REALITY IS ALWAYS YOUR FRIEND

Dear Truth Seeker,

May our heavenly Father and our Lord Jesus Christ flank you as you “walk circumspectly” (looking around) and pick your way through the minefield known as “life.” I guess that is why God gave us two hands, one to hold on to Him and one to hold on to our big brother, who is “The Man.”

Here’s a great statement: REALITY IS ALWAYS YOUR FRIEND. Absolutely, because “REAL-ity” means “the way things really are.” If for any reason you are out of touch with reality in any area of your life, you are subject to a diminished quality of life therein, to say the least. In the Bible, the Greek word translated “truth” basically means “reality.” Because knowing the truth (reality) makes you free, it is important to GET REAL and STAY REAL.

The Word of God tells us the way things really are. As we see our country, and our world, growing ever more spiritually dark, it is vital that we have a firm grasp on the big picture provided for us by what God says about the ADMINISTRATIONS IN SCRIPTURE. If you are someone who has experienced my three-hour teaching on “The Administrations in Scripture” (Get a Chart, Get a Life) that I have done in about two dozen cities the past couple of years, you are aware of how necessary an understanding of this big picture, and the role we are playing in it, is for both a coherent view of Scripture and a quality of life amidst the chaos of our world. That is why Satan has worked so hard through the years to obscure this indescribably indispensable truth. Sad to say that he has in large part succeeded.

NOTE: If you are currently attempting to live without “The Chart,” go to this link for an audio version of “The Administrations in Scripture” and a copy of The Chart.”

Even as it was when Paul wrote late in life to his young protégé, Timothy (also known to Satan as Rambo’s cousin, “Timbo”), many demonically inspired philosophies are competing with the truth of God’s Word. This was, and still is, especially true when it comes to “eschatology,” which is a study of the end times. As you know, the last chapter of a book is usually critical to its overall content, like who wins, and how?

As soon as Satan knew the “Sacred Secret” revealed in Ephesians, he began to concoct contradictory ideas, such as: “…the resurrection is past already…” (2 Tim. 2:18 – KJV) and “…the day of Christ [the Lord] is at hand…” (2 Thess. 2:2), variations of which are still alive and sick today. For nearly 2000 years there has been no shortage of mind-bending and heart-rending lies regarding “the last chapter” of The Book. The “non-sense” that has been taught regarding the book of Revelation alone would fill a large library.

And so today within the Church we have such philosophies as “Dominion Theology,” “Kingdom Now Theology,” “Liberation Theology,” and “Reconstructionism,” each of which basically purports that the Christian Church will dominate the systems of this world, thus prevailing on earth and, in essence, making it safe for Jesus to return. How’s that working? Does it look to you as if the Christian Church is making much of a dent in any worldly system? No way. On the contrary, the sad truth is that in countless churches and Christian groups, “worldliness” has replaced “Wordliness.” Far too often it is hard to tell Christians from non-Christians because their words and deeds are so similar.

Proponents of the above concept do not believe that the Lord Jesus will come to take the Church out of this world, and are chief among those who dismiss the administrational view of Scripture (usually known as “Dispensationalism”) as an “escapist” mentality on the part of those afraid to stand up and fight for the Lord. On the contrary, knowing the truth that the Lord will come for us prior to the revealing of the Anti-Christ and the “wrath to come” should motivate us to go all out and fight like heaven, living each day as if it were our last, given that it might be! Our true hope is the imminent of our Lord, NOT dodging 100-pound hailstones.

I assert that those Christians who live without the hope of the “Rapture” are the ones who will become discouraged when they do not see the Church prevailing and who will give up the fight much sooner than those of us who know that the “cavalry” from Calvary is coming to “rescue us from the present evil age” (Gal. 1:4). The world will get darker and darker, as we will see in the following excerpts from 2 Timbo, but we who recognize the reality of what the Word says are more motivated to meet aggression with aggression and thus build mental toughness in the battle.

2 Timothy 1:8
So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me his prisoner. But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God

2 Timothy 3:1–5
(1) But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days.
(2) People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy,
(3) without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good,
(4) treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God—
(5) having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.

2 Timothy 3:12 and 13
(12) In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, (13) while evil men and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.

2 Timothy 4:1–5
(1) In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge:
(2) Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage– with great patience and careful instruction.
(3) For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.
(4) They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.
(5) But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.

I have never known the pressure of having to live in fear of imprisonment or death for speaking the Word of God, though that is exactly what some of our brethren face today in countries where a demonically-inspired ideology prevails. No doubt you are aware that the enemy is doing all he can, one step at a time, to bring that same thing to pass here in the USA. We know from the Word that eventually Satan will succeed in bringing to pass a one-world government, and that we will be gathered together prior to that, but the Word does not tell us how bad it will get before the Lord extricates us from this predicament.

The unbiblical, Hellenistic notion that God has absolute foreknowledge also militates against Christians giving their all day-by-day [CLICK HERE for our teaching on God’s Foreknowledge and man’s free will]. Sure it does, because why work so hard if God already knows (or, worse yet, has planned) exactly who will do what? There’s no other way it can turn out. Many Christians thus believe that God already has a date circled on a giant calendar in heaven with a note saying: “Send Jesus to Church.” Given that the administrations in Scripture are the record of God’s righteous and resourceful responses to the free will choices of people, I don’t think so. God responds to people’s choices, and maybe if enough Christians learn the Word and live it boldly so that many other people hear it and believe it, we can hold off worldwide evil for a while so that more people can hear the truth, which we know is what God wants. Consider the following verses:

1 Timothy 2:3 and 4
(3) This is good, and pleases God our Savior,
(4) who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.

2 Peter 3:9
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

Acts 2:42-47 (KJV) gives us the keys to generating a dynamic outreach of the Word, and it is significant that verse 42 lays the foundation by saying that those believers “…continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and in fellowship [koinonia]….” The order of those words is purposeful: only a like-mindedness on TRUTH leads to the kind of intimacy with one another that God desires us to have. Verses 43-47a show us the mechanics of togetherness, if you will, and verse 47b tells us the spectacular result. A key Greek word in verse 46, translated “with one accord” in the KJV, means “with like passion.” Those Christians each had a passion for the Lord Jesus that caused them to be honest with one another and sacrifice their egos for the sake of the Gospel.

That intimacy with Christ also led to an unwavering purity of heart that in large part disallowed Satan from infiltrating their ranks, and at the same time allowed God to work mightily among them. In that vein, I heartily encourage you to read Psalm 101 (seriously!), as well as Numbers 25:1-13, where you will find the following, and see how your heart lines up with the hearts of David and Phinehas.

Numbers 25:10-12
(10) The LORD said to Moses,
(11) “Phinehas son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, the priest, has turned my anger away from the Israelites; for he was as zealous as I am for my honor among them, so that in my zeal I did not put an end to them.
(12) Therefore tell him I am making my covenant of peace with him.

What about you and me today? Should each of us not band together with other Christians in the face of adversity? And should we not base our “full sharing” (koinonia) on the Apostles’ doctrine rather than upon self-contradictory notions like the Trinity, dead people are alive, God is in control and sends (or allows) bad things into our lives, speaking in tongues is a gift, salvation can be lost, etc.? If you have ever been taught the Word of God accurately regarding these topics, and if you now attend a church or other group, please hear my heart of love and care for you when I ask: (a) do you truly believe what they do? (b) are you freely sharing the truth you know? (c) are you building genuine intimacy with those around you? (d) do you see people around you coming to a knowledge of the truth?

If the honest answer to these questions is No, please consider this: What could happen if, beside going to church, you decide to open your door once a week, continue to invite people, and teach the Word with boldness and love? Why not make a commitment to do that for a period of time and see what the Lord does with your efforts? If for whatever reason you feel you can’t do that, why not systematically forward our newsletter to people, as well as links to your favorite Vimeo and YouTube videos (which together now number about 100)?

If the above doctrinal statements contradict what you have been taught, we understand, as they once did for us too, so please give us the opportunity to share with you what we believe the Word says about them, as it may be more intellectually and emotionally satisfying to you. You can check out our website or contact us and we will point you to a biblical exposition on that particular topic.

Paul Knopf, Franco Bottley, Robert Witt, Michael Northrup, and I are willing to help you by connecting with your fellowship via Skype, if we can’t get there in person. Until TLTF has enough money to pay me a salary, I am currently restricted by my need to spend much time during the school year earning a living via my SAT Prep Course. I would much rather be roaming the planet, writing the Administrations in Scripture book, and videoing a Foundational Class, but I “gotta do what I gotta do.” Your prayers for us all will make a big difference.

In closing, I believe Paul’s God-inspired words to the Thessalonians, with whom he was so close, express my heart for you, my beloved brother or sister in Christ.

2 Thessalonians 2:13–17
(13) But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers loved by the Lord, because from the beginning God chose you to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth.
(14) He called you to this through our gospel, that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
(15) So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter.
(16) May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope,
(17) encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.