Last Days Deception
By Pastor R.S. Brewer
It is time, once again, to set the record straight - as a man, called of God ought to do. Many of my Pastor colleagues, some even Independent Baptists, are leading their people astray - some are themselves deceived and say the issues and standards of God's unchanging Word do not matter any more, but I maintain they do not matter any less! Some professed brethren are using using "the god's of Egypt" as promotional material to increase attendance on pagan holidays and attracting crowds by any means, totally leaving out the primary ministry of a New Testament Church - the ministry of the WORD, which God's Word say he must give himself to CONTINUALLY.
A true man of God would teach his people about these errors and lead them away from it. Like Substituting the OT name for Joshua in place of Jesus:
"Yahshua" is NOT a Hebrew Word for "Jesus". It is an anglicized form of Yĕhowshuwa` used 218 time in the OT and ALWAYS of "Joshua" meaning, "Jehovah Delivers" - defined Biblically.
The Hebrews were only aware of a promised Messiah and that He would be called "Immanuel." (Isa 7:14) However, the name of "Jesus," is not found in the Old Testament Hebrew language. Jesus' name was first used in Matthew chapter 1and verse 1, and a total of 5 times in that chapter and it is NEVER synonymous with "Joshua" anywhere in the New Testament.
Jesus, Biblically defined means, "Saviour of His People" (Mat 1:21) and is the name that is above all names:
Phl 2:9 - Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
Phl 2:10 - That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
Phl 2:11 - And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
So, I offer up the preceding brief Bible-based lesson for those who want to know. Those of you who do not want to know - stick your fingers in your ears, and cover eyes and continue down the Christ-dishonoring path. May the Lord help us! Pastor Brewer.
John 8:32 - And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free
MY FELLOW LABORERS
By Pastor R.S. Brewer
Someone attended our services sometime ago and after the service asked what I was mad about. Taken back by his inquiry, I inquired as to his meaning. He said, " You sound like you are mad at the people you are preaching to. My reply was this: Sir, I see a bridge out ahead, I see a fire down below, and a freight train bearing down on us. Sir, what may have sounded u like anger to you, was merely a passionate pastor trying to rescue, then prepare as many as possible for what is about to happen - the bridge is out; there is a fire below; there is a freight train bearing down on us - we need to move!
Col 4:14 - Luke, the beloved physician, and Demas, greet you. Philemon 1:24 - Marcus, Aristarchus, Demas, Lucas, my fellowlabourers.
A former member of our church inquired, “What happened to her, she seemed like one who loved the Lord and was concerned about her testimony more than others; now, she brags, publicly, about her carnal, worldly, escapades and lifestyle – the same she decried to those she taught and was an example to. She has even added carnal ways she stood against, heretofore. I cannot imagine what the family she was so concerned about, now thinks of her abandonment of the Lord who bought her.
I Am Reminded of … Lot, speaking of things to come…
Gen 19:14 - And Lot went out, and spake unto his sons in law, which married his daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this place; for the LORD will destroy this city. But he seemed as one that mocked unto his sons in law.
- Because Lot had left, abandoned, and forsaken, the principles he had learned under Uncle Abraham, he had lost all credibility with the husbands of his daughters.
The Bible is replete with warnings about this condition. One ensample given in the New Testament, is that of a gentile Believer named Demas, who was led to Christ, probably by the Apostle Luke.
After he received Christ, he walked with Luke and other of the Apostles and disciples of the Lord and finally, the Apostle Paul as well.
This working with God’s men covered a span of about 5 years.
Then, while he was assisting Paul, Demas abandoned his position, and left behind those who had come to depend on his help, along with those he had influenced during his short tenure with the disciples.
I’m sure Paul had noticed Demas’ waning faithfulness and zeal for the things of God: his concern for the souls of the lost; and his concern to maintain his testimony as an example to younger believers seemed less important to Demas as the days passed. One day, he was simply gone! Paul was asked about Demas’ whereabouts by some who had benefited from his life and testimony.
Paul, who was acutely aware of the problem, was asked about Demas and two promising young men influenced by the once-faithful Demas: What happened to Cresans and Titus? Demas' apostasy is what happened!
2Ti 4:10 - For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia.
- Crescens – Was a young believer – but you won’t find him in history other than this one verse. Why? He Followed the example of Demas – likely even defended him.
- Young Titus also followed Demas but then fell among some Believer’s in 2 Cor 7:13, he had sort of a personal revival – 2 Cor 8:6 – and was encouraged to finish what he had begun. The Book of Titus, is Paul's address, instructing the revived and once again faithful young Titus.
As for the apostate Demas, See 2 Pet 2-9-13- “count it pleasure to riot in the day time” That is, they are so in love with the world they could care less who sees them – they even flaunt, in plain view, their excess and, what the Lord terms "riot” meaning, Indulgence in carnality, luxury, debauchery.
- Most apostates who want to debauch themselves have at least enough shame to go where people cannot see them, but committed apostates defined in 2nd Peter 2, want their arrogant rebellion to be seen by all :
- 2Pe 2:22- But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.
- Note: The gender assignments in vs 22 were made by God.
They seem to say, “God, His Book, His messenger can’t tell me what to do!” Look at me everybody – hey preacher look at me what I’m doing!
They no longer seem to care that they drag the name of the Saviour who bought them through the mud - they become a real prima donna. That is, they become absorbed in self and self-worth, demanding, and flamboyant, and acts as if they were a world-famous talent. They become repulsively vain- Look at me, I've become a real self-centered idiot. As Paul said in Philippians 3:18 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: - even a saved person can become wicked (see 2 Chron 7:14) when they seem incapable of coping with reality!
A Warning to others:
2Pe 3:17 - Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.
At this point, let me hasten to point out that the “errors of the wicked” in 2 Pet 3, is not talking about the unsaved; it is warning us from professing believers who have become apostates – those who have turned their back to the Lord that bought them, and headed back to Egypt, metaphorically speaking. It is those of God’s people who having turned their backs to the Lord, have become a law unto themselves, and have brought destruction into the ranks of the Believers.
2Ch 7:14 - If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
Note: Sin is divided into three basic Biblically-defined, categories:
- Iniquity – Missing the Mark, refusing to walk in His steps, (1:Peter 2:21)
- Evil – Setting out to hurt the innocent with the truth or a lie; with good or with bad! (Deut 19:16-20)
- Wickedness- being that which is against God and Christ- hate for, opposition to The LORD God, His Christ, or that which belongs to Christ – (Thess 2:6, 8)
Deu 18:9 - When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations.
Remember, God is God, in the Old Testament and the New, and He does Not Change
Mal 3:6 - For I am the LORD, I change not; ….
Lev 20:7– Sanctify (separate) yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I am the LORD your God.
Some pup who has been deceived by some false preacher, said, “but that in the Old Testament! We don’t have to go by the laws of the OT. Of course, this is a typical error mad by Believers who are lead astray because they do not have a pastor called according to God’s heart who feeds them with knowledge and understanding. (Jer 3:15) Just so you know, The Lord is HOLY in the NEW Testament too and teaches us to refer to the OT and see He has not changed!
1Pe 1:15 - But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
1Pe 1:16 - Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
The Law and the Prophets (The Old Testament) are perfect.
Mat 5:17 - Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
Psa 19:7 - The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.
I read a posting by some novice pastor in Las Vegas who called himself a New Independent Baptist. After I read what he had to say, I am convinced he should have spent at least ten years serving under a mature seasoned pastor called of God. He is a prime example why a novice should not pastor. If God had called him, he should have followed the example of Elisha following Elijah until he was ready; but this young fella is like all the apostate Laodicean, non denominational churches of today – they are entertainment centers de-emphasizing the ministry of the Word (Acts 6:4), which is to be the primary ministry a pastor is to give himself to “CONTINUALLY.” This young pastor wants to compete with Joel Osteen, make up his own standards and ignore God’s. This is the kind of preacher that brags about number in the services on Sunday instead of praising God for revealing His truth – the Truth of the Word of God which is the only thing that can change a Believer so that he is prepared to meet the Lord:
Isa 62:10 - Go through, go through the gates; prepare ye the way of the people; cast up, cast up the highway; gather out the stones; lift up a standard for the people.
A real, God-called Baptist preacher seeks to make his people ready to meet the Lord, and they are watching, for and love His appearing.
Luk 1:17 - And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.
This young pup reminded me of the second Temple (Ezra 3:11-13), the younger people shouted for joy when the 2nd Temple was finished in Jerusalem after the captivity, but the older folks that had seen the glory of the first temple, wept with disappointment and sorrow, as they recalled the first Temple, built with a precision that reflected their love, gratitude, and obedience for the Creator. There was a reverential adherence to the instructions given by the Lord, being careful, as God’s people, to set the right example for the younger Believers, as well as the lost.
Those few believers who loved the Lord, sought then,as they seek today seek today, to make His Word their rule of faith and practice and real men of God labor alone with the God of Heaven in the wee hours of the morning to get bread to give to the people he has watchcare over. (Luke 11:7, 8) The preachers told God’s people then, as only a few tell God’s people today, “Make straight the way, of the Lord”
Isa 40:3 - The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
John 1:23 - He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias.
Heb 12:13 - And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.
The precept, the principle and the precedent were set in the Old Testament and built upon, not done away with, in the New Testament. 2 Corinthians 6:16 - describes the relationship a person has with the Lord when they get saved, and not before; it is the God-People Relationship. You become one of God’s people when you get saved, and not before – there is more, and it is that second conversion, that second relationship that the Lord purchased salvation to allow the believer to choose. The first conversion – salvation brought with it the t promise of eternal life – the free gift of God for all who believe (Rom 10:9-13). This gift God purchased with the Blood of His own Son – it is the first Conversion.
2Jo 1:7 - For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.
Second Conversion: Salvation is just the beginning for the Believer according to the Great Commission. It is only the first of Two Conversions the Bible Teaches.
Jesus said to the novice Peter, Luk 22:32 - But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.
Now Peter was already saved; but Jesus said that, as a Believer, he was not yet converted – do you hear what we’re saying young Las Vegas pastor? As a believer, you have yet to be converted.
There is much you don’t know that you don’t know, but you might have learned had you built upon the knowledge and understanding of those great preachers and Believers that went before you. However, your youthful arrogance got you started down the path of error – and error begets error.
You won’t get closer and closer to Him because you have cast away the very truth required for a close relationship – it came from your own mouth. Bro Goddard heard it but so many Believers of this Laodicean generation have not got a clue. You don’t have this Second conversion relationship because you have a title – Pastor, Deacon, Teacher etc.
Further, if you don’t have this second conversion relationship, not only will you not draw close to the Lord that bought you, but you cannot teach others to have it either. I am not talking about tongues or any of that error. I am referencing what Jesus said to Peter in Luke 22:32.
While the first conversion-salvation, a gift purchased at a great price by the Lord Himself, gives the Believer the God-People relationship by being born-again into God’s family, so-to-speak. The Second Conversion Relationship takes the baby-believer on a voyage across the wilderness headed to the land of Promise – not Heaven, mind you – No giants in Heaven! The Promise land is a choice not all Believers make; some, because their pastors haven’t made the journey; some because it is a journey of sacrifice. The Second Conversion costs the Believer – it isn’t free. The only ones who pursue this relationship do so out of an unfeigned love for the Creator-Saviour, It is what we have called the Father Child relationship – the Abba Father – Jesus set the example – the precedent:
Mar 14:36 - And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.
Rom 8:15 - For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
Gal 4:6 - And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
As the first conversion relationship is described in 2 Cor 6:16, the second conversion relationship is described in 2 Cor 6:17,18:
2Co 6:17 - Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
2Co 6:18 - And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
We called this, based on vs 18, the Father/child relationship (Abba Father). Peter, had not obtained this relationship as of (Lk 22:32), so he could not strength his brethren – Did you hear that brother? – Peter COULD NOT strengthen His Brethren, and could NOT lead them to this second relationship – because Peter did not have it himself!
The sacrifice required representing a child of God's choice to walk in Christ's steps, is what you belittled and refuse to submit to yourself to. That is not something new, brother, that is exactly what happened to Israel and it is why Israel lost her position as the Lord’s bride because He divorced her! (Jer 3:8-14). That attitude, which you display, dates back to Cain. The requirement of that sacrifice is spelled out in vs 17 - come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. To walk with Christ, there are things you must give up - certainly those things that are sinful, but it also includes things, that may be lawful, but are not expedient. (I Cor 6:12, 10:23)
Salvation Conversion – God/People- is in verse 16; Relationship Conversion and how to get it is in vss 17 and 18. It requires letting go of the weak and beggarly elements of the world (Gal 4:9)
Separation from all those things that are in our hearts that separate us from the love of God – that is, that we love so much: sports, pleasure, etc. Doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy a ball game or fishing trip. We just don’t live for those things any more. We separate from the unscriptural traditions of Men. Won’t tell what some of that entails – you would get madder at me than you are now. And that’s another thing we separate from, as men of God we thunder out against sin and compromise, running with the wrong crowd.
Speaking of crowds, did you ever wonder why out of the thousands that heard our Lord speak, there were only 120 in the upper room when the first NT Church met in Acts 1:11-17, for 10 days as they were obedient to the Lord (Luke 24:49/Acts 1:8). They waited for the Feast of weeks commonly called the Day of Pentecost when the NT Church was empowered. They had been meeting together for 10 days at that point.
Further, Jesus only spoke to the multitudes – lots of “disciples” who follow afar off” in parables, but took His few disciples aside and apart to teach them the mysteries of God (Mt 13:11) The Lord only reveals His truth to those who love Him and that love is manifested by separation. Separation from the world and secondary separation from brethren who refuse to walk in His steps. Not beside His steps, but in His steps. Not unlike as a small boy I put on Dad’s shoes, and jacket and went into the snow and tried to walk where he walked.
With this, I will end but it is not finished as there is still a third relationship to be had. It has to do with the Elect and I am not a Calvinist.
Our nation needs churches that are Holy, not carnal and worldly. The churches need pastors who have a relationship with the Lord and oft meet with Him early to get bread for his people in their journey. Our Churches ought to be distinctive and people should be able to see a difference in us. A difference, not to get saved but because we are saved and full of love and gratitude.
You could take the people out of most churches today and plop them down in Walmart on Sunday morning, and take the people in Walmart and plop them down in the churches, and no one would see or hear the difference.
That ought not to be so and it is the reason that America, should the Lord tarry, will experience what England and the rest of Europe are experiencing from the hordes of pagan Muslims invading their lands. There is no light in Europe any longer to keep the darkness out. The light is fading fast in America. The churches that compromise God’s Word and God’s standards in England, are being followed by the churches in America. I do not intend to dip my sails.
Gilbert Independent Baptist Church is an old fashioned Bible-believing (KJB) Baptist Church and we believe and preach that God’s Word and His Word only is our rule of faith and practice! We love the Lord and people enough to tell them the truth of God’s Word.
R.S. Brewer, Pastor