Friday, August 21, 2009



That Satan labours might and main, by false teachers, which are his messengers and ambassadors, to deceive, delude, and for ever undo the precious souls of men (Acts 20:28-30; 2 Cor. 11:13-15; Eph. 4:14; 2 Tim. 3:4-6; Titus 1:11,12; 2 Peter 2:18,19): "I have seen folly in the prophets of Samaria; they prophesied in Baal, and caused my people Israel to err" (Jer. 23:13). "The prophets make my people to err" (Micah 3:5). They seduce them, and carry them out of the right way into by-paths and blind thickets of error, blasphemy, and wickedness, where they are lost forever. "Beware of false prophets, for they come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves" (Mat. 7:15). These lick and suck the blood of souls: "Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision" (Phil. 3:2). These kiss and kill; these cry, Peace, peace, till souls fall into everlasting flames, &c., Proverbs 7.

Now, the best way to deliver poor souls from being deluded and destroyed by these messengers of Satan is, to discover them in their colors, that so, being known, poor souls may shun them, and fly from them as from hell itself.

Now you may know them by these characters following:


False teachers are men-pleasers (Gal. 1:10; 1 Thess. 2:1-4). They preach more to please the ear than to profit the heart: "Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophecy no unto us right things: speak to us smooth things; prophecy deceits"' (Isa. 30:10). "A wonderful and horrible thing is committed in the land: the prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means, and my people love to have it so. And what will you do in the end thereof?" (Jer. 5:30,31). They handle holy things rather with wit and dalliance (playful come-on) then with fear and reverence. False teachers are soul-undoers. They are like evil chirurgeons, that skin over the wound, but never heal it. Flattery undid Ahab and Herod, Nero and Alexander. False teachers are hell's greatest enrichers. Non acerba, sed blanda, Not bitter, but flattering words do all the mischief, said Valerian, the Roman emperor. Such smooth teachers are sweet soul-poisoners (Jer. 23:16,17).


False teachers are notable in casting dirt, scorn, and reproach upon the persons, names, and credits of Christ's most faithful ambassadors. Thus Korah, Dathan, and Abiram charged Moses and Aaron that they took too much upon them, seeing all the congregation was holy (Num. 16:3). You take too much state, too much power, too much honour, too much holiness upon you; for what are you more than others, that you take so much upon you? And so Ahab's false prophets fell foul on good Micaiah, paying of him with blows for want of better reasons (1 Kings 22:10-26). Yea, Paul, that great apostle of the Gentiles, had his ministry undermined and his reputation blasted by false teachers: "For his letters"' say they, "are weighty and powerful, but his bodily presence is weak and contemptible" (2 Cor. 10:10). They rather contemn him than admire him; they look upon him as a dunce rather than a doctor. And the same hard measure had our Lord Jesus from the Scribes and Pharisees, who laboured as for life to build their own credit upon the ruins of his reputation. And never did the devil drive a more full trade this way than he does in these days (Matt. 27:63). Oh! the dirt, the filth, the scorn that is thrown upon those whom the world is not worthy. I suppose false teachers mind not that saying of Austin, Quisquis volens detrahit famae, nolens addit mercedi meae, He that willingly takes from my good name, unwillingly adds to my reward.


False teachers are venters of the devices and visions of their own heads and hearts. "Then the Lord said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent then not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophecy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart (Jer. 14:14); "Thus saith the Lord of hosts, Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophecy unto you; they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the Lord" (Jer. 23:16). Are there not multitudes in this nation whose visions are but golden delusions, lying vanities, brain-sick phantasies? These are Satan's great benefactors, and such as divine justice will hang up in hell as the greatest malefactors, if the physician of souls does not prevent it.


False teachers easily pass over the great and weighty things both of law and gospel, and stand most upon those things that are of the least moment and concernment to the souls of men. "Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned; from which some have swerved, have turned aside unto vain jangling, desiring to be teachers of the law, and understand neither what they say nor whereof they affirm" (1 Tim. 1:5-7). "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" (Matt. 23:2,3). False teachers are nice in the lesser things of the law, and as negligent in the greater. "If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness, he is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strife of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, perverse disputings of men corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself" (1 Tim. 6:3-5). If such teachers are not hypocrites in grain, I know nothing, Romans 2:22. The earth groans to bear them, and hell is fitted for them, Matt. 24:32.


False teachers cover and color their dangerous principles and soul-impostures with very fair speeches and plausible pretenses, with high notions and golden expressions. Many in these days are bewitched and deceived, viz. illumination, revelation, deification, fiery triplicity, &c. As strumpets paint their faces, and deck and perfume their beds, the better to allure and deceive simple souls (Gal. 6:12; 2 Cor. 11:13-15; Rom. 16:17,18; Mat. 16:6,11,12; 7:15), so false teachers will put a great deal of paint and garnish upon their most dangerous principles and blasphemies, that they may the better deceive and delude poor ignorant souls. They know sugared poison goes down sweetly; they wrap up their pernicious, soul-killing pills in gold.


False teachers strive more to win over men to their opinions, than to better them in their conversations. "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" (Matt. 24:17). They busy themselves most about men's heads. Their work is not to better men's hearts, and mend their lives; and in this they are very much like their father the devil, who will spare no pains to gain proselytes.


False teachers make merchandise of their followers. "But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not" (2 Peter 2:1-3). They eye your goods more than your good; and mind more the serving of themselves, than the saving of your souls. So they may have your substance, they care not though Satan has your souls (Rev. 18:11-13). That they may the better pick your purse, they will hold forth such principles as are very indulgent to the flesh. False teachers are the great worshippers of the golden calf (Jer. 6:13).

Now, by these characters you may know them, and so shun them, and deliver your souls out of their dangerous snares; which that you may, my prayers shall meet-yours at the throne of grace.

Thursday, August 13, 2009


As a follow-up to my recent article, Redeeming the Time, once again we are very time conscious as a new school year has started in our area. The students have to make so many adjustments to get back in the groove for school after a summer vacation all too short (or so it seems). Well, their vacations are shorter than many years ago when I was in high school. We got out of school about the last of May or first part of June at the latest, and didn’t usually go back until after Labor Day. Now it is so much shorter. (There is word that the government is out to cut summer vacation even shorter. This is understandable if you know anything about socialism. They want to have the kids in their hands as much as possible to indoctrinate them in socialism).

Anyway, there is much activity going on every year at this season. People are seemingly anxious for a new start, wiping the old slate clean in their minds, and preparing for new classes, new child care, school supplies and other new things. It is almost like New Years Day. But, it sort of reminds me of the old Chuck Berry song of my early high school years (also the title of this article; School Days). The song rocked out in Berry’s signature guitar riffs:

Up in the mornin’ and out to school

The teacher is teachin’ the Golden Rule

American history and practical math

You study‘em hard and hopin’ to pass

Workin’ your fingers right down to the bone

And the guy behind you won’t leave you alone

Ring ring goes the bell
The cook in the lunchroom's ready to sell
You're lucky if you can find a seat
You're fortunate if you have time to eat
Back in the classroom open your books
Gee but the teacher don't know
How mean she looks

Simple, uncomplicated misery, er uh, music—but we poor rock and roll infused lemmings loved it, just as we did Heartbreak Hotel, Be Bop A Lula, That’ll Be the Day, Peggy Sue, I Walk the Line, and hundreds of other tunes to occupy our soft, putty minds and raging hormones. This was the beginning of rebellion against authority in America. Yet, these songs and attitudes seem so mild compared to later stuff like Nineteenth Nervous Breakdown, I Can’t Get No Satisfaction, A Little Help From My Friends, Shake Your Booty, Strawberry Fields Forever, and other later mind numbing, drug and sex related songs. They were the beginning of what became much, much, worse in the way of popular music. It began to rapidly change the culture. What began with Chuck Berry and Elvis, and was accelerated by the Beatles and Rolling Stones, was later rocket fueled by The Doors, Janis Joplin, Michael Jackson, Led Zeppelin, and the acid rockers and later, rap and other variations. (One major reason for today’s drug culture, don’t you think?) Now, in school, and many other places “the inmates are running the asylum.”

The promotion of illicit sex and homosexuality, androgynous dress, and disrespect of authority is part of today’s 21st century culture. It is no wonder that babies are being aborted by the millions each year around the world, and that demands for sodomite marriage are being loudly proclaimed, as well as many other amoral and ungodly trends. Most nations have lost their way morally, including America and Britain; once Christian nations. (Christian in the sense of their early foundations). Conservative radio talk show host Michael Medved (himself an Orthodox Jew), has said many times on his program, as I have personally heard; “The United States was founded as a Christian nation.” As French diplomat Alexis DeTocqueville (1805-1859) once said: I sought for the key to the greatness and genius of America in her harbors...; in her fertile fields and boundless forests; in her rich mines and vast world commerce; in her public school system and institutions of learning. I sought for it in her democratic Congress and in her matchless Constitution.”

“Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power.”

“America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.” (From Democracy in America; DeTocqueville, 1835).

With most “evangelical” churches now forsaking the “old paths” of scripture for an “emergent church” idea, or another post modernist theology, Mr.DeTocqueville, if he were here today, would say “That day has arrived.” May God help us-- for only He in His Sovereign mercy can help us. “The wicked shall be tuned into hell, and all the nations that forget God”(Psalm 9:17), “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance”(Psalm 33:12.

A new start is usually a good thing, for instance in a new year, because it is a new start. The average person will get about 70 of these “new starts” in a lifetime. As we all should know, some will get more, and some a lot less. Nothing really changes with most just because there is a new year, or you moved to a new city, started a new school year, or got married or got divorced. Real change must come from elsewhere. To be changed from sinner to saint must occur within. The heart of a man or woman must be changed by the all-powerful Creator, the triune God that inhabits eternity. He is the only being that is not affected by time. He has always been, and always will be. He is eternal. He is the Christ the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending”. Jesus is He that was, and is, and is to come” (see Revelation 1:8 for the full context). He is the One that will instruct the angel one day in the future to declare “there should be time no longer” (see Revelation 10:6). Are you ready for that day, dear friend?

“Sin may open bright as the morning, but it will end dark as the night.” T.DeWitt Talmadge as quoted by R.G. Lee in Bread from Bellevue Oven; Sword of the Lord, Murfreesboro, TN.