I AM UTTERLY AMAZED
May 20, 2004
by: S.R. Shearer
IT HAS BEEN BROUGHT TO MY ATTENTION
has been brought to my attention recently that we are being condemned
by certain brothers as a kind of "Jim Jones" or "Waco" cult because
we are calling upon people to get out of the United States while there
is still time; and that if they should fail to do so, they are running
the risk that their faith could be compromised and even subverted.
We normally don't respond to our critics; but obviously, when a charge
has been made against us that we are trying to lead people out of the
United States into another Jonestown, then we have to respond, although
we will refrain from dealing in personalities. We will confine ourselves
with the issues and leave it at that - and after this, we will say nothing
more on the subject. There is too much to do, and so little time to
waste on this kind of thing.
I guess that it should have been obvious to me that by taking this
course of action (i.e., moving our headquarters from the United States
to Canada), we would eventually elicit this type of response. Still,
it hurts and is very, very discouraging.
EXCEPTIONS TO THE "GENERAL RULE"
fact is, many of those associated with Antipas have stayed behind with
our BLESSING and ENCOURAGEMENT; for example,
our dear brother and sister in the Lord, Fred and Cheryl Palmquist,
who are heading up our ALIYA Foundation. There are others too who feel
called to stay; and still others who are planning to come, but have
legitimate reasons for not doing so now. There are always justifiable
exceptions to every rule, and if you are one of them - that's what God
has told you - then the Lord bless you! I really mean that. BUT PLEASE
UNDERSTAND THAT WE IN ANTIPAS MUST DEAL WITH THE "RULE" RATHER THAN
WITH THE "EXCEPTIONS" TO THE RULE. I REPEAT, WE MUST DEAL IN OUR WRITINGS
WITH THE "RULE" AND NOT WITH THE "EXCEPTIONS." If we were to take
the time to deal with every individual exception to the rule, than we
would be overwhelmed. You can certainly appreciate that.
So, in connection with this, I must urge you all, dear brothers and
sisters in the Lord, to refrain from judging those who feel called to
stay in the United States. It is to each servant's own master (i.e.,
Christ) that he stands or falls, not to us. On the other hand, I must
appeal to those who feel that they have been called to stay to please
give us the freedom to speak in generalities, and do not force us to
descend into dealing with the innumerable exceptions to those generalities.
Finally, if you choose to stay, we will NOT desert you;
we will work with you, and - as the Lord leads - we will no doubt find
a way of integrating you FULLY into the ministry where
you are at. There is so much that you can do for us where you are: you
can host Aliya groups (even if you are not planning on going), you can
pass out our literature, you can act as a host for Fred and others from
the ministry when they pass through, you can operate as a "way station"
on our underground railway system in the United States (see Fred on
that one), you can write articles on what's happening in your local
area, you can support us financially (and heaven knows, we can use all
the financial help you can give), etc.
WE HAVE BARED OUR HEARTS TO YOU
As for the charge that we are a "Jim Jones" or "Waco" cult and that
we are leading people out of the United States into another "Jonestown,"
well, what can I say to all that? How does one react to such a charge?
- except this:
"... wisdom is justified of ALL her children." (Luke
Brothers and sisters: many of you have been with us for a very long
time; you have read our material. By now all of you know our hearts.
We have bared our souls to you over and over again. If you can be so
easily turned aside from us by such a charge, then so be it. Go with
our sincere blessing.
BACK TO GENERALITIES: AN APPEAL TO COMMON SENSE
brothers who label us a "Waco sect" (as if there is some kind of originality
in that charge) say that our theology regarding Revelation 18:4 is all
wrong. But leaving aside the matter of theology for a moment, a common
sense examination of what's happening in the "here and now" should compel
one to consider seriously leaving the U.S.
The truth as to what is occurring in the country is plain enough for
anyone to see who wants to see: for example, the FACT,
as we have indicated on other occasions, that America has embarked on
a policy of ENDLESS war; the FACT that the re-imposition
of the draft is only a hair's breadth away - a draft that will enlist
your sons and daughters in this war to be maimed and killed in the service
of corporate greed; the FACT that our country is sliding
inexorably into dictatorship; the FACT that our
right to assemble and protest the policies of the government is being
restricted to the point where it no longer has any practical meaning;
the FACT of the increasing restrictions on our right to
travel; the FACT of the new and massive increase of government
surveillance; the FACT of the massive "militarization
of the police;" the FACT that the government can wiretap
our phones, monitor our email and Internet usage, search our homes and
businesses, and seize documents all without a warrant; the FACT
that the government can now arrest people without charges and hold them
indefinitely (i.e., "disappear" people); the FACT that
the government is blurring the wall between the police functions of
the state and its intelligence functions, and so forth and so on.
Again I say, there is nothing theological about any of this. Come on
now, where is the theology in this? There is none! It's common sense
in the light of all this to consider leaving the country. The very real
truth of the matter is, we as a people are taking the same path that
Germany took sixty years ago, and if you don't see what's happening,
it's because you have PURPOSEFULLY chosen NOT
to see, so that in you is fulfilled the Scripture,
"For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull
of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they
should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand
with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them."
THE SUBVERSION OF OUR FAITH:
BEING SENSIBLE ABOUT IT
Moreover, is it that hard to recognize the possibility that if one
stays in the country one is running the risk of having his faith compromised
if he does so. Come on now! - is that so difficult to see? That's what
happened in Germany. Are we so much more different than the German people?
I don't think so.
The fact is, when Hitler took power in Germany in 1933 he was supported
by only 39 percent of the population. Indeed, at least initially, he
was vehemently opposed by at least one-third of the German Protestant
Church - the so-called "Confessing Church." Nonetheless, by the time
the war started in 1939, the "Confessing Church" had gone over to Hitler
almost in toto, and he was enthusiastically embraced by more
than 95 percent of the German people, including such genuine Christian
giants as Martin Niemoeller and even Dietrich Bonhoffer (at least for
a time). What happened to all these "good Christians?" They had been
co-opted; they had been engulfed by a PROCESS that had
very little to do with theology per se, and everything to do
with REALITY IN THE HERE AND NOW!
THERE IS A PATHOLOGY AT WORK HERE
The very real fact of the matter is, there is a PROCESS
that is at work today in the United States that cannot help but subvert
the people of God - and it is IDENTICAL to the PROCESS
that took hold on Germany during the Hitler era where the life (so to
speak) of the Nazi state became so intertwined and twisted together
with the lives of Germany's individual citizens that it became impossible
to function any longer as a human being in Germany without at the same
time being involved intimately with the crimes of that nation. And that's
precisely what's happening today in the United States, SO THAT NOW
IT IS NO LONGER POSSIBLE TO FUNCTION AS AN INDIVIDUAL IN THE UNITED
STATES WITHOUT BECOMING INVOLVED IN THE GREAT WICKEDNESS THIS COUNTRY
IS VISITING ON THE REST OF THE WORLD.
Of course, these brothers - the ones that accuse us of being a "Jim
Jones" or "Waco" cult - say that all the world will eventually become
part of the American New World Order System anyway; and, therefore,
to leave the United States will - in the long run - accomplish little
or nothing for those who choose to leave. BUT THAT IS SIMPLY
NOT TRUE! IT'S NOTHING MORE THAN A CONVENIENT BUT VERY WICKED
CONTRIVANCE AND SUBTERFUGE.
THE UNITED STATES REALLY IS DIFFERENT,
AND SHOULD BE TREATED AS SUCH
As I have said time and again, Yes! - it's true, ALL
the world will eventually be absorbed by the American New World Order
System, just as all of Europe was eventually conquered and absorbed
by Nazi Germany; but there was still a great difference to be remarked
upon insofar as Germany's conquered territories were concerned (i.e.,
France, Denmark, Poland, the Ukraine, Norway, Holland, Belgium, etc.)
and Germany herself; and there was a GREAT DISTINCTION
to be remarked upon insofar as the conduct of these different populations
were concerned vis a vis the people of Germany.
The truth is, Germany's population actually PARTICIPATED
in Germany's crimes; the population of Germany's "slave states" SUFFERED
as a result of those crimes. There is, as I have said before, a big
difference here; it is, to put it in the vernacular, the difference
between the "screwer" and the "screwee;"
the difference between the one who is being raped, and the one who is
doing the raping; the difference between the perpetrator and the victim;
the difference between MASTER and SLAVE
- SO ALSO INSOFAR AS AMERICA IS CONCERNED vis a vis HER CLIENT-STATES,
i.e., HER SLAVE STATES.
GETTING "REAL" ABOUT REVELATION 18:4
the light of all this, is it not reasonable to conclude that when the
Lord says for us to "... 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) that that is EXACTLY what we should do? [For
the theology connected to this, please see our article, "The Aliya Foundation."
Believe me when I say that the theology behind all this is not that
difficult to grasp; not at all!]
The brothers who say that we are a cult suppose that this verse refers
to the rapture of the church at the end of the Tribulation Period. But
frankly, the reasoning behind such thinking is so convoluted that it
is hardly worth refuting - and if someone "buys off" on that, well,
there's nothing that I can do about it. It's akin to arguing over whether
or not two plus two really does equal four.
Brothers and sisters, listen to me here. I know that it is a very difficult
thing to contemplate leaving the country. I also realize that it's difficult
to admit to the possibility that our faith could actually be compromised
if we stay. But then, what do you think the middle part of Rev. 18:4
could possibly mean? - "... come out of her, my people, THAT YE BE
NOT PARTAKERS OF HER SINS, and that ye receive not of her plagues."
Obviously, the Lord is speaking to His people (that's what He says),
and by implication He is plainly saying that if you don't "Come out"
there exists the possibility that your faith will be subverted. Do you
have another explanation for what that could possible mean? And then
there is the matter of the third part of that verse, "THAT YE RECEIVE
NOT OF HER PLAGUES (JUDGMENTS)." What does that mean? You tell me.
THE SUBVERSION OF OUR FAITH
And don't think that it is beyond reason that one can lose his salvation:
after all, what does the Bible mean when it says:
"For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy
of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall
add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
"And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this
prophecy, GOD SHALL TAKE AWAY HIS PART OUT OF THE BOOK OF LIFE,
AND OUT OF THE HOLY CITY, and from the things which are written
in this book" (Rev. 22:18-19) ?
Now what does that mean? Plainly, the Bible is saying that it's possible
to be REMOVED from out of the Book of Life. Obviously,
to be REMOVED from the Book of Life means that one was
in it prior to his removal.
These are scary verses, and not ones to be trifled with. Do you really
want to take a chance here that by disobeying the heavenly command to
"Come out" your faith will not be subverted, despite what Rev. 18:4
says, that is, to come out "... that ye be not partakers of her sins,
and that ye receive not of her plagues (judgments)" ? I don't!
Wishing away these verses won't wash! Ignoring them won't cut it. What
are we to do? - pretend they don't exist, or apply to these verses a
convoluted and clearly dishonest interpretation that makes them of no
effect as our critics are plainly attempting to do. Is that what you
really want us to do? I don't think so.
Maybe you're right. Maybe it's not possible to lose your salvation.
There are certainly verses that indicate that that might be the case.
But as my mentor in the Lord, Don Morsey, once told me, "Steve, the
object of the Christian life is not to see how close you can get to
the edge without falling off." Eternity is at stake here!
OUR PURPOSE IS HELPING PEOPLE PARTICIPATE
IN THE GREAT HARVEST OF THE LAMB
Now, a word about coming to Canada. The charge has been made that we
are trying to start a "Jonestown" or "Branch Davidian Compound" (a "Waco")
up here at Forest Grove; but if you have been reading our material,
you should know that is the farthest thing from our mind. What we hope
to do is take those who come to Forest Grove, train them up AND SEND
THEM OUT all over the world. It's true that some may choose to stay
in Forest Grove, but we hope many more will choose to go. In fact, there
already is a number of groups beginning to form up to go to Latin America,
specifically to Honduras and Mexico. They will be coming first to Forest
Grove for training, and then OUT THEY WILL GO.
There is also the very real possibility that some groups will bypass
Forest Grove and go out DIRECTLY. That's okay with us.
The training at Forest Grove is for your sake, and if you feel you don't
need it, well, God bless you. We will still be glad to work with you
and support you in any way that we can. I mean that with all of my heart!
THE GOOD NEWS OF THE KINGDOM
Finally, a word about the "Good News of the Kingdom." The charge has
been made that we have somehow or other connected "Coming Out" of Babylon
to the "Good News of the Kingdom." That's not at all what we have said.
This is what we have said:
"The "Gospel of the Kingdom" JUXTAPOSES the poor of the world
over and against the rich, and places God on the side of the poor
and against the American New World Order System and the apostate church
(i.e., the American church) that has linked itself up with that system.
This is "BAD NEWS" for the apostate American church,
but "GOOD NEWS" for the rest of the world - and we have
been commissioned by God to preach this message to the WHOLE
is the "Good News" that Scofield and other premillinarians have said
that the so-called "Tribulation Saints" who are converted to Christ
after the Rapture of the church will preach. But since we do
not believe that the Rapture of the church will occur before the Tribulation,
but only at the end, then obviously, this commission falls to us. [Please
see our article on this site (a few articles down from this article)
for a detailed discussion on the question of the rapture.]
It's that simple. It's that straightforward - and this "Good News"
(i.e., Gospel) of the Kingdom shall be preached to the whole world,
and then the end shall come. (Matt. 24:14) We are starting now! We are
beginning now! - that's why we are going to Pakistan and India - and
on eventually to Korea and Africa. [Yes! - we have brothers in all these
places who want us to come, and we are going to come.] We are not being
slack in this matter. We did not come to Forest Grove Ranch, as our
detractors suggest, to "hunker down" and wait for the end.
Moreover, so long as it is possible, we will have people preaching
this Gospel in the United States - AND THE VERY REAL FACT OF THE
MATTER IS, AS FAR AS I KNOW, WE ARE JUST ABOUT THE ONLY ONES THAT HAVE
BEEN DOING SO FOR THE PAST FIVE TO TEN YEARS, far more so than any
of our critics have ever done - and ALL of you bear witness
to that fact.
truth is, our message concerning the "Good News of the Kingdom" (including
the "Good News of Salvation") has been heard by countless unbelievers
- many of them very prominent "lefties" - in the United States. While
I don't want to sound flatulent on this point, it is, nonetheless, true
that our critics certainly can't teach us anything on that score. Indeed,
we are one of the most widely read Christian websites on the world wide
web, and I have no doubt that we will continue to be so far into the
future, even insofar as the United States is concerned.
WE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN "STRAIGHT" WITH YOU
We have always "shot straight with you," and we are doing so now. We
are doing so because we love you, and you are very precious to us -
and God help us if we fail to be honest with you. The Bible says:
Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them,
When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take
a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman:
If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet,
and warn the people;
Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not
warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be
upon his own head.
He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood
shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his
But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet,
and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person
from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his
blood will I require at the watchmans hand.
God bless you all.
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
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