A Response to Anne Graham Lotz’s Inaugural Assessment

Anne Graham Lotz, daughter of Billy Graham, spoke out recently in an article published by Prophecy in the News. She responded to Donald Trump’s inaugural prayer service, stating that even though the Christian God was represented, so many other religious presences poluted the day.

As a Christian, I agree with Mrs. Lotz’s assessment that the Creator, as described in the Christian New Testament is not a god among others. He is THE one, true God above all others.

HOWEVER, also as an Anabaptist Christian, I do not believe a true faith is one that can be mandated or forced upon citizens by the State. There are some Christian sects, which believe Christianity must conquer the world by socio-political means. They practice theonomy, which is the establishing of biblical laws into the legal structure of whatever nation Christians call home. This stems from a theology labeled “Post-Millennialism,” which seeks to “bring in the kingdom” of Jesus Christ by societal engineering. Though it is right and good to have morally just and righteous laws by biblical standards, it is quite another thing to try establishing a theocracy in hopes that people will be governed into a belief system. It smacks of Islamic Sharia.

I hate and despise theonomy, because it overlooks the fact that God’s kingdom is not like man’s kingdoms. It cannot be legislated into or out of existence. Rather, His kingdom is within every heart that believes of free will (as opposed to coercion). 

One day, Jesus Christ will return to establish his kingdom on earth. At present, though, believers are both the subjects and the spaces (the temples) of His kingdom, having their primary and eternal citizenship in Heaven with Christ Jesus.

Spurgeon on Christmas

[quotations research attributed to Joseph RiverWind]

“Certainly we do not believe in the present ecclesiastical arrangement called Christmas: first, because we do not believe in the mass (Latin for Death) at all, but abhor it, whether it be said or sung in Latin or in English; …consequently, its observance is a superstition, because not of divine authority.” (Charles Spurgeon, Sermon on Dec. 24, 1871)

“When it can be proved that the observance of Christmas, Whitsuntide, and other Popish (Roman Catholic) festivals was ever instituted by a divine statute, we also will attend to them, but not till then. It is as much our duty to reject the traditions of men, as to observe the ordinances of the Lord. We ask concerning every rite and rubric, “Is this a law of the God of Jacob?” and if it be not clearly so, it is of no authority with us, who walk in Christian liberty.” (from Charles Spurgeon’s Treasury of David on Psalm 81:4)

Open Letter: The Irresponsible & Misleading Journalism of Gary Stearman / Prophecy Watchers

The following is a message, which was submitted by Lamb’s Harbinger to Prophecy Watchers via one of their social media venues.

Prophecy Watchers did not respond to this message. In fact, their only action was to block me from sending/receiving messages on their social media.

The message I sent them is in full below:

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Recently, you (among others) reported a US military general referring to “little green men” in a speech. You supposed he alluded to aliens. (See https://vimeo.com/166416256 as well as https://www.bing.com/search?q=prophecy+watchers+little+green+men&form=APIPH1&PC=APPL)

In actuality, “little green men” has been code language for forces in the Crimea since 2014. (See https://www.bing.com/search?q=little+green+men+russian&form=APIPH1&PC=APPL)

Either come forward with a correction of your error, or I will expose you without deference for fraudulently misleading your readers/viewers.

You should be ashamed for your lack of responsible journalism. It is a disgrace to our Lord Jesus, making Christians a laughing stock.

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Given Prophecy Watchers’ choice not to respond to my plea for integrity, and given their choice rather to block me, I send out this exposé. Before this time, I have been a reader/viewer of Gary Stearman’s work. I hold to the interpretation of Genesis 3:15; 6:4 & 2 Thessalonians 2 which he and many others hold.

What cannot be tolerated is fabrication and exaggeration in reporting. Misleading one’s viewers/readers, whether due to no fact checking or sincere supposition, is plainly wrong and deserves no respect, nor trust.

The Fragrance of Christ to God

Perhaps the greatest travesty in the history of Protestant, biblicist, conservative evangelical churches is our confusion in giving off “an aroma of death unto death” when thinking we give off “the aroma of life into Life.” What is the litmus test against this confusion?
A. To realize YOU (old self) are not sufficient to give off the proper fragrance. (V. 16)
B. To note the proper fragrance is defined as “KNOWLEDGE OF HIM” and it is “the aroma of Christ [reconciling us] to God” (vv. 14-15)
That is, we cannot be scented with the fragrance which attracts people to Christ, unless we are exuding relational knowledge of Jesus at every turn. In application: If we are not exalting Christ in order to favor of our non-essential, denominational pet doctrines and particular brand of ‘Churchianity,’ then we are merely “peddlers of God’s Word,” and we stink like rotting corpses.
(2 Corinthians 2:14-17)

Conservative Americana vs. Biblical Christian Culture

Most American Christians have no idea what God means when writing through the Apostle Paul, “I have become all things to all men that by all means I might save some” (1 Corinthians 9:19-23). We either allow paganism to flourish “hidden in plain sight” or we harmfully remove the essential (biblically harmonious) cultural identity of a people in the name of “holiness.” The reason for our pendulum-like mode of operating is we ourselves have no discernment between our own American culture and biblical culture. In grave error, we equate “conservative Americana” with “Christian” and vice versa. This fuels our bigoted demands on the other cultures to which we send missionaries to “minister,” requiring the people must become like us or else be condemned as either non-sanctified or unconverted.

The Apostle Paul outlines the very degrees to which we should go in order to become all things to all men. See 1 Cor. 9:19-23:

A. Free to servant (i.e. Position of attitude and maybe even societal status—freeman v. slave = choice to relinquish societal rank, freedoms, “rights”)

B. Observe ethnic culture (ex. Gentile/Jew)

C. As one under the law (i.e. observing biblically harmonious religious dictates of others’ religions, so as not to offend unnecessarily)

D. As one outside the law (i.e. not living according to one’s own NON-ESSENTIAL religious dictates, so as not to alienate those to whom one ministers unnecessarily)

E. Weak to weak (i.e. those of society who are considered by the rest of society as lacking or weak—matching their “weakness,” so as not to alienate them…. Make them feel acceptable. Also, this applies to those within the church, whose struggles are great: identify with, empathize with and embrace them in their struggle so far as is biblically possible (Galatians 6; Romans 14).

See also:

Understanding the Letter of James, Part 1

Understanding the Letter of James, Part 2

Who’s the Weak One?

The Day the Music Died: Why Fundamentalists Lost Their “Soul”

Now You’re Talking