The Appearance of Confusion

     If we look only at the confusion, which exists around us, we shall see very little sign of the fulfillment of the great revealed purposes of God. However, he does design to raise, from the apparently incongruous materials, which are scattered upon the earth, a temple to his own glory, of which his people are to be the lively stones. What appears to us to be irregularity and disorder will all be made subservient to the plan of the great Architect.
     I went down yesterday to see the works at the new bridge (Waterloo Bridge, London), and all appears to be one, big mass of confusion; however, soon this confusion shall be cleared away, and a noble monument of art will do honor to the contriver’s genius—so it is with the aspects of this present world. We must pay more regard to future prospects than we do to present appearances, and let us always be found working for God. Oh, how the workmen labored at the huge masses of stone to fit them for their places. So too, the Lord is at work, in polishing and framing the living stones of his glorious building for their places that we may be made like unto him, who is himself the chief cornerstone, and that we may be happy in his presence in holiness forever. —Rowland Hill       

The Sword of the Spirit

Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil…and take…the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. —Ephesians 6:11, 17

     No brave or patriotic soldier wields his sword against the enemies of his nation with a weak, hesitant, or timid spirit of reluctance. A good soldier slays the enemy with purpose, skill, and precision, without out remorse. He knows that war means kill or be killed. Likewise, no brave or faithful Christian soldier wields the sword of the Spirit against the enemies of the truth like a frightened, little schoolgirl. God has not called his church to recess on the playground; he has called his people to earnestly contend for the faith, which was once delivered to the saints—to wage war against the very gates of hell. Soldiers of the cross, “be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” When the enemies of truth assail the kingdom of God with errors, threatening to undermine the word of truth and the souls of men, let us slash them to pieces for the glory and honor of God our Savior.  
     God’s word is not a butter knife—it is not for buttering bread. God’s word is not a scalpel—it is not for performing surgery. God’s word is a sword, and a sword serves a twofold purpose: defense and offense, blocking and swinging, protection and slaying. By God’s word, we protect ourselves and kill the enemy. Let us see to it, when we meet antichrist, the devil, false teachers, and the filthy, lying hordes of hell on the battlefield of faith, that we leave our butter knives and scalpels at home. The enemies of the cross deserve nothing less than wounds, cuts, and death by the edge of the sword of the Spirit of God. —Frank Hall

What Time is It?
     To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. —Ecclesiastes 3:1

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. Just as there is a time to be born, so there is a time to die. Just as there is a time to be gentle, so there is a time to be severe; a time to love and a time to hate; a time to encourage and a time to rebuke; a time to be soft and a time to be sharp; a time to whisper and a time to scream; a time to make haste and a time to slow down; a time to turn left and a time to turn right; a time of honor and a time of dishonor; a time to weep and a time to laugh; a time to fellowship and a time to be alone; a time to be moderate and a time to be dogmatic; a time to pray and a time to preach; a time to make way and a time to give way; a time to agree and a time to challenge; a time to comfort and a time to warn; a time to flee and a time to fight; a time to unite and a time to divide; a time to rest and a time to work; a time be still and a time to go forward; a time to stand down and a time to stand up; a time to speak and a time to be silent; a time to justify and a time to condemn; a time to receive and a time to reject; a time to break down and a time to build up; a time to come in and a time to go out; a time to follow and a time to lead; a time to sing and a time to cry; a time embrace and a time to separate; a time to dance and a time to mourn; a time to plant and a time to cut down; a time of war and a time of peace; a time to kill and a time to heal. The key is to know what time it is. —Frank Hall

     He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done. —Matthew 26:42

The Lord Jesus knows what he must endure to save his people from their sins; he must be made a curse for them and suffer all the fury of God’s wrath. Does he waver? Does his soul draw back? Does he hesitate to perform this great work for the redemption of his people? God forbid! Rather than attempting to wiggle out of his great work on the cross, he humbly surrenders himself to the will of God, saying to his Father, but for our benefit, “O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.” As Jehovah’s obedient and righteous servant, the Lord Jesus faithfully denies himself and his comfort, and he graciously acquiesces in the will of his Father. In all things, as in life so also in death, he surrendered himself—heart, mind, body, and soul—to the will of God. He saw the cup of judgment, and he took it into his holy hands. He held the cup of God’s fury, and trembling within, knowing that he must be forsaken of his God, he drank damnation dry, to the praise of the glory of his amazing grace. What surrender—what glorious submission to the will of God! Behold our example, children of God. In all things, let us imitate him, who said, “Not my will, but thine, be done.”

Our Example
We must learn—the sooner the better—to deny ourselves and simply surrender ourselves to God our Father. Yes, the cup of suffering is a distasteful cup, and its contents will sting as they go down into the soul; however, it is the cup our Father has appointed for us, and that makes it the best cup for us. Yes, the water of adversity and pain has a bitter taste, but this is the will of God, in Christ Jesus, concerning us. We must never exalt ourselves, as foolish men often do, refusing to bow to the will of our God. The wise man agrees with God and bows to God, but “the fool hath said in his heart, No, God.” God says, “Drink,” but the fool says, “No.” God says, “Bow to me,” but the fool says, “No.” God says, “Obey me, and simply surrender to my will,” but again, the fool says, “No, not thy will, but mine be done.” Oh, what fearful disobedience, arrogance, and pride! God forbid that we, who are Christians and followers of the meek and lowly Lamb of God, should ever indulge such vile unbelief. The hardhearted fool slaps the cup away, saying, “No, I will not bow. I will not surrender. I will not submit,” but the wise man says, “Yes, give me the cup, for my God is good, and his will is best, and just, and wise. I do not understand why this is happening to me, but I do understand that all things are of my Father. I will not play the fool. Not my will, but thy will be done.” —Frank Hall

Unrighteous Judgment

  And this I pray…that ye may approve of things that are excellent. —Philippians 1:9, 10

What tremendous fools we sometimes prove ourselves to be, when we fail or refuse to judge righteous judgment. I know that discernment is the gift of God, but I also know that it is our responsibility to try things that differ. None of us can blame our failure to exercise sound discretion on our lack of grace. Oh, no—we have not because we ask not! It is not God’s fault when believers refuse to exercise sound judgment, condemning the guiltless and justifying the wicked. It is not God’s fault when professors of the faith fail to test all things by the written word of God, siding with the devil against Christ and his truth. It is not God’s fault when men decide to keep the vile and cast out that which is good. It is man’s fault, and man’s fault alone, when he fails to approve of those things that are excellent. When we lean on our own understanding, we always judge wrongly—always. If we refuse to read and practice God’s word, depending on the Spirit for instruction, direction, and discernment, the consequence is always the same: we judge unrighteous judgment. —Frank Hall

Freewill on Display

     God states the total depravity of man plainly and clearly throughout the scriptures. He also plainly demonstrates man’s totally depravity for us by the corrupt examples of fallen men recorded throughout the Book. However, until a man believes and recognizes his total depravity, he will never believe or understand anything that God says in his word. Allow me to demonstrate: until a man believes and recognizes his total depravity, he will never believe or understand why God would choose him unto salvation, even though God states the reason plainly in scripture. Until a man believes and recognizes his total depravity, he will never believe or understand why salvation, from start to finish, must be all of grace, even though God states it plainly in scripture. Until a man believes and recognizes his total depravity, he will never believe or understand the necessity of redemption by a substitute, even though God states it plainly in scripture.
     When God allows the total depravity of man to show its true attitude toward his word, which he does frequently, it always justifies its unbelief by ignoring the obvious and exalting the irrelevant. Total depravity always disregards and dismisses the plain statements of scripture, exalting itself over the word of God. (Ironically, such behavior only serves to exemplify and display a man’s total depravity!) Total depravity will do this to any and every doctrine in the scriptures that it does not agree with—which, ultimately, is all scripture! (No one can deny part of God’s word without rejecting God’s word altogether—God’s word is one. If a man rejects one verse, he necessarily rejects the entire word of God. Picking and choosing verses and passages that agree with our opinions, sentiments, and presuppositions—and rejecting others that we do not find agreeable to our tastes—is not the faith of God’s elect in exercise; it is the unbelief and freewill of Arminianism on display!)
     This fundamental principle of understanding the doctrine of scripture in the light of our total depravity applies across the board to every doctrine revealed in the Book of God: limited atonement, unconditional election, predestination, God’s sovereignty, etc. Presently, men are displaying their innate depravity, unbelief, and love for the darkness of freewillism by rejecting the plain statements of God’s word that reveal God’s earth to be a firm, fixed, flat, and stationary plane, with sun, moon, and stars in circuit overhead.
     Even though God states it plainly in the scriptures, until a man believes and recognizes that God’s earth is fixed, flat, and stationary, he will not believe or understand that he has changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man. Even though God states it plainly in the scriptures, until a man believes and recognizes that God’s earth is firm, fixed, flat, and stationary, he will not believe or understand that he has created another Jesus—a false god, an idol, graven by man’s device and carved out of his own warped and depraved imagination. Even though God states it plainly in the scriptures, until a man believes and recognizes that God’s earth is flat and stationary, he will not believe or understand that the devil’s globe is nothing more than the imaginary work of a useless and stupid idol. Even though God states it plainly in the scriptures, until a man believes and recognizes that the sun is in circuit above and around the circle of God’s fixed, flat, stationary earth, he will not believe or understand that he has been deceived by the oppositions of science false so-called. Even though God states it plainly in the scriptures, until a man believes and recognizes that God established the earth on foundations that it should not be moved or removed forever, he will not believe or understand that he has been duped by the devil into believing, promoting, and defending the greatest lie on earth. —Curtis Hall

In Just a Little While
For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. —Hebrews 10:37

     Notice that the very first word in Paul’s statement is the little word, for. Paul is giving us a reason for something. But a reason for what? Verse 35 supplies the answer: “Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward…for yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.” Christ is coming, and in just a little while he “shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God.” What a powerful reason to remain steadfast and confident to the end!
     I know that it seems like we have been waiting a long time for his appearing, but it only appears to be a long time. “Beloved,” Peter says, “be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation.” Oh, Lord, hasten the day!
     Children of God, let go of this world, and simply cling to your Savior with all of your heart! “Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.” Yes, he is coming to judge the wicked, but he is also coming to reward the righteous with glory and pleasures for evermore! “Behold,” says our Savior, “I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be…Hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown...for yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. But we are not of them that draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.”
     Remember, the crown is not to the swift, but to the faithful, and “he that shall endure to the end, the same shall be saved.” Oh, then “let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith: who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.”
     “Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh. Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door. Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience. Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord: that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.”
     “He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
     Look away from this old world of sorrow and pain. Be done with the petty, insignificant vanities of earth, and set your affection on things above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Let nothing distract you from the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus, your Lord. Lift up your eyes on high, for “now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.” —Frank Hall

The Great Supper
Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many. —Luke 14:16

In our text, the Lord Jesus Christ gives us yet another parable, from which many lessons can be learned. The Lord often spoke in parables during his earthly ministry in order to teach spiritual lessons by using physical metaphors. Thankfully, we are not left wondering why the Lord often spoke in parables when he preached in public. “And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.” What a humbling truth this is! The very words that God speaks to comfort and teach his people are the same words used to leave self-righteous hypocrites in ignorance. If you have ears to hear the gospel, it is only because you have been given the gift to hear.
A Great Supper
This great supper is God’s great salvation of the free forgiveness of all sins and the eternal covering of a perfect robe of righteousness in the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ. This supper is so great that its bountiful supply of mercy and grace feeds an innumerable number of hungry sinners for the endless ages of eternity. Many noble kings and monarchs have prepared great banquets and feasts throughout history to satisfy their friends and display the greatness of their riches. But what are all the measly man-made suppers prepared by mortal and dying men, when compared to the great supper prepared by the King of kings and Lord of lords? It would be like an ant in Israel trying to impress King Solomon with how many crumbs it had collected off the dirty floor of his palace. You can be assured of this, there is nothing missing on God’s table. He has provided everything necessary to bring a worthless, hell-deserving sinner into the splendid bliss of heaven’s glory. This supper is a feast of fat things, a feast of spiritual blessings that God’s saints get a taste of in this life, but will soon enjoy the fullness of in heaven. Christ himself is the bread of life that we eat by faith, for his flesh is meat indeed, and his blood is drink indeed. The gospel of Christ’s finished work is a feast of fat things, which satisfies the hunger and thirst of needy sinners who desire to be fed.
A Certain Man
The certain man, who made this great supper in our parable, is none other than the Lord Jesus Christ himself. God sent his beloved Son into the world to fulfill all the law and the prophets on behalf of chosen sinners, who were chosen before the foundation of the world—and that is precisely what Christ did while he was on this earth. From the moment he was supernaturally conceived in the virgin’s womb to the moment that he died on the cross at Calvary, the Lord Jesus Christ always went about doing his Father’s business. From the cradle to the grave, Christ was the perfect man who loved the LORD his God with all his heart, mind, strength, and soul. The Psalmist asked, “Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? Or who shall stand in his holy place? [Only] he that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.” The only who fits this description is Jesus Christ; however, in him, all those for whom he lived and died are equally described by the Psalmist, for they are complete in him. Our text says that this certain man made a great supper. This is what that means: the Lord Jesus Christ did not make salvation possible, available, or merely accessible by his life and death. Christ did not try to make atonement for his people, any more than he attempted to perfect or sanctify his people by his obedience unto death. The Lord Jesus Christ made salvation. He made atonement for all his people. He made his elect holy, sanctified, and without fault before his Father’s throne. Anyone who attempts to do something that they eventually fail to accomplish is a failure. The Lord Jesus Christ never failed and never could fail, for he is the eternal Son of God, who is the same yesterday, today, and forever.  
A Great Command
When suppertime had arrived, the Master of the house sent his servant out to preach a simple message, “Come; for all things are now ready.” This is the message of every gospel preacher that God has sent out: come to Christ! Repent of your sins! Flee for refuge! Trust the Son, kiss the Son, believe on the Son! This message is God’s commandment to all men everywhere, who hear the gospel preached. The gospel we preach is not an invitation that all men are free to accept to reject at their own leisure—nothing could be further from the truth! Though this commandment of coming to Christ is a gracious commandment, it is a commandment nonetheless. There are eternal consequences for not believing on the Son of God. That doesn’t sound like an invitation to me! God has prepared all things necessary for salvation, and he commands all men everywhere to repent and believe on his Son immediately. This matter of salvation is a matter of great urgency that must not be delayed. We are told that the Master of the house told his servants to go out “quickly” and compel sinners to come to the supper.  
Excuses, Excuses
What can we learn about ourselves in this parable? Do we learn about the inherent goodness of mankind? Does the Lord tell us how delighted men are,  when they hear about God’s free and sovereign grace? Perhaps this is the text where God says that we are good people. Let us see for ourselves. The Master of the house has prepared a great supper at a great cost and has now sent out his faithful servants to declare a simple message. Those who heard the message preached listened for a short while, but in the end, they all made excuses for why they couldn’t come to the supper. The three excuses given in this parable are intentionally given to show the utter foolishness of all excuses that people make for their willing unbelief. One man tried to excuse himself by saying that he had bought a piece of land that he had to go examine. He could have done this simple task at any other time, but in his fallen and depraved mind, he thought there was no better time to examine his newly bought land than when he had just heard the best news in his life. What insanity! The next man’s excuse was just as foolish. He had bought five yoke of oxen, and he thought, “Surely, there’s no better time, than right now, to find out if my newly purchased oxen can do the work required of them.” The third man’s excuse was the worst of them all because he blamed his unbelief on his wife! Now, all these men were obviously lying right through their teeth, but the fact that they would even use such pitiful excuses displays just what man thinks about God’s free grace in Christ. The reason these men made excuses for not coming to the great supper is not because they could not come, but because they did not want to come. Behold the sad condition of our natural heart, which loves darkness and hates the light! If a man was desperately sick in bed with a terrible disease, which no available medicine could cure, do you think he would find excuses for not going to a doctor, who had a way to help him? “Sir! The great physician that is near thee has the cure for thy illness! Go, and see him quickly, before he passes by on his way!” “No thank you; I don’t have time to get out of bed, and I feel too sleepy and tired. I think I will just stay here.” If you find this ridiculous and inexcusable, then how inexcusable will man’s unbelief be in the day of judgment? No wonder the writer asks, “How shall we escape if neglect so great salvation?” There are no excuses for unbelief. How can a man despise such a great Savior and be excused in the judgment? He cannot, you cannot, and I cannot. Unbelief will take us to hell, and no excuses will save us from our responsibility to believe on the Son of God.
The Master’s Anger
After the servants came back to the Master’s house and shared with him those things the men had said, the Master of the house was angry. Let us not fool ourselves into thinking that God takes unbelief lightly. “He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.” By your obstinate unbelief and rejection of God’s gospel, you are saying to God, “I don’t believe you—you are a liar.” I ask you, my friend, do you think the God that cannot lie will take your unbelief casually? Be mindful also of just how horrible this sin must be, if it makes the God, who delights in mercy and compassion, angry!
A Sobering Promise
The Master’s statement to his servants, at the end of this parable, is truly sobering. He says, “None of those men which were bidden [and rejected me, rejected my Son, rejected my gospel and mocked my servant’s message] shall taste of my supper.” This is the Master’s promise for those who die in unbelief. God does not offer damnation to those who die in unbelief, any more than he offers salvation to those who die in his Son—God promises it. This is the final lesson of the parable and the testimony of the entire Word of God: if you or I go to hell, we will have no one to blame but ourselves. Our damnation will not be because we were not elect. It will not be because Christ did not die for us or that the Spirit of God would not call us, though those things may certainly be true. Let me be clear: God does not love everyone. God did not elect everyone. Christ did not die for everyone, and the Spirit is not trying to call everyone. But all those things notwithstanding, the reason men go to hell is because they hate God and love their sin. The only reason men go to hell is because they would not have this man to reign over them.
Come to Christ
What is the good news for you and me, in light of this frightening reality? Come to Christ. Believe on Christ. Fall flat on Christ. Trust him for all things, for time and eternity—for all things are now ready! Do not delay. Do not procrastinate. Do not make excuses, for there is no time like the present. “Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel? For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the LORD GOD: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.” —Dennis Svistun

No Smoking

If a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. —Galatians 6:3

     Come down, O mighty man—come down! Your boasted superiority and arrogant blusterings are an offense to the Most High, a smoke in his holy nostrils! You, like the devil, have exalted your imaginary throne above the clouds of heaven. Puffed up and proud, you sit on high that you may behold all mortal flesh, as tiny insects beneath your lofty majesty. You polish your ivory throne of selfish conceit, causing it to sparkle above measure that all who behold it may wonder at your royal greatness. “Oh,” you say, “there is no throne like unto my throne!” Beware, thou great man; “ye have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out.” You will learn, as all men must, that “good understanding giveth favor: but the way of the transgressor is hard.” By order of Christ the King, the door of your self-proclaimed reign of papal supremacy shall be shut forever, and even now it is slowly creaking shut on its ruinous hinges of rusty nothingness. And when the King of kings shuts the door, “no man openeth!”
     You think you are something, but you are nothing! You think you know, but you know nothing! You think you are good and noble, but you are rotten and wretched! You think you see, but you are a blind mole! You think all are beneath you, but your vain surmisings reveal that you are beneath the lowest of the low, a veritable catfish, feeding upon the slime and sludge of your own resplendent magnificence! Poor, pitiful worm, thou hast deceived thyself! This is the rejoicing madman who dwelt carelessly on high, who said in his heart, “I am, and there is none beside me!” Your desolation draweth nigh, and everyone that passeth by you shall hiss and wag his head. “All they shall speak and say unto thee, Art thou also become weak as we? Art thou become like unto us? Thy pomp is brought down to the grave, and the noise of thy viols: the worm is spread under thee, and the worms cover thee. How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms?” 
     Oh, presumptuous pontiff—you have sown your field with the grandiose seeds of self-absorption. You have watered your supercilious seedlings with the polluted water of pride and pomposity. You have painstakingly cultivated them to full growth, so that they are ripe for the harvest. Having reaped down your egocentric babies, they are ready for the smoking. Eagerly, you reach for you pouch, pinching from it a bit of your narcissistic ragweed. Taking your papal pipe in hand, you fill its brazen bowl with the soured bits of vanity and self-importance. Too foolish to read the No Smoking sign and unwilling to cast off your ungodly addiction, you strike the devil’s match and set your precious weed on fire. Puff—puff—puff—inhale—and hold. Forsaking the clean, refreshing air of humble contrition, you choke on your pretended goodness and self-righteousness. Slowly exhaling, you begin to soar in your own mind, high above the lesser mortals, who dwell on God’s flat earth. Inebriated on your homegrown holiness, high on self, and unwilling to come down, you stagger to-and-fro through the clouds of your own vanity, basking in your own glory, as one who cannot see the plague of his own vile heart.        
     Come down, I say, “O vain man,” and pitch your tent among us ordinary, common, weaker, and more helpless humans. Come down, Caiaphas. Come, down Judas. Come down, Pharaoh. Come down, Ahab. Come down, Herod. Come down, Nebuchadnezzar. Come down, Goliath, before you are brought down and laid low in the dust by him who is higher than the highest. A sling and a pebble, that is all it takes, and there you will lay, motionless, lifeless, defeated, broken, dead, and decapitated before the feet of David, the son of Jesse, because “the LORD of hosts hath purposed it, to stain the pride of all glory, and to bring into contempt all the honorable of the earth.” You glory in your shame, and your glory shall be your demise. Too much smoke has made thee mad, and thou art beside thyself. Hast thou not known? Hast thou not heard? Hast thou not read that “pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall”?
     There is only one man who is truly something, and that man “thought it not robbery to be equal with God, but made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
     Oh, the man, Christ Jesus—now that man is something indeed! He, and he alone, is worthy of reputation, glory, and praise, for he alone tread the winepress, and of the people, there was none with him. He alone magnified the law and made in honorable. He suffered, and bled, and died alone to bring in everlasting righteousness. He alone did the work. He alone did the will of the Father. He alone sits upon the throne of absolute sovereignty. He alone saves sinners by his grace. He alone gives life. He alone speaks pardon to the hearts of chosen sinners. He alone lifts sinners up from the dunghill of corruption. He alone calls the shots. He alone bestows mercy. He alone is the object of adoration. He alone has his way in the whirlwind. He alone rides forth, conquering and to conquer. He alone brings sinners into fellowship with God. He alone is the Author and Finisher of our faith. He alone is Alpha and Omega. He alone sits as Judge, Jury, and Executioner. And he alone will have the praise of men.
     “Be not deceived; God is not mocked.” If you think you are something, you deceive yourself. The very best of men are nothing more than fallen sinners: vile, corrupt, and full of leprosy. We know that in our flesh dwelleth no good thing. Oh, what unthinkable ruin awaits all who are high on self! “For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.” It is high time for an intervention! Put away your pipe! Give up your addiction to praise! Stop your illicit substance abuse, and think soberly! You are a sinner! You are a debtor to God! “For who maketh thee to differ from another? And what hast thou that thou didst not receive? Now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?” You boast, as if you gave yourself being! You glory, as if you made yourself a living soul! You prance about, as if you lived, and moved, and had your being in and of yourself! You indulge self-applause, as if you were something more than a worm of the dust, as if your life were not a mere puff of smoke—here for a brief moment, and then gone forever! Give up the charade, and know thyself, “for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble…for whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.”
     There is only one way to avoid everlasting ruin: you must repent, and humble yourself before Jesus Christ. “Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.” Oh, what mercy! What grace! What kindness! The vilest, the proudest, and the most undeserving of men may find forgiveness with him! Only humble thyself before him, and pardon is yours, for he is merciful to all who call on him. Wash in that fountain that is open in Zion for sin and uncleanness. Put away your pride, and deny yourself. Call on him, and he will abundantly pardon. Come to Christ, and simply tell him all the truth. “Only acknowledge thine iniquity, that thou hast transgressed against the LORD thy God…and ye have not obeyed my voice, saith the LORD.” —Frank Hall

Arminian Strawmen

How forcible are right words! But what doth your arguing reprove? —Job 6:25

     God’s testimony that he sits upon “the circle of the earth” does not hide that the earth is a flat, disc-shaped plane—it reveals it. God’s statement that “the sun stood still” does not hide the motion of the sun in circuit above the earth—it reveals it. God’s declaration that “the world also is established, that it cannot be moved” does not hide that the earth is firm, fixed, and stationary—it reveals it. God’s announcement that he “made two great lights, the greater to rule the day, and the lesser to rule the night” does not hide that the moon is itself a light—it reveals it.

     These things are not stated in such a way that we walk away scratching our heads, wondering to ourselves, “Well, I wonder what God is really trying to say.” These things are not puzzling enigmas or confusing conundrums, nor are they spoken in riddles. These things are not set before us with even the slightest tinge of obscurity. Mystery and ambiguity do not shroud or conceal these revelations of God in the fog of misty darkness. They are stated in such simple, one and two-syllable words that even little children can understand them. When God states something, that something is revealed. When God is silent about something, that something remains hidden. These things belong to the former, not the latter. Yet, men, who refuse to take God’s word over the word of heliocentric hijackers, are determined to darken God’s counsel about creation by words without knowledge. “How forcible are right words! But what doth [their] arguing reprove?”
     So, for all of you who think that geocentricity (an earth-centered creation) is not clearly revealed in God’s word; for all of you who think that God’s word does not reveal a firm, fixed, flat earth with sun, moon, and stars in circuit above and around the circle of the earth; for all of you who think that the moon is really just a reflector of the sun’s light, I ask the following questions:

  • Where in the scriptures does God reveal that the earth is a round ball?

  • Where in the scriptures does God reveal that the earth is a globe spinning on a tilted axis and orbiting in an elliptical circuit around the sun?

  • Where in the scriptures does God reveal that he fixed the sun as the stationary center of some supposed solar system?

  • Where in the scriptures does God reveal that the moon is a reflector and not a light?

  • Where in the scriptures does God reveal an infinite vacuum, above the heavens, called outer space?  

     You see, God’s word plainly reveals that the earth is a circle, not a ball. God’s word plainly reveals that the sun, moon, and stars move in circuit above and around the circle of the earth. God’s word plainly reveals that the moon is a light, not a reflector. God’s word plainly reveals that the earth is the center of creation, not the sun. God’s word plainly reveals that all celestial and heavenly bodies revolve over and around the center of God’s creation—a flat plane, called earth. God’s word plainly reveals that the earth is stationary, fixed, firm, and immovable, resting upon foundations that God himself laid in the beginning. These are not hidden things; these are revealed things.

     It is just downright dishonest to transform the moon into a reflector. (You know it; I know it; and God knows it.) It is just downright dishonest to put the earth in circuit around the sun, when the scriptures plainly teach and manifestly reveal that that it is the sun that is in motion above and around God’s flat earth. It is just downright dishonest to remove the earth from its foundations and make it begin to orbit around the sun. It is just downright dishonest to eliminate and ignore the waters above God’s firmament, so that you can retain your space exploration fantasy. Heliocentricity—its beguiling Luciferian furniture and all of its attendant falsehoods—is not revealed in God’s word, nor is it hidden in God’s word. In fact, the spinning-ball-earth and the nonsensical doctrine of a sun-centered creation are flat out denied and contradicted by God’s clear revelation of a firm, fixed, flat, stationary earth, with sun, moon, and stars in circuit above and around it.
     Furthermore, it has been foolishly asserted by some that the verses, which clearly teach a firm, flat, fixed, and stationary earth, with sun, moon, and stars in circuit above it, have been “ripped from their context”. Such an accusation clearly suggests that if we honestly view these verses in their respective contexts, they will clearly teach us that God made a spinning-ball earth that travels in circuit around the sun. But this is folly—nothing more than a vain attempt to cling to a devilish piece of artful fiction better known as heliocentricity. Such a poor, anemic, and weightless argument of no value reveals nothing more than the sad and dishonest methods men are willing to employ to justify their unbelief. Behold the utter desperation of ignorant men to retain the errors of science falsely so-called! Context, they say—context will gain us the victory over this flat-earth nonsense! All I say is this: context, or no context—a ball is a ball, and a circle is a circle. You will sooner train a crocodile to fly like an eagle and hee-haw like a donkey than transform the circle of the earth into a spinning ball! “The sun stood still” will never mean “the earth stood still”—not in this world, nor in the world to come. They say, “Context,” but I say that is nothing more than pretext. (Ouch, and touché.) Their “context-argument” is a lame, pretentious, ridiculous excuse halfheartedly and insincerely given to justify their unbelief and unwillingness to surrender their reason to God’s revelation—and nothing more.     
     I ask, in what context does good mean evil? In what context does free grace really mean freewill? In what context does total depravity really mean partial depravity? In what context does “it is finished” really mean “it is not finished”? In what context does “Christ loved the church” really mean that “Christ loves every single human being without exception”? Yet, men who would not dream of crying, “Context!” in these instances, inconsistently cry, “Context!” in the instances cited, concerning God’s creation. Such an argument—if it can be called an argument—is more akin to the dying gasps of a drowning hippo than to the triumphant song of a conquering hero. Honestly, such a feeble, petulant argument reminds me more of the arrogant wrestings of Arminian strawmen than of the sound, scriptural logic of an orthodox Calvinist! Context is important, and I am a champion of interpreting the scriptures in their context—but context will never cloak a man’s unbelief, nor will it vindicate or substantiate insincere, underhanded dishonesty! Your futile argument, my little strawmen, is less than infantile; it brings to mind a waterlogged, flimsy paper hut, built on sand and constructed from twigs, glue, and cardboard—and when the tempest of truth blows upon it and the showers of geocentricity drench it in heavenly light, like the walls of Jericho, it crumbles to pieces and falls down prostrate and broken on God’s flat earth.
     Again, I ask, in what context is a circle really something other than a circle—other than in the context of fairy tales, dreams, presuppositions, and preconceived notions? (And if there is a context, in which a circle is something other than a circle, show me that Isaiah, chapter 40, and Proverbs, chapter 8, are such contexts.) In what context does the circuit of the sun really mean the circuit of the earth? In what context does “the sun stood still” really mean “the earth stood still”? In what context do the words “that it should not be removed forever” actually mean that it should continue forever in perpetual motion? In what context does a great light really mean a great reflector? In what context does “the moon shall not give her light” really mean that “the moon shall no longer reflect the light of the sun”? In what context do waters above the heavens really mean a deep, dark, black, infinite void, called outer space? It is not context that men need—it’s faith, and faith alone. —Frank Hall

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