Nine Ecumenical Excuses for Unequal Yokes
the Tares: "Leave Them Alone Till Harvest."
2. "But Love the Modernists as Christian Brothers."
3. The Great Success of the Compromise Proves God
Is for It.
4. "Fundamentalists Are Jealous, Envious
5. "Touch Not Mine Anointed."
6. Gamaliel's Advice, "If Not of God, It Will Come
7. "Judge Not, That Ye Be Not Judged."
8. "The Holy Spirit Will Take Care of the Converts
When They Are Sent to Modernistic Churches."
9. "Sinners Will Be Turned Away From Christ by
This will be a Bible
message expounding Scriptures. So the proper thing for an honest Christian to do
is to read carefully and critically, see if the Scriptures are quoted correctly,
see if they are explained honestly.
There is a group of Christians in America who call
themselves "New Evangelicals." Dr. Harold Ockenga of Boston says he coined the
term. Christian Life magazine, Christian Today, Fuller Seminary
and Dr. Billy Graham are, we suppose, the principal exponents of the "New
The term means that they have invented a new kind
of evangelicalism which is not so offensive to the enemies of Christ and the
Bible, and so they hope to avoid much of the reproach which came to old-time
fundamentalists or old-time evangelicals as they defended the historic Christian
faith. The New Evangelicals are for Bible believers' staying in the
denominations controlled by modernists, joining in ministerial associations on
an equal with those who deny the faith and with Catholics and with false cults,
and uniting with modernists and neo-orthodox people and false cults in revival
Now the Bible has many clear statements forbidding
Christians' having spiritual fellowship or ties with unconverted people.
"Blessed is the man that walketh not in the
counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the
seat of the scornful." - Ps. 1:1.
"And have no fellowship with the unfruitful
works of darkness, but rather reprove them." - Eph. 5:11.
"Be ye not unequally yoked together with
unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and
what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hat Christ with
Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement
hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as
God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God,
and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye
separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive
you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith
the Lord Almighty." - 2nd Corinthians 6:14-18.
"Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the
doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he
hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this
doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he
that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds." - II John 9-11.
So what do our "New Evangelical" friends do? they
take other Scriptures and try to cancel out these plain commands of God! They
attack the character and motives of anybody who defends the faith and opposes
modernistic unbelief and yoking up with unbelievers! They try to show that God
is blessing their compromise so much that we must have misunderstood the
Here we will try to mention the principal excuses
made by these ecumenical friends for disobeying the command of God in yoking up
with unbelievers in local churches, in denominations, in ministerial
associations, in revival campaigns, and in Christian magazines, speaking in the
Chicago Sunday Evening Club, writing in the Christian Century, etc.
1. They Argue That Jesus Said in the Parable of
the Tares, "Let Both Grow Together Until the Harvest"
Dr. Billy Graham in the Baptist Standard of
Texas and elsewhere set the pattern by saying that the parable of the tares
indicated that Jesus wanted both modernists and fundamentalists to go together
in the churches. Many others have copied that false teaching.
Jesus explained the parable of the tares:
"The field is the world; the good seed are the
children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; The
enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the
reapers are the angels." - Matt. 13:38,39.
And Jesus in telling the parable said that the
servants of the man who owned the field said unto him:
"Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?
But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat
with them. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest
I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in
bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn." - Matt 13:28-30.
So Dr. Graham and others who fellowship with
unbelievers and unconverted churchmen interpret that to mean that Jesus wants
both modernists and fundamentalists to grow together in the church, infidels and
Christians, and we are to make no protest against modernism.
But notice how Jesus explained the parable. "The
field is the world," not the church. We are not to kill modernists and get them
out of this world. Leave that to the angels of God. But these "children of the
wicked one" are not supposed to be in the churches. Not a single Scripture
justifies taking one into a church except on the basis of personal faith in
Christ as Saviour according to the historic Christian faith. In Galatians 1:8
and 9 anyone who brings a different Gospel is to be accursed. In II John, verses
9-11, we are plainly forbidden to receive such a person in our houses or pulpits
or to bid them Godspeed.
Leave the infidels in the world? Yes. We should not
set out to kill them. Leave that to the harvest time. But should we call
infidels Christians? Of course not! No honest interpretation of Scripture can
make Jesus teach that Christians and infidels are the same and should be bound
up together in the same churches.
2. "The New Testament Has more Emphasis on Love Than
So Dr. Graham writes in a printed letter widely
scattered which he says is "not to be published."
Now let us say frankly that brotherly love is
taught throughout the Bible; and that of faith, hope and love, the greatest of
these is love. But is it honest and right to use love as an excuse for
disobeying the plain command of Scriptures? This is an old device of Satan by
which he has led many, many people into sin and compromise.
The father who whips his children and makes them
mind doesn't love them like he ought! The preacher who preaches on Hell and
judgment is simply mean; he doesn't love people as he ought! The death penalty
for murder is uncivilized: we are supposed to love the murderers and rapists and
turn them loose! So say those who love modernists so much, but not
And so our "New Evangelicals" reason that we ought
to love the modernists, pat them on the back, call on them to lead in prayer,
tell them they are good Christians while they spit on the Bible and step on the
blood of Christ!
But the Bible has a very clear word about this.
"Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that
which is good" (Rom. 12:9). Why be a hypocrite about love?
What would you think about the sincerity of a man
who would insist that he loves his wife just like Christ loved the church, and
that he loves a harlot just as much as his wife! What would you think of the
sincerity of a man who would solemnly affirm his holy zeal for old-time
Americanism, if he would say that he is just as strong from communism?
No, there are some things that are opposite. If you
cleave to that which is good, you must abhor that which is evil. Otherwise, love
is pretended, with "dissimulation." The man who loves corn hates weeds. In
raising cattle in West Texas, the men who loved their cattle hated the
screwworms, the ticks, the Texas fever which were enemies of the cattle. A man
who is for Heaven is against Hell. A man who is for the Bible is against the
enemies of the Bible. The man who is for the historic Christian faith is against
infidelity. It is insincere hypocrisy to pretend otherwise.
The Scripture warns, "He that spareth his rod
hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes" (Proverb 13:24).
Faithful love deals with sin and harm among those we love. With a true surgeon,
love will cause him to cut out the cancer which threatens the life of his
patient. With the true preacher of the Gospel, love will cause him to warn
people against sin. And Jesus said, "The friendship of the world is enmity with
God" (Jas. 4:4).
The kind of love that causes people to ignore the
plain commands of Jesus Christ on separation from unbelievers is a fake kind of
love. No good Christian ought ever be guilty of using that kind of an argument
to get people to do wrong.
I believe that the right kind of love for the late
Bishop Pike, the infidel Episcopal bishop of San Francisco, would have been to
solemnly warn him that he needed to be born again, that Christ-rejecters wake up
in Hell. He is no true friend of an infidel who pats him on the back, calls him
a good Christian, asks him to lead in prayer, says he is all right just as he
is, and turns over inquirers to him to ruin their faith. To put love against
Christ and His commands and against duty is wrong.
3. God's Blessings in Great Crowds, Popularity,
Inquirers, Newspaper Coverage Prove the Compromisers Are Pleasing God, We Are
Let us say, first of all, that we thank God for
every soul saved under anybody's ministry. Many are saved under the ministry of
Oral Roberts, though we think some of his doctrine is wrong and his healing
services deceive many, and do harm. But we are glad for every soul he wins to
I was astonished when one man told me how in a
movie theater he saw "The King of Kings" and was converted to Christ by it! I
praise God for his conversion, though I am against the commercial Hollywood
When Chuck Templeton worked with the National
Council of Churches, he got some people saved before he quit the ministry,
divorced his wife and gave up his Christian testimony. I am glad he got some
Dr. Billy Graham has preached the Gospel to many
and we believe many have been saved under his ministry. That does not mean that
God is for all the methods he uses, all the quotations he gives from Karl Barth,
Elton Trueblood, Reinhold Niebuhr, Albert Schweitzer, and other unbelievers.
That does not mean that God favored his friendship and fellowship with Bishop
Pike, with Henry Van Dusen, and with other people who do not believe the Bible
and who are against the historic Christian faith.
However, I rejoice that the Gospel is preached and
I am glad for every should that is saved. I wish there were many more.
But do the crowds, the popularity, and the
"inquirers" (of course, not all of them saved, only a fraction of them claim to
be) prove that God is for Dr. Graham's compromise? No. Bigness does not prove
the blessing of God.
If so, when the Catholics gather in Soldier's
Field, Chicago, by the thousands, that would prove God blesses them more than
Protestants. when Jehovah's Witnesses annually overrun Yankee Stadium in New
York, that would prove that they are better Christians than Bible believers. The
National Council of Churches has more big names and more promotion and publicity
than Bible-believing bodies, but that does not prove God has approved them.
The Chicago Tribune has a great deal more circulation than THE SWORD OF THE
LORD, but I do not believe that proves God is better pleased with The Chicago
Tribune than with THE SWORD OF THE LORD.
But if every person who comes forward as an
inquirer were saved, that still would not make it right to disobey the plain
command of God. Peter preached a great sermon at Pentecost and had three
thousand saved and was a great soul winner. Still Paul needed to face him openly
and publicly rebuke him for his compromise, as we learn in Galatians 2:11-14.
Nobody gets so big and popular and famous that he has a right to disobey the
Bible. And nobody is so God-like that any humble Christian does not have a right
to call attention to what the Bible says about yoking up with unbelievers.
4. But Fundamentalists Are Called "Jealous,
Envious, Critical Pharisees"
Suppose we poor fundamentalists admit that we are
frail and weak as all other mortals are. Suppose instead of defending ourselves,
we leave it to the Lord to defend us in His won way. He knows how I used $10,000
worth of space boosting Dr. Graham and defending him back in the days when
Moody Monthly, Sunday School Times and Southern Baptist papers were not for
him (neither were the modernists). God knows how fervently I have prayed day
after day for many years for Dr. Billy Graham. I prayed for Dr. Charles E.
Fuller and now pray still for some others who say that "God has bypassed the
fundamentalists" and the fundamentalists are "Pharisees," that we are "envious
and jealous" and that we "do not care about people being saved." I leave God to
God knows how Dr. Bob Jones, Sr., invited Dr.
Graham to Bob Jones University and gave him an honorary degree and helped him in
every way possible.
But just suppose that all of us fundamentalists are
very sorry. Isn't it still right to obey the Bible? Suppose THE SWORD OF THE
LORD'S defense of the faith is just because we are Pharisees and hypocrites.
Would it still not be right to obey what the Bible commands against yoking up
with unbelievers? Would one still not be blessed if he "walketh not in the
counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the
seat of the scornful" as Psalm 1:1 promises? Would a Christian still not be
warned against receiving one into his house or bidding him Godspeed who does not
abide in the truth about Jesus Christ as given in the Bible? It is an old, old
trick of shyster lawyers when they have a poor case to try to discredit the
witness who gives the facts.
But when New Evangelicals get everybody to hate
fundamentalists and get everybody to agree that all of us fundamentalists are
hypocrites and Pharisees and jealous and envious and that we don't love sinners,
then God's commands will still be in the Bible that it is wrong to break down
the division between saved and lost, wrong to call a goat a sheep, wrong to call
an infidel a Christian, wrong to yoke up with unbelievers.
Those who accuse fundamentalists of being Pharisees
and jealous and envious often call our attention to Luke 9:49,50 and Mark 9:38
and 39. The latter says,
"And John answered him, saying, Master, we saw
one casting out devils in thy name, and he followeth not us: and we forbade him,
because he followeth not us. But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man
which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me."
And so they hint that we fundamentalists would
forbid all the ecumenical evangelists from casting out devils. On the contrary,
I do not know a single fundamental man but is glad for drunkards to be converted
and infidels to be turned into believers. And I do not know any fundamentalist
who ever criticized Billy Graham for getting somebody saved. Certainly I do not.
And I would rejoice if he would cast out devils instead of having them sit on
the platform and lead in prayer. And I am not being facetious nor playing on
words either because in John 8:44 Jesus said to the unconverted religious
people, "Ye are of your father the devil." And again He said to them, "Ye do the
deeds of your father" (John 8:41).
I have never known of a modernist who got saved by
having him on the platform to lead in prayer, by calling him bother, by turning
over innocent young inquirers for him to wreck their faith. One doesn't get a
drunkard converted by drinking with him, nor get a Christ-rejecting modernist
saved by calling him a Christian.
5. "Touch Not Mine Anointed," We Are Reminded
One of the blessed Bible truths is that God takes
care of His anointed preachers. So compromisers say that we should never
criticize any man whom God uses. Two Scriptures are pertinent. In Psalm 105,
verses 14 and 15, God speaks of the time when the children of Israel were in
Egypt and He said: "He suffered no man to do them wrong: year, he reproved kings
for their sakes; Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm."
Yes, God takes care of His own. He reproved Pharaoh
who would have killed Moses and Aaron and so with the kings of Amalek and Midian
and kings in Canaan. To these He said, "Touch not mine anointed, and do my
prophets no harm." Kings ought not to kill God's prophets.
But does that mean now that a prophet is not to be
subject to the Scriptures? Certainly not! Does that mean that Paul was wrong to
reprove Peter openly when he compromised, as we read in Galatians 2:11-14? Was
Paul wrong to say, "Demas hat forsaken me, having loved this present world ... "
(II Tim 4:10)? Was he wrong to name Phygellus and Hermogenes as having turned
away from him (II Tim. 1:15)? It is not proper to wrest one Scripture to try to
make it contradict another Scripture, or to cancel the meaning of one Scripture
by misuse of another Scripture.
Again, the term "the Lord's anointed" is used in I
Samuel 24:6. David, pursued by Saul, had a chance to kill that king but did not.
"And he said unto his men, The Lord forbid that I should do this thing unto my
master, the Lord's anointed, to stretch forth mine hand against him, seeing he
is the anointed of the Lord."
And again in verses 10 and 11 we read:
"Behold, this day thine eyes have seen how that
the Lord had delivered thee to day into mine hand in the cave: and some bade me
kill thee: but mine eye spared thee; and I said, I will not put forth mine hand
against my lord; for he is the Lord's anointed. Moreover, my father, see, year,
see the skirt of thy robe in my hand: for in that I cut off the skirt of thy
robe, and killed thee not, know thou and see that there is neither evil nor
transgression in mine hand, and I have not sinned against thee; yet thou huntest
my soul to take it."
David was right not to kill Saul. That would have
been murder. Second, God put Saul in the kingship and only God had a right to
take him out.
But David did soundly rebuke King Saul for his sin,
as he should have. He said, "For in that I cut off the skirt of thy robe, and
killed thee not, know thou and see that there is neither evil nor transgression
in mine hand, and I have not sinned against thee; yet thou huntest my soul to
take it." And then he said, "The Lord judge between me and thee, and the Lord
avenge me of thee: but mine hand shall not be upon thee." So although David
would not kill King Saul, he did rebuke his sin. So Christians ought to do today
when another Christian sins.
6. Gamaliel's Argument, "Let Them Alone: for if
This Counsel or This Work Be of Men, It Will Come to Nought"
Gamaliel was an unconverted Pharisee. God used him
to deliver Peter and John from death. But that wise man said a foolish thing
which many Christians quote as gospel truth. He advised the Jewish rulers not to
kill Peter and John who had been preaching. He said:
"And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men,
and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to
nought: But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even
to fight against God." - Acts 5:38,39.
The Bible only quotes Gamaliel; it does not approve
So people say that it is none of our business to
rebuke sin, to expose modernism. We should leave that to God to attend to. They
say if the work be of God, it will grow; if it is not of God, it will fail. But
when they quote Gamaliel they are quoting an unsaved man, not what God Himself
It is not true that if a work be not of God, "it
will come to nought." The Christian Science movement is not of God, but it has
not come to nought. The Jehovah's Witnesses movement is not of God, but it has
not come to nought. So with Mohammedanism and Romanism and Spiritism. So with
the liquor business, so with lewd literature. It is a foolish and unscriptural
idea that we are to leave things alone and if there is anything wrong with them,
then they will come to nought of themselves.
This idea that the truth should never be defended
and a wrong should never be attacked is wholly different from the plain teaching
of the Bible.
The Lord Jesus commanded us to "beware of false
prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening
wolves" (Matt. 7:15). Young Timothy was commanded, "Them that sin rebuke before
all, that others also may fear" (I Tim. 5:20). Paul was inspired to write Titus
about some "vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision ...
Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith" (Titus
1:10,13). And Jude 3 tells us that "Ye should earnestly contend for the faith
which was once delivered unto the saints." Some follow Gamaliel, but it would be
far better if they would follow the Bible.
7. We Are Reminded That Jesus Said, "Judge Not,
That Ye Be Not Judged"
Yes, here is a clear statement by the Lord Jesus,
and it is important. I have written in detail about this in a chapter in The
Ruin of a Christian. Here Jesus says there are certain reasons why we are
not to judge others. For one thing, we will be judged with the same judgment. It
will be measured to us with the same measure. Jesus says that sometimes we see a
mote in the brother's eye when we have a beam or plank in our own eye.
And here it seems clear God is speaking about
judgment of the heart and motives of a man. And we are told elsewhere. "For man
looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart" (I Sam.
16:7). I cannot tell who is saved and who is lost by watching their actions,
because I cannot see their hearts. The other apostles thought Judas was a
Christian, no doubt, but he was not. On the other hand, some very probably
thought that Pere, when he cursed and swore and denied Jesus and quit the
ministry, was probably unsaved. As far as judging motives and the state of the
heart, we are commanded, "Judge not, that ye be not judged."
However, in the same chapter the Lord tells us that
there are some people we can judge because of certain outward fruits. He 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 ... " (vs. 15,16).
When a man says, or in a book writes, that he does
not believe in the virgin birth of Christ, in His deity, His resurrection, His
blood atonement, then we know that man is not saved, according to John 8:23,24,
and II John, verse 9.
There are certain fruits by which we can know that
a man is not saved. Not drunkenness, for Noah and Lot and other Christians have
been drunk. Not murder nor adultery, for David and other Christians have been
guilty of those sins. But one who does not accept Christ as what He claims to
be, cannot trust Him as a Saviour. So when a man's fruit is open antagonism to
the Christian faith, rejection of Christ and the Bible, he is not saved. And on
this matter of certain outward fruits in doctrine we can judge whether a man is
a believer in Christ or a false prophet. And I have a right and duty not only to
judge false prophets but to expose them.
But the Scripture also teaches clearly that there
are some matters of Christian action which we are to judge by the Bible. In I
Corinthians 6:1-3 Paul was inspired to write:
"Dare any of you, having a matter against
another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints? Do ye not know
that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you,
are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Know ye not that we shall judge
angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?"
And in verse 4 he says that we should "set them
to judge who are least esteemed in the church." In verse 5 he says, "Is
it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to
judge between his brethren?"
So on matters of action, right and wrong, where the
facts are clear, Christians can and are required to judge. We cannot judge the
heart but we can judge actions by the Word of God.
In fact, in the preceding chapter, in speaking
about the man who lived in sin with his stepmother, Paul said, "I verily ...
have judged already," and told them to expel the offender (I Cor. 5:3-5). And
then God inspired Paul to lay down certain rules about fellowship and judging or
putting away from our fellowship other Christians (I Cor. 5:11-13).
Was Paul wrong to face Peter openly at Corinth when
he was leading Barnabas and others astray by dissimulation, refusing to eat with
Gentile converts in order to please the Judaizers (Gal. 2:11-14)? No. Concerning
people's hearts, we cannot judge and we should be very careful about our
opinions, because we want people to be charitable to us, too, about the matters
they cannot know and cannot see in our hearts. But about right and wrong, as
clearly commanded in the Bible, we have a right to speak, and we have a right to
require in Christian fellowship the very things that God requires.
So no preacher is judging heart or disobeying the
Scripture when he obeys the plain command to "preach the word; be instant in
season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and
doctrine" (II Tim. 4:2).
8. "The Holy Spirit Will Take Care of Converts
Whom We Send to Modernistic Churches"
People who excuse themselves for running with
unbelievers and encouraging other young converts or inquirers to join churches
where the pastor does not believe the Bible, the other fundamentals of the faith
- I say to excuse themselves, those who are guilty say, "The Holy Spirit will
take care of these converts."
Well, does the Holy Spirit lead all the saved
people out of the Methodist church with such infidel bishops as the late Oxnam
It is true that the Holy Spirit abides in the body
of every truly born-again Christian. But the Holy Spirit does not take the place
of a pastor.
Paul went back to the towns where he had preached,
"confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the
faith ..." (Acts 14:22).
The council of the apostles and elders at Jerusalem
sent a letter telling the Gentile converts that they need not be circumcised to
keep the law of Moses. They did not leave that to the Holy Spirit.
In the Great Commission Jesus commanded that the
apostles and other Christians were to go and make disciples and baptize them,
"teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you ... ." They
were not to leave this duty to the Holy Spirit.
If the evangelist is to leave out part of his
plainly commanded duty and leave that to the Holy Spirit, why not leave the rest
of it to the Holy Spirit, too? Paul was a mighty evangelist, but when he came to
Miletus and called for the elders of Ephesus, he reminded them "how I kept back
nothing that was profitable unto you," and again, "For I have not shunned to
declare unto you all the counsel of God" (Acts 20:20,27). Then he told of wolves
that would arise among them and said, "Therefore watch ... ." Men are still
accountable to teach new converts what God said to teach them. And the blessed
work of the Holy Spirit is not any good excuse for disobeying the plain command
of God against yoking up with unbelievers.
9. "Sinners Will Be Turned Away From Christ," They
Tell Us "By Disagreement Among Christians"
This is an old, old story. Worldly Christians think
you could win more souls if you preach on Heaven but never on Hell; if you
preach on faith but never on repentance! They think you can get more people
saved if you never whip your children, if you never enforce the law, if you
never offend anybody!
On the other hand, all the great soul winners
through the centuries - from Savonarola to Wesley, Whitefield, Spurgeon, Moody,
Torrey, Billy Sunday, Sam Jones, and Bob Jones, Sr. - have proved that the
greatest number of souls have been saved by plain, sharp preaching against sin
and by exposure of sin.
It did not keep Spurgeon from winning souls when he
opposed the down-grade movement (modernism) so openly and finally left the
Baptist Union of Great Britain and Ireland over it!
It did not keep Billy Sunday from winning souls
because he fought the liquor traffic, fought worldliness, and modernism.
I heard Gypsy Smith in Dallas turn with flashing
eyes and holy indignation upon the preachers on the platform of the First
Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, where he was engaged in a city-wide revival and
say to them, "You do not believe in the virgin birth of Christ? Hypocrite! Get
out of the pulpit!"
Do you think D. L. Moody was kept from winning
souls because he would not sit on the same platform with a Unitarian preacher in
a temperance meeting?
I suggest that the reader pick out a dozen
Christian magazines that never condemn sin, never fight modernism, never name a
compromiser, and I will show more letters from lost sinners saved through THE
SWORD OF THE LORD ministry than these dozen other magazines which do not oppose
sin as we do.
It is shocking that great crowds can attend a
so-called revival campaign these days and when it is over, there are just as
many crimes, just as much child delinquency, just as many divorces. Infidelity
is just as strong as ever before! The revival campaigns of the mighty soul
winners of the past really changed things. They cleaned up corrupt governments,
shut up saloons, emptied the jails, doubled the attendance at churches, shut the
mouth of infidels, dispersed the infidel clubs of Bradlaugh in England and
Ingersoll in America!
If you want to win souls, then set out to please
Jesus Christ instead of sinners. Even a lost sinner knows that a good Christian
ought to stand up for Christ and the Bible.
Let us boil the thing down simply. Whatever the
Bible says, we ought to follow it. No one ought ever set one Scripture against
another and try to cancel out a plain command of Scripture by a twisted
interpretation of another Scripture.
I am convinced we do not need "New Evangelicals,"
but old evangelicals who stand for the old truth, with old-time fire and
To follow a man as an idol, right or wrong, is sin,
and leads to twisting of Scriptures to excuse the sin.