Friday, February 27, 2015

The False Gospel of Jessa Duggar

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Romans 4:5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.

Jessa Duggar’s Post on God’s Judgment Stirs Massive Debate

Jessa Duggar could mean well, because the others in her family never spoke of God's judgment but I found myself shaking my head, here is a re-run of Ray Comfort's false gospel. This isn't the gospel of grace. Sadly this is what she was raised with and taught. She may simply know no better, same as I was taught Catholicism as a young child.  I do not know how much she knows or not. She has been raised in the Quiverful and Bill Gothard cult. I will pray today that someone meets with her and teaches her the true gospel which is salvation via faith.

One is not regenerated and freed from sin within themselves but via the Holy Spirit. To some this may be a quibble, it isn't. Frankly salvation cometh by faith, it does not come via "repenting". The repenting comes SECOND, you are born again and the Holy Spirit convicts you of your sin.

As written on here before, many are mistaken that salvation lies within their works and proving their 'goodness' to God. After all the Catholic church teaches do good works to get into heaven. One can "Repent" over and over but unless one has believed unto Jesus Christ and has been born again, it is all for naught. There are many so called "righteous people" who are dependent on their own righteousness to get into heaven and it will fail. Notice she never says that one is to be born again. While she is right about the reality of hell, she focuses on the sin and doing "good".

Jessa Duggar according to this article wrote:

""People are content to live on in lying, cursing, pride, anger, bitterness, disrespecting of parents, lust, pornography, fornication, adultery, and other sexual sins-- and if anyone tries to confront them, their attitude and response is, 'You live your life, I'll live mine. Don't you tell me what to do! Only God can judge me!' "They don't even realize what they're saying. God's judgment isn't something to be taken lightly! It should scare you! Man's 'judgment' is a 1000x lighter... usually just a voicing of disapproval. But when unbelieving, sinful men die and stand before God, He justly condemns them to hell."

She is right to warn about hell, hell does await those who die and stand before God and who die in their sins. Non-believers do not care the same way about sin. I was one once, and before I was born again, there were things I did not even consider sins the Holy Spirit convicted me of. There is nothing wrong with speaking of sin and warning against it, but one thing, I know is true about non-believers, if you advertise Christianity as just a "give up your sins" proposition and leave the gospel out of it, the people stay lost, they are not in a relationship with God, they have not believed unto salvation, they have not loved Him because He first loved us.

Christianity to most people out there is wrongly a long list of rules, it is not a relationship.  To be frank, folks like the Duggars can lead people away from God, in their self righteousness, advertising the Christian life as a "perfect lifestyle". It reminds me when I was a nonbeliever and thought I never could be good enough to go to heaven and "be a Christian".  It made me despair in my sins. I still sin now, and but now can approach the altar of grace. Sadly there are many in this world who want to lead people away from the true gospel.

"Duggar went on to say that people disregard the Bible, using "all kinds of human logic" to try to justify their lifestyles. She gives examples of those who claim they've been living sinful lifestyles for years and don't believe God is angry with them; that a loving god would not send people to hell; that they have peace about their lifestyle and are listening to their heart; and that if God disapproved why doesn't He strike them dead?"

Being a Christian is more then just having the right lifestyle. Sadly the Duggars push a false view of Christianity that is all about having a together "perfect" lifestyle, picket fences, lots of babies and high incomes.  One's lifestyle is simply an outward appearance. Here Jessa Duggar is correct about those who will justify their sins but their hearts need to be changed but misses the main point.

"But people disregard the Bible, and instead use all kinds of human logic to try to justify their way of living:"First off, our human hearts are bent toward sin and not righteousness. We shouldn't follow the inclinations of our heart, but rather we know what is right and wrong according to what we find in God's Word: the Bible," Duggar wrote.
"This should be concerning to you. I know it was for me! When I saw myself in light of God's standard, and I knew that I fell short. But I found hope in the Gospel—the 'good news' of Jesus Christ! I would still be lost today were it not for His grace!
"Repent! Turn away from sin, and to Jesus Christ today! Be saved from the wrath to come. The believing man has Christ's perfect record put to their account. God gives him a new heart and new desires. If you find yourself a sinner in need of Jesus, then open your Bible today and begin to read the books of John and Romans. Let the Word of God root out the sins of your heart. Do not let up until you have found Salvation for your soul!"

Jessa Duggar is right that human hearts are bent toward sin and unrighteousness. She is also correct that that God's Word dictates what is right and wrong [I could even add how she is focused on the law here] and what is sin. However this portion disturbs me as she speaks of the 'good news' of Jesus Christ and even His grace and Christ's perfect record being put to their account but leaves out the most important part of faith in Jesus Christ which is believing unto Him.

John 1:12  Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.

The line about not letting up until you have found salvation for your soul definitely means she has things backwards. Salvation comes via faith when one is born again in Jesus Christ and then regenerated via the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit then convicts you of your sin leading you to repentance. Our own efforts, our own trying, our own not letting up is for naught.

 Romans 10
10 Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.
For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.
For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.
For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.
See: The Duggars, Bill Gothard, Vision Forum, and The Quiverful Movement

Post script: I went to go find her original post, she has some scripture added not quoted in the articles, and pretty much the same with more warnings of hell and of God's judgment on the wicked, but I noticed she put a judge's gavel up for the picture to go with what she wrote.  Remember I pointed out the focus on the law, instead of the gospel of grace? Here are the Dominonist influences too. The non-believers are there arguing with her but sadly, truth is being lost in the whole morass.


Anonymous said...

"Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brethren, what shall we do?” Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself.” And with many other words he solemnly testified and kept on exhorting them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation!”
Acts 2; 37-40
(Note the sequence.)
Not in favor of the Duggars or anything. Not the Calvinists either. It seems you as much as breathe these days and it is called a 'work.'

Bible Believer said...

I consider repenting a good thing too of course. I suppose I don't want to split hairs here though I found myself wondering why she stressed certain things and ignored core basics. Remember I have warned about the easy believism crowd too who seem to not expect any fruits which repentance would be one. It is a balance. There is also that sanctification thing that is to come first and then regeneration. I don't want anyone to think I consider repentance not part of the Christian life.

Anonymous said...

When you realize that you are a sinner and accept the gospel, accept Jesus as your Savior, then you have repented. Repentance is simply a change of mind about sin and God. Repentance is not turning from sin.

Sometimes the term easy believism comes up. But, is salvation supposed to be hard? Are we to have Hard believism?

2 Corinthians 11:3 "But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ."

Anonymous said...

The anonymous that quoted Acts 2:37-40, is a false teacher if they are saying what I think they're saying (and if I'm misunderstanding their point, then I take it back).

Because the repent in Acts 2:37 is to leave unbelief, and believe in Jesus.

Repent doesn't always mean "turn from sins". For the unsaved, it means, turn from unbelief (John 16:9).

If a person thinks they must "turn from sins" to get into heaven, then they will never get into heaven, because nobody can be sinless.

The Duggars have a false gospel. The same false gospel of Ray Comfort.

Bible Believer said...


[ riˈpent ]

feel or express sincere regret or remorse about one's wrongdoing or sin:

synonyms: feel remorse · regret · be sorry · rue · reproach oneself

When I warned about Easy believism this was more about false conversions rather then putting down the free gift of salvation or saying salvation had to be hard.

Bible Believer said...

"The statements of Scripture are straightforward about God’s work in our coming to spiritual life as well as His direct work in each of our lives to develop our spiritual growth as He has in mind. Even so, we too often skip over the declaration of God’s direct hand in bringing us to life and to maturity in Christ. Because of the unusual characteristic of it being FREE, no charge, no work required, the grace of God is difficult to accept without the temptation to add what we can to the transaction so that we have contributed some effort, able to measure some merit of our own, making even some small contribution to the relationship with God. And God says “…and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not as a result of works so that no one may boast.” And again, “Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord.” I Cor. 1:31

Consider our redemption, entering into the salvation offered to us by God:

“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” This text lists five actions credited to God. Our part? Faith, trust, reliance upon the only true and living God who has a very specific and clear plan already worked out for each of His children, including you!

Consider the outcome of the indwelling of the Spirit of God in your mortal flesh. It is called “fruit” for a reason. You cannot “do the fruit” by any human effort, they are an outcome of the working of God’s Spirit in your life."

Bible Believer said...

Luke 4:18-19King James Version (KJV)
Luke 4:
18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,

Bible Believer said...

"If a person thinks they must "turn from sins" to get into heaven, then they will never get into heaven, because nobody can be sinless.

The Duggars have a false gospel. The same false gospel of Ray Comfort. "

I agree.

Remember Ray Comfort has met with them.

I saw Jessa Duggar's twitter yesterday though I think it has been put on protected status today where she was quoting Ray Comfort and then I saw this...

Anonymous said...

Thank-you, thank-you for posting Jessa's comments and for calling out the "man is god" mentality, for it reigns supreme within most western churches.

Many of us have "come out of" abusive church systems where the standards placed upon the pew sitters it much, much higher than those practiced and lived out by the pastor, elders, and other who hold their leadership positions over the rest of us. The sins of the "celebrity pastors and teachers, the celebrity christians in movies, television, or other performing arts, and the celebrity anyone whose anyone within what is called visible Christianity, are all too often covered up, held in secret, and minimized all the while the rest of us on the lowly Christian food chain are eaten, chewed up and spit out all in the name of a false Jesus.

Have we ever witnessed evidence of any Duggar confessing their "sins" in the public forum and repenting of them so as we can see what true repentance looks like? I sat under a pastor who condemned homosexuality, oh so arrogantly from the pulpit, only to be revealed that he was "hustling" many of the married women in our congregation for "favors." And it has supposed to be kept "hush, hush" by the leadership and then all of a sudden, he was removed from his "office" with absolutely no explanation nor a public confession of repentance to us sheep.

Maybe the Duggars and getting too big for their less than humble britches........So glad NOT to watch their shows. Praise our LORD.

Anonymous said...

Yep, Ray Comfort the false teacher. They're all half-catholics. Works for salvation (which leads to hell), just no pope.

Unknown said...

Thanks for bringing this up, very thought provoking. I have understood repentance also to be
t'shuvah, turning. The Bible over and over again says for us to return to the Lord, and away from our sin. Repentance is also mentioned as a gift from God. The Calvinists would have you believe that God makes you turn, which is false. The Arminians would have you believe that you turn yourself. The truth is that the Word of God has power, which is able to convict you and give you the gift of repentance, or the ability to turn. I like to think of Abraham and Sarah. They were unable to conceive life in and of themselves. It was a gift from God, to them and through them at His Word. If the Calvinists were right, God would have said nothing and Sarah would have conceived with out any belief on the part of her or her husband. If the Arminians were right, then Abraham and Sarah would have conceived whenever they wished. But, because Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness, God spoke at the apppointed time, Abraham believed ( Sarah laughed)and God brought about in them what they could not bring about in themselves, life. The Word of God is the active agent, making possible the impossible and calling those things that are not as though they are!We are to respond to His Word, when it comes. More and more, I am convinced, that Scripture should be emphasized above all other things. Million dollar bills might be good marketing, but the power of God's Word is what brings people to salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ!

Anonymous said...

Amen, Unknown !


Aka Alert said...

What is usually missing from false gospel (law/easy grace) messages is this:

Romans 3:24-26 (KJV)

24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through FAITH IN HIS BLOOD, to declare his righteousness for THE REMISSION OF SINS that are past, through the forbearance of God;

26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

Anonymous said...

nobody is perfect that including you and me we all that mistakes.

Anonymous said...

Jessa Dugger wrote:

"Repent! Turn away from sin, and to Jesus Christ today! Be saved from the wrath to come. The believing man has Christ's perfect record put to their account. God gives him a new heart and new desires. If you find yourself a sinner in need of Jesus, then open your Bible today and begin to read the books of John and Romans. Let the Word of God root out the sins of your heart. Do not let up until you have found Salvation for your soul!"

Jessa never explained the gospel. She never explained what it means to believe in Jesus. She did not explain what he did on the cross and how his death, burial and resurrection makes it possible for "whoseover shall call upon the name of the Lord" to be right with God. She did not define her terms.

What does she mean by "The believing man has Christ's perfect record put to their account." what is a believing man? What is Christ's perfect record? What does she mean by letting the Word root our the sins of your heart? The lost person who is unfamiliar with the Bible will have no clue what she is talking about. Jessa Dugger appeared to present the gospel but she did not do so.

There is no mention of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ and no mention of his cleansing blood. Her watered-down fluffy "gospel" presentation explains nothing even while she emphasized sin and the need to repent. She cleverly presented the problem (sin) while neglecting to present the true gospel of Jesus Christ. What kind of gospel is Jessa Dugger presenting? An ambiguous one at best. No wonder they have stayed on television so long. Nobody will be offended by such a "gospel."

Lisa Ruby

Anonymous said...

The word Repent in the English bible is from the Greek word Metanoia.

It simply means a Change of Mind.

The context determines what the change of mind is about.

Repent does NOT mean turn from sin, nor sorrow for sin.

It means a change of mind.

Please refer to Clear Gospel Campaign Repentance (via google).

Ron Shea explains this very clearly.

Anonymous said...

Since when does a change of mind not result in a change of action?

What a person believes, that person will do. Look up "believe" and "faith" and "repent" and "grace" in the Webster's 1828 Dictionary. (The Dictionary written before the Scofield Reference Bible was published.)

Anybody who changes his or her mind about sin (under conviction of the Holy Spirit) ceases to love sin. The Bible never calls a saved person a sinner. The Bible calls the saved saints. Sinning is the norm for the lost, sinning is the exception to the rule for the saved. Not sinning is the norm but when a saint does sin, he has an Advocate, Jesus Christ the righteous.

Any person who is born again not only changes his mind about sin, he has the power to stop loving sin and to stop being overcome by sin. That's what God meant when he said we have the power to become sons of God. It takes the power of the Holy Spirit to stop living the same way the children of the devil do.

You do have to confront the lost with what sin is and how it offends God and what the ultimate penalty of their sin will be if they do not come to Jesus Christ in faith. They need to know that Jesus came to save them from the love of sin, the power of sin and the penalty of sin. If they will call upon his name, he will come into their life and save them.

Lisa Ruby

Anonymous said...

Lisa Ruby,

You wrote: "Since when does a change of mind not result in a change of action?

What a person believes, that person will do. Look up "believe" and "faith" and "repent" and "grace" in the Webster's 1828 Dictionary. (The Dictionary written before the Scofield Reference Bible was published.)"

A question to you...

Do you sin at all today?

If no, so you're sinless now huh?

If yes, then according to your own definition of "repentance" then you really haven't repented.

The Webster's Dictionary IS NOT the Bible.

Repent means Change of Mind.

It does not mean Change of Mind resulting in a Change of Action.

You insert this meaning into the word Metanoia.

Unless you are now sinless, you need to seriously reconsider your position.

I sin daily.

But my sin was dealt with 2000 years ago.

My "repentance" was simply a change of mind regarding WHO died for me.

Turning from sin NEVER saved a single person.