Dr. Charles Stanley
Stanley is a first-rate orator and third-rate man of God. His theology of Eternal Security is dangerous in the extreme.
‘Faith is simply the way we say yes to God’s free gift of eternal life. Faith and salvation are not one and the same any more than a gift and the hand that receives it are the same. Salvation stands independently of faith.’, (page 174, Handbook for Christian Living)
Is this so? well, Ephesians 2:8 ‘For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.’
The heresy continues;
‘Consequently, God does not require a constant attitude of faith in order to be saved – only an act of faith in Christ.’
You and I are not saved because we have enduring faith. We are saved because at a moment in time we expressed faith in our Lord.’ (page 174, Handbook for Christian Living)
‘Even if a believer for all practical purposes becomes an unbeliever, his salvation is not in jeopardy.’, (page 93, Eternal Security)
Again, what does the Word of God say?
Revelation 21:8 ‘the unbelieving . . . shall have their part in the lake of fire and brimstone, which is the second death.’
1 Corinthians 15:1-2 ‘Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you-unless you believed in vain.’
Charles the Deceiver isn’t done playing with your Salvation yet:
‘It is not lying, cheating, stealing, raping, murdering, or being unfaithful that sends people to hell. It is rejecting Christ, refusing to put their trust in Him for the forgiveness of sin.’, (page 70, Eternal Security)
Well, that makes Paul a liar, and good thing, too, because then I don’t have to believe him when he says this:
Ephesians 5:5-6 ‘For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.’
Stanley’s wife of 44 years twice sued for divorce, moved back in, then finally left once and for all. 1 Timothy 3 (quoted above) is very clear regarding the moral standards that men of the cloth are required to maintain. This alone is enough to keep the man from the pulpit. Take that with the blatant blaspheming heresies coming from this false teacher, and he should be listened to by no one.
Fellowship with the workers of iniquity continued when Stanley aligned himself with Jerry Falwell as a founder of the Moral Majority and Pat Robertson in the formation of the Christian Coalition, ecumenism run amok.
Stanley also enthusiastically supports Promise Keepers and Campus Crusade for Christ, two of the least Biblical and most ecumenical organizations in the pantheon of Christian compromise.