On the eve of the General Assembly six Irish Presbyterian ministers (Revs.) John Dunlop, Donald Gillies, Gordon Gray, David Lapsley, John Morrow, Kenneth Newell produced a document the amazing theme of which was "Faithfulness to the Biblical, Reformed and Evangelical Concept of the Church Demands that we neither Withdraw nor Suspend our Membership of the World Council of Churches."

The context of the document is so blatantly false that it demonstrates the extent to which ecumenists will go in order to bolster up their filthy dream of a one World Church. They are prepared to take the Word of God, the historic reformed confessions and the words of great Protestant leaders and so distort them so as to make them advocates of evil and sin. No wonder the Word of God warns us against such deceivers and Devil inspired agents.

Isaiah ch. 5 vs. 20: "Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter."

Let us examine some of the many falsehoods of this document


The first statement of the document is as follows:- "THE BIBLE SAYS that the Church includes 'all people everywhere who worship our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours' " (I Cor. 1:2. Good News Bible). [2]

Notice that this is a quotation from the "Good News" Bible, a Bible which perverts the doctrines of the Word. Let me give one example:

Let me read Isaiah chapter seven and verse fourteen in the Authorised Version, "Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call His Name Immanuel." This is a clear statement, a testimony to the Virgin Birth of the Lord Jesus Christ.

In the "Good News Bible" so-called, verse fourteen of Isaiah chapter seven reads, "Well then, the Lord Himself will give you a sign; a young woman who is pregnant will have a son, and will name him Immanuel."

I want you to notice two things, the predictiveness of this prophecy is destroyed, and the future tense is changed to the present tense. "A young woman who is pregnant" instead of "Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son." Then "virgin" is changed to "a young woman". There is an added footnote which says, "The Hebrew word here translated "young woman" is not the specific term for 'virgin' but refers to any young woman of marriageable age. The use of 'virgin' in Matthew chapter one and twenty-three reflects a Greek translation of the Old Testament, made some five hundred years after Isaiah."

You can see clearly the attack on the Virgin Birth of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Note carefully how the Scripture quoted is wrenched out of its context.

I CORINTHIANS Ch. 1 Vs. 2: (Authorised Version). "Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours."

The people spoken of who call upon the name of the Lord are sanctified in Christ Jesus and called saints. The church does not include those who simply take the name of the Lord Jesus Christ upon their lips or say they worship Him. The Lord Jesus Christ makes this perfectly clear.

MATTHEW Ch. 7 Vs. 21: 'Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name? and in Thy name have cast out devils and in Thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.'

JOHN, Ch. 4. Vs. 23 & 24. 'But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship Him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.'


The second statement of the document is as follows--

THE WESTMINSTER CONFESSION ENJOINS "communion as God offereth opportunity, is to be extended unto all those who, in every place, call upon the name of the Lord Jesus" (Confession XXVI par. 2).

This quotation from the Confession of Faith is wrenched out of its context. The quotation, as you notice, commences with the word 'communion' but in chapter 26 of the Confession the [3] sentence commences with the word which.

Mr. Gillies and his cohorts are prepared to drop this first word of the sentence which commences the communion with the way it is defined in the previous context.

We give the full quotation so that the candid and honest reader can see for himself to what depths of dishonesty these men are prepared to stoop in order to establish their falsehoods.

CHAP. XXVI.-Of Communion of Saints

I. ALL saints that are united to Jesus Christ their head by His Spirit, and by faith, have fellowship with him in his graces, sufferings, death, resurrection, and glory. And being united to one another in love, they have communion in each other's gifts and graces; and are obliged to the performance of such duties, publick and private, as do conduce to their mutual good, both in the inward and outward man.

II. Saints, by profession, are bound to maintain an holy fellowship and communion in the worship of God, and in performing such other spiritual services as tend to their mutual edification; as also in relieving each other in outward things, according to their several abilities and necessities. Which communion, as God offereth opportunity, is to be extended unto all those who in every place call upon the name of the Lord Jesus.

The church in its communion is not a hodge podge nor an evil amalgam of those who call themselves the church. The church is defined in the very Confession of Faith as something completely opposite: "The catholick or universal church, which is invisible, consists of the whole number of the elect that have been, are, or shall be gathered into one, under Christ the head thereof; and is the spouse, the body, the fulness of Him that filleth all in all." (Page 107. Westminster Confession of Faith).


The third statement of the document is as follows:-

"THE BASIS OF THE WORLD COUNCIL OF CHURCHES REQUIRES confession of Jesus Christ as God and Saviour according to the Scriptures as a basis for fellowship."

Mr. Gillies knows this very well and in the past has denounced with great authority the W.C.C. and all it stands for.


The W.C.C. of course has its basis which it presents in its main window to those interested in ecumenical wares.

As the modernists still point to the historic creeds of their respective churches as tokens of their orthodoxy when with deliberate perjury they seek to overthrow these very standards, so in the W.C.C. they have adapted the same deceiving and dishonourable practice.

At Amsterdam the following brief statement was issued as Article I of the W.C.C. constitution: "The World Council of Churches is a fellowship of Churches which accept our Lord Jesus Christ as God and Saviour."

This seems, you say, quite a solid basis and one upon which we might all co-operate. So much for this window sign. Let us however enter the ecumenical warehouse and upon

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A Report of the 5th Annual Congress in Virginia, by IAN R. K. PAISLEY

On October 30, 1878, the great American Bible and Prophetic Conference was convened in New York City. It continued through November 1, and is considered by several historians to be the birthplace of the Fundamentalist movement in America.

From the time of the American Revolution until this great gathering, the Christian theological scene had slowly changed. For much of that time there was no serious, large-scale questioning of the inspiration or inerrancy of the Bible, the basic doctrines of the faith or of salvation by God's grace through faith in Jesus Christ.

With the publication of Darwin's "Origin of the Species" in 1859, however, and with the influx of liberal theology, higher criticism and the resulting social gospel, a note of alarm began to be sounded among Bible-believers. The first gathering of note was a small, private Bible study session at Swampscott, Massachusetts, in July of 1876. These few concerned men met again in the spring of 1877 and again early in 1878. Many of them become involved in the [5] planning for a public conference to call attention to neglected basic Bible doctrines and the need to stand against modernistic trends. Thus, the calling together of that great Conference in New York.

That conference awakened interest in basic Bible principles and began a movement in America that soon come to be known as Fundamentalism. We honour that effort by meeting in the same month 100 years later to continue that heritage. The fire has not and will not go out!

I had the honour of being one of the preachers at the Fifth Annual Congress on Fundamentalism at Virginia Beach, Virginia, in October. The fire after 100 years had not and will not go out.

What a privilege to kneel with men of like precious faith in special seasons of prayer! What a privilege to listen to the giants of fundamentalism in USA ministering the Word! What a privilege as a fundamentalist from the Old World to give the Bible Reading at this Congress.

On the Friday night of the Congress I had the great privilege of paying the following tribute to that great fortress of the faith - Bob Jones University.

The story of Bob Jones University is more than a story of the beginning of a school; it is a story of faith, courage. dedication and service to Christ through the building of an institution that not only teaches its students how to make a living, but also teaches them how to live for Christ.

Through much prayer, hard work, and determination, Dr. Bob Jones finally had what he needed to start his school. On December 1, 1926, ground-breaking ceremonies were held on the 500 acre site in Northwestern Florida chosen for the school. Just a few miles from Pancima City, the school property was located at College Point.

By August, five buildings of Spanish architecture had been built on the Campus; and on September 14, 1927, Bob Jones College opened its doors to 88 students who come from seven different states. Dr. Jones' dream had become a reality.

Two years after the school opened, the Great Depression hit and the American people were instantly thrust into a financial turmoil. Overnight the assets of the young college worth more than a half million dollars were wiped out. Confident that God would provide as He promised in His Book and trusting God completely, Dr. Jones worked diligently day and night travelling all over the country proclaiming the Gospel of Christ and raising funds to maintain the school.

God blessed, and the Lord's people gave sacrificially to help keep the school going through those difficult years. Miraculously throughout the depression 200 students were maintained at the college.

A closed college campus in Cleveland, Tennessee, was the chosen site for the new location of Bob Jones College. A lot of restoration and repair work was begun and in 1933 the college opened in Cleveland, a thriving industrial town of 10,000 located midway between Knoxville and Chattanooga.

The first year at Cleveland brought forth a 50 per cent increase in the enrolment. Once again God had blessed and certainly was behind the relocation. Little did school officials realize however, on that Opening day in 1933 that the then barren campus would soon mature and grow in a few short years to [6] a campus overcrowded with buildings.

Despite World War II, enrolment grew to 1,000 students by 1945 and because of the returning GIs marking the end of the war, the enrolment for the 1945-46 academic year increased to over 1,200 students. Many had to be turned away because of lack of room.

It become apparent to school Officials that something had to be done. The campus was already overcrowded with buildings and there was no room left for further growth. It was decided that the school must once again move to a location where expansion would be unlimited. Greenville, South Carolina, was chosen as the site of the new campus.

On Thanksgiving Day 1947, formal dedication services for the new university were held. Twenty-two new buildings were presented by Dr. Bob Jones, Snr., to his son who in turn dedicated them to God.

In January, 1968, the university suffered its greatest loss - that of its beloved founder, Dr. Bob Jones, Snr., truly a dedicated servant of the Lord. He was a most faithful servant, true and kind, honest and loyal, a builder of bridges on earth, a warrior returned Home. There are no words to express the great sense of loss felt by family and friends. Not until Christ comes again will the full impact of his life on this earth be known - how many people his life affected. The testimony of this great man lives on day by day - in the hearts of his beloved students all over the world in the many workings of his dream, his great university.

During Commencement exercises in 1971, the university was placed under the new leadership of Dr. Bob Jones III, grandson of the Founder. For two years before being named Vice-President of the university in 1963, Dr. Jones III, served as assistant to the president, learning all the "ins and outs" of running the school under the able leadership of his father, who now serves as chancellor of the university and travels worldwide spreading the Gospel of Christ.

The university has conferred nearly 14,000 degrees and about 2,000 certificates. Alumni are serving on about 100 foreign fields. Though the school has prospered and has grown from the initial 88 students to over 5,700 who come from every state and about 30 foreign countries and territories, it still remains faithful to the religious convictions contained in the university's creed. It has not drifted in any way but has remained true to the purposes and intents of its Founder "that the foundation of Bob Jones University should be an orthodox, conservative Christian foundation" and should always be true to the principles on which it was founded and true to the Word of God.

Dr. Zaspel paid the following moving tribute to Dr. Bob Jones:

"We, gathered here in the 5th Annual Congress on Fundamentalism in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and on Fundamentalism's 100th anniversary, do bestow on Dr. Bob Jones, Chancellor of Bob Jones University, the award of 'Mr. Fundamentalist.'

"In these days when the foundations of Fundamentalism are being destroyed in the name of 'Historic Fundamentalism' we believe this award is both timely and proper. Words are cheap - Historic Fundamentalism is not.

"Fundamentalism means giving time, talent, and money for the defence of the faith. [7]

"Fundamentalism means subjecting oneself to scorn, criticism, heartache, and rejection for sound doctrine and a position untainted by worldly and ecclesiastical inclusivism.

"Fundamentalism means BOTH separation from liberals and from brethren who 'walk disorderly, and not of the tradition' of our founding fathers.

"Fundamentalism means watching what we believe going down to defeat, and rising up to start all over again.

"Therefore, it is our privilege to present to you, Dr. Jones, this award as the one man in America best epitomizing Historic Fundamentalism. Believing that in all things God must receive glory nonetheless, it is both fitting and proper to honour men to whom honour is due. Praise is a debt and should be paid. We pay it now to you, Sir, with gratitude and humility. Your life and influence have been and continue to be invaluable your love and friendship priceless.

"We quote the words of John Florio as best describing your life and character: 'When you are an anvil, hold you still; When you are a hammer, strike your fill.'

"You, Dr. Jones, as our Fundamentalist father are both a 'hammer' and an 'anvil.' You have had both the power to act and the patience to endure. 'Be thou faithful unto death and He shall give thee a crown of life.' "

The following news release was issued:

The annual Congress on Fundamentalism was held at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Virginia Beach, Virginia, on October 22-29, 1978. The Congress celebrated 100 years of Historical Fundamentalism in America - October 31, 1878 to October 31, 1978. This week, preachers and Christian workers come from all over the eastern part of the United States to hear the following men: Dr. Ian Paisley, Dr. Bob Jones, Dr. Allen Dickerson, Dr. John McCormick, Dr. Ed Nelson, Dr. Harold Sightler, Dr. Gilbert Stenholm, Dr. Arno Weniger, Jr., and Dr. James Zaspel.

The climactic service was on Friday night when the Congress awarded Bob Jones University a plaque of appreciation for 52 years of leadership in Historical Fundamentalism. Also, a tribute was given to Dr. Bob Jones, Chancellor, as "Mr. Fundamentalist" in America.

Dr. Myron B. Cedarholm, founder and President of Maranatha Baptist Bible College in Watertown, Wisconsin, presented the award. The following state and regional fellowships sanctioned by letter of endorsement this action - The Fundamental Baptist Fellowship of America, Northeast Fundamental Baptist Fellowship, Southeast Fundamental Baptist Fellowship, Mid-America Fundamental Baptist Fellowship, Western Fundamental Baptist Fellowship, Pennsylvania Independent Baptist Fellowship, Maryland Independent Baptist Fellowship, Virginia Independent Baptist Fellowship, North Carolina Independent Baptist Fellowship, West Virginia Independent Baptist Fellowship, and pastors, missionaries and evangelists from 20 states. The World Congress of Fundamentalists with Dr. Ian Paisley, European Moderator, also sanctioned the award.

Dr. Jones received the plaque before a crowd of 1,500 people with a standing ovation.


The following resolutions were amongst 19 which the Congress passed: [8]


That we re-affirm fundamentalism's historic position of separatism by recognition of the three above mentioned men (Dr. Bob Jones, Dr. G. Archer Weniger and Dr. Rod Bell) as being men in the true mainstream of fundamentalism, and that we remind our present generation that the fundamentalist movement has been, and must ever be:

1. A Protest movement, protesting against: (a) The Prostitution of Protestantism through a liberalism called "Higher Criticism" and its denial of the Scriptures and accompanying "social gospel," (b) The paganism of the Roman Catholic Church which we believe will eventually bring in "The Man of Sin" or "The Beast," (i.e. the antichrist), (c) The pragmatism of first, evangelicalism; later neo-evangelism; and today, a pseudo-fundamentalism - all of which have abandoned ;n varying degrees the separatism of historic fundamentalism,

2. A Polemical movement, set for the "defence of the Gospel" and "the faith once delivered to the saints,"

3. A Propagating movement of evangelism and missions around the world with the Gospel message and by God's methods,

4. A Prophetic movement, reaffirming confidence in the authority of Scripture, and re-enunciating the second coming of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ; further be it resolved that we dedicate our lives to the redoubling of our efforts in seeing that these historic fundamentalist principles be carried out to their fullest extent and influence in the name of Jesus Christ and for the glory and honour of God.


That we rejoice in the ministry of all those Calvinists and Arminians who are making a strong stand for fundamentalism and that we call on our people to be alerted to the twin menaces of hyper-Calvinism and hyper-Arminianism.


That we recommend the use and distribution of only the King James Version of the Bible in English and only those foreign language versions and translations which have been faithfully translated by those committed to the verbal inspiration of the Holy Scripture.


That this Congress on Fundamentalism place on record their support of their brethren in Northern Ireland in their afflictions and trials. We deplore the actions of the British Government:

1. In the failure to establish law and order in that part of the United Kingdom,

2. In their rejection of the majority will of the people of Ulster as expressed democratically in the ballot box over and over again to remain within the United Kingdom and to be governed in keeping with recognized democratic principles and

3. In their opposition to the principles of Ulster's Protestant Heritage.


That we remind our people that the present Israeli state is not the believing nation over which the Lord will reign and that we also encourage them to recognize the biased portrayal of Israel in the news media.

The resolutions were drawn up by a Committee consisting of Dr. Rod Bell, Chairman; Rev. Homer Massey, Secretary; Rev. Charles Anderson, Dr. Allen Dickerson, Dr. Gilbert Stenholm, Dr. Carl Bieber, Rev. Bill Williams, Mr. Dennis Pegrom, Dr. John McCormick, Dr. Arno Weniger, Jnr., Dr. James Zaspel, Dr. Ian Paisley, Dr. Bob Jones, and Dr. Ed. Nelson. [9]


the counter we find a further document. This document clarifies the basis according to the W.C.C., but in reality it actually destroys it-

(a) That the foundation is not a touchstone, whereby the faith of Churches or persons can be judged (the basis is no basis at all. No Church has to be judged by this standard).

(b) That the World Council does not concern itself with the manner in which the Churches will interpret the foundation (you can juggle with words as much as you like. Plain speech is unknown with these hypocrites. A free licence is yours to do as you please with this basis).

(c) That it is left to the responsibility of every Church to decide whether it will co-operate on this basis (see "World Council of Churches," page 182). (So the basis means nothing. Churches can co-operate in the W.C.C. on whatever condition they like).


Great propaganda has poured forth from the W.C.C. on the enlargement of the original basis as issued at New Delhi.

The enlarged basis is as follows:

"The World Council of Churches is a fellowship of Churches which confess the Lord Jesus Christ as God and Saviour, according to the Scriptures, and therefore seek to fulfil together their common calling, to the glory of One God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit."

Needless to say no definition is forthcoming on what the Scriptures are, the infallible Word of God or not, or on what we are to understand by the expression "as God," the essential deity of Christ or not or on how Christ is Saviour, by His atoning death and finished work or not. Further, the three clarifying clauses to the first basis already mentioned remain in full force. So the basis is a farce, a clever scheme of dishonourable clerics to deceive the unwary.


The fourth statement of the document is as follows:-

"THE EVANGELICAL BISHOP RYLE wrote: Referring to the different parties in the Church of England: 'I have always held that truth is most likely to be reached when men on all sides conceal nothing, but tell out their minds.' This is exactly what the W.C.C. seeks to achieve".

This quotation by Bishop Ryle seeks to make the Bishop an advocate of inclusivism which he certainly was not.

In his book 'Unity in the Dark,' published in 1964, Donald Gillies has this to say of the World Council of Churches:

And a final judgment is in order from one who doctrinally stood in the historic Protestant succession, the late Bishop J. C. Ryle. He writes: 'Unity in the abstract is no doubt an excellent thing: but unity without truth is useless. Peace and uniformity are beautiful and valuable: but peace without the Gospel [10] - peace based on a common Episcopacy, and not on a common faith - is a worthless peace, not deserving or the name. When Rome has repealed the decrees of Trent, and her additions to the Creed - when Rome has formally renounced image-worship, Mary-worship, and transubstantiation then, and not till then, it will be time to talk of reunion with her. Till then there is a gulf between us which cannot be honestly bridged. Till then I call on all Christians to resist to the death this idea of reunion with Rome.'

This is clear, honest, logical thinking. This is consistent, virile, Scriptural Protestantism. The call is even more urgent today. The process of 'unprotestantizing', already successfully at work in Ryle's day within the Church of England, has now developed at an alarming rate in a// the major denominations.

How low has Mr. Gillies sunk to try to make Bishop J. C. Ryle, of all people, the defender of a movement whose declared intention is to seek unification with the Roman Catholic Church.


The fifth statement of the document is as follows:-


The other major Christian traditions which make up the World Council of Churches are Lutheranism, 63 member churches, Methodism 30, the Orthodox faith 20, the Baptist movement 17, the Anglican Churches 14, the Moravian 9, Congregational 6, and many other smaller Christian communities of Pentecostals, Mennonite, Society of Friends, etc. Our Christian brothers and sisters say in not out."

The Orthodox Catholic Church is just as vile in its blasphemies and idolatries against the Lord Jesus Christ as the Roman Catholic Church.

Mr. Gillies knows this, and to quote again from his book 'Unity in the Dark' he says:

The World Council of Churches is 'unprotestantized'. It has accorded recognition to error and idolatry akin to that of Rome, in Eastern Orthodoxy. The Romeward trend is no longer a matter for denial or even debate. It is an established fact.

Let us not be deceived. The Ecumenical Movement is an affront to truth. lit is a blatant repudiation of the faith of the Reformers and a shameless indictment of their action. It is a grievous offence against the God of our salvation.

Ecumenism is the enemy of the Gospel of regeneration by the Spirit and justification by faith alone. Let Evangelical Protestantism be faithful even unto death rather than enter into an allegiance with the idolatry of Orthodoxy and Romanism, and the unbelief of liberalism. The truth which promotes the glory of God must not be sacrificed for a unity which is primarily concerned Rich the good of man.


In 1962 Mr. Gillies printed a book called "Why Protestantism and Romanism must forever remain apart". In that book he links the Roman Catholic Church with the Orthodox Church and roundly condemns them both. [11]

He also published another booklet called "The Second Vatican Council - Much ado about nothing". In page 14 of this work he says, "The work of redemption, the mystery of the Church and the role of Mary were the issues that divided at the time of the Reformation. Rome's denial of the sufficiency of Christ and the appropriation of His benefits by faith alone is as strong today as in the 16th century. She has no intention of changing. Justification by faith alone is still anathema to Rome. For Protestants to engage in ecumenical encounter with an irreformable church is utter folly. So long as Rome remains Rome the Protestant support for dialogue and confrontation with Rome after the modern ecumenical pattern is either a waste of time or a betrayal of trust. The need for separation from Rome is as necessary today as in Luther's day."

What need we have any further witness. The arguments in support of staying in the World Council of Churches are based on falsehoods and lies. So far removed from truth are these six Irish Presbyterian ministers that they are prepared to stoop to any tactics to justify their evil ways.

As for suspending membership in the World Council of Churches that is not the Scriptural way. A man who is living in sin, say adultery, who says he will suspend his acts of immorality is blatantly a person who has not truly repented of his sin.


The Word of God states clearly how we should act in this day of crisis. There is absolutely no uncertainty about its message. You do not need to be in doubt. The Scriptures of Truth are explicit in their teaching on this subject. Let us obey God rather than, man. The Bible gives us five great exhortations how we should react to Rome and all Romanisers within the Church and to all who by silence condone their pernicious plans.


"Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world."- I John 4: 1.

"Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them" - Romans 15: 17.

Having tested their teaching by the Scriptures and found them wanting, we have then to mark them or brand them for their apostasy. Failure to do so is sin, for it is wilful disobedience to God's word.


"If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself" - I Tim. 6: 3-5.

We are not to associate with them. We are not to co-operate in evangelism with them. We are not to remain in church fellowship with them. Out we must come, Christian, speak out! Get out, and stay out! To disobey is sin and all the preachers who say contrary are opposing the Word of God. [12]


Of course, many would like to separate and leave the matter there. The Scriptures, however, tell us our duty after we have ceased to fellowship with apostasy.

"And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them" - Ephesians 5: 11.

We must reprove at every turn the apostasy. Silence is sin.


"If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds"- II John 10, 11.

We are not to throw our homes open to them. We are not to invite them to our Church to address our young people. We are to receive them not. Christian, are you both receiving and supporting the apostasy? If so, you will be a partaker of her plagues. What saith the Scripture?

"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. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities." -Revelation 18: 4-5.


"A man that is an heretic after the first and second admonition, reject" - Titus 3: 10.

The apostles and disciples of apostasy must be rejected. The way is clear to the true and faithful believer. The pathway for the Christian is as a shining light. There is no need for hesitancy. God has ordered, we must obey. Like the Reformers, it must be separation for us.

Those of you who are true believers, I have shown you your duty. Do it now for the honour of your great Redeemer. Those of you still unregenerate turn instantly to Christ, for "neither is there salvation in any other, for there is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved." Acts 4: 12.


Turn with me to Matthew's Gospel and let us look at chapter two just for a moment. You will discover as you pay attention to the Gospel that in the beginning of each of the Gospels there is a question concerning the Lord Jesus Christ. And you will discover something more, that the question is a key and [13] that key leads you into the contents of each of the Gospels.

Of course the Gospels were written by different human penmen, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, but the real Author of the Gospel is the One Divine Holy Spirit, and so He brought about a wonderful and unique unity in the Gospels by having a question at the beginning of each of the Gospels which opens up the whole contents of each of the Gospels to us.


Turn first of all, to Matthew 2:2, and we have that first question concerning Christ in Matthew's Gospel, "Where is He that is born King of the Jews?" And Matthew's Gospel is the Gospel of the King.

But there is something else, that in answer to the question in each of the Gospels, at the very end of each Gospel there is a statement which underlines the answer to that question at the beginning. So turn to the last chapter in Matthew's Gospel, chapter 28, Is Christ the King? Yes, Christ is the King. A King is known by his Sovereignty and by his Power. If he has not got Sovereignty, if he has not got Power, he is not a King in the real sense at all. And Matthew's Gospel ends with a great declaration, verse 18, Matthew 28: "All power is given unto me." He is the all powerful KING. Where does He reign? Notice His jurisdiction. In Heaven He is KING, and on earth He is KING as well. He is KING of KINGS -, and LORD of LORDS.

I would suggest to you, as you are reading Matthew's Gospel, look out for the Kingship of Jesus Christ. Remembering this, that He was rejected as King of Israel, yet the Lord has set His King upon His holy hill of Zion. And He who was rejected of Israel was accepted of Heaven.


Come to Mark's Gospel and look at the first question in Mark's Gospel concerning Christ. You will find it in verse 27 of chapter one, "What thing is this? what new doctrine is this? for with authority commandeth He even the unclean spirits, and they do obey Him." Mark's Gospel is the Gospel of the Servant.

There is no genealogy in Mark's Gospel. A servant does not need a pedigree of birth. A servant is known by his work. And here we have the great work of the Lord Jesus Christ. At verse 23 of the first chapter of Mark Christ went into the synagogue and discovered in the synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, and He cost out the unclean spirit. Then immediately the question was asked, "What thing is this? what new doctrine is this? for with authority commandeth He even the unclean spirits, and they do obey Him" (Verse 27). Christ the worker. Christ the Servant in Mark's Gospel.

Turn over to the last chapter in Mark's Gospel and you will find how that question is complemented, and those who are the disciples of Christ are called to be His servants also. In Mark 16 we read that the first sign of those that work for Christ, His immediate disciples the 12, would be verse 17, "in my name shall they cast out devils."

Then when we come to the last verse of Mark 16, the Lord is still the worker, He is still working, "the Lord working with them." Mark emphasizes Christ the Servant. [14]


In Luke's Gospel we find the first question in verse 34 of the first chapter. The angel has appeared to the Virgin Mary. The great prophecy of the Virgin Birth is about to be fulfilled. Mary has to conceive by the power of the Holy Ghost. And as the angel appears and tells her she is going to bear a son, Mary says, "How shall this be?" The first question in the Gospel of Luke concerning the Saviour, "How shall this be?"

You will discover how this can be if you turn to the last chapter of Luke's Gospel. Verse 53 of Luke 24, "And were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God." "How can it be?" "With God all things are possible. Thank God, the wonder of the Birth of the Saviour. Luke's Gospel is the Gospel of the Saviour. It came about by the intervention of God. And, today, in His temple we can praise and bless Him, for with our God all things are possible.


Let us turn to the first chapter of John's Gospel, and we find there in verse 38 the first question concerning Christ in John's Gospel, "Where dwellest Thou?" That is the question which John answers. We find one of the answers in verse 18 of the some chapter, "No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, He hath declared Him." Where does Christ dwell? Christ's God. John's Gospel emphasizes Christ as the Son of God. Where does He dwell? He dwells in the bosom of the Father.

What did Jesus say in answer to that question? "Come and see," and they followed Jesus to find out where He dwelt.

Turn over to the last chapter of John's Gospel. There you will find that the last recorded Word that Jesus spoke in John's Gospel complements His answer to the question "Come and see." Chapter 21 of John's Gospel and verse 22.. "Follow thou me." If we are going to see where Jesus dwells we have got to follow Him. "Away from the mire, Away from the clay, God leads His dear children along; Away up in Heaven Eternity's day, God leads His dear children along, Some through the fire, Some through the flood; Some through great trials, But all through the blood." Every one of us must come through the blood of the Lamb.

I read in the Book of the Revelation that throughout all Eternity Christ will be answering the question of John's Gospel, "Where dwellest Thou?" for the Lamb is going to lead them unto living fountains of waters, and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

So the first question of every Gospel reveals the answer to the question proposed at the beginning of each of the Gospels.


Let us come a little farther in our studies of the Gospels and look at the particular key words and key verses that are recorded for us in the Gospels.

Turn again to Matthew 2:2 and you find the key verse of Matthew in the question that we have already referred to, "Where is He that is born King of the Jews?" And when you are studying Matthew's Gospel you will discover the rejection of their King by the Jewish people. Matthew's Gospel is a Gospel [15] of weeping and the weeping and the woes. Read it carefully. The first wail we find is among the daughters of Bethlehem as they weep and wail for their children and would not be comforted because they are not. Matthew chapter 23 is a catalogue of woes to the scribes and Pharisees who had rejected their true King, their only Messiah. To the daughters of Jerusalem, as He went to the Cross, the Lord Jesus said, "Weep not for me but weep for yourselves." And if you read Matthew chapter 24, you will find the final wail of the Jewish nation in the period of tribulation that will proceed the second appearing of our great God and Saviour Jesus Christ. It is a Book of woes. How different is the Gospel of Luke.

Luke's Gospel is not a Gospel of the King rejected but of a Saviour received. Luke's Gospel is full of songs. It starts off with the song of Mary and the song of Elisabeth, and it goes on to the song of Zecharias when he got his speech back; and then it gives you the song of old father Simeon in the temple. So it is a book of songs.

If you look at the last verse of Luke's Gospel it ends in singing. Where are they? They are in the temple. They worshipped Him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy and were continually in the temple praising and blessing God.

"He hath put a new song in my mouth Even praise unto my God."

So Matthew's Gospel is the Gospel of the King, of the Jews rejected, but nevertheless set on the holy hill of Zion KING of KINGS; LORD of LORDS, King of martyrs and King and Prince of the kings of the earth.


If you want to find the key verse in Mark's Gospel you have got to turn to chapter 10 in Mark's Gospel, verse 45, (Note that verse most carefully. It is a summary of the whole contents of Mark's Gospel). "For even the Son of man come not to be ministered unto, but to minister." (He come not to be served, but to serve), "and to give His life a ransom for the many." That, of course, is a fulfilment of an Old Testament prophecy. Go over to Isaiah chapter 42 and verses one to four and you will find there the Old Testament prophecy of which Mark in its portrait of Christ as the Servant is the Divine fulfilment. I want to read those four verses with you.

Isaiah 42: 1-4; "Behold my servant, (Note the word 'servant') whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon Him: He shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.

"He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause His voice to be heard in the street.

"A bruised reed shall He not break, and the smoking flax shall He not quench: He shall bring forth judgment unto truth.

"He shall not fall nor be discouraged, till He have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for His law." - Christ the Servant.

To be Continued