14) Salvation is possible in this life only
15) Those who don't believe in the
Lord Jesus Christ will be fearfully and forever tormented,
16) There are many ways to God
17) Christmas is a holy, God-ordained
18) Easter is Christian and Biblical
19) God is trying to save the whole world now
20) Man has been given a free will
21) Now we are in the dispensation of
22) Denominations are legitimate in
the sight of God
23) There is no literal, personal voice
of God speaking today as in Biblical times
24) All believers have equal authority
25) Women are ordained or called as
ministers of God, in spiritual authority over men
26) All flesh is clean for eating
Diabolical Doctrine 14) Salvation is
possible in this life only
Is there any Scriptural evidence that one has only this lifetime
to come into harmony with God? Would God damn forever someone
who has never heard of the Lord Jesus Christ, having never been
given opportunity to believe? Nowhere do the Scriptures support
this doctrine. Indeed, they cry out against it.
Did not Jesus preach to the spirits in prison, who perished
in Noah’s day during the Flood (1 Peter 3:18-22)?
Did He not stop Saul of Tarsus dead in his tracks to convert
him? If it was so important to convert everyone now, why doesn’t
Jesus stop many more? One may answer that He saw Saul’s
heart. But doesn’t that attribute righteousness to man
and not entirely to God, contrary to the Scriptures, which declare
man has no righteousness? Why doesn’t He stop and turn
Why would Cain receive a mark of protection in this world,
only to perish at death? Does God toy with lives, as cats do
Why would Ishmael be given twelve princes and blessings for
this life, only to end his somewhat favorable existence by being
relegated to eternal torment immediately upon death?
Didn’t Ishmael and Isaac together bury their father,
Abraham (Genesis 25:9)? If God’s eternal wrath was on
Ishmael, what did he have to do with Abraham and his chosen
Or is Ishmael more righteous than God, honoring his father
while God plans to torment Ishmael with perpetual pain?
And what of Abraham, who cared for Ishmael (“O that Ishmael
might live before You!” - Genesis 17:8)? God cares less
than Abraham? We know that’s not true!
How is it Esau was also blessed? What for - a brief stint on
earth? And then what?
Stop and think, people, consider and pray - not to yourselves
or to your imaginary gods, even those you call “Jesus,” but
to the Spirit of Truth Himself, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Here is a passage of Scripture used to support this evil doctrine:
“And as it is appointed to men once to die, but after
this the judgment, so Christ was once offered to bear the sins
of many. And to those who look for Him He shall appear the second
time without sin to salvation” (Hebrews 9:27-28 MKJV).
Nothing says here that judgment is eternal (or even temporary)
The word “judgment” only means a decision, for
or against. Because it says men die only once in this world,
can one suppose that there isn’t another world in which
men may have occasion to believe, as in the case of the souls
who perished in the Flood?
1 Peter 3:18-22 MKJV
(18) For Christ also once suffered for sins, the just for the
unjust, that He might bring us to God, indeed being put to
death in the flesh, but made alive in the Spirit;
(19) in which also He went and preached to the spirits in prison,
(20) to disobeying ones, when once the long-suffering of God
waited in the days of Noah, while the Ark was being prepared
(in which a few, that is, eight souls were saved through water);
(21) which figure now also saves us, baptism; not a putting
away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience
toward God, by the resurrection of Jesus Christ;
(22) Who is at the right hand of God, having gone into Heaven,
where the angels and authorities and powers are being subjected
The fact that men die once in this world doesn’t mean
they have no future opportunities to be saved. Nothing in the
Bible indicates this diabolical notion of hopelessness.
It has always been a marvel to me how people can profess to
believe this doctrine and profess to love their neighbor and
fellow mankind in general, yet they don’t do all they
possibly can to save them. Indeed, they do virtually nothing;
they go out on all sorts of business ventures, pursue pleasures,
watch television, go to socials, and spend time on myriads of
things worth far less than just one soul, which is worth more
than the whole world and for which nothing can be given in exchange.
If they believe the devilish doctrine they espouse, and that
it’s up to Christians to win other souls to Christ, having
only this life in which to be saved, then they are guilty of
the worst possible crimes imaginable. Hitler is a shining light
compared to them. Either they don’t really believe this
doctrine, but use and vocalize it for their own purposes, as
hypocrites, or they don’t love their neighbor as themselves,
contrary to their show and profession. It’s that simple.
If they don’t love their neighbor, they’re damned.
Would they like that damnation to be permanent?
If I believed this doctrine, I shouldn’t have a television
set, a newspaper, or a single moment to spare on any kind of
activity or object that isn’t of as much importance as
rescuing a perishing soul. I shouldn’t marry and have
children. I shouldn’t have a home, a lawn, or any time-consuming
thing that wasn’t of paramount necessity.
I shouldn’t trouble myself about clothing, shaving, grooming,
preparing food, brushing my teeth, or many other things we all
do, except to ready myself for soul-winning. My activities and
attentions apart from winning souls should be cut to the bone.
But I don’t believe this doctrine.
If souls could only be saved in this life, then all those who
believe this doctrine are damned. Perhaps there may be someone
out there who’s trying everything he can to save as many
as possible, poor wretch! But what if he had only slept 20 minutes
less each night? Could he have delivered another soul from eternal
What if he hadn’t had small, fruitless talk with someone,
wasting precious time? One too few souls saved is more than
a pure conscience could bear. “If only I had...” would
be his constant torment. He would be damned in a way not commonly
considered. The doctrine is ludicrous.
Now if you call me diabolical because I teach against this
doctrine, not believing it, yet you don’t act according
to your belief of this doctrine, then in God’s sight I’m
more justified than are you who condemn me. Interesting?
No, people, this life, age, world is but a stage of many in
God’s process of creating man in His image. We have a
great God, much greater than we imagine in the narrow window
of this world.
“So that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding
riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ
Jesus” (Ephesians 2:7 MKJV).
Consider the alternative to believing
this doctrine: Believing the truth, you’ll no longer be guilty of criminal negligence
of the highest order, and you won’t be impossibly burdened.
Read in our section The
Restitution of All Things.
Diabolical Doctrine 15) Those who don’t
believe in the Lord Jesus Christ will be fearfully and forever tormented,
A mother who professed to believe in Christ and defended the doctrine
of eternal torment once stood with her children, watching a cat play
with a mouse before it devoured the rodent. She couldn’t stand
to watch, so she took her children and retreated to the house.
What was this mouse to them? It was only a disease-bearing pest which,
if having opportunity, would contaminate food stores, crops, and drinking
water, which reportedly it did with them. Yet in their carnality, they
had sympathy for that mouse.
“That cat was cruel!” she remarked. Really? How cruel was
that mouse’s fate compared to a human doomed to everlasting torment,
as she alleged would happen?
Consider that the cat probably had the mouse in shock, so that it felt
no pain – a provision of God in nature for the mouse’s benefit.
Consider that the cat devoured the mouse to sustain itself, not to forever
Jesus constantly used elements and events in nature to teach spiritual
truth. Where do we find eternal torment taught in any of God’s
creation? We don’t. What good would there be in tormenting a soul
Consider that the mouse couldn’t reason or feel guilt or regret,
as we can. Yet the purveyors of this doctrine of devils combine mental
anguish with horrific physical pain for those most unfortunate souls
who didn’t seem quite as wise in their choice of life.
Consider that the mouse wasn’t made in God’s image and,
like sparrows (Luke 12:6-7) and grass (Isaiah 40:8), had so little value
compared to a human being.
Consider that the mouse didn’t have the torment of lost loved
ones it would miss or which would miss it. Furthermore, the mouse didn’t
have loved ones chosen to have the cat’s favor, ecstatically enjoying
company with the cat, while watching the mouse being tormented and eaten,
yet never devoured.
Finally, the cat wasn’t the all-loving being that God is taught
to be and of which the Scriptures bear witness. When did a cat ever lay
down its life for all mice?
How can we so foolishly and ignorantly believe an all-loving God would
take those who didn’t believe on Jesus Christ in this life and
damn them to horrific torment forever? How should we believe He would
even equip them with a special body to suffer destruction and immense
pain forever, yet never be destroyed? All this for the sole purpose of
making them continually suffer?
According to this atrocious doctrine, a trillion years from now, the
damned will continue to scream and writhe in terrible agony with no respite,
the torment only beginning. In the meantime, the One Who laid down His
life for them, and then put them in those circumstances, is at rest with
His beloved, enjoying fellowship with them and they with Him. The friends
and relatives who didn’t believe are forever imprisoned in constant
horrible agony, but that doesn’t seem to bother either the One
Who gave Himself to put away suffering and to wipe away all tears, or
the ones whose tears have been wiped away. You can just hear them singing
the hymn, “Joy Unspeakable and Full of Glory,” drowning out
the shrieks of their wretched husbands and wives, fathers and mothers,
brothers and sisters, sons and daughters who didn’t believe.
The unbelieving will forever suffer, and for what? Will they ever believe?
No. The saved can sit there licking their ice cream cones, saying, “We
told you so! See, we weren’t as stupid as you thought! We’re
good and you’re bad.” And God will say to those suffering, “You
didn’t believe Me! You had your chance. Now eat your hearts out
What good could possibly be served by souls forever suffering excruciating
pain? Would that not make agonizing punishment the Omega, instead of
Jesus Christ, the Alpha and Omega (Revelation 1:8)? Is it not in God’s
power to mercifully put a suffering creature out of its misery? Can He
not take life, as well as give it?
Would God enjoy Himself with others, and they with Him, while others
suffer so? What kind of horrid disposition would do that? In our God-given
nature, even a fallen lawless one, we cringe at the thought of rulers
who, without conscience or feeling, impose their cruel wills on people
who are possibly guilty of unspeakable crimes. Yet many are found preaching
a God Who far surpasses the cruelty of all the worst of men that ever
lived on earth combined, while calling Him a God of compassion.
Jesus once said, “If you, being evil, know how to give good gifts
to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts
to them that ask?” (Matthew 7:11) If this woman, being evil, can’t
handle a beast’s temporary, tempered torment in the present order
of things, how would the Father in Heaven, being good, be willing to
forever preside, with His children, over the eternal torment of persons
once created in His image?
And He doesn’t even eat them after they’re toasted! How
utterly diabolical a doctrine this is! This doctrine was concocted by
Satan, who savors the things of men, to paralyze souls with fear. It
isn’t through fear of evil we’re saved, however, but by God’s
loving grace through faith. It isn’t by the driving of men, but
by the drawing of the Father that we enter the Kingdom of God.
At Harvest Haven, we raise sheep. Drive them, and they’re frightened;
lead them, and they follow. When they’re frightened, they don’t
go where they need to go. Fear-mongering doctrines ought to sound the
alarm that there’s something amiss.
Yes, the KJV says there’s torment in the Lake of Fire forever
and ever. If you search the Scriptures, however, you’ll find “forever” doesn’t
mean “forever,” the way we use the word (read The
True, Scriptural Meanings of “Forever,” “Everlasting,” and “Hell”).
“As Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them, in like manner
to these, committing fornication, and going away after other flesh, laid
down an example before-times, undergoing vengeance of everlasting fire” (Jude
Yet God promises to return Sodom to a former state of prosperity, along
with whoring Israel:
Ezekiel 16:53-55 MKJV
(53) When I shall return their captivity, the captivity of Sodom and
her daughters, and the captivity of Samaria and her daughters, then
also the captivity of your captivity in their midst;
(54) that you may bear your shame, and blush in all that you have done,
since you are a comfort to them.
(55) When your sisters, Sodom and her daughters, shall return to their
former state, and Samaria and her daughters shall return to their former
state, then you and your daughters shall return to your former state.
Obviously God doesn’t mean “forever” or “everlasting” as
carnal men have interpreted His sayings.
Speaking of everlasting (eternal) fire, what is its purpose? Is it literal
or figurative? And what does “eternal” mean?
The “Lake of Fire” is figurative, as is “fire” when
it speaks of our being baptized with the Holy Spirit and with fire. Not
that a spiritual fire is any less powerful and painful than a literal
one, but it is a fire that corrects, purges, and purifies, for a good
end. It is not a fire that forever punishes for evil’s sake.
One hears this objection when answering the doctrine of eternal suffering: “Yes,
God is love, but He’s also a just God, and we must pay the penalty
for our sins if we don’t repent.”
Doesn’t the Bible say it’s God Who causes us to will and
to do of His good pleasure (Philippians 2:13)? How can we claim any credit?
Isn’t it by grace through faith that we’re saved, that faith
not being of ourselves, but a gift of God (Ephesians 2:8-10)? Doesn’t
that mean He gives faith freely to those who don’t deserve it?
Vindictive, petty, vicious, unspeakably cruel, and merciless creatures
we are, making God into our own image. We play a tyrannical god in the
lives of those we seek to control, by threatening them with the worst
possible consequences if they don’t comply with our will. That’s
what sin does to our thinking and attitude. But Jesus Christ isn’t
“Jesus called them and said to them, ‘You know that they
who are accounted rulers over the nations exercise lordship over them.
And their great ones exercise authority on them. But it shall not be
so among you. But whoever desires to be great among you, let him be your
servant’” (Mark 10:42-43 MKJV).
Consider the alternative to believing this doctrine: Who knows? You
may even come to love God if you repented and got to know Him as He is!
Read Whose Will Is Free?,
and peruse our section The
Restitution of All Things, especially The
Great Promise of the Lake of Fire and the Second Death, The
True, Scriptural Meanings of “Forever,” “Everlasting,” and “Hell”,
and The State
and Fate of Hell.
Diabolical Doctrine 16) There are many ways
This doctrine is not often preached in nominal Christendom, but it seems
a rather strange thing to find so many people professing to be Christians
who believe this lie. Yet why should I be surprised to find such in the
church systems, the gates of Hell? Isn’t it written, “Babylon
the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils,
and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful
bird” (Revelation 18:2)?
Those who profess Christ should believe the words of the One they profess
“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life;
no one comes to the Father but by Me’” (John 14:6 MKJV).
There’s only One Way to God:
“And He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was
no intercessor. Therefore His own arm brought salvation to Him; and His
righteousness sustained Him. For He put on righteousness like a breastplate,
and a helmet of salvation on His head. And He put on the garments of
vengeance for clothing, and was covered with zeal like a cloak” (Isaiah
It takes God to bring us to Him. Jesus Christ is God. Buddha is not;
Krishna is not; Muhammad is not; neither is any other. Only God can lay
down His life and take it up again. Only His tomb is empty, by His own
power. There is no salvation outside of the Lord Jesus Christ. He said, “No
one comes to the Father but by Me.”
He said, “He that believes not on the Son is condemned” (Mark
16:16). There’s but one Only Begotten Son of God, the Lord Jesus
Christ, the Messiah.
He said to His disciples, “He that rejects you rejects Me, and
he who rejects Me rejects Him Who sent Me” (Luke 10:16). That doesn’t
leave a whole lot of room for competitors or other ways, does it?
According to Jesus, if someone said to one of His disciples, “No
thanks, I prefer another way,” that man would be condemned as a
thief and robber:
“Truly, truly, I say to you, ‘He who does not enter into
the sheepfold by the door, but going up by another way, that one is a
thief and a
robber’” (John 10:1 MKJV).
John 10:7-11 MKJV
(7) Then Jesus said to them again, “Truly, truly, I say to you, ‘I
am the door of the sheep.
(8) All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did
not hear them.
(9) I am the door. If anyone enters in by Me, he shall be saved and shall
go in and out and find pasture.
(10) The thief does not come except to steal and to kill and to destroy.
I have come so that they might have life, and that they might have it
(11) I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd lays down His life for
The people who believe there are many ways to God usually consent that
Jesus was a wise and good man, wiser and better than themselves. They
will even acknowledge Him to be a prophet. It should follow, then, that
they ought to believe what He has to say and not be so stupid as to treat
Him as a fool or liar.
And why do they consent that He was (notice the past tense) a wise and
good man? It’s because they don’t believe. If they believed,
they would know that He was no mere wise and good man, but is God, here
“By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses
that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God; and every spirit that
does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God.
And this is the anti-Christ you heard is coming, and even now is already
in the world” (1 John 4:2-3 MKJV).
Consider the alternative to believing this
doctrine: Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you’ll see
Read The Narrow vs. the
Wide Way and Broad
Way Lover Despises Narrow Way. Also read about the False
Winfrey and Her Guru, Eckhart Tolle.
Diabolical Doctrine 17) Christmas is a Biblical
Wrong. It is a celebration, likely the greatest and most widespread
the West and even the world has ever known; however, it is anything but
holy unto God and has nothing whatsoever to do with the Lord Jesus Christ,
in Whose Name it is celebrated. Christmas never did have anything to
do with Him, and never will.
The Christmas Spirit
You may say, “Haven't you ever felt the spirit of Christmas? What's
wrong with it? Doesn't it make you feel good about yourself and good
No doubt, the Christmas spirit makes one feel good, as a seductress
makes one feel good for a time. One can get very high on the Christmas
spirit, but then comes the letdown when the event is over. It is a swift
and seductive, friendly rape of one’s spiritual, mental, and physical
emotions and aspirations.
Part of the proof of the falsehood of Christmas is that the high is
short-lived and doesn’t substantially change anyone. Some may get
friendly and generous for a day or two, then they’re back at it,
in a dog-eat-dog world of business and relationships steeped in selfishness.
It isn’t the Spirit of Christ at all that is felt at Christmas,
but that of a seducing, counterfeit, anti-Christ spirit. Otherwise, if
it were of God, why the shallowness and brevity?
The only way one can know what I’m talking about is if one is
truly born again of the Spirit of God, in which case one is able to discern
good from evil. When Christ comes, He establishes Himself and remains
through our abiding in Him by faith and obedience 24/7, 365+ days a year.
How is it you can only feel the spirit of Christmas, at Christmas? Because
it’s from the side of darkness, in wonderful seduction, and has
nothing to do with God. Don’t be deceived.
I also loved Christmas, and amazingly, shaking that celebration was
one of the hardest things I've ever had to do. It's hard being odd man
out in anything, especially left out of joyous festivity with loved ones
when you've been brought up with it from the cradle and enjoyed it for
A Celebration of Giving?
People talk of giving at Christmas, which on the surface seems virtuous,
and there’s an extraordinary amount of giving to family members,
friends, employees, business associates, and the poor (perhaps in that
order, which says something). But Christmas isn’t about giving,
it’s about getting, or perhaps, to put it more comprehensively,
about getting by giving. It’s a time of great selfishness, pleasing
the flesh, which is at enmity with God.
“Johnny, if you're good, Santa will bring you a present.”
“We sent them a better card than they sent us, and they can afford
“Isn't it time we got together at their place this time, instead
The emphasis is constantly and insidiously on receiving, which opens
the door to crass commercialism. After all, what is commercialism about,
if not feeding the fleshly craving for getting things? And Christmas
is the champion of consumptive celebrations, through which many retailers
make or break their businesses.
Who is this great “giver” - Santa? He is whatever you make
him out to be... an elf, a fairy, someone with magical powers who is
obese and smokes, or a Catholic saint, St. Nicholas. As if the Catholic
Church knows what a saint is and has the spiritual essence and right
to honor one. The reality is that by its very nature the Catholic Church
(along with many other churches) persecutes and opposes true saints to
Christmas Minus Commercialism = Christ?
It is said Christmas would be good if not so commercialized. I ask, “So commercialized?” Can a truly holy celebration of God tolerate any commercialism? (Consider Jesus with the money-changers and sellers in
the Temple – John 2:14-26.) If Christmas is full of revelry and
indulgence, how do those vices exist without commercialism? With men,
it is either worship of God or mammon - only two choices. Commercialism
in the wide sense of the word is simply serving mammon in whatever form
Is Christmas Redeemable?
We hear the incessant call to get Christ back into Christmas. The fact
of the matter is He was never in it. Trying to put Him in a pagan feast
is abominable to God. There were solemn (not unrestrained merrymaking)
Feasts ordained and established in the Israel of old by God’s command
- Passover, Pentecost, and Tabernacles.
Observed in the first month of the year, the Feast of Passover represented
Jesus’ death, His sacrifice for our sins. In the third month of
the year, the Feast of Pentecost was held, representing the outpouring
of His Spirit, which occurred 50 days after Jesus’ resurrection
from the dead. Finally, in the seventh month, the Feast of Tabernacles
was observed, representing our entering into rest and His manifestation
through His people on earth. These all signified the great events and
works of the Messiah on earth.
A celebration of His birth isn’t mentioned, and a date wasn’t
given, as it was for the God-ordained Feasts. Consider how few knew of,
and were present at, His birth (Matthew 2 and Luke 2). Shouldn't that
suggest to you God wasn’t interested in having men commemorate
How different the original event of His birth and the alleged yearly
celebration of it! The pagan religious world has devised all sorts of
superstitious practices - the Christmas tree and its trimmings, the mistletoe,
the Yule log, gift-giving, card-sending, caroling, pageants, church attendance
(even at midnight), and various foods and significations for them, etc.
- all in the Name of Christ (“Christmas”).
If Godly, How Come the World Loves Christmas?
Pleasure-seekers, calling themselves Christians or not, join right in.
And nominal Christians justify themselves, saying, “It’s
the thought that counts. We take the occasion to worship Christ, even
if it is pagan.” Some use Paul’s words as an excuse, saying
they are being all things to all men in order to reach unbelievers (1
Corinthians 9:19-22). But Paul isn’t speaking of joining the world
to win it. The Bible never speaks of partaking of the world. On the contrary,
it warns against it. You join the world and you lose yourself, if you
have anything to lose to begin with.
God commands us to come out of the world and not to so much as touch the unclean thing (2 Corinthians 6:14-18). Use your excuses to keep your
pleasures in the Name of Jesus, and be sure God will call you into account
for every bit of it.
“God alone knows the heart,” you may object. Yes, He does,
and you don't, so He sends us to tell you, if perchance you will listen
and be spared.
The Origin of the Name of Christmas
The event itself is evil enough - of the world, the flesh, and the Devil
- but putting the Name of Christ to it heaps sin upon sin. The word “Christmas” is
from the Catholic pagan abomination of the Mass... “Christ Mass,” wherein
the priest “offers up” the body and blood of Christ as a
sacrifice to God, then serves it to the congregants. In effect, symbolically,
those holding Mass continue to crucify Him, blatantly, publicly, presumptuously,
hypocritically, universally, and proudly.
The origin of the central element of the Mass is a pagan one of Baal/sun
god worship, holding up a wafer to receive life from the sun’s
rays. And they attach Christ’s Name to this! Speak of Daniel’s
abomination of desolation (Matthew 24:15)! And all the Protestants, who
think they aren’t Catholic, follow and believe basically no different
from the Catholics even if they don't hold Mass (many do).
Christmas the Birthday Celebration of the Anti-Christ
Here’s the kicker, people - Christmas is the birthday celebration
not of the Christ, but of the anti-Christ. It all began centuries before
Christ with Nimrod, his wife Semiramis, and Tammuz, at the winter solstice
of the sun. That’s why Christmas is held on December 25th, a day
all Biblical scholars agree was nowhere near to when Jesus Christ was
born. Baal, the sun god, is anti-Christ’s common name, and he goes
by many names throughout many nations, races, and cultures. I believe
it was of these Jesus spoke when He said, “All who came before
Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them” (John
Many Non-Catholic Christian Groups Err
How is it Protestants and evangelical, Bible-preaching Christians celebrate
a pagan Catholic feast? Because the Reformation wasn’t new wine
in new wineskins. It was a mixture of new substance in old containers,
and old substance in new containers. The Lord warned us neither would
“And no one sews a patch of new cloth on an old garment, else
it takes away from its fullness, the new from the old, and a worse tear
occurs. No one puts new wine into old wineskins, else the new wine bursts
the wineskins, and the wine spills, and the wineskins will be ruined.
The new wine must be put into new wineskins” (Mark 2:21-22 MKJV).
To be sure, the tyrannical power of the Catholic Church was significantly
diminished in the Reformation; we can be very thankful to God for that.
Yet tyranny and confusion remain. All organized religious works of men
exercise at least subtle tyranny over simple souls. The ignorant and
idolatrous are bound by lies that affect their total lives whether they
realize it or not. If they do see their lives affected, they are deceived,
thinking it is for good.
Confusion lies in the fact that all the churches (many thousands today)
stand there, saying, “We are the True Church or the closest to
it,” yet are really no different from one another in basic doctrine,
practice, and spirit. But God's work goes on unseen, unofficially, by
unrecognized saints, and not by men's organizations called “Christian.” The
prophets were outside the camp, Jesus was and is outside the camp, and
so are all those who follow Him, heeding His voice, not the voice of
Consider the alternative to this doctrine: Where in the Bible does it
command you to celebrate the birth of the Lord Jesus and that on a date
commemorating a heathen god? Will you not sever yourself from something
abominable to God and reap reward? Flee revelry and idolatry!
For more on Christmas, read That
Devilish Spirit of Christmas. You can
also read Alexander Hislop’s Two Babylons, an interesting, if not
shocking, fact-packed exposé on the “Holy Roman Catholic
Church,” Mystery Babylon the Great. “Mystery” indeed.
Diabolical Doctrine 18) Easter is Christian
Wrong! While almost all nominal Christian churches celebrate Easter,
why don't they stop to consider that the pagan goddess of fertility and
love, Ishtar or Ashtoreth, has the preeminence here even in the name
of the occasion - “Easter”? As with Christmas, carnal religious
leaders long ago decided to bring the heathen into their fold by “Christianizing” their
idolatrous worship practices, cleverly paralleling them to, and interweaving
them with, Biblical events and practices.
But these “Christian” leaders also embraced sensual and
ridiculous traditions. Celebrating fertility, “Christians” bless
eggs, paint them up, introduce rabbits (prolific animals) who lay eggs
and deliver them in “Ishtar baskets.” Catholics and others
practice many such abominations in the Name of Christ.
Easter obscured the Biblical Jewish Feast of Passover, in which the
lamb was slain by God's commandment, commemorating the time the children
of Israel were delivered from Egypt. They were told to daub the blood
on their doorframes, so that when the death angel of God passed through
the land to slay every firstborn, the blood would exempt that household
from the judgment, the angel “passing over.” The firstborn
of Israelites were spared, the Egyptian firstborn weren’t, and
there was great sorrow in Egypt, as you can well imagine.
The Passover lamb was to be sacrificed at the same time every year thereafter
until Christ came, fifteen centuries later, in fulfillment of this solemn
Feast. He was willingly slain on schedule, at Passover, being the Lamb
the Feast was all about.
Do nominal Christians call it “Passover”? No, it's “Ishtar,” in
honor of the seductive and fertile goddess with six breasts! Even the
acclaimed Protestant King James Bible changed the name of the Passover
feast to Easter.
At Easter, do they eat the Passover lamb representing the Lamb of God
Who gives His life for mankind? They eat not the Passover lamb, but the
Easter ham! In God's order of things, sheep were clean and swine unclean.
Now we have unclean pigs gracing the tables of those for whom the Lamb
of God died, essentially making Him a pig. Blasphemy? You know it!
It’s significant that when a lamb is butchered, it accepts its
demise submissively. Not so with a pig. As a child raised on a mixed
farm, I personally observed a few swine slaughters. Pigs fight death
with everything they’ve got. The screams can be heard for great
distances if the event isn’t done effectively. Was that the way
Jesus laid His life down for us, screaming and squirming?
“Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life so that
I might take it again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down from
Myself. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take
it again. I have received this commandment from My Father” (John
What can ham possibly have to do with Passover? Does it matter? It’s
a symptom of worshipping a pagan goddess. And when you attach the Lord
Jesus Christ to all this, it doubly matters! Why do you think the wrath
of God is upon your household with all sorts of troubles - darkness,
fear, despair, strife, rebellions, failure, addictions, plagues, disease,
unemployment, financial problems, divorce – briefly, Hell and death?
Nominal Christians add confusion to confusion and abomination to abomination.
They criticize the Jews for celebrating Passover because the Jews don’t
realize what it’s about, but let’s briefly describe what “Christians” don’t
Catholics, Anglicans, Episcopalians, Lutherans, and other churches have “Mass” every
week (if not daily), a ritual which supposedly represents what is commonly
called “the Lord's Supper.” This ritual is derived from what
the Lord said at His fulfillment of Passover, as related by Paul:
“For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that
the Lord Jesus in the night in which He was betrayed took bread; and
giving thanks, He broke it and said, ‘Take, eat; this is My body,
which is broken for you; this do in remembrance of Me’” (1
Corinthians 11:23-24 MKJV).
These religious also have a special Mass at Easter that is supposed
to somehow represent the annually observed Passover.
So they have a Passover on top of a Passover in the Name of Jesus Christ
the Passover Lamb, to celebrate the Passover they are having in the name
of Easter, the queen of Heaven, whose worship Jeremiah condemned by the
Word of the Lord (Jeremiah 7:18; 44:17-25)!
Besides this, evangelicals have “the Lord’s Supper” or "the
breaking of bread" any time and any way they judge feasible - and
there are many dogmatic variations in terms of method, content, vessels,
those permitted to administer and partake, frequency, and timing. What
a circus! Is it any wonder the church systems of this world are called “Babylon” (meaning “confusion”)?
Let’s ask this: If Passover (one of three solemn Feasts ordained
by God) should continue to be observed, then what about the other Feasts?
What about the Feast of Unleavened Bread, in conjunction with Passover?
Little is mentioned of that... probably because it speaks of sincerity
and truth, ridding ourselves of all hypocrisy. Who but the godly repentant
will go there?
Wasn't the Feast of Pentecost highly significant and important? Pentecost
was the birth of the Church of God by the indwelling of the Spirit of
God - no minor event. If we ought to celebrate the birth of the Bridegroom,
the Head, according to those who celebrate Easter and Christmas, then
what about celebrating the birth of the Bride, His Body (the Church)?
And what about the Feast of Tabernacles, the Feast of Trumpets and the
Day of Atonement included? Why are not any of these continued in observance
by those who insist in celebrating their blasphemous version of Passover – “Easter”?
The Day of Atonement was the most solemn day of all; why do they ignore
that? Because revelers aren’t interested in repentance of sin,
truth, and solemnity.
All these Feasts are now fulfilled in Jesus Christ, however - all of
them. Now they must be fulfilled in us, so we may benefit from His sacrificial
work on our behalf and be saved through an inner resurrection from the
dead by the power of His Spirit. This comes not by pagan celebrations,
adding insult to injury, but by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ, our
One and Only Lord and Savior Who, as the Lamb of God, took away the sin
of the world.
In ignorance, nominal Christians think they serve the Lord and wonder
why their prayers aren't heard, their kids are sick or dying, and their
creditors are at the doors. They stumble in darkness, without understanding
or peace, incurring God’s wrath in doing what they shouldn’t,
and not doing what they should. Don’t these things grieve the Lord?
He once said to me, “I am hurting! I am
hurting! My people are suffering (without knowledge)!”
Consider the alternative to the pagan practice of Easter: Christ has
fulfilled the Passover Feast, and its physical observance ended at His
coming. Honor Him Who gives life, not false gods who bring death.
Diabolical Doctrine 19) God is trying to save
the whole world now
People have been saying this for centuries. The first Holy Roman Emperor
Constantine gave the good ole college try to help God in His work, making
the Western world “Christian.” Doctrines have been devised
to “save” or “Christianize” the world through
any strategy possible - deceit, flattery, and mostly terror and bribery.
Notice, however, that in the first Passover observance (Exodus 12),
the blood of the lamb on the door only saved the firstborn. If the Hebrews
hadn’t placed the blood on their doorframes, the firstborn in their
households would have died, nobody else. The Egyptians lost their firstborn
in that event, nobody else. The animals lost their firstborn, not their
Since the days of Jesus in His flesh, God has been seeking out and redeeming
only the firstfruits, Jesus being the first of the firstfruits. If God
could stop someone from sin so easily and dramatically as He did Saul
of Tarsus (Acts 9:1-8), why not all others? Because He doesn’t
want to; it isn’t time.
You may ask, “Did Jesus not die to redeem the entire world?” The
answer is yes, but not all immediately, although the foundation for the
salvation of all was laid in the cross and resurrection.
Consider that while some experience a drawing of God that is beyond
them, a searching struggle within, with no externally apparent reason,
others around them, in similar circumstances, couldn’t care less. “No
man can come unto the Son except the Father draws him,” said Jesus
(John 6:44). Why doesn’t the Father draw some? Because it isn’t
Why did Jesus come to divide (Matthew 10:34-39)? Because it was time
for some, and not for others. You may say, “God knows the heart
and draws those who seek after Him.” Isn’t that a rather
self-righteous concept? Doesn’t that suggest righteousness with
man? Do not the Scriptures plainly declare that no man seeks after God?
Only when the Father determines to draw a man will the man begin to seek,
not until then. If a person has anything good going for him, it is only
by God’s grace.
I wasn’t seeking after God for years, and then I was... no outward
explanation. Was it because of adverse circumstances? I had no more than
many others and far less than some who still couldn’t care less.
No, my seeking was a sovereign act of God, one of sheer grace and mercy.
I had nothing to do with it, deserving and earning nothing.
When I was being called, my family wasn’t, my friends weren’t,
and I had to leave them all behind. They didn’t have the slightest
desire for God. Trying to talk to them about God was like trying to explain
physics to dogs in a kennel. I was one of those dogs until God’s
Spirit began to move on me.
Are we to preach the Gospel to every creature? That is what the disciples
were told, and as they went, some believed, some didn’t, some were
saved, some were damned, and most were left for the future. In the whole
process, the Lord chose His firstfruits, vessels of honor, and also vessels
of dishonor. And both have their purpose for the time – one called
to forsake and the other forsaken.
Never do we find Paul, or any other apostle, saying, “Saints,
we have to get out there at all costs and reach the lost! They’re
going straight to Hell, never to return, ever
to burn! We have got to
do something! Every minute, every penny counts! We can’t waste
time or effort or money! This is so important, above all things! Think
If God has been trying these 2,000 years to save the world, then He
is a dismal failure and Satan a clear winner. God saves one percent,
and ninety-nine percent go to everlasting, unimaginable torment, “everlasting” meaning “time
never ending.” These miserable results in spite of the fact that
love wins the day, and hatred never pays; God is good, Satan is evil;
God is victorious, Satan gets defeated; God is Creator, Satan a mere
creature; God is Omnipotent, Satan infinitely weaker; God sacrifices
His only begotten Son, Satan sacrifices nothing; God is Omniscient and
All-wise, while Satan is the prince of darkness having no fear of God!
Isn’t it time we began to give God, rather than Satan, the glory
and praise by the things we believe and speak? Are these not indeed diabolical
doctrines if only because they give Satan all the credit? (If you say, “God
has given man a free will and must allow him to choose for himself,” then
read the next Diabolical Doctrine, which takes a look at free will.)
If God is trying to save the whole world now, you who call yourself
a Christian carry an impossible burden seeing as how you claim God needs
you to go out and save as many as possible, as soon as possible and at
all costs, because (according to you) He is dependent on the
efforts of men. And haven’t the results thus far shown that “victory” is
miserable and God is the clear loser in saving all people in this life?
No, the truth is that in the ages to come, Jesus Christ will save every
Romans 5:18-20 MKJV
(18) Therefore as by one offense sentence came on all men to condemnation,
even so by the righteousness of One the free gift came to all men to
justification of life.
(19) For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so
by the obedience of One shall many be made righteous.
(20) But the Law entered so that the offense might abound. But where
sin abounded, grace did much more abound.
Consider the alternative to believing this doctrine: God is in full
control. He works all things according to the counsel of His will; He
will accomplish all that He determines to do, being Lord over all. You
can rest in Him.
Read in our section, The
Restitution of All Things.
Diabolical Doctrine 20) Man has free will
Where Was My Free Will?
I was born Canadian, Manitoban, of Ukrainian descent, a poor Catholic
male, the eldest in a family of five children with but one sister, at
this time in history.
I was born with straight hair when I would have preferred curly. I would
have preferred to be taller, stronger, smarter, handsomer, more popular,
etc. And I was born to unbelieving parents.
Because of their unbelief, we suffered many things; sin flourished,
and we reaped its consequences. Did I ask for it? Not that I’m
aware. Am I now unthankful? No. That is the way it was, and with what
God has now given me, I know that I have more than heart could wish and
wouldn’t trade shoes with anybody.
What God has given and done with me hasn’t been by my choosing,
as were none of my prior circumstances. Obviously, I had no free will
in these or so many other matters.
Is There Free Will in Moral Matters?
Some say free will only pertains to moral issues. How easy was it for
me to have free will on moral issues compared to others when, from the
cradle, I was taught idolatry, pagan worship, lies, and diabolical doctrines,
while other children, born of believing parents, had the opportunity
to hear the truth from infancy?
Is not the believer’s choosing of a wife a moral issue? God declares
believers are to marry believing, not unbelieving, wives. So now what
about Samson? His parents were distraught when he decided to marry a
Philistine, contrary to God’s Law. Yet the record bears witness
that it was God’s determination that Samson do this:
Judges 14:1-4 MKJV
(1) And Samson went down to Timnath, and saw a woman in Timnath of the
daughters of the Philistines.
(2) And he came up and told his father and his mother, and said, “I
have seen a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines. And
now get her for me for a wife.”
(3) And his father and his mother said to him, “Is there no woman
among the daughters of your brothers, or among all my people, that you
go to take a wife from the uncircumcised Philistines?” And Samson
said to his father, “Get her for me, for she pleases me very much.”
(4) But his father and his mother did not know that it was from the LORD,
that He was looking for an occasion against the Philistines. For at that
time the Philistines had the rule over Israel.
Indeed, Samson’s entire destiny was determined before he was born
(Judges 13). How much free will did Samson and his parents have?
When Moses gave excuses at the burning bush to avoid God’s mission
for him, God became angry. Call it whatever kind of issue you please,
but obedience is a moral issue whether to God or any authority set over
one, and it is certainly a spiritual one when it is God Who requires
obedience to Him personally. God decides what is required and what isn't,
and man has no free will to circumvent His will.
Is There Free Will in Predestination?
The Scriptures declare that before Isaac was in his mother’s womb,
he was destined to be Abraham’s beloved miracle son. What free
will was there for him?
How much freedom did Isaac have when aged, being blind in his latter
years? What free will did he have to give the blessing to Esau, his favored
son, when he was deceived by his wife and Jacob, who thwarted his desire?
We know this happened according to the will of God as expressed in the
prophetic Word to Rebekah when Jacob and Esau were still in her womb:
“And the LORD said to her, Two nations are in your womb, and two
kinds of people shall be separated from your bowels. And the one people
shall be stronger than the other people, the older shall serve the younger” (Genesis
How is it Jacob would obtain the birthright, though Esau was the firstborn?
Was it free will that Esau exercised while selling his birthright for
nothing, or was his choice predetermined?
This writing is but a tiny sampling of the many instances in the Scriptures
of the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ruling out man’s
freedom of will.
What exercising of free will was there when the Lord apprehended Saul
of Tarsus on the road to Damascus, and why were the others with him let
go to carry on? What free will was there when it was determined that
Saul would suffer great things for the Lord, unlike others?
When the Lord apprehended me in 1973, I had a family dear to me - mother,
father, brothers, sister, cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandmothers. I
lost them all. I now have a wife. I didn’t want one. In my early
days as a believer, I had hoped to be another apostle Paul, who was single
and who said it was better not to marry if possible, thereby serving
the Lord with greater attention. My wife was pressed upon me, for which
I am now very thankful. I had no idea how much I needed her.
I also have a miracle son. About 11 months before he was born, the Lord
said to me, “See what I’ll do for
you now.” I didn’t
ask for children and again I’m very thankful. We have a home I
didn’t ask for (perhaps my wife did), finances, friends, and other
things we didn’t earn, deserve, or ask for. Most of all, the Lord
made Himself known to me when I wasn’t seeking or wanting Him.
How rare and wonderful is that? Free will? How so?
The Scriptures teach that man is born in sin and a slave to it. If he
is a slave, then how does he have free will? I declare it is God Who
determines all things. Man determines nothing - until he is redeemed
from the tyranny of sin, fulfilled in the image of God and established
on the throne with Him - he has no free will. Only when complete in Christ,
can one have free will, even as God has, in Whose image man is created.
Doesn’t the Bible say God chooses vessels of honor and of dishonor?
What choice did Pharaoh have when God hardened his heart against Moses?
“For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, ‘Even for this same
purpose I have raised you up, that I might show My power in you, and
that My Name might be declared throughout all the earth.’ Therefore
He has mercy on whom He will have mercy, and whom He will, He hardens” (Romans
It is said, “God knew Pharaoh’s heart and determined things
accordingly.” That is plain silly... more intellectual acrobatics
on the part of those trying to defend the indefensible doctrine of free
will, utterly contrary to Scripture and to God. Where is the proof? Why
should we trust opinion and speculation rather than the unvarnished truth?
“A man's heart plans his way, but the LORD directs his steps” (Proverbs
“The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD as the rivers of
water; He turns it wherever He will” (Proverbs 21:1 MKJV).
Is Believing a Matter of Choice, Much Less Free
“O LORD, I know that the way of man does not belong to man; it
is not in man who walks to direct his steps” (Jeremiah 10:23 MKJV).
Who chooses whom? Did not Jesus say to the disciples, “You have
not chosen Me, but I have chosen you” (John 15:16)?
So carnal reasoning comes in and says, “Yes, but they could have
refused being chosen... they made a choice.” But didn’t Jesus
later say to the Father (in John 17) that He had kept all those which
the Father gave Him, that He hadn’t lost one? If one of those had
chosen to reject the choosing of God, wouldn’t Jesus have had to
say something like, “They didn’t all choose to be with Me”?
So the carnal man comes in again and says, “God doesn’t
need anybody; if one refuses, He raises up another in his stead.” Then
why should Jesus make a statement about not losing any if they are so
Even Evildoers Are Chosen
Also, when Jesus said He hadn’t lost one, He went on to say, “None
of them is lost, except the son of perdition, that the Scripture
might be fulfilled” (John 17:12). So where was the free
will of Judas?
Again, the carnal man steps in, arguing, “God knew Judas’ heart
from the beginning, knowing he would choose evil.” So where was
the free will of all those Judas impacted?
Why did God want a betrayer involved in the first place? Because it
was necessary for the Son of Man to be betrayed. Is it not foolish to
think that first there is free will, then necessary spots or roles to
be filled by those who can choose to do as they wish? Would this not
be chaos, and still not free will?
All Lives Predetermined
Is it only Judas and the disciples who had certain futures determined
by the counsel and foreknowledge of God? The Scriptures are abundantly
clear for those given to see that every creature is pre-ordained for
a specific purpose, whether Esau or Nebuchadnezzar or Judas or Peter
or the men who “crept in unawares” or Isaac or Moses or Joseph
or Paul or even the blind man from birth:
“And passing by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. And His
disciples asked Him, saying, ‘Master, who sinned, this man or his
parents, that he was born blind?’ Jesus answered, ‘Neither
has this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God
might be revealed in him’” (John 9:1-3 MKJV).
Did Joseph have free will? “I don’t want to be sold into
slavery and go to Egypt, God. Cancel my dreams; send someone else!”
My Jewish landlady of 1974, Resie Korber, said to me, “We Jews
are called ‘the chosen people.’ We say, ‘Choose somebody
else.’” What choice have the Jews had all these millennia?
Masters of Our Own Destiny?
Another way of expressing free will is to say, “We are the masters
of our own destiny/fate.”
If someone were to speak those words in the ears of many orthodox evangelical
Christians, the listeners would be quick to roundly condemn them. Yet
these same people will just as strongly declare we all have free will.
What’s the difference? Truly, if man has free will, isn’t he master of his own fate and therefore may have or do anything he chooses?
Stop and Consider, Can You?
Haven’t we chosen so many things that didn’t materialize?
Haven’t we been constantly subjected to circumstances not of our
choosing? Don’t the effects of those undesirable circumstances
determine the outcome of our lives and those of others? Who can deny
One will have no choice but to acknowledge these things to be true,
unless he chooses to be wrong! However, one day we will all choose to
be right, and therefore we will have no choice to choose the wrong! Why
will we choose the right? It will be because of Him Who causes us to
“For it is God Who works in you both to will and to do of His
good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13 MKJV).
Limited Free Will?
Now one may say, “We have free will. Because we don’t get
what we want, or because our choices don’t work out, doesn’t
mean we don’t have free will.”
Isn’t this more of the same contradiction? What’s the point
of being free to move arms and legs in a tight cage if I can’t
be free from that cage to use my arms and legs? Life is full of cages.
What kind of free will is it to have limited freedom?
The Essence of the Doctrine of Free Will
The doctrine of free will is an arrogant premise founded in the Adamic
fall. Free will is a delusion, a denial of the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
It says, “I am Lord.”
It is also an attitude of sour grapes. Instead of admitting he is wrong
and repenting of trusting in himself, man essentially doubles down, taking
the position he is right and God is wrong. “I fell, I was warned
this would happen, but I convince myself I did the right thing - I’m
free to do as I please now, I will do it and nobody is going to stop
To think so is to slavishly serve error.
The notion of free will is a symptom of pride and self-righteousness.
Men prefer to think they are the architects of their destinies, almost
as though they are God Himself. The doctrine of free will is a doctrine
God Alone Has Free Will
God is Lord of all. He alone is the Master of all destinies; otherwise
He is Lord of nothing. Either one has free will, or one does not. Liberty
must be total, or it isn’t true liberty – it’s only
One day, those in Christ will be free in every respect. As the Lord
Jesus promised, “When the Son of Man makes you free, you will be
free indeed!” (John 8:36). Until that time of fulness comes, we
are only deceiving ourselves in thinking we have free will.
Only the Light of all men has the key to deliverance from the chains
of darkness that bind us, chains of death and Hell. The day will come
when Jesus Christ makes us complete in spite of the choice Adam made
and in spite of, not because of, the choices we’ve made or any
works we’ve done:
“For by grace you are saved through faith, and that not of yourselves,
it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we
are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to good works, which God
has before ordained that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:8-10
Isn’t truth emancipatory? What a burden lifted!
Consider the alternative to the terrible
burden of believing you have free will, which leaves you with the
Creator’s responsibility and
the creature’s impotence to handle it. Give God the glory and acknowledge
His sovereignty. Confess with your heart He is Lord. Then things will
make perfect sense and you can rest and rejoice in God, knowing He is
your Perfectly Capable God.
Read in our section Free Will.
Diabolical Doctrine 21) Now we are in
the dispensation of Grace, not Law
“For truly I say to you, Till the Heaven and the earth pass away,
not one jot or one tittle shall in any way pass from the Law until all
is fulfilled. Therefore whoever shall relax one of these commandments,
the least, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the
Kingdom of Heaven. But whoever shall do and teach them, the same shall
be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven” (Matthew 5:18-19 MKJV).
Another way of putting this diabolical doctrine is, “We don’t
have to worry about keeping God’s Law. That was for the Jews before
Christ’s day. They were under the dispensation of Law, but we’re
now in the age of Grace.”
This doctrine subtly encourages lawlessness.
It is error to teach that when we first become Christians, we are under
grace. Spiritual pilgrims must come to know the Law of God and its requirements
upon us by experience. We must be subjected to the essence of the Old
Testament (though not the ritualism) before we can enter into the rest
of the grace of God in full. This can only come by our Lawmaker, Who
is the Law, Jesus Christ.
The apostle Paul wrote some of the Book of Romans as a type of roadmap
of our spiritual journey. For example, the sixth chapter speaks of our
coming into Christ by being baptized into His death and receiving His
Spirit. Preceding chapters speak of the preparation for being baptized
into His Body.
Chapter seven then speaks of great trials that ensue upon entrance of
the Lord into one’s life. It is a battle between the carnal and
the spiritual (which doesn’t exist before one comes to Christ)
and between keeping the Law and experiencing the fulfillment of it by
the power of the Resurrection Life. By the end of chapter seven, the
victory of Christ within comes to fruition and the soul enters chapter
eight, exulting in his Savior.
The point is that no spiritual sojourner skips the step of coming to
personal knowledge of the requirement of the Law of God. All must understand
by experience that the Law must be fulfilled, and that the Law is impossible
to be honored in the flesh. So it is error to teach a historical dispensation
of grace that nullifies a personal session of God’s Law at work
within the believer.
Paul confirmed this truth in his letter to the Galatians:
Galatians 3:21-24 MKJV
(21) Is the Law then against the promises of God? Let it not be said!
For if a law had been given which could have given life, indeed righteousness
would have been out of Law.
(22) But the Scripture shut up all under sin, so that the promise by
faith of Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.
(23) But before faith came, we were kept under Law, having been shut
up to the faith about to be revealed.
(24) So that the Law has become a trainer of us until Christ, that we
might be justified by faith.
So we see that those who believe exercise faith before Christ comes
to manifest victory in their souls. The seed of saving faith, which is
planted within, causes the soul to recognize the primacy of God’s
Law, and to come under it as teacher. This is turn brings the soul to
Christ for the Law’s fulfillment, which is His appearing and our
“So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto
them that look for Him [by faith] shall
He appear the second time without sin unto salvation” (Hebrews
That is not to say there was no historical dispensation of Law with
all its external requirements. Who did the Law apply to in the outward
practice? It only applied to the theocratic nation of Israel. The rest
of the world had nothing to do with it. It is true that we live in the
nations, the rest of the world, and have never been under the historical “dispensation
Now what about Israel, as a nation in this world, presently without
elements of the Law - the Temple, the Levitical priesthood, solemn feasts,
and sacrifices? Those elements were all destroyed by Rome nearly 2,000
years ago, along with the nation and its capital, Jerusalem. Are the
Jews therefore now under grace? If so, why are they still in unbelief
after 2,000 years? Because the Scriptures say God would harden the Jews
to bring the Gentiles to the faith of Abraham, which would then provoke
the Jews to jealousy. The Jews would then be restored to God.
Try to tell the Jews they have been under grace for the last two millennia,
if you wish to speak of grace in terms of unmerited favor and blessings,
not in terms of persecutions, homelessness, pogroms, and in our day,
the horrific Holocaust. Even now, with part of their nation restored
to them, they suffer multifarious troubles - worldwide hatred, censure,
persecution, economic hardship, and conflict, within and without.
It is taught by some that Israel as a nation was forever cast away and
what was denied the Jews was granted to the Gentiles, who form the Body
of Christ. In essence, this false doctrine says Israel was subjected
to the dispensation of Law, while the Gentiles entered the promised dispensation
of grace by the Jewish Messiah, Whom Israel rejected and slew. By God’s
grace and enlightenment, a reading of Romans chapters nine through eleven,
along with the prophets of old, as well as the consideration of the return
of the Jews to their land, in our own generation, will conclusively dispel
such error for any reasonable heart and mind.
So, then, to whom do these so-called dispensations apply - how and when?
We have the historical record of the Law of God introduced by Moses 3,500
years ago and ending 2,000 years ago with Israel’s destruction.
We also have the Christian congregation, the Body of Christ in the world
since that time. However, we must understand that, as believers, we each
have that same “Old Testament” history to experience for
ourselves, a period of Law followed by a coming of spiritual maturity
in Christ known as “the rest” or “sanctification.” Not
one sojourner in Christ is immediately exempt of a period of struggle
with the demand of the Law of God.
Jesus Christ didn’t take our place on the cross; He made the way
for us to join Him on the cross. The Law slays us, we die, and with Christ,
we are raised up from the dead.
Ask yourself one simple question, you who have received Christ: Of what
stage in his spiritual life was Paul speaking when he said?:
Romans 7:9-23 MKJV
(9) For I was alive without the Law once. But when the Commandment came,
sin revived and I died.
(10) And the Commandment, which was to life, was found to be death to
(11) For sin, taking occasion by the Commandment, deceived me, and by
it killed me.
(12) So indeed the Law is holy, and the Commandment is holy and just
(13) Then has that which is good become death to me? Let it not be! But
sin, that it might appear to be sin, working death in me by that which
is good; in order that sin might become exceedingly sinful by the Commandment.
(14) For we know that the Law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under
(15) For that which I do, I know not. For what I desire, that I do not
do; but what I hate, that I do.
(16) If then I do that which I do not desire, I consent to the Law that
it is good.
(17) But now it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwells in me.
(18) For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) dwells no good thing.
For to will is present with me, but how to perform that which is good
I do not find.
(19) For I do not do the good that I desire; but the evil which I do
not will, that I do.
(20) But if I do what I do not desire, it is no more I working it out,
but sin dwelling in me.
(21) I find then a law: when I will to do the right, evil is present
(22) For I delight in the Law of God according to the inward man;
(23) but I see another law in my members, warring against the law of
my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin being in my
Don’t verses 22 and 23 answer that question? Paul speaks of a
delight in the Law of God according to his inward man. There exists no
such delight in anyone without Christ first having done a work of grace.
As Paul said in chapter three, describing man before he comes to Christ,
there exists nothing good in anyone – “Their feet are swift
to shed blood; the venom of asps is under their lips….”
So in Christ, we must each live in the dispensation of the Law for a
time until we overcome. Grace always comes with Law in the spiritual
life, and then, by grace, the Law is fulfilled within. Those who think
to live in grace without having experienced the Law have been deceived
by a false gospel. They worship “another Jesus,” be assured.
Their grace is nothing more or less than iniquity (lawlessness). And
these all hate the Law, notwithstanding their claims and professions
of faith in Christ. The true saints of God, however, love and establish
“Do we then make the Law void through faith? Let it not be! But
we establish the Law” (Romans 3:31 MKJV).
While the entire world experiences a measure of grace, has any of the
world experienced the reign of grace, as Israel experienced the reign
of Law? How so, if we have no “Christian” or “Messianic” nation?
So where is this “dispensation”? If not with nations, then
where and with whom? Is it true that true Christians are without Law,
it being done away, as many erroneously suppose? Is it true that grace
only came when Jesus Christ appeared as a man?
It is said that Canada, the US, and other nations are Christian nations
(presumably under grace). The fact is there has never been a Christian
nation other than Israel if you speak of “Christian” as under
God in the form of a theocracy (rule of and by God). While individuals
within nations have acknowledged the Lordship of Jesus Christ, no people
as a nation ever has, even though all things in Heaven and earth are
under God’s sovereignty, including all nations, believers, unbelievers,
Satan, devils, angels, death, and Hell.
You may say Israel was never a Christian nation. However, Jesus Christ
was always there, being God. Because He didn’t make His appearance
in history as the Son of God until later does not presuppose He wasn’t
there. Paul refers to His Presence with the children of Israel:
“And all drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank of the
spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ” (1
Corinthians 10:4 MKJV).
Who called Abraham? Who formed the nation of Israel? Who gave the Law?
Who did it all? Jesus Christ, Lord of lords, King of kings, the One by
Whom all things were made, and by Whom all things consist, says the Word
of the Lord.
Jesus said the Law has never been, and will never be, done away:
Matthew 5:17-19 MKJV
(17) Do not think that I have come to destroy the Law or the Prophets.
I have not come to destroy but to fulfill.
(18) For truly I say to you, Till the heaven and the earth pass away,
not one jot or one tittle shall in any way pass from the Law until all
(19) Therefore whoever shall relax one of these commandments, the least,
and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the Kingdom of
Heaven. But whoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called
great in the Kingdom of Heaven.
Therefore, there can be no age without the Law of God. And grace has
also always been there, right from day one, even as it says Moses and
Noah found grace in the sight of God. Therefore, there can be no age
without grace. It was by grace Enoch was translated, Abraham was called,
Isaac was born, and Jacob chosen. Grace was always present. It isn’t
a matter of epochal dispensation.
Among Gentile nations, grace gave Nebuchadnezzar dominion, he being
that head of gold, not by his own will or power, as he learned the hard
way and as Daniel declares. By grace, Cyrus of Persia decreed that Israel
be sent back from captivity to its own land to rebuild the Temple. Only
as determined from above, all empires, nations, and leaders have arisen
to take their places, by grace.
Law and grace both apply in our personal spiritual lives as believers, “dispensationally,” if
you will. First comes the Law, as Paul says. By grace, we are made aware
of God’s holy spiritual Law and its requirement upon us; by grace,
we realize it must be met, so we try to keep it. We fall short, learning
it’s impossible to keep. We cry out to God and receive grace to
fulfill the Law of God by His Spirit of grace.
The false conversion to Christ disregards the Law and goes directly
to lawlessness, calling that “grace,” deeming that to be
true faith. Thus are formed the tares, the proselytes, the sons of iniquity,
who then go about making disciples who become twofold children of Hell,
all the while calling themselves born-again Christians who have “accepted
Jesus as Savior.” (Read The
False and Misleading Gospel of “Accepting” Jesus
Let it be known to all: Those who are the Lord’s love the Law
and seek to keep it with all their hearts.
“Oh how I love Your Law! It is my meditation all the day. Through
Your Commandments You make me wiser than my enemies, for they are ever
with me” (Psalms 119:97-98 MKJV).
This is the resounding declaration, the public heartfelt cry, of every
true child of God who loves the Author of the Law.
“Where there is no vision, the people perish [many
recite those words, but ask them to recite the rest of that verse and
they are lost]...
but he that keeps Your Law, happy is he!” (Proverbs 29:18)
Isaiah declares, “Behold My servant, Whom I uphold; My Elect,
in Whom My soul delights; I have put My Spirit upon Him: He shall bring
forth judgment to the Gentiles... the isles shall wait for His
The Gentiles? Isn’t it said they came into grace, not the Law?
What are the prophets talking about? Do they know? Yes, in Christ the
Gentiles come to live and establish the Law by His grace!
“Who is blind, but My servant? Or deaf, as My messenger that I
sent? Who is blind as he that is perfect, and blind as the Lord’s
servant? …The Lord is well pleased for his righteousness’ sake;
he will magnify the Law, and make it honorable” (Isaiah
From Genesis to Revelation, the Law of God is present. Before Adam fell,
there was Law: “You shall not eat of the Tree of Knowledge….” The
longest Psalm is as relevant today as it was in Adam’s day and
the day it was written. A prominent Biblical theme is the Law
and Psalm 119 begins with, “Blessed are the undefiled in the way,
who walk after the Law of the Lord” (Psalms 119:1 KJV).
What about the very first Psalm? “Blessed is the man that walks
not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the
Law of the Lord; and in His Law does he meditate day
and night” (Psalms
Was not this Psalm written by the Spirit of grace?
Consider the alternative to believing the false doctrine of the absence
of Law in the life of the spiritual pilgrim: Love the Law of God, pursue
and establish it with all that is in you. It is for your life. And you
shall be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven (Matthew 5:19). This is
Read Iniquity, Law
and Grace – The Reality.
Diabolical Doctrine 22) Denominations are
legitimate in the sight of God
Satan promotes legitimacy and credibility of his kingdom by glorifying
his gates of Hell in order to keep men in darkness and maintain his control
over their souls. And men must justify their lawlessness and independence
of God, because they worship what, when, where, and how they please.
As it is written, “In those days there was no king in Israel: every
man did that which was right in his own eyes” (Judges 21:25).
Jesus prayed and told others to pray, “Thy will be done on earth
as it is in Heaven.” There is almost unanimous agreement with the
belief that when Christians get to Heaven, there will be no sections
dividing them by denomination. They will all be one.
So let me ask this: If the Lord told us to pray that God’s will
be done on earth as it is in Heaven, what right do we have to be partisan
on earth? What right do we have to divide, or contribute to division?
In obedience to the Lord, we’ve not been part of any denomination
or official church group for over 36 years now. We’ve been called
a cult for this and repeatedly told we have forsaken assembling with
believers (Hebrews 10:25). But I say to those who participate in separate
church organizations and denominations that they are the ones who forsake
assembling with the obedient or faithful people of God. They are the
cults of men – following the pope of Rome, Martin Luther, John
Calvin, Billy Graham, Menno Simons, Jacob Huter, John Knox, John Wesley,
William Booth, William Branham, Joseph Smith, Benny Hinn, Oral Roberts,
Jack Van Impe, and a multitude of others.
It is our accusers who walk in darkness and not light, because Jesus
Christ is Light and He isn’t found where He tells us not to be.
If these churches are each so faithfully pointing to the God of Heaven
and earth, why are they so divided and in disagreement on so many doctrines
and issues? The fact is, they aren’t pointing to any truth, certainly
not to God’s, and that’s why they are where they are, contrary
to the Lord and His commandments.
Why do so many Protestant denominations seem to think the Roman Catholic
Church is legitimate? The “mother church” seeks every opportunity
to bring its “wayward children” back into the fold so that
there may be one fold and one shepherd, the “most holy father,” the “sole
vicar of Christ” on earth, the pope at Rome.
“God is working unity among the churches today,” I have
heard people say for decades. Those who used to say it, in the old days,
fade away while denominations increase in number. The only unity they
have is that they are all alike - false, formal, empty of God, and under
His continual wrath. When they unite organizationally, just as some did,
many decades ago, to form the United Church of Canada, they compromise
on Biblical doctrine and practice; they compromise for unity’s
sake and organizational survival. It has nothing to do with unity in
the Spirit of God.
But those who desire to be joined in unity with God and His people will
come out of organized religion. They will cease pleasing one another
to please themselves. They will repent of proud independence. They will
submit themselves to
God, not to men building their own kingdoms in competition with the Kingdom
They will submit to His authority, seek to obey, receive correction,
and be taught in His ways. There will be no more games, religious entertainments,
lawlessness, hypocrisy, uncleanness, and divisions. God will be the Unifying
Factor, not men, not doctrine, not membership, not social benefits, or
any other thing.
Wrote Paul to carnal partisans at Corinth:
1 Corinthians 1:10-13 MKJV
(10) But I exhort you, brothers, by the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
that you all speak the same thing and that there be no divisions among
you; but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and
in the same judgment.
(11) For it has been declared to me concerning you, my brothers, by those
of Chloe, that there are contentions among you.
(12) But I say this, that every one of you says, ‘I am of Paul,’ and ‘I
of Apollos,’ and ‘I of Cephas,’ and ‘I of Christ.’
(13) Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you, or were you baptized
in the name of Paul?
It’s remarkable how people can sit in their denominational pews
and criticize the Corinthians about their divisions, but they do. I did,
until the Lord opened my eyes. How easy it is to see the error and faults
of others, yet be so blind to our own! But God got through to me, and
now I preach so others may know His will.
It is said that God raised up denominations to emphasize some important
truth. Baptists press home the alleged importance of water baptism, Pentecostals
preach the baptism in the Holy Spirit, the Salvation Army emphasizes
attending to the poor, and so forth.
Why, contrary to the Scriptures and God’s call for the Body of
Christ to be of one mind and heart, do we need general division in order
to press home specific truths? Isn’t that a bit like getting prostitutes
to preach chastity? Just what do they smoke, who dream up these rationalizations
And what do Catholics have in truth that others don’t – that
the harlot church is the true church of God? (Of course, the Catholics
insist everything they believe is true.) The Church of England (Anglican
Church in Canada; Episcopalian Church in the US) has what truth that
others don’t? Its origin was Henry VIII’s bid for royal divorce,
the very foundation a form of disunity, condemned by God.
The Methodists have what truth that others don’t? Their origin
was that the Wesleys preached faith and wanted a loosening of the formality
and authority imposed by the Church of England. Yet many groups preach
faith and less authority of men. So why aren’t they joined together?
The Salvation Army believes in what they term the “second blessing,” referring
to the baptism in the Holy Spirit, but try to find one member who has
experienced, or sincerely believes, it exists anymore. So what is their
truth? Uniforms and tubas? They give to the poor, but so do others to
various degrees. The United Way and World Vision also give, and they
don’t pretend to be a church. Truly, the founder of the Salvation
Army, “General Booth,” began a cult.
It’s easy to imagine what both the religious and secular populaces
would think if our fellowship began wearing uniforms. “Cult! Cult!
Down with them! They think they’re better than us! They’re
dangerous! They’ll take our kids away and steal sheep from our
The Baptists establish themselves as the holy keepers of water
yet have no use whatsoever for being baptized in the Spirit of Christ
Whom they profess to serve and which spiritual new birth water
baptism represents. Isn’t that like taking a nut, saving the shell,
and tossing away the meat? In rebuking the Corinthians, Paul emphasized
Spirit baptism and played down water baptism:
1 Corinthians 1:14-17 MKJV
(14) I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius,
(15) lest any should say that I had baptized in my own name.
(16) And I also baptized the household of Stephanas. Besides these, I
do not know if I baptized any other.
(17) For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the Gospel;
not in wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of no
The Baptists claim to preach Paul’s Gospel, yet contradict him
on fundamental matters of faith. They don’t believe, but try telling
them so. They will insist their faith and denomination are the only truly
The Pentecostals preach the Pentecostal blessing, the baptism in the
Holy Spirit, but I’ve run into very few Pentecostals with the Spirit
of God. I have seen some with other spirits, tongues and all.
Reformers are ever dividing themselves and reforming until there are
almost as many Reform churches as there are Reformer members. And they’re
proud of it. To them it’s a joke - they have no knowledge of Christ
or respect for the unity of His Body. Mock God, you Calvinists, will
you? And your histories show how grievously you suffer consequences for
your pride and divisiveness.
“I am of Luther, I am of Calvin, I am of Menno Simons, I am of
Joseph Smith, I am of Jacob Huter, I am of William Branham; I belong
to Christ Church, I belong to the Church of Christ, I belong to Disciples
of Christ...” and nobody worships the Lord Jesus Christ in spirit
and in truth.
Do denominations emphasize truth in holy fashion by the will of God?
I say they emphasize rebellion against the One they profess to love,
worship, and serve. They are altogether contrary to God.
2 Corinthians 6:14-18 MKJV
(14) Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers; for what fellowship
does righteousness have with lawlessness? And what partnership does
light have with darkness?
(15) And what agreement does Christ have with Belial? Or what part does
a believer have with an unbeliever?
(16) And what agreement does a Temple of God have with idols? For you
are the Temple of the living God, as God has said, “I will dwell
in them and walk among them; and I will be their God, and they shall
be My people.”
(17) Therefore come out from among them and be separated, says the Lord,
and do not touch the unclean thing. And I will receive you
(18) and I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters,
says the Lord Almighty.
“He who has My commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves
Me. And he who loves Me shall be loved by My Father, and I will love
him and will reveal Myself to him” (John 14:21 MKJV).
“Jesus answered and said to him, If a man loves Me, he will keep
My Word. And My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make
Our abode with him” (John 14:23 MKJV).
Consider the alternative to believing denominations are legitimate:
If you obey God in holiness and come out from the works of men according
to the Scriptures, you will see God and He will make His abode in you.
Diabolical Doctrine 23) Believers
no longer hear God’s personal
voice as in Biblical times
Those who aren’t the Lord’s haven’t heard the voice
of the Lord, for He says, “My sheep hear My voice” (John
10:27). Throughout the Scriptures, in both Old and New Testaments, believers
heard the voice of God directly and personally. But unbelievers today,
many of whom think themselves to be born-again Christians, say, “Now
that Christ is in us, He doesn’t have to speak to us any longer,
as God did in the past, because we now we have the completed Bible.”
Tell me if it makes any sense to say that while believers in the past
had the Bible (at least in part), but not Him within them, He spoke to
them directly and personally, but now that we have Him within, He speaks
to us only by the Bible! This is classic Bibliolatry.
I have heard some of these people also contradict themselves. On the
one hand, they say, “We no longer hear His voice,” but on
the other, they claim, “He speaks to our heart.” He doesn’t
speak to them, but He will speak to their blood-pumping organ? I’m
told there were times when, and cultures where, the liver or the kidneys
were known as the central, vital organ of life. “He spoke to my
liver about starting a work,” you might have once heard people
The fearful and unbelieving argue that if one tries to hear God’s
voice, they can get carried away with their imaginations and even open
themselves up to demonic forces. Fair enough, that’s certainly
true, depending on their motives.
Are there other voices? Jesus said there were:
John 10:1-5 ESV
(1) “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold
by the door, but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a
(2) But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.
(3) To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls
his own sheep by name and leads them out.
(4) When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the
sheep follow him, for they know his voice.
(5) A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for
they do not know the voice of strangers.”
Many hear the voices of demons and men telling them all sorts of things
they want to hear, from telling them to preach to telling them to kill.
There are evil spirits that prophesy, pray, confess there is but one
God, and even praise the Lord. They can be very deceptive. Brother John
counsels us to try the spirits:
1 John 4:1-3 ESV
(1) Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see
whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into
(2) By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that
Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God,
(3) and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This
is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is
in the world already.
The existence of counterfeits doesn’t negate the real, however,
but rather testifies of it, for copies are made only of that which is
People, the Lord died for us and came to indwell us, not so we would
have personal fellowship with a book, even if it is the Holy Scriptures.
He came to establish a personal, intimate, direct communication and fellowship
with Him. He didn’t lay down His life to hold us at arm’s
length, only coming through a book and preachers expounding on it. He
came to live with us!
The Lord also doesn’t communicate in an indirect and indeterminate
way, by nuanced feelings of the heart, but speaks plainly and unmistakably,
directing us with certainty in faith.
That’s how God spoke to us:
How, by the Bible, would He tell my wife Marilyn in 1975, by tongues
and interpretation, that my brother and sister-in-law would have a son,
which they weren’t able to have at that time, but soon did?
How would He tell Marilyn, by the Bible, that we would be going to England,
which we did that year by strange and unforeseen circumstances?
How would He inform us in 1977 that we would be going to Israel, which
happened in 1979?
How would He give me a personal command such as, “Go to Lethbridge,” which
He did in 1982? We went and have been here ever since.
These are among thousands of personal commands, revelations, rebukes,
and communications we received from Him over the decades.
“He just lays it on your heart,” you reply, but I say to
you, “You’ve never heard His voice because you’ve never
believed and obeyed Him.”
“Whoever has My commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves
Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him
and manifest Myself to him” (John 14:21 ESV).
“I will manifest Myself to him.” Only by a book? Only by
feelings? Is that how you would relate to your child? Is that how your
child would want you to relate to it? How silly! If this is what you
believe, how great is your unbelief and your separation from the One
you profess to believe in and worship!
Let me tell you this: When you repent and turn to the Lord with all
your heart, soul, mind, and strength, He will manifest Himself to you
as it pleases Him, even as the Father manifest Himself to the Son, not
by the Scriptures only, but personally.
Consider the alternative to believing this
false doctrine: If you can’t
hear His voice because you aren’t His, then you’ll hear His
voice when you are His, even as He declared.
Diabolical Doctrine 24) All believers have
equal authority and status
“The Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptation, and
to reserve the unjust for a day of judgment, to be punished, and especially
those who walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise
dominion. They are darers, self-pleasing; not trembling at glories, speaking
evil” (2 Peter 2:9-10 MKJV).
The mindset that all believers have equal authority and status with
God is another doctrine of devils. It breeds independence and disrespect
for those God has set in His Body as leaders, making their responsibility
so much more difficult and robbing those who believe this lie of the
things they could have of God. They are damned by their thinking, which
is prideful and rebellious.
To despise authority is the sin of the sons of Korah, who were swallowed
up by the earth, they, their loved ones, homes, and possessions. That’s
what happens with those who gainsay and resist the anointed leaders of
God. They are swallowed up by the world in Hell and death.
This doctrine arose partially as an unlearned reaction against the abuse
of authority by mainline religious organizations and churches, like the
Catholic Church, Orthodox Church, the Church of England, the Lutheran
Church, and others that taught that only the clergy could have access
to God on behalf of the laity. In revolt, the baby was thrown out with
the bath water, and soon nobody acknowledged duly-appointed authorities
of God. The general root of the sin, however, is pride and a heart willingly
independent of God.
In the “Christian” world today, there are both extremes
- too much and too little mediation. On the one hand, we have people
believing they can receive nothing but by human mediators, like priests
and pastors, thus receiving nothing from God personally. On the other
hand, some think it is solely between them and God, thus receiving nothing
of Him from His servants who come as the Lord did, outside the systems
of men. God doesn’t talk to the proud and independent souls who
think to hear from Him while doing their own thing.
Both situations - those dependent on men and those who look only to
themselves - undermine faith and discourage the practice and privilege
of prayer, which goes unanswered by God.
It’s true that all believers who walk by faith have access to
God, but not all have equal access at all times.
It is written, “For there is one God, and One Mediator between
God and men, the Man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5). Using those
words, some assume all Christians need nobody to go to God on their behalf.
I believed this error for years, until God spoke to me saying I could
come to Him not only for myself and my family, but on behalf of any who
had problems or questions. Since then, on several occasions, believers
and unbelievers (yes, even unbelievers) have come to me, requesting that
I petition God on their behalves, and prayers have been directly, specifically
answered, some with miracles.
I began to wonder why believers should come to me for prayer if they
had that same privilege themselves, according to this doctrine of equal
status and power before God. I realized the Scriptures are full of evidence
that there are varying limits to what privileges certain believers are
granted of God.
Why would Peter and John have to pray for the Samaritans to receive
the Holy Spirit? Why couldn’t Philip pray for them on this matter?
After all, he was full of the Holy Spirit and faith (Acts 6:3-5) and
had preached to the Samaritans, whereby they believed. He had even cast
devils out of them and many were healed. Miracles were happening by his
ministry (read Acts 8). Why couldn’t the Samaritans, who were now
believers, ask for themselves?
Why are elders called for to anoint the sick and pray for their healing?
The sick of whom James speaks were believers. Why don’t sick believers
exercise their own priesthood privileges if they’re equal in authority
“Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the
church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the Name
of the Lord” (James 5:14 ESV).
Why did the Ephesians need Paul to pray for them (Acts 19)? Didn’t
they believe? The Scriptures call them disciples.
Not only are there differing levels of authority and privilege with
God, but intercession comes on common levels as well, such as when they
are told to pray for one another that they may be healed:
“Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray
for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has
great power as it is working” (James 5:16 ESV).
Who needs another to pray for him if we always have equal privilege
with God? Apparently we need one another and the Body of Christ. No believer
is an island, though there may be times of being alone.
I haven’t brought up the Old Testament, in which there are many
examples of mediation on the part of a man of God, because it could be
argued that Christ had not yet come to grant priesthood to all believers.
But didn’t the Lord say to Israel, not just the Levites, “And
you shall be unto Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation”? And: “For
you are a people holy to the LORD your God, and the LORD has chosen you
to be a people for His treasured possession, out of all the peoples who
are on the face of the earth” (Deuteronomy 14:2 ESV).
Certainly, there is partial truth in the doctrine that all believers
can come to God. Some who came to me requesting prayer also heard God’s
voice at times – they prayed on various matters and received answers.
Where the line is drawn, I haven’t determined. We have gone only
as the Lord led us. I do know that healings, receiving the Holy Spirit,
deliverance from devils, and solving problems are areas where people
have asked me to mediate, and God has clearly and wonderfully answered.
Is it any virtue of our own when God answers? Not at all. However, James
“The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous one avails
much. Elijah was a man of like passion as we are. And he prayed
earnestly that it might not rain, and it did not rain on the earth for the time
of three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave
rain, and the earth caused its fruit to sprout” (James 5:16-18
It simply is not true that all believers have identical prayer privileges
at all times. God has set forth authorities and occasional privileges
for all members, and He expects them to be honored. Paul says to humble
ourselves and submit ourselves to one another in the fear of God (Ephesians
What, then, of the words that there is only One Mediator between God
and men, the Man Christ Jesus? The answer is that Jesus Christ is the
Head, and the Man is His Body. His Body is composed of those having His
Spirit. Furthermore, those in His Body who are mature reign with Him
on His throne, having overcome, even as He overcame and reigns with His
Father on His throne. Reigning, they mediate with Him as one, because
they are also “the Man Christ Jesus.” This is a wonderful
Consider the alternative to believing this
doctrine: Fall in line with God’s established order and experience
truly answered prayer, rather than the wrath of God that befalls
the children of
His order and authority.
Diabolical Doctrine 25) Women are called as
ministers of God, in spiritual authority over men
In nominal Christendom, we see women everywhere presuming to be pastors,
priests, evangelists, and apostles. Are they of God?
Spiritual Authority Established from Above
We don’t acknowledge any person, male or female, ordained by men
as a minister of God. God’s ministers don’t come from Bible
schools or seminaries. They don’t come from sectarian or denominational
organizations, which are the works of men.
No, as Moses was prepared in the wilderness, as John the Baptist was
prepared in the wilderness, as Paul was taken out of his denomination
(Pharisees) into a “wilderness” and prepared as an apostle,
so all men of God come from outside the structures and machinations of
As it was with Paul, who declared his ministry wasn’t from or
by men, but directly by Jesus Christ (Galatians 1:1), so it is with all
men called and sent forth of God to minister. Even the Lord Jesus Christ
Himself, the Pattern Son, wasn’t schooled in the institutions of
His day. He wasn’t a product of men’s systems of ordination,
whereby men presume control over the things of God and can boast of their
The chief priests and the elders of the people confronted Him as He
was teaching, and said, “By what authority are You doing these
things? And who gave You this authority?” (Matthew 21:23)
They didn’t know! Why didn’t they know? They couldn’t
comprehend the authority of God, Who was nowhere to be found in their “authority-producing” institutions.
No Female Rulers over Men in the Scriptures
Concerning women, in the Scriptures there is no such thing as a female
apostle, pastor, evangelist, or teacher who would exercise authority
over men in terms of spiritual position or power. There isn’t one
example. Women will teach children and younger women, whether they are
younger in physical or spiritual age:
“Let the aged women likewise be in reverent behavior, not slanderers,
not enslaved by much wine, teachers of good; that they may train
the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet,
chaste, keepers at home, good, subject to their own husbands, that the
Word of God may not be blasphemed” (Titus 2:3-5 MKJV).
Physically older women may come to believe years after women younger
than them are given to teach other women. When younger women are spiritually
more mature than women who are physically older, there still ought to
be humility and respect accorded older people by those younger teachers.
An Exception to the Law?
Now we do have an apparent exception to the rule of women not teaching
men in the Scriptures. As often is the case, the Lord has His exceptions,
for two reasons that I can think of:
1) We mustn’t get too comfortable with laying down blanket laws,
worshiping them instead of God. Our calling is to be primarily led of
the Spirit and not slavishly following the letter.
2) Exceptions can serve as a test for us as to whether we will seek
His order as reflected in the Law, or use exceptions as excuses for iniquity.
There was a prophetess called Deborah in Judges (chapters four and five)
who judged Israel at one time, and that is the only example I know of
in Scripture where a woman was given such prominence and singular authority,
and concerning a whole nation at that. Yet it was a different authority
than most assume.
Is Deborah truly an exception? She spoke the Prophetic Word of the Lord
to the people concerning them and their circumstances from time to time,
as she did with Barak:
Judges 4:5-7 MKJV
(5) And she lived under the palm tree of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel
in mount Ephraim. And the sons of Israel came up to her for judgment.
(6) And she sent and called for Barak the son of Abinoam out of Kedesh
in Naphtali, and said to him, “Has not the LORD, the God of Israel
commanded, saying, ‘Go and draw toward mount Tabor, and take with
you ten thousand men of the sons of Naphtali and of the sons of Zebulun?
(7) And I will draw Sisera to you, the captain of Jabin’s army,
at the river Kishon, together with his chariots and his multitude. And
I will deliver him into your hands.’”
Barak replied to Deborah: “If you will go with me, then I will
go. But if you will not go with me, I will not go” (Judges 4:8
Here’s what she said to Barak's conditions:
“‘I will surely go with you. But the journey that you take
shall not be for your honor, for the LORD shall sell Sisera into the
hand of a woman.’ And Deborah arose, and went with Barak to Kedesh” (Judges
It was common, even in her day and situation, that women did not take
the lead or prominence. She didn’t rule over them in the way many
might suppose or imagine, certainly not as did kings and commanders of
armies or elders. Judges then weren’t as they seem to us today.
Consider, for example, that Samson was also a judge of Israel, as were
others, yet the record shows he didn’t rule over the people (Judges
chapters 13-16). The same can be said for other judges during that troublous
Men in Christ No Longer Ruling?
If anyone should say that in the work of the Kingdom since Christ, not
even men are meant to rule over others, the Scriptures say otherwise:
“Yield to those leading you, and be submissive, for they watch
for your souls, as those who must give account, that they may do it with
joy and not with grief; for that is unprofitable for you” (Hebrews
“Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands, as to the Lord.
For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the Head of
the Church; and He is the Savior of the Body. Therefore as the Church
is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything” (Ephesians
There is a “ruling over” in righteousness ordained for men
with women that is not ordained for women with men. Bishops are overseers
or superintendents who “rule over” (1 Timothy 3). Titus (not “Titia”)
was instructed to speak, exhort, and rebuke with all authority (Titus
2:15). Note that Paul instructed Timothy (not “Timothea”)
on leading the Body of Christ. Nowhere in the New Testament, however,
do we find women ruling over men.
People bring up other supposed examples of women in authority over men,
and we can point out the invalidity in all cases. However, those who
choose to do their own thing will make the exception the rule, puffed
up in their own minds to see themselves as the exception... and rules
to them will become exceptions.
Why? They have no use for the Law of God, because they don’t love
Him. It is iniquity (lawlessness). This conduct and practice serves to
oppose the order, set standards, and authority of God, bringing chaos
and confusion to the rebellious and ignorant, robbing them of the blessings
Listen now to Paul’s words:
“Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer
not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be
in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve...” (1 Timothy
“If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desires a good work.
A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife...” (1
“Likewise must the deacons be grave... even so must their wives be grave.... Let deacons be the husbands of one wife...” (1 Timothy
“But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ;
and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God” (1
“Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted
unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as
also says the Law. And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their
husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.
What? Came the Word of God out from you? Or came it unto you only? If
any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge
that the things that I write to you are the commandments of the Lord” (1
Obeying God or Making Allowances for the Times?
Notice the apostle declares these things to be the commandments of the
Lord, not his own commandment, not a matter of custom or situational
ethics, but the ordained law and order of God. But if it was Paul’s
own commandment, it would be just as valid, being he was an ambassador
Specious arguments appealing to the times in those Biblical days with
reference to prostitutes and other pagan women creating disorder, and
causing a need for such laws are entirely without Scriptural foundation
or substantiation. Men and women can explain anything away and always
do if seeking their own way.
And do lawless women today presume to be any better than lawless ones
in those days? If they’re so much more virtuous, what are they
doing usurping leadership roles over men?
Where are the men? Where are the men of God who should discern between
good and evil, between truth and error, between that which is of God
and that which is of fleshly passion? Where are the men standing strong
in the Lord, speaking the truth, standing up against the world and its
ways, its perversities, and its anti-Christ, pagan customs and traditions?
Ashtoreth Alive and Well on Planet Earth
Instead, we have foolish men following women as little lap poodles,
believing them, quoting, serving, and promoting them. Indeed, they worship
Ashtoreth to this very day, only more subtly, and in the Name of the
Lord Jesus Christ. How blind! What delusion! God have mercy! (I too,
as a man, have been there, but now rejoice in God, My Savior, for He
Men are supporting their goddesses, be they wives or official spiritual
leaders. Instead, they should be repenting of listening to Eve (who is
listening to the serpent, “the subtle one”); repenting of
eating from the Tree of Knowledge they call the Tree of Life. Men should
become responsible and listen to God’s Voice for themselves, as
well as submitting to male spiritual leaders where required.
Yes, women everywhere are usurping authority over men, but men are willingly
abdicating their responsibility. Whose sin is greater? While the women
are deceived (1 Timothy 2:14) and consequently deceiving, are men not
deliberately sinning as did Adam?
No Difference between Men and Women since Christ?
But we have another argument coming against the truth:
“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free,
there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians
This Scripture is interpreted to mean there is no longer any difference
between men and women in the spiritual context and conduct in this world,
and therefore women can do as men and vice versa. This is such absurdity
as to boggle any reasonable, thinking mind. I tell you, when delusion
comes, objective bystanders marvel. “How can this be?” they
Let us follow that reasoning for a few moments. Husbands can now be
wives, submitting to them; wives can now be husbands, being head of the
house. Does it not occur to anyone interpreting this Scripture in such
a way, that the same man (Paul the apostle) who wrote Galatians 3:28
also instructed wives to submit to their husbands, that as God was the
Head of Christ, and Christ the Head of the man, so man was the head of
Paul obviously didn’t have in his mind, and it wasn’t in
the mind of God Who inspired him to write the Scriptures, to render sexes
spiritually generic. What is this but another manifestation of pagan
unisexualism? Go ahead, men, have your babies! Just remember to breast-feed
them when you’re done.
“Well has Isaiah prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, ‘This
people honors Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. Howbeit
in vain do they worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of
men. For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition
of men...’” said Jesus to the religious about their carnal
piety (Mark 7:6-7).
Attendance is down so you have to try anything to get people to come
in. You want the glory, and it doesn’t matter how you get it. The
world does it this way, you mingle with the world, learn its ways, and
adopt them in the Name of the Lord Jesus, pretending to worship Him,
rationalizing that the end justifies the means. But will you know, foolish
and perverse man, that the end is the means, and the means the end?
Spurious Scriptural Evidence for Equal Authority of the Sexes
Arguments are given for woman leadership over men with examples from
the Scriptures, none of which are at all valid:
1) Priscilla is mentioned as leading Apollos (Acts 18:24-26), but note
that she was with her husband, Aquila, and not on her own. She didn’t
have an official ministry of God or authority over a man in her own right
2) Phebe is given as another example of ministering (Romans 16:1-2).
(Note the obvious desperate “scraping of the barrel” in these
pitiful examples, in the face of the preponderant testimony of the Scriptures!)
I don’t argue against ministering by women, but against the perversion
of it and the usurpation of authority over men in the name of ministry.
In no way does the Scripture indicate that Phebe had some sort of authority
over anybody, particularly men. She had a work to do, and Paul was asking
for the cooperation of others to help her get it done.
3) Women ministered unto the Lord and His disciples of their substance,
again with no indication that their ministering was any kind of authority
4) Miriam was a prophetess and, again, someone with no exercise of authority
over anyone. In fact, she got a bit presumptuous at one point and God
severely and publicly rebuked her, she having spoken against the anointed
of God, Moses, a man. Notice that she murmured with Aaron, Moses’ older
brother, yet Aaron, a man, was not punished as was she.
5) People refer to 2 John where John writes to an “elect lady.” It
is suggested that she was a leader of a church. There is not so much
as a hint of such a notion. Those who insist on their way will grasp
at straws and pervert themselves, “wresting the Scriptures to their
own destruction” (2 Peter 3:16).
Is it so hard to believe that this lady was simply an elect
lady, that is, chosen of God, as are all believers (Matthew 24:24,31;
Luke18:7; Romans 8:33; Colossians 3:12), and that she had some children
who also believed, for which John expressed thankfulness? Did she not
have a believing sister whose children passed on their greetings to her
6) It is recorded that Philip had four daughters that prophesied (Acts
21:8-9). That is all it says about them. From this passage alone, it
is assumed that these virgin daughters were preachers, teachers, pastors,
evangelists, or in a position of authority over men.
The Office of a Prophet versus the Gift of Prophecy
Allow me to clarify some things:
1) There is a false definition of prophesying. It is not preaching.
Preaching and prophesying are similar, yet different. One may preach
while not prophesying, and one may prophesy while not preaching. One
may also preach and prophesy at the same time.
Preaching is that which comes from the mind, being that which has been
learned, howbeit through Divine revelation, ideally speaking. Prophesying
is speaking forth words under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit of Christ,
fresh from the Spirit, intended for that moment and circumstance. A preacher
is not necessarily a prophet, and a prophet is not necessarily a preacher.
2) There is confusion between the gift of prophecy and the office of
a prophet. All believers are prophets and prophetesses by spiritual nature:
“And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said to me, ‘See,
do not do it! I am your fellow servant, and of your brothers who have
the testimony of Jesus. Worship God, for the testimony of Jesus is the
spirit of prophecy’” (Revelation 19:10 MKJV).
In terms of the gift, we are all encouraged to prophesy (1 Corinthians
14:1). But not all are called to the office of a prophet. Apostles, pastors,
teachers, and evangelists can and do prophesy, but they are not prophets.
Paul was an apostle, he prophesied, but he didn’t claim to be,
nor was he, a prophet. One by the name of Agabus came prophesying to
him. That Agabus was a prophet... and he wasn’t preaching (Acts
3) Prophesying isn’t necessarily, or even mainly, telling the
future. Rather it is speaking the hidden. It is speaking the spiritual
essence, the hidden reality of things. It is expressing that to which
the carnal mind, the flesh, has no access.
There is no Biblical evidence whatsoever, directly nor indirectly, that
Philip’s daughters held a spiritual office. And it can’t
be assumed that because Philip was an evangelist, his daughters followed
in his calling. Today we have self- and man-appointed evangelists who
have taken their daughters to work the works of man with them, proselytizing
in the Name of Jesus Christ, calling their daughters evangelists. It
is false. Don’t be deceived.
Philip’s daughters simply had the gift of prophecy operating through
them in, and by, the Spirit of God. And by no means is the gift of prophecy
to be lightly esteemed. As it is written, “Despise not prophesyings” (1
Examine the Scriptural Record and Trust It
Tell me, dear seeker, how many of the heads of the 12 tribes of Israel
were women? How many of the prophets in the Old Testament writing the
Scriptures were women? How many of the recorded prophets sent to confront
Israel on its sins were women? By whom was the Torah (the first five
books of the Bible) written, a man or a woman? How many women became
kings of Israel? And of the women who ruled, who among them was righteous?
(Athaliah was the only woman who ever sat on the throne, and she was
a wicked usurper.)
Of all the apostles Jesus Himself chose, how many were women? Of all
the pastors and elders Paul established, appointed or directed Timothy
and Titus to appoint, how many were women? Of all the books of the Bible
written in the New Testament, how many were by women? How many references
are there in Scripture as to husbands submitting to their wives, and
how many references otherwise?
And when angels appeared to mankind, were they referred to as male or
female? Is God Himself referred to as male or female? Was Jesus Christ
born a man or a woman? Case closed? If not, there is no reasoning, no
sufficient amount of evidence or proof that would suffice, and I am found
speaking to sons and daughters of Belial.
Have you seen some of the abominable artwork in museums wherein Christ
is depicted as a woman on the cross, naked and bare-breasted? I bring
this up to make the point that all those who indulge in the more subtle
female usurpations of authority over men, as discussed in this paper,
are in nature not a whole lot different. The lawless won’t like
to hear this, but who expected them to do so? Yet “the humble will
hear thereof...and be glad!”
Subtle Worldly Societal Influence Prevalent
Today’s liberal thinking and feminist philosophies have made greater
subtle inroads into society’s and our perspectives than we realize.
Lawlessness and rebellion abound on every side. It is asserted by the
independent and rebellious “progressive, modern thinkers” that
we must grow with the times, that we mustn’t be archaic, legalistic
Let it be known that the Law of the Lord is eternal (Psalm 119:44);
it was and still is holy (Romans 7:12); it has never been done away (Matthew
5:18), except in the minds of the children of iniquity; and it continues
as “a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path” (Psalm
119:105) to this very hour. It is time we grounded ourselves, not in
men’s ways and thoughts, but God’s, doing not their will(s),
but His and only His. Therein alone is the peace and victory.
Consider the alternative to believing this
sexist (yes, sexist in
reverse) doctrine: You will receive peace and order God’s way and
His subsequent blessing under true authority from above.
Diabolical Doctrine 26) All flesh is clean
“For I am the LORD Who brought you up out of the land of Egypt,
to be your God. You shall therefore be holy, for I am holy. This is the
law of the animals, and of the fowl, and of every living creature that
moves in the waters, and of every creature that swarms on the earth,
to make a difference between the unclean and the clean, and between the
creature that may be eaten and the creature that may not be eaten” (Leviticus
Question: Why do you think nominal Christendom, for the most part, celebrates
Easter and eats ham instead of lamb, goat, or beef? Think about it.
It’s taught and believed that Christians are free from the Law
of Moses and can eat anything they choose, because the apostle Paul said, “Every
creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received
with thanksgiving: for it is sanctified by the Word of God and with prayer” (1
If you’re willing to stand by that interpretation of Scripture,
how about eating some roast skunk? Or some rat, mouse, snake, owl, hawk,
stork, vulture, cockroaches, or flies? For a vegetable side dish, how
about a poison ivy salad or fresh dieffenbachia leaves dressed with cyanide?
(Realize, the word “creature” or “created thing” includes
not only animal but also vegetable.)
If that doesn’t sound ridiculous enough (not that my thinking
is ridiculous, but to show you how ridiculous the notion of eating all
things is), let me go further. For a drink with your meal, take the product
of a cow’s body. No, not the milk… the urine. Now you have
a meal according to your doctrine. You who argue with God’s intent
and counsel, eat your meal or eat your words; your choice.
According to the Scriptures, eating skunk is no worse than eating pig,
shrimp, mussels, scallops, clams, shark, lobster, crab, or octopus. Yet,
while many won’t eat skunk, they wouldn’t hesitate to eat
some of these others.
Is it a matter of culture? To be sure, other cultures will eat every
creature in existence. But why does Western, Judeo-Christian culture
not eat some of them? For those who received and believed the Scriptures,
there’s a foundational reason for the difference in diet.
From a nutritional standpoint, many experts will tell you shellfish
are scavengers, bottom feeders; they eat the remains and wastes (yes,
fecal matter) of the various creatures of the waters. You eat what they
eat when you eat them.
Credible nutritionists will tell you pork is one of the worst meats
you can eat, of those Westerners regularly consume. Note how they have
to treat pork products against parasites, unlike beef, lamb, venison,
buffalo, or other meats pronounced clean by the Bible. Pork is also difficult
We live near a pig farm and know people who have worked there. Frequently,
they throw hog carcasses on the field, and coyotes come and feed on them.
The coyotes are mangy, sickly, and die a slow, unpleasant death, eaten
of parasites. Workers witnessing the operation declare they would never
What, then, was Paul’s intent and meaning in the words regularly
quoted by proponents of eating pork and other unclean meats? There are
clear qualifications in that verse as to what one can eat. He said, “…for
it is sanctified by the Word of God.” The Word of God in that day
was the Old Testament. The Word of God was very clear on what was clean
and unclean and never contradicted itself. By prayer we bless the food
before us, but can we bless that which the Lord has forbidden or called
unclean? Obviously not.
Which brings us to another passage used to excuse men to do their own
pleasure and consequently destroy themselves:
Acts 10:9-16 MKJV
(9) On the next day, as these went on the road, and drawing near the
city, Peter went up on the housetop to pray, about the sixth hour.
(10) And he became very hungry and desired to eat. But while they made
ready, an ecstasy fell on him.
(11) And he saw the heaven opened and a certain vessel like a sheet coming
down to him, being bound at the four corners and let down to the earth;
(12) in which were all the four-footed animals of the earth, and the
wild beasts, and the reptiles, and the birds of the heaven.
(13) And a voice came to him, saying, “Rise, Peter! Kill and eat!”
(14) But Peter said, “Not so, Lord, for I have never eaten anything
that is common or unclean.”
(15) And the voice spoke to him again the second time, “What God
has made clean, you do not call common.”
(16) This happened three times, and the vessel was received up again
into the heaven.
People have taken this passage to justify a lawless diet, but this passage
isn’t at all talking about diet. Peter was being instructed to
go to the Gentiles whom the Jews deemed unclean, an unholy people, which
Acts 10:17-22 MKJV
(17) And while Peter doubted within himself what the vision which he
had seen might be, even behold, the men who were sent from Cornelius
had asked for Simon's house and stood on the porch.
(18) And they called and asked if Simon whose last name is Peter was
(19) And while Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said to him, “Behold,
three men are looking for you.
(20) Therefore arise and go down and go with them without doubting, for
I have sent them.”
(21) And going down to the men, those sent to him from Cornelius, Peter
said, “Behold, I am the one you are seeking. For what reason have
(22) And they said, “Cornelius the centurion, a just man and one
who fears God, and one of good report among all the nation of the Jews,
was warned from God by a holy angel to send for you to come to his house
and to hear words from you.”
Arriving at Cornelius’ home, Peter said, “You know that
it is an unlawful thing for a man, a Jew, to keep company with, or to
come near to, one of another nation. But God has shown me not to call
any man common or unclean. Therefore I came without complaint, being
sent for. I ask, then, for what reason have you sent for me” (Acts
The vision was an instruction by parable to Peter to now take the Gospel
to the Gentiles. He wasn’t instructed to join them in their thoughts
and ways that made them unclean. Rather, he was sent to convert and instruct
them to a godly way of life (read Acts 10 and 11).
What of the instructions James and the elders gave to the Gentiles to
counter the influence of the “Judaizers” as recorded in Acts
15? Were they told that they shouldn’t eat pork or skunk? No. But
consider that the passage clarifies their thinking:
“For Moses of old time has in every city them that preach him,
being red in the synagogues every Sabbath day” (Acts 15:21).
In other words, they were saying, “These are the more urgent
matters - do these for now until you grow and are able to handle more,
and as you do, you’ll do well. The Law of Moses is available to
you when you’re ready for more.”
Are we suggesting all the Law of Moses was to be kept? No. There are
both ceremonial laws fulfilled and laws that continue as good counsel.
The Lord didn’t lay everything on me at once when I first began
to walk with Him. I was so foreign to Him and His ways that if I had
tried to change all my habits and customs at once, I would have imploded.
It is impossible. It was very difficult for me to change diet habits;
it was difficult forsaking my family, my church, my beliefs, and my friends;
it was difficult ceasing to celebrate Christmas. The list goes on.
It took years to learn and change. This change is impossible and unnatural
for anybody all at once, as it’s impossible for a newborn to be
an adult overnight. But some things have precedence over others. It is
a matter of priorities. We need to realize the Gentiles were alien to
the things of God.
The nature of creation didn’t change by the crucifixion and resurrection
of Christ. Pigs didn’t suddenly become lambs. The Levitical priesthood,
animal sacrifices, ceremonies, and ordinances of the Law of Moses ended,
however, because the prophetic shadow laws (laws signifying things to
come) were fulfilled in Christ. At the cross, God was finished with those
particular symbolisms. Jesus Christ fulfilled their message and purpose
Is it an absolute law not to eat the unclean? It is law, but
absolute, or for everyone at all times, no. Many things aren’t
absolute though we try to make them so.
God has often made exceptions to the rules. For instance, He commanded
the children of Israel to enter and take the land of Canaan and dwell
and a half tribes were permitted to dwell outside Canaan. God commanded
the Israelites not to murder, yet they were commanded to slay man, woman,
and child of the Canaanites. Jews were not to marry women of the nations
around them, yet by God’s will, Samson married a Philistine (Judges
Why does God have His exceptions? To confound us for good, lest at any
time we worship the Law rather than the Lawgiver.
Why are so many people sick? Isn’t it partly because of the things
they consume physically, as well as mentally and spiritually? Why do
people have heart disease, cancer, diabetes, cavities, gallstones, kidney
stones, appendicitis, arthritis, mental diseases, worms, parasites, and
a host of other maladies? One of the causes is certainly diet, part of
which is made up of unclean meats.
God has promised blessings, like health and protection, for true believers.
How is it nominal Christians are all sick, suffering, and dying with
those who don’t profess faith in Christ. It’s because those
Christians don’t believe and obey God, notwithstanding their profession
of faith in Christ. (Read God
Heals Today, His Way.)
People often defend unclean diet with the Lord’s words from Scripture, “Not
that which goes into the mouth defiles a man; but that which comes out
of the mouth, this defiles a man” (Matthew 15:11 MKJV). Then let
them partake of a tall glass of whiskey and a cigarette, perhaps with
some heroine or crack cocaine, and see how they’re affected and
how they affect others.
Obviously, Jesus didn’t mean what one might like to think. He
wasn’t changing the Law, as has been taught by ignorant and thoughtless
teachers. But the simple and the lawless will do as they please and destroy
themselves, while the wise will fear and save themselves from the wrath
Consider the alternative to this
doctrine: Why not prosper, eating that which is clean? Doesn’t
even knowledge in the world and science and nature teach the folly of
eating the unclean?