THE COST OF DISCIPLESHIP *

October 12, 2005
by: S.R. Shearer


"He that loveth father or mother more than me IS NOT WORTHY OF ME: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me IS NOT WORTHY OF ME."

Matthew 10:37

"I will not abandon my child ever!"

Letter to S.R. Shearer from someone who
thinks he is too harsh & uncompromising

INTRODUCTION

The recent earthquake that rocked Pakistan, Afghanistan and India on Friday October the 7th - a huge temblor that killed thousands and thousands of people in what Pakistani officials now call the biggest "natural disaster" ever to hit their nation as well as the "biggest earthquake on record" in that area - adds to the mounting evidence that we have at last arrived at the very threshold of what the Bible describes as the "End of Days" - i.e., Daniel's "Seventieth Week:" that period of time about which Jesus said:

"... then shall be GREAT TRIBULATION, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be [again]." (Matt. 24:21) [Please see our article "Fearful Sights and Great Signs from Heaven;" please also see Chapter V of the Antipas Papers, "Understanding the Book of Revelation."]

The giant quake on the Indian subcontinent appears to be a part of a continuing "CASCADE OF DISASTERS" that is afflicting the world. All this to say nothing about the very ominous tremors that continue to occur along the great San Andreas Fault - tremors that Dr. Andrew C. Revkin warns could presage a seismic event capable of "submerging the inhabitants" of California in the Pacific Ocean. And as if to punctuate Revkin's concern, ON THE VERY DAY that the huge temblor in Pakistan struck, another 4.5 tremor shook the central portion of the San Andreas Fault line in California at San Simeon.

ABSOLUTE OBEDIENCE IS NOW NECESSITATED
TO ALL OF GOD'S DIRECTIVES

Now stop and think about what the Bible says all these "natural disasters" portend: that the world is on the brink of a period of time unlike any other "... since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be [again]" (Matt. 24:21); a period pregnant with danger and peril for God's people - both spiritually and physically - and if we are to survive it, ABSOLUTE obedience to the DIRECTIVES of God during this emergency (so to speak) is essential.

There's no room here for "playing around" with God's INSTRUCTIONS; no room for being haphazard with regard to them, for being casual in connection with them, for being slipshod or careless with their plain meaning, no matter how uncomfortable or difficult their implementation might be: Our very souls are at stake. Believe me when I say, if ever there was a time for being unequivocal with God, now is that time.

GOD'S DIRECTIVE: REVELATION 18:4

But that's NOT what Christians are doing, even MANY of those associated with Antipas, and that's especially true with regard to God's clear COMMAND to "Come out of Babylon" - a directive which forms the central core around which all of God's other INSTRUCTIONS are arranged insofar as "His people" in Babylon are concerned:

"And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, COME OUT OF HER, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues." (Rev. 18:4) [We URGE you to read our article, "Come Out Of Her;" we also urge you to read our article that identifies the United States as "Prophetic Babylon" - "In Search of Babylon: What Does the Bible Say?"]

IF ONE FAILS HERE, ONE FAILS EVERYWHERE

If one fails here, he will fail EVERYWHERE. One should not think that he can fail on this point (i.e., Rev. 18:4) and still be found faithful in all the rest; one should not think that he can falter here and later be found faithful to resist the forces of hell under much more onerous conditions than those that presently exist. Nonetheless, this is exactly what one dear lady thinks; she writes:

"Dear Sean,

"Please pass this on to Steve [meaning me] ... Some of us will never leave the U.S. for a variety of reasons, but do not dismiss us for that because our faith is strong and true. We may not be doing all we can to testify in the streets now, but I sense our time has not arrived yet. At this point, not many will listen and we will be branded as insane. The time will come, however, when many people will be hungry for what we have to say and they will listen, and the Lord will use us in a mighty way.

"There are Christians and others in the U.S. who will be saved by our efforts because we chose to stay and be physically with them during the Tribulation. The internet will probably be controlled at some point so it will be the people that you ... have touched with your faithfulness and truth that will carry on the ministry one-on-one with people all over the world."

A TRANSPARENT "COP-OUT"

I suppose that I should be somewhat flattered by what she says. But I'm not! The fact is, I am very sad for her sake - and I sincerely mean that. This dear lady is "PLAYING WITH FIRE;" she seems to think that she can disobey God insofar as His COMMANDMENT in Rev. 18:4 is concerned while obeying Him on the margins; and that if she does that, everything will be okay. Isn't that what she's saying when she writes, "Some of us will never leave the U.S. for a variety of reasons, but do not dismiss us for that because our faith is strong and true?" But it isn't I to whom she must answer; I'm not the one who will someday "dismiss" her as an "unfaithful servant." It's God who will do so. She shouldn't care what I think. Ultimately, I'm not the one that she is trying to trick here by obeying God on the margins while disobeying Him on the central issue of Revelation 18:4. It is God she's trying to trick, whether she wants to admit it or not.

She goes on to say that she wants to stay behind to testify to unbelievers during the Tribulation. She writes that, "There are Christians and others in the U.S. who will be saved by our efforts because we chose to stay and be physically with them during the Tribulation" - although she admits that she is not expending much effort in this direction at present: "We may not be doing all we can to testify in the streets now, but I sense our time has not arrived yet. At this point, not many will listen and we will be branded as insane. The time will come, however, when many people will be hungry for what we have to say and they will listen, and the Lord will use us in a mighty way."

What a transparent "cop out!" - her time has not yet come to testify "in the streets," but someday, it will? Is that what she's saying? What absolute hogwash! She gives the game away here, and in the process reveals herself to be the spiritual FRAUD she really is! Who's she kidding; if she's unwilling to go out into the streets now, what makes her think that she will be able to go out into the streets under much more difficult conditions then?

THERE IS SOMETHING MORE AFOOT HERE

But there is something much more serious afoot here. In her effort to "pull the wool over God's eyes" (as it were) SHE'S "PLAYING WITH FIRE" WITH SOMEONE SHE ABSOLUTELY SHOULD NOT BE "PLAYING AROUND WITH:" THE "KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS" (Rev. 19:16), and in so doing she reveals herself to be an utter FOOL! Listen to me, dear brothers and sisters, when God commands, we must obey. It absolutely doesn't matter what we might think about the command; it doesn't matter what kind of an impact it will have on our lives. Jesus said:

"Ye call me MASTER and LORD: and ye say well; FOR SO I AM." (John 13:13)

The recipients of God's command in Revelation 18:4 - i.e., "My people" - are expected to listen in reverence and fear, and OBEY, that is, if they really are "God's people."

Indeed, the test as to whether or not they are His servants is OBEDIENCE when He commands. I solemnly warn you, your right to call yourself a "disciple of Christ" is being tested by what you do in this situation: When the Master speaks, the servant must obey. If the servant fails to obey, then he is not a servant. It doesn't matter if the servant thinks the command is "right" or "wrong," or that it would be better if the command were "softened" a little, and made more palatable. The servant has NO say in the matter.

What's that say, then, about this dear lady's plaintive and very pitiable statement, "Some of us will never leave the U.S. for a variety of reasons, but do not dismiss us for that ..." In a back-handed way, what she's saying is that she is NO servant of Jesus Christ!

YAHWEH

It's not without reason that God calls Himself "YAHWEH." This name is a strange rendering of a present verb tense that means "I AM that I AM" but which can also mean "I will be what I will be." This is an interesting characterization that God gives Himself because it means THAT WE HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO AUTHORITY OVER WHO HE IS AND WHAT HE DOES. That authority resides solely with God.

God does what He does on His own terms: He came on His own terms (we had no say in the matter), He lived on His own terms (the devil and the world had no control over Him), and He died on His own terms (He loved us while we were still enemies). In essence, He was, He is, and He is to come NO MATTER WHAT ANY OF US THINKS. It's in this connection that you must understand the absolute and sovereign nature of His command in Revelation 18:4 to "Come out of Babylon."

YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO SAY TO HIM THAT YOU WILL OBEY HIM ONCE YOU UNDERSTAND THE REASONING BEHIND HIS COMMAND; OR YOU WILL COMPLY WITH HIS "WISHES" ONCE YOU UNDERSTAND WHERE YOU ARE GOING; OR YOU WILL DO WHAT HE HAS TOLD YOU TO DO AFTER HE EXPLAINS WHAT YOU ARE TO DO AFTER YOU ARRIVE AT YOUR DESTINATION AND GIVES YOU A NEW "JOB DESCRIPTION" INSOFAR AS YOUR "MINISTRY" IS CONCERNED; AND AFTER HE RESOLVES ANY ISSUES YOU MIGHT HAVE WITH REGARD TO YOUR PHYSICAL WELL-BEING AND YOUR FINANCIAL SECURITY.

OUR GOOD INTENTIONS COUNT FOR NOTHING

The command is: "COME OUT OF HER" - and that's all you need to know if Christ really is your "Lord" and "Master." THIS IS THE TEST FOR ALL CHRIST'S SERVANTS WHO ARE IN BABYLON! - and whether you obey Him or not insofar as this command is concerned will determine whether or not you are truly His servant.

You say that's too much? But come on now! - is it that hard to understand that a real servant has no right to "bargain" with his master, that he has no right to "reason" with him, that he has no right to excuse himself from obedience to his master's command - NO MATTER HOW WELL INTENTIONED HE MIGHT BE IN EXEMPTING HIMSELF FROM OBEYING HIS MASTER'S INSTRUCTIONS, even if he thinks that by doing so he might be able to better serve his Lord.

In the end, all our good intentions in disobeying God insofar as Revelation 18:4 is concerned will count for nothing. We should remember the story of UZZA in 1 Chronicles 13.

REMEMBER UZZA

David and his followers had been commanded by God to bring the Ark of the Covenant back to Israel from Kirjathjearim. He was further commanded that no human hand should ever directly touch the Ark as it was being brought home; and so -

"... they [i.e., David and his followers] carried the ark of God in a new cart out of the house of Abinadab: and Uzza and Ahio drave the cart.

"And David and all Israel played before God with all their might, and with singing, and with harps, and with psalteries, and with timbrels, and with cymbals, and with trumpets.

"And when they came unto the threshingfloor of Chidon, Uzza put forth his hand to hold the ark; for the oxen stumbled.

"And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzza, and he smote him, because he put his hand to the ark: AND THERE HE DIED BEFORE GOD. (1 Chr. 13: 7-10)

Uzza was well-intentioned when he tried to prevent the Ark from falling to the ground. Obviously (or so it seems), God had not foreseen this eventuality; so Uzza believed he had to step in here and help - and if that meant disobeying God's command for him (i.e., Uzza) not to touch the Ark, so be it. God would understand. But the Bible says, "... the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzza, and he smote him, because he put his hand to the ark: AND THERE HE DIED BEFORE GOD."

Is that what YOU are trying to do by not obeying God to "Come out of Babylon?" - trying in some fashion or another to help God out; to make up for God's occasional lapses in nor foreseeing all the "special situations" and "peculiar circumstances" that would naturally accrue in carrying out God's difficult command - and that's where YOU come in.

But, again, that's exactly what Uzza thought, and God "smote" him dead - AND THAT'S WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO YOU IF YOU DEFY GOD IN THE SAME MANNER THAT UZZA DID, your "good intentions" notwithstanding! AND THIS IS TRUE EVEN WHEN YOUR "GOOD INTENTIONS" GO BEYOND WHAT YOU CONSIDER TO BE YOUR "LEGITIMATE" FINANCIAL CONCERNS AND TOUCH UPON YOUR LOVED ONES. Christ's command in this matter (i.e., Rev. 18:4) must supercede ALL your feelings concerning your loved ones. You have absolutely NO right to subject God's command to your feelings with regard to those you dearly love.

I WILL NOT ABANDON MY CHILD EVER

Nonetheless, that's not what most Christians seem to think, - even many Christians associated with Antipas - and most assuredly that's not what our dear friend (above) thinks. She writes:

"I ... cannot leave [Babylon] because of child custody issues, [and] I WILL NOT ABANDON MY CHILD EVER ..."

My heavens! - does she realize the implications of her statement here? Jesus said:

"He that loveth father or mother more than me IS NOT WORTHY OF ME: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me IS NOT WORTHY OF ME. (Matt. 10:37)?

Plainly, she has - whether she wants to admit it or not - declared herself to be UNWORTHY to be called a disciple of Christ OR does she somehow or other imagine that Christ was simply "blowing smoke" with regard to this portion of Scripture? That somehow or other she will be "given a walk" insofar as these verses are concerned? That somehow or other she can "slide" with regard to this matter? She goes on to say:

"I firmly believe that my role is to protect ... [my daughter] and guide her through the Tribulation as well as others who will listen. At the age of 11 she already knows that we will not accept the mark and will probably be running and hiding at some point with a pack on our backs. She also understands that we will probably be killed. It is almost too much for her to comprehend because she would rather think about growing up, going away to college, getting married ...

"It is a daily struggle to remain faithful in the pit of Babylon. Because of my struggle I have not one true friend and the only family members who will listen to me and not roll their eyes are my mother and my daughter. There is no one else to fellowship with, but I am holding on because of you Steve ... and my own study and research ...

"I fear that it is already too late [for me] to escape Babylon ..."

Signed

-------, "staying faithful in the midst of Babylon"

I KNEW THEE THAT THOU ARE AN HARD MAN

"Staying faithful in the midst of Babylon" - is that really how she thinks of herself? Faithful to what? - to her own twisted rendition of the Scriptures? To her own fears and apprehensions? To her loyalty to her own daughter over and above her loyalty to the DICTATES of the one she cavalierly calls "Lord and Master?" But how can He be Lord and Master to her when she puts her own needs and desires ahead of His COMMAND for her to "Come out of Babylon" in OBEDIENCE to the DICTATE of Revelation 18:4? Does she somehow or other think that she is going to be "given a walk" insofar as Matt. 10:37 is concerned: "... he that loveth son or daughter more than me IS NOT WORTHY OF ME. (Matt. 10:37)? If she thinks so, she is in terrible danger of running afoul of God and suffering the same consequences that befell Uzza.

The sad fact of the matter is, she is in great jeopardy of being cast out "into outer darkness" with the "unprofitable servant" of Matthew chapter 25. Pretty harsh! - but then that's what the "unprofitable servant" thought too (and it should be noted that the Lord did not disabuse him of the thought that He was a "hard master"):

"Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I KNEW THEE THAT THOU ARE AN HARD MAN, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:

"AND I WAS AFRAID, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. (Matt. 25:24-25)

BEING PUT "ON THE TEST"

Is that what you are? ARE YOU AFRAID? Are you afraid of obeying God because it will cost you your relationship with your loved-ones? That's what this sister is! - plainly she's afraid that if she obeys God it might cost her daughter. Isn't that what she means when she says, "I will not abandon my child ever!" ?

She acts as if she is the first person that God has ever called upon to choose between Himself and his or her child. But of course, she's not! - wasn't that precisely what God called Abraham to do? Clearly it was! -

"And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt [i.e., "TEST] Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am.

"And he said, TAKE NOW THY SON, THINE ONLY SON ISAAC, WHOM THOU LOVEST, AND GET THEE INTO THE LAND OF MORIAH; AND OFFER HIM THERE FOR A BURNT OFFERING upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.

"And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him.

"Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off.

"And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you.

"And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together.

"And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?

"And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.

"And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood.

"AND ABRAHAM STRETCHED FORTH HIS HAND, AND TOOK THE KNIFE TO SLAY HIS SON. (Genesis 22:1-10)

MANY ARE ABOUT TO BE TESTED,
AND MANY WILL FAIL THAT TEST

God commanded, and Abraham obeyed. He was obedient to God even at the cost of his own dear son - as all true followers of God must be. It's not without reason that Jesus said:

"IF A MAN LOVE ME, HE WILL KEEP MY WORDS [i.e., he will obey Me]: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

"HE THAT LOVETH ME NOT KEEPETH NOT MY SAYINGS: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me. (John 14:23-24)

The test that one loves God is OBEDIENCE. It's not how "sappy" or teary-eyed" one might become in prayer; it's not how pious one might appear to others; it's none of these things. Obedience is the test of one's love for God.

Clearly, Abraham proved his love for God because he obeyed God - even at the cost of his son; but just as clearly this dear lady has proved that she DOES NOT LOVE GOD BECAUSE SHE DOES NOT OBEY HIS HOLY DICTATE with regard to the command of Rev. 18:4. She values her daughter more highly than she values her relationship with God OR how else does one interpret her actions when she says, "I will not abandon my child" despite the clear COMMAND of God insofar as Babylon is concerned. Again, Jesus said:

"He that loveth father or mother more than me IS NOT WORTHY OF ME: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me IS NOT WORTHY OF ME. (Matt. 10:37)?

This is a very hard saying - i.e., to OBEY God no matter what the cost, even the cost of your dearest loved-ones - and so much so that Jesus felt it necessary to reinforce what He was saying with the words: "... and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me." (John 14:24)

EVEN THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN WIFE AND HUSBAND
CANNOT SUPERCEDE ONE'S RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD

Moreover - and at the very grave risk of offending many of those associated with our ministry - I should add that wives and husbands are included in this DIRECTIVE (i.e., Matthew 10:37), and this is made clear when Jesus expands on this DICTATE in the Gospel of Mark:

"Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, [or husband], or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel's,

"But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life. (Mark 10:29-30)

Now the salient point here is this: that leaving a husband or wife is sometimes necessary insofar as discipleship is concerned, OR what does one think that God means when He says, "There is no man [and by implication, woman] that HATH LEFT ... wife, [and, by implication, husband] ..." Does one think that one's loyalty to God is trumped by one's loyalty to wife or husband?

This, of course, is a very, very hard saying - and one that I am afraid will deeply offend many of those associated with this ministry (if only because it strips them of their last excuse to obey God's command in Rev. 18:4); but, then, Jesus was being very hard when He said:

"Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.

"For I am come to SET A MAN AT VARIANCE against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. (Matthew 10:34-35)

And to think that one's relationship with one's wife or husband is somehow or other "special" insofar as the "cost of discipleship" is concerned is farcical - and that's made plain in 1 Cor. 7:10-16.

This passage of Scripture begins with the "truism" that the relationship between husband and wife is a very special one and should not be easily dissolved, even on account of unbelief:

"... If any brother hath a wife that believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away.

"And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him." (1 Cor. 7:12-13)

YOU ARE NOT IN BONDAGE

But there is an important proviso in connection with this: The assumption being made here is that if a believing husband or wife is walking in the "way of OBEDIENCE" with Christ, and his or her mate does not hinder, then he or she should allow the unbelieving mate to remain. However, the Bible goes on to say:

"BUT if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace.

"For what knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt save thy husband? or how knowest thou, O man, whether thou shalt save thy wife? (1 Cor. 7:15-16)

The requirement that is placed on all those (both men and women, brothers and sisters) IS THAT THEY OBEY GOD. If one's unbelieving (or "backslidden") wife, or one's unbelieving (or "backslidden") husband is willing to remain and not hamper one in his or her walk with the Lord, then let him or her do so. [This, of course, does not absolve the believing wife from "reverencing" her unbelieving husband in other matters, or the believing husband from loving and gently cherishing his unbelieving wife.] But if the unbelieving partner chooses to depart because he or she cannot abide the loyalty that the believing partner has for Christ, then let the unbelieving partner depart. The Bible says:

"A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases ..." (1 Cor. 7:15)

One's relationship with God supercedes one's relationship with husband or wife. Now, in all of this, one should not think that I am advocating the disruption of one's marriage - I AM NOT. After all, I have been married to my dear wife for almost 45-years, and she is the ONE and ONLY wife I have ever had - unlike so many of my detractors, many of whom, like Charles Stanley and John Hagee, have been divorced, and not for the reasons cited above, but simply because they grew tired of their wives and wanted "to move on" into newer and more exotic relationships with "trophy wives." And anyone who does that - and attempts to use 1 Cor. 7:15 to do so, a PLAGUE on them.

YOUR DISCIPLESHIP IS BEING TESTED NOW

Now, why have we gone to such lengths here with regard to these matters? The reason is this: We are very close to the end now - the continuing "CASCADE OF DISASTERS" that is besetting the world (as evidenced most recently by the huge temblor in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India) - proves this. YOU MUST NOT ALLOW ANYTHING (financial considerations, safety considerations, etc.) OR ANYONE (husbands, wives, sons, daughters, fathers, mothers, etc.) TO GET IN YOUR WAY NOW AS YOU SEEK TO OBEY GOD. Soon it will become too late for YOU to do anything about your situation. It will become too late for you to obey God insofar as this matter is concerned - and if that's the case, you must understand that you will surely pay the consequences, just as surely as Uzza did.

And in this connection, you must not think - even for a minute - that if you are caught in the trap that is now gathering about you in the United States, and you get "stuck" in Babylon after all the escape routes have been shut down - and all this because of your disobedience with regard to God's command in Rev. 18:4 - God will then use you where you are. That's not what Rev. 18:4 says: rather it warns you that you will be spiritually COMPROMISED (despite your best efforts to avoid being compromised), and you will be JUDGED for it:

"And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, come out of her, my people, THAT YE BE NOT PARTAKERS OF HER SINS (i.e., so that you are not compromised spiritually), and that ye RECEIVE NOT OF HER PLAGUES (so that you be not judged)." (Rev. 18:4)

TIME IS NO LONGER ON YOUR SIDE

Time is no longer on YOUR side. It is YOUR enemy now. Time will not make things better for you; it will only make things worse. God is bending over the parapet of heaven, as it were, and by means of "... FEARFUL SIGHTS and GREAT SIGNS ... FROM HEAVEN" (Luke 21:11) HE IS FRANTICALLY TRYING TO SHAKE YOU OUT OF YOUR COMPLACENCY.

"Hurry! Hurry!" - that's what the Lord is trying to say to you! - who knows where and when the next disaster will strike.

YOUR FAITH IS BEING TESTED

YOUR FAITH IS BEING TESTED NOW! - and the test is this for all those Christians who are called by Christ's name in Babylon: WILL YOU BE OBEDIENT TO GOD'S COMMAND TO "COME OUT OF HER?"

That's the test! That's how your discipleship will be tested. This may not be the test to which you wanted to be subjected, but it is the test that you have been given, and I solemnly warn you that if you fail here, you will fail in all the rest. [We URGE you once again to read our article, "Come Out of Her."]

FINALLY, let me assure you here: My purpose in telling you this is not to offend you; what do I gain by doing so? - by turning you into my enemy? - by making you hate me? I gain nothing by doing this. As hard as it may be for you to believe, I love you - and most especially the dear sister I have referenced in this article - and I love you so much that I am willing to run the risk of loosing any relationship I might have with you by delivering unto you the WHOLE council of God - even if it means that you become my enemy and those of you who have been supporting this ministry should now cease to do so. It's NOT your love or your financial support that I am after; I seek to preserve your soul and bring you safely through what's ahead, for the time is short.

God bless you,

S.R. Shearer
Antipas Ministries

P.S. Now, if we have not totally offended you, and you still wish to remain loyal to the ministry, we ask you to remember the word of Scripture which says -

"If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal (material) things?" (1Cor. 9:11)

If you have benefited from this ministry, then we ask that you return the favor by ministering to us of your material things. We need your continued financial support for this ministry - which is moment by moment under very heavy spiritual and physical attack - if we are to go forward.


* Much of the material dealing with the sovereignty of God - especially as that sovereignty relates to our unquestioning obedience to His commands - was derived from Stephen and Lisa Greer's article, "The Bible as the Word of God."

We need your help to spread the word concerning Antipas Ministries and the eschatological viewpoint it represents; WE NEED YOUR HELP BECAUSE WE DO NOT "LINK" WITH OTHER SO-CALLED "CHRISTIAN" WEBSITES which are, for the most part, "in the tank" insofar as their loyalty to the United States is concerned - a loyalty that has made them partners in the BLOODY trail the American military has left in its TERROR-RIDDEN rampage throughout the world, as well as making them partners in the abject poverty that American corporations have imposed on the peoples and nations the American military machine has ravaged - A BLOODY, TERROR-RIDDEN RAMPAGE THAT HAS TO A LARGE DEGREE BEEN CARRIED OUT IN THE NAME OF THE "PRINCE OF PEACE." [Please see our articles, "The Third World as a Model for the New World Order," Inside the American New World Order System" and "The American Empire: The Corporate / Pentagon / CIA / Missionary Archipelago."]

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