Now, everybody try one, two, three! We can fly! we can fly! we can fly! This won't do what's the matter with you? All it takes is faith and trust oh! And something I forgot Dust! Dust? Dust? Yep! Just a little bit of pixie dust From the song You Can Fly! You Can Fly! You Can Fly! (Disney's "Peter Pan")
Faith, trust, and pixie dust. If you “truly believe,” plus have some pixie dust, then you’ll be able to fly. If you can’t fly, you either lack faith and trust, or you lack pixie dust.
This seems pretty innocuous for a fairy tale. But, when it becomes a metaphor for how to have eternal life, the results can be catastrophic. Such is the false gospel of Lordship “salvation” (LS).
LS is the unsupportable and unbiblical belief that the PERFORMANCE of good works, the PROMISE of good works, or the EVIDENCE of good works MUST accompany faith in Christ in order to establish, or provide evidence, that such faith has resulted in eternal life.
The Bible, on the other hand, teaches that one receives eternal life, that can never be lost or forfeited, upon believing in Jesus as Savior. And, the Bible also teaches that the proper basis for assurance of eternal life is God’s promise alone, without reference to any evidence of works, life change, etc.
John 5:24: Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
A recent article entitled “Christians Take Action Against a ‘Woke’ Disney,” by James Hirson, lists favorably people both associated with the false gospel of LS and the charismatic movement. Following are short excerpts from the article (bold), followed by my comments:
The Burbank protest also featured Pastor Rob McCoy from Godspeak Calvary Chapel in Newbury Park, California, and Pastor Samuel Deuth from the Awakened Church in San Diego.
My comment: Godspeak Calvary Chapel teaches a false LS gospel. Following is an excerpt from “what we believe”:
When a person repents of sin and accepts Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and Lord, trusting Him to save, that person is immediately born again and sealed by the Holy Spirit, all his/her sins are forgiven, and that person becomes a child of God, destined to spend eternity with the Lord.
Notice the word “and” that is added to belief in Jesus. That “and” conditions receipt of the free gift of eternal life on repenting of sin. This is not biblical.
Awaken Church has the following under “Articles of Faith”:
We believe in the baptism of the Holy Spirit as a gift available to believers subsequent to the new birth, with the normal initial evidence of speaking in other tongues (Luke 11:13; Acts 2:4)...
The redemptive work of Christ on the cross provides healing of the human body in answer to believing prayer (Isa 53:4-5; Matt 8:17).
My comment: the baptism of the Holy Spirit occurs with EVERY believer immediately upon belief in Jesus as Savior. There is no necessary outward evidence of baptism of the Holy Spirit, and certainly NOT speaking in tongues. Further, the atonement guarantees eternal life to all believers, but does not guarantee physical healing.
Spiritual gifts such as prophecy, tongues (languages), and faith healings were manifestations of the Holy Spirit’s power solely for the demonstration of God’s wisdom, purpose and power in the establishment of the early church. We believe these gifts have ceased to exist, now that scripture is complete. 1 Corinthians 13:8.
Perhaps one of the most worrisome for The Mouse House is the recent statement by highly influential Samaritan’s Purse president Franklin Graham.
“When I was young, my father @BillyGraham took me to visit Mr. Walt Disney,” Franklin recently stated in a tweet.
“We weren’t allowed to watch many TV programs growing up, but because of Mr. Disney’s commitment to wholesome entertainment, parents had confidence in their content. That has sure changed!” he said…
My comment: Franklin Graham has taken the reigns of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA), the organization founded by his late father. The BGEA teaches a false LS gospel of works, as found on its website under “Steps to Peace with God.” Following is an excerpt:
To receive Christ you need to do four things:
1. ADMIT your spiritual need. “I am a sinner.”
2. REPENT and be willing to turn from your sin.
3. BELIEVE that Jesus Christ died for you on the cross.
4. RECEIVE, through prayer, Jesus Christ into your heart and life
My comment: The Bible says anyone who believes the gospel has eternal life that can never be lost or forfeited. Nowhere does scripture say that a person must be willing to turn from sin in order to receive the free gift of eternal life. If one had to be willing to turn from sin in order to receive eternal life, then eternal life would not be a gift – it would be a trade. And, nowhere does the Bible say that one must receive through prayer, Jesus Christ into his heart and life.
False gospels mix faith and works in a fatal recipe. Faith in Christ plus works for eternal life is simply faith in works for eternal life, just like “faith, trust, and pixie dust” as a recipe for being able to fly is simply faith in pixie dust.
So, in a sense, LS is just “faith, trust, and pixie dust” with the label of “Christianity” appended to it.
Disney is a “woke” corporation that seems intent on destroying its legacy. But, Disney has never purported to tell people how to have eternal life. Ministries that purport to be Christian, but which teach false gospels, are much more dangerous.
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Thank you Johninnc for the new post.
Always instructive and warning against LS.
Getting the gospel right is far more important than standing up and speaking out against the deterioration of morality in the western culture.
I had some old Chuck Missler’s Hebrew study CDs and in chapter 6, he says ‘ I believe in eternal security of the believer as long as he/ she Abides in Jesus Christ’.
I also heard the same statement from Calvary Chapel founder, Chuck Smith.
So according to these two men who have both passed away, abiding in Christ until the end of earthly life ( without falling away) is a necessary requirement for eternal security of the believer.
That would be adding additional conditions for salvation besides simple faith in Christ alone.
Can’t help wondering where they are right now.
Alice, I had seen those types of statements from these guys. Statements like “I believe in eternal security as long as…” kind of give the impression from people making such statements that they think there may be exceptions to eternal life being eternal. If there could be any exceptions, then eternal life couldn’t really be eternal. We know that it is.
John 5:24 doesn’t have any “as long as.”
Thank you for another sound article. I have seen these idols of men say these things and more. Their message changes, probably adaptable to their audience. I have never seen a true gospel coming from them and the saddest thing is they are the National leaders Christensen. Christendom.
Holly, it is sad that the characterizations of Christianity are what keep getting trotted out by the world of professing Christendom. But, as long as they keep puffing these misleaders, they won’t be either advancing or defending the gospel.
They make it impossible. Giving men loads that they themselves are unable to lift with one fever. I always find it interesting that they cannot respond well to the questions about repenting from sin, such as;
And what makes them think an unrighteous man (For scarcely for a righteous man will one die), an ungodly man (Christ died for the ungodly) who has no strength (while we were yet sinners), who is not good (peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die), is able to turn from sin, let alone to God’s perfect standards. (Rom 5:6-8 out of order and paraphrased).
Holly, it’s astounding that they are never reflective enough to ask those obvious questions.