If you had to ask me what one of the most toxic websites that masquerades as a Christian Polemics Site or Discernment Blog, my answer would without a doubt be David J. Stewart's Jesus-is-Savior.com. It is full of heresies, false accusations, and what I can say is either major error or direct lies. Not only does he post these things, but he often Canerizes them (Or removes them) later. Some things that he says makes me wonder if he even thinks he is a Christian himself.
Stewart is clearly an Antinomian. This is made clear in his article "Eternal Security: You CANNOT Lose Your Salvation" where he says, "I am going to Heaven, regardless of how I live. But you say, that's crazy! No! That's Bible! So do Christians have a license to sin? Yes, if you want to view it that way." While I believe in Perseverance of the Saints, Stewart takes it to a Antinomian/Easy Believist Level. The book of James makes it clear that all true, saving faith can and will be accompanied by good works. It is not that saving faith or God's Grace come as a result of good works. Contrarily, good works are a result of saving faith and a result of God's Grace on a sinner. Stewart also outright admits to Easy Believism by writing an article entitled "The Bible Teaches Easy Believism". The title alone should be a caution sign, as he has basically pleading guilty to the charge of heresy.
Stewart is a notorious accuser of the brethren. I don't mean that he calls people out when they make an error or that he says someone is wrong when they are wrong. To do that is Biblical. What he does is he tells blatant untruths about sound teachers who are members of the Body of Christ. In his article "The Bible Teaches Easy Believism", he calls John MacArthur a Legalist, saying that he is teaching a works salvation, "only a blinded fool would deny." However, MacArthur has directly denied and spoken against Legalism. About the Doctrine of Sola Fide (Salvation by Faith Alone, which stands in direct opposition to Legalism), MacArthur has said, "No doctrine is more important to evangelical theology than the doctrine of justification by faith alone—the Reformation principle of sola fide. Martin Luther rightly said that the church stands or falls on this one doctrine." (You can read this here). Here is another full page of MacArthur slamming Legalist teachings in the Catholic Church. MacArthur is clearly opposed to Legalism in a way that, "only a blinded fool would deny." Other than making the Servetus argument, which is easy to refute, he often attacks John Calvin as well, which can be read all throughout his site. He accuses Calvinism of being heresy. Despite your soteriological stance, it should be clear to both sides that Calvinism is not a heresy. It does not change the nature of God, it does not add to the Gospel, and it does not alter man's state before God. Calvinism and Historic Arminianism (Not the Masked Pelagianism that is common these days) both affirm the essentials of the faith. He states that Calvin believed in Baptismal Regeneration while we know that he eventually ceased to believe this. Even if so, Baptismal Regeneration is not a heresy when the label is used correctly. Lutherans believe in Baptismal Regeneration but still affirm Salvation by Faith Alone. They believe that Faith saves and Baptism regenerates. The heresy is Baptismal Justification. Baptismal Justification is the belief that water baptism justifies. He also attacks Spurgeon, saying he is a heretic for teaching Limited Atonement and proving that Stewart doesn't understand Calvinism. This is strange, as he accuses Spurgeon of not understanding Calvinism. This can all be read in, "Was Spurgeon a Calvinist?" I could go on for hours talking about all of the sound teachers he attacks, from Ray Comfort to Martin Luther to Alistair Begg, but there are other things I need to move on to.
He is also frequently caught misrepresenting doctrines. In his article, "Protestantism is Unbiblical", he gives a correct dictionary definition of Protestantism but then twists that definition by equivocating the meaning of it. He basically plays word games to lump Presbyterians, Lutherans, and Anglicans into a category as being the children of Rome (While, in truth, the Reformers were the remnant of the Church leaving Rome and every Protestant Church is the child of that Remnant). He also, as an IFB who appears to believe in Baptist Successionism (Found in this article). This is a historically flawed doctrine that traces the Baptist Denomination back through history to the apostles, although it takes it through heretical groups such as Montanists. He not only Straw-Mans Protestantism, but also the essential doctrine of Original Sin.
Stewart teaches the old and ancient heresy of Pelagianism. To be a Pelagian is to deny Original Sin. Original Sin is the belief that man is born with a wicked nature. In "What a Mess! Calvinism... Arminianism... Hyper-Calvinism?", Stewart said, "Mankind is NOT born with 'original sin' as so many corrupted theologians are teaching today." This is a clear denial of the essential doctrine of Original Sin as it is laid out in Romans 5:12 and Psalm 51:5. Despite these verses, Stewart confirms his denial of this essential doctrine when he said, "The concept of original sin is demonic." (This was in the same article as before).
There was one specifically notable blunder he made that was so bad that he Canerized it. It was in a specific article (This One) that dabbled in Conspiracy Theories where he said, "I am personally not a Christian or a member of any religion for that matter." There is still an existing screenshot that I will show below, and many programs are able to show older versions of webpages where you can view it yourself. This statement means one of two things. Either 1. He doesn't even really think he is a Christian and is just pretending to be to either play with us or to give the Church a bad name, or 2. He used someone else's work and did not even attempt to give them credit for it.
David Stewart's popularity and danger is not to be underestimated. To the Discerning brethren (Or even the moderately discerning brethren), a browse at his website would show how dangerous he is. However, not everyone browses his website. Some people just read a single article in which he happens to be right (A broken clock is right twice a day) and just shares that one. Among the false converts, he has a huge fanbase. He has fanboys all over the place making FaceBook Pages and Groups for him. We need to speak out against him, both for the sake of those who share his article and ignorance and for those who are members of what I call the Stewartite cult. Please, in the spirit of Jude and 2 Peter and 3 John, speak against David J. Stewart and his websites and his heresies. I would like to close this article the same way that Peter closed his second epistle, which was about false teachers. "You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen." (2 Peter 3:17-18, ESV).
[Writer's Note: Multiple people have been questioning whether or not the screenshot was accurate. You can view this for yourself at this url (That my friend was kind enough to both give to me and leave in the comments on this page): http://remnantradio.org/Mirror/www.jesus-is-savior.com/False%20Religions/Illuminati/tower_of_babel.htm]
[Writer's Note II: I forgot to mention in the article that Stewart has another website, JesusisPrecious.org. This should also be avoided. While an arrest for pedophilia halted his progress for a little bit of time, his most recent article was written a few days ago]
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Brandon C. Hines is a young writer from somewhere in northern Alabama who writes about Theology, Polemics, and Apologetics. His beliefs are best summarized by the 1689 London Baptist Confession.
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