5 Quotes on the Inspiration of the Bible


If the words of the Lord are pure words, refined silver, tried seven times, and the Holy Spirit has, with all care, dictated them accurately, it was on this account the Saviour said that not one jot or tittle of them should pass away.” — Clement of Alexandria, quoted by L. W. Munhall, “Inspiration,” in The Fundamentals: A Testimony to the Truth, ed. R. A. Torrey and A. C. Dixon, (Los Angeles: Bible Institute of Los Angeles, 1917), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: “Chapter 2. Inspiration”.

“The immediate results of [textual] criticism are in a high degree disturbing. So fat they have scarcely been understood by the average Christian. But the plain man who has been used to receive everything in the Bible as a veritable Word of God cannot fail to be perplexed, and deeply perplexed, when he is told that much of the Old Testament and the New is unhistorical, and when he is asked to accept the statement that God reveals Himself by myth and legend as well as by the truth, of fact. Mr. Balfour must surely know that many of the higher critics have ceased to be believers. More than twenty years ago the present writer, walking with Julius Wellhausen in the quaint streets of Greifswald, ventured to ask him whether, if his views were accepted, the Bible could retain its place in the estimation of the common people. `I cannot see how that is possible,’ was the sad reply.” W. H. Griffith Thomas, “Old Testament Criticism and New Testament Christianity,” in The Fundamentals: A Testimony to the Truth, ed. R. A. Torrey and A. C. Dixon, (Los Angeles: Bible Institute of Los Angeles, 1917), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: “Chapter 7. Old Testament Criticism and New Testament Christianity”.

The theory that inspiration may be affirmed only of the main views or positions of Scripture, but neither of the words nor of the development of the thoughts, cannot, it seems clear, be harmonized with the Lord’s teaching. William Caven, “The Testimony of Christ to the Old Testament,” in The Fundamentals: A Testimony to the Truth, ed. R. A. Torrey and A. C. Dixon, (Los Angeles: Bible Institute of Los Angeles, 1917), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: “Chapter 10. The Testimony of Christ to the Old Testament”.

Dean Burgon, a man of vast learning, says: “You cannot dissect inspiration into substance and form. As for thoughts being inspired, apart from the words which give them expression, you might as well talk of a tune without notes, or a sum without figures. No such theory of inspiration is even intelligible. It is as illogical as it is worthless, and cannot be too sternly put down.” L. W. Munhall, “Inspiration,” in The Fundamentals: A Testimony to the Truth, ed. R. A. Torrey and A. C. Dixon, (Los Angeles: Bible Institute of Los Angeles, 1917), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: “Chapter 2. Inspiration”.

The inspiration of the Old Testament Scriptures is clearly implied in the many declarations of our Lord respecting the fulfilment of prophecies contained in them. It is God’s prerogative to know, and to make known, the future. Human presage cannot go beyond what is foreshadowed in events which have transpired, or is wrapped up in causes which we plainly see in operation. If, therefore, the Old Testament reveals, hundreds of years in advance, what is coming to pass, omniscience must have directed the pen of the writer; i.e., these Scriptures, or at least their predictive parts, must be inspired. William Caven, “The Testimony of Christ to the Old Testament,” in The Fundamentals: A Testimony to the Truth, ed. R. A. Torrey and A. C. Dixon, (Los Angeles: Bible Institute of Los Angeles, 1917), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: “Chapter 10. The Testimony of Christ to the Old Testament”.

These five quotes all speak to something that many teaxhers deny today, yet as you can see, ONE CENTURY AGO was accepted almost universally.

The Bible is inspired (θεόπνευστος Theo Nuptis, God Breathed), not in the ways that some emotionally pleasing art or writing is called “inspired”, but written by God.
The Bible is Inerrant, utterly without mistake, or error, or need of correction.
The Bible is preserved – no verse was lost, no original manuscript exists to offer correction, for NONE IS NEEDED.

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3 ways Evangelicals misrepresent Fundamentalists


Fundamentalism is often presented with negative connotations.And it’s deliberate, otherwise the Theological Liberals wouldn’t be able to get and keep lucrative jobs fleecing the sheep,
Fundamentalism is portrayed with the following words: Judgmental, Pharisee, angry, harsh, unloving, strict, narrow-minded, unintelligent. Apparently, it never seemed to matter to the Theological Liberals who have successfully misrepresented Fundamentalism in this manner that all of these keywords apply just as equally to them.

Why Do Evangelicals Portray Fundamentalists so negatively?

It’s a valid question, and I’ll spend only a few sentences on this, to try to avoid the 2013 style blog posts I did with 6,500 words a day!

Reason 1: We brought it on ourselves. Frank Norris pulling a gun on another Pastor kind of gave us a black eye we still haven’t recovered from – and this happened almost a century ago! Certainly, Fundamentalists have not been the most joyful and loving bunch. I’ve written in the past that the one area that Fundamentalists end up light is the “Love One Another” area. Since Christ claimed this was the second greatest commandment, we need to enact action plans in our daily lives to start working on this! And we’re far too quick to point out error in Christianity (by the way, this is a Biblically mandated action we are to take on false teachers and those whose doctrine is misaligned – Rom. 16:17-18) – but very often we don’t bother trying to post articles explaining how to get your doctrine right! In case you missed it in David Cloud’s articles, he usually does post HOW to fix erroneous theology and doctrines shortly after pointing out error! If we all adopted this on our blogs, then we’d begin to reach people, and show people the errors in their beliefs without driving them away – maybe.
Reason 2: If Theological Liberals don’t misrepresent Fundamentalists, EVERYONE would be one, and they’d be out of a job! No kidding, I’m placing this as the first real reason of why they do it. And I can prove my point. A brief, one on one talk with any Christian can convince them to escape Evangelicalism and become Fundamentalist. I could sit down with you at McDonald’s and by the time we’re done with lunch, I can talk you into being a Fundamentalist. HALF of my talk is usually correcting these misrepresentations that Liberals give. Once I correct those, and give a 60 second explanation that a fundamentalist is a Christian who believes the Bible literally and tries to conform their life to it, the person I’m talking to is both done with their french fries and committed to being a Fundamentalist themselves!
Theological liberals do not believe the Bible, because they are not saved. You can’t be saved and believe the things they believe. But if they convince you that Fundamentalism is bad, that leaves compromising Evangelicalism with its “Don’t Judge Heresy” platform, and now they can maintain lucrative teaching positions that allow them speaking fees, tenure, sabbaticals and plush perks. It’s been a long-standing joke among Christians that upon graduating Seminary, your first witnessing assignment is to get your professor saved! They have EVERYTHING to lose by allowing you to stand firm for the word of God!

Reason 3: Money. There’s a lot of money to be made from Christians – this is why there’s so MANY televangelists – but also theologians! Think about it – you hit a difficult passage in the Bible, and what do you do? You… buy a book! There’s books on Christian families, marriages, Bible reading (avoid most of these, please!), Angels, heavenly encounters with Jesus Christ (these never happened, and you should throw the books away if you bought them), trips into Hell by Christians (again, same thing), Christian poetry primers, etc. Every time you buy a book, a Christian book publishing company makes money, and a Theological Liberal just got paid by Christians for denying Christ! Now, here’s something they can try writing a book about: 50 Reasons the Bible is without error. If you’re a Christian author and can’t write a book like that – you’re not saved! And I guarantee Christians would line up to buy those books at the book store! (hmmm… rubs chin, thinking…) This is why David Cloud teaches that the most dangerous place for a Christian is often Christian book stores!
Reason 4: If Theological Liberals mock and belittle Fundamentalists, it helps them sleep at night. No kidding, they make their living in a Bible they don’t believe. And the Bible has only one message for an unsaved person: If you don’t get saved, you will burn in Hell forever. They refuse to get saved, so this haunts them. If they belittle Fundamentalists, then it helps them to get past this terrible fear, which can be crippling once you know the truth. You can squash it down most of the time, but it rears its head constantly. This is a prime mechanism to deal with this fear, to mock those who’ve obeyed the call and gotten saved.

What should you do about it?

Chances are, you already have by coming here… The only way to deal with these people is stop reading them, stop listening to them. If a Teacher, no matter how famous and beloved a Christian teacher they may be, belittles, mocks or misrepresents a viewpoint of believing the Bible literally, then throw away their books, delete their MP3’s, and have nothing to do with them!

Walking The Tightrope


Being a fundamentalist today is like walking a tightrope. You’ve got to make it past Lordship Salvation without getting wrapped up in it.. You’ve got to make sure you’re a dispensationalist. You’ve got to avoid Ruckmanism/Pearlism/Hyles-ism/ Riplinger-ism. You’ve got to avoid THeological liberalism.

Every teaching tool you turn to, you’ve got to be careful. Many commentaries, dictionaries, encyclopedias, harmonies, teaching tools of all kinds, are written by theological liberals.

Logos is the most serious Bible study tool I’ve ever owned. But I’ve got to wade through interviews of people who’ve uncovered “Startling new discoveries on salvation” on the homepage – and what it boils down to is, it’s a heretic with a new book Logos is triyng to sell. Logos runs it by their resident scholars, who are theological liberals, and they see nothing wrong with it, because they don’t believe ether.

Accordance is written by a woman who’s devised a great study tool, but it’s clear from her blog entries on the Accordance web site that she too is caught up in THeological Liberalism.

Bound up in ALL of this is CS Lewis, JRR Tolkien, and Roman Catholicism, because all Christian denominations should be one and united, despite serious doctrinal error and the basic facts that most people who claim to be Christian are not saved.

We need to be TOGETHER, and UNITED! It would be RUDE to tell someone who believes in Salvation by works that they’re hellbound! Why, it might make them feel bad!

“What about the eternity in hellfire part?”

“That’s not my responsibility.”

It IS your responsibility. If you partner with some theological liberal and don’t bother to tell him he’s hellbound, what will you say to him at the Great White Throne judgment when he says, “Why didn’t you say something?” Yes, you’re going into heaven. But he’s going to Hell. I have ABSOLUTELY NO DOUBT that the resident scholar at Logos is not going to be with me in Heaven, but will be screaming in torments forever, in the lake of fire. So much so, that when his materials are free giveaways by Logos, when his classes are avialable, I avoid them like the plague. The same goes for NT Wright, and this new guy that looks so grim when he talks about his new discoveries about salvation being works oriented. The same goes for David Stern, the mis-translator and author of the Jewish New Testament translation. And CS Lewis. Etc.

I can understand why many IFB just lock themselves away with their King James and plug their ears. I’ve been tempted to do that myself. But I’m learning HUGE amounts about the Bible.

THe single hardest thing for me is, staying away from other translations, to stay away from other denominations. Wow, it would be GREAT to stop fighting, to stop swimming against the current. But we’re in the middle of the great falling away, the great apostasy. To give in is to join up, to help establish the wordwide faith that will help the Antichrist move into power. And I don’t want my eternity in heaven to be tainted with the knowledge that because I gave up, because I stopped fighting, I helped establish the Antichrist.

WAAAY too many people are going to have their eternity tempered with that realization. Way too many.

Don’t you be one of them.

Those Fundamentalist Pharisees by David Cloud


Updated September 24 2014 (first published August 2, 1996)(David Cloud, Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143, fbns@wayoflife.org)

Christians who have strong biblical convictions are often labeled “Pharisees.”

The following are a few examples of the probably hundreds of times people have written to called me a Pharisee.

“I wonder what makes Mr. Cloud so sure he’s right and everybody else is wrong? Look at the Pharisees, Mr. Cloud, and then look in the mirror!”

“You’re the best example I think I’ve ever seen of the Pharisee who sits at the front of the synagogue giving thanks for not being a sinner like everyone else.”

“I figured you were a Baptist organization. You are nothing more than modern day Pharisees! Judgmental ignorant people. Get a grip.”

To label a Bible-believing Christian who is passionate to honor Christ and to obey God’s Word a Pharisee is a slander, because the error of Phariseeism was not their zeal to obey the Scripture. They had no such zeal. They were zealous, rather, to create their own religious system and to exalt their own self-righteousness.

A biblical definition of Phariseeism is as follows:

1. Phariseeism is supplanting the Word of God with man-made tradition and thereby making the Word of God of none effect. “Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men” (Mat. 15:7-9).

2. Phariseeism is rejecting Jesus Christ. “Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw. And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David? But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils” (Mat. 12:22-24).

3. Phariseeism is perverting the Gospel of the free grace of Christ into a work’s salvation. “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves” (Mat. 23:15).

4. Phariseeism is self-righteousness. “And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess” (Lk. 18:9-12).

5. Phariseeism is the practice of religious hypocrisy. “In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, insomuch that they trode one upon another, he began to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy” (Lk. 12:1).

The Pharisees were at the forefront of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and of the persecution of the early Christians.

It is a great error to label a Christ-loving, Bible-honoring, grace-preaching, self-debasing, peace-loving Christian a Pharisee.

Jesus did not reject the Pharisees because they loved God’s Word and took it too seriously.

Jesus did not reject the Pharisees because they were careful to honor the details of God’s Word. Never did Jesus reprove them for such a thing.

Jesus did not reject the Pharisees because they judged by God’s Word. They didn’t judge by God’s Word; they judged by their own vain tradition. Jesus warned against hypocritical judgment, but He encouraged judgment based on truth.

Jesus did not reject the Pharisees because they marked and avoided false teachers. Jesus Himself warned about false teachers and instructed His people to beware of them (Matthew 7:15-23). Jesus commended the church at Ephesus because they had “tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars” and for hating the deeds of the Nicolaitans (Revelation 2:2, 6). Imagine that! Jesus commended the church for hating the deeds of false teachers. Obviously, that type of thing is not Phariseeism.

Zeal for God’s Word is right and godly. The following testimony expresses the very essence of true spirituality and godliness:

“Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false way” (Psalms 119:128).

Was the Psalmist speaking here as a Pharisee? Of course not. It is spiritual to esteem all of God’s precepts concerning all things to be right and to hate everything that is contrary to God’s precepts. Note the emphasis on ALL precepts and ALL things and EVERY false way. This is the very strictest sort of Biblicist mindset, and it is encouraged in the pages of God’s Word as the correct mindset and attitude of the man who loves God passionately.

Jesus reproved the Pharisees for turning the law of Moses into a way of salvation, which it was never intended to be, and for their hypocrisy and for their lack of love and grace and compassion. Consider the following reproof:

“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone” (Matthew 23:23).

Jesus didn’t say, “You Pharisees make far too much of tithing and other such things in God’s law. You are much too zealous for God’s Word. Don’t you know that God never intended you to take everything so strictly. Why don’t you lighten up?”

No, Jesus said they did well to take God’s Word strictly by honoring even the details of tithing. What He hated was that they had missed the heart and soul of the law of God, which was judgment, mercy, and faith. Observe that “judgment” is commended by Jesus!

The law was not given as a means to obtain righteousness; rather, it revealed God’s extreme holiness and man’s fallenness and pointed to Christ as the believing sinner’s justification (Rom. 3:19-24; Gal. 3:10-13, 24-25). The Pharisees missed the heart of the law which is to love God with all one’s heart and to love one’s neighbor as oneself. The fact that they were complicit in the death of the Son of God is clear evidence that they did not love God.

Candidly, there are a lot of fundamental Baptist preachers that I have little respect for, but I don’t know of any full-blown fundamentalist Pharisees. In my experience, every fundamental Baptist preacher believes too much in grace and delights too much in God’s free righteousness to be a Pharisee. There has been a lot of hypocrisy, though, and there is an element of true legalism within some aspects of the fundamental Baptist movement. I have warned about this often. (See, for example, my free eBook THE HYLES EFFECT, which is available at http://www.wayoflife.org.)

While I can’t speak for everyone, I can speak for myself. And I don’t preach works for salvation and I don’t preach works for sanctification. Everything is by God’s grace and His grace alone. Everything is Christ in me the hope of glory. The essence of the Christian life is not me doing something for God. It was described by Paul as follows: “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me” (Gal. 2:20).

This might not come across in every single sermon, but it is clear in my thinking and in my personal life and in the overall perspective of my ministry.

As for hypocrisy, I don’t always live up to what I preach. Far from it, but I confess my sins to God (and to man when the situation necessitates) and don’t pretend to any self-righteousness. I know at every moment that the only righteousness I have that is acceptable to God is in Christ and in Christ alone. That is not the thinking of a Pharisee.

We see in Matthew 23:23 that Christ did not rebuke the Pharisees for paying attention to the less weighty things in the law. He rebuked them for focusing on the lesser matters to the neglect of the weightier ones.

The Bible-believing “fundamentalists” that I know do not neglect the weightier matters of the New Testament faith. They aim, rather, to follow Paul’s example and to give heed to “the whole counsel of God” (Acts 20:27). They preach Christ’s virgin birth, blood atonement, resurrection, and ascension. They preach justification by grace alone and the Trinity and the personality of the Holy Spirit and the other “weightier” matters of the faith. They also preach church discipline (1 Cor. 5) and the divine restrictions upon the woman’s ministry (1 Tim. 2:12; 1 Cor. 14:34) and other things that are less weighty.

When a Christian today preaches against pop music and Hollywood’s moral filth and calls for modest dress, he is called a Pharisee, but the Bible demands a very strict separation from the world, and this is not Phariseeism; it is New Testament Christianity.

Following are just some of the commandments on this issue, and they are indeed commandments and not suggestions.

“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” (Romans 12:2).

“Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God” (2 Corinthians 7:1).

“But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world” (Galatians 6:14).

“And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them” (Ephesians 5:11).

“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world” (Titus 2:11-12).

“Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world” (James 1:27).

“Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God” (James 4:4).

“Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul” (1 Peter 2:11).

“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever” (1 John 2:15-17).

“And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness” (1 John 5:19).

Separation from the world by a born again, blood-washed, saved-by-grace-alone believer is not Phariseeism. It is obedience to God and conformity to His character and will.

The Pharisees were at the forefront of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and of the persecution of the early Christians.

It is a great slander to label a Christ-loving, Bible-honoring, grace-gospel-preaching, self-debasing, peace-loving Christian a Pharisee.

The modern Pharisee would be more akin to the Roman Catholic priest with his sacramental gospel and his traditions exalted to the place of Scripture and his long history of persecuting the saints. The ecumenical crowd doesn’t call Catholic priests Pharisees, though. They don’t seem to be concerned about all of the souls who have been led astray by these contemporary Pharisees.

The only men they seem to be concerned about are those dreadful old “fundamentalists” with their strong Bible convictions and their refusal to smile at error.

Oh, those dreadful fundamentalist Pharisees!

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Ways in which Fundamentalists are discriminated against


I’m often astounded when I hear Evangelicals call themselves Fundamentalist. They have no idea that in many ways, they are so NOT Fundamentalist, it’s crazy.

But what I see is the rabid anti-Fundamentalism sweeping Christianity – the same ideology the Lord decries in the letter to the Laodecian church in Revelation 3. “Be lukewarm, like us!” They cry. And many of them resort to calling Fundamentalists “Pharisees.” Good to know that not only are you Biblically ignorant and PROUD of it – but you’re also Anti-Semitic.

A Pharisee is an enemy of Jesus Christ. A Fundamentalist is not. Fundamentalists stand for the Christian faith, a literal belief in the Bible – and usually God’s Bible, not rejected and heretical texts which the unBelieving and unSaved “scholars” prefer.

So, let’s say you discover overnight, that the Bible is God’s word, inspired, inerrant, preserved. Now, there’s a lot of “Christians” who call the Bible “Inspired” the same way you’d call Mozart’s music “inspired”. When I say inspired, I mean, we believe God dictated the Bible to men who wrote it down.  Many “Christians” claim Fundamentalists don’t believe that anymore.

Huh.

No, that’s an article of faith that Fundamentalists will not let go of. When they say, “Luke wrote the book of Luke”, they’re saying “It might have errors because Luke wrote it, and Luke was a man.” I say instead, “God wrote it and gave Luke the words to write down. It has no errors – God wrote it.”

So, if you became a Fundamentalist, you’d find yourself having problems with a LOT of Christian materials. Commentaries that question God’s word. Bible dictionaries that try  to present the unSaved “Scholar’s” view of things – which usually is their wish or pet theory being passed off as truth to unsuspecting Christians. You’d have to reject a lot of Greek handbooks, because many of them ascribe to “Textual Criticism”, which is Atheism passing itself off as Christians. If you’re trying to tell me Mr. Aland or Mr. Metzger are saved, you’re going to have to cite some serious evidence, because based on their testimonies, I’m going to come out and say – no, they can’t be.

You’re going to have trouble with a lot of Sermon starter books, that have little “tidbits of the Greek” because they push – again – a heretical manuscript instead of God’s Bible. You’re going to end up rejecting most materials on Revelation because – let’s face it – most of them are written by persons who allegorize the Book of Revelation, or accept the heretical manuscripts instead of God’s Bible. I have a commentary on Revelation that seems really good, but I’m having to wade through a lot of “the scholars now say…”. I’m sorry Mr. Seiss, but had you any idea they were lying to you?

You’re going to have a lot of trouble with pre-printed Sunday School materials. I’ve found so many elementary doctrinal errors and “Scholars say” references, I don’t know what to do.

You’ll grit your teeth over the way people praise Billy Graham, ignoring his outright heresies. Yes, he used to be great. But once he started promoting Baptismal Regeneration, there’s a problem.

So… is this Hypocrisy? No. I don’t quote from heretical greek texts. I quote from God’s Bible. When I refer to the Greek, I refer to the Textus Receptus. When I look at “The hebrew”, I’m looking at the Hebrew Masoretic Txt, the Ben Chayim text. When I give my opinion on the Bible, it is “The Bible says…”

So, I’m not a “Pharisee.” I promote the Bible as the word of God, not the Talmud. I promote only one way to heaven through Jesus Christ, certainly not a trait associated with Pharisees.

So… what does that leave the people who question the word of God? Who promote other ways to be saved? Who refuse to disassociate with heretics and false teachers?

What does that imply about them?

Steps out of Evangelicalism


The steps to take towards Fundamentalism are quite simple.

First: You need to put your modern translation on the bookshelf. Pick up your King James. Here’s a helpful hint for the King James… at some point, you’re going to need large print. My advice – get it now. Should you get a study Bible? Absolutely. There are many who say things like, “just get a Bible, with no cross references, no footnotes.” To a certain extent, I see why they say that. I personally disagree. I went out and got a whiteout pen for use with my King James, to whiteout any footnotes that are unBiblical. I still haven’t gotten around to it, but simply crossed them out with a pen, scoring them through several times.

You need a good Bible, because you’re going to do something different in Fundamentalism you never did in Evangelicalism – read your Bible. Matter of fact, TWO new things, because you’re going to learn to study it.

Second: All your old books you rely on, go back on the shelf. After a year in Fundamentalism, you may be shocked at some of the patently unBiblical things Evangelicalism told you. Fundamentalist books? There are some. Not many. For now, you need 66 books. That’s it. Let’s start with those.

Third: Stop listening to all the Evangelical teachers, and… start researching. The Biblebelievers web site has many great things on it, some articles by many good Bible teachers (and one or two I dislike). One of the features on there is exposing false teachers. You might want to try looking up some stuff on your favorites. LIke John Ankerberg. Charles Swindoll. Charles Stanley. Rick Warren. Joel Osteen. Jack Van Impe. Billy Graham. Promise Keepers. Focus On The Family and James Dobson. Peeps like those. Matter of fact, you can look them up on wayoflife.org as well. And on my blog, I have categories of false teachers. You’ll see names listed there. If you click on them, you’ll see articles on them that may astonish you. Their teachings have been plain in your sight, but you just never noticed them. For instance, the 9 Marks of a Healthy Church by Mark Deevers. There’s literally a quote in there that seems right. It sounds good. But if you read it several times, trying to read between the lines of what he’s saying, is that he won’t baptize anyone who is not a Calvinist, and that he considers anyone not a Calvinist unsaved. If you don’t know what a Calvinist is, buckle your seat belt! You’re in for a bumpy ride!

These three stages usually take about a month. THat’s it. You VERY quickly begin to become a Fundamentalist after you do these things. Ready for the next step?

Fourth: Stop listening to Christian Radio. “What????” Yes. Even listening to BBN lately has gotten dangerous. I’ve heard the DJ’s say things in the last 18 months that were completely unBiblcial, and lead you OUT of Fundamentalism and into Evangelicalism!

If you must replace it with something – unless you have the kind of cars I grew up with, that only had radios, your car probably has a CD player. There are many websites where you can download good sermons by great Bible teachers. Switch to that. Get CD’s of hymns.

If you do these things, you’ll find yourself waking out of the Evangelical stupor. You’ll be glad you did.

New Age 2


25% of people say they believe in reincarnation.

42% say they’ve been in contact with someone that has died.

15% endorse the work of spirit mediums and channelers.

67% read horiscope columns in the newspaper.

50% believe in ESP.

The New Age is extremely powerful. The New Age practitioners include many politicians and influential personalities (note – the ability to pretend your someone else does not automatically give you an open platform to air your political or religious views!).

While people seem to think it first appeared in the 1960’s, the New Age has been around for quite a long time – making the New Age not so new!

The original New Age movement originally started as the Mystery Religion of Babylon. The proponents of new age often cite old Druidic origins of it, but they’re often doing this out of ignorance. Most New Age adherents cannot cite their own history.

The Mystery Religion of Babylon placed experience over knowledge. Ecstatic emotional state was believed to lift one into a higher realm of existence, where one could emotionally be in contact with deity. Recently I listened to a John MacArthur sermon (still working on my Master’s Thesis, and searching for quotes) where MacArthur gave quote after quote on the Mystery Religions in Corinth, where pretty much things hadn’t changed religion wise since it first came from Babylon.

There are some differences, of course. Animal Sacrifice was done in those days. The mystery religions spread throughout the world, carried with them by the peoples who left the Middle East for Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas and all points in between.

the modern new age movement came together from a number of unusual sources. One of the roots of it is Swedeborgianism. Emmanuel Swedenborg was a self professed mystic who claimed the ability to speak to angels and demons – kind of a stupid claim, since, well – demons are angels. And unless you’re born again, Angels are not likely to speak to you, so… three guesses who Swedenborg was speaking to. Swedenborg was born in 1688, and began his mystery religion, which he apparently viewed as a divergent form of Christianity.

It was now, for the first time, too, that he gave a deep consideration to the condition of the Christian Church, revealed in otherworld judgment to be one of spiritual devastation and impotency. To serve in the revelation of “doctrine for a New Church” became his Divinely appointed work. He forwent his reputation as a man of science, gave up his assessorship, cleared his desk of everything but the Scriptures. He beheld in the Word of God a spiritual meaning, as he did a spiritual world in the world of phenomena. In revealing both of these the Lord, he said, made His Second Coming.

— The Gist of Swedenborg, pg. 4

Swedenborgianism presented itself as a form of Christianity, when it in reality was yet another esoteric cult. Swedenborgianism maintained pockets of adherents in the United States.

Swedenborgianism joined forces with Franz Mesmer to create the New Thought phenomenon, popularized by Phineas Parkhurst Quimby, surfacing today as the cousin of the New Age movement, the Charismatic movement. While all three movements were separate, it was truly Quimby, among others, who began to popularize the esoteric teachings.

The movement was lumped into a grab bag called spiritualism, which serves as the precursor to the New Age. As it passed into the 19th Century, it met with the bizarre teachings of Madame Helena Blatavsky, a woman living in Aisia who claimed to be a Russian. She founded the THeosophical Society (meaning Theos, God, and Sophos, knowledge).

This is where the odd and cultic origins of New Age really get bizarre. Blatavsky claims to have met “Ascended Masters” (to use the modern term) who instructed her to go to Tibet to learn more. Later critics would claim these people were fictitious, and Blatavsky actually spent the time in Europe. She claimed psychic powers that the masters had taught her how to use these powers. She led a bizarre life, but her most hard fought battle was in trying to change the Spiritualist belief that the spirits they were talking to were “The dead”, and instead that of “ascended masters” and “Angelic beings”.

Blatavsky claimed to study of the Kabbalah in Mentanah, which is extremely doubtful that any Rabbi would teach a Gentile woman Kabbalah. She also claimed during the same time to fight in war disguised as a man. Blatavsky’s life is difficult to research, as she made wildly contradictory claims and falsified facts and events throughout her life.

Oddly enough, Blatavsky’s teachings of the Theosophical Society gathered momentum, based upon books she wrote, which were devoured by the 19th century Europe and America.

The Theosophical teachings gained the most influence in the oddest of places…

Germany.

The Thule societies arose, building upon Spiritualism, Swedeborgianism, Theosophy and New Thought, and wrapping it in German folklore and the operas of Wagner (!), to become the Thule Society. The Thule society’s teachings really become the breeding grounds from which the modern New Age sprung. The Thule Society chose as its emblem the symbol of rebirth used in Asia, the Swastika. Surprisingly, the German Army, a little suspicious of any movement gaining ground, actually used to place spies in every society group. The Thule Society managed to influence a political group known as the National Socialist party, who wrapped the Thule/Theosophy/Swedenborg/New Thought/Spritualist teachings into one political movement, based upon GErman Nationalism. So the German Army placed a spy in this group – and set in motion events that cost the lives of millions of people.

The spy they chose was an Austrian Corporal who had enlisted in the German army.

Adolph Hitler.

Hitler took the Thule/National Socialist party teachings, and enflamed an entire nation in the rhetoric of occultism, manifest destiny, and German folklore. Riding it to power, he very nearly conquered much of the known world. When the Third Reich crashed, the teachings of the Thule Society migrated everywhere its adherents moved to avoid prosecution in war trials.

It went underground in the US, and managed to find one more key to the puzzle.

The Seventh Day Adventists had a falling out in the late 19th century, over the leadership and working of Dr. Kellogg (see my writings on the Seventh Day Adventist cult for more information). The group involved in the Kellogg affair finally uncovered evidence that Ellen G. White was plagiarizing a great number of Christian and sometimes cultic writings, such as the Book of mormon. When the break finally occurred and Ellen White excommunicated some of the Kellogg group, they were in a quandry. They’d lost faith in Ellen White, knew of her plagiarism, but were too indoctrinated in her cult.

So they wrote a book. Urantia. The Urantia papers still are popular among the members of the New Age Movement. It’s bizarre doublespeak influenced many, and set the stage for the last key to the New Age puzzle. It combined many of the teachings of Swedenborg, New Thought, Christian Science, Theosophy, etc.

The Beatles.

The Beatles held an almost religious influence upon their fans. As one person once wrote, “when the Beatles grew their hair long, we grew our hair long. When they dropped acid, we dropped acid. When they went Hindu, we went Hindu.”

Paul McCartney followed George Harrison into the Hindu religion. McCartney pulled out of it after becoming disillusioned by the Yogi they wer following. Harrison never renounced his Hindu beliefs, and the last recording he did before dying of brain cancer ended with Hindu chantings.

McCartney simply took more of a syncretionistic view of religion. And as the most popular Beatle, he proceeded to set the stage for millions of Beatle fans, who grew their hair, dropped acid, and got into Hinduism.

The closest we ever came to disaster for Christians and Christianity was a Beatles fan who dropped acid, grew his hair, dropped out of the army, and began studying Hinduism – until he picked up a hitch-hiker with a bicycle. They drove from Florida to Mexico and back, arguing all the while about Religion. The hitch-hiker was a Christian evangelist, and the Hindu devotee was David Cloud.

History shows who won that argument! Cloud has, by the way, never lost an argument since.

When the Beatles broke up, millions of fans had nowhere to turn for guidance. Some got more into Hinduism. Some went into Buddhism. Some found the Urantia papers.

The 1950’s through 1970’s was crazy for occultism. Books and TV specials were flying off the presses about UFO’s, Bigfoot, the Bermuda Triangle, ghosts, vanishings nad disappearances. The most popular science fiction storys went from “space exploration” to Heinlein’s “Stranger in a Strange Land”, a blasphemous fiction piece about a New Age messiah who was a man from Mars, who attempted to teach people Martian language and religion.

The “Stranger in a strange land” book grew very popular with hippies, and in many ways was the start of the hippie movement. When the Beatles broke up, it got even more popular. The next step for its fans was to find anything remotely like it. they found Urantia.

I suppose I should mention the truly bizarre book called “Jonathan Livingston Seagull”, which was written through “spirit channeling”.

The New Age movement was born out of all this mess. You’re interested in ancient Celtic religion, thanks to a low budget UK movie about a Burning Man? You can combine that with Urantia to form New Age. You into Hinduism? You can combine that with flying saucerws and Atlantis. You into Ghosts? Room for them too.

Atlantis myths furnished crystals, which became the next piece of the puzzle. People began searching for any writing they could find that was occultic. Even the Thule society teachings were spread. And it really went wild when Edgar Cayce was discovered. The “Sleeping Prophet” supposedly gave predictions, and his followers proudly explain he read the Bible through every year. Did him no good, as he died without Christ.

And of course, the next spirit channeled books, such as “Jesus calling” and “Seth Speaks” came out.

All the new age really was waiting on at that point was Yanni, really. Beads and bracelets became crystals, figurines, buddhas, peace signs.

So now we have the history of the hodge podge that is the NAM, and we can begin!