Nevertheless, such fame comes with a cost in wicked and adulterous generations (Mk. 8:38). The temptation is strong for preachers to diminish the intensity of what is written, or even apologize for what is demanded, because the masses of Christendom are increasingly intolerant of Biblical Christianity. Tragically, this is exactly what Keith Daniel does in the famous sermon, "Have You Had a Personal Calvary".
- They aren't "desperately" seeking God.
- There is no "hope" that God would answer their prayers immediately.
- They are a "grief" to God and man.
- There are "inconsistencies" and "shallowness" in their Christian lives.
- They have not "laid" their "all" on the altar of God.
- They have not "fully surrendered" their lives to God.
- They do not live "a life of fruitfulness" - such that "is born through a moment of death".
- They have refused to "lay down [their] lives no matter what the cost".
- They refuse to "seek God with all [their] heart".
- They have refused to "put God first before anything".
- They are not "desperate" to find a "true walk with God".
- They have not "absolutely surrendered" their lives to God.
- They are content with "second best" - "Seeing as [they] don't want this cost: a Crucified Life, a Personal Calvary."
"[Jacob] was saved and would have been in heaven; don't doubt that - you are, you will be in heaven...but what would God have done, if you would stop the fight and had a Personal Calvary?"
In a shocking departure from the fundamentals of the Gospel, Keith preaches a substandard version of Christianity that isn't Biblical. For, according to the Bible, all genuine Christians were truly converted at the instant they were "crucified with Christ" in a Personal Calvary (Gal. 2:20, Rom. 6:1-7, Col. 3:3, Gal. 5:24). This is consistent with what is commonly called, Lordship Salvation, as revealed in Scripture. The Cross is the instrument of execution that liberates the soul in absolute surrender to Jesus Christ as the Lord (Rom. 10:9, 1 Cor. 12:3). Absolute surrender in and through the Gospel is to seek God with all the heart so as to find Him (Jer. 29:13, Deut. 30:6, Col. 2:10-13, Php. 3:3) - all of which is the beginning of a true walk with God made possible by saving faith (Gen. 5:24, Heb. 11:5). This is the clear testimony of Scripture.
"Somebody said, 'It is so easy to get saved.' Yes, all it will cost you is a full surrender to the Lord Jesus Christ. All you've got to do to be saved is to die: that's all it costs to get to Christ." - Rolfe Barnard
"There's only two kinds of people in the world, those who are dead in sin and those who are dead to sin." - Leonard Ravenhill
"Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God." - 2 Corinthians 4:1-2
Inconsistent and shallow Christians, who lack desperation to change, and stubbornly continue without vital reality with God, are those to whom Jesus said, "thou art Lukewarm", but Keith doesn't call it what it is (Rev. 3:14-22). He radically deviates from the biblical motivators presented to backsliders in divine argumentation, eloquently giving the people incentives to get "right with God" contrary to the emphasis of Scripture. Then Keith goes on to characterize what he called "the Crucified Preacher", only making things worse.
- "The Crucified Preacher is nailed to the Cross because of love for the lost."
- "He loses his life to win the lost for Christ. He denies himself what others call their legal rights."
- "He dies daily to things others regard as normal, legitimate, and even essential."
- "This world is not his home."
- "He lives to lay up himself treasures in heaven."
- "He sets his affection on things above, not on things of the earth"
- "For him to live is Christ and to die is gain."
Without controversy, this is the case and point in 15 out of 16 times where the word fruit is used in Matthew (Matt. 3:8, 10, 7:16, 17-20, 12:33, 13:8, 23, 26, 21:19, 34, 41, 43, 26:29), 7 out of 8 times where the word fruit is used in Mark (Mk. 4:7-8, 20, 28-29, 11:14, 12:2, 14:25), 11 out of 15 times where the word fruit is used in Luke (Lk. 1:42, 3:8-9, 6:43-44, 8:8, 14-15, 12:17-18, 13:6-7, 9, 20:10, 22:18), 6 out of 7 times where the word fruit is used in John (Jn. 4:36, 12:24, 15:2, 4, 5, 8, 16), and 17 out of 23 times where the word fruit is used in the Epistles (Rom. 1:13, 6:21-22, 7:4-5, 15:28; 1 Cor. 9:7, 2 Cor. 9:10, Gal. 5:22, Eph. 5:9, Php. 1:11, 22, 4:17, Col. 1:6, 10, 2 Tim. 2:6, Heb. 12:11, 13:15, Jas. 3:17-18, 5:7, 18, Jude 1:12). That amounts to over 50 violations of Scripture in a topic that pervades the New Testament.