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July - August 2006
 

DANCING AROUND THE GOLDEN CALF - PART 1

John S. Torell

 

 

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MY CONTACT WITH FAMILY RADIO

Once I heard this teaching on Family Radio, I decided to call them and ask them if our church could take over the network since Jesus was coming back shortly and Harold Camping would not be around. Since Harold could not take any money with him to heaven, I told them they should really give the entire network to us free of charge. The person answering the phone became very uneasy and told me that she did not really believe what Camping was teaching, but could not do anything about it. Harold was planning all along to keep the network which told me that he didn’t even believe in his own insane teaching. In the meantime, Harold Camping directed his staff to keep on soliciting funds and doing their monthly fundraising. Camping is like all other false prophets and charlatans, there is no shame, just greed to get more money, making the ministry bigger and bigger, and make a name for him self. Here are two statements from people inside Family Radio:

“I am a Family Radio employee. You probably already know that some of us who disagree with Mr. Camping are staying on at Family Radio (for now) in the hopes that there will soon be some pieces to pick up and rebuild what has arguably been the premier radio outlet for the gospel message in much of the United States. We do our jobs as well as we can under the circumstances, not hiding our disagreement, but bearing up under the pressure to conform to a blasphemous heresy. It is our hope for the future that keeps us here, not cowardice and not agreement with Camping. There are many ways to work toward the goal of restoring the orthodox gospel message to Family Radio, and some of us have chosen to remain for now. Rest assured that if the time comes when it is clear that there is no hope of the true gospel being restored to Family Radio, I will leave, not looking back.”

~ Anonymous

“I know quite a lot about this subject, since I've been an employee of Family Radio for 18 years. You don't know the pain we've been going through. The 1994? debacle was bad. I've personally been verbally assaulted by people in the church who assume I agree with Harold Camping, because I work for Family Radio. I calmly try to tell them that, no, I do *not* agree with him. But now it's worse. Now Family Radio employees are hearing things like "Hey man, you work for a cult. Why don't you quit?” The answer is: most of the people that work for F.R feel that Mr. Camping is just plain wrong, or has gone delusional in his advanced age. We are praying that the board of directors will do something about the situation. In the meantime, we are holding on - waiting for the situation to be resolved so we can rebuild Family Radio to the faithful ministry it used to be. We aren't quitting in droves because we feel that Family Radio is still doing a lot of good, and still deserves to be supported. Yes, in the future if things get worse (and believe me, they can) then the decision to leave will become more attractive. That is a personal decision. But the point here is that the attention so far has been on how Mr. Camping's teaching has degenerated, and not on the faithful employees who are trying to do God's will under bad circumstances.”

~ Anonymous

WILL HAROLD CAMPING DIE AS A FALSE PROPHET?

Currently Family Radio is pushing Camping’s latest pamphlet called, “Has the Era of the Church Age Come to an End?” There are probably some one million Christians listening to the Family Radio network and most of them are conservative and Bible anchored. These are the people who cherish moral family values; they are tithing members of churches and active in Sunday school and other evangelical outreach programs. In other words, the stalwart of the Christian church, the very backbone, is being destroyed by Camping. I want to share a letter with you, which was written to the Board of Directors of Family Radio:

“Dear Sirs,

“Greetings in Christ Jesus our Lord. I have been a supporter of the network since shortly after my conversion in 1988. 90% of your programming is excellent. I hope Family Radio can be salvaged.

“Harold Camping’s book 1994? prompted me to then write a lengthy review denouncing the work, and now I am hearing and reading things equally absurd and untrue. Mr. Camping asserts that all the churches are dead and are to be abandoned. Not merely the ‘liberal churches,’ but all churches. This is unbiblical and destructively divisive. To put a point on it: This teaching is satanic. Those who support and/or promote this teaching are partakers of his evil doctrine. Notice the contradictions between the quotes below and those in the postscript of this letter.

“According to Camping, the two witnesses of Revelation 11:3ff are the church, and they (she) are now dead: the church is turned over to Satan, and he rules therein. A few faithful groups remain (Family Radio is the only one he ever mentions), but just as Israel was in captivity in Babylon, so the church today is under Satan’s complete sway. To wit: the sacraments are ineffectual and not to be observed just as the animal sacrifices and circumcision were not done in captivity.”

“His ‘good news’ appears to be: The temple is destroyed, the gates of hell have prevailed, and the church is dead, never to rise again. So send your money to faithful Family Radio!”

“He writes: ‘No longer are you to be under the spiritual rulership of the church. This command is given because God is finished with the era of churches being used of God to evangelize.’”

"We must remove ourselves [sic] from the church.”

"But as judgment comes on the church the true believer is to stay outside the church bringing the Gospel to the world.”

"Because the church era has come to an end the churches have become dead as the church of Sardis long ago became dead. (Rev 3:1). The churches of today have had their candlestick removed even as the church of Ephesus of Rev. 2 was warned that God would remove their candlestick if they did not return to their first love. The church has ceased to be an institution or divine organism to serve God as His appointed representative on earth.

"The elders and deacons are being guided by their own minds rather than by the Holy Spirit."

WHAT TO DO ACCORDING TO HAROLD CAMPING

"If the individual or family are simply attending a church and are not members they can stop attending that church but continue to fellowship outside of the church with individuals of like mind.

"If a congregation decides to be obedient to this command they can reorganize their congregation from a church congregation, to become a fellowship of believers. The elders will no longer be elders. The deacons will no longer be deacons. The Pastor will no longer be pastor. In other words no individuals will have spiritual rule over the congregation. Those members of this congregation who disagree with this decision to disband would have to find membership in another congregation."

The above quotes are from Camping’s article, "The End of the External Church." 3

His hyper-Amillenialism has gone beyond pessimism. Is there any recourse to pull the plug on him? I call on the faithful involved in Family Radio’s management to stop airing Harold Camping’s latter-day teachings. Family Radio is too wonderful a ministry to let go to pot. But Mr. Camping appears to be in his dotage, and it is dangerous when God’s word is being so wrongly divided. To whom can I look for help in this matter? Any help you can be is appreciated. Thank you.

Yours in Christ,

Hugh McCann

P.S. Ironically and contradictorily Mr. Camping is also quoted as saying:

QUESTION: What do you say to those who suspect you of trying to get a following - of starting a new movement or a new church?

MR. CAMPING: "I don’t want anyone to follow me. I am not asking anyone to follow Family Radio, because at our best all we can do is teach God’s Word and be an example of the fact that we all need to go back to the Word of God alone for our answers. Oh, if only pastors could see that we are not their enemy. We are not opposed to them, we are not trying to put them down, and we are not trying to come with controversial or contentious doctrine. Actually, God’s marching orders in Matthew 28:19 and 20 are two fold: the Church is to teach and to baptize. We are not a church. We do not baptize. In fact, we urge those who listen, to go to a Bible-teaching church, be baptized and submit to the discipline and fellowship of the believers there. We can never become a church...we are only a network of radio stations - a voice speaking out clearly - teaching the Bible by spoken word, by song (as mentioned in Ephesians 5:19) and giving opportunity to those who want to challenge, question, even debate what God is saying to all of us in His Word. I feel badly that there are those who misunderstand why I teach as clearly as I do. I don’t claim to be infallible. I want no personal following. No one has to agree with my teaching to be a member of the Family Radio FAMILY. Even our staff is not required to agree with my teaching. They are, of course, required to be students of the Word themselves and to live exemplary lives." 4

THE DESTRUCTION OF THE GIDEONS

Most members in The Gideons are conservative strong Bible believing Christians, and since Family Radio from the beginning had a wonderful programming of majestic Christian music and Bible teaching programs from a variety of conservative Christian pastors and teachers, thousands of Gideons have been Family Radio listeners over the years. For those of you who might not know anything about The Gideons, it is an organization dating back more than 100 years, who has been placing Bibles in hotels, motels and giving out New Testaments to nurses, military recruits and students in high school and colleges, etc. Each member must be a businessman or a professional, like a doctor, lawyer, etc and must be in good standing in his home church. Gideons are organized in chapters in most cities and counties in the United States and in many foreign countries. They go to churches, where they speak and raise money to buy Bibles, which are then placed above mentioned places free of charge. Millions of Bibles have been placed and thousands upon thousands of people have been saved over the years. When Harold Camping declares that the age of the church is over, with only a few spoken words, he is trying to destroy an organization which God raised up. Has Harold really thought through how much destruction he has done and is continuing to do? Most likely not! The religious demonic spirit that possesses Harold Camping sits with a smirk on his face as Harold “drools” out his garbage on the air waves. Unless a person is strongly anchored in the Bible and has the discernment of the Holy Spirit, he will be swayed by the “smooth talking” of Harold as he sits a self-proclaimed prophet in the little kingdom he has stolen, known as Family Radio. What a tragedy!

CAMPING IS REPEATING THE SAME LIES OF THE LATTER DAY RAIN PEOPLE

During the time 1940-1955, there was a revival movement sweeping through Canada and the northern states of the U.S., which became known as the Latter Day Rain. From this movement we have buzz words like “Joel’s Army, Manifest Sons of God, Better Covenant, The True Sons of David, Over Comers, The Joseph Company, Qualified Christians, True Sons, Remnant Sons, etc.” Before we take a look at the Latter Day Rain People, here is a truth I would like to share with you:

SEEKING SIGNS INSTEAD OF SEEKING GOD

The downfall of so many Christian pastors, evangelists and other leaders in the United States has been THEIR HUNGER FOR THE SUPERNATURAL, FOR HEALINGS, SIGNS AND WONDERS! Instead of seeking the Healer, Jesus Christ, they cried, prayed and fasted for miracles and instead of hearing from God, demon spirits came to them, disguised as angels sent from God. When miracles began to manifest in their meetings, the focus was on the gifts. Most Christians do not know the Bible very well, they have a shallow prayer life, and they are not walking in the holiness of God. Many Christians came to Christ because they did not want to go to hell, but they are not interested in walking with God and serving Him on this earth.

They reject the food laws of given by God as found in Leviticus chapter 11 and choose to eat junk food and drink lots of sodas. As a result, their bodies are breaking down and sickness is setting in. The two World Wars in the last century lowered the moral values in the United States, sexual promiscuity became rampant, and movies from Hollywood have had the terrible impact of promoting pornography.

The mainline denominations offered no relief from sickness and the Baptist churches rejected the power of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, when a healer arrived on the scene, people flocked by the thousands to get relief. Now understand this statement: The focus in the miracle services was not on repentance from sins, salvation, a call to change the lifestyle and live a holy life! The focus was primarily for the sick person to get a healing so he could go back home and resume his normal lifestyle!

The apostle Paul gave a strong warning to the church in Corinth:

For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
2 Corinthians 11:13-15

Jesus warned about focusing on the power and rejoicing in the power itself. Here is what Jesus said:

And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name. And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven. Luke 10:17-20

The Bible speaks about seducing spirits and doctrines of devils:

Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
1 Timothy 4:1-2

But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not. 2 Peter 2:1-3

Many healers became wealthy men and lived a lavish lifestyle; others became snared in doctrines and teachings from the occult and led many people astray. Some began to see themselves like “gods,” and instead of being servants, they became lord and master over their followers.

WHO LAID THE FOUNDATION FOR THE HEALERS?

John Nelson Darby (1800-1882) was the man following Miller to prepare the way for the Devil to take control over the Christians. He was born in London, England to a prominent Anglo-Irish family and received his early education at Westminster School in London. At the age of 15, his parents moved to Ireland and took up residence in an ancestral castle. John continued his education, attending Trinity College in Dublin and graduated in 1819. He continued his education with the study of law, and in 1822, he was admitted to the Irish Chancery Bar. Darby never married.

During his secular studies, he had also been a student of the Bible, and proclaimed himself to be a Christian. Whether he was born again or not is impossible for us to know today. He felt compelled to minister to the poor Catholics of Ireland. Consequently, he gave up his law business, and in 1825, he was ordained as a Deacon in the Church of Ireland. The following year he was promoted to priest and served in this capacity until 1827 when he resigned. Darby stated that the reason for his resignation was that he felt that the church should not be controlled by the state and that ministry came from the Holy Spirit, who gave the gifts with which to minister.

There were prophecy meetings at this time held in the mansion of Viscountess Powerscourt near Bray. It was at these meetings Darby was introduced to John Bellett, Anthony Groves and John Parnell. There were a number of other men, all having the same feeling that organized churches were in error and that something new had to be birthed. From these discontented men came a movement, known first as, “The Brethren,” and later known as, “The Plymouth Brethren”. The movement dates its birth back to 1828 in a larger meeting in Dublin.

In 1828, Darby wrote a pamphlet entitled, “The Nature and Unity of the Church of Christ.” In it he laid out the doctrine of this new movement. In 1830, Francis W. Neuman persuaded Darby to visit Oxford (the university town in England) where he introduced him to Benjamin W. Newton from Plymouth. That year Darby made his first visit to France. This is important because there was great political upheaval in France at this time, as it had not yet recovered from the Revolution, Napoleon and his wars. It had reverted back to a type of monarchy under an iron grip of the Illuminati and its banking was in the hands of the Rothschild banking empire. In order for Darby to travel to France, there had to be people working behind the scenes, providing protection so that he could freely travel within France. I will give further details about upon this protection later on.

In 1832, there was a gathering of Darby’s fellow believers, and the beginning of The Plymouth Brethren came into being. The official publication of this new organization was called, “The Christian Witness,” and Darby was one of the writers. Between the years of 1836-79, Darby traveled extensively in Western Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand.

There are some troublesome questions that surface when a person tries to investigate and track the life of Darby. For example, travel was not that easy during that part of the 1800’s, yet Darby moved like a modern day “jet set” traveler. Traveling by train was just in the early stages of development in 1830, there were no automobiles and airplanes, and to move on the sea had to be done via sailing ships until steamships came into use toward the latter part of the 1800’s. Traveling cost money, so from what source did Darby get his money? During the years of 1837 through 1838, Darby spent much time in French speaking Switzerland. Darby spoke and taught the Bible to Methodists, Anabaptists, and Robert Haldane’s reading groups and other denominational churches.

Looking back from a historical position it becomes clear that Darby had an agenda which was not known to the groups to which he ministered at that time. He was a man with a distinct mission, THE DESTRUCTION OF ORGANIZED CHURCHES AND A FOUNDATION FOR THEIR OWN ORGANIZATION. Darby also taught that the church age was over and the imminent return of Christ was at hand. He recommended that believers in Christ should not be involved in politics, education and building communities, but rather, they were to withdraw and just wait for the return of Christ. This doctrine became known as “dispensationalist teaching.”

Darby taught that the Church was in ruins; it had failed and could not be restored. All the previous systems that God had set up for man had failed and the Church of Jesus Christ was going in the same direction. The result was not slow in coming as scores of Christians left their churches in Europe and joined the new group called, “The Plymouth Brethren.” The result of this theology would not be felt until the next century when Christians had withdrawn from all public life and left politics and education to the unbelievers. Hence, there was little resistance in Europe to the devastating policies which gave birth to World War I and II.

EUROPEAN JEWISH LEADERSHIP NOTICED DARBY

As I have pointed out in previous articles in The Dove magazine, Jewish leaders in Russia, the Baltic nations, Poland and other East European countries had been working on a plan to retake the land of Palestine and establish a Jewish state. It later became known as the Zionist movement. Moses Hess, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels (German Jews) developed the doctrine of what became known as Communism. Zionism was birthed out of communism, and to this day, Israel is a socialistic state, even if the kibbutz system is slowly fading away. Any Christian reading a statement like these for the first time is going to be shocked, but again, I would refer you to back issues of The Dove, which are available upon request.

When the Illuminati (a Jewish led group) fomented the French Revolution in 1787, there was no significant Christian church in France, since the French Protestants known as “Huguenots” had either been killed or driven into exile and the last persecution led by the Roman Catholic Church took place between 1745 to1754. The leaders of the Illuminati knew that they had been successful in France, but their attempt to foment a similar revolution in England failed due to the strong Christian influence when vast numbers of people in England were converted to Christ under the preaching of John (above left) and Charles Wesley (right), and George Whitefield (below left). The Jewish leadership knew that persecution could not be started in England and the United States but if they could infiltrate and alter the doctrine of the Christian faith, it would help them to obtain political power in these nations.

There is an old cliché, “Follow the money trail and you will find the source.” Strange as it may sound, both Darby and Cyrus Scofield received financing from Jewish sources, which was not known at the time that it happened. Strong political or religious ideas can sometimes make strange bed fellows. The road to the Golden Calf was being built.

DARBY WAS A RUTHLESS LEADER

When Darby came back to Plymouth in 1845, he found that the group had increased numerically under its local leader, Benjamin Newton. However, Benjamin had different views on the doctrine of prophecy and church administration. Darby at once broke fellowship with Newton and formed a new organization with people who were following him. In 1847, some teaching notes by Newton were given to Darby, who labeled them heresy. At this time, Newton admitted “mistakes” and published a statement to correct his teaching, but this was not good enough for Darby who excommunicated Newton and his followers from the Brethren movement. Darby’s followers became known as Darbyites.

In 1848, the war between Darby and Newton escalated. Both George Muller (1805-1898, left), famous for his orphanage work, and Henry Craik were Brethren leaders in the city of Bristol. They had received two members from Newton’s group and allowed them to participate in communion. Darby became furious and stated that his excommunication was not being upheld. Darby then demanded that Muller and Craik publicly repudiate Newton’s teaching. When the group in Bristol refused to comply with Darby’s request, he declared the Brethren from Bristol “unclean” and refused fellowship with them. This caused a schism in the entire Brethren movement and the two camps became known as “Open” and “Exclusive.” Darby became the undisputed leader in the exclusive group.

When Darby was invited by D.L. Moody (1837-1899), the great American evangelist, to present some Bible readings in Chicago, a conflict arose between Darby and Moody over the issue of the free will in the Christian. The contention became so heated, that in a public meeting Darby closed his Bible and left the meeting. After this, Darby publicly condemned Moody’s work, saying that it would bring worldliness into the church. Darby’s last visit to the United States took place in 1877.

There is no doubt in my mind that God protected Moody and used this incident to get Darby and his teaching out from the revival meetings of Moody. As a result, Moody did not embrace Darby’s teaching that the church age was over, but he was infected with the spiritual disease of dispensationalism and the coming political state of Israel.

DARBY UNDER ATTACK FROM WITHIN

In 1866 Darby was attacked by close friends because he had developed certain views that appeared similar in nature to what Newton years ago had retracted. Darby was now an extreme dispensationalist and stated that the church was in a state of ruin due to human error. The church could not be restored and had to be abandoned. Believers were to meet in home groups and live a holy life while they waited for the return of Christ. The Scriptures were to be the sole and sufficient guide for a believers’ faith and conduct according to the interpretation of the Bible written down by Darby.

THE FOUNDATION IS LAID

The doctrines laid down by Darby were to be used by others for years to come. American Jewish leaders would in the future finance preachers and evangelists who would teach that Jews did not have to accept Jesus and be born again but that God had a special plan for them and the formation of the State of Israel was part of that plan.

By preaching a hyped up message that Jesus’ return was imminent and Christians should therefore abandon all involvement in civic duties, like voting, holding political office and being active in public education, it was all handed over on a plate to future organizations like the ACLU, etc.

The doctrine of the failure of the Church of Jesus Christ was picked up by the Mormons and the Jehovah’s witnesses and made it easier for them to pick off Christians and get them into their clutches. It also gave life to the Latter Day Rain movement in the 1940’s and its many offspring groups which are now infecting Christianity from different angles. It has also become the cornerstone in Harold Camping’s end-time doctrine.

WHO WERE DARBY’S HANDLERS?

In the book “The Incredible Scofield and His Book,” Joseph M. Canfield, shows that Cyrus Ingerson Scofield (1843-1921) became the American minister who would bring Darby’s teaching into the mainstream of Christianity in the United States. In his book, Canfield brings out the connection between Darby and Scofield, the finances of these men, and also the Jewish connection.

Using information from Canfield’s book in my next newsletter, we are going to look at the “Secret Six,” a group of prominent men from Boston, who not only fomented the opening salvo of the American Civil War, but also worked behind the scenes in paving the way for the teachings of Darby to be spread.

We are also going to look at the people from Europe who were not part of the Brethren movement but influenced Darby in his thinking.

Some people might say, “Why are you detailing all these historical facts instead of just painting a broad picture?” Well, right now in the year 2006, we are experiencing the greatest deception and destruction in the Christian church since the first century. It is imperative that today’s generation understands what is happening and why they hold certain theological views. Unless the Church lines up with the Bible, it will end up in the camp of the Antichrist.

WAS DARBY AWARE THAT HE WAS BEING USED BY JEWS?

Looking at the writings Darby left behind, my belief is that he had his own agenda and did not understand that he was manipulated by others who had a different agenda. Karl Marx coined a phrase that would fit Darby – “Useful Idiot.”  Darby had a short temper, he could not tolerate others challenging his views; he was egocentric and felt that he and only he had the whole truth from God. These are the weaknesses used by Satan to take brilliant men and turning them into false prophets and teachers. When men and women are insecure and filled with inferiority, they tend to become bullish, loud, and stubborn while trying to prove that only they know what is right.

Pride drove Darby to make sure that his doctrine would survive his own death and spread as far as possible on the earth for the ages to come. He did not know it then, but knows it now, that he was possessed by a religious spirit from the Devil which led him astray and has caused millions of people to end up in hell or are on their way to hell.

Was Darby ever born again? It is possible that he was saved as a young man but we will not know this until the judgment seat of Christ. If he shows up there, we will know he was saved; but if he shows up at the Great White Throne judgment, then we will know that he never knew Jesus, that he was an impostor just like Judas Iscariot.

The most important thing for you to settle is, “Are born again and on your way to heaven?” If you do not know for sure, stop everything you are doing and pray to God that He will help you to be saved. Contact us and ask for help how to be born again. We have the Plan of Salvation clearly laid on our web site or you can contact us and request it. It clearly lays out God’s prerequisites step by step in an easy to understand layout.


LATE BREAKING NEWS

Warren Jeffs was arrested on August 28th, just outside of Las Vegas by the Nevada Highway Patrol at a traffic stop. He was riding in 2007 Cadillac Escalade with more than $54,000 in cash, 15 cellphones, four portable radios, three wigs, numerous sunglasses, a duffle bag full of envelopes, laptop computers, a GPS device, a police scanner and cash cards worth $10,000.
 


 

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