Searching for the Truth in the King James Bible;
Finding it, and passing it on to you.

Steve Van Nattan






By Steve Van Nattan

What does the bible mean by "The Lost"?

Being lost in the wilderness is an experience most of you have never experienced. But, many times we have been lost in a city, having had poor directions, or having turned right instead of left.

There are some aspects of being lost in the wilderness which parallel spiritual experiences in an uncanny way.

Here is how to get hopelessly lost in the wilderness:

1. Do not tell anyone you are going into the forest or hiking some trail. That way, they won't know you went hiking nor where you went, so they cannot find you.

2. Do not take a compass or map. If you do take a compass and map, and when they do not agree with your instincts, you must assume the compass is wrong, and so is the map.

3. Do not follow the well marked trail. Take off into the woods when you see something more interesting. Wander around like that until you do not know where you are.

4. When you feel you have gotten lost, do not go back where you came from. Keep going on under the assumption that you will find your destination just over the next ridge.

5. Spend your time, as you hike, picking flowers and berries and looking for nothing but thrills and novel wonders. Do not bother to notice various landmarks along the way.

6. Once you believe you are lost, panic. Run around in a frenzy looking for things that are familiar. Climb hills and yell a lot. Do not go back to the point at which you first realized you were lost.

7. Do not stop, whatever you do. Keep yourself totally exhausted as you keep chasing objectives you imagine will lead you to civilization.

8. Finally, make a nice place to rest, lie down, and die.

Believe it or not, Search and Rescue people have stories of people who just lay down and died with fire starting materials, plenty of water, and three weeks of survival food.

Now, do any of these eight steps to disaster sound a bit like your life? Hmmmm

Read through them again, asking the question, "Is this how I am living?"

What is the last emotion of a hiker who is lost and has gone through all the wrong steps to being rescued or getting home?

He finally comes to the supreme conviction that no one will ever see or care about him again. Just about the only way to have this totally destructive emotion is to get yourself lost in a huge forest. A Search and Rescue team may be busy tracking down a lost hiker, but he cannot visualize this. A four wheeler may come buzzing over a hill in the next ten minutes. But, he has totally lost all bearings, he has failed to find any signs of people or life, and his final conclusion is that he is eternally condemned to oblivion.

That is what Satan wants YOU also to think. Because you have backslidden so badly, you must have lost your salvation. He wants you who have wandered off from Christ and his Church to believe that no one misses you. No one will ever look in on you. No one even thinks about you anymore. Meanwhile, someone may be weeping over your folly every night as they go to sleep. A local church prayer meeting may be praying their souls out every Wednesday evening over you. Your pastor may scan every crowd, while he is shopping, to catch a glimpse of your face.

Meanwhile, you threw your map (Bible) away long ago, and you do not believe your compass (The Holy Spirit) anymore. You are frantically trying to make order of your life, running up this hill, and into that valley, believing that soon you will be happy and find order in your life. Finally, Satan has told you, in the words of Lot's wife, "Curse God, and die."

"I've got the Misery" says the song.

You are the kind of Lost Sheep that Jesus wants back in his fold. You have been caught in some wicked sin, like the woman caught in adultery in the Gospels, and you just know Jesus and his people will stone you if you return to his sheep fold. This Jesus you fear is the one who told that woman caught in adultery, "Neither to I condemn thee, go and sin no more."

Find your map, check the compass, and sit still. God will speak to you again. Your friends from long ago will still love you and welcome you home to Christ's Church.

Psalms 4:3 But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the LORD will hear when I call unto him.
4 Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.
5 Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD.

When I lived in the California Mojave Desert and pastored a church in a town called Yermo, we had many hoboes and drifters get off the the trains that came through our town, and they would come to our church to seek food and hand outs. I always fed them, and I talked to them about their lives and the Gospel.

One day a young man came to the church who said he had been on the train. I talked with him, and he had quite a story. He told me he had been saved in Moody Church in Chicago a couple years previously. He also said he had been a sodomite, and he was greatly moved when he told me that the people at Moody Church accepted his profession of faith in Christ, and they started him on the road to victory over sodomy, and they helped him find work and prosper.

Well, he got dejected for some reason. He told me he had gotten thoughts of the old life of sodomy, and he decided to take a trip to San Francisco and see what the sodomite life was like there. He went by bus with enough cash in his pockets to have a good time. He visited some of the attractions of sodomte wickedness, and he was loved by the sodomites for his money. He soon fell in with several sodomites who convinced him they really loved him and cared about him. They also got him drunk one night and stole all his money. They then threw him out on the street. Sodomites are so special and caring, right? Bah!

With no cash to speak of, he hopped a train and rode the rails to our town. I told him he could repent of sin in our local church, and the people would forgive him and accept him as a brother in the Lord. But, I also told him the story of Abraham. Abraham lived in a semi-desert world as a herdsman. He also had an altar under a tree at a place called Bethel where he worshipped God.

Abraham soon decided Egypt would be a fun place to live with all its modern ways and wealth. So, he migrated there. Abraham found himself playing tricks, making morally bad choices, and getting into trouble with the Egyptian leader. He finally repented, took his family back home, and he worshipped again under the tree in Bethel.

I asked the young man where his Bethel was. He told me, "In Moody Church in Chicago, down at the altar of the church." He sure figured that out, and I told him he needed to finish his trip home and do just that. I gave him food and water, we prayed together, and off he went. I will learn in Heaven if he made it home and to the altar and victory.

Hosea 14:1 O Israel, return unto the LORD thy God; for thou hast fallen by thine iniquity.

Have you also fallen by your iniquity and sin?

So, were is YOUR Bethel? Remember the rule about being lost in the woods..... As soon as you realize you are lost, back track, watching for familiar landmarks your mind collected before you wandered.




There are two blasphemous teachings about the Jews, the House of Israel.

Heresy One:
Calvinists and all Reformed churches teach that the Covenant of God to Abraham and Israel has been cancelled forever. They claim that the Jews will never fit into God's plan in any special way in the future. This is false in two ways. First, the Jews fit into the plan of salvation given in the New Testament. Jesus told us to preach the Gospel to the whole world, "to the Jew first, and also to the Greek." Secondly, the prophecies of the Old Testament make it very clear that Israel will be restored under their Messiah in the future. The book of Daniel, and the Revelation, also tell of the re-establishment of Israel, tribe by tribe. In the coming Kingdom of Messiah, a highway will one day run from Cairo to Nineveh, and the following:

Zechariah 8:23 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you.

Those who claim God is not keeping his covenant with the Jews are blasphemers.

Heresy Two:
John Hagee and others teach that the Jews do not need to be converted by faith in Jesus Christ. They claim that the Jews have a special relationship with God through their blood line. This too is blasphemy:

Matthew 10:5 These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not:
6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Israel was lost when Jesus walked in Gallilee, and they are still lost.

Romans 11:1 I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.
2 God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel, saying,
3 Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life.
4 But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal.
5 Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.
6 And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.
7 What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded

Jews today are blinded. The only exceptions are those who are elected by the foreknowledge of God in Christ before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1). And, salvation by grace is the only salvation Jews can receive today, just like the Gentiles. A relationship with God cannot result by claiming a Jewish blood line, as some blasphemers today claim. Any Jew who is born again had to confess faith in Jesus Christ to receive salvation (Romans 10:8-11).

Having said this, it is also true that the Jews once had a relationship with God. They lost it, and Jesus came to earth to seek those lost sheep back. This is indeed a special relationship that Jews had with Jesus. Jesus' parable of the Good Shepherd is all about Jesus seeking Jewish lost sheep. It is not about the saints of the Lord's Church seeking lost Gentiles.

Luke 15:3 And he spake this parable unto them, saying,
4 What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?
5 And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.
6 And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.
7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.

The reason this is all about Jews being brought back to zeal and faith in Christ the Messiah is very obvious. The lost sheep BELONGED TO the shepherd. The sheep had once been in the fold and had wandered off. This was not the conversion of a goat to become a sheep. It was also not about the shepherd rustling maverick sheep off of another shepherd. You Fundamental Baptist preachers are too lazy to seek souls who are really lost. You go about the neighborhood rustling Baptists from other local churches.

So, there are two ways to be lost, as with the Jews. During Jesus' ministry they were considered lost sheep who needed to be restored to God their Shepherd. During the Church Age, the Jews have been cut off of the tree and are now totally lost and in need of salvation the same as any other sinner.

So, in this story, being "lost" was all about a believer wandering off from the fold. A GOOD Sherperd goes out and looks for the backslidden saints. He is NEVER satsfied with "churching" them, as in excommunication. His instincts are like Christ his Lord, and he never gives up on the back slider. Way too many of you slop hog preachers seem to rejoice in "churching" backsliders. I have heard you myself, in pastor's rallies in the foyer, bragging on how you "churched" some rebel. Your instincts are devilish, and I personally consider you damned to hell hirelings. Real shepherds are never satisfied to run their sheep off.


Here is a passage which is prophetic and speaks of the coming Kingdom on earth of Messiah Jesus Christ. This text answers both of the herecies I discussed above about the Jews and Israel. Here, the Jew is seen as having a dead heart and in need of a whole new regeneration. This is the regeneration accomplished through Christ on the cross. You also see in this text the literal restoration of Israel and Jerusalem. Those who claim God has pitched the Jews into prophetic oblivion are heretics, and that is my final verdict on them:

Ezekiel 36:25 Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.
26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.
28 And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.
29 I will also save you from all your uncleannesses: and I will call for the corn, and will increase it, and lay no famine upon you.
30 And I will multiply the fruit of the tree, and the increase of the field, that ye shall receive no more reproach of famine among the heathen.
31 Then shall ye remember your own evil ways, and your doings that were not good, and shall lothe yourselves in your own sight for your iniquities and for your abominations.
32 Not for your sakes do I this, saith the Lord GOD, be it known unto you: be ashamed and confounded for your own ways, O house of Israel.
33 Thus saith the Lord GOD; In the day that I shall have cleansed you from all your iniquities I will also cause you to dwell in the cities, and the wastes shall be builded.
34 And the desolate land shall be tilled, whereas it lay desolate in the sight of all that passed by.
35 And they shall say, This land that was desolate is become like the garden of Eden; and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are become fenced, and are inhabited.
36 Then the heathen that are left round about you shall know that I the LORD build the ruined places, and plant that that was desolate: I the LORD have spoken it, and I will do it.
37 Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will yet for this be enquired of by the house of Israel, to do it for them; I will increase them with men like a flock.
38 As the holy flock, as the flock of Jerusalem in her solemn feasts; so shall the waste cities be filled with flocks of men: and they shall know that I am the LORD.

If you are a Jew reading here, you need to underestand that you have NO relationship with the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. You have a stony heart which needs to be replaced by Jesus Christ with a living heart. You may read at the following link about the Gospel Jesus preached and how you can be truly restored to Jehoveh.





Who are the lost Gentiles according to the Bible?

Gentiles are all those in the world who are not Jews. That is what is implied in all Bible texts. The Gentiles could come to the Temple in Jerusalem, but they had to remain in the outer court. They are "made nigh" by the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and Christ ordered all Bible believers to preach the Gospel to the Jews first, and also to the Greeks. The Greeks are an alternate usage for Gentiles. The world if Jesus' day was dominated by the language Greek, and the Greek Helenist culture dominated the known world, including north Africa.

Ephesians 2:11 Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;
12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:
13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

Simeon, a Jew, receives revelation from God about Messiah Jesus Christ.

Luke 2:30 For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,
31 Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;
32 A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.

Christ died for the Gentiles just as certainly as for the Jews. He said he would build his Church, and the gates of Hell would not prevail against it. As we read the New Testament, we see that Paul, and other evangelists, went throughout the whole Gentile world they knew preaching the Gospel, and local churches resulted in many Gentile cities.

Here we see that "nations or Gentiles" are distinct from Israel.

Acts 4:27 For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together,

Gentiles were just as guilty of killing Christ as the Jewish leaders were.

Again the Gentiles are a distinct group from Israel. Here "Gentiles" are non-Israelites.

Acts 9:15 But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:

The Apostle Paul was specially chosen by Christ to take the Gospel to the Gentiles. We have several denominations today who do not feel compelled to take the Gospel to anyone. They are all Calvinists. The idea is, if God wants them bad enough, he will find a way to get them. The Primitive Baptists, Reformed Baptists, and all the Reformed denominations, fall into this category. I have known these people, and when I speak of the Gospel, they go silent.

Most of these disciples of that theologian from the Kingdom of France are not even born again. Born again Bible believers have a God-given instinct to speak to the lost about Jesus Christ and the Gospel. The Primitive Baptists actually believe that the concept of sending missionaries to the lost is wicked. People who despise the Gospel and have a go-to-Hell attitude toward lost souls, ARE NOT BORN AGAIN. They are hirelings.

All of the Reformed church movements have become bored stiff with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. If the conversion of the Gentiles were up to them, Gentiles could just go to Hell. When I got into a duscussion on Facebook with some Lutherans about doctrine, I asked them when was the last time they talked about Jesus Christ in the market place. At that point, they raged on me with quotes from theologians. These rebels believe that God is entirely responsible for souls going to Heaven or Hell, so the creeps think they will not answer for their rebellion against the command of Christ to preach the Gospel.

Paul was to take the Gospel to the "nations" and to the sons of Israel.

Acts 21:21 And they are informed of thee, that thou teachest all the Jews which are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, saying that they ought not to circumcise their children, neither to walk after the customs.

The Jews who were converted by Paul's witness were "among the Gentiles." This means that the early Church was made up of lost Jews and lost Gentiles who were born again. They then became "brethren" with one another, and Paul taught the churches to have no tribal or racial distinctions. The Jewish religious leaders hated this because, like most Reformed Church people today, the Jewish leaders believed all Gentiles should go to Hell.

Here we have Jews who are among the "nations", two separate groups.

Isaiah 49:6 And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth.

Any Jew who is lost and then found by his faith in Jesus Christ is at once to become a light, or a soul winner, of Gentiles he knows. Any Jew who claims to be born again, while he totally avoids Gentiles, is a rebel whom Christ will chasten, that is, if that Jew is really born again.

Yahweh was going to use Jacob and Israel to be a light to the "nations."

Isaiah 11:10 And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.

From the line of David would come a Savoir, and his Church is indeed glorious. He, Messiah will finally return to earth, and he will set up a Kingdom and rule all the Gentiles. These Gentiles will then have the opportunity to worship Christ and be converted.

The "nations" non-Israelites, would then seek the Lord, when Ephraim and Judah were re-united:

Isaiah 11:12 And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.

The Jews from all the earth will be gathered back into the Kingdom territory of Israel again under Messiah Jesus Christ. This is the ultimate finding of lost sheep.

During the Old Testament era, both Jews and Gentiles were equally lost and worthy of chastening.

Jeremiah 9:24 But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.
25 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will punish all them which are circumcised with the uncircumcised;
26 Egypt, and Judah, and Edom, and the children of Ammon, and Moab, and all that are in the utmost corners, that dwell in the wilderness: for all these nations are uncircumcised, and all the house of Israel are uncircumcised in the heart.

Verse 26 makes it clear that Judah went into rebellion against Jehovah right along with the other Gentile nations.

It should be clear here that "nations" or "heathen" does not mean Israel. Isreal is in dispersion now, as in "lost," and they need to be found and gathered back to their land.

Ezekiel 28:25 Thus saith the Lord GOD; When I shall have gathered the house of Israel from the people among whom they are scattered, and shall be sanctified in them in the sight of the heathen, then shall they dwell in their land that I have given to my servant Jacob.

Ezekiel 36:21 But I had pity for mine holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the heathen, whither they went.

So "nations" and Israel are at times two distinct peoples. The spiritually lost includes the house of Israel but also refers to the non-Israelites.

Acts 14:1 And it came to pass in Iconium, that they went both together into the synagogue of the Jews, and so spake, that a great multitude both of the Jews and also of the Greeks believed.
2 But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles, and made their minds evil affected against the brethren.

The term "Gentile" or "nations" is used of non-Jews. The "nations," non-Israelites coming to faith in Messiah, was foretold by the prophets:

Deuteronomy 32:21 They have moved me to jealousy with that which is not God; they have provoked me to anger with their vanities: and I will move them to jealousy with those which are not a people; I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation.

So, as a Gentile (non-Jew) you are lost because you have not confessed faith in Christ. It cannot be assumed that Christ has not found you..... he has. He knows everything about you. He is not willing that you should perish, and he asks you to come unto him by faith.

Thus, staying lost is really a sad thing because you have already been found by Christ. But, he insists that you confess faith in him in order for you to go from being lost to being found in the sense of salvation and being born again.

A Japanese soldier, Shoichi Yokoi, during World War II, hid in the jungle as the American forces retook the Phillipines. This soldier was told by local Phillipinos that the war was lost by Japan and had ended. He refused to accept this fact, and he stayed hidden in the jungle until 1974. He believed that accepting defeat would be a disgrace. Only after being formally relieved of duty by his former commanding officel, did Shoichi Yokoi surrender and return to Japan.

So, why are you willing to stay lost?

I have a section in this journal for you to read to learn how to change your lost state to one of belonging to God through Jesus Christ. FIND IT HERE


Orrie Cockrane

Orrie Cochrane lived in Michigan in Newaygo County near Grant. As a young man he was a fighting Irishman, and he knocked out many a tooth for the sheer joy of educating some trouble maker.

Orrie's idea of a good time was to head for the bar in the evening and pick a fight with anyone he could. He had fists the size of hams, his hands were gnarled and leathery, and he was famous around Grant, Michigan for his hot Irish temper.

Orrie was not a big man, but he was all steel and grit. Sinners feared him and saints avoided him-- well, all except brother Uhe. Brother Uhe got to Orrie somehow, and lead him to faith in The Lord Jesus Christ.

Orrie changed in that his fists got sanctified, but his zeal just moved over to become the Lord's.

I rode through the countryside with Orrie one day. He loved old Cadillacs. I think it was a little latent Irish philosophy. No one could argue with his Cadillac, which was helpful, because the more excited Orrie got, the more of the road and right of way he used as he herded the Cadillac down the road. One time he got so involved edifying his wife on some great biblical doctrine that he ran right off the road and over a wall.

As we rode through the farm land that day, at about 30 miles per hour, Orrie had an editorial for every farm house we passed.

"I talked to him about the Lord last week. He listened and said he needed to get saved, but not yet. I'm going back pretty soon to see if he's ready."

"That guy told me to go to hell, but I ain't going to do it" (Grinning from ear to ear).

"I had to work on that fella for ten years. He didn't want to listen, but he finally gave in. He's a deacon at the Baptist church now."

"I haven't been to this guy's place yet. I wonder if the Lord is mad at me for not trying to get him saved?"

Orrie's method was very direct, and he had a quality that is nearly gone from the Lord's Church today-- He feared God. He absolutely believed that God would shorten his life or chasten him if he didn't go witness. Add one more quality-- Orrie loved those folks intensely. He thought that there was no bigger favor he could do for them than to give them the Gospel.

We came to a farm house which had been sectioned off from the original farm property. The man there had an electric motor winding and repair shop. Orrie pulled in, and he dug an old greasy motor out of the floor of the back seat. He carried it into the shop, and told the man he needed it fixed and cleaned up. The fellow showed real affection for Orrie. Everyone in the area did. The sinners viewed Orrie as a sort of legend.  Remembering his Irish fire and fists before he got saved, they knew that Jesus' power had changed Orrie.

Orrie took the conversation to Jesus with an ease I have seldom seen. The Holy Spirit used Orrie's understanding of the old life to help him wiggle in right next to these old country boys. Pretty soon, Orrie sensed he had said enough, and we said good bye and got in the car and drove off.

As we went down the road, Orrie turned to me with a sly grin, and said, "I'm going to get that fella for Jesus pretty soon." What a blessing and what an inspiration Orrie was-- except that we were half way into the ditch. I yelled, then Orrie yelled, "Wooooa," corrected, and we flew all the way across the road to the other ditch and used it for a while. We got home safely, and the coffee pot was on. It was good to know Jesus in Orrie.

Oh, by the way, Orrie specialized only in witnessing to men.  He left the ladies to the Christian ladies.  I am getting sick of these fornicating Gospel hustlers from Hammond, Indiana who seem to specialize in getting ladies saved.  Too much Max Brand, I say. They like to "take them by the hand and pray for them."  Orrie knew how to stay with the men.  A real man in Christ gets a genuine delight in being a sinner-man's friend.

Orrie went to be with the Lord he loved so well in January of 1996.  Praise God for his faithful example!

I will not add much to that account of a real soul winner. He knew how to find lost souls, and he loved them for Jesus' sake. He never gave up on a sinner. Orrie had a very clear understanding that Hell is hot, and his lost friends were going to burn there forever if they did not repent and confess Christ as their Savior. A friend being lost and not found, to Orrie, was the supreme tragedy.

Do you fear God? OK, I will take your word for it. But, do you believe that God might chasten you and send you some serious trouble if you do not talk to sinners about Jesus and his salvation? It is a horrible thing to be lost and unable to find your way home. Those unsaved friends of yours are LOST, and their only change of being found is when you finally bring them home to Jesus.

1 Corinthians 9:19 For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more.
20 And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law;
21 To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law.
22 To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.



Terminism is the teaching that God determines a point in a person's life where he, God, will no longer seek the conversion and salvation of that person. At that point, the person can no longer repent or believe and be saved.

God is gracious. His grace accepts and loves us as we are; it calls and invites us to change. Every instance of renewed grace is an opportunity for renewed repentance. But eventually the clock will reach midnight and time will be up. There will be no further opportunities to repent. Is that dead end only at death, or does God sometimes walk away from unrepentant sinners and let them start on their way to eternal damnation while they are still living? In other words, God pulls the plug on the offer of the Gospel.

Fundamentalists, and some Reformed men, cannot accept this possibility. They may talk about, "Your time may be up soon," but they do not really want God to give up on anyone. That seems unloving of God. Maybe we need to learn to agree with God instead of our feelings.

Here is a church addressed by Christ in The Revelation, Chapter 2, the church at Thiratyra. They were strong in many ways, but they tolerated a Jezebel to participate in their lives, and Christ was very angry over this:

Revelation 2:18 And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass;
19 I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first.
20 Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.
21 And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.
22 Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.
23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.
24 But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden.

Our key text in this study of Terminism is verse 21 through 22:

21 And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.
22 Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.


There is clearly a limit to the offer of repentance. Here, it is referred to as "space." Space is limited in this context, and verse 22 shows that Christ had reached the terminus of his tolerance of the wickedness of the Jezebel church. From this point on, though the members of the Jezebel church are still alive and active, they are doomed and damned and with no further options to repent.

The Apostle Paul, on Mars Hill in Athens, warned lost sinners of their urgent situation. They had come to this moment in ignorance, but Paul tells them that they are henceforth gambling with the terminal possibility of grace:

Acts 17:29 Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device.
30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:
31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.

Again, Paul says to the Corinthians:

2 Corinthians 6:2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)

To keep pushing back the "now" is up to God, NOT YOU. You may think that you will one day find God when you are ready for whatever he offers you, but it is God who is finding you. You are lost and dead in sin. Your reasoning is cutting God out of the whole picture, and he clearly reserves his divine right to call off the search for your lost soul. You are gambling eternity on this game you are playing with God.

The choice you make to live up to the edge of eternity, reclining on your death bed, and at the last minute run to God, is damned folly at its worst.

Ecclesiastes 9:4 For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion.
5 For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.
6 Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun.

Sudden death may be your experience, and God will not save you on the mistaken notion by you that he is desperate for your company. He will not do you the least small favor, let alone save your soul, just because you let him out of the wood shed at the last minute. You may find that God is not there anymore, and you cannot find him.

EXAMPLE FROM LIFE: THIS MAN REJECTED USING A LIFE JACKET VEST The officials eventually had to give up the search for him.

So, it is quite possible to be lost from God for your whole life, totally reject the mercy of God and his salvation, and one day find that you have no opportunities left, for the rest of your life, to become "unlost".

Finally, you who are born again need to understand that there are sinners out there whom the Holy Spirit is no longer calling to salvation. What is the solution to this, especially if such sinners happen to be your sons and daughters or parents?

Are your unsaved friends and family, "given over"?

Romans 1:23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

Twice Paul says that God "gave them over". What does this mean? The Greek implications are even worse than the English. The idea is to surrender or give up. Now, God in no way is limited in his power to do as he pleases, but God also will never force himself on lost sinners. He wants them to choose to come to him and be converted and saved from damnation.

So, there is a real possibility that, while your lost friends and family are still under God's attention, and while the Holy Spirit is still calling to them, you are waiting or worried about what they will think of you if you really give them the Gospel as Christ commanded you. Then, one day, you will get your nerve up, speak to them about Christ, and God will be GONE. The Holy Spirit will no longer be calling them. They are damned, and it is too late for even you to talk them into listening.

You are standing on a rock upstream from Niagara Falls. You see a man, on an inner tube, merrily floating slowly toward you from upstream. You have a lifeline in your hand, but the man is busy playing with his I-phone. You do not want to upset him or be laughed at, so you decide to wait until he is closer to warn him he is heading toward destruction. Finally, you start yelling warnings to the man. You throw the lifeline. But, he is too far along and he cannot grab the rope now. Finally, you watch as he is swept over the falls.

The man is terminal and out of reach of God in spite of your wimpy concern.


Why are you waiting in idle plight?
Won't you go forth and do what's right?
Millions are dying your Savior to know;
Won't you say, "Lord, I'll go"?

Won't you go forth to speak today,
To your own neighbor or those far away?
Many are ready to hear the call;
Won't you say, "Lord, I'll go"?

Luke 19:10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

So, are YOU?


Making a difference

Jude 1:20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,
21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
22 And of some have compassion, making a difference:
23 And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.
24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,
25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.

Jude discusses how to relate to lost people. In verse 22 we see that the lost need compassion. This temperament is found in all soul winners who produce fruit. The feeling that the lost have a terrible destiny, and that the lost are experiencing a miserable life now, is the emotion which moves saints to talk to sinners about Jesus Christ. If you have no such compassion, as with most Reformed Christians, you are worthless as tits on a boar hog. The first duty of a Christian to the world is to preach the Gospel to them.

But, Jude tells us to make a difference. The Greek implies that this means we are to discriminate, judge, or show partiality. There are sinners who are wretched and hateful toward the Gospel and Christ. They have made this clear by their conduct and their speech. These sinners, while we may have compassion on them, must be left to proceed toward Hell unmolested. They are a waste of time.

While I was writing this article I had a Muslim sending me email in which he was complaining about my web site where I posted my book on Islam online. I have had many emails from Muslims who were troubled by the book, but they were willing to have an intelligent discussion. Some Muslims have been born again after reading the book. But, the present fellow is pouring out loads of hate and rage. He ordered me to take the book off the web, as if he is some sort of official with that authority. I have had this from Muslims several times. They have been acculturated by Islam to believe they can boss the world around, and we Kaffirs must obey them.

There is no way I can help this fellow, even though I feel bad that his mind and soul have been so warped by the Mullahs of Islam. I asked him if he had a copy of the Hadith, the sayings of Muhammed. He refused to answer me, and I know he will not bother to check my quotations in the Hidith. Perhaps 95% of all Muslims have never read the Hadith all the way through.

So, the man is now blocked. He even made other email addresses so he could keep nagging me. This is a classic case of "making a difference." God is not pleased when we keep spending time on hateful people who just want to blaspheme Christ and hate the Gospel. Move on to someone who will listen.

I am reminded of Jesus and the Pharisees. Jesus did not go looking for Pharisees to give the Gospel of the Kingdom. The Pharisees had to go looking for Jesus. He taled with them, but in nearly every case he verbally slapped them and stood them down. On the other hand, Jesus seems to have clearly gone out of his way to minister to the devil possessed man of Gadara. Jesus ended up in spiritual warfare with the devils in the man, and it was a bit messy. But, the devils were sent out of the man, and he followed Jesus. Jesus clearly knew how to "make a difference" between hateful self-righteous fools and people who would receive his help.

So, you are not called to win all the lost to Christ. There are some people who are lost and intend to stay lost.



LOST BELIEVERS (Commonly called "backsliders")

A backslider is a believer who has turned back into the old ways of sin in which he lived before being born again. It is very common for pastors and church members to speculate that a backslider was never born again in the first place. This is blasphemy, for if the person confessed his faith openly in Jesus Christ, he is still saved. It is not possible for a born again person to lose his salvation.

John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.

It is blasphemy, and a gross sin against Jesus Christ, to try to wrest a born again believer out of the hand of God and Jesus, and that is true regardless of how horribly backslidden that person is. In fact, if your pastor regularly tries to build a case for making a formerly born again believer a lost sinner again, clear out of that church. Your pastor is a blasphemer who does not believe Jesus can keep a soul saved for eternity.

Shall we "church" the lost, or shall we search for them?

The instincts of a Good Shepherd, as Jesus taught here:

Luke 15:4 What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?
5 And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.
6 And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.

There is a story from the writings of the early Church fathers about the Apostle John. This story is reported by Early Church Fathers in their writings. In his old age John lived in Ephesas. John had gotten to know a notorious bandit, and through John's witness, the bandit confessed his faith in Jesus Christ. John then left the area for a while, perhaps during his exile to the Island of Patmos where he received the book of the Revelation of prophecy. When he returned home, he found the bandit had backslidden and returned to his old gang of thugs in the hills. John at once prepared to leave and go to the hills to look for the man. The church people begged John not to go looking for the man because they were sure the bandit would kill John. John went anyway, and when he found the bandit he wept for the man and begged him to repent and return to a victorious Christian life. The bandit became broken hearted by the love of John, and he did repent and return to victory.

The ONLY instinct of a godly pastor is to look for the backslider and beg him to return to live for Christ again. If your pastor's instinct is to excommunicate the backslider and command you to shun him, your pastor is really a hireling, and I suggest you find another church right away. Your pastor's instincts are Satanic, not like Jesus.



Did you ever feel like God put you in some place, and then he went out to lunch and abandoned you? Elijah had a problem like that.

1 Kings 17:1 And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word.
2 And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying,
3 Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan.
4 And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there.
5 So he went and did according unto the word of the LORD: for he went and dwelt by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan.
6 And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook.
7 And it came to pass after a while, that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land.

Crows for friends (the lost who have no spiritual instincts) are feeding Elijah. Have you ever been so short of Christian friends that the unsaved seemed to be your best friends?

Are you living in the wilderness? God is taking care of you, but you are going nowhere, right? Well, that may very well be exactly where God wants you. God is providing for you, but you feel whipped and lonely.

This is the lost feeling, like when a hiker enters the wilderness and gets lost going where he was supposed to go. But, in this case, God has not left you. You are not alone. It will end one day, but until that day, you are right where God wants you. Stop counting you sorrows, and start counting your blessings. The ravens are there feeding you, and the enemy cannot touch you as long as you are where God wants you.

The sovereignty of God is still operating. God is standing there with you, but even more important, he is on down the road around the bend where you cannot see. Only God can live in the future, and only God takes total responsibility for the future. Stop trying to take on yourself the responsibility for tomorrow.

You are not forgotten. God is not punishing you. You have not really lost your way. You may well be exactly where God wants you.

1 Corinthians 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

My wife and I were assigned to help develop a youth camp at Lake Langano in Ethiopia. No sooner had we gotten there than the camp ran out of cash. Everything stopped. The other missionary with us, who was the director of the work, decided to return to Canada on furlough. He and his wife stayed there for quite a long time. We were alone on the camp site, and we did not know much of the national language. We realized we were there only to keep the camp from being vacant. So, we planted a garden and settled in to be keepers. We had no serious work to do, and it was discouraging. I ran the bush clinic, or at least I gave out medicine for the things I could diagnose, like malaria, dysentary, and wounds.

Finally, we determined that the other missionary might return to the camp if there were funds, and we asked the mission if we could go on furlough early and see if God would help us raise the funds. They agreed, and off we went back to the USA. On that short furlough the Lord moved a Christian publishing house to set up a matching fund. We went to work speaking to churches about the matching fund, and when the time was up we had the donations to finish the camp and build a new medical clinic which was needed badly. We went back to the field, and the other missionary came back to finish the camp and clinic.

But, for nine months during that process we were nothing but baby sitters. Was anything accomplished? We concluded we had been doing nothing but killing time. We were wrong. The local Africans of the Galla tribe were watching us, and when I planted a large garden I had no idea how this affected the Africans' view of us. They decided we liked living there, and we were their kind of people. When we left for furlough, we left all of our possessions in the care of the chief's son who worked for us. He watched over the whole station, and when we returned everything was right were we had left it. The Africans again were watching, and they condluded we trusted them like family. Other missionaries usually packed up their possessions when they went on furlough and stored them.

We were not told these things until months later. While we were at Lake Langao the other missionary and I were made elders in the Galla tribe, and we were told that all protection by them was ours. I had no idea how rare this gesture was at the time. When we returned from furlough the mission asked us to go to language school, and we left Lake Langano. Soon, Marxists overthrew the government of Ethiopia, and everything became uncertain. We were about to go to work at a youth center down country, but instead we were asked to go to another field. The mission had decided to drastically downsize so that the American missionaries would not cause Aftican Christians in the church to suffer for being friends of Americans. We went to Kenya and joined another mission and continued there until our next furlough.

Why were we at Lake Langano. Our missionary partner, after building the clinic, and after the coup caused much trouble, reslized that the youth camp idea would look subversive to the Marxist government. So, he turned to the local Galla tribal people. He called a meeting of all the tribal chiefs and leaders. He then told them that they had seen us living with them, and they had heard the Gospel. They had seen several of their young adults become Christians, and God caused these new Christians to never get sick. The Africans had been watching, and the leaders had a long discussion. They concluded that they would confess faith in Christ, and suddenly our partner missionary had to form a local church and start teaching Bible lessons.

By this time, we were in Kenya, but a missionary leader from Ethiopia visited us in Kenya, and he told us that the nine months we lived alone with the Africans in the bush, and the fact that we trusted them with our worldly possessions, and the doctoring I had done all were used by God to move the hearts of those African leaders to Christ. Our fellow missionary had done much the same thing, and his wife was the nurse who ran the clinic.

Nine months doing nothing? Not on God's schedule. He was using us while we felt we were accomplishing nothing.

You are not lost. You are right where God wants you. Start counting your blessings, and be patient. One day, down the road, you will learn what God is doing with you now.



We have discussed several ways to be lost, and we have identified different groups of lost people. Are you in one of them? If so, the chances of you being found depend on you. We talked about being lost in the wilderness. The first step to being found is to stop wandering and imagining you will find you way out of peril by moving on. Stop, and meditate on how you got where you are now. Back track to the place where you first knew you were lost. Try to see landmarks which you saw before you were lost.


To a person who never knew Christ as their Savior:
The last you may remember is someone, or some event, which caused you to understand that you were lost. Is that person who confronted you still available? If not, who can you find who will give you the same message you once heard? One clue would be to try to recall a Christian who spoke of his faith in Jesus Christ, maybe a Christian whom you thought of as a fanatic. Perhaps you read something in the Bible that got your attention. See if you can find that text again, and start your journey back to being found at that text.

The important thing to remember is that Jesus Christ is eager to be your Savior. If these things make sense to you, and if you feel a longing to belong to Christ, that is the Spirit of God who has opened your mind to receive the truth. I have posted the Gospel message here on this journal. I would like you to go there, read the Bible book of John, and you will find your way to Jesus Christ.


A word of caution is in order. We talked about "Terminism." This is a point at which God stops looking for you. This will only happen if you push God away over and over. God may step back and stop trying to find you. Please start your journey to Jesus Christ now.


To the Christian who has known Christ, but you walked away from him:
You know very well where you were when you were not lost. By "Lost" I mean back slidden. You cannnot lose your salvation no matter who told you you could. Your feeling of being lost now is due to the way you are living. Confess this to God, and name the sin..... rebellion. Then, go back down the trail to that point where you had victory, and get right with God and his people.

If someone has taught you that God will throw you away, and you can lose your salvation, THEY LIED. The Bible makes it very clear that Jesus Christ, AND God, will not let go of you once you confess your faith in Christ. The liars you have heard teach that you can lose your salvation are servants of Satan, and they teach doctrine of devils. Here is what Jesus said:

John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.

If you feel lost, it is simply that you went away from Christ. He did not leave you, and he did not decide to send you to Hell after all. You need to get right back to walking with your Shepherd Jesus just as fast as you can.

If you want to rebel and keep wandering around in the wilderness feeling lost, go right ahead. The choice is yours. Maybe one day soon you will get tired of "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay."


Hebrews 6 and 10 are used to "prove" that you can lose your salvation:


To church members:
There are thousands of people who are members of churches, some large and some small, who are actually lost. The Roman Catholic Church, and all Reformed churches, have a practice which dooms millions to Hell. They baptize infants. You may wonder how this can damn a person to Hell. The problem is, baptism is not the way God told us to go from being lost to being found by Jesus Christ. Here is the ONLY plan for salvation in the Bible:

Romans 10:8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

A baby cannot confess with his mouth the Lord Jesus. The best confession he can get out is to wail for his mother's breast. But, it takes a conscious mind, with a good measure of maturity, to confess faith in Jesus Christ. This is because a lost person must come to the place where they understand they are lost. That is the only way you can become found and cease to be lost.

So, you may have been comforted as a child to learn that you were baptized into your church. You may even have gone through catechism classes, made a "Confession," and you were "Confirmed" by your church's leaders. This process probably had nothing to do with you becoming aware of your sin, and you probably never felt like you were lost. You were processed by a system of religion which gave you comfort. But, you have never confessed openly your faith in Jesus Christ. You see, standing in your local church and answering some questions corrrectly has nothing to do with the Gospel and salvation.

The test of your zeal for Jesus Christ is that you talk about him to people outside the church who are lost and need to be found. Here is what Jesus said:

Luke 12:8 Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God:
9 But he that denieth me before men shall be denied before the angels of God.

If you have no urge to talk to lost people about your faith in Jesus Christ, or if you make excuses about being "the silent type," you are lost. Your instincts are not those of a born again "found" believer in Jesus Christ. You need to first confess your faith in Jesus to him first, and then you need to start talking about Jesus Christ to people you meet or work with. No amount of church attendance or religious activity will save you if you have never openly confessed your faith in Jesus Christ.

And, a warning is needed to Baptists, Charismatics, and other groups who seem to be on the Narrow Way. You can go through all the motions, walk the aisle, get baptized, and keep all the picky little laws of your church and pastor..... and go to Hell anyway. The issue is whether of not you confessed your faith in Jesus Christ, or did you simply like the company and the pretty girls?

We had married lady friend who thought she was born again, and she was keeping all the Baptist Standards she knew about very legalistically. She and her husband were good friends of ours. She read my presentation of the Gospel in this journal, and she was a bit offended. She called her husband and told him that I was teaching that the only thing a person needed to do to be born again was to confess their faith in Jesus to other people and believe the Gospel in their heart. Her husband went into a bit of a panic, for he realized his wife did not know that the Gospel was by faith alone plus nothing. But, he was patient and caring, and he told her my teaching was exactly right. Then, the lady panicked. She realized she was trying to keep herself saved by good works. She confessed Christ as her Savoir, and she became a different person. All of her law and "standards" keeping were modified or totally abandoned. She was lost and was found by Christ.

Understand this, dear reader, Hell will be full of good loyal Episcopalians, Methodists, Fundamental Baptists, Pentecostals, Presbyterians, Dutch Reformed, and many more. These will be people who were zealous for a human institution called a church, but they never confessed Jesus Christ before other people. They trusted in their church membership.








When you stand before God to answer his question, "What did you do about my Son, Jesus?"
If you did nothing, you will say, "AIN'T NOBODY'S FAULT BUT MINE." Talk about "The Blues," my friend...... Ain't nothing bluer than that.














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