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

Saturday, October 31, 2009

God's Eraser

by Dale Brown

Most Bible scholars will agree that there is little doubt what the Bible actually says. What it means however opens many doors for debate. Each side interprets the text, to some degree, on various rules of interpretation, life experience, personal and denominational prejudice. We tend to ignore all that does not fall into our previous conceptions. There are some principles however that are so clearly defined that only the most defiant can reject. The nature of sin, as Isaiah the prophet pointed out, clearly separates man from God. "But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He does not hear"(Isa. 59:2). King David who had watched God remove the blessing of the Holy Spirit’s power from King Saul’s life wrote "Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Thy presence, and do not take Thy Holy Spirit from me"(Psm. 51:10&11). Some "New Testament" folks suggest that the New Testament God has a different nature, yet, the Bible clearly tells us that God does not change.

When a man who had been a ghost writer for Jerry Falwell came out of the closet as a homosexual one is quickly challenged with a number of questions. Is he saved? Was he ever saved? It is unlikely that Falwell would have allowed someone to be placed in such a position if that person had not displayed the fruit of being a Christian and had passed the doctrinal requirements for ministry. "We know that no one who is born of God sins; but He who was born of God keeps him and the evil one does not touch him (1 Jn. 5:18). "No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. By this the children of God and the children of the Devil are obvious"(1 Jn. 3:9&10). Apparently it was not so obvious to Falwell for some time. Without the balance of other verses the apostles words leave us in a precarious situation. It is for this reason John wrote earlier in the epistle the need to confess ones sins when and if they do happen. The context and spirit of John’s epistle suggests that it is those who continue to practice sin who are those that are "obvious."

Jesus gave us some words of comfort when He said, "My sheep hear my voice, I know them, and they follow Me; I give eternal life to them, and they shall never perish; and no one shall snatch them out of My hand"(Jn. 10:27&28). Paul however wrote that, "the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons"(1 Tim. 4:1). It seems rather odd that someone could fall away from something they were never in to start with.

The BIG BOOK and God’s Eraser

The Old Testament writers held a view of God’s salvation as something not to be taken for granted. God spoke to Moses that "Whoever has sinned against Me, I will blot him out of My book"(Ex. 32:33). In one imprecatory Psalm David wrote regarding his enemies, "May they be blotted out of the book of life, and may they not be recorded with the righteous"(Psm. 69:28). Reading these from an old covenant perspective are one thing, but when similar verses appear in the New Testament we often scramble to give them a softer interpretation as though we are dealing with a different God.

The Book of Life is a common reference in biblical literature to a record of the righteous in the heavenly kingdom. Jesus told his disciples to rejoice that their names were recorded in heaven. Those not found in the book of life are to be thrown into the lake of fire. The apostle John picks up the Old Testament illustration of this book in his letter to Sardis. "He who overcomes shall thus be clothed in white garments; and I will not erase his name from the book of life, and I will confess his name before My Father, and before His angels"(Rev. 3:5). This makes for a very uncomfortable picture in light of Jesus words when He said, "All that the Father gives Me shall come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out"(Jn. 6:37). How can one get into the "book of life of the Lamb who was slain" without first coming to Jesus? The reference to what John called a "sin leading to death" which got the person removed from the book seems to imply the "eraser." "If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask and God will for him give life to those who commit sin not leading to death. There is a sin leading to death; I do not say that he should make request for this"(1 Jn. 5:16) The implication is most likely spiritual death rather than physical death, however there are those who would argue otherwise, based on the death of Ananias and Sapphira who were struck dead for lying to God. If this were the case however we would probably all be dead.

Of those at Sardis He said they had a name that they were alive, (they were Christians) but they were dead. That is simple enough. Then He said, "Wake up, and strengthen the things that remain, which were about to die; for I have not found your deeds completed in the sight of My God." This assumes they were alive like a green tree, but with no fruit.

A so-called brother in the church of Corinth who was having an affair with "his father’s wife," Paul, through the power of the Spirit, decided to deliver "to Satan for the destruction of his flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus"(1 Cor. 5:1-5). This seems a rather strange way to get someone saved. If the man was not a Christian he was already under the power of Satan and dead in his sins. What good would it do to turn him over to Satan?


In the epistle to the Hebrews we "brethren" are confronted with the question of falling away. "Christ was faithful as a Son over His house whose house we are, if we hold fast our confidence and the boast of our hope firm until the end." The writer then goes further, "Take care, brethren, lest there should be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart, in falling away from the living God. But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called "Today," lest any one of you be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. For we have become partakers of Christ, if we hold fast the beginning of our assurance firm until the end"(Heb. 3:6,12-14). The danger, as it was under Moses, is sin. The writer goes on to illustrate with the history of Moses in the wilderness that there were those who started out in faith but when trials came they quickly doubted and rebelled. Jude uses a similar illustration. "Now I desire to remind you, though you know all things once for all, that the Lord after saving a people out of the land of Egypt, subsequently destroyed those who did not believe." These were people who believed for a time, at least long enough to get out of Egypt. They had applied the blood of the Passover Lamb to their door post and they had crossed the Red Sea (a type of baptism) in faith. Paul expressed his concerns over those at Thessalonica when he wrote, "For this reason, when I could endure it no longer, I also sent to find out about your faith, for fear that the tempter might have tempted you, and our labor should be in vain." There is no doubt that Christ’s work is sufficient. It is our application by faith that is in question. Is it not possible to start out in faith and change our mind along the way?

We often hear sermons with regards to salvation which state that Jesus stands at the door of our heart knocking. The point is well taken. However, the passage out of the letter to Laodicea in the Book of the Revelation where this illustration is taken was written to church folks. Rather strange that Jesus is standing on the outside of the door of those who are supposedly already saved. The admonition to those in that church who are lukewarm is that they are about to be puked out of His mouth.

Some are quick to quote, "I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you" as a proof text for eternal security, failing to acknowledge that the context of the verse has to do with concern for God’s provision, not salvation. The verse starts with "Let your character be free from the love of money, being content with what you have"(Heb. 13:5). An equally dishonest application is to quote "Hence, also He is able to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them"(Heb. 7:25). The previous verse makes the case for the context, which is that Jesus lives forever as a perpetual priest on our behalf. His intercession is for those who "come to him" and continue in faith. As Paul wrote to the Colossians, "if indeed you continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel that you have heard"(Col. 1:23). It is continuing faith that is in question not Christ’s perpetual ability to save.

Paul writes to remind Timothy of some encouraging prophetic words spoken to him, "that by them you may fight the good faith, keeping the faith and a good conscience" but then points out that some among their number, namely Hymenaeus and Alexander, "have rejected and suffered shipwreck in regard to their faith." Paul’s classic solution is to "deliver them over to Satan, so that they may be taught not to blaspheme."

The reward is to those "who overcome." Overcoming is not by works of righteousness, but by the application of faith in submitting to the authority and grace of Christ whose work is indeed finished.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

L. Ron Hubbard's Religion

by Dale Brown

"The best is waiting for you..." reads the glossy cover of "SOURCE", the #70 issue of the "Flag Land Base" Scientologist magazine. A woman with a happy face is shown holding a shiny chrome cylinder in each hand. The cylinders are part of a galvanometer which is called an E-Meter. It is a contraption similar to a lie detector (polygraph) which a Scientologist "minister", or auditor as they are called, gives the client a personality analysis. Through this "processing", a form of psychological manipulation which may cost several thousand dollars, one's goal is to become "clear," and thus experience unlimited happiness and power and even gain a higher degree of intelligence. One can even become an auditor himself and buy the top of the line Mark Super VII E-Meter which lists for as much as $4,625 in Source Magazine.

As one reads through the magazine he quickly finds that the "Church of Scientology" has its own vocabulary with its own definitions. If it appears to be almost science fiction, it might have to do with the roots of the founder of Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard. In the late 1940's, Hubbard had become quite a successful science fiction writer. His writing took a bit of a twist when he wrote "Dianetics" and labeled it as a non-fiction "Modern Science of Mental Health". In 1949 he reportedly said that if a man really wants to make $1 million, the best way would be to start his own religion. Despite the 1971 U.S. court ruling that Hubbard's "scientific" claims were bogus, Scientology continues to prey on uninformed individuals who are willing to part with their cash. Scientology is a prime example of the cash value of false religion in spite of the fact that they have lost their tax-exempt status.

The love of money is the root of all evil.

If one is willing to disclose what becomes the most personal details of their lives through evaluation by the E-Meter, former members claim these details might well become useful for future blackmail by the organization.
Scientology has a colorful history of legal battles against former members and numerous publications who dared to speak publicly about their high pressure and rather questionable business practices. They are not small potatoes. They have fought Forbes Magazine, Reader's Digest, the American Medical Association, the Better Business Bureau, and the American Psychiatric Association.

The church has had its problems. It has lost its tax-exempt status. In 1977 Hubbard's third wife Mary Sue was sentenced to four years in prison by a federal judge in Washington for bugging and burglarizing the Washington offices of the IRS, the Federal Trade Commission, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Justice Treasury, and the Labor departments. With her went eleven top church officials. "Don't ever defend, always attack," has been the Hubbard slogan, yet he and his church have run for cover more than once aboard his 300 foot ship Apollo and to other countries because of pressure from legal investigators.

Since Hubbard's official death 1986, or in 1980 when he quit appearing publicly, or sometime in between (depending on who you listen to), he is no longer with us in the land of the living. Yet, the spirit that empowered him and his organization still continues on as does those of many other false prophets such as Mormonism's Joseph Smith and Mary Baker Eddy of Christian Science. Through the sale of their many books and publications, and the business machine of many employees that have been set into motion these cults continue to grow. As in the prophetic fulfillment of the words of Apostle Paul, "But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived". (2 Tim. 3:13)

The following words from the Bible paint a pretty fair picture of many modern cults.
"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 pleasure rather than lovers of God; holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; and avoid such men as these. For among them are those who enter into households and captivate weak women weighed down with sins, led on by various impulses, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. ( 2 Tim. 3:1-7)

In such cult systems there are basically two types of people, the deceivers, and the deceived. The deceivers are in it for their own gain, whether it be social, financial or whatever. The deceived, who most often started out simply trying to fill a need, a void in his life, often becomes a deceiver. When he becomes programmed by the system he can become more dangerous than his teacher. Jesus addressed the same problem in His day, "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you travel about on sea and land to make one proselyte; and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves." (Matt. 23:15)
The needs are legitimate. We all have a vacuum within ourselves which longs to be filled. Some fill it with toys, entertainment, sex, drugs, etc. Others find in some cult system or counterfeit religion a placebo which appears to fill that void. That void is longing for the things of God, but for a variety of reasons the seeker of truth often gives up in his search and settles for what in reality is only a counterfeit. Others in their total rebellion of truth fall prey to the cult system which becomes a form of God's judgment for their rebellion.

In Scientology the goal through proper "processing" is to reach what is called "clear". It is a counterfeit salvation. To be "clear" is to be free from something that Scientology calls "engrams". These are negative traits that, of course for a price, the E-Meter has the solution. "Clears," can eventually regress through more stages to become a fully operational god or "thetan."

The Bible says, "See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ." (Col. 2:8)

Jesus is the true answer to fill one's needs, but one must be willing to throw all of his cares, needs, "engrams" and all, on Him. Put aside your pride. He shed His blood on Calvary for YOU! Let Him take your sins and let Him work out your life. "WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED." (Rom. 10:11)
If you have need of a miracle in your life, forget Dianetics and Scientology. Jesus is free. Besides, He said, "Whatever you ask in My name that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son." (Jn. 14:13) How can you argue with that?

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Mohammed's 7 Sleepers

by Dale Brown
There is a legend that claims that in about 250 AD seven Christians were commanded to renounce their faith during the persecution of Decius. They went into a cave near Tarsus where they were sealed in by some large stones. Two hundred years later the entrance was reopened and these seven fellows awoke as though it had been only a day. When one of them tried spending some of his ancient pocket change he became a public figure and was questioned by the local priest regarding this miraculous resurrection. Then strangely enough all seven fell asleep again. There are at least three caves claiming to be the historical location of this strange event. One is in Ephesus, one in Tarsus and the other one in Amman, Jordan. The Muslims have built a mosque over the cave in Tarsus while yet claiming the cave in Jordan to be the authentic one. The Qur’an has a chapter entitled Al-Kahf (The Cave, Surah 18) giving glory to this myth, however it adds a dog to the number of the seven sleepers and claims the seven men were being persecuted for Tawhid (their devotion to one God, Allah). Mohammed had some problems getting some of these stories straight. So, please don't confuse us with the facts. Mohammed was a prophet after all.
This is typical of Islam which has a history of making claim to various legends and sites. On Mount Sinai (Gebel Mousa) where Moses is supposed to have received the ten commandments next to the Christian chapel sits a small Muslim mosque where they claim Mohammed stopped for a moment on a night-long journey from Mecca to Ararat. They make claim to a footprint of the prophet's flying camel, Burack, on a rock there. This is similar to the claims made of a print on rock in Jerusalem where they have built the famous Dome of the Rock. There are several sites claiming to be the tomb of the prophet Daniel where they have built mosques. One is in Tarsus, Turkey, another in Kirkuk, Iraq. Muslims in Susa Iran, Samarkand Kzbekistan, Muqdadiyah Iraq, Mala Amir Kurdistan in Iran make similar claims.

Muslims elevate books and stories that are loaded with errors, yet reject the Bible because they claim it is not reliable. This all seems rather prejudicial but this is the mind of Islam. Given the fact that the Qur’an claims that the Scripture, both the Torah and the Gospel, revealed God’s truth and no one can change His Words, it is rather strange that the same book claims that all Scripture prior to the Qur’an has been changed (Surah 6:115).

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Freemasonry and the Shriners

by Dale Brown

Because of the secretive Masonic tradition, few people are aware of the true nature of it’s beliefs. Much of Masonic literature is both contradictory and misleading. For example, within the Masonic temple, there is an altar, where the member kneels before a deity, the Great Architect. Yet, even with these obvious religious symbols, most members will deny that Freemasonry is a religion. But their own literature speaks otherwise. Albert Mackey’s Encyclopedia of Freemasonry states, "[Masonry is] that religious and mystical society whose aim is moral perfection on the basis of general equality and fraternity," and, "Freemasonry may rightfully claim to be called a religious institution." Henry Wilson Coil’s Masonic Encyclopedia states, "Some think because it [the Lodge] is not a strong or highly formalized or highly dogmatized religion, such as the Roman Catholic can be no religion at all. But the church of friends (Quakers) exhibits even less formality and ritual than does a Masonic Lodge."

Freemasonry is a religion, and a religion that is in direct opposition to Christianity. Masons do not respect the Bible as a divine authority, but only a symbol. Coil states, "The prevailing Masonic opinion is that the Bible is only a symbol of Divine Will, Law or Revelation, and not that its contents are Divine Law, inspired or revealed." Albert Pike says, "The Bible is an indispensable part of the furniture of a Christian Lodge, only because its the sacred book of the Christian religion. The Hebrew Pentateuch in a Hebrew Lodge, and the Koran in a Mohammedan one, belong on the Altar; and one of the these, and the square and Compass, properly understood, are the Great Lights by which a Mason must walk and work."
Jesus said, "I am the light of the world; he who follows me shall not walk in the darkness but shall have the light of life." To say that all religions have light (as in Freemasonry) is to say that all religions have Jesus, which is not true.

Mackey’s Encyclopedia says, "Be assured...that God is equally present with the pious Hindu in temple, the Jew in the synagogue, the Mohammedan in the mosque, the Christian in the Church." In contrast, Jesus said, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me." He did not say he was one of many ways, many lights or many truths.

Freemasonry views Jesus as a great moral teacher, but not God incarnate. Not only does that contradict the Bible, but it contradicts common sense. Since Jesus claimed to be God several times, he must either be a liar, crazy or what he said he was. There are no other options.
Freemasonry also teaches that after death, admittance into the "Grand Lodge on High" will depend on good works done in this life, not the forgiveness of sins through the substitutionary payment of Jesus Christ. This is no small detail, since Jesus said his whole reason for coming into the world was not to teach us, but to die for us.


I recount an experience I had a few years ago. I visited a large gathering of Freemasons where there was set up a large table with various books and literature for sale. I read to the fellow manning the table the following words from one of his books: "When the Mason learns that the Key to the warrior on the block is the proper application of the dynamo of living power, he has learned the Mystery of his Craft. The seething energies of Lucifer are in his hands and before he may step onward and upward, he must prove his ability to properly apply (this) energy." When I asked if that was truly his belief, I soon found myself being carried out of the building by two rather large and not so gentle men.

The Bible, however, tells us that Lucifer, because of his pride and rebellion, fell from heaven. He is the "Father of lies," the "adversary," who will ultimately be cast into hell.


The name of the Masonic God, Jah-Bul-On, is revealed only to Third Degree Masons who elect to be exalted to the Holy Royal Arch — a Secret Master. This compound deity is composed of three separate persons: Jah represents Jahweh, the God of the Hebrews. Bul stands for Baal, the ancient Canaanite fertility god associated with human sacrifice and occult rituals. And On is Osiris, the ancient Egyptian god of the underworld.
The Bible tells us, "Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever?

It’s the ultimate insult and blasphemy to put heathen gods on the same level as the God of Israel, much less to try to make them part of the same deity.
Middle Eastern Theme was introduced in 1870

It is clear from its own writing that Freemasonry is a religion, but it is not Christianity. Since the prophets of the Bible condemned the religions that promoted what Freemasonry prides itself in, how is it that we think God will approve of it today?

The Bible tells us that we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ. He is our only hope of salvation, and yet when verses are read from the Bible in Masonic rituals, his name is omitted. Why? The Bible gives us the true test for anyone who calls himself a Christian: "Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son. No one who denies the Son has the Father; everyone who confesses the Son has the Father also." Freemasonry rejects every fundamental truth of Christianity. Therefore, no man can truthfully claim to be both a Mason and a Christian. If you are a Mason, now is the time to renounce your secret allegiance to Jahbulon and ask Jesus to be Lord of your life. "If we are willing to confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

Jesus warned the hypocrites of his day: "Nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known. Therefore whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered behind closed doors will be shouted from the housetops."

Masons take many oaths and vows, using various hand gestures, some of which indicate the type of death the Mason agrees to suffer should he reveal the secrets of the lodge — such as disembowelment and having his throat slit. Jesus said we were not to take oaths of any kind, and that the devil is actually behind them.
Freemasonry is a fraternity, and denies women membership.

Many of this countries founding fathers were Masons, including George Washington. At the George Washington Memorial in Alexandria, Virginia, you can see a bronze statue of him in full Masonic regalia.
Thomas Jefferson, also a Mason, wrote the Declaration of Independence on a white lambskin — a Masonic Apron.

16 other presidents were also Masons, including Reagan, Ford, Truman, and both Roosevelts.
The Washington monument is actually an obelisk, or sacred pillar, which is a phallic symbol of the fertility cults, a symbol condemned in the Bible.

The eye on top of the pyramid on our dollar bill is actually the "All Seeing Eye," another Masonic symbol.
The streets around the capitol building in Washington D.C. are laid out in Masonic compass and square design, which can be clearly seen on a map.

Most of the Federal buildings in Washington D.C., including the White House and Capitol building, had cornerstones laid in Masonic rituals, with Masonic paraphernalia placed inside.

The Statue of Liberty was sculpted by a French Mason and financed by the Paris Masonic Lodge as a gift to the Grand Lodge of New York.

The Shriners are high level Masons who seal their solemn oath kneeling before a Koran, in the name of "Allah, the God of Arab, Moslem and Mohammedan, the God of our fathers."  It was founded by William J. Conlin (Florence) and Walter M. Fleming in 1870.  The Middle Eastern Theme was adapted from artist design introduced by Florence, a U.S. actor, after trips to Cairo and Algiers.

Dr. Walter M. Fleming
William J. Conlin (Florence)

Freemasonry prides itself in taking esoteric occult teachings from the ancient religions of the east.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Early Masonic view of Islam

Muslims Fez Cap; Political Correctness

by Dale Brown

The first Masonic book printed in America was produced by Benjamin Franklin in 1734 was a reprint of a work by James Anderson printed in London 1723. Its view of Islam on page 27 is quite revealing, "as the Asiatic and African Nations fell under the same calamity [as by Goths and Vandals] by the conquest of the Mahometans, whose grand design is only to convert the world by fire and sword, instead of cultivating the Arts and Sciences." Turkey, a Muslim country, outlawed the wearing of the Muslim style fez cap in 1925. Today however in the west Masons often wear fez caps and even place a Quran on their altar on special occasions.

G. Margoliouth’s introduction of the 1861 English version of the Koran, translated by J. M. Rodwell and dedicated to the Chief Justice of New Zealand, points out the nature of Mohammed’s book. "From the first flash of prophetic inspiration which is clearly discernible in the earlier portions of the book he, later on, frequently descended to deliberate invention and artful rhetoric. . .Biblical reminiscences, Rabbinic legends, Christian tradition mostly drawn from distorted apocryphal sources, and native heathen stories, all first pass through the prophet’s fervid serve as an encouragement to his faithful adherents, and to strike terror into the hearts of his opponents."
The monument of 800 skulls are displayed in the cathedral of Otranto, Italy as a constant reminder of bishop Stefano Pendinelli who was sawn in two, and the men who were beheaded in front of their wives and families in the valley of the martyrs by the invading Muslims in 1480 because they would not endorse the prophet’s religion of peace.

Should one believe this to be an exaggeration of the facts, consider the commentary of a modern Qur’an in the description of the ultimate goal of Islam under one world ruler. "When you all (Muslims) are united (as one block) under a single Khalifah (a chief Muslim ruler), and a man comes up to disintegrate you and separate you into different groups, then kill that man." It goes on with more supposed words from the prophet, "If the Muslim world gave the Bai’ah (pledge) to two Khalifah (chief Muslim rulers), the first one who was given the Bai’ah (pledge) first will remain as the Khalifah, then kill the latter (second) one."

According to the Qur’an the Muslim is considered free of all obligations and treaties made with Mushrikun (polytheists, pagans, idolaters, disbelievers in the Oneness of Allah) Surah 9:1. They often cite a doctrine called taqiyya which is a means of concealing ones true beliefs in order to deceive ones enemy. It is akin to smiling while they look for a soft spot to stick their sword. And they wonder why westerners do not trust them. The Saudi flag, sporting its white sword on a holy field of green does not portray a very peaceful image. I wonder what the world would think if the United States flag had an image of an atomic mushroom cloud on a field of stars and stripes.

Friday, October 9, 2009


by Dale Brown

Jesus said, "For if you forgive men their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions." How to apply this to practical living sometimes presents a dilemma. Suppose a wife is being abused by her husband, should she simply continue to be abused and not take some measure of action for her own safety? On a number of occasions apostle Paul was mistreated by various people and his response was to make a run for his life(Acts 9:25). He even warned other disciples to be on guard against Alexander the coppersmith who had done him much harm (2 Tim. 4:14&15). For those who do not learn from experience (history) they are destined to repeat the same mistake.

Forgiveness is a great principle which helps us keep a proper attitude. It helps protect us from getting ate up with bitterness. The same Spirit however, that inspired the New Testament also inspire the imprecatory psalms which call for God to destroy our enemies (Psm. 137:7-9, 35:1-8). It was Paul who recommended the church turn one fellow over to the devil for the destruction of the flesh (1 Cor. 5:5). In fact he wrote that they should not even eat with the character.

We also must understand that we war not against flesh and blood but against spiritual powers of wickedness (Eph. 6:11-16). It is possible to love the person and yet hate the wickedness working within them. That it no way means however that the evil person should not be held accountable for his actions. We will all reap what we sow. If we get to close to those reaping a bad seed we will find it growing up in our garden as well. There comes a time when God may bring the hammer down on a sinner, or a nation, and we need to know how to respond. Lot was told to get out of Sodom (Gen. 13). His wife was reluctant to follow God’s advice and she too perished.

I recall a situation in Alaska where a Christian fellow we knew was told to get away from a certain evil blasphemer. He did not head the advice and a few months later he was with the blasphemer when they and a few others were gunned down as they were preparing to launch their boat for a boat ride.

The spillover effect of sin is present all around us and we need to be aware of what the Spirit is telling us regarding every situation. John’s second epistle warns us against giving a greeting to someone who is spreading a false message, "for the one who gives him a greeting participates in his evil deeds"(verse 10&11). We can find ourselves aiding and abetting sin, thus coming under judgment ourselves.

Mothers are often guilty of getting in the way of fatherly discipline which prevents the child from learning to be responsible for his actions. For those who have no self discipline they must learn from imposed discipline, either by parental authority, civil authority or the hard lessons of life which God may throw their way. I watched a man preparing to spank his son, "I hate to do this son" he said, "but if I don’t spank you, God will spank me. And I don’t want a spanking."

Recognizing that the sins of the fathers are visited upon children down to the third and fourth generation (Ex. 34:6&7) it is difficult at times to watch children suffering for the rebellious foolishness of their parents, especially when the parents continue to undermine any righteous aid that is given to the child. As Jesus said, the poor will always be with you. Some you can help others you can’t. Being good stewards of what God has given us we have to be prayerful about where we invest our time and resources lest we find ourselves casting our pearls before the swine (Matt. 7:6), or in more modern vernacular, "throwing our money down a rat hole." Someone once advised me to be careful about being desperate for those who are not willing to be desperate for themselves. They need first and foremost to know that God will judge sin. They need therefore to repent. Then God will come to their aid and His aid is far better than anything we can offer.