Friday, September 30, 2016

The Doctrines of Grace

This book is from the larger book on the doctrines of grace. This is just one chapter from that book. I cannot even begin to say how precious these truths are to my soul. I did not find the Lord He found me. God's electing love is the reason any of us have a home in heaven. Praise be to God for the great things He has done.

Is The New Birth Controlled By Man Or By God?
John 3:1-8
In John Chapter three we have the thrilling story of a Pharisee named Nicodemus who came at night to see Jesus. The text says,
 “There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. 2 This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, "Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him." 3 Jesus answered and said to him, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." 4 Nicodemus said to Him, "How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?" 5 Jesus answered, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not marvel that I said to you, 'You must be born again.' 8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit."
  Why this man came at night is not told us, but we have a pretty good idea what might have influenced him to do so. Nicodemus was a Pharisee and and the Pharisees were highly respected religious leaders in Israel. Perhaps because of his position, he did not want to b e seen conversing with Jesus. In any case, It is very apparent that something disturbed this man and prompted his curiosity about Jesus. No doubt he saw some of the miracles that Jesus performed or heard about them from the many witnesses who saw them. Perhaps Nicodemus was struggling with the question, “Could this be the promised Messiah?” I think it is safe to conclude that Nicodemus was deeply stirred in his soul by the ministry of Christ. He may have been thinking, “If this man is the Messiah, how can we be right with God? 
In the text we see that Nicodemus makes a statement, "Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.” He does not raise any questions. But Jesus, knowing the heart of all men read his mind and cut right to the chase with His response. Jesus answered the unasked question which He knew was disturbing the  heart of this religious leader of Israel. Three times in this passage Jesus tells this man that he must be born again. This is puzzling to Nicodemus and he asks for clarification. “Can a man who is grown go back into the womb of his mother to be born again?” It is clear by his question that he is clueless as to what Jesus means by the spiritual work of God in the soul that we call the new birth. Jesus even rebukes him by asking, “Are you a spiritual leader in Israel and do not know these things?”  
Jesus then proceeds to explain the spiritual work of being born again by comparing it to natural birth. Just as a man is born physically, he must also be born spiritually. That which is born of the flesh is flesh and that which is born of the Spirit is Spirit. With solemn and serious words, Jesus warns Nicodemus that he must be born again. We know from reading the Scriptures that no one can go to heaven if they have not been born again. Just as John tells us in Chapter one that those who receive Christ have been born of God, so too in this text, John recounts the words of the Master to Nicodemus that we must be born again. 
But in verse eight, John gives us a statement that Jesus made about the new birth that is matchless in its clarity. Jesus said, “The wind blows where it wishes,and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from or where it goes. So is  everyone who is born of the Spirit.” What could be more clear than this verse? Jesus is telling Nicodemus that just as we cannot control the movements of the wind, or tell it to blow this way or that way, so it is with the new birth. The new birth is under the control of the Holy Spirit. There can and should be no ambiguity on this point. Jesus could not have said this in any other way to make it clearer. The new birth is not something we do; it is something God does through the Holy Spirit for us. 
Again, I repeat that if this were the only verse in the Bible that spoke of the nature of our salvation, it would be sufficient to convince us of the Doctrines of Grace.  This verse tells us that the new birth, just like the wind, is under the total control of a sovereign God. There can be no debate about what Jesus told Nicodemus in this passage. Jesus told Nicodemus, “You must be born again.” And He clearly tells Nicodemus that the new birth is something God does for man, not something man does for God.

Here is an excellent article on how to plead with God for your soul. May the Lord bless you all as you seek His face.

What Sinners Should Plead with God
by Ralph Erskine

  1. Plead his promise, Ezek 36:26,27. "I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws." It is a free, gracious promise: cry to him to make good that word to you, seeing he has said, "Once again I will yield to the plea of the house of Israel and do this for them." ver. 37. Tell him, that now you are come to inquire, and request him to do it.
  1. Plead your own feebleness and inability to help yourselves; this was the impotent man's plea at the pool of Bethesda, John 5:6,7 "When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, 'Do you want to get well?' 'Sir,' the invalid replied, 'I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.'" So say you, Lord, I have lain many years with this dead plagued heart, beside the open fountain of your blood; I am unable to move to it of myself; I have none to put me in: ordinances cannot do it; ministers cannot do it; you must put to your helping hand, or else the work will remain unperformed.
  2. Plead his power, in a sense of your own weakness. Do you feel the power and multitude of your corruptions within you? Say with Jehoshaphat, "Lord I have no might against this great company; neither know I what to do: but mine eyes are upon you." With you all things are possible. Though I may despair of help in myself and others; yet, you have forbid me to despair of help in you. You said, Let there be light, and there was light; therefore say, let there be faith, and it will immediately take place; for faith is your work and your gift: it is "the work of God that we believe: by grace we are saved, through faith, and that not of ourselves, it is the gift of God.”
  1. Plead your necessity, your extreme need of Christ and of faith in him. O man, there is not a starving man that needs food so much as you need Christ: there is not a wounded man that needs a physician; a shipwrecked man that needs a plank; a dying man, with the death rattle in his throat, that needs breath so much, as you need Christ. O then, cry, "Give me Christ, or else I die." I may live without friends, without wealth, and honour, and pleasure; but I cannot live without Christ, and without faith. Plead his power; how easy it is for him to help, saying, as Psalm 80:1 "you who sit enthroned between the cherubim, shine forth!" It will cost you no more pain to work faith in me, than it does the sun to shine forth. Yea, he can more easily put forth his power and grace, than the sun can dart out its beams. It is no trouble nor loss to the sun to shine forth, so neither will it be to him, to show his power and mercy: a look, or a touch, will do it; since he can so easily do it. You may cry with hope; he will never miss an alms bestowed on a beggar, out of the ocean of his bounty. Nay, as the sun, the more it shines displays its glory the more; so will he gain glory by putting forth his power to help you.
  1. Plead his mercy, and the freedom and extension of it. Plead the freedom of his mercy, that needs no motive, and expects no worth: it runs freely, so that the mountains cannot stop the current of it, no more than the rocks can stop the ebbing and flowing of the sea. Plead the extension of his mercy to others: he had compassion on men's bodies, that came to him for healing, and will he not have compassion upon souls, that come to him for life? Is not mercy the work that he delights in? The perfection of his nature, he takes pleasure to display.
  2. Plead Christ's commission, Isa. 61:1, that he came "to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners." Cry, Lord, here is a poor prisoner, a locked and bound up heart; here is employment for you. O loose and knock off my fetters, and bring my soul out of prison. O here is a naked sinner for you to cover, a wounded soul for you to cure, a lost sheep for you to seek and save; and was not this your errand? You came to seek and save that which was lost. And will you not find a lost sinner, that desires to seek you through your grace? Plead his commission under the broad seal of heaven; for, "Him has God the Father sealed." And plead the value of his blood, and merit of his righteousness: and upon that ground whereby all grace is purchased: plead for faith and grace to receive Jesus Christ the Lord.

Thus I have laid before you some directions, in order to the receiving of Christ. O cry for grace to follow them, and put them in practice, so you may indeed close the bargain with him. O shall all these directions be lost, and Christ be still slighted and rejected! O friends, you cannot please God better, than by coming to Christ and embracing the offer of him; and you cannot please the devil better than by refusing the offer of Christ; and putting him off with delays, till you perish in your unbelief.

And now, after all that has been said, what are you resolved upon? Will you receive Christ or not? Our glorious Lord and Master has sent us to pose you man, woman, and demand whether you will receive him or not? O! what answer shall we return with? Must we go and say, that all this people, upon no terms, will receive him; none of them are for precious Christ? Oh! God forbid! shall he not see the travail of his soul, who travailed through all the armies of God's wrath for you, and gave his soul an offering for your sin? O give your soul to him, saying, Lord, in spite of the devil and of unbelief, through grace I will open my heart and arms to receive Christ! The Lord himself help you to receive him, and walk in him.

Monday, September 5, 2016

The Holy Spirit's Work In Our Lives

This material on the Holy Spirit is from my book "The Foundations Of Godly Living."

The Practical Implications of Being Filled 
with the Holy Spirit

When we are filled with the Holy Spirit, we will be conformed to the image of Christ, and we will develop personal godliness. I have been privileged to have known some of the most godly servants of the Lord over the years. Some of these men and women have been such outstanding Christians and have lived lives that are truly astonishing in their zeal and devotion to Christ. Some of these believers have had to overcome great hardships and handicaps, yet they lived in such a way as to be an amazing testimony and credit to the Lord they loved and adored. What was the secret behind their great devotion to Christ? I can say that without a doubt it has been their deep spirituality that came from the filling and anointing of the Holy Spirit. Spiritual people are like Christ. When the Holy Spirit is working in our lives, He goes to great lengths to conform us into the image and likeness of Christ. British scholar and author C. S. Lewis, in his book Screw Tape Letters, allows the Devil to make the point of how God is making His children replicas of Jesus Christ His Son. The Devil sarcastically says:

“One must face the fact…an appalling truth. He really does want to fill the universe with a lot of loathsome little replicas of Himself—creatures, whose life, on its miniature scale, will be qualitatively like His own.”7

One of the joys of my own life over the years has been at those times that I have been approached by people outside of the faith who asked me what was it that made me different? What was the secret or the reason for the joy in my life? How thrilling to tell them that the life they see in me is a result of my being born again and having been indwelled by God’s Holy Spirit. Every true Christian should be able to share similar stories of how their life touched the lives of others by their example of love and joy in Christ. If this has never happened to you-ask yourself, “why?”

The reason Paul commands his readers to be filled with the Spirit on a daily and continual basis is that we need God’s strength in order to live spiritual lives. No one is filled with joy, peace, love, kindness, etc. all the time. When we fail to obey this command, we can quickly slip back into the flesh and begin to live lives that are unspiritual. A life dominated by the flesh is a life that is doomed to destruction. You remember what Paul said concerning those who practice the works of the flesh, “… those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” Galatians 5:21. Listen carefully, those who live in the flesh will die.

Two verses that speak to the need of living a spiritual life are Romans 15:13, and Psalm 42:1-2. Romans 15:13 says, “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” The Apostle Paul makes it clear to the church at Rome that joy, hope and peace come from the filling of the Holy Spirit. The Psalmist also gives us his testimony in Psalms 42:1-2, “As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God When shall I come and appear before God?” This spiritual longing for God comes from the indwelling Holy Spirit. Do you have such a longing for God? Would you describe your spiritual life as one of intense and passionate longing for the reality of God in your life? May you search you heart and see if these things are a reality in your life. If you have no     passion for Christ in your life, you should consider whether or not you have really been born again.

Let me summarize the implications of the filling of the Holy Spirit. If we are filled with the Spirit and are under His control, we should be the best husbands, wives, friends, workers, citizens, and people that others  ever meet. The Christian testimony of those who truly know the Lord is that they are characterized by these spiritual fruits that Paul mentions in Galatians 5:22-23. If our lives were characterized by love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control would not the world be amazed by the difference they would see in each of us? The fact that there is so little difference between the professing Christian and the person of the world who is not professing the Christian faith should alarm us. Pastors must realize that perhaps many of the people in their churches may be unsaved believers or they may be living very sub-par lives even though they profess to know the saving grace of Jesus Christ. In every generation the world needs to see a genuine and consistent Christian testimony from those who are followers of Jesus Christ. When Christian profession and Christian living do not measure up, the result will be a lack of credibility before the watching world. Each professing believer should grieve if they are a part of this problem. 

Steps to Being Filled with the Holy Spirit

  First, what we need to do is realize that being filled with the Holy Spirit is a command. This is not just a suggestion. We are commanded to be filled by the Holy Spirit every day of our lives. 

Second, we must have a desire to live a holy and godly life. Jesus taught us in the Beatitudes, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness for they shall be filled

Third, we need to humbly ask the Holy Spirit Who indwells us to fill us and take control of our lives. This means yielding to Him and allowing His presence to empower us.  Ask the Holy Spirit to fill you, to take control of your life, and to enable you to live a godly life. Romans 12:1-2 tells us, “I beseech you  therefore brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” C. H. Spurgeon had this to say about asking God to fill us with His Holy Spirit:

“I want to remind you of those blessed words of the Master, "Every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?" You see, there is a distinct promise to the children of God, that their heavenly Father will give them the Holy Spirit if they ask for His power; and that promise is made to be exceedingly strong by the instances joined to it. But he says, "How much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?" He makes it a stronger case than that of an ordinary parent.”8

Fourth, yield your life moment by moment to the Lord and walk in the Spirit. Obedience to the commandments of God and a desire to live in holiness is essential to a Spirit-filled life.

  Fifth, you must confess any known sin in your life and ask the Holy Spirit to give you the desire and the power to live the Christian life. When you sin, immediately confess it to the Lord and yield to the Holy Spirit to enable you to walk with God. 

Sixth, and finally, you must receive the Spirit by faith. Jesus told His disciples that if we ask anything according to His will, He will grant it to us. We know it is the will of God that we are filled, controlled, and empowered by the Holy Spirit to live a godly life. Therefore, we can have full assurance that the Lord is delighted to grant us this filling with His Spirit, for this is His will for our lives.
One Christian leader pleaded with his people to be filled with the Holy Spirit. 

“…be filled with the Spirit. Seek to be more and more under His blessed influence. Strive to have every thought, and word, and action, and habit, brought under obedience to the leadings of the Holy Spirit. Grieve Him not by inconsistencies and conformity to the world. Quench Him not by trifling with little infirmities and small besetting sins. Seek rather to have Him ruling and reigning more completely over you every week that you live. Pray that you may yearly grow in grace, and in the knowledge of Christ. This is the way to do good to the world. An eminent Christian is a light-house—seen far and wide by others, and doing good to myriads, whom he never knows. This is the way to enjoy much inward comfort in this world, to have bright assurance in death, to leave broad evidences behind us, and at last to receive a great crown.”9

Let us all strive to be filled with the Holy Spirit every day of our lives. Being filled with the Holy Spirit is one of the foundational truths of godly living. Without the filling of the Holy Spirit, we cannot live a godly life.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Robert Murray M'Cheyne of Dundee, Scotland

The life of Robert Murray M'Cheyne of Scotland is one of the most precious stories of a godly pastor who lived for the glory of God and who pursued holiness and likeness to Christ with a passion. Here are a number of his quotes that will give you a good sense of the heart of this man of God. You can get a free e-book on his life if you go to Amazon. The biography of M'Cheyne by Anrew Bonar is a superb read. 

In the more recent history of the Christian church there has not been a man so noted for personal holiness quite like the saintly Scottish pastor Robert Murray McCheyne of Dundee, Scotland. When he died the secular papers said of this man that “Jesus has walked among us.” 

I want to share with you tonight some thoughts on this special man of God that I trust will be a blessing to all of you.

Quotes by M'Cheyne

"Pray for me, that I may be made holier and wiser--less like myself, and more like my heavenly Master; that I may not regard my life, if so be I may finish my course with joy. This day eleven years ago, I lost my loved and loving brother, and began to seek a Brother who cannot die."

"Read part of the life of Jonathan Edwards. How feeble does my spark of Christianity appear beside such a sun! But even his was a borrowed light, and the same source is still open to enlighten me."

"If nothing else will do to sever me from my sins, Lord, send me such sore and trying calamities as shall awake me from earthly slumbers. It must always be best to be alive to thee, whatever be the quickening instrument."

"Life itself is vanishing fast. Make haste for eternity."

"Do everything in earnest--if it is worth doing, then do it with all your might. Above all, keep much in the presence of God. Never see the face of man till you have seen his face who is our Life, our All."

"Take heed to thyself. Your own soul is your first and greatest care."

"Keep up close communion with God. Study likeness to him in all things..."

"I know well that when Christ is nearest, Satan also is busiest."

"I feel there are two things it is impossible to desire with sufficient ardour--personal holiness, and the honour of Christ in the salvation of souls."

"It is not great talents God blesses so much as great likeness to Jesus. A holy minister is an awful weapon in the hand of God."

"Live near to God, and so all things will appear to you little in comparison with eternal realities."

"Even those that are most deeply concerned about their souls do not see the millionth part of the blackness of their hearts and lives."

"Every wave of trouble has been wafting you to the sunny shores of a sinless eternity."

" not think any sin trivial; remember it will have everlasting consequences."

"Go on, dear brother; but an inch of time remains, and then eternal ages roll on for ever--but an inch on which we can stand and preach the way of salvation to a perishing world."

"One smile from Jesus sustains my soul amid all the storms and frowns of this passing world. Pray to know Jesus better."

"Do not fear the face of man. Remember how small their anger will appear in eternity."

~Robert Murray McCheyne (1813-1843),

Friday, August 12, 2016

"Rivers of Water run down from my eyes, because men do not keep Your law."
Psalm 119:136

Do you know the Ten Commandments? The problem with modern day America is that most people do not know these commandments. Because of this, there is no fear of God before the eyes of millions of our fellow citizens. Before the gospel will be loved, cherished, and received, there must be a knowledge of sin.

Today, God's laws have been replaced with the laws of secular man. 

The Ten Commandments Of Humanism
And Secularism

  1. Thou shalt have no other god but the government.
  2. Thou shalt not take the name of the government in vain.
  3. Thou shalt believe everything the news tells you.
  4. Thou shalt not be negative.
  5. Thou shalt not offend anyone.
  6. Thou shalt not be critical of other religions.
  7. Thou shalt not impose thy views on others.
  8. Thou shalt keep thy faith out of the public square.
  9. Thou shalt fear man.
  10. Thou shalt not count the cost of serving Jesus.

"And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest asked them saying, 'Did we not strictly command you not to teach in this name? And look, you have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this Man's blood on us!; But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: 'We ought to obey God rather them men.'" Acts 5:27-28.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Are Open Borders And Mass Islamic Immigration Good For Western Civilization?

I was asked recently by several people what I thought about the mass immigration crisis that is taking place in Europe. This same crisis is also taking place in the US. It has been suggested that migration is a human right. The argument for this idea is that those who are seeking asylum in Europe have a right to do so and the population of Europe has a moral obligation to receive them. This is fallacious reasoning.  This is reasoning that is contrary to the teachings of the Word of God. This is reasoning that is not only absurd, it is suicidal nonsense. That many professing Christians cannot see this is beyond shocking. That professing Christians cannot discern these things is evidence that many of those who profess faith in Christ follow the wisdom of man rather than the wisdom of God.

Those who are seeking entrance into Europe, for the most part, are not coming to assimilate. They are not coming to embrace the western values and cultural standards of their host countries. If the people coming to Europe posed no serious threat to the native population, a case could be made for taking in some of these refugees. But many of these people from the Middle East and Africa come with an agenda. They will change our culture,  harass our citizens, mock our values, impose sharia law, demand the dismantling of Christian traditions, vandalize Christian symbols, bring in potential terrorists, and use our freedoms to destroy our freedoms. My wife once sat on a plane next to an Arab educator who was coming to our town to lecture at a local university on Islam. He told my wife, without batting an eye, that he and other Muslims were using our freedoms to further their Islamic agenda in America. This man was not hiding anything. Similar ideas are being publicly made by many Islamic leaders.

Europe is committing cultural suicide by allowing open borders, mass migrations, and welcoming a strange and deadly religion into its heartland. Welcoming Muslims into Europe in massive numbers is like taking poison into a body. It will eventually bring death.  

       Someone who has studied at Harvard University relayed to me an interesting lecture they heard. The lecture discussed how the ruling elite in Europe are needing the massive waves of immigrants to support their dying economy because of a greying population and a  native population that is not replacing itself by child birth. Every year European nations need hundreds of thousands of new workers and potential tax payers to keep their economic systems functioning. The problem with this scenario is that these massive waves of migrants have, for the most part, no intention of assimilating. Germany, which is the wealthiest nation in Europe, is the only country in Europe that has the potential to financially pay for this massive welfare program. Other countries will soon be bankrupt and in the same condition as Greece and Italy. Because of this ongoing migration, European nations are now facing an exploding increase in crime, harassment of its citizens, rape, violence, and civil unrest. The native Europeans are under siege. There is a growing backlash from many people. But most experts believe that it is too late to make any significant change. There is a general opinion that the Europe of the Reformation and Christian worldview is finished. It is only a matter of time before Europe becomes Eurabia. How an entire continent lost its Christian faith and the values that made it great  and committed cultural suicide will go down as one of the greatest tragedies in all of human history.

Those who favor this massive wave of migration from Muslim countries must explain how this is a right. On what authority do they support such a suicidal policy? Those who support this must ask themselves, “Does Europe have a culture, a history, a legacy and a faith worth keeping?” If it does, then allowing millions of Muslim migrants into the heartland of Europe is committing cultural, political, and religious suicide. If there is something about the history, culture, and religion of Europe that is unworthy of perpetuating, then have at it—open borders, mass migration, and multiculturalism will bury Europe, and it will eventually cease to exist. 

Do those in Europe and America who favor this massive influx of refugees imagine that there will be some sort of utopia such as what Muslims have called “The Golden Age of Spain and Bagdad” in the ninth and tenth centuries? During this so-called golden age, the Jews, Christians and Muslims supposedly lived together in harmony and peace. Was this really the case or is it just more propaganda to hide the truth about Islam? Let’s examine the Islamic Golden Age in Spain and Baghdad. Islam invaded Baghdad and Spain with the sword in hand. These countries, like all other countries that were subjugated by Islam, did not invite this religion into its heartland, nor did they willingly convert to this false religion. Islam invaded them, and killed so many people that the remainder surrendered. Those who surrendered and did not convert to Islam were raped, robbed and made dhimmis, (Dhimmis are second class citizens who had to pay a tax for being non-Muslim) except for those who were made slaves and shipped to another part of the Islamic empire. Is this the kind of golden age that we would wish to embrace?

Europe is facing an unimaginable problem. Africa and the Middle East have exploding populations. Recent surveys show that over 80% of the populations of these nations want to migrate to Europe (a continent that has bought into the lie that having children is a bad thing because of so-called overpopulation—which is a myth). Unless European governments do something to halt this wave of migration, millions of these people will eventually come and settle in Europe. If most of these refugees came to assimilate and were no existential threat to the prevailing culture that would be one thing. But the overwhelming majority of those who come to Europe from Muslim countries have no intention of embracing the European way of life, let alone its Christian faith. In a recent poll in the United States a large number of Muslims were asked, “Do you think Sharia law should replace the laws of the land?” In every single instance they said yes! Should we be shocked? This is also true in Europe. Muslims are coming, and they have a goal of dismantling every rival law and religion and replacing it with Sharia law and Islam.

The Christian worldview compels us to be compassionate to those in need. But the Christian worldview does not compel us to commit suicide in the act of being kind. Those who really need our assistance are the millions of Christians in the Middle East who are systematically being killed, tortured, raped and driven out of their homes by Isis and other Islamic groups. These Christians include the Chaldeans, the Coptic Egyptians, the many Christians in Lebanon and Palestine, and in other parts of the Middle East. Besides these Christians, if other refugees are allowed to enter Europe, there must be a way of vetting those who have a sincere reason to come and not just allowing those to come who wish to reap the benefits of a socialistic society and who see themselves as soldiers of Allah to wage jihad on Western civilization.

  So there is a need for Christian compassion, but taking in the massive numbers who want to come to Europe to receive the benefits of a social welfare state will overwhelm the continent and destroy it. Immigration should be controlled, and it should not be viewed as a way to dismantle centuries of Western civilization for the sake of pseudo-Christian sympathy and compassion. But then again, if living in Pakistan, Africa and the Middle East is high on one’s priority list, then by all means open your borders. If living under Sharia law, losing one’s Christian heritage, forgetting the God of your father’s and destroying the legacy of the great revivals and the Reformation is ok with Europeans, then welcome as many migrants as you can. Europe is rapidly becoming a second Middle East. Western civilization is being replaced by the repressive and repulsive ideas of a false religion. 

There has never been a time in modern history where such massive waves of migration have the potential to wipe out an entire civilization and with it the Christian worldview. I see this not just as a socio-political concern but as a existential threat to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Forget about the great revivals of our past. Forget about the Christian heroes and the great preachers that the West produced. Forget about the Reformation. Don’t you know that all of this is going to be erased and forgotten? Don’t you know that if the status quo is maintained much longer, all that you have held dear is going to be obliterated by the influx of a people who come with an alien worldview and a religion that is the most oppressive and anti-Christian that the world has ever known? Some day, not far from now, our children and our children’s children will ask, “Whatever happened to that wonderful place we once called Christian Europe?” “How did that worldview disappear?” Dr. Bill Warner from the Center For The Study Of Political Islam said, 

“Islam has expanded since its first inception. We have decided to not oppose its growth, since that would be bigoted. In our present mind-set, there is nothing to stop Islam from prevailing. Europe is rapidly being overtaken by Muslim immigration and high birth rates. The problem is that Europe’s elites and governments are fully accommodated to the end of European civilization and the beginning of Eurabia. European media, intellectuals and government officials only want to help the process of the death of Europe by assisting Islam and yielding to all of Political Islam’s demands, including ever more welfare and immigration.” 

The Apostle Paul said, “For if the trumpet makes an uncertain sound who will prepare himself for battle.” I Corinthians 14:8. I believe that many Christians have been fighting battles that are trivial and inconsequential compared to the real war that is raging all around them. Many Christian pastors and leaders are remaining silent as their Christian heritage and worldview is being systematically dismantled and replaced.

Preach the gospel fearlessly—we must. Be faithful to our high calling—indeed! But this does not mean that we neglect the fight in the arena of culture, ideas, multiculturalism, and whose law will guide and influence society. Study the Reformers, the leaders of the ancient church in Anatolia, and even the Roman Catholics and you will find that they left us with a great amount of material on their concerns with Islam. Calvin and the Reformers knew the tremendous dangers of this false religion. They preached against it, they warned their people about it, and they were aware of the deadly threat to their gospel that it posed. Over the years as I have read Luther, Calvin, Matthew Henry, Matthew Poole and other commentaries, I have repeatedly come across  statements and references to what these men termed “Mohammedism.” How is it that preachers today, for the most part, have let this false religion come in among them and have done so little to educate the population of its true nature and history? We have allowed the narrative to be totally controlled by those who have a vicious desire to destroy the Christian worldview. These ruling elites have duped the masses of our citizens and the church has not risen to the occasion to clarify the facts and set forth the truth.  Again I cite material from the Center For The Study Of Political Islam:

“There is an enormous gap in our knowledge about Islam. Look at these simple facts. North Africa and Egypt used to be Christian. North Africa was European. Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, and the rest of the Middle East were Christian. Turkey used to be Greek Anatolia. Afghanistan and all of the rest of the Silk Route countries were Buddhist. Pakistan and Bangladesh used to be Buddhist and Hindu. Today all of those nations are Islamic. Did Islam “just happen” or was there a process that took centuries? How did Greek Christian Anatolia become Islamic Turkey? The history of Islamification is a non-history… There is no way to live with Islam. Life with Islam is a succession of demands. Mohammed never stopped until 100% of his demands were met. That was life with Mohammed…Islam is a civilization that is designed to extinguish all Kafir civilizations down to their last cultural vestige. Annihilation is Sunna. Mohammed did not stop until the Kafirs surrendered to his demands to change the smallest details of their lives into his way of doing. The last 1400 years of history is proof of the brutal efficiency of Islamic politics. There has never been a culture where Islam and Kafirs existed in long-term peace. After a long enough time period, Islam takes over the civilization. This is the goal of Islam…”

(A Kafir is a non-Muslim who is considered an infidel and by Quranic teaching is to be either converted, made a dhimmi or killed.)

If this battle is not fought, there will be no opportunity to preach the gospel at all. Many Christians are guilty of straining at gnats and swallowing camels. While we slept, an enemy came in among us. When we awoke, it was too late. My answer and response to this migration of people from the Middle East to Europe and America is that this is going to be the death of Western Civilization. If not curtailed, the end will come. Perhaps it’s already here.