Thou Hast Rejected Knowledge
By David J. Stewart | October 2014
Hosea 4:6, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.”
We are living in woeful times of apostasy when even Independent Fundamental Baptist Church pastors don't want to hear the truth. So much for being “fundamental.” Hosea 4:6 literally speaks of the priest (Hebrew religious leaders) and says that they wilfully rejected knowledge. In Hosea 4:1-6, both priests and people rejected knowledge and justly therefore God rejected them. The people didn't learn and the priests (pastors) didn't teach because they didn't care about truth. God's people weren't destroyed because of ignorance, but because both the people and their religious leaders had deliberately REJECTED KNOWLEDGE!!! The average Baptist church today doesn't want the truth, and neither do their pastors.
“There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn't true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.” ―Søren Kierkegaard
I recently handed a pastor Dr. Al Lacy's eye-opening, excellent, book titled, “NIV: The Antichrist's Bible,” which exposes the modern corrupt Bible versions. By the way, there's not a dime's difference between the New International Version (NIV) and all modern Bible versions because they've all been translated from the corrupt Greek work of heretics Westcott and Hort. This includes the Jehovah's Witness' New World Translation. Literally, if you're using today's corrupt easy-to-read translations, then you're using the exact same manuscript from which the JW's Bible came from. But you say, they're easier-to-read! Yeah, but at what expense? When doctrinal integrity is compromised, you're infinitely better off with a hard-to-understand Bible that requires you to STUDY (which 2nd Timothy 2:15 commands us to do anyway). I'm sick of today's LUKEWARM churches. It makes God want to vomit (Revelation 3:15-16).
The problem is that most of today's pastors (and the evangelists who are supported by their churches) is that they always unanimously follow apostate mainstream evangelicalism. They follow reprobates like Billy Graham, Rick Warren, Max Lucado and John MacArthur (to name a few). By following mainstream evangelicalism, they becomes slaves to the common consensus...
“We become slaves the moment we hand the keys to the definition of reality entirely over to someone else, whether it is a business, an economic theory, a political party, the White House, Newsworld or CNN.” ―B.W. Powe, Towards A Canada Of Light
When I gave the book by Dr. Al Lacy to my pastor, he read it and rejected it. It offended him. I was given an ultimatum to either stop passing out that book at church or be asked to leave. He said to me in essence... You are welcome here, but that truth is not! How could I stay another minute in such a disgraceful so-called church? Literally, that shameful professed man of God rejected the truth.
A few years ago their church published their own Bible, with the King James Bible on the left and the corrupted Westcott and Hort translation text on the right. They've spent money on error. They've invested in a wrong position. That makes it a lot harder to admit that that they are wrong, but they certainly are wrong on the Bible... VERY WRONG! Ladies and gentlemen, Satan is corrupting our Bibles and apostates like Dr. John MacArthur are promoting these corrupt Bible versions.
And may I say, I won't attend a church without financially supporting it (although 10% tithing is not taught in the New Testament, I always give more than that to God). We ought to give joyously, generously, prayerfully and consistently to support the family and work of God. But I cannot financially support a ministry that foolishly thinks Pastor Jack Hyles was a cult leader (unjustly criticizing him from unsubstantiated internet gossip they've read) and refusing to allow me to share sermons and books by other fundamental preachers with the congregation. I cannot support a ministry that doesn't feed its people and doesn't want me feeding them either. Evidently they don't want the congregation fed.
If you saw a crazed mother put one drop of rat poison in a glass of milk and then feed it to her child, you'd DO SOMETHING! You'd raise your voice and say, “Hold it woman, no you don't, I saw that, what is wrong with your head?” Yet, professed Christians and even pastors with years of theological training watch the Devil dice and slice the Word of God, poisoning it, maliciously attacking Christ's deity and the Godhead, and they're totally indifferent about it. Who cares, right? The problem is that we don't really believe that there is a literal Hell that burns with fire and brimstone, which is why most of our Independent Baptist Churches don't preach on it anymore. If they do, it's in a very passive manner, like being at a library seminar.
And by the way, neither do most of our churches preach on Heaven anymore either. The Bible says that believers are already citizens of Heaven. I am known in Heaven. I am part of the household of God and the family in Heaven. The Church is my family (Ephesians 2:19; Philippians 3:20). The Independent Baptist Church that I had been attending for the past year never once preached or taught on the subjects of Heaven or Hell, never once mentioned Christ's return at the Rapture or Second Coming. It's just expository mumbo-jumbo. It's not my place to judge them. I tried to help them by purchasing books and burning CD's full of sermons that I freely gave to them, but they REJECTED KNOWLEDGE. They are comfortable in their mediocrity and lukewarm spiritual condition. God hates it!
I heard Dr. Jack Hyles (1926-2001) today preaching in a sermon where he talked about pastors who wear lace on the underwear, afraid to say it like it is. That's why over a decade after Brother Hyles went to Heaven, his enemies still relentlessly attack him. Dr. Hyles stood head-and-shoulders above the rest of the preachers in his generation, which caused men to either love and admire him or hate and despise him. I admire, love and respect Jack Hyles for the ethical man, loyal friend, genuine man of God and tremendous preacher that he was. By God's grace I intend to do my part to keep Brother Hyles' preaching alive for the next generation and the next (if the Lord tarries), so that preachers and laymen alike can hear what preaching ought to be like. Lord knows that you won't hear preaching in 99% of Baptist churches today. We've lost our Holy Spirit fire! I still have mine, how about you?
Satan is a master deceiver and he knows that the most effective way to deceive the church is with confusion, incrementally moving the ancient landmark, changing the Bible a little at a time until we cannot even recognize it anymore. By the way, the NIV butchers are at it again, publishing their new “New International Reader's Version” (NIRV), and hundreds of supporting sales products related to it. Hell will be hot!
Listen to what Hitler's Nazi-fascist minister of propaganda said about the ease of deceiving people...
“It would not be impossible to prove with sufficient repetition and a psychological understanding of the people concerned that a square is in fact a circle. They are mere words, and words can be molded until they clothe ideas and disguise.” ―Joseph Goebbels
Do you think Satan is less effective at lying and deceiving than Joseph Goebbels? Notice that he uses the word “disguise.” Satan has disguised his corrupt fake Bible versions as the holy Word of God. Let me show you one example. The following is a comparison between Mark 1:15 in the King James Bible, the hellish NIV and the new satanic NIRV. Here you can clearly see the way that Satan is incrementally, gradually, corrupting the Word of God...
KING JAMES BIBLE — Mark 1:15, “And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.”
NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION — Mark 1:15, “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”
NEW INTERNATIONAL READER'S VERSION — Mark 1:15, “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God is near. Turn away from your sins and believe the good news!”
Do you see how sneaky the Devil is? They have corrupted the meaning of repentance. The Greek word for “repent” here is metanoeo, in the King James Bible, which means “to think differently.” The Committee On Biblical Translation has taken upon themselves to corrupt the Bible to mean something entirely different than what God said. The NIRV wrongly defines repent to mean “turn away from your sins,” which is adding human effort to the simple plan of salvation. No where in the entire Bible are we ever told to turn away from our sins to be saved. It is Roman Catholic theology. Look in any modern dictionary under “repent” and you'll see that it is defined as “turning from sins,” but the Bible defines repent as a change of mind or to think differently. By the way, beware of all the Greek lexicons and Bible study aids which have been corrupted as well. For an excellent book on the subject, please read Dr. Gail Riplinger's excellent book, “Hazardous Materials” (Greek and Hebrew Study Dangers - The Voice Of Strangers).
Beware of today's corrupt theology that defines repentance as amending one's ways, bettering one's life, forsaking the old paths of sin, turning from sin, and surrendering one's life to Christ in order to be saved. These are proper in their place, but are absolutely not required for salvation. The Bible irrefutably teaches that we are saved solely by the gift of God's grace, by the sacrifice of His only begotten Son on the cross for our sins and His resurrection. 1st Thessalonians 4:14, “For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.” Unholy hands on the Bible have perverted the plan of salvation. The NIV turns salvation into a process.
John 6:28-29, “Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.” The Scriptures couldn't be any plainer, that salvation is by believing upon Christ's death, burial and resurrection (1st Corinthians 15:1-4). The only sin that we must repent of to be saved is unbelief (and the truth is that God will save you even in spite of some unbelief, just so long as you act upon your faith and believe). Only the absence of faith can keep a person from being saved, not the presence of doubt. God will save any doubter who believes on the Lord Jesus Christ!
Repentance is changing one's mind from what you want to do to get to Heaven, to what God says you must do to get to Heaven. It is a change of thinking, not a change of behavior. And the object of that changing of the mind is to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, not turn away from a lifestyle of sins. Satan's greatest weapon is to con people into living the Christian life without ever being born-again. Salvation is not doing your best, it is having Christ's best put to your account through receiving Him by faith.
THE UNCHANGING CHURCH IN A CHANGING WORLD
(a great MP3 sermon by Dr. Harold Sightler)
Satan Secretly Brings False Doctrine Into The Church
Dr. Jack Hyles explains from the Bible how the Devil sneaks into churches with false doctrines...SOURCE: Dr. Jack Hyles, quote from the excellent book titled, THE CHURCH, chapter 24, How the Wall of Separation Is Broken Down
We need to be right on the man of God, the word of God, and the plan of salvation. The false teachers mentioned in II Peter are unsaved people who were trying to bring something other than the true Gospel from the true Word of God.
The word privily means, to sneak in somebody or something. It means that something is hiding behind something else in order for it to also get in. In this passage we see that damnable heresy had snuck in by hiding behind something that was not a damnable heresy. These false prophets have a false doctrine they want to spread. They know we will not accept it, so they hide that false doctrine behind one with which we do agree.
For there are certain men who crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ. Jude 4
The phrase crept in unawares is used for two things in the Bible.
1. It is used for masquerading. It is false teaching being masqueraded.
2. It is used as entering in the side door.
Dr. Hyles is exactly right! Heresy is creeping into our Independent Fundamental Baptist Church by the hour.
God's people were destroyed in Hosea 4:6 because their religious leaders, their priests, deliberately rejected knowledge. Pastors today are indifferent toward the truth. It's tragic when you hand a truthful sermon or book to your pastor, who professes to be a man of God, and he becomes offended and tells you not to give those materials to anybody else in his church. Well, it must be his church, because it's certainly not God's. When men control a church instead of the final authority of God's Word, then it becomes a manmade cult.
Satan is corrupting our Bibles today. I sincerely thought at one time that most pastors were just woefully ignorant on the issue and needed to be woken up. To my sad dismay, they just don't care. Most Independent Baptist pastors are fully aware of the Bible issue debate, but they just don't care because they are indifferent, which is a horrible sin. It ought to be abundantly obvious from looking at the major changes in today's new Bible versions (which all come from the fraudulent Greek manuscripts of Westcott and Hort), that Satan is relentlessly attacking Christ's deity and the Godhead. Have you rejected knowledge?
God's people were not destroyed because they lacked knowledge, because their priests REJECTED KNOWLEDGE! I've been accused of thinking too much, and I do quite often; but God made me that way. That can be good or bad, depending on what I focus my thoughts on. I care, which is why I think as much as I do. If I didn't care, then I wouldn't waste my time working as hard as I do to preach the truth and help others in the Lord. I am a truth-seeker, as should be every Christian.
I see so clearly why Jesus said no man can serve God and mammon (wealth). A genuine man of God should preach the truth and trust God to provide. Most pastors trim their message, sinfully compromising, rejecting knowledge, and avoiding offensive subjects such as Hell and modern corrupt Bible versions because they love mammon. The Bible doesn't say you love one more than the other. No, the Bible says you either love mammon and hate God, or you hate mammon and love God. Are you hot or cold for God? Have you rejected knowledge? Do you shirk off and ignore the truth when people try to open your eyes? Do you tell church members not to share the truth with others? Do you censor the truth in your pulpit? Can we be too truthful as Christians? I think not.
When darkness is brought into the light, it loses its power!
“It's easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.” ―Mark Twain
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