Charles Stanley is one of the most visible advocates of the doctrine of devils known as "once saved always saved" also known as OSAS. OSAS is one of satan's great masterpieces designed to send untold millions if not billions to the pits of hell. When we read the bible it tells us without the need of a false gospel, how we can know we are in right standing with the Lord. Take this scripture for example: Rom 8:16 The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God....See how easy that was? A direct quote from the bible that tells us if we are doubting where we stand with the Lord, the Spirit testifies with our spirit that we are the children of God. What that does NOT say is that the Spirit always testifies not matter what sin you commit, no matter how backslidden you are, no matter how sold out to satan you are, you are still the children of God. That would be Mr Charles Stanley's gospel not the Lord's.
So let's take a closer look at what the bible says regarding this doctrine of devils promoted by Charles Stanley:
Matthew 16:24 ... Then Jesus said to his disciples, "If anyone wants to follow me, he must deny himself, pick up his cross, and follow me continually. If you want to know what it means to be "saved" it means someone who finishes what they started. Being "saved" is not some 5-15 second teary eyed event on one day of your life. To be saved is to FOLLOW THE LORD CONTINUALLY. See the difference? One event is a one day event, the other event is an every day event. Huge difference wouldn't you say? What's another way to say "follow me continually?" ABIDE IN ME:
John 15:1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. 3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. 8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. 9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. 10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love. 11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.Matt 3:10 The ax already lies against the roots of the trees.
This scripture right here ^^is irrefutable PROOF that the teachings of Mr Stanley and all other "once saved always saved" teachers are LIES. Do you think the Lord could have said "abide" in me a few more times maybe? How many times did he say "abide" in me? You need to go look up that word ABIDE in the dictionary then close the door, shut your eyes and let the meaning simmer in your mind until you "get it." If Jesus said ABIDE over and over and over and over do you think he was trying to make a point?
So.... every branch that isn’t producing good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire? Does "every branch" include you too? It certainly looks that way......1 John 2:24... What you have heard from the beginning must abide in you. Did you read that one carefully? See that word MUST in there? Notice the word ABIDE....again. What does the word MUST mean? Do we really need theological degrees to figure this out? Do we need to argue endlessly over what the word MUST means? When you are told that you MUST do something and you don't do it, what happens...............? 1 John 4:13 ... This is how we know that we abide in him and he in us: he has given us his Spirit.
What does "abide" mean? Abide: 1: to wait for : await 2 a: to endure without yielding. You see what "abide" means? Its NOT a one day event. Its an every day event. It means to wait for, to endure without yielding. So what happens when you do NOT endure and you do yield? Then you are no longer abiding. Go re-read John 15 for what happens to those who no longer abide in Christ.It has been written here that the "once saved always saved" doctrine is a doctrine of devils. It is a license to sin based around Satan's intimate knowledge of human nature. Mr Charles Stanley and OSAS present humans with a "sin/win" situation that will send MANY down the broad path of destruction (matt 7:21+). Charles Stanley tells you that you can sin all you want to and still be saved. Enjoy the sin today, enjoy heaven tomorrow with a few less rewards. Jesus might be upset but he'll understand and forgive you so what's to worry about? That's it in a nutshell.
Read this: Jude 1:4 For some people have slipped in among you unnoticed. They were written about long ago as being deserving of this condemnation because they are ungodly. They turn the grace of our God into uncontrollable lust and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus the Messiah. <---Think long and hard about what the Lord says to us there. They (Charles Stanley and men like him) turn the grace of our God into uncontrollable lust. That's another way of saying with their doctrine they hand you a license to sin. If I'm wrong, then you tell me what the Lord is referencing here when he says some people who slipped in unnoticed have turned the grace of God into uncontrollable lust? I know..I know...you can't be sure what he's talking about but its definitely NOT what you or your "church" are doing right? It's always somebody else, some other place, some other church..never yours. Well, the Lord is speaking to somebody there in Jude 1:4. Unfortunately for most people today, they'll do what they always do and blow off the Lord's warning as something that might give them a "spirit of fear" and go on living a lie instead.
We are told in Matt 7:14 that only a few will make it into heaven, but MOST people think they will make it in. See a problem with that? In Matt 7:21 we see MANY churchpeople (they call Jesus "Lord") turned away from the Lord yet the MANY in todays "christianity" think there is no problem with what they or their "pastor" are doing. See a discrepancy in there anywhere? The Lord loves His creation and because he loves it, he gives us both his rewards and his warnings laid out clearly for all to see. Todays religious systems seem to have an eye only for the rewards with a complete disregard for any and all warnings. I understand this since if the "pastor" says anything that might give someone a "spirit of fear" then attendance goes down, which means $$$$$ goes down which means the warnings of God are not allowed in the door. So we get what we have today which is a false gospel stripped of any and all warnings, candy coated and buffed to a high sheen for consumption by the masses.
Closely related with his teaching on OSAS, Charles Stanley has invented another doctrine of devils revolving around the "carnal christian." Basically the way Stanley describes these people, these "carnal christians" which are never mentioned in the bible look and act just like the world. They are up to their eyeballs in sin yet are still considered "christians." In case you haven't figured it out, its these people who are exactly the kinds of people Jesus tells us about here:
Matt 7:21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. 22 “Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ 23 “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’
Did you read that? Who gets to enter heaven? Someone who made a 3 second teary eyed "decision for Jesus?" That's not what this says is it? It says those who do the will of the Father will enter. Are "carnal christians" living their lives eyeballs deep in every type of sin imaginable doing the will of the Father in heaven? If not, how do they or Mr. Stanley expect they will get into heaven? What else are we told? “Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord....." and who exactly calls Jesus Lord? Do atheists or buddhists or satanists or muslims call Jesus Lord? No they don't.....its so called CHRISTIANS who call Jesus Lord. See all the 'wonderful' things they did for Jesus just before Jesus tells them to depart from him?
I have heard Charles Stanley preach some good messages that contain alot of truth in them, but does that prove? If I offer you a meal that is 99% steak and mashed potato dinner with 1% deadly poison on it, would you eat it? No you wouldn't, so WHY would you listen to preachers who offer you some truth some of the time and deadly poison the rest of the time? Won't that kill you just as effectively? Isn't it insane to say no to one and yes to the other? I'm sure Mr Stanley is a very nice man apart from his teaching of the doctrines of devils but he must be highlighted for his apostasy from the truth and his preaching of a false gospel which the bible says is a VERY serious offense:
Galatians 1:8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned!
Other brothers debunk the OSAS lie here: