Error, indeed, is never set forth in its naked deformity, lest, being thus exposed, it should at once be detected. But it is craftily decked out in an attractive dress, so as, by its outward form, to make it appear to the inexperienced (ridiculous as the expression may seem) more true than the truth itself. - Irenaeus
They have been on numerous missions at their own expense in remote areas of Alaska, Haiti, the UK and around the United States, yet they are still being called racists. The Bible tells us that the Devil is the accuser, so I guess we can consider the source as a compliment.
Peggy in Haiti 1989
Dale praying for Haitian woman 1989
Peggy leading dental clinic in Haiti
The Browns boat "Apologetica" moored here at Klemtu, British Columbia on their way to Alaska. Distributed bibles and prayed with many of the local natives.
Browns third boat working with Jewish outreach in Puget Sound
It has been said that it is difficult to speak to people who have an empty stomach. Therefore often food, medical care, or some other good works program is used as a means to gain an audience. There is certainly nothing wrong with helping people who are in need but we must understand that many will learn that Christians are generous and will take advantage of our graciousness. We therefore must learn how to guard and be good stewards of our resources. Jesus spoke of the danger of casting our pearls to the swine. The Devil will often send people to us who know how to talk the talk but are not willing to walk the walk. They are here for no other reason but to test us.
Those who strive to justify illegal entry into the United States go to great lengths in debate. They are likely to quote the following verses from the Bible.
"When a stranger resides with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong.The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt; I am the Lord your God." (Leviticus 19:33-34)
The scripture certainly addresses an important issue in regards to fairness to all of mankind however one cannot paint a complete picture of reason based on one or two Bible verses. Later on in Jewish history aliens from other countries and tribes often became a threat to not only the Jewish religion but also national security. At one point in Judges 12:1-6 the Israelis used a code password, a shibboleth, to sort out some unwanted guests. How it worked was this, it was known that this group could not pronounce the word shibboleth correctly so when they failed the test they were immediately apprehended.
Then, during the restoration of Israel during the days of Nehemiah and Ezra there were many foreigners that posed a threat to the restoration project in Jerusalem. Some came as friends hoping to be accepted but Nehemiah saw through their deceit and run them off. Their enemies used many means by which to harass the builders, to such an extend that those building the wall had to carry weapons for their own protection. When we get to the New Testament we see apostle Paul using his Roman citizenship to his advantage by pointing out his rights to the Roman guards who were mistreating him. They were quick to acknowledge that he had privileges that others did not have. (Acts 22:28-29) There are many illustrations of vetting in God's kingdom. Jesus said, "Truly, truly, I say unto you, he who does not enter by the door into the fold of the sheep, but climbs up some other way, he is a thief and a robber". (John 10:1) He went on to say, "I am the door of the sheep". In John 14:6 he reinforced the illustration by saying, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the father but through me." His vetting process is quite thorough. In the gospel of Matthew there is a chapter which starts with the famous words, "judge not lest ye be judged". Usually that is as far as the liberal critics read. But it goes on to warn about false prophets and leaves us with a strict warning, "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will of my father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name cast out demons, and in your name perform many miracles? And then I will declare to them, "I never knew you; depart from me, you who practice lawlessness." (Matthew 7:1,15,21-23) Notice how he points out the lawlessness nature of these people. It is for this reason we have to lock our cars and secure our homes. Some people have no manners or respect for the law. When there is no self discipline there must be imposed discipline. Anarchy has no place in a civil society nor the kingdom of God. God is a God of order and discipline. The very word disciple is related to the word discipline which implies rules and order.
Our Mormon friends tell us that God took two books (the Bible and the Book of Mormon) to fulfill a prophecy in Ezekiel chapter 37:15-19 which they claim points to their so-called restored church. The two sticks Ezekiel refers to is the stick of Judah and the stick of Ephraim which were the Northern and Southern Kingdoms of Israel at the time. There are many problems with the Mormon analogy but for those not familiar with Mormonism one might think that the Bible and the Book of Mormon are the only books of the Mormon religion. However as this photo shows there are actually three additional books aside from the Bible that Mormons consider divine revelation, Scripture or "sticks". They are the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants and Pearl of Great Price. So why does Ezekiel not mention these others?
Ezekiel actually explains what these two sticks really mean. “And when the children of your people speak to you, saying, ‘Will you not show us what you mean by these?’— say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Surely I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel, his companions; and I will join them with it, with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they will be one in My hand.” ’And the sticks on which you write will be in your hand before their eyes.“Then say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Surely I will take the children of Israel from among the nations, wherever they have gone, and will gather them from every side and bring them into their own land; and I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king over them all; they shall no longer be two nations, nor shall they ever be divided into two kingdoms again. They shall not defile themselves anymore with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions; but I will deliver them from all their dwelling places in which they have sinned, and will cleanse them. Then they shall be My people, and I will be their God." (Ezekiel 37:18-23) So there you have it. It has nothing to do with the Mormon church. But it has all to do with the nation of Israel in a historical context.
Russia has had a long history of conflict with Islam after the fall of Constantinople (now Istanbul) in 1453 and before. The Russian Orthodox cross with a crescent at the bottom speaks of that history. For a time Moscow was referred to as the "Third Rome" (complete with the seven hills like Rome and Constantinople) and it was said there will be no fourth. Manuscripts had been brought to Russia in Slovanic and Greek early when the church was first being established. Russia and the Ukraine had been a land in which the Muslims would raid in the summers to collect slaves for the slave market in Crimea. Then in 1652 the "Raskol" or schism happened when the Patriarch Nikon tried to update the church literature with the help of Greek scholars and manuscripts from the Greek Orthodox in the south. The Old Believers and their tradition were not convinced and they were pressured out. They can be found in various places in Siberia, Manchuria, Oregon and Alaska where they fled. This painting depicts a debate between some Old Believers and Patriarch Joachin. The Old Believers held up two fingers while the reformers under Nikon held up one when they prayed.
Strange as it may sound we had an experience in Homer, Alaska with some very friendly Old Believers would not pray with us simply because they did not know how we would hold our fingers. A persecuted church can become quite paranoid regarding outsiders. This schism eventually lead to a weakening of the Russian church making it easier for Peter the Great to take an autocratic position over church and state thus the Czar (Russian equivalent to Kaiser or Caesar) could deal directly with schismatics like any dictator might. In 1721, the Tsar did away with the Patriarchs and the Church Council assuming total control which alienated many. When the state run Orthodox Church could no longer communicate with the Old Believers things began to unravel. This paved the way for the Socialist October Revolution in 1917 in which atheists stepped in to solve the religion problem once and for all. The rest is history, at least that is what they thought. Islam continues to plague Russia as it always has, and the church in various forms continues to march forward.
In 1853 the Russians, after being invaded for several hundred years by Ottoman Muslims collecting slaves, destroyed the Ottoman fleet in the Battle of Sinop. Russia was able to drive the Muslims out of their slave trading center in Crimea.
A problem arose however with the west because the Ottoman Empire owed its western protectors loads of cash. The west did not want Russia to kill its cash cow and the west had military technology good enough to stop Russian expansion.
When protesters go so far as to threatened to rape our President's wife we are seeing an all time low in the morality of our society. In the book of Genesis just before Sodom was destroyed there were those who demanded the rape of Lot's guests in similar fashion of depravity. Then we have civil leaders who even after the election were inciting rebellion and riots. One in particular was Seattle Councilmember Kshama Sawan who proudly posted this photo on her Facebook page. This is an example of those who have been elected to positions of leadership by a society drowning in sin.
The Bible claims these are those who by dreaming, defile the flesh, and reject authority, and revile angelic majesties. They revile the things they don't understand. These are grumblers, finding fault, following after their own lusts; they speak arrogantly, flattering people for the sake of gaining an advantage. (Book of Jude)
Apostle Paul sums up the picture in this way, "But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasures rather than lovers of God; holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; avoid such men as these." (2 Tim. 3:1-5)
For a number of years we have distributed helium balloons with the message "TRUST JESUS" during the hot air balloon rally in Prosser, Washington. Thousands of people come to this event and many have kids that are more than eager to have a balloon.
The funny part is watching Jesus haters work to keep their kids away from a balloon.
Growing up in a small town, I ventured into the perilous and confusing arena of the occult. Later, as a Christian, I was thrust headlong into a much broader view of religion through Biblical apologetics and the life experience of missionary outreach among a variety of denominational traditions. In effort to understand and meet the needs of people from different cultures and religious backgrounds my wife, Peggy, and I have always tried to find some form of practical application to what we have studied. In 1989 we traveled with a medical missionary team made up of an assortment of Christian denominations to Haiti with Peggy serving as the dentist. To get a glimpse at the mind of Islam we listened to the Muslims and Christians debate at “Speaker’s Corner” in London’s Hyde Park in 1988. On the Alaska/Canadian coast we have logged thousands of miles on boats exploring remote towns and villages. Several road trips across the United States put us in Mormon fundamentalist towns where polygamy is still a part of that “old time” religion. We have been to Jehovah’s Witness conventions, Bahai Faith meetings, Muslim Mosques, Buddhist temples and Mormon testimony meetings.