characteristics of those who received the law as a ministry of death and condemnation as they are described a few verses later in II Corinthians 3:14-16 from the Amplified version:

“In fact, their minds were grown hard and calloused [they had become dull and lost the power of understanding]; for until this present day, when the Old Testament (the old covenant) is being read, that same veil still lies [on their hearts], not being lifted [to reveal] that in Christ it is made void and done away.  Yes, down to this [very] day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies upon their minds and hearts.  But whenever a person turns [in repentance] to the Lord, the veil is stripped off and taken away.”

So here we have an illustration that in both covenants, new and old, the law is a ministry of death and condemnation to those who stay in unbelief and refuse repentance.

With regards to sin deceiving Paul by the law:

Let’s look at Romans 7:10-11 for context:

“And the commandment, which was to bring life, I found to bring death.  For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it killed me.”

These verses are part of Paul sharing his testimony of his slavery to sin through the law PRIOR to being converted.  Notice the source of Paul’s deception and death:  it was NOT the law—it was SIN!  Because Paul was an unconverted sinner, all his attempts to be a good law-abiding Pharisee apart from Christ caused him to be deceived and condemned.

In fact, Paul makes sure to emphasize that he had a “law-problem” BECAUSE he had a “SIN-problem”!  (See Romans 7:13).

With regards to the law ALWAYS ministering death and condemnation:

(1)  Read Psalm One:  meditating in the law of the Lord leads to prosperity, health, vitality, blessings and fruitfulness.  None of those things sound like death or condemnation.

(2)  Read Psalm 119.  The law ministers a lot of things here.

(3)  Perhaps it is ONLY the law of Moses that is referred to as ALWAYS ministering death and condemnation?  It didn’t minister death and condemnation to Joshua and Caleb!  In fact, look at Joshua 1:7-8:

[God speaking]Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which my servant Moses commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go.  ‘This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it.  For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

Quote #43:

“The law stirs up sinful desires in man’s flesh.  Let me tell you that as long as you are in your current body, you will have the propensity to sin.  I did not come up with this.  It was Paul who said, ‘For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do.’[Romans 7:15]

Chapter 12, pages 147-148

NOTE:  Paul was illustrating the depth of his slavery to sin BEFORE CHRIST (Read the opening chapter of “Misunderstood Texts of Scripture” by Asa Mahan and see his exposition of Romans chapter seven).  The more Paul studied the law and tried to keep it apart from salvation through Christ, the more in bondage to sin he became.  He was not setting a template for typical Christian living!  He was describing the self-righteous man that he was, attempting to keep the laws of God without conversion to Christ!

            Let me tell you—NO!  As long as you are in your body, you do NOT have to keep your propensity to sin!  THIS IS NOT THE TESTIMONY OF A REGENERATED MAN!!!

Quote #44:

“Paul was faced with the same struggles that you and I are faced with today.  His lament is recorded in Romans 7…But Paul does not stop there.  He goes on to show us in the first verse of Romans 8 how we can counter the accuser’s attacks…There is NOW NO CONDEMNATION to those who are IN CHRIST JESUS!…That is it, my friend—no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus, period.  There are no conditions and no prerequisites…So the good news that he [Paul] was declaring is that even when there is sin, there is NOW no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”

Chapter 12 pages 148-150

NOTE:  The reason there is NOW no condemnation in Christ Jesus, is because Paul is NOW talking about who he is in the present tense—a new creation through Christ Jesus—no longer a slave to sin!  In case there’s any confusion, Paul gives a COMPLETELY DIFFERENT testimony in Romans 8 than he just gave in Romans 7!

  • In Romans 7 he was under condemnation; in Romans 8 he has no condemnation
  • In Romans 7 he was captive to the law of sin; in Romans 8 he is free from the law of sin
  • In Romans 7 he faced  eternal death; in Romans 8 he was free from eternal death
  • In Romans 7 sin ruled in Paul’s flesh; in Romans 8 sin was condemned in Paul’s flesh through Christ Jesus
  • In Romans 7 Paul’s righteousness was unfulfilled; in Romans 8, Paul’s righteousness is fulfilled through Christ Jesus
  • In Romans 7 Paul was carnally minded; in Romans 8, Paul was spiritually minded with life and peace
  • In Romans 7 Paul is not spirit-filled; in Romans 8, Paul is filled with the same Spirit that rose Christ from the dead
  • In Romans 7 Paul was a sinner; in Romans 8 Paul’s body is dead to sin
  • In Romans 7 Paul is deceived and killed by sin in his flesh; in Romans 8 Paul has crucified his flesh
  • In Romans 7 Paul was walking after the flesh and not after the Spirit; in Romans 8 Paul is walking after the spirit and not after the flesh!

P.S.—Being IN Christ Jesus implies that you are not IN sin!

Quote #45:

“Let me give you a practical tip on how you can grow in this revelation of ‘no condemnation’:  Learn to see the Ten Commandments (the law of God) and condemnation as the same thing.  Whenever you read or think about the law, think ‘condemnation.’”

Chapter 12, page 151

NOTE:  You can’t make this stuff up folks.  Oh wait, someone just did.

Quote #46:

“‘But Pastor Prince, what happens when I sin?’  Well, does ‘NOW’ cover the moment when you sin?  Of course it does.  ‘There is therefore now no condemnation…’ is a ‘now’ verse.  The declaration is true every moment, every day.  It is true in the morning.  It is true in the night.  And when tomorrow comes, it is still true.  There is presently, continuously, no condemnation for you because you are in Christ!”

NOTE:  Wrong answer.  You are in Christ Jesus?  NOW you have no condemnation.  You just sinned?  NOW you are in sin.  Repent and get back in Christ Jesus!

Quote #47:

“Look at the parable of the prodigal son which Jesus shared…We see a father who runs toward his prodigal son to embrace him the moment he sees him from a distance.  Do you know that the father’s behavior is actually contrary to the law of Moses?…according to the law, if a man has a stubborn and rebellious son who refuses to heed his parents, that man is supposed to bring his son to the elders of the city, and all the men of his city are to stone his son to death, so that they can put away the evil from among them, and all Israel shall hear and fear [Deuteronomy 21:18-21].  That’s the law of Moses.”

Chapter 12, page 154

NOTE:  One major difference between Deuteronomy 21:18-21 and the story of the prodigal son:  the prodigal son repented/the stubborn, rebellious son who got stoned refused repentance even after chastening from both parents. While it may be true, the prodigal son may have DESERVED stoning, the repentance is key.  Even in the old covenant, God was merciful and gracious to the penitent who humbled themselves before God, turned from sin and cried out to Him.

Quote #48:

“We all know that the son was not returning to the father’s house because he had realized his mistake.  He was returning because he was hungry!”

Chapter 12, page 155

NOTE:  His hunger became a catalyst for him to realize the goodness of his father, come to his senses, resolve to repent, humble himself taking on the form of a servant, confess his sin, and return to the father.

This is an extremely presumptuous interpretation of scripture to overlook ALL that and INFER the prodigal was NOT repenting, but was in actuality, scheming for food.  There is no evidence whatsoever to accept this spurious and ridiculous interpretation.  If the prodigal was not truly repentant but just a hungry schemer, why did he plan such a far journey home and such an elaborate hoax when he could have just stolen some food from a neighbor?  Was his father the only means to obtain food?

Quote #49:

“Do you remember what He [Jesus] said to the woman who was caught in adultery?…’Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.’  Now, pay close attention to this:  Jesus gave her the gift of ‘no condemnation’ before He told her to go and sin no more…the reason people are shying away from churches…is not because they are rebelling against Jesus.  It is because they have not been introduced to the Jesus who gives the guilty sinner the gift of no condemnation.

Chapter 13, page 164

NOTE:  What we see in this account of the woman caught in adultery is God’s principle of “God resisting the proud and giving grace to the humble” (I Peter 5:5; James 4:6) at work.  The adulterous woman, clearly already humbled by her sin did not require the law to do its work to convict her of her crime.  She knew she was guilty in need of forgiveness.  This is the same reason Jesus was able to dispense MORE grace to “publicans and sinners” than to the Pharisees (see Matthew 9:10-13).

Once a person’s heart is humbled to repentance, there is no further need for the law to heap condemnation upon them, there is only need for grace because the heart is prepared to receive.  That being said, this is not a proof text that Jesus indiscriminately preaches a universal “no condemnation” message to guilty sinners everywhere and therefore, in our evangelistic efforts we must exclusively say things that make people feel good about themselves.  That is rubbish!

Look again at the FULL account given in John 8:3-11:

“Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery.  And when they had set her in the midst, they said to Him, ‘Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act.  Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned.  But what do You say?’  This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him.  But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear.  So when they continued asking Him, He rasied Himself up and said to them, ‘He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.’  And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground.  Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last.  And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.  When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, ‘Woman, where are those accusers of yours?  Has no one condemned you?  She said, ‘No one, Lord.’  And Jesus said to her, ‘Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.’”

Notice that Jesus was surrounded by guilty sinners, but only liberated ONE from condemnation!  His message of “no condemnation” was not universal to His audience.  His message of “no condemnation” was one He gave to the humble who could receive it.  The MAJORITY, Jesus let walk away convicted of sin in their own consciences and He left them in their condemned state!  Why?  God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.

The woman Jesus did not condemn, was liberated from condemnation but commanded to change course with her life (a.k.a.—repent/be converted) in the words—“go and sin no more.”  In the same scenario, a multitude of religious hypocrites were left in condemnation by the law!

What an excellent illustration of law and grace used by the Master in the same account!  This is TRUE evangelism.  If it seems hard, it could be that we have a false notion about evangelism that it is “salesmanship.”  It is not.  We are called to be WITNESSES for Christ:  making converts and disciples; not USED CAR SALESMEN for Christ: making temporary customers with marketing ploys and cheap grace gimmicks.

Quote #50:

“Now, let’s come back to the story of the woman caught in adultery.  Let me ask you a question:  Was the woman guilty?  Yes, she was, absolutely.  There is no doubt about that.  The Bible states that she was ‘caught in adultery, in the very act.’  But instead of condemning her according to the law of Moses, which required her to be stoned to death (the law of Moses always ministers condemnation and death, it cannot save the guilty sinner), Jesus showed her grace and gave her the gift of no condemnation.”

Chapter 13, page 165

NOTE:  Once again, Pastor Prince is attempting to put the Law of Moses at odds with Christ Himself.  (It is not necessary to portray Christ as an enemy of the law of Moses in order to illustrate we have a better covenant through grace).  Ironically, this is EXACTLY what the scribes and Pharisees were trying to do:   portray the words/doctrine of Christ as an enemy to the law of Moses (or portray Christ as a usurper of Roman authority, depending on how He answered).

It is true that a woman caught in adultery qualified for stoning; however, Jesus responded to their accusations referring to another law of Moses (see Deuteronomy 19:15-21), which required that in matters of criminal cases, two or three witnesses were required to establish a verdict.  In addition, the witnesses themselves were subject to inquisition based on the charge that they presented concerning someone else.  If they were found to be illegitimate, they could be subjected to the same penalty they were seeking for those they accused.

In Jesus’ act of compassion towards the adulteress, He violated no laws of jurisprudence.  Her accusers withdrew to save their own skin and the case was dropped!

Quote #51:

Anyone who is living in sin is not under grace and has not experienced the gift of no condemnation.  Grace always results in victory over sin!”

Chapter 13, page 167

NOTE:  This is TRUE actually!  It doesn’t negate the first 50 quotes of error bordering on heresy given in the first half of the book that suggest the opposite, but it’s something!

Quote #52:

“Let’s continue with what happened after the children of Israel murmured and complained.  In your Bible, it says that ‘the Lord sent fiery serpents [Numbers 21:6], and they bit the people and many of the Israelites died…All God did was that He lifted His protection when they murmured against Moses.  Remember this happened under the old covenant of law!  Praise the Lord that in the new covenant of grace that you and I are under, God WILL NEVER lift His protection over us.”

Chapter 15, page 200

NOTE:  Look at the admonition we get from Paul concerning what happened to those in the wilderness that were bitten by serpents:

“nor let US tempt CHRIST, as some of them [my emphasis added] also tempted, and were destroyed by serpents; nor complain, as some of them also complained, and were destroyed by the destroyer.  Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for OUR admonition [my emphasis added], upon whom the ends of the ages have come.  Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.”–I Corinthians 10:9-12

What about the “new covenant of grace”?  Consider Hebrews 10:28-29:

“Anyone who has rejected Moses’ law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses.  Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace?”

There are tremendous blessings and benefits to the new covenant of grace, such as prosperity, healing, righteousness, peace, supernatural endowments, etc.  These are all part of the package.  In fact, grace enables us to do the works of Christ and live as Christ demonstrated for us to live.  That being said, whether we are talking about someone who lived under the old covenant or someone living today, the principle has not changed:  DON’T TEMPT GOD!

Quote #53:

“Three items were kept in the ark of the covenant.  The first was the stone tablets on which God wrote the Ten Commandments…So the ark of the covenant is a shadow of our Lord Jesus Christ, His person and His work.  Because of His blood, all our sins have been cleansed.  That is why it was dangerous for anyone back in those days to lift the mercy seat to uncover the sins and rebellion that God had covered.  The mercy seat was not to be lifted at any time and the consequences for doing so were severe…Nobody was supposed to even take a peak at the Ten Commandments.  God doesn’t want the law to be exposed because it represents our rebellion, and it will only minister death and condemnation.  The peculiar thing is that people have made the Ten Commandments into posters that are hung in homes today, when even in the Old Testament, God kept the law hidden under the mercy seat!”

Chapter 16, pages 208-211

NOTE:  There is no question that typology is throughout the Old Testament; however, building doctrine on typologies is the least reliable method of Bible interpretation.  While some of the typologies cited above may contain elements of truth, the doctrinal inferences concerning God hiding the Ten Commandments because they represent “rebellion” is a theological foundation built of balsa wood!  It’s weak! 

The above quote is an excellent example of the allegorical method of Bible interpretation.  Finis Dake had the following comments concerning interpreting scripture through the allegorical method:

“We should reject and utterly avoid all such foolishness.  The habit of these men [those who interpret the scripture allegorically as the primary method] is to disregard the common significance of words, the grammatical construction, and the literal intention of God in Scripture.  They force into Scripture any meaning their fancy chooses, and they make the interpreter equal to God and his interpretations even better than the plain Word of God.”

The Bible is full of allegory, typology and symbolism.  That being said, if you can’t find right doctrine given literally in plain scripture, the probability of you finding right doctrine by assigning mystical meanings to Old Testament passages is slim to none!

(See “God’s Plan for Man” by Finis Dake, chapter three on “How to Interpret the Bible” or enroll in “Peacemakers School of Theology” at www.peacemakersinstitute.com.)

Quote #54:

“The Lord showed me something a number of years ago…He spoke to me and said, ‘Son, study the journey from Egypt to Mount Sinai for this is a picture of pure grace.  Not a single Israelite died during this period although they murmured and complained’…Study the Bible yourself.  You’ll find that every time the children of Israel murmured and complained, it only brought forth fresh demonstrations of God’s favor…Because during that period, the blessings and provisions they received were not dependent on their obedience or goodness.  They were dependent on God’s goodness and faithfulness to the Abrahamic covenant, which was a covenant of grace.”

Chapter 17, page 221-222

NOTE:  The “period” of grace referred to where no one died prior to Sinai where the giving of the law led to mass genocide (I’m being facetious), was a period of  only 50 days according to the departure date from Egypt (Numbers 33:3) until the arrival date at Sinai (Exodus 19:1).  So we may see without question, that God graciously refrained from killing anyone for the first 50 days, a period of time that was actually SHORTERthan the period of time between the arrival at Sinai, the construction of the calf, Moses’ intercession for the people and the actual execution of judgment upon the idolaters who continued rebellion and REFUSED to be counted “on the Lord’s side” (Exodus 32:26).

Quote #55:

“…Something tragic happened right at the foot of Mount Sinai.  In Exodus 19:8, your English Bible says that the people cried out to Moses, saying, ‘All that the Lord has spoken we will do.’  In the original Hebrew text, this is actually a statement of pride.  They were saying, ‘All that God requires and demands of us, we are well able to perform’…So they effectively exchanged covenants, from the Abrahamic covenant which is based on grace, to the Sinaitic covenant which is based on the law.”

Chapter 17, pages 222-223

NOTE:  The giving of the law at Sinai was not the chastening of God for Israel’s presumption of obedience.  If the Israelites were truly walking in the grace of God, they WERE WELL ABLE to obey the commands of God! 

Why would a just Lord deliberately give commands to His servants they could not fulfill, and then ADDITIONALLY PUNISH them for their predetermined and unavoidable failure?

Keep in mind that it was under the Abrahamic covenant (“which is based on grace”) that Israel backslid and went into captivity in Egypt for 430 years prior to the 50 day “period of pure grace” leading to Sinai.

If the Abrahamic covenant is based on grace and characterized by the unconditional favor of God, why are ONLY the last 50 days referred to as an example of this, and the 430 years prior completely ignored???

Quote #56:

“From that point onwards, every time the children of Israel murmured and complained, many of them would die.  Observe this:  Before Sinai, none died.  After Sinai, the moment they murmured, they died.”

Chapter 17, page 224

NOTE:  This is a legitimate point.  The law NECESSITATED a total consecration to God (as was required in every covenant).  But its greatest liability was it robbed man of his excuses.  Sin no longer had a place to hide.  Therefore, death was the result for those who remained in self-righteousness and were unfaithful to the God whose grace they so desperately needed.  (Yes, grace was available in the Old Testament as well as the New Testament—which is why not everyone in the Old Testament is in hell today.  See my book, “Grace Empowerment” in chapter two called “Old Testament Grace Economics” for more details).

It’s not that God did not previously expect anything from anyone before the law came, or even that He no longer expects things of us today! It’s that up to this point, man had never so clearly known what God expected of him.  Therefore, man’s true nature was revealed.

Revelation brought responsibility.  This is not Old Testament.  This is an eternal principle.  Consider the moral of Jesus’ parable of the unfaithful servant (Luke 12:42-48):  “To whom much is given, much is required.”

This does not mean the key to walking in grace is deliberate ignorance of the law!  For people die for the very opposite as well.  In Hosea 4:6 God says clearly, “My people are destroyed for LACK of knowledge” and goes on to say God’s people are also rejected for REJECTING knowledge!

Please understand:  knowledge of the law is not a hindrance to grace—it only leads to death when we ignore it, refuse it, deny it, or shun God Himself because we don’t want to abide by it!

Quote #57:

“‘But Pastor Prince, we have to preach God’s law and His judgment, or there will be no repentance from the people.’  My friend, God’s heart is never to condemn.  We want judgment, but God wants mercy.  The Bible says that ‘the goodness of God leads you to repentance.’…Nevertheless, there are still people who insist that we have to preach on repentance.  Well, I disagree!  I think that we should do it God’s way—preach the goodness of God to lead people to repentance.”

Chapter 18, pages 231-232

NOTE:  Herein lies one of the deadliest false teachings of modern times:  “we shouldn’t talk about repentance!”  Let’s break this apart to get absolute clarity on this issue:

    (1)  Concerning God’s heart to have mercy and not “condemn”:

Consider the verse from Hosea 6:6 that Jesus quoted on at least two different instances:  “For I desire mercy and not sacrifice…”  Now consider this:  Hosea 6:6 was written as a lament of God that though He desired to give mercy, He could not because extending judgment had become necessary due to the hardness of hearts in Israel.  Why was judgment necessary?  They refused repentance. 

Extending mercy is always PREFERABLE to God; nevertheless, we can find countless examples of God extending judgment.  We must conclude then, that though extending judgment is not PREFERABLE, it is not evil in and of itself—since God extends judgment so often. 

We must also conclude since God is merciful of heart, that when His judgment is extended, it is not cruel; but in fact, completely appropriate and actually carried out by the Author of mercy itself.  If then, it is appropriate for God to judge, then it is appropriate that we as WITNESSES for God not try to “market His ‘better’ qualities” but present God for who He is.

{I know that goes against popular thought on modern (failed, failing and perpetually failing) evangelism techniques, but Acts 1:8 says God gave us power to be WITNESSES for Him NOT power to be “used car salesmen.”}

Likewise, just as a merciful God extends judgment, merciful Christians teach repentance so sinners CAN AVOID IT!

(2)  Concerning the goodness of God leading men to repentance:

The preaching of judgment and repentance is not contrary to the goodness of God that leads men to repentance.

Look at Romans 2:4:

“Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?”

This verse is not a proof text for ONLY talking about the goodness of God to lead men to repentance.  In fact, it is quite the opposite; because Paul (the apostle of grace as he’s sometimes called) is not PREACHING in these verses about the goodness of God—he is actually preaching on judgment and sin!!!  Here’s a sample of his sermon:

“who, knowing the righteous judgment of God that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.  Therefore you are inexcusable, O man…But we know that the judgment of God is according to truth against those who practice such things.  And do you think this, O man, you who judge those practicing such things, and doing the same, that you will escape the judgment of God?  Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?  But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, who ‘will render to each one according to his deeds’:  eternal life to those who by patient continuance 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, tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil…”

–Romans 1:32-2:9

(3)  Concerning the ABSOLUTE NECESSITY OF PREACHING REPENTANCE!!!:

  • The preaching of John the Baptist concerning the kingdom:
    • Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand… ‘Brood of vipers!  Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?  Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance…And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees.  Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire…His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire…”      (Matthew 3:2-12)
    • “John came baptizing in the wilderness and preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.  Then all the land of Judea, and those from Jerusalem, went out to him and were all baptized by him in the Jordan River, confessing their sins.”  (Mark 1:4-5)
  • The preaching of Jesus on repentance:
    • “From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”  (Matthew 3:17)
    • “I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish”  (Luke 13:3 and repeated again for emphasis two verses later in Luke 13:5)
    • “…Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins shoud be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.  And you are witnesses of these things.”  (Luke 24:46-48)
    • Also see Matthew 11:20-21; 12:41; 21:28-32 Revelation 2:5, 16, 21-22; 3:3, 19
  • The preaching of Jesus’ disciples on repentance during Jesus’ ministry:
    • “So they went out and preached that people should repent.”  (Mark 6:12)
  • The preaching of Peter on repentance on the Day of Pentecost that led to great revival and mass salvation:
    • “‘Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.’  Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, ‘Men and brethren, what shall we do?’  Then Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins…”  (Acts 2:36-38)
  • The preaching of Peter AFTER Pentecost:
    • Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord”  (Acts 3:19)
    • Repent therefore of this your wickedness, and pray God if perhaps the thought of your heart may be forgiven you.  For I see that you are poisoned by bitterness and bound by iniquity.”  (Acts 8:22-23)
  • The preaching of repentance by Paul in Book of Acts:
    • “In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now He commands all people everywhere to repent. For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to all men by raising him from the dead.”  (Acts 17:30-31)
    • See also Acts 20:21 & Acts 26:20
  • Paul taught godly sorrow as necessary to repentance and repentance as necessary to salvation in II Corinthians 7:9-11
  • Paul listed repentance FIRST as one of six foundational doctrines of Christ (judgment  is also listed) that is necessary “milk” for Christians before they can mature as doers of the word (Hebrews 5:11-6:1)

(4)  Concerning the omission of preaching of repentance by false pastors, false prophets and false teachers:

Consider the “prophet wars” of the Old Testament.  Probably the two main themes of the TRUE prophets of the Old Testament (who wrote many of the books of the Bible) were “repentance” and “judgment.”  (Read their stories.  Find out what they had to say.  Don’t succumb to ignorance of the Old Testament because of cheap grace teachers who ignore it as irrelevant.)

What was the main theme of the false shepherds, the wicked priests and the false prophets?  We are fine as we are.  God is on our side.  We don’t need to fear God’s judgment.  Ignore the real prophets.

Now let’s take it into the New Testament to find out what God tells us preachers (through Paul) what we are supposed to preach:

“I charge [you] in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, Who is to judge the living and the dead, and by (in the light of) His coming and His kingdom:  Herald and preach the Word!  Keep your sense of urgency [stand by, be at hand and ready], whether the opportunity seems to be favorable or unfavorable.  [Whether it is convenient or inconvenient, whether it is welcome or unwelcome, you as preacher of the Word are to show people in what ways their lives are wrong.]  And convince them, rebuking and correcting, warning and urging and encouraging them, being unflagging and inexhaustible in patience and teaching.  For the time will come when [people] will not tolerate (endure) sound and wholesome instruction, but, having ears itching [for something pleasing and gratifying], they will gather to themselves one teacher after another to a considerable number, chosen to satisfy their own liking and to foster the errors they hold, and will turn aside from hearing the truth and wander off into myths and man-made fictions.”—II Timothy 4:1-4 [Amplified]

In summary of this point:  PREACHERS WHO REFUSE TO INSTRUCT PEOPLE CONCERNING REPENTANCE AND JUDGMENT ARE IN DISOBEDIENCE TO GOD AND ARE HARMING THE CHURCH INSTEAD OF HELPING THEM!

Quote #58:

“…many of us have the impression that repentance is something that involves mourning and sorrow.  However, that is not what the Word of God says.  Repentance just means changing your mind.”

Chapter 18, page 233

NOTE:  There is nothing wrong with defining “repentance” in simple terms; however, this is just SIMPLISTIC and a very poor characterization meant to belittle one of the most foundational Christian doctrines.  Repentance is an inward conversion that produces an outward change.  Speaking in terms of its application to the believer, it is inseparably linked to conversion.  It consists of four parts displayed over and over again in scripture:  humility, genuine sorrow, confession of sin, and turning from sin.  It means a reversal:  a total change in direction inwardly (different attitude, feelings, & way of thinking, a new heart condition and a change of will) with outward “fruits of repentance” (speaking and acting differently).

Perhaps one could refer to repentance as “a change of mind”; but that is really an inadequate definition considering how loosely we use that terminology today!  When I think of “a change of mind” I think of my wife picking out clothes.  That does nothing to help me understand repentance!

When the Old Testament prophets, or Jesus, or Paul, or the apostles, etc. were preaching “repentance”—they weren’t saying, “Hey!  God wants you to change your mind about stuff!”  NO!  They were saying, “HEY!  God wants you to CHANGE EVERYTHING by being joined to Him in total consecration!

Consider the following scriptural examples of repentance:

  • In connection to sorrow and mourning:  Isaiah 22:12; Ezekiel 18:31; Joel 2:12; Jeremiah 31:9; Matthew 5:4; Psalm 34:18; Joel 2:13; Luke 6:21;  II Kings 22:19; Ezra 10:1; Job 42:6; Jonah 3:6-8; Mark 14:72; II Corinthians 7:10; James 4:8-10
  • In connection with humility:  II Chronicles 7:14; I Samuel 7:3; Luke 15:18; I Kings 8:46-50; Psalm 34:18; I Kings 21:27; II Kings 22:19; Ezra 10:1; Job 42:6; Luke 15:21; Luke 18:13; Isaiah 66:2
  • In connection with confession of sin:  Hosea 14:12; Acts 8:22; Ezra 10:11; Proverbs 28:13; Jeremiah 3:13; I John 1:9; Leviticus 26:40; Numbers 5:7; Mark 1:15; Luke 5:8; Luke 15:18; I Kings 8:33-35; Ezra 10:1; Job 42:1, 6; Luke 15:21
  • In connection to both an inward and outward turn: Ezekiel 14:6; 33:11; Acts 3:19; Acts 26:20; James 4:8; II Chronicles 30:9; Nehemiah 1:9; Isaiah 55:7; Ezekiel 18:21; Zechariah 1:3

Quote #59:

“Believers are often exhorted to repent from sin.  However in the New Testament, we are actually exhorted to repent from dead works…It says in the book of Hebrews [Hebrews 6:1]that the first foundation stone of our faith is ‘repentance from dead works and of faith toward God’.  Now, ‘dead works’ are not sins.  They are the religious things that people do, thinking that by doing these things, they are gaining righteousness with God.”

Chapter 18, page 234

NOTE:  This is fascinating to me on two fronts: 

Front one:  Hebrews 5:11-6:2 is a fascinating topical study because within these verses are the core doctrines of both the Old and the New Testaments and the core problem of “dullness of hearing” regarding these subjects.

Front two:  The doctrine of repentance is listed of primary importance to conversion and its theme is echoed in hundreds of scriptures in both the old and new testaments.  In the hundreds of scriptures both old and new testament that this theme is echoed, it is dealing directly with the subject of sin. Yet Pastor Prince makes a fascinating and erroneous claim that dismisses the relevancy of repentance from sin as connected to this topic WHATSOEVER!

Herein lies the major question:  Is Pastor Prince’s interpretation of the doctrine of repentance from dead works having no correlation with repentance from sin correct?

I believe Pastor Prince’s interpretation to be spurious, reckless, misleading and completely FALSE based on the following points:

(1) The broader context

The book of Hebrews was written specifically to instruct Jewish Christians concerning the conversion of covenants from Old Testament Judaism to New Testament Christianity, so even though the verses may be clearly understood by Gentiles without doctrinal contradiction, many of the references carry extra significance to Jewish people.  Understanding this paradigm will aide in rightly interpreting Hebrews 6:1, as I will now illustrate:

Look at Hebrews 6:1-2 for the full list of what is referred to as “the elementary principles of Christ”:

“Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, of the doctrines of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection from the dead, and of eternal judgment.”

These six items (repentance from dead works, faith towards God, baptisms, laying on of hands, resurrection from the dead and eternal judgment) are all referred to as “elementary principles of Christ.”  Why is this significant?  Because these SAME six items were ALSO considered elementary principles for making proselytes of Judaism in the Old Covenant!

For example:  “baptisms” (though it may have different connotations for us as Christians), was foreshadowed in Jewish practices—such as a one-time cleansing for Jewish proselytes converting to Judaism) and Old Testament teachings (Levitical washings, ceremonial cleansings, etc).

Consider this quote taken from the Bible Background Commentary:

“The writer [Paul] probably chooses these items as the ‘basics’ because they were the basic sort of instructions about Jewish belief given to converts to Judaism, which all the author’s readers would have understood before becoming followers of Jesus.  These items represented Jewish teachings still useful for followers of Christ [my emphasis added].  Judaism stressed repentance as a regular antidote for sin, and a once-for-all kind of repentance for the turning of pagans to Judaism.”

So, what was once considered “the basics” for converting pagans to Judaism, Paul is writing to tell us that these same subjects are still necessary for Christians and are now referred to as elementary principles of CHRIST!  Thus, what was elementary in the Old Testament remains elementary in the New Testament—repentance, faith, baptisms, laying on of hands, resurrection, and judgment!

In fact, look at the Greek word used in Hebrews 6:1 translated “laying again.”  It is the Greek word “katabollo”, and it means “casting down or overthrow.”

Let’s look again at Hebrews 6:1 with this new understanding of “laying again”:

“Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again [casting down or overthrowing] the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God”

What is Paul stressing here?  Don’t cast down or overthrow the foundational doctrines of verses 1-2!  They were foundational in the Old Testament but they are STILL foundational in the NEW Testament!

So, in the Old Testament, would the expression “repentance from dead works” include the idea of repentance from sin?  YES!!!  This hasn’t changed as foundational doctrine!

The broader context of this passage illustrates the error of dismissing sin as included in the subject of repentance from dead works.

(2)  The term “repentance” itself

Since repentance deals with the conversion of the inward man and is a foundational doctrine dealing with sin in both Testaments, it is fair to say sin would be implied already.  Repentance of dead works would still include “sin” even if not expressly stated.

(3) The usage of the term “dead works”

This term is only used here and again in Hebrews 9:14.  It is true, the term has a special connection to religious formalism done apart from God as Pastor Prince suggests; however, these are works committed in self-righteousness and are therefore sin!

In fact, look at Hebrews 9:14:

“How much more shall the blood of Christ cleanse your conscience…from dead works to serve the living God?”

If dead works do not infer sin, why do we need the blood of Christ to cleanse our conscience of them?

(4) The term “dead works” itself

The term “dead works” is understood as works/actions resulting in/deserving of DEATH!  Is sin a work/action resulting in/deserving of death?  Of course!  Therefore the idea of sin is echoed in the usage of both phrases:  “repentance” AND “dead works”.

(5) Hebrews 6:1 as it is translated in the Amplified Bible

“Let us not again be laying the foundation of repentance AND [my emphasis added] abandonment of dead works (dead formalism) and of the faith [by which you turned] to God”

Notice this translation gives special distinction to the doctrine of repentance itself and lists “abandonment of dead works” as complementary to the first, then reiterates again a third time the act of repentance implied in faith itself!

(6) The combined terms “repentance of dead works” are used together

Rather than the added phrase “from dead works” undermining the doctrine of repentance as it relates to sin, it only gives heightened understanding to the ongoing theme concerning repentance as it is used hundreds of times elsewhere: repentance is a change that is both inward and outward.

Quote #60:

“When the rich young ruler came boasting in his law-keeping, Jesus answered with the law. And the young man could hardly give a dollar to Jesus and walked away sorrowful.  But in the very next chapter, when Jesus gave no law but showed His grace, it not only opened Zacchaeus’ heart, it also opened up his wallet!”

Chapter 18, page 238

NOTE:  This is actually an excellent contrast between the law and grace.  However, rather than legitimizing abstinence from use of the law in evangelistic efforts—it actually shows that it is appropriate to use the law!

Why did Jesus use the law (not grace) when evangelizing the rich, young ruler? 

“Law to the proud, grace to the humble” as previously illustrated.  It is not that Jesus’ efforts at evangelizing the rich young ruler were unsuccessful—Jesus exposed his guilt with the same law he claimed to uphold!  This man was now closer to salvation than He had been previously, (before Jesus used the law to expose his guilt).  The man came as far as Jesus could take him, but would not humble himself in repentance to receive grace.

So why did Jesus NOT use the law when converting Zacchaeus?

Does this mean the only effective method of evangelism is through grace?  No!  It means the law had already done its work in Zacchaeus heart—he was now ready to receive grace for salvation!

ANY evangelist would ALWAYS prefer giving grace in evangelistic efforts!  That’s the EASY part!  Unfortunately, the LAW is the hard part that MUST come first—extending grace  to the unrepentant is casting pearls before swine.

Quote #61:

“You don’t have to worry about how your behavior will be governed without a consciousness of the law.  The Word of God says that grace will teach you—‘For the grace of God…has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts…’ [Titus 2:11-12]. Grace is a teacher…”

Chapter 18, page 239

NOTE:  If you have no consciousness of the law and are worried about what will govern your behavior—it is because your own conscience is telling you, “Hey you!  You need to know the law to rightly govern your behavior!”  If you REALLY want to test out this theory of grace teaching you without knowledge of the law, just put down your Bible (ignoring II Timothy 2:15), never read it again, never obey your conscience and ONLY listen to Stuart Smalley from Saturday Night Live:  “You are good enough; you are smart enough, and DOG-GONE it, PEOPLE LIKE YOU!”   Then send a testimony to Pastor Prince to tell him how things turned out for you!

You know how to RIGHTLY interpret Titus 2:11-12?  The grace of God appearing to all men (in the person of Jesus) CONFIRMS WHAT THE LAW ALREADY TEACHES!

Quote #62:

“In saying that ‘where sin abounded, grace abounded much more’, I am preaching the same message that Paul…preached.  What Paul meant…is this: Sin does not stop God’s grace from flowing, but God’s grace will stop sin…So where there is sin, God’s grace is in superabundance!”

Chapter 19, page 249

NOTE:  What Paul is teaching is NOT:  sin and grace share the same space and no matter how much I sin grace has got me covered!  He is saying that there is MORE THAN ENOUGH GRACE AVAILABLE to completely COME OUT of the dominion of sin in your life and NOT CONTINUE IN SIN!

Quote #63:

“When it came to wrong behavior in Corinth, Paul was cool and collected toward the believers.  He was able to handle their wrong behavior because he knew that the grace of God was able to take care of their spree of wrong behavior.  That is why he was able to speak positively to them…But when it came to wrong doctrine in Galatia, he rebuked the believers there because they nullified God’s grace by mixing it with the law.”

Chapter 20, page 258-259

NOTE:  First of all, the letter to the Corinthians was not exactly all “happy-happy” since it was primarily a book of correction; however, I would agree there IS in fact a greater degree of agitation in Paul’s letter to the church at Galatia because they had become backslidden heretics.

Secondly, what KIND of law were the people in Galatia practicing?

These people were not backslidden because they were preaching Christ and the Ten Commandments from the same pulpit; they were backslidden PRIMARILY because they substituted the ceremonial aspects of the law (man-made traditions, rituals, ceremony & pomp) for faith in God.

            Examples:

(1)  They had rejected the truth, turned from faith, and started justifying themselves by works (Galatians 3:1-5).

{This in itself is no more an indictment against the law than it was when Jesus rebuked the Pharisees and Sadducees.  This was an indictment against those who attempt to practice the law apart from faith in God (Christ).}

           (2)  They had begun to reinforce the ceremonial law (Galatians 4:9-10; 5:1-2)

The ceremonial law was completely done away with through Christ because it was a type and shadow of everything that Christ already fulfilled.  The laws of Moses are not applicable to us because we have a new contract through Christ.  Nevertheless, God’s divine laws are eternal and immutable.  There is no part of the new covenant that implies we are exempt from keeping God’s eternal laws of morality and faith.

(3)  They were imposing the circumcision to avoid persecution for Christ (Galatians 6:12-15).

Galatians 6:15-16 effectively sums up the gospel of grace:

“For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but a new creation.  And as many as walk according to this rule, peace and mercy be upon them…”

Are you or aren’t you a new creation?

This is true grace.  It does not mix with superficiality.  Whether that superficiality be cheap grace, ceremonial laws, or religious pomp.  If you are a new creation, the law is no threat to grace and you don’t have to ignore if for fear it will make sin stronger in your life.

Quote #64:

“Now would you like to know what Revelation 3:15-16 really means?  The two verses would only make sense when they are interpreted in the light of the mixture of covenants of law and grace in the church of Laodicea.  The Lord was saying that He would the church be cold—entirely under law, or hot—entirely under grace.”

Chapter 20, page 264

NOTE:  This is more allegorical preaching that pulls doctrine out of thin air.   But since Pastor Prince brought it up, mixing up covenants is a bad idea; teaching the law and grace together in their proper context is actually a GOOD idea.  That’s why it they are taught side-by-side throughout the New Testament (see response to Quote #1).

Quote #65:

“Paul told the Galatians, ‘Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace(Galatians 5:4).  This is the true definition of ‘falling from grace.’  Today, when someone sins, ministers say that the person has ‘fallen from grace.’  But Paul never told the Corinthians they were fallen from grace despite all their sins.  To fall from grace then is to fall into the law.”

Chapter 20, page 267

NOTE:  Falling from grace in this context simply means they reverted back to self-righteousness—thus, they fell into sin.

One can also do “despite the Spirit of Grace” by committing willful sin according to Hebrews 10:26-29.  One can twist the scriptures (or the teachings of Paul specifically) to their own destruction instead of “growing in grace” according to II Peter 3:15-18.   Or one can “fail of the grace of God” like Esau did in Hebrews 12:15.  Or one can invent their own doctrine of grace as a means to fulfill lust, like the ungodly men of Jude 4 did.  Either way, there is more than one way to fall from grace, whether we use this phrase or another.

Quote #66:

“The law makes everything of man’s efforts, while grace gives all the glory to God.  That is why Paul told the Galatians that the gospel is not a man-pleasing gospel.  He was essentially saying, ‘If I want to please man, I would be preaching the law.’”

Chapter 20, page 268

NOTE:  Paul was essentially saying he wasn’t a man-pleaser because he just finished saying let the other guy who is preaching a DIFFERENT gospel (the one this church just embraced), LET HIM BE DAMNED!  Paul had some grit!  I like him!  (See Galatians 1:6-10).

Quote #67:

“The question we should be asking is, ‘Did Jesus tell us to fast?’  Now, I know that when Jesus’ disciples were unable to cast out a certain spirit from a boy, the NKJV (as well as the KJV) Bible does record that Jesus, in reference to the spirit, said, ‘This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.’…But do you know that in the original Greek text, the word ‘fasting’ does not appear in that verse?  It was added by the translators!  And if you look at the NASB and NIV translations, you won’t find the word ‘fasting’ in that verse.”

Chapter 21, page 274-275

NOTE:  I don’t even like fasting J, but I feel compelled to respond anyway:

We have no way of saying that “FASTING” is not in the original Greek text BECAUSE WE DO NOT HAVE THE ORIGINAL GREEK TEXT!  What we have, are numerous copies of the original Greek text, most of which include the word “fasting.”  Which is more likely, most of the copies are wrong or a couple copies accidently left a word out?  Even the earliest copies which are considered among the highest in manuscript authorities have accidental omissions.  Nevertheless, we literally have THOUSANDS of early manuscripts to compare to determine with a great deal of accuracy what passages and words were in the original text.  Which is why it was overwhelmingly decided with very little debate from most theologians, old or new, that “fasting” should be included.  Besides that, if you believe “fasting” was a copy error, (later addition by fasting enthusiasts) in Mark 9:29, then you must make the case that “fasting” as it is recorded in Matthew 17:21 is a copy error/(later addition by fasting enthusiasts) as well.  Where does it stop?

The fact is, “fasting” was practiced by Jesus as well as in the book of Acts.  There is some dispute over its usage in I Corinthians 7:5 as well, but there is nothing unscriptural about taking a break from indulging the flesh for awhile to focus on prayer.

Quote #68:

“Now, do I fast?  Yes, I do, in the sense that many a time, I am so preoccupied with the Lord in prayer or with studying His Word that I forget to eat…I unconsciously miss my regular meals, and I even find myself forgoing sleep to be in His presence.  But I don’t consciously go on a fast, believing that fasting would get me my miracle.”

Chapter 21, page 276-277

NOTE:  So the short answer is, “Only if it’s accidental”?

Even though fasting is not something we do to try to earn God’s attention or answered prayer, it still can be beneficial to the New Testament believer.

For examples of the purpose an benefits of fasting, see the following scriptures:

Matthew 17:14-21; Psalm 35:13; II Samuel 12:16-23; Matthew 4:1-11; Psalm 69:10; I Corinthians 7:5; I Kings 21:27; Daniel 6:18; I Kings 21:27; Ezra 8:21; Esther 4; Acts 27:9; Acts 9; Matthew 6:16-18; Matthew 9:15 & Matthew 17:14-21.

Quote #69:

“When Jesus was baptized in the river Jordan, a voice from heaven said, ‘This is My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased…When the devil said, ‘Command these STONES to become bread,’ he was, in fact, telling Jesus to get His nourishment from the law that was written on STONES.  Now look at Jesus’ reply:  ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God’…What did God just say to Jesus before He entered the wilderness?  He had said, ‘This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.’  This is the word that we are to live by today as well!”

Chapter 22, pages 295-297

NOTE:  To the casual observer, one would assume that when Satan told Jesus to turn stones into bread it was because He was hungry after not eating for forty days! Evidently, it was because Satan wanted Him to study the law of Moses and come under death and condemnation.  Fortunately, Jesus outwitted Satan by responding with therhema word from God:  God loves me!  (The coded exchange used by both Jesus and Satan here is so deep; it is AMAZING that either one was able to decipher the other’s witty word-plays!

Quote #70:

“The Lord told me many years ago, ‘Son, your ministry is to roll away the stone.’  Let me explain to you what this means.  In the story of Lazarus, Jesus commanded the people to roll away the stone from Lazarus’ tomb…My friend, the stone is a picture of the law.”

Chapter 22, page 298

NOTE:  Book burning anyone?

  • NewMan

    Kudos to Chace and John for compiling this great information!

    • Chris Chang

      Good effort but misguided. Pity …

  • Anthony Wade

    Fantastic analysis. I have written a bit about Prince and the hyper grace deception. Part of the problem also is that many are not willing to call out those who are false teaching. Even Dr. Brown only views Prince as a “brother in error.” Once the error has been pointed out and he refuses to repent, he is no longer in error- he is a false teacher. Prince is so dangerous because so much of what he says sounds so right. But I have written about such egregious abuses of Scripture on his part in trying to prop up his false gospel. He once preached that repentance simply means to “consent to be loved.” Dangerous indeed.

    • Samuel Ng

      After reading the points presented in the article, I must say that Prince’s critics have not listened carefully and patiently enough before jumping to their decontextalised conclusions.

      In the same way you need to read the entire Bible in its context to properly discern spiritual truths, you need to listen to enough of what Prince preaches regularly (he isn’t the best of authors, I must admit) in the context of his focus and spiritual perspective to properly discern the message he is preaching.

      The author of this article also seems to have an over-simplistic and one-tracked view of many of the concerns he has raised. The very first concerning salvation and hell already shows his lack of understanding of the fullness of the term “soteria”, the original Greek word used in the Bible for “salvation”.

      Thus, I am not sure how deeply he has considered the validity of his doctrinal assumptions, the robustness of his theological stand, and whether he has sought to expand his theological understanding beyond the walls of his denominational beliefs.”

      • Anthony Wade

        So your argument is that because he preaches some things correctly the heresy doesn’t matter? The Bible does not agree with you. This is the lesson of the leaven.

        Prince has preached that believer do not need to read the Book of Hebrews. That it doesn’t apply because after all…it was written to Hebrews. Does it really matter if everything else he said in that sermon was right? It wasn’t mind you but even if it was, c’mon.

        • Samuel Ng

          Anthony, you gotta check your facts. Prince preaches extensively from Hebrews and from the Old Testament. Be careful of spreading untruths. Check your facts first and rely less on hearsay. His preaching are all recorded and available online for critical discussion. Just make sure you listen enough to make an informed judgement.

          • Anthony Wade

            Uhmm, I HEARD IT MYSELF.

          • Samuel Ng

            Well, I am a Singaporean and I visit his local church in Singapore and have been attending its services on a weekly basis since 2005. I can attest to him preaching extensively from every book of the Bible. Hebrews is his favourite, because it is specifically written to compare the covenants.

            The only thing he has ever said, is for the believer to apply the discipline of biblical exegesis, (which includes textual criticism, grammatical and syntactical analysis of text, understanding the historical and cultural context of both author and the original audience) so as to adequately understand the intention of scripture the historic moment it was given.

            Perhaps you need to listen to more of his preaching and properly contextualise what he says.

          • Anthony Wade

            I will not go around and around with you. I have learned my lesson in dealing with Prince followers in the past. There is no one more deceived. They refuse to listen to anything and defend him over God every time. He has butchered God’s Word in so many areas, including Ananias and Sapphira, the flood, the 99 and 1, Revelation, and on and on because he does not approach the Word to hear from God. He approaches it to prop up his false gospel he admits is a different gospel and claims he received through direct revelation from God.

          • Samuel Ng

            Perhaps you need to stop making sweeping statements and allegations that you are unable to substantiate. Anyone following this discussion thread can see that I am engaging you straight on on every point you raise, whereas you are skirting around anything you are unable to answer, while throwing up more smoke in an attempt to distract.

            If your definition of “butchering” is to teach in a way you are unused to, then you are making the same mistake the Roman Catholic church made when they literally butchered the Protestant reformers God sent to re-preach the gospel Paul preached, which the RC church considered a heretical “different gospel”.

            For that matter, Prince has never referred to his teachings as a “different gospel”, only as the same gospel Paul preached.

          • Anthony Wade

            You have not responded to anything and then think you have addressed me head on? All of my writings on Prince are completely documented with links to the heretical sermons and scriptures.
            For the record, preaching Ananias and sapphira were not believers because it destroys your false gospel is not “teaching it in a way it I am not used to.” It is teaching falsely. Preaching that the flood was an act of mercy and not wrath is heresy, not “a new way to teach it.”

          • Chris Chang

            Samuel, well said. Fully agree with you brother.

  • http://ArmstrongArmy.com/ Coach Armstrong

    If Joseph Prince preaches ‘false grace’, how could millions suffer endless torment if they are just deceived?

    Do we exist to be FAULT FINDERS or ARE WE LIKE THE PHARISEES? DO WE POSSESS the “PHARISAIC SYNDROME”?
    Did we really grasped the scriptural meaning of FIRE or do we just lazily conclude FIRE as “HELL” which was inspired by the painter Dante Alighieri of ‘Inferno’?
    Because:
    1. GOD IS A CONSUMING FIRE, (Hebrews 12:29) the WORD if LIKE FIRE, (Jeremiah 23:29)
    2. CHRIST will COME in FLAMES of FIRE, (2 Thessalonians 1:8)
    3. the HEAVENS will be MELTED by FIRE, (2 Peter 3:12)
    4. People shall labor in the VERY FIRE… for the EARTH will be filled with GLORY of the LORD as the WATERS COVER the SEA. (Habbakkuk 2:13-14)
    5. the purpose of FIRE is to PURIFY, to REFINE. (Malachi 3:2-3)
    6. FIRE was addressed by JOHN the Baptist to the UNFRUITFUL teachers. (Matthew 3:7-10)
    7. JESUS assures us that in order for us to become FRUITFUL, the branches that cause us to be UNFRUITFUL must be CUT OFF (John 15:2) and be THROWN and be BURNED by FIRE.

    QUESTIONS:
    *****Did we really grasped the SOVEREIGNTY of the GOSPEL which is the POWER of GOD for the SALVATION of those who BELIEVE?
    —–It is the FREEDOM from CURSE and RECEIVE the BLESSINGS of ABRAHAM. The SALVATION declared by JESUS to Zacheaus,, to the THIEF beside His CROSS, etc… which was confirmed by the Apostle Paul in Galatians, chapter 3 (specifically verse 29)
    *****What is the SALVATION that JESUS came to PREACH?
    ——Is it going to hell and heaven when we DIE in the FUTURE?
    *****What GOSPEL did JESUS commanded His Disciples to PREACH?
    ——Is it the gospel of heaven and hell?
    ——Or the GOSPEL of the KINGDOM of GOD where CHRIST shall RULE and REIGN to those who BELIEVE and become WITNESS of the SOVEREIGNTY of GOD even before the world began? So that the BODY of CHRIST be COMPLETED and CHRIST will COME BACK to establish the PROMISED ETERNAL THRONE of DAVID in the NEW JERUSALEM as the headquarter of the SOVEREIGN KINGDOM of GOD in the NEW HEAVEN and NEW EARTH. When DEATH and HELL is ABOLISHED.

    Just a points to ponder.

  • Patti Blount

    No matter how much I “consider” what my son repeats of this doctrine, and no matter how much I would like to see it like he does, and, because I don’t ,there is a dissonance that is indescribably painful that I must endure when he comes around. It is as if, there is a spiritual war that is happening between the Holy Spirit and a spirit of darkness when he does. The spirit within me will not, nor cannot succumb to these false and deceptive teachings on our Lord’s Grace. It is a grace, as you have stated, that elicits a response inside of us. We, as believers, are happy to be “owned” by Him, as we know He has given His life for ours. And, we are happy to follow His will, and in fact, live for that purpose; not for our own protection (as in trying to save ourselves) but for His glory, and because we want to fulfill His purposes for our life here on earth. The very sad part is that my son became swooned by this “gospel” only a few years ago. And, I can tell you it did seduce him somewhat like a drug would do. I haven’t known what to do about it. We tried to reason with him at first with the Word, but the enemy has so craftily used the Word himself to deceive (like he tried to do with Jesus in the temptation) that this was futile. It would be like trying to reason with a drug addict when they were high on drugs, telling them that they need to quit taking them ,while they are feeling so good from the effects of the drugs. My son even has a new laugh, he never had before, which sounds like a “druggies laugh,” and he constantly is talking about “having fun” instead of being focused on God’s will, as he used to. I’m telling you, it’s seductive spirit he has been lured and trapped by. Of course, we have prayed for him to “see the light,” but with reading your article, I have a renewed understanding of the severity of thie hold the enemy has on my son,(and his wife) so I will change my prayer to one of standing in the gap on their behalf and claim the victory of the cross over the enemy for them. I can see now that he cannot pray this for himself, as he thinks he has discovered “new truth and light” while he is walking in darkness. It is definitely a veil that has shrouded their minds and understanding, and is leading them astray. I recognize it as a “doctrine of demons.”

    • Fitsum Mehari

      Patty Patty Patt, you are a mother, so I understand your concerns. It’s true your son is saved. It’s your responsibility as a mother to find out if he truly is happy, as having fun. As a mother you should find a way to stick yourself in his life, not because you are a bad person or old timer who doesn’t care about personal space; but because you are a parent. You would like to see your son to be truly happy in this world, and eternal life on the next.
      One thing I can tell you is, your son is really having fun! Think about it, the kind of day you will have if you receive a bad news early in the morning, or watch news before you leave the house. And imagine the difference if you get a good news, motivating one, what kind of a day you will have. And Gospel means good news, it should keep you smiling and motivated the whole day. It shouldnt condemn you, feel down and angry. That’s not Gospel’s purpose. Before you listen to John Burton’s half left out critics and judgments. Please listen to Pastor Joseph Prince sermons. If you could, especially “The right believing” and “Hope”. And if you add few sermons like “grace and favor” or “Double honor for your shame” ohhhhh my God, you will automatically start calling God ” daddy”. I can promise you literally THE WHOLE BIBLE WOULD START MAKING SENSE. All those doubts that you have in your back mind, thinking “But why would God ask this or did this in this part of the bible?” All will be gone, all the stories would start making sense. You will know the truth, and you will set free. Before you know it, you will start laughing like your son, probably louder. When you know, you can do nothing, and you decide to have fun with The Lord, you would probably laugh louder my dear.
      Don’t fall for critics, it’s your responsibility to find out. All the #70 quotes mentioned above, are either not fully quoted or purposely misinterpreted. If you live under law, you can fall for him, if you grow up in church like mine, you will defenitly say Amen. Once you hear the truth you can never stop. You don’t get tired of playing it the whole day. Most importantly your worries will disappear. You will be like a newly born baby, who thinks his parents creat everything he sees around him. Your prayers becomes straight forward, to the point. You would be like a daughter, hahaha you would actually be a daughter. You have been saved and born again and you were a child maybe, I am not sure many many years ago, but if you don’t understand the meaning of grace, you will be like a son who acts like a slave in his own father’s master house. He who always bows for his father, take his shoes by the entrance, couldn’t see his own dad in his eyes. You will be like a child who hesitate to ask for food. The grace is the truth, and the truth will set you free my dear. And you can enjoy all God’s gifts he gave you, including your Son. Grace will take all your worries, you will lean more on God, the more you lean he will give more grace. The Holy Spirit will feel home in your heart, you will hate sin. You won’t go back to sin because you get more grace. You will be on auto pilot, allowing the Holly Spirit to work in you. He will give you THE WILL to do good and THE WORK that is great. But nothing is from you, all you do is trust him. John Burton would like us to believe the ultimate gift that was paid by Jesus Christ is half way, and we need to make an effort to complete it. It’s an insult to the clean blood.
      God Bless you Petti, follow your heart!

  • e1313ruth

    1 Timothy 1-8, 9…But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully; .Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, .
    Joseph Prince is right on!!!!

  • EliGal220

    “For if this plan or this work is of men, it will come to nothing; but if it is of God, you cannot overthrow it- lest you even be found to fight against God. ” Acts 5:38,39

  • Betty

    I loved this article. It was very thorough and supported by the inspired Word of God.
    So necessary for the deception that is rampant today. My husband and I came across this false doctrine of Joseph Prince in early 2013. We couldn’t believe how seasoned Christians were so easily taken in. God help the church to wake up and get back to the Whole Word of God!

    • Bill

      The whole word of God, I’ve heard that statement before. As a believer in Christ the whole word of God is we are New Covenant People saved by grace not Old Covenant people living under the law! What is so complicated about that for all you that condemn the message of grace. That is the very message Jesus came to establish and Paul preached..

  • Mark Clemerol Castro

    God’s love for you is greater than you know. It extends beyond what you can conceive or imagine. Just as you cannot measure the universe, you cannot fathom the limits of His love for you.
    Grace is how God’s love appears. God’s grace is extreme, super-abundant, and over-the-top. His hyper-grace exceeds your wildest dreams.
    The Hyper-Grace Gospel will leave you marveling at the relentless love of your Father. It will show you how to walk in His amazing grace and help you rediscover the joy that is found in Jesus.
    The Hyper (superabounding) Grace of God is the Gospel.It’s not about us,it’s about His Love being manifested through the finished work of His Son,now if someone attacks this message,then maybe they are preaching ANOTHER GOSPEL.
    I’m glad to say that I am a Hyper Grace preacher!

    My thought is that articles like Dr. Brown’s are evidence that Grace is being preached correctly. If we are not being questioned about the possibility of grace being abused…it probably wasn’t grace to begin with. Paul the Apostle, who we can all agree had the commission to preach the Good News to the Gentiles, was constantly having to defend and explain grace to those who thought it could be used as an excuse for taking liberties. Using the template of the New Testament, if we are not having to defend and explain grace on a regular basis, we are probably adding a dose of “law” in to make it more palatable to the religious community.
    Using Dr. Brown’s vernacular, I would suggest that Paul was a messenger of this “Hyper- Grace” he calls into question.
    Come to think of it, can you even have “Hyper” grace? Can one go beyond Grace? It makes me wonder then if there is “Hyper Love” that goes beyond just love.
    Or is “love” and “grace” sufficient… with God providing the only prefix that is needed! – Steve Hackman

    • James Boye

      They all think we must follow the law in order to be saved. if the law could attain righteousness then Christ died for nothing. For we are saved through faith and not of works lest any man should BOAST. Salvation is a gift, how many of us work for a gift. Don’t ever think you can always add to what God has done. Joseph prince was not asking nor encouraging anyone to sin. On the contrary. the bible says by observing the law, no one could be saved.

      • Mark Clemerol Castro

        I agree James.Grace is simply not a license to sin.Romans 6:14 , 14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.Joseph Prince is indeed preaching the truth and that truth is Grace (Jesus).

    • Simone Wong

      HalleluYah, Yes we cannot imagine how Much This LOVE of our Heavenly Father Is, beyond our wildest imagination, compare to love of our mankind the love we know is like an ant hill, Compare to His Almighty Love, is Infinite no measure to count beyond the limits of the universe. Yet we are taught to LOVE one another even our enemies, offer our other cheek. we mankind truly need to cultivate and learn to love. Truly only with the Holy Grace of Yahusha,Son of the Almighty Father Yahuwah within us, in His Holy Spirit can we be given the Light to grasp the overwhelming overpowering of the joy and meaning of Love and pour forth this Blessing.

  • http://google.com jjohnnnnlemonon

    Just knowing John Burton’s foundation is on his “experience of Hell” sends up red flags. That’s like saying you went to Heaven and God himself told you you are the sole human that can save millions from a false doctrine. God is not so incompetent. Burton’s standing on unbiblical grounds.

    Joseph Prince isn’t as wacky as you make him seem, of COURSE you have to repent, he says that in his sermons all the time. His main focus is on Grace, and not a sin-consciousness. You people are wasting your time.

  • Rickey J. Boston Jr.

    This dude only tells us half of what Joseph Prince says. Joseph Prince has stated numerous times that grace is not an excuse to sin and that he doubts that anyone who still practices sin freely without conviction is truly a believer under grace because true grace will automatically make you repent once you do something wrong through considering what Jesus has done for us. Either this dude hasn’t taken the time to truly hear Joseph Prince, or he simply isn’t telling us the whole story in support of his dislike for Joseph Princes’ ministry. Another thing that raises concern to me about this dude is his lack of mentioning faith, belief, or the Holy Spirit helping us to live righteous in his doctrine that attacks Joseph Princes’ ministry. His whole doctrine is basically righteousness through actions which is self righteousness. There are atheists who keep the laws of the Bible yet have no faith or belief. Does there law abiding actions make them righteous, of course not. I don’t know about this dude. I’m hope he has the right intentions, but I don’t know because he left a lot out of his argument whether he meant to or not.

  • Julie Russon

    I am personally sick of my christian faith right now. It seems there is always some debate about some doctrine or another. I am being tossed around and its making me sick dizzy. I have been a christian for 9 years. Just when i feel i am in the right place. Someone else comes along and knocks me off my feet. One thing for sure is the devil is alive and kicking. He is dividing and confusing the body of Christ. I have no idea anymore who i am in Christ. So i feel its time to throw in the towel. Time to just go follow some Angels. It works for my friends. They have more peace than i do as a christian. Fed up.

    • http://www.johnburton.net/ John Burton

      Don’t over complicate it. Simply be in the Word…read it in a place of prayer and believe it, literally, as it is written. We know that there will be MANY deceiving theologies emerge, which is why we must be sober, alert, studied and teachable. The Holy Spirit will teach us…open up the truth of Scripture to us.

      The goal isn’t personal peace, it’s being responsive to truth, to Jesus. Of course, peace that passes understanding does come to us as we walk in truth.

      • Julie Russon

        But it does seem like the scriptures sometimes contradict themselves.I am struggling right now with my faith. The only good thing that comes from this is my search for a deeper understanding. Still don’t like the word hyper Grace, it seems like another word the Devil is using to confuse the body of Christ.We are suppose to be of one mind and one accord. That ain’t ever gonna happen this side of eternity. Feeling what i call a righteous anger.

        • http://www.johnburton.net/ John Burton

          I don’t prefer the term hyper grace, though I’ve used it myself. I think unbiblical grace or false grace or even distorted grace as Mike Bickle uses are better terms. Scripture never contradicts itself…upon deeper study that becomes evident. Though, I agree, it can be challenging to dig deep to the root at times.

          • Quinn Tay

            John Burton 5K facebook likes VS Joseph Prince over 2Million facebook likes…

            Jealous much? Name-calling other pastors and condemning them & the believers… What does that make you? Please don’t burden yourself with the task of bringing down “false preachers” because God has His own ways (false preaching, if any). You clearly do not understand the role of being a pastor – which is to feed the people and bring them closer to God.

          • Dew Wong

            Agree with Quinn. You just have to count how many lives have been transformed and chains broken through Pastor Prince’s teaching to know if Jesus is indeed flowing through him. And there are quite a number of great US / EU preachers that support his grace message and have grown their own church since then. Jesus when on earth, made normal people understand and accept Him without much theological theory. So does Pastor Prince.

          • Irene Mwinga

            Quinn Tay, I couldn’t agree more. I have listened to Joseph Prince and he points all people to Jesus and grace and His finished works. He does not condone sin but welcomes all in the belief that when they turn to Christ they will be saved, even from bad works.

        • Shyla

          Hello Julie, I would like to talk to you about God’s grace and will for your life, and the plan he has for you. I want to let you know that he can get rid of all the confusion for you and that you will not know it all until you meet our savior face to face. What I do know is that he loves you immensely and desires to pour out his love on you through his son. I know that he sees you as perfect and blameless in Christ and that he is waiting for you with arms wide open.

        • Fitsum Mehari

          Jullie my dear, when you understand what grace is, when you understand what freely and favored means. All the stories would make sense. The bible front to back concedes. Names numbers events, all would work together. Those questions that bugs us on the back of our mind, will all be answered. The answer is grace and truth, that is brought by Jesus. And it set you free. It’s not a one package that you would use or throw. The bible days it’s a waves of grace, for a bigger failure Hyper grace. It’s in the bible. That’s why Jesus said word by word, the truth will se you free!

        • Chris Chang

          Dear Julie, “hyper” grace is a term coined by legalistic theologians to confuse the young believers and their feeble attempt to re-define grace to fit their limited view of God’s amazing grace. It’s like them coining the term “Prosperity” gospel. They have a limited view of the Father’s heart. They believe that God punishes His children with diseases and poverty because of un-confessed sins. Little wonder the world has a phrase “poor” as a Church mouse … with theologians like these, who needs the devil? My encouragement to you is: Do not be discouraged by these legalistic theologians. Go with the peace inside you and know that Jesus loves you unconditionally and eternally. Live your life to the fullest!

        • Thomas Loftus

          Jesus warns that there will be false teachings at best use discernment. Stay encouraged we all struggle with faith from time to time. Be strong and courageous God is with you. I know without a doubt that Joesph Prince is a false teacher. I believe God has given me the gift of discernment. I have been discouraged by people to keep to myself about this, but also encourage not to shut up and continue. I am tired of these false teachers making money on deceiving God’s people and they buy into it because the Gospel becomes about them and not about what God did for us. It’s OK to feel righteous anger.

      • Sandesh Mhankale

        Dear John,

        Romans 5:17 -For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.) NKJV

    • Chuma Chukwujama

      Hi Julie, I can understand your frustration but I can assure you that we are under grace ( undeserved, unmerited favour) based on Jesus finished work. Pastor Joseph Prince as well as other teachers like Andrew Wommack, Creflo Dollar are simply a blessing to the body of Christ. It is so easy as a believer to know the truth that set’s you free when you hear it and also study the Bible in its context. Please do not pay much attention to critics of teachers and preachers of the Gospel of grace. Do your Bible studies and focus on God’s love towards you in the person of Jesus Christ! God bless you. (By the way I listen to every sermon Joseph Prince preaches even though I live in another continent and I can tell you, I have a much better understanding of who I am in Christ Jesus) God bless you! Chuma

      • Simone Wong

        AmeneYah, HalleluYah

      • Quinn Tay

        AMEN! The (gospel) truth will set us free… (not perverted truth by John Burton). Never listen to just one preacher and determine your identity in Christ, but seek the Lord in all ways. Read the bible, let God’s words speak to you.

    • Fitsum Mehari

      Dear Jully Ruson, God bless you abundantly. I would like to apologize on behalf of “John Burton”, for he has confused your thoughts, and tries to throw you out of your believe. I myself grew up in a church since I was a child, but my pastors and bishops were of this John Burton kind. The kind that makes you feel not worthy all the time. Keep on telling you, you have to do this and that, you have to follow this rules. As if there are no enough rules in the bible, they even add few of their own list, to make you feel more depressed and run away. This kind of teachers like John Burton, are the reason why all churches in Europe and many in USA, are closing down. They teach a list of laws, that they couldn’t even keep 25% as role models.
      But I can tell you my dear, if you have chance download as many sermons as you can from Pastor Prince, and listen to them several times. John Burton, tries to deceive by quoting half of what Pastor Prince said. I can promise you, you wouldn’t find any quote from pastor prince, out of bible text. Including the word Hyper Grace. It’s so relieving and words that sets you free. He teaches all kinds of reasons why we will eventually become holy and we can serve God with all our mind, soul and body.
      The way Burton expressed his feeling towards Pastor Joseph Prince, truly shows how poor his revelation is from the bible. He sounded like he got the religion from his family roots.
      I would like to quote him in this
      “When I first stumbled into the false grace teachings of Joseph Prince, I was deeply grieved over it and sensed a tidal wave of heresy coming to American shores. I felt America was blessed that he was from Singapore, or the pervasive deception would have been even deadlier in America than it currently is, because it gave us time to counteract the error by teaching the Word before he became an American superstar”
      He even assumed people listen to his teaching because he is white and American. God can work through any kind of person on this planet, regardless of his race. Burton cares about Americans and American dream Christians. He didn’t think twice by saying it’s ok that he preaches outside America, as long as Burton saves America. Anyway I am mumbling a lot, because I felt hurt, he reminded me of all the pastors I run away from.
      Dear Jully, all the peace that you are looking for and all Love you are searching for is being preached by Pastor Joseph Prince.

      and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. So then, my beloved, even as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who worketh in you both to will and to work, for his good pleasure. (Philippians 2:11-13 ASV)

      Verse 13 says it all. It’s God who workers in you both TO WILL AND TO WORK for his good pleasure. In my understanding this is the core of our salvation, where the only effort that we do it TO BELIEVE AND CONFESS, the rest is on Auto Pilot, and the results are all mentioned in bible. All the good things Burton thinks we should perform, will be the fruits of our life. Not the works of our life, but the fruits.
      God bless you dear, don’t lose hope. Just download all the sermons, and just listen to them. tfitsum2000@gmail.com is email address. If you can’t find I will send you copies of the ones I have. You will be blessed, most importantly YOU WILL BE SET FREE.

      • http://www.johnburton.net/ John Burton

        Thanks so much for apologizing for me! By the way, most of the article was not written by me, but by Chace Gordon. I do stand with his analysis however.

        • Eugene Tan

          I sympathize with you Julie, but take heart nothing is new under the sun, this is not the first nor the last time we mortals hv controversies…

          Humans are so vulnerable to pride; we have this elitist and messianic syndrome that we alone hv the truth and nobody else does! Meaning, anyone who does not think like us is wrong! Try donning a Dallas Cowboy and New York Giant T-Shirts and you will hv even your own family members disagreeing with one another. Its like Republicans vs Democrats, I know husbands and wifes who are on different sides. At the end of the day (after the elections) all are Americans.

          Why can’t we accept the fact that other believers (Christians) can have differing opinions? Do we hv to go round accusing each other of being heretic all the time? It grieves me to read online that (even) Billy Graham [this man has got no scandal through out his ministry] has been accused of being a heretic. It would hv been easy of me to conclude that these accusers of Rev Graham were themselves into heresy, however, I would rather choose to believe that these folks were misguided Christians than anything else.

          Don’t throw out the baby with the bath water, take that which is good and vomit out the rest. At the end of the day, we all desire to be a better person – what works for one person may not work for the other. Let’s not be too quick to judge one another. Amen.

    • Edmund Tin

      hi Julie, Christianity is not a religion but a relationship. I used to have tension with Pastor Prince’s teaching but I found him a preaching that always points us to Jesus Christ, always seeking to unveil his beauty and finished works at the cross. You can tell how close a preacher is to God by reading his works, whether he points to prophets, characters and a list of reasons why your life is not blessed but cursed now, or he points you to what Jesus has done, how gracious and merciful God the Father is, and how you are the apple of God’s eye. The message of God brings life, and uplift you, draws you closer to God and away from your sinful habits and desires. That’s what Jesus came to give us. The other message points you to yourself, telling you to set yourself right in order to be blessed. Such message makes you want to give up with your walk with God. Now you see?
      The bible does not contradict itself. I was frustrated with the contradictions until I learned about grace and mercy in the good news Jesus brings. Grace and mercy is unmerited and Law is to earn it. With this as the key, you will find even a difficult book like Romans very revelational. Don’t lose heart – you are greatly blessed, highly Favoured and deeply loved.

    • John Teh

      Hi Julie, it is very unfortunate that these criticisms leveled against the Grace doctrine has become a stumbling block to your faith and I believe it has confused a lot of young Christians to boot. Let me share with you my personal testimony and my spiritual journey as a Christian for the last 37 years. I grew up like many others in a church that preached “balanced doctrine”. I was struggling with consciousness of sin and could not experience spiritual breakthrough for 30 odd years until I stumbled upon Pastor Joseph Prince’s Grace Message CDs just some 6 years ago. After listening to the Grace messages, I felt totally liberated from the bondage of the Law(Rom7:4-6). It was as if a veil was lifted from my mind and my heart(2 Cor 3:12-18) and the Word of God took on a new dimension/revelation for me. Since then the dominion of sin has been broken because I was no more under the Law but under Grace(Rom 6:14). The Grace message has empowered me to denounce sin and to please Him(Titus 2:11-14) which contradict the Law that empowers sin(1 Cor 15::56). Somehow I have grew spiritually in quantum leap these last 6 years compared to 30 odd years under the influence of balanced doctrine. My conclusion is that those who believe in the New Covenant of Grace and the Old Covenant as obsolete(Heb 8:13) have attained a far higher level of faith than those who are against it. So it is no surprise that the Grace preachers are condemned as heretic and their messages as heresy by these people just as Apostle Paul was persecuted for preaching grace message in Pisidian Antioch where almost the whole city(today’s context=Mega Church) turned up to hear him(Acts 13:42-52). Anyway this Grace Doctrine had long been settled by the Jerusalem Council then(Acts 15:1-11). So let us beware of this “party of the Pharisees”(Acts 15:5) who keeps stirring this up.

  • Shyla

    I do not believe that Joseph Prince is a false teacher because you cannot not mix law and grace. We are saved by grace through Christ by faith. The new covenant which says that we are made right with God by faith in Jesus Christ is the new way, and the old way which says we are made right with God by following the law is no longer valid.

    Hebrews 10:9 Then he said, “Look, I have come to do your will.” He cancels the first covenant in order to put the second into effect.

    Because the first covenant has been canceled of course it is no longer the way to be made right with God there is only one way through faith in Christ Jesus. You cannot mix the law and grace.

    Mark 2:21-22 “Besides, who would patch old clothing with new cloth? For the new patch would shrink and rip away from the old cloth, leaving an even bigger tear than before. “And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. For the wine would burst thewineskins, and the wine and the skins would both be lost. New wine calls for new wineskins.”

    And it is said in Galatians as Paul addresses them because the Galatians had a problem with mixing law and grace.

    Galatians 5:1-5 So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law.Listen! I, Paul, tell you this: If you are counting on circumcision to make you right with God, then Christ will be of no benefit to you. I’ll say it again. If you are trying to find favor with God by being circumcised, you must obey every regulation in the whole law of Moses.For if you are trying to make yourselves right with God by keeping the law, you have been cut off from Christ! You have fallen away from God’s grace.

    It is my suggestion that whoever reads this also reads all of Galatians 5

    Have a blessed day :))

  • Nicole Beer

    Many or perhaps millions believe Joseph Prince to be a great preacher. He speaks a lot of things that are correct but he also mixes truth with error, which is why the millions cannot see the errors hidden behind his messages. When people start saying that you cannot mix law and grace because we are saved by grace through Jesus by faith, they only partially understand half truths and not the whole counsel of God.

    Page 87 of his Destined to Reign Book he says “Now, my mama didn’t raise no fool. I decided years ago that people can say what they want about me, but I’m not coming under any curse for preaching any other gospel!” Joseph sounds very sure of himself. It is not what he thinks is right but what God’s word says is right who also has the final authority. Romans 11:18,20 “Do not boast against the branches…remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you…do not be haughty…”. The “new covenant of grace” as presented, propagates a high-minded and haughty spirit among God’s people who embrace its perversion such as Joseph Prince’s teachings. Many of God’s people are being taught that they can “never be cut off” like the Jews because this is the Grace Covenant.

    When we look at God’s word, it says in
    Hebrews 8:10 “I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts” (Holy Spirit)
    verse 11 “…for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them” (God the Father)
    Verse 12 “…I will be merciful to their unrighteousness and their sins, and their lawless deeds I will remember no more” (Jesus Christ)

    The Hebrews verse is one covenant with 3 distinctly different functions representing 3 persons of Godhead:-
    1= Grace of God = Jesus Christ
    2= Law of God = Holy Spirit
    3= Knowledge of God = God the Father

    The three functions above represents the three terms in the New Covenant. If you study the Tabernacle you will notice that the Tabernacle as being a type and shadow of the covenant has 3 doors. John 14:6 “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life and no one goes to the Father except through Me”. The 1st door is “I am the Way” (Jesus) who justifies us from our sins = Justification. The 2nd door is “the Truth” (Holy Spirit) = Sanctification. The 3rd door is “the Life” (God the Father) = Glorification.

    Now Joseph says we don’t need to do works or confess our faith, because the gift of grace was a gift that doesn’t need to be earned. When we believed in Jesus by faith, it was given to us as a gift as He has justified us, made us righteous before Him, in right relationship with Him. But we are ALSO EXPECTED TO LOOK AFTER that gift that He has given us and to maintain it during our lives here till the end. As easily as God has grafted in the Gentiles , He can as easily remove any Gentile believers that do not look after that free gift. The gift of Jesus dying on the cross wasn’t cheap, it was a costly gift for God. So by abiding in the Truth (Holy spirit) = Sanctification , we strive to please Him and live holy lives before Him. God is holy and at the end of our days, if we are not found to be living in holiness and pleasing to Him, the door will be shut. “Holiness (sanctification), without which no one will see the Lord” Hebrews 12:14.

    Any attempt in the new covenant of Grace that separates any part of the Trinity, will be rendered void by God. Any attempt to jump from Justification to Glorification without Sanctification by jumping the line will still not make it. God will say “you jumped the line, you cannot cheat Me!” Like I said Joseph Prince may be an eloquent speaker but he contradicts so many parts of scripture as well. He does not make clear the threefold nature of God’s character. He only teaches half-truths but not the whole counsel of God and also mixes error in his teachings. I would advise every follower of Joseph Prince to study scripture more deeply and in context, be more discerning and careful whom you follow.

    I commend both John Burton and Chace Gordon for “contending earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints” for “certain men have crept in unnoticed…who turn the grace of our God into lewdness” Jude1:3,4

  • Quinn Tay

    John Burton is a joke – cursing believers to go to hell??? Telling children of God that we can LOSE OUR
    SALVATION?

    I quote this from your writing in the above:
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    Quote #66:

    “The law makes everything of man’s efforts, while grace gives all the glory to God. That is why Paul told the Galatians that the gospel is not a man-pleasing gospel. He was essentially saying, ‘If I want to please man, I would be preaching the law.’”

    Chapter 20, page 268

    NOTE: Paul was essentially saying he wasn’t a man-pleaser because he just finished saying let the other guy who is preaching a DIFFERENT gospel (the one this church just embraced), LET HIM BE DAMNED! Paul had some grit! I like him! (See Galatians 1:6-10).
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    I am not even sure if you READ GALATIANS – it is how Paul DEFENDS THE GOSPEL OF GRACE and condemning people who wanted to keep the Law of Moses:

    6 I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, 7 which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. 9 As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.

    As far as I am concerned, Pastor Prince’s teaching draws millions to want to be near to God..unlike your nasty commentary here that served no good purpose but instead, condemns and put God in a bad light.

    Good luck to you.

    • Thomas Loftus

      Prince contradicts the Bible many times. So who is right? Prince or the Bible?

  • Martin Semrok

    Doesn’t this whole discourse sort of prove the point that Christians can build their house on the sand, if they so choose ( by knowing the Word but not putting it into practice as Nita Johnson eloquently explains). Didn’t Jesus say that many will come in my name and say that HE ( Jesus) is the Christ and deceive many ( Rick Joyner)? How can there be a “great falling away” if there are no false teachers and prophets? Remember , by their fruits , you shall know them. Even the false “pre-trib rapture theory” is causing many to be totally unprepared for the Tribulation, just has 5 of the ten virgins were unprepared for the bridegroom’s coming. 9-11 was but a little finger, the fist is still coming ( Dimitri Dududman)! Has no one read “The Harbinger” by Jonathan Cahn? Judgement is coming to America, as well as the world, and mainly because the Church has been neither salt, nor light to a dying world. Do we need those who will only preach pleasant messages to “itching ears”? False teachers and preachers have alot to answer for, for they pretend to be godly but do the work of the enemy by sowing tares. Many will not survive what is coming ( Neville Johnson). Read the word for yourselves, lest you be deceived by liars!

    • Fitsum Mehari

      I like your phrase, pleasant messages for itching ear.
      You know, I used to be like that. I most of the time prefer Hard core preaching where the pastor makes everybody feel down. He will be shouting it’s because you don’t Love God enough. You low life sinners! I used to be very happy, not because it makes me feel closer to God but because it brings others who boost their Love to God to my level. It brings everybody into one category, Sinners! “RIGHT BELIEVING” is the answer. Do you know the first people who received the news about Jesus are poor herds? Who sleep outside looking after their sheep and goats. But when the angel Gebriel approached them, he said
      And the angel said unto them, Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all the people: for there is born to you this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:10, 11 ASV)
      It’s Gospel, it’s good news, it shouldn’t itch your ear. Because it’s a savior, not a manual or a guide. You cannot teach someone to swim in the middle of his drowning, save his life first. Then you can teach him how to swim for other incidents. How is a free gift would itch one’s ear. Jesus never called names, to those who came to know him; he never called the adulator “You snake”, or discard her infront of people? No, he always says My daughter, my Son and my child. All your sins are forgiven and don’t do it agin. Is all he says.
      So my brother, take that wrong believing out of your heart. Our God is no such, don’t label him as someone who is hard rough and tight. He loves us so much, he gave his beloved son, his only son, the son that he is aways pleased. If he shows that much mercy and Love, why would he be itchy to the ears? Yes he will guid you, he will correct you, but trust me he is never angry with you. And when he give, ohhhhhhhhh, it’s not like human; where he gives and when he is in a bad mood he takes it back again. No, when he gives, he gives no taking back. When saves you, he doesn’t give you back to devil. He works everything, it’s a complete salvation. You will be a spoiled kid working out your salvation, not working for salvation. Because you are a son of God, you will not associate yourself with sin. That’s his plan, that’s his Salvation. And he will not stop until he does that, he promised. He so righteous, he cannot break a promise. How is this free gift ITCHY? Since when is free, more free, waves of free not enough? Why do we have to give names that God in his sinless behavior, wouldn’t do? When Moses talked harsh to the Jews before giving them water, smacking the stone; God was sad, he punished Moses for labeling him as a slave master. God is the most generous, lovely, playful and compassionate Lord. He is a buddy for a guy, and a listener for a woman. And for this specific reason, he said on Mattew 6:7, don’t repeat words. I only need once, it’s not for saying to many words. That shows you he is an easy God, he is not someone who likes to be called, GOD OF ABRAHAM GOD OF ISSAC, ALFA AND OMEGA, GOD OF ALL CREATION PLEASE MY FAMILY NEEDS SOME FOOD. No he said call me Dad, literally Dad.
      We as humans, will run in the middle of the night; we don’t care if there is light or danger on the way if our children screamed with night mare. All we need is one word DADDY, they don’t have to call us CEO OF BLA BLA BLA. God who gave the most precious son, doesn’t need to hear twice. Daddy, is what he needs!
      Gospel is not itching my dear, Grace is not itching. It’s like a butter on a fresh bread, it’s that smooth.
      God bless you!

  • saprophet

    Nobody has mentioned the Holy Spirit. If Jesus is the Author and Finisher of my faith then He must deal with me sort out my sin and bring me to repentance? Our faith is not in the law and keeping it, but responding positively to the instructions of Holy Spirit. If he cannot produce Gods righteousness in me and keep me to the end, then man and his deceitful heart is stronger than than the keeper of our souls and our eternity. The church was given 4 laws to keep.Acts 15 v 20. The rest was to be taught to the believers via the Holy Spirit and the teaches. I do not agree with the thinking that eternal life and be given as a gift, because of what Jesus did on the Cross and then our loving Heavenly Father comes along, because we blew it somewhere down the line and takes back the eternal life he gave us. The gifts and callings of God are without repentance. Eternal Life means life in His presence for eternity. Otherwise it should be taught, not eternal life, but five month life or one year life or 3 days life.
    While we are busy arguing about doctrine ( turning Charles Spurgeon over in his grave) we all ignore the call to go into all the world and preach the gospel. While we are sqwabbling amongst ourselves I see no major resources going into the middle east to bring the gospel to Muslims and others. We should be ashamed of ourselves spending hours to retort a preacher like Joseph Prince yet little is done to reach into the heart if Islam.

    • Geoffzie

      If Joseph Prince is right …. and a Christian need never “repent” AFTER salvation …. then why did Jesus say to His own church, in the Letters to the 7 churches …. “repent” … no less than 8 times?

      And if, as Mr. Prince says …. all of our sins, past, present, and future are already forgiven … and there are no consequences for sin AFTER salvation … then why would Jesus even use the words “repent or else …”? …

      Rev. 2:16; “Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of My mouth.”

      My friends, the words above, from Jesus Himself … are JUDGMENT upon His own church! … something that Joseph Prince says is impossible!

      Keep in mind … these were the LAST words of Jesus to His church … AFTER the cross … AFTER Paul and the rest of the Apostles were dead (except John).

      Mr. Prince, do we ignore the words of Jesus in the 7 Letters too?

      And how could Jesus “vomit them OUT of His mouth” …. unless they were first IN CHRIST! … Duh!

      Rev. 3:16; “Therefore, since you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of My mouth.”

      This Mr. Prince has some REALLY messed up theology! … and apparently, so do many who have posted here!

      • Geoffzie

        William Booth – 1800’s …

        “I consider that the chief dangers which confront the coming century will be religion without the Holy Ghost; Christianity without Christ; forgiveness without repentance; salvation without regeneration; politics without God; and Heaven without Hell.”

  • Brian Midmore UK

    Blessed are the merciful for they shall receive mercy. This verse on its own refutes much of Prince’s teaching. It is only as we repent of our hard-hearted judgmentalism that we obtain mercy our selves. When I am tempted to to be hard on someone else I remember this verse.

  • Brian Midmore UK

    1 Cor 10 1-12 is highly significant. Paul is using the Israelites who were baptized into Moses and ate and drank spiritual food and drink as examples. They are like Christians who are baptized into Jesus and who receive the communion. God judged them for their sins and likewise God will judge Christians. In verse 12 Paul says that we are not to presume that everything is automatically OK. Verse 13 shows that there is difference between those old and new Israelites. Christians now have the grace and power to resist temptation and will therefore avoid condemnation. This avoidance of condemnation is not automatic; it is as we repent by the grace of God and the power of the Holy Spirit. There is now therefore no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus ……who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. As we walk in the Spirit we are freed from condemnation. If we sin we have an advocate with the Father.

  • Be Inspired

    I’m curious as to when ANY MAN (on Earth) has been deemed to know everything and what beliefs are the proper ones to believe? Grace is NOT a “get out of jail card” to get away with sin.

    The amount of judgement placed on others by humans, who are all sinners, even myself, is absolutely astounding these days. Everyone should know they are accountable to GOD ONLY. That doesn’t mean you have to agree with any person, pastor or writer, nor should you be tearing them down.
    Everything is up for individual interpretation, even the Bible. No one can call anyone a false prophet as the Bible states that false prophets will come in sheep’s clothing. It is up to every individual on their own to decide on what they believe and think is false, and that individual has to stand before God.

  • Sinma DaShow

    I’m so glad Ps Joseph Prince is preaching that radical, unearning unmeriting, undeserving favor of God for weak, mortal, carnal man that you folks are misquoting, misrepresenting and throwing all kind of accusations at him.

    That’s what GRACE does…doesn’t it? It just stirs up that flesh in us that wants to earn God’s blessings. That sense of self righteousness, that every law God gives we can keep. Lolx

    Keep preaching Joseph Prince!

  • Laren Tan

    I find the arguments quite academic and a personal view at best. Its basically one persons interpretation versus another persons interpretation of the bible and its application. So who is right and who is wrong? So this is how i see it …..

    First- Luke 4:49 says “Master,” said John, “we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we tried to stop him, because he is not one of us.” “Do not stop him,” Jesus said, “for whoever is not against you is for you.”
    Does Chace/JP draw people to or away from Jesus?

    Second – i look at the fruits – John/Chace versus JP. And what fruits they have produced.
    Matthew 7:15-20 – “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them.

    Third – Philippians 1:15-18 – “It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill. The latter do so out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains. But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice,”

  • John Teh

    Let me share my personal testimony and my spiritual journey as a Christian for the last 37 years. I grew up like many others in a church that preached “balanced doctrine”. I was struggling with consciousness of sin and could not experience spiritual breakthrough for 30 odd years until I stumbled upon Pastor Joseph Prince’s Grace Message CDs just some 6 years ago. After listening to the Grace messages, I felt totally liberated from the bondage of the Law(Rom7:4-6). It was as if a veil was lifted from my mind and my heart(2 Cor 3:12-18) and the Word of God took on a new dimension/revelation for me. Since then the dominion of sin has been broken because I was no more under the Law but under Grace(Rom 6:14). The Grace message has empowered me to denounce sin and to please Him(Titus 2:11-14) which contradict the Law that empowers sin(1 Cor 15::56). Somehow I have grew spiritually in quantum leap these last 6 years compared to 30 odd years under the influence of balanced doctrine. My conclusion is that those who believe in the New Covenant of Grace and the Old Covenant as obsolete(Heb 8:13) have attained a far higher level of faith than those who are against it. So it is no surprise that the Grace preachers are condemned as heretics and their messages as heresies by these people just as Apostle Paul was persecuted for preaching grace message in Pisidian Antioch where almost the whole city(today’s context=Mega Church) turned up to hear him(Acts 13:42-52). Anyway this Grace Doctrine had long been settled by the Jerusalem Council then(Acts 15:1-11). So let us beware of this “party of the Pharisees”(Acts 15:5) who keeps stirring this up again and again!

    • Chris Chang

      Hallelujah preach it brother!

  • Samuel Ng

    After reading the points presented in the article, I must say that Prince’s critics have not listened carefully and patiently enough before jumping to their decontextalised conclusions.

    In the same way you need to read the entire Bible in its context to properly discern spiritual truths, you need to listen to enough of what Prince preaches regularly (he isn’t the best of authors, I must admit) in the context of his focus and spiritual perspective to properly discern the message he is preaching.

    The author of this article also seems to have an over-simplistic and one-tracked view of many of the concerns he has raised. The very first concerning salvation and hell already shows his lack of understanding of the fullness of the term “soteria”, the original Greek word used in the Bible for “salvation”.

    Thus, I am not sure how deeply he has considered the validity of his doctrinal assumptions, the robustness of his theological stand, and whether he has sought to expand his theological understanding beyond the walls of his denominational beliefs.

  • Calvin Ow Yong

    Everyone is a theologian. Your understanding on God is important. Wrong understand could lead to taking the wrong path in life with regrettable outcome. Be sure you are interpreting the bible the way God intended it and are studying scripture yourself, so that you will not be “tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes” Eph 4:14.

  • Siyan Lin

    My biggest problem with this article is that the writer seems to suggest that the presence of sin in our lives is a threat to our salvation. The writer said “You are in Christ Jesus? NOW you have no condemnation. You just
    sinned? NOW you are in sin. Repent and get back in Christ Jesus!” He seems to say that believers constantly hop back and forth between being in Christ and falling out of Christ, and whenever we sin, we lose our “in Christ” status and need to repent in order to “get back into” Christ. I am not going to comment on whether believers should or should not repent because that will require a whole new discussion. What I will say, however, is that it is a huge mistake to think that sinning can make us lose our position of being “in Christ”. This is because:

    (1) We sin every day, all the time – no human thought is completely pure, neither is any human action completely holy. So if being in Christ depended on our (lack of) sin, then we would never ever be in Christ. Even if I accept that I can get back my “in Christ” status by repenting, I am sure to sin again minutes or even seconds after I repent, so do I, again, lose my “in Christ” position?

    (2) What if I committed a sin and was suddenly murdered before I had the time to repent?

    (3) Since the way we attained the “in Christ” position was by believing in Jesus [and His death and resurrection], the only way we can fall out of Christ is to stop believing. We sin, but sinning is not the same as denouncing our faith in Jesus!

    Friends, our righteousness has absolutely nothing to do with us, and has everything to do with the righteousness of Christ on our behalf. What makes you righteous is Christ’s death and resurrection, so what would make you unrighteous is if Christ did not die for you… but we all know that He did! You cannot lose your position of being in Christ, unless you stop believing in Him. Repentance is important, but it is NOT a means of re-establishing our position of being in Christ, because sin cannot make us fall out of Christ.

    (I also think that the writer severely misinterpreted many Bible verses, and many of his deductions are extremely illogical. Joseph Prince’s teachings may not be PERFECT [though nobody’s is, and I think Prince is largely right], but I find that the writer of this article has misunderstood and omitted many of Joseph Prince’s teachings.)

  • David

    If it wasn’t for John Burton’s article, I wouldn’t have read all the comments about Ps. Prince. I am now more encouraged about God’s love for me by the finished work of Christ and the gospel of Grace. John Burton, where can I find our more about Ps. Prince’s Grace teaching. Please advise. Thanks.

    • David
    • SH

      Similarly here. After reading J Burton’s article and comments that followed, I feel liberated. I believe the fullness and completeness of Christ’s finished work. I believe the gospel is good news that is too good to be true. I believe I am nothing and cannot do anything good but depend on the transformation the the Holy Spirit to live a Christ life. I believe my sins are all forgiven and I am eternally saved. Although I do sin and I am sorry but I know God has forgiven me. I am liberated from doubts, free from condemnation and into the love of Christ.

      • BludBaut

        Yeah, it’s sad that these self-righteous “believers” so poorly believe the gospel and have been brainwashed with lies and deception. Joseph Prince isn’t right about everything; no one is, but his strength in grace is a revelation from God and these self-serving critics need to learn to hear the voice of God and rightly divide the word of truth.

        Critics of grace never list Galatians as one of their favorite books and that is revealing.

        On the other hand, the critics need to take a wider view of Scripture and recognize that God holds each of us accountable for the light and revelation that we have and that we believe and He will not judge us by the standards of another. These spiritual novices, in preaching their gospel, never quote Jesus when He said, “by your words you will be justified and by your words you will be condemned.” Why? Because what they believe they were taught by men and not by God. I have been taught by God and that’s why I can see that Joseph Prince has also in this area of grace.

        Additionally, it’s obnoxious to coin an unscriptural term like “hyper-grace,” which has no Scriptural definition and tear down one’s own straw man. That’s unethical and biblically indefensible. Biblical doctrines can be defended biblically and unbiblical teaching can be torn apart simply by showing “two or three witnesses” that contradict them and “two or three witnesses that express the truth of the gospel.

        But when someone fabricates a doctrine and names it something like “hyper-grace,” they deceive in their explanation of it, misrepresent what people teach and severely confuse the issue and compromise the truth, frankly, because they don’t believe it.

        Most truth can be defended with “two or three witnesses” and most lies can be exposed with “two or three witnesses.” When men manufacture and define what OTHERS believe AND THEN set out to defame and demolish their arguments, I find that they are notoriously deceptive and dishonest and have far too much of an agenda of “look and listen to me” rather than genuinely having a God-given concern about real error.

        The fact is, THERE IS NO SECURITY. If a man wants to believe a lie, he will. If he wants to believe the truth, God is there to hear the cry of his heart.

        • Chris Chang

          Sometimes I feel so “pampered” by these theologians, who chose to lavish all their productive hours on us undeserving bunch, who are guilty of eternal salvation; prosperity gospel; hyper-grace, dispensationalistic, when there are 4 billion pre-believers out there who are more deserving of their time, whom they could serve and make a real difference to the Kingdom …. We are both honoured and blessed. Pastor Prince, you are God’s gift to the body of Christ!

  • David

    If it wasn’t for John Burton’s article, I wouldn’t have read all the comments about Ps. Prince. I am now more encouraged about God’s love for me by the finished work of Christ and the gospel of Grace. John Burton, where can I find our more about Ps. Prince’s Grace teaching. Please advise. Thanks.

    • gRACE

      I pity your children, John, if you have any, there must be lots of don’t instead of go and Sin no more, as you don’t understand Grace, and your children will ask if you have any, where is your Grace STUPID dAD.

    • gRACE

      I pity your children, if you have any, there must be lots of don’t instead of go and Sin no more, as you don’t understand Grace, and your children will ask if you have any, where is your Grace STUPID dAD.

  • Chris Chang

    Some theologians love to use the misguided notion of hell to scare and coerce young believers into complying with their legalistic interpretation of the scripture. Thank God the scripture is simple and plain. Romans 10:9: If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

    There is no “if” and no “but”. Whether you subscribe to the TRINITY ot RAPTURE (neither words are mentioned in the bible); or that you subscribe to baptism by sprinkling or immersion, you will not be condemned to hell. Any one who try to scare you into thinking otherwise is teaching from another gospel. Thank God for the gospel of grace. Glory be to His name.

  • Chris Chang

    Sometimes I feel so “pampered” by some of these theologians, who chose to lavish all their productive hours on us undeserving bunch, who are guilty of eternal salvation; health & prosperity gospel; hyper-grace, dispensationalistic, when there are 4 billion pre-believers out there who are more deserving of their time, whom they could serve and make a REAL difference to the Kingdom and to the world…. Nevertheless, we are both honored and blessed by the gospel of Grace. Pastor Prince is God’s gift to the body of Christ!

  • Believer from Malayisa

    When Martin Luther came into scene in the 16th century, Germany, he and his followers were accused and denounced by the church leaders to be heretic, going against the “norm” teaching of the church then. However history has proven otherwise. Thus we have the great Reformation and brought great blessing to us.

    When John Wesley came into scene in the 17 century England, I quote “clergy attacked them (the Methodist) in sermons and in print, and at times mobs attacked them……they were denounced as promulgators of strange doctrines, formentors of religious disturbances….leading people away.” However history has proven otherwise, thus Christianity and the church was blessed because Wesley, by the grace of God, stood firmly in his belief.

    When the Charismatic Movement (accompanying by speaking in tongues and manifestation of spiritual gifts) was moving all over the world in the 20th century, sermons and books were written against the movement by well meaning theologians and Christians leaders. Well, the Charismatic Movement have its excesses but overall it was a sovereign move of God. However history has proven otherwise, now speaking in tongues is very well accepted by most denominations. Christianity and the church was blessed

    Now with an emphasis on the teaching on the love of our Heavenly Father, the grace of God that is our strength and the believers inheritance of Shalom blessing in every expect of our life, be it spiritual, emotional, family, finance, relationship, working relationship, promotion etc.

    Among the main proponent of this message is Joseph Prince (JP) of Singapore.

    However books, website blogs and sermons were written against him by Christians leaders accusing them of teaching prosperity gospel, cheap grace, no need repentance, feel good message, false teacher leading people astray etc.

    As history has shown when there is a move of God, there will always be critics within the church and NO amount of explanation and theological debate will able to settle it. So to Joseph Prince, may you continue to preach what God has laid in your heart, as your message that bring hope, salvation and breakthroughs through the mass media reached out to hundreds of thousand of people and bringing blessing to them. However it is always good to take note what your critic said as there might be some points that are worth taking note of.

    While they criticized, may the Lord add more and more believers to your congregation and may your message of abundance grace and gift of righteouness continue to bless others.

    To JOHN BURTON, if you do come over to this part of the world, do come over to Singapore. Drop by at New Creation Church (NCC), I am sure you will enjoy the worship, the message and also the warm Singaporean hospitality in NCC. But do come with an open heart and a right spirit. I am sure you be bless greatly. God bless.

    Sent from myipad

  • Believer from Malayisa

    I like to add to my statement “….no amount of explanation and theological debate will able to setle it, unless they have a personal encounter or it’s reveal to them”

  • Believer from Malayisa

    Joseph Prince is the senior pastor of New Creation Church, Singapore.

  • Debra Sneddon

    I heard Joseph Prince many years ago before he was so popular in the USA now. I needed to hear the message of grace, I was ready to give up & walk away because I felt condemned & unloved(I know that is lies now but I didn’t then) & unprepared. I had been beat to death with the law, be a good girl, don’t do this, do that, you area dirty rotten sinner, going nowhere.(true but the grace & love of Jesus Christ & God the Father, and the Holy Spirit delivered me).I felt defeated continually. There have been many pastors, teachers & bible studies I have listened to, I have the Holy Spirit guiding me, telling me what to glean and what is chaff to leave on the floor. Joseph Prince’s messages helped me & blessed me. I don’t believe that there is true conversion without action, even James tells us Faith without works is dead, maturing that is what we need, to grow up rooted in the love of Poppa God(Ephesians 3:14-21), our desires and thinking will shift to His Kingdom mission.

  • cgetan .

    I chance upon a local pastor teaching on confessions. He made several references / corrections to Joseph Prince grace teachings: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYocdbZIwfo

  • TJ Miles

    I almost didn’t read this based in the sub heading at the top: ‘Millions of current Christians are at risk of spending an eternity in Hell—and few are saying anything about it.’
    As this is a complete oxymoron. A Christian is either Christian or not. Saved or unsaved. Child of God or child of Satan. Etc. a Christian can no more spend an eternity in hell than the sun can radiate ice. It’s impossible. Please, John, let’s use correct theological terms. You could say ‘millions of professing Christians’ or nominal ‘Christians’ etc.

  • Thomas Loftus

    Thank you. When I hear him speak or see him my spirit feels uncomfortable. I believe him, Joyce, Meyer, and Joel Osteen among others are very dangerous people. I see more people stand up for them then they would stand up for Jesus or the Word of God. I know you are right as the attacks you will get form others usually telling you not to judge, but yet those same people will judge you. I am beginning to believe these teachers are not just false teachers, but cult leaders.

  • http://batman-news.com Peter Ngai Yong

    I keep asking myself if people who criticize those who preach Grace radically are normal.It seems to me that these critics know ministers of Satan release from hell to prevent God’s people from living a lifestyle that glorifies God through the propagation of the gospel of GRACE. Now why do people criticize Joseph Prince whenever he declares that a believer in Christ Jesus can never loose his salvation? Didn’t Jesus preach eternal security?Of course He did. John10:27-29 declares “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My father who has given them to me is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my father’s hand (including those who are so angry because God has promise no believer is going to loose his/her salvation). Now why does Jesus call His followers sheep and not goats? The reason is that sheep by nature will always desire following their master.In other words,it is impossible for a sheep to behave like a goat. Therefore a true believer in Christ Jesus will never desire going out there and sinning as a goat (An unbeliever).The truth is:When a believer discovers that he will never loose his salvation not because of his good works,but because of the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus at calvary, the more he will begin to appreciate God in thanksgiving which in turn will make him more conscious of God’s love for him.Now the more conscious he is of God’s love for him, the less conscious he is of sin. This empowers him to overcome the sins he couldn’t overcome when he was still living in guilt, fear and condemnation.The reason many are criticizing those preaching Grace radically is that, they believe that people will embrace the message of Grace as a licence to commiting sin.Let me clearify your doubts. Know as from today hence forth that, it is impossible for a man who is truly born again to desire sinning after receiving the gospel of GRACE. Let me prove it to you.1John3:9-10 declares “No one who is born of God will continue to sin,because God’s seed remains in him;he can’t go on sinning because he has been born of God. This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are.”

  • http://batman-news.com Peter Ngai Yong

    Based on 1John3:9-10, one of the ways to know whether or not a person is truly born again is to preach the gospel of Grace.If a person listens to the gospel of Grace and sees it as an opportunity to go out there and start sinning,then it’s a clear indication that the person is not born again,but if the person listens to the message of Grace and honour God the more then that person is truly born again.My question to you ignorant christians is:Why do you believe that once a sinner dies and goes to hell, he can never loose eternal death,but find it very difficult to believe that once a man is born again and recieves eternal life he can never loose eternal life? If you say a believer will go to hell because of sins , then you should equally say that a sinner will go to heaven because of his good works. let me explain:Do you know that once a man is still in the first Adam(That means he is not born again),he will still go to hell even if he scores 99% as far as obeying the law is concerned.Why is it so?It is because we don’t go to heaven because we do more good than bad.For if we go to heaven based on our good works, then Jesus’ death on the cross was and is useless.By thesame token, if a man is born again and performs just 1% good as far as the law is concerned, he will still go to heaven.If you say no, then you are saying that a sinner who does 99% good as far as obeying the law is concerned will go to heaven because of his 99% good.God is just.If a sinner will still go to hell inspite of his big 99% good works, what makes you think a believer will go to hell because of his 99% bad works.My friend humble your self and learn instead of arguing blindly.
    For your information,before Jesus came the pharisee preached the law just as many pastors are doing today,but people were still sinning big time.Why are you then angry if we preach the message that sets people free from the power of sin.Stop giving the devil the power to use you as a weapon of mass destruction.I have seen pastor who criticize Grace preachers, yet falling into sexual sins more than once a year,but I preach Grace and by the Grace of God has lived for about 15years since I got born again without kissing a woman or falling into the sin of fornication.Why didn’t I go out and start sinning when I heard the message of Grace being preached but rather was empowered to live a holy life?Please let’s not be stupid because of our unwillingness to ask God to show us the benefits of preaching the gospel of Grace.Don’t you know we preach Grace because we fear God and donot want sinners to go to hell.God bless you

  • http://batman-news.com Peter Ngai Yong

    Hi Julie, you better set your gaze on Jesus alone.Even in the days of the early church, such arguments use to take place. The devil is not winning and he will never win.Jesus says “I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail”.Therefore you must understand that no matter the wrong thoughts the devil has cast on some unbelieving individuals,we the body of christ will never be overcome by the devil.I am a servant of God and preach Grace,because I cried to God and the Holy Spirit open my understanding as far as the gospel of Grace is concerned.I also heard Joseph Prince preaching and also learned from him.God has blessed me with lots of revelation on Grace because I keep looking up to him for wisdom rather than being worried about what people say.All what people say should make you stronger not weaker in your walk with God.Why not take your Bible and study for your self,especially Romans and Hebrew and you won’t complain no matter how people criticize what others preach.It is God’s will for you to get established in His word so that you won’t be tossed to and fro by what people say.Remain bless

  • whois Bid

    What if no-one is right? Has anyone considered this? In the end, what matters is that people who profess to have faith must prove it by their good actions. Sorry to say that in both camps these actions are lacking!!!