THE ‘DOCTRINE OF PREDESTINATION’ AND GOD AS A ‘RESPECTER OF PERSONS’

THE ‘DOCTRINE OF PREDESTINATION’ AND GOD AS A ‘RESPECTER OF PERSONS’

A “respecter of persons” is one who, acting as judge, does not treat those who come before him according to their character, but who withholds from some what is justly theirs and gives to others what is not justly theirs – one who is governed by prejudice and sinister motives, rather than by justice and law. The Scriptures deny that God is the respecter of persons in this sense; and if the doctrine of Predestination represented God as doing these things, we admit that it would charge Him with injustice. 

In the Scriptures God is said to be no respecter of persons, for He does not choose one and reject another because of outward circumstances such as race, nationality, wealth, power, nobility, etc. When the Scriptures say that God is no respecter of persons THEY DO NOT MEAN that He treats ALL PEOPLE ALIKE, but that the reason for His saving one and rejecting another is not that one is a Jew and the other a Gentile, or that the one is rich and the other poor, etc.

GOD DOES NOT TREAT ALL PEOPLE ALIKE; HE GIVES TO SOME WHAT HE WITHHOLDS FROM OTHERS

It is a fact that in His providential government of the world God does not confer the same or equal favors upon all people. The inequality is too glaring to be denied. The Scriptures tell us, and the experiences of everyday life show us, that there is a greatest variety in the distribution of these,—and justly so, for all of these are of GRACE, and not of debt. The Calvinist here falls back upon the experienced reality of facts. It is true, and no argument can disprove it, that men in this world find themselves unequally favoured both in inward disposition and outward circumstances. One child is born to health, honor, wealth, of eminently good and wise parents who train him up from infancy in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, and who afford him every opportunity of being taught the truth as it is in the Scriptures. Another is born to disease, shame, poverty, of dissipated and depraved parents who reject and ridicule and despise Christianity, and who take care to prevent their child from coming under the influence of the Gospel. Some are born with susceptible hearts and consciences, which makes lives of innocence and purity natural for them; others are born with violent passions, or even with distinct tendencies to evil, which seemingly are inherited and unconquerable. Some are happy, others are miserable. Some are born in Christian and in civilized lands where they are carefully educated and watched over; others are born in complete heathen darkness.

As a general rule the child that is surrounded with the proper Christian influences becomes a devout Christian and lives a life of great service, while the other whose character is formed under the influence of corrupt teaching and example lives in wickedness and dies impenitent. The one is saved and the other is lost. And will anyone deny that the influences favorable to salvation which are brought to bear upon some individuals are far more favorable than those brought to bear upon others? Will it not be admitted by every candid individual that if the persons had changed places, they probably would have changed characters also? – That if the son of the godly parents had been the son of the infidels, and had lived under the same corrupting influences, he would, in all probability, have died in his sins?

In His mysterious providence God has placed persons under widely different influences, and the results are widely different. He of course foresaw these different results before the persons were born. These are facts, which no one can DENY and EXPLAIN AWAY. And if we are to believe that the world is governed by a personal and intelligent Being, we must also believe that these inequalities have not risen by CHANCE or ACCIDENT, but through purpose and design, and that the lot of every individual has been determined by the Sovereign good pleasure of God. “Even Arminians,” says N. L. Rice, “are obliged to acknowledge that God does make great differences in the treatment of the human family, not only in the distribution of the temporal blessings, but of spiritual gifts also,—a difference which compels them, if they would be consistent, to hold the doctrine of election . . . . If the sending of the Gospel to a people, with the divine influence accompanying it, does not amount to a PERSONAL ELECTION, most assuredly the withholding of it from the people amounts generally to reprobation”.

In Matt 11:25 we read of a prayer in which Jesus said, “I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because Thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in Thy sight.” In those words He thanked the Father for doing that very thing which Arminians exclaim against as unjust and censure as partial. When the Arminian admits that Christ died not for fallen angels or demons, but only for fallen men, he admits limited atonement and in principle makes the same kind of a distinction as does the Calvinist who says that Christ died for the elect only.

GOD’S PARTIALITY IS PARTLY EXPLAINED BY THE FACT THAT HE IS SOVEREIGN AND THAT HIS GIFTS ARE OF GRACE

It cannot be said that God acts unjustly toward those who are not included in this plan of salvation. People who make this objection neglect to take into consideration the fact that God is dealing not merely with creatures but with SINFUL creatures who have forfeited every claim upon His mercy. Augustine well said: “Damnation is rendered to the wicked as a matter of debt, justice and desert, whereas grace given to those who are delivered is free and unmerited, so that the condemned sinner cannot allege that he is unworthy of his punishment, nor the saint vaunt or boast as if he were worthy of his reward. Thus in the whole course of this procedure, there is no respect of persons.

They who are condemned and they who are set at liberty constituted originally one and the same lump, equally infected with sin and liable to vengeance. Hence the justified may learn from the condemnation of the rest that that would have been their own punishment had not God’s grace stepped into their rescue.” And to the same effect Calvin says, “The Lord, therefore, may give grace to whom He will, because He is merciful, and yet not give it to all because He is a just Judge; may manifest His free grace by giving to some what they never deserve, while by not giving to all He declares the demerit of all.”

“Partiality,” in the sense that objectors commonly use the word, is IMPOSSIBLE in the SPHERE OF GRACE. It can EXIST only in the SPHERE OF JUSTICE, where the persons concerned have certain CLAIMS and RIGHTS. We may give to one beggar and not to another for we do not OWE anything to either. The parable of the talents was spoken by our Lord to illustrate the doctrine of Divine sovereignty in the bestowment of UNMERITED gifts; and the regeneration of the soul is one of the greatest of these gifts.

The central teaching in the parable of the labourers in the vineyard is that God is sovereign in the dispensation of His gifts. To the saved and the unsaved alike He can say, “Friend, I do thee NO WRONG . . . . Is it not lawful for Me to do what I WILL with mine own? Or is thine eye evil, because I am good?” Matt. 20:13-15. It was said to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion”; and Paul adds, “So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but OF GOD that sheweth mercy . . . .So then He hath mercy on WHOM HE WILL and whom He will He hardeneth,” Rom. 9:15-18. He will extend mercy to some, and inflict justice on others, and will be glorified by all.

Just as a man may give alms to some and not to others, so God may give His grace, which is heavenly alms, to whom He pleases. Grace, from its own nature, must be FREE and the very INEQUALITY OF ITS DISTRIBUTION demonstrates that it is TRULY GRATUITOUS. If any one could justly demand it, it would cease to be grace and would become of debt. If God is robbed of His sovereignty in this respect, salvation then becomes a matter of debt to every person.

Hence, then, to the objection that the doctrine of Predestination represents God as “partial,” we answer it certainly does. But we insist that it does not represent Him as UNJUSTLY partial.

[Paraphrased and quoted from – Lorraine Boettner – ‘The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination’]

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IF YOU’RE A ‘CHRISTIAN’ JUSTIFYING THE OBSERVATION OF PAGAN CHRISTMAS BY QUOTING ROMANS 14:5-6 . . . THIS ONE’S FOR YOU 

IF YOU’RE A ‘CHRISTIAN’ JUSTIFYING THE OBSERVATION OF PAGAN CHRISTMAS BY QUOTING ROMANS 14:5-6 . . . THIS ONE’S FOR YOU

Michael Jeshurun

Every Christian who is determined to disobey or compromise usually looks for a verse in the Bible to justify his compromise. The attitude being – “We are delivered to do all these abominations?” (Jer 7:10) And so the alcoholic Christian shrugs his shoulders and says, “You know the Bible does say that we ought to drink a little wine for our stomach’s sake, doesn’t it?” (1Tim 5:23) And the Christian who is deceived by the ‘prosperity gospel’ says, “The Bible does say that God takes pleasure in the prosperity of His servant, doesn’t it?” (Psa 35:27)

Interestingly the nominal compromised Christian who cannot buck the tide and forego his idol of Christmas has a verse too. And at surface level this verse does seem to give clout to his compromise in observing this Babylonian abomination of Christmas. That verse is Romans 14:5,6. “One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. Etc” But does that verse really justify his compromise? We cannot do better here than to quote the words of another . . . .

CHRISTMAS AND ROMANS 14:5-6A

by Joe Garnett


Proponents of Christmas often appeal to these verses to defend their celebration of this pagan holy day. At first glance this scripture appears to support their position. But the Bible student should look closer, determining the context and whether this passage can have application to the syncretistic festival of Christmas.

Most commentators teach that Romans 14 deals with Christian liberty. It does, by way of interpretation, only narrowly. By way of interpretation merely two problems are covered, that of whether or not to eat certain meats and whether or not to observe certain days. With regard to Christmas, it is needful that we deal only with the observing of days.

The disputes in this passage take place not because there are simply differences of opinions. The disputes arise because some in the church are weak (immature) and others are strong (mature). This is important to keep in mind because in time one should expect the problem to be solved by the immature becoming mature. (Of course we understand that there might be others coming into the church continually with the same problem, thus protracting the dilemma for some time).

The goal of Biblical instruction is to make the saint a mature person in Jesus Christ (Col. 1:28). Thus in regard to this passage, we need to understand that if all the believers in the church had reached a certain degree of maturity, the problem would not have existed. The solution that Paul gives should be considered a temporary solution for these weak brothers and not a permanent one. (No one would disagree that Christians should always respect and love each other). We should expect these who are now weak to one day become strong as they reside under proper instruction.

The specific problem in verses 5-6a concerns the keeping of days. It appears that the majority of commentators understand the problem to arise from young Jewish converts to the Christian faith. These converts feel obligated to continue to observe Jewish holy days. This should not surprise us for these were proper days for them to observe prior to the work of the Lord Jesus Christ. They have not at this time received the understanding that it is no longer necessary for them to observe these days under the new covenant. We find them in a transition period in which they are confused. If they were to not observe these days they would feel that they were not being obedient to God. They don’t have a grasp on the glorious truth that the work of the Lord Jesus Christ is complete and the days that they observe are only shadows of His fullness (Col. 2:17).

To summarize, I make these observations:

The dispute involves different understandings between weak and strong brothers in Christ.

The weak feel that they must observe the Jewish holy days as they were previously commanded to do.

The strong understand the completed work of Jesus Christ and the new covenant make these days obsolete.

These different understandings cause dissension.

The only possible solution at this time is for both groups to accept one another in love.

In time we should expect the weak to become mature after they have been instructed in the truth and come to an understanding of what Jesus Christ has accomplished.

This is believed to be the interpretation of this passage or its proper understanding. Thus we must expect anyone making application from this passage to keep this understanding in mind at all times.

This is the question which now comes before us: Is the Christian observance of Christmas protected by way of application in this passage? To determine this let us consider the circumstances involved in both cases and see if there are any likenesses.

We shall consider the situation addressed in Romans 14 and compare it against the situation of present day Christmas celebrants.

(1) The young Jewish believers observed a day.

Those who celebrate Christmas are celebrating a season and a festival. Although they claim to celebrate a day, their actions betray them. Long before the day arrives they will be putting up trees, shopping for presents (not for Jesus), building and placing creches, decorating with lights and other objects (many of occultic background), planning and going to parties and endlessly talking about these activities.

(2) The Jewish converts were keeping days that they were previously obligated to observe.

The Christmas celebration has never been sanctified by scripture. It is built upon the lie, which is acknowledged by most everyone, that Jesus Christ was born on December 25. Rather than having support from the word of God, it is man made religion which is condemned by Jesus (Matt. 15:9).

(3) When the weak Jewish convert kept a day, there were disciplines that he performed. For instance, if he felt he needed to keep the sabbath, he had instruction from the scripture with regard to his activity (Deut. 5:12-14).

The celebrants of Christmas adhere to no spiritual disciplines. If they were to spend the day in the scripture with fasting and prayer they could at least be commended. However, the day will be spent by most in a festive atmosphere, eating, exchanging gifts and doing whatever they choose to do. These are the same “spiritual disciplines” that the pagans have done as this Babylonian festival evolved.

(4) The observances of these young Jewish believers did not take place in the church. The day that the weak brother regarded, he regarded it unto the Lord. The observance that he performed he rendered without the presence of those who did not wish to take part in the observance. For certain observances he most likely went to the synagogue. The strong brother was not required to endure the observances of the weak.

The Christmas celebration takes place within the church as well as in the world. In most churches the celebration generally consumes the month of December with decorations in the church building, parties, programs and some emphasis in all the services. If there is one who does not desire to celebrate, he must choose between being absent or enduring the festival.

(5) The weak Jewish brother could be expected in time to mature and be released in conscience from observing obsolete holy days.

The celebrant of Christmas expects to continue in a syncretistic fable originating from Babylonian mystery religion on a day when the now glorified Son of God was not born.

Thus, this writer concludes that Romans 14 does not exonerate the practice of Christmas from scriptural condemnation. The day that the weak Jewish convert observed was a day formally warranted by scripture with designated disciplines. It was observed outside the church without involving the strong.

The weak brother could be expected in time to mature in conscience and no longer feel obligated to observe it.  In contrast, the “day” the Christmas celebrant celebrates is a pagan originated festival of unknown duration having no basis in scripture nor God-ordained disciplines. It is celebrated in the church and considered immutable. Thus we see that there is no relationship between the two “holy” days.

The scripture condemns such practices as Christmas. Jeremiah 10:2,3 tell us to “learn not the way of the heathen” and that “the customs of the people are vain.” In Matthew 15:9 Jesus explains that men worship Him in vain, “teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” In Colossians 2:8 we are told to beware lest someone should spoil us “through philosophy and vain deceit, after the traditions of men, after the rudiments of the world.” I Timothy 1:4 instructs us to “neither give heed to fables … which minister questions.”

Jude 3 exhorts us to “earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.” The “faith” is the body of truth contained in the scripture. Matthew 28:20 reveals that what is to be taught and observed are “all things whatsoever I (Jesus) have commanded you.” Titus 2:1 commands us to “speak thou the things which become sound doctrine.”

Another verse often used by the proponent of Christmas is Colossians 2:16, “Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of a holy day, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days.” They interpret this to mean that they can eat and drink what they want and celebrate any day they wish. However the context shows that evil men were demanding that the Christians keep certain laws. Paul instructs them that they do not have to adhere to these commands and that they shouldn’t. His instruction is not that they can keep a certain day, but that they are not obligated to do so by those who would make them.

Christmas is a deceitful Babylonian fable with assorted heathen traditions added through the centuries. You cannot mix it with Christianity and call it “worship in spirit and truth” any more than you can mix skunk manure with honey and call it a feast.
Christmas is not part of the faith for which we are to contend. It is not that which the Lord Jesus Christ has commanded us to observe. It is not sound doctrine.

Christians should abhor it for the demonically inspired Babylonian myth that it is.

Quotes on Thanksgiving

Quotes on Thanksgiving

“You say, ‘If I had a little more, I should be very satisfied.’ You make a mistake.
If you are not content with what you have, you would not be satisfied if it were doubled.” [Charles Haddon Spurgeon]

“Thanksgiving is nothing if not a glad and reverent lifting of the heart to God in honor and praise for His goodness.”
[Robert Casper Lintner]

“Our rural ancestors, with little blest, patient of labor when the end was rest, indulged the day that housed their annual grain, with feasts, and offerings, and a thankful strain.”
[Alexander Pope]

“Remember God’s bounty in the year. String the pearls of His favor. Hide the dark parts, except so far as they are breaking out in light! Give this one day to thanks, to joy, to gratitude!”
[Henry Ward Beecher]

“A thanksgiving-day hath a double precedency of a fast-day.
On a fast-day we eye God’s anger; on a thanksgiving-day we look to God’s favor.
In the former we specially mind our corruptions; in the latter, God’s compassions;
therefore a fast-day calls for sorrow, a thanksgiving-day for joy.
But the Lord’s day is the highest thanksgiving day.”
[George Swinnock ]

“The Christian who walks with the Lord and keeps constant communion with Him will see many reason for rejoicing and thanksgiving all day long.”
[Warren Wiersbe]

“No longer forward nor behind
I look in hope or fear;
But, grateful, take the good I find,
The best of now and here.”
[John Greenleaf Whittier]

“It must be an odd feeling to be thankful to nobody in particular.
Christians in public institutions often see this odd thing happening on Thanksgiving Day.
Everyone in the institution seems to be thankful ‘in general.’
It’s very strange. It’s a little like being married in general.”
[Cornelius Plantingua, Jr.]

“Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don’t unravel.” [Unknown]

“Taking for granted all the temporal provisions and spiritual blessings
that God has so richly bestowed on us,
and so failing to continually give thanks, is one of our “acceptable sins” [Jerry Bridges, Respectable Sins]

“O Lord, that lends me life, Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness!” [William Shakespeare]

“Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.” [Psalm 150:6]

“If a fellow isn’t thankful for what he’s got, he isn’t likely to be thankful for what he’s going to get.”
[Frank A. Clark]

“Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.”
[Apostle Paul – 1 Timothy 2:1, 2]

“Praise is the best auxiliary to prayer; and he who most bears in mind what has been done for him by God will be most emboldened to supplicate fresh gifts from above.”
[Henry Melville]

“If we meet someone who owes us thanks, we right away remember that.
But how often do we meet someone to whom we owe thanks without remembering that?”
[Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe]

“Some people complain because God put thorns on roses, while others praise Him for putting roses among thorns.”
[Anonymous]

“He who receives a good turn should never forget it; he who does one should never remember it.”
[Charron]

“Gratitude is the least of the virtues, but ingratitude is the worst of vices.”
[Thomas Fuller]

“Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.”
[Apostle Paul – 2 Corinthians 9:15]

“Do not fancy, as too many do, that thou canst praise God by singing hymns to Him
in church once a week, and disobeying Him all the week long.
He asks of thee works as well as words; and more, he asks of thee works first and words after.”
[Charles Kingsley]

“My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise. Awake up, my glory;
awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early.
I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people: I will sing unto thee among the nations.”
[David – Psalm 57:7 – 9]

“If anyone would tell you the shortest, surest way to happiness and all perfection,
he must tell you to make it a rule to yourself to thank and praise God for everything
that happens to you. For it is certain that whatever seeming calamity happens to you,
if you thank and praise God for it, you turn it into a blessing.”
[William Law]

“How wonderful it would be if we could help our children and grandchildren
to learn thanksgiving at an early age.
Thanksgiving opens the doors. It changes a child’s personality …
thankful children want to give, they radiate happiness, they draw people.”
[Sir John Templeton]

“For a Christian thanksgiving, we must give thanks.”
[Unknown]

“But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you,
as is fitting for saints; neither filthiness,
nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.”
[Apostle Paul – Ephesians 5:3, 4]

“Thank you, dear God
For all You have given me,
For all You have taken away from me,
For all You have left me.”
(unknown)

GREED AND THANKSGIVING CAN’T GO TOGETHER

GREED AND THANKSGIVING CAN’T GO TOGETHER

“Thanksgiving offers tradition, family, and contentment; Black Friday offers smart phones at drastically reduced prices. In America, we all know who wins that battle. So Black Friday, like a black hole, violently expanded; it absorbed the light that surrounded it and sucked everything into its terrifying abyss, where all substance is torn to shreds and obliterated.

Black Friday could not be contained to a mere 24 hours. It is Consumerism. It wants more. It always wants more. Nothing is sacred to it; nothing is valuable. So, now, Black Friday has eaten Thanksgiving alive. Thanksgiving let out a desperate cry as Black Friday devoured its soul, but we barely noticed. It’s hard to hear anything when you’re wrestling 4000 other people for ‘buy one get one free’ cargo shorts at Old Navy.” – Matt Walsh

“What will the next four days say about who you are? Are you a coveter? Are you moved by Greed? Or are you thankful for what you have?

Please do not misunderstand me, there is nothing wrong with shopping this weekend. I bought a stove and microwave a few weeks ago and still go the Black Friday specials. I am not saying “don’t spend money.” But what I am asking is that you use this weekend as an opportunity to evaluate your heart.

WHY do you spend?

Answering that question honestly might just expose some things in your heart you won’t want to know. As James, the brother of our Lord, says . . .

“Know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God!” (James 4:4)

What does your desire for more say about your desire for God?”
– Thad Bergmeier

“Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” [Phil 4:11]

‘ALL SOUL’S DAY’ IS A SCAM

‘ALL SOUL’S DAY’ IS A SCAM

ALL-SOULS-DAY is a Satanic religious holiday based upon a demonic doctrine!

“All Souls’ Day (formally, Commemoratio omnium Fidelium Defunctorum or Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed), also called Defuncts’ Day in Mexico and Belgium, is the day set apart in the Roman Catholic Church and some other churches for the commemoration of the faithful departed. The celebration is based on the doctrine that the souls of the faithful which at death have not been cleansed from venial sins, or have not atoned for past transgressions, cannot attain the beatific vision, and that they may be helped to do so by prayer and by the sacrifice of the mass.

The feast falls on November 2 and follows All Saints Day. Since the liturgical reforms of the Second Vatican Council the feast is celebrated on November 2 even in years when that date falls on a Sunday. In the traditional Latin rite, the observance is transferred to Monday, November 3 if November 2 is a Sunday, as black vestments are never permitted on Sundays.” -SOURCE (WIKIPEDIA, the free online dictionary)

Oh how foolish are Catholics to believe that some sins are “venial” (forgivable); but others aren’t. God can forgive ALL sins. Isaiah 1:18 promises, “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool” (Isaiah 1:18). The ONLY sin, the unpardonable sin, which God cannot forgive is the grievous sin of REJECTING CHRIST. In Romans 8:9, the Holy Spirit is referred to as the “Spirit of Christ.”

Proverb 14:12 states, “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” You can be 100% sincere; but you’ll still go straight to Hell if you die in your sins. These malicious doctrines of the Catholic Church are NOT taught in the Word of God. You’ve been lied to. All sin is wicked and wrong. There is no such thing as a little white sin, all sin is horrible! Thankfully, God sent His only begotten Son into the world to shed His blood upon the cross for our sins (John 3:16; 1st Peter 1:18-19.

 All Souls Day is a Fraud!

 The Catholic teaching that the prayers of the living can help the dead is unscriptural. Not once did any of the Bible prophets or Apostles pray for the dead. Jesus never taught us to pray for the dead. The Word of God couldn’t be any more clear that once we breathe our last breath, our eternal destiny is forever sealed. In Matthew 25 Jesus likened Heaven to a parable of 10 virgins.

The Bible says that 5 were wise; but the other 5 were foolish. When the bridegroom came at midnight, “the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out” (Matthew 25:8). Carefully notice that the wise women couldn’t help the foolish women. In verse 12 the bridegroom said, “Verily I say unto you, I know you not.” Noah and the ark is another prime example of what will happen to the wicked who die in their sins. Once God shut the door to the ark, it was too late.

Committing even one sin will send you to Hell for all eternity. All-Souls-Day is a fraudulent event, based upon the damnable heresies of evil men. No one can help you escape God’s wrath if you die in your sins … “How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation” (Hebrews 2:3). Don’t be a fool by placing your salvation in the hands of other sinners, because they cannot help you. If you think that some sins aren’t all that bad (venial sins), and that you can pray your loved one’s out of punishment, then you are greatly deceived by Satan.

2nd Thessalonians plainly states, “In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord.”  If you die without having obeyed the Gospel (the good news) of Christ crucified, then you WILL burn in Hell forever.

Catholics teach that certain of their members who die in their “venial” sins will go to Purgatory; but the Word of God teaches something entirely different … “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.” If you have believed upon Christ, that God has imputed Christ’s righteousness to your record, and your sins to His. In fact, Romans 4:6 states … “Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works.

So why would such a blessed man go to suffer in Purgatory? Do you see how much the Catholic Church has LIED to you.  The Bible is clear, either you are a total heathen, or you have Christ’s righteousness in spite of your present sins. Lot was a sinful man; but he believed God and it was counted unto him for righteousness. Does this give us a license to sin, of course not.

All-Souls-Day is a scam, based upon a manmade foolish doctrine.

You can pray ’til you’re blue in the face; but it won’t help your departed loved ones at all. You can give all your money to the Church; but it’s too late for your loved ones if they died in their sins without Christ as Savior. There is absolutely NOTHING anyone can do to benefit those suffering in Hell. This is clearly evidenced by the account given in Luke 16:19-31 of the rich man who went to Hell. Jesus didn’t say that this was a parable, as He always did when He spoke parables.  Also, unlike His parables, Jesus used SPECIFIC names in this account (i.e., Abraham and Lazarus).

The rich man was in torment, and begged Abraham to send Lazarus from the dead to warn his five brothers. Abraham makes a startling statement by saying, “And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.” In other words, if people won’t listen to the Word of God, then nothing will reach them for Christ.

Catholicism is a lie of the devil, a prison-house of religion. If I didn’t sincerely care about people, then I wouldn’t take the time to WARN you. The Catholic religion is all a bunch of Satanic lies based upon traditions and ridiculous manipulations of the Word of God. I plead with you as a friend, obey the Bible by turning to the Lord Jesus Christ in faith and forsaking the Mother of Harlots. The Great Whore of the Catholic Church will take you to hell with them if you’re foolish enough to follow them. Don’t do it. Salvation is NOT found in a religion, but in a Person–the Lord Jesus Christ! You need Christianity friend, NOT Churchianity.

HOW can I be saved?

“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved!”  [Acts 16:31]

(copied from the web)

IT IS NOT ENOUGH TO READ YOUR BIBLE – YOU MUST MEDITATE ON IT

IT IS NOT ENOUGH TO READ YOUR BIBLE – YOU MUST MEDITATE ON IT

Saturation with the Scriptures is the Secret to Satisfaction of our Souls

The Puritan writer Thomas Brooks offers an excellent description of Biblical meditation…

Remember that it is not hasty reading—but serious meditation on holy and heavenly truths, which makes them prove sweet and profitable to the soul. It is not the mere touching of the flower by the bee which gathers honey (cp Ps 19:10-note; Ps 119:103-note)—but her abiding for a time on the flower which draws out the sweet. It is not he who reads most, but he who meditates most—who will prove to be the choicest, sweetest, wisest and strongest Christian.”

Meditation is CHEWING. Meditation is aptly depicted by the cow’s process of mastication (chewing). God has so constructed bovines to bring up previously digested food for additional grinding to enable optimal assimilation of the “cud.” Meditation is pondering and reviewing various thoughts (especially the thoughts/words of God) by mulling them over in one’s mind and heart (our “control center” so to speak – see Pr 4:23-note).

Meditation is the processing of God’s food for our soul (real “soul food!) One might call it “divine thought digestion.” “Chewing” upon a divine thought, deliberately and diligently, a process which (enabled by the Spirit our “Sanctifier”) provides the vital link between theory and action, between God’s Word on paper and God’s Word in our life. What mastication is to the physical life of the cow, meditation is to the spiritual life of those created in the image of God.

C H Spurgeon asks a good question…

“Have you a spiritual taste, dear Hearer? It is one thing to hear the Word. It is another thing to taste it. Hearing the Word is often blessed, but tasting it is a more inward and spiritual thing—it is the enjoyment of the Truth in the innermost parts of our being! Oh, that we were all as fond of the Word as were the old mystics who chewed the cud of meditation till they were fattened upon the Word of the Lord and their souls grew strong in the Divine Love! I am sure of this—the more you know of God’s Word, the more you will love it!”—The True Sayings of God – #3144

Meditation is ANALYZING. Literally analyzing describes the art of taking an intentional, lengthy look at a given object as the jeweler does when he puts his eyepiece on to examine the character and qualities of a flawless diamond. Indeed, “The words of the LORD are pure words; As silver tried in a furnace on the earth, refined seven times.” (Ps 12:6-note) Meditation on the living and active (energetic) Word (Heb 4:12-note) is like gazing at a prism, which breaks a single beam of sunlight into many component colors. As we take time to steadily focus on the “diamond” of God’s Word, the Spirit illumines the Son’s light in His many and variegated “colors and hues.”

Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of Thy law (Psalm 119:18).

Meditation is ACTION. Someone has described it: “Making words into thoughts and thoughts into actions.” It is mental planning ahead with definite action in mind for accomplishing a job. Andrew Murray describes it: “Holding the Word of God in your heart until it has affected every phase of your life… this is meditation.”

Now tie these three thoughts together: chewing, analyzing and action. Reflect on each of them now before reading any further. Give God time for divine polishing in His secret place in order to more effectually reproduce His glory and beauty in public.

“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou SHALT MEDITATE therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for THEN thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” [Joshua 1:8]

[Quoted from Precept Austin.org]

THE CHRISTIAN AND HIS STEWARDSHIP OF TEMPORAL BLESSINGS

THE CHRISTIAN AND HIS STEWARDSHIP OF TEMPORAL BLESSINGS

In some of our homes, we’ve got a lot of stuff, and A LOT OF STUFF THAT WE DON’T NEED! I’ve been talking with a few friends about clutter and de-junking the house. How do we decide what to purge? After we’ve thrown out the garbage, how do we decide what to keep and what to give to Goodwill? How do we use the material blessings which the Lord has given us without beginning to “lay up for ourselves treasures upon earth”? [Matt 6:19]

There are loads of books out there on how do de-clutter, organize, and purge, but few of them offer a biblical perspective. The motives that we often hear for de-cluttering are to create a calm personal space, to make room for the new, to aid the flow of positive energy, etc. If you haven’t used it for a year, you’re supposed to throw it out, according to the organizational gurus. But THERE ARE BIBLICAL REASONS AND MOTIVES FOR GETTING RID OF STUFF YOU DON’T USE – AND EVEN SOME STUFF THAT YOU DO.

First, getting rid of excess stuff frees you to other things. Stuff requires that we keep track of it and care for it. Getting rid of extra stuff means that we have less material things to think about and care for, and more time and energy to serve. Instead of storing and cleaning an extensive collection of (china plates, baby clothes, old textbooks, etc.), we have that time to serve. Stuff is often a distraction from the things of God and the service of God. While we do have to live with some things (some clothing, for instance, or pots and pans) and spend time caring for them, stuff that is taking extra time and energy from the things of the Lord needs to go.

Second, getting rid of extra stuff makes your home a tool of service. A home that is cluttered (often a symptom of disorganization) is not a place which is restful to its occupants, available for hospitality, or a witness to a world that is watching to see how other-worldly people live on earth. A de-cluttered home is partly an expression and witness that we are willing and able to serve.

THIRD, GETTING RID OF STUFF CAN BLESS OTHERS. Things that you do not use, that you only use occasionally, or even things that you do use but could do without, could bless someone who actually needs them. Those items can go, too. I had been storing bins and bins of kid’s clothes in case I ever need them. Maybe I will need them again, but in the meantime, I know other children who could put them to good and immediate use. It’s good to ask if someone else would be more fruitful with an item in question, or if they need it: “If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?” (James 2:14-16).

Things like your wedding dress or another personal, irreplaceable item can stay – pictures of your great-grandmother are probably not going to be a blessing to someone else, anyway. And there is a place for owning some things just because they are beautiful and bring us daily joy. But even then, we need to examine our motives. Why do we cling to a particular thing that is going to burn in the end anyway? Sometimes we keep something because it will bring our children or grandchildren joy (perhaps some financial gain) years from now. Sometimes we want to be able to see a certain item (like our grandfather’s cane, or our first pair of shoes) that brings back memories connected to landmark events in our past.

BUT OFTEN, I FIND MYSELF CLINGING TO STUFF WITH NO OTHER REASON THAN MATERIALISM! I love stuff, so it’s hard to throw it out. Scripture has some serious warning for me: “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him” (I John 2:15). Throwing out stuff helps me to wean myself from this world and focus on spiritual realities. One line from Luther’s hymn has been particularly helpful to me as I seek to pare down my earthly possessions: “Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also.”

This doesn’t mean that we have to live in stark, monastic settings. But it does mean that we need to view our possessions in light of eternity, using them for God’s glory and love for others. All the stuff I have is just stuff – a stewardship of temporal blessings. Is it weighing down my soul and fruitfulness? Am I using it for eternal good? “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:19-20). Amen!

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OSWALD CHAMBERS: A CAUTIONARY LOOK AT A POPULAR DEVOTIONAL TEACHER

OSWALD CHAMBERS: A CAUTIONARY LOOK AT A POPULAR DEVOTIONAL TEACHER

compiled by Michael Jeshurun

Ever since the good Lord opened mine eyes to the doctrines of Sovereign Grace and the Total Inability of man there are some ‘Christian’ authors whom I have stopped reading. Here are some of them – A.W. Tozer (author of ‘The Pursuit of God’), Oswald Chambers (author of ‘My Utmost for His Higest’), Thomas A. Kempis (author of ‘Imitation of Christ’) David Wilkerson (author of The ‘Cross and the Switchblade’), Leonard Ravenhill (author of ‘Why Revival Tarries’) and a few more.

Now these are all BIRDS OF A FEATHER! They believed in the ‘free-will’ of man and creature ability! These are supposed theologians who never received the light of the Scripture – “So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of GOD THAT SHEWETH MERCY”! [Romans 9:16]

Since GOD opened mine eyes to the utter depravity of my heart and the absolute sovereignty of His will concerning all things, I could NEVER read and be edified by the works of such men as mentioned above! Their voice to me is the voice of a ‘stranger’! [see John 10:4,5]

Someone says, “But aren’t there some good insights and food for the soul in their writings?” Hey, if you carefully rummage through the garbage-can down the road you are sure to find something edible. (I oughtta know) And it’s okay to live like that when you’re a tramp! But now that you’re the King’s son and have access to His table, wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread and your labour for that which satisfieth not? Hearken diligently unto God, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness. [Isaiah 55:2]

In this paper we shall mainly examine the teachings Oswald Chambers. The following was originally posted by one brother Asterisktom on the ‘Baptist debate Forum’ . . . nothing has been edited but has been quoted word for word . . .

It may be that if you ask any Christian what his or her favorite author is, besides the Bible, the answer may very well be “Oswald Chambers”. He has become quite popular across the spectrum of modern Christendom and beyond. To be sure, much of his writings contain useful practical wisdom. This cannot be denied. Yet there is also another side to his writings, and to his life, that needs to be known. No man is free of theological error, and it is the teacher whose reputation is the highest who has the most opportunity (intentional or otherwise) of spreading error among the undiscerning.

“My Utmost for His Highest” is the book that comes most to mind when we think of the man. This is a devotional with daily readings like “The Daily Bread”. “Utmost” goes a bit deeper than that other devotional however. “Deeper” does not always mean “better” though. While there is much good teaching, there is also much that is questionable.

CENTRAL TENET OF THE FAITH:

Oswald Chamber’s spiritual father, at first at least, is none other than Charles Haddon Spurgeon. This is surprising, considering the quite different path, theologically and personally, Chamber’s life took. (More on his life can be found from the links below). He shares with Spurgeon a tendency to draw much from a single text. He lacks, however, Spurgeon’s orthodox emphasis on the centrality of the Atonement and justification through faith. Spurgeon, as well as orthodox classical Christianity, placed great emphasis of our salvation being based on the character and faithfulness of God. Chambers, on the other hand, emphasizes -our- holding on to God, -our- seeking after God as being the central defining tenet of our faith. As he says…

“[T]he bedrock of Christianity is personal, passionate devotion to the Lord Jesus.”

No, the bedrock of Christianity is Christ, the Cornerstone. If we are only as secure in Christ as our personal devotion to Him is in any moment, then we are in trouble – all of us. We are not standing, in that case, on the Rock, but are teetering on one of those swaying rickety bridges that responds to and amplifies all of our unsteady steps.

PERFECT SAVIOR or PERFECT SAINTS?

By “utmost” (in the title of his main book) Chambers means attainable perfection. He actively worked to spread Wesley’s emphasis on perfectionism, commenting in 1908:

“John Wesley’s teaching has had no hold in Scotland in the past, but it seems now as if it is going to be grasped with a tenacious hold unequalled in the country.”

Wesley’s teaching was, of course, that Christians could become sinlessly perfect, what Chambers calls “sanctification”. I put the word in quotes because this is not the Biblical term, but one that he pours his own meaning into. For Oswald Chambers, sanctification means nothing less than sinlessness. He believes the Christians can be, and should be, sinless. The “new-birth” means “no more sinning”:

“Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin” (1 John 3:9). Do I seek to stop sinning or have I stopped sinning? To be born of God means that I have the supernatural power of God to stop sinning.

“In the Bible it is never–should a Christian sin? The Bible puts it emphatically: a Christian must not sin. The effective work of the new-birth life in us is that we do not commit sin; not merely that we have the power not to sin, but that we have stopped sinning.” (Aug. 15th)

“Have I made this decision about sin–that it must be killed right out of me? Haul yourself up, take a time alone with God, make the moral decision and say, “Lord, identify me with Thy death until I know that sin is dead in me”. (April 10th)

“Either God or sin must die in my life. The New Testament brings us right down to this one issue. If sin rules in me, God’s life in me will be killed; if God rules in me, sin in me will be killed. There is no possible ultimate but that.” (June 23rd)

The Biblical position, of course, is that Christians do sin from time to time. Not to see this is to have a low view of sin and to have an unrealistic, discouraging, frustrating, not to say un-scriptural, view of Christianity. “If we say we have no sin, then the truth is not in us.” (Ist John 1:8). After this verse is the promise that we can get cleansing from our sins by confession to Him. As we grow in grace, we sin less and less, but we are not sinless.

The source of our strength in our walk is in our meditation on Christ’s perfection, not our own. When we think of ourselves it should be of our own imperfections and of our falling far short of the divine standard. The resultant humility (“poor in spirit”) that this brings draws us nearer to Christ and enables the Holy Spirit to continue His work of Christ-likeness in us (2nd Cor. 12:9- 10). Not surprisingly, Chambers does not favor this sort of “defeatist” introspection, insisting instead on attaining perfection by Gnostic/mystical means.

NEW LIFE or NEW LEAF?

“God will not give us good habits, He will not give us character, He will not make us walk aright. We have to do all that ourselves; we have to work out the salvation God has worked in. If you hesitate when God tells you to do a thing, you endanger your standing in grace.” (Nov. 12th)

At first this sounds quite acceptable. We do indeed have to “strive with Him” in our Christian walk. But he goes too far when he insists, as far as character and our walk are concerned, that we “have to do all that ourselves”. That just isn’t true. Rather we walk in the works that God has prepared for us (Eph 2:8- 10). Neither does hesitation endanger “standing in grace”. It is a flimsy grace – and a tenuous (dare I say “fictional”) salvation that can be blown away by mere hesitation. Once again Chamber’s Arminian misunderstanding of salvation clouds the picture.

The Biblical teaching is that if we are in Christ we are new creatures. All things are new (2nd Cor. 5:17). Yes, we have the responsibility to obey. But if we falter, hesitate, blow it here or there, we do not suddenly become “old creatures” again.

SECOND WORK OF GRACE?

It is through a misunderstanding or devaluation of Christ’s “first” work in the life of believers that Chambers posits the need for a “second work” of grace. Here he shows his Keswick roots. (More on that can be found from the URL below).

Am I set in my ways, concerning God? We are never free from this snare until we are brought into the experience of the baptism of the Holy Ghost and fire (Jan. 28th).

God does not give us overcoming life; He gives us life as we overcome. When the inspiration of God comes, and He says, “Arise from the dead,” we have to get up; God does not lift us up (Feb. 16th).

Ah, but God does lift us up. Paul says several times that we are raised up in Christ. It may be that we do not know this as we ought. The lack, in that case is not one of experience, but of teaching.

WHERE IS “CHURCH”, “PASTOR”, “MINISTRY”, ETC?

A person’s doctrine does not consist only of what he teaches. What he neglects to teach is also important. A reading of Chamber’s works will find little mention of the church, unless it is spoken of collectively or in a bad light. There is little mention of pastors and preaching, nor corporate worship. Doctrine is likewise downplayed. Search for the words on the first of the web sites below and see for yourself. Instead the emphasis is on “abandonment” (a deeper life term first found, as far as I can tell, in the writings of Mrs. Pearsall Smith), personal devotion, personal seeking after God. Who can fault seeking after God? No one. Yet – and this is the needed balance – we are personally enriched and gifted by the Spirit of Christ in order to build up the Church. Reading Ephesians 4 you will find two mentions of “building up”. The first is from the Spiritually gifted in the corporate church. The second is of the church “building up itself”. All of this gets scant mention in Chambers’ writing. If we had only his writing, we might think that the Christian walk was to be a monastic walk in the park or time in the prayer closet. Yet we are saved to serve, to build each other up.

DOWNPLAYING DOCTRINE

Chambers, in common with many of the so-called “deeper life” advocates, builds up an artificial tension between intellect and mere obedience, as if both are not needed.They are both as essential as two wings on a plane. We cannot be obedient to what we don’t understand. God’s people die for a lack of knowledge, as the prophet said. Neither do we learn facts in order to just bury them.

In the devotional for Oct. 10, Quoting Matt. 11:25 (“I thank Thee, O Father . . . because Thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.”)

Chambers writes:

“All God’s revelations are sealed until they are opened to us by obedience. You will never get them open by philosophy or thinking. Immediately you obey, a flash of light comes. Let God’s truth work in you by soaking in it, not by worrying into it. The only way you can get to know is to stop trying to find out and by being born again. Obey God in the thing He shows you, and instantly the next thing is opened up. One reads tomes on the work of the Holy Spirit, when one five minutes of drastic obedience would make things as clear as a sunbeam. “I suppose I shall understand these things some day!” You can understand them now. It is not study that does it, but obedience. The tiniest fragment of obedience, and heaven opens and the profoundest truths of God are yours straight away. God will never reveal more truth about Himself until you have obeyed what you know already. Beware of becoming “wise and prudent.”

He misses the point that obedience has to be based on knowledge. “You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free”. At no time should we downplay the further pursuit of knowledge, rather we are to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” (2nd Peter 3:18). We are to dedicate ourselves to a study of God’s Word, though not neglecting the inner life of meditation and prayer.By studying Christ’s Word we become more Christlike (2nd Cor. 3:18), we “save ourselves” and others (2nd Tim. 3:15; 1st Tim. 4:16) and much more. So doctrine is very important.

A Christian who reads Oswald Chamber for profit will certainly find some things in his writings to benefit from. Like much of what we find in our bookstores and on the Web wisdom is needed. For anyone who feels that I am unfairly criticizing this teacher I would only ask that he be read with Berean discernment. As you read him, ask yourself, “Is he emphasizing the very things that the Bible emphasizes?” “Is he using Biblical terms in a Biblical manner?” “Does he give central place to the foundational Person and doctrines of the Faith?” These are always fair questions to ask of any teacher.

IT IS GOD WHO GIVES OR REMOVES PEOPLE FROM OUR LIVES

IT IS GOD WHO GIVES OR REMOVES PEOPLE FROM OUR LIVES

“Since thou wast precious in My sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life. [Isa 43:4]

What does the Lord mean when He says, “I give men for thee, and people for thy life. [Isa 43:4]? I shall first speak of how this Scripture applied to me personally and then quote the best classical interpretation given on this portion of Scripture.

The Apostle wrote that God’s divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness! [2Pet 1:3] WHATEVER it is that the elect need to sustain their natural bodies and their spiritual souls, GOD HAS ALREADY DECREED, ORDAINED AND APPOINTED IN ETERNITY PAST! As the Master Himself said, “your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things”! [Matt 6:32] And since most of these temporal blessings come to us through MEN, in one form or another, God has in His sovereign grace and providence given us these men.

When I review my own life, and the men who are involved in it, starting from my employer to my landlord, my barber, my doctor and even my housekeeper; I see that they have been given to me by the Lord with a special view to be a blessing to me. And especially when I hear the sad tales of some of my unsaved friends as to how they are having a very difficult time with the above mentioned individuals like say their doctor or their motor mechanic etc, I can see that God has given me not just any doctor or any mechanic to bless my life, but a ‘hand picked’ one particularly with ME in mind”.

And not only those people who have been a blessing to me, but even those who have caused me much pain and grief by either their unloving attitude or their plain indifference were ALL sent by GOD for my good!!!

“I will give men for thee, and people for thy life” [Isaiah 43:4]

Michael Jeshurun.

But here is a theological masterpiece of an interpretation on this verse, by that renowned Reformed theologian, Herman Hoeksema, quoted from his classic sermon –

‘THE PLACE OF REPROBATION IN THE PREACHING OF THE GOSPEL’!

God loved His people with an infinite love. In His great love He determined to lead them to the glory He had appointed for them in Christ. If He determined to attain this greatest glory and lead the elect into it, it was necessary for Him, reverently speaking, to reprobate some. Not because all could not find a place in that glory, for then the question would arise, Why did God decree to create more people than could assume a place in the organism of the body of Christ? But because those who are presently to be damned must for a time serve the salvation of the elect, be it in an antithetical manner. In this sense, reprobation is a DIVINE NECCESITY. In this sense, the reprobate exist for the sake of the elect. They are in a certain sense the price, the ransom, which God pays for the higher glory of His children.

Of course, you will ask if we can prove this. We think we can. In the first place, we wish to refer you to the fact that this idea is not strange to God’s general revelation in nature and in history. You find it proved in the life of the nations and of people in particular. On many monuments erected in honor of our soldiers who lost their lives on the battlefield, you may read the inscription, ‘They gave their lives that we might live.’ Here is a figure of election and reprobation as we are now considering it. How often it occurs that thousands lose their lives on the battlefield in order that others may live. They do not merely give their lives, but it is required of them. They were reprobated that the nation might live.

It is no different in the lives of individuals, or individual persons and animals. The mother gives life to her child, not infrequently at the expense of her own. It is virtually always true that one generation lives and dies to make room for the next. There are species of animals in which the male dies after mating. The male is cast off (reprobated) to give life to the young.

According to the Scriptures, it is no different in the plant kingdom. When a farmer sows seed in his field, he sows much more than he needs. When the seed falls into the earth and dies, there appear not only the kernels of wheat, for which the seed was planted, but also the stem, the straw, and even the chaff. Without the stem and the chaff the grain could never have germinated and ripened. The stem and the chaff serve the grain, the seed. Yet both will presently be burned by fire in order that the grain may be gathered into the barn. Here also we find election and reprobation, and in such a way that the latter serves the former, and is necessary to it.

Yet this is not all. Not only do you find a figure of this truth in the general revelation of God, but it is also literally proved in Scripture, both in various texts and in the historical accounts. The Lord declares in Isaiah 43:4 to Israel, ‘Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life.’ It is true that this passage refers to that which the Lord did for Israel in the past. But it is also true that this passage refers to the eternal counsel of God’s good pleasure. For indeed God has loved His people from eternity. In His counsel they are precious in His eyes. Thus the text refers to the eternal love of God. In that eternal love He has desired to glorify and magnify His people, and to lead them to the highest possible glory in His eternal inheritance.

The text says that, in order to accomplish this, God has given other people in the place of His chosen people. Because He loved His people, those others had to pay for Israel’s salvation with their own lives. Israel’s history proves this time and time again. Pharaoh and his host perish. They must serve Israel temporarily, but God does not hesitate to give people for the life of His people. When Israel enters Canaan, people are again given in the place of Israel. This is effectuated by the sins of these people. They have filled the measure of iniquity at the time when Israel must enter into the rest and are destroyed to make room for Israel. So it is throughout the history of Israel. Babylon also serves a purpose, namely, to chastise Jerusalem. Yet, hereby it makes itself ripe for judgment. And when it has served to realize God’s counsel, Babylon is destroyed.

Thus it is literally presented in Proverbs 11:8: ‘The righteous is delivered out of trouble and the wicked cometh in his stead.’ The idea here is that the ungodly serve to deliver the righteous out of trouble, to glorify them. And having done so they perish for their sins. Still stronger is the language of Proverbs 21:18: ‘The wicked shall be a ransom for the righteous, and the transgressor for the upright.’ Here again we have the idea that God gives the wicked as a ransom, which He pays to glorify the righteous.

Naturally, this does not detract from the other truth that in reprobation God also reveals His righteousness, and is glorified in revealing His holy name. Indeed, these reprobate do not serve the salvation of the elect willingly, but as godless, and in spite of themselves. For this reason, they become guilty in serving this purpose, and are worthy of condemnation. Thus, in serving God’s purpose they become ripe for destruction. Just as chaff ripens for destruction while it serves the grain, so the godless become ripe for perdition while they serve the elect.

More evident this is in the case of our Savior Himself. Surely for the glorification of the elect, the blood of the Savior must flow. But if this blood is to flow, there must be a wicked and reprobate world to shed it. There must be a Judas who betrays Him; there must be a Sanhedrin that condemns Him; there must be a mighty and godless Roman power that finally brings Him to the cross. In all this, the reprobate serve for the glorification of the elect. Without that ungodly world, the cross cannot be imagined. But the situation is also thus that the world, in crucifying the Savior, through which it serves for the glorification of the elect, becomes ripe for destruction.

As it was then, so it is now. So it will be to the end of the world. And when the end shall come, the ungodly shall be righteously condemned and damned, in sin having served God’s counsel. The elect shall be eternally glorified with the Savior in the inheritance of the saints. Thus we conclude that in the unity of God’s plan, reprobation necessarily serves election. God’s love toward His people reigns supreme in His counsel. To reveal and to realize this love fully He brings into existence people who must finally be damned. Reprobation is the necessary antithetical counterpart of election.

CHRISTIANS SHOULD HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH HALLOWEEN, FOR LIKE CHRISTMAS IT IS A PAGAN HOLIDAY

CHRISTIANS SHOULD HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH HALLOWEEN, FOR LIKE CHRISTMAS IT IS A PAGAN HOLIDAY

 HISTORY OF HALLOWEEN

 Celtic New Year

October 31 is the most important day in the satanic year. [It is known as the devil’s birthday.] It marks the Celtic new year. It was the end of the growing season. It became a festival of death. On this day, the god of the Celtics was to have called up the spirits of the wicked dead who had died during the past year. At the same time, other evil spirits arose and went about the countryside harassing the people. On October 31, the Celtics expected to be harassed by ghosts, evil spirits and demons; and it was no fun and games to them. They would light bonfires to guide the spirits to their own town and to ward off evil spirits.

 DRUIDS

The Celtics had priests called druids. On October 31, the druids went from house to house demanding certain foods, and all those who refused were cursed. The people were tormented by means of magic. As they went, the druids carried large turnips which they had hollowed out and on which they had carved demon faces as charms. Each one was believed to contain the demon spirit that personally led or guided that priest: his little god.

 DIVINATION

Those who practiced fortune telling and divination found that this was the night that they had the most success. They called upon satan to bless their efforts. One form of divination was to put apples in a tub and bob for them. The one who first successfully came up with one without putting them in his teeth was to have good luck throughout the year. They would then peel the apples and throw the peeling over their shoulders and then quickly look around. They expected to see a vision or an apparition of the one they were to marry.

 SACRIFICES

These things happened several centuries before CHRIST. Sacrifices were made to the gods, especially the god of death – Samhain (pronounced Sah win). Sacrifices all the way from vegetable to human were offered. This went on and on, and, in some parts of the world, still goes on today.

 8th CENTURY

In the 8th century, the Pope, in an effort to get the people to quit the festival of Sam hain, invented All Saints Day (Nov. 1). This was an attempt to get the people to turn away from the horrible observance of Sam hain. All Saints Day was intended to honor the martyrs of the Roman persecutions. It did not work! It never works to Christianize a pagan holiday. The holy and the profane do not mix.

 THE MIDDLE AGES

In the Middle Ages, there was a great revival of satanic practices and witchcraft and magic – like there is today. During this time the belief developed that witches traveled on broomsticks to the black Sabbaths to worship satan on October 31. They were guided by spirits in the form of black cats. The Druids worshiped cats believing them to be reincarnated evil people.

 CHURCH INVOLVEMENT

This festival of death has survived all the efforts of the church to stamp it out. The church is joining the opposition by celebrating this festival.

All Saints Day became All Hallows Day. Hallow means holy or sacred. October 31 is the evening before All Hallows Day and came to be called in the western world all hallows evening and then all hallows een. Een is an abbreviation for evening. Finally, the word was reduced to the way we have it today, Halloween. That’s where the name came from, and even if it is called all hallows evening, it has nothing to do with Christian faith, and it never did.

 MODERN HALLOWEEN

Now let’s look at the present day celebration of Halloween. Isn’t the whole theme one of darkness, death, fear, threats, destruction and evil? There are witches, broomsticks, bats, owls, ghosts, skeletons, death, and monsters. You dress up your children as demons and witches and ghouls and monsters and werewolves and send them out into the street in the darkness to reenact the Druids’ practice of demanding food from people under threat of tricks (or curses) if they don’t comply.

You take, not a turnip, but a pumpkin and carve demon faces in it and decorate with it.

At Halloween there will be apple bobbing, divination, fortune telling, haunted houses, candles lit and spirits called up. There will be seances and ouija boards in the name of fun and excitement. There will be sacrifices of dogs, cats, rats, chickens, goats and even humans!

You say, “Well, we don’t take it seriously.” But the devil does and so does God. Particularly this is true when the Church which He purchased with His own precious blood builds houses of horror in its fellowship halls so that the little lambs who have been entrusted to its care can be terrified and opened up to invading spirits of fear and torment and confusion.

 How this must Grieve the Lord!

 Scriptural References:

Hosea 4:6; Ezekiel 44:23; Deuteronomy 18:9-14; 7:25-26; James 1:27; II Corinthians 6:14; I Corinthians 10:19-23; I Thessalonians 5:21-23; Philippians 4:8.

 “HALLOWEEN, TRICK OR TREAT?

You can call a duck a horse, cow, cat, etc., but it is still a duck. You can call what you do a “fall festival”, “alleluia party”, etc., but you are still observing Halloween, even if you dress up as bible characters. Halloween is the highest satanic holy day of the year.

On October 31st, the high priest of all witch covens are required to make a human sacrifice. God condemns witches and everything to do with them. The head of the first satanic church said, “a witch is a witch”, when referring to black and white witchcraft. All their power comes from the devil.

People think it’s funny to scare people to “death”. II TIMOTHY 1:7 says, “For God has not given to us the spirit of fear…”. So guess who is scaring you?

Tell your children the truth about halloween. Revelation 21:8 says liars won’t make it to heaven. Then, parents, you will be doing your job as the high priest of the family like you are suppose to be. If you open your doors to pass out tracts, you are still observing halloween. Why don’t you pass them out another time?

 SPIRIT OF HALLOWEEN

“For Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft,” 1 Sam. 15:23,

WITCHCRAFT – SATANISM

Witches are for Halloween or for superstitious primitives in seventeenth century Salem. That seems to be the “modern” outlook sophisticated skepticism and a knowing smile when it comes to witchcraft.

And yet Time’s recent cover story would indicate that witchcraft is not a thing of the past. Satan is not dead. Young people by the thousands are probing seriously the mysteries of “the other side,” from seances to Satan worship. Leading universities report over-enrolled courses on witchcraft . . . occult book sales have doubled in three years . . . most American high schools have their campus “witches and warlocks” . . . And occasionally the headlines shatter our complacency with the terror of Manson-style violence.

Halloween is celebrated by children in the United States. This issue is becoming debatable inside of Christian circles because of the rise of the occult in America.

Witchcraft-Satanism revivals and their obvious tie with pagan holiday causes Christians to question if the church should participate in Halloween.

Children are in costumes and masks with Halloween pumpkins of ‘Jack O’ Lanterns’ name for (Will Wisps) an ancient symbol of a damned soul, too long considered harmless fun, and innocent pranks.

Halloween is celebrated masquerading as Church fund-raising bazaars decorated with black cats and witches; skeletons, scarecrows, haunted houses, bats, vampires and dummies in coffins. It should not be integrated with the holiness of the scared house of God. It’s wicked and brings curses, (Deut. 11-36, 28.)

Some see it as evil and will have nothing to do with the celebration; others as harmless fun partake fully: costume parties, Halloween decorations and ‘trick-or-treat. Still others try to find a “middle” approach, allowing trick-or-treat and masquerades, but as “Bible characters” instead of demonic and occult figures.

Some Churches are now seeing the influence of its fruit. One cannot deny the occult-metaphysical nature of Halloween is not in line with the Christian in character. Despite this clear contrast, Christians defend their complicity in the holiday asserting their “liberty” in Christ from the bondages of “legalism,” declaring it is only innocent fun! God never gave us liberty to engage ourselves in evil!

“Learn not the way of the heathen . . . for the customs of the people are vain,” (Jeremiah 10:2-3).

“And what concord hath Christ with Belial or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? For ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate,” (II Corinthians 6:15-17).

[Quoted from various sources on the Web]

Please do not post comments justifying either Christmas or Halloween . . . they will be promptly deleted!

Michael Jeshurun