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I hope to meet you in Heaven some day.
These things I have spoken unto you,
that in me ye might have peace.
In the world ye shall have tribulation:
but be of good cheer;
I have overcome the world.
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart;
and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him,
and he shall direct thy paths.
And God will wipe away
every tear from their eyes;
there shall be no more death,
nor sorrow, nor crying.
There shall be no more pain,
for the former things
have passed away.
Thou Hidden Source of Calm Repose
Jesus, my all in all Thou art:
My rest in toil, my ease in pain,
The medicine of my broken heart;
In war my peace, in loss my gain,
My smile beneath the tyrant’s frown,
In shame my glory and my crown;
In want my plentiful supply,
In weakness my almighty power;
In bonds my perfect liberty,
My light in Satan’s darkest hour;
My joy in grief, my shield in strife,
In death my everlasting life.
Light After Darkness
Light after darkness, gain after loss,
Strength after suffering, crown after cross.
Sweet after bitter, song after sigh,
Home after wandering, praise after cry.
Sheaves after sowing, sun after rain,
Sight after mystery, peace after pain.
Joy after sorrow, calm after blast,
Rest after weariness, sweet rest at last.
Near after distant, gleam after gloom,
Love after loneliness, life after tomb.
After long agony, rapture of bliss!
Right was the pathway leading to this!
This book is really a family effort between me and my
Mom and Dad, even though they are with the Lord now.
We were all keenly aware of current events, and of the
potential for persecution here in America. And we all
studied and meditated on Scripture and sought to apply it to
our daily lives. For years, we followed the ministries of
people who help persecuted Christians overseas, and did
what we could to support them.
My Mom even wrote letters to Russian Christians who
were in prison. She got a Russian Bible, and used Scripture
passages as the text of her letters. A friend who knew
Russian showed her which books corresponded to our
English ones, so all she needed to do was look at the
chapter numbers and verse numbers, and copy the
passages. She was artistic, so she was able to copy the
Concern for persecuted Christians, and awareness of
current events, and applying Biblical principles in practical
ways, was a normal part of our everyday lives. And that is
precisely what this book is about.
I wrote the first four chapters of this book, chapter 12,
the poems, and the appendices. Chapters 5 through 11 are a
joint effort between me and my father (James Morrisson).
And my Mom was an inspiration for doing it.
Mom and Dad became Christians when they were in
their sixties. Dad became so enthusiastic about Scripture
that he got an M.A. in Biblical Studies. For the rest of his
life, he continued studying Scripture. He died in 2005.
Dad wrote a book titled Standing Firm in the Faith. It
is more than a discussion of important Biblical principles.
It is also a personal testimony of how the life-giving, mindtransforming power of Scripture can change our lives.
Dad’s book was written in the trenches. He was
fighting cancer when he wrote it. The book was published a
few months before his death. You can read it online at
Standing Firm in the Faith is a long book (311 pages
that are packed with information and over 1,500 Scripture
quotes, plus many more Scripture references). (I ought to
know. I was my Dad’s live-in secretary.)
My Mom asked me to take material from Dad’s book
and use it to make a shorter book. That is what I am doing
here, but it is a joint effort. Most of the text about Scripture
is Dad’s, but my articles (which are the appendices) are the
longest part of the book. I wrote four of these articles while
Dad was still alive, and he liked them.
I changed Dad’s Scripture quotes to the King James
Version. I also made his text easier to read by breaking
long paragraphs into two or three shorter ones, and making
some long sentences into two shorter ones.
Where Dad incorporated Scripture verses into his text, I
often broke them out as indented quotes, which makes them
easier to read. And where he gave Scripture references, I
wrote many of those so that you could read them instead of
having to look them up.
Mom died last year. I believe that she and Dad would
have been pleased with this book. I hope that it will bless
Foreword ............................................................................ 7
1. Declaring War on Christianity ................................... 11
2. Faith Undermined ...................................................... 17
3. Regaining Trust in Scripture ...................................... 19
4. A Common Sense Approach to Scripture .................. 22
5. The Problem of Pain .................................................. 31
6. Pain and Hardship are Part of Life............................. 38
7. God Can Bring Good Out of Pain .............................. 42
8. Loving God for Who He Is ........................................ 51
9. The Issue of Fairness ................................................. 59
10. Renewing Our Minds ................................................. 66
11. How Can We Deal with Pain and Hardship? ............. 77
12. The Bottom Line ........................................................ 87
Poems ............................................................................... 91
A. Persecution of American Christians .......................... 97
B. Heading for Dictatorship ......................................... 126
C. Teaching Kids to Be Sociopaths .............................. 148
D. Thought Police ......................................................... 155
E. Detention Camps for Americans .............................. 161
F. Pagan Goddess Worship in America ....................... 169
G. Creation Versus Evolution ....................................... 180
H. Creation in Scripture ................................................ 211
“Courage is fear that has said its prayers.”
Never be afraid to
trust an unknown future
to a known God.
(Corrie ten Boom)
Declaring War on Christianity
“Yea, and all that will live godly in
Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” (2 Timothy 3:12)
There are three wars going on in America. The first two are
in the news all the time. They are the “war on terror” and
the “war on drugs.” The third one isn’t talked about. But, as
you will see, it’s all too real. It’s the war on Christians.
For starters, the Department of Homeland Security
considers anybody who believes the Bible and talks about
the End Times to be a “potential domestic terrorist.” 1 And
the military teaches that the American Family Association
is a hate group because it believes in traditional family
War has been declared on Christianity in America. We
thought that it couldn’t happen here. But it has.
We are already in the early stages of persecution.
Appendix A (“Persecution of American Christians”) gives
documented information about this.
The war on Christianity takes a number of forms. One
approach is modern psychology, which denies personal
responsibility and teaches blame shifting. This is contrary
to the Biblical approach of repenting of sins and forgiving
those who have wronged us.
Another approach is humanism, which makes man the
center of everything, instead of God. Thanks to the
humanist John Dewey (the “father of modern education”),
our public schools are based on humanism, and they
undermine Christian faith and morals. And so do most
universities. In addition, movies, TV shows, music, video
games, and popular novels promote self-centeredness,
greed, occultism, and sexual immorality. The Bible warned
us that such things would happen.
“This know also, that in the last days perilous times
shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own
selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers,
disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without
natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers,
incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
Traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures
more than lovers of God” (2 Timothy 3:1-4)
Laws have been enacted which can be used to try to
force people to act against their faith and their conscience.
We seem to be incrementally moving towards some kind of
dictatorship which could make life difficult for Christians.
The following quotations demonstrate how badly some
people want to destroy Christian faith and morals:
“Some opponents of Humanism have accused us of
wishing to overthrow the traditional Christian
family. They are right. That is exactly what we intend to do.” 3 (The British Humanist Association,
“If you give me any normal human being and a
couple of weeks… I can turn him from a Christian
into a Communist.” 4 (Psychology Professor James
“For many generations we have bowed our necks to
the yoke of the conviction of sin. We have swallowed all manner of poisonous certainties fed us by
our parents, our Sunday and day school teachers.” 5
(Dr. Brock Chisholm, 1946. Dr. Chisholm was the
first Secretary-General of the United Nations’
World Health Organization. He is a psychiatrist.)
“If the race is to be freed from its crippling burden
of good and evil, it must be psychiatrists who take
the original responsibility.” 6 (Dr. Brock Chisholm)
“The battle for mankind’s future must be waged and
won in the public school classroom. The classroom
must and will become the arena of conflict between
the old and the new—the rotting corpse of
Christianity and the new faith of humanism.”7 (John
Dunphy, 1983. He is a humanist.)
How is this battle being waged in classrooms across
America? Look at how Thomas Sowell described it back in
1993, which was 20 years ago:
“The techniques of brainwashing developed in
totalitarian countries are routinely used in psychological conditioning programs imposed on American school children. These include emotional shock
and desensitization, psychological isolation from
sources of support, stripping away defenses,
manipulative cross-examination of the individual’s
underlying moral values, and inducing acceptance
of alternative values by psychological rather than
rational means.” 8
Another approach is to get New Age beliefs and
practices into the churches. A Time of Departing by Ray
Yungen tells how that has been done in Protestant
churches. The Unicorn in the Sanctuary tells how it has
been done in Catholic churches.
Taking things a step further, overt paganism is
becoming mainstream in America. It is even getting into
the churches. Goddess Unmasked by Philip G. Davis tells
how pagan goddess worship and witchcraft are getting into
universities, nursing schools, and mainstream churches.
Ungodly Rage by Donna Steichen tells how it is getting
into Catholic colleges and convents.
One example is the fact that a Lutheran college has
appointed a practicing Hindu to be the head of its
Department of Religion. One of his goals is to enable
students to “see the world through Hindu eyes.” Although
some parents have protested, the school authorities see no
problem with this.9
Wiccan beliefs and practices are getting into mainline
denominations. For example, two Methodist clergywomen
participated in a “croning ritual,” which is a witchcraft
initiation ritual. Both women wrote articles praising their
experience in Wellsprings, a journal for Methodist
clergywomen. When contacted by Insight on the News,
they both confirmed their participation in the croning ritual,
and said that their bishop (a woman) had also participated.
When their bishop was contacted, she said that she had
‘witnessed many croning rituals.’” 10
Appendix F (“Pagan Goddess Worship in America”)
describes how paganism is becoming mainstream. I think
you will be surprised at how far it is spreading—especially
among young people.
Humanism is a tax-exempt religion, and its first article
of faith is evolution. (See Appendix G, “Creation Versus
Evolution.”) You can be a Christian and believe in
evolution, but your confidence in Scripture will be weaker,
and as a result, your faith will be weaker. If the world tries
to pressure us into renouncing our faith, then we cannot
afford that weakness. So please give that appendix your
thoughtful and prayerful consideration. Following that is an
appendix that consists of seven pages of Scripture quotes,
showing that from Genesis to Revelation, the Bible teaches
that God is our Creator.
What can we do in the face of such challenges? We
need to remember that we can do all things through Jesus
Christ, who strengthens us. (Philippians 4:13)
No matter what we are going through, and no matter
how weak we feel, God’s grace is sufficient for us. (2
Corinthians 12:9) And God has promised to make
everything work for the long-term, eternal good of those
who love Him. (Romans 8:28)
The appendices in this book describe the problems. The
rest of the book describes the solutions. Two chapters tell
how God overcame attempts to prevent me from believing,
and to undermine my faith once I did believe. The other
chapters give some valuable Biblical principles for dealing
One important thing is to remember to test everything
against Scripture. The world has gotten so crazy that there
is no longer any such thing as a safe denomination or a safe
church or a safe pastor or a safe teacher or preacher. People
can change and churches can change. Sometimes all it
takes is one seminar or one video or one book or one new
friend. So we need to test everything for ourselves.
We cannot put anybody in the position of doing our
thinking for us. We need to think for ourselves.
There is a Scripture passage which is very important to
remember because of the times in which we are living:
“Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men,
him will I confess also before my Father which is in
heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men,
him will I also deny before my Father which is in
heaven.” (Matthew 10:32-33)
1. “The New Terrorists,” April 21, 2009, WorldNetDaily.
2. “Obama’s War on Christians: AFA Called “Hate Group,” October
15, 2013. (AFA is the American Family Association.)
3. Marriage and the Family, The British Humanist Association, 1969.
Cited by Dr. Dennis L. Cuddy, The Globalists (Oklahoma City:
Hearthstone Publishing, 2001), p. 124.
4. Psychology Professor James McConnell, 1966. Quoted in Dr.
Dennis L. Cuddy, The Globalists (Oklahoma City: Heartstone
Publishing, 2001), pp. 133-134.
5. G. Brock Chisholm, “the Re-Establishment of Peacetime Society,”
Psychiatry, February 1946. (Dr. Chisholm was the first SecretaryGeneral of the United Nations’ World Health Organization.)
7. John Dunphy, The Humanist, January/February 1983.
8. Thomas Sowell, “Indoctrinating the Children,” in Forbes, February
1, 1993, p. 65.
9. “Hindu Appointed to Run Christian Religion Studies,” June 8, 2007.
10. “Wicca Infiltrates the Churches—Wiccan Rituals Gaining Popularity in Christian Churches,” by Catherine Edwards, Insight on the
News, December 6, 1999.
“Beware lest any man spoil you through
philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world,
and not after Christ.” (Colossians 2:8)
When I was an unbeliever, attempts were made to prevent
me from becoming a Christian. Once I did, then my faith
was undermined. However, God is faithful, and He restored
my faith and made it stronger than ever.
When I was in high school, my parents decided to
attend a Unitarian church, so I joined that church’s youth
program. It was designed to inoculate young people against
We studied the Egyptian pharaoh, Ahenaten, and his
worship of the Egyptian sun god, Ra. We also studied a
book titled Jesus the Carpenter’s Son. The theme of the
book was the Jesus was just a regular guy—not a Savior or
Our class had a field trip that consisted of attending a
Catholic high Mass, conducted in Latin, complete with
incense. Our teacher told us that this was a typical
Christian service, and the boys and girls laughed at how
silly those Christians were, with their ridiculous rituals.
Some of the boys said that the chalice must hold a lot of
wine, so the priest must get drunk.
This lack of respect, and even irreverence, was typical
and was encouraged. For example, we sang a number of
songs mocking Christianity. Here are the words to one of
them. It was sung to the tune of a Pepsi Cola commercial
from back in the days when a 12-ounce bottle of Pepsi only
cost five cents. I apologize for the irreverence of these
words, but it’s necessary to let you see them in order to
give you a feel for the kind of thing that I was constantly
exposed to at that Unitarian church.
“Christianity hits the spot.
Twelve disciples, that’s a lot.
Jesus Christ and a Virgin too.
Christianity’s the thing for you.”
Years later, I found out that my parents had no idea of
what was going on in the youth group. Although they were
not Christians at that time, they would have been appalled
by the lack of respect and the mocking attitude.
In many different ways, our Unitarian teachers said and
implied that in order to be a Christian, a person must either
be stupid, or ignorant, or mentally ill. That made it difficult
to even consider the possibility that Christianity might be
right. I knew that I was educated and intelligent. Therefore,
if I became a Christian, my Unitarian friends and family
would literally think that I was crazy.
That’s a lot of pressure—especially for a teenager. But
God was drawing me, and when I was in my early twenties
I became a Christian.
Then I ran into the next big hurdle.
Because I wanted to learn more about the Bible, I went
to a college that claimed to be Christian, and majored in
Religious Education. And my college professors totally
undermined my belief in Scripture.
Somehow, I managed to keep on loving Jesus in spite
of that. But I was devastated.
And that is precisely what the world is doing to so
many of our young people. Please pray for our young
people. Our culture is out to destroy their faith and their
Regaining Trust in Scripture
“Open thou mine eyes that I may behold
wondrous things out of thy law.” (Psalm
God, in His mercy, got me to attend a charismatic prayer
meeting. How I got there is a long story, and I’ll spare you
the details. The important thing is that I got there.
There were times when people had accurate words of
knowledge. They said that God was showing them
something, and it was something that they had no way of
knowing naturally. And it turned out to be true.
That showed me that when the Bible talks about God
showing things to people, I can believe it.
I saw a demonstration of the gift of interpretation of
tongues. I was standing in the back of the hall when
somebody gave a message in tongues, and another person
gave the interpretation. I was behind two men who were
talking, one of whom came from a foreign country. The
foreigner told the other man that the person who spoke in
tongues was speaking his (the foreigner’s) native language.
And that the interpretation that was given was quite
accurate. That got my attention.
Those experiences showed me that when the Bible talks
about speaking in other tongues, that people from other
countries can understand, I can believe it. In addition, it
also showed me that when the Bible talks about the gift of
interpretation of tongues, I can believe it.
I saw some people get healed at that prayer meeting.
And I believe their testimonies, because I was also healed.
My husband Ray had died some years before, at a
young age. After his death, I developed heart problems. I
had angina, and often had to take nitroglycerin. Almost
every day (and sometimes several times in a day) I would
get severe chest pain, going down my arm. And I would
take the nitroglycerin, and sit there and wait to see whether
I would have a heart attack or whether it would pass.
One evening, after the prayer meeting, I got talking
with a young woman who had been baptized in the Holy
Spirit that night. She said that when the people prayed for
her, her whole body got hot. That was hours before, and her
hands were still hot.
All at once I just knew that if this woman laid those hot
hands on me and prayed for me, I would be healed. So I
asked her to do it. And she did. And I was healed. I went
home and did all of the things I could think of that would
set off that angina problem, including running up the stairs.
And I was fine. For many years, I never had any more chest
(I’ve occasionally had some chest pain in the last few
years, but at 70 years old, that is reasonable. And it has
never been to the extent that it was back then. I was free
from chest pain for over thirty years.)
My own healing, and the testimonies of other people
who were healed, showed me that I can believe accounts of
healing in the Bible.
There were two men in that prayer group who had a
deliverance ministry. I talked with them and heard stories
of people getting set free from being tormented by demons.
One day I was talking with a young man who said that
he had been seriously suicidal ever since he was a young
boy. He told me that it began when he watched a movie on
TV about voodoo. One character in the movie told a man
that if he said some special words, then he would get
special powers. That character said those words, phrase by
phrase, and the other man repeated those words after him.
Well as a boy, this young man thought that it would be neat
to have special powers, so he said those words out loud
along with the character in the movie.
From that time on, that boy was tormented with
thoughts of suicide. In addition, he had horrible dreams,
and other tormenting thoughts.
I suggested that he go get deliverance from the men in
the prayer group who had the deliverance ministry. And
when I saw that young man a few weeks later, his face had
changed so much that I barely recognized him. Instead of
being tormented, he was full of life and joy. Later, I talked
to the two men with the deliverance ministry, and they told
me that the young man had indeed been set free from some
serious spiritual bondage.
So after that, I could believe it when the Bible tells
about Jesus and the apostles casting demons out of people.
Because of those experiences, devils and demons are
very real to me. In that respect, I am more like a person
from the Third World than a typical westerner. The whole
spiritual world is very real to me—God, good angels, the
devil, and demons. Heaven and hell are very real to me.
As a result, I care intensely about people making it to
For many Americans, such things are two-dimensional
and rather unreal. They seem like intellectual abstracts, or
Bible stories from childhood, as opposed to being solidly
three-dimensional, and very real, and very relevant.
I’m grateful that, because of my experiences, the whole
spiritual world is so real to me. That helps me understand
the Bible better.
Now that I know that I can trust Scripture, I use it as
my plumb line. I test everything against it.
A Common Sense Approach
“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart;
and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he
shall direct thy paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Years ago, an “expert” told me that in one place, the Bible
says that Judas hanged himself (Matthew 27:5), but in
another place, the Bible says that Judas’ body burst asunder
in a field (Acts 1:16-19). He said that shows that the Bible
contradicts itself. And he implied that the Bible cannot be
I was troubled by that for many years—until I took a
trip to Israel. In that hot climate, bodies decompose
quickly. If Judas’ body was decomposing when somebody
cut the rope to get the body down, then it could easily
break open when it fell to the ground. In addition, much of
the country is very hilly and full of rocks. Judas could have
hanged himself from a tree that was at the top of a hill (or
part way up a hill). In that case, the body could have also
rolled downhill and struck a rock, or a tree, and burst open.
So there is no contradiction at all. Matthew described
the beginning of the process, and Luke (the author of the
Book of Acts) described the end of it.
Following is another example of something that appears
to be an inconsistency in the Bible. This involves whether
or not Christians should eat meat offered to idols.
In 1 Corinthians, chapter 8, Paul talks about eating meat
offered to idols. And he says that the problem with eating
meat offered to idols is causing a stumbling block for a
brother with a weak conscience (i.e., somebody who
doesn’t realize that it would be alright to eat that meat).
Eating the meat in itself is not the problem. The problem is
setting an example that encourages somebody else to go
against their own conscience, which would be a sin.
Revelation 2:18-29 is the letter of Jesus to the church at
Thyatira. And there was a serious problem in Thyatira,
because a false prophetess named Jezebel taught people to
eat meat offered to idols. And to commit fornication.
So why is it alright to eat meat offered to idols in 1
Corinthians 8, but seriously bad to do it in Revelation 2:1829? I’ve wondered about that for many years, but recently I
heard a sermon that gives the solution to the problem. (The
preacher is a friend of mine, and he is rock solid.)
There were two different ways of eating meat offered to
idols. The temples had meat markets associated with them.
If someone sacrificed an animal and it didn’t all get eaten
during the sacrifice, then the leftover meat was sold in the
meat market. It was alright for Christians to eat the meat
from the market. But it was seriously wrong to eat the meat
as part of participating in temple sacrifices to a pagan god.
And notice that what Jezebel taught about eating meat
sacrificed to idols was associated with fornication. Well,
those pagan temples were full of temple prostitutes. So if a
man ate meat there, then he was in a place to be tempted to
commit fornication (or adultery).
This is an example of how things that appear to be
inconsistencies really aren’t a problem at all. But it can
take years to find out the answers to those questions. And
some of them we probably won’t get answers to this side of
Heaven. And that’s a good thing. Because if we had all of
the answers, then our confidence would be in ourselves
(i.e., in our own understanding) instead trusting in God.
The question is—Will we trust God even if we don’t
have all of the answers yet?
Let me put that another way. After we die, everything
will become very obvious. We will indeed have all of the
answers. But at that point, it will be too late to choose
sides. Either we will go to Heaven or else we will go to
It is only while we are here on earth—before we have
all of the answers—that we can have faith. It is only while
there are still some plausible reasons for doubt that we can
choose to trust God, in spite of the fact that all of the
evidence isn’t in yet.
There have been a few times in my life when I was
falsely accused. And there were plausible reasons for
believing those false accusations. I was innocent, but I
couldn’t prove it.
Eventually, it became obvious that I was innocent. And
at that point, everybody knew that the accusations had been
Now I did not stop loving the people who hadn’t trusted
me. But my relationship with the people who did trust me
became deeper and closer. It was different than it was with
people who had not trusted me.
Right now—before all of the evidence has come in—
before it becomes glaringly obvious who God is, and that
the Bible it true—this is the only time when we can
develop that kind of deep and close relationship with God.
Because this is the only time when we can trust Him. This
is the only time when we can have faith.
Once all of the evidence is in, and there is no longer
any room for doubt, then the question of faith and trust will
be irrelevant. At that point, we will KNOW for sure—
Then the question will be—Did we use our time here
on earth to love and trust God, in spite of the fact that we
didn’t have all of the answers yet? Did we build the kind of
personal relationship with Him that can only be built when
there are still some plausible reasons for doubt and not
Once we die, then we will know all the answers. But in
the meantime, we need to have a standard for making
practical decisions and moral judgments.
God has provided that in the Bible. However, we can’t
live Biblically unless we have confidence that the Bible
means what it says, that it is reliable, and that it is credible.
Many problems that people have with Scripture are
caused by heeding Scripture “experts” who don’t use
common sense. For example, Jesus gave the “Sermon on
the Mount” and the “Sermon on the Plain.” Some “experts”
consider that to be a contradiction. Was it a mount or a
They have forgotten something. Jesus was a traveling
preacher who taught for three years. Therefore, He taught
from many mounts, and many plains, and from ships, and
from seashores, and in houses, and from every kind of
place that a person could preach from.
Similarly, some people raise questions because
Matthew, Mark, Luke and John have different versions of a
parable or a teaching. Again, they have forgotten that Jesus
was a real live preacher. And in real life, traveling
preachers use the same teachings and illustrations many
times, with variations in how they present them.
Some people are troubled if Matthew, Mark, Luke or
John have differences in how they relate something that
happened. For example, with the beggar Blind Bartimaeus,
one of the Gospels mentions two blind men but the others
only mention one blind man.
Well, in real life, if you had five people witness an
event and write about it, you would have variations in the
reports. Different people would focus on different things.
As far as the number of blind men goes, there were
many beggars on the roadsides, and some of them were
blind. It would not be unusual for a blind beggar like
Bartimaeus to have friends who were also blind beggars,
and to want to be with his friends. So one account mentions
Bartimaeus’ fellow beggar, and the other accounts don’t.
There is nothing unusual about that. It’s the kind of thing
that often happens in real life.
Another thing that causes problems for some people is
differences of writing style in Paul’s letters. In real life,
writing style and vocabulary depends on who we are
writing to and on the subject matter. We should expect Paul
to write to Gentiles differently than he writes to Jews. We
should expect him to write to mature Christians differently
than he writes to immature Christians who are having a lot
of problems. We should expect him to write to Timothy (a
fellow minister who was close to him) differently than he
would write to people he hasn’t met.
Think about your own letters and emails. Would you
write to your boss the same way that you write to your son
or your daughter? Would you write to a nonbeliever the
same way that you write to your pastor? Would you write
about a football game the same way that you write about a
research project you are doing at school?
Here is a practical example using this book. If a scholar
analyzed the Foreword and the appendices, would he think
that they had the same author? Probably not. But they do.
Sometimes Greek verb tenses can cause confusion. For
example, 1 John 1:8 says, “If we say that we have no sin,
we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” So John is
saying that we all sin. But later, in 1 John 3:6 he says,
“Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth
hath not seen him, neither known him.” Now that could be
The problem is the Greek verb tense. 1 John 3:6 is
saying that if we abide in Him we do not keep on sinning.
It’s not a one-time event. It’s a lifestyle. Any Christian can
sin and repent. That is very different from habitually
sinning. (I don’t know Greek, but I’ve heard that teaching
from several preachers.)
Some scholars say that the Sermon on the Mount is a
compilation of teachings, rather than one sermon. They
have forgotten something. We live in a televised world
where many people have short attention spans, and many
preachers have short sermons. Back in 1858, when
Abraham Lincoln debated Stephen Douglas (the famous
Lincoln-Douglas Debates), each debate lasted for three
hours. So people in those days were able to do serious
listening for three hours straight.
I did an experiment. I read the entire Sermon on the
Mount out loud, at a slow, conversational pace. (It’s the
Gospel of Matthew, chapters 5 through 7.) It only took 15
minutes. Surely Jesus preached longer than that to people
who went to all the trouble to find Him and listen to him.
He was only going to be with those particular people one
time. So He had to get as much truth to them as He could
during that one time of preaching.
We know that Jesus and His followers did some lengthy
preaching. On one occasion, the Apostle Paul preached all
night long, until daybreak. (Acts 20:7-12)
Therefore, I would expect that what the Bible gives us
from the Sermon on the Mount is only a selection out of
many teachings that Jesus gave on that occasion. And the
quotations from Jesus that we have may only be the
conclusions that He gave following longer teachings about
Matthew’s account of the Sermon on the Mount is the
result of the Holy Spirit showing Matthew which of the
many teachings that Jesus gave should be included in the
report, and which statements Jesus made should be quoted.
It is also the result of the Holy Spirit enabling Matthew to
remember accurately. Jesus promised His disciples,
“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom
the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you
all things, and bring all things to your
remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”
(John 14:26, emphasis added)
Matthew 5:38-42 is a good opportunity to use some
common sense. Jesus basically told people to be loving and
forgiving instead of quarreling and vengeful. For example,
“Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an
eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you,
That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite
thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.”
First he said, don’t try to get revenge. Then he said to
allow someone to slap you on the cheek. Being slapped is
unpleasant, but it is a relatively mild degree of pain and
hardship. Jesus did not say that Christians should passively
allow people to rape their wives and murder their children.
He didn’t even tell Christians to passively submit to
persecution. He said,
“But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye
into another” (Matthew 10:23)
Similarly, Jesus said that if someone sues us for our
tunic, we should let them have it, and even our cloak as
well. (Matthew 5:40) That is just some clothing. Although
clothing was more difficult to obtain back in those days
than it is now, it was still just clothing. Jesus did not say
that we should allow people to take our home and our farm
or business, so that we and our family become homeless
Here is an example of using Scripture to interpret
Scripture. Jesus said,
“Judge not, that ye be not judged.” (Matthew 7:1)
Some people interpret that as meaning that we should
never criticize anything that other people say or do.
However, that cannot be the meaning of this passage
because, later on in the same chapter, Jesus said,
“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in
sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening
wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men
gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so
every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a
corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.” (Matthew
How can we beware of them if we can’t recognize
them? How can we warn our friends and family to beware
of them if we aren’t allowed to say anything negative about
anybody? According to what Jesus said, He expects us to
be able to recognize false teachers, and to discern the
difference between good and bad fruit in a person’s life.
How do we reconcile that with not judging people?
Jesus warned us against condemning people, because only
God knows their hearts and their motives. But we can
condemn sinful (or harmful) behavior. The Bible gives us
guidelines for doing that.
We cannot condemn people. However, we are expected
to be “fruit inspectors” who can tell the difference between
people who teach Christian truth, and false teachers.
(Matthew 7:15-20) In addition, Jesus commanded us to
“judge righteous judgment.” (John 7:24)
Here is a practical example from real life. If we have
reasons to question someone’s morality and their level of
responsible behavior, we cannot condemn them, because
only God knows their heart. However, we should not let
them babysit our children. And it would be foolish to
become business partners with them.
If we come across a passage in Scripture that doesn’t
make sense to us, we can ask God to help us understand it.
If we pray, and consider that passage some more, and we
still can’t understand it, then we can just set it aside and go
There have been times when a Scripture passage that I
didn’t understand before suddenly makes sense. It’s like a
light goes on, and I can see it.
Reading Scripture is a lifetime adventure. What we do
understand is more than enough to guide us and help us
know the Lord better. Let’s use what we can understand,
and trust God to take care of the rest of it in His own good
The Problem of Pain
“In the world ye shall have tribulation: but
be of good cheer; I have overcome the
world.” (John 16:33)
One of the problems we all have to deal with is that of pain.
Some even find that the existence of pain, to the degree that
we see it in this world, causes them to doubt their faith in
God. They say, “If God is both all-powerful and loving,
how can he allow so much pain and suffering?”
Some conclude either that God is not all powerful
(which means that he is not God), or that he is not loving
(which is a denial of Scripture). Implicit in this kind of
question is the assumption: “God, if I were in charge, I
would not do it your way.” This is an assumption that we
are not entitled to make.
Most people can handle a good deal of pain if they can
see a reason for it. Athletes, mountain climbers and others
who place great demands on their physical bodies willingly
subject themselves to a great deal of pain. Soldiers accept
suffering, hardship and death in the service of their country.
Most women are able to accept the pain of childbirth
because they love their baby. Many people will work very
hard if they see their work as bringing a reward. But when
suffering seems meaningless, it is hard to accept.
Scripture gives us some clear guidelines for dealing
with pain, suffering, and hardship. These Biblical
principles have practical applications for our daily lives.
In considering pain, it helps to remember that God is
faithful and he loves us. No matter what happens to us, He
is willing and able to make it work out for our good.
“And we know that all things work together for
good to them that love God, to them who are the
called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
“But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God
meant it unto good” (Genesis 50:20)
God Strengthens and Empowers Us
Paul prayed that the Ephesians would have the eyes of their
heart enlightened so that they might know “the exceeding
greatness of his power” for believers. (Ephesians 1:19).
(Also see Ephesians 3:20.) God’s incomparably great
power is at work within us. We may not feel it, but
Scripture says that it is there.
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in
the power of his might.” (Ephesians 6:10)
God wants us to live every aspect of our life in his strength
and his mighty power.
“For in him we live, and move, and have our being”
We should do everything in his great power. Apart
from him, we can do nothing (John 15:5). In all things we
can draw on the mighty power of the God who lives in us
and in whom we have our being. Paul wrote,
“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Philippians 4:13)
“Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my
infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon
me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)
He prayed that the Colossians would be “strengthened
with all might, according to [God’s] glorious power”
(Colossians 1:11). When David was greatly distressed, he
“encouraged himself in the LORD his God” (1 Samuel
30:6). (Also see 2 Samuel 22:33; Psalms 28:7, 46:1,
While on earth, Jesus Christ ministered in the power of
the Holy Spirit (Luke 4:14). He told his disciples, “ye shall
receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you”
This includes the power to love people who seem
unlovable, to forgive those who have wronged us deeply,
and to get rid of all bitterness. God can make us willing and
able to cast off everything that hinders (Hebrews 12:1) and
to persevere in the face of great obstacles. He can enable us
to live by the Spirit, to show the fruit of the Spirit, to
minister in love to others, and much more. It is God’s
power to become what we could never become on our own.
Grace came through Jesus Christ (John 1:17), and part
of the definition of grace is God’s influence working in us.
It is only by God’s power working in us that we can
possibly hope to develop godly character qualities.
I find all this astonishing. Of ourselves we are weak and
fallible. Of ourselves we can do nothing. But the Almighty
God, who created and sustains the universe, has enabled us
to be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.
By the mighty power of God working in us, we can
overcome the world’s temptations and pressures, and we
can surmount every difficulty and problem we may face.
Whatever our problems or difficulties may be, the one who
lives in us is greater. We need to learn to believe this, to
feel it, and to act on it.
We Have Hope
With God there is always hope. He is “the God of hope”
(Romans 15:13). (Also see 1 Timothy 1:1, 4:10.) “Happy is
he… whose hope is in the LORD his God” (Psalm 146:5).
(Also see Psalms 33:20, 37:9, 39:7, 62:5, 130:7, 147:11;
Jeremiah 14:22.) Those who believe in God will always
have hope (Psalm 71:14). Part of standing firm in the faith
is to “hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering” (Hebrews 10:23). We need to “continue in the faith
grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the
hope of the gospel” (Colossians 1:23).
“Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both
sure and steadfast” (Hebrews 6:19)
God has given us new birth into a living hope because
of the resurrection of Jesus (1 Peter 1:3). Peter is there
talking about the hope of eternal life, but with God there is
hope in this world also.
“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their
strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles;
they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall
walk, and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)
Abraham in hope believed God’s promise that he and
Sarah could have a son, and their hope was realized
(Romans 4:18-22). The Psalmist wrote, “I hope in thy
word” (Psalm 119:81). (Also see verse 147.) He wrote,
“Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou
disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise
him for the help of his countenance.” (Psalm 42:5). (Also
see Psalms 42:11, 43:5.) Whenever we find ourselves
getting discouraged, the answer is to put our hope in God.
Those who are without God are without hope
(Ephesians 2:12). “[B]rethren… sorrow not, even as others
which have no hope.” (1 Thessalonians 4:13). (Also see
Hebrews 2:15; Job 27:8; Proverbs 24:20.)
Christian hope is not wishful thinking. It is confident
expectation. As Christians we can be sure of what we hope
for (Hebrews 11:1). Those who hope in God will not be
disappointed. “Hope maketh not ashamed” (Romans 5:5).
Our confidence is based on who God is. We know,
without any doubt, that God is far greater than any problem
or concern we may have, that he is a good and loving God,
and that he is faithful to keep his promises. We know that
“all things work together for good to them that love God, to
them who are the called according to his purpose.”
One of the remarkable things about our position in
Christ is that so often we find ourselves in a win-win
situation. However it comes out, we will be winners. Paul
gives us one example. He wrote that God’s power is made
perfect in weakness, and therefore Paul delighted in his
weaknesses, because when he is weak (in himself) then he
is strong (in God’s power) (2 Corinthians 12:9-10). So
whether Paul feels strong or weak, it all works out for
I can give an example in my own life. I am fighting
advanced cancer. If I should die soon, then I will go to be
with the Lord. That is a very good place to be! And if I go,
I am sure that God will continue to take care of my family.
On the other hand, if, as I hope and desire, God heals me of
this cancer, then I will have more time to serve him here on
earth. So I cannot lose. Whatever happens, God works it
out for good.
Because of our position in Christ, we can know that, no
matter how difficult the outward circumstances may seem,
we can, in God’s strength, be overcomers. And so we can
be “rejoicing in hope” (Romans 12:12).
We Can Overcome Any Adversity
God enables his people to overcome evil.
“…his divine power hath given unto us all things
that pertain unto life and godliness.” (2 Peter 1:3)
Therefore, we can overcome trials and tribulations, and we
can conquer the temptations of the world, the flesh and the
devil. Jesus said,
“In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of
good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John
But then Scripture says that we can overcome the world.
“For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the
world: and this is the victory that overcometh the
world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh
the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son
of God?” (1 John 5:4-5)
When Scripture says that we can overcome the world, I
believe this means that no matter what our problem or
difficulty, the power of God is greater.
Paul was an overcomer. He had learned how to be
content in any and every situation (Philippians 4:11-13).
He was no longer at the mercy of his circumstances.
We are more than conquerors because nothing can
separate us from the love of Christ (Romans 8:35-39). We
can see this with Stephen. An angry mob stoned him to
death, but Stephen saw the glory of God and he died
praying for his enemies. They conquered him physically,
but Stephen was more than a conqueror. The mob couldn’t
destroy his relationship with Jesus Christ or his godly
character. (See Acts 7:54-60.)
We have “power… to overcome all the power of the
enemy” (Luke 10:19). We can overcome every evil
“…greater is he that is in you than he that is in the
world.” (1 John 4:4)
Pain and Hardship
Are Part of Life
“Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks
fly upward.” (Job 5:7)
I start with what may seem an obvious proposition. In this
imperfect world, pain and hardship are a part of life. No
one is immune from them. No one can claim any right to be
free of them. Some suffer more than others, and that may
be thought to raise a question of fairness, which I shall
address later. But no one is exempt.
When we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior,
our sins are forgiven, we enter into eternal life, and we can
look forward to spending eternity in heaven with God. We
have the Holy Spirit living within us, we become adopted
sons of God, and we are enabled to start a remarkable
process of transformation in our lives.
These are tremendous gifts, which we do not deserve,
and for which we should be very thankful. We receive them
by the grace of God, and part of the definition of grace is
“unmerited favor.” But I do not see anything in Scripture
that says that we are exempt from pain and suffering.
Scripture says that we can expect difficulties, testing
and suffering. One difference is that we are much better
able to deal with them because of the power of God
working in us, because of the hope that God always gives
us, and because of the support and love of our fellowbelievers.
God has many blessings for us. He is “able to do
exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think,
according to the power that worketh in us” (Ephesians
3:20). But blessings are gifts. No one is entitled to them.
When we get them we give thanks, but if we do not get all
that we hoped for, we have no right to complain.
God does not owe us anything (Romans 11:35; Job
41:11). In the light of the tremendous blessing of
forgiveness of sins and eternal salvation, everything else
becomes relatively unimportant. (See 2 Corinthians 4:17.)
We Live In An Imperfect World
When God created the earth, put plants and animals on it,
and created man, he looked at everything he had made and
saw that it was very good (Genesis 1:31). There was no sin
and no death. Eventually, there will be a world in which
there is no sin, no death, no pain and no suffering. But for
the present, pain and suffering are a part of our life. How
did this come about?
The Fall in Eden
At the Creation, God put Adam and Eve in the Garden of
Eden. He gave them everything they needed. They had
food, shelter, and dominion over the earth. They walked
with God every afternoon. He put only one restriction on
them. He told them not to eat the fruit of one tree. He did
not want them to know (experience) evil.
They disobeyed and were driven out of Eden. Adam
and Eve, who knew God intimately, chose to believe the
serpent (satan) rather than God. They chose to do things
their way rather than God’s way.
The result was that sin and death came into the world
for the first time.
“…by one man sin entered the world, and death by
sin” (Romans 5:12)
“…by man came death.” (1Corinthians 15:21)
Pain is mentioned for the first time. God told Eve, “in
sorrow thou shalt bring forth children” (Genesis 3:16). He
told Adam that he would have sorrow and would have to
struggle against thorns and thistles (Genesis 3:17-18). Pain
and suffering came into the world as a result of the wrong
decision Adam and Eve made. Since the Fall in Eden, the
earth has been under a curse.
“For we know that the whole creation groaneth and
travaileth in pain together until now.” (Romans
Why did God allow this to happen? Because he wanted
men and women to have free will, to have genuine freedom
of choice. He wanted them to serve him and love him by
their own free choice, and not because they were incapable
of doing anything else.
Having free will means that you can choose wrongly.
The price for giving man free will was that man, in the
persons of Adam and Eve, made a terrible mistake, which
had profound consequences.
Some might question God’s decision to give man free
will. But God is God, and we cannot change him, nor
should we want to.
“Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against
God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed
it, Why hast thou made me thus?” (Romans 9:20)
God said to Job, “Wilt thou also disannul my
judgment? wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be
righteous?” (Job 40:8). We have to accept God as he is, and
give thanks that he is such a wonderful God.
If we want to blame someone for our suffering, we
should not blame God. If anyone is to blame, it is Adam
There Will Be a World
Without Pain and Suffering
At some time in the future, there will be a world without
pain and suffering for those who are righteous and follow
“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes;
and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow,
nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for
the former things are passed away.” (Revelation
“…the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in
her, nor the voice of crying.” (Isaiah 65:19)
There will be “everlasting joy” and “they shall obtain
joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away”
(Isaiah 35:10). (Also see Isaiah 51:11.) “They shall not hurt
nor destroy in all my holy mountain” (Isaiah 11:9; 65:25).
“And there shall be no more curse” (Revelation 22:3).
Our bodies now are perishable, dishonorable and weak;
but we shall eventually have bodies that are imperishable,
glorious, and powerful (1 Corinthians 15:42-44). Even
animals will no longer eat each other (Isaiah 11:6-9,
The present world is not the way God finally wants it.
But for the present, we have to deal with the world as it
God Can Bring Good Out of Pain
“For our light affliction, which is but for
a moment, worketh for us a far more
exceeding and eternal weight of glory”
(2 Corinthians 4:17)
In the present imperfect world, pain and hardship serve a
useful, and even necessary, function. Let me illustrate this
in several ways:
The Physical Body
For our physical bodies, pain serves as a necessary warning
system. We put our hand on a hot burner and instantly
snatch it away. We cut or scratch ourselves and react
instantly to get away from whatever is causing the injury
and to deal with the injured tissue. We feel an internal pain
which gets us to the doctor, who tells us that our appendix
is inflamed, we have kidney stones, or whatever else is
wrong, and we get it attended to.
Pain is like the warning lights on a car, which alert us
to things that need attention. Our pain system is carefully
designed and adapted to our bodies’ needs.
For instance, the pain sensors are much more strongly
concentrated in some areas than in others. Some areas are
very sensitive to pressure but less so to pricks or scratches;
etc. The system is carefully and specifically designed.
Interestingly, the same nerves that transmit pain, also
transmit pleasurable sensations.
There are some people who are unable to feel pain,
such as lepers, advanced diabetics, and some others. They
can injure themselves and not know it. Their life is full of
hazards and very difficult. They would give much to be
able to feel pain.
Study with these people, including unsuccessful
attempts to create a workable man-made warning system,
has made it clear that any warning system must give a
strong enough signal so that we cannot ignore it. Physical
pain cannot be turned off, and it is so insistent that we
cannot ignore it. It’s a good thing that the signal is strong
Does pain also serve a function in our spiritual life? I
think it does.
Responsibility for our Choices
There are many “natural laws.” Ignoring them often results
in pain. If we try to walk off a rooftop, we will fall and hurt
ourselves. Foolish, dare-devil actions can produce painful
consequences. If we touch a hot thing, we will get burned.
If we smoke heavily, we have a greater likelihood of
getting cancer or respiratory illness. Drinking heavily,
overeating, and using “recreational” drugs can all have
painful consequences. If we were to be relieved from all
pain and suffering, we would never have to face the
consequences of our actions.
The same is true with spiritual laws. There is a spiritual
principle called sowing and reaping.
“Do not be deceived; God is not mocked: for
whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”
If we sow anger, hatred, hostility, bitterness, unforgiveness, ingratitude, selfishness and the like, we shall receive
the same from others. If we choose to cause harm to others,
we can expect to receive harm. By the same principle, if we
are giving, loving, considerate, thoughtful, and unselfish
towards others, we shall receive many blessings.
“Give, and it shall be given unto you; good
measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and
running over, shall men give into your bosom. For
with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall
be measured to you again.” (Luke 6:38)
This principle does not work perfectly. Nothing does in
this imperfect world. But it still is true, in my experience
and that of many others, that those who choose to be giving
and loving usually receive love and generosity, while those
who choose to give anger and hatred receive anger and
If there were no painful consequences to our negative
actions, would we ever learn to give them up? Would we
perceive them as harmful and spiritually dangerous if we
did not have a pain mechanism to warn us? If there were no
unpleasant consequences from violating them, could these
even be said to be laws?
The principle applies more broadly. God has given us
certain commandments and laws. For them to be
meaningful, there need to be consequences from following
them or violating them.
In many places, Scripture sets forth blessings and
curses. God says, behave in this way and you will be
blessed; behave in that way and you will be cursed.
In Deuteronomy, chapter 28, for example, God set forth
a series of blessings and curses. If his people obey his law
and commands, they will be blessed with prosperity,
military success, and honor and recognition. If they
disobey, God will send on them plagues, wasting diseases,
military defeats, oppression, madness, blindness, confusion
of mind, and much more. Then in Deuteronomy 30:19 God
“I call heaven and earth to record this day against
you, that I have set before you life and death,
blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both
thou and thy seed may live” (Deuteronomy 30:19)
God uses the possibility of intense suffering as a way of
bringing his people into obedience.
In the New Testament, Paul contrasts two ways of life:
living by the flesh and living by the Holy Spirit. Living by
the flesh results in sexual impurity, idolatry, hatred,
discord, jealousy, dissensions, drunkenness, and the like.
“…they which do such things will not inherit the
kingdom of God.” (Galatians 5:21)
“Let no man deceive you with vain words: for
because of these things cometh the wrath of God
upon the children of disobedience.” (Ephesians 5:6)
In contrast, those who live by the Spirit receive the
“fruit of the Spirit,” which is “love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance”
(Galatians 5:22-23). One group is miserable and suffers;
the other group is blessed. Paul expresses the difference as
that between life and death (Romans 8:5-17).
God has declared that those who believe in Jesus Christ
will have eternal life, while those who do not believe in
him are condemned already (John 3:16, 18). He has
established a judgment in which the righteous go to “life
eternal” and the unrighteous to “everlasting punishment”
(Matthew 25:46). The righteous will “shine forth as the sun
in the kingdom of their Father,” while the wicked will be
thrown into a “furnace of fire” (Matthew 13:42-43, 50).
(Also see John 5:29.)
In all of these, we see the use of pain and suffering as a
means of enforcing the laws God has established, and as a
consequence of violating those laws.
God Uses Pain and Hardship
to Train and Strengthen Us
God’s priorities are not our priorities. We tend to want
physical health, freedom from physical and emotional pain,
and enough material possessions to live comfortably. We
may feel deprived and unjustly treated if we do not have
these. God wants us to have “good” things. (Psalm 84:11)
However, his primary concern is not with our physical
circumstances. I believe his primary concerns are:
• Our eternal salvation
• Our growth into Christian maturity and character
• Our usefulness (“fruitfulness”) in the kingdom of
The early Christians endured a great deal of suffering.
They were a persecuted church. What was their reaction to
hardship and suffering? The record of Scripture is
absolutely amazing! They did not complain about it, or say
that it was more than they could bear. They welcomed it as
something that taught them and strengthened them! Look at
what they said about it:
“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into
divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of
your faith worketh patience. But let patience have
her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire,
wanting nothing.” (James 1:2-4)
“…we glory in tribulations also: knowing that
tribulation worketh patience; And patience,
experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh
not ashamed; because the love of God is shed
abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is
given unto us.” (Romans 5:3-5)
“…though now for a season, if need be, ye are in
heaviness through manifold temptations: That the
trial of your faith, being much more precious than
of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire,
might be found unto praise and honour and glory at
the appearing of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:6-7)
“For they verily for a few days chastened us after
their own pleasure; but he [God] for our profit, that
we might be partakers of his holiness. Now no
chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but
grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the
peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which
are exercised thereby. Wherefore lift up the hands
which hang down, and the feeble knees” (Hebrews
The unanimous voice of the New Testament writers is
that pain and suffering teach us and strengthen us and help
us to become mature. These were writers who had,
themselves, experienced considerable suffering.
There is a principle in athletic training that says, “No
pain, no gain.” I suggest that the same principle applies to
our growth into spiritual maturity. Quite often it seems that
we grow only in the presence of discomfort or pain that
makes us feel the need for change, and forces us to cry out
I want to make one thing clear. These New Testament
writers did not seek out pain. They did not deliberately
inflict it on themselves. But when it came, they welcomed
it as an opportunity to grow and to learn.
There have been, and still are, some people who
deliberately inflict pain on themselves as a way of showing
devotion to God or attempting to achieve holiness. I find no
support for such a view in Scripture. This kind of selfinflicted pain is not what I am talking about.
God Uses Hardship and Pain
to Get us to Depend on Him
God can also use hardship, pain and suffering to get us to
depend on him rather than ourselves. Paul refers to the
great pressure he was under in the province of Asia, which
was so great that he despaired of life, and then says,
“…that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God
which raiseth the dead” (2 Corinthians 1:9)
Paul asked God to take away his “thorn in the flesh”
(2 Corinthians 12:7-8). God replied,
“My grace is sufficient for thee, for my strength is
made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)
“Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in
reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in
distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak,
then am I strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:10)
Paul’s weakness made him strong in the sense that it
caused him to rely to a greater degree on God’s
incomparably great strength. God used this “thorn in the
flesh” (which evidently bothered Paul quite a bit, whatever
it was), to cause Paul to depend on God at a deeper level.
This is an important principle. We see it illustrated in a
number of ways. For example, Jesus said that it is hard for
a rich man to enter into the kingdom of heaven (Matthew
19:23-24). One reason is that a rich person tends to rely on
his own riches rather than on God. More generally, those
who are comfortably off, and successful by this world’s
standards, often feel that they do not need God.
Those who are in very difficult situations, and do not
see how they can get through them, may be much readier to
turn to God for help. When things are going well, we can
easily believe that we are self-sufficient. In the face of
hardship and suffering, the myth of self-sufficiency loses
We see this in another way. In the relatively affluent
West, the Christian church has tended to be weak. Not only
are its numbers declining, but many individuals and
churches seem to be lacking in strong commitment to God.
In other parts of the world, such as Africa, where many
people face hardships, the Christian church is growing and
strong. It is striking that in China, where the independent
Christian church faces severe persecution, the church has
been growing rapidly. The rate of growth has been far
greater under Communist persecution than it ever was
I have seen this operate in my own life. The experience
of having to deal with advanced cancer has not been easy.
But I can see that it has done several things for me.
It has increased my faith. I have been put in a position
where I had only God to depend on, and I have become
willing to depend on God. I have identified and gotten rid
of a number of things that had been weakening my faith. I
have been praying more consistently and more effectively.
I have gained a greater appreciation and thankfulness for
the many blessings God has given me.
I believe that this difficult experience has helped me to
get my knowledge and understanding of God beyond the
intellectual, head level, to a level that reaches the heart. My
wife and I were commenting the other day that, on the
whole, this has been a good experience.
Loving God for Who He Is
“Thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all
thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all
thy mind.” (Matthew 22:37)
God wants us to love him for who he is, and not just for
what he does for us. This is the issue in the Book of Job.
Job was a wealthy man, with a large family; “the
greatest of all the men of the east” (Job 1:3). Satan said to
God, “Doth Job fear God for naught?… But put forth thine
hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee
to thy face” (Job 1:9,11). But Job remained faithful to God.
Then satan said, “But put forth thine hand now, and
touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy
face.” (Job 2:5). But no matter what happened to him, Job
did not “sin with his lips.” (Job 2:10)
Job’s wife told him to “curse God, and die” (Job 2:9).
But Job replied,
“Thou speakest as one of the foolish women
speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand
of God, and shall we not receive evil?” (Job 2:10)
Job complained to God, he demanded explanations, he
showed anger at God, but he never turned away from God.
At the end, when God gave him no explanations, he was
content with the fact that “now my eyes have seen you”
He remained faithful to God for who God was, even
though God had allowed satan to take away his family and
wealth, and to inflict on him a painful disease. He served
God for who he was and not for what he had bestowed on
“Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall
give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way
unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring
it to pass.” (Psalm 37:4-5)
Often, before God is ready to give us the desires of our
heart, he may test us to see whether we have truly
committed our ways to him and are willing to trust him. It
is when things are going “badly” that we have to trust in
God because we have nowhere else to turn. Just as he did
with Job, God may test us with troubles so that he, and we,
can know whether we are really committed to him and trust
When the three young Hebrews refused to worship
Nebuchadnezzar’s statue, he threatened to throw them into
a very hot furnace. They replied,
“If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to
deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he
will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not,
be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not
serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which
thou hast set up.” (Daniel 3:17-18)
They believed that God would save them from
suffering. But even if he did not, they would serve him.
Their serving God did not depend on what he did or did not
do for them, but on who he is.
If God always blessed us with good things, and rescued
us from suffering, then we would be tempted to love and
serve him just for what he does for us. Our faith in him
would be based on greed and self-advantage.
God does not want that kind of faith. He wants us to
believe in him, and to love and serve him, for who he is,
and not just for what he does for us.
There are many reasons for loving God for who he is.
These include his character and his greatness.
The important thing to remember about God’s character is
that it has many aspects. God is loving, compassionate,
merciful, forgiving, and kind. He is amazingly patient with
us. He also disciplines those he loves. He is holy, righteous,
and just. He cannot tolerate evil. He is a God of judgment.
God has all wisdom and all knowledge. He is faithful;
he keeps his promises. He reaches out to us and desires our
companionship. He wants us to know him personally. But
he is also a great and powerful God. He is awesome in the
original and true meaning of that word.
I could go on and list many more aspects of God’s
character. It would take a whole book to begin to deal with
them adequately. But the point I want to emphasize is that
we need to deal with every aspect of God’s character.
One of the great sources of error in our thinking about
God is that we sometimes put so much emphasis on certain
aspects of his character that we neglect the others and
arrive at a distorted picture. We need to know and follow
the whole teaching of Scripture about God, and not just
parts of it. Let me illustrate this by just one example.
Paul wrote, “Behold therefore the goodness and
severity of God” (Romans 11:22).
God is a loving God. “God is love” (1 John 4:16). “For
God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have
everlasting life” (John 3:16).
God is merciful and patient with us. The Lord longs to
be gracious to us (Isaiah 30:18). He lavishes his grace (his
unmerited favor) on those who love him.
But he is also a just God and a holy God. He will not
forever tolerate evil and sin. He is a God of judgment.
“…we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ”
(Romans 14:10). (Also see John 5:28-29.)
Scripture tells us to love God, and also to fear God.
How can we do both? How can we both love God and fear
him? A simple example may help. A young child loves his
daddy. But he also fears him, especially when his daddy
finds it necessary to discipline him physically.
We need always to be aware of these two aspects of
In the past, there have been those who put such
emphasis on God’s severity that we tended to lose sight of
his love and mercy. Today there are some who put such
emphasis on God’s love and mercy that we tend to lose
sight of his wrath and judgment. Either view is incomplete.
Either view, without the other, is a distortion of God’s
The Greatness of God
God has all wisdom and all knowledge. He is faithful; he
keeps his promises. He reaches out to us and desires our
companionship. He wants us to know him personally. But
he is also a great and powerful God.
“O LORD my God, thou are very great; thou are
clothed with honour and majesty” (Psalm 104:1)
“For the LORD is a great God, and a great King
above all gods. In his hand are the deep places of
the earth: the strength of the hills is his also. The
sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the
dry land. O come, let us worship and bow down: let
us kneel before the Lord our maker. For he is our
God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the
sheep of his hand.” (Psalm 95:3-7)
“Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and
his greatness is unsearchable.” (Psalm 145:3)
“Behold, God is mighty… he is mighty in strength
and wisdom.” (Job 36:5)
To get some sense of God’s greatness, I suggest reading
Isaiah, chapter 40, and Revelation, chapters 4 and 5. Even
they do not give the whole picture.
God created the earth, the sun, the moon, our solar
system, and millions upon millions of stars, most of which
are larger than our sun. He created a physical universe that
extends, so our scientists tell us, for a huge number of light
years—distances that most of us cannot begin to grasp.
And he is greater than his creation!
We cannot begin to conceive the full measure of God’s
greatness, his splendor, his majesty, his power. He has
given us, in his Scriptures, some remarkable visions of him;
but they are incomplete and partial. God lives “in
unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see”
(1 Timothy 6:16).
Part of God’s greatness is that he is all-powerful. God is
the Almighty. That is his nature. That is what it is to be
God. God’s power is incomparably great (Ephesians 1:19).
He can do all things.
“For with God nothing shall be impossible.” (Luke
“Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the time
appointed I will return unto thee, according to the
time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.” (Genesis
“I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no
thought can be withholden from thee.” (Job 42:2)
“But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With
men this is impossible; but with God all things are
possible.” (Matthew 19:26)
God’s purpose and plans will prevail. Nothing can thwart
or defeat them.
“The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever, the
thoughts of his heart to all generations.” (Psalm
“The LORD of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely as I
have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have
purposed, so shall it stand” (Isaiah 14:24)
The Fear of the Lord
Because God is so great, we should fear him.
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom”
“The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever:
the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous
altogether.” (Psalm 19:9)
“O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no
want to them that fear him.” (Psalm 34:9)
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of
knowledge” (Proverbs 1:7)
What does it mean, to fear God? I think it means that
we recognize God’s tremendous power, and his potential
for wrath against things that are ungodly. God is not
mocked. We need constantly to keep watch over how we
It means that we do not presume on God. “Keep back
thy servant also from presumptuous sins… and I shall be
innocent from the great transgression” (Psalm 19:13).
What are presumptuous sins? We presume on God
when we take him for granted, or seek to manipulate him.
We presume on God when we put him to the test. (See
Matthew 4:7.) Jesus would have presumed on God if he
had thrown himself from the Temple when God did not tell
him to do so. (See Matthew 4:6-7.)
We presume on God whenever we think we can
obligate him to give us something or to do something on
our behalf. God does not owe anything to anybody. He is
not obligated to anybody. (See Romans 11:35.)
God is not a heavenly vending machine in which you
put in a prayer and get whatever you have asked for. God is
sovereign. And note that the Psalmist refers to presumptuous sins as “great transgression.”
It means that we recognize that we cannot hide
anything from God. God knows us completely (Psalm
139:1-6). He knows our every thought and action. And we
cannot escape from him (Psalm 139:7-12). Even those who
deny the existence of God will ultimately have to deal with
It means that we are serious about our faith. God wants
a total commitment of our lives to him.
It means that we take his Scriptures seriously. We don’t
just ignore them, or give them lip service, or construe them
in a way that waters down their clear meaning. It means
that we act on them and live by them.
Some do not like to consider God’s greatness because it
makes them feel small. That is where God wants us.
Scripture tells us to humble ourselves before God (1 Peter
5:6; James 4:10). This is part of the fear of God, that we
recognize how much greater he is than we are.
Confidence in God
God’s greatness also means that, by his incomparably great
power working within us, we can conquer whatever
problems and difficulties we may have to face. God is
bigger. He is bigger than anything we have to deal with.
Nothing is impossible for him. In him we can overcome
trials and difficulties. It is wonderful to be able to trust in
such a great God.
Freedom From Fear
To put it another way, if we fear God, we do not need to
fear anything else. If we do not fear God, then we will fear
The Issue of Fairness
“For as the heavens are higher than the
earth, so are my ways higher than your
ways, and my thoughts than your
thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:9)
When we encounter suffering we often ask, “Why me?
What have I done to deserve this?” Our sense is that it is
unfair for us to have to suffer.
However, when “good” things happen, we seldom ask,
“Why me? What have I done to deserve this?” Perhaps we
should. But let’s look at this issue of “fairness” in a little
Scripture speaks much about God’s grace, the
unmerited favor he bestows on us. Would we want to
receive only what we deserve and never receive God’s
grace, his unmerited favor? Would we want to deny
ourselves the “exceeding riches of his [God’s] grace”
(Ephesians 2:7) by insisting that we receive only what we
Scripture warns us to be “diligent” not to miss the grace
of God (Hebrews 12:15) Would we want to miss the grace
of God by insisting on a principle that we receive only what
If we received only what we deserved, none of us could
be saved! We are saved by grace, by God’s unmerited favor
(Ephesians 2:8). Whatever may happen to us in this life is
minor compared to the suffering of spending eternity in hell
separated from God.
If we complain about suffering here on earth, are we
not a little bit in the position of someone who receives an
unmerited gift of $1,000 and complains because it is in $20
bills rather than $100 bills? So long as we have the
unmerited gift of eternal salvation, should we complain to
God because our life on this earth is relatively more or less
difficult? This idea of asking God only to let us have what
we deserve cuts two ways, and I suggest we should not
want to have him establish such a principle.
“He [God] hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor
rewarded us according to our iniquities.” (Psalm
So let us not complain that sometimes we may have to
undergo suffering that we think we do not deserve.
People also say, “Why is this happening to me and not
to this other person?” Would we want to have God make
things “fair” by making the other person suffer as much as
Jesus predicted to Peter how Peter would die. When
Peter saw John he asked, “Lord, what about him?” And
“If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to
thee? follow thou me.” (John 21:22)
It is none of our concern how God treats somebody
else. We need to focus on our relationship with him.
Jesus told a parable about workers in a vineyard. Some
came to work in the beginning of the day, and agreed to
receive one denarius (“penny”) as a wage. Others started
work at the third, the sixth, the ninth and the eleventh hour.
The owner of the vineyard paid each of them the same
wage. Those who had worked the longest complained that
this was not fair, and the master (God) replied,
“But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I
do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for
a penny? Take that thine is, and go thy way: I will
give unto this last, even as unto thee. Is it not lawful
for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine
eye evil, because I am good?” (Matthew 20:13-15)
Scripture tells us not to compare ourselves with others
(Galatians 6:4). One reason this principle is applicable here
is that we cannot know fully what the other person may be
Often others, who seem outwardly to be doing well,
may be struggling with difficulties we know nothing of. Or
they may have come through periods of severe pain in the
How are we to measure pain? How do we compare the
pain of arthritis or cancer with the pain of a marriage that is
breaking up, or a rebellious child? It is better to stay with
Jesus’ “What is that to you?” (John 21:22).
Examples of Dealing with
Pain and Hardship
Scripture gives a number of examples of those who dealt
with suffering. Above all, there is Jesus, “who for the joy
that was set before him endured the cross, despising the
shame” (Hebrews 12:2).
Whenever we feel overwhelmed by the pain we have to
endure, we can consider the agony that Jesus voluntarily
suffered for us. Whenever we complain about what we
consider to be the unfairness of our suffering, we can
consider the injustice that Jesus willingly suffered.
There is also Joseph, who was sold into slavery by his
brothers, unjustly accused by his master’s wife and thrown
into prison, and forgotten by those who promised to help
him. So far as Scripture records, he never complained.
Eventually he became one of the rulers of Egypt and was
able to save his family from starvation. He told his
“But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God
meant it unto good” (Genesis 50:20)
There is David, who for years was running for his life,
just a step away from death. His Psalms are full of words of
pain and agony, physical and spiritual. (See, for example,
Psalms 6:1-3, 13:1-3, 38:68, 55:4-5, 69:1-3.) Yet David
always sensed that God was with him. David said,
“Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt
revive me” (Psalm 138:7)
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the
shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art
with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”
One of the noteworthy things about the psalms is that,
while they often start in despair, they usually end in
affirmation, as David turns his eyes from his own suffering
to the greatness of God.
“Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art
thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall
yet praise him for the help of his countenance.”
(Psalm 42:5, 11)
But I want to talk about Paul. When Paul accepted
Jesus as his Lord and Savior, God said, “For I will shew
him how great things he must suffer for my name's sake”
(Acts 9:16). Paul later said,
“…we must through much tribulation enter into the
kingdom of God.” (Acts 14:22)
And suffer he did. Read this recital and think what each
phrase of it must have meant:
“Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I
am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes
above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths
oft. Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes
save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I
stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a
day I have been in the deep; In journeyings often, in
perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by
mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in
perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in
perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; In
weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in
hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and
nakedness. Beside those things that are without, that
which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the
churches.” (2 Corinthians 11:23-28)
Even this list may not be complete, for elsewhere he
speaks of fighting wild beasts (1 Corinthians 15:32), and of
encountering such hardships in the province of Asia (part
of modern Turkey) that he despaired of his life
(2 Corinthians 1:8).
What would five whippings, three beatings with rods,
and a stoning do to a man’s back? I expect that Paul was in
almost constant pain. This may be why he said, “I keep
under my body, and bring it into subjection” (1 Corinthians
9:27). (The Greek word translated “keep under” can mean
to “subdue.”) Yet Paul, writing from a Roman jail, could
“Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say,
Rejoice.” (Philippians 4:4)
“Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every
thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in
Christ Jesus concerning you.” (1 Thessalonians
He could say,
“…I have learned, in whatsoever state I am,
therewith to be content.” (Philippians 4:11)
How did Paul achieve this? I think we can see some keys.
• Paul took his eyes off of the circumstances and
focussed them on eternal things (2 Corinthians 4:18).
This is also what David did. He took his eyes off his
problems and put them on God. We generally cannot
control what happens to us. If we see ourselves as
“victims” of circumstances we cannot control, then
we feel helpless and abused. If we focus on God, on
his almighty power, and the security of our
relationship with him, then we can see ourselves as
• He looked to see what he could learn from difficult
experiences. “[W]e glory in tribulations also:
knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And
patience, experience; and experience, hope” (Romans
• He understood that he did not have to deal with
difficulties, danger and suffering in his own strength.
He could call upon God’s great power (Ephesians
1:19, 6:10). “I can do all things through Christ which
strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:13). He even
rejoiced in his own weakness, because in it God’s
power was made greater (2 Corinthians 12:9-10).
I want also to mention one fairly contemporary
example, from among a great many. The terrible suffering
of the Nazi Holocaust has been hard for many to accept and
understand. Yet there are those who overcame it. One such
was Corrie ten Boom. During the Nazi occupation of
Holland, her family hid a number of Jews in their home and
enabled many of them to get out of Holland, knowing the
great risks of doing so.
They were betrayed, and imprisoned by the Nazis.
Corrie’s father died in prison. Corrie and her sister Betsy
were sent to one of the Nazi death camps, Ravensbruck.
Betsy died there.
Corrie, by what may have been a clerical error, was
released just before she was scheduled to be gassed. She
spent the rest of her life ministering to others, telling them
of God’s greatness, his love, his tender mercy, his
goodness. She was even able to forgive one of the Nazi
guards who had mistreated her and her sister, and to bring
to Christ the man who had betrayed her family. She lived a
life of joy and gave great joy to many.
Despite the terrible things she endured, Corrie was an
overcomer. She kept her eyes on the greatness of God,
rather than the terrible circumstances in which she had
Renewing Our Minds
“And be not conformed to this world: but be
ye transformed by the renewing of your
mind” (Romans 12:2)
In order to deal with pain and hardship, we must think
Scripturally instead of thinking the way that the world
does. The theme of transformation runs throughout the
New Testament. God does not want us to stay where we
are. He wants us to change—radically. Change is often
difficult and can be painful. But it is what God wants and
expects of us.
A Radical Transformation
God expects that, when we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord
and Savior, we will be radically changed, transformed. The
Greek word is metamorphoo. This transformation is to be a
metamorphosis, of a magnitude at least comparable to that
by which a caterpillar becomes a butterfly. God expects us
to become totally different.
Scripture uses many different images to express the
change that should occur:
• We become “a new creature: old things are passed
away; behold, all things are become new”
(2 Corinthians 5:17). We really become a new
species. Scripture speaks of the first Adam who was
earthly and fell into sin, and the second Adam (Jesus
Christ) who was sinless and holy (1 Corinthians
15:44-49). (Also see Romans 5:12-19.) It says that
we will bear the likeness of the second Adam.
• “But we all, with open [unveiled] face beholding as
in a glass [mirror] the glory of the Lord, are changed
into the same image from glory to glory, even as by
the Spirit of the Lord.” (2 Corinthians 3:18).
• We are to be “renewed in the spirit of [our] mind”
• We “put off… the old man” and “put on the new
man” (Ephesians 4:22, 24). (Also see Colossians 3:910.)
• We live by the Spirit and not by the flesh (Galatians
5:16; Romans 8:13).
• We become “instruments of righteousness” rather
than “instruments of unrighteousness” (Romans
• We have “been buried with him by baptism into
death” in order that we may “walk in newness of life”
• “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet
not I, but Christ liveth in me” (Galatians 2:20).
• We have “been made free from sin” and have
“become servants to God” (Romans 6:22). We are no
longer servants “of sin unto death,” but have become
servants “of obedience unto righteousness” (Romans
• God has “delivered us from the power of darkness,
and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear
Son” (Colossians 1:13). Our citizenship and our
allegiance have been changed.
• We have become adopted children of God (John
1:12-13; Romans 8:15-16).
• We are born again (John 3:3, 5); born from above, of
the spirit and not the flesh.
Each of these images, in a different way, emphasizes
the magnitude of the change that is expected. Each is
dramatic and astonishing in itself. Their cumulative effect
is even more powerful. We are talking about a tremendous
transformation. It should be visible to others, but its
internal effect should be far greater than what others can
If a person is not significantly changed by their
salvation, then we are entitled to wonder whether their
salvation was genuine.
We are supposed to be salt and light to the world, and
to let our light shine before men (Matthew 5:13-16). We
need to so live that the difference between Christians and
non-Christians is inescapable. We need to stand, boldly and
clearly, for what we believe.
The Fruit of Transformation
What is the result of this metamorphosis? Scripture states it
in a number of different ways, which overlap and can be
seen as different ways of expressing the same basic
concept. Scripture often does this, because our minds are
inadequate to comprehend—and our language inadequate
to express—the full scope of God’s revelation to us.
Developing Godly Character
The whole concept can be summed up by saying that our
character is to become more and more like God’s character.
We are to “put on the new man, which after God is created
in righteousness and true holiness” (Ephesians 4:24).
“…ye have put off the old man with his deeds; And
have put on the new man, which is renewed in
knowledge after the image of him that created him”
God intends us “to be conformed to the image of his
Son” (Romans 8:29). We are supposed to think more and
more like Jesus Christ does (1 Corinthians 2:16). (Also see
Let us look at some other ways of expressing the same
Living for the Things That Are Unseen
Two of the great statements about this transformation are:
• “But we all, with open [unveiled] face beholding as
in a glass [mirror] the glory of the Lord, are changed
into the same image from glory to glory, even as by
the Spirit of the Lord.” (2 Corinthians 3:18)
• “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new
creature: old things are passed away; behold, all
things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
A look at what is said between those two statements
tells us a good deal about the nature of this transformation.
In 2 Corinthians, chapters 4 and 5, Paul repeatedly
contrasts the material world in which our bodies now live,
and the spiritual world. He tells us that the spiritual world
is the real one, on which we should focus. He says that we
should not regard people from a worldly point of view
(“after the flesh”) (2 Corinthians 5:16). And he points out
that the man without the Spirit cannot understand spiritual
things. Paul said,
“…the god of this world hath blinded the minds of
them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious
gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should
shine unto them” (2 Corinthians 4:4)
“But the natural man receiveth not the things of the
Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him:
neither can he know them, because they are
spiritually discerned.” (1 Corinthians 2:14)
“While we look not at the things which are seen, but
at the things which are not seen: for the things
which are seen are temporal; but the things which
are not seen are eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:18)
“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” (2 Corinthians
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the
evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1)
“If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things
which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right
hand of God. Set your affection on things above,
not on things on the earth.” (Colossians 3:1-2)
God is spirit and he lives primarily in the realm of the
spirit. He lived in that realm before there was any physical
universe, and he will live in it even though heaven and
earth pass away. (See Isaiah 51:6.)
We need to learn to see things from God’s perspective.
This results in a wholly different order of priorities.
First, the natural person, the untransformed person,
lives primarily for material things. His priorities are those
of the material world.
In contrast, the transformed person lives primarily in a
spiritual world. He lives primarily by faith in God and in
God’s word, rather than by his physical senses. He regards
the unseen things of faith as more real and more lasting
than the material things which surround him. The
transformed person is living primarily in a different world,
a world in which spiritual rather than material things have
Second, where the natural person lives only for this life,
the transformed person is already living in eternity. Paul
speaks of this in many ways. For Paul, tribulations and
difficulties of this world become minor when compared to
the glory to come. Paul says,
“For which cause we faint not; but though our
outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed
day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for
a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and
eternal weight of glory.” (2 Corinthians 4:16-17)
“Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery
trial which is to try you, as though some strange
thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as
ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when
his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with
exceeding joy.” (1 Peter 4:12-13)
Paul says, “Therefore we are always confident”
(2 Corinthians 5:6), because we know that when we leave
this earthly body we will be with the Lord, which is better.
(Also see Philippians 1:21.)
Jesus told those who believed in him that in this world
they will have tribulation (John 16:33). Paul said that “We
must through much tribulation enter the kingdom of God”
(Acts 14:22), and that “all that will live godly in Christ
Jesus shall suffer persecution” (2 Timothy 3:12).
However, we should rejoice in our troubles, because we
learn and grow from them (James 1:2-4; Romans 5:3-5),
and because the glory that is to come is far greater than our
troubles are. As believers, “we know that all things work
together for good to them that love God, to them who are
the called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).
Third, those who live should no longer live for
themselves, but “unto him which died for them, and rose
again” (2 Corinthians 5:15). Hence, we should make it our
goal to please him (2 Corinthians 5:9). We should not be
like those who “loved the praise of men more than the
praise of God” (John 12:43). (Also see Isaiah 51:12-13.)
Jesus has told us,
“If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me
before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the
world would love his own: but because ye are not of
the world, but I have chosen you out of the world,
therefore the world hateth you.” (John 15:18-19)
These are all major shifts in our attitudes and priorities.
Truly they require a renewing of the mind.
Living by the Spirit
When we receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, God
sends us the Holy Spirit to live with us and be in us (John
It is because we have the Holy Spirit living in us, and
his power working in us, that we are able to be
transformed. But the process is not instantaneous. The Holy
Spirit inhabits our spirit, but our soul and body need to be
brought under the Spirit’s control.
Becoming Yielded to God
Part of what living by the Spirit means is that we are
wholly yielded to God. We are no longer servants of sin,
but servants of obedience and righteousness (Romans
6:16). We submit ourselves to God (James 4:7).
The Process of Transformation
This transformation is a process. It does not happen all at
once. We are transformed into his likeness with glory that
keeps increasing (2 Corinthians 3:18).
We spend a lifetime learning how to live by the Spirit,
to live a new life. We must keep making every effort to be
holy (Hebrews 12:14). We must submit, and keep on
submitting, to God. Over and over and over we must take
our thoughts captive to obey Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5).
Near the end of his life, Paul did not consider that he had
arrived (Philippians 3:12).
One aspect of this transformation is showing the “fruit
of the spirit.” A farmer cannot cause fruit to grow.
However, he can create conditions that are favorable to its
In somewhat the same way, we cannot cause God’s
character to grow within us. Only God can do that. But we
can create favorable conditions for its growth—by faith,
prayer, Bible study, and guarding our thoughts.
We need to believe that God can, and will, transform us
into his image—that this astonishing metamorphosis can,
and will, occur. We need to consider him faithful who has
made the promise (Hebrews 11:11).
We must make an act of the will. We must choose to be
transformed, choose to put off the old self and put on the
new self, choose to live by the Spirit, choose to submit to
God, choose to be weapons of righteousness, etc.
Stay in God’s Word
The agent that renews our mind is the word of God. It is
not enough just to read Scripture. We need to believe it,
take it seriously, and follow it. We need to let it dwell in us,
work in us, become engrafted in us, become a part of us.
Scripture speaks often about the importance of
meditating on the word of God (Joshua 1:8; Psalms 1:2,
119:78). The Hebrew word for “meditate” suggests a cow
chewing its cud, working the material over and over to
extract all the good from it.
Guard Our Thoughts
If we would be transformed by the renewing of our mind—
be made new in the attitude of our mind—we need to guard
carefully what goes into our mind.
We need to think on those things that are true, noble,
right, pure, etc. (Philippians 4:8). Even more important, we
need to guard against our own wrong thoughts—the
thoughts that come from the flesh and not the spirit.
We need to take our thoughts captive to obey Christ
(2 Corinthians 10:5). We need to do this, not just daily, but
moment by moment. Whenever we find ourselves thinking
unscriptural thoughts, we need to repudiate them, renounce
them, and replace them with thoughts that are Scripturally
We need to pray for wisdom and for any other quality that
“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that
giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and
it shall be given him.” (James 1:5)
“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall
find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you”
The form of the verbs means “keep on asking,” “keep on
seeking,” “keep on knocking.” When we keep asking God
to change us into his likeness, we unite our will with his
and cooperate with his work in our lives.
Jesus told his disciples to persist in prayer (Luke 18:1-7,
11:5-10). We are to “run with patience the race that is set
before us” (Hebrews 12:1). (Also see Hebrews 6:11.)
Scripture is full of words telling us to apply ourselves
diligently to the task before us. We need to keep pursuing,
making every effort, pressing on, continuing, standing, etc.
How Can We Deal with
Pain and Hardship?
“And we know that all things work together
for good to them that love God, to them who
are the called according to his purpose.”
There are no easy answers, no formulas. Everyone has to
work it out for themselves. Dealing with suffering can be
extremely difficult, but with God’s help, it is possible.
We need to be wary of the pat answers that are
sometimes given. They usually do not work. Job’s
“comforters” gave him pat answers, and God said of them,
“You have not spoken of me the thing which is right” (Job
One pat answer is that suffering is always the result of
sin, so the way to deal with it is to discover and get rid of
the sin. It is well to examine ourselves and see if there is
sin that needs to be dealt with. But suffering is not always
caused by sin.
Jesus was sinless; yet he suffered terribly. Paul suffered
much. Can we say that this was because of sin he had not
Christians have been persecuted and martyred from the
First Century until today. Would anyone suggest that this is
because of sin?
Another pat answer is that, if our prayer to be relieved
of suffering is not answered, it must be because of lack of
faith. We do need to pray, believing (James 1:6). There
have been times in my present illness when I realized that I
lacked faith, and was able to do something about it. But
lack of faith is not the only reason why men endure
The prophets who suffered in terrible ways were
commended for their faith (Hebrews 11:32-40). When God
refused to heal Paul’s “thorn in the flesh,” he said nothing
about a lack of faith. Rather, he said,
“My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is
made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)
God did not answer Jesus’ prayer that he not have to
endure the Crucifixion (Matthew 26:36-42). Would anyone
suggest that it was because of a lack of faith?
Let me suggest a few Scriptural principles that may be
Have the Right Attitude
Underlying everything else is the attitude with which we
deal with pain, suffering and difficulties when they come,
as they will to most of us. I can identify three general kinds
First, when suffering, difficulties, or hardships come,
we say, “Why me?” We dwell on the seeming injustice and
unfairness of it. This easily leads to self-pity, to feeling
sorry for ourselves, which is one of the devil’s most
effective schemes for making a Christian ineffective. From
there it can go on to blaming God for allowing the
suffering, and to anger and bitterness at God. Ultimately,
this can in some cases lead to a total turning away from
God, a total rejection of God.
This approach can be very damaging, very destructive.
It does nothing to relieve the suffering or make it easier to
Many of us go through the early stages of this approach
for a while when suffering or difficulties come. But if we
stay there, and do not move on, the result can be very
destructive to us.
Second, we can decide to take a constructive attitude.
We can say, “God, this suffering, this difficulty, is here. I
don’t like it but I need to accept it. What are you trying to
teach me by it? How can I use it to grow? How can I bring
good out of it?”
With this approach, we can turn the suffering, the
difficulty, to our good. We can use it to increase in maturity
and strength. We get our mind off our suffering and onto
God and what he is doing in our lives. If we can see some
good purpose in the suffering, it becomes easier to handle.
There is a third approach which builds on the second
and is even better. Paul asked that he might “know him
[Jesus], and the power of his resurrection, and the
fellowship of his sufferings” (Philippians 3:10).
What does this mean? I am not sure. I am not there and
have not experienced what Paul is talking about. But I
suggest that Paul is saying that, when suffering comes, we
can see it as a means of drawing closer to Jesus.
As we suffer, we can begin to understand better what
Jesus voluntarily suffered for us, and appreciate more fully
what he did for us. As we are unjustly treated, we can begin
to understand more fully the rejection, injustice and false
accusations that Jesus continually suffered. We can become
more like Jesus, which is the goal of our transformation.
A related concept is found in 2 Corinthians 1:4-5,
where Paul says that God “comforteth us in all our
tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are
in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are
comforted of God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in
us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.”
Those who have lost a spouse can understand what
others are going through who have lost a spouse; they can
speak to them in a way that others cannot. Those who have
been physically or sexually abused can understand what
others are going through who have suffered abuse. Those
who have endured physical pain can understand what
others are going through who have to deal with physical
pain. And so on.
Our own suffering enables us to minister more
effectively to others who are suffering. Thus our suffering
helps to bring us together more closely as the body of
Christ. It helps us comfort and encourage our brothers and
sisters in Christ, and to “edify one another” (build each
other up) (1 Thessalonians 5:11).
Once we have taken care of our attitude, there are some
other specific things we can do.
Pain and hardship occur. They are part of this world. No
one is immune or exempt from them. There is no guarantee
that they will not occur. When they come in our life, we
need to be able to accept them. As Peter wrote,
“Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery
trial which is to try you, as though some strange
thing happened unto you” (1 Peter 4:12)
This is not easy, but it is essential.
Scripture tells us to go further, and to “count it all joy”
when trials come (James 1:2). I confess that I am not yet at
this point! But if we can see pain and suffering as
experiences from which we can learn and grow, then
perhaps we can begin to see them as things that God is
using for our good, and be able to rejoice in them.
Decide to Overcome
Scripture says that, in God’s power, we can be overcomers.
We need to come to a decision to believe those Scriptures.
We need to make a conscious decision that, with God’s
help, we can and will overcome the pain and suffering. We
need to decide that we will not allow it to undermine our
faith in God, our joy, our peace, or our ability to function.
Do What You Can
Paul wrote, “Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of
God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and
having done all, to stand” (Ephesians 6:13, emphasis
added). He was talking about facing the devil, but I think
the principle applies to every kind of adversity. God wants
us to do everything we can.
In the case of pain and suffering, this means to get all
the help you can. Medical science knows quite a lot about
pain management. What they have to offer does not always
work, does not always work fully, and sometimes has side
effects we prefer to avoid, but we might as well use it when
Having a prayer partner, or a close friend in whom you
can confide, can be very helpful. Prayer is always helpful.
So is reading, studying, and reflecting on Scripture.
My point is, avail yourself of anything that will be
genuinely helpful in relieving your pain. There is no virtue
in unnecessary suffering.
There are, however, some techniques of pain relief that
Christians should avoid. Two examples are hypnosis
(which involves allowing someone else to manipulate your
mind while you are not aware of what he is doing) and
New Age forms of meditation (which originate in pagan
religions). Anything that derives from, or involves, a pagan
religion should be avoided by Christians. There is little
sense in relieving physical pain at the cost of spiritual harm
One of the things we can always do, and one of the first
things we should do, is to pray.
“Is any among you afflicted? Let him pray.” (James
Prayer brings us in touch with the almighty power of
God. God does not always take us out of difficult
circumstances. But he is with us in them. He is “a very
present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1, emphasis added).
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the
shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art
with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”
Prayer also takes our mind off of our circumstances and
puts it on God.
Focus on God and Not
Paul, who went through a remarkable amount of suffering,
wrote that in all circumstances we should give thanks
(1 Thessalonians 5:18). Our thanks do not depend on the
circumstances. Our thanks depend on who God is, on the
salvation he has so freely given us, and on the relationship
we have with him. As Paul wrote,
“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment,
worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal
weight of glory; While we look not at the things
which are seen, but at the things which are not seen:
for the things which are seen are temporal; but the
things which are not seen are eternal.” (2
To Paul, five whippings, three beatings with rods,
stoning, and many other hardships were a “light affliction,”
which was just for a moment! This seems amazing. But
when we compare all that Paul suffered during some 60
years on earth to the joy of spending eternity in heaven
with God, it becomes quite minor.
Because our thanksgiving does not depend on the
circumstances, we are not at the mercy of the circumstances. I think this is what Paul was talking about when he
said that he had learned how to be content in every
situation (Philippians 4:12). You don’t look at the
situation—you look at God. It is by this that we can
achieve “the peace of God, which passeth all
understanding” (Philippians 4:7).
Our faith and hope also need to rise above our
circumstances. Abraham “believed in hope” (Romans
4:18). All the circumstances gave Abraham reason to
believe that he and Sarah could not have a child. But
against that expectation based on his situation, Abraham set
his hope, his confident expectation, based on God’s
promise to him. He went past all the natural circumstances
to believe God’s promise.
Whatever our situation, we need to believe that God is
bigger than anything that we face, that he will enable us to
bear it, and that he will bring us through it. Whatever our
circumstances, we need to believe that God will strengthen
us with all power according to his glorious might, so that
we may have great endurance and patience (Colossians
In painful situations, many have found that it helps to
focus on God. Jesus endured the Cross “for the joy that was
set before him” (Hebrews 12:2). He looked at God’s power
and his promise rather than looking at his own physical
Stephen, while being stoned, had a vision of heaven
with Jesus standing at the right hand of God (Acts 7:55-56).
After Paul and Silas were beaten with rods and put in
stocks in the inner prison, they prayed and sang hymns to
God, and God moved mightily on their behalf (Acts 16:25).
The Christian martyrs in the Roman arena sang hymns
as they faced the wild beasts who were about to eat them.
Many other martyrs have faced their martyrdom with praise
Let God Bring Good
Out of the Situation
There is a further reason to focus on God rather than the
circumstances. God works for good in all things, even in
the most unlikely situations (Romans 8:28). Use praise,
prayer, Scripture reading, reflecting on Scripture—
whatever works for you—to draw closer to God and see
things more from his perspective. Turn your situation over
to him in prayer. Ask him to deal with you and to show you
anything he wants to show you about it.
“Draw nigh to God and he will draw nigh to you.”
Be honest with God. He can handle anger, frustration,
and even discouragement and despair. Job complained and
got angry at God. And God spoke to him at length, revealed
himself to him, and said that Job had “spoken of me [God]
the thing which is right” (Job 42:8).
David often complained and poured out his heart to
God. And God called him “a man after mine own heart”
(Acts 13:22). God does not mind hearing the distress and
even anger of one who is genuinely seeking after him.
Remain Faithful to God
Job asked the question that many of us ask when suffering
comes. He said,
“…shall we receive good at the hand of God, and
shall we not receive evil?” (Job 2:10)
Do we love God for what he gives us, or for who he is?
Can we love him and serve him even in suffering? Even if
he seems to have deserted us? Even if he seems not to
answer our prayers?
In his great end-time prophecy, Jesus told the disciples
that they would be persecuted and put to death. He said that
many people would turn away from the faith, and the love
of many would grow cold. (See Matthew 24:3-14.) Jesus
ended by saying,
“But he that shall endure unto the end, the same
shall be saved.” (Matthew 24:13)
In each of the letters to the churches in the Book of
Revelation, there is a promise of blessings to the one who
overcomes. God has promised that we can be more than
conquerors (Romans 8:37). “For whatsoever is born of God
overcometh the world” (1 John 5:4)
God has made it possible to overcome pain and
suffering, no matter how severe and prolonged.
May God bless us all as we seek to live according to
The Bottom Line
“And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be
offended in me.” (Matthew 11:6)
The Apostle Paul wrote nearly a fourth of the New
Testament. He had amazing revelations about God. Much
of our theology is based on his writings. Yet he said:
“For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.” (1
Paul includes himself among those who only know “in
part.” If the Apostle Paul only knew in part, then no
church, no denomination, and no individual has all the
answers. All of us have areas where our understanding is
What will we do if things don’t make sense to us? Will
we become offended with God and abandon our faith?
There was a time when many of Jesus’ followers became
offended with Him and left Him. The twelve Apostles were
troubled, but they were loyal and remained:
“From that time many of his disciples went back,
and walked no more with him. Then said Jesus unto
the twelve, Will ye also go away? Then Simon
Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go?
Thou hast the words of eternal life.” (John 6:66-69)
There was a time when King Nebuchadnezzar
commanded Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to bow
down and worship a huge golden idol. If they refused, then
they would be thrown into a fiery furnace. They answered
“If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to
deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he
will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not,
be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not
serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which
thou hast set up.” (Daniel 3:17-18)
What will we do if the unthinkable happens? Will we
be faithful to God no matter what, or will be only be
faithful if things work out the way that we think they
should? The apostle Paul said:
“For the which cause I also suffer these things:
nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I
have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to
keep that which I have committed unto him against
that day.” (2 Timothy 1:12, emphasis added)
Notice that Paul said “whom” (a person), not “what”
(theology, understanding, Scripture interpretation, etc.)
Paul’s primary confidence was in the person, Jesus Christ.
And that is where our primary confidence needs to be. The
“Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of
God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil
day, and having done all, to stand.” (Ephesians
This says that we can expect to have to face at least one
“evil day.” You may know people who have had to face a
number of them. But even though that time may be
incredibly difficult, God will enable us to stand if we
cooperate with Him. The apostle Paul said:
“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Philippians 4:13)
According to Jesus, tribulation is a normal part of life.
It is to be expected. The important thing is that we can trust
Jesus to get us through it. The Bible tells us:
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not
unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways
acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be
not wise in thine own eyes; fear the Lord, and
depart from evil.” (Proverbs 3:5-7)
What if something happens to us which doesn’t make
sense to us? What if it seems to be contrary to what we
were taught by our teachers, or pastor, or our Study Bible
notes? What will we do?
Will we call God a liar? Or will we say that evidently
our teachers didn’t fully understand (or adequately explain)
Will we become bitter against God? Or will we choose
to trust Him? Will we turn away from God? Or will we turn
to Him for strength and comfort and wisdom?
God promised to make everything work out for our
good if we love Him (Romans 8:28). When the pain and the
tears come, will we trust God to bring good out of our
We can ask God to increase our trust in Him and our
love for Him. We can ask Him to make us faithful. We can
ask Him to enable us to stand with Shadrach, Mesach, and
Abednego—to be determined to be faithful to our God no
matter what happens to us and the people we love.
“The LORD will give strength
unto his people”
“And we know that
all things work together for good
to them that love God,
to them who are the called
according to his purpose.”
“Nay, in all these things
we are more than conquerors
through him that loved us.”
The God who made the earth has always loved us.
Before we drew a breath, our heart was known.
God created us to live with Him forever,
To sing and dance with joy before His throne.
Our time on earth is hard, but it is fleeting.
No matter how things seem, God’s always there.
He’ll guide us and protect us and watch over us,
And take away each tear and fear and care.
And when the toil and pain and fear have ended,
When sorrow’s gone, and all we know is love,
Then we and God will celebrate forever,
Rejoicing with the saints in Heaven above.
Jesus, You’re the friend who’ll never leave me.
You’re the friend who’ll always understand.
You will not forsake me or deceive me.
You’ll stay by my side until the end.
When I’m afraid, You’ll put Your arm around me.
You’re the faithful friend who’s tried and true.
No matter what the troubles that surround me
You will find a way to get me through.
Your love is strong, it’s deeper than the ocean.
It’s higher than the moon and stars above.
When earth and stars are gone and time has ended,
I’ll still live, rejoicing in Your love.
JESUS, SON OF DAVID
Jesus, son of David, have mercy on me.
Light my path and guide my way.
Make me faithful, so I’ll stay
Close to You throughout the day,
Devoted to You in every way.
Jesus, son of David, have mercy on me.
Open my eyes that I may see
The precious truth that You have for me.
Open my heart to love as You do.
Enable me to be faithful and true.
Jesus, son of David, have mercy on me.
God sets before you life and death.
Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life.
The devil is a liar and a thief.
He wants to kill your hope and steal your joy
And fill your days with endless grief.
Jesus came to give unshakeable peace
And the only freedom that’s real.
He wants to fill your heart with everlasting joy.
He wants to love and bless and heal.
God sets before you life and death.
Your Word brings life to save my soul.
Your Truth brings light to make me whole.
Your perfect love casts out my fears,
Comforts me, and dries my tears.
I’m in the shadow of Your wings
Where you teach my heart to sing.
Safe and secure from all alarm,
Your faithful love keeps me from harm.
I will bless You all my days.
You fill my heart with songs of praise.
LEAVING THE PAST BEHIND
Following Jesus, my Lord and my Savior,
Leaving the past behind.
I press on to the mark of God’s high calling,
Leaving the past behind.
Forgiving, forgetting, and giving to Jesus,
Leaving the past behind.
Replacing old voices with the truth of the Bible,
Leaving the past behind.
Persecution of American Christians
Some years ago, I worked at a job where another colleague
and I had to go out of town on an assignment for a week.
Since I was going to spend a considerable amount of time
with my co-worker, I asked her some questions in order to
find out what we had in common and what kinds of things
we could talk about. Some of my questions were about
religion. I wanted to know if she was a fellow Christian. If
she was, then we would have a lot in common and we
could share openly about our faith. I was not in any way
trying to convert her. I just wanted to have some idea of
where she stood. She never gave any indication that she did
not want me to ask those questions about religion.
When we came back to the office, she filed an official
complaint against me. My supervisor informed me that if I
talked about religion with co-workers again, I would be in
danger of losing my job.
That was persecution, but it was mild and easily
remedied. All I needed to do was either change jobs or else
not talk about religion.
I have a friend who went to prison. (Some Christians
did bad things before their conversion. Sometimes their
past catches up with them.) Friends who visited him were
allowed to give him a Bible. They also ordered some
Christian magazines to be sent to him directly from the
publisher. The prison refused those magazines and sent
them back. However, when I spoke with prison officials, I
was informed that magazines could be sent, as long as they
came directly from the publisher, and as long as they were
not “inappropriate.” I asked what “inappropriate” meant. I
was told that pornography and violent material were not
acceptable. Evidently, somebody at that prison considers
Christian material to be as offensive as violence or
This was not a serious situation, because my friend had
a Bible, he was able to go to chapel with other Christians,
and his prison term was short. His situation was more
serious than mine, but it was limited in the scope of
I have a friend whose son is in prison, and is expected
to be there for many years. He is not allowed to receive
Christian literature, and the prison officials will not allow
him to have a Bible. The prison has plenty of Muslim
literature and Wiccan literature. However, Christian literature is not allowed. (Wicca is a religion that is based on
witchcraft, nature worship, and goddess worship.)
This is a much more serious situation. The young man
is not able to remedy it. He needs to have a Bible. He told
his mother that being a Christian in his environment could
result in violence against him. Because of that, he has
considered converting to Islam.
In terms of the entire country, this is a small, localized
problem. But for him, it is very serious.
Many prisons have volunteer Wiccan chaplains. A
Wisconsin prison hired a full-time Wiccan chaplain (a
Wiccan priestess who calls herself Rev. Witch). In that
prison, I would expect to find a lot of Wiccan literature.
Life there may be difficult for Christian prisoners.1
I know a man whose daughter was given an English
assignment that requires her to read anti-Christian literature
and write a paper about it. This is involuntary, antiChristian indoctrination. Its purpose is to undermine the
faith of Christian students, and to make it more difficult for
non-Christian students to become Christians. Mercifully,
this girl is a strong Christian, and she comes from a solid
I have an adult friend who told me about something that
happened when she was in high school. Her English
teacher required the students to read literature about
witchcraft, including how to cast spells. Since students
can’t graduate without passing English, she was under
pressure to read the literature in order to avoid getting a
The Bible condemns witchcraft, spells, and fortune
telling. (See Exodus 22:18; Deuteronomy 18:9-13;
Galatians 5:19-21; and Revelation 21:8) So this assignment
required her to do something that was contrary to her
Christian beliefs. (This would also be a problem for Jews
who take Exodus and Deuteronomy seriously.)
Wicca is a modern pagan religion that involves
witchcraft and spell casting. This English assignment
openly promoted Wiccan beliefs and practices. It was
religious indoctrination in the name of public education.
If these are isolated incidents, then they are spiritually
challenging for the children who are involved, but they are
not a widespread danger. However, if this kind of thing
occurs at many schools, then we have a serious problem.
I know a Christian minister who was falsely accused of
child abuse by someone who resents his ministry. As a
result, his children were suddenly taken from their home
and from their parents. Eventually, they were returned. A
representative of Child Protective Services later apologized
to him, because the case was so unfounded. His children
were traumatized, but they live in a home with mature
Christian parents, and God is healing the emotional
This was a serious situation, but it was resolved. God
promised to make all things work out for our good if we
love Him. (Romans 8:28) This minister and his children
love the Lord. So God is using their situation to make them
become stronger, more mature Christians.
After my Dad retired, he became a part-time social
worker and his job was helping children get adopted. His
supervisor tried to prevent Christian families from adopting
children, because she considered Christian homes to be a
bad environment for raising children.
A federal court has ruled that it is illegal for students at
the Virginia Military Institute to say a nondenominational
prayer before meals.2
Now that a legal precedent has been established, the
ACLU could bring lawsuits against military academies in
other states. It could come to the point that chaplains on
aircraft carriers are not allowed to pray with military pilots
before they fly into dangerous situations.3
The early stages of persecution can spread quietly,
unnoticed except by the individuals who are personally
affected by it. By the time the general public becomes
aware of it, it may have progressed to the point where it is
difficult to stop it.
The Supreme Court ruled that prayer in schools is
unconstitutional. However, one bad Supreme Court
decision can be reversed later. (This has happened in the
past.) With the Supreme Court, everything depends on
whether the school prayer decision is one isolated incident,
or whether it indicates a trend that could become more and
more destructive in the future. If the Supreme Court
develops a mindset that is contrary to that of the framers of
the Constitution, then it will become a source of
destruction, rather than protection.
There is a web page called “Seeds of Persecution.” It
gives detailed summaries of events setting precedents that
could lead to persecution, and of events that actually
constitute persecution. Each summary has a title. If you
click on it, you will go to an article about the subject.
David Limbaugh wrote the book Persecution: How
Liberals Are Waging War against Christianity (Regnery
Press, 2003). He gives documented cases showing how
Christian children are being persecuted in public schools
and in colleges, and how they are being involuntarily
indoctrinated with humanist, New-Age, pagan, and antiChristian teachings. He also describes cases where the
government has oppressed Christians, and he documents
public attacks on churches and Christians. (I will discuss
these issues later.)
I suspect that what David Limbaugh has reported is just
the tip of the iceberg. These are documented cases that
have become public knowledge. For every documented
case, how many unreported cases are there? I told you
about some cases that I am personally familiar with. Not
one of them has been reported.
A fourth-grade student named Raymond Raines was in the
habit of thanking God for his food before meals. While in
his school cafeteria, he bowed his head to pray. A teacher
publicly humiliated Raymond in front of the other students
by ordering him to get out of his seat and go to the
principal’s office. The principal ordered Raymond not to
pray again. This happened three times. This 10-year-old
boy was publicly ridiculed for his religious beliefs,
subjected to school discipline because of them, and was
eventually put in detention for a week. His family sued the
school and the principal. Finally, the school board decided
to allow students to pray at school as long as it is not
“disruptive.” (David Limbaugh, Persecution, pages 21-22)
(You can read about this online.)4
A kindergarten student named Kayla Broadus was used
to saying grace out loud before meals. She said: “God is
great. God is good. And we thank Him for this food.” Her
school ordered her to stop praying. Her parents sued the
school, and she was finally allowed to pray again.5
These children and their parents had the courage to
stand their ground. The children kept praying and their
parents took the matter to court. How many other children
have caved in and stopped praying? How many other
parents were not willing to sacrifice the time and money
that are required to sue a school?
Two middle-school students (sisters) carried their
Bibles to school. Their teacher confiscated the Bibles and
took the girls to the principal’s office. She contacted the
girls’ mother, and threatened to call Child Protective
Services. In other words, she accused the mother of child
abuse because her daughters took Bibles to school. When
the mother came to the school, the teacher waved the
Bibles and said: “This is garbage!” Then the teacher threw
the Bibles into the trash can. (Persecution, page 45; this is
also in an article online.)6
Three middle school students had school books with the
Ten Commandments on their book covers. School officials
threw the covers in the trash. They said that the Ten
Commandments are “hate speech.” 6
If those school officials are unusual, then what they did
is bad for their students, but we don’t have a serious
national problem. However, if their attitude toward the Ten
Commandments is widespread, then we could be on a road
that will lead to persecution of Christians and Jews.
A federal judge in Texas ruled that students are
forbidden to say the word “Jesus” during their school’s
graduation ceremonies. He said that a U.S. marshal would
attend the graduation. Any student who said “Jesus” would
be arrested and sent to jail. Students would face up to six
months in jail. (Persecution, pages 5-6; you can also read
about this online.)7
In Vermont, a child in kindergarten was forbidden to
say that God is not dead. He was told that such talk is not
allowed. In a Kentucky public school, administrators told a
student that he was not allowed to pray or to talk about
God. In Florida, a teacher told two elementary school
students that they were not allowed to talk about Jesus
while they were in school. (Persecution, page 6)
In Connecticut, police officers told a man that they
would arrest him if they had evidence that he gave religious
tracts to a student. They said that giving such literature to a
student constitutes “corrupting the morals of a minor.”
(Persecution, page 6)
Now I realize that evangelizing is not always welcome,
but people can always throw the tracts in the trash. That is
a far better solution than throwing the people in jail.
Freedom of speech means that people need to learn to deal
with unwelcome speech in civilized ways.
In 2002, a California atheist named Michael Newdow
sued his daughter’s school because her class recited the
Pledge of Allegiance, including the words “under God.”
The Court of Appeals ruled in his favor. (Persecution,
pages 60-62) The Supreme Court has agreed to take this
case. If it decides in favor of the atheist, then nobody in the
United States will be allowed to publicly use the words
“under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance.8
Michael Newdow also sued Congress. He wants to
abolish the practice of having paid chaplains for the House
and the Senate. America’s very first Congress passed the
law that established government-paid chaplains for
Congress. James Madison was personally involved in that
legislation. He was one of the authors of the Constitution.
So having Congressional chaplains be paid with taxpayers’
money cannot be against the intention of the framers of the
in Public Schools
John Dunphy is a secular humanist. He wrote an essay
called, “A Religion for A New Age.” It was published in
The Humanist magazine in 1983. In this essay, he said that
there is a battle going on for the future of humanity, and it
must be fought and won in the public schools. He said that
teachers should see themselves as evangelists of a new
faith—humanism. They should teach humanist values in
every subject they teach, at every level of education from
day care and preschool to state universities. He said that the
school classroom will become a place of conflict between
the “old rotting corpse of Christianity” and the “new faith
of humanism.” 10
In 1994, Dunphy published an articled called “Dunphy
Strikes Again” in the Secular Humanist Bulletin. He
reaffirmed what he had previously said in “A Religion for
A New Age.” In addition, he said that there is a “cultural
civil war” going on in America, and “humanism is going to
Other humanists have said similar things. Horace Mann
said that public schools must get rid of the concept of God.
John Dewey said that God does not exist and there are no
moral absolutes. He said that schools should exclude
“dogma and creed” so that “immutable truth” will become
“dead and buried.”
Charles F. Potter said that American schools are a
powerful tool for humanism. Paul Blanshard said that the
purpose of schools is to promote a secular society by
eliminating “religious superstition.” G. Richard Bozarth
said that if humanists can make sure that schools only teach
secular knowledge, then they will be able to “kill the god of
In the United States, humanism is a tax-exempt
religion. In the 1950s, when humanists were seeking taxexempt status as a religion, they openly declared that
humanism is a religion. But then some Christians claimed
that humanist religion was being taught in the public
schools. So the humanists changed their tactics. They now
claim that humanism is not a religion. But they still keep
their tax-exempt status as a religion.13
There are humanist ministers. They have the same legal
rights and privileges as Christian ministers. There are even
In 1961, the Supreme Court declared that humanism is
a religion. It stated that one reason for its decision is the
fact that the American Humanist Association has ministers
who perform weddings and funerals.15
Some people are trying to have secular humanism
become the established, governmentally-endorsed religion
in our educational system. This is contrary to the Constitution, which prohibits the state from establishing any
A United States Congressman said that “fundamental
Bible-believing Christians” do not have the right to teach
their religion to their children. A university professor said
that children belong to the state. It has even been said that,
in order for children to have “equality of opportunity,” they
should be taken away from their families and raised
Dr. Chester M. Pierce (a Professor of Educational
Psychiatry at Harvard University) said that American
children are “insane” because they are loyal to America, to
their parents, and to their belief in God. He said that it is
the job of teachers to heal these “sick children” by turning
them into the “international children of the future.”17
Dr. Paul Brandwein is a child psychologist. Evidently
he agrees with Dr. Pierce. In his book, The Social Sciences,
Dr. Brandwein said: “Every child who believes in God is
mentally ill.” 18
Public schools have psychologists. If they agree with
Dr. Brandwein, then they could make life difficult for
Christian and Jewish students.
When “experts” say that Christianity constitutes mental
illness, I take such statements very seriously because of
things that have happened in other countries. Do you
remember when Russia was communist? It used to be part
of the U.S.S.R., which was a block of communist nations.
In the U.S.S.R., the authorities said that Christians were
mentally ill because they believed in God. Christians were
put in mental hospitals for “treatment.” They were not
considered to be “cured” unless they renounced their faith.
Some of these Christians were given medications that
impaired their mental functioning so badly that they were
reduced to a “vegetative” state. One Christian man spent 25
years in a mental hospital because he refused to renounce
Today, in Communist China, Christians are being
forcibly committed to mental hospitals. So are members of
other religious groups. Political dissidents (people who are
politically incorrect) are also being put into mental
hospitals. Some of these people are being tortured in the
Public schools are using history textbooks that rewrite
American history to eliminate any mention of Christian
influences. They have removed information about the
Pilgrims and the Mayflower. Many public school textbooks
say that Thanksgiving was the American colonists giving
thanks to the Indians, or to the earth goddess (as opposed to
thanking God). One high school textbook on American
history has 6 lines about George Washington and 6½ pages
about Marilyn Monroe. The calendar of the California
Teachers Association leaves out Christmas, Thanksgiving,
and the Fourth of July. But it has an “Internment of
Japanese Day” and a “Buddhist Nirvana Day.” (Persecution, pages 65-77)
Seventh-grade students in California were required to
study Islam for three weeks. This included mandatory role
playing. The students had to pretend that they were
Muslims. They prayed to Allah, chanted praises to Allah,
and adopted Muslim names.
They played a game that simulated a jihad (a holy war
against enemies of Islam) and they planned a pilgrimage to
Mecca. Students were encouraged to dress like Muslims
and to use Muslim phrases.
They were required to memorize Muslim prayers.
During Ramadan, they had to fast at lunchtime. Teachers
told the students that, while they were taking this intensive
course about Islam, they would “become Muslims.”
The textbook about Islam did not mention Islamic
conquests or Islamic violence against Jews or the treatment
of women in Islamic countries. The Muslim religion was
only shown in a good light. (Persecution, pages 76-77)
I have heard from two sources that some American
public schools are showing an anti-Israeli film that was
produced by Hamas (a Muslim terrorist organization that
sends suicide bombers to Israel). However, I have not been
able to find written sources to verify this information.
Public school students are being indoctrinated with
New Age teachings and practices. Children are taught to
put themselves into a trance and get counseling from
imaginary friends, including Pumsy the Dragon. This
teaches children to use “spirit guides,” which is a New Age
practice. The Pumsy curriculum is used in 40 percent of
American public schools. A similar curriculum, using Duso
the dolphin, is also popular. (Persecution, pages 79-81; this
information is also online.) 21
Some Christians believe that spirit guides are really
demons. Other Christians believe that they are a selfhypnotic deception. Either way, they aren’t Christian, and
they aren’t wholesome. This is a pagan practice that is
associated with some pagan religions. The Bible warns us
not to participate in pagan religious practices. The Old
Testament prophets rebuked the Israelites when they
participated in pagan practices.
There is a reader called “Impressions” that is used in
the second and third grades of some public schools. It
teaches the students how to cast spells. One of the exercises
is to pretend that some children have had a magician cast a
spell on them. In order to help the children, it is necessary
to reverse that spell.
The students are told to write the spell that the magician
used, and then write another spell to reverse it. Then they
are told to chant their spells. By making them chant the
spells, the teacher is requiring them to do role playing.
They are taking on the role of a sorcerer or a witch.22
This exercise requires Christian students to act like
witches or sorcerers. This is contrary to their religion,
because the Bible strongly condemns witchcraft and
sorcery. (See Exodus 22:18; Deuteronomy 18:9-13;
Galatians 5:19-21; Revelation 21:8) The exercise also
promotes the Wiccan religion, which involves witchcraft,
rituals, and spell casting. Wiccan rituals and spell casting
can involve chanting.
Another “Impressions” exercise involves a story about
a witch who goes shopping for items such as bats’ wings in
a grocery store. Students are supposed to discuss spells
before reading the story. After reading it, they are told to
create a chant that is based on what the witch wanted to
buy. Some Christians believe that this will desensitize
children to witchcraft and make it easier for them to
become involved in such things later in life. They believe
that the book promotes the acceptance of things that are
contrary to Christian values.23
Wicca is a religion that is based on witchcraft, goddess
worship, and nature worship. It is recognized as a tax108
exempt religion, and there are Wiccan chaplains in the
military and in prisons. Our country guarantees freedom of
religion, and Wiccans have every right to practice their
religion, and to tell their friends about it. However, these
witchcraft exercises are, in effect, teaching the Wiccan
religion in public schools, at tax-payer expense.
The Constitution forbids the government to establish a
religion. That includes teaching religion in public schools.
If Christianity should not be taught in public schools, then
neither should Wicca, or humanism (which is also a
Some school children have been taught to make “worry
dolls” to ward off evil spirits, and to make representations
of Hindu gods. One Earth Day assembly taught students
that their mother is the earth and their father is the sun.
Some schools teach children to perform Medicine
Wheel ceremonies (a Native American ritual) and to use
“dream catchers” as protection against evil spirits. Students
are taught to do Native American ritual drumming and
dancing. They are taught New Age teachings about
crystals. (Persecution, pages 81-82)
This overtly promotes pagan religions. It also makes
Christian children do things that are contrary to their
religion. The Bible tells us not to engage in pagan religious
A school in Pennsylvania had children from the third to
fifth grades act out the Aztec practice of ritual human
sacrifice. A school in California taught children about the
Day of the Dead (a pagan custom that is commonly
practiced in Mexico) and encouraged them to participate in
rituals, including making altars. (Persecution, pages 83-84)
Not only are these pagan practices, but they also glorify
death. According to the Bible, death is an enemy. (See 1
Corinthians 15:26) In addition, participating in the
enactment of human sacrifice desensitizes children to the
horror of murder and the evil of human sacrifice.
Some public schools teach reincarnation. This is
contrary to Scripture. The Bible says that we die once (as
opposed to being recycled) and then we are judged.
One student said that death was portrayed as being
glamorous, and living was portrayed as being hard. She
said that students were taught that reincarnation would
solve their problems, because they would return in a better
life form and eventually they would “become like God.”
(Persecution, page 84)
I have watched children play video games where a good
strategy for winning is to deliberately get your character
killed so that he will come back into a better situation and
in better condition (more strength, energy, “powers,”
weapons, etc.). I have often wondered if doing that over
and over and over might make an emotionally vulnerable
child more susceptible to suicide.
Some public schools teach “death education.” Some
even have a “suicide talking day.” On that day, students
write suicide notes. They write their own obituaries and
discuss what they will look like in their caskets.
One student said that before “suicide talking day,” she
never considered the possibility of suicide. After that day,
she began to contemplate it. She thought that it would
“liberate her spirit” so that it would no longer be “enslaved
to her body.” In addition, it would help with the problem of
global overpopulation. She said that the suicide training
made her “brave enough” to commit suicide. (Persecution,
Do you remember Columbine High School in Littleton,
Colorado, where two students shot a number of their
classmates and then committed suicide? That occurred in
1999. Since 1985, Columbine has been teaching death
education classes. In 1988, the Atlantic Monthly had an
article about death education. It said that thousands of
schools had the classes. Some of them only lasted a few
days. Others took a full semester.
In addition, many schools incorporated death education
into other classes, including health, home-economics,
social studies, and literature. In 1977, the National
Education Association wrote a report saying that, just as
sex education resulted in “wider acceptance” of a number
of sexual practices, death education classes will radically
change attitudes towards death. (Persecution, pages 84-86)
Earlier I mentioned a teacher who called the Ten
Commandments “hate literature.” Well, if you want
students to feel free to commit suicide, then the Ten
Commandments are a hindrance to your agenda. (“Thou
shalt not kill” includes suicide.)
A school in Massachusetts had an unusually high rate
of suicide. The death education teacher said that it would
not necessarily be better to have fewer students kill
themselves. (Persecution, page 86)
Wesley J. Smith wrote the book Culture of Death
(Encounter Books, 2000). It is about modern bioethics and
its impact on our society. There are “experts” in bioethics
who actively promote death in various forms. These
include “voluntary euthanasia” (killing patients who want
to die, which is assisted suicide) and “involuntary
euthanasia” (killing patients who have clearly said that they
do not want to die, which is murder). It looks as if the
bioethics approach towards suicide has influenced death
education in our public schools. In addition, there are some
physicians who could be called “suicide evangelists.” Dr.
Kevorkian is well known, but there are others.
Some popular sex education books include graphic
pictures of sexual acts. Not many years ago, these pictures
would have been condemned as pornography. The books
teach children how to perform the kinds of sexual acts that
are done by gays and lesbians. Some sex education books
also say that it is normal to have sex with animals.24 Such
things are contrary to Biblical morality.
In America, all sexual orientations are legal, and people
are free to practice them. Every religion (including
humanism) has its own moral values, which includes
approaches to sexuality. Parents should be free to teach
their religion to their children, including the moral values
of their religion.
When the children grow up, then they can change their
religion if they want to, and that may include changing
their moral values. As adults, they can make informed
decisions about such things. But while they are children,
the public schools should not undermine the rights of
parents to raise their own children according to their own
moral and religious beliefs.
Values clarification is a technique for getting school
children to make moral decisions that conflict with
Christian moral values (and Jewish moral values). It denies
the reality of good and evil. It often manipulates children
into making a decision between two morally wrong
choices. One prominent educator has openly stated that the
purpose of values clarification is to change the moral
values of school children in a way that protects teachers
from “getting caught.” In other words, the name of the
game is to systematically destroy Christian moral values.25
Goddess worship is being promoted in publicly funded,
accredited colleges and universities. Some nursing school
textbooks overtly promote goddess worship. Nursing
schools also teach New Age practices. For example,
“therapeutic touch” (passing one’s hands above a patient’s
body in order to manipulate “auras” and “energy-fields”)
has reportedly been taught to thousands of nurses in 80
North American nursing programs.26
Wicca has brought back the ancient pagan practice of
worshiping pagan goddesses. This practice is condemned in
the Bible. (See Jeremiah 7:16-18.) Schools that teach
goddess worship are openly promoting the Wiccan religion.
This is teaching religion in publicly funded schools.
According to the Constitution, the government is not
supposed to establish any religion.
Driving Wedges Between
Children and Their Parents
A high school health textbook encourages students to “test”
their “ability to function sexually.” It recommends doing
this in early teenage years, with children of the same sex. It
tells students that they might come to the conclusion that
growing up means rejecting their parents’ values. There
have been reports that students are not allowed to take this
health textbook home with them. (Persecution, page 78)
In one school, classes about sexual harassment were
substituted for algebra classes for four days. A student’s
parent had the student removed from the class. The teacher
urged the student to attend the class in spite of the parent’s
objections. The teacher said that the child’s parents “don’t
have to know.” (Persecution, page 78)
An eighth grade student told his teacher that “health”
materials that were given to the class were against the
beliefs of his parents. The teacher told the student to inform
him if the parents caused any problems. The teacher said
that he would “handle them” (the parents). (Persecution,
I have a friend who is a high school teacher. He is a
member of the National Education Association. He told me
that the NEA sent its members information about how to
“handle” parents who have moral or religious objections to
what their children are being taught in school.
Persecuting College Students
A survey was made of college professors in 1988. Nearly a
third of them said that Evangelical Christians are a “threat
to democracy.” Many philosophy teachers advocate
atheism. Some students say that their religion was ridiculed
during class. One biology professor refused to recommend
students for medical school unless they believed in
evolution. (Understanding it was not sufficient. They had to
say that they believed it.) College professors have lost their
jobs because they told students that there are some flaws in
the theory of evolution. (Persecution, pages 111-118)
One teacher had educational material that included
publications saying that Christians and conservatives are
subjected to censorship and intimidation in the education
establishment. This material was available, but students
were not required to read it. The professor made a point of
telling them that it was optional. His school administration
demonstrated that his educational material made accurate
statements. They forced him to stop using those materials.
In other words, they censored the conservative viewpoint.
Evidently, “tolerance” is a one-way street. It is not used
when dealing with Christians and conservatives. (Persecution, pages 118-119)
Ron Brown was assistant football coach at Stanford
University. He was denied the head coaching job because
of his Christian beliefs. School administrators openly told
him that he was not acceptable because of his beliefs. A
Christian student received a scholarship. However, when
the college learned that he planned to major in religion and
philosophy, he was told that scholarship grants are not
given to religion students. (Persecution, pages 122-124)
Christian clubs have been denied permission to meet on
school grounds because of their religious beliefs. At
Rutgers University, a Christian group was told that it was
guilty of discrimination because it required its officers to
be Christians. The University of North Carolina at Chapel
Hill sent threatening letters to 17 Christian groups,
threatening to cut off financial support for them unless they
did things that compromised their Christian beliefs.
(Persecution, pages 124-126)
Most universities have speech codes. There are hundreds of cases where professors or students were punished
by university authorities for expressing views that were
deemed to be politically incorrect.
Other Forms of Persecution
A former teacher is a motivational speaker who encourages
students to avoid drugs and other destructive behavior. He
was not allowed to speak to the students because he is a
Christian. The presentation was strictly secular, and he had
made over 200 similar talks without mentioning religion,
but he was rejected because he was a Christian. When one
school cancelled his presentation, others followed its
example and also cancelled. (Persecution, page 39)
Some municipalities are using zoning laws to keep
churches out of communities. Churches have even been
ordered to leave areas that are zoned for churches. For
example, Refuge is an inner-city church in St. Petersburg,
Florida. It ministers to poor and needy people. Zoning said
that, because of that, it is a social service agency and not a
church. They required the church members to abandon their
church building, because the area is not zoned for social
service agencies. (Persecution, pages 205-207)
A church in Portland, Oregon provided meals for lowincome families and homeless people. The local government ordered it to stop providing meals. It ordered the
church not to have more than 70 people attend services
(even on Sunday). And it placed restrictions on evening
Bible classes and other church activities. (Persecution,
Zoning laws are also used to prevent Christians from
having Bible studies and prayer meetings in their homes. A
couple in Marietta, Georgia had a weekly Bible study for
six to eight people. Guests parked in their driveway, so
they did not take up parking space that was needed by
neighbors. The meetings were not noisy. The city
government told the couple that they were “operating a
church” and ordered them to stop the Bible study. In
Onalaska, Wisconsin, the zoning board ordered a couple to
have their weekly Bible study (which only had seven
people) meet once a month instead of every week.
(Persecution, pages 209-210)
Violence Against Christians
Chuck McIlhenny is a pastor in San Francisco. His church
was vandalized and then set on fire. His home was set on
fire in the middle of the night, while his family was
sleeping. A fire bomb was used, and the fire spread rapidly.
The family barely escaped in time to save their lives.27
There have been some cases where American
Christians were killed for their faith. These are genuine
martyrs. (Don’t let suicide-bombers steal the word
“martyr” from our vocabulary. Remember what it really
On April 20, 1999, two students at Columbine High
School in Littleton, Colorado shot and killed 12 of their
classmates and a teacher, and wounded 23 other people.
They also killed themselves. They asked three Christian
girls if they believed in God, and killed them when they
said “Yes.” The girls were Cassie Bernall, Rachel Scott,
and Valeen Schnurr. Rachel had shared her Christian faith
with the boys several weeks earlier. (Some classmates
overheard the conversation.) The boys made a video in
which they cursed Jesus Christ and cursed Christians. They
singled Rachel Scott out for an insulting tirade, mocking
her by name.28
On September 15, 1999, there was a rally at
Wedgewood Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas. A gunman entered the church and methodically shot Christians
who were attending the service, and then shot himself.
Seven people died and others were critically wounded. The
gunman was shouting, cursing Christianity, and cursing the
Christians for believing it. The FBI found anti-Christian
writings in his home.29
So far, these cases have been few and far between. But
there is a lot of anti-Christian indoctrination going on in
our schools. That could eventually result in more
frequent—and more serious—attacks against Christians.
And if Christians are attacked, then Jews are also likely to
What Can We Do?
The mighty men of David were skillful in fighting with
both their right hands and their left hands. (1 Chronicles
12:2) We can do something similar. We can fight in two
different ways at the same time. For example, if a
government official tries to close down a church, then the
church can fight in the law courts. It can also fight on its
knees, with prayer and fasting.
We will need to strengthen our “forgiveness muscles.”
We have to avoid bitterness at any cost, because it is deadly
and it is contagious. It is caused by failure to cooperate
with God’s grace, and it results in defiling other people.
The Bible says:
“Looking diligently, lest any man fail of the grace
of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up
trouble you, and thereby many be defiled.”
Booker T. Washington was born into slavery in 1856.
He experienced serious racism, including living under the
threat of lynching. But did he become bitter? No. He said:
“I will not give any man the power to make me hate
Forgiveness is not easy, and it does not come naturally.
We may have to ask God to change our hearts and enable
us to do it. Sometimes forgiveness requires perseverence
and continued prayer. Sometimes it is a process, like working your way through the layers of an onion.
The apostles asked Jesus to increase their faith. This
was immediately after Jesus had told them that they had to
keep on forgiving their brothers. It is in that context that
Jesus said that if we have faith like a mustard seed, we can
command a tree to be uprooted and thrown into the sea.
What kind of things will we need to uproot? During
persecution, we will need to uproot fear and anger and
bitterness. We may need to uproot paralyzing emotions and
traumatic memories. Jesus promised that if we have faith in
Him (even small faith, like a mustard seed), then He will
enable us to get rid of these things.
We need to built up our faith and our commitment to
God by reading Scripture and having it become more and
more a part of our daily lives. Scripture should be our
compass, our plumb line, our constant reference point for
daily living. It needs to become a living part of us, like a
branch that is grafted into a tree. (See James 1:21)
We need to strengthen our personal relationship with
God. This can be done through prayer, worship, and
obedience to Scripture. We can ask God to help us love
Him more, understand Him better, and have a more
God promised to make everything work for our good if
we love Him. (Romans 8:28) He is able to keep us from
falling. (Jude 1:24) What the world means for evil, God can
use for good. (Genesis 50:20)
The Church in China is an example of this. Mao
Zedong destroyed churches, burned Bibles, and put pastors
in prison. The Christians went underground and became
stronger. In the late 1970s, there were two million
Christians in China. Now there are over sixty million
Christians. Mao’s efforts to destroy the Church were used
by God to build, strengthen, and purify the Church.
Our God is faithful, and His love is so great that we
cannot comprehend it.
1. A Wisconsin Prison has hired a Wiccan chaplain who calls herself
2. A federal court ruled that Virginia Military Institute can no longer
have a nondenominational prayer before meals.
Three judges made the original decision. There was an appeal to have
the full court reconsider the case. The court has refused to reconsider
the case. (These links worked in 2003 but they are no longer working.)
3. There is concern that the ACLU will continue to sue military
academies. They could even try to prevent chaplains on aircraft carriers
from praying with military pilots who are about to fly into dangerous
4. A fourth-grade student was ridiculed, disciplined, and put into
detention for a week because he prayed before meals in the school
5. A kindergarten student was ordered not to say grace before meals.
She was used to saying, out loud, “God is great. God is good. And we
thank Him for this food.” Finally, after her parents sued the school, she
was allowed to pray.
6. Two girls in middle school were told that their Bibles are “garbage.”
The teacher threw the Bibles into the trash can, and took the girls to the
principal’s office. Three students at the same school had school books
with the Ten Commandments on the covers. School officials threw the
book covers into the trash, saying that the Ten Commandments are
7. A federal judge in Texas said that any student who uses the word
“Jesus” during the school’s graduation ceremonies would be arrested
and sent to jail.
This article has brief summaries of cases where Christian students have
been persecuted. To find the information about the school in Texas,
search for “Jesus.”
8. A California court has forbidden the public use of the words “under
God” in the Pledge of Allegiance.
9. There is a lawsuit to prevent Congress from having paid chaplains.
10. John Dunphy, “A Religion for A New Age,” in The Humanist
(January/February 1983). Quotations from this article are online.
This has the quotation from Dunphy. It also has some eye-opening
quotations from other secular humanists.
“Secular Humanists Give Dunphy Another Platform.” This article is
only one page. The quotation is about half-way down the page.
11. John Dunphy, “Dunphy Strikes Again,” in Secular Humanist
Bulletin (Summer 1994). This article is discussed online, with
extensive quotations, including a paragraph from “A Religion for A
12. Quotations from humanists who say that public education will be
used to replace Christianity with humanism.
Other quotations from humanists. They are contained in an article by a
Christian who was shocked to discover that children who are raised in
Christian families often do not share the religious and moral values of
their parents. He discovered that the reason is humanist teaching in
13. “The Courts Define Humanism As a Religion.” (An article written
for humanists by a humanist.)
Articles about the religious history of humanism, including citations
from court cases. Originally humanism claimed to be a religion. It
received tax-exempt status as a religion. When Christians said that
teaching humanist beliefs in schools constitutes teaching a religion,
then humanists started claiming that humanism is not a religion.
This article says that humanism is the established religion of the United
States, and public schools are the main vehicle for promoting it.
14. There are humanist ministers who have the same rights and
privileges as Protestant ministers, Catholic priests, and rabbis.
There is a “Church of Scientific Humanism”
There is a “Church of Spiritual Humanism” which ordains ministers.
15. In 1961, the Supreme Court declared that humanism is a secular
religion. The following article has a quotation from the Court.
16. This link had a lot of good quotations in 2003. Unfortunately, the
link no longer works..
17. Dr. Chester M. Pierce said that American students are “insane”
because they are loyal to America, to their parents, and to their belief in
God. He is Professor of Educational Psychiatry at Harvard University.
Therefore, he is influencing students who are likely to become leaders
in our society.
18. Dr. Paul Brandwein, The Social Sciences: Concepts and Values
(New York: Harcourt, Brace and World, 1970, Teachers Edition,
Levels 3 and 4, 1970). (Dr. Brandwein is a psychologist.)
You can see a list of all 39 of his books at his website.
19. In the U.S.S.R., Christians were sent to mental hospitals because of
their faith. I learned about this from newsletters from Christian
ministries that help persecuted Christians. I read about one Christian
man who was given drugs that damaged his mind so much that he was
unable to remember his own name.
This article tells of Soviet Christians who were sent to mental hospitals.
One man was there for 25 years because he refused to denounce his
20. Communist China is putting people into mental hospitals because
of their religion. Some of these people are tortured in the hospitals.
Articles from Falun Gong websites. They mention that members of the
Falun Gong and other religious groups (including Christians) are being
put into mental hospitals because of their religion. Some of them are
being tortured in the hospitals. People who are political dissidents
(politically incorrect) are also being put into mental hospitals.
An article by Human Rights Watch. This article mentions the Falun
Gong but fails to mention Christians. However, according to two Falun
Gong websites (above), Christians are also considered to be “religious
dissidents” and they are also locked up in mental hospitals. The article
says that the reason why these people were brought to the mental
hospitals for evaluation is that they expressed views which “offended
the political sensitivities” of the Communists. Since Communists are
atheists, Christianity offends them.
These articles mention “dissidents” and “nonconformists” but don’t
specifically mention Christians. However, Christians are nonconformists in a Communist society because they believe in God, and
because their primary loyalty is to God rather than to the state.
21. This article has information about the curriculum that uses Pumsey
the Dragon. In addition, paragraphs 2-5 have some very important
information about public education and New Age indoctrination, with
informative quotations from secular humanists and New Agers. (The
link worked in 2003 but it no longer works.)
22. This article is about Halloween. It also discusses occultism in
public schools. To find the information about the “Impressions”
curriculum, do a search for “chant.”
23. The “Impressions” reader is being used in second and third grade
classes. It has children discuss spells and create chants.
24. Information about sex education, with descriptions of books
How American sex education changed from teaching students about
hygiene to encouraging them to experiment with various kinds of
25. Values clarification denies the reality of good and evil. It gets
school children to make decisions that are contrary to Christian
This is a good, comprehensive article. However, it is somewhat
difficult to read in Adobe Acrobat. I recommend printing it. The article
is only 7 pages long.
This article has some quotations from humanists about the use of
public schools to indoctrinate children in humanism. It includes some
information about values clarification.
26. Philip G. Davis, Goddess Unmasked: The Rise of Neopagan
Feminist Spirituality (Dallas, Texas: Spence Publishing Company,
1998), pages 29-33. The author is a university professor who wrote this
book because he was concerned about Wiccan teaching at his
27. Frank York, Chuck McIlhenny, and Donna McIlhenny, When the
Wicked Seize the City (iUniverse, 2000).
An article describing mob violence against the church in 1993.
An article about violence against Christians. It includes information
about the fire bombing.
28. Christian teenagers were shot at Columbine High School in
29. A gunman shot Christians at Wedgewood Baptist Church in Fort
Heading for Dictatorship
“Giving leaders enough power to create ‘social
justice’ is giving them enough power to destroy all
justice, all freedom, and all human dignity.”
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” (George Santayana)
“The greater the power, the more dangerous the
abuse.” (Edmund Burke)
“And it shall be, if thou do at all forget the Lord
thy God, and walk after other gods, and serve
them, and worship them, I testify against you this
day that ye shall surely perish.” (Deuteronomy
8:19, emphasis added)
History shows us that as free nations become complacent,
they become vulnerable to manipulation. Most
dictatorships rise gradually—a step at a time. Smoothtalking politicians make each incremental step seem
reasonable, because the masses are blind to the tides of
change. The wisdom of Wendell Phillips fades away:
“Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.”
Austria illustrates the power of gradualism. In 1933, it
was a free nation. In 1934, its government began to
centralize its power and welcome the influence of Nazi
sympathizers. By 1938, it had become a Nazi dictatorship.
The downward slide began with one crisis after another.
A third of the people were out of work, inflation rose to
25%, and political turmoil caused civil unrest. People
longed for a leader to rescue them. Adolf Hitler campaigned in Austria, promising to solve their problems if
they were annexed to Germany. A persuasive speaker, he
gave them hope and won their hearts. The Austrian people
voted him in.1
Why? How could the Austrians be so blind? The
answer is simple: they faced hard times, so they chose to
believe Hitler’s promises. They didn’t see him as we do—
brutal, arrogant, narcissistic and ruthlessly ambitious. That
image came later, when it was too late to escape his grasp.
In the beginning, Hitler appeared as a caring,
charismatic, captivating visionary.2 His words brought
hope of prosperity, and his public image was intentionally
shaped with pictures of his smiles, benevolent deeds and
warm encounters with children and babies.3
After the annexation, new government jobs were
created and order was restored. The people were
encouraged and hopeful, and—for a short while—the
nation prospered. Then it crashed. This transformation is
described by Kitty Werthmann:4
“I lived in Austria under Adolf Hitler’s regime for
seven years. Dictatorship did not happen overnight.
It was a gradual process starting with national
identification cards, which we had to carry with us
at all times… Gun registration followed, with a lot
of talk about gun safety and hunting accidents…
Freedom of speech was the next target… With a
large network of informers, people were afraid to
say anything political, even in their own homes.”
She tells of other changes, including nationalization of
education; indoctrination of children; socialized medicine;
government control of businesses; and a lack of respect for
human life. Before the annexation, most Austrian mothers
stayed at home to take care of their children. Under Nazi
rule, both parents had to work, so the children were sent to
government-run daycare centers.
Gun control came in two stages. First there was gun
registration, and then the people were required to give up
their guns. Once the people were unarmed, they had no
way of defending themselves against the Nazis. After that,
political correctness replaced freedom of speech; taxes
were increased to eighty percent (i.e., four fifths of
income); the nation was filled with informers; anybody
who spoke against the government was arrested; and the
people lived in constant fear.
In Austria, the transformation from freedom to
dictatorship was incremental. No nation is immune to such
things, including the United States. In fact, America seems
to be following some of the same incremental steps toward
National Identification Cards
In 2005, Congress passed the Real ID Act. This, in effect,
would turn drivers’ licenses into a national ID card.
However, the law is controversial, and 17 states have
passed legislation or resolutions opposing compliance with
Congress eventually repealed the law. However, there
are ongoing attempts to do things that are similar, but not
as comprehensive. According to an article dated March 28,
2013, Senators Chuck Schumer and Lindsey Graham are
determined to get a biometric national ID card required for
everybody who is employed. And this is so important that
they met with President Obama to discuss the matter.6
Nationalizing Education and
Indoctrinating Young Children
Kitty Werthmann told us how Hitler nationalized the
education system. Christian symbols were removed and
prayer was banned. Through their government-run child
care program, the Nazis would indoctrinate the children
with politically correct ideology and absolute loyalty to
Hitler. Hitler worship became part of the new structure.
The daycare workers were trained in Marxist psychology,
not motherly love, for Hitler was fascinated with
Children idolized Hitler and sang his praises. Some
American children have been taught to do the same for
Obama. (For example, there is a YouTube video titled
“Barack Obama Kids and Hitler Youth Sing for their
America is also a nation where prayer is no longer
allowed in school, and daycare is common. Obama is
centralizing the public schools. His administration is
completing a process begun in the nineties during the first
Bush administration. A national curriculum with national
standards, national tests, and a national database is fast
becoming a reality. The goal is to provide “cradle-to-career
education for all of America’s children.” The federal
government is encouraging the states to provide children
with “early learning experiences from birth through
kindergarten entry.” 7
By imposing government education at such a young
age, this un-American system exposes Christian children to
the worldviews of secular humanism, neo-paganism, and
countless other beliefs that clash with home-taught values.
It subjects them to anti-Christian peer pressure, and to
teachers determined to undermine their faith. No wonder
children raised in Christian homes from coast to coast are
fast rejecting our God and His ways. Meanwhile, churches
and youth leaders are bending backwards to conform to the
new values and wants of our youth.
Government schools and the judicial system work
hand-in-hand to undermine the faith of Christian children.
Take Amanda, a ten-year-old Christian homeschooler. She
is “well liked, social and interactive with her peers,
academically promising and intellectually at or superior to
grade level.” Her homeschool curriculum meets all state
standards. Yet, a judge has ordered her to attend public
school because of her “vigorous defense of her religious
The judge wants her to consider “different points of
view at a time when she must begin to critically evaluate
multiple systems of belief.” In other words, he is forcing
her into government education in order to confront her
Buried inside the health care bill is a provision that
gives the federal government control over all student loans.
As a result, the government can now decide which students
are able to go to college. It can also refuse loans for
students who want to attend colleges that the government
doesn’t approve of, thus putting financial pressure on
colleges to be politically correct.9
New federal regulations would enable the federal
government to control the accreditation of all U.S. colleges.
According to former U.S. Senator Bill Armstrong, “the
Department of Education is attempting to subject every
college and university in America—public and private—to
political supervision.” 10
Government Control of
Health Care and Businesses
Obama’s massive health care bill established government
control of health care, which is one sixth of the nation’s
economy. Its regulation will have a devastating effect on
the medical profession.
Why would bright students invest in medical school
when the pay would be minimal and medical “murder”
would be mandated? My foot doctor told me, “Obama
wants to make me retire early.” My general practitioner
told me, “Let me take care of you while I still can.”
The government wields increasing control over
businesses, both directly and through regulations. Obama’s
destructive control over Chrysler has been called “another
extraordinary intervention into private industry by the
federal government.” As a result, many car dealerships
were closed.11 According to an attorney who represents
some of those dealers, Chrysler closed them because it was
“under enormous pressure from the President’s automotive
task force.” 12
Treating People Like Livestock
Farmers can kill animals that are born sickly or become too
old to be productive. Likewise, Hitler talked about getting
rid of “useless eaters.” In modern America, some “experts”
want to dispose of people with a poor “quality of life.”
Kitty Werthmann told how the Nazis killed the
mentally retarded people in her village. That was a result of
Hitler’s eugenics program. Following the unconscionable
Darwinian ideals of an evolving, purified human race, he
wanted to produce a Master Race of strong, intelligent
Aryans. People he considered to be inferior (including Jews
and the mentally retarded) had to be eliminated.13
Because of the Holocaust, eugenics was discredited.
However, euthanasia (both voluntary and involuntary) is
spreading. Voluntary euthanasia is a form of suicide, where
patients choose to die—usually with a physician’s help.
This is legal in Oregon and Washington.14
Involuntary euthanasia is based on new, convenient
medical standards. In Holland, where thousands of patients
have been killed against their will, some elderly people are
afraid to go to the hospital.15 A concerned Belgian citizen
warned Western nations to guard themselves against “the
encroaching euthanasia agenda.” 16
An influential bioethicist in the Obama administration
actively promotes health care rationing.17 Obama’s health
care law includes “death panels” with authority to deny
life-saving medical care.18 Once such care has been denied,
it becomes unavailable even to patients who would pay the
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has a long record of
supporting gun control. In a 2008 brief to the Supreme
Court, Holder claimed that the Second Amendment does
not pose any obstacle to banning guns.19
Obama has initiated a back-door approach to gun
control by means of an international treaty known as
CIFTA. President Clinton signed this treaty in 1997 but the
Senate refused to ratify it. Now President Obama is
promoting it. According to John Bolton (former U.S.
representative of the United Nations):
“The Obama administration is trying to act as
though this is really just a treaty about trade between nations, but there’s no doubt—as was the
case over a decade ago—that the real agenda is the
control of domestic arms.” 20
Enforcing Political Correctness
President Obama has co-sponsored a United Nations
resolution that calls on countries to criminalize “any
advocacy of national, racial or religious hatred that
constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or
violence.” Since the President of the United States is
backing the resolution, then Americans will be expected to
abide by it. As a result, this U.N. resolution would take
priority over our constitutional right to free speech. In
addition, as Robert Spencer said:
“‘Incitement’ and ‘hatred’ are in the eye of the
beholder—or more precisely, in the eye of those
who make such determinations. The powerful can
decide to silence the powerless by classifying their
views as ‘hate speech.’” 21
In 2008, a Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) warned that the FCC is likely to
implement regulations that will give the federal
government control over the content of radio, TV, and the
In 2009, a high-ranking official in the FCC called for a
“confrontational movement” to increase federal control of
the media.23 He openly expressed admiration for Hugo
Chavez’ efforts to stifle criticism by seizing control of
The Chairman of the FCC is “poised to add the Internet
to its portfolio of regulated industries.” 25 In other words,
the media must be controlled by the government:
“The Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
is poised to add the Internet to its portfolio of
regulated industries. The agency’s chairman, Julius
Genachowski, announced Wednesday that he circulated draft rules he says will ‘preserve the freedom
and openness of the Internet.’
“With a straight face, Mr. Genachowski suggested
that government red tape will increase the
‘freedom’ of online services that have flourished
because bureaucratic busybodies have been blocked
from tinkering with the Web… Mr. Genachowski’s
draft document… is stamped ‘non-public, for
internal use only’ to ensure nobody outside the
agency sees it until the rules are approved in a
scheduled Dec. 21 vote. So much for ‘openness.’” 25
(Compare those statements with the slogans in George
Orwell’s book 1984.)
An FCC Commissioner has proposed a plan: a “public
value test” for media. Who will pass that government test?
“Michael J. Copps, one of five members of the
Federal Communications Commission, claims the
FCC exists as ‘an honest-to-goodness consumer
protection agency’ and part of its mandate is to
ensure ‘all citizens have access to… information
our democratic dialogue requires…’ Copps declared
FCC adoption of his Public Values Test would
provide an antidote to the current state of affairs by
requiring: more diversity… enhanced disclosure of
information… If adopted, said Copps, failure to
meet his test values could result in FCC nonrenewal
Those words “regulated industries” remind me of the
difference between Russian Communism and Hitler’s
National Socialism. Stalin ended up with a very poor
country. Hitler’s socialism allowed for government
controlled “free” enterprise, and at first it seemed to
succeed. The difference between the two forms of
tyrannical socialism was that Stalin’s government owned
everything, while Hitler controlled everything.
In 2002, the federal government attempted to recruit four
percent of the population as informers. These spies were to
include people with access to homes and businesses, such
as mailmen, meter readers, cable installers, and telephone
repairmen.27 After a public outcry, this plan was abandoned. However, the attempt to have informants throughout
the country is not new. It has continued in various ways, for
As part of President Clinton’s war on “hate crimes,” the
Justice Department had a website that encouraged children
to report relatives who made a “derogatory comment.” 29
Now that Congress has passed the “Hate Crimes” bill, we
need to be alert to similar attempts to turn children into
A “smartphone” is a wireless, pocket-sized computer
that also functions as a cell phone.30 It can take pictures. 31
The iPhone is a line of Internet smartphones produced by
Apple Computer. People can get “applications” (“apps”)
for it, enabling them to do a wide variety of things,
including GPS navigation and social networking.32 A
person could use their iPhone to take a picture, get the
precise location of the place (via GPS), and send the
picture and location information to somebody via email, or
post it on the Internet.
A new “app” for iPhones enables citizens to spy on one
another and report directly to several federal agencies,
including the FBI and the Department of Justice.33
Although this “app” is promoted as a means of preventing
terrorism, these spying citizens are also encouraged to
report on things such as “environmental negligence” and
The Ability to Arrest People at Will
The President can legally declare a state of national
emergency on his own authority without the approval of
Congress. There is no legal accountability. Once a
national emergency has been declared, the President can
“take over all government functions” and “direct all private
sector activities” until he declares that the national
emergency is over.35
A Master Arrest Warrant enables the U.S. Attorney
General to have people arrested if he personally considers
them to be “dangerous to the public peace and safety.” He
can keep these people incarcerated indefinitely without
According to a U.S. Congressman, former Rep. Henry
Gonzalez, there are detention camps in America. He said
that, in the name of stopping terrorism, the President could
evoke the military and arrest American citizens and put
them in these camps.37
If American troops are unwilling or unable to carry out
such arrests, then the President can use Canadian troops,
thanks to a military agreement called the Civil Assistance
Plan.38 The President can also use troops from the United
In 2009, a bill in Congress (H.R. 645) required the
Department of Homeland Security to establish at least six
more detention camps on military installations. It also
appears to further expand the president’s emergency
power.40 Jerome Corsi observes:
“We are talking about a slippery slope: camps being
prepared to be used in emergencies can easily be
used to imprison dissenters.” 41
The bill failed to pass. However, it was introduced
again on January 23, 2013 as H.R. 390.
Further Increasing Federal Power
The Obama administration’s Financial Reform Bill was
signed into law on July 21, 2010. It establishes an Office of
Financial Research which would have “unprecedented,
real-time access to a wealth of personal and corporate
financial data.” 42 This new agency would not be
accountable to anyone, and it could use coercion to get
The Senate has a bill which would give the federal
government much more control over our food supply. It
threatens to increase food prices and drive many small local
suppliers out of business.44 Even without this new law,
Federal agents have already harassed small farms. In April
2010, they invaded a private dairy that doesn’t sell to the
The Federal Trade Commission and the Federal
Communications Commission are discussing ways to
regulate what Americans are able to read and hear. These
proposed regulations “would apply across the board to print
media, radio and television, and the internet.” 46
In July 2, 2008, presidential candidate Obama said,
“We cannot continue to rely on our military in order
to achieve the national security objectives we’ve
set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security
force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as
In March 2009, President Obama again discussed the
need for a Civilian National Security Force.48
One approach to this is via Obama’s Health Care law. It
establishes a Ready Reserve Corps that would be subject to
“involuntary calls to active duty during national
emergencies and public health crises.” 49 An article giving
details about this corps is titled “Obama Just Got His
Private Army.” 50
Another approach is the Universal National Service
Act. If passed, this bill would require every American
(including young mothers) from ages 18 to 42 to spend two
years either serving in the military or doing national service
as defined by the President.51 The bill contains some
provisions that could be used to promote a globalist
A National Security Letter (NSL) enables the FBI and
other federal agencies to require people to give them
information without “probable cause” or judicial oversight.
Under the Patriot Act, the NSL includes a “gag order.” 53
According to Judge Andrew Napolitano, this makes it a
crime for people to speak the truth. He said,
“If an FBI agent shows up at your house with a
self-written search warrant, the agent will tell you,
you may not tell anyone about this… You can’t
even answer truthfully in a courtroom under oath
whether or not you received one of these warrants,
without violating the Patriot Act.” 54
Bypassing Congress and
Ruling by Executive Regulations
On December 23, 2010, the Department of Interior issued a
Secretarial Order giving itself the authority to designate
public lands as “Wild Lands.” On the same day, the
Environmental Protection Agency announced that it will
impose carbon emission regulations on power plants and
oil refineries. This is “another power grab effectively
enacting what Congress had firmly rejected when presented
as cap-and-trade legislation.” 55
The Washington Post wrote an article about these
executive power grabs. It said,
“The move… demonstrated that the Obama
administration is prepared to push its environmental
agenda through regulation where it has failed on
Capitol Hill.” 56
Accuracy in Media called The Washington Post’s
article “matter-of-fact reporting about lawlessness by the
federal government.” It called this a reflection of the sad
state of American journalism, saying,
“There was no hint that this approach is illegal or
unconstitutional. The account simply assumes that
the Obama Administration can do what it wants, no
matter what Congress or the law says.” 57
These administrative power grabs reflect the advice
given in a recent report written by the Center for American
Progress, which is funded by George Soros. The report is
titled “The Power of the President: Recommendations to
Advance Progressive Change.” 58
The original health care bill contained mandatory
end-of-life counseling. Many saw this as being a slippery
slope that could lead to “death panels.” Because of the
controversy, Congress removed the provision from the bill.
But now end-of-life counseling has crept back in through a
new Medicare regulation.59 Once again, the Obama
administration has used regulatory fiat to bypass the will of
Congress and the American people. Charles Krauthammer
“These regulatory power plays make political
sense… How better to impose a liberal agenda on a
center-right nation than regulatory stealth?” 60
Increasing Militarization of the Police
Policemen used to be “peace officers” who served and
protected the public. However, the new trend is to become
increasingly militarized, including using SWAT teams for
minor offenses, and traumatizing families in the process.
For example, in 2008, a SWAT team with semi-automatic
rifles raided a rural home and food co-op, holding the
family (including small children) at gunpoint for hours.61
These days, some policemen dress and act like soldiers,
complete with military-looking vehicles. You can read
about the extent of what is going on, and how this trend
developed, in Radley Balko’s book Rise of the Warrior
Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces, which
was published in July 2013.
Our Response as Christians
The Bible tells us to love our enemies, to warn all who will
listen, and to trust God—no matter what happens. It says:
“Therefore watch, and remember that for three
years I did not cease to warn everyone night and
day…” (Acts 20:31 )
“And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ forgave
you.” (Ephesians 4:32)
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by
prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your
requests be made known to God; and the peace of
God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard
your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
If we are willing to obey Jesus and love even our
enemies, then God will give us the grace to do it. And if we
aren’t willing, then we can ask Him to change our hearts
and make us willing. With God’s grace, we can forgive and
love. His grace is sufficient, and His strength is made
perfect in our weakness. (2 Corinthians 12:9)
NOTE: Some of these links are so long that they are too wide for the
page. In such cases, I have broken the links at logical places.
1. “Socialism vs. Freedom.” (Video of a talk by Kitty Werthmann) (For
more information by her, see Note 4.)
2. “Adolf Hitler and Charismatic Leadership.”
3. Hitler with a little girl.
Hitler with a baby.
4. “Don’t Let Freedom Slip Away: Sobering Steps from Freedom to
Fascism.” (Kitty Werthmann) (For more information by her, see Note
5. “National ID: Another Step to Totalitarianism.”
6. “Biometric National ID Card Could Be Mandated on All American
Workers,” March 28, 2013.
7. “Cradle-to-Career Plan by Obama and Duncan.”
8. “Court Orders Christian Child into Government Education:
10-Year-Old’s ‘Vigorous’ Defense of Her Faith Condemned by
9. “Where’s the Outrage Over What Just Happened to Student Loans?”
10. “Eye-Popping Power Grab: Licensing of U.S. Colleges: Federal
Scheme Poses ‘Greatest Threat to Academic Freedom in our
11. “Chrysler Files to Seek Bankruptcy Protection.”
12. “Plan to Ax Dealers Not Chrysler’s Decision.”
13. “Eugenics and the Nazis—the California Connection.”
14. “5 People Die under New Washington Physician-Assisted Suicide
15. “Have Researched Euthanasia Speak Out.”
16. “‘The Weekend Cleanup: The Gruesome Aftermath of Legalized
Euthanasia in Belgium.”
17. “Obama’s Health Rationer-in-Chief: White House Health-Care
Adviser Ezekiel Emanuel Blames the Hippocratic Oath for the
Overuse’ of Medical Care.”
18. “Palin Firestorm Brings Fresh Scrutiny to ObamaCare ‘Death
19. “Eric Holder: Gun Grabber.”
20. “Obama, the U.N., and the Right to Bear Arms.”
21. “Obama Declares War on Free Speech”
22. “FCC Commissioner: Return of Fairness Doctrine Could Control
23. “Inspired by Saul Alinsky, FCC ‘Diversity’ Chief Calls for
‘Confrontational Movement’ to Give Public Broadcasting Dominant
Role in Communications.”
24. “FCC ‘Diversity’ Czar on Chavez’s Venezuela: ‘Incredible…
Democratic Revolution.’” (This article includes a video of Mark
25. “Wave Goodbye to Internet Freedom: FCC Crosses the Rubicon
into Online Regulation.”
26. “FCC Commissioner Copps Proposes ‘Public Value Test.’”
27. “US Planning to Recruit One in 24 Americans as Citizen Spies.”
28. “Your Friendly Community Spies.”
29. “The War on Hate Bans Christian Values.”
31. “How to Take Better Pictures with Your Smartphone’s Camera.”
33. “I Spy: Controversial PatriotApp Lets Citizens Alert the Feds.”
34. “Mobilizing the Globe” [PatriotApp].
35. “Bush Makes Power Grab.”
36. “Hidden Threats—Part I.”
37. “Detention Camps on American Soil.”
38. “North American Army Created without OK by Congress: U.S.,
Canada Ink Deal to Fight Domestic Emergencies.”
39. “A UN Militia in Your Community?”
40. “Bill Creates Detention Camps in U.S. for ‘Emergencies’:
Sweeping, Undefined Purpose Raises Worries about Military Police
41. “Is the US Government Preparing to Send Dissenters to Prison
42. “Big Brother Loves ‘Financial Reform.’”
43. “Financial Regulatory Windfall.”
44. “New ‘Safety Plan’ Would Control What You Eat.”
45. “Federal Agents Invade Farm for 5 a.m. Milk Inspection.”
46. “Future of the News.”
47. “Obama’s ‘Big Brother’ Vanishes from Speech: ‘Civilian Security
Force’ Missing from ‘Call to Service’ Transcript.”
NOTE: This article has an embedded video of the speech. Obama’s call
for a Civilian Security Force was omitted from the transcript of the
speech, as published by the media.
48. “Civilian Security Force on Agenda Again.”
49. “Obamacare Prescription: ‘Emergency Health Army.’”
50. “Obama Just Got His Private Army.”
51.”Democrat: Let’s Have Mandatory National Service.”
52. Rep. Rangel proposed this same bill in 2006 and 2007. Its
provisions are discussed in “The Draft is Back—Again! ‘Universal
National Service Act of 2006.’”
53. National Security Letter,
54. Judge Andrew Napolitano, Natural Rights Patriot Act—Part 3 of 3
NOTE: The information begins at 2:01 minutes, starting with the
sentence, “Do you know that the Congress has used the Commerce
Clause to make it a crime for you to speak the truth?”
55. Charles Krauthammer, “Government by Regulation,” December
56. “White House Presses for New Climate, Wilderness Protections,”
The Washington Post, December 24, 2010.
57. “Media Excuse Obama’s Power Grab,” December 26, 2010.
58. Center for American Progress, “The Power of the President:
Recommendations to Advance Progressive Change,” November 16,
59. “Medicare Regulation Revives End-of-Life Planning,” December
60. Charles Krauthammer, “Government by Regulation,” December
61. “SWAT Team conducts food raid in rural Ohio.”
Teaching Kids to Be Sociopaths
For years, our public schools been promoting “values
clarification,” and teaching kids that there are no moral
absolutes. That there is no such thing as objective truth.
That there is no such thing as objective right and wrong.
The definition of being “criminally insane” is being
unable to tell the difference between right and wrong. So
we are literally teaching school kids to become criminally
insane. Or to put it another way, we are teaching them to
Dr. Brock Chisholm is a psychiatrist who was the first
Secretary-General of the United Nations’ World Health
Organization. Following are some things that he wrote back
in 1946. Therefore, when the United Nations talks about
wanting global mental health, we need to wonder what they
really mean by that. Look at what Dr. Chisholm said:
“For many generations we have bowed our necks to
the yoke of the conviction of sin. We have swallowed all manner of poisonous certainties fed us by
our parents, our Sunday and day school teachers....
“If the race is to be freed from its crippling burden
of good and evil, it must be psychiatrists who take
the original responsibility....
“Can such a program of re-education or a new kind
of education be charted?” 1
Following are some of the practical results of having
our schools destroy children’s ability to tell the difference
between right and wrong.
Recently, WorldNetDaily had an article about a race
riot in Virginia Beach. There was wide-spread violence and
destruction by black college students who were “having
fun.” This involved forty thousand college students. That is
a huge number of people. It’s like a full-fledged invasion.2
Their “fun” included destroying a small family business
that had taken a lifetime to build. It was the kind of small
place that gets “regulars,” where people know each other.
That “fun” also resulted in three stabbings, three
shootings, and numerous beatings—one so severe that it
resulted in bleeding in the brain. These college kids were
terrifying people “for fun.” All of the victims were white,
and all of the perpetrators were black.
(For the record, my writing about this incident has
absolutely nothing to do with racism. I was a civil rights
activist back in the days of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
These are facts that show something about the state of
many of our young people, regardless of race.)
These were not gang kids. And they were not poor,
oppressed, deprived, inner city kids. These were college
kids. They had enough education and enough money to be
able to go to college.
The destruction and violence wasn’t based on anger due
to some kind of Rodney King incident or anything like that.
It was just a bunch of college kids “having fun.”
This reminds me of the video of college students having
“fun” at a birthday party by playing a game called
“abortion battles.” Pairs of boys put balloons underneath
their shirts, pretending to be pregnant. They attacked each
other’s bellies with forks, trying to pop those balloons. And
the party crowd was laughing and cheering them on,
yelling things like, “Kill that baby!” These were college
students, mostly white, and girls as much as boys. (You can
see a video of this on YouTube.) 3
It also reminds me of some kids who gang raped a girl.
Then they laughed and said things like, “She is so raped!”
They also urinated on that girl, and bragged about it,
laughing as they did. (You can see a video of their bragging
on YouTube.) 4
It also reminds me of something that happened back in
the days when I was a temporary secretary, going from
place to place. In one office, I worked with a young woman
who cheerfully told me that she had deliberately gotten
pregnant in order to see if she was able to. Then she had an
abortion, because she didn’t want to have a baby. She
deliberately murdered a baby in order to find out if she was
She told me about this cheerfully and pleasantly, as part
of light conversation, as if what she had done was normal
behavior. Here again, we are are not talking about some
poor, disadvantaged, uneducated person. We are talking
about a secretary—a professional with education and
There is a TV channel called Nickelodeon. Years ago, it
had reruns of good old-fashioned clean-cut shows like
“Leave it to Beaver.” Parents believed that their kids could
safely watch this channel, because of the shows that it
carried. However, between the segments of the shows, they
had quick skits showing kids with total disrespect for their
parents, and things like that. Perhaps you could call those
“commercials” for a spirit of lawlessness.
They also had a game show. I saw one episode of it.
They took two teams of school kids, and put them in rooms
(nice rooms, with nice things in them). The aim of the
game was to totally trash the rooms as fast and as
thoroughly as they could. There was upbeat music playing
while they did it, and the audience was laughing and
cheering. The team that trashed their room the fastest won a
That game was teaching those kids to do exactly what
those college kids did to that family business in Virginia
Beach. And it was teaching that lesson to middle class kids
in nice homes, in nice neighborhoods, all over America.
This kind of stuff is satanic. However, most of these
kids are not satanists or occultists. Most of them are not
being cruel and destructive in an attempt to get occult
power. Rather, they are just “having fun.”
Other people don’t seem like real people to them. They
perceive them as being just props on their stage—just
objects to be used. These kids are acting like sociopaths.
And our entertainers and our teachers have taught them to
be that way.
To that mix, add the fact that many colleges today are
teaching that, by definition, every white person is a racist.
And that racism doesn’t depend on what they say, or what
they do, or how they think. According to those colleges,
just having white skin, by definition, makes people racists.
Therefore, the teachings of those colleges encouraged those
black kids to attack, terrify, and vandalize white people in
We all know that the Nazis and the Communists did
things that were cruel and destructive. But for many of
them, that was not their original intention. They had been
taught that what they were doing would lead to a utopia, to
a better world for themselves and for their children. They
saw themselves as doing something that was necessary in
order to bring about the utopia that they longed for.
Because they had a conscience, they had to be deceived
in order to get them to do bad things. It took a lot of clever
propaganda, shameless lying, and brainwashing techniques
in order to get the people to the point where they would call
evil good, and call good evil—and act accordingly.
They were taught that what they were doing would lead
to a “greater good,” to a better world. Of course, their
thinking was twisted. But because they had been deceived,
they thought that they were doing the right thing.
With Muslim jihadists, it is something similar. They
think that it is a religious duty to get rid of “infidels.” They
believe that it pleases their “god” Allah—that he wants
them to do it, as has been written in the Koran. And they
are also looking for a utopia—a world-wide caliphate with
universal sharia law.
Muslim clerics teach them that it is a virtue to hate
“infidels.” I saw a video of one cleric who proudly said, “I
hate them from the bottom of my heart.” Again, it is
twisted. They are calling evil good, and calling good evil.
However, because they have been deceived, they think that
they are doing the right thing.
What we are seeing here in America has gone even
further down the slippery slope. These kids don’t have to
think that mayhem is for the purpose of creating a “greater
good.” They will do it just to “have fun”—as if it’s just a
Violent video games that they play keep reinforcing
that. So does the violent rap music, or demonic rock music,
that they keep pumping into their heads. And so do MTV’s
Years ago, I once saw one of those MTV music videos
when I was visiting somebody in the hospital. He turned off
the sound, but I saw an incredible amount of violence and
death and occultism, all mixed in with sex. Of course, that
associates death and violence with sexual pleasure. It was
Kids like these would fit in well for working at
concentration camps, and being torturers, and so on. They
have no conscience at all. They have become sociopaths.
And these college kids will become leaders in society,
because of their education.
However, none of this could have happened if the
Christians in our nation had been vigilant, instead of being
seduced by the world, and distracted with materialism and
Dr. Erwin Lutzer describes the essence of this problem
in the title of his book—When A Nation Forgets God. His
book also describes the consequences of such behavior.6
We didn’t need to have a Babylonian invasion in order
to destroy America. We have done it to ourselves, from
within. And the “cultural Christians” in this nation have
allowed it to happen, right under their noses.
But, as in the days of Elijah, God has a faithful
Remnant. And He can use even this mess for His glory. He
can use it to wake some people up, and make them realize
that they need God. They cannot make it on their own.
They desperately need God.
So, as in the days of the early church, under horrible
persecution by the Romans, the true church will grow and
get stronger. True Christians will become more serious
about God, and more devoted to Him and to their brothers
and sisters in Christ. What the enemy means for evil, God
will use for good.
We are heading for some hard times. But individuals
who love God will come through the refiner’s fire as pure
gold. Look at Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Corrie ten Boom.
1. G. Brock Chisholm, “The Re-Establishment of Peacetime Society,”
Psychiatry, February 1946.
2. “‘Beach week’ Draws Black Crowd—and Violence,” April 30, 2013
3. “‘Abortion Battles’ Game Caught on Video”
4. “Teens Caught on Tape Laughing About Sexually Abusing and
Urinating on Underage Girl”
5. See Appendix D, “Thought Police.”
6. Dr. Erwin Lutzer, When A Nation Forgets God: 7 Lessons We Must
Learn From Nazi Germany (Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2010).
“The way to redefine a word is to get the new
definition repeated as often as possible… This, so
far as words are concerned, is the public opinion
battle for belief in your definitions, and not those of
the opposition. A consistent, repeated effort is the
key to any success with this technique of propaganda.” (L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology)1
“A racist is one who is both privileged and
socialized on the basis of race by a white
supremacist (racist) system. The term applies to all
white people… living in the United States” (The
University of Delaware)2
“The redefinition of words is done by associating
different emotions and symbols with the word than
were intended.” (L. Ron Hubbard)1
“The University of Minnesota… intends to redesign
its admissions process so that it screens out people
with the ‘wrong’ beliefs and values—those who
either do not have sufficient ‘cultural competence’
or those who… will not be able to be converted to
the ‘correct’ beliefs and values even after remedial
re-education.” 3 Letter to University of Minnesota
The University of Delaware has about 7,000 students living
on campus. It requires these students “to adopt highly
specific university-approved views on issues ranging from
politics to race, sexuality, sociology, moral philosophy and
environmentalism.” Students are “pressured or even
required” to make statements that comply with the school’s
Being quiet about their beliefs isn’t enough to keep
students out of trouble. They are interviewed, one-on-one,
with intrusive questions. If students fail to give politically
correct answers, then a report is written about them, and the
students are subjected to “treatment,” namely compulsory
re-education. (This is a state university, which means that it
is supported by taxes. Therefore, people who would be
appalled by such things are required by law to support them
The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
(FIRE) has produced an online video about this
brainwashing. In interviews with students and professors, it
shows how the university’s Office of Residence Life used a
variety of methods to “coerce students to change their
thoughts, values, attitudes, beliefs, and habits” so that they
would “conform to a highly specified social, environmental, and political agenda.” 5
One of the university’s views is that all whites of
European descent are, by definition, racists. That would
include William Wilberforce, a white Englishman who
spent his life working for the abolition of slavery.6 Hard to
believe? Then read these current definitions from the
University of Delaware Office of Residence Life Diversity
“A RACIST: [A]ll white people… By this
definition, people of color cannot be racists,
because as peoples within the U.S. system, they do
not have the power to back up their prejudices,
hostilities, or acts of discrimination.” (page 3)
“REVERSE RACISM: A term created and used by
white people to deny their white privilege. Those in
denial use the term reverse racism to refer to hostile
behavior by people of color toward whites… In the
U.S., there is no such thing as ‘reverse racism.’”
“A NON-RACIST: A non-term. The term was
created by whites to deny responsibility for
systemic racism, to maintain an aura of innocence
in the face of racial oppression, and to shift
responsibility for that oppression from whites to
people of color (called ‘blaming the victim’).”
The “racist” label would apply to James Reeb, a white
American man who was beaten to death by segregationists
on March 11, 1965, because he participated in Rev. Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr.’s march for civil rights in Selma,
It would also include my friend Sheila, a white woman
who also participated in that civil rights march in Selma.
Although timid by nature, Sheila could be strong when it
came to standing up for what she believed in. She risked
her life to participate in that march, and she had to face
police dogs and cattle prods. But the University of
Delaware says that Sheila is a racist because she is white.
It would also include white couples who adopt black
children. And it would include whites who marry blacks.
According to the university, these people are, by definition,
racists—no matter how they behave, and no matter what
So according to the University of Delaware, “racism”
has little or nothing to do with behavior, beliefs, and
motives. It is all about the university’s philosophy and
ideology. What men and women actually think, and how
they actually behave, is irrelevant.
There was strong resistance to this program at the
University of Delaware. As a result, it was discontinued in
October 2007.8 But in May 2008, the program was revived.
And it still has the same definition of racism.9
The University of Minnesota has proposed a similar
program. It apparently intends to change its admissions
process in order to screen out potential students who have
“wrong” beliefs and values. Present students whose beliefs
don’t conform to the university’s ideology, and who do not
change their beliefs as a result of mandatory re-education,
would not be able to get degrees. In other words, after
successfully completing their studies, they would be
refused the degree that they earned because of their
This program of indoctrination is especially aimed at
future teachers. The Teacher Education Redesign Initiative
is a group whose objective is to “change the way future
teachers are trained” at the University of Minnesota. It
requires teachers to embrace (and teach) its worldview,
which sees America as being “an oppressive hellhole:
racist, sexist and homophobic.” 11
Many American colleges are indoctrinating students
instead of educating them. This widespread problem is
documented in Jim Nelson Black’s book Freefall of the
American University: How Our Colleges Are Corrupting
the Minds and Morals of the Next Generation (Thomas
This process involves coercion, mind control, and the
unconstitutional lack of free speech and freedom of
conscience. It also involves “service learning”—sending
students into troubled neighborhoods where they are
trained to justify immorality and despise traditional values.
What does this do to the ability of students to think
logically and to deal with objective facts?
Replacing real education with indoctrination creates a
generation of students whose beliefs and behavior are ruled
by propaganda and feelings instead of facts and logical
thinking. These victims of contemporary brainwashing can
easily be manipulated by clever slogans, clever music, and
clever TV ads. This is a perfect set-up for power-hungry
Back in the fifties, countless Western prisoners-of-war
faced Communist brainwashing in Asia and the Soviet
Union. Only those whose faith and values were anchored in
unwavering truth were able to resist the disorienting
assaults on their minds. Genuine Christians demonstrated a
spiritual resistance that baffled Communist change agents
and even converted guards.
Never has it been more important to stand firm in
God’s Word, train our children to reject compromise, and
stand together in God-given strength as we face a world
that hates our values and mocks our God!
“What shall we then say to these things? If God be
for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31)
“The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can
man do unto me?” (Psalm 118:6)
NOTE: Some links are too wide for the page. Where that happens, I
broke them a logical place.
1. L. Ron Hubbard, founder of the Church of Scientology
2. “University to Students: ‘All Whites Are Racist.’: Mandatory
Program ‘Treats’ Politically Incorrect Attitudes,” October 30, 2007.
3. Letter to University of Minnesota
4. “University to Students: ‘All Whites Are Racist’: Mandatory Program ‘Treats’ Politically Incorrect Attitudes,” October 30, 2007
5. Video: “Think What We Think… Or Else: Thought Control on the
6. “William Wilberforce (1759-1833)”
7. “James Reeb”
8. “University Drops ‘Whites Are Racist’ Plan: Prez Says: ‘I have
directed that the program be stopped immediately’,” November 1,
9. “‘All Whites Racist’ Indoctrination Revived!” May 28, 2008.
10. “Teaching Plan: America ‘an Oppressive Hellhole’: University
Outlines ‘Re-education’ for Those Who Hold ‘Wrong’Views,” November 27, 2009.
11 “At U, Future Teachers May Be Reeducated: They Must Denounce
Exclusionary Biases and Embrace the Vision. (Or else.),” November
Detention Camps for Americans
“The Master Arrest Warrant… directs the head of
the FBI to: arrest persons whom I [the U.S.
Attorney General] deem dangerous to the public
peace and safety. These persons are to be detained
and confined until further order.” 1
“[Y]ou could, in the name of stopping terrorism…
evoke the military and arrest Americans and put
them in detention camps.” (U.S. Congressman
“‘Intelligence Activities, Senate Resolution 21'
exposed the covert agenda… to monitor, infiltrate,
arrest and incarcerate a potentially large segment
of American society.” 3
I am deeply concerned about the erosion of free speech in
Looking at Europe, we can see how entire nations can
be gagged by political correctness. For example, in
England, because of laws against “hate speech,” people
who criticize Muslims can be convicted as hate criminals.
But nobody dares apply those laws to Muslims for fear of
riots and terrorism. So Muslims are free to preach hatred
and violence with impunity.4
The growing Muslim population in America has created
situations that demonstrate how political correctness can
result in oppressing American citizens. For example, the
city of Lewiston in Maine is so afraid of offending its
Muslim community that a Middle School was willing to
charge one of its students with hate crimes for putting a
piece of ham on a cafeteria table where Muslim students
were eating.5 This was a mean schoolboy prank that should
have resulted in school discipline—not attempts to
prosecute the boy as a criminal. The state Attorney
General’s office said that it did not constitute a hate crime,
but the incident demonstrates the extent to which
Americans are already willing to go in order to avoid
America is building internment camps for civilians.
President Reagan had a program for building these camps,
and it has been reactivated by President Bush. A subsidiary
of Halliburton has been given a five-year contract to build
internment camps (each capable of holding 5,000 people)
from 2006 through 2010.6
The stated purpose for these camps is “in the event of
an emergency influx of immigrants into the U.S., or to
support the rapid development of new programs.” 7
However, if a sudden influx of immigrants is really the
reason, then why wasn’t a fence built on the Mexican
border years ago? And why isn’t the fence being built now?
(They were supposed to build a 700 mile fence, but only 2
miles were built.)
In addition, there is that troubling phrase “to support
the rapid development of new programs.” That is so
open-ended that it could include almost anything. Could it
include incarcerating American citizens who value our
liberty and our national sovereignty, and try to warn the
public about things that endanger our freedom?
The origin of these camps goes back long before
President Reagan. In 1939, President Roosevelt met with J.
Edgar Hoover (the Director of the FBI) to develop plans for
such camps. This plan authorized the FBI to arrest up to
20,000 people and put them in camps. The people had no
right to a court hearing or to habeas corpus appeal. Senate
hearings held in December 1975 revealed that the
internment plan was never terminated. The Senate report
(Intelligence Activities, Senate Resolution 21) “…exposed
the covert agenda… to monitor, infiltrate, arrest and
incarcerate a potentially large segment of American
The 1975 Senate report also exposed the existence of
the Master Search Warrant and the Master Arrest Warrant.
These were never terminated. They are still in force. The
Master Arrest Warrant authorizes the U.S. Attorney
General to give the head of the FBI instructions to “Arrest
persons whom I deem dangerous to the public peace and
safety. These persons are to be detained and confined until
further order.” (emphasis added)
(“Whom I deem”—so there is no accountability and
no basis for appealing the incarceration.)
The Master Search Warrant authorizes the head of the
FBI to search premises where “it is believe that there may
be found” certain items. (emphasis added)
(“May be found”—so no probable cause is needed;
searches can be done for any reason.)
The items to be searched for are anything that violates
“the Proclamation of the President” and they include
“firearms, shortwave radio receiving sets, cameras,
propaganda materials, printing presses, mimeograph
machines…” (emphasis added)
(“Propaganda materials” would be writings that are
not considered to be politically correct.)
The 1975 Senate report mentioned “printing presses”
and “mimeograph machines.” Today, items searched for
would probably include computers, fax machines, and
In 2007, the Army released information about the
Pentagon’s Civilian Inmate Labor Program. It gives
guidelines for “civilian inmate labor programs and civilian
prison camps on Army installations.” 10
When you put that together with the building program
for detention camps, it looks as if civilian prisoners will be
an involuntary labor force in military detention camps.
Journalist Peter Dale Scott believes that these “detention
centers could be used to detain American citizens if the
Bush administration were to declare martial law.” 11
(Future administrations could do the same thing.)
Following Hurricane Katrina, President Bush asked
Congress to give him the power to use the military in law
enforcement for emergencies such as a bird flu epidemic or
a national disaster like Hurricane Katrina.
Some political commentators see this as being “akin to
introducing martial law.” 12 We need to remember Lord
Acton’s warning that “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute
power corrupts absolutely.”
When you combine that fact with the existence of those
camps, and a building program to build more camps, it is
troubling. In addition, some political commentators are
alarmed by the “combination of the Bush administration’s
expansive reading of its own power and its insistence on
extraordinary secrecy,” and wonder “how far the Pentagon
might go in involving itself in domestic matters.” Among
other things, the Pentagon wants to control the Internet.13
That could be used to muzzle watchdog groups that are
dedicated to protecting our freedoms and our sovereignty.
If there is a wide-spread protest against amnesty for
illegal aliens, could the President declare martial law and
put the protestors in those camps? Could Americans who
object to things that undermine the freedoms guaranteed by
the First Amendment be imprisoned there? Could U.S.
citizens be incarcerated in those camps for objecting to
things that compromise our national sovereignty?
It looks as if these will be military work camps for
civilian prisoners. If so, then their similarity to concen164
tration camps is strong enough to be very disturbing. All
that is lacking is guards who are hardened enough to abuse
American citizens. And we are creating those hardened
military personnel. According to the ACLU, 44 prisoners
died in Afghanistan and Iraq while being tortured by Navy
SEALs, Military Intelligence, and other governmental
What has that done to the American men and women
who had to torture them? It must have traumatized them
and hardened them. That could provide the core for a
tough, hardened military group to run the internment
The purpose of torture is to get information, not to kill
people. If 44 prisoners died while being tortured, then how
many hundreds (or thousands) survived? That sounds like a
large-scale operation that must be impacting and hardening
a lot of American military personnel.
And there are probably other sources of hardened men
and women who could man the camps. For example, after
Hurricane Katrina, the streets of New Orleans were
patrolled by “heavily armed paramilitary mercenaries from
the Blackwater private security firm, infamous for its work
in Iraq.” These mercenaries have a reputation for being
“some of the most feared professional killers in the
I’ve read that hundreds of these camps already exist,
and that some of them are under the jurisdiction of the
United Nations. I suspect that some reports are accurate
and others may mix facts with speculation or inaccurate
information. Some concerns are valid fears, while others
may be paranoia.
The valid fears need to be investigated. And history
demonstrates that sometimes even fears that seem to be
paranoid are worth investigating. In Nazi Germany, Hitler
intended to do things that were unthinkable and incomprehensible. Some people recognized the danger signs and
tried to warn others, but they were dismissed as being
paranoid. Unfortunately, their fears proved to be realistic
and well founded.
Following the terrorist attacks of 9/11, “new martial
law plans began to surface similar to those of FEMA in the
1980s.” The old FEMA plans included martial law and
“suspension of the Constitution.” The new plans include
“deploying troops on American streets.” 16
According to the Cato Institute, President Bush has
significantly expanded the powers of the Federal Government.17 However, I don’t know whether or not the
President would be able to suspend the Constitution if he
declared martial law.
The combination of building these camps, developing
plans for declaring martial law, increased federal power,
and the question of whether or not the Constitution can be
suspended, is worrisome. However, as Christians, we need
to remember that our true citizenship is in Heaven.
The Bible is not politically correct. Therefore, whatever
the present purposes for these camps may be, eventually
they could be used for people who follow God’s standards
instead of political correctness. Bible-believing Christians,
who disturb the “public peace” by warning others about the
UN guidelines for “tolerance” and “unity” and “community,” could wind up in those camps.
However, God makes ALL things work out for good for
people who love Him. (Romans 8:28) His grace is
sufficient for us. (2 Corinthians 12:9) And He is able to
keep us from falling. (Jude 1:24)
“I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee,” He promises
“In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of
good cheer; I have overcome the world.” (John
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you:
not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not
your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
“Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and
persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil
against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be
exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven:
for so persecuted they the prophets which were
before you.” (Matthew 5:11-12)
NOTE: I wrote this in 2007, so some of the links may no longer be
1. “Hidden Threats—Part I” by Geoff Metcalf, May 11, 1998.
4. “The Menace of the Lobby” by Paul Johnson, April 23, 2007,
5. “Lewiston School Plays Down Muslim Ham Incident” by Sher
Zieve, April 26, 2007.
6. “Bush’s Mysterious ‘New Programs’” by Nat Parry, June 27, 2007.
8. “Hidden Threats—Part I” by Geoff Metcalf, May 11, 1998.
10. “Bush’s Mysterious ‘New Programs’” by Nat Parry, June 27, 2007,
12. “Bush Military Bird Flu Role Slammed,” October 6, 2005.
13. Op cit., “Bush’s Mysterious ‘New Programs’.’”
14. “U.S. Operatives Killed Detainees During Interrogations in
Afghanistan and Iraq,” October 24, 2005, ACLU.org.
15. Op cit., “Bush’s Mysterious ‘New Programs.’”
16. “Homeland Security Contracts for Vast New Detention Camps” by
Peter Dale Scott, February 6, 2006, Global Research, Pacific News
17. “Power Surge: The Constitutional Record of George W. Bush” by
Gene Healy and Timothy Lynch, The Cato Institute.
Pagan Goddess Worship in America
“‘Has a nation ever changed its gods? (Yet
they are not gods at all.) But my people have
exchanged their Glory for worthless idols.
Be appalled at this, O heavens, and shudder
with great horror,’ declares the LORD. ‘My
people have committed two sins: They have
forsaken me, the spring of living water, and
have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns
that cannot hold water.’” (Jeremiah 2:1113)
The worship of pagan goddesses is most obvious with
Wiccans. However, it is also common in universities and
nursing schools. It is promoted by the media and is a
component of New Age feminism. It has infiltrated mainline denominational churches and its influence can be felt
throughout our society.
This movement is impacting our culture, and especially
the younger generation. One troubling aspect of it is that,
according to some of its proponents, facts and logic are
“patriarchal” and therefore they are irrelevant. As you will
see, some so-called scholars openly say that it is alright to
make things up and present them as if they were historical
Philip G. Davis wrote Goddess Unmasked: The Rise of
Neopagan Feminist Spirituality (1998, Spence Publishing
Company, Dallas, Texas). Davis is a professor of religious
studies at the University of Prince Edward Island in
Canada. He wrote the book because he saw that goddess
worship was being taken seriously in religious institutions,
and that myths about the goddess were being taught as
factual history on campus.
Creating a “Goddess-Friendly” Culture
The “Age of Enlightenment” gave birth to rationalist
materialism. In reaction against this denial of the
importance of emotions, a generation of Romantic poets,
novelists, artists, musicians and philosophers developed.
Many of them were involved with drugs, the occult,
Rosicrucianism, or Freemasonry.
Following Darwin’s theory of evolution, they speculated wildly about the evolution of society. Nationalism
became a romantic search for pagan roots, as seen in
Wagner’s operas and the fairy tales researched by the
Brothers Grimm. Womanhood was idealized. The myth of
a past utopian matriarchy was developed. Psychologist Carl
Jung idealized the concept of the “anima,” the feminine
side of man. (See chapters 2 through 12 of Philip G. Davis,
Romanticism even invaded history and archaeology.
Bachoven developed a theory of matriarchy which was
openly based on imagination, and not on searching for hard
facts. Feminist scholars followed Bachoven’s lead. A
historic myth was developed in which an ideal, matriarchal,
goddess-worshipping society was destroyed by patriarchal
invaders who brought with them all the ills of modern
society. (See chapters 2, 11 and 12.) The scholarship
involved in these studies of history and archaeology is so
faulty that Philip Davis says:
“An important lesson of this book is the ease with
which patent falsehoods may clothe themselves in
the garb of scholarship and masquerade as truth.”
(Goddess Unmasked, p. ix).
Feminist scholars and other academic radicals say that
objective facts and historical accuracy are not even a valid
“A feminist scholar told her audience that it is
indeed ‘ethical’ for an historian to ignore historical
evidence in order to construct a narrative which
would prove fruitful in dealing with contemporary
political situations, while still presenting it as
history.” (Goddess Unmasked, p. 360)
“[M]any of today’s academic radicals explicitly
reject the quest for objective truth; they claim that
objectivity is not only impossible to achieve in pure
form, but actually illegitimate in the first place
because it expresses a patriarchal, oppressive
mentality. They argue that all human beings see the
world in terms of a subjective ‘perspective’ which
is irrevocably shaped by the group to which the
individual belongs: race, sex, or social class. Most
scholarship, therefore, is simply the narcissistic
exploration of one’s own perspective.” (Goddess
Unmasked, p. 360)
Before full-blown goddess worship developed in the
1950s, American art showed that popular imagination was
being prepared for it. For example, the Statue of Liberty
looks like a Greek goddess and is over three hundred feet
high. The inscription presents the statue as speaking, and
she calls herself “Mother of Exiles.” 1 A 1915 poster for the
Red Cross shows an American nurse with a billowing,
hooded cape that makes her look like a cross between a
nurse and a Greek goddess. She carries a placard which
“I am the Red Cross of Peace. I heal the wounds of
war. I am a refuge from fire, flood and pestilence.
The love of little children is mine. I am the Red
Cross of Peace.” 2
The Wiccan Goddess
Wicca was developed in England by Gerald B. Gardner,
who was the first fully public witch of modern times. He
was a spiritualist, a Freemason, and a Rosicrucian, with an
extensive background in the occult. He was a member of
the Golden Dawn. Aleister Crowley (a satanist) initiated
Gardner into the fourth degree of the O.T.O. (Ordo Templi
Orientis). Gardner was acquainted with a witch named “old
Dorothy Fordham” and claimed to have been initiated into
a coven. He used various occult texts in developing his
rituals, including texts by Aleister Crowley. (Goddess
Unmasked, p. 334)
Aiden Kelley, a Wiccan trained in biblical criticism,
applied his critical skills to Gardner’s archive. Based on
Kelley’s findings, Philip Davis concludes that:
“First, [Kelly’s] identification of Gardner’s literary
sources leaves little doubt that Gardner’s own
witchcraft texts were his personal creation and not
something handed on to him from an ancient
tradition; paradoxically, then, Wicca is not a revival
of an old pagan religion, but a modern paganization
of materials which originated within the Judeochristian tradition (the Kabbalah) or in direct
reaction to it (Crowley).” (Goddess Unmasked,
Therefore, it is difficult to know how much Gardner’s
Wicca resembles ancient witchcraft.
Doreen Valiente was Gardner’s High Priestess. She was
informed enough to spot the passages from Crowley in the
rituals, and she rewrote them so that Crowley’s name
wouldn’t discourage potential inquirers.
Initially, the male, horned god and the High Priest were
pre-eminent. By the mid-1960s, the goddess was the
supreme deity in Wicca, and ritual authority was vested in
the High Priestess. (Goddess Unmasked, pp. 336-337)
Through Wicca, goddess worship has infiltrated our
“Gardnerian Wicca was the first modern Western
Goddess religion. The appearance of the Goddess in
other radical feminist circles, and then in churches
and universities, did not occur until after the
establishment of modern witchcraft as a viable new
religion.” (Goddess Unmasked, p. 341)
“The modern Goddess religion is another
manifestation of the European neopagan counterculture… Partly because of its alliance with and
usefulness to a vocal and visible political movement, gender feminism, Goddess spirituality seems
well on the way to becoming the most successful of
all these neopagan manifestations in the Englishspeaking world.” (Goddess Unmasked, p. 343)
Wicca presents itself as a wholesome worship of a
gentle, benevolent goddess. It’s motto is, “An ye do none
harm do what ye will.” However, in real life the results of
Wicca are not wholesome at all.
William Schnoebelen and his wife Sharon were High
Priest and High Priestess of their coven, and they believed
that they were doing a good thing. However, Wicca led
them to satanism. Rivalry developed with another coven,
and the witches put curses on one another. Several of their
witches became drug addicts. All of their witches had their
marriages destroyed. William Schnoebelen’s book Wicca
(Chick Publications, 1990) tells of their experiences and
how they became Christians.
The Goddess and Main-Line
In November 1993, a Re-imagining Conference was held in
Minneapolis. Most of the 2,000 participants were women.
It was an ecumenical church conference attended by
Presbyterians, Methodists, Lutherans, Roman Catholics,
and members of almost a dozen other denominations. They
invoked Sophia, the goddess of Wisdom, calling her their
Creator. Prayers and liturgies were addressed to this
goddess. Communion consisted of milk and honey instead
of bread and wine.
They openly rejected the doctrines of the incarnation
and the atonement. Christian lesbians were applauded for
coming out of the closet. They encouraged “sex among
friends” as a norm.
This conference was initiated by, sponsored by, and
attended by representatives of the major American
churches. (Goddess Unmasked, pp. 3-4, 28-29)
“Re-imagining was an unprecedented event: an
interdenominational assembly of Christians openly
bent on destroying the historic Christian religion
root and branch, and steering the churches into
wholesale neopaganism.” (Goddess Unmasked,
Neopagan and Wiccan themes are amazingly prominent
within older religious establishments. One reason for this is
the quest for “inclusive” language and the attempt to apply
more female imagery to God. Liturgy reform and revised
hymnals have featured feminine imagery and metaphors for
God the Mother. (Goddess Unmasked, pp. 24-25, 27)
The Unitarian-Universalist church developed a tensession workshop on feminism which encourages goddess
worship and even endorses witchcraft. This workshop is
called Cakes for the Queen of Heaven. It has been circulated through the major denominations and adopted for use
in many mainstream churches. (Goddess Unmasked,
pp. 24-25) The following quotation from Jeremiah gives
God’s perspective on this:
“Do you not see what they are doing in the towns of
Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem? The children
gather wood, the fathers light the fire, and the
women knead the dough and make cakes of bread
for the Queen of Heaven. They pour out drink
offerings to other gods to provoke me to anger.”
(Jeremiah 7:16-18, emphasis added)
A Canadian television station ran a five-part series
titled Return of the Goddess, which introduced many
people to goddess worship. The National Film Board of
Canada produced Goddess Remembered, which became
one of their most popular productions ever, being featured
by public broadcasting TV stations in the United States as
well as in Canada. Cakes for the Queen of Heaven and
Goddess Remembered have both become staples for study
groups in some major denominations. (Goddess Unmasked,
The Goddess and the University
The credibility of goddess worship has been increased by
its acceptance by university professors and its
incorporation into textbooks. (Goddess Unmasked, pp. 2931)
“This little-noticed event is actually a striking
development: after the long modern struggle to free
higher education from church control, the doctrines
of a new religion are being packaged and promoted
as factual material for use in publicly funded and
accredited institutions of higher education.”
(Goddess Unmasked, p. 31)
The broader plans of gender feminism seem to have
been most fully articulated, promoted and implemented
among academics. Some feminists have even demanded
that the goddess be given parity with the God of the Bible
in university religion programs. This will impact our entire
society because universities and colleges are training most
of our future leaders, including government, health care,
and the clergy. (Goddess Unmasked, pp. 361, 363).
“Repudiating the quest for objective truth and
arguing that all teaching is therefore indoctrination,
radical professors are increasingly open about using
the classroom for recruitment, turning students into
political activists. The campus, therefore, is a
natural place to look for signs of the radical feminist
New Age as it emerges.” (Goddess Unmasked,
The Goddess and Health Care
Goddess worship has become strong in the field of health
care, particularly nursing. Health care professionals are
actively promoting New Age practices. For example,
“therapeutic touch” (passing one’s hands above a patient’s
body in order to manipulate auras and energy-fields) has
reportedly been taught to thousands of nurses in eighty
North American nursing programs. (Goddess Unmasked,
pp. 31-33). Goddess worship has been overtly promoted, as
can be seen from the following quotation from the National
League for Nursing, which is an accrediting agency for
“Women’s wisdom is ageless and timeless, and
passes from generation to generation primarily by
oral tradition. Women’s wisdom is all too often the
hidden foundation of patriarchal scholarship
throughout academic, religious, and philosophic
literature—without credit to the origins of the ideas.
These origins are grounded in women’s experiences, female symbolism, and the spiritual roots of
the Triple Goddess.” 4
Wiccan Indoctrination in Public Schools
Ron Campbell’s ministry, The Jeremiah Project, deals with
the occult. It discusses ways in which occultism has gained
widespread acceptance in America. One of these ways is
through the public school system. He says:
“Increasingly the curriculum in many public
schools is becoming a primer in occultism.
Impressions, a curriculum used in many school
districts, instructs teachers and students in how to
cast spells. One teacher’s manual reads, ‘Tell the
children that a magician has cast a spell on some
children. Have them work in pairs to write the
magic spell the magician used. Have each pair write
another spell to reverse the first spell. Have them
chant their spells.’ About 16,000 school districts
use the Pumsey the Dragon curriculum, by Jill
Anderson. Many of the relaxation techniques used
are identical to those used in hypnosis. Another
curriculum called Duso the Dolphin employs
relaxation techniques and sends hypnotized
youngsters off on guided fantasies to a place called
Notice that the children are told to chant the spells.
Their teachers require them to role play being magicians or
sorcerers or witches, and chant spells. This is enforced
training in practical witchcraft, paid for by U.S. tax dollars.
What Can We Do?
We need to be informed so that we can help people we
know who have become confused by these things. God may
show us practical things that we can do. Above all, we need
to take the following Scriptures seriously, and apply them
to our daily lives.
“If my people, who are called by my name, will
humble themselves and pray and seek my face and
turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from
heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their
land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)
“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that
giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and
it shall be given him. (James 1:5)
1. Information obtained by phone from the Public Information Office
of the Statue of Liberty.
2. This poster is in the Valentine Museum in Richmond, Virginia. A
picture of it appeared in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, September 29,
1998, p. D-1.
3. The Kabbalah (which can also be spelled “Cabala”) is: “A kind or
system of occult theosophy or mystical interpretation of the Scriptures
among Jewish rabbis and certain medieval Christians.” (Webster’s
Collegiate Dictionary, 5th edition)
4. Charlene E. Wheeler and Peggy L. Chinn, Peace and Power: A
Handbook of Feminist Process, 3rd ed. (New York: National League
for Nursing), pp. xi-xii. Quoted in Goddess Unmasked, p. 32.
5. “Halloween: Its Origins and Customs.”
Creation Versus Evolution
Years ago, I was fighting cancer and I needed to trust the
Lord. In spite of the fact that God has always faithfully
taken care of me, it was amazingly difficult for me to really
trust Him. I said the right things and prayed the right
prayers, but deep down inside, I was afraid.
It is always easier to trust the Lord from a point of
safety, but my difficulty went deeper than that. So for
months I asked God to help me trust Him and to deal with
whatever was hindering that trust.
Gradually, the Lord showed me that His sovereignty
wasn't real to me—I knew about it in my head, but it hadn't
connected at a gut level. So for months I asked God to
reveal His sovereignty to me and to deal with anything that
was hindering my ability to really believe in His
sovereignty. Then, one day, someone unexpectedly gave
me a catalog of books and videos produced by the Institute
for Creation Research (ICR).1
Mount Saint Helen’s Volcano
Out of curiosity, I ordered a video on Mount Saint Helen’s.
On watching that video, I saw with my own eyes a wall of
sediment six hundred feet high which had been laid down
by the volcano since 1980. Rather than being laid down
gradually, it was laid down in spurts by lava flows, mud
slides, etc. For example, in one day, 25 feet of finely
stratified layers were laid down. Some of those layers were
less than a centimeter thick, and were laid down in seconds.
I had always been taught that layered rock like that takes
millions of years to form.
I saw with my own eyes a 100-foot-deep canyon system
that was carved out in one day by a hurricane-speed mud
slide which cut through solid rock. The canyon system
looked like a miniature Grand Canyon. It even had a stream
running through the bottom of it. I had always been taught
that canyon systems are formed over millions of years as a
river gradually cuts its way down into the rock.
The video was interesting, but I had no idea how
important it was until the next time I read the Bible. The
Bible seemed more real, more believable. I felt the Bible’s
authority in a way that I had never felt it before.
I had always believed things that I was personally
familiar with. I believed that Jesus healed people because
God sovereignly healed my mother’s back. I believed that
Jericho’s walls fell down, and many other events in biblical
history, because they have been verified by archaeologists.
I believed biblical prophecy because it has been verified by
history.2 However, it was difficult for me to believe
unfamiliar things such as Creation and Noah’s flood. I was
always looking for other evidence to support what
Scripture said because the Bible’s authority wasn’t enough
I’ve always been interested in science. As a result, I
was thoroughly steeped in evolution. In college, the
religion department taught me that the Genesis account of
Creation isn’t true because science has proved evolution, so
Genesis can’t be taken to mean what it says. Starting with
that assumption, they tore the entire Bible to pieces.
Theological and Biblical Implications
Seeing the video on Mount Saint Helen’s broke the power
of what I had been taught in college. Evolution no longer
seemed like a rock-hard, unquestionable fact. For the first
time, I was free to seriously question evolution. For the
first time, I was free to consider trusting the Book of
Genesis. The result was that I found myself trusting the
authority of the Bible in a new way.
I ordered more videos and some books. As I studied
them, I saw a change take place in the way I shared the
Gospel with people. Before, I had never been able to tell
people why it was necessary for Jesus to shed His blood. I
had heard and read the standard explanations many times,
but they never really made sense to me. Intellectually, I
“For since by man came death, by man came also
the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die,
even so in Christ shall all be made alive.” (1
I could quote it, but it didn’t really make much sense to
me. However, once I became familiar with the creation
books and videos, that statement came alive for me. For the
first time in my Christian life, I became comfortable talking
about the sin of Adam and the need for the shed blood of
Before those creation materials set me free, I had been
double minded. With part of my mind, I believed the Bible,
and with part of my mind, I believed in evolution.
Evolution says that animals suffered and died for
millions of years and gradually changed into people. In
other words, death and suffering were in the world millions
of years before Adam existed. The Bible says that there
was no death or suffering before Adam’s sin. Therefore,
evolution denies that death and suffering are the result of
sin, thereby denying the reason that Jesus died. The
following quotations from the American Atheist and The
Humanist show the importance of this issue.
“When the theory of evolution was advanced, that
was the date that the Judeo-Christian religion began
the decline in which it now finds itself in the
“Destroy Adam and Eve and original sin, and in the
rubble you will find the sorry remains of the son of
“Darwin’s discovery of the principle of evolution
sounded the death knell of religious and moral
values. It removed the ground from under the feet of
traditional religion.” 5
These quotations also show the importance of creation
in evangelizing. It is difficult for people who believe in
evolution to believe the Bible, which means that they
usually aren’t open to being led to Jesus through Scripture.
Once people learn that creation is scientifically and
logically reasonable, then a major hindrance to faith is
removed and they become more open to the Gospel.
The controversy between creationism and evolution is
not a disagreement between science and religion. Rather, it
is a dispute between advocates of opposing religions:
scientists who believe the Bible versus scientists who
believe in humanism.
Humanists define themselves as a religion in the
“Humanist Manifesto.” Evolution is one of their basic
articles of faith. Humanism and atheism are both taxexempt religions.6
“The fact that a theory so vague, so insufficiently
verifiable, and so far from the criteria otherwise
applied in ‘hard’ science has become a dogma can
only be explained on sociological grounds.” 7
[The theory of evolution is] “…universally accepted
not because it has been observed to occur or can be
proved by logically coherent evidence to be true,
but because the only alternative—special creation—
is clearly incredible.” 8
Some Basic Problems with Evolution
Many scientists who were formerly evolutionists have
become creationists as a result of the scientific evidence.
They have found that the scientific model of creation
followed by a world-wide flood explains the evidence
better than the scientific model of evolution.9
There are many problems with the theory of evolution.
Gradual improvements are supposed to be caused by
mutations. However, geneticists say that mutations never
cause beneficial changes. Mutational changes are always
harmful or neutral.
Chemicals are supposed to have formed simple life
forms, but microbiologists have discovered that there is no
such thing as a simple life form. Even the most primitive
one-celled creatures are incredibly complex.
Scientists specializing in probability theory say: “The
chance that higher life forms might have emerged in this
way is comparable with the chance that a tornado sweeping
through a junk-yard might assemble a Boeing 747 from the
materials therein.” 10
If evolution occurred, then the fossil record should be
full of missing links. However, only a few have been
found, and every single one of them is disputed by experts.
For example, archeopteryx used to be considered a missing
link between reptiles and birds. However, fossils of modern
birds have been found which are older than archeopteryx.
(It can’t have been a missing link—something that was
slowly evolving into a bird—if birds already existed.) Also,
the eohippus-to-horse transition turned out to be a fallacy.
Fraudulent Ape Men
Every single ape man has turned out to be a regular human,
a regular ape, or a fraud. Even the celebrated Lucy is
considered by many experts to be a regular chimpanzee.
The only bone in Lucy which makes her seem human is the
knee joint, which was found a mile and a half away from
the rest of the skeleton and 200 feet lower down in the
rock. Skeletons of modern humans have been found which
are older than any of the ape men. (Ape men can’t have
been slowly evolving into modern humans if modern
humans already existed.)11
Evolutionists are so anxious to have evidence that ape
men existed that they continue to teach them in textbooks
and museum exhibits long after they have been proved to
be mistakes or frauds. For example, Peking Man consisted
of ape skulls, human implements, and the assumption that
the owners of the skulls used the implements. However, six
complete human skeletons were later found at the same
site. Obviously, the humans were the creatures that used the
In spite of that, Peking man continues to appear in
textbooks and museum exhibits. Furthermore, a furnace
was later found at the same site, along with a pile of ashes
over two stories high. No primitive ape man could have
built a furnace like that.
Java Man was a fraud, but it is still treated as an ape
man. Eugene DuBois found an ape skull and a human leg
bone, and he said that they belonged to the same creature—
an ape man. Before his death, DuBois confessed that he
had found two fully human skulls and four other human leg
bones at the same site. Therefore, Java Man (also called
Homo Erectus) was just a normal human. However, it is
still presented as an ape man in textbooks and museum
Paleontologists don’t get research grant money for
finding apes or men; they only get it for finding ape men.
Therefore, they are tempted to suppress evidence and claim
that a find is an ape man when they know that it really
Another example is Piltdown Man, which was a
deliberate fraud—a human skull cap and an ape’s jaw with
teeth that were filed down to look like human teeth. It had
been chemically stained to look old. Piltdown Man was
exhibited at the British Museum of Natural History in
1912. In 1916, a dental anatomist examined it and wrote a
report showing that it was a fake. However, the museum
sup-pressed his report.12 They exhibited a copy of the
fossil, locked the original skull in a safe, and refused to
allow scientists to examine it. Piltdown Man remained on
exhibit until 1953. By then, the man who discovered the
skull was no longer around. Personnel and policies at the
museum had changed, and some scientists were allowed to
date the skull; in the process, they discovered that it was a
In other words, leading scientists of a world-renowned
museum suppressed the information that Piltdown Man was
a fraud. They exhibited Piltdown Man as an ape man—
knowing that it was a fake—for 41 years. Furthermore,
they deliberately concealed the evidence by locking the
fossil in a safe and refusing to let other scientists examine
it. This shows a desperate need to convince people that ape
men exist, whether or not there is any real evidence.
The way that the British Museum of Natural History
handled the problem of Piltdown Man is an example of the
suppression of evidence which is contrary to the theory of
evolution. Another way of suppressing “inconvenient” facts
is to automatically discredit any evidence which is contrary
to evolutionary theory.
I was always taught in science class that if the facts
don’t fit your theory, then you are supposed to change your
theory—not throw out the facts. However, in practice, the
opposite is often true.
There are a number of motives for doing this. They
include job security, the ability to get funding, fear of
causing a controversy, professional reputation, and the
philosophical implications of evolution.
One example is the “Calavaras skull” which was found
130 feet below ground by a California gold miner. The
skull was almost completely mineralized. It was authenticated by a physician as a modern type of skull. J.D.
Whitney is a chief of the California Geological Survey. He
authenticated that it was found in the Pliocene rock, which
is supposed to be over two million years old.
The problem is that, according to the evolutionary
timetable, human beings weren’t around then. So it was
assumed that the skull had been planted there—in spite of
the fact that the rock was also full of stone mortars, bowls,
and other signs of human workmanship. (How could
anybody plant a skull in solid rock?) To this day, the skull
is ignored or explained away, while Whitney’s report lies
buried in the museum archives.14
Another example is two half skeletons that were
discovered in Utah in 1975. They were completely encased
in rock. The bones were taken to the University of Utah for
official testing and confirmation. However, nothing was
done; no report was issued. The experts refused to follow
up on this discovery. The man who discovered them had to
come back to pick them up.
Why were the experts afraid to follow up on it?
Because the bones came out of a rock layer that was
supposed to be a hundred million years old.15
Some Honest Evolutionists Who
Exposed Some Problems
Fortunately, there are some evolutionists who are scientists
of integrity, men and women who genuinely seek the truth
and aren’t threatened by ideas that are different from what
they were taught. Real truth-seekers aren’t threatened by
facts. They don’t try to suppress evidence that is contrary
to their position, and they don’t try to exaggerate evidence
that favors it.
Such scientists are often aware of how shaky the
evidence for evolution is in their own area of science, but,
having been taught evolution by teachers they trust, they
assume that other scientific disciplines must have the solid
evidence for it. Once they study the evidence in other areas
of science, and realize how weak it is, some of them
Stephen Jay Gould, a prominent evolutionist from
Harvard University, tried to explain the lack of fossil
evidence by developing the theory of “punctuated
equilibrium” which pictures evolutionary history as long
periods when nothing happens, punctuated by sudden
evolutionary spurts which occur so quickly that no record
is left in the fossils. Other evolutionists have tried to
explain the lack of solid evidence for evolution by saying
that it occurred somewhere else in the universe and the
resulting plants and animals were transported to Earth (the
theory of “directed panspermia”).
Many animals and plants show a precision of efficient
engineering design that can’t have occurred by chance.
Some evolutionists recognize this but are unwilling to
acknowledge that God is the designer. Therefore, they
attribute plan and purpose to evolution itself, or to the
earth, or to mystical New Age forces. In other words, they
personify evolution (or the earth) and make a god out of it.
Michael Denton, an Australian microbiologist, believes
in evolution and openly mocks the Genesis account of
creation in his book Evolution: A Theory in Crisis.16 Yet
his book shows that biochemistry, microbiology, genetics,
embryology, paleontology, and probability theory all fail to
support the theory of evolution. His book contains so much
information showing that the evidence of science is
contrary to evolution that ICR scientists re-read it every
time they are scheduled to have a public debate with
Could Transitional Life Forms Survive?
There is also the problem of how transitional forms could
have survived. For example, according to the theory of
evolution, reptiles gradually changed into birds, which
means that their front legs gradually changed into wings
over millions of years. But wings and legs function in
completely different ways. How did those transitional
animals survive without the use of their front legs during
the millions of years before those legs became functional
If you want to understand this in practical terms, then
get down on the floor and crawl on all fours. While you are
still crawling, suddenly pick up your arms and hold them
out sideways like wings.
It takes more faith to believe in evolution than it does to
believe in creation.
The problems of gradual evolution have led some
scientists to postulate the “hopeful monster” theory, which
says that one day a reptile laid an egg and a bird hatched
from it. But a baby bird cannot survive without a mother
bird to feed it, take care of it, and teach it to fly. No mother
reptile could do that for a bird, even if she wanted to.
(Reptiles lay their eggs and leave; they don’t take care of
their babies.) Also, how could such a bird reproduce with
no other birds around?
In spite of this, “hopeful monsters” are considered
serious science, and articles about them are published in
scientific journals. The American Association for the
Advancement of Science even endorses a children’s book
which promotes the idea.
Evolution as a Faith
One of the world’s greatest experts on fossils is Dr. Colin
Patterson, Senior Paleontologist of the British Museum of
Natural History. His museum contains over seven million
fossils, which is the largest collection in the world.
After more than 20 years of studying fossils, writing
books on evolution, and teaching and speaking on
evolution, Dr. Patterson gave the following statement
during his Keynote Address to prominent evolutionists at
the American Museum of Natural History in New York
City, on November 5, 1981. He said that, after studying
evolution for 20 years, he realized that:
“…there was not one thing I knew about it. That’s
quite a shock to learn that one can be so misled so
The introduction to the 1971 edition of Darwin’s The
Origin of Species states that evolution has not been
scientifically proved, and therefore belief in evolution
could be considered faith rather than science. It says that
evolution is the foundation of biology and, as a result,
“…biology is thus in the peculiar position of being
a science founded on an unproved theory—is it then
a science or a faith?” 18
Harvard’s Nobel prize winning biologist George Wald
said, in Frontiers of Modern Biology on Theories of Origin
“I do not want to believe in God. Therefore I choose
to believe in that which I know is scientifically
impossible, spontaneous generation leading to
Evolution requires immense amounts of time to be at all
plausible. (If a princess kisses a frog and it turns into a
prince, that’s a fairy tale. If a frog turns into a prince over
millions of years, that’s evolution.)
According to radiometric dating, the earth is over four
billion years old. However, there are a number of problems
with radiometric dating. It requires making several
assumptions. Each one of these assumptions cannot be verified, and many scientists consider them to be unrealistic.
Furthermore, as explained below, there is a problem caused
Radiometric dating depends on precise measurements
of radioactive materials such as uranium, thorium, strontium, rubidium, and radioactive potassium. All of them
occur as salts, which dissolve in water. If a rock containing
them is left under water, the radioactive salts will leach out
of the rock, and radiometric dating will show the rock to be
far older than it really is. The presence of fossil fish on
mountain tops indicates that the earth has known extensive
There are at least 68 other “natural clocks” which can
be used to date the earth. These include:
• The rate at which land is washed into the ocean
• The rate at which salt collects in the ocean
• The amount of cosmic dust on the moon
• The decay of short-period comets
• The rate at which oil leaks out of oil deposits
• The earth’s shrinking magnetic field
Most of these “clocks” give a maximum age of thousands
The inaccuracy of radiometric dating is shown by
studies of underwater rocks which were formed less than
200 years ago by lava from two Hawaiian volcanoes (an
active volcano named Kilauea and a volcano near
Hualalei). The rocks were dated using radiometric dating.
The ages obtained from Kilauea’s rocks ranged up to 22
million years.22 The ages obtained from rocks formed by
the volcano near Hualalei ranged from 160 million years to
3 billion years.23 Both sets of rocks are known to be less
than 200 years old, because their formation by the
volcanoes is a matter of historical record.
Evolutionist William Stansfield recognizes the serious
problems with radiometric dating. In his textbook on
evolution, he says:
“Age estimates on a given geological stratum using
different methods are often quite different (sometimes by hundreds of millions of years).” 24
This is of great practical importance because, during
Noah’s flood, the entire earth was under water for over a
year. The rain only lasted for 40 days, but it remained 20
feet higher than the highest mountains for 150 days. After
that, it took a year and ten days for the earth to dry out
enough for Noah to come out of the ark. (See Genesis 7:178:16)25
Many discoveries indicate that processes which we
were taught take thousands or millions of years, actually
occur quite quickly. For example, the volcano at Mount
Saint Helen’s laid down 25 feet of finely stratified layers in
one day. Many of them were less than a centimeter thick
and were laid down in seconds. A 100-foot-deep canyon
system was carved out at Mount Saint Helen’s in one day
by a hurricane-speed mud slide which cut through solid
rock. If you want to see these for yourself, get the video
“Mount Saint Helen’s” from ICR.
Other examples are coal and oil, which can be formed
quite rapidly in a laboratory. They don’t require millions of
years. All they require is the right conditions. Given the
right conditions, wood can be petrified quickly and fossils
can form quickly. Many fossils of modern items have been
found, including a fossilized 20th century hat.
Many fossils have been found which indicate rapid
burial under catastrophic conditions. For example, a fossil
of an 80-foot whale was found standing on its tail, buried in
diatomaceous earth.26 (Diatomaomaceous earth, or
diatomite, is formed by microscopic organisms with hard
exterior skeletons or shells.) That whale had to be buried so
quickly that it couldn’t rot or fall over. One witty letter to
the editor in Chemical & Engineering News remarked:
“The baleen whale simply stood on its tail for
100,000 years, its skeleton undecomposing, while
the diatomaceous snow covered its frame millimeter
by millimeter.” 27
Evolution Versus the Laws of Physics
Another basic problem with the theory of evolution is that
it goes directly against several important laws of physical
The Second Law of Thermodynamics, also known as
the Law of Entropy, states that everything wears out, has
less and less energy available for use, and becomes less and
less ordered. You can see it all around you: your body is
wearing out, your car gets more and more run down, you
have to fight to maintain your house in decent shape. But
evolution goes completely contrary to all that by saying
that, on their own, things will become more and more
complex, more ordered, that they will go upwards instead
of running down.
Evolution also goes contrary to the First Law of
Thermodynamics (conservation of energy and matter). In
addition, it goes against the Law of Cause and Effect. And
it also goes against the Laws of Probability.
Why is evolution taught so dogmatically as an absolute,
unquestionable fact even though many scientists recognize
that there are serious difficulties with the theory? Because
John Dewey (the “father of progressive education”) almost
singlehandedly revolutionized education in the United
States. He was a staunch humanist and a signer of the
original “Humanist Manifesto.” He was determined to
make the American school system conform to humanist
ideals. An important part of that goal was indoctrinating
students in evolution.28
Moral and Theological Implications
The Bible says that one of the signs of the last days will be
that people will choose to ignore three facts: (1) God
created everything; (2) Noah’s flood was a world-wide
judgment sent by God; and (3) there will be a coming
judgment by fire. The refusal to acknowledge these things
will be associated with moral corruption.
“Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last
days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And
saying, Where is the promise of his coming? For
since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as
they were from the beginning of the creation. For
this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word
of God the heavens were of old, and the earth
standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby
the world that then was, being overflowed with
water, perished: But the heavens and the earth,
which are now, by the same word are kept in store,
reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and
perdition of ungodly men.” (2 Peter 3:3-7)
There is a definite connection between moral corruption
and not wanting to acknowledge God as our Creator. If
God created us, then He makes the rules. If we evolved
from animals, then we make the rules. Therefore, anybody
who doesn’t want to abide by God’s rules has a vested
interest in promoting evolution. Sir Julian Huxley, a
famous atheist and one of the leading evolutionists of the
20th century, said during an interview on a talk show:
“I suppose the reason we leaped at The Origin of
Species was because the idea of God interfered with
our sexual mores.” 29
Widespread belief in evolution has had a devastating
effect on the morals of our society. Even Will Durant, a
humanist philosopher who doesn’t believe that he personally needs God, can recognize it.
“By offering evolution in place of God as a cause of
history, Darwin removed the theological basis of
the moral code of Christendom.” 30
Belief in Evolution Contributed to
Oppression, Slavery, and Genocide
The principles of biological evolution have been extended
to social, economic and national affairs, with tragic consequences. These are extensively documented by Henry M.
Morris (The Long War Against God) and Ian Taylor (In the
Minds of Men).31
The notorious capitalists in our nation—who amassed
great fortunes by crushing small businesses and treating
workers ruthlessly—used evolution to justify their actions.
They considered themselves to be carrying out the principles of evolution by eliminating the weak.
Hitler, Mussolini and Marx considered themselves to be
applying the evolutionary principle of “survival of the
fittest” to national affairs. Hitler believed that Jews were an
inferior (less evolved) race. He decided to speed up the
evolutionary process by exterminating them, as part of his
plan for producing a “super race” in Germany.
Slavery and racism were justified by saying that
negroes had not evolved as far as whites. Evolutionary
scientists publicly justified racism until Hitler’s massacre
of the Jews made it unpopular.
Another result of evolutionism was the murder of
Australian Aborigines to provide specimens for study and
museum exhibits. It has been estimated that 10,000 dead
bodies of Australia’s Aborigines were shipped to British
museums in an attempt to prove the widespread belief that
they were the “missing link.”
Edward Ramsay, curator of the Australian Museum in
Sydney in 1894, published a museum booklet which
included Aborigines under the designation of “Australian
Animals.” It gave instructions on how to rob graves and
how to plug up bullet wounds in freshly killed
“specimens.” “Collectors” working under Ramsay were
paid bounties for Aborigine skulls, brains, skeletons,
bodies, and skins for mounting.
Amalie Dietrich, a German evolutionist, was known as
the “black angel of death” because she had so many
Aborigines shot for specimens. U.S. evolutionists also
collected specimens of “subhumans.” The Smithsonian
Institution in Washington holds the remains of 15,000
individuals of various races. Even in quite modern times,
aboriginal bones have been sought by major institutions.
Aboriginal leaders and others are asking to have such
remains be returned and given a decent burial.32
Contributing to Violence and Suicide
Evolution contributes to suicide, especially among teenagers. Physician Michael Girouard has, in the course of his
medical practice, seen a marked increase in suicidal
thoughts when teenagers in science classes accept what
evolution says about them—that they are just animals who
exist because of blind chance, with no reason for being.33 A
friend of mine vividly recalls the day in twelfth-grade
science class when he suddenly saw the implications of
evolution and concluded, “I’m just a piece of meat!”
Our nation was shocked by the brutal beating of
Rodney King at the hands of the Los Angeles police.
People were horrified by the events that followed: rioting,
looting, burning, beatings, and killings. But should we
really be surprised? What else would you expect from
senseless animals? What we saw in Rodney King’s beating
and in the riots that followed is people who were living out
the evolutionist philosophy that they were taught in school.
School children are taught that they are just animals
who have evolved from apes. Many people say that our
schools today are a zoo. But what else should we expect
from children who were taught that they are animals? Our
teachers have been telling them that they are animals
without thinking through what the practical consequences
will be when they grow up.
Undermining Logical Thinking
Everybody knows that you can’t have a watch without a
watchmaker and you can’t have an airplane without an
engineer. But our school children are being taught that
incredibly complex things such as the eye and the human
brain developed by blind chance.
In other words, we have been teaching them to think
illogically and to discount everything they have learned
through personal experience about how things are made in
the observable world around them. We have taught them to
think the opposite of what logic, reason, and common sense
teach them. Then should we be shocked to see them grow
up to be people who do things that are illogical, unreasonable, and senseless?
By Their Fruits Ye Shall Know Them
Belief in evolution has had a devastating effect on our
society. It has paved the way for widespread immorality,
secular humanism, atheism, and New Age religions.34
The bad fruits of evolution are obvious, and Jesus said
that we would be able to recognize what things really are
by their fruits. (Matthew 7:17-20) The scientific case for
creation is very strong. This is very encouraging. However,
we must never depend on science to prove the Bible.
Rather, we should let the Bible show us whether or not
science is valid.
For example, many psychologists tell us that it is
“healthy” for people to be sexually involved outside of
marriage. The Bible tells us that those ideas are absolutely
wrong. As a result, we need to be cautious about accepting
other statements that psychologists make, and we should
never seek counsel from any psychologist who doesn’t
believe in the Bible.
The Problem with “Experts”
All human beings—including scientists—have limited
knowledge, limited understanding, and questionable motives. They make mistakes, they deceive themselves, and
sometimes they tell deliberate lies.
We need to put our confidence in God, rather than in
weak, fallible, sinful human beings. God knows everything,
there is no limit to His understanding, and He is absolutely
truthful. This world will pass away, but “the word of our
God shall stand forever.” (Isaiah 40:8)
In the past, humanist Bible scholars told us that
archaeology had disproved the Bible, but God raised up
archaeologists to show that the Bible was right after all.
Humanists have been telling us that evolution is an
undisputable scientific fact which disproves the Bible, but
God has raised up scientists to show that creation explains
the scientific evidence better than evolution does.
Humanism will continue to raise up “experts” in many
fields who will try to disprove the Bible. Therefore, we will
have to stand our ground and keep on trusting the Bible,
whether or not those false claims are disproved in our
Jesus said, “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in
you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto
you.” (John 15:7) The word “abide” can also be translated
as “stand,” and “endure.” It is not a passive word; it has the
military connotation of holding your ground against enemy
As Jesus said in the parable of the sower, the devil is
always trying to snatch the Word of God out of our hearts.
We need to stand our ground and refuse to let God’s Word
be stolen from us.
The Bible speaks of God as Creator from Genesis to
Revelation. Creation is woven into the very fabric of
Scripture. When Jesus was questioned about divorce, He
used the creation account in Genesis as the basis for his
response. (Matthew 19:3-6) When the angel in the Book of
Revelation flew in midair, proclaiming the “eternal gospel”
to all mankind, he cried: “…worship him that made heaven,
and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.”
The Bible speaks of God as our Creator from Genesis to the
Book of Revelation. Appendix H (“Creation in Scripture”)
quotes some of these Scripture references.
Noah’s Flood is also Scriptural. The Institute for
Creation Research (ICR) has many books and videos
dealing with it. In addition, you can find information about
it on their web site. Information about them is given under
“Sources of Information” at the end of this appendix.
I will just deal briefly with one aspect of the Flood.
Ethnology is the science of studying the writings of
ancient ethnic groups of people. Historical records were
available for thirty-three of these groups. These ethnic
groups were located in widely separated areas, so they
probably had little if any influence on one another. If a
world-wide, catastrophic flood occurred, then we would
expect many of these people groups to have some kind of
record of it.
Examination of the writings of these thirty-three
ethnic groups gives the following information. Every one
of them mentions some type of flood. Ninety-four percent
describe the flood as being totally destructive. Ninetyseven percent say that mankind was miraculously rescued
from the flood. Eighty-five percent say that a boat was used
to rescue mankind.
Ninety-one percent say that animals were also saved.
Seventy-six percent say that the boat landed on a mountain
after the waters receded. Eighty-eight percent say that birds
were sent forth from the boat to find out whether or not the
flood waters had receded. Ninety-one percent mention
divine favor being shown towards the survivors, and refer
to a “bow” (rainbow) of colors in the sky. Ninety-four
percent say that after the destructive flood, the people who
were saved offered public worship to a god.35
Sources of Information
Moody Institute of Science, 820 North LaSalle, Chicago,
IL 60610 (phone 312-329-2190).
Films for Christ, 2628 West Birchwood Circle, Mesa, AZ
85202 (phone 800-FFC-2261). It is affilisted with Eden
Communications, P.O. Box 41644, Mesa, AZ 85274
Institute for Creation Research (ICR), 1806 Royal Lane,
Dallas, TX 75229 (phone 800-628-7640). ICR has books
and videos at all levels from children’s books to a technical
journal. Most of their material is strictly scientific. Some of
their scientific works also include a Christian perspective.
ICR also publishes some devotional and theological books
for Christians. They carry many of the books and videos
cited in this appendix. Their website is www.ICR.org.
Jeremiah Films, P.O. Box 1710, Hemet, CA 92546 (phone
800-828-2290). Most of their videos deal with pagan and
occult influences in our country. They have some videos on
evolution because they believe that it has opened the door
to paganism and new age religions.
Creation Resource Foundation, P.O. Box 16100, South
Lake Tahoe, CA 95706 (phone 916-542-509).
What Is Creation Science? by Henry M. Morris and Gary
E. Parker (Master Books, El Cajon, California, 1987). This
is a good, general book on the creation-evolution
controversy from a purely scientific perspective. Although
it deals with a lot of technical material, it is readable and
easy to understand. It is available through Christian
bookstores and directly from the Institute for Creation
Research (ICR), whose address and phone number are
given under “Sources of Information” above.
In the Minds of Men by Ian T. Taylor (third edition, TFE
Publishing, Toronto, Canada, 1991). This comprehensive
book deals with the philosophy of evolution and the
practical consequences of its influence on our society. It
also presents important evidence against evolution which
has been concealed from the general public.
Darwin on Trial by Phillip E. Johnson (Intervarsity Press,
Downers Grove, Illinois, 1991). Phillip Johnson is a law
professor who analyzes the case for evolution in terms of
his legal specialty—logic and evidence. He exposes false
reasoning, invalid evidence, and unscientific approaches,
and he makes a strong case for evolution being a
philosophy rather than a real science.
The Controversy: Roots of the Creation-Evolution Conflict
by Donald E. Chittick (Multnomah Press, Portland,
Oregon, 1984). This book deals with the world-view
confrontation between the two belief systems of creation
Evolution: A Theory in Crisis by Michael Denton (Adler &
Adler Publishers, Inc., Bethesda, Maryland, 1985). Michael
Denton is an Australian microbiologist who believes in
evolution and openly mocks the Genesis account of
creation in his book. Yet in his book, he shows that
biochemistry, microbiology, genetics, embryology, paleontology, and probability theory all fail to support the theory
Not By Chance! by Lee Spetner (Judaica Press Inc., 1998).
Dr. Spetner is a recognized expert on the genetic code. He
demonstrates conclusively that chance mutations will never
result in evolutionary change. While not a Christian
creationist, this Jewish scholar shows that all useful genetic
information must have been present at the start.
Darwin’s Black Box by Michael Behe (Simon & Schuster,
Old Tappon, New Jersey, 1996). Behe is a professor of
biochemistry with expertise at the molecular level (cell
level). He shows that Darwinism falls on its face at the
molecular level. Nobody has even tried to deal with the
irreducible complexity at the cellular level.
The Answers Book by Ken Ham, Andrew Snelling, and
Carl Wieland (Master Books, El Cajon, California, 1991).
This book scientifically addresses twelve of the most-asked
questions on Genesis and the creation/evolution issue.
(Available from ICR.)
Moody Institute of Science
These videos show the wonder of God’s creation. Rather
than discussing creation versus evolution, they demonstrate
that creation is an incredibly complex masterpiece of
engineering. I personally believe that the quality of these
videos is better than that of National Geographic films.
They can be ordered through Christian bookstores or
directly from Moody Institute of Science (see their address
and phone number under “Sources of Information” above).
“The Wonders of God’s Creation.” This 3-video set deals
with the earth, animals, and mankind.
“Journeys to the Edge of Creation.” This 2-video set deals
“The Awesome Forces of God’s Creation.” This 3-video
set deals with the power of God as observed through
floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, etc.
Incredible Creatures That Defy Evolution
This fascinating three-video set is appropriate for both
adults and children. It is produced by Exploration Films.
(You can get this at Amazon.)
This 6-video series features Dr. A. E. Wilder-Smith, an
international speaker with three earned doctorates from
prestigious universities. These videos are beautiful,
gracious and persuasive. Although very scientific, they are
not dry. They are available individually or as a set from
Films for Christ and Eden Communications. They are:
“The Origin of the Universe”
“The Earth, A Young Planet?”
“The Origin of Life”
“The Origin of Species”
“The Origin of Mankind”
“The Fossil Record”
Good Videos from Three Sources
“The World That Perished.” This video gives persuasive
evidence for Noah’s flood. It ends with a salvation
message. (Available from Films for Christ and Eden
“The Case for Creation.” This video features Rev. D. James
Kennedy. It is an exposé of how the evolutionary
establishment controls public education and most research
grants. Valid scientific information is being withheld from
our students and the general public. (Available from Films
for Christ and Eden Communications.)
“Evolution Conspiracy.” This video shows how secular
humanists have used political strategy and power tactics to
indoctrinate the public with evolutionism. (Available from
Videos from the Institute for
“Mount Saint Helen’s.” This video has dramatic photographs and film footage but the verbal presentation sounds
like a college professor giving a lecture. Some people will
find it fascinating and exciting, but others may find it
The following videos have presentations that are academic
in style, similar to workshops or college classes. They are
valuable and informative but lack dramatic visual impact.
People hungry for information will find them fascinating
and informative. People who are less hungry may find them
“Understanding Genesis.” This is a 10-video series with a
“Evolution: Fact or Belief?”
“Ape Men: Monkey Business Falsely Called Science”
“Genesis and the Decay of the Nation”
“Creation and the Last Days”
“Genesis 1-11” (Answers the 12 questions which are asked
1. The Institute for Creation Research, 1806 Royal Lane, Dallas, TX
75229 (phone 800-628-7640). They have children’s books, home
schooling materials, books and videos for laymen, Creation Magazine,
technical monographs, and a technical journal. They also have speakers
available for presentations, debates, and Christian media. Their website
2. See Josh McDowell, Evidence That Demands a Verdict, Vol. I
(1979) and Vol. II (1990) (San Bernardino, CA: Here’s Life). Fulfilled
prophecy is discussed in pages 267-324 of Volume I. Archeological
discoveries relating to biblical history are discussed in pages 17-24 of
Volume II. He now has a new book titled The New Evidence That
Demands a Verdict which includes both volumes, plus some new
3. O. Hambling, “Genesis and Evolution”, in American Atheist
(January 1988), p. 7. Quoted in Henry M. Morris, The Long War
Against God (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1989), p. 119
(available from ICR).
4. G. Richard Bozardh, “The Meaning of Evolution,” in American
Atheist (February 1978), p. 30. Quoted in The Long War Against God,
5. S.S. Chawla, “A Philosophical Journey to the West,” in The
Humanist, Vol. 24 (San Francisco, CA: September/October, 1964), p.
151. Cited in Ian T. Taylor, In the Minds of Men, 3rd edition (Toronto,
Canada: 1991), p. 422.
6. Ian T. Taylor, In the Minds of Men, 3rd edition (Toronto, Canada:
TFE Publishing, 1991), pp. 394-395 and 420-422.
7. Biologist Ludwig Von Bertalanffy, as quoted by Huston Smith,
Beyond the Post-Modern Mind (New York: Crossroads, 1982), p. 173.
Quoted in The Illustrated Origins Answer Book (P.O. Box 41644,
Mesa, AZ: Eden Productions, 1991), p. 114.
8. D.M.S. Watson, “Adaptation,” in Nature, Vol. 123 (1929), p. 233.
Quoted in Henry M. Morris, Scientific Creationism (El Cajon, CA:
Master Books, 2nd edition, 1985), p. 8.
9. Luther D. Sunderland, Darwin’s Enigma: Fossils and Other
Problems, 4th edition (Santee, CA: Master Books, 1988), pp. 7-8.
10. Sir Fred Hoyle, “Hoyle on Evolution,” in Nature, Vol. 294 (12
November 1981), p. 105. Quoted in The Revised Quote Book
(Sunnybank, Brisbane, Australia: Creation Science Foundation Ltd.,
1990), p. 21.
11. See In the Minds of Men by Ian Taylor. Point by point, it exposes
the fuzzy reasoning behind textbook presentations of evolution. It also
presents counter-evidence that has long been concealed from the
12. Peking Man, Java Man, Piltdown Man, and all of the other “ape
men” turned out to be normal men, normal apes, or frauds. Revealing
evidence about them is shown in the video “Ape Men: Monkey
Business Falsely Called Science,” which is available from ICR.
13. Phillip E. Johnson, Darwin on Trial (Downers Grove, IL:
Intervarsity Press, 1991), p. 187. This outstanding book was written by
a law professor who specializes in logic and evidence.
14. Ian T. Taylor, In the Minds of Men, pp. 217-218.
15. Dennis R. Petersen, Unlocking the Mysteries of Creation (El
Dorado, CA: Creation Resource Foundation, 1988) p. 131.
16. Michael Denton, Evolution: A Theory in Crisis (Bethesda, MD:
Adler & Adler, Publishers, Inc., 1985).
17. This speech was tape recorded and transcribed with the permission
of Dr. Patterson. Quoted in The Revised Quote Book, p. 4.
18. L. Harrison Matthews, FRS, Introduction to Darwin’s The Origin
of Species (London: J. M. Dent & Sons. Ltd., 1971) p. xi. Quoted in
“The Revised Quote Book,” p. 2.
19. George Wald, Frontiers of Modern Biology on Theories of Origin
of Life (New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1972) p. 187. Quoted in Rex
Russell, M.D., What the Bible Says About Healthy Living (Ventura,
CA: Regal Books) pp. 273-274.
20. See Henry M. Morris, editor, Scientific Creationism, 2nd edition
(El Cajon, CA: Master Books, 1985) pp. 131-170. Also see Henry M.
Morris and Gary E. Parker, What Is Creation Science? (El Cajon, CA:
Master Books, 1987) pp. 253-293. Also see the video “Evolution: Fact
or Belief?” These are all available from ICR.
21. Henry M. Morris and Gary E. Parker, What Is Creation Science?,
22. C.S. Noble and J.J. Naughton, “Deep-Ocean Basalts: Inert Gas
Content and Uncertainties in Age Dating,” in Science, Vol. 162
(October 11, 1968), p. 265. Cited in Scientific Creationism, pp 146147.
23. J.G. Funkhouser and J.J. Naughton, Journal of Geophysical
Research, Vol. 73 (July 15, 1968) p. 4606. Cited in Scientific
Creationism, p. 147.
24. William D. Stansfield, The Science of Evolution (New York:
MacMillan, 1977) p. 84. (See pp. 80-84.) Quoted in What Is Creation
Science? p. 285.
25. The flood began on the 17th day of the second month of the year.
(Genesis 7:11) On the 7th month, the ark landed on Mount Ararat (the
highest mountain). (Genesis 8:3-4) On the 10th month, the water had
gone down enough for the tops of other mountains to become visible.
(Genesis 8:5) On the 27th day of the second month of the following
year (one year and ten days after the flood started), God told Noah to
come out of the ark. (Genesis 8:13-15)
26. Kenneth M. Reese, “Newscripts,” Chemical & Engineering News,
October 11, 1976, page 40. Cited in Donald E. Chittick, The
Controversy: Roots of the Creation-Evolution Conflict (Portland, OR:
Multnomah Press, 1984), pages 218-219.
27. Harvey O. Olney III, “Letters,” Chemical & Engineering News,
January 24, 1977, page 5. Cited in Donald E. Chittick, The
Controversy: Roots of the Creation-Evolution Conflict, (Portland, OR:
Multnomah Press, 1984), pages 219-220.
28. Ian T. Taylor, In the Minds of Men, p. 425.
29. Quoted by Henry M. Morris, The Troubled Waters of Evolution
(San Diego: Creation-Life Publishers, 1974), p. 58. Available from
30. Will Durant, “Are We in the Last Stage of a Pagan Period?”
Chicago Tribune, April 1980. Quoted in Henry M. Morris, The Long
War Against God, p. 149.
31. Henry M. Morris, The Long War Against God (Grand Rapids, MI:
Baker Book House, 1989). Ian T. Taylor, In The Minds of Men, 3rd
edition (Ontario, Canada: TFE Publishing, 1991).
32. Carl Wieland, “Darwin’s Bodysnatchers,” Creation Ex Nihilo,
Vol. 14, No. 2 (March-May 1992). For further information, contact
Creation Magazine (P.O. Box 710039, Santee, CA 92072) or Carl
Wieland (Director, Creation Science Foundation, Brisbane, Australia).
Creation magazine and the Institute for Creation Research should both
have Carl Wieland’s address.
33. Dr. Michael Girouard discusses the relationship between evolution
and teenage suicide in the video “Ape Men: Monkey Business Falsely
Called Science,” which is available through ICR.
34. Kenneth Ham and Gary Parker, Understanding Genesis Study
Guide, (El Cajon, CA: Creation Life Publishers, Inc., 1988), p. 4. This
book and the video series that it accompanies are available through
35. Dick Eastman, University of the World (Ventura, CA: Regal Books,
1983), pp. 26-27.
Creation in Scripture
From Genesis to the Book of Revelation, the
Bible speaks of God as our Creator. Some of
these Scripture verses are given below.
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it
was very good. (Genesis 1:31)
For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea,
and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day:
wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed
it. (Exodus 20:11)
For ask now of the days that are past, which were before
thee, since the day that God created man upon the earth…
And Hezekiah prayed before the Lord, and said, O Lord
God of Israel, which dwellest between the cherubims, thou
art the God, even thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the
earth; thou hast made heaven and earth. (2 Kings 19:15)
Thou, even thou, art Lord alone; thou hast made heaven,
the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all
things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and
thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshipeth
thee. (Nehemiah 9:6)
Thine hands have made me and fashioned me together
round about… (Job 10:8)
Remember I beseech thee, that thou has made me as the
clay… (Job 10:9)
In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the
breath of all mankind. (Job 12:10)
He… hangeth the earth upon nothing. (Job 26:7)
The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the
Almighty hath given me life. (Job 33:4)
When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the
moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man,
that thou art mindful of him? And the son of man, that thou
visitest him? (Psalm 8:3-4)
The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament
showeth his handiwork. (Psalm 19:1)
By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the
host of them by the breath of his mouth. (Psalm 33:6)
The heavens are thine, the earth also is thine: as for the
world and the fulness thereof, thou has founded them.
Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the
heavens are the work of thy hands. (Psalm 102:25)
Bless the Lord, O my soul. O Lord my God, thou art very
great; thou art clothed with honor and majesty. Who
coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who
stretchest out the heavens like a curtain… Who laid the
foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed
forever. (Psalm 104:1-2, 5)
O Lord, how manifold are thy works! In wisdom hast thou
made them all: the earth is full of thy riches. (Psalm 104:
My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and
earth. (Psalm 121:2)
The Lord that made heaven and earth bless thee out of
Zion. (Psalm 134:3)
Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose
hope is in the Lord his God: Which made heaven, and
earth, the sea, and all that therein is: which keepeth truth
forever. (Psalm 146:5-6)
The Lord by wisdom hath founded the earth; by
understanding hath he established the heavens. By his
knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop
down the dew. (Proverbs 3:19-20)
The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the Lord hath made
even both of them. (Proverbs 20:12)
…for shall the work say of him that made it, He made me
not? Or shall the thing framed say of him that framed it, He
had no understanding? (Isaiah 29:16)
Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand,
and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the
dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains
in scales, and the hills in a balance? (Isaiah 40:12)
Hast thou not known? Hast thou not heard, that the
everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the
earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? (Isaiah 40:28)
Thus saith the Lord, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee
from the womb, I am the Lord that maketh all things; that
strecheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the
earth by myself. (Isaiah 44:24)
Woe unto him that striveth with this Maker! (Isaiah 45:9)
I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my
hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host
have I commanded. (Isaiah 45:12)
For thus saith the Lord that created the heavens; God
himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath
established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be
inhabited: I am the Lord; and there is none else. (Isaiah
Mine hand also hath laid the foundation of the earth, and
my right hand hath spanned the heavens: (Isaiah 48:13)
I, even I, am he that comforteth you: who art thou, that thou
shouldest be afraid of a man that shall die, and of the son of
man which shall be made as grass; And forgettest the Lord
thy maker, that hath stretched forth the heavens, and laid
the foundations of the earth (Isaiah 51:12-13)
But now, O Lord, thou art our father; we are the clay, and
thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand. (Isaiah
Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before
thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I
ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. (Jeremiah 1:5)
He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established
the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the
heavens by his discretion. (Jeremiah 10:12)
I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are upon
the ground, by my great power and by my outstretched arm,
and have given it unto whom it seemed meet unto me.
He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established
the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heaven
by his understanding. (Jeremiah 51:15)
Seek him that maketh the seven stars and orion… (Amos
The burden of the word of the Lord for Israel, saith the
Lord, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the
foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man
within him. (Jeremiah 12:1)
Have we not all one father? Hath not one God created us?
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with
God, and the Word was God. The same was in the
beginning with God. All things were made by him; and
without him was not any thing made that was made. (John
He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and
the world knew him not. (John 1:10)
And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God
with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast
made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is:
Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house
will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what is the place of my
rest? Hath not my hand made all these things? (Acts 7:4950)
God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that
he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples
made with hands (Acts 17:24)
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto
good works, which God hath before ordained that we
should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10)
For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and
that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be
thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all
things were created by him, and for him (Colossians 1:16)
God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in
time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last
days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed
heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who
being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of
his person, and upholding all things by the word of his
power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down
on the right hand of the Majesty on high (Hebrews 1:1-3)
For every house is builded by some man; but he that built
all things is God. (Hebrews 3:4)
Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed
by the word of God (Hebrews 11:3)
Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and
power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure
they are and were created. (Revelation 4:11)
Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his
judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and
earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters. (Revelation