The False Gospel of David Eells

“God is a good parent and He is never merciful to wilful disobedience. And the reason he’s never merciful is because He doesn’t want you to ever count on mercy when you’re wilfully disobedient otherwise you would get worse and worse and worse.”
(David Eells – Atonement and Sin – Part 1)

“Our sins have to paid for while we are here. Listen they’re not always paid for by Christ did you know that? they’re not always paid for by Christ. I’m going to show you that the Scripture teaches that, that our sins are not all paid for by Christ and what I mean by that is He does not always take the penalty for our sin. Wilful disobedience is not covered by the sacrifice.”
(David Eells – Atonement and Sin – Part 1)

Does David Eells believes that he himself is his co-redeemer?

If the Christ whom he presents only paid for some of his sins and David Eells had to pay for some of his own sins himself wouldn’t that make himself a co-redeemer and give himself room to boast before the throne of God on the day of judgment?

Indeed it would and that is what we are going to look at in this article.

“I want to prove to you that the bible says – some people think well that’s blasphemy you can’t say that you can pay for your own sins. I say you can pay the penalty for your sins because the bible says so.”
(David Eells – Atonement and Sin – Part 2)

“You know the Lord puts us in prison, puts us in bondage if we rebel against His Word. In fact you can pay for your sin in that bondage. You can pay the penalty for yur sin in that bondage. Okay. He said it right here, I didn’t say, He said it. He said, listen, the sacrifice (of Christ) is not going to take the atonement for that sin, you’re going to have to take the punishment for that sin.
(David Eells – Atonement and Sin – Part 2)

“The atonement doesn’t cover a wilful disobedience.”
(David Eells – Atonement and Sin – Part 1)

“You see the thing is your sins must be paid for before the end of this life. The sin must be paid for. If it’s not under the blood if it’s not by Jesus then you’re going to have to pay the penalty.”
(David Eells – Atonement and Sin – Part 2)

“All of this is put under the blood of Jesus if you walk with him. If you walk in obedience to him. Your ignorance is covered. Your presumption, presumptuous sins, that’s covered, but willfull rebellion is not covered. This is why we need to avoid wilful rebellion at all costs because you may pay a cost like David. He paid a cost, the rest of his life he paid the cost.”
(David Eells – Atonement and Sin – Part 2)

“If you know something is wrong and do it God will spank you, Jesus himself wont take the spanking upon the cross, He will spank you, you will pay for that. That is what He does to those who walk in sin. Which mean this sin is imputed to that person, it isn’t covered by the blood. It’s imputed to that person and they’re judged for that sin.”
(David Eells – Unequally Yoked?)

This is nothing short of astounding. It is quite staggering how anyone who would call himself a follower of Christ could make such blasphemous statements which are more akin the the heretical doctrine of “blood atonement” which has been taught by the cult of Mormonism than true biblical christianity.

To say that the Lord Jesus did not atone for all of the sins of His people is complete and utter blasphemy.

Incidently David Eells also teaches the blasphemy of Universal Atonement – an atonement which didn’t actually atone, for many for whom the christ that David Eells presents died, will nonetheless perish in an eternal hell – so in actual fact should we be surprised at such statements as these from Mr Eells?

Needless to say that it only requires clearly Scripture to refute such a heresy as this.

The Word of God testifies that Christ Jesus has “put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself;” (Hebrews 9:26).

He has “finished transgression and made an end of sin;” (Daniel 9:24).

He has redeemed “us from all iniquity;” (Titus 2:14).

He has “redeemed us from the curse of the law,” (Galatians 3:13) from destruction and from the power of the devil;

He has “obtained eternal redemption for us;” (Hebrews 9:12).

He has “redeemed us to God.” (Revelation 5:9).

Now, in case Mr Eells or one of his followers would like to argue with God and claim that these only refer to ‘accidental’ sins or sins commited unwillingly, let’s look at what God says in Leviticus 16.

The goat here is a representation of the Lord Jesus Christ and here we see a picture of the transfer of all of the sins of God’s elect to the Lord Jesus by imputation (2nd Corinthians 5:21).

Leviticus 16:21
And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness:

Leviticus 16:22
And the goat shall bear upon him all their iniquities unto a land not inhabited: and he shall let go the goat in the wilderness.

How many of the sins of the children of Israel were put on the head of the goat?

Just their accidental sins?

Just their sins of ignorance?

No! God says “all their iniquities”.

Psalm 130:8
And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.

Another astonishing thing that David Eells fails to take into account, is the very clear message of Holy Scripture concerning the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ and how it ALONE can make payment for sin.

God says in Hebrews 9:22, “without shedding of blood is no remission.”

That is right Mr Eells, all the chastisment in the world upon any sinner or saint will not make remission for ones sins. God will only accept the perfect sacrifice, the perfect, spotless blood of the Lord Jesus Christ as payment for sins.

This is stated further in Matthew 26, Ephesians 2 and 1st Peter…

Matthew 26:28
For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

Ephesians 2:13
But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

1 Peter 1:18
Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;

Not even by your own chastisements Mr Eells!

1 Peter 1:19
But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

The reason for David Eells misunderstanding of Hebrews 10 ultimately comes down to the fact that he does not believe or teach the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, but in fact another gospel (Galatians 1:8-9).

This glorious gospel, is the gospel of the imputation of sin – all of the sins of God’s people – to a suitable sinless person, the Saviour – Jesus Christ.

In 2nd Corinthians 5:21 Paul tells us under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit that God “hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)

There was a complete transference (remember the verses that we looked at in Leviticus 16 and how all of the sins of God’s elect, the physical children of Israel being a picture of the true Israel of God (Galatians 6:16) were ALL transfered to the goat, which was a picture of their sins being imputed to Christ?), a mutual transference; the transferring of guilt to the Saviour, and the transferring of His righteousness to the sinner; “that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.”

Not in ourselves Mr Eells…IN HIM!

Not paying for some of our sins ourselves Mr Eells!

Christ did it all!

Take this out of the gospel and what is there left that is worth notice?

Take this out of the gospel and how could a wretch who brought by God at the time when he comes to feel his wretchedness in sin have any hope in the mercy of God?

Such is a terrible gospel; no gospel at all if imputation is taken away.

Eliminate this doctrine of the imputation of sin to Christ, and the imputation of righteousness to the sinner, and we are all as good as in hell; there is nothing for us but perdition.

When a sinner, brought by the Spirit of God into solemn and deep despair of himself and of his own righteousness, looks on the Lord Jesus, and adoringly and wonderingly believes in the imputation that removes from himself all sin and brings to him nothing but righteousness, he is complete in Christ.

That is the gospel!

“And ye are complete in Him.” (Colossians 2:10)

Completely justified and completely saved.

Glorious gospel!

If this but shines into our hearts what a happy people we shall be!

The Gospel presents to us how that Christ Jesus met ALL of the conditions for the salvation of His elect!

Matthew 1:21
And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

Not ‘maybe’ but “shall”, not ‘will try’ but “shall” , not ‘will make it possible of man does his part’ but “shall”…He DID IT!

He made an end of sin!

He saved His people from their sins!

Some of their sins?

NO! “Their sins”…all of them!

This is the true Lord Jesus Christ…this is the Saviour presented in the gospel!

Isaiah 53:5
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

Isaiah 53:11
He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.

Hebrews 8:12
For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.

Hebrews 10:17
And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.

1 John 2:1
My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:

Hallelujah! What a Saviour!

May it please God to bring you to know Him Mr Eells! That you may come to know Him, “that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood” (Revelation 1:5).

The true Christ! The true Saviour! The one who DID save His people from their sins!

“It Is Finished” John 19:30 – The Lord Jesus cried on the cross! It really was finished, sin really had been put away! reconciliation really had been made! Christ Jesus really did make an end of sin! Christ Jesus really and truly did save His people from their sins!

And this is why God could say:

Hebrews 8:12
For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.

“It is finished!”, The Lord Jesus said!

What exactly did He finish in His suffering unto death?

His suffering unto death was completed – “But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God” (Hebrews 10:12).

The redemption of His sheep – “Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us” (Hebrews 9:12).

The justification of His people – “Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” (Romans 3:24).

We finish by looking at David Eells faulty thinking in 2nd Samuel chapter 12.

Mr Eells would like his hearers to believe that the reason God put away David’s sin of adultery with Bathsheba and murder of her husband was because he was going to pay for his own sin by his chastisements over the course of His life.

But God will not have it so!

“Let God be true and every man a liar!”
(Romans 3:4)

2 Samuel 12:13
And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die.

Who really put away David’s sin?

Was it because David himself repented and paid for the sin through his chastisements? after all he did lose 3 sons. As we have shown, such a view is simply untenable when looking at clear Scripture and totally contrary to the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 9:26
…but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.

There is our answer…Jesus Christ the Saviour…David’s Saviour and no other put away David’s sins and that is why King David could rejoice and Paul could write…

Romans 4:6
Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works,

Romans 4:7
Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.

Romans 4:8
Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.

This is the glorious truth found in the gospel…God does not charge His people with sin!

Romans 8:33
Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.

Romans 8:34
Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

And what if the child of God sins?

1 John 2:1
My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:

How wonderful this good news is to one who has been brought by the grace of God to see their need of Christ Jesus, their advocate, their redeemer, their Saviour, their all in all!

But not so with the teachings of David Eells. Contrary to the Word of God He would like us to believe…

“If you know something is wrong and do it God will spank you, Jesus himself wont take the spanking upon the cross, He will spank you, you will pay for that. That is what He does to those who walk in sin. Which mean this sin is imputed to that person, it isn’t covered by the blood. It’s imputed to that person and they’re judged for that sin.
(David Eells – Unequally Yoked?)

Such a false gospel is abhorrent to the child of God, an attack on the cross of Christ and as we stated earlier, nothing short of blasphemy.

Matthew 7:15
Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

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13 Comments on “The False Gospel of David Eells

  1. No. I do not agree with all you assertions. You surely believe that Eells is a false prophet?

    I agree that people may miss one point or another because of misunderstandings and misinterpretations, but the ONLY true test for who is a TRUE Christian is the FRUIT. What is the fruit of Mr. Eells? Does he preach repentance and forgiveness of sins? Does he edify the body of Christ, and are his followers obeying the commandments of Lord Jesus?

    I warn you against judging others. Judging is not your prerogative, leave that to Christ Himself. Do not poke holes where you have not sown.

    Again, and again I insist, the only true test to uncover the false prophets of this age will be to look at their fruit! Jesus says concisely and clearly, ‘A BAD FRUIT WILL NOT BEAR GOOD FRUIT’.

    Take this the way you want it, but attacking a servant of God is akin to bringing the Kingdom of God to disrepute. Do not be fast to judge, even you are not perfect.

    • Dear Nelson,

      You claim that you do not agree with my “assertions”…please tell me what it is exactly that you do not agree with.

      To answer your first question. Yes, the Word of God is very clear that David Eells is a false teacher.

      Regarding David Eells’ fruit. There are 2 things to say about this.

      1) David Eells’ fruit is rotten. He preaches a false gospel, a false god and a false Christ. As I have shown in a previous article, he teaches that the Lord Jesus is a created being who had a beginning. He teaches the false gospel of universal atonement. He teaches that he pays for some of his sins as we have shown above through his chastisements which is utter blasphemy. He endorses and promotes women pastors such as Mary Baxter.

      2) It appears that you think fruit is “morality”, thus, according to this way of thinking, the scribes and pharisees, hey, even Joel Osteen would have been fruit bearers because of their outward righteousness? is David Eells somehow fruitful because he is moral? Do we ignore the fact that he teaches a false gospel and another jesus and embrace him as a brother because he may appear to be outwardly righteous to men?

      Not at all!

      Listen to the Word of God.

      Romans 16:17
      Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the DOCTRINE which ye have learned; and avoid them.


      2 John 1:9
      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.

      2 John 1:10
      If there come any unto you, and bring NOT THIS DOCTRINE, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:

      2 John 1:11
      For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.


      What is his doctrine Nelson?

      What does he teach?

      Does he teach a false christ?

      Does he preach the true gospel?

      You can make all the threats and warnings that you like. You can make the false claim of “misrepresentation” (which would be slander because David Eells has in no way been misrepresented) – but the fact is, the Word of God tells me to “mark them which cause divisions”, to “try the spirits” and to “judge righteous judgment”. Your warnings are not grounded in Scripture, but rather they are in order to protect one who teaches lies.

      He who loves the truth, hates the lie!

      And as one man has rightly said: “Tolerance of the lie betrays a lack of love for the truth.”

      1 Timothy 4:16
      Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.

    • I had some experience with UBM when it was called America’s Last Days some ten years ago. I fellowshipped with some of their people and was quite frankly amazed how fervently they embraced David’s every word. I challenged some of those ideas and was met with indignant resistance. I eventually walked away but did not leave empty handed. There were some edifying ideas to be had. That’s why I believe David at one time was indeed inspired, but as with many in that experience, other cares distract them and they lose that connection with the Holy Spirit. Some become prideful, others arrogant, others overwhelmed with adoration, others paranoid someone else wants their power and influence. Especially in the case where the Lord sends someone to witness an error and the proud resist. Worst yet, they are berated and ridiculed. Relationship with the Lord is not exclusive. Neither is knowledge and inspiration. People really need to work on their humility. We are never immune to the flesh, even the best of saints. I heard it was difficult for David to keep elders. It’s amazing David has the discernment to choose them according to the Holy Spirit, but has to recant when he dismisses them. That is only one example of the fruit of that ministry. Others have left spouses and children to join him. Others have given money only to regret that later on. It’s too bad it seems every ministry that has a word of knowledge or revelation to share, they insist that they have to have an audio video studio eventually to go on TV or shortwave or worldwide with some sort of broadcast that costs so much, they end up being reduced to a run of the mill television evangelism, more worried about paying bills than saving souls and discipling them. I hope David repents and corrects the error of his ways. By all the accounts coming from his ministry in TN, that might be a hard road to walk. Pray for him. He deserves our prayers.

  2. There’s nothing sheepish about this mans words……utter blasphemy!
    Good article.

  3. I agree with this post – D.E. says clearly in his book “Sovereign God” that God created the devil! What a blasphemy – God never created devil he created a sinless angel called Lucifer meaning a bearer of light. The free will gave a chance for Lucifer to fall God is not the father of evil its the devil. God is thte father of all the good J.1:17 “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom can be no variation, neither shadow that is cast by turning.” No God is not the author of evil! And concerning the fruits of D.E. is the reason I have deleted his book from my website in Czech and Engl. as well – after I was told about some new believers falling into some occult practices after reading the book “Sovereign God…” I am sorry for posting it there – I see all those errors now! He is correct on those tithes and other few things but after that there are a lot of dangerous doctrines! Jesus is Lord and God bless you dear!

    • Yes God made Lucifer, who became the devil. But he was still created by God. Scirpture is clear that all things were made through Christ. So how can you argue otherwise?

  4. Hi ,
    I listen to David Eells many years now . He definitly has a gift to teach scripture . But if
    your looking for faults , you should see the cover up in so called science as they
    try to explain away the decomposing dinosaur bones with soft tishue . To fool the masses
    into thinking millions of years .

  5. I found his book “sovereign God” and it seems a lot like law of attraction which I just got out of this new age stuff. I was very deep in it and have found God again. It’s blatantly obvious this is law of attraction, they love using Bible scripture to justify this practice. Very sad to see this message being “disguised” under God’s name and using the words of Jesus. Don’t believe any of it. Read your Bible, ask for guidance.

  6. As true believers our pursuit of holiness is not intended to plunge us into what Bunyan called “the slough of despond” and drive us to despair. It is not intended to motivate us to look to ourselves for righteousness or assurance of salvation. It is intended, first, to promote humility within us knowing that if the LORD ever charged us with sin we would be damned forever. It therefore intended to drive us more and more in faith to the Lord Jesus Christ for ALL salvation and all righteousness. Our assurance of salvation is never in self, but in Christ Jesus the Author and Finisher of our faith. It is intended also to show us as true believers (sinners saved and preserved by God’s grace) how to glorify and honour the God of all grace and express our love and gratitude to Him for all the blessings of salvation given us based on the righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is intended to give us a way to express our love to our brethren in Christ and encourage us in witnessing to a lost world, in our own growth in grace and in knowledge of Christ, and in our continual warfare with the flesh.

  7. “This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.”
    (Luke 15:2)
    There are two kinds of religion in the world. One is where a person has a real knowledge of himself as a sinner. The other includes many branches, and almost all who hold it acknowledge man is sinful by nature, being taught it from children; yet they do not feel sin has seperated them from God, but think they can approach Him by some good work.
    To be sensibly a sinner makes sin a burden.  You feel the coldness it brings upon you, the disinclination to approach God, and it distresses you. It brings discomfort. So, naturally, if something cold is applied you feel the discomfort; and if it were continued, you could not live.  You feel warmth to be applied to remove the discomfort. Those who feel the cold that sin produces need to come to the fire for warmth. They are ready to give up prayer and reading and cannot. If you are hungry, you must eat; the hunger is so uncomfortable. If you are cold, you require warmth for comfort. You feel, “Lord, I am cold; let some of thy rays fall on me from Thy habitation. I am helpless, I feel I cannot pray; give me a prayer. I feel my failings, and am sorry for them.”
    That makes a coming sinner, and God says, “Come unto Me, all ye that are weary and heavy laden; and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). For these Jesus Christ came into this world; He receives them.
    “His name ahall be called Jesus; for He shall save His people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:23)
    For this purpose he left the skies, and took upon Him the form of a servant, that He might come to them, and they to Him. They must do so; they are seperate from all others, there is a barrier between. Others work for themselves, to make themselves acceptable to God. The sensible sinner wants Jesus Christ to work for him. He cries, “God, be merciful to me a sinner!” It altars the whole character, faith, conversation, pursuits – to be a sensible sinner.
    When God withdraws the power of His grace from His people at times, to show them what they are, they have a discovery of themselves that none have but such as have grace in their hearts. None but these cry, “Lord, don’t leave me to that!” and loathe and abhor themselves. There is such a callousness about sin that when it works it hardens more and more, and the soul dreads to be left to it. “Lord, sooner let me feel the smart than be callous and insensible of sin. Lord, I am a beast.” No good thought can come out of our hearts unless the Lord puts it there; not a thought in prayer nor in confession, unless He gives it. It is of no use to tell a child of God to repent and be sorry for his sins. That is what he is doing every day; but that does not take them away. It is of no use to tell him he must be humbled before God. That is what he is every day; but his humility will not cleanse his conscience.
    There is only one thing that will do it. There is a fountain opened for sin and uncleanness. “The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin.” (1st John 1:7)
    That alone, nothing else, will take sins away. That is the object set before the sinner. That blood was shed for the remission of sins; for nothing else. The soul is fixed upon it. “O, that I might be drawn into that new and living way, and, find access to God through the death of Jesus Christ!”
    Theae sinners Jesus Christ has to do with. He has not to do with all sinners; that is certain. You may feel such things that you think He can have nothing to do with you. But this is true:
    “All the fitness He requireth,
    Is to feel your need of Him.”
    The sun might have shone upon this world in all its splendour; but what of that, if there had been none to need it? The grace of Jesus Christ is for every sinner that feels a need; that is dark; and needs light; that is cold; and needs warmth; polluted, and needs the fountain opened for sin and uncleanness. “This man receiveth sinners.” None have this discovery of themselves in this life without grace; we will let alone what all have will have in the next. I could tell a natural man what he is, but he would not believe it – he is dead. The word “Pharisee” is taken from the same as “sanctified;” it means “set apart” from all that is evil, from evil company, as the Pharisees thought they were. And the Pharisees said,  “This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.” (Luke 15:2)
    He will ever receive sinners; only for them He came. He never sent away a sinner, but eateth with every one. To eat with another is a pledge of lasting friendship. If He eats with you once, it is a pledge He will again. If He does so today, He will tomorrow. It is a pledge He will never break friendship with you, that He will never forsake you.
    Have you found His words and eaten them once any time?
    He will be with you to the end; He will always receive you. There is this word for you to go upon: “Seek, and ye shall find.” If you go every day, He will receive you every day. His friendship is everlasting.
    Joseph Hatton

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