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Some trends in the Protest *a message from the editor* I n t h e F e b r u a r y 1968 McCalls Magazine there appeared a very significant article entitled The View From the Pulpit. It is based upon a questionnaire which apparently was sent quite extensively throughout the United States. An explanatory note states: ''Three thousand Protestant clergymen reveal some star tling changes in their feelings about God, prayer, sexual free dom, social conformity, and their own role as ministers.” Two conclusions may be arrived in regard to the contents o f this rather extensive article. First, a significant portion o f Protestant clergy find themselves frustrated, disheartened, and disillusioned because they are preaching a social program and their parishion ers do not go along with all o f their idealistic notions. Second, there is a great solid core o f ministers, both within the various denominations and without, who find the Gospel quite relevant for today and who evidently believe that the way to a social change is via changed hearts o f individuals. The survey turned up a rather shocking number o f ministers in Protestant pulpits who apparently have no conception at all o f what the Gospel is all about. Instead, they look upon the church as merely a socio-economic society in existence for the purpose o f bringing about race equality, open housing, desegre gation, and pacifism (including an end to the idea o f wars and particularly the Viet Nam struggle). They believe that Utopia can be brought into being by having everybody share and share alike and living together as one great happy family. These min isters, most o f whom are o f the younger generation, preach such doctrines with zeal that knows no bounds. However, after their messages have been concluded, they see their congregations going back to their customary manner o f life. N o change whatever is taking place in the social structure o f their constituency or o f their communities as a whole. This leads to complete frustra tion on their part and many o f them are apparently almost ready to tear out their hair in their vain efforts to change the social structure o f society. Their misguided zeal and misplaced enthusiasm lead one to question whether or not they have actual ly ever come to a saving knowledge o f the Lord Jesus Christ themselves. I f they haven’t, it’s certainly understandable why they have gone into these areas o f idealism only to find them selves batting their heads against a stone wall in a futile effort to get action on the part o f their hearers. Small wonder that they are preaching their churches empty! Small wonder that so many o f them are ready to give up in despair! They have no Gospel to preach and no solid scriptural authority for what they THE KINO'S BUSINESS
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terpiece, the counterfeit of the New Jerusalem that comes down from above. There are two cities in Revelation. Man is building his Babylon by education, legislation, reformation. Henry Drummond said: “ Any city is the New Jeru salem if we but make it so.” “Behold the dream! It can not be A false report the prophets see; They grasp the starry dim surmise Because they see with clearer eyes The Holy City coming down, A cleaner, better Every- town!” But the Holy City does not come that way. Babylon is built from below. God works from above, whether in the new birth or the Spirit of the wisdom He imparts. We are living in Baby lon right now, the last chapter of the drama started at Babel and
Babylon became one of the most fabulous cities of all time and the mother of pagan religion that persists to this day. Its mystery cults have permeated this world in changing variations from the gods of Egypt, Greece and Rome into paganism mixed with Chris tianity glaringly evident (espe cially at Christmas and Easter) unto this hour. Babylon is not a memory out of antiquity; it is a present world order. We live in the middle of it and the worst is yet to come. John on Patmos saw a vision of a harlot riding a scar- let-colored beast. They represent the final Babylon, ecclesiastical and political, the final amalgama tion of collectivized humanity-into a world church and world state under Antichrist. The harlot is Satan’s counterfeit of the church, the bride of Christ. Recently a magazine carried a lengthy arti cle on the Coming Church. I thanked God that I won’t be here when it comes. Political Babylon is Satan’s imitation o f the King dom of God, man’s last civic mas
h U a a c e ^ M a < j a e > o O l d n a m e s are sometimes giv en to new places. 0. Henry called New York “Bagdad On The Subway.” A book about Calvin Coolidge was titled “ Puritan In Babylon.” Coolidge was some thing of a Puritan and Washing ton is not unlike Babylon. The name of Babylon runs through the Bible from Genesis to Revela tion. The story of Babylon from start to finish (and we haven’t reached the finish yet) is one of the most amazing records in the annals of mankind. It starts with Babel where men tried to build a tower to heaven. The history of mankind is wrapped in three “Let us” passages in Genesis. God said, “ Let us make man in our own image.” Man said, “Let us build us a city and a tower and let us make us a name.” Then God said, “Let us go down and there con found their language.” That is history in a nutshell!
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passing through this world and should bless it in our transit but never yoke ourselves to its af fairs.” Matthew Henry said, “ This world is our passage and not our portion.” One thinks of Uncle Bud Robinson, the Holiness preacher, who was shown the wonders of New York by some o f his friends. That night as he prayed he said, “ Thank you, Lord, for letting me see New York. And most of all I thank you that I didn’t see anything that I want ed !” Blessed is the man who can sit as loosely as that toward Babylon! The recent New York World’s Fair carried an imposing Futura ma put on by General Motors. I am more interested in the Futura ma John saw on Patmos. The early Christians were strangers in Babylon. We are not moving the world today because we have become citizens of Babylon, ac cepting its standards, joining its societies, promoting its programs, trying to build the New Jerusa lem down here instead of looking for the pearly White City that's soon coming down. Dr. Roy Smith says that the early Christians “ never seemed to worry about whether they were making a good impression on the newspapers, the Chambers of Commerce, the labor federations, the philosophi cal departments o f the universi ties or the secret service o f the Roman government.” All of that has changed today and even in evangelical circles the new angle is to get chummy with Sodom and Gomorrah, play up to Rome and hobnob with Babylon. This policy is not working at all as slumping church statistics prove but the new school seems determined to go ahead with it anyway. There was a prophet o f God named Daniel who lived in Baby lon a long time ago and set a standard of conduct for all time. Modem prophets with their new techniques do not sound like Daniel. If one is to be popular in Babylon today, he must learn how to talk out of both sides of his mouth, work both sides o f the 11
which will culminate in the 666 which Dr. Torrance says is “ the number o f so-ca lled Christian civilization without Jesus Christ, the number o f every attempt to organize the world in a form that appears marvelously Christian but is in reality anti-Christian.” We see this process going on be fore our eyes today, as men try to superimpose a counterfeit king dom of heaven on an unregener ate society. But Christians are strangers in Babylon and should have no part in it. To quote Dr. Torrance a g a in : “A Christian may be a citizen of no earthly Babylon. He is a citizen of heav en and belongs to a new heaven and earth, the city of God. As a member of the kingdom of God he may be regarded as an alien in Babylon and will constantly be subjected to persecution and en mity but that is the tribulation of the saints and the patience of the children o f God.” Spurgeon said: “ I am a for eigner even in England and as such I mean to act. We are simply
quite at home in the feast of Bel shazzar. He might even have a fling at the Watusi himself! Thank God, at the original feast of Belshazzar, the Queen could say, “ There is a man,” a man who knows what time it is and who can read what God is writing. I am glad that Daniel didn’t get up at the feast, scared half to death, and say, “ I can’t read the handwriting.” Too many prophets in too many pulpits today cannot decipher the heavenly hierogly phics. Others try to cheer every body up by saying there is no special significance to the signs of the times. I am glad that Daniel didn’t read something else. They wouldn’t have known the difference! There are modern prophets who read out of God’s revelation what never was in it and the average American is so ignorant of God’s Word that he doesn ’ t know the difference either. I am glad that Daniel didn’t read just part o f the mes sage. There are prophets in Baby lon today who are afraid of the truth, the whole truth and noth ing but the truth. God had a man who could read it, read it all and read it right. I know that Daniel is not popular today in some cir cles. The Interpreter’s Bible Dic tionary says he ought to cure us all of predicting the future since he tried and failed. I know that we have been misled by those who make Daniel’s fourth world-power to be Greece instead of Rome and who can see no farther than An- tiochus Epiphanes. But my Lord said, “Whoso readeth [Daniel] let him understand” and read Daniel we will and make our way through the Babylon of Revela tion 17 and 18 until Babylon is no more and then join the in numerable multitude in Revela tion 19 singing, “ Alleluia, for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth” ! God grant us prophets in Baby lon who will decline the table of Nebuchadnezzar, disregard the decrees of Darius and stand at the feast of Belshazzar and read to this frightened generation what God is writing on the wall! THE KING'S BUSINESS
a sedative. Morning found him down at the lion’s den, leaning over the rail, crying with choked- up voice, “ 0 Daniel, is thy God able to deliver thee?” We need men of God who can pray them selves into lions’ dens and then answer this world of troubled in somniacs: “ Yes, my God is able; able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day; able to do exceeding abun dantly above all that we can ask or think; able to make all grace to abound; able to succor them that are tempted; able to save to the uttermost; able to keep us from falling; able to subdue all things unto H imself.” Who’s afraid of the decree of Darius with a God like that? There was another test, THE FEAST OF BELSHAZZAR with its REVELRY, REVELATION and RETRIBUTION. America is on a national drunken frolic all the way from beatniks in Podunk to bigwigs in Washington but where is there a Daniel in all this Babylon to read God’s handwrit ing on the wall? Time was when a prophet could say: “Many would unite church and stage, cards and prayer, dancing and sacraments. If we are powerless to stem this torrent, we can at least warn men of its existence and entreat them to stay out of it.” But the prophet was Spur geon and that was a long time ago! Time was when another proph et lamented that churches had been turned into play-houses and that there was hardly a carnal amusement from billiards to danc ing which did not find a nesting place in Christian sanctuaries. “ Is it then Pharasaism or pessi mism” he asked, “ to sound the note of alarm or to predict that the close of this decade may see the Protestant church as com pletely assimilated to 19th-Cen tury secularism as the Roman Catholic church was assimilated to 4th-Century paganism?” But he was A. J. Gordon who lived be fore the New School came along. A modern Daniel in Babylon is
street and become an expert in the art of almost saying some thing. Of course John the Baptist told King Herod off but he wasn’t up on communication, dialogue and public r e la t io n s ! Modern prophets are more likely to be guests in Herod’s palace than prisoners in Herod’s jail. Certain ly no one would think of calling him a fox as our Lord did. How should a prophet conduct himself in Babylon? How did Daniel do it? He faced THREE TESTS. First, there was THE TABLE OF NEBUCHADNEZ ZAR. “You are what you eat” spiritually as well as physically. Nebuchadnezzar’s table takes new forms today. For instance, too many church members sit in front of late, late television, gorging themselves from Babylon’s fare and then wonder why they have no appetite for God’s Word on Sunday. Jim Elliott, that prom ising young missionary martyred in Ecuador, tells in his diary of watching television in the home of a friend. God spoke to him in r ep ro o f w ith Psalm 119:37: “ Turn away mine eyes from be holding vanity.” He goes on to speak of “ the decentralizing ef fect on the mind and affections. It quickens me in ways not o f God, defeating the purpose of prayer to be quickened in ways Divine.” You cannot grow a Daniel at the tables o f Nebuchad nezzar. We must get back to the simple fare of the Word of God. There was also the DECREE OF DARIUS. The devil aimed first at Daniel’s diet, then his devotions. His adversaries ganged up on him, but he went ahead with his prayer life “ AS HE DID AFORETIME.” The devil is in constant conspiracy against a preacher who really prays for it has been said that “what a min ister is in his prayer closet is what he IS, no more, no less.” The man who prays like Daniel may end up in a lion’s den but it is worth it. After all, God “mil- lennialized” the lions and it was not Daniel who had insomnia that night! It was Darius who needed 12
EDITOR’S NOTE: On January 30, the Rev. and Mrs. C. E. Thompson, along with four other co-workers of the Christian and Missionary Alliance staff in Viet Nam, were martyred for the cause of Christ. Their daughter, Judith, is studying at Nyack Missionary Col lege. She penned this open letter sharing with friends the triumph to be found only in the Lord Jesus Christ. We share it with our readers through the courtesy of THE ALLIANCE WITNESS.
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EDITOR’S NOTE On March 3,1968 Dana Llewel lyn was murdered. As yet,•police have not■been able to locate her strangler. The local newspaper, however, carried the following open letter to her attacker. Be cause it is such a powerful pro nouncement, we felt it should be shared with our KING’S BUSI NESS readers. It is printed through the courtesy of the La Mirada Lamplighter, Mr. Dick Hurley, editor.
Investigators Continue toTrack La Mirada Strangler !
Two “good leads” in the Dana Llewellyn murder case fizzled out here over the weekend and the four-man team of investigators were on another one late Tuesday, homicide officers told the Lamp lighter. “We thought we had something twice on the weekend, but they just didn’t work out,” a high-rank ing officer said, “ and now we’re on another one.” Meanwhile, investigators will continue to follow up any leads they can get, it was noted. If any one has anything he thinks might be important, call the Lamplighter or the sheriff’s department and the information will be forwarded to investigators. Funeral services were held last Wednesday afternoon for the 17-year-old La Mirada High School student who was discovered by her parents strangled to death at home on March 3.
holding each other’s hand. They seemed so old and withered from the hardships of the years. Dad wouldreachover andpat mother’s arm reassuringly every once in a while. The church was filled to over flowing with people. I never real ized she had so many friends. I wish you were there to see the almost unending procession file by the coffin for the last look at their loved one. A young boy with too much sorrow on his face for his age leaned over and placed a carnation in the lifeless hands of my sister. Then it came our turn to say good bye to Dana for the last time. My mother reached down and straightened a strand of her daughter’s long hair as a tear ran down her face. Dad patted her cheek and said, “We will be with you soon, Dana.” As I stood over the pretty girl who was once so full of life but now so deathly still I thought of you and decided to write you this letter. Yes, I wish you were there. Signed: A brother who loved his little sister, L a r r i e L l e w e l l y n Q b ]
or? No, I suppose you didn’t. You probably didn’t think of her as a person who had likes and dis likes, hopes and fears just like you and me. Otherwise you wouldn’t have been able to have done such a horrible thing like this. I wish you were there the day she was bom; I came rushing home from school to see my new born sister. Mother was on the bed with Dana in her arms. The first thing I noticed was the pride and joy in mother’s eyes. Oh, what a happy day that was. When she was a teenager she used to spend weekends at my house near the beach, and at the crack of dawn she would be out surfing in the ocean. She was just beginning to learn what life was all about when the end came. She hadn’t even experienced her first love. I wish you were at the funeral. It was so beautiful, with flowers covering the whole front of the church, and the smell of fresh rain outside as if heaven itself was crying for Dana. I wish you could have sat be side me and looked over at my mother and father sitting there so humble in front of the coffin
I wish you were there when my mother found her lying on the floor, and could have seen the shock and heartbreak on her face . . . the way her hands shook as she untied the stocking from around my sister’s neck and tried so hard to revive the little body with mouth-to-mouth resuscita tion. I wish you were there after the initial shock wore off and my father with broken heart and head bent low telephoned family and friends to tell them that he had lost his beloved little daugh ter. Oh, if you had only known how much he loved her and could have seen the sorrow in his face. I wish you could have been sit ting in the living room as the family and friends gathered there from all over the country. The silence in that room was only broken by an occasional sob or the clatter of a coffee cup as we tried to numb our senses. I wish you could have been with us when we went to the mortuary to make arrangements and pick out the casket. We chose a pretty pink casket. Did you know that was her favorite col
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