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Sunday, August 28, 2011

TWENTY FOUR SIGNS of The LORD’s RETURN - A ‘Snap Shot’ of The Last Days

~~ By James Fire

(The following article is composed from sermon notes delivered at church on Aug. 28th 2011; neither the sermon nor this article is comprehensive, but is a summary treatment of this vast biblical subject of eschatology. There is enough information here to provide a basic understanding of “the last days”, “the Last Day”, the time of “Jacob’s Trouble” and related issues. It is the hope of TTUF that this will spur Christians into deeper and further study in this crucial issue and make the necessary spiritual preparations to meet our LORD JESUS CHRIST Who Returns Soon!)

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Sunday, August 21, 2011

A Study in Paul’s Epistle to the Romans – “On the Road of Righteousness” Introduction and Beginning in Ch. 1

~~By James J. Fire


This is an ongoing, expositional study in the book of Romans; it represents the second such series as found on TTUF and its associate site FROM the MIND of FIRE and will be posted on both sites for both sets of readers (in case some subscribe to one and not the other).

After seeking the LORD about which book to study and post articles on, I came down to two choices, either Romans or Hebrews (both are among my very favorite), and after some consideration and reflection, I decided on Romans (yet with the intention of getting into Hebrews, LORD willing, later on down the line).

Romans holds a very special place in my heart as this is the book that the LORD used to bring me into the Kingdom of God via the revelation of the true Gospel of Jesus Christ (ROM 4:1-5) was the specific passage that the LORD used to ‘turn on the Light’ for me!).

The book of Romans is considered the best and most thorough treatment of Christian doctrine in the entire New Testament. It logically, accurately, and with absolute biblical authority explains (1) how all are sinners and unrighteous before a Holy God, (2) how we may obtain righteousness via justification by grace and faith in the LORD Jesus Christ and His work of atonement on the cross, (3) how as Christians we may grow in Christ and Christ-likeness via that second aspect of salvation, sanctification, (4) the distinction between the church founded upon Jesus Christ and the nation of Israel, whose covenant with God has not been abolished or transferred to the church but will be fulfilled upon the return of the Messiah of Israel to Earth, (5) the service to and glorification of God in the life of the Christian, and (6) the primary motivation of such: the love for Jesus our LORD and SAVIOR.

Key verses are as follows:

ROMANS 1:16 
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.


Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
~ Key verses are as follows:

ROMANS 1:16 
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

 ROMANS 5:1 

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
From the Blue Letter Bible website (Gleanings from Barne's Notes)we have the following gleanings:

“The Epistle to the Romans was written to Christians residing in the city of Rome (ROM 1:7, 15). Rome was the center of the Empire and was ethnically diverse. In the first century AD it had a population of around one million people [1] in an area less than ten square miles. [2] Of this large population, it is estimated that there was between 40,000 and 50,000 Jews in the city. [3] The Jewish population dates back to the second century BC as part of the Diaspora. In AD 64 there was a large fire in Rome that led Nero to expulse the Jews. [4] This also resulted in the first major persecution of the Church.”

“Paul wrote the letter to the Romans from the city of Corinth, while he was on his third missionary journey. At the time he was gathering an offering from the Gentile Christians for the church in Jerusalem (ROM 15:25; ACTS 24:17). This would place the letter's composition date at ca. AD 56.”

“Paul was writing to a church that he had never visited and a casual reading of the epistle does not convey the idea that he was dealing with situational issues (cf. the epistles to the Corinthians). Here Paul wrote with regards to the big picture—laying down the doctrine of soteriology [the doctrinal study of salvation and all its aspects]. He wrote that they would know the gospel of Christ. He also wanted to inform the church regarding his future plans because those plans would involve them. At the time of writing the epistle, Paul was about to take the offering that he had collected from various churches to the poverty stricken church in Jerusalem. After that, he intended on going to visit the Roman church for a time to preach the Gospel to them. His subsequent plans were then to go westward to preach the gospel in Spain.”

“The greatest and most evident theme in the epistle is the subject of the gospel. Paul begins his letter by stating that he was called to be an apostle for the gospel's sake (ROM 1:1). Paul's dedication belonged to Christ and his gospel as he preached it with his whole heart (ROM 1:9). The gospel is also portrayed as the power of God unto salvation—that is able to save those who believe (ROM 1:16). This same gospel was not accepted by all the Israelites (ROM 10:16), yet graciously (and fortunately) includes the Gentiles as well (ROM 15:16).
God's righteousness is being revealed in this gospel from faith to faith (ROM 1:17). The only way this righteousness may be accessed is through faith. Sola Fide—it is by faith alone. Man can never make himself righteous, nor will a single ounce of merit do anything in regards to salvation (EPH 2:8, 9
). Paul adds to this and says that the one who is righteous by faith shall live (1:17). And this is his gospel which he develops throughout Romans.”

Now that the preliminary outline and background has been laid down, we can get into the study itself! Get ready saints, this is spiritual chow time! Let’s dig in!!

Rom 1:1

Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,
The Gospel of God is I believe the broadest application by which the Gospel itself is presented to humanity. It comprises the singular message of hope, that is the Gospel itself as presented to Adam and Eve (Gen. 3:15), to Abraham (Gen. 17:1-8; Rom. 4:3); to David (Psalm 89: 3-4, 33-37 [32:1-7]); to Israel in general (Matt. 4:17) and to the church (Romans 1:16) as well as to those saints who will come out of “great tribulation” (Rev. 14:6).

Just as Peter was called to preach the Gospel to the Jewish believers (“the circumcision”) in Christ, Paul was likewise called of God – separated (i.e. consecrated or set apart specifically for) the Gospel unto the Gentile believers (“the heathen”; see Gal. 2: 7-9). Some might make a distinction by saying that there are two churches founded (such as expressed by those who hold hyper-dispensational views) – one Jewish and the other Gentile, yet this is not what Scripture teaches: we are all one in Christ and no longer, from a spiritual perspective, “Jews or Gentile, male or female, bond or free” (Gal. 3:28).

Paul declares himself as “a servant of Jesus Christ” – there are two words used to describe ‘a slave’; one is doulos and the other is diakonos; both mean slaves that are completely surrendered as a slave, but whereas diakonos places the emphasis on being given over to the work at hand, the focus of doulos is the emphasis on the relationship between master and slave. In this verse, Paul uses the word doulos: he is absolutely, unconditionally surrendered to his LORD Jesus Christ with no say whatsoever over his own life, abdicating all of his rights, and devoted entirely to Him in a relationship of agapeo love (an “others-centered” love that is focused and devoted entirely to the object of love, in this case, the LORD Jesus Christ Himself).

This is a sobering consideration that we as Christians must confront in our hearts, particularly in today’s church where the emphasis is placed on the believer, rather than on Christ Jesus – how we may be blessed, made happy, and served rather than how we may bless the LORD with loving, obedient hearts, doing that which makes Him happy and determined in our service for Him and His kingdom.

No mistake can be made here: the life of a doulos is the life of a crucified believer whose own will (be it sinful or not – there are neutral areas in which we may will to do something that is not necessarily sinful) is put to death, and the life that such a believer lives is infused with the very Spirit, the very will, the very unction and the very Presence of the LORD Jesus Christ Who may freely operate within such a one with no impediments or hindrances (Gal. 2:20; Rom. 6:1-4) to bring glory to God and expand the Kingdom.

While Paul is called as an apostle who was ordained by the LORD Jesus Christ to preach the Gospel, manifestly in a post-Resurrection visitation (Acts 26:12-19), but in actuality before the world began (1 Cor. 9;17; Eph. 2:10; 1 Tim. 2:7); we are also called of God. While the office of the ‘prophet’ and that of the ‘apostle’ has been closed (no longer in operation in the church today), we believers in Christ Jesus are called with a calling that has as much legitimacy and importance – as “saints” of God (vs. 6, 7).

Rom 1:2

(Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,)

Rom 1:3

Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;
Paul is disparaged and ridiculed today just as he was during the days of his ministry; there are those that assert that the Gospel he preached was different (actually perverted by him) than the Gospel as preached by Jesus Christ (and John the Baptist before Him). Yet the apostle rightly affirms that this is the Gospel that was promised before by God’s prophets in the Holy Scriptures (The Old Testament), in regards to His Son who “was made of the seed of David according to the flesh”.

By referring to Christ Jesus in such a manner, Paul connects his own preaching of the Gospel with the Gospel message of the coming Messiah of Israel Who is ‘Christ’ the Son of David (a Messianic title). His presentation of the Gospel is in no way in conflict or contradiction to the Gospel message as presented by our LORD or His herald, John the Baptist. The only distinction between the two is that while the LORD directed His message to Israel, Paul’s direction is towards the world at large, predominantly but not exclusively to the Gentile world, of which the LORD would “call out a people for His Name’s sake” prior to His re-establishment of the kingdom of David (Acts 15: 14- 15; Amos 9: 11-12). Once the LORD Jesus Christ was rejected by the official Jewish religious leadership, He began speaking in parables – a form of judgment upon those who refused to hear and receive the Messiah that would inhibit spiritual understanding, but also a form of allegorical teaching for those who would receive the Messiah and would inspire, rather than inhibit spiritual understanding (Matt. 13: 10 – 17). The LORD also began speaking about “the church” (Matt. 16:18*) rather than addressing Israel as nation and heir to the promises as given to Abraham and David (which were not cancelled, merely postponed until after that Gentile “people [who are] called out” from among the nations, at which time, God will fulfill His promises.

* Dr Schofield’s reference to the ‘church’:

“Greek - ajpovllumi (ek="out of," kaleo ="to call"), an assembly of called out ones). The word is used of any assembly; the word itself implies no more, as, e.g., the town-meeting at Ephesus Acts 19:39 and Israel, called out of Egypt and assembled in the wilderness Acts 7:38 . Israel was a true "church," but not in any sense the N.T. church--the only point of similarity being that both were "called out" and by the same God. All else is contrast.”

Rom 1:4

And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:
The declaration of Jesus Christ as the Son of God was not with mere words, though the words of Christ were testified even by unbelievers to be those of a very uncommon, even a unique man (Jn. 7:46); in fact the teachings and expressions of truth, as well as claims made by Jesus Christ are unique indeed to all religious founders. Yet the declaration of the Messiah of Israel was with power, and such power as raised Him from the dead, and not only so, but in a glorified state as was never seen before or since (but will in fact occur at the rapture of the church, both to the living saints and the dead).

This power is not indiscriminate, or neutral, but in nature, holy: holy power as opposed to unholy or satanic power. It has been said that “absolute power corrupts absolutely” – this is true, if that power is in the wrong hands. Frank Herbert, novelist of the Dune series made the accurate observation that “the corrupt are drawn to power”, and such are those in our present age of man’s so-called autocratic rule in which he has proven himself horribly delinquent and incapable in proper self rule, much less ruling over his fellow man. In our day, the idea of politics and corruption seem to go hand-in-hand.

Yet the LORD Jesus Christ has ‘the right hands’ for this purpose and is alone worthy of ruling over humanity; in Him are all the virtues and wisdom and power necessary for such a role; likewise to those who portray such character as our LORD shall be given authority to rule with Him; that is to say, those over-comers that obtain victory over sin, the world and Satan (Rev. 2: 26-29; 3:21; 12: 11; 1 John 2: 12-17).

The resurrection is the veritable cornerstone of our faith, proving that Jesus is Divine, proving that He is sinless, proving that our own sins are forgiven, and proving that His power is holy and eternal. As assuredly as our LORD has risen from the dead, so may we be assured that this same Spirit can and will quicken our own mortal bodies – in holiness as well as in life eternal in glory (Rom. 8:11).

Rom 1:5

By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name:

Rom 1:6

Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ:

Paul equates his calling and authenticity of apostleship with those previous to himself who were likewise personally ordained by Jesus Christ; as with apostleship which these were ordained to, any calling of God, whether it’s to the pastorate, eldership, missionary, spouse, parent, what have you, must be received with grace by which we are enabled to function in that calling, not by our power but by God’s.

Perhaps this is why so many in the ministry suffer ‘burn out’ – because having begun their calling in grace, they then assume to maintain it by their own effort and power: a yoke far too heavy to bear and one that the LORD never intended for us (Matt. 11:29). Any calling and any ministry must derive from God’s grace in order to function and produce fruit; Andrew Murray was often saying that we must guard our relationship with the LORD and allow no interferences to it – even the ministry itself, because once we stop receiving from the LORD, we are deficient, we are not ‘fully full’ of the Holy Spirit to overflowing (i.e. “rivers of living water” (Jn. 7:38) and its this overflow that ministers to others (Gal. 2:8-9).

“For His Name” that is to say, in the Name of Jesus Christ is any ministry to be conducted and this requires that the nature and character of our LORD must permeate the work. His love, His wisdom, His knowledge, His grace, His truth, et al. must be in evidence of anything done for Him and His kingdom. Perhaps the ministry on a practical level may not be ‘par excellence’ and demonstrates room for improvement, but will nonetheless be recognized and rewarded at the bema seat judgment for the church, if such things are conducted in the love of Christ, exhibiting the fruit of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 13:1 – 8; Gal. 5: 22 – 23). Motivation rather than manufacture will be examined and rewarded for any service done in the Name of Jesus Christ. If the motivation is born of God it will, to lesser or greater degree, reflect in the manufacture.

“Obedience to the faith”, being the body of Truth as revealed in the Holy Scriptures is the duty, not the option of every believer in Christ. The LORD told us that if we love Him, we will obey His commands (Jn. 14: 15, 21; 15:10). We are not at liberty to refashion “the faith” according to our own perspectives or desires as is too often the case with American Christianity. Either the commands of Jesus are to be obeyed for our own good and blessing or they are to be ignored at our own peril. For instance, Jesus commanded that if we would see and enter into the kingdom of God we must (note that word: “must”) be born again. Obeying this command of Jesus is not an option if one would enter into the kingdom of God. This is the way, as opposed to all others!

Yet today we hear evangelicals who claim to believe the Bible say such things as “. . . the whole ‘born again thing’, it never really worked for me . . .” as if such trial and error Christianity was viable, and the command of Jesus couldn’t be taken so literally (There are those that refer to biblical Christianity as “brickianity” because they perceive it as too rigid and not flexible enough to suit their taste).

Grace is provided not just for the forgiveness of sin, not just for redemption, but also for obedience to “the faith” and any who disobey it will be judged accordingly and indicted because they did not obey when power (Jn. 1:12) was made available for them to do so if they would only believe!
Just as Paul was called to be an apostle, Jeremiah was called to be a prophet, and others have received their calling to various ministries, all of those who are called of God and first and foremost “called to be saints”. This word ‘saint’ and the word ‘sanctify’ come from the same Greek root.

Vine’s Expository Dictionary explains clearly the meaning of this word, hagios and the associated word hagiosune:

hagios “akin to hagiasmos and hagiosune, which are from the same root as hagnos (found in hazo, "to venerate"), fundamentally signifies "separated" (among the Greeks, dedicated to the gods), and hence, in Scripture in its moral and spiritual significance, separated from sin and therefore consecrated to God, sacred.”

(a) “It is predicted of God (as the absolutely "Holy" One, in His purity, majesty and glory): of the Father, e.g., Luke 1:49; John 17:11; 1 Pet 1:15,16; Rev 4:8; Rev 6:10; of the Son, e.g., Luke 1:35; Acts 3:14; Acts 4:27,30; 1 John 2:20; of the Spirit, e.g., Matt 1:18 and frequently in all the Gospels, Acts, Romans, 1 and 2 Cor., Eph., 1 Thess.; also in 2 Tim 1:14; Titus 3:5; 1 Pet 1:12; 2 Pet 1:21; Jude 1:20.

(b) “It is used of men and things (see below) in so far as they are devoted to God. Indeed the quality, as attributed to God, is often presented in a way which involves Divine demands upon the conduct of believers. These are called hagioi, "saints," i.e., "sanctified" or "holy" ones.

“This sainthood is not an attainment, it is a state into which God in grace calls men; yet believers are called to sanctify themselves (consistently with their calling, 2 Tim 1:9), cleansing themselves from all defilement, forsaking sin, living a "holy" manner of life, 1 Pet 1:15; 2 Pet 3:11, and experiencing fellowship with God in His holiness. The saints are thus figuratively spoken of as "a holy temple," 1 Cor 3:17 (a local church); Eph 2:21 (the whole Church), cp. Eph 5:27; "a holy priesthood," 1 Pet 2:5; "a holy nation," 1 Pet 2:9.

“It is evident that hagios and its kindred words ... express something more and higher than hieros, sacred, outwardly associated with God; ... something more than semnos, worthy, honorable; something more than hagnos, pure, free from defilement. hagios is ... more comprehensive ... It is characteristically godlikness" (G.B. Stevens, in Hastings' Bib. Dic.).

“The adjective is also used of the outer part of the tabernacle, Heb 9:2 (RV, "the holy place"); of the inner sanctuary, Heb 9:3, RV, "the Holy of Holies;" Heb 9:24, "a holy place," RV; Heb 9:25 (plural), of the presence of God in heaven, where there are not two compartments as in the Tabernacle, all being "the holy place;" Heb 9:8,12 (neuter plural); Heb 10:19, "the holy place," RV (AV, "the holiest," neut. plural), see SANCTUARY; of the city of Jerusalem, Rev 11:2; its temple, Acts 6:13; of the faith, Jude 1:20; of the greetings of saints, 1 Cor 16:20; of angels, e.g., Mark 8:38; of apostles and prophets, Eph 3:5; of the future heavenly Jerusalem, Rev 21:2,10; Rev 22:19
hagiosune “denotes the manifestation of the quality of "holiness" in personal conduct;

(a) it is used in Rom 1:4, of the absolute "holiness" of Christ in the days of His flesh, which distinguished Him from all merely human beings; this (which is indicated in the phrase "the spirit of holiness") and (in vindication of it) His resurrection from the dead, marked Him out as (He was "declared to be") the Son of God;
(b) believers are to be "perfecting holiness in the fear of God," 2 Cor 7:1, i.e., bringing "holiness" to its predestined end, whereby
(c) they may be found "unblameable in holiness" in the Parousia of Christ, 1 Thess 3:13.

“In each place character is in view, perfect in the case of the Lord Jesus, growing toward perfection in the case of the Christian. Here the exercise of love is declared to be the means God uses to develop likeness to Christ in His children. The sentence may be paraphrased thus: 'The Lord enable you more and more to spend your lives in the interests of others, in order that He may so establish you in Christian character now, that you may be vindicated from every charge that might possibly be brought against you at the Judgement-seat of Christ;' cp. 1 John 4:16,17." [From Notes on Thessalonians, by Hogg and Vine, pp. 108, 115.]”

As is readily evident, the calling of the saint is the highest calling that can be obtained by anyone; the offices of prophet, apostle, pastor, evangelist, etc. has been or will one day be done away with once the church is brought home to be with the LORD Jesus Christ. Yet our calling and position as saints will never be nullified, but something we shall possess eternally. Therefore if you think of yourself as inadequate because you’re ‘just a Christian’ and ‘nobody important like a pastor or an evangelist’ think again!

As a saint of God, you are a member of the body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:27); you are a member of the high and holy and royal priesthood and therefore have access to the very throne room and throne of God and have God’s ear open to your plea (1 Peter 2:9); you are destined as an over-comer to be part of God’s kingdom as a king and priest yourself – (Rev. 1: 6; 5:10). God will exalt you to sit with the LORD Jesus Christ on His throne (Rev. 3:21)!


Rom 1:7

To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Rom 1:8

First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.

It’s usually customary among Bible teachers to point out the fact that everywhere in Scripture where grace and peace appear together, they are always in the order of “grace” before “peace”; the significance of this is that before we can experience peace with God (Rom. 5:1) we must first obtain the grace of God. Apart from the propitiation (satisfactory sacrifice) of Jesus Christ, God is unable to bestow grace upon sinners – in His holiness and as Creator of all, He is obligated by His very nature to see to it that justice is done, and treason against His Holy Law as the rightful King of all must be punished.

Yet because Jesus Christ as the Lamb of God was judged in our place, was condemned and suffered for our sins, shedding His righteous, sinless blood on the cross for our sakes, the justice of God is fully satisfied. We who have trusted in Christ Jesus are no longer under His wrath; we are no longer considered enemies, who in a naturally rebellious state against the LORD defiantly denied His rightful rule in our lives, but we have been saved by the blood, made His (adopted) children; “beloved of God” and are thereby at peace with God.

Once we have been reborn of God’s Spirit and indwelt by the same, we then are able to experience peace with God (Phil. 4:7), and this entirely apart from our own understanding, so that even in the most stressful, dire and bleak circumstances we are well able to partake of this supernatural peace of God, just as saints who have endured incredible misery, hardships, persecution, tribulation in history and in parts of the world today have and are experiencing it.

Rome was a hub for travelers and trade, so as a result when news reached this city, it spread relatively quickly as there were always people coming and going through there. Likewise when the gospel reached the people of Rome, and they were born into God’s kingdom and a church was established, news traveled concerning this development and of their faith. Let it be that our own faith, in our own fellowships be spoken of favorably by others as commendable and sound, exhibiting an implicit trust, worship and love for the LORD Jesus.

Rom 1:9

For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers;

Rom 1:10

Making request, if by any means now at length I might have a prosperous journey by the will of God to come unto you.
Of course as Christians we ought to be in fervent, and constant prayer for one another, but what is the consistency of your prayer life like? I can tell you that mine is often sporadic, but here Paul calls upon God as his witness that his prayers for the Roman church has been “without ceasing”; I would be embarrassed I think to call God as a witness for my own prayer life! How about you?

Also, if you notice, Paul quite often ‘coveted’ prayers from the saints on his behalf (Rom. 15:30; Eph. 6:18-20; 1 Thess. 5:25; 2 Thess. 3:1; and Heb. 13:18); obviously he was well aware of the need, the efficacy, and the power of prayer. Each and every one of us, as we engage in the ministry that God has called us to, should be aware that ministry is a two fold labor of love: the first is the work itself; the second is prayer for those being ministered to as well as those potential souls who may well find an opportunity to be ministered to by us; the ones that are ministering along side of us, as well as for ourselves.
I’ve said it before:

“Prayerlessness brings paralysis to the body of Christ.” How can we function as the LORD’s body without prayer? Without seeking Him, and His will; without seeking His instruction and direction and empowerment, we are a paralyzed body spiritually speaking and are helpless to conduct in the work of the Gospel and in the church!

Rom 1:11

For I long to see you, that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end ye may be established;

Rom 1:12

That is, that I may be comforted together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me.
It states in:

1 John 4:20

If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?

It follows then, that if any do indeed love their brother, that is the saints of God, it proves that they love God as well. Paul had a love for the saints because his chief love was for the LORD Himself. As we love God and fellowship with Him, the communion resulting from such draws our hearts together with His own so that His passions become ours, His care for the sheep becomes ours as well; His priorities, the things that bring Him joy, those things that cause Him to be angry, we relate to ourselves, if we are spiritual.

Paul desired to bestow “some spiritual gift” to these beloved of the LORD, and by so doing see them “established”, or ‘sterizo’ in the Greek: “to make certain, sure, to make stable, place firmly, set fast, fix to strengthen, make firm to render constant, confirm, one's mind” (see Heb. 13:9; 1 Peter 5:10-11). He would not assume that all were saved, that all had the proper foundation laid in Christ Jesus as the Cornerstone of salvation. He would preach the Gospel to all, and see to it that they were certain and firmly confirmed in their own minds that they were genuinely redeemed.

In the pulpit we can teach and preach much in the full counsel of the Word, bringing the saints along in maturity and discipleship, but it’s always wise to return to the Gospel and confirm the saints in their minds regarding the validity of the work of salvation in their lives.

The apostle not only sought this ministry among the Romans, he also desired ministry by way of comfort (encouragement) from them as the “mutual faith” of each ministered to one another as a proper function of the body of Christ, saints serving one another which is often called ‘body ministry’.

Rom 1:13

Now I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that oftentimes I purposed to come unto you, (but was let hitherto,) that I might have some fruit among you also, even as among other Gentiles.

Rom 1:14

I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise.

God’s timing is not always our own: Paul purposed to come to them previously, but was ‘sidetracked’ as it were; the timing for such a visit was not yet there for Paul. This is often why when I pray about a certain meeting, or event, or opportunity for ministry whether to an individual or a group, I like to pray for what I call “Divine punctuality” or simply that I walk right in step with the LORD; “where He goes, I go, where He stays I stay”, to borrow a line from Chris Tomlin.

We see our LORD Himself often saying that His “hour is not yet come” and here it’s most especially relevant where His presentation as the Messiah occurs; this presentation had to occur precisely when it was prophesied to come (See Jn. 2:4; 7:30; 8:20) and He expects us to likewise be watchful, ready and prepared for the exact timing (whenever that will be) for His Return (Mt. 24:42-43; 25:13; Mk. 13:37; Lk. 21:36).

Paul described himself as a debtor to all the Greeks and the Barbarians (simply those who were non-Greek, not necessarily savages as we would think of ‘barbarians’.). Why is this?

1 Cor 9:16

For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!

1 Cor 9:17

For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me.

The One who saved Saul of Tarsus, the Messiah of Israel Whose followers he had been tracking down, imprisoning and even participating in their deaths had given him this commission of preaching the Gospel. So because He had sent this ex-Pharisee to the Gentiles (Acts 22: 21; 26: 17) to preach, he felt that this was a debt obligated to him; not that he was compelled in any way in an attempt to ‘pay back’ the LORD for His salvation of the apostle’s soul (that would have been impossible), but out of a heart of love and gratitude as well as utter submission to Him that the apostle confessed as LORD, he was indeed a debtor to the ones he was sent to minister to.

Rom 1:15

So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also.

Rom 1:16

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
Are we prepared always to share the Gospel with others? Are we conversant with Scripture enough, that at any given moment when called upon, we can present the simple and direct message of the Gospel to others? The declaration of this message of hope can be done in a matter of a couple of minutes. Accompanying passages are readily found in the Scriptures. The Holy Spirit is ever ready to minister through us; we must be ready “in season and out of season” and be “ready always to give a reason for the hope that is in us” (2 Tim. 4:2; 1 Pet. 3:15).

Verse sixteen is one of the two key passages in this epistle and we will pick up this study at this verse at which time we will examine it most closely; for now let me say this:

There are too many professing Christians and even church leaders and pastors that seem ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ today. It’s referred to as a “slaughter house religion” what with all that blood, gore and violence. The cross itself has been called “false advertising for God” by one particular so-called ‘Christ-follower’. It seems the church is attempting to distance herself from this central and crucial message of Jesus Christ and Him crucified (1 Cor. 1: 23) lest she offend any ‘seekers’.

Our enemy Satan understands the necessity of the cross better than some of Jesus’ supposed followers, therefore he and his ministers, posing as ‘enlightened teachers of glorious wisdom’ (2 Cor. 11:14-15) must pry loose the firm hold of the saint who would cling to the old wooden cross, for only then has the church lost her power for a sanctified life and a Gospel with holy unction.

Let us not be deterred by those who disparage the message of the Gospel, but rather by God’s Spirit let us be emboldened to declare with even greater passion and deeper conviction the Gospel of the LORD Jesus Christ and His salvation of grace by His death on the cross and resurrection from the dead!

Expect more on this verse in the next study where we will complete the first chapter in this awesome, deep and intense book of Romans, the quintessential document of Christian doctrine in the New Testament! God bless you saints . . . WAY TOO MUCH!
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Monday, August 15, 2011

New Evangelicalism: The New World Order

by A.M. Kisly

A Book Review

Paul Richard Smith is the author of a new book entitled, "New Evangelicalism: The New World Order". His many years as a pastor, teacher, and staunch defender of the inerrancy of the scriptures have respectfully earned him the title of a pastor's pastor. He is a true Watchman on the wall, a faithful servant, and committed purveyor of Biblical Truth.

This book provides an amazing historical account of the influence of "the seminal seeds that corrupted not only the major denominational churches, but specifically the conservative believing folks in these churches."

The postmodern movement has made its way into the Church through many anti-Christian thinkers over the years by the accommodation and compromise of those who have departed from the inerrancy of Scripture.

Postmodern thought creates serious consequences within society as a whole. It carries with it no moral boundaries, and a denial of absolute truth. It rejects the foundation for objective beliefs, and the Christian faith.

Today, there are many groups who identify with Christianity yet promote false doctrines. The Emergent groups spreading throughout the Church are wolves in sheep's clothing. Their deception is reaching the masses and they are conforming to the spirit of this age. The spirit of the anti-Christ in this postmodern world is radically reshaping Christianity and perverting biblical truth.

Romans 12:2

"Be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."

"LIKE CASCADING DOMINOES the intentional departure from believing the Bible is inerrant has plunged the church of the 21st century down the treacherous slippery slope of accommodation and compromise."

Paul takes us back to the roots of a 1905 meeting in Manhattan, NY by a group of strategic individuals who were committed to the writings of Karl Marx. These individuals planned and implemented the infiltration of these ideologies into the learning centers, media, government structures and churches of American society.

Living in the twenty-first century in America, we have watched a major Paradigm Shift affecting the mindset of many evangelical pastors. This shift includes the "New Evangelical" push for the church to become postmodern in order to "reach" a secular America, a reach of compromise and denial of biblical truths.

The birth of the Emergent Church began with key players such as Peter Drucker, Rick Warren, Bob Buford, and C. Peter Wagoner, with a vision for an "optimum community"…a “focusing on unity and a worldwide oneness reflected in the growing union between Eastern and Western cultures and thinking.” (p. 168) Rick Warren has modeled this postmodern Church at his “purpose driven” Saddleback Church.

"The rise and development of the Emerging Church Movement became both a significant collaborator and delivery system for the major paradigm shift that has affected and infiltrated the mindset of many evangelical pastors."

Paul’s research for this book provides solid documentation of the plunge towards apostasy, the deep compromise of foundational truth made by once solid Christian Institutions, and the men who made them.

Incredibly, there are more than forty boxes of files and records collected by Dr. Harold Lindsell covering his days at Fuller Seminary. These records include correspondence between Charles Fuller and Dr. Lindsell which document Fuller's historical drift away from the authority of the Scriptures. He traces the influence of Karl Barth’s neo-orthodox beliefs that some portions of Scripture are revelatory and some portions are not. He exposes the further erosion of Fuller after embracing heretical neo-orthodox views by way of applying the Bible to sociological, political and economical issues.

It was Fuller, himself, who played a key role in abandoning the doctrine of biblical inerrancy. The chaos this departure has made within the church is so evident today through the rise of a Social Gospel, Mysticism, Feminism, the Emergent Church and Church Growth movements, the New Missiology, the New Apostolic Reformation and their leaders. “The downhill ride on the slippery slope picked up more influential people in America and evolved into a most ominous unbiblical Emerging movement.”

“Emergent church leaders are focused on unity and a worldwide oneness reflected in the growing union between Eastern and Western cultures and thinking.” (p. 168)

These groups delight in naming their perversions “NEW”, yet the Bible clearly states in Ecclesiastes 1:9 that, “The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.”

Satan has been twisting God’s truth since the beginning, and it will continue until the Lord deals with him at the end of the age.

These leaders of lies have sold their souls for success and the praise of men. They will establish their New World Order, prostitute the church, and bring judgment upon the earth.

There is a Kingdom of Light and a Kingdom of Darkness. While these pied pipers lead the way, the apostate heart will gladly follow the unfortunate path to hell.

The church needs to wake up and heed the warnings to come out from among them and be ye separate..."
Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it." Matthew 7:13

Paul ends this book with a clear Gospel message, the hope of our promise and the comfort of these words:

“How glorious it will be when we hear a loud voice from heaven saying,

“Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” Revelation 21:3-4

“Therefore, comfort on another with these words.” (1 Thessalonians 4:18)

Obviously, what is happening in the world today is the dark work of Satan, the god of this world, who is nearing his day of judgment. “But thanks be to God, which gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as you know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 15:57-58”

This book is my number one pick of "must reads" for the year. It should be read by every pastor called of God. I would encourage you to buy a copy and give it to your pastor to read. Many true men of God are crying out warnings that the believer in Christ not to be deceived in these last days. My Christian friend, I pray that you will heed the warning.
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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Old Testament Examples of SPIRITUAL WARFARE: Conduct in the Campaign & Implementing the Victory of Christ in our Lives –

Eyes to See, Ears to Hear, Hearts to Understand and Obey – Part One of Two

~~ by James J. Fire

In the John Wayne film, McClintock, George Washington McClintock (Wayne) saw Mrs. Warren, the housekeeper and cook (Yvonne DeCarlo) going up the stairs of the McClintock residence and offered a hand in ‘helping’ her up in his somewhat inebriated state. As they near the top, they lose their balance and tumble back down the stairs, with Mrs. Warren landing on top of him. The commotion brings out Katherine McClintock (Maureen O’Hara), estranged wife of G.W. and when she sees the situation at the base of the stairs, her eyes blaze with indignation.

Immediately G.W. understands her suspicion of foul play with the household help and speaks up before his wife has a chance to lay an accusation and says in typical ‘Wayne-ian’ fashion,

“Now Katherine, are you gunna believe what you see, or what I tell ya?”


The film is a somewhat rare exception for Wayne as almost an entire comedy, and is one of my favorites of his; yet how many times has the Spirit of the LORD brought back to my mind those words when my circumstances look suddenly disappointing, bad, grim, tragic etc.

All too often in life we can fall under the sway of our circumstances and become discouraged; we become despondent of any good coming from the situation, when all along we have God’s Word assuring the saint who is walking in His ways, that He has good in store, and even the bad situations He is going to work out for our good (Jere. 29:11; Rom 8:28).
~ We are constantly challenged to see any given situation in life from one of two different perspectives: the NATURAL or the SPIRITUAL. God lamented often over unspiritual Israel for their hearts that didn’t understand Him or His ways, and refused to hear His Word, but insisted upon their own ways (Deut. 32:28-29; Is. 6:9-10; 58:3-5, 13; Ps. 95:10). The LORD Jesus was likewise exasperated at times with His unspiritual disciples who often were clueless of what He was trying to teach them (Matt. 15:16; 16:11; Luke 18:34; John 14:9).

Are we, the church of the LORD Jesus Christ, going to believe what we see in the natural realm with natural insights or are we going to believe God with spiritual understanding and perception in the light of His Word and by His Spirit which are our counselors and guidance? Will we allow circumstances or the Word of God to dictate our view, our actions and reactions?

In the domain of spiritual warfare, it’s just the same challenge, and even more so when the “enemy comes in like a flood” – are we trusting in the LORD to raise up that holy standard (which denies the enemy his strength, impoverishing him of power)?

Isaiah 59:19
So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.

Certainly there is much today that would seek to rob us of our peace and joy in the LORD, that would inspire fear, insecurity, doubt and despair; just look around at the affairs of State in this country, and at the world at large!

We know that the LORD’s return is quite soon; there are so many signs of biblical prophecy coming to pass today, its hard to keep up with it all (On TTUF we have just recently included another tab; this one on “END TIMES” where we have posted - and will periodically update - reliable videos that go into details regarding eschatology and its ramifications in our world today!).

We have a very limited time of opportunity to share the Gospel with the lost and see souls ushered into the Kingdom before the Father observes that the church is complete (“the fullness of the Gentiles” as in Romans 11:25) and any endeavor to deliver these souls from their present citizenship in the kingdom of darkness will meet with severe hostility from our enemy, now more than ever!

Even in our abilities to provide for our families we are being challenged today as financial resources are depleting, job sources are drying up, wages remain stagnant while prices for the basic necessities of life climb relentlessly upwards. The enemy can do much to instill icy cold fear and dread into the minds of God’s children.

Or perhaps our church is being infiltrated with the insidious doctrines of demons, and our implorations to our pastor is going unheeded; we are being continuously looked upon as “judgmental, unloving, contentious” by our fellow church members, and we search in vain for a church that will teach the pure Word of the LORD . . . and nothing but!

Satan will use any and all means to get us, in this dire hour, to doubt and mistrust El Shaddai, the “God of Almighty provision”, and His Word.

Whatever our challenge, the Scriptures provide for us the answer to any dilemma we might face and the power of the Holy Spirit to realize them in our lives!

For this segment on OT Examples of Spiritual Warfare, I’ve selected two readings from two prophets of Israel: Elijah (1 Kings Chapter 18) and his successor, Elisha (2 Kings 6: 8 – 7:20). Both of these men of God faced great challenges and opposition from the perilous powers of darkness and their palpable puppets whose strings Satan is keen on pulling. Both are examples to us to . . .

John 7:24
[discern] not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.

See also these scriptures regarding spiritual discernment and revelation from God - Matt. 16:17; Dan. 2:22; Amos 3:7; 1 Cor. 2:9-10.

Eph 1:9
Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:

In this part we will examine the passage from 1 Kings dealing with Elijah (whose name means “Yahweh is my God”), the prophets of Baal, Ahab and Jezebel; and in the second we will look at the passage from 2 Kings where we see shall Elisha, his young servant and the host of the Syrian armies.

Yet before we get into these, perhaps you would like to examine another situation of warfare where spiritual, rather than merely natural insight was employed in the vanquishing of a great enemy of Israel:

Have You Slain Your Giant Today?


Elijah the Tishbite (Tishbi, a region of Gilead to be differentiated from another Tishbi in Galilee; Tishbi of Gilead bordered on Arabia) is first seen in 1 Kings Chapter 17.

From Barne’s Notes we have the following observations:

“It is clear that a succession of prophets was raised up by God, both in faithful Judah and in idolatrous Israel, to witness of Him before the people of both countries, and leave them without excuse if they forsook His worship. At this time, when a grosser and more deadly idolatry than had been practiced before was introduced into Israel by the authority of Ahab, and the total apostasy of the ten tribes was consequently imminent, two prophets of unusual vigor and force of character, endowed with miraculous powers of an extraordinary kind, were successively raised up, that the wickedness of the kings might be boldly met and combated, and, if possible, a remnant of faithful men preserved in the land. The unusual efflux of miraculous energy at this time is suitable to the unusual emergency, and in very evident proportion to the spiritual necessities of the people.”

Elijah appears in scripture without any preamble to Ahab, a prophet of God before this apostate king of the house of Israel and pronounces a judgment from God upon the northern kingdom:

1 Kings 17:1
. . . As the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word.

This pronouncement was in accordance to God’s Holy Word of warning to Israel, that if she should forsake the LORD their GOD, then He would afflict them by depriving the land of rain (Deut. 11:17; 28:23; Lev. 26:19).

God then miraculously provides for His prophet at the brook Cherith, but once the brook dried up, the LORD directed Elijah to the house of Zarephath of Zidon (a Gentile woman) where not only his needs, but the needs of this widow and her son who were nearly starved because of the drought were also miraculously provided for, even to the point of raising her son from the dead!

Zarephath declared after witnessing her son raised to life that

1Kings 17:24
. . . Now by this I know that thou art a man of God, and that the word of the LORD in thy mouth is truth.

Would to God that king Ahab and more importantly, the rebellious house of Israel perceived and understood what Zarephath herself knew! Now, we begin with the next chapter:


1 Kings 18:1-6

And it came to pass after many days, that the word of the LORD came to Elijah in the third year, saying, Go, shew thyself unto Ahab; and I will send rain upon the earth.

And Elijah went to shew himself unto Ahab. And there was a sore famine in Samaria.

And Ahab called Obadiah, which was the governor of his house. (Now Obadiah feared the LORD greatly:

For it was so, when Jezebel cut off the prophets of the LORD, that Obadiah took an hundred prophets, and hid them by fifty in a cave, and fed them with bread and water.)

And Ahab said unto Obadiah, Go into the land, unto all fountains of water, and unto all brooks: peradventure we may find grass to save the horses and mules alive, that we lose not all the beasts.

So they divided the land between them to pass throughout it: Ahab went one way by himself, and Obadiah went another way by himself.

The days of drought were extreme in a land known for its arid climate to begin with; it actually lasted for three and a half years according to the epistle of James (5:17), and it rightly reflected the condition of Israel herself – she was barren, dried up, unfruitful and not receiving the water of the Word of God (Eph. 5:26), even refusing it, and rather preferring the pagan proclivities of Ba’al worship and other idols that Ahab and his heathen wife, Jezebel introduced to the Hebrew nation, causing them to apostatize.

We see very much the same thing today in the church; the introduction of unbiblical beliefs and practices are likewise causing the church to become barren and unfruitful (oh, to be sure we have some churches with incredibly huge numbers, in the tens of thousands even; but what of their spiritual depth and understanding of God’s Word? What of holiness and walking in purity?); yet if we heed God’s Word and instruction, ample guidance is provided on how we can prevent such dilapidation and drought in our lives. I refer to –

2 Pet 1:2-8
Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,

According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;

And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;

And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The aforementioned knowledge of our LORD Jesus Christ that brings spiritual fruitfulness and plenty comes by God’s Word alone. Yet the church today is rejecting His Word much as Israel did in the days of Elijah, and as a result they are suffering spiritual drought, poverty and famine (Amos 8:11).

Joel 2:12-13
Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:

And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.

The LORD does not afflict willingly, nor does He delight in the death of the wicked; even His judgments upon His own people are tempered with exacting degree – just enough chastening to get the desired result, and not any more at all. The drought was at an end in the days of Elijah as God told His prophet. He met with king Ahab, and the first thing the ignoble king says to this holy man of God is:


1 Kings 18:17 … Art thou he that troubleth Israel?

And to this Elijah properly replies:

1Kings 18:18
… I have not troubled Israel; but thou, and thy father's house, in that ye have forsaken the commandments of the LORD, and thou hast followed Baalim.

The Scripture says, Woe to him that calls good, evil and evil good, that puts light for darkness and darkness for light (Isaiah 5:20) and this reversal is seen quite clearly in Ahab’s remark. Elijah’s desire to turn Israel away from the paganism of their leadership and back to the Living God is perceived as “trouble” by Ahab!
It is also seen in our relativistic society, among our political and religious leaders, where good and bad as well as truth itself are measured by one’s own sense of morality (Judges 17:6; 21:25), apart from any standard whatsoever, let alone the holy standard of God’s Word!

Yet a standard is being raised today by the forces of darkness poised as ‘change agents’ and ‘new spirituality’ leaders; these troubadours of tolerance that proclaim that EVERY way is the right way: except for those who would declare that there is only ONE Way – those are the evil ones of “intolerance, hate, narrow-minded bigotry and judgmental attitudes”.

The world is gathering together all of its components to form a global unity, led by religious forces diametrically opposed to biblical Christianity. It would appear that we are drastically outnumbered! I’m sure that Elijah felt the same way; in fact I know he did eventually.


Yet at this point the prophet of the LORD is empowered and ready for a classic ‘show-down” like we have all seen in those old Western movies as the good guy and bad guy go slowly pacing down the town street, ready to draw and fire. Elijah will likewise ‘fire’ as we shall soon see (and the pagan priests of Baal . . . ‘misfire’?)!

1 Kings 18:19-21
Now therefore send, and gather to me all Israel unto mount Carmel, and the prophets of Baal four hundred and fifty, and the prophets of the groves four hundred, which eat at Jezebel's table.

So Ahab sent unto all the children of Israel, and gathered the prophets together unto mount Carmel.

And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? If the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.

Note that Elijah is not going up against the four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal only, but an additional four hundred prophets of the groves. These groves were high places where trees were carved into shapes of gods and other profane images used in worship according to pagan traditions. Could you picture yourself going up against eight hundred and fifty adversaries, every one of them hostile opponents against Jesus Christ, the Bible and Christianity, but yet maintaining a perspective of unquestioned victory?

Even without the one hundred prophets, hidden by Obadiah in a cave (where were they anyway? Why didn’t they join with Elijah in this great contest?), Elijah was prepared to conduct himself in this great trial, confident in his God and able to stand for His Name’s sake. It would seem that Ahab was likewise confident for his side, because he willingly gathers together the prophets of Baal to meet Elijah, and of course there is the eager audience of the nation of Israel who, no doubt, were quite interested in how this would turn out.


The prophet challenged God’s people and the choice was laid before them: if the LORD is God, then serve Him – and as with the Shema of Israel to also love the LORD wholly and enduringly. Yet if Baal is God, then serve him – if this god could prove himself worthy of such…

It’s sad that after such a challenge, that “the people answered him not a word.” What apathy or hard heartedness is this? What calloused indifference is demonstrated by these who are supposed to be the people of the Living God? Where was their zeal, their passion, their love for the LORD their GOD?
And where is ours?

We who know the LORD Jesus Christ, or claim to, and have received “so great salvation” (Heb. 2:3) if we are so enamored and given to affection for this world and to those things which this world esteems, how can we claim to be His followers?! Recall the words written in:

1 John 2:15

Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

I am reminded of something a pastor said (more than once) to us, the congregation: “If the world has what you want, don’t waste your time coming here in church, GO FOR IT! If you think you can find satisfaction, peace, contentment, joy, and love anywhere in this world, why do you need to come here for those things? Yet, if you know in your heart that this world doesn’t hold any answers for you, then why even spend any of your affection on it? Why not give yourself wholly and completely to the LORD Jesus Christ?” And to that may I add a hearty AMEN!

The word used “halt between” in the Hebrew means “to stagger” as one who is in a drunken state; a meanderer who sways first one way, then the other, with no sure direction, no steadfast stride, no steady and balanced walk at all, but a life of compromise and half-way obedience, and almost half-hearted devotion (James 1:6-8).

But could you hear your spouse saying to you, “I love you dear, with half or even most of my heart”? You would wonder where the remaining part of their heart was, wouldn’t you?

This is why David cried, “Unite my heart to fear Thy Name” (Psalm 86: 11). He wanted to share his reverential love and honor for the LORD with NO ONE and NOTHING else!

The LORD Jesus admonished the church at Laodicea to either be hot or cold, not lukewarm (Rev. 3:15-19). He desires whole hearted commitment and nothing less; Paul the Apostle likewise told his protégé Timothy:

1 Tim 4:13, 15-16
Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.

Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.

Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.


It wasn’t that Israel didn’t worship YHWH or pay Him homage at all; they just had other gods that they liked to worship too. They were ‘ecumenically correct’ and seeker sensitive towards pagans who might find worship of YHWH alone distasteful or even offensive. So while they rejected the Word of the LORD, they would still retain the worship of YHWH (but in name only) – an outer shell of piety and dedication, but without sincerity and genuine faith: a “form of godliness, but denying the power thereof” (2 Tim. 3:5), precisely as we see in today’s apostatizing church. They worship another ‘Jesus’ but they reject the Word of God.

So now we find ourselves on Mt. Carmel; a challenge has been raised and opposing forces are gathered together: in the minority we have 850 false prophets, the king of Israel, and an apathetic nation; in the majority we have 101 holy prophets, minus 100… and the LORD God Himself! Let us remember these kind of odds any time we feel outnumbered, or cornered by ‘overwhelming’ numbers and recognize that the One that we are allied with measures this universe in the span of His Hand! Hear the words of Elijah the Prophet!

1 Kings 18:22-24

Then said Elijah unto the people, I, even I only, remain a prophet of the LORD; but Baal's prophets are four hundred and fifty men.

Let them therefore give us two bullocks; and let them choose one bullock for themselves, and cut it in pieces, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under: and I will dress the other bullock, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under:

And call ye on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the LORD: and the God that answereth by fire, let him be God. And all the people answered and said, It is well spoken.

I’ve been told that ancient pagan priests of various religions would secretly heat rocks and then erect an altar above them, so that when they added oil-soaked wood, the heated rocks (which would appear normal) would combust the wood into supposedly miraculous flame. If that’s true, the prophets of Baal didn’t have any opportunity to conduct a covert deception by ‘prepping’ the rocks of any such altar they erected. Everything was done in the sight of the king, Israel and Elijah the prophet of the LORD. Only a genuine, supernatural display of power would be allowed in this show down.

The SWORD and the SERPENT –

While Satan does have an incredible amount of power, because as Lucifer the cherub he was anointed over the angelic realm; he was (and is) probably the greatest, most powerful, most intelligent of all of God’s creatures. Yet he is also a liar and a deceiver whose intent is to fool the saint of God that he possesses far more power than he really does. He also desires to deceive us, the church of the LORD Jesus Christ into thinking that we are powerless against him and his dominion. Yet this is hardly the case for the Christian who is armed with the Sword of the Spirit, walking (living daily) in the Spirit and not fulfilling the lusts of the flesh:

Eph 6:10-13

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

Put on the whole armor of God that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

(See also Psalm 44:5; Mal. 4:3; Luke 10: 17-20; Rom. 8:35, 37; 2 Cor. 2:14; 10:4; 1 John 5:4)

1 Kings 18:25-26

And Elijah said unto the prophets of Baal, Choose you one bullock for yourselves, and dress it first; for ye are many; and call on the name of your gods, but put no fire under.

And they took the bullock which was given them, and they dressed it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even until noon, saying, O Baal, hear us. But there was no voice, nor any that answered. And they leaped upon the altar which was made.

And so it begins: Elijah tells the Baal prophets to ‘choose your weapon’ as it were, and call on the “names of your gods” but to refrain from adding fire to the altar. “Leave that for your gods to do”, he was basically saying. These false prophets realized they were in a quandary: they couldn’t conduct themselves as they had formerly done, with their sleight of hand and trickery. Even if they had witnessed some form of demonic power in spontaneously igniting the wood for their sacrifices, such powers were apparently forbidden from doing so here by the LORD Himself.

God would not allow any ‘god’ and their spiritual power to receive any glory whatsoever, only He and He alone will ever be so glorified for all eternity! For in reality, there are no gods, only the LORD God – this could include Allah, or Brahman or the many various gods of Hinduism, or Mormonism, etc. which are not deities but if anything, spirits and fallen angels.

Jer 2:11
Hath a nation changed their gods, which are yet no gods? But my people have changed their glory for that which doth not profit.

Jer 5:7
How shall I pardon thee for this? Thy children have forsaken me, and sworn by them that are no gods: when I had fed them to the full, they then committed adultery, and assembled themselves by troops in the harlots' houses.

(See also Isaiah 37:19; Jer. 16:20; Acts 19:26)


1 Kings 18:27
And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked.

Note the tact, the sensitivity, the respect with which Elijah gives to these of another religion! Rather, here we have the prophet mocking the false prophets and the lies that surround their worship of false gods, and rightly so. This is so contrary to the tolerance and ‘dialoguing’ between those that claim to be ‘Christ-followers’ like Brian McLaren, Doug Pagitt, and Rob Bell (Emergent leaders) to try to find common ground, and agree to join forces with those of other religions, such as the Dalai Lama and . . .

The Seeds of Compassion

A March 13th, 2008 entry on Doug Pagitt’s blog said:

“I will be part of the Seeds of Compassion event in Seattle April 14-17…. I am extremely excited about this event. Rob Bell is the only other friend who is part of the portion of the event I am part of, but the other panelists look terrific.

“So what is Seeds of Compassion?

“According to the SOC website it was an event…
“Anchored by the deep wisdom of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, this community–focused event celebrated and explored the relationships, programs and tools that nurture and empower children, families and communities to be compassionate members of society”.

“There are those that would argue that this was a secular event. However the Dalai Lama is unquestionably a religious leader and innumerable sources describe the event as an interfaith event. Not just a conversation between people of different faiths, but an effort to bridge the gap and make spiritual connections.

“For example one attendee, the Rev Katie M Ladd, a United Methodist Pastor in Seattle, Washington described herself as “fortunate to attend the closing event on Tuesday” and said she spent…

“… the whole day listening as the panel discussed compassion, interfaith dialogue and respect, hope in the midst of despair and destruction, and the inviolability of the self”.
“For more information see Rob Bell - Emerging Church Leader or Fully Emerged Apostate?

Taken from the web site: The Emergent Church ‘Leaders’...What They Say/Believe and Who They Endorse

This is a policy and practice unknown to Elijah, or to Moses or Paul the Apostle for that matter; but this is common fare among today’s so called evangelicals and self-professed Emergent leaders.
Elijah further taunts the prophets of Baal, suggesting that maybe their god is in conference with his colleagues, or on his way to one, or perhaps he is indisposed being in need of relieving himself (“pursuing”), which is actually what the text says! Maybe their god is in need of regular naps to recover his strength and must be awakened. This sort of diatribe is comparable to scathing criticisms of such false gods by other prophets, like Jeremiah and Isaiah:

Jer 10:3-6
For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.

They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.

They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good.

Forasmuch as there is none like unto thee, O LORD; thou art great, and thy name is great in might.

Isaiah 41:22-24

Let them bring them forth, and shew us what shall happen: let them shew the former things, what they be, that we may consider them, and know the latter end of them; or declare us things for to come.

Shew the things that are to come hereafter, that we may know that ye are gods: yea, do good, or do evil, that we may be dismayed, and behold it together.

Behold, ye are of nothing, and your work of nought: an abomination is he that chooseth you.


1 Kings 18:28-29

And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their manner with knives and lancets, till the blood gushed out upon them.

And it came to pass, when midday was past, and they prophesied until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that there was neither voice, nor any to answer, nor any that regarded.

When the answer from Baal was not forthcoming, these prophets started getting REALLY serious, and began to cut themselves so that their blood was pouring out of their bodies as an offering. It’s worthy of noting that among various sub-cultures, especially the heavy metal (and like) groups, it’s a common thing for fans to use razor blades to cut their arms and hands. Likewise in Satanic cults, blood offering is made to incite powerful magick and the interaction of demonic power.

Some have even suggested that the infants aborted under the auspices of Planned Parenthood (formerly The Birth Control League) of Margaret Sanger are dedicated to ‘the gods that be’ (See - Theosophical Quotes)

These false prophets were at it all day long, well past afternoon and into the evening; nothing at all happened. Elijah was probably patiently doing his finger nails, casually waiting for his turn . . .

1 Kings 18:30-32

And Elijah said unto all the people, Come near unto me. And all the people came near unto him. And he repaired the altar of the LORD that was broken down.

And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, unto whom the word of the LORD came, saying, Israel shall be thy name:

And with the stones he built an altar in the name of the LORD: and he made a trench about the altar, as great as would contain two measures of seed.

Observe how the prophet is now rebuilding the altar of the LORD – due to neglect, it had fallen into disrepair and he took twelve stones, representing the twelve tribes of Israel; each and every one whose place was rightfully at this altar, for they were (and are!) a peculiar (specially chosen) people of the LORD. It’s considered spiritual adultery to worship anything other than the LORD God, especially for the Christian. We must each of us consider whether the altar of God in our hearts is in need of repair due to neglect or another ‘god’ who has stolen our affection and dedication from our LORD and SAVIOR.

Worship is not a ‘Sunday morning thing’; it’s a life style that should be as natural and as fluent as breathing. Such worship if it’s to be acceptable to the LORD must be in accordance with the Spirit and with Truth. No sacrifice of worship can be accepted unless it is accompanied by atonement for sin. It was true for Abel (Gen. 4:4) and for David (1 Chron. 16:29) and for our own admittance into the church whereby we are even able to approach the holy throne room of the heavenlies and there worship God, but by better sacrifices than of bulls and goats (Heb. 9: 23-28); and worship of God by the sacrifice of ourselves (Rom. 12:1-2). Worship is most certainly a form of spiritual warfare as Satan hates the exaltation of the LORD God at his own expense who deems himself worthy of such. As we become like that which we worship, worshipping Jesus Christ is obvious in its vital importance and benefit for the disciple of the LORD of Glory.

Now getting back to the text: why did Elijah build a trench around this altar? What was this for? We will find out now!


1 Kings 18:33

And he put the wood in order, and cut the bullock in pieces, and laid him on the wood, and said, Fill four barrels with water, and pour it on the burnt sacrifice, and on the wood.

This was certainly not part of the agreement! In the instructions by the prophet there was no mention of water being poured out over the sacrifice. This was not something Elijah insisted upon the Baal prophets, but only by the prophet for himself.

1 Kings 18:34-35

And he said, Do it the second time. And they did it the second time. And he said, Do it the third time. And they did it the third time.

And the water ran round about the altar; and he filled the trench also with water.

Imagine the consternation of all that observed this – both Israel and the Baal advocates; how was this sacrifice supposed to burn now, being drenched with water (a precious commodity by the way, seeing that the drought only just ended)? No problem for the God of all creation! Here is a perfect picture of worship according to the Spirit of Truth (again, the Word is typified often as water)!

1 Kings 18:36-37

And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word.

Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the LORD God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again.

Did you catch what Elijah said in his prayer? Usually when we read about the patriarchs, we read them as Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; and yet here the third patriarch is named Israel; why is this?

Once Jacob had wrestled with the angel of the LORD and the dawn came, and with it the blessing of the LORD on this man’s life, his name was changed (Gen. 32: 24-28). This sometimes occurs in scripture – where at a landmark of spiritual significance in the life of a person, they receive a new name or a variation of the old one – such as Abram becoming Abraham, Sarai becoming Sarah; Jacob is renamed Israel; Cephas becomes Peter and Saul becomes Paul. A name in Hebrew culture represents a characteristic whereby the person may be known. This is why there are so many names (titles, actually) of the LORD – for He desires to be known by His people.

Here in the midst of this terrible apostasy, God is referred to as the God of ‘Israel’ which intimates that even though His people were fallen from Him at this time, His view of and His promise to them is that they will brought to spiritual life and blessing (Ezek. 36:26-38). Such promises are granted to those also who are true members of the body of Christ (Phil. 1:6).

And as for the prayer itself, note that it’s because of the prayer of this righteous man, that much was availed in Israel that day – God was glorified, the gods of the enemies of Israel were disgraced and seen as utterly powerless before YHWH. Though Satan would have squelched any such opportunity if he could, the prayer of Elijah intervened on behalf of his people, thwarting by the power of God, the plans and deceptions of the enemy.

We cannot always see the fruit and effects of our prayers, but we do know that those prayed in accord with God’s will ARE ANSWERED – in God’s timing (Luke 18:7; 1 John 5:14).

This is the essence of spiritual warfare, and it’s not a quick-fix solution! This is a long term enterprise that requires patience, diligence, and sensitivity to the Spirit of God, as well as a compassionate heart that yearns for the lost, the empowerment of the saints and to see God glorified above all.

We need to pray for our pastors and church leadership, for our brothers and sisters, for those who herald the gospel and God’s Word – that they may do so without compromise, without adding to or taking away from the message that God would give them through the Holy Scriptures, to deliver to the people (Jer. 26:2); for the lost souls that have believed any of the myriad falsehoods paraded by the enemy, that God would open their eyes and turn them from darkness to His Light (Acts 26:18).


1 Kings 18:38-39

Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.

And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The LORD, he is the God; the LORD, he is the God.

I can’t imagine the intensity of that fire of the LORD – it not only consumed the wood and the sacrifice, but also the water . . . and even the stones were consumed! Indeed, our God is a consuming fire (Deut. 4:2; Heb. 12:29). His Spirit consumes the sinful nature from the life of His saints in salvation (sanctification) as they yield to Him; it also consumes the ‘life’ of the unrepentant sinner in Judgment.

Such a fire from God indicated that the offering was acceptable to Him there on Mt. Carmel that day. Though all Israel was in such a deplorable state, the life of this one man, this prophet of the LORD had an impact as he worshipped God by sacrifice. The people fell on their faces and proclaimed the LORDSHIP of YHWH. Yet even here, we still see the ties of apostasy because they said “The LORD, He is God” rather than “The LORD, He is OUR God”. However, the time will come when “all Israel shall be saved” when the Messiah returns at His Second Advent, and God will prove faithful to bring His people to that point where their salvation will be realized.

In our own day, as we contest the pluralism and apostasy that’s all around us, we Christians are tempted to remain mute, to just ‘go with the flow’ and ‘co-exist’, when in all actuality we are the Light of the world, according to the LORD Jesus Himself, and we ought not to be hid, but stand in a place for all to see, as His faithful witnesses (and in some parts of the world, His martyrs as well - “witness” in the Greek is martos).

See Stephen Gibney’s article on his site,The SOUL Doctor: Anatomy of Apostasy

Elijah commanded, and the people obeyed, in gathering up all the prophets of Baal, and slaying them at a nearby river; the prophet then told Ahab to leave for “the abundance of rain” was coming”. When righteousness is declared and upheld, God will bring blessing; when one saint stands alone against the tyrannical tide of deception, compromise and evil, they are used by God as a burning brand to bring Light and to scorch satanic hindrances and scatter them: God is glorified and He often arrests judgment and brings blessing.

The abundance of rain did in fact come for Israel and the drought was fully at an end, but the ramifications of such were still felt because the region was still suffering from extreme famine. Yet God was and is faithful to provide from His hand of grace, for His people, as we shall soon see in the life of the prophet Elisha in part two of this article!

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Sunday, August 7, 2011

TTUF Profile on Charles Darwin & His Theory: The Evaluation of Evolution

~~ By James Fire

We continue now with our series of TTUF Profiles based (in part) on Brannon Howse’s book GRAVE INFLUENCES – 21 Radicals and Their Worldview Rule America from the Grave.

Where did the theory of evolution initially come from? Charles Darwin or perhaps someone else? You may be surprised! Watch this 10 minute clip!
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UPDATE: 10/17/11 From the book: Hitler's Ethic: The Nazi Pursuit of Evolutionary Progress we have an article from Evolution News (http://www.evolutionnews.org/):
Richard Weikart on Darwinism and Hitlerism
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First a brief biography on the man himself, as taken from Wikipedia:

"Charles Robert Darwin FRS (12 February 1809 – 19 April 1882) was an English naturalist. He established that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestry, and proposed the scientific theory that this branching pattern of evolution resulted from a process that he called natural selection.

"He published his theory with compelling evidence for evolution in his 1859 book On the Origin of Species, overcoming scientific rejection of earlier concepts of transmutation of species. By the 1870s the scientific community and much of the general public accepted evolution as a fact. However, many favoured competing explanations and it was not until the emergence of the modern evolutionary synthesis from the 1930s to the 1950s that a broad consensus developed that natural selection was the basic mechanism of evolution. In modified form, Darwin's scientific discovery is the unifying theory of the life sciences, explaining the diversity of life."
~ "Charles Robert Darwin was born in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England on 12 February 1809 at his family home, the Mount. He was the fifth of six children of wealthy society doctor and financier Robert Darwin, and Susannah Darwin (née Wedgwood). He was the grandson of Erasmus Darwin on his father's side, and of Josiah Wedgwood on his mother's side.

"Both families were largely Unitarian, though the Wedgwoods were adopting Anglicanism. Robert Darwin, himself quietly a freethinker, had baby Charles baptised in the Anglican Church, but Charles and his siblings attended the Unitarian chapel with their mother. The eight-year-old Charles already had a taste for natural history and collecting when he joined the day school run by its preacher in 1817. That July, his mother died. From September 1818, he joined his older brother Erasmus attending the nearby Anglican Shrewsbury School as a boarder."

Bio on Darwin

What many people don’t realize is that Darwin was not the originator of evolutionary theory; there were many that influenced his thinking and guided him on the path which led him to conclusions about “natural selection” among other key points in his infamous book On the Origin of the Species:

“Charles Darwin was not the first evolutionist! There were many prominent evolutionists who came before him. Starting in the late 1700's, there were significant evolutionary writers who influenced Charles Darwin. The list of these men includes James Hutton, Lamarck, Malthus, Dr. Erasmus Darwin, M.D. (grandfather of Charles), Sir Charles Lyell and Alfred Russel Wallace. Each of them had a profound effect on the public acceptance of evolutionary theory in the early to mid-1800's.”

“Perhaps Darwin is best understood if you realize that what he accomplished was not the origination of the Theory of Evolution. His permanence came from his grasping the mood of the people in England. The great successes of the Industrial Revolution had lead people to embrace materialism. The burgeoning middle class that had barely existed only a few decades earlier, was busy convincing itself that it could pull itself up by its own bootstraps. These people were looking for an excuse that would prove that they were the captains of their own ships, the savior of their own souls.

“Darwin gave these people what they wanted. He made the concept that there is no god popular and gave the people a way to make this philosophy credible. If there is no god, then all things are permissible. If there is no god, then there are no consequences. If there is no greater authority than yourself, then the rules of survival of the fittest are in effect; and, you may succeed at the cost of the life and limbs of others. The problem being that Darwin had no physical evidence to support his contention that one kind of biological life form had evolved from a previous biological life form. There was plenty of evidence for the variety of life forms on earth. His own work in the Galapagos Islands could be used to support that view. What he lacked was the evidence of transitional forms between reptiles and mammals; between single-celled organisms and multiple-celled organisms; between apes and men.”

“As a young man Darwin read the book Natural Theology (1802) by the great Biblical Scientific Creationist William Paley. In that book Paley correctly argued that if there is a watch, there must be a watchmaker. This is the classical argument for the existence of God from design. If there is design, there must be a Designer. Interestingly enough, during his twenties this book was Charles Darwin's favorite book. There was more to the religious atmosphere of his early adult life. His wife, Emma, read the Bible to his children. But, something happened to him internally as he continued to dwell on his thoughts about life, death and evolution. Some time after the unfortunate early death of his oldest daughter he remarked, "I never gave up Christianity until I was forty years old."

“Darwin was an intelligent man, even though his parents once described him as being a little slow (mentally). He was fully aware that the concepts that he was dealing with, and making up pretty little stories to rationalize, would be the foundation of pure atheistic materialism. He fully understood that his writings would undermine Christianity. He fully realized that his writings were completely anti-Bible, anti-Church and anti-God. When he was a student at Cambridge, Darwin met the greatest geologist of his day, Adam Sedgwick (another Biblical Scientific Creationist). In 1861, Dr. Sedgwick read The Origin of Species (1859) and wrote a commentary on it. He stated, ‘From first to last it is a dish of rank materialism cleverly cooked and served up . . . And why is this done? For no other reason, I am sure, except to make us independent of a Creator.’”

The above quotes were taken from the web site: Creation Worldview ministries

The life of Charles Darwin & whether he became a Christian

Now let’s get into what Mr. Howse has to share with us:

Of these ‘Twenty One Radicals’, Mr. Howse declared that of them all, the one that would rank highest in “order of importance of influence, [would be] Darwin.” His two books, Origin of the Species and The Descent of Man have had a spectacular (in the negative sense) effect in the world. It’s worthy of note that any society based on truth and a commitment to such will prosper and benefit by it. However, a society predicated upon a lie will suffer for it.

There are times when we see lies, especially those of the ‘white’ variety as having no real significance or consequence. However if we examine a lie in proportion to its promotion (say in an expansive proliferation throughout an entire nation) we can see the exponential destructiveness wreaking chaos and ruin.

Adolf Hitler embraced Darwinism; so did Alice Bailey. Dr. F.J.A. Hort of Cambridge University (liberal Bible scholar) did likewise: “But the book which has most engaged me is Darwin. Whatever may be thought of it, it is a book that one is proud to be contemporary with. I must work out and examine the argument more in detail, but at present my feeling is strong that the theory is unanswerable.”

We can readily perceive the damage done to Germany, the nations that opposed her during WWII, their citizens and Jewry because of Hitler and the Nazi movement; likewise the insidious infiltration of the Theosophical Society into so much of our world today (See TTUF Profile on Alice Bailey, associate of Madame Helena Blavatsky and matriarch of today’s Globalist/Occult influences) that has affected the entire globe politically as well as ecumenically; and the liberalization of Christianity due in significant measure to scholastic approval of certain ancient Codices that have resulted in the dizzying display of myriad modern-day translations which deplete crucial information in the Scriptures.

While certainly not traceable directly back to Darwinism (with the noteable exception of Blavatsky), this theory most certainly had a profound influence on these and many others in the late 19th century, through the 20th and well into the 21st century: all such movements, organizations, and endeavors based upon a presumed acknowledgment of the truth of evolution has had and will continue to have dire consequences and destructive tendencies in our human society.

Brannon Howse comments: “The spectacular scope and intensity of Darwinism’s influence on virtually very area of thought is breathtaking. The acceptance of Darwin’s worldview and the associated ‘science’ paved the way for acceptance of every one of the [20 other] people named in this [Grave Influences] book. If rising to Darwin’s level of impact was the standard for induction into the Destructive Ideas Hall of Fame, he would be the only one to qualify for admittance.”

It is for this reason that, in addition to this TTUF Profile, we at The TRUTH Under FIRE will also engage in a comprehensive series on Biblical creation, evolution and the evidence articles that supports the truth about our world, its origins and its destiny.

Darwin’s Descent of Man promoted the idea of eugenics (selective breeding with the intent of improving the human species) which he referred to as “survival of the fittest”. Do you happen to know the full title of Origin of the Species?

On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life

One must wonder who the ‘favoured races’ are, and by whom or what are they favored: a Creator, natural selection, an oligarchy that decides via eugenics who gets to procreate and with whom and who doesn’t?

According to Mr. Howse, Darwin described an animal farm where controlled breeding was proposed, but later clarified that he wasn’t talking about animals at all, but human ‘evolution’. “The legacy of this one idea has led to the deaths of millions. Eugenicists as defined by a Dr. George Grant are: ‘. . . the practitioners of an odd pseudo-science who sincerely believe that if human civilization were to survive, the physically unfit, the materially poor, the spiritually diseased, the racially inferior, and the mentally incompetent had to be eliminated” (quote from The New York Review, Jan. 9, 1997 by Richard Lewontin in his article ‘Billions and Billions of Demons’).

Such a breeding program would resist the ‘Descent of Man’ and elevate him upwards towards superior forms of near god-like humanity. The ideal man or the ‘super man’ as conceived and popularized by Nietzsche was (and is) the objective of such a program in creating a Super Man.

And yet with the development of a super man, the deletion of inferior men is a directive that cannot be ignored ‘for the betterment of mankind on the whole.’

Darwin stated: “With savages, the weak in body or mind are soon eliminated and those that survive exhibit a vigorous state of health… We civilized men, on the other hand, do our utmost to check the process of elimination; we build asylums for the imbecile, the maimed, the sick; we institute poor-laws; and our medical men exert their utmost skill to save the life of every one to the last moment. There is reason to believe that vaccination has preserved thousands, who from a weak constitution would formerly have succumbed to small-pox. Thus the weak members of civilized societies propagate their kind. One who has attended to the breeding of domestic animals will not doubt that this must be highly injurious to the race of man. It is surprising how soon a want of care, or care wrongly directed, leads to the degeneration of a domestic race; but excepting in the case of man himself, hardly anyone is so ignorant as to allow his worst animals to breed.”

It was Darwin’s belief that unless the inferior members of society are checked in their propagation, but rather allowed to freely reproduce they would excel in numbers than the “better class of men” and the people as a whole would retrograde. He stated that “progress is a no variable rule” (from Origin of the Species. Part 1, Chapter Five. 177).

Howse then makes the comparison from Darwin to Hitler’s own writing in Mein Kamf:

“Every crossing between two breeds which are not quite equal results in a product which holds an intermediate place between the levels of the two parents. This means that the offspring will indeed be superior to the parent which stands in the biologically lower order of being, , but not so high as the higher parent. For this reason it must eventually succumb to any struggle against the higher species. Such mating contradicts the will of Nature towards the selective improvements of life in general. The favourable preliminary to the improvement is not to mate individuals of higher and lower orders of being but rather to allow the complete triumph of the higher order. The stronger must dominate and not mate with the weaker, which would signify the sacrifice of its own higher nature. Only the born weakling can look upon this principle as cruel, and if he does so it is merely because he is of a feebler nature and narrower mind; for if such a law did not direct the process of evolution then the higher development of organic life would not be conceivable at all.”

In Dr. Erwin Lutzer’s book Hitler’s Cross, he states that Hitler believed it was correct for mankind to be “as cruel as nature” and lectures in special schools for his SS troops taught such a philosophy. Jews were ‘proved’ to be of an inferior class while those of the Aryan race (themselves of course) were the superior. So because only the “fittest” and “superior” must survive at the expense of the weaker, sickly, intellectually and morally deficient peoples, it is the obligation of the superior to eliminate the weaker, and the obligation of the weaker to comply with being eliminated.

In Howses’ book, he lists the consequences to the belief in naturalism as held by Darwin, that is to say, that everything real exists in the natural world (as opposed to any spiritual world) without a Creator God:

1) If there is no God or Creator, then everything happens by chance or by mistake.
2) If there is no God, then man was not created in His image.
3) If there is no God, then there is no right or wrong.
4) If there is no God, there is only the natural world.
5) If there is no God, then man does not have an eternal soul and there is no life after death.
6) If there is no God, then life has no [intrinsic] meaning.
7) If there is no God, man does not have a free will, for he is the product of his environment.

Again from Friedrich Nietzsche – the idea of Nihilism which has permeated our worldviews in virtually every nation – “God is dead*”:

* This quote is actually a summary statement derived from a fictitious character created by Nietzsche, who stated that “we have killed God,” but actually said much more than merely this
The Infamous 'God is dead' quote'.

“[A] vulgar form of Nihilism has a remarkable influence in our educational system through our universities. The consequence of the victory of such ideas would be enormous. If both religion and reason are removed, all that remains is will and power, where the only law is that of the tooth and claw.” (Taken from Donald Kagan’s Academic Questions, 8; No. 2 (Spring 1995) 56. – “Nihilism rejects the objective basis for society and its morality, the very concept of objectivity, even the possibility of communication itself”).

Certain leaders in the world that don’t acknowledge God, spiritual reality in both capacities of heaven and hell or a Judgment Day on which they will be held accountable by the righteous Judge are autonomous and unaccountable to anyone but themselves, and as a result demonstrate a brazen attitude of arrogance in their governing policies, even terribly destructive tendencies such as modeled by the likes of Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, and Mao. As I have often said myself: When man rejects God, he becomes something other than what God intended for him – he becomes a god who then further mutates into a monster who preys upon his fellow man who is perceived as inferior.

Hitler’s orders killed about 11 million people; Stalin’s regime slew somewhere between 20 to 40 million people. According to The Congressional Record, “135 million people were killed by Communists in the 20th century”. (D. James Kennedy, Lord of All, Developing A Christian World-and-Life View; Wheaton, IL. Crossway, 2005, 130).

Any society is of course, comprised of individual citizens, and it’s as each individual, most particularly the leaders of any nation believes and understands that though they have a position of power they are, like all people, subject to the Almighty Who possesses All Power, and as such reins in any tendency towards the abuse of power and the corruption that so often results from unrestrained usage of such; thus that society retains at least some semblance of civilized and ethical behavior.

Howse reminds us that Benjamin Rush, the Founding Father who promoted the establishment of schools in America said:

“Such is my veneration for every religion that reveals the attributes of Deity, or a future state of rewards and punishments, that I had rather see the opinion of Confucius or Mohammad inculcated upon our youth than see them wholly devoid of a system of religious principles. But the religion I mean to recommend in this place is that of the New Testament (Why Am I a Christian: Leading Thinkers Explain Why They Believe, by Dr. N.L. Geisler and P.K. Hoffman; Grand Rapids, MI. Baker Books – 2001; 93.)

A belief in God made for responsible and commendable citizens, according to Rush, and if America’s future educators were not firm in their belief in the Deity that rewards good and punishes evil, then our republican form of government would not last.

“In 1925, The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the NEA (both liberal organizations) defended evolution in the now-famous Scopes trial (A thorough treatment of this history and its current ramifications, The Creator in the Classroom “Scopes Two” by Norman Geisler in collaboration with A.F. Brooke II and Mark J. Keough will be presented on TTUF in an upcoming article relating to the issue of evolution (and education)) founded and supported by well-known humanists, we should not be shocked by their contempt for the creationist worldview. Evolution, as outlined in the Humanist Manifesto I, II and 2000, is a major religious doctrine or tenet of Secular Humanism. Instead of a belief in God as the basis for their religion, humanists believe in nature, or “natural science”. Thus, a humanist is said to believe in naturalism.

“The humanist’s point in promoting naturalistic evolution is to create an intellectually sophisticated way to deny the existence of God. I would contend, however, that believing in evolution requires more blind faith than believing in God. Dr. D.G. Lindsay agrees and describes the blind religion of evolution in this way:

“‘Evolution is a religion that attributes everything to ‘nature’. It demands a faith that is totally blind. Since the evolutionist believes nature and its laws are the guiding force in the universe, he is totally at odds with the Christian faith and the essential miraculous aspect of creation. The miraculous events of the Bible deviate from the known laws of nature, or at least from our understanding of them. However, the evolutionist is blind to the fact that his religion, evolution, violates every known law for its own existence, making atheistic evolution more incredible (miraculous) than the Christian faith.’”

I will at this point make the following observations regarding the quintessential importance of a literal six day creation week as well as a literal interpretation of Genesis (especially chapters 1 and 3), and the direct creation of man (Adam was his name); such a view that denies both atheistic and theistic evolution is necessary in order for the Gospel to have any validity or need; an affirmation of either abrogates the Cross of Calvary and dismisses any necessity for such.

If the creation week was a mere Hebrew myth or poetic expression that can’t be taken literally, but only allegorically and if evolution (whether by chance of Divine commencement) is true, then we are the product of millions of years of death and suffering, slowly, gradually evolving into higher, more complex beings and thus the supposedly tragic death of Adam due to his violation of God’s Law and its subsequent sin is of no consequence; humanity has no sin nature to deal with, but only a natural inclination towards things that ‘religion’ would classify and denounce as sin as a means of domination and suppression, and the blood atonement of Jesus Christ for the sins of the world is not only impotent, but unimportant.

It is for these very reasons I believe Christians ought to be firmly committed to a study and proclamation of creationism from a biblical world view and that in order to support the faith of our younger generations who are overwhelmed with teachings of evolution on a daily basis at school, we must educate them on the scientifically valid perspective of Genesis and creation. Statistically speaking we are losing our young believers by the droves because they no longer hold to a biblical account of creation and the fall of mankind into sin, and see no need for the Gospel, the very foundation of the Christian faith!

Educrats such as Robert Muller, Benjamin Bloom and John Dewey (see the previous TTUF Profiles on each of these people) would rather have your children and grandchildren taught the humanist philosophy rather than the Christian faith:

“Man, for the humanist, is his own ‘higher power’. The humanist rejects God and so must accept biological evolution because the alternative is to say that there is a supernatural Creator and intelligent designer. If there is such a Creator, then He is the author of the laws of nature, and we are accountable to Him. But being accountable to anyone other than self is not acceptable to the humanist, As a result, humanists reject our of hand any and all evidence that challenges their desired reality.”

“The liberal then, who chooses to have faith in evolution does so not because of compelling intellectual honesty but because the alternative requires accountability to God. This renders the liberal agenda a house of cards, for if a liberal acknowledges God then abortion is murder, homosexuality is a sin, and sex outside of marriage is fornication. Most humanists refuse to admit God’s existence – regardless of the sound reasoning and evidence to the contrary – because of their commitment to self-idolatry and pride.
But the Bible paints a clear picture of these people in Psalm 14:1:

“The fool says in his heart, ‘God does not exist’.
” Only a fool could look at the historical, archeological, prophetic, philosophical and scientific evidence and deny God’s existence.”

The Humanist Manifesto II states the following:

“We find insufficient evidence for belief in the existence of a supernatural; it is either meaningless or irrelevant to the question of the survival and fulfillment of the human race. As non-theists, we begin with humans, not God, nature not deity.”

Basically humanists believe as a foregone conclusion that there is no God, and therefore any evidence that suggests such a thing is dismissed entirely as untenable even in light of the fact that faith in a theory which is mathematically impossible and “contradicts the known scientific facts and laws of physics.”

“Evolution [is] a theory universally accepted not because it can be proven by logically coherent evidence to be true, but because the only alternative, special creation, is clearly incredible.”
From Professor D.M.S. Watson’s Adaptation article as appearing in Nature, 124:233 1929

“We take the side of science in spite of the patent absurdity of some of its constructs, in spite of its failure to fulfill many of its extravagant promises of health and life, in spite of the tolerance of the scientific community for unsubstantiated just-so-stories, because we have a prior commitment, a commitment to materialism. It is not that the methods and institutions of science somehow compel us to accept a material explanation of the phenomenal world, but, on the contrary, that we are forced by our a priori adherence to material causes to create an apparatus of investigation and a set of concepts that produce material explanations, no matter how counter-intuitive, no matter how mystifying to the uninitiated. Moreover, that materialism is an absolute, for we cannot allow a Divine Foot in the door.”

From Professor Richard Lewontin’s article Billions and Billions of Demons, as appearing in The New York Review, Jan. 9, 1997, 31.

Evolution is not based on science, nor on scientific method held strictly for means of acquiring valid, scientifically verifiable information because “spontaneous macro-evolution” cannot be observed nor reproduced (obviously in miniature) in the lab:

“The pathetic thing about it is that many scientists are trying to prove the doctrine of evolution, which no science can do.” Dr. Robert A. Millikin, physicist and Nobel Prize winner.
For the above quote and others like it, see the following web site:

Quotes by Noted Evolutionists by Hebronics.org

Scripture states:
“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky proclaims the work of His hands.”
Psalm 19:1

Brannon Howse concludes this segment on Darwin by saying,

“Happily for some in the scientific community, the remarkable discoveries of the past few years have caused some scientists to reject the lie of evolution and explore evidence for an ‘intelligent designer’. The complexity of the human body and the orderliness of the universe are so overwhelming that these researchers no longer believe everything we see and know happened by chance. They may not quite be ready to say “God is,” but at least they acknowledge the necessity of an intelligent designer of some sort.

“So, the issue is not that one worldview (theism) requires faith while the other (atheism) does not – both do. The question is: Which worldview is based on a more rational faith? And to that, the answer is clear.

“There is far greater evidence for the existence of God as Creator than for the notion that everything came about by random chance. To accept the idea of a Creator God, you need to have faith in only one thing – an all-knowing, all-powerful Being. The astonishing complexity of creation is consistent with the infinitely knowledgeable, omnipotent Creator. Only such a One could have created the universe as we know it. On the other hand, to believe in spontaneous evolution, you must have faith in billions and billions of mathematically improbable and scientifically impossible occurrences.

“The real goal of evolution[ary theory] is not to gain knowledge about how the world came to be. The primary purpose is to explain away the existence of God. Atheists just don’t want to admit that Someone could be so powerful and unimaginably intelligent as to put together the cosmos as well know it. It’s too . . . well . . . humbling.
“They have Darwin to thank for giving them a way out.”

This concludes this TTUF Profile on Darwin. Please understand that this article is not intended to provide evidences to disprove evolution per se, but to examine the ramifications of Darwinism and its effects on societies that have opted for millions and billions of years of random chance and natural selection over the Creator God. While the information contained in this article does provide some limited insights that tend towards disproving this theory, the primary thrust was intended to address issues related to, and results from Darwin’s ideas.

Having said that, it is the certain intentions of the writers of TTUF to bring a series of articles that will reveal evolution for what it is, to expound on the evidence for creation, to establish the reliability of the Genesis account in its historicity as accurate and actual; we will use various resources both in literature and online information for this purpose, and we would solicit your prayers for guidance from the LORD God Creator in this endeavor.

You will also note that on this web site of ours we have a few links to resources that will prove useful for your own study into this crucial subject, and please feel free to take advantage of them all. Until next time then, may the LORD GOD, Creator of heaven and earth, the LORD Jesus Christ – God made flesh, bless us all with His grace and truth, and edify us in the Word Inspired by the empowerment of the Spirit!
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