Wormwood?? John Hagee, Joyce Meyer, RC Sproul, Chuck Swindoll, Charles Stanley -- an Open Letter. . .
Please tell the whole truth! It matters now!
Dear; RC Sproul, Joyce Meyer, James Dobson, Hank Hanegraaff, Billy Graham, John McArthur, Pat Robertson, Adrian Rogers, Allister Begg, John Hagee, Chuck Swindoll, Charles Stanley --- perhaps many others.
Why do you NOT tell the whole truth regarding the most basic of issues when GOD’s word is all about truth? I have listened long and hard to what you have said and I know that you are sincere, extremely well educated and possess a high intellect. I also believe you are certainly well intentioned. Frankly, I would not speak to you like this if I did not have a great respect for the great accomplishment of your work.
But Uzza meant well when he reached out his hand to steady the Ark of the Covenant – but He wasn’t doing what GOD said to do – and in his case Gods anger was kindled against him!
Cain thought his offering was appropriate but it displeased GOD
Saul rationalized that he did not need to follow Samuel’s instructions as inspired by GOD.
Kind David thought that “numbering Israel” was a pretty good idea – it kind of made sense to him – but GOD showed HIS displeasure in a pretty dramatic way.
Christ said that “good works alone” including the casting out of demons was not enough and HE commanded that those people leave HIS presence because they were sinners because they didn’t do the things that fostered a proper relationship with HIM – who they claimed to worship. He said in Matt 7:23 “Depart from me you workers of iniquity – I NEVER knew you!
And most importantly Christ said people could actually worship HIM in a meaningless way. Saying in Matt 15:9 “In vain they worship ME – teaching for commandments the doctrines of men” He wasn’t talking about things HE commanded which HIS word makes abundantly clear. Who was it that gave the 10 commandments among them the command to keep the 7th day holy? Moses wasn’t the giver – he was only the “reporter”
So let’s consider some very basic things:
· Did GOD say in HIS Holy Word that the 7th day is HOLY – true or false? Remember it was GOD who said this not Moses – not any man – The very HOLY word of God upon which you stand says that it was GOD himself who gave this command – isn’t this true? – Yes or No?
· Is the bible the Holy word of GOD or not?
· OK -- What does “holy mean”?
· Doesn’t it mean, “He is involved in it– infusing it with HIS Spirit – endorsing it – sanctifying it– and certifying it”!
· Didn’t He say in the authority of HIS Holy Word to stop your work and assemble together before me?
· Didn’t HE say in the authority of HIS Holy Word this should be a delightful thing!
· Didn’t Jesus say in the authority of HIS Holy Word of the New Testament that the Sabbath was actually made for us – for our benefit?
· Didn’t He say in the authority of HIS Holy Word it will actually be a “sign” of who HIS people are:
· Doesn’t the authority and record of HIS Holy word say these things – yes or no – your answer please?
· Can you find anywhere in His Holy Word that he says he stopped being involved in the 7th Day – Infusing it, endorsing it, certifying it, or sanctifying it. No its not there – you can’t show me because it is not there – is it? Yes or no?
· His Holy Word never says any such thing!
· In terms of considering a day of the week, His word never says that He infuses, endorses, certifies, or sanctifies any other regular weekday for the purpose of stopping your weekly labor to assemble together in fellowship with one another and with HIM in a special way – does it? Yes or No?
· Yet you keep a day don’t you? Why do you do that?
· You seem to acknowledge the importance of the practice of coming together on a day to worship and you even go so far as to acknowledge and establish a day for this purpose – Kind of like GOD did – you understand the importance of doing this and even setting up a day to do it. You are kind of being just like GOD in this but then you turn around and pick a different day than HE did – didn’t you? Odd!
· Seems like it would have been a whole lot better and easier to just do what HE said to do in the first place – makes pretty good sense doesn’t it? Your answer please – yes or no?
So now –it seems to me to be a “Plain Truth” that it was not by the hand, word, inspiration, or decree of GOD Almighty but by the agreement and consideration of counsels of men –which – in truth – have taken authority upon themselves and have “re-sifted” the simple and plain truth of GOD into a “philosophy” which “refashions” the very carefully crafted will of GOD….
It is further Plain that you have endorsed the refashioning of it into a more humanly palatable form by a declaration of men, which pretends to emanate from God – But is clearly NOT from the plain and simple authority of His written word – but, rather, is a declaration of men which artfully claims to “represent” what HE intended – so as to cleverly conscript a form of Godly authority – even though He has already spoken very plainly on this subject and does not need mere mortal man to express His Holy Thoughts.
So we ask a simple question -- was this shift from the 7th day to another day by the authority of GOD or the philosophical rationale of men – though sincere it may have been? You need not answer this question – the answer is clear.
It seems clear that you have taken from the knowledge of the tree of good and evil and declare for yourselves what you will and will not do and have set yourself up in God’s place.
And this philosophy – what does it embrace? Isn’t it true that it embraces practices that are an amalgam of man’s traditions which were never established in His Holy Word, not ordained there, not certified there, nor sanctified there but ordained, sanctioned, and certified only by the mind of man who with an unwise and utter lack of fear and respect seeks to speak on God’s behalf as though HE couldn’t or hadn’t already done so quite plainly in HIS very own Holy Word.
Sir or Madam – does the word of GOD speak of a seventh day or does it speak of another day where we should cease our labor and fellowship in a coming together before HIM? Yes or No?
These councils have established a “will” which IS NOT the simple and plain will of GOD as found in HIS very word. So the masses who pray “thy will be done” – pray it – but then (for the most part unwittingly) practice their Christian faith not according to HIS will but according to the will of the declarations of the counsels of and the philosophies of men contrary to the very plain and clear will of GOD!
So –– why do you put so much value in what men say contrary to the inspired Word of God which forms the basis of your ministry or your convictions. This book you claim to value and hold in your hands when you preach – do you believe what it says or don’t you?
So – Sir or Madam – I ask – why do you operate outside of the will of God on this matter?
A Second fundamental in this discussion is: To look at a simple and plain statement made by Jesus Christ where HE declares there is a sign of HIS authenticity. Isn’t it important that we check and see if what we do and what we believe square with the Simple and Plain Truth of what He Himself said. OK – Here’s one that is as simple as it gets:
Matt: 12:38 “Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee.  But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas:  For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.”
You represent a tradition that fosters the celebration of days which are not found or commanded in scripture but are a meshing of ideas that “seem” to be pius but do not forshadow what GOD had intended by the days and celebrations HE established. For instance – Good Friday and Easter are set up by tradition to focus on the Death and resurrection of Christ. How is it that you miss a very simple test of the veracity of your teachings given right here – by Jesus Christ Himself in as plain a language as we find in all of the Scripture – let alone in the New Testament?
Christ warned that there would be “false Christs” – a false something is a counterfeit masquerading as the genuine article but it is not genuine.
Here Christ says plainly that there is a clear and definitive sign one would look for to verify that you are indeed worshipping the True Christ who is the True Messiah as opposed to the many false Christs he speaks of in Matthew 24!
HE is very clear – and plainly states that HE would be in the grave for 3 days and 3 nights. Ask yourself -- why did HE say this very dramatic thing? Why is this in the scripture? When you think about it – it’s a pretty odd proclamation. He elevated its importance to be “THE very sign of HIS authenticity” He set it up as a test. It is a vital Key to understanding what is the truth and what is NOT the truth about who is the true Jesus Christ! The implication is VERY CLEAR – anyone claiming something other than this set of facts is representing someone who is NOT the actual: Son of Man or the TRUE Jesus Christ but a counterfeit! Isn’t that important when you consider HE Himself said there would be many “false Christs”.
Your justification for the Good Friday and Sunday Sunrise resurrection is a time sequence that has Christ killed on the preparation day. You claim that Christ died “on the preparation day” or the day just preceding (NOW you seem to GET THIS) the 7th day Sabbath which was Saturday back then as it is today or on a Friday. Interestingly enough you show that actually you do know about the 7the day Sabbath and even dain to use it in your rationale to prove your time sequence. You have come to call this day “Good Friday”. Well if this is true – the Plain Truth is your math does not square with the bible and what Christ Himself says is THE ONLY Sign of who the true Messiah – the true Christ is?
If one used the most liberal definition in assigning parts of days for this purpose:
- Friday would be the first day.
- Friday night would be the first night.
- Saturday would be the second day.
- Saturday night would be the second night.
- Sunday would be the third day.
- Sunday night would the third night.
Yet you claim and observe that Christ Rose on Sunday Morning – nope – to match the most liberal definition of days and nights from the biblical account HE would have had to be in the grave for at least some of Sunday night and not risen until after that third night was addressed according to HIS own words. So a Friday death followed by a Sunday morning resurrection does not match the “Good Friday and Easter Sunday” account. I can see how you can easily rationalize the three days but there simply is no way to get three nights from Friday to Sunday Morning – It simply can’t be done – and you know that – don’t you?
The reason this does not work is because the sequence of days is in error according to the biblical record and the influence of misapplied traditions and human logic mixed with rationale instead of in the truth of GODS word. The preparation day when Christ died was the preparation day for the ANNUAL Holy Day Sabbath not a Weekly Sabbath. Christ and the Jews and Christ’s disciples kept the Passover (not Easter) and the seven days of unleavened bread with a Sabbath on the first and last day.
Exod 12:15 “Seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread; even the first day ye shall put away leaven out of your houses: for whosoever eats leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel.  And in the first day there shall be a holy convocation, and in the seventh day there shall be an holy convocation to you; no manner of work shall be done in them, save that which every man must eat, that only may be done of you.  And ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread; for in this selfsame day have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt: therefore shall ye observe this day in your generations by an ordinance forever.  In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at even, ye shall eat unleavened bread, until the one and twentieth day of the month at even.  Seven days shall there be no leaven found in your houses: for whosoever eats that which is leavened, even that soul shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he be a stranger, or born in the land.  Ye shall eat nothing leavened; in all your habitations shall ye eat unleavened bread.”
The Jews were celebrating Passover and the Days of Unleavened bread with a High Holy Day Sabbath at the beginning and at the end of this 7-day period. Every Sabbath had a “preparation day” both the “annual high holy day Sabbaths” and the weekly Sabbaths.
John 19: 31 “ The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the Sabbath day, (for that Sabbath day was a high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.”
The Sabbath preparation day spoken of in the account was not the Friday preparation day for the Saturday Sabbath but rather the Wednesday preparation day for the Thursday Annual High Holy Day Sabbath First Day of Unleavened Bread spoken of in Exodus 12. Christ died on Wednesday and rose sometime at the end of Saturday after Sunset as days were counted from “the going down of the Sun” as Sabbaths began and the day was completed or ended with Sunset.
So now here’s how it truly was:
- Wednesday Night is the first night.
- Thursday is the first day
- Thursday Night is the second night.
- Friday is the second day.
- Friday Night is the third night.
- Saturday is the third day
Matt.28:1 “In the end of the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulcher.”
- Resurrection was sometime after the setting of the sun on Saturday. Mary came to the tomb the next morning – Sunday – and Christ had already risen. But counting three days and nights backwards does not take you to a death on Friday!
So with this so plain in scripture why do you persist in teaching and observing a time sequence which is NOT correct and points people away from the VERY sign the Christ gave of HIS authenticity?
Now for another subject Recently, I listened to the radio intently as RC Sproul Sr. and RC Sproul Jr. (Also a PHD) were discussing the topic of “How we can know the Will of God” RC Jr. was saying that some Christians pray to a “frustrated GOD” who is not definite in what HE wants us to do. RC said boldly – and correctively that – It isn’t’ GOD who is Frustrated it is mankind in his imperfect worship of GOD. Then his dad chimed in and said; “mankind often takes away the deity of GOD and refashions HIM to fit their own perception of HIM”
WOW! Did I hear what I just heard from a man I also heard a few months earlier wrangling and twisting the facts to try and make is seem that December 25th was actually the real date for the birth of Christ. I winced! But I still love RC and pray that GOD gives him a “road to Damascus experience” – because – boy what a powerful voice he would be if he actually was opened to the whole truth and nothing but the truth!
So continuing with our Open letter -----
Dear Sir or Madam, my last point is once again an obvious basic point, which questions the foundation that under girds your message.
Lets begin this section by asking -- When were you born? Lets say September 29th – that’s a good day – its actually my wife’s birthday – she’ll be --- well a year older????
Well lets say for some reason, all your friends and family decided that they didn’t like that day and they decided to celebrate it three months later because everyone would be in town and they could have more convenient or a bigger and better celebration – isn’t that good idea? Wouldn’t that be more than just a little bit odd?
Come on now –every one of you know fully well when Christ was actually born. And frankly, in this day of computer research so readily available at your fingertips and also to the fingertips of those who you preach to – do you still truly want to persist in facilitating something that is frankly just NOT so?
Now – something that is not true is what – it is a lie – isn’t it – You don’t have to answer that one either – it kind of answers itself.
With the Internet research engines humming in our day and it so easy for just about anyone –even the young children with inquiring minds to find facts and figures – the case is mounting more and more that you are simply obfuscating what is the truth about the time of Christ’s birth. ? December 25? There is no evidence for this date. So then, who decided that Jesus' birth would be celebrated on that date? You know the answer to this – surely you do!
The early Christian church did not celebrate Jesus' birth. It wasn't until A.D. 440 that the apostate leadership of the Christian community officially proclaimed December 25 as the birth of Christ. This was not based on any religious evidence but on a pagan feast. Saturnalia was a tradition inherited by the Roman pagans from an earlier Babylonian priesthood. December 25 was used as a celebration of the birthday of the sun god. It was observed near the winter solstice. You know this don’t you?
The Bible itself tells us that December 25 is an unlikely date for His birth. Palestine is very cold in December. It was much too cold to ask everyone to travel to the city of their fathers to register for taxes.
The Romans knew the devout Judeo/Christian community would faithfully keep the Feast of Tabernacles well established in scripture in both the old and New Testament and assemble in the Jerusalem area.
Because of this Great Feast – the Inns were all at overflow capacity and there was no room for them. This was so when Mary and Joseph arrived because all the people were faithful to the observances of scripture and were keeping this Feast of Tabernacles in the area around Jerusalem including Bethlehem.
Also the shepherds were in the fields (Luke 2:8-12). Shepherds were not in the fields in the wintertime. They are in the fields early in March until early October. This shepherds would only be in the fields from the first warming of spring to the early fall. When it became unbearably cold and dangerous they were not living out in the fields with the sheep.
There is abundant research that shows that Jesus lived for 33.5 years and died at the feast of the Passover, which is in the springtime of the year. He must therefore have been born six months the other side of the time of His death - making the date around the September/October time frames.
Other evidence that December 25 is the wrong date for the birth of Jesus comes from early writings. Iranaeus, born about a century after Jesus, notes that Jesus was born in reign of Augustus and presents a time line that strongly suggests an Autumn birth of Christ.
John the Baptist also helps us determine that December 25 is not the birth of Jesus. Elizabeth, John's mother, was a cousin of Mary. John was born about April 19-20, since John was 5 months older; this also confirms an autumn birth date for Jesus.
Another interesting fact comes from Elizabeth herself. She hid herself for 5 months and then the Angel Gabriel announced to Mary both Elizabeth's condition and that Mary would also bear a son who would be called Jesus. Mary went "with haste" to visit Elizabeth, who was then in the first week of her 6th month, or the 4th week of Dec. If Jesus was born 280 days later it would place his birth on or about September 29th.
These are just a few of the historical facts from the biblical account that support the truth of when Christ was actually born. In our day they are Easy to find and easy to research – and you know these things don’t you?
Yes it is true the Angels Sang and there was acknowledgement of the Birth of The Savior – but the evidence is overwhelming and so incredibly plain that that sang in the Autumn – not in the wintertime. You claim to be preaching and standing up for the truth of GOD based on the authority of His Holy Word – well then why don’t you do so on this matter too?
And on an on it goes – you know these facts – and you also know more than ever – I can hear it in your words and in the tone of your voices when you speak about these things – the tentative nature of your false evidence. You must surely know that in our day – more and more people also know these facts. So why don’t you summon the courage to step up to the plate and get on board with the truth of the historical account.
It trouble’s me that you are so wise and so prudent yet these things escape you – But Christ did say “ I thank you Father that you have hidden these things from the wise and the prudent and revealed them unto babes .
Often I wonder if these things have escaped you – or more honestly – you have discovered these truths yourself yet turned away from them because they challenge the foundation of other things that are important to you – things that make you comfortable and safe.
You know – from my perspective as a minister – you seem to have it all. It reminds me of the young rich man who came to Christ and asked “Good master what should I do to enter into the Kingdom and he was told – it is good that you say you have obeyed me going back to the time of your youth. But Christ tested him -- didn’t he -- when he told him to go and sell all that he had – give up his power and his wealth and follow me” The young man turned away – and couldn’t bring himself to do it and was sorrowful thinking that if he had accepted this challenge he would have to step out of his comfort zone and maybe even walk alone for a while. But I promise – you are not alone -- and He will never leave you nor forsake you – but you must not forsake HIM either.
Would the true GOD establish, certify, infuse, and sanctify a special day of rest and fellowship and worship and then not care if we change it? What must Our Father and Jesus Christ think?
Do you not see that when the powerful simplicity of the sign given by Christ of the authenticity of HIS Messiah-ship is applied to what you teach that something is wrong?
Would a True GOD who gave what HE gave and did what HE did – who is all about truth stand for a celebration, which is based on a lie, and allow HIS name to be attached to it? From GOD’s perspective how must this all appear?
My friends – these are just three basic concepts, which clearly show that the foundation of your message is not upon a rock of truth but is build upon the uncertainty of sand. Let me reassure you that if you turn from your rebellion on these things -- those Angels will sing again! If you Obey God in these things -- your eyes will be opened and you will know the truth more clearly than you ever thought possible and you will also see deeply into the plan and the very will of GOD. Acts 5:32 and John 16:13
And for someone like you who has spent a lifetime preaching about GOD – you will see HIM in a new way getting ready to reveal a great plan of awesome power and glory
We bring this challenge to you neither out of pride nor a compulsion to win an argument or to be right and prove you wrong. But out of a sincere desire to see the truth of the Holy Word of God expand and grow and begin to regenerate in the Christian community over which you have a great power. We bring this “open letter to you” not out of arrogance – or even out of some need to criticize you. There is no question that much of the work that you do is very good work. We bring this letter as an Ambassador brings a plea to a nation he loves to consider the perspective of another kingdom.
Because, whether you know it or not – you do indeed represent a Kingdom within a Kingdom and are part of the very precious people of GOD. Would that we had some power to shake you to your foundation and make you see what you do not see. No—our feelings for you are like those of a parent for a child or a child for a parent who has lot his way. We present this plea not for our benefit but because you ARE the Israel of God – HIS people – special to him. And what HE loves we love.
Our hope is that he will use you and even magnify your many gifts and talents and yes – even your wisdom and prudence – to lift up a trumpet and proclaim this true message in our nation that so sorely needs it. Our voice is weak but yours is powerful.
We do not hate you in this, rather, we sorely long for the brotherhood of our nation to rally once again to the wisdom of the Holy Word of God but in TRUTH without the obfuscations of mans traditions.
Then – as brothers and sisters – we can together welcome the return of our King! Lord Jesus bless these our brothers and sisters with eyes to see and ears to hear and PLEASE hasten your return.