Judging Our Maker

by Gary Amirault

The following are some thoughts collected from a small book I am working on entitled Eternal Death . . . One Step Out of Hell, One Step Short of Glory. The book is directed at the shortcoming of the doctrine of eternal death, also called annihilation. I am writing it in the hope that those who embrace this teaching will see that our Father is much more glorious than this doctrine makes Him out to be.

When we teach or believe that our Maker will ultimately torment forever, or annihilate one single soul, we have judged our Maker as imperfect. We say that His intentions were good and that He purposed for us to be in His likeness. He declared, “let us make man in Our Image,” but, somehow, things got short circuited. He then had to either eternally separate this imperfect image from His personal self, or He had to just disintegrate it. This makes Him become the builder mentioned in one of Jesus’ parables of the man who started to build but couldn’t finish or the one who went to battle without the resources to win. This doctrine says that ,somehow, the Creator of the Universe didn’t have everything all figured out, and as a result, ends up short of His goal. The truest definition of sin is to “fall short” or “miss the mark.” Our great Creator said, “Let us make man in Our Image” and fell short of His gigantic undertaking.

Religious man will never admit it, but when we say someone is going to hell or will be annihilated, we are judging the Creator. That person we condemn is His workmanship. When we created rules, creeds, articles of faith, which declared the “unrighteous” are consigned to eternal punishment or annihilation, we have just created an eternal garbage heap, a place where God can dump those vessels He couldn’t perfect. It is one thing for a man to attempt something and fail, but it is an entirely different thing for blind religious men to say that God will fail, yet the doctrine of eternal punishment and annihilation does just that. Our God becomes a failure, which is just another word for sinner.

Our problem is really one of short-sightedness and self-projection. We see so much error in our lives and in the lives of others that our entire way of thinking is just saturated with images of imperfection. We naturally created images of God which are imperfect. We create Him in our image. We who are still being perfected, incomplete, look at all the other vessels around us that are also incomplete and imperfect and come to imperfect judgments about He who is doing the completing. We judge His creation before it is complete. We who are being created find ourselves judging He who is creating us. “Who are you to judge another’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand.” (Romans 14:4) Be careful who you call “God’s servant.” The Bible is full of unbelievers who have been used by God as servant’s against His own people.

The Scriptures warn many times, “do not judge before the time,” but we ignore the warnings. Not only do we judge His creatures, but we judge Him also. When trying to get people saved by using the typical Roman Road scriptures, we usually say, “He did everything that He could, He gave His only Son to die for you,” implying that if you reject this offer, God has no other means to bring you to salvation. Salvation becomes man’s choice. If somehow, after hearing some self-righteous hypocrite preach their “so-called Gospel” and the sinner rejects this religious person’s offer, God has no other choice but to toast him. Most sinners have been around long enough and have seen enough to know that the so-called “free gift” offered by churches has all kinds of strings attached to it. The “free gift” of salvation from most churches is anything but free, and the “eternal life” that is promised is anything but eternal. Most churches teach that one can lose their “eternal life.” Almost all churches with the exception of just a few denominations teach that Christians can lose their salvation. How foolish! How can one lose “eternal” life. If you got it when you were born-again, how can one undo “eternal life?” Either it is eternal or it isn’t. Most people in the world can see through these kind of deceptive practices and so are not so quick to accept the church’s so called “gift.” Unscriptural tithes, making people listen to dull sermons, all kinds of weird rituals, etc. usually go along with the “free gift.” As Abraham Lincoln, a great man of God who avoided churches once said, “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.” Abe believed in the salvation of all mankind through Jesus Christ.

Now the Calvinists have gotten around this problem of calling God’s workmanship imperfect by declaring that He planned from the beginning to roast most of mankind. His plans weren’t short-circuited by our free will or Satan. God’s premeditated plan included the exquisite sufferings of the hoards of humanity. This premeditated “hell” which He purposed for most of His creatures also included ample room for infants and children. Their lot is the fiery barbecue of the universe, called according to Presbyterian theology as their “just dessert.” I use their words, not mine. I make no apology in saying that this theology concocted by Augustine and revived by John Calvin, which has been perpetuated by Baptists, Reformed, Presbyterian and other denominations, is one of the most repugnant stains ever spilled on the precious white robe of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is impossible to love such an image of God. Calvinists, in general, become incapable of expressing true love. They end up loving law and order and their perverted sense of “justice.” This kind of image of God makes one try to look good on the outside with rules like “can’t drink, cuss, or smoke,” but the hearts of those who embrace this doctrine are full of gross darkness and all kinds of evil. John Calvin had a man roasted to death on slow-burning wood because of a difference of opinion on the concept of the Godhead. This doctrine produces murders, either physically as in the case of John Calvin, or murderers of the heart.

Perhaps part of our problem stems from the fact that there seems to be so much imperfection around us. We have been taught that after death comes the judgment. We can see nothing between death and judgment. In addition, our view of the judgment of our Maker is generally very negative. Part of this stems from that fact that many Bible translations have taken neutral Greek words like “krisis” and “krima” that simply refer to a judicial decision which can be either positive or negative, and have assigned a negative connotation to them when dealing with God’s judgments. There are no grounds whatsoever for translating these words into English words such as “damnation,” but leading Bibles such as the King James Bible have done this despite voices from scholars that this is improper translating. Better leading Bibles are beginning to translate according to the text instead of according to tradition. The “tradition of the elders” is slowly being driven out of Bible translations. We forget how far into darkness the church was plunged in the middle ages. We haven’t come as far out of our that superstition and darkness as we think we have. Words such as “damnation,” “hell,” “eternal,” “forever,” “torment,” etc. are beginning to retranslated in accordance to the original meaning instead of medieval Roman Catholic theology. Better translating has revealed a much more powerful and loving God and has removed much of the fear, superstition, and contradictions in many of our older translations.

We have consumed many doctrines dealing with what happens after death. Most of these doctrines did not originate from early Christianity, but from ancient paganism which was brought into the church through the Romanizing of it several hundred years after the first basic church was formed. These pagan concepts do not declare the “full counsel of God,” but declare the height of ignorance of the dark twisted carnal mind.

The Scriptures boldly declare that all His creation is good (Gen. 1:31), His mercy endures forever (Psalm 136). This one Psalm alone declares His mercy endures forever no less than 26 times. When will we begin to believe it!? The Scriptures declare that God is Love (1 John 4:8), His love never fails (1 Cor. 13:8), His mercy will triumph over judgment (James 2:13), He kills, but is able to make alive again (Deut 32:39), He is the author and finisher of our faith (Heb. 12:2), we are His workmanship (Eph. 2:10). I can go on and on citing Scriptures declaring His authority, sovereignty, love and mercy. He is ever present; though you make your bed in Sheol (death or hell), He is there (Psalm 139:8), He has death and hell’s keys (Rev. 1:18), He is Lord of the living and the dead (Rom. 14:9), and He came to set the prisoners free (Eph. 4:8, 1 Pet. 3:19). All power, authority, and things (including people) have been given into Jesus’ hands. He said He would lose none of it (John 6:39). Most of the church has declared Him a liar. We will see one day who is the liar.

Though He may have to burn up most of our works, nevertheless, we will be saved so as through fire (1 Cor. 3:15). Burning up our filthy religious works such as scaring people away from Him through creating false images of Him and His judgments is much different than burning up an individual’s body and soul. Yes, the flames that will burn up the horrible and evil concepts which religious Christians have dreamed up in their dark carnal minds and the effects these doctrines have had upon the poor children of our Maker will produce a mighty hot fire. His anger will most assuredly devour all false images of Him. When this is accomplished, this scripture will come true: “To this end Christ died and rose and lived again, that He might be Lord of both the dead and living. But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you show contempt for your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written: ‘As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God.’ So then each of us shall give account of himself to God.” (Rom. 14:9-12) And again: “Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Phil. 2:9-11) No one can say Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit. Can you say, Amen?

God’s Sovereignty

by Gary Amirault

Recently, a local pastor gave a sermon that declared God absolutely sovereign over everything except man’s will. Man’s will was more powerful than God’s will. This is the conclusion most of the church has taken. Most denominations of Christianity have followed the Arminian view on this subject. Few who embrace Arminianism realize that by doing so, they have actually made themselves the absolute Sovereign, therefore making themselves god. While there are many Scriptures declaring that our Father will hold us accountable for certain things, they declare the absolute sovereignty of God in so many places that only spiritual blindness could make a person like this pastor not see the abundant proof in the Scriptures that our Father is absolutely sovereign over all things including man’s so-called “free will.” David Sprenger has begun a list of Scriptures declaring God’s sovereignty. So far it is 17 pages long. We will be happy to provide copies of this list which writes out the reference and passage. This list can be very helpful for someone bound up in their own futility. Listed below are a few of the scriptures that declare that our Father is in complete control even when we think He isn’t.

  • Luke 18:27 The things impossible with men are possible with God.
  • Jn. 1:12,13 Who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of the will of God.
  • Jn. 3:27 A man can receive nothing unless it has been given him from heaven.
  • Jn. 5:21 The Son also gives life to whom He wishes. (Greek: wills)
  • Jn.6:37 All that the Father gives Me shall come to Me.
  • Jn.6:39 And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I will lose nothing.
  • Jn.6:44 No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him.
  • Jn.8:36 If therefore the Son shall make you free, you shall be free indeed.
  • Jn.10:27-28 And I give eternal life to them (my sheep), and they shall never perish and no one shall snatch them out of My hand.
  • Jn.12:39,40 For this cause they could not believe, for Isaiah said again, “He has blinded their eyes and He hardened their heart; lest they see with their eyes and perceive with their ear, and be converted, and I heal them.”
  • Jn.19:11 You would have no authority over Me, unless it had been given to you from above.

These are just some of the Scriptures in the Gospel of John. This should give one a clear understanding that the Bible is full of the declaration that He is Lord over all. Below are a few key sovereignty scriptures taken from various parts of the Bible.

  • 1Cor.15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God in me.
  • Eph.1:4 Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world…
  • Eph.1:5,6 He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to
  • Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace…

  • Eph.1:9,10 Making known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Him . . .with a view to . . .the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things upon the earth . . .
  • Phil.1:6 For I am confident of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.
  • Phil.2:12,13 Work out your salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.
  • Col.1:13 For He delivered us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of the Son of His love.
  • Col.1:15 And He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of (Greek, protokos: prior to and sovereign over) all creation.
  • 1 Thess.5:24 Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.
  • 1 Tim.2:4 Who desires (Greek\KJV: who will have) all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
  • Ex.4:11 And the Lord said to him (Moses), “Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes him dumb or deaf, or seeing or blind? Is it not I, the Lord?”
  • Deut.2:30 For the Lord your God hardened his (Pharaoh’s) spirit and made his heart obstinate, in order to deliver him into your hand, as he is today.
  • Deut.32:39 See now that I, I am He, and there is no god besides Me; it is I who puts to death and gives life. I have wounded, and it is I who heals; and there is no one who can deliver from My hand.
  • 1Sam.2:6,7 The Lord kills and makes alive; He brings down to Sheol and raises up. The Lord makes poor and rich; He brings low, and He also exalts.
  • 2Chron.20:6 Power and might are in Thy hand so that no one can stand against Thee.
  • Job 42:2 I know that Thou canst do all things, and that no purpose of Thine can be thwarted.
  • Ps. 22:27,28 All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations will worship before Thee. For the kingdom is the Lord’s, and he rules over the nations.
  • Prov. 16:9 The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.
  • Prov. 19:21 Many are the plans of a man’s heart, but the counsel of the Lord will be established.

Well, as we can see, while our minds may be full of all sorts of plans, fears, schemes, etc., our loving Father knows us much better than we know ourselves. And His purposes for our lives here on earth and beyond will stand whether we believe it or not.

We wanted to put some articles in this edition dealing further with the subject of sovereignty but felt there just wasn’t enough room. For those of you who want to study this subject further, feel free to write and we will send some material which may be helpful. It is a vital subject. Without a proper understanding of His absolute control of His universe, we cannot really enter into a perfect trust. Without complete trust in Him, we rely on ourselves and man-made systems of religion, both falling short of the glory of the Most High.

Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God

by Gary Amirault

The above title is the name of a famous sermon given by Jonathan Edwards. Jonathan Edwards has come down to us in history as one of the all-time great men of the Protestant mold. He was a leading player in what came to be known as the “Great Awakening,” an American revival of the 18th century. One can hear a copy of his sermon on my audio tape entitled “Sinners in the Hands of a Loving Creator.” It has been reported that after he dangled huge audiences over the lake of fire with his polished and extreme language, people would go home and commit suicide. After listening to him, they couldn’t bear living any longer.

Jonathan Edward’s God was an angry god. He followed the footsteps of his apostle in the faith, John Calvin. John Calvin did not bring people to their own self-destruction. He burned them himself! (Read some books about how he had Michael Servetus burned to death.) John Calvin followed after his apostle in the faith-Augustine. Augustine was perhaps the most influential early church leader in bringing the doctrine of eternal punishment from paganism into Christianity. Prior to Augustine, there were few who held such teaching.

Augustine was in the Persian Manichaean religion for nine years before converting to Christianity. Although he wrote against Manichaeanism as a Christian, it is quite obvious to anyone who has studied Manichaenism that Augustine incorporated some key Manichaeian beliefs into his Christian theology. Manichaeanism derived its foundational beliefs from the Persian religion called Zoroastrianism.

When one studies the basic components of Zoroastrianism, one will become quite uncomfortable in discovering an amazing similarity between modern Christianity and Zoroastrianism.

This article will not go into the doctrines of any of these ancient Persian-Babylonian religions. I hope this brief article will stir you to do some research on your own.

Clearly modern Christendom owes a great deal to the teachings of Zoroastrianism and Manichaeanism. The main feature I want to bring out is that both taught that at the end of time, there would be two separate kingdoms; a kingdom of good and a kingdom of evil. They were both very ascetic religions and they both had an angry god. Calvinism certainly owes its concept of predestination to eternal torment to Zoroastrianism.

It seems most, if not all the early religions, had gods that were easy to anger. They acted very much like earthly leaders who thought nothing about wasting thousands of lives in a fit of anger.

Man, especially powerful men who want to maintain their power, seem to get angry very quickly. I personally know a great deal about anger. The Holy Spirit has tempered it greatly. But there is still work to be done in my life in this area.

I decided to look up the etymology of this word “anger” just for the heck of it. Here is what Dictionary of Word Origins by John Ayto had to say about its origin:

“The original notion contained in this word was of ‘distress’ or ‘affliction’; ‘rage’ did not begin to enter the picture until the 13th century. English acquired it from Old Norse angr ‘grief,’ and it is connected with a group of words which contain connotations of ‘constriction’: German and Dutch eng (and Old English enge) mean ‘narrow,’ Greek ankhein meant ‘squeeze,’ ‘strangle’ (English gets angina from it), and Latin angustus (source of English anguish) also meant ‘narrow.’ All these forms point back to an Indo-European base angg-‘narrow.'”

So the idea of rage did not enter the picture until the 13th century. Jonathan Edwards, I am sure, used the word in the sense of ‘rage’ and yet his god was also certainly a ‘narrow,’ and ‘constricted,’ god.

Isn’t it rather peculiar that those we see exhibiting the most intolerance, anger, and short-temperedness also usually preach a god in their own image? Look to the preacher who spends a great deal of his time and energy raking people over the coals, warning them of the wrath to come and then spend a few days with them observing how they interact with people. You will most likely discover they act just like the god they preach. We do become conformed to the image we worship, don’t we?

Those most adamant in their warnings of the “wrath to come” love to quote the scripture, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, saith the Lord.” Then they usually quote a few strong wrath scriptures and tie it all together with a good dose of hell-fire. They never quote this scripture in context because it would take the wind right out of their sail.

Romans 12:19 (KJV) Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but [rather] give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance [is] mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

You see, children of the Beloved, our Father wants to take vengeance away from us because we kill with it, we are unjust with it, we falsely accuse with it. When we kill in the anger of vengeance, we cannot bring that person back to life. But our Father says that He can, “kill and make alive again.” (Deut. 32:39)

Our Father says the way to overcome evil is with good. If your enemy is hungry, feed him-don’t kill him! If you want to kill him, kill him with kindness. Jesus holds the keys to death and hell. Jesus is able to use death and “hades” for our good, not our ultimate destruction. Even Paul, learned how to use destruction in the proper way. Remember when he turned a member of the Corinthian assembly over to Satan for the “destruction of the flesh” that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord?

So then, those who preach an “angry” god, preach a narrow god, one who can’t redeem most of those who he died for. He is either powerless to save, to angry to want to forgive, or too lazy to give a damn.

Within ancient religions, we find such gods. These are the gods today peddled by many preachers who still preach the “angry god.” Yes, they even call Him Jesus. But it may be surprising to you that the Manichaeanism Babylonian religion also preached a Father, a Son named Jesus, a Holy Spirit, and a Satan.

In the Zoroastrian religion, the predecessor of Manichaeanism, the two leading gods were Ahura Mazda and Ahriman. Ahriman was also known as Angra Mainyu. The word “Angra” is also found as “Angri” in some dictionaries. “Angri” was the bad god who would eternally have all the bad people in his kingdom when time ceased.

Now it seems our friend Jonathan Edwards, in his sermon, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” (a sermon copied by many modern day preachers) has made the God of Christianity an “angry” God. Unbeknownst to him, he has put himself in the hands of the bad god of the religion which is the basis for his theology. How ironic!! Those who want an angry god will get an angry god. But I am afraid they will be surprised to discover on whom the anger will fall. “Judgment will be merciless for the man who acted mercilessly. But mercy can laugh at judgment.” (James 2:13, Barclay trans.) Angry people are usually least merciful. Ever notice how angry preachers get when they get into their hell-fire and brimstone routine? They are always pointing their finger at something which is going to be judged without mercy not realizing that when judgment falls, it will fall on their own heads.

I encourage our readership to spend some time in early civilization history books, early church history books, and early religion books dealing with the Roman, Greek, Israeli, Persian, and Babylonian regions. It may be an eye opening experience. Better to discover now whether we are rooted on the Rock of Salvation or whether we are rooted in the sands of Babylon.

Shall the God of the Whole Earth Do Righteously?

by Gary Amirault

Blame-shifting and avoiding responsibility seem to be traits with which most of us are personally very familiar. We have all seen examples of how the rich and powerful break laws and get away with it due to knowing the ropes, buying a good lawyer, or actually writing laws to make themselves immune to the very laws they put upon the people. The newspapers and television are full of examples of corporations and people of political, religious or economic power who used their power to cover up their mistakes, escape the consequences of their actions, and find a scapegoat to shift the blame. While “the buck stops here” may be a nice slogan that wins votes, few leaders carry the slogan beyond just a slogan. Few actually walk the talk.

When we see the senator’s son get a slap on the hand when caught in possession of drugs, while another young man serves three years for the same crime, something inside most of us cries for justice.

When a man or woman is elected into an office because they had a tremendous amount of money behind them, something inside most of us says, “This is not the best way to choose those who will govern us.”

When an individual uses the reputation of their family name to gain power and position, we instinctively sense that something is wrong. A person should stand on their own reputation.

We know that a good lawyer will help in court- that good lawyers cost more money. Logical conclusion? Rich people fare better in court than poor people. When we see this, we know it is injustice.

When we hear a lawyer say something like this: “I hope we get Judge Brown, he’s a strong conservative,” something inside of us says that it shouldn’t matter who the judge is. Justice should be justice no matter who the person is who gives it out. But we know that is not reality.

When we look at examples like those above, if we are not involved in the actual outcome of the incidents we can see that things are not “fair,” and that “justice” is not being evenly administered. We seem to have an ability to discern what fairness is, as long as we stay objective and are not personally involved in the situation.

I think most of you who are reading this article will agree that things in this life are not really “fair.” Some are born into better families, richer countries, healthier bodies, better times and conditions, more intelligence, etc. We see these “unfair” situations all around us. Now the more of the “better” conditions we experience, the more likely we are not to see the injustice of it all. It is usually when we are deprived of the better things that we can see the unfairness and injustice.

Most of us would agree that all is not equal here on earth, that there is injustice in this world. We attribute this to selfishness, greed, pride, rulers of darkness, and Satan. We generally don’t accuse ourselves for the injustices of the world, they are usually someone else’s fault. Christians usually cannot see how much they are to blame for many of the injustices in the world. But worse than that, we are blind to the fact that some of our theologies make God turn out to be the most unjust Ruler of all mankind. In the name of justice, we say that God must send billions to the eternal torture chamber. The one and single reason for this inferno is because without it, God could not be just.

Let us see how modern theology has painted God the ultimate image of injustice while claiming it portrays Him this way in the name of Justice. The hypocrisy in this situation is absolutely incredible and yet most of Christendom is totally blind to their contradictory creeds which are declared as “truth.”

Clearly, at the height of the hypocrisy is the Calvinist doctrine of election. Among the denominations who hold some of or all of John Calvin’s views are Presbyterian, Reformed, Congregation, some Baptist, as well as other denominations. The doctrine begins on very scriptural grounds and then departs into utter darkness. According to the doctrine the “elect” were chosen from before the foundations of the earth. We do not chose God, God has predestined the “elect” to eternal bliss with God, apart from works or anything else. It is completely a foreordained gift, all of God, nothing from man. One cannot earn it, decide to accept it, or lose it. It is a done deal. This is Scriptural. Among the scriptures one can use to prove this are: Romans 8:28-32, Romans 9:16, Romans 9:21-24, as well as many others. “Jacob I loved and Esau I hated,” perhaps sums up the case for predestined election. The scriptures declare that Esau was hated of God even before he was born, even before he could commit a bad act. Of “Predestination,” Calvin says, “we call the eternal decree of God, by which he has determined in himself the destiny of every man. For they are not created in the same condition, but eternal life is foreordained for some, and eternal damnation for others. For every man, therefore, being created for one or the other of these ends, we say, he is predestinated either to life or to death.” Calvin applies this teaching even to entire nations. Israel will be saved and the surrounding nations will be lost. It is predestined.

So here we have a situation just like the injustices in the present world. If you are born a “king’s kid” you will get the goodies whether you deserve them or not, you will literally get away with murder. But if you were born outside the family in power (God’s family) you will not receive justice, you will be persecuted and mistreated and will have no recourse in the court of justice because you are not one of the family. You cannot raise your position, work your way to the top, or get rewarded by doing good. None of these things count in Calvinism. Favoritism, nepotism, being born with a silver spoon in your mouth is the game played in the Christian family of Calvinism. We Christians properly call this sort of activity “injustice” when we see business and political leaders do these sorts of things. Yet when we attribute the exact same kind of activities to God, we call it “justice.” You see, we have a tendency to see ourselves as “the chosen” and quite frankly don’t really care about what happens to “other” people. We become like the God we hold in our hearts. When we become unjust in our doctrines and attitude toward our fellow man, we create God in our own image. He becomes unjust but we call it “justice.”

Now a Calvinist must ultimately become a blatant bigot. He is in the kingdom and he could care less what you think of Him. He won’t wrestle with you about the injustice of his system. Should a person question the justice of such a system, Calvin will answer, “The counsel of God, as far as concerns the elect, is founded on his gratuitous mercy, totally irreprehensible, though incomprehensible judgment.” God’s will is the supreme rule of justice so that “what he wills must be considered just for the very reason that He wills it. When you ask, therefore, why the Lord did so, the answer must be, because He would. But if you go further and ask why He so determined, you are in search of something higher and greater than the will of God, which can never be found. Let human temerity, therefore, desist from seeking that which is not, lest it should fail of finding that which is. This will be a sufficient restraint to any one disposed to reason with reverence concerning the secrets of his God.” (Taken out of Calvin’s Institutes III Chapter 21) I translate the above as “I said God said it and therefore it’s true, now no more questions. That settles it.”

I have been in quite a few arguments with Calvinists about this doctrine. Many of them act just like John Calvin did. They are also just as blind to the Scriptures as John Calvin was. Calvin said that God wills most of mankind to eternal torment. Perhaps it can’t be found in his translation of the Bible, but the King James Bible declares, “For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:3,4) Calvin was either blind or an outright liar. I will leave that up to you to decide. To most humane, thinking people, Calvin’s system is at the height of injustice and unfairness. The Calvinist’s response is, “Tough.” I called it Calvin’s system. That’s not quite true. John Calvin got the idea from Augustine. John just modified this monster somewhat. Then again, even Augustine didn’t invent it. He was a Manichaean elder for about nine years. Read about the Babylonian Manichaean religious system and then you will discover where this Calvinist system really came from.

The Arminian system, which comprises Roman Catholics, Orthodox, most of the rest of Protestantism, Pentecostalism, and Charismaticism, as well as the quasi-Christian groups such as Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Worldwide Church of God, Seventh Day Adventists etc., find the Calvinist system revolting, but apparently not too revolting because they go to the same pep rallies such as the Promise Keepers together. They go to the same prayer meetings and their church buildings and rituals are much alike. The Arminianist just doesn’t like the fact that Calvin locked many out without giving them a chance. So they created the “salvation by chance” gospel. Everybody gets at least one chance to be adopted into the Royal Family. The Arminianist sees the Scriptures that declare that God “will have all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth,” but does not actually have the drawing power for everyone to be saved. Therefore, they interpret these Scriptures as God desires all to be saved, but can’t get the job done. He makes the offer to all, but most reject it. To prove this kind of gospel is almost as difficult as Calvin’s gospel.

They also have Scriptures like Romans 1:20 and stretch it a mile or two to get it in line with their gospel. But while they try to vindicate God by at least giving everyone a chance to be a King’s kid, they still make Him a respecter of persons. Everyone knows most people don’t make it on the first chance. As a matter of fact, if you go into a church where there are a few honest Christians (sometimes hard to find) and you were to ask how many got “saved” on their first chance, most would have to admit it took several “chances” before they “decided to follow Jesus.”

It is obvious that there are far more Bibles, preachers, churches, tracts, etc. in some countries than in others. The United States probably has more Bibles in it than all the other countries combined. I have close to 100 in my office. In the United States, it is hard to go through a week of television without running into some preacher preaching his version of the gospel. So then, if it usually takes more than one shot to get “saved,” there are clearly places in the world that are gospel-rich and others that are gospel-poor. When it comes to “hearing” or reading the word, God has certainly chosen some nations over others. He has been a “respecter of nations.” As a matter of fact, we would be justified in calling God a racist, because the white races over the last 2000 years have received far more “Word” than all the other races combined.

So in trying to make God look a little better than Calvin made Him out to be, Arminius and his army of billions of Christians, have not made Him out to look much better. While Calvin made heaven a country club with exclusive membership only for those with the proper lineage dating back to before time, Arminius and company still leave God as a respecter of persons. Worse yet, most of humanity isn’t interested in God’s offer. Hell seems to have more appeal or power than the attraction of God and heaven. And still worse yet, salvation by grace through faith, not of works, becomes nothing more than a slogan mouthed, but not really believed. And worst of all, Arminianism teaches one can lose their salvation. The “eternal” life one receives when “saved” isn’t eternal after all. The whole gospel becomes an awful lie! But at least we can now blame humans for getting toasted for eternity. They have at least vindicated God from preordaining most into the barbecue pit.

But it doesn’t end here. It gets worse. Calvinists teach that sinners deserve the wrath of God which is eternal torment. No degrees of punishment seem to exist. One punishment for everything under the heading of “sin.” “The wages of sin is death,” which is translated “eternal torment.” The scripture does not give a formula like stealing-5 years, adultery-10 years, gossip-15 years. No, it simply states that the “wages of sin is death.” One big wad of sin and one big punishment. So when a non-believer does anything described as a sin, he’s done for, but when a Christian does the same thing, all of a sudden the rules dramatically change. In the Christian circle, there are degrees of sin and degrees of punishment. However, a simple “I’m sorry” cleans the slate. No slap on the hand, no lighter sentence. King’s kids get away with everything just by doing this magical thing called “repentance,” a theological word for saying, “I’m sorry. Please forgive me.”

Now I know it is hard for most denominationally-bent Christians to see the injustice and hypocrisy of these false gospels. They are “rich King’s kids.” They are just like the rich man in the Rich Man and Lazarus Story. They see the unbelievers as the rich man who will one day get toasted while they cuddle up to Abraham. But the reality of the matter is they are the rich man about to get kicked out of the kingdom. Abraham can’t stand their spoiled brat behavior and it’s time the rich kids got a spanking-a very hard spanking. The rich man couldn’t see his self-righteousness and the poor man said even if one was raised from the dead the rich man’s brothers wouldn’t believe. Jesus raised a “Lazarus” from the grave and the Pharisees still wouldn’t believe. Remember?

Oh Bible-filled, church abundant, rich Christians! What will finally get us to see that the Gods we have created are in our own image? What will it take before we finally see that our Father is not a respecter of persons? He hardens and He has mercy on all. He locks all in unbelief so we can’t puff up our prideful little chest and declare, “I have decided to follow Jesus.” When it comes to salvation, no one on the face of this earth decided anything! The gift is free and it goes to all whether we like it or not. “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth will draw (“drag” in the Greek) all mankind unto myself” is not an invitation to decide to do anything. It is a declaration of fact that will come to pass whether we decide to believe it or not. The Potter is going to do all His good pleasure whether we approve or not. The man who the church will not hire during the work day will be hired in the last hour and given the same wages as the self-righteous hypocrite even if the dead-works Christian Pharisee thinks he should get more or not. When God’s justice is in the earth, the earth will learn righteousness. It is abundantly clear to everyone on the face of the earth that the God preached by the vast majority of the church is not just, not fair, and not righteous. He is a respecter of persons, weak, and two-faced; made in the perfect image of she who formed Him, namely the so-called body of Christ called by the name of “the Church.”

In conclusion then, we find that in earthly matters, we call racism, favoritism, double-standards, prejudice, etc. “unjust.” Yet the doctrines of the modern church have made God all of the above and worse and say He is just! No wonder unbelievers look at us and call us hypocrites. The church has fallen into such darkness that unbelievers see clearer than Christians. But then again, wasn’t that exactly the way it was at the end of the Jewish era? Solomon said it well, “There is nothing new under the sun.” If history repeats itself, the end of church history will be quite different from what the “end-time” preachers are telling us. You have heard of the expression, “Remember the Alamo?” Listen very carefully . . . .remember Jerusalem 70AD!!!

God – Master Builder or Great Destroyer?

by Gary Amirault

Having been born in Europe and returning a couple of times, I have seen many old church buildings. Most tours usually take a person to the oldest, grandest objects. These are usually palaces, castles, or church buildings usually called cathedrals. Sometimes the building is both a governmental palace and a church building such as the Vatican. To me, whether as a child or an adult, these huge, expensive buildings seemed dark and gaudy. The architectural concept behind these buildings was to project heaven and earth coming together. They tried to project an image greater than the image of man, something superhuman, or perhaps even divine; something that would survive time.

While most of the tourists would admire the grandeur of these structures, (for some are magnificent buildings) I usually found myself thinking of the thousands of souls who spent their entire lifetime chiseling stones to put these things together. Today, I am still amazed at the billions of dollars Christians spend on grand buildings to project an image. I think of the schemes, cons, and propaganda used to milk the money out of the people to put up these monstrosities.

Perhaps one of the classic examples is St. Peters Cathedral which was built upon the famous “indulgence.” The “indulgence” was a certificate to sin without consequence for a certain fee. It was granted by the highest authority on earth, the Pope. The famous monk “Tetzel” traveled through Europe generating funds through the use of the “indulgence” to build a “House of God.”

All these buildings, many of which men and women spent their entire life building, have one thing in common: time eventually destroys them. No matter how much money is poured into them to make them “appear” to be eternal, they are not. These “Houses of God” will all come down.

When I was a child of about 12 years old, I lived in a small town in Texas. The two main churches in this town were the Baptist church and the Methodist church. Both of these churches had a youth outreach program. Being new in the community, I was a candidate for proselytizing. The Methodists won. I attended what was called “Methodist Youth Fellowship” for a few evenings. I don’t remember what they taught, but I do remember the cookies and soft drinks and that the sandwiches didn’t have enough between the bread.

One day, I decided to go to a “worship” service. I did this on my own. Neither of my parents were religious, therefore, they did not encourage me to attend church. I remember quite clearly the sense of reverence I felt inside as I pondered going to the “House of God.” The Methodists said they went to this building to “worship the Lord.” This sounded important. As a matter of fact, it seemed to me that if that was what actually went on in church that it would be the most important thing one could do.

I entered the sanctuary very expectantly only to be greatly disappointed. I sat on the last pew. In the pew next to mine were children playing games on the seat. Ladies in their finest were looking about at other ladies’ outfits. An old man kept nodding away. His head jerking back as he recovered from almost going under seemed to be the most exciting thing happening. I remember the pastor as being a handsome man, perhaps in his early 30s. I can’t recall a single thing he preached on, but it was abundantly clear to this 12 year old that he was not speaking from his heart. No one in this church behaved the way I would expect human beings would behave while they were “worshipping the Lord.” I walked out of there thinking to myself, “These people are all pretending. God wasn’t here. Whatever they were doing was all fake. God must not be real.” Now obviously, I had never seen what true worship really was. I made a judgment based upon what I expected would happen if God was really there. I expected something more than what I saw.

This was the turning point in my life–I became atheistic. If God didn’t exist, why go through the motions of pretending he really did? I realized that creating gods who would judge you beyond the grave was a good means of keeping the ignorant masses in subjection, but I felt I didn’t need a myth. Give the myth to the masses. I knew better. I didn’t need the ultimate fear to keep me law-abiding. To me, it made sense that if I didn’t want someone to hurt me, I shouldn’t hurt them. Laws were a good way to keep order. That was good enough for me.

I engaged in many discussions about God in my teen years. Most of those I talked with were raised in the Western world so most of our discussions about God dealt with the subject from a traditional Christian viewpoint. When it came to describing who God was, we would find ourselves talking about the attributes of God. God was good, omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient, just, but His nature was Love.

I have always thought of myself as a practical person. Things had to fit, make sense. All the pieces of the puzzle had to fit or else something was wrong. I felt the same way about God. If God was all these things, then I should be able to look at Him and see all these attributes perfectly in harmony. But when I looked at this world, which was His creation, I could not find this harmony. I saw chaos, suffering, lack, disease, man’s inhumanity to man. I looked back into history and saw a river of blood, most of which was spilled over religion. I looked into the near future and saw eminent disaster. Man seemed to be near having many new weapons that could not only destroy nations, but the entire world. To me, it was not a matter of “if” man would destroy this world, but when. I saw no hope for mankind lasting for any considerable length of time.

In my early debates as an atheist, I used to say: “If there is a God, He is probably like man. If a man decides to build a large building, he will first draw a rough draft of his ideas to get his concepts down where he can look at them. After the rough draft, drawings etc., he begins to draw the real building. When God decided to build a perfect Universe, He first made a rough plan of what He had in His mind. He then went into another Universe to build the perfect one. We were made in His rough plan which was full of mistakes and bad ideas. It obviously was not perfect. I was stuck in God’s “mistakes.” I would say this rather facetiously. At this point, the Christian would usually blame it all on the devil and I would immediately throw back the fact that God made the devil so He is responsible for his actions. Somewhere in the discussion, the Christian would tell me the problems of the world stem from our choosing evil over good because of “free-will” and I would throw back in his face that I never chose to be born; I didn’t chose my parents; I didn’t chose the country to be born in, nor the time. There are thousands of things I could think to do, but be unable to do even though I had this so-called “free-will.”

When we would get into the discussion of the afterlife, I felt the average Christian had lost their brains. Generally speaking, eternity was described as a universe consisting of two places, one, the kingdom of God, and the other, hell. All of mankind would spend eternity in one of these two places. Something on this side of the grave would seal our eternal state forever.

There was very little discussion as what we would do in the kingdom, but the important thing is that we would be with Jesus and Mary (Catholics) and we would have a big mansion and the streets would be made of gold. We would cry “Holy, Holy, Holy” a good part of the time.

While there was little information on heaven, there was much information about what went on in hell. Dr. Trapp, an infernal poet of the past wrote:

“Meanwhile, as if but light were all these pains, legions of devils, bound themselves, in chains, tormented, and tormentors, o’er them shake thongs, and forked iron, in the burning lake: Belching infernal frames, and wreathed with spires of curling serpents rouse the brimstone fires, with whips of fiery scorpions, scourge their slaves, and in their faces dash the livid waves.”.

On the prose side we will select the famous Bishop Jeremy Taylor who will most gladly give us the most descriptive details of this favorite subject:

The smell shall also be tormented with the most pestilential stink. Horrible was that torment used by Mezentius, to tie a living body to a dead, and then to leave them until the infection and putrefied exhalations of the dead had killed the living. What can be more abominable than for a living man to have his mouth laid close to that of a dead one, full of grubs and worms, where the living must receive all those pestilential vapors breathed forth from a corrupt carcass, and suffer such loathsomeness and abominable stink? But what is this in respect to hell, when each body of the damned is more loathsome and unsavory than a million of the dead dogs, and all these pressed and crowded together in so strait a compass? Bonaventure goes so far as to say that if only one of the damned were brought into this world, it were sufficient to infect the whole earth. Neither shall the devils send forth a better smell . . . Hell is the world’s stink, and the receptacle of all the filth in this great frame, and withall a deep dungeon where the air hath no access. How great must the stink and infection needs be of so many corruptions heaped one upon another!”

The above quoted preacher goes on in much greater length in his exquisite details of the fate of the wicked. Isn’t it strange that this preacher can label what Mezentius did as “abominable” and yet have God do things far more “abominable” and call them “just?” He fails to tell us that many of our relatives and friends will be in this condition.

The odds are very likely that some, maybe even all of our children are in hell. A Catholic theologian gives some hope for our little ones. In A Catholic Book for Children we read:

“The fifth dungeon is a red-hot oven in which is a little child. Hear how it screams to come out! See how it turns and twists itself about in the fire! It beats its head against the roof of the oven. It stamps its little feet on the floor on the oven. To this child God was very good. Very likely God saw that this child would get worse and worse, and would never repent, and so it would have to be punished much worse in Hell. So God, in his mercy, called it out of the world in its early childhood.”

Here we have the height of God’s mercy and power. He was unable to make a little child to repent. Love couldn’t do the trick. So His brilliant solution to the problem is an eternal oven, hot enough to roast a child real good, but not quite as bad as what is in store for those who God does not kill in their childhood. Those He lets mature are in for the full treatment. Can you begin to see how the “dark ages” were formed by Roman Catholic theologians? Imagine being indoctrinated with this kind of philosophy from childhood!

Let us begin the journey the Christian must travel to get to the Eternal City. Since Rome has also been named the Eternal City by the church, I must clarify; I am talking about the heavenly one.

The Eternal City, according to orthodox theologians, consists of a grand city with high walls and golden streets. At the center of this city is a church building called the Temple in which God lives. Only a small percentage of the souls God created will be worthy of living in this city. Depending upon whether one holds the Calvinistic position of predestination or the Arminian position of free-will, entrance into the city is either fore-ordained from the foundation of the earth, or one has to chose to enter. Those who hold the free-will position have created tens of thousands of complicated strings and small print attachments to the so-called “free gift of eternal life” through the exercise of “free-will.” That is why there are literally thousands of different denominations. Each has a different package deal of how to enter the city. The Calvinists make it simple. You don’t have a choice. It’s a done deal. God decided who the innies and the outies were before the game started. How this lines up with God’s justice and Scriptures such as God not being a respecter of persons is a great mystery. Calvinists write books with hundreds of pages of small print trying to explain these contradictions. I have read some of them. After reading a few pages one falls asleep from seeing long sentences full of empty 20 letter words. After reading one of these books, I tried to capture the main content of the book in a handful of thoughts. In attempting to do that, I realized the author had said absolutely nothing! Vanity! Emptiness!

Mankind goes through thousands of years of experience here on earth and its ultimate fate is a forked road leading to paradise or endless misery. To the Calvinist, the experience here on earth is worthless, his lot was fixed before the game started; to the Arminianist, life becomes an Indian race of life. Perhaps you have seen one of the old cowboy movies in which a white man is captured. They take off his shoes, tell him to run into the wilderness. “Go, here is your chance for freedom!” After a small head start, they send the armed young braves after him to hunt him down and kill him. Or the race between two lines of Indians armed with tomahawks through which one has to run being beaten to death as one tries to make it to the end. Perhaps, some make it. Yes, you have a choice to prepare some kind of strategy of how to run the race, but the decision whether you want to start the race or not is not in your hands. And so the race begins; Satan and his demons beating the hell out of you as you run the race. Since Satan and his demons are invisible, we run this race blindfolded. We are chained to a nature that does not want to win the race, it is totally depraved according to Calvin. As you strive to the end, this nature which is chained to you goes contrary to your plans. “Oh, wretched man, who will deliver me from this body of death!”

Such is said to be the narrow road which leads into the City of God in which is Paradise for those found worthy of such a life or were predestined to it. On both sides of this road, is the wasteland of endless misery described by our poet and preacher. The ordeal through this race leaves little time to reflect or be distracted, but for a fleeting moment the involuntary participant of this race looks into the wasteland of fiery flames and contorted bodies and considers that probably his parents, one of his children, and some of his best friends are in this wasteland. What will life inside this Great City be like knowing the fate of his dear ones outside? One famous Calvinist has said that heaven would not be heaven apart from the exquisite suffering of those outside, therefore, hell must be in viewing distance from heaven.

There are some who do not think as they go through this life. They listen to the prating of mad preachers spewing out madness and run the race. But when one tries to conform the character and attributes of God described in the Bible to the road, race, and goal of life described by hell-fire poets and mad preachers, it will stop them dead in their tracks. Something does indeed smell foul in the universe, but it does not come from the wasteland called “hell” attributed to the Master Builder. The smell comes from the foul mouths of those spewing forth such unthought out nonsense claiming to do it in the name of God. This is where the stench comes from, and the time of the week when the smell is the strongest is on Sunday morning! Oh, hell-fire madmen shut your mouths for there is no mouthwash to cover the wicked odor of your putrefying words! Stop! Think! Reflect! Strike your words against the character and attributes of God and watch your words turn into vanity! I am finding the zeal for God presently consuming me. Let me return to our journey to the kingdom of God.

As we approach the city, we see its gigantic walls, 1500 miles high and 1500 miles wide. The Bible literalists have a difficulty with the dimensions of this city. Most believe it will come down in Israel, but Israel is only about 200 miles long by about 50 miles wide. This city would have to encompass all the old time enemies of Israel. Babylon would also have to be inside its walls. To mix the symbolic images in the book of Revelation with the bizarre understanding of the carnal mind produces utterly grotesque end-time scenarios. That is what christendom has produced . . .gross darkness.

As we near the gates of the city, great fear comes upon us. Think! If one is a Calvinist, entrance into the city has already been predetermined by God. Works will not guarantee entrance. How can anyone be absolutely certain they will be allowed in? The faculties of the soul, intellect and emotions are poor guides into the realm of the spirit. A Calvinist cannot be absolutely certain whether he or she is an innie until the end of time, no matter how hard they try. Picture that poor miserable soul locked up in pride all his religious life, now walking that narrow road toward the gate; billions on each side; some who were close friends, relatives, perhaps his children, crying out for help, but to no avail. These have been assigned this fate from the foundation of the world. And now the Calvinist must go and see if the lot was cast in his favor. The roll of the dice decides his fate. One in thousands, perhaps millions, that you are the elect and your day of reckoning is but a few steps away.

The Arminianist, on the other hand, is trusting in their works and repentance, but each denomination under the Arminian flag has a different set of works that makes one qualified for entrance. How can an Arminianist know they were in the right Arminian camp, whether they have enough good works to their credit to get in? Perhaps just one bad work such as pride may wipe out all their good works. Ultimately, an Arminianist (Catholics, Orthodox, and most Protestants) cannot be certain that they have entrance into the beloved City. As they walk this lonely walk on this narrow road, seeing billions upon billions of human beings on each side in the most horrible of conditions, they must begin to realize they are not much more righteous than those who are in the flames. As they walk past their loved ones, neighbors who were much more Christ-like than themselves, pastors and reverends from their own denominations, they begin to come to the realization that the odds of gaining entrance diminish with each step toward the mighty city.

Enough of this foolishness! I am allowing my mind to wander to the places that a typical Christian will have to come to if they follow their denomination’s beliefs to their logical end. Few Christians think through their beliefs. If they did, they would cast off the idiotic teachings of modern eschatology, whether Catholic, Orthodox, or Protestant. It is all gross darkness because that is all the carnal mind can produce.

The Building Process

When man creates a material object, he takes something in the environment and changes it into something else. A tree becomes a house, oil becomes gasoline, sand becomes glass, clay becomes ceramic tile, etc. He begins with something already in existence and changes its form. That is all man or Satan can ever do. A sculptor may take pride in the statue she “created” but the fact of the matter is she “created” absolutely nothing! She changed the form of a piece of marble or clay.

The True Creator, on the other hand, not only “forms,” but also “creates” the object which He will in turn “form.” In other words, our Father’s process of bringing something to completion is a two-step process, while man’s is a one-step process. If we could just get the understanding that He hasn’t completed forming it yet, then perhaps we wouldn’t come to some of the insane conclusions we come to. We preconclude the end of His forming process by applying the methods man uses instead of seeing that our Father does things quite differently.

When man builds something, he generally creates a lot of waste in the process. That is because his understanding of the materials he is working with is limited. Also, man does not look very far ahead when he builds. He is rarely concerned about the next generation, much less 20 generations in the future. Therefore, he will build to reap benefits for himself without regard to whether his building techniques may cause great problems for generations ahead. He may build a banana business in America and make arrangements with a handful of rich businessmen in South America to get them brought into America at prices which keep the peasants in South America at poverty levels. We may keep this businessman in business because we are more interested in the price of bananas than the quality of life of another human being in South America. Our abilities to build expertly are greatly hampered by our selfishness, ignorance, and inability to see the consequences of our actions to future generations or people around us.

Man builds much more than buildings and roads, that is, physical objects. Man builds institutions, governments, cultural values, economic systems, etc. The end of this kind of building process brings with it far greater consequences than wasted natural resources. The quality of living for entire generations and nations is at stake. When we look back into history, we see the results of man’s efforts to show forth his ability to build institutions upon the backs of human beings. I won’t carry you back into the thousands of wars brought about by those driven to build kingdoms.

We are as short-sighted in these building projects as we are with the physical building and forming that we do. The Soviet Union has recently discovered the building blocks of their Great Plan were defective and their systems have fallen apart. The West will see its glory fade soon also.

The main problems man runs into when building and forming is his selfishness and shortsightedness. We project these imperfections upon the Creator’s abilities. This is where we have greatly missed it, and as a result have prophesied falsely. Since religion has claimed the honor of telling man what will happen in the future, it is religion’s fault for misleading mankind as to the ultimate fate of mankind. Religion, including mainstream Christianity has predicted what the end of God’s plan will look like based upon man’s limitations, and not upon the character and nature of the Creator. If Christianity held all the attributes and nature of our Father as the standard for measuring the outcome of His building project, it would never have come up with the idiotic schemes it has formulated.

As I have said, man, due to his limited knowledge, creates much waste as he builds. As resources are becoming more scarce, he is becoming a better steward of those resources. The lumber industry is a good example. There was a day when one couldn’t give sawdust, branches, and bark away. It was thrown out as waste. Today, we make cardboard, paper, chipboard, paper plates, and thousands of other things out of what used to be waste. Almost every industry is becoming more efficient with our natural resources. The wiser we become, the more useful everything around us becomes to us. Items which used to have no value to us will become precious to us because everything the Creator made is good! The most useless material which covers the floors of oceans, fills waste areas we call deserts, can become glass that brings light into our houses while keeping out the cold wind. It allows many whose eyes are failing to see again. Some of it is made into chips which can contain a wealth of knowledge in a computer. The most abundant and seemingly useless material, sand, can, naturally speaking, light up the entire world and potentially store all the written knowledge in the world.

Thought: if sand which is so abundant can become such a precious item to humanity, how much more so can the most imperfect human being become in whom is much more potential than a grain of sand? Mankind has come to find value in sand. Is God so foolish to create billions of human beings only to reject the vast majority of them as worse than worthless? Does He find His own building materials which He Himself created of no other value than to keep them in an eternal incinerator as eternal torment preachers claim, or to uncreate them as annihilationists claim?

The answer will come back from the religionist that not all human beings belong to God. Many are of their father, the devil. Those who speak this kind of nonsense by their own words show they themselves are of their father who is the devil. All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. There is none righteous, nay, not one. In Adam all have died. There is none that seeks after God. All flesh is as grass. The wisdom of man is foolishness to God, including the wisdom of the religionist who calls his brother a son of the devil while at the same time manifesting the nature of the devil himself as he speaks. Satan is the accuser. That is his nature and that is what his name means. One who spends much time judging his brother, accusing him of sin while being a sinner himself is a son of Satan (which means accuser) bearing the fruit of unrighteousness.

Jesus was accused of being a “son of Satan.” His accusers found most of mankind worthless, unfit for the kingdom. They accused Him of blasphemy when He called Himself a Son of God. His response was a quote from Psalm 82:6: “I said, ‘you are gods, and all of you are children of the Most High.'” Who would deny that He wants us all to pray and how does He tell us to pray? . . . Our Father!! . . .Who can deny that “God was in Christ reconciling the world unto Himself?” (2 Cor. 5:19) God calls Himself the “Father of spirits.” (Heb. 12:9) Numbers 16:22 says that He is the “God of the spirits of all flesh.” Do you have a spirit? Do not all souls belong to God? “Behold, all souls are Mine; the soul of the father as well as the soul of the son is Mine.” (Ezek. 18:4) Have we not all fallen short of the glory of God? There is none righteous. All have sinned and therefore children of darkness, children of rebellion against God and as such children of the devil! In Adam all died. We were conceived in sin and formed in iniquity. None have escaped this fate including aborted children who have not committed moral sin and yet die. Death has been inherited by the single act of Adam and passed on to all flesh no matter how much one cares to deny it. And so because the wages of sin, which are death, were imputed to us apart from personal sin by the act of one man, Adam, doesn’t it stand to reason that life will be imparted to all the descendants of Adam through the righteous act of Jesus Christ Who gave His life for the sin of the whole world? Oh, children of darkness wake up from your death sleep! Why do you choose to cling to your dark theologies which make Adam’s fall of greater consequence than the promise that Christ left us that He would draw all mankind unto Himself because of His righteous deed on the Tree of Crucifixion?

Jesus Christ went into the clay pit of Adam and bought the whole lot, the whole field, and He will use it all to the glory of God the Father. Death before life, darkness before light, creating the material before shaping it. This is the pattern. God is still making His new man. Don’t judge His New Creation Man until He is finished! For those who have eyes, the Bible is full of glimmers of brightness that make our hope broaden with joy.

The carnal religious man wearies himself on his journey on this narrow trail across his wide eternal barbecue pit. The flames leap up, ready to consume him at any moment. Only his determined faith keeps him from being consumed with the rest of mankind. His goal is to get inside those walls of eternal safety. He never stops long enough to think about the fact that the God inside that city is the One Who he claims made this vast inferno filled with His own creation, the works of His own hands. This God has created a dump outside His city which would make the dumps of New York City look like Paradise! You see, here again is another example that these dark pictures of the Creator and His Creation come from the carnal mind which makes God in its own image. Man has created the huge landfills; man has polluted the rivers and oceans; and man has projected his poor management skills upon His own Creator.

Look at the major cities of the world. Even the third world countries, as one approaches the capitol, where the political leaders, businessmen, and religious leaders do their business, we find them ever busy making their buildings large, magnificent and clean. Go to the richest country in the world, the United States, which has been heralded as the Christian country which has been responsible to deliver the “gospel” to the nations, the country with the so-called “Manifest Destiny.” Look at the center of the city of Washington D.C.. Beautiful, massive buildings built after the architecture of Rome and Greece. Beautiful memorials, parks, lawns, libraries, museums, shops, and police, lots of police. Why all the police? Because one block away from all this beauty is filth, disease, dilapidated buildings, rats, crime, hate, and poverty, lots of poverty produced by the people who live in the beautiful, expensive, over-ornate buildings housing the religious, political, and economic leaders of the country. Is God like the modern political, religious, or business person who has to hire thousands of police, build complicated security systems and iron fences to keep their own citizens from harming them? Does God need to build a wall 1500 miles high to keep His enemies who He says He loves, out? Again, is it not clear that man, especially religious man, even more so, Christian religious man, has made an image of God in the image of fallen man, who has a mind filled with dense darkness?

The church is by far the richest institution on the face of the earth. The American church alone owns over a trillion dollars of stocks, bonds, and real estate. Do you know where much of this property owned by the church is located? In the cities! Due to their non-profit status, city governments lose their tax base on non-profits. In some American Cities, the church owns the majority of the land. It seems Christians are very poor stewards of the things God has entrusted to them. But the church has pushed the blame onto God or the “world system.” It seems rather strange that American cities are in such bad shape in light of the fact that churches own so much of their properties. Not only do churches own much of the non-profit land, they own much of the profit-making land as well, and enjoy tax advantages on this land as well. One day, the Creator will expose the lies that have been perpetuated by a greedy church with greedy members. When the rich whore is revealed, many will be shocked. Sodom will sit in judgment against the church. It will probably be more interesting to follow than the O.J. Simpson trial.

Until Christians see men as lively stones, trees of righteousness, vessels of honor and vessels of dishonor (less honorable than some others), until we see that all that God makes is good and for His good pleasure, until we see that He is sovereign over all His works and nothing can stay His hand, until we understand that in His foreknowledge He has prepared nothing to be wasted or thrown into a dump. Until we see by His Spirit instead of our religious dark minds- we will stumble over the Chief Cornerstone while claiming we see. But you, you to whom I am presently writing, you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people . . .proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light . . .you who were once not a people, but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy. (2 Peter 2:9,10) Let your praises be loud enough to drown out the ravings and pratings of religious dogs who cannot give glory to our Father. Let your light so shine that even though the religious blind cannot yet see, they may feel the heat.