What Did Yeshua Write In The Dirt?

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“They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. 10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? 11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.” – John 8:4-11

The Pharisees set a trap for Jesus by bringing before Him a woman caught in the very act of adultery, a sin which the Torah (Law of Moses) demanded she be stoned to death for. Jesus responded by both revealing He knew their wicked hearts and that He alone is the Righteous Judge.

The Finger of God

“In the same hour came forth fingers of a man’s hand, and wrote over against the candlestick upon the plaister of the wall of the king’s palace: and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote.” – Daniel 5:5

BelshazzarThe most famous verse concerning the finger of God is probably Daniel 5:5. It is important that Bible students connect Daniel 5:5 to John 8:4-11 because there is a clear message being presented for those who have ears to hear. The elephant in the room of John 8 is the question all of us paying attention have at some point asked. “What was Jesus writing in the dirt?” As is the case in both Daniel and John, the finger of God is associated with judgment and the breaking of God’s perfect law. This fact is a hint at what Jesus did in fact write. The fact that Jesus even wrote in the dirt is no mere coincidence or  poetic triviality. This act was symbolic of Christ’s position as the true Great High Priest. The High Priest would write alleged crimes against the law into the dirt before making judgement, so that he could erase the crime or judge it. When Jesus began writing in the dirt, He assumed the authority and role of the High Priest, ironically demonstrating that the current High Priest had no authority in the matter and was acting without divine authority. Jesus was also demonstrating that the Torah these corrupt Pharisees were pretending to care so much about was in fact His written Law that had come from His finger at Mount Sinai.

“And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God.”      Exodus 31:18

written-in-stoneGod is a spirit and has no flesh and bone, therefore in both the cases of Daniel 5:5 and Exodus 31:18, it was the pre-incarnate Christ who personally and physically wrote out the Torah and judgment.

The Content of Christ’s Writing

It was common for the High Priest to write out the law that had been broken and then the accused names. It is possible and likely Jesus wrote out Leviticus 20:10 and Matthew 5:27-38.

“And the man that committeth adultery with another man’s wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbour’s wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death” – Leviticus 20:10 

“Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.” – Matthew 5:27-28

According to Leviticus 20:10, there should have been two parties brought before the High Priest. In this farce of a trial, only one had been brought forth. Jesus addressed that fact by writing the Law in the dirt, thus demonstrating the Pharisee’s zeal for the Law was false and motivated out of setting a trap for Him. These self-righteous hypocrites claimed they loved the Law of God while simultaneously attempting to destroy the Son of God. It is at this point in the narrative that Jesus posed His famous challenge:

“So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. 8 And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.” – John 8:7-8

After giving them this challenge, Christ stopped back down and wrote something else, and it is at this point that the Pharisees began leaving, starting from the oldest and ending in the youngest. What happened at this point in His writing that made the older men leave quickly and then caused the younger ones to catch on and follow suit? Many sermons, lectures and books address this, but I feel few go deep enough into this mysterious event. The obvious truth is that the older men would quickly realize they were not without sin and would feel convicted sooner, yet I do not believe this is the half of it.

“And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.” – John 8:9 

The answer, like so many in the New Testament, must be found in the Old Testament. In stooping a second time, Jesus was fulfilling a prophetic verse from the words of Jeremiah.

“O LORD, the hope of Israel, all that forsake thee shall be ashamed, and they that depart from me shall be written in the earth, because they have forsaken the Lord, the fountain of living waters.” – Jeremiah 17:13

fountainlivingwater_8x6Jesus began writing the names of those Pharisees in the dirt. This was done for two reasons. First, Jesus was demonstrating His authority as the true High Priest by writing the names of guilty men in the dirt. These men knew they were just as guilty as the woman and some probably even were her acquaintances. Secondly, Jesus was fulfilling the prophetic words of Jeremiah in writing down the names of men who knew who He was, yet forsook Him as their Messiah and God to maintain their power and position. They knew He was the Fountain of Living Waters and they rejected Him. Therefore, Jesus justly wrote their names in the earth and put them to shame.

 

Rev. Kenneth D. Willis

What Are We To Do In Perilous Times?

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as their’s also was. But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience, Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me. Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”

– II Timothy 3:1-17 

cropped-hd-desert-wallpaper-hd-desktop-wallpapers-amazing-images-1080p-windows-wallpapers-free-images-widescreen-dual-monitors-ultra-hd-1920x1080-768x432-1.jpgPaul wrote Timothy in his second epistle warning of a coming time when almost everything in life would simultaneously put the realness of our faith to the test as never before. Certainly as a historian, I concede there have been many points in history where believers have truly believed as if the time being described by Paul was meant for them. I believe from what Paul is saying is that these times of peril come upon the world and have in every generation of Christians. We are certainly closer to the last of the last days than Timothy was! Therefore we can apply these words to our lives even more than Timothy could to his. So what do we do when we find ourselves in perilous times? I do not speak of a time where our life is in danger because of an accident or encounter, but a general time of peril such as our world faces now. The political situation we witness every day in America puts on full display the dark powers of Satan at work. There is but a an election between holding America on a course of decency or plunging her into irreversible ruin. What is the answer?  Scripture. 553357_10155262596880080_1761558162671873603_n

While this may seem like an obvious or even simplistic answer to such a question, it is everything but simplistic. Paul sets up the entire issue of perilous times by defining the activities and behaviors that will categorically characterize such a time and then gives the attributes of Scripture with which we can endure and overcome perilous times.

Consider the attributes of Scripture in II Timothy 3.

  • Able to make thee wise unto salvation 

Scripture educates us and illuminates us unto the salvation of our souls through what Christ has done in his life on earth, atonement and ministry of intercession in heaven.

  • Given by inspiration of God

Every word in Scripture was literally breathed out by God through the Holy Spirit. From the longest word to the smallest letter, every jot and tittle of Scripture is divinely authored and inerrant preserved for us to put complete trust in.

  • Profitable for doctrine

Every word in Scripture is there to teach us something if we will only listen and take it to heart. (Deuteronomy 6:4). Though the world is filled with deceivers and deception, we have absolute truth in God’s precious Word.

  • Profitable for reproof

Every word in Scripture is there for us to test against anything or anyone we encounter in this life. The Scripture is the standard against which we must test everything.

  • Profitable for correction

Every word in Scripture has a power on it that when applied to our life, gives a correctional effect to the recipient. In this ever changing world, the Scripture gives us a constant point of reference from which to align our path.

  • Profitable for instruction in righteousness 

Every word in Scripture (Old and New Testaments) is there to instruct us how to live a life that please God and brings glory to His kingdom. 55849764-bible-wallpapers

All these attributes are given by God to His Word for this goal: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. God’s Word is for our instruction that we might be made complete in the faith and fully armed to live a Godly and fruitful life even in the most perilous of times.

-KW

Machen White on BJU and The SBC

BJU then and now…North Greenville University

Dr. Sam Horn, (former) executive vice president of Bob Jones University (BJU) was a guest speaker at Detroit Theological Seminary’s 2018 E3 Pastors Conference. Two Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) pastors Dr. Richard Caldwell and Dr. Rick Holland shared the platform with Horn and Dr. Dave Doran.

As previously noted, BJU president Dr. Steve Pettit retains two high-level SBC professors Dr. Lonnie Polson and Mr. Jeffrey Stegall on the faculty at BJU.

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North Greenville University (NGU) is a highly compromised new evangelical liberal arts school affiliated with the SBC. BJU has never extended a hand of fellowship to NGU…until now. On Monday, February 5th 2018 Dr. Gene Fant, president of NGU was the guest of honor on campus at BJU. At the beginning of the chapel message Pettit said, “we are honored this morning to have as our guest Dr. Gene Fant…we are going to fellowship [with Fant] for lunch today…stand and give him a warm welcome here at Bob Jones University” [standing ovation].

Christian Learning Centers (CLC) is a self proclaimed gospel ministry ministering to public school students through the Released Time program in area public schools. The CLC mission statement reads, “[CLC] exists…to encourage [children] to embrace the gospel of Jesus Christ”. CLC’s ministry verse, John 4:34, carries with it a clear missions meaning. On Tuesday May 12, 2020 CLC will be hosting two special guests for its annual fundraising event; NGU president Gene Fant and, you guessed it, Dr, Steve Pettit of BJU. Until recently Dr. Sam Horn occupied a seat on the CLC administrative board. Now (apparently as a replacement for Horn) Dr. Bobby Wood Jr. chief enrollment officer at BJU occupies a seat on the board.

CLC, however, is not what it seems. The CLC leadership and sponsoring churches are made up of everything from conservative evangelicals to left leaning charismatics to rank theological liberals. A posting of this music video can be found on CLC’s official Facebook page. For the 2019 event, actor Kevin Sorbo was the keynote speaker.

By participating in this event, Pettit is not only solidifying his position of fellowship with highly compromised SBC Gene Fant, he also, along with Horn and Wood, finds himself shoulder-to-shoulder in ministry cooperation with new evangelicals and apostates.

For those of you of whom it may concern: WARNING. Please understand the BJU of today is nothing like the BJU of yesterday. Pettit continues to insist that BJU remains a biblically separated fundamentalist institution of yesterday.

THIS COULD NOT BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH

Machen White
Ephesians 5:11

NEW BOOK: Christ Our Passover

 

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Christ Our Passover: A Closer Look At The Last Supper is a detailed examination of the Jewish Passover meal, which is what Christ celebrated during the Last Supper. This study spans the entire Bible; from the moment of Creation to the coming of the New Jerusalem, the message of Passover can be seen. Willis examines the Jewishness of Christ, His words, actions and teachings that define who He was and is. The Last Supper as we know it is part of the Jewish Passover meal. Christ took tradition and years of symbolic teaching and explained it that historic night. From the elements used to the hymn the disciples sang, all point to the redemptive and Messianic work of Jesus Christ on Mt. Calvary–the very same mountain on which Abraham offered his son Isaac. This book is not for the easily entertained. The depths and mysteries of Passover are available for all who will look a little closer and open their eyes to the truths God providentially placed there. May this book forever change the way in which the reader views Passover and communion. May eyes be opened and hearts broken. Come and be saved by the blood of the Lamb, the Lamb of God who taketh away the sins of the world. 

Click HERE to purchase on Amazon.com

 

BJU then and now…Dr Billy Kim

By Machen White

On November 7th of 2019, Dr. Bob spoke to the students in Chapel. Here he praised Dr. Billy Kim for his exemplary ministry and spread of the gospel in the far east. Hear these remarks at the beginning of his message.

Now listen as Dr. Kim speaks at Dr. Graham’s funeral. As you can see Dr. Kim adored Dr. Graham. Dr. Kim translated for Dr. Graham during his South Korean campaign. Kim is known as the Billy Graham of Asia. Kim was also the president of Baptist World Alliance from 2000-2005.

BWA is a witch’s brew of theological error and compromise. From broad evangelicals to open apostates, Dr. Kim represented them all.

Kim

He is also the chairman of the Far East Broadcasting company. They translate and broadcast sermons by Rick Warren. My assumption is that Dr. Kim has all of the best intentions but he, like Dr. Graham, spent a lifetime working hard in the ministry with but one result; the spread of a contaminated gospel which is arguably no gospel at all. He spent his life deceiving and being deceived. We should never recommend a ministry like this. Dr. Bob should have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness but instead, expose them. Ephesians 5:11

I love Dr. Bob. In some ways, he is a spiritual father to me. This is by far the most difficult blog that I have written so far. It breaks my heart to have to report such things. Dr. Bob, Dr. Bob’s father, and grandfather fought hard against compromise. They quickly cut ties with those who contaminate the gospel. This quality of bold and biblically separated fundamentalism seems to have vanished from the BJU pulpit, and tragically, from Dr. Bob himself.

Dear Dr. Bob,

Please return to us the powerful, unapologetic, flat-footed, golden chapel pulpit of the past. We love you sir and we spend many long hours praying for the institution that we love and that bears your name. You preached this message 14 short years ago. I could not agree more.

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BJU then and now…The SBC

By Machen White

   White Oak Baptist Church is located directly across the street from front campus. White Oak is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). For this reason, students were never allowed to darken its door…until now. Dr. Lonnie Polson, the division chair of the communications department at BJU, recently became the senior pastor of White Oak. Jeffrey Stegall who is an associate professor in the theater arts department is now the Music director at White Oak. White Oak continues its affiliation with the SBC. As you would expect, White Oak is recommended to students (along with several other SBC churches) for service and worship.

Sherwood Baptist Church is an SBC church in Albany Georga. From this church came the “Facing the Giants” Christian movies produced by the Kendrick Brothers. Priscilla Shirer (daughter of Tony Evans) was a 2018 speaker at the Passion Conference. She starred in War Room and co-starred in Overcomer. In the production of Overcomer, BJU students not only helped in the production of the movie but one student actually appeared on screen. In a BJUToday article, there is nothing but praise for involved BJU grads and film staff. I have yet to find a single syllable of warning or disclaimer in any of the BJU literature. Don’t get me wrong. We have always enjoyed these movies. We hate the rock music, but we enjoy the otherwise family-friendly nature of these films. My point here is not to beat up on the Kendrick brothers or BJU students/grads who enjoyed involvement in the production of the movie. My point is to show the total embrace by the BJU administration of the Kendrick brothers ministry – an SBC broad evangelical ministry.

The Jones family wisely maintained a safe distance from the SBC exactly because the evangelical giant was just that – broadly evangelical and badly compromised, not biblically separated. Even after Adrian Rodgers began the so-called conservative resurgence in 1979, the SBC continued to be extremely broad in its associations. Billy Graham has always been a well-loved member of the SBC. Though the SBC condemned many of his policies, Bill Clinton always remained a member in good standing in his SBC church (in spite of a grossly immoral lifestyle) and the SBC often entertained catholic clergy in its churches. Today, the SBC seems bent on reversing its conservative resurgence. In 2018, the SBC elected Dr. JD Greear as president of the convention. Watch as Dr. Greear sets forth his stance on homosexuality in the church.

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At 14:50 he says, “I do want to apologize to the gay and lesbian community on behalf of my community and me for not standing up against abuse and discrimination directed towards you. That was wrong and we need your forgiveness.” Greear says again’ “[we must] stand up and be among the fiercest advocates for the preservation of the dignity and rights of the LGBT people…” He also admits that he has folks attending his church that work in abortion clinics.

In the 2019 SBC convention, resolution 9 was voted on and accepted. Resolution 9 contains a Marxist view on race and power structure…critical race theory/intersectionality (CRT/I). In my view, it is one of the most godless and dangerous theories in the devil’s arsenal along with evolution and climate change. I believe that CRT/I is the trojan horse that will plunge the SBC back into rank theological liberalism.

Dr. Pettit, you are a teacher of teachers who teach those who will go out to teach God’s people. Your praise, associations, and your silence teach very loudly. Please take to heart the warning of James 3:1
Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness” (ESV)

Machen White
Ephesians 5:11

BJU then and now…Tim Geiger

By Machen White

For the 2019 CoRE conference titled Gender, Sexuality and The Church, Tim Geiger of Harvest USA was invited to speak to the BJU seminary. Mr. Geiger ministers within the PCA (Presbyterian Church of America) and The Gospel Coalition. Both the PCA and TGC are, in my judgment, left-leaning evangelical institutions. It is no secret that Geiger is not a dyed-in-the-wool fundamentalist. Dr. Pettit acknowledged as much in his response to FBFI’s raised eyebrows concerning Geiger’s invitation to BJU. You can see the article here (Foundations Baptist Fellowship International). Pettit states,  “We fully understand that [Geiger] operate[s] outside of the fundamentalist, separatist orb”. Dr. Pettit explains that the leadership at BJU has developed a “theological grid” that guides the leadership regarding associations.

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Who is Tim Geiger?

Tim Geiger is considered an expert in the field of sexual issues facing the church. Mr. Geiger is the head of Harvest USA ministries that minister to those who “struggle” in all things sexual. Apparently, Dr. Pettit was unable to find suitable men within the “fundamentalist, separatist orb” that could adequately expound the scriptures to us in this arena. Dr. Pettit states further, “Frankly, we are limited within our own movement to find the kind of experts that can adequately handle these subjects within the theological and academic framework of what you would expect in a seminary“. This kind of thinking is consistent with the ideas of broad evangelicalism not separated fundamentalism. It is the goal of the evangelical to prove their academic acumen and piety through their fellowship and alliances with those to their left. Let me remind you of what the thrust of this blog is; to give evidence that the BJU administration does not occupy the “fundamentalist, separatist orb” at all. They are at best conservative evangelicals in their thinking. To them, the simple and unapologetic expounding of scripture by fundamentalists is not enough. 2 Peter 1:3.

Mr. Geiger the “expert”

At the end of the CoRE conference, Dr. Sam Horn (executive vice president of BJU) interviewed Mr. Geiger. You can see the interview and transcription here. Geiger states, “We (the church) want you (same-sex strugglers) not to hide your struggle for fear of judgment. We want you to come into the light and struggle well“. Geiger goes on to describe the way we should approach gays and lesbians within the church who call themselves Christians, “…have a relationship where we build mutual respect and mutual trust so that we can have an apologetic dialogue about what Scripture says…I’m not saying that gay or trans people can’t be Christians”. Horn concludes: “there’s got to be a bridge for that kind of conversation to happen.” Horn then proceeds to give his full endorsement of Geiger’s ministry: “you’ve been a great blessing to us…Thank you for what you do. I know that God has raised up [your] ministr[y]…You’re doing a wonderful work…been a great blessing”. Horn then encourages pastors to avail themselves of Geiger’s resources.
Mr. Geiger recounts his testimony about his own “same-sex struggle” here. At about 2 minutes into the video, he recalls his experience at the Lutheran church he attended as a young person. He laments that the church was not a safe place to come out about his homosexuality “because [the church taught] that gays were going to hell and AIDS is God’s curse on homosexuals. So why would I entrust myself to people that said things like that?”
Mr. Geiger,
What would you think about someone who would say something like this? “men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.” Romans 1:27b…or…”[neither] men who practice homosexuality…will inherit the kingdom of God.
1 Corinthians 6:9,10 (ESV)
At about 3:30 into the video, he compares the sin of homosexuality with the sin of lust, substance abuse, and eating [disorders].

 I believe Geiger is an expert…an expert at loosening the screws on the doctrine of sin, and scrubbing the concept of church discipline from Scripture. 

Should we attempt to reach homosexuals with the gospel? Yes! Should we show them grace love and mercy? Yes but the gospel is useless without a clear understanding of sin and the seriousness of it especially the sin of homosexuality. “Twas grace that taught my heart to fear and grace my fears relieved”

Machen White
Ephesians 5:11

   As noted previously Tim Geiger is the president of Harvest USA. He is also a contributor to The Gospel Coalition (TGC). Dr. Tim Keller is the co-founder and president of the TGC. His writings are also part of Mr. Geiger’s resource collection at Harvest USA. Dr. Horn at the end of his interview with Geiger encouraged pastors to make use of these resources. Here is what Dr. Keller has to say about the sin of Homosexuality.

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Geiger and Keller (see my previous blog post on Geiger) say that homosexuality is a sin but they quickly qualify their statements by affirming that all sin is equal. There is no sin but the sins of the heart like pride or greed.

Mr. Geiger and Dr. Keller are both members of the Presbyterian Church of America (PCA). The PCA maintains in its own confession of faith that all sins are not equal.

Question 150: Are all transgressions of the law of God equally heinous in themselves, and in the sight of God?
Answer: All transgressions of the law of God are not equally heinous; but some sins in themselves, and by reason of several aggravations, are more heinous in the sight of God than others.

Dr. Keller, would you like to show love to your gay neighbors? The best way to do this, sir, is to tell them THE TRUTH. Homosexuality is particularly heinous because of the nature of the sin. It is an abomination within an abomination and receives God’s special judgment. Romans 1:26-27

Is pride a sin? Yes. Pride is the sin that kept the Corinthians from dealing with gross sin in a scriptural way. Can we fellowship with a homosexual in the church? Yes, under one condition. Total transformation evidenced by genuine repentance and by ending the homosexual behavior.

In Dr. Horn’s interview with Mr. Geiger, Dr. Horn asks Mr. Geiger about how to deal with Christians in the church who have “embraced the lifestyle of same sex attraction or gay/lesbian lifestyles”. Paul the Apostle in 1 Corinthians 5 makes it very clear, cast them out. Mr. Geiger and Dr. Horn make it clear, build a bridge/mutual respect.

Of Mr. Geiger, Dr. Keller, and Dr. Horn:
NOTE THESE MEN AND AVOID THEM
 
 
Machen White
Ephesians 5:11

BJU then and now…Tim Tebow

By Machen White

On March 2018, BJU and the Bruins Foundation hosted “an evening with Tebow”

“It’s a privilege to host Tim Tebow at BJU,” said Bruins Director of Athletics Neal Ring. “Throughout his life, Tebow has used the platform of sports to bring God glory.”

Is the Tebow appearance any different than a political candidate or secular academic specialist of past years at BJU? The new BJU administration clearly views Tebow as more than a professional athlete to speak to BJU athletes about athletics. Tebow is viewed as a spiritual leader to teach BJU students how to live godly lives in this world.

In another article in BJUtoday:
“Tim is popular in circles outside of the ‘BJU bubble’. Bringing him in to speak at the Gala will draw to campus people who have never been to BJU. Some will come with no idea of what BJU is. Others will come with inaccurate ideas. This is an opportunity for the University to reach these new audiences— to correct misperceptions, to recruit p

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rospective students, and to impact them for Christ…He [Tebow] uses sports as a platform
for ministry.”

Following the Tebow appearance Pettit states on his Instagram account:
“Thoroughly enjoyed having Tim Tebow speak for the Bruins night. A strong gospel message and invitation was presented.”

And then in a BJUtoday article entitled “Finding your platform for ministry” Tebow is further commended for his life work of ministry.

WHO IS TIM TEBOW?

Tebow is known for unapologetically displaying Bible references on his face and kneeling in prayer at football games. He is also known for other things…

First Baptist Church of Dallas
In early 2013, Tebow showed himself a little less bold when he canceled his speech at FBCD, apparently because of controversial statements that Pastor Jeffress had made about Mormonism, Catholicism and other faiths as well as homosexuality.

Ellen DeGeneres
DeGeneres is a practicing lesbian and popular TV host. Tebow agreed to be interviewed by DeGeneres on The Ellen Show. When asking Tebow about his dating life, DeGeneres insists on using the word “partner”. Tebow seems all too happy to oblige. About 2 years later Dr. Pettit welcomes Tebow to BJU.

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Passion Conference
The Passion conference is, in my view, a “golden calf” event complete with Christian rap and pop performances followed by broad evangelical teaching. Tebow spoke at the conference in early January 2018. A little over 2 months later…BJU.

Passion 2018 recap
Passion 2020 recap

Am I being divisive and disrupting the unity of Christians by this blog post?
Biblical unity is God’s people separating from the world and being unified under Biblical truth. Biblical unity is not a bunch of warm bodies inside a box all happy and “unified”. We can be unified in our love for Clemson at a football game but that is not biblical unity. Aaron introduced deviant worship of the Golden calf arguably in the name of unity. Jeroboam consolidated (unified) the northern kingdom through his innovation and compromise. God had nothing but condemnation to offer and the Israelites paid a terrible price for it. The result in both cases was the ultimate division – division from God. Exodus 321 Kings 12. This in my view is exactly what The Passion conference is all about. 65,000+ young people unified in deviant worship and worldliness. The end result I believe will be whole generations separated from God…forever. Tebow has done much to promote and popularize it. Sinful division happens when theological error, worldliness, and unholy alliances are introduced and accepted among God’s people. Righteous unity happens when theological error, worldliness, and unholy alliances are exposed and dealt with.  An alliance with a man like Tim Tebow does not unify us, it divides us.  Romans 16:17
Not convinced? Watch this at your own risk. (up to the 2 min mark).
Nina Dobrov

Machen White
Ephesians 5:11

BJU then and now…Abby Johnson

By Machen White

On February 2018 Dr. Steve Pettit president of Bob Jones University praised Dr. Billy Graham’s ministry and his legacy. During a chapel message on November 7th of 2019, Dr. Bob praised the ministry of Dr. Billy Kim. Dr. Kim has always been a lover of the Graham ministry. It is a well-documented fact that Graham and Kim made partnering with the Roman Catholics (and others) IN MINISTRY a matter of course.

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On January 23, 2020, BJU invited the public on campus to screen the movie Unplanned created by pro-life advocate Abby Johnson. Then on March 5, 2020, BJU hosted the Piedmont Women’s Center (PWC) for their fundraising event. The speaker for the evening was Abby Johnson. During the event, Johnson “preached the gospel”. On stage, displayed on a banner, were the words of Isaiah 43:19. Johnson said, “We must give the gospel to these ladies, not the watered-down Jesus but the powerful Jesus…everyone here is a sinner and in the need of a savior”. She used the words “cross, gospel, sinners, Jesus”.

Folks left the event believing Johnson to be a born again Christian. Here is what they did not know…
Johnson was raised a Southern Baptist. Through a series of events, she converted to Roman Catholicism (you can hear her “testimony” here.) Johnson explains her journey away from a gospel-preaching church and into Romanism. She proudly admits that she uses the pro-life platform to evangelize for Romanism.
The “gospel” of Abby Johnson is a false gospel. The practice of abortion is horrific and utterly barbaric. It is demonic and hellish. However, as hard as it is to believe, a false gospel is far worse. Romanism damns the human soul to an eternal hell. I believe that the bible teaches that there are sin “levels” and that the sin of false teaching tops the scale especially false teachers who, like Johnson, knows the truth and rejects it (see 2 Peter 2).
The bible is not silent concerning our association with false teachers. 2 John 10-11 says, “if anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house or give him any greeting, for whoever greets him takes part in his wicked works”. (ESV) Dr. Pettit and his administration say otherwise. Randy Page (Pettit’s chief of staff) said on Twitter before the event concerning Johnson, “Looking forward to hearing @AbbyJohnson speak at Piedmont Women’s Center Night for Life at @BJUedu tonight”. Then after the event, “Thankful for the opportunity to meet @AbbyJohnson and hear her speak tonight @BJUedu What an incredible challenge”

Machen White
Ephesians 5:11

BJU then and now…Martin Luther King

By Machen White

On January 19, 2015, Dr. Steve Pettit, president of BJU, spoke in chapel to faculty, staff, and students in regard to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr:
The article states…”Pettit noted we honor King for his sacrifice for a just cause and praise him for the pivotal role he played in ending segregation. Pettit challenged the BJU family to pray for racial harmony as we are all one in Christ’s body.”

On November 29, 2016, Dr. Pettit announced that BJU would observe MLK day beginning January 2017:
“Dr. King accomplished much in his short life here on earth,” said Pettit. “We believe his voice and leadership to nonviolently oppose the wrongs of the day while paving the way for racial equality and harmony should be respected and honored.”

On January 21, 2019, Dr. Pettit once again praised and honored the legacy of MLK:
“Dr. King said, ‘Life’s most persistent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’ While many see this as a ‘day off,’ we see it as a ‘day on.’ It’s an opportunity to devote time to serve your community with a spirit of service towards your fellow human beings. This is continuing the legacy of Dr. King who spent his life working to better the lives of others.”

On January 16, 2020, BJU announced the school would be partnering with 11 different upstate organizations for students to perform community service on MLK day.

So why wouldn’t we want to honor a man like MLK?

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As noted by the ACCC (American Council of Christian Churches) in its 2017 resolution:
[Martin Luther King] wrote: “doctrines such as a supernatural plan of salvation, the Trinity, the substitutionary theory of the atonement, and the second coming of Christ are all quite prominent in fundamentalist thinking. Such are the views of the fundamentalist, and they reveal that he is opposed to theological adaptation to social and cultural change. He sees a progressive scientific age as a retrogressive spiritual age. Amid change all around he is willing to preserve certain ancient ideas even though they are contrary to science.”

King continues…”Upon which the Easter Faith rests, symbolizes the ultimate Christian conviction: that Christ conquered death. From a literary, historical, and philosophical point of view, this doctrine raises many questions. In fact, the external evidence for the authenticity of this doctrine is found wanting.” Concerning the virgin birth of Christ, MLK furthermore wrote: “we must admit that the evidence for the tenability of this doctrine is too shallow to convince the objective thinker.” In the early 1960s, MLK also said, “I do not believe in hell as a place of a literal burning fire.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a Baptist pastor. He was a false teacher. He did not spend his life “bettering the lives of others”, he spent his life condemning himself and his listeners through the preaching of a false gospel. As grateful as we are for his work in ending segregation we must view him as God does (2 Peter 2:1, 2 Jn. 10-11).

Over the years Dr. Pettit by way of praise and endorsements has led God’s people into dangerous and unholy alliances. This is yet another example of Dr. Pettit’s push into the deadly graveyard of broad evangelicalism.

I urge all affiliated churches, camps, schools, and individuals to take to heart the warning of Revelation 2:14-16…
Never tolerate a policy of quiet tolerance.

Machen White
Ephesians 5:11