Letter to a dear brother in response to his article on ‘Decisional Regeneration’ . . . .

Dear brother Matthew, yours was such an uplifting and scriptural article that I read it more than once and have even shared it with my friends and they in turn have shared it with their friends. (2Tim 2:2) This is indeed a MESSAGE FOR THE TIMES which those who claim to be Christians need to hear. I like the point that you brought out about the similarities between ‘baptismal regeneration’ and ‘decisional regeneration’. It’s the same error with a different coat of paint, is it not?!

When I was a newly regenerated believer who was fairly new to the Faith I had a great zeal for the Lord (I still do) and had a great desire to ‘win’ as many as I could to the Lord. After all does not Scripture teach that “He that winneth souls is wise?” The whole verse reads – “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.” (Prov 11:30) It was many years later before the Lord taught me that both the ‘righteous’ and the ‘wise’ in that scripture is none other than the Lord of glory! It is HE who wins the rebellious and God hating soul by His sovereign grace. You and I can no more ‘win a soul’ than we can raise the dead!

But to return, those days I was deluded into thinking that all it took was a ‘decision’ that someone could make to invite Jesus into their heart because THAT is what I was taught. And I had a great burden to win my then Roman Catholic girlfriend of six years to the Lord. And so I would pray for her as though everything depended on prayer and preach to her at every given opportunity to get her to ‘make that decision’ for the Lord.

Little did I know that she was a lover of the writings of one Krishnamurti who is a New-Ager and she had been reading his books. So one day when I was compelling her to make this decision for the Lord and explaining to her how it was all about her choice etc, she abruptly stopped me and said “Honey, what choice are you talking about? We do not even have a choice when it comes to our birth. IF I had had a choice in the matter I would’ve chosen a different set of parents and a different country to be born in. So what ‘choice’ are you talking about? We really do not have a choice!”

Back then as an Arminian, even though I was stumped I tried to reason with her saying that “yes, while we do not have a choice as far as our birth is concerned, we still do have a choice as far as being ‘born again’ is concerned,” etc. But now looking back as someone who is established in the doctrines of Sovereign Grace especially the truth of The Total Depravity of man; I can clearly see how right she was even as an unbeliever and how wrong I was though I knew the Lord!

Concerning our choice with regards to our first birth, Loraine Boettner writes – “It is almost universally admitted that God determines when, where, and under what circumstances, each individual of our race shall be born, live, and die, whether it shall be male or female, white or black, wise or foolish. God is no less sovereign in the distribution of His favors. He does what He will with His own. To some He gives riches, to others honor, to others health, to others certain talents for music, oratory, art, finance, statesmanship, etc. Others are poor, unknown, born in dishonor, the victims of disease, and live lives of wretchedness. Some are placed in Christian lands where they receive all the benefits of the Gospel; others live and die in the darkness of heathenism. Some are brought through faith unto salvation; others are left to perish in unbelief. And to a very large extent these external things, which are not the result of individual choice, decide the person’s life course and eternal destiny. Both Scripture and every day experience teach us that God gives to some what He withholds from others. If it be asked why He does this, or why he does not save all, the only available answer is found in the words of the Lord Jesus, “Yea, Father, for so it was well-pleasing in thy sight.” – [Boettner in ‘The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination’] 

I am glad that you mentioned in your article “However, it was Billy Graham, with his prominent emphasis on “decision”, who brought this semi-Pelagian, unwarranted, but highly congenial exaltation of man’s will to world-wide acceptance. This delusion quickly overtook the “Fundamentalists”, Independent and Southern Baptists, Wesleyans, Pentecostals, Charismatics and virtually all who professed salvation in Christ.”

This same ‘Rev’. Billy Graham once wrote a 170 pages book titled – ‘How to be born-again”. He might as well have written a book on how to be born. For in many ways the natural birth is very similar to spiritual birth!

And just as we had no say in the former, neither do we have any say in the latter! And as far as ‘choice’ goes, every man who comes into the world by natural GENERATION ALREADY MADE THAT CHOICE IN ADAM as far his eternal destiny is concerned! “In Adam all die!” (1Cor 15:22) To humbly accept this truth and preach it from the rooftops is to sign your ‘death warrant’ as far as any ‘success’ in the Ministry goes! This truth can only be received by truly regenerated men, the rest of the bench-warmers will trample it under their feet, and turn again and rend you if they could!

In natural birth, we know that the one who is BORN DOES NOT WILL TO BE BORN–in fact, he (as as my old girlfriend reminded me) has NO SAY IN THE MATTER WHATSOEVER! He does not decide the time, place, or circumstances of his birth. He has no power to determine the family into which he will be born etc. The analogy holds true with regard to the spiritual birth. GOD determines the time, place and circumstances. The sinner can no more resist this than can an infant resist and refuse to be born naturally.

This fact is shown so clearly in John 1:13 where speaking of believers it is said, “Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” i.e. “The new birth is “not of blood (by natural descent), nor of the will of the flesh (his own volition), nor of the will of man (the preacher’s persuasion), but OF GOD” [John 1:13] [A.W. Pink]

This verse kills the doctrine of those who teach that men are saved when they exercise their “free wills” and accept God’s “offer” of salvation.

God Sovereignly saves us in Regeneration and THEN CALLS US OR ILLUMINATES US BY THE GOSPEL. “Who hath SAVED US (regeneration), and CALLED US (by the Gospel) with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace etc”. [2Tim 1:9] As I always say we must beware of putting the proverbial ‘cart before the horse’! A man does not believe the Gospel and GET SAVED but believes the Gospel BECAUSE HE IS SAVED!

This is the reason the Gospel is referred to in the Scriptures as a MYSTERY! Because only to the regenerate it is the ‘power of God unto salvation’. The rest can only behold it, wonder about it and perish! “BEHOLD, ye despisers, and WONDER, and PERISH: for I work a work in your days, a work which ye shall in NO WISE BELIEVE, though A MAN DECLARE IT UNTO YOU”. [Act 13:41]

Regeneration is a ONETIME sovereign act of God whereas Conversion is always PARTIAL (on this earth) and CONTINUAL, and can be seen in different parts of our lives at different times. A genuine backslider does not need to be regenerated but he needs to be converted. A backslider no matter how far he has strayed is still God’s son and the Lambs bride! “Turn, O backsliding children, saith the LORD; for I AM MARRIED UNTO YOU”! [Jer 3:14] (my eyes well-up as I write this, for I was the greatest backslider of them all) Prior to Peter’s backsliding, the Lord told him – “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and WHEN THOU ART CONVERTED, strengthen thy brethren”! [Lk 22:31,32]

And I may finally add that it is in conversion that we unlearn much of the error which we held on to initially after our regeneration. Errors such as ‘Free will’, Universal Atonement, The Pentecostal errors etc.

The path of the just is as the shining light that shineth more and more unto the perfect Day! [Prov 4:18] Hallelujah!

Great article again from you my dear Brother Matthew! Keep them coming!

Your servant for His sake
Michael Jeshurun




Matthew Pacifico 

While we in no way discount the value of learning, in its proper place, it can’t be sufficiently emphasized that the key to a correct understanding of holy Scripture is not in theological seminaries. In order to receive the great teachings of Grace, there are two FOUNDATIONAL OR PIVOTAL truths which must, by the enabling of the blessed Spirit, be thoroughly established in the heart; these are:


We repeat, these two great truths are the pillars which support all scriptural teaching, so that a failure to fully grasp them will unfit us to correctly interpret the Bible – especially its teachings regarding the salvation of man. And it is just with these two pivotal truths that we encounter an enormous difficulty – our deep-rooted PRIDE AND SENSE OF SELF-SUFFICIENCY.

O how unwilling we are to acknowledge these strongholds of inherited depravity within us! And how unaware we are of the way that they pervert our interpretation of holy Scripture! For many a year did this poor writer zealously war against the God Who could do AS HE PLEASED. And for just as many years did he loudly contend that, though sinful, man was not TOTALLY DEPRAVED AND CORRUPT – that he had a WILL, perhaps as sovereign and sacred as God Himself (I say it to my deep shame) -a will that not even God “had a right to interfere with.” O the amazing patience and longsuffering of God!

Reader, the Lord be very gracious to you and bless you to see the path of error that brings you to oppose the glorious truth of the true Christian’s eternal security. Don’t you believe that though it was absolutely necessary that Christ should die for your sins, yet ultimately, IT WAS YOUR CHOOSING, YOUR WILLING, YOUR DECISION which made you a partaker of salvation? And can’t you see that SINCE (AS YOU BELIEVE) IT WAS BY AN ACT OF YOUR WILL THAT YOU CAME TO CHRIST, THEN LOGICALLY, BY AN ACT OF THAT SAME “SACRED” WILL, YOU CAN CHOOSE TO ETERNALLY DEPART FROM CHRIST?

Ah, beloved reader, as this writer once did, and as all rejectors of the saints’ security in Christ always do, it is your blindness to your total moral ruin that hinders you from seeing the precious truth. It is this little bit of IMAGINARY good or virtue which you unconsciously see in yourself, which also makes you see yourself as the DETERMINER of whether or not you come to come to Christ, and whether or not you stay in Christ after coming to Him. For your own sake, O do admit the awful, solemn truth! : In the matter of your eternal salvation you see – not God, BUT YOURSELF “IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT”, with the abiding prerogative to “take it or leave it” as seems good to YOU.

No, don’t be deceived, it’s not a humble sense of weakness and insufficiency that makes you believe you may yet “lose your salvation”. If, like Job, you saw yourself thoroughly “vile”, unable to contribute an atom to your own salvation, you would be constrained to cast yourself entirely on the precious Christ, and then the eternal security of your poor soul would shine into your heart like a glorious sunrise. Seeing our most glorious Redeemer as not only the Author, but also the FINISHER of your faith (Heb.l2:2), you would also immediately see what a horridly proud, deceitful perverting of Gospel truth you have been involved in. But alas! this is not your case, you’re not able to see yourself for the utterly bankrupt, naked and sinful creature that you really are, with the result that you see your destiny as ultimately IN YOUR OWN HANDS. Are you sure you really want that?

For many centuries Roman Catholics and Anglicans have been deluded by “Baptismal regeneration” or the belief that it is water baptism which puts a person in Christ. But there is an error, more subtle and much more recent, which has greatly overspread what we might call Evangelical Christendom, and that is the teaching of “Decisional regeneration”, the belief that what really clinches a man’s salvation is an ACT OR DECISION OF HIS WILL; and the awful irony is that this deception was introduced by men who otherwise can only be called honored servants of God.

It was the gifted Charles G. Finney (l792-l875) who originally popularized this error by rejecting the truth of man’s total depravity, and also teaching that the sinner COULD, and SHOULD come to Christ BY AN IMMEDIATE ACT OF HIS OWN WILL. Dwight L. Moody (l837-l899) and Reuben R. Torrey (l856-l928) avoided Finney’s other unscriptural methods, but his “Decisional regeneration” was an unmistakable element in their campaigns. However, it was Billy Graham, with his prominent emphasis on “decision”, who brought this semi-Pelagian, unwarranted, but highly congenial exaltation of man’s will to world-wide acceptance.

This delusion quickly overtook the “Fundamentalists”, Independent and Southern Baptists, Wesleyans, Pentecostals, Charismatics and virtually all who professed salvation in Christ. Thou knowest, most gracious Lord, how often I tried to lead poor sinners through the “steps of salvation”, had them “pray the sinner’s prayer” and then told them that they were saved. I was acting on what knowledge I had, but I was SO WRONG! O, why could I not see that by birth and nature we are not only BLIND (Luke 4:l) and LOST (Luke l5:32), but also DEAD (luke l5:32)?

And who but Thou, most glorious Prince of Life, can raise the dead? By Thy gracious instruction I now know that until Thou dost “REVEAL THINE ALMIGHTY ARM” (Isa.53:1) we remain in our graves, though professing to be Christians or even prominent preachers.

O what great mischief has the enemy worked through this “Decisional regeneration”, this daring to exalt the will of polluted man above the will of God! This is the great engine that has produced the “emerging super churches”, has well-nigh extinguished the light of true Christian testimony in America, is steadily bringing the nation to its total ruin and has influenced some of Thine own beloved people to believe that the salvation purchased by Thy most, precious, precious Blood can be lost. O the horrid and damnable lie that so exalts the corrupt will of man! O Lord, make known Thine own holy, sovereign, irresistible will to every reader. “In Whom we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of HIM WHO WORKETH ALL THINGS AFTER THE COUNSEL OF HIS OWN WILL.” (Eph.1:11)

Exalted Prince of life! we own the honors of Thy throne;
‘Tis fixed by God’s almighty hand, and seraphs bow at Thy command.
Exalted Savior! we confess the sovereign triumphs of Thy grace;
Where beams of gentle radiance shine, and temper majesty divine.
Wide Thy resistless scepter sway, till all Thine enemies obey;
Wide may the Cross its virtues prove, and conquer millions by Thy love.
Mighty to vanquish and forgive, Thine Israel SHALL repent and LIVE –
And loud proclaim Thy healing breath, which works their life who wrought Thy death. . . . . . . P. Doddridge


Did Adam sin out of love for Eve?

Did Adam sin out of love for Eve?

Peter Ditzel

“He gave up immortality to share death with the woman he loves.” It’s a great tagline for an epic love story about Adam and Eve, but is it true? Many think it is, and they see a parallel between Adam giving up his life for Eve, and Jesus Christ dying for His bride, the body of believers. But there are flaws.

Christ never sinned, but took on Himself the sins of His bride to save her from eternal death. Adam committed his own sin, did not save Eve or anyone else, and brought sin and death on the human race. Jesus’ act was the epitome of trusting obedience; He completely believed that God would resurrect Him from death and save His bride. Adam’s act was the epitome of disobedience; God put him in a paradise and told him he could eat the fruit of any tree except one, and the fruit from that one tree is the fruit he chose to eat.

That’s not all. Genesis 3:6 indicates that Adam was right there with Eve when she ate the forbidden fruit: “… she took some of its fruit, and ate; and she gave some to her husband with her, and he ate it, too” (emphasis mine). Yet, he did nothing to stop Eve, and he seems to have instantly gone along with her suggestion to eat some of it himself. That is not the behavior we would expect from Jesus, who always rejected temptation (Hebrews 4:15).

Further, on the Cross, Jesus—although He was truly innocent and had been falsely accused and crucified—said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34). Love covers sins (Proverbs 10:12; 1 Peter 4:8) and bears and endures all things (1 Corinthians 13:7). Is this what we see in Adam? No. When God asked him whether he had eaten from the tree God had commanded him not to eat from, Adam’s response was, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit from the tree, and I ate it” (Genesis 3:12). Adam didn’t say, The buck stops here. He didn’t say, I’m responsible for my family. He didn’t say, Please forgive us, Father. His reaction was to put the blame on Eve, and, by implication because He gave her to him, put the blame on God. That’s not love. That was a cowardly response stemming from Adam’s innate selfishness.

Did Adam sin out of love for Eve? No. True love would have driven him to stop her, and if Adam were unable to do that, he would have interceded with God on her behalf instead of joining her in her sin. If Eve was in any way an influence in Adam’s eating the forbidden fruit—and it’s by no means certain that she was (and she most certainly wasn’t responsible for it)—then it would seem that his eating the fruit after she did was, perhaps, an indication of an unhealthy relationship in which Adam was trying to please his wife and do anything to win her approval. But when God caught them, like thieves falling out, Adam was very quick to betray Eve. Thus, his action, rather then selfless, was selfish.

If God intends that we see a relationship between Adam’s sin and Christ’s atonement, it must not be one of parallelism but of polarity. The two cases are diametrically opposite: one was sinful, the other sinless; one was the start of sin, the other its end; one was selfish, the other selfless; one was disobedient to a deserved death, the other obedient to an undeserved death (Philippians 2:8).

The account of Adam and Eve is not an epic love story. It is a tragedy of human weakness.



A.W. Pink 

“The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.” (Psalm 14:1).

The careful reader will notice that the words “there is” have been supplied by the translators — unnecessarily, we feel. The fool does not say in his head, “There is no God”; rather he says in his HEART, “No God for ME. I decline allegiance to Him.” It is not intellectual unbelief denying the existence of Deity, but the enmity of a rebel who refuses to practically own or be in subjection to God. The original has it –“The fool hath said in his heart, No God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works” (Psalm 14:1).

It is not the denial of God’s EXISTENCE, but the affirmation that he desires no contact with him: “I desire no God; I would that He did not exist”. Most significant and noticeable is that change of number in the pronouns, though for some strange reason it appears to have escaped the notice of the commentators — at any rate none whom we have consulted makes any reference to it. The verses which follow give a full description of the deplorable condition of all mankind, and that is prefaced with a statement about “the fool.” Nor is there the slightest difficulty in identifying him. WHO is the fool of all fools? ADAM was the arch-fool. His heart had become devoid of wisdom. Thus was the father of our race. What could his children be like? Our verse answers, “They are corrupt”, and prove themselves to be so by doing abominable works.

We by no means share the popular idea that the Lord SAVED ADAM very soon after his fall; rather we take decided exception to that theory. We cannot find anything whatever in Holy Writ on which to base such a belief; in fact, we find much to the contrary. First it is clear that Adam’s sin was not one of infirmity, but instead a presumptuous one, pertaining to that class of willful sins and open defiance of God for which no sacrifice was provided (Exodus 21:14; Num. 15:30-31; Deut. 17:12; Heb. 10:26-29), and which was therefore an unpardonable sin.

There is not the slightest sign that he ever repented of his sin, nor any record of his confessing it to God. On the contrary, when charged with it, he attempted to excuse and extenuate it. Genesis 3 closes with the awful statement “So he DROVE OUT the man.” Nothing whatever is mentioned to Adam’s credit afterward: no offering of sacrifice, no acts of faith or obedience. Instead we are merely told that he knew his wife (4:1, 25), begat a son in his own likeness, and died (5:3-5). If the reader can see in those statements any intimation or indication that Adam was a regenerated man, then he has much better eyes than the writer — or possibly a more lively imagination.

Nor is there a single word in Adam’s favor in later scriptures; rather is everything to his condemnation. Job denied that he covered his transgressions or hid his iniquity in his bosom “as Adam” did (31:33). The psalmist declared that those who judged unjustly and accepted the persons of the wicked should die like Adam (82:7), for the Hebrew word there rendered “men” is ADAM. In the New Testament he is contrasted in considerable detail with Christ (Rom. 5:12, 21; I Cor. 15:22, 45-47); and if he were saved, then the antithesis would fail at its principal point.

Moreover, such an anomaly—that the great majority of those whom he represented should eternally perish, while the responsible head should be recovered—is quite out of keeping with what is revealed of God’s justice. In I Timothy 2:14 specific mention is made of the fact that “Adam was not deceived,” which emphasizes the enormity of his transgression. In Hebrews 11 the Holy Spirit has cited the faith of Old Testament saints, and though He mentions that of Abel, Enoch, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and others, He says nothing about Adam’s! His being omitted from that list is solemnly significant. After his being driven out of Eden, Scripture makes no mention of God having any further dealing with Adam!” – A.W. Pink 

“Appeal is made by some to Genesis 3:21. But this far from conclusive that Adam was saved. Did not Jehovah clothe our first parents with skins for the purpose of teaching them the worthlessness of their fig-leaf aprons? As well as to teach us the need for a covering Divinely provided? The closing verse of Genesis 3 not only sets aside the conclusion which many have drawn from Gen 3:21, but, in the judgment of the writer, clearly evidences that Adam was not saved: “So He (the Lord God) DROVE OUT THE MAN! The only other references in Genesis to Adam after this are 4:1; 4:25,26; 5:1-5!” – A.W. Pink 

If indeed God clothing our first parents as many suppose was their ‘salvation’ . . . does God save men and then drive them out from His presence?! (Gen 3:24)

Your servant for His sake
Michael Jeshurun




compiled by Michael Jeshurun

“For Thou hast magnified Thy Word above all Thy name.” [Psalm 138:2]

“This is one of those expressions of Scripture that seem so comprehensive, and yet so amazing. To my mind it is one of the most remarkable expressions in the whole book of God. “THOU HAST MAGNIFIED THY WORD ABOVE ALL THY NAME.” The name of God includes all the perfections of God; everything that God is, and which God has revealed Himself as having—His justice, majesty, holiness, greatness, and glory, and whatever He is in Himself, that is God’s name. And yet He has “MAGNIFIED” something “ABOVE HIS NAME”—His WORD—his TRUTH. This may refer to the Incarnate Word, the Son of God, who was called “THE WORD.” “There are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the WORD, and the Holy Ghost, and these three are one”: 1Jo 5:7, “In the beginning was the WORD, and the WORD was with God”: Joh 1:1.

You may take the words either as meaning that God has magnified his WORD, His eternal Son—above all His great name, that is, He has set Jesus on high above all the other perfections of His majesty; or take it as meaning His written word, which is written in the sacred Scriptures. So, in that case, not only the Incarnate WORD in the person of Jesus; but also the written Word in the Scriptures of truth. He has magnified it above all His name in the fulfilment of it: God’s faithfulness being so dear to Him, He has exalted His faithfulness above all His other perfections. We see this in nature. Here is a man so to be depended upon, so faithful to his word, that he will sacrifice anything sooner than depart from it: that man will give up his property, or life itself, rather than forfeit his word. So God has spoken of magnifying His word above all His name. He would sooner allow all His other perfections to come to naught, than for his faithfulness to fail. He has so magnified His faithfulness, that His love, His mercy, His grace, would all sooner fail than His faithfulness—the word of His mouth and what He has revealed in the Scripture.

What a firm salvation, then, is ours, which rests upon His word, when God has magnified that word above all His Name! What volumes of blessedness and truth are contained therein! So that, if God has revealed His truth to your soul, and given you faith to anchor in the world of promise, sooner than that should fail, He would suffer the loss of all; for He has magnified His word above all His name.” — J.C. Philpot.

“By the word of the Lord were the heavens made, and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.” But mightier far is the Word by which a lost world is redeemed. This is the “WORD” that he hath “MAGNIFIED ABOVE ALL HIS NAME“, as displaying at once the exceeding greatness of His power, the resources of His manifold wisdom, and the blended glories of holiness and love.— John Lillie.

“Thou hast magnified Thy word above all Thy name. God has a GREATER regard unto the words of His mouth, than to the works of His hand: heaven and earth shall pass away, but one jot or tittle of what He hath spoken shall never fall to the ground. Some do understand this of Christ the essential Word, in whom He has set His name, and whom He has so highly exalted, that He has given Him “a Name above every name.”— Ebenezer Erskine, 1680-1754.

“Every creature bears the name of God; but in his word and truth therein contained it is written at length, and therefore he is more choice of this than of all his other works; he cares not much what becomes of the world and all in it, so that he keeps his word, and saves his truth. Ere long we shall see the world in flames; the heavens and earth shall pass away, “but the word of the Lord endures forever.”

When God will, he can make more such worlds as this; but he cannot make another truth, and therefore he will not lose one jot thereof. Satan, knowing this, sets all his wits to work to deface this and disfigure it by unsound doctrine. The word is the glass in which we see God, and seeing him are changed into his likeness by his Spirit. If this glass be cracked, then the conceptions we have of God will misrepresent him unto us; whereas the word, in its native clearness, sets him out in all his glory unto our eye.”— William Gurnall. 

God has sent His Word to us –

“As a MIRROR, to reflect His glory:

“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth His handywork”; from them may His eternal power and Godhead be clearly seen. Ps 19:1, 3-4. In His providential dealings, also, is much of His wisdom and goodness exhibited. But of His perfections, generally, we can form no idea from these things; of His purposes we can know nothing. The state of the Heathen world clearly attests this; for they behold the wonders of Creation and Providence, as well as we: “There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard. Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world”: Ps 19:3-4.

But in the sacred volume all the glory of the Godhead shines: there we are admitted, so to speak, even to the council chamber of the Most High; to hear the covenant entered into between the Father and the Son; the Father engaging to give to him a seed, whom he should have for His inheritance, if he, on His part, would “make His soul an offering for their sins”, and, in their nature, expiate the guilt of their iniquities. This mysterious transaction having taken place in the incarnation and death of the Lord Jesus Christ, we behold all the perfections of God united and harmonizing in a way that they never did, or could, by any other means: we see justice more inexorable, than if it had executed vengeance on the whole human race; and mercy more abundant, than if it had spared the human race without any such atonement. There, as it is well expressed, “Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other”: Ps 85:10.

Of this great mystery we find not a trace in the whole creation besides; but in the Word it is reflected, as in a mirror (2Co 3:18); and it shines so brightly, that the very angels around the throne are made wiser by the revelation of it to the Church: Eph 3:10.

Again God has sent His Word to us as A STANDARD, to which everything may be referred. . . .

Of God’s will we know nothing, but from the Word: “we know neither good nor evil from all that is before us.” What God requires of us, nothing in Creation or Providence can inform us: what he will do for us, we cannot ascertain: how he will deal with us, we cannot ascertain. But, in the sacred volume, all is written as with a sunbeam.

There is nothing which God expects us to do for him, which is not there most explicitly declared: nothing which he engages to do for us, that does not form the subject of a distinct promise. The whole of His procedure in the day of judgment is there laid open: the laws by which we shall be judged: the manner in which the testimony, whether against us or in our favour, shall be produced; the grounds on which the sentence of condemnation or acquittal shall be passed; yea, the very state to which every person, either as acquitted or condemned, shall be consigned; all is so clearly made known, that every person, who will judge himself with candour now, may assuredly anticipate his fate. There is nothing left to conjecture. Every man has a standard to which he may refer, for the rectifying of His judgment in every particular: so that nothing can be added for the instruction of our minds, or the regulation of our future expectations.

God has also given His Word to us as A FOUNTAIN . . .

from whence all His blessings emanate. Great blessings, beyond all doubt, flow down to us through the works of Creation and Providence: in fact, they are incessantly administering to our welfare; for “God opens His hands, and fills all things living with plenteousness.” Still, however, the benefits derived from them are only temporal; whereas those which the inspired volume imparts are spiritual and eternal; from whence we derive all our knowledge of Divine truth, and all our hopes of everlasting salvation. Nor is it the knowledge only of truth that we obtain, but the operation and efficacy of it on our souls.

There is in Divine truth, when applied by the Holy Spirit, a power to wound, to sanctify, to save: Ps 19:7-11. When it comes to the soul with power, the stoutest heart in the universe is made to tremble: when it is poured out as balm, the most afflicted creature under heaven is made to leap for joy. Look over the face of the globe, and see how many, who were once under the unrestrained dominion of sin, are now transformed into the image of their God. And then ascend to heaven, and behold the myriads of the redeemed around the throne of God, uniting their hallelujahs to God and to the Lamb: to this state were they all brought by that blessed Word, which alone could ever prevail for so great a work.

Thus it is that God has magnified His Word; and thus it is that He will magnify it, to the end of time; yea, through eternity will it be acknowledged as the one source of all blessings that shall ever be enjoyed.” – Charles Simeon



J.C. Philpot

“Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and Thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by Thy name, O LORD God of hosts.” [Jer 15:16] 

There is a sweetness in the promises which captivates the heart; a beauty in Christ which wins the soul; a saving unction and power in the word of God, when applied, which draws forth toward it every secret and sacred affection. Can you not sometimes look up and say, “Blessed Jesus, I do love you!” And when the Word of God is opened up, applied, and made sweet and precious, have you not felt sometimes as if you could kiss the sacred page, as conveying such sweetness into your soul?

This is embracing a promise in love—throwing our arms round it, drawing it near to our breast, kissing it again and again with kisses of love and affection, and taking that sweet delight in it with which the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, as now all his own—at times almost lost, but now wooed and won, no more to be parted. This is rejoicing in the Word of God, delighting in a blessed Jesus and in the promises which testify of, and center in Him.

Have you not felt these sweet embracements in your soul of the truth as it is in Jesus as so precious, so suitable, so encouraging, and so adapted to every need and woe? Then you are a believer; then you are a child of God; then there is a work of grace upon your heart; then you know the truth for yourself by divine teaching and divine testimony. You may still not have had that full deliverance, that blessed revelation , that overpowering manifestation whereby all your doubts and fears have been swept away, and your soul settled in a firm enjoyment of the liberty of the gospel. You may have had it or may have had it not.

But if you have THIS character stamped upon you that you have seen the promises afar off and been persuaded of them, and embraced them in faith, hope, and love, you have a mark of being a partaker of the faith of God’s elect.



compiled by Michael Jeshurun

Well did our Master say, “For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed Me: for he wrote of Me. But IF YE BELIEVE NOT HIS WRITINGS, HOW SHALL YE BELIEVE MY WORDS?” [John 5:46,47]

And again, “Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, IF THEY HEAR NOT MOSES and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.” [Luke 16:29-31]

The verses above clearly state that when a man DOUBTS THE WRITINGS OF MOSES (Genesis ) he will evidently also deny the Words of our Lord!

“IN THE BEGINNING, GOD,” NOT CHAOS, NOT SOME NEBULOUS CLOUD OF GASES, BUT “IN THE BEGINNING GOD, CREATED THE HEAVENS AND THE EARTH!” – the first verse of the first chapter of the first book of the right Book declares – ” In the beginning, GOD created the Heavens and the Earth.” Now either you believe THAT, (i.e. what God’s Book says), or you’re going to take what some LIAR like Stephen Hawking or Pope Francis says!

In fact here are some quotes from Stephen Hawking

“There is a fundamental difference between religion, which is based on authority, [and] science, which is based on observation and reason. Science will win because it works.”

“The laws may have been decreed by God, but God does not intervene to break the laws,” Hawking stated. In an interview published in THE GUARDIAN, Hawking regarded the concept of heaven as a myth, believing that there is “no heaven or afterlife” and that such a notion was a “fairy story for people afraid of the dark”.

“We are each free to believe what we want and it is my view that the simplest explanation is there is no God. No one created the universe and no one directs our fate. This leads me to a profound realization. There is probably no heaven, and no afterlife either. We have this one life to appreciate the grand design of the universe, and for that, I am extremely grateful.”

“Before we understand science, it is natural to believe that God created the universe. But now science offers a more convincing explanation. What I meant by ‘we would know the mind of God’ is, we would know everything that God would know, if there were a God, which there isn’t. I’m an atheist.” – Stephen Hawking.

Now here’s what God says –
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” [Genesis 1:1]

THIS IS THE PREMISE AND PREFACE AND FOUNDATION OF THE ENTIRE BIBLE! In the BEGINNING, first of all, what? GOD, there’s God! And God did what? He created the Heaven and the Earth! So if you don’t believe in either one, then you’re off the beam. There’s a God, and He created the Heaven and the Earth! And this is the BASIC foundation: If you don’t believe THIS, you can’t believe ANYTHING!

BECAUSE WHEN YOU DOUBT ONE WORD IN THE BIBLE, YOU’LL SOON DOUBT THE WHOLE BIBLE! Why? Just like it happens in a court of law with the testimony of a witness, when one thing he’s said is proven to be a lie, what do they do with his ENTIRE TESTIMONY?–They throw the whole thing out, including the true things he said, because they can’t believe it and every word will be in doubt. If he lied about one thing, maybe he lied about another? And that’s the way it is with the Bible. If you can’t believe EVERY WORD OF IT, then you can’t believe every word of it, then you can’t believe ANY OF IT!

JESUS SAID, “HAD YE BELIEVED MOSES, YE WOULD HAVE BELIEVED ME… But IF YE BELIEVE NOT his writings, how shall ye believe My Words?” (Jn.5:46,47) Now, what’s the first of Moses’ writings, upon which all five books are based? GENESIS! “In the BEGINNING….” all about creation, the history of Israel and the beginning of God’s dealings with man.

EVOLUTION!–THAT WAS THE DEVIL’S GREATEST LIE and greatest manufacture and most clever piece of teaching, evolution! As ridiculous and idiotic as anything you could possibly study, because it has NO FOUNDATION IN FACT whatsoever; there’s no evidence for it, no discovery yet has been made to prove it! As one of its top exponents, Margaret Mead, the famous contemporary anthropologist wrote in her own introduction to her textbook on anthropology: “We as honest scientists must confess that science has yet to discover one single iota (tiny speck) of concrete evidence to prove the evolutionary theory!”

AND DO YOU KNOW WHAT GOD’S GREATEST CREDENTIALS ARE, THE GENUINE PROOF OF HIS AUTHORITY? HIS CREATION!! His glorious creation is a constant testimony of the existence of a divine Designer and Creator, as Romans 1:20 says, “For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made (His Creation), even His eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse!” And that’s why the world wants to reject creation and say it’s all just a meaningless, chaotic evolution: Because if the world and its inhabitants are God’s creation, then they’re His property–and if they’re His property, then He’s got the right to be Boss–and they don’t want God to be Boss!

Therefore “they did not like to retain God in their knowledge,” in their education. (Rom.1:28) “Because that, when they knew God, they glorified Him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. PROFESSING THEMSELVES TO BE WISE, THEY BECAME FOOLS!” (Rom.1:21,22) They got so smart they could do without God and the Bible, and so they became what?–FOOLS! Absolute fools, who “changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. … Who changed the truth of God into a LIE, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator!” (Rom.1:23,25)

So Why? WHY DID THE DEVIL AND MAN COOK UP THIS RIDICULOUS, IDIOTIC SCHEME OF EVOLUTION? To try to get rid of God! To try get rid of God and the knowledge of God, “as they did not like to retain God in their education.” And since they threw God out, and they threw Creation out, and they threw the Bible out, they had to cook up something new! As Prof. L.T. More of the University of Cincinnati confessed, “Our faith in the idea of evolution depends upon our reluctance to accept the antagonistic doctrine of special creation.” They didn’t want the truth anymore, so they had to figure out some big lie! And that’s why they cooked up Evolution!

And it is no surprise that the Anti Christ Pope Francis along with atheist’s like Mr. Hawking is spewing out the same old blasphemy in our day! The Pope says, “When we read about creation in Genesis, we run the risk of imagining God was a magician, with a magic wand able to do everything. But that is not so,” Francis said. “He created human beings and let them develop according to the internal laws that he gave to each one so they would reach their fulfillment.” In other words, according to this false Christ, Evolution and the Big Bang theory are compatible with the Bible and the Christian’s religious belief!

A blind leader of the blind who will lead his followers into the ditch! [Matt 15:14]

If you are a Roman Catholic reading this, don’t hoodwink yourself into thinking that you are at least not as bad as Atheist’s like Stephen Hawking. Truth be told, you as a Catholic are in a much worse state than an atheist, for “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death!” [Prov 14:12] And I am here to tell you as an ex-Roman Catholic that the wafer-Jesus you bow before is not the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ who rose from the dead! Roman Catholicism is a master counterfeit! The Highway to Hell if you will!

And it’s about time you saw the Catholic Church for what it really is – The Mother of Harlots (Rev 17:5) and COME OUT OF HER while there is still hope! For God has clearly warned what will become of the Roman Catholic Church and those who trust in her, and all those who fornicate with her – i.e the compromised Protestant ‘Churches’!

“Her plagues shall come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and SHE SHALL BE UTTERLY BURNED WITH FIRE: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.” [Rev 18:4-8]



C.H. Spurgeon

“Ephraim is a cake not turned.” – [Hosea 7:8]

A cake not turned is uncooked on one side; and so Ephraim was, in many respects, untouched by divine grace: though there was some partial obedience, there was very much rebellion left. My soul, I charge thee, see whether this be thy case. Art thou thorough in the things of God? Has grace gone through the very centre of thy being so as to be felt in its divine operations in all thy powers, thy actions, thy words, and thy thoughts?

To be sanctified, spirit, soul, and body, should be thine aim and prayer; and although sanctification may not be perfect in thee anywhere in degree, yet it must be universal in its action; there must not be the appearance of holiness in one place and reigning sin in another, else thou, too, wilt be a cake not turned.

A cake not turned is soon burnt on the side nearest the fire, and although no man can have too much religion, there are some who seem burnt black with bigoted zeal for that part of truth which they have received, or are charred to a cinder with a vainglorious Pharisaic ostentation of those religious performances which suit their humour. The assumed appearance of superior sanctity frequently accompanies a total absence of all vital godliness. The saint in public is a devil in private. He deals in flour by day and in soot by night. The cake which is burned on one side, is dough on the other.

If it be so with me, O Lord, turn me! Turn my unsanctified nature to the fire of Thy love and let it feel the sacred glow, and let my burnt side cool a little while I learn my own weakness and want of heat when I am removed from Thy heavenly flame. Let me not be found a double-minded man, but one entirely under the powerful influence of reigning grace; for well I know if I am left like a cake unturned, and am not on both sides the subject of Thy grace, I must be consumed for ever amid everlasting burnings.



 Michael Jeshurun

When I first read this quote, I thought it meant – ‘The truth is to hate those who hate the truth’, or a declaration of ‘Hate’ to all those who hate the truth. But that is not what it is saying. What it is really saying is that the Truth is hated by all those who hate the Truth!

Now who are these that hate the Truth? Just about everyone who comes into the world as a descendant of Adam! The psalmist confessed, “Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me”. [Psalm 51:5]. Again, “The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies”. [Psa 58:3]. And the Master said, “And this is the condemnation, that Light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil”. [John 3:19].

Men may and do accept some aspects of truth while embracing other lies. Many condemn Abortion while condoning Idol worship. Some who decry Homosexuality would think nothing of advocating extramarital sex between consenting parties! But there is only one born of woman who was a lover of ALL TRUTH! Of him alone it could be said, “Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows”! [Psa 45:7]. Of all the so called holy men and prophets that walked the earth only He was truth personified. Unlike the others He not only taught us the truth but affirmed –“I am the Truth”! Only of Him did God the Father say, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye Him”! [Matt 17:5] He is the Lord Jesus Christ, God manifest in the flesh! [see 1Tim 3:16]

When He came into the world He was hated, persecuted and finally killed. They hated Him without a cause! They hated Him because He was the Truth, and men hate the Truth!

But there are others who loved Him and received Him as Lord. What made them do this? The work of God in their hearts! God took away their stony heart and gave them a heart of flesh. He sovereignly regenerated them and drew them to His Son! They did not love or ‘choose’ Him by their own free will but were made willing in the day of His power! [Psa 110:3] “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him”! And again, “No man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father”. [John 6:44, 65]

These regenerated ones love God and His Truth because He first loved them. “We love Him, because He first loved us”! [1John 4:19]. Neither do they love some truth or most of the truth, but ALL TRUTH! And because they love all truth, they hate every false way! “O how I love Thy law! It is my meditation all the day….Through Thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way”! [Psa 119:97-104]

They especially hate beliefs and practices done in the name of their Lord who bled and died to save them! Christ-MASS being one of them!

Surely Christ-MASS is not some ‘unforgivable Sin’ that will send people to hell. But to know the truth behind Christ-MASS and willingly reject it surely betrays one’s identity. Not only does God open the eyes of his regenerated ones to the truth but gives them the will to take a stand for it. And the one cannot save without the other. “Just as weight cannot be separated from a stone, or heat from a fire, so cannot justification from sanctification”! [A.W.Pink]

As the Master said – “If ye know these things, happy are ye IF YE DO THEM”. [Jn 13:17] There is such a thing as ‘an external work of the Holy Spirit’ whereby men grasp the doctrines of God in their heads, but ONLY THE ELECT are enabled by the working of God both TO WILL AND TO DO HIS GOOD PLEASURE! [Phil 2:13]

“The Truth is Hate to those who Hate the Truth”

But what if the quote actually read “The Truth is to Hate those who Hate the Truth” as I initially thought it did. How true and Scriptural would that be?
In fact many would be amazed to know that it would be very Scriptural!

The loving Psalmist, the man after God’s own heart said –

“Do not I hate them, O LORD, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee? I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies”! [Psalm 139:21,22]

Commenting on this verse Spurgeon says –

“He was a good hater, for he hated only those who hated good. Of this hatred he is not ashamed, but he sets it forth as a virtue to which he would have the Lord bear testimony. To love all men with benevolence is our duty; but to love any wicked man with complacency would be a crime. To hate a man for his own sake, or for any evil done to us, would be wrong; but to hate a man because he is the foe of all goodness and the enemy of all righteousness, is nothing more nor less than an obligation. The more we love God the more indignant shall we grow with those who refuse him their affection. “If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ let him be Anathema Maranatha.” Truly, “jealousy is cruel as the grave.” The loyal subject must not be friendly to the traitor. And am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee? He appeals to heaven that he took no pleasure in those who rebelled against the Lord; but, on the contrary, he was made to mourn by a sight of their ill behaviour. Since God is everywhere, he knows our feelings towards the profane and ungodly, and he knows that so far from approving such characters the very sight of them is grievous to our eyes”. [C.H. Spurgeon Treasury of David]

In another place David says – “I have hated the congregation of evil doers; and will not sit with the wicked’! [Psalm 26:5]
And again – “I have hated them that regard lying vanities: but I trust in the LORD”! [Psalm 31:6]

In the New Testament our own Lord, the Prince of Peace affirmed –
“If any man come to Me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple”! [Luke 14:26]

That is a pretty strong requirement! “If any man come to Me, and hate not ……he cannot be My disciple”! The word “hate” (in Greek ‘miseo’) has the meaning ‘hate or detest’. It is the same word used in Rom 9:13 where God says He hated Esau. Nevertheless the verse continues with “his father, and mother “ but the 5th Commandment orders: “Honour your father and your mother ……” (Exe 20:12) Now the Bible does not contradict Itself so the meaning of “hate” here is meant to emphasize that the LOVE (Agape) we must have for God and His Christ has to be so great that when we compare it with the love we have for our close relatives the latter would appear as “hate”.

The word ‘hate’ here falls into a category of “extreme language,” the language of absoluteness used to express a preference, and may refer to disattachment, indifference, or nonattachment without any feelings of revulsion involved. To seal this matter completely, let’s look at some parallel material which prove our point. The closest example comes from Genesis 29:30-1:

And he went in also unto Rachel, and he loved also Rachel more than Leah, and served with him yet seven other years. And when the LORD saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb: but Rachel was barren. [Gen 29:30,31]
Here, “hated” is clearly used synonymously with one who is loved less. Let it be added that if Jacob hated Leah in a literal way, it is hardly believable that he would consent to take her as his wife at all. (See also Judges 14:16 and Deut. 21:15-17.)

Again a literal hate of the body would have us cutting it with razors or hitting it with blunt objects — an extreme practiced in some Roman Catholic Monasteries by devotees whipping themselves (Flagellation) as penance for their sins!

Therefore, Christ is saying that anyone following Him, making a commitment to the Christian way of life, must love Him more than family and friends, and even life itself. Our allegiance and commitment is first to Christ and His family before anything else.

But to return, when the Psalmist speaks of hating those who hate God and the Truth, it is not a hatred with a mind to cause harm but a preference to love and fellowship with those who are also lovers of God and the Truth.

In fact if you truly loved God and took a stand for His Truth, you cannot but be hated by those who hate the Truth! This same David said, “I am for peace: but when I speak, they are for war”. [Psa 120:7] Why so? Because the true saint does not seek for peace at the cost of truth! As John Owen rightly said – “For what peace in the Church without truth? All conformity to anything else is but the agreement of Herod and Pilate to destroy Christ and His Kingdom” And because our unsaved relatives and friends hate the truth their hatred towards us is inevitable.

The Master told His own brothers born to Mary, “The world cannot hate you; but Me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil”! [John 7:7] If you who claim to be His disciple also testified against the Lie in this world like He commissioned you to, then you too would feel their hatred like He did!

The Master told His disciples, “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated Me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you”! [John 15:18,19]



The following was a letter the Lord led us to write to members of a small closed forum who were trying to justify Billy Graham saying that “God used Billy Graham so why make a fuss?”
. . . . .
The tract by E.L. Bynum titled “Why We Cannot Support The Billy Graham Crusade” is not so much about whether God ‘used’ Billy Graham as it is about whether we in a good conscience can support or recommend such a ‘Ministry’

The Christian faith or the scriptures is not so much concerned as to how a man initially started his Christian walk as it is about how he fares NOW and how he finishes it! (1Cor 9:24) “The apostle had much to say about those who had ‘turned aside’ (1Tim 1:6; 5:15) and he does not speak favorably of them but on the contrary admonishes us to withdraw from such. (1Tim 6:5)

Did God ‘use’ Billy Graham? What of those who claim to have been initially blessed under his ministry? In other words if the man is basically a false teacher then how could God have used him to teach these Christians anything? But see, not ALL that Billy Graham and others like him teach is false. And when it suits His purpose Jehovah uses EVERYTHING starting from the Serpent who deceived our Parents to the worm which smote Jonah’s gourd! He uses men like Graham and the ‘Christian’ organizations they work for to make His name known among the nations and to prepare His elect for salvation. As the apostle said, “What then? Notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretense, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice” [Phil. 1:18].

But after we are shown clearly that someone’s teaching on major issues is false or that the man is thoroughly ecumenical then Paul’s admonition to us is to cut off from such! (Gal 5:12)

Our belief in Predestination and the Perseverance of the saints ought not to silence us from exposing those who preach a false gospel or those who speak favorably of the ‘Great Whore’! (Rev 19:2) . If false doctrine and separation were not so serious a matter as we are making it to be, then why make a big fuss and place a curse on the man or angel who preaches a false gospel?! [Gal 1:8,9] All the apostles seemed to be pretty concerned that the ‘gospel’ be preserved and preached in its purity. They also had much to say about ‘false brethren’ and the need to ‘test’ every spirit whether it be of God and warn the flock of God of wolves who come unto them in sheep’s clothing!

The late J.C. Ryle said in his ‘Warnings To the Churches’ —”Surely the dumb dog and the sleeping shepherd are the best allies of the wolf, the thief and the robber.” And this is the very same thing Isaiah said long ago – “His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, THEY ARE ALL DUMB DOGS, THEY CANNOT BARK; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber. they are GREEDY DOGS which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter.” [Isaiah 56:10,11]

“Dumb dogs” is the blunt term Isaiah used to describe those of his day who failed in their duty of guarding the flock of God—“Dumb dogs, they cannot bark!” (Isa. 56:9-11) God forbid that we who love the Lord and His truth be found guilty of such a charge! Like the apostle we ought to be able to confidently declare on the Day of reckoning – “I am pure from the blood of all men!” [Acts 20:26]

The question to ask is not whether God uses men like Billy Graham but whether men like Billy be servants or sons! Is there a difference? Oh yes! And a big one at that! All the sons of God are in a sense His servants too but not all His servants are necessarily His sons!

As J.C. Philpot pointed out long ago – “Though at times they may be made God’s instruments of good, perhaps, to His people, yet God shall have no more intention of final good towards them than to Ahab or Jezebel.”

Ahithophel was as if anyone had inquired at the oracle of God, so wise was he (II Sam. 16:23). He was David’s “counselor;” and they went sweetly together to the house of God. Balaam, also, had the Spirit’s gifted illumination. (Numbers 24:2). One of the greatest prophesies concerning Israel and the Messiah was prophesied by this false prophet, even Balaam– “there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth etc” [Num24:17] And Judas though a ‘son of perdition’ accompanied the disciples and preached and healed just as they did, so much so when Christ said, “one of you shall betray Me” nobody even had the faintest clue that it was Judas. And Demas was a coworker with Paul [Col 4:14] long before he went out ‘having loved this present world’ [1Tim 4;10].

To quote Philpot again, “Thus Balaam and Ahithopel were God’s HIRED SERVANTS in gifts of wisdom, etc. “Thus saith the Lord God, If the prince give a gift unto any of his sons the inheritance thereof shall be his sons; it shall be their possession by inheritance. But if he give a gift to one of his servants, it shall be his (the servant’s) ONLY TO A CERTAIN TIME, NOT FOREVER.” (Ezek. 46:16 &c.) This latter was the character of such as Balaam, and is the character of many in our day. “As for their knowledge, though it may come from God,” (Num. 22) which is a tough test to try many by, “it shall vanish away”!

“And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever”. [John 8:35]

We are convinced that men like Billy Graham and others like him who do not preach the whole truth, and unashamedly jump into bed with the ‘Great Whore’ are in reality those whom Christ called ‘hirelings’. For if they were truly sons, they would say with Paul – “For we can do nothing AGAINST the truth, but FOR the truth”! [2Cor 13:8]

Incidentally a ‘Christian’ is not just someone who embraces that which Christ loves, but one who HATES EVERYTHING which He abhors!

“Through Thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I HATE EVERY FALSE WAY”! [Psalm 119:104]

The Apostle’s admonition to those who call themselves ‘Christians’ is to – “Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather REPROVE them”. [Eph 5:11] The word ‘reprove’ according to Strong’s means to ‘tell a fault’ confute and rebuke – in other words to PROTEST!

We have a moral imperative to examine what is proclaimed in Jesus’ Name, and to expose and condemn false teaching and ecumenical compromise. Even the apostle Paul felt it necessary at times to rebuke peopleby name in epistles meant to be read publicly [Phil. 4:2-3; I Tim. 1:20; II Tim. 2:17]. John, the apostle of love, wrote a scorching condemnation of Diotrephes, a church leader who was ignoring the apostles’ teaching [3 John 9:10]. The biblical challenge is not to avoid truth that is controversial, but to speak the truth in love [Eph. 4:15].

Was Jesus (the one I claim to follow) a ‘Protestant’? Maybe I need to go back and read about the time when my Lord made a scourge of small cords and drove out of the temple those who were making a merchandise of His Father’s house! This is one of the few instances which is recorded in ALL the four gospels. Must be PRETTY IMPORTANT! And the Apostle tells us WHY he did it – “It was written, The zeal of Thine house hath EATEN ME UP”! [John 2:17]

Trust me, if you have even a little bit of Christ’s Spirit, then this SAME ZEAL ‘will eat you up’!

How can you claim to be a Christian, if you are not PROTESTING against that which parades in your Lord’s garb, while making MERCHANDISE OF THE SOULS OF MEN?! [Rev 18:13]

Something’s SERIOUSLY WRONG with the ‘Christian’ who can shake hands with a Roman Catholic and call him a ‘brother’ when countless souls under the altar are crying out to God to avenge their blood on the Great Whore! (Rev 6:9,10)

If you haven’t already done so, you need to get yourself a book called ‘The Book of Martyrs’ by John Foxe and read it and weep! And don’t just weep, take up the Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God and cut this Roman Catholic system and the devil which rules it to the heart!

I am not advocating that you hate the Roman Catholic, dearly beloved, but you have got to HATE THE SYSTEM! For it is the spirit of ANTICHRIST! You must be willing to fight it ‘tooth and nail’ to your last dying breath! All of Christ’s true brethren fought this evil system and some of them sealed their testimony with their blood! So it is no light matter for a supposed brother like Billy Graham to receive an honorary doctorate degree from a Roman Catholic College Belmont Abbey, and stand on the podium declaring, “The gospel that founded this college is the same gospel I preach today.”

The Truth of God should never be sacrificed on the altar of unity. God is more concerned about preserving the truth of His Word in the church than so-called ‘peace’, ‘love’ and unity. As Owen rightly said, “For what peace in the Church without truth? All conformity to anything else is but the agreement of Herod and Pilate to destroy Christ and His Kingdom”. And again, “An agreement without truth is no peace, but a covenant with death, a league with hell, a conspiracy against the Kingdom of Christ and a stout rebellion against the God of Heaven”.

Michael Jeshurun