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Who Really Controls Theology?

This shocking article exposes a secret plot to bring about the greatest religious and political hoax the world has ever seen! You need to read this report to discover the sinister forces lurking behind the innocent mask of “theology”! This knowledge could save your life!

When the world’s leading Biblical instructors held their annual convention of the Society of Biblical Literature and Exegesis in the famous Union Theological Seminary – over 300 of the most renowned men intellectual, most scholar, most “Christian” personages, surely, one would think, these men should be the humblest, the most spiritual, the godliest of all on the face of this earth.

These men teach the teachers, and lead the leaders of our churches! These associations are the ultimate – there are 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.

We repeat – these men should be the humblest, the most spiritual, and the godliest of all on the face of the earth. Yet these were troubled men. Their theme ran something like this:

“We as scholars must be more vocal in training teachers, pastors, ministers and rabbis not to believe in the inspiration of the Bible but to rely on intellectual support for their beliefs.”

“Yes,” said another scholar, “the congregations are at least 60 years behind us theologians! There are still many of the “faithful” who even believe in the inspiration of the original manuscripts.”

Direct quotes from the lips of today’s most eminent theologians and church leaders!

Though these quotations may sound like a platform of the American Association for the Advancement of Atheism, they come from professing “Christian” leaders – straight from America’s leading seminaries!

Imagine the profound disillusionment, the mountain of heartache, the gnawing despair that would seize the minds of churchgoing millions, if their ministers and priests aired such personal convictions publicly!

What clergymen are afraid to confess to their congregations, they freely discuss in private among themselves. It is time you were told the truth! When ministers gather behind closed doors to discuss the Bible – their personal viewpoint, it is really different from the usual Sunday morning hum-drum sermon.

Your own pastor may be involved! The effects of these hush-hush conferences and private spiritual problems are beginning to reach the general public.

“Clergymen themselves are subject to deeper and more anguished attacks of doubt than most laymen will ever experience” (Cosmopolitan, Dec. 1959).

A large Protestant survey revealed that fully 30% of its ministers and pastors (not laymen) could not wholeheartedly believe in the most basic Christian doctrine of the New Testament – the resurrection of Jesus Christ! Shocking, but true!

These New York meetings plainly exposed the same skepticism, doubt and insecurity among religious “divines.”

In the previous article (Theology Without God) we learned that the reasons for this disease of doubt were several:

  1. Christ’s government in the congregations has been lost, church heads refuse to let Him rule their lives.
  2. Religious leaders do not accept correction from the Word of God. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction for instruction in righteousness” (II Tim. 3:16). The way of life which Jesus taught, if followed by these learned scholars, would cost them their social prestige, not to mention their salaries! Countless hours of aimless wandering in technical research serve as an escape from obedience to God’s commands.
  3. Assuming that God’s Word is not directly inspired (in contempt of the plain scripture quoted above), they throw suspicion on the historical record of the Bible, calling it “myth.” Then they “come to God’s rescue” by trying to sift and cull out the myth from the facts– “de-mythologizing the Bible,” they call it!
  4. As if this were not enough, so-called “Christian” Bible critics have struck even deeper, attempting to undermine the very heart and core of divine revelation.  Unsuspecting Christians are unaware of an outwardly innocent, inwardly vicious movement brewing among scholars for over 300 years to overthrow the authority of the original manuscripts not only of the Old Testament but of the New Testament.

Matthew 24:35 and Mark 13:31 and Luke 21:33 all state plainly: “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my word shall not pass away.” Jesus’ words – the very words recorded by the apostles in the New Testament – shall not pass away. But according to modern scholarship, they have passed away!  But God says, “My word shall not pass away.”

Modern-day seminaries – small and large – are saturated with these same false ideas. Young, impressionable students are now taught doctrines of doubt almost from the beginning of their religious training. In short, their preparation for the ministry is designed to undermine and strip away whatever faith they may have had in the purity and reliability of the Bible! Plagued with serious questions, literally haunted by doubt, tainted with atheistic skepticism about the Bible, “seminarians” step into the most serious and responsibility-laden offices God has granted to man, the ministry.

It is difficult to realize the full weight of this crime, and more important, the staggering national harm and disgrace this is bringing on us. Modern religious education is destroying the faith of its own ministers! This in time will destroy our nation!

The uncertainties and deep-seated insecurity expressed in the seclusion of seminary walls is beginning to stain and crack the smug, serene “ministerial dignity” of local pastors in their pulpits!

James A Pike – former Episcopal Bishop of California said: “There have been times, in the middle of a service, when I have been assailed by the most appalling thought. I find myself saying: What am I doing here? Does this make any sense? “

This adds up to the painful but plain truth that many preachers are teaching things they themselves do not believe. Isn’t that the same as lying?

For such hypocrisy the Almighty issues these blistering rebukes: “The prophets (preachers) prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of naught, and the deceit of their heart” (Jere. 14:14).

As the prophets said the people would do today, so we find religious leaders privately confessing: “We have made lies of refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves” (Isa. 28:15).

Notice these lies are not obvious to people under their control; rather these prominent men are well hidden – difficult to expose!

What will happen because of this? “For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed” (Isa. 9:16). God lays the blame primarily on leaders – political, economic and religious.

Our “Christian” nations highhandedly break God’s law – impudently insult their very Creator! Modern “theology” is encouraging this great sin – refusing to establish God’s law, refusing to warn of the impending national disaster of the Western democracies!

God’s punishment is coming!

In these little-publicized meetings, Old Testament Hebrew scholars (with their pomp and learned dignity) preach theories purposely aimed at completely undermining the Old Testament text.

According to accepted seminary theology, God the Father is the God of the Old Testament. If scholars can make the original Hebrew manuscripts appear untrustworthy, God the Father will be made out a liar.

Just how are they perpetrating this ugly lie? As you know, before you can establish a new false idea, you must disprove or discredit the old true one. In order to nullify the authority of the Bible, theological scholars (remember these are “religious” men, not atheists) have attacked the truth that the Old Testament was faithfully preserved.

Here is the truth. The God who spoke in the Old Testament is not the Father, but Jesus Christ! Speaking of the Exodus from Egypt under Moses, Paul says, “For they were drinking of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ” (I Cor. 10:4)! The book of Hebrews (12:18-26) also shows that Jesus was the God who spoke the Ten Commandments, “Much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from Him that speaks from heaven (Jesus, v. 25): whose voice then shook the earth (in the time of Moses)”!

The Old Testament then – being a record of Christ’s words, come under Jesus’ promise, “My words shall not pass away” (Mark 13:31; Matt. 24:35)! Here is a guarantee from your Creator! Which do you prefer, human theory, or divine promise?

Paul also knew that the Jews had properly preserved the writings of the Old Testament! “What advantage then has the Jew? Or what profit is there of circumcision? Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God (the scriptures of the Old Covenant, or Testament)” Rom. 3:1-2.

The Bible leaves no doubt. God’s word is not only inspired; it has been preserved!

The history of this preservation is fascinating, and deserves at least a quick glimpse to appreciate God’s iron-clad protection and preservation.

After a dispute about the Old Testament books (canon) started by Manasseh, the Samaritan high priest, Ezra and Nehemiah with the Jewish Great Assembly permanently fixed the three-part canon of the Old Testament – by God’s inspiration. This is proved by the fact that the triple division of Law, Prophets and Writings (comprising all 39 books of the Old Testament) was never challenged! Moreover, Christ Himself sanctioned this three-fold division of the Old Testament. See His words in Luke 24:44 of your New Testament.

After this inspired text was permanently and rigidly established, God called certain scribes, called the Massoretes – for a special job. The Massoretes were a body of Jewish scholars and scribes, who very carefully, even meticulously, preserved the canon which Ezra had fixed. These manuscripts were copied and recopied with slavish obedience. In order to insure that not one word would be lost, they even counted every letter of every line. A small notation in the margin was then made of the total number of letters on the page and the middle word of the page.

Huge masses of these Massoretic notes are preserved in the margin of different Hebrew manuscripts. Such facts as how often each letter of the Hebrew alphabet occurs in the Old Testament, how many verses contain all the letters of the alphabet, and many other interesting details appears in these marginal notes. To show how greatly the Massoretes revered the consonantal text, and feared to change it in any way, some manuscripts have even preserved odd marks over the words which originated from an accidental splutter of the pen, and have been faithfully repeated in every copy since! (Angus Bible Handbook, p. 27).

Thus an all-powerful God has preserved with microscopic accuracy His Word for us!

Here is the new lie. In order to destroy this wonderful truth of preservation, scholars must first make several basic assumptions.

First, they postulate God did not mean what He said when He promised to preserve His Word faultless for us: “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away” (Mark 13:31). Do not forget this guarantee includes both Old and New Testaments. Therefore, (they imagine in their crooked mental gyrations), there is no such thing as divine preservation of God’s Word.

Is this honesty with Jesus Christ’s gospel? Obviously not, but let’s go on.

Secondly, in order to destroy the truth, they further assume that God was not able to lead Ezra to find the proper Hebrew text. Therefore, even though Ezra tried hard, he did not have all the proper readings to work from.

From these two careless, unproved assumptions, they begin building a new false theory. They must begin digging around in garbage piles, dirt heaps, and old musty ruins in order to find other manuscripts, corrupt copies of those rejected by Ezra and the Massoretes. The most notable find is the discovery of the “Dead Sea Scrolls.” These scrolls are Hebrew manuscripts of a mystical, hermit, heretic people called Essenes -  unauthoritative manuscripts which disagree with the inspired Hebrew Massoretic text. Now scholars have two conflicting texts – the Essene and the Massoretic. It now becomes the exclusive job of scholars to combine this mass of confused texts with the true text.

Can you see what is happening here? The truth is being perverted! This false, satanic theory (based on mere human fancy) assumes you can’t tell what God has plainly revealed.

Witness the confusing mass of discordant new translations on the market today. God’s words are being stolen from a gullible public. Whole verses of the Bible are left out or footnoted. Whole sections and chapters are torn from their rightful context and are misplaced. Thousands of individual words are incorrect by virtue of being translated from a corrupt manuscript. In some cases, words and phrases which were never inspired have been inserted!

The absolute destruction of all Bible authority is certain, unless this malicious trend is stopped! And unbelievable as it seems, it is not coming from “enemies” of religion, but from the most “devout” leaders of professing Christianity!

Something is wrong!

Very few people are even aware of this information which you have just read Yes there is still a much deeper significance behind all this! Behind this religious crime, a great power is working. Like it or not, you are being affected one way or another.

Do you know then who really controls “Christianity”? Are you aware of the tremendous scope of the secret plot hiding behind the front of “theology?”

Some theological scholars know better. Others, though sincere, are deceived! Either way you look at it, lies are being told. Strange as it may seem, these doctors – in spite of their “independent” attitude, their “free” thinking, are the unwitting tools of a great mastermind! Who is the author of the lie? John 8:44 says, “You are of your father the Devil, and the lusts of your father you will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks the lie, he speaks of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it”!

Speaking of modern 21st century ministers, the Apostle Paul says, “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.” Apostles are religious men. You find them in churches, continuing, he says, “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.” (Scholars are always bringing us “new light,” that is, new information which we were ignorant of.) “Therefore it is no great thing if his (Satan’s) ministers also be transformed as ministers of righteousness” (II Cor.11:13-15).

Satan has his own ministers! They are being produced in seminaries, religious schools and convents by the scores of thousands! They reject what Christ said. They refuse to hear God speaking to them through the Old and New Testament! They believe and teach that God the Father and Jesus Christ are without supreme authority over our lives.

Now you know the real, devilish satanic power which really controls theology! As Christ said, many will worship Him, do great works in the name of “Christianity,” and do it all in vain! (Matt. 15:9.) Satan is the god of this world, including its religions (Eph. 2:2; II Cor. 4:4). What a condemnation of modern seminaries, theological schools, and centers of religious learning! All because men will not be corrected by the Word of God!

Satan is furiously at work to destroy you. How does theology fit into this scheme?

As the Apostle Paul carefully explains in II Thessalonians, the second coming of Jesus Christ to save the world from total human annihilation will not come until the climax of a great world-shaking event first comes to pass! “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there comes a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition: who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sits in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God” (II Thess. 2:2-4)! To accomplish such a masterful stroke of deceit, all authority must first be stripped from the Bible.

Why? Simply because God’s inspired Word has prophesied this whole gigantic world-delusion in advance and condemns it! Satan wants to hide the truth. He must, therefore, steer people away from the Bible, lest they discover the true identity of his false system.

Now you can see the frightening shrewdness of Satan’s scheme! The authority of the New Testament has been discarded by religious scholars some 60 years ago – without the knowledge of church congregations. The authority of the Old Testament is on its way out, as far as “theology” is concerned. Satan is cleverly preparing the Protestant churches – the members, laity, and children to reject the inspired authority of the Bible!

Remember, this rejection will not be accomplished with mass rallies denouncing Scripture, and with wholesale Bible burnings! It is already being done – every Sunday from the pulpit, every Wednesday evening at prayer meeting, in every Sunday school class – by simple watering down of the real truth of God, by slyly planting doubts in unsuspecting minds! When the Bible is left finally, completely shredded and divested of authority, the whole Western World will be prepared for the final manifestations of the “man of sin” – the false prophet.

The False Prophet will have false authority! He will have great miracles, he will work lying signs and wonders publicly among the people. This will prove to deceived, Bible-less “Christianity” that he is God (II Thess. 2:3-10). Satan will have set the stage perfectly for the final reunion of “Christian churches”! Modern Babylon will reign again for a short period just before the return of Jesus Christ!

Then comes the end of this age!

Are you searching your Bible diligently for the truth? Are you honestly searching for the one true Church to whom God promises protection (Luke 21:36)? (If you would like to learn more about God’s True Church send for our FREE DVD titled “the Perfect Marriage”).

You have been warned who and what is behind this demoniacal plot to destroy civilization. If you reject the truth, you will soon be forced to serve the False Prophet or be killed. What will you do with this knowledge? Will you act now while there is still time?

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