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MINISTRY OF JESUS and Literal Bible.

The Literal Bible is understood by “The Spirit of the Lord”; by an Anointing to understand; preaches the gospel primarily to the poor of every nation; the literal Bible heals the bronken hearted, proclaims liberty to those in bondage and blind, provides true freedom; and the Literal Bible proclaims accurately eschatology.

“The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.”  (Luke 4:18,19 and Isaiah 61:1,2)

It may seem strange to begin the chapter on “The Ministry of Jesus” from the Gospel of Mark with a quote from Luke; but I think that if Paul had lived long enough to complete all of his ministry as Chief Editor of the New Testament, he would have chosen just such a quote from Isaiah with which to outline the life and ministry of Jesus.  At least the ministry of Jesus, if not the life; and indeed we will find that the whole life of Jesus was dominated by His ministry.  When you think of what we know of Jesus besides the 3 and ½ years of active ministry which started with the baptism by John and the temptation in the wilderness, and shortly thereafter with the Galilean ministry, there is nothing except the incident at the Temple in Jerusalem as a 12 year old, temporarily lost to his parents and reprimanded by them as they found him talking with the doctors of the law in the temple, even there He said, “Don‛t you know that I must be about My Father‛s business?”

Mary and Joseph were startled as they had almost forgotten that while He was the virgin born Son of Mary, born as the power of God overshadowed her, He was only the adopted son of Joseph; and the shock was to be strongly reminded that His Father‛s business was the business of God Himself.  However, for you parents and children, the Scripture adds that from that moment until the turning of water into wine at Cana in Galilee, He went home to subject Himself  in obedience to His parents.  {It is Dr. Luke who also gives us the incident of the boy Jesus at the Temple with the teachers as well as almost all the details of the birth of Jesus, as you might expect in the emphasis of a medical doctor.}  Luke records how that for three days, Jesus marveled the best of Jewish teachers with His questions and answers, and also tells us of how Mary and Joseph puzzled over all of the aspects of this temple incident.

Let us see why Paul might have given this quote to Luke and Mark as an outline of the life and ministry of Jesus, with a quick look at the aspects of this Ministry.  Remember as we look at the aspects of how while many of the Prophets foretold details of the future Ministry of Jesus, it is the Prophet Isaiah who gives most details about this Messiah, which is Hebrew interpreted in Greek as Christ; and it is the Prophet Isaiah as perhaps the most respected Prophet of all Old Testament history, then and now. Indeed among the major prophets of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel, Isaiah is considered the Queen of Prophets, sort of like a preacher‛s preacher as Dr. R.G. Lee and George W. Truett were called, and as Joel Gregory, Charles Swindell, Criswell, and Adrian Rogers tried to imitate, rather proving the thesis of Dr. Lee in his famous sermon, “The Menace of Mediocrity”, where “wrens make prey where eagles dare not perch”.

The Ministry of Jesus as the Christ Outlined by Paul and Isaiah 61:1,2.

  1. “the Spirit of the LORD is upon Me” {always the capital letters mean God the Father as contrasted to the Lord Jesus Christ}.  You must notice that Jesus Himself is talking in Isaiah 61:1,2, at least four hundred years before His actual birth, as recently proven by the carbon dating of Isaiah in the Dead Sea Scrolls.  Jesus read to His hometown synagogue and afterward said that today “I fulfill this verse in your audience”; and what did He fulfill.  Well, the outline follows.  First, “the Spirit of the LORD is upon ME”, Jesus refers to Himself as performing the work of the Messiah-Christ, starting with the acknowledgment from God Himself during the baptism by John {“This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased”}, and then as after 40 days of fasting and prayer in preparation for the beginning of His ministry in Galilee, the Holy Spirit of God came on Jesus in a special way in order for Isaiah and Jesus to use the word “anointed”.  This was not the commission or ordination of Jesus for the ministry, He came knowing that; but rather it is a special empowerment for the Ministry which does come in the New Testament to some, like Paul laying the hands on Timothy, Titus, and perhaps John Mark.  Jesus simply in preparation for the Ministry accepted the baptism and witness of John the Baptist as to Himself as the light of the world, the lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world, and the One to come behind Him who sandals he was not worthy to unlatch; and to further make preparation, He spent time with the Father for 40 days in the wilderness.
  2. “because He has anointed Me to preach”. The Spirit of God, remember initial at baptism which came in the form of a dove, was not given just because Jesus was the Son of God; although that would be a necessary pre-requisite, but it was given from God the Father… {the Father is always the real source of the giving of the Holy Spirit in special ways}…in order that Jesus might PREACH.  How about that, the primary beginning ministry of Jesus was as a Preacher to the Poor–though we often think of Him as a Teacher, as the Crucified Christ, as a Personality of such character as to reveal what God is like.  {What better way to know what God is like than by looking at His only begotten Son.}

                                                                  The  Galilean

Look at the maps in the back of your Bible for the province Galilee, sort of like our small states or counties, in the Palestine of Jesus‛ day, and you will find it far north, in terms of walking distance, from Jerusalem and the province of Judea.  Galilee is famous for encompassing the Sea of Galilee which in turn dominated the lives of many of Jesus fisherman-disciples, and well known for such villages as Nazareth—Jesus‛ hometown after birth, Cana–where Jesus and His mother were at the wedding feast and He turned the water into wine, Capernaum by the Sea where many events of the ministry of Jesus took place, Tiberias also by the Sea—where I have had the privilege a the contemporary boat ramp of eating cheese and bread in an open air pub, and on the other side of the Sea—Bethsaida, Gergesa, and Gadara.  The regions of Galilee and Samaria, which is in between Galilee and Judea you will notice, formed most of the northern kingdom of Israel when the united kingdom of Israel under Saul, David, and Solomon became the Divided Kingdoms, the north kingdom of Israel and the southern kingdom of Judah.  {It can be confusing as you read your Bible where it writes of how “they went up to Jerusalem”, but this is because the altitude of Jerusalem is higher.  You do literally drive up or walk up to Jerusalem from any direction. Remember that “a city built on a hill, or a mountain, can not be hid.}  Of course, the citizens of Jerusalem and Judea looked on citizens of Galilee as the country bumkins and looked on Samaria as half-breeds.  In the time of Jesus, a lot of extra effort was put into bypassing Samaria in order to go from Judea to Samaria, and you will recall from the Gospel account of John of how surprised the disciples were that Jesus went into the village of Samaria, and even talked to a Samaritan woman.

What you will find is that the Galilean Ministry content of Mark for Jesus is one of the very unique characteristics of the Gospel of Mark as compared to Matthew, Luke, and John.  Previously we looked at Matthew and Luke.  You will recall how that Matthew, starting the Galilean Ministry in 4:12,13 mentions first Nazareth then Capernaum “by the sea”, and only briefly, rather focusing on Isaiah 9:1,2 as a foundation for the Galilean Ministry to be covered up through Matthew 15:21 where He and His disciples go north into the Gentile regions of Tyre and Sidon.  Why does Matthew cover so much detail on the Galilean Ministry?  Because for one thing he definitely has a bent for the Sermon on the Mount and the other teachings of Jesus, but also he himself was a tax collector in Jesus‛ hometown of Nazareth of Galilee.  This brief mention by Matthew of Nazareth on the way to Capernaum is not the same as the incident where Jesus was rejected by His hometown with an effort to kill Him.  It takes Matthew until the end of chapter 13 to come to this incident.

              The Authorized Semi-Public Interpretation (Literal Bible)

Have you heard of the ASI, the Authorized Semi-Public Interpretation of the Bible.  No, that makes one other Bible doctrine that you are not hearing about from the pulpits in the land.  The ASI would be the API, based on “no Scripture is of any private interpretation” since Public is the opposite of private; however it is obvious from the teachings of Jesus and the Apostles that only a small portion of the Public is allowed to know and understand the Bible, hence the Semi-Public in ASI. Learn Christ from the ASI would be the same as the Learn Christ from the Apostles and Prophets, and this chapter is an attempt on just one book of the Bible, the book of Mark, to make clear what that ASI approach really is.  We could beg the issue based on all the Old Testament quotes in the New Testament as listed and presented in the LEARN CHRIST commentaries; however, it might be more clear to present the ASI method for just Mark and the 18 Old Testament quotes in Mark.

Actually the 18 quotes in Mark from the Old Testament jumps to 25 when you consider that a verse or a few verses of Mark refers to more than one place in the Old Testament as a location for that quote.  In the second and third verses of chapter 1 of Mark, there are actually two Old Testament quotes run together as if to say, “This is an Old Testament quote, and that is enough to say without telling you which of the 66 books or the chapter and verse.”  Well, the chapters and verses did not exist when Mark wrote his gospel based on the books and the parchments that Paul left him, and it is rather difficult to tell if the 66 books as such were in the same format as we have them today.

Perhaps it would be wise before we go on in this chapter, to look at this example in Mark 1:2-3; and for thoroughness in order to progress the argument of this chapter, I will also add below what goes before as a lead-in to the quotes and then also add the authorized interpretation of the quotes as recorded in the verses of Mark after the quotes.

  1. Lead-in to the quotes, Mark 1:1-2a. {The 2a is for the first part of the second verse.}

“The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  As it is written in the Prophets:”

{You see that instead of saying like we do in this day and time, the quote if from Isaiah and Malachi, Mark simply wrote that the quotes are from the Prophets in general.  Remember during the time of Christ and Mark, the Old Testament Scriptures had the two major divisions of the Prophets and the Law. Today we have the Prophets divided into the 4 Major Prophets and the 12 Minor Prophets, so called simply because they are smaller and harder-to-find books than the majors like Daniel, Ezekiel, Isaiah, and Jeremiah, and for the Law we have all five books by Moses, often called the Pentateuch, given separate as Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.}

{Another thing you might notice is how the quotes are introduced.  Mark does not say, “This is a quote from the Prophets”, rather he writes, “As it is written in the Prophets”. This is a method of teaching and introduction that he, Paul, and Matthew learned from listening to Jesus.  Later we will look at the style of introductory words to all of the 25 quotes; and also how Jesus did it when He was often making quotes from the Old Testament, and those by the way, are a large part of the 25 quotes in Mark.}

  1. The first quote from Malachi 3:1a in Mark 2b.

“’Behold, I send My messenger before Your face, Who will prepare Your way before You.’”(Mark 2:b and Malachi 3:1a)

{It is important to note that this is not all of Malachi 3:1 that is being quoted, and we will discuss that next as we look at the total context of Malachi and Malachi 3:1.}

  1. A quick look at what is actually in the Old Testament in Malachi 1.

 {Now, do not expect all the words to always be the same in the Old and New Testaments.  Remember the Old Testament was originally written in Hebrew at the time the Prophets spoke, later as the Scriptures were translated an effort in the Roman Empire at Alexandria, Egypt translated the Old Testament Scriptures into Greek, the total Old Testament being called the Septuagint.  Now, I am not saying that you need Hebrew and Greek to understand the Old Testament. Many Greek and Hebrew scholars do not understand the Old Testament because they do not have access to the ASI method of interpretation, or because there larger goal of academic acceptance by way of historical criticism clouds just looking at the internal context in English, letting the Bible say what it wants to say.  You must realize that a careful reading of the whole context in English has priority over the Greek and Hebrew language since the Greek language itself cannot contain the new truths that were revealed in the Bible.  For example, the Greek of the market place would not have a truly equivalent word for the salvation of God, a truth that comes only from God.  The context makes clear what that is!}

“’Behold, I send My messenger, and he will prepare the way before Me.  And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple, even the Messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight.  Behold, He is coming,’ says the LORD of hosts.”  (Malachi 3:1, the whole verse)

You see how this helps in the understanding of the gospel of Jesus Christ.  With the Mark 1a, the ministry of John the Baptist is introduced, which will later be elaborated on with the ASI in the rest of Mark 1.  Also in the context of Malachi 3:1 we see that another “Lord” is coming besides the LORD of hosts that is speaking, in other words the Lord Jesus Christ is coming and the announcement is coming from the LORD God the Father.  This Lord Jesus Christ is the “messenger” of the New Covenant, the new testament if you would based on the body and blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.  “in whom you delight” helps to understand the anticipation of the people as they went out into the wilderness to hear John the Baptist preach, and then as they listened to and followed the Lord Jesus Christ.

  1. The rest of the quote from the Prophets in Mark 1:3, from Isaiah 40:3.

(1).   Isaiah 40:3 as recorded in Mark 1:3.

“The voice of one crying in the wilderness:  ‘Prepare the way of the LORD; make His paths straight.’”

(2). Isaiah 40:3 ad recorded in Isaiah 40:3.

“The voice of  one crying in the wilderness; ‘Prepare the way of the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.”

You see some difference in the wording, but what is communicated is the same:   John the Baptist is doing and John the Baptist is shouting with emotion in the wilderness to make preparation for the coming of the Prophet Messiah, make His paths straight or prepare a highway in the desert for Him are equivalent.  And if you read the rest of Isaiah 40, especially the first five verses, it further predicts what Mark is going to write in  chapter 1 of John the Baptist with his introduction to Israel of the Messiah, the One Who “will baptize with the Holy Spirit.”  (Mark 1:8)  {Later we will want to look at all of Isaiah 40 in more detail for what is to come in Mark 1 and the rest of Mark; however, now we need to look at all of the quotes in Mark as an outline for the life of Jesus.  The way we will start is by looking at the manner Mark chose to introduce the 18 quotes.}

PREFACE:  A Cup of Water

How God and Jesus Separate the Goats from the Sheep

The nations of the whole world stand before Jesus at the End of the Age, and what does Jesus use as a basis to separate the sheep from the goats, a cup of water.  It is certainly scary enough to think that our eternal welfare, can depend on a single act of kindness like a drink of water, or a free meal, or visitation of the sick and needy; and that it is our treatment of the “least” in the kingdom of God that is most important; but beyond the significance of our eternal welfare in hell or heaven, is the respect and treatment of kingdom members, Christ‛s brethren, that He demands of us.  You will find in this study of “A Condensed Version of Mark with Comments” that Jesus fervently sought out the least in the kingdom in order to do them acts of kindness.  Certainly among the least were the fisherman He chose to be His Apostles, a tax collector like Matthew had little respect in the kingdom, then there were the Gentiles where He healed their children, and the woman of Samaria at Jacob‛s well that He engaged in a conversation about the welfare of her soul. It was the little children, of whom He said “don‛t stand in their way of getting to Him”, and who He made examples of the simple faith necessary for kingdom membership; it was the blind man along the road, the leper that was shunned by society, and we can go on and on; and we will go on and on in the chapters to follow from Mark, always using Mark as only a condensed guide to the rest of the Bible, taking from the whole counsel of God in the Book, what will help in the understanding of the Giant Parable called the Bible.

And we are also surprised that it takes so little to get into the kingdom of heaven–a cup of water, a meal, or a single visit or act of kindness for the less important person in the kingdom.  Surprised that the great wisdom of the universe could find nothing more as a criterion for final judgment, and separation of the goats from the sheep,  as simply  a cup of water. Like Naaham, the leper, we would look for some famous body of water to cleanse in instead of the muddy waters of the Jordan.  But there we are:  It is from Jesus Himself, and we dare not neglect what He is teaching us!

“Leave them Alone”

Although the parable of the tares has been alive and well since Jesus taught it over two thousand years ago, there are implications of it for today that are not comprehended.  For example, the tares in the kingdom and churches have leaders, and those Bible teaching and preaching leaders are to be treated with the same distant respect as the tares themselves.  When the Apostle John tried to stop some disciples from work for Christ, those who had been disciples of John the Baptist, the bottom line of what Jesus told them was, “let them alone”.  Increasingly we are seeing more and more heaping up of weird and unusual Bible teachers and preachers, which we do not wish to label as false prophets and teachers; and in an effort to treat them with the toleration demanded in an American Democratic Society, we have hit on the “itching ear” label of II Timothy 4 in order to explain what is happening in this time of the Falling Away.

The distant respect of  “Leave them alone” might be considered in the same category of  the “forget about them” that I heard from one southwest seminary professor in reference to the fundamentalists like James Robinson.  {I will explain later the differences between a fundamentalists and conservatives on the Bible; however, may it suffice for the moment to say that they are not the same.}  This was approximately 20 years ago at the climax of the period in which the Bible church fundamentalists took control of the Southern Baptist Convention led by men like Adrian Rogers, Charles Stanley, W.A. Criswell, and from a distance, Jerry Falwell.  It was a majority movement, very similar to the moral majority, where certain community traditions took precedence over real Bible.  It must remind one of how the religious leaders of scribes, Pharisees, and Sadducees of Jesus‛ day were labeled as “teaching for doctrines the commandments of men”.  In the nature of church and denominational history it had to happen, but the shock of seeing it happen in the once most conservative and evangelistic denomination up to that point in history, made us seek explanations of the fundamentalists takeover in other terms.  {See some of the books written in the last 20 years with multiple attempts to explain what happened.}

However, I would maintain that the distant respect of “leave them alone” for these fundamentalists and other leaders of the tares is more like the “don‛t associate with them” of II Timothy 3, the roll call of bad church behavior, or the “do not keep company with such who are believers” of I Corinthians.  I hope you recall, or will check, these two Bible references on “non-associate” and “non-companionship” in II Timothy 3:1-9 and I Corinthians 5:9-11.

“In the World”, Not “Of the World”

“I wrote to you in my epistle not to keep company with sexually immoral people.  Yet I certainly did not mean with the sexually immoral people of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world.  But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone name a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner—not even to eat with such a person.”  (I Corinthians 5:9-11)

A few explanations about these Bible verses which may or may not be obvious:  (1) the policy of Paul and John, which by the way they got from Jesus and the Holy Spirit can be generalized as “in the world, but not of the world”.  Paul said when I said “not to keep company” with certain people, I meant not to keep company with certain believers who are church members.  There had been so misunderstanding of what Paul wrote in a previous letter:  some people thought Paul meant not to keep company with the people of the world who were sexually immoral as a habit of life, or who were covetous, extortioners, or idolaters.  No, Paul is writing now:  if were to not keep company with such people in the world, you would have to get out of the world.  So you see a summary is “in the world, but not of the world”.  {What the Apostle John means in the “not of the world” of I John will be discussed in a later chapter, or perhaps you can read of it in SOME MORE SOUNDS….Snatching, Stumbling, and the Falling Away.}  (2)

Here is the bottom line according to the Spirit through Paul, if you know any believer or church member who practices as a habit of life these bad behaviors, which by the way is much like the bad behavior characteristics of church members of II Timothy 3, then you are not to even eat out with them or eat in their homes and have them over to eat in your home.  (3).  Stop right here, I am not calling these fundamentalists, or even the heaped up itching ear weirdos on television, things like “sexual immorals”, or “drunkards”; but in the getting around the toleration of the tares in favor of A CUP OF WATER for the least brethren in the kingdom, we will find that they do fall into the category of “covetous” for money, disciples, and status—much like the bad church member characteristic of “lovers of money” and “lovers of self”, also the “extortioners” as they do seek and get extorted money under the disguise of more noble ends, and later in this book we will even make a case for idolatry for them.

The sad reality, according to Jesus in the parable of the tares and the wheat is that Satan has put the tares into that part of the kingdom called the local church, even beyond that to the church and denominations; and Satan has done that in order to cause offences against the least in the kingdom.  We must preserver against this most detrimental of all influence in order to get past these that take the first places in the kingdom in order to serve the least in the kingdom with at least a cup of water.

You see in itching ears Bible teachers what we are addressing is the kind of bible preachers who talk a great deal about Christ, God, and the Bible.  You do not wish to call false prophets and teachers anyone you hear talking a lot about God, Christ, and the Bible.  And those are the people that Jesus told John to “leave alone”.  Jesus elaborated, “For no one can speak lightly of me that is active as one of my disciples.”  You see, it is not those who speak against Christ that is the subject of a cup of water versus toleration of the tares, it is those who are constrained to guard carefully their words about Christ because in order to create the very impression that they know they are creating.

Conservative, Not Fundamentalist

Fundamentalists will not admit that it is possible to be conservative on the Bible without being a fundamentalists.  Like so many people in the world who operate more on appearance than reality, they claim to be the only conservatives; yet with their “pick and chose” Bible interpretation method, they are only conservative on what they “pick”, quite liberal in what they chose to ignore, especially on the current realities of the Falling Away.  Since it is difficult to simultaneously claim to have all the answers, as the fundamentalists do, they ignore the parts of the Bible that teach that the Falling Away must happen before the Second Coming. Listen, do you not hear them on the Second Coming, and you do not hear them on the Falling Away.  This silence on the Falling Away is within itself proof of the Falling Away.  If you think about it for a while, you will realize that one of the most outstanding characteristics of the Falling Away, besides as sin abounds the love of many waxes cold from Jesus, is the intolerance toward sound doctrine.  There is no more intolerance of sound doctrine than to leave it out completely as if it were not part of the Bible itself.  You see, what they do is to pick what is convenient for them to preach, and ignore what does not serve their purpose.  A case could be made that this kind of pick and chose method of interpretation is worse than liberalism.

Here I should remind fundamentalists that “all scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable”; and to ignore part of is to cheat church members and to overlook “every Word that comes out of the mouth of God.”  The time has already “come when they {the “they” in II Timothy 4 is obviously church members and other believers, but in the “tares” category} will not endure sound doctrine”, yet any Bible teacher can not ignore certain sound doctrines because they are not profitable to him or her personally or not profitable to the organization that he or she represents.  YOU JUST CAN NOT IGNORE ANY PART OF THE SOUND DOCTRINES OF SCRIPTURES.  {By the way the soundest doctrine of all is the kind of respect for all persons that must include the least in the kingdom, and the sound doctrine of giving them a drink of water.  What is truly being said by the example of the life of Jesus, and the teachings of Jesus, is that our treatment and graciousness toward the least brethren in the kingdom really is the evidence of our right to be among the sheep at the Final Gathering.}

The False Liberalism of the Scofield Feudamentalists of the Fundamentalists

Even the “proof text” method of Bible interpretation and teaching that they often practice is fraught with the “pick and chose” method when a verse or passage is not considered in the total context of the text.  This is the age old principle of hermeneutics called “exegesis” versus “isogesis”:  exegesis is to read the meaning out of the Bible, while isogesis is to come to the passage with some pre-conceived meaning or motivation to read meaning into it.  A case in point is the pastor of a large fundamentalist church and seminary in Memphis, Tennessee who wanted to preach an applicable message on the first Sunday of the year 2000, and he wanted that message to have some sense of urgency about end time.  So in his passage from one of the Gospels was the simple sentence that “after six days Jesus and the disciples went” some certain place.  Yes, you got it this fundamentalists spun and spiritualized the six days to be the equivalent of the last days on this earth.   There was no need for this:  there is Matthew 24 on eschatology, the book of Revelation, the teachings of Peter on the earth will melt with fervent heat, and Paul‛s book of II Thessalonians with the end time teachings that include the Falling Away, revelation of the man of sin, and the withdrawal of the Holy Spirit from the earth, with the clarity that these things must happen before Christ comes again.  Is he worse than a liberal?  I think so, because he is preaching and teaching something under the guise of from the scripture, it is not in that passage at all.

Can a person talk about Christ, God, and the Bible, be in the church or be a church leader, and still not be “wheat”?  Yes, that is the gist of the Parable of Tares that was told by Jesus.  You see we have isolated our concepts of church membership from the realities of the Bible,  The Bible, time and again, faces up to the reality that many can be in the churches, denominations, or even claim kingdom membership, who have not learned Christ. Paul looked at the Gentiles in Ephesus and the church members at the Ephesus church:  then he noted that he did not see any differences.  The behavior of the church members was the same as other Gentiles in Ephesus.  Paul wrote in Ephesians, “This is not the way you learned Christ, if indeed you heard Him and were taught of Him.”

Wow, did you miss that in reading the book of Ephesians.  I am sure that you did not hear it from your fundamentalists preacher; for in this time of the Falling Away, the preachers that survive in their positions do so primarily by:  (1) convincing their congregation or audience that they are the elect of God; (2) that by joining in with them you are engaged in the real work of God; and (3) that they have “THE SOLUTION”, and that if you join them, with or without the new birth, you are part of the solution.  Later in the book we will deal with what it means “to hear Jesus” and “be taught by Him”.  Let me say now, however, that it is the opposite of the famous instantaneous new birth {or born again} concept of the fundamentalists.  It is amazing how these evangelists can take the analogy of Jesus between physical and spiritual birth with the obvious statement “you must be born again”; then fail to realize that the new birth may take the same 9 months or longer as does physical birth.  Does that make sense to you?  That is it takes at least 9 months to be physical born, or in that ball park for a normal birth, then it must take some period of time for the spiritual birth, eliminating many who claim to experience an instantaneous new birth.  {You see another case of pick and choice from the fundamentalists.}  In the parable of the seed and the farmer that was told by Jesus, the individuals who were compared to the seed sown among thorns instantly received it with joy, but later as time passed the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and other things choked it out.  Now, you know in most churches during revival and in any assembly if a person were noted to instantly received the Word of God with joy, that person would be labeled as “saved” without waiting to see if the 9 month new birth would be completed.  There actually are some very large churches who would assist the new convert with their examples and messages to accept the “things” of the cares of this world to the extent that their messages actually serve to choke out the Word.  This in the old fashion jargon was called “putting a live bitty under a dead hen”.  What has changed now is that while the “dead hen” generally in the past was considered to be some lethargic church members, now in this time of the Falling Away it is the Bible teachers and preachers that are the dead hens.  And they are very good at it.  They talk about Christ, God, and the Bible so how can they be a bad example.  Remember it is what is not said that is as important as what is said; and it is the thrust of the message more than key words.  Does their influence exert itself in the direction of the cares of this world for personal gain and prosperity, for the deceitfulness of riches, or other things?

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The American Democratic Faith

At first I thought it strange that an authority on the history of American Thought would call his book THE MAIN DOCTRINES OF THE AMERICAN DEMOCRATIC FAITH.  However though the years as I have pondered what Bible teachers and believers substitute for the faith of the Bible and of Jesus, it has dawned on me that the substitute is an American Democratic Faith.  I use to gainsay what former prime minister of  Israel said about Americans and Jews.  What he said was that “we in Israel are born Jews just like you Americans are born Christians.”  At first it sounded ridiculous, but that the two kinds of faith have been mixed should be obvious.  I think there are some overlaps because it is obvious that during this time of the Fulness of the Gentiles, the period during which the Jews are blind to the Gospel, the United States has been the undisputed leader in the spread of the Gospel to every nation.  This is another way of saying that God has indeed used the United States to help in the spread of the Gospel to every nation.  Some of us also reluctantly accept the observation by a foreign student of the US who said “to be an American is more a religion and a character than a set of beliefs or a mater of citizenship.”  More often you will hear from mister average citizen what I heard as a young pastor visiting with a man up the valley in Arkansas when I asked him if he was a believer. “Yes”, the indignant reply was, “I was born in this country!”  And, “Did you think I am a heathen?”

Quickly I would mention five obvious differences between the American Democratic Faith and the Faith of the Bible and Jesus.

  • The majority is king in the American Democratic Faith while it is the minority in the Bible that goes the narrow way that leads to life eternal. You will note that the schools as the chief custodians of American culture, government, and society do most of their work in terms of the priority for the majority.  Always, in the Old Testament, and in any movement or country in history, there has been a “remnant” of real believers, definitely a minority type word and concept.  Quite often in the Old Testament, God preferred a dedicated minority to a majority.  Jesus taught the parable of the broad and narrow way, clarifying that the many that go the broad way to destruction are the majority and the few that go the narrow way that leads to eternal life are the minority.  One might contend that the United States is completely different from the world in which Jesus taught in that now in our country and in our time, the majority of US citizens go the narrow and right way and the minority of US citizens go the broad and wrong way.  Perhaps, if it were ever true of this country, in this time in which our country has also become part of the world wide Falling Away movement, it is no longer true.  As far as real faith in God, Christ, and the Bible there is little difference between citizens of America and citizens of any other nation, and you can make a much better case for that conclusion.

We might put it this way for simplicity and agreement:  While the emphasis in America is on the priority for the majority, the emphasis in the Bible is on priority for the minority.

What difference does it make?  Well, without this Bible concept of priority of the minority, you will be more influenced by the world.  Satan, the prince of this world, runs this world whether it is in the United States or elsewhere, and consequently he uses the majority of this world in order to deter and destroy faith in Jesus and the Bible.  {By the way if you claimed that the majority in American go the narrow way that leads to life, then maybe you would be inclined to think that Satan only works in other countries.  You could have the simplistic concept that all evil is in Korea, Iraqi, and I forget what the other country is.}  What difference does it make?  Well, without this Biblical majority-minority concept for now and in this country, you will have trouble accepting the Scripture, “all that will godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution”, and this is not limited by any means to physical persecution.  The politically correct in churches, government, and society can separate you as a member of that Jesus minority.

The greatest danger of all is that you can subject yourself to Bible teachers and believers that have already become victims of the Falling Away.  You will tend to become like them, and you will listen to what they do teach and preach even though long ago they came to the point where they would not endure sound doctrine, “they out of their own desires heaped up teachers with itching ears”, turned away from the truth and turned into fables. {One word of caution, look for Bible teachers and believers that are preaching (1) the Falling Away and (2) A 9 month of so new birth, and shun the progenitors of silence on the Falling Away.}

  • A second major difference between the American Democratic

Faith and the faith of the Bible and Jesus is on the concept of “toleration”.  So much that believers know to be true they will not even speak, for the fear that they will seem non-tolerant and therefore non-American.  An extreme example is that the Presbyterian Church a few years ago voted whether to decree that a stop should be made on the claim that Jesus is the only way of salvation, because it seems too intolerant.  I don‛t know how the vote came out, but the very fact that a so-called Bible believing denomination would have to vote on such a fundamentals Bible belief about Jesus and salvation is within itself intolerable.

A Condensed Version of Mark?

As you read this book, you may think there is a lot of other Bible to be simply a condensed version of Mark.  Yes, there is; and that is the point.  What we can understand of Mark, in the very nature of revelation and illumination, is “profitable for doctrine, etc.” only as it is kept in the total context of the Bible; and what we truly understand of Mark is true only to the extent that it is consistent with the Authorized Semi-Public Interpretation of the Bible.  The same God put the truth in Moses and John, Ezekiel and Revelation, Daniel and Mark.  The Bible when you come down to it is a reflection of the consistent mind and character of God; and above all in the characteristics of God we must see stability, consistency in God who is “the same yesterday, today, and forever.”  What you will find as you spend more and more time in the Bible is that you come to understand more as you also understand more the Great Author of the Bible.  It is like living with a loved one here on earth, the more you listen to them and see and hear the consistency of their character, the more you can even predict what they are going to say on other occasions. For example what God had to say in Daniel, and what God has to say in the many explanations of Old Testament quotes in Mark and other books of the Bible, lead to more understanding of the Christ and God we serve.

It will become more clear to you as you get away from the “kingdom” concepts of Darby and the 1000 year temporary reign of Christ on earth concepts of Scofield, those concepts effectively propagandized by the Scofield Reference Bible and Tim LeHaye, that with Jesus, Paul, and the first century Christians, we have seen most of what we are going to see in a spiritual movement from the Jews.  God gave them one year and the Messiah was cut off, as recorded in Daniel, to make things right with Him through faith-salvation in Christ, then the abomination of desolation was complete.  “What profit is it then to be a Jew?”  Paul asks and explains in Romans.  And the answer comes back, “because to them were committed the oracles of God.”  Wow, what a marvelous job, sometimes in spite of the majority movement among the Hebrews, did the Jewish people do in protecting and promoting the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament.  Paul was a Hebrew of the Hebrews, also a Roman citizen, and formerly a persecutor of the church, before the Ascended Christ decided that He needed a dedicated scholar and lawyer of the Jewish nation to write 14 book so the New Testament and sponsor with his influence and manuscripts three more, setting the pattern which Jesus gave to him in Saudi Arabia of quoting with an interpretation in the New Testament of the Old Testament truth.  So much of where fundamentalists {today‛s incarnation of Darby and Scofield, their hunt and peck method of Bible interpretation with superficiality of Bible more dangerous, with their fighting spirit, than even their concepts from Darby and Scofield}see in the Old Testament a period of peace and prosperity with a material kingdom in Israel is the “consummation” of Daniel.  It is the time, at the end of time, when the kingdoms of this world become really the kingdom of Christ; it is the time when the new Jerusalem is lowered down from heaven and all government is established there over all the multitudes which no man can number of every nation, tribe, and people; and it is the time when the new heaven and new earth are established by God for ever and ever, as the old heaven and old earth pass away, and there is no more sea.  It is going to be difficult for you to break free if you have been a victim of such fundamentalist teachings. One thing you will notice is that you are not hearing about the Falling Away from such fundamentalists that have taken control of the Southern Baptist Convention.  There are two reasons for that:  (1) it is difficult to stake a claim on having all the answers like Jerry Falwell, Tim LeHaye, and Charles Stanley—co-founders of the Moral Majority, and still admit that the Falling Away has come to fulfillment under their watch; and (2) they remain in power my convincing their audience that they are the chosen of God, therefore it is hard for them to say to the other Tares, you are Falling Away from God, Christ, and the Bible.  Indeed, Falwell believes as he says that Rick Warrens’ heresies in the name of church unity, LeHaye’s fictions, along with his political and social power are waves of spiritual revival, while indeed these efforts, including the takeover of the SBC by his group, are the very unsoundness in doctrine and spirit that has precipitated if not induced the Falling Away.  Certainly they have enhanced the Falling Away.  Why are they so silent on it.  That within itself is proof!  Won‛t it be amazing if these who have made themselves “first” in the kingdom of God, taking by force the prime seats at the feasts, are found to be the “last” when we come to the fulfillment of the kingdom of God.  And if they are among the tares, we will not see them at all!  Like the Jewish people of the first century, and about whom Paul wrote in Romans 1, they have tried to take and maintain the moral high ground.  While they would present themselves as teachers of the law, they need some one to teach them again what are the first principles of Bible and a proper spirit.

Although as we look for the two things to be fulfilled before the Second Coming as Paul laid out in II Thessalonians— the falling away and the man of sin; and while many times based on Daniel, we may lean toward Osama Bin Laden as the man of sin and of perdition; though sometimes we lean toward the Pope as the final anti-Christ which will be the man of sin, sometimes it seems that the fundamentalists have been the most dominant influence in the Falling Away.  I am sure it is our lack of understanding that forces us to speculate between men like Falwell, men like Osama Bin Laden, and men like the Pope for fulfillment of the man of sin.  And the fact, as Daniel was told, that our complete understanding of the last events is still somewhat sealed up, leads us to believe that we are still major steps from the Falling Away. Just remember, that like Satan himself, who was an angel of light, the man of sin and perdition must appear to be very right and righteous to be a wolf in sheep‛s clothing and in order to deceive many.  As sin abounds, he must be a leader in the waxing cold of love.  The love must diminish under his leadership, and the Gospel of the kingdom of Christ will have to be replaced with something else, like maybe the Gospel of the Moral Majority.

Book Bottom Line:  Spiritual Terrorism

“He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’”  (Matthew 13:28)  

Can You buy those words from Jesus Himself?  That there is spiritual terrorism within the churches.  We are concerned about physical terrorism in our country when we should be more concerned about the spiritual terrorism in our churches and the kingdom at large.  Our problem is that we can not tell the difference between wheat and tares even when they come out from being underground:  we do not know the difference between a Christian and a non-Christian, between a false Bible teacher and a true Bible teacher; and even when we do suspect a church member, a church, or a denomination, or their leaders we are so indoctrinated in the American Democratic Faith as to put tolerance ahead of dis-association from them as recommended by the Bible.  Do you get what Jesus is saying, “the enemy is within” the kingdom and the churches.  Satan has put many tares in our local churches in order to subvert the real work of the kingdom of God, and many of those tares are leaders with itching ears.


The Testimony of Jesus

The Testimony of Jesus
 is “WORSHIP GOD THE FATHER” and that all saints by faith, Jews and Gentiles, will experience the same complete salvation at the Marriage supper of the Lamb of God for “the glory of God”, because that is the way He planned it!

Then he said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’” And he said to me, “These are the true sayings of God.” 10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “See that you do not do that! I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren who have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”  Revelation 19:9,10

The falling away of the SBC by Scofield mites was more of a seductive spirit that it was of doctrines of devils. The feud mentalists of the fundamentalists failed faithfulness to the Word of God on two major counts:  (1) They ignored that “the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophesy” {that “spirit” is to Worship God the Father, and not the nation of Israel}; and (2) they forgot that Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world” {not a millennium kingdom where the nation of Israel will reign}.  Their God like for Darby, Scofield, and their aggressive disciples of the SBC, became the nation of Israel rather than Jesus; and their kingdom to be served became an Israel on earth, always rejected by Jesus and His true followers.

Scofieldism is not simply a bad attitude on eschatology, it is bad on salvation.  It perverts the whole plan of salvation for God in the world, falsely promoting one kind of salvation for the Jews and another for Gentiles. The testimony of Jesus has two major parts:  (1) “Worship God”, that in the kingdom established on the new earth God the Father might be all in all; and (2) glory to that God that the marriage of the Lamb will come for “all the saints”–

“…for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.” And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.”


“…‘Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’” And he said to me, “These are the true sayings of God.”

In this day and time we would call the attitude of the feud mentalists that engineered the warfare and takeover of the SBC as a bad attitude or spirit.  Along the way after Scofield and Chalmers (DTS), they invented a false literal Bible in which the non-existent words in the Bible dominated their thought and spirit, the 3 words of “rapture”, “millennium”, and “dispensationalism”, simultaneously pushing out the true salvation plan of God and of Romans.  Have you ever noticed that II Timothy 4:3,4 speaks of a bad attitude even more than bad and unsound doctrine.

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers;  and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.”  (2 Timothy 4:3-4 NKJV)

The cause of “For the time will come (has come and made clear in the warfare and takeover of the SBC) when they will not endure sound doctrine”, is they were operation “according to their own desires”–Scofield didn’t fool them they were just waiting to be deceived about the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophesy and that the kingdom was indeed of this world:  in other words the desires were the cause and the unsound doctrine the effects.  “Itching ears” is also an internal bad attitude cause, wanting to hear something new about the kingdom and the testimony of Jesus; and the “heaping up of bad teachers” was the result of effect. Turning away from truth was an emotional cause, and the result was FABLES OF SCOFIELDISM IN THE SBC!

Those Scofield mites that divert this testimony of Jesus also pervert the spirit of prophesy, striving to center all prophesy around the nation of Israel rather than that of spiritual Israel of the book of Romans. Thus they have both a bad spirit of prophesy and a bad testimony of Jesus.  You see that is much, much more than eschatology alone. These two causes and failures created the destruction of the SBC.

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Progress Chart for One Commentary on Ephesians

I. Preface and Outline of Exegesis.

II. Integration of Life Introduction.

1. Purpose.
2. Justification.
3. Security,
4. The Christian Vocation.

III. Basics of Life and Ephesians.

1. One.
2. History of a Church.
3. History and History of Ephesus.
4. Christian Life History.
5. A Short Commentary of 197 pages.

IV. Ephesians chapter 1: IN CHRIST.

1. Count your Blessings.
2. Outlines of Ephesians 1 {for Bible teachers}.
3. A Prayer for All Christians.

V. Ephesians chapter 2: BEFORE AND AFTER {BIC and AIC}.

1. The Contrasts of time, memory, and Christ.
2. “With all the rest”, Inclusive Again.
3. More about the Contrasts.
4. Living Doctrines in Ephesians 2.

VI. Ephesians chapter 3: “WITH THIS IN MIND”.

1. An Attitude of Worship.
2. The Special Prayer.
3. Benediction.

VII. Ephesians chapter 4: PEACE, UNITY, AND ONENESS.

1. Unity in Diversity.
2. Peace and Unity.
3. Oneness.
4. How to Promote?


1. Ideal Characteristics.
2. Application of Ideals.
3. A Great Mystery.
4. “What God hath Joined”.

IX. Ephesians chapters 4-6: GOD’S PSYCHOLOGY.

1. Implementation of the Teachings.
2. Behavioral Modification, Walking.
3. Fighting Sandals.
4. Proverbs from Ephesians.
5. Bad Attitudes.

X. Ephesians chapters 4,5: ESSENCE OF EPHESIANS.

1. 10 Commandments of Ephesians.
2. Specifics of the 4:17 thru 5:9 Passage.
3. A Liar?
4. Love’s Ingredients in Ephesians.
5. Some Finals on the Exegesis.

“Contend for the faith” with the Christian Fables of our talented?

Thank you for your obvious attendance to the Posts of Christian Fables, and please also consider the Pages.  The emphasis of the pages will be more on the preachers of those fables and the specific fables as we “contend for the faith” with the Christian Fables of our talented?  Of course, most of you know the two most famous and popular of our Christian brethren in the body of Christ with some very questionable doctrine and practices are the two J’s, Joel Osteen and Jimmy Swaggart.  They are on the same side, the side of Christ; however while they glitter like silver and gold in the household of God, their total doctrine of fables show them to in reality be like dirt and wood.

Link below to the beginning of the series of pages: