The Death of Faith

“Let God be true and every man a liar…”

Recently, I have seen books and read articles by seminary trained men who have educated themselves out of belief in the Gospel. Men who, having entered seminary as true believers came to the point, based on the things they had studied, where they no longer believed. There is a difference between seeking an education and seeking truth, between seeking knowledge and seeking wisdom. Those who seek knowledge for its own sake, or worse yet, to gain degrees, acclaim and the acceptance of their peers, will often find themselves educated to the point of disbelief. There is no chance that one seeking truth and wisdom should ever come to such an end.

There is one central truth and that is that God is Truth. Both Jesus and the written Word are truth and the Holy Spirit will lead you into all truth. If the facts that one learns seem to contradict that truth, they are either lies misrepresented as truth or partial truths twisted by the enemy of your soul and made to appear as if they oppose the Truth of God. There are no facts that oppose the Truth of God, only misinterpretations of either the “facts” or the Word of God.

For the sake of this article, let me site two examples that have led to the loss of faith in some. First, we will discuss the massive evidence that there was a pre-adamic civilization  and secondly that there are stories of the virgin birth that predate both Judaism and Christianity. These ideas have led men and women to renounce the Gospel. Perhaps these things have bothered you or caused you to question God and the Bible.

There are large volumes that have been written which address both of these quandaries. If it interests you, let me suggest that you study further. For the sake of this short article, allow me to answer the objections in the shortest manner possible.

Some, who insist on a literal six-day creation, have suggested that all of the evidence that would seem to support a Pre-Adamic civilization may be understood in the light of the flood of Noah. They suggest that stratified layers are not the result of millions of years of build up but that they were formed during the runoff from the flood as larger and heavier objects sank deeper into the mud.  This is possible and satisfies some but certainly not all students of these things. There seem to be, in fact, a good number of exceptions which cannot be properly explained by a global inundation.

So, what if science should prove that a pre-adamic civilization did exist? What does that do to your faith? The answers to those questions, respectively, should be, “So what?” and “Nothing.”

 Genesis starts with these words, “ In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth WAS without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” (Emphasis mine.)

The little word “WAS” in that passage is troublesome because it has caused a lot of confusion, has carried over into most translations and it is wrong…

The word translated “was” here is הָיָה (hayah). Hayah is a verb. It appears 76 times in the King James Version. It is translated, [to be, become, come to pass, exist, happen, fall out]. It is translated as “WAS” exactly once, in Genesis 1:2. It is an obvious mistranslation, but it is so popular that no other translations have dared to correct the error. It is never, with this single exception, translated “WAS.”

The verse, by all rights, should read, “And the earth BECAME without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.”

If you understand that one simple fact, no argument concerning the existence of a pre-adamic race could ever shake your faith…

Next, there have been stories of the virgin birth of gods and god men since the beginning and they predate the story of Jesus by thousands of years.

This fact has led some to believe that the early Christians simply mixed old pagan stories with the Hebrew Scriptures and came up with a new version of an old story… This has caused some to lose their faith.

Yet there remains a much better way to resolve the conflict. One must first concede that the Bible does not give us every detail of every story. We do not have full architectural plans for the Ark, and we do not have a list of names of all those who died in the flood. We just are not told everything and, practically speaking, we would not want to know every little detail.

What we do know is that God had a talk with Satan after the fall and told him of his future and the curse that now hung over his head. Scripture gives us a hint as to the content of that conversation, but it is certain that not every detail and every word is recorded.

In Genesis three, we read these words.

14 So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this,

“Cursed are you above all livestock
    and all wild animals!
You will crawl on your belly
    and you will eat dust
    all the days of your life.
15 And I will put enmity
    between you and the woman,
    and between your offspring and hers;
he will crush your head,
    and you will strike his heel.”

We also know, from the book of Job and others, that Satan continued to have access to Heaven and conversations with God. What was contained in those discussions we cannot even guess, but God’s future plans were certainly mentioned. Satan knew part but not all. That he knew that a virgin would conceive and give birth to the Son of God is certain because it shows up repeatedly in the old stories of the gods…

First, Satan told men that in her sin, Eve had recreated herself as a “Free Woman.” As such, they should consider Eve to be Virgin Born… She, according to the Devil, created herself. Then, the pagan gods were virgin born and the pagan goddesses were all “Virgin Born” and “Virgin Mothers.” But the stories are crude and ugly… nothing at all like the story of Mary and Jesus… The Bible story just sounds like something that God would do. The pagan stories all sound like the Devil wrote them, and he did.

Look at Isis. Isis fell in love with her brother, Osiris, and married him. Before they could have sex, their jealous brother Set, killed Osiris and cut him into fourteen pieces and threw him into the Nile. Isis searched and found everything but his private parts which had been eaten by a fish. She sewed him back together, manufactured the world’s first dildo, sat on it and impregnated herself, making her the virgin mother of the god Horus. Horus was her son. He was also Osiris reincarnated. Isis married him when he was twelve years old. Horus was then god, the son of god and the husband, brother, and son of Isis…

I guess that was the best story Satan could think up. It made him, instead of Yahweh, the father of a virgin born god… Satan always wants to mimic God…

Compare that crude and ugly story with the story of Mary and Jesus in the Bible. Even though the story of Isis and Horus came first, it is obvious, to the Christian, that one story is demonic and the other heavenly. Which one came first is insignificant.

The same is true with every conflict. We must make the extrabiblical material fit the Bible and not the other way around. Most conflicts can be easily resolved. If there remain any conflicts that cannot be resolved, we must have the faith to believe that the conflict is based, not in fact, but in our own ignorance… We must always start out with the assumption that God and his Word are correct.

“Let God be true and every man a liar…”

David…

The Most Wonderful Lie

No Messiah could come, no hero could arise unless there was an evil and unbeatable foe who threatened the very life of the common man.

Every up and coming Dictator has used the Liberal Left to destroy the nation he desired to control and then destroyed the liberals when he came into power. Mao, Lenin, and Hitler all encouraged Homosexuals and homosexual behavior while they were fighting for power… When they gained absolute control, they lined up all the Gays, who had so recently come out of the closet, and shot them…

So shall it be at the coming of the AntiMessiah…

The Elite have been encouraging, enabling and financing the godless Left. They have raised them to a position of incredible power, authority and glory… Amazing, considering how few Americans actually think that way…

Millions who now find it convenient and to their advantage to support the Left, are violating their own conscience to do so… When the world and the Nation swing to the Right, these people will let out a collective sigh of relief and jump on the Conservative Bandwagon…

Tens of millions of younger people are without direction or guidance… they have no idea who they are, why they are here, what they are doing or where they are going. This is a miserable state of existence… If someone comes along and offers them direction and a reason to be… they will bow down and follow him.

The AntiMessiah is going to rescue us from the godless Left. He is going to give the younger people a reason to live and a cause worth dying for…

I see the AntiMessiah as a Christ, a Messiah, a Savior… He will be exactly what the Jews were looking for in a Messiah when Jesus came. They rejected Jesus because He did not fit their picture of who and what a Messiah should be… Their Messiah was going to ride into town, gather an Army and destroy their enemies…

That, is exactly what the AntiMessiah will do, which is why the Jews who rejected Jesus Christ will embrace this new Messiah with open arms… He will be the sum of their hopes and dreams…

What you see today is the Hegelian Dialectic taken to its occultic peak… Hegel on Steroids if you would… No Messiah could come, no hero could arise unless there was an evil and unbeatable foe who threatened the very life of the common man. The Left is nothing more than an inflated target, waiting to be shot down.

I am convinced that the Man of Sin will come to save us from the Left, and evil everywhere. He will really be seen as a Savior, a Christ and a Messiah. He will be preceded by the Suffering Servant who will defeat the Enemies of Israel and prepare the way. He will rise to the Throne of Israel and it is from Jerusalem that he will rule the world.

It might not go down this way and it might not involve these people. I could be wrong… but you need to think of how it is that the deception will appeal strongly to the Church and those who identify as Christians…

I think that it will go down something like this…

There will be some kind of False Flag… more tragic than any seen before. Out of the tragedy, Trump will declare Martial Law and become absolute ruler of the United States… a man without a Constitution, promising, always, to restore Democracy when the crisis is past… Problem being, the crisis will never pass. Somewhere along the line, Trump will be assassinated, and lying in State, under the Apotheosis of Washington and the Idol to Columbia, while the Masons hold their Rising of Osiris Occult Working down the street, Osiris will be incarnated in that dead body, animate it and fake a resurrection.

Trump will be there when Russia, Turkey, Iran and the rest, invade Israel from the north. God will destroy those nations in the Mountains of Israel, and Trump will be there to take credit and force the remnant of Edom to sign a treaty that is much to their disadvantage…

Trump will encourage his Son-in-Law Jared Kushner, and Kushner, as a Son of David, will ascend to the Throne of David and then the throne of the World… Of course, the Pope is right in there, and no Treaty can be made without the approval and participation of the Vatican. They will all work together…

The chances that it will go down exactly like that, are about a hundred to none against it… It won’t happen exactly like that, but you need to jump out of your little box and start thinking, praying and watching…

It is not going to go down like it happened in the Left Behind Series, and it will not even resemble what the Prophecy teachers were saying back in the Seventies… If your eyes are open, your Lamp full of Oil, and you are watching… you will see and not be fooled. Otherwise, you will be made a fool…

Please Pray, watch and think… You do not want to believe the lie…

David…

IMAGINE:

Did you never wonder how the Elect might be deceived?

Imagine 
Trump, dead and resurrected.
Trump working miracles.
Trump calling down fire from Heaven.

Imagine:
Full disclosure!
Good Aliens freeing us from the bad aliens who have enslaved us.
Good Aliens declaring Trump to be their chosen leader for the world.

Imagine: 
Islam defeated, 
Russia, Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan in total ruin, governed by Israel.

Imagine
The Obamas and the Clintons hanging from the Gallows, 
Homosexuality being declared a death penalty offense… 
Abortion declared to be 1st Degree Murder.

Imagine: 
Every business in America ordered to shut down on Sunday so Americans can go to Church… 
All debt forgiven, 
The homeless given homes, 
Renters given title to their homes 
All mortgages declared paid…

That is the kind of deception we are going to soon see…

Did you never wonder how the Elect might be deceived?

David…

On a False Gospel Meme

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A FALSE GOSPEL MEME

Yesterday, I put up a meme on Facebook that proclaimed a false gospel. Under the meme I asked how many people had heard that message in their churches. I was looking to find out how wide this apostasy has spread. Boy did I get the message…

The comments under the meme started coming, “Amen, Brother, preach it!” and “Amen, I believe it!”

That was not the response I expected under a meme proclaiming a false and apostate message.

The meme read…

If you pay your tithe,
raise your hands,
sing loudly
and tithe,
God will make you wealthy and
take you to Heaven when you die.

I have news for you…

You can go to church every week until you die.
You can raise your hands,
Sing more loudly than anyone else
Pay a double tithe,
And go to Hell when you die…

If you want to go to Heaven…

You must believe in Jesus,
Not just any Jesus,
Not the Jesus your preacher dreamed up in his head,
Not the Jesus of your imagination,
The Jesus of the Bible.
You must know that Jesus personally,
You must deny yourself,
Take up your cross
(Don’t worry, it will kill you dead)
Fix your eyes on Jesus
And follow him.
You must agree with God
That what He calls sin
Is sin
And what He calls an Abomination,
Is an Abomination.
You must confess your sins
And ask for forgiveness.
You must be washed in the Blood of the Lamb
And made clean.
You must trust in Him
And in Him alone
For your Righteousness.
You must walk away from your
Sinful lifestyle.
And walk in holiness.

That is the way to Heaven as presented in Scripture… If you know Him, you will do these things. If you do not do these things, it is a sure and certain sign that you do not know Jesus.

That is truth!

When I was growing up, we had an altar call for Salvation, Repentance and Rededication… in every service.
1. Sunday Morning
2. Sunday Night
3. Wednesday Night.

It did not matter what the topic of the Pastor’s sermon, it always ended with a call to repentance, righteousness and salvation… Sinners felt the conviction of the Spirit… You could watch them squirm…

You know what is sad, It has been more than ten years since I have seen an altar call for repentance, righteousness and salvation…

More than that, I have gone to church with unconfessed sin in my life and walked out, an hour and a half later, with the same unconfessed sin and never felt the slightest twinge of conviction… God always dealt with me later, but nothing I heard in church would have ever brought conviction to my sinful soul…

Folks, if preachers refuse to call people to repentance, if they refuse to even tell people what the Bible says about Salvation, Heaven and Hell, if they continue to refuse to preach against sin, not only is this nation damned, pretty near every single person in this nation will be damned.

That is the truth…

Think about it.

David…

That Same Faith

Can faith in God lead to riches and a blessed life? Perhaps in America, in Somalia or the Sudan it leads to slavery and death. It is the same faith.

THE SAME FAITH!

Hebrews 11:39 “These were all commended for their faith…”

The writer of Hebrews says that some Saints saw triumph and victory while others received persecution and death. He concludes, “These were all commended for their faith.” It was the same faith that gave victory, that brought shameful conditions, floggings, cold, hunger and death.

In the same week I heard testimonies of a California businessman who came to Christ and a Chinese official who made the same decision. The man in California saw his family restored and his failing business prosper. The Chinese official lost his job and his family. After years in prison he was given the job of sweeping streets with a hand broom. Brothers and Sisters, I am here to tell you that these both were commended for their faith. It was not greater and lesser faith; it was the same faith.

In the earliest days of the church James was beheaded in prison. In that same place an angel rescued Peter and brought him out. Did Peter have the greater faith? No! It was the same faith.

Of the eleven surviving Disciples, ten were martyred for their faith. Was this a lesser faith? Do those who preach the Gospel for years and die of old age in their own bed have a greater faith than the Disciples? No! It is the same faith!

2 Cor. 11:23 Are they servants of Christ?—I speak as if insane—I more so; in far more labors, in far more imprisonments, beaten times without number, often in danger of death. 24 Five times I received from the Jews thirty-nine lashes. 25 Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, a night and a day I have spent in the deep. 26 I have been on frequent journeys, in dangers from rivers, dangers from robbers, dangers from my countrymen, dangers from the Gentiles, dangers in the city, dangers in the wilderness, dangers on the sea, dangers among false brethren; 27 I have been in labor and hardship, through many sleepless nights, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure. 28 Apart from such external things, there is the daily pressure on me of concern for all the churches.

Does this list indicate the weakness of Paul’s faith? Of course not, it was the same faith.

 Billy Graham spent his latter years at home with his family. Watchman Nee, the great Chinese evangelist and author died in prison. Does Billy Graham have the greater faith? No, it is the same faith.

 Corrie Ten Boom, author of The Hiding Place, was jailed along with her entire family for hiding Jews from the Nazis. She alone survived to tell the story and preach the forgiveness of Christ. Did she have greater faith than her father and sister and the hundreds of thousands of Christians who died in that awful holocaust? Her calling was different, but it was the same faith.

 Richard Wurmbrand suffered twenty years in a Romanian prison for preaching the Gospel. Then he was miraculously rescued and spent thirty years in the United States heading up a worldwide ministry to the persecuted church. Did he suddenly find real faith after twenty years in prison? No, It was the same faith that put him in prison that brought him out.

As we speak, Christians in a hundred nations of the world are being persecuted for their faith. Does our freedom to worship here tonight result from a greater faith? No, it is the same faith.

Does the sister who is healed of cancer have more faith than the sister who faces death with dignity and a calm assurance of her salvation? According to my Bible, it is the same faith for which they are both commended!

Can faith in God lead to riches and a blessed life? Perhaps in America, in Somalia or the Sudan it leads to slavery and death. It is the same faith.

Jesus said to forsake all, take up your cross and follow him. Nearsighted American evangelists with no understanding of history, the Bible, or the state of the church in the rest of the world, have told us to grab our moneybags and run after a Jesus who is constrained to heal us and make us rich.

Jesus, the Bible, history and current events, clearly teach that faith can nail you to a cross or burn you at the stake! The same faith that heals one allows another to suffer agony. The same faith that rescues one will martyr his brother. God alone is sovereign!

Friends, I watched Venezuela fall from the inside. I lived through 200% inflation and 60% unemployment. Most Christians were blessed and provided for through the worst, others lost everything, and some lost their lives. No one was talking about getting rich with Jesus. Christians were in all night prayer meetings begging for food to feed the babies. Most received provision, but the poverty brought death to Christian homes.

If your faith is based on the search for healing, riches and a blessed life, it won’t work in a depression or under persecution. Brothers and Sisters, I will tell you plainly that a faith that can’t handle sickness, poverty and persecution is not a saving faith. It is another faith.

You must understand that because the faith that Jesus spoke of calls for forsaking all and taking up a cross, and the faith that Paul spoke of calls for enduring beatings, imprisonments, cold, shipwreck and hunger, I have trouble following those who speak only of healing and blessing.

A missionary from Wycliffe told us of 3,000 languages without a word of Scripture. There are billions of people in the world who have never heard the Gospel once. If the Kingdom of God is to be extended in the world it will take more than “feel good Christians” in “bless me churches.” God is looking for men and women who will commit to follow him to a martyr’s cross if that is where He leads.

There was a great mission movement in the late nineteenth century. Young Americans lined up for the trip to Africa. There are cemeteries in Africa full of little crosses. The average life span of these young people once they reached Africa was three weeks. Almost all of them succumbed to jungle fevers and died. They knew the odds when they signed on. A few developed immunities and lived to carry on the work. Millions of Christians in Africa owe their salvation to these brave young people. God is still seeking Christians with that same faith.

 After 9/11 the Muslim religion in America saw the greatest conversion rate in history. Young people were drawn to a religion worth dying for. The problem is that the Islamic martyr is always intent on murdering others and dying in the process. It is Murder-suicide, not martyrdom. The Christian Martyr dies rather than renounce his faith. That same faith causes the Christian Martyr to forgive and pray for his killers. That is true martyrdom!

The Senior’s Pastor at First Assembly of God in Fort Myers told the story that when communist rebels neared the compound in East Africa where he was working he and his family fled. Another missionary family there felt God calling them to stay. The rebels forced the man who stayed to dig a large pit. The missionary, his wife and two small children were thrown in the pit and buried alive. As the dirt was falling and the children were screaming, the man told his wife that they could renounce their faith and live – there would be time to repent later. The wife said no, that she couldn’t live that way, and that family died together in that hole in the African soil. The details of their death became known because their faith so touched the Lieutenant that lead that squad of rebel soldiers that he later accepted Christ. He then went and led seven more of those soldiers to the Lord. They formed an evangelistic team and today are preaching in French Africa, France and even in Québec. It took faith to leave, faith to stay, and that same faith to turn a rebel soldier into a preacher. “These were all commended for their faith…”

 Abraham: Heb. 11:By faith he lived as an alien in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, fellow heirs of the same promise;10 for he was looking for the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God.

Israel: Heb.11:13 All these died in faith, without receiving the promises, but having seen them and having welcomed them from a distance, and having confessed that they were strangers and exiles on the earth.

Overcomers:  Rev. 12:11 And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death.

 

Statistics

  • World Population: 6 billion people.
  • One third of earth’s people call themselves Christians.
  • One third of non-Christians live in already reached people groups.
  • One third of non-Christians live in unreached people groups.
  • 680 million (~11.5%) are Evangelicals or Bible reading Christians.
  • Active persecution of Christians takes place in: Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, North Korea, Laos, Vietnam, China, Iran, Morocco, Libya, Egypt and Algeria. Over 160,000 believers will be martyred this year.
  • Of the world’s 24,000 Major People Groups, 10,000 (having 2.1 billion persons) are considered unreached – though Christian work occurs among most of them.
  • Most of the unreached people groups are located geographically in what some scholars call “The 10/40 Window” – from West Africa across Asia between ten degrees latitude north of the equator to 40 degrees north.

Within this 10/40 window are:

  • Most of the world’s unreached peoples;
  • Two-thirds of the world’s population, although only one-third of the earth’s land area;
  • The heart of the Islamic, Hindu and Buddhist religions;
  • Eight out of ten of the poorest of the world’s poor, enduring the world’s lowest quality of living.
  • Only 8% of the world’s missionary force and 0.01% of the income of the world’s Christians.
  • While about 900 of these unreached people groups are scattered among various world cultures, 9,100 of them are primarily in five major cultural blocks:
  • 3,330 unreached Muslim groups. Nearly a billion individuals are Muslims. One sixth of the world’s population.
  • 2,550 unreached tribal groups with only about 140 million individuals.
  • 1,660 unreached Hindu groups comprise a population of about 550 million individuals.
  • 830 unreached Han Chinese groups in which live 150 million individuals.
  • 830 unreached Buddhist groups. About 275 million individuals are in these groups.

These 10,000 groups in total are in 3,000 clusters, which have similar cultural characteristics such as having dialects of the same basic language, etc.

  • Over two billion people live in these unreached people groups and every day some 50,000 of them perish without having heard the Gospel. That is about 26 million a year.
  • 60% of unreached people groups live in countries closed to missionaries from North America.
  • 22 million internationals visit the US each year. Of these, some 500,000 are university students from 220 countries 25% of which prohibit Christian missionaries. 80% of those students will return to their countries having never been invited to an American home.
  • 40% of the world’s 220 Heads of State once studied in the US.
  • 60% of international students come from the 10/40 window (the most unreached nations).
  • 10% of international students are reached with ministry while in the US.
  • Worldwide Christian churches devote more than 85% of their resources on our own development. That is, only 15% of this arsenal of personnel, finance, prayer and tools goes to bless unreached people groups. In the U.S., the picture is even bleaker. According to the Bibles for All World Prayer Map, American Christians spend 95% of offerings on home-based ministry, 4.5% on cross-cultural efforts in already-reached people groups, and 0.5% to reach the unreached.

American evangelicals could provide all of the funds needed to plant a church in each of the 10,000 people groups with only 0.2% of their income. If all the missionaries needed came from this country, less than 0.5% of evangelicals aged 18 – 35 could form the teams required.

Missionaries:

  • 410,000 Missionaries from all branches of Christendom
  • Only between 2 and 3% of these missionaries work among unreached peoples.
  • 140,000 Protestant Missionaries
  • 64,000 Protestant Missionaries from the US
  • Distribution of Protestant Missionaries among cultural blocks.
  • 74% Among Nominal Christians                      3% Among Buddhists
  • 8% Among Tribal Peoples                              2% Among Hindus
  • 6% Among Muslims                             2% Among Chinese Folk Religions
  • 4% Among Non-Religious/Atheists                          1% Among Jewish People

Global Church Member Finance in US Dollars:

  • 12,300 Billion – Total Annual Income
  • 213 Billion – Giving to Christian Causes (1.73% of total income)
  • 11.4 Billion – To Foreign Missions (5.4% of giving to Christian causes
  • 87% of foreign mission money goes for work among those already Christian,
  • 12% for work among evangelized non-Christians; and
  • 1% for work among the unevangelized.
  • The church of Christ has over 100 times the resources needed to plant native churches in these people groups.

Two-thirds of the world’s population is functionally illiterate (including millions of adult Americans). That’s more than 4 billion people who wouldn’t understand the Bible in their own language if they had it.

  • At a steady rate over the last 20 centuries, and in all 238 countries, 70 million Christians have been martyred – killed, executed, murdered – for Christ.
  • Christians spend more on the annual audits of their churches and agencies ($810 million) than on all their workers in the non-Christian world.
  • 818 unevangelized ethnolinguistic peoples have never been targeted by any Christian agencies ever.

Perhaps God would send you…

David…