Monday, January 14, 2008

NASA AND THE BIBLE


For all the scientists out there, and for all the students who have a hard time convincing these people regarding the truth of the Bible, here's something that shows God's awesome creation, and that He is still in control.

Did you know that the space program is busy proving that what has been called "myth" in the Bible is true?

Mr. Harold Hill, President of the Curtis Engine Company in Baltimore, Maryland, and a consultant in the space program, relates the following development.

I think one of the most amazing things that God has done for us today happened recently to our astronauts and space scientists at Green Belt, Maryland

They were checking out where the positions of the sun, moon, and planets would be 100 years and 1,000 years from now. We have to know this so we won't send up a satellite and have it bump into something later on in its orbits.

We have to lay out the orbits in terms of the life of the satellite and where the planets will be so the whole thing will not bog down.

They ran the computer measurement back and forth over the centuries, and it came to a halt. The computer stopped and put up a red signal, which meant that there was something wrong with either the information fed into it or with the results as compared to the standards.

They called in the service department to check it out, and they said, 'What's wrong?' Well, they found there is a day missing in space in elapsed time.

They scratched their heads and tore their hair out. There was no answer.

Finally a Christian man on the team said, 'You know, one time I was in Sunday School, and they talked about the sun standing still.' While they didn't believe him, they didn't have an answer either, so they said, 'Show us, '

He got a Bible and went to the book of Joshua where they found a pretty ridiculous statement for any one with 'common sense.'


There they found the Lord saying to Joshua,

'Fear them not, I have delivered them into thy hand; there shall not a man of them stand before Thee.'

Joshua was concerned because he was surrounded by the enemy! And if darkness fell, they would overpower them. So Joshua asked the Lord to make the sun stand still! That's right... 'The sun stood still and the moon stayed and lasted not t o go down about a whole day!'

(Joshua 10:12-13)

The astronauts and scientists said, There is the missing day! They checked the computers going back into the time it was written and found it was close but not close enough. The elapsed time that was missing back in Joshua's day was 23 hours and 20 minutes ... not a whole day.

They read the Bible, and there it was about [approxi-mately] a day. These little words in the Bible are important, but they were still in trouble because if you cannot account for 40 minutes, you'll still be in trouble 1000 years from now. Forty minutes had to be found because it can be multiplied many times over in orbits. As the Christian employee thought about it, he remembered somewhere in the Bible where it said the sun went BACKWARDS.

The scientists told him he was out of his mind, but they got out the Book and read these words in 2 Kings that told of the following story: Hezekiah, on his death bed, was visited by the prophet Isaiah who told him that he was not going to die. Hezekiah asked for a sign as proof. Isaiah said 'Do you want the sun to go ahead 10 degrees ?'

Hezekiah said, 'It is nothing for the sun to go ahead 10 degrees, but let the shadow return backward 10 degrees.' Isaiah spoke to the Lord, and the Lord brought the shadow ten degrees BACKWARD! Ten degrees is exactly 40 minutes!

Twenty-three hours and 20 minutes in Joshua, plus 40 minutes in Second Kings make the missing day in the universe!

Isn't it amazing?

References: Joshua 10:8 and 12,13 and 2 Kings 20:9-11.

Friday, January 11, 2008

KEEP YOURSELVES FROM IDOLS


“Little children, keep yourselves from idols, Amen.”
1 John 5:21

We cannot separate this verse from the truth that is set before us in the preceding verse 20 - “And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.”

There is truth and there is error. In other words, everything that is not of the TRUTH as it is in Christ Jesus, and what He accomplished in His sacrificial death is idolatry. So resist idolatry, which opposes the truth: to use Mary and the assorted saints to approach God is idolatry; to use symbols, days, and rituals is idolatry; to use the will of man to appropriate salvation is idolatry; to work to establish a just standing before God is idolatry; to say to a man that God has done His part and now you complete it by doing something, whether in believing, or in baptism, or any other work of man, in order to make it yours, that is idolatry.

By David Simpson

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

GODLY COMPANIONS



“I am a companion of all that fear thee, and of them that keep thy precepts.”
(Psalm 119:63)

In the above verse we have a description of God’s people according to the course of their lives and conduct. They are a people marked by two things: fear and submission, the latter being the fruit of the former. Regenerated souls obey God conscientiously out of reverence to His majesty and goodness, and from a due regard of His will as made known in His Word.

The same description is given of them in Acts 10:35, “In every nation he that feareth God and worketh righteousness is accepted with Him.,”


It is a filial fear which is awed by God’s greatness and is careful not to offend Him, which is constrained by His love and is anxious to please Him. Such are the only ones fit to be a Christian’s “companions.”

A “companion” is, properly speaking, one whom I choose to walk and converse with in a way of friendship. Inasmuch as the companions we select is an optional matter, it is largely true that a person may be known by the company he or she keeps; hence the old adage, “Birds of a feather flock together.” Scripture asks the searching question, “Can two walk together but except they be agreed?” (Amos 3:3).


A Christian, before his conversion, was controlled by the Prince of darkness and walked according to the course of this world (Ephesians 2:2,3), and therefore did he seek and enjoy the company of worldlings. But when he was born again the new nature within him prompted new tastes and desires, and so he seeks a new company, delighting only in the saints of God. Alas, that we do not always continue as we began.

The Christian is to have good will toward all with whom he comes in contact, desiring and seeking their best interests (Galatians 6:10), but he is not to be yoked to (2 Corinthians 6:14) nor have any fellowship with (Ephesians 5:11) those who are unbelievers, nor is he to delight in or have complacency toward those who despise his Master. “Shouldest thou help the ungodly, and love them that hate the Lord?” (2 Chronicles 19:2).

Would you knowingly take a viper into your bosom?


“The wicked is an abomination unto the righteous” (Proverbs 29:26).

So said David, “Do not I hate them, O Lord, that hate thee? and am I not grieved with those that rise up against thee? I hate them with a perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies”

(Psalm 139:21,22).

That holy man could not be confederate with such.

Evil company is to be sedulously avoided by the Christian lest he become defiled by them.


“He that walketh with wise men shall be wise; but a companion of fools shall be destroyed”
(Proverbs 13:20).

Nor is it only the openly lawless and criminal who are to be shunned, but even, yea especially, those professing to be Christians yet who do not live the life of Christians. It is this latter class particularly against which the real child of God needs to be most on his guard: namely, those who say one thing and do another; those whose talk is pious, but whose walk differs little or nothing from the non-professor, The Word of God is plain and positive on this point:

“Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away”
(2 Timothy 3:5).

This is not merely good advice, but a Divine command which we disregard at our peril.

In selecting your “companions” let not a pleasing personality deceive you.

The Devil himself often poses as “an angel of light,” and sometimes his wolfish agents disguise themselves in “sheep’s clothing” (Matthew 7:15). Be most careful in seeing to it that what draws you toward and makes you desire the companionship of Christian friends is their love and likeness to Christ and not their love and likeness to you. Shun as you would a deadly plague those who are not awed by the fear of God, i.e., a trembling lest they offend Him. Let not the Devil persuade you that you are too well established in the faith to be injured by intimacy with worldly “Christians” (?).


“Be not deceived, evil communications corrupt good manners”
(1 Corinthians 15:33).

Rather “follow righteousness, faith, love, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart”
(2 Timothy 2:22).

“Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners”
(1 Corinthians 15:33).

The Greek word here for “communications” properly means “a bringing together, companionships.” And evil companionships “corrupt.” All evil is contagious and association with evildoers, whether they be “church members” or open infidels, has a defiling and debasing effect upon the true child of God. Mark well how the Holy Spirit has prefaced His warning: “be not deceived.” Evidently there is a real danger of God’s people imagining that they can play with fire without getting burned. Not so: God has not promised to protect us when we fly in the face of his danger signals.

Observe too the next verse which is inseparably connected with the one to which we have directed attention.


“Awake to righteousness and sin not: for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak (this) to your shame.”
(1 Corinthians 15:34)

The word “awake” signifies to arouse as from a torpor or state of lethargy.

It is a call to shake off the delusive spell that a Christian may company with Christless companions without being contaminated by them. “And sin not” in this respect. To cultivate friendship with religious worldlings Is SIN, for such “have not the knowledge of God”: they have no experimental acquaintance with Him, His fear is not on them, His authority has no weight with them. “I speak (this) to your shame.” The child of God ought to be abashed and filled with confusion that he needs such a word as this. "I am a companion of all that fear thee, and of them that keep thy precepts."

Such are the only “companions” worth having, the only ones who will give you any encouragement to continue pressing forward along the “Narrow Way.” It is not those who merely pretend to “believe” God’s precepts, or profess to “stand for” them, but those who actually “keep” them.

But where are such to be found these days?

Ah, where indeed. They are but “few” in number (Matthew 7:14) one here and one there. Yea, so very “few” are they that we are constrained to cry, “Help, Lord, for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men”
(Psalm 12:1).

It is indeed solemn to read the words that immediately follow the lastquoted scripture and find how aptly they apply to and how accurately they describe the multitude of godless professing “Christians” all around us: “they speak vanity every one with his neighbour, with flattering lips, with a double heart do they speak” (v. 2).


Note three things about them.

First , they “speak vanity” or “emptiness.” Their words are like bubbles, there is nothing edifying about them. It cannot be otherwise for “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh” (Matthew 12:34).

Their poor hearts are empty (Matthew 12:44). So their speech is empty too.

Second , they have “flattering lips,” which is the reason why they are so popular with the ungodly. They will seek to puff you up with a sense of their own importance, pretend to admire the “much light” you have, and tell you it is your duty to “give it out to others”.

Third . they have a “double heart.” They are (vainly) seeking to serve two masters: (cf. 2 Kings 17:32,33). “I am a companion of all that fear thee, and of them that keep thy precepts.” There is a very real sense in which this is true even where there is no outward contact with such. Faithfulness to God, obedience to His Word, keeping His precepts, companying only with those who do so, turning away from everybody else, has always involved a lonely path. It was thus with Enoch (Jude 14). It was thus with Abraham (Isaiah 51:2).

It was thus with Paul ( 2 Timothy 1:5). It is the same today. Every city in the land is tilled with “churches,” “missions,” “Gospel Halls,” “Bible Institutes,” etc., etc.,

but where are those who give plain evidence that they are living in this world as “strangers and pilgrims” and as such abstaining “from fleshly lusts which war against the soul” ( 1 Peter 2:11)?

But thank God. though the path of faithfulness to Him be a lonely one, it brings me into spiritual fellowship with those who have gone before. We are to walk by faith and not by sight, and faith perceives that walking with Christ “outside the camp” (Hebrews 13:13) necessarily brings into communion with “all” His redeemed, be they on earth or be they in heaven.

Thus the apostle John in his lonely exile on Patmos referred to himself as “your brother and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ” (Revelation 1:9). Yes, Christian reader, for a little while it means companionship “in tribulation,” but, praise God it will not mean enduring the throes of the swiftly- approaching portion of Christless professors left behind when Christ comes for His own (Thessalonians 2:10-12). For a little while it means companionship in “the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ,” soon it will be in the kingdom and glory of Christ. May Divine mercy so enable us to live now that in that Day we shall receive His “Well done.”


By A.W. Pink

ANXIETY

“Be anxious for nothing” (Philippians 4:6)

WORRYING is as definitely forbidden as theft. This needs to be carefully pondered and definitely realized by us, so that we do not excuse it as an innocent “infirmity.” The more we are convicted of the sinfulness of anxiety, the sooner are we likely to perceive that it is most dishonoring to God, and “strive against” it. (Hebrews 12:4)

But how are we to “strive against” it?

First, by begging the Holy Spirit to grant us a deeper conviction of its enormity.

Second, by making it a subject of special and earnest prayer, that we may be delivered from this evil.

Third, by watching its beginning, and as soon as we are conscious of harassment of mind, as soon as we detect the unbelieving thought, lift up our heart to God and ask Him for deliverance from it.

The best antidote for anxiety is frequent meditation upon God’s goodness, power and sufficiency. When the saint can confidently realize “The Lord is My Shepherd,” he must draw the conclusion, “I shall not want!”

Immediately following our exhortation is, “but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your request be made known unto God.”


Nothing is too big and nothing is too little to spread before and cast upon the Lord. The “with thanksgiving” is most important, yet it is the point at which we most fail. It means that before we receive God’s answer, we thank Him for the same: it is the confidence of the child expecting his Father to be gracious.

“Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought (anxious concern) for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?”
(Matthew 6:25)

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
(Matthew 6:33)

By A.W. Pink

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

AN ENCOURAGEMENT TO PRAY

If thou wouldest more fully express thyself before the Lord, study thy filthy estate. God’s promises, the heart of Christ, which thou mayest know by His blood-shedding, by the mercy He has extended to great sinners formerly, and plead thine own vileness by way of bemoaning; Christ’s blood, by way of expostulation; and in thy prayers, let the mercy He hath extended to other great sinners, together with His rich promises of grace, be much upon thy heart. Yet let me counsel thee; take heed that thou content not thyself with words; do not think God looks only at them; but whether thy words be few or many, let thine heart go with them; and then shalt thou seek Him, and find Him, when thou shalt seek Him with thy whole heart.

Sunday, January 06, 2008

FAITH WITHOUT WORKS IS DEAD


A Study on James 2:14-26

James 2:14
My brothers, what [is] the gain if anyone says he has faith, but he does not have works? Is the faith able to save him?

James 2:15
But if a brother or a sister is naked and may be lacking in daily food,

James 2:16
and any one of you say to them, Go in peace, be warmed and filled, but does not give them the things the body needs, what gain [is it]?

James 2:17
So also faith, if it does not have works, is dead being by itself.

James 2:18
But someone will say, You have faith, and I have works. Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith out of my works.

James 2:19
You believe that God is One. You do well; even the demons believe and shudder.

James 2:20
But are you willing to know, O vain man, that faith apart from works is dead?

James 2:21
Was not our father Abraham justified by works offering up his son Isaac on the altar?

James 2:22
You see that faith worked with his works; and out of the works the faith was perfected.

James 2:23
And the Scripture was fulfilled, saying, " And Abraham believed God, and it was counted for righteousness to him;" and he was called, Friend of God.

James 2:24
You see, then, that a man is justified out of works, and not out of faith only.

James 2:25
But in the same way Rahab the harlot was also justified out of works, having received the messengers, and sending them out by another way.

James 2:26
For as the body is dead apart from the spirit, so also faith is dead apart from works.

James 2:14-26 has been a controversial passage down through the ages and continues to be controversial in some circles today. Some would say that this passage proves that the book of James is not inspired. Others say that this is the so-called "Arminian side" of Christianity that needs to balance out the so-called "Calvinist side." Some Arminians say that this disproves salvation by grace alone. None of these are true. This passage in James is a vital part of the inerrant, inspired Word of God, and it puts forth essential Christian doctrine. And it would not be controversial if people would understand the relationship between faith and works. Let us go through this passage step-by-step.

James 2:14
My brothers, what [is] the gain if anyone says he has faith, but he does not have works? Is the faith able to save him?

This verse is made up of two rhetorical questions. It is saying that there is no gain if anyone says he has faith but does not have good works. This professed faith is not the true faith that all believers possess. James is combating the heretics who were saying that one can believe the gospel and yet not have any good works to manifest that faith. It is a form of antinomianism. It is the "carnal Christian" heresy. Those who espouse this view are the ones who say that believers can live just like the immoral, irreligious world, but as long as they believe, they are saved, even though their works are evil. The Holy Spirit through James says that this is impossible. Someone who says he believes the gospel, even the true gospel of salvation conditioned on the atoning blood and imputed righteousness of Christ alone, but who has no accompanying good works, is not regenerate. God even says in Romans 6 that believers do not live in sin (v. 2), do not serve sin (v. 6), are slaves of obedience to righteousness (vv. 16, 18), and have their fruit unto sanctification (v. 22).

James 2:15
But if a brother or a sister is naked and may be lacking in daily food,

James 2:16
and any one of you say to them, Go in peace, be warmed and filled, but does not give them the things the body needs, what gain [is it]?

James gives an illustration of someone who is in need of food and clothing and someone who has the means to help that person. The person who has the means to help is saying to the person who is in need, "Go in peace, be warmed and filled."

What good have those words done the person who is in need?

If one meets a person who is dying of thirst and tells him, "May you be blessed with a drink," what good has it done that person who is dying of thirst?

These are nothing but empty words. The person with means has done nothing to help the person in need.

James 2:17
So also faith, if it does not have works, is dead being by itself.

James shows how faith without works is like the person who says "be warmed and filled" but does not give the person any food and clothing. Just as the words are empty words, this supposed faith is an empty faith. It has no substance. If someone says he believes the gospel (and can even articulate the true gospel and his agreement with it) but lives in immorality or manifests a disregard for God's commands or is not striving after obedience, his profession is an empty profession. This is the same with someone who says that he believes the gospel but who does not love the people of God; he really does not believe the gospel, as we see in 1 John:

1 John 2:9
The [one] claiming to be in the light, and hating his brother, is in the darkness until now.

1 John 2:10
The [one] loving his brother rests in the light, and no offense is in him.

1 John 2:11
But the [one] hating his brother is in the darkness, and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness blinded his eyes.

Here is one who says he is in the light, who says he has faith, but who hates his brother. God says that this person who claims to be a believer is actually unregenerate. His professed faith, with no accompanying love for the brothers, is dead.

1 John 3:14
We know that we have passed from death to life because we love the brothers. The [one] not loving the brother remains in death.

Love of the brothers is an inevitable fruit of regeneration. It is evidence of a believing heart.

1 John 3:17
Whoever has the means of life of the world, and sees his brother having need, and shuts up his heart [of compassion] from him, how does the love of God abide in him?

1 John 3:18
My little children, let us not love in word, or in tongue, but in deed and truth.

Here is another rhetorical question. The one who has the means and knows his brother is in need, yet he does not love his brother by giving to him, does not have the love of God abiding in him. Love is not in word but in works.

1 John 4:20
If anyone says, I love God, and hates his brother, he is a liar. For the one not loving his brother whom he has seen, how is he able to love God whom he has not seen?

Again, here is one professing to have faith but who hates his brother. God calls this person a liar. His profession of faith is a lie. It is a dead faith.

The book of 1 John shows us that love of the brothers is one of the primary evidences of a true faith.

How is love of the brothers manifested?

We love the same things our brothers love. We hate the same things our brothers hate. We love our Lord Jesus Christ and the gospel of salvation conditioned on the atoning blood and imputed righteousness of Christ alone. We hate all false gospels that condition salvation in any way, to any degree, on the sinner. We speak peace to each other based on our common salvation. We do not speak peace to our brothers' enemies. We desire to fellowship with each other. We rejoice together in Christ and defend each other against the attacks of our enemies. We help each other in times of need.

Those who do not love the people of God show that they are not of God. For example, if a professing believer says that some who believes in universal atonement are his brothers in Christ, then he is speaking peace to the enemies of the people of God. This shows that he actually hates the people of God and that his professed faith is a lie.

James 2:18
But someone will say, You have faith, and I have works. Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith out of my works.

Here James refutes those who say that works and faith can be ripped apart such that one person can have faith with no works and another person can have works with or without faith. He is saying, "Go ahead and try to show me your faith apart from your works."

Remember that he is talking about one who claims to have faith but who has no accompanying works. Thus, James is saying that it is impossible for this man to show true faith when his works are evil, such as not loving the brothers. James counters by saying that he will show you his faith from his works. He is saying that his works are evidences of his faith. A faith with no evidences is not true faith.

James 2:19
You believe that God is One. You do well; even the demons believe and shudder.

James continues to speak to the person who professes to have faith but has no works to evidence his faith. He says that this person professes to believe in one God, not in many gods. In other words, this person professes to be a monotheist, not a polytheistic idolater. James then says, "Well, good for you - even the demons believe this, to the point of being afraid of God." He is saying that this person's profession of believing in one God is no more than what the demons believe. It is another way of saying, "Big deal!" or "So what!"

Are we to be impressed when we see a person say, "I first want to thank God," or even "I believe in the one true and living God"?

Are we to get all excited and say, "He's a believer!"?

No. So what if a person says this. Millions of people say things like this who are on their way to hell. They do not mean a thing. If we were in this person's presence, we could start asking questions, but these statements in and of themselves are no evidence of a person's spiritual state.

Some people use this verse to say that orthodoxy is not important.
They say, "You can have all the doctrine right, but that doesn't mean you're saved. Even the demons are orthodox. They have all the right doctrine."

It is true that people can profess to believe all the right gospel doctrine and still be lost; but if they believe all the right gospel doctrine, then they are obviously saved. There is no such monstrosity as a person who believes all the right gospel doctrine who is unsaved. This might lead some to accuse us of holding to the faith without works heresy. However, they miss an important point: If a person believes right gospel doctrine, then he will automatically bring forth good works. There is no such thing as truly believing right gospel doctrine and not having good works.

What about the so-called "orthodox demons"?

This passage is not saying that the demons are orthodox. It is saying that they believe in one God and shudder. It is saying that the demons are monotheists. It is not saying that they believe right doctrine about salvation. They shudder because they only know the wrath of God. They do not know the mercy of God. Hebrews 11:6 says that "the one drawing near to God should believe that He is, and [that] He becomes a rewarder to the ones seeking Him out." Believing that there is one God is certainly part of the equation, but there is much more to it than that. A believer not only knows that there is one God, but he knows who God is and what God has done in salvation.

Romans 10:3 says that the one who is ignorant of the righteousness of God is lost.

That means that one who does not know how God is just to justify the ungodly based solely on the atoning blood and imputed righteousness of Christ is lost (Romans 3:21-26).

Those who have no knowledge of God as a just God and a Savior are praying to a god who cannot save (Isaiah 45:20-21).

James 2:20
But are you willing to know, O vain man, that faith apart from works is dead?

James calls the one who claims to believe in God but has no accompanying works an empty man. His words are empty, his profession is empty, and he is empty. James then reiterates to this vain man that his so-called faith is dead, as evidenced by the fact that it is not accompanied by works.

James 2:21
Was not our father Abraham justified by works offering up his son Isaac on the altar?

James now goes into an example of faith evidenced by works. Abraham, out of obedience to God, offered up Isaac on the altar. The rhetorical question that James puts forth states clearly that, in this act of offering up his son, Abraham was justified by works. Now the controversy starts spinning more rapidly.

How could James say that Abraham was justified by works, when Paul said in Romans 3:28, "Then we conclude a man to be justified by faith without works of Law" and said in Romans 4:2, "For if Abraham was justified by works, he has a boast, but not with God"?

Are Paul and James contradicting each other here?

Not to those who believe the Bible. It is God the Holy Spirit through Paul and James who wrote these things. The same Holy Spirit wrote through James as wrote through Paul. God never contradicts Himself. God is One. He is in perfect unity with Himself. He is only truth. That is why none of the Scripture contradicts itself.

How are these verses reconciled?

It is not difficult. James is talking about a different kind of justification than Paul is talking about. Paul is talking about justification as being declared righteous before God. James is talking about justification as proving that one's faith is real. 1 John 2:3-6 says this:

1 John 2:3
And by this we know that we have known Him, if we keep His commands.

1 John 2:4
The [one] saying, I have known Him, and not keeping His commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that one.

1 John 2:5
But whoever keeps His Word, truly in this one the love of God has been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him.

1 John 2:6
The [one] claiming to rest in Him ought so to walk himself as that [One] walked.

Our works are what prove our faith to be real. In this sense, we are justified by works. So Abraham, by faith, offered up Isaac, showing that he believed God's promise.

James 2:22
You see that faith worked with his works; and out of the works the faith was perfected.

The first part of this verse says that Abraham's faith worked with his works, and, by extension, our faith works with our works. Our works spring from our faith. Our works are fruits - results - of our faith. What does James mean when he says, "out of the works the faith was perfected?"

Does it mean that the faith got better?

Does it mean that Abraham believed the gospel more because of his works?

No. It means that faith is shown to be complete by works. It is just another way of saying that faith by itself is not a true, living faith. It is only a true faith if it is a faith that produces works. Faith accompanied by works is the only true, complete faith.

James 2:23
And the Scripture was fulfilled, saying, And Abraham believed God, and it was counted for righteousness to him; and he was called, Friend of God.

James quotes Genesis 15:6, just as Paul quotes it in Romans 4:3. James and Paul are in agreement. James then quotes Isaiah 41:8, where Abraham is called a friend of God.

How did Abraham show that he was a friend of God?

By his works of obedience. And his works of obedience sprang from his belief of God's promise.

James 2:24
You see, then, that a man is justified out of works, and not out of faith only.

This is the conclusion that James reaches from the Scriptures he quoted. A man is justified out of works, and not out of faith only.

Does that sound heretical to you?

If it does, then you are saying that God sounds heretical to you. The Literal Version (LITV) uses the phrase "out of" rather than "by." This is not only easier to understand but is a better translation. The Greek word translated "out of" is also translated "out of" in passages like Mark 15:46 that says that the tomb was cut out of rock, and in John 10:28, Jesus says, "not anyone shall pluck them out of my hand." There are many more biblical examples. The word can also be translated "by," "from," or "of," but even in most of these instances, "out of" makes sense. (If the LITV were consistent, it would have translated verse 21 to say that Abraham was justified out of works.) Again, God is saying through James that our works are evidence of our faith. Our faith is proven by our works.

James 2:25
But in the same way Rahab the harlot was also justified out of works, having received the messengers, and sending them out by another way.

Rahab is given as an example of justification out of works. Her works showed that her belief in the God of Israel was real. Hebrews 11:3 says, "By faith Rahab the harlot did not perish with those disobeying, having received the spies with peace."

In Joshua 3:11, Rahab told the spies, "For Jehovah your God, He is God in the heavens above, and in the earth below." She showed her faith by helping Israel.

(As an aside, some use the passages on Rahab to say that lying is permitted and even necessary for Christians in some circumstances when there is a "greater good." They say that the Bible commends Rahab's lying - that her lying was one of the works that evidenced her faith. Nothing could be further from the truth. Nowhere does the Bible say that Rahab's lying was included in her acts of faith, because the Bible never contradicts itself. The Bible is clear that lying, in every instance, is sin. It is sin even when it is committed by a woman of faith whose other works during the same time frame were evidences of her faith. These verses do not say or even imply the horrendous notion that lying is considered a great act of faith.)

James 2:26
For as the body is dead apart from the spirit, so also faith is dead apart from works.

James compares the body-spirit connection to the faith-works connection.

If you did not have a spirit inside you, what would your body be doing right now?

It would be just lying there - it would be dead. All living human beings have spirits in them. Upon death, the spirit departs from the body. If there is no spirit, there is no life. The same goes for faith and works; if there are no works, there is no faith. If there is faith but no works, it is like a body with no spirit. It is dead. A body with no spirit is really not a person anymore. Faith with no works is really not true faith.

Do you see how important good works are?

They are not an option. They are not something that some Christians have and other Christians do not have. They are inevitable and essential fruits of true faith.

Whenever we believers talk of things that are impossible for any believer to do (things that are necessarily indicative of lostness) or things that all believers without exception do (inevitable and essential fruits), the antinomians and false peace-speakers will invariably say that we are conditioning salvation on the believer's doing or abstaining from doing certain things. This shows that they are ignorant of the vital distinction between conditions and fruits.

What part do good works play when it comes to gaining salvation, maintaining salvation, or making one fit for heaven?

ABSOLUTELY NO PART.

Our works do not secure salvation in any way to any degree. Our works do not help us to maintain our salvation in any way to any degree. Our works do not make us fit for heaven or deserving of heaven in any way to any degree. The atoning blood and imputed righteousness of Christ is the only ground of salvation, from regeneration to final glory. Our good works flow from a heart that has been given faith, and our good works are the response of a heart that loves the God who has saved us based on the work of Christ alone.

All God's people do have good works, no exceptions. It is not because the works form any part of the basis of our salvation, but it is because we are God's "workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God before prepared that we should walk in them" (Ephesians 2:10).

A heart that has been created to love God will do good works from that love. Let us who love God be diligent to show that love and to evidence our faith by our works. Amen.

By Marc D. Carpenter

IS "CHRISTIAN PSYCHOLOGY" CHRISTIAN?


The so-called "Christian Psychology" movement is by far the most popular movement among professing Christians today. Just check out your local "Christian" bookstore to see how much space is given to it. This heresy is being embraced by tens of thousands of professing Christians who claim to believe in the inerrancy, validity, and sufficiency of Scripture. "Christian" psychologists are enjoying a papal-like authority. Instead of analyzing what these men say according to Scripture (Acts 17:11), professing Christians come in droves to witness the next great insight -- how to overcome addictions, co-dependency, depression, or neurosis; how to deal with your children, spouse, or parents; or how to heal your "wounded inner child" ... and the list of buzzwords goes on and on. The Promise Keepers movement is, at its heart, a "Christian Psychology" movement.

Just the fact that the prominent psychologists and counselors in this movement are Arminians should be enough for the true Christian to discern that they are wicked and are to be avoided. But there are some who call themselves Reformed who are involved in and advocate "Christian Psychology" and who integrate the theories of pagan psychologists into their philosophies and approaches.

I can hear it now: "But isn't all truth God's truth?"

What this questioner fails to realize is that the issue is not about the origin of truth. Instead, the issue is this:

What truth about the human condition and the remedies for the soul can an ungodly man comprehend?

It takes only a brief perusal through the works of the fathers of psychology to see the following facts:

(a) The concept of sin (as the Bible portrays sin) is nonexistent.

(b) The concept of God (as the Bible portrays God) is nonexistent; thus, the concept of the biblical relationship of man to God is nonexistent.

(c) The concept of law, or absolutes, is nonexistent; thus morality becomes relative.

(d) The true gospel of salvation conditioned on the blood and imputed righteousness of Christ is nonexistent.

If secular psychologists start from ungodly premises, how then can a "Christian" psychologist use this tainted insight in finding the causes and cures for any of the ills of the soul such as rebellion in teenagers or interpersonal problems or worry?

The examples of "Christian" psychologists' using secular theory are innumerable; because of space limitations, I will offer only a few examples. Just take a look at the books in the "Psychology" or "Men's/Women's Issues" or "Family Issues" sections in your local "Christian" bookstore (and be prepared with one of those air-sickness bags).

Freud: Sexual Perversion. For those of you who are not familiar with the "big daddy" of psychoanalysis, here's an extremely condensed primer on Sigmund Freud: Freud was obsessed with sex. He described human development in terms of how the individual received sexual pleasure. He interpreted dreams as attempts to resolve underlying sexual conflicts. He saw the phallus, or phallic symbol, in everything. Freud admittedly lusted after his own mother, and he concluded that the first sexual attraction in all humans was for the parent of the opposite sex. He said that the young child's unconscious sexual longings for the parent of the opposite sex (in the "Oedipal Stage") explained the later outward hostility toward the same-sex parent during the teen years because of jealousy (called the "Oedipal Conflict").

What do the perverted sexual theories of Freud have to do with Christian Psychology?

To answer this question, I will simply provide the reader with direct quotes from several leaders in the movement. To let you know that these are not from the fringes of the movement, I will introduce the first quote: it is from Always Daddy's Girl by H. Norman Wright, a best-seller when it was released because of the large amount of publicity given it by James Dobson.

The book also quotes as authorities on father-daughter relationships various humanistic and overtly wicked sources such as the Freudian book Modern Woman: Her Psychology and Sexuality that includes a section written by Dr. Leon Hamner, who says that fathers give daughters sexual pleasure. Other sources used by Wright include Suzanne Fields' Like Father Like Daughter and Linda Leonard's The Wounded Woman that also put forth the incestuous sexual attraction view. The reader will see that Wright and others such as the ones quoted below promote the view that a quasi-incestuous relationship between fathers and daughters is a normal, non-sinful part of human existence. Here is Wright:

"It is true that a woman's sexuality develops over her entire lifetime, but it is definitely encouraged -- or retarded -- by her early interactions with her father. ... Your father was the first man you flirted with, the first man to cuddle you and kiss you ... Her femininity is encouraged by his smile or wink when she bats her eyelashes at him ... [There exists] an initial courtship experience with her father ... A woman's sexual self-image is partially molded by her father's response to her. ... Fathers are sometimes bothered by the sexual effect their daughters have on them or the effect they may have on their daughters. ... Unfortunately, some fathers are ... uncomfortable ... [and thus] tend to be absent when she displays her charms ... The results of these rejections will be seen in a young woman's insecurity and doubt about her ability to attract a man."

[The reader should note that many professing Christians think that there is nothing wrong with "flirting" with someone of the opposite sex. In fact, they even jokingly attribute the sin of flirting to little babies when they tell another adult of the opposite sex, "he's flirting with you" or "shame on you for flirting with a married man," as if this were not utterly sinful. So, too, many professing Christians imbibe the so-called "Christian romance novels" and the worldly dating scene in which flirting and lust are condoned.]

"Christian" psychologist David Stoop, in Making Peace With Your Father, says this:

"The beginning of adolescence is marked by what is called the Oedipal conflict. ... [It] is often used to describe the emerging adolescent who, as his or her sexuality begins to emerge, falls in love with the parent of the opposite sex and competes with the same-sex parent in an effort to 'win over' the object of his or her love. In its strong form, the incestuous overtones of this psychological model may seem repulsive. Yet it is generally accepted that all of us go through at least a mild form of this experience as we arrive on the doorstep of adolescence."

The February 16, 1993 edition of the "Minirth-Meier Clinic" radio program affirmed these twisted views by saying that every child goes through an Oedipal Stage where the child becomes attached to the parent of the opposite sex and has a resulting conflict with the same-sex parent. If you listen to that program, you will find more of the same twisted thinking. They rationalize sin as those awful "co-dependencies" or "addictions," and they encourage callers to "work it out" with "professionals."

In a book entitled The Masculine Journey, which is endorsed by Promise Keepers and was handed out to all Promise Keepers attendees, Robert Hicks uses his "stages of manhood" theory to condone sin and even to blaspheme. One of the stages he puts forth is the Zakar stage, which is a phallic stage. He says, "The phallus has always been the symbol of religious devotion and dedication" [referring to pagan sexual rites] and that every man has "the deep compulsion to worship with our phallus." He says that a teenager's first sexual sin should be thought of as a "rite of passage" and says that "we usually give the teenagers in our churches such a massive dose of condemnation regarding their first experiences with sin that I sometimes wonder how any of them ever recover." He then says this about Jesus Christ:

"I believe Jesus was phallic with all the inherent phallic passions we experience as men. But it was never recorded that Jesus had sexual relations with a woman. He may have thought about it as the movie The Last Temptation of Christ portrays, but even in this movie He did not give in to temptation and remained true to His messianic course."

This is blasphemy. Yet it is not beyond the thinking of most professing Christians, who think that mere "attractions" and "passions" outside the marriage bond are not sinful, as long as they are not consummated
.


How many times have you heard a professedly Christian person comment on how "good-looking" or "sexy" a person of the opposite sex is?

This is wickedness. To demonstrate this, here is a quote from another "Christian" counselor, Michael R. Saia (from Counseling the Homosexual), who says that a homosexual attraction is not sin:

"The dilemma here is that many people may assume that a man is sinning just because he is attracted to another man. ... [The attraction] is not something for which the person is morally culpable. As one gay man told me, 'Nobody in his right mind would choose to be homosexually oriented if he had a choice in the matter.' Before a counselor has comprehended and accepted the involuntary nature of the homosexual sexual preference, he may speak tremendous condemnation into the life of a counselee. Constant, subtle insinuation that a person is responsible for his sexual attractions can be a terrible psychological pressure."

I hope the reader sees that if one believes that a heterosexual attraction outside of marriage is not sin, then it follows that a homosexual attraction is not sin.

Me Me Me: Self-Esteem. The other principle part of the "Christian" psychology movement is the focus on self-esteem and self-worth. The secular psychologists most famous for this approach were Carl Rogers and Abraham Maslow. Their view was that psychological ills stem from a self-evaluation that is too low and that counselors should work at improving people's evaluations of themselves.

There are two prominent leaders of the self-esteem movement in Christendom. One is the pastor of a professedly Reformed congregation in a professedly Reformed denomination, and the other is a semi-Pelagian. Both are wicked. They are Robert Schuller and James Dobson.

The following are some quotes from Schuller: "Prayer, worship, and well-thought-out sermons will not produce morally strong and spiritually exciting Christians if they fail to produce self-confident, inwardly secure, nondefensive, integrated persons. What we need is a theology of salvation that begins and ends with a recognition of every person's hunger for glory. ... Why would love-needing persons resist, rebel against, and reject beautiful love? ... Deep down we feel we are not good enough to approach a holy God. ... It is precisely at this point that classical theology has erred in its insistence that theology be 'God-centered,' not 'man-centered.' ... [Original sin] could be considered an innate inability to adequately value ourselves. Label it a 'negative self-image,' but do not say that the central core of the soul is wickedness. If this were so, then truly, the human being is totally depraved" (in Self-Esteem: The New Reformation).

He went on to say the following in Christianity Today (8/10/84): "I don't think anything has been done in the name of Christ and under the banner of Christianity that has proven more destructive to human personality and, hence, counterproductive to the evangelism enterprise than the often crude, uncouth, and unchristian strategy of attempting to make people aware of their lost and sinful condition."

Does James Dobson, the leading "Christian" psychologist and darling of the evangelicals, oppose Schuller's heretical teaching?

Here are some quotes:

"Feelings of self-worth and acceptance ... provide the cornerstone of a healthy personality. ... What is the primary motive that would cause a husband or wife to 'cheat' -- to even risk destroying their homes and families for an illicit affair? ... I have observed the most powerful influence to emanate from ego needs"
(from Dr Dobson Answers Your Questions).

"If I could write a prescription for the women of the world, I would provide each one of them with a healthy dose of self-esteem and personal worth … I have no doubt that this is their greatest need"
(from What Wives Wish Their Husbands Knew about Women).

Paul warned Timothy that
"in the last days ... men will be lovers of self" (2 Timothy 3:1-2). Jesus said that the Kingdom of Heaven is for those who are poor in spirit (Matthew 5:3). Look up "pride" in your concordance or topical Bible to see what the entirety of the Word says.

Would you conclude that the problems of the world stem from too little self-esteem or too much of it?!

A common rationalization takes the form of the following: "If Jesus came down to earth to shed His blood for us, then there must be some inherent worth in us." However, Scripture clearly tells us that God saved His elect not because of anything that was worth saving in us, but purely by His grace (Romans 5:6,8; Ephesians 2:8-9).

Instead of reacting to God's grace by looking to ourselves as worthy, we must react by glorifying the sovereign God who loved the unlovable and who came for the sin-sick and not for the "self-esteemed" healthy (Matthew 9:12-13).

Paul said, "For who regards you as superior? And what do you have that you did not receive? But if you did receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?" (1 Corinthians 4:7)

The story of the tax gatherer and the Pharisee illustrates the point perfectly: "The tax gatherer ... was even unwilling to lift up his eyes to heaven, but was beating his breast, saying, 'God be merciful to me a sinner!' I tell you, this man went down to his house justified" (Luke 18:13-14).

Which one had the high self-esteem - the Pharisee or the tax gatherer?

We have a good idea of what Dobson would say to the tax gatherer. In his book Hide or Seek, he responded to a woman who felt worthless in this way: "Jesus did not leave his throne in heaven to die for the 'worms' of the world."

Dobson's "jesus" didn't die for the worms of the world. But my Jesus died for the worms and wretches -- those who know they have no worth and who are saved by the worthiness of their substitute.

Is the reader still not convinced that Dobson is wicked?

If the following quote won't do it, nothing will:

"There is only one cure for the cancer of bitterness, that is to forgive the perceived offender. Once and for all, with God's help, as strange as it seems, I am suggesting that some of us need to forgive God for those heartaches that are charged to His account. You've carried resentment against Him for years. Now it's time to let go of it. Please don't misunderstand me at this point. God is in the business of forgiving us, and it almost sounds blasphemous to suggest that the relationship could be reversed. He has done no wrong and does not need our approbation. But the source of bitterness must be admitted before it can be cleared. There is no better way to get rid of it than to absolve the Lord of whatever we have harbored. … It is the only way you will ever be entirely free. … Corrie ten Boom forgave an SS guard who shared responsibility for the deaths of her family member. Surely we can forgive the King of the Universe Who sent His only Son to die as an atonement for our sin" (from When God Doesn't Make Sense).

This is blasphemy. And this book was endorsed by R.C. Sproul and J.I. Packer, leaders of the "Reformed" bandwagon. Let us who are Christians have nothing to do with the blasphemy, perversion, and self-worth-ship of the so-called "Christian Psychology" movement.

By Marc D. Carpenter



Thursday, January 03, 2008

FREEMASONRY: MAY A CHRISTIAN BE A MEMBER?


Recently, I was confronted with the question; "whether membership in the Church of Christ was compatible with membership in the Masonic Lodge, Freemasonry?" I made a rather detailed study of what constitutes Freemasonry in order that I might come to a personal conviction in attempting to answer the above question.

I would like to share with you what I found. Further, I ask of you to prayerfully consider my evaluation and judgment regarding this matter of compatibility between the Masonic Lodge and the Church of Christ.

First in treating this subject, I will briefly outline the organizational aspects of Masonry and then, secondly, proceed to evaluate it as a religious organization.

Freemasonry or the Masonic Order had its beginning in England. It was originally a society of cathedral builders in the 17th century. The stone masons and stone cutters constituted its membership. The Masonic Lodge was officially established in the year 1717 in England. From England, Freemasonry soon spread to continental Europe and by 1740 to North America. For over 250 years "men have knelt to swear the solemn oaths of the Masonic Lodges. Freemasonry was organized in England but four out of five of the world's Freemasons now live in the U.S. They and their brothers in other countries have made Freemasonry the largest international secret society."1 There are over 16,000 Masonic lodges in this country with a membership of over four and a half million. How powerful the Masons are, is difficult to say, but "in any single year the majority of state governors, senators, and U.S. representatives are likely to be Freemasons."2 You may know that there is something called a 32nd degree mason. It is the highest regular degree of Masonry, though there is also a 33rd honorary degree. The three basic Masonic degrees are the Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft, and Master Mason. These three degrees constitute the Blue or Symbolic Lodge.

In this country after one has reached the 3rd degree of Master Mason, he can follow one or both of two Masonic rites. "A Master Mason may elect to climb one or both of the two Masonic ladders of the higher rites: the Scottish or the York ... About ... one out of four Master Masons have taken the Scottish route."3 One in ten Masons belong to the York rite, which is closed to Jews and other non-Christians. The principle officers of a Masonic lodge are the Master, the Senior Warden, and the Junior Warden. The Master or chaplain begins the lodge meeting by reading a portion of Scripture and with a word of prayer to the Supreme Being.

Membership in the lodge is forbidden to blacks and to those who are not of a sound body such as the blind and crippled. The candidate for membership in the lodge must express some belief in a higher power than himself ... an avowed atheist cannot be made a Mason.4

The candidate for membership must also take an oath to keep inviolate the secrets of the order. The secrets include all the instructions given in the lodge, the events of the lodge meeting including its extensive, mysterious ritual, and the lodges various passwords and secret handgrips which serve as a mode of identification for one Mason to another. The oath of the Entered Apprentice is in part: "To all of this and these I solemnly and sincerely promise and swear without equivocation . . . binding myself under no less penalty than having my throat cut from end to end, my tongue torn out by its roots ... should I
knowingly ... violate this my solemn obligation ... So help me God ..."5

There is connected with induction into the Masonic lodge also a mysterious, degrading, humiliating initiation. I do not intend to describe it for you, but you may check some of the literature available if you desire. The point of the initiatory rite is to impress upon the candidate that as he becomes a member of the lodge, he passes from the darkness and ignorance of non-Masonry to the "light" of Masonry. In fact, the initiation is to depict the candidates rising from the dead, an intellectual and spiritual resurrection.

As we conclude our description of the Masonic Lodge as an organization, I ask you to consider the following definition of Freemasonry as provided by some of its own adherents; "Masonry is the activity of closely united men who are employing symbolical forms borrowed principally from the mason's trade and from architecture, work for the welfare of mankind, striving morally to enable themselves and others, and thereby to bring about a universal league of mankind, which they aspire to exhibit even now on a small scale."6

This definition speaks of a commitment, a religious commitment. Masonry is a religion.

It is a proud religion! "It is true that Masonry is not a religion, but it is Religion, a worship in which all good men may unite, that they may share the faith of all."7 A rather proud assertion, you understand. Masonry, accordingly then, transcends all the peripheral elements in all other religions or faiths and unites them into one grand principle, which supposedly is the heart and core of all religion. Hutchison remarks: "Masonry directs us to divest ourselves of confined and bigoted notions and teaches us that Humanity is the soul of Religion ... and as Mason we only pursue the universal religion, the Religion of Nature."8 And from Mackey we read: "The religion of Masonry is cosmopolitan, universal ... God is equally present with pious Hindu in the temple, the Jew in the synagogue, the Mohammedan in the mosque, and the Christian in the church."9 This is the religion of Nature or the religion of Humanism. Its principles and goals are the expression of what man will do in the name of goodness of humanity. Masonry identified God with Nature. Man becomes his own God. Since Nature is God and Man is the intellectual head of al nature it stands to reason that Man must define his own religion. Masonry refuses to recognize that God is the independent, self-sufficient One. Who is the Creator and Ruler of all things. God must in and through an act of revelation define the content and object of worship for man.

The god of Masonry has many different names. He is the "Grand Architect," the "Supreme Being," the "all seeing eye," the "Grand Being." This god of the Masons is not the One, Personal, Triune, Living God of the Holy Scriptures. The Masons have a pantheistic concept of God. God is Nature and Nature is God. "Its G.O.D. is merely a symbol of nature; 'Nature self originated, the cause of its own existence, as Pike says.'"10 The god of Masonry is an idol of the mind. A god that man invented for his own purposes!

In the lodge meeting place there is an altar and placed on that altar there is a Bible. What conception of the "good book" does Masonry have? Freemasonry, remember, accepts men of al creeds into its brotherhood, and consequently, it accepts all the "good books" of all religions. Masons are broadminded! Masonry often quotes the Holy Bible, which fact lends to this evil movement a facade of respectability. Their favourite passages are those concerning the building of the temple, the prophets, and the four gospels. In Masonic writings one will find repeated references to the good shepherd, the good Samaritan, the ark of the covenant, the golden candlestick, the temple and its priesthood, and even the resurrection. But all these expressions and what they mean and represent according to the Scriptures are corrupted and distorted by Masonry. The Bible of Masonry is not the authoritative infallible Word, "its Bible is not the Christian Book of Divine Revelation ... but merely one of many religious books, such as the Koran, the Vedas, the Zendavesta, the Book of Mormonism, etc."11 Masonry will tolerate any lie.

But true Christianity is intolerant of the lie. The believer confesses that only God Himself can and does reveal the Truth. The only record of the self-revelatory speech of God is recorded for us in Scripture. The believer denies the claim of revelation to any and all books other than the Bible. Truth is intolerant of the lie, for God's name sake. Christianity condemns as products of sin the Koran, the book of Mormon, etc. You can perceive then that Masonry has too many "good books." Though it claims to accept the Bible as the Word of God, it in reality denies this fact. This is true, for Masonry fails to acknowledge the exclusive position of the Bible as the only infallible, wholly inspired record of the revelation of the one triune God. Masonry's attempt to equate the Bible and the Koran, for example, viewing them as having equal value and validity, is to deny the sole, exclusive position of Holy Scripture. The matter is not relative.

What does Masonry have to say about Jesus Christ? Masonry chooses to ignore, rather than to deny explicitly, the divinity of Christ Jesus. But their attempt to ignore the cornerstone of the Church will not free them from condemnation. The Bible, as God's Word, demands of everyone that they believe; no one has the right to ignore the issue. Christ confronts every man with the pertinent question: "Whom say ye that I am." We must, man must believe and confess that Jesus is the eternal Son of God in the flesh, the Saviour of His elect people.

Many there be that condemn the secrecy of the lodge, many there be that condemn its "bloodcurdling oaths." Oh, one can say that these oaths are just innocent fun, kids' stuff; but that is not true. The matter of an oath is a serious spiritual matter. When one takes an oath he calls the living personal God to witness to the truth of his statement. The Masons understand that fact too ... just read again of the oaths of the lodge and its secrecy; but what we must clearly understand is that its secrecy and its oaths in all their repulsiveness are only peripheral matters. The Masonic Lodge is wrong at more basic points. Know too, that their basic wrongs are not innocent errors of judgment, but are deliberate rejections of the truth of Scripture. The Masonic Lodge denies the truth concerning the one, living, eternal, triune God; it rejects revelation, it refuses to confess the eternal divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ. This is the heart of the matter! Since the religion of the Masonic Lodge is wrong at its center, it is dead wrong in all its aspects. It is man's religion, Humanism. Masonry holds to an unscriptural, unbelieving concept of anthropology, sin, brotherhood, unity and salvation.

The Masonic Lodge is an anti-christian organization. Their religion is not merely wrong ... it is anti-christian! It is Man's proud attempt, (which will surely fail) to establish this universal brotherhood of men over against the One, Holy, Catholic Church of Jesus our Lord. Only in the Church of Christ is there and can there be Brotherhood. Believers in all nations and in all ages are One in faith in Christ, for Christ hath redeemed us in order that we should be One in Him.

Let me conclude this discussion with the following succinct evaluation of the Masonic Lodge: "Freemasonry ... is a religious sect diametrically opposed to Christianity ... The morality of Masonry is a pagan sensuousness; its much vaunted benevolence is devoid of the charity of Christ; its history shows Masonry to be the renaissance of pagan mysticism, the religious application of the principles of the humanists, who strove to carry the world back to paganism."12

Such is my evaluation! Do you agree?

By M Kamps



Endnotes
1Whalen, William J., Handbook of Secret Organizations (Milwaukee: Burce Pub. Co., 1966), p. 46.
2Ibid., p. 53.
3Ibid., p. 54.
4Mackey, Albert, An Encyclopedia of Freemasonry (Philadelphia: Moss and Co., 1875), p. 315.
5Whalen, Op. cit., p. 57.
6Newton, J.F., The Builders (New York: Macoy Pub. and Masonic Supply Co., 1930), p. 241.
7Newton, Op. cit., p. 251.
8Newton, Op. cit., p. 258.
9Mackey, Loc. cit.
10Pruess, Arthur, Dictionary of Secret and Other Societies (St. Louis, Mo.: B. Herder Book Co., 1924), p. 143.
11Pruess, Loc. cit.
12Pruess, Loc. cit.