David Servant wrote a book entitled, The Great Gospel Deception. Among other things, that book (with the author's name cited as David S. Kirkwood)
From these three passages of Scripture, we can compile a list of sins, which, if practiced, are sure evidence that a person has not been regenerated. (The Great Gospel Deception, p. 24; 1999 ed., bold emphasis mine.)By teaching that way, David Servant shows he is ignorant of the Biblical fact that it takes only one act of adultery to be a Bible-defined adulterer (Lev. 20:10), etc. 1 Cor. 6:9,10 says adulterers will not inherit God's kingdom. Hence, David Servant is in error and making allowances (or license) for sin by teaching as he does. Furthermore, it is a biblical fact that the truly saved can afterwards start to practice immorality again. Here are just three passages to prove that:
I am afraid that when I come again my God may humiliate me before you, and I may mourn over many of those who have sinned in the past and not repented of the impurity, immorality and sensuality which they have practiced. (2 Cor. 12:21, NASB)
If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning. It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them. Of them the proverbs are true: "A dog returns to its vomit," and, "A sow that is washed goes back to her wallowing in the mud." (2 Pet 2:20-22)
Some have in fact already turned away to follow Satan. (1 Tim 5:15)
Although it is certainly possible for a born-again person to temporarily stumble into one or more of these various sins, no true believer will practice these sins. (The Great Gospel Deception, italics his, bold emphasis mine.)So again he denies a real Christian can practice sin. He also differentiates between a practice of adultery, witchcraft, idolatry, homosexuality, lying, murder, swindling, etc. and a temporary situation, but doesn't tell us how long in wickedness it takes to pass from temporary to a practice of sin. That is just like the eternal security teachers!
Is there really danger that a true believer could end up in hell? The answer is yes. If a true believer returns to committing the "exclusionary sins," those which, if practiced, Scripture guarantees will result in one's exclusion from God's kingdom (see 1 Cor. 5:11; 6:9-10, Gal. 5:19-21, Eph. 5:5-6), he forfeits eternal life.... Contrary to what many modern teachers say, the Bible teaches that any believer who consistently follows after the old sinful nature, what Scripture calls the flesh, is in danger of spiritual death (The Great Gospel Deception, p. 185).
Certainly, a single sin by a believer does not result in instant spiritual death. Persisting in sin, however, or habitually walking after the flesh, does eventually result in spiritual death. (The Great Gospel Deception, p. 188.)Again, though David Servant believes a Christian can lose his salvation, it is also crystal clear that "David Servant"; denies singular acts of adultery, murder, theft, idolatry, swindling, homosexuality, etc. can cause spiritual death! That is already enough to reveal his lethally poisonous, sinister and deceptive teaching under the banner of his counterfeit holiness teaching. By teaching this way he also violates the Biblical definition of an adulterer, murderer, etc. Again, Scripture shows one act of adultery, murder, etc. will make one an adulterer, murderer, etc. With that in mind read 1 Cor. 6:9,10, Eph. 5:5-7 and/or Rev. 21:8 and David Servant is refuted instantly with that bible truth.
All through the Bible, from Gen. 2 to Rev. 22 the warnings of spiritual death can occur from one singular act of wickedness. Adam and Eve lost their salvation over one sin. It was not a practice of sin. They didn't have to consistently eat the forbidden fruit over an extended time period. It was the devil who denied they would die the same day after eating the forbidden fruit, just like David Servant does! [Eating for Adam and Eve was one act.]
The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. (Gal 5:19-21)According to David Servant of HeavenWordTV, even King David when in adultery AND murder was not living or practicing the acts of the sinful nature and remained saved. In contrast, God's word is clear about David and his sins with Bathsheba:
If a righteous man turns from his righteousness and does evil, he will die for it. (Ezek 33:18)So how did David die by turning to evil? It wasn't physical death, but spiritual. David, clearly, lost his salvation temporarily, but got it back upon repentance, as did Peter after he was disowned. Folks, to deny Jesus disowned Peter when he was disowned by Peter is to call the Lord Jesus a liar because Jesus said he would disown him (Mt. 10:33). If Jesus didn't disown him, he lied. Anyone who infers the Lord Jesus was a liar is a dangerous teacher. AVOID such a person for your soul's sake.
Then Jesus told them, "This very night you will all fall away on account of me, for it is written: "'I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.' But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee." Peter replied, "Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will." "I tell you the truth," Jesus answered, "this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times." (Mat 26:31-34)
... a true believer can forfeit his salvation by abandoning his faith or returning to the practice of unrighteousness. (The Great Gospel Deception, p. 197).There, and elsewhere, David Servant states a Christian (a regenerated person) can practice unrighteousness, but at other times David Servant (as already shown) also teaches the exact opposite denying that possibility and must go unnoticed by those who praise him, his book and support his ministry! SHOCKING! Here it is again:
From these three passages of Scripture, we can compile a list of sins, which, if practiced, are sure evidence that a person has not been regenerated. (The Great Gospel Deception, p.24; 1999 ed., bold emphasis mine.)One can only wonder how sure David Servant himself is by teaching opposites! David Servant says the sure evidence one has not been regenerated is if he "practices" the sins listed in 1 Cor. 6:9,10; Eph. 5:5-7; Gal. 5:19-21, then he teaches the regenerated can practice those same sins, but it will cause loss of salvation! Why is there not consistency? (That type of contradiction is a sure sign of ERROR. It is logically impossible that both views are true.)
Clearly, what may mark one person as a babe in Christ can mark another person as unsaved. The difference between the two is time and knowledge .... those who truly receive God's gracious gift of salvation are transformed by His Holy Spirit. Because of His wonderful work in their lives they become holy and continue to grow holier (The Great Gospel Deception, p. 21).Ponder the first half of that carefully and you will observe the license for immorality gushing from David Servant's confused, poisoned and contradictory so-called holiness teaching! It becomes clearer when compared to page 24, where David Servant says the "sure evidence" that one has not been regenerated is the "practice" of sins listed in 1 Cor. 6:9,10; Eph. 5:5-7; Gal. 5:19-21. That is what he means here on page 21 as what "marks one as unsaved."
Furthermore, there is NO guarantee a new Christian will continue to grow holier over time as he teaches on p. 21. That is Calvinism, through he must not know it and denies Calvinism! David Servant must also deny that King Saul, King Solomon, Judas Iscariot and the unnamed in John 6:66 and Heb. 6:4-6 were ever saved, since they didn't continue to grow holier! Also remember that the Laodiceans grew LUKEWARM over time (not holier) - Rev. 3:15,16. The real truth is, a new Christian might quickly fall away (Lk. 8:13)! Secondly, there is NO SCRIPTURE which says "time and knowledge" is the difference between the babe in Christ and an unsaved person. Do NOT be deceived! David Servant made that up and doesn't even imply the radical new creation change at salvation. The truth is, the same spiritual dangers which will spiritually kill a seasoned Christian will also spiritually kill a new Christian! It doesn't have to be practice of adultery, drunkenness, murder, theft, etc. to get back on the road to hell again!
With David Servant you will be presented with error after error, as every excuse for occasional sin and salvation (and sometimes practice of sin and salvation are made, as for babes in Christ), but camouflaged and opposed at other times! David Servant's teaching about the babes in Christ = the eternal security carnal Christian teaching that the saved and lost are acting the same exact vile way! That is clearly what David Servant said in so many words. Here it is again:
Clearly, what may mark one person as a babe in Christ can mark another person as unsaved. The difference between the two is time and knowledge (The Great Gospel Deception, p. 21)Remember, David Servant denies one sin can cause loss of salvation just like the serpent denied Adam and Eve would die the same day over the sin of eating the forbidden fruit (Gen. 3:4)! He should, therefore, change his name from David Servant to David Serpent!
Yes, a Christian could yield to the temptation of immorality. But those who do so with regularity mark themselves as being immoral and impure, and thus expose themselves as being counterfeit Christians (The Great Gospel Deception, p. 41)Did you notice that David Servant didn't state that a person claiming to be a Christian, who would regularly be immoral, would lose his salvation? His language at that spot is EXACTLY like the heretical inconsistent eternal security teachers, who follow John MacArthur and believe in eternal security. [MacArthur says (sometimes) regular (or practice of) immoral behavior from professing Christians would reveal themselves as being counterfeit Christians!] At other times, the language of David Servant will change, as already shown. David Servant teaches for different camps:
Certainly, a single sin by a believer does not result in instant spiritual death. Persisting in sin, however, or habitually walking after the flesh, does eventually result in spiritual death (The Great Gospel Deception, p.188).
... a true believer can forfeit his salvation by abandoning his faith or returning to the practice of unrighteousness (The Great Gospel Deception, p. 197)Many will find something very close in David Servant's teachings to agree with, since he so violently contradicts himself, as he teaches a consistent license to sin but calls it holiness.
NOTE: According to David Servant, if a Christian only commits occasional adultery, drunkenness, theft, swindling, slander, murder, etc. he NEVER HAS TO REPENT OF THOSE SINS FOR SALVATION because he never lost his salvation and never will, since it wasn't practice! That is his HERETICAL so-called gospel and holiness teaching found in David Servant's book, The Great Gospel Deception! If you think otherwise, find a quote FROM THAT BOOK, which teaches he must repent for salvation for occasional adultery, murder, theft, idolatry, etc. It is NOT there! How could it be since such doesn't cause loss of salvation, according to David Servant:
Although it is certainly possible for a born-again person to temporarily stumble into one or more of these various sins, no true believer will practice these sins. (The Great Gospel Deception, p. 24, italics his, bold emphasis mine.)Surely, no one well versed in Scripture could endorse David Servant's book with all these HERETICAL errors and contradictions, unless they are heretical themselves!
And God becomes angry with those who hold others to a standard by which they themselves don't live. Such people are hypocrites, as Jesus said, pretending to be what they are not. How many preachers (like myself) have heard the stinging yet loving words of their spouses on a Sunday afternoon, "Great sermon today, honey. You really ought to consider living it yourself!"? Ouch! ... (Article entitled, Judge Not, emphasis mine)David Servant of heavensfamily.org is clear about how his own wife views him, that is, as a hypocrite! (She would know since she is around him when he is not preaching!) David Servant agrees with her low spiritual assessment of himself. He doesn't deny it, but is open about not living the message he teaches others to live. For him to admit to not living it, is to say he is practicing hypocrisy. According to his own teachings in the aforementioned book, such a person does not have salvation. This is the author of the book, The Great Gospel Deception, which is supposed to counter the false view that one can have heaven without holiness! His book, if believed, will create confusion and much worse -- it will take the Christian off his guard -- making him an easy prey for the devil. That is the same message David Servant has taken to the poor and uneducated in foreign lands!
One of David Servant's lesser goals in this book is to convince the Christian that individual acts of adultery, murder, theft, drunkenness, disowning Jesus, etc. will not cause spiritual death. Again, such a teaching is demonic and he himself is part of the great gospel deception! He is teaching a license for immorality just like many others. Christians BEWARE! David Servant of heavensfamily.org has a counterfeit and dangerous grace message, which he has spread around the world. My regret is that I didn't expose his teachings sooner.
Again, God would not hold the new husband accountable for adultery. He's doing a virtuous thing, marrying and providing for a divorced woman (David S. ______, The Disciple Making Minister, Ethnos Press, 2005, p. 128).That is wildly demonic, yet somewhat typical for David Servant. The bible truth is, God will hold all accountable for their actions, including for adultery. God sees it all and shows no partiality. For sure, it could never be virtuous to materially provide for another, while leading her in adultery. NEVER. Again, David Servant of heavensfamily is exposed as a spiritual snare to others. Do NOT be deceived.
The above information is clear enough and exposes David Servant as a DANGEROUS and CONFUSED false teacher. More proof of his Scripture twisting, etc. is found in the following pages. The Open Letter To David Servant reveals his so-called holiness message says Peter was not disowned by Jesus after he disowned the Lord (in contrast to Mt. 10:33 and 2 Tim. 2:12) and King David did not lose his salvation after his adultery, murder and other sins (in contrast to Ezek. 33:18; 1 Cor. 6:9,10; Eph. 5:5-7 and Rev. 21:8). Don't be deceived by heretic David Servant.
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