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Kent Hekel gets this Skull and Crossbones Award for his license for immorality and Scripture distortions regarding salvation. Calvinist, Kent Hekel teaches there are Christians, who are like Saul of Tarsus. Saul, in case you don’t know, physically murdered Christians, but that was BEFORE he became a Christian and the Apostle Paul:
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We, as Christians, we’re all like Saul of Tarsus, except to one degree or another. He just happened to be the one killing Christians. I’ll tell you what, I, I know that sometimes we’re, Paul said you know what, I’m the chief of sinners. I’m the worst sinner who ever walked on the planet. (**All of Kent Hekel’s audio teachings cited here come from his sermon, Amazing Grace, 02-21-10.)
NOTE how Calvinism views Christianity. Later he will mention lifestyle, but seemingly forgot that Saul of Tarsus was consistently, habitually committed to lifestyle persecution of Christians. Hekel thinks a real Christian can do the same! Kent Hekel, therefore, thinks there are Christian murderers! But he is not consistent. He will flatly contradict his own teaching about this:
How do you know a Christian? If they’re not holy, I’m going to guarantee you something. They’re not a Christian.
Kent Hekel wants it both ways, that is, Christians can even backslide into murdering multiple Christians, but to escape teaching a license for immorality, he will try to disguise his theology sometimes with if one isn’t holy he isn’t a Christian! How is it the people he preaches to cannot notice such obvious contradictions, recognize there must be error and continue promoting such poison? How could Hekel think the greatest example of Christianity ever, the Apostle Paul, was the chief of sinners? Doesn’t he know Rom. 7:14-25 is not Paul as a Christian but instead the sinful nature or flesh personified, according to v. 18.
A Christian has a life do we blow it(?) Yes we do. All of us do. But we have a lifestyle. Of holy. (?)
So he says the real Christian just has a lifestyle which is holy. As with other grace changers, you can be sure he will never explain what is lifestyle. How many acts of adultery, drunkenness, murder, slander, lying, etc. can a person commit without being lifestyle? As long as he is less than the undefined mysterious lifestyle, he can commit such sins on the road to heaven, according to their theology. As a Calvinist, Hekel also says all of this double talk is God’s sovereign grace!
The topic is really, the sovereign grace of God in salvation.
Calvinist Hekel believes in double predestination, yet refuses to admit the obvious about such a ludicrous belief, that is, if man does not have free will and personal choice that would actually make God responsible for his unbelief, sins, apostasy, backsliding, etc. If that was true Judgment day would be a joke!
And yet man is totally responsible for his actions, specifically, his sins.
Again, he wants it both ways. He is trying to sanitize Calvinism. Listen to this:
John 15:16, here’s how it happened. Jesus said this to his disciples, “You did not choose me. You didn’t choose me. But I choose you.” That’s how it happens. That you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should remain. And whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give you. How do you become a Christian? Jesus has to choose you.
Like others Kent Hekel seems blind to the subject of that verse, which is bearing fruit—not salvation! Here is what that verse says:
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. (John 15:16)
Clearly, the subject is fruit bearing not unconditional election and double predestination, as Hekel thinks:
There is nothing you could do to be acceptable to God.
So it is all up to God. Man has no choice to accept or reject and that even explains why people go to Hekel’s congregation:
Do you know why you’re in this meeting here? It’s because God chose you and He gave you the faith to believe. That’s why.
The implication is God wants them all there and if someone leaves that congregation they are going against God’s will! Folks, I can guarantee God doesn’t want any Christian to sit under or support such doctrinal poison as what Kent Hekel is teaching, according to 1 Cor. 15:33; 2 John 9-11; etc. Hekel teaches:
Folks, I got a message for you this morning. We are totally and completely, spiritually, bankrupt.
How could he say that? He misused the Isa. 64:6:
Isa 64 verse 6. But we are all like an unclean thing. And all of our righteousnesses (sic) on our best day throughout our whole life are like filthy rags. We all fade as a leaf. Our iniquities like the wind have taken us away.
Where is holy living in that which he spoke of? Doesn’t his lethal explanation seem like lifestyle sinning to you? He said on our best day throughout our whole life it’s still like filthy rags!
on our best day throughout our whole life are like filthy rags.
If that is true, then how bad does it get on the worst day? It seems to the extreme of murdering Christians from what he said earlier. That is his grace teaching and his salvation doctrine! But wait till you hear this:
People, they, they want to teach that you can lose your salvation. That is blasphemy! That is so wrong.
Calvinist Kent Hekel tells us about a brand new kind of blasphemy! That blasphemy according to his view of God, and that there are true Christians who can murder others as Saul of Tarsus did, means once saved always saved. To teach such poison is to pave the way for the damnation of those who believe his distortions. One of his basic problems is he flatly denies the righteous can die spiritually, a doctrine taught all through the entire Bible including the NT.
Here is Hekel’s rationale for his doctrine and condemnation of Christians who correctly reject his doctrines of grace:
Because the Word of God makes it very plain that all that the Father’s given him are going to come to him and he’s going to lose none of them.
The Scripture Kent Hekel cites is John 6:39,40, which says this:
And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.
What Hekel will never tell you is that the Lord also taught we can lose ourself. Did you know that? This is what Jesus also taught, using the same word in the original language:
For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? (Mark 8:35,36)
The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. (John 12:25)
Furthermore, later in time the Lord Jesus also taught he afterwards lost one—that was Judas who was once saved:
While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled. (John 17:12)
The bottom line for all eternal security teachers as they proclaim their false version of grace is to convince their listeners they can backslide like King David or worse, but since God is holding on to them their salvation is always secure. They teach we are guaranteed heaven, if ever saved:
We have a reservation in Heaven.
In contrast to such, Christians are repeatedly warned about the lethal dangers of sin, believing certain false doctrines and disowning Jesus. The grace changers ignore, twist or misuse all such verses to allow for gross wickedness under their version of grace and God’s keeping power.
Remember also what Paul wrote:
So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! (1 Cor 10:12)
Kent Hekel, like all once saved always saved people, will endeavor to convince you that he is teaching grace. Again, Kent Hekel thinks to oppose such is blasphemy.
People, they, they want to teach that you can lose your salvation. That is blasphemy!
May God help all Christians to fight against such doctrines of demons because SOULS hang in the balance. GOD BLESS YOU.
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