Baruch Spinoza

I’ve been doing some reading on the 17th Century Atheistic (or pantheistic or agnostic…) Jewish-Dutch philosopher Baruch Spinoza.  This man became the first philosopher after the Reformation to openly state the principles of the modern “science” of Biblical Criticism.  Many writers and historians credit Spinoza as the founder of the “science” of Biblical Criticism.  He saw that the only argument against his philosophy were applicable if the Bible was true, so he anticipated the attack, and preemptively attacked first in his book, Theological-Political Treatise.

At first glance, that would seem to give fuel to the fire of antisemitism and that this damnable “science” is an invention of the Jews.  But as is usual with history, we must read between the lines.  If we do, we are able to discern the old Whore of Babylon doing what she has always done: attack the word of God.

Spinoza was educated by former Jesuit, Franciscus van den Enden.  We must note here that “former” is a loose term when connected to the Society of Jesus.  Often times (and time and space do not permit examples here) Jesuits found it convenient to openly throw off the public profession of Jesuitism, only to keep it on behind closed doors.

Interestingly enough, when asked about God, Albert Einstein replied that, “I believe in Spinoza’s God.”  Whatever specifics he may have had in mind, Einstein explicitly states his categorical rejection of the King James Bible.  We are reminded of Proverbs 13:13: “Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed.”

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Erasmus of Rotterdam

http://keystothebible.net/special-studies/1970s-king-james-bible-conference/

 

Here is a link to Bro. Bob Alexander’s website.  Specifically this link points to a series of mp3s that have to do with the topic of the King James Bible Controversy.

 

Obviously, I recommend the audio of Dr. Peter Ruckman.  But I also heartily recommend that you give a listen to the audio by BV Barlett about Erasmus of Rotterdam.

 

I fully believe that, along with the King James Translators, Erasmus is the fulfillment of Matt 23:34:

“Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city:”

After listening, I think you will agree.

Visitation Notes for Dealing with Jews

Jews

Isaiah 52:13-53:12

  1. Isaiah 49:5,6 – Servant can’t be Israel, it’s the Messiah.
    1. Therefore, the “servant” in Isaiah isn’t always Israel. (also 20:3, 22:20, 37:35)
  2. Why can’t Isaiah 53 be the nation of Israel?
    1. Vs 3 – Nations hid from Israel? When?
    2. Vs 7 – Israel didn’t open mouth?
      1. Yes, they did. Ex “Trial of God”
    3. Vs 8 – Cut off out of the land of the living?
      1. Many nations have ceased, but Israel still exists.
    4. Vs 9 – No violence?
      1. King David hotel bombing, wars of Israel…
    5. No deceit in mouth?
      1. Hebrew calendar manipulated so Christ not born at year 4000.

Ps 22 – Prophecy of Crucifixion.

  • Can’t be David. Vs 14, 16, 18.

Dan 9:20-27 – 69 weeks (483 years) started in Neh 2

  • Artaxerxes started his reign in 473 BC.
  • His 20th year would be 453 BC.
  • 453-483=30 AD
  • The Messiah (9:25) had to come around the time of Jesus Christ. (30 AD)
  • Doesn’t allow for the Messiah in 2015 AD or later…

New Jerusalem Road

  1. All Have Sinned – Ecc 7:20, 2 Chron 6:36, Jer 17:9
  2. Consequences For Sin – Is 59:2, 64:6, Eze 18:4, Ps 9:17
  3. Shedding Of Blood For Atonement – Lev 17:11, Is 53
  4. Resurrection – Ps 16:10 (David saw corruption)
  5. You Must Trust Him – Ps 2:10,11
  6. You Must Trust Him Now – Is 55:1-6

Are churches Businesses? My critique.

This article has become quite popular.  I have edited it for clarity. 8/16/17

 

Critique of this article…

https://tonymorganlive.com/2015/06/21/church-business/

 

There is no doubt that the 21st century church is taking many cues from its business counterparts. It is a growing influence that has developed over decades. The 1960s saw the dawn of the Church Growth movement bringing the use of research to church planning. We were already in Laodicea by 1960s.  The worst apostasy of the church age (Rev 3).  The megachurch movement then brought greater resources, larger staffs, and intricate marketing campaigns among many other business-esque elements. In time, many churches began hiring Administrative and Executive Pastors in place of Associate Pastors. Today, business experience is nearly as valuable as a seminary degree within church staffing.Valuable to whom? God? Or to your pragmatic approach to church building?

All of this change has led some to resist any notion of business principles within church ministry. Bible believers who go by the Bible whether it lines up with “business principles” or not… It is not uncommon to hear a pastor argue that the church is not and should not be run like a business. I just can’t help but disagree. Given the words that Jesus spoke while on earth, there a few ways I’m convinced He does want our churches to be run more like good businesses:

Businesses stay focused on reaching new markets.
“I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns as well; for I was sent for this purpose.” (Luke 4:43)

Jesus refused to stay in Capernaum because he was focused on reaching other people. Good businesses also seek ways to reach groups of people with whom they have not yet connected.

What opportunities does your church have to connect with new markets?On this point there is little disagreement.

Businesses hold employees accountable.
“A servant who knows what the master wants, but isn’t prepared and doesn’t carry out those instructions, will be severely punished.” (Luke 12:47)

Too often, churches hesitate to fire employees out of a desire to practice grace. Our mission in the world is way too important to waste time and money on a problematic team member. Who defines “problematic”? There are lots of “problematic” people in the Bible, like Noah, Samuel, Jeremiah, Hosea, Amos, Micaiah, and Nehemiah.  In fact most of the great people of the Bible would have been called “problematic” by the organizations around them. Sometimes the best way to show people grace is to carefully but honestly help them take a step beyond your organization. That is modern doublespeak.  Something the Lord is not interested in. If they are going against the Bible; show them.  If they refuse to be Biblical, fire them and don’t be “careful” about it.  God’s word is at stake and that is more important than any “organization”. 

How many lives will go unchanged because you have the wrong person on your team?  It makes it all about numbers.  Do you see what this author’s goals really are?  Doing what God wants you to do is all that matters.  The results are the Lord’s and they are not a result of you manipulating the situation.  That is the difference between a Biblical church and a business.  The ends justify the means in a business, not in a church.  

Businesses make plans before they commit to projects.
“For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it?” (Luke 14:28)

In a good business, your idea doesn’t get approval until you can show how it will work, why it will work, and how much it will cost. Too often, churches approve ideas without fully considering the ramifications.  Do you see the “gain is godliness” attitude?  This attitude would condemn most the great men of Scripture including Christ himself.  Christ spent his whole ministry condemning the religious leaders of his day.  That is how you get crucified, not accolades.  The author’s ideas condemn his own Saviour.

To what level of detail do your leaders plan ahead before they begin new projects?  Only question that matters: what does God say about it?  This author doesn’t give a flip about that.  He acts like a Jesuit.

Businesses stop things that aren’t yielding results.
“Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away…” (John 15:2)

Healthy businesses take intentional steps to eliminate activities that do not contribute to a clear bottom line. That is why modern churches dumped the KJV, cross bearing, street preaching, and telling sinners that they are going to hell.  All things we are COMMANDED to preach.  That is where this mentality ends up: Laodicea, “gain is godliness”, and right back to your “mother” Rome…  Molding the message to the masses and God is on the outside looking in.  Many churches waste resources keeping nonperforming ministry programs on life support.  That’s not how God would look at it.  

Which of your ministry programs is not bearing real fruit?  What was the Lord’s fruit during his lifetime?  His disciples forsook him.  Same with Paul.  they were failures by today’s business standards.  The author would have dumped them because of their lack of fruit.  This proves that he is an idiot.  

Businesses are responsible for demonstrating a return to their investors.
“Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more.” (Luke 12:48)

Unfortunately, many churches teach stewardship better than they practice it. I disagree that they teach it or practice it.  Good businesses understand that their money was provided by investors who expect to see something come of it. Church givers also want to see that their gifts are producing fruit. There are a lot of places they could be sowing their seed to further the Kingdom.

How would you feel if your church members received a quarterly report showing how you spent their money and the results it produced?  That’s your problem you are not looking at the Judgment Seat of Christ, you are looking for advancements down here.  When you do that you will get rewards down here, but NOT up here.  Your choice.  This author has made his choice.

So would Jesus want churches to operate more like businesses? Certainly not in every way. But I have a feeling that many church leaders could better live out the teachings of Jesus by becoming students of business operations.  That’s his problem, he is going by his “feeling”.  We walk by faith.  Our faith is in the Lord Jesus Christ and in his Book.  This author goes by pragmatism.  He thinks that “whatever works” is best.  Ultimately this is the philosophy of the Devil himself and not Christ.



What do you think? Should churches really be run more like businesses? Share your own thoughts in a comment below…


 

I believe the King James Bible is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice.  

 

This matter has been discussed so thoroughly by men like Dr. Peter S. Ruckman, Sam Gipp, William Grady, Gail Riplinger, and Kyle Stephens that it seems the argument would be finished.  Nevertheless, some items should be highlighted.  The average Independent Baptist church will give a cheap profession to believe the King James, but when pressed, they will retreat to the foolish profession of a belief in the Textus Receptus (TR) for their final authority.  Or as it was given to me by email, “both were preserved and (we) use both.”  There are many reasons that this is a faulty position.

First, there is more than one version of the Textus Receptus.  That would lead to the position that there are multiple final authorities which is a contradiction of terms.  “Multiple final authorities” is the same as saying NO final authority.  This elementary logic clearly demonstrates the error of saying we “use both” the KJB and the TR.  Having said that, the typical Independent Baptist is either lying or uneducated because there are multiple versions of the TR.  Each of these men, Erasmus, Stephanus, Beza, Elzivir, Colinaeus, and Scrivener, wrote multiple versions of the TR themselves, pushing the total number of TR versions to around 20.  Which version do you mean when you say, “I believe the TR.”?  The version is never named.  Always remember that the differences between the editions of the TR are greater than any supposed differences between the so-called editions of the King James Bible.  

Second, the TR-only crowd never addressed the Old Testament (OT).  By definition the TR is only the New Testament, so the question would be, “Point to the inspired OT.”  Again, this issue is never addressed.  When I am asked the question, I point to the English King James OT that is on the table in front of me.  The average Independent Baptist cannot.  I believe that the issue is an issue of ignorance.  Some will point to the Hebrew OT printed with the TR by the Trinitarian Bible Society.  But this will not do.  As good as that text is, there are errors in it.  

Let me give an example.  Clearly, most people have not dealt with the Jews out of their OT because if they would have taken them to one of the greatest messianic prophecies in the OT, Psalm 22:16, they would have seen the discrepancy between the truth (KJB) and the corrupted manuscripts of the Hebrew OT.  The KJB states, “they pierced my hands and my feet.”  The Hebrew reads, “like a lion, my hands and feet.”  What nonsense!  It is an independent clause without the necessary verb.  This demonstrates that as careful as the Jews have been when they took care of the OT (as compared to the treatment of the devil’s scribes with the Alexandrian NT), they were not above changing the text to remove prophecies of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion.  This example should suffice.  But these issues are never discussed by the average Independent Baptist who just wants to leave “well enough” alone and just tell people that they believe the TR.

Third, there are  differences between the KJB and the TR in the New Testament (NT) as well.  These issues have been thoroughly dissected by many authors over the years so a few examples should suffice.  In Acts 12:4, the TR says “Passover” but the KJB says “Easter.”  Easter is correct.  In Acts 19:37, the TR says “robbers of temples” but the KJV says “robbers of churches.”  The KJB is correct.  Add in the differences in the book of Revelation and you have a whole heap of times that the King James and the TR differ.  Most “Baaaptists” have two final authorities, the King James Bible and the TR.  This issue is one where a Bible Believer and an independent Baptist should just part ways.

Fourth, the issue of translation is never discussed.  None would dispute the fact that there are NO speakers of Koine Greek alive today.  This is the language in which the NT was written.  So how do we know what the words mean?  The average Christian (Independent Baptist included) will go to a source like a Strong’s or Young’s concordance of the Bible.  But where did they get their definitions?  These got their definitions from sources outside of Koine Greek often from the Attic Greek of the Greek Philosophers.  These are the men that Paul called “too superstitious” in Acts 17, but apparently they can be a trusted source for finding out what our Bible REALLY means.  And even if those definitions are correct, in a sense, how could they know how it fit in the translation grammatically?  Definitions of words change depending on how they are used in a sentence.  For example:  I LIKE to be tall vs I felt LIKE I was tall.  These differences can make translating very complex.  In these situations, dictionaries can be very little help.  The translators of the King James had a huge advantage over any translator today.  These men were a generation or two removed from the fall of Constantinople in 1453.  From this last bastion of what is called Medieval or Byzantine Greek, came scholars fluent in a language much closer to Koine Greek than Attic.  These scholars fled throughout western and northern Europe and taught their considerable familiarity with the language of the Greek NT to the men who would teach the men who translated the KJB.  This expertise cannot be matched today and was definitely not matched by men like Strong or Young.  To go back to their definitions is to go back to the definitions of queers like Socrates and Fascists like Plato.

Hopefully, these reasons will open the reader up to, at least, considering that the King James Bible is God’s final authority for the years 1611 to today and that it is the fulfillment of the Biblical verses Psalm 12:6,7, Isaiah 34:16, Matthew 24:35, and II Timothy 3:16, etc.  It is a sad fact that the average Independent Baptist church in your town believes that man can sit in judgement on the word of God and believes there are errors in it.  A final example will suffice.  In my town there are really 2 Independent Baptist churches of any significance.  When you walk out of the auditorium of one, you will see a sign behind the secretary’s desk that says something to this effect, “Love suffers long and is kind…”  This is a perversion of I Cor 13:4 and anyone familiar with the chapter (I know this EXCLUDES 97% of all Christians) knows God is talking about “charity” and not the mongrelized “love” of perverted Americans.  They are supposedly “Bible Believers” and “King James Only,”  but somewhere along the line, they have compromised.  God help them (Rev 22:18,19).