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God’s Work

Posted by on Jul 29, 2021 in Articles | 0 comments

Did God give His people work to do in this world or are we just free-loaders?  There is the work of evangelism.  We are to make disciples and teach the nations to obey His commandments:

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 always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.  (Matthew 28:18-20). 

Have these two commandments (baptize and teach) ever been rescinded?  Does God ever need to rescind His commandments?  Of course not, God is perfect, perfect in every respect and never needs to change His mind: 

For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.  (Malachi 3:6)

God never changes His mind.  He, as the Almighty Creator and Sustainer of all things, is perfect, does all things well and never needs to correct Himself. 

He is speaking in this passage to His disciples and that includes you and me.  He tells us here to teach the nations to obey His commandments.  What sort of obedience do you suppose He had in mind?  As the perfect Son what could He be satisfied with but complete obedience?

Impossible! you say.  Yes, it is impossible in today’s world but He is patient and is willing to wait for an obedient generation to arise and obey.  As He waits and His people remain idle, the world continues to decay further and further.  Satan grows more powerful and God’s people grow weaker and weaker. 

Will He rescue them as some say?  Will He change His schedule and end the world very soon as some wish and hope for?  No, the God that created the universe with the breath of His mouth will never settle for less than His original plan.  He will wait for an obedient generation to arise and obey.  He is in eternity and can wait for as many thousands of years as are necessary. 

As He waits and His people continue to disobey, the world around us grows more and more wicked day by day.  It is now far more wicked than it was a century ago and, if disobedience continues will be yet more wicked a century from now.

How long will God’s people hold on to the foolish dream they began to dream over fifty years ago?  How long will they insist that the fairy story is true?  How much more pain must we suffer as God permits evil to grow even stronger?  God permits?  No, we permit the evil to grow!  The fight against evil is our fight, our life work!  Too many of us are fast asleep dreaming a dream of a rescue from above, a rapture into heaven, something that God didn’t promise. 

What did He promise?  He promised us eternal life in Heaven with His Son.  This was an entirely free gift, without price or payment of any kind.  But He did and still does ask something of us.  He asks, not in payment for the free gift but just a request we can do for Him if we please.  He asks us to spread the good news of His free salvation to others, to people we may know or meet.  His purpose was and still is the salvation of the world.  He suffered and died on the Cross to save not just a few but the entire world:

For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.  (John 3:17)

Yes, God’s holy purpose was and still is the salvation of the entire world.  He knows full well that this cannot be done overnight.  It will take much time for us to complete this task but He didn’t set a date.  We have all the time we need to fulfil the assignment but we must fulfil it.  We can’t cut corners to shorten the task.  It’s a Christian world God requires of us and He will accept nothing less.

Are you on His team?  Is He speaking to you in these verses?  Are you doing all you can to spread the good news of salvation to everyone you can?  When was the last time you did so?  Is your goal truly a Christian world? Examine yourself to see if you are fully obedient to Him.  He has given you so much, so very, very much.  Are you fully obedient or are you holding back?  Cod sees partial obedience as disobedience. 

The Great Commission work has fallen off in recent years.  God’s people are focused on a new and lesser goal.  Many of God’s people believed Scofield’s very skilful lies and are waiting for a rapture that isn’t coming any time soon.  It isn’t coming until we have completed the work God assigned us.  Let’s get back to it.  Let’s put away all this nonsense about a rapture and the imminent end of the world.  We have neglected God’s work too long.  Let’s get back to doing what He put us here to do.

The Timothy Initiative

Posted by on Jul 23, 2021 in Articles | 0 comments

It seems to be doing good but it does not precisely follow the biblical model.  Teaching is by trained leaders and not directly from Scripture and Scripture alone.  Imperfections in the understanding of the leaders are communicated directly to each new community they establish.  

God’s Plan

The Biblical model is for converts to form small communities in which there is ongoing, almost continuous informal contact between members of all age groups.  In these, men, women and older children meet and study both separately and together on an informal basis.  They may occasionally attend sermons or lectures given by others outside the community but the meaty discussion and final working out of the meaning of Scripture is internal to the group itself.

In this model, there is no central repository (other than Scripture itself) of the meaning of God’s truth.  This is of great significance and importance.  Because God is what He is, His goals for His people are very high.  Each believer will, in time become far more knowledgeable of the truth of Scripture than today’s wisest theologians.  This is God’s goal for all His people.  All must work toward as perfect and complete an understanding as they can attain in this life.  Clearly some will go further than others but all must do as much as they really can, not just what they may think they can. 

This cannot be realized without in-depth study on the part of each and every individual.  They may and should work together and help each other; but they must not rely on anything other than their own personal understanding of God’s Word.  When the weak slack off and begin to rely on others, they do not progress as God requires.  They fall short of their true potential and do not fully please God.

This was of necessity the model of the early church in the Roman Empire.  The apostles wrote letters, widely distributed among the congregations, that formed the foundation.  These letters, now the bulk of the New Testament, instructed the early believers directly, without pastors as intermediaries.  The anti-Christian environment in Ancient Rome precluded any such possibility.

These small groups was where the real learning and development took place.  It was subject to local error but not broadly contaminated by deficiencies in any overseeing central agency.  It was God’s Word speaking directly to God’s people.  Each group worked out, on their own, from Scripture alone! the meaning of each passage.  It was truly Sola Scriptura, the cry of the Reformation. 

This is the model that led first to Christian Rome and later to Christian Europe.  It was not followed perfectly but it was God’s way for guiding His people to His truth.  It may seem to be the hard way but it was and is still God’s way.  God’s people, then and now, are extremely weak and have a very long way to go.  Many centuries will pass before God is satisfied with our progress.      

Our Responsibility

Instead of gaining from the efforts of these early believers, though, we have fallen very far from their lead.  Today, almost all Christians have virtually given up any possibility of this ever being a Christian world.  They try to believe that Jesus didn’t really tell His disciples to teach the nations to obey His Commandments and make the world a Christian world.  Instead, they take obedience to His commandments as a do the best you can effort.

This is one more example of a problem that has limited the progress of the Christian faith since the early centuries.  It is simply imperfect and partial obedience.  God’s instructions are very precise and must be obeyed to the letter.  God sees partial obedience as disobedience, which is precisely what it really is. 

Why is this so?  Why have God’s people failed so miserably to obey their God?  There are many reasons but the root issue is they have not obeyed His command to study and learn directly from His Word, without reliance on an upper class of teachers as their baby-sitters.  They may mean well and even do some good but they did not fully obey God.  They went their own way and not God’s way.  There is a place for teachers such as Timothy and others but they are no substitute for the personal study of God’s Word by all God’s people.  The faith will continue to flounder and flail and get nowhere until this deficiency is corrected.

What Next?

Given our current degraded situation, what should God’s people do?  We can’t push a button and change the world instantly but we can do things that would affect our immediate environment.  We can take our families out of the grip of the false teachers that substitute entertainment for real teaching from God’s Word.  We can develop them and ourselves as we study together as families and groups of families.  We must teach them and teach ourselves to do without outside help from professionals.  We must recognize that God holds us responsible for leading and teaching our families.  We must stop off-loading this highly important task. 

As more and more of God’s people take this task seriously, we will see at first gradual and then more and more rapid growth of godly communities teaching and doing God’s work.  We will see changes, first in our own immediate environment, later those nearby and still later further away.  Our responsibility to our Lord is to do all we can with all we have to further obedience to His Great Commission. 

“The Problem Is Us” | Mark R. Rushdoony

Posted by on Jul 21, 2021 in Articles | 0 comments

Thus, the situation today is what it is not because we have social problems, nor because we have evil in our midst. The problem is that the godly are in retreat, retreat from action and therefore godliness. The problem is us.~ R. J. Rushdoony The Bible makes it very clear that man’s problem is that he is a sinner. That message is so clear that the unregenerate attack Christianity as a weapon of control, and false teachers avoid it to focus on a supposedly “positive” message (complete with fake smiles) of a benefits-only pseudo-gospel of joy and blessings from a Sugar Daddy deity of their own imaginations that they blasphemously call “God.”

It is also clear that the Bible provides a remedy to our sin in the atonement of Jesus Christ. The first promise of salvation is in Genesis 3:15, just ten verses after Satan’s temptation of Eve in 3:5. It is often called the protoevangelium, or the “first gospel.” From Genesis 3:15 forward the Bible is the history of God’s salvation and thus the predominant theme of Scripture, so the “negativity” of sin is only significant if that overwhelmingly predominant offer and its historical development are ignored.

It is not just false teachers who pervert Scripture. It can and has been done by those within the evangelical camp as well. They reduce the claims of Christ to the “simple gospel” of salvation from hell to eternal life. Too often they ignore the importance of a Christian life between conversion and death.

The Commandments Are Not Grievous

When John wrote (in I John 5:3) that love was keeping God’s commandments and that they were not grievous (heavy, or a burden), he was speaking about an aspect of God’s provision on how we were to push back sin. The apostle was talking about the way of the redeemed man, the Christian life. The atonement was the means of our justification (declaration of righteousness) in the court of a just God, but obedience to the every Word of God was the way of our sanctification (growth in grace). Too often, obedience is thought of only as the “leading of the Spirit,” a vague, subjective standard. It is very easy for men to convince themselves that something is “of the Lord” when it clearly violates His revelation. It is no accident that horrendous evils have been perpetrated by this non-Scriptural but pious-sounding standard. This separation of Christian life and faith was made possible, in part, by a dualistic separation of Christianity from the world into a “spiritual,” otherworld plane. That is a very ancient but non-Christian idea. In the Bible, the “spiritual” represents that which is of the third person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit, who was given to empower the Kingdom of God. The Spirit of God can never lead contrary to the Word of the Triune God. To understand what is spiritual, therefore, we look to the Word. Francis Schaeffer asked the right question of those who profess Jesus Christ: How should we then live?2 Our answer should be “in terms of the whole counsel of God,” or, as our Lord said, “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). John was the same apostle who reminded the church that such obedience was not a burdensome standard in I John 5:3. Our moral problems, individually and collectively, come from disobedience to God. Our redemption resolves the curse of death (ultimately in the resurrection) and our obedience hinders the development of the problems of this life caused by violating God’s moral absolutes.

Vines, Not Oaks

A recurring image in Scripture is of the grape vine. Israel was said to be a choice vine that God planted in Canann. The purpose of using a grape vine becomes obvious as this anology is developed in Scripture. A more impressive image for Israel could have been selected, but the vine was chosen because its single utility was that of bearing fruit. Trees like the oak or the cedars of Lebanon had multiple uses. This fact became significant in a parable of Ezekiel 15.

The vine’s only purpose was to bear fruit. A vine that no longer bore fruit or that was diseased was removed. Its wood had no commercial value. A small piece of some trees (like oaks), Ezekiel noted, could be made into a dowel and used as a strong pin. A vine had no utility other than producing fruit. Its only usefulness, if we can call it that, was to build a fire. Its consumption in the fire served to prevent the growth of any disease to the new vines that would replace them. The primary purpose of this burning was therefore the destruction of the vine.

Ezekiel does not mention fruitfulness in his parable because he was talking to exiles from Judea during their captivity in Babylon. His audience knew the analogy of a vine referred to the nation (it was already an old usage); the absence of any mention of fruit was obviously because judgment had fallen on the nation as their own status as exiles in Mesopotamia made perfectly clear. Ezekiel begins with useless vines, fit only for burning.

What Good Is a Charred, Dead Vine?

Judah still barely survived, however. Its judgment was not complete. The northern ten tribes had been taken captive over a century earlier, and Jerusalem had capitulated to Babylon, which resulted in the “brain-drain” of early captives, capable, skilled men like Daniel then Ezekiel and his audience who were marched to Mesopotamia because they were of value to its government or economy. Judah and Jerusalem still hung on at this time, but Israel as a whole was largely burned by God’s judgment. So, Ezekiel provides a sad picture of Judah as God’s vineyard—it was a charred piece of dead vine. The prophet asks his audience to consider what a dead vine, now partially charred by burning, was good for. If the vine wood had no useful purpose before and was now partially burnt in a fire, its only useful function was as a starter for yet another fire. Jerusalem was, Ezekiel made clear, like a charred piece of firewood left in a campfire to be burned later. The prophet’s audience was being told by false prophets that their captivity would be brief and that they would be going back to Judah soon (Jeremiah 29:24-32). Ezekiel was very clear; Jerusalem was itself a charred vine, headed for complete destruction in the fire of God’s judgment (Ezek. 15:6).

Jerusalem was unrepentant to the day of its overthow by Babylonian forces. In one of the saddest examples of lack of repentence, the survivors of that siege and destruction fled to Egypt against Jeremiah’s instruction and began offering incense to its gods.When Jeremiah rebuked them, they explicitly repudiated the prophet and condemned the worship of God as the source of all their troubles (Jer. 44:15-30).

Sin leads to judgment, never blessing. That was Jeremiah’s message to the Jews. That was Ezekiel’s message to the exiles in Babylon, as well, so his work was to prepare them to be part of the remnant that would return and rebuild for the Messianic reign God had promised. A generation and a half later, a remnant did return, though even at the time of Jesus there were more Jews in Mesopotamia than in Palestine. God is longsuffering, but He will not bless men in their disobedience.

The Next Reformation

My father, R. J. Rushdoony, began the modern theonomy movement in 1968 when he began preaching on God’s law. These messages were later published as The Instutites of Biblical Law (Vol. I) in 1973. God’s law was an even harder sale in 1968 than it is today. Why did he propose such a marked shift in modern Christian thought and practice? It was because he saw obedience as the only way of future blessing. The Protestant Reformation rightly focused on the doctrine of justification and it coalesced around agreement that it was the act of God’s grace, not man’s works or action, and was received by faith alone. That single clarification produced a profound effect on Christianity and the history of the West. What the Reformation never found common ground on, however, was the doctrine of sanctification, the growth of the believer in grace. My father believed it was by obedience, hence his emphasis on theonomy. He felt the Protestant movement veered into several forms of false sanctification, but that it could only come by obedience to God’s law-word.3

The prophets of the Old Testament illustrate this emphasis. They spoke very little about what the people professed and much about how they lived and acted. The denunciations of their rebellion were largely just observations of their disobedience to the law of God. That is why Ezekiel’s ministry was a particularly difficult one. He had to make them do an about-face from the life and practices of several generations. Their repentance necessitated a radical change in their behavior.

In our day, santification is seldom mentioned. It is a work of God in the believer, a process that takes discipline because God’s ways are uncomfortable to our sinful inclination. Today, we want a quick and easy salvation, so we focus on God’s act of justification and its benefit to us without emphasis on the walk of faith and the discipline of sanctification. We prefer the simple gospel and the subjective standards of pietistic “leading of the Spirit.” If every man is free to follow what he subjectively believes is the leading of the Spirit, then there is no objective accountability. Obedience is then a private aspect of an inner faith. This implicit dualism is why many modern Christians question how James could dare to speak of “the perfect law of liberty” (1:25) or to declare “faith without works is dead” (2:26). The problem is not with James or his theology, but with us and our understanding of sanctification. Until we change, we are not ready to be the next remnant of God. It will take a theological shift equal in scope to the Reformation to accomplish that.

“You can’t sin and get away with it.”

Romans 1 describes the progressive moral degeneration of men and hence their culture in its flight from God and the reality of their accountability to Him. In that passage Paul makes very clear that rebellion is self-destructive. My father frequently quoted Proverbs 8:36, “But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death.”

I attended a Fundamentalist school for six years. Most of its teachers had attended Bob Jones University and sat under its founder, Bob Jones Sr. One of his oft-repeated admonitions they related to us was, “You can’t sin and get away with it.” God’s moral law is as fixed as the laws of physics built into His creation—violating them leads to our hurt, and if we do not conform to them, our death.

We recognize the consequences of sin in the lives of individuals and in families destroyed by infidelity, substance abuse, or violence. We see it in businesses, churches, schools and organizations that are torn apart by great sin. The effect of such sins do not end with their immediate effects, but extend outward until they are no longer personal, local problems but systemic cultural ones.

In recent decades Christians have become increasingly aware of the cultural destructivesness of the anti-Christian teaching of the government school system. This necessitated a turning from it to a distinctly Biblical alternative. Our world and life view must cause us to see rebellion against God, understand its consequences, and act accordingly. This action might involve large cultural initiatives, but it may only be possible to prepare as individuals, families, or small groups (such as churches).

Our currency is a form of theft. Our government steals the value of our currency by the same method used by counterfeiters—they make it at will and exchange what has no value for things of value. This theft is forced upon us by “legal tender” laws requiring us to accept it. We are currently riding a bubble of apparent prosperity made possible by this counterfeiting. All such fiat currencies end up worthless. We cannot control US monetary policy, but we can see the inevitability of its accountability and prepare ourselves to some extent. If we cannot rebuild or reconstruct, we must prepare for the coming implosion of our economic house of cards. In one area after another, we must see the future in terms of accountability to the moral law of God. “You can’t sin and get away with it.” We might not agree with Bob Jones Sr. on some points, but this is a very sound axiom to remember.

The Christian past was never perfect, but rather than reform it we have only repudiated it. Our Trinitarian Puritan tradition dissolved into a pietistic Unitarian humanism which then yielded to a Darwinian no-god, survival-of-the-fittest anarchism. Our only hope is repentence and revival. If that does not occur in our culture and our nation it can still occur in us and our homes and churches. God did not need Israel, Jerusalem, or the temple to advance His work. He promised to raise up a remnant in their place. We will only be part of the continuing Kingdom of God and His Christ if we submit ourselves in faith and obedience to His Word.

It is not hard to see the cultural degradation around us. Ezekiel’s message to the Jewish captives in Babylon should be taken to heart: know why this has happened, do not repeat the sins of your fathers, repent and prepare yourselves and your children to be part of the remnant God will by grace use to advance His promises.

The problem of man is now, as it has been since Adam and Eve, sin, so it is us. One of the most blasphemous responses to evil is all too common: “How could a good God let this happen?” The question is how we could let this happen, because the problems we see are a result of sin. It is us, but by God’s regenerating grace, His Spirit allows us to arrest our moral degeneration and grow in sanctification, to be increasingly set apart to service rather than self-destruction. The regenerate man is the one who has repented of his sin and turned in faith and obedience to God. When the Holy Spirit regenerates men, His work is efficacious, that is, it has its intended effect. The regenerate man has a new heart as a new creature in Christ. When a new battery is put in a car, it is not to start and idle, but to make it a moving, useful vehicle. We too must be vehicles of God’s efficacious grace.

It is appropriate to be pessimistic about sinful man. He does make a mess of everything, but man is not in control and we must most emphatically deny that sinful men control the future. The power of God’s Spirit that regenerates men, families, and Christian assemblies can and will spread that life to the larger outworking of His Kingdom and its advance. Whatever man destroys the Spirit can remake into something far more glorious and productive.

We are on the Lord’s side and are therefore on the forefront of the certain advance of His Kingdom.

1. R. J. Rushdoony, A Word in Season Vol. 5 (Vallecito, CA: Ross House Books, 2014) p. 9.

2. Francis A. Schaeffer, How Should We Then Live? (Grand Rapids, MI: Fleming H. Revell Co., 1976).

3. R. J. Rushdoony, The Institutes of Biblical Law (Vallecito, CA: Ross House Books, [1973] 2020) p. 4.

Eternal Life

Posted by on Jul 15, 2021 in Articles | 0 comments

What would it be like to live forever?  These bodies we live in today would never do.  We would need new and very different bodies, bodies that don’t wear out so quickly, bodies that never wear out.  Also, what would we do with all the time?  What would we do with ourselves that wouldn’t wear very thin, very soon?  

The Resurrection Body

So, with eternal life we will need new bodies.  God tells us something about that in 1 Corinthians, 15:

35 But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come?  36 Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die: 37 And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain:  38 But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body. 39 All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds.

Here we are told that just as plants are very different from the seeds they come from, so our new bodies will be very different from our present bodies.  The seed dies to give birth to the plant.  Just as God gives new life to seeds, He gives new life to His children. 

.40 There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. 41 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory. 42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: 43 It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: 44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.

Just as celestial bodies (stars, planets and satellites) differ from terrestrial bodies, so will our resurrected bodies differ from our present bodies.  Just as celestial bodies also differ from each other in glory, so also will we differ from one another in glory.  We die in weaknes and dis-honor and are raised in power and glory.

45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. 47 The first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is the Lord from heaven.48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.

 The first Adam was given life.  The last Adam (Christ) was a life-giving Spirit.  The natural precedes the spiritual.  We were the image of the earthy but shall be the image of the heavenly

 50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.

Our corrupt flesh-and-blood bodies cannot be made incorruptible and enter God’s Kingdom.  We shall not all die but some will be instantly changed when the last trumpet sounds and the dead are raised.

54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

When this physical transformation has taken place, the victory of death is replaced by the victory over death.  Thank God, the victory of our Lord Jesus Christ is our victory over sin and death. 

This victory is our victory but only if we are in Christ, only if we have truly been born again.  The Apostle Paul is only speaking here to those that have been born again. 

Born Again

Where do we get this notion that one must be born twice?  We get it from God’s Word.  Specifically, from what Jesus told Nicodemus in the Gospel of John, chapter three:

There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. 

Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?

Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.  That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.  Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

Dear reader, have you been born again?  Can you remember a point in time when your life took a sudden turn, a time when everything changed for you?  Do you remember a time when your interests abruptly changed, when God became important?  If not you probably have not been born again and are not God’s child.

If this is the case with you, don’t give up yet.  Whatever your age, there is still time to repent and ask God for a new heart.  If you do so in true sincerity with all your heart, God will not turn His back but will accept you as His child for all eternity. 

Duty

Posted by on Jul 10, 2021 in Articles | 0 comments

We all have duties of different sorts: duties to parents, children, spouses, and other people.  Is that it?  What duty have I omitted?  Yes, I forgot to mention our most important duty, haven’t I.  I didn’t mention our duty to God our Creator the One who made us and sustains us in life.

What is that duty?  Actually, there are many but which one is it that almost all God’s people not only neglect but seem to have entirely forgotten?  It is the Great Commission of Matthew 28: 18-20.  It commands all true believers to do all they can to teach the nations to obey all God’s commandments.  This is nothing less than a command to make the entire world a Christian world.  How few of God’s special born-again people fully obey Him in this! 

What do you suppose was God’s intent in this command?  Was He just trying to get as many saved as possible?  Did He know we would fail?  Did He change the rules by shortening the time allowed to finish the task?  Js the eternally existent, all-knowing, Omnipotent Creator of all things a God that changes His mind?  Isn’t it sacrilegious to even entertain such a thought?  How did so many of God’s people come to believe it? 

There is only one answer, one explanation that makes sense; they read it in their Bibles.  But which version might that be?  The only one possible is the Scofield Bible.  It does so not in God’s Word but in its explanatory notes.  So, it is the man Scofield that is responsible for this ridiculous idea and not our perfect and unchanging God. 

How is it possible that one man and one publishing house were able to deceive so many of God’s people for a century or more?   Some were critical but the great majority of the readers were so enamored with a Bible that explained itself they refused to listen.  So powerful was their attraction to it that pastors that resisted or tried to refute Scofield’s lies were replaced by their congregations.  Now, a century later, we see almost all fundamentalist churches solidly with Scofield. 

The end result was and still is a Christian population led, not by learned men but by popular demand derived from the writings of a single man, C. I. Scofield, a man of ill repute with a highly disreputable background.[1]

Today, the Christian world is in serious trouble.  While a great majority of God’s people are getting ready for Jesus’ supposedly imminent return, Satan has been busy.  He has taken control of The United States and most of the world.  The elimination of all opposition is now underway and it seems that Christianity may soon be forced underground. 

There will be no rapture to rescue the few as Scofield promised but the deceived Christian majority will remain passive until it is too late.  This will enable Satan to gain decisive control of America, the last bastion of freedom in the world.  A more bleak future is hard to imagine.

Yes, God is still in total control of all things but He is waiting for His people to obey Him and will not step in until we do.  We will when the situation degrades sufficiently.  That though, is likely to be a future generation, one that fully obeys God, and has not succumbed to Satan’s lies. 


[1] For a true picture of Scofield, see:  C. I. Scofield: Scoundrel, Shyster, and Scalawag. https://heresyintheheartland.blogspot.com/2014/01/c-i-scofield-scoundrel-shyster-and.html

The Last Days?

Posted by on Jul 6, 2021 in Articles | 0 comments

About fifty years ago the Christian world went crazy.  The Jews were given land in Israel and this was seen as a fulfilment of prophecy.  Millions of books were written depicting people disappearing, airplanes crashing to the ground because the pilots disappeared, families broken suddenly when one or more members were gone. 

 The books, of course, were fiction but they captured the underlying expectations of many of their readers throughout the world.  We can look back to it as a time of widespread acceptance that such an event was coming soon. 

Now, a half century later, the fervor has died down but many Christians are still waiting for the predicted rapture.  They believed then and still believe today that God changed His mind and decided to end the world much sooner than He had originally planned.

Where in Scripture can we find a God so weak and so out of control that He cannot continue as He originally planned?  Is it the same God that wrote the names of all His chosen people in His book befpre He made the worlds (Revelation 3:5)?  Is it the same God that created the entire universe with the breath of His mouth and sustains it in existence to this day? 

Of course not!  It cannot be and is not the God of the Bible.  So where does this false god come from?  He is a character in a fiction story that calls itself a bible.  It contains within its pages a complete copy of the King James Bible. It also contains the author’s explanations of what he believes each verse or group of verses mean.  In other words, it was a Bible closely joined to a set of explanatory statements, one for each passage. 

The concept of a god that changed his mind several times in history comes, not from God’s Word but from the notes that were placed alongside of God’s Word by the highly audacious author of this highly pretentious book.  His name was Cyrus Ingersoll Scofield, author of the Scofield Bible, a man that will be seen as one of Christianity’s greatest enemies. [1]

Many Christians today still believe Scofield’s lies.  They really believe that God changed His mind, revised His plans and that we are now in the last days.  Many were deceived and now, a century later, their descendants are still waiting for Jesus to come and rapture them out pf this world. 

 The theological error that fed the rapture craze is still very much alive for many Christians today.  These highly misled believers don’t believe in the God that Scripture gives us.  They believe in the god that Scofield gave us jn the notes he attached to God’s Word in the Scofield-bible.  Yes even now, a century later, many of God’s people still believe his horrendous lies.  They wait for a rapture that God says cannot come before all the nations are converted to the Christian faith:

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)

How, we must ask ourselves, did this huge failure come about?  What deficiency was present that gave Satan such an opportunity to deceive God’s people?  Very simply, we were so poorly prepared and so ignorant of God’s Word that we could not recognize the many contradictions of Scripture in what Scofield wrote. 

God employs Satan and men like Scofield to test His followers.  He shows us our deficiencies and our need to get serious about the study of His Word.  As we do so and we learn more, He increases the pressure on us.  He knows we have a long way to go and gives us ever more difficult assignments.  Scofield’s book was one such lesson and so far, we have done quite poorly in it.  We need to learn from it and recover from our failure.  We should come away from it stronger and not weaker.  We should see from our susceptibility to the Scofield test that we greatly lack a correct understanding of God’s Word. 

A proper response is to recognize our failure, ask God’s forgiveness and do all we can to correct the damage we have done.  When we do so in heartfelt sincerity, our loving God is ready and willing to forgive our foolish and sinful behavior. 

Praise His Name!


[1] For a true picture of Scofield, see:  C. I. Scofield: Scoundrel, Shyster, and Scalawag. https://heresyintheheartland.blogspot.com/2014/01/c-i-scofield-scoundrel-shyster-and.html

Hope

Posted by on Jun 25, 2021 in Articles | 0 comments

There is much false hope and little true hope in the world today.  False hope is sought from many sources. True hope is to be found only in God’s Word.  God is the Infinite, Eternal, Almighty Creator of all things.  He created the entire universe by speaking it into existence.  He created this world and all its creatures jn six 24 hour days.  He has sustained it centurey after centurey for His purposes. 

When we consider the vast universe that surrounds us, billions of stars in this galaxy alone, we are truly humbled.  When we consider that some of the stars we can see are not just stars but actually far distant galaxies comprised of billions of stars.  Yes, there is a logical structure to the universe that God created with the breath of His mouth.

So the universe consists of stars and galaxies of stars.  Might there also be super galaxies each consisting of billions of galaxies?  When we consider that the God that created all this is in Himself infinite, it is not at all incredible to think that the universe He created might also be infinite. 

The only galaxy visible to the naked eye is Andromeda.[1]  The Andromeda Galaxy is about 2.5 million light-years[2] away and is about 200,000 light-years across. It is thought to contain about 400 billion stars.  These vast distances and huge numbers convey a sense of how great the universe God that created really is.  When we realize that these great distances are as nothing at all to God, It can help us comprehend something of God’s greatness.

Our Bible tells us that this Infinite, Eternal and Almighty God is concerned with such puny creatures as man.  Is this unreasonable?  Not at all!  He is fully able to apply an infinite amount of attention to each of His creatures in all of His universe simultaneously. 

What can we His so very weak creatures hope for in the face of such an almighty power?  It would seem that we could hope for anything within His will

This great God that created and governs this vast universe gives us, His creatures here on earth, just ten simple commandments to live by and what did we do?  We all failed to obey Him.  He gives us His Word and His promise and still we fail Him. 

God’s will is for the entire world to believe and obey Him.  He sent His Son to become a man and die for all that believe in Him but no one believed. 

He sent the Holy Spirit to indwell some of us and we believed but still we fail in many ways.  He commanded those that believed to spread the good news of salvation to the whole world and here also we failed to obey Him.  Instead of obeying God, many of His people believed Satan’s lies and gave up all hope of ever doing what God commanded them to do.  How foolish.  Does God ever ask the impossible of us?  Does He ever need to change His mind?  Of course not, He sees the end from the beginning and knows all things. 

Wake up child of God.  You’ve been drugged by Satan’s poison.  These are not the last days.  There is an unbelieving world that needs to hear God’s truth.  It is waiting for you to do as God commands.


[1] https://starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/StarChild/questions/question15.html

[2] A light-year is about six trillion miles.

A New World

Posted by on Jun 20, 2021 in Articles | 0 comments

A new world lies ahead.  It’s a much better world than we are in today.  It’s a world filled with people that care for each other, as brothers and sisters in close families do today.  It’s a world in which everyone you meet is a friend, a world filled with people that selflessly love one another.  It’s a world in which all have been born again, worship God in true sincerity and trust Him completely. 

When and where you ask, is this world to be found?  The Infinite, Eternal God that created all things tells us that it will be here in this world one day:

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)

It will be very different from the world that we live in today.  The kingdoms or governments of the world will be done away with and replaced by God’s rule as He resides within the hearts of His people.  The situation we have today, in which a few rule and everyone else obeys, will be gone forever. 

God’s people will be self-governed, living in families that reside close together in small communities as He commanded:

Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers:  for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness?  and what communion hath light with darkness?  15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial?  or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?  16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols?  for ye are the temple of the living God;  as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them;  and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.   17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing;  and I will receive you, 18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.   (2Corinthians 6:14-18)

  1. No fellowship with unbelievers.  Light cannot communicate with darkness
  2. God’s people are the temple of God.  Unbelievers are infidels
  3. Come out from among the unbelievers and be ye separate says our God
  4. I will receive you and ye shall be my sons and daughters

As more and more of God’s people obey these commandments, their communities multiply in number  and eventually cover the earth.  The many civil government entities of today become unnecessary and obsolete. They shrink in size and number and gradually dwindle away. 

Eventually unbelief becomes a thing of the past.  Very young children are born-again, perhaps without any noticable change whatever.  The world is then ready for Jesus’ promised return and return He will in all His glory.   

And, behold, I come quickly;  and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.  13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.     (Revelation 22:12,13)

God’s Gifts

Posted by on Jun 16, 2021 in Articles | 0 comments

God gives three gifts to all His chosen people.  He gives them: 1) eternal life, 2) faith, 3) purpose.

Eternal Life

What is this gift?  It is the gift of life, eternal life with Christ.  It begins immediately, here and now and continues for all eternity in a much better place.  God who sees the end from the beginning chose all that would come to believe in Him and receive this huge gift before He made the world.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  (John 3:16)

So sad, God gave His Son to die for everyone that believed but no one believed. We all failed to recognize this gift of everlasting life.  We were so blinded by Satan that we couldn’t see or hear God’s message.  

Faith

What did God do then?  He gave some of His creatures another gift, the gift of faith, faith to believe and accept the gift of eternal life.  To whom did He give this additional gift and what was the criteria for receiving it?  The answer is He gives the gift of faith to all that ask for it in true, heartfelt sincerity.

Our faith is not something we give God.  It is a gift He gives to us.  It is the gift of faith, faith to believe that God sent His Son to become a man and die for the sins of all that believe in Him.  We have life through His death on the Cross.  

For by grace are ye saved through faith;  and that not of yourselves:  it is the gift of God:  9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.   (Eph. 2:8-10)

We see here that our salvation is by God’s grace and through faith.  Without faith we spend eternity in Hell, not heaven.  We see also that even the faith to believe is not our own. It is an additional gift from God.  It is not a gift He gives everyone but only those He chose in eternity past. 

According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:  (Eph. 1:4)

Purpose

What purpose in life does God give to His chosen and so very highly blessed people?  We are blessed with the privilege of being His representative’s ln this world.  We are the means He has chosen to employ to communicate the good news of His salvation to the world.  This is a huge gift, one that can fill our lives with meaning and purpose.  We serve God as we go through life joyfully sharing the good news of eternal life with others we know or just meet on occasion.

Yes, the gifts of eternal life and of faith are free, without price, likewise the purpose God gives us to live for is itself yet a third gift.  As a reward, we are given the privilege to do work for God.   It is work that so rewards its workers that it is actually a great gift disguised as a task. 

The purpose that is itself a gift is the privilege to communicate to others the story of God’s great and totally free salvation.  It is the good news that Christ came and died on the cross in our place.  He, the One that never sinned died in place of sinners like us! He saved us from the death penalty we earned and deserved. 

You may ask, how can such a huge privilege be ignored and why do so many of God’s born-again people reject it?  It is because they have lost their sense of responsibility to God in His Great Commission:

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations .… to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you:   (Matthew 28:18,19)

Yes, many of God’s people have come to believe that what God commands them to do here is impossible.  They reason that He couldn’t have meant what He plainly said.  To twist these words, though, to deny what they plainly say, is to destroy the Bible and with it the entire Christian faith!

No, we cannot deny God’s command to His disciples (and to His people today) to make this world a Christian world.  The faith has not yet covered the earth as it should have done long ago.  It is our God-given responsibility and we cannot just ignore it.  Especially so when we consider our own unworthiness and all God does for us. 

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)

God tells us here that at a point in time, while the nations (kingdoms) of the world are still in existence as nations, they will have become Christian nations.  This is nothing other than a Christian world!  It is our assignment, not one that Jesus will do for us.

Wake up sleeping Christian!  Your God has given you work to do here and now, work that must be completed, before Jesus returns.  Will you be the faithful servant that obeys his Master, or the unfaithful servant that leaves the difficult work for others?

The Root

Posted by on Jun 7, 2021 in Articles | 0 comments

Today’s world is full of problems: political, financial, societal and more.  Did everything go wrong for many different reasons, all at once?  Or is there a common root cause for all the problems of the past year?  If there is such a root it must be at a fundamental level of society.  The only possible root is one that involves the religious faith of the people.

Americans have always been a religious people.  They believed in God, some strongly, others not so strongly, and yet others very weakly.  Very few held other faiths or were true atheists.  Their common faith held the country together since its origin. 

This faith, though, took a turn about a century ago. A new Bible, called the “Scofield Bible” was published.  It taught in its notes a very different eschatology (doctrine of last things) than was believed previously.  It taught that God changed His plans and we are now in the last days.  It taught that God would rapture His church (all true believers) very soon and the rest of the world’s people would be lost to Satan and Hell’s fires.

God changed His mind?  God reneged on his promises?  Stop right there!  Who is this that calls God a liar?  He should have been set straight immediately by all of God’s people speaking in unison!  Sadly though, God’s people were too weak, too biblically ignorant to call the blasphemer down.  Instead, this incredibly weak population eagerly devoured the lies he spoke.  They didn’t have sufficient knowledge of Scripture themselves and were so enamored with what he promised, they wouldn’t even listen to those that raised criticisms.

The great majority of God’s people believed these lies and now, a half century later, are still waiting for the promised rapture.  They, all this time, have neglected to obey God’s command to teach the nations and make the world a Christian world. 

Satan, of course, has taken advantage of their neglect and has gained control of the governments of the entire world.  God’s people see this, though, not as the consequence of their failure to trust and obey God, but as something God just did.  They believe in Scofield’s little god instead of the God of the Bible who never needs to change and never changes His mind.

For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed. (Malachi 3:6).

Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.  (Hebrews 13:8)

So, the common root of our true problems today is not the great strength of Satan’s people but rather the failure of God’s people to obey God.  Yes, the loss of our freedom and the loss of our once free country is due to the gross neglect of God’s people themselves.  Wake up Christians!  As the notable philosopher Pogo said: we have found the enemy and he is us!