How The Gospel Of Grace Is
My wife and I have an interesting story we wanted to share. Maybe not unfamiliar to some but to many it may
I'm 61 and grew up semi Catholic (you see I told you it would be crazy) then at age 35
1989, discovered a Charismatic church in southern California called Eagles Nest, pastor Gary Greenwald. When I
first walked in they were speaking (in what THEY thought) were tongues it freaked me out! But those around me
convinced me it was the real deal. I was into that Charismatic scene for awhile.What a strange set of beliefs
that was to say the least. I at this so called church went to an alter call, repenting of my sins, and felt I
did what was 'necessary' to ask Jesus into my heart, etc. which I now know is a false conversion and denies the
From there, I went to Assemblies of God where I was told that twanging of the guitar
(I'm a guitar player and singer) was of the devil so I learned songs from the Hymnals calmed my rock edge down
quite a bit and jumped through more religious hoops than I could imagine. I just wanted to use "my gifts" to
serve the Lord. Anyone who knows much about Assemblies of God, know they are Pentecostals steeped in bad
religious doctrines derived from the holiness movement.
I went from that to a street outreach called Set Free Christian Fellowship which was
comprised of ex Hells Angels, ex gang members started by Phil Aguilar a favorite of TBN for a long time. THAT
was an interesting ministry full of rock and rap music (I'm a musician so I seemed to fit in since I had played
in secular rock bands in Hollywood in the late 70's early 80's) with lyrics changed to SUPPOSEDLY glorify God.
Outreaches all over the USA a traveling hardcore street ministry. (Just goes to show you that you can place the
label Christian on ANYTHING but it don't make it so). Most, if not all of these folks in looking back were
probably not even saved. But I obviously cannot be sure on that but do not remember Paul's gospel being
From there uh oh yes it's true, the word faith movement! Now that is a group that is so
far off the beaten path in looking back I wonder how did I ever fall for that malarkey! I saw everybody who was
anybody from Copelend, to Creflo, to Joyce Meyers, Jakes, Jesse Duplantis, Kim Clement, Hinn, Hagin, Rodney
Howard Brown, Patricia King, Heidi Baker, you name 'em, the list goes on and on of some of greatest charlatans
on earth!!! Pretty much the entire TBN crowd!I wont even get into some of the others like Joel Osteen. It's
simply unbelievable that thousands maybe millions can buy such garbage! (I discovered that fact gratefully not
too late that all these are deceivers)
I was in the word of faith group for 9 years! (mostly wasted years.)I'm living proof
that anyone can be deceived if you are not rightly dividing the word of truth. Anyway back to word of faith.
There was a point in being on the "worship" team, I was looking out at the huge crowd and realizing we were not
worshiping anything but our flesh, I walked off and stopped playing music feeling I was just entertaining these
people NOT leading them into so called worship. At least my heart thought it was true worship.
From there I went to a group steeped in the Purpose driven scene In Costa Mesa
California Lighthouse Church. We studied Rick Warren's agenda. (You see again, I told you this was a crazy
path.) I studied hard core daily only problem was since I was being taught incorrectly and using the NIV, it
obviously confused me even more.
After this once again, frustrating time, I just stopped going to church. I had had
enough of man's baloney. My search continued though for the truth. I didn't give up. I prayed and begged God
for it many times not wanting to do anything but serve him. I never seemed to quite fit in to any of these
groups, but I could certainly hold my own and hang with them all, especially since I thought I was doing God's
work and following God's will for my life. I'd take a guess 95% of the teachings of all the groups I was
involved in were completely false in doctrinal beliefs etc.
But like a true believer not wanting to be critical or judgmental, I went with what
appeared to be at the time, mainstream Christianity. Trusting God to work it all out. After all, how could
these people be wrong? They were at this much longer than me. They had all the material "blessings" of God
imaginable so, it appeared to the untrained believer this was it. The golden ticket! The obvious danger that
happens to many Christians is celebritizing men and women. Trusting that what they tell you is the truth. Not
studying PROPERLY for yourself to rightly divide. It's a trap that so many have fallen into and of course still
do on their way to hell. Many of these groups and so called churches and movements add just enough Jesus, just
enough truth to make it palatable and bam you're hooked. Like a lemming going to the slaughter.
Now for my wife.
My wife (she's 58) had many similarities running in the same circles. The biggest difference was she was a
pastor's kid. Her dad was an Assemblies of God preacher and he and her mom missionaries in Peru, Guatemala etc.
She also in her circles never felt like she fit in. Something wasn't right.
She had fallen into the NAR crowd, C Peter Wagner etc., also the laying on of hands
crowd/deliverance "ministries", (what a scam) false prophets like Rick Joyner, (we read that book of his the
Final Quest 9 times!) ya think we were a bit deceived? and we are not stupid people! Not to mention much of her
family believed/believes Billy Graham was/is THE preacher extraordinaire as much of America and the world
did/does. Wow! We now realize that HE is a smooth talking, universalist ushering in the one world religion and
has been a 'friend' to the world for decades!
We met and married 3 years ago and have been on a quest for truth together ever since.
You see, what many people don't realize is the people teaching in these various movements are either totally
deceived and blinded from the truth, or they know exactly what they are doing and are liars filling their own
bellies (agendas). What can happen is, once you realize someone is teaching falsely, you can easily fall into
another trap by hearing someone else teaching doctrine what 'seems' to REALLY be the truth compared to what you
Case in point after we finally singled out 'most of the false teachers, false prophets,
and outright liars, we then fell into teachings by John MacArthur (calvinist), Paul Washer, Todd Friel, RC
Sproul, David Wilkerson, to name a few, thinking these guys were ROCK SOLID. We thought we FINALLY hit the
mother lode. That the Holy Spirit had honored our diligent search for truth. Especially when compared to those
to what we had gone through and followed. Well once again we were duped.
We now discovered (with your help and another guy teaching the same) that these people
are HALF right which is still a whole lie, teaching mans efforts to achieve salvation (lordship salvation)
and/or our own efforts to maintain it. Oh yeah they teach the cross just not the finished crosswork. They have
the experience, degrees, excellence in orator skills etc. to pull it off. So many so called Christians believe
and/or teach Jesus and believe in the cross but add in extra things that we must do or even as you know, teach
this so called irresistible grace or that only certain people are chosen for salvation and the rest go to
My wife discovered you around Christmas time 2014 on truthtimeradio.com. I fought it at
first, wondering what is he talking about Paul's gospel, no more asking forgiveness etc. That all the Bible
is FOR us but not TO us. This was foreign to us both. But as I listened, I realized letting scriptures
interpret themselves WAS and IS rightly dividing. Comparing words with words. To say you and your teachings
have blessed us would be GREATLY understating that fact! WOW! Talk about revelation.
We had previously sent you a couple of lame questions, but we get it now after years we
get it! We live in Lake Havasu City Arizona, where there is NOTHING being taught like this, we have a business
here we realize we need to start our own fellowship of ambassadors here and see what the Lord does. We are
greatly excited to say the least to FINALLY get the truth!!! We have a small place in the Hualapai mountains in
Kingman Arizona where we spend our weekends studying, learning, and growing in the truth. We are studying
online the vast resources you offer and will follow the grace dispensation, Pauline doctrine, finished
crosswork teachings to the T. Your people there must know how blessed they are to be in such a fellowship I'm
sure. My wife and I have taken a long hard road to get here, and we wont get fooled again (the Who)
I know this was long winded, but hopefully it may encourage someone there that no
matter what they have been through, they can keep pressing on and the REAL truth will set them free. Feel free
to use this as you feel. If not hopefully it made for some good reading and is an encouragement to you and your
fellowship we are out here, and we are with you. We will fight for the truth to the end that some might be
Bobby and Liz Faulkner
Lake Havasu City, AZ