Sunday, December 3, 2017

The Errors Of The Charismatic Movement


    The main problem with the Charismatic Movement is its denial of God’s sovereignty. This denial is manifested in its decisionism. The idea that “I can decide to speak in tongues. I can decide to prophesy. I can decide to name and claim it. I can just say the sinners’ prayer and be saved.” Salvation requires Divine Revelation and not a magic prayer.
Another error is the doctrine that it is God’s will to heal everyone. Jesus did not choose to heal everyone. This, also, is a denial of God’s sovereignty. God is the One who decides; not man. God decides when to send revival, also.
    Another error is the presumption that “God told me so and so.” Some seem to hear from God more than Elijah did. When people say God told them something that He did not say, it is blasphemy. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain. The Lord will not hold him guiltless that takes His name in vain.”
    Another error is the “copy-cat” falling prostrate. In the great Calvinist Presbyterian revivals of history people some times passed out under conviction of sin. But in the Charismatic meetings they do not fall because they are under conviction of sin. They fall because the preacher wants them to fall. They think it is a blessing. In the Presbyterian revival of Stewarton, Scotland the Presence of God was so real that they cried out, “O my sins. God have mercy. God have mercy.” And they had to be carried out. When they awoke they were converted and at peace with great calm.
    The danger for modern Calvinists is to reject the real thing because they can’t discern the difference between the real and the fake Charismatic stuff. I suggest they google “The Stewarton Sickness” and The Irish Revival of 1859.
    Another error of the Pentecostal/Charismatic movement is the idea that they can work up a revival. God has His own timetable. He usually precedes it by sending a Spirit of prayer. True prayer cannot be “ginned” up.
    Another error is the doctrine that the gift of tongues is the only sign that one is filled with the Holy Spirit.  The main problem with the said movement is that they believe in man’s ability to obey God. True Calvinism would correct its many errors that I do not mention.
    Does this mean that the gifts of the Spirit did not manifest in John Knox, John Welch, Columba, Anthony of the Desert, and many others? By no means.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

My Position On Carnal Israel”

 I support the so-called “Nation of Israel” not because they are carnal descendants of Abraham, but because that nation stands for Western Culture as an ally of the U.S.
The Bible says, “flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Cor 15:50).  God never made His covenant with flesh and blood. His covenant with Abraham was based on the promise of a miracle (the birth of Isaac), nor are Jews in the flesh “all children [of the promise] because they are the [carnal] seed of Abraham; but, ‘In Isaac your seed shall be called’” (Romans 9:7). Any doctrine based on the holiness of “blood and soil” is just as wrong as Hitler’s doctrine of “blood and soil.”
That is why John the Baptist said, “ Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance, and do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones” (Luke 3:8). And when the Jews told Jesus, ““Abraham is our father.’ Jesus said to them, ‘If you were Abraham’s children, you would do the works of Abraham… You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do.’” (John 8:39 & 44). Every unbeliever is a child of the devil.
The one and only true Israelite is Jesus Christ. The only ones who can call themselves Jews or Israelites are those who are baptized into Christ. In carnal words only carnal Jews can be called Jews. But in spiritual words (i.e. God’s language), only those in Christ are the real Israelites. “For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh; but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter; whose praise is not from men but from God” (Romans 2:28-29).
“What advantage then has the [carnal] Jew, or what is the profit of circumcision? Much in every way! Chiefly because to them were committed the oracles of God” (Romans 3:1-2). They be respected for that reason only. “For there is no difference [between carnal Jew and gentile]; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:21-22).
The only reason there is a nation today called Israel is because the English Puritans believed that so they shall come to Christ after all the other nations are converted. Puritan Oliver Cromwell wanted to open England to the Jews after hundreds of years of banishment. “All the ends of the world Shall remember and turn to the LORD, And all the families of the nations Shall worship before You” (Psalm 22:27).

Isaiah speaks of a day when Egypt, Assyria, and Israel will all turn to the Lord. “In that day Israel will be one of three with Egypt and Assyria--a blessing in the midst of the land, whom the LORD of hosts shall bless, saying, ‘Blessed is Egypt My people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance’” (Isaiah 19:23-25).

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

To Obey Or Not Obey - That Is The Question

To Obey Or Not Obey - That Is The Question
“And they began to accuse him, saying, ‘We found this man misleading our nation and forbidding us to give tribute to Caesar, and saying that he himself is Christ, a king’” (Luke 23:2 ESV).
These perverse men thought Jesus forbad obedience to the government. If He forbids us to pay taxes, He must forbid us to obey anything that’s offensive to our liberty. They could not discern the difference between rendering to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and rendering to God what belongs to God. Tyranny belongs to Caesar and the Ten Commandments belong to God.
It is true that “Tyrants do not have a right to rule,” but God is the one that raises them up as a punishment for sin. The tyrant Nebuchadnezzar was called “Lucifer,” but God also called him, “My servant.”  Tyrants may not have a right to rule, but neither do tyrants have a right to overthrow tyrants. And God has a right to put tyrants in power. The Jewish tyrants rebelled against Rome and God destroyed them. When Peter used the sword, Jesus said, “No more of this” (Luke 22:51 ESV).
The only way to overthrow tyrants is the way English Parliament did it in the Glorious Revolution of 1688 and the way American Colonies did it. In both cases the lesser magistrate did it. The lesser magistrate has both a right and a duty to obey God rather than man. The lesser magistrate has a right to raise an army and resist tyranny because the sole duty of law is to protect the public from plunder.
When Daniel purposed in his heart to not defile himself with the king’s food, did he demand his rights or did he humbly request permission? The Bible says, “he requested of the chief of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself” (Dan 1:8). When the time came to rebuild the temple, did the Jews demand their rights or did they submit to the king? When Nehemiah wanted to rebuild Jerusalem, did he demand his right or did he ask permission? He first prayed that God would cause the king to give him permission. Then he said, “If it pleases the king, and if your servant has found favor in your sight, I ask that you send me to Judah, to the city of my fathers’ tombs, that I may rebuild it” (Neh 1:5).
The only time for individuals to disobey Caesar is when Caesar commands us to sin. Rebellious hearts cannot discern the difference between submitting to being slapped and submitting to sin. If Caesar slaps us, we are to turn the cheek just like Jesus did. If Caesar commands us to carry 100 pounds for a mile, we are to go the second mile. That is not a sin. It is obedience to the law of Christ. But rebels cannot draw the analogy. Their rebellious hearts will not allow it.
When the government commanded the three Hebrew children to bow it was time to disobey because it is sin to bow to an idol. When the government commanded Daniel to not pray, it was time to disobey because it is a sin not to pray and it is a sin to hide our light under a bushel. When the rulers commanded the apostles not to preach in Jesus’ name, they obeyed God rather than man. To flee persecution is not the same as sassing cops and wrestling with them. If the cop is breaking the law, do what Paul did. Appeal to the magistrate, not to the cop (Acts 16:36-37). Rebels cannot discern between good and evil. “But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil” (Heb 5:14).

Friday, June 3, 2016

When Did The Disciples See Christ Coming Before They Died?

When Did The Disciples See Christ Coming Before They Died?
By Ron Smith

For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works. Assuredly, I say to you, there are some standing here who shall not taste death till they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom” (Mat. 16:27-28).

         Some say it was when He destroyed Jerusalem. Others say it was when He was transfigured, or His resurrection, or the Day of Pentecost, or the tremendous growth of His kingdom. I asked the Lord this question and He seemed to bring Daniel 7:13 to mind. When One like a Son of Man came to the Ancient of Days is when He came in the glory of His Father. The disciples saw that in Acts chapter one. They saw Him fulfill that “coming.” The ascension to the Father fulfilled Daniel 7:13. That is when they saw “the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.”
         This “coming” in Daniel 7:13 was at the time of the fourth beast that was making war with the saints (Rome, Dan 7:21). It was when the heavenly court was set and a judgment was made (Dan 7:10, 22). Jesus fulfilled this judgment when He went to the cross, died, descended, and ascended to the Ancient of Days. Just before He went to the cross He said, “Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out” (John 12:31). It was when “Ten thousand times ten thousand” angels were present Dan 7:10). This happened “When the Son of Man [came] in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He [sat] on the throne of His glory” (Mat 25:31) and could say, ““All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth” (Mat 28:18).
         He is now seated in the court session as Conqueror judging and making war (Rev 19:11). Now “He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet” (I Cor 15:25). “The LORD said to my Lord, ‘Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool. The LORD shall send the rod of Your strength out of Zion [heaven]. Rule in the midst of Your enemies!” (Psalm 110:1-2). “Little by little I will drive them out from before you, until you have increased, and you inherit the land” (Exodus 23:30). “Your people shall [increase] and be volunteers In the day of Your power” (Psa 110:3). “Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power” (I Cor 15:24).
Is Christ Winning?
         The Father promised David, “I will give You The nations for Your inheritance, And the ends of the earth for Your possession” (Psalm 2:8). The Father fulfilled that promise and David conquered every king within the Promised Land. What God promised David is also promised to Christ. The only difference is that David’s Promised Land was limited as a shadow and type of the whole world. The Father promises that His Son “would be the heir of the world” (Romans 4:13). He is now reigning in the midst of His enemies and conquering them little by little. Some say He is not yet ruling. They say He will not rule until His second coming. But Scripture says, “Rule in the midst of Your enemies” (Psalm 110:2). When Jesus comes again He will have no enemies anymore. “Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power” (I Cor 15:24).

In the year 100 A.D. there was one Christian for every 360 people.
In the year 1000 A.D. there was one Christian for every 220.
In the year 1500 A.D. there was one Christian for every 67 people.
In the year 1900 A.D. there was one Christian for every 27 people.
In the year 1950 A.D. there was one Christian for every 21 people.
In the year 1980 A.D. there was one Christian for every 11 people.
In the year 1989 A.D. there was one Christian for every 7 people.
In the year 2010 A.D. there was one Christian for every 3 people.
Psa 72:11 Yes, all kings shall fall down before Him; All nations shall serve Him.
Isa 54:3  For you shall expand to the right and to the left, and your descendants will inherit the nations….
Psalm 86:9      All nations whom You have made Shall come and worship before You, O Lord, And shall glorify Your name.
Psalm 102:15    So the nations shall fear the name of the LORD, And all the kings of the earth Your glory.
Psalm 111:6     He has declared to His people the power of His works, In giving them the heritage of the nations.
Isaiah 19:23-25     In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian will come into Egypt and the Egyptian into Assyria, and the Egyptians will serve with the Assyrians.  In that day Israel will be one of three with Egypt and Assyria, even a blessing in the midst of the land, whom the LORD of hosts shall bless, saying, "Blessed is Egypt My people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance."
Psalm 22:27     All the ends of the world Shall remember and turn to the LORD, And all the families of the nations Shall worship before You.
Psalm 102:22    When the peoples are gathered together, And the kingdoms, to serve the LORD.
Hab 2:14      For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.
Rev 15:4 Who shall not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your name? For You alone are holy.  For all nations shall come and worship before You, For Your judgments have been manifested.”

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

The Return Of Israel To The Land With A Risen David

Ezekiel 37:24-25 “David My servant shall be king over them, and they shall all have one shepherd; they shall also walk in My judgments and observe My statutes, and do them. Then they shall dwell in the land that I have given to Jacob My servant, where your fathers dwelt; and they shall dwell there, they, their children, and their children’s children, forever; and My servant David shall be their prince forever.”[1]

            The promise of a return by Israel includes two inseparable parts:
1.     They will serve the LORD and David their king.
2.     They shall dwell in the Promised Land.
            To interpret this promise, we need to use the spiritual method of the apostles. The carnal method would lead us to conclude that 1.) The promise is to carnal Israel. 2.) Their king is literal David. 3.) Their land is literal Palestine. The spiritual method sees David their King as Christ. If David is a symbol for Christ, then Israel and Judah must also be figurative for God’s people. God’s people are His people by any other name. This promise is given to the “Israel of God.” The Apostle Paul calls the church, “The Israel of God.” And as many as walk according to this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God” (Galatians 6:16).
            To which rule is Paul referring? He is referring to the apostolic rule of interpreting the Old Testament spiritually and not carnally. Paul’s rule is: “…it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham” (Galatians 3:7 ESV). “And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's offspring, heirs according to promise” (Galatians 3:29 ESV).
            Since Israel is spiritual Israel, and David is Christ, then do we switch to the carnal method and say the land is Palestine? The Promised Land was a type and shadow of the whole world. God promised the land to Abraham, but Paul says God gave Abraham the whole world.   “For the promise to Abraham and his offspring that he would be heir of the world…” (Romans 4:13). Jesus said the true worshippers do not worship in Jerusalem or in Samaria, but in Spirit and in truth. The Promised Land is not a geographical location. It is a spiritual location. It is a place of rest and fulfillment. Those with a “wander lust” are still searching for it. They who are contented in Christ have found it, no matter where they live. To be searching for a literal Promised Land is to turn again to the weak and beggarly elements of the law (Gal 4:9).

[1] Jer 30:9 “But they shall serve the LORD their God, And David their king, Whom I will raise up for them.”
Ezek 34:23-24 “I will establish one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them--My servant David. He shall feed them and be their shepherd. And I, the LORD, will be their God, and My servant David a prince among them; I, the LORD, have spoken.”
Hosea 3:5 “Afterward the children of Israel shall return and seek the LORD their God and David their king. They shall fear the LORD and His goodness in the latter days.”

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

When Did The Apostles Find Out Jesus Is Coming Again?

They did not find out about the second coming until He had disappeared in a cloud after the resurrection (Acts 1:11).

         John the Baptist asked, “Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?” Where did he get that expression? What did the disciples mean when they asked, “What will be the sign of your coming…” (Mat 24:3)?  Since they did not even believe that He would die and arise from the dead, how could they be asking about His second coming? The only coming they knew about before that was the one mentioned in Daniel 7:13. In that coming He was ascending to the heavenly court scene of the Ancient of Days. He was going up; not down.

 “I was watching in the night visions, And behold, One like the Son of Man, Coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, And they brought Him near before Him” (Dan 7:13).

Jesus said to the high priest, “I am. And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven” (Mark 14:62). [When did the high priest see this? He saw it when He died 10 years later, in A.D. 40.]

“For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works” (Mat 16:27).  [Coming in the Father’s glory has to do with rewards on Judgment Day.]
“When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory” (Mat 25:31).
         [When did He sit on the throne of His glory? It was when He ascended and sat down at the right hand of God the Father.]

“Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him” (Rev 1:7) [Every eye will see this on Judgment Day.]

Time Indicators
 “As I looked, thrones were placed, and the Ancient of Days took his seat… a thousand thousands served him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him; the court sat in judgment, and the books were opened” (Daniel 7:9-10).
 “The Ancient of Days came, and a judgment was made…” (Daniel 7:22).
When Did This Judgment Take Place?
“Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out. And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself. This He said, signifying by what death He would die” (John 12:31-33).
         Jesus said this a couple days before He was crucified. The judgment mentioned by Daniel 7:9 & 22 then took place at the death, burial, resurrection, and ascension. He ascended to the Ancient of Days, the court was seated, the books were opened, and a judgment was made against the beast and in favor of the saints. At that time He came in the glory of His Father and sat down at the right hand of power “from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool” (Heb 10:13).  “Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. The last enemy that will be destroyed is death” (1 Cor 15:24-26).
         Jesus cursed the scribes and Pharisees seven times while in the temple and said,  “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem… your house is left to you desolate” (Matthew 23:37-39 ESV). Then He walked out and told His disciples that a day was coming when not one stone would be left standing in that place. The disciples asked when that would happen and what would be the sign of His coming and the end of the age. He answered that it would be fulfilled in that generation (Mat 24:34). Forty years later (A.D. 70) His prophecy was fulfilled. The destruction of Jerusalem was not His coming. It was the sign of His coming. It was the sign that He had come. They did not ask when He would come. They asked what would be the sign of His coming and the end of the age. The destruction of Jerusalem was both. It was the end of the Old Testament age.
         Stephen was stoned to death for saying, “Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place and change the customs which Moses delivered to us” (Acts 6:14).
         Jesus came in His glory to the Ancient of Days, and all the angels with Him. “A thousand thousands ministered to Him” (Dan 7:10 & 13).
The Nations Are Now Gathered Before Him
          “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats” (Matthew 25:31-32 ESV).
         God tells His Son, “For the nation and kingdom which will not serve you shall perish, And those nations shall be utterly ruined” (Isaiah 60:12). “Ask of Me, and I will give You The nations for Your inheritance, And the ends of the earth for Your possession. You shall break them with a rod of iron; You shall dash them to pieces like a potter’s vessel” (Psalm 2:8-9). He is doing it by converting them. The stats below prove it.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

The Four Horsemen Identified


      Comparing Scripture with Scripture and using no commentary, one can see the identity of the white horse in Revelation 6 not as Christ, but as conquest or captivity (predatory beasts). Scripture explains itself in the chart below. This same symbol is used of Christ in Revelation 19 as the conquering king. In a sense, God rides all four horsemen: “O LORD,… Was Your wrath against the sea, That You rode on Your horses, Your chariots of salvation?” (Hab 3:8)
         Scholars I highly respect have identified the white horse of Revelation 6 as Christ.  But “If one gives an answer before he hears, it is his folly and shame. The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him” (Proverbs 18:13&17 ESV).
         The Catholic Encyclopedia says, “They signify conquest, slaughter, dearth and death” If that is true, the white horse is conquest, the red is war, the black is dearth, and the pale is death.
         Revelation 6:8 summarizes them as beasts (white horse), sword (red horse), famine (black horse), and pestilence (pale horse). The white horse goes forth conquering and to conquer just as the predatory beasts of Daniel 7 conquered the world.
         In Jeremiah 15:3, God calls them “Four forms of destruction.”  In Ezekiel 14:21, God calls them “My four severe judgments.”  What are these four forms of judgment? 
My Four Severe Judgments
“For thus says the Lord God: ‘How much more it shall be when I send My four severe judgments on Jerusalem—the sword and famine and wild beasts [captivity] and pestilence—to cut off man and beast from it?’” – (Ezekiel 14:21)
         God calls them, “four forms of destruction” in Jeremiah.

Four Forms Of Destruction

‘“And I will appoint over them four forms of destruction,’ says the LORD: ‘the sword to slay, the dogs to drag, the birds of the heavens and the beasts of the earth to devour and destroy’”  (Jeremiah 15:3).

         The chart below proves that the white horse, as conqueror, is called beasts. These verses describe beasts as the hand of Nebuchadnezzar in some places, or into all kingdoms, under the yoke, or carried captive, etc.

         Christ is depicted as the Coming Conqueror on a white horse (Rev 19:11). The prophet Habakkuk reveals that God rides all four. “O LORD… Was Your wrath against the sea, That You rode on Your horses, Your chariots of salvation?” (Hab 3:8). God says these four severe judgments are His. “I send My four severe judgments” (Ezek 14:21). They cannot ride unless God sends them. The devil can do nothing without God’s permission. For example, did God send the9/11 destruction on the twin towers? The Bible gives the answer: “If there is calamity in a city, will not the LORD have done it?” (Amos 3:6) Why does He do it? He does it as His judgment for sin.

God Is The Absolute Sovereign
         Whenever there is conquest, war, famine, and pestilence, they are sent as God’s four forms of destruction as His judgments for sin. The word accident cannot be found in the Bible. There is no such thing. Therefore, nothing can happen unless God does it. The buck stops with God.
         The world is in a mess not because God is not in control. It is in a mess precisely because He is in control. God sends death, destruction, crime, slavery, and war because of sin. The devil and evil men are simply God’s tools of wrath. But nothing can happen to those chosen by God unless He permits it. And if He does, it is for their good (Romans 8:28).
         This is exactly how the Bible portrays God. Men resent this. Man wants to be the god to judge God. Rebellious man feels betrayed. He imagines that his rebellion can somehow save him.

“The LORD knows the thoughts of man, That they are futile” (Psalm 94:11).

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest”
(Mat 11:28).

Dr. R.D. Smith