Higher and Deeper
AND OTHER ASSORTED TROUBLE MAKERS
STEVE VAN NATTAN
Blessed Quietness Journal
biblical scholar named Boultamat,
emPHAsis on the penultimate;
in cerebral pain,
fried his poor brain;
at Whispering Pines his fate he met.
There is an obsession these days with scholarship. All of the
seminaries in this country, without exception, have given themselves over to this.
The Bible colleges have done the same. Only a few local church-operated
Bible Institutes have resisted scholarship as their objective. I have traveled
all over the country visiting churches as a missionary's kid, and I have done
so later as a missionary. I have heard the tales of woe from Oregon to Arizona,
from Maine to San Diego.
I have walked the pathetic halls of Dallas
Seminary where some students don't even go to church on Sunday, and I lived, for
twelve years, just 30 miles from Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary (GARBC) where one
Baptist student was publicly exalted by St. Andrew's Roman Catholic Church as
an example of good Catholic zeal-- He prayed using Rosary beads! Now
there is a great future scholar for you. The new President of the same school
spent most of his first speech in that school recently talking about how pretty
the girls are, while one of his shining Professors wrote a book showing that Hell
is not real.
It is interesting that even the ungodly world recognizes
the peril of scholarship:
"I prefer the company of peasants
because they have not been educated sufficiently to reason incorrectly."
Michel de Montaigne
Some will say, "Just because
scholarship has run amuck here and there doesn't mean that scholarship is all
evil." That is a demonic lie, and here is why:
God hates man's scholarship-
Corinthians 3:18 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be
wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.
It is customary for Bible college and Seminary instructors to show great dignity.
When were they fools? My friend, Pastor Bob Shotts, once asked Dr. John
Walvoord of Dallas seminary about the Bible textual issue. Walvoord, in seeking
to reduce brother Shotts to look foolish to those standing around, asked him to
name some true scholars who supported the King James Version and the Textus Receptus.
All of those Bob named were cast aside by an arrogant gesture by Dr. Walvoord,
who followed with, "Now, name some true scholars." This is the opposite of the
above verse. Brother Bob Shotts had the great honor of being made a fool by John
Walvoord. Thus, brother Shotts usefulness, according to the above verse,
was assured, while Dr. John Walvoord was assured of being a "castaway" and a jerk.
[ By the way, Pastor Shotts, a fool for Christ, was with me at
lunch at a fancy restaurant one day-- I think we had a Big Mac and fries and a
shake-- and as we talked he and I both became very distracted. I was checking
out a group of Arab men, and brother Shotts was checking out a group of Mexicans.
Soon, I told pastor Shotts that I thought the men I was watching were Arabs.
Brother Shotts said, "You get the Arabs, and I'll get the Mexicans for the
Lord." We both got up and went and visited with them and talked about Christ
to them. I heard brother Shotts invite the Mexicans to come and
visit his church in the his warm southern and godly manner. He was so sweet
that the Mexicans were grinning and loving his gentle spirit. Bob had an uncanny
way of making you think that he was practically family to you in under two minutes
flat. Now, did you ever hear a story like that about John Walvoord? I
doubt it. Scholars are too busy agitating their great brains and maintaining
their pompous dignity to go talk to strangers about the Gospel. Oh,
but John Walvoord would make a splendid "keynote speaker" at your next convention,
unless, that is, he has already gone to his reward where he was warmly received
I am sure. ]
The most mundane little lady in Appalachia,
who trusts the KJV as the preserved text of the Bible, is a greater "scholar"
than Dr. John Walvoord, and all the runny nosed brat PhDs at Bob Jones Unifarsety.
1 Corinthians 3:19 For the wisdom of this
world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their
I Corinthians 1:18
For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us
which are saved it is the power of God.
19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to
nothing the understanding of the prudent.
and all those pedants who carry the New International Version, or any text other
than the King James Bible, are Hell bound fools for Satan. I am a fool for Christ.
I believe that Revelation 22 is an absolute, and there is no room for a
22:18-19- 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:
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 book.
is alleged by "scholars" that the "original manuscripts" have been lost, and so
we can take the equivalent of First and Second Peter from the Bible, and it will
still be the Word of God. Do you see what monstrous fools these scholars are?
We just read that you cannot take away from God's Word and stay in the book
of life. Tares come in fine clothes with a PhD and pompously spouting ecclesiastical
platitudes and verbose scum-isms.
Never mind, don't let the beggars
intimidate you. They are on their way to Hell with their perverted "Bibles."
I TOLD you scholarship is hated by God.
Corinthians 1:20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer
of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world
by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save
them that believe.
God does not need your scurvy scholarship.
He needs preachers. John Machey had a Bible Institute in Formosa in about 1900
where he taught young men to be preachers. One day the school cook said
he wanted to go to a particularly violent tribe and preach the Gospel. Machey
sent him off. He was not the most likely one to expect to do such a job, but years
later Machey went into the area to see what had happened.
had been saved, and the whole area was eagerly waiting for Machey to come and
confirm their church as correct in the Pauline model. He did so with no objections
at all. A COOK is all God needed! Who needs a scholar? It is scholars in these
seminaries and large pulpits that have pulled virtually every denomination into
the ditch since the Reformation, including EVERY Baptist denomination today. It
is scholars that have made the title "Fundamentalist" a joke in Christian circles.
How many tracts do you suppose the average seminary instructor hands out in a
week? I know mission board leaders who have had no personal witness in years.
Too busy agitating their pedantic possibilities I presume.
1 Corinthians 8:1 Now as touching things
offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up,
but charity edifieth.
It is the most charitable
thing you can do to blast a scholar out of his saddle. You might save a brother,
IF he is a brother and not a wolf in sheep's clothing [ commonly a three piece
suit in this era ].
And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought
3 But if any man
love God, the same is known of him.
The pinnacle of knowledge
is to know God. Nothing needs to be added to that. Seminary trained Greek
scholars feel superior to those who only have a King James Bible. Can we completely
know God only through the English Bible? YES! So, the four flusher that parses
Greek verbs on Sunday morning for God's saints is a fool and probably
not saved at all.
3:5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge
him, and he shall direct thy paths.
7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.
As soon as a man knows he is wise, he is a pitiful worthless fool.
God won't use a man who knows he is wise and scholarly. How can you tell a scholar
is standing in front of you?
NINE MARKS OF A SCHOLARLY FOOL:
he talks in a lofty manner that SEEMS holy. He uses big words without defining
them for the most ignorant child present. After the message, he gathers
all the intellectuals at the front, and the ordinary saint is only permitted to
listen from a distance or buy one of his books on the back table. His conversation
will be tossed back and forth by other such scholarly fools present, who earn
their place in the order of the peck by making sure the presiding scholar retains
his position of pontification. May I suggest you take the higher ground
by simply and boldly blasting the great scholar with a good KJV text on humility.
Or ask what some KJV passage on humility means-- with a very sincere look
on your face.
he refers to other scholars who agree with him rather than proving his thoughts
only with the Word of God. He answers all hard question beginning, "We believe
that blab blab blab blab..." The editorial "WE" implies that he has a flock
of scholarly friends who agree with him. The only legitimate use of the
singular "WE" in the English speaking world is allowed by Queen Elizabeth
of England. Don't let the scholar get away with that editorial trick. Demand
the scholar give you his list of "WE." If he refuses, turn to someone listening,
laugh heartlessly, and say, "The "WE" means he has a mouse in his pocket," and
walk away belly laughing. Have them in derision.
he frequently uses a bible text other than the King James Bible. He also
corrects the Bible by claiming that the English is not clear, whereupon he launches
into a rapid fire and complicated discussion of some alleged Greek improvement
to the meaning. Tell him, "I know the Greek well. His name is George
Popopolous, and he plays a mean saxophone." Walk off laughing heartily.
he usually has a covey of groupies attached to him who think he can do no wrong
and must never be questioned. This can happen even where the man uses the KJV.
Beware of Fundamentalist gurus who seek and get absolute loyalty! They cover
their lust for the scholar's role by claiming they are practicing "pastoral rule."
Ask them who appointed them dictator of Christ's Church. Blast them
mercilessly. It is not uncommon to learn, years later, that these type "scholars"
make a secret study of the female anatomy when between meetings.
Fifth, the perfect
scholarly fool performs best after a grand introduction and with a good offering.
he seldom, if ever, lowers himself to do a Bible study in a dirty house on the
poor side of town.
[this one will come later] He burns in Hell with the devils who possessed him.
And, you thought God was stuck with him, eh?
26:12 Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than
Isaiah 5:21 Woe
unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!
22 Woe unto them that are mighty to drink
wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink:
I think it is interesting that, to God, scholars and drunks are in the same context.
I agree, in fact, I think it is easier to get along with drunks than with
scholars. Most drunks know they are drunk. Scholars cannot conceive
of the fact that they are drunk on their own wisdom.
8:8 How do ye say, We are wise, and the law of the LORD is with us? Lo, certainly
in vain made he it; the pen of the scribes is in vain.
9 The wise men are ashamed, they are dismayed and taken:
lo, they have rejected the word of the LORD; and what wisdom is in them?
you notice how the Seminaries and Bible colleges brag on themselves? Where
are we ever told to boast of anything but the Lord and his power and goodness?
The advertisements of these schools, who boast in themselves, are the proof of
their poverty of mind and soul. If they turned students into tigers for the Lord,
they could not handle all the applications. The "rough on rats"
Bible Institutes of the world are usually packed to the walls.
The same goes for local churches that advertise and brag on how much better their
"program" is. It is garbage to God. They are groveling in the refuse at the dung
gate. Their large numbers consist of lookie loos who want an anonymous religion.
A classic case is Grace Community Church of the Valley in California. Stand
on the balcony across from the entrance, and watch the anonymous junkies of John
Mac Arthur's Bloodless prissy natured scholarship come out of the building after
the Sunday AM service. They don't hang around to chat. The vast majority
race to their cars and run back to the security of their toy box at home.
Romans 11:25 For I would not, brethren,
that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own
conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the
Gentiles be come in.
Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to
men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.
how often Paul warns against being proud of wisdom. This is in the midst of one
of the most lofty spiritual mysteries. This teaching is the foundation for "Dispensationalism"
[ A perfectly good word turned into an "ism" ]. The most lofty teaching or doctrine
MUST be made understandable to the simple beginner in Christ. The mark of a Spirit-filled
Bible teacher is that he has the simple yet deep truths so well under Christ-minded
control that the most ordinary saint can grasp them, and no one gives him any
glory for it in the end! AND, his resumé is the fruit of his ministry,
not his degrees.
God gives men wisdom and knowledge.
What is it like?
James 3:15 This wisdom
[ scholarship ] descendeth
not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.
The wisdom of scholars is devilish. Demons possess the minds of seminary scholars.
They are more dangerous than an exploding nuclear power plant. They are infested
with raw demonic power. For this reason, you are safer in a meditation class
at Maharishi University in Fairview, Iowa than on the steps of Dallas Seminary
in Baptist Texas. Why? Answer: At Maharishi U. you will KNOW
you are on the devil's turf and take a defensive posture. At Dallas Seminary
you may well relax and assume that you are in a safe haven-- thus committing spiritual
16 For where
envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
17 But the wisdom that is from above is
first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and
good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
Nine marks of a wise steward of the Gospel and the Word of God:
Please read again verses
16-17 above for the context of the following discussion.
his wisdom is PURE.
There is no mixture with philosophy
and worldly filth. He doesn't need to get support from other great "pillars
of the faith". He keeps everything down to two categories, the "profane or the
Ezekiel 44:23 (KJV) And they shall teach
my people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern
between the unclean and the clean.
He has no "gray areas".
his wisdom is PEACEABLE.
He puts the minds of threatened
saints at peace with the Lord. He provokes and blasts scholarly wolves in front
of the Church so as to put the saints at peace with the Word and at enmity with
the wolves. His war is with Satan, not with Bible believers, so he is at peace
with those who are slow of learning or who can only take in small doses. They
are among his closest friends.
he is GENTLE.
But, with whom is he gentle? Answer:
with Bible believers. Nothing gives him more zeal than to catch a scholarly
viper in his error and slap him up the side of his fat ecclesiastical head with
the Truth. He is gentle with those sheep who follow the Master in simplicity,
but he is death on the complicated air heads from the halls of mighty thought.
An old Irish pastor, Jack Johnson, used to visit us missionaries on the missionfield
in Ethiopia. His simplicity and gentleness were so real that he could wound us
greatly in the Lord, and we loved him for it and begged him to return and bless
us again with such gentle wounds. Gentleness is possible to those who start as
fools and let the Holy Ghost add the wisdom.
Fourth, he is EASY
TO BE ENTREATED.
He is not sure of his teaching unless
he has a King James Bible in his hands. He will take council if you can show him
from the Bible that he has an error. He may even hold back teaching for a while
if he sees that the learner is being overly wounded. The Holy Spirit can
stop him and start him up again as the moment requires. He is "instant, in season,
out of season" [ II Tim. 4:2 ], in other words, he can be interrupted anytime
to pass on God's wisdom, even in the middle of his favorite text, even if he can't
"finish this message today".
he is FULL OF MERCY.
We note again that the fool made
wise by God remembers that he started out as a fool. No one in front of him, who
shows the smallest zeal for the truth will be cast aside by him. He will not allow
a believer to be compared with another believer. Rather he will exalt Jesus and
say, "Here is you example, be like Him." Even the smallest victory in a faltering
believer will encourage him to keep teaching the sheep. But, his mercy for the
sincere seeker will vastly contrast with his zeal to tear down lofty hypocrites
in their wicked schemes. The same Master who loved and had compassion on the young
ruler who was seeking; that Master blasted the Pharisees and called them snakes.
So the fool made wise by God calls the scholars snakes from the pit of Hell, and
that is indeed a very charitable and merciful thing to say. It in no way compromises
gentleness or mercifulness, rather; it sets it apart in the black and white model
which Jesus gave us.
he is FULL OF GOOD FRUITS.
He is not simply a champion
cracker eater or a "keynote speaker." Ian Thomas had only five sermons,
so he would not take an invitation to speak six times in the same place. The
Bible believers in Ireland and England finally just quit calling him out, which
is why he moved to the USA. What a dud!
The wise steward
is found handing out tracts, picking up a piece of cake a little child dropped,
hugging the child to keep him from feeling foolish, never touching ladies other
than his wife, loosening his tie to get going when the message gets exciting,
bragging on the hostess's cooking, helping wash the dishes, being last to turn
out the lights and lock the doors because the deacon in charge has a headache
and had to go home early, teaching anyway when he is a physical mess for some
reason, teaching when his child is sick at home, rejoicing in a $20 offering,
going on when all turn against him, and resisting the Devil at every opportunity,
especially when tempted to overeat. It is impossible to be spiritual and be a
big fat blimp. Nothing is more disgusting than a big slow bellied scholar-- Dr.
he is WITHOUT PARTIALITY.
He never drops a sermon
the Holy Spirit gave him because a big giver will be offended. This is what 95%
of modern scholars are doing in America's pulpits. He never drops a sermon because
he is still having some battle with personal victory in the subject. He never
takes sides for his own benefit. He never listens to Christians run down other
saints if they are not present. Even if they are present, he discerns quickly
if reproof and rebuke are self-serving to the giver and blasts the process with
Scripture until it stops. He never gripes about who is sitting in front of him
or how many showed up. Two or three and Jesus is a quorum to him. He never asks
the saints to act together unless they have one mind. He hates party spirit.
Also, WITHOUT PARTIALITY, he is just as hard on the Pope as he is on
Joseph Smith out in Salt Lake. I am sick of these wimps who write books on the
cults but leave the filthy Whore of Rome out. Do they think the Whore is somehow
actually just a fallen Bride. Maybe that is also why they have no stomach for
church discipline when their flock play the whore. Maybe that explains their waffling
over bisexual men in their GARBC church. Scholars are too lofty to grovel in such
matters as protecting young boys.
he is not a HYPOCRITE.
The wise steward doesn't trust
his own ideas unless solidly based on the Word of God. He never expects the saints
to respond to the truth until he has already done so. He tells the saints right
up front if he made a mistake in a former message and blasts his own errors with
the same zeal in which he blasts the errors of the scholars. I heard one preacher
get up and completely destroy his previous teaching on a certain text. He was
totally disgusted with himself and said so over and over. The saints listening
to him learned to examine themselves in true humility.
made wise by the Holy Ghost will apologize for blunders and carelessness as big
as he did it, then go on and trust the saints to forgive him. A scholar seldom
apologizes for anything, and he is always on guard to cover for past errors with,
"Yes, we said that in the past, and now we understand it better." Note the editorial
"we", like he wants to somehow blame the Holy Spirit for giving him progressive
revelation rather than saying, "Please forgive me, I made a mess of that text."
(Nine is the number of fruit in the Bible.) he does not have to play golf to have
James 3:18 And the fruit of
righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.
And so we conclude that there is no use in the Lord's Church for scholars as we
know them today. Never hesitate to put them in their vile depraved place
using the King James Bible. Never buy their books or send your children
to their cemeteries, oops, seminaries or Bible colleges. Their "wisdom"
belongs on the strawberries, not in the church house.
get a better Bible training and preparation for Christian service than you will
get right there in your own local New Testament church. You don't agree? Prove
it in English and only from the Bible, KJV 1611 please.
kindly address all scholarly rebuttals to Santa Clause, North Pole, 666. Thank
Psalm, while having a second meaning in reference to Christ the Messiah, is also
about the situation of the most ordinary man who submits to God:
8:1 (KJV) O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast
set thy glory above the heavens.
2 Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings
hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still
the enemy and the avenger.
3 When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy
fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;
4 What is man,
that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?
For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with
glory and honour.
6 Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy
hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:
7 All sheep and oxen, yea,
and the beasts of the field;
8 The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea,
and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.
9 O LORD our Lord, how
excellent is thy name in all the earth!
Timothy 1:17 Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God,
be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
need no other argument,
I need no other plea,
It is enough that Jesus died,
And that he died for me.
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