Warning: New Life Baptist Church in Fairfield East NSW Australia preaches false New IFB teaching

New Life Baptist Church in Fairfield East NSW Australia is a church that is pastored by Kevin Sepulveda. There are many reasons that one should not attend this church. Sepulveda himself preaches many doctrines that are not biblical, but that he learned from Victor Tey, who learned them from Steven Anderson, the leader of the New IFB movement which he is a part of.

From the post on this website “What is the New IFB?” Here is the kind of doctrine that is accepted by the small group of churches that this church is a part of:

  1. Independent, Fundamental Baptists have historically believed in the rapture preceding the tribulation,  (pre-trib), but New IFB preachers teach that the rapture is after 3 ½ years of tribulation (Pre-wrath or mid-trib)
  2. Independent, Fundamental Baptists have historically held to a dispensational view of scripture, but New IFB preachers reject this. As a result, they tend to bring commands God gave to Israel in the Old Testament and make them binding upon the New Testament Church. (One such command is that sodomites should be put to death)
  3. Independent, Fundamental Baptists have historically taught that Salvation is by grace through faith in Christ alone, but the New IFB movement constantly declares that people who disbelieve their views of scripture are not saved (regardless of whether they trusted in Christ), therefore adding works to salvation. New IFB preachers also preach that the person leading you to Christ must themselves be saved, or you cannot be, and that a soulwinner must lead you to Christ – you cannot be saved by reading the Bible alone.
  4. Independent, Fundamental Baptists have historically taught that repentance is an essential part of faith that brings salvation, but the New IFB movement rejects the teaching of salvation repentance.
  5. Independent, Fundamental Baptists have historically preached that all men can be saved, but the New IFB teaches that those who are involved in sodomy cannot be saved, and that instead we should pray for them to die and go to hell. New IFB pastors celebrate if a vigilante shooter kills sodomites.
  6. Independent, Fundamental Baptists have historically taught that the Jews and Israel play important roles in Eschatology, but the New IFB movement rejects this, preaching anti-Israel sermons and denying the holocaust.
  7. Independent, Fundamental Baptists have historically taught that when a person is saved, it produces a change in action, as they are a new creature. The New IFB says that people shouldn’t be expected to change after salvation
  8. Independent, Fundamental Baptists have historically taught that the name “Word of God” referring to Christ does not mean that Christ is literally the Bible or that the Bible is God, but the New IFB believes that the Bible is literally God.

In addition to these major errors, “New IFB” pastors, following the example of their leader, Steven Anderson, tend to bring conspiratorial elements into their preaching and practice, commonly supporting 9/11 conspiracies, anti-flouridation, anti-vaccination, and other strange movements.

Post Author: Joshua Lindsey

My name is Joshua Lindsey. I live in Minnesota, and with my wife and children am a faithful member of my local independent Baptist Church. I have taught Sunday School classes and children’s classes, and also had the opportunity to preach at several churches. I teach Bible college classes on the Pentateuch, Atheism and Faith, Chrsitian Denominations, Bible Preservation (A defense of the underlying texts of the KJV), Bible Geography and Customs, Church Graphic Design, and some others. My father is an Independent Baptist Pastor in Wisconsin, and I grew up in a home full of love for the Lord. My parents raised me in the Bible, and are faithful to this day in witnessing and discipling. Although I was constantly immersed in biblical teaching and preaching, I did not personally believe in Jesus as described in John 3:16 until my freshman year in Bible college. In the many years since then, I have grown in grace and the Lord has given me opportunity to serve him in ministry. Among other ministries, I run my church’s print shop and participate in door-to-door evangelism. In doctrine, I affirm the truth that has been passed down from church to church since the time of Christ. I affirm the deity of Christ, his death, burial, and bodily resurrection, the personhood of the Holy Spirit, the Trinity, the virgin birth, the inerrancy and infallibility of the scriptures, the inspiration and preservation of the scriptures, the imminent return of Christ and his future literal millennial reign. I accept the canonicity of the 66 books of scripture, I believe that God commands all men to repent, that Christ draws all men to himself, that any person can believe and be saved. I believe salvation cannot be forfeited or taken away. I believe Christ’s command to go to all the world and preach the Gospel is still applicable to us today. I believe in a future literal judgment seat of Christ and a Great white throne judgment. I believe that no person will enter heaven except through Jesus Christ. I reject all false religions: Islam, Judaism, new Age, etc. I reject the teaching that God elects some men to damnation, giving them no chance to be saved. I reject the idea that God did not preserve his words and that recent manuscript discoveries provide us with a more accurate Bible that was not available to past generations of Christians. I reject the concept of a universal church. I reject the idea that Baptism plays a part in salvation. I believe many things additionally not listed here. My views align with the scripture and with the beliefs that faithful churches have held since the time of Christ, and have held under the title of “Baptist” for many centuries now.

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I was wondering, Have you ever been wrong in what you thought was to be true?

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No one would disagree that we should stand for the truth and against error. I would like to have dialogue regarding some of the many issues you have found with the new IFB. And I wish to do so on the comment section of this post. If you are able to oblige then perhaps we could discuss what you find most troubling with the new IFB first. My name and who I am is not as important as the truth that I seek with meekness and with shame in the sight of God.

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Lol, I mean without shame

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Great point, I am without shame when I seek the truth in the sight of God and man, but I’m not here to buy fireworks. But if you insist then please call me J. Moving forward hopefully, I would be glad to hear more about your passion against the new IFB movement. Because examining both traditional and nontraditional, I find many faults with individuals and some of the rhetoric. But in knowing that I too have been passionate in things I’ve learned of since to be wrong, what is the most outrageous error(s) that you have about said group?

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This 11 minute video gives us a brief synopsis of the Independent Fundamental Baptist movements Inception. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=a9RSIj45oAI My take away is that even though certain individuals of the southern Baptist organization did not always agree with each other, but there was enough agreement to break away from its national convention memberships. I am sharing the video not because it is detailed, because it is not. It just help me get a birds eye view of shoot from the hip independent Baptist history. Now, looking at the list from the link you had prescribed… I was wondering which of the numbered… Read more »

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OK, thanks for that info. I’ve also heard that the name Baptist stuck when their enemies (the catholics) declared then ana Baptist, but became Baptist for short because they rebaptist those who had under went [no pun intended] the Catholic sacrament as a child or infant. Anyways, I wanted to establish the historical understanding of from both our angles and yes I agree on the King James version for studying the word and learning God’s truths, but I am not dogmatic when it comes to someone possibly receiving salvation in the KJV only. Is it good to say that you… Read more »

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I have read through your article and can say that there isn’t much difference between the doctrine of repentance held by you and the new ifb. Before I should explain how I come to this conclusion, let me first explain my position on the matter. Four main things occur in a person who puts their faith in Christ alone. 1. They are admitting they are a sinner 2. Subsequently, they have a destination (hell) 3. They are fleeing from the wrath of God 4. Because they are turning to Christ for refuge Of course, when they are coming to Christ… Read more »

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Sure thing. It’s my understanding the new IFB disagree with people who say there needs to be a willingness to not sin to be eligible for salvation and or maintain external life. And the new IFB response to those people is in the form of a question… How much willingness does someone need to have in order to know they are eligible for salvation and or continue having salvation? The new IFB seems to be asking it in such a way that causes such opposition where that person wants to double down and suggest that the new IFB is sloppy… Read more »

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The new IFB sarcastically will ask someone who believes that a willingness must be present for salvation… “How much willingness do you need to know you have to then know for sure that you are eligible for salvation and continue in that salvation?” The point the new IFB is making is that how can you measure up your willingness? A little bit of willingness, a lot of willingness? It’s just an antidote to refute the willingness doctrine for salvation. You see there is this hyper awareness regarding the word “repent” when not explained before and after each use of the… Read more »

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Yea, I understand your point. However, we need a doctrine for the unpardonable and unforgiven in this life and in the next.
What terminology have you found the new IFB using that seems to contradict?

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If I had to guess the terminology… Would one that comes to mind be the new IFB reprobate doctrine?

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First I want to say that I noticed our text submission timestamps are out of sync, which can cause some conflict of our communication.

However, maybe the word contradict was not the proper word… You stated…
“I don’t think they are consistent. I don’t think they all stand in the same place. ”
I was inquiring as to what exactly caused the inconsistency that you mentioned?

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“repentance under another name” could you elaborate? This is intriguing.

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Just pinging back at ya, is this dialogue still active?

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Hey. It was a good back and forth, You know, I had a guy tell me once that if a person who believes the grace message, but doesn’t have a Bible, that, that person probably isn’t saved. I told him that the gospel of Jesus Christ is the power of God unto salvation, not whether or not that person owns a Bible. That’s the problem in our own backyard, we think we can be justified in our judgement of someone else’s salvation because of their non action. If the person is doing something worthy of exclusion, don’t count them as… Read more »