I Must Preach The Gospel Print E-mail

by: Bishop Samuel Smith

If a person can be saved by adhering, ever so honestly and sincerely, to the practices and traditions invented in Pagan Babylon, and handed down through Rome to her daughters; then Jesus Christ died in vain!

If salvation comes by means of the confessional booth, holy water, rosary, candles, relics, appealing through myriads of supposed intermediary beings to a reputed pluralistic deity;  then the cross of Calvary is of none effect.

And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.  And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of  the martyrs of Jesus (Revelation 17:5,6).

Alexander Hislop, in his book, The Two Babylons,  (published by Loizeaux Brothers, 1238 Corlis Ave., Neptune, New Jersey,) very eloquently and scholarly, reveals how that the religion of ancient Babylon was incorporated into the Roman Catholic Church!

Fox’s Book of Martyrs, published by Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, Michigan;  very vividly describes the horrors and wholesale slaughter inflicted upon millions as they struggled to free themselves from the tyranny of Rome, that they might pursue the pure teachings of the Saviour!

There are literally multitudes of manuscripts, authenticated and reliable, that strip away the masquerade of the self-professed “mother church”- Rome, and her daughters!  In the light of the facts, two points must be emphasized: 

(1)…Mystery Babylon, referred to by John the Revelator, is clearly Rome; “….seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth” (Revelation 17:9).  Rome is world renown as, “the city on seven hills!”  The religious system headquartered in and emanating from Rome, is “…drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus.”

In his book, The Shadow of Rome , published by Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, Michigan; John B.  Wilder states, page 87: “ Alexander Campbell, well-known religious leader of the 19th century, stated in a debate with John B. Purcell, Bishop of Cincinnati, in 1837, that the records of historians and martyrologists show that it may be reasonable to estimate that 50-68 million human beings died, suffered torture, lost their possessions, or were otherwise devoured by the Roman Catholic Church during the awful years of the Inquisition.  Bishop Purcell made little effort to refute these figures- A Debate on the Roman Catholic Religion, page 327.”

Walter M. Montano, a former Catholic priest, asserts in his book, Behind the Purple Curtain, that it is estimated that 50 million people died for their faith during the 1200 years of the Dark Ages.  Editor’s Note:  According to World Book Dictionary, the definition for “Inquisition;”… a court appointed by the Roman Catholic church about 1227 to discover and suppress heresy, and to punish heretics.”  John B. Wilder in his book; The Shadow of Rome, page 16, states; “ The Catholic Church has never admitted to any error in the dreadful slaughter of the Inquisition.  Instead, in its sacred records and its seminaries, it continues to hold up the priests of the Inquisition as men worthy of the highest adulation and esteem.  And, in several important nations of the world, even at this writing, non-catholic Christians are suffering persecution at the hands of the Catholic clergyman.”

(2)…Have those who died and those who are still dying while resisting Babylon’s heresies; have they died in vain?

It is only reasonable to conclude that Rome is wrong; and the chief adversary of the Apostolic faith!  The faith of the martyrs of Jesus cannot be forfeited now at this late date!Jesus Christ did not die in vain!  Others have preached it, without fear or favor…and I too, must preach the Gospel!

The gospel proclaims the “ good news,” that Jesus, the Saviour has come.  He became the sacrificial lamb for all mankind, once and for all, and whosoever believes and obeys shall have everlasting life!  

 “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost”  (Luke 19:10).

 “By the which we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all” (Hebrews 10:10).

 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life”  (John 3:16).

 “…Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water “ ( John 7:37, 38). 

 “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free” ( John 8:32).

The TRUTH of the matter, as unmistakably borne out by the scriptures, is; the inventions and traditions of mortal man can save nobody…only the acceptance and application of the Word of God will suffice! 

“…Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” ( Matthew 4:4).

MORMONISM

If the imagination, dreams, and purported visions of Joseph Smith, achieve soul-salvation, …then Christ died in vain! 

If adding to, and taking away from the Bible; if polytheism (many gods), celestial marriage and eternal procreation, water baptisms after death; if these save, then the Bible has misled us!  I say,” Never!” The Bible is true! Joseph Smith, Brigham Young and their heirs headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, and  Independence, Missouri, are in error!

In the Old Testament, God protected His Word from being tampered with, by commanding: Ye shall not add to the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you” (Deuteronomy 4:2).

In the New Testament, again the Holy Writ was declared unchangeable by divine warning: “ And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book “ (Revelation 22:19).

In view of the protection afforded to the Old and the New Testaments by none other than the Lord God Almighty, it is amazing that the Latter-day Saints Church   (Mormons), founded by Joseph Smith, would have the audacity to add to, and take away from the Bible, whichever suits their particular whims, in their attempts to justify their doctrines.

One quotation from the Book of Mormon that portrays their attitude towards anyone who holds the Bible as God’s complete revelation, is, as follows: “ ..because my words shall hiss forth, many of the Gentiles (non-Mormons are called ‘ gentiles) shall say, A Bible! A Bible! We have got a Bible, and there cannot be any more Bible!  The fool, that shall say, A Bible we have got a Bible, and we need no more Bible.  Have ye obtained a Bible save it were by the Jews?”  (II Nephi 29:3,6, page 101 of the Book of Mormon). 

Without apology, the Book of Mormon, calls one a “fool” for believing the Old and New Testaments are God’s complete revelation to mankind, relative to God’s existence, his purpose, plan for the ages, and soul salvation.

The Book of Mormon, the book that Joseph Smith supposedly translated from the golden plates he supposedly found preserved in a hillside near his home in upstate New York, in the year 1827, is esteemed by the Mormons as sacred scripture.  Since they believe the Bible is riddled with deletions and is improperly translated, they readily accept the Book of Mormon as super ceding the insufficiency of the Old and New Testaments as we have them.  

MORMON HISTORY 

The period of history supposedly covered by the Book of Mormon is from 600 B.C. until 421 A.D.  It is the alleged story of some people of ancient Israel who built a boat and sailed to the western hemisphere.  Their history was written down on plates to be preserved until a later time.

In 421 A.D., according to the Mormon legend, Moroni, the last of the Nephite historians, sealed all the records and buried them until a later time.  In 1827 A.D., Moroni, now a resurrected personage, delivered the plates to a man by the name of Joseph Smith.

On page 47 of the book, Mormonism, “ The Fact of the Fiction,” written by Robert Sabin and Norman Rutzen; after painstaking research, the authors report:  “ In the front of every Book of Mormon is a ‘Witness’ page that gives the testimony of the three and of the eight witnesses.  The ‘ three witnesses,’ Oliver Cawdery, David Whitmer, and Martin Harris gave testimony to the 1830 Original Edition.  Although thousands of changes have been made in the Book of Mormon since the 1830 edition, the later editions still retain this ‘Testimony of Three witnesses.’ The fact that changes have been made in the work that the three testified to, destroys their testimony. It is also interesting to note that all three of these witnesses to the Book of Mormon, later apostatized from the Mormon Church.  Five of the ‘Eight Witnesses’ later apostatized.  Even the testimony itself has been altered from the original edition.  Originally, Joseph Smith was stated to be the ‘Author and Proprietor of this work.’  Later editions read ‘that Joseph Smith, ‘the translator of this work’.  No court would recognize such documents after the material witnesses had been changed and then even the wording of the witness itself, was altered.  It is sad to see sincere people so deceived by such apparent false and fictitious material.”

In their book, Changes in Joseph Smith’s History, Jerald and Sandra Tanner state that they found that 62,000 words have been added or deleted in the first six volumes of the history as originally published.  In another study, Falsification of Joseph Smith’s History, the Tanners conclude that less than 40 percent of the History of the Church attributed to Joseph was actually written while he lived, and this portion had been altered in places before publication.  The remaining more than 60 percent was compiled after his death by those who took liberty with the records. 

Some serious questions arise when a student of history looks at the Book of Mormon.  In II Nephi 29:6, the Greek word “Bible” is used.  This scripture, supposedly written in 559 B.C., uses a word not even in existence until later centuries.   

The Book of Mormon quotes Shakespeare in II Nephi 1:46.  Did Shakespeare get a sneak preview of the Book of Mormon, or was the Book of Mormon written by Joseph Smith after Shakespeare?

The French word “Adieu” is used in Jacob 7:27:  “And to the reader I bid farewell, hoping that many of my brethren may read my words.  Brethren, adieu.” It is difficult to explain the use of the modern French word by a writer in 544 B.C.  It is obvious that the Book of Mormon is the product during the century of Joseph Smith. 

ERRORS ARE NOT DIVINE

The serious student of the matter should examine some of the choice scriptures in the Book of Mormon, and make a comparison to the Bible.  It will then become obvious that somebody is wrong.  And when it comes to tampering with the Word of God, wrong is deadly!

The following examples illustrate the point!

Concerning the name “Christian,” the Book of Mormon, page 310, Alma 46:15, states: “And those who did belong to the church were faithful; yea, all those were true believers in Christ took upon them, gladly, the name of Christ or Christians as they were called, because of their belief in Christ, who should come.” The time-frame of the reputed scripture was 73 B.C. 

Compare Alma 46:15 to Acts 11:26: “…and the disciples were called Christians first at Antioch.”  The year involved here is 40 A.D.  According to the Book of Mormon, there were people who were called “Christians” in 73 B.C. (Before Christ) while the Bible says the followers of Christ were not called “Christians” for 113 years later. Either the Bible or the Book of Mormon is incorrect?  Both cannot be right on this point, when 113 years separate the two versions relative to when the followers of Christ were first called “Christians!”

Concerning the Birth of Christ; Joseph Smith’s version, as contained in the Book of Mormon, Alma 7:10, pages 211 and 212, read,  “And behold, he (Jesus) shall be born of Mary at Jerusalem…”  The Bible plainly states in Matthew 2:1- “Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea…”  I have personally visited the Holy Land, and can say with authority; Jerusalem and Bethlehem are two separate, distinct cities, just like Indianapolis and Cincinnati; one is not the other.  Jesus was born either in Bethlehem as the Bible says, or elsewhere, as the Book of Mormon says.  Again, the Book of Mormon flagrantly contradicts the Bible on a subject as simple as the birthplace of Jesus Christ; a fact that every Sunday School child knows well.   

With regards to the crucifixion, the Book of Mormon’s contrast to the Bible account is mind-boggling!  It states in Helaman 14:20, page 394: “In that day that he shall suffer death, the sun shall be darkened and refuse to give his light unto you; and also the moon and the stars; and there shall be no light upon the face of this land, even from the time he shall suffer death,  for the space of three days, to the time that he shall rise again from the dead.”

The Bible tells it differently, Matthew 27:45 plainly states: “Now from the sixth hour (12 noon) there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour (3 P.M.).”  Joseph Smith says, and I say Joseph Smith, because he is the one who really said it, not some fictitious character named Helaman, that is was dark for three days at the time of Christ’s death, whereas the Bible says three hours.  Whom do you believe?  I believe the Gospel.  I must preach the Gospel!

APOSTLE PAUL VS. JOSEPH SMITH

In concluding this discourse on Mormonism, let me again refer to the Book of Mormon, page 472, Mormon 8:12:  “And whoso receiveth this record and shall not condemn it because of the imperfections which are in it, the same shall know of greater things than these.”  A strange statement indeed, for a book that is reputed to be God-given!  It sounds like Joseph Smith was trying to cover his tracks!

Eight million souls are numbered in the fold that adhere to the wild scheme of Joseph Smith .  A heresy so severe that one’s faith and obedience to the Bible plan of salvation is removed and placed in “ another gospel, which is not another.”  Apostle Paul warned of these heresies and false doctrines that would penetrate and oppose true Christianity.  “ I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: which is not another; but there be some that trouble you and pervert the Gospel of Christ.  But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.”  (Galatians 1:6-9).

In light of the inspired scripture uttered by Paul, Joseph Smith, his golden tablets and the angel Moroni, fare very badly. 

SECRET LODGES

If one can indeed be saved and inherit eternal life by securing membership in a secret society or lodge; then Christ died in vain!  If the fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man, universally forge all men into candidates for heaven by virtue of their good works, regardless whether they are Muslim, Jew, Christian, or heathen, as long as they are faithful to the concept of a Supreme Being; then Christ was crucified for naught!

I am not unfairly criticizing secret societies.  Intelligent and highly advanced lodge members will themselves agree that their teaching is salvation by character instead of salvation by the shed blood of Jesus Christ!

The Masonic Burial Services, page 10, the conclusion of a Masonic prayer, is: “....and in Thy favor, may we be received into Thine everlasting kingdom, to enjoy, in union with the souls of our departed friends, the just reward of a pious and virtuous life, Amen.”  Obviously, to a Mason, salvation is simply “the just reward of a pious and virtuous life.’”  If salvation comes by good works, then for what purpose was the cross?

Our Lord Jesus was not crucified needlessly!  The Bible says: “...and without shedding of blood is no remission” ( Hebrews 9:22).

For the wages of sin is death: but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord”  Romans 6:23.

As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one,...For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God: Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood”- Romans 6:10, 23, 24, and 25.

Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us.’  I John 3:16.

The salvation of mankind was purchased by the blood of Jesus Christ on Calvary’s cross!  I must preach the Gospel!

In light of the Bible, how can a person conclude that salvation comes by good works and not by the blood of Jesus?  First, in his book, Lodges Examined by the Bible, the late Dr. John R. Rice, on page 36, states:  In a Masonic lodge, the Bible is only a symbol.  It had just as well been the Koran, and it often is the Koran wherever there are Turks or others who are Muslims  It may well be the Vedas to the Brahman or Hindu.  The Vedas are the sacred writings of these heathen people.  So the Bible does not mean in the Masonic Lodge as furniture what is means to a Christian.  It is only used among Masons as a symbol of the will of God, however it may be expressed.”  Certainly, you can see that the lodge attitude toward the Bible is not the same as the Christian attitude toward the Bible.

I quote now from the Encyclopedia of Freemasonry, prepared by Dr. Albert G. Mackey, famous Masonic authority.  He was the Past General High Priest and Secretary General of the Supreme Council, 33rd for the Southern jurisdiction of the United States, and it said, that he put more than ten years of labor on this work.  On page 619, he says concerning “Religion.”

The religion of Masonry is not sectarian.  It admits men of every creed within its hospitable bosom, rejecting none and approving none for his peculiar faith.  It is not Judaism, though there is nothing to offend a Jew: it is not Christianity, but there is nothing in it repugnant to the faith of a Christian.  Its religion is that general one of nature and primitive revelation- handed down to us from some ancient and patriarchal priesthood- in which all men may agree and none may differ.”

Again, quoting Dr. Rice from page 33 of his book: “ You can see at a glance, then, that the god of Masonry is not necessarily the God of the Bible.  Any heathen deity, the god worshipped by any savage, would do well for Masons.  And the religion of Masonry is no more Christian than it is Jewish, and no more Jewish than it is Muslim or Hindu or Buddhist, according to Masonic authorities themselves!”

The Odd Fellows’ Manual, written by A.B. Grosh, says on page 297, “ Judaism, Christianity, Islam, recognize the only living and true God (page 298); followers of different teachers, ye are worshippers of one God who is Father of all, and therefore ye are Brethren.”

Jesus, once and for all established the basis for true brotherhood: “ ...and who are my brethren!  For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother” (Matthew 12:48, 50).

It is plain by the Bible, that salvation through Jesus Christ is the will of God for every member of Adam’s race!  “For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ”  ( I Thessalonians 5:9.)

How much plainer can it be, Apostle Paul said:  “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers; for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?  And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?  And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols?  for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and they shall be my people. Wherefore come ye out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty”  (II Cor. 6:14-18).

A HINDRANCE TO THE GOSPEL

As the 21st Century begins, the entire world struggles through worsening chaos.  Those in the know say something has got to happen!  Nations prepare for “the war,” they say is inevitable.  Rich men are stashing away gold against the catastrophes they see ahead.  People are running to and fro, fearful, worried; hoping for the best and preparing for the worst!

Bible prophecy of the end-time is coming into clear focus against the back-drop of current events.  The Ten-horned Kingdom, the Beast, Armageddon, are just over the horizon.  Every man, woman, and child stands at the crossroads:  Christ or chaos; Revival or Revolution, Jesus or Judgment!  Now is the greatest challenge for the Gospel.  I must preach the Gospel!  We who are saved must be His witnesses! 

So many obstacles are presently on the road to world evangelism.  Not the least of these are the secret societies that give souls a false feeling of security.  No one is saved by good works alone! 

As previously stated in this article, the secret orders circumvent the blood of Jesus, and depreciate the call to preach this Gospel into all the world!  Why should a professed “Christian-Mason” become burdened over reaching the Muslims and Jews with the message of the cross, when he has been indoctrinated that they are already his brethren, and through “pious lives,” they will spend eternity together in heaven? 

Nonsense!  The Bible teaches that no one goes to heaven without going through Jesus Christ! 

“ Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God”  (John 3:5). 

I must preach the Gospel!

How can a person claim to be an effective Christian and align himself with an admitted non-Christian society in fellowship with unbelievers, sworn to a creed that circumvents the blood atonement of Christ, thereby rejecting his sacrifice as man’s only hope for salvation?

The Grand Lodge of Odd Fellows for the State of Massachusetts asked the Sovereign Grand Lodge of the World on February 14, 1889, this question, “Is it lawful for a chaplain to commence and finish his prayer in the name of Christ?”  Here is the answer:

“Our Order only requires a belief in the existence of the Supreme Being as a qualification for membership, and has no affinity with any religious sect or system of faith; hence EVERYTHING SAVORING OF SECTARIANISM IS NOT TO BE TOLERATED. The words ‘system or sect’ do not have reference merely to the sects within the pale of Christianity, but have a far broader significance and include all the religions of the world.  In this sense Christianity is a sect; hence it is inexpedient, and I think unlawful to make prominent references to it in Lodge work.  We have Jews, and may have Muslims and others of non-Christian sects within our Order, and the rule applies to them equally with members of the Christian faith.”

In the book, Heresies Exposed, compiled by William C. Irvine, there is a chapter on “Freemasonry,” by W. Hoste, B.A.  Mr. Hoste says:  Freemasonry viewed doctrinally, is Theosophy. But, someone may interject, ‘ Does it not speak of God, Christ, the Bible, etc.?’ Yes, like Theosophy, it is heavily camouflaged with scriptural expressions, but used in an unscriptural sense.  Without doubt, in general, its vocables are the same, but the god of Masonry at any rate, is altogether other than the God of the Bible.  He is a composite deity- Jehovah, Baal and On, or Osiris, rolled into one, under the initials J.B.O.  Novitiates are kept in ignorance of this; they hear the deceptive title, ‘the Divine Architect.’ and imagine that it is the God of the Bible who is meant.  Whereas, if Freemasonry be true, the very idol that Jezebel set up in defiance of Jehovah, and On – one of those gods of Egypt, against which Jehovah ‘executed judgment’- share the Godhead with Him.

What does the true living God have to say on the matter?  Thou shalt have none other gods beside Me” (Exodus 20:3.)  “ My glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images” (Isaiah 42:8).

Mr. Hoste continues:  “Christ, too, is on the lips of the Mason, but only in a list of heathen and mythical heroes- Buddha, Vishnu, Baldur, Osiris, Adonis, etc.; all on the same plane, and but different labels of the same idea:  A niche has always been offered to Christ in ‘the world’s pantheon’, but He claims the Throne!

And to Mr. Hoste’s comments I add, from the Word of God:

Other foundation can no man lay than is laid which is Jesus Christ” (I Cor. 3:11).

There is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved”  (Acts 4:12). 

that in all things he ( Christ) might have the preeminence” ( Col. 1:18).

In the article on the Bible on page 104 of the Encyclopedia of Masonry by Mackey, so largely used by Masons everywhere, we find the usage of the Bible and the attitude towards the Bible:

”The Bible is properly called a greater light of Masonry,  for from the center of the  lodge it pours forth upon the East, the West, the North and the South, its refulgent rays of  Divine Truth.  The Bible is used among Masons as a symbol of the will of God, however it may be expressed, and therefore, whatever to any people expresses that will, may be a substitute for the Bible in the Masonic Lodge.  Thus, in a lodge consisting entirely of Jews, the Old Testament alone may be upon the altar, and Turkish  Masons make use of the Koran.  Whether it be the Gospels to the Christian, the Pentateuch to the Israelite, the Koran to the Muslim, the Vedas to the Brahman, it everywhere, Masonically conveys the same idea - that of the symbolism of the Divine will revealed to man.”

BLOOD- CURDLING OATHS ARE NON-CHRISTIAN

Not only do the secret lodges bring into equal fellowship people of varying religious persuasions who exclude the atoning blood of Christ, and supply them with a universal religion based on good works, supposedly leading to eternal bliss; but, innocent, sincere beginners are drawn into their secret societies and are then bound to them by blood-curdling oaths!

The late Dr. John R. Rice, himself a former Mason, who repented of his error, reveals in his book, Lodges Examined by the Bible, on page 22, the penalties of Masonic oaths for divulging the secrets of the lodge:

The Entered Apprentice:  “Binding myself under no less a penalty than that of having my throat cut across, my tongue torn out by its roots, and buried in the rough sands of the sea at low-water mark, where the tide ebbs and flows twice in 24 hours, should I ever knowingly or willingly violate this my solemn oath and obligation as an Entered Apprentice Mason.  So help me God, and keep me steadfast in the performance of the same.”

The second degree or Fellow-Craft obligation has the following penalty: 

Binding myself under no less a penalty than that of having my left breast torn open, my heart plucked out, and given as a prey to the wild beasts of the field and the fowls of the air…..”

The third or Master Mason’s obligation has this penalty:

Binding myself under no less a penalty than that of having my body severed in twain, my bowels taken from thence and burned to ashes, the ashes scattered to the four winds of heaven, so that no more trace or remembrance may be had of so vile and perjured a wretch as I, should I ever knowingly or willingly violate this my solemn obligation as a Master Mason.  So help me God, and keep me steadfast in the due performance of the same.” 

Such penalties are connected with the oath required in taking the obligation for each degree!  The oaths and penalties are un-Christian!  No Christian can bind himself to such a wicked thing and remain Christ like!

The Bible explicitly condemns secret societies:

And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.  For it is a shame to speak of those things which are done of them in secret” (Eph. 5:11,12).

Apostle Paul taught that the works of darkness (secrecy) are unfruitful and shameful.  Christians should have no fellowship with them; but, should reprove them!

Jesus answered him, I spake openly to the world; I ever taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, whether the Jews always resort; and in secret have I said nothing”  ( John 18:20).  Jesus Christ had nothing to do with secret doctrine, rites, and oaths!

Fear them not therefore:  for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known.  What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light:  and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops”  (Matthew 10:26, 27).  Jesus said that all secrets will be revealed.  He commanded his followers to preach from the housetops what he had to say!  Secret lodge oaths contradict the command of Christ!

The oaths of Lodges are forbidden: 

But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God’s throne: Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool;…..But let your communication be Yea, yea, Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil”  (Matthew 5:34-37).  Jesus said: “ Swear not at all!”  Every lodge member in the world has disobeyed Christ! 

Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain” (Exodus 20:7).  Lodge members break this one of the Ten Commandments repeatedly.

Lodge members who would keep their oaths would sometimes be murderers, and mutilators, since their oaths involve bloodshed.  If a lodge member argues that he, really, has no intention of shedding blood; THEN HE HAS LIED, UNDER OATH, IN THE NAME OF GOD!

THE GOSPEL IS THE ANSWER

Little wonder, with so many lodge members in the various mainline Christian denominations, that so many churches are carnal and uninclined to respond to the call to preach the Gospel to every soul, in our world, while there is still time!

 No one can be spiritually minded while linked to such Christ-rejecting fellowship.  JESUS CHRIST IS THE ONLY HOPE FOR ALL MANKIND!  Lodge members are lulled into a sense of false security, believing that good works alone will take them to heaven where they will be forever with their Muslim, Brahman, non-Christian brethren.  Nothing could be further from the Truth!  Let God’s Word be true and all men, who speak otherwise, be liars.

Jesus said, "I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved…”  If indeed, no man comes to God, except through the door, Jesus Christ:  I MUST PREACH THE GOSPEL!

I must preach the only Gospel, and nothing but that Gospel!

The Apostle Paul said:  For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation….(Rom 1:16).

Jesus is either Lord of all, or not Lord at all!

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God….And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us…” ( John 1:1, 14).

For unto to us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall  be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6). 

“And without controversy, great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory” (I Timothy 3:16).

The Gospel details the divine intervention of God coming in flesh, and going to the cross, shedding His blood to purchase man’s eternal salvation!

 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

 “Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us…” (I John 3:16). 

                                          THE CHURCH AND THE GOSPEL

Take heed that therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood” (Acts 20:28).

The Church is established upon the immovable rock foundation, that Jesus is the Christ; the Messiah, promised from the Old Testament and fulfilled in the New Testament!

Jesus asked Peter:  “…But whom say ye that I am?”  Peter answered: “Thou art the Christ, (the Greek equivalent for the Hebrew, Messiah).”  Jesus replied: “...upon this rock I will build my church; gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”  The Church, built upon the Biblical identity of Jesus is a mighty and the fortress, a defense against the perils of the world.  In fact, it is more!  It is an assault force that is destined to overpower the gates of Hell!  In Jesus’ name, lost, hell-bound souls are set free by the Gospel, proclaimed through the agency of the blood-washed Church that rightly identifies Jesus, and obeys his commission to: “...preach the Gospel to every creature.”

“And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem” (Luke 24:47).

“Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.  For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call”  (Acts 2:38-39).

“But if our Gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost”  (I Corinthians 4:3).  Jesus went to the cross to save the lost.  I must preach the Gospel to the lost!

I must preach all the Gospel!

To avoid error, Paul ordered: “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth”  (I Timothy 2:15).

Jesus said: ‘He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.  But this spake He of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive... (John 7:38, 39).

Man-made dogmas, traditions, denominational by-laws, and organizational declarations, never take precedence over the Gospel!  The plain truth remains: “ Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God”  (John 3:3).

“ And this Gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come”  (Matthew 24:14).

I must preach nothing but the Gospel! 

It is reasonable to suspect that Satan would have done all he could to prevent the ministry of Jesus Christ.  Having failed, he would try to stop the Church from being established.  Failing again, he would attempt to hinder the growth of the Church.  Being a dismal failure, and knowing well the potential of the Church of Jesus Christ, he would sow false doctrines among Christians.  Seeing a remnant remain faithful to the truth, he would furiously seek to divide them and cultivate chaos, whereby they might lose sight of their purpose.  Satan, after failing at every point along the way, would hold fast to the hope of one victory.  “Just maybe, the remnant, standing on the edge of eternity, with the Great Commission yet unfulfilled, would fail to preach the Gospel.”

                                HOLINESS: ISOLATION OR INSULATION

Holiness is not isolation! If so, the monks and nuns in the monasteries and convents are holier than we.  Likewise, the Amish!

Holiness is insulation!   The Church is in the world, but not of the world.  Everything is fine as long as the ship is in the ocean, but the ocean cannot come into the ship.  How foolish, the captain who says:  “To be safe, I’ll keep my ship dry-docked.”  His ship may never sink, but it will rust and rot having never carried a passenger nor cargo to a distant port of reunion and usefulness!  Jesus ministered unto the Harlot and Publican without himself, committing adultery or drunkenness!  Christ is the personification of true Holiness; insulation, not isolation!

Had the Lord been isolated, he would not have rubbed shoulders with sinners; then, of course, he would not have been submitted to the rigorous Mount of Temptation (Matthew 4); nor would he have so stirred the hatred of the Jews; and naturally, there would have been no Calvary! Praise God he was insulated!  Numbered with the transgressors, yet without sin, at Calvary Jesus conquered   Death, Hell and the Grave!

Preaching the Gospel is exalting Jesus; loving the sinner, but hating his sin; warning the lost of the devious snares of the world, flesh and the devil.  Preaching the Gospel is telling people how to get saved, according to the Bible, and how to stay saved, according to the Bible!

Preaching is not; riding a hobby-horse, kicking a dead dog, and fussing about the short-comings of the Charismatic's!

Apostle Paul, for example, preached the death, the burial and the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  He expounded on the universality of the Gospel; to the Jews, Greeks, Romans and Barbarians.  He detailed personal holiness, Apostolic doctrine, Christian relationships, Christ-like love, end-time prophecy, and soul-winning evangelism.  He Gospel covers the entire sphere of right-living.  I must preach the Gospel!

The Church is built on the rock-foundation, the truth;  JESUS CHRIST! 

We, as members of the Body of Christ, must, at long last, lay claim to our birthright and prepare to step into our destined role as end-time evangels; proclaiming to Adam’s race that there is an alternative to Armageddon.  Jesus Christ is the Saviour to any and all who come to him, obeying the Gospel.

If not now...when?

If not here...where?

If not us...Who?

If not all ...We perish? 

I must preach the Gospel!

 
 
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