Who’s Not Loving?

July 25, 2016

My friend, Jeff, who I’ve been able to go witnessing with, is passionate about ending abortion. In this effort he sometimes seeks to persuade Christians to join him in the battle. That seems like a reasonable idea, and I’ve always known him to have a calm and loving demeanor.

As someone who attends a Calvary Chapel, I was extremely disappointed to see the video he posted where he goes to Rocky Mountain Calvary Chapel in Colorado Springs, Colorado and tries to pass out literature to Christians in the parking lot. You would think this would be a receptive audience, and he would meet with rousing success. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case. Their assistant pastor, Robert Beech, called the police on him to try to get rid of him. Robert acted very hostile–not loving at all.

Jeff went back to Rocky Mountain Calvary Chapel yesterday, and “pastor” Robert arranged to have vehicles parked in such a way as to prevent Jeff from standing in a safe, effective place to hand out literature.

As Jeff pointed out in the first video, it is biblically unacceptable for Christians to seek resolution of their problems by appealing to unbelieving government officials. 1 Corinthians 6:1-8 says:

When one of you has a grievance against another, does he dare go to law before the unrighteous instead of the saints? Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you incompetent to try trivial cases? Do you not know that we are to judge angels? How much more, then, matters pertaining to this life! So if you have such cases, why do you lay them before those who have no standing in the church? I say this to your shame. Can it be that there is no one among you wise enough to settle a dispute between the brothers, but brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers? To have lawsuits at all with one another is already a defeat for you. Why not rather suffer wrong? Why not rather be defrauded? But you yourselves wrong and defraud—even your own brothers!

Here’s the first video from July 17, 2016. The part that is most shocking is at the 15:30 mark.

Here’s a video from July 24, 2016 showing more of Robert’s sinful behavior.

Just to make clear what my thoughts are on the subject, Robert is in sin, and is the one who isn’t loving at all, but is acting hatefully towards Jeff. For Robert to condemn what Jeff does seems to indicate to me that he is more concerned what people think about Rocky Mountain Calvary Chapel than he is about 60 million dead babies.

I used to wonder what the Christians living in Nazi Germany were doing while millions of Jews and others were abused and murdered. I think they were doing exactly what Robert Beech is doing about the slaughter of American babies. There is a death camp within a few miles of this church and Rocky Mountain Calvary Chapel not only does nothing, but puts forth an effort to hinder Jeff in what he’s doing.

I love what my friend said about this:

That so-called pastor is suffering from delusions of grandeur. Jeff is a witness against him… By preaching the word, handing out information, and posters, Jeff is pointing out that man’s apathy and pride. We all know what happens to the proud.
Being a 501-c3 means that it won’t be long before the gov’t tells Rob directly what he can and cannot do. Already he’s under the influence of the beast system. He thinks he has authority- over the building, the land, and the people… That’s his delusion. It’s also part of that greater delusion some “pastors” have that they are the authority in the church, i.e., the parishioners, but they aren’t. Christ is the head of the church!

It’s obvious that the road is a public access road, so the “legalities” aren’t the issue (even if it wasn’t a public access road). The issue is that pastor… His pride and arrogance, his compromise, his dis-honoring of Christ, and his hatred for and violence toward the brethren who are Christ’s Church.

You’ve probably considered sending this to your pastor. I’m going to send it to mine. I know that I would not attend any church or convention, or whatever where this man was “speaking”, or anything that he endorsed. I’ll remember the name, Rocky Mountain Calvary, and I will always be quick to tell people to avoid it.


The Watchtower Forgot to Check Their Footnotes

March 17, 2008

John 12:40 quotes Isaiah 6:10; I had heard that even the NWT notes this cross reference. When in a recent encounter with a Jehovah’s Witness, the man opened his NWT, and I saw that it truly was there, I was excited. (Apparently the NWT translators copied many cross references from another translation.) Here’s why: In Isaiah 6, the prophet Isaiah is taken to heaven where he sees the Lord in His glory being worshipped by angels.

“In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphs, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another: ‘Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.’…Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying… ‘Make the heart of this people calloused; make their ears dull and close their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed’” (Isaiah 6:1–3, 8, 10).

John 12 gives an account of Isaiah communicating the Lord’s words, mentioning that the prophet saw Jesus’ glory.

“‘He has blinded their eyes and deadened their hearts, so they can neither see with their eyes, nor understand with their hearts, nor turn—and I would heal them.’ Isaiah said this because he saw Jesus’ glory and spoke about him” (John 12:40–41).

Even in the NWT, it is clear that Jesus is Jehovah/the LORD (not “a god”), and is worshiped by angels in heaven.


Proving The Deity Of Jesus On Youtube

January 25, 2008

Jehovah’s Witnesses like to point out that no one has seen God (1 Timothy 6:16), and say that that proves that Jesus can’t be God. There is an interesting way to answer that question, and I made a video and put it on Youtube. It’s about 5 1/2 minutes long; I hope you enjoy it.


Adventures on Main Street

September 5, 2007

A lady from my church (Beth) came along with my friend (Norman) and I to go witnessing on Main Street on Saturday night. This is an answer to prayer, as Norman is planning to move soon, and we need more people to get involved. I don’t think it would be wise to go by myself to this particular location.

Before we got to the first bar, a couple on vacation from India walked toward us. They spoke good English and were very friendly. Norman walked them through the law and the gospel, and they said they would think about what we discussed.

At the first bar, an older Catholic guy kept trying to start an argument with me, but I think we were both surprised that we kept agreeing with each other and were unable to argue. A lady repeatedly yelled at us to leave, which was annoying. The Catholic guy seemed to settle down a little bit, and I asked if he was going to get drunk tonight. I think he may have already been drunk, but he admitted that he was there to get drunk, and he knew that was a sin. I tried to explain that willingly planning out your sin is a far cry from what a Christian should be doing. He agreed that it was hypocritical of him to do that, but I don’t think it really bothered him too much.

At the place across the street, three 30ish girls talked for quite a while about the standard for getting into heaven. One left in a huff, but the other two stuck around. It was a good conversation, and we parted amicably. Still, it kind of left a bad taste in my mouth. It seemed they weren’t too concerned about their standing before God. I prefer it when people are either ticked off or in a really sober mood, but if they leave in the same carefree mood they were in when we started the conversation, I wonder if the gospel had much effect on them. We left them with a tract that discusses the trustworthiness of the Bible, and they said they would look at the Answers in Genesis website on the tract.

About half a block farther down the street two older guys were standing around talking. Norman offered them a tract, and one of them pushed him, and said that he would break a 2×4 over his head. They both started yelling for us to keep walking. That’s our signal to stop and stand there. Our right to be there has been established, and we don’t want anyone to think they have veto power over the gospel just by threatening us and screaming. We just waited there patiently until they calmed down, and then went to the next place.

There was some kind of family gathering or wedding reception going on, and one young man asked what we were doing. I asked my usual question—Would you go to heaven and why?—and he said God is going to take care of him, and added that he’s Catholic. At this point another lady started yelling at us that they’re Catholics and we should leave. I asked her why she thinks she’s going to heaven, and she said she’s given her four kids to God, and her husband has served in Iraq. We expressed appreciation for her husband’s service, and she began yelling about how he’s held dying men in his arms. While continuing to yell about all the things she’d done for God, she started to cry. My friend tried to continue the conversation, but she just kept crying/screaming. So we went on to the next place. I thought that would really bother Beth, but she said she had been looking for a tract on Catholicism. It would have been courageous of Beth to try to give it to the screaming lady, but she was unable to find it, and I don’t think the lady would have accepted it.

We went on to the last place, and a few people took tracts, but we didn’t get a chance to talk to anyone. After having three different men from my church get scared off by much less in previous months, I thought Beth would never want to go down there again, but I’m very encouraged by her attitude and willingness to keep going. I talked to her at church the next day, and she said it was an adventure. She listened to Hell’s Best Kept Secret and she’s excited about learning more.


Jehovah’s Witnesses: Lost in translation

August 16, 2007

The Jehovah’s Witnesses use the New World Translation of the Bible. According to Macgregor Ministries, it has been severely mistranslated to mold it to fit the views of their organization. There were no Hebrew or Greek scholars involved in the translation; they refuse to release the names of anyone who was involved.

The Jehovah’s Witnesses also use the Kingdom Interlinear Translation, which has an original Greek manuscript printed next to the English translation. It uses the Westcott & Hort Greek New Testament manuscript, which is believed by Christians to be acceptable. The preface of the Kingdom Interlinear Translation says, “We offer no paraphrase of the Scriptures” and “nearly as possible word for word, the exact statement of the original” (Page 9, 1985 ed.). So the question is: Is it really translated word for word?

One belief of Jehovah’s Witnesses is that only God should be worshiped—and I wholeheartedly agree (1st and 2nd Commandments). However, I disagree with their belief that Jesus isn’t God and shouldn’t be worshiped.

In Revelation 7:11, we read that the angels, elders, and four creatures worshiped God, as you can see in the Kingdom Interlinear Translation.

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But, in Matthew 14:33, the same Greek word used for worship in Revelation 7:11 is translated as “obeisance.”
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It’s clear that the Watchtower didn’t translate word for word as they stated. The same Greek word (προσεκύνησαν) is translated into different words, based solely on whom the object of the worship is. All Jehovah’s Witnesses interested in finding the truth should switch to a reliable Bible translation.

There are many other glaring issues with the New World Translation; you can learn more about this from Macgregor Ministries. Most of this information comes from that site.


Were the Messianic Prophecies Rigged?

August 15, 2007

In 1947, the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in caves in Israel. Scrolls from several different books were found, including the Hebrew Bible. The Dead Sea Scrolls included a complete copy of the book of Isaiah dated to 125 B.C. Before this discovery, the earliest copies of the Hebrew Bible were from the 900s A.D., so the Dead Sea Scrolls were about 1,000 years older than any existing copy. The scrolls gave scholars a chance to see if there were any copying errors that crept in over that millennium. It turns out that the copies we were 95 percent accurate. The 5 percent error comes mainly from misspelled words, and did not affect the content of the book.

What is particularly amazing about the book of Isaiah is that it has a lot of prophecies about the Messiah, which were originally written 700 years before Jesus. And now, we have copies of the original that predate Jesus’ life by about 125 years. You can get copies of the Dead Sea Scrolls and read them for yourself (written in Hebrew, but I’ve heard that Israeli school children can read them).

These verses about Jesus (written 700 years before He was born) were found in both the Dead Sea Scrolls and previously discovered manuscripts:

  • Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel (Isaiah 7:14; Immanuel means God with us).
  • For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).
  • I gave My back to those who struck Me, And My cheeks to those who plucked out the beard; I did not hide My face from shame and spitting (Isaiah 50:6).

Isaiah 53 gives a crystal clear gospel message; you should read it for yourself. Some of the more specific prophecies are:

  • The LORD has laid on Him all of our iniquities (53:6).
  • He was led like a lamb to the slaughter (53:7).
  • He was buried with the rich (53:9).

I’m curious what people who follow the Jewish faith think about this. Certainly a lot of them have studied the Scriptures and seen this, and these are very specific prophecies.


Proving to Jehovah’s Witnesses that Jesus is God

June 22, 2007

The Jehovah’s Witnesses have completely changed the Bible with their New World Translation. They are desperate to show that Jesus is not God. There is a long list of Scriptures that prove that Jesus is one with God, but the Jehovah’s Witnesses have done their best to edit those out of their bible. The following list works even with their bible.

Name Applied to Jehovah Applied to Jesus 

Alpha and Omega

  

Revelation 1:8

Revelation 22:13

Lord of Lords

         

Deuteronomy  10:17         

Revelation 17:14

First and Last 

      

Isaiah 44:6

Revelation 1:17-18, 22:13

King 

Isaiah 43:15                     

Revelation 17:14

 

Owner

Jeremiah 3:14

Jude 4

 

Husband

Hosea 2:16

Revelation 21:9

 

Savior

Isaiah 43:11

Luke 2:11

 

Judge

Genesis 18:25

2 Timothy 4:8

 

The Jehovah’s Witnesses have some other problems as well. In trying to demote Jesus to being lower than God, they say He’s a lesser god, but a god nonetheless (their version of John 1:1 says, “the Word was a god”). In this, they become polytheists, which I’m sure they don’t want to be, and it’s completely contradictory to even their bible.

They also say that Jesus is Michael the archangel. There are zero verses that would indicate this, and there are only a handful of verses that refer to Michael. They’ve been knocking on my door about once a month for the last few months, and I asked the last pair of ladies for their reason for believing that Jesus is Michael the archangel. They quoted Jude 9, “But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not dare to bring a slanderous accusation against him, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!” I just told them that that verse doesn’t even say anything about Jesus.

Since then, I’ve learned that that verse not only doesn’t indicate anything about Jesus being Michael the archangel, but it in fact proves that Jesus is not Michael. Michael called on the Lord to rebuke the devil, but Jesus never hesitated to rebuke the devil or demons Himself (Matthew 4:10, Matthew 17:18, Luke 4:41, etc.).

I think once you’ve got them thinking, this is a good time to go through a few of the Ten Commandments (Galatians 3:24), and conclude by saying that if they don’t have a proper understanding of who Jesus is, they won’t be saved (John 8:24). Any way you look at it, Jehovah’s Witnesses are terribly deceived, and all you can do is make an attempt to correct their understanding. Hopefully it will make them think, and they’ll get saved someday.