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A False Berean
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Dave Hunt is a bestselling author, esteemed researcher, lecturer, and scholar. Nearly 4 million copies of his books have been sold. His works have been translated into more than 40 languages. (back cover of What Love Is This? by Dave Hunt, copyright 2002)
Hunt has a ministry called, "The Berean Call" (www.thebereancall.org), which is a reference to Acts 17.
Then the brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea. When they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so. (Acts 17:10-11)
This we have done with Hunt's teachings, and we have found them not so.
I. False God
In his book, What Love Is This? Calvinism's Misrepresentation of God, Hunt records a woman mourning over her husband's belief.
"I kept trying to tell my husband that the God he was now believing in, a God who predestined people before they were even born to spend eternity in the lake of fire, was not the God I knew and loved . . . ." (p. 17)
It's not the God Hunt knows either.
Hunt's god has not chosen to save a few (Matthew 7:13-14) and have many perish (Romans 9:27-28). As Hunt writes elsewhere,
Boyce [a Calvinist] offends the God-given conscience even of atheists in saying that God chose to save only a few and to let the others perish because He "was pleased so to choose"! Where does God ever intimate that He is pleased to let anyone perish? What a libelous misrepresentation of the God of the Bible! (ibid., p. 214)
Psalm 115:3 declares,
Our God is in heaven; He does whatever He pleases.
One of the many things He pleases to do is bring destruction. As He told the Israelites of old,
And it shall be, that just as the Lord rejoiced over you to do you good and multiply you, so the Lord will rejoice over you to destroy you and bring you to nothing; and you shall be plucked from off the land which you go to possess. (Deuteronomy 28:63)
This destruction is eternal (i.e. hell), because the people would be dying in their sin. Yet, the Lord says He "will rejoice over you to destroy you."
In that same context, the Lord reveals He controls whether the Israelites obey Him or not, and therefore controls if and when their demise will come, as Moses said in the next chapter,
Yet the Lord has not given you a heart to perceive and eyes to see and ears to hear, to this very day. (Deuteronomy 29:4).
Jesus rejoiced in this kind of thing in Luke 10:21.
In that hour Jesus rejoiced in the Spirit and said, "I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and revealed them to babes. Even so, Father, for it seemed good in Your sight.
It is to the utter destruction of the "wise and prudent" to have the truth hidden from them (John 14:6). Jesus rejoiced in this.
Now, what about Lamentations 3:33; Ezekiel 18:32; 33:11 that show God takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked? Both concepts are true, because God says so.
But Hunt does not believe God's word and so he writes,
Nor is it rational that God, who is infinite in love and mercy, would allow anyone to be damned whom He could justly deliver. (ibid., p. 112, italics in original)
Would the true God cause billions to burn whom He could deliver?
If it is legitimate to appeal to conscience and reason in exposing false gods, surely no lesser standard should be applied to determine which is the true God. And if He is presented as being less gracious, less loving, less kind and merciful than He expects mankind to be, then surely there is a legitimate reason for declaring that the one depicted cannot be the true God. (ibid., p. 374)
Man's conscience and man's "reason" is not the standard (Jeremiah 17:9). God's word is the standard (Hebrews 4:12-13). Hunt's "reason" has led him awry (Proverbs 3:5-6).
"Would the true God cause billions to burn whom He could deliver?" Certainly! Would He allow someone "to be damned whom He could justly deliver"? Absolutely! He did this with the inhabitants of Sodom.
And you, Capernaum, who are exalted to heaven, will be brought down to Hades; for if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. (Matthew 11:23)
In other words, the judgment of God would not have come upon Sodom, had they seen the kinds of miracles Jesus displayed. But, the Lord chose not to do so, and the Sodomites have been in torment to this day "suffering the vengeance of eternal fire" (Jude 7).
The Lord also reveals He did likewise with those in Tyre and Sidon (Matthew 11:21). Joshua reveals He did likewise with the inhabitants of Canaan.
For it was of the Lord to harden their hearts, that they should come against Israel in battle, that He might utterly destroy them, and that they might receive no mercy, but that He might destroy them, as the Lord had commanded Moses. (Joshua 11:20)
God decided to harden their hearts and show them no mercy, even though He could have, because He wanted to "utterly destroy them." These people died in their sin and, no doubt, went to hell (as in Luke 16:19-31).
Another text that proves Hunt to be a liar is 1 Samuel 2:22-25.
Now Eli was very old; and he heard everything his sons did to all Israel, and how they lay with the women who assembled at the door of the tabernacle of meeting. So he said to them, "Why do you do such things? For I hear of your evil dealings from all the people. No, my sons! For it is not a good report that I hear. You make the Lord's people transgress. If one man sins against another, God will judge him. But if a man sins against the Lord, who will intercede for him?" Nevertheless they did not heed the voice of their father, because the Lord desired to kill them.
Had they heeded, they may have been saved. But, our God who is in heaven, who does whatever He pleases (Psalm 115:3), desired to kill them instead; so He prevented them from listening to their father. Shortly thereafter, they died in their wickedness (1 Samuel 4:11), and are in hell to this day.
Actually, the Lord does likewise with all mankind to whom He has destined to doom, and this is the true God Hunt rejects.
Yet Calvin's God not only fails to deliver the lost but decrees their doom! This cannot be the God of the Bible, of whom Jesus said, "it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish" (Matthew 18:14)! (ibid., p. 214)
Indeed, it is not the will of the Father that "one of these little ones should perish," yet Christ warns in that same context that there is a serious "Woe" to anyone who "causes one of these little ones" to perish (Matthew 18:6-8). They can perish nevertheless, and if they do, this too is of God (Romans 11:36).
Although, Calvin's god and gospel are erroneous (see our report on Calvinism), nonetheless, the true God has indeed decreed "their doom!"
The Lord has made all for Himself, yes, even the wicked for the day of doom. (Proverbs 16:4)
O Lord, how great are Your works! Your thoughts are very deep.
A senseless man does not know, nor does a fool understand this.
When the wicked spring up like grass, and when all the workers of iniquity flourish, it is that they may be destroyed forever. (Psalm 92:5-7)
Hunt is a senseless fool who does not understand the reason why wicked people flourish. It is that they may be destroyed forevermore in the lake of fire (Revelation 21:8), and this has been God's plan from the beginning, as it is written,
I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done, saying, "My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure." (Isaiah 46:9-10; see also Psalm 33:11)
It is God's counsel and the Lord's pleasure that the wicked flourish and then be destroyed forever in hell. This He has planned and purposed and decreed from the beginning, right down to the individual, as it is written,
Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated. (Romans 9:13)
In this same book Hunt writes,
The Bible on the other hand, confronts us with quite another mystery: why anyone who is offered salvation as a free gift of God's grace chooses to reject it. We have no answer to that question. (p. 115)
That's because he rejects the answer. See Romans 9:18.
II. False Gospel
Not only does Hunt reject the predetermined plan of God toward the damned, Hunt doesn't believe anyone is chosen for hell or heaven.
The Bible uses the term "elect" in a variety of ways. The term is used for Israel, Christ, a lady, a church and angels. Never, however, is this word used to indicate that there is a select group who alone have been predestinated to be saved. Never. Ironside declared, "Nowhere in the Bible are people ever predestinated to go to hell, and nowhere are people simply predestinated to go to Heaven. Look it up and see . . . predestination is always to some special place of blessing." (ibid., p. 196, italics in original)
The special place of blessing is paradise forever! As it is written,
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He has made us accepted in the Beloved. (Ephesians 1:3-6)
This is all based on the good pleasure of His will. Hunt says it's based on the good pleasure of our will, due to his perverted view of foreknowledge. Hunt writes,
It certainly requires no special understanding to accept that these scriptures [Acts 2:23; Romans 8:29] mean (1) that God in His omniscience has foreknown from eternity past who, when convicted of sin and drawn by His Holy Spirit, would willingly respond to the gospel; and (2) that on the basis of that foreknowledge He predestined, or elected, those particular persons to special blessings: (ibid., p. 228)
Hunt speaks directly against the word of God. Scripture says,
So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy. (Romans 9:16; see also John 1:12-13)
God says, "it is not of him who wills," Hunt says it is. According to Hunt, God knows beforehand who would believe (i.e. who would will), and based on that "foreknowledge" he "predestines" them. That is not predestining anything. That is simply acknowledging what is to be, by the actions of man.
Nowhere in Scripture is foreknowledge ever described or explained or displayed in the way Hunt uses it. It is a term congruent with God's predetermined plan and purposes, not man's actions as Hunt claims.
For example, Peter, speaking of Christ, said,
Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death; (Acts 2:23)
So, according to Hunt, God knew the future and knew wicked men would crucify His Son and therefore predestined it to be? What folly! That's not predestination! Hunt's idea of foreknowledge twists God's plan of redemption into not God's plan, but man's and the consequential hap, chance, and circumstance of evil men. Hunt effectively neuters the term predestination into a meaningless word.
The Greek noun for foreknowledge is prognwsi~ (prognôsis) and is only found in Acts 2:23 and 1 Peter 1:2. The verb is proginwskw (proginôskô) and is only found in Acts 26:5; Romans 8:29; 11:2; 1 Peter 1:20 (NKJV "foreordained"); 2 Peter 3:17. To find out what the Lord means by "foreknowledge," a good place to go (besides those verses) is Jeremiah 1:5.
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations. (Jeremiah 1:5)
God knew Jeremiah before he was in the womb. He foreknew Jeremiah. He had foreknowledge of Jeremiah. This says nothing of knowing what Jeremiah would do, but rather knowing Jeremiah himself. It is one way God reveals Jeremiah was destined to be saved before he was born. Because, those not known by God are condemned (Matthew 7:23; 25:12). God knowing a person equals salvation (1 Corinthians 8:3; Galatians 4:9). God not knowing someone equals condemnation (Luke 13:25-28).
Hunt also writes,
What about the statements in the Bible that certain ones have been predestined, or elected? We will examine those scriptures and in the process we will see that in the Bible predestination/election is never unto salvation. (ibid., p. 211, italics in original)
Hunt lies, for God says,
For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified. (Romans 8:29-30)
Being "predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son" is salvation (e.g. 1 John 3:1-3). Without it there is no salvation. Moreover, being predestined, called, justified, and glorified equals complete salvation. This is not extra special blessing some get and some don't. This is salvation.
Furthermore, Romans 8 also shows the term election is unto salvation when it says,
Who shall bring a charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. (Romans 8:33)
Justification has to do with salvation (Romans 3:24).
Never, however, does the Bible suggest that because of Adam's original sin all of his descendants lack the ability to turn to God through faith in Christ. (ibid., p. 96)
Sinfulness is indeed universal, but it is clearly not the same as Calvinism's Total Depravity. I agree with the Calvinist that man is enslaved by sin and would not of his own initiative seek after God. But incapable of being convicted of his sin and judgment to come or of believing the good news of the gospel? Does Scripture teach this? There is not a single verse in Scripture which clearly states that proposition. (ibid., p. 121)
Scripture declares that everyone has a wicked heart (Jeremiah 17:9). Everyone is utterly lost in sin (Psalm 14:2-3). Everyone is accustomed to doing evil (Romans 3:9-18). And so, here is what the Lord "clearly states" about those who are accustomed to doing evil.
Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard its spots? Then may you also do good who are accustomed to do evil. (Jeremiah 13:23)
This clearly states those who are accustomed to do evil are absolutely incapable of doing good. Since all men are accustomed to doing evil, Hunt is downright wrong.
Believing "in the good news of the gospel" is good. Contrary to Hunt's claim, mankind is incapable of doing so. Turning "to God through faith in Christ" is good. No one is able to do so, as Jesus said.
No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him and I will raise him up at the last day. (John 6:44; see also verse 65)
Without the Father's intervention of drawing, no one would nor could come to Christ. And, often, the Father actually prevents people from coming. This is exemplified in John 12.
But although He had done so many signs before them, they did not believe in Him, that the word of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spoke: "Lord, who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?"
Therefore they could not believe, because Isaiah said again: "He has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts, lest they should see with their eyes, lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, so that I should heal them." (John 12:37-40; see also Isaiah 44:18)
This also is the teaching of Romans 9:11-23. That is,
He has mercy on whom He wills, and whom He wills He hardens. (Romans 9:18)
Hunt's perverted view on sin can also be seen in this statement:
As a result of Christ's death having paid the full penalty, no one will spend eternity in the lake of fire because of his sins; they will be there for rejecting Christ and the salvation He obtained and freely offers to all. (ibid., p. 248)
The hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth - those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation. (John 5:28-29)
See also Matthew 12:36-37; 25:31-46; Romans 2:6-10; Revelation 20:12-13; 21:8; 22:15. Men will spend eternity in the lake of fire because of their works (i.e. their sins), which is indeed based in their rejection of Christ (Romans 1:28-32).
III. Salvation Through A False Gospel
In complete denial of John 14:6, Hunt believes a person can get to the Father through lies. In his Newsletter The Berean Call, September, 2005 Q & A, in the second question, Hunt's last paragraph says,
Could someone who believes this false gospel of Calvinism be truly saved? Fortunately, many Calvinists (you among them) were saved before becoming Calvinists. They now malign God by saying that He is pleased to damn multitudes though He could save all - and that He predestines multitudes to the Lake of Fire before they are even born. But having believed the gospel before becoming Calvinists, they "shall not come into condemnation, but [have] passed from death unto life" (John 5:24). Those who only know the false gospel of Calvinism are not saved, while those who are saved and ought to know better but teach these heresies will be judged for doing so.
Hunt says, "saved . . . but teach . . . heresies." That's like, "clean, but filthy inside and out."
What is God's judgment on anyone who teaches a false gospel? What curse does Paul declare on anyone who preaches any other gospel? Paul gave the answer, two times over.
Even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed. (Galatians 1:8-9)
Hunt denies these words by claiming these people are "saved" who "teach these heresies." Hunt also denies the Scripture just prior to this as well by his convoluted idea that if someone "believed the gospel before," this somehow makes them immune to the curse of a false gospel thereafter. Paul was under no such delusion. In fact, he puts this curse even upon himself ("if we").
The Galatians had believed the true gospel before Paul wrote them (Galatians 3:2). But, subsequently someone had come along and given them a false one. So Paul wrote,
I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. (Galatians 1:7-8)
Paul says they were "turning away" from Christ. For those who turn completely, these are the words Paul had for them:
You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace. (Galatians 5:4)
There is no salvation apart from Christ (Acts 4:12). Thus, Paul warns them of their eternal doom. Hunt gives no such warning, because his way is broad (Matthew 7:13-14).
IV. On The Broad Way
As can be seen from above, Hunt actually admits Calvinism is a false gospel, yet Hunt claims,
There are fine Christians on both sides. (What Love Is This? p. 15)
Imagine Paul writing the Galatians and saying, "There are fine Christians on both sides"! Not! Paul called people who propagated another gospel, "false brethren" (Galatians 2:4), and no doubt He lived out his own words (see Romans 16:17; 1 Timothy 6:3-5). But Hunt knows no such narrow path of truth (John 14:6).
Hunt has friends who follow a false gospel and fellowships with them.
Over the years, my considerable objections have been discussed privately and in detail with several staunchly Calvinist friends. Thankfully, in spite of our serious differences and the fact that we were unable to resolve them, there was never any loss of good will. We remain in close friendship to this day and have simply avoided this subject in our contacts and fellowship with one another. (p. 18)
There's what you call deep relationships.
Hunt's ecumenism goes beyond just tolerating the lies of Calvinism. According to the first question and answer in the Q & A of the July 1998 The Berean Call, Hunt is friends with "Andre' Kole, the Campus Crusade magician" whom Hunt considers "a very good friend" whom he "greatly respects." Please see Acts 19:19.
Furthermore, even though Hunt declares Roman Catholicism to be a false gospel, and even though he admits that tolerating Rome's false gospel helps lead people to hell, Hunt himself considers those who practice such deception are true Christians. For example, in The Berean Call December 1998 Q & A someone asked,
I am somewhat troubled by what appears to be a lack of consistency in your newsletter, by your referring to Hank Hanegraaff, Bill Bright, Chuck Colson, Billy Graham, W. A. Criswell, et al. as men who are "brothers in Christ," instead of calling them what they are, considering the fact that these men have made their position on the gospel clear. That is, they're willing to compromise the one true gospel (1 Cor 15:1-4; Gal 1:6-10) for a lowest common denominator "theology" with that harlot of Rome for the sake of a pseudo-unity of ecumenism . . . I admonish you, Dave, to remain thoroughly consistent in your manner of defending truth, and cease calling these men "brothers in the Lord" when it's manifest that they are not. If you continue to call these men Christians, are you not denying the gospel and Christ of Scripture also . . . ?
Yes he is.
Years earlier Hunt wrote of Chuck Colson, one of the men mentioned above, how he accepted the Templeton Prize for progress in religion. In that write up Hunt declared,
To accept an award from Christ-rejecting Muslims, Hindus, et al. for "progress in religion" is to deny Christ and His gospel! (The Berean Call, Nov., 1993, first Q & A)
Five years later Hunt responds to this man's concern with,
John warns us not even to receive into our homes those who deny "the doctrine of Christ" (2 John 7-10). But the men you name do not deny the doctrine of Christ.
So, Hunt has either some serious amnesia or he doesn't believe the doctrine of Christ has anything to do with "Christ and His gospel!"
Whatever the case, Hunt gives quite a lengthy response to this man, and in it he declares Kenneth Hagin and Kenneth Copeland not "brothers in Christ," and says of the names mentioned above,
The men whom you name embrace practicing Roman Catholics as Christians - Catholics who believe and obey Rome's false gospel of sacraments and works for salvation. Yet, unlike Hagin, Copeland, et al., they do not themselves preach a false gospel.
Embracing a false gospel is preaching a false gospel by, at the very least, how they live. Yet, no doubt, their actions are not without words, as Hunt details a little later in this same newsletter.
They encourage those who do preach Rome's false gospel, and they call those who believe it Christians. This is reprehensible and undoubtedly leads many astray by confirming Catholics in their error. Indeed, they may thereby have encouraged more on their way to hell than they have led to Christ. Nevertheless, on that basis alone I cannot say that they themselves are not Christians.
That's because Hunt doesn't believe God's word.
Besides having lead no one to Christ (2 Peter 2:17), these men have the curse of Matthew 18:6-8 upon them (see also 2 Peter 2:18). They explicitly disobey the teaching of Christ (e.g. Matthew 7:21-27), causing people to stumble (Matthew 18:6-8). They clearly do not abide in the doctrine of Christ and therefore do not have God (2 John 9). Yet, Hunt thinks they are Christians, even though he knows and records their "reprehensible" wickedness.
For example, Hunt bemoans Billy Graham's actions in this same Q & A.
In his crusade at Notre Dame University in South Bend, Billy called people forward with these words, "Many of you want to come tonight and reconfirm your confirmation . . . the decision that you made when you joined the Church." That was a misleading compromise of the gospel which encouraged Catholics to continue in their lost condition with a false hope.
At his 1957 San Francisco crusade Billy insisted that Bishop James Pike open in prayer, though Pike lived in open immorality and denied the deity of Christ, the atonement and Resurrection. According to the 12/17/58 Oakland Tribute, of the 1,300 Catholics who went forward at that Crusade, "practically all remained Catholic, continued to pray to Mary, go to Mass, and confess to a priest." Thus Cuthbert E. Allen, who had first brought Billy into Roman Catholic Institutions to preach, could state in defense of having done so, "Billy Graham is preaching a . . . theology most acceptable to Catholics." That is not the gospel.
Indeed, that is not the gospel. Yet, Hunt claims in this same article,
Far from denying the gospel, however, Billy without question preaches it and many souls have been saved as a result.
That is a lie. Anyone who preaches such an ecumenical gospel as Hunt describes does not preach the gospel. It doesn't matter whatever else the person might do or preach, with this stance yet intact, it is a broad way (Matthew 7:13-14), no one is being saved (2 Peter 2:17), and it is a denial of John 4:24 & 14:6.
God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth. (John 4:24)
Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." (John 14:6)
Truth is the only way to the Father. God will only accept worship in truth. To practice otherwise, as both Hunt and Graham do, is to deny the true gospel and promote a counterfeit one.
Two paragraphs prior to claiming Graham preaches the gospel, Hunt wrote,
Billy Graham has met with the Pope five times, has discussed theology with him at length, and has spent as much as a week at a time at the Vatican in discussion with Catholic theologians. Thus Billy cannot be excused as ignorant of Catholicism. He surely must know that the Pope (with whom he claims to "agree on almost everything" and any theological differences "are not important as far as personal salvation is concerned") wears the scapular, relying upon its promise to keep him from "eternal fire." The Pope looks to Mary for salvation, believes and teaches that he is offering Christ afresh each time he says Mass, denies salvation through faith in Christ without Church sacraments, etc. and is the leader of a Church that is sending hundreds of millions to hell with a false gospel. Yet Billy has called the Pope "the greatest religious leader of the modern world."
That's because the Pope and Billy Graham are both sons of the devil (as in John 8:44), and Hunt can't see it, because he himself is one.
The god of this age has blinded Hunt from the true gospel (2 Corinthians 4:4). The true gospel and the true Christ have no room for false religion and those who tolerate it. The true gospel declares idolaters (those in false religion) will not enter (1 Corinthians 6:9-10; Galatians 5:19-21; Revelation 21:8). Anyone who denies this, denies the teaching of Christ (John 4:24; 14:6) and does not have God (2 John 9).
Dave reveals further that he does not have God when he writes,
"But surely you don't deny that some Catholics are saved!" is the objection when one presents the truth about Catholicism. That some Catholics may be saved is possible, but that is a far cry from this [ECT] document's implication that all are saved. (The Berean Call, May 1994, p. 2)
So, even though Catholicism is a false religion and preaches a false gospel and has demons in it (1 Timothy 4:1-3), it is possible, according to Hunt, to be caught in this garbage and be on your way to heaven. This is only true if Jesus is a liar (John 4:24; 14:6), which He is not (Titus 1:2).
V. Blasphemy (2 Timothy 3:1-2)
Speaking of God Hunt writes,
He cannot lie, cheat, steal, be mistaken, etc. Nor did God will any of this in man. To will sin in others would be the same as practicing it Himself. (What Love Is This? p. 137)
Here Hunt blasphemes God and accuses Him of practicing sin, because God most certainly wills "sin in others." The Lord moved David to sin (2 Samuel 24:1), caused the Israelites to stray (Isaiah 63:17), hardens men's hearts (Romans 9:18), and creates evil (Isaiah 45:7; Amos 3:6, see these in KJV). He even tells spirits to lie (2 Chronicles 18:18-22; Isaiah 19:14), and will yet send a strong delusion so people will be deceived, believe the lie, and be damned forever (2 Thessalonians 2:11-12). Moreover, in His perfect way (Deuteronomy 32:4), He directs every step of man, be they good or evil (Proverbs 16:9; 20:24; Jeremiah 10:23).
But Hunt rejects the Almighty and writes,
God is in control of His universe and every aspect of it to the extent that nothing can happen that He does not allow. He is not, however, the active cause behind all that happens. (The Berean Call, Feb., 1993 Q & A, first answer)
Rather we affirm that from eternity past God has known all that would happen in the universe and in the minds and affairs of men - but not because He "wills all things." (What Love Is This? p. 229)
These words are directly against Romans 11:36.
For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen. (see also 1 Corinthians 8:6; Hebrews 2:10)
God "works all things according to the counsel of His will" (Ephesians 1:11). He most certainly "wills all things," as Lamentations also flatly declares,
Who is he who speaks and it comes to pass, when the Lord has not commanded it? Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that woe and well-being proceed? (3:37-38)
Yes it is (Romans 11:36). From the birth of a deer (Psalm 29:9) to the waves of the sea (Job 38:11) to the works of man (Psalm 104:23), it is all His work (Psalm 104:24), as He upholds all things by the word of His power (Hebrews 1:3).
VI. Lewdness (Jude 4)
In The Berean Call February 1995 Q & A under the second question Hunt writes,
If one is truly a Christian, even though not living for Christ, the soul and spirit go to be with Christ at death: "absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord" (2 Cor 5:8)
This is a lie and turns the grace of God into lewdness (Jude 4). Paul said,
None of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself. For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. (Romans 14:7-8)
Paul reveals there is not a single true Christian who does not live for Christ. Hunt's idea of a true Christian "not living for Christ" is completely foreign to Scripture. There is no such thing, as it is written,
He who says, "I know Him," and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. (1 John 2:4)
Hunt's statement is made in the context of a "Christian" who is not living for Christ when the Lord returns. Contrary to any assurance of heaven in such a circumstance, Christ warns of just the opposite.
Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect. Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season? Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing. Assuredly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all his goods. But if that evil servant says in his heart, "My master is delaying his coming," and begins to beat his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunkards, the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him and at an hour that he is not aware of, and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Matthew 24:44-51; see also verses 37-39; Mark 13:33-37)
Bottom line? Hell awaits those who are not ready! Therefore, Jesus also exhorts,
Take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man. (Luke 21:34-36)
Hunt's book, What Love Is This?, has within the first three pages endorsements by several men. They are,
The aim of GES is to promote the clear proclamation of God's free salvation through faith alone in Christ alone, which is properly correlated with and yet distinguished from issues related to discipleship. (www.faithalone.org/about/1.html, italics in original)
Simply read the "exceptional" endorsements, and it becomes evident that these men have all been duped into the same kind of folly Hunt believes. Tim LaHaye goes so far as to say,
This book could well be the most important book written in the twenty-first century for all evangelical Christians to read.
Tim LaHaye, along with the rest of these men, rejects the true God. Because of this, we can know for certain these men are false teachers. They deny the Lord who bought them (2 Peter 2:1).
As the men above, Dave Hunt is a deceiver, and is himself deceived (2 Timothy 3:13). Fearful to contemplate, Hunt has eerily written,
I have the wonderful and absolute assurance that I will "never perish" (John 10:28)! (The Berean Call, Sept., 1994)
Hunt was born in 1926. He is about 80 years old now. Hunt has one very cruel, soon coming surprise (2 Peter 2:17).
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