[Part 5: Faith Which Does
Not Result in Obedience Is "Dead"]

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May 13, 2006
by: S.R. Shearer

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"Even so faith, if it hath not works [i.e., if it does not result in OBEDIENCE], is dead, being alone."

James 2:17


This is S.R. Shearer of Antipas ministries: So now at last we come to the end of our series of Saturday broadcasts concerning the development of a National Security State in the United States. The purpose of these broadcasts has been to convince Christians - and anyone else who will listen - to get out of the United States as soon as possible.

In our first article/broadcast, we covered what the government has been doing to restrict the right of ordinary citizens to travel about - especially those it has deemed to be inimical to its "New World Order" agenda. In our second article/broadcast, we covered the development of the United States into a Surveillance State in which the lives of ordinary citizens have been opened up to the all-seeing eye of the government; where there are no secrets, and citizens are encouraged to spy on other citizens. In our third article/broadcast, we covered what the government has been doing to make sure that it does not lose control of the streets to the those who oppose the agenda of the American New World Order System as it did during the Vietnam War. In our fourth article/broadcast we discussed the growing effort by the government to "disappear" its opponents and drop them into a "Super-Max" prison never to be heard of again. Finally, in our special broadcast on John Dimitri Negroponte we discussed how the government is making plans to introduce the American public to the fiendish and brutal methodologies it has been using in its slave-state system throughout the world.


There is, however, a larger issue at stake here: OBEDIENCE insofar as the will of God is concerned. The fact is, whether you stay in the United States, or whether you "Come out," comes down to a matter of OBEDIENCE. And whether you are OBEDIENT to God or not comes down to your FAITH in Him who has commanded you to "Come out." If you have faith in Him, you will OBEY God regarding His commandment in Revelation 18:4:

"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)

If you don't have faith in Him, you will not obey this command.


Faith is NOTHING unless it leads to OBEDINECE. The apostle James writes:

"What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works [i.e., OBEDIENCE]? can faith save him?" (James 2:14)

The apostle continues:

"Even so faith, if it hath not works [i.e., if it does not result in OBEDIENCE], is dead, being alone." (James 2:17)

You say, dear brothers and sisters, that you have faith in Christ - but you refuse to OBEY His command in Revelation 18:4. That means that your faith is dead, seeing that it does not result in OBEDIENCE.

FAITH MUST RESULT IN OBEDIENCE - if it does not, it reveals it's claimants to be LIARS! And so it is with regard to ALL those Christians in the United States who refuse to OBEY God insofar as His command in Revelation 18:4 is concerned - i.e., to come out of the United States - AND TO DO SO REGARDLESS OF THE COST! The apostle goes on to say:

"Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works [i.e., I obey God when He speaks]: shew me thy faith without thy works [i.e., without obedience], and I will shew thee my faith by my works [i.e., obedience].

"Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble." (James 2:18-19) [In other words, the demons believe, but that doesn't mean they have faith; that doesn't mean that they obey God.]


This is the great TEST for ALL those in the United States who say that they are "followers of Christ" - i.e., that they are His servants: That by their obedience to God's command in Revelation 18:4 they will prove that their faith in Christ is genuine. If they fail here, they prove that their faith was nothing more than empty jangling. And more than even that, if they fail here they will fail EVERYWHERE insofar as Christ is concerned.

Christians in the United States should not think that they can fail on this point (i.e., Rev. 18:4) and still be found faithful in all the rest; they should not think - even for a moment - that they can falter here and later be found faithful to resist the forces of hell at some later point under much more onerous conditions than those that presently exist. INDEED, I SAY THE TRUTH IN CHRIST WHEN I TELL YOU THAT UNTIL YOU OBEY GOD ON THIS MATTER, YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO GO ON WITH GOD. Instead, you will find that even the knowledge that you have in Him now will be taken from you, and you will be left with NOTHING insofar as the things of God are concerned. It is not without reason that Jesus said of the unfaithful servant:

"... Take from him the ... [talent that I had given him], and give it to him that hath ten ... [talents].

"For I say unto you, That unto every one which hath shall be given; and from him that hath not [i.e., that prove themselves to be unfaithful servants], EVEN THAT HE HATH SHALL BE TAKEN AWAY FROM HIM." (Luke 19-24, 26)

Obedience must come first, then knowledge as to how to go on will be imparted. This is precisely what happened to Abraham. The Bible says:

"By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and HE WENT OUT, NOT KNOWING WHITHER HE WENT." (Hebrews 11:8)


First comes OBEDIENCE, then comes imparted knowledge of what you should do AFTER you have obeyed. Do not think that you can reverse this order! As Christians in the United States, you have been COMMANDED by God to leave the United States in answer to His holy DICTATE in Revelation 18:4. You have been commanded - just as your forebears before you - to be sojourners in the world with no permanent abode; transients and "passerbys" who -

"... wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;

"(Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth." (Hebrews 11:37-38)

Or do you think, perhaps, that God would require it of them, and not of you? The question before you is this: Are you one of those - like those who came before you in the faith - who by their OBEDIENCE -

"... declared plainly that they seek a country.

"And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.

"But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: WHEREFORE GOD IS NOT ASHAMED TO BE CALLED THEIR GOD: for he hath prepared for them a city." (Hebrews 11:14-16)

OR are you one of those who will "draw back" (Hebrews 10:38a), and about whom the Lord will say on THAT DAY,

"... my soul shall have no pleasure in them." (Hebrews 10:38b)


There's no room any more for us to "play around" with God's insofar as Revelation 18:4 is concerned; no room for being haphazard with regard to it, for being casual in connection with it, for being slipshod or careless with the plain meaning of this verse, no matter how uncomfortable or difficult its 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. 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 to Him in reverence and fear, and OBEY Him as MASTER - that is, if they really are "God's people." Again I say, you have no right to call yourself a "servant of Christ" if when your Master speaks, you fail to obey Him. 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.

As Steven and Lisa Greer have reminded us, it's not without reason that God calls Himself "YAHWEH." This name is a rendering of a present verb tense that means "I AM that I AM;" it also means, "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."


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 [i.e., my commandments]: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me." (John 14:23-24)

Think about that! - if you fail to OBEY God insofar as Revelation 18:4 is concerned, you reveal not only that you are not truly a "servant of Christ," but that you really don't love Him.

And you must understand something here: the LOVE God demands from His children is an absolute LOVE, and so much so that Jesus could say -

"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 so difficult, in fact, 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)


Moreover - and, as I have said previously, 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 NOT to obey God's command in Rev. 18:4); but, then, Jesus was being very hard when He said:

"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 important 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)


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 as an excuse to do so, a PLAGUE on them.


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, and 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

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 CORRUPTED (despite your best efforts to avoid being corrupted), 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 corrupted 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. 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 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 when the trap will be finally sprung; that day will come -

"... as a thief in the night.

"For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape." (1 Thess. 5:2-3)

Don't be like those about whom the Bible warns us; those who -

"... shall come in the last days: scoffers, walking after their own lusts,

"And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation." (2 Peter 3:3-4)

But that's EXACTLY what you are doing when you fail to OBEY God IMMEDIATELY insofar as Revelation 18:4 is concerned.

Brothers and sisters, I tell you the truth: Whatever it is that is holding you back from OBEYING God IMMEDIATELY, you must be merciless insofar as that "thing" or that "person" is - and so much so that Jesus felt it necessary to warn His disciples:

"... if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.

"And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell." (Matthew 5:29-30)


And so I say to all those who remain in Babylon, there is NOTHING more that I can say to you with regard to this matter; to get you to take the holy Scriptures seriously regarding Babylon, and to get away from it as fast as you can. I have come at this matter in every direction that I can, and in doing so, I have lost many of you as friends and compatriots.

And what personal gain has there been for me in all of this? - NONE! Certainly there has been no financial benefit - for since we began preaching this message, countless numbers of you have ceased giving to the ministry. Still, many of our enemies continue to believe that that's all that we are after: money. Then there are those who say that all we are trying to do is start a Jonestown despite the fact that we have NEVER said that you should come to Canada to be with us. And there are still others who say that we are too lackadaisical and apathetic as to the way we "run" the ministry, and others beyond that who say that we are too harsh. It seems that we can't win for losing. As Jesus said:

"Whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children sitting in the markets, and calling unto their fellows,

"And saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned unto you, and ye have not lamented.

"For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He hath a devil.

"The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber [i.e., a drunkard], a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children." (Matthew 11:16-19)

Brothers and sisters in Christ, I tell you the truth when I say that there is NOTHING in it for us to continue "harping" on the necessity for you to get out of Babylon before you are corrupted by it. We do so because - whether you want to believe it or not - we LOVE you, and so much so that we are willing to risk our friendship with you in order to save you.


Next Saturday we begin a new series of broadcasts - a series of broadcasts designed to LAY A FIRM FOUNDATION in YOU insofar as the message of Antipas is concerned.


They are intended to be a COMPLETE course of instruction on the "end of days," beginning with the most fundamental questions concerning salvation, the grace of God, the purpose of the church, our walk with Christ, and so forth - and those who complete this "on-line" course, and are able to demonstrate to us that they have successfully done so - will be issued a "Certificate of Completion" that will enable them to OFFICIALLY and "legally" represent Antipas in the outside world, and to travel in their own countries and throughout the world in our name much as missionaries do when representing Wycliffe, New Tribes or other such organizations. We realize that some in the United States might recoil at this thought, but, then, so what. In the outside world, this is a matter of great PRACTICALITY.

At present, Antipas has "official" and "legal" NON-PROFIT status only in the United States and in Canada. We hope soon, however, to have similar representation in other countries: for instance, in the Philippians, in Ghana, in Liberia, in Pakistan, in India and other locations throughout the world, and that's what this course of instruction is all about - to hasten this process.

In addition, insofar as those in leadership in Antipas outside the United States, we hope and pray that you will avail yourself of the opportunity to use this instruction as an occasion to gather others of like mind in your home with you as we go through it.


Our last series of broadcasts were directed largely at an audience in the United States. This series of broadcasts will be directed largely at those outside of the United States because we sincerely believe that this is where the heart of the Lord now is - with the poor and downtrodden in those areas outside the borders of Babylon the Great.

As we just indicated, we believe that we have done everything we can to persuade Christians in the United States to OBEY God insofar as Revelation 18:4 is concerned: to warn them that if they fail in this matter, they will fail in EVERYTHING insofar as Christ is concerned. There just isn't that much more that we can say on this matter. In a very real way, we have arrived at the same point insofar as American Christians are concerned that Paul arrived at insofar as the Jews were concerned:

"And he reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath, and [tried to persuade] ... the Jews ...

"And when Silas and Timotheus were come from Macedonia [which was a Greek territory], Paul was pressed in the spirit, and [continued to try to testify] to the Jews that Jesus was Christ.

"And when they [i.e., the Jews] opposed themselves [against Paul's message], and blasphemed [him], 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 18:4-6)

God bless you all!

S.R. Shearer,
Antipas Ministries

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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