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Theology Without God!

Is modern “theology” really God’s religion? What is the source of your minister’s belief? Who control the seminaries?

“The question is no longer ‘Is the Bible true?’ – but, ‘How much of the Bible is myth?’ ‘How much of the Bible is sheer fairy tale?’”

Millions of unsuspecting Christians would be shocked to learn their own ministers and pastors talk like this behind closed doors! Unbelievable as it seems, this is a direct quote from a leading minister of religion – a top-flight theologian! 

In a survey by a large Protestant denomination revealed fully 28% of its own ministers could not ‘completely’ accept the very foundation of Christian belief-- Jesus’ resurrection! A national magazine said in studying the question of doubts in the ministry: “Clergymen themselves are subject to deeper and more anguished attacks of doubt than most laymen will ever experience.”

A North Carolina hospital reveals that 60% more ministers than members have mental disorders and peptic ulcers!

What about your pastor? The percentage of those who have serious doubt is on the increase. It may already affect one out of two – every other one! Is it your minister then, or the one just next door?

Something is drastically, criminally wrong in today’s clergy! Would you believe that the ministers of “Christianity” are under divine curse? God is displeased – angry, with the ministers of this world!

Listen to this stern rebuke from the Bible! Here is God’s indictment of the ministers of modern Israel – Britain and America – written long after Israel’s previous captivity and prophesying a future national punishment in our time, NOW! “Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! For both prophet and priests are profane; yes, in my house (Church) have I found their wickedness, saith the Lord” (Jere. 23:1, 11).

Speaking directly to ministers, God says: “The priests never asked ‘Where is the Eternal?’ Those who handled the law (religious scholars) cared nothing for Me?” (Jere. 2:8, Moffatt translation.)

It is time you were told the truth of what goes on behind closed doors – what ministers talk about freely among themselves!

Several years ago the annual convention of the Society of Biblical Literature and Exegesis was held in New York. This Society, boasting the cream of American scholarship, with members and guests from leading British, European and New East schools, met in famous Union Theological Seminary.

Top-notch doctors and educators from all fields of Bible research, these men teach the teachers, and lead the leaders of our churches! This association is the ultimate – there is no higher in Protestant theology! Several all-day meetings were held for the reading of prepared papers and discussion of difficult and technical Bible questions.

There were over 300 of the most renowned, most intellectual, most scholarly, most “Christian” personages! Surely, one would think, these men should be the most humble, the most spiritual, the most Godly of all on the face of this earth.

Instead of opening with a fervent, sincere prayer for God’s guidance, the moderator’s opening words – a carnally pompous, flattering introduction to the first speaker – no mention of God’s name, no prayer for His guidance! How applicable Jesus’ own words: “How can you believe, which receive honor one of another, and seek not the honor which comes from God only” (John 5:44)? Throughout the meetings, this spirit of hollow formality, vain conceit, and respect of persons prevailed.

Following the introduction, the opening address (which set the tone for the rest of the convention) was “Wisdom, Prophecy, and the Knowledge of God.”

While the cigar and cigarette smoke cleared from the halls, Dr. Scott of Princeton read his extensive paper.  The essence of his highly technical discussion was somehow (he didn’t know how) we must come to know God. However, we must not be presumptuous and try to understand how we know Him, hence we certainly cannot understand God Himself!

“Truth is, after all,” he concluded, “only the accumulated wisdom of the race, the social order, and the aspirations (vanity) of the people!”

This was his human theory of religious “truth.” But Almighty God says just the opposite! “The customs of the people are vain” (Jere. 10:3). “Verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity” (Ps. 39:5). According to the Bible, truth comes only from God: “and grace and truth came through Jesus Christ” (John 1:17). Someone is wrong – either God, or the former head of Princeton’s department of Theology!

After the learned doctor addressed the general assembly, the meetings split into two sections – one for specialists of Old Testament study, one for Greek and New Testament research. A sample from each section will give you a clear idea of what went on behind these closed doors.

In the Old Testament section, a learned scholar from Claremont Graduate School showed us how to scramble the order of Habakkuk 2:4-5 - then splice the fragments together, with an added word or two from his imagination. All this made the passage, “plausible” and more “understandable,” he said.

But shameless disregard is only an admission that he doesn’t understand Habakkuk in the first place! Note Isaiah 29:10-11 “For the Lord hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep, and hath closed your eyes: the prophets and your rulers, the seers hath he covered. And the vision of all is become unto you as the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I cannot; for it is sealed.”

In the New Testament section, a University of Virginia scholar condemned Matthew for deliberately falsifying and twisting his information! So – according to these men Habakkuk is unreliable, and Matthew is a vicious fraud!  (Jesus said, “And the scriptures cannot be broken” (John 10:35).

This gives you an idea of what went on for three full days.

In these exclusive conferences, as well as in their private studies and seminary Bible classes, the critics are busily “demythologizing” the Bible. This means they are culling the fairy tales and fables out of bible history! Supposedly then, God was not able to prevent error from sneaking into His Holy Word. It became garbled with vain imagination and lies of ignorance peasants (so says theology).Tear out a little here, add a few words there to complete the sense, juggle a few more verses, and there you have it – a “new” Bible!

Are you ashamed of the foundation of your faith – the Bible? Former Dr. Herbert Sullivan from Duke University carefully explained that we should not be ashamed that the Bible is shot full of myth! Here is a description of his “tranquilizer pill.”

The new concepts is that “Myth (not truth) is an important part of all science and intellectual investigation! Myth is an attempt to concretely express man’s personal experience,” he assured us. He means that even though myth is not truth, at least it is a good attempt to express whatever religious experience we think we have had. (This brilliant piece of phony maneuvering is supposed to make up for God’s being a LIAR!) The thinking is: this is the best man can do – he can’t find truth, but he can make believe – so we ought to be proud of it!

The doctor continued. Once we accept the Bible as largely bed-time tales of fancy, once we realize that his theory is nothing to be ashamed of, we can “understand” theology! According to the dictionary, the word “theology” means “knowledge of God.” “Theology,” the doctor said, “is intellectual reflection on myth!” In other words, theology is mere human guesswork based on make-believe legends!

Thus Dr. Sullivan admits that theology as taught to ministers “in seminary” is nothing more than human guesswork based on fairy tales!

Does your mind grasp the awesome significance of those high-sounding statements? If the Bible needs to be “demythologized,” it means: 1) God is a liar (“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God . . . “II Tim. 3:16); 2) the Bible is a deceitful conglomeration of history and myth (“primitive attempt to express religion”)! It takes a little thought to understand the full vicious impact of such lies!

If you have not absolutely proved the existence of God, and the infallibility of God’s Word, read our articles on this subject. There is no reason to remain in doubt! “Prove all things,” says God in I Thess. 5:21. God offers evidence so that you may erase all doubt! Remember, all this is from the mouths of great “men of God!” Can you have faith in such doctrines? If such blasphemy were true, you could never trust God!

No wonder a guest speaker from Europe, Dr. Willem F. Zuurdeeg concluded, “our faith is a stumbling attempt to respond to the Word of God!” There it is! – the frank admission of the real spiritual state of these exalted hypocrites. Obviously they are not living as their champion, the Apostle Paul, lived. Paul said, ‘. . . . . and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God” (Gal. 2:20).

What about men who think God is a liar?  Could such men have the guidance of God when they don’t even pray for His help? Will God help those who refuse to seek His will? “To this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembles at my word” (Isa. 66:2). Would God inspire men who were more interested in which humans agreed with them – more interested in how the audience applauded? (The Society did reek with this type of vanity.)

Can real spiritual understanding be found with men who neither believe nor do what God says? “He that believes (obeys) not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abides on him” (John 3:36).

These men admit they have lost the government of God – that the church lacks power. Speaking of one of the papers “Curse and Blessing in the New Testament,” one doctor said, “My, he doesn’t mean to apply that in church, does he? Why, imagine a minister today expelling an offender like Paul did in I Cor. 5! The very term ‘curse’ shows its utter uselessness today!”

The truth is that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever, so it goes without saying Jesus is not in churches which have lost the New Testament-type of church government. “A good understanding have all they that do His commandments” (Ps. 111:10). No wonder God condemns modern ministers! How applicable Jesus’ words to today’s theology: “Howbeit in vain do they worship Me teaching for doctrines the precepts (theories) of men” (Mark 7:7)!

Few people realize the tremendous mountain of hours and costly mental effort spent every year on Biblical research. Volumes and volumes of literature are published, millions and millions of words are read and spoken. What is the real motive behind all this? Is it to serve, to reveal God’s laws and ways to the people?

The real “why” was obvious in these exclusive meetings. God says His divine Word is “profitable for  doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (II Tim. 3:16).These men will not accept correction – not even from God! Research is escape!

The many long hours wasted in inconsequential details leaves these men without time to obey God.   Submerged in a mass of study, they are safe from God’s Word. They forget the really important matters of the law, by burying themselves in an avalanche of religious red tape (Matt. 23:23)! Worst of all, these involved, technical unending, and pointless questions throw doubt on the veracity, the trustworthiness of God’s Word. This makes it seem unnecessary to faithfully do what the Word demands!

Just imagine what would happen to the exalted social positon of these learned doctors, if they began to live and teach the real way of Christ. Most church leaders are agreed that Christ’s teaching about loving your enemies and turning the other cheek is impractical. Why? Simply because it is not popular, because people don’t want to change, therefore, a minister can’t make a living teaching that way!

The way to popularity, to fame and success as a minister is to teach the smooth “soft” way. This leads to prestige and greater financial success. Ezekiel, speaking of today’s Western democracies, says: ‘. . . . . Thus says the Lord God: Ho, shepherds of Israel who have been feeding yourselves! (They teach the doctrine most profitable to themselves.) Should not shepherds feed the sheep (with God’s truth – His Word)? You eat the fat, you clothe yourselves with the wool, you slaughter the fatlings; but you do not feed the sheep” (Ezk. 34:2-3)!

The popular, lucrative doctrine preached today, is not God’s theology! God also indicts the sheep (the congregation) for their part. ‘This is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the Lord: which say to the seers, ‘see not’; and to the prophets, ‘prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits’” (Isa. 30:9-10).

Religious leaders refuse to teach the truth; church-goers do not want the truth taught to them. No wonder Almighty God is angry!

James A. Pike, former Episcopal Bishop of California said: “There have been times, in the middle of service, when I have been assailed by the most appalling thoughts I find myself saying: what am I doing here? Does this make any sense?” Again, doubt in high level church circles!

Even ministers disbelieve the very things they teach! They doubt the very Bible which is the basis of their faith. There is a reason! You should be told!

In this New York meeting, a vicious new advance to undermine the Bible’s authority had begun.  A carefully planned well-executed scheme was underway. The first stage is already accomplished. The second stage is now beginning to develop! Before we can grasp the full impact of the new second stage, we must understand the background – the first stage, of this vicious plot.

Jesus Christ said emphatically, “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my word shall not pass away.”  Jesus’ own words - the very ones recorded by the apostles in the New Testament, shall never pass away! (Read Matt. 24:35; Mark 13:31 and Luke 21:33). But according to modern scholarship, they have passed away already! Who shall we believe – God or man?

Scholars have been working for more than 400 years to contradict Christ! They reject Christ’s promise to preserve His Word! Let’s see how self-important critics try to get around Jesus’ guaranteed basis of revelation – the Greek manuscripts!

God’s first written revelation to man – the Old Testament – was faithfully copied and guarded by the Jews. “What advantage then hath the Jew? Or what profit is there of circumcision? Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God” (Rom. 3:1-2). The second great message to man, the New Testament, went to the Greeks for safekeeping.  ‘. . . . . to the Jew first, and also to the Greek” (Rom. 1:16).

Just as the Jews did with the Old Testament, so were the Greeks responsible for preserving and copying the New Testament. How logical? The people who best knew the language of the Old Testament were Jews; the Greeks likewise knew their language best. Modern critics boldly and disgustedly reject the Greek-preserved manuscripts. This amounts to over 95% of all New Testament manuscripts known. “Scholarship” now turns with greedy, bloodshot eyes to the scrap piles, garbage dumps, and slag heaps of Egypt and Italy! This remaining 5% of Greek manuscripts found in the Egyptian and Latin world are corrupt! It is freely admitted these scraps and “rejects” contradict one another, and reflect various forms of perversion. But the great critics tell us not to despair.

They reason: since each manuscript contains some errors, we lump them all together (all 5%) and come up with a pure text! The errors will supposedly cancel out one another. Amazing!

Two broad, false assumptions are hidden under this crooked reasoning. First, error plus error supposedly equals truth! Second, we must assume we have found enough of these buried manuscripts in order to reconstruct the truth.

If the manuscripts have really become lost and scattered as they say, we would have no idea as to how long or short the New Testament should be. Tomorrow, somebody could find a lost verse, and extra chapter – even a whole new book – that had been totally unknown. We could never be sure when we had all of God’s words! That is why Jesus promised in John 14:26, “The Holy Spirit . . . .  shall teach you all things and recall to your minds everything I said to you.” This assures us nothing was lost while the New Testament was being written.  Jesus promises, these words once written “shall not pass away” (Mark 13:31)! God has preserved His Word for us all down through history!

Worse yet, this means you and I cannot trust anything in the Bible today? If the original manuscripts disagreed, how could we ever know what is true from what is false? We would then be forced to rely on the judgment of these vain scholars. But even if we completely trust them, and even if their theory were true, we still can’t know the truth! Buy their own admission, they haven’t “ARRIVED” yet!

God repeats: “My words shall not pass away.”

As these learned men themselves admit, this poses a very serious question. Is God still All-Powerful? Christ said His words would not disappear, would never be lost. The Holy Spirit was supposed to preserve them.

If we follow the ramblings of self-appointed critics, we must believe those words were lost! We must then conclude that the Holy Spirit is not powerful enough to do its work. What is more, this makes Jesus Christ a liar!

How can this problem be reconciled? This meeting of the Society of Bible Literature and Exegesis admitted this is a “puzzler.” They don’t know how to solve it!

Young, impressionable students are now taught this doctrine of doubt in seminary training. Their preparation for the ministry is to undermine and strip away whatever faith they may have had in the purity and reliability of the Bible! Plagued with serious questions and doubts about the Bible, “seminarians”: step into the most responsibility-laden office God had granted to man, the ministry.

This is a sad picture. Modem religious education is destroying the faith of its own ministers! Now can you see why God is full of wrath against false ministers such as these? “Is not my word like as a fire? Saith the Lord; and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces? Therefore, behold, I am against the prophets (preachers) that steal My words every one from his neighbor” (Jere. 23:29-30).

Yes, God is angry with such perverse teachers that steal His message by erring words and verses out of the Bible! God is angry with this fiendish plot, which robs us of His own word!

Speaking of religious teachers, Jeremiah says: “. . . . . Ye have perverted the word of the living God, of the Lord of hosts our God. Behold, a whirlwind of the Lord is gone forth in fury, even a grievously upon the head of the wicked. The anger of the Lord shall not return, until he have executed, and till he have performed the thoughts of his heart: in the latter days ye shall consider it perfectly” (Jere. 23:36, 19-20). This is for our time, the 21st century!

Punishment from God is coming on theologians who have forgotten their Maker! You have seen theology without God exposed. But this is only the background, the preparation already laid.

Who is really controlling theology? Are theologians the unwitting tools of a great mastermind? What of the new trend just now coming to light – a trend so vicious, so deceitful that it stagers the imaginations. How will all this affect you?

This plot is calculated to reach and corrupt the entire population of the nation – it has already ensnared dozens of the largest Protestant sects!

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