Lessons From Luke: The Resurrection of Christ is technically the sixth part from CPM’s mini-study on the existence of our kinsman Redeemer based mostly on Luke’s writings. What is Easter Sunday? What happened to the disciples? Should DSCI tolerate Easter bunnies? This sermon tells the resurrection story from all four Gospels and highlights the importance of this victory to the faithful seed of Israel’s race.
“Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature.” Mark 16:15, 16.
There is wisdom in the Proverb which says that dead flies cause precious ointment to stink. This is particularly true in respect to the Bible. It is a precious ointment of sweet odor, but certain “flies” have gotten into it whose corruptions have destroyed the perfume of the Divine records in the estimation of many an intelligent and growing number. Some of these “dead flies” were mistranslations; some of them misinterpretations, and some of them, including the text, were interpolations unauthorized additions to the Scriptures as originally written.
MANY USE SPURIOUS TEXTS
All of the sixteenth chapter of Mark, from the ninth verse to the end, is now well known to all scholars as an addition made to what St. Mark wrote. It has been known for years to all Bible scholars that the two oldest Greek manuscripts known to the world end the Book of Mark with the preceding verse (8). And these two oldest manuscripts belong to the Fourth Century.
Evidently, therefore, this addition to the Scriptures was made about four hundred years after St. Mark’s death. Why the ministers of Christendom fail to inform the Christian public of what they all know or should know we do not here pretend to say. Why many of them use these spurious verses as texts to sermons without explaining that they are spurious is not for us to judge. We would say, however, that some use these verses because they suit their theories as no other verses in the Bible would do.
Some zealous Christians use this text as a club upon other Christians, claiming that if they are not baptized with water they will surely be damned, millions of them even claiming that it must be by an immersion in water. And by “damned” they mean eternally, everlastingly tormented by fire-proof devils! They go further and make this spurious addition to God’s Word the basis of the theory that the Church is responsible for the Christianization of the world, and that every heathen who does not believe and who is not baptized some say, immersed will be damned to eternal torture for his unbelief and lack of baptism.
Thus this spurious statement dishonors God, antagonizes all sensible minds, and makes narrower and harder those who can and do believe.
ABILITY TO DRINK POISON
Many Christian people have their faith shaken in respect to their own relationship to God because of the statements following this text to the effect that all believers whould have the power to cast out devils, to speak with new tongues, to handle serpents without injury, to drink deadly poison without injury, and to lay hands on the sick and cause recovery. Many worldly-minded people, reading these statements, declare them to be “buncombe,” or else that the Church of Christ has lost a power which it should still possess. And yet intelligent ministers quote these spurious words instead of informing the people that they are no part of God’s Message and that they are not true.
The Scriptures do teach that miracles of tongues, healings, etc., were permitted in the days of the Apostles for the purpose of establishing the infant Church. But it is true that such powers were communicated, according to the Scriptures, by the laying on of the Apostles’ hands; and hence, as soon as the Apostles were dead and those upon whom they had laid their hands, and consecutively those who had received the Apostolic blessing and gifts of the Holy Spirit were dead, all those miracles and healings naturally ceased, as St. Paul foretold. 1 Cor. 13:8
LET HIM THAT HATH AN EAR HEAR THE GOOD NEWS
While the Gospel is to be preached in every nation, it is not with a view to converting all of mankind, but, as many Scriptures show, as a witness to the world and for the selection from among the world of a “little flock” of saints—”called, chosen and faithful” to constitute Messiah’s associates in His Mediatorial Kingdom, which shortly is to bless humanity with glorious opportunities of knowledge and uplifting influences, which will restore the willing and obedient to full harmony with God, full release from sin and death, sorrow and pain, to life eternal as perfect men in a world-wide “Paradise restored.”
The object and purpose of the Gospel everywhere not to the Jew only, but to every people can be easily demonstrated to all having faith in God. To claim that God intended the Gospel to convert the world, and to know that it has not done so, is to destroy faith in God and to destroy hope in respect to any glorious outcome to the Divine Plan of Salvation; for those who claim that God intended the preaching of the Gospel to accomplish the world’s conversion must admit that it has accomplished no such purpose; and if God’s Plan has been a failure for eighteen centuries what hope could any one have that it ever would be a success?
On the contrary, however, the Scriptures declare that the purpose and object of the Gospel is to gather out an “elect” or select class from amongst humanity to test and approve this “little flock” as to their willingness to follow in the footsteps of their Redeemer, and to glorify these by the power of the “First Resurrection” in the end of this Age, when the foreordained number shall have been selected. This, the proper view of the Gospel of Christ, is fully upheld and substantiated as true by the history of eighteen centuries. Thus we are seeing fulfilled the Divine Message through the Prophet, “My Word that has gone forth out of My mouth shall not return unto Me void. It shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” It is sent to gather the elect and it will accomplish the Divine intention.
WHEN SIN AND DEATH WILL CEASE
After the Gospel Message shall have selected the saints, and after God shall have glorified them as joint-heirs with Christ in His Kingdom, a totally different salvation will begin and operate along quite different lines! No longer will matters be left to the stammering tongues and to the dull and deaf ears and blinded eyes of the understanding! No longer will sin and death reign! No longer will darkness, ignorance and superstition cover the earth! On the contrary, then the Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing in His beams. The whole earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of God. The King shall reign in righteousness on the spirit plane and His Princes in all the earth.
I delivered your Samhain: Green Man of Death in a Judeo-Christan church on Halloween. Thank you for that sermon. I told the pastor I wanted to read some history on Halloween from a truly Christian perspective. Mouths were open and the pastor was pale, when I handed it to him and sat down.
Though I haven’t been kicked out I am being watched extremely closely. I can’t wait to read your Is Easter Christian? sermon. But I have to ask you do you have one on what you referred to the debatable aspects of “Christ-mass?” I’ve got to have it! Oh, and being able to hear your sermons and read along is a HUGE help.
I’d love to go ahead and deliver some fully-unbridled truth concerning that so-called holiday, and it’s pagan roots, Saturnalia, etc. Please anything on Christmas you can put together is welcomed! Next question… in studying Identity… where or how does one go about becoming “ordained?”
I am so hungry for the Truth, that I can not get enough, I barely sleep as it is! I work just so that I can have a roof over my head and clothes on my back so I can delve more into learning more about our Israelite heritage and Identity and all that we are commanded by YHWH.
PS: Pastor Visser, for Thanksgiving I want to share with you this:
On June 20, 1676, the governing council of Charlestown, Massachusetts, held a meeting to determine how best to express thanks for the good fortune that had seen their community securely established. By unanimous vote they instructed Edward Rawson, the clerk, to proclaim June 29 as a day of thanksgiving, our first. That proclamation is reproduced here in the same language and spelling as the original. Take note that the phrase “Covenant people” in the first sentence of this proclamation is sound evidence that our forefathers were well aware that as white Christians they, and therefore we, are the “Covenant people”. That is they were aware of their own Israelite identity.
“The Holy God having by a long and Continual Series of his Afflictive dispensations in and by the present Warr with the Heathen Natives of this land, written and brought to pass bitter things against his own Covenant people in this wilderness, yet so that we evidently discern that in the midst of His judgements He hath remembered mercy, having remembered his Footstool in the day of his sore displeasure against us for our sins, with many singular Intimations of his Fatherly Compassion, and regard; reserving many of our Towns from Desolation Threatened, and attempted by the Enemy, and giving us especially of late with many of our Confederates many signal Advantages against them, without such Disadvantage to ourselves as formerly we have been sensible of, if it be the Lord’s mercy that we are not consumed, It certainly bespeaks our positive Thankfulness, when our Enemies are in any measure disappointed or destroyed; and fearing the Lord should take notice under so many Intimations of his returning mercy, we should be found an Insensible people, as not standing before Him with Thanksgiving, as well as lading Him with our Complaints in the time of pressing Afflictions: The Council has thought meet to appoint and set apart the 29th day of this instant June, as a day of Solemn Thanksgiving and praise to God for such his Goodness and Favour, many Particulars of which mercy might be Instanced, but we doubt not those who are sensible of God’s Afflictions, have been as diligent to espy him returning to us; and that the Lord may behold us as a People offering Praise and thereby glorifying Him; the Council doth commend it to the Respective Ministers, Elders and people of this Jurisdiction; Solemnly and seriously to keep the same Beseeching that being persuaded by the mercies of God we may all, even this whole people offer up our bodies and souls as a living and acceptable Service unto God by Jesus Christ.”
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Is Easter Christian?
Here is a deeper look at the origins of Easter where Pastor Visser provides essential information for honest Christians. We expand on the very meaning of the word and trace it back to the whore “queen of heaven” Ishtar. In addition, we see how lilies, eggs and lent have come to be a part of this modern-day pagan festival “subverting entire houses.” Don’t miss it!
Samhain: Green Man of Death
Recorded the morning before Halloween, Samhain: Green Man of Death is more a warning to Christians to refrain from following this wicked way of Cain. Pastor Visser examines the origins of the Fall festival known as All Hollows Eve and looks into the Green Man bard in the process. This is an anti-witch study about death itself as Samhain is considered Satan’s evening. Don’t miss it!