The present in the light of the past, and filtered through
prophetic passages from the King James Bible

Steve Van Nattan




By Steve Van Nattan


Olan is my mechanic. He owns a small auto repair shop in Midtown, Tennessee, and he also has a great zeal for the Lord.

We were talking about the way the Lord's Church has been affected much these days by evil. His analysis is:

"There are three things that are wrecking the Lord's Church-- Education, Traditions of men, and fables."

No one has ever said it any better.



Olan went on to say that the kind of education he meant was the kind that made men proud and eager to ignore the Word of God.

1 Corinthians 8:1 Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.

Knowledge does NOT promise edification. Indeed, the vast majority of the time, knowledge leads men to hell. In the 50s, it was just the Liberals who feasted their souls on education. Today, it includes most Fundamental Baptists. Education is the fetish of pagans who play church. They follow their college and seminary PhDs like the Africans follow a little bird through the forest and make life decisions based on the every move of the little bird. The American birds have PhDs and wear three piece suits.



Jesus accused the Pharisees of adding that to the law of Moses.

Mark 7:9 And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.

Jesus was not talking to Philistines-- he was talking the the Fundamentalists of his day, the Pharisees. Traditions are never made to stand alone. No one wants to have to defend traditions alone. So, the traditions are founded on the Word of God and are added to it. The Pharisees claimed to be defending Moses' law as they added thousands of appendices from 2000 years of traditions. Believers today feel intimidated by self-assured pastors who tell them that the traditions are not there to replace the Word of God, they just make church life more orderly. That is the very same logic the Pope uses, and the same game the Pharisees used.

2 Thessalonians 2:15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.

If your ways and standards are not grounded on literal texts from the New Testament, especially the Epistles, you are as wicked as the Pope. Let me illustrate with a tradition which virtually ALL Fundamental Baptists teach and defend-- church membership on a man's list. It is NOT found in the New Testament, and ANY way you defend it is a pack of lies. You know it, you may even be self-conscious about it, but you are a WIMP for not dealing with it. There are hundreds more traditions your observe also.

1 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;

Colossians 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

May I suggest that we all boldly confront preachers to prove their traditions are founded in Apostolic teaching from the Epistles? Let's start with tithing.



1 Timothy 1:4 Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do.

Are Fundamental Bible believers guilty of teaching fables? One sex pervert from Hammond said that every man of God needs a second woman in his life, and he had one. One man in Texas says that the preacher should be consulted when a couple wants to have another baby. A large group of Baptists tell us that they are the official Bride, and anyone else will be their servant in heaven. How is this different from the teaching that the righteous will have 70 virgins in Paradise, a la Mohammed? There are other fables too-- these are the lies about how many souls got saved and how many were baptized.

One preacher told me that he was casting a devil out of someone, and the devil would not talk. So, some unseen force started forcing the man to nod his head yes or no to my friend's questions. He asked the person who was forcing his head to nod, and the man said, "Michael." My friend went into fits of awe and asked if he meant Michael the Archangel. The man said it was. My preacher friend, a Fundamental Baptist, still believes he was visited by Michael the Archangel. How is this different from Veronica Leukin, the diddle head Catholic mystic from Bayside, NY, who claimed to see visions of Michael and Mary?

There are the Charismatic fables about Muslims having visions of Jesus appear to them, gold dust falling from heaven, and Jesus taking the guru to heaven and having a water fight with him in the River of Life. There has never been a time in Church history, like now, when your could start a fable, take a patent out on it, and have a following of thousands believe you. Sell the book right to Zondervan, and you can retire.

Olan, my friend, you have got it pretty much on target. Education, traditions, and fables. And, what follows is a church that is poor and blind and naked-- the preacher has no clothes.

God pukes.

Revelation 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

Are YOU part of God's vomit?


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