I debated posting this email, I do not wish to offend, but i feel there is truth in it that needs to be heard, as much as it may hurt and alienate some. I know this writer can speak rather harshly and I dont always agree with everything he says, as with any teacher/preacher we need to use the discernment the Lord gives us, but much of what he says in this article needs to be heard.
Please read prayerfully……
There has been a response to my mail earlier this week, “Madness & Darkness”, which I would like to share with you, together with my reply. Please try to read this right through to the bottom of the page for it comes from the bottom of my heart. (Not to mention the fact that there is an important internet link at the end of the page before I sign off which I would like you to look at, if you can take it). I have written at length here and in some depth because I believe that these issues concern us all and are of great importance, with multiple implications for the ethical life of the believer.
I doubt that my responses here are merely for the person who sent me the mail. I believe that she represents a very large constituency in the Christian scene. This is why I have been exercised by it. This is why I have written what you see below.
Now to her letter:-
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Alan, you wrote:
<<The answer is that all those professing evangelicals cannot see through the charade either because they are not serious about being evangelical Christians or they are not Christians at all. If they were, they would be as appalled and disgusted as I am, and as I hope that you are.>>
Perhaps the answer is that they more occupied with the things of God rather than being obsessed with the affairs of the world such as you have become obsessed by them. We as believers do not judge whether one is a Christian or not based on their political views. When Jesus Christ was on earth there were a lot of corrupt and evil political systems that were in operation yet that was not His concern, His concern was more for His sheep. He did’nt go around trying to incite His followers to overthrow the government, we should follow the same example.
In regards to politics, who are you to judge anyone? We all must live by our own convictions without the interference of others, we are responsible to God alone for our decisions in that regard, Christian activism is not of God it is of Satan, I find it very sad that you have gotten so caught up in it to the point that you are now saying that unless one condemns and sees what you see that they are not Christians. How arrogant, how legalistic.
When I first ran across your website I was very impressed as most of your articles had to do with the spiritual warfare that we are in constant battle with as believers, now everytime I open up one of your emails all I get is more political garbage and rhetoric. You seem to have lost your perspective altogether, we live in the world but we are not of the world, there is no place in the world I don’t care where you live, that is not corrupted by evil. Do you really think that France is some kind of perfect place that is free from corruption? Why don’t you address the evil that is in your own country instead of focusing on the evil of others. As ambassadors for Christ we are not here to overthrow our government or waste all of our time and energy focusing on it. There is no perfect government and there never will be until Christ Himself rules in the millenium, so if you really are interested in the welfare of others, why don’t you spend more time feeding the sheep so they can grow instead of trying to incite them to focus on earthly affairs. We all are responsible to God alone regardless of who are leaders are, as citizens of this country we have the freedom to decide for ourselves who we want to vote for and regardless of who wins, we accept the fact that Jesus Christ controls history and it is He whom we put our trust in, not our political leaders, if God wants someone removed, He will remove them in the meantime, all I can do is continue to grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ and allow Him to use me in whatever way He leads me through the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit does not lead us as citizens of a country to dictate to our leaders, instead we trust in God that He will deal with them as only He sees their hearts and intentions, you may think you know but you don’t and you are certainly not here to set yourself up as judge and jury of the world. I am praying that you get your focus back to where it belongs, on Christ, not on the goings on of the world. We know the world is an evil place, the Scriptures teach us that, we are not here to try to straighten out the world, only God can do that, all we can do is allow God to straighten us out so that we can be His ambassadors in this evil world and bring others to the knowledge of His grace so that they can grow and be prepared for His kingdom which is not of this world.
We don’t try to whitewash the devil’s playground by going around trying to incite other Christians to change things that we don’t have any control over. I prefer to let God do that, I suggest you do the same through intercessory prayer on behalf of those who are in leadership instead of trying to incite Christians to become political activists and condemning them and insinuating that they are not saved because they don’t see things as you see them.
My first response to your mail was to say to myself: “Leave it alone, Alan. Forget it. She isn’t going to listen to you, whatever you say”. Many of your statements are false but they are also widely held to be true. Because they have the superficial appearance of validity this makes them all the more dangerous. Therefore, I have concluded that to ignore them would be a betrayal of my duty as a Christian pastor and teacher. Therefore, I am going to write a reply to you so that the important lessons can be learned – even if you personally reject what I have to say.
I will put your own words inside <<<red triple chevrons>>> like that and then give my responses below them.
<<<erhaps the answer is that they are more occupied with the things of God rather than being obsessed with the affairs of the world such as you have become obsessed by them.>>>
This was the answer you gave in response to my question “How come that even a military man can see through the charade yet millions upon millions of professing evangelicals cannot?”
You are here claiming that millions upon millions of professing evangelicals cannot see through the charades being played by governments because “they are more occupied with the things of God rather than being obsessed with the affairs of the world”. You are therefore claiming that godly people are so caught up with the things of God that they do not see through governmental charades and are therefore perfectly justified – because of the ignorance generated by their “devotionalism” – in aiding and abetting the lies and murder which ensues from those charades. Do you realise what you are saying here? You are equating godliness with openness to deception. This is an astonishing thing. For true godliness makes one realise that genuine devotion to God means avoiding deception and eschewing any corroboration in evil. It is also surely blasphemous to say that being occupied with the things of God means that one ignores atrocities and supports those who perpetrate those atrocities. Yet that is essentially what you are saying.
Furthermore, it is simply untrue that I have “become obsessed by the affairs of this world” as anyone else on this list will vouch. But I have to address the chief deceptions of the day. That is what Diakrisis (discernment) is all about. It is always easy for someone who is vigorously trying to open people’s eyes to deception to become accused of “obsession” (which, for the accusers, is a euphemism for “unhinged”). I feel that I’m in good company (Jn.10:20; Mk.3:21; Acts 26:24-25)!
<<<We as believers do not judge whether one is a Christian or not based on their political views.>>>
And neither did I. I wasn’t talking about political views. I was talking about the betrayal of godliness by supporting evil men of power, which is very different. I said that if Christians who profess to be evangelical are so deceived by governmental charades that they are willing to support murder and to harass those who stand against it, then either “they are not serious about being evangelical Christians or they are not Christians at all”. I stand by that statement absolutely – the more so now that I have received your extraordinary letter.
<<<When Jesus Christ was on earth there were a lot of corrupt and evil political systems that were in operation yet that was not His concern, His concern was more for His sheep.>>>
That is totally untrue and highlights your blindness and ignorance as to how a follower of Christ should behave. The Lord Jesus Christ concerned Himself a great deal with exposing and ridiculing the corrupt and evil political system of those who “sit in Moses seat” (Matt.23:2) – the rulers of the Jewish community. Read Matt.23:1-33 to see what His thoughts were on the matter. It is plain that His concern for His sheep involved also exposing the corrupt and evil political system by which they were ruled and ensuring that His sheep were protected from being collaborators with that corrupt and evil politico-religious system.
You claim that “The Holy Spirit does not lead us as citizens of a country to dictate to our leaders”. Not to dictate, no. But sometimes our rulers need teaching a lesson or two about truth and ethics, and as believers we are entitled and indeed expected to do that. John the Baptist had a go (Mk.6:18). So did the blind beggar who was healed. The Lord Jesus (knowing that the beggar would manage) left him to fend for himself against the might of the Jewish rulers and he had a whale of a time running rings around them and even mocking them gently (Jn.9:24-34). It has to be said that their admonishments earned John the Baptist a beheading and the formerly blind beggar was cast out of the synagogue, but that is the price to be paid when one confronts the civil authorities in a prophetic, expository capacity. It takes courage as well as insight – two qualities which are distinctly lacking in the church today, which seems to be so full of limp-wristed wimps that it’s a wonder their hands don’t fall off!
The upshot of all this is to demonstrate that although our concern is for the sheep, this is not at the expense of exposing the evil of corrupt political or religious systems. In fact, it is entirely for their sakes that we expose these systems at all. There is more on this below.
<<<[Jesus] did’nt go around trying to incite His followers to overthrow the government, we should follow the same example.>>>
Please tell me when I have ever incited Christians to overthrow the government? The answer is never. You are implying something which I have never advocated. This is called creating a straw man, in which one makes false claims about what a person has said or advocated and then proceeds to knock them down. There is a vast difference between upbraiding a government because of its record on ethics and truthfulness (which is what I am advocating) and overthrowing it (which is what I am not advocating).
<<<In regards to politics, who are you to judge anyone? We all must live by our own convictions without the interference of others, we are responsible to God alone for our decisions in that regard…”>>>
That we are ultimately responsible to God alone for our decisions is true. But if our decisions have implications in the massacre of hundreds of thousands of people and in the blighting of the lives of children, and in the spreading of monstrous lies and the subsequent dirtying of the name of Christ because the perpetrators have claimed to be Christians, then people of insight have a duty to point this out. This is something which you plainly do not understand. Followers of Christ who desire to live a godly life must ensure that ALL their decisions – including their political ones – are in line with godliness. Do you realise that it is ungodly to support genocide? Apparently not.
To say that “We all must live by our own convictions without the interference of others” is a recipe for disaster in this life. What if it is my own conviction that abortion is the greatest method of contraception? What if it is my own conviction that anyone with a darker skin than mine should be my slave? What if it is my conviction that Christians must be exterminated? I could go on. But you said that “We all must live by our own convictions without the interference of others”. What if I wanted to live by those convictions? That has serious implications for other human beings and the civil powers have a duty to prevent me from doing harm by living out my convictions in real time.
When I read the words of a Christian saying that “We all must live by our own convictions without the interference of others”, I realise that a major reason for the deterioration of the church today is that many Christians have no real sense of ethics. They may pay lipservice to ethics. They many even study it in theological college. But, in practice, they have no concept whatsoever of the fact that being a Christian has enormous ethical implications, and those ethical implications will stimulate us to make public objections to – and write exposés on – things like war crimes, genocide, wanton bloodshed, structural violence in institutions, corruption, theft, inhuman treatment of others, and so on.
Thus, your statement, “We all must live by our own convictions without the interference of others”, is merely a fancy way of saying “No one’s going to tell me what to do. I’ll live how I want”. This is not a Christian standpoint but is, in fact, potentially supportive of anarchy.
<<<Christian activism is not of God it is of Satan, I find it very sad that you have gotten so caught up in it to the point that you are now saying that unless one condemns and sees what you see that they are not Christians. How arrogant, how legalistic.>>>
Your statement that “Christian activism is not of God it is of Satan” again betrays your extraordinary ignorance and lack of ethics. I realise that it is a common viewpoint in the world of fundamentalism but it is a desperate error also. I assume that by “Christian activism” you mean Christians actually daring to question government behaviour and even to criticise it and try to encourage some sort of social change. But Christians should be at the forefront of any activism which seeks to overturn lies, expose corruption and establish justice and mercy.
Christian fundamentalism today – in the midst of its pride and pharisaic arrogance – has become a toady to corrupt government. No matter how bloodthirsty and genocidal a government becomes in the USA, it can always count on the vote and support of the fundamentalists. But the Lord will judge them for this. Make no mistake about it. Not only that, but through their collaboration with evil of the worst kind, they are bringing the Gospel into disrepute and making Christ a laughing stock in the world. The Lord will judge them for this too.
Furthermore, in your words above, you have created another straw man. For I have never said that unless people condemn and see what I see they are not Christians. Never in any of my mails have I said such a thing – as people on this list, including yourself, are well aware. I have always said that people are free to disagree with me on secondary issues without being condemned by me and that sometimes believers have to agree to differ on points which do not affect the Gospel or the Person and work of Christ.
<<<When I first ran across your website I was very impressed as most of your articles had to do with the spiritual warfare that we are in constant battle with as believers, now everytime I open up one of your emails all I get is more political garbage and rhetoric. You seem to have lost your perspective altogether…>>>
It must be painful for you to be confronted by reminders that true believers should be revulsed by atrocities when you do not object to collaborating in those atrocities. It is not surprising that you have had to resort to hollow insults about “political garbage and rhetoric”. For you cannot refute any of the claims I have made about the disgraceful, murderous way that your government has behaved in the name of Christianity, while it has been blasphemously claiming to have been prompted to act in that way by messages from God.
Frankly, all my mails have to do with one aspect or another of the spiritual battle. It’s just that because you have lost your perspective of what that battle entails, you become reactionary and prickly when your shibboleths are exposed as being part of the enemy against which we are battling.
<<<we live in the world but we are not of the world>>>
True. But this does not mean that we are to absolve ourselves of all responsibility for what happens in the world. The biblical idea of “living in the world but not being of it” refers to the fact that we should rise above the detritus of this world and not take part in the dastardly machinations and sin of the world. It seems to me that it is the professing Christian supporters (active and passive) of the genocidal US powers who have made themselves “of this world” and have failed to separate themselves from it.
<<<there is no place in the world I don’t care where you live, that is not corrupted by evil. Do you really think that France is some kind of perfect place that is free from corruption? Why don’t you address the evil that is in your own country instead of focusing on the evil of others.>>>
I have in fact addressed it many times. Furthermore, for four years an article has been on my website about the freemasonic background to France (and its links with the US revolution and the Founding Fathers). But at this point in history it is not France which has been deceiving professing Christian believers into thinking it is right to commit genocide but it has been the USA. It is the height of evil hypocrisy to commit acts of barbarism and atrocity and then to claim that it has been inspired by God. That is why I am addressing the evil of the USA at this point in history. The greater the deception, the more the need to address it. If France goes to war illegally on the back of Christianity, while deceiving millions of professing Christians into supporting it, I shall be the first to write against it.
(Incidentally, according to your own philosophy, I shouldn’t say anything against France either as that would also make me a Christian activist and therefore of Satan! You seem to be advocating double standards.)
<<<As ambassadors for Christ we are not here to overthrow our government or waste all of our time and energy focusing on it.>>>
I wonder why you mention these two things? They are Red Herrings. For I neither wish to overthrow any government nor waste all my time and energy focusing on it.
<<<if you really are interested in the welfare of others, why don’t you spend more time feeding the sheep so they can grow instead of trying to incite them to focus on earthly affairs>>>
Again, you fail to grasp a basic Christian fact: That an important part of our Christian growth is to see through deception in all its forms and become impervious to it. Therefore an important part of the feeding of the sheep is to expose such deception so that it can be understood and responded to correctly.
It is one of the Christian’s duties – and especially one of the Christian pastor’s duties – to warn people about deceptions, whether they are coming from within the church or from outside of it. The apostle Paul spoke passionately about this twin-pincer movement of the enemy when he gave his parting address to the elders of the church at Ephesus:
“For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves. Therefore watch, and remember that for three years I did not cease to warn everyone night and day with tears” (Acts 20:29-31).
Here we see that “savage wolves” – those intent to destroy the sheep – infiltrated the church from outside and also false teachers arose within the church on the inside. So it is today also. So it has always been; and so it will continue to be until the return of Christ. The “savage wolves” of today take many forms and the sheep must be protected from them all. “Let no one deceive you!”, said the Lord Jesus Christ; and we must respond to that call. Paul also said that
“we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head – Christ” (Eph.4:11,14-15).
We can see from this that it is not merely false doctrine about which we must warn but also “the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting”. That sounds like a deliberate conspiracy to deceive; and people need to know about that conspiratorial deception — that “deceitful plotting” — especially when it involves the church and true spirituality. People need to know about those things because knowledge is protection. There is no value in teaching if it does not protect people from the wolves. Therefore, warning about deception has to form an essential part of teaching.
The great theologian, William Perkins, said that the two primary works of the pastor are bringing the sheep into the fold and then protecting them from the wolves. All the works of the pastor come under one or other of those two headings. Protecting the sheep from the wolves is all part of the feeding process. Can you really not see this?
What on earth is the point of appreciating Bible teaching if one is failing to apply it to real situations and thereby falling for lies and deceptions of all kinds? It is the duty of the Christian to be impervious to deceptions, insofar as that is possible. The lies and deceptions worked by governments and their agencies are just as important to discern as the lies and deceptions from false teachers in the church. It is the duty of the Christian to undo the twisting of worldly words as much as it is his or her duty to undo the twisting of Scripture.
Maybe you will say that the apostle Paul did not expose the deceptions being carried out by the Roman Emperor and other dignitaries of his day, therefore neither should we. Well, firstly, we do not know what Paul spoke about outside of his biblical writings, in terms of his pastoral work with the churches. But secondly, even more important is the fact that Christians in Paul’s day did not run around claiming that the Roman Emperor was a born-again Christian. Neither did they encourage or engage in Roman flag-waving or jingoistic activity in support of the Emperor. They paid their taxes, but they did not entertain Caesar in their churches. They obeyed the laws of the land, but they did not promote Caesar’s criminal policies and overseas campaigns in their churches. They “rendered unto Caesar that which was Caesar’s”, but they did not buy his lies. But the majority of Christians today want me to be like them and believe the lies of the modern emperors of the world; and then when I refuse to follow their crooked path, they denounce me as a conspiracy nut and ostracize me from their pristine coteries!
If the Roman Emperors Trajan, Decius, Diocletian, Domitian or Nero (who all persecuted Christians terribly in the first three centuries AD) had devised dastardly, murderous, antichristian schemes to entrap the majority of Christians of their day into supporting them and even promoting them, then those few Christians who could see through those schemes would have been quick to warn the churches about them.
In our own day, the empires of the world – with the emperor of the United States of America at their helm – have devised a plan to usher in a totalitarian world government by stealth (as we have shown in many articles). Along with successive previous governments, they have murdered and lied in order to effect this New World Order (which has actually been in the cooking pot for centuries). At the same time, church leaders have been involved in a plan to usher in an interfaith global religious consensus – a New Spirituality – which completely destroys the true claims of Christ. The New World Order and this New Spirituality and are two sides of the same coin – the two “Beasts” in their adolescence – the one political, the other religious. The evidence for all this is inescapable. Yet the majority of professing Christians would rather play at being ostriches and ridicule the Noahs of our time.
We have no excuse for ignorance. The warnings are everywhere. When the Apostle John warned us not to “take the mark of the beast” (Rev.14:9-11), he was essentially warning us not to be suckered by the deceptions of governments – with an eye on the ultimate deception by the ultimate world government under the emperorship of the ultimate fallen man. Taking “the mark of the beast” is a personal action which has enormous spiritual implications. One has to “focus on earthly affairs” in order to ensure one avoids such an awful action. To throw in one’s lot with a corrupt antichristian government (as most US Christians have done today) is a personal action which has serious fallout in our spiritual life – not to mention the havoc it has wreaked across the world. This is what so many fail to understand today.
You speak about focusing on “earthly affairs” as if to do so is evil. But we have to make sense of the world and see where earthly affairs fit into the whole scheme of things. We are expected to have an informed understanding of these affairs so that we do not fall prey to any lurking deceptions. Obviously, we do not focus exclusively on them but we certainly do not need to fear thinking about them or we will have descended into an otherworldly pietism bordering on the Gnostic idea that matter is inherently evil. One of the greatest battles at the moment is to enable many people to see that “earthly affairs” serve as a barometer of spiritual activity and health.
Frankly, I have often found that when people come on strong and say that I should spend more time feeding the sheep instead of inciting them to focus on earthly affairs, it is because they want to shut me up from saying things which they find uncomfortable. It is because they don’t want me to highlight the ways that they have been supportive of the evil earthly affairs which I am exposing. They want to silence me and reduce my ministry to superficial devotionalism so that they don’t have to be confronted with their betrayal of the faith and their fellow Christians.
You say to me “if you really are interested in the welfare of others, why don’t you spend more time feeding the sheep so they can grow instead of trying to incite them to focus on earthly affairs”. Yet it is precisely because I am interested in the welfare of others that I write about the things that I do. My business is to UNdeceive. That is one of the ways that I feed the sheep. You are resistant to this because either you are not serious about your faith or you are not really a Christian. I do not say that because you do not agree with me but because you wilfully refuse to open your eyes to what is plainly the truth (and is recognised as such by many other Christians the world over).
<<<as citizens of this country we have the freedom to decide for ourselves who we want to vote for and regardless of who wins, we accept the fact that Jesus Christ controls history and it is He whom we put our trust in, not our political leaders>>>
This, of course, is the great illusion of democracy (about which I am writing in my current article on the Christian’s relationship with earthly government). Do you really have the freedom to decide for yourself? Is it not the case that the party who wins is the one which most effectively manages to pull the wool over the eyes of the people or which has the cleverest or richest publicity machine?
Moreover, if the only freedom you have is the freedom to put an “X” on a piece of paper every few years as a result of deceptive publicity it seems to me that this is no freedom at all. Don’t we usually discover that we have voted for a bunch of liars and dissimulators? Is it not also the case that when you vote you are not at all accepting the fact that Jesus Christ controls history but you are putting your trust in political leaders who – more often than not – turn out to be antichrist (with a small “a”)?
Furthermore, you say that you value the freedom to vote. But how can you do so in an informed way if you do not “focus on earthly affairs”? You are caught in your own trap there.
<<<if God wants someone removed [from office], He will remove them>>>
That is indeed true. But that doesn’t mean that we just keep quiet about atrocities which leaders have committed, or that we don’t work on behalf of those who are the victims of those atrocities (a Christian activism I am pleased to be a part of). This is the kind of thinking in which professing Christians indulged in Nazi Germany. “Leave it to the Lord”, they said, “Jesus Christ controls history” – and then turned a blind eye.
I asked a couple of old friends for an opinion about your mail, testing whether you were indeed justified in what you had written. One of them is a pastor and lecturer in a theological seminary. His response to your mail was as follows:
“Well it sounds like a pretty good argument to justify all the Lutheran Christians who put on their Nazi uniforms and marched off to fight for Hitler. Clearly they were all so spiritually minded, and so concerned with feeding the sheep, that they had no time to waste on worldly things like challenging their government. And in any case, since there is no perfect government and never will be until Christ Himself rules in the millenium, that probably helped them to overcome any minor scruples they may have felt about Hitler’s little foibles”.
I hope you take the point here. For it is a reductio ad absurdum of your mail. It is where your opinions must logically lead. Your failure to understand basic Christian ethics, as advocated by Christ, must logically and inescapably lead you to support and even to advocate evil.
<<<in the meantime, all I can do is continue to grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ and allow Him to use me in whatever way He leads me through the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit does not lead us as citizens of a country to dictate to our leaders, instead we trust in God that He will deal with them as only He sees their hearts and intentions, you may think you know but you don’t and you are certainly not here to set yourself up as judge and jury of the world.>>>
I have to tell you that the Holy Spirit DOES lead us as citizens of a country to pronounce judgement on corrupt leaders. This is where you are very much mistaken. If we really are growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ, we will exercise a prophetic func