HERESIES

We have seen that the devil is never quite so subtle, and never quite so successful, as when he succeeds in persuading people that he does not exist at all! That, as we have suggested, was his supreme masterpiece, and it is certainly a part of our problem at the present time. The tendency now is to say that we must not talk about ‘the devil’ but only about ‘evil’. We must not tell people to ‘renounce the works of the devil’, we must tell them to ‘resist evil’. In other words, the whole tendency today is to say that our fight is only against a principle of evil that is in ourselves and in others, and perhaps in the very environment into which we are born. But it is not considered to be ‘consistent with modern knowledge’ to believe still in a personal devil. We must not even make that principle of evil positive. What has been called ‘evil’, we are told, is simply the absence of good qualities rather than something positive in and of itself!

But the whole emphasis of the Apostle here is on the devil as a person. A principle cannot be subtle. It is only a person who can be subtle. ‘The wiles of the devil!’ The Apostle’s whole object is to tell us that we are not fighting merely against flesh and blood, merely against some principle, or absence of principle, which is within us as flesh and blood, as men and women. He goes out of his way to say that it is quite otherwise. In other words what he says is the exact opposite of what is being taught commonly at the present time.

But somebody may ask, ‘Does it matter whether you believe in a personal devil or not?’ The answer is that the Apostle most certainly assures us that we are fighting personalities and ‘spirits’ of evil, the world ‘rulers of this darkness’, not the ‘darkness’, but ‘the rulers’ of the darkness. His whole object is to get us to see that we must not be deluded in this respect, but realize that there are these spiritual entities, personalities, headed up by the devil himself, who are warring a terrible, subtle, vicious warfare against God and all His people. This is not a matter of opinion, it is not just a matter of accommodating our teaching to suit the modern mind and modern knowledge and understanding; if you do not believe in the person of the devil you are rejecting not only the teaching of the Apostle Paul but you are rejecting the teaching of the Lord Jesus Christ Himself!

The problem that arises here primarily is the problem of revelation. Was the Apostle Paul just a creature of his age, or was he given this revelation by the Lord Jesus Christ through the Spirit? Was our Lord Himself but a creature of His age? He obviously believed in a personal devil, and in these powers. He addressed demons as persons, saying ‘Come out’. You cannot say that to a principle! You cannot dismiss the devil, as it were, in that way; you are denying at the same time the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. You are saying that you are in a superior position to Him, that your knowledge is greater, that you have greater understanding. You are involved in the whole question of revelation and of authority.

This digression is important, for the business of preaching is to relate the teaching of the Scriptures to what is happening in our own day; and if this teaching in Ephesians is true there is nothing more dangerous than to substitute for a personal devil a principle of evil! The whole of our faith is ultimately involved in the matter. The trouble with the critics is that they really do not believe in the spiritual realm. Many of them are equally doubtful, as I have shown, of the Person of the Holy Spirit. He is just a principle, a power, an influence. There is, in fact, nowadays, a fundamental lack of belief in the spiritual realm and the reality of these spiritual personalities. Never was there a time when it was more necessary that we should consider carefully what the Apostle has to teach us, and what all parts of the Bible teach us, concerning ‘the wiles of the devil’.

Having looked at the wiles in general we must now become more particular in our approach. Here, again, I would sub-divide our treatment of this matter into two main sections. First, we must consider the devil’s activity in general, and then his activity in detail, for it is quite clear that there are certain general activities of the devil described in the Scriptures, and which are seen very clearly in the history of the Church throughout the centuries, and in the Church today. These in turn can be sub-divided into strategy and tactics. It is the same classification as is used in military warfare.

We start with these generalities, these matters of broad strategy. There have been certain movements initiated by the devil which have affected the life of the whole Church, and which in turn have affected the lives of individual believers in the Church. We are, indeed, involved in these very things at the present time. ‘To be forewarned is to be forearmed.’ Let us use again the analogy of international problems. The last War came upon this country suddenly and unexpectedly because people would not face the facts, because we were nearly all believers in, and supporters of appeasement, surrendering this and that, saying that war could not happen again, and that two World Wars do not occur within a quarter of a century! This country kept on refusing to face the plain facts of the international situation. Men wanted to be happy and to enjoy themselves, and dismissed the man who kept on warning us as a ‘warmonger’, a ‘difficult person’ with whom nobody could work, an ‘individualist’. Precisely the same, it seems to me, is happening in the realm of the spiritual today. People say, ‘Do not be negative; let us be positive; let us just preach the simple gospel’. But the Bible is full of negatives, full of warnings, ever showing us these terrible possibilities. If you find in yourself a dislike of the warnings of the Scripture and of this negative teaching, it is obvious that you have been duped by the wiles of the devil. You have not realized the situation in which you are placed.

The movements to which I am referring can be best classified and considered along the following lines. We start with Heresies within the Church, which have been caused and produced by the devil and his powers. I am not concerned to go into the detail of heresies; I am simply concerned to emphasize the fact of heresies, the fact of movements within the life of the Church that have so often led to terrible trouble and produced a state of chaos.

A heresy is ‘a denial of or a doubt concerning any defined, established Christian doctrine’. There is a difference between heresy and apostasy. Apostasy means ‘a departure from the Christian truth’. It may be a total renunciation or denial of it, or it may be a misrepresentation of it to such an extent that it becomes a denial of the whole truth. But a heresy is more limited in its scope. To be guilty of heresy, and to be a heretic, means that in the main you hold to the doctrines of the Christian faith, but that you tend to go wrong on some particular doctrine or aspect of the faith. The New Testament itself shows us clearly that this tendency to heresy had already begun even in the days of the early Church. Have you not noticed in the New Testament Epistles the frequent references to these things? There is scarcely one of them that does not include mention of some particular heresy that was creeping in, and tending to threaten the life of some particular church. It is seen in this Epistle to the Ephesians; it is still more plain, perhaps, in the Epistle to the Colossians where heretical tendencies were entering through philosophy and other agencies. It is found likewise in the Epistles to Timothy.

Incipient heresy can be detected from the very earliest days. There is an enemy who comes and sows tares. I am not applying that parable in detail, I am using it as an illustration to show the kind of thing we are considering. The enemy’s object, of course, is to disturb the life of the Church, to shake the confidence of Christian people, to spoil God’s work in Christ. The Epistles were in a sense written to counteract these evils. The threat was already there in many different forms, for before the New Testament closes, all the major heresies were beginning to show their heads in the Early Church.

But from the second century of the Christian era the evil becomes still more evident and obvious. The simple fact is that for several centuries the Christian Church was literally fighting for her very life. With the conversion, and the coming in, of those who were trained in Greek philosophy and teaching, all kinds of dangers immediately arose, and the danger became so great as to threaten the whole life of the Church. People who called themselves Christians, and moved in the realm of the Church, began to propagate teachings that were denials of Christian truth. The threat became so great that the leaders of the Churches held certain great Councils in order to define the Christian faith. Their object was to pinpoint heresies, and to protect the people from believing them. Such confusion had come in that people did not know what was right and what was wrong. So the leaders met together in these great Councils, and promulgated their famous Creeds, such as The Athanasian Creed, The Nicene Creed, and The Apostles’ Creed.

These Creeds were attempts on the part of the Church to define, and to lay down, what is true and what is not true. And in this way they were able to brand certain teachers as heretics, and to exclude them from the life of the Christian Church. The confusion that led to the drawing up of the Creeds was a great manifestation of the wiles of the devil. And today there are many people who recite these Creeds in their churches every Sunday, and then in conversation tell you that what you believe does not matter at all — ‘believe anything you like!’ But the Creeds are a permanent reminder to us of the wiles of the devil in this respect.

During the great period of the Protestant Reformation likewise the different sections of the Reformed Church drew up their Confessions of Faith, such as the Belgic Confession, the Augsburg Confession, the Heidelberg Catechism, and in this country the Thirty-Nine Articles of the Church of England. In the next century Protestant theologians meeting in Westminster Abbey in London in and after 1643, eventually produced ‘The Westminster Confession of Faith’. What was their purpose? I ask the question because we are living in an age when many say, ‘Of course, these things do not matter at all, they have no relevance to us’. I am trying to show their vast importance, their extreme relevance at this present time. Confessions were drawn up for the same reason as held good during the earlier centuries. Church leaders, led by the Holy Spirit, and enlightened by Him, saw very clearly that they must, as their first duty, lay down clearly and on paper what is true and what is not true. In part they had to define their faith over against Roman Catholicism. And not only so, but also over against certain heresies that were tending to rise even amongst themselves. So they drew up their great ‘Confessions’ — which in a sense are nothing but the Creeds once more — in order to give the people light and guidance and instruction with respect to what they should believe.

Is there someone who feels at this point, ‘Well, really, what has all this to do with me? I am an ordinary person, I am a member of the Church and life is very difficult. What has all this to say to me?’ Or there may be someone who is recovering after illness and who says ‘Well, I was hoping to have a word of comfort, something to strengthen me along the way, something to make me feel a little happier; what has all this about Creeds and Confessions and the wiles of the devil to do with me?’ If you feel like that, the truth is that the devil has defeated you. The Apostle Paul says, ‘Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners’ (I Corinthians 15:33). He means that wrong teaching is desperately dangerous. He is there dealing with the great question of the resurrection, he is concerned with that one doctrine, and he says, Make no mistake about this; it is not a matter of indifference as to whether you believe in the literal physical resurrection or not. ‘Ah but,’ you say, ‘I am a practical man of affairs, I am not interested in doctrine, I am not a theologian, I have no time for these things. All I want is something to help me to live my daily life.’ But according to the Apostle you cannot divorce these things, ‘Evil communications’ —wrong teaching, wrong thinking, wrong belief — ‘corrupt good manners’. It will affect the whole of your life.

One of the first things you are to learn in this Christian life and warfare is that, if you go wrong in your doctrine, you will go wrong in all aspects of your life. You will probably go wrong in your practice and behaviour; and you will certainly go wrong in your experience. Why is it that people are defeated by the things that happen to them? Why is it that some people are completely cast down if they are taken ill, or if someone who is dear to them is taken ill? They were wonderful Christians when all was going well; the sun was shining, the family was well, everything was perfect, and you would have thought that they were the best Christians in the country. But suddenly there is an illness and they seem to be shattered, they do not know what to do or where to turn, and they begin to doubt God. They say, ‘We were living the Christian life, and we were praying to God, and our lives had been committed to God; but look at what is happening. Why should this happen to us?’ They begin to doubt God and all His gracious dealings with them. Do such people need ‘a bit of comfort’? Do they need the church simply as a kind of soporific or tranquillizer? Do they only need something which will make them feel a little happier, and lift the burden a little while they are in the church?

Their real trouble is that they lack an understanding of the Christian faith. They have an utterly inadequate notion of what Christianity means. Their idea of Christianity was: ‘Believe in Christ and you will never have another trouble or problem; God will bless you, nothing will ever go wrong with you’; whereas the Scripture itself teaches that ‘through much tribulation we must enter into the kingdom of God’ (Acts 14:22), or as the Apostle expresses it elsewhere, ‘In nothing be terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God. For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake’ (Philippians 1:28-29). Our Lord says, ‘In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world’ (John 16:33). There is nothing which is so wrong, and so utterly false, as to fail to see the primary importance of true doctrine. Looking back over my experience as a pastor for some thirty-four years, I can testify without the slightest hesitation that the people I have found most frequently in trouble in their spiritual experience have been those who have lacked understanding. You cannot divorce these things. You will go wrong in the realms of practical living and experience if you have not a true understanding. If you drop off into some heresy, if you go wrong at some point, if you believe, for instance — I give one example in passing — ‘that healing is in the atonement’, that it is never God’s will that any of His children should be ill, that it is always God’s will that all His children should be healthy, and that no Christian should ever die from a disease . . .; if you believe that, and then find yourself, or someone who is dear to you, dying of some incurable disease, you will be miserable and unhappy. Probably you will be told by certain people, ‘There is something wrong with your faith, you are failing somewhere, you are not really trusting as you should be’, and you will be cast into the depth of despair and misery and unhappiness. You will be depressed in your spiritual life, and you will be looking here and there for comfort. Such a person’s condition is due to error or heresy concerning a primary central doctrine. He or she has insinuated something into the Christian faith that does not truly belong to it.

Nothing is more urgently relevant, whether we think of ourselves in particular or the Church in general, than that we should be aware of heresy. Take the New Testament, take the history of the Christian Church, or take individual Christian experience, and you will see that true doctrine is always urgently relevant. It is of supreme importance for the whole life of the Church. The Holy Spirit is the power in the Church, and the Holy Spirit will never honour anything except His own Word. It is the Holy Spirit who has given this Word. He is its Author. It is not of men! Nor is the Bible the product of ‘flesh and blood’. The Apostle Paul was not simply giving expression to contemporary teaching or his own thoughts. He says, ‘I received it by revelation’. It was given to him, given to him by the Lord, the risen Lord, through the Holy Spirit. So I am arguing that the Holy Spirit will honour nothing but His own Word. Therefore if we do not believe and accept His Word, or if in any way we deviate from it, we have no right to expect the blessing of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will honour truth, and will honour nothing else. Whatever else we may do, if we do not honour this truth He will not honour us.

This is surely one of the major problems in the Church at the present moment. Everyone is aware of the fact that the Church is lacking in power. The leaders are trying to seek the cause of this in order that they may discover how to remedy it; and apparently, they are all jumping to one conclusion, namely, that the cause of our lack of power is found in our divisions. So we must all come together. That is the argument. The divided Church is the cause of the trouble, and so the argument follows that if only we all come together we shall be blessed, we shall obtain the missing power, and tremendous things will happen. But how are we to come together? One believes this, another believes that. The main trouble, we are told, is that some put far too much emphasis on what one believes. Surely, they say, we ought to recognize that the one thing that matters is that there are great common enemies against us, for example, Communism, so we must all come together, all who call themselves Christian in any shape or form. We are all one; why divide about these things? We must all come and stand together as Christians, and then we shall have power.

We read about these things constantly in the newspapers. Some are rejoicing because Protestantism and Roman Catholicism are drawing nearer together. ‘What does the past matter?’ they say, ‘Let us have the right spirit, let us come together, all of us, and not be concerned about these particularities.’ I have but one comment to make about this matter, and I regret to have to make it. To me, all such talk is just a denial of the plain teaching of the New Testament, a denial of the Creeds and the Confessions and the Protestant Reformation! It is carnal thinking, in addition to being a denial of the truth. According to the teaching of the Bible, one thing only matters, and that is the truth. The Holy Spirit will honour nothing but the truth, His own truth. But that, He will honour.

To me the most marvellous thing of all is that, the moment you come to such a conclusion, you realize that in a sense nothing else matters. Numbers certainly do not matter. But today the prevailing argument is the one that exalts numbers. If only we all got together and formed a mammoth World Church! Some would even extend that idea further and bring in everyone who believes anyhow in God. They talk about the ‘insights’ of Mohammedanism and Hinduism and Confucianism, and dream of all who believe in God uniting against a godless, atheistic Communism. The present, they say, is no time to be dividing on these small, irrelevant differences of belief, the result of which is that we are dividing our forces and become ineffective. I can only comment: What a tragic fallacy! What a tragic failure to understand the basic elementary teaching we are given here in Ephesians about the wiles of the devil!

To explain this matter further I use an analogy which seems to me to be an apposite one at the present time. I am not concerned about its political aspect; but look at the condition of the Labour Party in this country at the present time. People say, ‘There is no Opposition today, there is no “Her Majesty’s Opposition”.’ This is due, they say, to the fact that the Party’s members are all divided into groups and factions. They argue with one another, and they will carry no weight until they settle their internal differences and all speak with one voice. Now, when you are talking about a political party, that is absolutely right. Political parties can do nothing unless they have a majority. Political parties function in terms of majority rule. However right what they believe may be, if they cannot command the votes they will not be able to form the Government; in fact, governmentally they will be paralysed. Obviously they must get together and try to achieve unity so that they will command votes and increase the possibility of forming a government.

But this argument is not only wrong, it is dangerously wrong, if you relate it to the realm of the Christian faith. The whole Bible testifies against it. The glories of Church history protest loudly against it. The Christian position is entirely different. Here, you do not begin by counting heads, you are not concerned primarily about numbers and masses. You do not think in that way. You are in an entirely different realm. Here, the one thing you think of primarily is your relationship to God! Over against the modern faith in numbers we must say with an American of the last century, William Lloyd Garrison, ‘One with God is a majority’. God has come in, the everlasting, the almighty, the eternal God! It is the power of God that matters. And the moment you realize that, the question of numbers, as regards men, is comparatively irrelevant and unimportant.

Nothing matters in the spiritual realm except truth, the truth given by the Holy Spirit, the truth that can be honoured by the Holy Spirit. Is there anything more glorious in the whole of the Old Testament than the way in which this great principle stands out? God often used individual men, or but two or three, against hordes and masses. Is there anything more exhilarating than the doctrine of the remnant? While the majority had gone wrong, the ones and the twos saw the truth. Take a man like Jeremiah. All the false prophets were against him. There is a man who had to stand alone. Poor Jeremiah — how he hated it and disliked it! He did not like being unpopular, he did not like standing on his own, and being ridiculed and laughed at, and spat upon, as it were; but he had the truth of God, and so he endured it all. He decided at times to say nothing, but the word was like fire in his bones, and he had to go on speaking it. Obloquy and abuse were heaped upon him, but it did not matter; he was God’s spokesman and God’s representative. Similarly Moses had to stand alone when he came down from the Mount where he had met God. To stand in isolation from one’s fellows, but with God, is the great doctrine of the Old Testament in many ways. And it is emphasized in the New Testament also.

Is it not amazing that people should forget the Scriptures and past history? Look at the Early Christian Church. From the standpoint of the modern argument the position was ridiculous. The Son of God goes back to heaven and leaves His cause in the hands of twelve men! Who are they? No one had ever heard of them. We are told about the authorities of Jerusalem that they noticed that they were ‘ignorant and unlettered men’. Incidentally, they added that they had been ‘with Jesus’. They did not see the significance of that fellowship. What they saw was ignorant and unlettered men, and only a handful of them at that! A mere handful of men in a great pagan world with all the Jews against them, and all the authorities! Everything on earth was against them.

I do not understand that mentality in the Christian Church today which says that we must all come together and sink our differences; and that what we believe does not matter. It is a denial of the Book of the Acts of the Apostles, and of the story of the twelve ignorant, untutored and unlettered men who knew whom and what they believed, and who had the power of the Spirit upon them, and who ‘turned the world upside-down’. This is surely one of the central messages of the Bible. The great concern of the New Testament Epistles is not about the size of the Church, it is about the purity of the Church. The Apostles never said to the first Christians, ‘You are antagonizing people by emphasizing doctrine. Say more about the love of God and less about the wrath of God. They do not even like the Cross, and they cannot abide the story of the resurrection! Drop that talk about the wrath of God and Christ’s ethical teaching!’ Not so do the Apostles speak!

There is an exclusiveness in the New Testament that is quite amazing. The Apostle Paul writing to the Galatians says, ‘Though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached, let him be accursed’ (Galatians 1:8). ‘My Gospel!’, says Paul writing to Timothy. He denounces other teachers. So many of these modern preachers are much nicer people than the Apostle Paul! They never say a word against anyone at all, they praise everybody, and they are praised by everybody. They are never ‘negative’! They never define what they believe and what they do not believe. They are said to be ‘full of love’. I am not misjudging them when I say that that is not the explanation. The explanation is that they do not ‘contend for the truth’, they are innocent concerning the ‘wiles of the devil’. It is not for us to decide what to leave out and what to drop for the sake of unity. My business is to expound this truth, to declare it — come what may! We must not be interested primarily in numbers, we must be interested in the truth of God. Why are many today denying the glory of the Protestant Reformation? Martin Luther — one man, standing against the whole Church — would be dismissed today as ‘just an individualist who never cooperates’. But he stood up and said in effect, ‘I am right, you are all wrong!’

Without realizing it the moderns are dismissing Luther as a fool, and as an arrogant fool, because he stood alone. But why did he stand alone? There is only one answer. He stood alone because he had, seen the truth of God, and had known and experienced the blessed liberation it brings. He had seen the light and had also been awakened to ‘the wiles of the devil’. When a man sees this truth he has no choice. He does not force himself to stand alone. He does not even want to do so; but he can do no other. As Luther said, ‘Here I stand, I can do no other, so help me God!’ And God did help him. Of course He did! God will always honour His truth and the man who stands for it. Of course such a man will meet criticism and sarcasm and derision; much mud will be thrown upon him. But that does not matter. The man who continues to stand, and who is ready to die for the truth of God, will have ‘the peace of God that passeth all understanding’ in his heart and mind. He will say with the Apostle Paul, ‘I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me’. He will ‘know both how to be abased, and how to abound; how to be full, and how to be empty’. He will be able to hold on his way quietly, steadily, knowing that God will vindicate His own truth sooner or later. As an individual he may be spat upon and trampled upon, or even be put to a cruel death. But God’s truth ‘goes marching on!’ It will be vindicated, it will be honoured by the Spirit; and he knows that ultimately, beyond this temporary, passing world, he will hear the most glorious words a man can ever hear, ‘Well done, thou good and faithful servant’. There is nothing beyond that — to have the Almighty God and our blessed Lord looking down upon us and in effect saying, ‘While you were in the midst of all the confusion, you preached the truth; you stood for it in spite of everything — Well done!’

Heresies always result from the wiles of the devil, the efforts of the principalities and powers. Are your eyes open to it? Do you realize the relevance of all this to you as a member of the Christian Church? Are you being carried away by this loose, general, sentimental talk? God forbid that any of us should ever say that it matters not what you believe as long as you are a Christian. May God open our eyes, and having given us to see the truth, then enable us ‘to be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might’. ‘Take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.’

— D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

JUDGING YOUR BROTHER

 

POSITION PAPER:

BY

PASTOR STEVE VAN NATTAN:
Editor– Blessed Quietness Journal 

© Copyrighted August, 1993 You may copy this paper, but you may not change it in any way without permission.


PART ONE:  JUDGE NOT!

 

JUDGING A BROTHER

The first thing to say is that we are not to judge our brother. Let us look at the parable of Christ that teaches powerfully on this subject.

Luke 18:10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.  11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.  12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.  13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.  14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.  15 And they brought unto him also infants, that he would touch them: but when his disciples saw it, they rebuked them.  16 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.  17 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.

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FIRST- VERSE 10- shows us that these men are Jews. They are of the household of Israel, not Philistines or pagans. It is interesting to notice that the saints can be very understanding with the ungodly, yet they can be rough on rats with the other saints. This at once should make us fearful since we see that the Word of God encourages us to “judge righteous judgment” (Jn. 7:24). We are to hate the enemies of the Lord as David did (Ps. 139:21-22). Instead, we come to despise the saints and hug the wicked. What joy this must give Satan.

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SECOND- VERSE 11-12-  shows us who the standard is when we judge our brother. I have heard this so many times, sometimes from myself, that I cannot be talked out of it. Saints who have accomplished some things for the Lord are so vulnerable. They begin to notice that other saints seem to be less zealous than they are, so they start comparing those other saints with themselves. It is a rare thing to hear a godly saint complaining about another saint because they are not like Jesus.

We had a infiltrator from a large religous organization in a past church we served.  This fellow worked very hard in the church, and he and his wife came early to every meeting.  They would then use their alleged zeal as a standard to mock and ridicule other saints who were late or missing. 

When we use ourselves as the standard of judging, we can be sure that we think they have arrived in the area under discussion.

The Pharisee was not any of those things he listed at the end of verse 11, but you can be sure he had a problem– PRIDE. This is one of the abominations in Proverbs:

Proverbs 6:16 These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:  17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,  18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,  19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

Please notice that the list starts with pride and ends with destruction of fellowship. One thing we can say for the Pharisee is that at least he bragged only to God. In the Lord’s Church it is so often otherwise. The pride in our good works or zeal sends us to others in the Body whom we imagine are on our level of zeal, and we start fretting and complaining about those in the Body who seem to lack zeal.

As with the Pharisee, we use ourselves as an example. We reason from our works for which Christ might have rewarded us at the Bema seat judgment, and we might have gotten a reward. But, after we cheapen our works by using them to judge one of Christ’s servants, I am certain He will not dignify our meanness with His approval. The reward is lost. Let us  remember Paul’s stern words here:

Romans 14:3 Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him.  4 Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.  5 One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.  6 He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.  7 For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself.  8 For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s.

We have no business pretending that our brother lives unto us rather than unto Christ.  That is what we are doing when we degrade him for not keeping up with us in zeal or good works. If he is not as good a witness as I am, that is his business before the Lord.

What is really happening here? The judging brother prefers starting a clique of those who judge the backward and weak Christians. No amount of, “let us pray for brother so an so” will cleanse this breach of New Testament courtesy. And NO Christian can ever become so spiritual that he is above this admonition.

This problem has destroyed more missionaries on the field than any problem Satan could conceive. From my experience, I have known some very godly servants of Christ, and in this area they are never caught speaking of another saint except to rejoice over them. If they ever rebuked a brother, it was so private that I didn’t find out. There is no other model. It is always the “strong” in their own eyes who think otherwise, me included if I am found doing this.

9 For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living.   10 But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.

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This plainly means two things:

ONE- Your brother will answer to God for his zeal, works, punctuality, integrity, witnessing, law keeping, eagerness in vocation, family decisions, leisure activities, eating habits, choice of cars and cigars, and dealing with debt– you name it. If you noticed that you are doing better than he, you over the edge. You are taking Christ’s place in the judgment seat.

TWO-  YOU will answer for your judgmental words also. What makes you think Christ is on your side in the cheap little bar of justice you opened against your brother or sister in Christ? You will be dethroned before you stand before His throne.  If you arrive in heaven as a judge, it will be because you are NOT born again.  Beware friend. 

We are reminded of the scam in Colorado several years ago when a judge and some highway patrolmen were running a little home made justice arrangement on the side. They would arrest a tourist on the highway, haul them to their “court”, then let them go after they had posted a fat bail. The state was mighty rough on them when they were caught. How are you and I different than that when we open a private court to examine Christ’s Body?

11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every  tongue shall confess to God.  12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.  13 Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way.

It is a heartbreaking stumblingblock to a believer to learn that he has been secretly court-marshalled by a tribunal of the folks he loves. He usually falls lower if he is weak, or he runs away to join the Liberals or a cult. Then the judges look down their long noses and pronounce a final verdict against him.

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Who is the Weaker Brother after all?

THIRD- VERSE 13- (Please refer back to Luke study text above.)- The pitiful thing is that often the saint being judged is stronger than those who judge him. Judges wear wigs and black robes because underneath is a men with faults and sometimes treachery. The “weaker brother” may in fact have the chief quality needed to make him useful to the Lord– humility. The problem is, if it is genuine, he won’t notice his own humility, and he will think only good of those who judge him.

This will make certain that he is grievously wounded when he finds out his friends have secretly condemned him. Are you starting to get the message? Do you see why Satan was so pleased with Korah and Job’s friends? That is the final blow to a saint, that is, to learn he has been betrayed. That is why Judas was so helpful to Satan. If only Jesus could be broken by the sorrow of betrayal, perhaps he would sin in lashing out in self-defense. The judgment of fellow saints is no different than Judas’ betrayal of Jesus, “in as much as ye did it unto one of these… ye have done it unto me”.

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So, What’s it to me anyway?

FOURTH- VERSE 14- Read it carefully. God will get you. You won’t lose your salvation, but God will knock you down, probably until you need the brother you judged to help you back up.  Either God will do that, or you will become a “castaway”, meaning God will take away your zeal and victory to serve Him and let you suffer until you close your punisimous court. If he doesn’t, you are not born again. You are an infiltrator in the Body, being used of Satan to destroy the Church. God can show that openly also. Beware.

To see how God deals with impostors who judge his saints, read what God required of Job’s three lousy friends:

Job 42:7 And it was so, that after the LORD had spoken these words unto Job, the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends: for ye have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job hath. 8 Therefore take unto you now seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and my servant Job shall pray for you: for him will I accept: lest I deal with you after your folly, in that ye have not spoken of me the thing which is right, like my servant Job.  9 So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went, and did according as the LORD commanded them: the LORD also accepted Job.  10 And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.

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FIFTH- VERSE 15-17- (Please read the verses in Luke again as above.)  Here we need to see that the disciples were forced to learn the ultimate lesson. Even a child is not to be judged. Christian kids are not subject to the court of pious saints. They too are subject to Christ first, then their parents. No exceptions.  There is NO similarity between loving and steady discipline on one hand and mindless judgment on the other.  Discipline teaches and builds saints.  Judgment destroys them. 

There is nothing more disgusting than an old saint, who raised a bunch of brats, standing in the foyer griping about other kids or their parents. Not only are they tempting the kids to hate the Church when they learn of this aged meanness, they are also calling those kids away from Christ and suggesting they submit to the human who judged them. Again, this guruism is treacherous. If there is a real problem, go to the parents, speak of the problem, then shut your big mouth, and pray for them in your closet.  Let the parents come under the conviction of the Holy Ghost, not your authority.

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QUESTION: I have been doing this. What do I do?

ANSWER:

1. James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

2. Get a right perspective of yourself.

Luke 17:7 But which of you, having a servant plowing or feeding cattle, will say unto him by and by, when he is come from the field, Go and sit down to meat?  8 And will not rather say unto him, Make ready wherewith I may sup, and gird thyself, and serve me, till I have eaten and drunken; and afterward thou shalt eat and drink?  9 Doth he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him?  I trow not.  10 So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.

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QUESTION: My brother really has a problem. How can I help him?

ANSWER: Titus 2:3 The aged women likewise, that they be in behavior as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;  4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,  5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.

Women have no business ever rebuking a man other than their own husband. The other men are under Christ, not women. The other women and children are under “their own husbands” and fathers. So, a woman who judges and openly passes verdicts on other saints is a busybody (I Peter 4:15). Much wickedness has been done in the Church by women who leave their homes and their husband’s authority over them to open court on the saints. One comment can destroy a whole church.  The most helpful device in this pattern of treachery is the telephone, right? 

Titus 2:6 Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded.  7 In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,  8 Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.

Your way of life in Christ is the best thing you can do to lead a saint out of weakness. If that is not enough, if you want to whip him into line, you are not born again. You are a hireling who couldn’t care less if you maim the sheep carelessly. Remember, “whom the Lord loveth HE (not you or I) chasteneth”! If you are truly spiritual, your example is all God needs. Live it.

If reproof is needed, follow the instruction in the Word of God:  

2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 

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CONCLUSION:

One last thought about motives. If we are witnessing, working for the Lord, coming to church, teaching the Word, helping the saints, or any other good work, for selfish reasons, then we lose all of our reward. If we measure others by our good works, we show that we are working for the wrong reason. Three texts come to mind, and they speak for themselves:

Ephesians 6:5 Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ;  6 Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;  7 With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men:  8 Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.

1 John 3:18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.

Colossians 3:17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. Can you thank God for your relationship to ALL the saints?

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THEREFORE:

1. Let us stop examining other saints behind their backs, even as husband to wife.

2. Let us stop using ourselves as open examples, describing our zeal, witness, works, or punctuality at the church house as some sort of standard.

3. Let us exalt the Lord in the zeal we do see, praising God for EVERY saint’s progress.

4. Let us hate passionately cliques, or party spirit. Let us go as easily to one saint as another for fellowship. Let us not have favorites among the believers.

5. Let us not grumble over those who are not present at services. Let us rejoice over those who come, and be ready to learn that those absent had burdens keeping them away.

Let us be eager to lift their burdens in a quiet spirit. If we are moved to rebuke or reprove a saint, let us follow the pattern of authority and complete confidentiality of the New Testament Apostolic instructions.

6. Let the assembly know that this area of temptation may well be a weakness of their pastor, and let them keep any fleshly judgmental spirit to themselves.

If you see a problem in this paper, don’t even bother me unless you have sound Bible proof of your complaint. If so, then you must tell me, so that I can correct any errors. God bless you as we serve Christ together.

7.  When we are judged in the unbiblical model, what shall we do?  Answer:

1 Corinthians 4:3 But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man’s judgment: yea, I judge not mine own self.

Colossians 2:16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:

Even if you have an area of need, NEVER take the judgment of a saint who is in the throne of judgment against you.  Seek the precious wounds of a saint who loves you with biblical rebuke.  



PART TWO:  JUDGE!


SO WHO AND WHEN DO WE JUDGE?

As is so often the case in the black and white teachings of Jehovah and His Word, there is a time to judge, and it is essential to do so if we are going to maintain spiritual purity in our lives and in the life of the Lord’s Church.  Let us simply review some of the texts which tell us we must judge in certain situations:

John 7:24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.

How does this agree with:

Luke 6:37 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:

We are back to the study principles we discussed above.  We cannot judge anyone in order to condemn them.  Our judgment is for the sole purpose of exalting the holiness of God.  In old Israel the judges and Moses sat under a tree and judged the people.  Why?  Answer:  To preserve the holy standard of God within the whole life of the camp or the nation.

Here is an example:

Ezekiel 23:45 And the righteous men, they shall judge them after the manner of adulteresses, and after the manner of women that shed blood; because they are adulteresses, and blood is in their hands.

Again, Ezekiel speaks of the future conditions in the priesthood of the coming Messianic Kingdom:

Ezekiel 44:23 And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.  24 And in controversy they shall stand in judgment; and they shall judge it according to my judgments: and they shall keep my laws and my statutes in all mine assemblies; and they shall hallow my sabbaths.

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SO, IS THERE A TIME TO JUDGE IN THE CHURCH AGE?

If you don’t have a King James Bible, you will not have a basis to understand the following instruction.  “YOU” in the text below is “YOU” Plural–  collectively.  “Thee” or “thou” would indicate that the action was to be taken by individuals.  “YOU” means that Paul is telling the local church to do this judgment openly and collectively.  

Romans 16:17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.  18 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.

There is NO similarity between this cleansing the church of wolves and the hateful butchery of saint by saint which we discussed previously.  This is righteous judgment–  Judging and marking publicly those who teach heresy.  We do a lot of this in this journal.  Those who PROFESS to be saved while they teach heresies get no mercy from us:

1 Timothy 5:8 But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.  

How much more a man who stands in a large place and “provides not” sound teaching for the House of the Lord?  Timothy had a couple of these in the church he pastored, and Paul classified them as pagans:

1 Timothy 1:18 This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare;  19 Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck:  20 Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme.

Every time an alleged preacher mutilates the King James Bible, when he appeals to the Greek at the expense of the English Bible, or when such a hireling declares that he has found an error in the Word of God, he should be blasted with the utmost zeal.  He is a wolf.  Stand right up and rebuke him for what he is.  Do NOT do this in a corner where he can weasel out of it.  A very good silent statement is to stand right up and turn around and ignore him.

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WE ARE TO JUDGE THE NATURAL MAN

When unsaved men blasphemes the Spirit of God, the Word of God, or the Church of our Lord, he is to be judged and exposed plainly so that the saints will avoid that men.

1 Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.  15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.

1 Corinthians 5:3 For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed,

Paul was not even present, and he did not have two or three witnesses.  There comes a time when the fire of sin and Satanic attack is raging in the Lord’s Church.  It is a sin to hold back judgment at that point.  But, we must be 100% sure that our objective is to guard the holiness of the Lord Jehovah and His Church.

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THE CHURCH IS THE RIGHT PLACE TO SETTLE A MATTER

1 Corinthians 6:1 Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints?   2 Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?  3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?  4 If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church.

1 Peter 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

1 Corinthians 11:31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.

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JUDGE THE WOLVES

Jude 1:3 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.  4 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.

There is a word of caution in the following.  If the witnesses are present, then the rebuke, quite by contrast, must be sudden and open, especially with regard to a leader in the Lord’s Church.

1 Timothy 5:19 Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses.  20 Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.

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IS IT LOVING TO JUDGE?

This is really a stupid question.  There is a text from Solomon which sums up Part One and Part Two of this paper.  This proverb describes the fellowship of godly judging, for it is not possible to rebuke a friend in the Lord without making a judgment call based upon the Word of God.  The intent and spirit is the key here.  

Proverbs 27:5 Open rebuke is better than secret love.   6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.

I have found from experience that my worst enemies are judges in the local church.  On the other hand, I have also found that my best friends are those saints who walk so close to the Lord that, when they wound me, I feel blessed and encouraged by their faithfulness.

I realize that there seems to be a contradiction–  First– Judge.  Then– Judge not.  The problem we have these days  in the Lord’s Church is that we fail to just take the Bible 100% literally.  It is so easy to understand if we take it literally.  Ah, but it is not easy to believe, right?  If we are to take the Word as black and white, then we have to conclude that at one time we are totally forbidden to judge.  But, at once we learn that there are times when we MUST judge or we are rebels.  

Tell me saint, how is your judgment ministry doing these days?  🙂

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DIVORCE AND REMARRIAGE

By Steve Van Nattan-

Pastor and editor of Blessed Quietness Journal

I have been receiving a lot of mail from people trying to break down my resolve to stand by this article. Here is notice: I am a bigot, and I will not help you fix God’s holiness. On the other hand, we have several friends who are in violation in this area of life. They are still our friends, and we are not their judge. We don’t care to be asked to give you absolution for your sins. Nor will we curse our friends to meet YOUR demands.

As to Fundamental and Bible believing pastors, many have caved in and are allowing divorced and remarried people lead, teach, and generally violate II Timothy 3 with impunity. J. Vernon McGee called this “sloppy agape,” and that is what it is. Upholding the teaching of Christ and Paul is NOT unloving.

As to the divorce and remarriage of Dr. Peter S. Ruckman, we believe that he is in violation of the teaching of Jesus Christ and is not qualified to be the pastor of a local church. The blessings that may have come to the church he pastors do NOT abrogate the Word of God on the subject. If results are the measure of a man and a movement, then we should all become Mormons or Muslims.

BARBIE

Ralph was driving home one evening when he suddenly realized that it was his daughter’s birthday and he hadn’t bought her a present. He drove to the mall, ran to the toy store and said to the shop assistant, “How much is that Barbie in the window?”

In a condescending manner, she said “Which Barbie?”  She continued, “We have Barbie Goes to the Gym for $19.95, Barbie Goes to the Ball for $19.95, Barbie Goes Shopping for $19.95, Barbie Goes to the Beach for $19.95, Barbie Goes Nightclubbing for $19.95, and Divorced Barbie for $265.00”.

Ralph asked, “Why is the Divorced Barbie $265.00 when all the others are only $19.95?”

“That’s obvious” the sales lady said. “Divorced Barbie comes with Ken’s house, Ken’s car, Ken’s boat, Ken’s furniture.” (Submitted by Karol)

Quote:

Willis R. Hotchkiss, pioneer missionary to Kenya in 1895, called the divorce and remarriage process, even then infecting Christ’s Church, “pregressive polygomy.”

That is what it is– men and women cashing in the one God gave them for new flesh and a new hot rush.

Happiness in the new millennium is a new young wife and Viagra– In your good godly Fundamental church.
How is this different from the Muslim lust for 70 virgins in Paradise?

 

Divorce

This discussion will be largely a look at the various texts regarding divorce. The emphasis will be on biblical Law, the words of Christ, and the teachings of Paul. The dispensational approach is very low keyed because it is through dispensational boxology that modern Christians avoid dealing with the truth about divorce. The order will be from a reasonable as well as chronological approach. “Come, let us reason together saith the Lord…” Isaiah 1:18.

A word of concern:  I have a number of friends who will find this study disconcerting.  They have been divorced and re-married, and they were told by their pastor that they were doing good in the process. Some of you who read this are my personal friends and loved ones. I assure you that I knew that as I wrote this, and I have tried to avoid aiming at you or any reader personally.  But, I have no choice but to deliver what I have received from the Lord through His Word. The fact that your pastor avoided this subject and glossed over the literal words of Jesus simply means that your pastor is the WIMP. Sorry about that.

So, please read this sermon and examine it by the Word of God.  If you examine the sermon and me by your presuppositions or what John Mac Arthur taught, etc, you may soon arrive in the Glory to learn that you have lived out your days in abject adultery and defeat.

God’s holy Standard is Changeless

Please note how marriage began in the Old Testament, and how God wanted it to stay, from the beginning….

Genesis 2:23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.

And, ending the Old Testament….

Malachi 2:16 For the LORD, the God of Israel, saith that he hateth putting away: for one covereth violence with his garment, saith the LORD of hosts: therefore take heed to your spirit, that ye deal not treacherously.

Notes to the above text:

“putting away”– The common expression for divorce in the King James Bible. Beware of trying to drag “loosed” and “departed” etc. into the discussion. This is done by two-penny scholars to excuse or justify divorce and remarriage after divorce.  More on this later…

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Malachi 2:17 Ye have wearied the LORD with your words. Yet ye say, Wherein have we wearied him? When ye say, Every one that doeth evil is good in the sight of the LORD, and he delighteth in them; or, Where is the God of judgment?

Notes to the above text:

Today, divorce is quickly excused. Christians seldom discuss a pending divorce in terms of the evil of divorce. They excuse it and find reasons why divorce is the only option. How often have you heard, “Well, divorce is out of the question in all circumstances, so how can we help so and so to save their marriage”? Not often, eh?

I personally believe that many Christian women have had their biblical consciousness replaced by a soap opera Harlequin paperback mind. They love the suspense of an evolving divorce and re-marriage.

The truth is clear in Malachi– GOD HATES DIVORCE! Do you? The answer goes like this, “Oh, yes, we hate divorce, BUT……..” What follows the “BUT” is a bold justification of sin– nothing less.

Churches today offer counseling in how to have a biblical divorce. After the divorce, they welcome the rebels into the “singles class” and help them hustle a new mate. Only precaution– Make sure both parties don’t end up in the same church.

Example: Jim R. was being divorced by his wife. Jim was a pastor, and well liked in his area. A church he visited, while the divorce was pending, took him right to the singles class! There was no effort to restore the marriage. The church knew that the divorce was not yet final, but they introduced Jim around to ladies in waiting- Gospel trashettes who were willing to play the whore.  Such women are worse than whores– They don’t even have the dignity to ask for payment.  Jim had to flee to a small country church and find an old fashioned pastor who had a high standard– who worked hard to restore Jim’s marriage.

Malachi ends the Old Testament canon to the nation of Israel. It is interesting that divorce was a major sign of backsliding at end of the Old Testament era– as it is in the Laodicean era today.

 

Justification of Divorce

So… we are not interested in ANY of the modern writers on divorce. Chances are, they are all weak on the subject, or had a divorce themselves. It is also the end of our age, and standards are NOT getting narrower! We will stick to the King James Bible.

Deuteronomy 24:1 When a man hath taken a wife, and married her, and it come to pass that she find no favour in his eyes, because he hath found some uncleanness in her: then let him write her a bill of divorcement, and give it in her hand, and send her out of his house.
2 And when she is departed out of his house, she may go and be another man’s wife.
3 And if the latter husband hate her, and write her a bill of divorcement, and giveth it in her hand, and sendeth her out of his house; or if the latter husband die, which took her to be his wife;
4 Her former husband, which sent her away, may not take her again to be his wife, after that she is defiled; for that is abomination before the LORD: and thou shalt not cause the land to sin, which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance.

Discussion of the above text follows:

Deuteronomy 24:1- This is the law of Moses- Note: The reasons for divorce-

a. No favor

b. Uncleanness

These are the same reasons for divorce today.

a. and b. above expanded:

a. Listen to the honky-tonk “no favor” according to Nashville:

“Please release me let me go,
For I don’t love you any more,
To live a lie would be a shame,
Release me, and let me love again.”

In the world, this is almost noble.

b. The Christian model is based on the “uncleanness” alibi.

Here is how the “uncleanness” version of the above story evolves:

Mrs. Spiritual says, “Pastor, I am sure Harry is involved with another woman. I have three witnesses who have seen Harry go into a bar with Mary Lou Mc Nasty.”

Pastor Accommodation answers, “Well, that certainly would permit you to divorce him. Tell me, Mrs. Spiritual, do you love Harry?”

Mrs. Spiritual exclaims through her tears, “Pastor, I just don’t know how to love Harry anymore.” Wimpy pastors always melt before a weeping woman.

Pastor Accommodation consoles, “Dear lady, I am sure God understands. He will help you through this, and we will pray for you.”

In the Old Testament days of Moses’ law, the Levites would investigate the accusation of Mrs. Spiritual. If true, they would stone Harry. Then Mrs. Spiritual would be “loosed” by death of her spouse, not by divorce ( ! ! ! !,) to go and marry again.  “Uncleanness” in the Law of Moses DID NOT include adultery as today! The modern alibi for divorce NEVER existed, I.E. Adultery. It is an alien notion derived by corrupting the Old and New Testament.

Deuteronomy 24:2 And when she is departed out of his house, she may go and be another man’s wife.

We will see that this permission was later forbidden by Christ in the Gospels. The Apostles later maintained the standard of Christ in the Church, which is NOT Moses’ standard.  Our age has a TOUGHER standard.

Deuteronomy 24:3 And if the latter husband hate her, and write her a bill of divorcement, and giveth it in her hand, and sendeth her out of his house; or if the latter husband die, which took her to be his wife;
4 Her former husband, which sent her away, may not take her again to be his wife, after that she is defiled; for that is abomination before the LORD: and thou shalt not cause the land to sin, which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritan
ce.

This was never changed. It is easy to see why. A divorced and re- married woman is defiled to her original husband, then and now. There are some sins which cannot be “fixed up” later. This is one of them. Can she re-marry her first husband in the New Testament era? I see no reason why not– IF she has abandoned re-marriage and confessed her adultery before the local church.  According to due process, when a law is revoked or replaced, all of its attachments are also revoked.

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Deuteronomy 22:23 If a damsel that is a virgin be betrothed unto an husband, and a man find her in the city, and lie with her;
24 Then ye shall bring them both out unto the gate of that city, and ye shall stone them with stones that they die; the damsel, because she cried not, being in the city; and the man, because he hath humbled his neighbour’s wife: so thou shalt put away evil from among you.

Notes to the above text:

As seen in the text above, fornication after engagement, but before the consummation of the marriage, was worthy of death.

More will be said later in the text on Mary and Joseph. According Moses’ law, we should stone adulterers, not help them get a divorce. So divorce cannot be condoned for adultery.

The Only Divorce God Wants

Ezra 10:2 And Shechaniah the son of Jehiel, one of the sons of Elam, answered and said unto Ezra, We have trespassed against our God, and have taken strange wives of the people of the land: yet now there is hope in Israel concerning this thing.
3 Now therefore let us make a covenant with our God to put away all the wives, and such as are born of them, according to the counsel of my lord, and of those that tremble at the commandment of our God; and let it be done according to the law.
4 Arise; for this matter belongeth unto thee: we also will be with thee: be of good courage, and do it.

So, “put away” here is divorce, and here is the modern application:

Question: What is the only biblical reason for this divorce?

Answer: Polygamy with pagans.

Question: When can we use this?

Answer: When Mormons get saved. Or, in the foreign missionfield where polygamy is rampant in primitive cultures.

In Pioneering for Christ in the Sudan by Johanna Veenstra, p. 219-221, the author, said that all of the mission boards In Africa at the turn of the century required new converts to Christ to put away all but their first wife. The rest were considered adulterous. The standard is still the same, as is required to this day in southern Ethiopia by the Sudan Interior Mission, a Neo-evangelical mission, and ALL Fundamental missions.

So if you have recently been saved, and if you married an old women’s nursing home, as did Joseph Smith, you must “put away” all but the first wife. This is the only time “putting away” is biblical. The standard remains unchanged from Ezra to the present!

Proverbs 5:18 Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth.
19 Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; and be thou ravished always with her l
ove.

There is a caveat though. The man must take responsibility for the wives put away. He must not live anywhere near them, but he must willingly support them and the children. If doing right could cause severe human suffering, your doing right does not release you of responsibility, AND you are a slob if you wait on the worldly court system to force you to do right.

More than one wife was not allowed to Adam. Jesus and the Apostles agreed. We will find Christ very specific on this later.

Here is the rest of the account of the divorce of pagan wives…

Ezra 10:1:5 Then arose Ezra, and made the chief priests, the Levites, and all Israel, to swear that they should do according to this word. And they sware.
6 Then Ezra rose up from before the house of God, and went into the chamber of Johanan the son of Eliashib: and when he came thither, he did eat no bread, nor drink water: for he mourned because of the transgression of them that had been carried away.  

7 And they made proclamation throughout Judah and Jerusalem unto all the children of the captivity, that they should gather themselves together unto Jerusalem;
8 And that whosoever would not come within three days, according to the counsel of the  princes and the elders, all his substance should be forfeited, and himself separated from the congregation of those that had been carried away.
9 Then all the men of Judah and Benjamin gathered themselves together unto Jerusalem within three days. It was the ninth month, on the twentieth day of the month; and all the  people sat in the street of the house of God, trembling because of this matter, and for the great rain.
10 And Ezra the priest stood up, and said unto them, Ye have transgressed, and have taken strange wives, to increase the trespass of Israel.
11 Now therefore make confession unto the LORD God of your fathers, and do his pleasure: and separate yourselves from the people of the land, and from the strange wives.
12 Then all the congregation answered and said with a loud voice, As thou hast said, so must we do.
13 But the people are many, and it is a time of much rain, and we are not able to stand without, neither is this a work of one day or two: for we are many that have transgressed in this thing.
14 Let now our rulers of all the congregation stand, and let all them which have taken strange wives in our cities come at appointed times, and with them the elders of every city, and the judges thereof, until the fierce wrath of our God for this matter be turned from us.
15 Only Jonathan the son of Asahel and Jahaziah the son of Tikvah were employed about this matter: and Meshullam and Shabbethai the Levite helped them.
16 And the children of the captivity did so. And Ezra the priest, with certain chief of the fathers, after the house of their fathers, and all of them by their names, were separated, and sat down in the first day of the tenth month to examine the matter.
17 And they made an end with all the men that had taken strange wives by the first day of the first month.
18 And among the sons of the priests there were found that had taken strange wives: namely, of the sons of Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and his brethren; Maaseiah, and Eliezer, and Jarib, and Gedaliah.

Notes on the above text:

After giving the names of all who took strange wives and who divorced them, the following comment was made as the very last statement in the book of Ezra.

Ezra 10:44 All these had taken strange wives: and some of them had wives by whom they had children.

This, along with verse 3, lays to rest the question of whether children, by a second marriage, should alter our acting upon God’s revealed truth and His demands for holiness. Many a pastor has been attacked with this heart rending ploy:

“But pastor, we will be causing the children horrible disruption if we send them and their mother away.” Right, and all of you need to understand that God did not get himself into a marriage mess, YOU did. Deal with it.

Now, here is the same kind of thing in Nehemiah’s day…

Nehemiah 13:1 On that day they read in the book of Moses in the audience of the people; and therein was found written, that the Ammonite and the Moabite should not come into the congregation of God for ever;
2 Because they met not the children of Israel with bread and with water, but hired Balaam against them, that he should curse them: howbeit our God turned the curse into a blessing.
3 Now it came to pass, when they had heard the law, that they separated from Israel all the mixed multitude.

Here next is the action Nehemiah took with Old Testament saints. Some modern Christian rebels can just thank the Lord that their pastor is not open to use the methods of Nehemiah!  There would be black eyes on half of the deacons next Sunday!  

Nehemiah 13:23 In those days also saw I Jews that had married wives of Ashdod, of Ammon, and of Moab:
24 And their children spake half in the speech of Ashdod, and could not speak in the Jews’ language, but according to the language of each people.
25 And I contended with them, and cursed them, and smote certain of them, and plucked off their hair, and made them swear by God, saying, Ye shall not give your daughters unto their sons, nor take their daughters unto your sons, or for yourselves.
26 Did not Solomon king of Israel sin by these things? yet among many nations was there  no king like him, who was beloved of his God, and God made him king over all Israel: nevertheless even him did outlandish women cause to sin.
27 Shall we then hearken unto you to do all this great evil, to transgress against our God in marrying strange wives?
28 And one of the sons of Joiada, the son of Eliashib the high priest, was son in law to Sanballat the Horonite: therefore I chased him from me.
29 Remember them, O my God, because they have defiled the priesthood, and the covenant of the priesthood, and of the Levites.
30 Thus cleansed I them from all strangers, and appointed the wards of the priests and the Levites, every one in his business;

Notes to the above text:

The most grievous sin in Ezra’s and Nehemiah’s day was to marry a stranger. Christ’s prohibition of divorce for any reason but fornication makes this even more serious for us. Marriage to a “stranger” is now for life! So, if there is unconfessed fornication, or if the person is not born again, find it out during courtship and the engagement. Later, after the marriage, when you find out the boy was faking spiritual zeal, and when he heads off for the bar, it is too late to get a divorce.

It is interesting that polygamy was terminated long before this in the case of Abraham who had to cast out (put away) the bondwoman to get right with God.

When you go to your pastor and ask him his opinion on divorce, consider this. Your pastor is under appointment of God himself to be a teacher and to feed the sheep of Christ. As with Nehemiah who was appointed by God to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, your pastor is to answer to God for EVERY word he speaks as a pastor. He is to have no private opinion in line with the Word of God, and yet speak other words to soften the impact of the truth on you. He is to be convinced of all things before he speaks. He is to rightly divide the Word. So, you are a wicked and depraved brat if you expect your pastor to speak soft words to you about something God HATES. In fact, it is these sort of tricks that shorten the life of many of God’s servants.

Hebrews 12:8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.

A woman who is not chastised by God, when she plays tricks and perverts the Truth, might be thought of as a spiritual slut.

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Galatians 4:30 Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.
31 So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free.

Notes to the above text:

You will recall that when Hagar was in the desert and Ishmael was at the point of death, Christ, The Angel of The Lord, came to Hagar and gave her promises for the Arabs in Ishmael. These promises are now being fulfilled, and they will continue into the Kingdom of Messiah (Isaiah 60). Then God provided water to sustain the first Arab. Neither Isaac nor Ishmael could have any promises with the adultery of Abraham in place. It had to be terminated! (Genesis 16)

To those who cry, “What will happen to the children of the second marriage if it is taken apart?” Take a look at the Arabs today. God has taken pretty good care of them through four millennia, in spite of their patriarch Abraham throwing them out in the desert!

 

Christ Teaches on Divorce

Matthew 19:1 And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these sayings, he departed from Galilee, and came into the coasts of Judaea beyond Jordan;
2 And great multitudes followed him; and he healed them there.
3 The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause?
4 And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female,
5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?
6 Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
7 They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away?  

8 He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.
9 And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.
10 His disciples say unto him, If the case of the man be so with his wife, it is not good to marry.
11 But he said unto them, All men cannot receive this saying, save they to whom it is given.
12 For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother’s womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven’s sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it.

Notes to the above text:

Vs. 3- It’s Question and Answer time:  

Question: What about those who insist on drawing the Lord into their divorce proceedings by hailing His Grace and mercy? (I John 1:9)

Answer: They are tempting Christ! That’s serious.

They also tempt the preacher. Today, divorced and re-married folks tell the preacher, “We are in love and we are happy.” or, “We do not have any guilt.” So what? Neither does Lucifer.

Vs. 4- Here is a thought in passing– God did not create us female and female, or male and male! This answers all the folly of the fools in Christendom who justify sodomy in the Lord’s Church.

Vs. 5-6- “One flesh” is the physical. Any chance of restoring this is nearly always destroyed in remarriage after divorce.

Marriage unites body, soul, and spirit. Impotency is NO grounds for divorce. If the physical is wanting, God is not bored with the marriage. After all, in heaven “They neither give nor take in marriage” yet the Godhead is “one.”   God is interested in preserving, “what God hath joined together.”

Question / Answer…

Question: Is “one flesh” the basis for marriage? The Roman Catholic Church thinks so– as do some Fundamentalists who are desperate to cover for their sins!

Answer: Vs. 6 end- “What God hath put together…”  This means marriage is spiritual. Marriage, contrary to some backsliding Fundamentalists, is NOT put together by the Goodyear rubber company.  This is true even with the unsaved (Later text discussed).

Vs. 7- The “put away” of the Old Testament is the same as in New Testament.  This was NEVER revised by Christ– ONLY the reasons for the “putting away” were revised.

Vs. 8- It’s hard-hearted to justify divorce by twisting Christ’s words and the Greek New Testament. Divorce was never the divine ideal. Do we believe that?

Vs. 9- “Fornication” (PORNEIA) is NOT after consummation or the ceremony! If adultery is interchangeable here, why would Jesus distinguish adultery- (MOICHEIA) at the end of the verse where it is obviously after marriage?  Come on boys, you didn’t fall into bed by accident, unless you were a drunk like Lot.

These are two completely distinct Greek words, and we may assume that The Lord Jesus Christ knew Greek somewhat better than the most highly crowned scholar from your favorite seminary!

Question: When is fornication committed in the context above?

Answer: “Fornication” two ways-

a. During betrothal, it is discovered from before the betrothal.

b. Fornication happens during the betrothal. Christ is NOT talking about one party discovering, after the wedding ceremony is over, that fornication was committed by the other party before the wedding. After the wedding, it is too late. Some of you idiots do not know the meaning of due diligence.

Vs. 9- Here is where the remarriage prohibition is given. There is no time limit on this. It is adultery as long as the second marriage lasts. I didn’t make this up– Jesus said it, and you must agree with Him or answer to HIM.  Don’t flame me for pointing you to the Holiness of God.  Cuss God to His face or shut your mouth please.

One Fundamentalist ends a long discussion of this, in which he justifies remarriage after divorce, with a plea for sympathy for a man having to be celibate for may years.  His question pleads for the annihilation of God’s holy standard for the sake of the man’s libido gratification. The man’s words exactly, “Does a man have to go without for the rest of his life?” The logic is that we must disobey the clear teaching of Christ so that we can satisfy our libido. Bah!

Vs. 10-12- This is very narrow teaching by Jesus. The disciples even found it discouraging. If you can’t accept it, don’t get married! Be a eunuch. Is this cruel? See I Cor. 7:6-8- Singleness is an option. If you can’t take “till death do us part” vows, don’t take any at all.  

Psalms 50:14 Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High:

If you made wedding vows as a saint before God, you MUST keep them before Him even before you keep them before your spouse.  Your spouse may have run off or divorced you, but God still considers you married by VOW!!!!!  What if God took the same light view of His vow to keep us in Christ Jesus that modern saints take of their wedding vows? We would all be damned. 

 

Jesus Advances the Revelation

Jesus makes it clear below that He has raised the standard. The Laodicean church age has brought back Moses’ standard, or worse, they have taken wives from Moab. They then raise kids who have a very loose view of marriage, and they pastor churches where saints treat marriage like Baskin Robbins 31 flavors.

Matthew 5:30 And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.
31 It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement:
32 But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.

Notes on the above text:

Vs. 30- The Old Testament standard is NEVER lowered by Christ. It is strengthened. For example, according to Christ’s standard, looking with longing at any woman other than one’s wife becomes adultery.  

Matthew 5:28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

Vs. 31- A modern legal paper of divorcement and a second marriage certificate are NOT honorable. They are filthy rags to God. Generous divorce terms are dignified rebellion! Pleasant relations after the divorce are blasphemy against the inventor of marriage, Jehovah.

Saul thought he could justify his rebellion by sacrificing the animals gained by disobedience. Samuel said it was the same as witchcraft (I Sam. 15:23), and rebellion still is witchcraft today.

Vs. 32- “Put away” is divorce. Not separation. We hear age old emotional whining from the broad way, “But, what if the bum is stepping around? He may infect his wife. What if he sexually abuses the kids? What if he gets AIDS?  What if… What if…”  Answer: Call the police for abusers. Separation is needed where the wife is in real danger of sexually transmitted disease. But, such precaution is NOT a prelude to divorce and re-marriage!

 Question: How can we be sure “fornication” is only before marriage?  

Answer: Jesus knew Greek.

Was He under inspiration? Stupid question, eh? Therefore; the “adultery” at the end of vs. 32 is ONLY after marriage. Therefore; fornication applies ONLY to the betrothal.  

CONCLUSION: Adultery is NOT grounds for divorce.

Don’t complain to me. Go argue with Jesus.

THE ONLY JUSTIFICATION FOR DIVORCE IN BIBLE–

Fornication (PORNEIA) is only sex before betrothal or sex during the betrothal / engagement. For this fornication, the betrothal, or engagement, can be terminated– NOT the marriage later. Here, divorced and remarried folks flee to “cultural setting.”

I agree.  Culture is important.

One reason Jesus came to the culture He did, WHEN He did, was to get the standard right. He did NOT want our Americanized, Laodicean, “scholarship only,” NIV / NASB, dung gate cultural perspective. He wanted the Old Testament cultural setting in which to establish holiness for all the ages to come.

Read that last paragraph again please.

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Matthew 1:18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.
19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily.  

20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.
21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,
23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
24 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:

Vs. 18-19-  Joseph was not about to marry a woman who had been in fornication before the betrothal. Also, note that during the betrothal she was already considered to be his wife in vs. 24.

This account is here for a secondary reason. It makes it very clear what Jesus meant by “fornication” in his discourses on divorce and re-marriage. If you cannot see it, it is YOU that is willfully a rebel. God has given you all the light you need to get it right.

Question / Answer time again…

Question: Why then didn’t Joseph take Mary to the priests to be stoned? Is this not something outside of Moses’ law?  

Answer: Stoning was not done in Jesus’ day. In the account of the woman found in adultery in John 8:1-12, the men were resorting back to Moses’ law to embarrass Jesus. Would Jesus call for stoning, which was out of fashion? If so, they would make Him look like a brutal man. If not, He would condone ignoring Moses law.

[You wimpy high browed Bible mutilators who take this text out of the canon have lost a very important doctrinal passage.]

“Putting away” WAS done. Virginity was expected BEFORE and during the betrothal, and that was what Joseph expected of Mary! Mary was a wife from betrothal onward. So, sex does NOT make a marriage, at least not in the mind of a godly man like “saint” Joseph!

APPLICATION TODAY from Joseph and Mary’s experience, and from Jesus’ teachings we learn:

There shall be no sex between the engaged couple. If so, they must “break it off”.

You may ask if this disqualifies the fornicator and their betrothed from ever getting married.

Answer: Yes, even if it is between the ones betrothed to each other, UNLESS the sin of fornication is confessed before the local church assembled. Still, the offenders should avoid each other during a time of church discipline.  (Romans 12:17;  1 Corinthians 14:32-33; 1 Timothy 5:19-20)

 

Question:
Did God, in the Old Testament, justify divorce and remarriage when He put away Israel and turned to the Church and the Gentiles?

Answer:  Jehovah was never married to Israel, only betrothed.  Notice please…

Jeremiah 3:8 And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also.

If this proves that God was married to Israel, then He will violate the law of Moses when He returns to Israel in the Messianic Kingdom, for Moses forbid a man to return and marry a wife he had divorced..  That is not possible.  So, what is the point?

Matthew 9:15 And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? but the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast.

So, Israel began their fast at Calvary.  BUT, get this right– It is a fast only.  Fasting ends in feasting, not death, as Reformed theology would have it.  Israel will be restored to betrothal and finally the wedding.  Note:

Hosea 2:10 And now will I discover her lewdness in the sight of her lovers, and none shall deliver her out of mine hand.
11 I will also cause all her mirth to cease, her feast days, her new moons, and her sabbaths, and all her solemn feasts.
12 And I will destroy her vines and her fig trees, whereof she hath said, These are my rewards that my lovers have given me: and I will make them a forest, and the beasts of the field shall eat them.
13 And I will visit upon her the days of Baalim, wherein she burned incense to them, and she decked herself with her earrings and her jewels, and she went after her lovers, and forgat me, saith the LORD.  

14 Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfortably unto her.
15 And I will give her her vineyards from thence, and the valley of Achor for a door of hope: and she shall sing there, as in the days of her youth, and as in the day when she came up out of the land of Egypt.
16 And it shall be at that day, saith the LORD, that thou shalt call me Ishi; and shalt call me no more Baali.
17 For I will take away the names of Baalim out of her mouth, and they shall no more be remembered by their name.
18 And in that day will I make a covenant for them with the beasts of the field and with the fowls of heaven, and with the creeping things of the ground: and I will break the bow and the sword and the battle out of the earth, and will make them to lie down safely.  

19 And I will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in lovingkindness, and in mercies.
20 I will even betroth thee unto me in faithfulness: and thou shalt know the LORD.

Verse 16 shows that Israel will call Messiah Ishi (Husband) for the first time in the coming Kingdom.

Verse 19 shows that the betrothal will be restored. There was never a marriage at all. The marriage of Israel to Messiah comes in the Kingdom Age. There has been NO marriage of anyone to Christ yet, neither Israel nor the Church.

Note John the Baptist’s comment on the presence of Messiah in person in Israel:

John 3:29 He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled.

Israel will not be formally married until the Kingdom. Then, Christ will never divorce her.

Isaiah 62:4 Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzibah, and thy land Beulah: for the LORD delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married.
5 For as a young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee: and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee.

The Church is in exactly the same relationship with Christ.  The Church in betrothal waits for the Bridegroom to take her to the marriage feast of the Lamb.

2 Corinthians 11:1 Would to God ye could bear with me a little in my folly: and indeed bear with me.
2 For 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.

So, we see that the Church now is still not married to Messiah.  In fact, the Bride of Christ will eventually consist of both the Church and Israel.  Spiritually, there is only one Bride in the end.  So, we see that Messiah’s actions with both Israel and the Church are not an apologetic for divorce and remarriage.

Revelation 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

Revelation 21:9 And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife

I had to include the above discussion because some wimpy Fundamentalists have twisted this teaching to justify divorce.

 

Remarriage after Divorce

This is the part that is almost always left out of any discussion of divorce. Why?

Answer: It is very hard to handle. But, it is always charitable to teach it because it is the Truth. You make the application in the Lord. (Gal. 4:16) Note the final authority:

Luke 16:16 The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it.
17 And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail.

Notes to the above text:

Since when did cultural or emotional considerations change the perfect Word of God? Word Perfect seems to only be reserved for Microsoft by some soft worn preachers.  Christ’s teaching on divorce and re-marriage is a mighty big “tittle” to trash in order to keep the big givers from fleeing to the broad way. Get right, preacher.

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Mark 10:11 And he saith unto them, Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her.
12 And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery.
13 And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them.
14 But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.

Notes to the above text:

Any way you cut it–  Remarriage of the one divorced, or–  Remarriage by one who caused divorce– is what?  

Answer: Adultery. “It takes two to tango.” Both parties are in adultery until the alleged remarriage is terminated.  

Question: Does the Bible say re-marriage after divorce ever stops being adultery?

Answer: Nowhere! So, why do we terminate the sin?

One divorce and remarriage junkie mercilessly blasts the apologists he attacks for not having any Scripture to prove their case.  Well, HE cannot prove from one text of Scripture that at some magic moment in the future the sins of divorce and re-marriage evolve into some lesser venial sin.

Example: Here is a man who gets saved, or is already saved. He goes on a drunk. Later, he confesses his sin to the local church, and the church forgives him. What if he goes back to the bar?

Do we say, “Well, he has confessed it before the church, so now his boozing is not sin”? Of course not. It is sin until it is abandoned. He is a drunk sinner before and after he gets saved, and before and after he confesses it before the church, IF he goes and gets drunk again. It never stops being sin– NEVER!

Vs. 13-14- Why does the passage on Christ’s tenderness with children come next? Isn’t it obvious? What “blessing” is it when a child loses his Mommy or Daddy because they give way to sin? A kid can understand death after a while, but divorce CANNOT be explained to a child– it’s totally un-natural, as well as ungodly.

The tolerance of divorce in the Church worldwide stinks. They fight abortion. Yet, they tear out the hearts of the children who are born to them to be a blessing. Shame, shame, shame, and curses on you stinking Balaam ($) marriage counselors who condone divorce and remarriage in the name of the Carpenter of Nazareth!  

2 Peter 2:3 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.

Can a divorced person Re-marry?

Is there a text which makes this very clear– An impartial text?

ANSWER:  YES.

Romans 7:1 Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth?
2 For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband.
3 So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.  

4 Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.
5 For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.
6 But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.

Notes to the above text

Vs. 1- The law here shows how God thinks about marriage. It is nonsense to claim the age of Grace lowers the standard. As we saw already, Jesus raised the standard for marriage and divorce.  Furthermore; the Old Testament is brought forward, right in this text, to illustrate Grace.  Larkin has to get out of the way in this case.

Vs. 2- “loosed” is NOT a word for divorce anywhere in the New Testament (exception once in I Cor 7, but not here). What did Jesus allow? Divorce for fornication during betrothal (engagement).

Otherwise, this law is for life- That is, from Adam and Eve onward (Gen. 2:21-25), till death do us part.

Vs. 3- “If the plain sense makes good sense, don’t look for any other sense.”  Implied here– If a divorced person’s only spouse dies, remarriage is OK. A Levite cannot marry her. Nor can a New Testament bishop or elder / pastor, otherwise she can re-marry. One “saintly scholar” at Talbot Cemetery said, “If you want to divorce your wife, you would be better off with some churches to shoot her.” This simply shows the rebellion in the heart of some Balaams. I say, “You would do better to call Balaam’s ass as your pastor than a graduate of these schools like Dallas and Talbot that warp the Truth and the students’ minds.”

Cross Reference-

I Timothy 3:2- “A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife…”

This does not mean “one at a time.” It is in the same sense as the Old Testament Levite. The elder in the Church is a model of Christ’s fidelity to the Church. One wife for life– no more and no less, and not a divorced woman.  There is not a soul in the Word of God, whom God used, who was either a sodomite or divorced, before or after salvation, nor before or after Calvary.  Kindly read that again.

Vs. 7- Is the standard of the law defective? Answer: NO. It is holy and invented by God (Romans 15:4). Is this standard reasonable? God says, “Come, let us reason together…”

Try, “The three shall be one flesh?” Unthinkable! Why? My dear whimpering friend, I gently remind you that the physical hardware is a one on one arrangement. Some folks think that by living with only their remarried spouse, they are not in sin. If one is in Texas and the other in Maine, is that somehow different? God was not impressed with Solomon’s effort at “oneness” when he gathered his harem (I Kings 11:3-4). What about a harem of two? Or

Mohammed– The 13 shall be one flesh?

Joseph Smith- The 156 shall be one flesh?

Abdul bin Hassin- The 1233 shall be one flesh?

Romans 7 updates the law’s authority over divorce and remarriage NOW– in the Church Age for its whole duration. Once the marriage is finalized, nothing can convince God He must take it apart– Nothing but death, stoning for adultery, or the rapture of the Church. Do we agree with Him?

Does verse 6 above release us to divorce and re-marry? Of course not. We showed before that Jesus Himself raised the level of holiness. Don’t give us this pious babble of “liberty” to cover your rebellion against Christ.  Run that reasoning out the dung gate along with its champion, Chuck (Upchuck) Swindol.

 

I Corinthians 7 on Divorce & Re-marriage

Is I Cor. 7:1-16 saying it is permitted to divorce and remarry?

1 Corinthians 7:1 Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman.
2 Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.
3 Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband.
4 The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife.
5 Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.

6 But I speak this by permission, and not of commandment.
7 For I would that all men were even as I myself. But every man hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that.
8 I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, It is good for them if they abide even as I.
9 But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.
10 And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband:
11 But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife.
12 But to the rest speak I, not the Lord: If any brother hath a wife that believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away.
13 And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him.
14 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy.
15 But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace.
16 For what knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt save thy husband? or how knowest thou, O man, whether thou shalt save thy wife?

Notes on the above text

Vs. 1- 2- One husband for every wife and visa versa, and note please that fornication remains a pre-marriage term, as Jesus used it.

Vs. 3-4- How can one man have power over two bodies sexually????

Vs. 8- 9- Widows and the unmarried are on the same ground. Why? Answer: Romans 7 has released the widows to marry again. This proves the Old Testament law is assumed here by Paul.  This text undergirds the interpretation we used above in Romans 7.

Vs. 10-11- “Depart” is not divorce, as accommodation scholars claim. It is “depart,” that’s all. It is abandonment or separation. It is never used in the Bible for divorce except by those who seek to justify divorce and remarriage of the divorced. Examples of its true meaning- Romans 8:35; Hebrews 7:26 LOOK IT UP– Separation!!!

Vs. 11-End- Divorce is not allowed as a conclusion to any problem!

Vs. 12- An unsaved wife must be kept. Corinth was rampant with divorce. Saints cannot consider it for rebellious spouses.

Vs. 13- This even rules out separation from a rebel spouse.

Vs. 14- This proves we are talking about a rebel unsaved spouse–that’s all. NOT adultery OR fornication or anything else. Note: You cannot expect victorious non-fornicating kids from divorced parents.

Vs. 15- “Depart” is separation only. NOT divorce. “not in bondage” does not justify divorce and remarriage. It simply allows the victim of persecution to stay in Corinth if the spouse leaves town, but the saint cannot re-marry. What did vs. 11 say? Divorce is not in this text.

Vs. 16- Again, divorce is NOT justified in this passage.

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1 Corinthians 7:17 But as God hath distributed to every man, as the Lord hath called every one, so let him walk. And so ordain I in all churches.
18 Is any man called being circumcised? let him not become uncircumcised. Is any called in uncircumcision? let him not be circumcised.
19 Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God.
20 Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called.

Notes to the above text:

Vs. 17-20- Implied: If you are called being married to an adulterous rebellious sinner, stay as you are– married. The only possible exception is separation, “depart.” Then, stay separated– Period.

In the Old Testament era, if you had more than one wife, and one was Jewish, divorce the pagan (Ezra). That is for Mormons and polygamous Africans, but has nothing to do with I Corinthians 7.

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1 Corinthians 7:27 Art thou bound unto a wife? seek not to be loosed. Art thou loosed from a wife? seek not a wife.
28 But and if thou marry, thou hast not sinned; and if a virgin marry, she hath not sinned. Nevertheless such shall have trouble in the flesh: but I spare you.

Notes to the above text:

Vs. 27-28- Is this a contradiction? No! These are two different thoughts. “loosed” in this verse IS divorce. This is the single exception in the whole English Bible. It is from the Greek root, LUO which is the word used in Matthew where Christ used it for “put away.” So does Romans 7 allow remarriage after being “loosed?” NO!!! “loosed” in Romans 7 is KATARGEO– Abolished, dead and gone.

The “loosed” in Roman 7 and I Cor 7 are mutually exclusive words. Not the same meaning. Confounding them is heresy.

Most Fundamental Bible teachers claim these are the same word. One Fundamental brother dared me to check these texts in the Greek, as though he was right. Vi, vini, vici. I checked. It was the old shell game– the old guli-guli man from Cairo, Egypt. I was supposed to watch his other hand. I caught him. Could his lapse of honest Bible exegesis be because he is twice divorced and re-married?

Rom. 7 = Loosed by death. ___________ KATARGEO

I Cor. 7 = Loosed by divorce.__________ LUO

Romans 7 says marry again after death.  I Cor. 7:27 says DO NOT REMARRY AFTER DIVORCE. Read it!

This proof text, alleged for remarriage after divorce, is perhaps the most powerful against it. It supports Christ’s teaching in Matthew 19 in the King James English and in the Greek.

Now, does vs. 28 contradict 27? No! The subject changes back to marriage in general. The leaders are addressed first, then the virgins. Read to the end of chapter. There is nothing about departing, loosing, or “putting away.” All the rest of the chapter is about marriage in general. I Cor. 7:27-28 WILL NOT justify divorce. You will get more theology out of a junk yard dog than justification of divorce out of 1 Corinthians 7.

Conclusion

Remember- Adulterers were stoned in the Old Testament. They didn’t get a chance to remarry, let alone be divorced.

Remember- The only time “divorce” was approved in the Bible? When Jews “put away” multiple pagan wives.

Remember- This is done today in the missionfield. Why? Answer: Polygamy is forbidden based on the doctrine of Adam and Eve and the Old Testament law, which Jesus quoted directly from Adam. No other “putting away” is valid to God.

Remember- Adam had only one wife. Levites had only one wife. New Testament church elders had only one wife. Same standard!!!

Remember- What is NOT in the Bible:

     God never used a man who was divorced. Check it out.

     God never used a man who was remarried after divorce.

     God never used a sodomite– they share something devilish.

     No prophets, kings, or Apostles were divorced or remarried.

Remember- You are continuing in adultery as long as you re-married after divorce. A confession of your sin to God is your next step to restore fellowship with the Lord (I John 1:9). Then you must confess your sin before the church (James 5:16), you should openly confess to the one you helped into this adultery, and you should name the rebels who encouraged you to re-marry (I Timothy 5:19-20).

NOTE, you must rebuke OPENLY any elders, pastors, or marriage counselors who twisted the Word of God to justify your rebellion and sin.

Last, you must TOTALLY abandon your present adulterous union which you have pretended is a marriage. Ask the Lord’s Church to assist you in doing the right thing regarding any children by this adulterous affair. If you doubt God’s mercy on the children of this affair, read about Jephtha in Judges 11-12, 1 Samuel 12:11, and Hebrews 11:32. The sin of adultery which resulted in any illegitimate children is not held over the children.  However; you must never again be seen in the immediate company of the one with whom you were in adultery, NOT EVEN IN THE ASSEMBLY OF THE SAINTS ! ! !

Remember- Marriage is still “put together” in God’s “book”– even a sinners’ marriage! John the Baptist rebuked pagan Herod for his marriage arrangements (Mark 6:16-19). Why? Because God expected that sinner to marry correctly. Think about that when someone asks, “Does this all apply to what happened before we were saved?” Sin remains sin until it is confessed and abandoned, including divorce and re-marriage of unsaved people.  

Remember- It is not this writer who said it– it is GOD who said, 1 Peter 1:16, “Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” There is NO second best– NO “permissive will of God.”  That is blasphemy.

 

One last Question is raised by a Fundamental Baptist divorced and re-married preacher:

Is there any specific Scripture to prove that a divorced and re-married preacher cannot preach again?

Answer:  No.

But it is implied as clear as the nose on your face, UNLESS– You want a pastor who is divorced, re-married, in open rebuke as Paul instructed Timothy, and under church discipline until he gets rid of the adulteress whore he is living with.  

This is in the context of ALL of the above Scripture– KJV 1611, the Hebrew of the Masoretes, and the Textus Receptus of the Greek.

A bishop (pastor) is to be the husband of one wife, NOT one wife and one whore.

People get from God what they ask for, as Israel got King Saul.  What do YOU want anyway?

 

We end with The Word of God

Eph. 4:28, Applies to all of our sin. “Let him that stole steal no more…”

Or, let him that divorced and re-married adulterate no more!

Proverbs 24:8, “He that deviseth to do evil shall be called a mischievous person.”

ALL divorce / re-marriage hucksters included.

Ecclesiastes 5:6, “Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin; neither say thou before the angel, that it was an error: wherefore should God be angry at thy voice, and destroy the work of thine hands?”

Matthew 12:33, “Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.”

Divorce / re-marriage is marked by defensive and self-righteous blabber.

Job 14:4, “Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one.”  

Hebrews 13:4, “Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.”

Hebrews 4:15, “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” 16 “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”

Matthew 11:28, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.”

James 4:17, “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.”

Until a divorced and re-married person gets out of the shack, and out of the wrong bed, that person is in adultery and should be held in perpetual shame by the Lord’s Church.

Romans 16:17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.

Selah!

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If you want to debate the subject, or justify your whore housing, call your nearest Mormon bishop who will no doubt give you aid and comfort in your rebellion. They’ve got more wives than Carter’s got little pills.  You pastors who feel this message has moved you to deal with this matter– consider the cost.  You will have rebellion in the pew for sure, and some of your friends will step back from you.  I speak from experience.  But, if you clear yourself in the teaching of the truth on Divorce and Re-marriage, your Lord will approve of you, and that is worth the risk.  I now enjoy a clear conscience after putting it off for about 10 years, which was far too long– I admit it.   

© Copyrighted 1995 by Steve Van Nattan    You may copy this IF you do not change it or charge money for it.

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A “KINDER THEOLOGY”

“I believe that the time has come, when it is a positive duty to speak plainly about the reality and eternity of Hell. A flood of false doctrine has lately broken in upon us. Men are beginning to tell us that God is too loving and merciful to punish souls forever; and that all mankind, however wicked and ungodly some of them may be — will sooner or later be saved. We are invited to leave the old paths of apostolic Christianity. We are told that the views of our fathers about Hell, and the devil, and punishment — are obsolete and old-fashioned. We are to embrace what is called a “kinder theology” — and treat Hell as a pagan fable, or a bugbear to frighten children and fools!

Against such false teaching I desire, for one, to protest. I, for one, am resolved to maintain the old position, and to assert the reality and eternity of Hell.

It is a question which lies at the very foundation of the whole gospel. The moral attributes of God — His justice, His holiness, His purity — are all involved in it. Once let the old doctrine about Hell be overthrown — and the whole system of Christianity is unsettled, unscrewed, unpinned and thrown into disorder!

The Scripture has spoken plainly and fully on the subject of Hell.
If words mean anything — then there is such a place as Hell.
If texts are to be interpreted fairly — then there are those who will be cast into Hell.
If language has any sense belonging to it — then Hell is forever.

The drowning of the old world by the flood,
the burning of Sodom and Gomorrah,
the overthrow of Pharaoh and all his host in the Red Sea,
the judgment on Korah, Dathan and Abiram,
the utter destruction of the seven nations of Canaan —
all teach the same solemn truth. They are all given to us as beacons and signs and warnings — that we may not provoke God. They all remind us that there is such a thing as the wrath of God. They all tell us plainly that “the wicked shall be turned into Hell” (Psalm 9:17).

Settle it firmly in your mind, that the Lord Jesus Christ Himself has spoken most plainly about the reality and eternity of Hell. No lips have used so many words to express the dreadfulness of Hell, as the lips of Jesus.
Hell,
Hell-fire,
the damnation of Hell,
eternal damnation,
the resurrection of damnation,
everlasting fire,
the place of torment,
outer darkness,
the worm that never dies,
the fire that is never quenched,
the place of weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth,
everlasting punishment —
these, these are the words which the Lord Jesus Christ Himself employs! Away with the miserable nonsense which people talk in this day, who tell us that the ministers of the gospel should never speak of Hell!

He is the kindest friend — who tells me the whole extent of my danger!
The watchman who keeps silence when he sees a fire — is guilty of gross neglect!
The doctor who tells us we are getting well when we are dying — is a false friend!
The minister who keeps back Hell from his people — is a wicked and cruel man!

What is the use of hiding eternal punishment from the impenitent and the ungodly? Surely, it is helping the devil!”

— J C Ryle

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By Steven Kozar

Don’t be shy about it-admit it: false doctrine is fun and, well, it just feels good. Here are some handy tips to keep you fully deceived and incapable of discernment:

 
1. Always think to yourself: “I know what he meant” when false teachings are taught; don’t listen to the actual words themselves. Pretend you are giving someone the “benefit of the doubt” when you’re actually permitting bad teaching. Also, bad teaching isn’t so bad if the pastor tells an emotional story to drive home the heresy; and he must be telling the truth if he starts to cry, especially at the same point of the story in multiple services!

2. Here’s a handy saying: “No church is perfect!” The assumption here is that it’s not of any value to carefully examine doctrine because all churches are wrong in one way or another, so just accept anything. If you go to the church because “you feel comfortable there” and the “worship team really rocks” you’ll probably never have to think much about doctrine anyway. This can also be modified as: “No pastor is perfect!” False teachers and mediocre pastors really appreciate it when you think this way.

3. Focus on your feelings rather than the clear teachings of Scripture. Because you’re a sinner, this will be very easy. For added validation of your false beliefs, convince yourself that God told you to disobey Him and somehow violate His word; but don’t use such obvious language. For example, say: “I really feel that God spoke to my heart, that’s why I believe it’s okay to       (fill in the blank with whatever sin and/or false doctrine you want). A great little catch phrase to instill this principle would be something like this: “Theology will never change a man as much as a direct encounter with God.” Of course, if you really had a direct encounter with God you’d probably be dead…

4. Allow false doctrine from a teacher because “he has some good things to say, too…” A handy little phrase to repeat is: “Chew on the meat and spit out the bones.” Although this concept isn’t Biblical, pretend that it is. It will probably help you to imagine yourself “open-minded” and “non-judgmental” when you repeatedly ignore God’s clear instructions to hold fast to correct doctrine.

5. Consider “doctrine” the same thing as “religiosity” or “legalism.” If you realize that doctrine is just another word for teaching (and the Bible demands correct teaching) you might decide to become more discerning, and remember, false teachers everywhere are counting on you to stay ignorant and gullible.

6. Promote false teaching “for the sake of the un-churched.” You want to have lot’s of new people coming to church, don’t you? Well, give the public what they want and watch attendance skyrocket! Remember, the unrepentant sinners out there will show up if they are promised something to appease their selfish desires. Better sex? Bigger paychecks? Well-behaved children? God can give your un-saved neighbor all of that-and more! The seeker-friendly pastor already knows this dynamic growth program, and with your blind support (and weekly tithe checks) he will craft emotionally appealing motivational speeches to convert pagans into regular attending members! And let’s not forget that these same pastors (“leadership experts”) will provide your community with a sense of purpose and identity (and a six-figure salary for themselves), so don’t bog them down with Biblical requirements that would stunt the growth of the organization.

7. “Group Think” is a major component of false doctrine, so, “go with the group!” Fortunately for you, there are plenty of groups that are teaching and promoting false doctrine, so just pick the one you’re most comfortable with and buy into their twisted version of Christianity. Here are some of your choices:
First, there’s the “What do we believe this month?” “Emerging”, Post-Modern church (think: Rob Bell, Brian McClaren, etc.). Millennials love this one; it’s hip and it only get’s hipper as it dumps Biblical doctrine in favor of pagan mysticism and cultural sensitivity (which is usually just capitulation to the culture). Remember, you’re never actually believing false doctrine, you’re just “having a conversation!” Wink wink, nudge nudge.
Second, for the suburban soccer-mom crowd, there’s the “seeker-friendly” mega church (think: Rick Warren, Bill Hybels, Andy Stanley, etc.). These churches are a mash-up between a cinema-plex, a shopping mall and a Starbucks. Bigger is better, right?! And if you ever (accidentally) start to question whether anything lines up with Scripture, you can just take a look around the vast auditorium: this many people can’t be wrong! As long as you think so, you clever little conformist!
Thirdly, for the truly adventurous, you can find a vast number of Charismatic churches that aren’t even close to orthodox Christianity! (Think: Bill Johnson, Rick Joyner, T.D. Jakes, etc.) What’s not to like about a church that believes anyone can come up with new doctrine anytime by hearing directly from God?! Oh sure, they give lip service to the Bible, but with proof-texting, they can make the Bible appear to say anything! Does God just want you to be rich, happy and successful? Sure He does! Do we just have to “speak that into existence?” Sure we do! Remember, the Holy Spirit is your personal genie in a bottle, and after you’ve swayed back and forth with the praise band for an hour or two, you’ll actually start to believe that. Key words and phrases: “Woooo!” “Fire!” “More, Lord, more!” “Shaba!” “I feel a releasing of the anointing that is beginning to shift the atmosphere, and the mantle of His presence is about to come down so that the glory of His anointing can release His presence into the manifold destiny of His glory…”

 

THE INCREASE OF FALSE DOCTRINE

Many things combine to make the present increase of false doctrine especially dangerous.

1.) There is an undeniable zeal in some teachers of error—their “earnestness” makes many people think they must be right.

2.) There is a great appearance of learning and theological knowledge—many think that such clever and intellectual men must surely be safe to listen to.

3.) There is a general tendency to completely free and independent thinking today—many like to prove their independence of judgment by believing the newest ideas, which are nothing but novelties.

4.) There is a wide-spread desire to appear kind, loving, and open-minded—many seem half-ashamed to say that anybody can be wrong or is a false teacher.

5.) There is always a portion of half-truth taught by modern false teachers–they are always using scriptural words and phrases, but with unscriptural meaning.

6.) There is a public craving for a more sensational and entertaining worship—people are impatient with the more inward and invisible work of God within the hearts of men.

7.) There is a superficial readiness all around to believe anyone who talks cleverly, lovingly and earnestly, forgetting that Satan often masquerades himself as an angel of light (2 Corinthians:11:14).

8.) There is a wide-spread ignorance among professing Christians—every heretic who speaks well is surely believed, and anyone who doubts him is called narrow-minded and unloving.

All these are especially symptoms of our times. I challenge any honest and observant person to deny them. These tend to make the assaults of false doctrine today especially dangerous and make it even more important to say loudly, “Do not be carried away with strange doctrine!”

— J C Ryle

CLING TO SOUND DOCTRINE

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“Mark what I say. If you want to do good in these times, you must throw aside indecision, and take up a distinct, sharply–cut, doctrinal religion. If you believe little, those to whom you try to do good will believe nothing. The victories of Christianity, wherever they have been won, have been won by distinct doctrinal theology; by telling men roundly of Christ’s vicarious death and sacrifice; by showing them Christ’s substitution on the cross, and His precious blood; by teaching them justification by faith, and bidding them believe on a crucified Savior; by preaching ruin by sin, redemption by Christ, regeneration by the Spirit; by lifting up the brazen serpent; by telling them to look and live—to believe, repent, and be converted. This—this is the only teaching which for centuries God had honored with success, and is honoring at the present day both at home and abroad.

It is doctrine—doctrine, clear, ringing doctrine which, like the ram’s horn at Jericho casts down the opposition of the devil and sin. Let us cling to decided doctrinal views, whatever some may please to say in these times, and we shall do well for ourselves, well for others, and well for Christ’s cause in the world.”

— J C Ryle

UNSOUND DOCTRINES AND FABLES

2 Timothy 4:2-4 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering 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.

MANY OF THESE FABLES ARE IN MOST OF THE CHURCHES TODAY

– Christmas (Christ-MASS) fables
– Santa Claus fables
– Tooth fairy fables
– Infant Baptism fables
– Baby dedication fables
– Evolution fables
– Reincarnation fables
– Psycho heresy fables
– Baptist briderism fables
– Local church “only” fables
– Calvinism and Armenian fables
– Charismatic/Pentecostal fables
– Counterfeit bible version fables
– Homosexual fables
– Mormon fables
– Jehovah Witness fables
– Hindu fables
– Buddhists fables
– Yoga fables
– Pragmatism fables
– Church of Satan fables
– Global warming fables
– Emerging church fables
– Modernism fables
– Islam fables
– Christian Science fables
– Roman Catholic fables
– Sorcery fables
– New age fables
– Freemasonry fables (WARNING: They are in many churches)
– Theosophical Society fables
– Eastern religion fables (Rajneeshism, ISKCON, and Transcendental Meditations) fables
– Hyoo-Go Movement fables
– Branch Davidians fables
– Zionist fables
– Seventh day adventists fables
– Unitarian Universalism fables
– Bahia fables
– Agnostics fables
– Atheists fables
– Knights Templar fables
– Knights of Columbus fables
– Knights of the Golden Circle fables
– American Christian Nation fables
– Hedonism fables
– Order of Sion fables
– Rosicrusianism fables
– Jesus Society fables
– Priory of Sion fables
– English Freemason of Bacon fables
– Jacobite Templar freemasonry fables
– Anglican fables
– Quaker fables
– Order of the Golden Dawn fables
– Thule Society fables
– Anthropological Society fables
– P2 fables
– Order of Illuminati fables (founded in 1776 by Adam Weishaupt with Mayer Amschel Rothschild, both united Sion and Templars)
– Mafia fables
– Triads fables
– UN fables
– Druid fables
– Witch fables
– Lutheran fables
– Methodist fables
– DARE fables
– Astrology fables
– Halloween fables
– Landmarkism fables
– Neo Evangelical fables
– Ecumenical fables
– Cell / organic church fables
– YWAM fables
– World Vision fables
– Moonies fables
– Kingdom/Dominion/Reconstructionist fables
– Covenant theology fables
– Faith without Works fables
– CCM fables
– Communism fables
-Gnosticism fable
– Mystery religions falbes
– Marxism fables
– Fascism fables
– Eugenics fables
– Sinless perfectionism fables
– Another gospel fables (no repentance, no change of life, instead of bearing fruit worthy of repentance)
– Another gospel fables (saved by works, instead of saved unto good works EPH 2:10)
– Another gospel fables (cheap grace, never doing what He says LK 6:46)
– No hell fire fables (WARNING: They are in many churches)
– Things will get better before Christ returns fables
– Apostasy will be less in the future fables

2 Timothy 3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

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;

2 Timothy 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

Ephesians 5:11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

Acts 20:29-31 For 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, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.