Developing Character In Children

Note: The following is a continuation of the “Successful Home & Marriage” series by Jimmy Swaggart.

WORK

Children need to be taught to work. There are many problems facing our land and world today, and one of the basic causes of this is that a generation of children has been raised to believe that work is “undignified.” When I was a boy, work was taught as an ethic. It was a virtue. It was taught as the basic component of character development.

My mother and father taught me to work, and I’m grateful they did. As the depression gave way to opportunity, Americans had a real zeal for work. There was a vibrant urgency in America that helped immeasurably when we entered World War II. It would be a disaster to see another depression, but, at least in those days, whenever anyone was offered any work, he accepted it eagerly.

Today, children are no longer being taught to work. In numerous ways they are even being taught and encouraged not to work—by our government and other social forces. More often than not, labor organizations discourage hard work. It is a tragedy that many of the most influential elements in our society hinder the work ethic and encourage “feather-bedding” and more-and-more pay for less and- less work. Many labor groups want everything reduced to the lowest possible level of activity, and the result is a situation where an energetic individual is prevented from producing what he could.

Another tragic element in our society is government’s determination to pay individuals for not working, while the more ambitious element is penalized for working. For many, not working pays better than working pays. This destroys the fabric, the fiber, and the soul of a nation. Incredibly, it is being imposed by our own government.

Only people who are truly incapable of helping themselves should receive help. Able people ought to work, and society should intervene only to provide constructive work when it isn’t otherwise available. Today we reward laziness and slothfulness.

BEING ACCUSED OF LAZINESS WAS THE WORST KIND OF INSULT

It is common knowledge that many refuse to accept such work as washing dishes, pumping gas, or other menial jobs. In truth, it doesn’t matter how menial the task. If it’s honest labour, it’s worthy of respect. Everyone should work. Even the person without real financial needs should work because filling your days with hobbies, television, or similar non-productive time-fillers is spiritually corrosive.

Laziness will destroy a person’s character. Anyone who is able to work and chooses not to work is a parasite. He lacks the fundamentals of good character and doesn’t understand the first principles of God’s kingdom.

Moms and dads should teach their children the work ethic at an early age.

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6

Children should be provided jobs and should then be compensated for the work they do. This is the foundation of a later understanding of what money is, where it comes from, and the value of it. My father never gave me an allowance. He gave me work to do, and I was then rewarded for that work. By the time I was 8 years old, I had started doing things to earn a little money. I would dig potatoes, chop wood, pick tomatoes, pick cotton, and pick all kinds of vegetables. My mother and daddy taught me the work ethic early, and I soon learned that money was something that was earned and not handed out. Being accused of laziness was the worst kind of insult in our house. I had a constant dread of anybody thinking I was lazy. My mother and dad instilled this in me.

Learning how to work when I was young has enabled me to work hard as an adult. Being involved in a ministry that circles the globe is a time-consuming task. I was taught responsibility and respect for work when I was a child, and it remains deeply ingrained in me today. I look back now with thankfulness as I can see how this has contributed to what success we have had. There are all kinds of little jobs that can be performed by children, such as mowing lawns and having responsibility for many household maintenance chores. Little girls should be taught to babysit. Boys can wash cars, work after school at a grocery store, deliver papers, or take responsibility for any of the other myriad jobs available to those who want to earn spending money.

SPEND OR SAVE?

Parents should also teach their children to spend wisely because they will need this ability as they grow through life. Lamentably, the majority of American adults have no concept of intelligent purchasing, and this is demonstrated in the fact that every credit crunch finds a large percentage of American families on the brink of bankruptcy.

Learning how to shop intelligently should be a part of every child’s training. In addition, children should be taught how to save. While this may sound old-fashioned, it is completely scriptural. Proverbs 6:6-8 says: “Go to the ant, thou sluggard: consider her ways, and be wise: Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.

The Lord is telling us that there are times when we should save for the future. I worked hard, doing all the jobs I previously mentioned. Many were not pleasant, such as picking cotton or curing cow hides. I was often dirty and, afterward, my back ached, but with the monies earned from these tasks, I opened a bank account. My first account was opened with something like $8, and it gave me a wonderful feeling of accomplishment and responsibility. It was one of the greatest experiences of my life and one of the finest lessons I ever learned.

Children should be taught thrift. They need not be encouraged to be misers or stingy, but they should be encouraged to save, and the value of thrift should be ingrained into them at an early age.

GIVING

Children should also be taught the words of the Lord Jesus Christ: “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over (Lk. 6:38).

Children should be taught how to save. While this may sound old-fashioned, it is completely scriptural.

I was taught to pay my tithes at the age of 8. My parents instructed me that out of every dollar earned, a dime belongs to God. This was instilled in me from the very beginning of my life. They showed me where this could be found in the Word of God. I believed it, and I have practiced tithing from that moment on—and it has been one of the greatest lessons ever learned.

Children should not only be taught tithing, but the giving of offerings in addition. My parents taught me to be generous with God. They taught me kindness and generosity.

Children should be taught to give money. I don’t remember a Sunday as a child that I didn’t put my tithe in the Sunday offering plate. As I did so, I always felt happy because I knew it was the right thing to do within God’s sight.

Sometimes my grandfather would give me a dollar, or I would earn one. I was taught that I owed God a dime of that dollar. My mother and daddy practiced this before me as an example, and I think this was responsible for convincing me of the propriety of doing so.

COURTESY AND MANNERS

In addition to being taught how to handle money, children should be taught courtesy and manners. Manners and morals are closely aligned, and no person can be what he should be without courtesy.

Parents should teach their children to say “yes, sir” and “no, ma’am” to adults and supervisors. You don’t hear much of this today. There is a considerable lack of respect within our society. It goes back to a lack of authority in the home, which then radiates throughout society. Children should be taught courtesy and to say a simple “thank you” or “no, thank you.”

Children should also be taught to forgive and to ask for forgiveness. The simple act of saying, ‘I am sorry,’ involves some of the most difficult words in the English language.

Another principle that needs to be reestablished is that of living peacefully with others. Fighting should not be allowed. Respect should be taught for another’s possessions, and one should not take what isn’t his own. Children should be encouraged to share.

Children should also be taught to forgive and to ask for forgiveness. The simple act of saying, “I am sorry,” involves some of the most difficult words in the English language. The only phrase harder to say is, “I was wrong.” Teach both of these phrases to your children early in life, and they will be much better persons for it.

CHILDREN ARE TO HONOUR THEIR PARENTS

God’s commandment to honor mother and father should be taught to children.

This is the fifth commandment and is the first to deal with man’s relationship to man. It is the only one that carries with it a special promise. The first four commandments refer to man’s relationship with God, and the last six sum up all of man’s duties toward mankind.

The first of these relationships is, “Honor thy father and thy mother.” The promise— for compliance with this commandment— is that one will live “long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.

The implication in this seems to be that if one properly deals with his parents in honor, other duties will likely be observed also, resulting in a healthy and lengthy life.

Even though this basic command was given in the Old Testament, all commands regarding man’s relationship to man continue to be valid. There is no evidence that these commands, concerning man’s relationship to man, have been done away with by Christ.

The fifth commandment, “Honour thy father and thy mother,” is recorded in the New Testament, and it is also elaborated upon there, with its applications explained. In Matthew 15:3-9, Jesus preached a brief sermon on this text. He repeated and expounded upon this thought of honoring father and mother.

SET A HIGH STANDARD

AS FOR ME AND MY HOUSE, WE WILL SERVE THE LORD.

In every area of life, parents are to set high standards. Agreeing with Joshua, we are to declare that, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Josh. 24:15). The home is the place of worship and training. This is where character is built and lives developed. Parents must set the example. The Word of God must be read and explained, and prayer must be engaged in.

Family worship and training of children is an urgent need in every Christian home. You should train up a child in the way he should go. If done properly and scripturally, with love, he will not depart from the godly way. 

(This message was derived from the book by Jimmy Swaggart, “NOVEMBER 2017 THE EVANGELIST”.)

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The Dangers of Alcohol Part I

by Frances Swaggart



Recently we discussed a topic on “Frances and Friends” that I believe bears repeating – it is the subject of alcohol. 

I opened our show by reading an email which stated:


Email:

“On your program, you got on the subject of alcohol again, and I wonder why this is such a big issue to you. I’ve never drank and I have no desire to, but almost every Christian has an occasional glass of wine.

My husband was told by his doctor to have a glass of wine each night to help his heart. The Bible doesn’t discourage drinking in moderation, so why do you keep harping on it? Even the extremely conservative Protestant Reformation churches here call wine, ‘a gift from God.’ I don’t drink, so I’m not trying to justify it. I just think it’s quite legalistic to condemn something that the Bible doesn’t condemn.

Drunkenness is another matter though entirely.” While that email went on to address other topics, I want to deal with these comments made about alcohol because they come up again and again from our audience. One point the email addressed concerns Christians and social drinking. Just what is the harm in a Christian drinking one glass of wine on a holiday or special occasion?

I liked how our panellist, Associate Pastor, Jim Nations, responded to this issue. As one of our Associate Pastors here at the Ministry, Jim does quite a bit of counseling on this topic, and he was quick to mention Proverbs 20:1 KJV, which reads: “Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise. (The Holy Spirit here says that ‘wine mocks,’ and it causes a ‘raging’ in the hearts and lives of all who imbibe. As well, it is a great ‘deceiver.’ This means that every Believer ought to be a teetotaler.)” The Expositor’s Study Bible

Think about what the Holy Spirit is saying to us in this Verse of Scripture. As Christians, we should not be deceived by the mockery of alcohol because its use causes so much hurt and pain to people. As Jim went on to say, “No one starts out as a drunk, they start out with a drink.” That’s why we will continue to address the problem of alcohol, even when others perceive our stand against it as judgemental. I think what we’re doing, instead of being judgemental, is that we’re looking at the facts. It’s well-known that drunk driving has killed maybe more people than anything else.

In 2010, more than 10,000 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That’s one death every 51 minutes. Just recently, I read stories of two lovely Christian families that had their lives literally shattered because of drunk drivers who either killed or maimed members of their families, affecting these precious people for the rest of their lives.

Tragedies like these started with one drink or one glass of wine.

I’m sure it makes little difference to families who have suffered such painful losses to know that the person who killed their loved one was a social drinker or a hard-core drunkard. Too many of us hear these numbers and shrug our shoulders, but we are talking about death – death! And many of the people who died in alcohol related car crashes did not know Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour. How can a Christian condone anything that causes souls to be lost to an eternal Hell?

According to Scripture, Believers have a responsibility. We are not to cause others to stumble. We ARE our brother’s keeper. So, even if you can have one drink and stop, you don’t know who will NOT be able to stop. You don’t know who will become the next alcoholic or drunk driver, so your social/moderate drinking is actually quite unloving. You do NOT love your brother, “And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones who believe in Me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea(Mk. 9:42 KJV).

The email also stated, “The Bible doesn’t discourage drinking in moderation . . .” but, I beg to differ. The Bible certainly doesn’t encourage moderate drinking! In fact, there are many warnings in Scripture regarding alcohol. One Verse says not to even LOOK at wine. In other words, don’t even consider it! “Who has woe? who has sorrow? who has contentions? who has babbling? who has wounds without cause? who has redness of eyes? They that tarry long at the wine; they who go to seek mixed wine. Look not you upon the wine when it is red, when it gives his colour in the cup, when it moves itself aright. At the last it bites like a serpent, and stings like an adder. Your eyes shall behold strange women, and your heart shall utter perverse things(Prov 23:29-33 KJV).

Alcohol is like any other sin; it gets a hold on you. First, you take one drink; then, two makes you feel better, and then three makes you feel even more carefree. Before you know it, you’re keeping a bottle hidden in your desk, at home, or purchasing it on air-planes when you fly. Once addicted to alcohol, you find ways to get it. Alcohol is a serious, serious problem and addiction. We have people out there who are struggling within an inch of taking their own life because of this sin that so many others are trying to justify. Sadly, we have “pastors” preaching in churches that social drinking is acceptable.

The seriousness of alcohol use becomes very clear when you get an e-mail from a self-described alcoholic ready to take his own life because he couldn’t stop drinking. I received an e-mail exactly like that during the program on this topic. He wrote, “Please help me.” I am so thankful that we were able to pray with that man and give him the hope of the Gospel. What I told him applies to anyone struggling to break free from alcohol and that is this: the Lord Jesus Christ is standing there with an outstretched Hand, and He is desiring to break every bondage and save your soul from an eternal Hell and give you life, and life more abundantly.

Jesus Christ can and will set you free. You see, alcoholism is only a symptom; sin is the root of the problem. So while this Ministry may be viewed as judgemental because we preach a message of consecration, we will continue to do so because the only answer to the sin of alcoholism is found in the Cross of Jesus Christ.

I have never taken a drink of wine or any alcohol, so I can’t speak of its so-called benefits. But, all of us have seen or read in the news about alcohol’s effect on other people, how it makes them act and what it can make them do.

For some, their personality completely changes when they get a little drink under their belt, so to speak. People who drink lose their dignity and start acting foolish and silly. Others turn mean and violent, capable of doing untold harm to their families or themselves. Police reports show that alcohol use is a direct contributor to reported cases of domestic violence and child abuse. So I fail to see why people, especially Christians, would want to defend the use of alcohol in any amount. Yet, there are plenty of doctors and even preachers who defend the use of alcohol, saying there is nothing wrong with drinking in moderation.

We have pastors preaching today that social drinking is acceptable and, sadly, some drink themselves. Remember . . . so goes the church, so goes the nation. Actually, the main health benefit, the “resveratrol,” is really found in the grape, not the alcohol itself. If you want the benefit of the grape, drink grape juice or eat grapes. It’s simply an excuse for sin to try to say you are drinking alcohol for health reasons. Any “benefit” can easily be found from other sources.

There is no such thing as a safe level of alcohol consumption

In fact, there are actually many health risks to drinking alcohol. Why do you think they ask you if you drink alcohol when you apply for health insurance? Because there is actually GREATER RISK for adverse affects to your health than there are benefits.

As Brother Carl Brown pointed out on the “Frances and Friends” program, “Christians who don’t really want to consecrate to the Lord are the ones who take up issues such as social drinking,” and he is absolutely correct. Quite simply put, drinking alcohol appeals to the flesh, not to the Spirit. The Holy Spirit will never lead one to drink alcohol. Churches defending alcohol use may as well have a big red neon sign blinking for everybody to see that says, “We’ve lost the Power of God, and we’re having to imitate.” In other words, “We’ve got to put something in to take the place of the Moving and Operation of the Holy Spirit.

Ladies and gentlemen, be assured that there is absolutely nothing else that compares to the Anointing and the Power of the Holy Spirit in our personal lives and in the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ. “For these are NOT drunken, as you suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day. But this is that which was spoken by the Prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh . . .(Acts 2:15-17 KJV).

As Believers, the Lord gives us the Power to live a consecrated life and He reminds us, in 1 Corinthians 6:19 KJV, that our “body is the Temple of the Holy Spirit.” Something in man always thinks he can control sin. Something in him says, “Oh, I can handle this; I can stop at one drink,” but, when you play around with sin, you are actually dealing with the spiritual realm. And, believe me, no mortal man is stronger than the spiritual powers of darkness. You are playing with fire.

This is what you call deception! It’s deception to think you can drink moderately and it has no effect on you. You are deceived. What if a problem arises in your life? You may turn to the alcohol when you never thought you would have before.

You are tempting yourself and God to try to drink moderately. “. . . You shall not tempt the Lord your God(Mat 4:7 KJV). Even if you do not become an alcoholic, drinking alcohol can affect you spiritually in other ways. It is more than a coincidence that alcohol is referred to as “spirits.” Alcohol, like any other drug, actually opens your mind to the spirit world. Satan has more leeway to plant suggestions in your mind that are anti-Biblical when you use drugs.

It’s a well-known fact that other religions purposely use drugs in order to get in touch with their “gods” or spirits, which we as Believers know are nothing more than demon spirits. People often hallucinate after drinking, particularly after a tragic event or a stressful time in their life. These hallucinations are demonic in nature. They often appear as “familiar spirits.” The Bible says that the last days would be marked by “pharmakeia,” – sorcery, drugs! “. . . For by your sorceries were all nations deceived(Rev 18:23 KJV).

So, maybe you will not become the next alcoholic, but you may engage in some other sin. Many end up in fornication or homosexuality because they have opened themselves up to spirits of lust through alcohol and drug use. Many become angry and even commit murder under the influence of drugs. Many begin to believe false doctrine and fall away from Truth in some way. You may leave the Message of the Cross.

You see, if you give your mind over to Satan often enough, if you yield your mind to spirits rather than the Holy Spirit often enough, you will have no control over what lies you start to believe. “BE SOBER, be vigilant; because your adversary the Devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour (1 Pet 5:8 KJV).

When people are given over to false doctrine, it’s actually a sign of God’s Judgement. I don’t find it a coincidence that both false doctrine and the acceptance of alcohol are on the rise in our churches. The two go hand in hand.

Really any Believer should be convicted of drinking alcohol, but many have pushed away the conviction and chosen not to obey. The Holy Spirit will never lead you astray, but He does not force us to obey Him either. If we push Him away, He will not override our will or force us to repent. “Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts(Rev 9:21 KJV).

This is why it’s so important for Believers to develop a close personal relationship with the Lord and be Spirit-led. He will show you right from wrong, but you must draw near to Him. The more you allow Him to be Lord of your life, the more that answers to moral questions such as these become very simple. It’s our own “thinkings” and intellect that get in the way. It’s our intellect that devises excuses or tries to justify our sins. Look to the Lord for your answers.

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The Dangers of Alcohol Part II

by Frances Swaggart



I want to begin Part II of this article with two emails that were written to me in response to our discussions of alcohol on my SonLife Broadcasting Network program, Frances and Friends.


Here is the first email from Georgia:

“I wanted to contact you to tell you that I appreciate your program so much, and my husband and I are dependent on it and Jimmy Swaggart’s sermons throughout the week. My husband and I recently were ‘moderate’ drinkers before watching your program this past month or so. Please don’t assume we were defensive of alcohol to begin with; we simply were never exposed to any other way. We are in our early 20s, are newlyweds, university students, and we are learning to live as the Lord wants us to.

Unfortunately, my husband was raised in a home where both his guardians are undoubtedly alcoholics. However, they defensively claim to drink ‘socially’ or ‘moderately’ even though they drink nearly every night, they also profess to be Christians and are very involved in their church.

I grew up in a home in which the teachings of the Lord were completely foreign and blasphemed. I was emotionally, physically, verbally, and sexually abused during my childhood. Alcohol, I know very well, influenced how I was treated and was raised. Alcohol is not a foreign notion to either of us, and because neither of us were raised in a home that believed in conviction, we just assumed there was nothing wrong with it.

My parents have always led me to believe that I deserved the way that I was treated, so I never bothered to evaluate the consequences of the consumption involved in my abuse. I wanted to point out, that drunkenness is a sin.

No one can call in and argue with you about that. If the Lord meant for moderate drinking to be acceptable, that would mean it would be a moderate sin, and there is no such thing. 

I study history and criminal justice. I would implore those who defend alcohol to look up for themselves the percentage of crime in this country that involves either the abuse of drugs or the consumption of alcohol, and even more so, the TYPE of crime that occurs, for it is rarely a victim-less crime. I am especially thankful for your program due to the discernment the Lord has revealed to me through it. In America today, what is right and wrong is no longer black and white, but instead has been manipulated over the years into a large grey area. If children are raised to pick and choose from the Lord’s Instruction what to enforce into their lives, they will eventually grow numb to the Holy Spirit’s convictions. This is so dangerous. If a ‘Christian’ parent believes in moderate drinking, either because they fail to look up what wine means for themselves or they simply denounce it so that they may choose their own preferences over the Lord’s Instruction, they are teaching their children not only to be lukewarm, but that that lifestyle is acceptable.

Shortly after we received the above email, we received another one dealing with the issue of “moderate drinking” (or drinking in moderation), which is really what we are dealing with in this article (more so than drunkenness or alcoholism).

As the first emailer already mentioned, no one really argues that drunkenness is a sin. The disagreements, as well as lack of understanding, conviction, and repentance usually come concerning social or moderate drinking.

Both emails make very important observations and points concerning this issue. There are many pastors and believers still out there who do NOT agree with moderate drinking and are still convicted of it, even in these last days, even in this late hour.

I’ve even heard of new believers who were convicted to leave their job after coming to Christ because their job involved the distribution of alcohol. They were not even consuming the alcohol, just distributing it. Ladies and gentlemen, we are far from being the only ones against the drinking of alcohol.

Here is the second email:

“Dear Frances,

“How ignorant is this so-called pastor that just called? ‘Everything in moderation?’

So, according to him, we can KILL A MODERATE amount of people, STEAL MODERATELY, LIE A MODERATE AMOUNT, TAKE COCAINE MODERATELY, AND TAKE POISON IN MODERATION TOO?! WOW! This guy is teaching people?!

RUN FLOCK RUN!

I wrote you a previous breakdown on the Greek word ‘wine,’ used for three different types of ‘JUICE OF THE GRAPE/VINE,’ which you might not have got. There were three types of ‘JUICE of the grape or vine.’

1. Mixed with water (to stretch for the poor) like Kool-Aid; 

2. Old wine (turned to vinegar for vegetables and herbs); and,

3. Strong drink (fermented grape juice, made by adding some form of sweetener, sugar, etc.) to produce what we call WINE.
    (one definition in ENGLISH), containing ALCOHOL. 

“ALL ALCOHOL IS POISONOUS TO THE HUMAN BODY IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER.”

It causes the brain to lose logic, bleed, and to blackout or die! Alcohol also poisons the whole body — stomach, blood-stream, kidney, bladder, etc. It also removes collagen from the skin, causing wrinkles and ageing skin. This is why animals will usually stay clear of it, a lot smarter than humans? It is now the #1 killer in the United States, and possibly the world now!

This pastor is really scary! He never studied as thoroughly as he said, or he would have known this.

CHRIST

Never Could Have Drank Poisonous Wine
,

Or Made It For Others! He Was Without Sin!

He Produced the Best ‘Wine (Perfect Whole Grape Juice’)

(for the wedding, as this was very hard and costly to get without the heat turning it to vinegar)

(Remember there was no refrigeration other than water, or underground storage.)

(STRONG DRINK ACTUALLY WOULD BE EASIER TO GET, BECAUSE OF THE HEAT THERE)

THIS IS WHY THE GUESTS WERE SO SHOCKED!)

Something like I am about a man in the pulpit teaching wrong interpretations of the Word. Your husband did a sermon on this in one of his crusades in the 60s — ‘Wolves In Sheep’s Clothing’?

Final: The translation into English used the word ‘Wine,’ which had only one meaning in English, ‘Fermented Hard Drink.’ A confusion in translation resulted!” Let’s continue to dig into how wine was used in the Bible and during ancient times. Keeping in mind that the Greek word for wine is “oinos,” let’s look at what Dr. Spiros Zodhiates said in the “Lexical Aids To The New Testament.” Zodhiates said, “Wine derived from grapes. The mention of the bursting of the wine skins in Matthew 9:17 KJV; Mark 2:22 KJV; and, Luke 5:37 KJV implies fermentation (see Eph 5:18 KJV; cf. John 2:10 KJV; 1 Tim 3:8 KJV; and, Titus 2:3 KJV).

From the intoxicating effects of wine and the idolatrous use of it among the heathen, wine signifies communion in the intoxicating idolatries of the mystic Babylon (Rev 14:8 KJV; cf. Jer 51:7 KJV).

From Jewish custom of giving a cup of medicated wine to condemned criminals just before their execution to dull their senses, it figuratively denotes the dreadful judgements of God upon sinners (Rev 14:10 KJV, Rev 16:19 KJV; cf. Is. 51:17, 21, 23 KJV; Jer 25:15 KJV). The drinking of wine could be a stumbling block and Paul enjoins abstinence in this respect, as in others, so as to avoid giving an occasion of stumbling to a brother (Rom 14:21 KJV). Contrast 1 Timothy 5:23 KJV, which has an entirely different connection (cf. the word gleukos [1098], sweet new wine, and sikera [4608], strong drink).”

Then, on page 1756 of the same reference, we find the meaning of the word “sikera.” Zodhiates continues, “Strong drink, and intoxicating liquor, whether wine (Num 28:7 KJV), or more usually, that which is prepared from grain, fruit, honey, dates, as in Luke 1:15 KJV where it occurs together with oinos (3631), wine. See Leviticus 10:9; Deuteronomy 29:6; Judges 13:4, 7, 14.” In “The Words & Works of Jesus Christ,” by J. Dwight Pentecost, on pages 115-116, he quotes J.W. Shepard as saying: “Jesus made real wine out of water. But there was a great difference between the Palestinian wine of that time and the alcoholic mixtures which today go under the name of wine. Their simple vintage was taken with three parts of water and would correspond more or less to our grape juice. It would be worse than blasphemy to suppose, because Jesus made wine, that He justifies the drinking usages of modern society with its bars, strong drinks, and resulting evils.

It is necessary to understand the use of wine in the New Testament. In his article, “Wine-Drinking in New Testament Times,” Robert H. Stein says: “In ancient times wine was usually stored in large pointed jugs called amphorae. When wine was to be used it was poured from the amphorae into large bowls called kraters, where it was mixed with water. From these kraters, cups, or kylix were then filled. What is important for us to note is that before wine was drunk it was mixed with water. The kylix was not filled from the amphorae but from the kraters.” Wine was always mixed with water, both to help purify the water of that day and also to prevent intoxication. So, often when the Bible spoke of wine, it was basically speaking of purified water.

The ratio of water to wine varied. Homer (Odyssey IX, 208f.) mentions a ratio of 20-to-1, 20 parts water to one part wine. In “Bible Wines” by William Patton, we learn that Hippocrates also considered, “Twenty parts of water to one part of the Thracian wine to be the proper beverage.” Pliny (Natural History XIV, vi, 54) mentions a ratio of eight parts water to one part wine.

In another ancient work, “Banquet of the Learned of Athenaeus,” which was written around A.D. 200, we find, in Book Ten, a collection of statements from earlier writers about drinking practices. A quotation from a play by Aristophanes said, “The ration of water to wine is 3-to-1.” Sometimes the ratio does go down 1-to-1 (and even lower), BUT when the mixture gets this low, it is referred to as “strong drink,” which was completely unacceptable. Drinking wine unmixed, such as this, was looked upon as a “Scythian” or barbarian custom.

Solomon wrote, “Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging . . .(Prov 20:1 KJV). Proverbs 31:4-5 KJV says, “It is not for kings . . . to drink wine, nor for princes strong drink: Lest they drink, and forget the Law, and pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted,” pointing out the use of alcohol is especially forbidden for those who would be leaders.

It is evident that wine was seen in ancient times as a beverage. Yet, as a beverage, it was always thought of as a mixed drink. Plutarch (Sumposiacs III, ix), for instance, states, “We call a mixture ‘wine,’ although the larger of the component parts is water.” The ratio of water might vary, but only barbarians drank it unmixed. And, a mixture of wine and water of equal parts was seen as a “strong drink” and frowned upon.

The term wine or oinos in the ancient world, then, did not mean wine as we understand it today, but rather wine mixed with water, and sometimes just simply grape juice. Usually writers simply referred to the mixture of water and wine as “wine.” To indicate that the beverage was not a mixture of water and wine he would say “unmixed (akratesteron) wine.”

Some even suggest that Timothy was so concerned with separating himself from those who used wine improperly that he had stopped mixing wine in his water altogether and caused himself stomach problems (1 Tim 5:23 KJV). Again, the water of that day needed the wine for purification. It could be boiled, but that was difficult to do in those days. It could be filtered, but that wasn’t really a safe method. So, it was easiest to add a little wine to kill the germs.

There is no such thing as a safe level of alcohol consumption

Today, we do not need to add wine at all. We have other things for purification, as well as for medicines. Clearly what people drink today and call “moderate,” the Bible and cultures of ancient times (including even many pagan cultures) would have considered a wrongful, and even barbaric, use of wine. It’s amazing that with all of our increased knowledge in modern times, our consciences have been so dulled. We, as a people, have become quite good at rationalizing whatever it is we want to do, while we have become terribly inept at sensing the convictions of the Holy Spirit. And, of course, our in-sensitivities include much more than just alcohol use. As well, false teachers make it even easier to ignore our convictions as they tell us what our flesh wants to hear and help us dismiss what the Lord is speaking to our hearts. “. . . Having their conscience seared with a hot iron(1 Tim 4:2 KJV).

As the above emails pointed out, “There is no such thing as moderate sin.” God, help us to hear Your Heart on this subject instead of our fleshly desires! And, make no mistake; it is always our flesh that draws us to want to drink alcohol and never the Holy Spirit.

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The Dangers of Alcohol Part III

by Frances Swaggart



 

We believe the Bible teaches total and complete abstinence at all times from any and all kinds of alcoholic beverages. Just as in Bible times, there is presently that which is holy and that which is unholy. As ought to be overly obvious, alcohol falls into the category of the unholy and the unclean.


The main Hebrew and Greek word for wine, “oinos,” can mean either unfermented grape juice or intoxicating wine. The English word for wine originally had two meanings also — unfermented juice or alcoholic drink. In the Bible, anytime there are Verses showing God’s Approval of drinking wine, it is speaking of the unfermented grape juice.

Verses that expose the evils of wine are speaking about intoxicating wine/alcohol. The Bible says all alcoholic drink is evil. It is not just the amount one drinks that makes drinking a sin. God condemns the drinking itself.

Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise(Proverbs 20:1 KJV), God does not lead us into evil; He delivers us from it. He does not teach us to practice evil in moderation either. Jesus did not make, use, approve, commend, or tell us to use intoxicating wine.

God made man to have fellowship with Him, but alcohol goes directly to the brain, which is the communication center of the body. Alcohol, thereby, interferes with God’s Purpose for mankind and our relationship with Him. 

Remember what I wrote last month: “There is a great difference between the Palestinian wine of that time and the alcoholic mixture today which goes under the name of wine.1)J. Dwight Pentecost, “The Words & Works of Jesus Christ,” 115.

In ancient times, their wine was a mixture, usually of three parts water to one part wine. Drinking wine unmixed was a barbarian custom. “In the Talmud, which contains the oral traditions of Judaism from about 200 B.C. to A.D. 200, one tractate (Shabbath 77a) states that wine that does not carry three parts of water well is not wine. In a most important reference (Pesahim 108b) it is stated that the four cups every Jew was to drink during the Passover ritual were to be mixed in a ratio of three parts water to one part wine.”2)Ibid, pg. 116.

So, clearly, the Bible did not justify the drinking of intoxicating wine then or now. ““Woe unto him who gives his neighbour drink, who puts your bottle to him, and makes him drunk also, that you may look on their nakedness!” (This “Woe” speaks of drunkenness. “Woe unto him who gives his neighbour drink,” refers, first of all, to the deepened idol-worship and debauchery to which the conquered nations were exposed upon their defeat by the Babylonians. All sense of nationhood was taken away from these conquered peoples, with them virtually reduced to slaves; consequently, they were reduced to constant inebriation in order to try to stand the pain, etc. As well, even though in a secondary position, it pertains to all those who make and distribute alcoholic beverage. The Lord has pronounced a “Woe” of “violence” on all who participate in this scourge of debilitation to one’s fellowman. “That you may look on their nakedness!” refers to the total debilitation of the individual. “Nakedness” refers to the person having no covering or protection, being exposed to the mercy of others, of which there is precious little)”(Hab 2:15 KJV). The Expositor’s Study Bible

There is no such thing as a safe level of alcohol consumption

So, not only is it wrong for one to drink alcoholic beverages, it is wrong to serve alcoholic beverages to others, even in your own home. Read this email we received from one of our viewers, as this is what happens when Christians disobey God’s Words: ““I’m a new Media [Church] member and have been watching your show regularly since I found it this year. I just had to write and make a comment before my head exploded. It is beyond my scope of understanding at the amount of people, who say they are Christians, that are defending this absurd idea of Jesus sanctioning the use of alcohol. If drinking were permissible, then there would be no need to cure the alcoholic upon his or her redemption. During the Christmas holiday, I travelled with my husband to his family home, knowing all too well that alcohol would be served. You cautioned the listeners time after time, not to put yourself in that atmosphere. But he is my husband, and I wanted to please him by going. Well, it didn’t take too long before I fell into the trap by just one drink. It tasted so pleasant until I had to have another one. Let’s just say my evening was short in duration, and the room was spinning. The next morning, after the room stayed in one place, I felt the Holy Spirit convicting me of my misdeed, and I was extremely sorry for that blatant error. So, as you stated, people cannot defend the use of alcohol and be truly saved at the same time, and not have the Holy Spirit shout out to them that it is wrong.

And this email: 

“Fifteen years ago, my husband and I moved and began going to a new church — we went to a house gathering to meet the elders of the church and some of the staff. We were shocked to find out alcohol was being served. After the party, we went to the pastor to notify him of the drinking his elders were doing. I asked the pastor what should be done? He told me to join them in the drinking and explained that Jesus drank wine in the Bible, and it wasn’t wrong.

We felt very strange about this and, being ex-drinkers, we resolved to only drink one glass, thinking we should be able to minister or pray with someone at any point and to stop drinking if we could not do so. Of course, as time progressed, we went to two glasses and so on. I knew in my heart it was wrong and would stop off and on over the years. In 2011, the Lord started convicting me to quit drinking, and I ignored Him. Then, we were encouraged to watch your program and Donnie brought up the tremendous point that Jesus would not violate Jewish Law nor would He ingest something that was decaying.

I had never thought of that and was convicted even more. This past Easter, my husband and I quit drinking wine all together. I was so ashamed to have bought into that lie. We had to apologize to our children and tell them we were wrong for drinking, and that Jesus did not drink wine. Of course, our Christian friends have tried talking us out of quitting! I have never wanted to go back to drinking, and we never will. The desire is gone and replaced with repulsiveness.” 

Numbers 28:7 KJV says, “And the Drink Offering thereof shall be the fourth part of an hin for the one lamb: in the Holy Place shall you cause the strong wine to be poured unto the LORD for a Drink Offering,” meaning it was to be poured on the Altar and burned with fire.

Numbers 28:8 KJV says, “And the other lamb shall you offer at evening: as the Meat Offering of the morning, and as the Drink Offering thereof, you shall offer it, a sacrifice made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD.

Many of you thought that because it was called a Drink Offering, it was to be consumed by men. That is not so. It was to be burned on the Altar, producing a sweet savour or aroma because it represented the Lord. ““And you shall bestow that money for whatsoever your soul lusts after (desires), for oxen, or for sheep, or for wine, or for strong drink, or for whatsoever your soul desires: and you shall eat there before the LORD your God, and you shall rejoice, you, and your household, And the Levite that is within your gates; you shall not forsake him; for he has no part nor inheritance with you. At the end of three years you shall bring forth all the tithe of your increase the same year, and shall lay it up within your gates: And the Levite, (because he has no part nor inheritance with you,) and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, which are within your gates, shall come, and shall eat and be satisfied; that the LORD your God may bless you in all the work of your hand which you do. (The meaning of the third year is as follows: the tithe of the first and second years was to be eaten before the Lord at the Sanctuary. What was not used, and they only used a small part, the balance was given to the Sanctuary; the tithe of the third year was for the poor and needy, including the Levites)” (Deut 14:26-29 KJV). The Expositor’s Study Bible

Verses 22 through 29 of this Chapter in Deuteronomy are dealing with tithes, and you might have thought that this meant you could use your tithes to buy and drink alcoholic beverages. That is not true. Where Verse 26 says “strong drink,” the word “shekar” was used, and in his Young’s Analytical Concordance of the Bible, Robert Young states that shekar denotes a beverage that is either fermented or unfermented. Instead of “strong drink,” Young actually defines it as “sweet drink,” that which satiates (to fully satisfy), or one that intoxicates. It can be either, depending on what the drink is. According to John Kitto’s Cyclopaedia of Biblical Literature, “Shekar is a generic term, including palm-wine and other saccharine beverages, except those prepared from wine (grape juice).”3)John Kitto, 1845 Edition, Vol. 2, 953.

Several standard English dictionaries and Bible encyclopedias derive our English words “sugar” and “cider” from “shekar.” This connection further establishes that shekar originally denoted a sweet beverage and not necessarily a strong drink. Some translations do translate shekar as “strong drink.” However, some translate it as “similar drink,” as in the New King James. Many of you are overlooking all of the other Verses throughout Scripture that are clearly in opposition to the drinking of strong drink.

Paul said: ““But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant. (In other words, if they will not accept what Paul is saying, there is no way they will ever learn the Truth. They will remain ignorant, and could lose their souls)” (1 Cor 14:38 KJV). The Expositor’s Study Bible

People are always looking for Scriptural justification to support their willful ignorance of the Word of God. ““My People are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because you have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you, that you shall be no Priest to Me: seeing you have forgotten the Law of your God, I will also forget your children. (“My People are destroyed for lack of knowledge,” is the cause of all the problems in the church, and the world, for that matter! The “knowledge” spoken of is the Bible. This “lack of knowledge” was not ignorance, but rather a willful rejection of the Law of God. They didn’t know, but it was because they didn’t want to know!)” (Hos 4:6 KJV) The Expositor’s Study Bible

As Christians, we should heed the word of Bath-sheba to her son Solomon. Lemuel was another name for Solomon in this Verse: ““It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink (the admonition of the Holy Spirit through Bath-sheba to her son Solomon is clear and plain: “Leave strong drink alone!”): Lest they drink, and forget the Law, and pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted. (The pain of “strong drink,” even moderately consumed, causes men to “forget the Law,” which means to forget the Word of God; consequently, “Judgement” is perverted in such a case, and in whatever capacity.)” (Prov 31:4-5 KJV) The Expositor’s Study Bible

Or, as Leviticus 10:8-10 which says: ““And the LORD spoke unto Aaron, saying, Do not drink wine nor strong drink, you, nor your sons with you, when you go into the Tabernacle of the congregation, lest you die: it shall be a Statute for ever throughout your generations (the Law given here by the Lord has led to the thought that Nadab and Abihu had acted under the excitement of intoxicating drink; in other words, they were drunk; so we have here in this Verse a prohibition “forever” against any type of strong drink): And that you may put difference between holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean (without a proper understanding of the Cross, it is very difficult to properly discern the difference as demanded here [Gal 2:20-21 KJV]).” The Expositor’s Study Bible

In the New Testament, we see the requirements and expectations for Deacons, Pastors, or leaders in the Church in several different Verses, and we always see the admonition that they should abstain from alcohol. 1 Timothy 3:2-3 KJV states, “A Bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous.” 1 Timothy 3:8 KJV states, “Likewise must the Deacons be grave, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre.” Titus 1:7 KJV states, “For a Bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not self-willed, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre.” Isaiah 28:7 KJV  talks about how the Priests would lose their way and become deceived because of strong drink: “But they also have erred through wine, and through strong drink are out of the way; the Priest and the Prophet have erred through strong drink, they are swallowed up of wine, they are out of the way through strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble in judgment.

Isaiah’s words actually carry right over to the New Testament Believer, as well, because in 1 Peter 2:9 KJV , we see that all Believers, whether Pastor or laymen, are called a royal priesthood: “But ye are a chosen generation, a Royal Priesthood, an Holy Nation, a Peculiar People; that you should show forth the praises of Him Who has called you out of darkness into His marvellous light.” You see, there is simply no room for alcohol in the life and witness of a Believer. Whether clergy or newly Saved, we all need to keep our minds sober so that we will keep the right Doctrines of the Faith, particularly in this age of deception.

It’s no coincidence that many in the church who have started believing false doctrines have also started drinking alcohol as well. Alcohol is a deceiver.

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1. J. Dwight Pentecost, “The Words & Works of Jesus Christ,” 115.
2. Ibid, pg. 116.
3. John Kitto, 1845 Edition, Vol. 2, 953.

What Is Dominionism? Part I


by Sarah Leslie Edited by Frances Swaggart

The following material was included in 3 separate presentations I made at Discernment conferences this Fall. The presentations were accompanied by clips from DVDs to illustrate the points. The basic outline of these talks is below. This is a work in progress, and at some point there may be a webpage where further examples are posted, including the visual clips.

The reader must keep in mind that this report illustrates the problems inherent in the Dominionist worldview. Many of these false teachings are actually part of denominational doctrines, some were concocted in the past several decades, some come out of the occult. There is a dearth of solid theological refutations of these heresies and errors. Why is this?

There were great and grave compromises in the seminaries over the past century, where these heresies were allowed to co-exist with fundamentalism, and where they were permitted to gain ground and become more acceptable—to the point that common people, humble pastors, and concerned professors in small Bible colleges and seminaries were silenced.

Furthermore, these false teachings went mainstream through the rapid rise of the modern televangelists, Christian books and seminars, and para-church organizations.

Each day at Discernment Ministries we receive correspondence from precious sheep struggling to understand these errors. We exhort those who read this, who are capable of writing solid biblical refutations of these errors, to prayerfully consider their responsibility before God and man to write rebuttals.

A WORKING DEFINITION of DOMINIONISM

The belief that we (mankind) have a mandate to build the “kingdom of God” on earth, restoring paradise, by progressively and supernaturally transforming ourselves and all societal institutions, through subduing and ruling the earth by whatever means possible, including using technology, science and psycho-social engineering; and then and only then will a “Christ” manifest his presence on earth.

The Church In Dominion (Sword 1990) lists two further definitions of Dominionism:1)Al Dager in his book VENGEANCE IS OURS

A basic premise of dominion theology is that when Adam sinned, not only did man lose dominion over the earth, but God also lost control of the earth to Satan. Since that time, some say, God has been on the outside looking in, searching for a “covenant people” who will be His “extension” or “expression” in the earth to take dominion back from Satan. According to the dominionist interpretation, this is the meaning of the Great Commission.

Some teach that this is to be accomplished through certain “overcomers” who, by yielding themselves to the authority of latter-day apostles and prophets, will take control of the kingdoms of this world. These kingdoms are defined as the various social institutions, such as the “kingdom” of education, the “kingdom” of science, the “kingdom” of the arts, and so on. Most especially there is the “kingdom” of politics and government. (Dager, p. 44)

THE DOMINION MANDATE

Dominion theology is predicated upon three basic beliefs:

1) Satan usurped man’s dominion over the earth through the temptation of Adam and Eve;
2) The Church is God’s instrument to take dominion back from Satan;
3) Jesus cannot or will not return until the Church has taken dominion by gaining control of the earth’s government and social institutions. (Dager, p. 87)

SYMPTOMS of DOMINIONISM

What follows is a comprehensive list (although not complete!) of potential things to watch for that indicate that a particular  teaching may be Dominionist.

1. Bypasses the Cross

• De-emphasizes the Gospel of Salvation.

• Substitutes the Gospel of the Kingdom, or embellishes the Gospel of Salvation with the addition of the kingdom message.

• Teaches Jesus didn’t quite defeat Satan on the Cross, He didn’t get the whole job done – the church must finish the job – the onus is on man.

• Emphasizes Old Testament Law and Covenants, works and deeds, and minimizes (or even mocks) salvation by faith through grace.

• Ignores, slides over, sidesteps, gives lip service to, or otherwise disregards the fact that Jesus saves us from OUR SINS! The biblical teaching of the utter depravity of man is bypassed, minimized, neglected, missing totally, or mocked.

• Jesus is seen as corrupted. He becomes a nebulous touchy-feely fellow, the object of our “passion,” a “god within,” a “force,” a “story,” a “king,” a “liberator from oppression,” one of many “Christs.”

• Jesus’s role as Savior and Redeemer is diminished and truncated, and His work is unfinished – and therefore the church on earth must make up for His lack.

As an example of this point, watch ERIC SWANSON of Leadership Network on YouTube. You will hear how he changed the gospel of salvation to the gospel of the kingdom:

2. The Old Testament is exaggerated and emphasized.

• The New Testament is minimized, or only viewed through the distorted lens of the Old Testament.

• The New Covenant of Christ’s shed blood on the cross for our sins is minimized. The O.T. is mixed back in with the Gospel. (“Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?” Gal 3:3).

• Replacement theology – the Church is Israel, and some or all O.T. verses about Israel are only applied to the Church.

• A shift in emphasis from Christ the rock of our salvation, to building an actual kingdom on earth.

• Using allegories and symbolism, especially in interpreting O.T. prophecy that hasn’t yet been fulfilled.

• Ignoring, allegorizing or skipping over the O.T. prophets, or perverting their message. Especially ignoring their dire warnings about the consequences of idolatry and sin, and God’s impending judgment.

• Extremes in teaching law or grace.

• A return to fundamental elements of the O.T. Law – Theonomy and Theocracy.

• Or, a corresponding emphasis on N.T. “Law,” especially the Sermon on the Mount. This often manifests as “Liberation Theology,” which is neo-Communist (peacekeeping, sustainable lifestyles, reconciliation, redistribution of wealth, charity as welfare, government Socialism, etc.)

• Some Dominionist “kingdom” teachings begin to sound precariously close to anti-Semitism:

“Who are the subjects of the kingdom of God? The Jews? No, Jesus told the Jews quite pointedly, ‘I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a nation bearing the fruits of it’ (Mt 21:43) 

Bercot, The Kingdom That Turned The World Upside Down, p. 13

3. The Gospel of Salvation becomes the “gospel of the kingdom”

• Certain theologians teach that the Gospel of Salvation is not as important as their “gospel” of the kingdom. They claim that the church got it “wrong” for 2000 years!

• The Gospel of Salvation is reduced to a:

“means to an end—entering the kingdom of God. Jesus never intended that His followers would preach about salvation and the new birth apart from the kingdom. The kingdom is an absolutely crucial aspect of the gospel. When we tell people about salvation—but say nothing about the kingdom—we are not preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

David Bercot, p. 12-13

• The Gospel of the Kingdom is substituted for the Gospel of Salvation:

“The Message Is The Kingdom “This means when we preach salvation alone we are missing the majority of God’s kingdom message. Salvation is essential. There is no other way of entry into the Kingdom of God. But salvation is the entry into the kingdom; it is not the goal or the Kingdom itself. By making it the goal we have lost most of God’s message. (Landa Cope, An Introduction to The Old Testament Template: Rediscovering God’s principles for discipling all nations, p. 147) “Our destiny is not salvation “God died to save us and desires salvation for all. The only way into the Kingdom of God is through Jesus Christ, but salvation is not God’s ultimate goal. The new birth is a means to an end.” 

Landa Cope, p. 150

• The Dominionist theologians teach that this “kingdom” is a literal, physical, tangible kingdom here and now. They say it is not just a spiritual kingdom, nor one that is only fulfilled in the future. This “new type of kingdom” is described as:

“a real kingdom. The ancient kingdom of the Israelites was definitely a real kingdom, wasn’t it? It had real kings, real subjects, and real laws. Its domain encompasses the entire earth, even though most of the earth’s population are not citizens of this kingdom.”

Bercot, p. 15

• This kingdom must be set up in this world now. It is a man-based initiative that relies on man’s works to inaugurate:

“1. The Kingdom of God was inaugurated and the King was installed and seated in the First Century A.D. and we need not wait for the King’s second coming to get the Kingdom started here on earth….”

Jay Grimstead letter to Coalition on Revival Steering Committee, May 1993

• This kingdom is seen as “at war,” but not in the sense of the contending for the truth of the Gospel. Rather there are penalties for not obeying these kingdom “laws.” Failure to obey them is considered “treason” against the kingdom or its king:

“Jesus has issued various laws and commandments, and all of His laws are wartime laws. When we break His laws, we show ourselves to be traitors. We show that we have no real love for our new country.”

Bercot, p. 20

• This kingdom has laws that must be obeyed, most of them O.T., and anything less than absolute obedience to these laws is quickly mischaracterized and condemned as “easy-believism,” “cheap grace,” “antinomianism,” “Armenianism,” etc.

• The shift from the Gospel of Salvation to the gospel of the kingdom requires “paradigm shift,” a worldview change which is substituted for biblical repentance:

“The paradigm shift that we must make in order to enter and remain in the kingdom is just that radical! … If we are truly kingdom citizens our whole worldview changes….” [Jesus] wanted to give [His disciples] a new set of values and a new set of laws—together with a new life.”

Bercot, p. 25

4. God’s Sovereignty is insufficient and the Church must make up for His lack.

• Certain things biblically assigned to Christ, the Holy Spirit and the Father, are passed on as responsibilities that must be borne by the Church.

• The unspoken assumption that God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit (the Trinity) is incomplete without man—God can’t do anything unless man acts.

• The Church takes on the role of Jesus – it must redeem the earth, “advance” or build the kingdom of God spiritually and/or physically, take over governments so that it can rule and reign on earth, and restore everything to its “proper” order.

• The Church thinks it must “incarnate” Christ here on earth, and be his “presence.” He’s far away in heaven somewhere, too busy or preoccupied.

• The Church as “change agent” must quantify its goals, set benchmarks for the fulfillment of its duties, standardize its outcomes, and continually monitor and assess individual and group progress using databanking, modern psycho-social instruments and technology.

• Fulfilling the Great Commission mandate to “disciple” all nations is viewed as statistically measurable, its completion being entirely up to man. Jesus won’t return until the goal is met.

• Man must do it. God is waiting for man to act. The onus is on man. This is a man-centered faith. In this sense Dominionism is pure Humanism.

5. The Church is confused with Society or Nation 

• Basic doctrines of salvation and repentance from sin, conversion, confession of faith, and baptism of believers no longer define what constitutes “Church.”

• The autonomy of the local Church is not permitted. It must become part of a greater societal and networking whole, a “system.”

• Church is broadly re-defined to mean a given region, particularly a city.

• “Church” is re-defined in the context of culture. Culture must be “redeemed” not individual sinners.

• Everyone and everything on earth is obligated to come under submission to the kingdom church, its laws and its “king,” or else be guilty of “treason” –

4. At this moment of history, all humans on earth, whether Jew or Gentile, believer or unbeliever, private person or public official, are Obligated To Bow Their knees to this King Jesus, confess Him as Lord of the universe with their tongues, and submit to His lordship over every aspect of their lives in thought, word and deed.”

5. Biblical evangelism according to the Great Commission of Matt 28:18-20 is not truly accomplished unless that message of Christ’s lordship from point #4 above is given to the person being evangelized So That They Know that an attempt at Personal Neutrality Before King Jesus Is Sin and Treason in this universe….” 

Grimstead letter

• The Church puts itself in charge of Society, its Institutions, Culture, and the State. Society is viewed as an extension of Church.

• The “missional” Church redefines its primary role from that of preaching the Gospel to that of becoming a transforming agent of Society. This is accomplished by changing people’s external lives, affecting how they think (“worldview”), passing laws, and “redeeming” cultural institutions.

• To transform Society, the Church justifies using state-of-the-art tools of psychology and sociology, including Humanistic education methods, operant conditioning, dialectics, brain manipulations and marketing methods.

• A mere “change in “worldview” (opinions, values, beliefs, attitudes, etc.) is substituted for genuine repentance and conversion.

• Reaching a worldview consensus is viewed as necessary to build the kingdom on earth. It thus becomes necessary to change the public’s worldview in any given culture or nation.

6. An entire Culture must be “redeemed,” whole nations can be “saved”

• Evangelization—believing that entire nations or “people groups” can be collectively saved, including by manipulative methods such as psycho-social group consensus.

• The emphasis is on the External – changing laws, morals, ethics, values, culture, and people’s worldview through education and/or political action.

• No biblical separation. Rather, saturation. The church integrates and interacts with culture.

• There is a marked decrease in preaching the Gospel of Salvation, the WORD of God, which alone can change individual hearts and lives. (“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Heb. 4:12)

• Substituted for the true Gospel is a man-centered Social Gospel of community transformation: 

“So the goal that God has now placed on the agenda of the Body of Christ in the last few years, much more than we can find in the past, is, the goal is transforming our society. Seeing the values of the kingdom of God, that’s why Jesus taught us to pray… the Lord’s Prayer, ‘Our Father, who art in heaven’…. And part of that prayer is, ‘your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven’…. It’s not just words we’re speaking. ‘Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.’ So transforming our society, understanding the kingdom, and transforming our society is, number one.

• Another substitute gospel of redeeming creation, restoring paradise conditions to the whole earth.

“Jesus’ resurrection marks the beginning of a restoration that he will complete upon his return…. The whole earth can be redeemed, transformed and restored to paradise conditions…. [T]he new creation has begun, and we have a job to do…. What the New Testament really says is God wants you to be a renewed human being helping him to renew his creation, and his resurrection was the opening bell.”

Note: (This article was originally printed in June, 2011.)

(This message was derived from the book by Jimmy Swaggart, “Paul, The Apostle”.)

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1. Al Dager in his book VENGEANCE IS OURS

What Is Dominionism? Part II


by Sarah Leslie Edited by Frances Swaggart

The truth is, the Source of Western Civilization is the Lord Jesus Christ, with all that He has given to us, made possible by the Cross of Christ. But the human instrumentation used by our Lord was Paul, the Apostle.

Several years back, one of the billionaire philanthropists from Texas gave Yale University some three million dollars in order that a “chair” be established, with the intent of teaching a course on the origin of Western Civilization. A considerable period of time passed when there seemed to be no action in this regard, which prompted the benefactor to call the President of Yale.

“What is the holdup as it regards the teaching of this subject?” the philanthropist inquired. The president of Yale answered and said to the benefactor, “Mr. Bass, we are very grateful for your gift of three million dollars to Yale University, with the intent that the subject of the origin of Western Civilization would be taught as a college-level course; however,” the President of Yale went on to say, “we simply don’t know how to teach the subject.” He continued, “We do not know how Western Civilization began.”

PAUL, THE APOSTLE

If the President of Yale had known the Bible, he would have had some understanding as it regards this subject. The truth is, the Source of Western Civilization is the Lord Jesus Christ, with all that He has given to us, made possible by the Cross of Christ. But the human instrumentation used by our Lord was Paul, the Apostle. Of course, the Lord used many; however, the Book of Acts, written by Luke, characterizes the formation of the Early Church and, above all, the Ministry of the Apostle Paul, gives us the origin of the greatest way of life known to mankind—Western Civilization.

DEMOCRACY AND THE GOSPEL

It must be understood, however, that there can be no true Democracy, which is the greatest form of government in this present world, without such being based on the Judeo-Christian concept. This means that our government spending hundreds of billions of dollars trying to establish democracy in places like Iraq and Afghanistan, which are governed by the Muslim religion, i.e., the “Koran,” will prove to be a fruitless task. Democracy and the Koran are not on the same page. In fact, they are really not on the same Planet. So, for Democracy to be what it ought to be, the Gospel of Jesus Christ must be paramount; otherwise, it becomes no more than another vapid philosophy.

THE BEGINNING OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION

The beginning of this way of life, of course, had its start with the Holy Spirit; however, the physical demonstration of the origin of the Western way of life under Christ began with the Macedonian Call. The Scripture says: “And a Vision appeared to Paul in the night (proclaims the Holy Spirit now telling the Apostle exactly where He wanted him to go); there stood a man of Macedonia (the northern part of modern Greece, from the Adriatic to the Hebrus River), and prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us (thus was ushered in the most momentous event in the history of the world, the going forth of Paul to take the Gospel to the nations of the West). “And after he had seen the Vision, immediately we endeavored to go into Macedonia (by the use of the pronoun ‘we,’ we know that Luke, the writer of this Book of Acts, now joins Paul here at Troas), assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us for to preach the Gospel unto them (they knew they now had the Mind of the Lord)” (Acts 16:9-10 KJV). The Expositor’s Study Bible

PHILIPPI

Therefore loosing from Troas, we came with a straight course to Samothracia, and the next day to Neapolis (this would be the very first presentation of the Gospel on European soil, which would have such a bearing on what is presently referred to as ‘Western Civilization’); “And from thence to Philippi, which is the chief city of that part of Macedonia (Paul’s destination), and a colony (was a colony of Rome): and we were in that city abiding certain days (represents tremendous hardships, but a Church was established here).

THE FIRST CONVERT

And on the Sabbath we went out of the city by a riverside, where prayer was wont to be made (evidently meant there was no Synagogue in the city; what few Jews were there met by the riverside); and we sat down, and spoke unto the women which resorted thither (seems to tell us that no men were present other than Paul and his party). “And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira (she was a businesswoman), which worshipped God (proclaims her as a Gentile who had probably begun visiting a Jewish Synagogue in Thyatira), heard us (Paul evidently was asked to speak to these women, thus proclaiming the Story of Jesus Christ and His Redemption afforded by the Cross of Calvary): whose heart the Lord opened (presents her hungry for God), that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul (she gave her heart to Christ, and was, thereby, the first convert on European soil). “And when she was baptized (evidently took place some days later), and her household (refers to the fact that all of those with her accepted the Lord as well, and were baptized), she besought us, saying, If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there (as well, her house was probably the first Church on European soil). And she constrained us (means they did not acquiesce at first, feeling perhaps that it may be an imposition on her; but she would not take no for an answer)” (Acts 16:11-15 KJV). The Expositor’s Study Bible

THE SPREAD OF THE GOSPEL

From the first convert in Europe, who was Lydia, to the first Church established on European soil, which was in Lydia’s house, the Gospel spread westward.

In fact, the Apostle, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, referred to himself as the ‘Master-builder of the Church.’

We do know that after Paul had been to Rome, he wanted to go to Spain (Rom 15:24, 28 KJV); however, there is no historical or Scriptural proof that this desire was realized. But we do know that ultimately the Gospel went to France and England, along with all the other European countries, and eventually to North, Central and South America. That is the origin of Western Civilization. But again we emphasize that the true source of the prosperity and freedom of this way of life has its origin totally and completely in the Lord Jesus Christ and the price that He paid at Calvary’s Cross.

To misunderstand that is to misunderstand what Western Civilization is all about.

PAUL, THE GREATEST EXAMPLE FOR CHRISTIANITY EVER PRODUCED BY CHRIST

I know that Paul would never have made such a statement as that given in our heading of himself. Actually, he said: “For I am the least of the Apostles (not mock modesty, but rather the most deep humility), that am not meet (worthy) to be called an Apostle, because I persecuted the Church of God (before his conversion). “But by the Grace of God I am what I am (concerns the Favour or Mercy of God): and His Grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain (it was not without effect, telling us that it is without effect with many); but I laboured more abundantly than they all (proclaims that which Grace enabled Paul to do because he had a greater grasp of Grace than anyone else, which speaks of the Cross, the means of Grace): yet not I, but the Grace of God which was with me (is with all Believers who look toward the Cross [1 Cor 1:17 KJV])” (1 Cor 15:9-10 KJV). The Expositor’s Study Bible

But at the same time, when we realize certain things about Paul, I think one would be hard put to find any human being who has ever lived, other than Christ, who can match this man.

• First of all, it was to Paul that our Lord gave the meaning of the New Covenant. Considering that the New Covenant is the greatest Word, the greatest Plan, and the greatest Covenant that has ever been given to man, and ever will be given to man, then we have to realize that the Lord, considering the vast significance of this all-important Word, would not have given it to just anyone.

This is the Covenant to which everything else pointed. In fact, as great as the First Covenant was, and we speak of the Law of Moses given to that great Patriarch, it pointed in every capacity to the New Covenant that was to come.

In fact, Paul said of the New Covenant:

MEDIATOR

But now (since the Cross) has He (the Lord Jesus) obtained a more excellent Ministry (the New Covenant in Jesus’ Blood is superior, and takes the place of the Old Covenant in animal blood), by how much also He is the Mediator of a Better Covenant (proclaims the fact that Christ officiates between God and man according to the arrangements of the New Covenant), which was established upon better Promises. (This presents the New Covenant, explicitly based on the cleansing and forgiveness of all sin, which the Old Covenant could not do.) “For if that first Covenant had been faultless (proclaims the fact that the First Covenant was definitely not faultless; as stated, it was based on animal blood, which was vastly inferior to the Precious Blood of Christ), then should no place have been sought for the Second (proclaims the necessity of the New Covenant)” (Heb 8:6-7 KJV). The Expositor’s Study Bible

• As well, the Lord gave the responsibility to Paul of founding the Church. In fact, the Apostle, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, referred to himself as the “Master-builder of the Church.”

He said: “According to the Grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise master-builder (in essence, Paul, under Christ, founded the Church), I have laid the foundation (Jesus Christ and Him Crucified), and another builds thereon (speaks of all Preachers who followed thereafter, even unto this very moment, and have built upon this Foundation). But let every man take heed how he builds thereupon. (All must preach the same Doctrine Paul preached, in essence, ‘Jesus Christ and Him Crucified.’“For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid (anything other than the Cross is another foundation and, therefore, unacceptable to the Lord), which is Jesus Christ (Who He is, God manifest in the flesh, and what He did, Redemption through the Cross)” (1 Cor 3:10-11 KJV). The Expositor’s Study Bible

The meaning of the Cross is actually the meaning of the New Covenant. In fact, one could turn it around and say the meaning of the New Covenant is the meaning of the Cross.

• The mystical Body of Christ: of course, we speak of the Church, the true, Blood-bought Believers, all of whom make up the Body of Christ. While Jesus Christ is the Builder of the Church, He did so, even as the Book of Acts grandly proclaims, through the Holy Spirit, but with the Holy Spirit using Paul. So, if we have to select a man, all under Christ, Paul stands out as no other, even as he referred to himself, and the Holy Spirit wanted him to do so, as the “Master-builder of the Church.” And this refers to the Church all over the world. It does not refer to denominations, but rather to every called-out Believer, called out from the darkness of this world, and we speak of those who are truly Born-Again. And, to be sure, this Church is “a glorious Church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be Holy and without blemish (Eph 5:27 KJV).

THE MAN AND HIS MESSAGE

Unequivocally and grandly so, Paul preached the Cross. In fact, he used the “Cross” as a synonym for the Gospel, which means that’s how prominent his teaching was as it regarded this all-Important subject (1 Cor 1:17-18 KJV; Phil 3:18 KJV; Gal 6:14 KJV).

The meaning of the Cross is actually the meaning of the New Covenant. In fact, one could turn it around and say the meaning of the New Covenant is the meaning of the Cross. When Paul spoke of the Cross, he wasn’t speaking of a wooden beam, but rather what Jesus there did, the price that was there paid, and the tremendous,

In fact, while one can certainly be Saved and not understand this great Truth, the simple fact is, one cannot successfully live for the Lord, as it regards daily life and living, without a working knowledge of this great Truth.”  all-inclusive Victory that He there purchased with His Own Precious Blood (Eph 2:13-18 KJV).

If we fail to grasp the Message of this man, which is the Cross of Christ, then we totally misunderstand Paul, who he was, and what he did. Unfortunately, in today’s spiritual climate, the Cross of Christ has been so little preached that the modern church hardly knows what it is and what was there done. As a result, there is much preaching done about the Gospel, but very little True Gospel that’s actually being preached. The truth is and the facts are, if the preacher is not preaching the Cross of Christ, then whatever it is he is preaching will be of precious little good to those who hear him.

THE REVELATION

In 1997, after six years of prayer meetings morning and evening, the Lord began to open up to me that which I refer to as the “Revelation of the Cross.” It definitely was not new, having been given to the Apostle Paul nearly 2,000 years ago, which the great Apostle gave to us in his 14 Epistles. I’m sure that quite possibly the Lord has given this Revelation, or at least a part of it, to others down through the centuries. At any rate, it totally revolutionized my life and my Ministry. As it regarded the Cross of Christ and Salvation, I had always preached this strongly all over the world, with the Lord helping me to see, and I exaggerate not, hundreds of thousands of souls brought to a Saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

But as it regarded the Cross of Christ and Sanctification, of that I had no knowledge. And when I speak of “Sanctification,” I am speaking of the manner in which we live for God, the way we order our behavior, and how we overcome the world, the flesh, and the Devil, even as this latter phrase was coined by the Early Church Fathers. In fact, while one can certainly be Saved and not understand this great Truth, the simple fact is, one cannot successfully live for the Lord, as it regards daily life and living, without a working knowledge of this great Truth.

This means that the sin nature will rule such a person to some degree, which, you can be sure, will make life miserable. Every single Believer in the world has “more abundant life” (Jn 10:10 KJV), but the truth is, only a tiny portion of the modern church is enjoying this more Abundant Life.

THE SIN NATURE

The very first thing the Lord showed me in that Revelation was the meaning of the sin nature. To do that, He took me to the great Sixth Chapter of Romans. In fact, the Holy Spirit through Paul has given over this entire Chapter to explaining this all-important subject. This, not understanding the sin nature, is the cause of most, if not all, failure in the hearts and lives of the Children of God.

THE CROSS OF CHRIST

Then some days later, the Lord showed me the solution to this problem, which is the Cross of Christ, and related forcibly to me that the Cross of Christ is the only solution. There is no other! Not understanding this, which means the Cross of Christ relative to Sanctification is not understood, means that most modern Christians simply do not know how to live for God. The Cross alone is the answer. For this great Truth, the Lord once again took me to the Sixth Chapter of Romans.

THE HOLY SPIRIT

And then last of all, and of extreme significance, the Lord showed me how the Holy Spirit works in all of this. Regrettably, not understanding the Cross of Christ relative to Sanctification, most of the modern church doesn’t understand, as well, how the Holy Spirit works within our lives. It is the Cross of Christ, the Lord showed me from Romans 8:2, through which the Holy Spirit works.

In other words, it is the Cross which gives the Holy Spirit the legal means to do all that He does. As a result, while the Lord doesn’t require very much of us, He most definitely does require that our Faith be exclusively in Christ and the Cross, without which, the Holy Spirit is greatly limited. I learned all of this, which we will elaborate on much more fully in the body of this Volume, from the Apostle Paul.

. . . while the Lord doesn’t require very much of us, He most definitely does require that our Faith be exclusively in Christ and the Cross, without which, the Holy Spirit is greatly limited.

If this Book opens up to you to a greater degree that which was taught by Paul, which the Holy Spirit gave to him, then your time in perusing its contents will not be wasted. “But God forbid that I should glory (boast), save in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ (what the opponents of Paul sought to escape at the price of insincerity is the Apostle’s only basis of exultation), by Whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world. (The only way we can overcome the world, and I mean the only way, is by placing our Faith exclusively in the Cross of Christ and keeping it there.) “For in Christ Jesus neither Circumcision avails any thing, nor uncircumcision (blows all of man’s religious ceremonies to pieces), but a new creature (new in every respect, which can only be brought about by trusting Christ and what He did for us at the Cross). “And as many as walk (to direct one’s life, to order one’s conduct) according to this rule (the principle of the Cross), peace be on them, and mercy (which comes only by means of the Cross), and upon the Israel of God. (This refers to all who look to the Cross for their Redemption. They alone are the true Israel)” (Gal 6:14-16 KJV). The Expositor’s Study Bible

(This message was derived from the book by Jimmy Swaggart, “Paul, The Apostle”.)

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The Biblical View of Homosexuality (ii)

February, 2013 Frances Swaggart

Over the years we have received many e-mails, letters, phone calls, etc. from former homosexuals, fornicators, gamblers, drug addicts, and many others who have been in bondage to just about every sin you can imagine. Praise the Lord, the majority of them have been Saved! However, there are always those who do not want to change and do not see their need for a Saviour. Yes, we are taking a very strong stand against homosexuality, but I want to make it clear that we also take exactly the same stand against any and all lifestyles of sin. We do not just single out the homosexual.

Unfortunately though, our society has seemingly embarked upon an all-out attempt to make homosexuality acceptable, and so we are compelled as watchmen to address its dangers. There were, in fact, many sins besides homosexuality going on in Sodom and Gomorrah, which contributed to the downfall of these cities, but it was the very nature of the particular sin we are addressing now that ultimately destroyed the life of this entire civilization.

SCRIPTURAL INSIGHT

UNNATURAL. UNSEEMLY. VILE. ERROR & RECOMPENCE.

In order to gain further insight into why this is so, let’s look again at Romans 1:26-32:

For this cause God gave them up unto vile1)dishonor, ignominy, and disgrace. affections: for even their women2)a female did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural3)the nature of things, the force, laws, order of nature, as opposed to that which is monstrous, abnormal, perverse. use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly4)want of form, disfigurement, deformed, one’s nakedness, shame., and receiving in themselves that recompence5)a reward given in compensation, requital, recompense. of their error6)a wandering, roving, or wrong action. which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

You see, homosexuality goes against God’s Law of nature and, therefore, has exceptionally disastrous consequences. As flawed human-beings we always seem to make the mistake of thinking that truth is relative to our own experience, and thereby, elevating our own ideas and philosophies above Biblical Truth.

For instance, the homosexual might say, “Well, I’ve always felt this way, so it must be normal/natural.

But, God’s natural design is quite different.

Every person should strive to know His Order instead of their own “personal preferences.”

PERVERSION

In the above verse of Scripture:


The word “natural” in the Greek is “phusis,” and means “the nature of things, the force, laws, order of nature, as opposed to that which is monstrous, abnormal, perverse.” 


The word “unseemly” in the Greek is “aschemosune,” and means “want of form, disfigurement, deformed, one’s nakedness, shame.” 


The word “vile” is “atimia,” meaning a “dishonor, ignominy, and disgrace.” 


The word “error” is “plane,” and means “a wandering, roving, or wrong action.


It carries the idea of an individual forcing his natural instincts, which were created by God, into perversion.

Sadly, many homosexuals and lesbians have experienced change in emotional, mental, and even physical appearances for the worse. In other words, their homosexuality shows in their mannerisms, which are repulsive because they go against natural/normal design.


The word “women,” as used in the above verse, is not the same word used, such as, in John 4:9. The Greek word used is “thelus,” which means “a female,” a word which points more specifically to the gender role.


The women were not trying so much to change the gender, but rather its purpose respecting the sexual sense. Trying to “change” the purpose is the reason that Paul used the Greek word for “female.”

In the most rebellious and disgraceful way, these women were altering what God had designed for their gender, and in so doing, they took their role from a far higher purpose down to a far lower and degrading use. And, as we have seen, sin is never without its consequences.


Recompence” in the Greek is “antimisthian,” and means “a reward given in compensation, requital, recompense.” 


This word used in the above Scripture from Romans refers to the natural result of their sin as ordained by Divine Law, as it essentially pays them back for what they have done. Many times people try to tell us that there is nothing in the Bible which speaks against homosexuality (which we have more than disproven in this and the previous article), or they only point to the Old Testament, excluding the teachings of the New Testament, such as in the example given below. This is an example of the kind of e-mails I have recently received:

E-MAILS

“Dear God Fearing Souls,

If you are going to use God’s word to attack, condemn and hurt people, then at least be complete in Your ‘Call to Duty.’

I give you the following ammunition to assist you in your Task.

Deuteronomy 22:5 (‘. . . woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man . . .’); Deuteronomy 22:22 (‘If a man be found lying with a woman married to an husband, then they shall both of them die . . .’); Exodus 21:15 (‘And he that smiteth his father, or his mother, shall be surely put to death’); Exodus 21:17 (‘And he that curseth his father, or his mother, shall surely be put to death’); Exodus 35:2 (‘. . . on the seventh day there shall be to you an holy day, a sabbath of rest to the LORD . . .’); Leviticus 20:13 (‘If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination . . .’); Leviticus 24:16 (‘And he that blasphemeth the name of the LORD, he shall surely be put to death, and all the congregation shall certainly stone him . . .’); and, Deuteronomy 21:18-2 (‘. . . our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard. And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die . . .’).

I will help you further and sum it up for you. I expect you to show the same hatred and fear that you show homosexuals to children that ‘smiteth’ their parent, children that curseth their parents, adulterers, those that ‘worketh’ on the Sabbath, those wearing clothing of the opposite sex, and those that take the Lord’s name in vain. All are abominations to God and punishable by death (usually stoning).

I expect to see preachers teaching those women wearing pants ‘should be stoned to death.’ I expect people to stand outside of the homes of children ‘who rebelleth against thy parent’ or ‘curseth’ their parents with signs stating they are ‘abominations’ and ‘should be stoned to death.’ I expect God fearing people to come together and ‘stone to death’ those that work on the Sabbath Day. I expect people to tell those committing any of these ‘abominations’ that God hates them and that they are going to Hell. When I see this come to fruition, then I will know ‘You’ are truly following God’s commands completely, as clearly laid out in the Bible.

But until then, I choose to love my neighbour as myself and to know that we are all human, whether Christian, Jew, Muslim, or not ,and all have done something to be ‘stoned to death’ for. I choose to believe in a God that loves instead of hates. You choose your own path and leave me to mine. And, if along the way we should meet, I will gladly offer you a hand if you need it. I pray you might do the same. Amen.”

RESPONSE TO THIS E-MAIL

In response to this e-mail, I first want to say that The Old Testament Law, which you referred to, was completely fulfilled by Jesus Christ when He shed His Precious Blood at Calvary, so punishments like “stoning” are no longer in effect. The old Law of Moses and its penalties were all done away with in Christ. Even the old dietary laws were done away with. Paul said that we are free to eat and partake of these things. It was only the moral law, the sins of the flesh, which carried on to the New Testament including the Ten Commandments. The only one of the Ten Commandments which was not carried over was the law regarding the Sabbath because the Sabbath Day of Rest was a type of the Rest that was fulfilled in Jesus, the Messiah.

In other words, Jesus is “the Day of Rest.” Now, you mentioned Deuteronomy 22:5 which says, “The woman shall not wear that which pertains unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment, for all who do are an abomination unto the Lord.” This does not mean that a woman is not supposed to wear pants. Men didn’t even wear pants in those days like they do today. They wore robes like a lot of Middle Eastern men still do presently. This verse was simply a statement against cross-dressing in general.

THE NEW TESTAMENT

It is, furthermore, a widely held misconception in the world today that homosexuality is only mentioned and dealt with in the Old Testament. This is a false and outright disregard for God’s Word. Homosexuality has been condemned in the New Testament under the New Covenant as well as under the old Levitical Law.

Here are some more examples besides the ones already mentioned in the beginning of this article. “Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them” (Rom 1:31-32). “Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good” (2 Tim 3:3). “Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire” (Jude 1: 7).

All of this evidence cannot be overlooked nor misunderstood. God still considers homosexuality a sin. And, while God is a God of Love, He is also a God of Judgement. Yes, He has given mankind the dispensation of Grace under which to live in for the time being, but that does not mean He will not judge sin. It is just that, under Grace, His Judgement will come after death to those who continued in their life of sin. “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the Kingdom of God? Be not deceived . . .” (1 Cor 6:9).

THE LOVE OF GOD!

You also addressed the Love of God in your e-mail. God demonstrated the greatest act of Love ever known when He sent His only Son down to Earth to die for all sinners so that we might be Saved. However, God saves man from sin, not in sin. There is no such thing as a homosexual coming to the Lord Jesus Christ and then continuing in his former lifestyle. That is not possible. The harsh truth is that homosexuality is a sin against God, against society, against nature, and against the human body, which should be a temple of the Holy Spirit. The Lord, however, is not a respecter of persons.

In other words, no particular sin makes one sinner any worse than another sinner. He hates all sin, and the wage of every sin is death. Ultimately, though, God loves the sinner! He hates alcohol, but He loves the alcoholic.

He hates murder, but He loves the murderer. And God hates homosexuality, but He loves the homosexual. The answer to homosexuality is not its legalization or public acceptance any more than such absurdity is the answer for the murderer.

There is no profit in saying, “I have no choice in the matter,” “Society just has to accept me as I am,” or “God made me this way.” The answer lies not in trying to justify the sin; the answer is deliverance from this humiliating and corrosive bondage. And, yes, praise God, there is no bondage that Jesus Christ cannot break! When Jesus hung on the Cross at Calvary, he died not only for the heterosexual sinner, but for the homosexual as well.

The Blood He shed on Calvary’s Cross was for everyone! So yes, there is help and hope for the homosexual, but it is not through science, education, or liberalization of laws. It comes only through the repentance of sin and the recognition of Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour! This is the only answer there will ever be, and the only way positive change can ever occur! Jesus Christ and Him Crucified is the Only Way!

TRUE LOVE NEVER LIES

So, why, one might ask, are many religious organizations and/or “churches” so tolerant and accepting, refusing to tell homosexuals the Truth? Why are many hiding what the Bible truly teaches?

What do they have to gain by insisting that God will accept homosexuals “just as they are”? The answer is actually quite frightening, the bottom line being that they have a hidden agenda. Now, while the average layman in these churches may not be aware of the plan, those higher in the ranks of leadership know exactly what they are doing. Sinner, please understand that such a leader’s seemingly remarkable reception of you is not because they love you. Remember, love never lies.

Don’t let them fool you with the promise of God’s favor; they know what the Bible says! What these religious elite are actually doing is working with governmental authorities to establish their own “kingdom” on Earth, in which they may rule the masses. You see, it is the ultimate goal of any evil dictatorship to combine church and state.

Why? — because nothing can control people better than religion. It is far more binding than secular socialism or communism, and they know that the homosexual (or sinner of any stripe) will not come to the church if he will be confronted regarding his sin. They cannot easily gain your trust, cooperation, and submission if they offend you, can they?

Listen to Aldous Huxley, member of the Fabian Society which sought the gradual worldwide spread of socialism by peaceful means:

As political and economic freedom diminishes, sexual freedom tends compensatingly [sic] to increase. And the dictator . . . will do well to encourage that freedom. In conjunction with the freedom to daydream [shifting focus from reality to fantasy or imagination] under the influence of dope, movies and the radio, it will help to reconcile his subjects to the servitude which is their fate.

Aldous Huxley (Brave New World, Aldous Huxley. New York: Harper Collins, 1932. xvii.)

THE TRUTH!

People who want control will always try to seduce with illusions of acceptance in order to “compensate for the loss of freedom and privacy in the collective or ‘healthy’ community.”7).(Berit Kjos, Warren’s P.E.A.C.E. Plan and UN Goals – Part 3. September 2005). (http://www.crossroad.to/articles2/05/peace-un-3.htm).

Indeed we are now seeing some of America’s most popular politicians and “pastors” working together, supposedly to solve society’s ills and/or manage the crisis events of the nation such as the AIDS crisis, poverty, or terrorism.

These leaders understand that people today are often educated enough to know better than to depend on their government, but many are not quite as reluctant to place trust in a “church.”

In fact, part of the plan is to make the local church a sort-of community center, where all the basic needs of life can be met, including health care.

Listen to Rick Warren’s statement posted on the advertisement for his 2006 Global Summit on AIDS and the Church:

“Just being tested for HIV/AIDS has proven to promote healthier behavior. And in many communities, churches are the most trusted organizations — where people would be willing to go for testing and counseling.”

Yes, they even plan on testing for AIDS, the most dreaded and incurable disease facing the world today. But, what other motives could these men have for gathering and data-banking such information?

Do you really trust religious organizations enough to protect your personal health record, especially one that does not clearly tell you what their most Holy Book really teaches?

Even if you do not agree that the Bible is the authoritative Word of God, wouldn’t you at least rather listen to the people who will honestly tell you what it says? Would you not rather trust someone who openly disagrees with your chosen path of life than one who will lie to you?

The Truth is, God does love you and is reaching out to you through His genuine servants who are telling you the Truth, even if it means losing your friendship.

(This article was originally printed in February, 2008.)

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1. dishonor, ignominy, and disgrace.
2. a female
3. the nature of things, the force, laws, order of nature, as opposed to that which is monstrous, abnormal, perverse.
4. want of form, disfigurement, deformed, one’s nakedness, shame.
5. a reward given in compensation, requital, recompense.
6. a wandering, roving, or wrong action.
7. .(Berit Kjos, Warren’s P.E.A.C.E. Plan and UN Goals – Part 3. September 2005). (http://www.crossroad.to/articles2/05/peace-un-3.htm).