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Don't Drink the Kool-Aid!

Mark Howard


The 2nd angel warns about the confusing mixture of truth and error in the Christian world that impairs the rationality of intelligent beings and how we can avoid the cunning sophistry that will “deceive, if possible, even the elect.”


Mark Howard

Director, Emmanuel Institute of Evangelism




  • October 20, 2016
    7:00 PM


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Father Heaven Father we are thankful that we can be here tonight we know that we're two or more gathered you're in our midst. To guide us to teach us and father in the context of what we're looking at Last night tonight to prepare us for the times that we're living in and the times just ahead. I pray that the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart would be acceptable in your sight tonight for I ask it in the name of Jesus and for his sake. Amen. Now last night we started out the theme is the everlasting Gospel and we started talking about the three messages of Revelation chapter fourteen and I believe I put a slide up here tonight that we looked at last night from the ninth volume of the testimonies and I'm not giving you everything we looked at last night but this summarizes it. It says here in a special sense Seventh Day Adventists have been set in the world as watchman and light bearers to them has been intrusted the last warning for a perishing world. I don't even want to try to give you the significance of that but I'm asking the Holy Spirit that He will lay the significance of that statement on your heart and mind right now. The last warning message for a perishing world on them is shining wonderful light from the Word of God. They have been given a work of the most solemn import the proclamation of the first second and third Angel's messages there is no other work of so great importance. They are to allow nothing else to absorb their attention. Nothing else. This is from the Pentagon spiration this is not the opinion of Mark Howard the pastor or something. Professor or anybody else. This is from inspiration and his says this is where the focus needs to be of God's people. Why because there's nobody else giving this warning message and if the world's going to hear it. They've got to hear from somebody that somebody is you and mean. And so we looked last night at Jesus' prediction in Matthew twenty four fourteen this gospel of the kingdom shall be preach in all the world as a witness on to all the nations and then the end will come and then we went to Revelation fourteen and we saw the Gospel being depicted by as as an angel fly in the midst of heaven having this everlasting Gospel to proclaim. To all of those who draw on the earth. Every nation kindred tongue and people the very same thing. Jesus said would happen now. We didn't go far enough in Revelation fourteen. To see in verses fourteen and onward the Son of Man coming in the clouds of heaven with a sharp sickle in his hand. That's the end coming that's the that's what Matthew said would happen. This gospel will be preached in all the world as a witness on all the nations in the Amoco and we see the fulfillment in Revelation and that gospel message in Revelation is a unique message it includes a judgment our message. It includes a warning against Babylon and her fall and it talks about the danger of receiving the mark of the beast. Now what I said last night. We're going to continue on doing tonight is I wanted to try to grasp the significance the practical significance of these messages for us today. Just reviewing last night we talked about the first angels message and how it was first proclaimed in the great Second Advent movement of eight hundred forty eight hundred forty four. That's when it was first proclaim at that time they didn't understand the subject of the heavenly sanctuary. And so the judgment hour to them was a message of Christ soon coming your member that and the need to be ready for that coming. It led them to examine their personal relationships with Christ and make a full and total commitment to him. OK And that is the same effect that that message should have on those of us today. This is in harmony with what we call the afflict. The soul that the Bible says was a part of the anti typical day of atonement in the Old Testament times there is a search their heart and review their standing with God Why because the Bible says the heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked and there are times when we can think we're in perfect harmony with God when we're not. Isn't that true. One of the most alarming it in an amazing in a strange sort of way stories in the Bible is a story of King David's adultery. You remember this story where were king David a man after God's own heart got sidetracked by the enemy slept with another man's wife and then in order to cover up the crime had that man put on the front lines and murdered then David took that woman in to be his wife and for an entire year walked about his palace as if nothing in a gone wrong. That's how darkened you can be as to your own condition and it wasn't until Nathan the prophet of God came to David told him a parable David was outraged at the the man depicted in this parable until making the prophet look to David and he pointed me said Thou art the man and after that years or David didn't even see where he was and how far he had gone from Christ those words of the Prophet helped him to see his true standing with God my friends that that's the first angel's message that was what the first angels message did when it was first given and it has the same effect today it brings us to the reality that Jesus Christ has entered into the very last phase of work prior to his coming and preparatory to his coming and he's coming is at hand and we read last night in fact I want you to look at it with me tonight again in second. Peter Remember we talk about hastening the coming of the Lord in second. Peter chapter three. I want you to see what Peter says in regard to the coming of the Lord second Peter chapter three. Verse ten we started in verse nine it talks about how the Lord is a slack concerning his promise verse tenses but the day of the Lord will come as a what a thief in the night which the heavens will pass away with a great noise and the elements will melt with fervent heat both the Earth in the works that are in it will be burned up. Therefore since all these things will be dissolved what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct in godliness looking for in hastening the coming of the day of God. Peter says that we're living in the context of the Second Coming. We ought to really be careful about how we're living. Yes or no. I mean once again this isn't a theology teacher this isn't a conservative versus liberal ideology this is what Scripture says to you and me if we believe Jesus is coming soon. And this is the effect the first angels message had on the people the message was designed to lead God's people to see their true condition and return to the true worship of Him who made the Evans the earth the spirit of the. Sea in the springs of water and this is how it's worded in that first angel's message we look at this last night great controversy says the first day of his message of Revelation fourteen announcing the hour of God's judgment and calling upon men to fear and worship him was designed to do was separate the professed people of God from the corrupting influences of the world and to arouse them to see their true condition of worldliness and backsliding and such as it was with King David and so it is with you and me and with anybody else we can get caught up in the things of the world and drawn away from Christ and when we're drawn away from Christ it's not going to be a good situation when he comes again and so before he comes he wants to draw us back and I praise him for that. Now tonight the message is called Don't drink the Kool-Aid. OK How many hear that phrase before don't drink the Kool-Aid were talk about a little bit in the context of the second angel's message of revelation of course now the title comes from the tragic. Experience. When cult leader Jim Jones pictured there on November eighteenth one nine hundred seventy eight led his nine hundred plus member congregation to the jungles of Guyana a place called Jonestown and led them to drink cyanide laced Flavor Aid just so that you understand that wasn't Kool-Aid after all but it's just become a phrase that we use so Kool-Aid get a bad rap on that one. It was Flavor Aid great Flavor Aid I guess or some other flavors and it's late. They put cyanide in it and they had the people drink it. And again it's a large largest mass suicide and in history. Led by Jim Jones Well of course the. The idea of drinking Kool-Aid didn't get a good. It didn't get good P.R. After that the phrase Don't drink the Kool-Aid has come to refer to a warning not to hold on questioned belief argument or philosophy without critical examination. Don't just believe what you hear now we talked about that a little bit last night we talked about for those who are here we talked a little bit about cultural Seventh-Day Adventists right. Which which is different from Seventh Heaven is Christianity cultural I haven't seen them isn't even religious you do what you do because that's what everybody around you. Does but it wasn't is not a personal conviction and I could be the case in any Christianity and probably other flavors of religion as well but true Christianity is you investigate you search out the truth and you practice the truth because you're convicted that it's true. And there's a need for that today don't drink the Kool-Aid don't just believe anything that you hear Well there's more to it than that I want to get into you and I want to get into it in the Book of Revelation take your Bibles are going to Revelation. Let's go to Revelation fourteen first Revelation fourteen and we're going to look at verse eight this is where. Find the second angel message Revelation fourteen verse eight the Bible says and another angel followed following that first angel of Revelation fourteen. Another angel followed saying Babylon is fallen is fall in that great city because she has made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication verse nine then a third angel followed. That's it that's all we get on Babylon. That's all you're going to get right there in this passage is Babylon is fallen because she made all nations drink she's a great city etc If you want the rest of the detail to decipher what's going on. You've got to go to Revelation seventeen. And in Revelation seventeen we get some more information about Babylon. That is important for us and I'm giving you the the historical understanding before I want to make the practical understood application here. Revelation Chapter seventeen verse one Bible says in one of the seven angels who have the seven bowls these are the seven last plagues of God came and talked with me saying to me Come I will show you the judgment of the great harlot or the great whore if you read the King James Version who sits on what many waters now if you jump ahead of verse fifteen notice what it says. Then he said to me the waters which you saw where the harlot sits are people's multitude of nations and tongues because of our time period that we're dealing with and I mean duration of time tonight. I want to get out at a more decent time than last night I know we're not breaking down all of that. Prophetic study tonight. Now I'm saying that because I have a disease called analysis paralysis where I over analyze everything it's kind of an O.C.D. thing and I feel like when I study something I need to give you every last angle so be. Because I know when you go out here they're going to people say ah you know we don't believe that anymore and blah blah blah blah I want to give you all the arguments but I bite my tongue tonight because I can't do that you can get an audio verse and find all kinds of messages on Babylon and how to identify I'm going to give you a quick run through but I want to make the practical application. Now when we study this woman Babylon understanding of prophecies a woman represents a church and their text. We go to for that this is a harlot woman which means she's not a faithful woman to her husband she is an unfaithful woman. Incidentally who is the husband of the church we call the church the bride sometimes who is her husband. Jesus is now known as it says that this harlot woman sits on many waters in the waters or multitudes of people. So this is a church that has influence over a lot of people can't verse two says with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication and the inhabitants of the earth were me drunk with the wine of her fornication. So here you have the woman who is sleeping around with somebody other than her husband. It says the kings of the earth. Well spiritually what we're talking about is a church that cares more about what the kings of the earth. It is what the world thinks about her then what Jesus thinks about her. So it's a church that is a compromising church. It's a church that is a very influential church. It goes on to say that she's full of names of blasphemy in verse three Verse four says the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls. So she's a rich church having in her hand a golden cup full of the abominations and the filtering is of her fornication I just want to put some things together here in Revelation fourteen she says that Babylon it makes all nations drink of the. But the wine now the one line of Babylon is described here as being full of the filthiness full of abominations in the filthiness of her fornication I'm going to explain that in just a moment. Now historically and we're not the only ones who hold to this seven the advent of and other Protestants have seen Babylon as representing the system of Papal Rome Catholic Rome who through the dark ages way way back before there was long before there was a Protestant because the church one of the influence of the world compromise the Christian the biblical beliefs of the church and mean gold. The teachings of the church with the teachings of heathenism so they could bring pagan believers into the church. OK this is just history history here Christian history and so the church compromised. We know that that church read a worldwide influence to the Dark Ages. We know that you're in and to this day that that church had zero verse. I didn't read verse six verse six as I saw the woman drunk with the what the blood of the saints in the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. Now this is a persecuting church we know that about the Church of Rome and it's a rich church and it's an influential church and all of these things fit and again the idea was that the church had meaning gold the truth of the Bible the truth of Christianity with human philosophies and pagan teachings and traditions. Now it's interesting that the name Babylon and I don't know if you've studied this but the name Babylon actually comes from the tower of bagel in the Old Testament every the Tower of Babel you go back to Genesis eleven and you read the word be able there in Genesis eleven. If the same Hebrew word throughout the rest of the Old Testament is translated Babylon same word Babylon was built on that site and what happened at the Tower of Babel got confused the language. And so that name. Babylon. Means confusion by mixing and we have in the New Testament this confusing concoction of teachings Now here's here's the thing. The idea of the cup and in Babylon see and think about it with me for a minute. When the church instead of upholding the pure truth of the Bible decides to compromise and mingle with worldliness What does that do to the church's teachings. Let me ask it this way. What does it do to your spirituality when you start hanging out with more worldly purple people then purple with more worldly people than Christian people what does it do to your spirituality the same thing it did with the churches spirituality but here's the problem because it was a church and a worldwide church with worldwide influence when the church mingle with the world it corrupted her teachings. OK Her teachings were the result of the mingling right. The wine was a result of her fornication that's what it's saying and she made all nations drink the wine of the wrath of her fornication that cup of filthiness. Was the corrupted teachings of the church that now because she became compromise everything she was teaching to others was compromised. This is where we get into the long line of teachings like like any Turly burning hell. Where'd that come from and tell you where it came from it came from Greek mythology it didn't come from the Bible. What about the idea that when you're dead your spirit goes straight up to heaven or straight down to hell or somewhere else in purgatory that didn't come from Scripture. It came from the teachings of paganism. Right. And all of these compromised teachings now come into the Christian church because the church is compromised the Biblical faith are you following that. So this mingling took place and it had its effect of making the nations drunk now I'm going to flesh out what that means as we go on and make our application with this tonight that's just a thumbnail sketch of what we understand about Babylon and so the message in Revelation. Fourteen. Babylon is fallen is a proclamation at the end of time that where the truth the truth of God comes to the world in the first angels message and calls him back to faithfulness to God and exposes the error of Babylon in the second angel's message pointing out all the non biblical teachings that have come into the church. OK Are you with me so far and I shared this last night I want to share it again tonight page three two great controversy says the Protestant world fell by the same desire which was the curse and ruin of is real the desire of imitating the practices and courting the friendship of the young godly this is what happened to the system of Papal Rome. But you didn't stop there you have the Protestant Reformation the Protestants came out away from the traditions of Rome to stand on the Bible but what happened. They became mingling with the world again and now you have Babylon mother and Babylon the daughters are you with me on this so far. OK let's make some applications now the main idea here is that the church's teachings were corrupted because truth was mixed with error. I want to tell you tonight that one of the most deadly things you have is truth mixed with error and I want to really put a nail in this thing because I hear this all the time from even Seventh Avenue Christians. Well I know it's not the best movie are no was not that but there are some good stuff in there. Now something I was having a discussion with somebody about this earlier today Star Wars folks. Let me just make something very clear to you. Star Wars is Buddhism and then some flavors of eastern religion and people like Christians Avenue say oh but it's a conflict of good and evil. Yeah everybody has a conflict of good and evil but while you're feeding on and say yeah but there's some good stuff in there. Of course there's good stuff in there. If I give you a bottle in the morning and set it in front of your breakfast plate and it has a big skull and crossbones on it. I say Would you take a sip. That this morning. Forget about it right but if I can take some cyanide or something else and drop it into your orange juice. You'll drink it down unsuspecting the devil is not so stupid in and sometimes I wonder as we do these portrayals we were talking starting with one of the students about. I don't know if you do them here you know they have these get some plays they make you know people some people. I don't know what it takes to play the part of the devil in a play I would want to do it but somebody play the part and we make out the devil to be this before or like oh you know we go we're going to get on him is he so stupid. The devil is smarter than any of us here. And he ate isn't just can't wake up in the morning and sitting over breakfast and coffee say who am I going to tempt today he's planning who he's going to attempt a long time ago and how he's going to do it and not only how he's going to do it how he's been doing it step by little step. So you poison the Apple and Apple is good for you know a little poison it's not the devil mixes truth with error that's what makes it so effective that was the effect of Babylon when you go back to the Book of Genesis. Where were Adam and Eve tempted. Where did you go. A tree which tree was it. OK I heard it there. The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil you ever wonder why it wasn't called the Tree of Knowledge of evil. If you think about that. No it's the Tree of Knowledge of Good isn't evil because Adam and Eve would have been stupid enough to go to a tree of the knowledge of evil and so the devil mixes the truth with the error that's what makes it palatable that's what makes us take it without thinking about it and just as a predator grooms his victim I don't know if you've read up on predators some of these. Predators after children stop hell they were groom them and prepare them to gain their trust and down the road they can begin to abuse these children. It's sickening and I'm going to tell you something they get the devil does that he grooms he doesn't he doesn't he doesn't do it all at once. It's a step by step process north a statement here from the book Preachers from prophets says it was the traitors within the walls that overthrew the strongholds of principle and betrayed Israel into the power of Satan. It is the US that Satan still seeks to compass the ruin of the soul. Notice the next statement a long. What a long preparatory process what's that mean with Seward prepare for a long preparatory process he prepares people to fall along preparatory process unknown to the world goes on in the heart before the Christian commits an open sin. The devil knows you're not going to get you to commit an open sin today. Let me ask you and only answer me this question let me ask you how many times you've been maybe convicted about something you hear a song and you say you know that's your Nobody else is around your conscience tells you you shouldn't be listening to that and you wrestle with it and you and your You've got anxiety about it but you talk to some friends and like man I don't know what the deal is you keep us because you grew up in Michigan. That's what they tell. I grew up in Michigan. But as people say yeah because you had this background or you had it and you begin to say you know maybe that's right. Maybe I'm being a little bit overboard and you go ahead and keep listening to it. What happens to you next time you hear it the next time you're going to tell you something before long you listen saying you know I don't know why I thought that was so bad. Did the song Get Better to get more holy No you change and you know how you change because it was a long preparatory process the devil when. Through because you knew you were going to fall right away. That's the whole idea of him mixing the truth with error along preparatory process unknown to the world goes on in the heart before the Christian commits open soon the mind does not come down at once from purity and holiness to depravity corruption and crime. It takes time to degrade those formed in the image of God to the brutal or the state tannic By be holding we become change we're going to talk more about me about about that as we go. By the indulgence of impure thoughts man can so educate his mind. Who's educating you want to say who's man I can so I educate my own mind to Love's in man can so educate his mind that sin which he once loads will become pleasant to him but not over night it slowly as the truth is mingle with the air and so you don't suspect. What's happening. I read an interesting story about the Great Wall of China. They built the Great Wall of China for safety from the barbaric hordes to the north and it was so high. Nobody could climb over it. It was so thick that nothing could break it down. They settle back to enjoy their security and during the first hundred years of the walls existence China was invaded three times and every time. Not once to the barbaric hordes break down the walls. Every time they bribed a gate keeper and marched in through the gates. I'm telling you the devil works on driving your gate keeper and get things in that you wouldn't otherwise let in and he does it through a slow property. Henri process. I want you to go to Matthew six with me. I want you to look at something Jesus says here that I. Will spend the bulk of the rest of our time on this is really it's just too little verses but it's absolutely fascinating especially in light of what we're looking at here. Matthew six twenty two. Matthew six and verse twenty two. Matthew six and verse twenty two of the Bible says here the lamp. Of the body is the what is the eye. If therefore your eye is what if your eye is good. Your whole body will be full of light but if your eye is bad. Your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness how great is that darkness. Now what's he talking about here. The lamp of the body is the eye Jesus is talking about what we take in through our senses and how it affects our mind and when you take in good things through your senses. It fills you full of light that is truth. If you take bad things through your senses. It affects your mind in that negative way. Are you following that. Now I want to talk to you a little bit about paradigms I've ever heard that word before paradigm. So our world view a pair a paradigm a contract according to The New Oxford Dictionary. It says that a paradigm is the framework of ideas and believes through which an individual interprets the world and interacts with it. OK The paradigm is what I put it this way it's it's your framework of of thinking and acting and it provides YOUR what I want to say it provides your. The foundation for evaluating every other thing that you learn and hear and you build your paradigm through the things that you learn in life you grow up the things you learn in home the things you learn at school the things you commit yourself to the books you read the things you watch all of that contributes to how you view the world and what it does is establishes that paradigm. We're building that paradigm by the things we accept as reality. Everything we learn everything were exposed to is going to shape that paradigm. Everybody has one you've got people today is that you know I'm not influenced by anybody on my own man. Oh you're not. It is impossible not to be influenced by something or someone impossible everybody in this world is influenced by somebody. Now how many of you have ever seen. The video on the backwards bicycles anybody seen that one. OK if you haven't seen it you want to check their sales like seven minutes. Google it backwards bicycle guy by the name of an engineer by the name of Destin Sandlin. Had some in a place that he works he had some of the guy is engineer as a prank of a backwards bicycle want to what I mean by backward bicycle is. They put the gears on the steering column so that they modified them so that when you turn the handlebars to the right the wheel goes to the left. And you in the here and turn they are bars the left wheel goes to the right now on the video. He's telling him demonstrating these are the first time you know they pull this playing a prank and he's like I can get this thing going to take me a little bit of time. Yeah it took him a little bit of time took him eight months eight months to to learn to ride that bicycle in when you think about it. There's a lot. It goes in it's not as much riding is getting started. Because when you're getting started on the bicycle and getting it started moving. You don't know if you have some momentum you can probably get used to the I don't know the steering thing but when you're going from a standstill. You know how many times you might jiggle the wheel just a little bit for balance and not even think about it if you do when you learn how to ride a bike all of those processes are going on. You're not even thinking about it with your app and it took this guy eight months to ride the bicycle. OK. And incidentally again he was an engineer and he was not a. Uncoordinated fellow that's not why it took him eight months. He took the bike around to different places and I think he still does this and he had a few in the video you can see and he would challenge people he'd take a college student up on a stage like this and he'd take two hundred dollars. He'd start you here on the bike you go over here and he'd say OK here's two hundred dollars you ride from there to here and you got to two hundred dollars. None of them could do it. Nobody's ever been able to do it and the perp the point that he made is there are it took him eight months now what's interesting is this he is I forget how old his kid was in the video. I don't remember somewhere around five years old or so. Learn to do it in two to three weeks and because there's their brains are so much more plastic we call it. Adaptable. But the point is this in the point that he made and it took him eight months after eight months he does this he does this this video series. Called smarter every day and he has you know has over a million viewers on You Tube And so he went out and tweeted his group and he was going to Amsterdam and everybody rise bikes in Amsterdam he said you know somebody bring me a bicycle. I want to see if I can ride it. And this is a regular bike after the eight months and he filmed it and after the eight months and he got the other. Right down he couldn't ride a regular bike. Now it took him twenty minutes but in twenty minutes it kind of clicked and he was able to get up but for the first twenty minutes he couldn't ride the other bicycle like you and I would ride it in the point that he made a simply this. Sum to it took him eight months to unlearnt riding a bike so we could learn the new bike our paradigm shape the way we receive information they shape the way we receive truth and the point that Jesus was making is this when he said that you're on the eye is the lamp of the body and when the evil eye comes in when you when your eye is good the body will be full of light me-I is bad the body will be full of darkness and when the light that is in you is darkness how great the darkness. The point he's making is this is when you're accepting information and receiving it is true what happens if what you receive is true is false. What happens if your truth is error and you've accepted it is true and it becomes part of your baseline for testing everything else. Now what's going to happen when you hear truth. You're going to mediately judge it is error based on your truth that you have which is a are so when the light that is in you is darkness that is one when you think is true. What's true is falls how deep the darkness. Let me give you an example of this. If a person except some materialistic view of the universe. They have predisposed themselves to rejecting the existence of God they accept materialism is true. Everything has a material explanation so anything that comes to them that says different is automatically going to be false. Based on the truth that they have accepted. I want to demonstrate that misstatement is going to blow you away. If you have not read this before. Now this statement I'm going to share with you is from a Harvard Yale evolutionary biologist by the name of Richard Lewontin he is explaining why scientists except some pretty on tenable things unprovable things you know some of the science that you know they say for example people say well the reason I believe in creation over evolution is evolution over creation is because evolution has so many more facts to back it up if you ever heard that before. That's nonsense. If you've ever looked at the facts. See what they peddle off in the textbooks to get kids eating up that and much of what the dope does have doesn't have any substantiation in real science. So he's commenting on why there are certain things in science that really don't make sense but we scientists believe them notice are willing to see our willingness the scientific community our willingness to accept scientific claims that are against what. Common sense is the key to an understanding of the real struggle between science and the supernatural or what's the real struggle you want to understand why we scientists accept some pretty kooky stuff you've got to understand the real battle between science and the supernatural now seventy atoms we don't think we have to separate science from the supernatural. We have a supernatural God episode the scientists by the way and the author of all science but at any rate this is how some people will view this. He says we take the side of science. In spite of the patent absurdity of some of its const rocks in spite of its failure to fulfill many of its extravagant promises of health and life. In spite of the tolerance of the scientific community for unsubstantiated just so story. It's so in other words you say we accept all kinds of stuff that really doesn't have all. A lot of science backing it up for lack of a better expression. Why because we have a prior commitment a commitment to materialism. In other words we have committed to believe in materialism so strongly that anything that would say that would give us another explanation besides materialism we reject it without even thinking about it. Such as God there could be a creator why because I accept materialism and I can't accept anything else out of materialism what I have accepted as truth the light that is in me is darkness and so your light your truth I don't believe it. I believe materialism is true it gets better. He says. It is not that the methods and institutions of science somehow compel us to accept a material explanation of the phenomenal world did you get what he said there. It's not that the evidence of science is so compelling. That's not it. It's not that the facts are so strong on the side of materialism. That's not why we believe in it but on the contrary that we are forced by our app priori it here. Instead is our priority here it's to material causes to create an apparatus of investigation. He says even the ways we test information we created it to produce nothing but materialistic answers. This is. I read this thing and I said this they made this up. This made I gotta go find and I went and I found the article. This is not a hoax this is this is where this guy's coming from in this where a lot of scientists if they got wrong with you they would just say look. This is why I believe what I do I believe in materialism and so anything else is just. Materialism and then not listening. He's going to go on to say pretty much that we are forced by our our priority here and to material causes to create Navarette us of investigation and a set of concepts that produce material explanations. No matter how counterintuitive. No matter how mystifying to the uninitiated. Moreover that materialism is absolute for we cannot allow a divine foot in the door. Yeah that's real science isn't it. As we say all science say that scientists are open minded they look at everything. Yeah right. What he's saying is because we've accepted as true materialism. It has it has shaped our ability to receive anything else is true that might be contrary to that if God himself showed up in front of him and said look I'm God and I made everything. Sorry. They're not going to accept it and I know that may sound a little farfetched but that's the reality how many miracles to Jesus do before the religious late mation you think it's some point they would have said you know what I given he's a messiah raising Lazarus from the dead that would have probably done it right. OK you're the messiah. You've raised a guy from the dead it was dead for four did. No didn't change a thing. And why you remember Jesus even foretold it in the parable of rich man the law is or is were mere by the name of rat Lazarus in the parable the rich man says. But father if you just sin talking to Father Abraham if you just in Lazarus raising the dead send him my feeling and the answer was given in the parable by Jesus if they won't believe Moses and the prophets which is the writings of scripture. Neither would they believe if one raised from the dead. Why because they have an air priori commitment. Now what does this have to do with us as. Everything to do with us because what's happening is the devil working is working daily to shape your paradigm just like he shaped Richard Lewontin spare a dime and it may not be along the lines of materialism. But it's going to be some way or another. That's going to seek slowly to erode your face and it's not just going to come from outside the church is going to come from inside the church even as people approached me last night say my professors are saying now I haven't verified it but somebody told me you're one of my professors as a Christian is just one avenue to salvation. Well that's an interesting opinion and I will tell you something. The Word of God says very different from that says there's one name given under heaven among men whereby we must be saved and it's a name of Jesus Christ and I'm not getting into all that right now the problem is when you've accepted an erroneous paradigm error actually makes more sense to you than truth does. That's what it means to be drunk with Babylon's when I I not proud of the days and I've spent in my life drunk but I'm going to tell you something you can't reason with a drunk person and it's not an accident that God uses drunkenness to describe the state of mind a person is in when their head is filled with terror. I don't know if you've ever tried to share Bible truths with somebody who's a Christian of another faith you tell me about the Sabbath. It should be so plain to them but they're just like oh you know I just don't know it's just so hard to understand. Do we know what to do that isn't and how about it. What was a change and what you're trying to give all the answers. Why is it so confusing because they're drunk with the wine of Babylon noticed a statement from testimonies volume one point six twenty four. It says is error is most in accordance with the natural heart as well as error is most in accordance with the natural heart. Taken for granted to be clear our natural heart error makes more sense to us. I want you to notice something Jesus said on this in Luke Chapter five look at Luke Chapter five with me. Luke Chapter five and we're looking at verse thirty nine. Luke Chapter five in verse thirty nine. Now here Jesus is talking about old wine and new wine skins In fact let's look at verse thirty seven to start with no one puts new wine into old wine skins not Jesus is using this just like a wine of Babylon represents teaching to talk about his teachings and he's trying to tell the Farriss you can't fit my teachings with you're always there there there there paradigm was the old wine skin his teaching was a new wine he says it can't go together. No one puts new wine into wine skins else the new wine will burst the wine skins be spilled in the wine skins will be ruined. But new wine must be put into new wine skins and both are preserved now give the next verse and no one having drunk. What old wine immediately desires new or he says what the old is better. Jesus says when you have taken air or air is more palatable to you than truth. Nobody immediately goes from error to say oh I love the truth because our minds have been so acclimated to error. This is an interesting statement in great conversely three eighty eight. It says were it not that the world is hopelessly intoxicated with. The wine of Babylon multitude should be convicted and diverted by the plane cutting truth of the Word of God the sin of the Worlds and penitence lies at the door of the church while the church has been peddling the mix that mixture of truth in error and so what happens is when you try to share with people there so people get drunk on false doctrine and I want to bring this home. Here's the point with all of this we are not immune to what we're looking at the devil works on you just like he works on anybody else in the world and he tries to mingle truth with error in a way that's going to be acceptable to you. So he can put that bribe the guard at the gate so to speak and get in past your defenses and begin to wear down and shift the foundation that you're standing on. Everything that we take in shapes our thinking. So what should we be taking in to our minds to make sure they're shaped the right way. Matthew seven and we're going to finish here in Matthew. Actually we have two more text one is Matthew seven. I want you to look at that one with me. Matthew seven twenty four you're probably familiar with this passage. Matthew seven twenty four Jesus says Therefore whoever hears these what sayings of my AM and. Does them I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock and the rain descended the floods came in the wind blew him beat on that house and it did not fall for it was founded on the rock but who ever everyone who hears these sayings of mine and does not do them will be low. Like a foolish man who built his house on the sand and the rain descended the floods came and the winds blew and beat on that house and it fell and great was its fall. What did Jesus say the key is he who hears these sayings of mine in does them. Let me just put a plug in for what we call inspiration when we read in the Bible. You know I really share so many statements from the pen of Illinois. Because seven dams believe they're inspired and what that means is there not a mixture of truth in air or the sound reality is I can walk into an abacus book center and pick up a book and it may be true or it may be false or it may be a mingling of the two and not necessarily intentionally by the author but I know when I go to the Bible. I know I'm getting true. I don't have to decipher it and I know when I go to the Spirit of Prophecy writings. I'm getting true. And when I fill my mind with truth. It establishes a foundation that is not something I perceive as true or maybe true. And so I don't end up with materialism down there and I reject everything else but I'm receiving something that is a sure foundation. So I can properly evaluate what comes my way because the reality is you have no safety here tonight in what I say or what any pastor says or what any of your teachers say or what your parents say or what your friends say even if what they're saying is right because we're fallible and we're human. The only safe place you have to stand is the Word of God And so the devil mixes truth with error pulls us away from the Bible and if we're not spending time in the word and if we're not spending time inspired writings were open game for the enemy. So in the second angel's message goes out and says Babylon is fallen but God is trying to tell. It is every other system that you could trust and in this world is fallible. It's a mixture of potential error I don't say everything is error that's not the Bible but that's got to be your foundation. Otherwise what do you test anything by I can sit here tonight and you can hear what I'm saying and say all this makes sense. I'm going to tell you can have a guy come here next week and tell you the exact opposite of what I'm saying and you may make it sound really good. Now what are you going to do. Well listen to the one who's young girl isn't the one who's ritualism the one who's broadcast more listen to the one you mean we do all these got no you tested by truth because those are the days we live in this is the last passage I want to share with you John. Seventeen seventeen. John seventeen seventeen. John seventeen seventeen says if anyone that's not John seventeen seventeen and John seven seventeen. John seventeen seventeen says sanctify them by your truth your what your word is truth. How many of your this verse before. What is the word saying to find mean doesn't mean make holy means to separate set apart now to set apart for reason of holiness Yes but I want you to get the set apart thing because that's more directly what that word means set them apart by your truth your word is truth. Let me ask a very simple question How can the word set you apart or set me apart. I'll just leave it at that how can the words set us apart. There's only one way I'll ask it a different way. How can the words set you apart and me apart from anybody else. If I do. Following it. Can I listen to people say things like this and you heard this and your well you know we haven't have the truth but but we need you know I grew up knowing the truth but I did know Jesus. Oh no no no no no because truth is not a theory truth is not a theory of things you know in your head if you know real truth. Jesus is the way the truth in the light. This is the written word. He is a living word noticed a statement on the screen truth is not truth to those who do not practice it. Truth is only troops to you when you live it in the daily life you want to solid foundation you want to be secure against the storm that's coming. You gotta build on the rock. Did Jesus didn't say he who hears these sayings of mine. He said He who hears these things of mine and does them. Sanctify them father by your truth set them apart. Well that prayer of Jesus can't be answered. If I'm not willing to follow it. It's when I read the word and I say Lord I'm willing to go where it tells me to go and do what it tells me to do. When I do that. What happens. I follow him. It sets me apart from those who don't and I'm standing on a sure foundation great controversy says it is what it is impossible for us with the Bible within our reach to got honor God by Iranians opinions here a lot of people who just wait around and I had this happen as a pastor. I've had young people say boy I sure hope the pastor doesn't preach on music this seven. If you're thinking that you ought to be studying out what the Bible says don't wait don't hope that the prove the sermon isn't preached this touching the thing that you need to study. It's impossible for us to honor God with a BY within our reach to honor God with erroneous opinions. I'm just going to think what I think and I'm not going to search it out. No you need to see. Notice many claim that it matters not what one believes if his life was only right. You've heard that before but the life is molded by the faith. If light and truth is within our reach in and we neglect to improve the privilege of hearing and seeing it. What does it mean to neglect. Now she goes on to use this word reject. But you don't think of these words together years of neglect is well I should do it. I know I should do it but I did. I'm not going to take this I don't have time I didn't get around to it and that's neglect I should have done and I did but it says here we neglect to improve the privilege of hearing and seeing it. We always have opportunity to hear and see troops but we oftentimes choose other things instead entertainment or what have you. We neglect to improve the privilege of hearing and seeing it. Notice we virtually what reject it. We are choosing darkness rather than light. So if I have some something like this and I say and I can go out tonight and hear the word you know I want to get caught up in my sleep and I'm going to go do my laundry and things like that. I'm going to say that's the case with every event that goes on there's lots of events but I'm saying we have opportunities. Oftentimes And I just don't feel like it when we do that we are choosing darkness rather than light in many cases folks there's a storm coming and you need to make sure your building on the rock the devil is working diligently every day so we talk about truth makes air we watched. The things we watch the things we listen to in the dough puts just little things in there to start to undermine people argue with me like I told you a Star Wars book you go to any kind of entertainment. It's the arts right we call the arts. What is an artist. What is art to an artist. It's his expression. Of thought in philosophy. You're not going to get any kind of entertainment that isn't get somebodies philosophy directed to you. Oh but it's got about a good move on. There's going to yeah there's got all kinds of other things in there too. And it's slowly shaping your paradigm and there's a long preparatory process that's happening and you need to gird yourself with the truce last statement through those that have a form of godliness that's not it because I that's not it. You're going to share out of my notes because I don't have it up there. This is the last statement closing with this great converse of page six zero eight says as the storm approaches stopping at the time we're in now as the storm approaches a large class who have professed faith in the third angels message but have not been sanctified through obedience to the troops. Abandon their position and join the ranks of the opposition. Why this and carefully by uniting with the world and partaking of its spirit. They have come to view matters in nearly the same light and when the test is brought they are prepared to choose the easy popular side. What are they prepared to choose if you are being prepared today. You're being prepared right now fortify yourself with the truth. Babylon is fallen. There is one sure way that way is described in the scripture that leads us to Jesus Christ HE IS THE WAY THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE. Commit yourself to spending time regularly in the word inspired writings let God build that solid rock foundation will you do that. Will you commit to that here tonight. How many of you want to say I want that rock solid foundation. Let's pray Father in heaven. Father just ask tonight that you take the things that have been spoken and father speak them clearly convey them clearly to our hearts and minds not just in a way of information but in the way of commitment for we live in a time where a storm. A storm is coming. Lord has already begun. The enemy is constantly seeking to undermine. And weaken our faith. I pray the Lord that you with sanctify us by your truth your word is truth and father in saying so I join my voice the voice of mercy this media was brought to you by audio from a website dedicated to spreading God's word through free sermon audio and much more if you would like to know more about audio or if you would like to listen to more sermon visit W.W.W. audio or.


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