Pastors Report - 29 Dec 2017

From the Heart the Mouth Speaks:

"... What you say flows from what is in your heart." (Luke 6:45 NLT)

The Language of Life:

If there is one glimmer of light for me at this season of the year, it is the opportunity to watch some of the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures on TV. These are a series of very well presented scientific lectures on a single topic, which have been held at the Royal Institution in London each year since 1825. The lectures present scientific subjects to a general audience, particularly to young people, in an informative and entertaining manner. You can see the huge range of topics covered over the past 192 years at: This year's speaker was Professor Sophie Scott – a neuroscientist who is based at the University College London. The topic for her 3 lectures this year was: "The Language of Life".

As always, the various experiments presented were certainly fascinating and entertaining – and totally engaging for the young audience – but virtually from the very beginning it became apparent that there was also a very clear agenda in action, and that was to equate our astounding human ability to communicate to little more than the marginally improved grunts of a monkey. Professor Scott, herself having been indoctrinated with this Godless concept, and whose specialisation is the neural basis of vocal communication – seemed to imply that the entire human superiority in communication – whether in the marvels of speech itself or the intricacies of body language – can be casually explained away using purely physical incremental improvements from - supposedly - our ancestors the apes. No acknowledgement of the astounding gulf that exists between the human mind and an animal brain – totally unexplained by mere superficial structural differences .... but the same-old, same-old blind-chance-based, entirely physical, evolutionary swan-song attempting to justify the unjustifiable.

Michael Faraday:

But there is huge irony within these three lectures on the use of language – when you consider who initiated the Royal institution Christmas Lectures in the first place back in 1825! That man was Michael Faraday – one of the most influential scientists who has ever lived. His inventions of electromagnetic rotary devices form the foundation of electric motor technology today, and it is largely due to his efforts that electricity became practical for use in our modern world. Your washing machine, vacuum cleaner and even the generation of electricity itself all rest on Michael Faraday's research. Yet what is less known, is his deeply held religious belief.

Throughout his life he was an active member within the Sandemanian church – a small offshoot of the Church of Scotland – in which he served as an elder for several years. With around only a thousand members at its peak, this small group did not proselytise but attempted to live out a Christian life based purely on New Testament patterns and Biblical teaching – even to the point of regularly washing one another's feet. In this sense their aim was to remain faithful to orthodox, primitive Christianity, unencumbered by the political trappings of the established churches. Faraday even refused a knighthood, figuring it was not in keeping with the humility we all should have before our Creator.

The Real Irony:

But the irony over the contrast between Faraday's scientific motivation to display the structure of the Creation and thereby glorify his Creator and the materialistic evolutionary swansong found within almost all scientific circles today does not end there. Just notice Faraday's astounding understanding regarding the human pursuit of knowledge, the need for revelation of spiritual matters and the limitations of the spirit in man:

I must take one distinction which, however it may appear to others, is to be of the utmost importance. High as man is placed above the creatures around him, there is a higher and far more exalted position within his view; and the ways are infinite in which he occupies his thoughts about the fears, or hopes, or expectations of a future life. I believe that the truth of that future cannot be brought to his knowledge by any exertion of his mental powers, however exalted they may be; that it is made known to him by other teaching than his own, and is received through simple belief of the testimony given....

Yet, even in earthly matters, I believe that the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead; and have never seen anything incompatible between those things of man which can be known by the spirit of man which is within him, and those higher things concerning his future, which he cannot know by that spirit. ( Experimental Researchers In Chemistry And Physics – by Michael Faraday – page 465 )

Spirit In Man:

When I first attended Ambassador College in 1967, the knowledge of the spirit in man was right at the point of being revealed to Mr Armstrong. During that first year when he taught us in class and during sermons, Bible-studies, forums and assemblies, he would continually return to the subject – commenting on the vast difference between the human mind and the animal brain caused by the non-physical spirit in man. (See Lesson 15 of the Ambassador College Bible Correspondence Course) Linked to this subject was Satan's crucial role in human nature. Mr Armstrong appeared to be using the student body as his sounding board, as the truth of this vital subject began to become more and more clear to him. Looking back today, we see the same process having taken place in the late 70s and 80s as the true breadth of importance regarding the subject of the two trees was revealed.

I remember in the late 60s how much opposition Mr Armstrong said he was getting to the concepts he was giving us. That opposition was particularly strong from certain individuals within the ministry – who regarded the spirit in man idea as nothing more than a watered-down version of the immortality of the soul. They were dead wrong, of course. Jesus Christ – actively leading His Church at the time through His apostle – was right, and He revealed what He did, and when He did because the subject is vital for coping with the end-time. We all need to grasp the true role of Satan and his broadcast to adequately get through the days ahead of us. This is why Christ included it as part of our training – part of the "all things" restored through the one sent in the spirit and power of Elijah. We need the understanding of Satan's broadcast today!!

Communication Chaos:

We live today in a world overflowing with communication devices of all kinds – yet paradoxically, it seems to increasingly be a world of isolation and loneliness. A recent front page of the Daily Mail had the banner headline: FACEBOOK "RIPPING SOCIETY APART" – quoting someone who once occupied a position to really know what he was talking about:

A former Facebook executive has spoken out against the social network he helped to create, saying it is 'ripping society apart'. The comments were made by Chamath Palihapitiya, who joined Facebook in 2007 and became its vice president for user growth.

He says he feels 'tremendous guilt' for the influence Facebook has had and its ability to manipulate users, suggesting users take a break from using social media altogether. The venture capitalist, who has banned his own three young children from the site, took particular aim at the ways people communicate via social media, including hearts, likes, and the thumbs-up....

... Speaking to an audience at Stanford Graduate School of Business, Mr Palihapitiya said: 'I think we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works. 'The short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops we’ve created are destroying how society works. 'No civil discourse, no cooperation; misinformation, mistruth.

'And it’s not an American problem — this is not about Russians ads. This is a global problem.' (

What God's people need to recognise with great clarity, is that such interpersonal problems are never primarily physical, but spiritual in nature – evil words invariably come from an evil heart – something Jesus Christ makes abundantly clear:

  • There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man.
  • ... And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man.
  • For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,
  • Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:
  • All these evil things come from within, and defile the man. (Mark 7:15,20-23)
The Satanic Plan:

Have you ever wondered why Satan is pushing this godless, evolutionary theory down our throats? Is it just a kind of tit-for-tat childish tantrum, because he has lost his position as one of the archangels, and wants us to snub God? In no way! The agenda is much more far reaching, and it's not just one more annoying, irritating scenario of the end time we have to put up with! Once mankind has denied Who determines reality, he can also deny any higher authority determining morality. If we are just higher animals, as Professor Scott and others clearly imply, witness some of the results already in society:

Hitler's desire for a "super race" – i.e. genocide – resulting in the extermination of multiple millions of "undesirables" – justified at the time by survival of the fittest; abortion of our children at virtually any stage of their gestation; the trade in human body parts; the modern slave trade and prostitution; the acceptance of immorality of all kinds (resulting in the destruction of the family unit) and promotion of homosexuality and gender fluidity; vegetarianism; the pharmaceutical empires – as we are merely nondesigned random chemicals; agribusiness – which is destroying the quality of our food supply ....the list goes on and on. It is out and out warfare on human beings, with total destruction as its aim.

Our Battle:

The need to understand the subject is not simply to grasp what is going on when we happen to read the news. It is not merely to give us the ability to make sense of the horrendous murders and senseless violence we see on our TV screens at this time. It is also to allow us to see through the pseudoscientific agendas that permeate even such incredibly interesting presentations as this year's Christmas lecture. It is to enable US to survive spiritually as we approach what is coming on this world. To recognise that the "prince of the power of the air" is not only very real and active, but all-too-often still at work within US if he is given opportunity. Notice how Mr Armstrong points this out:

You can tune in on either radio or TV. The SOUNDS come in. THEY WERE ALREADY IN THE ROOM – IN THE AIR – but now you’re tuned in on their wavelengths with your radio or TV set; the sounds and pictures became audible and visible. But I can concentrate my mind on SOMETHING ELSE – like THE BIBLE – and focus my mind on THAT, become oblivious to what’s coming in on radio and TV. So also I can ignore Satan’s impulses.

Once you are converted and become a begotten CHILD OF GOD – once you become a member of GOD’S CHURCH, THAT DOES NOT DISCONNECT YOUR BRAIN AND SPIRIT FROM SATAN’S WAVELENGTH. YOU ARE STILL TUNED IN – if you are willing to yield and LISTEN to Satan ...

... If we allow ourselves to LET DOWN just a little – in our prayer, Bible study or Church attendance and tithing, we begin to let our minds become interested in the things or ways of this world – TV or movies, perhaps – some have been seen gambling in casinos. Then we wonder why we find ourselves irritable, mentally on the defensive, suspecting others – getting conceptions of competition or division or sides in the Church – suspicious of the motives of others, controversial, cynical, and we do not realize WHAT IS CAUSING ALL THAT! I’LL TELL YOU WHAT CAUSED IT – SATAN WAS BROADCASTING IT, AND BECAUSE YOU WERE NOT VIGILANT IN PRAYER AND KEEPING CLOSE TO GOD AND HAVING GOD FILL YOUR MIND AND HEART WITH THE WARMTH OF HIS LOVE, these negative attitudes of Satan were taking hold of you!

That’s why GOD WARNS US, through Peter, “Be sober, BE VIGILANT, because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (I Peter 5:8). ( What You May Not Know GN 28 Aug 1978)

What We Watch and Read:

As we approach the end, the western world is becoming more and more oblivious to anything and everything of a spiritual nature. Hence the secular, evolutionary-based, materialistic agenda within the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures. Not only does such an approach drive the listener further and further from God, but equally nearer and nearer Satan's mindset – in every way.

What Satan has done is to consistently regulate such physical media – what people physically feed into their mind on a regular basis – re-tuning those minds in whatever spiritual direction Satan wishes to take them. This is why Mr Armstrong in the article above points out the very real dangers of certain TV programmes and movies to us – as not only can they lie behind the murders and mayhem found in the world, but all-too-often behind the moods and attitudes we struggle against within both our children and ourselves as well.

Attributes Listed:

The apostle Paul warns us:....

  • Mark this, there are hard times coming in the last days.
  • For men will be selfish, fond of money, boastful, haughty, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, irreverent,
  • Callous, relentless, scurrilous [scandal-mongers], dissolute, and savage; they will hate goodness,
  • they will be treacherous, reckless and conceited, preferring pleasure to God -
  • for though they keep up a form of religion, they will have nothing to do with it as a force. Avoid all such. (II Timothy 3:1-5 Moffatt)

Now read carefully the above list of attributes again – and ask yourself, "how many of them were within the last film I viewed/book I read?" And did we turn away – "avoid all such" as commanded in verse 5? Do we see what is going on? Are we aware of the agenda? Or have we become too much like this world – led by the nose in whatever direction Satan chooses?

The movie or novel, computer game or music we listen to – even the subtle Christmas Lecture on language – is merely the trigger. It gets the mind flowing in a certain way so it can then be in tune with the particular broadcast frequency Satan desires. But we have also been given something to combat it. We have been given the awesome revelation of the spirit in man ... the existence of Satan's broadcast and its link with human nature ... our need for another Spirit and even the astounding Plan of God, and in this way we can combat this process by girding ourselves with this Truth .... wielding His Word as our sword so we can fight back (Ephesians 6:14,17).

At this pivotal time of the 6,000 year plan of God, we have to be incredibly aware of our need to fight against the tide, as Paul brings out; "Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, ["intellectual arrogance" as one translation puts it] and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; ( II Corinthians 10:5) and instead;

  • Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. ( Philippians 4:8)
A Wonderful Future:

No one can pretend that this is an easy battle we're involved in. It's a 24/7, day in and day out, week in and week out struggle to keep walking God's way and not allow ourselves to be influenced by the devious being that wants nothing less than our eternal death. But we have the encouragement that, as king Hezekiah pointed out to his people on the eve of a pivotal battle against a major enemy, "there be more with us than with him: With him is an arm of flesh, but with us is the Eternal our God to help us and to fight our battles." (II Chronicles 32:7)

And God leaves us with this admonition via the writings of Isaiah, pointing us to the wonderful future, as and when the evil broadcast is silenced and the hearts and minds of all mankind will be renewed and finally on God's wavelength – due to God's words ... God's language ... from His mouth ... flowing from His true abundance ... from His thoughts ... from within His heart:

  • Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:
  • Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
  • For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
  • For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
  • For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
  • So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
  • For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
  • Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the LORD for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off. (Isaiah 55:6-13)