1Cor 3:10                              Church Builders                             3/14/2010      ßà   

  • Three Parables (Isa 61:3, 1Cor 3:9-23, Eph 2:20-22, 1Cor 2:2)

 

 

 

 

#2.       Church Builders (1Cor 3:10-11, Isa 48:8, Matt 1:21, 1Pet 4:11)

 

 

 

 

  • Build Upon This Foundation (1Cor 3:12-15, Eph 2:10, 2Tim 4:8)

 

 

 

 

  • Saved So As By Fire (1Cor 3:13,15, Matt 3:11, Luk 12:50, Ex 12:8-10, John 1:29, Heb 12:29)

 

 

 

 

#3.       The Temple of God (1Cor 3:16, 7:14, John 14:23, 1John 4:19, 10)

 

 

 

 

·         Warning: The Temple of God Is Holy (1Cor 3:17-20, Isa 5:21, Job 5:13, Psalm 94:11, Matt 24:24)

 

 

 

 

  • Let No Man Glory in Men (1Cor 3:21-23, Jer 17:5, Gal 1:8-9, Deut 18:20-22)

 

 

 

Please open your Bibles to the First Epistle to the Corinthians, 1Cor 3:9 (2X). Last week we looked at the first nine verses in this chapter, and God showed us there the first parable in this chapter. The parable was titled, “Ye Are God’s Husbandry”, which means that all the plants in God’s garden were planted and watered by Him. Or in the words of Isa 61:3 we can say, “That WE might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, in order that HE might be glorified.” Today we want to look at the remainder of this chapter, and we are going to see that this chapter consists of three parables.

  • Three Parables (Isa 61:3, 1Cor 3:9-23, Eph 2:20-22, 1Cor 2:2)

The second parable pictures the saints as church builders. These church builders are described in verses 9 through 15. We go out and evangelize the world, and we conduct Bible studies to teach new Christians the deeper things of the Gospel. In terms of the first parable we are sowing the seeds of the Gospel and we are finding those whom God intended to save, and we are watering those tender plants which have just sprung up. In terms of the second parable we are building churches under the guidance of God the Holy Spirit, and we are instructing newborn Christians by helping them understand mysteries of the Word of God. The third parable runs from verses 16-23, describing the saints as the temple of God. But we are not called temple builders. This is actually not a parable, but it is the real temple of God as it presently is and as it will be throughout eternity. We read in 1Cor 3:9-23,

1Co 3:9-23  For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building. According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness. And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain. Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours; Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours; And ye are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s.      (Put a sticker here in 1Cor 3:10.)

As we can see, God introduces us here to the concept of the church and the concept of the temple of God. We need to understand that there are analogies and there are differences between the church and the temple of God. Please turn in your Bibles to the Epistle to the Ephesians, Eph 2:20 (2X). Here in the Epistle to the Ephesians God gave us another description of how we are built into the church and built into the temple of God. In both cases it is God who does the building. He is entirely responsible for how the building turns out. We are the building which God erects. And just like in 1Cor 3:10-15 the various parts of the building represent the doctrines which are taught in the church. We read in Eph 2:20-22,

Eph 2:20-22  And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

Here we have a precise definition of the corner stone. In various places in the OT and the NT we read about the parable of the corner stone, the stone that the builders rejected. But God says here that Christ is that corner stone. In other words, we must first have a sure foundation before we build up our system of faith. That foundation is a good understanding of Jesus Christ and Him crucified, as we have read in 1Cor 2:2. Only then can we have a building that is fitly framed together, and only then can we have a building where God is pleased to dwell. Let us now look at the details of this building process.

#2.       Church Builders (1Cor 3:10-11, Isa 48:8, Matt 1:21, 1Pet 4:11)

Please turn again to the First Epistle to the Corinthians, 1Cor 3:10 (2X). We read in 1Cor 3:10-11,

1Co 3:10-11  According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth there upon. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

What is meant by this foundation that was laid? The church at Corinth is compared to God's building. The Apostle Paul says: "I have laid the foundation, which is Jesus Christ." Only by grace was I privileged to lay this foundation. I have taught you the whole counsel of God, which is focused on Christ crucified. I have taught you that all mankind is engrossed in sin, and that God calls us "transgressors from the womb" (Isa 48:8) Mankind was created in the image of God and mankind was created to serve God. But, because of our sins we not serving God but Satan, and for this we all are on the way to Hell. But God, in His great mercy, decided that He would save a people for Himself, and because we could not help ourselves God Himself in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ, would take upon Himself all the guilt of all the sins of those whom He had chosen for Himself, and Christ would bear all the consequences for those sins, whatever they may be. In Matt 1:21 the angel said to Joseph: "Thou shalt call His name Jesus, for He shall save His people from their sins." Therefore the Lord Jesus Christ came to this earth about 2000 years ago, to bear our sins and to pay for the guilt of our sins the penalty that was required to fully satisfy the righteousness of God. Therefore it was necessary that the Lord Jesus paid on the cross the equivalent of an eternity in Hell for all the guilt of the sins of His people, so that His people would not have to endure Hell. But He did not pay for the sins of every human being, as is so widely taught, because Christ did not endure the equivalent of an eternity in Hell for those who themselves go to Hell. The Bible teaches that “Jesus Christ crucified” means that all those whose sins have been paid, will certainly be saved at some point in their life. But “Christ crucified” also teaches that all those whose sins have not been paid, must pay for their own sins in Hell. But the only way any sin can be forgiven is through the cross of Christ. And that process was completed on Friday, April 3, in the year AD 33. The number of specific sins that the Lord Jesus paid on the cross 2000 years ago cannot be increased, nor can it be decreased. Therefore, the number of people whom Christ saved from their sins cannot be increased nor can it be decreased. God guaranteed that all those whose sins were paid at the cross, would at some time in their life be awakened by God the Holy Spirit and be given a regenerated soul, and faith, so that they see their sinful state and seek God for mercy. The result of their regenerated soul is that they are also the people who delight to search the Bible, because they delight to hear the voice of their Bridegroom. This is the foundation that was laid. No other foundation can be laid than this, which was laid. Now we must build on this foundation. Let us keep in mind that in all these activities of Paul, and all those who followed after him, their success depended totally on God. If it is God that giveth the increase, as we read in 1Cor 3:5, then we must give credit to whom credit belongs. We rd in 1Pet 4:11,

1Pe 4:11  If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

We only speak, and we only minister, “as of the ability which God giveth.” Therefore, God has certain things to say to all those who come after Paul to build up the church. Who are the people engaged in this building project? God is speaking to the entire church at Corinth. This is also addressed to everyone here, not just to the Pastor. We are all in this project together. You may think that only the Pastor is engaged in church building, but the Pastor by himself is not able to do much. We all are called to be witnesses, and we all are called to train up our children in the teachings of the Word of God. Look at how often God says: "Every man". In verse 8 God said: "Every man shall receive his own reward". In verse 10 God said: "Let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon". In verse 13 God said: "Every man's work shall be made manifest". Definitely God is addressing everyone here to take stock of how we are contributing to the furtherance of God's Kingdom. AND God says that every saint ought to build and beautify God's Kingdom within his heart. That is the building project we are all engaged in. Specially we need to see the warning of verse 10: "Let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon." Let us now read verses 12-15 where God addresses those who build upon this foundation.

  • Build Upon This Foundation (1Cor 3:12-15, Eph 2:10, 2Tim 4:8)

1Co 3:12-15 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

We are still in the parable where church building is portrayed as "a building project". We have to understand what these various building materials in this building project represent. What does the work represent that is done by various people as they engage in church building? Just like the foundation consists of the teachings of who Christ is and what Christ has done, so the building materials represent teachings that we build upon this foundation, which is Jesus Christ. We can build with teachings that can stand the test of the fire of judgment day, like gold, silver and precious stones. For example, if we build on this foundation with the doctrines of the triune Godhead, and with the doctrine that Christ is reigning now in heaven and on earth, and with the doctrine that Christ's second coming includes the end of the world, then we are spiritually building with gold, silver and precious stones. Let's not kid ourselves; no one has all the doctrines perfectly right. Some teachings that we hold will be like wood, hay or stubble. For example, some people teach that the gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay and stubble represent saved and unsaved people in the church. That is not true. That is a teaching of wood, hay and stubble. This is not to say that we can preach heresy, because the premise was "If any man build upon this foundation". We are starting with the right foundation, which will be Christ, the Word of God, and not one letter more, and not one letter less than the true Christ from the Bible. We cannot teach that salvation is a decision that we have to make, for that will be contradicting hundreds of verses in the Bible. We cannot teach that there will come a Jewish age of 1000 years where the Jews are going to evangelize the world for that will also contradict hundreds of verses in the Bible. We cannot teach that at the end of time God is going to give special rewards for good works that were done in this life, for that will also clash with many verses in the Bible. Moreover, all those so called good works were foreordained and before prepared by God that we should walk in them (Eph 2:10), and so we do not deserve any credit for having done these so called good works. But, for example, when we suggest the interpretation of a parable, we could be wrong, and in such a case we would be teaching wood, hay and stubble. God gave two possibilities: Our work shall abide, or our work shall be burned. We read in 1Cor 3:13,

1 Cor 3:13  Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.

What is every man's work? It is the work that each one of us does to build one another up in the faith, or that each one of us does to enrich, or edify, or beautify our own spiritual house, in prayer or in Bible study. Every man's work shall be made known on the Last Day, because the fire shall test the work of what sort it is. But here is a man who is a saved individual. Is his work going to be tested by hellfire? That is not possible, because "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus." No the fire is God, because "Our God is a consuming fire". Our work will have come to an end when Christ returns. And what will be the result of our work? 1Cor 3:14 says it:

1 Cor 3:14  If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.

What is this reward? This is not the reward of eternal life, because that was a gift. If any man's work

abide which he has built upon the solid foundation, which is Christ, it means that his work of church building abides. This means that some people have become saved through the preaching, or teaching, or supporting of the true Gospel. What is this reward? It is the reward of seeing the salvation of those people on this earth, or it is the reward of seeing those saved people back in heaven. That is a great joy. Please turn in your Bibles to the Second Epistle to Timothy, 2Tim 4:8 (2X). While we are here on earth we do not know who around us has really become saved. Only on the Last Day will we know this. And to be engaged in the Lord’s work of serving as His ambassador is really the greatest work we can do in this life, for it is a work that pleases the Lord most of all. But whatever work we have done, our reward on the last day will be the same for everyone who has been saved by grace. We read in 2Tim 4:8,

2Ti 4:8  Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

The same crown of righteousness will be given to everyone who loves His appearing, because this symbolic crown is a gift of grace to all who have been chosen to receive salvation by grace. Can you see the magnificent grace of God? Each one of His elect shall inherit God. Each one of His elect shall sit with Christ in His throne and with Christ rule over the new universe. It is a gift that is greater than anyone of us can imagine, and it is a gift that is most certainly undeserved. Now, let us look at the other person:

  • Saved So As By Fire (1Cor 3:13,15, Matt 3:11, Luk 12:50, Ex 12:8-10, John 1:29, Heb 12:29)

Please turn again to 1Cor 3:13 (2X). What is going on here? Let us read verses 13 and 15,

1 Cor 3:13  Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.

The work that each one of us does to build one another up in church, or in preaching, or teaching, or supporting the true Gospel, or the work that each one of us does to enrich, or edify, or beautify our own spiritual house, in prayer or in Bible study, shall be made known on the last day. The fire is representing God who reveals every man's work of what sort it is. When we speak about those who build with wood, hay or stubble, we are not talking about unsaved individuals, for verse 15 says that they will be saved so as by fire. And thus when we speak about the work they do, we are not saying that they proclaim heresy for that also would not be in harmony with their saved condition. However, these individuals have not been very careful in selecting what is good for their soul, or what is good for their family's spiritual needs or what is good for their relationships with other people. But their foundation is right. They are building on the solid foundation, which is Christ. And what I say about men in this passage equally applies to women. Women can make the same mistakes as men. Usually husbands are making joint decisions with their wives about what to teach their children. Any mistakes they make are usually joint mistakes. And what is the result? We read in 1Cor 3:15, “If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.” What does it mean,” he shall suffer loss?” For example, this would apply to a Pastor who has not worked hard at studying the Scriptures. For example, based on the first four verses in this chapter he has developed a teaching that there are carnal Christians. Since his teachings are not always harmonious to the Bible, the result is that he is gathering around him many unsaved people. Even though this Pastor himself may be saved, much of his work is destroyed on the last day, and he shall not see many of his parishioners in heaven. Or verse 15 may apply to a father or a mother who have made definite mistakes with their children in their teenage years. That is easy to do if you do not know what sort of clay teenagers are made of these days. The result may be that on the last day they do not see their children in heaven. I am not teaching that there will be sorrow in heaven. But they are deprived of the joy that they could have, if they would have seen their loved ones in heaven. In that sense they shall suffer loss. Then verse 15 says: "But he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire." What does this mean? Could this be hellfire? No, that is not possible for this was a saved individual. The fire represents the wrath of God.  Please turn in your Bibles to the Gospel According to Matthew, Matt 3:11 (2X). If we have been saved, then Christ has saved us by enduring the fire in our place on the cross. How can we find this in the Scriptures? Look at this passage in Matt 3. When the Pharisees and Sadducees questioned John the Baptist about his water baptism, John answered them in Matt 3:11,

Mt 3:11  I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:

Christ shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and He shall baptize you with fire, or by fire. Well we already know what the baptism of the Holy Ghost is; it is the moment when we are being born again, or born from above. This is the regeneration of our soul, and God the Holy Spirit washes us from our sins, for “to baptize” means “to wash’. But what is the baptism by fire? Could it be the persecution we must endure? No, that cannot be, for some are persecuted severely and some are persecuted lightly. The baptism by fire refers to a washing by fire. In His atonement for the guilt of our sins the Lord Jesus had to endure the equivalent of an eternity in Hell, for only that would satisfy the righteousness of a just God. The Lord Jesus spoke of this as a baptism He had to go through when He said in the Gospel of Luke, Luk 12:50, “But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished!” This was the washing by fire which He had to endure for every one of His elect. John the Baptist spoke of this again when he saw Jesus coming in John 1:29, The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” When John referred to the Lord Jesus as a Lamb, he was referring to the Passover lamb. But when we read about the Passover lamb in Ex 12:8-10, and we read of other animal sacrifices which all were pictures of the Lord Jesus on the cross, we see that they were all subjected to fire. But when we look at Christ on the cross, we do not see any fire. However, the Lord Jesus had to suffer in His human soul the equivalent of an eternity in Hellfire. That is where the fire was; it was tormenting Him in His soul. And so, when we consider the expression, “Saved so as by fire”, we know that it refers to the atonement of Christ on the cross. The warning of verse 10 rings through loud and clear: "TAKE HEED HOW WE BUILD".

#3.       The Temple of God (1Cor 3:16, 7:14, John 14:23, 1John 4:19, 10)

Please turn again to the First Epistle to the Corinthians, 1Cor 3:16 (2X). There we read,

1Co 3:16 ¶  Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

We have heard this often, and by now the effect is as that of water sliding off a duck’s back. Let us first look at the difference between a church and the temple of God. A church is an organism consisting of both saved and unsaved people. Nevertheless, all the members of a church are called to be servants of God, lock stock and barrel. All who are here are set apart for service, for God says in 1Cor 7:14,

1Co 7:14  For the unbelieving husband is sanctified (set apart) by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified (set apart) by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy (set apart).

And so, a church is an imperfect representation of the Kingdom of God on this earth. But the temple of God consists of truly saved individuals, for God does not dwell in unsaved people. A church is an outwardly visible organization. We are not concerned about the building itself, for that is just bricks and mortar. The outwardly visible church is the imperfect external church. But within the external church, which is the local church, there are truly saved individuals, who are elect of God. All the elect of God together, gathered from over all the earth, form the eternal church, and this group of saints can also be called the temple of God, or the Bride of Christ. And so, there is a distinct difference between a church and the temple of God. Please turn in your Bibles to the Gospel According to John, John 14:23 (2X). We are church builders, but we are not temple builders. With the help of God the Holy Spirit we build an imperfect church; on the other hand God has designed the temple of God before the foundation of the world. His temple is perfect, because the Bride of Christ must be perfect. We read in John 14:23,

Joh 14:23  Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

If a man love me” indicates that the Lord is speaking of saved individuals, for only those who are truly saved will truly love Him. God says in 1John 4:19, “We love Him, because He first loved us”. And how did He love us? God says in 1John 4:10, “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” And so, only the elect will be propitiated for their sins, and only the elect will be loved by God in this way, and only the elect will love God in return. Now that we have established this fact we can continue in John 14:23, and there God says, “my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.” In other words, the entire triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, dwell within our souls in a special way, for in verse 17 God already told us that the Holy Spirit shall dwell within us. If God so dwells within our souls, then what must be the condition of our souls? Is it not clear that there will be no sin left in our souls? For all our sins have been removed when God the Holy Spirit regenerated our dead souls. Ye must be born again! But we cannot make ourselves born again, or born from above. This is entirely a gift of grace. And these must be the individuals which must lead the imperfect church on the right path. Is this truly what is occurring?

·         Warning: The Temple of God Is Holy (1Cor 3:17-20, Isa 5:21, Job 5:13, Psalm 94:11, Matt 24:24)

Please turn again to 1Cor 3:17 (2X). Are the saints really in charge of guiding the church, or has the church recently fallen into unsaved hands? God says in several places in the Bible that near the end of time the church will certainly go apostate. This means that near the end of time the church will fall into unsaved hands. Now, the local church is not the temple of God. But certain saints in the local church are in the temple of God, for the church is the seat of the operations of God; it is the field on which He acts on this earth. And so, who can affect the temple? It is someone from within the church. Therefore, in this sermon of “Church Builders” we do well to heed the warning of God, and therefore we should also spend a few words on “Church Breakers”, which are those who deliberately break a church. 1Cor 3:17-20,

1Co 3:17-20  If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness. And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.

Who are those who are able to defile the temple of God? It will not be a newcomer who just joined the church. Who is able to affect so many people worldwide? Paraphrased God says, “Look among you and see who is considered wise among you? Is he known for being a good Bible student? O yes! And does he have power? He has great power. Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. This is a man who is capable of defiling the temple of God, for he can have a worldwide audience. I am talking about the man on the radio who really has a worldwide audience. He receives mail every day from all over the world. The amount of mail he receives is brought to his office by truck. And I am not talking about a little truck, but a big semi, every day. And how does he defile the temple of God? He spreads the false gospel that all the churches have been infiltrated by Satan, all over the world, and that there is not a single church in the world that is not infiltrated by Satan. He seems to know it all. And thus he claims that God commands the saints to leave their church regardless whether it has been faithful or not. God says in Isa 5:21, “Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!” And God says in Job 5:13, “He taketh the wise in their own craftiness: and the counsel of the froward is carried headlong.” And God says in Ps 94:11, “The LORD knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity.” Look at the context of this warning in 1Cor 3:16. It shows us here in verses 17-20 that God warns us for a man who deceives himself, thinking that he is so wise. It is true that the saints cannot be deceived, for the Lord Jesus said in Matt 24:24, “

Mt 24:24  For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

They might deceive the very elect if it were possible. But it is not possible. Those for whom Christ suffered and died will be saved and will not lose their salvation. But life is made for them uncomfortable, for through the activity of the man on the radio churches are closing, and only those churches who have joined themselves to a false gospel survive. This is clearly defiling the temple of God. We read in 1Cor 3

  • Let No Man Glory in Men (1Cor 3:21-23, Jer 17:5, Gal 1:8-9, Deut 18:20-22)

1Co 3:21-23 Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours; Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours; And ye are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s.

One emphasis of this passage is this: “Let no man glory in men.” This is a command that is found throughout the Bible in many places. For example, God says in the middle verse of the Bible, Jer 17:5, “Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.” In other words, “Cursed shall be the man who puts his trust in what man says, and who makes the wisdom of man his strength, for his heart has departed from the Lord.” God warns us not to be gullible and not to believe everything that all kinds of preachers come up with, especially not in these days since we are so close to the end of time. God has warned us for this many times. For example, the Lord said in Gal 1:8, “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.” And God repeated this curse in the following verse, in Gal 1:9. Also, God warned us in Deut 18 particularly for the man on the radio. Please turn to the Prophecy of Deuteronomy, Deut 18:20 (2X). We read here in Deuteronomy a warning not to believe false prophets. In OT times false prophets were stoned to death. That is how much God hated false prophets. But how shall we know whether a prophet is a false prophet or a good prophet? God says, check him out on his prophecies. We read in Deut 18:20-22,

De 18:20-22  But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die. And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken? When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.

Remember these words, “Thou shalt not be afraid of him.” If we would have lived in OT times, this man on the radio would not have lived beyond 1994, for I heard him clearly say on the radio that he was 99.99 % sure that Christ would return in September 1994. But September 1994 passed without a hitch, and subsequently he predicted two more dates that Christ would return, but both dates passed again without a hitch. But people do not learn, and presently there are many millions who are supporting him again with their time and with their money. Let this truth be clear in everyone’s mind, “That a reputation for wisdom may contribute nothing to a man’s true wisdom, but may stand in the way of it. Instead he should be willing to cast away his dependence on his own wisdom, and come as a child to the Savior. But to do this shall expose him to the charge of folly, and the derision of those who are wise in their own conceit.” But 1Cor 3:18 says, “Let him become a fool, that he may be wise.”

AMEN.           Let us turn to the Lord in prayer.