USING SATAN AS THE EXAMPLE
Victor M. Eskew
The Bible is filled with examples. Some of them are to be
followed while others are not. Peter affirms that Jesus is an
example of suffering who is worthy to be followed. For even
hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us,
leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps (1
Peter 2:21). The Jews, on the other hand, while wandering in the
wilderness became an example of what should be avoided. But
with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were
overthrown in the wilderness. Now these things were our examples,
to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they
also lusted. Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it
is written, the people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to
play. Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed,
and fell in one day three and twenty thousand. Neither let us tempt
Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of the
destroyer. Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples:
and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the
world are come (1 Cor. 10:5-11).
Most of us realize that all men and women have their good
points and their bad points. We can mimic the good, and we can
refrain from the bad. There is only one completely perfect
example. It is Jesus the Christ, the Lord and Savior, the only
begotten Son of God (Heb. 4:15; 1 Peter 2:22). This is why He
is held up as the true standard. On the other hand, there is one
completely evil example that should be avoided. This is none
other than Satan himself.
Satan has absolutely no good points or traits. There is
nothing positive that he has done, is doing, or will do that should
be copied by mankind. Listen to Jesus description of wicked
satan. ...He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode
not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he
speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the
father of it. The evil of Satan is clearly shown in these
words of the sinless Son of God. The devil, satan, is mankinds
poisonous archenemy (1 Peter 5:8). He seeks to damage and destroy
every human being.
Who would ever think of taking anything satan has ever done
and using it as an example to be followed? Yet, this is exactly
what some in evil political systems have done. In Saul
Alinskys book entitled: Rules for Radicals, he does
this very thing on the dedicatory page. He writes:
Lest we forget, an over-the-shoulder
acknowledgement to the very first radical: from all
over legends, mythology, and history (and who is to
know where mythology leaves off and history begins
or which is which), the first radical known to
man who rebelled against the establishment and did it
so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom
Alinsky is a man who despises the establishment in
democratic governments. He longs to overthrow them by covert,
deceptive techniques. One of his heroes is one he calls Lucifer.
Hes thinking and speaking of the devil, the old serpent,
satan, the deceiver (cf. Rev. 20:2,10).
Satan rebelled against the God of heaven. He is a being who
was/is filled with pride (cf. 1 Tim. 3:6). He desired positions of
exaltation that were not his (Isa. 14:13-14). Because of his
overestimation of self and his deep yearning for power, he rebelled
against God. Because of this, he and his allies were cast down from
heaven (2 Peter 2:4; Jude 6). They were not victorious in taking
Gods throne. Too, Satans ultimate end will be in hell,
tormented in a lake of fire and brimstone for ever and ever (Matt.
25:41; Rev. 20:10). This is the example that Mr. Alinsky praises.
It is one of the examples of rebellion against the
establishment in which he prides himself. Who can truly fathom
such? Surely no Christian believes that satan should be used as a
positive role model in rebelling against the
The heart of the rebellion for radicals lies in one word,
power. This is the only end. Everything else is of no
importance. They want to control the economy. They want to control
the environment. They want to control the home. They want to
control the minute aspects of the lives of all individuals. They
will promise the world as long as that promise brings another
person under their power. The power always knows best.
The people are supposed to trust this and submit to all the
decisions of the power. At first, their promises seem to
be beneficial to the masses. Eventually, the power
destroys the masses.
Some may be of the opinion that ministers of the Gospel
should never delve into the power structure of the government under
which we live. They have been deceived by the lie that says there
is supposed to be a complete separation between church and state.
This is not the case at all. The Bible has much to say about both
the establishment of government and the purpose of government.
Bible greats like Joseph, Moses, Daniel, John the Baptist, Paul,
and Jesus confronted the leaders of their day. They pointed out
their moral failures. They challenged them with their righteous
messages. They warned them of the coming judgment by the Governor
of the nations and the entire universe (Psa. 22:28).
Dear reader, governments and those who lead them are in
power because God allows them to be there. To Pilate, Jesus said,
Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it
were given thee from above... (John 19:11). Our political
officials are supposed to be ministers of God for good (Rom. 13:4).
They are to protect that which is good and execute wrath against
evil doers (Rom. 13:3-4). If they desire for the nation in which
they rule to be exalted, they will lead the nation in righteousness
(Prov. 14:34). They need to remember that Gods watchful eye is
upon them (Prov. 5:21). Surely, no leader wants to be weighed in
the balances of God and found wanting (cf. Dan. 5:27).
As children of God, we need to learn, understand, and
appreciate the fact that God has legislated (in his word) about the
actions of government and its leaders. First and foremost, leaders
need to acknowledge the God of heaven. A brief study of
Nebuchadnezzars reign will reveal this. Too, they need to
implement the principles of righteousness within the nation. These
principles are found in Gods Word (Rom. 1:17; Titus 2:11-12).
As citizens of the nation in which we live, we must hold its
leaders to the principles of righteousness found in Gods Word,
the Holy Bible (Prov. 14:34). Any government that rejects God and
His Word and aligns itself with the archenemy Satan will eventually
be cast into hell (Psa. 9:17). Such rulers need to be replaced as
soon as possible with leaders who will uphold righteous principles.
Faithful Christians help this to come about, not by force, but by
teaching, preaching, praying and voting.
Let us remember Proverbs 14:34, Righteousness
exalteth a nation: but sin [is] a reproach to any people.
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FAITHFUL IN THE LORD #2
Garland M. Robinson
Faithfulness is required in All Things:
We must be faithful to the Lord. He gave himself a
ransom for us, going to the cross, subjecting himself to shame and
reproach, willingly dying in our stead. Shall we be any less
committed to him who loved us and gave himself for us? Can we
expect to hear those grand words, enter thou into the joy of
thy Lord if we have not been faithful to him in all things
(cf. Matt. 25:21,23)? Jesus said, And thou shalt love the
Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with
all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this [is] the first
commandment (Mark 12:30).
We must set our mind to seek the Lord and his way.
Rehoboam, the son of Solomon and heir to the throne of Israel, did
not do so. ...He did evil, because he prepared not his
heart to seek the LORD (2 Chron. 12:14). However, Ezra did
seek the Lord: For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the
law of the LORD, and to do [it], and to teach in Israel statutes
and judgments (Ezra 7:10). Second Chronicles 30:18-20 says
that Hezekiah prayed for the good Lord to pardon everyone
[that] prepareth his heart to seek God, the LORD God of his
fathers ... And the LORD hearkened to Hezekiah, and healed the
people. John, the forerunner of our Lord, came
...in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of
the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of
the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord
(Luke 1:17). Those obedient to the Gospel, those who have been
risen with Christ, are to seek those things which are
above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God (Col.
3:1). That requires a mind-set that is turned to the Lord.
We must be faithful to increase our knowledge of
Gods word. What Paul told Timothy is appropriate to all:
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that
needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of
truth (2 Tim. 2:15). As newborn babes, we are to desire
the sincere milk of the word that we may grow thereby (1 Peter
2:2). Peter also informs us to, ...grow in grace, and [in]
the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him [be]
glory both now and for ever. Amen (2 Peter 3:18).
We must be faithful to love Gods word. O
how love I thy law! it [is] my meditation all the day
(Psa. 119:97). The man/woman blessed of God is one that has
...his delight...in the law of the LORD; and in his law
doth he meditate day and night (Psa. 1:2). God spoke to
Joshua after the death of Moses saying, Be strong and of a
good courage...that thou mayest observe to do according to all
the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from
it [to] the right hand or [to] the left, that thou mayest prosper
whithersoever thou goest. This book of the law shall not depart out
of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that
thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written
therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then
thou shalt have good success (Josh. 1:6-8).
And thus did Hezekiah throughout all Judah, and
wrought [that which was] good and right and truth before the LORD
his God. And in every work that he began in the service of the
house of God, and in the law, and in the commandments, to seek his
God, he did [it] with all his heart, and prospered (2
The Psalmist wrote, Thy word have I hid in mine
heart, that I might not sin against thee (Psa. 119:11).
I will delight myself in thy commandments, which I have
loved (Psa. 119:47). These were more noble than
those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all
readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those
things were so (Acts 17:11). Blessed [are] they
which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be
filled (Matt. 5:6).
We must be faithful to pray. First Thessalonians 5:17
tells us to, Pray without ceasing. Jesus
...spake a parable...[to this end], that men ought always
to pray, and not to faint (Luke 18:1). When Peter was in
prison, ...prayer was made without ceasing of the church
unto God for him (Acts 12:5). Paul wrote to the brethren
of the church at Rome saying, I thank my God through Jesus
Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the
whole world. 9For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in
the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you
always in my prayers (Rom. 1:8-9). To the brethren at
Colosse Paul wrote, Continue in prayer, and watch in the
same with thanksgiving (Col. 4:2). He always desired that
brethren pray for him (1 Thess. 5:25; 2 Thess. 3:1; Heb. 13:18). If
an apostle wanted and needed prayer, dont we need prayer also?
Let us remember that the effectual fervent prayer of a
righteous man availeth much (James 5:16).
We must be faithful to forgive one another.
For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly
Father will also forgive you: 15But if ye forgive not men their
trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your
trespasses (Matt. 6:14-15). Then came Peter to
him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and
I forgive him? till seven times? 22Jesus saith unto him, I say not
unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times
seven (Matt. 18:21-22). And when ye stand praying,
forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which
is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses (Mark 11:25).
We must be faithful to worship God. Jesus said,
God [is] a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship
[him] in spirit and in truth (John 4:24). Worship has
always been an essential and significant part of pleasing God. From
the beginning with Adam and Eve and extending forever, the worship
of God will never cease. How dare say some they dont have to
worship or dont need to worship. They may think that way now,
but theres coming a time when every knee shall
bow...and every tongue shall confess to God (Rom. 14:11).
In that last great day there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth
(Matt. 13:42). But, it will be too late then. They can fall down
before God all they want, but all they will hear is depart
from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil
and his angels (Matt. 25:41). No wander were warned
in Hebrews 10:25 to not forsake the assembling of ourselves
together as the manner of some is. Those who forsake the assemblies
of the church today are no better off than those who abandoned them
in the first century. Both will be lost!
To keep Gods word in our memory (cf. 1 Cor. 15:2),
means we will worship God in the prescribed way and at the
prescribed time. It was mandatory for the Lords people,
the church of Christ, to meet on the first day of the week to
worship God. In these assemblies they:
- Ate the Lords supper (Acts 20:7; cf. 1 Cor.
- Received instruction through preaching/teaching
(Acts 20:7; cf. 1 Cor. 14),
- Prayed (Acts 2:42; 12:5; 1 Cor. 14),
- Gave an offering according to their ability (1
Cor. 16:1-2; 2 Cor. 9:6-7),
- Sang psalms, hymns and spiritual songs without
the accompaniment of mechanical instruments of music
(Eph. 5:19; Col. 3:16).
We must be faithful to work in the Lords vineyard.
Jesus said, my meat (work) is to do the will of him
that sent me, and to finish his work (John 4:34).
My Father worketh hitherto, and I work (John
5:17). Theres no room for lazy members who are not devoted to
the Lords work.
The Lords work is the work of the church. There are
three areas wherein the church is authorized to work:
- Evangelism teaching and preaching the Gospel
in every place around the world (Mark 16:15-16; Acts
- Edification instructing the saints in the
word of God (1 Cor. 14:4-5,12,26),
- Benevolence helping the needy, whether
saints or people of the world (Acts 6:1-7; Rom. 12:13;
2 Cor. 9:12-13; Gal. 6:10).
The work of the church is not done in,
by or through man-made
organizations.1 God receives glory in the church, not
through worldly endeavors. Unto him [be] glory in the
church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end.
Amen (Eph. 3:21). Some organizations of men are sinful by
the work they do and/or the associations they keep (such works as
those done by denominational churches or works which endorse and
promote sinful behavior like Planned Parenthood). Some
organizations may do good deeds and promote no immoral behavior
(such as many civic organizations or benevolent societies), but
they are not the church; and, they are not the work of the church.
God receives no glory in civic organizations. The work faithful
Christians endorse, promote and support are works of the church
where God receives the glory and the name of Christ is promoted.
The recipients of our labor praise God, not men. While many civic
organizations do some good things, shall Christians spend their
time and money in their advancement? Would not our time and money
be better spent in the work of the church where Gods receives
We must be faithful in all things holy, things true, things
honest. We must keep in memory the word and work of the Lord.
Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the
things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let [them]
slip. 2For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every
transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of
reward; 3How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation;
which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was
confirmed unto us by them that heard [him] (Heb. 2:1-3).
1 The home is not a man-made organization. It is a
divine institution. A home that meets legal requirements is still
a home. Your home meets legal requirements. Taking care of orphans
in a home is Gods arrangement. Elders oversee the church, not
the home. The home is overseen by parents/guardians. The church can
support a home for orphans in doing their work of benevolence. On
the other hand, man-made benevolent societies such as disaster
relief organizations, even though run by members of the church, are
not the work of the church. Let the church do its work in, by and
through the church, not man-made organizations.
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WHY I LEFT THE MORMON CHURCH #2
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is driven
largely by a creed of thirteen Articles of Faith. Every
Mormon is encouraged to memorize and teach them. We want to examine
each one in light of the Bible, Gods eternal truth. Jesus
said, IF ye continue in my word, THEN are ye
my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the
truth shall make you free (John 8:31-32).
FIRST ARTICLE OF FAITH
We believe in God the Eternal Father, and in His Son
Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.
THE SECOND ARTICLE OF FAITH
This was one of the principal teachings that were
instrumental in causing me to doubt the Mormon faith. On the
surface it seems harmless, but once they begin to define their
terms, there are obvious differences from what the Bible teaches.
Mormons state that they believe God the Father is eternal,
but is that really what they believe?
Joseph Smith once stated, God himself was
once as we are now, and is an exalted man...We have imagined and
supposed that God was God from all eternity. I will refute that
idea, and will take away and do away the veil, so that you may
Lorenzo Snow, who served as Mormon Prophet from
1898-1901, coined the phrase As man is, God once was; as
God is, man may become.
Orson Pratt, an original member of the Quorum of the
Twelve Apostles said, If we should take a million of worlds
like this and number their particles, we should find that there are
more Gods than there are particles of matter in those
worlds (Pratt). This begs the question that if God is not
eternal, who is the first God? Isaiah wrote, ...before me
there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. I, even
I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour (Isa.
43:10-11). Pratt attempted to explain this by writing, One
world has a personal God or Father, and the inhabitants thereof
worship the attributes of that God, another world has another, and
they worship His attributes, and besides Him there is not other;
and when they worship Him they are at the same time worshipping the
same attributes that dwell in all the personal Gods who fill
immensity (Pratt). What he fails to concede is the rest of
Isaiahs words: ...I am the first, and I am the last; and
beside me there is no God...Is there a God beside me? yea, there is
no God; I know not any (Isa. 44:6,8). If God were a man, He
would know other gods, yet in His omnipotence and omniscience, He
does not acknowledge any other, period.
Mormonism also falls short in identifying the nature of the
Father and the Son. Smith wrote, The Father has a body of
flesh and bones as tangible as mans; the Son also; but the
Holy Ghost has not a body of flesh and bones, but is a personage of
Spirit. Were it not so, the Holy Ghost could not dwell in
us (Doctrines & Covenants 130:22). Likewise, this is how
they were described in Smiths first vision. However,
the Bible describes the Father and Son differently. Jesus said,
God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in
spirit and in truth (John 4:24). After his resurrection, Jesus
explained to His disciples that a spirit does not have flesh and
bones (Luke 24:37-39).
Furthermore, Mormonism teaches that Jesus was not always
with God the Father, but was created and then became a part of the
Godhead, obtaining a heavenly body. He was the only person on earth
to be born of a mortal mother and immortal father. But John
clarifies, In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was
with God, and the Word was God...And the Word was made flesh, and
dwelt among us... (John 1:1,14). The Word (Jesus) was God and
with God for all time and then became flesh, showing that He was
not always in physical form. Not only that, but He is the Creator,
having created all things (John 1:2-3). Paul also identifies Jesus
as the Creator: For by Him were all things created, that are
in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible...And He is
before all things, and by Him all things consist (Col.
The first line of the Mormon sacramental prayer reads,
Oh God the eternal Father.... How can God be finite and
infinite at the same time? If one cannot distinctly understand the
nature of the Godhead, how can anything else be viable?
Pratt, Orson. The Holy Spirit and the Godhead.
Journal of Discourses 2 (1855): 334-347.
Smith, Joseph Fielding Smith. Teachings of the Prophet Joseph
The second listed belief in the Mormon Articles of Faith written
by Joseph Smith states, We believe that men will be
punished for their own sins and not for Adams
On the surface, this may seem like an appropriate principle.
However, further study will reveal that it is rather ironic based
on how the Mormon Church views dealing with sin and particularly
their teaching of a proxy salvation.
They impart the idea of what is commonly referred to as
baptism for the dead. It is the belief that one may
be baptized on behalf of another who passed away and did not have
the opportunity to be baptized while living in this world.
According to their doctrine, some never heard of the Gospel of
Jesus Christ. Others lived without fully understanding the
importance of the ordinance of baptism. Some were baptized, but by
someone without the proper authority to administer it. Mormonism
teaches that one must be ordained to be eligible to baptize
The description on the main web page of the Mormon Church
Jesus Christ taught that baptism is essential to the
salvation of all who have lived on earth (see John
3:5). Many people, however, have died without being
baptized. Others were baptized without proper
authority. Because God is merciful, He has prepared
a way for all people to receive the blessings of
baptism. By performing proxy baptisms in behalf of
those who have died, Church members offer these
blessings to deceased ancestors. Individuals can then
choose to accept or reject what has been done in
their behalf (www.lds.org).
As a young man in the LDS faith, it was an honor and
privilege to participate in this ritual. Every Mormon temple
contains a baptismal pool surrounded by twelve statues of oxen
representing the twelve tribes of Israel. This is where the
procedure takes place. Years ago, the person getting immersed would
meet an older male who was ordained in the pool. A
computer monitor was placed next to it with a list of numerous
names. They would audibly state that they baptize the young man on
behalf of a name on the screen in the name of the Father, Son
and Holy Ghost for the remission of their sins and immediately
submerge them. As soon as they brought us up they straightway went
on to the next name. It happened quickly and gave the participant
just enough time to catch their breath for the next name. The whole
routine was somewhat repetitive, as we would be immersed forty
times or so for forty people who were supposedly deceased.
Mormons are careful to inform that when baptism for the dead
is performed, those deceased are not being baptized into the Mormon
Church against their will. Each person who has left this life still
has the right to choose on the other side. Their salvation is still
contingent on whether or not they accept and follow Christ while
residing in the spirit world.
According to Mormon teaching, the New Testament validates
baptism for the dead and was restored with the establishment of the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. They claim the
Apostle Paul was doing it when he said, Else what shall they
do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all?
why are they then baptized for the dead (1 Cor. 15:29)? What
needs to be considered is the context of the passage. If one
carefully examines the entire chapter, Paul is describing the
resurrection process. Notice the middle questions in verse 29: If
the dead rise not at all, why be baptized? If there is no
resurrection, what is the point of being baptized?
First, it must be understood who needs to be baptized, and
why. Baptism is for the condemned (Mark 16:16; Rom. 6:23). It is
personal for each individual. The one who sins is the one who must
be baptized in order to take care of it. If the wages of sin is
death, something must be done consciously on an individuals
part to take care of that sin. Baptism is that commandment (Act
2:38; 22:16; 1 Peter 3:21). The Bible teaches man is responsible
for his own sins (Ezek. 18:20). Therefore if man is punished
for his own sins according to the Mormon article of faith,
then how could anyone else be able to atone for them? Paul writes,
Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my
presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your
own salvation [emphasis, NF] with fear and trembling
(Phil. 2:12). The inspired writer pens, ...it is appointed
unto men once to die, but after this the judgment (Heb. 9:27).
Death seals a persons fate.
It must also not be overlooked that man is held accountable
for himself. Each person must hear for himself (Rom. 10:17).
Each person must believe/obey for himself (John 8:24). Each
person must repent of his own sins (Act 2:38). Each person
must confess Christ himself (Matt. 10:32-33). None of these
can be done on behalf of another. Neither can anyone be
baptized for someone else.
Jesus made it clear in His account of the rich man and
Lazarus that their destination was final. The Savior states,
And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf
fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you
cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from
thence (Luke 16:26). There was not so much as even a hint that
someone still living could come to the rescue of the rich man. No
living person can make preparations for those who are dead in order
to escape eternal torment.
Jesus affirms, When the Son of man shall come in his
glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the
throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations:
and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth
his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right
hand, but the goats on the left (Matt. 25:31-33).
The Lord proclaims, Marvel not at this: for the hour is
coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his
voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto
the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto
the resurrection of damnation (John 5:28-29).
Paul confirms, For we must all appear before the
judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things
done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be
good or bad (2 Cor. 5:10).
Therefore, to have Mormonism teach that man is punished for
his own sins, yet believe in a proxy redemption, is a contradiction
in principle. One cannot have a foot in both camps. It is important
for all to realize that the decisions made in this life will
determine where the next one is served.
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DANGERS CONFRONTING THE
Several years ago brother N. B. Hardeman, one of the great
spiritual giants of his generation, was asked what dangers he saw
confronting the church of his day. His reply was as follows: 1) A
lack of Bible knowledge and a light regard with what it says. 2) A
tendency to make the church a social club of entertainments. 3) A
disposition to compromise the truth and to discourage sound
preaching. 4) A love for the praise of men more than the praise of
God, lest they should be put out of someones social circle.
Consider these things carefully and note how the growth of
them is causing tremendous problems and harm in the church today.
So many care little about the old Jerusalem Gospel. Jude 3 commands
us to earnestly contend for the faith.
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WALTER PIGG, GOSPEL PREACHER,
EDITOR, FRIEND 1925-2014
Walter W. Pigg Jr., 88, of Murray, Kentucky died Sunday, January
26, 2014 at the Murray Calloway County Hospital. He was born on
September 19, 1925 in Wayne County, Tennessee. He was a member of
the Green Plain Church of Christ. For more than 60 years he
preached at various congregations and also did mission work in
India, Taiwan, Ukraine and the Philippines. Brother Pigg is
survived by his wife of 67 years, Naomi Wilson Pigg of Murray; four
children, Larry Pigg and wife Carol of Milan, Tenn., Susan Adams
and husband Alan of Manchester, Tenn., James Pigg and wife Jan of
Murray and Cathy Pigg of Murray. He had nine grandchildren, 27
great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. He was preceded
in death by his parents, Walter and Lessie Keaton Pigg; three
brothers, Jalmer, Eugene and Ray and two sisters, Pauline and
Gaynelle. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 at
Heritage Family Funeral Home in Murray. Alan Adams officiated.
Interment was in Collinwood, Tenn.
I have known brother Pigg for 30 years or more. We have
crossed paths many times. He was an example of one who would never
quit. He spread the Gospel till his dying breath. He was editor,
printer and doer of all things concerning the Banner of
Truth, a Gospel journal through which he preached the Word,
in season and out of season. He was faithful to reprove, rebuke and
exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine (cf. 2 Tim. 4:2); not
very popular, but it never has been. He would not listen to the
siren song of the naysayers who parroted the words of
evil doers in Isaiahs day (30:10-11): Which say to the
seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right
things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits. Get you out
of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of
Israel to cease from before us. Gods instructions to
Isaiah were: Now go, write it before them in a table, and
note it in a book, that it may be for the time to come for ever and
ever: That this [is] a rebellious people, lying children, children
[that] will not hear the law of the LORD (Isa. 30:8-9).
Brother Pigg called a spade a spade and sounded forth the words of
truth and soberness.
He was certainly one who did the work of an evangelist. His
words went throughout the whole world. And, they will continue to
be heard through the printed page. All the back issues of
Banner of Truth are not available at its web site
(banneroftruthonline.com), but maybe we can help get them there one
day. He directed the Banner of Truth lectureship for
many years up until his health would not allow him to do any
more. So much sound and faithful preaching and teaching has been
done through his efforts.
Like we all should do, he did what he could. Many great and
precious moments fill my mind with fondness in memory of this grand
old soldier of the cross who has now gone on to his reward. He is
a great example for us all, always striving to do more and more and
do it to the best of his ability. Most assuredly, it has been worth
All the faithful in Christ Jesus have that blessed hope of
being with him, and the redeemed of all the ages, in heaven some
Garland M. Robinson
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GIVING AN ANSWER
Joe W. Nichols
Most of us have likely heard one or more of the following
statements: I dont believe in arguing the Bible;
the truth doesnt need defending; debating is
unchristian. The devil probably couldnt be more pleased
with such statements they contradict God and the Bible!
Contrary to such thinking, Christians are obligated to think
logically, to reason soundly, and to use reasoning and logic in
defending the faith (Jude 3).
Paul states, prove all things; hold fast that which
is good; abstain from every form of evil (1 Thess. 5:21-
22, ASV). To prove is to try (Phil. 1:10),
examine (Gal. 6:4), and put to test (1 Cor.
11:28). The conclusion being that Christians are to prove, try and
test what is heard regardless who the speaker might be. The Bereans
(Acts 17) were of this disposition, examining the scriptures
daily, whether these things were so. For this reason,
they were more noble than those at Thessalonica (Acts
Those who mix truth and error are continuously before us and
we must ever be on guard. Subsequently, we must not only be
studious, but questioning and testing what is said. As Jesus
warned, Take heed what ye hear (Mark 4:24). Our
testing equipment today in examining what we hear is the Bible. It
is our measuring rod, our yardstick to determine
Peter exhorts, Sanctify in your hearts Christ as
Lord: being ready always to give answer... (1 Peter 3:15).
The Greek word translated give answer is a legal term
used in court wherein the attorney talks his client off a charge
levied against him [Wuests Word Studies, First Peter, p.89].
Since the Bible has no verbal defense except its believers, persons
of faith must be its defenders. Therefore, Peter enjoins upon
Christians the obligation to defend the faith in a verbal way
give answer. The only restriction given is that it
must be done with an attitude of meekness and
fear, in trusting God and His word rather than self.
God called Israel to reason (Isa. 1:18). Elijah debated the
false prophets of Baal (1 Kings 18:21). Religion needs to be
constantly tested and tried as to its quality. In the cases of God
and Israel, Elijah and the false prophets of Baal, the genuineness
of the false prophets religion was tested and shown to be vain and
Ones Christianity stands in its right to
exist as the religion from God when it can be substantiated in
faith and practice in light of Scripture. Children and servants of
God are: 1) to not believe every speaker (1 John 4:1); 2) not to
succumb to a perverted Gospel (Gal. 1:6-9); 3) beware of those who
go onward and abide not in the Gospel of Christ (2 John 9); 4) mark
them that cause divisions and offences (stumbling) contrary to the
doctrine (Rom. 16:17); 5) contend [go to battle] for the faith
(Jude 3); 6) reason the Scriptures as Paul did at Athens and
Ephesus (Acts 17:17; 19:8); 7) expound more accurately to others
the way of God as did Aquila and Priscilla (Acts 18:26); and like
Paul, 8) be set for the defense of the Gospel (Phil.
Valid and sound argument is not wrangling or contentious
dispute, but is the method of giving proof and evidence. By
reasoning truth, we confirm Jesus to be the Christ, the Son of God;
the New Testament plan of salvation and worship; church polity,
etc. We are confident in what we believe and practice because we
have Scripture to witness to our intellectual hearts in the matter.
Consequently, such confidence allows us to teach and preach with
all boldness (Acts 4:29).
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THE DEVICES OF SATAN
Is Satan real? According to some recent surveys, the majority
of people do not believe in Satan. The devil has done a good job in
selling people on the idea that he does not exist. Look through the
selection of Bibles in a book store and you will find one that
bears the name of Satan. In many cities you will find a church that
wears the name of Satan. The Bible tells us clearly that Satan
exists (Gen. 3:1-15; John 8:44; Rom. 16:20).
Satan is very good at deceiving. We must be aware of his
devices. Listen to this warning, For such are false
apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the
apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed
into an angel of light (2 Cor. 11:13,14). One would expect
the world to deceive, but Paul is warning about those who are
religious people. Jesus warned of the same (Matt. 7:15).
Satan is deceiving man by telling him he has plenty of time
to obey God (2 Cor. 6:2). Many are being deceived by false
teachers. Paul said they must be stopped (Titus 1:10-11). The
church at Ephesus was commanded to have no fellowship with
darkness; but instead, to reprove it (Eph. 5:11). Some teach that
grace alone is enough to be saved. Others say faith
only saves. Still others tell us Jesus will come back to earth
to reign in Jerusalem for a thousand years. These teachings are not
found in the New Testament, they are doctrines of men.
Earl B. Claud
106 Bradley Hill Dr., Dover, TN 37058
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not too. Heres a comparison of scriptures you can use in
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Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual
songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the
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