The Cult Of The Jehovah’s Witnesses

Facts Jehovah’s Witnesses Won’t Tell You When Calling at Your Door

Facts Jehovah’s Witnesses Won’t Tell You When Calling at Your Door
By: The John Ankerberg Show

The Watchtower Bible & Tract Society headquartered in Brooklyn, New York, USA, was founded over 100 years ago by Charles Taze Russell, who had no theological training, but adopted the title, “Pastor.”  His ideas were strange right from the beginning.
Early Watchtower magazines (3/15/1913 & 1/15/1912) reveal that he believed a person’s desire to worship God was due to the shape of their brain. He believed that if a dog’s head were shaped like a man’s, the dog would think like a man!
He offered health advice too, believing appendicitis and typhoid fever were caused by “biting worms in the colon”.
He sold “miracle wheat” at greatly inflated prices. Despite all this, his followers then (and now) believed that he was God’s “faithful and discreet slave” referred to in Matthew 24:45. After his death, his legacy, the Watch Tower organization became this sole channel for God in the eyes of its followers.
JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES BELIEVE & TEACH
THAT Jesus Christ (who is Michael the Archangel in their doctrine) is mediator for only a small, elite, group within their ranks called the “anointed remnant”. Others must come to this group who control the organization and earn their salvation by absolute obedience to it.
THAT all religions except theirs are of Satan, and your Pastor or Priest is under the Devil’s control.
THAT the Watchtower Society is the only source of truth on earth today, and all churches teach error and will be destroyed at Armageddon.
THAT the cross is a pagan symbol of sex worship, and that all buildings or persons display­ing the cross are likewise pagan. Jehovah’s Witnesses deny that Jesus died on the cross. However, “new light” in the Watchtower Magazine has admitted they are not certain about the cross, but will continue to deny it anyway.
THAT no one goes to heaven but 144,000 Jehovah’s Witnesses, and your soul will be destroyed if you refuse to join their organization.
THAT the Christ child was only an “IT”, not a “HE”. See the New World Translation, Luke 2:16,17.
THAT Jesus was not the Christ (or Messiah) until age 30, even though their own bible says in Luke 2:11, “because there was born to you today a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”
THAT after Jesus was buried in the tomb, Jehovah dissolved his body into gasses and it disappeared forever.
THAT Jesus rose invisibly in three days, so Jehovah had to “materialize” a fake body for him complete with fake nail prints so His disciples would believe it was really Jesus risen.
THAT Armageddon and Christ’s second coming were foretold to happen in 1874, 1914, 1925 and 1975 by this “non-prophet” organization.
THAT when Christ failed to show up in 1914 The Society claimed in later years that He had come—invisibly—of course, and all Jehovah’s Witnesses believe this today.
THAT Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob etc., were to be back on earth as perfect humans in 1925. The Society built a palatial home for them BUT, when the patriarchs failed to show up, the President of the Society moved in.
THAT their light gets “brighter and brighter”, allowing for the many changes and “about faces” on their doctrines. Yesterday’s error is today’s “truth”. Often the “light” bounces back and forth from old to new views and back again! Does real light return to darkness?
THAT the Watchtower Society and its followers are all prophets of God today and the Governing Body is directed by angels from God.
THAT salvation for Society members consists of doing the good works of placing Watch­tower books and magazines and winning converts.
THAT soon Jehovah God will become a GRANDFATHER and Jesus will be promoted to “EVERLASTING FATHER”!
THAT Jehovah God is not omnipresent, but still Almighty. Think! How can this be?
They have NOT BEEN TOLD —By the leadership of the Society
THAT when they translated their New World Translation of the Bible they deliberately altered almost every scripture on the Deity of Christ, to make him only a creature.
THAT the Society used a translation by a SPIRIT MEDIUM, Johannes Greber, to support their rendering of John 1:1 with full knowledge that his sources were DEMONIC. Greber was exposed in the Feb. 15/56 W.T. However in 1961 they released a translation based on his occult one then denied they knew what they were doing on page 31 of the Apr. 1, 1983 Watchtower!
THAT none of their “translating committee” knew Biblical Greek or Hebrew. No scholars at all.
THAT Fred Franz, who for many years headed the Society, perjured himself under oath in Scotland in a court trial, by saying he could read Hebrew, and then failing a simple Hebrew test.
THAT the following encyclopedias consider the name “JEHOVAH” to be FALSE Merits Student Enc.; Encyclopedia Americana; The Jewish Encyclopedia; Encyclopedia Interna­tional, The Interpreters Dictionary of the Bible; The New Catholic Encyclopedia; The Univer­sal Jewish Encyclopedia, etc.
Jehovah’s Witness’s own “Aid” book admits on pages 884 & 885 that “Jehovah” was first recorded by a Catholic monk about 700 years ago!
THAT the date 1874 was taught for Christ’s invisible presence by the Society until l929. (See their book, “Prophecy”, p. 65. sold until 1941. Also WT. Jan 1, 1924, p. 5.)
THAT top executives of the Society have admitted under oath that they forced their mem­bers to accept false prophecies or face disfellowshipping and be found worthy of death.
THAT true salvation is FREE (Ephesians 2: 8 & 9), and consists of receiving Christ as your Savior. (John 1:12 , John 6: 28, 29).
In Summary
We find the Watchtower Society practicing their belief that it is proper to deceive people. But they say this really isn’t lying. Why? Because the Society has a different definition of lying than most of us. In their book “AID TO BIBLE UNDERSTANDING” under the word “LIE” we read:
Lying generally involves saying something false to a person who is ENTITLED to know the truth….
While malicious lying is definitely condemned in the Bible, this does not mean that a person is under obligation to divulge truthful information to people who are not entitled to it.  Of course it is the Watchtower leaders that decide WHO deserves to know the truth.

This article was written by by Lorri MacGregor, ©June 1999 for The John Ankerberg Show.

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John MacArthur | When Jehovah Witnesses Come A Knockin

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Jehovah’s Witnesses, JW’s, Russellism
Founder: Charles Taze Russell
Overview

Jehovah’s Witnesses trace their origins to the nineteenth century Adventist movement in America . That movement began with William Miller, a Baptist lay preacher who, in the year 1816, began proclaiming that Christ would return in 1843. His predictions of the Second Coming or Second Advent captured the imagination of thousands in Baptist and other mainline churches. Perhaps as many as 50,000 followers put their trust in Miller’s chronological calculations and prepared to welcome the Lord, while, as the appointed time approached, others watched nervously from a distance. Recalculations moved the promised second advent from March, 1843 to March, 1844, and then to October of that year. Alas, that date too passed uneventfully.
After the “Disappointment of 1844” Miller’s following fell apart, with most of those who had looked to him returning to their respective churches before his death in 1849. But other disappointed followers kept the movement alive, although in fragmented form. Their activities eventually led to the formation of several sects under the broad heading of “Adventism” including the Advent Christian Church, the Life and Advent Union, the Seventh-Day Adventists, and various Second Adventist groups.
An interesting side-note:
The Branch Davidians who died at Waco, Texas, under the leadership of David Koresh also trace their roots to the same Millerite source through a different line of descent. In 1935 the Seventh Day Adventist Church expelled a Bulgarian immigrant named Victor Houteff, who had begun teaching his own views on certain passages on the book of Revelation. Houteff set up shop on the property at Waco . After first referring to his tiny new sect as The Shepherd’s Rod, Houteff and his people in 1942 incorporated and renamed themselves Davidian Seventh Day Adventists. Houteff died in 1955, and in 1961 his wife Florence officially disbanded the sect, but a few followers under the leadership of west Texas businessman Benjamin Roden took over the real estate. Roden died in 1978, leaving behind his wife Lois and his son George to lead the group. Then, in 1987, David Koresh took over the leadership position, and the tragedy that followed is public knowledge.
Jehovah’s Witnesses, likewise, trace their roots back to the Adventists. But they do not often admit this to outsiders; nor do many Witnesses know the details themselves. Jehovah’s Witnesses are accustomed to defending themselves against the charge that they are a new religious cult. They will often respond that theirs is the most ancient religious group, older than Catholic and Protestant churches. In fact, they assert that “Jehovah’s witnesses have a history almost 6,000 years long, beginning while the first man, Adam, was still alive,” that Adam’s son Abel was “the first of an unbroken line of Witnesses,” and that “Jesus’ disciples were all Jehovah’s witnesses [sic] too.” (Jehovah’s Witnesses in the Divine Purpose, pp. 8-9)
An outsider listening to such claims quickly realizes, of course, that the sect has simply appropriated unto itself all the characters named in the Bible as faithful witnesses of God. By such extrapolation the denomination is able to stretch its history back to the beginnings of the human family, at least in the eyes of adherents who are willing to accept such arguments. But outside observers generally dismiss this sort of rhetoric and instead reckon the Witnesses as dating back only to Charles Taze Russell, who was born on February 16, 1852, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Originally raised a Presbyterian, Russell was 16 years old and a member of the Congregational church in the year 1868, when he found himself losing faith. He had begun to doubt not only church creeds and doctrines, but also God and the Bible itself. At this critical juncture a chance encounter restored his faith and placed him under the influence of Second Adventist preacher Jonas Wendell.
For some years after that Russell continued to study Scripture with and under the influence of various Adventist laymen and clergy, notably Advent Christian Church minister George Stetson and the Bible Examiner’s publisher George Storrs. He met locally on a regular basis with a small circle of friends to discuss the Bible, and this informal study group came to regard him as their leader or pastor.
In January, 1876, when he was 23 years old, Russell received a copy of The Herald of the Morning, an Adventist magazine published by Nelson H. Barbour of Rochester , New York . One of the distinguishing features of Barbour’s group at that time was their belief that Christ returned invisibly in 1874, and this concept presented in The Herald captured Russell’s attention. It meant that this Adventist splinter group had not remained defeated, as others had, when Christ failed to appear in 1874 as Adventist leaders had predicted; somehow this small group had managed to hold onto the date by affirming that the Lord had indeed returned at the appointed time, only invisibly.
Was this mere wishful thinking, coupled with a stubborn refusal to admit the error of failed chronological calculations? Barbour had some arguments to offer in support of his assertions. In particular, he came up with a basis for reinterpreting the Second Coming as an invisible event:
In Benjamin Wilson’s Emphatic Diaglott translation of the New Testament the word rendered ‘coming’ in the King James Version at Matthew 24:27, 37, 39 is translated ‘presence’ instead. This served as the basis for Barbour’s group to advocate, in addition to their time calculations, an invisible presence of Christ.
Although the idea appealed to young Charles Taze Russell, the reading public apparently refused to ‘buy’ the story of an invisible Second Coming, with the result that N. H. Barbour’s publication The Herald of the Morning was failing financially. In the summer of 1876 wealthy Russell paid Barbour’s way to Philadelphia and met with him to discuss both beliefs and finances. The upshot was that Russell became the magazine’s financial backer and was added to the masthead as an assistant editor. He contributed articles for publication as well as monetary gifts, and Russell’s small study group similarly became affiliated with Barbour’s.
Russell and Barbour believed and taught that Christ’s invisible return in 1874 would be followed soon afterward, in the spring of 1878 to be exact, by the Rapture, the bodily snatching away of believers to heaven. When this expected Rapture failed to occur on time in 1878, The Herald’s editor, Mr. Barbour, came up with “new light” on this and other doctrines. Russell, however, rejected some of the new ideas and persuaded other members to oppose them. Finally, Russell quit the staff of the Adventist magazine and started his own. He called it Zion’s Watch Tower and Herald of Christ’s Presence and published its first issue with the date July, 1879. In the beginning it had the same mailing list as The Herald of the Morning and considerable space was devoted to refuting the latter on points of disagreement, Russell having taken with him a copy of that magazine’s mailing list when he resigned as assistant editor.
At this point Charles Russell no longer wanted to consider himself an Adventist, nor a Millerite. But, he continued to view Miller and Barbour as instruments chosen by God to lead His people in the past. The formation of a distinct denomination around Russell was a gradual development. His immediate break was, not with Adventism, but with the person and policies of N. H. Barbour.
Nor were barriers immediately erected with respect to Protestantism in general. New readers obtaining subscriptions to Zion’s Watch Tower were often church members who saw the magazine as a para-church ministry, not as an anti-church alternative. Russell traveled about speaking from the pulpits of Protestant churches as well as to gatherings of his own followers. In 1879, the year of his marriage to Maria Frances Ackley and also the year he began publishing Zion’s Watch Tower, Russell organized some thirty study groups or congregations scattered from Ohio to the New England coast. Each local “class” or ecclesia came to recognize him as “Pastor,” although geography and Russell’s writing and publishing activities prevented more than an occasional pastoral visit in person.
Inevitably, Russell’s increasingly divergent teachings forced his followers to separate from other church bodies and to create a denomination of their own. Beginning, as he did, in a small branch of Adventism that went to the extreme of setting specific dates for the return of Christ and the Rapture, Russell went farther out on a limb in 1882 by openly rejecting the doctrine of the Trinity. His earlier mentor Nelson H. Barbour was a Trinitarian, as was The Herald of the Morning’s other assistant editor John H. Paton who joined Russell in leaving Barbour to start Zion’s Watch Tower . The writings of Barbour and Paton that Russell had helped publish or distribute were Trinitarian in their theology. And the Watch Tower itself was at first vague and noncommittal on the subject. It was only after Paton broke with him in 1882, and ceased to be listed on the masthead, that Russell began writing against the doctrine of the Trinity.
By the time of his death , Charles Taze Russell had traveled more than a million miles and preached more than 30,000 sermons. He had authored works totaling some 50,000 printed pages, and nearly 20,000,000 copies of his books and booklets had been sold.
Followers had been taught that Russell himself was the “faithful and wise servant” of Matthew 24:45 and “the Laodicean Messenger,” God’s seventh and final spokesman to the Christian church. But he lived to see the failure of various dates he had predicted for the Rapture, and finally died on October 31, 1916 , more than two years after the world was supposed to have ended, according to his calculations, in early October, 1914..
His disciples, however, saw the World War then raging as reason to believe “the end” was still imminent. They buried Russell beneath a headstone identifying him as “the Laodicean Messenger,” and erected next to his grave a massive stone pyramid emblazoned with the cross and crown symbol he was fond of and the name “Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society.” (The pyramid still stands off Cemetery Lane in Ross, a northern Pittsburgh suburb, where it reportedly serves as the focal point of an eerie scene each Halloween as modern-day Russellites encircle it, holding hands, in a vigil commemorating the day of his death.)
According to instructions Russell left behind, his successor to the presidency would share power with an editorial committee and with the Watch Tower corporation’s board of directors, whom Russell had appointed “for life.” But vice president Joseph Franklin (“Judge”) Rutherford soon set about concentrating all organizational authority in his own hands. A skilled lawyer who had served as Russell’s chief legal advisor, he combined legal prowess with what opponents undoubtedly saw as a Machiavellian approach to internal corporate politics. Thus he used a loophole in their appointment to unseat the majority of the Watch Tower directors without calling a membership vote. And he even had a subordinate summon the police into the Society’s Brooklyn headquarters offices to break up their board meeting and evict them from the premises. (Faith on the March by A. H. Macmillan, pp. 78-80)
After securing the headquarters complex and the sect’s corporate entities, Rutherford turned his attention to the rest of the organization. By gradually replacing locally elected elders with his own appointees, he managed to transform a loose collection of semi-autonomous democratically-run congregations into a tight-knit organizational machine run from his office. Some local congregations broke away, forming such Russellite splinter groups as the Chicago Bible Students, the Dawn Bible Students, and the Laymen’s Home Missionary Movement, all of which continue to this day. But most Bible Students remained under his control, and Rutherford renamed them “Jehovah’s Witnesses” in 1931, to distinguish them from these other groups.
Meanwhile, he shifted the sect’s emphasis from the individual “character development” Russell had stressed to vigorous public witnessing work, distributing the Society’s literature from house to house. By 1927 this door-to-door literature distribution had become an essential activity required of all members. The literature consisted primarily of Rutherford’s unremitting series of attacks against government, against Prohibition, against “big business,” and against the Roman Catholic Church. He also forged a huge radio network and took to the air waves, exploiting populist and anti-Catholic sentiment to draw thousands of additional converts. His vitriolic attacks, blaring from portable phonographs carried to people’s doors and from the loudspeakers of sound cars parked across from churches, also drew down upon the Witnesses mob violence and government persecution in many parts of the world.
Like Russell, Rutherford tried his hand at prophecy and predicted that biblical patriarchs Abraham, Isaac and Jacob would be resurrected in 1925 to rule as princes over the earth. (Millions Now Living Will Never Die, 1920, pp. 89-90) They failed to show up, of course, and Rutherford quit predicting dates. In fact, referring to that prophetic failure he later admitted, “I made an ass of myself.” (The Watchtower, October 1, 1984, p. 24)
Vice President Nathan Homer Knorr inherited the presidency upon Rutherford’s death in 1942 but left doctrinal matters largely in the hands of Frederick W. Franz, who joined the sect under Russell and had been serving at Brooklyn headquarters since 1920. Lacking the personal magnetism and charisma of Russell and Rutherford, Knorr focused followers’ devotion on the ‘Mother’ organization rather than on himself.
After decades of publishing books and booklets authored by its presidents Russell and Rutherford, the Watchtower Society began producing literature that was written anonymously. But it was not impersonal, since the organization itself was virtually personified, and readers were directed to “show our respect for Jehovah’s organization, for she is our mother and the beloved wife of our heavenly Father, Jehovah God.” (The Watchtower, May 1, 1957, p. 285)
A superb administrator, Knorr shifted the sect’s focus from dynamic leadership to dynamic membership. He initiated training programs to transform members into effective recruiters. Instead of carrying a portable phonograph from house to house, playing recordings of “Judge” Rutherford’s lectures at people’s doorsteps, the average Jehovah’s Witness began receiving instruction on how to speak persuasively. Men, women, and children learned to give sermons at the doors on a variety of subjects.
Meanwhile Fred Franz worked behind the scenes to restore faith in the sect’s chronological calculations, a subject largely ignored following Rutherford’s prophetic failure in 1925. The revised chronology established Christ’s invisible return as having taken place in 1914 rather than 1874, and, during the 1960’s, the Society’s publications began pointing to the year 1975 as the likely time for Armageddon and the end of the world.
The prevailing belief among Jehovah’s Witnesses today is that the Society never predicted “the end” for 1975, but that some over-zealous members mistakenly read this into the message. However, the official prediction is well documented. See, for example, the article titled “Why Are You Looking Forward to 1975?” in The Watchtower of August 15, 1968, pp. 494-501. Allowing for a small margin of error, it concludes a lengthy discussion with this thought: “Are we to assume from this study that the battle of Armageddon will be all over by the autumn of 1975, and the long-looked-for thousand-year reign of Christ will begin by then? Possibly, but we wait to see how closely the seventh thousand-year period of man’s existence coincides with the sabbathlike thousand-year reign of Christ. . . . It may involve only a difference of weeks or months, not years.” (p. 499) For several other quotes pointing specifically to 1975, see the book Index of Watchtower Errors (by David A. Reed, Baker Book House, 1990) pages 106-110.
Knorr’s training programs for proselytizing, plus Franz’ apocalyptic projections for 1975, combined to produce rapid growth in membership, the annual rate of increase peaking at 13.5 percent in 1974. All of this pushed meeting attendance at JW Kingdom Halls from around 100,000 in 1941 to just under 5 million in 1975. Growth since then has been slower, but fairly steady in most years, with the result that nearly 11.5 million gathered at Kingdom Halls in the spring of 1992 for the Witnesses’ annual communion or “Memorial” service commemorating Christ’s death with unleavened bread and red wine.
During the 1970’s changes took place at Watchtower headquarters in regard to presidential power. First it became accepted in theory that the Christian Church (which Jehovah’s Witnesses see their organization as encompassing) should not be under one-man rule, but rather should be governed by a body similar to the twelve apostles. The 7-member board of directors of the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania had previously been portrayed as fulfilling this role, but in 1971 an expanded Governing Body was created with a total of eleven members, including the seven Directors. The aim was to demonstrate that the leadership derived authority from an apostolic source, rather than from Pennsylvania corporate law.
This new Governing Body was displayed as further evidence of the sect’s being the one true church, but in actuality Nathan Knorr continued to rule Jehovah’s Witnesses much as Russell and Rutherford had done before him. That is, until 1975, when Governing Body members began insisting on exercising the powers granted to them in theory but that had never really been theirs in practice. Over the objections of Fred Franz the Body that he had been instrumental in creating actually began governing, so that when Nathan Knorr passed away in 1977 Franz inherited an emasculated presidency.
Franz also inherited an organization troubled by discontent over the obvious failure of his prophecies of the world’s end in the autumn of 1975. Even at Brooklyn headquarters little groups meeting privately for Bible study were beginning to question not only the 1914-based chronology that produced the 1975 deadline, but also the related teaching that the “heavenly calling” of believers ended in 1935, with new converts after that date consigned to an earthly paradise for their eternal reward.
The hitherto fast-growing sect actually began losing members for the first time in decades, as people who had expected Armageddon in 1975 became disillusioned. When membership loss grew into the hundreds of thousands-a fact masked by new conversions in figures released by the Society, but reported in an investigative article in the Los Angeles Times of January 30, 1982 (pp. 4-5)-president Franz and the conservative majority on the Governing Body took action. In the spring of 1980 they initiated a crack-down on dissidents, breaking up the independent Bible study groups at headquarters, and forming “judicial committees” to have those seen as ringleaders put on trial for “disloyalty” and “apostasy.”
By the time this purge culminated in the forced resignation and subsequent excommunication of the president’s nephew and fellow Governing Body member Raymond V. Franz (a development Time magazine found worthy of a full-page article, Feb. 22, 1982, p. 66) a siege mentality took hold on the world-wide organization. Even Witnesses who left quietly and voluntarily for personal reasons were denounced as disloyal and were ordered shunned, former friends forbidden to say as much as “a simple ‘Hello'” to them.
Thus, although Frederick W. Franz served as the sect’s chief theologian for some fifty years-from the start of Knorr’s presidency in 1942 until his own death on December 22, 1992-the fact that he outlived his failed prophecies by more than fifteen years required him to impose a mini-Inquisition on the membership in order to keep his doctrinal and chronological framework in force for the remainder of his lifetime.
Milton G. Henschel’s selection as fifth Watchtower president on December 30, 1992 , is truly significant for the 13 million now attending Kingdom Halls. At first glance the choice of a staunch conservative for the post may seem to guarantee a continuation of the status quo, with little change in the offing for Jehovah’s Witnesses. But a closer look reveals this appointment as the conservative old guard’s last stand-an indication that radical change in the sect’s leadership and doctrines is imminent.
At age 72 Henschel became the second-youngest member of the Governing Body, and he was selected to lead by men several years older than he is. (Both the average age and the median age at the time of Henschel’s appointment calculated out to about 82 years.) With members in their eighties known to sleep through meetings and to vote on matters upon being awakened (See eyewitness Raymond Franz’s account in his book Crisis of Conscience, p. 40.) the Body is losing its ability to provide purposeful and decisive leadership. Henschel was no doubt chosen in part due to his having vitality others lacked. Obviously, these aging leaders will not be able to hold the reigns of power much longer. The men who shared in building the Watchtower into what it is today will soon leave it behind for others to run.
In the decades following the death of founder Charles Taze Russell, his successor J. F. Rutherford found himself forced to re-write many of the sect’s major doctrines. Much the same can be expected when JWs of a new generation inherit the positions currently occupied by Milton Henschel and his fellow elderly Governing Body members. When new leaders eventually take over, will they drop the ban on blood transfusions? Only time will tell. But, even if they do, it will make no difference for those who have already died, nor for those Witnesses continuing to die while the teaching remains in place.
Adapted by Jehovah’s Christian Witness, from the book “Worse Than Waco: Jehovah’s Witnesses Hide a Tragedy” copyright © 1993 by David A. Reed, P.O. Box 819, Assonet , MA 02702 . For a more detailed account of Watchtower history see the book “BLOOD ON THE ALTAR” by David A. Reed (Amherst, NY: Prometheus Publishers, 1996).

Cult Beliefs
They believe that Jesus did not rise from the dead. Russell says His body either dissolved into gases or is still preserved somewhere.

They believe that God is not triune (i.e., Father, Son, and Holy Ghost).

They believe that there is no such thing as a hell of everlasting torment. Hell is just the grave. The wicked are simply annihilated.

They believe that man has no spirit.

They believe the Holy Ghost is not a person of the Godhead, just a “life force” of God.

They exercise mind control over members.

They believe that man must work to be part of “God’s system of things”.

They believe that only the 144,000 mentioned in the book of Revelation will live in heaven with God.
They believe all dead people will have a second chance for eternal life at the millennium. If you do not prove worthiness at this time, you’ll be destroyed.

The believe the blood of Christ does not forgive sins, it gives us a “chance” to live again. They have NO assurance of salvation as Jehovah’s Witnesses who supposedly know the truth.

They believe Jesus is the archangel Michael – Jesus is a created being.

They believe Jesus is just an agent of God, nothing more.

They believe that Jesus’ second coming occurred invisibly in 1874. Russell’s successor, Rutherford, says this was confirmed by the creation of the first labor organization in 1874.

They believed Russell when he said that in 1914 the millennium would occur and righteousness would be restored to the earth. As 1914 approached, he, and his successor, changed the date to 1915, 1916, 1924, 1928, and on and on to the present day! When you ask a Jehovah’s Witness about this, they’ll give you the party line, “Well, the Watchtower is reaching different levels of enlightenment.”

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Do you have relatives and friends who are part of this cult?  Pray for the Lord to replace this pack of lies with His truth: salvation through faith in the Lordship of His Only Begotten Son Jesus Christ.  (Acts 4:12, John 14:6)  For comprehensive information about this wicked cult, please go to the following website:  jwlies.com       Blessings, Pastor Steve  <><

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Two Entire Books Exposing Some Of The Falsehoods Taught By Rick Warren

The following two books were written by James Sunquist, friend of this blog author, and reveal some of the falsehoods in the teachings of Rick Warren:

1)Who’s Driving The Purpose Driven Church?  A Documentary On The Teachings Of Rick Warren

2)Rick Warren’s Global PEACE Plan Vs. Scriptural Teachings On Peace

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Simply key the following link, and then key 1)Who’s Driving The Purpose Driven Church and 2) Rick Warren’s Global Peace Plan  You can read the two books in their entirety:

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Kingdom Of The Cults

This is a new category, and will elucidate on the plethora of false teachings that pollute, add to, and take away from the truth of the holy scriptures.  There are numerous well known cults such as the Jehovah’s Witnesses, the Church Of Latter Day Saints (Mormons), and Christian Scientists to name a few.  Some of the common characteristics of cults are:  1)Key founder(s) who concoct their own false doctrine.  They are often charismatic and influential leader(s), sometimes claiming deity themselves.  2)A denial of the Triune Godhead (Trinity).  3)A convoluted understanding of Jesus Christ, often denying His deity and/or his manhood, and reducing our Lord’s Being to that of an angel, teacher or philosopher.  4)A denial of the holy scriptures, and/or adding to or taking away from the Word of God.

These cults and others will be touched upon.  If you are attempting to acquire information in order to reach people who are entrapped by one of the cults, there are innumerable books, pamphlets and charts readily available that expose their lies.  You can often locate information on them online, purchase them at your local Christian bookstore, or order them from the Christian Book Distributors (CBD).  The best comprehensive book available that exposes the lies of all of the major cults is Kingdom Of The Cults by Walter Martin.  Studying the cults will assist you in pulling a deceived soul out of the mire, and it is also beneficial because it will give you a clearer understanding of the truth!  Cashiers are often given counterfeit money to handle so they can more easily distinguish it from real money.

In His Service, Pastor Steve

Charismatic Chaos ~ Modern Day Apostles?

The very thought of the entitled subject, people considering themselves as apostles today, makes my skin crawl.  The audacity, hubris, conceit, and arrogance of anyone who would claim such an office is unparalleled.

May we examine how Biblical authority leaves NO OPTION for apostleship today:

Ephesians 2:19-20  King James Version (KJV)
19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; 20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;

Note how the prophets and apostles are singled out as foundational.  The foundation has been laid, and the Lord is finished using these particular offices – both prophets and apostles.

In the following passage, Paul considers himself to be the last chosen apostle:

1 Corinthians 15:8  King James Version (KJV)
8 And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.

There are three major Biblical qualifications for the original apostles:

1)They were chosen by Christ Himself.

2)They experienced the resurrected Christ firsthand.

3)They were able to display signs and wonders, as it pleased the Lord to work through them in such a way.

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Consider the following on this subject from John MacArthur:

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Marks of a True Apostle: Appointed by Jesus
by John MacArthur

Lots of people today claim to be apostles—to wield the same authority and power as the leaders of the New Testament church. To properly evaluate those claims, we’re looking at the biblical requirements for apostleship and measuring the credentials of these modern apostles against those of the men the Lord used to found and establish His church.
The Greek noun apostolos—from which we get the word apostle—is derived from the verb apostellō, which means “to send off on a commission to do something as one’s personal representative, with credentials furnished.” [1] We could translate apostolos as “envoy” or “ambassador,” someone who goes on a mission bearing credentials of the one who sent him.
An apostle in the New Testament was one sent to carry the gospel to sinners, and several individuals in the early church—both major and minor characters—were called apostles. Barnabas (Acts 14:14), Epaphroditus (Philippians 2:25), Andronicus and Junius (Romans 16:7) and James the Lord’s brother (Galatians 1:19) all bore the title, though they were not among the twelve chosen by our Lord. They are what 2 Corinthians 8:23 calls “messengers [apostles] of the churches.”
In that broad sense, believers today are able to accomplish apostolic work through evangelism and service to the church. But that’s not what many modern church leaders mean when they lay claim to the apostolic office. Instead, modern apostles are claiming authority, privilege, and power that belonged only to men specifically appointed by Jesus.
In its more restricted and common New Testament usage, apostle refers to “an apostle of Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 1:1). Those apostles included the original twelve (with the deletion of Judas and the addition of Matthias after Judas’s defection) and Paul. In contrast to the apostles of the churches, these men were commissioned by Christ Himself. They were chosen by Him (cf. Luke 6:13; Acts 9:15) and learned the gospel from Him, not other men (cf. Galatians 1:11-12).
In Mark 3:14, we read that “He [Jesus] appointed twelve,” who are then named in verses 16-19. As we saw last time, the apostles were chosen by God long before they were ever born. But in life, they were hand selected by God incarnate. As Jesus said in John 15:16, “You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit.”
That same mindset drove Paul to describe his own work as “the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus” (Acts 20:24). He also echoed that sentiment in Romans 1:4-5, recognizing Christ as the source of his apostleship.
New Testament apostles were not only chosen by God, they were appointed by Jesus—called out from the crowd and set aside for specific work on behalf of the Savior.
It’s a wonder then that so many men and women today claim the authority and power of the apostolic office when they so clearly lack the necessary credentials, which accompanied that office in Scripture. As we further examine the marks of a true apostle, the more clearly we will see that their vain claims hold no water. That’s where we will pick it up next time.

(Adapted from The MacArthur New Testament Commentary: 1 Timothy)

[In addition to the above exegesis of the scriptures by John MacArthur on true apostleship, I would recommend his book “Strange Fire,” for anyone who desires to further research the heresy of so called modern day apostles, and the other scriptural errors of the charismatic movement.]

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Another noteworthy truth, is that the Christ chosen apostles were responsible for writing the New Testament in its entirety!  (Just like the prophets wrote the Old Testament, both groups wrote under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit).  If people claimed modern day apostleship, one can easily see the Pandora’s Box that would open up, with our Bible becoming a “fluid document,” and books could be continually added by modern day “apostles.”

The early church leaders, i.e. successors of the apostles following the apostle John’s death in about 100 A.D., NEVER claimed apostleship, and always referred to the office as foundational to the origins of the church.  Irenaeus, Polycarp, Ignatius, Tertullian, and Eusebius referred to their apostolic predecessors as the bedrock of the church, yet did not claim the title themselves – and for good reason: once the church was established, the Lord laid the position to rest.  Now, nearly 2,000 years later, false prophets are claiming the position without the credentials to rightfully do so.  Ignatius (c. AD 35-115), in his epistle to the Magnesians, spoke in the past tense of the foundation-laying work of Peter and Paul.  Referring to the book of Acts, Ignatius wrote, “This was fulfilled in Syria; for the disciples were called Christians at Antioch, when Paul and Peter were laying the foundation of the Church.”  Irenaeus (c. 130-202) referred to the twelve apostles as “the twelve pillared foundation of the Church.”  Tertullian (c. 155-230) similarly explained that “after the time of the apostles” the only doctrine true Christians accepted was that which was “proclaimed in the churches of apostolic foundation.”  Lucius Lactantius (c. 240-320) in his Divine Institutes likewise referred to the past time in which apostolic foundations of the church were laid, stating that the apostles were dispersed through the provinces, laying the foundations of the Church everywhere, and doing many incredible miracles.  Examples could be multiplied, but the point is clear.  Many charismatics believe the foundation of the Church is still being laid, contrary to the Bible, contrary to the original apostles selected by Christ Himself, and contrary to the cited founding fathers of the Church.

  The Roman Catholic Church also errors in considering the pope to be in the line of the apostle Peter (apostolic succession), even though there was no pope for three hundred years following the apostles, and no genuine blood line to Peter.  The Roman Catholic Church is a grand mixture of scripture, tradition, and paganism.  You will not find popes, nuns, monks or cardinals anywhere in the Bible.

One final note.  Believers in modern day apostles often use the following scripture as their proof text:

Ephesians 4:11-12  King James Version (KJV)
11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

Yes, the offices of prophets and apostles are mentioned, prophets were predominant up until the time of Christ, and apostles helped to establish the church, but the passage in no way infers that they would continue to this day.  Billy Graham would be one that misguided people would attempt to give the title to.  But Billy himself would refuse it and rightly identify himself as an evangelist!  God raised the dead through Peter and Paul, and performed countless other miracles through the apostles.  The apostles that Christ chose all experienced the risen Christ and were commissioned by Him!  Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, they also wrote the New Testament.  That office is finished!  Amen and amen.

In His Service, Pastor Steve  <><

 

 

 

Ami on the Loose: Berkeley Students React to US Flag and to Isis Flag

The great number of college students hate what America stands for, and they are anarchists at heart.  If you remember the rebellious students of the 1960’s, i.e. Clintons, etc., can you imagine where THIS CURRENT generation is headed?  The following video is a microcosm of today’s secular American college campus.  Their ignorance is appalling, especially given the fact that they think they are so intelligent:

Ami on the Loose: Berkeley Students React to US Flag
Ami Horowitz
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I went back to UC Berkeley to conduct another little social experiment. The results were shocking. Be afraid. Be very afraid.

‘Last Days Babylon’ Now On Drawing Board?

Mecca, Saudi Arabia is the spiritual home of Islam

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Mecca, Saudi Arabia is the spiritual home of Islam
It is planned to extend over multiple nations and to dwarf New York City at 33 times its size. The costs are expected to be hundreds of billions of dollars, and it is already attracting investments from some of the wealthiest and most powerful people in the world.

It’s Neom, the new mega-city planned by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salmon.
Located on the Red Sea coast, the city will have a special legal status within Saudi Arabia and will supposedly be fully automated, with robots outnumbering humans.
The city is also supposed to be powered entirely by renewable energy sources, feature free high-speed Internet and will extend over 10,231 square miles, crossing the Egyptian and Jordanian borders. The crown prince also spoke of the kingdom’s willingness to embrace what he called a “normal” life, promoting a form of Islam that “translates to tolerance, to our traditions of kindness.”
Saudi Arabia has debuted a flashy promotional video intended to attract foreign investment, vowing to build a center for global culture with “nothing to hold you back.”
“No set ways of thinking, no restrictions, no divisions, no excuses,” claims the narrator, speaking in a British accent. “Just endless potential. This is the blank page you need to write humanity’s next chapter. Neom … a part of the world set aside for those who want to change the world.”

The global financial elite are already rallying around the project. The Economist proclaimed:
“At the launch were an ebullient Masayoshi Son, the Japanese head of a $100bn ‘Vision Fund’, and Stephen Schwarzman, head of Blackstone, a private-equity giant. Klaus Kleinfeld, a former boss of Arconic, Alcoa and Siemens, is to be NEOM’s chief executive. The prospect of creating a dynamic zone without the barriers to enterprise found elsewhere in the country has such people genuinely enthused.”
Such grandiose pronouncements already are drawing criticism. The kingdom has already tried to construct the “King Abdullah Economic City in Rabigh,” billed as the “world’s next great economic city.”
But despite a projected population of 2 million people, there are only 5,000 permanent residents. There are also doubts whether Saudi Arabia’s bureaucracy can effectively administer such a massive project. In addition, the fall in oil prices is limiting the amount of cash the Saudis have to fund such an expansive project.
But another critic is worried about the more disturbing implications of the plan. Joel Richardson, the New York Times bestselling author of “The Islamic Antichrist,” believes he has solved the biblical riddle of “Mystery Babylon” in his book of that title.
And he argues the location of the end times’ city of evil is in Saudi Arabia, making the kingdom’s newest plans to become an economic superpower deeply worrisome.

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“Throughout church history, interpreters, commentators and students of the Bible have struggled to understand the identity of a last days city known as ‘Babylon the Great’ (Revelation 17-18),” Richardson told WND.
“Many have looked to the city of Rome as the fulfillment, while others have looked to Jerusalem, or New York City. Others have been awaiting a city to be rebuilt on the literal site of the ancient Babylon about 50 miles south of Baghdad in modern day Iraq. In my book ‘Mystery Babylon,’ I suggested the kingdom of Saudi Arabia may be a more appropriate, and even more biblically defensible position. Specifically, I look to the city of Mecca, the single greatest city of idolatry that mankind has ever produced.
“Well over a billion and a half people bow down five times daily and pray toward that great city. The mosque in its center which houses the famous Kabba, or cube-shaped shrine that Muslims pray toward, is literally the single most visited location in the whole earth, with millions upon multiplied millions of religious pilgrims visiting each year.”
Richardson does not take seriously Saudi claims of favoring a “tolerant” form of Islam.
“Saudi Arabia is the single greatest source of funding for the spread of radical Wahhabi Islam all over the earth,” he said. “Over the past 40 years, the Saudis have spent roughly $150 billion to build mosques and fill them with radical Wahhabi hate preachers all over the earth. They have arguably spent more to spread Wahhabism around the earth than the entire mission spending of the global Protestant church. From any given madrassa in Pakistan to the mosque in your town or city, it is likely it was paid for by the Saudi royal family. No other nation in the earth has done as much as the Saudis to spread a false religion throughout the earth in such a way that its fundamental character has been so permanently impacted.”

Richardson believes the effort to build a new “mega city” supports his claim “Mystery Babylon” will be located within Saudi Arabia.
“Students of biblical prophecy have long noted that the book of Revelation speaks not simply of a city, but of a ‘mega-city’ that will emerge in the last days,” he observed. “Consider the massive building projects taking place in and around Mecca and Jeddah, which will soon feature the world’s newest and tallest building, dwarfing the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Just to the north, the Saudis have been quietly building the King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC), which is slated to become the region’s most technologically advanced sea port. All three cities – Jeddah, Mecca and KAEC – will soon be linked by a high-speed rail line which will allow anyone to get from one city to the next in less than 30 minutes.
“There is no doubt that this emerging megalopolis will match all of the unique descriptions of the last days Babylon, combining idolatry, religious power and economic power into one desert sea-port. It is for this reason that students of God’s Word are taking a fresh and serious look at the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its relationship to biblical prophecy. Now, the Saudis have announced this massive project to the north of Mecca and Jeddah. Truly, this would fulfill the description of a ‘mega-city’ as mentioned in the Book of Revelation.”
Richardson, a frequent critic of Saudi influence on American politicians, acknowledges the kingdom will find it difficult to realize its breathtaking ambitions. Nonetheless, he warns the rapid expansion of Saudi influence throughout the world and the construction of a sprawling metropolis straight out of the pages of Scripture should command the attention of faithful Christians.
“Any watchful student of prophecy will be paying very close attention,” he said. “We should be paying attention not only to ‘Neom,’ but to all that is now unfolding in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the ancient and modern day fountainhead of a violent false religion now bursting out into the nations.”

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Sword Of The Lord ~ June 2, 2017

Amen Corner

Some saints spend more time sighing than singing!  Vance Havner

I was brought up at the knees of a devoted mother and across the knees of a determined Father.  -Unknown

If only one second ago I trusted the Saviour, I am safe as the man who has believed in Jesus fifty years and who has all that while walked uprightly.  -Charles Spurgeon

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Evangelical Worldview Survey “Shocking”!

Dr. Shelton Smith

When Summit Ministries (an evangelical worldview ministry) and the Barna Group (an evangelical pollster) did a survey among evangelical Christians, the results according to them were “shocking.”  As shocking as it was, I think the results were predictable.

What was shocking to them and should be to all of us is the extant to which the evangelical community has eroded from its Christian roots.  Here are the numbers.

“Only 17 percent of practicing [evangelical] Christians have a biblical worldview.  So if that’s the case, then what do they believe?

“…Sixty-one percent of [evangelical] Christians who attend church at least once a month and say their faith is very important to their lives and self-identity as Christians also believe some tenets of New Age religions….

“Fifty-four percent…resonate with postmodern views, almost four in ten have some Muslim sympathies, more than a third accept Marxist ideas, and 29 percent believe ideas based on secularism” (onenewsnow.com).

Now the questions which must be raised are these:  Why?  How could this happen?  What has brought this about?  Wherein lies the blame?

Well, here is my analysis of their dilemma.  It should be a wake-up call to our fundamental, independent, Baptist brethren and especially to the ones who are enamored with evangelicalism and learning their ministries that way.  Here are some of the major culprits, I believe, which are contributing heavily to this “shocking” survey.

1. Religion rather than salvation!

Far too many people have decided to “become Christians”  without having been “saved.”  They are Christians in the sense that they have aligned themselves with a Christian group.

They got baptized, they take communion, and they are members of a church; but by their own admission they are not born again.  They are doing some Christian things, but they are unsure of Heaven when they die.  They tip their hat to God and determine to be as good as they can and do as much good as they can, but they are not born again.

They have religion , not salvation.  They identify as Christian, but they are not Christians in reality.  Remember John 3:1-8.

2. Conversational-style lectures have replaced preaching!

The preacher’s fire has gone out.  The dynamics of the art of preaching have eroded into a soft-soap “talk.”  Anemic fill-in-the-blank teaching has become the presentation of choice.

In the absence of Bible preaching with Spirit-filled authority the people go hungry.  When the pulpit menu at the church is like microwaved leftovers or TV frozen dinners, the folks don’t eat and gain strength.

So many of our churches have found for themselves weak leaders who either can’t or won’t preach.  When that happens, the people drift.  They drift spiritually and morally.  They drift philosophically and socially.

Shortly following the drift, the shift into strange territory begins.  When their church fails to impact their worldview, they start grazing in other pastures.  This poll makes clear that the shift in evangelical circles is well underway.

3. Bible doctrine has been watered down!

Doctrine is a despised word with a lot of these folks.  A lot of their churches go to great lengths to avoid any clear-cut defining of Bible doctrine.  Their watered-down teaching leaves out the “meat” of the Word (I Cor 3:2).  Absent the “meat” of Bible doctrine, even the “milk” seems to be of the two-percent variety.

The preacher has a God-given responsibility to “…speak thou the things which become sound doctrine”  (Titus 2:1).  Such “sound doctrine” should include salvation by grace through faith, baptism after salvation by immersion, eternal security and a generous number of other scripturally clear matters.

4. Political correctness has found a home!

The news media is politically correct!  The government is politically correct!  The schools are politically correct!  Now a lot of churches are likewise becoming politically correct!

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;  And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”  -II Tim. 4:3,4

It is not popular to buck the news media, the government and the schools, so these clergy and their churches cave in and go along.  They make a place for evolution!  They redefine marriage!  They embrace sodomy!  They go soft on alcohol!  They accommodate whatever the people want, etc.

“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron.”  -I Tim. 4:1,2

Scriptural correctness has been pushed to one side by many in evangelical circles in order to make room for political correctness.  Obviously you can’t have both.  So if one is given priority, the other one will be on the outside looking in.

5. Superficial, unscriptural unity!

Camaraderie and fellowship are at the top of the list with evangelicals.  Everybody must get along and go along.  “Getting together” at the expense and the exclusion of Bible truth is the norm.

Unity is generated from a superficial “let’s be nice” platform.

To the contrary genuine Bible-based unity must have a solid, doctrinal foundation and underpinning.

Unity that is created by sacrificing truth is not the advocacy found in the Bible.  This superficial unity opens the floodgates to allow the promotion and proclamation of many varying ideas.  This generates confusion that leaves the evangelical crowd grabbing here and grabbing there.  The result is that they are now embracing a host of unchristian ideas.

6. Interdenominationalism and ecumenism!

A religious version of the politically correct penchant for inclusivism has blurred all the lines of distinctiveness.  The charismatic movement has been a major mover and shaker in this regard.

Popular TV preachers like Robert Schuller (now deceased) and Joel Osteen have fostered the “everybody get together” ideology.  Billy Graham resigned from the board of the Sword of the Lord in the 1950s because he decided to go this route.

The breakdown was predictable.  When you begin to major on soft-soap in order to facilitate your unscriptural unity agenda, you should know that the result will be weakness, not strength.

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasurers more than lovers of God;

Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof; from such turn away.”   II Timothy 3:1-5.

Note “having a form of godliness” (vs. 5).  These verses are describing the church crowd.  Unreal, even unthinkable, but so very, very true!

7. Once-a-week church doesn’t produce!

Once the seeds of destruction  begin to sprout, the “let’s do it the easy way” crowd gravitates to whatever entertains them.  Their appetite for spiritual food (real Bible preaching and teaching) is replaced by a lust for flesh-appeasing, worldly husks.  Instead of good, soul-stirring music, the church platform turns to rock, rap, and other such music (with some soft-sell “Christian” words, of course).

The “preaching” is reduced to a talk and a very short one at that.

The weaker the folks become, the less they show up at church.  Eventually the ministry is reduced to a once-a-week, watered-down service.  The longer this continues, the weaker the folks become.  All the while they are being influenced by Islam, the media, etc.  Consequently, they now have the “shocking” survey.

8.  Sunday schools are shut down!

A lot of churches have already cancelled their Sunday morning Bible study that has been called “Sunday school” for several hundred years.

In so many churches where Sunday school is still held each Sunday, it has become a social event with most of the time spent on coffee, donuts and reviewing the sick list.  Bible study gets only a brief portion of the allotted time.  Often the subject matter being taught is also woefully deficient and does not build strong Christians.

The Sunday school should be a solid center of indoctrination, education and edification.

9. No authoritative text!

In evangelical circles they have changed Bibles so many times the people do not know what to believe.  When the text of Scripture is in a constant state of flux, it doesn’t take long until the authority of Scripture is totally undermined.  This is a major factor in the breakdown of faith among evangelicals.

They will laugh at us because we will not change Bibles, but after this “shocking” survey they may want to stop laughing and throw out all of their watered-down Bibles.

An authoritative text that is tested, tried and true-the King James Bible-is a necessity if you expect to see your converts grow into strong Christians.

10. Accommodating the whims of youth!

Everybody knows that we need to reach young people.  What everybody doesn’t seem to realize is that you don’t get the job done giving them everything their immaturity demands.

Church youth ministries are often built on what I call “kiddie preaching” and “kiddie music.”  That is exactly the opposite of what should happen.

The teen departments in your church should have strong preaching, solid Bible study, standards of conduct and participation along with solid, noncontemporary music.

When the adult leadership leads with authority, example and love, the kids will follow.  And the results will be good!

Evangelicals “Shocked”; Fundamentalists Be Warned

Indeed, the Summit/Barna survey was pretty shocking even for the evangelicals.  But let’s be honest with ourselves.  The slide among some fundamentalists, in which they are borrowing everything they can from the evangelicals, puts all of us in danger.

To my preacher brethren, I’m sounding an alarm because it is past time to be alert.  Danger is beyond the doorstep and already inside the house.  Naivete we cannot afford.  Going-along-to-get-along is a flawed philosophy.

Just because something is “big” doesn’t mean it is “better” or “best.”

We had better pay attention.  What this generation does in moderation the next generation will do in excess.  Remember this pointed teaching:

“Walking about Zion, and go round about her: tell the towers thereof.

Mark ye well her bulwarks, consider her palaces; that ye may tell it to the generation following”- Ps. 48:12.13.

One Additional Note

Once the slide toward the left has begun, it is very, very difficult for a church to regain its moorings and pull back to solid ground.

Already several pastors who have “contemporized” their churches following the influence of the evangelicals and the charismatics have said, “I made a huge mistake, but I could never turn it back now without losing most of my current crowd.”  So sad, indeed!

My earnest plea: don’t let it happen to you!

 

Pray For Revival In America!

 

 

 

 

 

 

William Booth ~ Quotable Quotation

William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, made the following famous and prophetical quote about the twentieth century:

“The chief danger of the 20th century will be religion without the Holy Spirit, Christianity without Christ, forgiveness without repentance, salvation without regeneration, politics without God, and heaven without hell.”

Was William Booth a prophet or what?  This is one of my favorite all time quotations, and found on this blog site more than once.

Blessings, Pastor Steve

  Understanding America’s Five Faith Tribes

The following article speaks for itself and needs no commentary or clarification:

 

Understanding America’s Five Faith Tribes through keying the following link:

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Belief matters because it drives action, both in the voting booth and out. We read and hear every day about a society embracing LGBT rights or turning away from the Church, and it may be cause for concern.

Although these trends are not to be ignored, it is important to keep in mind the fact that no society possesses a single group identity.

Instead, a closer look at the true divisions within society offers considerable insight into how the five major “faith tribes” behave based on their beliefs as well as how each is able to influence American culture as a whole.

Through examination of how these faith groups move a society, changes can be tracked, understood and predicted.

The breakdown of these cultural tendencies comes from research conducted by Barna and is particularly relevant following the unusual election cycle of 2016 and the major cultural forces that many believe are pulling the country in opposite directions.

Whereas it is true that there are a great many faith practices in the United States, three of the five faith tribes used in Barna’s research are Christian simply because of the fact that each is greater in size than any minority religion and that their influence on both culture and politics is also substantial.

 

 

All of the following figures refer to the adult population.

1. Evangelical Christians (6%)

Evangelical Christians, a group narrowly defined by the Barna researchers, tends to be older than each of the other four tribes.

They are also politically more conservative with 69% of respondents classed as fiscal conservatives and 79% as social conservatives.

The great majority (84%) are pro-life and pessimistic on the direction of the country (69%). The Tea Party movement also enjoys its greatest support, around 50%, from Evangelical Christians.

Spiritually, they believe in absolute moral truth, traditional moral values (98%) and the accuracy of the Bible.

Politically, only 18% describe themselves as environmentalist and a scant 4% support LGBT rights. In contrast to the common view of gun ownership, only 31% own a firearm, not so far removed from the 22% of religious skeptics and atheists who own guns.

In general, Evangelical Christians find themselves on the opposite side of the political and cultural spectrum, not in contrast to other religions but, rather, from skeptics and atheists.

2. Non-evangelical Born Again Christians (23%)

The faith tribe Barna describes as Non-Evangelical Born Again Christian is larger by a factor of nearly four, but has been declining in population over the past decades.

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They tend to be less conservative and less traditional, though the majority still self-identifies as conservative on both fiscal (56%) and social stances (59%).

Spiritually, they share the confession of sin and trust in the salvation of Christ. Non-Evangelical Born Again Christians may belong to any one of a number of mainline churches, but it is their beliefs that set them apart from the other faith tribes and unite them, even across denominational lines, with other Non-Evangelical Born Again Christians.

Firearm ownership is the highest among this group and despite fiscal and cultural conservative leanings, they double the support of Evangelical Christians for environmentalism (37%) and the Black Lives Matter movement (36%) while increasing the support for LGBT rights seven-fold at 27%.

Still, 87% support traditional moral values and 63% are pro-life with a nearly equal 62% holding a pessimistic view of the direction the country is heading.

3. Notional Christians (42%)

Notional Christians are the largest faith tribe and show a plurality of support, though not a majority, for the democratic party.

Less theologically conservative at 30%, Notional Christians, those who believe in Christianity in a general way but have not made a personal commitment for their own salvation, also show more progressive beliefs on environmentalism and LGBT rights, both at 39% support.

Rather than trusting their faith in Christ’s sacrifice on the cross (only 10% believe in salvation through faith alone), their notion of salvation comes from earning their way into Heaven through good moral acts on Earth.

4. All Other Religious Faiths (6%)

All other religious faiths combined, including Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism and numerous others, comprise only 6% of the total US population. Barna has categorized Mormons in this category as well, further swelling its ranks.

 

This is the segment of those polled who identify themselves as being the most willing to engage in civil disobedience as a form of protest (31%) and fully 43% consider themselves to be environmentalists.

They are the only faith group to align in their majority with the Democrat party (58%) and support for LGBT rights (47%), they also support traditional moral values (57%) and a set of moral absolutes.

This group composed of all other religions is the group least likely to own a gun but also most closely aligns with Notional Christians with respect to the stated importance of their faith with only 43% responding that their faith is very important to them.

Their social liberalism further aligns them with Notional Christians with respect to their support for environmentalism, abortion, Black Lives Matter, LGBT rights and gun control

5. Skeptics and Atheists (23%)

The group composed of skeptics and atheists sits so far on the opposite end of the spectrum from Evangelical Christians that it is a strain to classify them as a ‘faith’ tribe.

By far the most liberal of the five faith tribes, 48% of skeptics call themselves environmentalists, 13% are pro-life and 66% support the LGBT movement.

Overall, 62% claim liberal positions on most social issues. As many as 44% consider themselves fiscally liberal as well.

Why Does It Matter?

To understand the faith tribes is to understand American politics. To understand how the five faith tribes grow or shrink in size or change their geographic distribution is to understand how politics is shifting.

The 2016 election cycle saw Evangelical Christians lining up behind President Trump with the Notional Christians splitting their vote between Trump and Clinton.

To predict future political opinion on LGBT rights, gun control, fiscal issues or abortion, shifts among faith groups is an essential study.

As the ranks of Evangelicals slowly shrink and skeptics, Notional Christians and other faiths grow, the national consciousness will be pulled along with them.

Some predict that the 2016 election may be a high point for conservative politics.

Pray For Revival In America!

2017 Southern Baptist Convention Highlighted By Firestorm Initiated By Russell Moore, President Of The Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC)

Southern Baptists go ‘gender-inclusive’ on Bible

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The Southern Baptist Convention’s 2017 meeting is underway during a time of crisis and division for the nation’s largest Protestant denomination.

Much of the division centers on politics – and at the center of the firestorm is Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC).
Moore spent last year waging a long and bitter war against President Donald Trump and his supporters, including penning frequent attacks on the then-candidate in the pages of leftist media outlets like the New York Times.
He also condemned Trump’s immigration policies after the president’s election.
Even before the rise of Trump, Moore had also been pushing the denomination to support amnesty for illegal aliens, skepticism of Israel and other stands with which most American conservatives would disagree.
During last year’s meeting, the Southern Baptist Convention even took time to denounce the display of the Confederate battle flag. Some observers argue Moore may even break evangelical Christians’ reliable support of the Republican Party.
While President Trump has delighted many American social conservatives, especially with his actions against abortion, Moore has been largely frozen out of the White House and was noticeably absent from President Trump’s signing ceremony for an executive order on religious liberty.
And Moore’s strong stand against Trump has angered some Southern Baptist leaders who have pledged to withhold donations to the ERLC and the Southern Baptist Convention’s “Cooperative Program.”
However, the Southern Baptists are also facing serious issues because of reasons which go beyond politics. The Southern Baptist Convention has lost members for close to a decade, with most of the losses coming from those who leave the denomination after being raised in the faith.
Religion News Service reports the Southern Baptist Convention is also losing more members to evangelical and nondenominational churches than they are picking up as converts. And despite Moore’s support for mass immigration, the Southern Baptist Convention is also losing out to other denominations when it comes to attracting immigrants.
Carl Gallups, the author of several books including the recent title “When The Lion Roars,” has expressed concern about the future of the denomination. The pastor has a long history with the organization.
“I have served over 30 years as a senior pastor with the SBC, also spending over a decade of that time as an international youth evangelist with what was then called the Home Mission Board,” he told WND. “During the totality of my affiliation with the SBC I have spoken, by invitation, before the Board of Trustees, of what was then called the Home Mission Board. I have also preached by special invitation in the chapel services of the SBC central headquarters in Nashville and in SBC seminary and university chapel services as well. I have also served for over a dozen years on the Board of Regents for a major SBC University.”
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Gallups praised the Southern Baptist Convention for its long record of being steadfast in defending the truth of Christian doctrine.
“The Southern Baptists have been widely acclaimed as one of the most doctrinally conservative Christian denominations,” Gallups said. “Since Southern Baptist churches are autonomous and do not ultimately answer to a higher ecclesiastical body outside the governance of each congregation, there can certainly be variances among individual Southern Baptist churches regarding worship practices, style of local leadership, and even nuances of doctrinal positions. This rather unique style of denominational cooperation might well be a major reason why the Southern Baptist denomination is still so biblically sound in most areas of its ministry endeavors.”
However, Gallups expressed concern that stance may be weakening. The Southern Baptists have now adopted a “gender-inclusive” translation of the Bible. And Gallups warns the denomination seems to be trying too hard to appeal to a secular, anti-Christian culture rather than simply standing for truth.
“Our national obsession with political correctness is destroying our nation and is heavily influencing even the ‘conservative’ Southern Baptist denomination and many of its churches,” the pastor warned. “While every reliable poll indicates that America is slipping ever deeper into the abyss of a declining Christian identification, Southern Baptist membership has also been on a decade of decline. They simply are not hanging on to the younger generation of believers, or potential believers. There are a multitude of reasons why this is happening – too many to recite here – but the main culprit is the political correctness gremlin.”
In June 2015, Thomas Kidd and Barry Hankins, professors of history at Baylor University, argued in The Washington Post Southern Baptists should become more active about evangelism and maintain doctrinal rigor to combat its falling membership rolls. Gallups enthusiastically agrees, but worries the denomination is being cowed by the hostile media climate against believers.
“Many believers are fearful of sharing their faith in an increasingly Christian-hostile culture,” he said. “Conservative Christian young people are often marginalized by practically every aspect of the world in which they are now being raised. The mantras of ‘inclusiveness’ and ‘tolerance,’ as well as the ostracism techniques of relentlessly labeling Bible-believing Christians as ‘homophobic,’ ‘xenophobic,’ or ‘racist,’ are powerful weapons of the demonic realm. As a result, many pastors have become increasingly fearful in proclaiming the whole council of God’s Word or discussing ‘tough’ matters because they are afraid of losing members. And so we have only 17 percent of Americans who identify as Christians actually holding to a biblical worldview. And these statistics are in spite of the United States being the largest ‘Christian’ nation on the planet and the home of the largest conservative evangelical denominations.”
Instead of compromising with a hostile culture, Gallups urges the Southern Baptist Convention to stand boldly for biblical truth and stop trying to win fawning media reports by attacking conservatives or President Trump. He argues the churches which are doing well are those who have refused to cater to the anti-Christian bias of the mainstream media and the larger culture.
“The churches that are spiritually and biblically thriving are the ones that are unashamedly standing in the contextual Word of God, exalting the name of Jesus, engaging in meaningful biblical worship, boldly proclaiming the Gospel message, discipling the body of Christ, and thoroughly engaged in hands-on and true mission endeavors,” Gallups said. “These are the churches that today’s Christian youth are so desperately seeking. These are the churches where young adults want to serve, grow, and raise their families. These are the churches, Southern Baptist or otherwise, that will continue to make a real difference in the advancement of the kingdom work of Jesus Christ.”
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One of the main signs that we are approaching the end of the church age is apostasy.  Russell Moore has caved into political correctness and religious correctness.  He despises the administration of Donald Trump, throws Israel under the bus, supports illegal immigration, and was ideally chosen by Satan to polarize Southern Baptists against each other.  Moore has capitulated to the zeitgeist (climate of opinion) of the age.  A “Gender-inclusive” Bible, inspired by man and not God, may be the harbinger of whether or not many Southern Baptists desire to stay within this denomination.  I am a born again Christian first, and a  Southern Baptist secondly.  I will continue as a Southern Baptist only if they submit to the Word of God.  This now seems in jeopardy and is of great concern.  If this sorry 2017 convention is a harbinger of things to come, it is an indication of apostasy within our ranks, and my exit could be sooner rather than later.  The coyote is in the henhouse.  Pray that our membership would boldly oppose this unscriptural mindset.

Blessings, Pastor Steve

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Another polarizing convention splitting issue raised after the above article was published:

A Resolution Condemning White Supremacy Causes Chaos at the Southern Baptist Convention
At its annual meeting, the evangelical denomination initially declined to consider a statement of its opposition to the alt-right.