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TELL A LIE AND STICK TO IT
120-3 SMYRNAEAN.CHURCH.AGE - CHURCH.AGE.BOOK CPT.4
Now why do we have a people mixed in the framework of the church and calling themselves Jews? The reason is this: Since they were liars they could make any claim they wished. They could say what they wanted as though it were a fact and then stick to it. And in this case they could be lying with a very powerful thought in mind. Was it not so that the early church was almost if not entirely composed of Jews, making them the original members of His body? The twelve apostles were Jews, and the later apostles were either Jews or proselytes. Thus for men to swear they were Jews would give them a pre-eminence and a claim to originality. Tell a lie. Stick to it. Never mind fact or history. Just say it and keep saying it to the people, and soon the people will receive it.
FAITH.ONCE.DELIVERED.TO.SAINTS_ W.P.BEACH,.FL SUNDAY_ 53-1129A, E-40 Here not long ago I preached on the--the subject there in my own home town...?... I preached on the overthrow of the United States government. And I took it from over in the Bible where the evil spirits went out, lying spirits, and got into the prophets and caused them to tell a lie and to get this Ahab up there to take his life.
And I said, "The evil spirits of down when I went down into Paris, and down in those places there, so demoralized. I never thought that human beings could stoop as low. And every fashion that we have originates right there in Paris, comes over here to Hollywood, out through the screens and everything. You all set and looked at them. The little girls and boys go in there come out and impersonate them actors, and some of them married four or five times, and three or four different husbands and wives, and make that an example. Brother, if there's any example we ought to take it out of God's Bible. That's exactly right. Yes, sir. There's where our crop started.
ABRAHAM.AND.HIS.SEED.AFTER.HIM_ CHICAGO.IL SUNDAY_ 61-0423
E-44 Now, if we notice, in the Old Testament there was... When a child was born in a family, that child was, say a boy, he was a heir, of course. But before that child was fully a--a heir of all the things that his father had, before he came into power, he was first put under a tutor. And this tutor raised this son. Now, we--all the clergy knows that, that he was put under a tutor. And this tutor was a man that the father searched out to find the very best man he could find, because that's his son. That's what's going to fall heir to him afterwards.
So then he hunts a good tutor, not a tutor that'll say, well, tell a lie and say, "Oh, you're church is just doing fine. Your--your little--that little son's just doing fine," when he isn't; he's a little rascal. That's too much the trouble today with too many of our bishops, and so forth, and all of our manmade tutor's. "Your church is doing all right." But it's a lie. It's not. "Having a form of godliness and denying the powerthereof..." Something wrong somewhere.
HACKING IT TO PIECES
340-3 LAODICEAN.CHURCH.AGE - CHURCH.AGE.BOOK CPT.9
Now He has cried out to this last age, "You have the Word. You have more Bibles than ever, but you are not doing anything about the Word except dividing and hacking it into pieces, taking what you want and leaving out what you don't want. You are not interested in LIVING it, but debating it. I would sooner you were cold or hot. If you were cold and rejected it, I could stand that. If you would get white hot to know its truth and live it, I would praise you for that. But when you simply take My Word and don't honor it, I in return must refuse to honor you. I will spue you out for you nauseate Me."
CARING FOR, TRUTH RATHER THAN WEALTH
107-2 EPHESIAN.CHURCH.AGE - CHURCH.AGE.BOOK CPT.3
The Tree of Knowledge produced clever men; men of renown. But their ways are the ways of death. God's people are simple but spiritual minded, leaning toward God and nature, calmly tilling the soil, caring for truth rather than wealth. The seed of the serpent has brought tremendous commerce, wonderful inventions, but with it all comes death. Their gunpowder and atomic bombs kill in war; and in peace time their mechanical inventions, such as the car, kill even more in a time of peace than do the inventions of war destroy in times of trouble. Death and destruction are the fruits of her labors.
NO LONGER GOD'S VOICE TO THE WORLD
341-1 LAODICEAN.CHURCH.AGE - CHURCH.AGE.BOOK CPT.9
Oh, would to God the church were cold or hot. Best of all, she should be fervent (hot). But she is not. Sentence has been passed. She is no longer God's voice to the world. She will maintain that she is, but God says not.
341-2 LAODICEAN.CHURCH.AGE - CHURCH.AGE.BOOK CPT.9
Oh, God still has a voice for the people of the world, even as He has given a voice to the bride. That voice is in the bride as we have said and we will talk more about that later.
A MAN WITHOUT THE SPIRIT IS BLIND
352-3 LAODICEAN.CHURCH.AGE - CHURCH.AGE.BOOK CPT.9
"And anoint thine eyes with eyesalve that thou mightest see." He does not say that you have to buy this eyesalve. Oh no. There is no price tag on the Holy Spirit. "Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law or by the hearing of faith?" Galatians 3:2. Without the Baptism of the Holy Ghost, you can never have your eyes opened to a true Spiritual revelation of the Word. A man without the Spirit is blind to God and His truth.
FILLED WITH MENTAL BELIEVERS
179-3 PERGAMEAN.CHURCH.AGE - CHURCH.AGE.BOOK CPT.5
In this Pergamean Age where men were humanizing salvation, having turned from the truth that "Salvation is of the Lord,"--having cast aside the doctrine of election and opened wide the church door and their fellowship to any and all who subscribed to their tenets (never mind the Word), in this age of rapid degradation, there were still the few who had the measure of that faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, and not only used that faith in acts of power but withstood those who dared to say that they were saved simply on the grounds of joining a church. They knew that no man could truly believe unto eternal life and the righteousness of God apart from the measure of the faith of the Lord Jesus, Himself. As today's church is filled with mental believers who endorse the virgin birth, the shed blood, going to church and taking communion, and are not reborn at all, even so in that third age was the same problem. Human faith wasn't enough then and it is not enough now. It takes the very faith of the Son of God to drop into a man's heart so that he can receive the Lord of glory into the temple not made with hands.
THE CURSE AGAINST IDOLATRY
269-2 SARDISEAN.CHURCH.AGE - CHURCH.AGE.BOOK CPT.7
The question now arises, why are these two tribes deleted? The answer lies in Deuteronomy 29:16-20, "For ye know how we have dwelt in the land of Egypt; and how we came through the nations which ye passed by; and ye have seen their abominations, and their idols, wood and stone, silver and gold, which were among them: Lest there should be among you man, or woman, or family, or tribe, whose heart turneth away this day from the Lord our God to go and serve the gods of these nations; lest there should be among you a root that beareth gall and wormwood; And it come to pass when he heareth the words of this curse, that he bless himself in his heart, saying, I shall have peace, though I walk in the imagination of mine heart, to add drunkenness to thirst: The Lord will not spare him, but then the anger of the Lord and His jealousy shall smoke against that man, and all the curses that are written in this book shall lie upon him, and the Lord shall blot out his name from under heaven." Herein is pronounced the curse against idolatry, or spiritual fornication. The tribe that turned to idolatry was to have its name blotted out. And the history of the two tribes whose names were blotted out because of idolatry is found in I Kings 12:25-30, "Then Jeroboam built Shechem in Mount Ephraim, and dwelt therein; and went out from thence and built Penuel. And Jeroboam said in his heart, Now shall the kingdom return to the house of David: If this people go up to do sacrifice in the house of the Lord at Jerusalem, then shall the heart of this people turn again unto their lord, even unto Rehoboam king of Judah, and they shall kill me, and go again to Rehoboam king of Judah. Whereupon the king took counsel, and made two calves of gold, and said unto them, It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem; behold thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt. And he set the one in Beth-el, and the other one put he in Dan. And this thing became a sin: for the people went to worship before the one, even unto Dan." Hosea 4:17, Ephraim is joined to his idols: let him alone.
KEEP YOUR SKIRTS CLEAN
264-3 SARDISEAN.CHURCH.AGE - CHURCH.AGE.BOOK CPT.7
THE PROMISE TO THE OVERCOMER
Revelation 3:5, "He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment: and I will not blot out his name out of the Book of Life, but I will confess his name before My Father and His holy angels."
"He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment." This is actually a repetition of verse 4, wherein is made reference to the few who have not defiled their garments. We used to have a saying years ago that no doubt was taken from this verse. It was, "Keep your skirts clean." It meant: don't get involved in questionable things; others will be involved and you might be tempted to be involved, or someone might even try to involve you; but stay clear of it all by steering a course away from it. Now God is going to reward those who follow this advice. They are going to be clothed in white even as He is clothed in white. Peter, James and John saw Him on Mount Transfiguration and His clothes were as white as light. That is how the saints are going to be clothed. Their garments will be shining, exceedingly white.
IT MUST BE OBEYED
261-3 SARDISEAN.CHURCH.AGE - CHURCH.AGE.BOOK CPT.7
I want to read another translation (Wuest) of this verse, "Be remembering, therefore, in what way you have received (the truth as a permanent deposit) and what way you heard (it) and be safeguarding (it), and have a change of mind at once." It is very evident from this verse that God had given them truth as a permanent deposit. It was received and is irrevocably theirs. It now remains to be seen what they will do with it, whether they will regard it or not. And that is true. They had been given the basic truth of the whole Gospel, "The just shall live by faith", "Salvation is of the Lord." They had heard the truth of the Bible which cast down the doctrines of Rome and set at naught all papal authority. They knew the truth that the church does not save. They understood the Lord's supper. They had light on water baptism. They put out the images. Truth? Why there never was an age with any more men with so much light to shed. They had enough illumination to completely overhaul the old system or start out fresh and let God lead them, line upon line and precept upon precept. They received the truth. They wanted it and heard it. But the question was, how did they hear it? Did they hear it to build upon or was it with the same attitude that many Greeks had--something to discuss and theorize over? Evidently the rich Word of truth was being heard in an academic manner, rather than for practical outworking, for God was demanding a change of mind concerning it. If this is the Word of God which indeed it is, then it must be obeyed. Failure to obey would bring judgment. When the guards of the sacred temple were found sleeping, they were beaten and their garments burned. What shall the Lord do to those who in this age have relaxed their guard?
GOD'S ORIGINAL PLAN
PARDONED_ TUCSON.AZ MONDAY_ 63-1028
E-45 We come to the spot to where we realize that we have separated. We are separated from God. And we come upon the basis of the shed Blood of Jesus Christ. Under that Blood, there's where the Methodist, Baptist, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Pentecostals, can all meet on common grounds, regardless of tradition they--or ritual. They can meet there under one common thing, and that's upon the Blood of Jesus Christ.
Until the church gets back to a place, and away from its rituals and back to God's original plan, that men are born into the Kingdom of God and not joined into the church... Then's the time that fellowship will reign everywhere, and the Spirit of the Lord will cover the earth like the waters covers the sea, when it comes to a place that men can forget their differences and come together in fellowship under the Blood.
PARDONED_ TUCSON.AZ MONDAY_ 63-1028
E-46 We cannot all come under the Baptist tradition, or the Presbyterian tradition, under the Methodist tradition, under the Pentecostal tradition. But we all can meet and fellowship under the Blood of Jesus Christ, because it's God's original plan. That's right. Amen. There's the pardoning.
A Methodist can look at a Baptist and hold his head sideways, and a Baptist will look at a Pentecostal, a Pentecostal back at the Baptist, on their traditions. But when they meet under the cross where the Blood of Jesus Christ cleanses all men from sin, he's a new creature in Christ Jesus. He's a brother. No matter what brand he's branded with, he's a brother. Because that's one ground that we can all meet on. It's God's way of doing it. These other things are manmade creeds injected into this. But God's original plan for pardoning is under the Blood of Jesus Christ. That's God's plan of doing it, yes.
DOES.GOD.CHANGE.HIS.MIND_ JEFF.IN V-5 N-9 SUNDAY_ 65-0418E
184 So now the great harlot of Revelation 17, these Balaam teachers with their false doctrine, is marrying the church into that kind of a mess. Watch when it comes to the showdown at the end time, look the weakness of it now. Nine hundred and something different organizations, one pulling one way, and one the other, there's no unity among them, and they're trying to bring unity, not backed by the Word of God, God's original plan, they're taking it in by politics and an organization. God don't change His mind; He stays right with His Word. He said, "Heavens and earth will pass away, but My Word won't." That's right. He stays with His original Word. Oh, my.
Though they still reason against It, just like they did, and just... There's only one thing to do; He won't change It; just believe, because both heavens and earth will pass away, His Word will never fail. See?
TRYING.TO.DO.GOD.A.SERVICE_ SHP.LA V-7 N-2 SATURDAY_ 65-1127B
246 All right, notice, carry it on the shoulders was God's original plan. There is five musts. I want you to put these down, if you're... I see you're writing. (And it's twenty minutes, twenty something minutes after ten, so I'll try to be through by eleven, if possible. I'll hurry just as quick as I can.)
No matter how sincere a man may be in doing God a service, no matter how sincere, how much anointed, how much of a Presbyterian, Baptist, Pentecostal; no matter whether you're a bishop, deacon, whatever you are, pastor, evangelist, prophet, whatever it might be; there's five musts that must be considered first. No matter how much anointing, how good it seemed, how the people shouting, everything the Spirit's a-doing, there is a must.
257-3 SARDISEAN.CHURCH.AGE - CHURCH.AGE.BOOK CPT.7
Revelation 3:2, "Be watchful and strengthen the things which remain that are ready to die for I have not found thy works perfect before God."
I wish it could be said that the Sardisean Age was a restoration instead of a reformation. I cannot say that. The Word does not call it a restoration, but certainly calls it a reformation. Had it been a restoration, that age would have been another Pentecostal age. But it was not. The best that could be said of it was, "Strengthen that which remains, that is ready to die." There was something missing. My, yes, there certainly was. This age had justification, but it had missed sanctification and the Baptism with the Holy Ghost. That is what God's original plan was. That is what they had at Pentecost. They were justified, they were sanctified, and were filled with the Holy Ghost. Why, listen to me, the reason for being justified and sanctified is to the end that you might be baptized with the Holy Ghost. That is the reason that there is a church. It is the temple of God filled with God, even the Holy Ghost. The same Spirit that was in Jesus while He was here on earth, causing Him to do the mighty works which He did came back upon the church at Pentecost so that they did the works that He did. This age did not have those works. Oh, they had the written Word, (but not the revealed Word). This was the reformation period. But fear not little flock, God said, "I will restore," and this reform was going to be the start of it. He was going to (according to His promise) take the church back from the depth of Satan in the Dark Ages to the Depth of God that they had at Pentecost and in the first few years of the existence of the church.
JUST PART OF THE WORD
TURN.ON.THE.LIGHT_ PHOENIX.AZ V-22 N-3 SATURDAY_ 64-0125
70 But, you see today, we find the people like it was somewhat in that day there: trying to live back in a glare. The church should ripen as the wheat ripens, that man shall live by--not by bread alone, but by every Word of God, the Bread of Life, not just part of the Word, every Word of God, every age. Just don't stay and eat beans and potatoes all the time. There's other things goes with it, as we go on into the full course of God's great Dinner that's set before His people, the power of the Holy Ghost, the--the rejoicing of It, of the power and the Spirit that has been given. "The works that I do shall you do also. Because I live, you live also." The promises that Jesus made to His church, and yet today we find people trying to go way back into some other age that's gone by.
272-1 SARDISEAN.CHURCH.AGE - CHURCH.AGE.BOOK CPT.7
Another illustration that we might take is the story of Israel leaving Egypt for Canaan land. God's purpose in this age was to bring Israel OUT, and to take them IN, to the end that they might serve Him. Thus when they left Egypt they ALL came out under the blood of the sacrificial lamb; they ALL went through the waters of baptism in the Red Sea; they ALL enjoyed the mighty miracles; ALL ate of the manna; ALL drank of the rock; and in so far as obvious external blessings and manifestations were concerned they ALL partook in like and equal manner. But, when they came to Moab those who joined in the feast of Baal-Peor all died. Their carcasses fell in the wilderness, for it was there that they refused the Word of God and turned from it. Now this is what Hebrews 6:1-9 speaks of, which was brought out so carefully in the Pergamean Age. You can't go along with just part of the Word, you have to take ALL the Word. There are people who seem involved in the things of God almost one hundred percent. They are like Judas. No one but Jesus knew exactly what kind of a person Judas was. So the day came that Judas did exactly what Israel did at Baal-Peor. He decided that he wanted to join with the false vine forces--enter into the financial, political organization of anti-Word, anti-Christ religion and he did so. He was fooled! The other eleven were not. They could not be, for they were of the very elect. So when Judas left and betrayed the Lord, his name was removed from the Book of Life. (Revelation 22:19).