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This book has recently been selected as one of two books that Wycliffe Bible Translators will utilize in the training of their missionaries.
As a mission worker in Vanuatu dealing with the every day realities of witch doctors, clevers, sorcery, black magic, and supernatural healings, this book has proved to be an invaluable resource. The stories Karl shares offer priceless lessons.
Provides a proper charge for Christians to discern what kind of spiritual attack is being dealt and then to respond appropriately. We need more material like this: thoughtful, biblical, practical.
Great book that opened my eyes to the accusations and condemning thoughts that come out of nowhere to assault me. These are the arrows spoken of in Ephesians 6. Now I respond with the word of God to resist and unmask the sly enemy. Much helpful material on the world, the flesh and the devil and how to recognize each one and respond. Deliverance of demonized Christians also covered.
Spiritual Warfare, a subject over speculated from charismatic perspective, and too little rationally away from Evangelical position. The strength of the book is the practical application from a pastoral perspective in dealing with whether a person is dealing with issues in the flesh, ideations from the world, or with demonization itself. He states that any believer who is submitted to and under the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ is able to give leave to demons. Mr. Payne is not a theorist on the subject, but has learned this subject through dealing with people under demonic and spiritual oppression. My recommendation, if you could only have one book on the subject, let it be this one.
This book is an excellent read for anyone who desires a better understanding of thr spiritual warfare that affects everyone to one degree or another. It is very well written with real life examples and practical methods of dealing with the evil one’s flaming missiles. We are living in the end-times and the devil and his minions are more active than they have ever been. Although they cannot snatch our salvation, they are desperately trying to throw us off-course, discourage us, and render us ineffective in spreading the gospel and reaching others for Christ. If demons and evil spirits cannot destroy our souls, they will try everything in their power to keep us from furthering the kingdom of Christ on earth and prevent us from experiencing peace and joy in Christ. All Christians would do well to understand this fact and discover how to recognize the devil’s efforts against us and fight back.
Very thankful for this biblical, cautiously non-sensational but straightforward, courageous book on spiritual warfare.
If you have to choose among a variety of other publications on this subject, you will be well-served to have this one first.
Book speaks of things that most people would not have thought of as warfare, but Satan is devious and he works in ways to confuse.
This is a neat, clear book without all the drama! Very clearly written….good advice for all Christians ….confessing sins to prevent any scheme from Satan…. bravo!
For anyone who wonders why the weakness of the influence of Christianity in America today, this is a must read.
Timely. I always knew there was spiritual warfare but did not understand it. He put it in perspective.
If you are looking for a great resource on this topic. I would suggest this book. It works hand in hand with the Fred Dickason book Demon Possession and the Christian. Fred’s book tackles this issue from a certain angle and Karl’s book tackles it from another! It is like the QB getting sack from both the left side of the pocket while he is getting hit from the right side of the pocket!
A great job at making sense of spiritaul warfare and how it effects us everyday and we are numb to the concept and that is exactly what the enemy wants.
Chapter 8 in the hands of a Spirit-filled Christian is going to help a lot of people.
Christians can be oppressed because of unrepentant sin. To get rid of demonic influence requires confessing sin and repenting.
God’s plan for those surrendered to Jesus Christ is to live in His power and freedom so the world around us can be changed by that same life-changing power. Then why isn’t it?
This truth will set you free and help you to see we are on the winning side! God already won. We must acknowledge this truth to everyone.
Accurate portrayal of power that born-again children of God have over evil in their lives. Exposes schemes of the devil and practical knowledge of how to destroy evil influence in our lives.
It was thought provoking to realize that both God and Satan have access to our minds. In this book, Karl explains unconfessed sin and ancestral sin.
Dr. Payne’s vivid treatment of this real subject has made a big difference in my life helping me to make sense of the enemies in my life and not just Satan and demons.
The most balanced book I have read on this subject. The focus is on teaching believers their authority because of what Jesus did on the cross. It is finished!
Staple text for believers seeking the freedom of mind, body and spirit that Christ purchased for us on the Cross and rightly belongs to us. Sola Gratia.
Not many churches give training on this aspect, this book is informative and hands-on.
Satan is not an omnipresent boogie-man. He does his work quietly at the mind level of individual Christians trying to wreak havoc in the Body of Christ.
The book is very useful for mature Christians struggling with guilt and self-accusing thoughts.
After reading this book I am far more sensitive to my sinful behavior and will be far more careful.
Karl is a fun writer. His work is very serious though. I recommend to all Christians. Please don’t be unaware of Satan’s tricks.
Excellent insight into the spiritual battles in and around us.
Essential for victorious Christian living. If this were taught there would be less defeated Christians and more Christians who could witness to a powerful transformed life.
It will save you lots of other book reading which is really wonderful. This brother knows what he’s talking about and communicates it well!
I recommend this book almost weekly to people. It needs to be widely read and studied by Christians.
Most of the time demons are attracted to bitterness and offenses caused against the individual, often by parents or by authority figures.
The World is external, the lust of the flesh (not the same as The Flesh), the lust of the eyes and the pride of life.
The lust of the flesh is anything that causes a physiological response to the mind and body. Not just sexual things, but also food – gluttony, constant dieting, alcohol, drugs, other body or mental urges. The lust of the eyes is the constant barrage of things you must have, jealousy, envy.
The Pride of life: boastful, selfish ambition, rebellion against God.
The Flesh (sin nature) left over from before conversion is internal solicitation to sin.
This sort of temptation we must run from (2 Timothy 2:22-23)
Renew our minds (Romans 12:1-2)
And get controlled by the Holy Spirit.
It is true demons cannot possess Christians.
Only God owns you, since He bought you with a price.
Only once the World and the Flesh are ruled out we can look at this one.
The Devil solicitation to sin that is definitely not coming from you.
Repentance of sin is most important here.
Dr. J. Christy Wilson, Jr worked in Afghanistan for twenty-two years as a tentmaker and was professor of Missions and Evangelism at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
This collection of anecdotes and stories has two things that distinguish it.
It is among those narratives that remind you in a hundred different vignettes of the burning, sacrificial love that Christ ignites in people completely surrendered to Him.
But it is unique in my experience as an account of the work of God in 20th Century Afghanistan. You may find yourself adding the account of the church built in Kabul for Christian diplomats or the explosion of Christianity among the Afghan blind people to your own stock of illustrations of God’s character. I am buying loaner copies of this book for friends for that reason.
Dr. Christy Wilson is a great story teller and a modern day hero who simply loved Jesus and followed Him. If you are a student thinking about what you would like to do with your life, there are some good principles found in these pages.
This is a book of 100 short stories that cover the spectrum of life and the Gospel. It highlights the Muslim world in Central Asia and the cost of living out faith in that context. This is a book that was written in 1992 after 22 years of work in Afghanistan. This book is about counting the cost of serving God. You will also read about people of whom the world was not worthy. Following Jesus is not for the fainthearted!
Think miracles stopped a long time ago? Think again! This series of recollections from a godly man who lived and worked among Muslims for many years is a real eye-opener. Maybe your idea of Jesus is not very complete. This book will add to it greatly!
This was a textbook for the Perspectives course back in the early 90’s. Christy Wilson was our teacher. It was one of the most life-changing experiences I have had. It would not be an exaggeration to say that I am serving in the mission field today because of that class and this book. The heart of God pours out from every page.
In the class there were young Christian men and women who had a desire to be martyred for Christ, a death wish. To these young men and women, Christy Wilson would say, If you want to die for Christ, you must first learn to live for Him. Those words continue to ring in my heart to this day.
The amazing true story of how the Gospel of Christ transforms and transcends all political, human and spiritual boundaries. No power in heaven and on earth can stand against it. J. Christy Wilson a self-supporting missionary along with like-minded coworkers was able to infuse the Gospel into a country closed to all Christian missionaries. They were able to perform this miracle where so many others had failed with a simple plan – find out what the Afghanistan government wanted most, then fill that need with missionary-minded Christians with that specialty. What the Afghanistan government wanted was engineers, doctors and teachers. What this little band of brothers gave them was the gospel in the clothing of engineers, doctors and teachers. Would that there were more such as these individuals who risked so much to carry a message to a culture hostile to the Gospel and to them. Is the servant greater than his Master?
The result of interviews from over 450 people serving in the 10/40 window. A unique viewpoint on missions and alternatives to conventional missionary approach.
When he was 17, he began reading the Sermon on the Mount and heard a voice tell him, I am the same whom you are seeking from your very childhood. For 20 years, these words followed him until his conversion in 1976. A member of the Brahmin caste, Pandit Dharam Prakash Sharma is also the son of two of India’s foremost independence heroes, and grew up under the protective wing of Mahatma Gandhi.
One evening in 1954 as a teenager student, when I was in my hostel room, studying from my English textbook (which was my subject), I came across a lesson heading: Sermon on the Mount. I read out the whole text in one breath! Oh! It was the same that inspired the life and work of Gandhiji during the freedom movement of India. It was a memorable moment for me, while reading this great sermon, I heard repeatedly a divine voice from all around me saying, I am the same whom you are seeking from your very childhood. Suddenly, his heart felt at peace.
He said he read the Sermon several times, like a prayer on his lips with the feeling of a presence around him. God can You answer me? Are you there?
Pandit Dharam Prakash Sharma was born on 23 December 1937 in Fatehpur Prison, in Uttar Pradesh. He is the only son of one of the leading Hindu religious leaders of the holy city of Pushkar (Rajasthan), a place of never-ending pilgrimage.
His father, Pandit Sohan Lal Sharma, and his mother, Gyaneshwary Devi, played an important role in the independence struggle and were sent to prison for this reason several times.
When he was five, he was taken to Pavanar Ashram in Wardha, near Nagpur, and grew up under the loving and watchful guidance of Mahatma Gandhi.
He went on to have a brilliant career first as a film star, then a prominent business executive and finally as a member of the Rajya Sabha, the upper house in India’s parliament, between 1969 and 1973. In 1977, he left politics after becoming a Christian, despite pressures by then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi to stay. Later when Indira Gandhi was jailed, she turned to Dharma, and asked him to pray God for her salvation.
The journey that led Pandit Dharam Prakash Sharma to his conversion bears witness to a long search that began in his childhood and ended when he was an adult.
He remembers that after reading the Sermon on the Mount, he turned to his English professor for advice, but the latter was not able to help him. He sought out an Italian-born priest, who asked him to convert and be baptised before he could answer him, but Dharam was not ready to embrace Christianity because he associated that religion with British colonialists, who caused so much pain and suffering to his family.
I hate the thought of becoming a Christian, he said at one point as his search for answers concerning his encounter with Jesus grew more intense.
His conversion occurred many years later, in 1976, when he was on a special mission to Gujarat. Here he met Bakht Singh, an evangelical Christian well-known in South Asia, and spent eight days with him to study the Bible and the Holy Scriptures. On 16 May 1976, he was baptised, and thus completed his journey towards God and grace.
Ten days before his death, Dharma’s father, Sohan, told him, My son, for ten years I have watched your life change and saw the resulting peace. You are on the true path and have found the way. Your Lord is my Lord too.
When he is asked how to reach Moksha, the point of total spiritual realisation, which, according to Hinduism, releases people from the cycle of death and rebirth, he says, When all was dark, I saw a silver lining in the sky, the Almighty took the form of man in Jesus Christ to break the chain of sin and triumph over death.
Protestantism includes all those groups that, though not in organizational continuity with one of the 16th-century Reformation churches, were/are in substantive agreement with the core doctrines of the early Protestant movement. This broader definition brings into the Protestant camp a set of churches that actually predated the Reformation. These churches had proposed some of the basic ideas later championed by the Protestants, and eventually accepted all of the other core Protestant beliefs and practices. Most prominent among such groups are the MORAVIAN CHURCH, which grew in response to the work of John HUS (in what is now the Czech Republic), and the Waldensians of Italy. In like measure, people such as John Hus (c. 1373–1415), Peter Waldo (d. c. 1217) and British biblical scholar John Wycliffe (c. 1329–84) are seen as heralds of Protestantism.
Baptists emerged at the beginning of the 17th century, challenging the Lutheran, Reformed and Anglican churches over many of the same issues raised by the earlier Anabaptists including believer’s baptism, a church made up of true believers (as much as can be known) and the refusal of any relationship between the church and the government. They claimed to be members of the true church through which the authority of Christ had been passed and which throughout the centuries had always dissented from the corrupt alignment with the secular state. They suggested that they derived from a lineage of Christians who had always practiced adult (or believers) baptism.
Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries other “Free Churches” multiplied, usually as the result of movements protesting the organization within the parent body or calling for doctrinal or other changes. They often aimed at reviving a spirituality that the more staid and proper older Protestant bodies had lost.
Among the Free Churches are such groups as the Plymouth Brethren, the Holiness churches and the churches of the Restorationist movement that developed on the American frontier in the 19th century and that continued under such names as the Churches of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
Taking the lead in exploring ways to revitalize the spiritual life of the churches was Lutheran pastor Philipp Jacob Spener (1635–1705). In 1694, Spener founded the University of Halle, which became the great dissemination point for his movement, popularly known as PIETISM.
The university, a training school for future Lutheran ministers, came to be dominated by August Hermann Francke (1663–1727), a man who by precept and practice exemplified the Pietist life of personal devotion and service. He was also one of the first Protestants to develop a vision for missionary work around the world.
Soon aligning themselves with the Pietists were the Moravians, whose movement was founded a century before the Lutheran Reformation. The Moravians fled Bohemia and Moravia (now the Czech Republic) when Roman Catholicism reasserted hegemony there in the 1620’s. Hounded from place to place, in 1722 they finally found some protection and acceptance on the estate of Nicolas von ZINZENDORF (1700–60), a German nobleman. At the village of Herrnhut, which they created on Zinzendorf’s land, they reorganized and emerged as the Moravian Church. As the situation allowed, they soon opened other centers of activity in the Protestant countries of Europe.
In England, the kind of personal religion represented by the Pietists and the Moravians gave birth to Methodism. Challenged by Moravians like Bishop August Spangenberg (1704–92) and future missionary Peter Böhler (1712–75), Methodist founder John WESLEY (1703–91) explored a new depth of Christian experience that led him to launch an effort to revitalize religious life in the British Isles.
Among Wesley’s associates was a former classmate at Oxford, George WHITEFIELD (1714–70). Like Wesley, he became an Anglican minister, but while Wesley itinerated through England, Whitefield traveled to America. His preaching trips throughout the colonies beginning in 1739 led to a revival known as the Great Awakening.
Following the Moravian and Methodist lead, William CAREY and Andrew FULLER began to mobilize the Baptists. In 1792 Carey issued his booklet, An Enquiry into the Obligation of Christians, to Use Means for the Conversion of the Heathen, while Fuller took the lead in founding the Baptist Foreign Missionary Society as the organizational vehicle to develop a global evangelizing outreach. Carey led the first Baptist missionary team to India in 1783.
1517, October 31, Martin Luther launches the Protestant Reformation by nailing the Ninety-five Theses to the door of the Church at Wittenberg, Germany.
1521, April 17–18, Luther defends his view before the emperor and the leaders of the Holy Roman Empire at the Diet of Worms.
1523, Zwingli leads the Reformation of the church in Switzerland with the publication of the Sixty-seven Articles.
1525, William Tyndale publishes his translation of the New Testament in English.
1535, Miles Coverdale publishes Old Testament in English.
1611, Publication of the King James Version of the Bible.
1678, John Bunyan publishes the Protestant classic, The Pilgrim’s Progress.
1739, George Whitefield’s preaching throughout the American colonies becomes a catalyst for the initiation of the First Great Awakening.
1793, London Missionary Society is established and William Carey arrives in India as the first missionary of the Baptist Missionary Society (England).
1799, Church Missionary Society is founded to supplement the effort of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts.
1804, British and Foreign Bible Society founded.
1807, Robert Morrison becomes the first Protestant missionary to China sent by the London Missionary Society.
1810, Founding of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions.
1813, Adoniram Judson, the first missionary supported by American Baptists, arrives in Burma(Myanmar).
1816, American Bible Society founded.
1844, Founding of the Young Men’s Christian Association in London. John Ludwig Krapf, arrives in Kenya as the first Protestant missionary to East Africa sent by the Church Missionary Society.
1855, David Livingstone becomes the first European to find Victoria Falls.
1865, Hudson Taylor founds the China Inland Mission, later to become the largest Protestant missionary agency working in China.
1890, William Booth’s, In Darkest England and the Way Out, becomes the manifesto of the newly formed Salvation Army.
Bakht Singh was born in Punjab (in what is now Pakistan) and raised as a Sikh. He graduated from Punjab University and studied engineering at King’s College, London. On a trip to Canada in 1928, he met a group of evangelical Christians, read through the New Testament several times, and was baptized on February 4, 1932. He returned to India in 1933, determined to be an evangelist, but with a clear understanding that he would not affiliate with any existing church organization. Among his first converts were his parents.
As he began his evangelical endeavors, first in northern India and then in Madras, his oratorical abilities were quickly recognized. From his evangelistic meetings, congregations began to form. As a result of his first major revival in Madras in 1941, he founded the first such church, Jehovah Shammah, which grew to include several thousand believers. After World War ii, he concentrated his work in the state of Andhra Pradesh, where he helped found 1,300 congregations. He also founded assemblies, as the congregations were called, in western Europe, North America, Australia, and New Zealand. He led the first American Holy Convocation in Syracuse, New York, in 1974 and returned annually for the next decade. Similar convocations were begun in Sarcelles, France, in 1977.
Bakht Singh was, like his contemporary in China, Watchman Nee, very much influenced by the Plymouth Brethren movement and particularly one of its leading spokespersons, Anthony Norris Groves, who advocated the development of new churches in new lands without the apparatus of foreign missionary control or even the need for ordained ministers. These ideas had originally been put to effective use in India by John Aurlappen. Singh also agreed with Watchman Nee that there should be only one Christian church in each city, where people from varied backgrounds and speaking different languages in a single Christian gathering could become an impressive demonstration of church unity.
In the assemblies raised up by Bakht Singh, Sunday worship would begin with an all-night prayer vigil. The morning service would begin with singing and last for several hours, punctuated by the celebration of the Lord’s Supper and up to three sermons. A meal would follow the service; then the congregation would go into the surrounding neighborhoods to conduct open-air evangelistic services.
Bakht Singh and some of his associates moved to Elim, Hyderabad, in 1950. They later established facilities to house the local ministry and train coworkers. This center, which Singh called Hebron, became the focal point for the fellowship of assemblies. Singh also led mass meetings, called holy convocations, for members and potential converts.
Bakht Singh taught a conservative evangelical faith and was a popular speaker for interdenominational evangelical missionary gatherings, especially the annual conferences held in Urbana, Illinois, by Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship. He authored a number of books, many transcripts of his sermons and training messages, and articles in the movement’s periodical, the Hebron Messenger.
Bakht Singh died on September 17, 2000. His funeral brought hundreds of thousands of mourners to Hyderabad. The assemblies related to Bakht Singh’s work included more than 200,000 members at the beginning of the 21st century.
After my return to Arab J nation, everyone was asking me “How was the F.O. ?” I answered them in one sentence “I didn’t want to return back.” It was so amazing. I wanted to stay in Maghreb A nation. I had never ever felt such a joy in my life. Waking up in the morning reading the bible, worshiping and going to evangelize and then returning after a few days to share the wonderful stories God did through us. This is an amazing lifestyle, living completely for God, to God and with God. All in all it was a wonderful experience that impacted me deeply.
I loved witnessing about Jesus, but witnessing to Muslims was a new challenge for me. Though I live in Arab J nation, I engaged with very few Muslims only. Most of the people I shared my faith with were of Christian background, so the F.O. to Maghreb A nation was something completely new.
After Vision School an F.O. was scheduled to Maghreb A nation. The decision to go was not that difficult. Financially I was comfortable, work was not a problem, and with the encouragement of some friends I decided to go, without knowing what to expect. I was neither excited nor in fear, to the contrary of the people around me who were either in fear that I might get killed or were excited that I am going. I knew it was going to be a new experience but did not understand how it would turn out to be. I had been told what I will do there but did not comprehend the reality of the situation until I reached Maghreb A nation.
Being the only person from Arab J nation in the group made me feel a little homesick in the beginning especially when I saw the Jordanian and the Egyptian teams, but that feeling soon dissipated when I got to know the people there. We were Christians from different countries with a united purpose in heart; we wanted to raise the church of Maghreb A nation. Though we had different theological beliefs, different gifts, different experiences; all had one goal, to revive the church that had disappeared 1400 years ago. It was a beautiful picture to see Christians from all over the world having no other agenda in their hearts except Christ returned and His kingdom established. The Holy Spirit showed me that this was the church he wants to raise in our Arab countries; a church who is united through Him.
Not only ministering to Muslims was new to me but also the method of this ministry. I was shocked when we were told that we were going to do toilet ministry (knocking on doors and asking permission to use the toilet in order to enter the house and start witnessing). I thought to myself this is a very bad method to witness to people, nobody would open their door to a stranger so that he or she uses the bathroom. I was dead wrong. To my surprise toilet evangelism worked and many people opened not just their bathrooms for us, but also their kitchens and bedrooms for us to sleep. Most of the people from Maghreb A nation were very hospitable and welcoming to tourists which made the evangelism process very easy.
As the days passed, the dryness of Maghreb A nation was felt by almost every person on F.O. Maghreb A nation lacked love, lacked life and lacked a freedom that only Jesus Christ can provide. The absence of the church was not just visible but also sensible in the land. Everyone from small children to old aged men was infected by this dryness. The people of Maghreb A nation were dry but also thirsty; they were looking for a way to satisfy this thirst. Tu-nation was miraculously open to the gospel message and during the 10 days in Maghreb A nation around ten people submitted their lives to Jesus and many families heard the good news and were impacted by this new hope of salvation. Especially youth were eager to listen to this new message that was hidden from them for so long.
The spiritual condition of the people was a little complex. More than 95 % of the people I met have not heard the true message of salvation. They either had a wrong view of Christianity or they know nothing about it. There were many people who did not know much about Islam also. They did not have a strong reason to believe in Islam, but considered Islam either part of their identity or just part of their culture. I thank God that he gave me the opportunity to meet different kinds of people from Maghreb A nation, from atheists to ISIS followers. One of the things that saddened me is that I met some people in Maghreb A nation that I believe would accept Christ as their Lord and savior if they listen to this message often.
Some of the families I met in Maghreb A nation I can never forget my entire life. They opened their houses for us, fed us and sheltered us and after 24 hours they were saying their goodbyes in tears. We only knew each other for a day or so but it felt as if we knew them for years. Some of those families did not accept Christ yet felt the love of Jesus in us. The only common language we had together with the people of Maghreb A nation was the love language. They all understood what love is. Maybe we describe it or explain it differently but as human beings, I constantly saw in Maghreb A nation that an expression of love was stronger than an expression of words. Whenever an argument arose a loving sentence silenced it. It was amazing to see that when we expressed love the icy hearts of the people of Maghreb A nation started to melt.
It was amazing to see that God had a reason for sending us to Maghreb A nation. He had children in Maghreb A nation whom He wanted to reach with the gospel. There were people who were ready to accept Jesus but needed somebody to tell them about him. As apostle Paul says in his letter to the Romans “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? How will they preach unless they are sent?”
Miriam was one of those whom we met in Maghreb A nation. She wanted to know about Christ even before she met us and now she got her chance. While we were sharing the gospel with her family at night, her father turned to her and said to her “you should be happy now for you wanted to become a Christian all your life”. These words meant to me a lot. It showed that there are many in Maghreb A nation who are waiting for the message of the gospel as Anna was waiting for her beloved Messiah and Cornelius for the message of Peter. Miriam believed in the Lord Jesus and gave her life to Him.
As days were passing I grew in love towards Maghreb A nation, day after day I felt a connection with the land. This connection was not sentimental, since the country was not that beautiful nor the food that great, but there was this strong need in that country. The loving presence of Jesus was needed; people who can share the gospel in Arabic were and are needed. Maghreb A nation was an open country ready to explode in revival, but only few missionaries are there. This broke my heart immensely. I wanted to stay so but I wanted to obey God more and I knew in my heart that God wanted me to return to my country now.
In the end it was more difficult to leave Maghreb A nation than to go to Maghreb A nation. During the 8 years of my walk with Christ, I had never felt the feeling I felt there. I felt a freedom and a joy I had never felt before. I had my share of difficulties there but all was easy compared to the knowledge that I am sharing the most important truth of life. I am creating history in a land that will have a future for Christ. For two weeks I was like the apostle Paul preaching the gospel in a land that didn’t know Christ. All these experiences combined showed me that I am called to live this lifestyle; the lifestyle of a missionary. Now finally I am sure of my calling and I pray for the will of God, according to His timing, be fulfilled in my life.
1. Tracts are the Gospel prayerfully extended from the scriptures: outstretched arms of love where many may never read a Bible, enter a Church or talk with a believer.
2. An uncompromised silent preacher: a bridge from the lost to conversation with (or in addition to contact with) the believer: A ‘jigsaw piece’ or ‘seed’ in the Lord’s plan of redemption.
3. The words of men are weak and changeable, but the Word of God is powerful and lasts forever.
4. Circumstances can make difficult the message to share, but the tract can be prayerfully transferred in a moment.
5. They work with/for all manner of Christian, bold or fearful, to meet the desires/burden of their hearts: to reach the world, (fulfilling the great commission): strangers, friends and loved ones with the urgent truth of His Gospel.
“When preaching and private talk are not available, you need to have a tract ready . . . Get good striking tracts, or none at all. But a touching gospel tract may be the seed of eternal life. Therefore, do not go out without your tracts.”
– Charles Spurgeon
Comparatively few Christians realize the importance of tract work. I had been a Christian a good many years, and a minister of the Gospel several years, before it ever entered my head that tracts were of much value in Christian work. I had somehow grown up with the notion that tracts were all rubbish, and therefore I did not take the trouble to read them, and far less did I take the trouble to circulate them, but I found out that I was entirely wrong. Tract work has some great advantages over other forms of Christian work.
I. Importance and advantages.
1. Any person can do it. We cannot all preach; we cannot all conduct meetings; but we can all select useful tracts and then hand them out to others. Of course some of us can do it better than others. Even a blind man or a dumb man can do tract work. It is a line of work in which every man, woman and child can engage.
2. A tract always sticks to the point. I wish every worker did that, but how often we get to talking to some one and he is smart enough to get us off on to a side track.
3. A tract never loses its temper. Perhaps you sometimes do. I have known Christian workers, even workers of experience, who would sometimes get all stirred up, but you cannot stir up a tract It always remains as calm as a June morning.
4. Oftentimes people who are too proud to be talked with, will read a tract when no one is looking. There is many a man who would repulse you if you tried to speak to him about his soul, who will read a tract if you leave it on his table, or in some other place where he comes upon it accidentally, and that tract may be used for his salvation.
5. A tract stays by one. You talk to a man and then he goes away, but the tract stays with him. Some years ago a man came into a mission in New York. One of the workers tried to talk with him, but he would not listen. As he was leaving, a card tract was placed in his hands which read, “If I should die to-night I would go to ______ Please fill out and sign.” He put it in his pocket, went to his steamer, for he was a sailor, and slipped it into the edge of his bunk. The steamer started for Liverpool. On his voyage he met with an accident, and was laid aside in his bunk. That card stared him in the face, day and night. Finally he said, “If I should die tonight I would go to hell, but I will not go there, I will go to heaven, I will take Christ right here and now.” He went to Liverpool, returned to New York, went to the mission, told his story, and had the card, which was still in his pocket, filled out and signed with his name. The conversation he had had in the mission left him, but the card stayed by him.
6. Tracts lead many to accept Christ. The author of one tract (“What is it to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ?”) received before his death upwards of sixteen hundred letters from people who had been led to Christ by reading it.
II. Purposes for which to use a tract.
1. For the conversion of the unsaved. A tract will often succeed in winning a man to Christ where a sermon or a personal conversation has failed. There are a great many people who, if you try to talk with them, will put you off; but if you put a tract in their hands and ask God to bless it, after they go away and are alone they will read the tract and God will carry it home to their hearts by the power of the Holy Ghost. One of our students wrote me in great joy of how he had at last succeeded in winning a whole family for Christ. He had been working for that family for a long time but could not touch them. One day he left a tract with them, and God used that tract for the conversion of four or five members of the family. Another student held a cottage meeting at a home, and by mistake left his Bible there. There was a tract in the Bible. When he had gone, the woman of the house saw the Bible, picked it up, opened it, saw the tract and read it. The Spirit of God carried it home to her heart, and when he went back after the Bible she told him she wanted to find the Lord Jesus Christ. The tract had done what he could not do in personal work. I once received a letter from a man saying, “There is a man in this place whom I tried for a long time to reach but could not. One day I handed him a tract, and I think it was to the salvation of his whole family.
2. To lead Christians into a deeper and more earnest Christian life. It is a great mistake to limit the use of tracts to winning the unsaved to Christ. A little tract on the Second Coming of Christ, once sent me in a letter, made a change in my whole life. I do not think the tract was altogether correct doctrinally, but it had in it an important truth, and it did for me just the work that needed to be done.
There is a special class of people with whom this form of ministry is particularly helpful, those who live where they do not enjoy spiritual advantages. You may know some one who is leading a very unsatisfactory life, and you long to have that person know what the Christian life really means. His pastor may not be a spiritual man, he may not know the deep things of God. It is the simplest thing in the world to slip into a letter a tract that will lead him into an entirely new Christian life.
3. To correct error. This is a very necessary form of work in the day in which we live. The air is full of error. In our personal work we have not always time to lead a man out of his error, but oftentimes we can give him a tract that can do the work better than we can. If you tried to lead him out of his error by personal work, you might get into a discussion, but the tract cannot. The one in error cannot talk back to the tract. For example, take people that are in error on the question of seventh day observance. It might take some time to lead such a one out of the darkness into the light, but a tract on that subject can be secured that has been used of God to lead many out of the bondage of legalism into the glorious liberty of the Gospel of Christ.
4. To set Christians to work. Our churches are full of members who are doing nothing. A well-chosen tract may set such to work. I know of a young man who was working in a factory in Massachusetts. He was a plain, uneducated sort of fellow, but a little tract on personal work was placed in his hands. He read it and re-read it, and said, “I am not doing what I should for Christ.” He went to work among his companions in the factory, inviting them to the church, and to hear his pastor preach. Not satisfied with this, he went to doing personal work. This was not sufficient, so he went to work holding meetings himself. Finally he brought a convention to his city. Just that one plain factory man was the means of getting a great convention and blessing to that place, and all from reading that little tract. He was also instrumental in organizing a society which was greatly blessed of God. It would be possible to fill this country with literature on Christian work that would stir up the dead and sleeping professors of religion throughout the land, and send them out to work for the Lord Jesus Christ
III. Who should use tracts.
1. Ministers of the Gospel should use them. Many ministers do make constant use of them in their pastoral work, leaving well chosen tracts where they make their pastoral calls, handing out tracts along the line of the sermons that they preach. It is said of Rev. Edward Judson of New York, that he seldom makes a call without having in his pocket a selection of tracts adapted to almost every member of the family, and especially to the children. “At the close of the Sunday evening preaching service, he has often put some good brother in the chair, and while the meeting proceeds he goes down into the audience and gives to each person a choice leaflet, at the same time taking the opportunity to say a timely word. In this way he comes into personal touch with the whole audience, gives each stranger a cordial welcome, and leaves in his hand some message from God. At least once a year he selects some one tract that has in it the very core of the Gospel. On this he prints the notices of the services, and selecting his church as a center, he has this tract put in the hands of every person living within half a mile in each direction, regardless of creed or condition. He sometimes uses 10,000 tracts at one distribution, and finds it very fruitful in results.”
2. Sunday School teachers. Every Sunday School teacher should be on the lookout for tracts to give to his scholars. In this way he can do much to supplement his hour’s work on the Lord’s Day.
3. Traveling men. Traveling men have a rare opportunity for doing tract work. They are constantly coming in contact with different men, and finding out their needs. A Christian “drummer” with a well-assorted selection of tracts can accomplish immeasurable good.
4. Business men. Business men can use tracts to good advantage with the very men with whom they have business engagements. They can also do excellent work with their own employees. Many a business man slips well chosen tracts into many of the letters which he writes, and thus accomplishes an effective ministry for his Master.
5. School teachers. It is very difficult for school teachers in some cities and towns to talk very much with their pupils in school. Oftentimes the rules of the school board prevent it entirely, but a wise teacher can learn all about her scholars and their home surroundings, and can give them tracts just adapted to their needs.
6. Housekeepers. Every Christian housekeeper should have a collection of well assorted tracts. She can hand these out to the servant girls, the grocery men, the market men, the butcher, to the tramps that come to the door. They can be left upon the table in the parlor and in bedrooms. Only eternity will disclose the good that is accomplished in these ways.
IV. How to use tracts.
1. To begin a conversation. One of the difficulties in Christian work is to begin. You see a person with whom you wish to talk about the Lord Jesus Christ. The great difficulty is in starting. It is easy enough to talk after you have started, but how are you going to start a conversation naturally and easily? One of the simplest and easiest ways is by slipping a tract into the person’s hand. After the tract has been read, a conversation naturally follows. I was once riding in a crowded car. I asked God for an opportunity to lead some one to Christ. I was watching for the opportunity for which I had asked, when two young ladies entered. I thought I knew one of them as the daughter of a minister. She went through the car looking for a seat, and then came back. As she came back and sat down in the seat in front of me, she bowed, and of course I knew I was right as to who she was. I took out a little bundle of tracts, and selecting one that seemed best adapted to her case, I handed it to her, having first asked God to bless it. She at once began to read and I began to pray. When she had read the tract, I asked her what she thought about it. She almost burst into tears right there in the car, and in a very few moments that minister’s daughter was rejoicing in the Lord Jesus Christ as her personal Saviour. As she afterwards passed out of the car, she said, “I want to thank you for what you have done for me in leading me to Christ.”
2. Use a tract to close a conversation. As a rule when you have finished talking with some one, you should not leave him without something definite to take home to read. If the person has accepted Christ, put some tract in his hands that will show him how to succeed in the Christian life. If the person has not accepted Christ, some other tract that is especially adapted to his need should be left with him.
3. Use tracts where a conversation is impossible. For example, one night at the close of a tent meeting in Chicago, as I went down one of the aisles a man beckoned to me, and intimated that his wife was interested. She was in tears, and I tried to talk with her, but she stammered out in a broken way, “We don’t talk English.” She had not understood a word of the sermon, I suppose, but God had carried something home to her heart. They were Norwegians, and I could not find a Norwegian in the whole tent to act as interpreter, but I could put a Norwegian tract in her hand, and that could do the work. Time and time again I have met with men deeply interested about their soul’s salvation, but with whom I could not deal because I did not talk the language that they understood.
One day as I came from dinner, I found a Swede waiting for me, and he said he had a man outside with whom he wished me to talk. I went outside and found an uncouth looking specimen, a Norwegian. The Swede had found him drunk in an alley and dragged him down to the Institute to talk with me. He was still full of whisky, and spit tobacco juice over me as I tried to talk with him. I found he could not talk English, and I talked English to the Swede, and the Swede talked Swedish to the Norwegian, and the Norwegian got a little bit of it. I made it as clear as I could to our Swede interpreter, and he in his turn made it as clear as he could to the Norwegian. Then I put a Norwegian tract in his hands, and that could talk to him so that he understood perfectly.
Oftentimes a conversation is impossible because of the place where you meet people. For example, you may be on the street cars and wish to speak to a man, but in many instances it would not be wise if it were possible, but you can take the man’s measure and then give him a tract that will fit him. You may be able to say just a few words to him and then put the tract in his hands and ask God to bless it.
4. Use tracts to send to people at a distance. It does not cost a tract much to travel. You can send them to the ends of the earth for a few cents. Especially use them to send to people who live in out of the way places where there is no preaching. There are thousands of people living in different sections of this country where they do not hear preaching from one year’s end to another. It would be impossible to send an evangelical preacher to them, but you can send a tract and it will do the preaching for you.
V. Suggestions as to the use of tracts.
1. Always read the tracts yourself before giving them to others. This is very necessary. Bad tracts abound to-day, tracts that contain absolutely pernicious doctrine. They are being circulated free by the million, and one needs to be on his guard, lest he be doing harm rather than good in distributing tracts. Of course we cannot read all the tracts in foreign languages, but we can have them interpreted to us, and it is wise to do so. Besides positively bad tracts, there are many tracts that are worthless.
2. Suit your tract to the person to whom you give it. What is good for one person may not be good for another.
3. Carry a selection of tracts with you. I do not say a collection, but a selection. Tracts are countless in number, and a large share of them are worthless. Select the best, and arrange them for the different classes of people with whom you come in contact.
4. Seek the guidance of God. This is of the very highest importance. If there is any place where we need wisdom from above, it is in the selection of tracts, and in their distribution after their selection.
5. Seek God’s blessing upon the tract after you have given it out. Do not merely give out the tract and there let the matter rest, but whenever you give out a tract ask God to bless it.
6. Oftentimes give a man a tract with words and sentences underscored. Men are curious, and they will take particular notice of the underscoring. It is oftentimes a good thing to have a tract put up in your office. Men who come in will read it. I know a man who had a few words put upon his paper weight. A great many who came into his office saw it, and it made a deep impression upon them.
7. Never be ashamed of distributing tracts. Many people hand out tracts to others as if they were ashamed of what they were doing. People are not likely to read tracts if you hand them to them as if you were ashamed to do it; but if you act as though you were conferring a favor upon them, and giving them something worth reading, they will read your tract. It is often well to say to a person, “Here is a little leaflet out of which I have gotten a good deal of good. I would like to have you read it.”
– Methods of Christian Work, Chapter 5.
R. A. Torrey (1856-1928) was an evangelist, teacher, author, born in Hoboken, New Jersey. He was educated in Yale University and Divinity School. After a period of skepticism he trusted in Jesus Christ as Saviour. Soon after he pastored in Ohio and then in Minnesota. In 1889 Dwight L. Moody called Torrey to Chicago to become the superintendent of the school which became known as the Moody Bible Institute. He also served as pastor of the Chicago Avenue Church, now the Moody Memorial Church, for twelve years. Between 1902-1906 Torrey and Charles Alexander conducted a very fruitful evangelistic outreach in Australia, Tasmania, New Zealand, India, China, Japan, Britain, Germany, Canada, and the USA.
October 18, 2016 Leave a comment
Brexit, the exit of the United Kingdom (UK) from the European Union (EU), has become a reality. In the May 2015 general election, as an attempt to secure conservative votes, the former British Prime Minister David Cameron promised to hold a vote in 2017 regarding whether or not the UK should leave the EU. As a result, he was elected as the Prime Minister and confirmed his promise during his inauguration speech. The vote took place on June 23, 2016, and the results were far from what Cameron expected. 51.9% of the British people wanted to exit the EU and decided on Brexit. The UK decided to leave the EU 43 years after it became a member of the European Economic Community (EEC) in 1973. As a result, the leaders of the EU are enraged, the United States is also seriously concerned, and eyebrows are raised with uncertainty about the future of the world.
Due to Brexit, the membership of the EU will decrease from 28 nations to 27. The bigger issue is that the citizens of many European countries like Greece, France, Italy, Denmark, and the Czech Republic are raising their voices to leave the EU, challenging the very purpose of EU’s existence. According to a report submitted by Germany’s Ministry of Finance to the meeting of six foreign ministers that took place before the emergency EU summit, France, the Netherlands, Austria, Finland, and Hungary may follow the UK in leaving the EU.
Contributing factors to the UK’s EU exit
Internal resentment has been building up among the members of the EU. Here are the main reasons why.
First, the EU executive board, the European Commission (EC), is becoming more like a dictatorship. In order to make Europe a single, unified state, the leaders of the EU have been centralizing its power and control. This, in turn, means the extinction of the identity of each nation state and nationalism. The older British generation, who still basks in the “glories of the Great Empire,” became confused with their identity towards the German-led EC’s nation-building initiatives and could only express strong psychological resistance.
The Soviet Union did everything in its power to destroy the 150 ethnic groups within its boundaries in order to establish a single Soviet nation. However, they failed. When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, nationalism was fiercely revived. Since then, Russia has struggled with numerous nationalist movements of ethnic groups like Chechnya, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Georgia, and Tatarstan.
This reality proves that people like Benedict Anderson and Erick Hobsbaum, who viewed nations as unimportant, modern creations and imagined communities with invented histories, were wrong, and that people like Anthony Smith, who argued nations as a primitive and a naturally occurring community, and Emile Durkheim, who argued that the origin of nationalism is totemism and thus applied a religious meaning to it, were correct. When Lenin and Stalin progressed with their policies to thrash nationalism and labeled nationalists as rebels of the Soviet Union, Otto Bauer, an Austrian leftist scholar, argued that a nation is an ethnological foundation that can never be destroyed. The Soviet scholar Karl Kautsky also argued that it was not easy to remove the concept of a nation. Afterwards, the Soviet Union changed its national policy and gave up on the creation of the Soviet Nation in their pursuit of the global socialist community.
Despite these failures in the past, the reason why the president of the EC continues to pursue a strong unified empire is not only because of the mutual economic benefits which were emphasized during the formation of the European Economic Community (EEC).
The leaders of the EU dream of a new Holy Roman Empire, and furthermore, they are pursuing a vision of a unified world empire in alliance with the United States. The EU that began under the leadership of Germany, France, and Italy has pursued a 21st century version of a unified Holy Roman Empire for the past half-century.
This is the context in which we must view the strengthening of the Pope’s political leadership within the EU. At a UN annual meeting in September 2015, the Pope strongly emphasized Agenda 2030, and the UN officially adopted this vision. The core content of Agenda 2030 is to make everyone a global citizen regardless of ethnicity, state, or religion, along with inclusiveness that overcomes discrimination. During the UN NGO International Conference that was held in Gyeongju, Korea in June 2016, these two themes were strongly emphasized, and action plans were shared to legalize same-sex marriage and to educate anti-discrimination against homosexuals in schools. The agenda includes topics on the environment, climate, economy, human rights, and peace, but ultimately their strategy is to unify the world.
Second, in the process of strengthening a unified economy over the past 10 years, complaints of southern European countries continued. There was a repeated pattern of northern European countries such as Germany, the UK and France coming to the aid of countries of southern Europe, like Greece, Spain, Portugal, and Italy, who were heavily in debt. A debtor-creditor relationship emerged within the Eurozone where all are supposed to stand as equal partners, and it resulted in psychological resistance due to economic inequality within the family.
Third, as market power increased through the neo-liberal global market system, modern civil society changed into a market society. In the reality that we live in—extreme and unlimited, free competition ruled by market logic — income disparities have escalated into extreme concentrations of wealth. Today, the world’s 60 wealthiest individuals possess the equivalent of the wealth of 3.5 billion people, half of the world’s population. The free market system has worsened poverty in the midst of abundance. As a result, unemployment rates have increased in Europe, and dissatisfaction among middle-class young adults, the group most affected by unemployment, has grown rapidly over the past 10 years. As the logic of the market rules the world, unlimited competition has become extreme. As endless competition continues, most who participate in this competition fail. The world is becoming more like the jungle—a survival of the fittest — and those with strength are wielding more and more control.
In light of all this, global terrorism committed by young Muslims like ISIS is aligned with the global resistance movement against the rule of the global market system. This is one of the main reasons why most people who volunteer themselves as suicide bombers to ISIS are from Europe. They claim a religious justification for their actions, but in reality they are unfolding an international liberation movement of the proletariats against the neo-liberal global market system.
Fourth, the EU’s border control system, the Schengen Information System (SIS), is an issue. The SIS was put in place, yet it is being dismantled as the Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel emphasized the acceptance of refugees. As a result, the fear of Muslim immigrants and refugees has spread across Europe.
The complex factors mentioned above surfaced through the Syrian refugee crisis, and after fierce debates, the UK chose to leave the EU (Brexit). The British people who lost their jobs to the Polish and other European immigrants were overcome with fear and anxiety about the Muslims that could swarm into the UK. Eventually, the UK broke away from the SIS and chose independence.
Last year, after Chancellor Merkel declared to accept refugees and the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker led the refugee-admission quota policy, southern and eastern European countries protested. With the sentiment that their work had been taken away by immigrants, the border issue became the core of the conflict. When the EC implemented the refugee-admission quota policy and distributed Syrian refugees among its member nations, complaints piled up, especially in the UK. As a result, the issues of Muslim immigrants and Turkey’s accession to the EU became the top issues during the Brexit vote. If Turkey, an Islamic country of 80 million people, becomes a member of the EU, the UK is worried that they would have an unmanageable number of Muslim immigrants.
Francis Fukuyama, an iconic intellectual of neoliberalism and neo-conservatism, argued in ”The Future of History,” a Foreign Affairs article published in 2012, that abolition of regulations and focusing only on free market principles resulted in the 2008 financial crisis, the crisis of the Eurozone and the disappearing of the middle class which is the foundation of liberal democracy. He also warned that through the rapidly declining middle class, liberal democracy will face its end. In his book The End of History, published in 1989, Fukuyama proclaimed the final and permanent victory of liberal democracy. But now, he now has changed his stance.
As if Fukuyama’s statement was a prophecy, Brexit has become a reality. Western media diagnosed that the so-called “post-1945 order,” the international order, values, and norms formed after World War II (WWII), is now on the verge of collapsing. The elites of the western world are in shock that the UK, one of the axis of western values, has chosen an ancient value like nationalism and has voted to leave the EU.
Stephen Walt of Harvard University, in his article “The Collapse of the Liberal World Order,” published in Foreign Policy on June 26, 2016, analyzes that it and its allies, who have established the order of liberalism and democracy after defeating totalitarianism and communism, is now collapsing from the inside.
Analysis and future prospects
After World Wars I and II, Europeans were ashamed that these world wars happened not in Asia or Africa, the “underdeveloped” regions that they used to control, but in their “developed” Europe that was supposed to lead the global community. Therefore, they were determined never to have such a tragedy happen ever again.
Afterwards, many organizations, universities and multinational corporations in the US and in Europe established institutions of peace. For the sake of securing world peace these institutions began policy research. As a result, the policies that they formed were predictable from the perspective of reformed eschatology and biblical prophecies of the signs of the times.
From the beginning humanity has been in conflict and war. Poverty, suffering, conflict and war have never ceased. How can one make a war-free, beautiful, and happy world? The design of how to make a global system for world peace and prosperity was made 2,500 years ago by ancient Greek philosophers through their vision of a Perfect Society.
Aristotle said that in order for the human community to become a perfect society there needs to be political and economic peace. There must be no hungry person nor must there be war. He claimed that humanity is one family, and we are brothers and fellow companions. However, the problem is that humanity has been divided into tribes, nations, and religions. Aristotle said that the world must transcend tribes, nations, religions and become one Human Society. To accomplish this, he proposed the establishment of a unified world empire. Therefore, his pupil Alexander went on a campaign to conquer the world, and tried to create a new world culture that fused eastern and western cultures.
Thereafter, the Catholic priest added religious peace as one of the prerequisites. He argued for peace with God, but nowadays the Catholic Church is promoting peace among religions. The leaders of the Roman Catholic Church are leading the global unification of religions.
In the 13th century, Dante Alighieri said that in order for humanity to have peace and prosperity there needs to be an absolute monarch and a universal empire, thereby casting vision for a unified world empire. He argued for an absolute monarchy and the establishment of a universal common empire and the enthroning of a universal monarch for a peaceful world.
In the 18th century, Immanuel Kant advocated for eternal peace. He said making a global nation (world empire) is ideal, but because it is realistically impossible, first all nations must be controlled by global democratic ideals and there must be an international legal system in order to establish permanent world peace. According to Kant’s vision, the League of Nations was established and later on, the United Nations.
The world till present has been running towards the accomplishment of one community for mankind, for the establishment of world unification that is based on ancient Greek liberal ideologies. And the world is about to see the completion. Aristotle’s vision for a unified world empire has continually been leading the elites until today.
After WWI and WWII, the project to unify the world became more serious with the establishment of the UN. Following the political unification of the UN, in 1950 the European Economic Community (EEC), an economic alliance, was established, and it later became the EU, a political, economic and social alliance. For the past 20 years, political, economic, social, and cultural unification has strengthened the religious unification agenda, which is quickly accelerating with the support of the UN’s policies.
After WWII, American and European national institutions, universities, multinational corporations founded institutions of peace. They blamed nationalism and religious fundamentalism as factors that hinder world peace. The wars between European nations were caused by nationalism. Nationalism was blamed for damaging world peace immediately after WWII. And the world switched from an era of nationalism to an era where liberalism and socialist ideology became dominant.
Another factor is religious fundamentalism. Chronic global conflicts mostly originate from religious disputes. We can see this in the world today. The root of the issues in Israel-Palestine, Russia-Chechnya, Georgia, Ukraine, Armenia-Azerbaijan, India-Pakistan, and Bosnia-Serbia are religious conflicts. Arguing that one’s own religion is the sole truth aggravates other religions which leads to religious conflicts. As a result, the project to unify religions began after WWII.
The problem is that all over the world, protestant fundamentalists and evangelical groups are strongly opposing these efforts towards the unification of world religions. Especially in 2013, during the World Council of Churches (WCC) conference in Busan, Korea, the UN and the global elites were perplexed by the opposition shown by the conservative Korean religious circles. Approximately six years ago, the conservative Korean Christian bloc showed extreme opposition to an anti-discrimination law submitted by 70 Korean legislators, and such opposition strongly displeased the US and the UN.
A new strategy to eliminate Evangelical Christians who oppose the unification of world religions is the movement to legalize same-sex marriage. Through the legalization of same-sex marriage, which Christians could never agree with, these Christians who are against the unification of world religions will be exterminated.
2) Project: Unification of world religions
The actual forces that are carrying out the project to unify world religions are actually the Catholic headquarters, WCC missions department committee, the International network for Islamic education, Hizmet Hareketi (The Volunteer Movement, whose leader is Fetullah Gulen, the Islamic religious leader who heads an international network of Islamic education), and the Unification Church of Moon Sun Myung, whose goal is to unify all religions within East Asia. All of these organizations were established in the 1950s before WWII. By the Hizmet Hareketi, and the Unification Church, which both are fundamentally lacking in international cooperation, have placed their headquarters close to the headquarters of the CIA on the east coast of the United States and are operating their international networks. They have been in mutual cooperation with global elites who have been leading world unification since the 1950s and are orchestrating the movement for the unification of world religions.
Meanwhile, since the end of WWII, the global elites have been focusing on eliminating any obstacles that are in the way of world unification. Those obstacles include nationalism and religious fundamentalism.
Religious fundamentalism has mostly been removed, as can be deduced from the churches across the world through the religious unification international movement. Outside of the church there are still strong, resisting groups like ISIS that are extremist groups. But they are known as “terrorists”. At the beginning of December 2015, UN officially announced ISIS as “humanity’s public enemy”.
Another serious, opposing party has also been scattered across the world and is pushing forward a grassroots movement. They are protestant fundamentalist evangelicals. Unlike Islamic fundamentalists, they do not use armed force but they adhere to the Bible and the uniqueness of Jesus and so they leave no room to accommodate religious unification. Then how can proponents of the unification of world religions incapacitate this group?
In order to eliminate the protestant groups, in 1952 they set WCC missions department committee leader as J.C.Hoekendijk. He proclaimed “The Mission of God’ (Missio Dei). According to this proclamation one can talk about God, but not about Jesus during missions. At the root of this is the idea that when Judaism does not emphasize Moses, nor Islam, Muhammad, nor Christianity, Jesus, then all religions will be unified. Thus Judaism, Islam, and Christianity will be united under Abraham whose authority is acknowledged by all three groups. But Judaism does not call Moses the best, nor does Islam call Muhammad the best. The problem is Christian fundamentalists and evangelicals. They believe and argue that Jesus is the only savior and they strive to evangelize and do missions. Proponents of world peace and world unification see Christian fundamentalists and evangelicals evangelizing and doing missions to convert people of other religions and are more than discomforted or troubled but recently are nervous and even abhorred. The conversion of other religions is an act that ignores those religions and offends human rights and also prompts religious conflict that hampers world peace.
Due to J.C.Hoekendijk’s ‘Mission of God’ (Missio Dei) movement, there were divisions not only in the western Churches but also in Korea’s evangelical campaign throughout the past 30 years. But still there are Christians who are sharing of the Gospel of the Kingdom and are diligently evangelizing and doing missions work. How can those who are for religious unification get rid of them?
Therefore, the “Missional church movement” project was devised to incapacitate and eliminate the fundamentalists and evangelicals who evangelize and do missions.
Recently for the past 10 years among evangelicals around the world there has been a trend to do missional church movement in which local churches avoid overseas, cross-cultural missions to other religions and focus on local community service domestically. The argument for this shift is that missions that focuses on sharing Jesus and the Gospel is not a mature form of missions because it only raises more criticism against Christianity and leaves no fruit but only adverse effects and side effects.
The missional church movement has spread among Korean churches over the past several years. Moreover, the number of Korean churches participating in overseas missions has rapidly decreased. Local churches that were working hard in overseas missions changed their policies to help the local community in the form of community service, and even those who are doing overseas missions are focusing on community service projects rather than on evangelism or church planting. Not only the Western Churches of Europe or North America but also recently the Korean evangelicals are also being scorched as such. Soon the remnants of Christian fundamentalists will also be targeted and eliminated through the same-sex marriage project.
3) Project: Eliminate nationalism
Nationalism is ethnocentrism that fundamentally pursues the glory of their own people group only. From the perspective of those who advocate world unification, nationalism is a public enemy of the human race and it is an evil that must be removed since it seeks the glory of its nation rather than the peace and prosperity of humanity. Nationalism must be eliminated in order for world unification to be accomplished.
Then how will those who want world unification eliminate nationalism? Who are the strongest nationalists of each ethnicity and nation? They are the militants. This is because officers cry out for the glory of their nation ever since their youth. after WWII, militants in the West were quickly removed. Militants are idealists and they are subordinate to politicians who in turn are realists that easily compromise. The highest militant in command must show absolute obedience to the nation’s politicians. A military coup is never permissible and the ones that led the coup will be chased till the ends of the earth by global elites and be eliminated. The last places are the Middle Eastern Arab countries.
This is evident when critically analyzing the unfolding, the progression, and the result of the Arab Spring, which is the democratization of the Middle East that happened approximately 6 years ago. Among the 22 Arab nations, the democratization of the Middle East happened in Tunisia first and spread to Egypt, Libya, Syria etc. Why did this democratic movement happen in the most democratic Arabic nation? Why is it not happening in the nation with the strongest monarch like Saudi Arabia or Libya?
Middle Eastern Arab nations are divided into two as royal dictatorships and military dictatorships. Nations where militants rule all have a past of the militants seizing authority through a military coup. And they continue to keep that authority. These militant dominant nations all prioritize Arab nationalism over the Islamic religion. As Arab nationalist nations they formed the Arab League in the 1950s.
The Arab nation leaders who were eliminated as a result of the democratization movement throughout the Middle East and also the President of Iraq, Saddam Hussein, who was ousted 10 years ago, were all militant leaders and Arab nationalists. Starting with Iraq’s Saddam Hussein, all Arab nationalist military political powers were ousted or eliminated. But they did not touch any of the Arabic monarch nations. Global elites planned and carried out the Syrian war in order to remove the last dictatorship in Syria. Looking at this recent trend, it seems like the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will be eliminated rather than be ousted.
The global elites have activated the UN, Global Governance system and have begun the unification of world politics and established the WTO in 1995 to construct a neoliberal market system. They also pursued the recent Arab Nationalist Project in order to remove any hindrance to unification. But the result is illogical. Resistance forces against ISIS have formed and an innumerable amount of Arab refugees has resulted. Moreover, anxious of refugees flooding into their countries, Europe was in fierce internal disputes that finally resulted in the withdrawal of the UK from EU. Their own project has backfired on them and thus have gotten themselves in trouble.
The issues of Islamic terrorism and Muslim refugees actually became the trigger for Europeans to raise suspicions about the unification project. Because of this, nationalism that was on the decline has shown a recent increase.
When Syrian refugees began flocking towards them, Europe actually refused the refugees. They gave Turkey a tremendous amount of money and signed an agreement with them that the Turks would accept the refugees. Although Europe has always pursued the construction of a community for mankind and has contended for general humanistic values such as human rights, democracy, freedom, equality, peace etc., they themselves abandoned those values and chose their own benefits and well-being. The UK actually feared the immigrants to the point of seceding from the EU, and other nations of EU are also in turmoil. The EU executive branch and leaders are busy trying to protect and maintain Western traditional values, but they will not be able to still the waves that have been set into motion. The Europeans who are already stirred will not easily give up. Moreover, even in the United States, Donald Trump, an egotistic nationalist, is also emerging.
The Turks, after receiving support money from Europe, are laughing at the Europeans. The West has lost the qualification or right to enforce general humanistic values such as human rights, democracy, peace etc. on the non-western world. The truth that all humans are equally selfish sinners has been exposed. Russia and China are also smiling on the inside. Now that non-Westerners know the true intention of the West, the traditional global leadership of the West will no longer be the same as before.
Meanwhile, the global elites mustered whatever strength they had to calm the turmoil, but to no avail. Will they then abandon the plan for world unification? Definitely not. This is because forming a complete society and world peace is the unrelenting aspiration and vision of humankind.
No, they will will never give up. The civilization project to reconstruct Babel for unification will definitely not be stopped. Rather, they will justify themselves with global terrorism and use the method of strengthening the global control system by continuing the G System. In this way, the apocalyptic phenomenon in the world will accelerate.
In regards to end times, we clearly know three things.
First is the truth that Jesus will surely return. The Bible ends with Jesus’ promise of “Surely I am coming soon!” and the response of the saints “Come, Lord Jesus!” The hope of heaven must be focused on the second coming of Jesus.
Second is that we do not know the exact time or hour of the second coming, but we know the condition for it to happen. “This gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” (Matt 24:14). As a sign of the times, the completion of world mission alludes to the end times. Eschatological redemptive history is in synch with the completion of world missions. Eschatological redemptive history has been fulfilled through the cross and resurrection of Jesus, God the Son, who came to this earth. It will become complete with the Lord’s second coming. God’s Kingdom has come, but it is not yet complete. It will be complete when the gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed to all nations and Jesus returns.
Third, there is resistance to God’s history that is advancing towards the end. The final resistance will be a global phenomenon: the persecution of the world church. It is the establishment of the anti-christ system led by the apostasy and great tribulation before Jesus’ return. The recent anti-christian phenomenon is global. President Obama, in reality, the world’s president, proclaimed in the spring of 2015 that “whoever opposes gay marriage is our enemy!” UN is strongly pursuing the legalization of same-sex marriage. On the other hand, the false prophet is expanding their global influence, and despite terrorism his religion is rapidly growing even in Korea and the United States.
Also, the global intellectual society and the mainstream media is treating Christian fundamentalists who do mission, the evangelical Christians, as a very dangerous group. One day they will stipulate us as potential terrorists who threaten world peace and slander other religions as we evangelize and do mission work.
God’s history marches forward towards the end. Resistance against this history has also continued. But all things will be fulfilled according to the prophecy of our Triune God. When the gospel is preached to all unreached people groups of the frontiers, including the Islamic World, that have not yet received the gospel, world evangelization will be completed. Just like how the judgment came when Noah’s Ark was finished, it is then that Jesus will return in judgment. And He will wipe away the tears of our missionaries who have suffered with their lives on the line for the fulfillment of world mission and that of the loyal saints of the church and lead them to eternal Heaven.
“And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and takeup his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it.” (Mark 8:34-35) Give your entire life for our Lord Jesus and for the Gospel!
“This gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” (Matt 24:14).
Amen! Come Lord Jesus Come!
From the perspective of eschatological redemptive history, the new covenant directs us to the second coming of our Lord Jesus. In Matthew 24, Jesus made it clear that this will be fulfilled through mission towards all nations, beyond Israel. “This gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” (Matt 24:14).And this is clearly shown also in Jesus’ commission, the Great Commission, in Matthew 28** _George Ladd
The postmillennial expectation of a future golden age before Christ’s return does not do justice to the continuing tension in the history of the world between the kingdom of God and the forces of evil. That there is and will be such a continuing tension in history has been touched upon before. Already in Genesis 3:15 God announced the antithesis that would run through history: enmity between the seed of the woman and the seed of the serpent. This antithesis continues until the very end of history._Anthony Hoekema
God himself is the one that is in warfare with Satan, and man merely takes part and joins God’s side.** _Geerhardus Vos
The Biblical concept of history has in premise the fact that there is a huge gap between God and Satan, between Christ and the antichrist.**_K.E. Skydsgaard
To be sure, Christ has won a decisive victory over sin and Satan, so that the final outcome of the struggle is never in doubt. Yet the antithesis between Christ and his enemies will continue until the end._Anthony Hoekema
Furthermore, the ongoing of the Kingdom in history gives purpose and meaning to history itself. It is this dynamic historical-prophetic-eschatological character of the Kingdom that should make us impatient with a static church preoccupied with its own piety and salvation._Arthur Glasser
October 13, 2016 Leave a comment
The Love Feast (Greek: ἀγάπη agapē) Treasure of the Early Church
The Love Feast was a practice of the early church in obedience to Christ’s command: do this in remembrance of me (Luke 22:19). It was a meal that included bread and wine taken in remembrance as a means of communion with the Lord and with one another. As they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it… (Matthew 26:26). He took the cup after supper… (Luke 22:20). During supper, the devil having already put into the heart of Judas Iscariot… (John 13:2). Truly I say to you, I will never again drink of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God (Mark 14:25). These men are blemishes in your love feasts (agapē), shamelessly feasting with you but shepherding only themselves (Jude 12). Suffering wrong as the wages of doing wrong, they count it a pleasure to revel in the daytime. They are stains and blemishes, reveling in their deceptions, as they carouse with you (2 Peter 2:13). When you come together, it is not the Lord’s Supper you eat, for when you are eating, some of you go ahead with your own meal. As a result, one person remains hungry and another gets drunk. Don’t you have homes to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God by humiliating those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you? Certainly not in this matter! So then, my brothers and sisters, when you gather to eat, you should all eat together. Anyone who is hungry should eat something at home, so that when you meet together it may not result in judgment. (1 Corinthians 11:20-22, 33-34) Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart (Acts 2:46). In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Greek-speaking believers complained about the Hebrew-speaking believers, saying that their widows were being discriminated against in the daily serving of food (Acts 6:1-2). When Peter came to Antioch, I had to oppose him to his face, because he stood condemned. For before certain men came from James, he was eating with the Gentiles, but when they came he drew back and separated himself, fearing the circumcision party (Galatians 2:11). The LORD of hosts will prepare a lavish banquet for all peoples on this mountain. A banquet of aged wine, choice pieces with marrow, and refined, aged wine (Isaiah 25:6). The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son (Matthew 22:2). Then he said to me, Write, Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he said to me, These are true words of God (Revelation 19:9). Then Moses went up with Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel, and they saw the God of Israel, and under His feet there appeared to be a pavement of sapphire, as clear as the sky itself. Yet He did not stretch out His hand against the nobles of the sons of Israel, and they saw God, and they ate and drank (Exodus 24:9-11). Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me (Revelation 3:20).
Zinzendorf and the Moravians revived the Love Feast in 1727. John Wesley wrote in his diary: After evening prayers we joined with the Germans in one of their love feasts. It was begun and ended with thanksgiving and prayer and celebrated in so decent and solemn a manner as a Christian of the apostolic age would have allowed to be worthy of Christ. It became a part of the Evangelical Revival and of early Methodist meetings. Influenced by German Pietists during the early 18th century, the Love Feast was instituted among Brethren before Moravians adopted the practice. A Love Feast seeks to strengthen the bonds and the spirit of harmony, brotherhood and unity as well as to forgive past disputes and instead love one another.
Although the Agape had an apostolic origin, it arose, not as the Eucharist did, out of a divine ordinance, but from the spirit of brotherly unity and friendly intercourse that marked the early Christian assemblies. Over all the Mediterranean world, in which Christianity had its origin, men and women were accustomed, long before the Christian Church began, to gather together on occasions for common meals. The nexus of these fellowships in the Roman Empire was generally trade interest, though bereavement and the memory of the dead also summoned them together. Such assemblies had often a religious character, according to the times and places. Specially was this true as regards the gatherings of Jews and Eastern cults. It was only natural, therefore, that the early Christians should meet as their neighbors everywhere did. They had even more reason to do so, their bond of union was not the pursuit of trade, but the New Experience which had come to them through Jesus Christ, and the new love (agape) towards each other that the Experience had induced. For nearly three centuries the Agape continued to be a familiar part of Christian worship in every locality in which Christianity has left us early records but towards the end of that period so many abuses had grown up around it that it gradually became obliterated. Church Councils and religious leaders raised their voices against it, and it was banished almost completely from Christendom. Not altogether, however, for in out-of-the-way districts, and in churches in imperfect communion with the main bodies of Christianity, the Agape persisted for several centuries further, and in some few cases has persisted to this present day. Even where the Agape itself is forgotten, certain interesting souvenirs of the ancient use are still to be found occasionally in the older churches. Further, there are a few instances where churches in modern times have readopted the Agape, as being at once a valuable and an apostolic institution.
Love-feasts, a history of the Christian agape (1919)
I. PAGAN PARALLELS OF THE AGAPE . . . . 17
II. JEWISH PARALLELS . . . . 35
III. THE APOSTOLIC PERIOD . . . . 44
IV. THE ORIGIN AND NAME OF THE AGAPE . . . . 59
V. THE AGAPE IN ASIA IN THE SECOND AND THIRD CENTURIES . . . . 67
VI. THE AGAPE IN EUROPE IN THE SECOND AND THIRD CENTURIES . . . . 82
VII. THE AGAPE IN AFRICA IN THE SECOND AND THIRD CENTURIES . . . . 93
VIII. THE AGAPE IN THE FOURTH CENTURY AND AFTER EASTERN CHRISTENDOM . . . . 112
IX. THE AGAPE IN THE FOURTH CENTURY AND AFTER WESTERN CHRISTENDOM . . . . 132
X. THE AGAPE AND IMPERIAL POLICY . . . . 147
XI. THE AGAPE IN THE CATACOMBS . . . . 165
XII. FUNERAL AND COMMEMORATIVE AGAPE . . . . l80
XIII. THE AGAPE IN THE CHURCH ORDERS . . . . I95
XIV. AGAPE RITES AND USAGES . . . . 213
XV. AGAPE RITES AND USAGES (continued) . . . . 235
XVI. THE DOWNFALL OF THE AGAPE . . . . 246
XVII. MODERN SURVIVALS OF THE AGAPE . . . . 257
XVIII. MODERN READOPTIONS OF THE AGAPE . . . . 268
October 10, 2016 Leave a comment
If when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. — Romans 5:10
I am not saved by believing— I simply realize I am saved by believing. And it is not repentance that saves me— repentance is only the sign that I realize what God has done through Christ Jesus. The danger here is putting the emphasis on the effect, instead of on the cause. Is it my obedience, consecration, and dedication that make me right with God? It is never that! I am made right with God because, prior to all of that, Christ died. When I turn to God and by belief accept what God reveals, the miraculous atonement by the Cross of Christ instantly places me into a right relationship with God. And as a result of the supernatural miracle of God’s grace I stand justified, not because I am sorry for my sin, or because I have repented, but because of what Jesus has done. The Spirit of God brings justification with a shattering, radiant light, and I know that I am saved, even though I don’t know how it was accomplished.
The salvation that comes from God is not based on human logic, but on the sacrificial death of Jesus. We can be born again solely because of the atonement of our Lord. Sinful men and women can be changed into new creations, not through their repentance or their belief, but through the wonderful work of God in Christ Jesus which preceded all of our experience (see 2 Corinthians 5:17-19). The unconquerable safety of justification and sanctification is God Himself. We do not have to accomplish these things ourselves— they have been accomplished through the atonement of the Cross of Christ. The supernatural becomes natural to us through the miracle of God, and there is the realization of what Jesus Christ has already done— “It is finished!” (John 19:30).