Precious Jesus

"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan

Monday, September 17, 2018

Brotherly Love

This is the bone of contention that has sparked many a heated argument with the "usual suspects" in play: one being the love card addict and the other trying to point out and adhere to Scripture. There is of course those that love to sit on the fence, claim the high ground of "love" and put themselves above the fray as some sort of final arbiter whose word supersedes the Word of God. The hoards in the first camp are the loudest as they proclaim love for everyone and exhibit pure hatred for their opponent. They state flatly that the salvation (or lack thereof) of any person cannot be known leaving the door wide open for every Tom, Dick and Heretic to have carte blanche with their "brothers" in the faith. You can believe anything, everything, or nothing at all just so long as you claim to "a Christian" you are accepted. They require everyone that expects to be in the good graces of the religious elite to adhere to this mantra without question or debate. They will say plainly that we do not have the right to question another man's salvation---for any reason. To do so will bring down a boat load of grief, accusations of being 'unloving' 'mean-spirited' etc. and the ultimate 'unfriending' of the offender. Their reasoning behind all of this is faulty but since they are blind to the Truth you cannot expect them to understand Biblical Truth. Their logic stems from the twisted scripture version they love to quote. "For God so loved the world..." meaning that God loves everyone even those that blaspheme Him, never repent, and never believe upon Him for salvation; "love your enemies" to the point that they are allowed to literally get away with murder and other crimes; 'speak the truth in love' where truth is ignored in favor of their distorted emotional love. All that is required for "fellowship" in their little cult is some sort of "testimony" that alludes to "Christianity" and an unquestioning love for their fellows. Any type of inspection into their life and their words is strictly forbidden. After all, So & So says he is a Christian and we must accept that without question or we have sinned against So & So and must repent! For all their preaching and swooning about "love" they have nothing but pure bred hatred for those that dare to point out their unbiblical error. They scream "Judge not, lest you be judged" with their interpretation thereof coming from their twist-o-matic version to mean that we can't be allowed to observe a pattern of a fruitless life. To these love card addicts if a man says he is saved then the matter is forever settled, his 'testimony' trumps the Word of God making it powerless to discern good from evil. *******So what does the Word of God say about this?

The same Lord that said "Judge not..." also said "...judge with righteous judgment." This is not an occasion to ignore one verse in favor of the other, but putting them together the truth comes out. It is not our right to pass final judgment on anyone, we cannot condemn another man to eternal punishment, that is reserved to God. This is the meaning and intent of Matt. 7:1 where the meaning of 'judge' is to 'condemn' and not just an assessment of one's condition or state. John 7:24 we are instructed to "judge with righteous judgment" but if all judgment is forbidden as the popular rendition would have us believe then Christ spoke futile, meaningless, and even lying words to us. How can this be? If we are not allowed to judge, how can we judge and not sin?

Many have claimed to have the 'gift of discernment' and yet maintain this foolish and unbiblical notion that another's salvation cannot be ascertained by anyone but God. How then will they 'use' this gift if they are unable to discern the spirits (1 Cor. 12:10)? This referring to the inner most man, not evil spirits (see also 1 Thess. 5:23). This is precisely what 1 John 4:1-5 speaks about. John is telling one way we can know the salvation of another, by testing them with a question: did Jesus Christ come in the flesh? If the answer is 'no' or dead silence then that person is an antichrist, having not the Spirit of God and therefore not born again.

2 John 9 & 10 is even more to the point. "Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God." [Can this be stated more plainly?] "He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son." Yet the pure simplicity of both these sentences is dismissed quickly in favor of a so called 'testimony' by multitudes of pretenders to the Faith. Not only is verse nine discarded but verse ten as well when the 'hand of fellowship' is extended based solely on the word of one whose wishful thinking will supply him an entrance into God's Holy Heaven, his beliefs, words, and actions notwithstanding.

Rom. 16:17 & 18 instructs us to "note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine you learned and avoid them." It is divisive and offensive to require a genuinely born again child of God to have anything to do with a person who, by his own beliefs and words, displays open hatred for the Lord Jesus and yet this is a prerequisite for 'fellowship/membership in most of today's "churches" (goat barns). V.10 "For those who are such do not serve [obey] our Lord Jesus Christ, but their on belly, and by smooth words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the simple."

By just these few verses it can be seen the absolute necessity of knowing who is saved and who is not or we highly endanger ourselves and subject ourselves to open rebellion against the Lord simply by refusing to exercise our senses to discern good and evil (Heb. 5:14), who is lost and who is saved. Such knowledge does not come instantly, but usually takes time as the fruit of another's life is exposed (good or bad) for all to see. This is one of the primary tools used to alter us to the eternal condition of another's soul: their fruit, good or bad (Matt. 7:15-20).

1 John 5:1 & 2 "Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him." This is the beginning of real brotherly love, being born again. Loving a brother or sister in Christ is as natural as breathing, it doesn't need to be conjured up from within, it's not given grudgingly, it's never forced, it is by definition a Fruit of the Spirit. The confusion that has bombarded the Church in recent decades can be attributed to these folk who place their estimation of human love on par with the Love of God and yet the two are eons apart, never to meld. The foundation of human love boils down to line in a song from a few years back "What have YOU done for ME lately." But the Love of God toward man, being infinite and eternal, is seen in Him giving us what we need, from our daily bread to eternal life and everything in between. We have nothing to offer God and it wouldn't enhance Him if we did. He gave His Love freely, expecting or requiring nothing in return. We return His love by happily keeping His commandments (1 John 5:2 & 3).

1 John 5:10-12 quoting v 12 "He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life." The profound simplicity here cannot be matched.

On a parting note, there is one thing that sets the redeemed far apart and above the pretenders of our day and that is the fact that when confronted with their own sins they will repent (think David & Peter). The lost offer excuse after excuse, lie upon lie to cover up what they are guilty of in order to maintain their standing before their peers. The already endless list is growing by the minute and all of these will find themselves standing before the Great White Throne awaiting their final judgment and exit into the Pit. Only the Lord God will be glorified in the end.

Even so, Come, Lord Jesus!

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Many profess to believe

"Many profess to “believe,” but what influence have their hopes upon them? How are they affected by the things which their faith claims to have laid hold of? I profess to believe that sin is a most heinous thing-do I fear, hate, shun it? I believe that ere long I shall stand before the judgment seat of Christ -does my conduct evince that I am living in the light of that solemn day? I believe that the world is an empty bauble-do I despise its painted tinsel? I believe that God will supply all my need-am I fearful about the morrow? I believe that prayer is an essential means unto growth in grace-do I spend much time in the secret place? I believe that Christ is coming back again-am I diligent in seeking to have my lamp trimmed and burning? Faith is evident by its fruit, works, effects."  A.W. Pink, from https://www.chapellibrary.org/files/7713/7643/3243/hofa.pdf

The Real Love of God

There is no one verse that defines the Love of the God Who IS Love, nor could there be. His Attribute of Love is eternal, infinite, restricted only by His own Character and desire. There most definitely are verses that describe this unequaled Love and give us 'snap shots' that when combined will give us a more complete, though not all encompassing, view of His Love. The few verses that are given here cannot be seen as all there are on this subject, only as an encouragement to find more as the Word of God is read. No doubt we shall not uncover everything there is to know concerning the Love of God, but the Spirit of God does His job with perfection, as always, and teaches us as He sees fit. Even with all eternity before us we shall not ever exhaust the Spirit's storehouse of knowledge, nor find His teaching mundane. Is this not a portrayal of His Love toward us (Isa. 28:9 & 10)? Always feeding us and giving us what we need. We have stumbled upon one of the foundational Truths of what the Love of God is toward us---providing what we need. This is precisely what He did when the Father sent His Son to die in our place; we could not help ourselves, nor save ourselves, we had no knowledge of our need until He opened our eyes to our plight. He truly did love the world (of the elect, not all the human race) when He sent His Son (John 3:16). "But God demonstrates His own love toward us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us"---Rom. 5:10. Again, He did for us exactly what we needed, He provided the necessary atonement to appease His own righteous wrath directed toward sinners. Only those who have not tasted of this heavenly gift would seek to under play it's eternal importance and switch attention away from this to anything other than the Death and Resurrection of Christ on behalf of His elect. Going further with this line of thought we find Eph. 2:1-10. As our despicable life in our flesh is aptly described we see in v. 4: "BUT GOD, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved)... But He does not stop loving us after He has supplied our initial need but we see continuing: "and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus." Here and in Eph. 1:3-14 we see that His love for us goes beyond the supplying of our foremost need (salvation, cleansing, etc.) and spills over into the exhibition of His Grace and Kindness, other Attributes that are directly linked to His Love. [This also shows that all of the Attributes of God are linked together and that none is ever seen 'acting' alone or at the expense of another, rather in total agreement and in concert with each other.] Notice, please, that Eph.2:8 states that it is "by grace you have been saved through faith..." and that it does not say that love alone saved us as some may allude to today. Actually, it would be difficult to exclude any of His Attributes from the Work of Christ as they all worked together to the accomplishment of the Father's desire.

Eph. 1:3-14 is one of the most succinct and precise explanations of what Christ has done for us anywhere in the Word of God. I shake my head in awe and wonder at what He has done and will yet do for us as we are found to be "holy and without blame before Him in love." He did not hesitate at laying down His own life for us, but that it seems this was only the beginning. It is impossible for me to fathom all that these few verses entail as with nearly every reading something new pops up. Reading them with ever increasing humility is in order because the One who made all this a reality humbled Himself even to the point of death (Phil. 2:5-8). We are blessed with every spiritual blessing; chosen in Him before the foundation of the world to be holy and without blame; predestined to adoption as sons "according to the good pleasure of His will"; accepted in the Beloved; we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins;He deemed this to be 'wise and prudent'; He made known to us "the mystery of His will according to His good pleasure"; so that "He might gather together in one all things in Christ"; we have an inheritance; we are "predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will"; "that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory; we "are sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory." This is the Love of God on display for you, the elect, to know and ponder---enjoy!

"...speaking the truth in love..." Eph, 4:15. The Lord does not play with the truth in order to placate love. Speaking the truth---all of it---is always an act of love. The "love card addicts" will lodge complaints of the speaking being without love, or using an unwanted "tone", or even for being hateful, but the translation for all of this is that the truth spoken hits a nerve by uncovering some sin and therefore must be refuted at all costs. False accusations abound today just like they did toward Christ in His day. In Matt. 23 Christ rightly labeled the scribes and Pharisees "hypocrites" no less than eight times and "blind guides" once. In today's religious climate He would be called down for being "mean-spirited" "unloving" and even "hateful." Should it come as any surprise that such people will do the same to us today? "Speaking the truth in love" currently means that the speaker must not call attention to the sins and short comings of anyone else, but rather excuse all behavior no matter how bad with a mushy, gushy, sentimental outpouring of what man calls "love" and elevate the wrong doer to his place high on a pedestal where people will see him/her as a victim of false accusation instead of the unrepentant sinner that he/she is. This has nothing in common with godly Love, but has been readily accepted as the norm for today's "Christianity." Had we not seen ourselves as the sinner we really are how would we ever know of His Mercy, Forgiveness, Kindness, and Love? What little "pain" we may have felt initially while being brought to Christ was quickly overrun by the joy of forgiveness and the realization that we really are accepted in the Beloved. Have we allowed the criteria set by blind guides whose end game is rooted in the emotions of unrepentant flesh to be the ones 'calling the shots' and dictating what 'love' means when they so blatantly ignore Scripture? Some do just that and they are the ones that scream the loudest and falsely accuse the most, leaving the genuine believer confused and out in the cold. Shame on them all!

Further insight into the real Love of God is seen in Eph. 5. Verse two says "And walk in love, as Christ also loved us and gave Himself for us..." Again, this speaks directly to His sacrifice. Then in v. 25 "Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her." The sacrifice of Christ is again shown as the template for godly Love. The next few verses go on to explain the fact of the church being one with Christ and John 17 speaks more specifically to this oneness we share with the Trinity and each other.

Perhaps one of the finest present day examples of His Love for us can be seen in Rom. 6:14 "For sin shall not have dominion over you..." How cruel it would be for us to be expected to obey all the commands of the Lord Jesus and be left alone to accomplish by ourselves---a task impossible to meet. But we are not left alone---ever! In the middle of our most trying temptation there is always a way of escape. Don't we find that our walk with Him is closer, sweeter, and in the end more appreciated when we face a trial and are escorted through By His gracious hand? How many psalms of David do we cherish when he cries out for help and deliverance and is carried through by the Savior? Dare I say all of them? Perhaps all the Lord wants is our helpless plea for His help which He always answers with a "Yes." What gratitude it stirs to be delivered by His hand. The fight will no doubt rage on until we see His Face, but His deliverance will never be slack.

These were but a few of the Scriptures that speak directly to His Love for us and by no means is it to be considered complete. Hopefully it will be a catalyst to look more closely at His Word to find even more evidence of His Love for His elect. As the Lord may will, brotherly love is up next.

Today's Definition of Love

Today's version of "love" is firmly rooted in emotional outcries, placing demands upon others to adhere to the never stated concept of love. The basis for this is nothing more than the depraved, fleshly desire for control of one human being over another. Who would dare to say anything against "love?" Who would dare challenge the misuse and misinterpretation of 1 Cor. 13 or 1 John 4:8, some of the favorite verses of those whose only interest is control of others and the deceit needed to pull off and maintain that control? But it is a 'control' by intimidation and threat of excommunication if their convoluted standards of love are not met. They equate the Love of God with the cheap, sentimental, emotion ridden and selfish 'love' of their own heart whose end is for them to be able to glory in the people they have subdued and forced to succumb to their standards---none of which have any basis in Scripture. Some go so far as to state that a person cannot be saved if they do not meet the dumbed down standards of love as set by these blinded ones who consider themselves to be spiritually enlightened and further advanced than their subjects. To these folks love is exhibited when a pass is given to those who teach aberrant doctrine in the Name of Christ, who live a life filled with pride and self-exaltation, whose claim of being a "brother in Christ" is above reproach and never to be questioned even though blatant and unrepentant sin is in plain view of the church and the world. The age old axiom of "you can't know if someone is saved or not" is not to be found in Scripture unless it follows closely the verse that states "God helps those that help themselves." [Please pardon a moment of dry humor.] On the contrary, we are commanded to "judge with righteous judgment" (John 7:24) and instructed that "Therefore by their fruits you SHALL know them" (Matt. 7:20) which is preceded by vs. 15-19 where we are warned of the traits of false prophets for whom it is IMPOSSIBLE for them to bring forth "good fruit" which in this case is the exhibition of Godly Love. To make matters worse these 'love card' folk ALWAYS find a way to sacrifice Truth for "love" which is completely opposed to the Nature and Attributes of the God they claim to love and serve. If it is impossible for God to lie (Heb. 6:18) why do these 'love card' folk throw out the command to repent? To them repentance, if seen at all, is nothing more than a passing, cursory, insincere, reluctant, half-hearted 'admission of guilt' filled with mockery and disdain toward whom their "prayer" is directed instead of humility. Such a blasphemous effort to skirt by the righteous demands of the only Holy God is met by Him with silence---for now. Genuine repentance and what it produces (2 Cor. 7:10 & 11) is totally unacceptable to today's "love birds" since the emotions involved are the direct opposite of what they espouse and preach, that of smooth, gentle, easy consolation without penalty or payment being required. Real repentance is a gut wrenching and time consuming experience that produces the fruits of righteousness as seen in the Scriptures cited. It will occur as needed and directed by the Holy Spirit throughout the life of every believer and should be considered a welcome friend.

 The end of this 'love card nonsense' is that sin no longer exists, man is good and acceptable to the god he has created, there is no need of the Penal, Substitutionary Death of Christ nor His Resurrection. Man is okay because the god they have constructed loves man just like he is, heaven awaits us all---at least in our vivid imagination.

 The last outcome of this new "love" to be dealt with here is unity. By it's own unwritten definition there must be complete harmony with all of mankind no matter what he believes, how he lives, who he hurts and sins against (this is the same thing as the hippie love of the sixties). If this newly constructed "god of love" is who his followers claim he is then the likes of Hitler must be admitted as member in good standing into the ranks of all. Likewise, all other murderers, sodomites, liars, and the like must receive equal treatment and acceptance into the new 'fold of unity' or hypocrisy is at the gate. This goes far beyond holding the hand of an "errant brother" but must, by the criteria set up to "love" all men, include those who would just as soon kill you as look at you. Remember: Unity at all costs is your new mantra. This is the spirit of antichrist. This "new love" could well be the precursor to the mark of the beast. ***********By no means is this a complete treatment of this subject, rather an openly volley. The deceit employed by the wicked one is of the 'angel of light' type. I have every confidence that the Lord has already opened the eyes of His elect to this deception and will continue to do so.

BUT NOT SO THE LOVE OF GOD!

Saturday, September 15, 2018

More on the 'sing' conference

http://surphside.blogspot.com/2018/09/sing-2019.html reveals information on the scheduled 'speakers' for the 'sing' conference, including insight into the Gettys, who host this garbage.

Friday, September 14, 2018

'New' evangelicalism

New Evangelicalism explained by Dr. Charles Woodbridge at Grace Fundamental Church in Los Angeles, California, July 1973.
Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. Romans 16:17
The New Evangelicalism is a recent theological phenomenon. It has appeared on the horizon during the last 15-20 years. The father of it is Dr. Harold John Ockenga, formerly pastor of the Park Street Church in Boston who coined the expression “The New Evangelicalism.”­ The very title implies a thorough discontent with the old evangelicalism—evangelicalism of men like R. A. Torrey, Harry Ironside, William R. Newell, these great men of God.
We have to have a New Evangelicalism
Now what is this exactly? It is a spirit of compromise with unbelievers.
In the old days, there was no give and take. For example, in the theological struggles of the 1920s and the 1930s, there was no middle of the road position. You were either a modernist or you were a fundamentalist—period. There was no making common cause with the enemy. There was no spirit of toleration. You either believed the Bible or you didn’t. You either accepted the inerrancy, the infallibility, the finality of inscripturated revelation or you did not—one of the two.
A New Mood
But now, this new evangelicalism started as a shift in mood—a new mood toward the liberals, the unbelievers. The new test today, according to the new evangelicals, is whether or not we love these people, these unbelievers.
One reason I left the faculty of Fuller Theological Seminary in 1957 was that the newly inaugurated president, Dr. Edward John Carnell, in his inaugural address, stated on a formal occasion, “We must systematically inculcate in the minds of our students the spirit of toleration toward those who, because of their cultural heritage, entertain the heretical position.” Now those are long words, but in simple English, they mean “Toleration toward heretics.”
Toleration. What does that mean? That means entering into dialogue with these people. Where do you find that in the Bible? Did you ever hear of the Apostle Paul entering into dialogue with the Galatian Judaizers? No! He rebuked them. Did you ever hear of the Apostle Paul entering into dialogue with the people against whom he wrote, the Gnostics, in the Epistle to the Colossians? Did you ever hear of the Apostle John, when he wrote against the Gnostics in his first epistle, entering into dialogue with the Gnostics? No, he rebuked them.
But the new mood of the new evangelicalism is a shift. The test, according to these people, is no longer doctrine; it is love. It is a pious form of sentimentalism. We must join forces with these people. The basic error behind Key ‘73, Campus Crusade, Youth for Christ, Young Life—all these theological aberrations of our day—the basic reason behind all of these is the entrance of the new evangelicalism. It’s a new mood.
In the old days, when I was newly ordained as a minister, for example, there was a knock-down, drag-out fight between the liberals and the modernists. Harry Emerson Fosdick was on one side. Did you ever read any of the writings of Dr. Fosdick? He openly repudiated the blood atonement. He said officially, “I do not know of one minister any more who even holds to that.” And there really was a great debate. But now there is a new mood, and if you don’t go along with this mood, woe be unto you.
Part of this new mood is directed not only toward the left, but is also directed toward the right. It’s directed against men like the pastor of this church [Pastor M. H. Reynolds Sr., Grace Fundamental Church], and the speakers at this conference [M. H. Reynolds Jr., Charles Woodbridge, Perry Rockwood and Mark Buch]. It’s directed against us. Shame on us! The culture of the day has passed us by. If you don’t go along with this new mood, you are untutored, you are uncultured, you are uneducated. That’s a new mood.
Now please look at Romans 16:17 and see whether or not we are supposed to fool around with unbelievers in the promotion of the Gospel. Just take a look at it again. Romans 16:17 says, “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and join up with them!” What kind of a version is that? Make common cause with them; invite them to your platform to pray; put yourself under their auspices; enter into dialogue with them! What does the apostle Paul, writing in the Spirit of God, declare? Affirmatively, positively, “avoid them”!
Now turn in your Bible to the epistle to Titus. Titus was bishop of Crete. Turn to chapter three, verse 10. If a man is a heretic, are we supposed to enter into dialogue with him? Titus 3:10 says, “A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject.” Reject! Reject! Reject! When Bishop Gerald F. Kennedy, bishop of the Methodist Church of Los Angeles, wrote a book in 1956 entitled God’s Good News, in that book he openly and flatly spurned the doctrine of the deity of Christ. So, then, what are we supposed to do? Reject! But now we have a new mood!
A New Method
This was unheard of in old days, but this new mood leads to a new method, or strategy, and if you fool around long enough with these modernists, if you play ball with them long enough, do you know what’s going to happen? Something is going to happen to you. If you sleep beside a dog, chances are you’re going to get fleas. That’s right. It doesn’t work the other way around. If you put a good apple into a basket with rotten apples, the rotten apples don’t become good. Guess what happens? The good apples becomes rotten. There is a lot of theological rottenness around. Why? Because we have been sitting in the apple basket too long with these rotten apples. That’s right. New strategy. First of all your mood changes until you have a very kindly attitude towards these people who are called in the Bible “the enemies of the cross of Christ.” Now, we enter into dialogue, so what happens? New strategy. Let’s join forces with them now. Let’s join forces with Bishop Kennedy. Who cares what Romans 16:17 says? Who cares what Titus 3:10 says? Well, who cares? Let’s join forces now with them. And I understand that when Carl Barth came over here to Chicago, the president of Fuller Theological Seminary went to Chicago to have a dialogue with him. Dialogue—the very word dialogue implies that he has something to contribute to me and I have something to contribute to him. Will you pardon a little facetiousness? Dialogue!—I don’t want to “die a log”; I want to live a tree! We should be like a tree, planted by the water. Where do you find from Genesis to Revelation, I challenge you, any place where it says that we are supposed to enter into dialogue with these unbelievers? Where do you find it? He that is an heretic among you after the first and second admonition, you’re supposed to admonish, reject.
J. Vernon McGee was on the committee of Billy Graham’s 1963 crusade right here in Los Angeles. Who was the honorary chairman of the committee? I just mentioned him—Bishop Gerald F. Kennedy. And McGee defended his membership on that committee. He defended it. I heard the tape of his defense before the students of Dallas Theological Seminary. And the students cheered. Do you know what his defense was? Something like this, “If you’re riding on a bus and you’re going somewhere, you don’t always ask who you’re fellow passenger is.” If you’ve been a theologian for years, you tremble when you hear that. The English have a good word for it, commonly called tripe. He that is an heretic among you, after the first and second admonition, reject!
Ecumenical Evangelism
A new strategy. This is where your whole ecumenical evangelism comes in. It was bad enough 10 or 15 years ago, but now all of the sudden, it is full blown. We’ve been warning, warning, warning; I’ve been warning since I resigned from the faculty of Fuller Seminary. Since 1957, I’ve been warning, warning, warning; I wrote a book on it. This has been translated now into Japanese; people have asked to translate it into other languages. I have been warning, warning. And now, the whole thing is full blown, and they are calling it Key ‘73. We started fooling around with the small defectors. Now, we’re fooling around with the whole thing. “Come on in, the water is fine! Who cares whether they’re heretics or not?” Over against that, we have the Word of God. I want to emphasize one thing—the whole question is this: “What does the Bible say?” You’ve just read it. Romans 16:17, “Avoid them.” Titus 3:10, “Reject them.” After duly admonishing them, reject them.
Please turn to the second epistle of John—the apostle of love wrote this. Is it possible to be an apostle of love, and yet to write like this? The second epistle of John—don’t stop at the gospel of John or you’ll get confused—the second epistle of John, verse 9, states, “He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.” Second John, verse 10 now, “If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine”—What doctrine? The doctrine of Christ—“Receive him not into your house neither bid him God speed.” Now note verse 11: “For he that bideth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.” If somebody denies the doctrine of Christ what are you suppose to do? Boycott him! “Receive him not into your house.” If you haven’t found it yet, it’s in the New Testament. “Receive him not into your house.” Why? If you do, you are a partaker of his what? His evil deeds!
Some of you have heard of Dr. Martin DeHaan. When he celebrated his 25th year on the radio, he telephoned me and he said, “Will you broadcast for me for a month?” And I said over the telephone, I said, “Martin, I don’t want to embarrass you. I’ve been speaking against the New Evangelicalism, I’ve written a book about it, and I don’t want to do this unless you agree with my theological position.” He said, “Send me your tape!” So I sent him my tape. He called back in a week and said, “Praise the Lord!” So I broadcast for him for a month during his 25th anniversary.
Well, Dr. DeHaan and I were at a Bible conference in Miami Beach. Two speakers. And after my session one morning, a very nice lady came up, you know, fancy lady wearing furs in Florida, you know. She said, “Dr. Woodbridge, I’d like to ask you a question.”
I said, “What’s the question?”
She said, “What do you think about the ecumenical evangelism?”
I said, “How do you know long words like that?”
She said, “Well, I mean the Graham crusades. What do you think?”
I said to her, “It’s unimportant what I think. I’m just a man.” I said, “The important thing is, what does the Bible say?” Then I said, “Lady, will you forgive me if I’m rather blunt with you?”
And she said, “What do you mean?” By that time there were 30 ladies around. This is an exciting subject!
I said, “If you’ll forgive me, I very rarely discuss theology with ladies.
“What do you mean?” she said.
I said, “Because you kind ladies usually lead with your hearts rather than with your heads.”
“I don’t do that!” she replied.
By the way, since that day I have changed my opinion in this area. I now believe (this is a personal opinion that comes from observation) that when a Christian woman, really a believer, grasps Roman 16:17, Titus 3:10, the second epistle of John, and kindred passages, and holds to them, she is more tenacious than the average young pastor who is thinking about his salary. Having said that, I shall now continue.
I said, “Do you promise that you’ll not backtrack but that you’ll listen? Don’t be like a rabbit and change courses if you want an answer, sit down!” So all thirty of them sat down.
“Open your Bible to the second epistle of John and read it.” So they were fooling around in John’s gospel. I said, “The second epistle of John! Take your time. The next service isn’t yet for 45 minutes. Take your time. Find it.” So, they found it. I said, “Now will you please read it?” She read it. I said, “Now where is that passage found?”
She said, “John.”
I said, “No, the second epistle of John.” I said, “What does it say about those who deny the doctrine of Christ?”
She said, “We ought not to have fellowship…”
“Who said that? John? Do you think he was writing in the spirit?”
“Yes.”
“Do you believe it?”
“Yes.”
“Are you willing to act on it?”
“Yes.”
“All you ladies willing?”
“Yes.”
Then I had them. “1956, Bishop Gerald F. Kennedy of the Methodist Church of Los Angeles wrote a book called God’s Good News in which he denied the doctrine of Christ. What should we do with him when he comes to Los Angeles? Should we have him on a committee?”
“No!”
I said, “Why not?”
“Why John says, ‘He that bideth him Godspeed is partaker of his evil deeds’.”
“Do you believe it?”
“Yes!”
“When the Graham crusade came to Los Angeles, the honorary chairman was Gerald F. Kennedy.” I said, “I have nothing further to say, it’s been nice to see you, I’ll see you at the next meeting.”
But the whole thing started with this new mood of compromise toward unbelievers, and that thing has spread across this globe.Now, I’ll say this as I close. When Dr. Ockenga first started this thing, he said, “This movement (the New Evangelicalism) has its outreach. It has its association—the National Association of Evangelicals. It has its magazine—Christianity Today. It has it’s theological seminary—Fuller Theological Seminary. And it has its evangelist – Dr. Billy Graham. ~ Dr. Charles Woodbridge

Things have deteriorated since July 1973 and will continue to do so until our Lord returns...even so, come quickly Lord