Does the Bible Teach Christianit

Does the Bible Teach Christianity or Wimpianity?

 

By Dr. Ken Matto

 

Joshua 1:9 (KJV)   Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

 

We live in a day when the world has declared war on Christianity to a greater extent than in the past.  However, it seems that the hotter the war gets, the more gutless Christians become.  Have Christians bought into the politically correct agenda which is to keep your opinions to yourself?  Have they bought into the phony love scenarios that the emasculated church teaches?  You know the generic gospel which teaches one that you are not to offend and that God loves everyone.  At a time in history when Christians need to be strong, they have become very weak and cowardly.  Basically, I am speaking of Christians in western countries because Christians in countries like India, Iraq, Viet Nam, China, North Korea, Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and other countries like them show a tremendous strength in refusing to deny the Lord Jesus Christ in lieu of converting to the death culture of Islam, Buddhism, or Atheism.  If the Lord was going to give rewards to believers, I can guarantee you that He would give them to the Christians who have remained stedfast in these countries and not to a bunch of western clergy who make a few statements that sound good or write books. 

 

In the past Chuck Swindoll announced a new program called “Vision 195” where he intends to reach every country in the world with the Gospel.  It is a great goal and I hope that it progresses but he should realize that the Gospel is already in every country in the world by means of the Internet.  The website you are reading this article on reaches between 170-180 countries every month without a multi-million dollar investment.  If these media ministries really wanted to reach the world for Christ.  They would give their tapes and materials away for nothing.  They tell us that we are to have much faith in God yet when it comes to them, they have no faith in God that He would not be able to supply the funds to undertake the giveaway of the Gospel.  If the world is to be reached for Christ, it will not be done by some preacher or theologian sitting in an ivory tower selling their materials but it will have to be done by individual Christians who choose to follow Christ regardless of what consequences may come.

 

When Moses died, Joshua was given the task of leading the people into the Promised Land.  Joshua no doubt saw the great struggles that Moses had with the people and the fact that they would now have to do some actual fighting to displace the heathen cultures which were in the land.   God did not tell Joshua to make a plan to take the land and then carry it out.  Instead, God assured Joshua that He would be with him as He was with Moses.  Joshua was not going into the land alone but with God to empower him.  In Joshua 1:9, God tells Joshua that he is to be courageous.  The word in the Hebrew is in the Qal stem which in this case makes it a command.  Why would Joshua be able to be courageous in the face of all those heathens?  It was because God commanded him to be courageous and God would stand behind him in this endeavor.  God stands behind his commands and will empower each believer to be able to go into the world and bring the Gospel. 

 

Isaiah 41:10 (KJV)   Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

 

In Isaiah 41:10, the words “I will strengthen” is the same word “amets” in the Hebrew and means “to be strong, to strengthen, or be made firm.”  God has numerous promises throughout the Bible where He promises to strengthen us and be with us.  God will never send us to do a job without giving us the proper armor to perform it.  Every Christian on earth has the responsibility of sending forth the Gospel to make disciples.  Mark 13:10 (KJV) And the gospel must first be published among all nations.  This is being done today and especially in countries where Christianity is forbidden.  Christ has a witness in every country in this world.  The Christians in these hostile countries are relentless in their effort to get the Gospel out.  Pretty soon China will have more Christians than Communists.  In May 2018 my website had 132 hits from Viet Nam, 1821 hits from India, 132 hits from Saudi Arabia, and 368 hits from Pakistan.

 

Now I would like to get back to the subject at hand and give examples of Christians who became politically incorrect and made an impact for Christ.  We will never make an impact for Christ if we are allowing ourselves to be subjugated by governments or by church preached pabulum.   As Christians, God stands behind us also as He gives us the command to go forth into the world and there is no time greater than present to get the Gospel out to a needy world before Islam, the culture of death, takes over the majority of countries and turns them into a caliphate.  These examples are Christians who stood their ground in the face of the enemy, both spiritual and physical, and made a great impact for Christ.

 

There is no such thing in Scripture as a born again “door mat.”  When we became saved, our minds became clear and we now have the ability to see through all the smoke and mirrors of worldly philosophy.  This is why when a person becomes saved who was previously pro-abortion, begins to look at the theories they were taught with a biblically clear mind and then they see they have been sold a bill of goods.  This is why Christians speak up about many issues because what was clouded by a darkened mind before salvation, is now a mind akin to a clear day with a blue sky.  Since Christians have been given this great gift of clear thinking, they will tend to bring truth into every situation they are brought into.  The reason that the world thinks we Christians are only spewing hate is because their mind is still steeped in darkness and unable to see truth.  Ephesians 4:18 (KJV)   Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:  Before we are saved, we saw with our eyes and heard with our ears.    After we are saved, we see through our eyes and hear through our ears.  This basically means that before we became saved, we would make assessments of situations based upon what we saw or what we heard.  After we became saved, we now see through our eyes and hear through our ears and we now make assessments by engaging our minds.  2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV)   For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.  However, I must say that there are many Christians who use their head only as a hat rack and never engage that sound mind which God has given them.  In other words, they still think like the world.  The clear mind also gives us good insight into the Scriptures and also allows us to foresee evil so we can avoid the traps.  Proverbs 22:3 (KJV) A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.  Unfortunately one of the downfalls of many Christians is that they try to imitate other Christians instead of just being themselves, the person the Lord made them to be.  I wish at this time to share some of the volunteered downfalls of Christians which affect all of us.  The reason I use the term “volunteer” is because there is nothing in the Bible which commands us that we are to follow anyone who is walking in an ungodly manner and that includes Christians.  Therefore those Christians who follow false teachers or false ways are doing it voluntarily which means their ministry is already in the dirt.  2 Corinthians 4:1-2 (KJV)   Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;  {2} But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God. 

 

It seems that Christianity has become a very weak faith in the world and there has to be some reason why this has happened.  The same Holy Spirit and the same salvation indwells those of us who are saved today as in times past.  Moses, Joshua, Martin Luther were all saved with the same salvation which we are saved today and God has not lost power neither has the Holy Spirit and we read in Hebrews 13:8: Hebrews 13:8 (KJV)  Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.  So there is no lack of strength in the Godhead so that means the failure has taken place within Christianity on the earth.  I use the word “wimp” and that carries with it the meaning of “cowardly, weak, or ineffectual person.”  I would venture to say without apology that the majority of Christians are very ineffectual which has caused Christianity to become very feeble.  Churches have become social entertainment centers which no longer challenge the Christians to remain stedfast and get involved.  Instead, they are nothing but concert halls.

 

What are some of the reasons Christians have turned into wimps?

 

Useless and spiritually emasculated clergy which dress like slobs

 

Jeremiah 23:1 (KJV)   Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the LORD.

 

There was a period in history when young people looked up to the local pastor of their church because they were examples to the flock.  They would always be dressed in suits and would take their calling seriously.  Today, thanks to places like Hillsong and Saddleback church pastors now look like slobs in dungarees and t-shirts.  The majority of them do not have a calling on their lives because all one has to do is look at the condition of the church and you will see that a hireling is running it.  John 10:12-13 (KJV)   But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.  13 The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.  False gospels have entered into churches and have remained there simply because the pastors are spiritually emasculated and have no discernment concerning true and false teachings.  The other half of the sorry coin is that the people in the pews allow it to happen and say nothing except when someone comes into the congregation with the truth and then the congregation turns on them like a roaring lion.  One cannot expect Christians to be motivated and encouraged by spiritually dead pastors and thus leads to a weakened group of Christians in the pews which has no impact and runs from every opportunity to reach someone with the gospel or to challenge a false teaching.

 

Women Preachers

1 Timothy 2:12 (KJV)   But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.

 

What part of this do the Joyce Meyer or Paula White sycophants misunderstand?  When denominations elect women as preachers or bishops, they are in direct violation of the Scriptures.  They are in essence shaking their fist at God all because the emasculated men in the congregation fear the women and will not speak up.  You can hardly call them men from the biblical standpoint.  When one joins in a congregation like this, they will never grow because they are in opposition to God’s commands.  If the men kowtow to the women in church, then they will have no witness outside the church because of cowering fear. 

 

Phony Hollywood type love exchanged for true biblical love

1 Peter 4:8 (KJV)   And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.

 

Another major problem is that many Christians have had their definition of love redefined by the media.  The Hollywood type of love which is portrayed on television or the movies is a false love.  We are told to love the sodomite, love the enemies of Christianity, accept same sex marriage because they love each other, etc.  We are to show love to unbelievers for just who they are.  Basically, this is saying that we love them into eternal damnation.  That is not love but it is a form of hatred to allow someone to continue in their lifestyle without saying something.  The modern Christian has no testimony to these people because there is no persistence in their personal ministries, if they have any at all.  The world’s method of loving is to love those who love you but the biblical form of love is called “charity” which means “unconditional love.”  This means being a witness to those who are walking in sin as we did before were saved.  Once Christians get into the habit of avoiding being a testimony, it grows into a lifestyle and then they completely lose their testimony of being a Christian.  If one continually avoids any testimony, they really need to check if they are truly saved.  Zero Christian testimony out in the marketplace means that the false gospels and the aberrant lifestyles will gain ground and become stronger every single day.  If you want to partake of true biblical love, then retake your ministry and get the gospel out wherever you go.

 

Fear

Psalm 118:6 (KJV)   The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?

 

Matthew 10:28 (KJV)   And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.  Matthew 10:28 answers the question on fear for a Christian.  We fear man more than we fear God.  Man can only kill the body but God can destroy both body and soul in hell.  This is why fear must never overrule the Christian’s responsibility of getting the gospel out to the world.  Fearing man is also their doom since they will not be hearing the gospel from you.  You are placed in a strategic place by God whether it be a job or stay at home mom but wherever you have been placed, unsaved souls will be plentiful and that is your mission field.  If you fear to take up the challenge, then you have failed in your Christian reason of existence.  You were kept here by God after salvation for the purpose of reaching the other Elect in the world and since we do not know who they are, we must be a witness to everyone we meet.  Fear makes the biggest wimps and allows the religious bullies to conquer you when it should be the other way around.

 

Afraid to offend

Galatians 5:11 (KJV)   And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? then is the offence of the cross ceased.

 

When will Christians get it through their heads that the true gospel is an offence.  It basically tells a person you need saving, your life is going in the wrong direction, you need to turn around, you are headed for eternal damnation, all your works add up to nothing, everything you will do will be judged on the last day, etc.  Christians need to realize that the true gospel goes against everything the world teaches.  Christians need to expect to be rebuffed and rejected and when we are we do not run and hide in our rooms but we get back out there knowing that we will be rejected by the majority of people.  John 15:18 (KJV)   If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.  Too many churches teach that Christianity is just a sweet faith which should not bother anyone.  The reality is that it affects the mind and demeanor of many who are given the gospel.  Christians must prepare for the fact they will face opposition and that opposition could be words as well as physical attack.  The Apostle Paul faced all kinds of persecution because he was bringing the gospel to the Jews and to the Gentiles who were steeped in false religions.

 

Eternal concerns diverted to worldly concerns

1 John 2:17 (KJV)   And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

 

If you listen, too many of the media preachers are taking the gospel and diverting the true focus from eternal issues to worldly pursuits.  It seems everything has come down to feelings and healings.  The media preachers want you to make them rich so they continue to re-define the Scriptures so that you send them money and then they convince you that you have fulfilled your obligation to God.  Not only are many of the media preachers fearful to preach the true gospel but so are many local clergy who do not want to offend the good givers in the church so they bring a false gospel of love and worldly concerns such as save the whales or climate control or something else which refocuses the Christians from eternal things to worldly things.  The reality is that we were saved and God chose to keep us in this world for the purpose of sending forth the Gospel locally and reaching out to the world with that gospel and to help train the next generation.  We were not saved to save whales or concern ourselves that the temperature became hot in the middle of summer.  Our responsibility in this world is to proclaim the realty of the next world and we will need to go against the latest social fad or challenge and stress the need of people looking beyond into the eternal horizon.  The Lord is in total control of this world and man’s intervention has only ruined it.  Psalm 24:1 (KJV)   The earth is the LORD'S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.  Since the Lord owns it all He is more than capable of taking care of it until the last day when He will burn up the present world and remake it anew.

 

False Bible Versions remove power from a Christian’s ministry

Hebrews 4:12 (KJV)   For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

 

The Scripture above states that the word of God is quick, powerful, and sharper than a twoedged sword.  The modern versions have omitted many verses, phrases, and clauses and have reversed many of the passages to state an opposite meaning.  These modern versions continue to dull that twoedged sword and as a result the ministry of Christians become much weaker to the point they give up on ministry.  When I literally threw my New American Standard Bible in the trash while singing “To God be the Glory” I noticed a fresh boldness and power in my ministry by using the King James Bible.  Many of the modern versions were worked on by sodomites and unbelievers making them counterfeits.  In fact, the Sinaiticus manuscript which is one of the main manuscripts that undergirds the modern versions has now been proven to be a total 19th century counterfeit.  It is referred to in the modern versions as “oldest and best manuscripts” which is a total lie that has been fostered on the non-thinking Christian population by seminaries and publishers.  If you use a modern version of the Bible then your ministry will be very weak and that includes the fact that you will begin to drift and eventually you will be believing and teaching false doctrine.  The modern versions are of Satan and that is the undeniable fact.  If you look to Satan for your biblical understanding and spiritual strength, you will be disappointed and you will be a failure like so many Christians today.  I call them the “paperback NIV crowd” because there is no strength or testimony in them and that is why they run in fear from a challenge.  If the attack on God’s Holy Word does not move you to action then you obviously are a bona-fide Wimp!

 

Obsession with Israel

Isaiah 42:8 (KJV)   I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.

 

Since 1948 when Israel became a nation and the United States became its boot-licking slave, our prosperity has gone down, we have never won a war, we are plagued by internal strife by those who want to destroy it from within, our cities have turned to garbage dumps, we have become useful idiots for the New World Order, we have partaken in endless serial wars for Israel but one of the most sorry aspects of Israel worship is, it is being done in the majority of churches.   The modern nation of Israel is not the same nation as the ancient nation of Israel.  All one has to do is read the Old Testament and you will see how rebellious Israel was against God and eventually God destroyed the last tribe in 70 A.D.  The modern nation of Israel was founded by the Rothschilds and Nazi Germany had a big part in the formation of Israel.  It was also helped greatly by the United Nations.  When ancient Israel was formed, it was a family lineage and not a political entity until they came out of Egypt and wandered for 40 years and then in 1407 B.C. they entered the land under Joshua.  However, they were barely across the river before they started rebelling against God. 

 

The modern Christian sees the name “Israel” and right away they make a quick association with the ancient nation.  This is because Christians do not study anything and choose to read prophecy books which only spew false teachings on every page.

Jerry Falwell taught that God was kind to America because America was kind to Israel and when he died his college was $64 million in debt.  Some kindness huh?  Where was Israel from 1620 to 1947?  Why was God kind to America during these years?  It was because in the Mayflower Compact signed by the Pilgrims in 1620 that their desire was to advance the Christian Faith and that is why God blessed the USA but in 1948 something happened to the prosperity level of the USA and it has gone down ever since we have become blind sycophants of Israel, our country has degenerated.  One only has to look at the city of Hiroshima and compare it to Detroit and one will see the decay.

 

This is why our churches have decayed drastically since 1948.  When Israel became more popular in the churches than the Lord Jesus Christ, the church degenerated and as long as it continues to teach all these fantasy stories about modern Israel, the church will continue to deteriorate.  The churches used to be bastions of truth but now try to find one that teaches the truth.  Either you will attend one that speaks gibberish, which they call tongues, or you will attend one which talks about Israel every week.  Teachings about the Lord Jesus Christ now take second place in the majority of churches.  If you think I am kidding, sponsor two special events: One on the life of Christ and one on Israel in prophecy and see which one fills up first.  Modern Israel rejects the Old Testament and is a follower of the Talmud.  Modern Israel is the world’s biggest promoters of sodomy!  Holy land Huh?  Churches need to rid themselves of all these false teachings about the modern nation of Israel and get back to teaching only the Bible because when the Bible was taught instead of fantasy we had strong churches which were the conscience of this nation, and those strong churches produced strong Christians who were up to the challenge.  How many of you would want to go to spiritual war with the spiritual level of today’s Christian?  When will Christians realize that the Bible was written about the Lord Jesus Christ and not the modern nation of Israel?

 

Psalm 40:7 (KJV)   Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me, 

 

Hebrews 10:7 (KJV)   Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.

 

Unholy alliances

2 Corinthians 6:14 (KJV)   Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

 

I am writing this in July 2018 and last month was “Gay Pride Month” and many of their pervert parades were shown on TV and one of the sorriest sights was that many churches were walking in the parade giving approval to the lifestyles of the sodomites.  We know they were churches because they were holding up big signs.  Isaiah 3:9 (KJV)   The shew of their countenance doth witness against them; and they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not. Woe unto their soul! for they have rewarded evil unto themselves.  This is the testimony of most churches which have made unholy alliances.  The pro-life movement has brought together both true and false churches as they fight abortion.  Many Protestant churches are holding hands with Roman Catholics and everyone thinks it is fine except the Bible does not condone such things but rather condemns it as we read in 2 Corinthians 6:14 above.  If the church was strong in the 20th century like it was in the 19th century, abortion would not have been legalized in fear of the pulpit exposing anyone who favored it.  Churches today make alliances with charismatic churches, emergent churches and their Roman Catholic Mysticism, Roman Catholicism in believing it is just another denomination, et al.  As long as the church keeps holding hands with Satan and his people, they will continue to degenerate and the Christians who attend these churches will become weaker and weaker because they will have been receiving their spiritual lessons from Satan.  Unholy alliances are never beneficial for the Christian only detrimental.  It is better to be on the outside obeying God than being with the crowd obeying Satan.

 

I’ll pray about it!

1 Thessalonians 5:17 (KJV)   Pray without ceasing.

 

The Bible commands us to pray concerning every aspect of our life.  We seek the Lord’s guidance on what home to buy, where to live, what church we should attend, should we invest in something, what job should I take and many other decisions which have to be made.  This is why we are to pray without ceasing because each day brings multiple challenges which must be faced and we seek the Lord’s guidance even if the situation we face is not life threatening or changing.  However, prayer has also been used as an excuse not to get involved and what I mean by that is have you ever asked someone to do ministry with you and they responded with “I’ll have to pray about it” and you never hear from them again?  The Bible teaches that we are to be involved in ministry so it is not a question to pray “if” we should but “how” we should.  I knew of a local ministry years ago that when you brought something of a ministry nature their response was “we’ll have to pray about it.”  Yet, that same ministry would open its doors for jam sessions and they would have 20 people there without hesitation.  I wonder if they prayed about it?  When Christians consistently use the “I’ll pray about it” excuse it eventually becomes a bad habit and eventually they will never be approached again and their life will become useless for the Kingdom of God.  Now it is true that we cannot become involved in every ministry but we are to be involved in some ministry.  One of the easiest ministries anyone in any town or city can do is a tract passing ministry.  I have driven through cities like New York City and Philadelphia and very rarely do I see anyone out there passing out tracts or doing any kind of ministry.  You can park yourself on 42nd St. in New York City and pass out 10,000 tracts a day and never give one to the same person twice.  There are many foreign visitors to cities like New York and Philadelphia so you might be giving a tract to someone from a foreign country who might take it back with them and translate it into their language and then have them printed up.  So you never know how far your ministry will extend.  Right after World War 2 General MacArthur told the churches in America to get their missionaries over to Japan.  The Japanese looked at Emperor Hirohito as half god and half man.  Since the Christian God defeated their half god, MacArthur knew what an impact Christianity would have on post-war Japan.  So what happened?  The cults sent their missionaries over there while the church here held meetings.  They ruined a golden opportunity by their slothfulness and as a result Japan is about 2% Christian.   So avoid the excuse of “I’ll pray about it” especially when God commands it in the Bible.  Mark 16:15 (KJV)   And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.  Again, we don’t pray should we, we pray how we should!

 

Compromise rather than Contending

Jude 3 (KJV)   Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

 

In this verse we have the crucial reason as to why Jude is in the Bible. First, Jude writes to these Christians concerning the common salvation. The word “common” does not in any way imply the belief of a universal salvation program to every person. Instead it speaks of the universality of God’s salvation program to His Elect. The word “common” carries with it the meaning of “communal” but it also carries with it the meaning of “unclean,” so the usage of the word is defined by the context of the sentence. Our usage in this verse speaks of the common or communal salvation that all true Christians share around the world. Once a month, in church, we partake in “communion.”

 

In the balance of the verse there are two main teachings which are important to all Christians. The first teaching is that we “should earnestly contend for the faith.” “Should earnestly contend” is one word in the Greek text. It is “epagonizomai” which carries with it the meaning of “fight or struggle.” A cognate of this word is “agonizomai” which is used in Paul’s Epistles in 1 Corinthians 9:25. (1 Cor 9:25 KJV) And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. It is the word “striveth” which is also in the present tense. The Bible is teaching that we are to struggle as in a contest. One enters a contest to win but if they don’t, then, at least, to make a good effort. This is what the Christian is to do, we are to enter the defense and propagation of the Gospel with the intensity that someone enters a mere earthly contest with. When one looks at an athlete, they see a person in good shape but what we do not really see is the struggles and battles that athlete had to endure behind the scenes just to get to the point of competition. How does a Christian earnestly contend for the faith in our day and age? There are two basic ways:

 

1. We contend according to and with the Scriptures. A Christian can never be a contender for the faith without having their Bible or knowing their Bible. All the incontrovertible evidence of Christianity is in Scripture. If we try to defend the faith apart from the Bible, we are relying upon our physical intellect to do a spiritual battle. This is why many Christians lose their battles because we are drawn into a war of wits instead of sticking to the manuscript.

 

2. We maintain and hold to all the principles and teachings found in Scripture, even in the face of opposition. This was the underlying strength of the martyrs of the early and medieval church when they tenaciously held to the Scriptures as their only authority. This is why Rome feared the word of God then and fears it now because it exposes their heresy and false dogmas. Once we move away from the Scriptures, we will amalgamate worldly teachings and then actions according to these will follow.

 

Anytime a Christian goes into league with a false religion or cult, it always winds up that the Christian makes compromises.  When Protestants go in league with Roman Catholics, it is the Protestants that always make compromises.  Today’s Protestants print Bibles and now they are placing the Apocrypha in them.  Have you see any Roman Catholic Bibles which have only 66 books in them?  No and you never will!  A compromising Christian is a weakened Christian.  This is why compromise is so dangerous.  Compromising does not win souls, it dams them to eternal Hell.  So if you compromise you are helping a person go to hell with confidence.

 

In the next section of this article I want to point out some Christians from the past and present who did not make any compromises with the devil and his people.  You will see that some of these Christians would rather make the ultimate sacrifice than compromise the truth.

 

Courageous Christians in the Bible

Micaiah

2 Chronicles 18:7 (KJV)   And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, There is yet one man, by whom we may inquire of the LORD: but I hate him; for he never prophesied good unto me, but always evil: the same is Micaiah the son of Imla. And Jehoshaphat said, Let not the king say so.

 

Micaiah was a true prophet of God and stood out from the four hundred false prophets that King Ahab surrounded himself with.  They were going to attack Ramoth-Gilead because it was in the hands of the Syrians so Ahab asked the four hundred prophets if he will have success in reclaiming that area.  The four hundred agreed with the king because they were his toadies.  King Jehoshaphat must have known these four hundred prophets were lackeys because he requested a true prophet of God.  2 Chronicles 18:6 (KJV)   But Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here a prophet of the LORD besides, that we might inquire of him?  Then Ahab states that there was and his name was Micaiah but he hated him because he told Ahab the truth instead of what he wanted to hear.  Micaiah told Ahab the truth no matter what it cost him and this is what is needed by modern Christianity.  The truth must be told regardless of the consequences.  Micaiah was a true prophet because he told exactly what the Lord wanted him to say and he was proven correct above the four hundred false prophets.  We must do likewise and tell the truth no matter how many stand against us!

 

Joshua

And Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.  Exodus 17:13 (KJV)

 

Joshua took up the mantle as commanding General of the Israelite army to remove the false religions and the heathens from the land which God promised to Israel.  This should also be the job of the pastor in that he removes all the false doctrines from his congregation and if there are those who insist on keeping to false doctrine, then they must be like Joshua who removed the heathen nations from Canaan, and remove these spiritual parasites from the congregation to keep it as pure as possible.

 

Apostle Paul

Acts 17:2 (KJV) And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures,

 

After the Apostle Paul became saved, he continued to reason with the Jews about the Lord Jesus Christ.  He went right into the synagogues and taught Christianity.  He did not shrink back but gave them the whole gospel no matter who was offended and it cost him much because he was consistently pursued wherever he went.

 

Stephen

Acts 7:43 (KJV) Yea, ye took up the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star of your god Remphan, figures which ye made to worship them: and I will carry you away beyond Babylon.

 

Stephen challenged the religious establishment and told them that they were wrong and should repent of their ways and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.  His boldness to bring the truth to the false religious leaders cost him his life.

 

Acts 7:58-60 (KJV)   And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man's feet, whose name was Saul.  {59} And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.  {60} And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

 

Peter

Acts 5:29 (KJV)   Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.

 

When Peter became saved and began to preach the true gospel in Jerusalem many were becoming saved and this brought fear to the religious leaders who had Peter arrested and brought before them.  They strictly warned Peter and the other apostles to stop preaching the gospel.  Peter and the other apostles refused to obey their edict because they were to obey God instead of men.  This is what is needed today that Christians pay no attention to the false religionists whether in their churches or outside that they must obey God rather than men and must bring the truth even if it costs them their membership in churches or many friendships which sometimes it does.  Christians today must stop fearing the religious establishment and preach the truth whether they like it or not.

 

Nathan

2 Samuel 12:7 (KJV)   And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul;

 

Nathan was a prophet of God who was commissioned by God to confront King David about his sin with Bathsheba which cost the life of her husband Uriah.  In ancient times when anyone challenged or accused or even rightly pointed out a sin in a king, they were subject to the king’s wrath and could face torture and death.  Here Nathan boldly confronts David about his sinful actions.  In America the church used to be the conscience of Congress but as soon as the Johnson Amendment was passed in 1954 which shackled the churches with loss of tax exemption, the churches became quiet and elected officials went out of control and that is why America is in the sad state it is in right now only to become worse.  The problem was that the churches cared more about tax deductible receipts than they did the preservation of their own country and allowed the same corrupted politicians to be re-elected for 10-20 terms.  The churches needed to become like Nathan and confront the government officials and expose their evils so they would be indicted or at least embarrassed over their actions and not run for another term.

 

Naboth

1 Kings 21:3 (KJV)   And Naboth said to Ahab, The LORD forbid it me, that I should give the inheritance of my fathers unto thee.

 

Naboth owned a vineyard which was next to the palace of the king.  The king which was in power was Ahab.  He looked at Naboth’s vineyard and liked what he saw and wanted to buy the vineyard from Naboth.  He even offered him a vineyard or he would pay him in money.  Naboth obeyed the Levitical law of inheritance that it was never to be sold.  Leviticus 25:23 (KJV)   The land shall not be sold for ever: for the land is mine; for ye are strangers and sojourners with me.  Naboth stood firm on the command of God in the law and rejected King Ahab’s offers.  This rejection caused Ahab to mope and like a good spoiled brat he laid on his bed and would not even eat.  Then Jezebel realizing what happened, told him that she would get the vineyard for him.  I am sure she insulted him as she asked him, “dost thou now govern the kingdom of Israel?”  She was attacking him as king.  She was the daughter of Ethbaal II who was a Phoenician king so she was used to getting her way.  So she made a banquet and invited Naboth and in that banquet she had two men of Satan falsely accuse Naboth of blaspheming God so they took him out and stoned him.  Naboth’s refusal to disobey God had cost him his life.  In this world obedience to God will cost something but it is worth it all.

 

Courageous Christians after the completion of the Bible

Blandina

Martyred 177 AD

 

Blandina was martyred in Lyons, France under the Emperor Marcus Aurelius.  She faced many brutal tortures including being roasted in a metal seat, scourging, and being suspended on pole.  Even after suffering these tortures she still encouraged the other Christians who were facing martyrdom with her.  Blandina suffered because she would not give her allegiance to Rome but stayed upon Christ and suffered terrible tortures and finally martyrdom.  She was about 15 years old.

 

John Huss

John Huss lived in Prague, Czechoslovakia.  He was initially ordained a priest because he wanted the good life and respect.  He eventually began to read the Bible and the writings of John Wycliffe began to stir his interest in the Bible.  Huss became a very intense Bible student and started to see that the teachings of Roman Catholicism were wrong.  He advocated that by disobeying an erring pope was to obey Christ and that Christ was the head of the church and not the pope.  In November 1414 he was arrested and subsequently brought before his accusers to recant his positions.  He rejected their commands and committed the situation into the hands of Christ.  He was martyred on July 6, 1415.  Huss went against the religious rulers of the day and he stayed on Christ and refused to be threatened and it cost him his earthly life.  It was just like the situation that Stephen faced.

 

William Tyndale

William Tyndale was an Oxford graduate.  The Roman Catholic Church had forbidden any other than priests from reading the Bible and the Bible was written only in Latin.  Tyndale determined that he was going to translate the Bible in to English so every person in England could read it in their own language.  Tyndale was eventually betrayed by a friend, Henry Phillips, and was tried for heresy in 1536.  He was martyred by strangling and burning on October 6, 1536.  Tyndale went against the Roman Catholic Church and also Henry VIII in opposing his divorce from Catherine of Aragon.  Both Henry VIII and the Roman Catholics wanted him dead.

 

Martin Luther

Martin Luther left Law school at Erfurt and joined the Augustinian Order and was finally ordained a Catholic Priest.  In 1508 he went to join the faculty of the University of Wittenberg.  Luther had opposed the sales of indulgences which Bishop Tetzel was selling to raise money for the building of St. Peter’s church in Rome.  On October 31, 1517 he nailed his famous 95 Theses to the door of the Castle church in Wittenberg.  He had no idea that this document would be the most widely read document in history.  Since the 95 Theses was against the workings of the Roman Catholic Church, it began a series of events leading to his excommunication and him being declared an outlaw which means that anyone could seize and kill him without any threat of penalty of law.  He published many articles and books including a German Bible which allowed the people of Germany to read.  He died of natural causes on February 18, 1546 at the age of 62.  His stand against Catholicism literally brought about the beginning of Western Civilization and the end of much superstition which was taught by the Roman Catholic Church.  He did not know what was in store for him as he knew that his opposition to the pope could have led to his martyrdom yet he saw the wrongs and wanted to see them corrected.  He destroyed the Roman Catholic teaching of works for salvation and taught the Bible’s way of salvation which was Grace.

 

Thomas Drowry

Thomas Drowry suffered imprisonment in Gloucester for confessing the truth.  He denied the heresy of transubstantiation.  He held to the truth of Jesus Christ and was martyred on May 15, 1556.  Even though he was physically blind, he had spiritual sight beyond the Catholics who examined him.  He would not betray his Lord instead he went to live with him when his physical body expired.

 

John Knox

John Knox was known as a great Scottish reformer.  He had a desire to reform the Scottish church.  Knox was ordained a Catholic Priest in 1536.  He compared the pope to the Antichrist, he rejected the mass, purgatory and prayers for the dead.  He was made a galley slave for a while and refused to kiss a picture of Mary, instead he threw it into the ocean and said “let our lady now save herself, she is light enough, let her learn to swim.”  He died of natural causes on 11/24/1572 and at his grave was a testimony given “Here lies one who never feared any flesh.”  John Knox boldly decried teachings of the Roman Catholic Church and he did without any fear of reprisal from others.

 

John Bunyan

John Bunyan was converted to the teachings from the Reformation and was a preacher of the gospel where he preached in the church and surrounding areas.  In 1660, he was arrested under the Conventicle Act of 1593 which made it illegal to have religious services outside of the church.  He was initially sentenced to 3 months in prison but refused to give up preaching and his prison sentence was extended to 12 years.  While he was in prison he wrote “Grace Abounding” and began his most famous work “Pilgrim’s Progress.”  In 1676-77 he was again put into prison for 6 months for refusing to attend a parish church.  He died of natural causes on 8/31/1688.  Bunyan also did not fear the government or the ecclesiastical hierarchy because his desire was to preach the gospel which he refused to stop doing. 

 

Courageous Christians of Modern Times

Ed McCulley, Nate Saint, Jim Elliot, Pete Fleming, and Roger Youderian

These were the five missionaries who were martyred by the Auca Indians in Ecuador on January 8, 1956.  They had decided they would try to reach the Auca Indians who were considered to be some of the roughest in Ecuador.  They were making inroads into the lives of the Aucas but something happened which caused them to attack.  They thought the Auca men would be attending a church service the missionaries had planned but they did not show up and that night they were all martyred.  It was Jim Elliot who penned the famous truth, “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose."

 

Wang Zhiming

Wang Zhiming was a pastor in Wudding County, Yunnan.  He worked among many of the smaller groups in China and saw much fruit, that is, people who were saved.  When the cultural revolution happened in China, he was declared a counter revolutionary.  In 1969 Zhiming was arrested along with his wife and sons.  On 12/29/1973 he was executed in a stadium in front of 10,000 people which were made up of mostly Christians.  This execution did not frighten the people but emboldened them.

 

Janani Luwum

He was born in 1922 and became a Christian in 1948.  In 1969 he was made Archbishop of the Church of England in Northern Uganda.  Idi Amin had come into power in the 1970s and was well-known for his cruelty, treachery, and brutality. In his 8-year rule, over 300,000 Ugandans were massacred, among them was Archbishop Janani Luwum on 2/17/1977.  When the casket containing his body was opened, the level of atrocity committed upon him was undeniable. His courage in speaking out against a corrupt and evil regime and his faith had encouraged his people. His faithfulness in the face of death had a powerful impact on the people of Uganda, and many who had forsaken Christianity returned to the faith, encouraged by the memory of Archbishop Luwum and others who had been martyred for their own faith.

 

Paul Schneider

He was the pastor of the Hochelheim congregation.  In both writing and preaching he denounced the Nazi regime in Germany.  He became a member of the Confessing Church which opposed Hitler and his government.  He was arrested in 1935 but continued to speak out against the Nazis.  In 1937 with the permission of his presbytery he started excommunicating members of his church who held allegiance to the Nazi party.  He was again arrested on 10/3/37 and 11/27/37 was sent to the Buchenwald concentration camp.  In June of 1938 he continually refused to leave his congregation and if he did he could have been released.  He would not abandon them and on July 18, 1939 he was murdered by lethal injection in the infirmary at Buchenwald.

 

Esther John

She was born Qamar Zia into an Islamic Family on 12/14/29.  She became a Christian in 1946 by reading and studying the book of Isaiah.  Her and her family moved to the newly formed Pakistan from British India in 1947 where she continued to study the Bible in secret.  In 1954 she ran away from home fearing she would be forced into an arranged marriage.   From 1956 to 1959, she trained to be a teacher at the United Bible Training Centre in Gujranwala, then spent the remainder of her life evangelizing in the villages around Chichawatni.  On February 2, 1960 Esther John was found murdered in her bed. There is a statue erected to her memory in Westminster Abbey in the row of 20th century martyrs.

 

So then what is the difference between you and these Christians named above?  It can be summed up in one word and that is COMMITMENT.  The western Christian of today is no longer committed to the gospel but has changed allegiances to worldly pursuits.  If most Christians were dedicated to the sending forth of the gospel and the contending for the faith as false religions do, then there would not be so many threats to the true gospel.  I am not only speaking about physical threats but the liberal threats which come from false teachers like Rick Warren or Joel Osteen or false satanic churches like Hillsong.  The true gospel would overtake the false if it was staunchly defended and taught.

 

Are you a Matthew 23 Christian?  The 23 Christians I have given above were all Matthew 23 Christians because they defied the religious and political establishments to bring forth the Gospel in perilous places.  They did not concern themselves with their own lives but their desire was to send forth the Gospel and see others become saved.  Many times the gospel goes forth in peace but it also goes forth much farther when faced with opposition.  Not only did these people oppose the religious and political establishments in obedience to God, they did something to enforce that opposition.  We tend to forget that the same lowly and peaceful Jesus that walked the dusty roads of Judah is the same one who went into the temple and turned over the tables of the moneychangers.  Matthew 21:12 (KJV)   And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves,  Jesus took action when he saw that the temple which was supposed to be a house of prayer had evolved into a place of commerce and deceptive commerce at that.

 

Jesus was not about to let that go and this action was placed in the Bible for us to learn from that we should be angered when we see things like the church turning into a place of business.  The church I grew up in, the Hungarian Reformed Church in Perth Amboy, NJ, now has bingo.  As Christians sometimes our actions may not seem right to the world but if they are done with proper biblical standards then who cares what the world thinks.  Some years ago when I went food shopping at the local supermarket, the Worldwide Church of God, which was Armstrong’s people placed multiple copies of their magazine “The Plain Truth” in a magazine rack by the front door so a person could grab a copy on the way out.  Whenever I saw them, I would pick up every single issue and take them with me and throw them in the garbage.  So what is your verdict on your Christian walk?  Are you going to do nothing for the gospel or are you going to reach out and walk with God into the world to see others come into the kingdom?  What have you done so far?  Does your Christian walk add up to those 23 I listed above or is it lacking focus?  It is never too late to put the world behind you and get involved with some aspect of ministry because the days are going by and none of us are getting any younger.  Do you want to bring nothing to Heaven with you or do you want to present a life of commitment to the Lord before Him?

 

Revelation 14:13 (KJV)   And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.

 

If this verse was read at your funeral, would those who attend have trouble wondering what works followed you or could they identify them immediately?  I think you get the point now.  It is high time Christians stop living a useless life for the kingdom of God and do not use the excuse that you don’t have a ministry because even if you do not know what your ministry is at this point, you can still hand out tracts!

 

Proverbs 18:9 (KJV)   He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.

 

Have you wasted or used the time the Lord gave you?  I can’t answer that, only you can!  So from what you have read and the examples I gave does the Bible teach Christianity or Wimpianity?

 

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