Charles Stanley, Who Is Your Master?
By Dr. Charles F. Stanley
This week’s topic: Freedom In Christ
Charles Stanley: No man or woman is absolutely free.
Isn’t this week’s topic ‘Freedom in Christ’?
Charles Stanley: Romans 6:16 says we are the slaves of the one whom we obey – slaves of either sin or obedience to the Lord. Because every human is born with a fallen nature, being the master of our own lives is the same as being enslaved to sin.
Some people reading this are so deceived by preachers like him that they will not see beyond what this man is saying. The best thing to do is get your Bible out and read it. Test this man out with the Bible in your hand.
He quotes Scripture and expounds on it with no Biblical support. Not only that, he MISQUOTES the passage. The passage actually says,
“Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?“
It did not say “obedience to the Lord.” It says “obedience UNTO RIGHTEOUSNESS.” There is a contrast there. One is either a servant of sin unto death, or by obedience unto righteousness. This ‘righteousness’ has to do with our character. In other words, how we act.
The Bible he quotes from says ‘slaves’. Whether slaves or servants, it has nothing do with losing the ability of using our free will to act wickedly or righteously. People are not servants or slaves to sin involuntarily.
His next sentence, which he never gave any Scriptural support, actually cancels out his first. He says every human is born with a fallen nature. What he means by this is that every baby that comes into this world is born a sinner. Since, according to him, you are born a sinner, you are a slave to the nature you were born with and thus enslaved to sin beyond your control.
Question: If a person is born with this nature that was not his choice, how could that person feel responsible for something that does not spring from his CHOICE but rather GOVERNS his choice? How can he feel responsible? He is only doing what comes naturally.
Stanley is wrong! When a person sins, he sins AGAINST his nature that God gave him (Ecc. 7:29; Rom. 2:14-15). A simple lie detector proves this point.
Charles Stanley: Our heavenly Father’s prescription for this unhealthy situation is submission to Him. But we may reason this way: If I give the Lord control, then I lose it and that’s scary. God could lead me somewhere I don’t want to go.
The real issue Stanley is talking about is ‘sin’ since you were born with a supposed fallen nature. You need to deal with this unhealthy situation that was given to you by no choice of your own. Where is it God would lead you where you don’t want to go? The first thing God wants you to do is get rid of sin out of your life. He is not going to take the excuse you were born with this supposed sinful nature (sin is not a substance). God formed you in the womb and gave you your soul. Our souls do not come from our parents, but rather from God in its spiritual condition (Eze. 18:4)
Charles Stanley: When fear seeps into your heart, stop and consider the Lord’s character and motive: He is holy and sinless; He has infinite wisdom, perfect knowledge, and an eternal perspective; He loves you and has the power to work all things for your good (Rom. 8:28). Now compare your credentials to His. Who do you think would make a better master of your life?
The problem, Mr. Stanley, is that one cannot serve two masters!
There are a few ways to recognize a wolf. Two of them are:
- They reject the doctrine that is according to godliness (1 Tim. 6:-15), and
- They will exploit their hearers with great swelling words of emptiness, promising them liberty while in their sins (2 Peter. 2:1-3, 18-19).
Mr. Stanley wants us to concentrate on God’s character rather than work on our own. God is not going to work in anyone’s life while they remain in sin. It is imperative to get sins out of the way before the holy Spirit can take up resident. If a person is still sinning, then that person is not serving God and is not saved. God does not accept anyone, nor will He give His holy Spirit to a person who remains His enemy. A sinful person is an enemy and abhorred and detested by God. (Psa. 5:6; 6:8; 7:11; 11:5; Matt. 16:23; Ro. 3:10-18; 5:10; 8:5-8; Col. 1:21; Eph. 2:3; Jas. 4:4; 1 Jn. 2:15-16).
Charles Stanley: Do not be discouraged by the magnitude of this call to submission. We can’t attain sinless perfection on earth, but with each step of obedience, sin’s hold will lessen. Press on – you’ll soon begin to live in the freedom of enslavement to the most amazing Master you’ve ever known.
I rest my case. The issue right along has been SIN and how you will continue to sin for the rest of your life because you were born a sinner, and won’t do anything but sin, and will die a sinner. SIN SIN SIN. And the topic is Freedom in Christ? He means freedom to sin, but less and less!
He will SCARE you with words like ‘sinless perfection.’ I would rather call it SIN FREE! Jesus said things like “go and sin no more.” To another he said, “…thou art made whole: SIN NO MORE, lest a worse thing come unto thee.” Paul says, “Awake to righteousness and SIN NOT.” God would not command us to do something that was impossible to do! Wolves reject the doctrine that is according to godliness (1 Tim. 6:-15).
Repentance is the condition for salvation. The process of repentance is to sweep, scrape, scrub and cast out of door all defilement of the heart IN ORDER to make it clean for the reception of the holy Spirit. ( 2 Cor. 7:9-11; Acts 5:32)
Nowhere in the Scriptures does it say God will accept us while we are a sinner so that we can sin less and less. He expects us to stop sinning, and should there come a point in your Christian walk that you succumb to temptation, you are to REPENT (stop it) right away. IF we should sin, we have an Advocate with the Father. IF IF IF. (1 John 2:1)
Listen to the following video of Charles Stanley and his false message.
Please consider. If a person of his own power cannot stop sinning when he comes to Christ, why is it then he is STILL unable to stop AFTER salvation has supposedly taken place, where the sinner is supposed to be free from enslavement?
Ed Young likes to call you a Super Sonic Sinner, like himself. John Piper says Christians do nothing but black ball God every single day. Speak for yourself, Mr. Piper. These wolves (John Piper, Ed Young, Chuck Swindoll, Erwin Lutzer, John Ankerberg, John MacArthur, Charles Stanley, Rick Warren, Mark Driscoll, Greg Laurie, Josh McDowell, Joel Osteen, Paul Washer, Todd Bentley, etc. etc.) promise you liberty while they remain in bondage!
Take a minute to listen to the modern gospel proclaimed to the world by these wolves.
There are many reprobates and hypocrites posing as follower of Jesus Christ – pastors, teachers, theologians, Sunday school teachers, Facebook friends, etc. etc.. Many of them say they repent of their sins daily, thus, this relieves the pressure off their shoulders of living a holy life, thinking they are a shining example of how humble they are. They brag that they are the wretched man of Romans 7 and the chief of sinners. Their perfect excuse is that all people are BORN sinners and in bondage to their evil dispositions and vile behavior until GOD cleans them up, but the cleaning never comes. They must wait for physical death, thus death becomes their savior.
Friends, do not listen to the lies of the enemy. Jesus would not say such things as ‘go and sin no more’ if it were impossible. Be holy. (1 Peter 14-17; 1 Cor. 15:35)