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On Fire

A heart on fire can accomplish much; much good or much evil. A quite small number of people on fire for a particular cause can accomplish far more than  a much larger group lacking that fire.

God’s people of the early 19th  century were on fire. They looked forward to conquering the world for Christ and expected complete success very soon, perhaps in a century or so. Sadly, they were very mistaken and what came about instead of growth was a serious reversal among the faithful. The Darby/Scofield teaching redirected the Christian purpose. It reduced the idea of realizing a Christian world to saving as many as possible as soon as possible. It taught that we are now in the last days and that there is only a very short, extremely limited time available before it is too late. In contradiction to the previous view, it looked for a very soon, any day now, rapture of all Christians.

This satanically inspired teaching was very skillfully embedded as notes in the very popular Scofield Bible, first released in 1906. Among its teachings we find:

  • God’s law is not for Christians; they should just follow their hearts![1]
  • Christians should not become doctors, lawyers, scientists or professionals in any field.[2]

The subsequent full-scale adoption of this distorted “Bible” brought the previously strong Christian progress to a virtual screeching halt.

The fire that burned in the hearts of all true Christians two centuries ago needs to be rekindled. The many falsehoods of dispensationalism must be seen for what they truly are, satan’s lies! Lies formed to deceive God’s people and frustrate God’s purposes.

God’s people have been asleep too long and are now feeling His judgment, His wake-up call to remind them of their responsibilities. A century or more of sleep is too much. It is time for truth to rise up above the lies of Satan. The nations must be taught to obey His commandments (Matt. 28:19,20). Who is to do this if not His people? They have been born-again, born of the Spirit, and are the only ones capable of teaching those still enmeshed in the darkness of sin.

Satan is flexing his muscles; he has launched an all-out effort to conquer and subdue what once was Christian American. Is there enough strength remaining to resist him? Or is the previously strong man so weak and subdued that he will fail to summon enough strength to resist?

Rise up O men of God
Have done with lesser things
Give heart and soul and mind and strength
To serve the King of Kings — To serve the King of Kings

Rise up O men of God
His Kingdom tarries long
Bring in the day of brotherhood
And end the night of wrong — And end the night of wrong[3]

[1] Cited in Ovid E. Need Jr.’s book, Death of the Church Victorious (Lafayette, IN: Sovereign Grace Publishers, Inc., [2002] 2004), p. 218.

[2] Ibid

[3] See: https://.com/Phil-keaggy-rise-up-o-men-of-god-lyrics