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

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Praying for the World

Operation World
Back in 2001 I was introduced to an interesting book that has been a vast resource for understanding the world mission field.  Operation World the 21st Century Edition compiled by Patrick and Robyn Johnstone along with Jason Mandryk covers the spiritual nature, past and present, of every nation of the world.  Complete with maps, it explains the condition of various regions related to world missions, prayer needs, linguistic climate, as well as the politics.
It has been updated numerous times since the edition I was given in 2001.  It is a must for anyone interested in traveling as an evangelist as well as for those simply wanting to understand how the gospel has influenced the economy of countries of the world.  It includes information about Christian media, bible publication, literacy, race and language barriers that is so essential in broadcasting the message of the gospel.  From this you can see the fruit of the various colonies.  Compare the French colonies with those of Spain or England and see fruit that is visible to this day.  Those that presented the gospel in some form produced a culture with a Christian ethic.  Those that saw the colony as nothing more than a means for financial gain eventually produced corrupt fruit.

Sunday, December 24, 2017


The Question of "Jesus Only"
by Dale Brown

In an effort to uphold the unity and monotheistic understanding of God, yet disassociate oneself from the words "Trinity" and "Catholic" we often find groups going into the age old heresy of Sabellianism, which is also know as modalistic MONARCHIANISM.  Sabellius held that God was one indivisible substance, but with three fundamental activities, or modes, appearing successively as the Father (the creator and lawgiver), as the Son (the redeemer), and as the Holy Spirit (the maker of life and the divine presence within men).  In some extreme cases there have seven been groups who have gone one step further in which the Holy Spirit becomes the church, thus man become "Christ".

Harold O.J. Brown, in his book "HERESIES", deals with this third century controversy.  By holding to the orthodox teaching of the deity of Christ yet making Him, the Son, a mode or aspect of the Father we are confronted with a few problems. As such, he is fully and truly God, but not a distinct Person.  Unfortunately, this suggestion makes it hard to see how Jesus can meaningfully pray to the Father if he is the Father in another mode.  Even more serious, it is impossible to conceive of him as our "advocate with the Father" (1 John 2:1) or to be said to "live forever to make intercession" (Heb. 7:25).

One might say that the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are one and the same yet leave the definition incomplete.  If he were to say, "same God", he would be correct.  But, if he were to say "same person", he would be incorrect.  It cannot be denied that the Father spoke to the Son (Matt. 3:17), the Son spoke to the Father (John 17:1), and the Son spoke of the Holy Spirit (John 16:7), thus identifying three separate persons who co-exist at the same time.  In John 1:1-2 we see the Word (who we see as being Christ in verse 14) existing right along side God, at the same time, in the beginning.

The late Dr. Walter Martin claimed that there are two major types of modalists.  There are the "logical" ones, who claim that God cannot be both Father and Son and Holy Spirit at the same time and who therefore say that God was first the Father, became the Son, and then became the Holy Spirit.  The illogical modalists try to say that the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit somehow exist at the same time and yet are each other.

Some who hold to the modalistic views are, the United Pentecostal Church (and other Oneness Pentecostals), Branhamism, and Witness Lee and his "Local Church".  (The Witness Lee followers have more recently begun to backpedal and teach a more Trinitarian model).

Some might justly object to using the word "cult" in reference to adherents of modalism.  Yet, one must still recognize the teaching as a heretical one.  So which shall we prefer, the term "cult", which is broad and subject to interpretation, or "heresy", which is possibly more direct and to the point.

Assuredly there are people within modalist groups who have had a legitimate experience with Jesus Christ.  It is not the people we have in question. It is the teaching.  I have met a number of people who tell me they had an experience with Jesus Christ while they yet attended a Mormon church.  They later came to see the error of the Mormon system.  God uses whatever is available.  Let us be reminded that God spoke through Balam's donkey (Num. 22) but that does not suggest that God would want us to seek counsel from a donkey or ordain one into the ministry.

For those who endorse modalism or any other deviant doctrine of the godhead, there are other serious theological problems that eventually occur.  Most vehemently reject the Trinitarian formula of baptism in the great commission, "Go therefore and make disciples in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit" (Matt. 28:19), and even suggest it necessary to be re-baptized in the name of Jesus as is seen used in the Book of Acts.  With the United Pentecostal Church comes the doctrine that says you cannot be saved unless you speak in tongues.  With Branhamism and Witness Lee there is a whole list of additional quirks of legalism etc.

Those who do not learn from history
are destined to repeat it.

Friday, December 8, 2017


When President Trump made the public announcement that Jerusalem was Israel's capital in December of 2017 the Muslims world wide went crazy in protest.  While the foundation of ancient Jewish temple has been in Jerusalem for three thousand years the Muslims have tried to make claim to it by building a mosque there six hundred years after Christ.  Trump is the first President that has went so far as to announce this reality to the world.  This scriptural passage from Zechariah comes from about the fifth century BC.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Trump and Britain First

Trump cites "far right" Christian group Britain First in tweet in effort to right the listing British "Ship of Fools".
Though he is questioned by many for his methods he has done more to expose the lies of evil than most who claim to be Christian.  Paul and Jayda of Britain First have been harassed not only by Muslims in Britain but by the police and government authorities for simply shining the light on Muslim deception, murders and sex gangs in Britain.  For Trump to acknowledge them is a very bold move on his part.  CAIR and other Muslim groups are quick to attack him from very angle.  British politicians are having a melt down.
Better "far right" than "wrong"
Better an ass than a fool.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

God can be scary!

When God scares the Devil out of you.
We hear a lot these days about a gracious loving God who wants to fix all of our problems.  What happen to the God who struck a doubting Zacharias mute as a sign that his wife would bear a son who came to be known as John the baptist? (Luke 1:20)
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and instruction.  Proverbs 1:7

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
Proverbs 9:10

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

FATWA Hunted in America

FATWA Hunted in America by Pamela Geller
review by Dale Brown

For those unfamiliar with Muslim terminology the word Fatwa might be a puzzling title for a book.   Before 9/11 I would guess the term would have been equally puzzling for the author Pamela Geller. Geller, a Jewish gal growing up in New York, was soon to realize 9/11 was a wake up call to the naive west, yet the media as well as most political leaders in the U.S. Government kept pushing the snooze button on the alarm.

This book chronicles Pamela's search for answers midst all the spin and deception this topic entails.   With a forward by Dutch politician Geert Wilders one can see immediately that she has connections with some of the most influential voices in the field of critical thinking.  Most in the west will find it a concerted effort to make sense of Muslim theology but Geller was quick to find other experts in the field such as Robert Spencer who were able to help her connect the dots.  While Muslim history has been whitewashed and at times glorified Pamela soon found that shining the light of truth on the subject makes one a target of not only ridicule by leftist liberals but of jihadis who are willing to carry out the FATWA, or murder of those critical of the Muslim religion.  Both jihad and fatwa are terms of war.   When an influential Muslim Imam or Sheikh proclaims a “fatwa” against someone that means they are to be silenced by whatever means Allah's little helper may find suitable.

Those of us old enough to remember 9/11 was followed by Muslims attempting to build a mosque overlooking the site of what was once the twin towers. Following the pattern of history they had chosen the name “Cordoba” which smacked of the invasion and occupation of Spain from year 711 until they were driven out in 1492. Geller was quick to connect the dots. When Muslims invade a country it has been a common practice to build a large mosque or convert prior religious sites or churches as a statement of superiority as they did in Jerusalem and Constantinople. Pamela was one of those voices sounding the alarm at ground zero. Of course with this comes accusations of racism, hatred and intolerance.

In January of 2015 in the wake of the massacre of the Muhammad cartoonists of Charlie Hebdo in Paris Pamela Geller organized a draw Muhammad contest in Garland, Texas to let the world know that we are not going to bow to the pressure of Muslim thugs who threaten our free speech and freedom of expression. When two Muslim jihadis showed up at the art contest with guns loaded for infidels the seriousness of the ordeal became obvious. They wounded one security officer before being killed. About a month later Boston police had to kill a Muslim man who was planning to assassinate Geller. Get the picture? This is war!

Leading up to all of this Geller was able to make the connection that the OIC (The Organization of Islamic Cooperation) is a group of fifty-seven Muslim nations whose main focus is to neutralize criticism of Islam on the global stage. They happen to be the loudest voice at the United Nations and are quick to target anyone who makes fun of the prophet Muhammad in a cartoon.  The OIC is the Muslim effort to resurrect the world Caliphate which collapsed when the Ottoman Empire died after the first world war.  Their reach is far and wide and connected to many Muslim groups in the west such as CAIR, the Council on American Relations.   Criticize Islam publicly in American and you will get CAIR's attention immediately.

What started as a simple blog called Atlas Shrugs from which Geller would comment on jihad activity in the news grew into a global platform for those sharing information about Muslim history and ideology and how to combat it.  When the practice of honor killings of young women in Canada and America began to show up in the news Geller and her connections began speaking out.   While the Muslim world turns a blind eye to fathers who murder their daughters for not wearing the hijab or leaving the faith Geller and her friends plotted an effort to give honor to those poor girls and provide an underground means of escape.  Read about the battle for a headstone.

Pamela's experience should be a lesson to us all. Knowledge is power but knowledge is nothing if it remains hidden.  While lapdog liberals in the media and Muslims have attacked her character, she has learned to not be intimidated. Because of being outspoken about Islam she has been added to the list of those forbidden entry to Britain and labeled “The Most Dangerous Woman in America”. And while education is supposed to be the motive of Colleges and Universities she has found that educating people about Islam is not at the top of the list.  The reason is many have been bought by powerful oil rich countries. Free speech is a dangerous thing for Islam. When she began the effort of running ads exposing the evils of Islam on public transit buses in several American cities she found herself fighting it out in court.  The San Francisco Municipal Transportation forbid free speech on their buses in 2017.  Advertising “political” and “cause-related” issues are now rejected in New York; Washington D.C.; Boston; Miami; and Chicago.

My suggestion for anyone concerned about American values or our Judaeo/Christian heritage is to read Fatwa and get the facts straight about who our real enemy is.   Islam is not your friend.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Good Cop, Bad Cop?

But what I am doing, I will continue to do, that I might cut off opportunity from those who desire an opportunity to be regarded just as we are in the matter about which they are boasting.  For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ.  And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.  Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their deeds.  Apostle Paul (2 Cor. 11:12-15)
Building relationships
You who are full of all deceit and fraud, you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease to make crooked the straight ways of the Lord?  And now, you will be blind and not see the sun for a time."  And immediately a mist and darkness fell upon him, and he went about seeking those who would lead him by the hand.  (Acts 13:10&11)
By the words of Apostle Peter, Ananias and his wife Sapphira were struck dead for lying.  (Acts 5:3-10)
The words of Jesus

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Sins of the Fathers

This photo we took of some kids in Haiti in 1989, a country reaping the fruit of voodoo was removed from Facebook after someone complained about a post of nudity.
It later was used against us by some emotional women complaining to our local school board in effort to get us fired from our jobs.  What is more offensive here the naked kids or the Bible verse?  And to think that Facebook listens to such barking dogs.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Just Add Water

The 66 books we call the Bible is loaded with rhetorical illustrations and curiosities that are often overlooked.  One such device has to do with water.  In reference to the second coming of Christ the apostle Peter in his second epistle uses the analogy of water in this way.  Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation.”  For [a]when they maintain this, it escapes their notice that by the word of God the heavens existed long ago and the earth was formed out of water and by water,  through which the world at that time was destroyed, being flooded with water.  But by His word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Let Evolution Evolve

It is educated people who most often endorse the idea of evolution.  We see Darwin fish emblems, complete with feet, stuck to the rear bumpers of expensive vehicles parked at hospitals and dental offices.  Whether the driver is an employee or a patient, the scene is logically ludicrous.  After all isn't the whole idea of the evolutionary theory that of survival of the fittest?  Why hinder the process by trying to save those genetically flawed teeth or seeking cures for disease? Why not let evolution evolve?
Or, how about the millions of dollars that are raised by educated people to protect whales, gorillas, elephants and everything under the sun? Why should we be concerned with the extinction of any species of life when it is only a matter of time that something new will crawl out of the swamp to take it's place? Isn't extinction part of the process of evolution?

It appears that even the evolutionist, upon arriving at a medical facility, subconsciously rejects the theory and gives in under pressure of moral compassion for the weak and helpless, or self preservation.  Do you suppose that the one who created life may have also given us an inner concern to preserve that life?  Maybe there is a God after all.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Is Mary the Queen of Heaven?

About 600 years before Christ Jeremiah the prophet records how the Jewish women were burning sacrifices to other gods including the female cult deities who they called the queen of heaven (Jere. 44:15-27).  They went by different names depending on the linguistic origin.  There was the Babylonian Ishtar, Egyptian Hathor and in the New Testament we see the Apostles having to confront the cult of Diana (also called Artemis by the Romans) in Ephesus (Acts 19;24-29).  To appease the barking dogs the Catholic church elevated Mary to cult status at the Council of Ephesus (AD 431).
There is no reference to Mary being the queen of heaven yet Catholic tradition places her in this position causing people to worship her.

When the followers of Jesus said to him, "Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breast at which you nursed, he replied, "On the contrary, blessed are those who hear the word of God, and observe it." (Luke 11:27-28)

Sunday, April 30, 2017

The Ad hominem attack is for losers

The Ad hominem attack is a desperate attempt and logical fallacy when a person is losing an argument for lack of facts and thus resorts to attacking the character of his opponent.  This is when people often accuse you of being a racist, an idiot or something of this nature.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017


Concrete or Abstract Concepts
by Dale Brown

Religious people often approach the Bible from two different perspectives. There are those who see everything as concrete rules or laws, then, there are those who see things in a more broad or abstract way. The Seventh Day Adventist approach is the concrete approach, in which everything must fit into a nice program. They will give you a list of Bible verses having to do with the Sabbath proving that Saturday was the Jewish tradition even until the time of Apostle Paul who met with Jews in the synagogue. (Ex. 31:12-18, Neh. 13:15-21, Isa. 58:14, 66:22, 23, Luke 4:16, Acts 13:14, 42, 43 etc.)
They will conveniently avoid passages such as Acts 20:7 where Paul met with believers on the “first day of the week”. Then they will claim that Saturday Sabbath keeping is necessary for today's Christians.

Apostle Paul addresses this “concrete” problem in his epistle to the “foolish” Galatians who thought they too could receive the spirit simply by faith yet add more rules to further please God (Gal. 3:1-3). He goes to great length to remind the people that a previous covenant given to Abraham some 430 years before the Law of Moses is just as valid, but then goes about to take it apart. The sign of this “everlasting” covenant was circumcision (Gen. 17:11). He points out that his Greek friend and fellow believer Titus was in no way in need of being circumcised (Gal. 2:3) and further claimed over and again that man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus (Gal. 2:16, 3:11). He even says that if one receives circumcism Christ is of no benefit. Then, in another place he mentions that another believer named Timothy, who had a Greek father, he had circumcised in order to reach out to the Jews without causing an offense (Acts 16:3). Outside of God's grace, in the mind of the concrete thinker this sounds contradictory or hypocritical. But he said to the Galatians, “For in Christ neither circumcision or uncircumcision means anything but faith working through love” (Gal. 5:6).

Paul was an abstract thinker. In his epistle to the Colossians he goes after those who were making concrete rules about the Sabbath and dietary laws. “Therefore let no one act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day – things which are a mere shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ” (Col. 2:16). Over time, in honor of Christ who was discovered resurrected on the first day of the week (Mark 16:2) this new covenant in which the law is written on our hearts by faith is celebrated on Sunday, which would be the eighth day. Strangely enough, Jews to this day circumcize their babies on the eighth day not even recognizing the interesting parallel symbolism.

Concrete thinkers do similar things with baptism. They get hung up on methods and formulas and miss the more important point that has simply to do with ones identification with the death, burial and resurrection of Christ.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Satire and Hyperbole in the Bible?

Satire is often a comical and sarcastic means to poke fun at the insanity of the human condition.  It can be linked to hyperbole or exaggeration to get the point across.  It is seen in the Bible in various forms.
In the story of Elijah confronting the false prophets of Baal he makes fun of their religious exercise in which they are cutting themselves and crying out to their god.  "Call out with a loud voice, for he is a god; either he is occupied or gone aside [on the toilet], or is on a journey, or perhaps he is asleep and needs to be awakened." (1 Kgs 18:27)

In 2 Kings chapter one we see one of the first references to Baal-zebub the god of Ekron.  This term came to be used as a derogatory term for the Lord of the demons or even Lord of flies later in history.  In the gospel Jesus was accused of being possessed by Beelzebul the ruler of the demons. (Mark 3:22-30).  He understood directly that they were saying he was empowered by the Devil.

Apostle Paul was quick witted against his accusers in Acts 23:2-3 when he called some religious fellows that struck him a "whitewashed wall".  They would have immediately understood his illustration from the prophet Ezekiel in which the false teachers hundreds of years earlier has tried to cover their wall of deception with whitewash (Eze. 13:10-14) and God had brought a rain of judgment upon them.

Paul at times expressed his frustration used hyperbolic language to describe the general nature of certain groups of people, which in our day would be considered hate speech or racist.  In his letter to Titus he refers to a prophet of the Cretans who says they are "always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons."  "This testimony is true.  For this cause reprove them severely that they may be sound in the faith" (Titus 12-13).

Biblical writers did not tiptoe around issues.  They got directly to the point.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Mercenary for Jesus?

Who at any time serves as a soldier at his own expense?
Apostle Paul (1 Cor. 9:7)

Over the years we have often had people come to us wanting us to fight some spiritual battle for them.  At times we have felt it was the right thing to do.  Other times it was clear that they simply did not want to get their hands or reputation tainted, therefore we would simply walk away.  There are times when we need to stand in the gap for those not equipped to do the job but it is quit frustrating when someone wants you to do all the hard lifting at your own expense while everyone else stands on the sidelines or in secret cheering you on.  At times we have received financial support totally without solicitation from those who understand the hardship or stress we have put ourselves in for the common good of man and the gospel.  Those behind the scene are much appreciated.  With or without the support of man or church organizations evangelists often dive into situations simply because they know God is telling them to do it.  They may react simply because they read it in the scripture or they may get some divine direction.  Once they have become used to following God's directing it often becomes part of their nature and a gift that becomes polished, and no person on earth is going to change their mind.  Thank God for all of his power, revelation and giftings that make it possible to do our job.

No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life,
so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier.
Apostle Paul (2 Tim. 2:4)

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Sanitizing the Gospel

Over the years I have watched a pattern among Christians in which they try to sweeten up the gospel in order to get them into their church.  Some will remove crosses and any other symbols that might strike someone with bloody images of death.  They will remove hymns that speak of blood, conflict or warfare.  No more Battle Hymn of the Republic.  Then they will require that special clothes are worn in order to present a respectable image, a bit like the Mormon missionaries in their white shirt and ties.  No one will be allowed in the worship team if they have writing on their clothes (even though it might speak of the gospel or some biblical truth).  No John the Baptist eating bugs or wearing camel skin coats allowed.  He must stay out of view for fear of offending new comers.
This message is not welcome inside the church.
Nor would this truck be allowed to park in the church parking lot.  It sends the wrong message.  Some would go so far as to place a gay affirming sign out front in order to sweeten the invitation.
A Pastor once met with me and expressed concern that I did not show the love of Christ in a video we posted in which we reminded some Mormons with the words of Apostle Paul in Galatians chapter one that they were under a curse for believing and promoting Joseph Smith's nonsense. Apparently when Jesus sent out his disciples they were not very loving either when they responded to unbelievers by kicking the dust off of their feet against them and claimed that it would be more tolerable for Sodom in the day of judgment than for their city (Luke 10:12).
In some parts of the world Christians are being martyred for their uncompromising faith but in America if a church gets merely a nasty phone call about the gospel the church will immediately begin to backpedal to appease the Devil's little messengers.  Sometimes the Pastor is accommodating his board of elders who are weak-willed and have control over the purse strings and able to squeeze him financially.  In some parts of the world Christians have stood firm in their faith as their children were slain before their very eyes.  But in America if the children receive a little peer-pressure at school the Pastor is likely to lose members if he speaks too boldly in public. 
Apostle Paul wrote to a young Pastor named Timothy telling him that God did not give us a spirit of fear and encouraged him to do the work of an evangelist.  Evangelists are not welcome in many churches today because they ruffle feathers and make people uncomfortable.

"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to the own desires; and will turn aside to myths." (2 Tim. 4:3)

Few churches teach anything on apologetics in order to equip their people to defend their faith therefore when some false gospel shows up like "The Shack" they have no idea what to say or do. Even the more obvious cults are a mystery to many church folks and as long as the cultist says something positive about Jesus they simply smile and remain silent.
Evangelism for many churches is watered down to giving out bottles of water with something written on it about God's love.  Please don't mention that the wages of sin is death, that is way too negative.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Are Dale and Peggy Brown Racists?

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 haters and 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
 Browns third boat working with Jewish outreach in Puget Sound
Painting of Brown's boat the Apologetica moored at Klemtu, BC where they stopped on a trip to Alaska.  They distributed bibles and prayed with a number of the local natives.
Peggy with friends from Nigeria
Dale with Pastor Kule Christopher from Uganda
Be careful what kind of beans you buy, or you might be considered a racist.

Fish and Bread Christians

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.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Vetting and Borders

There is two sides to every border wall
by Dale Brown.

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. 
But the children will suffer?
What we do as adults effects the future of our children.  If we break the law, and this pattern of behavior is passed on to our children we will inherit a society of rebels.  In fact the Bible says in many places that the sins of the fathers are passed down to the children to the third and fourth generation (Exodus 34:6-7).  Eventually the fruit of this behavior will cause a society to collapse.  Jesus has provided a way in which God's law can be written on our hearts but one must give their heart to Jesus.  Just applying rules and regulations cannot solve the problem.  Only He can fix the problem.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Mormon Sticks

Two Sticks
Or Four?
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.