discussion of damned traditions of man that have been foisted on the Lord's Church.
Also, we may call this a study in Turdology.
DUNG AND AFRICA
of years ago in Egypt the cure for a splinter in your finger was to mix worm's
blood with donkey's dung and rub it on the splinter. Donkey's dung alone was rubbed
into a wound to stop bleeding. It mattered not if it worked, but it was the medical
remedy of choice and was in formal inscriptions for care of patients by Egyptian
the people believe in this cure? Absolutely, and if the bleeding stopped once
in a while, those events would be touted as proof of the infallible efficacy of
it cause infection? Undoubtedly, but there was very likely an even more insane
cure for that.
are some cures recorded in an Egyptian manuscript called Papyrus Ebers.
prevent hair from turning gray, anoint it with the blood of a black calf which
has been boiled in the fat of a viper."
prevent balding mix together the fat of a horse, a hippopotamus, a crocodile,
a cat, a snake and an ibex. Then mix in the tooth of a donkey crushed in honey
(the tooth, not the donkey)."
of poisonous snake bites are to be treated with "magic water." Water
is considered "magic" when it has been poured over an idol."
remove wrinkles, split a toad in half and apply to wrinkled area."
are to be treated with a mixture of worm"s blood and donkey dung."
stop bleeding, rub donkey dung on a cut."
did Moses grow up? Acts 7:22 tells us that ""Moses was educated in all
the wisdom of the Egyptians"" Don"t you think we could expect to
see some of this scientific ignorance or medicinal errors shining through in the
writings of Moses? Yet, we see no scientific mistakes. Not only is this true,
but we also find that some of our "modern scientific discoveries" were
recorded in the Bible the whole time. READ
had to shuck off all the medical wisdom of Egypt. Some of the cures they used
worked. We saw this in Africa as missionaries. The medicine man (in a tribe where
the medicine man and witch doctor were not the same man) had cures that did work.
Most had nasty side effects, but a few cured the disease.
don't even see Moses coming up with Egyptian cures and concoctions which worked.
He, like Paul, counted it all as dung and went forth into the new life of Jehovah
God and his code of life and cure of disease. Moses' medical manual was not a
mixture of the good traditions of Egypt and God's new additions. If Moses had
done that, Israel would have given the glory to the old, not the new. Did they
not long for the food of Egypt?
Tanzania, back in the 1930s, missionary doctor Paul White found that the Wagogo
tribe where he worked believed that if they rubbed lion's fat on themselves, they
would become mighty as a lion. The witch doctor also used lion's fat regularly
in his cures if the patient paid the higher price for the cure.
Wagogo women also claimed to cure sore throat in children by scratching the backs
of the children's throats with their dirty fingers. It was believed that if a
child had a sore throat it was because new teeth were growing in the back of his
throat. Of course, the cure worked, for no child thus treated ever grew teeth
in the back of his throat. The problem was, the children almost all died from
the cure. Did the Wagogo believe in these cures. Absolutely. No question about
it, and the death of the sick child was blamed on all manner of other conditions,
such as the evil eye and curses.
where worn by the Wagogo in abundance also, as was true all over Black Africa.
If a journey came off safely, the charms were given the credit. If a lion attacked,
the charms were not blamed-- some other cause of the attack was found.
Masai in Kenya have a custom to this day in which women will compliment a new
baby by spitting in its face. That is just what a new baby needs, right? Do they
believe this is good manners and genteel behavior? Absolutely.
Arussi Galla in Ethiopia where we were missionaries made decisions based on what
they believed was an absolutely infallible spiritual manifestation. They followed
a certain species of bird through the bush and watched it. Depending on which
way it turned, or if it stopped to peck, or flew down on the ground, the answers
to life's decisions were made. Purchases were made or abandoned, marriage went
forward or was canceled, and journeys were made of postponed until the wee bird
gave a more propitious gesture. Many times life worked out just fine, so the bird
was given the credit. If life did not work out well, the bird was never questioned.
Some other thing was blamed, like evil spirits and curses.
Washington rode his horse around his estate one morning. It was damp and foggy,
and later in the day he became sick. Three doctors were called, and each one bled
Washington. They eventually removed so much blood from him that he died. Did those
doctors believe they were helping Washington? Absolutely. Bleeding was a very
valid medical procedure in those days. Washington died, but other causes were
blamed. The cure was not questioned at all.
people claim not to be superstitious, but if they find themselves 13th in the
rotation of numbering, they will leave the line and go to another line. Others
will alter a journey if a black cat crosses the road in front of them, "just
to be safe." Not many years ago the cure for warts by the civilized White
race was to toss a rag into the road as one passed through an intersection.
of people will end a statement about something about to happen, and their plans
for it, by saying, "Knock on wood."
I was a kid, my Dad and Mom were in rural church work on the river bottom land
in Oklahoma. The old lady across the road from us claimed to be a Christian, but
she planted her potatoes every year in the light of a full moon.
one of our family came under the wrath of someone for putting an umbrella up inside
the most innocent thing like a four leafed clover may be picked and cherished.
If something good happens just after picking it, the person is caught wanting
to mentally give some credit to the four leafed clover.
know of people who have refused some ID card or have declined to buy a home because
666 came up in the address of numbering. Someone has to have Ford number 666,
but these careful souls, "just want to be safe."
DUNG AS IT IS FOUND AT THE CHURCH HOUSE
you remember the story of the king who had no clothes? No one wanted to admit
that the king LOOKED naked as a baby, so they all exclaimed how lovely the king's
clothes were. Then some brat kid yelled, "Look, the king has no clothes."
The scam was up, and the king was disgraced.
the words of the inimitable Boris Badenoff, "Allow me to introduce myself,
I am that brat kid."
you have no clothes to cover your church's traditions. Thousands of people, and
I am talking about born again people, have slipped away from Fundamental churches
lately. You can claim they are backslidden or fallen away, but you and they know
the truth-- you have no cover for your damned traditions, and they figured it
have heard a number of traditions lately:
hear that demanding church membership brings order. Well, so does the Holy Ghost.
So, when you do have order, you give the glory to your church membership process.
I have heard some of you say so out loud. Order is NOT the work of the Holy Ghost
hear that the altar call is the way I will have victory, and if I do not rush
to the weeping rail and cry out for God's mercy at the feet of the fire breathing
bishop, I may, "never have another chance to have victory." So, if I
visit your weeping rail, and God blesses me, you will make it clear that it was
your altar call which did the trick.
hear that I should, "Be there every time the church doors are open."
So, if I am there by that Fundamental church standard of faithfulness, and if
things go well, you and I are free to give the glory to my church attendance,
not the mercy of God.
hear that a new five year building plan is the way to glorify God. So, if it works,
and a great new temple of glory is dedicated within five years, our plan worked,
and God had to jump when we jerked his chain. If the five year plan did not work,
God is not blamed, rather; I am blamed because I let God down. I did not do my
part in giving until I was flat broke.
hear that if I make a Faith Promise, or tithe by law, and if things go well with
me financially, then it is because I made my vows and kept them. God is bound
by your Church Law of the Tithe to never bless a saint who does not tithe lawfully.
Anyone who is blessed greatly, and who is not tithing, must not be saved, right?
hear that if I am "called to preach," and if I sell insurance for a
couple of years because I believe God wants me to do that, I am in rebellion and
cannot be trusted in any way. I should be forbidden to do anything in the church
program until I am back preaching. If God is blessing my business and giving me
joy, and I have a good testimony with my business associates, well it is the false
joy of a backslider, right?
that the full list? Jesus did not even begin to touch the full load of the Pharisees.
I apply his comment, which he made to them, to you also:
7:8 For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as
the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things
WORD OF GOD VERSUS DONKEY DUNG
cannot have both:
Peter 1:18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things,
as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your
fathers; 19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish
and without spot:
is important that, above all else, I force every preacher and saint to face the
fact that you do not really believe in salvation by the Blood of Jesus Christ
if you believe in the traditions of your church heritage at all costs. Where did
Peter learn about the conflict between moldy pious traditions and the Blood of
15:6 And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made
the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition. 7 Ye hypocrites,
well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, 8 This people draweth nigh unto me
with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from
you add ANYTHING to the faith once delivered by Jesus Christ in his Blood, on
his cross, and in the Epistles of the Word of God, then you damn your best intentions
to hell. You make the King James Bible OF NONE EFFECT. Wave the KJV, scream and
wail, talk sweetly, talk with great authority, appeal to higher authority, yea
even Lee Roberson and John R Rice, to justify your church's donkey dung, and go
to hell anyway. If you exalt church standards even concurrently with the Word
of God, even using some tricky proof texting all along the way, you are damned
and demon possessed.
are exalting law, albeit new law, church law, well worn law, approved by thousands
of pastors, approved in Christian colleges and seminaries, but a mongrel law Jesus
2:15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained
in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;
1602 King James, who commissioned the translation of the King James Bible, called
a conference of Bishops and Puritan leaders at Hampton Court. On the first day,
King James asked all the Puritans to leave the room, and then he thrashed the
Bishops gathered for claiming that the English Reformed Church was the pinnacle
and purest representation of the Lord's Church since the day of the Apostles.
King James was livid with rage. One of the Bishops stood and, in trying to prove
the infallibility of the English Church, made reference to a Roman Catholic source.
King James cut him off mid sentence with, "You
have given me a turd for an argument."
donkey dung has been around for a long time I gather. Donkey dung religion is
a turd, and all of Christendom is full of turds, and that includes your acre if
you have added traditions of men.
every argument you come up with for your added Baptist or Pentecostal traditions
is a TURD, nothing more. The sheep come Sunday after Sunday, Wednesday after Wednesday,
to partake of strong meat, and what do they get? Not even milk or pabulum, you
give them turds. Do you ever wonder why you have no intellectual and articulate
men in your congregation? Do you claim it is because not many intellectual men
are called to salvation? Well, there have been many thinking men who have come
to Christ over the years. The reason you don't have any is because you feed them
turds, and they have caught you and your damned hermeneutic as you taught traditions
of man instead of the King James Bible.
makes it very clear that your donkey dung church standards and traditions are
a works counterfeit based on good intentions and good works, and they are of Satan:
9:16 So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God
that sheweth mercy.
5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and
be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
4:9 But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn
ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in
is a bastardized message which puts the saints under the yoke of old law, new
law, or church traditions, creeds, and standards.
8:15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have
received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
you preach the liberty in Christ, why are your altar calls founded on fear, fear,
and trembling? Why is there no assurance in your traditions?
asking the Lord's sheep to rub donkey dung on themselves.
is epidemic these days among Hyles clones and at Sword of the Lord. I hear
Clarence Sexton and the mighty mouths at Pensacola Christian College boast of
their accomplishments. It is sadly a plague that will not go away. I heard a preacher
from Montana tell, in a sermon, how great he and his family were. He then claimed
that he and his kids cleared the church property of 17 truck loads of rocks with
their bare hands. He was using himself and his family as an example of working
hard for the Lord.
have mercy on us idiot preachers. Someone has not read all of their church history,
for I read the old books, and Bible believing preachers of two hundred years ago
were quite eager to give the glory to God, not themselves. Something has drastically
will NOT share his glory with you and your local church friends. He will NOT allow
you to claim that your traditions and strategies are the reason that blessing
12:21 And upon a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat upon his throne,
and made an oration unto them. 22 And the people gave a shout, saying, It
is the voice of a god, and not of a man. 23 And immediately the angel of the
Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms,
and gave up the ghost.
is NOT consistent with God's holiness that he should stand by and let his servants
give the glory for his works among men to charms, lion fat, and the devil-- nor
to their traditions and standards.
you remember the Wagogo in the above account. They wore loads of charms to secure
safety and immunity from disease. They rubbed on lion's fat and believed it would
cure many diseases. Well, when the Wagogo came to the mission hospital at Mvumi
in Tanzania, Doctor Paul White would require the Wagogo to cut off all their charms,
and the hospital orderlies scrubbed off all the lion's fat, and any other concoctions
they got from the witch doctor to rub on themselves. Why did Doctor Paul White
do this? He wanted to make sure that after the Wagogo recovered in the hospital
from their sickness, that they did not give the glory for their recovery to the
charms, the lion's fat, or the witch doctor. They were forced to give the glory
to the God of Paul White, Jesus Christ.
I tremble at what Fundamental churches, and many other Christians, are doing these
days. They promote, they bribe, they connive results in their assemblies, and
then they give the glory for the results to their traditions. If something goes
wrong, God is blamed thus, "Well, it must not have been God's will."
If you give your church traditions and standards the glory for good things that
God brings you, God will withhold the blessing from you. If, on the other hand,
you succeed in your ongoing ventures and give your traditions the glory, it will
prove one thing--
ARE LAODICEAN, YOU ARE PART OF THE VOMIT OF GOD, AND ON YOUR WAY TO HELL.
will you remove your silly charms and wash off the stinking lion's fat? Or, are
you a witch doctor claiming that your standards, traditions, imperatives, and
extra biblical strategies are the cause of your power?
is a serious thought. When Jesus came to Israel and offered himself as Messiah
and King, was it the Philistines, the Samaritans, or the Romans who rejected and
killed him? No, it was the Pharisees, the keepers of Moses' law. Jesus enraged
them by confronting, not their devotion to the Law, but he confronted the traditions
they added to Moses' Law.
Jesus came back today, would it be the Buddhists, the Hindus, the New Agers, and
the Muslims who would kill him? No, it would be the Fundamental church preachers,
for again he would approve of their devotion to the King James Bible, but he would
confront them mercilessly for adding to the Word of God with their traditions.
3:4 Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh
that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more: 5 Circumcised the
eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the
Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; 6 Concerning zeal, persecuting the
church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless. 7 But what
things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. 8 Yea doubtless,
and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ
Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them
but dung, that I may win Christ,
Paul the Pharisaical traditions, the blameless standing he had under the old standard,
was dung. And preacher, your distinctives, traditions, and standards are also
a lot of stinking donkey dung.
I GET THE DUNG OUT THE DUNG GATE?
had a dung gate. It was essential for the survival of the people of God. Dung
left laying around causes disease and stinks. How about YOU using the dung gate?
of you who read this article will agree in principle, and you may want to do something
about this. Here is my suggestion. Ask the Lord to help you examine the things
you do and things you teach-- those traditions you have been claiming are essential
truths needful for church life. Start with something that is a sacred cow and
distinctive of your church movement. Examine it in the light of the Epistles.
Much chaos has come to the Lord's Church because pastors go to the Gospels and
even the Old Testament to answer questions about the life of the Church.
me suggest you start with a sacred cow of all Baptists and most other Fundamentalists--
tithing. This is clearly a classic false teaching about church life. What does
Paul say about tithing? What do any other Apostolic writers say about it? Don't
try to slide tithing in via some implication. Is there a Greek word for tithing,
and where is it found in the teaching to the Church?
these tricks to escape the principle taught in I Corinthians 16. Paul clearly
teaches that we are to give according to the blessing we have just had. What does
that say about Faith Promise giving? What does Acts 5 say about giving? Peter
told Ananias and Sapphira that they could have given anything they wanted. Peter
says nothing about tithing by percentage.
ask yourself if you could preach giving in the Apostolic Church Age manner and
trust God to take care of the local church's needs and you. That is the bottom
line. Much of the tradition of the Pharisees was about matters that worked to
their advantage. Finally, do the people of God need you to tell them how to give
and how much to give. Did Paul EVER tell anyone how much to give?
you cannot deal with tithing, don't even bother with the other traditions of the
church world. You will never understand. Tithing is so simple to deal with that
any hick in the hills would get it right...........
unless some preacher had terrorized him into the fear that if he fails to tithe
God will clobber him. Which sounds a lot like Martin Luther's adversary Tetsel.
These traditions are VERY old.
if you figured out tithing, go to the next church tradition, church membership,
and so on down the list. The Holy Ghost is not a slacker. He will teach you.
takes away all the old things from us when we are born again. But, it is the nature
of our loving God to replace the old with that which is infinitely precious and
blessed and NEW. Do you really believe that?
is how it works:
40:1 I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.
2 He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and
set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. 3 And he hath put a new
song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall
trust in the LORD.
you trust our God to take away the old profane human devices which have been added
to the life of the church, some of them dating all the way back to the Whore of
Rome and the Dark Ages? Is God good enough and great enough to make your church
life sweet and complete by the ministration of God the Holy Ghost? I believe this
is the last great test of the Lord's Church. We have used up our time in the Age
of Grace. Coming down to the wire, it will be interesting to see how many will
be Philadelphians (Revelation 3) and how many will cling in Laodicean bliss to
the seductive devices of Satan to guide their church life.
what are the great things God has for us in the local church? Answer: The traditions
of the Apostles.
Thessalonians 2:15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which
ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.
ONLY traditions you may, and must, teach are the traditions found in the Epistles
of the Apostles. Anything you add to that is damned to hell. "By word"
above is NOT your word. Anything you add, even the most lofty spiritual tradition,
is a violation of Revelation 22:18-19. The "word" in the above verse
is clearly the word of an Apostle as he visited one of the churches in the Acts
era. Let us have none of this Papal blarney about the word of a pastor. The only
word we want is THE WORD of God in his revelation and the Apostles.
does not share the glory. He is a jealous God. He will not bless, or send salvation,
to any man, even a preacher, who lifts up the traditions of men. You may think
it is an innocent thing. You may think you are not leading the sheep astray. No
matter. If you exalt non-biblical traditions you are the enemy of Jesus Christ,
and you will burn for eternity in hell.
22:18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this
book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues
that are written in this book: 19 And if any man shall take away from the
words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book
of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this
it seems that you cannot deal with this alone, I am available. Perhaps a computer
conference can be arranged, or perhaps I can come to you. If that is what it takes,
perhaps I can do that. In any case, I can be available though email.
Corinthians 7:11 For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly
sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea,
what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea,
what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter.
Corinthians 5:7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump,
as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:
Timothy 2:21 If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel
unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every