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Prisons are colleges for crime!

  • FACT: There are over 2 million prisoners currently attending these schools!
  • FACT: Criminal skills are taught to willing students by seasoned cons
  • FACT: 95% of all “students” will eventually “graduate” to walk the streets of America
    better trained with improved skills
  • FACT: Prisoners that are abandoned by their family and friends seek companionship within the seedy prison elements that by default are prepared to totally radicalize them!

Consider this

  • American penitentiaries are breeding grounds for concentrated forces of evil
  • 85%- or more- of America’s prisoners– have no relationship with Jesus           Christ
  • Increasing numbers of prison administrations are opposing Christian ministries while becoming favorable toward Islam
  • Biblically ignorant prisoners are being recruited by gangs, cultists, and Islamists- at alarming rates!
  • Chaplains that should be preaching and teaching the Word of God are forsaking Christ to become ecumenical religious facilitators
  • Sodomy is occurring more frequently amongst professing Christian prisoners
  • Prison rehabilitation is a $60 BILLION dollar scam! Of the 95% of PRISONERS that will one day be released, 75% will be back in prison within 48 months! (read more)

Government or God?

Through the years it has become painfully evident: Government programs costing billions of dollars haven’t worked. God’s program does work because it is Bible based. We know from over 30 years of contending for the faith (Jude 1:3) that if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new (2 Corinthians 5:17). That’s why the PMI Center chose in 1981 to provide life-changing TUITION-FREE distance Bible college level studies to prisoners in eight proven study program tracks (see Courses above menu) : Apologetics (2 years Biblical – Creationism), Biblical Studies (6 years), Nouthetic Counseling (2 years), Pastoral and Evangelism Ministry (2 years), Prophecy (Jack Van Impe- 2 years), Religious Ed (1 year ), Scofield Bible (2 years), and Theology (1 year PhD option from Calvary Christian Seminary).  All are soundly fundamental in doctrine (we use the Authorized King James Bible), practical in structure, and underwritten exclusively by the generous freewill offerings of those who believe in what we’re doing and support us. We’re proud to say that many of our 26,000 students have received their diplomas from PMI and degrees from our co-op colleges and have gone on to become devoted evangelists, pastors, teachers, counselors, church ministry workers, and all-around exemplary Christians. If you or an incarcerated loved one would like information on enrollment, please download the following Intro Pack with Application explaining everything:

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THE TRUTH ABOUT THE HOUSE OF YAHWEH

September 28, 2016 Leave a comment

DISCLAIMER: The House of Yahweh is a dangerous cult that Christians should avoid!

Dr. Mike Johnston

The House of Yahweh is a divergent religious cult based in Abilene, Texas. The group claims membership from all races and nations around the globe and welcomes all “who will repent of sin and follow Yahweh’s Law” which has been exclusively entrusted to the House of Yahweh (HOY) and its deluded director, Yisrayl (Buffalo Bill) Hawkins.

FALSE PROPHET

Most cults and heretics have launched their egregious enterprises by alleging to have received a secret prophetic revelation from God. [1]  Hawkins like those he patterns himself after, fancies himself a personal mouthpiece of God’s prophetic mysteries even though the prophetic gift arguably ceased at 95 AD with the completion of the Book of Revelation. This nut is a false prophet in light of the numerous events he has predicted that have all failed to come true- including that we were in the tribulation in the 1950s and that the end of the world began on or before September 12, 2006. Still, Hawkins makes audacious claims his authority and credentials were vested him through a clandestine meeting with God where he was endowed with favor and exclusive authority in these last days.

FALSE DOCTRINE

His first lying prediction was that the tribulation had already begun. , Hawkins’ went on to build his theological premises upon an eclectic blend of Sabbatarian, Sacred Name, and anti-Semitic/Anglo-Israel teachings we know originated from the synagogue of Satan (Rev. 2:9).  His authoritarian control over members is a classic picture of such nefarious characters as Nero, Hitler, Pol Pot, Charles Manson, Sun Myung Moon, Jim Jones, and David Koresh.

Ultimate Authority

Independent thinking or dissent is discouraged by equating rebellion against Hawkins as rebellion against Yahweh Himself.

  • If a member leaves the group, they are warned that they are in effect leaving Yahweh and His salvation. He commands this because he teaches that his authority is not only on behalf of Christ, but is absolutely equal with His: “Yahshua Messiah KNEW that He was sent, because He FULFILLED all the Scriptures concerning Himself.  And The True Work of Yahweh: Established House of Yahweh – The Place of Yahweh has chosen to Establish His Name in These Last Days – has this SAME AUTHORITY, with the SAME CREDENTIAL . . . Yes, The House of Yahweh, Established in Abilene, Texas, is SPOKEN OF and WRITTEN ABOUT by the Prophets of Old! This Established House of Yahweh in These Last Days is doing the work that Yahshua Messiah and His Disciples – who were ‘SENT’ – did; the very same work! It is a Scriptural fact that unless Yahweh gives AUTHORITY to someone, by having SPOKEN ABOUT THEM THROUGH HIS HOLY SCRIPTURES, then that person is NOT SENT!” (What Yahweh’s Feasts Mean to You, pp.82-83). “Yes, Yahweh now has ONLY ONE WORK under His ONE REMAINING WITNESS Yisrayl – His Prophesied Spokesman who will continue to perform all The Will of Yahweh…Just as Yahshua Messiah came as a ‘covenant to the people’ in These Last Days (Isaiah 49:8)” (The Prophetic Word, 7 June 1991, p.  36).

Exclusive Truth

Like every divergent, Hawkins boasts that his organization was specifically ordained of God and given sole possession of divine truth for these last days. His doctrines are so wacky and unorthodox, one has to wonder how in the world anyone would believe them. Here’s a few examples:

  • Nature of God: Hawkins denies the Triune nature of the Godhead and the pre-existence of Christ. He writes: “Those who are False Prophets and Lying teachers ‘teach’ the false doctrine that there is a ‘trinity’ or a ‘duality’ in the (and I quote) ‘GODHEAD’.  Therefore, it is also The Truth of Yahweh that Yahshua Messiah did not ‘pre-exist’!” (The Prophetic Word, 7 June 1991, p.  7). Yahweh and Jesus.  He teaches that Yahweh and Yahshua are two different “beings.” “Some of those trying to support the deception of a ‘pre-existent savior, argue that Yahshua and Yahweh are THE ‘SAME’ BEING…The Holy Scriptures plainly show that Yahshua and Yahweh are TWO DIFFERENT BEINGS!” (Did Yahshua Messiah Pre-exist?, p.  40).
  • The church: Hawkins teaches:”The One Body of Messiah IS The House of Yahweh . . . The Holy Scriptures say this . . . We are partakers with Yahshua – IF we are part of the Body of Messiah of the House of Yahweh.  In Genesis 28:11-17, the Patriarch Yaaqob saw a vision of The House of Yahweh as the way to Yahweh’s Kingdom.  The House of Yahweh IS THE GAT OF HEAVEN . . .  IF we ‘separate’ form the One Body of Messiah: The House of Yahweh, then we succumb to Satan, then at that very moment we become worshipers of Satan . . . or if one LEAVES The Body – The only Prophesied, Established Work that Yahweh Himself has chosen, then that one does NOT partake, or is NO LONGER a partaker, with the rest of The body of Messiah – The House of Yahweh” (What Yahweh’s Feasts Mean to You, pp.  78, 87). 
  • Baptism: Allegiance to HOY leadership is signified by submitting to baptism by the CHOSEN MINISTERS of YAHWEH wherein the candidate receives the Holy Spirit; this they confer with the following caveat: “Please notice that you can NOT obtain The Holy Spirit of YAHWEH from the preachers of this world!” (Why Aren’t Your Prayers Answered Today?, p.  20). 
  • 7 Year Tribulation: By late 1994 Hawkins had altered his theology and was teaching that The House of Yahweh was already in “the midst” of Tribulation: He explained: “In order to understand what time period Yahweh is referring to when He says, ‘the midst,’ we will refer to Yahshua’s Message of the End Time – the Time Period known as: The Seven Years of Tribulation . . . Yahshua Messiah spoke of the FIRST PART of the Seven Year Period (Matthew 24:7).  Since the time of my brother Yaaqob’s death, March 22, 1991, wars have been raging not only in Israyl, but throughout the eastern world . . . these things: WARS, FAMINES, PESTILENCES, and EARTHQUAKES are Prophesied to take place through the FIRST HALF of the Great Tribulation.  But, the end is not yet! When the first three and one half years are complete, the LAST HALF of the Great Tribulation begins.  Since the Feast of Tabernacles, September 22, 1994, my brother Yaaqob, the first witness to be killed by the Beastly System, will have been dead THREE AND ONE HALF YEARS” (The Prophetic Word, November 1994, pp.  14, 16).

SUMMARY THOUGHT:

Hawkins’ House of Yahweh is a dangerous cult that must be exposed and avoided. Paul’s words have never been more needed than they are in relation to groups like this one: Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple (Romans 16:17-18).

[1] EG White (SDAs); Joseph Smith (Mormons); William Branham; Oral Roberts; Kenneth Hagin; Kathryn Kuhlman; Benny Hinn.

SCIENTOLOGY

September 28, 2016 Leave a comment

DISCLAIMER: Scientology is one of many end times cults Christians need to avoid!

Since its founding in 1953, Scientology has presented the question of whether or not it is compatible with Christianity or whether it is a cult. The increased popularity among celebrities adds to it mystique and Christians wonder how much of Scientology’s teachings are biblical.

Scientology is a very difficult religion to summarize in just a few paragraphs. It was founded in 1953 by fiction author L. Ron Hubbard, just four years after he made the statement, “I’d like to start a religion. That’s where the money is,” to Lloyd Eshbach; quoted by Eshbach in Over My Shoulder. That is indeed where he found wealth—Hubbard became a multi-millionaire. An easier question to ask would be, “What are the similarities between Christianity and Scientology?” The answer to that would be, “There are none.”

Scientology teaches that mankind is an immortal being (called a Thetan) not originally from this planet who is trapped by matter, energy, space, and time (MEST). Salvation for a Scientologist comes through a process called ‘auditing,’ whereby ‘engrams’ (basically, memories of past pain and unconsciousness that create energy blockage) are removed. Auditing is a very lengthy process and can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. When all engrams are finally removed, the Thetan can once again control MEST instead of being controlled by it. Until salvation, each Thetan is constantly reincarnated.

Scientology is a very expensive religion to associate with. Every aspect of Scientology has some sort of fee associated with it. This is why Scientology’s “pews” are filled only with the wealthy. It is also a very strict religion, and very punitive against those who would try to leave behind its teachings and membership. Its “scriptures” are limited solely to the writings and teachings of L. Ron Hubbard.

Scientology is, without a doubt, a cult. Its teachings are taken from science fiction and eastern mythologies; it promotes man as the ultimate power in the universe (he just hasn’t realized it yet); salvation comes through an extremely expensive process of mind games; and it categorically denies the existence of the God of the Bible, heaven, and hell. To a Scientologist, Jesus Christ was just another nice guy who unfortunately was wrongfully put to death and whose story ends at that death.

Though Scientologists will claim that Scientology is compatible with Christianity, the Bible counters each and every point of belief they hold to: God is the sovereign and only creator of the universe (Genesis 1:1); mankind was created by God (Genesis 1:27); the only salvation available to man is by grace through faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross (Philippians 2:8; Acts 4:12); salvation is a free gift that mankind can do nothing to earn (Ephesians 2:8-9); and Jesus Christ is alive and well and seated at the right hand of God the Father even now (Acts 2:33; Ephesians 1:20; Hebrews 1:3), awaiting the time when He will gather His children to Himself to reside with Him for eternity in heaven. Everybody else will be cast into a very real hell, separated from God (Revelation 20:15).

Scientology differs from biblical Christianity on every important doctrine. Some of the most important differences are summarized below.

God: Scientology believes that there are multiple gods and that some gods are above other gods. Biblical Christianity, on the other hand, recognizes the one and only true God who revealed Himself to us in the Bible and through Jesus Christ (Hebrews 1:1-2). Those who believe in Him cannot believe the false concept of God as taught in Scientology.

Jesus Christ: Like almost all other cults, Scientology denies the deity of Christ. Instead of having a biblical view of who Christ is and what He did, they assign to Him the characteristics of some sort of lesser god who has obtained a sort of legendary status over the years. On the other hand, the Bible clearly teaches that Jesus was God in the flesh and through His incarnation He could act as a sacrifice for our sins. It is through Christ’s death and resurrection that we can have the hope of eternal life with God.

Sin: Scientology believes in the inherent goodness of man and that it is despicable and utterly beneath contempt to tell a man he must repent, that he is evil. On the other hand, the Bible teaches that man is a sinner and the only hope for him is to repent of his sins and acknowledge Christ as his Lord and Savior.

Salvation: Scientology believes in reincarnation and that personal salvation in one’s lifetime is freedom from the cycle of birth and death associated with reincarnation. They believe that religious practice of all faiths is the universal way to wisdom, understanding, and salvation. On the other hand, the Bible teaches that there is only one way of salvation and that is through Jesus Christ. Jesus Himself said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man comes to the Father except through me” John 14:6.

The teachings of Scientology in comparison with the Bible have little if anything in common. Scientology will only lead us away from God and eternal life, and the Bible will lead us to God and eternal life. There is nothing to gain by associating with Scientology and everything to lose.[1]

Recommended Resource: The Kingdom of the Cults, revised and updated edition.

[1] Copied from http://www.gotquestions.org/scientology-Christian-cult.html

THE TRUTH ABOUT THE EMERGING CHURCH

September 28, 2016 Leave a comment

Dr. Mike Johnston, Editor

The Emerging Church is a very dangerous and deceptive movement in that it claims to be Christian.  The term ‘Emerging Church’ is used to describe a broad, controversial cadre seeking to use culturally sensitive approaches to reach the postmodern, un-churched population with a spurious Christian message.   Some Emerging Churches might use props such as candles, statues, and incense along with poems, open mics, and videos, etc.  EC services are sometimes extremely informal, while others are more formal.

Beginning with the premise that absolute truth is unknowable, Emerging Churches seek to reach the lost by focusing on relationships and developing a “story,” a “journey of life” that is expressed through the “narrative” of learning.  These words and others are often used by emerging teachers in describing their religious experience.  Other terms sometimes used are “re-imagine,” “tribe,” “story of Jesus,” “deconstruction,” etc.  There is sometimes an ambiguous, feelings-oriented desire to experience God and also share in the lives of people as they seek to find God in their way.  Some Emerging Churches are inclusivistic (those outside of Christianity will be saved), while others are not.  Some Emerging Churches are environmentally focused, while others concentrate on local issues.  Some downplay doctrine, reinterpret creeds, and de-emphasize tradition, while others hold to them.  Obviously, it is difficult to define precisely what is emerging and what is not.

Seeker-sensitive churches are similar to Emerging Churches except that Emerging Churches are sometimes lax doctrinally, where seeker-sensitive churches, which sometimes are lax in presenting the gospel, hold nonetheless to orthodox theology. Willow Creek founder Bill Hybels recently confessed the inadequacies his movement created in preparing doctrinally sound disciples. Seeker-sensitive churches try to meet people’s needs through programs, where Emerging Churches do this by investing time in people’s lives.  Seeker churches tend to focus on people in their thirties and up where Emerging Churches tend to reach people in their teens to thirties.  But, some areas of the Emerging Church are so similar to seeker-sensitive churches that it is hard to tell the difference.  So how do you distinguish between the two?  Generally, a church is emerging if it seeks to reach those lost in the post-modern culture, rejects doctrinal absolutes, and, of course, proclaims itself to be emerging.

Emerging Church Characteristics

Following are some of the common traits I have discovered by reading through Emerging Church material.  But please understand that not all Emerging Churches adhere to all the points listed.

An awareness of and attempt to reach those in the changing postmodern culture.

An attempt to use technology, i.e., video, slide shows, internet.

A broader approach to worship using candles, icons, images, sounds, smells, etc.

An inclusive approach to various, sometimes contradictory belief systems.1

An emphasis on experiences including mysticism

Concentration on relationship-building over proclamation of the gospel.

Shunning stale traditionalism in worship, church seating, music, etc.

A de-emphasis on absolutes and doctrinal creeds such as inerrancy of Scripture, the existence of Hell, a future judgment; and that the cross (and blood) of Christ is offensive.

Hopefully you can see some problems in the list.  But, I have to say it again, not all Emerging Church adherents agree with all the points.  Emerging Church pastors Mark Driscoll and Dan Kimball both acknowledge the necessity of preaching doctrinal truths which properly define Christianity while others like Brian McLaren are extremely lax when it comes to proclaiming the true biblical faith, so much so that he’s been called a false teacher.2

No official Emerging Church or doctrine

There is no official single Emerging Church or Emerging Church doctrine so there is no unified structure to examine.  But, there are a lot of Emerging Church writings.  The more I read them, the more concerned I become.  It is apparent that the movement as a whole is off-center and is sacrificing time-honored biblical truths for a let’s-get-along kind of attitude.

  • “…the Emerging Church movement is largely based upon and characterized by a fair bit of protest against traditional evangelicalism and, more broadly, against all that it understands by modernism.”3 (those who lived during the hippie movement can easily see the correlation)
  • “They [the emerging generations] are disillusioned with institutionalism and see the church itself as an obstacle to faith.”4
  • “the Emerging Church is a place where people have felt the freedom to explore questions and experiment with new forms of lifestyle and corporate practice.”5
  • This rejection of traditionalism (regimented service, hymns, organs, a dress code, “we’ve always done it this way”, etc.) has made it easier for those who don’t like absolute truth statements, who reject exclusivism (that Jesus is the only way).  They are thus drawn to very casual settings where they can also more easily reject traditional doctrines such as the Trinity, the deity of Christ, and his physical resurrection.

“Sit down here next to me in this little restaurant and ask me if Christianity (my version of it, yours, the Pope’s, whoever’s) is orthodox, meaning true, and here’s my honest answer: a little, but not yet.  Assuming by Christianity you mean the Christian understanding of the world and God, Christian opinions on soul, text, and culture… I’d have to say that we probably have a couple of things right, but a lot of things wrong, and even more sprints before is unseen and unimagined.”6

Remember, the Emerging Church is, in part, reacting against the modernistic, absolute structure of stale traditional churches that want people to convert to their style of worship and time-frozen culture.  Instead, Emerging Church members believe it is necessary to establish relationships with people, going where they are, meeting them on their level, and then later presenting doctrinal truths after they have become part of their lives.  I must admit, this is what Jesus did.  He was involved with the lives of the disciples, interacted with them, grew very close to them and taught them by example, not just propositionally.

Conclusion

Even though there are some pastors in the Emerging Church Movement that are true to scripture, the movement as a whole needs to stick to the essentials of the Christian faith, otherwise, in spite of its proclamation to renew Christianity afresh, it will become stale and heretical.  No one, no movement of people should ever be so arrogant as to say that they can’t fall into error — even though they seek truth.  As I’ve always said, if you want to mess something up, all you need is two things:  people and time.  The Emerging Church movement has much good in it, but it also has a good bit of bad already within its doors.[1]

  1. Inclusivism is the error that people can be saved without specific knowledge of Jesus Christ and that their general faith in the concept of God and sincerity of heart is sufficient to warrant forgiveness.
  2. Kimball, Dan, The Emerging Church, Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2003, p. 14.
  3. Carson, D. A., Becoming Conversant with the Emerging Church, Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2005, p. 36.
  4. Gibbs, Eddie and Ryan K. Bolger, Emerging Churches, Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2005, p. 21.
  5. Pagitt, Doug and Tony Jones, eds., An Emergent Manifesto of Hope, Grand Rapids: Baker Books, p. 23.
  6. McLaren, Brian, A Generous Orthodoxy, Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2004, p. 296. Italics in the original.

PUBLISHER’S NOTE: You may be somewhat confused by this material because many leaders and denominations are at some level embracing this movement. Those who are wise in the Word understand Satan, who has always lusted to be like the most High God (Isa. 14:12-14) will one day have his wish by incarnating Antichrist and mandating worship of him (Rev. 13-14). The plan is well underway. It includes a vast deception (Matt. 24:4-4, 11, 24; 2 Thess. 2; Rev. 19:20) via seducing spirits who deaden the consciences of all who should have known better but refused to listen (1 Tim. 4:1-2). These will all be swept away in their arrogance and ignorance: My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children (Hosea 4:6).

I pray this will not include you, my friend. For further study, you may order Dr. Mike’s Latter Rain and Manifest Sons of God Heresy.

[1] Copied/adapted/edited from http://www.carm.org/religious-movements/emerging-church/what-emerging-church

Categories: Apostasy, End Times, Heresy

ISRAEL: GOD’S CHOSEN PEOPLE

September 28, 2016 Leave a comment

 Dr. Mike Johnston, Editor 

And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed . . . And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee (Genesis 12:3; 17:7)

 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

ISRAEL: GOD’S CHOSEN PEOPLE Dr. John McTernan. 4

WHAT IS GOD’S PROPHETIC  PURPOSE FOR ISRAEL? By Justin Johnson. 10

IN DEFENSE OF ZIONISM… 11

10 LOST TRIBES OF ISRAEL – MYTH REFUTED Dr. Chuck Missler. 14

20 FACTS ABOUT JERUSALEM AND ISRAEL. 16

THE PALESTINIAN MYTH.. 18

REPLACEMENT THEOLOGY REFUTED Dr. Mike Johnston. 20

CHRISTIAN REPLACEMENT THEOLOGY Dr. John McTernan. 24

 

COLLATERAL READING ASSIGNMENT FOR PMI STUDENTS 

  • Collateral reading and reporting is part of your required coursework. Prepare a brief statement attesting to the fact that you read this booklet from cover to cover.
  • Summarize the pre-1800s history of Israel in 100+ words.
  • Summarize the post-1800s history of Israel in 100+ words.
  • Prepare a 100 word paper on the influence of Anti-Zionist and the Palestinian Myth have played in the international hatred of Jews.
  • Read and explain in 100+ words each section in the Table of Contents
  • Prepare a final 300-500 word report entitled: Israel: God’s Chosen People

 

 

ISRAEL: GOD’S CHOSEN PEOPLE
Dr. John McTernan

Israel’s History- Pre 1800’s

God called Abraham to be a blessing to all people: Genesis 12:3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

God made an everlasting covenant with Abraham and his seed that was part of this blessing. This covenant was unconditional and included the land now called Israel: Genesis 17:7 And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. (8) And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan , for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.

The covenant was passed to Isaac and his seed (Genesis 26:3) and Jacob and his seed (Genesis 35:12.) The land belongs forever to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and their seed: Psalm 105:6 O ye seed of Abraham his servant, ye children of Jacob his chosen. (7) He is the LORD our God: his judgments are in all the earth. (8) He hath remembered his covenant for ever, the word which he commanded to a thousand generations. (9) Which covenant he made with Abraham, and his oath unto Isaac; (10) And confirmed the same unto Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant: (11) Saying, Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan , the lot of your inheritance: 

The Jewish people were warned, under the law of Moses, that if they sinned and disobeyed they would be taken off the land and dispersed into all nations: Deuteronomy 28:63 And it shall come to pass, that as the LORD rejoiced over you to do you good, and to multiply you; so the LORD will rejoice over you to destroy you, and to bring you to nought; and ye shall be plucked from off the land whither thou goest to possess it. (64) And the LORD shall scatter thee among all people, from the one end of the earth even unto the other; and there thou shalt serve other gods, which neither thou nor thy fathers have known, even wood and stone.

Israel sinned and was dispersed according to the law of Moses, but this did not end the everlasting covenant with Abraham: Leviticus 26:42 Then will I remember my covenant with Jacob, and also my covenant with Isaac, and also my covenant with Abraham will I remember; and I will remember the land . . . (44) And yet for all that, when they be in the land of their enemies, I will not cast them away, neither will I abhor them, to destroy them utterly, and to break my covenant with them: for I am the LORD their God. (45) But I will for their sakes remember the covenant of their ancestors, whom I brought forth out of the land of Egypt in the sight of the heathen, that I might be their God: I am the LORD.

Romans 11:2 God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel, saying, (25) For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. (26) And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:(28) As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sakes. (29) For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.

Israel ’s dispersion was only temporary and God would bring the Jewish people back to the land. Modern Israel exists because of the covenant God made with Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and their descendents: Ezekiel 36:22 Therefore say unto the house of Israel , Thus saith the Lord GOD; I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel , but for mine holy name’s sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went. (24) For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land.

Luke 21:24 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

At the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, Israel will recognize Him as their Messiah and reconciled to Him: Zechariah 12:10 And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.

National Israel has a fantastic future with God. At the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus, He will restore the Kingdom of Israel . He will sit on the throne of David from the magnificent temple which He will build and rule over the entire world: Zechariah 6:11-13 Then take silver and gold, and make crowns, and set them upon the head of Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest; And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD: Even he shall build the temple of the LORD; and he shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both. 

Matthew 25:31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory.

Revelation 11:15 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.

When the Lord Jesus is ruling from the throne of David , Israel will be holy as they will have been purged of their sin. The Jews will be the envy of all other peoples: Isaiah 4:3,4 And it shall come to pass, that he that is left in Zion, and he that remaineth in Jerusalem, shall be called holy, even every one that is written among the living in Jerusalem: When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning. 

Zechariah 8:23 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you. 

The Scriptural promise still holds true that God blesses those that bless the Jewish people: Obadiah 1:15 For the day of the LORD is near upon all the heathen: as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head.[1] 

Israel’s History- Post 1800’s 

Israel, God’s Anvil-

    The words of the Lord are pure words: pure as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. (Psalms 12:6)

The rebirth of the nation of Israel has been a real slow process. The process started in the late 1800’s and has continued right up to the present time. At times, this process seems to stop, and then all of sudden a huge event takes place that accelerates it. The start of the Jews coming back did not seem significant at first. But, there was a small but steady stream of them. Then came WW1 and in 1917 the Balfour Declaration. Then like an explosion, the land was being readied for the return. The period between world wars was one of tension and terrorism. There was no apparent move of God toward fulfilling the covenant.

Then came WWII and the Nazi holocaust. The events of WWII set the stage for hundreds of thousands of Jews to go back to Israel. Almost like an explosion, there were huge numbers of Jews ready to go back to Israel. Then came the rebirth of the nation in 1948 and the immediate war. The war ended and Israel was once again faced with tension and terrorism. For 20 years, there seemed no end to the shelling and terrorists attacks.

Then came the Six-Day War in 1967, and like a bolt of lightning, Israel had all of a united Jerusalem as its capital. Since 1967, there has been a major war, plus fighting in Lebanon and continual terrorist attacks against Israel.

Starting in September 2000, a low grade war was started over Jerusalem. This war is a continuation of the fighting that started in 1920. Although the fighting and terrorism seems endless, there will be an end. There seems to be tension, terrorism and fighting between all the major moves to restore Israel. There has been almost 40 years since Jerusalem was united.

Now, the fighting is directly over Jerusalem and the Temple Mount area. The Bible states that the last great world war will be over Jerusalem. All the nations of the world will be drawn to Jerusalem. God is going to use Jerusalem as an anvil against the nations of the world.

The fuse to start the last world war may have been lit in September 2000, when the Temple Mount became the scene of bloody combat. God is moving to fulfill the promises of His everlasting covenant, but one has to be patient. God seems to have moved very slowly with Israel to completely fulfill the promise.

Looking back, since 1917, tremendous progress has been made. Israel is a nation with Jerusalem as the capital. Israel is a mighty military power. Israel has a powerful economy. The rest of the promises of the covenant will be fulfilled in God’s time. No matter what was tried by the British, Moslems, United Nations, European Union or any other group, their attempts have not been able to stop the rebirth of the nation.

Israel is truly like an anvil, and nations are going to be broken trying to destroy God’s covenant nation. In watching God working, great patience is required. The restoration has taken almost a century to get this far. God has His own agenda and timetable. Watching Jerusalem and the war that started in September 2000 over the Temple Mount, shows that God’s timetable may be accelerating.

Remember, Jesus Christ said that Jerusalem was the key to the timetable. With the rebirth of Israel and Jerusalem the capital, this nation becomes an anvil for false views of God and Bible doctrine. Most religions of the world do not recognize God’s covenant over the land of Israel. Some believe the Jews had a covenant, but this covenant is no longer in effect. God is using Israel to now show the literalness of His word. The rebirth of Israel confronts false teaching, doctrine and prophets. Israel has become an anvil to break the false doctrines and misunderstandings of the Bible.

Islam does not recognize the covenant with Isaac and Jacob, but instead believes God made a covenant with Abraham and Ishmael. Islam believes the Koran and not the Bible is the word of God. The Koran fails to mention Jerusalem even once, and it does not mention the rebirth of the nation of Israel. Jerusalem is mentioned 811 times in the Bible. The rebirth of Israel is on page after page in the Bible while the Koran is silent.

The rebirth of Israel shows the authority of the Bible as the word of God. God’s everlasting covenant and the rebirth of Israel is like an anvil against the Koran. Israel is proof the Koran and Mohammed are wrong. This tension between Israel and the Koran can never be peacefully resolved. For Islam to recognize the nation of Israel would be an admission that the Koran and Islam are wrong. Moslem fundamentalists refer to Israel as the “Zionist entity.” They will not even recognize the nation of Israel.

There is a huge confrontation on the horizon between the God of the Bible and Islam. The heart of the confrontation will be the Jewish control of Jerusalem. God is using Israel as an anvil against Islam. When the Islamic nations come against Israel and Jerusalem, they will be destroyed.

God is also using Israel as an anvil against false teachings within the Christian Church. There are doctrines called replacement theology and covenant theology. Both these doctrines are fluid and there are many branches to them; however, believers hold the Church has now replaced Israel in the everlasting covenant. These doctrines hold that God has no future plan with the nation of Israel, and when Israel was destroyed in 70AD, it ended the everlasting covenant. Israel then fell under the curse of the Law, but all the blessings in the Bible now belong to the Church. These doctrines are in stark contrast to what the prophet Jeremiah states:

Jeremiah claims that the nation of Israel will remain forever: Jeremiah 31:35 Thus saith the Lord, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The Lord of hosts is his name: (36) If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the Lord, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever. (37) Thus saith the Lord; If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done, saith the Lord.

God has used the rebirth of Israel to prove both these doctrines to be incorrect. Just as Moses and the prophets have said, the physical descendants have returned and the nation was reborn. The Bible is to be taken literally about Jerusalem meaning Jerusalem, Israel meaning Israel, and not spiritualizing it to say Jerusalem and Israel now mean the Church. To try and get around the error of the replacement and covenant theology, some believers in these doctrines have gone so far to say the Jews in Israel are not real Jews. When these “Jews” were being killed in pogroms in Russia, no one said stop they are not real Jews. When these “Jews” were being killed by the Nazis, no one said to stop they are not real Jews. Now, when these same “Jews” go back to Israel, all of a sudden they are no longer Jews. God is using the rebirth of Israel to cut right through false and incorrect views of His word. The promise of God in the Bible is crystal clear on page after page. Manmade doctrines and false prophets have tried to alter this covenant, but in the latter day, God has made the truth clear for all to see. God is very serious about His word. Then said the LORD unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I will hasten my word to perform it. Jeremiah 1:12.

Believing in false doctrines about the literalness of the rebirth of Israel, blinds people to the working of God that is occurring right before their eyes. God is moving to fulfill His word and millions cannot see it because they are following false prophets or wrong doctrine about Israel and Jerusalem.

The very sad part is believers in Jesus Christ, because of false doctrine, can actually be against the work of God. Many fail to support God’s covenant nation and can be against it, because of a false understanding of Israel and the everlasting covenant. It is very serious, to be on the wrong side of God when He is defending His everlasting covenant. The wrong doctrine can cause a person to be apathetic toward Israel and the Jews. This can lead to the failure to pray for and support Israel in a time of crisis. This incorrect doctrine blinds a person’s ability to see God’s judgment falling on America for forcing Israel.

God is real serious about the land and covenant. Israel will literally be used as an anvil to destroy the nations that come against Jerusalem. The nations will be drawn to Jerusalem like a moth to a light. Multitudes of people have rejected God and the Bible or just do not believe His word. This rebellion will cause the nations to come against God’s anvil. God has warned beforehand what will happen when armies try to destroy Israel and take Jerusalem. The entire world will see the mighty power of God, as He uses Israel as His anvil. This is all laid out in the Bible, and will be covered in depth in the chapter titled, Jerusalem a Burdensome Stone. God is using the rebirth of Israel like an anvil to expose false prophets, doctrines and to have a literal witness on the earth to the authority of His word. It is important that one’s faith be in accord with the truth of the Bible. God’s word has been tested in the furnace of the earth. The word has proven itself to be like pure gold and silver.

The everlasting covenant has been tested now for 4,000 years of history. It is in effect for all to see. God’s is faithful to His word and promises. His word is pure for all to see. “The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.” [2] 

WHAT IS GOD’S PROPHETIC
PURPOSE FOR ISRAEL?
By Justin Johnson

The Bible describes a two-fold plan and purpose that God has for the universe. The difference between these dual programs inside God’s purpose resides in the information that was ‘spoken by the mouth of the prophets since the world began’ and that which was ‘kept secret since the world began’ (Acts 3:21, Romans 16:25). We mark the difference between the two programs by calling one the subject of prophecy while the other is the subject of the mystery revealed to Paul (Eph 3:1-5).

We can further distinguish these programs by their sphere of dominion. The prophetic program is promised a future dominion on earth, while the program which was kept a mystery is promised a dominion in heavenly places. These two programs describe what will fulfill God’s single purpose for eternity – that all things would be in Christ (Eph 1:10).

God began to reveal his plan for the earth almost immediately to Adam, Abraham, and eventually to the nation Israel. However, he kept the information of his heavenly program a secret from the foundation of the world (Eph 3:9). The aspects of God’s program for the earth can be summed up with the following characteristics: Israel is created as God’s chosen people. God created the nation Israel to have a privileged status before Him as a peculiar people (Gen 12:2, Exo 19:5, Rom 3:1-2).

His chosen nation is promised a kingdom on earth. God promised a specific piece of land that would mark where He would set up his kingdom on earth (Gen 13:15, Deut 34:4, Psalm 37:22, Matt 5:5, Isaiah 2:2-4).

The kingdom will rule the world with the Messiah as King. A Messiah was promised to Israel that would lead the nation into world dominion and power (Daniel 2:44-45, Isaiah 9:6-7, Jeremiah 23:5).

Israel will be the channel of blessing to the Gentile nations. Through their worldwide influence, and access to God, Israel would be the channel of God’s blessing to Gentile nations (Gen 12:3, 22:18, Zech 8:20-23, Isa 60:3, Matt 5:16).

Righteousness comes through God’s covenants. God gave the Old Covenant as a token that Israel would be a nation that followed after God. The New Covenant would replace the old as the method of attaining righteousness and entrance into the kingdom (Deut 6:25, Eze 36:24-27, Matt 5:20, John 14:21, 1 John 3:7-10).

Israel will live through tribulation before entering the kingdom. With the divine protection of God, Israel would be able to live through the time of His wrath poured out on earth. They would be refined as silver and come out prepared to enter the kingdom on Earth (Dan 9:24, Zech 13:9, Mark 13:13, 1 Peter 4:17).

These aspects stand in stark contrast to the aspects of God’s mystery program, or God’s program for heavenly places (see “What is the Mystery”). Today we who are saved are not participants of God’s program for the earth, but rather we are ambassadors of God’s heavenly purpose residing on earth to do his will (2 Cor 5:20, Eph 2:6).

Understanding the difference between the Prophecy and the Mystery in the Bible is a key to understanding what God’s will is for us today. This basic truth can help us better understand our Bibles and the purpose of our Lord and Savior.

IN DEFENSE OF ZIONISM

Alan Dershowitz [3] wrote a shocking expose in Newsmax on the growing hatred for Israel where he said: In many circles, anti-Zionism easily morphs into anti-Semitism, and in some countries Jews are afraid to walk the streets wearing any clothing or symbols that identify them as Jewish.

The lie that Zionists stole Palestinian land is the mantra for both the Palestinian Authority and Hamas who teach it to their children and propagate it in their media. This claim has vast importance, as Palestinian Media Watch explains: “Presenting the creation of the [Israeli] state as an act of theft and its continued existence as a historical injustice serves as the basis for the PA’s non-recognition of Israel’s right to exist.” The accusation of theft also undermines Israel’s position internationally.

But is this accusation true?

No, it is not. Ironically, the building of Israel represents about the most peaceable in-migration and state creation in history. To understand why requires seeing Zionism in context. Simply put, conquest is the historic norm; governments everywhere were established through invasion, nearly all states came into being at someone else’s expense. No one is permanently in charge, everyone’s roots trace back to somewhere else.

Germanic tribes, Central Asian hordes, Russian tsars, and Spanish and Portuguese conquistadors remade the map. Modern Greeks have only a tenuous connection to the Greeks of antiquity. Who can count the number of times Belgium was overrun? The United States came into existence by defeating Native Americans. Kings marauded in Africa, Aryans invaded India. In Japan, Yamato-speakers eliminated all but tiny groups such as the Ainu.

The Middle East, due to its centrality and geography, has experienced more than its share of invasions, including the Greek, Roman, Arabian, Crusader, Seljuk, Timurid, Mongolian, and modern European. Within the region, dynastic froth caused the same territory – Egypt for example – to be conquered and re-conquered.

Many wars over Jerusalem: Emperor Titus celebrated his victory over the Jews in 70 A.D. with an arch showing Roman soldiers carrying off a menorah from the Temple.

The land that now makes up Israel was no exception. In Jerusalem Besieged: From Ancient Canaan to Modern Israel, Eric H. Cline writes of Jerusalem: “No other city has been more bitterly fought over throughout its history.” He backs up that claim, counting “at least 118 separate conflicts in and for Jerusalem during the past four millennia.” He calculates Jerusalem to have been destroyed completely at least twice, besieged 23 times, captured 44 times, and attacked 52 times. The PA fantasizes that today’s Palestinians are descended from a tribe of ancient Canaan, the Jebusites; in fact, but they are overwhelmingly the off-spring of invaders and immigrants seeking economic opportunities.

Against this tableau of unceasing conquest, violence, and overthrow, Zionist efforts to build a presence in the Holy Land until 1948 stand out as astonishingly mild, as mercantile rather than military. Two great empires, the Ottomans and the British, ruled Eretz Yisrael; in contrast, Zionists lacked military power. They could not possibly achieve statehood through conquest.

Instead, they purchased land. Acquiring property dunam by dunam, farm by farm, house by house, lay at the heart of the Zionist enterprise until 1948. The Jewish National Fund, founded in 1901 to buy land in Palestine “to assist in the foundation of a new community of free Jews engaged in active and peaceable industry,” was the key institution – and not the Haganah, the clandestine defense organization founded in 1920.

Zionists also focused on the rehabilitation of what was barren and considered unusable. They not only made the desert bloom but drained swamps, cleared water channels, reclaimed wasteland, forested bare hills, cleared rocks, and removed salt from the soil. Jewish reclamation and sanitation work precipitously reduced the number of disease-related deaths.

Only when the British mandatory power gave up on Palestine in 1948, followed immediately by an all-out attempt by Arab states to crush and expel the Zionists, did the latter take up the sword in self defense and go on to win land through military conquest. Even then, as the historian Efraim Karsh demonstrates in Palestine Betrayed, most Arabs fled their lands; exceedingly few were forced off.

This history contradicts the Palestinian account that “Zionist gangs stole Palestine and expelled its people” which led to a catastrophe “unprecedented in history” (according to a PA 12th-grade textbook) or that Zionists “plundered the Palestinian land and national interests, and established their state upon the ruins of the Palestinian Arab people” (writes a columnist in the PA’s daily). International organizations, newspaper editorials, and faculty petitions reiterate this falsehood worldwide.

Israelis should hold their heads high and point out that the building of their country was based on the least violent and most civilized movement of any people in history. Gangs did not steal Palestine; merchants purchased Israel. [4] 

10 LOST TRIBES OF ISRAEL – MYTH REFUTED
Dr. Chuck Missler

There are many groups that believe the northern tribes, separated during the rift between Rehoboam and Jeroboam after the death of Solomon (and subsequently taken captive by Assyria in 722 b.c.), later migrated to Europe and elsewhere.

The myth of the “Ten Lost Tribes” is the basis for “British- Israelism” and other colorful legends, but these stories have no real Biblical basis. They are based upon misconceptions derived from the misreading of various Bible passages.

The Faithful Voted With Their Feet

Before the Assyrian captivity, substantial numbers from the northern tribes had identified themselves with the house of David. The rebellion of Jeroboam and subsequent crises caused many to repudiate the Northern Kingdom and unite with the Southern Kingdom in a common alliance to the house of David and a desire to worship the Lord in Jerusalem.

In 930 b.c., Jeroboam ruled the Northern Kingdom from his capital in Samaria. When Jeroboam turned the Northern Kingdom to idolatry, the Levites (and others who desired to remain faithful) migrated south to Rehoboam.

Horrified that Jeroboam had set up a rival religion with golden calf worship at Bethel and Dan, many Northerners moved south, knowing that the only place acceptable to God was the Temple on Mt. Moriah. Those who favored idolatry migrated north to Jeroboam.

Later, when Asa reigned as king in the south, another great company came from the north.

Years after the deportation by Assyria, King Hezekiah of Judah issued a call to all Israel to come and worship in Jerusalem and celebrate the Passover. Eighty years later King Josiah of Judah also issued a call, and an offering for the Temple was received from “Manasseh and Ephraim and all the remnant of Israel….”

Eventually, all 12 tribes were represented in the south. God even addresses the 12 tribes in the south: “Speak unto Rehoboam the son of Solomon, king of Judah, and to all Israel in Judah and Benjamin….”

The “tribe of Judah” (2 Kings 17:18, et al.) is used idiomatically for the Southern Kingdom. When encountering the tribal designations, it is important to distinguish between the territories allocated to the tribes and the people themselves.

The Northern Kingdom Falls

In 724 b.c. Shalmaneser V besieged Samaria for three years. King Hoshea of Israel attempted to revolt against paying Assyrians annual tribute money–a treaty with Pharaoh of Egypt did not help –and Samaria, Jeroboam’s capital, fell in 722 b.c. with Sargon II seizing power in 721 b.c.

The Assyrians implemented their infamous policy of mixing conquered peoples to keep them from organizing a revolt. Israelite captives were mixed with Persians and others, and strangers from far-off lands were resettled in Samaria. The resulting mixed, quasi-Jewish populations became the “Samaritans.” (You can read about this “fall” in 2 Kings 17.)

Not all from the Northern Kingdom were deported. Archaeologists have uncovered annals of the Assyrian Sargon, in which he tells that he carried away only 27,290 people and 50 chariots.

Population estimates of the Northern Kingdom at that time range from 400,000 to 500,000; less than 1/20th were deported– mostly the leadership from the capital, Samaria. The rest of the Northern Kingdom were taken by Assyria as slaves, which were a valuable commodity. (It is difficult to view the Assyrians as careless enough to let their captives wander off to Europe.)

When the Babylonians take over Assyria, the descendants of the “ten tribes” were probably again commingled with the captives of Judah.

The Babylonians Take Over

When the Northern Kingdom went into captivity (722 b.c.), all 12 tribes were also represented in the south. When the Babylonians took the Southern Kingdom into captivity (586 b.c.), members of all 12 tribes of Israel were involved. Isaiah, prophesying to Judah, refers to them as the “House of Jacob, which are called by the name of Israel…” (Isaiah 48:1; cf. vv. 12-14).

Post-Captivity Terminology

After the Babylonian captivity, the terms “Jew” and “Israelite” are used interchangeably. Ezra calls the returning remnant “Jews” 8 times and “Israel” 40 times. (Ezra also speaks of “all Israel”: Ezra 2:70; 3:11; 8:35; 10:25, et al.) Nehemiah uses the term “Jew” 11 times and “Israel” 22 times. Nehemiah too speaks of “all Israel” being back in the land (Nehemiah 12:47). The remnant who returned from Babylon is represented as “the nation” (Malachi 1:1, et al.).

The same is true in the New Testament. Our Lord is said to have offered Himself to the nation, “the lost sheep of the house of Israel” (Matthew 10:5-6; 15:24). Tribes other than Judah are mentioned specifically in the New Testament as being represented in the land.

Anna knew her tribal identity was of the tribe of Asher (Luke 2:36). Paul knew he was of the tribe of Benjamin, a “Jew” and an “Israelite” (Romans 11:1). The New Testament speaks of “Israel” 75 times and uses the word “Jew” 174 times.

At the Feast of Pentecost Peter cries, “Ye men of Judea” (Acts 2:14), “ye men of Israel…” (Acts 2:22), and “All the house of Israel” (Acts 2:36).

Regathered as One

Ezekiel 36 and 37, the Dry Bones Vision, declares that Judah (Jews) and Israel (10 tribes) shall be joined as one in the regathering. This is true today. (The total physical descendants were not the people to whom the promises were made [Romans 9:4-7].)

Anti-Semitism

Accompanying some of the legends of the so-called “Ten Lost Tribes” are aspersions on the present State of Israel and the people being regathered in the Land. These various theories such as “British Israelism” are by their nature anti-Semitic because they deny the Jewish people their proper place in the plan of God. Let’s remember that Genesis 12:3 has never been repealed!

Israel is being regathered in the land just as God has announced. There is yet to come an event which will awaken them to realize that the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob once again has His hand upon them (Ezekiel 38, 39). I believe this event could happen at any moment.

The Throne of David was promised to the Son of Mary (Luke 1:32). I believe His taking possession of it is on the near horizon. Maranatha!

Sources:

Lewis, David Allen, Can Israel Survive in a Hostile World?, New Leaf Press, 1993.

Scofield, C.I., The New Scofield Study Bible, [5] notes on 2 Kings 17:23. 

20 FACTS ABOUT JERUSALEM AND ISRAEL

  1. Nationhood and Jerusalem: Israel became a nation in 1312 BC, two thousand (2000) years before the rise of Islam.
  2. Arab refugees in Israel began identifying themselves as part of a Palestinian people in 1967, two decades after the establishment of the modern State of Israel.
  1. Since the Jewish conquest in 1272 BC, the Jews have had dominion over the land for one thousand (1000) years with a continuous presence in the land for the past 3,300 years.
  1. The only Arab dominion since the conquest in 635 lasted no more than 22 years.
  1. For over 3,300 years, Jerusalem has been the Jewish capital. Jerusalem has never been the capital of any Arab or Muslim entity. Even when the Jordanians occupied Jerusalem, they never sought to make it their capital, and Arab leaders did not come to visit.
  1. Jerusalem is mentioned over 700 times in Tanach, the Jewish Holy Scriptures. Jerusalem is not mentioned once in the Koran.
  1. King David founded the city of Jerusalem Mohammed never came to Jerusalem.
  1. Jews pray facing Jerusalem. Muslims pray with their backs toward Jerusalem.
  1. Arab and Jewish Refugees: In 1948 the Arab refugees were encouraged to leave Israel by Arab leaders promising to purge the land of Jews. Sixty-eight percent left (many in fear of retaliation by their own brethren, the Arabs), without ever seeing an Israeli soldier. The ones who stayed were afforded the same peace, civility, and citizenship rights as everyone else.
  1. The Jewish refugees were forced to flee from Arab lands due to Arab brutality, persecution and pogroms.
  1. The number of Arab refugees who left Israel in 1948 is estimated to be around 630,000. The number of Jewish refugees from Arab lands is estimated to be the same.
  1. Arab refugees were INTENTIONALLY not absorbed or integrated into the Arab lands to which they fled, despite the vast Arab territory. Out of the 100,000,000 refugees since World War II, theirs is the only refugee group in the world that has never been absorbed or integrated into their own people’s lands. Jewish refugees were completely absorbed into Israel, a country no larger than the state of New Jersey.
  1. The Arab-Israeli Conflict: the Arabs are represented by eight separate nations, not including the Palestinians. There is only one Jewish nation. The Arab nations initiated all five wars and lost. Israel defended itself each time and won.
  2. The PLO’s Charter still calls for the destruction of the State of Israel. Israel has given the Palestinians most of the West Bank land, autonomy under the Palestinian Authority, and has supplied them.
  1. Under Jordanian rule, Jewish holy sites were desecrated and the Jews were denied access to places of worship. Under Israeli rule, all Muslim and Christian sites have been preserved and made accessible to people of all faiths.
  1. The UN Record on Israel and the Arabs: of the 175 Security Council resolutions passed before 1990, 97 were directed against Israel.
  1. Of the 690 General Assembly resolutions voted on before 1990, 429 were directed against Israel.
  1. The UN was silent while 58 Jerusalem synagogues were destroyed by the Jordanians.
  1. The UN was silent while the Jordanians systematically desecrated the ancient Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives.
  1. The UN was silent while the Jordanians enforced an apartheid-like a policy of preventing Jews from visiting the Temple Mount and the Western Wall. [6] 

THE PALESTINIAN MYTH

Finally some truth and sanity in the Middle East politics. Actually the truth and sanity came from United States Republican Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich (2012) who rightly called the Palestinians an “invented” people. As students of Bible prophecy we know that there has never been a Palestinian nation, culture, art, economy, language, etc. but the world is full of anti-Semitism and as a result the lie of “Palestinians” being from the ancient land of Israel is nothing but a satanic creation from the pit of Hell. The fact is, the so called “Palestinian” people were  invented as a means of dividing the Holy land of God with the intolerant Islamic hordes that actually moved to the region in the 1800s when the Jews repatriated their ancient homeland. As for Gingrich, the Jerusalem Post reports:

. . . the Palestinians are an “invented” people who want to destroy Israel. The former speaker of the US House of Representatives sided with Israel in its decades-old dispute with the Palestinians but took it a step further in an interview with the Jewish Channel.

Moreover, Gingrich differed with official US policy that respects the Palestinians as a people deserving of their own state based on negotiations with Israel.

“Remember, there was no Palestine as a state. It was part of the Ottoman Empire” until the early 20th century, Gingrich said. “I think that we’ve had an invented Palestinian people who are in fact Arabs, and who were historically part of the Arab community. And they had a chance to go many places, and for a variety of political reasons we have sustained this war against Israel now since the 1940s, and it’s tragic,” he said.

Gingrich is exactly right in that there was no Palestinian state, etc. and the truth of the matter is that the “Palestinian” myth is a lie designed to promote anti-Semitism along with the eventual destruction of the Jews in modern day Israel.

Well, the God of Israel has something to say about that in the Holy Bible. It is clear from Scripture that God gave the Jews the promised land of Israel (Gen. 12:7; 13:15-17; 15:7-18; 24:7; Joshua; and many more), which in fact covers much more land than the modern state of Israel covers today. [7] He gave them this land as a permanent covenant to which the Jewish people were to use for worshiping him in a land of their own. It is no secret that many people have tried unsuccessfully to dislodge the Jews from the land of Israel. Adolph Hitler met and planned with numerous Jewish enemies to try to destroy them as they fled Europe during the years before, during, and after the Holocaust where at least six million were slaughtered. Photographs show Hitler meeting with many of today’s same Islamic enemies who follow the anti-Semitic teachings of the Koran.

While all of this is nothing new in history, the fact that a major political figure on the U.S. Presidential stage would make a strong stand for Israel and at the same time expose this “Palestinian” myth is of significance. It is time people got off the fence and took a side that they are going to stand on. For me and my house, I will stand with Israel and help people like Newt Gingrich to expose the myth of the “Palestinian” people and expose the anti-Semitism that is behind it.

When the Gingrich article surfaced, the Palestinians of course responded that his remarks would stir up trouble in the region and harm the peace process. This is typical of the ongoing hypocritical nonsense from the so called “Palestinians” as they know very well that there is no such thing as the “Palestinian” people. The Palestinian people are nothing more than groups of people who came from neighboring Islamic countries looking for work and a better life than the one they had in their original lands. Because Judaism and Islam are not compatible the lie was formulated to introduce the so called “Palestinian” people in order to try to claim the land of Israel. The land of Israel is surrounded on nearly every side by Islamic Jihadist countries that will not be satisfied with a peaceful co-existence, they lust for- and are plotting- the complete destruction of the Jewish state.

Hear me friend. If “Palestinians” really wanted a homeland, they have one. It is known today as Jordan. The majority of people living in Jordan identify themselves as “Palestinians” despite there being no such thing. The solution for the entire Middle East peace process is for today’s “Palestinians” who occupy the West Bank to cross the border and go into Jordan where they belong. Dividing  Israel would be suicidal for the Jews and God will not tolerate it (Zech. 12-14).

Despite the truth that there is no such thing as “Palestinians” the world will never go along with any sensible plan involving so called “Palestinians” relocating to Jordan. The world’s “peacekeepers” in the UN are led by a majority of Islamic countries that have used their international political powers as a whipping post for Israel on the international stage. It is refreshing to see a politician like Gingrich tell the truth about the region as I believe that there is no hope for a two state solution, nor should there be a two state solution. The Palestinians just need to go home where they belong and let Israel be herself. Let us continue to watch the political landscape as the candidates for the U.S. presidency continue to tackle and debate the major issues facing the world today. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee (Psalms 122:6). [8]

REPLACEMENT THEOLOGY REFUTED
Dr. Mike Johnston

There is a growing anti-Semitic heresy amongst Christians originating from the synagogue of Satan (Rev. 2:9; 3:9) that claims the church is the new Israel. It is called replacement theology. While this is a self-damning heterodoxy, we believe here at the PMI Center it is easily refuted by proper Biblical exegesis.

Distinguished Bible authority Dr. Thomas Ice agrees: “Replacement theology is the view that the church is the new or true Israel that has permanently replaced or superseded Israel as the people of God. Another term, often found in academic circles, for replacement theology is supersessionism. Replacement theology has been the fuel that has energized Medieval anti-Semitism, Eastern European pogroms, the Holocaust and contemporary disdain for the modern state of Israel. [9] Mike Vlach [10] notes: ‘The acceptance or rejection of supersessionism may also influence how one views the modern state of Israel and events in the Middle East.’ Wherever replacement theology has flourished, the Jews have had to run for cover.”

The Wrong View: The Church is a Continuation of Israel

The dominant view in Christianity has been that the Church is the New Israel, a continuation of the concept of Israel from the Old Testament. This view teaches that the Church is the replacement for Israel and that the many promises made to Israel in the Bible are fulfilled in the Christian Church, not in biblical, literal, Israel. So, the prophecies in Scripture concerning the blessing and restoration of Israel to the Land of Promise are “spiritualized” into promises of God’s blessing for the Church. The prophecies of condemnation and judgment, however, still remain for national Israel and the Jewish people. This view has been called Replacement Theology because the Church replaces Israel in the program of God. Major problems exist with this view, such as the continuing existence of the Jewish people throughout the centuries and especially with the revival of the modern state of Israel. If Israel has been condemned by God, there being no future for the Jewish nation, how do we account for the supernatural survival of the Jewish people, Israel’s rebirth among the gentile nations, victories in major wars with the Arabs and a flourishing modern democratic Jewish state?

The Right View: The Church is Totally Different and Distinct from Israel

Although being suppressed throughout the history of the Church, the view that Israel and the Church are different is clearly taught in the New Testament. In this view, the Church is completely different and distinct from Israel and the two are never to be confused or used interchangeably. We are taught from Scripture that the Church is an entirely new creation, that came into being on the Day of Pentecost and will continue until it is translated to Heaven at the Rapture (Eph. 1:9-11). The Church has no relationship to the curses and blessings for Israel, the covenants, promises and warnings are valid only for Israel. Israel has been set aside in God’s program during these past 2,000 years of dispersion. The Lord has preserved the Jewish people through great persecutions, though they are largely in unbelief.

After the Rapture (1 Thess. 4:16-18) God will restore Israel. The first event at this time is the “Time of Jacob’s Trouble,” also known as the Great Tribulation. This is a horrible period of seven years, which begins moderately during the first half then intensifies in full during the latter half. The world will be judged for rejecting Christ, while Israel is prepared through the trials of the Great Tribulation for the Second Coming of the Messiah. Now, when Christ does return to the earth, at the end of the Tribulation, Israel will be ready to receive Him. The remnant of Israel which survives the Tribulation will be saved and the Lord will establish His kingdom on this earth with the capital as Jerusalem. With Christ reigning as King, Israel will be the leading nation and representatives from all nations will come to Jerusalem to honor and worship the King. The Church will return with Christ and will reign with Him for a literal thousand years (Rev. 20:1-5).

The History of the Change

How did the thinking in the Church change toward Israel? Slowly, the Gentile majority in the Church began to view Israel as a relic of the past. With spiritual competition between the two groups, we can see why the Church adopted the view that it was the new Israel. The view of the Church was that the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple in 70 AD was brought about divinely, that God had ordained the end of Jewish unbelieving Israel. Since Jerusalem was in ruins and the Jewish people were scattered throughout the world, it seemed evident that God was finished with national Israel. Theologians now proposed that Israel in the Scriptures did not really mean literal Israel, instead, it meant the Church. The Church now became the new Israel and through this spiritualization, wherever blessings are spoken of to Israel in the Old Testament, it was interpreted to mean the Church. In essence they simply replaced Israel with the Church.

Replacement Theology became the position of the Church during the time of Augustine (A.D. 354-430), who popularized it in his book The City of God. Initially Augustine claimed that he was a Chiliast, the belief in the literal thousand year reign of Christ on the earth, the basic view of Premillennialism today. Having come to the conclusion that this view was “inferior” and “carnal,” he adopted the position that the reign of Christ should be much more “spiritual” and it would occur during this present Church Age. His spiritualizing method, of course, eliminated true Israel and the losing of all the promises God made to the Jewish nation, which he viewed as now being fulfilled within the Church.

What Did The Apostolic Church Believe?

Almost all students of the early church agree that Premillennialism, or Chiliasm, was the most widely held view of the apostolic church. Philip Schaff, the noted authority on church history writes, “The most striking point in the eschatology of the ante-Nicene Age [A.D. 100-325] is the prominent chiliasm, or millenarianism, . . . a widely current opinion of distinguished teachers, such as Barnabas, Papia, Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, Tertullian, Methodius, and Lactantius” (Philip Schaff. History of the Christian Church. New York: Scribner, 1884, Vol. 2, p. 614).

Premillennialism began to die out in the established Catholic Church during the time of Augustine, though it has always survived as a Church doctrine. Even when it has not been widely known it survived through “underground” and “fringe” groups of Believers. The last 200 years have seen the greatest development and spread of Premillennialism, which, like the early church, recognizes a future glorious hope for literal Israel. Beginning in Britain and spreading to America, consistent Premillennialism, known as Dispensational Premillennialism, has come forth as a major theological view in the Church.

The Biblical Basis for Premillennialism

Both the Old Testament and the New Testament support a Premillennial understanding of God’s plan for humanity. Even so, the strongest support for Premillennialism is found in the clear teaching of Revelation 20:1-7, where it says, six times, that Christ’s kingdom will last 1,000 years. After the Tribulation the Lord will return and establish His kingdom with the nation of Israel, Christ will reign over the whole earth with Jerusalem as His capital and Israel will be the leader of the nations. The Church will reign with Him for a literal thousand years. 1 Philip Schaff. History of the Christian Church. New York: Scribner, 1884, Vol. 2, p. 614. [11]

PMI EDITOR’S NOTE: Replacement theology is the teaching of seducing spirits and doctrine of devils (1 Tim. 4:1) that the Lord Jesus warned would flourish in the last days church [12]: Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee (Revelation 3:9). It is an insult to Israel and an affront to God. DO NOT be a part of such heresy my friend! 

CHRISTIAN REPLACEMENT THEOLOGY
Dr. John McTernan

 God is using Israel as an anvil against false teachings within the Christian Church.  There are false doctrines that are called dominion theology, covenant theology and preterism.  These doctrines are fluid and there are many branches to them; however, there is one basic tenet to which they all agree: the Christian church has now replaced Israel in the everlasting covenant with Abraham.

These doctrines hold that God has no future plan with national Israel , and when the Roman armies destroyed Jerusalem and the temple in 70 AD, it ended the everlasting covenant.   Israel then fell under the curse of the Law, and all the blessings in the Bible now belong to the Church.  The Church now is the seed of Abraham.  These doctrines falsely state that God has no future with the nation of Israel .

These doctrines are in stark contrast to what prophet after prophet states.  Jeremiah, for example, states the LORD will never cast off all Israel for sin.  Jeremiah claims that the nation of Israel will remain forever, and God will never cast them all away.

Jeremiah 31:35-37: Thus saith the LORD, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The LORD of hosts is his name:  (36)  If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the LORD, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever.  (37)  Thus saith the LORD; If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done, saith the LORD.

Ezekiel records that God dispersed Israel into all nations because of sin, but God would one day bring them back because of His holy name.  God tied His name to the everlasting covenant and for this reason He will restore Israel . God will not restore Israel because of their righteousness but because of His holy name.  The nation of Israel exists today only because of the holy name of the God of Israel.

Ezekiel 36:19, 21-24, 28. And I scattered them among the heathen, and they were dispersed through the countries: according to their way and according to their doings I judged them. (21) But I had pity for mine holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the heathen, whither they went. (22) …Thus saith the Lord GOD; I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel , but for mine holy name’s sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went. (23) And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen . . . (24) For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land.  (28) And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.

Zechariah prophesied the restoration of Israel ; however, when they return it is in unbelief toward God and the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ.  The prophet shows God will restore Jerusalem , and He will judge the nations for trying to destroy Jerusalem .  At the time of this judgment, then Israel turns to belief in the Lord Jesus, “…and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him…”  Israel is in unbelief today, just as Zechariah stated would happen.  The day of their restoration to the Lord God of Israel remains yet in the future:

Zechariah 12:9, 10:  And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem . (10) And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.

God is using the rebirth of Israel to prove these replacement doctrines are incorrect.  Just as Moses and the prophets wrote, the physical descendants of Abraham have returned and restored the nation.  In the Bible, Jerusalem literally means the city of Jerusalem .  Israel means Israel , and one cannot spiritualize it to mean the Church.  Islam and replacement theology both refuse to believe the Bible about the restoration of Israel and Jerusalem .  These combined false beliefs fail to prevent the restoration of Israel .

If this restoration of Israel is not of God, then what is it?  Could it be a Divine trick of some sort?  Page after page in the Bible prophesied the restoration.  The restoration of modern Israel matches these prophecies of the Bible.  So, it comes down to the final authority.  Is a manmade doctrine like replacement theology or Islam the final authority, or the Bible with its clear verses that establish the restoration of Israel ?

The restoration of Israel smashes replacement theology.  This restoration proves the error of this belief system.  The foundation of replacement theology is very simple.  It rests upon unbelief in God’s word.  This is a very serious error that leads to consequences with God, including spiritual blindness.

To try and get around the error of the replacement and covenant theology, some believers in these doctrines have gone so far as to say that the Jews in Israel are not real Jews.  When the Tsar was killing “Jews” in the Russian pogroms, no one said to the Tsar “stop they are not real Jews.”  When the Nazis were killing these “Jews”, no one said to Adolph “stop they are not real Jews.”  Now, when these same “Jews” go back to Israel , all of a sudden they are no longer Jews!

God is using the rebirth of Israel to cut right through false and incorrect views of His word.  The promise of God in the Bible is crystal clear on page after page.  Manmade doctrines and false prophets have tried to alter this covenant, but in the latter day, God has made the truth clear for all to see.  God is very serious about His word. Then said the LORD unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I will hasten my word to perform it. Jeremiah 1:12.

Belief in false doctrines concerning the literalness of the rebirth of Israel blinds people to the work of God that is occurring right before their eyes.  God is moving to fulfill His word, and millions cannot see it because they are following false prophets or wrong doctrine about Israel and Jerusalem .  The very sad part is that believers in Jesus Christ, because of false doctrine, are actually against the work of God.  Many fail to support God’s covenant nation and oppose it, because of a false understanding of Israel , and the everlasting covenant.

Replacement theology and Islam are in 100 percent agreement against Israel .  They both refuse to recognize that Israel exists because of the everlasting covenant.  It is a scary thought that someone who names Jesus as their Savior, can be in such rebellion against God that they are in agreement with Islam.  As time goes on, the faithful Church will grow closer and closer with Israel while the church in great error may grow closer to Islam.

It is very serious, to be on the wrong side of God when He is defending His everlasting covenant.  The wrong doctrine can cause apathy toward Israel and the Jews.  This can lead to failure to pray for and support Israel in a time of crisis.  This incorrect doctrine blinds a person’s ability to recognize God’s judgment falling on America for forcing Israel to divide the covenant land.  Therefore, this person is spiritually unable to intercede for America as it faces judgment.

God is very serious about the land and covenant.  The Lord God of Israel will literally use Jerusalem as an anvil to destroy the nations that come against it.   Jerusalem will draw the nations like a moth to a light.  Multitudes of people have rejected God and the Bible or just do not believe His word.  This rebellion will cause the nations to come against God’s anvil.  God has warned beforehand what happens, when armies try to destroy Israel and take Jerusalem .  The entire world will see the mighty power of God, as He uses Israel as His anvil.

Thus God is using the rebirth of Israel to expose false prophets, false doctrines, and to have a literal witness on the earth to the authority of His word.  It is important that one’s faith be in accord with the truth of the Bible.  God’s word has been tested in the furnace of the earth.  The Bible has proven itself to be like pure gold and silver.  The everlasting covenant has been tested now for 4,000 years of history.  It is in effect for all to see.  God’s is faithful to His word and promises. 

PMI EDITOR’S NOTE: As unapologetic Dispensationalists, we understand God is not finished with the Jews! We therefore are not only compelled, but proud, to stand with Israel- God’s Chosen People- in these last days!                                                           

And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed . . . And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee (Genesis 12:3; 17:7).

 

[1] © Dr. John McTernan- Blessing Israeli Believers: http://www.blessingisraelibelievers.com/StatementofFaith.html

[2] Dr. McTernan is an internationally known speaker, author, blogger, and radio host. He is a 2010 graduate of the PMI Center for Biblical Studies and Calvary Christian College and Seminary.

[3] Dershowitz is a liberal Jewish Harvard law professor that we (PMI and Dr. Mike) hardly ever agree with. However, we certainly agree with him here!

[4] By Daniel Pipes, National Review Online. Used by permission. Mr. Pipes is president of the Middle East Forum and Taube distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University.

 

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[6] Copied from http://www.rapturewatch.net/israelthetruth.htm

[7] Israel’s inheritance covers some 300,000 square miles of Covenant Land

[8] From: http://www.raptureforums.com/RaptureReport/rapturereport12102011.cfm

[9] For more info, please order our eye popping booklet: Dividing Israel and God’s Judgment on America.

[10] Michael J. Vlach, “The Church as a Replacement of Israel: An Analysis of Supersessionism,” (PhD dissertation at Southeaster Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, NC, 2004).

[11] © Alan Torres- http://www.biblicist.org/bible/replace.shtml

[12] Many scholars, including Drs. CI Scofield, John Walvoord, Tim LaHaye, Jack Van Impe, David Jeremiah and others see the seven churches of Revelation as a depiction of church history.

Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God

September 28, 2016 Leave a comment

 

But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine (Titus 2:1)

PUBLISHER’S NOTE: Amos warned about a coming spiritual famine involving God’s Word (Amos 8:11). Jesus warned about false prophets in the last days (Matt. 24:11, 24) to which Paul revealed as seducing spirits bringing doctrines of devils. To safeguard you against their intrusion, the PMI Center is proud to publish this booklet as part of our Sound Doctrine Series. We trust it will bless you.

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by Jonathan Edwards

Introduction

Jonathan Edwards (October 5, 1703 – March 22, 1758) was a great and powerful Christian preacher and intellectual. Some regard him as America’s original and most important philosophical theologian. Edwards played a critical role in shaping the First Great Awakening, and oversaw some of the first revivals in 1733–35 at his church in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Edwards delivered the sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”, a classic of early American literature, during another revival in 1741, following George Whitefield’s tour of the Thirteen Colonies. He was the grandfather of Aaron Burr, third Vice President of the United States.” Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” preached in Enfield, Connecticut on July 8, 1741, is a classic sermon every preacher in the world should be required to read. It remains Edwards’ most famous written work, and is widely studied both among American Christians and historians, due to the glimpse it provides into the theology of the Great Awakening of c. 1730–1755. 

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SINNERS IN THE HANDS OF AN ANGRY GOD

Their foot shall slide in due time Deut. xxxii. 35

That they were always exposed to destruction; as one that stands or walks in slippery places is always exposed to fall. This is implied in the manner of their destruction coming upon them, being represented by their foot sliding. The same is expressed, Psalm lxxiii. 18. “Surely thou didst set them in slippery places; thou castedst them down into destruction.”In this verse is threatened the vengeance of God on the wicked unbelieving Israelites, who were God’s visible people, and who lived under the means of grace; but who, notwithstanding all God’s wonderful works towards them, remained (as ver. 28.) void of counsel, having no understanding in them. Under all the cultivations of heaven, they brought forth bitter and poisonous fruit; as in the two verses next preceding the text. The expression I have chosen for my text, Their foot shall slide in due time, seems to imply the following doings, relating to the punishment and destruction to which these wicked Israelites were exposed.

  1. It implies, that they were always exposed to sudden unexpected destruction. As he that walks in slippery places is every moment liable to fall, he cannot foresee one moment whether he shall stand or fall the next; and when he does fall, he falls at once without warning: Which is also expressed in Psalm lxxiii. 18, 19. “Surely thou didst set them in slippery places; thou castedst them down into destruction: How are they brought into desolation as in a moment!”
  2. Another thing implied is, that they are liable to fall of themselves, without being thrown down by the hand of another; as he that stands or walks on slippery ground needs nothing but his own weight to throw him down.
  3. That the reason why they are not fallen already, and do not fall now, is only that God’s appointed time is not come. For it is said, that when that due time, or appointed time comes, their foot shall slide. Then they shall be left to fall, as they are inclined by their own weight. God will not hold them up in these slippery places any longer, but will let them go; and then at that very instant, they shall fall into destruction; as he that stands on such slippery declining ground, on the edge of a pit, he cannot stand alone, when he is let go he immediately falls and is lost.

The observation from the words that I would now insist upon is this. “There is nothing that keeps wicked men at any one moment out of hell, but the mere pleasure of God.” By the mere pleasure of God, I mean his sovereign pleasure, his arbitrary will, restrained by no obligation, hindered by no manner of difficulty, any more than if nothing else but God’s mere will had in the least degree, or in any respect whatsoever, any hand in the preservation of wicked men one moment.

The truth of this observation may appear by the following considerations.

  1. There is no want of power in God to cast wicked men into hell at any moment. Men’s hands cannot be strong when God rises up. The strongest have no power to resist him, nor can any deliver out of his hands.-He is not only able to cast wicked men into hell, but he can most easily do it. Sometimes an earthly prince meets with a great deal of difficulty to subdue a rebel, who has found means to fortify himself, and has made himself strong by the numbers of his followers. But it is not so with God. There is no fortress that is any defence from the power of God. Though hand join in hand, and vast multitudes of God’s enemies combine and associate themselves, they are easily broken in pieces. They are as great heaps of light chaff before the whirlwind; or large quantities of dry stubble before devouring flames. We find it easy to tread on and crush a worm that we see crawling on the earth; so it is easy for us to cut or singe a slender thread that any thing hangs by: thus easy is it for God, when he pleases, to cast his enemies down to hell. What are we, that we should think to stand before him, at whose rebuke the earth trembles, and before whom the rocks are thrown down?
  2. They deserve to be cast into hell; so that divine justice never stands in the way, it makes no objection against God’s using his power at any moment to destroy them. Yea, on the contrary, justice calls aloud for an infinite punishment of their sins. Divine justice says of the tree that brings forth such grapes of Sodom, “Cut it down, why cumbereth it the ground?” Luke xiii. 7. The sword of divine justice is every moment brandished over their heads, and it is nothing but the hand of arbitrary mercy, and God’s mere will, that holds it back.
  3. They are already under a sentence of condemnation to hell. They do not only justly deserve to be cast down thither, but the sentence of the law of God, that eternal and immutable rule of righteousness that God has fixed between him and mankind, is gone out against them, and stands against them; so that they are bound over already to hell. John iii. 18. “He that believeth not is condemned already.” So that every unconverted man properly belongs to hell; that is his place; from thence he is, John viii. 23. “Ye are from beneath.” And thither be is bound; it is the place that justice, and God’s word, and the sentence of his unchangeable law assign to him.
  4. They are now the objects of that very same anger and wrath of God, that is expressed in the torments of hell. And the reason why they do not go down to hell at each moment, is not because God, in whose power they are, is not then very angry with them; as he is with many miserable creatures now tormented in hell, who there feel and bear the fierceness of his wrath. Yea, God is a great deal more angry with great numbers that are now on earth: yea, doubtless, with many that are now in this congregation, who it may be are at ease, than he is with many of those who are now in the flames of hell.

So that it is not because God is unmindful of their wickedness, and does not resent it, that he does not let loose his hand and cut them off. God is not altogether such an one as themselves, though they may imagine him to be so. The wrath of God burns against them, their damnation does not slumber; the pit is prepared, the fire is made ready, the furnace is now hot, ready to receive them; the flames do now rage and glow. The glittering sword is whet, and held over them, and the pit hath opened its mouth under them.

  1. The devil stands ready to fall upon them, and seize them as his own, at what moment God shall permit him. They belong to him; he has their souls in his possession, and under his dominion. The scripture represents them as his goods, Luke xi. 12. The devils watch them; they are ever by them at their right hand; they stand waiting for them, like greedy hungry lions that see their prey, and expect to have it, but are for the present kept back. If God should withdraw his hand, by which they are restrained, they would in one moment fly upon their poor souls. The old serpent is gaping for them; hell opens its mouth wide to receive them; and if God should perrnit it, they would be hastily swallowed up and lost.
  2. There are in the souls of wicked men those hellish principles reigning, that would presently kindle and flame out into hell fire, if it were not for God’s restraints. There is laid in the very nature of carnal men, a foundation for the torments of hell. There are those corrupt principles, in reigning power in them, and in full possession of them, that are seeds of hell fire. These principles are active and powerful, exceeding violent in their nature, and if it were not for the restraining hand of God upon them, they would soon break out, they would flame out after the same manner as the same corruptions, the same enmity does in the hearts of damned souls, and would beget the same torments as they do in them. The souls of the wicked are in scripture compared to the troubled sea, Isa. lvii. 20. For the present, God restrains their wickedness by his mighty power, as he does the raging waves of the troubled sea, saying, “Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further;” but if God should withdraw that restraining power, it would soon carry all before it. Sin is the ruin and misery of the soul; it is destructive in its nature; and if God should leave it without restraint, there would need nothing else to make the soul perfectly miserable. The corruption of the heart of man is immoderate and boundless in its fury; and while wicked men live here, it is like fire pent up by God’s restraints, whereas if it were let loose, it would set on fire the course of nature; and as the heart is now a sink of sin, so if sin was not restrained, it would immediately turn the soul into a fiery oven, or a furnace of fire and brimstone.
  3. It is no security to wicked men for one moment, that there are no visible means of death at hand. It is no security to a natural man, that he is now in health, and that he does not see which way he should now immediately go out of the world by any accident, and that there is no visible danger in any respect in his circumstances. The manifold and continual experience of the world in all ages, shows this is no evidence, that a man is not on the very brink of eternity, and that the next step will not be into another world. The unseen, unthought-of ways and means of persons going suddenly out of the world are innumerable and inconceivable. Unconverted men walk over the pit of hell on a rotten covering, and there are innumerable places in this covering so weak that they will not bear their weight, and these places are not seen. The arrows of death fly unseen at noon-day; the sharpest sight cannot discern them. God has so many different unsearchable ways of taking wicked men out of the world and sending them to hell, that there is nothing to make it appear, that God had need to be at the expense of a miracle, or go out of the ordinary course of his providence, to destroy any wicked man, at any moment. All the means that there are of sinners going out of the world, are so in God’s hands, and so universally and absolutely subject to his power and determination, that it does not depend at all the less on the mere will of God, whether sinners shall at any moment go to hell, than if means were never made use of, or at all concerned in the case.
  4. Natural men’s prudence and care to preserve their own lives, or the care of others to preserve them, do not secure them a moment. To this, divine providence and universal experience do also bear testimony. There is this clear evidence that men’s own wisdom is no security to them from death; that if it were otherwise we should see some difference between the wise and politic men of the world, and others, with regard to their liableness to early and unexpected death: but how is it in fact? Eccles. ii. 16. “How dieth the wise man? even as the fool.”
  5. All wicked men’s pains and contrivance which they use to escape hell, while they continue to reject Christ, and so remain wicked men, do not secure them from hell one moment. Almost every natural man that hears of hell, flatters himself that he shall escape it; he depends upon himself for his own security; he flatters himself in what he has done, in what he is now doing, or what he intends to do. Every one lays out matters in his own mind how he shall avoid damnation, and flatters himself that he contrives well for himself, and that his schemes will not fail. They hear indeed that there are but few saved, and that the greater part of men that have died heretofore are gone to hell; but each one imagines that he lays out matters better for his own escape than others have done. He does not intend to come to that place of torment; he says within himself, that he intends to take effectual care, and to order matters so for himself as not to fail.

But the foolish children of men miserably delude themselves in their own schemes, and in confidence in their own strength and wisdom; they trust to nothing but a shadow. The greater part of those who heretofore have lived under the same means of grace, and are now dead, are undoubtedly gone to hell; and it was not because they were not as wise as those who are now alive: it was not because they did not lay out matters as well for themselves to secure their own escape. If we could speak with them, and inquire of them, one by one, whether they expected, when alive, and when they used to hear about hell ever to be the subects of that misery: we doubtless, should hear one and another reply, “No, I never intended to come here: I had laid out matters otherwise in my mind; I thought I should contrive well for myself: I thought my scheme good. I intended to take effectual care; but it came upon me unexpected; I did not look for it at that time, and in that manner; it came as a thief: Death outwitted me: God’s wrath was too quick for me. Oh, my cursed foolishness! I was flattering myself, and pleasing myself with vain dreams of what I would do hereafter; and when I was saying, Peace and safety, then suddenly destruction came upon me.

  1. God has laid himself under no obligation, by any promise to keep any natural man out of hell one moment. God certainly has made no promises either of eternal life, or of any deliverance or preservation from eternal death, but what are contained in the covenant of grace, the promises that are given in Christ, in whom all the promises are yea and amen. But surely they have no interest in the promises of the covenant of grace who are not the children of the covenant, who do not believe in any of the promises, and have no interest in the Mediator of the covenant.

So that, whatever some have imagined and pretended about promises made to natural men’s earnest seeking and knocking, it is plain and manifest, that whatever pains a natural man takes in religion, whatever prayers he makes, till he believes in Christ, God is under no manner of obligation to keep him a moment from eternal destruction.

So that, thus it is that natural men are held in the hand of God, over the pit of hell; they have deserved the fiery pit, and are already sentenced to it; and God is dreadfully provoked, his anger is as great towards them as to those that are actually suffering the executions of the fierceness of his wrath in hell, and they have done nothing in the least to appease or abate that anger, neither is God in the least bound by any promise to hold them up one moment; the devil is waiting for them, hell is gaping for them, the flames gather and flash about them, and would fain lay hold on them, and swallow them up; the fire pent up in their own hearts is struggling to break out: and they have no interest in any Mediator, there are no means within reach that can be any security to them. In short, they have no refuge, nothing to take hold of, all that preserves them every moment is the mere arbitrary will, and uncovenanted, unobliged forbearance of an incensed God.

APPLICATION

The use of this awful subject may be for awakening unconverted persons in this congregation. This that you have heard is the case of every one of you that are out of Christ.-That world of misery, that lake of burning brimstone, is extended abroad under you. There is the dreadful pit of the glowing flames of the wrath of God; there is hell’s wide gaping mouth open; and you have nothing to stand upon, nor any thing to take hold of, there is nothing between you and hell but the air; it is only the power and mere pleasure of God that holds you up.

You probably are not sensible of this; you find you are kept out of hell, but do not see the hand of God in it; but look at other things, as the good state of your bodily constitution, your care of your own life, and the means you use for your own preservation. But indeed these things are nothing; if God should withdraw his band, they would avail no more to keep you from falling, than the thin air to hold up a person that is suspended in it.

Your wickedness makes you as it were heavy as lead, and to tend downwards with great weight and pressure towards hell; and if God should let you go, you would immediately sink and swiftly descend and plunge into the bottomless gulf, and your healthy constitution, and your own care and prudence, and best contrivance, and all your righteousness, would have no more influence to uphold you and keep you out of hell, than a spider’s web would have to stop a falling rock. Were it not for the sovereign pleasure of God, the earth would not bear you one moment; for you are a burden to it; the creation groans with you; the creature is made subject to the bondage of your corruption, not willingly; the sun does not willingly shine upon you to give you light to serve sin and Satan; the earth does not willingly yield her increase to satisfy your lusts; nor is it willingly a stage for your wickedness to be acted upon; the air does not willingly serve you for breath to maintain the flame of life in your vitals, while you spend your life in the service of God’s enemies. God’s creatures are good, and were made for men to serve God with, and do not willingly subserve to any other purpose, and groan when they are abused to purposes so directly contrary to their nature and end. And the world would spew you out, were it not for the sovereign hand of him who hath subjected it in hope. There are black clouds of God’s wrath now hanging directly over your heads, full of the dreadful storm, and big with thunder; and were it not for the restraining hand of God, it would immediately burst forth upon you. The sovereign pleasure of God, for the present, stays his rough wind; otherwise it would come with fury, and your destruction would come like a whirlwind, and you would be like the chaff of the summer threshing floor.

The wrath of God is like great waters that are dammed for the present; they increase more and more, and rise higher and higher, till an outlet is given; and the longer the stream is stopped, the more rapid and mighty is its course, when once it is let loose. It is true, that judgment against your evil works has not been executed hitherto; the floods of God’s vengeance have been withheld; but your guilt in the mean time is constantly increasing, and you are every day treasuring up more wrath; the waters are constantly rising, and waxing more and more mighty; and there is nothing but the mere pleasure of God, that holds the waters back, that are unwilling to be stopped, and press hard to go forward. If God should only withdraw his hand from the flood-gate, it would immediately fly open, and the fiery floods of the fierceness and wrath of God, would rush forth with inconceivable fury, and would come upon you with omnipotent power; and if your strength were ten thousand times greater than it is, yea, ten thousand times greater than the strength of the stoutest, sturdiest devil in hell, it would be nothing to withstand or endure it.

The bow of God’s wrath is bent, and the arrow made ready on the string, and justice bends the arrow at your heart, and strains the bow, and it is nothing but the mere pleasure of God, and that of an angry God, without any promise or obligation at all, that keeps the arrow one moment from being made drunk with your blood. Thus all you that never passed under a great change of heart, by the mighty power of the Spirit of God upon your souls; all you that were never born again, and made new creatures, and raised from being dead in sin, to a state of new, and before altogether unexperienced light and life, are in the hands of an angry God. However you may have reformed your life in many things, and may have had religious affections, and may keep up a form of religion in your families and closets, and in the house of God, it is nothing but his mere pleasure that keeps you from being this moment swallowed up in everlasting destruction. However unconvinced you may now be of the truth of what you hear, by and by you will be fully convinced of it. Those that are gone from being in the like circumstances with you, see that it was so with them; for destruction came suddenly upon most of them; when they expected nothing of it, and while they were saying, Peace and safety: now they see, that those things on which they depended for peace and safety, were nothing but thin air and empty shadows.

The God that holds you over the pit of hell, much as one holds a spider, or some loathsome insect over the fire, abhors you, and is dreadfully provoked: his wrath towards you burns like fire; he looks upon you as worthy of nothing else, but to be cast into the fire; he is of purer eyes than to bear to have you in his sight; you are ten thousand times more abominable in his eyes, than the most hateful venomous serpent is in ours. You have offended him infinitely more than ever a stubborn rebel did his prince; and yet it is nothing but his hand that holds you from falling into the fire every moment. It is to be ascribed to nothing else, that you did not go to hell the last night; that you was suffered to awake again in this world, after you closed your eyes to sleep. And there is no other reason to be given, why you have not dropped into hell since you arose in the morning, but that God’s hand has held you up. There is no other reason to be given why you have not gone to hell, since you have sat here in the house of God, provoking his pure eyes by your sinful wicked manner of attending his solemn worship. Yea, there is nothing else that is to be given as a reason why you do not this very moment drop down into hell.

O sinner! Consider the fearful danger you are in: it is a great furnace of wrath, a wide and bottomless pit, full of the fire of wrath, that you are held over in the hand of that God, whose wrath is provoked and incensed as much against you, as against many of the damned in hell. You hang by a slender thread, with the flames of divine wrath flashing about it, and ready every moment to singe it, and burn it asunder; and you have no interest in any Mediator, and nothing to lay hold of to save yourself, nothing to keep off the flames of wrath, nothing of your own, nothing that you ever have done, nothing that you can do, to induce God to spare you one moment. And consider here more particularly

  1. Whose wrath it is: it is the wrath of the infinite God. If it were only the wrath of man, though it were of the most potent prince, it would be comparatively little to be regarded. The wrath of kings is very much dreaded, especially of absolute monarchs, who have the possessions and lives of their subjects wholly in their power, to be disposed of at their mere will. Prov. xx. 2. “The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion: Whoso provoketh him to anger, sinneth against his own soul.” The subject that very much enrages an arbitrary prince, is liable to suffer the most extreme torments that human art can invent, or human power can inflict. But the greatest earthly potentates in their greatest majesty and strength, and when clothed in their greatest terrors, are but feeble, despicable worms of the dust, in comparison of the great and almighty Creator and King of heaven and earth. It is but little that they can do, when most enraged, and when they have exerted the utmost of their fury. All the kings of the earth, before God, are as grasshoppers; they are nothing, and less than nothing: both their love and their hatred is to be despised. The wrath of the great King of kings, is as much more terrible than theirs, as his majesty is greater. Luke xii. 4, 5. “And I say unto you, my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that, have no more that they can do. But I will forewarn you whom you shall fear: fear him, which after he hath killed, hath power to cast into hell: yea, I say unto you, Fear him.”
  2. It is the fierceness of his wrath that you are exposed to. We often read of the fury of God; as in Isaiah lix. 18. “According to their deeds, accordingly he will repay fury to his adversaries.” So Isaiah lxvi. 15. “For behold, the Lord will come with fire, and wifh his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire.” And in many other places. So, Rev. xix. 15, we read of “the wine press of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.” The words are exceeding terrible. If it had only been said, “the wrath of God,” the words would have implied that which is infinitely dreadful: but it is “the fierceness and wrath of God.” The fury of God! the fierceness of Jehovah! Oh, how dreadful must that be! Who can utter or conceive what such expressions carry in them! But it is also “the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.” As though there would be a very great manifestation of his almighty power in what the fierceness of his wrath should inflict, as though omnipotence should be as it were enraged, and exerted, as men are wont to exert their strength in the fierceness of their wrath. Oh! then, what will be the consequence! What will become of the poor worms that shall suffer it! Whose hands can be strong? And whose heart can endure? To what a dreadful, inexpressible, inconceivable depth of misery must the poor creature be sunk who shall be the subject of this!

Consider this, you that are here present, that yet remain in an unregenerate state. That God will execute the fierceness of his anger, implies, that he will inflict wrath without any pity. When God beholds the ineffable extremity of your case, and sees your torment to be so vastly disproportioned to your strength, and sees how your poor soul is crushed, and sinks down, as it were, into an infinite gloom; he will have no compassion upon you, he will not forbear the executions of his wrath, or in the least lighten his hand; there shall be no moderation or mercy, nor will God then at all stay his rough wind; he will have no regard to your welfare, nor be at all careful lest you should suffer too much in any other sense, than only that you shall not suffer beyond what strict justice requires. Nothing shall be withheld, because it is so hard for you to bear. Ezek. viii. 18. “Therefore will I also deal in fury: mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity; and though they cry in mine ears with a loud voice, yet I will not hear them.” Now God stands ready to pity you; this is a day of mercy; you may cry now with some encouragement of obtaining mercy. But when once the day of mercy is past, your most lamentable and dolorous cries and shrieks will be in vain; you will be wholly lost and thrown away of God, as to any regard to your welfare. God will have no other use to put you to, but to suffer misery; you shall be continued in being to no other end; for you will be a vessel of wrath fitted to destruction; and there will be no other use of this vessel, but to be filled full of wrath. God will be so far from pitying you when you cry to him, that it is said he will only “laugh and mock,” Prov. i. 25, 26.

How awful are those words, Isa. lxiii. 3, which are the words of the great God. “I will tread them in mine anger, and will trample them in my fury, and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment.” It is perhaps impossible to conceive of words that carry in them greater manifestations of these three things, vis. contempt, and hatred, and fierceness of indignation. If you cry to God to pity you, he will be so far from pitying you in your doleful case, or showing you the least regard or favour, that instead of that, he will only tread you under foot. And though he will know that you cannot bear the weight of omnipotence treading upon you, yet he will not regard that, but he will crush you under his feet without mercy; he will crush out your blood, and make it fly, and it shall be sprinkled on his garments, so as to stain all his raiment. He will not only hate you, but he will have you, in the utmost contempt: no place shall be thought fit for you, but under his feet to be trodden down as the mire of the streets.

The misery you are exposed to is that which God will inflict to that end, that he might show what that wrath of Jehovah is. God hath had it on his heart to show to angels and men, both how excellent his love is, and also how terrible his wrath is. Sometimes earthly kings have a mind to show how terrible their wrath is, by the extreme punishments they would execute on those that would provoke them. Nebuchadnezzar, that mighty and haughty monarch of the Chaldean empire, was willing to show his wrath when enraged with Shadrach, Meshech, and Abednego; and accordingly gave orders that the burning fiery furnace should be heated seven times hotter than it was before; doubtless, it was raised to the utmost degree of fierceness that human art could raise it. But the great God is also willing to show his wrath, and magnify his awful majesty and mighty power in the extreme sufferings of his enemies. Rom. ix. 22. “What if God, willing to show his wrath, and to make his power known, endure with much long-suffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction?” And seeing this is his design, and what he has determined, even to show how terrible the unrestrained wrath, the fury and fierceness of Jehovah is, he will do it to effect. There will be something accomplished and brought to pass that will be dreadful with a witness. When the great and angry God hath risen up and executed his awful vengeance on the poor sinner, and the wretch is actually suffering the infinite weight and power of his indignation, then will God call upon the whole universe to behold that awful majesty and mighty power that is to be seen in it. Isa. xxxiii. 12-14. “And the people shall be as the burnings of lime, as thorns cut up shall they be burnt in the fire. Hear ye that are far off, what I have done; and ye that are near, acknowledge my might. The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites.”.
Thus it will be with you that are in an unconverted state, if you continue in it; the infinite might, and majesty, and terribleness of the omnipotent God shall be magnified upon you, in the ineffable strength of your torments. You shall be tormented in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb; and when you shall be in this state of suffering, the glorious inhabitants of heaven shall go forth and look on the awful spectacle, that they may see what the wrath and fierceness of the Almighty is; and when they have seen it, they will fall down and adore that great power and majesty. Isa. lxvi. 23, 24. “And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the Lord. And they shall go forth and look upon the carcasses of the men that have transgressed against me; for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched, and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh.”

  1. It is everlasting wrath. It would be dreadful to suffer this fierceness and wrath of Almighty God one moment; but you must suffer it to all eternity. There will be no end to this exquisite horrible misery. When you look forward, you shall see a long for ever, a boundless duration before you, which will swallow up your thoughts, and amaze your soul; and you will absolutely despair of ever having any deliverance, any end, any mitigation, any rest at all. You will know certainly that you must wear out long ages, millions of millions of ages, in wrestling and conflicting with this almighty merciless vengeance; and then when you have so done, when so many ages have actually been spent by you in this manner, you will know that all is but a point to what remains. So that your punishment will indeed be infinite. Oh, who can express what the state of a soul in such circumstances is! All that we can possibly say about it, gives but a very feeble, faint representation of it; it is inexpressible and inconceivable: For “who knows the power of God’s anger?”

How dreadful is the state of those that are daily and hourly in the danger of this great wrath and infinite misery! But this is the dismal case of every soul in this congregation that has not been born again, however moral and strict, sober and religious, they may otherwise be. Oh that you would consider it, whether you be young or old! There is reason to think, that there are many in this congregation now hearing this discourse, that will actually be the subjects of this very misery to all eternity. We know not who they are, or in what seats they sit, or what thoughts they now have. It may be they are now at ease, and hear all these things without much disturbance, and are now flattering themselves that they are not the persons, promising themselves that they shall escape. If we knew that there was one person, and but one, in the whole congregation, that was to be the subject of this misery, what an awful thing would it be to think of! If we knew who it was, what an awful sight would it be to see such a person! How might all the rest of the congregation lift up a lamentable and bitter cry over him! But, alas! instead of one, how many is it likely will remember this discourse in hell? And it would be a wonder, if some that are now present should not be in hell in a very short time, even before this year is out. And it would be no wonder if some persons, that now sit here, in some seats of this meeting-house, in health, quiet and secure, should be there before to-morrow morning. Those of you that finally continue in a natural condition, that shall keep out of hell longest will be there in a little time! your damnation does not slumber; it will come swiftly, and, in all probability, very suddenly upon many of you. You have reason to wonder that you are not already in hell. It is doubtless the case of some whom you have seen and known, that never deserved hell more than you, and that heretofore appeared as likely to have been now alive as you. Their case is past all hope; they are crying in extreme misery and perfect despair; but here you are in the land of the living and in the house of God, and have an opportunity to obtain salvation. What would not those poor damned hopeless souls give for one day’s opportunity such as you now enjoy!

And now you have an extraordinary opportunity, a day wherein Christ has thrown the door of mercy wide open, and stands in calling and crying with a loud voice to poor sinners; a day wherein many are flocking to him, and pressing into the kingdom of God. Many are daily coming from the east, west, north and south; many that were very lately in the same miserable condition that you are in, are now in a happy state, with their hearts filled with love to him who has loved them, and washed them from their sins in his own blood, and rejoicing in hope of the glory of God. How awful is it to be left behind at such a day! To see so many others feasting, while you are pining and perishing! To see so many rejoicing and singing for joy of heart, while you have cause to mourn for sorrow of heart, and howl for vexation of spirit! How can you rest one moment in such a condition? Are not your souls as precious as the souls of the people at Suffield*, where they are flocking from day to day to Christ?

Are there not many here who have lived long in the world, and are not to this day born again? and so are aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and have done nothing ever since they have lived, but treasure up wrath against the day of wrath? Oh, sirs, your case, in an especial manner, is extremely dangerous. Your guilt and hardness of heart is extremely great. Do you not see how generally persons of your years are passed over and left, in the present remarkable and wonderful dispensation of God’s mercy? You had need to consider yourselves, and awake thoroughly out of sleep. You cannot bear the fierceness and wrath of the infinite God.-And you, young men, and young women, will you neglect this precious season which you now enjoy, when so many others of your age are renouncing all youthful vanities, and flocking to Christ? You especially have now an extraordinary opportunity; but if you neglect it, it will soon be with you as with those persons who spent all the precious days of youth in sin, and are now come to such a dreadful pass in blindness and hardness. And you, children, who are unconverted, do not you know that you are going down to hell, to bear the dreadful wrath of that God, who is now angry with you every day and every night? Will you be content to be the children of the devil, when so many other children in the land are converted, and are become the holy and happy children of the King of kings?

And let every one that is yet out of Christ, and hanging over the pit of hell, whether they be old men and women, or middle aged, or young people, or little children, now harken to the loud calls of God’s word and providence. This acceptable year of the Lord, a day of such great favours to some, will doubtless be a day of as remarkable vengeance to others. Men’s hearts harden, and their guilt increases apace at such a day as this, if they neglect their souls; and never was there so great danger of such persons being given up to hardness of heart and blindness of mind. God seems now to be hastily gathering in his elect in all parts of the land; and probably the greater part of adult persons that ever shall be saved, will be brought in now in a little time, and that it will be as it was on the great out-pouring of the Spirit upon the Jews in the apostles’ days; the election will obtain, and the rest will be blinded. If this should be the case with you, you will eternally curse this day, and will curse the day that ever you was born, to see such a season of the pouring out of God’s Spirit, and will wish that you had died and gone to hell before you had seen it. Now undoubtedly it is, as it was in the days of John the Baptist, the axe is in an extraordinary manner laid at the root of the trees, that every tree which brings not forth good fruit, may be hewn down and cast into the fire.

Therefore, let every one that is out of Christ, now awake and fly from the wrath to come. The wrath of Almighty God is now undoubtedly hanging over a great part of this congregation: Let every one fly out of Sodom: “Haste and escape for your lives, look not behind you, escape to the mountain, lest you be consumed.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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THE TRUTH ABOUT OUIJA BOARDS

September 28, 2016 Leave a comment

Dr. Mike Johnston, Editor

In 2005 a registered sex offender named John Evander Couey slipped through the unlocked door of a Florida home and walked away with 9 year old Jessica Lunsford while her grandparents slept in another room. Although we gasped in horror, vowing it would never happen to us– it is, thousands of times per year, while nothing much is being done to stop it. Admittedly, it isn’t Couey slithering into our homes and grabbing our kids, it is a personage more powerful and sinister; one most folks would just as soon not discuss, or worse—not acknowledge even exists. The Bible calls him Satan, and warns us that he prowls around like a roaring lion seeking victims to devour (1 Peter 5:8).

Please listen. When he comes, he won’t announce himself and he won’t appear in a red cape with a tail and hooves—oh no! He will look much different; extremely harmless, like an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14-15). But don’t be deceived, his motive is always to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10) any way he can.

THE WORD OF THE OUIJA

The hidden world of the occult is one of deep spiritual darkness and hatred of God’s light. Jesus said: And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved (John 3:19-20). You won’t be surprised to learn that Ouijas have always fallen into this category of evil.

Ouija Boards are Demonic

The Exorcist was a true story of a 13-year-old Maryland boy that became fascinated with a Ouija Board causing ultimate demon possession. This account is not Ouija’s only link to evil, in fact it is evident from the beginning.

The history of Ouija Boards- pronounced wee-jee or wee-ja (French and German for yes) is varied, but all accounts tie it to the dark world of the occult. In 1854 when spiritism and channeling were in their heyday, reputed inventor Adolphus Theodore Wagner obtained a patent in London, England calling them “psychograph” or “talking boards.” Although advertised as a simple parlor game he claimed that these boards had the distinction of being able to read the minds of people with “nervous energy.” Seven years later, a black arts devotee named Allan Kardac brought them into mainstream occult use for the purpose of communicating with the dead. In 1966, William Fuld who revamped the boards sold the patent to Parker Brothers who have now sold over 20 million.

Today they consist of a rectangular game board covered with a woodcut-style alphabet, the words yes, no, and good-bye, and the numbers 0-9. Generally, two participants sit facing one another at a table with their finger tips lightly touching a heart-shaped plastic pointer called the planchette which mysteriously glides across the board—according to Ouija proponents—under the direction of supernatural forces in response to questions or comments from participants. An eerie phenomenon indeed.

According to paranormal researchers, these boards are prime vehicles for contacting the spirits of the dead. Parker Brothers tells the public these are “games” suitable for ages 8 to adult. God help those who listen to the manufacturer and not the Bible. Scripture warns about evil spirit entities that when toyed with can turn violent quickly (Acts 19:15-16). God clearly condemns this: Do not turn to mediums or seek out spiritists, for you will be defiled by them. I am the LORD your God (Lev. 19:31).

Ouija Boards are Deceptive

All Satanic activity is leading to the ultimate unveiling of a world ruler that he will personally possess and empower called Antichrist (1 John 2:18, 22; 4:3; Revelation 13). However, to simply thrust him on the unsuspecting and uninitiated without proper preparation would be foolish. Therefore, Satan has patiently and persistently pushed toward this universal domination, using every subtle means he possibly can. You see, while one method will work on one person, it may not work on the next- he therefore has had to be very flexible when establishing diverse doorways through which to lure his prey—aka you and your children.

Make no mistake dear friend. Satan is a liar and the father of it (John 8:44). As a master illusionist, one of his grandest tricks is that of making evil appear acceptable. Jesus warned that one day orchestrated deception would fool the world: Take heed that no man deceive you. (Matthew 24:4) And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. (Matthew 24:11) For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect (Matthew 24:24).

Why does God take such a hard line on things like Ouija Boards – something that many people view as a game? Ouijas add to world delusion by serving as another of Satan’s doorways into eternal damnation. When God declares something off limits, it isn’t to restrict our fun, it is to protect us from it. He forbids us to have contact with mediums (Lev. 20:6, 27); witchcraft, fortune-telling, crystal gazing, necromancy, and palmistry are related to spiritism (Deut. 18:10,11); and all (so called) black magic and its trappings (Deut. 18:12).

Please understand. Placing anything above God is damnable and punishable. In Isaiah 8:19-20, God says this: When men tell you to consult mediums and spiritists, who whisper and mutter, should not a people inquire of their God? Why consult the dead on behalf of the living? …If they do not speak according to this word, they have no light.

In a nutshell, God is omniscient (all-knowing), and omnipotent (all-powerful). He desires that we worship Him and when we are confused about something, come to Him for answers. Asking charlatans and unknown entities for advice can be worse than fruitless; it is idolatry and very dangerous. Thou shalt have no other gods before me (Ex. 20:3). By letting your children dabble in the occult practices of the Ouija, you are in effect telling Satan he has your permission to do what he wants with your children, even if that means he lays claim to their precious souls for Hell’s eternal Lake of Fire (Revelation 19:20; 20:10-15).

THE WORD OF THE LORD

God’s Word is final. However, He is such a Gentleman that He won’t force you to believe it. You are free to laugh off everything I have shared with you even though dozens of verses have been cited to back up everything.

Deuteronomy 18:11-12 says that anyone engaged in occult practices (like Ouija Boards) is “detestable to God.” Those involved in (or tolerating their children’s involvement in) ungodly lifestyles of darkness need to be so broken up about it that they fall on their face and repent in front of God right now. The fact is that Christians understand they must have nothing to do with black magic and its related practices, and if they have been temporarily deceived, will destroy (not give away) all items related to it (Acts 19:19). However, I realize not everyone reading this is a Christian.

Stop and listen please. In know from personal experience that when the Spirit is speaking to you, you know it. So may I ask you something no person on earth may have ever asked you? Have you come to a place in your spiritual life where you know for certain that when you die you will go to Heaven to be with God. I don’t mean wish, hope, think, or guess. I mean that without a shadow of a doubt you are convinced of this all important truth!

The Bible tells us we can know for sure: These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God (1 John 5:13). But in order to gain this know-so information, it is important to understand the bad news and the good news.

Bad News/Good News

First the bad news: no one can ever be good enough to please God or get to Heaven. Even if you throw away your Ouija Board (which you need to do regardless) and try living right, you won’t make it. You see, we inherited a sin nature (Romans 5:12) that can’t be fixed by human means. Although God is love and doesn’t want to punish us, He is also just and must punish sin. Since God demands death as payment for our sins (Romans 6:23), all of us are scheduled to die because of them.

Now the good news: God is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance[1] (2 Peter 3:9). While the fact remains that we should have died for our sins, as unbelievable as it sounds while we were sinners Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). He took our place and died for every sin we would ever commit. Now whosoever believes it and receives Him into their heart by faith—shall be saved. God’s absolute GOOD NEWS GUARANTEE is really pretty simple:

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation (Romans 10:9-10).

Is this making sense to you dear friend? Please don’t let the devil keep you and your family in the dark any longer. Please pray this prayer with me and have your family pray it, too: I did this April 24, 1975 at 7:30 in the morning, and NOW, you can too.

Heavenly Father, I know that I am a sinner worthy of death. Nothing I do will ever be good enough to save me or keep me saved. I have been living in sin and doing things I shouldn’t. But Father, I believe You sent Jesus to die for my sins. Please forgive me of my sins, Lord Jesus, and come into my heart right now and live Your life through me. Thank you for hearing my prayer and saving me. Now, I know for sure that when I die I will go to Heaven to be with you because the Bible promises that. I am righteous now before you Father because of Jesus, not because of me. I trust Jesus to save me and keep me saved forevermore. Praise You Lord Jesus. In Your Name, Amen.

If you just prayed that prayer and meant it, Jesus lives in your heart. The Bible promises: For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (Romans 10:13). That whosoever includes you and your precious family. Praise God!

FINAL WORD

Now that you have read this, you have had to make one of two choices. First, do nothing and let the chips fall where they may—even if that means eternal damnation of your entire family at the hands of Satan, the master deceiver.

Or, you took this information to heart and acted upon its warning. Please listen to me. A far more scurrilous scum than John Couey is about to enter your home. And if you lay there asleep and do nothing he will slither through your door and walk out with your precious children. He will then proceed to teach them the ways of his world while they are on the pathway with him and down the dark road leading to Hell. Remember, Stay alert. The Devil is poised to pounce, and would like nothing better than to catch you napping (1 Peter 5:8).

The decision you make now, you and your children may live with forever. So, which is it going to be?

[1] A term meaning about face- look to God and from sin producing a change in attitude and action.

PURPOSE DRIVEN MOVEMENT

September 27, 2016 Leave a comment

 

EDITOR’S NOTE: Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world (1 John 4:1). Scripture commands us to be discerning in respect to what we believe and who we follow. By necessity, this includes the doctrinal beliefs of popular author and speaker Dr. Rick Warren. Warren’s springboard book, Purpose Driven Life (PDL) has sold well over 20 million copies spawning several other “purpose-driven” enterprises while giving him a voice of influence for people around the world. Today he peddles his influence as the facilitator of an unholy alliance between Christianity and Islam known as Chrislam. His influence is growing. CNN heralded him as America’s Pastor which many believe provides him with unlimited numbers of squandered evangelistic opportunities. And while Warren often speaks to Muslims, Jews,  and most recently New Agers [in his unholy alliance with Dr. Mehmet Oz] about cooperative humanitarian projects, his purpose driven desire to be non offensive invariably overshadows his sense of divine destiny causing him to remove the Name above every name- Jesus Christ our Lord-  from his well crafted speeches and prayers [think back to the invocation at Obama’s inauguration]. Therefore, after observing the fruit (Matt. 7:20) and trying the spirits (1 John 4:1) of the PDL movement, PMI cannot endorse Rick Warren or his Purpose Driven anything!

“Pastor Rick” Warren is merely one of a cabal of modern-day false prophets whose message can be boiled down to, “I’m okay, you’re okay” when the clear message of scripture is, “I’m not okay, and neither are you. But guess what? God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life!”

While he is but one man, the global reach of his ecumenical church of deceit and of his Devil Driven machination gives “Pastor Rick” an unprecedented opportunity to rend the flock.

“Pastor Rick” is joined in his man-centered false gospel boy’s club by the likes of Joel Osteen who preaches a sticky sweet “Gawd luuuvs you” bubble-gum theology that’s utterly devoid of the offense of the cross and Brian McLaren whose version of the “McGospel” is being endlessly “reimagined” by the post-modern neo-liberal emergent/emerging church movement.

Notoriously missing from the message of these “Evangelicals” – a term I use advisedly – is the evangelium, i.e. the Gospel itself! Think about for a moment and ask yourself when is the last time any of these very prominent – supposedly Christian – pastors publicly called for repentance or spoke of sin, judgment or hell? I’m guessing those subjects would be quite unpalatable to their worldly followers and would serve to vaporize their fawning media coverage and alienate many of their most generous “prayer partners”. Tsk, tsk . . .

The not-so-curious thing all of these “men of God” (so-called) have in common is the acceptance, adoration and love of the world. I seem to recall something in the scriptures about the love of the world; can anyone help me out with those pesky chapters and verses?

And though it’s unfortunate and saddening to watch these ravening wolves rend the flock it is simultaneously heartening to see in the midst of this present darkness that there are still those willing to speak out against the spiritual adultery committed by these men and their kind. There remains a remnant of true believers within the Body who are empowered by the Holy Spirit with discernment and love of the true Gospel message of Christ crucified; the one and only Truth. These few stand as sentries in the darkness shining forth their candles of truth and light; the teachings of infallible scripture. While others question the validity and relevance of the Bible these few hold fast to their first love, the Lord Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh.

This discerning remnant is constantly pilloried and ridiculed by the co-opted church for their failure to collectively bow their knees to the church growth Baal of Rick Warren and his ilk. They often are accused of being hateful, spiteful, legalistic and highly Pharisaical. The paradox is that these few bastions of Christian truth are relatively powerless when contrasted against the Devil Driven . . . er, um . . . I mean Purpose Driven organizations surrounding the likes of Warren, Osteen, McLaren, [Rob Bell] et al. These “watchmen on the gate” don’t have gigantic media relations teams, near limitless funds, book deals, powerful friends in high places or legions of hirelings at their beck and call. What they have instead is the inspiration of scripture and a simple boldness and love of the truth which they derive from the Holy Spirit. With those odds there’s no reason for dismay on their part for as it’s been rightly said, God is a majority.

At the end of the day Rick Warren is another fence-riding charlatan who wants to have his cake and eat it too. He enjoys rubbing elbows with the world’s elite and relishes in the prerequisites of his worldly fame [this includes Muslims]. In the private sector Rick Warren would be a great asset to any company, smart, savvy, and possessing natural leadership skills and enthusiasm. In the Church he’s an abomination who has sold his spiritual birthright for a bowl of worldly porridge.

Sadly for “Pastor Rick” he and his ilk surround themselves with gutless yes-men, sycophants and hangers-on who will never tell him the truth he so desperately needs to hear; that he has strayed from the path of righteousness and become self seeking, self serving and man-centered and is in need of a contrite and repentant heart that the Lord might be merciful and restore him. But why would they? Why would these blind followers of the blind point out to Pastor Rick the error of his ways? He’s their meal ticket, their golden goose if you will, and it’s been proven time and again that men will go to great – even drastic – lengths to preserve their positions and material wealth.

But even more disheartening than Pastor Rick’s self-sustaining delusions of grandeur is the fact that he has proven himself unwilling to use his visibility and fame to perform the very task to which he ostensibly was called: to preach the Gospel. This means that, not unlike Pastor Rick himself, his audiences are also not hearing the truth they so desperately need to hear; the truth of the cross.

The church doesn’t need more P.E.A.C.E. plans, programs, AIDS summits or rallies, instead we need more men of God who will stand up and tell the world that it’s going to hell except for repentance and salvation via the shed blood Jesus Christ alone made available through the everlasting mercies of the One True Living God. [1]

The following 7 problems with Warren’s Purpose Driven Philosophy are excerpted from Dennis W. Costella, Editor of the FOUNDATION, a magazine published by the  Fundamental Evangelistic Association. [2]

Problem #1: Sloppy Hermeneutics (Interpretation of Scripture). Warren cites over 1,200 Scripture verses in his book. Yet The Purpose-Driven® Life is seriously flawed, hermeneutically speaking, in three ways: First, Warren completely misinterprets and misapplies certain texts; second, Warren presupposes his own ideas and beliefs and then “proof-texts” his points rather than exegeting the Scriptural text in order to discover its true meaning; and third, several paraphrases and translations used by Warren may prove his points, but they fail to relate even remotely the true meaning of the underlying Greek or Hebrew text. Example: “Wonderful changes are going to happen in your life as you begin to live it on purpose. God says, ‘I know what I am planning for you … I have good plans for you, not plans to hurt you. I will give you hope and a good future.’ (p. 31). Warren cites this text (Jeremiah 29:11 from the New Century Version) several times in his book, but this verse is not informing the believer that wonderful changes will happen in his life once he lives out his purpose, as Warren would have one to believe. This text contains God’s personal message to the Israelites who were enduring the Babylonian captivity.

Problem #2: Integration of Psychological Speculation and Application. The Purpose-Driven® Life cannot claim to be a Scripture-only approach to living the Christian life. Throughout the book, Warren supplements Scripture with psychological principles and speculation in order to allow the reader to better analyze and understand human behavior. Example: “Many people are driven by guilt … guilt-driven people are manipulated by memories. They allow their past to control their future. They often unconsciously punish themselves by sabotaging their own success” (pp. 27-28).

Problem #3: References to Untrustworthy Sources for Spiritual Guidance. When embarking upon a spiritual journey, one should obviously exercise discernment and discrimination when determining who should be consulted and trusted for advice and inspiration and who should be shunned. Of course, Bible-believing Christians should seek instruction and advice from those who, first of all, possess a relationship with God and who have subsequently demonstrated through their lives, ministries or writings a dedication to God and a love for Him—a dedication and love demonstrated by faithful obedience to Him and belief in the inerrancy and sufficiency of Scripture. Yet, in The Purpose-Driven®, Warren frequently quotes men and women of the past and present who cannot be trusted in any spiritual sense by believers today. In fact, several of Warren’s quotes come from the lips of those who are not only unregenerate but who are (or have been) active opponents of Biblical orthodoxy. Consider several individuals to whom Warren refers and quotes in a positive manner in order to support his own principles: ie, Brother Lawrence and Madame Guyon, both Roman Catholic mystics; Aldous Huxley—a proponent of humanistic atheism who published an influential study advocating the use of mescaline to expand perception and consciousness; Anais Nin—a 20th century feminist writer of erotic literature; William James—a 19th century philosopher and psychologist of religion and an advocate of pragmatism and religious pluralism. James wielded a pervasive influence in American religious liberalism as he denied the reality of absolute truth; and Henri Nouwen—cited several times in The Purpose-Driven® Life, Nouwen was a Roman Catholic priest, ecumenist, educator and psychologist; one of the leading figures in introducing psychology into the Roman Catholic Church.

Problem #4: Absence of Important Spiritual Truths for Anyone’s Spiritual Journey—Holiness and Separation. According to The Purpose-Driven® Life, the second purpose of a believer’s life is to learn to love others (p. 125). Warren says believers have been formed for God’s family, and as part of that family, they must experience life together, cultivate community, restore broken fellowships and protect their church. Certainly these aspects of the Christian life are important, but God is just as concerned about personal holiness and the purity of His church. Sometimes this demands separation or a word of reproof and rebuke, which then leads to broken fellowship and disharmony at times. Noticeably absent from Warren’s book is any emphasis on the need for personal holiness and purity of doctrine. Certainly, in any believer’s spiritual journey, pure doctrine is vitally important, for the only truths anyone knows about God and the process of living the Christian life stem from the teaching (doctrine) of God’s Word. In fact, any acceptance of false doctrine or those who propagate it actually hinders one’s relationship with God and usefulness for Him (Psa. 66:18; 2 Cor. 6:14-17; 2 Tim. 2:16-21)—certainly something to consider when embarking on a spiritual journey. Warren, however, never warns the believer to watch out for false doctrine or harmful fellowships—in fact, he minimizes the need for doctrinal purity by stressing the importance of “love” and “unity” above anything that would cause strife or division. He emphasizes that believers should refuse to let anything divide them and castigates any judgmental believers or those critical of the beliefs, actions or teachings of others. In other words, he believes “love” and “unity” should take precedence over “doctrine” and “purity” in the church—despite the fact that God’s Word frequently links true, Biblical, agape “love” with “obedience” to the commandments of Jesus Christ (Jn. 14:15; 1 Jn. 2:3-5). This is a serious flaw. Example: “God warns us over and over not to criticize, compare, or judge each other (Rom. 14:13; James 4:11; Eph. 4:29; Matt. 5:9; James 5:9). When you criticize what another believer is doing in faith and from sincere conviction, you are interfering with God’s business. ‘What right do you have to criticize someone else’s servants? Only their Lord can decide if they are doing right’ (Rom. 14: 4 CE V)” (p. 164).

“Paul adds that we must not stand in judgment or look down on other believers whose convictions differ from our own: ‘Why, then, criticize your brother’s actions, why try to make him look small? We shall all be judged one day, not by each other’s standards or even our own, but the standards of Christ’ (Rom. 14:10, New Testament in Modern English)” (p. 164). God does love His church and paid the highest price for it, and He does want us to protect it. However, believers do not protect it by clamoring for peace at any price and minimizing important doctrinal differences for the sake of a false unity. According to Warren, God wants His church protected “especially” from damage caused by division, conflict and disharmony. According to the Bible, however, God wants His church protected “especially” from contaminating agents such as false teachings, false teachers and wicked behavior (Acts 20:27-31; Rom. 16:17; 1 Thess. 4:1-3; 2 Thess. 3:6, 14; 1 Tim. 1: 18-20; 2 Tim. 2:16-22; 1 Jn. 4:1-6). The church is protected when believers in the church exercise discernment and judge all teachings, philosophies and programs by the Word of God and subsequently separate from any that conflict with the doctrine of the apostles as given by God Himself.

Problem #5: Doctrinal Error Regarding Important Biblical Truths. The Purpose-Driven® Life contains other doctrinal problems that could adversely impact the life of a believer who truly purposes to glorify God in his daily Christian walk. Several problems arise, including his interpretation of the Judgment Seat of Christ. He claims God will ask us questions, one of them concerning what we did with Jesus. That is unscriptural. The fact is, the Judgment Seat is for believers so God knows what we did with His Son (please see 2 Cor. 5:10; 1 Cor. 3:13; 4:5). This will be a time when our works will be tested in the fires of judgment and rewards will be meted out by Him. 

Problem #6: Premise/Thesis of Book Inconsistent With Scripture. The purpose of Warren’s book is to answer the age-old question: “What on earth am I here for?” According to Warren, believers have been placed on the earth to fulfill five purposes. He writes, ” [God] has clearly revealed his five purposes for our lives through the Bible” (p. 20). These purposes, according to Warren, are to bring enjoyment to God (p. 63), to learn to love others (P. 125), to become like Jesus Christ (p. 17 1), to serve God (p. 23 1) and to fulfill one’s mission (p. 28 1). Yet it can be argued that Warren’s thesis itself—that these are the believer’s five purposes for existence as “clearly revealed” in the Bible—is not entirely consistent with the teaching of Scripture. The Bible only declares one purpose for mankind’s existence: to glorify God. This is man’s purpose. From the beginning of a believer’s spiritual life in Christ until he is with Jesus Christ forevermore, he is to live “to the praise of [Christ’s] glory” (Eph. 1:6, 12, 14). Throughout all eternity God’s children will glorify Him (Rev. 4:11). Because the believer is “bought with a price,” he is commanded to “glorify God in [his] body, and in [his] spirit” (1Cor. 6:19-20). This is man’s sole purpose and reason for existence.

Problem #7: Promotion of the Entire Purpose-Driven Philosophy. Some believers who use The Purpose-Driven® Life may disagree with Warren’s Purpose-Driven® church philosophy as spelled out in his book The Purpose-Driven® Church yet still feel as though they can follow and recommend The Purpose-Driven® Life program. But Warren’s book The Purpose-Driven® Life and his 40 Days of Purpose campaigns are integrally linked to and intentionally promote his entire Purpose-Driven® philosophy—including his Purpose-Driven® Church program (for a Biblical analysis of Warren’s Purpose-Driven® Church program, request a copy of the FEA publication “What About the Church Growth Movement?”). Throughout The Purpose-Driven® Life, Warren encourages his readers to read The Purpose-Driven® Church, to implement Purpose-Driven® ministries in their churches and to purchase several other Purpose-Driven® resources. In fact, Warren includes an appendix at the end of The Purpose-Driven® Life that lists additional resources for the reader. Every resource mentioned is associated with Warren’s Purpose-Driven® program.

[1] Copied from http://defendingcontending.com/2008/08/07/rick-warren-false-prophets-and-the-remnant/

[2] Copied from http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/False%20Doctrines/purpose_driven_heresy.htm

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