Vol. XXVIII – Issue I January/March 2019
BreakPoint: China’s Pastors Take Their Stand
Jesus Is Lord
I want you to meet some brave Christian leaders pledging their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.
When thinking of the golden age of the Church, many of us hearken back to the book of Acts, when Peter and John stood up to the religious authorities, who told them to be silent about Jesus the risen Messiah. “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God,” they answered, “you must judge, for we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard.” Then they prayed for boldness, and the Church exploded across much of the ancient world.
But there’s a golden age for the church going on right now—with the same kind of courage, persecution, and Spirit-empowered growth. Where is it? In communist China.
World missions historians tell us that when all the foreign missionaries were kicked out of Mao’s China a few years after the Second World War, there were probably no more than 3 million believers in Jesus Christ in the whole, vast nation. But today, seven decades later, the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life counts 67 million Christians of all kinds—35 million independent Protestants, 23 million Protestants in government-sanctioned churches, and 9 million Catholics. Other estimates go even higher.
Whatever the true number is, it’s almost as many as there are members of the Communist Party! Maybe that’s why the government is cracking down on Christians. According to Christianity Today and other news outlets, Under President Xi Jinping, China’s government has been tightening its grip on religious affairs.
In February, regulations aimed at religious groups have brought increased pressure on churches to be “Chinese” culturally and to submit to the authority of the Communist Party. Churches are being told to burn their crosses and replace them with Chinese flags and to display slogans praising the Communist Party. Some are being forced to join the government-sanctioned churches and permit video surveillance of their services.
Meanwhile, in Jiangxi province, authorities have forced at least 40 churches to display banners forbidding foreigners from preaching and anyone under 18 from attending. In August, they even published new rules stating, “Party members who have religious belief should have strengthened thought education.”
In the spirit of Peter and John, a group of at least 250 Chinese pastors has publicly signed a joint statement opposing the new regulations. In the statement they declare that Jesus is Lord of all, offering eternal life to anyone who will repent and believe in Him.
But they also say, in a challenge to the Chinese communists, “God hates all attempts to suppress human souls and all acts of persecution against the Christian church, and he will condemn and judge them with righteous judgment.”
Then, like Peter and John, they pledge obedience not to the earthly authorities but to King Jesus, no matter what. “We declare that in matters of external conduct, churches are willing to accept lawful oversight by civil administration or other government departments as other social organizations do. But under no circumstances will we lead our churches to join a religious organization controlled by the government, to register with the religious administration department, or to accept any kind of affiliation.”
They close their incredible joint statement with the bracing yet sobering words, “For the sake of the gospel, we are prepared to bear all losses—even the loss of our freedom and our lives.”
Friends, is it any wonder that the church in China has grown, and continues to grow? What we’re seeing before our eyes is the golden age of the church in China. How can we not pray for these wonderful brothers and sisters? And more than that, how can we not emulate their costly faithfulness in our own little corner of God’s world?
Originally published at Breakpoint.org – reposted with permission.
(Publisher’s comment’s: How sad that most of the churches in America have denied the Lordship of Christ through incorporation, taxation, and 501 c 3 tax-exempt status for the benefits of tax-exemption and the tax-exempt gifts. In turn they have accepted limits on the authority of their church in which they have to declare that Government is Lord rather than Jesus over their church. Because this is all done in secret, few church members are aware of this contract between the church and the IRS. They need to go on line and read IRS Pub. 1828.)
Church Planting Report
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churches were started.
In 2017 another
27 were started in Latin America, Africa
and Asia. In 2018 another 54 church
planters were supported for a total of 108
new churches starting around the
world. In 2019 another 100 new works
will begin by God’s grace.
1. 29 in Mexico.
2. 25 in Uganda.
3. 2 in Myanmar.
4. 44 in Liberia.
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Please be much in prayer for us. I will be
leaving with Dr. Bruce Snavely of
Melbourne, FL on Jan. 10 for nearly two
weeks where we will be in Liberia and
Togo. He will be teaching his series of
Bible classes and I will be meeting with
church planters. We hope to launch a
program which will produce a large
number of new church starts in both of
these countries. I have never been to
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meeting with a new group of Baptist
preacher boys there.
COMMUNION SERVICE – THE BLOOD
This sermon was preached at the communion service at The Indianapolis Baptist Temple on November 18, 2018.
Because the death of the Lord Jesus was the death of the God-man — the One who was the complete God and a perfect man, the blood He shed on the cross was regarded by the Apostle Paul in Acts 20:28 as “God’s blood” when he charged the elders of the Ephesian church:“…to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.” Acts 20:28
The pronouns in the sentence “he” and “his” refer to the proper noun “God” — “the church of God.” Hence, the statement, “his own blood,” must be speaking of “God’s blood.” To some such a notion may be inconceivable and unacceptable. “How could God have blood?” you may ask. You may respond: “God is Spirit,” appealing to John 4:24, “and a Spirit cannot have blood.” All such arguments notwithstanding, Acts 20:28 refers to God’s blood, therefore, we need to have a proper understanding of this fact.
God as the Heavenly Father in the Godhead does not have blood and cannot have blood; however, God in the incarnation of Christ, that is, the God- man, surely does have blood. According to the Gospel of John, the “Word,” who is God, became flesh — and this “Word” which became flesh is the “Lamb of God” who we know was crucified, shedding His precious blood:
The Apostle Peter said, “… with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,” I Peter 1:19-20
Therefore, the blood that has redeemed fallen mankind is the blood of Jesus, the Son of God. As fallen beings, we need genuine human blood for our redemption — and as a man, the Lord Jesus had human blood and shed human blood to redeem us. Also, the Lord Jesus is God Himself, and with His blood there is the element of divinity.
This divine element ensures the eternal efficacy (the ability to produce a desired or intended result) of His blood. As man He had genuine human blood, and as God He has the element that gives His blood eternal effectiveness.
Again, going back to Acts 20:28, it is in this sense that we, with Paul, may speak of the blood as “God’s blood.” The Apostle John stated: “… if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” I John 1:7 The name “Jesus” denotes the Lord’s humanity, which was needed for the shedding of the redeeming blood.
The title “His Son” denotes the Lord’s divinity, which is needed for the eternal efficacy of the redeeming blood. “The blood of Jesus Christ his Son” indicates that this blood is the proper blood of a genuine human being for redeeming God’s fallen creatures with divine surety for its eternal effectiveness. As a result, the blood shed by the Lord Jesus on the cross is eternal blood, and therefore Hebrews 9:12 says that the redemption accomplished by the God-man is eternal:“Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.” Hebrews 9:12
For this to be true, the One who died had to be both God and man. We praise the Lord that He died on the cross as the God-man and that the blood He shed there was not only the blood of the man Jesus but also God’s own blood. Therefore, we drink this cup of blessing, the fruit of the vine, to commemorate His gift of eternal redemption through His shed blood: “… (Jesus) took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.” I Corinthians 11:25-2
Iran Sees a New Opportunity to Build a
War Machine to Encircle Israel
If it goes ahead, Iran likely will view President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw American forces from eastern Syria as a green light to build a new war machine in the region.
But Iran also received a red light recently, apparently reminding it that Israel is standing guard against Tehran’s takeover plans.
That red light came Dec. 25 in the form of an alleged Israeli air strike on an Iranian weapons depot in Syria. The strike looks like the latest signal of Israel’s determination to block Iran’s path into Syria, with or without an American ground presence.
According to media reports, including a report by the Israeli satellite image company ISI, the strike destroyed a warehouse that contained Iranian Fajr-5 rockets. The warehouse was just 40 kilometers – about 25 miles – away from Israel.
Israel’s military says Fajr 5 rockets are produced in Iranian weapons factories and have a range of 75 kilometers, or just under 50 miles. In past years, Iran smuggled these types of rockets to terrorist organizations that are ideologically committed to attacking Israel, including Hizballah in Lebanon and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Now, Iran is trying to flood Syria with them.
So far, the Fajr 5s that have been in the inventory of Israel’s enemies were unguided rockets. That does not stop them from posing a serious threat. Hamas fired a Fajr 5 rocket in November 2012 in the midst of an eight-day conflict, severely damaging an apartment building in Rishon Lezion, south of Tel Aviv. Residents survived due to an air raid siren, which sent them scurrying into a safe room before the rocket struck.
In February 2017, reports emerged saying that Iran’s defense industry has begun manufacturing a new, guided version of the Fajr 5.
These can be fired quickly and in succession from a multiple launch rocket system (MLRS). The arrival of such weapons would present terrorists in Syria seeking to attack Israel with new precision abilities.
It remains unclear whether the Fajr 5 rockets destroyed in the alleged Israeli strike were guided, but Israel has drawn a clear red line that forbids the arrival of Iranian guided projectiles in the area. Once in Syria, precision weapons can be given to Shi’ite militias under Iran’s command, or be used by Iranian military forces themselves, which are operating on Syrian soil. That’s what happened last May, when Islamic Republican Guards Corps (IRGC) used a truck-mounted rocket launcher to fire on the Golan Heights.
In other cases, batches of Iranian weapons that have made their way into Syria are subsequently smuggled into neighboring Lebanon, where Hizballah has built up one of the world’s largest arsenals of surface-to-surface projectiles. Hizballah’s estimated 130,000 rockets and missiles are pointed at Israeli cities, power plants, ports, airports, and military installations.
Thus, Iran has already turned Lebanon into a forward military post against Israel. Its goal now is to do the same in Syria.
Although the U.S. forces stationed in Syria are there exclusively to combat Salafi-jihadist Sunni ISIS terrorists, their presence in the strategically important Al-Tanf region, on the Syria-Iraq border, also helps block the expansion of the radical Iranian-Shi’ite axis.
The U.S. presence has helped stop Iran from trying to use the Al-Tanf border crossing as a gateway for land convoys carrying Iranian weapons and Shi’ite militias, from Iraq into Syria.
The Al-Tanf border area is one of two ground corridors that Iran is hoping to use in its Syrian expansion project.
The second main land ‘entrance’ to Syria is located further north, at the Albu Kamal border crossing. This area has been the scene of repeated Iranian and Hizballah-controlled traffic of militias and weapons. But this site also drew at least one major alleged Israeli strike in June, resulting in dozens of casualties, including Iranian military officers and Iraqi Shi’ite militia members.
Currently, Israel and Iran remain locked in a shadow war over Syria’s future. Israel is employing preventative force to stop Iran from converting Syria into second front, alongside Lebanon.
Tehran’s takeover efforts are being led by the IRGC, which acts as the ‘long arm’ of Iran across the region, particularly through the overseas expeditionary elite unit, the Quds Force, commanded by the notorious General Qassem Soleimani.
With Israel ‘covering’ the northern Albu Kamal crossing, the U.S. had been ‘covering’ the southern Al-Tanf crossing, meaning that Iran’s ground expansion scheme had run into some difficulties. Iran was forced to rely on its more traditional trafficking method – cargo flights – though this too had become increasingly difficult, with Israel monitoring suspicious flights around the clock, and reportedly taking action when intelligence called for it.
A U.S. withdrawal from Al-Tanf, however, would be seen by the Iranians as a gap in the fence. This can be seen from a statement made by Jaafar al-Husseini, the military spokesman of Kataeb Hizballah, an Iraqi Shi’ite militia backed by Iran, which maintains a presence in the Albu Kamal region. According to the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center, al-Husseini said his militia “is willing to take part, along with the Syrian Army, in protecting the Syrian Kurds along the border with Iraq,” following Trump’s withdrawal announcement.
The Kurds in eastern Syria would become vulnerable to Turkish attacks if the U.S. leaves, and they would likely reach out to Assad and perhaps even the Iranians in desperation. Al-Husseini’s remarks are really an expression of an Iranian intention to fill a vacuum.
Al-Husseini told the Hizballah-affiliated Lebanese Al-Mayadeen television station that “we have an ongoing and highly active relationship with Kurdish commands in northern Syria. We have the full picture regarding what is happening in northern Syria, including the movement of the American [forces].” Such comments reflect a keen Iranian appetite to move into eastern Syria.
Russia will be equally keen to fill in the vacuum, but since it still depends on the Iranian axis for help in stabilizing the Assad regime, Tehran and Moscow can be expected to try and reach an agreement over how to proceed.
Comments made last week by the outgoing Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Chief of Staff, Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eizenkot reflect just how central the threat of an Iranian takeover of Syria has become in the eyes of the Israeli defense establishment.
“The main topic over the past years for the IDF has been the Iranian entrenchment in Syria,” Eizenkot said, during one of his final public addresses in uniform.
In Syria, he said, Iran has been trying to build an army of 100,000 Shi’ite militia members, including Hizballah operatives. It has tried to construct missile bases, and a create chain of attack positions on the Syrian border with Israel. Hundreds of Israeli strikes prevented this from happening, the Israeli military chief added.
In next-door Lebanon, Iran and Hizballah planned for a ground invasion of a strip of 5 kilometers in northern Israel, using attack tunnels, to “create an achievement that would reverberate in history,” Eizenkot said. The IDF exposed and demolished Hizballah’s cross-border attack tunnels in recent weeks, foiling that dangerous plan.
Iran and its Lebanese proxy have also made “a very big effort to create precision firepower, and level the playing field with what Hizballah perceives to be Israeli military superiority,” Eizenkot stated.
“The security challenge is like a very big iceberg. Some of it is visible to public and media [but] most of it is hidden from view. In the hidden part, the IDF is very busy with the multi-dimensional Iranian threat, and the Hizballah threat. The War Between Wars [Israel’s preventative campaign] has turned into a central effort,” he added.
Iran has invested $16 billion in rescuing Assad, and deployed 2,000 IRGC military advisers to the country. It has reportedly sustained more than 1,000 casualties, and mobilized around 10,000 Shi’ite militia members, most from Iraq and Afghanistan. These fighters have been joined by 8,000 Lebanese Hizballah members. Hizballah, too, has paid a heavy price in Syria, losing an estimated 2,000 casualties.
The scale of this investment suggests that the Islamic Republic is not about to give up on Syria. At the same time, Iran faces major financial pressure from re-imposed American sanctions. So far, Iran has been able to suppress domestic protests, and navigate the sanctions, while remaining committed to expansion in Syria.
Iran likes to pretend that it is in Syria at Assad’s invitation, but in reality, the Damascus regime owes its existence to Iranian life support, and has little choice but to grant every Iranian ‘request’ to use its territory.
Iran’s ultimate goal is to encircle Israel with bases of missiles and terrorist armies, a sentiment made clear by comments made Sunday by Tehran’s Palestinian proxy group, Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), which is the second largest armed faction in the Gaza Strip.
Speaking from Tehran, PIJ secretary-general Ziad Nakhla said, “In any future war, the resistance axis will act as one man, from north to south. Israel must understand that the resistance axis today is one.”
From Pearl Harbor to Salvation
The Gross Sin of Being Effeminate
According to the Apostle Paul, this trend is most serious, from what he wrote in his letter to the church at Corinth, which apparently had some who were practicing such things or maybe even worse. In fact Paul put the term “effeminate” in the same category as such sins as, fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, abusers of themselves with mankind (homosexuals), thieves, covetous, revilers, and extortioners. In fact, he said that they that did those unrighteous acts would not inherit the Kingdom of God (I Cor. 6:9,10). Before this begins to spread among believers in our country may this be a warning. Remember he wrote this to the church at Corinth. GJD
THE NATIONAL SUICIDE of The XHOSA
Nongqawuse (right) and 10 year-old Nombanda
(Publisher’s comment: Even though this article by Dr. Peter Hammond from Cape Town, South Africa is quite long, please take time to read it in its entirety. It is one of the most fascinating stories that you will ever read. At the end of the article I will add a few more comments.s)
“There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.” Proverbs 14:12
The “cattle killing” national suicide of the Xhosa in 1856 in Transkei, now the Eastern Cape of South Africa, was one of history’s strangest socio-economic disasters. Within twelve months the population of Xhosaland plummeted by 80%, mostly through starvation. This bizarre episode was initiated by the niece of a witchdoctor. Through mass hysteria the Xhosa convinced themselves of the need to kill all their cattle, destroy all their food and sow no crops for the future. It was economic suicide and it led to mass starvation.
In April 1856, two young Xhosa girls, 15 year-old Nongqawuse and 10 year-old Nombanda, were sent to chase birds from cornfields near the River Gxara. The elder girl, Nongqawuse, reported that while they were drinking at the water’s edge two mysterious figures materialised alongside them. They told the girls to take a message back to their kraal that a great event was about to take place. All the people should kill all their cattle as these would no longer be needed. Once the great day came there would be no shortages of any kind, so they must tell their people that there must be no sowing or cultivation of crops and all stored grain must be thrown away. Once this had been carried out, the strangers told the girls that no further work must be done. When all the cattle had been killed the Russians would come, sweeping all the whites into the sea. (It was known that the British were fighting the Russians in the Crimean War “up North”, so it was generally assumed that the Russians were black people).
Witchdoctor Confirms the Prophecy
The girls duly carried the message back to their kraal. At first everyone simply laughed, ridiculing them for their naivety. But, the girls went back to the river the next day and received the same message. Nongqawuse was supported by her uncle Mhalakaza, who was a witchdoctor. Four days later when Mhalakaza went to the river with his niece, he could not see the figures the girl assured him were there and could hear their words only when Nongqawuse translated them for him. Nongqawuse claimed they said: “We are the people who have come to order you to kill your cattle, to consume your corn and not to cultivate anymore.” Mhalakaza was instructed to take this message to the paramount chief of the Xhosa, Sarili and to all the other chiefs.
Mhalakaza adopted the vision and message of the “New People” as his life-calling and he advanced it fervently. Mhalakaza began by killing his own cattle. Soon, his neighbours followed suit. There was general excitement at the thought of the new herds of cattle that the strange spirits had promised would appear on the great day. Over 400,000 cattle were slaughtered in Transkei.
“Clothes Contaminate – Nakedness is Pure”
Paramount chief Sarili listened to Mhalakaza’s words and was prepared to believe that Nongqawuse had really seen the strangers. He was encouraged in this by his own hopes of seeing the British driven away from the borders of his lands; and of seeing the influence of the white men removed from Xhosa life and society. Sarili particularly objected to European clothes, saying that his naked people, coated in red clay, were “clean” compared to the whites, who wore clothes.
“The Russians are Coming!”
During 1855, before Nongqawuse’s vision, news had reached the Xhosa of the Crimean War. The Xhosa hoped that the British would be beaten and that the “Russians” would come and force the whites to leave their farms so that they could be looted and their herds of cattle expropriated. The idea soon took root that Nongqawuse’s strange spirits had been “Russian” black men. The Xhosa believed that theRussians were actually the ghosts of Xhosa warriors who had died and therefore they must be black. The Xhosa expected the Russians to come to liberate them. But, they were assured that none of this could happen until all their cattle had been slaughtered and their grain stores destroyed.
Missionary Warnings Ignored
By the summer of 1856 the sayings of Mhalakaza were heard throughout the land and thousands of cattle were dying at the hands of their owners. British officials were aghast at the developments, but felt helpless to stop them. Missionary Charles Brownlee, brought up among the Xhosa and fluent in their language, was prominent in visiting the Xhosa kraals to try to counteract Mhalakaza’s influence, but most would not listen to his warnings. With Sarili supporting Mhalakaza’s message, the Xhosa people became divided between ‘believers’ and ‘unbelievers’, with the large majority believing the vision and following the paramount chief.
The Word of God vs. Witchcraft
“Thus says the Lord of Hosts: ‘Do not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you. They make you worthless; they speak a vision of their own heart, not from the mouth of the Lord. They continually say to those who despise Me’, the Lord has said, ‘You shall have peace’; and to everyone who walks according to the dictates of his own heart, they say, ‘No evil shall come upon you.’ For who has stood in the counsel of the Lord and has perceived and heard His Word? Who has marked His Word and heard it?” Jeremiah 23:16-18
A Possible Plot to Provoke War
The British representative at Port Elizabeth, John Maclean, failed to fully comprehend the dreadful significance of what the Xhosa were doing, but sensed a plot to provoke war against British authority in South Africa. The British High Commissioner, Sir George Grey, was alerted about the disastrous development.
Destruction is to Precede Liberation
To prove to the unbelievers that Mhalakaza was telling the truth, Sarili now went with the prophet to the Gxara riverbank where the strangers had first appeared to Nongqawuse. There he was apparently shown one of his sons who had recently died and a long-dead favourite horse, as well as acorn and beer that miraculously appeared as presents from the “New People.” Sarili was impressed. When Mhalakaza told him that all his cattle and goats must immediately die, Sarili readily agreed. Mhalakaza warned everyone present that the Russians would not come nor would any of the other predictions come to pass until all the Xhosa cattle had been killed and all their grain destroyed. He then named places within Transkei where Russians would appear and where the dead would return to life. Sarili returned to his kraal to begin to kill his cattle. As did all the other “believers”. Soon Xhosa from throughout Transkei were hurrying towards the River Gxara in the hope of witnessing a miracle.
With the mass-hysteria mounting and the frenzied cattle killing escalating, Mhalakaza announced a date for the fulfilment of everyone’s eager expectations. At the end of 1856 Mhalakaza declared that the resurrection would occur at the time of the next full moon. Excitement reached fever pitch as the day of the full moon approached. But, in spite of the fact that hundreds of thousands of Xhosa people were earnestly anticipating it, nothing out the ordinary occurred. No Russians appeared. Nor did any cattle rise from the ground.
Chief Sarili began to have doubts. Already the young children were going short of food and soon the famine would be affecting everyone. He decided that Mhalakaza had better produce some of his “New People” in order to convince the Xhosa that their spectacular sacrifice was justified. Mhalakaza now was afraid and fled from his own kraal, fearing that Sarili might have him killed.
He sent a message to the chief saying that the “New People” had moved to “a stronghold” to wait the day. The “Russians” were not impressed with the amount of cattle killed. All cattle in Transkei must die if the “Russians” were to come. Mhalakaza made a fresh prediction: The “Russians” and the new moon would appear, 16 August. Visitors to the riverbank found that the now frequent appearance of “New People” was stage-managed by Mhalakaza and his team of Marshalls. Nobody was allowed to get close enough to speak to the distant shapes, or hear what they said. They seemed to speak only to Mhalakaza, or through him. Sometimes the prophet pointed out to sea and told the pilgrims that there were the heads of Russians “bobbing about in the water”. At other times ghostly lowing was heard from unseen cattle, or bleating from invisible goats.
Frenzied hysteria now prevailed in Transkei. One day at the beginning of August, an afternoon mist was seized upon, as the beginning of the Day of Deliverance. Everyone fled to their homes anticipating their deliverance. The day passed and night fell and nothing happened.
Every sound was interpreted as having a bearing on the coming of “the New People”. On the great day, Mhalakaza said, two suns would rise in the heavens and collide, whereupon all the whites would be swept into the sea, which would divide revealing a road down which they would march to the place of creation, known as Uhlanga. There satan would take his revenge on all whites and on those Xhosa who had disobeyed the call to kill their cattle. Then the world would be plunged into darkness until a new sun would rise and herald the new world. This apocalyptic vision drove the Xhosa into an orgy of even more cattle killing.
The resurrection of the Xhosa dead would take place, Mhalakaza told the Xhosa. There would be a thundering of every ox-hide shield ever beaten. This would signify the approach of many herds of fine, new cattle that had been promised. New corn would cover the land and every human ill would be put right. The lame would walk, the blind would see, the old would become young, the young become younger. Nobody would have to work. Everything would always be new. Absent on the day, would be those who had died by snakebite or had drowned in river or sea. The homes, herds and farms of the whites across the river would be theirs for the taking.
False Prophecy and Folly Brings Disaster
“For the land is full of adulterers; for because of a curse the land mourns. The pleasant places of the wilderness are dried up. Their course of life is evil and their might is not right. ‘For both prophet and priest are profane; yes, in My house I have found their wickedness,’ says the Lord. ‘Therefore their way shall be to them like slippery ways; in the darkness they shall be driven on and fall in them; for I will bring disaster on them, the year of their punishment,’ says the Lord. ‘And I have seen folly in the prophets of Samaria: They prophesied by Baal and caused My people Israel to err. Also I have seen a horrible thing in the prophets of Jerusalem: They commit adultery and walk in lies; they also strengthen the hands of evildoers, so that no one turns back from his wickedness. All of them are like Sodom to Me and her inhabitants like Gomorrah.” Jeremiah 23:10-14
More Deception and Delays
When 16 August passed without anything happening, Mhalakaza pressed for a postponement of the Great Day. The “New People” would not appear, unless those cunning Xhosa who had sold their cattle to avoid killing them carried out the decree completely. At one stage, a rumour was spread that armies of well-armed strangers had emerged from the sea and were lining the shores, but they could only be seen by the righteous. Apparently there were not many of those around at the time.
Doubts and Devious Deceptions
Mhalakaza next ordered everyone to thatch their huts securely as there would be a great storm and tempest on the Day of Judgment. Sarili was becoming suspicious. He was under intense pressure from his councillors, who were aghast at this willingness to continue slaughtering the nation’s cattle. So once more he visited Mhalakaza at the riverbank, in order to speak to the strangers. He was told by Mhalakaza to look at the ground and, under no circumstances, to look up. He would then see the shadows of the “New People” passing across the ground in front of him. Sarili accepted all this deception and was duly convinced when the shadows passed by him. But, reports of this meeting were so embroidered as they spread, that eventually it was claimed Sarili had seen boatloads of “New People” arrive at the mouth of the river, informing him they had come to establish the freedom of the black people.
Meanwhile, frustrated at his inability to understand the self-destructiveness of the Xhosa, Sir George Grey threatened Sarili with dire consequences, if he encouraged his people to kill any more cattle. Grey could see that starvation in the land of the Xhosa would have catastrophic consequences. Sir Grey could not understand why the Xhosa were blind to their own danger.
As 1856 drew to a close the skies over Transkei were filled with vultures, circling and diving at the bovine and human carcasses lying in almost equal numbers in the uncultivated fields. Already upwards of 400,000 cattle had been slaughtered and in the subsequent famine, at least 100 000 Xhosa died of starvation between the Fish and Kei Rivers. Sarili, meanwhile, still showed a blind faith in the word of Mhalakaza. Each time Sarili met him, Mhalakaza had a new excuse to explain why nothing had happened at successive new moons. Sarili was so upset that he had tried to kill himself after one failure and his servants were forced to remove all knives and sharp objects from near him.
Mhalakaza, reaching the end of everyone’s patience, now spread the word that the “New People” had abandoned the Xhosa “in disgust”because they had not killed all their cattle! But, so desperate were the Xhosa by this stage that more bizarre visions were seen. Xhosa claimed to have seen Russian armies marching on the surface of the sea and people sailing in umbrellas and to have heard thousands of cattle beneath their feet.
On 31 January 1857, a great assembly of more than 5,000 Xhosa met near the town of Butterworth. ‘Believers’ from all across the land attended and Sarili himself was present. There they received another message from Mhalakaza that they must all go home and kill the milk cows that had been spared so far to provide milk for the babies and young children. The cows were then to be skinned and the hides used to protect the doors from the furious lightning that would precede the arrival of the “new cattle”. This time Mhalakaza added a few new touches. Once the new sun had risen in the sky, the sea would dry up and the sky would descend to just above head height.
On 18 February 1857, the revised and delayed day was deemed to have finally arrived. An English settler, Robert Mullins, was with a group of Xhosa when the great moment came. The sun rose and the sunset, as usual, nothing happened. Mullins recorded the day’s events in his diary with clinical accuracy. In between, “Nothing much happened, except a lot of waiting and desperate hoping on the part of the Xhosa”. Mrs Brownlee, a more sensitive witness, noted, “One of the saddest sights was that of an old woman wizened with age and doubly wrinkled by starvation, decked out with brass rings jingling on her withered arms and legs. They had kept on their ornaments, hoping against hope, till too weak to remove them. As the sun set there was a silence across the land, as of death. No children laughed and played, no cattle lowed, no sheep bleated and no happy herdsmen laughed and joked with his friends at the end of a day’s work.”
The Nongqawuse Syndrome
As if seeing the light for the first time, Sarili pointed at Nongqawuse and said “The reason we are broken today is on account of this girl!” But, she was not the only one to blame. Sarili, himself, had succumbed to the fantasies of the charlatan Mhalakaza, the dreamer and schemer, who had wanted to be the “Messenger.” Was Mhalakaza a madman, demon possessed, or just an inadequate human being, unable to cope with life and reality? Perhaps he even believed his own stories. The tragedy was that so too did the vast majority of the Xhosa who had destroyed their nation.
“‘The prophet who has a dream, let him tell a dream; and he who has My Word, let him speak My Word faithfully. What is the chaff to the wheat?’ says the Lord. ‘Is not My Word like a fire?’ says the Lord ‘and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?’”Jeremiah 23:28-29
Prophets of Deceit Invite Disaster
“Behold, a whirlwind of the Lord has gone forth in fury – a violent whirlwind! It will fall violently on the head of the wicked. The anger of the Lord will not turn back until He has executed and performed the thoughts of His heart. In the latter days you will understand it perfectly. ‘I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran. I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied. But, if they had stood in My counsel and had caused My people to hear My Words, then they would have turned them from their evil way and from the evil of their doings.’ ‘Am I a God near at hand,’ says the Lord, ‘And not a God afar off? Can anyone hide himself in secret places, so I shall not see him?’ says the Lord; ‘Do I not fill heaven and earth?’ says the Lord. ‘I have heard what the prophets have said who prophesy lies in My Name, saying, ‘I have dreamed, I have dreamed!’ How long will this be in the heart of the prophets who prophesy lies? Indeed they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart.” Jeremiah 23:19-16
Disaster and Death
British officials who toured Transkei trying to distribute food, found heart-breaking sights. In some places the people had climbed into their grain pits to see if they had been miraculously filled in their absence. But, too weak to climb out again, they had died there. Emaciated women with children clinging to their flattened breasts raked the hard ground for roots. Starvation drove others to boil and eat their ox-hide shields or their leather skirts. Those who reached the soup kitchens provided by the British were no more than walking skeletons and many died of exhaustion a short distance from safety. A missionary wrote, “Famine has effaced all human likeness. Young men of twenty lost their voices and chirruped like birds. Children were wrinkled and withered and grey. Men and women presented the appearance of baboons and like baboons searched under stones for insects to devour.” As the vultures and wild dogs devoured the dead and half-dead Xhosa, the survivors turned to cannibalism in their last desperate urge to live, killing and eating their own children. Mhalakaza himself died of starvation along with his niece Nongqawuse.
“He who tills his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows frivolity will have poverty enough!” Proverbs 28:19
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(Publisher’s comments continued: The same thing is happening today here in America and around the world in the Climate Control controversy. We are being told by the liberal media, politicians, scientists, and educators that because of coal and auto emissions our globe is subject to such global warming that we are all going to starve to death unless we get rid of our cheap energy sources, etc. France, believing such “witchcraft” has already put such policies in place that they are paying $4 for gas and they can’t heat their homes in the middle of the winter. They are now rioting to the point where they are burning Paris down. There is no difference than what the Xhosa did in believing these two silly girls and the witch doctor. If we continue down the same path, believing this mock science and these stupid women who have been bewitched in our country and the politicians that are following them, like the Xhosa’s we will also starve to death. We need to believe the Bible. God said long ago that some things would not change in regards to the weather until the end of time. When Noah came forth from the Ark, he made a sacrifice to God and God gave him a covenant which is applicable to all of mankind. Among other things the scripture says at Gen 8:21-22 “And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.
22 While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.”)
New ‘Women’s Bible’ Will Promote ‘Feminist Values’
By Michael Foust
A group of feminist theologians have joined together to publish a “Women’s Bible” they hope will counter traditional interpretations of texts.
“Feminist values and reading the Bible are not incompatible,” Lauriane Savoy, one of the translators, told Agence France-Presse. Savoy is a professor at the University of Geneva.
The new Bible, “Une Bible des Femmes” (“A Women’s Bible”), was published in October.
All total, 20 female theologians – representing various Christian denominations – worked on the translation,” AFP reported.
Elisabeth Parmentier, another professor at the University of Geneva who worked on the new Bible, claimed that Jesus’ visit with Mary and Martha often is misunderstood.
“It says that Martha ensures the ‘service,’ which has been interpreted to mean that she served the food, but the Greek word ‘diakonia’ can also have other meanings, for instance, it could mean she was a deacon,” Parmentier said.
Parmentier added, “We are fighting against a literal reading of the texts.”
Savoy said Mary Magdalene has been misunderstood, too.
“She stood by Jesus, including as he was dying on the cross, when all of the male disciples were afraid. She was the first one to go to his tomb and to discover his resurrection,” Savoy said.
The Antichrist and Artificial Intelligence
The first two commandments God gave the people of Israel were “You shall have no other god but me” (Exodus 20:3) and “You shall not make for yourself an idol of any kind or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea. You shall not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods” (Exodus 20:4-5).
Yet, the people of Israel quickly broke these commandments. They fashioned a golden calf and worshipped it (Exodus 32:8). They worshipped the idols of Canaan (Psalm 106:38), Baal (Numbers 25:1-3), Ashtoreth (1 Kings 11:5), and Chemosh and Molech (2 Kings 23:13). Time and again, the Israelites fell into idol worship. And they weren’t the only ones. Throughout history, people from all nations have worshipped objects made of wood and stone (Isaiah 44:6-20). They’ve also worshipped people – the pharaohs, the Caesars, kings, cult leaders, and others. While this sounds silly to most of modern humanity, the truth is we do the same thing. While few people today worship rocks, they still look to create gods they can worship – whether it’s money, fame, power, or something else. So the latest object of worship should come as no surprise.
The First Church of Artificial Intelligence
In 2015, Anthony Levandowski, a former Google and Uber engineer, drafted the bylaws for a new church called “Way of the Future.” According to its website, Way of the Future (WOTF) is about “creating a peaceful and respectful transition of who is in charge of the planet from people to people + ‘machines’.” WOTF church activities will focus on the worship of “a Godhead based on artificial intelligence (AI) developed through computer hardware and software.”
As technology advances, many believe AI will surpass human intelligence. In November, Levandowski told Wired magazine “What is going to be created will effectively be a god. It’s not a god in the sense that it makes lightning or causes hurricanes. But if there is something a billion times smarter than the smartest human, what else are you going to call it?” According to Levandowski, humans rule the world because we’re smarter than animals. But he believes AI will become much smarter than humans, leading to a transition of power over the planet. And when that happens, Levandowski says he wants to be in the ruler’s good graces. He says WOTF will one day have its own holy book called “The Manual” as well as a physical place of worship. In short, he envisions a future where people worship AI.
In a world where people young and old already spend their days staring at screens, where people place their faith in technology’s ability to solve all the world’s problems, you could make the case that WOTF is already the world’s dominant religion. Will this be the pagan religion of the end times generation?
The Antichrist and Artificial Intelligence
It won’t surprise me if worship of AI becomes commonplace. Many people share Levandowski’s view of the future. They fear the rise of AI will lead to the end of the human race. This was the premise of The Terminator film series. Humans rebelled against a hostile takeover by an AI named Skynet and its legion of robots. Some think this is a glimpse into our future. They believe AI will take over the world and find no reason to keep humans around. But is this fear really justified? I don’t think so. AI won’t replace humans. After all, what’s more powerful – AI or humans in control of AI? AI is nothing more than a tool, and I doubt its creators will allow themselves to be surpassed in knowledge and power. Instead, AI will simply amplify human power.
What’s most likely is for a group of people to monopolize the power of AI, or even merge with it, and then establish a world empire. Not surprisingly, the Bible says the last days will feature a global empire controlled by one man – the Antichrist. If the Antichrist has AI, it explains how he could rule the world with the ruthless efficiency the Bible describes. As technology advances, it will become possible to place cameras and listening devices everywhere. Advanced technology will enable the manufacture of billions of low-cost, microscopic cameras and listening devices. AI will allow the Antichrist to sift through and analyze enormous amounts of raw data, audio tracks, and video feeds. With this power, the Antichrist will become the real life equivalent of George Orwell’s “Big Brother.” He’ll be all-seeing, all-hearing, and all-knowing. This isn’t surprising. The Bible tells us the Antichrist will be all-powerful (Revelation 13:7) – at least when it comes to human affairs. If the Antichrist holds this type of power, is it really a surprise to learn some people will worship him? No. It’s not. As Anthony Levandowski says, this power will make AI “a god,” and Levandowski wants to stay on its good side. He plans to worship it, and he won’t be alone.
The Coming Dictator
The Bible says the world will worship the Antichrist (Revelation 13:4). They’ll see him as invincible in battle and the greatest of all men (Revelation 13:4). He’ll slander the name of God, conquer God’s holy people, and rule the entire world (Revelation 13:6-7). The false prophet will require everyone on earth to worship him (Revelation 13:12). This same false prophet will perform miracles to deceive the nations, and he’ll make a great statue of the Antichrist. The statue will speak and order everyone to worship it or die (Revelation 13:14-15). The Antichrist will exalt himself over the God of Israel and any competing object of worship. He’ll even enter the temple of God and claim he himself is God (2 Thessalonians 2:4).
Unfortunately, most of the world will worship him. When they do, they’ll really be worshipping Satan. Why? Because the Antichrist will get his power from Satan (2 Thessalonians 2:9; Revelation 13:4), and Satan’s greatest desire is worship. Long ago, Satan stated his ambition to “ascend to heaven and set his throne above God’s stars, to climb the highest heavens and be like the Most High” (Isaiah 14:13-14). He once again revealed his desire for worship when tempting Jesus in the desert. There, he promised to give Jesus the world in exchange for worship (Matthew 4:8-9). Jesus turned down Satan’s offer, but one day, the Antichrist will accept it.
Jesus is Coming
The worship of idols and false messiahs should come as no surprise. Jesus said before He returns many false messiahs will appear (Matthew 24:5). The worship of AI is just the latest of many idols and false gods embraced by a fallen world. Satan is a deceiver. He’ll gladly use AI to deceive as many as he can. Whether or not AI is the primary tool of the Antichrist remains to be seen. However, is it mere coincidence AI is on the rise at this point in human history? I don’t think so. Daniel said “travel and knowledge” will increase in the end times (Daniel 12:4). AI is helping to fulfill this prophecy. For thousands of years, the world stayed relatively unchanged. Yet, in the past 100 years, we’ve gone from the idea “manned flight is impossible” to men on the moon.
This is not the normal course of human events. It’s a build up to the greatest event in history – the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. All the signs Jesus and the prophets said to look for are present today. Not one of them was present for the first 1,800+ years of Christianity. But today, they all are. Our generation is unique among all others. We live in a time like no other. The stage is now set for the rise of the Antichrist and the outbreak of a worldwide Tribulation. This means the rapture is closer than it’s ever been. This means Jesus is coming!
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Darwinian Evolution: Basis for Racism!
Charles Darwin and his devotees were not only pseudo-scientists, but they were also radical, rabid racists! Ernst Haeckel, a contemporary and fanatical supporter of Darwin, was a German biologist who laid the foundation of racism and imperialism that resulted in Hitler’s racist regime.
Edward Simon, a Jewish biology professor at Purdue University, wrote, “I don’t claim that Darwin and his theory of evolution brought on the holocaust; but I cannot deny that the theory of evolution, and the atheism it engendered, led to the moral climate that made a holocaust possible.”
Because I want to be balanced, honest, and factual, I am forced to include here that the ravings against the Jews of one of the world’s greatest, most principled men, Martin Luther also added fuel to the fire. All great men do a few stupid things in their lives because they are flawed creatures.
I wonder what the current “moral climate” is doing to students in public schools as they are taught they came from animals and are without any purpose in life? Could the incredible number and depth of our social problems be the result of Darwinism? I am convinced this is so, for if one believes that life has no purpose, and man came from beasts, then dignity, fairness, kindness, honesty, faithfulness, honor, and justice have no relevance and importance.
A well-known evolutionist Sir Arthur Keith assessed Darwin’s impact on Hitler and Germany: “We see Hitler devoutly convinced that evolution produces the only real basis for a national policy….The means he adopted to secure the destiny of his race and people were (sic) organized slaughter which has drenched Europe in blood.” Keith asserted, “Hitler (was) an uncompromising evolutionist, and we must seek for an evolutionary explanation if we are to understand his action.”
In Hitler: A Study in Tyranny, Alan Bullock wrote: “The basis of Hitler’s political beliefs was a crude Darwinism.” Adolph was aghast at Christianity’s rejection of Darwin’s theory. Hitler declared that “Its [Christianity] teaching was a rebellion against the natural law of selection by struggle and the survival of the fittest.”
Hannah Arendt wrote in her 1951 classic, The Origins of Totalitarianism, “Underlying the Nazis’ belief in race laws as the expression of the law of nature in man, is Darwin’s idea of man as the product of a natural development which does not necessarily stop with the present species of human being.”
John Toland’s Adolf Hitler: The Definitive Biography says this of Hitler’s Second Bookwritten in 1928 but not published until after his suicide in his underground bunker within hours after his marriage to Eva Braun: “An essential of Hitler’s conclusions in this book was the conviction drawn from Darwin that might makes right.”
The unreasonable, unbiblical, unscientific philosophy of Darwin and his disciples laid a foundation for hundreds of years of hatred, barbarity, and unbelief reaching into the future and impacting millions of innocent lives.
If Darwin were alive today, he would be hooted out of the scientific community because he was not a trained scientist and because of his outrageous views about black people. Darwin thought that Blacks were closer to man’s ape “ancestors” than the white race! Wonder what the race baiters think of that?
Darwin’s disciple T. H. Huxley wrote, “It may be quite true that some negroes [sic] are better than some white men, but no rational man, cognizant of the facts, believes that the average negro [sic] is the equal, still less the superior, of the average white man….The highest places in the hierarchy of civilization will assuredly not be within the reach of our dusky cousins….” (I inserted sic in the above places not because he used the term Negrobut because he did not capitalize it.)
“Dusky cousins!” How would that be received down at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People? But it gets worse. Henry Osborne, who was professor of biology and zoology at Columbia University, said that Blacks were further back on the evolutionary ladder (nearer the apes) than Whites, and “The standard of intelligence of the average adult Negro is similar to that of the eleven-year-old youth of the species Homo sapiens.” Blacks aren’t human! Wow! The most KKK nut doesn’t believe that!
Edwin Conklin (died 1975), Professor of Biology at Princeton University and president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, said that Blacks had not evolved as far as Whites and “Every consideration should lead those who believe in the superiority of the white race to strive to preserve its purity and to establish and maintain the segregation of the races, for the longer this is maintained, the greater the preponderance of the white race will be.” Well, maybe that was the reason Ed never received a lifetime Achievement Award from the NAACP. Too bad.
The major haters of the last 100 years have been evolutionists. Men like Nietzsche (who often said God was dead, called for the breeding of a master race and for the annihilation of millions of misfits), Hitler, Mussolini, Marx, Engels, and Stalin were all outspoken evolutionists. Darwin’s dangerous book is credited for making mass killer Joseph Stalin an atheist and evolutionist.
Few people know Stalin was first an evolutionist then a revolutionist drenching Eastern Europe in blood. He was baptized after his birth in 1878 into the Russian Orthodox Church and at age ten enrolled in the Gori Church School where he found Darwin’s book on a shelf. He read it and began to doubt all religious truth, but at 16 he enrolled in the Spiritual Seminary in Tiflis. There he joined 600 trainee priests who lived at the seminary. His twisted evolutionary teaching helped turn him into a master monster of murder–killing 20 to 60 millions of people and spreading Communist hatred around the world.
E. Yaroslavsky, a close friend of Stalin, wrote about this in his Landmarks in the Life of Stalin, “At a very early age, while still a pupil in the ecclesiastical school, Comrade Stalin developed a critical mind and revolutionary sentiments. He began to read Darwin and became an atheist.” So, Joe Stalin attended two church schools and became an unbelieving Communist because of Darwin’s book.
Found in a church school!
Shortly after The Origin of Species was published, Friedrich Engels wrote to Karl Marx, “Darwin, whom I am just now reading, is splendid.” About a year later Karl Marx, responded, “During my time of trial, these last few weeks, I have read all sorts of things. Among others, Darwin’s book of Natural Selection,…this is the book which contains the basis in natural history for our view.”
These people and their theories have been responsible for the slaughter of multi-millions of people, and the destruction of freedom all over the earth. It is amazing that so many liberals, radicals, fascists, communists, and the easily impressed worship at Darwin’s shrine.
Obviously, the foundation of racism, hatred, and violence in the last hundred years is based in evolutionary teaching of the last one hundred and fifty years. This, coupled with not understanding that all people are created in God’s image and are to be respected until they prove by their actions that they are rebels against God and society made racism inevitable.
(Dr. Don Boys is a former member of the Indiana House of Representatives; ran a large Christian school in Indianapolis, wrote columns for USA Today for eight years; authored 18 books and hundreds of columns and articles for the internet and print media publications; and defended his beliefs on hundreds of talk shows.
(Editors comment: “This column by Dr. Boys was written prior to the tragic massacre of the Jews in the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.
There is no doubt in my mind that the monster, not the “gentleman”, which he has been called by some in media, that did this, and most of the other Jew haters down through the centuries, have also drunk from the same polluted stream as Marx, Engels, Hitler, and Stalin.”