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January - March 2007
 

DANCING AROUND THE GOLDEN CALF - PART 5

John S. Torell

 

 

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MOVING CYRUS SCOFIELD INTO A NATIONAL MINISTRY

            In the fall of 1886, the American Home Missionary Society offered Cyrus the job as superintendent for the denomination in the states of Louisiana and Texas. When the congregation of First Congregational learned of this offer, they passed a resolution for Cyrus not to accept the offer. Again, we can see the cold calculations in Cyrus’ thinking. Without consulting the church, he told them in November 1886 that he would serve as “acting” superintendent until the Board had found a permanent solution in the spring of 1887. The Mission Board agreed to pay a portion of Cyrus’ salary. Cyrus also informed the congregation that he planned to stay away from the church from July to October, 1887.

            Cyrus conducted a weekly class at the YMCA in Dallas. By 1888, the congregation had grown to 250 members, and despite the teaching that the Rapture could take place any moment and that the church at large had failed, Cyrus led them in a building project during the year of 1889, a building that was used by the church until 1950.

            On December 22, 1888, Hettie gave birth to a son, named Noel Paul. Also in that year, a book by Cyrus was printed and distributed with the name, “Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth.” The first edition was printed by the Plymouth Brethren House, Loizeaux Brothers of New York. It contained prophecy according to the teachings of Darby, along with the message that the church had failed and there was no hope for the world. This is similar to the teachings of Harold Camping on Family Radio, who proclaims that the church age is over and only Camping and his people are going to make it.

            From then on, Cyrus used the church in Dallas as a base to secure his income, but he would accept any speaking engagement outside his church, whether in Texas or other states. Since the church did not want to lose him permanently, they had to put up with the fact that he was paid a full time salary, but only served as a part-time pastor.

            In his capacity as Superintendent of the American Home Mission Board, Cyrus never brought up his dispensational teaching with his superiors. Instead, during the years of 1888 through 1893, new churches were planted. A number of schools were started; among them the Rio Grande Training School for Mexican workers in El Paso. Cyrus was also president of the Board of Trustees of Lake Charles College, a Congregational school in Louisiana City. Cyrus wrote to his superiors that he preferred to build up strong churches in major centers. Thus, while he was a dispensational teacher, he laid a ground work for churches and schools which would be used later as vehicles to propagate Darby’s teaching to future generations in the United States. Cyrus was also the head of the Southwestern School of the Bible in Dallas, which later became Dallas Theological Seminary.

            By 1892, Cyrus awarded himself a doctor’s degree and began using the title Dr. Scofield. There are no official records that he earned a doctor’s degree in divinity. In November of 1893, the Home Mission Board asked him to take on Colorado and surrounding areas as a superintendent. The church in Dallas granted him five months vacation every year so that he could take on this added travel responsibility. In 1895 he received a call to pastor a church in Massachusetts, I don’t have a name for it, but it could have been Trinitarian Congregational Church in Northfield.

            Also during these years he attended the Niagara Bible Conferences on a regular basis as a featured speaker.

            In 1880, Cyrus published two items, first a monthly magazine called, “The Believer,” which was published nine times, ending in March 1891. The second publication was the beginning of his Comprehensive Bible Correspondence Course. In 1914, this correspondence course was taken over by the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. Thousands of students over the years were educated in the Lacunza doctrine of the failing church, the imminent return of Christ and Christian Zionism.

            The groundwork of the abandonment theology that caused the Christians in the United States to hand over politics, education, business and the budding entertainment industry to the ungodly was now in full swing, led by Scofield and his “buddies.” Instead of taking advantage of the invention of the movie camera, the radio, the phonograph etc., it was labeled sinful and dispensational preachers called for “giving it to the Devil,” since they were going to be raptured at any time.

            Taking the Bible out of public schools, forbidding prayer to God in the name of Jesus and the legalization of abortion can all be laid at the feet of Cyrus Scofield. America is what it is today because Christians in the 19th century did not have the discernment to stop the damnable teaching of Scofield and company. There were strong committed Christians living at the time of Scofield, but the Christian church did not heed the warnings from these men.

A WARNING FROM 1927

            As I was in the process of writing this newsletter, our office received an e-mail from Pharisee Watch, published by “Strait Gate Ministries.” In the mailing to us, they introduced a book written by Philip Mauro in 1927 entitled, The Gospel of the Kingdom. Mr. Mauro in his book took a stand against the work of Scofield, and when I read part of the introduction to his book, I became very moved in my spirit. Before this, I did not know anything about Philip Mauro and of course I had never seen his book. If you don’t know that something like this exists, you will never look for it. But the Holy Spirit knew about this man and his book, and since the Holy Spirit for almost six weeks has been guiding me in my writing, he supernaturally moved this message to my office.  The people working there did not know what I was writing, since I sit in a different office. I also found out that Straight Gate Ministries carries the books written by my good friend Gordon Ginn.

            In order to “educate” myself, I punched in Philip Mauro on Google and became very embarrassed when I realized how much I do not know. Here is what I found out:

Philip Mauro (right), 1859-1952, was an attorney admitted to the bar of the United States Supreme Court on April 21, 1892 and handled patent cases before that court. He was very successful in his profession and became well known in corporate circles in the United States. After his marriage, the family attended an Episcopal church. By an accident (divine appointment) he ended up one evening in a small church in New York, and even though he did not like it, he kept coming back. Then on May 24, 1903, at age 45, he surrendered to Christ and was born again. The name of the church was Gospel Tabernacle and the pastor’s name was Albert Benjamin Simpson (1843-1919), founder and president of the Christian and Missionary Alliance. Although tainted with dispensationalism, Simpson was a strong evangelical preacher with a great desire to see lost people saved and missions established around the world. In time, Mauro wrote a number of books and became strong in his opposition to the teachings of Darby, Scofield and Christian Zionism.

            It was in his book, The Gospel of the Kingdom that this deeply committed Christian lawyer deals with the false doctrine that Scofield had spewed into the Christian community of the world. I want to share with you a portion of the introduction to this book written in 1927 when Philip had been a Christian for 23 years and was 68 years old. Here are some excerpts from the introduction:

“THROUGH an incident of recent occurrence I was made aware of the extent -- far greater than I had imagined -- to which the modern system of dispensationalism has found acceptance amongst orthodox Christians; and also of the extent -- correspondingly great -- to which the recently published ‘Scofield Bible’ (which is the main vehicle of the new system of doctrine referred to) has usurped the place of authority that belongs to God's Bible alone.  …it must have a ‘Bible’ of its own for the propagation of its peculiar doctrines, since they are not in the Word of God.

“It is a matter of grief to me that a book should exist wherein the corrupt words of mortal man are printed on the same page with the holy Words of the living God; this mixture of the precious and the vile being made an article of sale, entitled a 'Bible,' and distinguished by a man's name.

“It is mortifying to remember that I not only held and taught these novelties myself, but that I even enjoyed a complacent sense of superiority because thereof, and regarded with feelings of pity and contempt those who had not received the ‘new light’ and were unacquainted with this up-to-date method of ‘rightly dividing the word of truth.’  For I fully believed what an advertising circular says in presenting ‘Twelve Reasons why you should use THE SCOFIELD REFERENCE BIBLE,’ namely, that: -- First, the Scofield Bible outlines the Scriptures from the standpoint of DISPENSATIONAL TRUTH, and there can be no adequate understanding or rightly dividing of the Word of God except from the standpoint of dispensational truth.

“What a slur is this upon the spiritual understanding of the ten thousands of men, ‘mighty in the Scriptures,’ whom God gave as teachers to His people during all the Christian centuries before ‘dispensational truth’ (or dispensational error), was discovered!  And what an affront to the thousands of men of God of our own day, workmen that need not to be ashamed, who have never accepted the newly invented system.

“… According to the new dispensationalism, our Lord and John the Baptist were not proclaiming the near coming of that ‘Kingdom of God’ which actually began shortly thereafter with the pouring out of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost, and which actually was then ‘at hand,’ but were announcing a kingdom of earthly grandeur for which the carnally minded Jews and their teachers were then (and are still) vainly looking; though the earthly kingdom of Israel is not called in the Scriptures, ‘the Kingdom of God,’ and though (as is now evident enough) it was not ‘at hand’ at all.

“… Evangelical Christianity must purge itself of this leaven of dispensationalism ere it can display its former power and exert its former influence.

“Finally, it is appropriate in these introductory remarks to call attention … to the striking and immensely significant fact that the entire system of ‘dispensational teaching’ is modernistic in the strictest sense; for it first came into existence within the memory of persons now living; and was altogether unknown even in their younger days.  It is more recent than Darwinism.

“Think what it means that an elaborate, ramified and comprehensive system, which embraces radical teachings concerning such vital subjects as the preaching and ministry of Jesus Christ, the character and ‘dispensational place’ of the four Gospels, the nature and era of the Kingdom of God, the Sermon on the Mount, the Gospel of the Kingdom, and other Bible topics of first importance, a system of doctrine that contradicts what has been held and taught by every Christian expositor and every minister of Christ from the very beginning of the Christian era, should have suddenly made its appearance in the latter part of the nineteenth century, and have been accepted by many who are prominent amongst the most professedly orthodox groups of Christians!  It is an amazing phenomenon indeed.  For the fact is that dispensationalism is modernism.  It is modernism, moreover, of a very pernicious sort, such that it must have a ‘Bible’ of its own for the propagation of its peculiar doctrines, since they are not in the Word of God.

“… this modern system of ‘dispensational teaching’ is a cause of division and controversy between those followers of Christ who ought to be, at this time of crisis, solidly united against the mighty forces of unbelief and apostasy; and further that it tends to bring the vital truth of our Lord's second coming into discredit with many, because it associates that great Bible doctrine with various speculative details for which no scriptural support can be found.” (End of Quotation)

SCOFIELD’S DALLAS POWER BROKERS

            There were a number of wealthy and political power brokers in the membership of the First Congregational Church in Dallas. The John Craven family (Mrs. Craven was a member of the Dealey family of the Dallas Morning News; the Samuel Dealey family (Dealey Brothers Wholesale Lumber Co.), the George Dealey family (at that time manager of the Dallas Morning Newspaper, later its president); the Fitzhugh Hawkes family (superintendent for Sanger Brothers Department Store), the Theodore Mosher Family (Mosher Streel Company), the Thomas J. Jones family, Treasurer of Mosher Steel Co (Mrs. Jones was a Mosher).

            I do know that most churches in the United States are heavily infested with Freemasons. George Bannerman Dealey was a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church in the later part of his life. But he was also heavily involved in the occult, majoring in the Scottish Rite of Masonry with a 33rd degree and active as a Shriner, and was also a member of the Red Cross of Constantine. Most likely he had a hand in getting Cyrus into Masonic circles and particularly the Lotus Club in New York.

            It is impossible at times to trace the flow of money because the handlers of Scofield made sure that most of the money trail would not be found. Therefore, the conclusion I have drawn is that someone paved the way for Cyrus, financially, politically and opened doors for him to move through. Cyrus traveled far and wide and it was impossible to pay for this with his salary as a minister.

SCOFIELD’S ASSOCIATION WITH D.L. MOODY

            In 1893 the American economy took a nose dive in what was known as the “Panic of 1893.” I have described this in detail in my September-October 2006 newsletter. This caused a slowdown for Cyrus, since the money flowing in to him dried up to a degree. There were many business failures in Dallas due to this economic crisis caused by the bankers.

            In February 1895 D. L. Moody returned to Dallas to hold evangelistic meetings. Cyrus had for a number of years been invited to be a speaker at Moody’s summer conferences at East Northfield, Massachusetts. Cyrus’ handlers had developed more and more links to Moody and his organizations, since Moody at that time was a nationally respected evangelist, not to mention his work in England. Hence, if Cyrus could be moved into that organization, the dispensationalist doctrine could be spread faster and further into the Christian community.

            D. L. Moody was born and raised in Northfield, Massachusetts. Once he had become a successful evangelist operating out of Chicago, he established two schools in Northfield. Northfield Seminary for Girls opened in 1879 and the Mt. Hermon School for Boys in 1881. There was also a church there, Trinitarian Congregational Church. This church issued a call for Cyrus to come and be the pastor in the fall of 1895. Cyrus accepted the call and the Dallas church gave him a one year sabbatical, hoping that he would return after one year. He arrived at Northfield in early 1896, and his annual report for the church in Dallas was prepared in Northfield and sent to Dallas. I mention this because it is important that although Cyrus was in Northfield, he still maintained connections to the Dallas church to protect his income from the church. 14 years later in Dallas, after beginning with a congregation of 14 members, membership now stood at 812 members, of which 533 were active members.

            Cyrus had by now built up a “clean” reputation and measured success by the numbers of church members. His handlers were ready to move their candidate to larger work. (This can be likened to money laundering: dirty money had been sent to Texas, cleaned up, and then re-entered the market again as legal money with no criminal background.)

            In 1889, Moody had also started a third school, the Northfield Bible Training School for men and women. During 1896-1898 Cyrus was part of the faculty, and from 1900 to 1902 he was the president for the school. He was also the head of the Scofield Bible Correspondence Courses. Scofield never worked at the other two schools, but on occasion preached to the students.

            In 1899, shortly before Moody died, money was raised and a chapel was built close to the Mount Hermon School for Boys in Northfield. It was turned into a church called the Union Church and Cyrus was asked to be the pastor. But he only preached one Sunday per month at the Union church.   

            During his years at Northfield, Cyrus was often gone on trips and the duties were handled by Pastor McConaughy.

            On December 22, 1999, Moody died after having a heart attack. At his funeral, Cyrus conducted the service and preached the funeral message. As one of the world’s greatest soul winners had gone home to be with the Lord, a “parasite” in the kingdom of God was chosen to lay at rest a man who loved the Lord with all his heart. When Moody was alive, he did not have the discernment to understand that Cyrus had his own agenda and a doctrine that can be likened to “strange fire,” and it had now enveloped the Moody organization like cancer in a human body.

“And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the LORD, which he commanded them not. And there went out fire from the LORD, and devoured them, and they died before the LORD. Then Moses said unto Aaron, This is it that the LORD spake, saying, I will be sanctified in them that come nigh me, and before all the people I will be glorified. And Aaron held his peace. And Moses called Mishael and Elzaphan, the sons of Uzziel the uncle of Aaron, and said unto them, Come near, carry your brethren from before the sanctuary out of the camp. So they went near, and carried them in their coats out of the camp; as Moses had said. And Moses said unto Aaron, and unto Eleazar and unto Ithamar, his sons, Uncover not your heads, neither rend your clothes; lest ye die, and lest wrath come upon all the people: but let your brethren, the whole house of Israel, bewail the burning which the LORD hath kindled.” Leviticus 10:1-6

SCOFIELD MOVES TO NEW YORK

            Cyrus’ handlers were now ready to move their candidate on; so that he could finish the mission they had for him. In the summer of 1900, Cyrus was in New York, where he met with Arno Clemens Gaebelein (1861-1945).

Here is a short run down on Gaebelein (right): He was born in Thuringia, Germany and immigrated to the United States in 1879 to avoid being drafted into the German army. He was a brilliant student and completed his education in the U.S. He learned Greek, Hebrew, Arabic, Syrian and Farsi (Persia). He was saved at the age of 12 and then made a commitment to Christ as an adult in the U.S. He married and was scheduled to go as a missionary to Java, but since he wife had an illness, he stayed in the U.S.

            He was ordained in the Methodist Episcopal denomination in 1886, and served as a pastor in Baltimore, Hoboken, NJ and New York City. After having embraced the dispensational doctrine, he founded, “The Hope for Israel,” movement and a Hebrew language magazine, “Tigweth Israel,” (the Hope of Israel) in 1893. The monthly publication was circulated among Jews in the U.S as well as into Russia and Eastern European nations. 

            James Brookes invited him as a speaker to the Niagara conferences. Gaebelein was a strong Christian Zionist, despite the fact that most American Jews and their rabbis at this time were not interested in the establishment of a Jewish home state in Palestine, and they opposed strongly the notion that all Jews were to move to Palestine. But he was connected with the Jewish Zionistic leadership in New York.

            With James Brookes dying in 1897 and Moody in 1899, Cyrus and Gaebelein tried to take over the leadership in the dispensational/prophetic movement. Cyrus and Arno discussed how they could break up the Niagara conferences and plans were made to start a new conference center at the Sea Cliff on the north shore of Long Island, New York. A wealthy American by the name of John T. Pirie of the Chicago Department Store family had an estate at Sea Cliff, and he opened this up as a conference center that replaced the Niagara conferences.

A DUAL LIFE

            The core teaching of Cyrus was that the rapture was imminent; people were told that they should not prepare for the future on this earth, only do what is necessary, do not be involved in politics, education and community affairs, leave that to the unsaved people, just sit around and wait for Jesus to come back. He continued with the message that the church had failed; nothing could be redeemed, go outside “the camp” and wait for Jesus. People were to work as hard as they could to help the Jews to get control over Palestine, establish a new nation and rebuild the temple. He taught that Jews have a special covenant; they do not need to come to God through Christ.

            Righteous American men and women, who had taken their Christian faith with them to the work place, into the educational system, into politics and the market place, abandoned their effort to be salt and light in their communities and America was abandoned to be taken over by the ungodly. This is how the secularization of America came into being. But Scofield privately lived a different life than what he advocated publicly. On October 21, 1901 he purchased 8.25 acres of land with no house in the village of Ashuelot in New Hampshire. Cyrus stated to his friends that he wanted to buy a number of homes, not only in the United States, but also abroad that he could use in his work of writing and when he traveled. The property in New Hampshire was called “Crestwood.” It was designated as the summer home for the Scofield’s. But as late as 1907, they still lived in tents, whenever they came to the property.

            On March 24th, 1902, the people of Dallas deeded some property in Dallas to Cyrus and Hettie with a sale price of only $1.

THE LOTUS CLUB

            This is a chapter in Scofield’s life that defenders of Scofield do not want to talk about. This club was connected with the Illuminati and part of an occult network, not only in the United States, but also in England. Just like Freemasonic Lodges, a person cannot apply for membership; instead someone already in the club must offers it to an outside person who wants to be a member. We now have a preacher who is supposed to be the defender of fundamental Christianity becoming a member of a secret society club. This membership was not something that Cyrus talked about when he was preaching at prophecy conferences.

            The person that sponsored Cyrus for membership was an American Jew by the name of Samuel Untermeyer. Since very few of my readers know about this man, I will give a short description:

            Samuel Untermeyer (right) was born in Lynchburg, Virginia in 1858 and grew up in Virginia and later in New York. In 1879 he opened a law office and became a successful trial lawyer. Being Jewish, he also became an ardent supporter of the Zionist movement. During his lifetime he held a number of positions, chairman of the American Jewish Committee (See The Dove 2002, pages 30-33), president of the American Patriots and chairman of the Non-sectarian Anti-Nazi League.

He was in close contact with a number of powerful Jews, who during their lifetime shaped the policies of the United States, men like Jacob Schiff (right), a powerful Jewish banker who during his lifetime dominated the economy of the United States, Born 1847 and died 1920, see The Dove 2002, Pg. 24-26., Bernard Baruch (left), American Jewish banker and financier (1870-1965), Samuel Gompers (1850-1924) a British born Jew (right), who settled in the United States and later became the president of the American Federation of Labor and Fiorello LaGuardia (1882-1947, left) an American Jew of Italian descent, who served as a congressman from New York from 1916-1932 and was then elected mayor of New York in 1933. These American Jews during this period of time controlled the city of New York and made or broke political leaders in Washington, D.C.  All banking, commerce, unions and organized crime were under their control.

       
       
Jacob Schiff Bernard Baruch Samuel Gompers Fiorello LaGuardia
       

These were the men to whom Scofield was introduced during his later years and it was these Jewish men who bankrolled a fundamental Christian preacher because he was their errand boy in leading the Christians in America and England on a destructive path of Christian Zionism and the abandonment of the world, as the rapture was imminent.

These men knew that in their lifetime, the State of Israel would not come into existence, but their grandchildren were to live and rule the world and have the Christians dance around THE GOLDEN CALF, the political state of Israel.

At this time the reader might ask, why would ungodly Jews sponsor a Christian preacher? The answer is simple: in order to establish the political state of Israel and take control of the entire world in the future, they had to exchange something to achieve what they wanted to gain. Having a few million people accept Christ was the price they were willing to pay so that in the long run they would have their agenda accomplished. A word that would fit here would be “horse trading.”

DID CYRUS SCOFIELD KNOW HE WAS BEING USED BY THE JEWS?

            My conclusion after studying the life of Scofield is that he himself was a user of people to gain personal power and wealth. Cyrus was no dummy; he had survived the Civil War, worked as an attorney, and later made a living as a criminal before he got “religion.” He did not try to evangelize Untermeyer and the other New York Jews, but he did take their money. He fully understood that the Jews liked what he was writing and preaching, and as a result, he became a traitor to the Christian faith. I do not believe that Cyrus was ever saved, but he used Christianity to make a living, as well as gain fame and power over people and events.

            This behavior is still with us today. America’s beloved preachers like Oral Roberts, Jim Bakker, Jimmy Swaggart, Pat Robertson, Paul Crouch, John Hagee, Jerry Falwell, Morris Cerullo, Benny Hinn and many more have for years received money from American Jews and in return used their followers to pressure Congress and the president of the United States to support Israel in times of war in the Middle East or to release more military supplies to Israel.

       
       
Pat Robertson John Hagee Jerry Falwell Benny Hinn
       

            Are these preachers aware that they are being used? Yes, they are, but since they all have become used to a lavish lifestyle, the money is too sweet for them to resist. The same demonic spirits who once guided Lacunza, Edward Irvin, John Darby and Cyrus Scofield are today controlling all major Christian preachers, evangelists and teachers. Follow the money trail and it leads back to one source – wealthy Jewish sponsors.

CYRUS’ PAYMENT TO HIS HANDLERS - THE SCOFIELD BIBLE

            In 1902, Scofield and Gaebelein had discussions during the Sea Cliff conference that year about a reference Bible. This project was not supported by the Christian community at large, yet had financing from his handlers, most who were not Christians. During this time, there had been a church split in the First Congregational Church in Dallas, and those remaining issued a call for Cyrus to come back and rebuild the church. In February 1903, Cyrus returned to East Northfield, settled all business and personal affairs and moved to Dallas. But he did not stay put in Dallas despite the urgent need of the church to have a full time pastor. During the summer of 1903 he did extensive traveling even though he had encountered some illnesses for a few years. By August he was in Chicago, Illinois and in September he was in Brantford, Ontario.

            Early in 1904, Cyrus spoke at the convention of the United Confederate Veterans in Dallas; it is noteworthy to point out that his speech endorsed the thinking in the South that the white race was superior to that of the Negro race. This was not the first time that Cyrus held speeches trying to please the locals in the north as well as in the south. Former president Bill Clinton was famous for this type of behavior, speeches were written to please the audience in order to get as large an offering as possible, otherwise known as fundraising in political circles.

            Later in 1904, a voyage to England was planned for Cyrus and Hettie. This was not the first trip to England for either of them; there had been secret trips, not disclosed to the Christian community. Overseas trips were expensive back then just like they are today and Cyrus could not have paid for these out of his salary.

HORT AND WESTCOTT

            It was during this trip to England that this new reference Bible by Cyrus was to be printed by the Oxford University Press. A new theology had been developed during the last 40 years in England under the leadership of two leading theologians, Brooke Foss Westcott (1825-1901, top right) and Fenton John Anthony Hort (1828-1892, bottom right). Hort was teaching at the University of Cambridge and Westcott was also connected to Cambridge. Much has been written about these two men, and I will only give some highlights in this newsletter. Westcott became a bishop in the Anglican Church and Hort was a professor of Divinity.

Westcott formed a secret club while studying at Cambridge called “Hermes.” It was noted for aggressive homosexual activities between its members. In 1851, Hort and Westcott had started the Ghost Society, which was first billed as the study of spiritual events, but in time it became more of a séance group. In their writings, both men confessed that they did not believe that the blood of Jesus atoned for sin. They did not believe in a personal salvation experience and were therefore never born again. An unbeliever does not have the spiritual insight of a Christian, and as a result, any spiritual teaching they do is worthless. Here is what the Apostle Paul wrote:

“But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” 1 Corinthians 2:9-14

Not only were these two men working together in revising the standard Greek text for studying the Bible, they also laid the groundwork for all the “bastard” Bible translations in the English language like the NIV and others. Communism had been unleashed on the human race during their lifetime and these two church men embraced Communism as something benevolent and worthy to develop.1

The reason that the Communists were able to overtake Russia, Eastern Europe, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Cuba was that intellectuals in the 19th century gave their approval and lifted the movement. Both Westcott and Hort died long before the Bolshevik takeover of Russia in 1917 and they did not know of the horror and death of close to 100 million people that would take place in the future.

When I looked up the names of these two English theologians, I could not believe what was written about them; there was nothing but praise and adoration for these men who were into homosexuality, occultism and promoted Communism. They are nowadays treated like wonderful Bible Scholars. Thus, students in Bible colleges and seminaries will be lied to and continue to propagate the lie to the next generation.2

            In the 1909 edition of the Scofield Bible, on the second page of the introduction, Cyrus acknowledged the influence of Hort and Westcott in the preparation of his reference Bible.

WORKING ON THE MANUSCRIPT

            In 1906, Cyrus and Hettie hired a woman to travel with them and help get the manuscript ready. Her name was Miss Ella Pohle. In the meantime, the church in Dallas raised the salary of Cyrus to $3,000 per year, but this amount was far below what it cost to run the Scofield enterprise at this time. Cyrus felt that if he was going to finish this reference Bible, he could no longer be a pastor in Dallas. In May 1906, Cyrus felt that the work had progressed far enough that he could begin traveling again and the group arrived in New York. Cyrus lodged at the Lotus Club, while the two women stayed at an unknown location. Part of their luggage was the notebooks and the manuscript with the notes by Scofield on the sides. As the work grew larger, it took more and more boxes to contain the notebooks. A month later, the group traveled to Crestwood Camp, where they lived in tents. Cyrus was 63 years old at this time. In September, Cyrus wrote to the church and told them that he needed to travel to London to do research for his project. They took the notebooks with them but left Miss Pohle behind.

            For some reason it is hard to pinpoint the exact travel agenda of Cyrus and Hettie, as it is possible that Cyrus tried to avoid letting people know exactly where he had been and who he had met. It is alluded that the Scofield’s traveled to a number of places in England, and then made speaking engagements to English speaking audiences in Rome, Paris and Berlin. Eventually they ended up in Montreux, Switzerland. In the spring of 1907, the Scofield’s were back in New York, rejoined by Miss Pohle and then they traveled back up the coast to their property, Crestwood Camp.

            The reader should know that international travel is not cheap and was not cheap at the time the Scofields did their travel. Somebody bankrolled this operation.

            On a Sunday morning during the month of May, the Scofield’s and Miss Pohle were working on the manuscript in the work tent when a fire broke out and destroyed the main tent they were living in, including all their personal property. This indicates to me that Cyrus was not a church going man unless he was preaching. A month later he decided to leave Crestwood and moved to the conference grounds at Lake Orion, Michigan.

A CONTRACT IS SIGNED

            On their way to Lake Orion, on June 5, 1907, the Scofield’s stopped in New York, where Cyrus signed a contract with the Oxford Press, giving the Oxford Press exclusive rights to the new reference Bible. The publishing house in return would cover all costs involved in the printing and distribution of the Bible. Thus, Cyrus did not have to come up with any money. The royalties for Cyrus were one dollar per copy in the cloth binding and 1/6 per copy of leather binding. Once the royalty had reached $25,000.00 the royalty would be 1/3 per copy of cloth and $2.00 per copy for leather bound. The Scofield family became very wealthy over time as the reference Bibles were sold for many years. The Oxford Press operated both in England and the United States.

            There are some interesting thoughts to bring out. The Oxford University and the Oxford Press were extremely liberal and Oxford people loathed Fundamental Christians. Fabian Socialism was very popular among faculty members as well as students, so why would such a hostile institution to fundamental Christianity publish the “flag ship” of the fundamentalists?

Here is the answer: Up to 1970, there were many large Christian publishing houses in the United States staffed with strong committed Christians. Today there are no major Christian publishing houses in the United States owned and operated by Christians. Instead, these publishing houses have been purchased by Jewish investors and they are now divisions of secular publishing houses, which are publishing everything from occult books to filthy pornography. No Christian book can be published by them until they have first been cleared by American or international Jews. Hence, Zionist Jews control what Christians can and cannot read, including the production of music and movies.

In 1907, the International Zionist movement came to their “payday,” when after some 120 years they were finally able to have a document produced that would forever change the theology in the Christian churches around the world, and in time, make all believers in Christ into Christian Zionists. Even though they had to “pay good money” to further the cause of fundamentalism, it was worth it to them, because the fundamentalists would be led like a bull with a ring in his nose in the direction the Jewish masters wanted them to go. Forty one years later, the political state of Israel came into existence; without the Scofield Bible, it would never have happened.

FINAL PREPARATION OF THE MANUSCRIPT

            In October, 1907, the Scofield’s moved back to Dallas but did not stay there very long. They moved to New York and rented an apartment where Cyrus traveled back and forth to the Oxford University press office. Cyrus was working with the proofreaders to make sure that there would be no errors when the printing started.

            In order to make people think that the new reference Bible had been examined by scholars, Cyrus held some conferences with some leading clergymen of that time, Professor W. G. Moorehead, United Presbyterian Theological Seminary of Xenia, Ohio; Professor Charles R. Erdman of Princeton Theological Seminary and the well known expositor, Dr. W. J. Erdman. I am amazed that the fundamental Christian leadership accepted this, since both professors came from liberal seminaries. There were also other editors listed by Cyrus, but it is unclear how much they really had to do with the production of the Scofield reference Bible.

            One thing is clear, Scofield copied a large amount of material from John Darby’s writings, but since he had been dead since 1882, there was no one to object.   

            On January 15, 1909, the original edition of the Scofield reference Bible was printed and ready for distribution. The coffin for the Christian Church was ready, and each reference Bible became a nail in the coffin. Scofield’s message was that the Church of Jesus Christ had failed, no effort should be made to better society, the world should be left to the Devil and all unsaved people, while the saints waited for the second return of Christ, which according to Scofield and his cronies could happen any time. None of this can be found in the true Bible. 

            Something strange shows up when examining the Scofield reference Bible. A normal reference Bible deals with all the books of the Bible. In the Scofield Bible there are 1,353 pages, and 781 of these pages have no reference or comments at all. Cyrus’ reference Bible is aimed to accomplish four things: indoctrinate people about the failing church, the imminent return of Christ, no involvement in the world and strong support for the Jews to create a political state in Palestine.

            I became a dispensationalist by default. Since my first and second pastors taught this, I believed it and never did an investigation. When Hal Lindsey’s book, The Late Great Planet Earth, came out in the early 1970’s I was a “ripe banana” for it, and I started to preach strongly in the same vein. I had never read Scofield’s Bible, only heard about it, but paid no attention to it. It was not until I was challenged about my belief that I stopped and started to think. First I became angry, how could anyone question the great sign of the State of Israel, the failure of the church, etc. But the more I studied and prayed about the matter, the more I realized that I had been led astray and was in error.

            I believe that most Christians are like me, you have never taken the time and effort to really check out what you believe, why you believe it, and if it is truth from the Bible.  

SCOFIELD’S LIFE AFTER THE PUBLICATION

            By the time his Bible’s rolled off the press, Cyrus was back in Dallas presiding in the business meeting, where he gave the church report for 1908. The leadership in the church had made a decision to withdraw from the Congregational denomination, since they considered that the denomination had become too liberal. Cyrus gave his approval and the church became independent.

            On November 3, 1909, Cyrus was back in Dallas for a business meeting in the church, and at this time Cyrus turned in his resignation. He told them the reason for this was that he had been invited to serve as an editor of a new edition of the King James Bible that was scheduled to be released in 1911 as a commemoration of the Authorized Version of 1611. The church in Dallas made Cyrus Pastor emeritus with a salary of $600 per year. Cyrus followed his church’s lead in 1910 and resigned from the Congregational denomination and requested membership in the Southern Presbyterian Church.

            Also in 1910, a book was published by A.C. Gaebelein with the title, Addresses on Prophecy, which was a collection of prophecy messages by Scofield during his years as a traveling lecturer.

            Cyrus was also asked to write a section for the project, The Fundamentals, which was going to be an answer to the liberal movement in Christianity. Editor for this massive project was clergyman Amzi C. Dixon, D.D (top right). The project was bankrolled by Lyman Stewart (bottom right), founder of the Union Oil Company, later known as Union 76. Cyrus wrote an essay called “The Grace of God,” which was a dispensational write up.

            The Scofield’s spent part of the summer in 1910 at the Crestwood Camp and by this time a home had been built on the property. In 1912, the Scofield’s again made a voyage to England and happened to be in Belfast the Sunday after the Titanic had sunk. Belfast was the home of the shipyard where the Titanic was built and some of the personnel from the shipyard were on board when it sank. In Cyrus’ report to his followers in the United States, he told them that he had been asked to conduct a special service to comfort the entire population of the city. The truth is that he spoke in a small meeting in that town and there were other clergy men who ministered to the general population.

Coming back from England, the Scofield’s moved to a more upscale area in New York called Douglaston. On August 19, 1913, Cyrus celebrated his 70th birthday.

            In 1914, Cyrus was invited to a major prophecy conference at the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. In October 1914, Philadelphia School of the Bible opened its doors and Cyrus gave the message in the opening session. Scofield commuted via train to this school and served as president until 1918, when his health forced him to resign. 

            In 1915 Cyrus joined with a number of people from Douglaston and formed the Community Church of Douglaston. During the month of November, Cyrus agreed to preach at the church every Sunday morning.

            In 1916, Marie Helene, his daughter from his first marriage came to visit her father, but no records of what took place during that visit are available.

            During the years 1916-17, the Oxford Press worked on a revision of the Scofield Reference Bible and it is not clear who was doing the work on this revision. A notable change was the insertion of dates, which Cyrus had taken from a Bishop Ussher, who had published them somewhere between 1650-54.

            With his health declining, Cyrus began to spend the winter seasons in Crescent City, Florida. In March 1918, the Central American Mission, which Cyrus had founded, held its Executive Committee meeting at Crescent City, which was the last meeting Cyrus attended with the mission organization.

            During the years 1917-1921, Cyrus received $76,347 in royalties. That would be around $760,000 in today’s currency value.

            In 1919, Charles G. Trumbull visited Cyrus in Florida. The two were friends and Trumbull had come to gather information from Cyrus to write a biography on his life. The information was used to write a series of articles in The Sunday School Times, May through September of 1919. In 1920, Oxford University Press picked up the articles and published them in a book form called, The Life Story of C.I. Scofield. Until the publication of Canfield’s biography, The Incredible Scofield and His Book, there were no other books written on the life of Scofield.

            On July 24, 1921, Cyrus Scofield died. It will be known at the Judgment Seat of Christ, if he went to heaven or to hell.

THE FINAL WILL & TESTIMENT OF CYRUS SCOFIELD

            Cyrus had his will prepared in the month of May, 1921, about two months before he died. It was presented in court on August 2, 1921. The deeds of the properties and the houses on them had already been transferred to Hettie and her son Noel before the death of Cyrus. All remaining assets were bequeathed to Hettie and Noel.

            Nothing was given to Cyrus’s two daughters from the first marriage and nothing was willed to any Christian work. There were four contracts in the will, covering four publications from the writings of Scofield, including the reference Bible. Sales of these four publications increased instead of decreased after the death of Cyrus and made the family prosperous.

            Hettie Scofield died two years later on November 23, 1923. Noel married, had a family and settled in New York. He died in December 1962.

            Cyrus was heralded as a champion for Christ, but his son, wife and granddaughter did not become active Christians, and it is not known by me if they were born again or not. The money pulled in from sales to the Christian community was kept and horded by the Scofield family and not a penny spent on missions or any other Christian causes.

            Cyrus was true to himself, that even in death, he cheated his two daughters from any support from their father. Just as he abandoned them when they were growing up, so he abandoned them at his death and gave them nothing from his estate.

CONCLUSION

            The current illness in the Christian churches in the United States must be laid at the feet of the leadership in fundamental and evangelical Christianity from 1880. First, the leadership allowed the doctrine of John Darby to take root in America. Secondly, the leadership of pastors, seminary professors and political leaders in Christian denominations failed to expose Cyrus Scofield as a liar and a fraud, instead, there has been a consolidated effort to shield him and suppress the truth. This failure is not just from one generation but from leadership during the last 100 years.

Christians scoff at people in the Mormon Church for their failure to release the full truth about Joseph Smith and their choice to instead spin a myth about him which has been told now for more than one hundred years. People have been told a “fairytale story” of this great man of faith, who in reality was a criminal, liar and deeply into the occult.

            We as Christians we should also hang our heads in shame, since the scoundrel Scofield has been made into a devoted Christian, a Bible scholar and a great man of God.

            Personally I feel cheated by the pastors I have been under in my life, I feel cheated by the faculty at the seminary I attended who were not able to give me the truth. At the same time I feel terrible that I have cheated people under my ministry, when I for many years believed and promoted dispensationalism. It all comes down to this, I did not take the time to really sit down and investigate why I believed what I believed.

            I must give some credit to the First Congregational Church in Dallas which is now known as “Scofield Memorial Church.” In their history of the church on their website, they say the following about Cyrus Scofield:

“Cyrus Ingersoll Scofield came to the church on probation, for he had no experience and no formal training in theology. He was not ordained, but he was an intense student of the Bible, devouring everything his pastor, James Brookes, had taught him. He was a lawyer and brilliant thinker, but he was a new Christian. All of his ministry experience came from working in the YMCA as a volunteer, and his pre-conversion life was rather scandalous.”

            At least they are telling the truth about his life before he became a Christian, but they fail to disclose his lies and cheating during his time in the ministry.

            Thus, it is the duty of every believer in Christ to examine the doctrine we are given and track down the people who wrote it and check out their personal lives. Look what Jesus said:

“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.” Matthew 7:15-20

            It is our duty to teach truth to our children and grandchildren, or they will perish! As I wrote this newsletter, I realized that many people will never be able to have access to the sources I have, so I have tried to write this newsletter in such a way that it will give the reader a full understanding of the fraud of dispensationalism. It has taken me two months to prepare this manuscript and now I turn it over to the Christians in the world to read and examine for themselves.

MY SOURCES FOR THIS NEWSLETTER

            In my quest for truth I used Joseph M. Canfield’s biography, The Incredible Scofield and His Book, as my guide on a timeline and for basic data. To make sure that I was not being led astray, I double checked all data, including names and dates from other sources. In doing so, I found some discrepancies in Canfield’s book, the most glaring when he writes that Hort and Westcott were Oxford scholars, when in reality they were active at the University of Cambridge.

            Much information can be found on the Internet, where different sources give bits and pieces. I have also used the Encyclopedia Britannica, 2007 DVD edition. In our magazine, The Dove, I have written historical articles in various editions and I refer to them in the footnotes when I used information from a copy of it.

            I have used the following books and recommend that each reader obtain a copy for themselves to preserve for your children and grandchildren.

            But if I can keep one person from joining a cult, or help one person in the future to not take the Mark of the Beast, it will be worth it all. My call is not to make money, but to serve and be faithful to my Master, Jesus Christ, the Son of God!

 

To be continued…

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BIBLEOGRAPHY

Canfield, Joseph M., THE INCREDIBLE SCOFIELD AND HIS BOOK, Ross House Books, Vallecito, California, 1988.

Douglas, J.D., WHO’S WHO IN CHRISTIAN HISTORY, Tyndale House Publishers,Inc, Wheaton, Illinois 1992.

Gipp, Samuel C., Th.D., GIPP’S UNDERSTANDABLE HISTORY OF THE BIBLE, DayStar Publishing, P.O.Box 464, Miamitown, Ohio 45041, 1987.

Sizer, Stephen, CHRISTIAN ZIONISM: ROAD MAP TO ARMAGEDDON?, InterVarsity Press, 38 De Montfort Street, Leicester, England, 2004


[1] For a background study on the development of Communism and Zionism, beginning with Moses Hess, see The Dove 2002, pages 5-9.
[2] For an in depth study of Hort and Westcott, see Samuel C. Gipp, Th.D., GIPP’S UNDERSTANDABLE HISTORY OF THE BIBLE, DayStar Publishing, 1987.


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