To argue that God is “trying His best” to save all mankind, but that the majority of men will not let Him save them, is to insist that the will of the Creator is impotent, and that the will of the creature is omnipotent.” -A.W. Pink

Pastor Don Fortner

The prophecy made by the Apostle Paul in 2 Timothy 4:1-5 has come to pass in our day. All over the world men, and women, and boys, and girls gather in religious assemblies. Some are very solemn. Others can barely be distinguished from dance hall revelry. But they gather in the name of Christ to worship God. They read the Bible, say their prayers, invoke God’s blessing, and give their money. They are devoted. They are sincere. But they are lost! They have faith; but theirs is a false faith. They have hope; but their hope is a delusion. Having been led and taught by blind and ignorant men, “They will not endure sought doctrine; but after their own lusts…they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears…They turn away their ears from the truth and (have been) turned into fables.”

I am not talking about Hindus, Buddhist, and Muslims. I am talking about men and women who profess to know, worship, trust, and serve the living God by faith in his Son Jesus Christ, through the power of the Holy Spirit. I am talking about our friends, relatives, and neighbors. I am talking about many of you. You have turned away from the truth have been turned unto fables. Do I have your attention? If you will pay attention to the Word of God, God just might teach you something.

You know what a fable is. It is a brief story, dreamed up by a man to teach a moral, ethical lesson, but factually it is a lie. Here are three common religious fables, dreamed up by men to teach people moral principles. They are universally embraced, proclaimed, and defended. These three fables are constantly presented throughout the city, across this country and around the world in this day of man centered religion as the very truth of God. But they are in fact lies which are damning to the souls of all who believe them.

We here from every quarter that “God loves everyone.” You can read it on church signs, bumper stickers, and bridges all across this country. But it is a bald faced lie. God does not love everyone. He never has! Nowhere does the Bible say or imply that he does. If God loves everybody, he has a mighty strange way of showing it. Try preaching that those who perished in the flood, the sons of Korah, the damned in hell. They know better! The fact is, the Bible plainly tells us that God does not love everyone. Have you never read in his Word where God said, he hates all workers of iniquity and that he is angry with the wicked every day? Did you never read, “Jacob have I loved; but Esau have I hated?” (Psa. 11:5; 7:11; Rom. 9:13). “God is love.” We rejoice in that. But God’s love is in Christ. In the Bible there is no assurance of God’s love given to anyone apart from faith in Christ.

I have heard all my life, like you have, that “The Lord Jesus Christ died to redeem and save all people.” There is no doctrine in all the world more blasphemous than that. To say that Christ died for all people without exception is to say that he died for multitudes for whom he refused even to pray. Read it for yourself in John 17:9 and 20. To say that he died for all without exception is to say that he died in vain for the multitudes of the damned! That is blasphemy! It is a blatant declaration that Jesus Christ is a failure! If he s a failure, he is not God and is not fit to be trusted. The Bible nowhere teaches or implies that Christ died for, redeemed, or came to save those multitudes who are at last lost in hell. Those for whom Christ died shall never die! The Son of God redeemed all whom he came to redeem; and he shall save all whom he came to save.

We are told by religious leaders everywhere that “The Holy Spirit of God is doing all that he can to save all people.” You know that is not true. There are multitudes to whom the Spirit of God has never even sent his Word. The Bible says nothing of the Spirit trying to reprove, trying to convince, or trying to regenerate. The Bible declares, “It is the Spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing.” Have you been turned away from the truth? Have you been turned unto fables? May God be pleased now to turn you to the truth and cause you to receive the love of the truth, for Christ’s sake.


GRACE FOR TODAY Radio Message #406


Pastor Don Fortner


 2734 Old Stanford Road

Danville, Kentucky 40422-9438

HL –



  1. Blessed Brother Don! If there were more preachers like him, there would be exponentially less false converts to the Christian faith. “Yes, Brother Don, Jesus has forgiven you, the amazing fact which so often moves you to tears, in the same way He has forgiven me”. Blessed be our Lord.


  2. Thank you for the Three religious fables. It all comes down to election that we want to tear out of the Bible because of our Pride, the sin of Paradise Lost, does it not? Eve (and ourselves) ate of the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil to become like God. Yet it is clearly and unambiguously taught in Scripture. That is why man hates the arbitrary system as a system of favouritism and partiality; and we are told; that if there was such a thing as total helplessness in man, and sovereign election in God, then man cannot be blamed if he are condemned. The doctrine, that man are totally depraved en dead in sin so that he cannot save himself, and that God is absolutely almighty, so that He can save whom He will, are dogmas unsavoury rejected by man’s pride. But, they are Scriptural.
    Read: Genade Heers in Eleksie Horatius Bonar.
    In postmodern Christianity it seems that quoting Scripture is not scientific, you need input from academic theologians or anointed new age so falsely called apostles and prophets. The other side of the coin is that the same Scripture can be quoted to have three different interpretations by twisting it and use it out of context to support our presuppositions of doctrine. “God told me, the Holy Spirit showed me, the anointed preacher (is usually the one that holds the microphone) gave this interpretation.” In the age of relativism we despise absolutes and have our own interpretation no matter what Scripture clearly teaches.
    Excuse my insolence for quoting some Scripture and may the Holy Spirit who wrote it command that the light will shine in our hearts. Let there be Light, God commanded and light separated from darkness. Not the heavenly bodies but Godly light, godly given faith, 2 Cor. 4:6, For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.2Co 4:7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
    Exo 33:19 And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy. Deu 32:39 See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand. Job 12:14 Behold, he breaketh down, and it cannot be built again: he shutteth up a man, and there can be no opening.Dan 4:35 And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?
    2Ti 1:9 who saved us, and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before times eternal,

    Job 11:12 But vain man is void of understanding, Yea, man is born as a wild ass’s colt.
    Unteachable and untameable, not able not to sin, non posse non peccare.

    Jesus laid down His life for His sheep. Not for the world. The blood of Jesus was sufficient for the whole world but so precious that if it was for the whole world the whole world would have been saved. If it was God’s will that all would be saved, all would be saved, therefore there must be another Biblical reason and that is simply: Election, predestination.
    It is indeed blasphemy to say that some rejected Jesus, rejected the blood of Jesus and so want to remove God from His sovereign throne. Adam and Eve were created in a status of integritatus, able to sin and able not to sin, not a robot but with a free will. Had they been created innocent they would not have sinned. However, after the fall they surely died as they transgressed the creation covenant of works. The status of man now is status corruptionus with no inclination towards their Maker, but can only make choices according to their preferences. Their preference being for the love of darkness and sin and from their new darkened nature, naturally hate God. In this sense, they still have a free will but bonded only towards their preference to make choices for their fleshly gratification and not for godliness. As regenerated man we also naturally love God, that stream of living waters flow through the redeemed because we have been given the light of faith. Both these extremes have bonded wills and are bonded slaves, the one to Satan and the other to God.
    I am tempted to go on and on about the will of man that has been debated for 6000 years.
    Nico Engelbrecht


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