What makes Charles Stanley an author of confusion are his teachings that promotes “easy believism”, and his promotion of heretical teachings and practices, such as Roman Catholic mysticism. The two offenses are listed below.
Excerpt from “Eternal Security”:
“It certainly does not mean hell in the parable [Matthew 22]. How could a master throw a slave into hell? This phrase appears in a similar parable in chapter 22. In that parable an unwanted guest is bound and thrown out of a banquet hall into the “outer darkness” (see Matt. 22:13); it clearly refers to being thrown outside a building into the dark.”
Stanley’s unbiblical teaching on eternal security turns the biblical doctrine of eternal security into the lewdness of antinomian heresy. Stanley’s teaching denies the passages of Scripture that states that every person who does not abide in Christ will be plucked out , spewed out, rejected, denied ever to have known Christ, thrown into the fire, and burned (John 15:6, Matthew 25:6-12, Matthew 7:15-23, Hebrews 6:4-8, Revelation 3:15-16).
Stanley has also promoted teachers of Roman Catholic Mysticism, such as Johnathan Wilson-Hartgrove, who is a Benedictine monk. For more information click on the links entitled “The Craft of Stability“, and “IN TOUCH MAGAZINE OF CHARLES STANLEY PROMOTING CONTEMPLATIVE NEW MONASTICISM“.
Stanley has also been accused of being out of touch with the gospel, because of his ministry’s endorsement of false converts, who are clearly living in open rebellion against God, such as claiming to be a born again Christian, while married to a spouse of the same gender. For more information, click on the link entitled “Letter to Charles Stanley: Is In Touch Getting Out-of-Touch With the True Gospel?“
Believers are prohibited by Scripture from partnering with heretics, as Stanley has done (2John 1:8-11, 2Corinthians 6:14-18, Hebrews 12:14). This is bad fruit, and deception. Scripture’s command regarding people like Charles Stanley, who make a practice of violating major doctrines concerning the gospel, is…
17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.
18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.
19 For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil.
15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
1 If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder,
2 And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them;
3 Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
4 Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.
8 Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward.
9 Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.
10 If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:
11 For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.