ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which
go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know
them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit;
but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring
forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits
ye shall know them.” (Matthew 7:13-20)
“Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary
to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own
belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple. For your obedience is come abroad unto all men.
I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil. And
the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.”
there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring
in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall
follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they
with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth
not.” (II Peter 2:1-3)
“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves,
covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers,
false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more
than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they
which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never
able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (II Timothy 3:1-7)
“For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let,
until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his
mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all
power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received
not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should
believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” (II Thessalonians
I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one Husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin
to Christ. But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted
from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye
receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with
what I do, that I will do, that I may cut off occasion from them which desire occasion; that wherein they glory, they may
be found even as we. For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also
be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.” (II Corinthians 11:2-4,
Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and
doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry, and
commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the
truth. For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: For it is sanctified
by the word of God and prayer. If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus
Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained. But refuse profane and old
wives' fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness. For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable
unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come. This is a faithful saying and worthy
of all acceptation.” (I Timothy 4:1-9)
“I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, Who
shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season;
reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine;
but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears
from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist,
make full proof of thy ministry.” (II Timothy 4:1-5)
“For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ
is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have
wrought, but that we receive a full reward. Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God.
He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not
this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of
his evil deeds.” (II John 7-11)
“Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write
unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. For there
are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of
our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Jude 3-4)
“I marvel that ye are so soon removed
from Him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble
you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than
that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other
gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please
men? For if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.” (Galatians 1:6-10)
“Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. But continue thou in the things which
thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known
the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture
is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” (II Timothy 3:12-17)
|Beware of false prophets, which come to you
|in sheep's clothing! (Matthew 7:15)
Is It Worthwhile? by Harry A. Ironside
Objection is often raised even by some sound in the faith-regarding the exposure
of error as being entirely negative and of no real edification. Of late, the hue and cry has been against any and all negative
teaching. But the brethren who assume this attitude forget that a large part of the New Testament, both of the teaching of
our blessed Lord Himself and the writings of the apostles, is made up of this very character of ministry-namely, showing the
Satanic origin and, therefore, the unsettling results of the propagation of erroneous systems which Peter, in his second epistle,
so definitely refers to as "damnable heresies."
Our Lord prophesied, "Many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many."
Within our own day, how many false prophets have risen; and oh, how many are the deceived! Paul predicted, "I know this,
that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men
arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. Therefore watch." My own observation is that these
"grievous wolves," alone and in packs, are not sparing even the most favoured flocks. Undershepherds in these "perilous
times" will do well to note the apostle's warning: "Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock,
over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers." It is as important in these days as in Paul's-in fact, it
is increasingly important-to expose the many types of false teaching that, on every hand, abound more and more.
We are called upon to "contend
earnestly for the faith once for all delivered to the saints," while we hold the truth in love. The faith means the whole
body of revealed truth, and to contend for all of God's truth necessitates some negative teaching. The choice is not left
with us. Jude said he preferred a different, a pleasanter theme-"Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you
of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the
faith which was once delivered unto the saints. For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordainedto
this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord
Jesus Christ" (Jude 3, 4). Paul likewise admonishes us to "have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness,
but rather reprove them" (Eph. 5:11).
This does not imply harsh treatment of those entrapped by error-quite the opposite. If it be objected that exposure
to error necessitates unkind reflection upon others who do not see as we do, our answer is: it has always been the duty of
every loyal servant of Christ to warn against any teaching that would make Him less precious or cast reflection upon His finished
redemptive work and the all-sufficiency of His present service as our great High Priest and Advocate.
Every system of teaching can be judged by
what it sets forth as to these fundamental truths of the faith. "What think ye of Christ?" is still the true test
of every creed. The Christ of the Bible is certainly not the Christ of any false "-ism." Each of the cults has its
hideous caricature of our lovely Lord.
Let us who have been redeemed at the cost of His precious blood be "good soldiers of Jesus Christ." As
the battle against the forces of evil waxes ever more hot, we have need for God-given valour.
There is constant temptation to compromise.
"Let us go forth therefore unto Him without the camp, bearing His reproach." It is always right to stand firmly
for what God has revealed concerning His blessed Son's person and work. The "father of lies" deals in half-truths
and specializes in most subtle fallacies concerning the Lord Jesus, our sole and sufficient Savior.
Error is like leaven of which we read, "A
little leaven leaveneth the whole lump." Truth mixed with error is equivalent to all error, except that it is more innocent
looking and, therefore, more dangerous. God hates such a mixture! Any error, or any truth-and-error mixture, calls for definite
exposure and repudiation. To condone such is to be unfaithful to God and His Word and treacherous to imperiled souls for whom
error is most unpopular work. But from every true standpoint it is worthwhile work. To our Savior, it means that He receives
from us, His blood-bought ones, the loyalty that is His due. To ourselves, if we consider "the reproach of Christ greater
riches than the treasures of Egypt," it ensures future reward, a thousand-fold. And to souls "caught in the snare
of the fowler"-how many of them God only knows-it may mean light and life, abundant and everlasting.
by Thomas Manton (1660)
"Turn away my eyes from beholding vanity—quicken me in Your way" (Psalm 119:37).
The first request
is for the removing of impediments to obedience; the other request is for addition of new degrees of grace. These two are
fitly joined, for they have a natural influence upon one another. Unless we turn away our eyes from vanity—we shall
soon contract a deadness of heart. When our affections are alive to worldly things—they are dead to God. Therefore the
less we let loose our hearts to these things—the more lively and cheerful the work of obedience. On the other side,
the more the vigor of grace is renewed, and the habits of it quickened into actual exercise—the more is sin mortified
1. It therefore
concerns those that would walk with God to have their eyes turned away from worldly things. He who would be quickened, carried
out with life and vigor in the ways of God, must first be mortified, die unto sin. Speaking of the fruits of Christ's
death, the Apostle mentioned death unto sin—before life unto righteousness (1 Peter 2:25). If any would live
with Christ—first they must learn to die unto sin. It is impossible for sin and grace to thrive in
the same subject.
great means of mortification is guarding the senses—eyes and ears, taste and touch—that they may not
betray the heart into sin. I put it so general, because the man of God who is so solicitous about his eyes would not be careless
of his ears and other senses. We must watch on all sides. When an assault is made on a city—if one gate is open—it
is as good as if all were. The inlet and outlet of sin is by the senses, and much of our danger lies there.
There are many objects that agree with our dispositions, and by them insinuate themselves into the soul, and therefore things
long since seemingly dead will soon revive again and recover life and strength. There are no means to keep the heart—unless
we keep the eye. In every creature Satan has laid a snare for us—to steal away our hearts and affections
from God. The senses are so ready to receive these objects from without to wound the heart, for they are as the heart is.
If the heart is poisoned with sin, and became a servant to it—so are the senses of our bodies "weapons of unrighteousness"
(Romans 6:13). Earthly objects have an impression upon them answerable to the temper and affections of the soul—and
what the soul desires—the senses pitch upon; and therefore if we let the senses wander, the heart will take fire.
3. Above all senses, the eye must
be guarded. First, because it is the noblest sense, given us for high uses. There is not only a natural eye to inform us of
things profitable and hurtful for the natural man—but a spiritual use to set before us those objects which may stir
us and raise our minds to heavenly meditations. By beholding the perfection of the creature—we may admire the more eminent
perfection of Him that made them: "the heavens declare the glory of God—and the firmament shows His handiwork"
(Psalm 19:1). "For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have
been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made" (Romans 1:20). The perfections of the creature
are to draw us to God—and its defects to drive us from themselves. The eye, as it is used, will either be a
help or a snare: either it will let in the sparks of temptation—or enkindle the fire of true devotion. These are the
windows which God has placed in the top of the building, that man from there may contemplate God's works and
take a prospect of Heaven.
because the eyes have a great influence upon the heart either to good or evil—but chiefly to evil. In this corrupt state
of man, by looking—we come to liking, and are brought inordinately to love what we behold. "Seek
not after your own heart and your own eyes, after which you used to go a whoring" (Num. 15:39). "If my step has
turned out of the way, and my heart walk after my eyes" (Job 31:7). These are the spies of the heart—agents
to bring it and the temptation together; the eye sees, and then by gazing—the heart lusts, and the body acts the transgression.
It is more dangerous to see evil—than to hear it.
Sweeping Over The Churches by A.C. Gaebelein
at the Bible Institute of Los Angeles, August 17, 1919
The greatest evidence that man has a darkened
mind and a corrupt nature is not the existence of the gambling den, nor the house of ill fame. The greatest evidence is unbelief;
the fact that the human heart definitely and positively refuses to listen to the voice of God; that there is a heart which
hates the light and loves darkness; and the greater the light which is rejected and refused, the greater the darkness, and
finally God who is Love and Mercy can do nothing else. In fact, He must mete out judgment for a race which refuses to listen
to His voice. That has been the story of the race from the beginning. God did not leave man, after he had transgressed, without
light. Man had the light of creation and though there was not a written word, yet there was the Word of God nevertheless,
and yet as you follow the Divine Record, you find that man's evil nature was evidenced by turning away from that Light.
And though in 1650 years of the first age of this earth, they built cities, invented instruments, were lovers of art and music--the
race wandered away from God, the earth became filled with violence and vileness, the voice of God was rejected and finally
God had to bring a judgment upon the earth. And let no one imagine that that judgment, the deluge, is a myth; it is not. It
is written in the Book and it is verified by science, by geology and by tradition.
When you look to the favored race, the people
of Israel, you find the same evidence of the darkened mind and corruption of human nature. The nation which received the tokens
of God's grace and mercy, were led out of Egypt, miraculously delivered from the hands of the enemy, seeing the demonstration
of the power of God, the giving of bread out of heaven and water out of a rock and witnessing miracle after miracle, listening
to the voice of Jehovah at Mount Sinai. A little time after, behold them bringing their earrings and making a golden calf,
stripping themselves naked, dancing about this calf, saying, "These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out
of the land of Egypt." Think of it! Though God had given the highest manifestation of His presence, His power, His mercy
toward His people, yet they could plunge into this apostasy and if you follow their history, you will find that it is made
up of revivals and apostasy, and revivals and apostasy--always turning finally against God, against His Word, and sinning
against the Light until you find this Divine Record in 2 Chronicles 36:15 and 16.
"And the Lord God of their fathers,
sent to them by his messengers rising up betimes and sending; because he had compassion on his people, and on his dwelling
But they mocked the messengers of God and despised his words and misused his prophets, until the wrath of the Lord
arose against his people, till there was no remedy."
Finally when the Lord of Glory came to that nation, educated in the very school of God,
with a history of miracle behind it and promises of glory before, they rejected the Lord of Glory and, instead of giving Him
the Throne, they gave Him the Cross.
But what about the age in which we are living? Has human nature changed? Is it different
today from what it was before the flood or amongst the people of Israel? What does the Word of God say about it?
age, as we call it (though not quite scripturally) has brought forth the greatest Light, the greatest Revelation and the greatest
Offer which God has ever made to man. God at last exhausted the omnipotence of His Love in the gift of His Only Begotten Son
and in the gift of His Son, He has shined forth in the clearest light, in the purest light, and given a revelation which outstrips
every other revelation in that He comes to His creature--man--on the simple condition of accepting this offer--nothing to
pay, nothing to do--an offer of taking man from his deplorable depths of misery and making him a child and an heir of God.
What is man going to do about it? What is man going to do about this Light, this revelation and this offer of the grace and
of the love of God?
The New Testament gives an answer. It tells us how this present age is going to act about the Light,
the Revelation and the offer of God as given in Jesus Christ and by the Holy Spirit in the New Testament scriptures. I want
to show you the forecast first before we reach the very fulfillment of that forecast and demonstrate that the race today is
just as rotten as it was five thousand years ago. Let us listen to the Lord Jesus. We must always put Him first. What had
He to say about the conditions of this age and of the race?
In a parable, He tells us how He, the Son of Man, brought
a good seed and another one brought a bad seed and the good and bad seed grew up together until the harvest. In another parable,
He tells us about a woman taking leaven and corrupting the truth of God by it.
Twice He uses past history to give a prophecy
about this age when it is going to end, "As it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be when the Son of Man comes."
"As it was in the days of Lot, so it shall be when the Son of Man comes." And then the question "Nevertheless,
when the Son of Man cometh, shall He find the faithful upon the earth?" Then listen to His great utterance prophetically
given when He describes the events preceding His coming, speaking of man becoming more unrighteous, lawless, the age finally
to end with a time of great trouble. There is not a word as to what theologians teach about the world growing better through
the process of evolution, etc., and not a word about righteousness and peace, but the Son of God predicts apostasy as it was
in the days of Noah and as it was in the days of Lot. Wherever these learned men get their message from, we don't know;
they don't get it from the Word of God nor from the lips of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Notice again what the apostles have to say
about the conditions of this age and what the last days of this age are going to bring forth. Who were these apostles? If
they had been uninspired men as they tell us today they were, (not more inspired than Socrates, Ruskin and Shakespeare)--if
they had been uninspired men who invented a new religion or a new system of theology, they would have done what every uninspired
man has done when he said something nice and beautiful--they would predict that their messages and what they taught would
ultimately be accepted by the whole world and sweep the whole world, but their inspiration is evidenced by the fact that they
predict the very opposite to that which a natural uninspired man would have predicted.
Think of the apostle Paul, when he said farewell,
to the elders at Ephesus (Acts 20:28, 29): "Take heed therefore unto yourselves and to all the flock over the which the
Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God which he hath purchased with His own blood. For I know this
that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock."
He did not say, "You
are going to have a big revival and everybody is going to be converted and everybody is going to join the church; but, "after
my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock."
"Also of your own selves shall men arise
speaking perverse things to draw away disciples after them" (v. 30).
That was very pessimistic, was it not? He
did not speak about a great revival but said, "Listen, the worst is coming, the worst is coming--what is going to happen
in Ephesus?" and then let me read what Paul has to say in the second chapter of Thessalonians, verse three, "Let
no man deceive you by any means for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be
revealed, the son of perdition."
So take note that Paul says before the day of Christ comes, there will be a falling
away and that man of sin is going to be revealed.
Then I read from 1 Timothy 4:1: "Now the Spirit speaketh expressly that in the
latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils.''
And 2 Timothy 3:1-5: "This
know also that in the last days perilous times shall come, for men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters,
proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy...," etc., etc.
Listen again to Chapter 4:2-4: "Preach
the word, be instant in season and out of season, reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long-suffering and doctrine. For the time
will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers having
itching ears. And they shall turn away their ears from the truth and shall be turned unto fables."
They sometimes tell me Paul
was a sour pessimist, but was he the only pessimist of New Testament Scriptures about the condition of this age?
Listen to James in the fifth
chapter where he speaks to the rich man in verse four: "Behold the hire of the laborers who have reaped down your fields,
which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth; and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord
Here you have the root of the matter of the high cost of living. It is simply a number of deacons and
elders in some church who are storing up and storing up and defrauding the poor.
Now listen to Peter (2 Peter 2:1): "But
there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring
in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them and bring upon themselves swift destruction."
And John (1 John 2:18): "Little
children it is the last time and as ye have heard that anti-christ shall come, even now are there many anti-christs whereby
we know that it is the last time."
And once more let me read you a testimony of one who was not an apostle but a servant
of Jesus Christ (Jude 1:11): "Woe unto them for they have gone in the way of Cain and ran greedily after the error of
Balaam for reward and perished in the gainsaying of Core."
And if you continue reading in the book of Revelation,
you will find that the Lord Jesus Christ predicts that the last of His professing church on earth will be Laodiceans and that
the Laodiceans will finally make a confederation with the world and become the world church domineered over by the harlot
Rome, rejecting every bit of the revealed truth of God. This is the forecast of the New Testament and no man who believes
the Bible can challenge these things for they are written here black on white; human nature has not changed one bit. The same
unbelief exists, the same hatred of light and the Great Light rejected must become the greater darkness, and this day, dear
friends, has come and we are right in the midst of it. All over this land, in Canada, England, Australia, New Zealand, in
the mission fields of China, in the mission fields of India, everywhere are evidences of the fulfillment of this prediction.
"Oh," somebody says, "this is simply sporadic." If you say that, you know very little about what is going
on. Denying Christ is a universal thing today as it never was before in the history of the church. It is an apostasy which
defies God, defies His Word, which rejects and blasphemes the most precious things which God has revealed to man.
Now then, let me tell you
about this apostasy. The cornerstone of it is the rejection of this Book as the authority of God making known to man the truth
which man is to know and by which He is saved. The rejection of the inspiration of the Bible, that it is the Word of God,
is really a rather recent thing. Of course, the devil has always rejected it, although he knew better; and blasphemers, heathen
and infidels have always done so. Study the Reformation and there is the clearest note as to the authority of this Book; in
fact the belief in this Book produced the Reformation and gave birth to Protestantism. It is only during the last hundred
years that you can trace the deliberate satanic attack upon the Word of God to rob the Bible of its divine authority and as
soon as that is done all is lost. Everything rests upon the cornerstone--the Bible, the revelation, the infallible Word of
God. Destroy this cornerstone and the whole collapses and that has become the popular thing in Christendom--to attack the
Bible, to belittle the Word of God, to show up its supposed errors and rob it of its authority.
Some months ago, someone in
New York grabbed me by the arm and said, (I didn't know for the moment who the man was) "Gaebelein, do you know you
are a back number?" and turning around I found it was my friend Dr. Burrell, Pastor of the Collegiate Church, and he
said: "Don't you know that you and I, who stand four - square on the Book, are back numbers and out of date?"
Then he told me what they say about him, yes, what they say about any other man who still holds to the inspiration of this
Book and who takes his faith, his courage, out of this Book. And do you know, it is the big men of learning who have the popular
message for the world and the starting point of the apostasy is centered in the so - called Christian institutions so many
are backing and which are supported by the cash of people who believe the Bible. In these institutions is the stronghold of
Let me take you on a trip. We will start in Boston as the hub, the city I know for I have been going
there for a month during the winter for at least twenty years; the city which used to be famous for its men who preached the
gospel and the Word of God. There is Boston University of the Methodist Episcopal Church--one of the rankest hot-beds of the
rejection of the Word of God. Harvard is another institution where the Bible is absolutely rejected and put upon the same
level with other good literature. Then there is Newton Theological Seminary of the Baptist Church equally teaching error.
Go down to Providence and you will find the same story in its universities and colleges--the professors teaching that the
book of Genesis is a myth, and that evolution is still the thing which explains the existence of this universe. Then go to
New York City and you will find Union Theological Seminary of the Presbyterian Church which every once in a while turns out
preachers and when they are examined for entrance into the Presbytery and ordination, say they do not know whether Jesus Christ
was born of a virgin or not; and about physical resurrection, they say they have not yet made up their minds as to that.
go up the Hudson to Poughkeepsie. One father told me with tears in his eyes that his daughter had attended Vassar. She had
gone with faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and came away an infidel. Go to Chicago and there you find the worst kind of corruption
in the Chicago University. Oh, the pernicious literature which is sent out from there! I wish I had kept track of the stacks
of appeals which preachers and others send me and say, "For God's sake, do something to stop it!"
Go to Garrett or Northwestern
or keep coming West to the Coast up to San Francisco and all along through Canada. Institution after institution has adopted
the theory of reasoning which comes out of their teaching that there cannot be an infallible Word of God, and these institutions
are responsible for the men who stand up in pulpits today and deny the Christian faith.
Now, let me give you the vilest
attempt which has been made upon the Word of God during the last year. It is "The Shorter Bible," by Charles Foster
Kent, of Yale. Methodist preachers today, before their ordination, are forced to read the books of Charles Foster Kent--books
I have gone over this New Testament, endorsed by many great men, newspapers, etc., and it seems the
whole world endorses it. As I read the endorsements, I found that "It is a thrilling account of the life of Jesus and
His great social and economic teachings," and as I went on, I found that everything about the blood, redemption, the
cross, salvation, eternal life had been cut out. It is just a little bit of a book--you can slip it into your vest pocket;
but friends, this is something more blasphemous than anything Jehoiakim ever did when he cut the roll of Jeremiah. They have
cut out the heart of Christianity, which is the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Cross of Jesus Christ.
Then let me tell you to what
this apostasy leads. It leads to the rejection, not of the Bible only, but of the Person who is revealed in the Bible, the
Son of God. These are the tactics of the devil--first destroy the Word of God which makes Him known and then attack His Person.
As a result, you have hundreds of preachers of every denomination who deny the virgin birth; who do not believe that salvation
is a definite gift of grace but that it takes character and a life-time to be saved; who deny the physical resurrection; who
deny future punishment; in one word, who sweep every bit of faith out of every page. That is one result.
The next result is that it
has led to the prostitution of the church itself. That is one of the results of this war. This war has clinched the religious
apostasy and the war and future conditions are going to open up into that prostitution of the professing church and the truth
of God and the complete apostasy of which this Book speaks. The professing church adopts today the program of the world. They
started in with that miserable lie that the world can be made safe for democracy, then the lifting up of humanity, and making
the world better, and then having a religious brotherhood.
Observe what is going on. We have several churches that are doing this in New York,
but mark you, it is not in New York alone. I have had letters from the state of Kansas, Nebraska, Louisiana, Texas, where
the same thing in smaller communities is done. The pastor of a very prominent church in New York says, "A spirit of progress
is awakening in all churches, although it has not manifested itself in all churches. I am a Christian, but I believe the best
in Christianity and the best in Judaism are identical. We already have about fifty Jews and some Hindus in our membership;
Chinese will be welcome regardless of faith. You will notice Christianity is not mentioned in our statement of doctrine. This
church is an institution of religion seeking truth and wisdom knowing no sect, class, nation or age; but welcomes each one
into its service." That is what I call the prostitution of the church. It is coming, and is the result of rejecting the
Word of God, and bye and bye--it may begin today, right here--you will find a cleavage between God's true church and those
who dishonor His Word and His Christ.
But there is another result. The rejection of the Bible as the starting point of the
apostasy leading to the rejection of Christ and the Gospel, leads to immorality. Who is responsible for it? The men who have
robbed this Book of its power.
Let me read a verse which you may not have noticed in reading your Bible (1 Chron. 10:13):
"So Saul died for his transgression which he committed against the Lord, even against the word of the Lord which he kept
not and also for asking counsel of one that had a familiar spirit to enquire of it."
Saul rejected the Word of
God and did not keep it; then he turned to a witch and got his message, and, mind you, it was not a spurious witch--she had
a familiar spirit, she was possessed by a demon.
In the latter days some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits.
The time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine. Their ears shall be turned away from the truth and turned to
Therefore, because the apostasy is here, people reject the Bible and the masses are following witches.
Mrs. Mary Baker Eddy's
whole system is witchery. It is juggling with the Word of God and perverting the Word of God and I predict it is going to
grow in just the degree that the Bible and the truths of the Bible are rejected. If you could find a place on this continent
of a thousand inhabitants, where everybody knew his Bible, a Christian Science church could never be built. It is always the
result of having rejected the Word of God. God permits error to come in the form of witchery.
New Thought is another form
of witchery that they are trying to accommodate as much as possible to some things which are still found in this Book. But
Theosophy and Hindu philosophy are a definite turning away. Then let me point out to you the most prominent witch of spiritualism,
with its demon - possessed women. Today in England hundreds of thousands have accepted the witchery of spiritualism, mostly
through Sir Oliver Lodge, Sir Conan Doyle. Sir Conan Doyle has written a book, "The New Revelation," but he lets
the cat out of the bag when he says the "old revelation has made too much of the blood and the cross of Christ and we
have discovered our boys are in glory without having accepted the Gospel as it used to be taught in the church." Don't
you see the witchery instead of the Word of God? I promise that for every demon cult success in this world now that its glory
will suddenly end and judgment will certainly follow when the Lord comes.
And now let me come to the most solemn part.
What is God's call ? I will give it to you as it is written in this book. Moses comes down from the mountain. He sees
the altar and the golden calf, the naked multitude, drinking of wine, the words of blasphemy and the first words he speaks
are (Exodus 32:26): "Who is on the Lord's side? let him come unto me." The next words he speaks are: "Consecrate
yourselves to day to the Lord" (v. 29) and then the third, take the sword and cut them off (v. 27). God's call today
is the same. If you are washed in that precious blood, stand out and out on the side of the Lord Jesus and consecrate yourselves
fully unto Him and stand aside from the multitude doomed to perdition save when you go to offer them the gospel of the Son
Listen again--Aholiab and two hundred and fifty princes had revolted against Aaron. They rejected Aaron as priest
and said, "We also are holy, we don't need Aaron." This is the same thing Christendom says today. "We do
not need Christ, we have good things in ourselves, we don't need His priesthood."
What did Moses say? "And
he spake unto the congregation saying, 'Depart I pray you from the tents of these wicked men and touch nothing of theirs
lest ye be consumed.'"
He says, "Depart; do not touch a thing; get out of their tents; out of their villages,
even if it is a brother or sister; get away from them." But you say, "That is the command of the law. Whoever says
that is harsh and that is unchristian." Is it? Listen to what the beloved disciple says. "Whosoever transgresseth
and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ knoweth not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, (the Cross and all that
goes with it) he hath the Father and the Son. If there are any that come unto you and bring not this doctrine, receive him
not in your house, neither bid him Godspeed...." etc. That is the same thing Moses said and whether it is in the Law
or in the Gospel, God does not change His demands when it comes to believing on Himself and His Word.
That is God's call, "Depart!"--
get away from them; do not touch their books; do not buy their literature; do not support their institutions; do not pay the
preacher's salary if he does not preach the truth. If you do, the Lord is going to hold you responsible for them.
Paul says, "From such turn away;" purge yourselves from the vessels which are dishonored that ye might be vessels
meet for the Master's use.
Some Christians have told me that they are to remain in Laodicea until the Lord gives
them a call to leave. He has given the call. It is here and what is happening and will happen is the separation of God's
true church from the church of the world, the church of the apostasy and of Laodicea. But you say, "Where am I going?"
Well, go first to the Lord and then you will have fellowship with the true saints of God. When you get into the fellowship
of the true saints of God you get power, you get blessing, you have the reality of the Lord and He is going to use you.
"Prove all things; hold
fast that which is good." (1 Thessalonians 5:21)
Human beings are very gullible, and counterfeiting is a profitable occupation for many deceivers. But spiritual counterfeits
are the most dangerous of all, and at times the most difficult to detect. There are many false gods, and this is the subject
of the very first of the true God's Ten Commandments: "Thou shalt have no other gods before me" (Exodus 20:3). We are warned also to "beware of false prophets" (Matthew 7:15) and "false Christs" (Matthew 24:24). There are those who preach "another Jesus" (2 Corinthians 11:4), and many who come preaching "another gospel" (Galatians 1:6) rather than the true saving gospel of Christ.
There are also counterfeit Christians who
are "false brethren" (2 Corinthians 11:26) as well as "false teachers" (2 Peter 2:1-2) and "false apostles" (2 Corinthians 11:13). They preach "peace; when there is no peace" (Jeremiah 6:14), and some will even "shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that,
if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect" (Matthew 24:24). Satan himself is the greatest counterfeiter, for he "deceiveth
the whole world" (Revelation 12:9) in his attempt to become a counterfeit god. Thus we are warned to
"try the spirits whether they are of God" (1 John 4:1) and to "prove all things"--to test them by God's Word.
In this scientific age, it
is especially important that we not be deceived by "science falsely so called" (1 Timothy 6:20). So-called evolutionary "science" is not supported by any real
scientific evidence and is contrary both to common sense and the Bible. Many professing Christians have "erred concerning
the faith" because of evolution (1 Timothy 6:21) which has been made the pseudo-scientific rationale for a multitude of
false philosophies. May God help us to hold fast only to that which is good! HMM (from Days of Praise November 30, 2010)
"But continue thou in the things which
thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them." (2 Timothy 3:14)
This encouraging exhortation by the apostle Paul is in the midst of a most discouraging prophetic warning of things
to come. "In the last days," he said, "perilous times shall come" (v. 1). We may very well be entering those very times, and, in any case, we do well to be alert for the signs of
those times. The doleful description that follows seems to be a very accurate picture of the beliefs and practices of modern
secular humanists, including those religionists who have "a form of godliness," but deny "the power thereof"
(v. 5 ).
Moreover, there is little prospect that the situation will get better, for "evil men and seducers shall wax
worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived," and "all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution"
(vv. 13, 12). Should we, therefore, tremble and flee, or perhaps compromise, or even surrender to such powerful and persuasive
we should continue! Just keep on believing and obeying God’s Word. Even in the dark last days, the "Holy Scriptures"
are still able to make a man "wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus" (v. 15). Since they are all "given by inspiration of God," they are still just as powerful and just as
profitable for every need, "that the man of God may be perfect" (that is, ready for whatever comes) and fully equipped
"unto all good works" (vv. 16-17).
Paul himself set an inspiring example of "patient continuance in well doing" (Romans 2:7) under conditions of great trial. Awaiting execution in a Roman dungeon even as he wrote, he still requested
his books and parchments (2 Timothy 4:13), that he might continue to study and prepare himself. May God enable us also to continue, to remain, to abide,
and to stand in His truth in these last days. HMM (from Days of Praise December 4, 2010)
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