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The Scofield Bible

Posted by on Jan 1, 2021 in Articles | 0 comments

Heresy in Disguise

The Scofield Bible,[1] first published in 1908, has the author’s notes adjacent to the biblical text. It was extremely popular for decades after and is still revered by many of its readers. These notes present a unique theological perspective, first expounded by Scofield’s mentor, J. N. Darby.[2]

The change began in the 19th century with an extremely godless, one could say satanically led and perhaps satanically indwelled individual, John Nelson Darby. This man spent his life in a continuous attack on the Christian faith that hugely influenced the Western World. He travelled, it is said, to almost every country in the world, wrote several books, essays and articles. These, disguised as Christian writings surreptitiously, and in places overtly, attacked the Christian faith. Darby held to much of what God gives us in His Word but deviated at enough points to effectively turn the previously widely held faith on its head. Darby, an extremely dedicated, tenacious and powerful individual taught that:

First, Darby rejected the Bible as God’s inspired Word. He wrote:

“I do not receive the Bible, that is, a revelation of God from the hands of men. I receive paper and ink. The revelation I receive of God directly … “They shall all be taught of God.” The revelation is the divinely-wrought conscience, and, I repeat, in the conscience.”[3]

This is an incredibly audacious statement. It says:

The Bible is not a revelation from God. It is just “paper and ink,” the work of men.

God’s communicates to man via his own God-created conscience.

God reveals His will directly into the minds of those that He teaches.

This is God’s means of teaching. It is directly to the heart, not through a book.

So, according to Darby, we can just ignore the Bible; it’s just man’s word. In it God never spoke to His creatures. He just puts within us all we need to know about Him, about sin, righteousness, Christ’s sacrifice for us, repentance, forgiveness, and about how to live in this world.

 Darby held that entire portions of Scripture are wholly irrelevant for Christians today. He did not hesitate to deem certain verses ungenuine, and at times reworded verses to support his system. He claimed that God’s Law was limited to ancient Israel and does not apply today.

Second, Darby held to a peculiar system of Bible study:

Open a concordance, pick a word, read all the verses with the word regardless of context, and make a few comments on each verse. This system of context-less “Bible study” occurs frequently in Darby’s writings and teachings.

Third, the theological understanding of Scripture developed over the previous 1800 years was completely rejected as invalid. It was replaced by Darby’s new method of “Bible readings.”

Fourth, Darby was consumed with the idea of an imminent return of Christ:

A strong mark of all Darby’s teaching is an unholy obsession with unfulfilled prophecy. Christians were taught that true Christianity meant waiting to be snatched away any moment; it was vain to do anything constructive for the long-term, because the Lord could return at any moment.

Fifth, He also disparaged the study and practice of all professions: medicine, mathematics, science, business, etc. Darby wrote:

“But meanwhile what are we to do as regarding setting the world right? Nothing, and this the flesh cannot understand.” … “I am anxious about a rumour I heard of your becoming a doctor, and I am sure you will forgive my anxiety for the Lord’s sake and yours.” … “when I set about to learn a profession or trade, it is not merely the time, but Christ, and Christ’s work, is put in a second place, and faith is set aside” [4]  

How did God’s people ever fall for this, certainly Satan-inspired pack of lies that so blatantly contradicted everything God’s people believed before? God tells us that Satan is a deceiver and the father of lies.

The situation today:

The consequences of all this are very visible in the turmoil that surrounds us today. The super-rich multi-billionaires have launched a powerful attempt to destroy the centuries of peace that characterized America since its founding. They are extremely wealthy and occupy or control virtually all positions of real power. This includes the Federal Reserve and consequently the money supply on which most citizens are heavily dependent.

This tiny group of individuals, not satisfied with their great wealth, are clearly intent on replacing the Constitution with an evil form of government, one in which they would be absolute masters over the entire population.

Their ability to carry out this treasonous plot depends on the continued inactivity of America’s sleeping Christians. This potentially powerful force, though, has been dormant for several decades. It began with a highly distorted view of God’s Word, the Darby/Scofield bible. Its lies, outlined above, were embedded within God’s truth and deceived many of God’s faithful believers.

They have been under the spell of this “Bible” but finally, after a century of supposedly impending doom, some of God’s people are beginning to see through its deception. As this number grows and God’s people come back to life, resistance to the tyranny will increase and the battle will shift. Whether this will be in time to save the Republic is still uncertain.


[1] For a long list of the errors and falsehoods in the Scofield Bible’s embedded notes, see: https://www.gospeltruth.net/scofield.htm

https://chalcedon.edu/resources/books/the-incredible-scofield-and-his-book

[2] See also: https://www.gospeltruth.net/scofield.htm.

 And: https://www.stempublishing.com/authors/darby/letters/volume-2.html

[3] (http://plymouthbrethren.org/article/11026)

[4] Letter to: Sydney Smith, Barbados, March 9th, 1869. STEM Publishing: J. N. Darby: Letters: Volume 2, number 4; https://www.stempublishing.com/authors/darby/letters/52004E.html

Christmas

Posted by on Dec 22, 2020 in Articles | 0 comments

Today we celebrate the birth of the most truly unique person that was ever born. It was the birth of Jesus Christ, the God-man who had no human father. He was equal with God the Father but lowered Himself by taking on the human form.

Christ Jesus:  6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:  7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:  8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.   9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:  10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;  11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Phillipians 2: 5-10)

Jesus wasn’t just God in human form; He was fully God and fully man. Why is this significant?

  • First, as a man without sin, He died for the sins of all that believe in Him.
  • Second, as God, He rules over all things.
  • Third, He delegates His authority to all true believers. They are instructed to:

 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.   19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:  20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you:  and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.   Amen. (Matthew 28: 18-20) 

Cod’s people are here charged with two tasks:

  • First, to teach the gospel and baptize those that believe.
  • Second, to so instruct the new believers that they are able and become teachers of God’s Law to others.
  • The intended result was exponential growth toward an early Christian world.

Sadly, due to much false teaching, the second task here has been seriously neglected for the past century. God’s people have been following false teachers far too long. They need to obey both of these commandments, not just the first one.

Partial obedience is a form of disobedience. We must put this false teaching behind us and get back to true obedience. The world is waiting for God’s people to wake up and get back to the work Jesus assigned them 2,000 years ago. He will not return one day before we’ve completed our work. The generation that does so can celebrate a truly Merry Christmas in a totally Christian world.

Unity In Truth

Posted by on Dec 20, 2020 in Articles | 0 comments

Christianity today is highly diversified. The present-day lack of unity has weakened the Christian witness to the world and humanism is rapidly taking control of America as it already has in Europe. The apostle Paul told us that this is not God’s intent. He has given us leaders and teachers in order to bring us all into the unity of the faith. This unity, we are told, must be “of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.” Its purpose is: “That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine…” (Eph. 4:11-13). 

In other words, it must be a unity in the truth. It cannot be a unity based on a least common denominator in which much of the truth is absent. Such an attempt at unity is bound to fail. It cannot survive because, it ignores the very differences that caused the diversity to begin with. Actually, unity is only possible in the truth; false elements cause dissention and tend to destroy unity.

Unity and Knowledge

So then, how can the many diverse elements now present in Christianity ever be unified? Each group believes that they are the possessors of the whole truth and that their view is the only true truth. They each see their way as the only path to unity. This is the present impasse but Scripture points to a way out.

We read:

For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it. For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you. (1 Cor. 11: 18,19)

The context is the Lord’s Supper but Paul’s reference here is to the problem of divisions within the church, which is our situation today. So, instead of attempting to solve this difficult problem on our own, lets take our lead from God’s word. We have here a group of Christian assemblies that disagree with one another to such an extent that a large section of a book of Scripture is dedicated to it. Paul says that heresies existed in Corinth and gives a reason for their existence. They existed so that “they which are approved may be made manifest among you.” The heresies were necessary! They were the vehicle through which the truth would become known. All the views needed to be aired and discussed until all the congregations understood the respective teachings. Heresies were not to be ignored but were to die out through exposure, and in the process, leading to widespread understanding of the truth.

The strong implication here is that the exposure is to be general. It cannot be limited to the pastors or elders but must include the members as well as the leaders. History teaches us that heresies do not originate or develop within the general membership but rather among the leaders and teachers. Such individuals often tend to harden in their respective viewpoints and vehemently resist change. Those that have the charismatic skills can often attract many followers to their views and heresy prospers.

Today, heresies abound. Any individual with or without credentials can start a church in his home or a school and, if he has the right charisma, can lead a great many people astray. The problem is not that there are too many such individuals but that the general population is so ignorant and gullible. Sadly, it is not just the unchurched that are susceptible to heretical ideas; church members, even long-time and otherwise very capable church members, often lack sufficient knowledge of Scripture to resist the heretics.

Here we have the underlying root issue responsible for the divisions we find in Christianity. It is the lack of Scriptural understanding in the great majority of Christians and their inability to resist and check heretical teaching. Very few have a good grasp of their own, let alone other denominational, teachings. Too many are easily led astray by charismatic charlatans. A case in point is dispensationalism, promoted by J. N. Darby and C. I. Scofield, which virtually took over the fundamentalist churches. It contributes greatly to the current lack of unity.

Unity and Doctrine

Unity among physically separate groups is dependent on a common purpose, one that separates them from others. Its effectiveness is dependent on the extent to which this purpose governs their thinking and their lives. A loosely held desire or inclination will not do much while a deeply held sense of life-purpose can effect tight bonds between strangers. When these groups are a small minority or face opposition, the sense of unity is further strengthened.

Prior to the 19th century, the majority or at least a substantial minority of Christians in the West were united in the purpose of establishing and strengthening God’s kingdom on earth. They felt that the entire world would one day be Christian and that they should do whatever they could to bring this about. The methodology employed included effecting cultural change as well as evangelism. The typical Christian that sat in a pew on Sunday felt responsibility for what took place within his or her range of influence. Speech or actions that were in violation of God’s law or word, be it by an individual in civil office, a business man, a man on the street or a child, were rebuked or punished accordingly. Individuals that persisted in such behavior found that they were not re-elected, lost business or were otherwise chastised by the community. Christians were strongly united in this kingdom purpose.

The new 19th century theologies (dispensationalism and amillennialism) that were adopted and taught in the churches discouraged this faith in the future of God’s kingdom on earth and in time. They were highly pessimistic toward the future and deferred any victory of Christianity until after Christ’s return. The only work then left for Christians to do was evangelism; “let’s save as many as we can before time runs out.”

The typical Christian, believing these new doctrines, understandably lost interest in any personal involvement in social activity other than evangelism, an activity that most felt lay in the purview of pastors and missionaries. The old purpose is now gone and its replacement (if we can call it that) holds little interest for the average Christian. Humanism has filled the gap that Christianity left behind and is now in control of all but isolated pockets of Christian culture. Having lost their purpose, Christians lost their unity. The unity of a century or two earlier is now but a pale shadow of what it was. Its power, a doctrinal system that instills a real heart-felt purpose among Christians, has been lost.

Unity and the Church

The church leadership, in just about every denomination, has treated their congregations as sheep that need to be spoon-fed the very basic teachings. Most pastors see themselves as shepherds charged to protect their sheep that, in their opinion, would otherwise be at the mercy of heretics or unbelievers. Often, protection is needed but the best form of protection is knowledge. These sheep-children need to grow up and be able and “ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you” (1 Pet. 3:15).

A major factor in the sheep-like condition of the great majority of Christians is the two tier structure characteristic of today’s churches. Congregants are not given sufficient reason or incentive to lead them to spend the time and effort needed to acquire an in-depth understanding of Scripture. It entails many hours of reading and study, a commitment that most men would need a good reason to expend. They need to be shown from Scripture that this is something that is required of them and this, the churches do not provide. The few that do demonstrate a significant level of interest (typically younger men) are encouraged to enter a program of study to become pastors. Hence, the development of a two-tier, shepherd-sheep system in which Scriptural knowledge and responsibility are concentrated in the pastor class. This is not the picture of the Body of Christ we see in 1 Corinthians 12. There we see serious participation on the part of the entire congregation, each doing the work the Holy Spirit has equipped them for.

Pastors must stop treating their congregations as children that are unable to deal with doctrine other than on a do this and don’t do that basis. This may be the case today in the majority of typical congregations but even there, a significant number of members are capable of understanding and then teaching many of the others. Christians should be united in the faith and in the knowledge of the faith and must believe with understanding. This process is necessary to achieve the goal of Ephesians 4:13 “That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine…”

Unity at the level of pastors and leaders, while desirable, is no substitute for unity among the people. It is the Body of Christ that constitutes His effective force for establishing righteousness and His members cannot do so without a thorough understanding their responsibilities in this regard.

Today’s churches are too top-down oriented. There is too much separation between the leaders and the people and little or no participation by the latter in church affairs. The pastor preaches a sermon; the people listen and then go about their business in life. But their affairs do not include the church; the church is a place they go to be obedient to God and to learn about Him and His word. Christians need to feel that they are not merely spectators but are an integral part of the churches they attend. They should see, for example, that a baptismal ceremony is something they are doing. The pastor is merely the individual designated by the congregation to perform the actions of the ceremony but it is the church body as a whole that is welcoming the new member into its community.

Unity and Freedom

All this is a consequence of a gross misunderstanding of the institution we call the church. It is pictured as a ruling institution that, alongside the state, sits above and rules over the family and the individual. This is a distortion of the biblical picture, where we see the regenerate individual free in Christ and in bondage to no one. He obeys the magistrate “for conscience sake,” because God says he should and then, only when in his opinion, such obedience does not violate God’s commands. This is not subservience it is the free choice of a free individual who sees only Christ, his true Lord and only lawgiver, above him.

The same is true relative to the church. Absolute obedience is only to the Lord and not the pastor or bishop or any other official. He obeys church officials because God tells him to and only when, again in his opinion, the request conforms to God’s word. He is told to “search the Scriptures” to see if what he is being told is true and what he is being asked to do is in conformity with God’s law.

We see here one sense in which Jesus’ saying, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” is true. Freedom is through faith in the truth, the truth that God is God and there is no authority independent of him. All authority is given by God and subject to God’s law and oversight. The Christian, the believer in Christ, while under both church and state is truly free. He obeys the temporal authorities only because his final obedience is to God.

What is more, both church and state are to be the objects of the free man’s dominion work. As God’s prophet, he is to “teach the nations” to obey his Lord (Matt. 28:18-20) and seek “first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness” (Matt. 6:33). He does these things as God’s free man in his personal life, his family, and both church and state. This means working, within the means that God permits, to promote God’s law in civil government and God’s truth in the church. In this work he can find unity with others of like persuasion.

Restoring Unity

Unity cannot be achieved through meetings of pastors, seminary professors or other institutionally trained individuals. Most are too set in their views and have too many supposedly right answers to the theological questions. Many, if not most pastors are too concerned with loss of members, especially the older members that provide most of the funding, to take any steps that might offend them. Sadly, for many more, the prestige, power or financial security of their positions override all other considerations. In addition, the peer pressure from fellow pastors prevents many from seriously considering any change in their currently held positions.

Seminary professors have a life-long investment in the many students they have inculcated into what they feel certain are the only truly biblical theological positions. This is true also of older pastors that have taught a particular viewpoint all their lives. For these reasons and others, meetings held for the purpose of increasing unity tend to degrade into totally impotent, least-common-denominator endeavors.

But God is not frustrated by disobedient or self-serving organizations. Most Christians are already very upset with today’s godless society and feel it should be more Biblically oriented. God’s law is truly written in their hearts and their desire is to follow its lead; but because they have never been given a biblical basis to support such action, and many pastors actually discourage it, they have been unable to coordinate and take concerted action. Nevertheless, they know in their hearts that Jesus called them to be salt and light and are beginning to act accordingly. As more and more Christians begin to take action to correct the godlessness in the world around them, a unity based on this purpose will develop. This has already begun and will develop more and more rapidly as the culture continues to degrade.

This movement is developing outside of the seminaries and Bible schools. It is springing from the working of the Holy Spirit in the hearts of His people. There is a tension developing between the teachings of the currently popular theologies and what is going on in the world. Christians are feeling with increasing fervor that they must act to correct the trampling-under of God’s commandments regardless of whether or not such action may be in conflict with the theology they hear from their pulpits. Despite all the teaching to the contrary, they are becoming dominion workers by applying God’s law in society.

A second reformation, one that is centered in and driven by God-fearing family heads, is forming. The first reformation, while correcting much of the error and corruption in the church left church and state as rival institutions and therefore lost its original power very early. It made possible the subsequent rise of humanism and its take-over of the greater part of society. But God in His wisdom knew the effect that that would produce in His saints. They needed to feel the scourge of Satan to wake them up and motivate them to become the soldiers for Christ they were destined to be.

Christians and especially pastors and teachers, that already understand the need for Christians to exercise their God-given, dominion work, should encourage others to get involved in this movement. The Body of Christ must be brought together to be in substantial and not just superficial agreement. All must “know the Lord” in a full sense. Mature Christians should be able to walk into almost any church assembly in the world and feel at home with what is being taught. We must become one as the Father and the Son are one (John 17:21-23). We are a long way from that condition today but it must be our goal, something we keep in view and work toward with due diligence.

Satan, seeing our great weakness, has raised his ugly head this year. We must hold fast to our faith in the face of his evil onslaught. Jesus will not return until we have done the work He assigned to us. He will return but only to a world we have prepared for Him, a godly world, one in which all the nations have declared for Christ and in which His law governs all things. We must roll up our sleeves and get about doing God’s work.

Crisis

Posted by on Dec 10, 2020 in Articles | 0 comments

America, and the rest of the world with us, is now in a serious crisis situation. Its unprecedented 500 years of freedom is under attack and may soon come to an end. The challenge is from a coterie of the now extremely powerful super rich. They are now attempting to bring their century old plan to take control of America to fruition. They, through there near total control of Congress and the media, have interfered with the election process and are attempting to overthrow Trump’s reelection victory.

God’s people, previously invincible, have become so weak that they are unable to withstand this evil. The dentury-old poison, dispensational theology, still runs in their veins and limits their ability to fight the disease. It’s false last-days teaching is now a century old; it is growing wearisome but has not yet been put to death.

The only remedy is a return to the faith that was so very strong previously. Post-millennial theology was once the rallying cry of the faithful. Jesus will return, yes but only after His people make this world a Christian world. There is no schedule given, just the task, however long it takes. The nations of the world, all of them, must be made Christian nations before Jesus returns:

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:  20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you:  and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.   Amen.  (Matthew 28:19-20)

 These are the tasks He assigns to each and every one of His children. Are you a Child of God? If so, He speaks to you. Please note, there are two tasks here: the first is to preach the message of salvation and thereby make converts. The second is more demanding of our time and patience. It is to spend enough time and effort to make each convert a fellow worker having the heartfelt goal of converting the entire world to Christ.

These are not idle words. Jesus tells us here that He will not return and the world will not end until both these tasks are successfully completed! Anyone who contradicts this is either an enemy of God or a sadly mistaken, perhaps deceived person.

Satan’s Book

Posted by on Dec 9, 2020 in Articles | 0 comments

Satan is a God-created being. He exists to fulfil God’s purposes as do all things. We can see something of that purpose in this year’s events. Satan is flexing his muscles and attempting to exert his new-found strength in this world. God’s people, ordinarily his arch enemy that kept him subdued for centuries, have become so weak that he is now attempting to take control of the whole world.

How did this terrible situation arise? How did God’s people, once so strong, get so weak as to make it possible? Well, it didn’t happen overnight. Satan began with the introduction of a pleasant, good sounding but extremely evil storybook. His poison was very shrewdly embedded as notes within the well known and highly respected King James Bible.

Yes, Satan, the ultimate epitome of evil, produced a book that conveyed his evil message as notes immediately adjacent to the text of God’s Word. It was poison wrapped as sweet chocolate candy and America’s Christians swallowed it with relish. There was enough good material within it to disguise the deadly poison it contained.

This poisoned book, known as the Scofield Bible, was eagerly consumed by many of God’s people. It became the standard study Bible for the great majority of America’s Christians. Virtually all effective resistance to it was defeated or subdued and progress toward a Christian world was brought to a halt.

God’s response came this year in the form of Satan’s current attempt to destroy the U. S. Constitution and put an end to freedom in America. Will God’s people wake up to this challenge? Will they forsake the false faith they have been following and rescue their nation? So far they haven’t stirred a muscle.

Is this once godly and great nation to become Satan’s footstool? Is this bitter lesson the only one this wicked generation of disobedient Christians will hear? Must we find ourselves in the days of Ancient Rome before we realize what we’ve done?

Wake up Christians! You’ve been following Satan’s teachings. It’s time to burn your Scofield Bibles and relinquish all its many false teachings. These are not the last days for the world but they will mark the end of your freedom if you fail to wake up and act, now before it’s too late!

Satan’s Bible

Posted by on Dec 3, 2020 in Articles | 0 comments

It was devised long before and was committed to print about a century ago. It consisted of an ordinary King James Bible with the addition of explanatory notes. The notes were immediately adjacent to the text and doubtlessly many readers often confused the two.

This Bible was a great hit, especially among the Christian farmers pf a century ago, who could read it and gain what they thought was a good understanding of God’s Word. The huge majority were utterly and totally enamored with its very clear, true and easily understood explanation of most passages.

So far so good but we know we can’t trust Satan so we must examine his Bible notes more closely. As we do so his true colors begin to appear. He says:

  • There are seven dispensations in which God changes how He deals with men.
    • But God says: I change not (Malachi 3:6).
  • The Ten Commandments are not for Christians today.
    • But Jesus said they will last until heaven and earth pass away. (Matthew 5:17,18)
  • Time is short and the whole world will never be saved.
    • But God says: “The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ;  and he shall reign for ever and ever.” (Revelation 11:15).

Despite its many falsehoods, the book gained popularity very rapidly. Churchgoers began to ask their pastors to use it in their services. Those that, for good reason, refused to do so were replaced by men that would comply and the churches began to change. Satan’s bible did its evil work and virtually the entire fundamentalist Christian world was converted to Satan’s teaching.

Why did God permit this disaster to take place? We don’t know and may never know but everything God does has a purpose, one that is fully consistent with His love for His creatures. In any case, it should be a wake up call for all true believers today.

Indeed, it is long past time to awake from your now century-long sleep. Satan’s forces have grown far too strong; they have launched an overt attempt to take complete control of our lives and appear to be very near success. They have interfered with the national election process and believe they have overturned the people’s choices in every significant office.

If you continue in your disobedient slumber you will soon be rudely awakened. You will find yourself in a totalitarian prison. You will face a situation utterly unique in the modern era. The Christian faith will be outlawed and driven underground, much as it was under the emperors of Ancient Rome.

You see all this coming and yet persist in your acceptance of it. You believe it is God’s will that evil rules. Satan’s Bible is still the basis of your faith and you are asking for more punishment from the God who loves you with an everlasting love.

Wake up Christians! Break out of Satan’s evil grip before its too late. Satan lied to you; these are not the last days for this world but will be the last days for freedom if you fail to wake up and take action.

Foundations Under Attack

Posted by on Nov 16, 2020 in Articles | 0 comments

A century or so ago God’s people began a move from an uncomfortable house built on a rock to a more attractive house built on sand. They, like children, followed a pied piper who played a very catchy tune. It said, follow me and I’ll show you a much easier and far more pleasant way to serve God. You need not work so hard trying to convert the world to Christ any longer. Crazy as it may sound, God has changed His mind! He now has a whole new plan for the world. We are now in the last days; Jesus is coming soon, very, very soon, and there won’t be time to convert everyone. Indeed, most of the world’s lost souls will go to hell. We must do all we can to save as many as we can while there is still a little time left to us.

This was the tune that enchanted God’s people and that they fell in love with, beginning about a century ago. Sadly, too many of God’s chosen are still following the same old piper. Many are still fast asleep in a long dead dream.

Wake up Christian, the hour is late. The world is slipping out of your grasp and into Satan’s evil hands. Will God’s people never awaken? Will the Christian faith, once so strong in America, die out entirely? Will the judgment God sent this year be ignored by His sleepers? Must He send yet more severe chastisements before we wake up? God is indeed patient but He is also persistent and will do whatever He must to arouse His sleepers.

Prayer is needed but it cannot be prayer without action, which is a form of false prayer that God doesn’t answer. Huge prayer meetings that attempt to gang up on God won’t suffice. God’s people must recognize their responsibilities, roll up their sleeves and get to work. They must regain the strength they lost through lazy idleness and clean up the mess that the world has become.

It won’t be easy. The enemy has deceived two to three generations of God’s people. Many were taught a false story their entire lives and strongly resist the truth. They still desperately hold on to a fading belief that we are now in the last days and will soon be in the final week. This extremely weak and very misled generation is resisting God’s wake up call. The longer this persists, the more difficult and more painful the recovery will be.

Pulpits, Pews and Priority

Posted by on Nov 8, 2020 in Articles | 0 comments

The primary focus in today’s preaching seems to be the saving of souls. We are told it is so that more people may come to Christ and be saved.  The altar call of the previous generation seems to have passed out of style but the emphasis and the rationale of preaching is very much the same, we need to save souls!    For many churches and preachers the real purpose behind this thrust is to increase revenues by winning new converts and getting the membership to continue to donate.  But putting these devious purposes aside and considering only the motives of sincere followers of Christ, we still need to examine the basic concept from a Biblical perspective.

First, we should recognize that it is God that saves, not men.  God chose His elect before the foundations of the world were laid (Eph. 1:4).  Yes, He uses preaching as a means to call His elect to Him but should this be seen as the primary purpose of preaching?  Should not the primary purpose of preaching rather be the expounding of the Scriptures so that all, especially the members that are in attendance week after week, may grow in the knowledge of the truth and benefit thereby?  Many that preach believe that any failure on their part to include the Gospel message in each sermon might be the cause of someone going to hell.  But this is not biblical; God’s arm is not so short that He is not able to bring all His elect to repentance and faith.  It is also presumptuous to think that God is dependent on what anyone does.  He is the ultimate sovereign and is in total control of the flow of history in its minutest details.  Rather than a call to invite Christ into one’s heart, a call to recognize His presence there would be more appropriate.  “Do you believe that Christ, the second person of the Trinity, came to save sinners like yourself?  If you do, thank Him for giving you the faith to believe and eyes to see your great need.  Thank Him for dying in your place and, if you love Him, keep His commandments.”  This is the appropriate tone for Gospel preaching; it gives God the glory and puts man in his proper place as the creature and servant. 

Second, we need to see that the Great Commission is not merely a call to preach the Gospel and get as many people saved as possible.  It is a command to convert all the nations of the world to Christ and to teach them obedience.  This is a task that involves all Christians, not just those in the “Lord’s work,” ministers, evangelists, missionaries, etc.  The work being done (or that should be done) by church members requires and deserves a great deal more effort and financial support than does the preaching of the Gospel.  Scripture reflects this in the law structure God gave the nation of Israel where the tithe was given to the Levites, who provided a wide range of services for the community, including education, medical care, courts of adjudication, leadership and many other services.  This was where the bulk of the tithe went; only a tithe of the tithe (1 %) went to the Priests. 

The primary thrust of preaching should be in support of the membership of the church, to help them come to a better understanding of the responsibilities that fall on God’s people as a consequence of this Great Commission Christ has placed on His people.  They are ever in need of Scriptural guidance to show them how to select objectives, establish goals and interact with the world in carrying out what should be a lifelong purpose for them.

The loss of focus on the Great Commission (Matt. 28:18-20) as a comprehensive task for all Christians and its degeneration into a call to preach has robbed God’s people of the primary purpose He gave them.  In this scheme of things, the real work is now done in the pulpits, the Bible studies and the mission field.  “All the people need to do is live moral lives and set as good an example as they can to those around them.  There is no need for them to work for godliness in education, in entertainment or in government.”  As a consequence, Christians have withdrawn from the world to such an extent that they are no longer involved in any significant culture-changing activities.  The moral degeneration of America in the last several decades can be directly attributed to this abandonment by Christians of the responsibility Christ placed on them.  He instructed us to be the salt and light of the world and we have reduced this to light only, and a dim one at that. 

The greater culpability in this lies at the feet of ministers and theologians who, having paid too much attention to the newspapers, have lost faith in ever achieving what Christ commanded us to do.  Their subsequent revision of Scripture teaching has moved the church from a hope of victory to one of despair.  The general belief is that the forces of evil are just too strong for us and victory is only possible with the Lord’s return.  This, of course, has become a self-fulfilling prophecy and, as a consequence, the church is now resigned to a struggle for existence in a world given over to the Devil. 

These false teachings must change before the current slide into moral and religious depravity can begin to be reversed.  God’s people need to have their great purpose for living restored.  They need to both gain an understanding of what their responsibilities are and regain the hope of eventual victory before they can begin to take the measures required to alter the current trend into oblivion.  This process would be expedited if the pulpits would take the lead and begin to teach biblically.  But, realistically, it will probably not come about until the situation becomes so grave that the pews will rebel and demand new leadership.  The future is bright with hope; the only question being when! how long will it take for Christianity to get back on track and straighten out, first themselves and then the mess this world has become?

Teach All Nations

Posted by on Oct 22, 2020 in Articles | 0 comments

And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you:  and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.   Amen. (Matthew 28:18-20)

To whom are these words directed? To the apostles present with Jesus of course and also Paul who replaced Judas. But is that really all? Who would be with Him unto the end of the world? Not the apostles, they would be with Him for all eternity, not just to the end of the world. Jesus speaks here to all that are in Him, all true believers!

Are you in Christ? If so, he speaks to you here and sets a little task before you, the conversion of the entire world. You can’t do it alone but you’re not alone! you are many. You have the Holy Spirit within and nothing can stop you but your own neglect.

The apostles did their part, which led to a Christian Western World. This generation is very lazy and believes that the Infinite God that created and sustains the universe has changed His mind. This, of course is utterly impossible. We, His creatures change but God knows the end from the beginning and never needs to change (Malachi 3:6). His Word is sure and certain for all eternity.

One day, when a faithful generation arises, we will hear:

And the seventh angel sounded;  and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ;  and he shall reign for ever and ever. (Revelation 11:15)

Notice here that there are still kingdoms in existence at this time. Jesus has not yet returned and the nations are Christian nations. The entire world, every person in it! has been born again and is in Christ.

Do you long to see this day? Are you working, doing your part to make it a reality?

Notorious

Posted by on Oct 10, 2020 in Articles | 0 comments

There have been many notorious individuals in history but none quite so notable as J. N. Darby and C. I. Scofield. These two 19th century men founded what amounts to a new religion and converted most of the Western World to it. It is known as Dispensationalism, a highly distorted form of Christian theology. It was devised by Darby and published by his student Scofield in 1908.

It appeared in the form of notes embedded within the text of The King James Bible. It presented a new view of God’s Word. It was extremely popular with Christians that were not serious students of God’s Word and just accepted what it said. It made such readers feel that they finally had a Bible that explained itself clearly. Many average, unstudied readers felt that with it they were as competent as pastors that spent years in the study of God’s Word.

The theology they learned from these notes though, differed markedly at certain points from what Scripture actually teaches:

  • Scofield taught that: There are seven periods in history in which God changes the way He deals with mankind.
    • God says: “I change not.” “Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today and forever” (Heb. 13:8).
  • Scofield taught —over a century ago—that we were then in the last days and Jesus is coming very soon.
    • God says the nations of the world will become Christian nations before He returns (Rev. 11:15).
  • Darby wrote: “I do not receive the Bible, that is, a revelation of God from the hands of men. I receive paper and ink. The revelation I receive of God directly—“They shall all be taught of God.” The revelation is the divinely-wrought conscience, and, I repeat, in the conscience.”[1]
  • This utterly incredibly statement says:
  • The Bible is not a revelation from God. It is just paper and ink. the work of men.
  • God reveals His will directly to the conscience of all those that He teaches.
  • God’s revelation to man is located within him. It is his own God-created conscience.
  • This is God’s means of teaching. It is directly to the heart.

So, according to these men, we can just ignore the Bible; it’s just man’s word. God never spoke to His creatures. He just puts into our minds all we need to know about Him, about sin, righteousness, Christ’s sacrifice for us, repentance, forgiveness, and about how to live in this world. All this is supernaturally communicated to us!

How did God’s people ever fall for this Satan-inspired pack of lies that so blatantly contradicts God’s Word? God tells us that Satan is a deceiver and the father of lies. Let’s reject these lies from Satan’s servants and go back to God’s Word. We have work to do:

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations …. to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you:  and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.   Amen.  (Matt. 28: 19,20)

This is not an impossible task. God doesn’t ask the impossible of us. It is well within the ability of His people to fully accomplish. We just need to roll up our sleeves and get to it.


[1] See a letter Darby wrote from London in 1874, http://plymouthbrethren.org/article/11026

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