Hank Lindstrom (who died in 2008) of Tampa, Florida gets the Skull and Crossbones Award for his deadly teachings. Hank Lindstrom was more open than some other eternal security teachers, who often try to conceal the license for immorality implications of their doctrine! Here is an audio message (wma) with excerpts of Lindstrom's beliefs and why they are dangerously wrong. (Click here on Hank Lindstrom critiqued.)
If you listened carefully to Hank Lindstrom's explanation, you heard him say the following, as he dialoged with a radio caller:
Caller: So you're believing then, that someone who simply says the sinner's prayer, they trust in Christ momentarily and they're ...
Hank Lindstrom: If they truly trust Christ, they're saved forever. They can't be lost. But they can lose their...
Caller: Even if they don't want Christ?
Hank Lindstrom: Absolutely.
So what does God do with an unrepentant person, who was previously saved, according to Hank Lindstrom? Read it for yourself:
God is going to do things in your life to get your attention, and He might, if you totally resist His attempts to do that, He might even take you home to Heaven early. And there is example after example in the New Testament. In 1 Corinthians chapter 10, it tells us there in one place, that 23,000 Christians were taken home to Heaven early in one day. Just one day. So God can snatch you out of here. He's, you know, up in Heaven, if you're going to be delinquent, He's going to say, "Come on home."
In our apostate day, his explanation is known as the sin unto death. Remember, it is always once saved always saved with eternal security teachers like Hank Lindstrom, even if a person no longer wants Christ after initial salvation:
Caller: So, once someone trusts in Jesus ...
Hank Lindstrom: Then you're stuck.
Like so many, Hank Lindstrom is tickling sinful ears by teaching only a partial truth about salvation as the whole truth. Such is misleading and dangerous. A much more full understanding is:
We are saved by grace (Eph. 2:8,9) but we can fall from grace (Gal. 5:2-4). We are justified by faith (Rom. 5:1) but our faith can become shipwrecked (1 Tim. 1:19,20) and cease to exist (Lk. 8:13; Rom. 11:19-23). We are not under the law (Rom. 6:14, 15) but if you live according to the sinful nature you will die (Rom. 8:13). Paul taught against legalism (Gal. 5:3,4) but he also taught that no immoral, impure or greedy person has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God (Eph. 5:5-7). We are not saved by works (Eph. 2:8,9) but to reap eternal life and not destruction you must sow to please the Spirit and not the sinful nature (Gal. 6:8,9). God is faithful to us (1 Jn. 1:9; 1 Cor. 10:13) but we must be faithful to him to the very end of our lives to escape the lake of fire or second death (Rev. 2:10,11). God surely loves us (Jn. 3:16; Mk. 10:21; Rom. 8:35-39) but those who inherit the kingdom of God love God (Jam 2:5; 1 Cor. 2:9) and to love God means to obey his commands (Jn. 14:15; 1 Jn. 5:3). We have freedom in Christ (Gal. 5:1) but this freedom is not to indulge the sinful nature (Gal. 5:13; 1 Pet 2:16). [Taken from The Christian Beliefs of Evangelical Outreach page.]
The Bible warns of false teachers like Hank Lindstrom!
Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. (1 John 4:1). GOD BLESS YOU.