Just as Dispensationalism teaches that the Church never existed before Pentecost, so it maintains that the law never was given until Sinai. As taught in the footnote of the Scofield Reference Bible at Exodus 19:3 and Genesis 12:1, the dispensational theory has it that prior to Sinai the people of Jehovah were under free grace, but when the law was proposed for the first time at Sinai, Israel rashly accepted it, and so passed up grace for law.
The title, “Atheism, the Enemy of Civilization,” is at the head of a treatise, something of an insult, but it nevertheless states a fact. It is a slight insult in that the most deep-seated enmity of atheism is rather directed against the true God, as even the term itself implies. It is, as a matter of fact, the enemy of civilization only as the inevitable result of being the inveterate enemy of God. God’s opponents, inimical to man’s Creator, are the foe of man-and the image of God in man.
The subject is of interest inasmuch as it now makes considerable headway in our country. Afoot is the so called “Project Understanding” which plans a $5,000,000 “Temple of Understanding” in or near Washington, D.C., as a “spiritual United Nations” which will house six chapels representing the Judaic, Confucian, Hindu, Buddhist, Islamic and Christian religions. Its purpose is to undergird the political United Nations.
It was Plutarch who said, “It must be borne in mind that my design is not to write histories, but lives;” and since the foundress of Christian Science was Mary Baker Glover Patterson Eddy, who had close associations with another man, a Mr. Frye, there is the better part of nine lives. Mrs. Eddy thought of herself as a Minerva, goddess of invention and patroness of physicians and actors, and has been portrayed as a Xantippe, Socrates’ hen-pecking wife, a tongue-scalding shrew. She also sets herself forth as, at the age of twelve, (official church.
A persistent heresy, always enjoying a certain amount of popularity, and, like crab-grass, cropping up under the driest conditions, is that of destructionism, the theory that the final end of men, at least the wicked, is a total extinction of being. This is certainly the view of the pure Pelagian, the man on the street, and of the atheist, the materialistic destructionist; for they all suppose that human beings at death pass out, or are put out of existence altogether.
The Subject Considered The subject considered fairly requires a definition of terms which will describe the hypothesis as its adherents conceive of it. Le Conte does this when he deems evolution a “(1). continuous progressive change; (2) according to certain laws; (3) by means of resident forces.” This means, not necessarily that matter has existed forever, but that now evolutionists are searching for a beginning, and so are of the opinion that the origin of life “lies 5.5 billion years in the past” (Scientific American, Sept. ’56, p. 80).
Freemasonry is a religion. It is not “a mere social order inculcating ethical ideals and practicing philanthropy,” but “As some of us prefer to put it, Masonry is not a religion, but Religion—not a church but a worship, in which men of all religions may unite” (Joseph Fort Newton, Unitarian, Swedenborgian, The Religion of Masonry, 10, 11). Dr. Albert G. Mackey says, “All ceremonies of our order are prefaced and terminated with prayer, because Masonry is a religious institution” (Lexicon of Freemasonry, 371).
trary to human reason, plus Russell’s “Scripture Studies,” which “are not merely comments on the Bible, but…are practically the Bible itself…” To read the Bible without these “Studies” is to “go into darkness.” But to read these “Scripture Studies” and yet “not read a page of the Bible” is to “be in the light . . . have the light of Scripture” (Watch Tower, Sept. 15, 1910). To limit oneself to the standard of Scripture (Is.
For the origin of Mormonism, with its initial constituency taken from apostate Baptists and Methodists—for the origin of the Book of Mormon, literary product of a worn out Presbyterian minister turned would-be novelist—for the rise of the founder, a rag-tag-money-digger and undefeated champion liar—for a resume of the extra-biblical Mormon “scriptures,” written in a would-be imitation Bible style, pompous, verbose, nonsensical-for a history of the Mormons, full of violence, treason, treachery and expanding American Islamism—for the organization and methods of the Mormon church, with its wor
This writer, while being taught the whole scheme of Dispensationalism, was so instructed as to see great diversity in Scripture, but was never grounded in the underlying unity of Holy Write.