ARMCHAIR RADICALS

By: SR Shearer

INTRODUCTION

The other day we received the following email from one of our subscribers - one that has up until recently subscribed to Tribnet. [Please see our article, "A Little Leaven Leavens the Whole Lump;" please also see our article, "The Grief Associated with Preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom."]

The article was in response to an earlier inquiry he had made as to why we couldn't compromise our differences with Tribnet; The article read in part:

"Steve,

"Interesting that you should mention Tribnet. Last night I was reading your [twin] brother's space on Tribnet. Sad to say he sounds just like the mainstream Christian leaders - i.e. endless 'bible studies', etc. In a word, no sense of absolute urgency, just comfortable in church. Churches, by their nature and format - i.e. sitting and listening to a pastor/teacher, etc. - conditions the 'congregation' to be passive.

"No interaction, no action period; just another 'great sermon, bible study' etc.

"The thing that really turned me off as to where they are at spiritually/doctrinally was a big rave review of somebody's book about making 'real' Christian men. Their examples were four well-known unbelievers like Winston Churchill and I think Ronald Reagan - I don't remember exactly ... [who the others were].

"If I'm not mistaken the book had high praise for some famous military leader. [Please see our current article, "Remembering Dachau while Pondering the Fate of the CIA's Prisoners Scattered around the World."]

"None of the examples were men who walked in the simplicity of the gospel or even the gospel at all.

"That was all I needed to know.

"Your criticisms of Tribnet leaders are more than valid and I agree with you. Your tone or seeming harshness is a turn-off to me sometimes, but I find myself feeling and saying the same things and in the same manner ...

"I'm sure no expert on Revelation or the last days but I do adhere to your interpretation of it much more that any other. I do think that getting out of the US is the right thing to do. I have a deep and strong dislike/hatred(?) of the US because of what we are and represent - pure evil. In a word, all the things that you talk about ... I'm with you and will support you.

"Your [twin] brother and Paradise (I knew him when he was with Gospel Outreach ... I was with them for a couple of years in the early 80's in Santa Rosa) etc. are going to be in for a rude awakening when the real persecution comes to America. I don't question their faith. But they are leaders and they are not preparing the sheep for the slaughter to come. Many, many will apostatize and turn in the remnant [of true believers] to be imprisoned and/or killed.

"Stay strong, seek His face and I hope to meet you in person when I return to California later this year.

"Your brother and fellow traveler,

"D--"

NOTE: Our brother D-- and his wife are making preparations now to move to Cali, Colombia.

He writes:

Cali, Colombia; D-- and his wife are planning to write a blog on our website with regard to their experiences - both the good and the bad.

"One thing you need to know is this. I'm just a regular guy, no super spiritual Christian etc. My beliefs are very deep and I am passionate about what I believe. My goal, more than anything is to know and be known by Jesus, as those are the only ones getting in. The last thing I want to hear is 'Depart from me, I never knew you'.

"I was reading about the chaff and the wheat and the sheep and the goats. Correct me if I'm wrong but, the chaff [in the parable of the chaff and the wheat] (Matthew 3:12) ... are those who call themselves believers [but are not]; obviously the chaff looks and acts like believers, but they don't cut the mustard as in the four types of hearers in the parable of the sower.

"... We are leaving and going to a country [i.e., Cali, Colombia] where I'm not fluent in the language and basically unemployable. (My wife and I do have some plans to earn money and I'll let you know how they pan out).

"There are huge considerations in leaving the US and not being marketable in a foreign country. You need money, period. Or maybe God will simply open doors. I don't know how to have that kind of faith. I feel blessed to have my $642 in SS and I will get another $600 from the V.A.  in 6 to 18 months. This money is available from the VA for veterans making less than $15,500 a year. I'll take it until they stop giving it or you have to take the mark etc.

"Regardless I'll do my best to tell it like it is, at least from my perspective and experiences. Every ones will be different to some degree. But I'm with you, getting out is the thing to do.

"I'm doing it for more than biblical (Rev 18:4) reasons. One of them is my intense loathing of the US' persecution and murdering of countless thousands of the world's poor in their insane lust for other peoples wealth and resources. I guess you could say it's a political statement. I'm putting my money where my mouth is. You know - all the things you write about. I agree with you on those things 110%.

"D--"

THERE IS NO SENSE OF URGENCY WITH
MY
BROTHER AND PARADISE

I am unable to improve on what D-- said here. He is absolutely right insofar as his assertion that such people have no sense of urgency as to the times in which we live. It's all a game to them; a "religious exercise" in which they can from time to time participate while remaining in the safety and secrecy of their own living rooms.

These are people who are cognizant of the fact that possibly - just possibly - at some point a dictatorship will take hold on the United States (though, they suppose, certainly not one supported by the evangelical church), but they are hoping against hope that it will be postponed as long as possible because it gives them some extra "play time" before the end; for example, time for some Christians to make a ton of money from their "get-rich-quick" MLM scams while impoverishing those that get sucked into their scams. [Please see our article, "The Titanic."]

Such people see God's gift of time to them not so much as an expanded opportunity to serve the Lord in a MEANINGFUL way insofar as the Gospel of the Kingdom is concerned, but as an opportunity to let the "good times roll;" gives one some idea as to their "insight" into the future! [Please see our article on the Gospel of the Kingdom, "The Good News of the Coming Kingdom."]

These men are nothing more than "SALON RADICALS" - people who want to preach a radical message while continuing to live a quiet, suburban life.

ARMCHAIR RADICALS

"ARMCHAIR RADICALS" - that's what they are! IDIOTS and DOLTS who think that God will "whisper in their ears" when it's time to do something really radical - as if they could hear God whispering in their ears when they can't hear Him shouting at them now. NINCOMPOOPS! NINNIES! DUNCES!

It is precisely upon such people that the Scriptures say the "end" will come -

"... SUDDENLY as a thief in the night." (2 Peter 2:10)

OR, more to the point,

"... as travail upon a woman with child ..." (1 Thess. 5:3)

The woman should have known that this travail was coming; she should have known that she was very close "to the end" - after all, by the ninth month her body would have surely betrayed how close to the end she was.

To ignore one's condition at that point is truly to be WILLINGLY ignorant - AND I AM AFRAID THIS IS WHAT IS HAPPENING TO CHRISTIANS IN AMERICA - AND EVEN MANY ASSOCIATED WITH ANTIPAS MINISTRIES.

These are the people who run the very grave risk of being dismissed PERMANENTLY from the Lord's service - people who will be TAKEN AWAY by a thief in the night where there will be "weeping and gnashing of teeth." (Matthew 22:13, Matthew 25:30 and Luke 13:28)

FROM HENCEFORTH I WILL GO UNTO
THE GENTILES [UNBELIEVERS]

Brothers and sisters, I implore you, Don't you be an ARMCHAIR RADICAL! - and to this end, we urge those of you who have received our DVD to show it to your friends - believers and UNBELIEVERS alike. [Please see our article, "Using the DVD as a Tool in Announcing that the Kingdom of God Is at Hand."]

And in so far as UNBELIEVERS are concerned, isn't it about time for those of us who have been straining with all our might to warn our Christian brethren, to say as Paul did to his stiff-necked Jewish brethren - "YOUR BLOOD BE UPON YOUR OWN HEADS; I AM CLEAN [OF IT]: FROM HENCEFORTH I WILL GO UNTO THE GENTILES [UNBELIEVERS]" -

"And when Silas and Timotheus were come from Macedonia, Paul was pressed in the spirit, and testified to the Jews that Jesus was Christ.

"And when they opposed themselves, and blasphemed, he shook his raiment, and said unto them, Your blood be upon your own heads; I am clean: from henceforth I will go unto the Gentiles." (Acts 18:5-6)

The very real fact of the matter is, there are many voices from the secular Left who clearly see what is taking place, and view what is happening with great alarm; they see that what is occurring can lead in only one direction: toward a global world dictatorship - AND THEY HAVE NO DOUBT THAT THIS DICTATORSHIP WILL EMANATE OUT OF THE UNITED STATES. [For an example of their thinking, please see the article by Rick Rozoff, "US Consolidates Global Military Network."]

Sadly, however, while they are correct in their appraisal of what's happening, they have no real answer to what to do. For example, take secularists such as Michel Chossudovsky, Rick Rozoff, Tom Burghardt, Jeanne Dugan, Mike Whitney, James Corbett, Andrew Gavin Marshall, etc. who offer clear and concise assessments on the "goings-on" of the American super-state, but are in no way able to offer any real encouragement for finding a way of stopping the process; indeed, they leave one with a feeling of hopelessness insofar as any real chance of stopping the process.

MADNESS

That hopelessness is plainly illustrated in Chossudovsky's recent article on Julian Assange - "Who Is behind Wikileaks?" - where Chossudovsky goes so far as to DAMN the Left for being in league with the Right.

Plainly, Chossudovsky, a man whom I greatly admire - has arrived at such a state of hopelessness that he sees conspiracies EVERYWHERE. He not only believes in conspiracies, but counter-conspiracies, and counter, counter-conspiracies, and counter, counter, counter-conspiracies, ad nauseum - and so much so that he has come to see Julian Assange as a possible cunning co-conspirator with the CIA.

THIS, OF COURSE, IS MADNESS, but this is where the naked truth concerning this world leads - to a place where one can say, "Everyone in the world is mad except you and me, and I have my doubts about you."

Chossudovsky, Rozoff, Burghardt, Dugan, Whitney, Corbett, Marshall, etc. (see above) are in danger of being driven mad in the same fashion that Kurt Tucholsky, Ernst Toller and Stefan Zweig were driven mad and eventually to suicide seventy years ago when confronting the vile wickedness of Hitler's Third Reich and realizing that there was nothing they could do to stop it. Suicide was their only answer to such evil. As secularists (like Chossudovsky, et. al.), they were unable to come to grips with the UNWORLDLY forces animating Hitler's Third Reich - ethereal and vaporous forces beyond the imagining of most mortals and against which flesh and blood cannot prevail.

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Kurt Tucholsky, Ernst Toller and Stefan Zweig

As Christians, however, we know that powers far greater than man are seeking to control man's destiny - and though unseen and little suspected by the rulers of earth, there are "principalities," "powers," and "world-rulers of darkness" who are really in charge of this world and who direct the affairs of man - and with whom, as the Apostle Paul tells us, we have to wage a fearful warfare:

"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high (i.e., heavenly) places." (Eph. 6:12)

Secularists who fail to recognize this fact, but who - nonetheless - fancy themselves to be exposers of the "flesh and blood" wickedness in others wield little more than wooden swords against what are really only shadows. Secularists can speak only of "good" and "evil," but not of the dragons beyond those comfortable conceits. They battle against phantoms they cannot by any means see, and expose nothing more than the secondhand sins of their flesh and blood adversaries, while never coming to grips with the real powers which stand behind that flesh and blood. IT IS HERE - PRECISELY HERE - WHEN SECULARISTS REALIZE THEIR IMPOTENCE TO WAGE WAR AGAINST THE EVIL THAT SURROUNDS THEM THAT THEY ARE PRONE TO SUICIDE.

BUT WE AS CHRISTIANS ...

But we as Christians have an answer for them - THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM; that is to say, there is - as the words of a popular folk song of the 1960s declared - a "NEW world coming;" a NEW kingdom HERE ON EARTH; it's the same kingdom that Jesus spoke of at the "Last Supper" when He -

"... took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.

"And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;

"For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

"But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, UNTIL THAT DAY WHEN I DRINK IT NEW WITH YOU IN MY FATHER'S KINGDOM." (Matt. 26:26-29)

"My Father's kingdom!" - that's what Jesus called it; a kingdom, the substance of which Jesus prayed would become as real ON EARTH as it is in heaven; this is the kingdom for which Jesus told His disciples to pray:

"After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

"Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done IN EARTH, as it is in heaven ..." (Matt. 6:9-10) [In other words, May Your kingdom, dear Father, be as real ON EARTH as it is in heaven.]

THE ATTRIBUTES OF THE COMING KINGDOM

Oh, what a marvelous thing that would be; a kingdom ON EARTH with all the attributes of the Father's kingdom in heaven - a kingdom that is grounded in SOCIAL JUSTICE for ALL mankind; a world where everyone is treated equally, where men are not divided up between the "owners of capital" on the one hand and "labor" on the other hand, and where men and women are not divided on the basis of their race or even their gender (Gal. 3:28); where the rich do not oppress the poor; where every man has equal access to the Father's love; where privileges cannot be bought by the wealthy; where there are no death squads, no poverty, no torture, no hunger, no disease, and no room for oppressors of any kind. Naturally enough, such a kingdom would be at TOTAL variance with this "present evil world" (Gal. 1:4) - AND MOST ESPECIALLY WITH THE AMERICAN NEW WORLD ORDER SYSTEM [Please see our article, "Capitalism and Christianity;" please also see our article, "Inside the American New World Order System."]

C.I. Scofield says that the "coming kingdom" will be -

"... HEAVENLY IN ORIGIN, principle, and authority (Dan. 2:34-35, 44-45) ... (whose) ... moral characteristics ... are ... RIGHTEOUSNESS and PEACE. The meek, not the proud, will inherit the earth ... knowledge of the Lord will be universal; beast-ferocity will be removed ..."

Can you imagine? - "Beast-ferocity" will be removed! Yes! Indeed! - for I tell you, it was never - I say again, NEVER - God's intention that such a thing should prevail on the earth, and it will NOT prevail in the coming kingdom. Instead, it will be a place where "They shall not hurt nor destroy (i.e., kill) in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD" (Is. 65:25); it will be a realm where - as Isaiah says - "The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid (goat); and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them" (Is. 11:6); a domain where "The sucking child (i.e., the infant) shall play on the hole of the asp (serpent), and the weaned child (i.e., the older child) shall put his hand on the cockatrice' (scorpion's) den" (Is. 11:8); a place where "The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock ..." (Is. 65:25)

Can you conceive such a place? How marvelous! Scofield continues:

"ABSOLUTE EQUITY WILL BE ENFORCED; and open sin (i.e., when people hurt other people) will be visited with instant judgment ... (Ps. 2:9; Is. 11:4, 6-9; 26:9; 65:20; Zech. 14:16-21). (Moreover), the N.T. adds a detail of immense significance - the removal of Satan from the scene (Rev. 20:1-5). It is impossible to conceive to what heights of spiritual, intellectual, and physical perfection humanity will attain in this, the coming age of righteousness and peace." (Ps. 72:1-10; Is. 11:4-9)

THE "GOOD NEWS" OF THE KINGDOM

Yes! - brothers and sisters, there is such a kingdom conceived in the heart of God, and, as Scofield suggests, the "Good News" or "Gospel of the Kingdom" is -

"... THAT GOD PURPOSES TO SET UP ON EARTH (EXACTLY) SUCH A KINGDOM ..."

And more than even that, the "Gospel of the Kingdom" announces that this Kingdom is close "AT HAND." It was precisely this Gospel - THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM - about which Jesus said:

"And this GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come." (Matt. 24:14)

Brothers and sisters, listen to me here: It's time that we say with Paul concerning our own co-religionists such as Rick Joyner, Francis Frangipane, C. Peter Wagner, ad nauseum -

"YOUR BLOOD BE UPON YOUR OWN HEADS; I AM CLEAN [OF IT]: FROM HENCEFORTH I WILL GO UNTO THE GENTILES [UNBELIEVERS]" (Acts 18:5-6)

To help you do this, we can have flyers made available to you that you can download from our website; tell us the kind of audience you want to address: (1) the poor, (2) the downtrodden, (3) the unemployed, (4) students, (5) union activists, etc. - and we will target our flyers to them. THEN PASS THE FLYERS OUT - leave them on cars, staple them up on posts and tape them up on buildings and in windows; leave them on campus, in dorm rooms, in union halls, etc.

The flyer will tell people how to get our DVD. People can then either order it directly from us or through you. If you want the DVDs to be ordered through you, we will furnish you with enough DVDs to get you going, and we will put your email address on the flyer. [We urge you to see our article, "Using the DVD as a Tool in Announcing that the Kingdom of God Is at Hand."]

And so I say to ALL of you, SPEAK OUT.

God bless you all!

S.R. Shearer,
Antipas Ministries

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