A brief background on false teacher - Kerrigan Skelly

Kerrigan Skelly is the founder of pinpoint evangelism. He is pastor at Refining Fire fellowship. His false ministry is known for visiting numerous college campuses, football games, street corners etc spreading a false gospel that nullifies the grace of God through Jesus Christ - Galatians 2:21
 In the following section, I will identify his false teachings and damnable heresies including him calling the transferred righteousness of Christ false which the Bible clearly states. He said this to me on facebook after I publicly opposed him for being a heretic and false teacher.

The False teachings and beliefs of Kerrigan Skelly

  1. False teacher Kerrigan denies that Christ's righteousness is imputed to a believer once the person truly repents and believes the gospel and thus saved from the wrath of God.  Isaiah 53  is a fulfilled prophecy that points to Christ satisfying God's wrath on sin for those that accept Christ. Psalms 7:11 says that "God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day".  This verse shows God has wrath. God is holy and therefore his wrath is holy- Isaiah 6:3. Whether Kerrigan admits it or not, God has wrath directed at sinners for sin - Ephesians 2:3, John 3:18, Exodus 22:22,Leviticus 26:27,Ezra 8:22,Psalm 21:8. God's wrath on sin was satisfied for all who accept Christ. Those who reject Christ will receive his wrath for eternity. Romans 2:5.  The false belief spread by Kerrigan denying God's wrath on sin for believers being satisfied and that Christ's righteousness is not imputed to a believer as evident in 2 Corinthians 5:21  is evidenced in his heretical video titled "Calvinist Confusion- "Impute" & "Propitiation" found here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cW2iUkPthao&list=PLDA9EF2A221ED2F82&index=2 

2.   False teacher Kerrigan teaches that God's special grace through Jesus Christ is limited i.e Kerrigan Skelly falsely teaches that Jesus Christ only died for the past sins of believers not their present and future sins. He teaches that God's grace is limited and dosent cover the entire walk of the believer.  This is evident from his video here at time 2:00 - 2:07  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ef98OwWQDAw.  This heresy denies that God is all knowing (Job 37:15-16) because he assumes God only views us in our past. God is all knowing so he sees our past , present and future sin and his grace through Jesus Christ covers all of them for believers- those who have repented and believed the gospel. Colossians 2:13-14 shows this. It says " When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins,  having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross". It is important to note that there are two types of forgiveness in scripture.  They are judicial and fellowship forgiveness. Colossians 2:13-14 deals with judicial forgiveness i.e we are justified before God once and for all because of Jesus Christ and get to be with him for eternity in his presence. With regards to fellowship forgiveness, Dr. Charlie of  GraceLife ministries hit it on the head when he described it. He says "We are forgiven experientially when we confess subsequent sins to God on a moment by moment basis (1 John 1:9). If we do not confess our sins on an ongoing basis we may hinder our experiential fellowship with God. Though we can never lose our salvation, we can lose the joy of our salvation, much like a disobedient son would not cease to be in the family, but could have a fractured relationship with his father". You can see this in Psalms 51. Here is Dr. Charlie's article on this - http://www.gracelife.org/resources/gracenotes/pdf/gracenotes33.pdf

3 .   False teacher Kerrigan Skelley believes that Christians can lose their salvation. Here is the statement from his website pinpointevangelism.com on  this false belief  -" We believe that true Christians have the ability to backslide, depart from the faith, be cut off and/or fall away (this is commonly called "losing your salvation") because they still have "free will" given to them by God (Ezekiel 33:12-20, Matthew 24:48-51, Matthew 25:1-13, Romans 11:20-23, 1 Corinthians 10:5-13, Hebrews 3:6-4:1, James 5:19-20, 1 Timothy 4:1-2).

Let us look at these scriptures in context.

  •  In context, " Ezekiel 33:12-19 deals with the fact that “the wages of sin is death” (Rom 6:23).Every piece of evidence in the text points to the basic unrighteous character and lifestyle of the Jewish exiles whom Ezekiel confronts with the Lord’s words. Because of their wickedness, they will die. They will not survive. Like the generation that fell in the wilderness, they will die outside the land of promise because of unbelief. The text does not speak of eternal life or eternal salvation. It speaks only of the issues of physical life and physical death. Even if the exile is a righteous person, one act of rebellion will result in death and elimination from any future restoration to the land." Here is an article with further explanation in context - http://www.academia.edu/1370283/Ezekiel_33_12-19_and_Eternal_Security

  • 1 Corinthians 10:5-13 does not mean you can lose your salvation. In context,  "1 Corinthians 10:12 warns believers to "be careful that you don't fall!" Does this mean that a Christian can fall out of salvation? The next verse makes it clear that the "fall" is in reference to succumbing to temptation:
    No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. (1 Corinthians 10:13)
    So, the verse is referring to standing under temptation rather than falling into it. It does refer to salvation at all". Here is the full article on this - http://www.godandscience.org/doctrine/security_believer.html 

  • Hebrews 3:4-6, 4:1 does not mean a true believer of Christ can lose their salvation. 
    "Hebrews chapter 3 is about how the children of Israel rebelled when Moses was leading them out of Egypt. Verse 12 says, "See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God." Since it addresses the Hebrews as "brothers" it would seem to be written to believers. However, the verse warns the congregation not to have an unbelieving heart. In other words, it is referring to unbelievers within church. Verse 14 says we "share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end." Does this mean we lose our share of Christ if we don't hold firmly until the end? In looking at the overall context of the chapter, it is making reference to those who rebelled against Moses and God, which were the unbelievers. Ultimately, the passage makes this clear in verses 18-19:
    And to whom did God swear that they would never enter his rest if not to those who disobeyed? So we see that they were not able to enter, because of their unbelief. (Hebrews 3:18-19)
    So, the entire chapter is about unbelievers, not backsliding Christians." Here is the full article on this - http://www.godandscience.org/doctrine/security_believer.html

    • James 5:19- 20 does not mean a true believer in Christ can lose their salvation. " James addresses "my brothers" and says in verse 5:20, "he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins." Although the verse is addressed to "brothers," not all among the brethren are necessarily saved. The fact that the brother had his soul saved from death and it covered a multitude of sins tells us that the "brother" was never saved in the first place. If he had been saved, his sin would have already been covered by faith in Jesus". Here is the full article on this - http://www.godandscience.org/doctrine/security_believer.html 

    •  1 Timothy 4:1-2 does not mean a true believer of  Christ can lose their salvation. "Paul tells us in 1 Timothy 4:1 "that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons." The fact that some people fall away from the faith does not mean that they were ever saved, but that they had professed to be Christians at some point in time. They knew about the Lord Jesus Christ and professed for a time to follow Him, but then they apostatized from the faith".Here is the full article on this - http://www.godandscience.org/doctrine/security_believer.html

4. False teacher Kerrigan Skelley teaches that Judas Iscariot was "saved" and lost his salvation as evidenced in his video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0iKT5V24yfA This is false.
"The Bible clearly indicates that Judas was not saved. Jesus Himself said of Judas, “The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born” (Matthew 26:24)"

In conclusion, you can see that Kerrigan Skelley is not of God and he twists scriptures on essentials like the transferred righteousness of Christ. This leads the door open for a salvation of works which can save nobody. We are saved by living faith in Christ. Romans 3:28, Romans 4:4-5. Look for the part two of this article to see my actual public conversation with him .
 2 Peter 2:1-3 describes the false teaching of Kerrigan Skelley and his fate unless he repents and turns to Christ.
 But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves. Many will follow their depraved conduct and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. In their greed these teachers will exploit you with fabricated stories. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.

Written by Cash Willis