Volume 2, Number 10, Oct. 1996
Editor Andy Neckar

Inside This Newsletter

1. Van Impe Slanders Defenders Of The Faith
2. Notes & Quotes
3. NEWS WATCH
4. CNV Notes
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Van Impe Slanders Defenders Of The Faith
By David W. Cloud

In the March-April 1994 issue of Perhaps Today, Dr. Jack Van Impe slanders defenders of the faith and twists the truth in an amazing manner. He does this in the context of defending his video entitled "Pope John Paul: Startling Revelations." In this presentation, Van Impe depicts the pope of Rome as an ardent defender of the faith! With fabulous lack of discernment, he treats Roman Catholicism as a true Christian denomination which is in danger of being dragged away from the truth by modernists. The fact is that Roman Catholicism has been apostate for the entire 1,600 years of its wretched history, and countless multitudes have marched into eternal hell trusting the false gospel it has proclaimed.

As a result of this video, Dr. Van Impe has received much criticism by men of God, and rightfully so, and his article is in response to this criticism. Instead of repenting of his error, Van Impe claims that he is being persecuted by hateful, unloving maligners. Hiding his disobedience under a cloak of love for the "one world church," Van Impe says, "Since I obeyed Christ's command to love all his children, articles have appeared that malign, slander and vilify me." He calls these articles "bigoted statements" written with "poison pens." Amazingly, he compares the fundamentalist Bible preacher with Sunni Muslims and other "bigots who propagate prejudice and hatred." Consider an excerpt from this bitter diatribe against the truth:

"Tens of thousands slaughter one another in the name of their god or religion. Hindus and Muslims kill one another in India, Shiite and Sunni Muslims destroy their own in Iraq because of differing ethnic backgrounds, opposing religious warriors are dead in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Christians annihilate one another in Ireland over politics. Bloodshed permeates most religions globally. Here's why.

"Every religion, cult and Christian denomination includes numerous bigots who propagate prejudice and hatred. Their rationale for maligning or killing others is justified under the guise of a `holy jihad' or `contending for the faith' (Jude 1:3). Seldom do they follow God's admonition to "speak the truth in love" (Eph. 4:15). Instead their statements are centered around half truths, distortions, innuendoes, fabrications, falsehoods and even outright lies. Deceit and deception matter not as long as `the end justifies the means." Such distortions inundate today's religious tabloids."

This is as spiteful and mean spirited and false as anything I have ever seen in print by a professing Christian. The answer to Van Impe's question about why men slaughter each other in the name of religion is simple. They do it because they follow false religions and are unregenerate and destitute of the truth. To include the fundamental Baptist preacher with such a crowd is silliness. Tell me, Dr. Van Impe, the name of even ONE person whose blood has been shed by a fundamental Bible preacher who was raging about on a holy jihad! Van Impe gives absolutely no support to his claim that his detractors are practicing deceit or that they have their facts wrong. He gives not one fact to support such a serious charge.

Rather, to support his claim against the men who have exposed his error, he tells of a "world gathering of `defenders of the faith'" which he attended a number of years ago. He claims that he heard so many "defamatory diatribes and denunciations of Catholics" that week that he "returned home disturbed." He claims, "Repeatedly the term `Papist Rats' was used by numerous speakers."

I don't know what conference Dr. Van Impe was attending; but, folks, I have been preaching in fundamental churches for 20 years, and I receive a great many of the publications produced by the "the defenders of the faith." I have not once heard such a term used in reference to Catholics. Of course, Jesus Christ used some pretty rough names in His public sermon to the Pharisees. He called them hypocrites, children of hell, blind guides, fools and blind, full of extortion and excess, whited sepulchres, full of hypocrisy and iniquity, serpents, generation of vipers (Mt. 23:13-33). It would be difficult to top that! It is possible that "Papal Rats" was used in reference to the Jesuits. History tells us it would be an apt and true description.

I am surprised that Van Impe concerns himself with the tiny group of preachers who still care enough about the souls of men and the truth to raise a voice of warning about compromise such as his. The vast majority of so-called evangelical leaders are as quiet as a church mouse in the face of apostasy. They have created a man-made, positive-only Christianity which is not found in the pages of the Holy Bible. Neo-evangelicalism is not Bible Christianity. They refuse to deal with error, because it is unpopular to do so, and because you cannot have a large, popular ministry if you deal with any negatives today.

Dr. Van Impe confuses the rebuke of God's Word with persecution. The Bible says the preacher is to "reprove, rebuke, exhort" (2 Tim. 4:2). Those who are the objects of this correcting ministry are not being persecuted; they are being warned. Dr. Van Impe is deeply confused about what biblical love is. He thinks biblical love is to smile in the face of sin and error. Jesus Christ said, "As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten" (Rev. 3:19). He said, "He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me" (Jn. 14:21). John, the Apostle of Love, said, "For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments" (1 Jn. 5:3). In fact, the Bible says it is the failure of love which causes men to refrain from administering correction (Prov. 13:24).

Dr. Van Impe claims there are 20,780 denominations in the world (quoting a Christianity Today statistic), and says, "...these multitudinous groups are, according to God's word, `one body in Christ Jesus' or, literally, members of the one true world church.'" Where, I ask, do you find such a concept on the pages of Scripture? The denominations of the world today could more fittingly be labeled the "great whore" of Revelation 17 than the "one true world church." Where do the Apostles teach about a so-called world church? The only place they do so is in Revelation 17, which is a prophecy of the full blossom of the program of apostasy which has been leavening the truth through the past 2,000 years of church history.

The Scripture prophesies of a leavening apostasy which will grow within the lump of Christendom until the whole is leavened (Mt. 13:33). The mystery of iniquity will increase over the course of the church age until the final revelation of the great Harlot of the seventeenth chapter of Revelation. 2 Ti. 3:13 warns that "evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived." This is a prophecy of increasing apostasy, not of revival.

The progress and nature of the church age is given in Christ's parables of the mystery form of the kingdom in Matthew 13.

1. The Sower (Mt. 13:1-23). The Gospel begins to be preached worldwide and falls upon every kind of soil--people and nations.

2. The Tares (Mt. 13:24-30). Satan puts false Christians and false teachers among the true churches and Christians.

3. The Mustard Seed (Mt. 13:31-32). The church experiences abnormal growth and becomes the home of evil things. A seed intended to produce a vegetable plant becomes a tree. The birds are revealed as evil in verse four. They are demons and professing Christians and teachers controlled by demons. Compare I Tim. 4:1 and 2 Cor. 11:13-15. This is exactly what has happened in Christianity. The simple church that Christ established has become the largest religion in the world. It is mostly apostate and full of demonic teachings and activities. This is Van Impe's "one true world church"!

4. The Hidden Leaven (Mt. 13:33). Christendom will gradually increase in error until it is entirely apostate. "Till the whole was leavened." The final apostate "church" is pictured in Rev. 17 as the Great Harlot. That which professes to be the pure and faithful bride of Christ is actually a prostitute with the world and the devil.

5. Immediately after the parable of The Hidden Leaven, Christ describes His return to earth and the destruction of the apostate religious system (Mt. 13:36-43).

Beware of Dr. Jack Van Impe. He has gone off the DEEP end! The river of apostasy is running swiftly in these closing hours of the church age. If a man stops pulling against the current, he will be carried downstream at brakeneck speed toward that clever old Harlot which sits on seven hills.

Living Saints? By Andy Neckar We hear on the news these days that Mother Teresa may become a U.S. citizen. We hear that she is a living saint. Now, a saint Roman Catholic Nun would be news, but living saints are not. If fact, you are reading an article written by a living saint. Yes!, I am a living saint. My wife and children are living saints. All true believers are living saints. (1 Cor 1:2) If we do not become saints while we are yet alive, it is too late for us, for God has said; "He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still". (Rev 22:11)

We remain what we are at the time of out death. We cannot become a saint after death. Man cannot canonize us into sainthood no more then he will judge us after death, although I fear that the self proclaimed "Vicar of Christ" on this earth will soon claim that authority.

Roman Catholic certified saints may become U.S. citizens, but God certified saints are citizens of heaven. The Lord has said; " And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, (Jude 1:14) Now, we all know that the Lord Jesus Christ cometh from His Father's side in heaven. He (Jesus) comes from heaven with us, His saints.

Yes, the world's perspective of "saint" is much different from God's children's viewpoint. But, we should view things differently. We should live different lifestyles, and have different motives and desires. We should have different understanding, and different nature. We should be different from the world because we are not of this world. (John 17:14-16) WE ARE LIVING SAINTS.
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Notes & Quotes

"If any complain that I have hit my opponents rather hard, I take leave to point out, that when the words of inspiration are seriously imperiled, as now they are, it is scarcely possible for one who is determined to preserve the deposit in it's integrity to hit either too straight or too hard."---John William Burgon

"It is quite certain, dear friends, that now or never we must be decided, because the age is manifestly drifting. You cannot watch for twelve months without seeing how it is going down the the tide; the anchors are pulled up, and the vessel is floating to destruction. It is drifting now, as far as I can tell you, southeast [from England]and is nearing Cape Vatican, and if it drives much further in that direction it will be on the rocks of the Roman reef."-C.H. Spurgeon

A Fisherman's Prayer I pray that I may live to fish, until my dying day, And when it comes to my last cast, then I most humbly pray. When in the Lord's great hand, and peacefully asleep, That in His mercy I'll be judged, big enough to keep. [Poem taken from; "The Voice in the Wilderness" Box 210098, Dallas, TX 75221 Subscription free.]
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NEWS WATCH

Contend For The Faith The Bible teaching is plain. God's people and God's churches are forbidden to make common cause with modernism. Heresy is to be exposed. The ecumenical movement is controlled by heretics [men who do not believe or practice the truth]. Ecumenical evangelism ignores the scriptural teaching about sound doctrine, using the excuse, "We must reach lost souls." What a farce! We should be interested in lost souls, but compromise is not God's way. Jude was interested in "the common salvation", but he also contended for "the faith." [Tabernacle Baptist Church, Lubbock, Texas]

The Big "S" Word Biblical SEPARATION, the big "S" word, is a word hardly spoken above a whisper in most fundamental circles today. Especially conspicuous by its near absence is any reference to separation from compromise and apostasy. Also rare, is the PRACTICE of ecclesiastical separation from compromising brethren, and the scriptural reproof of their leaders. Some leaders of groups such as the IFCA and GARBC, whether deliberately or not, are subtly leading multitudes of fundamentalist followers toward new evangelicalism, while assuring concerned followers that such is not the case. When warnings are sounded concerning blatant compromise, these leaders seen more upset with the exposers of the compromise than with the compromise itself. This is tragic, indeed [Calvary Contender, June 1, 1991].

Angelicals Forced To Be Silent About Error. New evangelicals of our day are so yoked with charismatics, liberals, Catholics, Mormons, etc. that they cannot warn of the false doctrine of these groups. We see it in Promise Keepers, the Christian Coalition, Graham crusades, and in a vast array of other ecumenical endeavors. Denver Seminary's Craig Blomberg recently said: "The 'parachurch' movement has repeatedly demonstrated that conservative Christians of every denomination can put aside such differences (gender roles, Christ's return, sacraments, church polity, etc.] to work together for the advancement of God's kingdom in our world". Christianity has become so highly politicized that the true gospel takes a back seat to moral and social issues. Pat Robertson's Christian Coalition has Catholics, Mormons, Jews, Moonies, and a hodgepodge of others seeking to "Christianize"

America. Evangelicals are silenced and can't warn of the false gospel of their co-workers. Spurgeon rightly said: "Complicity with error will take from the best of men the power to enter any successful protest against it…Confederacies founded upon the principle that all may enter, whatever views they hold, are based upon disloyalty to the truth of God. If truth is optional, error is justifiable." New evangelicals are silenced, and compromised to the point that they are "dumb dogs, they cannot bark." (Isa.56:10). When the shepherds are cozy with the wolves, the sheep are in trouble! (Calvary Contender 9/15/96)
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Pat Robertson's Christian Coalition is a lie.
By Andy Neckar

Uniting with Roman Catholics and their heretical traditions, the Christ denying Jewish faith, Mormons, Moonies, ect. is not a Coalition of Christians. To justify the word Christian in the title, it's director, Ralph Reed, claims that the Coalition is bringing together people of faith. That religiously correct phrase equates any faith with Christian. Think about it. Do you support Pat Robertson?
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Southern Baptist Conference Support Heretics (Non Believers)
By Andy Neckar

The SBC, through the Stewardship Commission, participated in the National Money for Mission project with other denominations: Among them are: Catholic Church USA, Christian and Missionary Alliance, Church of the Brethren,Church of the Nazarene, Episcopal Church, Evangelical Covenant Church, Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Presbyterian Church USA, United Church of Christ and United Methodist Church. Do your tithes go to the enemies of God ? (2 Chr 19:2). Think about it.
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CNV Notes

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